Alright, well, I’m obviously terrible at blogging.
How far along? 16 weeks 4 days
Baby is the size of: an avocado / a dill pickle
Total weight gain/loss: I don’t weigh myself frequently or regularly but I do believe I have put back on a handful of the pounds I lost in the first trimester. My guess would be that I’m not quite – but very close to being – back to my pre-pregnancy weight.
Maternity clothes: Yes. I bought my first maternity shorts and pants this weekend. The Betabrand dress pant yoga pants are still totally do-able … I’m not really showing, but my regular pants don’t fit. I hit up Kohl’s a) because I had time to go, and b) because it was hot as balls (I’ve been told balls are very hot?) outside and I needed some shorts. I got the most comfortable shorts ever invented and I never plan to go back.
I also have an order of Old Navy maternity clothes on the way because they had a massive clearance sale online last week. So hopefully those will arrive sometime this week as well 🙂
Coming out of the baby closet status: We are officially out of the baby closet! The Facebook announcement went live last week and was, I have to say, pretty adorable. #humblebrag
In all seriousness though, it was really cool and exciting to see the people who liked or commented – not in a totally vain “I measure my worth in social media likes” kind of way, but more in a “it’s really nice to see people from my Catholic high school in Ohio be happy for me and my queer science baby” kind of way.
Also in all seriousness, I am still such an awkward nerd when I tell people that I’m pregnant. I seem to be physically incapable of saying “I’m pregnant” without turning red and giggling like it’s a joke or something. I consult in a school on the side a couple of times per month, and I had decided that this past week I would tell them because the next time I go I’ll probably be showing and it’ll feel rude that I didn’t say anything before 18 weeks or something (I don’t know, that was my logic. Also I just decided that was the day). Anyway, they were leaving the classroom and kind of quickly told me that they didn’t need me to stay any longer so they were on their way out the door and I kind of shouted “I’m pregnant” at their backs. And proceeded to just laugh for like 5 minutes at the ridiculousness of the situation. And they were like, “are you serious?” because I’m sure it seemed very much like I wasn’t serious. And that’s a great example of how this has gone for me so far. I’m grateful to be at the point where most people know or are hearing it through the grapevine because I’m just not good at this part.
Before I move on I’ll show you our announcement. We used the first one (just the baseball gloves and hats). We really wanted to have our pup in the picture, but when you look at that picture on a phone the little ball with the due date (AKA the big clue that this is a pregnancy announcement) just doesn’t seem very obvious. My wife posted the pup pic the next day 🙂 I was happy to be able to reference our infertility journey as well.
Have you started to show yet? I can tell that my lower belly has popped. This is mostly evident in not being able to put on any pants that don’t have an elastic waistband. But I don’t think I’m “showing” in terms of other people noticing. Also, of note, I am not a skinny person and I carry all of my weight in my abdomen. So, basically, I already looked a little pregnant and now it’s just kind of true but not very different.
Sleep: My new normal is waking up at least once each night to pee and/or because I’m uncomfortable. I think it may be time for a Snoogle but that is not going to help the needing to pee at 3am every night problem. It should hopefully, however, help my other problem, which is that I go to sleep every night on my side and I wake up every morning on my belly. Everything I’ve read has said it’s okay to sleep on your stomach until your body tells you not to, but I’m a tummy sleeper so I am really trying hard to train myself to sleep soundly on my side instead. Anyone have any luck with that?
Best moment this week: I had some great moments the past 2 weeks. Highlights: I bought a new car (upgraded my ’06 Corolla to a new Subaru Forester! So pumped about it!), we saw the Indigo Girls in concert again (they’re always so great live), and had a long weekend off work! Life is good.
Miss Anything? Nothing right now. I’m happy camper. Wait, actually, I miss allergy medicine. I know that I’m technically allowed to take it but I’m trying to be conservative with all meds so I’ve decided to only take Claritin if I’m really uncomfortable. So instead I’ve just been mildly uncomfortable all of the time. Like, on the verge of sneezing at all times.
Movement: Oh man, I want to feel the baby move so bad. I know I could at any moment so I spend way too much of my day sitting still and concentrating on my uterus. Nothing for certain yet, but I have had a few times that I thought I maybe felt something? But then I decided it’s probably just my heartbeat or gas or something.
Food cravings: All of the watermelon. I eat like 1/4 of a watermelon per day on average. Also just fruit in general. I’m all about the fruit right now. I have also noticed that, in addition to having my appetite back, I get hungry faster. I’m trying to change my situation so that I’m eating a little less at each meal and snacking more.
Anything making you queasy or sick? I still get kind of overwhelmed by the smell of foods cooking/existing (especially dinner food/meat). But the nausea has gone away thank goodness.
Symptoms: Symptoms have been pretty minimal! I’d say just a slightly increased sense of smell, trouble sleeping, and some occasional back pain are basically it right now.
Purchases: DOES MY SUBARU COUNT? You guys, I’m so excited about my new car. I’ve never had a new car, and didn’t even plan to buy a new car this time around, but apparently Subarus hold their value really well and the used cars were just not enough less money for me. I get a mega sweet discount on new Subarus only by being a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (the one perk ever of being a speech-langauge pathologist), and the new Forester with my discount was only like $1000 more than a used Forester from the past 3 years or so.
Looking forward to: OB appointment next week (I’m getting antsy to hear the heartbeat again – especially since I haven’t felt any movement yet), and my big ultrasound/anatomy scan the following week.