This time last year I was feverishly checking Paige’s blog, and awaiting the arrival of her little one. I followed her blog throughout most of her pregnancy, and love the way that she recorded that chapter in her family’s life. Since I enjoyed reading her posts so much, I’ve decided to use the same format she used to keep track of her pregnancy from week to week.
Also, a few people have asked if and when I will start sharing belly pictures… To be perfectly honest, I’ve been feeling incredibly insecure about my body these past several months, so I’d not planned on pregnant belly pictures at all… or maybe just my belly but not my
entire body. But I’d hate to regret not fully capturing this time in our lives, so …. The beginning of the second trimester seems as appropriate a time as any to start taking belly photos.
Sunday marked 13 weeks of pregnancy, so here goes nothin’!
How far along? 13 weeks
Total weight gain? None since finding out we are pregnant, but I gained more than my fair share during IVF!
Maternity clothes? Not necessary yet, but I do have a few pieces on standby, thanks to various thrift stores!
Stretch marks? Not yet, and I hope not at all. My mother-in-law gave me some tummy butter, which I will probably start using in the next week or two.
Sleep: I wake up several times during the night to use the bathroom, but I usually don’t have too much of a problem sleeping in between bathroom visits.
Best moment this week: Remember that perinatal appointment I said I was dreading? The doctor I saw there gave me the most beautiful pictures of our baby! And… drum roll please… I had my first “regular” ultrasound. As in, it was not trans-vaginal. I walked into the ultrasound room and started taking my boots off. The tech acted kind of confused, and explained that there was no need to get undressed for an ultrasound. I laughed and explained to her that I’ve had countless ultrasounds over the past year and a half, and they’ve ALL been trans-vaginal. I never even considered the possibility that this one would not be the same way! It was so nice!!!
Miss anything? My energy. Will it ever come back???
Movement: Not yet.
Food cravings: Tuna, which is incredibly random. And I seem to be extra-hungry these past few days…. I eat the same sized breakfast I would normally eat, and I feel like my tummy is still hungry. Repeat again at lunch, and again at dinner…. SO HUNGRY! Is this normal???
Anything making you feel queasy or sick: Nope.
Showing? I kinda think so, but Andrew says no.
Gender: We won’t know for several more weeks, but I have a gut feeling….
Labor signs: No! Hopefully not for a long, long time.
Symptoms: My tummy is getting more bloated looking, and my chest is getting bigger. And I’m still sleepy 24/7. Oh, and did I mention I’m ravenous?
Belly button in or out? In.
Wedding ring on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time: So, so happy. So thankful. I did have a minor breakdown Saturday night, but I think it was purely hormonal… or maybe I was tired or something…
Looking forward to: Our impending move. We’d originally planned on moving Dec. 31st, but our moving date has been changed to the 20th.
The fact that I am REALLY PREGNANT has only sunk in over the past week or two. I’d say it started to feel like a reality after my first appointment with my new OB, at eleven weeks. Something about sitting there with a “normal” doctor (not a specialist at a fertility clinic) with other women who were visibly pregnant, and some who even had new babies with them helped me to start realize, “This is it. I am finally one of them.” And hearing the doctor express his optimism about my pregnancy only served to make me feel more pregnant, and more excited.
Since then, I cannot get our baby and our pregnancy out of my mind. I’m obsessed, and loving it completely. Knowing we are finally pregnant makes every day feel different… fuller and lighter somehow.
What’s going on with Baby:
- Baby is about three inches long.
- The baby has his or her own, unique fingerprints now!
- The intestines start growing outside the body, but by now, the intestines are INSIDE the body, where they belong! (:
- Baby is about the size of a peach, or a big persimmon, which is what we used in the photo since our local grocery store will not have another shipment of peaches for another month or two!
What I am Looking Forward to During the Second Trimester:
- Finding out of baby’s gender.
- Looking into childbirth classes. I’ve heard that certain classes fill up quickly, so I’m a little anxious about getting registered. I’ve talked to people who highly recommend taking classes, and others who suggest not “wasting the time.” Any advice on this subject would be appreciated!
- Creating a baby registry. I don’t think we will have a shower, but I’m guessing there will be a handful of people who will ask us what we need for Baby, so a registry will come in handy. I plan on only registering for about ten or fifteen things (I already made the list… maybe I will share it down the road sometime.) Having too much stuff will only create clutter, which will be helpful to neither us nor the baby.
- Announcing our baby’s name! This, of course, can’t happen until we learn the gender.
- Being able to walk and exercise a little more, since [hopefully] I will not be quite so tired….
Unrelated to Baby:
Andrew had his lab finals last week, and starts his lecture finals this week. There is one class in particular that he’s barely getting by in. He MUST do well on his lecture final in order to pass the class. I am praying, praying, praying for peace for him during the upcoming week. He struggles with test anxiety, so my biggest prayer for him during midterms and finals is that God will grant Him a calm determination and focus, and help Him recall to memory all that he has learned.