Pregnancy · Rainbow Pregnancy · Second Trimester

18+3 Weeks

First things first. I know I haven’t been updating. I just feel like every time I try to write I can’t get anything to come out. It all sounds like badly spun dribble. On top of that I haven’t had time. Work is finally slowing down but I feel like I’ve been there even more than normal. This should change in the next few weeks when I take the spring layoff. I’m doing this partly to have some time to myself while I still can and partly to start planning and getting shit ready for this little one while I can. Once I go back to work we will be in the rafting season and things will pick up rapidly.

Also a week ago S’s father had a heart attack and had to have quadruple bypass surgery. He is doing so much better now but yesterday we pulled a full day road trip to and back from Connecticut. Connecticut from where we live in Maine is not short trek. It’s about 7 1/2 hours from where we live to where we had to go. So we did 15 hours in a day. Luckily we didn’t hit much traffic. He looked a lot better than I was expecting and was his usual cynical, sarcastic stuff so things are looking good. Watching S break down though when everything first happened was hard. We will be going down to Connecticut again in a couple of weeks but it will be for at least a week long stay.

And lastly before the survey/baby update I know I haven’t posted a BoxyCharm or Ipsy unboxing yet. I have the pictures taken and uploaded, but again timing hasn’t been as good as I would like. I haven’t decided if I am going to do the posts or wait until my March box/bag and just do them together, as my March BoxyCharm has already shipped. I will see how I’m feeling, but I swear they are coming!!

Ok, on to the baby stuff!

How far along? 18 weeks and 3 days

Weight Gain: I believe I talked about this a little after my last appointment in late February but at that point I had lost weight again making it a total of 14 pounds lost from the start of this pregnancy. However the baby sounded good on the doppler, the uterus was where it should be, and the doctor didn’t seem even a little worried so I’m trying not to be as well. It’s not like I’m not eating!

Gender: Our anatomy scan is set for the 23rd of March, so we will be finding out in a couple of weeks.

Maternity Clothes: I finally reached the point where I can’t really button my pants. I have been wearing my belly band but I haven’t bought any maternity clothes yet because there isn’t anywhere close (2 hours is the closest maternity store) and as this is my first pregnancy I don’t want to get something online and then have it not fit. I think I’m going to have to bite the bullet soon and just do it.

Stretch Marks: Same as before. I have my old ones and new ones on my breasts. I haven’t noticed new ones anywhere else.

Sleep: I’m still sleeping fairly well. I don’t know what that’s all about but having spent 27 years as a shitty sleeper I’m not about to complain about it!

Best Moment This Week: I finally felt the baby move about 4 days ago! I know it was baby for sure this time. I can’t explain how I know that, I just do. I’ve been waiting so it was a nice relief to finally feel that little guy/girl wiggling around.

Movement: See above, but yes finally!

Food Cravings: I still have the tootsie rolls but I haven’t really craved them. I had a cheesecake craving the other day and got a piece this afternoon. Sweet things tend to be what the baby is looking for and I don’t really have sweet things around, as I’ve never been a huge sweets person. I guess it’s time to stalk up.

Anything making you queasy?: No. Occasional gag during teeth brushing but other than that I’m good.

Baby Bump?: My fat is definitely starting to round out and look more baby like. I swear I could feel my uterus grow like a week the last few days and a friend actually said to me today “I swear you got bigger since I saw you the other day,”so things are definitely happening. I’m almost to the point where I may be comfortable posting a belly shot and not feeling like I’m just glorifying my fat and using it as a fake bump.

Symptoms:  Uterus stretching, peeing all the time, fantastic nails. Other than that there isn’t much going on.

Labor Signs?: No.

Belly Button In or Out?: In.

Wedding Rings on or off?: On.

Happy or Moody?: Besides the obvious stress the last few weeks I’ve been pretty happy. I have the occasional mood swing but for the most part everything is coming up roses. To be honest it could be the warming weather too. I am always a little more chipper once spring comes around.

Miss Anything?: I finally craved a glass of wine this week. Like really craved it. I haven’t wanted that since I stopped drinking. Oh well. I will be able to have that again eventually.

Looking forward to?: The anatomy scan on the 23rd, being able to relax during my month off from work, spending a week in Connecticut, and taking my little brother to Fenway for the first time in April. It will be his and babies first baseball game. Trust me, baby will have many, many more Fenway visits in his/her future!

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