double checks math
verifies by calculator
pulls out calendar to verify
Holy crap, it appears that I am officially one-quarter way through this pregnancy. That just doesn’t seem right, but the calendar insists that it is. I blame work (for keeping me so busy I hardly know what day of the week it is) and those weird extra four days that seemed to bring everything to grinding halt (because now that I’m in “regular” weeks, they feel so fast).
So I suppose it’s time for a little pregnancy check-in! Lucky you; thanks for stopping by.
So first up, the nausea actually seems to be lifting for the most part (obvious exception being the whole stomach bug/food poisoning thing from over the weekend, that was rough). I can now usually get through the day without any nausea, although it does still crop up after dinner time on occasion. I don’t even have to snack all the time in order to prevent it. So yay! Maybe I actually won’t gain 13 pounds in the first trimester this time!*
Honestly, most of my first trimester symptoms are lifting. Fatigue isn’t catching me as routinely. The hunger isn’t striking as much. The aversions are settling down (perhaps I’ll actually get to eat some chocolate soon). The bloat is settling down a bit too. Though with the appearance of the bump, I could easily pass for four-months along when the bloat does kick in…. which is kind of becoming a problem. (We’re supposed to hang out with friends at their pool this weekend and I’m probably just gonna tell them I’m pregnant since there’s no hiding this lovely physique.)
Speaking of, I know that it’s usually a joke that women who are pregnant for the second time around show earlier. You know, because our abs are all stretched out and we still have pooches and pouches and other really nice things like that. And yeah, it’s true. Even without bloat, I’ve got a clear protrusion (though no one who sees it is gonna think “awe, it’s a baby!” right now – they’re probably just gonna be like “awe, Belle’s let herself go!”). BUT. All jokes aside, I’m actually really happy about it. Maybe my abs are more stretched out, idgaf. You know what’s nice? Not taking two bites of my dinner and instantly feeling like I’ve eaten too much. You know what else is nice? Not being insanely uncomfortable all because your abs are straining to keep everything exactly in place. The fact that my body’s been through this before – that it “remembers” what’s coming – has really made me so much more comfortable through this first trimester.
New this time around: everyone talks about how weepy and emotional pregnant ladies get. However, for this pregnancy, I find myself getting intensely nostalgic. Everything from music (remember the first weekend we spent together Luffy!) to Google Maps (man that vacation I took to DC a decade ago was amazing – I felt so vibrant and alive! I should go back!) gets me going. It’s charming and a little baffling.
Also, technically qualifying for “new this time,” I don’t want to alarm anyone with BRAND NEW INFORMATION, but I have a child. The dumpling. He’s 2.5 and he keeps me on my toes. And, I really think he’s helped this first trimester sail by. I remember being pregnancy obsessed when I was pregnant with him. It’s all I could think about, read about, or talk about (at least with Luffy… poor Luffy). This time though, the dumpling’s still my primary focus and the pregnancy (and still sorta hypothetical second child) is the after thought. Except for popping the prenatal vitamins and suffering through the nausea, I’d probably completely forget I am pregnant.
In other things I totally forgot about: ok, so this one is a little crazy. I’d be skeptical if I were you too, so don’t feel bad. Remember how I first felt the dumpling move when Jas laid across my abdomen? I was 16 weeks exactly, which was on the early side for fetal movements as a first-time mom, but I figured Jas compressed everything and let me feel them better. Anyway, same thing as been happening this past week! Isn’t that crazy?! At not even 10 full weeks along, I’ve felt it twice now. Always in the evening. Once when I had my knees pulled up towards my chest (I was basically curled into a ball on the couch) and once when Jas laid across my abdomen. I know it seems unlikely; I mean the baby is the size of a grape! But it’s in the right spot – low, down closer to my pubic bone than belly button (where all my intestines are currently hanging out. apparently. ewe.). I’m doubting myself too, but I’m still just gonna put a digital post-it on this week by mentioning it.
*Confession time: with all my early weight-gain fears from last time (which I remember vividly), I had it in my mind that I had gained a ton of weight my first trimester. Like 13 pounds, as I quoted up there. It lined up with the mental image I had in my head of myself – all squishy and bloated – and my mental timeline of the pregnancy.
But. I just pulled up an old excel chart I made (right around the time I freaked out about gaining no more weight until I was 20 weeks) and I discovered that my memory is off. Way off. I kind of feel bad for being so critical on myself back then. I gained a perfectly reasonable 4.5 pounds in the first trimester. I crossed over the 13-pounds-gained mark at precisely half way through my pregnancy, which is obviously completely different from the way my memory shows it. Crazy how we do that to ourselves.
I’m curious to see what my weight gain will be like this time. I feel smaller this time around. Before I opened that spreadsheet, I thought my numbers would come in lower this time around. I’ve actually already gained 4.5 pounds (and by only 6.5 weeks to boot!). I did start off three pounds lighter, so I’ll be interested to track both the change (how much weight I’ve gained) and the total (how heavy I am). Stay tuned! I know you’re excited.