Just the Facts:
Weeks pregnant: 11 weeks, 1 day
Weight: 133 pounds this morning. 139 pounds tonight. You tell me if that makes sense. I’m counting morning weight because that’s what I always use… only weighed tonight so I could weigh Anneliese (her+me – me = her = 17.5 pounds, if you were wondering)
Gain: -2 overall
Size of the baby: about 1.3 inches
Weight: about 5g. As heavy as a United States nickel.
Other pregnancy related crap:
Emotional crap: My heart might explode. Everywhere, I see siblings, and when they’re close in age, I LOVE seeing them play so nicely and get along and be best friends… I hope it will be that way for my kids. When Anneliese plays with other babies, I think about what a sweet big sister she is going to be. She’s always so gentle and sweet. Somehow she always ends up being the one that the other kids are climbing on top of and knocking over (though she isn’t above taking a toy she really wants).
Anneliese and her neighbor-friend Sydney, playing at a neighborhood barbeque tonight. They’re almost the same age.
Physical crap: Really tired, but this seems to be getting like 3% better. Sometimes I think “oh gosh I need more sleep” but when I can’t (baby is awake, stuff to do), sometimes I get a second wind instead of wanting to just pass out on the floor while Anneliese hits me with toys and Zora sniffs me. Round ligament pain comes and goes. A couple times I have felt the baby move! It’s not the rhythmic “uterine blood flow” feelings I had gotten before, but an intermittent twitching. Definitely fetus movement. It tends to happen more when I am curled up, almost in a fetal position. I guess maybe that position squishes my uterus so I can feel it better. This morning the baby was dancing around like crazy for many seconds (like 20?) and I didn’t want to move, because I didn’t want to stop feeling it. ‘
Also, does mental count as physical? I think so… apparently I’m losing my mind. Recycling is picked up on Fridays, so last night I took out my boxes and milk cartons and things… I dragged my recycling bin to the middle of the driveway so I could load it up easier, took everything out and put it in the bin, and then… went to bed.
Was my recycling picked up this morning? No. Because this is where my recycling bin still was. I never even closed it, let alone took it out to the curb. Oops. There’s always next week.
What I want to devour: Still going with the lemony stuff. On my menu this week – more lemony potatoes, another artichoke with hollandaise sauce, sauted green beans with olive oil and lemon juice. But I’m starting to be able to eat more dairy again, which is good. So I bought cheddar and colby jack to make quesadillas with (tortillas aren’t the best thing ever but they’re a good vehicle for cheese), and some sour cream. I’ve been eating yogurt in the mornings the last few days, with peanut butter and low-sugar strawberry jam swirled in. I think being able to get more protein and fat from dairy has helped a lot with my energy levels and queasiness. I’ve really been wanting Olive Garden salad, and satisfied that desire today with some great girlfriends and their babies. I also had broccoli and chicken with alfredo sauce over it. (*mumble*and tiramisu *mumble*) It was so good.
What makes me want to hurl: Still not feeling the meat. Chicken is okay but I’m not loving the texture (yes, even at olive garden). I still can’t imagine cooking and eating beef at home (though I would still love another In N Out burger). Bread/Cereal/Rice still doesn’t sound good to me… now that I’m getting in more protein and fat again, I’m feeling a lot more stable and not hypoglycemic like I got before. This is good. Hopefully in a week or two I’ll be back to normal, food-wise. Fruit is mostly still too sweet for me – can’t imagine wanting to eat much in the way of cantaloupe or watermelon right now, but apples, grapes, and berries are okay.
Supplements: Prenatal vitamin, calcium that has a little bit of Vitamin D in it. Vitamin D3, Fish Oil.
Activity/Training: Still mostly squats and stretches. Because I’m still sleepy and napping in the mornings, and it’s still hot in the middle of the day when I’m finally rested. Like HOT. Like today it was really cool in the morning so I put on jeans. Then when I went to my car after lunch with friends, my car thermometer read 100 degrees. Sticky hot legs. I walked around in stores for a while though, babywearing. Does that count? (no, I don’t think it counts)
(actually, I took this AFTER walking around stores babywearing… we didn’t finish lunch at 3:25. Same difference though, it was hot the whole time.)
Boy/Girl?: Boy. Question though – I have been saving some of my favorite clothes of Anneliese’s. If it’s a boy and he won’t be using those, do I keep saving them in case we have another baby and in case it’s a girl? Seems weird to save things that long for a maybe… on the other hand, if we did have a girl down the line I’d be like “awww where is that adorable dress I loved??!” What do/did you do?
Birth prep: Talked with my husband on the phone about the midwife situation. He basically said if I like her, he’s comfortable with that. Good man. Talked with midwife on the phone, decided my first appointment with her will be in November probably. Till then, I’ll just be calling her after my appointments at the Naval Hospital, to give her updates.
Baby prep: Nothing really.
Tandem nursing / BOOBS: Nursing is going great. My milk has definitely changed flavor (yes, I tasted) at least in the morning. It’s more salty, less sweet. When Anneliese is nursing in the morning, she nurses for a while, then sits up and signs “water” (new sign this week!), takes a sip of my water beside my bed, then signs “milk” and nurses more. Back and forth between breasts and water. She doesn’t seem to dislike the flavor at all, but does seem to be more thirsty for water, even throughout the day.
2 days ago, in the afternoon. Looked down and it was like WHOA preggo belly.
Today, this morning before I left to meet friends for lunch. Not looking pregnant at all. Yup, this weird stuff is still going on. It’s probably a combination of bloat and muscles relaxing throughout the day. I’m looking forward to actual uterus bump, so I look less jiggly in the afternoon/evening and more like an actual glowy pregnant lady.