Just the Facts:
Weeks pregnant: 17 weeks, 2 days
Weight: 133 yesterday. not sure about today
Gain: -2 overall
Size of the baby: 5 inches.
Weight: 5 ounces. We’ve surpassed the “stick of butter” weight.
Other pregnancy related crap:
Emotional crap: Still trying to find balance between “hermit” and “social whirlwind” for the sake of sanity.
Physical crap: Headaches, thirst at night, crazy dreams… still all of this. Headaches are a bit less, and not as debilitating. But still coming and going… I remember this as occurring in the first half (not first trimester) when I was pregnant with Anneliese. I was flipping through the hospital pregnancy book and it also says “first half” for hormone-related headaches… so hopefully that will be over soon.
What I want to devour: Fruit, cheese, salads.
What makes me want to hurl: Still meat if I have to cook it, still eggs. Except for bacon.
Supplements: Prenatal vitamin, calcium that has a little bit of Vitamin D in it. Vitamin D3, Fish Oil.
Activity/Training: We have been very busy again this week and I haven’t gone on a lot of dedicated walks because of that, but I’ve been making conscious decisions to do more… like the other day when I went to Target, I wore Anneliese and decided to go in about 4 other stores too just for fun, so it ended up being a lot of walking, plus with a nearly 20-pound weight strapped to my body. Not too bad. Today instead of driving to the halloween party (it was seriously close) I walked with Anneliese in the stroller. Weird thing though, on the way back, I got some horrible cramps in my tummy/uterus area. Like stop-me-in-my-tracks bad. I had to lean on the stroller till they passed. No idea what that was. And does it count if I scrubbed the floor on my hands and knees a few days ago? Cause I totally did that.
Boy/Girl? I can’t even guess now. I have had so many girl dreams/”visions” lately… like I can see Anneliese with a little sister. And I’m not getting as much of a strong boy feeling as I felt in the beginning. But in any case, we’ll find out in a few weeks, right? (I don’t have an appointment yet, but hopefully soon, and hopefully baby will cooperate because I’m confused and curious and want to know which name to call the baby!)
Birth prep: Nothing other than a quick chat with my homebirth midwife. We have an appointment together in a few days, which I’m looking forward to.
Baby prep: More like big sister prep. I ordered this super-cute baby doll for Anneliese. I’ve been looking for one since before her birthday, and wanted a non-creepy doll that was soft all over (no hard plastic head or arms/legs). This one was absolutely adorable and the price was right.
I also ordered this book, which I had been avoiding for a while because of the “baby bucket” on the front. But the fantastic reviews sucked me in, and it’s every bit as good as they say. It’s a sweet matter-of-fact look at life with a new baby, from the toddler’s point of view. The baby is nursing on a few pages, and is being worn (front carry, facing the parent – I think the dad) on one page. The illustrations are sweet and I like that the toddler and baby don’t have genders specified, so I’ve been telling Anneliese that the toddler in the book is her, and that the baby is our new baby. She loves it and asks me to read it again and again.
Tandem nursing / BOOBS: Still going strong. I haven’t taken many nursing pictures this week because she has been SO SAD in the mornings when she is normally nursing the most. Teething-sad I think. She hands me her medicine syringe like 100 times asking me for more, and trying to suck out the last drops from the tip of it, and wants to nonstop nurse/drink water/eat food all morning long, because I think it makes her feel a little better… sobbing in between all of that though. It’s extremely pitiful and I hope that it’s over soon.
Other stuff: Here I am! I feel like I look 100% pregnant, but when I mention it to people in conversation (people I don’t know, because I talk to strangers in stores or wherever) they always seem 100% surprised. So I guess to them I still look ambiguously chubby?pregnant? … I just hope my maternity jeans start staying up soon! They fit perfectly right out of the dryer, but get a bit “relaxed” even just 30 minutes into wearing, and start to slide down. It’s okay because I have (non maternity) yoga pants to wear right now, but when it is colder and I WANT to wear my jeans more, I hope having a bigger belly will help.
PS Anneliese turned 15 months old 2 days ago. I didn’t miss it or forget. I’ll write about that tomorrow.