How far along? 13 weeks
Total weight gain: I am up a whopping 18 lbs, and that’s not even counting the extra bit of weight – 15 lbs – that I picked up before I fell pregnant. That’s a total of 33 lbs over the comfortable weight I was a few short months ago! Needless to say, I feel like I have a fully grown baby inside me already because I have not been this weight in quite a while. I gained way too much during the first trimester due to the need to eat constantly in order to keep my nausea at a reasonable level. Even though the nausea would keep returning, there’s was no functioning without food continuously entering my mouth. I felt like I was force-feeding myself -What a mess! I was very happy that the doctor did not weigh me at my 11th week ultrasound because I am pretty sure that I am not going to gain as much weight as I “should” during the second trimester. I could never keep eating that much now that the nausea has started to ease off.
Stretch Marks? None that I haven’t had for years already.
Sleep: I’m not getting enough, but only due to my own fault. Justin and I often forget to keep an eye on the time in the evening. Before we know it, it’s 11pm, and that’s too late for this pregnant-fairy since I have to get up between 6:30 and 7:00 on most days. We’ll have to work on that!
Best moment of the week: This has been a good week since my nausea is not completely awful anymore. The best moments for me are hearing my hubby say, “I’m so happy to have my boo back again!” That leads me to believe that the normal, happy, non-Zombie-like Catherine is almost completely back.
Miss Anything? I miss friends. This has been hard for me over the past two months. I have Justin here, but I feel like I need my supportive friends over here right now too. If I could fly them over, I would! Those ones who would have come over and sat with me while I felt ill. Or brought me some food. Or just come to help tidy up when I was too sick to move, and Justin was using all his free time to do my extra lessons, cooking, and doing laundry. I was sick with a terrible cold this week too – I thought about my friends, my brothers, and my family, a lot while I lay at home alone. Don’t get me wrong – Justin has been amazing, but he is carrying both our work loads at the moment, so in a way, it’s been a lonely two months.
Baby Movement: Not yet. Still too early for a first pregnancy.
Food Cravings: No… I did crave beef burgers and an extra side of fries for a couple of weeks, but I haven’t been craving anything since then.
Anything making you queasy or sick: SMELLS!! China certainly has its share of bad smells, and these awful odours have me gagging as I walk down the street, around school, and even in our own home. This has been pretty rough for me to deal with. I have an incredibly strong sense of smell, even before I fell pregnant, and now it’s unbelievable! On Sunday, when I came down with this nasty cold, all the mucous made me feel nauseous in a different way – it was very unpleasant, but fortunately nothing like morning sickness nausea. I stayed home to rest on Monday and Tuesday.
Gender: Despite always being pretty sure that I would first have a son, I have been convinced that I am carrying a girl from day one. I can’t say why I feel that, and perhaps I am completely wrong, but my gut feeling is that it’s a girl!
Labor Signs: Nope!
Symptoms: For the first couple months I had extremely sore, massive boobs but now I don’t feel that anymore. This week I felt very tired, but it was definitely more of a lack of sleep/ sickness kind of tired. My legs sometimes throb, and I then need to keep them elevated. I had heartburn almost everyday, but this week that has disappeared. I found Gaviscon online here, and I am already onto my second bottle. That stuff is a lifesaver. Avoiding food that trigger the heartburn has lessened the suffering. No mood-swings – I feel happy and content. I just wish that I had more free time, but this will change after the new year so I’m pushing through this stage.
Bellybutton in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? They have been off for weeks already. Although I can get them on, if I leave them on for a while it’s a little hard to get them off — thirty plus pounds in a few months will do that to you!
Looking forward to: The second trimester calmness!! 🙂 No more nausea.
Baby this week – The size of a lemon! The teeth and vocal cords are forming, and even though they are tiny, the fingerprints are completely developed. Little one is approaching normal proportions, with a head now only 1/3 the size of it’s body. The intestines are in the process of moving from the umbilical cord to the baby’s tummy.
Heeelloo Second Trimester!