Saturday, August 20, 2011

Week 14

This blog format is totally lifted from Rice and Frijolitos (a blog by a friend of mine) and modified a bit to suit my needs.  I hope you all enjoy!

First, some photos.  Me with Zoe (because she's too cute!):
Here's the front view:
 And to the side:
As you can see, not much is visible yet.  I can tell, but the average person on the street most definitely cannot!

Week: 14! Second trimester by anyone's measure.  (Aside:  some people consider the end of week 12 to be second tri, some the middle of week 13, and some the end of week 13.  Baby people are weird and just can't make up their minds sometimes.)
Baby Size: 3 to 4 inches. It's about the size of a lemon and weighing in at about 1 ounce.  This is massive compared to its beginning as an 0.006 incher!

Gender: No idea.  I have absolutely no sense if little one is a boy or a girl.  I don't think either one of us really cares one way or the other, although as Brian is the last Romo male, there is some (very much unspoken) pressure to have a boy at some point.  If it cooperates, we'll find out on Sept 30!

Total Weight Gain: At my last appointment (12 weeks) I was up 4 pounds.  I'll probably only put this section in only for updates after I go to the doctor!

Maternity Clothes?: Not quite yet.  I bought some jeans from Motherhood Maternity, but it's not quite cold enough for jeans yet.  I scored some Ebay khakis/dress pants, but they're slightly big on me yet.  I basically live in stretchy-waisted skirts (from Target), and if I have to wear shorts or pants, my trusty B-Band from Target.  That thing is seriously saving me some money!

Sleep: Like a rock this week!  It's such a nice change from the getting up twice a night to use the restroom I had in first tri!

Movement: LIttle one is apparently rocking and rolling in there, but I haven't felt any of it--still way too small!  I probably have a solid month before the movement becomes noticeable to anyone but the ultrasound tech.

What I Miss: Wine, sushi, really good blue cheese.  Brian's being very over-protective of my eating habits and keeps all of those things away from me.  It's really cute, but sometimes I do feel the need to sneak out and get one of my "forbidden" foods!

What I'm Looking Forward to: Finding out the sex in a little over a month.  Also, enjoying an occasional glass of wine now that first tri is over!

Best Moment this Week: Realizing that "popping" doesn't just refer to when the bump is all baby, but also when the bump is displaced internal organs.  By that standard, I have "popped", even if it totally doesn't look like it from the photos!

Pregnancy Body-New and Exciting!..maybe:  Besides the popping (which again, only I notice), not much is happening.  I can now sleep through the night without having to get up and use the restroom, which is huge since once I get up, my mind starts racing and it's hard for me to get back to sleep.  I have some belly itching as the skin expands, but it's certainly bearable.  I am getting round ligament pain (basically the ligaments holding my uterus are stretching to accommodate the expansion that's happening) quite a few times a day, but that's mainly just a sharp pain that goes away rather quickly.  My boob pain has lessened somewhat, though; maybe to compensate.  I guess I'm finding out why they call the second trimester the honeymoon phase of pregnancy!

Baby Milestones: The little one can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck its thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, its facial muscles are getting a workout as its tiny features form one expression after another, which basically makes me think of when you were a kid and trying to make your parents laugh by pulling tons of faces. Its kidneys are producing urine, which it releases into the amniotic fluid around it — a process it'll keep up until birth. This goes a long way to explaining why I'm still in the bathroom a lot; I'm peeing for 2.  It can grasp, too.

Food Cravings: I haven't really had any cravings at all per se for the entire pregnancy.  I find myself eating a lot of really sour things, but I loved those pre-pregnancy too.  Berries (besides blueberries) are my favorite fruit, and I'm always up for Mexican food and pizza.  Aversions are a different story.  See the previous post for those bad boys!

How's Dad?: He's doing great.  Starting to get nervous about the big changes that will come once baby is here I think.  He's being very supportive, and helping me as much as he can.  He's not once complained about having to do the litter boxes. 

Tid Bits: We are so incredibly lucky that Brian's sister is done having kids and kept a ton of her baby stuff.  We are getting off really cheaply for this one, with the stroller, a larger carseat, and if it's a girl, most of the clothes taken care of.  Additionally, she's offered to come up once the baby's born for a spell and spot us so that we can eat and sleep.  The future grandparents are being so cute as well--Brian's bought us a jogging stroller from a neighbor's yard sale
and a cute a sleeper with a frog on the butt and mine got us a bib that says "I'm a Handful".  I really appreciate all of their support and excitement.

I teach 2 evening classes this semester--one on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-9:30 and the other on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-9:30 and Fridays from 5:00-8:00.  I'm really going to miss Brian for the next 16 weeks!  I'm really happy my energy seems to be returning, though, since I'm not a night person at all and need all the boost I can get!

To end, I'll share a non-baby related story.  One of my students e-mailed me and said that he/she would be on vacation for the first 2 weeks of class and asked I if I would please not drop him/her.  I basically e-mailed back and said that missing the first 2 weeks was completely unacceptable, and maybe he/she should drop and take the class again when he/she will be around for the entire semester.  As of this morning, this person is still on my roster, and it will be interesting to see if he/she decided to cancel the vacation (that had been planned for 8 months) and take my class, or if he/she is just not going to show up and expect that I will not drop him/her.  Am I cruel that I'm hoping for the latter?  Entitlement just really makes me angry!

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