As my last month of trimester numero dos gets underway, I’m reminded that during my first trimester, I really did not like being pregnant. I think the first 15-16 weeks were full of pain, worry, and morning sickness. I did not like it. This month–this trimester really–we’ve actually been giving more thought to a second baby…some day.
They say that the second trimester is the “honeymoon” stage in a woman’s pregnancy. I have loads more energy. I’m happier, and I’m feeling a lot better. But, alas, it’s nearly over. All too soon, I’ll be in the third trimester. The one where I’ll have a baby the size of a watermelon balancing on my tiny bladder–squashing it into submission.
I have to remind myself–and I haven’t really forgotten this, but it’s hard to stay focused on the prize when the getting there is so tumultuous–that in a few short months (October is surely creeping up on us like one of our stalking cats) we will have our little chicken, our little bundle of new person.
I have been listening to old episodes of The Pregtastic Podcast via iTunes the last week or so. They do have a lot of really great information about different things, such as prenatal exercise plans, doulas, baby screening, and gestational diabetes to name a few. It was (I think they are no longer transmitting) a weekly podcast which began in 2006.
At the beginning of each episode–at least the 20 or so I’ve heard so far–each woman introduces herself and subsequently lists her “two ups and two downs” for the week. These are, as the name implies, the good and the bad experiences for the week.
For my weekly/biweekly updates, I am going to start including my own two ups and two downs. This way, I can share my positive experiences as well as put out my negative ones for my readers to perhaps offer suggestions.
1. In the last two weeks, the baby has become really active. So active, I can see my belly move. It’s very exciting. Last week the OB said he wouldn’t be making himself felt regularly until the following week (ie, this week). With all the movement, Jason STILL hasn’t felt anything. I’ve taken to recording my belly…
2. We have a plan and paint swatches for the nursery. We popped over to Home Depot last Thursday (because I randomly got paid a week early this month) and picked up the preliminary painting supplies Jason needed to get started. Rollers, brushes, drop cloth, bucket, etc. He then spent the evening removing all the face-plates from the electrical and phone outlets in the room and scraping off excess paint globs left from the rush paint job the previous owners did before selling. Now we’re pricing out the paint to see where we can find the best deal.
1. I think I am getting pregnancy-related carpal tunnel. The last several nights I have been woken up in the middle of the night with my hands almost completely numb. Generally it’s in my right hand (my dominate hand), and I wake to that lovely sensation of pins and needles. My wrists are tight, and it’s hard to get full mobility in them… flexing is uncomfortable, as though I need to stretch it out for a good long time.
2. I have my 1-hour GD test coming up in about 2.5 weeks. I’m almost certain I’m going to fail, just because of my weight. Also, my maternal grandmother had geriatric diabetes, and while I’m only 31, it’s still “in my genes.” I guess we’ll have to wait on that one. I just want to get it over with!
**Question: What are your two ups and two downs this week (doesn’t have to be pregnancy related!)?**