This pregnancy already feels so different in a lot of ways. With my first, I felt as if the first 25 weeks went by really fast, and then, it took forever to reach our due date once Christmas past.
Now, I feel like the first 20 weeks went by so slowly, and the due date is approaching quickly! I still sometimes have to remind myself it’s October and not September. Before I know it we’ll be celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. And once we hit New Years, it’s only a matter of days before Littler Man arrives! I keep laughing with Tim’s work schedule for December and January. Out of the 10 weeks in these months, he’ll only be at work for 6! Too bad the baby couldn’t have timed it a little better to come around Christmas or New Years, then he wouldn’t have to worry about going back to work for a week or so before taking Paternity Leave.
What the baby’s doing at 26 weeks:
How I’m feeling at 26 weeks:
I’m currently a 13 weeks and 2 days. My baby’s heart rate at our last appointment on Monday was 153 bpm. The doctor kept joking that it wouldd be a girl. Our baby should be almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and about an ounce.
I wish I could say the first trimester flew by quickly, but it seemed to take forever. Nausea began in my 6th week of pregnancy, and it’s made an interesting last 7 weeks. I’m relieved to say that it’s all been downhill since about week 9 or 10. My nausea was limited to just morning and nights instead of all day. And now, it’s even less frequent than that.
I’m still not able to eat like I wish, and I’m constantly hungry which makes eating not very fun. I’m so ready to have my normal appetite back! (Especially with our trip to New York City and Restaurant Week coming up soon!)
I also had a fun phone call right before the start of this trimester from my doctor. I’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. This doesn’t really surprise me since I was borderline about 5 years ago. She explained that it sometimes pops up in pregnancy and could go away once the baby’s born, but I’ll need to take medication every day opposite my prenatals. This is just my luck since I HATE taking pills on a regular basis. My brain is such mush. I know I’m going to forget to take it at some point. But at least the doctor caught it! Those who have hypothyroidism and go untreated have a risk 4 times greater to having a child with lower IQ and learning difficulties. If that’s not motivation to remember to take my pill, I don’t know what is!
On a separate note, can I just say how ready I am for this weather??
We’ll be leaving in a few days with the entire Hurst family and heading to Maui, Hawai’i for one last big family vacation before it gets too difficult to do. With 3 babies being born within a few months of each other, it’ll probably be awhile before we can all take off as a family together (with the exception of Dopps Camp of course!)
I know I’ve mentioned to several of you how nervous I am about this trip, but for those of you who aren’t aware…I’m nervous! VERY nervous! We’ll be taking our first long-distance airplane trip with our 16 month old, and I’m predicting the worst. Thinking about time zone changes, lack of sleep, lack of entertainment, and long hours on a small airplane, I am beginning to panic.
I feel like I’ve done everything I can to prepare for every catastrophe, but I just know no matter how much I prepare, if he doesn’t want to watch his DVD or play with the million toys I’m bringing, and all he wants to do is “walk!” then I’m in trouble. We have a 3 hour flying time for the first flight, and a 5 hour flying time with the second. Our only prayer is that he sleeps most of the second flight since it’ll be during his nap time.
Then, once we arrive, how do we handle the time difference? We’ll be leaving Dallas at 7:30am and arriving in Maui at 12:40pm; which is almost his bedtime in since it’s a 6 hour time difference.
On the way back, I don’t know if it’s better or worse: We leave Maui at 12:20pm and arrive back in Dallas at 5:00 AM the next day.
If you have any advice for me, or ways to make me feel better about the flights and/or time changes, I’d love to hear them!
A little over a week ago, I updated everyone on how I was feeling with this pregnancy. I was actually a little excited when the “blogger jinx” happened almost immediately. You know…when you blog about something only to be proven wrong, and then you just feel silly for blogging about it.
Almost as soon as I posted how terrible I was feeling, the next day it was like the clouds opened up and everything became bearable again. I assumed it was one of the number of different strategies I tried; changing when I took my prenatal vitamins, constantly eating crackers to fill my stomach, and resting at every opportunity. But of course, just as quickly as relief came, it went.
Since Saturday evening, I’ve been feeling awful. Zofran is no longer working. I’m now down to eating a combination of PB & J’s, soup, toast, and (oddly) plain hamburgers. I’ve found I can also tolerate chocolate Frosty’s, so there is a little joy in my life.
I’m hoping this nausea might be an “ebb and flow”; one week on, one week off. I think I can handle knowing there’s relief in sight. It’s the fear that the nausea will continue throughout the next 7 weeks that scares me. With my first pregnancy, my nausea really didn’t go away until week 16. I’m not sure I can handle that with a 15 month old running around.
It’s Sunday night, and I feel raw and vulnerable after a long, exhausting weekend. I can promise I won’t always use my blog as a forum to whine and complain, but right now that’s just where I am.
This weekend has been an eye-opening experience for me. I think I have either been ignoring the obvious or some major pregnancy issues have (literally) popped up within this last week. It very well could be that I’ve just been too busy to notice the changes going on, but some are pretty hard to not notice. For example, my belly is now fully preventing me from doing any normal, personal activities such as tying my own shoes, putting my pants on without taking a breather, and actually sitting up straight on the bed or in a chair.
To add to this, I looked down this evening and noticed my ankles were gone; in their place are cankles. My feet and legs are starting to swell to the point that I don’t recognize my own lower half. My usual cotton socks are even leaving marks on my legs.
I’ve also had some time to prepare, but my biggest fear is now happening. . .my belly button is almost flush with my stomach. I need to realize that it’s only a matter of days before my perfect belly button is now an outie.
And of course, there’s all of the internal body changes that are causing embarrassment for me in public that I need not discuss.
I’m still grateful for the few things that don’t seem to be an issue. The only swelling seems to be in my legs. My rings still fit on my hands, and many people have told me you can’t see the pregnancy on my face. I’m also happy to still not have any signs of the linea nigra – the dark line that runs vertical up many women’s bellies.
Overall, I’m still enjoying the experience of being pregnant, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I am starting to miss my old self. I really hope it comes back soon!