I am 16 wks and 6 days today, well established in the much-anticipated 2nd trimester. I can’t believe how fast things are going this time. Part of the reason for this is that I have a million other things going on right now, and so the least of my concerns is my pregnancy that is barely noticeable other than the protrusion in my abdomen. Okay, so I am probably just really busy.
So many things are different about this pregnancy from my pregnancy with Deven. This time, my acne is horrible and unrelenting, and STILL THERE. I swear, by now it was pretty much gone last time. My hair is falling out, as opposed to growing thicker and more lustrous like it did with Deven in my tummy. I cannot wear contact lenses or chop onions because my eyes with BURN BURN BURN like nothing else. I had to stop wearing my contacts later, like in the last month or so of my pregnancy with Deven. I have an INSATIABLE sweet tooth with this baby, and I am luckily able to manage it. With Deven, I craved sweets, and then I would eat them, and then I would regret it half an hour later with a horrible tummy ache. This time, I eat ice cream and Milky Ways, am temporarily in heaven, and then I get heartburn. And you know, it’s okay. I’m fine with heartburn. I have never really been a heartburn person, but this pregnancy has brought the pain, and it is totally livable.
I have experienced a really unpleasant pregnancy first: LEG CRAMPS. Holy hellfire, they are not fun. I was awoken by one the other morning in my left calf, and it was EXCRUCIATING, and since then, my calf has been sore. It has made having stairs in my house really unpleasant. I never, ever, EVER had a leg cramp when I was pregnant with Deven. I had always heard of them, and I felt kind of bad for the women who had to experience them, but I never thought IT WOULD HAPPEN TO ME. Also, my hips and butt have been really sore and easily tired out. I have heard from many women that aches and pains in subsequent pregnancies tend to be worse.
Also, I haven’t felt this baby move hardly at all. I started feeling Deven move at 15 weeks, and he never stopped moving. This time, I have maybe felt a kick-or-two here and there, but nothing that I am absolutely sure comes from the baby. This could be because I am slightly heavier than I was before– about 15 lbs heavier pre-pregnancy, or it could be because I have an anterior placenta. It means my placenta sits on the front wall of my uterus. It’s not dangerous or anything, except that it could make getting a c-section a little more complicated than usual (I could bleed to death.) But that’s not going to happen. I mean the c-section. Ahem. Anyway, I’m sure that once the baby grows, I will be able to feel him/her/it move more.
We don’t know when we’re going to find out if this baby is sporting 2 legs or 3. I have my next check-up on Thursday, and I am sure my Dr and I will discuss when she would like to have that Ultrasound done. I would like it done before Thanksgiving, but knowing my luck, she will make me WAIT until the following week. That’s just not acceptable. I need to know what we are having so I can pick out the bedding and other accents to the nursery in time for Christmas. Thats right, we’re going to ask that family and friends buy us baby stuff for Christmas. What? We’re not asking for a shower or anything, and we’re going to need stuff, so whats wrong with asking for the stuff for Christmas?
There is so much to be discussed about big-brother Deven. I will save all of that, including the adventures in potty training Hell (more like potty-training purgatory) for another post. There’s just too much.