Baby is still there. That sounds so morbid, but if you’ve ever been pregnant then you know just how much that feeling can weigh on you between check ups. Exposure to the medical world and the blogging world also makes it more apparent just how common unfortunate things happen during pregnancy, most especially in the first trimester. It’s just a little bit like walking on egg shells for nine months, especially when you’ve previously had a miscarriage.
Check out my 12 weeks update here.
How far along? 15 weeks today
How big is baby? Size of an apple.
Important baby milestones this week: lungs and senses
Total weight gain: It depends on the scale. At the midwife it looked like six pounds gained (with clothes on), a few hours later, it was like two pounds gained on my scale at home that I usually weigh myself on. So my scale might be wrong in terms of correct weight, but since that’s what I usually weigh myself on, I feel confident that I’ve only gained a few pounds.
Maternity clothes? Yes. I have a belly band and officially purchased maternity shorts from Old Navy. I could probably get away without them, but it’s summer and I’d like to have the option to wear shorts and shorts and pants are simply putting a little tight pressure on baby/bladder.
Exercise? Swimming and being a nurse.
Sleep? Eh. It takes a long time to get comfortable and I’m waking up every few hours to use the toilet, but otherwise I think I’m getting the right amount of sleep.
Movement? Too early to feel anything. And no “flutters.”
Food cravings? Soup and popsicles.
Food aversions? Most things, it makes it hard to even cook dinner. And I wouldn’t even call them aversions, I just simply am uninterested in most foods.
What I miss: having a glass of wine. I’ve been stressed lately, so something to get the edge off would be very very lovely…
What I’m looking forward to: our gender determination 3D ultrasound.
Milestones: belly is starting to get a little rounder (ergo, look pregnant versus bloated/fatty). We are in the SECOND trimester. Alleluia. Miscarriage risk goes down dramatically and we’re 1/3 of the way there. Husband was like “oh, we’re almost there!” And I was like, “no, that’s the third trimester mark.”
Say What? Not a lot of people know at work, which is where I spend most of my time nowadays. Not a lot of friends and family comment, probably because I have been so busy at work I haven’t seen them.
Sweet Moments: Went in for monthly check up and I’ve just been mostly asymptomatic, apathetic about baby (not that I’m not excited), and I work with chemotherapy, that I was just completely surprised that baby was still there when I went in shortly before my second trimester point and the midwife found the heartbeat. Kid’s still there. It was a beautiful reassuring sign. I immediately wanted to buy a doppler of my own.
Make Room for Baby: We are starting to financially plan for baby. We wanted to wait until after our vacation, and so here we are. We have two large out of pocket expenses (we are doing cord blood banking and getting a doula), plus if kid comes even a day late we have to pay all over again for insurance. So we just want to use my paycheck for those things and with having a little extra for when I’m on maternity leave not bringing in an income. Otherwise, our to do list is to finish the guest room with the baby’s stuff, update our kitchen (so there is a better storage situation), and update our garage (also for storage solutions). I’m about to have lots of baby stuff in our townhouse and I will absolutely not want to be tripping on stuff trying to get out the door so we’re hoping the garage and kitchen storage solutions will help us a bit. That’s the goal for this summer!