Well, I guess I’ve procrastinated long enough.
I’ve decided to join in a weekly Pregnancy Journal!
I might be irregular in posting for a week or two until I get on a better schedule, so please bear with me!
Boy or girl: No idea!
Currently craving: If I had my way, donuts, Chinese food and French fries. I do not have my way, however, so I’m just eating lots of apples with almond butter.
Currently Avoiding: Everything that isn’t on a strict gestational diabetes diet, anything processed or high in salt, anything to drink except water with lemon, and veggies still don’t sit well (that was my BIGGEST aversion in the first trimester.) The restrictions aren’t too bad, but my opinion might change around the holidays when I can’t eat cookies or pie (or drink wine!)
Weight: Up 2 lbs so far.
Belly button status: In. Never did pop last time…
Sleep: Wow, second pregnancies are so much different! My almost-3-year-old just doesn’t seem to care if Mommy is tired! haha… I would sleep all the time if I could. My work schedule gets me up at 4:30am, and I usually get to bed around 10:30pm. It’s not ideal. I was on vacation this past week, and I thought I’d catch up on sleep, but no. Still tired. And I can be fine one minute, and the next it hits me like a ton of bricks. I think this might be due to the problems I’m having with my BP and GD.
Recent Crazy Dream: SO many! They’re so long, involved and vivid that I feel like I could write a movie screenplay if I could only remember all the details after being awake for 5 minutes! I’ve had one about a baby boy and one about a baby girl, so who knows…
Evidence of pregnancy brain: I freaked out (almost to tears) the other day because I thought my purse had been stolen. My husband calmly pointed out that it was hanging on my shoulder…
Symptoms?: Super tired, my hair and skin feel weird, lots of headaches, (I think some are complication-related symptoms), and I have to be extremely careful brushing my teeth or I will definitely barf!!
Health: Baby is measuring well and moving a lot, so that’s good. I, on the other hand, am struggling a little. Without boring you with all the details, I have high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, and a thyroid condition, all of which can affect the baby. I’m also starting to experience the same kind of pregnancy-related claustrophobia I had last time. It is TERRIFYING and I hope I can figure out a way to deal with it because there is a loooong time to go. For now, I’m just trying to make it week to week, exercise when I can, and eat the best way I know how. The doctor did say that my numbers were good enough that my risk level is the same as someone without GD, so I was happy. We’ll see if I can keep it up. The blood pressure is another story…and one that worries me a lot.
Movement: Yes! I’m starting to feel the cutest little flutters.
Any appointments?: I’ve been going weekly, but I get to skip next week and start going every 2 weeks. I really hope we can slow down on the appointments soon. My 20-week ultrasound with the high-risk specialist is coming on Oct. 4th! I’m nervous, but pretty excited, too. I just wish I didn’t keep feeling like this baby was going to up and disappear by the next ultrasound.
Any baby related purchases?: Nope. I think I’m still having trouble even believing it…
Frustrations: People who make rude comments, and those who push things on me that I do NOT want. “Oh, you can have this, it’s sugar-free!” or “Oh, a glass of wine won’t hurt the baby.” Support is good, but hardcore pushing just brings out the B-otch in me! Why can’t people just back OFF and MYOB? I’m the one responsible for this baby’s health, so I’ll decide what to do with my body. Ok, #endrant.
Oh, and nursing is getting tough. I’m fully committed to letting my son self-wean, but those bedtime nursings are so painful. I have a feeling it won’t be long until they’re over, and then I’ll be sad. In less pain, of course, but definitely sad.