Written Friday, May 17, 2013
How Big are the Babies?
My sources say the babies are as big as rutabagas or cauliflower this week, measuring about 13 1/2 inches, head to heel, and weighing 1 1/2 pounds.
How I’m Changing
Growing rapidly (though not putting on any additional weight) and tiring easily (though not forcing me into bed early).
My body, although designed and built to bear children, is not used to this additional weight and extra strain on muscles and joints.
It hurts, or rather, is uncomfortable, to sit down, stand up, roll over, bend over and turn from side to side. My belly aches sometimes. My back and tailbone – and even my sciatic nerve on occasion – hurt all the time. My hands and feet swell in the warmer, more humid weather lately, too.
It’s tough to
walk hike, too. (We got out on the trails a lot this past week!) My lungs strain to keep up with my legs, and I’m huffing and puffing in no time.
How I’m Feeling/What I’m Thinking
As a result of my body changing so quickly and my wardrobe being unable to keep up, I am so self conscious.
For the first time this entire pregnancy, I really miss my old self – my old life, my old habits, my old body. I miss running. I miss going out for $1.99 margaritas on sunny afternoons. I miss wearing shorts and tank tops that flattered my smaller frame.
Instead, I feel not ugly – Never in a million years! I wear this belly like a badge! – but just…blah. I can’t even describe it.
Pregnancy really is amazing; I have to pinch myself sometimes, just to remind myself that it’s real. But pregnancy is physically, mentally and emotionally demanding, too.
I hope this self-conscious phase just an in-between phase. Thank God for Christopher. My darling husband always knows the right thing to say to make me laugh or smile and just feel a little better.
Weight gained (to date): 24lbs.
Workouts: Four – 3-mile hike, 2.5-mile walk/hike, 15 min. strength training and 1.5-mile walk.
Food aversions: None.
Food cravings: Turkey sandwiches.
Cravings satisfied: One – for Greek food. I had a gyro from Sowbelly’s on Saturday.
Maternity items purchased: One – a nightgown from Goodwill.
Baby items purchased: One – a cute onesie from Goodwill.
Mother’s Day gifts received: Tickets to “Wicked” in Madison in June!
House projects worked on: Several. We started to clean the basement carpet. My dad fixed our leaky kitchen faucet. He also looked at our broken washer, but couldn’t fix it; we’re likely going to buy a new washer and dryer when we move. We also planned for staining the changing table, dresser and gliders. I also packed a few random things.
Next prenatal appointment: Monday, June 3, 27 1/2 weeks.