Friday, December 04, 2009

Pregnancy Update - 16 weeks

Since I haven't been documenting this pregnancy anywhere else, I guess my blog is as good a place as any. I have my checkup this afternoon, but don't expect anything newsy to come of it.

At this point, the nausea seems to have mostly subsided at long last. After 10 weeks of feeling my stomach in my throat, this is such a welcome change! Afternoons are still rough, but feel more like heartburn than true "morning" sickness (stupid label! I feel the best in the morning, and get worse throughout the day). I get intensely sleepy at times, but haven't been taking lunchtime naps in my car every day. Just every few days. Eating protein continues to be a challenge, although fried eggs at 11pm go down real easy. Thanksgiving brought me the knowledge that a) turkey is bad and b) all other carbs are good. A dinner of garlic mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, potatoes au gratin, cornbread stuffing and a vegetable to balance out the meal is delicious. On really bad days, which aren't too uncommon, the only viable dinner option is a yogurt. Fillip has been extremely understanding on those evenings when he made a delicious dinner, only to have me reject it for a carton of yogurt. I'm showing as much now as I was at about 6 mos with Hayden, which seems really silly. Especially, since the part bulging the most just beneath my chest is all those organs being pushed up. My uterus is still below my belly button.

One thing I've noticed is that I'm not moving around nearly enough. I spend 2-3 hours a day driving to and from work. Then I sit for 8-9 hours at work. I might go across the street to grab lunch, but even if I take a full hour, I just go sit and read. Part of this is that it is dark by the time I get home, so I'm not comfortable going for a walk. However, I'm already getting restless legs at night and at work. Last night we took a walk as a family after dinner. The boys certainly needed to burn off some energy and I needed to move around. Fillip just needed to chaperone. :) It was really nice, and I told him we will be doing this more often. Next week I intend to get a gym bag together and start going again at lunchtime. There is a gym bag in my desk, but those gym clothes would laugh at me if I tried to squeeze into them. Also, looser, bigger clothes would simply be much more considerate to all the other gym members. If I don't need to nap anymore, I can get my butt moving.

I'm not quite sure, but I think I'm feeling the baby move around. It seems so silly that I was absolutely positive in the 1st two pregnancies, but not quite sure in this one. My only theory is that I didn't pinpoint the sensation until it was strong enough to be unmistakably the baby. I've been feeling little mysterious bubblings now for about 3 weeks. They are getting a little more consistent, and a little stronger. Also, sometimes it is a little more deliberate feeling, rather than that fleeting feeling of gas. This pregnancy has been hardest by far to this point, and I'm looking forward to these enjoyable later trimesters. We have absolutely no potential names on the table as of yet, although we know what initials we will be using. We'll get there.

I think that's about it. Pretty uneventful and mundane. I'm definitely happy about that.

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