I cannot BELIEVE my second trimester is ending. I remember being five weeks pregnant and feeling like double digits were so far away. Recently I commented on being six months along and I thought Tom was going to have a heart attack. Turns out, saying how many weeks along I am hasn’t been registering for him but hearing that I’m six months pregnant = shit’s getting real.
So, remember how I felt awful my entire first trimester? Around 14 weeks I began to see the light at the end of the tunnel and started feeling like myself again. Most of my food aversions are gone now, and my appetite was back in time for Christmas which was a relief. That said, I’m still taking Diclectin. Every time I try to wean off, I become terribly ill and completely miserable. Recently I saw an article about Diclectin having a placebo effect and not being effective. I laughed out loud when I saw it. I don’t even have to tell Tom when I’ve tried to take a lower dose because he can tell a marked departure in how I’m feeling. I’ve had some guilt about this but it’s proven to be necessary for me. It’s what’s kept me eating well and even enjoying my pregnancy this last while and I figure happy mom = happy baby.
As my belly grew bigger I did a little shopping at Thyme Maternity. These jeans are awesome. That said, I’ve always been more into flow-y tops and leggings so I’ve been able to transition most of my pre-pregnancy wardrobe fairly easily.
I’m sleeping really well most of the time, all thanks to my Snoogle. I am obsessed with this thing and absolutely think it’s worth the money. That furry guy above really likes to curl up in it each morning after I get out of bed and it’s still warm. I will be so sad to put it away after the baby comes, although I’m sure Tom will be glad to get more of the bed back.
One of my favourite things is hearing the heartbeat in the doctor’s office at my checkups. We didn’t get to hear it at either of my ultrasounds so Tommy hadn’t heard it yet and was super disappointed. I was able to record it at my last checkup and sent it to him on Valentine’s Day. We also look forward to the weekly update on my Bump app and seeing how big the baby is and how he’s developing.
I definitely relate to the second trimester being the “honeymoon phase” of pregnancy. I chopped my hair off at 19 weeks which really helped give me a little confidence boost, especially because my skin has never looked so awful on a regular basis. In terms of mood, I’m definitely weepier than I’ve ever been, over happy and sad things. Also, pretty sure that baby brain has kicked in. I recently spent 10 minutes trying to figure out why the blender wouldn’t work. Tom finally came over to help and pointed out that it may blend things better if I put the blade attachment in the jug. *Face palm*.
I’ve been doing a ton of research on the necessities and we have everything mostly decided on. Everyone kept telling me that boy clothes are disappointing, but I have to say I disagree. I’ve found so many adorable things and if anything, I have to be careful not to overdo it. I love going through his little wardrobe and imagining how he’ll look in the things we’ve bought him so far. It’s such a strange and magical thing, anticipating meeting this little person who you already love but have never met.
I love to read and always thought I’d read a ton of pregnancy books, but I quickly learned to read NOTHING unless I have a specific question. I have yet to find a book that doesn’t make me overthink everything so ignorance has been bliss thus far.
Things I love to eat: overnight oats; I have them almost every day for breakfast; bananas, and fruit in general, peanut butter, and burgers. I want red meat a lot lately, which is odd for me. The other day I made a meatloaf because I wanted one so badly. I don’t remember the last time I had it but it hit the spot. Weirdest cravings: a hot dog, Velveeta Shells and Cheese and Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls. Basically, any nostalgic junk food. Luckily those types of things are a one and done, because, yikes. Also, I can’t live without sparkling water. It helps my indigestion so much.
I’ve hated coffee my whole pregnancy but have really missed tea. I found a few varieties at David’s that don’t have any herbs and I’ve enjoyed drinking those once in a while. If you’re curious, the flavors are: Birthday Cake, Movie Night, Green & Fruity and Strawberry Shake.
I’ve been feeling lots of movement for several weeks now and Tom has felt it too which has been so fun. The baby always moves a lot right before bed and I love to relax and feel him do his thing before we go to sleep.
We start prenatal classes right away! Super excited for those. And scared to learn more about how the baby has to come out of me at some point.
Bring it on, third trimester!