I’m actually 22 weeks today, so here’s a look back at last week.
It’s become increasingly difficult to remember to take these photos, so I’m just going with when I remember to do them, which means I’ll be skipping a few weeks here and there. Time really is flying by.
It really is true when they tell you that you’ll have a lot more energy during the second trimester, but it’s still possible to over-do it. We had a big cookout for Brad’s 30th birthday this past Saturday (his birthday was actually on April 8) and going and going all day must have been a little too much. I still felt exhausted when I woke up on Sunday and after church, a coffee date with Brad, and brunch with friends, I crashed and didn’t get up for the rest of the day. I napped only to wake up to a headache, a neck ache, a lot of sneezing, and my nose bled every time I blowed my nose.
We googled the nose bleeding and it turns out that this is common in pregnancy when allergies. From Baby Center:
Pregnancy can cause the blood vessels in your nose to expand, and your increased blood supply puts more pressure on those delicate vessels, causing them to rupture more easily
It can also be a sign of high blood pressure but I’m not concerned of that in the least. When you’re pregnant, you get your blood pressure checked monthly and mine has always been very healthy (like 107/60) during and before my pregnancy. It’s more likely that my nose is just very dry.
My sweet-tooth has been on overdrive this past week and the opportunities to satisfy it has been a contributing factor. In my Bradley Childbirth Class, we have to record what we’re eating and our protein intake for four weeks. This is SO hard for me! Ever since I stopped extreme dieting in college, it’s really hard for me to write down everything I eat which has been kind of a good thing, until now.
My 30th birthday is coming up on Sunday and I’m vowing to not eat any dessert until then. I went to Amelie’s yesterday and didn’t eat a single macaroon (pats self on the back).
This may fit appropriately under “Symptoms” but I prefer to put it under “Fun Stuff”. I’ve felt the baby flutter a couple of times weeks ago, but this past week, I finally felt him kick. I woke up at 3 am on Tuesday night and couldn’t go back to sleep. Then Baby E started kicking gently (or maybe punching?) and kept it up for the next four hours. I woke Brad up because I knew he would want to feel him. It was such an amazing feeling that I didn’t mind that I couldn’t sleep at all. It was more because of the excitement than the baby keeping me awake.
Since then, I’ve felt him kick and move around here and there, at least a couple of times everyday. But it hasn’t been anything like that first time when he kept it up for so long. It was wonderful!
The other fun thing that has been going on this past week is ordering things for the nursery. I’ll do a follow-up post on planning our nursery. But for now, I’ll just say it has been both a little nerve-racking and a lot of fun.