2nd Trimester Health:
As of 8/28 I have gained about 21 pounds (yippee!) which is apparently more than appropriate (but is still weird). My baby weighs over 2lbs (crap, where did the other 19 come from?) and can hear, open his eyes and has fingerprints.
I passed my 1 hour glucose test with flying colors! I actually had a scare because my test information got mixed up with someone else's and I got a call telling me that I would have to take a 3hour test... The thought of drinking that orange-sugar-crap again literally made me tear up. BUT, it turns out I DID pass the 1 hour test and I am DONE. I nearly pass out every time I have my blood taken, so I made Eric come with me and hold my hand. Obviously the birth process doesn't freak me out at all (*sarcasm).
2nd Trimester Highlights:
I still feel great. Yeah, I am the annoying person who didn't get sick in the 1st trimester at all. I have continued to feel great through the 2nd trimester and even had a little improvement in the energy department. I started showing (like, a 100% for real, strangers noticing, type of thing) at around week 25, which was fun. So far no strangers have reached for the belly (thankfully!), but I don't really see that happening until I'm about to pop as my bump is still pretty small.
It's a boy! Finding out the sex of the baby was a HUGE milestone. We found out in an anti-climactic sort of way (I had an ultra sound by myself without looking at the crotch area, then took the pictures to NYC when I went to visit Eric. We looked at the pictures at 11pm after I had been delayed 5 hrs and we both were kind of like, "oh, it's a boy.") Definitely not a gender reveal party, blue balloons type of moment, but it was still exciting to know. It's soooo nice to be able to refer to the baby as "him" and "he." It also makes everything so much more real. He doesn't have a name yet (not even close) but I love knowing there is a little boy in there.
Feeling the baby move. Oh man, this is beyond wonderful/weird. Pregnancy is literally a miracle. I mean, there is a HUMAN BEING moving inside of me. He moves A LOT and seems to get pretty cranky when he's hungry (my husband shares this lovely trait). I started feeling little bubbles around 16weeks and it took me a while to realize, "yes, that is the baby." Now, there is no confusion. He kicks, punches, hiccups and who knows what else in there.
2nd Trimester Favorites:
H&M maternity jeans: They are sooo soft and I love the fact that they have a little (fake) button - they look so much more like real jeans than most maternity jeans I have seen. I am afraid I won't be able to give them up post-pregnancy.
Dried Apple Rings: I keep them in my bedside table at night, which makes me feel like I have a bizarre eating disorder. But, when I wake up to pee in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep because my stomach is growling, I can eat a few of these and I feel much better. Plus, they don't make any news when you chew them, so I don't wake Eric up.
Argan Oil: I have been using Argan Oil on my stomach at night. I have no idea if it will actually help with stretch marks, but it makes me feel better for being relatively proactive about it. It also feels good and keeps my skin from itching, which is a really good thing.
May Designs Bump Diary: I have been trying really hard to keep track of everything, and this notebook makes it really easy. You mark something off every day and it prompts you to keep track of milestones and make different lists. I got it early on and I have LOVED it.
ONLY 11 more weeks to go!!
*You can also read about the First Trimester if you are so inclined :)