September 6, 2011

Baby Q&A: Week 14

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So, this week's theme is thus:

No, our child is not forming a People's Justice League from within the womb (although that would be kind of awesome). He or she (according to "What to Expect When You're Expecting," that is) is now, in Week 14, about the size of a clenched fist.

I shared this factoid with T the other day, and we both were rather freaked out that our baby is still so tiny. Even though I'm not really showing yet, we still forget often how teeny-weeny he or she really still is. For whatever reason, we just envision our bambino as a full-term newborn and it kind of flips us out to remember we're still dealing with someone who's just a few inches long.

So, how are you feeling about pregnancy in this, the 14th week?
Honestly? It's still a little weird. Since I'm not showing, really, and I can't feel movement yet, it often feels a little like, "Helloooooo, baby...anyone in there?" I told T it almost feels like the baby lives in the ultrasound machine, and we have to go to the doctor's office to visit him or her. :)

Does this mean your nausea and extreme exhaustion is waning?
Why, yes -- yes it does. I still have my moments with both -- vegetables still kind of gross me out -- but for the most part, my appetite has returned to normal, and I can go most days without a nap.

The biggest difference I'm noticing as I head into the second trimester is that I'm no longer just eating because I know I have to; I'm actually eating because things sound and taste good again. This is both good and bad: I'm finding it harder to eat what I should because I'm craving starchy snacky food. I think this'll be my biggest challenge in the foreseeable future.

Um, are you at least taking a multi-vitamin so your baby has things like feet and brain cells?
YES, smarty-pants. I'm not completely ignorant to the ways of nutrition. And I am trying really hard to get a balanced diet full of fruits and veggies and Omega-3s and whatnot. I just have a day here and there where all I want is Captain Crunch cereal. BACK OFF.

O...kay. This may be a good time to ask if you're experiencing any of the famed pregnancy moodiness of late?
What? I'm sorry, I was over here crying and couldn't hear your question.

So...yeah. I am finding myself rather moody (or, as T so lovingly says, "moodier than usual"). About twice a week (and sometimes more), I'll find myself totally bummed out about something, real or imagined (often the latter), and will be utterly inconsolable for an hour or so. T, bless him, is learning how to navigate these mood swings -- namely, to hug me, pat me on the back and say, "I know, baby. But it'll be OK."

(He is less good at navigating my sudden outbursts of groundless anger that I, naturally, direct right at him. Well, why DID he load the dishwasher THAT WAY, anyway?! I mean, really.)

How are the dogs handling all of this? Do they know you're pregnant?
Mmm...not really. As I've told a few people, our dogs are far too self-involved to notice. We're not seeing any overprotectiveness or gentleness that I've heard others talk about. Essentially they just want to make sure they get fed, and occasionally they will deign to snuggle with me, but no more than usual. It'll be interesting to see if this changes in the next six months.

Have you told folks at work yet?
Yes -- unfortunately I had to clue them in quite early, as I had to travel for work in my 8th week and I knew it would affect things somewhat. I have two more out-of-town trips planned for my fifth month (with my doctors' full OK, of course), so I'm glad my co-workers can be in the loop and understand when I want to crash at the hotel after work vs. whooping it up at happy hour. (And they do; I have awesome co-workers.)

OK, last question: What's the best piece of advice you've received so far?
Hands down: Just relax. Relax and enjoy pregnancy for what it is, whatever it is for you. Don't worry too much about everyone else's advice, listen to your doctor, do what feels right for you. I am trying to take all of this to heart and not stress out, although it's hard (I am a fretter by nature).

More to come!

6 backtalk:

Shannon said...

For some reason, I found this quite adorable: "I told T it almost feels like the baby lives in the ultrasound machine, and we have to go to the doctor's office to visit him or her. :)"

I know EXACTLY what you are talking about.

Enjoy the 2nd trimester! It totally rocks.

the grumbles said...

the whole thing didn't feel real to me until pretty far along, because of the small baby and the no feelings, you know what i mean? it was really surreal. i could pretend it wasn't happening most of the time. not that i wanted to, but you know, just weird.

Jill said...

It took me a while to feel the baby and feel as though I could actually feel baby movement and not movement that I was making up in my head. I think for a while, I was actually feeling something more than I was later in my pregnancy. Takes a while to feel it and know what it is. At least, that's how I was. :)

wrestling kitties said...

YAY!! I LOVE seeing this!

You are SO right, it does feel like for the longest time he or she lives in the ultrasound machine. And then before you know it you can feel him and know your child's routine and are interacting with him or her (I like to tickle what I am only assuming are his footsies)! AWESOME :)

And I also had a hard time realizing just how small Henry was, now I have a hard time realizing he may be 8 pounds?! Doesn't just the whole idea that there is a HUMAN BEING growing inside you just blow your mind?!

Glad the indigestion has decreased, enjoy the food and as you head into the second trimester!

My cats I don't think have ANY clue what is coming in the next few days. I actually always have to have a pillow or something laying on my stomach when I am chilling on the couch or in bed because otherwise they will just walk right on my stomach like "oh you made a big soft area for me to lay, how convenient for me". Crazy cats.

I am still SO HAPPY for you two and so happy to see these posts! It makes me smile

Summer said...

If you only knew how much I thought about you and wonder about the questions above. Again, so glad you are updating in this way.

Yay for feeling normal again!!

Wendy said...

I love these updates!!

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