So, as I'm in week 19 and well into my 2nd trimester...let's recap on some things, shall we?
*Please note: this is strictly my own view of things. In no, way, shape or form would I want to scare anyone away from this beautiful thing called pregnancy. It is different for each and every woman.*
Some things I've noticed, and would like to take note on:
1. You will think your belly has popped at week 11, 12 or 13 because obviously, to you, who has crazily-documented the entire pregnancy, things have changed. This is true. Your body DOES change especially if you don't carry a lot of weight in your belly area to begin with. BUT--the true popping action really comes later. Say, around, week 17/18. [Again, I realize this is different for everyone...just my personal observances. Is that a word?]
...and to think...I thought this was a belly: (13 weeks)
...when indeed, THIS was really a belly: (18 weeks)
2. When people hear you are dealing with morning sickness issues, they will offer every bit of advice they feel they have for you. What I've figured out is that truly, every body is so different, that the thought of some of what has been mentioned sends my stomach into a queasy bout all over again. It's probably better to just nod and wish for the best for me in the future.
3. On the morning sickness note...it is sincerely (take it from me!) better to think that you will *never* come out of the woods with the whole puking thing. Everyone will say, "You'll feel great at 12 weeks." Then, when you hit 12 weeks and still are throwing up...they'll say, "You should feel great by 14 weeks!"...and then, still again, puking-they will say, "Well, I felt great at 16 weeks! So hopefully you will, too!". By then, you've given up hope that you will even feel better after-baby and may indeed be throwing up every single day plus some because, its.such.a.fun.routine! [And remember what I was saying about habits yesterday...?!]
[And please note...here, as I type in week 19...I am still tossing my cookies. The last 3 mornings again, anyway. Hey, its better then 4 times a day, right? Please, spare the "oh I'm so sorry's" and all the sweet comments--because I'm so used to it by this point, that honestly..it's OKAY. My baby is healthy. That's what matters, right?]
4. The extreme need for a nap does go away in the 2nd trimester. There is no definitive line, however when this exhaustion stops...but, at some point in the last few weeks I realized that indeed, I actually could get through a day at school without feeling like I'd die without a nap. Do I still go to bed at like 9:45pm every night? Uh..pretty much. I get a good 8-9.5 hours of sleep every night and its completely necessary.
5. That "motivation" they say comes with the second trimester is true. Again, though...it will sneak up on you. It's not like one day all the sudden you wake up with a bounce in your step, organizing every drawer in your house. It comes in waves. But, its definitely there.
For example, in the first trimester, I had no desire to leave the couch after school. Although, I did, of course. But, I would lay there, nap, flip through the TV, do a little grad-work, and just let my body rest. Now? I'm finding myself ripping out dead trees and plants in my garden in the pouring rain, and making homemade mashed potatoes at dinner (when I always use a box mix, except for Thanksgiving! Me? Diva? Yes!). I do believe that I could count on one hand how many times I made dinner during those first 12 or so weeks of pregnancy.
Progress, people. This is progress.
6. No matter how pregnant you may feel (or think you look)...most people are oblivious to the fact that you are expecting at this time and are too chicken to ask. The thing that stinks is...how many of those people are thinking you just ate too many donuts at the faculty meeting...?
7. One day you can't even imagine beginning to think about your nursery set up or how it would look, etc...and the next day it's possible to have it halfway done. [Honestly-that boost of motivation thing is insane...what kind of drug is the baby feeding me?]
8. Lunch meat will not kill you. Neither will salad bars. When you sometimes crave both, and only that-you will break the doctors rules to get some kind of food in your system.
9. Contrary to popular (my original) belief...you do NOT have to gain lots and lots and lots of weight right away. I still can't believe I made it a week away from the halfway point with not a pound to spare...I can just credit the morning sickness diet I'm on. [Serious note: I do NOT ever recommend puking as means to weight loss. I am anti-bulimia. Fer realz. However, you just can't HELP this morning sickness thing. You can't.] I have 20 more weeks to pack on the poundage that I know is inevitable.
10. I have been looking forward to the whole "I LOVE FOOD" stage of pregnancy, and so far, it has not come. In fact, I still eat like a bird, pick at my food, push stuff around, and nibble here and there.
11. Looking forward to a Dr. Pepper a day (at lunch) is NOT a bad thing. Not at all.