During the First Trimester Recap, we left off with week 13 and the beginning of 14 and found out we are having a BOY!
This month seemed to be filled with a lot of business, but looking back seems relatively uneventful. Funny, how that works! During the 14th week, we had yet another ultrasound! He’s still measuring in the 97th percentile for height and weight (YIKES!). His heartbeat was nice and strong, but it took a while to count the beats because he moves around like crazy! The 16th week appointment confirmed that his heart rate is around 150 bpm and that the small visible movement I see is, in fact, Baby!
Around the 15 week mark, the all day nausea and vomiting was replace with early morning nausea. Luckily, this ends within the first 20 minutes of waking! With the lack of nausea came these horribly vivid nightmares, though, and I’m not sure which is worse. I wake in a cold sweat, sometimes yelling, and my heart racing. It is the MOST bizarre thing to not know if the dream is a dream or reality.
During week 17, Michael felt the baby move for the first time. We’re saying it’s the first time because it was unmistakibly Baby. There was no question in his mind if it was my stomach growling, gas, or a muscle spasm! It was the coolest thing to watch his face as the Baby flipped and kicked and he realized the strength this kid has!
Lastly, and most excitingly, we picked a name! Hello, Michael William, III. While we are still playing it by ear, we are thinking that we will call him by his middle name — William.
By week 18, the vivid dreams subsided, but by week 19 they were back in full force!
This month my feet and hands have decided that swelling and stiffness is a new nightly ritual. I officially do not fit into most of my shoes or sandals, and flip flops are quickly becoming my new best friend! Also, wedding rings are off and I am wearing my grandmother’s Claddagh ring in it’s place.
Michael is also able to consistently feel Baby during hard kicking times and/or can see him when he settles into a certain side. Now, at least, he understands why I will say “ow” or “stop it” to myself. I swear I’m not crazy; this boy is just that strong!
The final week of Month 5 we went to NY and then my family came back with us to Colorado. With flying to NY, driving around, flying to CO, then walking, and visiting galore the swelling was at an all time high! We went to the mountains and spent the day in Breckinridge, went to the Garden of the Gods, Ikea, the mall, and so much more! It was fun, but holy moly I was exhausted by week’s end!
My parent’s were also able to see the baby at our anatomy scan, too! He’s starting to look like a real baby, but of course, was being stubborn. Because his face wasn’t 100% visible, we get to repeat the scan at 30 weeks!
For the entire pregnancy we (I) have been terrified of every little twinge, tweak, and movement from both myself and Baby. I figured that was expected considering our journey to get here, but now I’m getting very overwhelmed and weepy. The planner and organizer in me is starting to freak out that I can’t seem to get things done. With that being said, I think the nesting stage is starting because all I can think about are completing tasks before he gets here.
I traveled back to NY for a Baby Dinner Celebration during week 22! Flying increased my incredibly swollen feet which was not fun and it took them forever to return to their non-swollen state. The week/dinner, though, was great! I got to see friends and family, get a mani/pedi, go to my favorite ice cream shop (twice), and go shopping! After coming home, though, I hit the wall and was exhausted. For the next week, it took everything in me to get out of bed and do something, anything, during the day.
At my 24 week appointment, we examined my hands and feet, talked about how I’m feeling and handling the pregnancy, and came up with a plan. I had an ultrasound to rule out blood clots, a quick ultrasound to check on Baby, a urine test to check on protein, and was diagnosed with prenatal depression and anxiety. It was quite a week.
Because of my 24 week appointment, week 25 was full of discussion and seeking help. I found a therapist, spoke to numerous people about medications, and started taking Zoloft. Because of the Zoloft, my nausea and dizziness came back in full force, but I’ve been told that it will go away with time. For the first few days, I had some insane insomnia at night and was exhausted all day. This, too, was because of the Zoloft, but has since abated.
To be honest, I’m not sure how this whole Zoloft thing is going to go and it makes me a bit nervous, but time will tell! On the positive side, the work that I’m doing with the behavioral cognitive therapist is challenging, but going well.
Closing out the second trimester with a bang was not something I was anticipating. Unfortunately, we rang in week 26 with a fall down the stairs and my landing belly first onto the lawnmower! This lovely fall down the garage stairs placed us in the Emergency Room and then Labor and Delivery so that we could be monitored for over 6 hours. Better safe than sorry! The baby is unharmed, but I got some lovely scrapes and bruises on my knee and stomach and injured my abdominal wall! Yay!
Now that we are headed into the third trimester, all things baby prep are in full swing!
Weight: still very much, and happily, unknown!
Cravings/Aversions: really just cold food, but in the last few week COLD CHOCOLATE AND ICE WATER are my go to items!!
Sleep: comes and goes, not up as often, but still multiple times a night. No longer able to lay on my back, even propped up. Having a hard time getting to sleep. I’m lucky if I get a solid 2-3 hours at a time.
Medications: Prenatal with methylated folate (3 pills/day), Baby Aspirin (81mg AM), Zyrtec (10mg AM), Pepcid (20 mg AM), Zoloft (50mg/day)
Misc.: PUPPS comes and goes, seemed to become milder as the second trimester continued.