Hello friends! Thank you so much again for all of your warm wishes in regards to our baby news! Needless to say, we are so beyond excited!
I’ve created a new Baby B page, where it will be easier to keep track of all my pregnancy-related posts. I plan on publishing my first “back post” regarding my journey to baby within the next few days– I will warn you right now, it’ll be very personal and maybe a bit “tmi,” so feel free if you wanna skip it!
Until then, I thought I would write a little about the thoughts that have been occupying my brain the last few days at this point in pregnancy (almost 17 weeks!).
1) When will pregnancy hunger strike? I spend most of my free time reading pregnancy books, a few pregnancy forums, and perusing a couple of websites (my favorite is Babycenter.com). I read about women who have no appetite due to morning sickness, and I also read about women who are constantly ravenous. I no longer experience any sickness, but I also have no spike in my appetite. In fact, I can fit less food in my stomach now than I could before. More than ever, I hate feeling full, and small amounts of food fill me up. My baby is still pretty small and not taking up much room right now, so I wonder why I actually have a decreased appetite. I would love to feel ravenous because it would make me feel like my babe was growing!! I know he or she is, but I wish my hunger would increase as the baby’s size does! I am assuming it just hasn’t hit me yet, and it will come in time.
Here’s a recent meal I ate at dinner that made me too full!
Quinoa salad. . .
and a baked sweet potato.
2) I am amazed at how much the size of my stomach area changes within just a day! I usually feel pretty “normal,” with little to no bumpage in the morning and early afternoon. After lunch though, I feel my stomach just gets bigger and bigger until after dinner, when I feel huge! I know I am not actually large at all (especially considering how big I will get and how much longer I have to go), but my waist expands by a few inches no problem at night!
3) I can’t believe my students can’t tell I am pregnant yet! First of all, most of the teachers know at my work, so I am shocked none of them spilled the beans. I have not gotten a single indication from a single one of my students that they have any idea I am pregnant. Even the fact I limp around all the time hasn’t raised eyebrows. I think I am going to let them know once we find out the sex on October 11th, so if I can manage to hide the belly for about two more weeks, I will be happy. I can’t wait for them to know!
4) When I go out in public, strangers don’t know I am pregnant of course, but I also cannot wait to experience how strangers treat pregnant women (once it becomes obvious). It’s like I’ll be a walking experiment– I am just so curious to see how the way people treat you changes once you are visibly pregnant!
5) I had to lie on my stomach the other day for some physical therapy treatment on my joints, and I felt for the first time like I could feel something like a water balloon in my stomach area! I definitely felt like I was pushing down on something full and round!
6) I cannot wait for the flutters to start. I have felt nothing so far, but I hear, especially for petite people, that movements may be felt this early. I spend a lot of time concentrating on my stomach when I lie down to see if I feel anything.
Well, as you all can tell, my mind is racing with all things baby all of the time! I guess it is totally normal to be this way, but I seriously can’t get enough!