Thursday, October 24, 2013

15 Weeks

This is my first published weekly update! I've been writing posts (almost) every Thursday and keeping them as drafts to be able to remember what I've been experiencing but I think I will start publishing them every few weeks. Not much changes week to week so I don't see a reason to post weekly.

My two pregnancy apps say the baby is as big as either an apple or an avocado. I can't believe how small that is but how big it has grown in just a few weeks!

Physical Symptoms: The past two mornings, I've had to make serious puke plans on my drive in to work. I should start driving only in the slow lane in case I have to pull off the road. Who told me that nausea and morning sickness go away after the first trimester? LIARS. I felt wonderful on Tuesday but not so much yesterday and today. Luckily, chewing gum helps take the edge off and I'm trying to chug water to hydrate myself.

I also feel as if an elephant is standing on my chest, making it very difficult to breath at times. I have even considered taking the elevator up ONE FLOOR at work but I have refrained. I just have to take the stairs slowly and even take a brief rest at the landing. Pathetic, I tell you. Hey Baby D, you can have some of my oxygen but not all of it! You are grounded.

I still don't think I am showing although a few people seem to think my preexisting stomach fat is a baby bump. I assure you it is not. My lower stomach is get harder and at night, it seems to bulge out a bit more but I see no signs of a pregnant belly quite yet. I hear some people say they didn't really start showing until 20 weeks with their first so I have a while to go.

Lastly, getting out of bed in the morning seems like a punishment. I've always loved sleep but I can't get enough of it these days. And although I am not as fatigued as I was earlier in this pregnancy, knowing how painful it is to get out of bed has me running to hit the pillow before 8:00, even though I'm staying up a bit later.

Emotional Symptoms: I don't think I'm going through any major emotional swings. I'm an emotional person by nature but I have found that I do get that urge to cry even when not prompted by anything. Just driving along, not thinking about a thing and then BAM, I start to get a knot in my throat. I did cry at the finale of Project Runway the other day but I think I've done that in the past. Again, I'm pathetic.

Looking forward to: I am anxious for our ultrasound to find out the sex of the baby. It will be nice to be able to identify exactly what I'm growing. I'm excited to start showing and looking forward to telling some of my students about the pregnancy. It feels weird just blurting it out, especially with students that I don't have a close relationship with yet. I told a few of my high schoolers yesterday and their reaction was so great. I always thought I would want to shout it from the rooftops and tell every person that crossed my path but for the most part, I'm very quiet about it. I guess I should appreciate the last few weeks of this before I start to show and won't have a choice but to tell people so they don't think I'm just getting fat.

I hope everyone has a great day!

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