I have to admit that the second trimester went by in a flash. August-October seems like ages ago and as I look at my calendar and see that January 17th is next week, I realize April is quite close. Sure, it doesn't feel like it but in the grand scheme of things, it is right around the corner.
I'm starting to feel the crunch of that to-do list. Call about day care, take some classes at the hospital, think about preparing my body for labor, ramp up the healthy eating, etc. What seemed like distant planning just a month ago is now staring me right in the face. For no good reason, I'll say that I think I will give birth before my due date. Go ahead and laugh. Or wait until April 21st when I'm overdue and laugh at me then. But I just wanted to put it out there for reference later so I can say "oh wow, I thought I knew SOOOOOO much!"
Aside from the heart burn (still) and increasing difficulty putting my shoes and socks on in the mornings, I'm still feeling pretty great. I'm trying to appreciate that feeling while I can because I know when the comfort ends, I will be thinking about the days I could move around with ease.
While changing out of my work clothes and into pajamas the other night, my husband walked past me and my bare belly. His eyes got big and he moved towards me as if there was a gravitational pull from my stomach to his hands. "You denying it now. You are for sure pregnant." I think I waited for this bump for so long (in years and just in the first part of the 2nd trimester) that it is a bit unreal (and sometimes unsettling) to see my stomach round and protruding.
I have some thoughts that I hope to jot down for another post regarding the things that I have experienced and have not experienced up to this point. There were the standard symptoms that I expected to happen that did and others that I knew nothing about and felt angry at all mothers for not warning me about. Look for that next week!