Cannot WAIT to be out of the first trimester. The second trimester is where it’s at, baby. Without further ado, my 12 week bump, as taken by my three year old photographer.
The kid has a future in this photography thing, I think. I am looking forward to working with her for all these bump pictures.
Symptoms: Still have nausea all day and night, and need medication in the morning or I’m not going to be able to get out of bed. And I pretty much need to hit the ground running in the morning with my three. I can always hear Ruthie screaming from her crib (she is the earliest riser), “Mama! I’m awake!” Yes, our three year old is still in a crib. She has never even tried to climb out of it. Probably going to transition her out of it soon though so that she can go to the bathroom in the morning and transition her out of the night diaper, if she is ready. Anyway, I’m off topic again. I am ridiculously fatigued, but it is nice to fall asleep at night the minute my head hits the pillow. Also, the round ligament pain gets worse and worse with each pregnancy. Sneezing is now the most painful thing ever. I’m sure the look of sheer panic on my face when I realize I have to sneeze is amusing to behold.
Size: That awkward stage where I look like I just ate a really big meal. I’m in my fat pants and still wearing regular shirts. I’ll probably have to switch to maternity clothes soon just for comfort’s sake. Too bad it is cold out and I can’t just wear flowy summer dresses. I much prefer the stage where I have a discernible bump and people know I’m pregnant and not just vaguely plump. If this is anything like Wren’s pregnancy, the bump will be here before I know it. In the meantime, I am just enjoying being able to sleep any way that I want.
OB appointments: We had our first appointment a few weeks ago where we had the ultrasound. Everything looked good, the baby was in the right place, and we got our due date nailed down. I have my next appointment next week where it will just be your basic listen to the heartbeat appointment. I always refuse all the unnecessary tests in the first trimester, so that makes the appointments simpler.
Here is a picture to compare back when I was 12 weeks pregnant with Wren:
Thank you all for the warm response on my announcement of this pregnancy! I was always a bit anxious as to how people will treat me during my fourth (full term) pregnancy because of this experience , but so far everyone has been so congratulatory and supportive. I love this community. Looking forward to feeling kicks and finding out if it is a boy or a girl!