Secondly, I feel like since Peter shared what he has been doing these last few months and the feat he has accomplished, I should probably share what I have been working on these past few months as well. That's right, GROWING A BABY!!! =D
I am 25 weeks pregnant today. And yes I have been shirking my first-time motherly duties by not posting a picture and an update every single week on my pregnancy progress and the changes my body is going through. But honestly, I don't really want to broadcast all the changes my body has been going through, for your sake and mine. However, I have decided to treat you with a few pictures and a brief pregnancy update.
The Due Date:
December 20th. I am hoping the baby comes about 1 or 2 weeks early (wishful thinking, I know) just so she doesn't have to be plagued with a "Christmas birthday" her whole life. However, by wishing for that I am setting myself up to go into labor while Peter is in one of his 3 hour law school finals. So, it's either potentially have the baby on Christmas, or not have my husband with me while I am in the hospital...
As you probably guessed by the "she" and "her" in the above section, we are having a little girl!! It seems like everyone knew it was a girl right from the beginning, even me. I have always had a feeling that is was a girl, so we were excited when we got that information confirmed. I think secretly Peter wanted our first to be a boy, but he refuses to confirm or deny it. Either way, I know he is VERY excited and he is going to be an amazing daddy!
The baby is doing great and that is the most important thing. Every time I go to the Doctor things seem to be exactly how they should be, so that is reassuring. However, I have not been as lucky. I have had morning sickness throughout my entire pregnancy so far. Everyone told me it should go away between 12 and 16 weeks, but mine decided to stay a bit longer. I had one ER visit because of dehydration. Other than that, I have just been taking a lot of Zofran and praying not to throw up in public places. I haven't had to rely so much on medication lately, so hopefully that supposedly beloved second trimester will start before the dreaded third trimester sneaks up on me.
For my first trimester I basically had to force feed myself. I hated the thought, smell, or look of food and threw up most things I ate anyways. However, once I hit my second trimester I started craving Pizza and YoZone (which I think went out of business...because it is completely empty now and we have no idea what happened =( ). Now, I just crave anything anyone mentions or anything I see on TV. If we pass by a doughnut store, I crave doughnuts. If I hear an add for a specific restaurant on the radio, I MUST eat at that restaurant. If I see a billboard with a picture of watermelon on it, I crave watermelon. It is really inconvenient and expensive.
Peter and I definitely have names in mind, however, we have decided not to broadcast our ideas just yet. Stay tuned and you will find out in due time what our little girl is going to be called.
Apparently, my placenta is right in the front of my belly creating a barrier between the baby and my skin. It is not in a dangerous place, thank goodness, but it is making it impossible for me to feel the baby inside of me. I have never felt her kick. I rarely feel anything at all. This means I am constantly worrying that something is wrong, and have mini breakdowns when people tell me I should have felt her weeks ago. Fortunately, my doctor visits help put me at ease for a few weeks and tell me everything seems to be okay.
Peter and I just moved from our small one bedroom apartment to a big two bedroom apartment in preparation for our addition. I am currently day dreaming about all the fun things I am going to do to the nursery and I am very excited to start decorating. We really like our new place and we are very excited to be parents, and terrified of course. However, I do love this little girl with all my heart and even if I don't feel ready to be a mom yet, I know she is meant to be in our family and I can't wait to meet her and welcome her into the world.