First Trimester Recap

Since I’m already well into my second trimester now, I figured I should document the first 13 or so weeks before the pregnancy brain completely erases it from my mind.

I’ll preface this by saying that I think I’ve had a relatively easy go of things during this pregnancy, for which I feel very fortunate, but there were several weeks in the first trimester that felt very exhausting.

As I mentioned in my last post, we found out that I’m pregnant on May 3 which put me at 4 weeks pregnant. I felt great at that point, and did for another two weeks or so. To the point of thinking, “this is totes kewl, I got this!”.

LOL, you guys. Once the hormones really started kicking in around week 6, it was not totes kewl. My main symptoms were nausea in the morning and crazy fatigue. Like, put my head down on my desk at 2pm because I can’t fathom staying awake any longer.

My doctor didn’t see me for my first prenatal visit until I was 9 weeks, so for a while I was relying on Dr. Google and pregnancy apps for insights. I’m sure every first-time pregnant lady finds herself in this situation, but I have to say I was surprised that I wouldn’t see the doc for such a long time! Huh, now I know.

Here’s a rundown of the rest of the first trimester:

The belly: Given that I am a short, short lady I have always anticipated that I will have a giant pregnant belly. Maybe some weird part of me is looking forward to looking like Violet Beauregard post-forbidden gum eating, but I asked Donnie to start taking pictures of me from the very beginning in hopes that I’d spy a baby bump.

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Turns out, a baby the size of an apple seed does not in fact cause you to look noticeably pregnant. HUH.

For reference, here’s a photo at the start of week 11:

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And here’s one from week 14:

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It’s not dramatic, but I can see a difference between these. I’m not crazy, right?

Morning sickness: I wouldn’t say I got away scot-free on this one, but as I mentioned I didn’t have a horrible time of it. I would feel the nausea descend on me after breakfast and it generally subsided by lunch. Considering so many women say “morning” sickness is a misnomer and should be called “all-day” sickness, I’ll count my lucky stars on this one.

And luckily, no food aversions! I love eating, that would have been so sad.

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Other symptoms: Fatigue, as I mentioned, and also headaches. Ohhh, the headaches. Headaches that were like,

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For the record, this symptom is still going strong in the 2nd trimester, but around week 8 that I had a wicked headache for a solid four days. It was brutal.

Cravings: Even though my morning sickness was pretty mild, I did develop a few strong food cravings very early on. The first was bagels. There’s something about bagels, right? To be fair, I have always loved bagels and it’s possible I’m using pregnancy as an excuse, but…I’m not about to stop. Probably not until this kid is in college. The second craving is fruit. I’m not usually a huge fruit eater, but I’m definitely eating more than usual now. Favorites include apples, mango, and nectarines.

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Apps: In part because of the long wait between the positive pregnancy test and first prenatal appointment, I have downloaded so many pregnancy apps. It’s out of control. It’s a good thing I pay for extra memory on my phone, otherwise I’d have to start deleting other (probably more critical) apps. At the moment, the Glow Nurture and Bump apps are my favorite.

I will say, however, that if you are prone to anxiety beware of the community forums on some of these apps. It’s worse than WebMD-ing your symptoms.

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And now…today marks 19 weeks! We have our midway ultrasound this Friday, which I’m looking forward to. I’ll check in again soon with a belly update!

Hump Day Brain Dump: Indian Summer Edition

You guys, it’s September 30th. Do you know what that means?

No, it has nothing to do with #psl.

Nope, wasn’t going to talk about apple picking, apple butter, or apple brown betty (no clue what that is anyway).

Rather, September 30th means that we have roughly 57 hours left of fall before it starts snowing. Hard. And persistently. It also means that we’re one day closer to the true beginning of hockey season (also known as our distraction from how bad the Bears are already sucking this season).

I think I’m just not ready to let go of summer. I never am, let’s be real here.

But hey, the good news is that 1. I graduated from grad school! …A month and a half ago! (Bad blogger, bad!)

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The feeling of accomplishment walking across that stage was amazing, although I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I already miss it. Ok, I don’t miss final papers and 4,693,542 pages of reading every week, but I do miss it. I was lucky to have a cohort that I really bonded with, and to be a part of a great program with brilliant professors, so it legitimately felt like a privilege to go every week. School is cool, man, don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise.

2. We took the dogs on a veritable road trip!

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Don’t let that face fool you. They did not sit still for more than 4 seconds in the back of that Jeep.

Also, the Jeep doesn’t have A/C. Not uncommon since they have soft tops and you can just roll that baby back in the summer. But topless vehicles don’t really work with dogs. And this particular day happened to be ~90 degrees, so we were all a little toasty.

I’ll bet you already knew this, but dogs “sweat” by panting. And that tongue you see right there was very…sweaty. Donnie and I were pretty much soaked by the time we arrived at his brothers’ house.

…….That was a real cute story, Megan, thanks for sharing…

Moving on.

3. I drank the coloring-book-for-adults KoolAid.

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In a fit of unrelieved stress, I finally broke down and ordered myself a coloring book. People continue to tell me that they are a great way to unwind, so I figured I’d give it a go. I haven’t accomplished much (and I think I need better quality coloring implements), but so far so good.

I’ll show you a picture once I finish a page and hang it proudly on my fridge.

And now I’ll leave you to your Wednesday night must-see-TV. Hey, at least if the seasons insist on flying by and the weather absolutely must turn colder, at least my stories are back!

Hump Day Brain Dump: Podcast Nuggets and this Weird Dog

I keep waiting for that summer slow-down at work, but things are still coming fast and furious and it doesn’t seem like it’s about to let up anytime soon. The good news is that I’ll be done with grad school in 3 weeks and then I can actually have a life again!

In honor of this being a week of crazy, and because my capacity to form well-organized thoughts is lacking, I’m brain dumping at you today.

Incidentally, I was going to title this post “Hump Day Dump”, but I figured you’d all accuse me of making poop jokes again, so I thought I’d spare us all.

1. The Brain Dump idea is on…my brain lately

This quarter I’m taking a class in Public Persuasion, and one of the exercises that we’ve done includes starting with a prompt and writing fast and without stopping for a set amount of time (say 10 minutes). While I joked with some of my cohort that we’re paying $2000/day to learn how to journal, I can’t express enough how much I have gained from practicing this kind of writing.

The idea behind the exercise is that as you continue to write whatever pops into your mind as quickly as you can, you stop censoring yourself and you can come up with insights that were previously locked up somewhere in the deep recesses of your brain. It’s amazing how inhibited our everyday/work-email writing tends to be.

If you’re interested in learning more about it, check out Mark Levy’s book, Accidental Genius.

(Not a sponsored post, Mark Levy doesn’t know me, and that’s not an affiliate link. Over and out.)

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2. My “new thing” is listening to podcasts while I walk

My commute to work involves a 3/4 mile walk each way and I also try to get out and take a walk at lunchtime whenever possible, so I manage to find quite a bit of time on my feet for an office-dweller. I’ve decided that there is so much content out there just waiting to be heard that I put on a podcast most of the time I’m walking. I’ve been jumping around between podcasts a lot, so I can’t say that I really have a favorite, but here’s a sampling of some that I’ve enjoyed:

  • Invisibilia (produced by NPR) – concerning the unseen forces in our lives that determine why we do and think what we…do and think. Really interesting if you like thinking about the brain from a psychological perspective.
  • Planet Money (also produced by NPR) – quick episodes on economic/financial/miscellaneous money matters. These are lighthearted and, like I said, quick, but I always feel like I learned an interesting tidbit.
  • The Tim Ferris Show – Tim interviews various successful professionals (they are often names you’d know) and gleans from them some of the tricks they use to heighten their success. Motivational to the max.
  • Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! (also produced by NPR…jeez, maybe I should go work at NPR since I’m obviously such a fan!) – A weekly radio show, converted into podcast format. A look at this week’s news through the lens of fart jokes. Sort of. Just plain funny.

Oh, and sometimes if I’ve had a particularly stressful day I will turn the podcasts off and call my mom to whine – you guys do that, too, right? (Sorry, Mom..)

3. Sonia Sotomayor’s take on why baseball is awesome is…well, awesome

Politics and whatnot aside, this justice loves baseball and it’s awesome. She was featured on a recent episode of How To Do Everything, which is another fun podcast, and her explanation went something like this (I’m paraphrasing here):

Baseball isn’t boring. The great thing about baseball is that it’s not over until the last out. Sometimes I watch a basketball game and halfway through you know what the result of the game is going to be, and THAT is boring.

I could not agree more.

4. One of my dogs thinks he’s a human child, and a weird one at that

Look at this face.

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That’s Gus. Sitting on the couch. Looking at me all, “What? I’m comfortable, I don’t want to get up to come eat my breakfast. Also, can you change the channel to my stories?”

I tell you. We’re raising a monster. A cute monster.

That’s all for tonight. Hope you’re having a great week, and happy Friday Eve Eve!