The second trimester spans week 13 through to the end of week 27, which would make for a very very long blog post so I plan to do monthly updates instead, though this post does include the last week or so of the third month.
There has been lots of growing discomfort and right at the end of week 13 it was like the bump emerged all at once. I felt particularly uncomfortable on one of our last mornings in the states and just before we headed out for the day Alex called out to say ‘look at your belly, where did that come from?’ Any wonder I had been feeling uncomfortable!
The day after we arrived home we went to Sydney for the ultrasound. I’m so glad we had it done. It was beautiful to see baby again and see it looking like a baby this time. At 8 weeks it just looks like a kidney bean and even then I wasn’t really convinced. Sonographers amaze me, I can barely see things on an ultrasound. We saw baby’s hand and feet and all of it’s limbs. The sonographer showed us it’s heart and brain and stomach. Baby had the hiccups, was sucking it’s thumb and swallowing. Too cute! It’s odd to be watching this thing inside you move so much but not be able to feel a thing.
Here is the picture we took to announce our pregnancy! Taken at Emerald Lake in the Rocky Mountains.
May has been an incredibly busy month! We arrived home from our trip, started packing up the house and planning our renovations. I also went to Melbourne for my first Dietitian’s conference between my Yass work days and didn’t go home for almost 2 weeks. By the time I got home our house had finally settled. We had take away by the fire that first night and celebrated with ginger beer, champagne to come in the future! We are officially home owners…. eek!!!!
Your eyes aren’t deceiving you, we really do have bright red carpet in the living areas, you’re jealous aren’t you. Especially now that you know the walls are painted a matching shade of red and the skirting is gold. I can’t wait to share more about the house and our renovations. We have 5 months to get this house into a respectable state so you know what we’re up to on the weekends from now on. For the sake of balance and exploring our new surroundings before bubs arrives we’ll still get out for a new adventure every (more likely most) weekend. Alex spends his spare time watching Youtube videos on painting techniques and other DIY things we need to know how to do and I browse maternity clothes and all things baby!
One of the very first thing I did upon arriving home from America was to go and buy new pants that actually fit! My little bump started showing at about 8 weeks. I spent America in my favourite stretchy leggings or in my jeans tied together with a hair band like so. A friend gave me a hot tip about elastic waisted jeans at Target, which were perfect for a few weeks whilst bump wasn’t big enough for maternity pants. And I’m sure they’ll be great post birth too as I get back to my usual size. Whilst in Melbourne I visited Ripe, a maternity clothing store I had admired online and treated myself to some new jeans, underwear and a cosy cardigan. I feel so comfortable in these clothes, the maternity stockings are my favourite purchase for the comfort factor. I’ll definitely have to get another few pairs.
Growing discomfort has continued and I’ve found I have to be careful when rolling over in bed, which I do ALOT, otherwise I really feel the muscles stretching.
I have never been so hungry in all my life! My appetite has only grown since the first trimester. Right now I love citrus fruits (specifically mandarins), potato chips – I have a weakness for salt and vinegar ones, croissants, and will get cravings for particular meals. Lately it’s been chicken schnitzels (Alex makes delicious ones) and laksa. Banana bread has been a delicious snack, as has this lovely chocolate cake from Green Kitchen Stories. I highly recommend trying both recipes.
Week 16 I was hungrier than ever and really noticed that it was a week of growth. It felt like nothing that week satisfied my hunger. I mean look at that bump! Baby is the size of an avocado this week. And on week 16 + 5 days I felt baby move!! At night that week I’d started noticing different little rumblings I suppose I would call them in my belly but I wasn’t convinced because it also felt a little like gas bubbles and obviously having never felt it before I didn’t know what baby movements would feel like. Then whilst lying in bed talking to Alex on speaker phone I felt a definite movement press against my hand and since then I’ve felt little flutters most days, especially at night.
I haven’t slept particularly well since falling pregnant but travel messed that up even more. I found myself waking several times during the night and around 4am would struggle to get back to sleep and be awake for the day. 4am both in the States and back here in Australia after we arrived home, weird! Poor Alex is a light sleeper so he is suffering too. As much as he misses me when I’m away two nights a week, he does get the best sleep on those nights. It was really wearing me down, and I found myself saying ridiculous things with my clients, so at my last visit with the doctor we talked about it and he recommended Valerian. Desperate times call for desperate measures so I took it for a week, had some great sleeps and seem to be sleeping better on my own now.
So that’s a snapshot of my fourth month world.