September 24, 2013 by Liz
Post written 9/9/13
I’ve officially hit the 12 week mark. And even though this is my second pregnancy, I’m just now realizing that 12 weeks does not mean second trimester. Apparently that’s 14 weeks – 27 weeks. College math major, I was not. Oh well, I still feel like 12 weeks is a major milestone (3 months pregnant! 6 more to go!) so I’m documenting it.
How Big is Baby: About the size of a lime. (Mmmm…margaritas…)
Big Developments: I’ll spare ya’ll the full BabyCenter details, but reflexes have developed and baby looks more like a baby now, with eyes and ears exactly where they should be.
Food Cravings: None really, though I’ve really been into dried cranberry and walnut salads with blue cheese. And apples and grapes. This is completely different than my first pregnancy when nary a fruit or vegetable passed my lips for the entire 10 months. Oh and beer. But I haven’t been brave enough to go out and find a good NA brew. I’m so picky about beer and don’t want to buy a 6 pack of something and have it go to waste.
Food Aversions: Anything and everything. Particularly greasy and spicy foods because of the havoc it wreaks on my stomach. Also, coffee. Which is a tragedy in itself. I miss coffee, but just the smell of it repulses me right now.
Other Symptoms: The constant indigestion is the worst of it, truly. It showed up around week 6 and hasn’t let up ever since. I’m starting to learn the main triggers for it, but even something as simple as a bowl of cereal or a glass of water can make me feel awful. Fruits have been the best thing to eat, I’m learning. Apples, strawberries, grapes….all leave me feeling better than any amount of sugary-carby-goodness. Weird, right? I mean, who knew healthy foods could make you feel better? ;)
I’ve also been feeling a lot of movement lately. At first, I attributed most of it to the stretching of my uterus and rearranging of my internal organs. I feel everything with a bit more intensity this time around and it’s both cool and weird to know that’s what’s happening. But lately, I feel more “flutters” from time to time and know it’s the baby doing little baby flips and acrobatic movements in there. Love it!
The exhaustion is starting to let up a bit, but the indigestion sometimes knocks me off my feet in the evening so it’s not like I’m up running errands or anything when I’m not nodding off.
And maybe it’s because I’ve been more cognizant of eating more fiber or trying to work a few more fruits/veggies into my diet, but constipation hasn’t been much of an issue this time around so far (knock on wood and pray I didn’t just jinx it). On the flip side, I already have to get up at least twice a night to pee. I don’t remember this happening to me until almost my 3rd trimester last time. I guess baby D did some damage to my bladder.
Sleep: So far so good. I’ve had a few nights where my arm or hand will fall asleep or I’ll get up to pee or tend to D and it takes me awhile to fall back asleep, but I haven’t needed to start using a body pillow yet so I’m considering things in this department to still be pretty good.
Maternity Clothes: I’ve been wearing my new maternity jeans but that’s mostly because I only have one pair of regular work-appropriate jeans, and by some miracle they actually still fit. So I alternate between my pair of regular jeans and demi-panel maternity jeans, plus dresses/skirts for work. I still have two or three pairs of work pants that fit, but I’m not sure how much longer before I’ll need to start using the belly band. (I should also note that I like my works pants a little loose, hence the ability to still fit into them.) I haven’t dug out my stash of maternity clothes from 2011/2012 but that’s on my list for this weekend. Once I go through and take inventory of what I already own, I’ll allow myself to buy a few new items.
What I’m Looking Forward To: My 12 week appt is later this week and I’m hoping for another u/s. (Spoiler alert: I didn’t get one.) My OB’s office has also started doing this new blood test to check for abnormalities like Down Syndrome and apparently they can also tell gender at this stage since they’re already in there counting chromosomes. I don’t know much else about it, but I’m planning to do it and hope that I’ll get to know baby’s gender well before the 20 week u/s appointment. (Another spoiler alert: I did the test, but won’t hear the results for at least another week or two.)
Thoughts: Everyone – including me – is dying to know gender! All the grandmas and aunts are hoping for a girl. While I’d be excited to have a girl and buy all the girl clothes, the only thing that made putting away D’s baby boy clothes was the thought of using them again for another little boy. And D is just SO MUCH FUN that I can’t help but want another one of him. So really, truly, honestly – I do not have a preference one way or the other. I’ll be excited either way. On one hand – BROTHERS!! How special would that be to have two little boys as best friends and playmates? On the other hand, A GIRL!! A little mini-me perhaps to play dress up with and watch her lug around her baby dolls.
So what does my gut say? My gut says it’s a boy. I feel almost exactly the same minus the ability to choke down some healthy foods from time to time, which I was unable to do the first time around. Not to mention the heartbeat was very similar (165 bpm with D at 8 weeks vs 160 bpm with Baby #2). The hubs thinks it’s another boy too, and while he’d love to have a daughter some day, he’d be thrilled with another boy as well. (He wants three kids anyway, so if we have another boy, he’ll be more likely to convince me to “go for the girl” than if we have one of each right now.) I haven’t decided if we’ll do a gender reveal party or not, but I’d like to since us second-timers don’t usually get baby showers and I need an excuse to have a party. Then again, I’m already hosting a Halloween/Fall themed party in a couple of weeks so I’ll have gotten my party fix anyway. Decisions, decisions. If you’ve got a cute gender reveal idea, lay it on me.