The baby is now about the size of an apple [!]. She’s moving amniotic fluid through her upper respiratory tract and nose, which will help the air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. (Source) It’s still so surreal to think that there’s something the size of an apple hanging out inside me at all times. The miracle of life is so incredible.
I’ve definitely got some baby bumpage happening now, and I couldn’t be more excited! I was worried that I’d be self-conscious about it, but I honestly am already so in love with the baby that I’m glad to be showing a bit.
[Week 8 vs. Week 15]
Side note: We take the progress shots on the deck, but the combination of the sun rising later and having busy schedules again meant that Ben couldn’t take this week’s photos… which is why this week’s photo
sucks is at a different angle and darker [I had to attach the gorilla pod to the railing and attempt the photos myself].
Also, if you focus on my belly with my thighs as perspective, you can see just how much bigger it’s gotten [!].
School, work, and practicum started back up this week and I’m definitely feeling the extra stress. Everything considered, though, I’ve think I’ve been doing a good job of stress management. I’ve outlined the semester in my planner, am going to work with my awesome classmates to divvy up our school work, and am making it a point to fit in self care – even on the most non-stop days.
My most recent nervousness has been about paying for our midwife. To me, it is priceless to have the birth experience I want [as natural as possible], but looking at the amount we’re paying for our current healthcare insurance and the midwife is pretty intense [our insurance doesn’t cover our midwife]. Ben and I live simply and don’t have much savings, so paying the midwife what she’s worth is going to take some effort on our part [I’ve never been good at budgeting]. Nonetheless, I know that it’ll all work out [it always does] and I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.
Randoms for Week 15:
- Most common reaction this week: Wanting to see my belly. Since we had almost a month vacation from school and work, everyone expected me to be showing by now. They’ve all been saying I look just the same, but I feel bigger, especially in my upper waist area [is it possible the baby could be hanging out up there?!].
- Emotion most common this week: Impatience. I ordered my snoogle over two months ago and it still hasn’t gotten here yet [Amazon shipping to Hawai`i is horrendous!!].
- Symptom most common this week: Heartburn. And sneezing! Sometimes my sneezes are so powerful I’m worried my uterus is going to drop out or something. But babycenter says it’s normal: “If your nose is stuffed up, for instance, you can probably chalk it up to the combined effect of hormonal changes and increased blood flow to your mucous membranes. This condition is so common, there’s even a name for it: ‘rhinitis of pregnancy.’"
- Average number of nightly trips to the bathroom: 3.
- Energy level: Feeling really good this week! It feels really good to be back to teaching turbo, and I make sure to fit in a nap every day, if possible, which helps immensely. Wednesdays are going to be non-stop for me this semester [8 am to 10pm: work to practicum to school], and this first one was rough, but I’m sure it’ll become easier over time.
- Workouts: Been feeling really great physically. I did a post on a couple of my second trimester workout routines a few days ago. Yoga has been feeling amazing lately, so I’m focusing most on that and weights on my days off from teaching. And of course rest days!
- Boy or girl: We have no idea and we have no intention of finding out [this is around the time most ultrasounds can decipher]. My hunch from the beginning has been girl, but lately I’ve been feeling like it’s a boy. I’m sure that’ll continue to change as the pregnancy progresses.
- Cravings: Dates with peanut butter. Brown rice sushi. Lemon. Arrowroot cookies.
- When I feel the best: In the mornings. After my weekly chiropractic adjustments. Any time I’m with Ben.
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