Friday, March 18, 2011 far

There are a few things I would like to remember about pregnancy, and a few things that I would like to forget.  And hopefully what I would like to forget happens before we decide to have another so I can be naive about it all over again.  Ignorance really is bliss.  Of course, every woman is different and every pregnancy is different so I might have a whole different experience the next go round.  

Conception to 14 weeks
I had sickness in my first trimester.  It wasn't as bad as I have heard from other women but it wasn't exactly fun.  It started around 7 weeks and then magically disappeared at 14 weeks.  I don't think I'll really forget what that felt like but maybe the feeling will numb.  There are still some foods I can't eat because I ate them so much in my 1st trimester that it reminds me of the feeling of being sick.  Those foods are applesauce, pickles, saltine crackers, and ginger ale.  Godsends at the time but thinking about them now makes me feel sick all over again.  Moving on...

The fatigue.  You hear mothers talk about the fatigue that you will feel in your 1st trimester but no one can really prepare you for it.  I'm a person who enjoys sleep so the thought of being tired didn't really phase me before I got pregnant.  I just thought, "more time to sleep, yah!".  I compare it to being drugged and then trying to function during that fog.

The worry, fear, anxiousness, excitedness, holy crap - we're having a baby!  I'm sure all new moms feel all of these feelings, sometimes at once.  It was definitely very exciting.  But it's also scary knowing that your body is making another person and thinking of all the things that could go wrong.  Hopefully this part gets better with experience.  We shall see.  

15 weeks to 27 weeks
A friend of mine referred to the 2nd trimester as the "sweet spot" and for me it's been true.  I have absolutely LOVED my 2nd trimester.  I love everything about being pregnant right now, but I have to say my absolute favorite thing is feeling him move.  It's amazing and such a bonding experience.  I can be sitting at my desk having a bad day and then feel him move and it makes everything ok.  This is when the pregnancy starts to feel real.  I started feeling baby Finn move around 16 weeks.  At first it was just a flutter, then a little nudge, and now it's full on bumps in the night.  Last night Markus put his hand on my belly to say goodnight to him and he kicked in the exact spot he was touching.  So cool!

There are minor aches and pains that I have gotten used to.  My tailbone hurts if I sit to long.  I have leg cramps, especially at night.  I have gotten used to peeing all of the time.  My back hurts when I'm sleeping if I stay in one position for to long.  And then there is the tummy issues.  But it's all so worth it and I'm not complaining.  It could be much worse or I could have real health issues.

Tomorrow I am 28 weeks and enter my 3rd and final trimester.  This makes me a little sad because I love having the baby inside of me, always with me.  But I'm also really excited to meet him on his birthday.  I want to know what he looks like, what he smells like, what he sounds like, and smother him in hugs and kisses.  I am also excited to see Markus become a father.  I can't wait to see him hold his son for the first time and see him blossom into a dad.

In just 3 short months our lives will be forever changed and I will finally be a mother to my baby boy.  No longer a family of two as baby makes three. 

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