Friday, January 17, 2014

16 Weeks

I am at 16 weeks today, and I have to say, I feel pretty great.

On days that I don't work, I am interested in some sort of exercising, something I could not imagine wanting to do in my first trimester.

I enjoy ALL food. I have lost the majority of my sweet tooth. Sad! That does not stop me from wanting a good carbonated beverage or sweet tea. I have discovered that if I overdo it on the sweets that I really don't feel good afterward. I really enjoy my salty food though! I wouldn't say that I have cravings, but the majority of the time when I want a snack, I want something salty and crunchy. Or some fruit. Ha! So no real rhyme or reason to it.

The majority of my clothes still fit. A few of my tight-waisted jeans are already going to have to be put away, as well as a few of my snug shirts. I have a bunch of maternity clothes already, some of which I have been given, some I have purchased, and some that I am borrowing. I have some clothes sorting to do in my future!

The animals don't seem to be acting any different toward me. At least Duke is not. He is just a hot mess and doesn't know what he's doing. He thrives on attention anyway, so he always follows us around and stares at us. I guess the cats have been lounging around with me a bit more often, but only at night when I go to bed. There have been a few occasions when one of them will join me on the couch voluntarily, but it always depends on where Duke is. If Duke is wandering around the house, they won't do it. Only if he is settled in one spot or outside.

The only real symptoms I'm getting so far this trimester is the occasional headache. The other day I had a headache, went to bed with it, and woke up with it. That never happens to me!

I am enjoying my pregnancy pillow. I bought it pretty early on, just when my tummy was barely sticking out. I knew I would want it, and now it is perfect for side sleeping. This is the one I bought. It's great because it has 3 detachable parts so it can be customized for what you want. I have the top part detached so I can use my own pillow. The cats enjoy laying near it, on it, and the other day, I found Zorro sleeping under it. If you don't own cats, I will tell you that they think everything you bring into the house is for them.

This upcoming week, we have a 4D ultrasound scheduled to determine the gender! We are hoping that we can keep our decision to keep it a surprise until we have our gender reveal party the following weekend! We are SO excited to know!

I am hoping to be able to make some nursery decisions and maybe even some purchases in the upcoming weeks! The tax refund will definitely come in handy this year!

I still cannot believe that we have been so blessed. Even though I am classified as high-risk, I should have a "normal" pregnancy. Toward the end I will have to watch for early labor. I still look at my belly everyday and feel disbelief that this is happening. Pretty much everyday one (or both) of us looks at the other person and says, "we're going to have a baby" or "pretty soon there will be a baby on the couch with us" or something along those lines. We are so ready for this addition to our lives! I remember having many conversations about how we felt we knew we were ready for kids because our lives simply felt incomplete.

I am looking forward to the weeks ahead!

See you next week!

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