Pregnancy #2: First Trimester Recap

Finding Out - We stopped using birth control in July and when I wasn't pregnant in October, I added "call doctor for a January referral to RE" to my to do list. On November 5 I had a few minutes of free time after dropping Georgia off at school before heading to help set up for Sugar Plum Market, so I ran home and looked up my OB's number so I could give her a call.

I knew there was a pregnancy test in the downstairs linen closet and I didn't want it burning a hole in my pocket, tempting and worrying me over the holidays. I decided to just use it so I could throw it away and get it out of the house. I set it on the side of the bathtub and stood up to wash my hands. When I glanced down at it - it was positive!

I was so surprised that I actually looked at the instructions to make sure the little line by YES really did mean YES.

A few days after we found out.

One of my (many) pet peeves is hearing a married couple, especially one who has children, say they were completely shocked by another pregnancy. Come on...we all know how it happens! So I can't say that I was completely dumbfounded, but I really just couldn't believe it. I didn't think the timing was anywhere near close for me to get pregnant.

I knew I wanted to tell David in person, but I needed to tell someone now. I called my mom's cell, but she was in a meeting in Dallas. I called my sister and shared the news, then I had to call David's mom and tell her, too.

Symptoms - In hindsight, I had the same very early symptoms that I had with Georgia. I thought I was coming down with strep throat, my throat was so sore and I was so stuffy, but there was no fever. I'd also been having some incredible headaches, and I'm one who rarely gets headaches. I also had very little appetite. At the time I thought I was just too busy to eat, but once I found out I was pregnant I realized my appetite was just gone. And the fact that I ordered lobster and couldn't even eat a bite of it should have been a clue as any sort of lobster is my favorite food.

A few days after finding out, I started feeling extremely dizzy anytime I wasn't sitting down. I feel like it also affected my train of thought or something - I would get so dizzy I couldn't think clearly. One of the moms at Georgia's dance class told me to go home and eat a bunch of salt and strangely, it helped. At the point of all the dizziness, my OB had me come in for blood work to make sure everything was ok. I had the blood work on Friday and by Monday the dizziness was gone, and everything came back fine. The dizziness went away at about five and a half weeks.

At about five weeks along fatigue hit me like a truck. Any spare second that I wasn't asleep - I wanted to be asleep! I wake up, take Georgia to school, come home, nap then nap with her again after school. And go to bed early. On non-school days I will fall asleep while we are watching a thirty minute TV show and wake up two hours later with her playing beside me. At ten a.m.! It's insane! I didn't get tired like this during my last pregnancy.

At first I didn't have too much of an appetite, but I was able to eat a variety of foods. The day after Thanksgiving, the food aversions started in earnest. I haven't had any meat since Thanksgiving. I'm really only able to eat things that are white - bread, rice cakes, huge chunks of parmesan cheese. No coffee, tea or Coke (whaaaaat??). The thought of eating meat, yogurt, vegetables or fruit literally makes me gag.
At 12 weeks, first "bump" photo. As you can see, Georgia has pr
much moved into our room to keep me company during the day.

I was very sick with Georgia from five weeks until delivery. Right around Thanksgiving the nausea started this time, but I'm not constantly vomiting. Some days I throw up a couple of times, but that's usually only one or two days a week. My doctor gave me zofran at five weeks and by nine or ten weeks I was also on phenegren and Diclegis. I got admitted to the hospital at ten weeks for hyperemesis gravidarum (more on that later). Some weeks are better than others, but I'm just expecting the all-day morning sickness to stick around the rest of the pregnancy.   

My nausea with Georgia would usually subside by bedtime. This time around I usually feel fine from 6-10 p.m. but my nausea and vomiting keeps me awake at night.

Despite probably being very dehydrated, my skin looks great! Very early along, someone asked me if I was pregnant and told me I was glowing! Hormones are a crazy thing, I rarely wash my face at night and only moisturize it in the morning, I wish it could be this low maintenance all the time.

Weight - At six weeks along I had lost five or six pounds. The following week I lost five pounds in a week, and I haven't weighed since then.
First ultrasound at 10 weeks. Doctor changed my due date after the ultrasound, 
so dating on the photo is incorrect.

Gender Prediction - I will be shocked if this little munchkin isn't a boy! Everything feels much different than it did with Georgia. I've also consulted the Chinese gender prediction chart that was right for Georgia. I've probably jinxed myself, but I bought a little boy outfit. I couldn't resist!

Cravings - CARBS! Processed carbs and occasional Mexican food. I'll eat a few bites of beans or rice then get sick, but the taste is so worth it. I drove an hour each way for some cuban tacos and cantaloupe juice from El Rey and I now have Torchy's & Chuy's saved in my phone. I either just get queso and chips or a bean and egg burrito with cheese.

Sleep - Oh my gosh, crazy insomnia at night from the day I discovered I was pregnant. If I could get back on balance and stop needing to sleep all day, this might fix itself. I just don't have any energy at all during the day and I crash at night...but as soon as I try to close my eyes the nausea starts. Then when I do fall asleep, I keep waking myself up to make sure I'm not sleeping on my right side.

Best Moment - Truly the best moment was telling Georgia! She said when the baby can't sleep at night she will go climb in it's crib. This baby is already such a big part of her life. We have an app that tells us about how it is changing and growing every week. She's telling everyone who will listen that our baby is the size of a grape!

Georgia's Predictions - Of course she wants a baby sister! She would like to name a girl Rose and if by chance it's a boy, she will name him Charlie.

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