Month: Middle of the 5th month/ just shy of 6 months
Weight Gain: Last weigh in was 12/21/17, and I was up 3.8 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight, but up about 12 lbs from my pre-IVF weight. Eating habits got totally derailed over the holidays, and I’m a little scared to get back on the scale. I am giving myself a couple weeks of better diet and exercise before I weigh in. I’ve said it before – gaining weight, even pregnancy weight, in this Hollywood-body-obsessed culture is a mind trip. Hard to get comfortable with.
Maternity clothes: half and half. Today I am wearing normal work pants, but this week or next is probably the last I can get away with it. Maternity shirts are the BEST, since I am on the tall side anyway and appreciate extra length.
Stretch marks: No new ones 😉
Overall physical feeling: Great! Like my normal self, just with some extra padding that makes me a little slower and a little less flexible.
Overall physical look: Not pregnant. As Ryan says “You can tell you’ve gained weight, but it just looks like you’ve started drinking beer. Like every night you come home from work and just and drink beer.” If only.
Sleep: These days sleeping has been greeaaaat. Maybe it’s the cold, dark weather. Maybe it’s that our house is finally warm after our heater was temporarily broken. (Such a terrible, terrible time, I don’t like to think or talk about it.) But either way, the sleepless nights of the first half of my pregnancy have completely disappeared.
Diet/ Cravings: Holiday food fest aside, my diet has been pretty tame. I think I’m eating more than I did pre-pregnancy, but not a ton. No severe cravings, although fruit (especially oranges and pineapple) have been a staple. As has hot peppermint tea, CARBS such as toast, bagels, crackers, etc. and (cooked) sushi rice rolls piled high with ginger.
Food aversions: Nothing severe anymore, however I have noticed meat is generally not tasting good – too “meaty.” I don’t reach for it, and when I do I am usually unimpressed. I also have been eating significantly less vegetables than I used to, which I will try to correct.
Exercise: Sadly, my great pre-pregnancy fitness has really lapsed. Now more than ever I need to re-vamp it, and I am determined to start up this week. The combination of dark evenings, bad weather, and busy schedules has wreaked havoc on my routine. Not to mention weekends are booked up with painting and house projects and appliance/fixture installation trying to get his place finished before the baby comes. Getting back on the horse at 24 weeks pregnant in early January won’t be easy, but it must be done. Simply must be done.
Names: Nothing yet. We are terrible at agreeing on names, and this had sparked many a heated argument. We are currently avoiding the topic.
Overall emotional feeling: We are getting EXCITED. It’s feeling so much more real, the baby girl hopping around in my stomach all the time, and we just can’t wait. Some close friends of ours just had a baby girl and we are gleeful our turn will be here soon enough.
I am so, so thankful and humbled that God has been so merciful and good. How did we get so lucky when so many are still struggling? People in our lives are starting to forget our history and recent plight, and only focus on the future. No more questions or special treatment or comments about how hard or how thankful or how unfair. We are blending in like any other expectant couple, and I couldn’t ask for more.