I hit the 15-week mark on Tuesday, which means I'm a couple of weeks into my second trimester. I had another check-up with my doctor last week, which went very well. I got to hear Baby's heartbeat again (still strong at 164 bpm, and probably the most beautiful sound ever in the whole wide world), and we got the results of our NT scan/blood work at 12 weeks - everything looks perfect! I have to go for more blood work this week to test for other various things. I have never been stuck with more needles than I have during the past 15 weeks...but I can't complain. I hate needles/shots/etc., sure, but it's all for a good cause!
I've been feeling a little better over the course of the past few weeks, primarily in the nausea department. I still feel nauseous in the mornings (and still hate my morning commutes), but the all day, every day gross feeling has subsided. Hooray! I still love me some carbs (PASTA!), but I'm starting to be able to entertain other dinner suggestions, too. So that's progress. When I first got pregnant I even had to take a break from Pinterest for a while because I never knew what random food concoction would pop up on my homepage and how sick it might make me feel, but that has gotten better. I still feel a little gross when I see some things but I can handle it. I just never know how I may respond to food...for example, just the other day I actually saw a commercial on TV for some new sandwich at Denny's that is a burger topped with macaroni and cheese and I actually rewound my TV so I could watch it again. So really, who knows what kind of food my body will find repulsive and what it will find appealing. Because wanting to watch a commercial for a burger topped with macaroni and cheese more than once is just sad. And probably gross. But that's just my life right now.
Denny's Mac 'n Cheese Big Daddy Patty melt, described here as: "A burger patty layered with slices of cheese, macaroni and cheese, another layer of cheese, some kind of tomato-based "frisco" sauce and two pieces of buttered-up potato bread. Still hungry? It comes with a side of fries."
Yup, this is the sandwich that I felt needed to be relived on my TV a second time. Shameful.
The one thing that has not gotten better is my fatigue. During the first trimester I kept hearing people say, "You'll feel a million times better in the second trimester! So much more energy! You may even feel better than you did before you were pregnant!" So far, I have not found this to be the case. Not even a little bit. I'm still every bit as tired now as I have been for the past 15 weeks. Some days are better than others, but I am still essentially a zombie.
Eric and I also have been a little stressed out for the past few weeks because there was talk of Hoboken Hospital closing down. That's where we plan to deliver, and of course being in New York City with a bajillion hospitals, we would have other options, but a new hospital would mean a doctor change and I like our doctors. Plus, Hoboken Hospital is so close to our apartment that it's almost funny, so we really didn't want to have to go further. Luckily, we finally heard yesterday that the sale of the hospital (necessary for it to stay open) has gone through, so the hospital will remain open! Hooray! No more doctor searching stress!
The other big news happening right now is that I scheduled our anatomy scan - the ultrasound that will tell us if Baby is a boy or a girl! November 4th will be the big day, but that's basically eons away, so I may die of anticipation long before then. Seriously, I CANNOT WAIT.
As for my looks, I'm still not super "bumpy" but I am definitely starting to feel a little rounder in the middle. Frankly, I'm excited to have a full-on baby bump, if for no other reason than to have people actually feel compelled to give up their seats on the train for me!
Me on Tuesday, at 15 weeks
So that's the update on Baby W.! Now, let's start counting down the days until that ultrasound! What do you think? Any guesses on the sex of Baby W.? I have a hunch but I'm not telling...we'll see if I'm right!