I’ve been pregnant now for almost 25 weeks, which means I have about 3.5 more months to go (if everything goes as planned).
The first trimester wasn’t that much fun. It was never-ending nausea combined with actual cold illness (nausea & a stuffed nose is a TERRIBLE combination), and serious uncertainty as to the viability of the pregnancy. The animals seemed to know right away, and they’ve all started treating me differently. River treats me much more gently, most of the time, than all the other people that she knows, and Hela-the-aloof spends a lot more time near me than she ever has before. More about Simon-the-snuggle-whore further down.
The second trimester has been much better. While I wouldn’t say I have a TON of energy, I can at least knit again and leave the house periodically on weekends if I’d like. After the anatomy scan (It’s a girl!), things have all seemed a lot more real and I think we’ve both felt more comfortable acknowledging this is really happening, after the extreme doubt and uncertainty of the first trimester.
We’ve started to feel her kick (and poke, and roll around, and who knows what else she’s doing in there)! One of Simon’s favorite games is to knead his little paws like crazy on my stomach. This wakes up baby girl and she starts kicking back- essentially, it feels like they’re playing soccer with my belly button.
I haven’t had too many cravings, which is probably nice. Instead, I find that my taste preferences have changed, in some ways. I used to have this crazy sweet tooth- I’d eat anything sweet, all day long. But now sweet things really don’t do it for me. Ice cream is one exception- it’s the only thing that will reliably settle my stomach these days. Also raspberries. I never used to like raspberries all that much, but I pretty much think they’re the best thing ever right now.
What have I been knitting? Still not as much as I usually would. I think all my extra energy and thought power is going straight into my belly for baby-growing. Still, I have one finished thing:
A Newborn Vertebrae (rav link) for Baby Girl. River loves to help, as you can see. I’m working on a couple of blankets and another sweater for her as well- more to come as they come off the needles.
Baby Preparation: I think I’ve convinced Mr. Dad that cloth diapering is the way to go, after a cloth diapering orientation at a local CD store. In the next few weeks there are several consignment sales for kids things in the area, so we’re going to hit those up to make sure our little one has some clothes to wear. And then, next month means birthing classes, etc.