This past week has been pretty lovely. Sam is home at night to help out and for me to have an adult conversation with. My perinatologist said things look good so far, meaning I can go from weekly appointments to every 3 weeks. I had my first P17 shot (progesterone) and it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it might be. Like a good pinch with a really sore cheek for a day after.
Here’s this past week in review:
Down Time 1 of 7When Bella naps, I take full advantage of that time by resting too. This afternoon I starting knitting her a snake (she loves them), while munching on Thin Mints Sam brought all the way back from Georgia.
Therapy 2 of 7Twice a week I see a therapist who specializes in grief and loss. She is amazing, and I'm always so thankful to have found her. I don't know how I would have managed these past 10 months after losing my twins if it hadn't been for her help.
He’s Home 3 of 7Last Saturday was Sam's first day home. He spent it cleaning, cooking, and being with Bella. It was so nice to have him finally back after 7 (very long) weeks. I get to put my feet up a lot more which makes my doctor happy too.
Pets 4 of 7We have cats and a dog, but by far our oldest cat, Jynx, has to have the most personality. Here he wanted a lick of my ice cream cone, but then got upset that I "offered" instead of laying it down for him to eat on his timing. So he got none.
Cravings 5 of 7With Sam home and cooking, the meals have been fantastic. My husband can whip up anything out of literally almost nothing. This night he made a Brie and Cheddar mac and cheese with panko bread topping and peas It really was to die for.
Outside 6 of 7Weather in El Paso warms up in March - like in the 80's. We take full advantage by spending as much time outside in our backyard as we can. Here Bella was wearing her mask our sitter made with her earlier that day.
16 weeks 6 days 7 of 7I love being pregnant. I really do. But I'm not even going to pretend that having 2 pregnancies so close to each other hasn't taken a toll on me. I feel absolutely huge and sometimes I can't imagine how big I'll be by the end of this. Not complaining, if I make it to the end it won't be my first thought by any means.
How Far Along: 16 weeks and 6 days!
Size of baby: An avocado.
Sleep: It’s not great. When Sam leaves at 5 I’m usually up and trying to fall back to sleep. I’ve taken to reading a lot of SheReadsTruth and fully waking up for a while to get my mind to stop racing.
Total Weight Gain: 3 lbs.
Symptoms: All? All symptoms. I sometimes seriously wonder how someone could be pregnant and not know. What on earth do they think is going on?
Maternity Clothes: Yes, a little sad since I’ve obviously kept weight on since the twins and some of them are getting tight. But thankfully most still fit.
Go-to eats: Fruit. Pasta. Sprite because it helps settle a very upset stomach until Zofran kicks in.
Best moment of the week: Really feeling the baby move even when I’m not being still or laying down. A few good thumps are such reassuring reminders.
Gender: YES. But we’re not announcing publicly yet.
What I’m looking forward to: Getting past the point where I lost my twins. (18-19 weeks) I know this isn’t some kind of magical safe zone, but the weight of those weeks seems to just loom over me.
What I wish people knew: Even though I worry a lot with this pregnancy, my days are pretty normal. It doesn’t spill over into a lot of my routine with Bella or Sam. I did that with the twins (talked about it all.day.long) and drove especially Sam crazy. This time around I made a deal with myself – if it needed to be taken care of I’d be proactive and call the doctor. Otherwise I’d try to just stop, take a deep breath, and move on from there.
Milestones: Hair, hearing, and fingerprints!