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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

15 Week Update

Howdy, followers!  Did y’all feel that earthquake today?!  I swear it was the craziest thing.  I am in Charlotte, NC for work for the next few weeks, and my girlfriends at work (who were all in different places) were saying how they felt their buildings shaking in Raleigh.  Next thing I knew, my desk was shaking!  I worked from home today and assumed that I was just being my normal dramatic self, but then I hopped on my old friend the Facebook and noticed that ALL recent status updates were about the earthquake – not only in Charlotte, but in places like Atlanta and NYC, too!  I’m sure everyone knows all of the details by now unless you live under a rock, but the epicenter was in Virginia, and the earthquake was felt as far north as New York City and as far west as Ohio.  In the words of my girlfriend Andrea from work, between an earthquake today and the possibility of Hurricane Irene hitting this weekend, y’all better make sure you’re right with Jesus (or whomever else!)!

In unrelated news, I have been wondering whether my “weekly updates” are boring.  I like to write them so that people who care can keep up, and so that I’ll have something to look back on and remember later, but they are not normally the most fun posts that I write each week, so I’ve been wondering if they aren’t fun to read, either?  I have always enjoy this feature when reading other pregnancy blogs, but for some reason it’s an easy post to put off.  Thoughts?  PS – what do you think of the new blog template?  Thanks, Di, for teaching me how to pick a fun background!

Anyway, without further ado, I give you the 15 week update:

Size of Geronimo: An apple – or a naval orange, depending on where you look – weighing in at around 2.5 ounces!  His/her legs are longer than his/her arms now, allowing joint and limb movement.  His/her eyelids are still fused shut, but Baby Geronimo can apparently sense light this week.  Pretty nifty, yeah?

Weight Gain So Far: I actually have no idea.  I feel like my belly has grown overnight – still not big enough that it’s noticeable to everyone at all times depending on what I’m wearing – so it will be interesting to weigh in at the doctor in a few weeks.  For now we’ll stick with -1.5 because it sounds good and I’ll try to remember to weigh in on my scale at home this weekend to see if I can get a better idea.

Cravings: Italian food – specifically pizza and spaghetti.  I swear I could eat pizza 10 times/week - same with spaghetti, recently.  I made Spaghetti Bolognese on Friday night (recipe to come in a later post because it’s DELICIOUS) in the mountains, and am making it again tonight for my family.  Hope they like it!

Aversions: Nothing really – still meat sometimes, but again not consistent enough that I’m sure it can be considered an aversion.

Symptoms: Still so tired!  I stayed up until midnight or after on Thursday, Friday AND Saturday nights this past weekend.  I was so proud of myself, thinking that maybe I finally had gotten this mysterious “second trimester burst of energy” that I keep hearing about, but by the time Sunday came around I was so exhausted I could barely move, and it’s dragged on into yesterday and today as well.  My nose is also pretty stopped up when I wake up in the mornings, and I’ve even had a few minor nosebleeds.  Not to worry, that is normal – who knew?

Movement: Ugh, I don’t know!  I thought I felt some over the weekend, but Dan thinks it may just have been gas (so ladylike, I know) or my stomach rumbling or something.  I think maybe I just REALLY want to feel the baby move!  I looked up when to expect movement, and everything I’ve seen in my books and the websites I follow says most women feel movement between 16-22 weeks.  Vague.  Here’s to hoping it’s 16!  One book also pointed out that thinner women tend to feel movement earlier and more often than women who carry more weight.  There is no definition of “thinner women,” so who even knows what that means or where I would fall.  Not helpful!

What I Miss: I missed wine this weekend while we were at the wedding.  I actually got brave and drank my first (VERY small) glass on Friday night to celebrate being out of my first trimester, and it was delicious.  I had to remove myself from being close to the bottle for fear of finishing it (And before you judge me, my doctor said it was absolutely fine to drink a glass of wine every so often after the first trimester.  If doctor says its allowed, Sarah's okay with it.).  :-)  

Things I am Thankful For: My family for taking me in for the next several weeks!  They are taking good care of Baby Geronimo and I – I know that he/she is going to be VERY spoiled.

Signs of a Bump: Yes!  Other people are finally saying they’ve noticed, too (see yesterday’s post for evidence).  Still not very big, but definitely there.  I know this is going to sound so silly, but I was touching it the other day and was surprised to feel that it is kind of hard.  I know your skin stretches and all that jazz, but I thought since I was not rock solid in the abs department pre-pregnancy that it would feel more flabby at first.  Not the case at all, wahoo!

Next Doctor Appointment: SEPTEMBER 14 – gender reveal day!  So excited!  My girlfriend at work, Andrea, told me today that she cannot wait for 9/14 and is getting so antsy.  She’s getting married in October, and taking several weeks of vacation, so I responded, “Why?  Is that when you go out for your wedding vacay?”  To which she responded no, it’s when we find out Baby Geronimo’s sex and she’s already marked her calendar.  I was so tickled – and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t immediately picked up on that date as I’ve been SO excited about it since the last appointment.  3 weeks cannot come soon enough!
I guess that’s all for today, lovely readers.  I think I must be pretty long-winded, because these posts always end up much longer than I anticipate when sitting down to write them.  My sister, Sydney, confirmed that the other day when she told me I should have some shorter posts.  Hilarious – I’ll work on it, Syd!
Almost another hump day – no vacation scheduled for this week but I’m excited to spend the weekend at home with Dan (and his parents, when they come visit on Saturday)!

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