Monday, September 24, 2012

The progression of my pregnancy

I've been thinking about what I was like at the end of my pregnancy with J. The Husband says that I was just as miserable at the end of that pregnancy as I am now, but I don't think so. It was Christmas/New Years time so everything was happy, I was on vacation and could sleep whenever I wanted. I was fairly occupied with family dinners, presents, etc. This time, I have a toddler to chase around and my nap time is severely cut back (although I managed to sneak in two 1-hour naps last week with J).
 
 Up to 13 weeks
Honestly, this pregnancy was partially a surprise. Apparently, my family wasn't surprised. They had made fun of me at Christmas about being pregnant again and I stood firm that I wasn't. Really, I wasn't. It was a couple weeks later, that I was though! The first few weeks were really tough. I had just started back at work, was trying to get into a new routine, dealing with a sick toddler who was sent home from daycare often and a sick husband. I hadn't lost much weight after having J so I didn't feel ready to be pregnant again. I had headaches daily and nausea without the physical sickness.
 
14-17 weeks
At this point, we decided that we should get out house ready to sell. We have a 3 bedroom house, but the basement isn't finished and ideally we'd like a guest/craft room. So, we got things packed up, cleaned up, hired out agent and started looking. I still got headaches almost daily and the nausea was hanging around.
 
18-21 weeks
I had started to feel better, the weather was getting warmer and I was finally able to tell my students at school. Some guessed right away, others were surprised but they were all really excited. I also suffered an ear infection at this point which messed with my vertigo and my ability to hear out of my left ear. It only took about 2 months for my hearing to come back completely.
 
22- 25 weeks
The heat nearly kicked my butt at this point. Teaching in a classroom that gets the sun for a good chunk of the day without air conditioning really messes with your body, especially when you're pregnant. The swelling started early, I developed a varicose vein on the back of my knee and I kept rolling my ankles.
 
26-29 weeks
I was almost off work so my days were really good. I think this was the best I felt in this pregnancy. I was still sleeping a decent amount, didn't have any heartburn and was still able to play with J. 
 
30-33 weeks
 Started to get uncomfortable, but nothing horrible. Sleep started to go downhill.
 
34-37 weeks
 This was when some of the weather was ridiculous! I couldn't find a way to cool down at all (even at night!) and was in love with my fan.
 
38-39 weeks
Despite the smiles, I'm miserable! Baby Boy #2 is very heavy, still moves a lot and I no longer believe that second babies usually come early (what a lie)! I hardly sleep at night and spend way too much time in the bathroom.
 
If I knew when he was coming, I'd be much happier because then the end is in sight. At this point, I'm waving the white flag and I'm done!


Alan Goldfarb waves the white flag
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