You know when you’re a little late to the game watching a popular TV series and EVERYONE keeps telling you how FUNNY/EMOTIONAL/SHOCKING certain episodes you haven’t seen yet are? They pump them up SO much that by the time you get around to watching those episodes you’re left feeling a little underwhelmed- not because they were wrong, but because your expectations were too high! That’s EXACTLY what the 2nd trimester has been like for me. It’s been great but I can’t say it’s lived up to all the hype. Perhaps it’s because my first trimester was such a breeze, or the fact that Christmas responsibilities/general business coupled with a move into our new home left me feeling completely spent. What I CAN say is that the highlights of 2nd trimester have FAR outweighed the ‘lows’, however unexpected they were!
2nd trimester ‘lows’:
2nd trimester ‘highlights’:
Some FAQ’s for those who are curious:
How far along are you?
I am 14.5 weeks pregnant! Hellloooooo second trimester! Woohoo! :)
Did you/do you have any morning sickness?
None! :) I hear horror stories of people who experience all-day sickness throughout their entire pregnancies and honestly I can't believe it! The only thing I experienced in my first trimester was exhaustion! Like I'm talking 8:15pm bedtimes! :/ But I guess I can't complain....
Has your stomach started to 'pop'?
Not really! My stomach bloat game is STRONG, but so far no real baby bump! Side note: I purchased my first maternity pants a few weeks ago, in anticipation of the bump's arrival, and I'm obsessed! They are literally the most comfortable pants EVER and I can't wait to be able to wear them!
Have you experienced any aversions to food?
Yes! Recently I have not been able to eat spinach. I used to eat spinach salads at least once a day (either for lunch or with dinner) and now sometimes just the look/smell of it is enough to make me feel sick. Unfortunately the same has not been true for jubjube's or Cheeto's ;).
Do you have any inclination about whether it's a boy or a girl?
Absolutely none. David is convinced it's a boy and only refers to the baby as 'he' / 'him' but I always pictured myself having a girl first so who knows! We are both going to be OVER THE MOON excited either way.
Are you going to find out the gender of your baby at your 20 week ultrasound?
David and I both LOVE surprises so we've decided to wait until birth to find out whether our baby is a boy or a girl! I think it will be cool to have that to look forward to after the hard work of labour/delivery. :)
Have you decided on names?
Two-ish years ago I started a note on my phone called 'baby names'. Every time I hear a name I like I jot it down in that note! Sometimes I go back to the note and think "WHY DID I ADD THAT NAME?" (ie. when I thought 'Stone' was the coolest name EVER), some names David doesn't like (so they're deleted) but other names have stuck. While we don't have exact names figured out, we definitely have a few options that we love for both genders.
What has surprised you most about pregnancy so far?
I think I've been overwhelmed with how much of a MIRACLE babies are! Yes, I've been tired and emotional these past 4 months, but other than that my life/routines have been pretty normal! Without me doing anything special, my body has been busy growing a HUMAN! Like WOW! It's pretty insane. and amazing. and really just miraculous!
What are you looking forward to MOST about your 2nd trimester?
God is so good! At our most recent ultrasound on Thursday David and I got to watch our healthy, active baby wave its hands (with 10 of the cutest fingers I might add), and stretch its legs! Our babe is only 6cm long, but already it has all of its major parts- head (duh), nose, organs, arms, legs, nose, fingers and toes- and they're already working and moving! WOW! What a miracle! We are so thankful to God for entrusting us with this little life and we feel so excited about becoming parents!
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,