Monday, April 21, 2008

Kickity Kick

23 weeks and baby girl’s movements are starting to get more regular. She definitely still has her quiet days (which are agony for me) but in general, I think I can safely say I am feeling her more often and the movements are getting stronger. She was super active on Friday and Saturday – then she went quiet on Sunday. Now today (Monday), she is a busy bee again and I LOVE it.

Lately I have been feeling like my stomach is a bottomless pit, reminiscent of the first trimester. And the need to eat feels so urgent. I really am trying to show some restraint, as per my doctor’s orders, but I am finding it difficult. I am just loving food so much right now. I’ve already gained a grand total of 16 pounds and my doctor says 30 is the max for me. Honestly, I am not one of those women that care about the numbers on the scale – really, as long as Maya and I are healthy. But I don’t want to put myself at greater risk for gestational diabetes so I truly am trying to behave myself.

Speaking of stomachs, mine is definitely getting bigger, but I am not *quite* at the point where I look “obviously pregnant” to strangers. This bugs me. Those that know me can easily see the change in my belly and to them, it’s obvious; but to everyone else, I think I just look chubby. I am very excited for the day that a complete stranger approaches me and mentions something about my being pregnant. Right now, I don’t think anyone would dare.

Everyone keep asking me if I’m having any cravings, but I’ve had no pregnancy cravings really so far. I will say, however, that I do love those little mini-oranges called Clementines. Those puppies are crazy de-lish. Other than that, my “cravings” generally consist of whatever delicious food is in front of me at the moment.

I always heard that the second trimester was the “glowing” trimester. Some even refer to it as the “Honeymoon” trimester. But I gotta tell ya, I have been more tired, more hormonal, more achy, more gassy and more bloated during this trimester than I was during the first. Plus, my face is quite reminiscent of a pizza right now, and I normally have fairly cooperative skin. The third trimester should be interesting. But all sarcasm aside, I can’t wait!

Despite all these silly annoyances, I absolutely LOVE being pregnant. I just adore it. I honestly wouldn’t care if I turned purple and grew antlers, just feeling this beautiful life growing inside me is soooo worth it. Without a doubt, pregnancy is everything I hoped it would be and so much more. It has permanently altered my perspective and my reality. I’ve never been involved in anything so important, meaningful or fulfilling. I lack the words to describe how this feels. I am a different person now. I’m a mum.

6 comments:

Fertilized said...

youe second trimester sounds like mine - I was very run down and was not glowing !

Congrats on more and more kicks

christina(apronstrings) said...

that's so neat! i am sad...i have only, i *think* felt one kick at 20 weeks. *sigh* hopefully soon.
no matter though, i am really glad that you are feeling them.
xoxo

Mel said...

And an amazingly, beautiful mum at that.
So glad to hear things are still wonderful!
*hugs*

Michelle Dunn said...

I have to be honest, that bit about strangers mentioning your pregnant or giving you that comment you wanted to hear for so long "when are you due" made me giggle. It took me back to those days when I was pregnant with my first, second and third. It's such a wonderful feeling I know, and especially after trying to conceive for so darn long (it took us almost two years with our first) it such a wonderful thing to hear and just puts a wonderful smile on your face. :)

P.S. Those kicks really are an amazing feeling aren't they!?

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Xbox4NappyRash said...

here's too more kicking, good n'hard!

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