Today marks the start of the final week of the second trimester...2/3 of the way done with this first pregnancy of mine and it blows my mind how the weeks are starting to melt away now. The first trimester went painfully slowly (at times at least), and every day that I successfully made it through felt like a triumph. Now, I find that week by week suddenly it's time to take another belly shot and mark the passing of another week closer to baby day. Basically, if I go as long overdue as they will let me, at most it will be 16 weeks from now until I meet our little baby! Depending on how things go with the placenta previa and/or just delivering before my due date, it could be sooner than that. HOLY CRAP. and EEEEE!
I have a midwife visit in a week, and will be discussing my plans to drop my hours a little bit at work over the next few weeks. The SPD has started to be much more of a problem, and it's very clear when I've overdone it and my body simply won't go anymore. I have had to call in to work a few times because I couldn't stand long enough to get in the shower in the morning :( I never imagined I would be one of those pregnant ladies who just couldn't do daily things like lift a laundry basket or get out of the car without help, but alas, here I am. It's not even because the belly is so big and cumbersome yet, but the pelvic pain is just enough to be downright incapacitating at times. I feel guilty to even consider dropping my work hours, but the people around me here have been more than supportive and have reminded me that I'm growing a person for goodness sake and should just do what my body says. Then, on 1/24 we have our ultrasound to re-check the previa, so we will know a little better what things look like and what to possibly plan for in terms of delivery (c-section versus attempting a normal delivery). I will certainly keep this updated regarding what we find out.
Baby should be about 1 2/3 lbs and 14" head to heel this week. She is able to "breathe" amniotic fluid now (even if the thought of her breathing essentially her own pee is kind of weird). Her inner ear nerves are pretty well developed, too, and she can now not only distinguish my voice but that of someone else I'm having a conversation with! Her eyelids are open and she blinks now, too! Go baby, go!
I decided on the fabric for the nursery - at least I know for sure about the blue trellis fabric, and it's ordered and on its way! I haven't ordered the complimenting fabrics yet, but am pretty sure we'll do the raspberry dandelion and still deciding on the second. Can't wait to see it all come together! The room that will be the nursery is mostly cleaned out and ready to paint! Looking forward to seeing some progress in there over the next few weeks, and I'm sure it will ease my anxiety about not having anything for baby (like, I keep having dreams that we don't have anywhere to put her to sleep, or she doesn't have any clothes...which is the current situation but of course we will by April!).
So that's the scoop this week :) I'll update this post with a belly pic when I get home tonight!