14 and 15 Weeks

Friday, July 3, 2015
Happy 4th of July weekend everyone! I hope it's full of fun and celebrations.

These past 2 weeks have been up and down. I'm noticing that although I feel pretty much the same as I did with Aria in almost every way, everything seems to be magnified so much. It's hard to keep up with mentally and emotionally since I'm generally a very even keeled person. I'll get more into that though.

There is the bump in all of it's glory. Along with the crooked pictures on my wall.

Baby size: Naval Orange

Weight gain total: 3 pounds as of my last appointment. My scale doesn't show any additional weight gain...but I don't exactly trust it. Full disclosure...when I'm pregnant and I take our dogs to the vet, I like to ask the veterinarian if I can weigh myself on the big dog scale. I figure it's more accurate than mine.

Cravings: Orange juice, nectarines, beans and spinach. So much spinach. I also found a recipe for these vegan donuts with sprinkles and I cannot get them out of my mind!

Aversions: I have been having a very rocky relationship with food this pregnancy. With my first pregnancy I had a few aversions to a few foods. With this pregnancy I have very strong aversions to meat and cheese that come and go for weeks at a time. During the first trimester I couldn't even look at or smell meat or cheese. Once I hit the second trimester, it had gone away until just 3 days ago. Now I can't even think about any meat or cheese. And the double kicker is that my mommy hormones are so wacky that not only does the thought and smell make me want to die...thinking about the animals makes my mommy senses all weepy. I'm a disaster people.

Luckily I spent a long time as a vegetarian and a vegan, so I'm well equipped to handle such a situation.

Symptoms: My emotions are incredibly variable at any given moment. With my first pregnancy I had some normal highs and lows. They came and went occasionally but I remained pretty steady. This pregnancy they are so high and so low.
Generally I have a really good mind body connection, but now it's as if someone else is commanding this ship and I cannot keep up. Normally, I feel comfort in having a good degree of control and understanding of the workings of my body and mind. Now, most of the time I feel like I have none, and it's very unsettling.

Varicose veins are the devil.  I had them with my first pregnancy and  I have them now. And they are on steroids. I've discussed it with my midwife and done research on my own...but it looks like there's not too much I can do to alleviate the blue and purple road maps that have taken over my lower half, as they are hereditary. I do what I can to "help" the situation...ie. I'm very active, always on my feet, use compression socks, when I'm sitting I elevate my feet, sleep on my left side, and use grapeseed extract. But these babies are here to stay. For the pregnancy anyway.

Welcome conspicuous veins...don't get to comfortable, because in 6ish months, you're out!

Dreams: I have had a few dreams about this pregnancy so far.

The first dream was that the baby was a girl.

The second dream was that we decided last minute to have a home birth.

Last night I dreamt that I went into labor 2 weeks early. We went to the birth center but the baby wasn't moving down the birth canal. I remember touching my belly where the baby's bum was, and trying to measure if it was moving down but it wasn't. So we just waited, playing cards. It was interesting.

Exercise: Still running and strength training. I also do a lot of squats. Somewhere between 100 and 300 a day, depending on the day's other workouts.

Well, we are off to enjoy this beautiful day. Happy 4th!

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