Pregnant and Honest: 18 Weeks
I wish that I could say this month has been magical like our trip to Disney last weekend, but I can’t. It has certainly been interesting to say the least. My family battled the stomach bug for 3 out of the 4 weeks. My poor little man had it the worst and woke up sick on 3 separate nights over a period of 2 ½ weeks. This was my first experience dealing with a toddler having the stomach bug and it was not fun.
Trying to convince an almost 2 year old that they need to throw up in a bucket is no easy task. So I ended up doing A LOT of laundry over those few weeks. And on the nights he woke up sick we would be awake ALL night long. I did enjoy lots of snuggles with my little guy but they were interrupted with not so fun episodes of him vomiting everywhere.
Even when little man was a newborn I was never up all night long with him, I always got in at least a little sleep even on his fussiest nights. So these all nighter’s were a killer and totally threw me off for the rest of the week. It’s one thing to stay up all night while in college, but I am an old lady now who needs her sleep.
As soon as little man was all-better he kindly gave the bug to me just a few days before Thanksgiving. Thankfully I was staying at my in laws when I got sick so I had extra help from family, which allowed me to rest a little and recover.
As far as pregnancy related symptoms, my heartburn is back..oh joy! And I am having food aversions that I never had before. Milk seems to upset my stomach, so no more snacking on cereal and no more latte’s for this girl, which makes me sad. I could really go for a peppermint mocha latte from Starbucks. During the first trimester the smell of coffee made me feel sick which was really sad because I usually love my morning cup of coffee. Now the smell of coffee is enjoyable to me again but since it has been several months since I drank coffee my body isn't used the caffeine. When I tried to drink a cup it made me all jittery and crazy so I have been drinking lots of caffeine free tea instead.
The most frustrating food aversion has been to sweets in the evening. I know I shouldn’t complain about this one because it is has helped me eat healthier and kept me from gaining weight but I hate that every time I eat something sweet at night I feel sick. Sometimes I just want to enjoy a chocolate chip cookie after dinner but I can’t. Plus we are full swing into the holiday season, which means sweet treats everywhere but none of them can be for me!
It’s so crazy because with my first pregnancy I ate so many sweets it was disgusting, but it was all I seemed to crave. I practically lived on berry Captain Crunch and donuts, but with this baby if I eat one sweet thing I am sick the rest of the night so it’s not worth it.
On a happier note, I was able to feel the first kicks at just 15 weeks, which is 4 weeks earlier then last time. I am hoping that over the next few weeks they will get stronger so my husband will be able to feel them too. Like I said in my last post feeling those kicks is my favorite part of pregnancy!
My belly just seemed to popped out overnight between 14 and 15 weeks so I had to bring out some of my maternity clothes. I am still in the awkward phase of “is she pregnant? Or did she just gain some weight?” but each day my belly is getting a little bigger and I’m starting to look more pregnant.
Can’t wait to see what exciting adventures are in store for the next month of pregnancy. If you missed my first post in the series be sure to read it: Pregnant and Honest: 14 Weeks.