No matter whose calendar you’re going by, I am officially in my second trimester.
How big is baby?
Avocado-sized! Baby is close to four inches long and weighs in the neighborhood of 2.5 ounces.
How big am I?
Bigger. My mom came to visit this weekend and swears that I have a real life baby bump now. It’s not consistent – some days I’m bigger than others – but I sure do love my maternity jeans now. No other pants will do. My clothing budget starts over for the month tomorrow, and I have an Amazon wishlist full of cute maternity dresses and tunics to order – but my top priority is getting my chubby paws on two or three more pairs of these heavenly pants. Seriously. Why don’t we all wear maternity pants all the time? Life is so much better without buttons or zippers. (PS – Fellow preggos, this is the pair I’m currently loving so much. On sale at Old Navy right now!)
How am I feeling?
Awesome. Seriously. My energy is coming back for real now, so I have to stop using pregnancy as my excuse for lazing around in hibernation mode. Time to start pitching in at home again (I know Josh is smiling as he reads this and thinking he’ll believe it when he sees it, but I mean it!) The hard part now isn’t waking up, it’s breaking myself of all the terrible sloth-like habits I spent my first trimester building.
I have been struggling with migraines more than I ever did in my pre-pregnancy life – terrible migraines that start with a twinge of a headache between my eyebrows and end with a full on incapacitating stabby-brained-meltdown. Yesterday when I felt one coming on, I checked one of the five pregnancy apps on my phone for pointers on how to keep the headache at bay. Several women mentioned that drinking just a little Coca Cola helped. So I bought a bottle while I was out and sipped a little, then took two Tylenol as soon as I got home. Sure enough, the warning headache faded away and I got to spend the night heckling The Bachelor with my husband – much better than locked away in a completely dark room with a washcloth on my head. We’re keeping cans of Coke in the fridge from now on.
Still haven’t started working out – but this is the week! Energy is back and excuses are gone. Summer Sanders Prenatal Yoga, here I come.
What am I eating?
I want to be eating chocolate and cookies and sweets, oh my, but I’m doing my best to exercise my self control. I eat Greek yogurt and granola each morning for breakfast, lots of fruit throughout the day, and then whatever Josh makes for dinner at night. We’ve been making a lot of pasta because it’s quick and easy AND because I’m kind of a carb monster right now. We fired up the grill for the first time this year last night, and I’m very excited about what this means for our dinners at home – lots of fresh grilled meats and veggies to come! Last night was a Trader Joe’s burger with tomato and provolone and a side of mashed up avocado — way better than rigatoni with butter and parmesan cheese, right?
I’ve also been really craving sweet tea, but I’m trying to completely avoid caffeine (except for my emergency migraine Cokes), which makes ordering tea anywhere tricky. Luckily, my grandma (who makes the best sweet tea in the world) gave me a tutorial on how to make it at home in my coffee maker – quick, easy, and exactly what I’ve been craving.
Now I just have to find some willpower and not drink the whole half-gallon in one day.
Avocado illustration via EvaForest on etsy.