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Friday, December 4, 2015

My Secret Diary Post - Week 8 - 1st Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms, Overview, Updates, etc.

Week 8 - Oct. 30-Nov. 5

I've decided to give a little more structure to these posts, so we are going to go by different categories instead of just a daily diary entry format. I hope this is a little more helpful than just reading my jumbled-up thoughts.

Bump: I know it's just bloat, but the belly is looking bigger than usual. It's uncomfortable to lay on my stomach. We've been taking weekly pictures and I definitely already see a difference this week! My parents' neighbor said I looked like I was growing a bump (which honestly made me both happy and embarrassed and fat feeling all at once).

Now here's a little rant I just must get off my chest... I have been reading online forums about "when did your baby bump start to show?" and have realized just how terrible some in the online community can be. Whether it's bloat or not, it's still being caused by your pregnancy. People act like those who say their bumps show early are dumbasses who obviously don't know anything about the uterus and pregnancy. Your uterus might not be rising out of your pelvis just yet, but your body is still changing and making room for baby to grow in! Plus your metabolism is slowing down because of your pregnancy and that just might be responsible for a few extra pounds too. So first of all, it's still a symptom of pregnancy no matter what's making your tummy grow. Secondly, everyone's body is different! And thirdly, holy crap, everybody just calm down. Women go onto online pregnancy boards to find others to help them through this very stressful and exciting time in their lives, not to be torn apart by the pregnancy know-it-alls. Sorry for the rant, but it has been bugging the crap out of me and I can't stand all the negativity surrounding this topic!

Weight: 130 lbs, +3 lbs overall. They say you're only supposed to gain like 5 lbs the entire first trimester, so this somewhat worries me. Am I getting off on the wrong foot here? I was between 117-122 when I moved in with Justin in May and we got married in June. Being 127 at the beginning of this pregnancy is the most I've ever weighed, I just hope I don't let being pregnant be an excuse to gain a ton of weight I won't be able to handle once baby comes (especially since I was already on the weight gaining track beforehand).

Food: Aversions are starting to settle down. No real cravings though. I love cakes, cookies, brownies, etc. but that's really nothing new. :)

Morning Sickness: It's off and on, I'll have one awesome day where I feel normal and then the next day I'll pay for it. It never lasts all day, but it can last a couple hours when it's really bad. This week it seems like it's worse in the evenings. So my morning sickness began right at 5 weeks and I've been reading that some ladies start to get relief around 9-10 weeks and I sure am hoping for that!

Maternity Clothes: Not wearing any yet, but I have purchased a dress and a pair of jeans from Target. The jeans seem a little big but who knows what I'll look like once I need them. The dress is a little unflattering on me right now, but I hope it's cute with a big ole baby bump. I do worry about bras though. From what I've read it just seems like all throughout pregnancy, your boobs are gonna have random growth spurts. I can't just keep buying new bras every month... what to do...?

Emotions: I am proud to say I think I've had a pretty good handle on this so far (well since the two incidents at the very beginning before I knew I was pregnant). Every time I feel myself getting upset over something I remind myself that I'm pregnant and crazy and I can usually keep a good hold of myself.

Sleep: Is getting better, I think, but I learned that going to bed two hours earlier will only leave me up for two hours in the middle of the night.

Dreams: I actually had a dream that I was still in college. I can't remember the details of it or what was really going on, but I woke up with the fear in the back of my mind that I didn't finish my homework (like the worst feeling ever when you're in school). When I woke, I laughed about it, knowing I don't have to worry about that stuff anymore.
I also had a dream that we were at my grandpa's and my cousin was taking pregnancy tests and she just left them on the bathroom counter. They were those blue dye plus-sign types, and they were all showing up negative. I don't know what that's about, but I'm pretty sure that's the only "pregnancy-related" dream I've had since I got pregnant.

Physical Symptoms: The boobies are still off and on. They are mostly comfortable, but some days they ache. No abdominal cramping like I had in previous weeks. Holy cow, I have to pee all the time, even when I'm not drinking anything. Over the weekend Justin and I were watching TV shows. I had to go pee between each episode! I don't wake in the middle of the night to pee but pretty much everyday about one hour before it's time to get up, I have to pee and can't hold it that extra hour lol. I got a pimple on my upper shoulder blade which was super weird.

Daddy: Justin has been having strange dreams lately. He even dreamt that baby was a girl. He said it was like five years in the future and this little girl was calling him daddy.

Favorite Moment of the Week: Creating four adorable woodland animal canvases with scrapbook paper and Mod Podge with my sister for baby's room! Then coming home a few days later and Justin had taken down some of his pictures in the spare bedroom (soon to be baby's room) and put those canvases up in their place. It's the little things that Justin does that makes me so happy and excited to be creating this little family with him.

Thanks so much for reading!
Alaina and Tiny Baby

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