So I guess a lot has happened since the last time we wrote. The biggest and greatest thing that has changed is the aerobics classes that start around 9:30pm every night. I didn’t know we signed up for such classes but apparently it is a great workout. Ha! All kidding aside it is an indescribable feeling, a feeling that I have heard countless woman talk about, but finally get to experience. The feeling of a real live human growing/moving inside you…CRAZY!
On a less exciting note. Gavyn had been sick for a good 2 weeks. His classroom was one big germ fest and there was nothing we could do to keep him from becoming infected with all these germs. So inevitably he was sick and so graciously passed it on to me. I was sick from Saturday to Tuesday 2 weeks ago. Actually having to leave work early and call off the next day. Thank goodness for honey, decaffeinated lemon ginger tea, and a lot of sleep I, thankfully, got over it pretty quick.
On Valentine’s Day I had my 20 week prenatal appointment…the one I was dreading. I knew at this appointment I had to get more blood drawn to see if my iron numbers came up at all. After doing pretty much everything I was instructed to do, I was confident that my numbers came up. So after meeting the second of four midwives (Vanessa) and asking more questions like “Why am I waking up at 3 in the morning with the most uncomfortable feeling in my right big toe, so uncomfortable that it is waking me up from a sound sleep and making it difficult to fall back asleep” (She said I am low on magnesium…who knew?). Gavyn and I got to hear the heart beat which was strong and healthy and then on to the blood work we went. Every time I give blood I feel like I deserve a treat for getting myself through it. So because I gave blood and it was Valentine’s Day we went to one of our favorite restaurants and then had dessert at Babycakes (a killer cupcake place). We all got a different flavor so we could split them once we got home. All in all a perfect Valentine’s if you ask me.
Two weekends ago it spiked to 80 degrees so we took a much needed trip to the beach. After realizing how cold the water was Justin and Gav decided to make a sand castle on the beach while I read.
The other day I received the results from my blood work and sadly my numbers DROPPED!!! I could have just crawled in a hole and cried but I didn’t. My numbers went from 10.7 to 10.1. The midwife did say that almost all woman see a decline in iron in their second trimester and by the third they start to come up. With a few more suggestions on how to get more iron I can only remain optimistic and confident that I can get my numbers up. I have never cared so much about something and it is extremely frustrating when you can’t do much about it.
This past weekend we were finally able to go to Big Bear. It only took us 2 months to get there. Big Bear is at the top of a huge mountain, with extremely windy roads. They close the roads or put restricts on vehicles allowed to drive up the mountain depending on how bad the road conditions are. It seems like every time I had a weekend off and we planned to go they would have a huge snow storm which kept us from getting to the top. But all the waiting was over. Justin was able to teach Gavyn how to snowboard and they had such a great time. I just sat at a table reading my birthing book and meeting a lot of really nice people who were interested in what I was reading.
We stopped to take in the incredible view.
End of day Euphoria.
Shoved in my winter coat.
Drive home. Extremely sleepy.
Rachel and sweet baby Jane (Rachel’s new little peanut) came to visit us this week and Gavyn was able to get some much needed practice in. He said “You need to teach me how to hold a baby” , he is going to be the sweetest big brother. Jane was fascinated with Gavyn…she just wouldn’t stop staring!!
Things that have changed:
- I am definitely showing. Regular customers at work keep asking to touch my belly. What is the fixation about touching pregnant woman’s belly’s anyway?
- I am feeling a lot of movement.
- No extreme cravings…YET!
Be sure to vote on the homepage what you think the weight of the baby will be. I, of course, want a petite little guy!