Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am just beyond thrilled that so many people are so happy for us.
As of yesterday, I am technically past the first trimester and into the second. This seems so crazy to me since the weeks go by soooo sloooooowly! This first bit has felt like an eternity so I’m worried the next couple of months are going to feel even longer, since there are less “milestones” to hit and more just hoping the baby is growing appropriately.
I mean, at first, you can look forward to things like, “Baby no longer has a tail!” and “Baby has actual limbs instead of weird nubbins!” but once you hit 12 weeks the baby has all the bodily structures it needs and mostly just continues to grow bigger and chubbier.
That said, I have my next appointment at 16 weeks, which I guess isn’t that far away. The only thing I’m bummed about for that appointment is, since I’m overweight, they want to do the glucose screening test early! Noooo!
It’s basically to make sure I don’t have gestational diabetes, which would cause the baby to absorb all my body’s sugars and get ridiculously gigantic. My clinic typically performs this test at 28 weeks, but since I’m overweight (even though I have no other risk factors and my family doesn’t have a history of diabetes) they want to test early. I have mixed feelings about this; I really don’t think I need this test, but on the other hand, I do not want a 20lb newborn, you know? So I am reluctantly agreeing.
It’s not a particularly difficult test – they give you this horrible drink of grossness (it’s basically pure sugar flavored like lemon-lime) and then they test your blood exactly an hour later. If your numbers are off, they have you come back in to do a 3-hour test where they make you fast, they test your blood, and then you drink the grossness and they test your blood again. Blargh. Here’s hoping I don’t have problems!
Right now, my biggest problem is that I have no pants. Well, I have one pair of pants. None of my jeans fit so I have a pair of black khaki-type pants that I can still kind of button. Uncomfortably. I bought a BellaBand and have been using it to keep my pants from falling down if I wear them unbuttoned. So far it appears to be working nicely, but still. One pair of pants! And I am not convinced they will hold out much longer – I can’t decide if I should get another pair just like it but in a larger size and keep wearing the BellaBand, or if I should try to find some maternity jeans.
I’m so short that pants shopping is a nightmare normally, and I am in this awkward stage where I just look chubby and not really pregnant so I can’t tell if I should buy normal pants or maternity pants and I have a hard time believing manufacturers make maternity jeans in very short lengths. (Yajaira! You are a fellow short-person! Where did you buy your maternity pants?!?)
Also, the orange juice! OMG! I have been positively LIVING off of orange juice lately. It just sounds so delicious all the time. That’s basically been my only “craving” so far – I haven’t had any 3am freakouts about ice cream or anything, which is good because I am not normally an ice cream person.