October 9, 2009 2:23 pm

Week 13

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.

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  • Cristina says:

    Check out Old Navy’s web site as I know they have great maternity jeans and they might have some petite maternity type pants on there too. All the good stuff is online anyway. But I would get maternity pants if anything just to be a lil bit more comfy, ya know?

    And mmm orange juice! I had some today, lol. It always makes me feel 100% better! ^^

  • Melissa says:

    The first half of my pregnancy seemed to drag on forever. A lot of it was due to the bad news I kept hearing every time I want to the doctor, but I also think some of it had to do with the fact that I never really felt pregnant until way late in the pregnancy. Now everything seems to be flying by WAY TOO QUICKLY. I only have 10 weeks to go and it’s not enough!

    I had my glucose screen two weeks ago. I’m surprised they didn’t make me do it early because I know I’m overweight, but I suppose at 13 weeks, I was still under the care of a whole clinic of incompetent doctors who probably didn’t know what a glucose screen was anyway. Luckily, I haven’t heard anything about my screen so I suppose it came back normal. Hopefully yours does too! That liquid they make you drink is absolutely horrible! It was more the syrup-y consistency than the taste that grossed me out!

  • Amanda says:

    Because I’m a self-promoter, you might find the entry I’ve linked helpful. :)

  • Teresa says:

    I did a glucose test when I was around 30 weeks pregnant ‘cos my sister is diabetic and I’m prone to having big babies (8lb 10oz, 11lb 10.5ozs and the last one was 9lb 1oz). Everything came back fine. I didn’t have a syrupy drink ‘tho. Mine was a bottle of Lucozade which I happen to like :P

  • Ann says:

    Maternity jeans are the most comfortable things in the world – my teenage friends and I buy the simply because they look good AND feel wonderful! You should definitely get some, they’ll be useful after the baby’s born too.
    Also (I forgot to say), CONGRATS! I’m really happy for you :D

  • Erin says:

    I bought most of my maternity pants at local consignment or thrift stores and sold off craigslist. Actually, I got a great deal from one lady and got a huge bag of maternity clothes all in my size for $40. Twas awesome.

    And the glucose tests are awful. It’s like drinking liquid crack. Or what I imagine that’d be like.

    Still, how very exciting!

  • Jem says:

    I’m living in one pair of maternity jeans so share your pain (although my problem is having long legs, not short ones!)

    I wonder if the insistance on glucose testing is a US thing. I was technically overweight prior to pregnancy but nobody ever mentioned anything about glucose testing to me. Still, I already know I’m spot on for dates so it’s all good :)

  • Kerri Anne says:

    We need to go to Old Navy! SOON, because (you have one pair of pants! and) if I have to stare at the jean jacket I bought but can’t wear for one more week I might cry.

  • Manda says:

    Awh. You’re so cute! I can’t wait to see you with a big ol’ baby belly! We should get together and take some photos when you REALLY start to swell. You’d be a good model for some illustrations. ^^

  • Yajaira says:

    Let me tell you, it was SUPER HARD to find actual pants in my size (4 short) but I did manage to find some at JC Penny, Target & Ross. Walmart NEVER had my size at all. It’ll take some looking, but you’ll find some :).

    Yay! I’m so thrilled for you *squee*!