Wednesday, November 9, 2011

First Trimester Over!

This week marks week 14, which officially means that I am through the first trimester.  I am thrilled!  I HATE first trimester!  I am starting to feel much better and my energy has returned.  I no longer stare at my messy rooms with despair.  Of course, I still have a lot of work to do around the house to get things in shape!  I noticed a cobweb in the corner of our living room yesterday that is just glaring at me.

Pregnancy perks:  snacking privileges!  I've eaten so much junk lately it's ridiculous.  Halloween candy was out to get me! 
Pregnancy woes:  I found out at 12 weeks that I have placenta previa, which is causing some spotting every now and then.  The doctor said that it is likely to change.  Brief science lesson that you didn't really want:  the placenta right now is covering my cervix, which is not a good spot to be!  Nothing causing stress to my cervix is allowed- meaning no sex, no lifting, no exercise, etc.  Ok, all bearable.  And at this stage in pregnancy, the placenta has a great chance of moving up and away from the cervix as it grows.  I get to have an ultrasound every 4 weeks to monitor it.
Stats:  weight gained so far- 5-7 pounds, depending on the day.  So far, I am doing much better than the first time around.

Non-pregnancy related updates.  Anna continues to amaze me!  She's just learning and growing tremendously.  Yesterday I took her to the barn as we usually do after getting home from work.  The cows were in the holding area waiting to be milked.  We can get right up close to them standing behind some metal gates.  Close enough for her to reach her hand out and touch their noses.  One of them was particularly interested in us, and each time Anna touched her wet slimy nose, she would burst into giggles!  Yes, a cows nose probably feels unusual to a little one!  Two of MY cows (emphasis my, since 99% of them are my husband and father-in-laws) just calved and had each a beautiful baby girl heifer.  A heifer is always preferable as they are raised to adulthood.  A bull has the unfortunate purpose in life to become meat. 

I'm really enjoying life lately!  I am full of anticipation and excitement, and I somehow feel so much more ALIVE when pregnant!  Like two hearts beating in one body somehow makes life so much more real, full, and rich!

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