I can’t believe that it’s been 5 weeks since I’ve done a pregnancy update. This second trimester is flying.
I feel amazing. It’s been a relief and surprise to have such a wonderful second trimester since with Isabella (my last pregnancy) I continued to experience that extreme “first trimester” exhaustion through the entire pregnancy.
Beginning with pregnancy #8, my pregnancies have gotten noticeably more difficult, with longer and more severe morning sickness, until with Isabella I struggled through even the second trimester. I chalked it up to my age and the fact that since my first pregnancy I’ve been either nursing, pregnant or both (that’s got to take a toll, right?)
This first trimester was most difficult by far. It was necessary for me to literally be in bed (or lying down on the couch) for 15-20 hours a day. So this amazing second trimester caught me by surprise, but I’ve not been wasting it.
So far we’ve taken down the wall between our living room and dining room and painted lamps and furniture to better accommodate our new, larger living space. You may see the area I’m speaking about in our home tour posts (the wall with all the books is now gone). After pictures coming soon.
I’ve knitted a hippo for Nicholas (4),
a cable sweater for the baby,
and a doll for Isabella (1). (More clothing for the doll is currently in progress.)
I made a quilt for the baby (my first ever finished quilt),
a hand full of burp cloths (more coming)
a diaper changing kit
and am half through with a new diaper bag (need to make the lining).
I still have plans for a swaddling blanket, more burp cloths, a larger diaper/tote bag for longer excursions and perhaps some baby bedding (the crib sheets that we have are thread bare after making it through 10 children).
In addition to the projects, we’ve been plugging along with our homeschooling, hosted surprise, extended stay guests (19 people in our home during the time when our living/dining area was under construction, talk about crazy, busy…), lots of regular company, a last minute camping trip and all the rest of the amazingly blessed and busy life of a family of 12.
Did I mention that I feel great?
I do drop into bed happily exhausted each night, but I’m very grateful for the health and energy that God has given during the last few months of this pregnancy.
Here are two things I’m doing that may (or may not) contribute to the energy boost:
- Exercise – I’m doing Peak 8′s two to three times a week.
- Vitamins/supplements – I’m taking “Super Mom” , cod liver oil, vitamin B6, Iodoral (an iodine supplement because my thyroid function has been extremely low this pregnancy, a first for me) and vitamin C.
I notice a huge difference in my energy levels when I skip my vitamins for a day or two, especially the cod liver oil.
This past week it seems that the baby has gone through a growth spurt and even though I have another week of second trimester, I’m feeling more third trimester-ish. I still have lots of energy, but I’m moving a little slower and am just starting to feel ‘big’.
Remember the family-centered c-section video I posted? I asked my OB if it was possible for him to take the baby from my uterus and place him directly onto my chest. The nurses could then check the baby over while I’m holding him and we wouldn’t be separated at all.
He said, “Absolutely!”
Then he went on to say that he’s already done this once before and it will be no problem.
We have yet to talk about the remainder of the things on the video, but honestly, this was my biggest wish.
I still wish that I could deliver naturally, but I’m very thankful for the technology that enables me to have children born without injury and this is the best possible scenario for both me and our baby.
Oh, I nearly forgot to mention…swelling. My ankles have already started swelling (way too early in my opinion). Any tips or ideas for helping with that?
How is your pregnancy progressing? Any new babies?
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