It has been two months since I made this announcement. After the first 12 weeks d-r-a-g-g-e-d, the last 10 weeks have flown by. So much so, that when someone asked me a few days ago "How long have you got left?" rather than "How far gone are you?" my heart nearly exploded out of my chest as the realisation hit that pregnancy is just a small part of the massive changes to come and while in the early days it's all about watching those week numbers grow, it soon changes to watching them go down. I stumbled over my words as I squeaked out "28 weeks left!" - the baby hormones clearly affecting my mathematic ability, "no, wait, 18!" Oh my... Eighteen.
The 20 week scan went well. I actually got two because baby was hiding right behind my belly button on the first one and the sonographer couldn't quite see something to do with the heart. Thankfully on the second scan, while baby was still being a little awkward, he got to see everything he needed to. On both occasions baby had their legs firmly crossed. A surprise it is! While we wanted to know the gender, I truly am just happy baby is doing well. It makes buying some things really difficult though, the entire baby market is saturated with gender stereotyping and pinks or blues. We are building a little stash of gender neutral goodies though, and in the coming weeks we will knuckle down on deciding which "big stuff" we want to buy.
On the whole I am still feeling relatively calm, which in itself is quite unnerving. I have had a fairly problem-free pregnancy so far. I have had a little trouble with my left hip hurting at night when lying on it, I am sometimes waking almost in tears as it feels like someone is holding a flaming torch to it. I have had a little physio and it seems to be helping. It turns out my left hip was a little dodgy prior to pregnancy (it's not as strong as my freakishly supple right one, apparently!) and it meant that as my ligaments get more supple it's just being a bit of a bitch. But, it's nothing I can't deal with. I've had a few niggles but honestly, I am so thankful I have got past the halfway mark and feeling quite good!
Things of Note in My Second 3 Months of Pregnancy
- While I have never been the most confident when it comes to my body pregnancy has thrown so much more into the mix. There is a part of me that marvels at how my body has managed to do this much already, perhaps the years of criticising and judging of it is a little harsh because right now it is being pretty damn awesome. On the other hand, the changes are so rapid. I always wondered why pregnant women, who whinge about weight gain and the way look, cannot just be thankful they are having a baby but now I'm in those shoes I have to say, it is really tough. I can no longer wear half my clothes and loathe the idea of having to buy more. I am hoping to last out wearing leggings and dresses until I have to revert to double bed sheet with a head hole cut out. I am not complaining about weight gain but the changes really are so fast and there is no time for your head to catch up with it.
- Babies are really small and really big. I seem to go between looking at baby clothes and thinking "How can I look after something so small and fragile and not hurt it?" and "Oh wow. That's big to be growing inside me and then coming out!"
- While having an anterior placenta is considered normal it does mean the chances of feeling movement can be reduced. At 22 weeks I still haven't felt any definitive movements though am getting funny sensations most days that I think are probably baby but nothing major yet. The other night something was blatantly poking my full bladder though, it had to be baby. I look forward to feeling some reassuring kicks.