I completely forgot to take a picture on Friday, so I'll have Jared take one tonight and I'll add it to the post later. Oops!
I am now 16 weeks. I can't believe how fast the time is going now. I'm almost halfway through! It felt like the first trimester dragged on and on, but now time is steadily moving along.
Pregnancy is a weird state to be in:
-I have zero taste or desire to eat chicken. I can eat it if other people make it and it tastes fine, but if I make dinner with chicken in it, it always manages to end up on Jared's plate. I can't stand dealing with raw chicken! I'm almost at the point of putting a bandana around my face and wearing plastic bags on my hands so I don't have to smell or touch it. Weird thing: that's the only meat I have a problem with. I can deal with raw red meat just fine.
-I get really uncomfortable at night. Sitting on the couch makes me feel so squished and I don't last very long anymore before I end up getting up and reading in bed. Sleeping is also beginning to be uncomfortable. I have trained myself to only sleep on my sides, but for some reason that causes my butt cheeks to go numb. So I constantly have to wake up and roll over to the other side for awhile to give the other butt cheek a chance to go numb. My back also hurts in the morning. I'm not sure what to do to fix that, and have tried a pillow between my knees, under my stomach and wedged under my back as I lay on my side, but nothing seems to help it. I will definitely be asking the doctor for suggestions on how to sleep better next time I go in to see him.
-My sense of smell is sometimes like a hound dogs, and other times doesn't work at all. Jared and I went to see The A-Team on Saturday and I could smell the hair gel the lady in front of used. It was very strong to me, but when I talked to Jared about it later he said he couldn't smell anything other than the regular movie theater smells. Go figure.
-I have serious heartburn. Pretty much anything I eat after 4pm gives me heartburn and I get it every time I eat chocolate. Thankfully, all I have to do is chase my food with a glass of milk and the heartburn seems to not occur. My mom says that I'm definitely having a boy because only a boy wouldn't understand my need for chocolate while pregnant. Guess we'll find out on the 25th for sure or not! I'm so excited I can hardly stand it.
-I've started walking about 2 miles everyday and it feels SO good! I feel my body is pretty much the same except my stomach is getting bigger. Hopefully I will keep the weight gain down to a minimum so that I won't have so much to lose after the baby comes. I feel like I have more energy and it jump starts my day. I'm more productive and I love having the time for it.
-Besides the few minor things I listed above, I feel like this pregnancy has been pretty easy. Compared to some women's horror stories of being sick or on bed rest the whole time, my pregnancy is super easy. I'm really grateful for that actually. I don't know if every pregnancy will be like this one, but I'll take them as they come!
-Jared has taken to talking to my belly at random times. Mostly he's telling his kid that he better behave or else he'll be in big trouble. And since we both think it's a boy, he's telling our kid that he WILL like guns and cars. Apparently he has no choice in his hobbies, according to his dad. I asked Jared what he would do if our son was into sports or something else and Jared said that it was impossibly. I guess that's why he's "conditioning" our kid now. Yesterday he was singing this crazy song at the top of his lungs and then he bent over and starting singing to my belly. I'm sure the baby just loved that. I think me finally getting bigger has helped it be more real for Jared. I almost feel sorry for men that they don't ever get to experience the wonder of carrying a child. Sure, there's a lot of crappy side effects that go with it, but the end result is worth it to me. I always try to tell him how I'm feeling so that he'll feel more involved. I don't know if he ever felt left out to begin with or even cares, but it makes me feel better I guess.
-Really, my life at 16 Weeks couldn't be any better. I'm enjoying staying at home, where my only job is to clean house and grow this baby. I'm lovin' life and couldn't be any happier!