All of the sudden, it is very clear to me and perhaps even strangers that I am with child. I can’t button the lower part of my winter coat (and the top part isn’t easy either, when you used to size clothes around what was a very small chest), I’m way bigger all around, and the bump is rounder and higher. Eek!
The biggest changes recently are:
1. It’s clear that my legs (where I gain weight first- I’m a classic pear) are getting bigger, but possibly also my feet. My lower body just wants to expand. My thighs are pretty much touching (which is a feat if you’re very bowlegged like me) and I have way more noticeable amounts of visible cellulite. Not that I was completely cellulite free pre-preggo, but I didn’t notice much and I wore short shorts and two-piece bathing suits with little concern. I guess those days are over!
2. I am having this problem (TMI warning- don’t click if you’re squeamish!)
3. I get out of breath easily, and but differently from the first trimester. This time, it feels like my lungs don’t have enough space. Maybe slightly asthmatic? Before, I just felt low energy and sleepy. I skipped the 11 flights of stairs up to the office this morning (I’ll do at least one set today).
4. I am craving fatty foods less and now want fresh foods and green vegetables. We had this yesterday for dinner and it hit the spot. (I followed the basic recipe, but I added lots of lentils, 1/2 a chopped avocado, and when the kale ran out, some julienned raw beets. So good!) I want to eat it 3 times a weeks for dinner. Maybe I went through a short fetal growth spurt that is now tapering off?
But it’s all worth it. Bring it, body changes! (Though I admit that I’m very much looking forward to losing the weight and getting my old body back. Am I the only person who think losing baby weight might be kinda fun?)
This weekend, I had the privilege of finally meeting Rebecca from Fosterhood NYC. And she gave me (free!) a stroller. I don’t know much about strollers, as we plan to baby-wear as much as possible, but I do know that I can’t refuse such generosity! You can imagine how much my blokey liked pushing an empty stroller down the street last night. Tonight, after class, I’m buying a baby carrier for $10, as advertised on a parents group listserve. Thrifty parenting win!
Have a happy Wednesday, everyone! I fly out to Chicago tomorrow, and I am looking forward to seeing Anne, family, and many others!