For the last week it's been harder to get a good, solids nights sleep and if you know me at all you know how frustrating that is. I'm definitely an 8+ hour girl or else I'm crabby so it's been an adjustment for sure. I just can't seem to get comfortable sometimes and find myself awake in the middle of the night unable to fall back to sleep. If anyone has any suggestions besides investing in a cali king bed with hundreds of pillows I'll gladly take them
My growing belly is starting to fluctuate to the "she's pregnant and not just chunky" stage which has brought with it belly rubs from other people. Let me just say I assumed I wouldn't mind it but that first one really turned me off. Wait a second, this is still my body, not just a growing site for the babe that's in it. Hopefully the bigger my belly gets the more comfortable I get with other people's hands or I'm gonna have to figure out a way to avoid it. Also on the top of the list of things I hope to avoid is the outie belly button. I have an irrational fear of "turkey's-done" belly buttons on prego bellies and hope that mine being so cavernous pre-pregnancy will be on my side. I'll settle for coming in even but don't want it to stick out. Yuck!
This past weekend J and I were able to spent the entire two days together and it was so fabulous. School's been a bit easier since neuros been over and we took full advantage of it. Yard work, lots of errands, a long walk with the pup, a game of Monopoly after lunch, cosmic bowling and watching hockey with friends in the evening. It was fabulous to spend so much time with my husband but my body was paying for it afterwards. Low back pain has been popping up here and there for the last week or so along with round ligament pain. My hamstrings and butt we're so sore from being on my feet and walking so much more than I'm used to. I guess this belly of mine really is making a difference!
18 weeks definitely feels good. I like being significantly into my second trimester instead of just barely past that landmark. It's comforting. This week has brought with it a total of about 10lbs of weight gain overall, occasionally itchy skin on my belly, and cravings for all things juicy fruit related. Oranges, juice, fruit smoothies, yumm! I'm loving being pregnant and actually loving seeing my body change for this little one. Most of all I love knowing we're getting that much closer to meeting.