18 weeks!

In case you didn’t know this Christmas Kyle and I announced that we will be introducing a new addition to our family this summer. BABY GLEASON is June 15th, 2015. Which just happens to be our anniversary.

This put me currently at 18 weeks along. Like everything else in life every pregnant women has their own experiences, adjustments and expectations for being pregnant. So I thought I would share a little insight into mine.

The First Trimester- This was actually the part that I was most concerned about. After having kidney stones for a week this last summer I feel much less concerned about the joys of childbirth. As far as morning sickness goes I was lucky… or not so lucky to have had the pleasure of having night sickness instead of morning sickness. This gave me just enough energy to go to work, come home, eat and go to bed. And when I say eat I mean meagerly chow down on some toast, saltine crackers and oatmeal. Some additional good friends of mine were sea bands, ginger ale and peppermints.   All consumed by 6 o’clock so I could go to bed by 7. But as the saying goes…. “ This too shall pass”. And luckily it did. It is much more fun to be able to tell people that you are pregnant which I actually find to be the most difficult part of the first trimester. The internalizing of the news you really just want to shout out to everyone is a touch thing to keep to yourself.

My Reading List – I love to read. So naturally I want to soak up all the parenting advice I can. So I like to read a variety of books so I have lots of options for skills as well as sprinkle in some fun parenting books. I AVOID the book “What to expect when your expecting”… it raises your blood pressure while telling you how bad that is for the baby…. No thanks. So here are some of the books I have enjoyed.

Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies: The surprising science of pregnancy.

So fascinating! Did you know that people who do frequently eat chocolate while pregnant do in fact have more temperamental babies?

Bringing up Bebe : One American mother discovers the wisdom of French parenting.

I’m not going to take all the advice put into this book but I love to learn about how other cultures raise their babies. Also, at 3 in the morning why wouldn’t you want a full tool box of skills on how to calm your baby?

The Happiest Baby on the Block : The new way to calm crying and help your newborn baby sleep longer

I have heard this book really works so I’m excited to apply some of the advice in this book to my “forth trimester”

How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And other adventures in parenting from Argentina to Tanzania and everywhere….

I haven’t started this one but its more just a light read to get me more excited to be a new mom.

Now don’t get me wrong. I have already read Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn as well as reading the recommended Pregnancy book provided by my gynecologist so I feel I am getting well rounded information. Which is just how I like it.

My Constant Need to Clean – I always heard about the “Nesting Period” of pregnancy but I thought it would come much later. I find myself completely consumed by the need to reorganize our bathroom or rearrange my closet. Apparently my planning self is ahead of schedule.  I must say it does feel good to have things organized and clean. It frees up my brain for more important things like what to eat… and what color crib should we buy.

Pets.. pets… all around – My pets follow me EVERYWHERE. While cleaning the house our dog will literally follow me from room to room as I put things away. Every night when I go to bed she follows me into the room and doesn’t leave until I’ve gotten up. My cats are the same way, they can always be found in the same room with me… even when I use the restroom. I guess that is preparing me for my future of never being alone. Since my dog doesn’t go up stairs I find her whimpering when I am up their too long because she cant be near me. It is pretty endearing.

Boy or Girl? – This is driving me crazy. As a planning I of course want to know the sex of our baby. My husband would rather be surprised. Especially since in his words “30 years ago they didn’t need to know the sex of the baby” So…. We wont be finding out. But you know what I have found? 30 years ago it was a lot easier to not know. I find myself researching for our baby registry and the options are pretty clear…. Blue or Pink. The gender-neutral options are basically non-existent. I find this pretty frustrating. Just because you are having a girl doesn’t mean you want an entire house of pink items. So we choose what we can…. Starting with a neutral colored baby room with teal walls. I must say when people hear we don’t intend to find out they tell me how much fun it was not knowing for them…. So maybe Kyle is right.

Cravings – I must say I haven’t really had many cravings and when I do its mostly for fruit. Vitamin C has become my best friend. My biggest craving I would say by far has been juice. More specifically orange juice. I just can’t get enough of it. Other than that not much sounds very appealing. My cupboard is constantly full with options because what sounded really good yesterday just doesn’t sound that great today.

Since I am not even half way through my pregnancy I’m sure that I will have many more experiences to share. So far it has been pretty enjoyable, especially the last month or so. In two weeks we have our 5-month appointment in which we get to do another ultrasound. Yay! Another chance to see baby Gleason. I’m excited to see the baby looking like an actual baby since the last ultrasound was at 8 weeks. As we get closer and closer to the due date I find myself getting flutters of excitement. We cant wait for our baby to come…. But they have lots more growing to do in the mean time.