|Baby- and pregnancy-related xkcd comics will be a recurring theme. |
There are a surprising number of them.
My biggest complaint is the sinus stuffiness. There's even a name for it- rhinitis of pregnancy. Ugh. I'm used to dealing with seasonal allergies- usually forgoing any kind of drugs because I know the allergies will pass in a week or two, tops. Usually, that happens at the beginning of June. Here we are, mid-July, and I'm still awoken nightly unable to breathe through my nose. Also? The comment "Not sleeping now? Just wait until Baby comes!" doesn't help matters.
Other than that snotty detail, I am feeling pretty good. I have many friends who have had much harder pregnancies, so I know I'm extremely lucky. People keep asking if I've been sick (not at all), if my back hurts (not yet), or if I'm sleeping OK (just fine, except for the above) and I think I'm disappointing them!
From a slightly different angle, I feel better about myself than I have in my memory. I've always struggled, to different extents, with the typical body image stuff all girls/young women think about. Right now, though? I feel like my body's doing what it is supposed to. I have confidence in it. I feel like I'm the shape and weight I'm supposed to be. My skin's relatively clear. My hair looks great. My nails are actually growing faster than I can bite them. I have my energy back after having it totally zapped in the first trimester. I actually feel beautiful, after years of Josh telling me so. Maybe not glowing yet, but pretty. I'm amazed at the way my body's changing, and the way it just knows how to grow another human being inside it, even though it has never done it before. Truly a miracle.
And, by popular demand...
I need Josh to help me improve that last picture. Also, I need to pick one outfit and stick to it. I've got a belly, though! Not so much that someone on the street would notice I'm pregnant, but if you're looking for it, you don't need binoculars! I'm definitely finding my borrowed maternity pants more comfortable than my normal pants (but not 100% necessary). I'll need to go shopping pretty soon.
More later on why my generous friends and family are awesome.