The Bump {5} - Recap: 12-20 weeks

This part of my pregnancy was a bit more interesting. I was getting used to the idea that we were pregnant and getting more and more excited/nervous about finding out if baby was healthy and either a boy or a girl. However, with a more positive outlook, we sailed through this phase pretty easily.  

However, two symptoms became slightly irritating. The first symptom was becoming horribly congested. I woke up (and continue to do so) with a very clearly stuffed nose almost every single day. My sinuses were just full. That part isn't as annoying. What IS annoying is my right eye. The poor thing has been through the ringer already. I may have developed slight allergies (which I doubt is prego related, but still) because one day I woke up with an incredibly pink eye. I thought it could be pink eye, which the doc said was most likely the viral form because you'd obviously know if it were the bacterial form. Apparently, that's when your eye looks absolutely disgusting and super puffy and gross. Well at least I didn't have that. Nonetheless, I stayed home for a couple of days so that I wouldn't infect anyone else. Now after having a ridiculously pink eye three more times, I now believe that perhaps it wasn't ever pink eye. I realized that each of those mornings, I woke up with my eye glued shut or super itchy or super wet, etc. I then probably rubbed it so much to cause my eye to turn pink. I never once contaminated anyone else, including the little one I nanny for, my co-workers or my husband. But man, it's super annoying regardless. I look like I woke up with a SEVERE hangover. Not cool.

Another tidbit about this eye - it tells me when I'm tired. Seriously. I can tell by how my right eyelid behaves when it's time to go to bed. It is the first eye to shut when I lay down to bed and the last to open up in the morning. I had an eye appointment early in my pregnancy and my report came back fine. If anything, I think it was my left eye that was just slightly nearsighted, but not enough to warrant any prescription.

The other annoying symptom I started to notice very much during this stage of the pregnancy is my low blood pressure. At my 16 week appointment, my blood pressure was something super low like 85/55. Crazy low. No wonder I have the hardest time walking up the stairs. I get so darn tired before I'm even half way up. And on walks, I can totally tell when I'm tired. I walk at a speed of a snail. Gary has to slow waaaay down to match my speed.

These weren't really all that bad. What I should be annoyed by is this little dude doesn't like spice very much. He can't handle as much Don Jose salsa that I'd love to eat. DEFINITELY takes after his dad. One thing he does love? Sweets. Oh my word, I cannot get enough. Powdered donuts, chocolate milk, Hershey's chocolate and instant chocolate pudding were staples during this time. I could down a whole packet of pudding if I didn't stop myself. Holy cow that stuff is good. Speaking of which, I haven't had any of that pudding in awhile. I'll add it to my grocery list...

Here's a peek at little Mini Mr. Wiest that we got at our 12w2d ultrasound in Rochester.

Face (you can see the eye sockets) and belly

Gary and I both thought this shot looked like Bane from Batman!

Little legs. I looked and looked for a sign of gender :)

side profile

Words of wisdom:
1. When you need to go up in size for clothing, buy some maternity clothes! When Gary and I went up to Rochester for an ultrasound between 12-13 weeks, I had gained enough weight (thanks to all those sweets!) that my pants weren't fitting well anymore. Sad day, but I found the new maternity store at the mall and was met with such a lovely surprise. They sold petite pants!!!!!!!!!!!  I bought a lot of pairs just because I knew I wouldn't need to hem any of them. That was an awesome day. I've been back since :) My best advice is to not waste time trying to squeeze in to items that no longer fit even if you can still (just barely) get the button to latch.

2. Go to the chiropractor if you need to. The lower right side of my back/hip bone started to hurt really badly one night during week 14. I called to set up an appointment that next morning and was able to get in right away. I've felt great ever since.

3. Buy a prego pillow! I should have done this years ago because I love to sleep on my sides and I know how important it is for your back to have good alignment, even while you sleep. Having a pillow to support your head is obvious, but I never sleep with a pillow between my legs. Well, now I do! Another reason I needed this pillow is because of my growing belly. It's so much more comfortable to lay on my side if I have something to support the baby belly too.

Belly Photos! 
I didn't take too many belly photos during this time. To be honest, I was afraid to just in case something happened to baby. I just couldn't pick up that camera. I did eventually take photos as my confidence grew. Here they are:

                                16w2d                                                           16w7d

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