I wish I wrote this a few days ago, as yesterday my wife’s cousin, the mother and step-mother to our god-daughters, died unexpectedly in her sleep. We are devastated, but we don’t know much right now. I’ll leave that for another day.
Yesterday brought us week 16 as well. I feel like this is when things change as far as my size. As she grows, things get pushed upward, making my upper abdomen larger. I’m supposed to start putting on weight now, according to the apps. And since I can usually eat alright, I should be able to do that. Overall, sleep is getting better at times. I go to bed earlier so I can get more REM sleep. I can function during the day usually, but it doesn’t take much to put me behind. I’m sick of being tired though, and need to start taking the train into work since gas is too expensive, so I’m shifting my sleep schedule as best I can.
I had labs done last week. The labs for spina bifada came back clean, so no risk there. Hooray! My thyroid is also starting to function better, so no medication changes in the near future. At this point, I think we’re pretty much in the clear about things that we can test for. It’s a relief, especially when I couldn’t take prenatals for months and that’s helpful in preventing spina bifada.
My body is definitely changing. If I bend over without leaving space for my stomach I can feel it push against the muscles and cause discomfort. I’m not stressing my pants yet, but that will come soon. I did learn the other day that cream soup is evil and I should never have it again when I awoke to intense gas. I threw up a lot and I only had 3 or 4 spoons of the soup before I gave up on it. So…lesson learned. A little lactose intolerant before pregnancy equals very lactose intolerant during, at least with things like cream. I’m ok with regular cheese it seems. I will not be one of those people who eats a quart of ice cream a day while pregnant, that’s for sure! At most I’ll like a tiny bit to get the flavor when I get my wife some. lol Finally, hiccups keep getting stronger. I guess with the pressure it directs that force upward so I know it more. It’s going to be a long 5 1/2 months with hiccups!
Peanut ultimately is great. She’s a total sweetheart. The other day I ate late and she was getting very worried about me, sending signals to my wife that I needed to eat, preferably applesauce which I had recently and she knew helped with the blood sugar. The next day I had applesauce before leaving and she was very happy, giving her the sensation of wanting to do a happy dance. :-) And then she was requesting oranges (which we didn’t have) and steak, which I didn’t want. Basically, more sugar and protein. It amuses me. I have been eating more raw cashews which helps though.
Her major frustration is still getting her hand in her mouth. She wants to control her body, and it just isn’t possible yet. She’s gotten close a few times apparently, but it still eludes her. She’s been working on this for weeks actually. We just remind her that this is how her body learns to move.
Another development is she’s learning to control how much she projects at my wife. It’s like teaching a baby to pet a cat. I just say to be gentle and my wife gets this sensation of her heart being lightly pet. It’s ridiculously sweet. It also helps her cope. Finally, it appears that the death of Whitney has created a transfer of my wife’s line to the baby. The energy that holds the memory of the line, all the wisdom they acquired in controlling their power and gifts has been passed onto Peanut so now she is not only energetically similar to my wife, she is truly part of her energetic line. I hope this helps Peanut as she learns to manage her power.
My parents arrive in town tonight. Hopefully we can get a heartbeat on the doppler before too long so they can experience something. At least they can see the pictures in person instead of a scan. It’s another 4 weeks until the next ultrasound so that’s all we have for now.