I took a break from writing these updates because I really didn’t have much to report. I mean, who really wants to know how many times I woke up to pee in the middle of the night? Besides, it felt strangely like bragging when week after week I was proclaiming that I was symptom free, when some of my loved ones were struggling with their pregnancies. I think I will keep posting as and when I have something to share…
How far along? 23 Weeks! The number 23 is significant to me… because, duh, it is Michael Jordan’s number, need I say more? Secondly, it’s my brother’s & Swami’s birthdate. Lastly, the numbers 2 & 3 add up to 5 which is my lucky number. In fact, the thought of possibly having my baby on May 5th (05.05) has me slightly delirious. If you know anything about angel numbers and the significance of repeating 5’s, then you know what I’m talking about.
Total weight gain/loss: Roughly 17-18lbs. My weight gain has been steady, but it’s only in the last couple of weeks that I’ve started feeling noticeably big. Baby Lelan is approximately a foot long and weighs about a pound. He’s the size of a large grapefruit and he can hear everything. I’ve been going to the chiropractor once a month and I think I will start going more frequently in my last trimester. Also, my coworkers pooled in to buy me a pre-natal massage, which I’m dying to indulge in soon.
Symptoms: Fatigue and gas are my constant companions. Yeah, tell me again how beautiful pregnancy is. I can sleep anywhere during the day, but I stay up until mid-night every night waiting for my partner to get home. So, mornings are especially rough for me. In spite of it all, I feel blissfully excited all the time when I think about bringing a child into this world. I haven’t had any mood swings or emotional outbursts during this trimester. I don’t have any stretch marks, yet. My skin is glowing and my hair and nails are shiny and strong. I feel more beautiful than ever in my life, not counting the bags under my eyes. Seriously, this pregnancy thing is a walk in the park. I don’t know why I psyched myself out all those years ago.
Food cravings: Absolutely no cravings of any kind. Not even for Wendy’s chicken nuggets, which I think is a blessing. I eat whatever is available, whenever. I can eat spicy food with no issues, meat with no aversions, and dairy, fruits, cereal, eggs all with little to no discomfort. I’m drinking a lot of cold milk these days… my mom would be happy!
Best moments: A couple of weeks ago we had our mid-pregnancy anatomy scan. Our baby is perfectly healthy. On a profile scan, he looks a lot like me, which I know will change over time. But, he will be beautiful to me no matter what he looks like. I’ve started feeling him move a lot more these days. Even my partner can feel him, which is just surreal. Growing a human is absolutely amazing! For Christmas, I got those belly buds that I’ve been asking for. I can’t wait to start playing music and chants to my little one… Over New Year’s weekend, my father-in-law helped us set up the crib and I can’t help but smile every time I walk past it. Pretty soon there will be a little baby in the crib! What a blessing!
Looking forward to: The third trimester! Seriously, the second trimester was a major drag. I’m so glad it’s almost over. Time has stood still for me ever since we made the announcement and I suspect things will only get better from here. Our nursery is coming along nicely and I will do a separate post on it once it’s complete. Our friends and family have given us so many items for the baby and I’m so grateful for their generosity. I want to start working from home for a couple of days starting in Feb. It will really help ease our transition and I’m thankful to have such caring and understanding coworkers.
Current wisdom: I’ve had so much uncertainty in my life for as long as I can remember. My mother used to tell me that she was filled with anxiety when she was pregnant with me because of various personal and social pressures. That uneasiness had stuck with me all throughout my life. It wasn’t until I moved away from everything familiar and embraced my weirdness that I truly felt a change in my existence. I went through a metamorphosis and came out feeling brand spanking new. If you are familiar with video games, the feeling is akin to leveling up. I’ve never been happier or feel more settled with the person I am today and I can’t think of a better time in my life to bring a child into this world…