Oh gosh it's been months since I've been on here consistently! I'm so much more pregnant now than I was during my last entry haha :)
Things have been going infinitely better since the first trimester. I feel really good for the most part. It took several weeks into the 2nd trimester before I was no longer nauseous and regained my interest in food. Recording my symptoms every day became somewhat disheartening...I just wanted to feel better after months of feeling awful.
The happy news as of late is that we finally rounded the half way mark and celebrated it with our anatomy scan! We're having a girl! And we're so thrilled! It will be the first girl in DH's family in TWO generations and SEVEN boys! No one thought it was even possible :) The happiest news of all is that everything is looking healthy and normal with her development so far. She looks just perfect and it was wonderful to get to spend an hour looking at her toes and fingers and nose :)
I started feeling her at 17 weeks — a couple of kicks one morning, but then nothing for a couple of days and then a few more. Since 20 weeks her movements have been pretty consistent and in the past couple of days, they've gotten much stronger. I can feel them easily with my hand on my tummy and so can Dave! It makes me tear up when I see him so excited about her little kicks...such a special experience to share together :)
My bump is definitely getting bigger now...I've really started showing this past week. As a result my chronically troublesome back is suffering. I've had disc problems since my early 20s and just the past day or two I've experienced sciatica for the first time down my left leg. My OB has suggested I start physical therapy to deal with the discomfort, so we just have to make sure that our insurance will cover it before we proceed. I hear it's really helpful though.
I've also just enjoyed heart burn for the first time in my life...I think it's more like reflux though...it burns in my throat and not really in my chest. I had it twice over the weekend..especially during the night while lying down. It improved somewhat when I propped my head up. It's not the best, but I'd take this over morning sickness any day!
So now we're starting to get the nursery going. We just bought paint and are trying to pick out furniture. So fun! :) And we're looking into pediatricians and birthing classes, so there's lots to look forward to in the 2nd half. We just can't wait to meet her! Every day that crawls by we get more and more excited!
Hope all you ladies are enjoying healthy and happy pregnancies so far!