So I'm super happy most of you seemed to like the name we picked for out little girl! But I'll be honest, even if every single one of you said you hated the name, we wouldn't have changed it. We love it enough for the entire world and then some!
So I've had a lot of changes in my pregnancy since last time I wrote about it. I want to jot some down right quick!
First, the nausea/vomiting has gotten so so so so so much better! I still have to be on my medication or I can't keep anything down and I still do have days that I feel like came straight from first-trimester-heck, but all and all it's not nearly as bad. And I'm SOO so sooo so SOOOOO happy and grateful! I've even been able to gain some weight and now I'm only one pound below my starting weight. Baby is happy!
I haven't really had cravings so much, but I've just been really picky and wanted things I normally wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole, say boxed mac and cheese perhaps or lucky charms. [I know, my nutrition friends want to slap my wrist right now.] Usually when I eat one food I'm instantly really sick of it and then it sounds nasty. That means Clint pretty much has to eat all the leftovers. I've also been wanting more sweets, which isn't really like me. I'm much more of a FOOD person than a dessert person. [I'd so take a piece of pizza over ice cream any day. When my family was having pie at thanksgiving I had another roll.] But usually after I give into wanting a certain food, it goes back on the disgusting list. And, IF I ever eat a vegetable, I have to choke it down and do my best to suppress those lovely gag reflexes. Fruits are finally in the "okay" range.
I feel her move ALL THE TIME and it's the coolest. I feel like it's her way of telling me everything is going good and that I'm doing a good job. Even though I'm sure it's the furthest thing from that tiny little mind of hers, it keeps me going. We think Clint was able to feel her for the first time last night which is exciting! She did a HUGE flip! I can feel it from the outside because I know what I'm feeling for but It's hard for him to tell since there's so much going on in there right now. I hear most people describe the movement as "flutters" but I wouldn't. I'd describe it more like a less intense falling sensation you get in the pit of your stomach when you're on a roller coaster. It literally feels like my stomach is turning upside down. I swear she is just doing flips over and over. Once in awhile I feel a quick little jab or less of a rotation, but my girl likes her flips!
Heartburn is not my friend. Tums is. Sometimes. Except for when it doesn't work at all. Then we're frenemies. The heartburn is so bad it keeps me up most nights even if I haven't had a single thing to eat for 5 hours, and I'm not exaggerating when I say EVERYTHING gives it to me. Even water has brought on the burn. But hey, I'm cool with it. It's way better than how I felt in the very beginning.
I still sleep a lot, but it's gone down a bit. Before I slept a good 10 hours a night plus nap(s). Now I just need at least 9-10 hours of sleep at night and I can usually stay awake during the day and actually get some things done! [before you tell me how lucky I am, you should remember fatigue is actually not that fun.] This makes me a little bit nervous about school. Since I'll be needing to leave for school somedays before 6am and wont be getting home somedays until about 9:30pm, I just hope my body can handle it. And my sanity.
I go back in two weeks from yesterday for them to do the ultrasound to check on my placenta previa. I'm a little nervous. I could be put on bedrest the day before school starts. I am so determined to finish school it's not even funny. I'll buy an electric wheelchair and hire someone to carry my books if I have to! However, for the most part I'm really looking forward to the appointment! I have a lot of faith and hope that we will be getting good news. Either way we get to see our sweet girl and how could you not be excited about that!!
Lately I've just been trying to focus on really enjoying things. Enjoying taking showers without rushing to get out before the baby wakes up. Trying to enjoy watching my belly grow and figuring out a whole new way to get dressed. Enjoying the extra sleep I'm able to get since it's summer. Enjoying my time where it's just me and Clint. Enjoying feeling her move. Enjoying cleaning and doing all the preparation work for her. This is such a special time in my life that I won't ever get back! I want to enjoy every second of it even though it's hard. Really hard. Your momma loves you, Ainsley!