I think I’ve reached a point in this pregnancy where I’m getting bored with it. I’m past the part where everything is new again, and there isn’t a whole lot to really look forward to (besides a baby at the end, but, you know, no ultrasounds or anything exciting like that). I guess I get to do my glucose test and get to have a tetanus shot in 5 weeks, so that’s something to look forward to. Yippee!
But generally, things are pretty much the same day-to-day around here. I think I’ve moved on from most of my cravings (we’re back to no chicken in the house, because it was really more work than it was worth). I guess I have a few favorite things that have been my go-to lately, but I wouldn’t really call them cravings. Mostly it’s things that sound refreshing like raspberry lemonade, fruit with yogurt and granola (homemade yogurt and homemade granola, because nothing compares, ever), and toast with cream cheese (or quark) and pickles. I guess you could technically count that last one as a weird pregnancy craving, since it was another pregnant friend’s craving that sparked my interest, and I probably never would have found the combination appealing had I not been pregnant.
One thing I’m a bit disappointed about is my hair. I really can’t remember if my hair grew a lot with T or not, but this time around I don’t think I’m benefitting from the extra estrogen. Maybe it’s because we’re having a girl and she’s taking all the estrogen I have. I really don’t know what the problem is. What I do know is this: the biggest pregnancy side-affect I was looking forward to was my hair growing and other than my hair seeming to expand outward, it doesn’t seem to grow in length. I’ve always had super thick hair, but this is ridiculous. I just got it cut last month and I already feel it needs to be thinned out again. I feel like I have a huge bird’s nest on my head. It also seems to be really oily. Like I didn’t manage to get all the shampoo out or something. It’s really starting to drive me nuts and I don’t know what to do about it. Most days I just pull it half up and hope nobody cares. However, I care, so I’m pretty frustrated about it.
I think it’s probably fair for me to say that running isn’t going to happen much anymore. Between bad weather and being sick for what seemed like forever, I just never got back into it. Now, it’s just not part of my daily routine. I never think about it and when I do, it’s always at a time when I don’t actually have the time to fit it into my schedule. I know I stopped running with T when I was just about 5 months along, so I’ve already made it past that point (barely). I feel good enough that I could run if I wanted to; it’s just getting past that mental block and actually doing it that I’m having trouble with. It’s not very interactive either, so it’s a lot easier for me to justify biking to the park with T than running around the neighborhood.
On the less negative side of things, besides occasionally being tired (which is typically due to how well I slept the night before or how hard I push myself) I feel really good! I think I feel better this time around than I did with T. I’m pretty sure a lot of that has to do with how active I am. With T, I didn’t have much of a reason to get up early, or do anything physically demanding most days. Expecting to sit on the couch all day now is a bit of a joke! Especially since the weather is so nice we have no reason to stay inside all day. I feel better the more I get out and do something.
I’m still going to yoga every week and biking as much as I can. I have definitely noticed that I’m getting slower on my bike, especially when I have to take the trailer with me, which is most of the time. Little hills can seem like mountains, and I will often go out of my way to avoid them. Paul recently put new handlebars on my bike, giving me a more upright position. It feels a little strange having cruiser-style handlebars on a mountain bike, but it’s taken a lot of pressure off my back and given me more room as I expand forward.
I’m looking forward to Mother’s Day this weekend! I don’t know exactly what our plans our, but Paul’s parents are coming into town, so we’ll probably do something fun :)