Okay, so due to popular demand, here's the first of my pregnancy posts! Now, depending on how you look at it, I'm either 14 weeks today, or 14 weeks, 6 days. I've decided that I'd rather be pleasantly surprised by delivering before the date that my doctor has selected, rather than be disappointed by going an extra week or two by overestimating.
Anyway, right now my "belly shots" don't really look like a "belly"--it just looks like I'm getting chubby. Oh well.
BabyCenter says that in terms of the baby itself, this week's big developments are: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth.
As far as I go, I've still been feeling a bit nauseous. The one thing that's seemed absolutely disgusting to me is water, which of course I need lots of. I'm still a little exhausted, and I'm having difficulty motivating myself to do the household chores. I still feel like I can't possibly sleep enough hours in a day. I've also experienced hardcore heartburn for the first time in my life--I thought I had it before, but oh no. And as I mentioned, ice cream particularly sets the heartburn off. Bummer. I'm also noticing that I'm really not hungry but once a day, and I'm really having to force myself to eat. I'm just trying to eat when I'm hungry, and not worry too much about eating a full MEAL when I'm not hungry. And at my last doctor's appointment, I had gained 1.8 pounds.
In the next week, I need to get back into the swing of working out. Due to the hardcore, constant nausea, that fell away at about week 8. I do want to get back into it though. I also need to really start thinking about plans for once the baby is born, because as I learned today, due to my history of allergies, I'm essentially uninsurable in private health insurance.