I've started to get to a point where I am able to look down and think, "Holy crap this is really happening." My bump is finally coming in, in a more bump-like, less chipotle burrito and cookie stuffed, kind of way. People at work have started to notice it and it makes me laugh every time they will be mid sentence and then look down and say,"Hey look! You've got a little bump." My students have also noticed. One told me that she liked the dress I was wearing the other day... mostly because it showed off my baby bump. My kiddos are all so excited. They ask me daily if I know the gender yet, if I have any crazy pregnancy cravings yet, if I've picked any names yet, or when are you having your baby again?
Now that I am through my first trimester (and then some), my symptoms have started to mellow out. When I say "symptoms" though, I have realized how easy I had it during my first trimester. Sure I was incredibly tired most of the time and I have started to get some pretty terrible headaches, I was never really that sick. A friend of mine, who is also pregnant, has been so sick and I just really feel for her. I can't imagine trying to make it through a day at work while ACTUALLY vomiting. To you women who had/have horrible morning sickness, I feel for you and love you. The truth is I felt sick and nauseous a lot but I only got physically sick on two occasions. I was able to snack through out the day which made the nausea go away and I am starting to realize how lucky I am because of it.
In the past 16 weeks I have received some really sweet gifts from family and friends with a few items that have made my days with headaches and fatigue a little bit brighter. These gifts, and a few other items, are what I consider to be my "pregnancy essentials." Here they are:
What are/were your pregnancy essentials?