So, after all that getting up at night for a 4th meal, baby must've done some serious growing, 'cause my BELLY popped out yesterday! Seriously, it seemed like it happened overnight. I suddenly realized, I can't suck it in anymore. It's definitely a Prego Belly.
The nausea has definitely become more mild....I'd even venture to say bearable. Thank goodness Tessi, my sister, came to stay with me for a month, giving me such a relief from housework so that I was able to spend what energy I did have on responding to Violet's needs. For a while there, after we first moved in and I was throwing up with no relief, I wondered if I was going to make it through this pregnancy by myself. God is merciful, though, and it's looking like I'm going to do fine.
The hunger, the demanding, mind-consuming, obsessive HUNGER that I experienced the last few weeks has been dizzyingly strange! Last pregnancy I could hardly eat ANYTHING. I lost 10 pounds in my first trimester, and was just back to my regular body weight and beginning to show a belly at 6 MONTHS! This time around, I'm eating ALL DAY LONG and even once at night, and my belly is out at 2.5 months. Yep, they say they're all different!
At the moment, I feel relatively normal, except for needing to much on fruit and cheese all day long. I do still retain some food sensitivities, though nothing consistent other than, "if I had it yesterday, I won't be able to stomach it for weeks after." Leftover nights are a thing of the past. It was a struggle for Tessi to fix meals for exactly 3 people, with no extras. Any more than that and she'd be eating it by herself for days!
Another saga I've recently overcome has been the Insurance Company Battle. Not that our insurance isn't pretty good......I mean, we get decent coverage, as far as the medical world goes. (that is, the things we value for our true health like, chiropractic, massage for my FMS, and herbal supplements are never covered). It's just that, the staff are incapable of solving a problem for you in one step. You must get passed around, you must fill out forms (the old-fashioned way, with pen and paper and fax), you must wait for responses in the MAIL, people!! and you must eventually start over again with your own help from smart insurance beneficiaries you find on google! Yes, Google was my biggest source of assistance in accquiring healthcare from my dashed insurance company, if you can believe it. Once I knew the answers to my questions, I could then call up Tricare and prompt them to answer my questions correctly!
Anyhow, as it stands, I am downgraded (which is really more of an upgrade, if you ask me) to TriCare Standard, so that I can see any "network" provider and they will pay for all my maternity care. As of now, I will be getting a midwife to attend the birth at the hospital, and receive all my prenatal care from her, as well. Thank goodness it's not my original PCM, a 60+ year old Army dr. who also is chief of family planning at the "women's clinic" here in town.......i.e., "head abortion doctor."
As for exercise, I'm still running, and I'm still trying to push myself back up towards 3 miles 3 times a week.....but it's slow-going when pregnant. The blood increase thing kicks my butt. :( I'm also religiously working on my core muscles. Last pregnancy I was NOT in good shape in that area, and ended up with torn cartilidge between my ribs on my left side. There's a HOLE in there, which I can fit 2 fingers into, and it still provides me some pain once in a while. I really hope to avoid that this time around.
So there you have it. Biggest hurdle overcome (nausea), and lots of happier times to come, I hope!