For the most part, this has been a good week. I've discovered two favorites, can't say I'd call them cravings, but I now really love eating slices of mild cheddar cheese and salad (specifically the kind you get at a salad bar with shredded carrots and cabbage, right? that's cabbage?) with French dressing. Those are some pretty good favorites if I do say so myself.
I've been getting lightheaded at times, usually in the morning, so I try to make it a point to get plenty of fluids. I let myself have one big glass of the Lipton sweetened iced tea a day (ok occasionally 2 glasses) then the rest is usually water. I drink that sparkling water like nobody's business; the burps make me feel better if I need it, too. My appetite in general seems to be getting better, thankfully, now I just try to stay on top of making healthy choices. Some days I would love a nice, big sandwich piled with cold deli ham, but I'm following the no lunch meat rule. Some people say it's fine, but I think I'll survive without it.
Overall I've been feeling pretty good, less tired, less nauseous. In fact, Sunday night I stopped taking my Unisom. Monday afternoon I started to feel kind of crummy and as soon as I got home from work I threw up, and it was a doozy. First time I threw up from actually feeling crappy and not from gagging. So, that night I was back on the Unisom, but I think the combination of food/fluid loss and having been off the meds, I still wasn't feeling right on Tuesday. I went into work Tuesday morning at 8, left at 8:30 and threw up by 8:45. I have been taking the 1/2 Unisom every night and have been feeling just fine, so I figure I'll give it another couple weeks. I don't want to jinx it, but my gagging problem seems to be improving a bit, not a lot, just a bit. Speaking of jinxing, I haven't wanted to mention this either, but here it goes. My acne has been at its worst in recent years. I was even given a few different medications for it (that I had to stop when trying to conceive). I assumed it would go hog wild after stopping the prescriptions, especially getting pregnant right away, but by some miracle my skin has been clearer than it's been in a long time. I realize I have a long way to go yet and that could change at any time, but I'll take it for now!
They say frequent urination typically goes away in your second trimester then comes back in the third. I'm excited to announce I only had to get up in the middle of the night to pee 4/7 nights the past week! Such a big accomplishment. And I think that's all the excitement I've got for now. I took two pictures this week because I've been getting a few comments here and there about my "bump." I'm certainly not offended, but I wanted to prove that my "bump" is actually bloat. I'm rounding out just a tad, but anything noticeable to others at this point is bloating. The first photo I took right when I woke up and the second I took around 5pm after eating a couple meals and snacking. See the difference? :)
P.S. anyone else who's documented a pregnancy in photos find it very difficult not to suck your belly in?
This week's first time mom question: I'm almost positive we'll skip the crib bumpers, but just out of curiosity what are your thoughts on them?