Wednesday, August 21, 2019

the second trimester


how i'm feeling
i'm writing this post during my third trimester, which feels a lot different, so i'm trying to remember what the second trimester felt like! my nausea started to get better about halfway through my second trimester, but i was still consistently on nausea meds into my third trimester. the nausea and sensitive stomach eased off and i was able to eat more variety of foods which was a welcome break! i did have more energy during the second trimester which was nice, and we were able to convert the guest room to a nursery and do more fun things with friends and family. (plus i had more weekends free towards the end of the second trimester thanks to having a Monday-Friday job now!) i did start having more back pain and leg pain towards the end of the second trimester, but the break from the nausea, sensitive stomach, and fatigue was nice!

job change
i changed jobs during the second trimester, and it's not something i recommend haha because it's exhausting learning a new job while dealing with all the surprising symptoms or pregnancy! but, the reason i changed jobs is because i was working a rotation that was 11am-11pm and every other weekend (Fri, Sat, & Sun) and i just knew i couldn't do that schedule through pregnancy or with a newborn. thankfully a Monday-Friday job at the same hospital system i was already working at came open and i was able to transition to it mid-July! so it is a new job (completely different from what i was doing in the ER), but with the same company so i already know the computer systems and the hospital in general. i am so thankful that i was able to transition to a Monday-Friday job, even though it's been overwhelming learning all the new things. and i know i'll be super thankful to have this schedule when i go back to work after maternity leave too! this job does require working one weekend day every few months, but that is nothing after working the entire weekend on my old job!

anatomy ultrasound
it was really cool when they did our anatomy ultrasound and we were able to see (almost) every part of baby B's body, like his kicking feet, beating heart, his brain, and his spine! we chose not to find out the gender at the ultrasound, so the ultrasound tech cut the screen off when she checked the gender. she printed out the gender photos & stuck them in an envelope so we could open it at home! the cool thing about the ultrasound was that it was on our anniversary (which is also Thomas's birthday) so it was a really special day. after the ultrasound, we headed out of town for the weekend to celebrate our anniversary, but we opened the envelope before leaving home and we found out baby B is a boy

ER visit
in the second trimester, i started having random chest pain which was no fun. one night it kept getting worse so we went to the ER just to get things checked out. thankfully all the heart tests came back normal, only one lab was elevated and it's something that is elevated in pregnancy and i was in the normal threshold for pregnancy, so that set our minds at ease! they figured that the pain was likely caused by heartburn/reflux because it didn't have any other worrisome symptoms with it. it still comes randomly but thankfully with no other symptoms!

gender reveal
i wasn't sure that i wanted to do a gender reveal party, because i hate being the center of attention. haha but we ended up deciding to do one and it was a lot of fun! we invited almost all of our families and a few friends, most people came so it was a huge crowd at our house, but so fun to see that our house works to host a huge group like that! we had people parking in our backyard (which is huge and shaded) to save street parking and it worked out well! we did a pinata "reveal" and it only took Thomas 2 hits to smack the pinata open! the kids loved picking up the candy & we loved it because less for us to clean up! haha we even saved a bag of candy for baby B when he gets older! 

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