13 weeks today – pregnancy talk

This (my pregnancy ticker I have in my signature on some of the msg boards I visit) made me smile when I saw it today. Baby is practicing smiling, grimacing, frowning and squinting. Awww. :)

I’m 13 weeks today so I’m not sure if I’m officially in the second trimester this week or next, but either way, I’m close! I’ve been continuing to feel good, just feeling tired at times and the need to eat more frequently. I know I lost a few pounds after my stint with food poisoning (or whatever that was), but I think I probably have made up for it now. I haven’t gotten on the scale lately so I can’t say for sure.

I think I felt the baby moving last night as I sat at the computer proofing pictures from a recent session, but I’m not 100% sure. I know after your first pregnancy you are more likely to feel it earlier, but this might still be too early. I didn’t feel Ava move until around 17 weeks, but what I felt last night (a few times) was down low and wasn’t gas so….???

I have a doctor’s appointment scheduled for next week (5/16) with the old practice. I decided to keep it even though I’m switching practices because I really want to hear the baby’s heartbeat before we go on vacation to CA. We leave on 5/17. So I’m excited about that. :)

One of the presents Jody got me for my birthday was a gift certificate to Kohl’s so I could buy myself some new maternity clothes. (I got rid of 99% of my maternity clothes from my pregnancy with Ava because I lost so much weight after she was born, they all would be huge on me.) So yesterday Ava and I went up there and I got three new shirts (two cute summery ones and one sweater on clearance for $2) and a pair of jeans (and Ava got some socks). I also went to a consignment store over the weekend and picked up three maternity shirts and a pair of khaki mat. capris. So I think I’m set for a little while – at least for our trip. I haven’t been wearing any maternity clothes yet and I still feel funny about it because I’m not *that* big, but yet, some of my regular clothes aren’t roomy enough. I am borrowing a pair of jeans from a friend (ones she wore when she was pregnant but not needing maternity clothes yet) and so far those have been working well, but that’s only 1 pair of pants! I guess I will look more pregnant if I start dressing the part. ;)

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In related pregnancy news, my friend Julie had her baby girl – “Lily” – on Monday. She had a successful VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and both mommy and baby are doing great and nursing is going well! Congrats to Julie and fam. :) She’s the first of my three friends due in May to give birth. May is such a great month for babies and new life! :)