the 26th week••• the end of the second trimester 

glucose Tests, belly growth & a baby girls room, oh my!

Just a little update for y’all (I know I don’t live it the south anymore but I said it before I did and I’ll be saying it long after 😉
The second trimester has really flown by! Our little bump has been very good to us! We traveled to Paris (without getting terribly ill) and we were sitting in our hotel room one afternoon when Kyle got to feel baby girls kicks for the first time! This was such a special moment for both of us, I cried the happiest tears ever! I’ve felt movement and little flutters since the 14th week, I know that’s really early. My doctor almost didn’t believe me but when we looked on the ultrasounds she was so low he actually asked if I’d felt contractions because that’s just how low she was (and often in breech as well) and so for the longest 8 weeks of my life, I’ve been trying to get Kyle to feel them, but they just either came at a bad timing and he couldn’t come quick enough or they weren’t strong enough to be felt from the outside. EIGHT LONG WEEKS I waited, most impatiently. It didn’t help that Kyle’s hands are constantly a very serious shade of freezing, that always scared her away I think. So that was really my highlight of the second trimester!
On another good note, I passed my glucose test. I’ve always heard such terrible things about the test- if you haven’t heard of it, it’s a test to check your blood sugar and make sure you don’t have gestational diabetes a very common problem that often arises in the second trimester. In the test your pricked once before and once an hour after you drink a sugar drink to test how your body processes sugar. I’ve always heard that the sugar drink is really awful and all the pictures I’ve seen look awful, but I had a much better experience. Things are definitely different in German hospitals but even the other pregnant people I’ve talked to who go to the various hospitals here have still had bad experiences or awful things to say about the drink and I just got lucky I guess! It tasted like grape juice and I didn’t have to chug it or fast before (on some occasions people do). I was worried about this test because I can feel my blood sugars drop even before I was pregnant but I’ve never been diagnosed with anything but I experience symptoms related to hypoglycemia. I just really didn’t want another health problem especially for the baby’s sake, even if it is very manageable, which gestational diabetes is in most cases. So lucky me! Babygirl and I are doing good!
My belly has finally really popped this trimester! Or at least I think so! I am still CONSTANTLY getting comments on how “tiny” “small” or how I “don’t even look pregnant” most of the people saying this mean it as a compliment, but I can’t help but let it get to me.. especially the last one. Sometimes when people say “you don’t even look pregnant” or “you don’t look that pregnant” I just want to yell “I AM THOUGH I AM SIX MONTHS PREGNANT!” I know poor Rachel! But I often do not say that and I certainly don’t yell it, but I normally just explain the struggle I’ve had with hyperemisis gravidarium and that being this “small” isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be and that I don’t find it as some enormous blessing that I “don’t look that pregnant,” especially when I think about all the man hours that went into throwing up the weight I’ve lost, causing my stomach to shrink down so much I eat less then a kindergartner (so clearly not as much as a full grown women), I love to eat so it’s actually frustrating to not be able to finish a meal in one sitting. That being said I lost between 15-20lbs since being pregnant, unfortunately I cant be sure exactly how much because our scale was packed up in storage for the first part of my pregnancy, I’ve definitely lost 15 since I started weighing myself but I actually feel like I lost more, knowing what I used to weigh previous to moving here. I have since gained about one whole pound. Sometimes it goes up but I can’t seem to keep the weight on. My doctor isn’t concerned with it at this point because even though I’m not gaining weight our little babe still is and that’s good enough for him accompanied with my amazing blood work 😉 but despite not gaining weight my stomach is growing well and rounding out nicely, before you could see where I used to have abs it was so straight at the top and she’s so low it stayed that way until about 21 weeks. 
Now the fun stuff- shopping! Baby girl room shopping to be exact! Let me tell you it’s a real treat doing our baby shopping in Europe, that was complete sarcasm incase it didn’t come across. Being American and used to American customs and things, it is very hard to get baby things we like. A lot of the stores I imagined I’d be baby shopping at won’t ship here *cue all the tears* Target being the main one. I’d like to point out that I still have an American address APO- postal box but still AND that box is considered domestic for all your postal needs. Which is why it drives me crazy that these retailers say “free domestic shipping” or “ships to USA” and they won’t flipping ship here! CRaZY! I’ve had the same problem on other sites as well, even Amazon wouldn’t ship our crib here even though in the description the crib said “will ship APO/FPO” IT STILL WOULDNT SHIP and I assure you it’s within the dimensions we are aloud to receive here. The reason I’m trying not to get a European crib is for a few reasons the main one is the safety regulations are more relaxed here and they tend to not have adjustable mattress or convertibles, which is an American convenience I’d enjoy. So, like I said a real treat. It’s all been quite the experience and I feel kind of like an expert in all these areas I hadn’t previously expected I would be, but I won’t get into it all today. We’ve been working around things and I’ve sent an abundance to my mom to forward to me because I WILL get what I want to make my baby girls room the best I possibly can because it’s very important to me. I know that makes me seem bossy or impossible or something, I just don’t care, I want it to be perfect. 
Overall, no matter what the struggle is or whatever is stressing me out that day ie: my job, no matter what kind of breakdown I’m having (luckily I’ve only had two and have mostly been really happy even considering all the excruciating puking) I’m so lucky to have Kyle here with me through it all. It’s SO HARD to be away from family when I just want to share it all with them but if I can only have one person in person to lean on I’m glad it’s Kyle. I couldn’t have married a better, more caring, loving person (in general) and most importantly a better father. He’s already been so great to me and I could not be more confident in how he’ll be with our little girl. 
So cheers to the third trimester and hoping it goes as well as the second! 

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