Tuesday, June 13, 2006

12 weeks! and my new love affair

TWELVE WEEKS! I thought there would be some fanfare when I made it this far, but the cake and balloons must have been delayed because nothing showed up at my house! I've already warned Josh that if I make it to my due date, I expect a cake. Everyone deserves a cake on their due date. With chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

I was rewarded, however, by the return of my energy. For a few brief shining hours on Sunday, I felt like a normal person again! I took advantage of this by checking out some yard sales, looking at the local YMCAs to see which one I will join, going strawberry picking, planting my tomato plants, planting some annuals, and weeding my whole backyard since I've been ignoring it since before I got pregnant. It was such a relief to not be paralyzed by nausea and exhaustion for the first time in 8 weeks! Sunday night brought a return to the nausea, but I am pleased to report that I have enjoyed several hours of nausea-free living over the last two days. I'm so pleased, I could cry.

Unfortunately, my zeal for gardening and weeding brought a flare up in my sciatica, and although I'm not nauseous, I am walking around the office with a limp. My thighs and butt are killing me, but I attribute that more to my excessive movements after so many weeks of lying around.

Along with the relief from nausea and vomiting, I have discovered a new love in my life.

Food. Delicious, fantastic, flavorful food.

If I see someone eating something at lunch, I have to have it within the following few hours. If I see a commercial for food, I dream about the food until I can convince Josh to take me the restaurant. If people on television are eating something, Josh will have to restrain me from cooking at 11pm. He seems to think that egg salad sandwiches are inappropriate to make after midnight. The other night, someone at work had a rotisserie chicken for dinner, and I begged Josh to pick one up for me to have when I arrived home from work at 10:30pm. I actually CRIED big, fat, hot tears when none of the nearby grocery stores had any more rotisserie chickens in stock. Then I accused him of being selfish because he wouldn't drive the half hour to a far away large grocery store. This weekend we stocked up with 3 rotisserie chickens, because this won't happen to me again!

When I do eat whatever I have been craving, it is definitively the best whatever it is I have ever had. This weekend I had the best two salads of my life. Today I had the best lemonade of my life. Yesterday I had the best cookies of my life. I'm starting to get concerned. I have to literally convince myself sometimes that I will most certainly be able to eat whatever it is tomorrow. It doesn't have to be right that second.

What a change, though! The thought of most foods used to turn my stomach, and while many things still make me feel a bit queasy, I am seeing such an improvement in my stomach's abilities. You told the truth! You said I'd start to feel better! I'm so happy!

I'm still waiting for the sex drive you all have promised, although I have been having rather *ahem* vivid dreams. Josh is waiting with bated breath, too. ; )

22 comments:

jo(e) said...

Oh, if you are enjoying food again, enjoyment of sex is sure to follow. Really. And as you bigger, you get to experiment with all kinds of new positions.

So glad to hear the nausea has abated. The middle months are usually just wonderful.

HURRAY FOR MAKING IT TO TWELVE WEEKS!

Anne Glamore said...

My sister is about 22 weeks and she spent Saturday all over Manhattan getting stuff done. She said she hadn't felt that energetic in ages!!

Maribeth said...

Glad to hear all is going well. You'll be amazed at how good you will be feeling now that you can eat again.

Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

When I do eat whatever I have been craving, it is definitively the best whatever it is I have ever had.

Oh, you are so adorable, it's making me sick! ;-) Glad the nausea is going away.

Jess said...

Excellent new! Eat up.

KLee said...

Glad the nausea has taken a rest! Hopefully, it won't return at all, and you'll feel like this for the rest of the pregnancy.

The sex drive will kick in soon, and Josh will be a happy man for a while. Tell him to stock up now, because that dry spell after the baby's birth is a loooonnng one. (I hope you don't have my awful symptom of the complete and total disappearance of the libido!)

amygeekgrl said...

yay!! glad to hear about the newfound love affair w/ food. :)
and congrats on hitting the 12 wks milestone!

nancy said...

What a wonderful, vibrant update!

I wish you a pregnancy filled with food, energy and of course, pregnancy hormones induced s-e-x.

Congratulations!!

Phantom Scribbler said...

Wait, wait, wait.... strawberry picking? Tell me where!

I'm so glad you're feeling better, and I promise to come with a chocolate cake for your due date!

Ninotchka said...

This weekend we stocked up with 3 rotisserie chickens, because this won't happen to me again!

Funniest. Line. Ever.

Que bella! I'm so glad you're feeling better. :)

donna said...

If you find the sex drive, please let me know where so I can go get one too. I feel cheated.

And I too, experienced the Best Ever, as well as the need to eat any food I ever saw. Except for the KFC bowl thing with the mashed potatoes and corn and gravy and cheese. That just makes me want to heave.

Congrats on completing the first trimester!

liz said...

Just wait until you try Godiva while pregnant. It's a religious experience.

So glad the 12 week magic worked!

Angie said...

You are on the road to the best part of being pregnant. You haven't lost your center of gravity yet and your appetites are going to rev up in more ways than one plus you have energy! Enjoy every moment.

Jill said...

Congratulations on 12 weeks and on the return of your appetite and energy! That's great news!

mamatulip said...

Food, glorious food...

And yeah. I had those vivid dreams, too. Oh yeah, baby.

Chris said...

hurray on 12 weeks. So happy you are feeling better.

Uh, the s-e-x drive will return... for you. Your husband, well, he will get that horrified look when you suggest it.

Geggie said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better and have regained that appetite! Enjoy!

Jessica said...

Yay for you!

I remember, when I was pregnant, I was all about suggestive eating...if I saw someone having something or if I saw a commercial for food - that was what I had to have IMMEDIATELY.

Joke said...

As re. the vivid dreams...sometimes things go 180 degrees in the opposite direction.

I'm just sayin'.

-J.

Kristin said...

Congrats on 12 weeks! Your cravings remind me of a Care Bears song where Grumpy Bear wants some ice cream with pickled beets. It wasn't even about a pregnant lady, but it always made me think about one.

peripateticpolarbear said...

Yay!

Yankee T said...

Late to the party, but congrats on the 12 weeks! You are too cute.