Around the end of the first trimester I had some blood work come back that showed I was anemic. So I started taking Floradix - hilarious name, mediocre taste, great product. It's this German liquid iron elixir thing that kind of tastes like prune juice? I like it better than straight up iron pills because it's gentler with the whole constipation thing. So yeah, increasing my iron intake in combination with entering the second trimester = (as Arnold would say) more energy!
Well, we don't even know the baby's gender yet (although we're both feelin' the boy vibe), and we won't find out for three more weeks, but that didn't stop us from going SHOPPING. I've heard the second trimester is the best time to shop, because of (a) the whole increased energy thing, but also (b) my stomach is not the size of two bowling balls yet making it harder to maneuver / backaches etc.
Here's most of our haul from a Seattle shopping adventure. Did you know Oregonians can get sales tax exemption in Washington? That is a neat thing. Anyway, we tried to go for unisex, I know it looks a little boyish, but hey, I was a tomboy so I've never really been partial to pinks or overly girly things anyway.
Ugh, these pants from Zara are like the cutest things of all time. Why can't humans stay small forever?
We also took a trip to the Goodwill bins (where everything is by the pound) and I stocked up on some plain white onesies. I brought em home, bleached them, and then dyed them an assortment of gaudy hippie colors with Rit Dye. You can find tutorials for this all over Pinterest if you're inspired.
I've had one midwife appointment this month, around the 15th week. Everything is looking good and baby has a strong heartbeat of about 150bpms. As for me, I'm good. Blood pressure is in a healthy range, and I've gained 4 pounds of breast and uterine weight. The only negative I have right now are these nasty migraines I keep getting. My midwife said it was most likely related to hormone levels, but to keep drinking plenty of water and eat every two hours. Can do. Caffeine seems to help the most, but I have to make sure I stay under 200mg a day.
One thing I love about visiting my midwives is getting to ride the Portland Aerial Tram. I guess it gives a lot of people anxiety, but I find it really relaxing. And on a clear day (lol rain) you can get some of the best views of the city. This picture is facing the hospital, but if I had turned around you could probably see Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams.
What else? My appetite has been ridiculous. I eat more than Dan now, who has been known for his ability to eat more than anyone and remain muy flaco. He gets it from his mom. I haven't been having too many aversions other than maybe overly fragrant food. Don't ask me what that means. On the other hand I've been craving:
- pastas like macaroni & ravioli
- bagels with cream cheese
- seltzer water
- sweets ugghh ice cream, candy, cookies, give it to me
I haven't been a complete pig though. I still get a good amount of exercise. Dan and I did a 5k the other weekend (lol glow run ugh so basic), and tonight I start weekly prenatal yoga.
Try as I might though, I still had to succumb to a maternity wardrobe. This is my pile of pants and shorts that are going into a box hopefully to be seen again next spring. I will miss you pants! My maternity fashions have consisted mostly of maxi dresses and elastic waist gym shorts. I did get a pair of maternity pants from H&M and some shorts from Goodwill. Maybe I'll do a separate post on maternity styles soon.
And last but not least, here are some bump pictures for you. They're from Week 15 & 17 respectively.
Dress: American Apparel
Shorts: Gap - Similar (Found as pants at Goodwill and cut into shorts.)
Alright that's it for now. Happy hump day! lol