The Estrada Family

A Nica-Canadian family, living in Nicaragua and starting a family!

The First 20

Note: This blog was actually written on October 26th, but published on Oct 31st.

I can´t believe I´m half way through this pregnancy. I was so excited to wake up this morning and sigh “ahhh….only 20 more to go” Then it hit me….
Holy schmoly! In 20 weeks I´m going to be holding a little baby that is going to rely on ME for everything! (Panic panic panic…) I eventually recovered from the panic, and the excitement slowly returned.

So let’s break down the first 20 weeks…

I am one of those extremely lucky women that had little-to-no nausea so far. From about weeks 6 to 8 I had a few morning when I couldn´t get out of bed without eating a cracker, but I haven´t puked, and since week 8 the nausea has basically disappeared! Weirdly enough though, it freaked me out that I wasn’t sick. I didn´t have my first appointment until I was 10 week, and at that point I only heard the heartbeat (which was super cool, by the way), so when the nausea stopped around week 8ish, I was wondering if something was wrong.
When pregnant women are complaining about their morning sickness, the usual response is “That’s good – it means everything is ok” or “The sicker you are, the healthier the baby is”. So, here I am, not sick at all, wondering if my baby is still growing properly! The good news is that’s a BIG FAT LIE. 3 out of 4 pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting in the first trimester (usually weeks 6 through 12), I was just that lucky 1/4 that sailed through!

Sleepy….oh so sleepy…
Holy wow, I had no idea how much energy you body uses to grow a baby! I basically spent my first trimester sleeping. I would be falling asleep on the couch well before  8pm, crawling into bed at 8ish, and sleeping right through until 6am. Then I would nap during the day too!  Now I mostly stay up until 9pm (wowzers!), but sleep is starting to become more and more uncomfortable. And then there´s the peeing!  I´m waking up 2 or 3 times a night to use the bathroom! I hear this will only get worse as the baby gets bigger…

Well, I can honestly say that the cravings haven´t been that bad, and I have developed a theory as to why. There are times when I see something on tv, or I really want to eat something, but it´s never to the point where I SEND David out to get it. I think that’s because I just tell myself it´s not possible! We live a minimum of 30 minutes away from the closest grocery store, and all the little stores around
here (with their very limited selection) are closed after 8pm. So if I see or think of something I want and it´s too far away, or too late, I just have to suck it up and eat something else (usually fruit). This has probably helped me to control my weight gain too…if I had unlimited access to potato chip and chocolate- oh boy, I would look different!

And some other things I´ve learned…

Lesson #1: I DO NOT like when people touch my belly. I never thought I would react this way, but that’s the way I am! I can handle a few people, David, for one, and even my mother-in-law (she always touches my belly when I say goodbye and says a little prayer), but when random friends or acquaintances reach out and touch it, or worse, RUB it…prepare to be karate chopped! My belly´s not even that big yet anyway! Maybe when it gets bigger my opinion will change…probably not though. I will not make that mistake again with my pregnant friends!

Lesson #2: When someone tells you how far along they are, and you think their belly is too big, or too small, keep your comments to yourself! I´ve done it too many times to count…

“Wow, are you sure there’s only ONE in there? Haha…”

Ya….not cool. Pregnant women are already worried about EVERYTHING. Don´t add oversized/undersized baby to the list! If only I could have an ultrasound every day so I could be reassured that my baby is growing normally, but that´s not possible, therefore, stick with “wow, you look great!”

Well, that’s all I can think of to write about right now. So I´ll finish this off with some belly shots, and of course, my ultrasound shots from Week 15.

17 Weeks

20 Weeks

15 Week Ultrasound

15 Week Ultrasound: Heartbeat

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Switching Blogs

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I follow a few friends blogs, and I´ve always liked WordPress´ layout, but I figured I would stick with what I started….until now.

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