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This nesting business is starting to get a bit ridiculous.

I woke up early on Saturday and decided it was finally time to clean my two disgusting bathrooms.

I started with the guest bathroom that hasn’t been cleaned since my brother-in-law lived with us in May. I spent a lot of time hunched over cleaning out that tub. Then I moved onto the toilet, which took about the same amount of hunched-over time seeing as it’s Dan’s primary bathroom since it’s next to his game room. Boys…I’m so glad Monkey is a girl, I can’t even fully explain that to you.

So, after the guest bath was done, I needed to take a break b/c Dan told me to wake him at 9:30 so we could go for a walk.

In between cleaning and walking, my back started spasming. But, it was manageable so when we got back from our walk, I moved onto the master bath.

Cue more hunched over scrubbing.

Once my bathrooms sparkled, I laid down for midday nap.

When I awoke, I couldn’t walk more than 3 steps without my back spasming and losing my breath. I mean, it hurt, it hurt bad.

I needed help to get in and out of bed. I needed help getting off the toilet. I needed help simply rolling over in bed.

It was bad. But it’s way better now, thank goodness!

But now, I’m aware that I need to be more aware of this giant belly and the added strain it puts on my back.

I’m also aware that I need to clean my bathrooms WAY more often.



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According to some books and websites I’m already firmly into my second trimester. According to others, I won’t be out of my first trimester until Thursday. I couldn’t really tell you either way.

I know I’m going to jinx myself by admitting this out loud, but…my first trimester was sort of a breeze.

Let’s take a look at the common first trimester symptoms:

Morning Sickness: I had a few bouts of nausea here and there. Looking back I can tell you that the week leading up to my confirmation appointment, I would wake from a dead sleep and bolt to the bathroom thinking I couldn’t get there fast enough. But then, by the time I got to the toilet, the intense nausea would subside. I chalk this up to nerves. Ever since that 9th week, I haven’t had any real nausea.

Food Cravings and Aversions: I haven’t really, truly craved anything. Dan will tell you that I crave Lucky Charms, and while I did go through SEVEN boxes of Lucky Charms early on in my pregnancy, it was more due to being too tired to make anything else. Now, aversions? Yeah. I can’t eat Mexican or Chinese. And I’m not very happy about that.

Heightened Sense of Smell: Yep. I’m bionic. It’s kind of ridiculous. I made tacos last night and this morning when I was carrying out the trash from it (I collect the grease in the meat container and that goes directly outside the next morning!) I could smell the taco seasoning from the empty packet so strongly I could swear it was in my nostrils.

Fatigue: This may be the only real sign that I’m growing a human being in my belly. I cannot get enough sleep. Sometimes I come home from work and take a nap between 6 and 8, wake up to watch a show or two and then fall back asleep until morning. Every.Day. I’ve started to get some of my energy back (my bathrooms are clean again!) but it’s not much and I have to rest pretty frequently.

Frequent Urination: Ok, this is ridiculous. Sometimes I pee and then 5 minutes later I have to pee again. Monkey is not that big yet, there is no reason for such frequent trips to the bathroom!

Acne: Somewhat. Especially around my nose I’ll get these little whiteheads that pop up unannounced and then go away just as quickly.

Breathlessness: Ha, I could look at a flight of stairs when I’m not pregnant and be out of breath!

Headaches: I went through some caffeine withdraw early on (haven’t had a drop since that positive test!) but other than that I only tend to get headaches when I’ve been laying around in bed for too long.

Swollen Breasts: Holy hell. OW! I’ve already gone up a cup size. The dress I’m currently wearing, BOTH of my parents had to help zip me into and I had a friend lean over and stage whisper “Have those ALWAYS been that big?”

Emotional Ups & Downs: Let me put it this way, Dan said he’s going to make me a shirt that reads “I’m pregnant and you’re pissing me off”

So, I guess taking a look at this list I’ve had a bit of everything. But it really hasn’t been that bad.

I guess this just sets me up for being miserable when I go to have my second kid?


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