With the Christmas holidays right around the corner, time seems to be moving especially quickly these days. At least it is for me. I spoke with my sister on the weekend (who is due with her first baby the same week as me!) She was complaining that we still have almost three months to go. My thoughts were, “eek, less than three months to go!” I suppose I might have felt differently if this was my first baby and I wasn’t super busy with an almost-three-year-old at home. I’m trying to remember how I felt the first time around and I was probably starting to get pretty impatient by now, too.
Symptoms: Just when I think my skin is starting to clear up, pimples find new places to appear. This week: my neck. I’ve heard of backne, but neckne? What the hell?
Also, I don’t remember experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions with my first pregnancy. I remember wondering what they were like, so I’m pretty sure I never had any. This time is totally different. Not sure if they are brought on by activity (I spend a lot of time getting down on the floor and playing “fire truck” these days) but I’m definitely noticing that I’m having contractions pretty regularly. The aren’t painful, rather it’s just a tightening that can be a bit uncomfortable.
Weight gain: I don’t know exactly how much I’ve gained so far, but I’m pretty darn sure it’s more than I had gained at this point in my first pregnancy. I have an OB appointment on Monday, so I’ll ask him then. People keep telling me that I don’t look big, other than my belly, but I think they are just being polite. To test my theory, I pulled out a couple of pairs of my maternity dress pants from my first pregnancy. They were too big a couple of months ago but I thought they might fit now. I’m happy to report that they are still too big! Hopefully that means I’m not expanding quite as much as I think.
Other: When I had my initial blood work done at the beginning of this pregnancy, I discovered that I wasn’t immune to mumps. I remember asking my family doctor what that would mean. She just said something kind of useless like “try to avoid people with mumps” and that I’d have to be vaccinated again after the baby was born.
I recall not being terribly concerned because who the hell gets mumps these days? Well, wouldn’t you know, one of my friggin’ colleagues just got diagnosed with it. I called my OB’s office immediately and spoke with the receptionist. Just waiting for a call back, but I expect that there isn’t much I can do about it at this point. I just have to really hope that I didn’t catch it! Just another thing to worry about these days…