13 weeks.

I’m a couple days late on this week’s update. Things are going pretty much the same as last week, other than being out in the open now! Yep, after a great 12 week checkup last week, we came out to everyone, including work. That went better than I expected. I knew my boss and coworkers would be happy for me on a personal level, but I was worried about how they’d take the news from a professional standpoint, since the elephant in the room of any workplace pregnancy announcement is the upcoming maternity leave, and I work for a very small company. But they were really happy for me – hugs all around, and they’ve been joking around with me and asking questions about how I’m doing. We also came out on Facebook this week, with the following photo:

It was both terrifying and liberating to do so, and it was so nice to read everyone’s “congrats” and “you’ll make great parents” comments. One thing that stung was that a few people posted stuff like “it’s about time.” Yes, I know we waited a while to start our family (we’ve been married for 8 and a half years), but it’s not like we just snapped our fingers yesterday and it happened, either. We’ve been through the toughest year in our lives, between the miscarriage and having trouble conceiving since. I know people who made those comments meant well (they don’t know what we’ve been through), but it stung nonetheless.

But now, onto week 13…

Baby is now the size of a lemon. I’m starting to get annoyed at some of the fruit comparisons. I mean, is a lemon really larger than a plum? It all seems pretty subjective! Either way, baby is moving almost constantly at this point, though I won’t be able to feel it for a few more weeks. I am so looking forward to that! Baby is also growing hair this week – on its head, eyebrows, and a fine layer all over its body called lanugo, that will mostly be gone by the time its born. Baby also has its own set of fingerprints now, which is kind of cool, and the head is in better proportion to the body — about a third of its body size now, compared to half, which it was just last week.

Mama is feeling about the same. All the books and websites say nausea should be starting to subside, but I haven’t seen any signs of that yet, unfortunately. I do think I’m starting to feel a bit more energetic, though. I went to a prenatal yoga class for the first time last weekend and loved it! Unfortunately, I won’t be able to go this weekend since I’m meeting a friend for brunch (who I just found out also happens to be expecting!), but I’m looking forward to hopefully making prenatal yoga a regular occurrence. I’ve started experiencing sciatic pain, and I’m hoping yoga will help that. I’m definitely starting to show more, and my brother even commented on it a few days ago. I mostly just look fatter, so I’m definitely looking forward to the day that it’s obvious there’s a baby in there and not cheeseburgers. Interestingly, despite my chunkier appearance, I still haven’t seen a change on the scale. Not that I’m complaining – there is still plenty of time for weight gain!

Belly shot just before yoga class. Pardon the no makeup and bed head.

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