Fourteen weeks feels good. I’m officially in the second trimester, which seems like something to celebrate. In fact, I bought myself a little single-serving* bottle of prosecco to toast the occasion, but it has been sitting in my refrigerator, sadly neglected and nearly forgotten. I will have to find the right time to drink it.**
*Insert joke about how I used to like to think of the standard-sized bottle as a single serving. Ha ha.
**Insert defensive disclaimer about how having the occasional serving of wine during pregnancy is perfectly safe, yada yada, and please also note that I have not actually consumed any yet so there is plenty of time to yell at me about it if that’s your game, not that you would.
Well, we got off the rails a little bit there, didn’t we? How about a belly photo?
That didn’t come out very well — not great lighting this morning. I am sitting in my office all day today for one-on-one meetings instead of teaching in the classroom, so I thought today would be a good day to experiment with the maxi skirt, which is definitely more casual than my usual work attire. What do you think? Is this professional enough for college faculty? Could I get away with this on a regular day?
The Babies are Currently the Size of: A couple of “brilliant beets,” according to one app (is that a specific type of beet?) or a couple of lemons according to another. They’re growing, for sure! Actually, when I had my last ultrasound about 9 days ago, they were already measuring over 14 weeks, so at this point I have to assume they’re already a bit bigger than that. Grow, babies, grow!
How I’m Doing: I am still doing really well and still continuing to be thankful that pregnancy has been kind to me so far. I’ve been allowed to exercise again, so I’ve been enjoying some long walk-and-talks with friends at the indoor track, a couple of barre3 workouts, and bike sessions. (We have a “trainer,” which is a small stand for your road bike that will turn it into a stationary bike to use indoors, if anyone’s not familiar with the supercool cyclist/triathlete lingo). It feels good to be moving again!
I’ve definitely gotten to the point where I can no longer sleep on my stomach at all and sleeping on my back is starting to feel weird, so that’s not really happening either. I don’t love being limited to just side sleeping, but I’m adjusting.
Other News: I am so happy we finally were able to go public about the pregnancy. My husband and I have been so happy and excited and it’s been lovely to share that with our wider community. Of course, the interrogations over “whose family twins run in” have begun, and I’m currently just responding with, “I don’t know, but they run in ours now!”
Thoughts and Questions: I’ve asked my Twitter Ladies about baby monitors and received a wide variety of responses — I loved hearing that some folks do without completely, some do audio only, and some have video monitors they love that also are capable of showing the entire room (and thus, could show us both cribs). I get the sense that there’s no one perfect solution for everyone, so we can wait and see what we need when the time comes. I find this really reassuring.
But I have another question! This one goes out to any parents who are also runners or whose partners are: talk to me about jogging strollers, please. I do know you can’t run with a baby until they’re older and they have good neck strength (I’ve heard 6-8 months), so I realize I won’t need or be able to use a jogging stroller for a while.
I’m just wondering: do I really need to get a regular stroller AND a jogging stroller, or are there strollers out there that are capable of doing both functions? A jogging stroller with a front wheel that can be either fixed or swivel, perhaps? I realize these are bulky, so that’s a draw back. I’m just resistant to the idea of spending loads of money on a nice double stroller for everyday use and lots more money on a double jogging stroller. That’s just…a lot of stroller. I would like to be able to easily cart the kids around town and be able to take them on a run, though, so maybe that’s what I need to do? If you have both types of stroller, which one is worth splurging on, and which is OK to buy a more basic version?
I could also wait and see on this issue, of course, but we’ll need something to start with, and I don’t want to splurge on an everyday stroller if I’m later going to wish I’d spent that money differently, you know?
Advice, experience, ideas, and brand recommendations are welcomed. ❤