About halfway through week eleven, I started coughing and it got progressively worse and worse. At just after 13 weeks (i.e., last Thursday), I gave up on getting better on my own and went in to the doctor's office (even though I had just been there the previous Wednesday) and received a diagnosis of bronchitis and a prescription for antibiotics. Of course, my first dose of antibiotics made me sick to my stomach and I then proceeded spend the evening throwing up. I ended up missing an entire week of work because I couldn't breathe/function. Thankfully, I finished the antibiotics on Monday and I'm now feeling somewhat better, even though I'm still not 100%. The cough is still lingering, but everything that went with it is pretty well resolved by this point and the cough is getting better on a daily basis.
So, again, I apologize for the lack of updates, but I thought I was dying over the past couple of weeks and have just recently returned to the land of the living.
So, minus the bronchitis, what else exciting has happened over the past couple of weeks?
On January 12th, we had our 12-week appointment and had the amazing privilege of hearing Stick's heartbeat on Doppler for the first time. One week later, on January 19th, we successfully reached the end of the first trimester and begin our journey into the second one!
Symptoms have pretty well disappeared by this point; however, from what I understand, that's pretty normal upon starting the second trimester. I'm just glad the nausea's gone! I mean, I know I didn't have it all that bad, but I'm a baby myself when it comes to being sick.
We're still weighing in lower than my pre-pregnancy weight; however, considering this is a plus size pregnancy and we're only a week into the second trimester as I type this, I'm not too concerned about it. Starting weight was 205 and when I weighed myself last week (mind you, I was sick) I was weighing in at 197. Tonight when I weighed myself after supper, we were at about 203. I haven't gained six pounds in a week though, the 197 was a morning weight on an empty stomach and I'm sure water weight has varied mightily over the past week or so as well since I've gone from being horribly ill to almost completely functional again. =]
I know we're a few weeks behind on belly pics, but we're just going to have to deal with it. When I look in the mirror, I still don't see a change, but as I'm glancing through the pictures, I am thinking that perhaps I'm starting to see a small one. Definitely no bump yet, but thicker I think. If you look back at the pictures, my pajama pants are covering up the lower part of my belly up until about my belly button, so what you really see in the pictures is everything belly button up. Without further adieu, here's what Stick and I look like at week 14!
After my appointment on the 12th, we stopped by Wal-mart and they happened to have holiday baby clothes on sale for $0.75 a piece. Not even exaggerating, a whole whopping three quarters! So, naturally, we splurged and spent a whole $1.50 on baby clothes. =] They're pretty stinking cute though if I do say so myself! I've included three images here. One of them together and then a close-up of the words on each of them. =] I apologize for the flash washing out some of the images a bit, but that's what I get for trying to take pictures at 11 p.m. when there's 0 natural lighting!
And with that, this mommy-to-be is definitely heading to bed. Two more days of work this week until I get to hit the weekend! 8D