Short answer: lounging on the couch.
This whole first trimester thing really hit me harder than I expected. The day I hit 6 weeks, it was like a switch was flipped. I was nauseous and exhausted all.the.damn.time. I came home from work, took a nap on the couch, ate dinner (what I could stomach anyway) and moved to the bed to pass out for the night. It was rough. For about a month there, I pretty much lived off potatoes and brothy noodles. It was all that sounded good.
I didn’t puke every day, but 3-4 days a week I’d find myself in the bathroom at work with my hand over my mouth, willing the person in the next stall to hurry it up so I could barf in peace. I started avoiding certain foods specifically because of how painful they were coming back up. Tomato soup – so much burning! Strawberries – so acidic coming back up my throat was sore the rest of the day.
And then something happened. Suddenly at 11 weeks, I wasn’t so nauseous. I actually wanted to drink something besides watered down lemonade. I ate a carrot for first time in 5 weeks. And didn’t puke. It was magical! I’m starting to feel like my old self again. Certain smells still make my stomach turn- like bacon. Cooked eggs. Coffee. But it’s way better than it was. I’ll take it!
Thankfully, my lack of appetite didn’t effect our little Gummy Bear. We’ve seen her 3 times now. Each time we were amazed at how much she grew in the few weeks since we last saw her. She started off as a little tadpole- looking thing. Today at our NT scan, we saw an actual baby. It was the first time S and I became emotional during an ultrasound. A few minutes in and we both had tears running down our cheeks. It seems so real now!
She’s measuring 3 days ahead of schedule and is perfect. We’re officially smitten.
Now that I have some energy back, I promise to be better about posting! There are some new babies that have entered the world recently! And some new BFPS! Rooting for all of you going through the IUIs and IVFs. Crossing everything I have for you guys to get that take-home baby. I’ve missed this community these last few weeks. Looking forward to diving back in and being inspired by all you ladies.