Tuesday, September 12, 2006

7 weeks & a no-mocha zombie

Wendy here. I'm at 7 weeks and I've entered the zombie phase of pregnancy. Around 3:30 or 4:00pm each day, I collapse into the bed and fall fast asleep. Now this isn't a leisurely stroll to the bed with the thought of, "Maybe I'll close my eyes for a moment." No, no. This is a "Must...Reach...Bed....Before....System...Enters....Sleep...Mode" and then Crash. As soon as my head hits the pillow, I'm fast asleep. I'll sleep for about an hour and then awake groggy, stumbling, and swollen-faced. Lovely. The good news is that I'm still able to sleep through the night.

The other interesting symptom is that I no longer want to eat chocolate. //Shock!!// In the past, I've been a chocoholic. And one of my favorite chocolate items is a Starbucks grande decaf, non-fat, no-whip, iced mocha. I love to sit at Starbucks several times a week, reading a book and sipping on this delightful concoction. Last night, I ordered it and took a few sips and bleh!!! couldn't drink anymore. It just tasted awful to me! And I have the same reaction to chocolate brownies and ice cream.

I've read that pregnant women often develop food aversions. But come on!! Chocolate!! It's nectar from the gods! If anyone has a favorite, not-too-sweet Starbucks drink, let me know.

And the last change, here in the pregnant home, is that Karen & I are going to (try) switch sides of the bed. I normally sleep on the side that's close to the wall. But we are going to switch sides so that I can sleep closer to where we will put the baby's bassinet. Also, as my belly grows, we don't want me struggling between the wall and the bed and (god forbid!) getting wedged and stuck.

In our bed, I love to nestle in the crook of Karen's arm and throw an arm or leg over her body. But lately, I've been getting nauseous fast when I lay on my left side. When I lay on my right side, I'm fine. So switching sides will let me continue this cute little habit. However, I have this gut feeling that the first night we try switching sides, I'll get up on one of my many trips to the bathroom and then squash Karen as I try to get back into her side of the bed.

Lastly, we have our first doctor's appointment tomorrow. Cross your fingers for us.

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Estelle said...

Switch sides! Do it now! Save your house!
Jean sleeps on the side by the wall. Always has, always will. Baby boy sleeps with us, but his crib is on my side, and basically acts as a bedrail to keep him from falling off since he prefers to sleep with me.
Anyway, getting to the save the house part. We have an OLD house with plaster walls. Jean used to wall as support to get up from bed and to lie down. Now mind you Charlie was born at 43 weeks so she was VERY pregnant for a VERY long time.
And she cracked the wall.
Our plaster wall now has a large crack from the floor to about 4 feet up, with an indentation of where she used to put all her weight to support herself.
Definitely switch sides.

DtDtKty said...

Ah...I remember everything you are talking about...except that my aversions were to chicken and eggs. Ironic, isn't it?!
Good for you for listening to your body and napping when you need to. Your progesterone level is definitely rising; thus the absolute need for you to crash into bed.
I also recommend switching sides now. Jeff and I did that early on in my pregnancy as well. The switch actually put me further from the bathroom...not so pleasant on my fifth trip in five hours...but it did put me right next to the bassinet. It might take some getting used to, but you'll be glad you did it.
Finally, good luck at your appt. tomorrow. I am soooo excited for you!!!! I can't wait to hear all about it.

Brooke said...

An aversion to chocolate?! What a freakin' bummer. Here's hoping that that goes away as quickly as it appeared.

Fingers are crossed for a positive visit!

Mo said...

That is a bummer about the chocolate. Best wishes on your appointment tomorrow!

Holly said...

Hope the appointment goes well!

Your post made me laugh. Ahhh...let me think back on all the things Lois LOVED to eat until that pregnancy hit. Watermelon, gummy bears, coffee, chocolate...and plenty more. All those things turned her stomach and I spent many hours patrolling the aisles of our grocery store trying to find something that didn't disgust her.

As for the tired thing, ditto. Lois is a "doer". She's usually completed 145 tasks by the time she is done for the day. The first trimester, she completed 3-4 tasks a day: waking up, getting to work, getting home from work and sleeping.

And listen to Estelle, switch sides. We slept for 6 years in a certain spooning position. From the beginning of the pregnancy, Lois (a) did not want to be touched very much and (b) didn't find any comfort in the side she slept on anymore.

This too shall pass, but EVERY nurse and doctor at our OB's office said "oh she's sick and exhausted!?!? That's wonderful, that's a great sign!"

Funny thing this pregnancy stuff. Best of luck getting through this part. At least it is all those little sacrifices to help grow a healthy baby, right?

Stacey said...

I drink tea. Not sweet at all. I usually order decaf. You might like tea except it makes you have to pee... :-P

My only food aversion seems to be eggs, which I had craved in the beginning. Not wanting chocolate? That's insane!

Our bed isn't up against a wall so we don't need to switch sides. I do have to watch the dog as I step out to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night as he sometimes leaves his bed (near my side) and sleeps against the bed on the floor. He's my baby. :)

I hear ya on the exhaustion. I had it hit around 3 pm daily but the sucky thing was, I was stuck at work. There were days I swear I could've shut my eyes and snoozed right there.

Recovering Straight Girl said...

Good luck at the appointment today! I'll be thinking of you.

Caroline said...

Hope your appointment goes well and can't wait to hear all about it.