So we’re officially in my second trimester! HELLLOOOOOOO second trimester!!!! It feels so good to be here (thank you! thank you!) that I’ve actually forgotten how horrible I was feeling just a month ago! This is probably why none of my mother friends really talk about their first trimester hardships because once its over the memory probably gets locked down and deep into a chest and buried under the happiness that is this Second Trimester.
On my 14th and 15th week, my body was slowly tiptoeing away from my #firstrimesterblues and I happily felt the constant nausea starting to lessen but the migraines became terrible. It would last all day every day that on some days I would just bury my head in my pillows mid afternoon and would pray for it to be over. The doctor of course allowed me to take Biogesic (paracetamol) to help with the pain but it’s been my personal choice to not take as many chemicals as I can. However, on some days when I needed to be a human and function outside my home, I really needed to take the pain killer but tried my best to take it once a day and not even every day. I had to lessen my screen time on my iPad, iPhone, my laptop and also my TV. Now you know why I haven’t updated much here.
Second trimester so far has been a breathe of fresh air. I no longer feel extremely sluggish during the afternoon, my migraines have stopped and my appetite feels more normal now. My bump is much rounder now although not really bigger. I definitely feel the difference the most though when I lie down on my back and feel my tummy. My boobs are also sort of getting bigger so you can’t really tell with my boobs competing with my tummy.
What concerns me more now though is my health and diet. Doc Tere told me that as much as she would like me to lose weight (I’m considered overweight for my height), my weight gain every month has been steadily just 1 pound ever since we found out I was pregnant. But if I were to be honest, since the beginning of summer I think since my food cravings were kind of going haywire because I was pregnant and I didn’t know it yet, I must have already gained a total of 12 pounds. If I am able to keep this up or even maintain my weight, she wouldn’t mind at all. So now that I feel better, I’ve decided that if I can’t get to working out as much as I would like (still feeling awfully lazy), I might as well fix my diet. So I decided to order food delivery meals from Fit Kitchen PH. Chris is part of this too. Can’t torture him and eat yummy regular food everyday while he eats diet food haha and vice versa! Everyday, we receive 3 full meals and a really light snack to eat which amounts to 1,800 calories. I admit, I cheat a little bit like adding more meat into my food (taking left overs from the fridge and adding it into the mix) but I feel like it’s okay since I don’t eat much of the sidings (potatoes, red rice or the bread). But the most important thing is that I don’t feel the need to stuff myself anymore with food. I need to train my stomach how to eat less but with the right kind and amount of food.
This June though was a pretty eventful month. We celebrated our cousin Paolo’s college graduation by eating at Spirals in Sofitel. It was amazing! I enjoyed the cheese, the Sukiyaki Bowl, roast beef, roasted duck and more. Then Kathy, my sister in law, celebrated her birthday and we went to Circles at Makati Shangri-La Hotel to celebrate. The quality of the buffet was awful. It was once the most popular buffet in the city with the freshest sushi, top quality roast beef and delicious assorted dishes of different cuisines but it really pales in comparison now with Spirals. Most of the cousins gorged on the sushi (because how can you go wrong with sushi) as everything else was pretty bleak.
Then it was Karen’s birthday too so she had a get together at her place and it was also a feast! I baked her my Speculoos Cheesecake as requested, we ate lechon, pasta, salad and had a lot of finger food and sang to 90’s music all night long! Super fun!
Then Chris and I went up to Tagaytay to have a weekend getaway at Discovery Country Suites for his birthday. We ate at Balay Dako for the first time and I super duper enjoyed their KBL (Kadyos, Langka, Baboy) soup. I have been craving it for months! We also ate at good ol’ LZM for our favorite Bangus and Marcia Adams which was a gorgeous garden restaurant. Unfortunately, it was raining that night and we arrived late at 8:30PM so we were literally alone surrounded by dark gardens, old-fashioned chandeliers, a stone house, rain, crickets and silence. It was more eerie than romantic actually so we had to play music via Spotify to brighten the mood. But I would definitely go back because I’m sure it’s gorgeous at sunset and the food was amazing 🙂
How’s the baby though? Here, let’s see!
The doctor told us that the baby is growing steadily though the head seems to be tiny bit bigger than ordinary but then she looked at Chris and said “Well, Papa has a rather large head so this could just be genetics”. I had to look away so I wouldn’t laugh out loud. He looked slightly horrified! Haha!
My next appointment will be in 2 weeks. I will be getting a Congential Anomaly Scan (to check for all the body parts are complete like kidneys, fingers, blood flow EVERYTHING!) and I’m pretty excited! Most of the time you kind of forget that the baby is there because of course you don’t see it with your own eyes. And because of that, you also feel very insecure about the progress and health of the baby. Everytime we get a chance to have an ultrasound, Chris and I jump on it even though it’s expensive because it’s our little window to peek inside! At least with the CAS, we’ll get to confirm again that the baby is healthy. But with this CAS, they’ll also be able to tell if there are any abnormalities with the baby so I have to pray harder now.
So all in all, June passed by quickly and with a lot of happenings that kept my mind off the little things. It was also the month of the NBA Championships and I was so into it (who am I??) that I was so excited when our team won – Cleveland Cavaliers! Fran hosted a big steak dinner at their place too. No pictures to show, though!
Til next post!