Weeks 11 – 16: April 29, 2013 – June 9, 2013
Week 11 was a GREAT week! I started to feel better, had a little more energy on the good days, and was glad I’d managed to keep my weight gain at only 5 pounds so far.
I also felt the first twinge of baby movement during week 11. It felt like a little vibration in my pelvic area, about the size of a grape. It was weird, but oh so special to me.
These weeks were also really cool, here in Indiana. Last year, it had been 80-90 degrees every day since the end of April! I would have died, had that happened…
Week 14 brought MANY things… most, not great. My dear dear 4 year old stepson decided to turn on the spigot in the backyard to “make a river for the helicopter boats,” and unknowingly FLOODED the entire kitchen, laundry room, and living room.
Also, I embarked on a 2 week work trip: heading to Taiwan! Think Florida weather, without the AC. Here is a picture of my “office” at Eumach, in Taiwan.
This is a view out the back of the plant, they left the cargo doors open 24/7.
The two weeks there were spent enduring heat, stress, and bugs. It was pretty rough. But, at least the food was good! I love Taiwanese cuisine. Most is pork, or poultry or fish. It’s all fresh, and they cook with very few unnatural ingredients. And, they feed you A LOT of food! This little momma-to-be was never hungry!
One good thing that came of my Taiwan trip, wasn’t until week 12. I found a cure for the “mini-death.” Salty snacks!
I was really trying to watch my food intake in the first weeks, primarily because I don’t want stretch marks and massive weight gain, in that my pre-preggers BMI was in the low-obese range (no… I won’t tell you how much I weigh, I’m a lady!). Call me shallow, but yes, I’m shallow in that way. 🙂 So, anyway… to do this, I didn’t snack, like, at all.
But, being Taiwan prompted me to bring snacks to work (from the hotel). Every day, I had a small can of Pringles around 10, and another salty snack around 2. Mini-death cured! Maybe it was dehydration, or blood pressure issues, but whatever prompted those episodes was eliminated by those blessed blessed salty chips.
While in Taiwan, I missed my Memorial day holiday, and a weekend, so I took 3 days comp time when I returned and visited my own mom! It was the best 4 days ever. I slept, relaxed, shopped a little, and enjoyed my sister, mom, and dad.
When I returned, it looked like this:
So… yeah. More updates to follow!