Monday, February 15, 2010

13 weeks (the 2nd trimester begins)

I am 13 weeks along today.  According to my book I am now beginning the 2nd trimester.  Things are going well as far as I know.  I think these next couple of weeks may be the hardest though.  This is the time when I start feeling better, but I am not big enough yet for anyone to tell I am pregnant.  I know everything is fine, but if I'm not feeling "bad", and I can't visibly tell I'm pregnant, its hard to know for sure how things are going.  I have another ultrasound in 2 weeks, so I just have to make it until then.  We are flying out to Sacramento later this week and staying for a few days.  Its always nice to have a bit of a distraction. :)

I have always heard about pregnant women becoming very emotional, but I don't think I had really experienced it much.  I know I have had a shorter fuse about certain things and I have been quicker to get annoyed about stupid things, but nothing really that set me off.  Well, Saturday morning I had my first official breakdown.  I can laugh about it now, but it was not a good experience when it happened.  I woke up pretty early because Darren had morning airport standby.  He left and I just got up.  My mission for the morning was to find some new jeans.  You can't tell I'm pregnant yet, but my jeans are definitely tighter and getting uncomfortable.  I only wear them on weekends because my weekdays are spent in scrubs (which is wonderful!).  I figured I should just go out and get a pair of those nice stretchy jeans that pregnant women wear since I will need them in a couple of weeks anyway.  I figured Kohl's would be a good place to look.  Before I left I needed breakfast of course.  In the past I have had a problem throwing up if I didn't have anything to eat, but I haven't thrown up in a couple of weeks.  I didn't have much left in the house for breakfast since we hadn't been shopping, but I had a small amount of cereal left.  I polished it off, without milk.  It was maybe a third of the amount I usually eat, but I felt ok.  I finished getting ready, took my pills, and left for Kohl's.  I normally go to the one in Southlake, but headed toward Hurst this time instead.  That was a mistake.  There was major construction on the road to that Kohl's and it annoyed me.  I made it to Kohl's and started walking around their store.  I know they have a maternity section, but I walked around the entire store twice and couldn't find it.  My annoyance meter had started to climb.  I finally asked someone and she told me they had moved it to the middle of the toddler section while they remodel the store.  I found the area and was disappointed to see just 2 racks of clothes!  Fortunately, they did have the stretchy pants I wanted.  Unfortunately, they didn't have them in petite sizes.  I am not a small person, but I am short.  I have to wear petite pants or I am constantly stepping on them.  I decided to go ahead and try a regular sized pair, but of course they were too long.  I left the store frustrated and even more annoyed.  Walmart is just down the street from Kohl's so I thought I'd stop in there and see if they had maternity clothes.  I figured they would have something.  I walked in and looked around a bit, but didn't see anything, so I stopped to ask the dressing room attendant.  This was another mistake.  She apparently did not speak English.  I had to ask 3 times before she finally said "oh ya at the front".  Well, I knew that was wrong because I had just looked all over at the front.  I walked up there anyway and found another employee who looked like she spoke English.  Sure enough she told me they didn't have maternity clothes.  What a waste of time that was!  By this point my annoyance was getting extremely high and my hunger started to kick in.  I walked over to the deli section just to grab a bagel or donut or something, but they didn't have anything like that!  My normal Walmart has a whole section of single serving donuts, muffins, and bagels.  I thought for sure they all would.  Oh well, I figured I'd just drive down the street some more and stop in at QT.  They always have fresh muffins and donuts.  So I get in the car and back out to that crappy construction road.  I am only allowed to turn one way out of the parking lot, the wrong way.  Now I have to fight through the stupid construction again and find a spot to make a u-turn the other way.  I am getting really hungry by this point.  QT is literally right there, but I couldn't get to it!  After another 5 minutes I am finally heading down the street the correct direction when it happened.  I couldn't stop it.  I am in the middle of the road with absolutely nowhere to stop or pull over and I threw up all over myself!  Of course, I had absolutely nothing in the car to catch it or clean it up with.  So, now I am covered in vomit with no way to clean it up and I have to drive all the way home that way.  This totally set me off and I just started bawling.  I cried all the way home.  I felt so humiliated with vomit all over my clothes and my purse.  I didn't even have anything to wipe it off my face with, and it was in my hair too, and it smelled terrible!  It took about 10 minutes to get home and I had to immediately strip off all my clothes and throw them in the wash.  I even had to dump out my purse and wash it too.  Then I had to take another shower.  I cried the entire time.  At this point I couldn't stop.  Darren called when I got out of the shower and I had to tell him the whole story.  He was very good about not laughing at me right then, though I bet he wanted to.  I finally calmed down after I talked to him and managed to scrounge up some food to calm my stomach a bit.  Then I had to go out and clean up my car.  There wasn't much to clean, but the seatbelt got some on it.  Unfortunately no amount of scrubbing could get the smell all the way out, and now my car smells bad every time I get in it.  I have learned my lesson though, always eat enough breakfast so this doesn't happen again.  I did go out later that afternoon and found a Motherhood Maternity store.  They had all kinds of stretchy pants and I found some in the perfect size!  It made me much happier. :)


  1. Baking soda will help the seatbelt. Wet it, sprinkle some on, and wipe off. Also the arm & hammer pet spray will help. I have had people had the same (drinking) and I had it once from bad reaction to dentist drugs and looked up tricks on-line. I got belt and chair and the baking soda and then pet smell spray reallly helped neutralize. Darren gets some bonus points for not laughing! Big Spoon Thursday!!

  2. If you need any maternity clothes let me know. I still have the ones I wore with Marin. The pants may be too long but I know I have at least one pair of shorts you might can wear in Spring/Summer.