Monday, July 6, 2009

Thirteen Weeks...

How funny that the number thirteen should traditionally represent unlucky circumstances, when in pregnancy - undoubtedly one of the most important things in life (since it is when a new human is created) - it represents the beginning of the second trimester and a substantially decreased risk of miscarriage. Unlucky? I think not!

So here I am - thirteen weeks today and just a little chubby. Getting a little faddy about food - take for example yesterday, traveling down the M60 with my poor Mother, insisting we stop at a service station immediately because I had to have a chicken and mushroom Ginsters slice, and nothing else would do. She suggested I make do with a packet of crisps - which I didn't regard as an adequate compromise (not being a crisp/chip eater much anyway) and we did indeed stop at the next Welcome Break, where I got my slice and made my tummy happy.

In that regard I suppose my Dad and I are similar, because when we especially want a certain food, we tend to go and get that food, or make it out of something: glue; jam; plastic...whatever. Both my parents are fabulous people - I can see where I get bits of my personality from. I can detect the slightest de-tune of a musical instrument or voice, having spent so long in the company of my Dad, who is a musician. My mother, who is also extremely musical, has amongst other things, given me the gift of being unafraid of childbirth and has educated me enormously about natural methods in child-rearing.

I am starting to wonder what traits my little Opus will inherit from his/her Mother and Father. Will he or she be interested in finding shiny things, like Dad? Will he/she be musical, like me? I just wonder. In the meanwhile, as this pregnancy becomes more and more tangible, I wait with anticipation.

Here is little Opus, or Goob, as we call him/her on 6/19 bouncing around nicely on the ultrasound. I can't wait to feel the kicks properly in a few weeks!

A lovely little heartbeat!

As the weeks go by, it's getting more and more impossible to contain my excitement. I am so ready to hold this little, I must make sure the months are filled with wonderful activities so that they are not wasted - and also to make them go by more quickly! I don't think I've ever looked forward to a harsh Minnesota winter more than in this particular year!


forwardtumble said...

LOL Jay, I am so happy for you! Just thought I'd share that particular fact with you. Keep busy, keep smiling and keep posting!

Go Minnesota winters!

xxo Ines

Anonymous said...

Look, it's a baby! He's just chillin' in that picture, all nice and cozy.

Rachele said...

Oh Jay. I can't wait for winter either. :) Congrats on being in the second trimester - I imagine it feels like a significant milestone. One third of the way there!!!

Shannon Ryan said...

WOW Jay!! 2nd trimester already!!? It's going by fast! I'm so glad!!

Anonymous said...

jay, i'm so happy for you too!!! you were one of the first to pm me over at mdc and i cling to your positive, uplifting posts. such a beautiful baby in there!!!


Inanna said...

What a sweet little baby! So good to "hear your voice"... :)