You hear a lot about hormones. Especially when pregnant. So I’d like to take a moment and put things in perspective.
What are hormones? A hormone is a chemical substance that is secreted by one tissue and travels by way of body fluids to affect another tissue in your body. In essence, hormones are “chemical messengers.” The average range of hormones for a woman who is not pregnant is 30 to 400. For a woman who is pregnant the HCG levels, a type of hormone, can go up to 165,000! That means there are 400% more chemical messengers triggering my brain to feel WAY too many emotions. It’s hard enough to keep yourself in check when you’ve got a hormone level at 30. *sigh*
To give you an example of what my hormone level of 165,000 is doing, let me share with you a story. A couple of weeks ago, Scott and I were snuggled in bed cuddling as we watched TV. I mentioned to him that I was hungry and asked if he could go downstairs and get a laughing cow cheese. These things are like, 35 calories each. Scott turns to me and says they are bad for you. I shot back that they are not – they are low calorie. He wasn’t budging (likely because i was still laying on top of him cuddling) so I say, “Fine, I’ll just starve.” To which Scott snickers and says, “Trust me, you aren’t going to starve.”
I shot up in bed, offended. My reaction started off chuckling asking him what did he just say? And just like that, without any warning, I quickly turned to sobbing. Uncontrollably. You would have thought something horrible had just happened to Nilla. Scott was stunned. He wasn’t sure how to react. And can you blame him? He asked what was wrong. I then responded (between sobs) that he called me fat! That’s right. By saying I wasn’t going to starve, that meant he was calling me fat…….. Being the good husband he is, Scott smiled and said, “I didn’t call you fat. I meant you won’t starve because you just had cereal before you went to bed.” Sheesh…. What is wrong with me? Oh yeah, I have 165,000 chemical messengers firing off and you just never know what you are going to get :)
Aside from that episode, the pregnancy has been going well. I am 18 weeks along and the bump is growing. Baby Baker #2 is the size of a bell pepper and is moving around! I can feel him/her giving me soft reminders that he/she is there. It will be interesting to see if I feel movement In the second trimester, I’m not as nauseous and my energy level is back. As much energy as I can muster chasing around a 9 month old. A very active 9 month old. Jack is wonderful. He has such a personality now and is crawling and standing up. Check out the photos of him and the one where he makes an appearance in the bump photo.
Hope you are all doing well!