Hey hey sweetie pies! I hope you all are doing well! If you haven’t checked out my last post (https://sostormie.com/2020/04/14/1st-trimester-recap/) make sure to check out my recap of my first trimester. Pregnancy is just an extensive journey. Things easily change by the day – even by the hour. I experienced some new changes going into my second trimester. Continue to read all about it below.
In my first trimester, I remember being so tired ! I mean just truly exhausted. I could sleep a full 8-10 hours and would wake up tired. I usually would take a nap around 3 or 4 in the afternoon. However, going into my second trimester, I noticed I had a surge of energy. I felt like the energizer bunny! I felt so relieved because I was still working at the time teaching dance. My boss and some of my students knew that I was pregnant so I was trying my best to keep my energy up for my classes. During my first trimester, I auditioned for a musical (not knowing that I was pregnant) and ended up landing an ensemble role. Initially I was hesitant to do the show due to my pregnancy. David encouraged me to at least try to commit and see what happens.
Mamma Mia, Here I Go
After speaking with the stage director and costume designer, I was approved to still do the show. I was so surprised that they were still willing to work with me. As a dancer, usually if you pose limitations to what you can do, you don’t get the job. Especially as someone who was still early in their pregnancy, I even had my doubts if I would be able to handle it. I was definitely anxious coming into a new environment as well as dancing in a full musical 3-4 times a weekend over the course of a month – all the while 7 months pregnant. The rehearsals definitely prepared me for showtime. Rehearsals were typically 4-5 times a week ranging 2-4 hours long. I didn’t want special treatment but the staff as well as the cast were super supportive and encouraging. Amara and I easily felt like family as everyone was always looking out for us and taking care of us. Doing this show ended up becoming a major highlight in my pregnancy journey.
Give Me ALL the Food!!
My appetite definitely increased. I wanted to eat everything! One of my biggest cravings was fruit. I was literally obsessed with oranges, grapes and watermelon. David had to keep our fridge stocked with watermelon or I was pissed! I also had an obsession for orange juice and definitely craved coffee. You’re supposed to watch your caffeine intake while pregnant so it was really challenging to not give in. Those of you who know me, know that I LOVE MY COFFEE!! That was probably one of the hardest things to give up. Starbucks was definitely one of the first things that I wanted after having Amara.
Going into my second trimester, I began to notice a change in my sleep cycle. I would be up until 2, 3 in the morning just to sleep half the day away. It was so weird because I would feel exhausted but couldn’t sleep. It drove me crazy! It sucked for me because if I don’t get my sleep, I am very moody. Sometimes I would wake up in such a bad mood all because I slept so poorly the night before. Not to mention, my Nana had a knack for calling me in the early morning hours. *insert eye roll* I felt like it was so UNFAIR! David would sleep like a baby. I mean I am talking snoring loud enough to blow the shingles off the roof. I remember just wanting to smack him upside the head. How dare he get to sleep so peacefully while I am up with our child. It infuriated me yall! (Mommas I know you all can relate!)
Wow You Look Huge!
I didn’t began to really show until later in my second trimester but oh boy did I look the part! I remember people telling me how big my belly looked. (Like I didn’t know that) *insert another eye roll* I was beyond excited to be showing! I loved seeing my belly grow and documenting the progress with photos. David and I tried to remember to take a photo every week. We felt like Amara was growing so very fast! It was exciting to see the progression. Since I definitely felt the part I wanted to look the part! Most of the weight gain was in my midsection – which everyone said was a good thing. Not only did I looked good but I felt good! With my energy levels returning to somewhat normal, a growing belly, getting to do what I love everyday – I thought surely the toughest parts of my pregnancy were over. Whew yall I had no idea….
Stay tuned for my 3rd trimester recap in next week’s post! XO, Stormie
“Sometimes we’re tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths.”