The second trimester crept up on us quickly and I had to start wearing maternity clothes at 14 weeks, what?! Come to find out, they are mighty comfortable and I will miss those jeans while sporting my well fitted low waist jeans, as well as the not so sexy maternity panties that Andrew wasn't so fond of.
Shortly after finding out the sexes at 16 weeks, I felt the twins move for the first time. This was the most amazing feeling ever, no words can truly explain how amazing it is to feel your child(ren) move around and kick while in utero. It's something I miss but I have several videos that I will cherish forever. The excitement that I felt with every movement and the joy that overcame Andrew when he could see and feel them was breathtaking. The sweet moments of him talking to them throughout my pregnancy and just showing them his love was the sweetest.
We spent Thanksgiving in Memphis with Andrew's family which was the first time him and his mom felt them move. This would be the only time his Memphis family would see us until after the twins arrived, so we soaked up the ease of traveling and visiting everyone while we could. While we were out of town, my mom, dad, and mimi painted the nursery and put up the new light fixture, which was a wonderful surprise when we got home! Painting is such a pain and they took time out of their Thanksgiving break to do it for us. I'm not sure if I have mentioned it or not but I have the best family ever!
Our first trip to the hospital was at 22 weeks. I was having what I thought were Braxton Hicks contractions but was told to go the the hospital if they became consistent. Well apparently I was having the real deal but nothing significant so they sent us home and all was well. I lived the next several weeks with these contractions, thankfully they weren't painful just uncomfortable.
Symptoms: I have never been sick so often as I was when I was pregnant! I had multiple upper respiratory infections, colds, a stomach bug and my first and ((hopefully)) only very painful UTI. I was up all night crying with that awful thing, I wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy. Contractions I can handle, a UTI not so much!
Oh, and my Boppy maternity pillow quickly became my best friend after the wonderful sciatic nerve and hip pain decided to make their debut.
During the second trimester is also when I started being unable to sleep at night due to being uncomfortable, having to pee ever hour, and having the dreaded heartburn. I was still working so this made for very looong and tiresome days.
Cravings: Everything I already loved before, especially cheese burgers! Still no odd cravings or aversions.
Weight gained: 30 + lbs! Gracious!
Best moments: They were moving all day and night at this point, especially when I was sitting upright. At 24 weeks we were able to see them move, which was absolutely amazing.