MissE, I feel your pain regarding the weight gain! I'm also up about 13-15 pounds and not sure that I'm loving it. When my belly feels firm and is nice n round I feel ok about the whole thing . . . but I have to admit that when I just look thick waisted and chubby I cringe. So to counter that, I'm trying to make sure that I'm eating lots of vitamin and mineral rich foods, and doing my walking and prenatal yoga - makes me feel better regardless of weight gained. Also, I find that when I read through the website for the Brewer Diet I end up feeling great, they're all about filling your body with nutritious food and gaining plenty of weight :) One women gives a testimonial about gaining a ton of weight doing brewer while pregnant with twins but she is SO positive about it - described herself (as I recall) as a glorious ship with all of its sails out and filled with wind - love that!
I also read about the Pearl people but couldn't dig too deep because I knew it was too much for me at the moment.
Regarding sensitivity/irritability, I've been feeling fine but just tonight the temper bug bit me too beans . So here's my vent: I'm having the 20 week scan done at the hospital b/c my midwife doesn't have the machine, so I asked DH when would be a good time (during my 20th week) for the appt since his job requires some planning ahead. He said anytime. I schedule it for the 26th, (I should mention that it's a pain to schedule these because I don't speak very good German and they never understand what I'm saying, so it's awkward - on top of that I had a very bad experience with my doctor last time, so explaining that I want a different doc is also awkward) send him an e-mail with the date so that he can put it in his calendar. He write back, oh forgot about the annual general meeting at work, it's that day, at the same time, sorry. skfljdsfklj. ok, you forgot about your biggest yearly meeting, I call them back, different lady so I go through my whole explanation again, move it to the 24th. Then I book my appt with the midwife to go over the results for the 26th - she's super hard to get an appt because of well-woman care appts, so it must be booked in advance. Now she's on holiday until the 23rd so that appointment is set in stone basically.
A month later now, we've talked about this appointment oh maybe five times over the weekend, and DH comes home today and says, I've got to go to Holland next week, they've moved the meeting. I asked when, assuming that it would be the same date, but no, he flies out on the 23rd, gets back late on the 24th. So he'll be in Holland during the appt. I said that our appt was the 24th and turns out he had forgotten about it - and said sorry but not in a way that satisfied me, haha. I asked when would be a good day to reschedule it between now and the midwife appt on the 26 (said it nicely but internally I'm losing my temper now), he says, well tomorrow's not great, friday's not possible, blah blah blah. On the one hand I want to say forget it, appt stays the 24th and you just miss it! Come on! On the other, he's the baby's daddy and it's the boy/girl reveal!!!!! He could have at least apologized and made his schedule fully open, or offered to reschedule for me (his german's better than mine) or SOMETHING. Or said that he really doesn't want to miss it, or that I look beautiful pregnant, hahaha. Maybe part of my problem is that it's so hard to book all of these appointments, and I haven't had any appointments for the last 7 weeks and just feel antsy. Maybe part of my problem is that he's very reserved (his entire family is so reserved, it's incredible really) and I'm not, so I wish that he were gushing about how exciting the pregnancy, the baby, all of it is, reading pregnancy books, rubbing my belly, talking about his dreams for our child, what kind of parents we want to be, and he's not - so anytime I'm upset that always comes up for me. This is a safe spot to vent, I can't IRL because my friends & family know he's fantastic and would laugh in my face at these complaints, so I'm saying all of this, but at the same time I have to admit that he is extraordinarily dedicated to me, is excited in his own low key way, and has a billion other fantastic qualities - he just doesn't show enthusiasm (for anything) in the ways that I expect.
Anyway, that's my drama for this evening, my tomato soup is literally boiling on the stove so i've got to run. Take care, thanks for listening! And it seems like we're all in this irritability boat together!