Italy was beautiful and amazing, but it was perhaps not the best idea at 10wks. I was just death exhausted and spent most of my time daydreaming about the next time I could rest. Which is sad, and I’m hoping I didn’t ruin the trip for everyone who was with us. 😦

We flew into Venice on Tuesday and stayed there until Thursday, when we took a train to Rome. Venice was amazing, but apparently we were there in ‘flooding season’. Every day they have to set up long, raised walkways so people don’t have to wander through the ankle-deep water all over the city. I never realised this happened every year. Beautiful city, though.

Flooded entrance to St Mark's Basilica

A gondola on the canal

It just so happens that Chris’s eyes are the EXACT same color as the water in the canals – a very pretty blue-green! They both look darker than they are in this pic, but you get the idea!

Same same!

After Venice we took a train to Rome and met up with four more friends (one friend was with us in Venice and his wife flew in on Friday). We stayed in an amazing apartment near the Vatican. Look at the view from the windows:

Chris took this photo of me and a friend out of our windows at the apartment, overlooking St Peter's basilica

The Colosseum was definitely my favorite sight in Rome – just awe-inspiring.

The Colloseum

Us inside the Colloseum

The Trevi Fountain was also gorgeous, and the weather the day we visited was perfect – 70F and sunny. I tried very hard to get some Vitamin D for the little bean!

Trevi Fountain

Unfortunately halfway through the second day of sightseeing in Rome, I had to go back to the apartment to sleep for five hours. Whoopsie! But I felt a bit better after.

I also discovered that Italian food is not for me. I’ve always known that in general, but it being ‘real’ Italian food didn’t make any difference. Just too bready!

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9 weeks, 1 day

November 6, 2010

9 weeks

Still chugging along here. I am utterly exhausted. Not sleepiness really, but just body/muscle tiredness. I’ve also had a death cold since Tuesday, which is really making me want to cry. I’m actually feeling a bit better today, so hopefully it’s on the way out. I missed two days of work, which I hate to do, as so many appointments have to be canceled, but it has really just been a horrific cold. Ugh.

I’m wondering in my thyroid has gone a bit more underactive. I haven’t had a cold hit me this hard since before I was first diagnosed/treated for hypothyroidism. I’m going to have my blood tested Monday to see. You have to be very careful with your TSH in the first trimester of pregnancy. According to experts, it should be between 1 and 2. Mine was 1.4 when it was tested last month at the beginning of the pregnancy – so perfect – but I’ve been feeling more hypo lately, and I’m not sure if it’s just pregnancy tiredness or pregnancy tiredness plus hypo symptoms. My GP just said to get it tested if I start getting symptoms again.

In other news, we’re going to Italy on Tuesday! We’re flying into Venice, spending two days there, taking the train to Rome and spending three days there. I’m very excited! I had better be able to taste food again by Tuesday. I will be a very angry girl if not – no wine and tasteless food in such a foodie place? Horror!

I have had a bit more nausea, which isn’t nice, but it also hasn’t been too too bad. I find as long as I keep mostly low-carbing (within reason, of course. I am eating carbs, just trying to get them from fruit and veg, and the odd piece of toast. And the odd bowl of ice cream, obviously) then I feel a lot better. It keeps wild blood sugar swings away, which seems to be the key to keeping my nausea away. Though sometimes it happens right after breakfast and I have to lie down for a couple of minutes to let it pass. Who knows! Just glad I haven’t had it too bad yet. *fingers crossed*