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Feb. 17th, 2013 03:48 pm
lunabee34baby: (pregnant sillo by cru5h)
Anybody have any recommendations for good books on breastfeeding? I'm planning to pump rather than breastfeed directly, but I think any good breastfeeding book should include sections on that as well as nutritional and other kinds of info about how to go about successfully breastfeeding.

We've decided to go with soft purple and green for the baby/guest room. We're not really doing a nursery per se, so I don't anticipate lots of cutesy baby decorations, but we did buy some purple curtains, and we put the green matelasse coverlet mom gave us for Christmas on the bed. I want to get a purple lamp to go in there, and once we get the new furniture, we'll need to go through our stack of things that need to be framed and get some stuff up on the walls. We have three beautiful watercolors of birds that I think would be great in there. I'll be sure to post pictures once we get the room done up; probably a few months from now. I'll take some of Ems's room as well since we'll be doing some redecorating in there.
lunabee34baby: (cats by fromthewind)
Trashboat has a real people name! We're calling her Fiona Elizabeth.

I have been nesting. It's kind of awesome. I was so sick and worn out with Emma that I didn't really do any of the classic preggo things. I got Josh to rearrange a buttload of furniture and wrote out a list of tasks to accomplish, what we already have, what's on loan from my sister-in-law, and what we still need to buy before Fiona arrives. You'll notice the missing tasks that indicate just how much we were able to do today. Yay! (Any suggestions for what should be on this list but isn't? I don't really have clothes on the list because that won't be a problem; I just put a couple specific items that I want to be certain we get.)

We will need to purchase zero big ticket baby items. Whooooooooooo! In fact, the major purchasing we're going to be doing is to furnish the baby's room. We could go the cheapy route and get some used furniture, but I'm tired of our guest room looking like a college student's apartment with everything all mismatched and no headboard on the bed. We may as well invest in nice furniture that all matches. I'm hoping that the grandparents and possibly the great-aunts and -uncles will be willing to go in with us for the furniture since we don't need any big ticket baby items. If not, though, we're still getting the furniture. We might stagger the purchases--get the crib and a couple of the dressers first and then purchase the headboard and other pieces a month or so later.

My sister-in-law is loaning me a breast pump, but I think it's a single pump (she's emailing me the specs later), and if so, I will take it for traveling, but for my day to day pumping, I think I'll probably rent a hospital grade electric double pump from the medical supply or the hospital.

Any recommendations on diaper bags?

I am starting to get super excited, y'all. I think I'm going to enjoy getting the house ready for Fiona. We're not doing a nursery or really any decorating for her room beyond the new furniture, but I'm stoked to get everything all arranged how I want it. :)
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I had my 20 week visit on Monday. Everything was perfect. I've gained 2.5 lbs (one pound of which is Trashboat). My blood pressure was 136/73, so no signs of preeclampsia. Trashboat had no apparent physical defects or other problems, and she's measuring at a little more than 21 weeks, so she will probably be a big baby!

I'm a little astonished that I've only gained 2.5 lbs, but it's clearly not a problem as Trashboat's measurements are perfectly fine and she weighs just what she should.

The ultrasound was fascinating. That technology has really come a long way since I was pregnant with Emma. It was much easier for me to discern the image than it was ten years ago. The second the technician put the device on my belly, she said, "We have a girl!" as Trashboat was very considerately flashing us her lady bits. :) Trashboat was kicking her legs and waving her arms, and at one point, she looked like she was sucking her thumb.

I started being able to feel little flutters of movement around 18 weeks, maybe a little before, but watching her go to town on the ultrasound made it quite apparent just how much movement she's making that I don't feel. It seems that every day, though, I feel movement more frequently and strongly; I'm sure I'll be quite tired of that pretty quick like here.

My mood has kinda taken a hit recently. I've noticed that I've been irritable the past few days, and I'm not sure if that's because I spent the weekend staying up past my bedtime and going too long in between meals or a hormone surge or what. LOL

Basically, Trashboat progresses along in textbook health (as do I), and now all we have to do is agree on her name which is proving a little more difficult than I had anticipated, but we do have time to decide. :)

ETA: I put the ultrasound pictures in a private post because I just realized they have my full name splashed all across them. *headdesk* I'll see if I can edit that out.
lunabee34baby: (cats by fromthewind)
So, I used to think that the reason I didn't gain much weight when I was pregnant with Emma is because I threw up approximately every thirty seconds. While I'm sure that didn't help matters, I'm starting to wonder if I'm just one of those people who don't gain a whole lot of extra weight when they're pregnant. I can still wear most of my pre-pregnancy clothes, and as of last week, I hadn't gained any weight. I think this week I finally look pregnant because a lot of people came up to me today and congratulated me at work. LOL

I've been having some breathlessness off and on, and I really noticed it today in my last class when I was lecturing. I had to kinda sit down and breathe for a few minutes before I could go on, but not really a big deal.

Since a little before the holidays, my right hip has been going pins and needles at night when I am trying to go to sleep. That hasn't happened in a few nights, but it's really annoying when it does. It doesn't last for too long, but it's irritating enough to keep me awake.

I haven't had a headache in a nice long stretch which I'm grateful for.

Mostly just riding out the rest of this month and hoping nothing exciting happens. :)
lunabee34baby: (breakfast by saltwaterblood)
Doctor's visit was great today. My blood pressure had gone down a little bit from the last visit. I still haven't gained any weight. I do not have a UTI or any protein in my urine. The baby's heart rate was just fine (159, which old wives' tales suggest means Trashboat is a girl). My thyroid test from last time came back normal. In other words, I am having a picture perfect pregnancy.

The doc had a pretty heavy convo with me about how I was going to be monitored closely for preeclampsia, which I already knew (but really appreciate them being so vigilant about), and about doing our best to preempt any postpartum depression (which I also really appreciate as nobody even discussed the possibility with me last time I was pregnant).

My only real complaints continue to be headaches, my back hurting, abdominal aching, and trouble sleeping.

The next visit is scheduled for Feb 4 at exactly 20 weeks, so just five more weeks until we know whether she's a she or he's a he. :)
lunabee34baby: (breakfast by saltwaterblood)
I had my second doctor's appointment today. I've lost three pounds which is fantastic (and surprising LOL). I'm so glad I haven't gained weight yet; I know that I don't need to gain a substantial amount of weight to sustain this pregnancy, and most of the weight gain should come at the end, so score one for me!

My blood pressure was a little elevated, but I don't know if that's white coat syndrome or if it's really starting to elevate. *shrugs* The doc didn't seem worried.

I had a moment of panic when they fumbled around for awhile trying to find the baby's heartbeat, but eventually they found it over to the left side instead of in the middle, and the doctor said the heartbeat sounded just great.

I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop or someone to pull the rug out from under me, but other than exhaustion, headaches, breast tenderness, congestion, and trouble sleeping, I really don't have any pregnancy symptoms. I can easily forget that I am pregnant for long stretches at a time. Before this pregnancy, I never understood how people could be pregnant for months and just not know, but if being pregnant can be like this, I kinda get it. I mean, I could see somebody being stressed (headaches! exhaustion! trouble sleeping) and thinking they have some lingering cold and not even realizing they're pregnant. Of course, I still don't understand how you get to the point where the baby is moving around and not realize that Something is Different. LOL

But, I can't believe this has been this easy. It worries me. Naturally.

Doctor gave me the thumbs up on everything, so I'm just sitting tight until the next appointment which is for Jan. 2 at 15 weeks. I imagine that'll be a repeat of the same unless something changes between now and then. I did have them check my thyroid just because mom's crapped out in her early thirties after two pregnancies, and I have been cold. I NEVER EVER get cold. I am by nature a hot and sweaty individual, and pregnancy is by nature a hot and sweaty enterprise as the increased blood volume tends to make you warmer. But I have been cold ever since I got pregnant, like long pants with socks with a tank top and a long sleeved shirt and sometimes a robe and under a blanket kinda cold. IN SEPTEMBER, MIND YOU (which in the South is essentially July LOL). So, worth checking out.

I am very impressed with this practice. I did not wait more than ten minutes in the waiting room for either appointment; both started on time, and I was not left to languish in an examination room either time.

Emma and I had some good bonding time today. We went to Michael's and picked out crafts for her birthday party. I had the grand idea that if all of the birthday party is regimented activity time, nobody has any time to argue. So we are making cookies--sugar cookies with several different kinds of sprinkles and icing to be piped on, and I got little tins for the girls to take some home--and several different Christmas ornament craft things, and these little wooden boxes they can paint and bejewel. We're having a wii bowling tournament, and playing at least one board game and going to the Mexican restaurant for tacos, so that sounds like a full evening to me. It was good to hang out with her and focus on her; I definitely want her to understand that Trashboat is not supplanting her in our affections at all.

Final bit of miscellany: Trashboat is the size of a lime!
lunabee34baby: (Default)
I will get around to posting about the big reveal to the folks . . . eventually. LOL

I have been having headaches a lot that mostly begin when I lay down but don't go away when I get up. I have a doctor's appt this Friday, so I will check to be sure my blood pressure isn't acting up. It's probably just the hormones. I don't remember having headaches like this with Emma, but then, I don't remember what I had for dinner two nights ago, so that's not saying much. LOL

It's hard to believe there's something the size of a fig growing inside me. My lower belly has gotten a little bigger (it definitely FEELS different), but I can't really feel anything when I press down on my stomach, and the baby isn't big enough yet to feel it moving from the inside.

Apparently, William and Kate are also pregnant. They're just copying us. *sniff* LOL I don't think she's as far along as I am, so our baby will probably be born first. I just hope we don't hit on the same name for the baby. For a short while, everyone assumed we'd named Emma after Ross and Rachel's baby, and um no. No we did not. LOL

Nothing new to report. I really need to go talk to my supervisor and to HR about my maternity plans for the summer/fall and to get daycare squared away. I really wish we knew someone who keeps babies in their house. I might float out a few feelers and see if any of the faculty wives know anyone (or might be interested themselves since a lot of them have kids who are pre-k and up age now and might not mind some extra income). I have absolutely no issues with daycare at all, but Emma was a little over one and a half before we put her in; I think it will be harder for me to put a teensy tiny baby in daycare. But, hey, you do what you have to.
lunabee34baby: (pregnant sillo by cru5h)
We told my parents about the baby last week, and we're telling Josh's parents tomorrow, so I'll post about the reveal (with pictures!) later this week.

I'll be 9 weeks on Monday, and while I am starting to feel a little queasier from time to time, my main physical symptom is exhaustion. Sunday morning, I woke up with a terrible cold that I still haven't quite kicked; I'm sure that's contributing to the fatigue (and the nausea; bleck). I went to bed at 9 on Thursday night (after dozing on the couch for an hour) and slept for fourteen hours in a row. And I was ready to go back to bed again at ten the next night. *headdesk*

My knee has stopped the uber!ache and is back to just the normal level of chronic pain I always experience, so that's awesome.

Weirdly, the pregnancy seems to have activated an occurrence of psoriasis. Ever since I was a teen, I've periodically had bouts of psoriasis; fortunately, it has always been confined to my scalp where no one can see and is very, very mild. I haven't had a case in years, but the pregnancy has seen fit to gift me with some. LOL I need to get some shampoo to treat it, but even untreated, it's not terribly bothersome.

Work life continues to be so stressful for both me and Josh that sometimes I think we must be a few taters short of a bushel to even consider adding an additional source of stress to our lives. LOL

Emma has been acting out a wee bit, precipitated I think by my parents' visit and their excitement over the new baby. Also because puberty looms over the horizon like a giant looming thing. We had a talk, though, where she basically admitted that she's feeling insecure, and I think if Josh and I continually reassure her and validate her place in our lives, the acting out will be minimal.
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I had the first doctor's appointment today at 7 weeks. I had gotten myself worked up that since I'm not sick this time around that something was wrong. Josh went with me both because I don't like to navigate to new places and because I was anxious about there being a problem.

I really like the practice; everyone was really friendly and on their game. I didn't even feel the flu shot the nurse gave me, and the pap smear was the friendliest encounter I've had with the mascara wand of doom. I like the doc; he's very laid back which will help with the not feeding into my already over-the-top anxiety. He was all, "Eat whatever you've been eating. Most of those rules about what not to eat and drink and do and etc. are all bunk."

He did the ultrasound; I'd never had a vaginal ultrasound before. It was a bit weird, especially because the gel is warm, bordering on hot, rather than cold. Trashboat was present exactly where she should be, exactly the size she should be, and her heart was beating reassuringly. And she was blessedly alone LOL so no twins for me. :) I can now officially stop freaking myself out and get on with the joy-having.

Doc said that because I had preeclampsia before, I was more likely to have it again, and they'd watch me closely.

I weighed 196.6 pounds, so I haven't gained any weight since October 11--good news there. My blood pressure was good, too, even though I was really anxious. Due date is projected as June 25th, which is what internet told me.

The only slightly irritating thing is that because of my insurance, I have to get my labs done at a separate facility. But the blood being drawn wasn't bad, there was no wait, and they have another branch in a closer town if I ever need to just gets labs done without a doc appointment.

We told some friends tonight, and everyone was really excited for us. That was a nice feeling.

Mom and Dad are coming Friday, and we'll tell them then. Josh's parents are coming for Thanksgiving and we'll tell them then.
lunabee34baby: (cats by fromthewind)
mostly because we have the patience of gnats (or some other unpatientlike creatures).

At first, she didn't believe us. She kept saying, "No, you're not. Quit joking around. You're too old to have another baby." Once we explained that it was not a joke or a trick, she got this really upset look on her face and said she had to go to the bathroom. When she came out, she still looked really upset but wouldn't admit she was upset. I asked her if she was worried that we wouldn't love her as much as the new baby, and then she started crying and said, "Yes!" in the most sobby, pitiful voice. Once we reassured her that we could never love anybody more than her, she calmed down, and now she's really excited. I think she is going to be a fabulous big sister, and she's excited about a new baby. She's been really solicitous, too--asking me if I feel okay and helping around the house. I'm so thrilled she's excited. :)

So far, I really don't feel like I did before in my previous pregnancy. I'm not sick like at all. I'm really tired, and my boobs hurt, and my knee is killing me, and I have to pee every three seconds, but I don't feel anything like I did when I was pregnant before. I'm trying not to find that disconcerting and find it comforting instead with varying degrees of success.
lunabee34baby: (Default)
So, it's officially official. LOL

Test results indicate that as of 10-16, I am indeed pregnant, and my hCG level at that time was 387. Internet tells me this is within normal levels, possibly on the higher end. Whooooooooooo!
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I went to the doctor yesterday to get a referral to an OBGYN and to get a blood test to confirm the pee test(s!) I took at home. They drew my blood and then told me that I can call on FRIDAY for the results. LOL I don't know what I expected to happen--maybe the skies to open and a heavenly light to shine down on my stomach while the doctor extolled, "Yes! You are pregnant, the best and most pregnant I have ever seen! Go forth and glow, Lorraine!" LOL

I did get a good referral though, a practice that two of the nurses at my GP's have actually used recently, so that makes me feel good. We are close to two major cities, and while Major City A would be more convenient, I want to go to a doc in Major City B because they have a NICU. If I do have preeclampsia again, I do not want to be put in the position of being separated from my baby. When they induced Emma early, we were living in Oxford, and the hospital there is a tiny Baptist hospital with no NICU. I cannot describe to you the utter terror I felt when the doctor told me, "Welp. Looks like you're having a baby today. She's early, so there might be complications. If there are, you have to stay here, and we'll transport the baby to Saint Jude's in Memphis, and it'll be at least a week before we discharge you because of your condition."

Um, no. I am not fucking doing that again. So, I got a referral to a doc in City B and have an appointment for November 7th. They want you to be at least 7 weeks at your first appointment so that they can do an ultrasound. I am stoked!

My blood pressure was a wee tad high yesterday (130/87) which pisses me off. My blood pressure is always good; I guess gaining all that weight back did a doozy on my BP. *sigh* I do not want to start the pregnancy off with a high BP already, darn it.

And also, in a bit of a Walt Whitman moment, I know I said a few posts back that I am feeling pretty zen and all that, but I'm starting to get a bit freaked out that I'm not feeling sick yet. I wish that instead of watching eight hours of Law and Order a day, I had kept track of how my pregnancy with Emma went. LOL I see online that most people don't start to have morning sickness until the 6th week, and I'm just at 4. I wish I could remember how quickly I got ill with her. I know it sounds weird, but there's something kind of reassuring about being sick as a dog. You can't feel the baby move for such a long time, but if you're puking, then that baby's still gelling. LOL

Maybe I won't be sick at all. I'd never hear the end of it from my mother. LOL
lunabee34baby: (Default)
1. If you have any kind of joint issue (arthritis, inflammation, etc.), being pregnant will exacerbate that to the nth degree, and it will begin almost instantly but fade in intensity as the pregnancy progresses. This is because your joints begin to soften and spread so that your pelvis doesn't pull a Gandalf and holler, "You shall not pass!" at a crucial moment. LOL I have degenerative arthritis in both my knees, and when I was pregnant with Emma, I was on crutches for part of the first trimester. For the past three or four days, my right knee has been in excruciating pain (sorry, baby Jesus, no genuflection for Lorraine!); the cold snap is probably not helping with that either.

2. The exhaustion is monumental and overwhelming, and it also starts really early. I feel like I could happily pass out pretty much any time, anywhere at this point. LOL I've been going to bed between an hour and an hour and a half earlier than usual for the past week, and I still wake up feeling like I'm hungover.

3. Pregnancy gives you a nine month cold. Because all your mucus membranes are swelling, you get a lovely bout of congestion to go along with everything else. Listen to Anna Paquin talk in last season's True Blood; she's got pregnancy cold all the way. LOL
lunabee34baby: (tmi by cru5h)
I was talking with [livejournal.com profile] crazydiamondsue the other day about how different this pregnancy already is for me than when I was pregnant with Emma eleven years ago. She and her husband struggled for years with infertility before having a miracle baby, and as I've grown older and have had more and more friends like Sue who have struggled with fertility issues at some point, it's become more and more obvious to me how lucky Josh and I have been. And what a privileged little shit I was at 22-23. LOL

cut for discussion of fertility, miscarriage, anxiety over birth defects )
lunabee34baby: (Default)
I took another pregnancy test this morning, and while the line was still faint, it was darker than yesterday's, so I'm calling it. TRASHBOAT HAS LANDED!!!!!

Woooooooo!
lunabee34baby: (pregnant sillo by cru5h)
So, I took a pregnancy test today at lunch and got a faint second pink line. Because I am an impatient freak, I took a test yesterday, too, and got bupkis on that one, so I'm thinking this is the real deal and not a test error. I am pregnant, I tentatively squee! LOL I am going to take another test in the morning with my super-steeped-in-hCG pee and see if I can get more declarative results. :)

Pregnancy tests don't work until after implantation happens (which occurs 7-9 days after fertilization), so this makes perfect sense for my cycle. I ovulated on 9/30 and probably got pregnant anywhere from the wee hours of the morning on 10/01 to a more respectable time on 10/04.

In less exciting news, Josh and I started exercising again two days ago. I weigh 196 lbs. It took me exactly a year (April 2011-April 2012) to lose 16 lbs and only a little over 4 months to put it back on. And this was a year of pretty intense daily exercise (not a lot of diet modification, though, I will admit). I guess that somewhere in the back of my mind, a very foolish part of me has been thinking that one day I'll reach this goal weight and then I can just stop exercising or something. Maybe not stop entirely but certainly slack off. And now it's been made abundantly clear to me that in order to lose and keep off weight, exercise will have to be a daily part of my life . . . FOREVER! *cue dramatic music* /Lorraine totally missing the obvious *headdesk*

It is time!

Oct. 1st, 2012 03:05 pm
lunabee34baby: (breakfast by saltwaterblood)
I ovulated yesterday, Sept. 30th, and lemme tell how fun it was walking around New Orleans in the pouring rain with ovary cramps. LOL

*crosses fingers*
lunabee34baby: (tmi by cru5h)
My period started today, so no Trashboat this month.

This month ended up being fairly stressful because of other events in our personal lives, and so while we started out making Trashboat with abandon, neither of us felt much into it the later half of the cycle, and we clearly did not do it on that magical Trashboat making day, or you know, at all in the almost two weeks before my period started. Cardinal rule of making a Trashboat: it requires sex. LOL

Going by when I ovulated this last time, I should ovulate on October 3rd (16 days after my period begins). If I were to get pregnant this cycle, due date would be June 24.
lunabee34baby: (mate for life by smelltheflowers)
Things to do:

1. Go to daycare and pay confirmation fee; once I have my fall schedule, set a day for daycare to begin

2. Add a new dependent to our life insurance

3. Add new dependent to any documents for work/tax purposes

4. Add new dependent to wills

20. Better way to store my sheets and my table linens.

Already have:

1. Front/back baby carrier
2. Baby journal
3. 2816 wipes
4. one box + 132 newborn diapers; 224 size 1 diapers
5. safety kit containing thermometer and covers, aspirator, medicine dispenser, infant gum/toothbrush
6. three pacifiers
7. two pacifier holders
10. countless cloth bibs
11. 2 gowns and a sleep sack
12. silicone bib
13. diaper rash cream
14. baby wash, shampoo, etc.
15. mittens
16. diaper genie
17. mylicon drops, infant tylenol
18. four crib sheets
19. Boppy J
20. co-sleeper/bassinet J
21. bumbo seat and tray J
22. infant car seat with two bases and cover J
23. more clothes than one child can ever wear LOL J
24. bottle tray and brush J
25. one waterproof mattress pad J
26. breastpump and accoutrement J
27. breastfeeding cover J
28. play mat J
29. bottle brush
30. 50 milk storage bags
31. lansinoh cream
33. 3 bottles
34. noise machine
35. 3 nursing bras
36. nightlight
37. bathtub J
38. bouncer seat J
39. exasaucer J
40. car sunshade
41. stroller J

blankets
burp cloths

Need to purchase
Headboard (Hemnes full 179)
waterproof mattress covers
High Chair (http://www.diapers.com/p/fisher-price-mocha-butterfly-space-saver-high-chair-154484)
comb or brush
nail clippers
child view mirror
Breast pump (double; possibly on loan from hospital)
Bottles
baby monitor
lunabee34baby: (wren by phchiu)
I felt nauseated for a few days, and now I don't anymore.

A run down of my bits and bobs )

In any case, I hate all the waiting. LOL Hopefully by the middle of next week, I'll have some good news, and if not, it won't be the end of the world.

I am determined not to let my attempts to conceive define me, and I am also very aware that reproductive issues are common, and should I have them, it does not make me a special snowflake. I have a good life, a good marriage, and a beautiful daughter that I love very much. If for some reason, I can't have any more children, I'll be disappointed but not devastated.

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