lunabee34baby: (cats by fromthewind)
Fiona weighs almost 17 pounds; she's 27 inches long; she's crawling backwards like a champ and pivoting all about; she's getting up on her toes while she's down on all fours like she's trying to stand up; and two weeks ago, her bottom two teeth started to poke through. If you ask her to give you five and stick out your palm, she'll slap it. Josh's dad taught her to say, "Hey!" and wave, and she's babbling so consistently, that I feel pretty sure some more words are on the way. We fed her solid food for the first time tonight and she ate that rice cereal like a champ. Swallowed it all--no gagging or spitting. She was super stoked about it. She's still waking up to eat once in the night and not sleeping all that great; I think being sick the entire month of November had a lot to with that. She essentially didn't gain any weight for a whole month, poor baby. She is always on the verge of an ear infection and we're trying to manage that with nasal steroids. I think they have had some positive effect. Emma loves her sister to bitty bits, and Fiona lights up for Emma like nobody else.

I am enjoying the hell out of being a mommy, y'all.
lunabee34baby: (cats by fromthewind)
Around 11 weeks, Fiona started rolling over from her back onto her side and then her belly. She pretty much sleeps on her side or her belly now, and we usually find her way down at the bottom of the crib in the morning on her tummy with her butt in the air. She is very physically precocious; internet tells me she's not supposed to start doing that until 5-7 months. She draws her knees up under her and basically tries to crawl around; she's not very successful, but she can scoot herself around a very small area over a very long period of time. LOL She also can grab the toys she wants and hold them in her hand and even touch them carefully rather than just batting at them.

We've gone up to size 2 diapers; they're still a bit big on her, but the size 1 diapers had gotten small enough that she was peeing through them and would wake up with a wet shirt in the morning. That hasn't happened since we switched.

She's very verbal, making lots of ma, ga, and oo sounds. It'll be interesting to see when she starts talking.

She's still sleeping really well, usually only getting up once in the night; we put her down sometime between 8 and 9, usually closer to 8. She wakes up once, and then sleeps again until anywhere between 5:30-7. Then she's awake for an hour and goes back down for about an hour nap.

Emma is doing really well. She loves Fiona very much, and she's doing a good job of putting up with this difficult stage where we have to devote so much energy to her sister.
lunabee34baby: (breakfast by saltwaterblood)
So, we had two and a half weeks of perfect bliss with a baby, and then Fiona started getting fussier. And fussier. AND FUSSIER!

She has colic. A textbook case that began shortly after her two week birthday (apparently, babies don't have developed enough systems until they're two weeks old to have colic). Colic is essentially reflux; even if the baby doesn't spit up a lot (which Fiona doesn't), heartburn is essentially the issue. She had been doing the classic arching her back and pushing out her hands and trying to get away like she was in pain; that was especially horrible to endure while nursing her. She was hungry but also clearly in pain. :(

The doctor prescribed some Prevacid and said that in a couple days, it should completely clear up. I also have to cut ALL DAIRY OMG out of my diet.

She weighed 8 lbs 1 oz; she's too big for newborn clothes now although not for newborn diapers.

In non-textbook news, two days ago fiona rolled over from her back to her belly. I knew she was a genius.

In Emma news, she called us yesterday crying (while Fiona was in the middle of an enraged one and a half hour crying jag) wanting to come home from her grandparents' house, so Josh's mom is bringing her today. :( I knew the trip was too long for her to be away; I should have done a better job of planning her summer out. *sigh*

Cross your fingers for us. If this medicine doesn't work, we may all lose our minds.
lunabee34baby: (Default)
Obviously, this post contains graphic commentary on childbirth, breastfeeding, and other bodily functions. :)

Fiona's Birthday )
lunabee34baby: (breakfast by saltwaterblood)
I went to the doctor again this Tuesday and saw my actual doctor instead of the nurse practitioner. My next appointment is in three weeks, and I'm super pleased. I felt like the NP was being a bit hyper-vigilant by having me come in so often, and I'm glad he eased up the schedule of my visits.

My blood pressure was fine with no protein in my urine. Whoooo!

Every other time I've been to the doctor it's been in the morning and I haven't eaten. This doctor's visit was directly after I went to the lab to do the one hour glucose test and I had just eaten a pretty big lunch because I was starving. So I feel like my weight is a bit off this visit because of that LOL but according to their measurements, I've gained 13 lbs at this point which is still really great.

We got another bookshelf and I was able to clean out some things from the closet in Fiona's room. The last major hurdle in there is to get the closet functional, and that will happen when Mom and Dad come to visit in April.

Fiona is super active. She's pretty much constantly kicking and squirming and rolling around. It feels deeply weird and sometimes horrible. LOL I don't remember Ems being this active, but that was roughly a million years ago, so who knows? At least she doesn't do it at night; she doesn't keep me awake with her movement, so that's a good thing.

Other than that, nothing much else to report. :)

26 weeks

Mar. 18th, 2013 01:42 pm
lunabee34baby: (finger by lyckaa)
I woke up around 4 last night with pain in my ribs on the right side that didn't diminish until I got out of bed several hours later, which freaked me out and made me think that my blood pressure was rising. While I was in the shower, my kneecap slipped out of socket and I fell. *sigh* Deeply painful. I called the doctor and they told me to go to CVS, check my blood pressure, and if it was high (150/100 or greater) to come in. It read as 140/98, and I decided to just to ahead and go in; I was scheduled for a Wednesday appt anyway. I don't think I could have navigated the stairs up to my office anyway (and I'm a little concerned about that for tomorrow, but *shrugs*; I guess I will manage).

I felt a little silly (but relieved!) once the appt was over. No protein in my urine and my blood pressure was lower than the last visit I had (something like 127/78 or thereabouts). I didn't even mention my knee because they'd charge me extra for talking to me about something non-pregnancy related. LOL I can't decide if I need to wrap my knee with an ace bandage or if that's bad when you're pregnant. IDK

I'd gained two more pounds for a total of 8 lbs. Not bad. As long as it stays at about a lb a week, I'll be right on target for about 20 lbs total.

They want me to go back next week for my next appt, which seems a bit excessive to me, but whatever. The doc also said that as long as I'm not spilling protein and my blood pressure stays down, travel in April should be fine as long as we stop frequently for me to walk and move around. So that's good.

Josh was gone for this whole weekend to a bachelor party, which I think contributed to my mild hysterics this morning. LOL Not to mention, I'm just really emotional lately. I spent waiting time at the doc's re-reading my SGA fanfiction and making myself cry with my own awesomeness. Yeah. It was that kinda morning. LOL

While he was gone, I did some cleaning out of the closet in Fiona's room, I bought a purple trashcan and some little baby gowns, Emma and I made a lamp for her room, and I went through all the clothes I'd saved from when Emma was a baby. A lot of them were actually mine when I was a kid. Not a lot of stuff for newborns outside of Sunday dress type stuff (OMG, y'all, I had forgotten I had like twenty five little Feltman Brothers dresses with the smocking and sweet embroidery, and most of those were ones I wore as a baby. I am determined to get Fiona into all of them, even if it's just to take a picture). So I washed all the clothes and sorted them into sizes and hung up the little dresses and coats (so many gorgeous knitted coats and sweaters!). There were some gorgeous baby blankets, too, so I washed those and hung them up on the quilt rack Daddy made. Her room is starting to look really awesome. (Just as soon as we make the final furniture purchases, pictures will happen!) I'm a little concerned that Fiona won't be able to wear some of the clothes because Ems was a winter baby and Fiona will be a summer baby (not to mention that I hope she is a much, much bigger baby! Ems was in 0-3 for about five months because she came early).
lunabee34baby: (mate for life by smelltheflowers)
I hear that Prince William and Kate are also having a girl. They better keep their mitts off Fiona; a British colleague tells me it's a very posh name by English standards, and what could be be posher than Princess Fiona? LOL

We are going to Ikea tomorrow to get the first round of furniture. I am so excited. My friend J has already made her trip to get two cribs for her impending twins. I went over today to see them put together; they're much lower to the ground than the cribs they used to make (probably because the formerly-ubiquitous drop side is now illegal), but I think I actually like that. You don't have to awkwardly reach over with a railing pressing into your boobs when you lift the baby out, and when the baby is ready for a toddler bed, you just take the side completely off, and it's a fancy little toddler daybed. The only downside is that you cannot store anything under the crib. I find that a bit annoying but not a deal-breaker. I will get some photos up once we make progress on putting the furniture together. I'll post some of Emma's room as well. We moved some furniture from the guest room into Emma's room and took down the nursery border that's been in there since we moved in. It looks really nice.

I am so excited about getting ready for the baby. Josh has been so good about indulging all my little projects: let's clean out from under the beds! let's move this furniture! Even though we're not making a true nursery, I'm thrilled to be turning Fiona's room into a room with grown-up furniture. LOL

J also had a really bad experience with trying to breastfeed, but I think she's decided to try exclusively pumping as well. I think we'll be able to help and support each other, which is really crucial with breastfeeding. I could just strangle every medical professional who dealt with me during my pregnancy and the aftermath who gave me no help or advice with breastfeeding. It's so clear in retrospect exactly what went wrong on the first go-round, and the problems I had were so easily avoidable. I'm going to order Exclusively Pumping on Amazon and continue doing research, and I think I will be able to successfully feed Fiona breast milk (hopefully until it's time to wean her). It's not so much all the quasi-divine properties associated with breast milk that interest me (after all, Emma only got breast milk for five weeks, and she is pretty much the smartest, most awesomest kid of ever IMHO); it's more that breast milk is freeeeeeeeeeeeeee and formula is expensive, and if I can, I want to feed Fiona free food! LOL If I give it an honest go, and I can't breastfeed, I'm not going to beat myself up about it though. I know that feeding babies formula doesn't make them stupid or sick, and I will wash my hands instantly of any guilt, anxiety, or regret.

I have my schedule for the fall, and I am so grateful to my supervisors for working with me and giving me basically the best schedule I could have asked for. I will be teaching two full-session online classes and two session two classes that start at midterm. The session two classes meet every day for an hour and fifteen minutes at 12:30 and 2:00. This means I won't have to put Fiona in daycare until October, and it also means that she won't have to go full days except on rare occasions, and I won't have to get up at ass o'clock in the morning to take her to daycare and then teach an 8:00. I don't know how my office hours will work for the first half of the semester; I know I will probably need to be available during late registration, and obviously to attend any committee meetings, etc., but I hope that I can conduct office hours exclusively online for the first half of the semester since I'll only be teaching online and then start keeping face to face office hours at midterm when the second session courses start. I am so happy that I don't have to take any maternity leave.

Got milk?

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: (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: (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.
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: (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)
So, here's the skinny.

My daughter Emma was born in 2002. I was 23.

I had a not-so pleasant experience as a pregnant person and new mom for a variety of reasons. )

So, why, given that experience, do I want to have another baby? )

I still have some reservations about having another child. )

Overall, though, I'm deeply excited hope to have good news in the next few weeks as Josh and I officially start trying at the beginning of next week.

ETA: I realized that I should also explain that Trashboat is our nickname for the baby and comes from an episode of Regular Show. I tried to name this journal Trashboat, but alas it was already taken.

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