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!
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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.

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