How far along? 14 weeks 6 days. 

Symptoms? 

  • The lightheaded and heart pounding one is the big one right now. I know that staying well hydrated is very important in keeping this less severe, but it’s pretty much there regardless for now. I’m sure it will get better as things progress. I also have been getting out of breath really easy, usually in conjuction with the lightheadedness. 
  • Most days this week I was merely a bit queasy off and on. I had to miss 2 days of my b-vitamins and those days were worse with nausea. I think b6 really does help me a lot! More than I had realized, for sure. 
  • On the other side of things, (and definitely tmi), things are STILL not “moving along” without massive measures of help. I have given up on Colace. Miralax is really not that miraculous afterall, and I finally gave in and bought a bottle of nasty cherry Milk of Magnesia. Here’s hoping! 
  • I am having little contractions already. I stopped my progesterone at 14 weeks. I was going to continue it till the bottle was gone but I was just really done with the mess, and being 14 weeks, there’s not much point to staying on. I do still think maybe the progesterone was keeping my uterus from being so irritable though. I generally get tons and tons of contractions from 10ish weeks on. All day, every day. Way more than what the Drs tell you is normal. But that has just always been the way my body works. Lots of things trigger them like having to pee, rolling over and tight clothes, to name a few. 

Weight? Difficult to tell at the moment. I weighed myself yesterday and was +7. Today I am +9. I definitely have varying degrees of water retention, especially if I’ve been on my feet all day or if it’s more hot out. 

Bump? I’m still not really feeling any movement. Once in awhile I’ll think I felt something but I’m not really sure. I wonder if I have an anterior placenta again like I did with Levi. With Tru, I could feel his kicks from the outside at 15+ weeks and so could DH. Of course, I was 25ish pounds less back then and had essentially no belly fat. 

Cravings/aversions? I’ve been wanting popscicles but not really craving them. No aversions except Ramen noodles will make me almost throw up. Like running out onto the porch because I really thought I’d throw up. Interestingly, they also made me sick when I was pregnant with Tru. I haven’t been too keen on pasta this whole pregnancy. Except for pasta salad, because of the dressing. And I eat a salad almost every day right now. Can’t get enough! 

Best moment? Today we went to the lake and hiked a 1/2 mile trail. The boys did great walking by themselves! Levi let me hold his hand almost the whole time. (Precious!) It started pouring rain and we got pretty soaked, but standing huddled under a tree, I just felt so happy. Our little family, spending time together, making memories… priceless. And you know what? All the better that we got rained on. The boys loved it and it just made it that much more exciting for them. After that adventure, our little thrill-seeker Tru wasn’t ready to go home. So we hit the store in our soaked-rat state and bought some stuff, but the most exciting purchase was a bag of puffed corn that the boys enjoyed on the way home. Love them. 🙂 

I have our anatomy ultrasound scheduled for 18+3 but DH can’t get off work any that whole week. So, since we really wanted to find out gender together, we scheduled a gender ultrasound at an elective place for 15+4. They do them starting at 15 weeks. I asked the girl scheduling us if it would be better to wait an extra week or two but she said no, they are good as long as you are 15 weeks. That’s surprising because most of the other places I looked at around here are from 16-17 weeks. Super excited about that! By my next update, we should know what we are having as long as baby is showing us the goods and we can get a clear shot. I don’t think I’ll be able to trust this early of an ultrasound but it at least should be 90ish% accurate. I think we might go ahead and take the boys with us. I feel like they would enjoy seeing the baby on the screen, however, as with all things involving kids, I know I could end up being super wrong and they might be bored. At least it’s only a 10 minute scan. 😉 DH’s aunt and grandma might come too. 

SO, this is your last chance to guess the gender, if you are so inclined. DH has put in his guess of girl (third time, maybe he’ll be right this time) Levi has remained very confident that baby is a girl. Tru says girl. I have been really sure it’s another boy all along, BUT, now that it comes down to it, I’m kind of leaning towards girl, only because I’m not feeling kicks so I wonder if it’s a dainty little lady in there. On the other hand, baby measured 5 days ahead at both early ultrasounds which immediately made me think it’s a big boy. I still don’t have 1 iota of preference but we do finally have our middle name for a girl picked. Her name would be Journey Kalea (ka-lay-uh), meaning joy. 🙂 For a boy, we still don’t know. DH is awful about not wanting to pick names until he knows what we are having. Drives me nuts! Just sit down with me and look at some names already!! 

Ok, this is getting long so I’m going to go. In desperate need of getting a Levi update posted! So much going on with him lately. And a life update in general. Lots of new things around here as well. Anyway, maybe I’ll find the time to do that next week, between all the picnics and parties…. 

Dear God, thank You for a wonderful week! Thank You for all the things I was able to do and for the fun I got to have with Tru and Levi. Please continue to bless this pregnancy and watch over the baby. I pray that our ultrasound will go beautifully and be fun for everyone who is there. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

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Please pardon this picture. Our camera battery quit before we got an “acceptable” shot so you are stuck with this…. 10pm, post rain-soaked hike.
Also, my old chalkboard got ruined so I picked this one up today. 🙂 

I wrote this a few days ago thinking I’d post it once I took the weekly picture, but this weekend was too busy and we didn’t get to take it, so this post is photo-free.
How far along? 13 weeks 5 days (5-19-17) Second Trimester! YAY! 

Symptoms? 

  • A little bit of swelling in my feet at the end of the day. Nothing major. 
  • Lightheaded when standing sometimes. My OB said to try eating more foods with sodium and to drink more water and to try gatoraid. I’ve had this in all my pregnancies. I’ll get really lightheaded and nauseous and if I don’t sit down, I will black out. It seems to get better as the pregnancy progresses usually. Today I ended up folded over the checkout counter waiting for the cashier to finish my order. 
  • I only took Zofran twice this week! The rest of the time I’ve felt pretty normal. 
  • Even my acne is starting to clear up! True second-trimester blessings. 🙂 
  • I have most of my energy back and I feel pretty close to my normal self most of the time. 
  • I dropped down to just 1 Prometrium at bedtime this week and I plan to be done when my bottle runs out. 🙂 Might as well finish it up. 

Weight? +7 lbs. 

Bump? I’ve thought that maybe there was a flutter or two this week but I can’t say for sure. I do know that my uterus is only an inch or two under my belly button now but I mostly still find the baby really low on the doppler but I hear it’s kicks higher up. Maybe it’s head down? 

Cravings/aversions? Nothing really either way. I’ve had a few iced frappes this week and they were goooood! The thought of hot coffee still grosses me out but me and cold coffee are friends again. 🙂 

RANT TIME: So, I had a check-up with my OB this week and it went well. TMI: I told her about some weird discharge I was having and she did an internal and a swab. Seems this may be normal this time around even though I never had this with the boys. She said because of a prior “natural” birth. Anyway, she said she read the entire report from my birth with Levi and you won’t believe this…. The Dr who delivered him and wrote up the report said that the reason I hemorrhaged was my “uterus was tired and stopped contracting”. WHAT?????? There was 7 of my family members in the room. My mom, DH, MIL, SIL, 2 of my sisters and myself. We ALLLLLL know I had retained placenta.  TALK ABOUT COVERING YOUR BUTT WITH A LIE THE SIZE OF TEXAS!! That Dr knew she should have stopped pulling on the cord when I told her to please stop and she knew she tore my placenta. To blame it on my lazy, “tired uterus” and apparently not mention the placenta at all, is just…. wow! 
So, I sat there in shock when my new OB told me the report said this and that she would give me medicine to prevent a hemorrhage this time, and I didn’t even stand up for myself and tell her that was a big fat lie in the report. I just couldn’t form the words at that time. Not like she would believe me over the report written by an MFM…. Like she would even think I knew what I was talking about. But I do know. I’m the one who had 2 Drs scraping my insides with their hands trying to fish out bits of placenta. I’m the one who lost so much blood I couldn’t hold my eyes open. I know. And my family knows. DH and my mom were both upset that I didn’t tell her “NO! That is not what happened.” I just couldn’t and I didn’t and I wish I had. Not like it would do any good though… I’m just letting it go for now but if the opportunity arises, I will say something.

As an aside though, I’d rather just forgive that Dr and pray for her and move on. Harboring anger would only put a cloud over what was otherwise, a beautiful experience, getting to meet my little Levi. Could it have gone better? Almost definitely, yes. But it’s all part of the story and he was brought here safe and healthy and I’m safe and healthy and that’s what matters. 
RANT OVER.

The rest of the appointment went well. We heard the baby on the doppler kicking all around and the Dr was super happy because “healthy babies kick”. I really do like this OB. She is reassuring while also hearing me out on my concerns. I told her about my worries about my cervix possibly being torn with Levi’s birth and she said she wanted me to let that worry go as much as possible. She really thought it would be ok. We set up the Anatomy scan for 18 weeks 3 days, so we should definitely know who is in there by then. 🙂 AND, I keep dropping hints at DH about how much I’d love a 4d ultrasound this time. I didn’t even know about them until recently and I know the 3d was awesome when the tech gave us a peak with Tru and Levi, so 4d has to be even better, right? DH said we could do that for our anniversary gift to ourselves. I called the place (we have one locally now!! yay!) and they said after 24 weeks is best. So it’s still a ways off before we can do it, if we get to. But I think it would be really fun. 🙂 The local place is way cheaper than the big city places. Only $99 for a 1-hour slot (to give you time in case baby is in a bad position or something). I don’t know if you get a dvd but I’d imagine so. 🙂 

Dear God, thank You for the good check-up this week and for me feeling better and being able to enjoy this pregnancy more. Thank You for all the little kicks and wiggles on the doppler. Please continue to bless this pregnancy and protect the baby. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

How far along? 12 weeks 5 days (5-12-17) 

Symptoms?

  • I’m happy to say that the nausea has faded into occasional queasiness and has become less noticeable as the week has progressed. I plan to keep taking the Unisom for awhile longer but I think I would probably be ok to stop the Zofran now. 🙂 YAY! 
  • Still having breast tenderness and very minimal leakage – not so much that I notice it on my clothes, but I think they have slowed down their growth this week. 
  • I think baby must be having a growth-spurt as I’ve had a couple days this week where I simply could not stay awake and fell asleep randomly, once on the floor! This, after sleeping in until 11am! I know, I know… that’s embarrassing. Actually, the boys skipped naps several days when we were running errands too late and that combined with rain in the mornings making everything dark, caused them to sleep in. Really late. So I did too. It was a little disappointing when I realized that the whole morning was gone… Obviously we all needed the rest. But wow!!! 
  • I’m still definitely having pretty bad skin on my face. I bought a new face scrubber gadget that I’m hoping might help a bit, but honestly, I’m not sure much can be done when the cause is hormones. 
  • I notice more round ligament pain that catches when I first stand up usually. It’s not bad but it does give me a start. 

Weight? I think I’m up 6lbs. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little concerned to have already gained so much so early on. That’s definitely a record for me. I’m sooooo hungry all the time! I am being careful to snack on mostly healthy stuff – carrots with either ranch or seasoned salt, salad with dressing only, tortilla chips with salsa or avacados, yogurt… I guess I just have to keep doing my best and try not to stress about it. It’s not the weight gain itself so much as the implications for pregnancy and birth. BUT, I might as well not worry about what I (obviously) cannot control. 

Bump? Oh, it’s there! And it’s obvious. 😉 My maternity stuff is still mostly too baggy but I bought a new pair of maternity capris with demi panel and I’m pretty sure I’ll still be able to rock them after pregnancy, so, that’s nice. 🙂 Most days I just wear maxi skirts and either a t-shirt or loose top if I’m going anywhere. At home, I love me some leggings or pj pants. 😉 

Adversions/cravings? Not much. However, I cooked a deer roast in the crockpot overnight lastnight and woke up in the night thinking that I smelled vom. It was the roast cooking and putting off cooking smells … and now I really don’t want to eat it. 

Best moment? I think I felt baby move in the night at 12+2! I woke up to use the bathroom and when I laid back down, I felt this little flop-flop. I haven’t felt anything since that I could say was really the baby. It’s still early… I also had a cute moment with Levi. He told me that he wants to share his things with the baby. Melted my heart! He keeps talking about the “Baby in you body. Baby grill.” LOL! I told him today not to get too set on it being a “grill” because it might be a boy. 😉 

Randomness…. I had a dream that the baby was a boy and we named him Zane Trey. He looked nothing like our boys but he was cute. I couldn’t remember anything about the birth at all or even how he was born and that made me kind of sad (in my dream). I think I had a dream that we had a girl too, but that is less clear. 

As an aside, we have been talking about names a bit here and there. Nothing for a boy so far (unless we actually do name him Zane) and no middle name for a girl although I’m thinking about Selah. 

Dear God, please continue to watch over us and bless our upcoming Dr appointment. I pray that the baby will keep growing well and healthy. Thank You for all of our blessings so far. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

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That belly!! I should note that this was about 10:30pm and it really pops at night, but really, it’s pretty obvious at any time of day. 😉 

How far along? 11 weeks 5 days (As of 5-5-17. Posting this over a week late.)  Mostly time has went by really fast. Almost 3 months already!! I feel like things just started slowing down a bit the last week or so. 

Symptoms? 

  • So happy to say that I only had 1 bad day of nausea this week, and that was after skipping my Unisom for 2 nights because I ran out. Let me tell you, it really does make a difference! Otherwise I’ve felt pretty decent. Queasy but not badly. I tried to skip my Zofran today and that didn’t go so well, so I think I’ll just keep taking it for now. 
  • I went back on my morning dose of Prometrium because I was cramping and thought it might be related to stopping that dose. I cramped a ton with both of the boys but not hardly at all in the beginning of this pregnancy. I’m wondering if it has anything to do with the progesterone being via V… who knows. 
  • I’m not nearly as tired anymore and don’t take naps at all now and can stay up late again. (I’m a night owl.) 
  • The acne is unreal… I don’t know what to do about it. I guess it will clear up eventually? 
  • I just have a few other random symptoms here and there. OH, round ligament pain! That’s started. It’s not bad but you’d think my body would have those bad boys stretched out by this time around! Apparently not. 

Weight? Still about 4 pounds. 2 of which have got to be bbs. I mean, wow! I bought new maternity/nursing bras today because mine were threadbare. 

Bump? It’s a bit bigger but still (I think) reasonable for almost 3 months. Levi handed me the doppler today and asked to hear the baby. His face lights up when we hear the heartbeat. Then he proceeded to use the doppler as a phone to talk to the baby. He said “Hi! What you doing?” Tru says the baby sounds like a choo-choo train. 🙂 I really look forward to them being able to feel baby kick! I look forward to feeling baby move myself. I’ve half-way convinced myself I felt it flutter a few times but probably not really. We do hear it kicking up a storm on the doppler sometimes and then othertimes it must be asleep. 
Cravings/aversions? Craving nothing. Probably getting past the cravings part of pregnancy anyway. Aversions aren’t nearly as bad as they were. 🙂 

My Ob is supposed to be on vacation at 4 weeks since my last appointment so the front desk offered me an appointment at 3 weeks past or 5 weeks past my last appointment. I took the 5 weeks past appointment because I thought I’d be going in for the NT test half-way through the month. When we decided not to do that test, I called to move my appointment to the one 3 weeks past. The front desk girl acted like that was just weird and wouldn’t even check the schedule to see if there was still an opening. She told me I had to talk to the nurse. So I told the nurse that 5 weeks is a long time to go without checking on the baby and she was completely fine with me switching to the 3 weeks out appointment. Not sure why the front desk girl made me feel like I was being stupid. I mean, I have anxiety about pregnancy in general (still) and 5 weeks is longer than usual. What is the big deal? Glad to have that taken care of. My next check up is in 11 more days now. Shew! 

I should have asked at my last appointment, but at my post-pardum check-up with Levi, the NP said I was still dilated. I also think (but not sure) that my cervix may have torn slightly at some point during the delivery. So I’ve been a little uneasy about that since I don’t really know for certain that everything healed properly. I am definitely planning to ask the dr about that at this appointment so I can hopefully put that worry out of my mind. 

I also plan to start working out again (lightly) soon if she thinks that is a good plan. Just enough to keep some good muscle tone. I’m not interested in being a super strong and dedicated gym rat (I admire those pregnant moms who are, but that’s not for me) but maybe a couple days a week on the elliptical with some walking, squats and lunges thrown in there. We’ll see what happens. 

Dear God, thank You for seeing us safely though another week. Please continue to watch over and protect this sweet little baby and keep it safe and healthy in there. Thank You for this beautiful blessing. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

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I thought I’d do a quick post to share some of my favorite baby care items. This is not an affiliate post and all opinions are my own. 🙂 

Sonoline B 3mhz

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Let’s start with my favorite pregnancy related item, my doppler. I bought it on ebay when I was pregnant with Truett. It was around $50. Interestingly, my OB uses the same doppler! I certainly have loved using it and my cousin used it during her pregnancy also. My SIL, 3 of DH’s cousins and 2 of my cousins have all had success hearing their babies on it from about 9 or 10 weeks on. If you’re contemplating getting a doppler, this is the one to have. The only downside is, the heart rate readout is often inaccurate. If I want an exact reading, I just count it out. As always, if you are feeling concerned about the health of your baby, don’t rely on the heartbeat alone. Always tell your Dr your concerns. 

Baby BUM Brush

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Go ahead and laugh now, I almost did. Is that seriously a butt spatula so you don’t have to touch your own baby’s butt? Yes. It is. And after months of using tons of different creams and medicine on Levi’s raw and often yeast infected butt, I was thrilled to have an item that spared me from having to constantly try to dig various creams out from under my finger nails. If your baby is frequently affected by rash, this is an awesome item to have.  I’ve already decided that this is going in my baby shower gift bags from now on! 

Honest Soothing Bottom Wash

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I buy a lot of items from The Honest Co. I like most of their cleaning supplies and personal care items. I decided to try this bottom wash for the boys. You know in the morning when you change that soggy overnight diaper, sometimes it seems that a wetwipe just isn’t really doing the job? Well, this stuff does. I like to use a soft baby washcloth to wipe it off. My boys don’t mind having it sprayed right on their behinds but I’m sure it would be less cold and still work well sprayed onto the washcloth.
I’m going to leave off here for now. What are your favorite baby items? 

How far along? 10 weeks 6 days 

Symptoms? I had 4 good mornings in a row with the nausea. So good in fact, that I even skipped my Zofran 1 day! And then it hit me like a tidal wave and left me laying in bed, calling my sister to come watch the boys. By the next day I felt much better again. I still get fairly nauseous in the evenings and at night, but as long as the mornings are good so I can take care of the boys easier, I’m happy. I think it’s interesting to note that the nausea decreased in the mornings around the same time as I stopped my nightly PIO shots at 9+6. It could be a coincidence but it felt related to me. I’m still on Prometrium 400mg at night and this morning I missed my 200mg morning dose so I think I’ll just be done with that dose now since I’m weaning off anyway and it’s less leakage to take it at night when I’m already in bed. I’m definitely less tired than I was before and requiring less Miralax 😉 and no Colace. Acne is still going strong. Weird pokes and twinges started this week and I can definitely feel my uterus tightening already. I had an irritable uterus with both boys as well and I remember little contractions starting around 10 weeks with Tru too. The boobs are getting much more firm and heavy. (And I never mentioned it but I actually started leaking milk right after I found I was expecting. That seems to have stopped now mostly.) I don’t really want to go without a bra (at home, in the morning, before I shower!) anymore because it’s uncomfortable. I’ve had restless legs for a few weeks but I get restless legs a lot regardless so, who knows. 

Weight? +4 total. 

Cravings/aversions? No cravings at this point. I’ve calmed down on the salads but I’m still snacking on vegis and Ranch dressing. Wouldn’t say I’m craving them though. I do have lots of aversions. Basically, food. Almost every day I eat ravioli because it goes down ok. I’m pretty tired of it now. 

Bump? It’s more round now I think. I also think that it’s getting obvious. Depending on what I wear, I think you can pretty much tell that I’m pregnant and about 4-6 months along. 😉 HAHA! Tru seems pretty intrigued by the idea that the baby is naked in there! 😉 He’s mentioned it a couple times. He flips back and forth between boy and girl predictions but Levi stays pretty solid on it being a girl. 🙂 

Best moment? 2 pregnancy-related best moments this week…. Seeing the baby waving it’s hands and kicking on the ultrasound at my appointment, and hearing it kick several times and move around on the doppler at home. Those loud blips and swoosh noises melted my heart! I thought mayyyyybe I felt baby flutter at 10+4. I was hunched over and my waistband was pressing in on my belly and I felt a little something move real low in my pelvis. On the other hand, could have been something entirely different. It’s still quite early to feel anything…. 

In other news, I need to do some updates on the boys! Lately they are playing outside a ton, riding their tricycles up and down the sidewalk. Levi pushes Tru around the yard in their battery-less Jeep and on the peddle tractor that Tru can’t quite reach the peddles on. It cracks me up because you would think Levi would get tired of pushing Tru around but actually, he enjoys it! Tru will say “Will you push me, Levi?” and Levi is quick to say “Ok!” and push him alllll over the yard. So cute! 

We bought some vegetable plants yesterday and the boys were so cute picking what they want to grow and carrying their plants around. We bought 2 each of yellow, orange, pineapple, and beefsteak tomatoes – all large varieties. The boys didn’t seem to really love the cherry tomatoes too much last year. Tru liked carrying the big ones around like apples and eating those and mass amounts of cucumbers. 😉 We also bought 1 each of cucumbers, watermellons, zucchini and yellow squash. 6 (so far) green pepper plants. 6 rainbow chard and 6 (so far) everbearing strawberry plants. Next year I’ll probably expand the garden but this year I’m keeping it pretty miniscule. I think the boys will enjoy planting and watching things grow. I know they really did last year, especially Tru since he was old enough to “take part” so to speak. 

Well, I’ll leave off now. This is getting long and I’m getting tired. I failed to take my 10 week picture today. If DH comes in before I fall asleep, I may still get it but I’ll post this without for now. 

Dear God, thank You so much for this wonderful week; For the great Dr appointment; For the baby moving around and growing so much; For all the fun we’ve had this week. Please keep Your hand of protection over this baby and our whole family. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

I had my prenatal appointment today with the new OB and I am happy to say that it just could not have gone better! She was so sweet and caring and kept asking me “What can I do for you?” and telling me “If you need anything, just ask us and if it’s something that we think would be a good idea, we’ll do it!” It was such a pleasant thing to have her asking me what I felt comfortable with vs how a lot of drs tend to just tell you what is “best”.

It was also interesting to hear that she delivered one of her children with my previous practice and loves them and knows I had really quality care there. I told her how I had really felt comfortable and happy with my prenatal care there and that it was really just the birthing experience that felt pressured and over-managed. I also told her that, if I need interventions during labor and delivery, I am fine with them. But otherwise, a less hands-on approach would be better. I explained some of the details of my birth with Levi and she was disappointed that I had the hemorrhage that probably could have been avoided and that I’d felt rushed during my labor. This Dr does think I have a very good chance of another successful VBAC. She wants to avoid induction (so do I even though I had a very easy induction) but because of the travel time (about 1.5 hours) to the hospital and the ease of being able to stop Heparin an appropriate amount of time before labor, it’s something she might consider at some point.

Another great positive was that this OB immediately said I should start taking Lovenox and aspirin when she was reviewing my history. I told her that I’m already on it and she was quite happy to hear that. What a change from usually having Drs telling me to stop it once I get to 10+ weeks! She said she wants to get my records from the previous practice and pretty much do everything exactly like they did. Her reasoning was that she doesn’t want to mess with what worked in the past. I went in there fully expecting that I’d have to negotiate and compromise on what monitoring I had, but as it stands now, she doesn’t want to cut anything out. Not even dropping to weekly NSTs vs 2x a week. She appologized for asking me to drive so far so often but really felt better just making sure we don’t miss anything. I never thought I’d be actually asking for LESS monitoring!

The last surprise came when she said she wanted to do a quick ultrasound. I didn’t get pictures but baby was waving it’s arms all around and kicking and just looked great! I could see the hands and fingers and it’s little mouth. ❤ The umbilical cord was pulsing with the heartbeat too which I've never seen before but was really cool! And I'm happy to say that the SCH appears to be gone now! The Dr didn't see any sign of it anymore so I am completely thankful for that. 🙂 My next appointment is in 5 weeks. They asked me if I wanted to come back in 3 weeks or 5, and much to my own surprise, I actually decided to make the appointment for 5 weeks.

I might be having the NT test in the meantime…. I haven't decided for sure yet but I think I might. I didn't with the boys and just felt no need to. It doesn't change a thing with how we feel about baby!! I guess I have to decide soon if I'm going to do it or not as it's usually done around 12 weeks.

At any rate, I'm so happy that things went well today and that we clicked so well. 🙂

How far along? 9 weeks 5 days (4-21-17)
Symptoms? I’ve had both good and bad days this week with the nausea. My best time is still in the morning most days. Which seems silly because it’s called “morning” sickness, after all. 😉 I gradually feel worse as the day progresses and by bedtime, I’m ready to fall asleep to get some relief. Some nights I feel sick throughout the night but not always. I know I followed this pattern with both of the boys but to a lesser extent. I’m having some minor breast tenderness again. It seems that they are growing some more. Fine by me! 😉 Still pretty emotional – I can cry about practically anything – happy, sad, totally neutral, it makes no difference. The acne is way out of hand! Enjoyng my second go at my teenager face. HA! Still a bit more tired than usual. I think that’s pretty much it for this week. 


Weight? After freaking out last week about being up 4 pounds for the pregnancy, this week I was surprised to see that I actually lost 2 pounds so I’m +2 at 137lbs. That feels better for how far along I am. 

Bump? I think it looks smaller this week. Probably in part because of the Miralax finally working. 😉 Haha. TMI, sorry. I gave up on my regular jeans around 7 weeks because I just really don’t like that tight feeling on my belly. But the maternity capris I pulled out are still way too big although I’ve worn them a couple times with a band around then to keep them up. Otherwise, I’m enjoying the looseness of maxi skirts. 🙂 

Sleep? Not as good as it was. I’m tossing and turning alot and having so many weird dreams. I have been taking a nap during the day when I get the chance. 

Cravings/aversions? This week I only want to eat salad. At first it HAD to have Italian dressing. Now it HAS to have Ranch. I’m not even sure I want the salad as much as the dressing, although the crunch is really satisfying. I could go for a Coke Freeze anytime! That’s about it. All else is gross. 

Gender? Everyone is still enjoying specualting. It’s funny how pretty much EVERYONE is sure it’s a girl. Some people have flat out told me they are praying it’s a girl! I am being 100% honest when I tell you that I really do not have a prefence. We do have a girl name picked out (for 9 years now!) but nothing so far for a boy. But if we have a boy, we have absolutely everything we need. (Clothes, toys etc.) It just really doesn’t matter to me. My boys are great and I enjoy being their mom. I can’t imagine it being better or worse to parent a girl…. though I think it’d be really fun to have a daughter. 

My appointment with the new OB is in 3 days. I am nervous but also excited to see how we get along. I decided to write down a list of what I usually have vs what I would probably feel comfortable with as far as monitoring goes. I plan to ask her if we can work something out along those lines. I figure that if the MFM practice thought it was necessary, then we really should keep at least most of it. Not to mention, I just know myself and I would feel totally out of the loop and anxious. Here’s the list… After 12 weeks, I usually have: 

  • Anatomy ultrasound at 20 weeks w/ cervical length 
  • Growth ultrasound every 4 weeks until birth 
  • NSTs twice weekly after 32 weeks 
  • Weekly AFI after 32 weeks 
  • Bi-weekly BPP after 32 weeks 

Here’s what I think I would feel comfortable with: 

  • Obviously they would still do anatomy ultrasound at 20 weeks but I also want the cervical length, mostly because of the damage that Levi’s birth could have caused and I’ve never had a super long cervix. 
  • Growth ultrasound every 4 weeks. I really don’t think I could see myself being comfortable without this. 
  • NSTs once a week after 34 weeks. I figure that weekly appointments start around that time anyway. We might as well do an NST. I can’t imagine being comfortable with no NSTs at all. 
  • Bi-weekly BPP. I figure with this, I won’t be too concerned about AFIs, mostly because they proved highly inaccurate with Levi, although neccessary with Tru. 

My guess is the OB is going to think I’m crazy, but I’m ok with that. She will have to understand that I have had way extreme babying during my previous pregnancies and that is simply what I’m used to/comfortable with and it’s really not that excessive….. is it? If all else fails, I already scheduled an intake appointment with my old practice AND made sure that the Dr who was my primary before (the one who delivered Levi) will no longer be my primary and I don’t ever have to have an appointment with her. So that’s all taken care of. 🙂 

Dear God, thank You for another week of pregnancy with this sweet little baby. Please continue to watch over and sustain it’s life according to Your will. Please help things to continue to go smoothly. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

Haha! That acne is cracking me up!

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Have you ever stopped to notice how pretty dandelions are? I hadn’t until the other day. So vibrant! And also, so tasty! I’ve already fixed them 3 times this spring. Yum! 🙂

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I bought this beautiful Easter Lily the day after Easter on markdown. I hope it comes back next year! I love my lilies. And incidentally, we had a great Easter but I never got around to posting about it. Oops!

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How far along? 8 weeks 6 days 

How big is baby? At 8+1, baby measured 22.35mm on ultrasound, which is almost an inch. 🙂 

Symptoms? I’ve had a few days that were better this week as far as nausea goes. Staying outside is still the best remedy I’ve found so far. Outside, sometimes I feel almost completely normal. I even crawled around my flower beds and weeded and trimmed bushes yesterday and I felt great! I think the house just has too many smells. I’m usually only taking 4mg of Zofran once a day and doxylamine at night. Putting a little lemon juice in my water helps me drink more. My boobs seem to have stabilized at their current size now (maybe a half size bigger) and I’m not having nip tenderness anymore. I’ve had some days where I’m really exhausted. Like today, I could hardly stay awake. But I’ve been less tired overall and I think I only took one nap this week. 😉 Still very emotional. I bawled, as in sobbed, while watching Storks earlier this week…. Seriously. Still taking my combo of Miralax at least once and Colace x3 each day. It helps sometimes… I think that’s it for the symptoms. 

Weight? Yeah. What about it? I’m struggling right now. I think I’ve already gained around 4 pounds. That hurts because I’m so early still to already have gained so much. But given how puffy my face, feet and calves are, I think I’m retaining water for some reason. We have had a couple really warm days and I tend to swell pretty easy in pregnancy. Anyway, I have been reevaluating my diet and I really haven’t been eating bad. In fact, there isn’t much I can stomach so I haven’t had much chance to over-indulge. I ate like a whole bag of salad the other night over the course of the evening for snacks. I just used a little dressing too. Not all dressed up with bacon bits and cheese or anything. So really, I’m just going to have to not worry right now. I know I’m doing what I can to not gain a ton. 

Bump? I think that it is becoming obvious that I’m expecting. It’s rounding out at the bottom more and more. I keep feeling little gas bubbles down low and wondering how I’ll distinguish between those and the baby. I’m really looking forward to feeling movement! I usually check on the baby with the doppler once a day if I get a chance. I love that beautiful little galloping beat. 🙂 

Cravings/aversions? Most cravings are really quick to pass and not fullfilling when I get them. I could still settle for a Coca-cola freeze most days (although I’ve only had 3), but I don’t want pop by itself at all. Most stuff sounds gross still but I can usually get things down if I nibble at them slowly.
 

Dear God, please continue to watch over this sweet baby and help it keep growing well and healthy and strong. Thank You for this opportunity to grow another precious baby. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

8 weeks 6 days – water logged, lost my colored chalk for my board, and wet hair…. wow….

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Well, I wrote an update at 3 weeks 4 days and 4 weeks 6 days and they just POOF, disappeared. That’s a bit disappointing. But anyway. My most notable symptoms from 3 weeks were: queasiness, hunger but not much appetite, metalic taste in mouth and excess spit, very emotional and crying over every. little. thing., occassional cramps, dia, dry cotton mouth feeling, bloated, heartburn, acne, and peeing alot. 

How far along? 4 weeks 6 days 

Symptoms? Pressure and fullness in my low pelvic area, feeling hungry quite often but sometimes feeling a little gaggy while eating. Not really any nausea this week to speak of unless I let myself get way top hungry. Some crampiness from time to time and pinchy pains in my ovaries. Low backache started yesterday which I saw on my updates with Levi around this same time. Usually running to the bathroom morning and evening quite urgently with some sort of dia. Also remember this with Levi as well. The ladies are feeling heavier and fuller, though that’s not neccessarily reflected in the way they look. Still having a bit of a breakout on my face. Not much else besides that. Feeling quite good really. 🙂 

Sleep? I am definitely sleeping better than I had been before I got pregnant. And also waking earlier. I feel more full of energy than usual, which seems odd, but I have fallen asleep several times when both boys were napping. 

Weight? I’m not sure what exactly I weighed at the beginning of the month. My weight has fluctuated a lot the last couple years. Most recently I’ve been around 133-139. So I’ll say 135 just to make it easy since I think I was around that when I found out. 😉 All that to say, down 1 pound this week and last. 

Bump? This morning I noticed that familiar little pooch I always get right above my pubic bone. I didn’t have that till quite a bit later with Tru! Seems crazy to already see that little bump popping up. 

Cravings/Aversions? I started craving cooked green vegetables before I even had my positive test. In fact, that is one thing that made me suspicious. I am especially enjoying sauteed asperagus, and spinache and kale with bacon. To balance out the healthy cravings, I have also had Taco Bell a couple times. As per my cravings every pregnancy. What do they put in it? 

Tru and Levi have been very interested in the concept of their being a baby in Mommy’s belly. They have enjoyed looking at pictures and Youtube videos of unborn babies. So sweet how excited they are! They are also mostly holding strong to their predictions of baby being a girl. 

Dear God, thank You for this beautiful blessing, coming at such a sweet time. Thank You for all of Your blessings on us. Please continue to bless and protect this pregnancy according to Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

5 Weeks

Nausea has been the headline event this week. I didn’t have morning sickness this early with the boys aside from an occassional queasy moment. This type of sick started closer to 7 weeks with them. This time, it was scattered queasiness before 5 weeks, but the day I hit 5 weeks was just constant sickness. It feels something like being extremely carsick and trying to hold back the gag reflex many many times per day. Understand, I’m not complaining. Simply stating how I feel. So Sunday through Thursday were constant queasy to very nauseated days. Thursday I tried taking what had helped me with Levi (when I finally tried it after weeks of intense misery). Off brand Unisom Sleep Tabs. The ones with doxylamine succinate. I took that along with a Homocystex Plus (the methylated b-complex I take since MTHFR prevents my body from absorbing other forms of b vitamins). Anyway, I felt better right away… But I also fell asleep on the couch and was very tired for several hours. Obviously. Then Friday I woke up feeling completely normal. I contemplated freaking out but I remember this happening with Tru a lot. So I just tried to enjoy my shower without feeling sick and ate without trying not to gag and then I cleaned my bedroom and closet and got summer clothes out for the boys and got rid of an old chest and other junk. It was a productive day! My SIL had us over for pizza for our 3 birthdays this month (I’m almost 28, ya’ll!) and once I ate supper, I felt a little sick. This morning, Saturday, I’ve been back to being sick again.

Sorry for that long-winded, run-on paragraph about my tummy. Despite all that, this week flew by! As everyone continues to speculate on how many babies are in there, I am definitely counting down the days until our ultrasound (6 …. 5 if you don’t count the day of, since it’s in the morning 😉 ) On the one hand, we have no reason to suspect multiples on an unmedicated, natural cycle. But then, the 2 follicles we saw on ultrasound, the high and fast doubling betas and the early onset of morning sickness have my family all voting twins. I have no idea really. I keep trying to see if I have a gut feeling about it. I really just don’t yet. But I will say that everywhere I turn, stuff keeps popping up about twins. And I saw a family at the grocery store pushing a stoller with TRIPLETS! Haha. I’ll be happy either way. 🙂 

How far along? 5 weeks 6 days 

How big is baby? They boys have really enjoyed me showing them pictures of what the baby looks like now. I gave them each a dry lentil to hold today because that’s how big baby is supposed to be tomorrow at 6 weeks. They thought that was great. I am a bit confused though. At 5 weeks baby was supposed to be the size of an apple seed. Maybe I just see weird apples because all the apple seeds I’ve ever seen were clearly bigger than a lentil. ??? 

Symptoms? Some of the pressure and fullness in my low abdomen that I felt last week is starting to come back again. From right around the time I found out I was pregnant until midway through this week, I’ve been running to the bathroom morning and evening with “The Dia”. But halfway through this week, all that stopped…. Long enough that I gained back the 2 pounds I lost. I am feeling a little more tired this week with some lightheadedness when I stand up. And of course, the aforementioned nausea. 

Weight +/-? 0 

Bump? I definitely feel a firm bump just above my pubic bone. I really don’t remember feeling that so soon with the boys. This evening, DH remarked that he can see a bump at the bottom of my belly. It’s definitely noticable to me, especially when I look down in the shower. The rest of my belly seems to have shrunk but that little spot has a lump under it. I’ve already had to open the button on my pants when I’m sitting because it is very uncomfortable. So funny to have this happening so early. 

Cravings/aversions? There is very little I can stand the thought of right now. Granny smith apples, potatoes of any sort, and pickled eggs are about all I can even think about. Occasionally, noodles sound ok. Everything else = gag. I made a special stop at the store this week to look for edible food but I failed. 

I’m still taking my PIO shots. And giving them to myself, I might add. I had with Levi a few times but it’s so hard to reach back there to my butt cheeks. But, it is possible with great acts of contorsion! I’m also taking Prometrium, 1 pill morning and 2 at night. I’m also on Lovenox of course and have been since ovulation. Baby aspirin (always), Macrodantin (UTI suppression), B-complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Vitamin E. I do need to ask my dr about the Vitamin E though because I don’t want to overdo it with the blood thinners. 😉 

Dear God, thank You for this week and for the reassuring beta and progesterone check. Thank You for the morning sickness as I am hoping that means the baby is healthy in there. Thank You for all the blessings that You have poured out on us this week. Please continue to watch over and sustain this baby according to Your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
7 Weeks 

I am sitting on my porch, enjoying the sunshine. On a yoga ball. Wrapped in a queen size comforter. I’m sure I look like a sight! But the thing is, I feel less sick outside. So I’ve been outside almost the whole day. It’s breezy and cool but nice. The house has smells. Smells everywhere! And it makes me sick. So today we let our pig out of his pen to run around and eat grass. He loved it! We ran errands and now DH is mowing the yard for the first time this year. It’s so green and beautiful and so nice to finally enjoy being outside again after the winter. 

I didn’t do a 6 week update. Mostly because it would have been really short and read “I’m sick with a cold and morning sickness. I have 2 blisters in my mouth, a sore throat and I’m constipated up to my eyeballs (TMI – you’re welcome).” But I thought I’d spare you that update. So, you’re welcome. 😉 

Thankfully, the combination of Doxylamine Succinate at night and Zofran a half hour or so before I get out of bed, has finally helped me make some progress toward feeling somewhat normal and being able to function. Sometimes I have to take Zofran again in the evening because I feel worse in the evenings. But if I can get by without it, I try not to take it. I felt like I hit a wall last week but thankfully, things are looking up now that I have more coping tools. Taking meds is not ideal at all but I am thankful for the option when needed. I have been breaking my 8mg Zofran pills in half, which is usually enough, for now. I really don’t like to keep talking about this aspect of pregnancy though because, even though it has been rough, it’s really not a big deal in the scheme of things. It’s just for a short time. Plus, we’ve had lots of company with my family stopping in to help with the boys and such. That’s been fun for the kids and good for me too on days I don’t feel like leaving the house. 

So, anyhow…. Onto the Q&A’s. 

How far along? 7 weeks 6 days 

Symptoms? Well, this is TMI but… a daily routine of Miralax, 3 Colace, lots of granny smith apples, and probiotics has finally gotten me feeling alot better. I think the combo of Zofran and PIO is the main source of my issues rather than the pregnancy itself. Aside from that, I have some pain in my side from time to time. No idea if that’s pregnancy related or just me. I’m pretty tired by 8-9pm and have taken a few naps here and there when I’ve had time. My sniffer is on-par with our beagle’s nose’s capabilities. I have lots and lots of acne (gross!!). More tired than usual and rather emotional. And…. That’s about it! 

Sleep? I’ve slept pretty well lately, weird and vivid dreams aside. Probably thanks in part to the Unisom everynight. I do get up to pee several times and I REALLY have to go. I actually fell back to sleep on the toilet. Embarrassing and sad but, true. HAHA! 

Weight? I think I’m up by 1.5lbs. But that’s well within my normal weight flucuations so it may come and go. 136.5 

Bump? It’s definitely more pronounced and rounded at the bottom of my tummy but I don’t think it looks much different with my clothes on. My jeans don’t feel comfortable at all and I’m much more happy in loose fitting items. 

Cravings/aversions? I think that eating beans actually helps my morning sickness and I noticed that when I was pregnant with the boys too. I was reading a blog the other day and that lady said the same thing. Maybe there’s something to it? All I know is, I made a big crockpot of soup beans with bacon in them and I’ve been snacking on them every day. Aside from that, I HAD to have a coca-cola freeze today so we went to 2 gas stations to get one. And I HAD to have nachos, but they were gross. And I had been thinking about a soft pretzel for a whole week but it was gross too. I haven’t really CRAVED anything, but sweetened puffed wheat cereal hit the spot every morning for breakfast this week and I usually don’t like cereal. Everything else is NASTY and I don’t want anything to do with food. 

Best Moment? I found the baby on the doppler at 7 weeks 2 days! Incredible! I didn’t have my doppler that early with Tru but I found him at 8+5 and I tried earlier with Levi but didn’t find him till 8+1. I thought I’d try it this time because the baby was measuring so far ahead. It only took like, a minute! I think it was around 150-160 bpm. I wanted to post the audio clip but I can’t figure out how to share it on here. Anyway, yeah, best moment. 🙂 It makes it feel so much more real and I feel like it’s really bonding. 

Next ultrasound is in 2 days, Lord willing. I really hope the SCH will have absorbed by then. I’ve been trying not to do much lifting etc. I haven’t used the elliptical since the day before my last ultrasound. If it all looks well, I hope to start using it again, gently, of course. I did a terrible job at staying fit with the boys! Although, with Levi I was on couch rest for months due to previa, so there was nothing I could do about that. But if I can do better this time, that would be nice. 

The boys are still talking about the baby a lot. They are aware of it often. Like Tru always saying “Don’t sit on the baby, Levi!” when Levi climbs in my lap. And they still love to watch youtube videos on the developement each week. It’s pretty sweet. I showed them a profile picture of an 8 week baby yesterday and Tru was asking me if it only had one eye! They like to speculate on whether it’s a boy or girl. Tru says boy but Levi is still adamant that it’s a girl. 😉 

Dear God, thank You for Your grace this week. Thank You for the gift of hearing the baby on the doppler. Please continue to watch over the baby and all of us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

3 weeks 4 days

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4 weeks 6 days

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5 weeks 6 days – it’s funny how you can see the nausea progress along with the bump.

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6 weeks 6 days and no stomach for applying makeup

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7 weeks 6 days and a shampoo crisis lol

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A face I’m sure you’ve missed 😀

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