Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bump Day ~ 20 Weeks

How far along? 20 weeks!  Baby is the size of banana and weighed about 12 ounces at our ultrasound.  Almost a pound!

Weight gain/loss: So I cut out the misc snacking and crap eating and lost 2 lbs this week.  Funny how that works.

Maternity Clothes? I'm hoping summer stuff starts going on clearance, wouldn't mind picking up a pair of shorts, especially considering shorts season around here can often go into October.  Love those indian summers!

Sleep: No complaints here.

Stretch marks: Same ole, same ole.

Best moment this week: Seeing our perfect, beautiful, healthy baby!  Seriously nothing can top that.

Movement: Baby has been more and more active in there!  Still no outside movement, but I found out I have an anterior placenta so it may be a bit longer this time around.

Food cravings: Not much this week, or at least not much I indulged in.  Trying to remember pregnancy is not a free pass!

Gender: Don't mess with mama's intuition!  We're having a GIRL!

Labor Signs: No thanks, not for about 19 more weeks please.

What I Miss: Just enjoying this part of pregnancy!

What I'm looking forward to:  At the moment I'm still living on the high from our big news this week!

Weekly Wisdom: Start the name game as soon as possible.  It may take 20 more weeks to convince your husband your name of choice is the only obvious choice.

Milestones: Half Baked!  Officially have more behind me than ahead of me, though December still seems ridiculously far away!

Big Brother: So I told him we were having a girl and his first reaction was to cry and pout because he wanted a brother.  You know.  The same kid who's been telling me for weeks we're having a girl and that all he wants is a sister.   Kids are weird.  Luckily he recovered quickly and now he's pretty excited!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bowties or Bows? What will it be? Nobody knows!

Tomorrow's the BIG day so I went ahead and compiled a list of all the Old Wives Tales to see where we fall.  So far girl has a pretty big lead!  Get your vote in now!

Is baby's heartbeat above or below 140? Above ~ Girl
Do you crave sweet or salty? Sweet~ Girl
Do you sleep on your right or left? Right ~ Girl
Did you have morning sickness? Yes ~ Girl
Are you moody or happy? Moody ~ Girl
Is your skin clear or breaking out? Clear ~ Boy
Are you carrying high or low? Low ~ Boy
Chinese Calendar ~ Girl
Mayan Calendar ~ Girl
Did you have more headaches? No ~ Boy
Ring test, circular motion or to and fro?  To & Fro ~ Boy

Mama's Intuition ~ Girl
Dad's Intuition ~ Girl
Big Brother ~ Girl


Monday, July 14, 2014

Bump Day ~ 19 weeks

How far along? 19 weeks, baby's a mango!

Weight gain/loss: Well let's just say it's more than 5 now.  I think I need to tighten the reigns on the mindless snacking if I want to avoid gaining 50 lbs.

Maternity Clothes? Nothing new here.  I'm already dreading having to buy maternity jeans come fall so for now I'm going to enjoy the world of flowy dresses and maxi skirts.

Sleep: Great, the dreams are a little crazy though.

Stretch marks: Same ole, same ole.

Best moment this week: Hearing the heartbeat, a strong 140!  Baby still tried to hide from the doppler, but after some searching we were finally able to pick it up for the first time!

Movement: I'm feeling something everyday now, mainly just rolls and flips but a few good jabs once or twice!

Food cravings: I ate the same chicken sandwich two days in a row from a local pub.  It was pretty amazing.  Two words, bacon + pretzel bun.  Ok, maybe that was three.

Gender: Friday is the BIG day and I can't wait!!  I'm putting my final vote in for GIRL!  In fact I told the husband I will be legitimately surprised if they say boy.

Labor Signs: Just some round ligament pains.  OUCH!  Especially if I try to get up too fast!

What I Miss: Nada.  A beer would have gone great with that sandwich though.

What I'm looking forward to:  Finding out who's in there!  The name debate as begun.  In typical fashion we can't agree.  We have pretty much settled on a girl first name though, so that's a start right!?

Weekly Wisdom:  When you eat pretty much everything in sight you can't really be surprised by the number on the scale.

Milestones: I started compiling a list of all the things we need.  Good news?  It's a pretty short list!

Big Brother: Well for the first time since March he's wavering on his girl vote.  Mainly because our good friends came in town for a visit and now he wants a baby brother just like his friend Isla.  Didn't take much to sway his choice.  


Monday, July 7, 2014

Bump Day ~ 18 weeks

How far along? 18 weeks ~ Happy 4th of July!  Baby is the size of a sweet potato.

Weight gain/loss: Up 5 lbs as of my last appt....we'll reassess the damage this week!

Maternity Clothes? I feel like I wear the same rotation of pre-pregnancy bottoms and tanks.....but as long as I haven't had to invest in much maternity stuff, I'm ok with it!

Sleep: Good.  I'm not passing out at 8 anymore, but I'm still pretty tired by the end of the day.  And the heat really wipes me out!  Thankfully we had a cool spell this past week!

Stretch marks: Nothing new, lathered on the Palmer's a few times this week though to help with the itching.

Best moment this week: Three day weekend for the holiday.  I'm spoiled and have a 3 day weekend every week, but having the husband home that extra day really made the weekend seem longer!

Movement: Still just flutters and flips/rolls.  Nothing really consistent yet, but pretty much every day at least once.

Food cravings: Nothing in particular, still the wicked sweet tooth.

Gender: Less than two weeks till we know!  My intuition still thinks girl, but my heart is leaning towards boy...not because I wouldn't be over the moon excited about a girl, but I'm a boy mom, it's all I know, I feel like I wouldn't know what to do with a girl, which I know is irrationally silly.

Labor Signs: Nope.  Had a few sharp cramps this week which I'm guessing are round ligament pains.

What I Miss: Nothing, I'm really enjoying this part of pregnancy and I'm trying to soak it in.  I hope it's not my last pregnancy, but you never know, time is really starting to fly now and I feel like December will be here before I know it!

What I'm looking forward to:  My appt Friday.  This is the longest I've gone since finding out I was pregnant and I'm dying for a little reassurance and to hear the heartbeat!

Weekly Wisdom:  Don't look at old skinny pictures of yourself when you currently feel like a whale.  At least come December they'll serve as some kick ass motivation!

Milestones: Not much pregnancy related going on these days, but my tomato plant finally has some itty bitty baby maters on it, so I'm pretty stoked about that!  My first tomato!

Big Brother: Today while browsing H&M and he brought me a pair of Hello Kitty shoes for the baby, who he's still convinced it a girl. I did ask what his name ideas were for a boy and he said Johnny Carstar.  So at least he's consistent.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Bump Day ~ 17 weeks

How far along? 17 weeks

Weight gain/loss: 5 lbs as of my last appt....3 weeks ago.  I have a sneaking suspicion it's more than that now.

Maternity Clothes? Scrubs and capris.  Thank god for maxi skirts and drawstring linen shorts.

Sleep: Good, no complaints here.

Stretch marks: As long as I get out of this without my stomach looking like a tiger clawed me to shreds I'll be happy.

Best moment this week: I went to the store today.  When I came home, my husband had vacuumed.  This happens like, never, so it pretty much made my day.

Movement: Yes, I'm finally admitting all those flutters I've been feeling are baby, I even felt a tiny little jab the other day.  I forgot just how cool it is.

Food cravings: I've had a love affair with peanut butter M&Ms this week.  Why can't I be one of those pregnant ladies who craves fruit??

Gender: The appt is set!  We find out July 18th!

Labor Signs: Nope.

What I Miss: Walking up a hill without feeling winded.  I took Jamie to the pool today and by the time I lugged him and the wagon up the hill I thought I might die.

What I'm looking forward to:  Finding out of it's a boy or girl!  Three weeks seems so far away!!

Weekly Wisdom:  When you eat like garbage, you feel like garbage.  Step away from the M&Ms and no body gets hurt.

Milestones: I had my hair done for the first time in 7 months.  Does that count?  At this rate the next I step foot into a salon I'll have a baby!

Big Brother: Baby name of the week, Winty Carstar.  They just keep getting better and better.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Bump Day ~ 16 weeks

How far along? 16 weeks.  Which means baby is the size of an avocado.  Last week it was an orange.  I feel like that's a downgrade, an orange seems bigger to me.

Weight gain/loss: 5 lbs as of my last appt.

Maternity Clothes?  Broke down and busted out the maternity scrubs this week.  Wednesday after squeezing myself into my regular ones I decided it was dumb to be miserable all day when I had another option, even if the tops are still ridiculously big.  Who cares.  I was comfortable.

Sleep: I slept almost a solid 12 hours last night.  Enough said.  It was glorious!

Stretch marks: Still nothing new, still itchy.

Best moment this week: I had Tuesday off so I sent Jamie to school and binge watched the second season of Orange is the New Black.

Movement: Felt a few more convincing flutters this week, but still not sure enough to call it.

Food cravings: Bologna  and cheese sandwiches, and it has to be on a hamburger bun.  With Jamie I craved hot dogs, so apparently my children like crappy lunch meat products.

Gender: Intuition still thinks girl, but I won't be surprised if it's a boy.

Labor Signs: Nope.

Belly Button in or out? In.  It never popped with Jamie.  I doubt it will this time.  I think this question needs to go.

What I Miss: Drinks.  Went out with some friends Friday night, sat out on the patio, a pint of beer would have been far more satisfying than my water.  I might have had small samples of everyone else's, you know, quality control.

What I'm looking forward to:  Some full on baby movement!  Now that most of my first tri symptoms have faded away I'm in that weird "Is anything even still in there??" phase.  A little verification would be nice.

Weekly Wisdom:  Jalapeno poppers always sound like a great idea....until the next day.

Milestones: When patients at work as if I have any kids I finally feel comfortable enough to say "Yep, one plus one on the way!"  That's a big step for my pregnant after a loss brain.

Big Brother: Still convinced baby is a girl.  I mentioned baby could be a boy and he just laughed and said "no way mom, it's a sister, duh!"  Also had a few more doozy name suggestions, I need to write them down because I always forget them. He also said out of the blue last week that he and the baby are going to be best buddies and he will even share his toys with her.  Then I died.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Bump Day ~ 15 Weeks

How far along? 15 weeks.  Anyone else feel like I've been pregnant forever?  No?  Just me.....ok then.

Weight gain/loss: As of my appt last week I'm up just shy of 5 lbs.

Maternity Clothes?  Just the one pair of capris, everything else has an elastic waist or drawstring so I'm still getting by.

Sleep: Pretty decent.  The middle of the night potty breaks have diminished some so I'm enjoying that while it lasts.  Been having some pretty crazy dreams too.

Stretch marks: Nothing new, I've noticed my stomach is itchy sometimes though, so I probably need to start greasing myself up.

Best moment this week: The nausea finally seems to be subsiding!

Movement: Eh.  Maybe a flutter here and there, but I'm not 100% sure.  Hoping soon!

Food cravings: My sweet tooth this week has been out of control!

Gender: Kinda still leaning towards girl, but starting to think maybe boy?  I've had two dreams now, once it was a girl, once it was a boy, so no help there.

Labor Signs: No, but I've definitely had more cramping this time.  My OB said this is common with second plus pregnancies, which seems backwards to me.  You'd think since I've been there, done that, there would be less stretching to do, but who am I.

Belly Button in or out? In.  Very in.

What I Miss: Feeling confident with my body.  All these changes are having more of an effect on me than I expected.  The weight I put on before I even got pregnant probably didn't help this issue.

What I'm looking forward to:  A bump!  I was really hoping starting at a lower weight I'd pop a bit sooner, but not the case.  In fact the bloat bump has gone down, so it's actually a bit smaller than it was.  

Weekly Wisdom:  When your husband asks if you can stay awake long enough to watch a show, just say no.  Otherwise you'll likely fall asleep 5 minutes in and then have no clue what's going on when you try to watch the next episode.

Milestones: I was spotting free for two weeks!  The longest stretch since it started around 8 weeks.  Had a very mild stint on Saturday, but thankfully only once.  To say I'm over all that would be the understatement of the century!

Big Brother: He's pretty dead set the baby is girl, a girl he would like to name Sir Flap-in-plank.  So there's that.  I'm feeling a little mom guilt lately, my patience with him has been very thin.  I feel like I yell a lot more and spend less time with him.  Really trying to be better and I'm hoping when I get some energy back a better attitude comes with it!

Well folks we've finally made it to present day with the bump-dates and can now resume with regular, perhaps even non pregnancy related, programming.  Thanks for bearing with me!