Virginia - I agree with the last poster on your DYSAL thread - they tell you yes or no, not HOW pregnant you are. Trust me, I know how freaking difficult that is to hear when you expect to see a practically black line! I say, take a break from the HPT's! When is your bloodwork and u/s? I'm sure it's super worrisome after a loss, but hang tight! Lots of sticky vibes!
Lauren - I hope your cough goes away! Did the Robitussin help at all? I know what you mean about trying everything for weeks on end, only to end up having to take crap anyhow. I was sick for about 3 weeks when I was around 26 weeks pregnant with Sam, and refused to take any meds for it. I finally had to call the doc I was so miserable, and I got put on antibiotics! So yeah, a lot of good it did me avoid meds. ;) I hope it clears up for you soon before baby arrives! Can't believe he will be here SOON!!!!
Mary - For real girl, how are you already almost halfway there?! Geez! It always goes slow when it's your own, but so fast when it's someone else, right?! Sorry about the stomach bug. How are you feeling today?
Ash - Are you team green? I think you and DH are having a bit of a clash over that, right? Haha. Two of my friends were the same way! Both of their DH's found out the gender, but kept them secret! Well, one of them did. The other one told MY DH, so I knew she was having a girl all along. ;) I'm excited for you! Do you have a feeling one way or another?
Molly - Hi! :D
Amanda - Sorry for all the insane crap! I think I would have exploded by now! :lol:
I think that's everyone, right?!
AFM - Busy, busy! But definitely settling into life! Sam is doing awesome! He is seriously so funny! He talks NONSTOP! It's funny, considering Owen was such a shy, quiet baby. Sam is super outgoing and loves everyone and talks all the time. And he's soooo laid back. It's just so funny to see the differences! I can't believe he's going to be six months old the day after Christmas! It's so crazy. He's sitting up pretty well on his own now, and I feel like he's *thinking* about crawling! He gets up pretty high on his hands, and spins around and rolls a lot, but hasn't tried to get up on his knees yet. But I feel like it's coming! I can't imagine having TWO mobile children. Aaaaaaah. How do you all do it?! ;)
Owen is doing awesome, too! He's talking up a storm now (been in speech therapy for articulation for about 3 months now), and it's insane. I also can't believe I'm starting to plan his THIRD birthday! I actually just ordered his invitations last night! We're doing a superhero theme since his latest kick has been Batman and Spiderman. ;) I like to get a jumpstart with his birthday planning since the holidays usually interrupt things and then I'm scrambling to get things out in January! So yeah, can't believe I'm doing that.
Other than that, not a whole lot! Photography business is going well. Slowly getting back into the swing of things! I'm doing another wedding in July, so that is going to be craziness. But other than that, same old same old! :)
ETA: Just a few pics. ;)
Virginia - I posted on your DYSAL thread. Sorry the tests are messing with your brain. Well, I've BTDT... It's the m/c messing with your brain more than the tests. It's SO hard not to freak out. The second post-m/c pregnancy is slightly easier than the first, but not much. I was still a big, big freak in the beginning of this one. Actually, I still have my freak-out moments even now that I feel the baby move regularly. Hang in there... It shouldn't be too long until your betas and u/s.
Jen - Glad things are going well. It's funny, my DS2 is my laid-back one also, haha. He's always been a cuddly little lover. :)
AFM - We had a pretty productive day. We FINALLY went for Sean's blood draw for his allergy tests (his appointment was back in August and we just now went for the blood work she ordered, oops!)... They're just testing to see how strongly he reacts to peanut, milk, and egg whites (they don't test that for the yolks for some reason). We already know he's allergic and we already avoid the stuff, so I wasn't in a huge hurry. I guess I could hold out some hope that they'll tell me he's outgrown something, but I highly doubt it.
Then we went out to eat and went to the grocery store where we spent freaking 400 bucks. OMG! Our pantry and freezer are FULL though, so we should only have to go back for the essentials here and there for a while, hahaha. I shouldn't be allowed to grocery shop while pregnant!
ETA: I need to rant. My DH is being an a-hole lately. I don't know WTF is up. We came home from the grocery store and I single-handedly put away all that freaking food we bought, organized the pantry, stood in the kitchen cooking dinner for a long time... And when I finally got to sit and Peanut relaxed on my lap, Calvin got ahold of DH's cell phone. And DH looked up from his freaking video game for the first time in ages and said, "You better get it from him." :WTF: I'm ready to punch him in the face.
Thanks for the reassurance, but I'm not sure it'll help. I got a FRER, figuring the ICs were probably just crap. With every other pregnancy, including the m/c, I had a test line way darker than the control by now. Today it's way lighter. I'm not giving up hope because I felt terrible this morning. I guess I could just have lower HCG this time for some reason. But... I'm not expecting great news from the betas (Monday + Wednesday). I know what's normal for me and this isn't normal. I'll probably be stepping away from the tests for a while because they're not going to tell me anything more than they already have.
Virginia - I'm sorry the tests aren't as dark as you'd like, it's probably a good idea not to test anymore. I only allowed myself two tests and just tried not to think about it, though I know that's easier said than done... I'm glad Oliver's test came back normal!
Mary - sorry your DH is being a butt. Wow that's a lot to spend on groceries! I'm sure you guys are set for a long time!
Jen - so great to hear from you! Glad the kiddos are doing well and Owens speech is getting better!
Ash - hopefully you'll be able to change your dh's mind before the us! Good luck, heh.
AFM - well the robitussan was a bust. I took one dose and quickly realized that the active ingredient in it is the ingredient in DayQuil that I can't take. It's always made me freak out, get super shaky, clench my jaw, and just feel like crap. I havent taken DayQuil in years because of it. Well that happened to me after taking the robitussan! So I looked it up and realized they both had that same cough expectorant. Awesome. So I spent hours feeling that way, figuring I was hurting the baby or something, but it finally went away after chugging insane amounts of water. Ugh. So no relief for me! Baby is fine, btw, though I nearly jumped in the car to make a doctor check me out! DH told me I was being an idiot and wouldn't let me. Anyway, so my cough is still awful and I guess I just get to deal with it. I don't understand why it isn't getting better!
Virginia - Holding out hope for you... (((hugs)))
Lauren - That's crazy. I've never had anyone have that reaction with the expectorant. You're a first for me! haha... Sorry about no relief for the ccough, though.. :(
AFM - Just sad and disgusted over the school shooting today. Wish I could just keep the LO's small and keep them at home forever. I just hate it when things like that happen. Can't imagine how those families must feel... And at this time of year, they probably have Christmas presents that will never be opened, stockings hung with their LOs' names on them.. Constant reminders of what should be a happy time, but instead it's just devastation. Ughhhh... Makes me feel ill. :(
Lauren: glad to hear that worked out for someone. Everyone tells me it's a bad idea but then I hear so many stories where I it seems to work for some people so we're still definitely considering it. He says he definitely won't get on board with waiting so at this point it is either just he knows or both of us know. We have a month to decide still. I feel pretty strongly that it's a boy (not that my intuition has a good track record!) so part of me thinks unless I have a girl, holding out for the birth still won't feel like a surprise KWIM? Anyway, good to hear how you're kids are doing. I love how different your boys are - my kids were like that too! A superhero birthday sounds fun!!
Virginia: I think ICs have very inconsistent levels of dye which is why they are so cheap. I wouldn't stress too much about the lines getting darker or not from day to day (although of course I stressed over ICs too). Best of luck with your betas! :vibes:
Mary: it's definitely horrible what happened. It's a sad world we live in where no where is safe...not school, the movies, the mall. Sorry your DH was being a butthead. I'm so glad mine gave up video games because I seriously can't stand how unproductive they get when they get zoned into them! But he works at home half weekend and that can be just as bad. That's a LOT of groceries! I don't have enough freezer space to stock up on most things, although as soon as we get shelving put up in the cold storage room, I'll probably stock up on some essentials like noodles and whatnot that have long shelf lives.
Lauren: yikes, sorry the robitussen was a bust. That's seriously freaky!
It snowed all night and we have a solid 5" and it's still going. Really regretting not getting our snow blower fixed last week (I needed DH's truck and he needed it all week so it wasn't like I had a lot of options though). So we'll have a LOT of shoveling to do today (we have a huge driveway). The upside is that our ski resorts had a horrible year last year so this storm is much needed and it's supposed to continue on and off all week! I had to drive home in it last night from a work event (DH & I had driven separately as he'd gone straight from work) and it was pretty freaky. My Subaru rocks in the snow, but my tires are bald so I still get freaked out. There were a lot of stuck cars though so I was glad I have AWD. Hope everyone has a great Saturday!
Ashley - I'm slightly jealous of your snow. I don't want to drive in it, and I have a long commute to work.. So I really don't want a ton of snow, but it would be nice to have a decent snow here and there for the boys to play in. We barely got any at all last year.
Virginia - How is today? Did you resist the urge to POAS?
AFM - 19 weeks today, whaaat?! Where is the time going? I dying of my pregnancy itching tonight. It's really bad right now for some reason. :( It makes no sense to me.
Mary: I'll happily send you some of my snow! Sorry about the itching. My boobs have been itching like crazy the last few days (too much stretching I suppose) so I feel for you because it's so annoying.
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DH & I had a long talk about the gender last night and I decided it means more to him so I'm giving in. I feel like if it's the one way he can connect to the pregnancy, it's hard to take that away from him since I obviously am experiencing everything else. We discussed only him finding out but he is really afraid he'll blow it and I don't want him to feel bad about it forever if he does. So decision made. Plus we think it'll be easier on DD if she has a gender to connect the baby (she is convinced it's a girl so if it's a boy, at least she'll have time to adjust). I'm already "over" it and starting to get excited about finding out. It just isn't worth dwelling on.
However, we did figure out that DH is probably not even going to be able to make the u/s appointment due to work so if he doesn't, I'll just have her take the gender shot pic and put it in an envelope so DH & I can open it together later. We're actually leaving town later that day too with his family so we might have to wait until we get home.
Ashley - Glad to hear you guys are on the same page with the gender thing. I pretty much did the same thing as you. I've always wanted a team green, but my DH is NOT for it. Whatever, I'm impatient anyway, so I don't mind finding out. It stinks that your DH won't be able to make it to the appointment... I think it's a good idea to wait and look together later. :)
AFM - Sean passed out a few minutes ago right at 8. I'd love to join him... I'm exhausted. Calvin won't leave him alone.. I think he gets bored when Sean sleeps (and vice versa when Sean is awake and Calvin is asleep). I can't wait for Wednesday for my appointment! I dread the wait between Wednesday and Christmas. Ugh!!
ETA: Just looked through the pictures of the CT victims, their names, a mini-biography on most of them. OMG. So freaking sad. :( And just today, I had a customer tell me that her 18-yr-old son, a high school senior, had killed himself recently. So much tragedy all around, omg. How on earth do people continue on??
The wait will be tough but just focus on the awesome u/s pictures for 6 days...I think "seeing" the baby is the best part! That's sad about your customer's son :( I really can't focus on the CT stuff too much, it's too overwhelming to think about the horror of it all. Sorry Calvin is/was bugging at Sean while he was sleeping...Dane gets bored when Brekke is sleeping or at preschool too. I think Brekke is generally enjoying her break from brother when he's asleep, but then is usually happy to see him when he wakes up. Siblings are funny. I never had any (other than "halfs" over a decade younger whom I didn't live with) so I love watching my kids interact even if they are fighting...okay don't LOVE that but it's still interesting to me.