Definitely felt a few movements today. I'm sooo excited!! I can't wait for the first hard kick, but for now I'm totally enjoing the flutters.
Today, I actually leaked some clear fluid from one of my nipples. It kind of freaked me out even though I was trying to see if anything would come out, but I really didn't except anything to. Anyway, I just hope I won't be one of those girls who starts leaking badly before the baby is born.
2 weeks until the BIG ULTRASOUND!! It'll be here before I know it!
Still feeling little flutters here and there. Sometimes there are weird "pops" too, but I have a hard time deciding for sure if they are baby or digestion! Lol! But I'm thinking mostly baby! Only 8 more days until our big u/s - I thought time was going to crawl, but it is flying by. It'll be here before I know it! DH had a dream we found out it was a boy over the weekend...we'll see!
This is mostly a vent post, so I apologize if anyone reading is offended. I've had a couple of weird conversations with people since making it public news that I'm expecting. Mostly it's people giving me a look of pure shock when I tell them how far along I am (but you are sooo tiny!). That doesn't bother me because I know my baby is getting plenty of food, and I'm not built very big, so I never expected to get a big ole belly right away. Not to mention, since my m/s went away, I've been back at the gym trying to prevent my thighs from doubling in size But I do find it funny that people seem to think that they are the proper authority how big pregnant women should be. I also had a friend who told me I wouldn't sure until at least 22 weeks because that is when she started to show. Again, everyone is different (and by the way, that is a total lie on her part...I was there! lol). But today, I had a really awkward conversation with a coworker. She asked if we were going to find out the gender, and I told her we were hoping to next Thursday (followed by the face because I "don't like like [I'm] far enough along to tell yet!"). She then told me that she didn't find out with any of her kids (she is my mom's age BTW), and that way is the best way to do it. Well, excuse me for not waiting. Then she asked if I'm planning on getting an epi...hello lady, I'm not even half way through this pregnancy! I'll make that decision when I'm giving brith. So I said I wasn't sure, I'm not ruling out either an epi or a natural birth. She responded that she didn't have any medication for any of her kids. Good for you. I'm sure this was just the beginning of everyone throwing out their opinions, but sheesh! I'm not a public forum for you to voice your thoughts...I'm an adult who is capable of making her own decisions! If you want to give your opinion, voice it in a more appropriate way. OK..rant over.
After 4 1/2 weeks of waiting (which went really fast oddly enough), we found out yesterday that we're having a little GIRL!!! I just sat there totally shocked! I would have said before the appointment that I was thinking probably boy but wasn't feeling really strong one way or the other, but I guess I felt more confident in the boy vibes than I thought because I was just totally stunned when she said "there's your daughter." She let us look at her for a long time while she did all the measurements & it was just incredible. The u/s tech said she was measuring normal all around, so that was a huge relief. She's a little wiggle worm and was moving around the entire time. We tried to get a good 4D shot of her face, but she didn't want anything to do with that, so she hid in "the corner" and covered her face with her hands. Lol! So I'm still getting used to the fact that I'm going to have a baby girl after planning on a boy, but I'm completely thrilled despite being a bit nervous suddenly to raise a daughter. DH is beyond excited to have a little girl, so that makes me really happy. He said that he's ready for her to come out now so he can play with her (haha). Guess he'll have to sit tight for at least 20 more weeks (hopefully!). Hopefully that'll give me time to let it sink in that my little kicker is a girl.
Our little girl has been quite the squirmer the last few days. Still soft little kicks, but very noticable. It's so cute, I just love feeling her! I'm really looking forward to her getting a bit stronger so DH can feel her too. I've been able to feel her from the outside only a couple of times, but it never happens 2x in a row, so I haven't bothered to get DH excited about it. I think that is just around the corner though. He isn't all that excited about movement, but I think it's because he hasn't felt it, so hopefully that'll be fun for him.
I wish the whole pregnancy could be like the last few weeks. I feel really good, get to feel baby move, am not ginormous yet (although running out of options when it comes to the pants I can fit into!), and not sick anymore. I eat nonstop, but that's expected...right? The weird thing is that most food doesn't sound that great, but I just eat it anyway. I don't want a hungry little baby in there! But seriously, I feel so good lately, it's been fabulous!
I didn't notice until the other day, but my BBs sure have grown in the last month! I have a few larger bras that I've been wearing because they are more comfortable than my "normal ones", and the other day, all the comfy ones were dirty, so I put on a different one, and it didn't even come close to fitting properly. I guess I hadn't noticed my BBs growing because they've had some room in the other bras, but they are definitely much larger. It's pretty entertaining, but I'm a bit worried about how big they'll be when they are full of milk I'm a pretty small chick so I'm worried I'll topple over Haha, okay not really. But going from a full B to a full C now to who knows what down the road...yikes!
Sorry...this was kind of a rambling post. I'm really busy at work, but can't seem to get in a groove to get stuff done, so I'm on pg.org instead It seems like I can always find something on here to distract me...
I have to vent for a second, so sorry if this gets long-winded (I mean long-typed)...so it's been over a week since we found out that we're having a girl. I'm really starting to settle into the idea and of course am super excited (would have been either way...she is healthy and that's my main concern!). My family is generally pretty excited about a little girl, especially my mom who is just over the moon. But I'm really hurt by DH's family's response to the gender news...well, mostly his dad & a few other male members of the family. His dad hasn't even said congratulations or anything to me since finding out the sex (DH told him over the phone, so I didn't hear his original response). In fact, it's like he's totally ignoring the fact that we're having a baby lately. The kicker is that we're having only the 2nd grandbaby on his side of the family (my niece isn't even 1 yet). Everyone really wanted my niece to be a girl because DH comes from a family of boys, so of course, everyone was THRILLED when my BIL & SIL found out they were having a girl. It was all my FIL could talk about. Even a lot of DH's extended family were sooooo happy they were having girl. I seriously had people talking to me about it non-stop (not to mention, we were TTC during the last 3rd of their pregnancy & it was really not what I wanted to talk about). So you would think they'd all be just as happy for us? Wrong. The only people who seem that excited are my BIL & SIL because they're little girl will have a girl cousin close in age. But to everyone else in his family, it's just "another girl". I think it's upsetting DH a bit also, but he's not one to open up about it. Basically he just told me that if they aren't excited for us to have a girl, that's their problem. While I do agree, it just makes me really mad that they are acting that way. You would think they would recognize a baby is a miracle and blessing whether it's a boy or a girl. The more annoying thing is that BIL/SIL are going to start TTC again somewhat soon and I bet a million bucks they have a boy then everyone can just be thrilled for them all over again. OK..rant over.
DH finally got to feel the baby kick last night! I've been able to feel her kick from the outside (very softly) for a while now, but she is so inconsistant that I can never feel it twice in a row so there's no point in trying to get DH to feel her. But last night, we got into bed & I was laying on my back & she was moving around like crazy. I mentioned to DH how weird that was because I usually can't feel her if I'm on my back, so he half-jokingly reached over to "feel her" and she gave him a HARD kick. Seriously, it was the hardest kick I've felt yet. I was just like "Wow! Did you feel that?!" LOL! It was too cool. I'm really looking forward to more of those strong kicks, although her cute little ones are very easy to ignore when I want to sleep! Anyway, just had to share. It was so cool!
Nothing too new and exciting to report. Baby is getting really active & I can easily feel her from the outside (and even see the kicks if I'm watching my belly!). She actually gave me the hardest kick yet last night and my whole belly moved. I can also feel her rolling around in there & sometimes I'll get really hard areas in the front of my belly & I think it's her head or bum. It's all so cool, I love it! Part of me is getting really anxious for her to come out though (although I want her fully baked!). I'm just ready to be done with this stage & onto the next, but I have a lot of pregnancy time left, so I'm just trying to enjoy feeling her move around. My uterus has reached my belly button (it is so easy to feel now) and I feel like my stomach is being engulfed - lol. I can't believe I have 4 more months of growing to do! That's probably for the best though since we still haven't gotten anything for baby & probably won't until I have my baby showers (I'm getting two since I have family at two ends of the state).
Eww...baby showers. I'm not looking forward to those. I don't like being the focus of a party for whatever reason, and I was so glad to be done with my bridal shower that I didn't consider I'd be in for it when I got preggo! Oh well. I am grateful that my mom & SM are throwing them for me, but it's just so awkward. Blah.
I have another appointment next week with my OB, but I'm not really looking forward to it...just seems like all the cool stuff is over now. I still use my doppler on occasion (although her moving has replaced most of the need for it), so it's not like I don't get to listen to her heartbeat whenever I feel like it. Oh well...hopefully everything will look good & it'll be a "boring" appointment.
Maybe I should mention that I have been feeling really awesome. I actually forget that I'm pregnant a lot (until she moves or I see my "gut"). But my big thing lately is tingly breasts & serious hunger. I could eat all day no problem. My body must be trying to pack on some weight since I didn't have a lot of "extra" pre-pregnancy because I put on 2.5 - 3 lbs in the last 2 weeks. It's kind of hard to see the number on the scale keep rising, but I know it is for good reason, so I just rub my belly and get over it. Here's to hoping I can actually get it off after the baby comes!
I've been pretty bad about updating in here lately, so I apologize if anyone is following along. I had my 22 week doctor appointment last week & everything seems to be going great. He sort of joked around about how much weight I'd gained since my last appt, but I think he was more pointing out the fact that I hadn't been gaining much from appointment to appointment, then suddenly went up like 5 or 6 pounds. But still...I'm not loving packing on the pounds, so I wish he'd been a bit more sensitive about it. DH thought it was hilarious of course & has been making fun of me ever since. But my blood pressure is great & all the results from our u/s seem to be normal, so we are very happy. We got to hear the heartbeat for a minute, but it took the OB forever to find it since she was moving around like crazy. I secretly hoped he'd let us look at her on the u/s machine, but no such luck. DH found the whole thing pretty boring. At my next appointment, I'll get tested for GD so I got to take my lovely sugar drink home with me. Should be a thrill....
Bean is moving around like crazy now. She is getting so strong...I can't imagine what it'll feel like for her to boot me in the gut later in the pregnancy! Her new thing is doing "flips" when I lay on my back at night. Last night, I felt her entire body turn around...it was cool, but honestly a little creepy to have this "huge" thing moving around in there. She just feels so big already. My entire stomach moved and my gut sort of lurched for a second from the intesity of the movement...kind of like when you hit a big dip in the road and your stomach goes "woooo", KWIM? lol... Then I got heartburn But I'm more than happy to have her dance around in there rather than not move and freak me out. I definitely have an active little girl on my hands. I can feel her inching her way slowly up to my ribs, which I'm not looking forward to her reaching since I have one rib that is messed up from a previous injury and I'm not sure how it's going to react to being kicked. Oh well...it is all worth it for our little girl.
All is good in preggo land. I think I'm finally getting comfortable with "showing"...it's ironic how that is what I was most excited for, but then I had sudden insecurity over it once it really happened. If I was in public, that was a different story, but for some reason I wanted to still "suck it in" in front of people I know. Well, there is no chance of hiding it now, so maybe I've just accepted it. I have to say though, I don't understand people's comments. A simple "you look cute" would go a lot farther than "wow, you really popped!" I've just always been a smaller chick, so I don't want to suddenly be made to feel like a cow. I certainly feel like it when I get on the scale these days. I'm up almost 15 pounds now , but I am 23 weeks along, so there is no reason to freak out. It seems up to this point that I gain weight for a few weeks, then nothing for a few, so hopefully I'm on a low right now for a while. I found out the other day a friend is expecting in mid-September (thank goodness for the internet or I'd never know anything!)...it was a big surprise, but they are excited & I'm really excited for them. Another friend is due in a few weeks...she was about as far along as I am now when I found out she was pregnant, so that makes me think maybe time will fly by...right. Maybe it is because I'm in the middle of the pregnancy, but I'm so ready to be closer to the due date. The good news is that baby is only a week away from "probably viable" status so that is comforting. A lady I work with had a 26 weeker who survived back in the 90's, so you just never know. Of course, I would like our little girl to stay in until she's fully baked, but at least I know that she has a chance if she were to jump ship early. My little ticker in my space moved to the 6th of 9 babies, so I'm getting close to the third tri as well. When I think about it that way, it seems like I'm really making progress.
Yesterday I gave my unofficial estimated leave day for July 31st. I don't kno whether I'll want to leave that early, but this way we have a plan in motion to get a new person hired in time for me to train him/her before I leave. It is exciting to have an end in sight even though it is 3 1/2 months away.
I've been pretty lax on my caffeine intake lately, although I still don't think I'm exceeding the recommended limit. I even let myself have a carmel frappuccino from starbucks on Tuesday. They don't make them decaf, so I've been avoiding them, but I have a Starbucks gift card from Christmas that normally would have been used up by New Years, but the aversion to coffee in general has made it last until now. But that frap was so good that I'm sure I'll go back for another 360 calorie treat. On that note, I'm trying to watch my food intake a bit more carefully considering the amount of weight I've put on in the past month or so. I'm not really concerned about gaining weight in general while I'm pregnant (totally different story when I'm not), but I am trying really hard not to gain excess weight that is totally unnecessary. KWIM?
Little girl gave me quite the kicking this morning when I got to work...feeling her move is just about the best thing I've ever experienced despite being a little weird sometimes. It is just really hard to imagine that there is a baby right under my skin (and a few more layers ). I can't wait to see her face & see who has been in there playing around! Last night when I was in bed, so was moving around a lot too. I was trying to figure out which end was her head/feet, but it is hard because she seems to have quite a punch too. But I think I figured out that she was diagonal with her head towards my upper right. It is really hard to know for sure though...maybe when she gets bigger and quits flipping around so much. I've been putting my ear buds on my ipod up to my belly for her lately...not sure if she can really hear it or not, but it makes me feel like I'm sort of interacting with her. As much as I can at this point anyway.
Wow...my little floating baby ticker says 16 weeks to go until my EDD That doesn't seem so far considering how fast 0-16 weeks of this pregnancy went. At the same time, August seems forever away. I'm looking forward to moving into May so I feel like my due date month is closer.
It's funny how your perspective changes when you start getting bigger & bigger. I felt like a whale at 14 weeks, but looking at the pics, I was still tiny. I can't even fathom how much bigger I'm going to get, but then again, it is hard to say if I'll get beach ball belly where it consumes my torso or watermelon belly where I stick out infinately far in front. I don't really care either way at this point, I am just happy to have made it to 24 weeks It makes me feel good that baby could possibly survive if she was born today. But let's hope that she stays put for a few more months!
I've been really good about going to the gym the last few days & have had a ton more energy because of it. I'm giving myself a "day off" today and am going to take my dog for a walk instead. He has gotten so fat (as pugs tend to do), and could really use the exercise...he doesn't get much in the colder months since he tends to stay inside all day, not to mention that he is being restricted to a small area of the yard until we get our fence in. At our old house, he had a huge backyard to run around, so I'm sure this is contributing as well. Anyway, we've had lovely weather the last few days so it will be nice to enjoy it rather than be indoors.
Girly is becoming a wild woman in the mornings. She's been kicking me on and off since 8:30 this morning (it's 11:30 am now)...sometimes it's a full on kick & sometimes it feels more like a shiver through my whole belly. I wish I knew what she was doing in there. She'll probably doze off pretty soon & I won't feel her much until later this evening. I think she moves a lot in the morning because I'm sitting at a desk and hardly moving. I don't really enjoy my job, but I'm sure I'll be thankful for it come June & July when I don't have to get up much. Anyway, back to the grind...I've been off task way too much at work today. I even tried to look at baby clothes for a while, but am having a hard time getting excited about it. Maybe it is still too soon or maybe I just know I'll get a crap load at showers so I don't want to find tons of things I want.