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Another baby to love...

Hello! I'm Dawn, 29 (for now - I'll be the big 3-OH! on April 16th), and I found out last week that I'm pregnant with our third child. Dh and I are very lucky when it comes to the "getting pregnant" thing, and have gotten pregnant the first cycle off of BCP's all three times we've attempted. We currently have a DS, Brendan who will be 4 in April, and a DD, Halle, who will turn two in March.

I'm a member of the Nov. boards, and love the ladies over there!! I thought I'd start this journal to keep up with the happenings of my pregnancy, and also because everybody always says the more kids you have the less you "do" for each child, so here's what I'm "doing" for our third that I didn't do for the first two! BiggrinLol

I'm 5 weeks today - I've been feeling very good. I'm tired, and am peeing alot, and also feel pukey off and on if I don't keep my stomach happy. I have been experiencing some cramping low down off and on for the last week or so, and I have to admit, it's making me nervous. I didn't experience this to this extent with either of my other two pregancies, and while the doctor assured me all is normal, I just wish it would stop! I've had no bleeding or spotting, whatsoever, even after my pap on Monday, so I'm sure all is ok, but it is still a bit strange. The one other strange thing I'm finding with this pregnancy, is even though I'm not very far along, when I lay on my tummy I can feel the "bump" down low. My uterus is probably just larger after carrying two large babies, but it's still crazy to be able to feel something there so early.

Whew - this turned into quite the entry! I will be MIA for the next week or so as I'm flying to Hawaii on Friday for work (YAY!!!). I'll be back with an update next week!

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I'm back from my trip to Hawaii, which was absolutely gorgeous and amazing; definately an experience of a lifetime! The day before I left, however, I experienced a small amount of brownish discharge when wiping, which turned to light red while on the trip. I've been having this light spotting for over a week now, and it's coupled with cramping off and on. I'm not sure what to think or do. I called the clinic today, and was informed that they won't do an ultrasound at the walk-in, and since the ER is so expensive, and there is really nothing they can do if I am miscarrying, I guess I'll wait and call my doc on Monday morning. I just wish I knew if this pregnancy was over. I think the wondering and not knowing is the worst.

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Today my cramping has felt like early labor contractions.

I'm still bleeding, as well, although it's very strange - one time when I wipe, the toilet paper will be full of blood, and the next there will be none at all. With the way I've been feeling, I will honestly say I will be surprised if this pregnancy is viable.

I'm going to call the doctor tomorrow morning as soon as the clinic opens. I'm really hoping I can get in for an ultrasound tomorrow morning, although a small part of me is starting to not want to know. Right now, I'm still pregnant, and as far as I know I have a baby growing inside of me. Tomorrow, all that could change....

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The bleeding was bright red this morning, and there was more of it. I've put a call in to the clinic, but haven't heard back from them as of yet to schedule me for an ultrasound. Everybody moves at such a slow pace around here that it's frustrating. Even though I'm torn between pretending everything is fine, and getting confirmation as to what is going on, I can't help but be impatient for the doctor to call me. Plus, since the bleeding is worse, and my cramps are ever present, I'm becoming more and more afraid I will miscarry here, at work.

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I have an ultrasound at 2:30 today. I know the techincians aren't supposed tos say anything, but I hope mine will.

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I'm back! AND GUESS WHAT - I'M STILL PREGNANT!!!!! :jumpingbeans:

We saw the teeny tiny little fetus, and the beautiful little flicker of the heartbeat - it was great. Up until I laid on that table I had convinced myself I'd be ok if they didn't see anything, that I was ready for it. But as soon as I laid down I stared at the screen until my eyes were blurry looking for a sign that my little one was in there, and alive. The tech only took a moment to find the gestational sac, then said, "I see a flicker - it's the heartbeat!" My eyes welled up. He measured my little peanut - 6w4d, and according to my LMP I'm 6w5d, so right where it needs to be. HR was 167.

I'm still spotting a bit, which is bothersome, but I guess I'll just take each day as it comes.

I even got a picture! :blob5:

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My cramps have practically gone away altogether. I did have a little pink this morning on the TP, after my BM, but not as much as the other days. YAY!

7 weeks tomorrow!

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Ok, so I was impatient and hit "submit" three times - grrr.... (dp x 2!)

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My spotting is gone! YAY! Even after my bm this morning, which was typically when I would see more in the way of spotting, there was none! Here's to hoping I don't have to visit this topic of discussion again during this pregnancy!

I'm feeling good today - 7 weeks, which seems crazy. Time is really ticking by these days!

I am usually such a planner, but here I am 2 weeks (not even!) before my daughter's 2nd birthday and I just went out and bought the invitations today on my lunch hour. That will be my project for tonight - address and send the invitations. We usually end up having two birthday parties for the kids, one around DD's b-day, and one at my parent's around DS's. They are 2 weeks (shy of two years) apart in age and since our family lives 3 hours from us in two opposite directions, (and since my parents farm and this is prime calving season) we've found this works out great. DS's 4th b-day falls on Easter Sunday this year, so the party should have a good attendance as most of the family will be up for Easter anyway.

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And here is my second dup! :oops:

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YAWN! I'm sooo tired these past few days, it takes all I've got to stay awake all day at work. I do believe I was just commenting on my birth board that I've yet to experience much in the way of exhaustion - I'd now officially like to eat those words! Lol

I spotted again last night, quite a bit actually. Although, I'm no longer convinced it's coming from the baby - it seems to be worse when I have to push whatsoever - when I have a bm. So, I'm going to have the doctor do a pelvic at my next appointment, perhaps there is something going on further "down" that is causing me to bleed.

I'm having a tough time not being crabby this time around, too. I was crabby with Brendan, felt great with Halle, and now I find myself getting irritated much too quickly. Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled to find myself experiencing some syptoms!

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Ugh. I don't know what to think any more about this pregnancy. Last night, after my bm, I saw the most blood I've seen yet. There was blood in the toilet, filled the toilet paper, and (even though I'm sure this will sound gross) I used a mirror to look 'down there' just in case there was something I could see that could be a source of the bleeding. Nope, all looks normal (to my completely untrained eye).

I'm trying hard to maintain a level of emotional seperation from this baby, which I hate. But, at the same time, I'm so afraid of getting too attached and having something bad happen. This just stinks. It's making me crabby, too, because I'm trying to put on a happy face when all I can think about is, "What the hell is wrong with me?!!" I just want to have a regular, normal pregnancy like I did with the other two. Where I can check websites, post on my birth board, and join in on the fun.

I'm calling the doctor again today - I know she'll probably think I'm overreacting or making something out of nothing (because the standard line is always, "some women just spot during pregnancy and go on to have healthy babies") but I'M NOT ONE OF THEM! I've had two healthy babies and I didn't spot with either one!

I just wish I had access to an ultrasound machine whenever I wanted so I could at least have the piece of mind that the baby is ok. Now would be a good time to be married to Tom Cruise.

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I went to the doctor again yesterday and she discovered that I have a small area on my cervix that is very irritated and bled quite a bit when she was checking me. She suspects I have some type of bacterial infection that is easily treated with antibiotics. She checked my cervix and it was completely closed, and she said the irritated spot on my cervix is no threat to the pregnancy!!! YAY!! I'm so relieved!

I'm gonna have a baby! Biggrin

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I'm feeling good today. It wasn't even all that hard to get out of bed this morning! I'm thinking I'm going to be in maternity clothes with this one earlier then with the other two - I haven't gained any weight, but my pants are feeling a little bit tight in the stomach area, lately. I wasn't in maternity clothes until 22 weeks with Brendan, and 17 weeks with Halle, so I guess we'll see. I'm going to do some online shopping this week to see if I can find some cute stuff - all my old clothes are for a completely different season, so I have a good excuse to get some new stuff!

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I went online maternity clothes shopping yesterday and actually found a lot of adorable stuff! I'm excited to be pregnant in the summer, short sleeves, cute tops, and no jacket to worry about. I ended up winning a couple of auctions on ebay, so I have a suit jacket coming with pants, a skirt and a cute top (for $8.50!) and a couple cute summer shirts ($6.50!). I will be buying plenty of new stuff, as well, but I was excited to get a few good deals.

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8 weeks

I really am getting excited about this baby now. It's feeling more real as each day passes. My next appt isn't for 2 weeks and 1 day (April 5th), and I cannot wait. I'm still having very light bleeding every couple days, which doesn't even freak me out anymore, seeing the doctor last Friday was great peace of mind.

I ordered a Bella Band this morning because the bloat on my upper belly is terrible! I'm hoping this will allow me to wear some of my favorite jeans for awhile longer then I suspect I'd be able to without it!

We got a call last night from one of dh's good friends from back when he was in the Navy. It was so awesome to talk to him! Funny how you don't communicate or see people for years and years (6+!) and when you talk it's just like old times. They live in New Hampshire, but hopefully we can figure out a way to get together with them sometime this summer.

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I'm so sad for some good friends of mine. After trying for over a year they found themselves pregnant, due this coming July. At their 18 week ultrasound the tech noticed that the baby's heart looked as though it may have some problems. They went back in for their follow-up ultrasound last Tuesday, March 13th, and discovered the baby's heart was worse then initially thought. Because of this they elected to go ahead with an amniocentesis to make sure there were no other problems. Unfortunately the results of the amnio were not good. Their baby girl was diagnosed with Trisomy 13. The chance of survival with Trisomy 13 is only around 10%, but coupled with the heart defect their baby had, her chance of survival was 0%. Missy was induced on Sunday night, and delivered their daughter, Jordan, stillborn on Tuesday morning (March 20th). We found out yesterday.

I'm just so sad for them. They are wonderful people, and were so excited about this baby. Sad

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Big day tomorrow - I cannot believe my little girl is turning 2. I've been running ragged these last few weeks between work and being so tired at night that I really haven't had time to think about it. It's so crazy that 2 years ago (tomorrow) I was going through labor and ultimately delivering our hilarious little girl. Time goes by in a flash.

I'm having a few people over from Dh's side of the family for the birthday party tomorrow. I'm making kabobs, a salad, cupcakes, chips and dip (ok, I'm not making those two things) and punch. We'll eat right away at 1, then open presents, then enjoy the outside! It's supposed to be gorgeous tomorrow - cannot wait!

As for me, I'm feeling great. Bleeding is gone, for the most part, and I'm having no m/s to speak of. I woke up with a bit of a tummy this morning! I know it's not actually the baby, yet, but rather bloating caused by being pregnant - but it's still kinda fun! Biggrin

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I'm finally here! Getting on here this weekend was next to impossible!!

My little girl is officially 2! The party was a blast! It's always so much fun to get together with family to celebrate. The kids, as always, got such nice stuff, and had a wonderful time seeing everyone! I'm always so amazed, and feel so blessed, that people go out of their way to come to our house (usually from several hours!) just to see our family. It's amazing.

I'm feeling great. I got a nap in both days this weekend, which felt so good! My new symptom is nausea - if I don't eat I feel sick to my stomach. Ewwww.... So far, it only happens if I go too many hours without any food, and since I like to eat, I should be able to keep it at bay!! LOL!

I got a gender prediction from a lady on my birth board, and she says, "girl" - so we'll see!! I honestly couldn't care less what we have, and am really excited to wait until the baby is born to find out. We didn't do that with either of the other two, so it will be a new experience!

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Energy level = 0

I'm sooooooo tired these past few days. It's funny, too, how I can justify things away when I need more sleep. Normally I'm up at 5:45 Am so I can shower and get myself completely ready before I go in a wake up the kids at 6:30. Today, in my sleepy mind, I figured if I slept until 6:30, then got the kids up and dressed, that I'd have time to shower while they were eating breakfast. Uh-huh, didn't work. I had to do a super fast body shower with my hair pulled up, so I'm in a pony tail for the second day in a row at work. In my head it made perfect sense, but in reality - DUH! So, tomorrow, no matter what, I am getting up at my normal time.

Talked to my cousin yesterday. She's also pregnant. It's really neat, too - we are due the exact same day! The best part is she was the cousin I was the closest to growing up, so it would be really cool to have our babies on the same day!!

M/S is rearing it's ugly head. I can still eat, but things that I thought would taste SOOOO good before I eat them actually taste ok, but once the food in my stomach, it's NOT happy. I haven't actually thrown up yet, but the almost constant nausea is just sitting in the back of my throat.

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Just a disclaimer: Even though most of the following post is going to sound like bitching, it really isn't. Ok, it is, but deep down I still know how very lucky I am to be pregnant and experiencing these things.

On to the bitching....

I feel like crap.

I'm soooo tired I can barely keep my eyes open.

I am one giant, walking zit. It's disgusting.

I'm in MATERNITY clothes today. 9 weeks, and in maternity clothes. I've gained no weight, I'm just bloated like a whale.

I am getting a cold. I've sneezed no less then 12 times in the past 10 minutes, and am blowing my nose constantly. As you can imagine, this does nothing for my energy level.

Nothing sounds good to eat, but I HAVE to eat or I'm so nauseous I can hardly stand it. Sometimes, though, my body plays an evil trick on me where I think something sounds great - yay! - only to eat it and then feel worse then I felt before eating.

On a day where I want to do nothing but sit at my desk, I'm in the file room for the ENTIRE day pulling the last of over 250 files we pulled and reviewed for an upcoming audit. This would be ok, except, today we found out that we will actually be getting a more modified list with about 1/4 of the files on it that the auditor will actually be looking at. So, basically, we are pulling all these damn files for nothing. When I asked why were were pulling all the files now, rather then waiting for the modified list, the answer was, "Busy work" - seriously???? I have a desk FULL of stuff I can do that I've been putting off because of this audit. And you dare to give me, "busy work" as the answer as to why???? Frustrating, to say the least.

Well, it's back to the file room for me.

End of bitch session.

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My cold is worse today, but aside from that, I feel ok. Energy is still very low, but that is to be expected.

I'm really looking forward to my next appt, which is a week from today! Can't wait to hear that heartbeat!

I drug out all of my maternity clothes. I give, the belly wins.

Last night Brendan said, "Momma, your belly is so big because there is a baby living in there?"

Me: "Yep"

Him: "Is the baby awake or asleep?"

Me: "I'm not sure, probably asleep."

He thinks about this for a minute..."Ok, I'll be quiet then." Biggrin

We told him I was having a baby quite some time ago, and I think it's adorable that he's thinking about it off and on. He'll really think it's crazy when I actually have a baby belly!!

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I'm back to feeling good today - back to my normal self!

Nausea is still present, but not unbearable. My cold is actually a bit better. We are DONE pulling all of those annoying files we've been working on for weeks. And, it's FRIDAY!!

We are doing Easter this Sunday instead of next - we'll have the Easter Bunny come, have a nice brunch, and the kids can find eggs and their baskets. It's been our tradition for years, and since we'll be at my parents house on actual Easter this year, this will work out great!

Dh and I are really getting along awesome right now. It's normally pretty great, but it just seems right now it's been even better! He's been working a TON lately, going in at 3 or 4 AM so he can get home in time to see the kids and help out at home. It's been awesome. I can actually sit on the couch and he gets them ready for bed, and everything! He's been a big help to me. He's so excited about this baby, too - it's so cute. I'm very, very lucky!

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I've discovered that it is viritually impossible to garner any computer time on the weekends, there isjust too much going on!

The weekend was nice. I got the kids' pictures taken on Saturday - and they turned out great! I'm so happy, Halle isn't a picture taking kind of girl, so I was so glad the ones we got of her are cute. If you read this, and care to check them out, I've got them posted on my family website: www.landstromfamily.blogspot.com - have a look! Biggrin

So, we did that Saturday morning, then went out for lunch, and then came home. Dh's mom came up on Saturday afternoon to stay overnight and help all of us dye Easter Eggs, which was so much fun. The kids are really getting into that kind of stuff now, because they are old enough to understand - so it makes watching them enjoy that much more fun! Then, because we'll be gone next weekend, the Easter Bunny made an early appearance at our house on Sunday morning! The kids, of course, were estatic and had a blast looking for eggs and their baskets. Then we spent the rest of the day lounging around, playing games, and doing nothing. Just the way a cold, rainy Sunday should be!

I have my next doctor's appt. this Thursday. I'm very excited. I just want to hear that little heart beating away - plus, I'll already be 10 weeks! YAY! I'll be happy when the first trimester is over - it's always a good hump to get past.

Work calls, so I had better get busy!

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Whew - what a day! We woke up to 4 or 5 inches of new snow this morning, and it's still coming down! The most annoying thing is that they STILL haven't plowed - it's ridiculous. The snow that is falling is falling pretty slowly and driving conditions are terrible with 5 inches of new snow and ice on the roads.

Aside from that, I'm keeping very busy at work - we've gotten tons of new business these past few weeks, which is great - I much prefer being busy to being slow!

I'm feeling good - I've got 2 days until my next appt. and hopefully the doc will schedule another ultrasound so I can see the baby again. If not, I only have another 10 weeks to wait until the "big" one, so that's not too bad!

Ok, I have to get back to work - too much to do!!

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It stopped snowing, and they finally plowed! YAY! I've got a busy evening ahead of me, a good friend I work with is working her last day at the bank today - Sad She is moving on to bigger and better things, however, so I'm happy for her, despite being sad for myself. Anyway, we are having a going away party for her tonight, so I'm picking up the kids after work, and we are heading to the party. I'm only staying for a couple of hours, though, because I have to get all my stuff ready tonight, and my vehicle packed so that I can leave right after work tomorrow to head to my parents. Luckily I got almost all of the laundry done last night, so that's one thing out of the way.

Ok, I have to share a cute story.

Last night Brendan said, "Momma, I wish I could catch the moon"

I said, "What would you do with it if you caught it?"

Brendan: " I would put it on top of the microwave"

Me: "Then what would you do with it?"

Brendan (in a exasperated voice): "Well, Momma, then I would put it back in the sky so it could do it's job!" ROFL

His logic never ceases to amaze me!

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It's been awhile since I've written! I'm actually home from work today, as I have the stomach flu! Ewwwww! I thought my morning sickness was getting WAYY worse last night, I couldn't eat anything, and dry heaved several times. Then, around 10:00 last night my good friend called and said that her kids have Rotovirus (stomach flu); she and her kids were at my kids' birthday party this weekend, so the reason for my illness became clear. I'm just hoping my sister doesn't get it, I worry about her because she has a compromised immune system due to a kidney transplant when she was 14. I'm going to call her today after her classes to give her a heads up.

We had another birthday party for the kids this weekend, this time at my parents house. It was great! The kids got so much nice stuff, and it was such fun to see everybody!

Pregnancy-wise, I'm doing well. I went in for a regular doctor's appointment last Thursday, the doctor found the heartbeat after a minute or two, which is such a sweet sound! And, I lost 2 lbs! Yay! I also had another ultrasound because my spotting hasn't altogether stopped. I was glad to see our little peanut again. They discovered I have a sub-chorionic hemmorage above my placenta. It's very small, and according to the doctor, shouldn't affect the pregnancy. Good news! I go back for my next regular appt May 6th, and my best guess is we'll do another ultrasound to check on the hemmorage.

I'm off for now, lunchtime for the kids!

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I'm back at work today, my flu has gotten better for the most part. I did lose another 4 (or so) lbs because of it!

I think I'm actually going to make supper tonight for a change! I used to be great about it, planned my meals out at the begining of the week and everything. These days I'm so tired I can barely think about the week ahead, and only make an actual supper a night or two a week! Plus, it doesn't help when nothing sounds good to eat. I'll scan some recipes and decide on something!

My doctor actually called me at home last night to make sure her nurse had called me last week to tell me about the sub-chorionic hemorage! Wasn't that awesome of her?? I was just so impressed, some doctors can barely get back to you during their work day, let alone on their personal time. She's really great & I'm so glad I have her!

Ok, kind of a sporatic post! I'm off to get caught up on my work!

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11 Weeks! Woot!!!

I feel good today!! I ate and don't feel sick, my flu is gone, and it's supposed to be warm this weekend - WAHOO!

I was going to vent about DH's dad because he's such a selfish, self-absorbed, only-thinks-about-himself kind of guy, but I won't because I don't want to ruin my good mood! Save it for another day, I guess!!

I'm off for now, I have a million things on my desk that need attention!

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TGIF! I'm so happy another weekend is upon us. Better yet, it's supposed to be sunny and in the 50's here! YAHOO! I've had enough of the cold, snowy, crappy weather, that's for sure! My plan is to clean out my car this weekend, vacuum and all. We'll see how motivated I am.

I'm feeling good. M/S seems to be gone, for the moment, which is nice. I do have certain food aversions at times, last night I made grilled chicken breasts and threw them into some Rice-a-roni. The kids ate, and when I went to dish mine, I couldn't even look at it, it made me gag. So, I had an egg sandwich instead. Strange how that works. It's happened twice now.

Off I go, I have to get the rest of my stuff done so I can get out of here at 4 today!

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Monday, once again!! I have to admit, I'm excited today, however.... it's my 30th birthday!! Biggrin So far, so good. We ended up celebrating last night at home, just in case Dh has to work late tonight. He got me an iPod - yay! - and some cute stuff (earrings, a cool pot to plant flowers in, and seeds for wildflowers) from the kids. They were so excited to see me pen everything last night, which was really cute.

Then, I get to work this morning, and the girls decorated my office with streamers and balloons - it's so cute!

I'm happy, too, because now I have a great plan for tonight, even if DH can't come home - my friend, Amie, and I are going to to out for dinner at this place that serves Chinese food on Monday nights! I love Chinese, and no where around here has it, until now! So, I can't wait!

The weekend was good. I got my house and my vehicle completely cleaned - which was MUCH needed. Makes me feel better to come home to a nice, clean place rather then the mess we'd been living in. I think I'm getting some energy back, because after all the cleaning and running around I did on Saturday, when the kids took a nap - I didn't! That's a first for me since I've been pregnant. I was super emotional on Saturday morning, however. Took everbody - even me! - by surprise! I cried over everything. I was over it by Saturday evening - so it was short lived at least. I hate feeling like crying at nothing!

Back to work for me - I'm having a hard time getting anything done today!

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I almost dropped to the second page!! It's been forever since I've written here, we had some major computer problems last week at work so I wasn't able to be on the internet at all (after Tuesday afternoon). Plus, we are starting to pick-up, business wise, so I'm too busy to check in during the day as much as I had been.

Anyway - things are going fine. I had another bout of bleeding last Wednesday, so the doctor had me come in and we listened for the heartbeat. It was there, and beating away, and I haven't had any bleeding since, so I'm hoping I'm done with it. I've got another ultrasound scheduled for next week to check on the hemmorhage - I'm just hoping the darn thing is gone. I'm feeling pretty good, not much nausea to speak of any more, which is nice.

We had a good weekend - had DH's End-of-the-Tax-Season party on Saturday night, which was fun. They had "Casino Night" so we got fake money and played some casino games.

Ok, time to get back to work!

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13 Weeks! I'm glad to be in my final week of the first trimester - I'm hoping for increased energy (although I haven't been too tired of late) and for my bump to get rounder and harder. I love this stage of pregnancy.

I had more bleeding yesterday morning. Grrrrrr.... It wasn't much, so I didn't call the doc again. Instead I went online and ordered a doppler that I can have at home. That way, when I'm worried about the baby I can just listen to the heartbeat! At the rate I was going, I was seeing the doctor every two weeks, just for reassurance. I do have another ultrasound next Wednesday, so check on the hemmorhage, I was hoping it was gone, but after bleeding again yesterday I'd be pretty surprised if it is.

My appetite has really increased this past week! Wow! I ate something practically every two hours this weekend - DH thought it was pretty funny. I'm still down about 5 lbs. this pregnancy, which I'm thrilled about. I certainly don't need to gain much weight, so this is making me happy. I just hope I don't balloon up since I'm so hungry all of the time!

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While surfing around a bit today, I came across a multitude of blogs about all things children. Pregnancy, motherhood, infertility, things kids say, parenting types, and so on. While reading a line or two from some, I realized that, unlike all those ladies, I don't blog as I am. Meaning, in real life, I'm kinda funny. Friends tell me all the time. I'm always good for a goofy oneliner, or cracking a joke. When I blog, it's snooze-worthy! I actually read back, and wasn't the least bit amused at what I had to say! So, I will try, starting NOW, to be the amusing person I really am! Phew, I feel better now.

I am feeling movement. I know, I know, it's wayy to early to be, but - I swear! I am! It's very small, very light, but it's there! Either that or it's really bad gas.

Speaking of gas, I had the mother of all gas on Saturday night. On our way home from Cary's party I belched, loudly, no less then 5 times. He was kind of horrified. He said I sounded like a hog barking. I'm going to say, in my own defense, that I did not sound like a barking hog and that it was his alcohol talking. I sounded more like an adorable seal looking for a mate.

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14 Weeks Today!

Ultrasound - today!

Regular 4 week appt - tomorrow!

I'll update when I can.

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My ultrasound was awesome! The hemorrhage is almost gone, and the tech said he can tell it hasn't bled any fresh blood since the last scan, which means the blood I've seen a couple times since then was just the last of it making it's way out. The baby has gotten SOO big, and looks so "baby like" now - it's awesome. Babe was asleep during the scan, so there wasn't much movement from him/her, but I could see the little heart beating away! I have my regular monthly doctor's appt at 4 today, so we'll get to hear the heartbeat again and do all the other fun stuff!

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I've been a bit lazy about writing in this. I actually did post a long message the other day, then preg.org had some issues and it disappeared. Damn.

Anyway - I'm good. The babe is good, too. I got my doppler, and was able to listen to the H/B this weekend, then again last night. It's getting easier and easier to find! Babe was moving all over the place last night, so the h/b would be more distant, then suddenly it would be loud and clear. Pretty cool. :pinkelephant:

We bought a pickup last Friday night, then pulled our camper out of storage and cleaned it up. We plan on going camping this weekend, for the first time with the kids. I can't wait. They are going to love it! It is fishing opener this weekend, so hopefully the campground isn't filled with drunken fishermen! :trout2:

I found out this morning that DH's work wants him to go out of town for 10 days to help out at another office the firm owns. I'm happy for him, but it's been really nice having him around again after tax season and all of it's busy-ness. Oh well. He really couldn't tell them no, he's relatively new to the firm, and wants to make a good impression. He leaves this coming Monday - so at least we'll still be able to go camping like we'd planned. Biggrin

I'm off!

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DH left this morning and we won't see him until a week from Thursday. Stinks. I was rather emotional about it this weekend, which I'm sure is mostly from the hormones. It just seems like the firm he works for always has these LONG assignments that take him away from home for days on end, not just a long weekend, or even a week - nope, 10 days. It will be fine, I'm sure, I'm just not excited about him being gone for that long. It will be the longest we've been apart in 10 1/2 years!

Aside from that, things are good - my bump is getting more pronounced and firmer - I've been feeling movement randomly throughout the day, too! I took out my doppler yesterday and found the heartbeat immediately - it was thumping along at 155. Biggrin

Ok, back to work...

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16 Weeks!

My next doctor's appt is June 4th, then we schedule the big ultrasound. I'm really looking foward to seeing the baby again! The past 3 days the scale has shown that I've gained back 1 of the pounds I'd lost early on. Since it's not going back down, I can only assume I'm actually going to start gaining some weight now. Net weight change as of now is still -6lbs, so hopefully I will stay within my goal and only gain around 15lbs total.

Brendan had his preschool screening this morning, which was actually really enjoyable! He did really well, too, which was nice to hear. On pretty much all of the physical aspects of the screening (jumping up and down, hopping on one foot, tossing and catching a ball) he was right within his age group, totally right on with all of it. With the congitive stuff, however, he scored a year to two above his age group for the majority of things. In rhyming he scored in the 8-10 year old range! Pretty cool. They are really thorough and go through everything imaginable. He's enrolled in pre-school for this fall, so I think the skills he already has will be enhanced, and he will be more then ready for Kindergarten in '08. I can't believe he's already this old!

The funniest part about the whole thing was that they wanted him to pee in a cup. So, we take the cup into the bathroom, I helped him "hold" his "unit" so he could properly aim and get it into the cup. He started going, and went, and went, and went - the cup was getting full so I was telling him to stop so nothing spilled! He was finally able to stop, so I capped the cup with urine almost to the top. After he hopped off the toilet he said, "Well, I've never done that before!" ROFL

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I am so ready for Dh to be home that I can hardly stand it. Luckily I'm busy tonight, and we'll be making some "Welcome home Daddy!" posters and cleaning the house a bit tomorrow night, so the next few days should go by quickly. It's just tough to have him gone for SOOO long.

Babe is doing well - I've been listening to the heartbeat with my doppler a time or two a week. It's moved up on my stomach so much! Just a couple of weeks ago I had to put the doppler way down on my pubic bone to pick it up, and the last few times it's been high, almost to my belly button that I've found it.

Back to work - I just didn't want to fall off the first page so I figured I'd better update!

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Long weekends are the best. It was so nice to be able to lounge around, get a TON of stuff done in the yard and just spend time being a family without being rushed or feeling like the days flew by. We spent ALL day outside on Sunday and Monday and while I was exhausted last night, it was so worth it. I got all the mowing done, which takes almost 4 hours, all of my flowers planted and my flower beds cleaned out and weeded, Dh cut down a tree that has been dead for awhile now and we cleaned all the branches and debris up from that, and got the rest of the yard in order for the summer. I felt pretty proud of myself that I got all that done even though I'm sporting quite the belly now!

Babe is great - he (I'm only guessing here) was doing flips and kicks and turns for hours yesterday when I sat down on the couch to relax. I'm feeling the movements so much more clearly now, which is such fun! I can't wait until the kids and Dh can feel them on the outside.

If you ask Halle what is in Mama's tummy she says, "A baby sister" EVERY time. Hmmmm.... Brendan doesn't have a feeling either way as to the sex, he just talks about it being a "baby" and asks me questions about it. The other morning I took my pre-natal vit and Brendan asked me what it was for. I told him it was for the baby and he sat there for a minute then said, "Momma, does the baby just open it's mouth and catch the vitamin when it goes into your tummy?" I tried, with not much success, to explain to him how the baby absorbs nutrients from the placenta - quite the interesting discussion with a 4 year-old!

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19 Weeks!

Had my doctor's appt on Monday - it went well, I gained 2lbs., so I'm still under my pre-pregnancy weight, we found the heartbeat right away, and they scheduled my ultrasound for the 15th! I can't wait! The baby is moving constantly now, wigging and kicking. I love it and am so excited for when I can feel it from the outside so the kids and Dh will be able to join in on the fun, too.

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Halfway done! My big ultrasound is tomorrow - cannot wait!

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It's A.....

GIRL!

I have to admit, I'm surprised! Up until last week I was convinced I was having a boy, but over the past couple of days the baby has really started becoming SO much more active that it reminded me of my daughter's pregnancy. I know you can't take much stock in comparing pregnancies so I just figured we'd be having an active boy - nope! Dh was there and was excited, too. Halle is such a blast, and now she'll have a little playmate - should be interesting and fun! My cousin (who's also pregnant, and due the same day as me!) finds out the sex of her little bundle next Tuesday, I'm hoping girl for her, too! Biggrin

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Whew - this is one active child! She kicks and rolls and twists and turns ALL DAY LONG! Thus far she's pretty quiet during the nights, though, which I hope will continue after she's born!

I'm so glad the weekend is again upon us - my house is a disaster. During the week I'm lucky to get home, make dinner, and get the kids clean and in bed, let alone handle all of the household chores I should be doing. I'll have to make sure I get up and clean tomorrow morning, while I still have the energy - then it will be DONE!

In other news, we bought a boat! We are so excited! We brought it home last night and needless to say, the kids LOVE IT! I'm sure most of the weekend will be spent on the water! We also bought a tube, so Dh will be taking the kids in the tube while I'm driving around the lake. Cannot wait! BiggrinBiggrinBiggrinBiggrinBiggrinBiggrinBiggrin

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The weekend was awesome! I didn't want it to end! We spent both days in the boat and on the water. The kids had a blast riding around the lake, and the looks on their faces is just so priceless when we are going fast, or running over another boat's wake. They are hilarious! We stopped the boat and beached it both days, as well, so we could get out and swim. The kids had a blast playing in the water and sand.

The baby was really quiet all weekend, which I'm sure is because we were on the go the entire time. She's making up for it today, however - I don't think she's stopped moving since I sat down at my desk!

I have a feeling this week is going to go by quickly. We leave on Friday for my parents' house, so I'll be doing laundry on Wednesday night, and packing on Thursday so we are ready to leave right away, from work, on Friday. That means tonight and tomorrow night are the only nights I can relax and take it a bit easy after work. That's ok though, I haven't seen my parents in a month or so and it's always such fun to go down there.

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23 weeks tomorrow! The time really is flying by!

I had a regular OB appt yesterday, I gained another lb, so I'm back to my pre-preg weight - I'm hoping to keep the rest of the gain to less then 10 lbs. We shall see! Baby looks good, I'm measuring right on and the H/B was in the 140's. I scheduled my next appt, which includes my GD screening and hemoglobin check, for August 6th. The crazy thing is that after that appt I will be to the stage in which I start seeing the doctor every 2 weeks! Amazing! I asked the doc how much over my due date she'd let me go, she said typically one week after my due date they schedule the induction, but with monitoring she would let me go two weeks. I know when I'm getting close I'll want nothing more then the baby to arrive, but I'm going to hold out and if the baby wants to remain inside I'll let her until mid-November. It really works out MUCH better for my maternity leave that way. I wonder how big a 2 week overdue baby would be - my other two were both almost 9lbs as it is!!

The weekend was great - my grandparents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary! We spent the weekend with family, which was really fun. 60 years is just so amazing!!

I've got tomorrow off, for the 4th, so we are going to shoot off fireworks tonight and celebrate Dh's birthday (which is actually this Saturday) with his mom and our nephew. Should be a great time! Then this weekend we are taking the kids to Dh's mom's house and spending the weekend with friends - cannot wait! I hope the weather cooperates so we can spend Saturday boating and swimming!

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Work motivation = 0

I'm here in body, but that's about it! Dh and the kids are at home, as is my sister who is visiting for the weekend - getting up and leaving today was tough as I just wanted to lay in bed for awhile before getting up to finish my house cleaning and do my cooking for the weekend. I'm so excited to see everybody tonight - yay! It's supposed to be HOT here tomorrow, so spending the day on the boat should be great!

Being pregnant in the summer is tough - there are so many things that I wish I could do, but can't. If we do have any more kids they are definately NOT being born in the fall!

Dh felt our little girl kick last night - it was cute. He put his hand on my stomach and I said, "You have to push harder then that" - he was barely putting any pressure on my stomach at all. When he did push she kicked him - she HATES having her space invaded! Lol

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24 Weeks!

T-minus 16 weeks left! I'm hoping it's more like 17 or 18 weeks left, though, truth be told - it would be GREAT for my maternity leave! Babe is good - she was a moving, kicking fool all day yesterday. Her kicks and movements are getting more and more distinct and you can feel all of them from the outside now. I'm taking that to show that she's growing like she should!

Weekend was AWESOME! Our friends are so great, and we had so much fun hanging out together and talking and laughing. It stinks that everybody lives so far apart so we can only manage get-togethers like this a time or two a year.

This coming weekend should be a good time, too. Dh and I are going to take the kids and go on a bit of a road trip. It's our 6th wedding anniversary on Saturday and we decided we'd like to do something to celebrate, so we are leaving right after work on Friday night, and with no real agenda, we're going to cruise into Wisconsin and see the sights. I'm looking forward to it! There are fairs and carnivals all over the place this month, so hopefully we'll come across some of them.

Tonight we are hitting the local fair in town - they have a motocross show that we are taking the kids to. Fair food.....mmmmmm......yummmmy... :eating: :drool:

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100 Days to go until my due date! I'm not sure why, but that is a big milestone to me. I'll be in double digits starting tomorrow and I feel like I'm getting really close now. Biggrin

I think we are going to buy a new crib/dresser set for this baby. We've still got the one we used with the other two kids, but I really want one that I've seen at both Target and Walmart - it looks to be great quality, and I think it would really fit in the room nicely. I'm just watching prices and waiting for it to go on sale somewhat (or for the internet to drop the $98 shipping charge!) so I can get it!

We had an awesome weekend - went camping on Saturday night with the kids, which was a blast! They get so darn excited about everything, it's the cutest thing! I need to get my blog updated so everyone can see pics!

It's been SO hot here lately - yesterday was in the 90's and the forecast for the rest of the week shows no reprieve from the scorching temps. Thank goodness for A/C - I feel for those that don't have it!

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27 Weeks!

I remember reading other pregnany journals wishing I was one of the ones that was in my third tri - and now here I am - almost in my third tri! WHOO-HOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! :woohoo:

I'm feeling kinda crappy today, a bit nauseous and just off. I've not been eating that great, nor have I really been doing all the things a "good" pregnant person should do (i.e. exercise - haven't done that ONCE this pregnancy!). Part of me thinks I should start exercising again now, so that I'm not so out of breath all the time, then the lazy part jumps up and says, "But you're pregnant, take it easy now, there will be plenty of time to exercise after the baby is born!" So far the lazy part is winning, hands down.

We found out this week that Dh's Navy Ship is having a 20th Anniversary celebration shortly after the new baby is to arrive. He would like to go, as would I, I'm just unsure about what to do. Do we fly and try to take the kids? Do we take DS and leave both DD's with somebody for the week? Do we drive and take everyone? Ugh! If money were no object then we would fly down for a week or two, but since it is and we want to be smart, it's a tough decision. Tougher still because Christmas is right around the corner, I'll be off work on maternity leave, without pay, and we'll already be doing plenty of traveling around the holidays. What to do? What to do?

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