I'm back from vacation and I think my mom suspects I'm pregnant. She made a few comments along the lines of "Just in case you're pregnant..." so she at least knows it's a possibility even though she's probably still not sure. We're still not planning on telling her for at least another 3 weeks. I think that's all I'm going to be able to hold out! We're going to TN for our high school reunion then and we've decided to tell grandparents then. So much for waiting until September, but at least I'll be about 12 weeks then.
We had a really good vacation, but I had to choke down several meals in front of my family that I really didn't want to eat just so they wouldn't suspect anything. They know I get really nauseous during the first tri, so if I'd admitted I can't stand to even look at onions let alone eat them my mom would've immediately known what was going on. I was also really tired the whole time - a combination of not sleeping on my bed and lots of travel. I hated it that I didn't have more energy to play with the girls on the beach (they both absolutely LOVED playing in the ocean), but that's what I get for not planning better (like I can plan my pregnancies anyway). It also killed me that I couldn't enjoy the seafood more. Because of the nausea I can only eat very small meals (it's almost like my stomach has shrunk even though I know it hasn't) and those usually don't taste very good. I only ate two seafood meals because I just couldn't handle the idea of seafood any more than that.
So many people around me are announcing their pregnancies (due around the same time I am) and it's soooo hard to talk with them about their pregnancies without telling them I'm pregnant too! In fact today at church I was talking to the youth minister's wife. She just announced last week that they're expecting their third in early Feb. I asked her due date and she's due 4 days after me. She was saying that they didn't really plan this one - they'd talked about it then she found out she's pg. I said that's the best way to do it but I really wanted to add that that's exactly how DH and I found out we're expecting OUR third and that we're due on almost the same day. It was so hard. Then her MIL who was there too said "Congratulations to you too!" I about died! How did she know??? I was speechless and J said, "Oh, no she was just congratulating me. She's not pg!" Saved by my inability to talk! But after the congratulations it made me want to tell even worse. Oh, well, we may not make it to September for announcing to friends either. We may just announce in early August after we tell parents. I can't help it - I want to get all the congratulations ad have all the pregnancy conversations too. Sorry this is so long. Had a lot of catching up to do after being gone a week.
9 weeks 5 days The excitement never ends. We adopted a new kitten and picked him up today. This afternoon we took him to the vet for shots and discovered he has ringworm so now the girls and I have all been exposed to ringworm - yuck!! From what I've read it won't hurt the baby but I'm really, really hoping that none of us develop it since it seems to be a pain to get rid of.
By way of symptoms I'm beginning to get mild heartburn, especially if I eat peanuts or acidic foods like lemons. I love lemonade but I'll be avoiding it like the plague for the next 28 or so weeks. My nausea seems to come and go in waves. Some days I'll not notice it very much then other days (most days) it starts out mild and becomes so bad by evening that I can barely choke down a little supper. I've grown about an inch around my tummy in the past two weeks. I'm trying to measure my tummy every week or so to see when and how quickly I grow. I can hardly wait til my next appointment - only 2 weeks and 3 days to go! It's amazing how time can pass so quickly and at the same time creep by. I can't believe I'm a quarter of the way through this pregnancy - more than that if my past two pregnancies are any indication.
10 weeks 3 days - I can't believe I'm closing in on the end of the first trimester! No sign yet of ringworm on any of the family. Maybe we will avoid it. My symptoms really haven't changed yet. I'm still nauseous but maybe not quite as much as a few weeks ago. I'm still exhausted, my bb's are still occasionally tender (still not growing in that department like I did last time), and my clothes are tight but I haven't grown out of my "big" clothes yet. I can hardly wait to really fit in maternity clothes. I borrowed some summer stuff from a friend the other day and tried them on. I actually fit in lots of them but I don't look pregnant in the really. I just haven't got enough tummy to fill out the panels. I did buy myself a pair of carpris at Target that are designed for the first/second trimesters. They are really stretchy but don't look like maternity pants so I can wear them and be comfortable without anyone knowing I'm wearing maternity clothes.
I'm getting so excited about telling everyone I'm pregnant. Only 2 weeks to go! I had my first pregnancy dream a few days ago. I dreamt I was at the hospital and had a baby girl that looked EXACTLY like my first daughter(who looks like DH). In the dream I told DH that now we had to have a fourth baby so we'd have two matched sets (I needed another that looked like my second daughter who looks like me). I planned on breastfeeding but I never breastfed her in the hospital. Instead I left the hospital a few hours after she was born and the next day I decided she might be hungry so I nursed her then. The weirdest part was that we were all at a park with a river and we were all playing in the river, so I just nursed her while standing in the river! I guess we'll have to wait 7 more months to see if my first dream is accurate in predicting the baby is a girl. My oldest DD keeps talking about her brother and she doesn't even know I'm pregnant. She only started doing that a few days after I found out I was pregnant. All of a sudden she's singing songs about her brother and talking about her brother! I guess one of us has to be right about the gender, though!
I can't believe how long it's been since I posted last! I'm 11 weeks 5 days today and I finally got to hear this little one's heartbeat! I'm in love!!! It finally seems real to me that we're going to have ANOTHER baby. I changed my appointment from Thurs. to today since we decided to go to TN a few days early. We're leaving Wed and this way I'll have some time to visit with my parents before the reunion on Sat. I gained one pound. I looked and I'm at the exact same weight and weight gain that I was at last pg'y. The heart rate was in the high 180's. I think the official number the np recorded was 188. It got as high as 192. I can't help but think that means another girl even though it's still waaay too early to use the heart rate as an indicator of gender. Both my girls had very high heart rates at 12 weeks, but then again I've never been pregnant with a boy, so maybe he would have a high hr at this point too? Dr. G still doesn't know when or even if he's going to the Middle East, but he is on alert. Nothing to worry about there until he gets his orders I guess. His partner is very good too and one of my best friends sees his partner so if he's in the delivery room instead of Dr G that will be fine, too.
I can't remember if I mentioned it before, but my dad had rotator cuff surgery a couple of weeks ago and he's been so anxious to see his grandkids. I've kept them away since he needed time to let his arm heal, but it looks like it's going to be at least two more weeks before they remove the brace that keeps him arm completely immobile and I know I can't wait that long to tell everyone. I just hope my little one isn't too upset that her "Pooh" can't play with her like he normally does. My 4 yo will understand even tho' she won't like it.
I made it through my last Sunday morning of not announcing at church, but somehow two more people found out I'm pregnant. I'm not really sure how much of a secret it is any more but we're still going to officially announce in two more weeks. I'm really looking forward to that and to this coming weekend when we tell all our family and relatives. I probably won't update my journal again until we've "announced"
Okay, so I'm not so great at updating my journal. That's okay, it's still more than I did either of the previous two times! We did tell parents last week. The girls wore their matching "I'm the Big Sister" t-shirts last Sat. morning. My mom was on the phone when they entered the room, but Dad immediately saw them (especially Haley's) and started grinning. He didn't say anything, though until Mom caught sight of them. She was talking to my sister and said something like "Big sister, you're too little to be a big sister!" (kidding of course). They were both thrilled and absolutely couldn't believe we'd kept it a secret for almost 13 weeks. Mom had caught on to a few things (what I ate/didn't eat, what I was wearing - big shorts with elastic waists that I hadn't worn since right after Haley was born) so she somewhat suspected I was pg, but hadn't said anything. Toby's parents were a completely different story. They both read the shirts, but assumed we had mistakenly bought a big sister shirt instead of a little sister shirt for Haley, so they didn't say anything. Toby had to point out that it said (and MEANT) big sister before they realized the meaning behind the message! They were excited too, but had really thought we were finished having babies since we just bought a travel trailer (we're still not sure about the connection b/w buying a 6-person camper and not having any more kids...). Toby's parents were also surprised we were so far along, and I think they were somewhat in shock! Of course everyone congratulated us. When Toby's parents went to Sunday night dinner they announced they were going to be grandparents again. Their friends' response was "She's not pg AGAIN!" They meant my sil who's two kids are 18 months apart. Patti's response was, "No SHE'S finished, Gina is pg again!" I really thought this was funny since my sil lives there and will probably start getting questions about when she's due from people who missed the fact that it's me and not her who's pg.
All in all it was a really exciting weekend. We also got to announce to all our old high school classmates at our 10 year reunion that we're expecting our third child. I'm pretty sure that of the girls who actually finished college I have the most kids. Not sure exactly what that implies
! There were 10 of us at the reuion who were pg, though! I was the least far along of anyone. Lots of them were expecting their first child, some their second. I guess we're all at the time in life when procreating is a popular thing!
Since this entry is so long I'll end it here and try to update more frequently in the future, if for no other reason than I want a written record of this pregnancy.
I'm finally through the morning sickness!!!! For the last few days I've felt great and want to eat everything in sight!! The way I'm eating I'll shoot right past the 30 pounds I gained with each of my first two pregnancies . The nausea started getting better over the past week or two, but I've not had anything I'd term "nausea" in at least a few days, so I'm declaring the second trimester here and the nausea a distant memory. I'm 14 weeks 2 days now and I'm also finally starting to need maternity clothes (YEAH!!). I do have one or two stretchy, elastic waisted pairs of shorts I can squeeze into, but maternity clothes feel much better so I'm transitioning into them. DH has to get all my maternity clothes out of the attic so I'll have something to wear. I borrowed some maternity shorts outfits from a friend so I do have clothes to wear, but I want to get all my stuff out and go through it, too. I just love wearing maternity clothes!
I don't remember if I wrote anything about it before, but we bought a camper a few weeks ago and we're going camping next weekend. At least this time I won't get nauseous from the campfire like I did at six weeks. I'm really looking forward to the trip and so is our oldest DD.
I still haven't gotten any closer to picking out a name for this little one. I said "I" because DH won't look through name books. I make a list of names I like then we go through the list together and discuss them to choose a name. I sometimes wish he would look too, but he says I wouldn't like any of his choices anyway, so this saves me from vetoing all his choices. Oh, well! Better finish this - DH and I are going to an IMAX movie tonight and I have to get ready. More later.
DH - 8/3/96
DD #1 - 4/99
DD #2 - 4/02
Wilson Reid is here! 1/16/04
15 weeks today! No way!! This pregnancy is flying by and before I know it the baby will be here and I won't be ready. For each of my children I've made a baby quilt. I always make the quilt while I'm pregnant, and I don't start it until after I know the baby is on the way. Well, by this point in each of my previous two pregnancies I was well into making the quilt but this pregnancy I just can't seem to find the time. By the time the girls are in bed I barely have enough energy to watch tv or read a book, let alone work on a quilt. Today, though, I finally started cutting out the material. The girls started Mother's Day Out today so now I can work on the baby's quilt in the daytime. Haley is only going 1 day a week, but one day is better than nothing. Maybe I'll be able to catch up on their scrapbooks, too! That's my other big goal before the baby gets here.
I don't remember if I've recorded it here yet, but I've finally felt the baby move! The first few times I wrote the feeling off as too faint to be sure, but now I'm fairly positive that what I've been feeling over the last week or so is the baby. I felt it while sitting at the computer the other day and not concentrating on trying to feel movement, so hopefully in another week or so the movements will become more consistent. I absolutely love feeling my baby move! It's one of my favorite parts of pregnancy.
My next appointment is on Monday. I can't believe it's almost time to go to the doctor again. This time they'll draw blood for the triple screen test. I know lots of women opt out of this test, but I'd rather know now if something is wrong with my baby so I can prepare myself for the delivery. I'd never terminate a pregnancy just because my baby wasn't "perfect", but I also don't want to be surprised at delivery if there is any way for me to know about problems in advance.
In other news we're going rv'ing this weekend in our new (to us) camper. We're really looking forward to this trip, especially my oldest daughter Brenna. She can't wait to sleep in our "house-car". That's all the news I can think of at the moment, so I'll end this and go through the baby name book for a few minutes before B's bedtime.
15 weeks 5 days - Appointment Day! Nothing really exciting happened at my appt - except for me in that I got to hear this little one's heartbeat again! It was 170 today, which is exactly like her/his big sisters' heartbeats. If I wasn't already used to these high heartrates I might think something was wrong, especially since I have a heart defect myself. My next appt. is Sept 18 - a little more than 4 weeks away since I wanted to schedule it during DD's preschool time. This way I won't have to find a babysitter. I did get the quad screen done again. I've had it done with each pregnancy since I'd rather be prepared than shocked in the delivery room. I know it only tests for a few things, but at least I can mark those off my list of potential problems to be concerned about.
Our camping trip was lots of fun, but it completely drained me of what little energy I had. Being pregnant and going camping are two activities that don't go well together for me, maybe b/c of my heart problem. All I know is that DH HAD to come home today so I could take a two hour uninterrupted nap this morning. If he hadn't done that I probably would have accidently fallen asleep with the kids by myself. My cardiologist appt. is in a few weeks and I'll talk to him then about potential problems during this pregnancy due to my VSD. I've never had problems before, but there's always a first time, especially since I've also never been pregnant while taking care of two preschoolers, either.
DH - 8/3/96
DD #1 - 4/99
DD #2 - 4/02
Wilson Reid is here! 1/16/04
This will be a short update since I'm exhausted (constant state these days), but I wanted to record that I've finally finished cutting out the material for the baby's quilt! Now if I can just start piecing it together I might have a chance at finishing it BEFORE the baby gets here. Miss B is really enjoying preschool this year and she also started AWANA at the same church where she attends preschool (our church doesn't offer it and I really like the program). Not much else is going on with the pregnancy. I've now got lots of heartburn, I'm feeling the baby move on a daily basis, and I feel like I can literally watch myself getting bigger every day this time. One other pregnancy symptom which I knew was coming but which I was hoping would wait until at least 20 weeks - I've started feeling pelvic floor pressure. I only had this at the end of my first pregnancy when the baby got big (last month or so). It started around 18-20 weeks last time and was incredibly uncomfortable for the last half of my pregnancy. Looks like this time is going to be no different - if anything I'll have to put up with it even longer. I sooo dread this part of being pregnant because there just isn't a comfortable way to sit/lay/stand. Pretty much constant misery. It's worth it when the baby gets here, though .
DH - 8/3/96
DD #1 - 4/99
DD #2 - 4/02
Wilson Reid is here! 1/16/04
Nothing much new to report. I'm still eating like a lumberjack and I'm so exhausted that I want to go to bed at 7 pm and I really have been getting in bed by 9 pm or so. I worked a little on the baby's quilt today. I'm going to have to make more time to work on it or I'll never get it finished. My breasts have really gotten SORE the last couple of weeks. They hardly hurt at all the first trimester but lately they've started making their presence known. Maybe I'll finally start growing more! By 8 weeks or so in my second pregnancy I was already huge but this time I've hardly grown any. I think I killed them by nursing! I'm still feeling the baby move but not as consistently as I'd like. I know that's coming in a few more weeks but I'd still like to feel the baby move several times an hour instead of several times a day. That's all for now.