17 weeks 5 days - I can't believe how much I've grown in the past week or so!! I'm starting to really be able to tell that this is my third pregnancy because I wasn't nearly this big at this point with either of my previous pregnancies. I've also been having some Braxton Hicks contractions which is slightly earlier than last time but they aren't timeable so I'm not concerned. The pelvic floor pressure I've started having is bad some days and not noticeable at all on others. I know it will only get worse but for now it isn't too bad. I really think at this point that it's connected to how much I lift (eg, DD, groceries, etc.). Later it won't matter what I do it will just be plain miserable! So much to look forward to
We were busy this past weekend. We visited our family in Tennessee and celebrated my mom's and DH's dad's birthdays. On the way back home DH and I discussed buying a second van so we'll have two vehicles that the whole family will fit in (currently our second vehicle is a small truck). I think we'll probably buy one in January/February. By then we'll have the money saved to pay cash for a good used one which is the only way we'll buy one since we don't borrow money. (We still have a house mortgage but we're working on getting rid of that as quickly as possible - hopefully within the next 7-8 years). Anyway, I'm very excited about the prospect of having two vehicles that we can all fit in!
19 weeks - tell me this pregnancy isn't going that quickly! I cannot believe this baby is almost officially half way cooked (in reality probably already half way!). My next appointment is in 8 more days and I'm so anxious for it to get here. I want to schedule my ultrasound - even if I'm not learning the gender. I want to know that my baby is healthy and growing the way s/he should. I'm still a little concerned that I don't feel the baby move more often. The movements I feel now are very definite. I can tell whether the baby is kicking or turning over and I'm pretty sure the head is down (I've felt too many movements extremely low in my pelvis just like last time when DD stayed in the "blastoff" position from about 18-20 weeks on). I think one reason I'm not noticing as much movement is that I stay so darn busy with the other two that I don't have time to take notice of the baby moving. I feel lots of movement at night when I lay down and relax, but almost no movement during the day while I'm up and active.
The girls are going to visit their grandparents this weekend, so I've got an entire weekend to scrapbook and work on the baby's quilt. I'm sooo excited about that, especially since the girls have taken turns being sick for the past week and a half with high fevers and upper respiratory infections.
Not much has changed in the way of symptoms. I'm still having heartburn (some days are worse than others) and the pelvic floor pain is slowly getting worse (noooo! it's too early!!!) My breasts, which weren't really tender at all during the first trimester, are so sore now that I can hardly stand to turn over in bed because the movement is so painful. At least now they're growing more and starting to look like "pregnant" breasts! That's about all for now.
19 w 6 d - tomorrow marks the halfway point! I'm still not ready for the baby to be here, but I love thinking about him/her. I wonder who s/he looks like and what his/her personality will be. My first two children are so different from each other that I'm curious to see how this one will be the same or different from them. A few days ago I had my second pregnancy dream. This time I dreamt that I was in the hospital, had a very easy labor and delivery and the baby was a 9 pound, 22 inch girl with blond hair. She looked nothing like either of her sisters and since she was so big she didn't even look like a newborn to me. I sincerely hope this baby isn't so big - I'm ordering a 7 - 7 1/2 pound baby! I love having baby dreams, though.
The baby is finally making its presence known more throughout the day. For the past few days I've been noticing more and more kicks and movements during the day and tons more movement during the night. I don't know if it's b/c the baby is getting bigger or I'm just paying more attention - maybe a little of each.
The baby's quilt is starting to take shape. Just a little more work and it will be pieced and ready to quilt. I'm anxious to get it put together and start quilting. I love the quilting part! If I can find the time I'll finish piecing it this weekend. If not, the girls are visiting their grandparents again in 3 weeks or so, and I'll get it done then.
I'm so ready for my appointment Thursday. I don't know why they're so important to me. It's not like I'm going to learn anything about my pregnancy I don't already know - except what the baby's heart rate is at 20 weeks. Maybe Dr. G will also know whether he's going to the Middle East any time soon. I'm also ready for the weather to get cooler. I have a bare minimum of sleeveless and short sleeve shirts since I've never been pregnant in the summer and I need it to get cooler so I'll have a little variety in my wardrobe. Of course when it's 40 degrees outside I'll be longing for sunshine and 80 degree temps. You just can't please a pregnant woman! Until next time.
DH - 8/3/96
DD #1 - 4/99
DD #2 - 4/02
Wilson Reid is here! 1/16/04
Okay, so I'm not keeping this journal up like I planned to. It's so hard to find the time while raising two other children! I had my 20 week appointment last week and everything looks great. I gained 5 pounds over the last month, my bp was 80/50, and the baby's hr was 162. So far this pregnancy is going just like my last two as far as weight gain and baby's hr. My ultrasound is scheduled for Oct. 17 - I'll be 24 weeks. I'm very excited to finally see this little one even though I still don't want to know the gender. In addition to increasing pelvic floor pain I'm now also experiencing terrible lower back pain. This is my own fault since I RARELY bend at the knees when I'm picking something (often my daughter) up off the floor. I'm really trying to do better about bending at the knees instead of my back, but it's so much effort! I'm also wearing a maternity support belt which helps tremendously! I forgot to put it on today and this evening I'm miserable b/c of it. I'll certainly not forget tomorrow morning. I've not really worked any more on the baby's quilt, but I'll get to it in another week or so when the girls visit their grandparents again. I'm hoping to get it basted and ready to hand quilt. Then I'll be able to work on it a few minutes at a time as I have time. In other news I saw the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus last night and they were awesome! After the concert I bought each of my kids (including the baby) a set of Ukrainian nesting dolls for Christmas. I'm really looking forward to giving them to the girls. No other realy baby news. Seems like everyone due around the same time as me is having a girl. I guess it fits that I'm most likely having a girl too. I still want it to be a surprise, though. DH doesn't think I'll have the willpower to wait until s/he is born to find out. I guess I'll just have to show him!
DH - 8/3/96
DD #1 - 4/99
DD #2 - 4/02
Wilson Reid is here! 1/16/04
23 weeks 1 day - it seems I get worse about updating the farther along I get! Good news - the baby's quilt is completely pieced and I've started quilting it! I'm really excited about this since I was worried for awhile that I wouldn't get it finished. I'm fairly confident now that I have enough time to finish it. My goal is to complete it by 35 weeks. We are also getting closer to deciding on a girl's name. DH has been stuck on Victoria for several weeks now and wouldn't discuss any other name. I like Victoria but I'm not convinced it's the right name for this baby. For one thing it doesn't go with our other DD's names. He has recently agreed to add Caelan, Kyla, and Nichole to the list as well. One of these names will probably end up being our choice (unless I run across another name!). The middle name will most likely be Rhiann, Diann, or Leanne since I'm attempting to keep up a tradition of having "ann" in the middle name.
The pelvic floor pain I've been experiencing has recently gotten worse. I knew it would, but at this rate I'm going to be absolutely miserable by the time this baby gets here! The only thing that helps is my maternity supprt belt. If I didn't wear it all day every day my back pain and pelvic floor pain would have me bedridden. I wouldn't even be able to walk upright. I don't know why I have so many problems with this. Other moms of three or more haven't had the same level of problem with this. I guess this is just my particular problem in pregnancy. Other people have other issues. My heartburn is also getting harder to control, but I also expected that based on previous experience. I'm going to ask my dr about taking something stronger than Tums or Rolaids since they don't really seem to do anything to help it.
My ultrasound is scheduled in 8 days!! I can hardly wait to see this little one and verify that s/he looks healthy. For this ultrasound we've invited all the grandparents to come to the appt. with us. I know my parents are coming and DH's parents will if they can, so the ultrasound room will be crowded! None of the grandparents have ever been to any of our other ultrasounds, so this should be an interesting experience! Both our DD's will also be there. I hope the room is big!
I had another baby dream - or maybe I was partly awake and it was just something that was worrying me at the time. This time, though, I didn't realize I was in labor until I started feeling the urge to push - and I was in a restaurant waiting for a table. Someone called 911 and they made an announcement in the restaurant that we needed a medical professional who could deliver a baby. By the time one came forward and the paramedics arrived DH had already delivered the baby. I'm certainly glad my dreams have never actually predicted something that would happen to me!
My youngest DD needs me, so I'll end this for now.
DH - 8/3/96
DD #1 - 4/99
DD #2 - 4/02
Wilson Reid is here! 1/16/04
I just wanted to post a quick update before my ultrasound tomorrow morning. As of now I'm still determined not to find out this baby's gender. Actually, I'm looking forward to it being a surprise in the delivery room (even though I still think it's a girl). I'm praying that the ultrasound shows a healthy baby - that's the only important thing to me at this point. DH and I still haven't come up with a girl's name - our two front runners are Victoria and Nichole but I'm not sure that either one is exactly right. I just hope he can still discuss names after he knows the gender.
I hope I haven't gained too much weight at my appt. tomorrow. Normally I'm pretty indifferent to food but when I'm pregnant I LOVE to eat! Food just tastes so darn good! I'm a little afraid of stepping on the scale but I always gain lots of weight during this part of my pregnancies so I'm at least a little prepared.
I've got a cold/allergies right now and my nose is stuffy. I can't stand sleeping with a stuffy nose and my drug of choice (Afrin) is off limits while I'm pregnant so I guess I'll just hope the cold goes away soon. I will take Sudafed and hope that helps some. It usually helps at least a little.
I love dreaming about who this baby will look like. I expect him/her to look like DH since he has more dominant features than I do (dark hair, brown eyes, etc). But then, I was surprised with my second DD (a redhead like me) so we'll just wait and see. I keep thinking about those first minutes after s/he is born when I get to hold him/her for the first time. I wouldn't trade anything for those memories with my first two DDs and I know this birth will be just as special.
On the other hand I could do without the complete lack of energy and terrible mood swings of pregnancy. I enjoy being pregnant, but it's so hard sometimes to be pregnant with two young children to care for on a 24/7 basis. I especially hate it when I snap at the kids and I know it's because I'm pregnant. Things that I normally would take in stride sometimes just hit me the wrong way right now and sometimes my children see that. I don't mind so much when I snap at DH since he knows what's causing it, but the children don't understand that Mommy is tired or in a bad mood because she's pregnant and can't control her emotions. It was also much, much easier and more fun the first time around when I could concentrate on the baby I was carrying instead of completely forgetting I'm pregnant for large stretches of time like I do now. I just don't have time to worry about whether I'm hurting the myself or the baby when I lift my DD or heavy groceries or when I twist in unnatural ways to help my DD's. Occasionally I'll think "I never would have done this during my first pregnancy" when I'm doing something especially awkward or physically demanding, but overall I just don't even think about being pregnant or hurting the baby.
Enough rambling. I'll post an update after the weekend since we're going camping immediately after my ultrasound tomorrow.
24 w 6 d - I've finally found a few minutes to update. My ultrasound went wonderfully! The baby is healthy, weighs about 1 1/2 pounds and is very active. Even though I thought I'd completely gotten used to the idea that I'm going to have another baby somehow seeing this little one on the ultrasound screen made it more real. I'm ready to be a mom of three on an even deeper level now and I'm so in love with this baby! And - best of all - it doesn't matter one bit that I don't know the gender. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to "bond" with the baby since I still don't know whether it's a boy or girl but the gender seems so completely irrelevant it amazes me. I'm very much looking forward to hearing the doctor announce "It's a _____!" in the delivery room. Of course DH found out the gender and I also let my mom find out since the suspense was killing her. At the beginning of the ultrasound I told Kathy I didn't want to know the gender, but throughout the ultrasound she never told me not to look at the screen so I assumed that she had completely avoided the genital area. At the end of the ultrasound DH asked her to go back and look so he could know the gender and she announced quite emphatically that she already knew. I think DH was a little surprised since I know he'd been watching to see anything familiar (of course both the girls looked the same on ultrasound and by the second DD we both knew what we were seeing when we saw it even before Kathy told us that DD #2 was a girl). I still very much feel like this baby is a girl, but not "knowing" is really exciting to me and it amazes me that Kathy was able to discover the gender without letting anyone else in the room know. But then she's been doing ultrasounds for as long as ultrasound has been a standard part of prenatal care so she's really good at it. My stomach is telling me it's lunch time, so I'll write more later.
I WANT OFF THIS EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER!!!! Sorry for the caps, but I just had to scream that - it made me feel much better. For the past two weeks I've been "Hormone Hannah" as my mom says. I woke up in the middle of the night sobbing a few nights ago and even though I knew I was being ridiculous I still couldn't stop myself. I broke down again today and my 4 yo consoled me. I felt so bad crying in front of her, but I really couldn't stop. I know this is just part of being pregnant but it's one of my least favorite parts. Add to that a DH who is very busy at work with things he has to get done over the next few weeks and you have a recipe for a not-very-happy pregnant woman. I'm so incredibly blessed, though, so I guess I'll stop complaining!
The little one was breech at my ultrasound, but I think s/he is turning. I've felt a lot more movement in my lower left stomach near my pelvis, so I think the baby is situated diagonally with its head down there and feet in the upper right corner (I'm pretty sure it's the head that's low because the baby has been hiccupping and that's where the hiccups are)
If I can ever get a chance to talk to DH I'm going to try to pin him down on one or two favorite names. I have a short list which includes Victoria Diann, Johanna Nichole, Nichole Rhiann and a few others which I can't think of at the moment.
My BH contractions got pretty bad yesterday morning. I thought I was going to have to start timing them but then they slowed down again after a few hours. I've been having a few an hour and they've started getting harder but this happened last time too, so I'm not too concerned yet. I have a feeling that they'll get to the point again that I take Terbutaline to stop them. I just hope they don't get any more serious than that!
DH just came home so I'll sign off for now.
I've been feeling so guilty for not updating my journal sooner. I just don't seem to have any computer time any more! There's been so much going on the past few weeks I hardly know where to start. A week and a half ago DD #2 developed another kidney infection and at the same time I caught a really nasty stomach virus. DD started running a high fever over the weekend (I thought at first it was a reaction to the flu vaccine she'd just had) so Monday morning DH took her to the doctor. This is her third UTI so they ran a VCUG and renal ultrasound - both came back normal. Sunday night I started throwing up but by Monday morning I'd stopped so I didn't have to go to the hospital. I couldn't eat for 4 more days, though, so although I didn't stay dehydrated I did lose weight. Luckily I had a few more days before my next appt. so overall I gained 3 pounds this month.
My 28 week appt. was on Monday and everything was normal. BP was 90/58 which I was relieved about. I don't remember if I wrote about it before, but one day a few weeks ago I started feeling very lightheaded and unable to think clearly. I also had a strange headache so DH checked my BP that night and it was 130/80 which is high for me. I'd been under some stress so I know that's what caused all the weird symptoms. I've been trying to watch my stress level, especially with the holidays coming up! Baby's hr was in the 150's to 160 and I measured 29 weeks. My next appt is Dec 1 - I'm so excited to finally be on 2 week appts.! My next appt is with Dr. L so I can ask him all my questions. I'm pretty sure he will be delivering this baby so I want to be as comfortable with him as possible.
I've been having the strangest (non-baby related) dreams for the past few weeks. They are very vivid and make no sense whatsoever and I seem to have them almost every night. For example, in one of them I was at a hair salon waiting to buy something and no one would wait on me. I got so furious! Usually when I have a dream like that it's because of something that happened to me recently, but I couldn't come up with any correlation b/w the dream and reality. Oh, well.
Lately I've had an almost constant pain in my upper right side. I think maybe the baby is kicking me there a lot. Either that or my muscles are so stretched out they are just constantly sore. At my last appt the baby was kind of head down, but in a diagonal direction. I hope s/he decides to get in the right position soon. DD #2 was head down from around 24 weeks and only occasionally moved from that position until she was too big to turn any more.
I got a flu shot today. I've been intending to get one for several weeks now but only today remembered to actually go get one. I should've done it Monday but my pregnant brain wasn't working well enough to remember to ask for it. I can't think of anything else to update at the moment so I'll end this for now and hopefully remember to write again in a few weeks. I can't believe the baby will (probably) be here in less than 2 months! Time is flying.
Wow, I'm already 31 weeks! My appointment Monday went very well. I finally got to meet Dr. L. We had a fairly long discussion about my past history. He says that if I make it to 38 weeks (which I've never done) he will induce labor because of my past history of rapid labors. He will start checking my cervix around 35 weeks or sooner if I start having timeable contractions. I've been having some pretty decent contractions but so far they only come at most 3 or so an hour. The baby was breech at my appt., but s/he flip flops so much right now that that news didn't surprise me too much. All my babies have been active but this one wins the prize for turning somersaults! My first two got in the head down position by 24 weeks or so and stayed that way. Dr. L said there's still plenty of time for the baby to cooperate on positioning and if s/he doesn't he will do an external version at 36 weeks so I'm still not guaranteed a C-section even if the baby doesn't want to cooperate.
I've been having less heartburn than before which I'm very thankful for. I still get it but only if I eat certain foods. A few weeks ago I could just look at a carrot and get it! I have increasingly less energy, though, and I'm also getting less agile. I feel so awkward right now. My belly bumps into everything which makes it sore, I can barely get my dd into her carseat, and I can't carry dd or walk up a flight of stairs without getting incredibly out of breath. I start out in the morning with grand plans of what I will accomplish for the day and by 10 a.m. I'm so tired just looking at my to-do list wears me out! Don't get me wrong - growing a baby is certainly worth a few months of inconveniences, but I do miss having a normal amount of energy and agility.
The baby quilt is on hold for the moment. I took it to Tn over Thanksgiving to work on it and left it there. I've got to get busy or this little one won't have a quilt before s/he is born! While in TN I had a small shower attended by my aunts, cousins, and a few friends. They were so generous! I got lots of diapers and some really cute outfits. It was funny to see which gender each person was "voting" for. I got a few gender-neutral things, one person gave me an outfit for each gender, one gave a boy outfit, and two people bought only girl outfits! It's so much fun not really knowing the gender. I wish I'd waited last time, too. There's no way I would've been able to wait to find out the first time, though. The weird dreams have let up some, but I still get up 50 times a night to go to the bathroom. Of course, every time I get up I also drink water which could be part of my problem! I'm always so thirsty, though - oh, well.
I'll end this update and go pick up the girls from MDO.