Becoming a Family of Four

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Becoming a Family of Four

I finally have a minute to start my pregnancy journal. I didn't keep a journal with my first pregnancy, so I really want to try to keep a consistent one this time.

On December 18th, 2010 impatience got the better of me and I decided to take a pregnancy test. I was only 10dpo, and this was mid-afternoon, so not even close to FMU, so I wasn't really expecting to see anything. I figured if there was a line, it would be really, really faint.

So I set the stick down and took the dogs out. I went back in to the bathroom three minutes later and there was a very definite line- no squinting necessary! It surprised me how dark it was! DH and I were very excited. With our daughter, we were not trying to get pregnant, so I definitely hyperventilated when I took the test and it turned up positive! It was nice this time around to not be caught completely off guard!

This was our first cycle TTC #2, so we feel very blessed that it happened so quickly for us. My EDD is August 31, which means I'll have the baby in September, if this pregnancy is anything like my last one! DD's birthday is October 2nd, so they'll be just about 3 years apart. We were planning on 3-4 years apart, so that's pretty much perfect. Definitely hoping for another girl, but a boy would be a blessing to our family as well!

As far as symptoms go, I had some cramping early on (before testing) which was the same as my first pregnancy. I definitely noticed increased CM. I've been having some MS in the evenings, which was definitely made worse by a stomach virus that our whole family got over Christmas. Ugh. I've definitely had fatigue this time around which I didn't have with my daughter. Although I'm sure it's complicated by the fact that I can't seem to get well- first the stomach virus, now I have bronchitis. It has been an insanely busy holiday season for us, so I'm hoping that January will bring some down time so I get some rest and get healthy! I also REALLY need to get back in the gym!

Although the delivery is a long way off, I am thinking that I really want to try for a VBAC. DD was an emergency c-section due to fetal distress. And I do mean emergency. Her heartbeat was almost non-existent, I had 15 people RUNNING my bed down the hallway of L&D, and they put me under general anesthesia in order to get her out ASAP. It was terrifying, to say the least. My main goal for this delivery is just to be awake for it. It was really devastating to miss out on that moment, although of course I am thankful that they did what they had to do in order to get her out alive. Her one minute APGAR score was a 2. Her five minute score was a 9, so thankfully she bounced right back. I am hoping that this second birth will be a calmer experience, among other things.

So here's hoping for a healthy pregnancy and baby, and a wonderful, healing delivery at the end of it!

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I have spent the better part of the last two days in bed. Between the morning sickness, bronchitis, and fatigue I can hardly stand up. So I took advantage of DH being home and let him take care of DD so I could get some rest. As of tomorrow he's back at work (after being off over the holidays) and I will be on my own! I'm a little nervous about that. I'm planning to get out of the house to try to make the time pass quickly and keep my mind off how I'm feeling. I definitely need to grocery shop, and I'd really like to get to the gym (not expecting to be able to do a serious workout, but even just walking on the treadmill would be good). I hate feeling like this. I'm remembering why I did not enjoy being pregnant last time. I'm hoping that the morning sickness goes away earlier than it did with DD (18 weeks). It definitely started sooner. I need to call and make an appointment with the midwives tomorrow. I will definitely be asking for an anti-nausea medication. If they won't give it to me, I'm calling my FIL (who is an OB) and getting him to prescribe it for me. With DD I didn't take anything- just toughed it out. I will not be doing that this time around. Not when I have a two-year-old to take care of!

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I am feeling SOOOO nauseous today. Nauseous, and hungry at the same time. Gross. I managed to get up, get DD, get her breakfast, take a shower, get dressed, get DD dressed, get the grocery list, get coats on and get out the door with DD... only to realize that DH had taken the car seat with him to work. It was in his car instead of mine because we had taken my car in for a tune up a few days before, and had forgotten for switch it back. So he had to come home from work to bring me the car seat. DD and I played outside while we waited for him. It's cold, but not windy and the sun was shining, so it was probably good for us to get some fresh air.

Once we had the car seat, we headed to the grocery store and got the shopping done. While at the store, every smell was making me even more nauseous, and then I randomly had an uncontrollable craving for cheetos (not something I normally eat), so I bought a bag... I have to say, it kind of hit the spot. With DD, I had tons of food aversions, but the only craving I had was for mexican food. Last night, I had an intense craving for our favorite mexican place, but I didn't want to spend the money to go out to eat. Let me just add that DD loved the mexican food while I was pregnant with her, and still loves it! Anyway, the cheetos thing was weird.

So I'm definitely wearing maternity pants today. I'm not even six weeks yet. I did the same thing with DD. It has nothing to do with the size of the pants- I haven't gained any weight yet and my clothes all fit fine, I just absolutely cannot stand the feeling of a waistband. It makes the nausea 10x worse. So, maternity pants it is. I attempted to put my regular pants on first, and let me tell you- it was SUCH a relief to take them off and put the maternity pants on!

If the nausea continues to be this bad, I don't know how I'm going to keep the pregnancy a secret until we hear the heartbeat. I may be forced into telling people early. I really would like to wait at least a few more weeks, though.

I attempted to call the midwives today, and even though I called during their office hours, I got a message that the office was closed. Awesome. So I emailed them. I just want to know if they're taking new patients and if I can set up a consultation. Also if they take our insurance, because if not... I will be going back to my OB. I'm about 99% sure they take our insurance. Hopefully I'll be able to get in touch with them soon. If not, I'm calling my FIL and getting him to prescribe me something for the nausea.

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I'm feeling really frustrated today, for a variety of reasons, and I don't think the pregnancy hormones are helping. I'm out of patience with a lot of things. We made an offer on a house before Christmas, and we've been countering back and forth ever since. The seller's agent has been really unprofessional right from the start, and I think it's getting worse. As of right now, we're waiting to hear back on our counter offer that supposedly expired on Jan. 1st. We found out on Jan. 3rd that he hadn't even given the offer to the seller yet. :eek: I'm so fed up with this guy! Putting our house on the market, buying a new house (which would be in need of repairs and renovations... it's a fixer-upper) and moving while pregnant is all pretty darn stressful. It would be great if we could just an answer one way or the other. If we're not moving, great. If we are moving, great. I just really need to know what's happening. DH is moving ahead as if we've gotten the house- he reserved a storage space, is getting boxes, and is wanting me to start packing. But I'm not willing to turn my life upside down unless I have some concrete information that we actually are moving!

In other news, I'm still nauseous, DD is being a pill, and I am trying desperately to be patient with her. She was up in the middle of the night last night, for awhile (unusual for her), so because of that she was cranky before nap. Then she got woken up from nap early, so now she's cranky because of that! I'm debating whether or not I should try to get her to go down for a second nap. This is miserable for everyone involved. What am I going to do when I have two little ones?!?! Thank goodness Catie will be almost three then. She has gotten easier the older she gets. I'm hoping that continues. And she is usually a doll... today is just a rough day.

I heard back from the midwives that their office is re-opening today after the holidays, but I'm still waiting to hear back from the lady who schedules the consultations. I just want to get in and get my prenatal care started so I can get something for the nausea. I cannot keep this up- not with a two-year-old to take care of. The nausea is so bad that I can't sleep through the night- it wakes me up at least a couple of times.

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Finally got an appointment with the midwives today! Of course it's not for another 3 weeks, but I did get the midwife I wanted (it's a big practice, and they're busy). Pretty excited about that. I texted my FIL to get a prescription for anti-nausea meds, since I don't think I can make it three weeks until I see my midwife. It's been particularly bad today... I spent a couple hours camped out in front of the toilet, with my laptop, reading the forums! DD was running in and out of the bathroom. She was slightly freaked out that mommy was on the bathroom floor. I tried to be as reassuring as I could. At one point I was hanging over the toilet with DD on my lap, and both of our (large) dogs trying to get onto my lap! This was much easier the first time around when I could just come home from work and be miserable without having to take care of a two-year-old. Also the nausea, while pretty bad, wasn't as bad as this. I realize that all I'm talking about in this journal is nausea, but it is pretty much consuming my life right now. Can't wait until 20 weeks. The nausea will (hopefully) be gone, we'll know if we're having a boy or a girl, and we'll have told everyone so I won't have to hide it any more, and I can unashamedly wear maternity pants! Wink

So we *almost* have a signed contract on a house as of today. The seller's agent is pretty much beyond horrible, so trying to get any paperwork or any signatures from them is next to impossible. Our agent is amazing and has been taking the initiative and doing everything she can to get stuff done. It's been a pretty frustrating process. I am definitely nervous about selling our current house (it's a great house, the market just really stinks right now), and I'm a little nervous about the new house (it's a total renovation project). But I am trying to trust in God and really not be anxious about it at all. Considering that I am a major worrier by nature, I'm doing pretty well with it. It's crazy to think about all the potential changes that could happen in 2011. New house, new baby... who knows what else!

I have to say, if we do end up moving, I will miss our current house a lot, but I'm excited for the space of the new house. Our current house isn't small (2300 square feet), and I LOVE it, but the new house is almost 3000 square feet. It would be pretty awesome. My parents renovated and added on to the house I grew up in, and we lived in the house throughout the entire process, so I know the drill and I know I could do it again, even with small children. If we could do all the renovations right away I would be a little more excited about it, but we will have to save up, do some, save some more, do some more, etc. Which is fine... I can live with old and ugly for awhile as long as it's functional, but it does make it a little harder to leave my current, lovely, move-in ready house. But it is in a much better neighborhood and school district. The neighborhood we're in now isn't bad, but this is a chance for us to move into one of the best/safest neighborhoods in the area. Anything other than a fixer-upper wouldn't be in our price range, so we're willing to go the renovation route to get into the neighborhood/school district that we want.

So that's what's going on here... barfing... maybe moving... definitely getting the current house ready to go on the market... trying to figure out how I'm going to do that with the barfing... etc. etc. Can't wait to be far enough long to tell our friends! I may have to break down and tell at least one sooner so I can get some help with DD if the morning sickness persists and medication doesn't help. Fingers crossed that my FIL gets back to me soon with a prescription!!!

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I'm having a tough time getting out of bed this morning... I'm lying here with my laptop. I can hear DD playing in her crib so I know I need to get up and get her. It's hard when I know that as soon as I get up and try to eat something, the nausea will kick in.

Here's hoping today is a better day and I can be a better mommy... I feel awful about not being able to play with my little one because I'm camped out in the bathroom trying not to lose everything I've eaten. I think I'm going to try to take her to the gym today. She loves to play in the nursery there, and I think getting to walk on the treadmill would do me good.

The pregnancy hormones are really throwing me for a loop. I don't usually have a lot of big emotional ups and downs, but right now I feel like I'm on a roller coaster! Ugh. Totally feeling depressed this morning for absolutely no reason at all. Going to shake it off and think of all my blessings! Also, realizing that it's most likely hormone related definitely helps me put things in perspective.

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I don't have much to update here, other than the fact that I'm still REALLY nauseous and the meds aren't helping. We're getting ready to put our house on the market. I think I'm kind of in denial that all of this is happening at once! Hopefully once we get our house ready and actually on the market, things will calm down a bit... for a little while! Hoping the morning sickness goes away soon and doesn't last as long as it did with DD!

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Snow day today! And it's actually a decent amount of snow. Well, it's not what I would have considered a decent amount of snow when I was growing up, but for the area I live in now, it is. It never ceases to amaze me how the tiniest amount of snow (and sometimes just the forecast of snow) can shut down this entire city. Growing up, we had to practically get a blizzard in order for school to be canceled! But, that was up north where snow is expected. We've had an unusual amount of snow here already this year. I think it's fun :-). DH gets the day off work... I'm not kidding about the whole city shutting down! Of course he went back to bed while I'm dealing with the dogs, DD, and particularly bad morning sickness this morning. When he gets up I'm going to have him take DD out to play in the snow.

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Today I tried not taking my anti-nausea meds to see what would happen. I felt pretty good in the morning, and then made up for it by feeling absolutely horrible all afternoon/evening. I am praying that this does not last as long as it did with DD!

I packed away a lot of my "regular" clothes today. Some of my pants were starting to get tight, and even if they'd fit perfectly I couldn't wear them because the waistband makes me even more sick to my stomach. So away they went. I'd rather not see them, reminding me of how much weight I'm putting on! Lol!

The weather has been doing crazy things here, which means that the whole city has been doing crazy things. Today the roads were perfectly clear (although there is snow everywhere else), but they still canceled school, businesses opened late, and I saw a million posts on facebook about people who were too scared to leave their houses because there might be black ice! We got two inches of snow. The roads are clear. And why do people go crazy and buy out the bread and milk from the grocery stores whenever there is snow in the forecast? What are you going to do with milk if the power goes out? I'll say it again... we got two inches and the roads are clear! You are not going to starve, people! I don't think I will ever understand this, no matter how long I live here. That's my snow soapbox for the day.

I don't think I have much else to say on the pregnancy front. I'll be seven weeks tomorrow, which means two more weeks until my first appointment with the midwives. That will be exciting. It feels like it's a million years away. Especially when I consider everything we're trying to accomplish in those two weeks... like put our house on the market. Yikes. Okay, going to bed now.

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I'm really struggling. It's hard enough being this sick all the time, but when you add trying to take care of a two-year-old and trying to get ready to move and put our house on the market on top of it, it's too much.

DH is frustrated and overwhelmed because I'm not able to help the way I would usually be able to. Of course he understands, but it puts a huge amount of stress on him, and he's at work all day, so there isn't much time for packing. I hate the strain this is putting on our marriage. He keeps telling me everything will be okay. I'm sure it will be, we just need to get through the next three weeks or so.

In addition to all this, I started trying to read the healing thread on the natural birth board (probably the 3rd attempt I've made) and I couldn't do it. I just started bawling reading everyone's stories. I know I still have healing to do from DD's birth, but I don't think I can deal with it today. I've come a long way in healing from the traumatic way she entered the world, and thankfully I have plenty of time before this next one arrives to continue dealing with it. I don't have to think about it today. Today I just need to focus on one minute at a time, and try to get a lot of packing done so DH isn't completely overwhelmed when he gets home.

A good friend of mine was supposed to come play with DD today so I could pack without her "help," but her heat went out so she is home waiting for the repairman. She is going to try to come tomorrow instead. I don't know how everything is going to get done in time. I feel like I'm drowning. There's pretty much no hope of being able to keep my head above water.

DD is resisting taking her nap today, but she is playing quietly and happily in her crib, so I guess I'll take what I can get. I'd better go so I can eat lunch and take a shower before I have to get the munchkin up. Here's hoping she decides to actually go to sleep, otherwise this afternoon is going to be a nightmare.

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I am relaxing in bed with my laptop right now while DH takes care of DD and the dogs. We switch off weekend mornings so we can each have a "morning off." I should probably get up soon though, because we have a huge amount of stuff to do. We have tons of stuff that we need to take to the storage unit, more packing/cleaning to do, and my brother is coming to do some paint touch-ups. Hopefully we can finish everything except for the cleaning this weekend. That's the plan, anyway. DH has some freelance work to do this weekend as well, which is great financially, but adds to the time crunch. Definitely not going to be a restful weekend, but hopefully a productive one. If we can just finish getting this house ready to go on the market, things will settle down a bit.

Still feeling really nauseous and exhausted. Starting to get impatient for my midwife appointment. I just want to be far enough along so we can start telling people, because it's getting harder and harder to pretend to be "normal." If I weren't so sick it wouldn't be a big deal, but it's hard to act like you're perfectly fine when you feel like this.

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It's a little hard not to feel like my life is turning upside down when I'm sitting here on my couch... in my kitchen! Total chaos here today. New carpet being installed in the family room, so the family room furniture is all over the house, where you least expect it (hence the couch in the kitchen). We had a meeting with our real estate agent yesterday, and got almost everything that needs to go into storage, into storage, so we were able to start staging some rooms. Now I just have to deep clean them. Joy. And finish packing/decluttering the sewing room/laundry room. All while feeling absolutely awful with this pregnancy. At least we are getting closer to having this house ready to go on the market.

Can I just say that I'm feeling sad about it? I'm confident that this move is going to be good for our family, but I really love our house and I'm sad to leave it. We've lived here for five years and it's been such a good house for us. I know I'll miss it for a long time. Especially during the years that we're renovating the new house... because it will take years.

I called a friend last night to see if she could watch DD today, because I didn't want her here while the carpet was being installed (didn't think it was safe with the tacks and all the chaos). DH dropped her off on his way to work. She was very excited to go- my friend's son is her best buddy- they were born exactly one month apart and have "played" together since they were born. They love each other- it's really sweet! So I know she will have a good day, but I always miss her when she's not here- even when I'm grateful for the break at the same time!

Well, I need to get off the computer and go do laundry, or clean, or find something productive to do. I'm hoping the nausea will give me a break today so I can make some progress on this house. We set the goal of putting it on the market Feb. 1st. DH would love to get it on sooner, but our real estate agent and I didn't think that was feasible, considering how sick I am. So if I can just hang on until Feb 1st, the worst will be over. I will just have to maintain a clean house, rather than packing up 3/4 of what we own and deep cleaning the house from top to bottom. Maintaining should be a piece of cake after all that we have been doing. Not to mention that under normal circumstances I do keep a clean house, so it shouldn't be much out of the way of my daily routine. Fingers crossed that this house sells quickly!

I guess one up side to all the chaos is that it gives me something else to focus on, besides how sick I'm feeling and how slowly time is passing! My first midwife appointment is one week from tomorrow! I'm excited to meet my midwife- I've heard a lot about her from friends. I'm excited to get my prenatal care started and have an "official" due date and all that. I need to remember to bring my chart with me. I'm hoping they'll agree to date the pregnancy from when I O'd, rather than LMP. I've never had a 28 day cycle- it's always longer, and this one was no exception. I think I O'd on CD17, if I remember right. Hopefully that won't be a problem. They don't do a dating ultrasound. I'm starting to feel like I'm ready to tell people, but I really do want to wait at least until this appointment, if not later. We originally said we'd wait until we heard the heartbeat, but with me being this sick, I don't know if that will be feasible. I doubt that we'll hear the heartbeat at this appointment, but I might ask anyway, depending on when my next appointment would be. I know I probably won't be far enough along to hear it, so I'm not going to panic if we don't, but maybe she'll be willing to give it a shot. Smile

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I'm currently lying on the bed in the guest room trying to get some rest. DD has a runny nose and some congestion which caused her to be up a couple of times in the night. Plus I slept in here last night because we had our bedroom ceiling painted yesterday morning and the paint smell makes me gag. So I'm feeling pretty tired this morning. DD gave me a much earlier wake up call than I was hoping for.

I was so sick yesterday that I didn't get anything done around the house. This is bad news since we have one week until it's going on the market. Eeek!

We're supposed to be going out with some friends tonight. I will probably end up telling them that we're expecting since we're going out for drinks and I will obviously not be having any. They are some of our closest friends, and I know they will keep the secret, so it's not a big deal. I'm looking forward to some "grown up" time (we're getting sitters), but I hope I feel well enough to enjoy it.

The countdown to my first midwife appointment has begun! Just four more days! Although we're supposed to get snow, so there's a possibility it could get canceled. This city closes down at the mere mention of snow. It is totally ridiculous to me, but I grew up in the north where snow is a normal occurance. I have lived here for almost eleven years now, and this is the snowiest winter we've had in that time. Pretty crazy. I will say that yesterday, even though we only had about an inch on the ground, it was legitimate that they closed the schools, because the black ice was really bad. I mean REALLY bad. Every road was pretty much covered with it.

Well, I'm going to try to sleep for a bit. I'm feeling unbearably nauseous, so I don't know if I'll be able to fall asleep, but I am definitely going to try! How many ways can I say I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE SECOND TRIMESTER?!?!?!?!

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I'm REALLY struggling with the morning sickness. This weekend was horrible. Today I don't know how I'm going to do everything I need to do. It's 10:30 and I'll I've managed to do is feed DD, choke down some dry cereal and my zofran, and take a shower. The shower almost did me in. I need to go to the grocery store and I have to get some packing/cleaning done! The house has to be finished by Thursday- that's when the photographer is coming. I don't know what I'm going to do.

I can barely get out of bed- I probably spend at least half the day lying down. Caitrin and I are both congested and have a cough. Caitrin's nose is running and she is completely disgusting, despite the fact that she just had a bath! I don't know what I'm going to do. I don't know how I'm going to get through this week with everything that has to happen. I am not physically able to do it, but it still has to happen somehow. I'm starting to get really stressed out. All I want to do is lie down and not have to worry about all of this other stuff. If I can just make it to Feb. 1st things should get better. That's only a week away, but it feels like an eternity.

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I do not have words to express how awful I'm feeling. Add to that the stress of having only two days to get the house ready, and I don't know how I'm going to make it. I think DD and I are both getting a cold. I've been up with her since 3:45am. I barely have the energy to sit up, let alone clean my house from top to bottom. Fingers crossed that she takes a great nap today so that I can take a nap. Two days ago she didn't nap at all, and yesterday she only took a short nap. I think it's because of the congestion.

Yesterday I called one of my best friends completely panicking and freaking out. At first the fact that I was crying freaked DD out, then she wiped my tears away and tucked me in with her doll blankets. It was pretty much the sweetest thing ever. It calmed me down to talk to my friend. She and possibly another friend are going to come over tomorrow evening and help us finish up the cleaning. I am so thankful for the help! Normally I would feel bad and not be able to accept it, but I'm so desperate right now I know I wouldn't be able to get it done without them.

I'm supposed to have my first midwife appointment tomorrow, but I don't know if it will happen. It's been raining all night/morning, and it's supposed to freeze and start snowing later, and snow all night, so it might get canceled. This city is not equipped to deal with even the smallest amount of ice/snow, so pretty much the entire city shuts down if we get a single flake. We'll just have to wait and see what happens. I really hope that it holds off- I really need DD to be able to go to mother's day out tomorrow, and I'd really like to be able to go to my appointment! If it could just hold off until tomorrow afternoon, that would be great. After that, I don't care.

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My first appointment was today! My midwife is great- I really liked her. I swear they took about a 1/2 gallon of blood for labs... hate that part. I didn't think she'd even try to find the heartbeat with the doppler since I'm only 9 weeks, but she did! It was in the 160's, same as Catie's at that gestational age. So that was exciting. She also scheduled me for a dating ultrasound tomorrow, since I have longer cycles she doesn't want to just go by LMP to get a due date. So tomorrow we get to see the little bean!

In other news, soooooo unbearably sick. This is absolutely brutal. I'm going to bed now because a) I'm exhausted from being up the last several nights with DD, and b) the nausea is so bad I don't know what else to do.

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So I finally get a good chance to sleep and I wake up at the crack of dawn! What is that about?! DD finally slept better last night- I think propping her up on pillows helped. I only heard her cough once, and it only lasted a second, instead of going on and on and waking her up. So yay for that!

Ultrasound is today! I'm looking forward to seeing the little bean, but not as much as I thought I would be. I don't really like the process of the vaginal ultrasound... I found it really not pleasant with DD... and there's just not that much to see at the moment. Hearing the heartbeat yesterday would have been sufficient for me. It will still be neat to see what's going on in there, though. And to calm my fears about having twins- lol! I also don't like the spotting after the ultrasound. I know it's normal, but it makes me nervous.

I will definitely update once I get back. My appointment is at 11.

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Ultrasound went well. Heartbeat was 160 again. Baby was very wiggly! It was cool to see her/him moving around- waving arms and legs. Everything looks good. Ultrasound tech was really nice. The ultrasound put my due date at 8/28. I'd really prefer to keep my due date at 8/31, so I'll talk to my midwife about it the next time I see her... which isn't until March, but it's not like it's going to matter in the meantime. Photographer comes tomorrow to take pictures of the house, house goes on the market Feb. 1st. Pretty soon phase 1 of the craziness will be over and we'll be on to phase 2. Fingers crossed that the house sells quickly. Here's an ultrasound picture:

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Well, it is done. The photographer came and took the pictures of our house, so it can officially go on the market once he gets them to our realtor. I have never been so exhausted in my entire life. I totally overdid it today finishing up all the cleaning/preparations, I am feeling sooooooo nauseous now. I think we're going out to eat with friends, because the only food that sounds appealing to me right now is a burrito (I know, weird), and there's a little burrito place that we all like to go to, so we're making it a Friday evening outing. Just hoping I can last long enough to get there and get some food into me. I had a snack, but I'm still feeling just awful.

This whole our-house-is-going-to-be-on-the-market-in-a-few-days thing is kind of freaking me out. I really, really love this house and I'm going to miss it. It's so strange to me to think that I won't be bringing this baby home to this house. Unless things go really badly and we still haven't sold the house by then. I'm excited for the what the new house will eventually be, but not really excited for what it is now... it needs a lot of work. But the great neighborhood/school district and the extra space will be worth it. It's definitely a great place to raise kids, and the layout of the house will work better with small children.

I wish I had something more to post about the pregnancy, but other than feeling completely wretched, there's not a whole lot to say. Can't wait to start feeling movement! I wonder if it will happen as early as it did with Catie. If this baby keeps moving as much as we saw it moving yesterday, I wouldn't be surprised. I was on the phone with my mom yesterday, telling her about my doctor's appointment and the ultrasound, and she was saying that she's been praying for a mellower baby this time, but she thinks it's going to be another wild child. Thanks, Mom. Oh well, I love my strong-willed little girl, and being strong-willed myself, I know how to deal with it. But I really love to have an easier infant experience this time around.

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Okay, kind of freaking out right now. Just got a call from my midwife to say that I have Group B Strep in my urine, apparently. This means that I'm considered GBS+ for my entire pregnancy. I have to take antibiotics now, and be monitored for it throughout my pregnancy. I was GBS+ when I had DD, but that was at 37 weeks. Apparently this means that I am "heavily colonized" and there are a lot more risks involved. I'm really scared. As soon as I calm down enough to talk without crying I'm going to call my FIL (he's an OB) and ask him about it. I just kind of froze on the phone with my midwife, so I didn't ask her any questions. Then I googled it and got completely freaked out by the information. My FIL will be able to tell me if I really need to be worried or not. I hate this. There is enough stressful stuff in my life right now before this. I had actually been relaxed and enjoying this pregnancy (well, not the nausea, but other than that) and now I'm panicking. I need to remember that God is just as much in control of the situation now as He was an hour ago before I got the phone call. This baby is still in His hands- that hasn't changed and it's not going to change. I need to calm down.

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I did call and speak to my FIL, and of course he told me not to worry and that everything will be fine. I am feeling better about it, but it's still in the back of my mind. I wish I didn't have to deal with it, but in the long run, there are much worse things that could happen. Hopefully this will be the only bump in the road. I started the antibiotics this morning. The pharmacy called me to tell me that I could be allergic to the this medication since I'm allergic to penicillin, but so far so good. Hopefully I don't have any problems with it.

Well, I'm still sick. Really sick. I stayed in bed all day Saturday and at least half the day yesterday. Today I'm having a hard time being upright long enough to take care of DD. I have to go to the grocery store, but I haven't made it there yet. I'm waiting for our real estate agent to come put the sign in our yard and set up the realtor box thingy with the key. Also the electric company people are trimming the trees around the power lines and just knocked on my door to say that they're going to take down the dead tree in our backyard this afternoon. It's nice that we don't have to take care of it ourselves, but the timing could definitely be better. Oh well. At least it will be done. Hopefully they don't tear up the yard too badly.

I'm really ready for the second trimester. It's much more enjoyable to be pregnant then. Hopefully the sickness will go away, I'll feel the baby move, my tummy will go from flabby-looking to cute baby bump, etc. I'm looking forward to it. I just really need the nausea to get better. Really, really need the nausea to get better.

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I'm actually having a slightly better day today, nausea-wise. Soooo thankful for that. This last week has been REALLY bad. I would be so happy if the nausea went away sooner than it did with DD (18 weeks).

In other news, today has been kind of crazy. Our house went on the market this morning. We already have a showing scheduled, which is awesome. Not necessarily expecting anything to come of it, it's just encouraging that someone wants to look at it. The electric company took down a (dead) tree in our backyard and managed to remove it without destroying the yard/garden, which was a relief. Catie and I made it to the grocery store and back before the rain started, and I made it through grocery shopping without nearly losing the contents of my stomach (first time that's happened since mid-December). So all in all, a good day. I have some things I need to do around the house to make sure that we're ready for the showing tomorrow, but everything is in pretty good shape. I might be getting together with a friend this afternoon, but I'm guessing she'll probably cancel. Which is find. I don't mind laying low with the munchkin on a rainy afternoon. I'm trying to enjoy this house as much as possible while we still live here. I really love it and I know I'm going to miss it!

I'm starting to get impatient to feel the baby move. I know it's way too early still, but I'm ready for a positive pregnancy symptom! Smile A couple of times I've felt something (I'm assuming gas) that felt like movement, except that it was up a little too high. I'm just going to start pretending that it's the baby! Lol!

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Well, the house is officially on the market, so that is one major obstacle down. We had our first showing this morning, so that really made it feel official. Now I am sitting in my clean, perfectly staged house enjoying the quiet while DD is at mother's day out.

I am actually feeling better again today. I don't want to get my hopes up that the nausea is on its way out, but that would be AMAZING if it was. I still feel a little nauseous, but it actually feels like the medicine is doing something, which is fabulous. With DD, the minute the nausea went away I started getting worried that something was wrong, but this time I'm flat out refusing to do that. I'm just going to be happy about it!

We made the big "facebook announcement" today that I'm pregnant. So basically that means that we're telling anyone/everyone, no more keeping it quiet. I can't tell if I'm nervous about that or relieved! If it were solely up to me, I'd keep it quiet until 12 or 14 weeks, but there's no way DH could wait that long. So we made it to 10. That's pretty good, right?

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Well, yesterday was a crazy day! We had another showing scheduled, which was great. What wasn't so great was that they kept calling and rescheduling the time. So Catie and I left the house at 8:30am to have a playdate at a friend's house. Then, because the people looking at our house had rescheduled, I took her to another friend's house to nap. Once I got her down, I went home, got my dogs, and sat in the car for 45 minutes while the people NEVER SHOWED UP. I was annoyed, so I put the dogs back in the house and went back to my friend's house to get Catie. As soon as I got there I got a phone call saying the people were delayed but could they still look at the house? So I said yes, but that I wouldn't be able to go get my dogs, so they'd have to deal with the barking (the dogs were in the crate, so it really wasn't a big deal). So by the time I left my friend's house, it was dark out. I got pulled over on the way home for having a burned out headlight. Awesome. Thankfully, the police officer was very nice and didn't give me a ticket. By the time we got home, it was just after 6pm. Craziness. The good thing was, my nausea meds were definitely working yesterday. I was a little queasy, but that was it. very thankful for that.

Today we once again had to be out of the house first thing this morning, this time because I had a meeting at DD's preschool/mother's day out. Then we went and had lunch with DH, which was great. No showings today, which part of me is disappointed about. The other part of me is thankful to get to just be home for awhile, in peace. DD is napping now and I'm lying in my bed, under my cozy electric blanket. The nausea is worse today than it was the last two days, but not as bad as it has been overall. I'm really hoping that it's backing off to a manageable level. So last night, I actually thought I felt the baby move. I know that it's really too early, and this was very, very faint, but it was cool, even if it wasn't actually the baby!

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Well, I had a few days of reprieve from the morning sickness, then it hit full blast again this weekend. It's been REALLY bad. DH took care of DD all weekend, then yesterday she spent the day at a friend's house. I was so thankful because I wasn't up to doing anything more than lie in bed. It's been awful. Can't wait until this part is OVER!!! Ugh.

I'm just trying to take it one day at a time. At my next midwife appointment I'll be 15 weeks, and they'll probably schedule my 20 week ultrasound while I'm there, since she sees me every six weeks. So then I'll have the ultrasound, then another midwife appointment at 21 weeks. So, if I'm not feeling better by my next midwife appointment, I'll at least be close. And I should definitely feel better by the ultrasound. There's only appointment between now and then, so that's not so bad. I'm going to think of it in those terms, rather than the number of weeks! It's more encouraging this way :-).

DD and I have been playing and reading books today. It is almost more than I can handle, but I have missed her so much the last few days, and I know she needed some mommy time. Now she is trying on shoes and has melted down into the "I-want-to-do-this-myself-but-I'm-too-cranky-to-do-it-without-major-whining" pre-nap stage. It's a little early for this, but she did wake up early this morning. Also she has gotten really upset every time that I've tried to sit on the couch today. She has requested that I sit on the floor. Since she said please, I decided to go along with it.

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I seriously thought that yesterday was never going to end. After having some nice mommy/daughter time together yesterday morning, DD turned into an absolute monster after nap and lunch. She threw a two hour long temper tantrum. That's right... two hours. I was so sick I could barely handle sitting on the couch, let alone dealing with DD. It did eventually end, and we had a nice dinner together, played for a bit, then I put her to bed and got into bed myself. DH got home about an hour after DD went to bed (he had a business dinner so wasn't home at the usual time). I love my daughter more than just about anything and I LOVE spending time with her, but I would have given just about anything to have someone else take care of her yesterday afternoon. I feel like I just don't have enough to give right now, being this sick. But on a positive note, I feel like I handled the tantrum calmly, and was consistent and fair with her, so that's good.

In other news, I think I'm starting to feel the baby move! I was not expecting it this early, even though I started feeling DD move at 13 weeks, and they say you feel it earlier the second time. I didn't think it was possible to feel it much earlier than 13 weeks, so that surprised me. But I'm pretty sure that's what it is. It's only happened a few times, and it's faint, but very distinct. That's happy- I really needed to feel something other than nausea from this pregnancy!

So right now now I am lying in bed (again) while DD is at mother's day out. They are closing a half hour early today because of the "snow." There is no actual snow on the ground, and it isn't even snowing, but we had a forecast of snow, so all the schools are closing early. Many are actually closing at 12:30. DD's isn't closing until 2. Having grown up in the north, this is a very strange mentality to me... closing schools for a FORECAST of snow, but it happens at least once (usually more) every winter down here. So odd. I'm anticipating another cranky afternoon, since this scenario will shorten DD's nap. Oh well. It's just a few hours, right? She loves school and it's a great opportunity for her to play with other kids and be somewhere other than our house, so I definitely think it's worth it. Her best buddy at school is out sick today, though. I felt bad because when I was getting DD ready for school this morning, I asked her if she was excited to go play with this specific friend, and then that was all she talked about. Oops. I'm sure she's having fun with everyone else!

Oh yeah- I'm eleven weeks today! Woohoo! I just keep telling myself that every day I'm one day closer to being over the morning sickness, but it's always nice when it's a bigger milestone, like starting a new week!

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It's been an eventful couple of days. Wednesday afternoon, it started to snow. I came down quickly and accumulated quickly (unusual for this area). I grew up in the north, where snow is no big deal, but now I live the south... it just takes a few flakes to shut down the entire city here! But, since we don't have snowplows here (okay, maybe one) and the city always seems to run out of salt (not to mention that they don't know how to use it) things can get crazy really fast. So DH's office got out early due to the weather, but it wasn't early enough. The roads were already horrible- just sheer ice. On the way home, DH got into a car accident. The car in front of him lost control and slid all over the place, and then his car started to slide and he had no control. It wasn't anyone's fault, but it was really scary. Fortunately no one was hurt, although our car has definitely seen better days. Not looking forward to that bill :-(. I think the worst part of it was, DH was only halfway home, and still had the hilliest section of road to go. Thank God he got home safely. I was scared. We were both pretty shaken up.

Yesterday the roads were still an ice skating rink. It didn't start to melt until about 3pm. DH's work was canceled, so he had a snow day. This was actually really good timing because I was having a horrible day morning sickness-wise, so it was great to have him here to take care of DD. Every time I sat up I'd start dry heaving/throwing up, so I just laid down as much as possible. It was yucky.

Today is a moderate day as far as the morning sickness goes. I can sit up, and I managed to play with DD for a while, so I don't feel like the worst mommy ever, but I'm feeling like I'm going to crash soon. I just put the munchkin down for a nap, so I'm going to take a shower and then get into bed while she sleeps. I'm so thankful that she goes down for naps well and still takes a good nap... hopefully I haven't just jinxed myself there ;-).

In other news, I felt the baby move again last night- it was probably the strongest movement I've felt so far! Pretty cool. Smile

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This weekend was ROUGH. I don't know if it was morning sickness on steroids, or if I got some kind of stomach bug on top of the morning sickness, but it was completely ridiculous. It started Friday after lunch. I had to call DH and have him come home early from work to take care of DD. I did finally manage to keep some food down around 8pm that night, but almost passed out in the kitchen while I was making it (I have low blood pressure which gives me a tendency to pass out when I've been throwing up... this is nothing new). I just felt awful, so I went to bed hoping I'd be able to sleep. I woke up Saturday morning feeling absolutely horrible. And we had someone coming to look at our house, so I had to get up and CLEAN which was awful. I couldn't stand up for very long without throwing up, so I would do a little, then lie down, then do a little more, then lie down, etc. DD was so sweet. While I was lying down on the living room floor she came over and patted my arm and said "Mommy sick." Then she went and got her doll blankets and tucked me in with them. Then she laid down next to me with her face up against mine and kissed me face and just stayed there with me! It was precious!

So we managed to get the house ready and to get ourselves out of the house, and as soon as they left I got back into bed. I could not keep ANYTHING down, not even water. I spent the day in bed with a bucket beside me. We were supposed to go to our friends' house for fondue that night, but there was no way I could make it, so I sent DH and DD and I stayed home. I think it was about 7pm when I was finally able to keep water and a few saltines down. On Sunday I was able to drink some gatorade and eat a few more saltines, but that was it. The people came back to look at our house again, so I dragged myself out of bed a second time, and collapsed back into it as soon as they were gone. They did end up making an offer on the house, so that was good. We're countering right now, so we'll see what happens.

Today was a MUCH better day as far the nausea goes. I was able to be out of bed all day. I went grocery shopping and actually cooked dinner for the first time in FOREVER. It felt so good to be able to do that. I was still nauseous, but it was mild enough that I could push through it. Actually right now is the worst I've felt all day, but it's okay because DD is in bed, DH is playing video games, and I am in bed under my electric blanket (world's best invention, in my opinion). We have another showing first thing in the morning, so it will be a mad rush to get everything in picture perfect order and get out the door, but DH and I did as much as we could tonight, so hopefully it won't be too bad. It all depends on how I feel in the morning. Hopefully tomorrow we will get some good news- either we'll be able to sign a contract with the people who have made an offer, or maybe we'll get another offer. Either way, something needs to happen, because we found out earlier today that the house we have a contract on just got another offer (they can do that because we have a sale contingency) so we currently have 72 hours to either remove the sale contingency and go ahead with buying that house, or to let it go and stay where we are now. If we had a signed contract on this house, it would really help us to make this decision. We had decided to just walk away if another offer came up before we had a contract on this house, but this situation isn't quite that clear cut... we MIGHT have a contract in the next 24 hours or so.... so we're trying to make the most of those 72 hours and get it figured out before they're up! This is exactly what a pregnant, barfy mommy of a two-year-old needs to be dealing with, right? Lol! Honestly I'm not that worried about it. Just praying that God will lead us and that the right choice will be very clear. If we stay here, I'm happy with that. If we move, I'm happy with that. I just don't want to get stuck with in a double mortgage situation. But I know that God will take care of us!

This is a super long post, but it has been a very crazy few days. In baby news, because I woke up feeling less barfy this morning, I immediately started worrying that something was wrong with the baby. Of course. So I have been trying to calm myself down and remind myself that I am on medication for this... I SHOULD be feeling less barfy! Lol! I just wish my next midwife appointment wasn't so far away. I would love to hear that little heartbeat again soon! A few minutes ago I felt something that might have been the baby, and I decided that I was going to tell myself it was, so I would feel better! Haha!

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This past week has been an improvement in the morning sickness department. I'm definitely still nauseous, but as long as I take my medication and eat at regular intervals, I can function somewhat normally. This has been such a huge relief. I hope it keeps up/continues to get better. Still two and a half weeks until my next prenatal appointment. Going six weeks between appointments is brutal! On the other hand, it definitely makes things easier as far as finding childcare for DD while I'm at the appointment.

I have to go to the dentist tomorrow. I'm totally dreading it. My gums get really sore and tender when I'm pregnant, and brushing my teeth makes me throw up, so my dental hygiene is not up to it's usual standard right now. Hopefully it won't be too bad. When I went during my pregnancy with DD, I told them how sore my gums were and they were very gentle. Hopefully that will be the case this time as well.

In house news, the buyers had their inspection on our house on Friday. Apparently it went well. We don't know what they're going to ask for as far as repairs yet, because they're waiting on the official report. But they did contact us to say that it went well, it just turned up a few minor things. That was what we were expecting. The house was built in 1962, so you're always going to find something, but we've taken really good care of it, so we were confident that there wasn't anything huge. Now we just have to make it through the appraisal. That's the one that really makes me nervous. You just never know how it's going to turn out. We had an appraisal done two years ago when we refinanced, and it appraised for more than what we would need it to right now, but who knows... we could get a completely different result this time. It's so arbitrary... so much of it depends on who's doing the appraisal and the mood they're in that day :rolleyes:. Oh well. It is out of my hands, so there is no point in worrying about it. We're just so close to knowing whether or not we're actually going to be able to move, so the suspense is starting to get to me. If it falls through and we stay here, that's fine. If it goes through and we move, that's fine too. I just want to know. If we stay here, I'd like to get our stuff out of storage and I'd start planting my veggie garden, and if we're moving, I'd like to start packing! Either way, we have a great place to live and I'm thankful. I'm just ready to be out of limbo.

I'd like to start planning the baby's nursery (just in my mind, not ready to do anything until we find out what we're having) but I don't even want to think about it until I know what house we're going to be in. I want to start thinking about DD's big girl bed, but that also needs to wait until we know which house. If we stay here and we're having a girl, we would probably get bunk beds and eventually put them together. If we move, we'd probably keep them in separate rooms and give DD the full size bed we already have. Obviously some of this depends on whether we're having a boy or a girl as well, but it would be helpful to know what house we're going to be living in. Well, soon enough. I'm guessing that we'll probably hear about what repairs they want tomorrow (Tuesday at the latest), and as soon as we agree on what we're willing to do, they will schedule the appraisal.

P.S. I'm 12 weeks now! Yay! Almost at the end of the first trimester! Woohoo!

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Soooooo barfy right now. Ugh. I just can't win. If I don't eat, I get super nauseous and will definitely throw up. If I do eat, I feel super nauseous afterward and might throw up. Either way I feel disgusting. But, we did have a nice dinner at our favorite Mexican place. It was a nice time together as a family.

Not much to report on the pregnancy front. I haven't felt the baby move again. I wish I would. Part of me wants to worry because I haven't, and the other (more logical) part of me keeps thinking that it's just really early to be feeling anything at all.

We had a pretty good day today. DD was in a really good mood, which is always nice. Especially since one car is in the shop and DH had the other car so we were stuck at home. Not that we've been going many places these days with me being so sick, but it's nice to know that you at least have the option to get out of the house. We were supposed to get the car back this afternoon, but apparently it's going to take one more day. Ugh.

Anyway, it was a good day. DD was really sweet and actually snuggled with me for awhile before nap (this is a big deal for the child who never stops moving). And, the biggest news of the day... she went poopy in the potty!!! All by herself, too! I was in the shower and she was wandering in and out of the bathroom, periodically sitting on her potty or making her doll sit on it, and eventually I noticed that there was a a streak of poopy in the potty. The poopy was no longer there, so I was really hoping that she had dumped it into the big potty (I was shaving my legs so I hadn't been paying close attention to what she was doing). I started praising her and making a big deal out of it and when I got out of the shower I checked and she had indeed used her little potty, and then emptied it into the big potty! I was very proud of her. Smile Hopefully this was not a one time deal, and this will start happening on a regular basis. She's still kind of afraid to pee in the potty. Oh well- there's really no rush. I would really like to have her potty trained before the new baby comes, but that's still a solid six months away. I really don't think it will take her that long. Especially since I haven't actually worked with her on it yet. I was waiting until we knew for sure whether or not we're moving. I have her little potty out, and any time she tells me she wants to sit on it I take her, but that's pretty much it. I think it helps that her best friend has started using the potty. Okay, that's enough about potty training. I'm going to get caught up on Grey's Anatomy and then (hopefully) go to sleep early, since tomorrow morning will be busy. Have to get DD ready for preschool an hour early so we can drop DH off at work since his car is still in the shop.

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It's a dreary, rainy day here today. But I like an occasional rainy day. Especially when I don't have to go anywhere. And I definitely won't be going anywhere today, since DH's car is still in the shop, and DH took my car to work. We were supposed to get the car back on Tuesday afternoon. This is starting to get old. Fortunately, I'm a stay at home mom, so it's not too big of a deal, just an annoyance.

Today is the rainy kind of day that would usually get me in the mood to work on something crafty... crocheting, scrapbooking, etc. Only problem... all of my stuff is in the storage unit! Aaaahhhh! I'm really ready to get my stuff back. Or to at least know when I'll be getting my stuff back. Well, hopefully only about another week or so of limbo and then we'll know for sure, one way or the other.

I'm thinking about making some cupcakes today, if I can find the energy. I've been craving this awesome recipe I have for chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting (sooooooo good) but so far I haven't felt well enough/had enough energy to attempt baking. Which is sad, because I love to bake and I usually do a lot of it. But I've been so sick with this pregnancy that I've only made dinner two or three times since Christmas, let alone bake anything just for fun.

I'm 13 weeks and one day, so this is my last week in the first trimester. So here's hoping that I feel better soon. Something has got to give here... life has been too miserable for too long. I really need to be able to take care of my family again. And I'm ready to actually enjoy this pregnancy. The nausea/vomiting has been too overwhelming to do anything other than just survive so far. I can't wait to feel this little one move and start to feel a connection with him/her.

So when I first got pregnant, I was totally convinced that this baby was a girl. Now I'm convinced it's a boy. I'm sure I will change my mind multiple times before the 20 week ultrasound. It's so weird to think about. With DD, I tried to tell myself I was having a boy because I really wanted a girl and I didn't want to be disappointed, but even though I tried to convince myself, I was pretty much 100% sure she was a girl, the whole time. So it's weird to be swinging back and forth so much this time. But right now I really think it's a boy. If I could choose, I'd like to have another girl, but obviously we'll be happy either way. I think it would be really fun to have to two girls, but I'm feeling more and more okay about having a boy (it used to scare me). I am happy that I have at least one girl, though. I was terrified of having all boys! Lol! Anyway, I'm looking forward to finding out. The first half of pregnancy is so miserable for me that I have to have that to look forward to, to help get me through. Maybe I'll throw a party like I did last time. After my 20 week ultrasound, I was so happy that I had survived the first half of the pregnancy, and that I had FINALLY stopped barfing, that I threw a party. We had a barbecue and invited our close friends and my brother. We told them we were having a girl at the party. It was fun. If the nausea has cleared up by then (please, please, please) then I will probably do the same thing this time. It's weird to think that I don't know where we'll be living then. We could still be here (permanently), or we could be in the new house. I would really love to know. I'm trying to be patient.

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Last night was... eventful. Big storm, tornado sirens going off, DH getting both DD and I out of bed to hide in the "safe place" while the worst of it went over, more tornado sirens, crazy strong winds, epic sinus headache... ugh. I'm tired today! And DD is resisting going down for her nap. Although I shouldn't complain- she's been a champ all morning while I've been super barfy, and even though she's not asleep, she's currently playing quietly in her crib. I am in bed, even though I really need to shower and do about a million other things.

The morning sickness is bad today. I'm so ready for this part to be over. I know I've said that a hundred times, but the nausea started before I was even far enough along to test, and now I'm just over 13 weeks. That is a long time to be puking!!! At least with DD it didn't start until I was 6 weeks. This time, I was begging my father-in-law for medication at 6 weeks because I couldn't make it another three to my first midwife appointment. Anyway, I'll stop whining now.

Not much going on here today. Our car is STILL in the shop, so once again I am stuck at home. Yesterday I didn't mind because it was rainy and gross out, but today I have a couple of errands that I'd really love to be able to take care of. Oh well. This is the third extra day that they've kept it. We were supposed to get it back on Tuesday. What. The. Heck. This is not how to run a business, people.

I'm really hoping that at some point this journal will be more exciting than just me complaining about being sick. I'm really, really hoping that this pregnancy is going to have some enjoyable parts. But, it's nice to have an outlet where I can complain about it. I don't like to whine to DH, since he has to put up with me being completely useless around the house, and I try not to complain nonstop to my friends... although I'm sure they've heard more than enough about my barfiness at this point! I'm hoping for better things soon. I'm really, really hoping that it doesn't last as long as it did with DD. I'm really hoping that by next week I'll start feel better. Oh please oh please oh please!

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Today is an odd day. We have a big line of storms moving in. Hoping for no tornadoes... we had two touch down in the area just the other day. So far the storms haven't been bad- at least not here. I checked the radar and they seem to be going around our neighborhood, although most of the area is getting hit pretty hard.

DD was up from about 4am to 7am... no idea why. She's been off her regular sleep schedule lately. I think it might be due to a growth spurt. Anyway, even though she was awake she was happy, so I didn't go into her room. I listened to her talking to herself for awhile to make sure that she wasn't taking her diaper off (she gives herself away by talking about going potty while she does it) then I decided to go back to bed. She went back to sleep around 7, and is still asleep! This is so weird... she's never done this before. She is normally a creature of habit and loves routine. I figure I'll just consider this an early nap and assume that she'll be up for the rest of the day when she finally wakes up. We have to go to the store later anyway, so maybe it will work out better this way. I'm enjoying having a leisurely morning. I got up and got a few things done, then got back into bed.

While I've been lying here, I felt the baby move twice! It was the strongest, most definite movement I've felt so far- definitely no mistaking it for something else! That was really cool. I hope I start feeling it more often. It's pretty much the only part of pregnancy that I enjoy!

Yesterday I had a slightly better day as far as morning sickness goes. I actually felt well enough to go to church, for the first time in weeks! I was so excited to do something that felt normal. We went out to lunch afterward and I actually enjoyed eating! That was also exciting. When we got home, the morning sickness kicked back in and I had to lie down for awhile, but I was really happy that I had half of a normal day. I'll be 14 weeks on Wednesday, so here's hoping that the morning sickness is almost at an end! Please, please, please!!!!

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I'm feeling soooo barfy right now :-(. It's been a rough day morning sickness-wise. Ugh. So tired of this part. I keep hoping I'll feel the baby move again today to cheer me up, but not so far.

The appraisal on our house was this morning (just found out last night... not a lot of advance notice). So that is DONE. Finally. Now we get to wait days and days and days to find out the result. And we only have 17 days until the closing. But, I am SO happy to know that the end is in sight. Whether we move or not, we will have an answer by next week at the absolute latest. YAY!!!! I am trying so hard to stay focused on God's will for our family. Because that is really what I want. Through this whole process, I have tried to be focused on seeking God's will, not a particular outcome. So I am trying to stay true to that here in the homestretch. So I am praying for a clear answer, whether it be yes or no. I'm hoping that the appraisal either comes back with a great number, or one that's so ridiculously low that it's not worth negotiating. I'm hoping that they won't come back with a number that's off by just a few thousand, so that we have to go down the negotiation road again. I just want a solid yes or no. So here's hoping.

DD has been such a character today. We've had a lot of fun playing, and she has just been cracking me up. Hopefully she keeps it up and is just as good after she gets up from nap. I could use a day without temper tantrums or crankiness. Not that she's usually cranky or anything, she's just... two. Anyone who has ever had a two-year-old will understand.

I'm starting to get excited to find out if we're having a boy or a girl. Finding out makes it so much more real to me and helps me bond with the baby. Prior to finding out, I have a hard time making a connection with the baby. Most of the time I don't necessarily feel like there's a baby in there... I just feel like I have a never ending stomach virus. So I'm excited to start feeling like there's a little person who I can get to know. It's so different being pregnant the second time around. There are just so many more distractions that I'm not focused on the baby as much as I was the first time. I think this is both good and bad. Part of me feels guilty because I don't want this baby to have less, in any way, than DD. Part of me is grateful, because anything that makes time go by more quickly helps me to deal with the debilitating morning sickness. Like anything, there are pros and cons I guess. I am thankful not to be working during this pregnancy. I don't think I could have done it like I did with DD- the morning sickness has been so much worse. It's been really hard to take care of DD, but at least I can lie down while she naps, and stuff like that. Well, I am starting to feel REALLY sick, so I'm going to sign off and see if I can find a position that helps me feel less nauseous.

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Still no news on the real estate situation, which I'm not really surprised about. I figured that the absolute earliest we'd hear would be tomorrow, but more likely Monday or Tuesday. I'm just dreading opening that email not knowing what it holds. Maybe I'll just stop checking my email for a couple days and let DH call me when there's news.

I'm having some nice time to myself today, which is heavenly. One of my best friends (who is a saint) took DD for the day, which is amazing. Not that I don't enjoy DD, but sometimes it's fun to feel like a grown up again for a little bit, instead of being in two-year-old land, you know? When I took DD over to my friend's house, I stayed for a bit chatting with my friend. Also she had me look through her maternity clothes and take whatever wanted, so I'm pretty excited about that. It's nice to have some new stuff to wear, instead of the tired old things that I practically wore out when I was pregnant with DD. Anyway, DD and my friend's son were running around having a ball while I was looking through the clothes. When I was ready to leave, I asked DD for a hug and a kiss and asked if she wanted to stay and play while Mommy ran errands. Her response was to take me by the hand, lead me to the front door while saying, "bye bye Mommy!" escort me out the door, and shut it behind me! My friend and I were totally cracked up! I guess she was pretty excited for her play date! Lol!

After I dropped DD off, I came home and showered, then called DH to see if he was free to have lunch with me. He was, so I got dressed, picked him up at his office, and we had lunch. I dropped him back off and then went to Old Navy and used a gift card that I'd gotten for Christmas. Then I came back home, chatted with my next door neighbor for a bit, and now I'm in bed. I should really be trying to sleep since I didn't sleep well last night (long story) but the laptop is too tempting :-). Anyway, it's been really nice to have some time to myself today.

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It's a rainy Saturday. I don't mind the rain, but I'm not happy about the colder weather that's coming with it. Hopefully it won't last too long.

Still no news about the house. We're down to less than two weeks before we're supposed to close. It would be great to know something soon.

I've been REALLY barfy the last few days. Even with the medication. That reminds me- I have to call my FIL and get another prescription since I'm on my last refill. I was really hoping that by the time the refills ran out I'd be feeling better, but I can't say I'm surprised that it's looking like it will take longer.

We have friends coming over for dinner tonight. They're going to be moving out of state in about a month, so we've been trying to get together before they leave. I wish they weren't moving! Sad!

Yesterday I went to one of the two consignment sales that I go to twice a year (they have them in the spring and fall). I got some cute clothes for DD for summer. She's obsessed with one of the dresses I got- she's been wearing it ever since. She enjoyed trying on the clothes when we got home (complete with a twirl) and got very excited to pick out a pair of shoes to go with the dress she likes. It was cute. The next sale, which is the biggest and my favorite one, is April 8th and 9th. I'm seriously going to try to convince my midwife to schedule my big ultrasound a few days early so that I'll know the sex of the baby a few days before the sale instead of a few days after! It sounds kind of silly to schedule the ultrasound around a consignment sale, but that's where I get pretty much everything, and the fall ones won't be until after the baby's born. So it would be really great to know what we're having. If it's a girl, we don't need much, but if it's a boy I'd definitely pick up some clothes, and maybe some crib bedding. They have the best stuff at these sales, and it's super cheap.

My mom is coming to visit on Tuesday, so I'm excited about that. She's going to help my brother with some stuff for his new house (sewing curtains, etc.) and watch DD so that I can get some rest (or pack, depending on whether or not we're moving). She's coming on Tuesday and leaving the following Tuesday, so it will be a good visit. Also my next midwife appointment is on Wednesday, and I think we'll schedule the ultrasound then, so that's exciting. For now, I'd better get off the computer and get something to eat and take a shower while the munchkin is napping.

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I know I've said this a million times, but I'm so, so tired of being nauseous all the time. I'm over 14 weeks... hopefully it will end soon. I really need to be able to function somewhat normally again. This has been really hard. If we hadn't already decided that this would be our last child, I would be deciding it now. I even told DH that if, God forbid, something went wrong with this pregnancy, that I would not be doing it again. DD could be an only child or we could adopt. He actually agreed with me, which was surprising. It's just not feasible for us to do this again. Maybe if we had family who lived close by who could help with DD, but as it is, it's just not going to happen. I can't be this sick for this long again. I feel so guilty for not being able to take care of the child I already I have. I can't cook and clean and take care of my family and house. I can barely get the grocery shopping done, and I can barely drive anywhere without getting severely sick. There have been days when I can't even keep water down. I need this to stop.

Last night we had a nice time with our friends. I wish they weren't moving so far away! DH made his homemade pizza, which I usually think is delicious, but I've been totally nauseated by during this pregnancy. But last night I was actually able to eat it, so that was exciting.

The storm moved through and now it's really cold out. Well, not REALLY cold, but cold enough compared to the 70 degrees that we had two days ago. Once the temperature hits 70, I don't want it to get cold again! I think weather in the 70's is perfect. I wish it lasted longer here, but it always seems to go from cold straight to 98 degrees. Yuck.

DD is being pretty cute this morning. I'm enjoying watching her play. And she's still wearing the dress I got her at the consignment sale. As soon as I got her up this morning she started asking for "pink dress." She's probably not going to happy with me when I change her clothes for church, but it's way to cold for her to wear this particular dress today.

Of course it's waaaaaay too early to tell, but right now I'm thinking that this baby is more laid back than DD. I've felt a few flutters, but they're very few and far between (which of course is normal for this stage... it would be normal if I hadn't felt anything yet). With DD I started feeling her move so early, and then continued feeling her fairly frequently. By the time I was 18-20 weeks, when most first time moms are starting to feel movement, she was kicking so hard that you could see it through my belly. And she never stopped moving- still hasn't. I keep getting nervous that I haven't felt this one move more frequently. I have to keep reminding myself that a. it's still really early to feel any movement at all, and b. this is a different child with a different personality!

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Once again, I am so, so nauseous today. I need to call my FIL and get another prescription for zofran- I'm out of refills and only have one pill left. I'll be fifteen weeks the day after tomorrow- I was really hoping I'd be feeling better by now. Now I'm just hoping that it goes away in the 17-18 week range like it did with DD. I'm terrified that it will last the whole pregnancy. I know I'd get through it somehow because really... what choice do I have?! But it just doesn't seem possible right now. I'm just worn out from all the nausea, and DD has been getting up at 4am (!!!!) for about the last week. I'm totally exhausted. Thank God my mom comes tomorrow! That reminds me... I want to call her and see if she can bring me a bagel. I miss NY food! Bagels down here are completely disgusting. It's like they're not even the same food.

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I'm supposed to be packing right now, but I'm feeling sooooo barfy, so I'm taking a break. DD is refusing to nap, which is not making things any easier.

I had my second prenatal appointment today! That was exciting! It was quick- I was only there for about 20 minutes or so. The heartbeat was good and strong and the little one was moving around like crazy- she had to chase him/her around with the doppler, and the baby kept kicking it :-). She went over my lab results, and apparently I am super healthy (apart from already testing positive for group B strep). She talked about how some of my labs were way above what they consider to be good, but it was medical jargon, so I really have no idea what she was talking about specifically... lol! My next prenatal appointment is in five weeks- April 13th. And we scheduled the big ultrasound! Woohoo!!! I asked if we could do it a few days early and she said that was no problem, so that was exciting! April 6th is the big day :D. Can't wait! I'll find out what we're having two days before the big consignment sale, so that will be very helpful, and our budget will appreciate it! Wink

In other news, my mom got here safe. She is at my brother's house right now, measuring so she can start making curtains. DD is having a wonderful time with Grandma, plus Uncle Pete came to dinner last night, which she was super excited about. I'm pretty sure she has a crush on Uncle Pete- lol!

Well, I guess I'd better get back to work... ugh. Packing/cleaning/moving while pregnant (at least at this stage of the pregnancy) is the WORST!!! But I stop complaining. I'm very happy that we finally have an answer on whether or not we're moving, and I'm happy that it's happening quickly so that it will be DONE! Lol!

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Sooooooo the real estate soap opera continues. It's a long story, but basically, because the sellers of the house we're buying haven't gotten us some documents that they are contractually bound to give us, everyone is having to scramble around and try to get the underwriter of our loan stuff that they need in order for the loan to go through... and of course the deadline is quickly approaching. I don't know what will happen if we have to push back the closing date, because the buyers of our house need to move in immediately. I am trying really hard not to think about it so that I don't get stressed out. God has seen us through every detail of this thing so far, and I know He will see us through to the end. It's in His hands. It's fine. But I can't wait until I get the email saying that it's all been taken care of!

In the meantime, we are packing like crazy. I hate living with the house torn up and boxes everywhere. That's one of the reasons why I'm actually glad that this move is happening in a really short amount of time- everything will be in chaos for a minimum amount of time.

I was packing, taping up boxes, and moving them to another room, and I'm pretty sure I had a couple of contractions, so I'm sitting down and taking it easy for a bit. I guess I was overdoing it. Oops. It was only one or two, and everything's been fine since I sat down, so I'm not worried.

This pregnancy has felt like an eternity (mostly because of the morning sickness) and now I feel like I suddenly turned around and I'm fifteen weeks and I'm wondering how that happened! Lol! My belly has definitely had a growth spurt in the last week or so. Part of me is glad to make progress and get out of that awkward stage when no clothes fit, and another part of me isn't happy that I'm getting bigger so much faster than I did last time! I expected it, especially since I haven't been able to go to the gym, but that doesn't mean I have to like it! Wink

I had another crazy pregnancy dream last night. I don't remember all the details- I should have written it down sooner. It was something about the ultrasound. Apparently I had it, and the nurse/tech was going to tell me the sex of the baby afterward, and then made a big deal about being about to reveal it... only to tell me that she didn't know, that they hadn't been able to get a good shot to tell. I was so pissed and I got into a fight with the lady (verbal, not physical...lol!) So eventually I guess they let me have another ultrasound, and we saw that it was a girl! We could also see that from the profile shot that she had my nose, which I thought was funny. In real life, I could tell from the profile shot that DD was going to look like DH... and boy does she! So that would be cool if it was true... that we have a girl and she looks a bit like me- not that I get into a fight with the ultrasound tech! Haha! It's not that I don't like the way DD looks, it would just be nice to have a child who people actually believes belongs to me. People always think that DD belongs to my friend, and that she and my friend's son are twins! Too funny. We go to the same YMCA, and I swear every time I drop DD off in the nursery, one of the workers asks how my friend and I related, because DD looks so much like her and her son!

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I am so, so nauseous today. Fighting to keep anything down. The constant nausea has really worn me out. I'm over 15 weeks at this point, for crying out loud! I'm just praying that it doesn't last the whole pregnancy. I know that I'll get through it somehow if it does, but I get very overwhelmed by the idea of it. As if having a baby isn't overwhelming enough all by itself! I just really hope it gets better soon. I'm really struggling here.

We got to go through the new house yesterday with the contractor so we could get some quotes on different repairs/renovations. I was really excited to go out to the house, because I haven't been in it since the second time we looked at, right before we made the offer, and that was before Christmas! I really wanted to walk around it one more time and get a feel for it and the size of the rooms, etc. before we moved in. The kids' bedrooms aren't huge (but they're a decent size), but other than that most of the rooms are huge. The kitchen is a good size, but the space isn't used well, so there's not much counter space. But, it's fine for now and we will renovate it in a few years. I hope all the details work out and we can close on time and that the whole moving thing goes smoothly.

Packing is going well- there's not too much left to do, thank goodness. The fact that we got rid of huge amounts of stuff and put a lot of stuff in storage before we put the house on the market has been a tremendous help. I think that by the end of this weekend we'll probably have packed just about everything except for the last minute stuff. Obviously we have to leave out some dishes, clothes, etc. because we're still living here for another six days, but we're trying to only leave out the essentials.

I've been feeling some fluttery feelings the last two days that could be the baby. I'm just going to assume they are- it makes me feel better to think that I'm feeling something related to this pregnancy that ISN'T nausea!

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I'm having another barfy morning. I hope my stomach settles soon so that I can get some stuff done. I'll be 16 weeks tomorrow... this needs to stop!

My mom leaves today :-(. But my FIL and his wife (they've been married less than a year so I don't know what to call her... she's not my MIL and she's not really DH's stepmom... you get the idea) are coming to help, so that will be wonderful. I'm so grateful for all of our family helping out, especially since none of them live close by!

I am so tired of packing. I don't want to pack anything else. I can't believe that there still is anything left to pack. How can we possibly have this much stuff? We're down to the odds and ends that are awkward to pack. I swear I'm never moving again after this! Lol! Or if I do, I'm selling/giving away everything I own so there's nothing to pack, and then just starting over at the new house!

I'm at the point where I don't know how I'm going to get through the next few days. I need to stop thinking about the big picture and just think about what I need to do right now, so I don't get so overwhelmed. I seriously can't believe it's only Tuesday. I think time has slowed down to a crawl.

I barely have time to remember that I'm pregnant, except when I'm throwing up. I know that things will still be crazy after we move, because we'll be fixing up the house, but I think it will be easier than what we're going through now. In one sense, it's been a good distraction, otherwise I'd be sooooo impatient to find out what we're having, etc. But we've been dealing with this the entire time I've been pregnant, and I'm so ready to just be able to lie on the couch and rest, and not worry about whether or not the house is perfectly clean for showings, or having to pack the dogs and DD into the car and drive around while I feel super barfy because someone is looking at the house, or doing an inspection, or whatever. I just want to exist without a million other worries for a few days. I've done pretty well being laid back about things and not worrying, especially for me since I tend to be a worrier by nature, but moving is stressful on anyone. I really want to feel settled again. Then I can start thinking about fun things, like how I want to decorate the nursery, and how I want to do DD's "big girl" bed, and stuff like that. I'm ready for the nausea and stress to be done, and to really start enjoying this pregnancy, and maybe even being able to focus on it a little bit!

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I am having a horrible time getting motivated to do anything today. I've taken care of DD and the dogs, and I took a shower, but that's pretty much it. I'm so nauseous I don't want to move. I'm 16 weeks today, which on one hand is exciting, and on the other, I'm finding it depressing because I'm still sick to my stomach all the time. I'm starting to get depressed/discouraged thinking that it isn't going to get better. I'm trying to remind myself that I was between 17 and 18 weeks with DD when it finally got better, so there's still hope that it could be the same this time. And if so, there's not much longer. I'm sure that being really tired and dealing with the move isn't helping anything. My big ultrasound is only 3 weeks from today! That's exciting! I can't wait to find out what we're having!

We did finally hear from the underwriter yesterday afternoon that the survey cleared up the problem and everything is set for the closing on Friday, so that's definitely good news, and not a moment too soon! Our real estate agent came by yesterday to put a "sold" sign on our house, so that's kind of making it feel official! The only bad news is that the sellers of the new house are not cooperating and doing the things that they agreed to do in the contract. The phone line is still down in the backyard (all they have to do is make a phone call to have the company come fix it... not exactly difficult, and it doesn't cost them anything), and their stuff is still in the house. So freaking annoying! We close in less than 48 hours. Our real estate agent has done pretty much everything she can do, so I don't know what will happen. It's really frustrating. But, one way or another, we will be closing on Friday morning, so that's a relief. I can't wait to be settled again!

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Amazingly, in spite of all the obstacles, everything has worked out/gotten done and we are closing in two hours! My alarm went off at 6am... it was still dark out. Actually, it's 6:30 now and the sun has still not made its appearance. I'm SO tired. I slept horribly last night. Probably all the anticipation. I'll be so glad to have this move finished, but I'm sad to leave this house that we loved so much, and I'm a little sad to go from a nicely renovated house to... well... 1973. But, it will be an adventure and we'll get to do everything the way we want it. We got some good news last night. I think we're going to walk away from the sale of our house with more money in our pocket than we were expecting, so that will help tremendously with the repairs/updates we need to get started on in the new house. Not to mention that we have to immediately buy a new washer, dryer, dishwasher, and microwave. I see it as God's provision for us, and a huge blessing. So grateful. Now if I can just keep my eyes open today I'll be doing well. We have the duct cleaners coming to the new house at 7am, dropping Catie off at a friend's (who is watching her for the day) at 8, getting to the closing at 8:30, the movers are coming between 10 and 12, and the invisible fence guy (for the dogs) is coming to the new house at 11:30. Pretty crazy, but we will somehow get through it!

There's a weird feeling that I always get when I have to wake up super early (i.e. when it's still dark out) for a big event of some sort. It's kind of like excitement and anticipation trying to make its way through the extreme sleepiness. And mixed in with that is this feeling that it's going to be a different kind of day... that something big is happening. I used to get it the morning of horse shows back when I competed, or any time we take a big trip. I don't really know how to explain it, but I definitely have it this morning.

In the midst of all this, I've felt the baby move a couple of times. I really hope he/she is kind to me today in regards to the nausea! I am going to be one tired mommy at the end of today!

Note to self- I have to remember to write about Catie's Snow White costume, but I don't have time right now.

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It took a week due to AT&T messing something up, but we finally have internet again! Yay! We are more or less settled in the new house... at least as much as we can be when you consider that we haven't been able to unpack the majority of our stuff because we're starting renovations. But our clothes are unpacked, Catie's toys are unpacked, and the kitchen is unpacked, so that's enough for now. I'm really excited for the renovations getting underway. The painting has started, and the contractor is starting on Tuesday. It should only be about three or four weeks of chaos, then everything will be done (for now) and we'll start saving up for the next round of renovations. I am anxiously looking forward to being able to do laundry again! But I did as much as I could before we left the old house, so we can get by for awhile. I was going to do a load over at my friend's house, but a bird started building a nest in her dryer vent, so it's obviously not functional at the moment.

I've been feeling the baby move more over the last couple of days. Last weekend I was worried because I hadn't feel the baby move, but I told DH that he/she had probably been moving plenty, and I was just too distracted with the move to notice. But the last few days things have calmed down and I've been feeling it more. This baby is so much more gentle than Catie was! Catie just walloped me through the entire pregnancy! Only 11 more days until find out what we're having! I can't wait to be able to stick with one pronoun instead of the he/she thing! Lol! If I could choose, I would have another girl, but I know that this is exactly the child God wants to put in our lives, so I'm thankful for whoever they are, girl or boy. I'm just ready to know. I have a hard time connecting to the baby in the early stages of pregnancy, and finding out the sex really helps me to start feeling like there really is a little person in there!

More good news- the morning sickness is FINALLY dying down. I'm 17 weeks 3 days. So a few days earlier than with Caitrin. But it started earlier and was more intense than my first pregnancy. I still have some bad moments, but it's not all day every day like it was. Thank goodness. I was getting to the breaking point with it. It's hard to be that sick for that long. I know some women have it for the entire pregnancy... I don't know how they do it. I was starting to panic thinking that would happen to me this time!

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Yesterday I was nauseous, but not as badly as I have been. I'm still a little nauseous this morning, but not terrible. I'm just thankful it's not all the time any more like it was.

We had a fun time last night. We went to our friends house and had dinner and played games. I had a hard time staying awake, though! We had dinner at 6, then let the kids play for awhile before we put them to bed, so we didn't start playing a game until almost 9. Considering that I've been going to bed at the same time as DD (between 7 and 7:30) that was already staying up late for me! We got home at about 11 and I fell into bed and immediately passed out!

I hope I feel the baby move some today. It's starting to get more regular, but not necessarily every day. But, because it's starting to be more regular, I tend to get worried when I don't feel it. Only ten more days until the big ultrasound! Woohoo!

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Only eight days until the ultrasound! And today's almost over, so really about seven days! So excited! I'm feeling the baby move a bit pretty much every day now. I have to really pay attention, though. This one is so much daintier and gentler than Caitrin was! Lol!

Today was a busy day. All the plastic got taken down from the room that was painted and the furniture moved back in there. We moved the furniture out of the next couple of rooms that will be worked on, the contractor got his workers started, they delivered the dumpster for the construction, they delivered DH's new lawnmower, the dishwasher repairman came, the AT&T guy came to bury the cable they left strewn across our backyard, the window guy came to give us a quote, and the heating guy came to check out a problem we've been having with our system. I swear the doorbell never stopped ringing! It was crazy, but it's great to be making progress! So excited! The family room (the one that got painted already) looks fantastic and really gives me hope that this house will shape up well! There's a ton of stuff to do, and it will take us years, but it's great to be able to make a good start on it, especially before the baby comes.

DD was slightly less mischievous today, which was good because I wasn't feeling well and needed to lie down. Yesterday she was totally out of control with the mischief. I was beating my head against a wall. She was super sweet today, and much more obedient. I know that the move and having the house torn up with renovations has rocked her world, so I am really trying to patient, but I am pregnant and exhausted, and we're not able to toddler-proof this house like the old one was at this point in time. Eventually it will get there, but right now we're just blocking off whatever room is currently under construction and watching her closely. She has discovered how to open the pantry door, which is a problem. And we don't have locks on the kitchen cabinets yet. There's nothing dangerous she can get into there, just the potential for a giant mess! So with all that, I was so thankful today when (aside from one or two incidents) she just wanted to play in her room!

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I'm feeling soooooo tired today! It was really hard to make myself get out of bed this morning, but with two dogs whining to be taken out, a two-year-old calling for Mommy, and construction guys about to show up at any moment, what choice did I have?! Right now, DD is at mother's day out, and I'm lying in bed. Not much hope of sleep since there is lots of construction noise, but I'm just thankful that stuff is getting done on the house! My poor dogs are stuck in the crate again today, because there's no place in the house where I can keep them out of the workers' way. Well, it's not for very long.

I'm so excited that I'm 18 weeks today and that the ultrasound is a week from today! Woohoo! I'm feeling the baby move a little bit here and there... this one is no where near as active as C was, but instead of letting that make me nervous, I'm trying to remember that this is a completely different child who is going to do things its own way! I really cant wait to find out what we're having- that makes it seem so much more real to me.

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Things are crazy around here at the moment. We're attempting to deal with a situation where TVA wants to cut down all of the trees along one side of our house (that give us privacy and block the views of power lines) and I get so upset just thinking about it that it makes me sick to my stomach. The whole neighborhood is trying to fight it (we're not the only ones whose trees they marked) but I don't have much hope. Trying not to think about it so much. Ugh.

In good house news, the work is going well. I'm excited to get this round of renovations done and be able to unpack a bit.

The baby has moving more and more lately (well, it's probably moving the same amount... I'm just feeling it more!) Our ultrasound is the day after tomorrow! Can't wait! I'm excited to get a peek at this little one and to find out what we're having!

The weather was gorgeous yesterday so we spent a lot of time outside. I was really hoping it was going to be nice again today, but it looks like it wants to rain. Yuck. Pair that with DD not sleeping well last night, and all I want to do is stay in bed! But, I need to drag myself up and take shower.

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Our big ultrasound is TOMORROW!!! Woohoo! I can't believe how quickly the last four weeks have gone. Then again, we did have an awful lot going on! We sold our house, bought a new house, moved, and started renovating the new house! That will definitely help pass the time... lol! The first round of renovations should be done by the end of next week, which means that my brother and his crew can then come in and paint, then we can get carpet in the bedrooms and bonus room, and then we can actually unpack and get a little bit settled! Definitely looking forward to that.

I've been feeling the baby move some today. This kid is definitely more relaxed than his/her big sister. I've been feeling unbelievably exhausted lately. I have absolutely zero energy and all I want to do is sleep. Unfortunately, there isn't much opportunity for me to get a nap in these days, with all the construction going on. And I have to get up early let the workmen in, feed the dogs and take them out, get DD up and fed, etc. I feel like I could sleep for a week.

Well, I think DD just woke up... she has been napping like it's her job today! Probably a good thing, since she's been waking up super early and I had to wake her up from her nap yesterday so we could take cover from a possible tornado :rolleyes:. I swear we only get tornadoes while DD is sleeping. I have no idea what's for dinner tonight, so I'd better figure that out!

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The last several days have been SO crazy and busy!

The big news is... it's a BOY! And most importantly, everything looked good and he is healthy! I was a little disappointed about not having another girl, but I'm excited that I'll get to have both experiences- a son and a daughter. I was so relieved to see that he looked healthy on the ultrasound. For some reason, the morning of my appointment I started to get nervous that they'd find something wrong. It was great to see a healthy little guy.

On Friday I dragged DH out of bed bright and early so that we could go to the big consignment sale. He's never come with me before, but I needed to look for a swing, a bedding set, and clothes, and I couldn't figure out how I could do all that by myself... with a 2 1/2 year old in tow. So he had had DD in the ergo and got the swing, and then watched her while I looked at the other stuff. I found a bedding set! It's not my absolute favorite, but it's blue and brown (which is what I wanted to do the nursery in) and it was $60 including a mobile... usually just the mobile is $60. I got a couple things for DD, and then some boy clothes. I didn't get too much in the clothes department, because I know I'll be getting hand-me-downs from friends... and there's talk of a baby shower :-).

We had a party to make the big announcement on Saturday. It was a lot of fun. Almost everyone we invited was able to come, so that was great. The weather was ridiculously warm. I take that back. It was ridiculously hot. High of 91 degrees- a record for the month of April! But we had enough shade that it was nice being outside. It was a lot of fun.

In the midst of all this, our house is still a construction zone. I was so glad that it didn't rain on Saturday... eventually we'll be able to host large parties inside the house and have tons of room, but right now only the kitchen and family room are even partly functional, so it would have been a tight squeeze. I'm trying to set up a time to get together with my potential doula this week, and I have a midwife appointment on Wednesday. My midwife emailed me the day after my ultrasound to tell me that she had reviewed the report and that everything looked great. I appreciated that she took the time to do that!

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