Two things to post about tonight.
One: My "long" shirts are no longer covering my stomach without a conscious effort on my part to keep them that way. So this afternoon, DH and I went on a mission to find shirts that fit. We stopped at the maternity store in the mall, Old Navy (the one by us doesn't have a maternity section, apparently), and Kohls. I tried on shirts in all sorts of sizes, cause the sizing confuses me. Small is tight. Medium... eh maybe I could pull it off, but it tends to be too small in the chest. So I went with large. I got three ribbed tank tops for this summer (blue, brown, and maroon), a blue polo shirt, and a zip up blue sweater I can wear to work. I'd been looking for a zip up/button up sweater for a while anyway, and I know this won't zip over my tummy long, but I don't mind. It's definitely something I can use now, especially in the frigid air conditioned school on those hot May days!
Those of you who know me in real life- I will try to get pictures of each of my new items (perhaps even some of me modeling them!) and post them elsewhere. Stay tuned for those!
Two: I'm not sure, but I think I felt Febus kick again today. This one felt more like a kick than the last one I posted about. I felt it, so I put my hand there, felt it again, and had DH put his hand on my belly to see if he could feel it. When it happened, I said "THAT" at the same time he turned to me and said "that?" He is convinced it is baby kicking and not just a gas bubble or something.
I guess when I'm further along and am feeling kicks all the time, I can look back and know what this was. We'll see..
I posted earlier this week on my birth club board, and from what people have said, it sounds like the twinges I'm getting are really my baby moving around!
Now that I know what it feels like, I've noticed it a lot lately. Febus seems to be most active around lunchtime. My best friend came over last night to hang out, and I was hoping she'd get to feel the movement too, but Febus must have been tired.
Ultrasound is next week! Hurray!
PS- Yesterday was the first time I actually felt like a pregnant lady. I bent over to pick something up off the floor at work, and went ooh that doesn't feel so great. I had the need to sit more often, especially toward the end of the workday. I went grocery shopping and found myself rubbing my belly without even realizing it. I ran into someone from church (I used to babysit his kids), and he asked when I was due. I know I hadn't said anything, but my parents might have (they go to the same church), or perhaps he just noticed me rubbing my belly. :o)
I had my ultrasound this morning. So cool to get to see our little baby! Everything looked absolutely normal, and I'm even measuring a full week ahead of what I thought (21w4d instead of 20w4d).
Heartbeat was 135.
Our kid kept yawning and putting his/her hand up to the face as if to say "ohhh I am so tired!" And it's no wonder he/she was tired, since we were doing somersaults and cartwheels at midnight last night.. That was seriously the most I have ever felt this kid move. I woke up DH and made him feel, and he was amazed.
The technician gave us pictures to take home. DH will scan them in at work tomorrow so I can post some online.
Woo hoo for seeing our baby!
EDIT: Forgot to mention my weight at this appointment. It was up 5 lbs from four weeks ago, and 4 lbs overall. Doctor said that's perfectly normal, and that I'll gain the most weight in the fourth and fifth month.
Anyway, I met our next-door neighbors today. We've lived here for almost four months now, and are finally meeting a few people. Guess the warm weather brings us all outside, huh? They are having a yard sale this weekend, so I walked over this morning to say hello and check out their wares. I ended up buying a couple things, but more importantly, I met a friendly older couple and got to chat with the wife for a bit. She was happy to tell me all about the previous owners of the house.
I checked the mail today and saw a mother's day card from my MIL, and a necklace from my older sister that says #1 MOM. Totally cheesy, but I am definitely wearing it to work today!
Speaking of work, two more weeks and I'm done! Woot. I need to call up HR and remind them that I won't be working for them this summer. Or fall. Or probably ever again.
-I'm having trouble sleeping again.
-I'm back to being exhausted all the time.. I have short bursts of energy but they fade quickly.
-You'd think those two would cancel each other out, but they don't. Despite being tired, I just can't fall asleep. It is very difficult for me to get comfortable at night. Sometimes I get up and take a shower, sometimes I go downstairs and unpack boxes, sometimes I just sit on the couch and play Spider Solitaire.
-I'm more uncomfortable in general. My back has started aching, and I don't know what to do to help it. My shoulders get sore, too. I'd like to find a masseuse in the area that knows how to do pregnant massages, but I don't know where to look.
-Febus kicks a lot now. Sometimes he/she does somersaults, I think. I can now sit and look at my belly and watch it move when Febus kicks. Pretty neat.
-Starting to narrow down the list of girls names. We have a first name and two decent possibilities for the middle. Nothing has jumped out at us as being the perfect name, which it did for the boy's name. Maybe we'll have it figured out by the time we get to the hospital.
Sorry, haven't updated in a while. Hasn't been much noteworthy to say.
The kid has been moving around quite a bit, and for longer periods of time.
We still are no closer to having a name picked out.
I went to a sleepover with my mother-in-law and her sisters and nieces etc, and she stuck a needle in the end of a pencil, threaded it, and held it over my wrist. Circles mean boys, back and forth mean girls. According to that, I will be having three boys in all. Guess only time will tell, eh?
We drove down there for our vacation this week. We stayed with them, lounged around, fished, spent time on their boat on the lake, etc. It was a very short vacation (only spent about four days there) but it was better than nothing, right?
On the way back, two interesting things happened.
1) We stopped at Dairy Queen, and the guy had no idea what a chocolate malt was. It was ridiculous.
2) We almost hit a deer. Well, DH swerved just enough to avoid hitting it head-on. We hit its back leg and it scampered away. No damage to our car, whew.
Well, Febus is attempting to dig out through my cervix, and it makes it rather hard to concentrate on typing. Ciao!
I had a dr appointment this week. Nothing too exciting or eventful. I am up another five pounds from my last appointment, which is hard to get used to (girls are always trying to LOSE weight..), but it seems about normal to me. If I continue at this rate, I will end up gaining about 25 lbs in all. Not too bad.
Baby looks good.
I printed a list of nearby pediatricians that are covered by our insurance and brought it to my OB for recommendations. Then I talked more with DH and figured out that we probably actually want a family doctor instead, in case either of us needs treatment for something. So.. I printed out that list, and I will bring it in next time.
I just called the hospital where I'll be giving birth, and asked about childbirth preparation classes. The lady I talked to said the computers were down, but she took my name and number so she could call me when they were back up. On the hospital website it said to call no later than your fourth month, and I'm definitely in my sixth month, but the lady said I still had plenty of time.
I would like to take an infant CPR class too. I am certified in adult CPR, and child CPR is very similar to adult CPR, but I don't have a clue what to do for a baby. You'd think they would offer it as part of the childbirth prep classes, especially for first-time parents, but they don't, at least not at my hospital.
DH and I are going to weddings the next three weekends in a row, and had to turn down an invitation to another one that conflicted.
I didn't mention that at my last appointment they told me I'm still measuring big, and that I will need to go do the gestational diabetes test when I am at 28 weeks. Since they're measuring me about a week ahead of where I think I am, I'll go in for the diabetes test next week.
I called the hospital back and got signed up for the childbirth prep class. We're doing it on a Saturday in July, all day. They also offer some other classes that I'll have to discuss with DH, like breastfeeding, infant CPR, and bringing home baby. We're first time parents, so I'm a little clueless. Wish they were all free classes so I could take them all!
Work is going well. I've been working there for many previous summers, but this is my first year on the administrative side of things, so it has been different. I enjoy it, though, despite getting home around midnight most nights.
This child is a non-stop mover! I notice the most movement around 7am, 1pm, 8pm, and midnight, but there seems to be pretty constant flutters in between.
Anyway, time to take the car in to the shop- the brake light has been on for a month. Opa!
Whoa, third trimester! Did that seem fast to anyone else? I don't think I'm anywhere close to giving birth yet, but I should probably start getting stuff ready just in case. You know, like getting the car seat, buying a crib, perhaps packing a hospital bag eventually.. or at least making a packing list and printing it out so I can pack quickly and not forget anything.
PS- I went in for my gestational diabetes test a couple days ago. The lady there told me the drink tasted like orange pop. She lied. The first two sips tasted like orange pop. Then it just tasted like super sweet sticky grossness. The aftertaste wasn't the greatest. She got mad at me for drinking it too slowly, so I had to gulp the last half. I think I burped for a solid twenty minutes after that.. eww. Anyway, after I sat for an hour, they took me back and drew blood, and got my vein on the first try! This is quite an accomplishment- my veins are tricky. They're small, and tend to hide. I don't know if I passed or not- I guess they are just sending the results on to my doctor, and I'll find out in just over a week at my next appointment.
I'm thinking about going back to school and getting a nursing degree. I've been looking into programs around here, and the cost varies quite a bit. Looks like I could do an accelerated program at a local state school, and that would go 18 months. However, there are some pre-requisites that I know I didn't take as part of my undergrad. Perhaps I will take a class or two per semester starting in the spring, and start full-time once the baby is a little older. (This assumes, of course, that there is not a younger sibling by that point..) I printed out a transcript request form from my alma mater, will send that in ASAP, and then perhaps meet with an advisor at the local school to see what they suggest for a time frame, and what will and won't transfer.
Do I really want to do this? I'd like to have a direction for my future, and not be stuck in part-time jobs for the rest of my life. Yes, I have a Bachelors degree from a well-known university, but I have been having a difficult time finding a job.
Guess I'll get the transcript, call up the advisor, and go from there.
Just wanted to say that this child is super active. I don't know what a normal activity level is, but this kid has got to be above average in that department. I think my tummy is constantly moving!
Today I got some pediatrician recommendations from a nurse I know and trust. I'll call some of them this week to check on new patient openings. I also called about an infant CPR class. Hopefully they'll call back with info soon.