Here I am! My name is Sandra (23 next week), married to Chris (26) and it is time for BABY #2! We have a daughter named Ella Marie who is 10 and a half months.
Here is a link to my first Pregnancy Journal with our #1 Babe Here we go again...
And here is a link to her Baby Journal Baby Ella Marie
And here is proof of Baby #2!
DH has decided we should call him/her Boo Boo Squared - I'm not sure if it's entirely mathematically correct, but what the heck! DH's nickname for Ella is Boo Boo, and he was wondering what he would call the next one.....could he have another Boo Boo? So Boo Boo Squared it is.
I'm not entirely sure how far along I am right now, since my cycles have been so wonky. I gave birth last July, and got my first PP AF on January 27th. My next AF came 50 days later on March 17th. The next one came 39 days later on April 25th, which was my LMP. So.....I don't really know how long this cycle was, but I'm due SOMETIME between January 30, 2009 and February 11, 2009. I wasn't too sure if I should base it off my LMP or not, considering my cycle was so long, so January 30th is if I base it off my LMP, and February 11th is if I base it off my LMP taking a 39 day cycle in to account. I'm just going to have to wait and see my Dr!
So yeah, my ticker is set to some random date in between.
Anyways, I feel TOTALLY different this time around. I have to pee lots, but my boobs aren't sore AT ALL, and I actually feel a little nauseous this time around. With Ella I had NO morning sickness, and I haven't been sick yet, but I feel a little queasy after eating each meal.
We are VERY VERY excited for #2! As long as this pregnancy works out, the baby will be born at a perfect time - DH will have a week long break from school shortly after the birth, so that will be so great. When Ella was born he had a final exam 2 days later! He will also be graduating (YAY!) with his degree when #2 is a few months old, so he can get a full time job and provide for our family as it gets bigger (not that he doesn't provide now, I am a SAHM and he works PT, but we have to live off of savings for a while so he can get done with school) When he graduates we'll probably be moving to wherever he gets a job, so we'll get to have more room as well (we'll get a bigger house, or maybe a condo). The house we are in now is only 850 square feet and Ella and the baby will have to share a very small room until we move.
We haven't told anyone yet, which is VERY hard! Last time we told our parents the same day we found out! Since we see them a few times a week, it is hard not to say anything! DH wants to wait until after Ella's birthday (actually, he wants to not tell them at all and just have them notice a belly!) So I'll probably be 2-3 months by the time we tell them.
Well, Ella should be getting up from her nap soon, so I've got to get back to laundry!
Why is it that when you decide NOT to tell people important things they ALWAYS bring up the subject just to bother you! Today at work there must have been 3 times when someone said "So, it's about time for you to have another one, hey Sandra?" And seeing our parents is even worse......I had a dream last night that I accidentally told my mom. Couldn't remember this morning if it was real or not.......
Holy cow, I am SOOOOOO TIRED! I just managed to get in an hour and a half nap while Ella was napping......sigh......sweet relief......Yesterday I almost missed work because I decided to lie down on the couch for a few minutes......woke up 45 minutes later when I heard Ella get up.
I guess it may be confusing to be saying I was at work when I said before I am a SAHM.............
I work casually at the daycare at the gym I work out at. Most of the time I only work a few hours every few weeks, but for the month of June I am working about 8 hours a week. One of the regular girls broke her wrist, so there are lots of shifts available. I don't LOVE it, but it means I can take Ella with me and get out of the house for a few hours and sh can play with other kids, so it's OK. I surely don't like working twice a week though - my days feel WAY too busy! And I really hate it if work interferes with her naps.
Well, I don't work again until next Wednesday for 4 hours, and not again that week, so next week shouldn't be too bad. But next week is a busy one - our anniversary (3 years), my birthday (23).........
OK, so the point of this post was to say - I am TIRED! Pregnancy is kickin' in!
I booked my first Dr's appointment for June 23rd. I'll be around 8-9 weeks then - and we'll hopefully book the first U/S so we can see how far along I really am and get a due date!
Yesterday I had a great birthday - I napped on the couch during Ella's morning nap, so that was nice.......extra sleep! It's just so hard not to tell people! A friend of mine who is pregnant came over to wish me a happy birthday and she was talking about her M/S and being so tired.......I was wishing I could tell her I am SOOOO tired for the same reasons! Plus with all our family stopping by and chatting, and we haven't even told THEM yet! We'll see how long I last.
I feel really really fat.....I can't tell if it is just a food baby, left over belly jelly from Ella, or I am starting to show! All I can say is I am glad I was wearing a loose sweatshirt last Sunday at dinner with the IL's because my belly was HUGE after dinner! I looked seriously 5 months pregnant.....
Here are some pictures - The first one I am trying to hold it in a bit, but the other one is a close up of that belly just hangin' out!
Getting anxious around here for my Dr's appointment next week - since I can't tell anyone about being pregnant, it doesn't really seems real yet - especially since DH and I tend to forget! I think once I have my first Dr's appointment, it'll seem a little more real and final. At any rate, I'm glad I've had no problems so far.....I miscarried once at about 7 weeks, but I seem to be doing good so far. Once I see my Dr. and get my first U/S booked, I think I'll feel a lot better. With Ella, it was all we talked about and thought about, but now we're so busy with life and with an 11 month old, that I tend to forget there is another baby on the way!
My appetite is totally wonky.....I'll be starving once minute, so I'll get myself a whole plateful of food, and 5 bites in to it, I'll be full. Then I'm hungry 2 hours later! I seem to remember this happening last time - but it's things like this you forget until they happen again - now it seems all too familiar!
I can't wait to tell our families. DH wants to wait until after Ella's birthday, so that she can have a whole year to herself with grandparents doting JUST on her (which really is nice - when we were trying to decide when to TTC, I originally wanted to wait until Ella was 1, so that she would have a year all to herself) So, if we wait until after her birthday, I'll be somewhere around 12 weeks (give or take a week, since I don't REALLY know how far along I am yet) So basically, when we tell our family, it'll be time to start telling everyone else too! With Ella we told our families right away at 5 weeks, then told everyone else around 12 weeks, once the first trimester was gone (especially since I'd already miscarried once).
It is going to be a busy summer - here is what we have planned:
July 26 - August 9 Ella and I leave with my family (mom, stepdad, and my two sisters) to go on a trip to the East Coast (Halifax, PEI) We'll be in Winnipeg for a few days before we fly out to do some visiting, then Ella and I fly back to Winnipeg after a week on the coast. We'll either fly home or DH will come pick us up.
August 25 - September 2 DH, Ella and I travel to Phoenix to spend a week at the IL's house there. We'll be relaxing, swimming in the pool and hanging out with the IL's.
I guess we'll tell our families before the East coast trip.
Rather uneventful of course. Got the pregnancy confirmed, got the lab order for all the bloodwork, and booked the first U/S. I'm very excited for the U/S which is on July 2nd, because then I can have an official due date! My cycle was so wacky that even though I know when my LMP was, who knows when I ovulated. Anyways, if we base it off my LMP it would be January 30th. We'll see how big little bean measures next week!
I am SOOOOOOOOO hungry all the time - I can't remember if it was like this last time or not! I eat a meal and an hour later I am starving again! I can barely make it through the night - I always snack before bed, and I wake up at 6 am hungry as ever! So I'm trying to eat more smaller meals throughout the day instead of 3 large ones.
It's starting to get HOT around here - we finally started up our small little A/C unit yesterday and it was HEAVEN! I am just remembering this time last year - I was 37 weeks pregnant and SWOLLEN and HOT and walking around in my bathing suit......LOL. Thank goodness I'll go through that part of pregnancy in December and January this time!
Anyways, I'm excited for the U/S tomorrow - I'll post pics when I get back!
Had my first U/S yesterday - but my scanner is being dumb, so I can't post pics.
But, we have a due date! I measured right on with my LMP - yesterday I was 9 weeks 5 days, so baby #2 will be arriving sometime around EDD
January 30, 2009
It feels great to have a due date now - I just am getting even more anxious about telling people! Our parents and other people we talk to keep saying things and bringing up the subject of when we're going to have another baby.....basically we have had to lie SO many times now I can't count! They'll ask "SO, time for another one, hey?" and we'll be like "Yeah.......maybe......almost....."
BAH! I just want to tell people! Oh well, we've decided to let our families know the day after Ella's party, so on Sunday July 20th at dinner we can finally spill the beans! I'm looking for some creative way to tell - I can't decide. I don't want it to be too corny.
I'm not having ANY feelings about boy or girl.....but I think we ARE going to find out this time around. We booked my BIG ultrasound today - it's on September 12, 2008, and I'll be 20 weeks! So we should have a good chance of getting a peek at the 'goods'.
I had my physical today too - just blood pressure, etc. and I had my bloodwork all done. There shouldn't be any problems but he'll call me if there are. So now I sit tight for another month!
Finally, only one more week to hide my growing belly! Ella's birthday is on Thursday and her party is on Saturday. We'll announce the pregnancy to our families next Sunday. Woot woot! My sisters were with me 3 days this week and I was feeling so fat I had to wear one of DH's shirts around the house so my belly wasn't hanging out for all to see! I'm not really that big yet, but on my fairly small frame you can tell the pooch is getting bigger. So, only one more week of secrecy and then we can finally tell. I'll be 12 weeks.
I'm doing pretty well. Very tired - since my sisters were here I didn't really nap at all for 3 days - we had stuff to do, errands to run - so I'm worn out. Feeling great other than that though - no sickness at all, but Ella's poopy diapers make me WANT to vomit.......ugh. My gag reflex is working overtime, but nothing ever comes out!
It's getting hot around here, I think I'm going to invest in some nice flow-ey sundresses to wear - nice and cool and nice on the belly.
One year ago today I went in to labor with Ella. My water broke at 1:30 pm on July 16th, and Ella was born at 12:20 on July 17th. Hopefully this time it isn't 23 hours long......................
I really can't complain about my birth experience last time. I'll do everything the same this time around. I want to be in a hospital with Dr's and nurses, and get lots of drugs and an epidural! Only thing I might consider this time is ask if they plan on doing an episiotomy. Last time they didn't and I tore in 9 different directions.........which did not make healing very much fun. I was sore for at least 10 weeks after. If having an inch or two incision will prevent that from happening again, I'll go for it. Getting a few stitches will be nothing compared to the 60 stitches I had last time. I didn't get to really spend time with Ella until after they had stitched me up, which took over 2 hours. So I'll make sure to mention what happened last time when I go to the hospital this time around!
It will be very different to have a winter baby this time. Ella was born in the heat of summer and wore nothing but onesies or just a diaper for the first few weeks of her life. It was hot and humid and sticky - at least for around here. It was probably 95 degrees. This time, Bean#2 will come home in the dead of winter. It'll be about -20 degrees and snowy and bitterly cold. I'm definitely going to need a whole new wardrobe even if it is another girl!