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    11w1d today. I finished my antibiotics yesterday. Luckily I only had to take them for 3 days. What is really weird is that right after I started them for the bladder infection, I landed up getting a mild ear infection and yeast infection. WTH? But they only lasted a day or two, so no real worries there.

    Easter is coming up really fast. I'm putting on a dinner for my family on Friday, which I am totally stoked about b/c my brother & SIL agreed to come over early to help me make it (since I've been so tired due to the pregnancy). That means I get some extra time to visit with them, which is awesome b/c I really don't get to see them very often, and I simply adore them both. I know we'll be talking about the baby a lot. They are sooo excited for me, and I know that I'll have to share... My mom says I'll have to have lots of kids just for that reason! *lol*

    So in about 5 days from now I'll be headed up to Merritt. We'll probably spend either 3-4 nights there, depending on how things go and whether Ryan wants to drive home in the evening or morning time. I'll have to make sure that I remember to bring my pillows. Since I'm having a hard time being comfortable in my own bed right now, I can't imagine it will be any better elsewhere.

    I'm feeling pretty good right now. My bb's are still sore but it's not as noticeable; I'm sleepy from not sleeping well, but I have less fatigue; I don't feel quite as much pressure on my bladder - though I do still need to pee more often than normal. The only annoying thing is I seem to have a bad case of eczema right now, which I hear is relatively common during pregnancy. I think I need to figure out what sort of cream or lotion to use for that as well as where my skin is starting to stretch. I'm ichy all the time!!!

    I am also more than 1/4 through the pregnancy already! It just seems so much better when put that way. Only a few more weeks until I'm in the second trimester, which will be awesome. And hopefully around then or soon after I'll start feeling the baby move! Oh I just can't wait...

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    Oops, it's been a couple weeks since I last updated. I'm already at 13 weeks now, can you believe it?!

    Last week I was up visiting the IL's. Interesting visit - I only made my MIL cry once this time. Well, she kept asking us over and over again about our sex life (I guess she wanted to make sure that we're "getting enough" while pregnant). After about 1/2 hour of trying to subtly (sp?) change the subject, I finally said (in a normal voice - not a snappy one): "Don't worry, when we want to talk about our sex life, we'll bring it up". Apparently that was really horrible for me to say, snapping at her and all. She then proceeded to make some comments about how I'm open with my mom about things like this, so why can't I be with her. Hmmm, first of all I don't discuss with my mom whether we're getting enough, and secondly my mom knows the meaning of the word "discretion". Nevermind the fact that I will confide in people that I choose, not those that demand it. Oh well, at least we got along well the rest of the visit.

    My symptoms are definitely changing. A week ago (the night before Good Friday) I was vomitting violently at midnight. Haven't thrown up since, and my nausea seems to be disapating. However, my food aversions have been getting worse. I can't stand beef right now. I'm still mostly craving creamy things like milk, ice cream & milk shakes, but root beer has been added to that list. I've also found that I LOVE the smell of yeasty alcohols like wine, beer & rum. No worries though - the scent is enough to satisfy. Oh, and sleeping is getting more and more difficult. I think I need to buy some more pillows to help me get comfortable.

    A new symptom that started on Good Friday (Apr 6th this year) is really sore muscles in my lower back. Thing is, it goes straight across to both of my hips, so I really think it's from stretching out. Of course, I would really rather stretch in my tummy rather than my rear...

    One week exatcly until I meet with the OB. Ryan said that he would come too, since her office is close to the skytrain so it should be easy enough for him to get there. I'm very excited! I sure hope that we get to hear the heartbeat. Then I'll feel confident enough to tell more people at work. Though I hear that the word is already getting out.... I don't actually mind so much, since ppl may be noticing my expanding belly, and a few knew that I had been trying for a while. Now that all of Ryan's family knows (we told each person that we visited with last week), I am feeling a little vulnerable and nervous. I can't wait to hear that everything is still ok.

    Oooh, I just tried a chinese gender predictor (http://www.thelaboroflove.com/chart/cal.html) and it says I'm having a boy. I also looked up what it said for when my mom would have conceived me, and it got it right. Fun stuff...

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    Today I am officially 14 weeks along - the first day of my second trimester!

    Today is my second prenatal appointment, which means I finally get to meet my new OB (yay)! Ryan is meeting me there, which is awesome. I am really looking forward to it, and hopefully we'll hear the baby's heartbeat today. I think it would make things so much more real for Ryan. Right now it probably hasn't really sunk in for him yet (heck, it hasn't really for me yet). It probably just feels like his wife is going through something that is affecting her mood & behaviour, but nothing that will be directly impacting his life on a fundamental level. Though I suppose no one is really ever that prepared when they first become a parent. As much as you can imagine & plan, I don't think one can every really know what something is like until they experience it, kwim?

    There is only one damper on my day today: I was sick last night. At first I thought m/s had made a comeback, since I've been nauseated for a couple days, but when I got up in the middle of the night (around 2am?) to go throw up, Ryan seemed to not be feeling well either. There is nothing we both ate that could be making us sick that I can think of, but neither of us ate much for dinner last night simply because we couldn't stomach it. This morning both of us feel like crap still, so I called my mom (am I the only one that still calls their mother when they aren't feeling well?) and she said that her & my stepdad are in the same boat. They haven't thrown up, but they have been really nauseous, and haven't had an appetite at all. They also skipped dinner last night because they just couldn't eat anything. So now I'm thinking maybe we have a bug of some sort, but that maybe I'm just a little more susceptible since I'm pg. Weird. Anyway, I haven't thrown up this morning at all, so hopefully it'll be subsiding more as the day moves on.

    Symptoms are the same as last week. I've got a nice little ball forming for a belly, and I am SOOOO happy to have my maternity pants on today. They are so incredibly comfortable.

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    The appt with the OB yesterday went really well. Ryan & I got to hear the heartbeat, which was strong & steady at around 180bpm (dr's estimate). I'm feeling more comfortable now with sharing the news, which is good because I'm definitely moving from the chubby stage to the obvious baby belly.

    So the OB answered all of my questions (not like the other dr that was simply dismissive of me), and I felt TOTALLY comfortable with her. She seems very up to date & quick, but took the time to ensure I was happy. I couldn't have asked for better than that.

    Even though Ryan does show emotion, excitement isn't normally one of them. I think in his own way he is though. He seemed to be pretty happy at hearing the heartbeat, and knowing that I'm doing well so far. I figure that this won't be "real" to him until baby arrives. Or at least until he can feel all the kicking as I snuggle up to him at night... *chuckle*

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    15 weeks along today.

    Last night when I was getting ready for bed, I noticed that the skin on my nipples was a little bit flaky (although very little compared to everywhere else right now). I brushed away the flakes a bit, and I noticed that one of my nipples was a little wet. It wouldn't have been enough to notice if I hadn't already been looking at the skin, but it wasn't sticky like plasma and the skin didn't look raw at all. It was clear, and about the same consistency of water. The funny part is how surprised I was. I mean, I know how many changes my body is going through, and that sooner or later I would notice some leaking going on, but I was still completely caught off guard.

    On Saturday evening, I was cuddled up on the couch with Ryan as we watched a movie with our friends. The movie landed up being longer than I expected, so about 2/3rds into it I had quite a full bladder, but I didn't want to ask to pause the movie. Then all of a sudden I felt this little tingle of movement in me, low & forward by my pelvic bone. Just as I'm focusing all of my attention on it to figure out what I just felt, Ryan starts moving around. Of course I freak out & tell him to hold still b/c I think I just felt the baby, but by then it had stopped.

    Yesterday I had a similar sensation, again when I had a full bladder. I was stuck in a long meeting & I was trying to wait until it finished before heading to the bathroom, and sure enough I felt the tiniest bit of movement. Now, I can't actually be sure of what it is, but the descriptions I've heard from other women (including my mom) match pretty closely. How awesome!

    My mom took me shopping yesterday after work, and I got a bunch more maternity clothes. I'm very happy with my purchase. I spent a lot, but many items were on sale so I got pretty good bang for my buck, and the clothes are really quite nice. I even got a new pair of black pants that look nicer and are way more comfy than any regular pair of dress pants I've owned. They are long on me, which is hard for me to find since my legs are so freakishly long compared to the average girl (my arms are that way too), and they flare out just perfect at the bottom. I'll probably land up getting some more maternity clothes later on, but the ones I have should do for quite a while (if not for the whole pregnancy), and I now have enough to make it through the week at least.

    I'm definitely feeling really good about things!

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    Wow... 16 weeks today. That's crazy! Only another 4 weeks (or there abouts) until the "Big U/S". I sure hope that they will be able to tell the gender.

    So I'm still feeling the same as last week more or less. I have a few more aches & pains in my hips & abdomen, which are welcome since it probably indicates my tummy expanding, and it makes me FEEL pregnant. Unfortunately, the same aches & pains have been keeping me from getting enough sleep. Ugh.

    I did the stupidest thing. At the end of my appointment 2 weeks ago with my OB, they booked my next appointment. I asked for one later in the day in order to avoid missing so much work that day, so she booked me for 1:45pm (therefore I assumed the latest was around 2pm). She wrote down the date/time on the back of a card right in front of me, and I don't know whether I was reading it upside down or what, but I saw it as Mon 8 (as in, Monday May 8th - I knew it was going to be 2 weeks from then, so the month was obvious). Really, she wrote down May 8. Now most people when they put it in their day planner would have noticed that the Monday was really the 7th, but not me. I still put it in as Monday. So when I showed up yesterday, I was quite shocked that I was a full 24 hours early.

    Obviously I wasn't about to cancel my appointment for today, since I'm sure she asked me to come back in 2 weeks for a reason. But the thing is, I don't get off work until 3pm, so even though I had already arranged my schedule to allow me to leave early yesterday, doing so two days in a row looks really bad. I asked the receptionist if there were any later appointments so that I don't get my hand slapped at work (even though I know they would probably still be understanding - but I would feel really bad about it), and for that matter, what IS the latest appointment they book. Apparently they book right up until 4pm. Um, what?! Then why the heck was mine 1:45pm in the first place?! Well, she squeezed me in right at 4pm, so I'm grateful (it was my mistake, after all), but I'm also annoyed that I had to miss any work in the first place since I had asked for something later in the day. Gah!

    Anyway, that doesn't make me any less excited for my appointment today. I want to hear the heartbeat again (since I don't have a doppler at home) and I am hoping that she does my HofF measurement today since I haven't had that before. I'm very curious if it will line up with the ultrasound date at all. Mind you, I really don't know much of how that works in the first place.

    Yesterday when I went for the appointment too early, I didn't want to waste the trip so I walked across the street to the hospital and registered with the Birthing Unit. Wow, do they ever ask some crazy questions. There were some that were obviously looking at whether I may have an eating disorder, and/or if I or anyone else in the household use drugs. Others included questions on my level of education, income, and whether or not I was abused as a child. I'm feeling a hint of Family Services (or whatever else they may be called) behind the questionaire.

    Oh, and I also went in for my blood work. Just the standard ones for pregnancy: Rubella, HIV, etc etc. They took 5 viles of blood, and when I said "Wow, that looks like a lot" the woman said "no, it's only about a tablespoon each". Um, that's not a lot? Maybe I should've been asking for a cookie before standing up. *lol* I know it's not like it's going to hurt me but it just shows the difference in perspectives and how relative words like "a lot" mean very different things to different people.

    I think I need to work harder at ensuring I drink enough water throughout the day. I think maybe I've been a little dehydrated. Other than that, Ryan has been really great at helping me to eat more veggies. He's been the one to prepare most of the meals, and the other day he made me some cauliflower in a light cheese sauce - without me even asking for it! I love cauliflower, but he really doesn't, so that was really impressive. I sure am lucky to have my DH.

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    17 weeks today! I'm getting really close to half way...

    I guess I forgot to update this journal after my appt last week. Here's what I posted on my birth board:

    Quote Originally Posted by jesebelle
    I had my second appt with my OB yesterday and it went great. This is the first one I've gone to alone (normally either DH or my mom come), and I'll probably be going to most of the future ones alone too.

    The baby's HB was 165, and what a wonderful sound!!! That alone makes the appt's worth it. Also, they booked the BIG u/s - JUNE 1st!

    My DH won't be able to come, but my mom will.

    The only crazy part of the appt was that one of the couples in the waiting room kept letting their child run up & down the halls unattended, and she kept walking into my room. Not too much of a problem when I was sitting in the chair, but when my pants were pulled down a little so that we could use the doppler, it's maybe not the best time to open the door for anyone walking by to see! Obviously the kid doesn't know any better, but I was really annoyed with the parents (as was my doc).
    So only 2 1/2 weeks to go before the BIG U/S!!! It really doesn't sound like that long when I say it that way. Still, I'm terribly impatient, and it'll probably get worse the closer I get to that appt. I have to work during the day before I go to the appt, which means I probably won't get ANYthing done that day!

    On the weekend I finished my last school course before baby is born. I wrote the final exam on Saturday, and handed in the final project on Sunday. I think I did well overall, but everything that we have submitted up until now has only been as practice - the instructor would give us feedback, but no numerical mark - so although I had feedback on where my strengths & weaknesses are, I have no idea what my resulting mark will be. Hopefully it'll be as good as most my other marks. In this program I tend to get above 80% (which is considered honours if I average that high). Anyway, being finished is great because it lowers my current amount of stress and responsibilities.

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    Ok, this is getting a little concerning. I haven't been out to buy a new bra yet, nor anything along the lines of nursing pads. Honestly, I thought it could wait a bit. Last night when I was sitting at my computer I decided to take my bra off (my normal ones are getting REALLY uncomfortable) and a few minutes later I noticed a small wet spot on my shirt. I can't be certain that I was leaking, but it did line up. It was only on one side though...

    So this morning I was pleasantly woken up by DH... ... and afterwards when I got up to go to jump in the shower I noticed that both were leaking. I'm not sure whether it was stimulation that started it or ??? In any case, I'm just really worried that it's gonna happen at work. I've been keeping a sweater at work that I can wear over any of my clothes, but what if I don't notice it before someone else? How embarrassing!

    I think I'll be stopping at the mall on the way home to do a little shopping!

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    18 weeks today, and 4 months as of tomorrow.

    I went to the Rodeo this weekend with DH, my brother and my SIL. It was loads of fun, mostly because it was with them. It was cloudy out, but it didn't rain at all. Funny enough, I actually got a bit of a sunburn, even though I never saw the sun. But then I guess I always have burnt rather easily.

    My mom has been out of town for a little over a week, so she hadn't seen me. This morning when I saw her she commented on how big my baby belly seems to be getting now. I'm sure it didn't hurt that the shirt I'm wearing today isn't baggy at all, like most of the other clothes I've been wearing to work lately. I'm almost at the point of not being able to hide it at all anymore (even with really baggy clothes).

    Ryan has sure been sweet lately. He's been so affectionate, and really helpful around the house. I'm so lucky to have him.

    Only a week and a half until the big u/s... how on earth will I make it that long?!?

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    19 weeks. I can't believe we've already come so far. Next week will be the half way point! Oh, and my big u/s is on Friday!!! That's only 3 days from now. What's even better is that I think I've convinced Ryan to come with me. He wasn't sure if he would be able to get off work early in order to get there in time, but I assured him that if he told his boss that he was going to his wife's u/s, that I'm SURE he would be allowed to leave early. I also offered to pick him up at the skytrain so that he wouldn't have to take the bus from there - it's not actually out of the way to swing by & pick him up on our way. Of course my mom is still coming too - I don't think she would miss it for the world. She even turned down a shift that evening b/c of the u/s.

    I finally had Ryan take a picture of me pregnant. It wasn't a closeup of my belly or anything, but at least it's something to remember my size around the 4 month mark. Now I've just got to get around to loading the picture onto the computer.

    Everything is going really well lately. I've still been a bit sleepy, but I'm feeling good. I think I've hit a growing spurt. My belly seems to be getting REALLY big lately (which I think is pretty cool), and I'm noticing the ichiness again.

    So the family got together for Glenn's birthday on Sunday and celebrated my gramma's birthday at the same time too (only a couple days after Glenn's). My gramma and my aunt hadn't seen me since very early on in the pregnancy or before, so this was the first time they got to see my big baby belly. Of course they had to rub it for good luck... It was really sweet.

    I've received the first couple baby gifts already. My mom brought home the CUTEST little things from Disney World: a "My First Disney Bear" teddy bear, which is SO SOFT, and also a little yellow Winnie the Pooh onesie. Then when I saw my brother on Sunday he gave me two onesies that he & his g/f picked up in NY last year. One says "If you think I'm cute, you should see my uncle", and the other has Calvin (as in Calvin & Hobbes) on it and says "NY Attitude".

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