The Journey Begins ... and ends September 22, 2003.

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The Journey Begins ... and ends September 22, 2003.

I'm ecstatic. I found out last night that I'm 4 weeks pregnant. Our baby is due 9/26/03. We are both really excited.

This is our first baby "together". We both have children from previous relationships. I have a DS, age 6. He has a DD & DS, ages 8 & 10.

This is really great. We've been TTC since May 30, 2002. We had a few rough months. We almost stopped TTC twice. But we relaxed and gave it to God and now our precious baby is on the way. What a blessing.

Well, until later.

Mdmgirl

We told our families this weekend. They are all very excited. I even got a good response from my mom. I was concerned about her. The kids are really happy also.

DH really has started treating me special. He talks about the baby as if its here already.

Everyone has been referring to it as a girl. I hope it is. If its a boy, I'd be just as happy though. I'm just so excited to finally be at this point.

Here are some names:

Summer Christine Milton
Allen Duywan Milton

The girl's name is pretty set but the boy's name is likely to change.

There is one unhappy person. DH's EX. I knew she would be. DH's daughter told her as soon as they arrived home yesterday evening. She is really a pain in the ass.

Well, I can't be concerned with negativity. I have to stay positive, happy, and healthy for our baby!

Mdmgirl

I'm starting to feel pregnant. I had a hard time putting my jeans on this morning. I'm gonna have to get some bigger pants. I don't think maternity clothes will be necessary until the second trimester but at this rate I might be wrong. I gained 5 pounds over the last couple weeks. I weighed myself around the first of the year and I was 135. Now, I'm 140.

I'll be 5wks tomorrow. I go to the doctor tomorrow too. I can't wait. I'll update after my appt.

mdmgirl

5 weeks

I went to the doctor today. I only saw the nurse. She confirmed my pregnancy. She set my due date at 9/27/03. They also took blood. I have to go back on Monday 1/27/03. I won't see the doctor then either. I'll get the results of my blood work and watch some prenatal videos. I'll finally see the doctor on my next visit.

Well that's it for now.
Mdmgirl
5 weeks

I got the results of my blood work today. Everything is fine. I have to schedule my first OB appt. I'll try to do it today for sometime next week. I'm glad that i'm in "perfect" health going forward.

DH dreamed of twins. He said that I needed to go back and forth to the doctor pretty often. Honestly, I'm not hoping for twins. He said that he didn't want to scare me but the dream is recurring. We will know pretty soon if its twins.

I'm gaining weight. I already need to get a few maternity outfits. That is crazy to me. This pregnancy is definitely different from my last. I didn't start showing until 5 months with DS. It looks like I'll be showing around 2-3 months with this baby.

Mdmgirl

5 weeks 6 days

The m/s is beginning. I feel terrible. I started throwing up this morning but not much. I've been nauseous ever since. I forced myself to eat and take my vitamins.

Last night I felt real bad too. I have this headache that won't go away. Last night I also had the sniffles so that didn't help!

Well hopefully this will be over soon. DH is kinda worried. I told him that it'll be over in a couple of weeks (hopefully).

Mdmgirl

6 weeks 1 day

Yep!! M/S is definitely here for me. Every morning I'm sick until about 11am. Last night I was pretty nauseous too. I got up about 11:45 and ate and I felt better. I guess it has something to do with keeping my stomach somewhat full all the time. I'm trying to stay balanced but its not easy to eat when you feel sick. I want to make sure the baby is getting enough nourishment. I read that embryos at this stage don't need much nourishment but I know that its still important for it to get vitamins it needs for healthy development.

Well, that's about it for now. I'll write back soon.

Mdmgirl

7 1/2 weeks

I'm getting excited about showing. I'm just bigger all over now. Especially my breast, butt, and thighs. DH loves it. He has been a horny little devil. He says its because it feels different now that I'm pg. I told him he has 7 months to enjoy it! I'm a pretty slim person normally so DH likes seeing me bigger. How big? I don't know but I have the feeling he'll like every stage of development. That makes me feel good. I feel sexy.

DH is pretty scared. We had a long talk yesterday. Although he has two children he didn't experience the pregnancies. They had a disfunctional marriage from the very start. He says that sometimes he has to pinch himself to make sure this is real. At first I was upset with him because we "tried" for 7 months (we didn't try that hard just no BC). I felt that he should have resolved any anxiety then but after talking to him we have a better understanding. I actually think he's having a sympathetic pregnancy. He's moody and eating all kind of candy. He is really funny. He said that I need to understand that he's going through emotinal changes just as I am going through hormonal changes. I have to remember not to put all the emphasis on me. We are in this together.

Mdmgirl

8 weeks 1 day

This morning I had my first OB appt. Dh went too. He said it was the best Valentine's gift that we could share.

Everything looks great. After the internal exam the doctor remarked that this should be a good pregnancy.

It was my first time meeting him and I was real nervous. I'm uncomfortable with men doing pap smears. He was real nice though and the pap only took about a minute.

He scheduled me for an Ultrasound next week. I'm real excited to see the baby. He didn't try to hear the heartbeat. He said that we should be able to hear it at my next visit.

Oh, I didn't gain any weight. In fact I lost a pound. That shocked me because I can't fit my clothes or bras anymore. I guess my body is changing shape but I haven't started putting on the weight yet. I'll be excited to see my weight gain next month.

We are so excited. Things are beginning to feel so real. I also started telling my co-workers today.

Mdmgirl

9 weeks 2 days

We had our first ultrasound yesterday. It went great! The baby is healthy and it was also a lot of fun to watch DH as he became fascinated by what he saw. It dated the baby at 9 weeks 1 day. The due date is still the same.

I've been so sick lately. I've had the flu along with a healthy dose of morning sickness. Its been rough but I feel better today. I can't wait to get through the rest of this trimester!

Mdmgirl

10 weeks

I actually feel good today. This is the best I've felt in a couple of weeks. I had some vommitting Sunday but I've been feeling better. This morning I had a little more energy and I just didn't feel yucky. That's good. Hopefully I'll cruise into my second trimester. DH was really happy last night and this morning. He said he hadn't seen me smile in a long time. I told him that I knew it would get better. Hopefully the worst of the first trimester is over for me.

Mdmgirl

11 weeks 2 days

I'm doing good but very very tired. I've had long days at work and school. I am so drained! I wish I had a vacation now!

Well, I'm just checking in. Nothing much to report.

Mdmgirl

12 weeks 5 days

My tummy is sticking out there a bit now. I put on a some lingerie yesterday and my tummy totally stole the show. DH said I was sexy and pregnant. He has been so horny lately. His sex drive had dropped off after the ultrasound. He is scared because the baby is so low. DH is well endowed and he's afraid of hurting me or the baby. Since yesterday though we've had sex 3 times. He stills asked if the baby was o.k. and if he hurt my stomach. I assured him that I was fine. We better enjoy all these fun positions now :).

I'm looking forward to my second trimester. Its about 3 weeks away. DH was also concerned about miscarriage. He doesn't like talking about any of this. I just pulled it out of him one night. I told him that the risk drops off considerably in a couple of weeks.

Mdmgirl

14 weeks 1 day

I can feel the baby moving. Its starts around 3pm. At first I thought it was gas. Its funny though because the movement seems to cause gas. It is quite distinct though. Sometimes I poke my tummy with the hopes of making him/her move. I can't wait to find out what it is.

DH is funny! He says that we aren't done. He says that he wants a large family. I don't really want a big family. I feel that its big now. I'll have 2 children and 2 step-children. He also said that I couldn't tie my tubes without his consent. I guess that's true. I wouldn't do that anyway though.

I got some Palmers Coco Butter for stretch marks. I hope it helps. It feels great. With DS I used the coca butter lotion. I think it helped. I have very few stretch marks from that pregnancy. I know I'll be bigger this time around because my breast are already bigger than they ever got with DS. I'm starting to show too. With DS I didn't show until about 5 months. I'm a month and a half ahead.

Also, DH wants to keep my breast. Yesterday he said that we have to figure out how to keep them. I told him that its a real possibility that every bit of them will go. I hope not. I like them too :).

Mdmgirl

14 weeks

I got my tax return today and I put $3,150 into a 3 month certificate. I'll be unemployed for a period of 4 months(at least). My internship ends at the end of July. I don't want to go back to work until the beginning of November. I will start job hunting when the baby is born. Hopefully it won't take too long to find a job. With the war and the economy in bad shape, I don't know. I plan to put away another $1,850. It will be tough but I will have to try. DH is less "worried" about our circumstances. Well I'm not "worried" per say. I just want us to be comfortable and stable around that time. It should be a happy time and I don't want to worry about paying the rent!

Mdmgirl

15 weeks!!

I'm finally in my second trimester. Well, according to some authors it started at the end of 12 weeks others say end of 14. Well I'm past both points and the second trimester is here. I've been feeling pretty good except for being very exhausted. I'm glad that the risk of miscarriage has dropped dramatically. I never worried about miscarriage before until I joined the September board. A number of women lost their babies in the first trimester. That really began to scare me. Thankfully we have been blessed. The next crucial point is 28 weeks (7 months). The fetus is a viable baby at that point. I think it happens a little sooner like 26 weeks. I will just try to stay as healthy as possible. the only thing I can control is eating and exercising. I try to make sure most of my daily meals are "good" for me and the baby. It gets hard sometimes because I'm always on the go. As for exercise, I only plan to start a walking routine when I go off work. I may add swimming to it.

Well I'll be 4 months next week. I'm very excited. I'm starting to show.

Mdmgirl

15 weeks 2 days

I hope Dh gets over his "fear" of sex soon!! Yesterday we made love. Only the second time in a week. Well anyway I couldn't really get into it because he kept being extra careful and asking me if my stomach hurt. It was hard to enjoy it while he feared hurting me. It was finally good in the end. What am I going to do? I don't want to have lousy sex until the baby is born.

I've talked to him about this. I explained that every thing is o.k. Now that my tummy is getting big he's getting worse!

Mdmgirl

*** 4 MONTHS ***

I'm 16 weeks today and I'm so excited. I'm starting to show now. I'll really be showing by 5 months. I guess I feel o.k. Just tired all the time.

DH and I aren't having sex much. I wish we were doing it more often. I hope he gets over his anxiety. If not, I understand but that doesn't help me being horny :).

Things are pretty good. I can't wait to go to the doctor to check on the baby. I'm sure its o.k. but I want to hear its heartbeat again. I also can't wait for my next ultrasound. If baby cooperates we will be able to determine its sex. I can't wait!

Mdmgirl

WE DID IT!!

Yes, we had sex this morning. It was nice too. He wasn't all careful like last time. We both really enjoyed it. Its only been a week and a half but I'm not used to going that long. We usually do it 3 to 5 times per week. DH is just so concerned about the baby. He's afraid of hurting my stomach too. It seems like he may be getting more comfortable with sex though. Which is good. We have 5 more months to go :).

Mdmgirl

17 weeks

Another week has gone by!! DH bought us a new bedroom set and new TV. It came yesterday and it is so nice. It took us all evening to assemble it but it was worth it. Its a canopy bed with a bed bench, two night tables, and a vanity. I'm so happy. We're going to buy two chest dressers. One for him and one for me and the baby. I wanted to buy the baby his/her owns but none of the baby dressers we saw match our bedroom set. So I'll have to share with baby. I can't wait to find out its sex. A lady a work is having a girl. She had an amnio. I want to know whether I'm carrying a boy or girl so bad. I hope its a girl. It doesn't matter though. I'm already in love with it. I love when it moves around in my tummy. DH is so funny he gets scared when I put his hand on it. I'm pretty slim sometimes when I lay in bed I can feel the baby move to one side and I put DH's hand there. Then the baby moves. At first I wasn't sure if it was the baby but it is. He's so funny he says that I'm disturbing the baby and to leave it alone. This morning my dad came by and it really seemed like the baby responded to his voice. He was talking loud and the baby was turning flips. I was really amazed. I'm pretty tired but I'm grateful everyday. I was receiving cash aid and food stamps but they cut me off. They say that I make too much money now. That's fine but I'm worried about the Medi-cal. They are changing it and I hope my doctor will take it. I'm not comfortable changing doctors. It'll all work out in the end! Until next time.

Mdmgirl

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We got a new car. I'm so excited! Well, DH got an offer from a local dealership last week. He went to meet with a salesperson yesterday. He picked me up from work in our new car!! I was so shocked. We had been driving my car for a long time now. Its a 92 Oldsmobile Cutlass. It was getting pretty tense sharing a car. DH has a van that he's working on and another car that pretty much died a while back. he had planned on fixing one of those up but we have to dump so much money into them. Anyway he got a 1999 Dodge Intrepid. It is so nice and big. This is our first "new" car. Its used but definitely new to us! The only bad thing is that I have to take some of the money I put away to help with the down payment. We have to be real careful with the way we spend money until after the baby is born. Well, it'll all work out. I'm just so happy about this!

mdmgirl

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18 weeks

I had a doc appt today. It went well. He said that the baby's heartbeat is strong and my blood pressure is low. I also gained 9 pounds. They are doing the AFP test too.

mdmgirl

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The baby has been so active. Its movements can be felt from the outside now. DH hasn't felt them yet. He's so funny. He actually kinda scared to touch it. He doesn't want to bother it. He talks to it though. He seems a little more comfortable with sex. We've been doing it about every three days. That's better than a week and a half. Yesterday he said that the baby was mad because he was knocking on its door. I laughed so hard. The baby is starting to respond to sounds more. When I'm in the car with the music up it just moves all around. Its so exciting. My maternity clothes are fitting now. I'll probably have to go another size up next trimester. Summer is coming though. I'll be wearing more dresses. I complained to DH about being pregnant this summer. I told him that I will make up for it next summer and he asked me how I knew I wouldn't be pregnant next summer! Boy I hope not. I think two in a row would be tough.

mdmgirl

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19 weeks

Its a GIRL!!

but there's a story behind the ultrasoud.

This has been one h$ll of a day. Well it started off nice. DH and I went for a walk. We came home and I left to run an errand with MIL when we got into a car accident!! In our new car :(. This no good SOB ran a red light. My light wasn't even yellow! I brake significantly so the impact wasn't as good as it could have been. The airbags didn't deploy. Thank God.

Well I went to emergency. The paramedics sent me because I'm pg. I have slight abdominal pain. It hurt when I was examined.

Here comes the good news:

The baby is perfect. I got blood work and an urinalysis. Then they did an ultrasound. The baby was perfect. And its a GIRL!!! She was swimming around. Kicking her feet and waving her arms. All of her vital organs were perfect. She also measured 20 weeks 3 days. That about a week ahead according to my LMP. Of course, the technician said that he wasn't 100% sure about the sex but he didn't see and testicles.

I'm so excited about my little girl. DH met me at the hospital. I was sorry to have given him such a scare. When we were leaving he asked me what it was. When I told him it was a girl he lit up. We are so happy that she's healthy. Today was a terrible scare. I'm so grateful to have him, my kids, and our family.

mdmgirl

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19 weeks 4 days

I'm going back to the original way I was dating my pg. I had cjanged after the first u/s but after this last one I realized it is more accurate just to go by my LMP. According to this last u/s the baby's growing about a week ahead according to my LMP. The doctor has given me a due date of 9/23/03. I'll stick with that one just as a reference point.

Anyway, I'm so excited about my baby girl. Summer Christine Milton. I know she's going to be so beautiful. She has been moving so much lately. I can really feel her now. Her bones are getting stronger and so are her movements. I can't wait to hold her in my arms.

The last ultrasound was so amazing. She was actually a recognizable baby especially when her arms and legs waved.

I can't wait to see her!

mdmgirl

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20 weeks!!!!

I'm half way there. Half way to seeing my baby. She has been moving around so much! My tummy is stretching. No stretch marks yet. I'm still using the Palmers. I need to buy some more! I feel it growing. I've been having aches and pains. Probably because I'm getting big. My breast haven't stopped growing yet. There's no wonder this is a girl. My body is changing so differently than it did with my DS.

Oh, DH's kids are staying with us. They came this weekend and didn't go back. Actually its working beter than I thought. DH has really picked up the slack! Everything will be fine.

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20 weeks 4 days

Its our 4th Anniversary! I'm in a pretty sentimental mood today. Also, I finished school yesterday. I have so many emotions inside of me right now. I'm excited about Summer. Excited about my DH. Excited about graduation but also a bit nervous about my future. I've spent the last 4+ years of my life in school. School is a part of my identity. Not anymore. Well now I'll have a Bachelor's degree as part of who I am. I'm not job hunting right now. I'll be unemployed for a couple of months and yes that really scares us. We will figure it out though. I'll kick the job hunt into high gear right after the baby is born.

I'm feeling pretty good except for extreme fatigue! Its pretty bad! I'm being convinced more and more that this is a girl. I'm not getting to big in the tummy but my breast, butt, and thighs are making up for that :).

Well that's all for now.

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Graduation!!!!!

21 weeks

Thank you guys for your well wishes.

I participated in two graduation ceremonies. Last night was the Black Graduation. Steve Harvey spoke. It was a smaller and less formal ceremony. It was truly a party. A lot of my family attended including our kids. Today I participated in the Marshall School of Business Commencement at the Shrine Auditorium. It was really really nice. There were about 900 graduates and about 5,000 family and friends. DH, my mom & dad, my little sister, and my cousin-in-law attended this one. It was really great. It made me feel the true impact that this accomplishment will have on my life.

So, I'm relaxing for now. I have to finish my internship. I should be there until about the 3rd week in July. Then I will take some time off to have the baby and get to know her . After that period I will be job hunting.

I'm considering grad school. Nothing definite yet.

Once again thanks for the well wishes and I'm looking forward to hearing about the other graduates happening this semester!!

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22 weeks

In about 18 weeks I will have my little baby in my arms. I am so anxious to see her. DH is getting the room ready for her and her big sister. Her big sister will probably move in today. This is a great step. Now we can get the crib and dresser and start preparing for her arrival. I am so excited. I can't wait!

She's getting so strong. She's growing a lot too. She had a growth spurt. My family says that I've grown a lot since Sunday. They saw me yesterday (Thursday).

She reacts when her daddy talks to her. She also reacts to other sounds such as the car radio. She's gonna know daddy's voice when she's born! He makes it a point to talk to her every morning before I leave for work. We are so excited about her.

Well there's not much else to report now. Until later.

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22 weeks 6 days

I'm feeling so fatigued and moody lately. I absolutely don't want to be bothered. I have to push myself because its not fair to everyone else. DH has been trying to be as helpful as possible. I really appreciate that. There's not much going on. I'm bored at work. I have been for a couple of days. Things have been really slow lately. I guess that's o.k. I don't feel like being bothered too much right now.

There's this job that I'm trying to get in another business unit. Its a unit that I actually interned at for two summers. Right now I'm in an internship. Its scheduled to end July 25th. They liked my resume and have sent me supplemental questions to answer. I guess I should here back pretty soon about an interview. The good thing is the recruiter who is working to fill the position knows that I'm pregnant. She met with us (the interns) a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully this works out but I'm not too sure how things will go with me being pregnant. I hope for the best. God will provide whatever is best for our family. I do believe that.

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23 weeks

Oh well to that job I mentioned yesterday. I don't have enough experience. I don't get it. How am I gonna get the experience if I can't get a job. Oh well. I can't let it bum me out. I'm just so uncertain about how the next few months are gonna go. I just want to have my baby in peace. Instead I have so many worries. I'm really pissed off at DH too. He picked the worst possible time to bring his kids to live with us. Now, I don't even know if I want more kids. Before my decisions were based on the fact that they did not live with us. Now its just too much work. Its not fair. My life will never be how I want it to be. That's what happens when you get involved in mixed families.

Something has to work out.

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23 weeks 3 days

Its so crazy. DH finally gets over his anxiety about sex and now I have a problem. Over the past week I noticed that its becoming uncomfortable. There's swelling, soreness, and a feeling of pressure on my bladder. I enjoy making love to DH. Especially while pg. Now we can't do it too often though. There's always other things. I was trying to save most of the other stuff until after the baby's born because I know he's going to wear me out with it. I want to please him. It makes me happy to satisfy him.

I haven't talked to him about my discomfort yet. I just realized that its was a problem yesterday. I'm afraid if I tell him he may be afraid to be intimate at all. He's so worried about hurting my tummy or hurting the baby.

I'll have write back later. I gotta go.

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24 weeks

Wow, how time flies!! I will be holding my baby in about 3 months! I can't wait. I'm getting so anxious. In the evenings I just lay in bed and feel her move for hours. It fascinates me. I wonder what she's doing. I don't have too much to report. I just really feeling pregnant. I get tired fast and it feels harder to breathe lately. I can't wait til Monday. I get to hear her hearbeat again. I'm also going to discuss going on disability with my doctor. I hope I can stay on it a couple of months after the baby.

Until later.

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I had a doctor's appointment today. Everything is great. The baby's growing well and her heartbeat is great. I have the glucose testing next time.

I don't really have much esle to report. Until later.

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24 weeks 6 days

I bought her bassinet yesterday. I couldn't sleep all night. I just kept looking at her bassinet and trying to figure out what we need for her. I have a list and I went over it again and again. I am so anxious to buy everything. I'm really anxious to have her!! I also bought some diapers and a couple of care items for her yesterday. I might buy a couple more packs of diapers today because Pampers are on sale at Albertsons & Sav On. I need a couple more packs of # 1s. I have like 7 right now. If she uses 100 per week its enough for 6 weeks. I want to get enough for a least 2 months. If I have extra money I'll get even more.

I can't wait to hold her and just look into her eyes. I know that she will be so beautiful. Its just amazing. I remember when DS was an infant. It is such a special time. I trully believe you bond for life in those early stages. Of course you can do a lot to screw it up but you get such a good chance to do it as right as possible.

DS's birthday is Sunday. I'm getting all emotional. I always do when his birthday hits. He'll be 7. I bought him a Playstation 2 today. He's wanted one for about a year. I didn't want to get it but his heart has been set on it. It seems like he is growing up too fast. He's not really into "toys" anymore. He either wants video games or something he can ride outside. He needs a new bike but I'll probably wait until XMAS. I'll probably be buying him that and mostly PS2 games this year.

Until later!

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25 weeks 4 days

Father's day and DS's birthday was fun. I bought DH cards from me and the kids. I also bought him a bottle of his favorite drink - Henessy. We spent most of the day at IL's house. When we got back home the kids partied until 9:00 because there was a birthday party in our building for the neighbor's daughter. They had a really good day. I was tired as hell.

DH and I went through the baby's stuff this weekend. Only a few more things and we will be ready for the first few months. If she were born today, she would be well taken care of. We need stuff like diaper rash ointment. Of course we need her crib, playpen, highchair, and swing too. I'm not sure if I'm having a shower or not so I'm gonna wait for a while before I try to finish shopping for her.

That's it for now.

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I'm having a really bad day today. I had a hard time waking up this morning. I haven't had any energy since then. I'm at work. I really really needed to take the day off but it just was not possible. I couldn't afford to. I only have a month to go on this internship. Then I'll be unemployed. I wish I could work until the end of August for financial reasons but I am honestly ready to quit now. I'm just tired and moody. I never get any peace. By the time I get home the kids are there. I have to deal with them until bedtime and then first thing in the morning-- them again. DH told me that his kids are going back to their mom at the end of the summer. I'm looking forward to that. I don't mind them living with us but I hate the extra responsibility. I never planned to have them live with us. Especially while I am pregnant. I just don't know. I'm so content when its just me and DH and DS. There's no hassle. There's hardly no noise. It seems so much easier to just care for him. Now we will have a little baby. I'm prepared to deal with her because I've planned to for so long. I know what will come along with her. I didn't plan to have his kids live with us and I resent them being "dumped" on me.

I should have thought long and hard about this 4 years ago. I just love Dh so much. I love them too. Things will never be the way I want them. I always have to compromise.

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27 weeks 3 days

The third trimester is almost here! I have my 28 week appt tomorrow. I also have the GD test that I'm not looking forward to. I can't eat after midnight. My appt is at 9 so I pray I won't starve. I think I will absolutely stuff myself tonight!

I've been real tired and real hungry lately. My little baby is growing. She's about a couple of pounds now. I think she will be 3 pounds by the end of this month. I feel pretty good because she's a viable fetus now. Hopefully God will let her cook all the way through but if not I know she has a good chance of survival from this point on. I have no reason to worry but I was a premature baby. I always think about how hard it was on my parents. My mom miscarried twice before me. I was their miracle. Thank God everything turned out good. My little baby will be here real soon! I can't wait.

DH is getting on my nerves a lot. I guess because I want all his attention! That's not really fair. He spends a lot of time with the kids and I know sometimes he needs time to himself and time with his family and friends. I just want all of his atention right now. I wish he could understand what I'm going through. This pregnancy has been real tough on me. We've been healthy but its wearing me out! My son's pregnancy was a lot easier.

There's is some good news when it comes to DH though. Sex has been great. It has been fulfilling and not painful. We've been pretty active lately too. I enjoy making love to him. He makes me feel desirable and I enjoy still being able to please him (although I feel huge Smile ).

I'll update after my appt tomorrow.

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27 weeks 5 days

I had my doctor's appt yesterday. I had the glucose test done. The drink wasn't that bad to me but it was diffcult to finish. Anyway no big news to report. I gained 2lbs. That brings my total to 19lbs. I go again in 3 weeks.

The baby is making sleeping hell. She's pretty active at night and I'm just going through hell to get comfortable. She's getting big and strong. She's had the hiccups lately. That's cool because her lungs are getting ready for their first breath. Well, I'll be officially in the 3rd trimester in a couple of days. The count down is on!!

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28 weeks 3 days

The baby is doing great. I can feel how big she's getting. She is so strong! She's very active now. At night I can lay ther for an hour or so and just feel her move.

I went swimming a couple of times this weekend. It was exhausting but fun. I can tell it was good exercise because my legs were a bit sore. I'll probably keep it up all summer. Its a great relief from the heat! I'm counting down the days here at work. I only have three weeks to go. Only about 2 more months before the baby arrives. I am so excited!

I can't wait to start getting some good sleep again!! This has been a healthy pregnancy but its been hard as hell on me. DS's pregnancy was easier. It was also healthy.

I'll write back later.

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30 weeks

10 to go!! I've been on an emotional rollercoaster lately. DH hasn't helped. I chalk most of it up to pregnancy hormones for both of us! I've tried to stop being so sensitive but its tough these days.

The baby has dropped. I'm breathing much easier. I'm also going to the bathroom a lot more so I'm pretty sure that she has turned head down. Also, I get pretty sore when I walk for a long time.

Nothing much to report. I have a doctor's appt on Tuesday. I should get the results from my GD test. Otherwise, I expect a pretty uneventful visit.

Well time is winding down. I bought her a bunch of cute outfits yesterday. I've been praying that the u/s tech was right and it trully is a girl. I feel that it is. I hope that it is. Another u/s would sure comfort me!

until later

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30 weeks 4 days

I had a docs appt today. All is well. Glucose test is fine. I gained 5 lbs in 3 weeks. I weigh 163. My total weight gain is now 24lbs. I've been having round ligament pain and indigestion. I got some Alka Seltzers though. Hopefully that'll do the trick.

The baby is doing great. She's doing so good.

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33 weeks 1 day

We had quite a scare yesterday. I was bleeding when I peed. We went to the hospital and had another u/s. The baby is perfectly fine and she really is a girl!

This morning I found out that I have a bladder infection. Thank God its not preterm labor!!

My mom took me to the doctor and shopping today. We got basically everything. We just have to get a carseat and some other odds and ends. I need to wash all her stuff and get it organized. It feels so close. 4 weeks and I'll be full term.

Well that all for now.

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33 weeks 4 days

On Sunday I washed most of Summer's stuff. I did two loads. I still need to do about two more. All of her essential stuff is washed so if she were born today we're ready. I also put all of her care items away in the kids bathroom.

My sister's Godmom is going to buy her carseat. Other than that I need to get a nursery organizer for her first few months.

I'll be full-term in about 3.5 weeks. I can't wait! I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow. I'll update after.

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33 weeks 6 days

My doctor's appt went well yesterday. My infection has cleared up. I have to finish the antibiotics today and tomorrow.

The baby is doing great. She was moving the whole visit. He said her heart rate was excellent. My fundal height was good too. I didn't ask what it was.

I have to go back in 2 weeks. Then every week. We're getting close.

I'm real tired and pretty irritable. This heat is terrible. My back has been hurting a lot lately too. I can't wait to have her.

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34 weeks 3 days

We're ready for her now! I still have to get her dresser from my dad's but everything is washed and waiting. I finished up my hospital bag today. I went to Wal-Mart and Target to grab the last few things I needed. I need to get fresh batteries for the camera. I better not forget the camera! In about 2 weeks she'll be full-term. I can't wait. I think she's coming before her due date. My neighbor predicted that she will come 8/25. That's a bit too early but I hope she comes anytime after 9/4.

I'm just waiting now. I will probably try to grab a few more packs of diapers and nursing pads before she comes. But if I don't its o.k. If breast feeding works out, I'll have to buy a pump. I'll get a cheap hand pump from the hospital. That'll be o.k. since I need to BF exclusively for a few weeks to establish a good milk supply.

That's it for now.

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36 weeks

We're just counting down now!!

I gained 4 pounds in 2 weeks. She's putting on weight. That makes me happy.

I've been having a lot of pain lately. Mostly pelvic pain. I've had some contractions but now real labor yet! Its still a bit early anyway.

Well its on to another week!!

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According to my doctor, I'm 37 weeks today and I'll be full-term in 1 week. That's a bit different than this site's timing but he's the doctor! Lately, at night it has felt like she's trying to push her way out! I can feel her hands literally pushing against my bladder. It also feels like she's pushing against my cervix!

I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow. I'll update after.

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37 weeks

I had my doctor's appt on 9/3. I was having contractions on Wed. but no real progress. I was only dialted 1cm. I haven't had contractions since. According to this site, I'm full-term today. The doctor says I'm full-term on 9/9.

I don't have much to report. Nothing has happened. I need tons and tons of easy labor vibes so send them my way!

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39 weeks!!

I went to the doctor's yesterday. I gained 4 pounds in 1.5 weeks. I couldn't believe it. She is getting so big. My doc told me to watch it. Afterall, I have to deliver this baby. I think she's probably about 7 pounds now.

I really can't believe I'm still pregnant. I expected her around 9/5. But she's in it for the long haul. I had some pretty painful contractions last night. Let's hope they made me dialate more. My doctor said that I was 2 or 3 cm dialated yesterday. Hopefully this is a sign that my labor will be quicker.

Well my due date is 1 week away! I'm trying to relax but its really really hard. We have everything ready for her. Its all up to her!!

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39 weeks 1 day

DH and I had the best :sex: today. We both were really sexually frustrated. We hadn't done it in 1.5 or 2 weeks. DH doesn't want to "cause" me to go into labor. I told him that she'll come whenever she's ready. Anyway we finally made love today and it was great! My doctor's office has free samples of KY. 3 weeks ago I started bringing some home. Anyway we love it. Its absolutely great.

As for the baby, I'm still waiting! I'm getting very very uncomfortable. The good news is that she will come in 3 weeks at the very most. That's not too bad.

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On Monday 9/22 our daughter Summer Christine was born on the last day of summer .

Labor started 6pm Sunday. I left for the hospital at 9pm. When I arrived I was 5 cm dialated and the contractions were about every 2 minutes. My doctor came in about 1am. I was fully dialted but the contractions slowed down. They started pitocin and I pushed for 2 hrs! She was born at 3:19am. She was 7lbs 6oz and 19in.

It took forever to push her out because she was 2lbs bigger than DS and 1/2 in longer. She also had to fully rotate.

It hurt worse than with my DS but it was a lot quicker. My overall experience was very nice. I had them at the same hospital but it has drastically improved over the last seven years.

BF is going o.k. I'm having a hard time waking her for feedings. She's not wetting enough yet! I have also supplemented a couple of times with formula. She goes back and forth effortlessly but it seems that she prefers BF. Hopefully it will work out but it is honestly getting painful. I'll just try to bear through the next couple of weeks.

Well this concludes my pg journal. I hope my experience helps someone else!