This is my pregnancy journal for my second child, whom I have affectionately nicknamed New Baby. I am 7 weeks and 2 days pregnant right now, and am due on October 28th, 2008. My first son turns 1 on October 17th, 2008 - so yes, they are very close in age! I am so excited to see the kind of bond that develops between them. New Baby was definitely not planned, but is a much-welcomed surprise and truly a gift. We are so happy to be where we are right now. Life is just amazing.
I had my first ultrasound today, and everything is looking great! I am so relieved, because I was really worried for some reason. New Baby's heartbeat was 134 BPM, so perfectly normal for 7 weeks. He/she looked SO cute all nestled in there! I can't wait to post pics - our scanner's all packed up so it probably won't be for a while! Oh yeah, I'm writing this on the floor of our bedroom because the movers came and took all our stuff yesterday. We are moving across the country because my husband Tim just separated from the Air Force. We will be much closer to family and we'll be HOME! We are both very excited at this prospect.
So far we haven't told anyone yet about our new little surprise. We'll be telling his parents when we get back home, but we'll be keeping it a secret from most everyone else until I get to about 11 weeks. Most miscarriages happen in that time frame, so we'll just be waiting with bated breath and hoping for the best. I am still in such shock - I'm pregnant!!!!
Morning sickness hasn't been NEARLY as bad as it was with Nick, which of course worries me. I seem to get nauseous mostly at night and/or after a big meal. I am really tired, but that's totally normal. And I am sooo surprised at how much more I am showing this time around! Granted, I hadn't lost all of my Nick-pooch yet, but still! I definitely look pudgier around the middle.
Here's a picture of our pregnancy test:
I'll be back in a minute to post about how we found out!
Okay, here's a post from my private blog that I made at 5 weeks.
I started out last week by being extremely exhausted and achy. I couldn’t keep my eyes open, felt like I had the flu only I didn’t have a fever or a cold. I had a weird craving for this stir-fry dish that I cooked up one day and was eating it almost everyday for lunch. Then, I started to gag while brushing my teeth. “Hmm”, I thought, “could it be?” You see, it only took us once to get pregnant this time! We had unprotected sex the night before I went in to see my OB for a birth control prescription. And that’s all it took! It took us two years to get pregnant with Nick, so you can see why we threw caution to the wind that way. Well, to be honest, I am happy that we did.
So I decided to test on Friday, 6 days after my expected period. Friday came around, and I said, “I’ll wait till Sunday.” So I tested at 5:20 AM on Sunday morning, and the line came up on the test before I could even set it down on the counter! Tim was out in the kitchen/living room area getting a bottle ready for Nick. He knew I was testing, and he was looking at me expectantly when I emerged from the bathroom. I walked up to him, put my arms around him and hugged him and said, “I’m pregnant.” His reaction? “Huh uh!” The test has a reputation for some convincing false positives, so I asked him if he’d be a dear and run out and get me a digital. He did, and I took the next one at around 7 AM. “Pregnant” stared up at me happily from the screen. So it’s official!
The rest of the day Tim and I just kept looking at each other and saying, "I can't believe you're (or I'm) pregnant again!" It took a while to sink in! After all those years on fertility meds and charting and temping and using Pre-Seed, we got pregnant the ONE time we DTD unprotected! Isn't life funny? Now we're both believing it, and it seems so natural to me to be pregnant again. We talk about who this little one might be, and how Nick will be a a "big" brother. I can just see us as a family of four eating Thanksgiving dinner or opening presents under a big Christmas tree. *Sigh* I am trying not to get my hopes up just in case this little one doesn't make it, but I cannot lie. I am already so attached. I feel like his/her mom. I keep imagining what New Baby looks like, who New Baby will be more like and I don't think I can stop. So I am just going to be thankful for everyday I get with him/her.
Last edited by enchantedlife; 03-13-2008 at 09:21 PM.
I was thinking I should post about my ultrasound experience before I forget it all. I was really nervous because I kept feeling like something was going to be wrong, there would be no heartbeat, or the baby would be in the wrong spot. But thankfully, all was right. So we got to the place and thankfully we had a different ultrasound tech from the one we had for Nick's 20-week ultrasound! This lady was older, so I was hoping for a bit more professionalism. Well, it started out rocky when she said, "Oh, how old's your baby?" (We had Nick with us) I said 5 months, and she said in this dry voice, "And you're pregnant again?? What a surprise." She looked at me and I just glared at her. My pregnancy hormones were going crazy, and I had to bite back a nasty response! Tim being the ever-cheerful guy he is decided to make a joke and say, "Yeah, we haven't figured out what causes that yet!" She laughed and after that things were much better. She was a bit strange in that when she had me change for the vaginal ultrasound, she just stayed in the room! She turned so she could play with Nick, but I had to get my pants and underwear off with her right there. Um, just a little awkward. And after we got done, she handed me my pants and underwear! I wanted to tell her to stop touching my panties! She was just a little bit clueless.
The ultrasound itself was AMAZING. Those early ultrasounds have to be my favorite - the baby was just so beautiful. I didn't get as great a view as Tim did, but he said the baby looked like it was moving. Nick was sleeping when we got his done, so this one may be a bit more of a hyper baby than Nick! She let us hear the heartbeat (ah, what a beautiful sound) and I got to see the tiny flickering heartbeat as well. She recorded the baby at 134 BPM, which is right in the middle of normal-land for 7 weeks. She had me at 7 weeks 0 days, but I know when I ovulated and tend to trust myself rather than their machines. With Nick they said he was a week younger than I thought, but he came exactly on the due date that I had in mind for him. Plus, if I conceived when they say I did, it would have been an immaculate conception. Since I wasn't on the pill yet, I was keeping track of my cycles. It's so funny because I told DH after we DTD unprotected that it was right in the middle of my ovulation time. He said, "It's not going to happen in one time - remember how long it took with Nick?" Ha! Famous last words!
After the ultrasound the lady printed out pictures for us and showed me where everything was on New Baby. I got to see the tiny arm and leg buds and of course, the huge head! It's just amazing to me, this whole process of creating life.
Nick was sooo cute when we were in there! He was getting fussy, so Tim got him out of the car seat and sat him up. He caught my eyes and just starting grinning away! He is very much a Mama's boy right now, and it just melts my heart. He was so happy to see me, it was like, "Hey mom! THERE you are!" He's my little angel. New Baby's got some high standards to live up to! LOL, I'm only kidding of course - New Baby will be perfect just the way he/she is.
Well, yesterday was an absolutely weird day. I was SO hungry I had hunger pains, but nothing at all looked appetizing to me! So we ended up ordering out, and when the food came, I didn't want that either. It doesn't help that all of our pots, pans, etc. are packed up and gone so we're living on canned food and Ramen at the moment. It seems like my taste buds are just really picky nowadays. With Nick I always knew what I wanted and I wanted it NOW!! But with this pregnancy, I find myself not wanting a lot of things even when I'm ravenous. New Baby is definitely pickier! He/she also seems to have my sweet tooth so far. I remember back when I was pregnant with Nick, I always wanted meat and spicy/sour/salty food. Now I want fruits and salads and Peanut Butter!
So far the m/s is still pretty much at bay. It's such a nice break and a difference from my last pregnancy! It's great! Now that we've seen New Baby's heartbeat, I feel that I can relax a little more about not having morning sickness all the time. It used to worry me senseless, but not anymore. I still have waves of nausea/gagging to remind me that I'm pregnant and growing a little person! Oh, and the fatigue is incredible. I took a 3 hour nap yesterday! I fell asleep in front of the space heater and when I woke up, I had a first-degree burn on my calf!
We've decided we're not going to drive with me being pregnant, and with Nick being on a pretty good schedule and with all the stuff we seem to have accumulated. So the new plan is that we're going to fly with Nick, and mail all the stuff to Tim's parents back home. That way we don't have to lug it on the flight. Oh, and the private pet driver we hired came and picked up the pets yesterday. They'll be driven by themselves in mini-van luxury all the way to Tim's parent's house! They should be there by Tuesday morning. I teared up and cried many times yesterday because I miss them so much! I honestly thought that having them gone would be a nice little break for us, but I hate how quiet and normal it is without them. I miss having them around so much! Can't wait to see them again.
Last edited by enchantedlife; 03-18-2008 at 08:51 PM.
I am 8 weeks pregnant today!! This is a big milestone for me, because the closer you are to 8 weeks when you hear the heartbeat, the more likely it is that the pregnancy is viable. So I am now at the 8-week mark and so far things have been great *knock on wood* so I am hoping and praying that my little beanie makes it. This is so exciting for me! I'm going to have Tim take a picture of my tummy to start a little chronological pregnancy milestone thing like we did with Nick.
I am feeling soooo very tired, but so far have not been eating NEAR as much as I did with Nick! It was weird, yesterday I didn't eat anything all day because absolutely nothing looked good, so we drove an hour away to our favorite Indian restaurant because that at least sounded palatable to me. So we get there, and I eat a few bites and it just doesn't taste right to me! Then all the sudden, I start gagging right there in the restaurant! Thankfully they were quiet gags and I don't think anyone heard me. It was pretty embarassing because I did think for a minute that I'd have to make a run for the bathroom. New Baby is so picky!! I don't think that he/she wants me to gain 46 lbs like I did with Nick, which is definitely a good thing in my eyes. My goal this time around is to gain no more than 30 lbs. Tonight I'm craving all things cheese, so Tim is making us a cheesy casserole for dinner. Yum!!
We should be ready to fly out in about 10 days! I am nervous and excited. It's going to be sad to be done with this phase of our lives, but I am also so ready to get started with the next phase. We have to sort out a midwife when we get to our destination, but I'm not too worried because where we're going has tons to choose from. I am definitely getting excited about my home water birth! It's going to be so peaceful and relaxing! The perfect way to bring a new life into this world.
We had a big scare yesterday! I started spotting in the morning and it went on, on and off, all day. Turns out it was just from us doing "it", and the spotting has resolved itself as of this morning. Phew!! I was so upset yesterday, I was crying and just so heartbroken. I kept thinking of that baby I saw with the little flickering heartbeat and it just made me heartsick to think of something happening to him/her. I am keeping a close eye on things, but I just hope and pray we're okay!
So far, so good! No more spotting at all, and I am feeling great. This morning I woke up dizzy and nauseous! And my back is already starting to hurt - it's that relaxin hormone just workin' its magic. Feels like my joints are about to pop out of socket!
It's getting harder and harder to not tell people that I'm pregnant again. I went to get my eyebrows done the day before yesterday, and when the lady asked me how I was doing, I had the strongest urge to burst out with, "Pregnant!" Tim says he constantly wants to blurt it out to his parents whenever he talks to them on the phone. Today I was sitting next to him while he was talking to them and he says, "Sandy's been really tired lately!" So I kicked him to remind him to be discreet. Later, he got off the phone and said it was really hard for him to not just tell them. We've decided to tell them when we get there. I want to do something cool, but Tim just wants to tell them. We looked for a Big Brother shirt for Nick at BRU the other day, but they didn't have any in his size! I guess those aren't really geared at families like ours!
Hey Kristin! No, not at all!! It's great seeing you here! I think we'll both learn a lot from each other in the coming months (okay, and maybe years!!). I will definitely be posting about family reactions!
Tomorrow is the BIG day! We start our drive cross-country - yikes! We are planning on taking 6 days to get to the East Coast, which means we'll have to drive about 6 hours a day. Nick LOVES his car seat, and he loves riding in the car (especially when we go fast ) so we're hoping it'll be a fun family excursion. We toyed with the idea of flying, but combined with it being the end of RSV season, and being trapped on an airplane and in airports ALL day with Nick, we decided against it. Plus this way, we get to keep our car! It's paid off, and it's my baby, so I was very happy about it.
I'm doing really well! And of course, one can only hope, that New Baby is too. Can't believe I'll be 10 weeks on Tuesday! Time has really been flying with this pregnancy. Before you know it, I'll be in that pool giving birth. I'm in no hurry to end it - I LOVE being pregnant. I think it's one of the most magical times in a woman's life.