New Baby, we welcome you! :)

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New Baby, we welcome you! :)

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! Biggrin 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! Biggrin :D 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! Biggrin 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!!!! Biggrin

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! Lol I definitely look pudgier around the middle.

Here's a picture of our pregnancy test:

Biggrin :D I'll be back in a minute to post about how we found out!

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Okay, here's a post from my private blog that I made at 5 weeks. Biggrin


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. Smile 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!” Biggrin 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! Smile

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? Biggrin 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. Biggrin 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. Biggrin

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7 weeks, 3 days.

I was thinking I should post about my ultrasound experience before I forget it all. Biggrin 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!" Lol 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! :shock: 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. Lol And after we got done, she handed me my pants and underwear! I wanted to tell her to stop touching my panties! Lol She was just a little bit clueless.

The ultrasound itself was AMAZING. Biggrin 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! Biggrin 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. Biggrin 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. Biggrin Plus, if I conceived when they say I did, it would have been an immaculate conception. Lol 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! ROFL

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! Lol 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! Biggrin 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!" Biggrin 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. Biggrin

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7 weeks, 5 days

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. Lol It seems like my taste buds are just really picky nowadays. With Nick I always knew what I wanted and I wanted it NOW!! Lol But with this pregnancy, I find myself not wanting a lot of things even when I'm ravenous. New Baby is definitely pickier! Biggrin 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! Biggrin 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! Biggrin 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! :shock:

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. Lol I miss having them around so much! Can't wait to see them again.

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8 weeks { Yahoo }

I am 8 weeks pregnant today!! Yahoo 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. Biggrin 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. Smile

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! :oops: 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. Wink 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. :drool: 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. Biggrin I am definitely getting excited about my home water birth! Biggrin It's going to be so peaceful and relaxing! The perfect way to bring a new life into this world. Biggrin

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8 weeks, 2 days

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!

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8 weeks, 4 days

So far, so good! Biggrin 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! :eek:

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!" Lol 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. Lol 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! Wink

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Hey Sandy! Hope you don't mind me lurking on your journal, but since we're in the same situation, I've been curious to see how you're handling things. Glad to see that New Baby is doing well!

I'm DYING to hear how it goes when you tell yours and Tim's families...:goodluck:!!

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Hey Kristin! :wavehello: No, not at all!! Biggrin 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!!). Biggrin I will definitely be posting about family reactions! Biggrin

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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 Lol ) 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. Biggrin

I'm doing really well! And of course, one can only hope, that New Baby is too. Biggrin 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. Biggrin 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. Smile

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10 weeks, 3 days

So we're here in AZ, and Tim had to fly out to go talk to the job people about some stuff. I'm staying at the Hampton with Nicky! Smile It's cool because the TV has a closed-captioning option so that when I hit "Mute" when he's sleeping, I can still read subtitles and watch the show that way. This is like Disney Land for me because we don't have TV at home (except to watch DVDs)! Lol A lot of the shows out there are really mindless and callous, I see. I like to stick to Discovery or other animal shows. Biggrin

The pregnancy is still going really well! I have this fear that something is going to go wrong right at the end of the crucial time (upto 11 weeks, which is when most miscarriages happen). I am at 10 weeks and 3 days today, so I'm almost there. I am feeling unnaturally good, which of course just makes me worry even more.

My uterus has definitely moved up! I can now palpate it right on that line along my hipbones. It's crazy how much faster I'm growing now that this is my second pregnancy, and so close to my first. It's really neat to watch all the changes. Biggrin My tastes are totally screwy; a lot of things taste weird to me. The other night we got pancakes and syrup at this restaurant and the syrup tasted like bad BO to me!! :puke: And I almost threw up when Tim brought me this cup of apple juice from the lobby - apparently a drop or two of coffee fell in the cup and he just poured the apple juice on top of that. I swear, it tasted like half the cup was coffee and the other half apple juice! It was just so weird. I have been drinking orange juice like it's going out of style, though. Biggrin YUM!!

Our trip is SO much fun! We are really having a blast, driving for about 7 hours a day. Nick sleeps the whole time which is so nice. Biggrin He starts getting fussy around his bedtime, which is to be expected. We just put him down in his car seat once we get to the hotel, and he goes right down. Oh, and he's eating 8 oz at a time now! :shock: He is such a big boy. Biggrin

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I am worried about you Sandy.....

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Um, Sandy? :wavehello:

Where are you?

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Yeah Sandy! I keep checking both journals and keep wondering if you are coming back?
I miss seeing pics of Nick!

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I was coming here to post the same thing, been wondering where you are. I hope all is well & your just adjusting to a new home & a new belly with that adorable toddler Smile

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Officially super worried about you girl!

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Anyone know her email address? She is almost due with the new baby! Aww, where are you?

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I have sent her "real" emails...

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I have her email addy but she didn't respond to them. Did you have any luck?
I actually tried to see if i can White Page them, but no luck Sad

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She is fine. Emailed with her yesterday on here. She updated on October 07 and October 08. I told her to update this!!

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I'm baaackkkk!!!! Biggrin :D Biggrin :D Sorry ladies, I am a miserable poster and you have every right to bash me!! :oops: I have just been SO exhausted with being pregnant with a baby to take care of at the same time! I am also rushing to finish my degree (YEAH!!), so that has been eating up my time as well. I've really missed you all!! I have been terrible about getting on the internet, but I am back now - at least until New Baby gets here and runs me ragged. Wink

So, if you'll remember, before I left, I had said that New Baby's gender would be a complete surprise until the birth. Well, about 2 days ago, we CAVED. I couldn't stand not being prepared enough, so we went and got a private ultrasound! And can I just say how glad I am that we did???? Because it's a...

GIRL!!!! Biggrin :D Biggrin :D Biggrin :D Biggrin :D

DH has been saying from the beginning that it's a girl, but I have really been thinking boy. That's part of the reason we wanted to know, because if it was a girl, we had no 0-3/3-6 month things we could use! Almost all of Nick's clothes were presents, and so they're blue. Not to mention, most of it is weather inappropriate now that we've moved!

We're ecstatic!! Biggrin She is just the sweetest little thing! At her ultrasound, she was constantly playing with her feet. She also gave us a great shot of her chubby little face (a great thing about getting an ultrasound at 33 weeks is all the baby fat!), and DH thinks she looks exactly like me! In fact, at our 20-week ultrasound, which we did at 28 weeks, he had said, "If that's a boy, he has a really girly face!" Lol We didn't find out at that ultrasound, though, so we didn't know for sure. Anyway, I am just soooo excited to be blessed enough to have one of each!!!! Biggrin :D Biggrin :D We're going shopping soon!! Biggrin The great thing is we have a LOT of 6-12 month stuff that she can use from when we were adopting. But it's all summer dresses, so we definitely need smaller, warmer girly stuff. No names yet! DH and I are having the same issue we did with Nick - we just cannot agree on anything! However, we do like a lot more girls' names than we did boys', so it's nice in that way. Biggrin

So far we haven't told anyone IRL that we know the sex! Everyone still thinks it's a complete surprise. My MIL is desperately wishing for a girl, so I kinda want to tell her, but I'm also having a lot of fun keeping it a secret between just DH and me! Biggrin

Thanks for reading, and I promise to be better about posting!! :D

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Oh you are going to have to go on a pink shopping spree Sandy!! The whole new section of BRU is yours!!! That's the fun of having both sexes- more choices.
How are you feeling now? Is it going well?

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Hey Asha girl! Biggrin

I know, I've already started shopping!! Biggrin I am doing really well, thank you for asking. For a while, we were worried about pre-term labor, but not anymore. We had a fetal fibronactin test done, and they checked my cervix at 32 weeks, and it was long and closed! The test came back negative as well. Biggrin Just three more weeks to go till full-term; baby girl needs to sit tight!

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What is up with my avatar?? It keeps disappearing! :question:

Anyway, yesterday DH, Nick and I went shopping for New Baby! Biggrin We went to BRU and got some essentials, but also some really cute stuff. Biggrin We got two new pink swaddlers, two footed sleepers (DH picked one and I picked one), a pack of socks and a really, really cute onesie with flutter sleeves. I didn't want to go overboard, since I want to hit the outlet stores soon! Biggrin This morning I bought another pack of socks (can you ever have too many socks with a newborn?), a cute microfleece hat and a blanket from the Old Navy sale (BFF at checkout for 20% off and free shipping!). So right now I think she's pretty much covered on essentials! We wanted to get her mittens, but all they had were yellow ones, and DH was adamant for some reason that we should get her pink ones. Lol So we haven't done that yet. Ooh, here's what I'm thinking of using as her homecoming outfit (it's from the Gymboree sale - I LOVE all the sales going on right now!!):

I know, we're experiencing a major pink overload at our house right now, but it's just so much fun!! Biggrin :D I love it. Today I'm going to wash all her clothes so that she has clean stuff even if she plans to come early and surprise us all. I am also super excited because I had made this no-sew fleece blanket when we were adopting, and since it was pink, I couldn't use it for Nick. Sad But now I can pull it out and use it for New Baby!! Biggrin

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Oh Sandy I'm SO EXCITED for you!!! That outfit is adorable! I was at their website this morning looking at all those cute clothes for sale, it's torture LOL

It's so great to hear from you & to hear that your all doing well!! ♥♥♥

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LOVE The clothes and I am so glad you are back!

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OMG! That outfit is so cute! I love the monkey- just adorable!

BTW, there is no such thing as pink overload when you are talking about a baby girl....it becomes a problem when she is over 30 and wearing all pink, so....you have lots of time! Wink

So no names yet, huh?

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No names yet!! Although we have a list of names we like, so we're trying to narrow it down. Biggrin And I like your thoughts about no such thing as pink overload until the age of 30, Asha! Lol I think I'll stick with that line of reasoning!! Biggrin

CHIMS!! I've PM'd you - I almost didn't recognize you with the new username! Biggrin How have you been????

Hey Lissy girl! Your profile pic almost sent me into labor - that is some scary @$$ stuff! Lol

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It's 5 AM and I have been up since 4! I think it's because I'm excited and anxious. I am pretty sure I lost part of my mucus plug last night. The day before that, I was having these contractions that were so strong, they made me stop in my tracks. And then yesterday, I went on a walk and had some regular contractions after. I told DH I thought my cervix is effacing, and I guess I was right! I am pretty sure New Baby is not going to make her due date! Since Nick came at 38 weeks and 6 days, I am thinking New Baby is going to make an appearance between 37 and 38 weeks, too. Biggrin I am so excited!! But also really nervous, because there is so much we still need to do! We need to repack the hospital bag, and most of all, we need to get our house clean! I want DH to vacuum and steam all the rooms, and deep clean all the bathrooms and the kitchen. Lol I know, how can I possibly ask him to do all that stuff? If I wasn't in so much pain, I'd do it myself. This pregnancy has been way more painful than Nick's - I'm not sure if it's because I'm so much more active with carrying Nick, walking and doing house work or if it's because it's my second and so close to my first. My whole body hurts all the time, especially my crotch/pelvis and back! My stomach gets this weird "pulled muscle" feeling a lot, too. That might be RLP, but I've never experienced it before, so I'm not sure. Anyway, I go through little bouts of nesting when I do things like mop the kitchen floor and clean the washer and dryer, but I haven't nearly touched enough stuff! I want this place to be sparkling before she gets here. I'm thinking about hiring a cleaning service specifically for this purpose. DH is vehemently against anyone else cleaning our house for us usually, but I wonder if he'll cave. He's been so awesome about going to work late and coming home early so he can help me take care of Nick, and I know he's exhausted. The poor man, he does so much and he barely ever complains!

Oh, before I forget - I've gotten a couple of messages asking me what the difference was between Nick's pregnancy and this pregnancy, since they are opposite-sex pregnancies. There have been a lot of differences! I figured I'd list them here for any preggo mamas who might want to analyze their baby's gender! Biggrin

Nick's Pregnancy:

- Craved meat and potatoes
- Disliked carrots or veggies, for the most part
- Carried really high and really round
- Leg hair grew reallllly fast
- Very sick up until 11 weeks
- Baby was extremely fiesty - he'd kick all the time!
- Minimal cervical discharge
- Heartbeat consistently in the 140s

New Baby's pregnancy:

- Craved sausage and pasta, lots and lots of fruits and veggies
- Craved orange juice
- No change in leg hair growth
- Carrying really low all through pregnancy, tummy not as round
- No morning sickness, except for occasional nausea here and there that has persisted into the third trimester
- Baby is extremely active, but rather than kicking out at me, she seems to be just rolling around in there!
- Lots and lots of cervical discharge right from the beginning.
- Heartbeat consistently in the 150s and 160s

A lot of the old wives' tales were true for me, as you can see! I think it's interesting how that worked out. Biggrin

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I am so excited! I think I have finally found the baby nursery set that I want! DH likes it, too, which is really great. Biggrin Our tastes don't always match, and so we usually have to look for a long time before we find something we can both agree on. It's the Aspen crib from Storkcraft, and we're getting the dresser/changer too:

We won't be getting it right away since New Baby will co-sleep with us for the first 3 or 4 months like Nick did. I really like the idea of doing dark furniture with delicate bedding for a girl! Biggrin Nick's room is white, chocolate brown and blue, and her room will be espresso, light pink and ivory.

I have been feeling especially nesty lately. I sorted through all of her clothes (she is set for the first 3 months of life, thanks to big brother Nick's neutral clothes - I had no idea he had so many!) and hung them all up, including swaddlers, blankets, hats and other accessories. DH and I also got her room cleaned up. Tomorrow I want to get our bedroom cleaned since she'll be spending her nights in there with us. DH started working on the master bathroom tonight, too. I can't wait to get this house clean!!

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LOVE IT!

(email me your new addy please!)

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Sandy it is SO great to hear from you and all the updates. I can't believe it's almost time to meet your baby girl! Yippeeee

I love the outfit and the furniture. It's interesting to see the comparsions between carrying Nick and your baby girl. I'm very intrigued to see what I'll be having now!!!!

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Angela - hi!!! I had no idea you were pregnant - congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! Biggrin :D Biggrin :D Do you have any inklings about gender? I guessed boy on your game! Biggrin When do you find out, or are you waiting till the birth?

Lis, I still have the same email address, I have just been terrible about checking it! :oops:

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"enchantedlife" wrote:

Angela - hi!!! I had no idea you were pregnant - congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! Biggrin :D Biggrin :D Do you have any inklings about gender? I guessed boy on your game! Biggrin When do you find out, or are you waiting till the birth?

Lis, I still have the same email address, I have just been terrible about checking it! :oops:

Its hard to mail a package to an email address silly lady!!

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"enchantedlife" wrote:

Angela - hi!!! I had no idea you were pregnant - congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! Biggrin :D Biggrin :D Do you have any inklings about gender? I guessed boy on your game! Biggrin When do you find out, or are you waiting till the birth?

Thanks Sandy. We had our scan over 2 weeks ago and choose not to find out. However I've changed my mind in the last few days and phoned my Ob yesterday. She said she'd find out for me at my next appt if we want!!! I'm super excited. It's still up for discussion with DH but I really want to know Smile I'd love another little boy but my feeling is girl.

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"Dukestar" wrote:

Thanks Sandy. We had our scan over 2 weeks ago and choose not to find out. However I've changed my mind in the last few days and phoned my Ob yesterday. She said she'd find out for me at my next appt if we want!!! I'm super excited. It's still up for discussion with DH but I really want to know Smile I'd love another little boy but my feeling is girl.

I know what you mean about changing your mind! I am the kind of person who needs to have everything arranged and organized, and I like to "get to know" the baby beforehand, too, so it just wasn't working for me. I have come to the decision that 9 months is just too long to wait to know! Lol I really do admire those who have the kind of will power where they can wait, though! I am so excited to know who is hanging out in there!!!! Biggrin :D Biggrin :D

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Almost 35 weeks! Tomorrow I go to my 35-week appointment, and then I think I start going every week! Biggrin I am so excited - we are getting so close to the finish line. I'm giving birth in a birth center this time, if all goes well, and it's just beautiful there. Their patients get a private birthing suite, with candles, an IPod docking station, a queen-size bed and a giant jacuzzi tub. I plan on laboring and giving birth in the water, but they're also going to have a birthing stool available for me since that's how I gave birth to Nick. Biggrin We were planning on a home birth, but all the home birth midwives we met with were total spazzes! It was very disappointing, but once we found this birth center I was completely mollified. It's only about 10 minutes away from our house, so we can labor at home for quite a while. Biggrin

Last night DH steam cleaned the entire house, and packed ours and New Baby's hospital bag! He is the best. Biggrin He also helped me pick out some labor music. This time I'm going to just listen to music that I always listen to (mellow, alternative, mixed-bag kind of music) rather than special relaxation music. I think this will help me remain more relaxed, since it won't be unfamiliar or the type of music I don't generally choose to listen to. I was so excited to see the cute little outfits we packed for New Baby, too. Biggrin I had DH pick one out of her closet, and he chose the most adorable little footed sleeper. We'll pick either that one or the Gymboree outfit I posted earlier, depending on what we feel like that day. It's starting to feel so real! I'm going to be holding my baby girl soon! Biggrin

I don't think she's going to come anywhere near her due date (the 30th). DH and I both feel like she'll be here much sooner. I've been having some pretty strong contractions on and off, and I can feel them effacing my cervix. I've also been losing more of my mucus plug, and generally can feel my body changing and getting ready. I think it'll be the beginning to middle of October when she comes. I would love for her to wait to come after Nick's birthday! Biggrin But whenever she decides to make her grand entrance will be just perfect. Biggrin

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Our appointment on the 25th went really well! The midwife went over our birth plan with us, and she was very agreeable with everything in there (which I knew she would be, since it was a very standard birth plan). I am relieved though, because I communicated a lot of my issues with her - about wanting people to ask permission before they touch me during the birth, etc. She was completely in line with my way of thinking, and they seem to be very accommodating of people with a history of abuse. I feel like I am completely ready for this birth! It's really a great feeling. For much of my last few weeks with Nick, I felt panicky, scared and nervous. I just didn't know what to expect, and I didn't really trust my midwife at the time (with good reason, it turns out). This time I feel calm and ready to take on whatever comes my way.

Yesterday, Nick's grandparents came over to play with him. We decided to tell them what New Baby is! Biggrin I put a onesie that said "100% Baby Girl" into a box along with her ultrasound pictures. They were making jokes about not being able to buy the right clothes because they don't know their newest grandbaby's sex, so we told them to sit on the couch, because they were going to find out! They looked nervous (MIL) and excited (both). Biggrin I handed them the box, and my MIL started clawing at the onesie trying to read the print! Lol Then she said, "Oh my gosh!!!!!" And my FIL went, "Oh, it's a girl!!!!!" They were sooo giddy! My MIL immediately turned to my FIL with the biggest grin on her face and said, "Remember that dress we saw???? I can get it now!!!" Lol I just started laughing because I knew she would say something along those lines. They were both so excited, they started talking about how we were going to have the perfect family, and how New Baby is going to be such a spoiled prissy princess because she's the first girl on their side of the family, etc. etc. Then MIL went over to Nick and said, "Are you going to have a little sister? Yes, you are!!" Lol She's too cute. I told her that I hadn't done a whole lot of shopping for cute stuff since I knew she'd want to go with me, and she was really happy about that. Biggrin MIL has been dying for a girl ever since her second son came out a boy, and she is just way beyond happy. I know New Baby's closet is going to be jam-packed! We swore them to secrecy though, since we still want it to be a surprise for the rest of the family. Biggrin

We've also finally picked a name for New Baby! It's so unusual for us to do this before the birth since we cannot ever agree on names, so it's a miraculous event in history. Wink She will be [COLOR=Magenta]Eva Shivani[/COLOR]. Eva means "life", and Shivani is an Indian goddess name that literally means "mountains". So, like with Nick, both of her ethnic backgrounds are being honored (and since DH's ethnic background is so mixed, that was an easy one).

Tonight DH and I have date night! Biggrin I am excited, since it will be one of our last date nights for a while until Eva comes! The midwife said she'd do a check next week at my 36-week appt, but we're all of the mindset that this little girl will come before her due date, just like her brother did. Biggrin A week and a half until I hit full-term! Yahoo I am so excited, it's unbelievable.

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That is so cute about your MIL. And I am so happy that you like and TRUST this midwife! I love the same, its beautiful!

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wonderful update! I'm so glad to hear about your MIL & FIL's reaction. Congrats on picking a name, it's beautiful. Can ask... do you pronounce Eva... Av-a or Eve-a?

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btw... I love that your back posting again!!! I love your updates Smile

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Aww, thanks you guys! Biggrin Angela, the name is pronounced "A-va" as opposed to "Ee-va". Biggrin It's pretty popular in the U.S., but I have loved it since freshman year of college when my friend had a roommate named Eva! And DH loves it, too, so we figured it'll be okay even if she's one of many. Wink
BTW, when is your appt when you find out the gender?? I'll be stalking you, you know!

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Oh what fun!! I love the name and get this: Eva is pronounced Ava in Polish too. But it's spelled Ewa ( "w" has a "v" sound).

I love her names!
I hope she comes soon- I am dying to see her pics...and Nick's!

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BTW, when is your appt when you find out the gender?? I'll be stalking you, you know!

Wink ahhhh that's a secret... but just between you and me Lol I go to my appt next friday the 10th Oct... I get to find out then (thats if DH wants to know too... I'm not sure if he does but I've made up my mind that I want to know)

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Ooh, that's so close, Angela!!!! Biggrin :D Biggrin :D Are you just dying with anticipation??? And what will you do if DH decides he doesn't want to know - will you just have him turn away? At our 28 week appointment we had an ultrasound, and I got an accidental peek between the legs, so I had an inkling it was a girl. Up until then, DH had been adamant about not knowing, but once I told him I kinda knew, he was like, "Well, if you know I want to know, too!!!" Lol I wonder if your DH will be able to hold out. Biggrin

Asha, that is so cool about the Polish pronunciation/spelling! Biggrin I love how different cultures have all these different variations on names. I am working on setting up a private photo album for the kiddos' pics. Once I have that set up, I'll be sure to send you the link and password! Biggrin

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On October 1st, I had my mandatory check-up with an OB to make sure I was still low risk and that birthing in a birth center would be okay for me. That went really well! It just reinforced for me and DH, though, that the birthing center really is the best choice for us. This OB was needlessly rough, didn't help me sit up after the exam, and wanted me to wipe off the gel from the doppler myself (she just tossed me a Kleenex, but I couldn't even see where she had applied it since I was flat on my back! DH ended up doing it for me). Just all around ruder, more gruff and more rushed. I definitely felt more like a piece of meat than a patient. She was also REALLY LOUD. Kind of like she had a permanent megaphone attached to her mouth. Lol If I do end up transferring to the hospital for an emergency, I hope she tones down her voice! Anyway, I got a clean bill of health from her, so that was awesome.

Then, yesterday, we went to our 36-week MW appointment at the birth center. Eva is still head down, which is great news. She's also really, really low in my pelvis now, which I already knew because I have to pee pretty much 24/7 now. Lol Her heartrate was strong, and her bum was on my right side! She is so silly, she always pushes her butt out on the right side of my stomach, especially when I have contractions. Biggrin The MW gave us some natural induction methods to try, which we'll start on Monday. I am so excited!!! I don't think we'll need them - we're all of the opinion that I'll deliver around 38 weeks just like with Nick. My contractions have been strong and regular, just like they were about a week and a half before I delivered Nick. I also declined to get checked, since there's no point to it right now. I'll ask to be checked at 38 weeks, though, just so we can see what's going on.

Last night I also went and bought some pink tulle at WalMart. Biggrin It's sooo cute, it's light pink with subtle silver sparkles worked in throughout. I'm going to get cracking on the tutu soon, to give myself plenty of time to redo it if I mess it up!

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I am so excited!!!!

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Aww, thanks Lis! Biggrin

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So here I am, supposedly "working" on my homework... and really not doing what I'm supposed to be doing. :roll: I am just so TIRED. I was going to go to school half-time next semester (October-December), but that is not going to happen. I think I'll take a break and start back again in January. The good thing about accelerated semesters is that you get to graduate so fast, but the bad thing is that they really sap your time and energy. And both of those are hard to come by as it is! I can't even imagine what it's going to be like with TWO little monkeys! Lol

I am really excited because DH and I were figuring out our budget yesterday, and we've come to the conclusion that we can afford to hire a part-time nanny starting in November or December! Yahoo I am so excited, because this will be a HUGE help to me. We're going to start interviewing after Eva comes, and once DH goes back to work (sometime in November), I'll have help 5 days a week for a few hours a day. I am so relieved! I was a little nervous about how to do it all myself, especially because DH's job has him going out of town on business trips 1 week out of every month. He's on a trip hiatus right now, but starting in December he'll be going every month again.

In other pregnancy news, my mood swings are crazy! I remember being hormonal with Nick, but I've never experienced mood swings like these. All it takes is something extremely small and insignificant (and sometimes nothing at all!) to make my pendulum go from happy to angry. I am trying so hard to contain it, but sometimes it's hard to. Poor DH has to bear the brunt of my inconsistencies, but he's been a champ about it so far. It's just the most bizarre thing! I can feel myself getting annoyed or angry about stupid things, but no amount of deep breathing or distraction will work. It just has to go away on its own. I've found the best way to deal with it is to just isolate myself and not talk to anyone until I'm over it, because anything anyone says during a "swing" is likely to just make me even angrier! :roll: I have never been much of a drama queen or an unstable personality, so this is really new for me. Lol I wonder if it's all the female hormones swilling about in my body?? :question:

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Yesterday was interesting... I was contracting like crazy all day! I think it had to do with the walk that DH, Nick and I took the day before that. DH thought it was baby-time, but I knew that it was just my body gearing up. I don't know how much longer she'll hang out in there, though... I am thinking we'll get to meet her sometime in the next 10 days or so. Smile It's funny, I think she'll come early, but just watch her be a drama queen and decide to be fashionably late! Wink I definitely lost some of the much-glamorized "plug", though, so I know something's going on. I am undecided about whether I want to be checked at my appointment on Thursday. I guess I'll leave it up to the midwife and see what she wants to do. I'll also hear if I'm GBS positive or not, so think negative vibes for me, please!!! I really don't want to be hooked up to an IV during labor, even though they've said it won't affect my mobility. We plan on laboring for as long as possible here anyway, so at least there's that.

I've been doing a lot of thinking about breastfeeding. Before I knew whether it was a boy or girl, I had been telling myself that if it was a boy, I'd have a lot of issues I had to deal with just like I did with Nick. My brain has this huge block about gender and breastfeeding, so I knew it'd be an uphill battle. Now that I know it's a girl, I am feeling so much more calm and relaxed about it. I know it'll still be hard, and breastfeeding is challenging as it is, but it'll also be much easier than I had it with Nick, and I am so grateful for that. The LC at the birth center makes house calls, and I also plan to call my local LLL leaders a lot whenever I feel I need help. I know I'll have no familial support since MIL did not breastfeed and she is extremely uncomfortable with me doing anything she did not do for her kids. I wish I had some of my family closer who could help me, especially one of my very dear aunts. But unfortunately, they are all the way over in India. :cry: Ah well, I am sure my girl and I will make it somehow. Biggrin And DH is extremely supportive, which is such a godsend. With Nick, he would help with positioning and latching, and reminding me of the tips the LC at the hospital had given me. He'd also feed me and give me water while I was bfing. Biggrin Don't know how I lucked out with such a great guy! :biglove: (Pukeworthy, I know!)

I don't post much about Nick because I am paranoid about internet predators, but that little boy is the light of my life. I just LOVE this age he's at right now. Biggrin He is so full of personality and life. He's really interested in babies and other kids right now, so I am eager to see how he'll react to Eva. Biggrin It's amazing how I cannot even remember how I used to fill up my time before him. I hear him right now, upstairs in his crib (he's supposed to be napping) babbling away at nobody, and I just want to run up there and scoop him up. I am just so lucky.

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I am glad you have all those resources for the BF! YEA!!!

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