November Mom To Be
I have put this off long enough, scared to jinx this pregnancy- I guess now is the time to start it. My name is Emily and I am 17 weeks pregnant today! I have been married to a wonderful man for the past 3 years, and we decided a year ago to begin our family. We got pregnant very quickly (first month of trying) but that pregnancy ended with a blighted ovum. After several long cycles of trying with no answers- we finally recieved the good news that I was pregnant again. This pregnancy began the exact same way as the m/c, so I was extremely nervous at the beginning. I started spotting 2 days before af was due, and believed af was on her way. But she never showed up. When I hit 6 wks 2 days I had a case of bleeding which devistated me- I just knew this was bad news. We went in the next week to the doctor expecting the worse, but got great news- everything looked great we had a bean and a heartbeat!! Here is a link to my ttc journal: http://www.pregnancy.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=301893
9 weeks- We went back to the doctor and saw the u/s again- What a beautiful sight to see our little bean growing and the heart beating so fast. We were so excited and finally told our family that we were expecting. Our next appointment was 4 weeks later- week 13 and we heard the heartbeat for the first time with a doppler. The doc said everything looked great- heartbeat was 152 (normal- 110-160)!!
Tomorrow we have another appointment- I am 17 weeks and am expecting the same thing at this appointment. I am nervous as I always am before appointments. I still have that feeling that something is going to go wrong- But am praying that this will be fine. I dont think I will ever get over that nervousness, but the further along I get the calmer and excited I have become.
I have gained a total of 8 pounds so far, even though I am not exactly sure of where it is going. My belly is growing slowly, but not enough to be 8 pounds. I started out at 133 and this morning I weighed in at 141. I laugh because I say that 2-3 pounds have gone to my bbs. I have gone from a 34B to a 36C (which for me is huge). I am taking belly pics every 2 weeks and will post a picture next Tuesday (today is my week off) I guess I am growing but I think it is going to other places besides my stomach (butt, thighs, and bbs)!!
So I am going to start posting here- with not only belly pics, tp measurements, milestones, but also my nervous rantings! Thanks for reading
Weight: 141 (8 pounds gained)
TP Measurement: 10 squares (started at 9)
17wks 1 day
Well today I had my checkup and it was another great one. They started the appointment off by calling me back and discussing my maternity benefits. They went over everything and I wrote it all down, but now I need dh to explain it to me. Clyde wants to talk to the lady next visit so he can get a better understanding of it all. I then went back to the waiting room, and waited another 20 minutes. Finally I was called back to the room, where they weighed me (143), so it looks like I have gained only 2-3 pounds since the last appointment (I weighed myself at home this morning and got 140 on the home scale- so that has me at 7-8lbs overall)
We then listened to the heartbeat, lil one was flipping around but heartbeat is still strong and healthy. I got the question about if I wanted to do a blood test to see if our bean has any abnormalities such as down's syndrome, spina bifida, etc. I decided not to do it, because not only would it not matter I wouldn't end this pregnancy either way, but I also dont like how many false positives it gives- I need nothing else to freak out about.
My big u/s is in 3 weeks from yesterday! I hope lil one cooperates!!
Not much going on pregnancy wise- still no movement yet (or at least that I know of). I feel like I have popped this week, but then again I am nost sure. I feel like my belly is poking out more then it did last week. YAY!!!
We are going out of town for the weekend. I am not really looking forward to it- we are going to a wedding for my dh's cousin. I have never met this guy, but I will know a large amount of family members there. I am flying up with Clyde's mom and brother- we are meeting Clyde in Michigan, and then heading to his dad's house for the weekend! YAY I get to sleep on an air mattress. Can you tell I am not excited about that. Hopefully I will be able to get some sleep.
I will be back on Sunday- hopefully by then I will have something more to report.
Well we are back from our trip. It was ok- we arrived in Michigan an hour late (our flight was delayed) so by the time we got to my FIL's house it was pretty late. Saturday we got up, ate breakfast, and drove 3 hours to the wedding. The wedding was nice, and for the first time I actually had a lady notice I was pregnant (she didn't even know me)! YAY, so I guess I am showing! We then drove back 3 hours back to FIL's house. Sunday we got up and drove to the airport. Long, busy weekend- but it was a nice wedding.
Yesterday Clyde and I went shopping, and I bought me some maternity blue jeans, shorts, and capris. I think I am good for now on pants, now I just need a belly so I can fit in all the handme down shirts I recieved. When we got home their was a package for us. We got some baby stuff from one of my aunts. That makes our count up to 2 rattles, 4 bibs, 4 dressing gowns, 1 footie pjs, and 2 recieving blankets. We are going to have so much stuff by the end of this especially since we haven't bought anything ourselves.
I weighed myself this morning and I am at 141 lbs- so it looks like I gained a lb last week- Total 8-9 lbs. Not too bad, everything I have read says you are suppose to gain 4 pounds the first trimester and then a pound a week for the second trimester. Since I am almost 18 weeks that would have me gaining 10 pounds by next week. Right on schedule! YAY!
Not much new here!! I think I may have felt the baby move yesterday but am not sure. I was sitting on the couch and all of a sudden I got these flutters in my lower abdomen. It lasted for a good couple of minutes. I have been feeling it off and on today- so I am starting to believe it is our little turkey!!
Other than that nothing to report. I took a belly shot this morning so I thought I would share it so you can see how much I have grown. Even though it is changing slowly- It is changing
8wks and 18 wks
18wks6days, My Birthday!!
We just got back from a weekend trip to my mom's house. My SIL and neices were visiting from Texas so we went down for the weekend. We also celebrated mine and Sil's birthday. Janet bought down 2 boxes of maternity clothes, the swing, and a bassinet. I am so excited to have these here- It feels good to start our collection.
I also racked up with giftcards for my birthday. Mom gave me a giftcard to Motherhood Maternity, and Janet gave me one to Target! YAY I can go buy some plain tshirts to wear.
I weighed myself again this morning. I noticed that when I weigh myself on Monday's and Tuesday's- my weight is always lower on Tuesday. So I will probably continue to weigh on both days, but use Tuesday's as the total weight count.
Today's weight: 143 (gained 2 pounds last week, and 9-10 total)
Wow it has been almost a week since I wrote last. I have been extremely tired this week and a little nauseas. I think the baby is going through a growth spurt which is wearing me out. I also have an ear infection in both ears, which hurts like hell. I am going to go buy some ear drops tomorrow and see if that helps, if not I will have to talk to my doc.
This morning I think I felt a kick. I was laying in bed and felt these little taps in my lower right abdomen- I reached down and swear I could feel my belly move. It was amazing and for the first time I think I felt movement. I have felt some flutters/ popcorn popping movements before but always thought that it was my imagination- This was not my imagination. Now he/she just needs to continue to kick me..
I have weigh in day tomorrow and feel like I have blown up this week. I haven't eaten as much as normal but every 2 hours I get really queasy- if I eat something small then it goes away- so it looks like I am in that eating a lot phase. I actually wore maternity clothes yesterday and felt like I looked pregnant in them. A week ago the same clothes just looked funny on me- so I cant wait to see the difference in belly shots.
We went browsing at USABaby for furniture. They were having a one day only sale and so I dragged Clyde there. Even though we didn't buy anything we are starting to get an understanding of what the prices of different items are. After USABaby we went to Kmart, Target, and Once Upon a Baby. We like the pack n plays and strollers from Target, but are still looking at furniture. We plan on going to look at JCPennies, and Walmart before we make any final decisions. 2 DAYS TILL MY BIG U/S!! Please baby cooperate!!
Well I weighed myself this morning and it was at 144- so it looks like I gained only 1 lb this week (Woohoo!!) I figured it would be a lot more- I feel huge this week. Overall I have gained a total of 11 pounds not too bad for halfway there.
Not much going on here- will update tomorrow after my big u/s- OLV please!!
This is going to be a long post so bear with me. Yesterday was our big u/s!! We arrived 15 minutes early, which is what they ask you to do. 40 minutes later and a very full bladder we were finally called back to the exam room. The lady was very friendly and a talker, which was good because that is what we wanted. She warned me that for the first 20 minutes she does the measurement part of the u/s- which meant that I couldn't see the screen. I as always was very nervous so seeing Clyde's face light up when he saw the baby helped me relax during this part. Then she pointed out that the fluids, measurements, and heart look great. That was a huge release- I have been nervous about the heart since that is how my brother died.
Anyway she finally turned the screen so I could see it, and the fun part began. She pointed out all the main parts of the baby (skull, spine, legs, arms, heart, etc) It is amazing at how much is visible on the u/s machine. You could even see the bones in his little foot. So she shows us the baby and says well the legs have been bent and completely closed the entire time. Since my bladder was huge (you could see it on the u/s) she decided to let me go to the bathroom. She told me later that going to the bathroom will help because it gives the baby more room to stretch out.
So I get back on the table, and yep it worked. Our baby was so sprawled out, he reminded me of me!! We found out we were having a boy! We have about 4 money shots, little one was definitely not shy! She laughed because she said this is a definite boy! Anyway so we go back on Monday to talk w/ the doc about the u/s. I feel better about everything and believe this is going to be a healthy little boy. He is actually measuring 20w4d, instead of 20w1d like my due date says. So it looks like my due date may change to November 4 (my FIL's birthday)!!
I am going to attach some pics from our u/s. We got about 8 u/s pics, plus a cd of pics and a 2-3 minute video. I am so excited to see our bean on the tv.
This is the big money shot! He is definitely a boy!
And a profile shot- Isn't he cute?