11 weeks 2 days
So either my nausea is getting better or I am learning to cope with it more...I think it's the latter. I still get seriously queasy if my stomach is completely empty and I try to say talk, or walk briskly. You know, real strenuous activites.
I can't belive I'll be in my 12th week on Aug 24...where has the time gone?? It seems just yesterday that I was writing about my baby being a spinal cord lump! Now it has little eyes and ears and fingers and toes!
My company is flying me to ORLANDO on Sunday for training....whoo hoo!!!!!!! I've never been south of Utah, this will be so cool! I am looking forward to the warm weather, it has been amazingly crappy here. We're talking 8 degrees celsius (I don't really know farenheit, but I think that's around 40 degrees?) and rain, rain, rain. On the way to the bus stop this morning I could SEE MY BREATH!!! IN AUGUST! I know I live in Canada, but that's still not right! LOL Actually, I can recall seeing snow in every single month of the year (usually we've got snow here from October sometime to mid to late March).
So not much going on with the baby right now, just looking forward to my next appointment on Sept 6. I am so happy James is coming too!
12 weeks 6 days
Orlando was really fun...the weather was nice (and hurricane free!), and I got to eat a lot of cheap seafood. We didn't have time for a lot of sightseeing, but I did get to swim in the ocean at Cocoa beach, that was great!
One of the people in my training group lives in Ocean Springs, MS...I learned today that her town was destroyed by the hurricane and that she lost everything. It really puts things into perspective...I have so many blessings that I take for granted every day. I'm hoping and praying that she will be back on her feet again soon.
On the baby side of things, I will officially be in my second trimester tomorrow!!! I am starting to feel more like myself again...I feel more energized and actually want to cook again! Apart from Sundays at my parents' house, James hasn't had a home cooked meal in 2 months!! The nausea is steadily declining, and my belly is definitely sticking out more. I know it must be baby, because it's quite a bit harder (I am about 10 lbs overweight, and started this pregnancy with a bit of a pooch ), and I haven't gained more than a pound or two. I'm pretty sure my uterus is just pushing everything else out, but it's a start!
Now that I am out of the really queasy phase, I am determined to eat healthier...I'm just not craving fruits or veggies, but I am going to eat them nonetheless! Now that I can stomach them I'm out of excuses. I've made myself a list of the healthiest stuff, and I plan to refer to that when I go shopping. I'm not giving up my sour soothers or 7-up, though.
My belly is definitely bigger than when I left for Orlando, and it's really having an effect on James. He's talking about the baby a lot more now. Of course, I'm always touching it so it's not like he can forget!! The exciting stuff is just around the corner, I can feel it...
13 weeks 5 days
Every morning when I wake up I almost instinctively touch my ever hardening belly, as if to say "Baby, are you still in there?" LOL I am coming to cherish these little private moments in the morning when it's just me, my belly/baby, and my snoring hubby.
I went maternity clothes shopping on Saturday...I guess it's just the style of the clothing, but I look way more pregnant in my new clothes than I do in those few articles (esp. pants) that still fit me! I bought some dark brown cords from Old Navy that I'm already wearing...I can tell I'm going to live in those things.
We finally got around to taking some more belly pictures last night, and I compared them to the ones we took at about 6 weeks; my belly is sticking out a bit more, but the most noticible difference is that it has moved up; I think I'm going to be carrying high.
Life is good right now...it's September (my favorite month!!), it's autumn (my favorite season), the leaves are turning, and (Canadian) Thanksgiving is only a month or so away!
My next appointment is tomorrow afternoon, if anything exciting happens I'll be sure to write.
14 weeks 4 days
My appointment this past week was great...the doctor brought out the doppler and found the heartbeat right away! He didn't have to move it at all either once he found it...I think my little one was sleeping. It was nice having James there, I know he enjoyed hearing the heart beat too.
Life is good, I don't have any complaints other than we seem to keep getting slammed with bills we weren't expecting...we should be able to put money away every month but that just hasn't been happening. Either the snake needs surgery (she ended up getting a virus on Friday and died, the poor thing...we'll miss her), or the vacuum breaks, or something else. It never ends! Well, at least it's happening now, and we still have 6 months to save before the baby comes. We're really the worst with eating out and spending quite a bit on movies and such. I suppose when the baby comes we'll save some money right there as we won't be going out anywhere near as much. Also, I plan to cloth diaper and breastfeed (God willing on that last one), so that will save money too. I'm not too worried, I know Heavenly Father will look out for us.
My belly is getting bigger every day, I'm finally starting to look more pregnant than fat! Yay!
17 weeks 0 days
My belly has really popped out this week, and I think I've started to feel movement! I was sort of expecting to feel a fluttery or squirmy feeling, but it's more like a muscle twitch, low down, but not always in the same place. It's such an odd feeling, but I love it! I'm only feeling it a few times a day, but it's still really neat.
Not much else going on...I'm trying to get in the habit of exercising but I get tired and dizzy quite easily. I do a lot of walking during my work day though...I work in an office but my desk and my boss' desk are quite a ways apart. Also, I've never been so thirsty in my entire life! Someone told me that it's because of the increase blood volume.
Only 9 days until my ultrasound...yay!
19 weeks 1 day
I really should have updated this journal before now...quite a bit has happened in the last 2 weeks!
On Friday I had the big ultrasound; I dutifully drank my litre of water, and by the time I was in the waiting room at the clinic I was in so much pain from the bladder pressure I could barely sit! I was convinced that the moment the exam started I would burst all over the table. I had to go in alone, and the tech took all her diagnostic pictures before I could see anything or James could come in. Of course, no one explained this to poor James, so he didn't know what the heck was going on.
I managed to maintain bladder control while she was taking the pictures (later the tech told me my "eyes were crossing by the end there!"), which took longer than they should have cuz little bubs wouldn't settle down. Finally I got to pee (people walking by the door could probably hear my moans of relief), and James came in and we got a live peek at our baby. Apparently all the movement during the "photo shoot" tired bubs out, because we hardly saw any movement at all. Baby was doing a "faceplant" against my back, with crossed legs and arms up by the head. We asked about the gender, but he/she was mooning the whole time so she couldn't even guess.
I had an appointment with my OB on Tuesday, and got the results of the ultrasound. He said everything looked totally normal, except for a small "speck" on bubs' heart. He said that tons of babies have this and it turns out to be nothing, but it does double the risk of Down's syndrome. That being said, our risk is still less than 1 in 1000, and he said that we could get further testing if we want, but if possible should just forget about it. We opted not get further testing...I REALLY don't want to get amniocentesis done, especially when our risk is still so low. Even if our baby did turn out to have Down's, it wouldn't change anything...we would never terminate this pregnancy. So, I'm trying to just forget about it.
I have been feeling really yukky the past 24 hours or so...I went to work yesterday, but went home early because I kept having dizzy spells. Also, my heart keeps beating hard and fast. I'm OK when I'm lying down, but any amount of even light activity kicks it up. I think it may be due to stress...things are really busy at work right now, and I feel a little resentful of the pressure I'm being put under. I don't want to go on leave or anything, but it would be awesome if I could take a couple weeks off and then go back. I'm going to go to the clinic today and see what the doc says. (I'm sure there's no way I could get in with my OB on such short notice).
All I want to do is lie around and focus on my tummy!
19 weeks 5 days (ALMOST HALFWAY THERE!!!)
I think I must have had a virus last week; I seem to be doing better now. I took 2 days off of work and just sat around doing nothing, which really helped!
I was reading in bed this morning, and bubs started to kick; the kicks are definitely starting to get stronger! As soon as I started talking to him/her, the kicks stopped; sure enough, when I went back to reading they started again! Maybe bubs was stopping to listen?
It is so neat to think I have a real little human in there...at this point it weighs about a pound, and is really starting to look like a baby! It is so weird to think it can hear me talk and is actively kicking...makes the whole thing more real. Of course, last night when James and I were attempting to be, ahem, "intimate" bubs had to start kicking...like I needed a reminder that you were awake! LOL Already he/she is affecting our sex life!
20 weeks 6 days
I'm only halfway through this pregnancy, and already I'm starting to feel huge! Maternity shirts are fitting well now...there's no mistaking the fact that I'm pregnant!
This is causing a bit of an interesting reaction, though...I'm 24 but have a baby face, and in the right type of clothes and no makeup, I could easily pass for 16. So DH and I go shopping on Saturday, and I'm wearing a cute little mat top with a bow on the front, jeans, sneakers, no makeup and my shortish hair in pigtails, no less. And DH is dressed all in black with a long black coat, looking like a goth without the makeup. (He doesn't dress oddly, just likes black!) Needless to say James got a few disapproving looks from some older shoppers! LOL I think I should probably keep the pigtails for around the house.
I'm starting to get things ready for the baby. So far we have:
-about 6 undershirts
-sleepers in various sizes (most are second hand from my old boss)
-contraption for holding up baby in the bathtub
-a few books and toys (again, second hand)
-pack of newborn diapers for the first few days
-"travel system": car seat and stroller thingy in one
I also ordered a whole bunch of cloth diapers and accessories last week, hopefully they will be here soon!
I have also cleared out 2 drawers in our dresser for the baby. We live in a one bedroom apartment currently, so space is at a premium. (We plan to move to a 2 bedroom with the baby is 3 months or so) I'm going to get a bassinet for the first few months, and just keep it by my side of the bed for easy night feeding. We don't have room for a crib or change table yet, so those will be bought once we move.
Only 19 weeks to go!
21 weeks 6 days
James and I enjoyed the Halloween weekend; on Saturday we went to our friends' annual Halloween party. I went as a witch (had to find something that would incorporate maternity clothes) and James was the wolfman...we glued wig hair all over his face and shirt, and he was shedding everywhere! I swear I'll be finding that wig hair around this place for months. His costume looked awesome though.
This week I'm going to pop into a few stores and look for discounted baby Halloween costumes; I've seen some cute little pumpkin sleepers and such. It will be so exciting when this little one is old enough to trick or treat!
Bubs is definitely getting stronger...he/she decided to start kicking at 4:30 this morning as soon as I crawled into bed from a bathroom break. For the first time, I got kicked on both sides at the same time! I must be feeling little fists as well as little feet! Also on Sunday night James felt his first good kick...when I said "Did you feel that?!?!?!?" his eyes kind of went wide and he got this big grin on his face as he nodded. I think that sort of made the whole thing more real to him. He loves hearing about the baby moving.
22 weeks 2 days
Last night I was laying on the couch watching Leno when the bubs started kicking like crazy. I stared at my belly for a bit, and sure enough, I *saw* the baby move! It was the coolest thing I have ever seen in my life! I really have a little human being in there! Sometimes it feels like he/she is doing flips...I suppose there is still lots of room to move right now. Enjoy it while it lasts, baby!
My cloth diaper order came today...yay!!!! I ordered Chinese pre-fold diapers and Bummi's Super Whisper Wrap velcro covers. The pre-folds are much thinner than I expected, but everyone says they are super absorbant (and work well as "urp" cloths too) so I'll just have to take their word for it! I've been practicing folding and pinning them...it takes me forever, I can only imagine what it will be like when I've got to pin it on a fussy, squirmy newborn!