23 weeks!

Another late-ish post (notice the ticker!) – sorry! Anyway, I think I’m mostly feeling better finally. I think most of what I’m experiencing now is just normal pregnancy stuff – a little bit of tiredness, still having the slightly achey body towards the end of the day (which I think is just the added weight of the baby and uterus plus some bloating), stuff like that. But I’m eating and drinking normally, and doing so much better than before whatever this all was in the past 2 weeks. TMI alert (stop reading now for a moment if you don’t want to know): I am still having a bit of looseish bowel movements on and off, and although the Imodium certainly helps, the doctor just wants to figure out the root cause since it’s been going on for a bit longer than a bug would typically cause. So, lucky me got to pick up a stool sample kit containing 4 vials (ick) that I got to fill and return to them to test. That was disgusting. (TMI basically over now, you can resume reading) And then next week, I have an appointment with a gastroenterologist. I’m hoping it’s just something simple like I’m eating too much oily/greasy/fatty food for my gall-bladderless body to handle properly (I had this problem prior to getting pregnant ever since having my gall bladder out in 2005, though pregnancy actually seemed to help it, possibly till now) or maybe just a sudden onset of a food aversion in my body (like dairy or something). I don’t have any other symptoms like nausea or fever and that WBC thing I went to the hematologist for last week has been fairly stable since early pregnancy (and I also think not a high enough value), so I’m hoping that means I don’t have an infection of any kind, and I really don’t know what else it could be, but as always, I’m a bit worried about it. I just want to make sure the baby is safe. He/she is still moving around completely normally, and the movement has been getting stronger, so it seems he/she is doing just fine, but I’m a worrier. On the upside, I think this will add to the case of having an ultrasound at my appointment next week to make sure everything looks good with babet (and getting another peek at the gender)!

No other news really, pregnancy-wise. Chris’s birthday is this weekend, so we’re looking forward to that. He’ll be 29. I’m not sure if we’ll really do much, but we’ll probably go out to dinner somewhere of his choosing and of course, I’ve got gifts for him. Maybe we’ll see a movie, too – he’s been wanting to see Scott Pilgrim vs the World.

Well, since I don’t have much else to write about this week, how about some pictures of baby stuff? We still don’t have a whole lot, since it’ll be a while till the nursery furniture comes and we’ve got our shower on Sept. 5, so I’ll just show you the clothing I’ve picked up so far.

Everything in half of the closet

Everything in half of the closet. The other side of the closet has the new cubby organizer, but nothing in it yet. That box in the very bottom is full of Thumpers - I'm not sure if we'll bring some of them out or not.

Clothes pt 1

A couple pieces of clothing (2 from Maui and several packaged onesies), socks, a hat, pants, and a pair of shoes from my Grandmom!

Thumper set!

I found this at the Disney store! It's blue, but I figure the blue one was more gender neutral than the pink one. It comes with a onesie, pants, hat, bib, cardigan, and baby's first Thumper! I figured it was fitting given Chris's Thumper obsession! 🙂

Clothing pt 2

Some footie clothing! I love the outfits that have cute feet or something on the butt! They're just so cute!!

Clothing pt 3

More clothing. That white outfit on top is one of my favorites. It's so soft and the hood has ears and a bear face plus the feet have bear faces and ears! When I showed it to Chris, even he smiled and said it was "ridiculously adorable". The green onesie next to it is from Disney World and has the Finding Nemo seagulls saying "Mine, Mine, Mine". 🙂

Gender specific stuff

This is my small collection of gender specific stuff. There's so much cute gender specific stuff (and not a whole lot of gender neutral to be found - the stuff in the other pictures is pretty much everything available at Target and Carter's) and I couldn't resist, so I let myself pick up a few of each. No more though till we actually know what we're having (hopefully next week!!). The Mickey and Minnie ones are my favorites - the Mickey onesie has Mickey's yellow buttons on the butt and the Minnie one has a bow on the butt. So cute!

Most of what I have so far is newborn size, which I know the baby will be out of in no time, but I’ve got so little of it, I think it’s ok. I do have a couple 3-6 month things (particularly if it’s short sleeved or Gerber). Once we know whether babet’s a boy or a girl, I’ll probably have a shopping spree in which I’ll get a better mix of sizes (at least the first 2 sizes, I’m sure I can wait for bigger stuff, right?) in actual gender specific stuff (squee!). Any recommendations on how many things I actually need, and how many things per size? I’m sure I’ll go over because I just love how cute it all is, but I figure I should have some sort of guidelines…Also, anything I’m completely missing? I know they make gowns, but they confused me a bit – are they useful? I probably also need a few more hats since babet is due in the winter – maybe a coat or something, too? I do have a variety of materials – mostly cotton, but a couple fleece outfits, a couple outfits that feel like towel material, and that thick wooly bear outfit that’s labeled a “pram”.

How Far Along: 23 weeks!
Baby’s Size: Baby is the
size of a large mango and weighs just over a pound! (Woohoo! Finally over a pound!)
Maternity Clothes:
Yup.
Best Moment this week:
Chris finally felt the baby!! I was so excited! He said it felt weird and I think he still imagines the baby busting through my skin Alien-style, but I think he was happy to feel it. I also tried to show him how the stronger movements make my stomach jump (I don’t quite see movement across my skin or anything, I think I may have too much “padding” for that, lol), but following with how the baby has always been with regards to an audience, the baby stops when he looks.
Gender:
Don’t know.
Movement:
Yup! Getting stronger, too. I like to put a remote control on my belly and watch it bounce a bit. 🙂
Food Craving: Nothing strong, but I’ve been eating a bit more cheese and yogurt this week.
What I miss: Having more energy.

Sleep:
My hips are getting more sore in bed, despite the body pillow cocoon, and I have to switch sides often, which is a pain (and an effort). Once I’m asleep though, I’m good. Unless the cat wakes me by either sitting next to my head and poking me or knocking all the books off our bookshelf till I feed her. So much for that automatic feeder – apparently it doesn’t feed her often enough. But I’m already giving her more than the vet told me to give her, so I can’t give her more! I suppose at least it’s sort of practice for getting up for a hungry baby, if only in the waking up repeatedly aspect.
Belly Button: Still firmly an innie.
What I am looking forward to: An ultrasound next week! Whether it’s in the office or at the 3D place, we’re getting one! Please babet, don’t be shy this time! And of course, be healthy!

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22 weeks!

Blargh. I’m still feeling pretty bad, so this’ll probably just be a quick post. In addition to the tiredness of last week, I’ve been feeling pretty icky since the weekend. I’ve talked to the doctor about my symptoms and after answering “no” to all of the early labor symptom questions, we think I’ve just caught a bug or something. I’m keeping an eye on it, attempting to stay hydrated, and am probably going to do the BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) diet for a few days, and try some Imodium (which I had no idea till today I could take during pregnancy, though that should hint to you what my main symptom is – lovely, huh? I love sharing.). Ugh, I just feel so run down though. I just don’t want to do anything but sit or lay down because when I walk my stomach feels so heavy and I get tired and ickier feeling. I feel decent, but a bit wiped when I’m resting. I think I may have also experienced my first Braxton Hicks contractions (practice contractions), but I’ve only had like 3 over the course of like 4 days, and it’s not painful at all, so no worries. Just feels a little weird. Though it could be a sign of dehydration, which is certainly possible in…my current state…ahem. So, I should drink more water.

I also had my hematology appointment today and it went well (apart from me being sent to the wrong office and then having to go find the right one). I was pleasantly surprised that they did the bulk of the lab work they needed to do right then and there, so I got instant gratification! I’m a worrier, so that was a huge plus for me. The longer I have to wait, the more I stew in negative thoughts. Plus the doctor was really nice and super helpful in explaining absolutely everything going through his head, which was good for me to hear. I like to hear reasons and real explanations rather than just “you’re fine, just trust me”. So basically, the doctor is pretty much positive my WBC count is purely related to pregnancy, as the ob/gyn suggested, and he said it’s quite common. He just wants to retest next month for one more comparative value to make sure it still looks normal, but he expects it will look fine. He also explained that the actual cells look completely normal and mature, which is a good thing, so that’s another big plus. As for my platelets, which I think I may have forgotten to mention last week (basically, my platelets are also slightly elevated, but they have been for as long as I’ve had bloodwork done (and the value has been consistent), which I showed the doctor today, plus my mom has the same thing. My doctors haven’t been concerned before, they’ve always just said it was “my normal”), he thinks that could possibly be iron deficiency, so they had to send one test away to test for that, but if that looks normal, he also thinks it’s “just me” (totally scientific terms there!). Just a tad on the higher end of the bell curve of non-worrisome values – he even assured me that my slightly higher value carries no added risk of anything like clots or really anything else. Again, we’ll retest in a month to make sure it’s not dramatically rising, but since it’s been stable since at least 2002 that I could prove (organized me brought my old results with me!), that would be highly unexpected. So, all in all, the end message was: I’m fine. We’ll retest to make sure, but basically I’m fine. If I’m fine again next time, as expected, case closed. So, I’m happy with that.

How Far Along: 22 weeks!
Baby’s Size: Baby is the
size of a spaghetti squash/papaya and weighs almost a pound!
Maternity Clothes:
Yup.
Best Moment this week:
Blargh, I dunno.
Gender:
Don’t know.
Movement:
Yup!
Food Craving: Nothing this week.
What I miss: The energy I had 2 weeks ago!

Sleep:
Bad. Hard to get comfortable.
Belly Button: Still firmly an innie.
What I am looking forward to: Feeling better?

21 weeks!

Well, this week’s post is a bit later than normal. I’m just feeling super lazy and unmotivated this week. I’ve been a bit tired and my belleh’s been feeling really heavy, so I haven’t really wanted to do a whole lot, despite having lots of things that need to be done.

So first, we had another monthly appointment this week, which went well! Baby’s heart rate was measuring strong at 155 beats/min and this was the first time I had my stomach measured – it was measuring right on track. We also met a new doctor this time, Dr. Clarke, who was also really nice. She’s one of 2 new doctors at the practice, so I kinda took advantage of that and took the opportunity to ask her if I could have another quick ultrasound to get another shot at finding out the gender. She sounded hopeful at first, which makes me think that her previous practice might’ve been a bit more generous with ultrasounds, but after she asked for us, she told us we unfortunately couldn’t this week. But! She did say that we might be able to fudge a reason for one next week – namely my lack of weight gain. Which, on the one hand, I’m all for using that as a “fake excuse” because I know both she and the last doctor I met are not at all concerned at this point about it, since my stomach (as of this week) and the baby (as seen 2 weeks ago in the ultrasound) are measuring perfectly. And on the other hand, 3 weeks from now, it may not actually be such a silly idea just to check to make sure the baby’s still growing just fine anyway, especially if I still haven’t gained weight. So, though I’m not meeting with Dr. Clarke next time (Sept. 1), I will be sure to bring the idea up. So, crossing our fingers for another ultrasound then! I also briefly met another doctor outside the exam room, Dr. Sharawy – it wasn’t a proper introduction or anything (though I’m sure I’ll meet him at a future appointment), but he joined in our conversation about how they should swap out the icky glucose drink for a yummy high-sugar root beer from a place where Chris and I had lunch. He also suggested mashed potatoes, since the carbs can produce a similar result. Anyway, he seemed nice too, which was a relief because I was a bit nervous about the male doctor(s) – I think the doctor I’m meeting next time is a guy, too.

I’ve also got an appointment with a hematologist next week because my white blood cells were running just a tad high (2 points above what I guess they normally see – nothing ridiculous). My doctor was quick to assure me that WBCs do sometimes run a bit higher in pregnancy, so she’s almost positive that’s all it is, but she just wants to be sure – if it were to be anything else, it would be a minor infection, nothing scary. I also looked it up on WebMD (because I’m neurotic) and they had a chart that confirmed that WBCs run higher in pregnancy and that actually, my value was WELL within normal range for 2nd trimester (I also found the same chart on Quest Diagnostics’ website, and they do tons of blood work stuff). So, I’m really not worried. And that is saying a lot, coming from me. I worry about everything.

And that’s about it, baby-wise. As I mentioned, it just seems like there’s so much to do, so I thought I’d make a list – maybe to kind of create a sense of “I need to get this done” for myself.

1. Clean out the garage – Embarrassingly enough, we still have several unpacked boxes (6 months after moving in…) in the garage. It clearly isn’t stuff we need on a regular basis (like Christmas decorations), but I know there’s some tools and electronics out there that used to have a home inside our old house, but we don’t have a tool closet anymore or an office closet (our current office is a large bonus room without a closet, the guest bedroom closet is practically full already, and the nursery closet is obviously out), so I don’t know where to put it all. It would be nice to find the power drill though (not that I haven’t looked for it. I have no idea where it is) – we have a few curtains still to hang in the house. We also have a stack of flat boxes and 3 huge boxes full of packing paper that need to be trashed. The boxes apparently have to be cut down to 3×3 to be put out with the recycling, which neither of us wants to do, and the huge boxes full of packing paper probably could go out with a scheduled bulky item pick up, except that they’re cardboard and bulky item pickup doesn’t take cardboard. And finally, there’s a pile of stuff that we can’t use anymore for various reasons (extra microwave – we have a built in one now, over toilet storage cabinet – no suitable over toilet areas, old CD racks, 3 huge boxes of clothing to donate/sell, etc). I just don’t know what to do with it all – even if I just decide to donate a bunch of it, I don’t know how to get it to the Goodwill (which is actually quite close, but my car is tiny! I’d need to make about 40 trips!). Not to mention, the garage is full of the bane of my existence – spiders. I don’t even want to touch the boxes, lest all the inhabitant spiders come out and consume me. <shudder> But it really has to be done. Chris and I are trading cars in December, and a) it would be nice if we could both park inside and b) even if that doesn’t quite happen, I need to be able to fit his longer car in the garage so he can take my car to work everyday without me having to move his car everyday, and right now I don’t think it would fit. I guess we could both park outside, but that really isn’t ideal. The goal is to get us both inside.

2. Prepping the nursery. There’s not much I can do decor-wise right now – that has to wait till a) we find out the gender (at which point I just need to order a few things already picked out) and b) the nursery furniture arrives in Oct/Nov. So for now, this really just leaves relocating a few small pieces of furniture to the guest room and the walls. Again, Chris can’t paint till we know the gender, but there’s an ugly border that needs to come down, regardless of gender – it’s kind of an old grandma-y floral border. I have the tools I think, but I’ve never removed wallpaper so I’m not sure exactly how it’s done, and I’m not sure I should be teetering around on a ladder while pregnant. On the upside, we did manage to get a little cubby storage unit put together and installed in the closet last weekend, so that’s one thing done!

3. Landscaping. There isn’t much here to be done, but it isn’t anything either of us can do ourselves. I need to call a landscaper to get a quote on fixing/cutting down a few large almost fallen but not broken trees that are somehow growing horizontally in our back yard and fixing up the area around our mailbox (out of control vine, 2 large dead bushes, and a largeish expanse of nothing that is just prone to weeds). I guess this isn’t really too hard – I just need to call someone. But that would require me to call someone. I hate phones and I’m really not a people person – I’m shy and I just get nervous and awkward around people. I guess I just need to suck it up.

I’m sure there’s more. My mind was racing with stuff to do last night. Now just to get it all done…

How Far Along: 21 weeks!
Baby’s Size: I’m replacing “Weight Gain” with this new category. Baby’s growth is all that’s important. I’ll add in my own actual values if I get them (like at the ultrasound at 18.5 weeks, the baby was around 9 oz, I think), but mostly I’ll just use what the little emails I get from BabyCenter and The Bump tell me. This week, baby is the length of a carrot
/banana and weighs about 12 oz!
Maternity Clothes:
Yup.
Best Moment this week:
Just spending time with Chris.
Gender:
Don’t know.
Movement:
Yup! Baby’s moving around a lot, which is still really nice to feel. I tried a few times this week to get Chris to feel it, because I could feel it with my hand from the outside, but he still hasn’t felt it. Most of the time, the baby just stops moving when I want him to feel it. Baby’s being funny again.
Food Craving: Sweet stuff – of course. Crave what you can’t have!
What I miss: Not checking carbs and sugars on nutrition labels.

Sleep:
Meh. Scary baby dreams this week – mostly about the baby being really really tiny (like the size of my pinkie) and having trouble breastfeeding.
Belly Button: Still firmly an innie.
What I am looking forward to: Nothing specifically this week, but maybe getting another ultrasound next month!