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.
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!