Sunday, October 27, 2013

Ticker Change Day: 24 Weeks!

Weekly Survey

  • How far along?: 24 Weeks
  • Total weight gain: I'll find out on Wednesday: starting weight was 126.
  • How big is baby?: Is just about a foot long now. I believe it is a tradition to consume a foot-long sub sandwich or hot dog in baby’s honor at this point. I also believe I just made that up.
  • Maternity clothes?: Yep
  • Stretch marks?: I should stop looking for them. I do lotion every day and coconut oil when I'm feeling particularly itchy, but really, there's nothing I can do about it.
  • Sleep?: Allergies have died down and I've gotten over the cold LM brought home from school, so it's getting back to normal.
  • Best moment this week/Milestones?: VIABILITY DAY!!! The weight of paranoia is lifting
  • Movement?:Starting to get predictable; looks like this tiny one is working himself out a routine. Unfortunately, most of his beebopping happens when I'm trying to rest.
  • Food cravings?: Mmm FOOD!
  • Belly button in or out?: It's mostly flat, but still a little concave.
  • What I miss: Good sex. Perhaps I should be happy that we're having sex at all because at this time with LM I was four weeks into pelvic rest and going crazy. I hate to say it, but it pretty much sucks right now. We've cut way back from our pre-baby routine (which is understandable and not really the problem), but why does it feel like a hot poker? And once I get past that, why can't I get to my freaking orgasm!? MyLovf is being so patient with me and I know he's doing everything he can think of to get me there, but it's just not happening! None of the usual tricks work and all the new stuff we've tried just isn't doing it. I don't know what to do at this point and I am not happy :(
  • What I'm looking forward to: We have an appointment on Wednesday, but I don't think it's going to be that exciting. I'm really looking forward to Halloween. LM wanted to be Wall-E, so mama went on a mission to find a reasonably priced one... no such luck. I ended up making it myself, and it turned out so flippin' cute! Definitely patting myself on the back :)
  • Developments: Baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at about 1 1/3 pounds. Since he's almost a foot long, he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.
Belly Pic!

And because I still have the same dress:

Pregnancy #1 vs. Pregnancy #2


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ticker Change Day: 23 Weeks

Weekly Survey

  • How far along?: 23 Weeks
  • Total weight gain: ?: starting weight was 126.
  • How big is baby?: A tad bigger than last week! Are you sensing a pattern!? Goodness, I never realized how boring this stretch of pregnancy is, what with the “close to a pound, just over a pound, 11 inches long, 11 2/3 inches long” comparisons week after week.
  • Maternity clothes?: Yep
  • Stretch marks?: I think I'm still only sporting the ones from LM.
  • Sleep?: Not so good the last couple of days. Allergies have hit me hard and I can't freakin' breathe! I've only tried Benadryl so far, but it's not helping much. I'm going to try Claritin today.
  • Best moment this week/Milestones?: A friend of ours from California sent us a BUNCH of stuff including the exact same car seat model that I got last month. I took the one I bought right back to Babies R Us and saved myself $150! Yay for not taking that bad boy out of it's box! I think I'll put some of the money I saved toward a cute diaper bag backpack :)
  • Movement?: Yeppers. Mostly at night though. It's a long day waiting for this little guy to get moving, but once he does, it's like a dance party in my ute. Upside to it is that MyLovf is around to feel it.
  • Food cravings?: Mmm FOOD!
  • Belly button in or out?: It's flattening out!
  • What I miss: Erm...hmm...
  • What I'm looking forward to: Viability day! One.more.week!
  • Developments: The pancreas is kicking into gear and blood vessels continue to develop in the lungs. Lung development is a Big Thing right now, since babies born around 24 weeks gestation can often survive outside the womb. 23 weeks is pretty questionable, and 24 weeks certainly isn’t a peachy keen time to be born or anything, but still. If you’re the morbid sort who gets a tiny bit of comfort knowing that your baby has a fighting chance If Something Terrible Were To Happen, well, there you go.
  • Other Stuff: 
    • In listening to my mom talking to my brother on the phone, I am starting to worry that she thinks she's going to have a super active role in this baby's day-to-day including putting him to bed "every night"... I wonder what I'm going to be doing? If I know myself (and I think I do), this is going to cause problems. I tend to be kind of selfish about the things I push out my brittney and I can't stand people overstepping boundaries with my kids.
    • My grandma on Friday. It took everything in me not to say anything or push her away. I HATE IT! What makes it worse is that she and my mom KNOW that I don't like stuff like that and they do it anyway! Agh! WTF?
    • LM asks me multiple times per day "What's the baby doing?" Me: "Eating/Wiggling/Kicking me" LM: "That's what babies do?" Me: "Yep, that's what babies do!" The way he says it though, is so adorable. I gotta get it on film :)
Belly Pic!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Ticker Change Day: 22 Weeks

Weekly Survey

  • How far along?: 22 Weeks
  • Total weight gain: ?: starting weight was 126.
  • How big is baby?: At 11 inches, baby is about the length of a Barbie but weighs about a pound and doesn’t have big boobs and unachievable body proportions.
  • Maternity clothes?: Yep
  • Stretch marks?: I haven't noticed any new ones; I'm hoping that I'm not just deluding myself...
  • Sleep?: I've been having some weird dreams lately. I don't remember them, but I wake up knowing they were weird. I'm also not feeling as rested, so it must be effecting my sleep more than I realize.
  • Best moment this week/Milestones?: Both DH and LM have felt outside kicks. I don't know how much longer I'll be able to deny their happening to everyone else and I am not looking forward to other people's hands on my stomach.
  • Movement?: I had a tense morning/afternoon on Friday. I hadn't felt any kicking and all the old tricks weren't working. I was just starting to get worked up when he got moving again. Talk about relief! I dunno if he was just taking an extra long nap or what, but he needs to not do that to me again!
  • Food cravings?: Mmm FOOD!
  • Belly button in or out?: Starting to get a little stretched out.
  • What I miss: Erm...hmm...
  • What I'm looking forward to: Viability day! Just two more weeks :)
  • Developments:  He has real eyebrows and eyelashes now (hoping they're as long as his brother's and daddy's!), which is more than we can say for Barbie – suck on that, doll! He's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises still lack pigment. He can  perceive light and dark, hear your voice, your heartbeat, your gurgling stomach, and the whoosh-whoosh of blood circulating through your body. As his brain and nerve endings develop, he may reach for his face (or whatever he can reach) just to experiment with his newfound sense of touch.
  • Other Stuff: 
    • The other day, LM put a sticker on my belly that I totally did not see until someone pointed it out to me. It had to've been there the better part of the day. I about died laughing :)  
    • LM has his first school picture day on Monday. I cannot believe this is about to happen! 
    • I can feel myself turning into a raging bitch, but can't seem to get a handle on it even when I'm conscious of it happening. Every.little.thing grates on my nerves and I just want to scream and throw things and then lock myself in my room and not talk to anyone. Obviously, I can't do that, but I want to.
    • I'm feeling Braxton Hicks contractions on and off now. I don't like them. Thankfully, I only get two or three and then they stop.
Belly Pic!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Ticker Change Day: 21 Weeks

Weekly Survey

  • How far along?: 21 Weeks!
  • Total weight gain: 135: starting weight was 126.
  • How big is baby?: According to the u/s tech, baby is just a couple of ounces shy of a pound and is about 10½  inches long. That's close to the size of the worlds largest gummy bear, although, the gummy bear is a lot heavier (5 pounds) – I like the reference better than a banana.

  • Maternity clothes?: Yes!
  • Stretch marks?: It rubs the lotion on the skin ;)
  • Sleep?: Still good when LM isn't kicking me. He's been making his way to our bed in the middle of the night. Not so fun to get woken up by a kick to the head.
  • Best moment this week/Milestones?: We went to the anatomy scan on Thursday and everything is absolutely perfect. The tiny one is measuring two days ahead, which puts me in on Valentine's Day, but since it's only a two day difference, they didn't officially change my due date. The heart is beating away at 158 beats per minute! MyLovf was very close to missing the entire scan. Usually he beats me to the office, but traffic was horrible on the way and he was running late. My midwife's office however, was not. That is one thing I lovf (and now hate) about them. They are extremely punctual. If you're scheduled for a 4:00 appointment, that's when they're taking you back. I was texting him frantically trying to find out where he was and he wasn't answering! He finally called me while I was already in the room. I asked her to stay away from the money shots until he got there and she was happy to oblige, as well and going slowly to get the pics she needed. He ran through the door as she was finishing up, but she was nice enough to go back and quickly show him everything again. We got some awesome pictures.

  • Movement?: More and more every day!
  • Food cravings?: Nothing really this week.
  • Belly button in or out?: Same
  • What I miss: Having our bed to ourselves.
  • What I'm looking forward to: The tech told us that we would be getting another scan at 28 weeks! I was surprised, I wasn't expecting to see LO again before February, but they're going to be doing a much more extensive 3D scan (we only got two 3D pics this last time). We didn't have that option at all with LM and I'm excited for the experience!
  • Developments: Baby is steadily gaining fat to keep warm. Growth rate is slowing down but organ systems, like digestion, are continuing to mature. A waxy film, called the vernix caseosa, is being produced by your baby's oil glands and covers the skin to keep it supple in the amniotic fluid. Buds for permanent teeth are beginning to form.
Belly Pic!

Yep, the tech was right at our 12 week scan!

I cannot be more thrilled! While a little girl would have been really exciting, in the deepest, most secret places of my heart I was hoping for another boy. I think because my sister and I were such teenage terrors compared to my brothers; I didn't want to go through what my mother went through.

I guess my name post from a couple months ago was an all-for-nothing freak-out. We've got the middle name for this little guy locked down and have two front runners for the first name. I prefer one over the other and MyLovf likes them both equally. He even said he could flip a coin and be happy with either, so I'm thinking that means it's up to me... yes? I'm thinking yes ;) He technically picked out LM's name, so this one is mine, right? LOL