Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Week 15: Felt that little one!

Goodbye nausea and hello heartburn! Ha! But you know what? I'll take this heartburn over the nausea any day! It's not that the upset stomach is over, just better. I don't typically feel like I'm going to vomit now as I just feel kind of yucky off and on all day. And most of those times I can appease it with food, though not always. But like I said, I'd rather have the heartburn. A little Tums or Zantac and it only sticks around 30min or so. Also, I just mentioned in my last post that my skin had been nice and clear. No longer! I suddenly can't stop breaking out. Boo!

Week 15 was pretty busy. I already wrote about my midwife visit so I won't repeat that. I'm supposed to find out the sex of the baby on Sept. 21. However, I just found out that I have to work that day (I nanny a little boy, usually twice weekly) so I'm going to have to move it. Hopefully it'll still be close to that day! In addition to seeing the midwife, my husband and I were busy with a wedding. We do premarital counseling through our church and being a pastor, my husband periodically marries the couples as well. So Friday night we had a really yummy dinner at a local restaurant. I ate WAY too much and was very uncomfortable. Well, I guess it made Little Bit uncomfy too because not once but twice I felt very noticeable kicks/jabs in my lower belly. Though I could always be wrong, I'm pretty certain those were the first noticeable movements I've felt this pregnancy. Hands down, my favorite part of pregnancy is feeling the baby move. To me, there is just something so amazing about having a tiny human growing and moving inside of me.

Then Saturday night we had the wedding for the couple. It was an outside, country wedding and was so cute! The food there was fabulous as well. Now that food isn't making me so queasy, I'm eating more and therefore dealing with heartburn. Monday night, I took my mom to see a Mercy Me concert up at the Kentucky State Fair. It's been a while since I've been to a concert. After a lot of walking, we enjoyed a great concert in a stadium with beautiful weather!

Speaking of weather, it's finally cooled down here a bit in Kentucky. It's been in the 80's with the occasional breeze versus 90s-100s! I LOVE the fall! I'm sure we'll still get a few more heat spurts before it's over but for now, I'm enjoying it.

Until next time...

Take Care,

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Week 14: Return of Nausea and Fatigue

The beginning of this week brought an increase in my nausea and fatigue... not cool at all! The first couple of days were a bit of a struggle. These last few days have been a bit better but still battling off and on during the day, and peaking at night. I keep telling myself the nausea has got to be over sooner or later. Then I've noticed feeling a bit more tired as well. Maybe that's partly due to the increase in nausea. Maybe I've just been busier. Not sure really. I nanny a little boy (who's currently 20mo old), twice weekly. Occasionally I have his 3yr old brother too. Last week I did have them both (on top of my 3yr old and 15mo old). It was a long day. :) The 20mo old learned how to crawl out of the play pen instead of taking his required afternoon nap. That didn't go over real well. His mom is going to bring a canopy next time. Fun stuff!

Other than that, not much exciting happened so I'm going to 'cheat' a little and tell you about my first day of week 15 (my midwife visit). :) It was super short and sweet. Blood pressure great (112/66), weight gain good (3.2lbs since last visit 4wks ago), and heartbeat sounding nice and clear this time. For some strange reason, I actually enjoy my prenatal visits. It's not like I do anything fun while I'm there. It's just that every visit gives me the reassurance I need that things are still moving along well. I'm already having a noticeable amount of pressure 'down there' so I mentioned that to her. She said it was very common with third pregnancies or more. My tummy is having a much more difficult time digesting food this go around so that's not been fun either. Then the fact that everyone keeps commenting on how 'little' weight I've gained or how 'tiny' I still am really bothers me. I wanted to make sure my midwife wasn't concerned. She said I can 'blame' the small tummy on a long torso and the fact that I'm only 15weeks along (which is what I keep trying to remind everyone). She said my uterus measures exactly where it should.

My next appointment is not scheduled for five weeks but it's done that way so they can do the ultrasound at the same time. For some reason, they prefer to wait until 20 weeks to do the anatomy scan. SO, September 21st is the big day if the baby cooperates! James and I are hoping for another girl this time, partly for practical reasons and partly cause I want Hannah to have a sister somewhat close in age. My sister and I are 18mo apart and I couldn't imagine it any different. Hannah will already be nearly 4 years older even if it is a girl. We'll see. We'll obviously be happy either way. A girl will be Sophia Joy and a boy will be Daniel Brian.

In my last post, I mentioned Hannah getting used to being without her beloved blanket for sleep times. She had a rough first few days but is doing great now so that's good news!

Until next time...

Take Care,

Monday, August 9, 2010

Week 13: Pregnancy Comparisons

Ready for some fun? Time for some pregnancy comparisons. :) First, the picture:
The funny part - I'm wearing a sweater in the beginning of August when it was nearly 100 degrees outside of my house. Ha! That's because I love the readers enough to give you a true comparison picture. I just think it's fun. As you can tell, I definitely have a bit more of a 'pooch' this go around then I did with my last two. I feel way bigger right now then I was then, when it fact, pound for pound, I weigh much less. For some crazy reason, with Hannah and Benjamin's pregnancies, I gained nearly 13lbs in the FIRST trimester. Yeah... you read that right. This time, I only gained 3 (which is normal, you're supposed to gain 3-5 or something like that). That and the fact that I started out weighing a bit less when I got pregnant this time really confuses me. So my assumption as to the belly - few ab muscles. :) I really don't mind anyway... I prefer to be at the stage of pregnancy where people can 'tell' I'm pregnant and not just wonder if it's leftovers from the other 2. Then again, no strangers have openly guessed I am pregnant yet.

So... more comparisons. Nausea and sickness-wise, this pregnancy has been almost identical to my last (with my son Benjamin). As far as timing, intensity and so forth, that is. So far my face has not broken out. With Benjamin, it broke out like I was a teenager again. With Hannah, I had amazingly clear skin - about like now. Emotionally, I think my hormones are starting to level out. I've always been an easy crier but it seems to be back to normal again.

I've had a few nights difficulty sleeping well. I'm falling asleep okay but waking up very often throughout the night for no apparent reason. Of course half the time I've rolled onto my back (I'm a side sleeper) and I'm not comfortable. Maybe that's part of it.

Today we decided to take my daughter's beloved blankets and replace them with a "Build a Bear" gift. She sleeps while sucking on the edges of the blanket and has since she was 1. We wouldn't mind for her to continue if she didn't keep it in her mouth. It just gets really gross and has to be washed constantly - obviously not hygienic. She was super excited this morning as we made the trip very special (we've never been to Build-a-Bear). She chose a gray kitty cat and had a lot of fun with it. However, when nap time came, all excitement was out the door and she was incredibly upset. Pray for a smooth transition as there will probably be a few rough sleep times.

I guess that's it for now! Until next time...

Take Care,

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Week 12: Back Home and Exhausted

What a blur week twelve was! We had lots to do in Hawaii and little time to rest in between. Considering it will not be likely that we'll be visiting again anytime in the near future, we tried to hit a lot of the good 'places to go.' My in-laws live in Kailua, Oahu, which apparently is known to have the best beaches. Beach-wise, we went to Ala Moana, Kailua and the well known Lanikai (which had the softest sand I've ever felt in my life). We also walked up Waikiki beach en route to the aquarium. We 'accidentally' hiked a total of 4 miles up and down Makapu'u in flip flops, wearing no sun screen, with no water or food, and with the 2 kiddos in the double stroller. Long story short...there was a misunderstanding. We thought we were just going a short distance to see a lighthouse land mark, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into! We spent two Sundays and a Wednesday evening at my in-laws church (Kailua Baptist). It was good getting to know the people there and we were very blessed. Not only were my sis-in-law and her husband there, my mother-in-law and father-in-law were there for the ordination ceremony as well. So we had a great deal of time to spend with the family and were very blessed by them all in many, many ways! I won't go into all of the things we did while we were there because it would take up too much space. But we had fun. The plane rides back were way harder than the ones there. We were exhausted, the kids did not sleep as well as I'd hoped and even when they did, it was nearly impossible for James and I to fall asleep. Our second flight took about 45 minutes longer than planned because of bad weather and Benjamin cried nearly the entire (almost 2 hr) flight. I hated having 'that kid' on a tiny plane. We returned to find our one checked bag never left Chicago and that took a while to sort through the paperwork (fortunately it was delivered to us the very same day)! LONG DAY. We are now trying our best to catch up on rest. Gladly, we have some off days here at the house and have been laying around a lot.

So baby-wise... nausea continues to be touch and go but WAY better than it was. The Zophran was definitely a life saver in Hawaii. I tried to only take it once per day and occasionally I didn't take it at all. I actually did not get physically sick until the very end of our time there. Then, it was probably lack of rest and continued change of diet. I continued to have tummy troubles until we returned home but things seem to be normal again there. :) I've been super tired but I have no doubt that is due to jet lag (6hr time difference) and pure fatigue from doing so much while we were there. Now I'm trying to get the house back in order and I need to make a grocery run. Life in the fast lane again!

I'll close with the pictures of Hawaii I've been promising. Enjoy!!!

Take Care,

Hawaii Pictures!