Tuesday, September 28, 2010
On the more surprising side of things was my weight gain. So far, I'd only gained 3lbs. Well, add 5 weeks of less nausea and an increased appetite and add NINE pounds! Holy moly! My midwife gave me the benefit of a doubt and suggested a pound or two could probably be attributed to the nearly 30oz of water I drank before my ultrasound. She didn't seem overly concerned and neither am I. So far I've gained 12lbs and I'm 21wks. With my other two kids, I gained 13lbs in the first trimester alone! In the end, I gained 29 with my daughter and 31 with my son. So we'll see. I started off at 118lbs and 5'6 so I could stand to gain a little anyway. :)
Other vitals and everything were great. That's always a nice thing. I guess the next big and non-exciting test will be the glucose screening. I failed it the first time with my son and passed it with flying colors the second time. I'm quite certain my breakfast played a part that day. I'm going to request to do it fasting the first time to keep from having to mess with a retest for no good reason. Hopefully they'll let me.
We went out of town for my nephew's 5th birthday party this weekend. It was a very short trip as we left Friday morning and returned Saturday night (it's about a 4hr drive with kids). By God's grace, both kids did really well overall with the driving. My husband had to work so it was just me with them. On Saturday morning, I got nauseous out of the blue. That hasn't happened in a while. I ate a peanut butter sandwich and drank some Sprite. After about an hour or so, it passed. That was a blessing.
Until next time...
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
So what did he actually say? Well, he's not sure what's causing it though he doesn't believe it's structural (blockage, etc.) based on my symptoms and other factors. The ECHO will confirm that. He did seem to think it's pregnancy related - though not serious. He said my heart is likely just working harder with this fourth pregnancy. So...though uncomfortable, another doc says it's likely not serious. That's hopeful. We'll see if anything comes up with the heart monitor or ECHO.
Babywise... little Sophia is finally doing some flips. :) I say finally because I felt it was forever before she really started making 'noticeable' movements. I LOVE feeling the baby move during pregnancy. That is by far my favorite part. Now that being said, they can certainly make you uncomfortable at times but I still like it overall. It's such a joy and seems so miraculous to me. By the time I write next, I'll be able to give all the fun info from my midwife visit. We have our 20 wk ultrasound and I always love watching that. It's also reassuring if there are no health issues of course. I'm always curious to see how 'average' the baby is in size. I tend to have slightly smaller children (my hubby is Asian and 5'3") so that's fun too. A confirmation of the baby's sex from another doctor will be great too. You hear so many stories of the sex being wrong. I can't imagine! As much as we're aware, she's a Sophia!
I've also included a picture of me taken at 19wks and 3 days. There's no missing the belly!
Until next time...
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
At first, Little Bit wasn't in the best viewing position. From what he saw then, he thought it was probably a girl but didn't confirm yet. He explained sometimes at this stage, a little boy's 'parts' may not have descended yet and it was hard to tell for sure based on the baby's position. We continued to check out other important aspects of the baby to reveal a beautiful head, brain formation, heart chambers, etc. The placenta is in a good place so no fear of Previa. Then, the baby moved around a bit on her own to give us a crystal clear shot of her 'parts'. The doctor told us that while little boy's could often hide their 'stuff,' he was fairly certain there was no where for this baby to be hiding anything! He confidently told us we were having another little girl! We're super excited and so is our daughter. Our next big excitement will be seeing Sophia Joy's beautiful face early next year!
All that said, I'm convinced that a few more pregnancy 'wives tales' are simply myths.
#1: A woman's 'boy' pregnancies will be distinctive from her 'girl' pregnancies. False. So far, in many more ways than not, this pregnancy has mirrored that of my son's. And... she's not a boy.
#2: A woman can just 'feel' whether or not she's having a boy or girl. False (and don't get testy on me here, hehe). I've now been pregnant 4 times (though we lost the second early on). I'm one for three in the guessing game as I've 'felt' all the pregnancies were boys. You have a 50/50 shot at guessing right - some of you are just good guessers. :)
I feel like I've suddenly ballooned in size. Really, it's as if I woke up with a belly one day. I'll try to take an updated picture soon. My cardiologist appointment is Thursday so I'll update on that when I can. So far, my heart issues have been touch and go. Pretty regular for about a week and then barely noticeable the last two days... so that's a praise.
Until next time, take care!
Monday, September 6, 2010
Sleep is going a bit better. Still waking up but not as often. Heartburn about the same. I'm doing a better job of watching my intake though so that's helpful.
I've felt the baby a tad bit more this week. That's really good since I haven't been feeling well. I do worry that after switching to a midwife, I'll still end up having to go to the OB now that I've got a 'heart issue.' (And may I clarify - I'm not anti-OB, I just switched offices specifically to have these particular midwives, that's all). :) My cardiologist appointment is before my next midwife visit so at least I'll have something a little more concrete. At that point, I guess I'll find out if I'm considered high risk.
So all this sounds so negative and I guess on the health side, it is. However, the week itself was not bad. We had a weekend of gorgeous weather here in Louisville. In one day I went shopping with my mom and the kids, went on a picnic and to the park, flew a kite with my daughter and painted finger and toenails with her. Sunday we went to church as a family, ate a great lunch at Qdoba (my favorite place!), took a nice, long, breeze-filled afternoon nap and rested in the evening. It was a great weekend! This coming week, my husband and I celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary so that's exciting! Even in the midst of uncertainty and heartache (literally, hehe), God has been good in bringing me joy.
Until next time...
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I did get my ultrasound rescheduled and it's only a day later. So September 22nd is the planned day. James and I were talking about it again the other day. Though we both kind of want another girl, we're both pretty convinced it's a boy. The pregnancy has been most similar to that with Benjamin, for whatever that's worth. Then again, I've thought all of my pregnancies were boys... hehe We'll just have to wait and see. I'm really excited to see the ultrasound too just because I don't feel the baby all that much. I remember feeling Benjamin much more by this point in the pregnancy. It'll just be nice peace of mind.
One of my closest college friends came and visited during week 16. That was nice. The last time I saw her was under sad circumstances as she lost her second child to SIDS. It was nice to chat, get to know each other better as mamas and have our husbands involved as well. Before then, she didn't really know my husband well because they haven't lived here since I got married.
In the next week or two, I plan to begin preschool homeschooling our daughter Hannah. We're using Sonlight's P4/5 curriculum and I'm pretty excited about it. I've been prepping myself and arranging our schedule to fit it in to our day to day routines. We're also starting a homeschool co-op on September 13th so I'm really looking forward to that.
Benjamin has been pretty miserable this week trying to cut a tooth. I've been able to see the tooth right under his gum line for about a week now. He started drooling again, had a low fever for a few days, constantly has something shoved in his mouth and has been crying like it's the end of the world. We took him to the doc just to rule out anything else (which she did), so we're just waiting. I feel bad for the little guy but it's been very draining on Mommy as well. :)
I think that's enough for now! Until next time...