Baby D Makes Three

born December 27, 2012

Bump Update: 18 Weeks

How far along? 18 weeks

Baby’s size: Sweet Potato (5.5 in, 5 oz)

Total weight gain: 3.5 pounds (apparently I’m just going to fluctuate back and forth every week for a while :P)

Maternity clothes: maternity shirts are the only shirts that look good on me, although some of the other ones in my closet would still fit me.

Stretch marks? nope 🙂

Sleep: still pretty bad. I can’t get comfortable, and I’m up at least once every night to use the restroom, and at least one other time because my brain decides it’s thinking time 😛 I did have one great night’s sleep this week where I went to bed at 8:30. It was glorious.

Best moment this week: we had an amazingly fun time having friends over to watch the opening ceremony of the olympics on Friday night, and went to J & K’s hosue for a bbq and game night on Saturday night. It was so much fun.

Food cravings: I can’t really pinpoint any real cravings this week.

Food aversions: I was able to eat meat! so I think chicken might be the only one left, but I should probably attempt to eat some soon to verify that.

Gender: the doctor’s appointment is TOMORROW! I am so excited I can hardly stand it. of course we will have to wait until saturday to actually find out 😛

Symptoms: fatigue, round ligament pain, backaches

Belly Button in or out? it is getting shallow 😦

Wedding rings on or off?on

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’ve had some pretty wicked mood swings this week.

Looking forward to: finally knowing the gender of our little one! I cannot wait to start sewing and planning his or her nursery. I can’t wait to see all of my family who are coming in to town for our party either! we feel so blessed so many people want to come celebrate this time with us. I am so excited to find out the gender with all of our family and closest friends. it will be such a fun party.

What I miss: sleeping through the night 😛

Movement: still feeling the flutters sporadically and I think I felt a couple of distinct kicks this week. it was pretty exciting 🙂

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Bump Update: 17 Weeks

oops. you can see the remote 😛

How far along? 17 weeks

Baby’s size: Turnip (5 in, 5 oz)

Total weight gain: 4.5 pounds

Maternity clothes: still rocking the beband, with most things and the stretchy skirts. mostly maternity shirts, however, I have found a few things non-maternity that still “fit.” 😛

Stretch marks? nope 🙂

Sleep: awful this week. I can’t get comfortable, and when I do, I either have to pee, or I fall asleep and immediately have a crazy dream.

Best moment this week: we bought some decorations for our gender reveal party which is only 2 weeks away!

Food cravings: pancakes

Food aversions: still meat. grr. it’s getting old

Gender: won’t know for another 2 weeks. so close but still so far away. 😛

Symptoms: fatigue, round ligament pain, congestion, backache.

Belly Button in or out? in

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: pretty moody this week. I have not been comfortable most of the time.

Looking forward to: continuing to get the house ready for our gender reveal party (I now have to do a little bit here and there, no more powering through or else I get overheated, overexhausted, and dizzy :P).

What I miss: sushi. I’ve really been wanting some this week.

Movement: I’ve been feeling “flutters” but very sporadically, and only when I am laying perfectly still and not doing ANYTHING. can’t wait until it is more pronounced, and more frequent.

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Popped?

either I “popped” overnight, or I wore very pregnant-friendly clothing today. coworkers commented on my noticeable bump. and I felt I looked pregnant every time I passed a mirror. I mean look!

right?

in other weirdness. my cravings today: pancakes and fried ravioli from Paesanos. probably not together though 😛

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Bump Update: 16 Weeks

How far along? 16 weeks

Baby’s size: Avocado (~4-5 in, 3 to 5 oz)

Total weight gain: 3 pounds (I don’t actually think I lost any weight this week, I just think eating chinese food for dinner last week the night before my weigh in skewed things :P)

Maternity clothes: see that shirt I’m wearing? it’s not maternity 😛 I found a couple of shirts in the closet that used to be very loose in the chest and stomach – so they fit perfectly now 😛 also (apparently, I’ve been loving green :P)

Stretch marks? nope. Palmer’s tried to confuse me hugely however, because the bottle of stretch mark lotion I had was in a pink bottle, but when I ran out and went to the store for more, it was no where to be found…because it was in a white bottle this time. tricky.

Sleep: has not been great. I can’t seem to get comfortable, I wake up what seems like a thousand times a night. and the dreams. oh the dreams are weird.

Best moment this week: friends keep telling me I’m showing more and more.

Food cravings: still cinnamon.

Food aversions: still meat, however, I was able to eat a couple of bites of chicken on friday night, hopefully that is a move in the right direction.

Symptoms: fatigue, round ligament pain, and congestion are the worst, and the dreams are creepy. oh, and I’m overheating much easier. but the nausea is mostly gone (yay!) and I didn’t have any headaches this week (double yay!)

Belly Button in or out? in

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: happy, however, the extreme heat this week did leave me with some crankiness too.

Looking forward to: getting my hair cut this week, and having lunch with my mom.

What I miss: being comfortable enough to watch an entire movie without having to move around, or get off the couch altogether 😛

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fear

I can’t tell you how many times in my life I have been asked, “what is your greatest fear?” usually this question is part of an icebreaker of some sort. I have rarely been honest with answering this question. my greatest fear is a hugely intimate detail. I don’t feel there are many people who need to know that much about me during an icebreaker, so I answer with a generic, “spiders, snakes, heights” type of answer. but these are not my greatest fear.

my greatest fear has been with me most of my adolescence and into adulthood. I feared being infertile. the thought of not being able to conceive a child would sometimes cripple me with anxiety. I hoped and prayed, and pleaded this would never come true for me, that I would not have to know that pain. I suffered silently when friends had trouble conceiving, my heart breaking for them, and myself, because it could easily be me next.

when the two lines came up on that pregnancy test I thanked God for being a God of mercy, and love, and giving. I cried tears of joy. I have cherished every nauseating minute of this pregnancy. but it took me 15 weeks to realize my greatest fear was no longer a fear at all, the fear had been removed.

in its place is now sheer terror for my child. I fear that something will happen to him or her. I fear that I could lose him or her. I fear that I won’t be the kind of mother I want to be. I fear that I will make too many mistakes. I fear.

and just like that, a woman’s fear was replaced with a mother’s fear.

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Bump Update: 15 Weeks

How far along? 15 weeks

Baby’s size: Navel orange (~4.5 in, 2 to 3 oz)

Total weight gain: 4 pounds

Maternity clothes: shirts. the stretchy skirts and beband are still my best friends 🙂

Stretch marks? nope

Sleep: better now that I’ve forced convinced hubs to switch sides of the bed. again.

Best moment this week: I’m fairly certain I felt the baby move this week. just once. but it felt like when you are in the pool and someone swims by you and you feel the water move around you. except from the inside. and a little less strong.

Food cravings: cinnamon. anything cinnamon.

Food aversions: still the meat.

Gender: impatiently waiting to find out.

Symptoms: the awful headaches are stupid and I threw up this week 😦

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: happy happy happy 🙂

Looking forward to: feeling baby more.

What I miss: nothing this week.

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strangers say the strangest things

I wish strangers would stop trying to terrify my husband about becoming parents. we are not uniformed when it comes to childbearing. we realize our lives will never be the same. we realize there will be nights with no sleep, and worries, and concerns that don’t plague us now. we are not unprepared. so please stop telling my husband how hard it is going to be to have a baby. I’d rather he not be completely freaked out by the time little one arrives. k? thanks.

In other news, pregnancy brain has hit. hard. I find myself standing, wondering why I’ve gotten up in the first place. I have resorted to leaving myself post-it notes so as to not forget the ONE thing I am responsible for bringing with me to a barbeque. or so that I don’t sit at my desk for 3 hours wondering, just what was I working on before I left the office yesterday.

in all the reading I did to prepare for this pregnancy, I learned sleeping on your back is a no-no somewhere in the second trimester, and sleeping on your stomach is uber uncomfortable, so that leaves your sides. I also read that the left side is more preferable to the right – something to do with blood flow, I don’t remember (see previous paraghraph). but I have always been a right side of the bed, right side of my body (if I’m on my side at all) sleeper. I can’t face the middle of the bed. it weirds me out (I know. I am the weird one. I’m used to it). so when we found out we were expecting, I immediately forced hubs to switch sides of the bed with me so that I could ‘train’ myself to sleep on my left side. it was miserable. I toss and turn, I wake up to adjust myself constantly, and I have aches and pains I never had before. the only good sleep I was getting was on those mornings when hubs would get up early to go biking, and leave the bed to me. what made this good sleep? I would turn to the middle of the bed, on my right side, and find perfect comfort. I finally determined sleeping on my left side is miserable, and the fact that I am tired and uncomfortable, and downright sleep deprived cannot be better for baby than my getting a good night sleep. so I switched sides of the bed with hubs again (sorry babe, thank you for being so accomodating of the crazy). I slept sooo much better last night and felt amazing when I woke up.

::end ramble:: 😛

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the big reveal

finally. I’m going to write down how we announced our pregnancy to some of our favorite people. 🙂

telling our family and friends we are expecting was so much fun. I knew I wanted us to do something creative, but I wasn’t sure what, so I turned to our trusty friend, google, and came up with a plan.

for my mom, and J’s mom and dad, we decided to do a present. we wrapped a picture frame that said “grandkids” for my mom. when she opened it, she seemed pretty suprised (she threw the frame on the couch to come give me a hug). for J’s mom, we wrapped a bib that said “I love Grandma” and because she is alrady a grandma, we included a picture of the pregnancy test. when she opened the bib, she said “you’re expecting aren’t you?” excitement all around.

there were some people we weren’t able to see in person, so we told over the phone, or on skype if available.

for everyone else, we decided to take pictures. the plan was that I would ask to take a picture and tell everyone to “say cheese” then take a picture. then I would say, “oh we need another shot, this time say, ‘Kaitlin’s Pregnant!'” and start snapping away with the camera to make sure I got a good surprised shot. the first couple of people we got, I didn’t have my nice new cannon, so they were taken with my cell phone.

J’s sister and brother-in law, J & K:

J & K, “say cheese”

J & K, say, “Kaitlin’s Pregnant!”

My dad and brother, T & D:

T & D before

T & D after

J’s gramma:

only an after for gramma

bible study:

before

yay!

friends at my birthday party:

you are?!

this was so fun, especially now that I have photos of everyone’s reaction to show our little one someday just how much he/she was loved from the start.

on father’s day, I posted our happy news on facebook wishing hubby a happy father’s day and included an ultrasound photo.

we couldn’t be happier with the support and love we have received from everyone on our happy news.

 

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Bump Update: 14 Weeks

How far along? 14 weeks

Baby’s size: lemon (this one confused me because I thought a peach was bigger than a lemon but apparently it has nothing to do with the diameter of the fruit, it’s all in the length, so a lemon is longer than a peach :P)

Total weight gain: 2.5 pounds

Maternity clothes: same couple of shirts, the beband helps me continue to wear my jeans, but other than that, it’s stretchy skirts for me

Stretch marks? nope. I did panic a little last night because I thought I saw one, but it was just a mark from laying on a blanket on the couch 😛

Sleep: not sleeping well this week at all, which isn’t helping anything

Best moment this week: seeing our little one again on the ultrasound. love.

Food cravings: nothing new this week

Food aversions: still not able to eat meat. hopefully that passes soon.

Gender: we are hoping to be able to find out at our next ob appointment 🙂

Symptoms: this week was HORRIBLE headaches. I had a migraine monday/tuesday and had a horrible headache for the rest of the week. the nasuea was back in full force, and I’m still tired all of the time. plus round ligament pain/growing pains in my uterus.

Belly Button in or out? in

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: this week, I was pretty cranky and moody, from not feeling well though, so hopefully I will feel better this week.

Looking forward to: spending the 4th of July poolside, barbequeing with family and friends.

What I miss: sleeping on my stomach – I’ll wake up at night becasue I’ve rolled onto my stomach and it hurts 😛

 

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