Baby D Makes Three

born December 27, 2012

third trimester!

I am officially in the third trimester now!

I’m having a hard time believing we are already 2/3 of the way done with this pregnancy. I mean, wasn’t it yesterday that two pink lines were appearing on that first response test? I have to say before I get too deep into the third trimester (as I’m told it can get pretty uncomfortable), that I LOVE being pregnant. even through all of the aches and pains and discomforts. it has been such an amazing experience for me. I am so thankful to have had such a good pregnancy.

my second trimester was so much fun. we found out we are having a little girl! and she started moving very regularly. J felt her kick. and we painted the nursery. J and his dad put in wood laminate flooring, and the baseboards were put in. we purchased blinds, and furniture. and just this past weekend, the furniture was put together. we bought a mattress for baby girl’s crib on saturday night. we also bought a super cute lamp. morning sickness all but disappeared. people started noticing I am pregnant and not just hitting the cupcakes a little too hard. and while I still have boughts of round ligament pain when I’m walking at a brisk pace (excercising), I haven’t had any when I’m just sitting for weeks. the biggest problem I’ve had in the second trimester is pretty bad backache. but I definitely count myself lucky that is my biggest complaint.

there are so many things that I’m looking forward to in the third trimester as well. my baby shower. and taking the classes the hospital has to offer. getting rounder especially when sitting and laying down (my stomach spreads out and widens when I do either of these, so I don’t look pregnant anymore :P). and baby’s kicks being visable from the outside. continuing my sewing and crochet projects for baby. meeting our baby girl!  

I am nervous about the elevated level of discomfort I have been promised is forthcoming. as excited as I am for baby girl to come, I am anxious about the process of getting her here. I’m hopeful that the hospital class will help with that. it’s really just a fear of the unknown. I have silly concerns as well. like not being able to shave my legs or tie my shoes.

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Bump Update: 20 Weeks – Half Baked!

How far along? 20 weeks – we are half way there!

Baby’s size: Small Cantelope (6.5 in, 10 oz)

Total weight gain: 6.5 pounds (baby and I both had a growth spurt this week :P)

Maternity clothes: yes!

Stretch marks? none yet 🙂

Sleep: I slept through an entire night without getting up two nights ago! it was fantastic

Best moment this week: I finished baby girl’s first baby blanket (pic below). I’m still learning my sewing machine, so it isn’t perfect, but I love it, and I can’t wait for our daughter to snuggle with it. it is a super soft cotton on top with owls on it, pink minky on the back, with a colorful cotton ruffle around the edges.

Food cravings: nothing really this week

Food aversions: nothing this week either

Gender: GIRL!

Symptoms: backaches, round ligament pain, fatigue

Belly Button in or out? still holding in there

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: feeling pretty moody this week

Looking forward to: we are painting the nursery next weekend!

What I miss: nothing

Movement: still very sporadic, and I can’t find a pattern to her wake time yet 😛

Doctor’s appointment: not for a couple more weeks

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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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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.


Bump Update: 13 Weeks

How far along: 13 weeks (second trimester baby!)

Baby’s size: peach

Total weight gain: 1 pound

Maternity clothes: more and more. buttoning jeans is now a thing of my past.

Stretch marks? nope 🙂

Sleep: hasn’t been great, and the dreams are so vivid

Best moment this week: got a little shopping in

Food cravings: strawberry cream cheese, and strawberries

Food aversions: meat. all meat.

Gender: no clue. going to ask the dr. when we can find out on wednesday 🙂

Symptoms: fatigue and nausea (although that little gem has eased up considerably in the past few days), what I’m assuming is round ligament pain, and a little bit of light headed/dizziness if I get up too quickly, or stand still too long

Belly Button in or out? in

Wedding rings on or off?: on

Happy or Moody most of the time: I think I was more moody this week. I took things WAY too personally 😛

Looking forward to: our next dr. appointment is on wednesday. can’t wait to see our little one again 🙂

What I miss: sleeping comfortably

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baby doctor drama

we had our official initial ob appointment today. they asked all of the medical and family history questions and we probed more about ultrasounds. my ob does not have an ultrasound machine in her office, which means to have one done, we will need to be referred elsewhere. she also told me the only ultrasound she will do is between 18 and 22 weeks. we can get one from 10-13 weeks if we decide to do the first trimester screen for chromosomal disorders.

everyone we know had regular ultrasounds, and we are feeling a little deprived. we want to see/hear our little one. so since we are going to have to switch obs at around 24 weeks anyway, we may start the search for our final ob sooner rather than later to try to find an ob who will do more regular ultrasounds.

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Bump Update: 5 Weeks

How far along? 5 weeks (technically today I am 5 weeks 2 days, but the picture was taken at 5 weeks)

Baby’s size: orange seed

Total weight gain: none yet

Maternity clothes? nope, not yet 🙂

Stretch marks? no

Sleep: need more. exhaustion hit hard this week

Best moment this week: getting the Big Fat Positive on the Pregnancy Test

Food cravings: anything salty

Food aversions: not yet

Gender:  your guess is as good as mine 🙂

Symptoms: queasy, pretty much all the time but especially if I got even a little hungry, exhausted, sweet tooth turned to salty tooth (ranch for breakfast?), bloated, STARVING, dizzy, light-headed, shaky

Belly Button:  Innie

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: so happy.

Looking forward to: being able to tell people

What I miss: nothing yet 🙂

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maybe Christmas baby

you are getting two posts today. yup two. because I’ll do anything to avoid work I’m feeling generous.

yesterday’s  appointment went well. the blood work and the doctor’s urine test both confirmed the pregnancy. the doctor estimates the due date to be December 26, 2012, which means I am 5 weeks, 2 days pregnant today. we learned my doctor no longer does the labor and delivery part of ob, so after the 2nd trimester, she would refer me to one of her colleagues who does. what she does do though, is pediatrics. she comes to the hospital within 12 hours on the birth to start caring for baby. I think that is awesome. we may look for someone who specializes in pediatrics, however, right now, I’m thinking it would be pretty convenient to have my doctor also be baby’s doctor, so we’ll see. I was disappointed to learn that my health insurance only pays for one ultrasound, which will be performed around 18-20 weeks (hopefully baby isn’t being bashful so we can find out the gender). I was really wanting to hear the heartbeat soon. I didn’t think to ask if she will use a doppler to find the heartbeat in the meantime. I’ll have to ask at the next appointment.

hubs came to the appointment with me and plans to come to all of the appointments. I feel SO lucky to be married to him.

the next post is going to be the first bump update. basically, every week I am going to post a picture along with the stats I feel are important. the first picture I took of myself, in the bathroom, with my phone. so you can guess how great that picture is going to be. I will be trying to convince hubs to take the picture of me every week from now on.

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doctor, doctor

so in the recent past I have not been thrilled with my doctor’s office. for one thing, I have been a patient for more than three years and I still haven’t met the actual doctor. I see a physicians assistant. which on it’s own, is not the end of the world. I like her and I feel comfortable talking to her. however, the past two times I was in, I saw a different PA and she creeped me out I was not so comfortable with her. she is just a ball of nervous energy, looked at me weird, and didn’t really seem to give me what I need.  I told her we were going to begin trying to conceive, and all she told me was to take a prenatal. no advice on how long I should wait after stopping the pill, no information about anything. when I saw her for a second time, she prescribed me an antibiotic and when I reminded her again we were trying to conceive, she said nothing. when I got to the pharmacy to pick it up, imagine my suprise when the pharmacist tells me you shouldn’t be pregnant or try to get pregnant while taking the antibiotics. my head about exploded. so I already knew shopping for a new doctor was in store. I didn’t expect to be blessed with such an easy time conceiving, so I hadn’t done any research on that yet.

this week, my doctor’s office has completely redeemed themselves in my eyes. I had read in a couple of baby books/websites most doctors won’t see you for your first prenatal visit until 6 to 8 weeks. I called my doctors office on tuesday to tell them I had taken a positive home pregnancy test, and she was like, oh we want you to come in right away to see the doctor. she will confirm the pregnancy and help determine a due date, plus give you some reading material. so hubs and I have an appointment this afternoon, two days later. with the REAL doctor. so excited to get some questions answered.

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Knocked Up!

we pretty much had the best weekend ever. by friday afternoon I just knew I was pregnant. I was nauseous when I got even a little hungry, I was nauseous after I ate, and I was nauseous just doing nothing. also, exhaustion hit me like a ton of bricks. I lacked any desire to do anything other than sit on the couch. and I was ready for bed at 8 pm. so I knew. we waited until sunday to test though, because of the reasons mentioned in my last post. I had to leave the bathroom to stop myself from staring at the test the whole 3 minutes, I was worried that staring at it could somehow jinx it. so I went downstairs, and when the timer went off, grabbed hubs and ran up the stairs. and I got the biggest smile on my face because that’s pregnant!

we are going to wait to tell people (probably for the full 12 weeks) but I’m finding it so  hard to keep my mouth shut. I just want to scream from the roof top “I’M PREGNANT!” so that plan may have to be reevaluated.

I had my initial blood work drawn yesterday morning since my dr. had given me the paperwork a couple of months ago and scheduled a drs. appointment this thursday so she can confirm the pregnancy and estimate a due date 🙂

have I mentioned how EXCITED I am?

as soon as the dr. gives us an estimated due date,  I will start bump updates so hopefully I will be able to do the first one this week.

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