We went to our first prenatal appointment today! I thought I was 9 weeks 6 days, but when they did the ultrasound, the baby only measured 5 weeks 6 days. I have been using September 15th as my due date based on my period, but I was giving my new, official due date of October 15th. That means that I caught this pregnancy super early! We did get to see the heartbeat, but it was too early to hear it. We should be able to hear it at our next appointment on 1 March. Now that I am getting further along, I’m getting some of the nausea like I had for Note. I suppose with Note it came so much quicker because I was carrying twins in the beginning. Definitely only one baby this time around, unless I lost the twin very early like I did last pregnancy, but I really don’t feel I was ever carrying more than one this pregnancy. Now that I’ve seen our newest addition, I feel a lot of that dread has eased from my heart and I’m properly excited about this pregnancy once more.
I’m kind of sad to lose about a month off the time I had thought I had completed for this pregnancy. That means it will be one extra month before I get to hold this little one in my arms. I know this pregnancy will pass by much faster than Note’s, however, now that I have a little toddler to chase after. I’m also excited by the fact that Ramzi Method says this baby should be a boy. Gender doesn’t matter much to us and we are still going Team Green, but it is something fun to guess. We will know in eight months!
Overall, my symptoms have been getting stronger and stronger, particularly the morning sickness. I found that milk really upsets my stomach more than other foods, so I’m trying to avoid it and get my calcium from other sources. Maybe I will try some kind of almond milk or something. I’m sure Note would like to try that too. Regular milk upsets their stomach.
I had some tenderness in my breast, but that has disappeared. Perhaps in the beginning it had to do with quitting breastfeeding. The weaning went pretty well. Note still asks me for milk sometimes, but I usually just distract them with something else or say “not right now” and they forget about it. I miss breastfeeding them though, and I am considering starting it back up once they get over their yeast infection, as they do have it in their mouth as well, and the last thing I need is for yeast to cultivate on my nipples.
Overall, I’m really enjoying pregnancy! I hope that the morning sickness goes away. I can’t handle it if I have morning sickness as severe and for as long as I did with Note. It will be way too hard to keep up and keep functioning!
I absolutely cannot get enough of these Lay’s potato chips I am eating even though I am currently suffering from reflux due to having pizza for breakfast in the morning with Frank. I have been craving salty things for about the last week or so. Another craving I have been having recently? Dirt. I want to eat dirt so badly, but I wouldn’t because it’s so… well, dirty! There’s just too much risk for parasites and infection. I used to eat it as a child, but I was too young and uninformed to think about this stuff!
Yesterday we went to the midwife and they went ahead and drew some blood for some tests. A nursing student went ahead and did it, and he had such a hard time sticking me and caused me to bleed all over the place. Then she accidently pulled the needle out while drawing blood and there was just blood leaking out of me. She tried my other arm, and had some trouble again but she was able to draw the blood needed. Frank was incredibly mad and about to punch her in the face or something, but I really didn’t mind too much. It didn’t actually hurt (although it is a little sore today) and I understand they need to do this to learn. The poor girl was so shaky!
We did receive the bad news that we were not approved for the home birth because this is my first child. Labors are generally longer for first time moms, so they basically didn’t want to invest in it. So, I will have to give birth at the birth center. I can’t even begin to express my disappointment, but it was always our second choice if we couldn’t do the home birth, so I guess I should have expected this. Now that we know we won’t be doing a home birth, I’ll be making a post about our birth plan soon.
Today they called us with the results from the labs. It turns out I am anemic and I may also be having some thyroid trouble. Luckily, my liver stuff came back normal. I’ve got an iron supplement I can pick up tomorrow and need to take two to three times a day. I don’t think that it will be that bad. I remember having to take iron pills as a kid. They were hard to swallow but otherwise not too bad.
We also went to the obgyn today. I don’t have the ultrasounds on me, so I will just post the ones from the last appointment. That appointment went over well. The baby looks great and nothing is wrong. Note is head down and basically in position for birth. They estimated that Note now weighs 5 pounds 4 ounces. That’s only four ounces away from breaking the low birth weight barrier! Babies with low birth weight usually have problems, so it will be nice once Note gets over that and also goes to term.
Anyway, here are the ultrasounds from four weeks ago! (I can’t find the ones from two weeks on my computer.)
On Tuesday I got up early to do the gestational diabetes test. I had to drink this super sweet fruit punch flavored drink. You’re not allowed to eat or drink anything else for the two hour period. I managed to gulp it down at 7:45 and then I had to wait two hours to do the test. I fell back asleep (the instructions were to take the drink between 7:10 and 8 am) and woke up at about 9:15 because my blood had to be drawn at 9:45 (the doctor is about 10 minutes away). While brushing my teeth to get ready to go the doctor’s, I threw up the drink. We went to the doctor’s anyway, hoping they would still let me do the test although I knew that they wouldn’t. Of course, they told me that I couldn’t do the test. Luckily, I was able to do the rest of the blood work they were going to do that day.
They gave me instructions on pancakes from McDonald’s to eat for the test since my morning sickness seems to be what prevented me from keeping the drink down. I had to do that today, and it was really awesome. I got pancakes and orange juice like instructed, which is one of my favorite breakfast foods. While getting in the car, I started gagging and was scared I was going to throw up and have to do the test again. Luckily, I was able to get the food to stay down.
At the doctor’s office, they just drew some blood and sent me on my way. They asked me if I wanted to find out the gender of the baby again. I’m really on the fence about finding out. Frank stands firm on the fact that he doesn’t want to know, and that is perfectly fine. I really want a boy, so I think that’s why I want to find out but at the same time I would like to wait with Frank to find out. Because of the way we want to birth and who we want in there (our best friend) even after the birth, we won’t find out the gender until our friend leaves the birthing area. Frank doesn’t want anyone to know the gender for as long as we can put it off. It’s an interesting way to parent in my opinion, but I don’t see much negative to it. Gender doesn’t define anyone.
Today is also Frank and I’s one year anniversary! Unfortunately, Frank has to work today so we can’t go out on a nice little date or anything, but we had a fun morning together with the doctor and then going out to look for a rug for the baby’s room. Our life revolves around the baby, but we still find lots of moments to be “just us” together.
I love when Frank talks to my belly. He told the baby last night that he was happy Note could be with us during this of our first anniversary. He said millions of cute things and just made my heart melt. I love him so much and can’t wait to see him tonight!
Hello! I would like to take the time to welcome everyone to the blog (I hope my children will read this some day when they are older!) and offer up a little basic information about this blog and where it comes from.
I’m currently pregnant with what will hopefully be my first child. I have lost one pregnancy to miscarriage at eight weeks. We had been TTC (that’s trying to conceive) for about six months at that point. We were both devastated and decided to stop trying. But children were in the cards for us it seems, because after three more months (this time on birth control) we were blessed with not one, but two beautiful little amniotic sacs on the ultrasound screen. Unfortunately, this wouldn’t be the end of tragedy. We found out at nine weeks that the other twin didn’t develop, but we still had one seemingly healthy baby. This is actually a really common occurrence in twins pregnancies called “vanishing twin”. One twin just kind of “disappears” early in the pregnancy. Of course, that doesn’t lessen the hurt of losing another baby and the twin for our child.
Just a few days ago, we went in for a few test and found out that everything is perfectly alright with our baby. He or she is completely healthy! I’m currently 20 weeks pregnant and everything seems to be going well (besides the constant morning sickness). We’re on team green, and not going to find out the gender of the baby until birth. Besides that, we’re not going to reveal the gender to anyone until it becomes “apparent” in the child. We’re not going to go through great lengths to avoid people knowing the gender (if someone wants to change a diaper, we are certainly not going to stop them!) but we’re not going to announce we have a son or daughter on Facebook, just that we have a child. Gender isn’t what is important afterall.
I’ll write more and put up pictures as things get further along, but for the moment I think this is a pretty good introduction. I can’t wait for my little one to be here! I am just counting down the days until I can hold him or her in my arms.