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post #22 of 103
Hi All

I'm 19 weeks today (although I think not until Thursday by my drs. measurements) and feeling good. I have had some bouts of anxiety that everything is okay with this little one...probably because I still visit the pregnancy/birth loss boards and there are a lot of sad stories that remind you that things don't always end happily. I did hear the HB last week and got my quad screen results on Friday which said that my risk factor for nueraltube defects and downs was insanely low so that's a relief. We celebrated Thanksgiving over the weekend as well (hi Canadians), and last week when we had out of town guests. We live in WA state although my husband and I are both Canadian, so we do Thanksgiving in October and November. I'm actually all done with turkey....full-on turkey dinners Thursday, Satuday, and Sunday. Ugh.

Nothing else to add except good luck to all those thinking about/looking for childcare. My husband is the at-home parent, and I feel so lucky that we're able to do that.

Have a good day!
post #23 of 103

Hi everybody!

15 1/2 weeks over here. My fatigue is starting to go away, just in time for DH and DD to get sick. Add that to the tooth that DD cut last weekend and I still feel like I'm being run ragged.

My pregnancy insomnia has come back full force - last night was the first time that I've managed to sleep six hours straight in weeks. Now I'm just waiting for the heartburn to make its triumphant return. I need to stock up on Tums!

On the plus side, I'm starting to feel regular flutters coming from my bump! I'd forgotten how much I missed feeling a baby wriggle around.
post #24 of 103
I'm 17w 4d today. Last week was my DD's 3rd birthday, so that was lots of fun. We got her a new full sized bed so that we can move the crib mattress back into the crib. We wanted to do it early in case there were any adjustment issues, but she did great!

I got the second blood draw for the sequential screening last week and opted out of the flu shot. I don't know...I never have gotten the actual flu and I don't want to get sick from taking the vac. DH thinks I should get it, but respects my decision if I don't want to.

Next week is my monthly appt, can't wait to hear the baby's heartbeat again. Then the following week is the ultrasound, and I am sooo excited to find out if we're having a boy or a girl. We know the boy's name, but so unsure about girl names.

And....I have decided I'm going to go for VBAC for sure. I'm still scared and nervous about it, but I think that's normal. I just hope whatever happens that this experience is way way better than my first birth experience. Here's to positive thinking!! I'm definitely hoping for the best.

Other than that, my lower back is already hurting me and I'm not sleeping that great. Lots of tossing and turning. I don't remember this happening so quickly in my first pregnancy. And...I have a new client, so work is going to be super super busy until birth, so hopefully that is a good thing. It's always nice to have the extra income anyway.

I think that's it for me - sorry for writing a novel! lol
post #25 of 103
hi everyone!

I hope everyone is enjoying the second trimester so far!

I have been MIA still on vacation with my family, but we are headed home at the end of the week and I'll have to catch up on all the threads then!
post #26 of 103
Kind of glad to see I'm not the only one having lower back pain... Whenever I tell people I am getting it they say "Already?" Which is initially what I thought, too, but I am showing sooooo much that it would be hard to believe it wouldn't affect my muscles. I went to my acupuncturist and that helped a lot, he showed me some additional exercises to do to help, and they are definitely making a big difference.

I think my favorite is to get on all fours on my knees, then raise one leg out behind me and raise the opposite arm in front of me. You can do lifts or holds, and then alternate. After I do that for a while I do Child's Pose to stretch.

So for people who are feeling movement pretty well now, does it seem to fluctuate day to day a lot? It's driving me crazy because the last few days the baby was moving a lot, now today it has slowed down a lot. I seem to remember that movement wasn't super regular until a little further down the road, but can't really remember. So nerve racking!
post #27 of 103
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Hubby and I tied the knot this past Sunday and we couldn't have had a more fantastic day!!
Congrats!! And hope you feel better soon.

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I'm 17w 4d today. Last week was my DD's 3rd birthday, so that was lots of fun. We got her a new full sized bed so that we can move the crib mattress back into the crib. We wanted to do it early in case there were any adjustment issues, but she did great!
Yay for 3rd birthdays!! We need to get a new bed too. We have one of those convertible crib/toddler bed/twin bed things, but I just found out it was recalled... so I'm thinking we'll take it back and get DD an IKEA toddler bed. We never really used the crib part of it anyway, so it was kind of a waste of money. We're refinishing our 2 back bedrooms, and I'm REALLY hoping to get it done before the baby is here, because I want DD to have plenty of time to transition into the new room. Good to hear that your DD did so well with the bed transition.


I am in agony over here. My left SI joint is just completely out of whack. (I have an old injury there from a car accident 7 years ago.) It hurts just to walk. I was surprised that it never bothered me last pregnancy, but I'm definitely making up for it this time. I got a massage yesterday and my midwife (who is also a massage therapist!) said that my ligaments were already reeeeally stretchy, so I guess that's the problem. But the massage didn't even dull the pain... I'm thinking I need to see a chiropractor, but my insurance doesn't cover it and finances are pretty tight right now!
post #28 of 103
KaPow! Hello to my fellow webfooted Portland belly sister!

So, I got a call from my doctor's office today after they had looked at my ultrasound results. They found Choroid Plexus Cysts, which I understand are basically spinal fluid stored in the brain in an area that does not affect personality or cognitive development. Apparently this usually clears up between 24-28 weeks, but also has some correlation with Trisomy 18 if other abnormalities are detected. The heart and hands and feet and limbs all looked good. The only other weird thing is that the baby measured about 10 days bigger than expected (most Trisomy 18 babies measure small, apparently.) But, now they want me to test for gestational diabetes.

Do any of you have any experience with Choroid Plexus Cysts or measuring big? I think I'm doing a good job, after reading up a bit and talking to the fairly comforting genetic counselor, of believing that there is probably no real problem here, but would love to hear any real life experiences.
post #29 of 103
pdxrachel: So sorry about the scary news, I really hope everything works out for you.

Muduac: Congratulations!

I love reading everyone's updates, but I almost never post. We find out the gender tomorrow morning and get to see the babe which makes me SO HAPPY. I have had so much trepidation about this pregnancy and I'm not sure quite why. I just have this odd little persistent thought that this is not a homebirth baby. I had a beautiful, easy, safe home birth with my daughter. I live in the same place, and have the same midwives, but something is different. Maybe it's just because I know what pain to expect? (even though it was WAY less than I thought it would be)

Anyway, I'm hoping it all goes away after the ultrasound. After I get some reassurance I'll re-evaluate to see if the thought goes away.

Quitting my dream job this week. It's not safe while I'm pregnant, and doesn't totally fit me when I'm pregnant either. Sad, but safer.

It's also our anniversary this week! So exciting!

Plus, I just finished Biggest Loser and saw my friend is back on the show next week! Yippee! I was so excited for him when I heard he was sending in a video and it's SO FUN now to match up his 'mysterious disappearances' with his appearances on the show.

Lots of random ups and downs this week!
post #30 of 103
Hi all,
I'm sorry I haven't been here a lot, I've been stressed out. other than that, things are going well. I have been feeling the baby move a lot more, but there's still no way to feel it from the outside. And I think it is in a weird position, because I'm feeling kicks in the oddest places, like directed toward my tailbone!

I find out the gender at my big anatomy scan on the 19th and I called the doctor's office yesterday and they told me my kids can come in if my dh can come too. I can't wait! I am waiting for the mysterious 2nd trimester energy burst, it hasn't happened yet.
post #31 of 103
Rachel, am I wrong in thinking everything is basically ok? The cysts should resolve? There were no other markers? Did you get your bloodwork back?

katroshka, my back hurts sometimes too. And I have to pee ALL THE TIME. I feel movement maybe 2-3 days a week. I remember my other kids being much more active by now, but I do know I have a low anterior placenta. Being distracted by my two other kids and everything that's going on right now makes it hard to pay attention to my growing belly.

ajewelz, my son turns 3 on Friday! I'm so excited. I think it's going to be a fun birthday for him. I love October in L.A. My son never slept in the crib. He's got a secondhand toddler bed from IKEA. It's against the wall and it has this arm thing on the side that keeps him from falling out. He really loves it. We went through several beds before this and he never stayed in them.

My daughter was in the converted crib until 3 or 4 months ago (she's almost 5, but she's maaybe 45" tall. She's an amazon. She LOVED her little toddler bed. She did fall out of it from time to time, but it seldom woke her up.

dislocater, I had a lot of trouble scheduling the anatomy scan because, for the first time, I'm kind of afraid of what they're going to find.

Lesley, what are you stressed out about? So sorry! How old are your other two? Hope everything calms down for you soon.

I don't really have anything to report. I seem to be having a lot of yucky third tri symptoms already - my belly is huge, my arms and legs keep going to sleep, I can't empty my bladder most of the time, I'm super congested, and I have to get up to pee a couple times a night. My mom is coming into town to watch the kids for the u/s in 2 weeks. Your kids must be really well behaved, because I can't BEGIN to imagine taking my kids with me. Particularly the nearly 3yo. I've been a little less sleepy and a little less hungry these last few days.
post #32 of 103
Hello again. I am feeling well, butexhausted today, it feels like everyone needs me for something. lol. My back is hurting too and I have to pee all the time too! But other than that it's all good.
Yesterday I had a chai latte and baby went crazy moving around after. Have a good week all!
post #33 of 103
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Quitting my dream job this week. It's not safe while I'm pregnant, and doesn't totally fit me when I'm pregnant either. Sad, but safer.
That's disappointing. But now I'm really curious! What is your job??


I'm still waiting to feel lots of movement... and I'm getting impatient. I'm actually feeling less than I was a few weeks ago, maybe just a couple times a week. But I went back and looked at my last pregnancy journal, and the movements didn't start to get regular until just after 18 weeks... so I will try to be patient for one more week.
post #34 of 103
Having a girl! This is #3, I hope my daughters won't be too disappointed, they are at a museum with my mom right now and will get back in about an hour. They were really, really hoping for a brother, and always calling the baby Trystan, our boy name. We don't have a girl name yet and I am not looking forward to the battle...
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post #36 of 103
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That's disappointing. But now I'm really curious! What is your job??
I worked with high-risk families to help them stabilize and strengthen. A lot of in home work. Parent coaching is more effective in home, but the homes were too dirty for me to be comfortable spending 5 hours per week per family. Two homes had animal feces on the floor. Not acceptable. And certainly not as winter sets in and the homes become all airtight and germy. *shiver* Gotta love referrals from the Office of Children's Services!
post #37 of 103
Last night at dinner we had a big family talk about the new baby and we broached the subject of it possibly being a boy. DD is SO excited to have a little sister, CONVINCED that it's a little sister, and we're just worried that she'll be shattered if it's a boy. We talked a lot about the good things about having another little brother. I think we're good now. I'm sure there will still be disappointment if it IS a boy, but I think she sees the bright side too.

Meanwhile, DS kept telling us how excited he'll be to be a "Big Sister".
post #38 of 103
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I worked with high-risk families to help them stabilize and strengthen. A lot of in home work. Parent coaching is more effective in home, but the homes were too dirty for me to be comfortable spending 5 hours per week per family. Two homes had animal feces on the floor. Not acceptable. And certainly not as winter sets in and the homes become all airtight and germy. *shiver* Gotta love referrals from the Office of Children's Services!
I can see how that would be a bad situation for a mama-to-be. However, I've got to say that it's awesome to hear that somebody took this job seriously and really loved it. I always worry that people in these fields get burnt out and just look at it as a job. It's nice to hear that there was somebody out there who will miss it.
post #39 of 103
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Meanwhile, DS kept telling us how excited he'll be to be a "Big Sister".
Oh, that is just TOO cute.

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I can see how that would be a bad situation for a mama-to-be. However, I've got to say that it's awesome to hear that somebody took this job seriously and really loved it. I always worry that people in these fields get burnt out and just look at it as a job. It's nice to hear that there was somebody out there who will miss it.
post #40 of 103
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Two days in a row where I've felt "what could be flutters"!!! They are so faint - I only remember the obvious ones from my first pregnancy, I don't remember any this faint. But it is clear they are not gas now Can't wait to find out if this baby will have perpetual hiccups like my son did

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We are at 17 weeks.

Hubby and I tied the knot this past Sunday and we couldn't have had a more fantastic day!!
Awe, congrats!!! two weddings in our due date club so far. so cool. was it an indoor or outdoor (or both) wedding? will you be able to slip away at all?

i'm just getting over a cold too. and my husband just came home from a work trip with his own cold. this may be the first time that we end up giving our *son* a cold, rather than visa versa! i hope you're feeling better!

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Originally Posted by AJewelz View Post
I'm 17w 4d today. Last week was my DD's 3rd birthday, so that was lots of fun. We got her a new full sized bed so that we can move the crib mattress back into the crib. We wanted to do it early in case there were any adjustment issues, but she did great!

And....I have decided I'm going to go for VBAC for sure. I'm still scared and nervous about it, but I think that's normal. I just hope whatever happens that this experience is way way better than my first birth experience. Here's to positive thinking!! I'm definitely hoping for the best.
Happy birthday! How wonderful that it was a relatively easy transition! i'd like to hear more of these stories. Last night I talked to my son about him sleeping in his own bed and he said he would "never sleep alone". then changed his mind to say "i'll sleep alone when i'm 100". :/ and i am really torn about what to do.

Exciting news about your VBAC!


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15 1/2 weeks over here. My fatigue is starting to go away, just in time for DH and DD to get sick. Add that to the tooth that DD cut last weekend and I still feel like I'm being run ragged.

My pregnancy insomnia has come back full force - last night was the first time that I've managed to sleep six hours straight in weeks. Now I'm just waiting for the heartburn to make its triumphant return. I need to stock up on Tums!

On the plus side, I'm starting to feel regular flutters coming from my bump! I'd forgotten how much I missed feeling a baby wriggle around.
I hope that regular sleep becomes a more regular thing for you

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I am in agony over here. My left SI joint is just completely out of whack. (I have an old injury there from a car accident 7 years ago.) It hurts just to walk. I was surprised that it never bothered me last pregnancy, but I'm definitely making up for it this time. I got a massage yesterday and my midwife (who is also a massage therapist!) said that my ligaments were already reeeeally stretchy, so I guess that's the problem. But the massage didn't even dull the pain... I'm thinking I need to see a chiropractor, but my insurance doesn't cover it and finances are pretty tight right now!
ouch!

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KaPow! Hello to my fellow webfooted Portland belly sister!

So, I got a call from my doctor's office today after they had looked at my ultrasound results. They found Choroid Plexus Cysts, which I understand are basically spinal fluid stored in the brain in an area that does not affect personality or cognitive development.
Sorry, I don't have any experience with this at all. Keep us updated. Who are you seeing? I was at Portland Providence last time around.

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We find out the gender tomorrow morning and get to see the babe which makes me SO HAPPY. I have had so much trepidation about this pregnancy and I'm not sure quite why. I just have this odd little persistent thought that this is not a homebirth baby. I had a beautiful, easy, safe home birth with my daughter. I live in the same place, and have the same midwives, but something is different. Maybe it's just because I know what pain to expect? (even though it was WAY less than I thought it would be)

Anyway, I'm hoping it all goes away after the ultrasound. After I get some reassurance I'll re-evaluate to see if the thought goes away.

Quitting my dream job this week. It's not safe while I'm pregnant, and doesn't totally fit me when I'm pregnant either. Sad, but safer.

It's also our anniversary this week! So exciting!

Plus, I just finished Biggest Loser and saw my friend is back on the show next week! Yippee! I was so excited for him when I heard he was sending in a video and it's SO FUN now to match up his 'mysterious disappearances' with his appearances on the show.

Lots of random ups and downs this week!
Wow, definitely a lot going on!! If you found out the gender today, are you going to share? I hope the U/S was reassuring to you. I was super relaxed about my last pregnancy and am finding odd anxieties crop up this time around, for no particular reason.



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Hi all,
I'm sorry I haven't been here a lot, I've been stressed out. other than that, things are going well. I have been feeling the baby move a lot more, but there's still no way to feel it from the outside. And I think it is in a weird position, because I'm feeling kicks in the oddest places, like directed toward my tailbone!
What's going on? I hope you get a break from what ever is stressing you.
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