Weeks/Days along: 8w3d
Appointments: Had our first one yesterday because my midwife thought I might be at 10weeks. Ended up coming in for an U/S today because the sono yesterday couldn't pick up the hb...which makes sense since I turned out to be further behind than she thought. I knew I was at 8w though!
Symptoms: Nausea has died down completely, just like it did around 6.5 weeks with my first pregnancy. Mostly just tired now. I never did get the good pregnancy hair or skin last time, so we'll see if that ever shows up this time around.
Food: Craving good things right now, raw veggies and the like.
Exercise: We live in a city (Brooklyn), so we walk everywhere, every day, weather be damned. Trying to get it together to get back into yoga and maybe step up my exercise a little more. It's hard to find the time though since I'm home with my toddler.
Body changes and other milestones: Definitely bloating a bit, looking more chubby than pregnant. Oh well!
Thoughts: I'm really trying to let go of my homebirth dream and come to terms with that. I had a wonderful, medication and intervention-free birth last time with my midwife in a hospital setting, but I had really wanted to do a home water birth for my next birth. Our insurance just doesn't reimburse any out-of-network costs, which is what a hb would come under, and when I called around, I got $6-8,000 as a quote. There's no way I could justify it, even though I know if I really, really thought I needed it, my husband would go through hell and high water to make it happen, bless his heart. Trying to keep it in perspective though - my midwife's office is right down the block from my husband's office, so he can come to almost all of the appts (especially helpful since I have my son with me this time around), and she has all the equipment in her office so I don't have to make separate trips to labs or hospitals if I need any tests. The hospital I'll give birth at used to have a birthing center, so still has all the all equipment/big tubs/L&D nurses who are used to medication-free births, plus it's right down the street from us. It's very easy to get a private room and it doesn't cost an arm and leg to do so (my in-laws make this their gift to us). And I know and trust my midwife to help me have a peaceful birth again. I wasn't aware of this until my husband told me, but at my first birth, I guess there was an anesthesiologist who was new or something and didn't know my midwife. He was skulking around the room, and I guess my midwife dragged him to the hallway and told him in no uncertain terms to beat it. She's a firecracker of a lady, and I like that. But I still kind of mourn for my vision of a home birth. Is that silly?