Weeks: 16+ something
Appointments: supposed to be next Wednesday, but it got pushed back to Friday with a warning that even that might get pushed back further :( I was REALLY looking forward to this appointment and to hearing the heartbeat again. I'm not feeling enough movement to be totally reassured that everything is OK in there so that's making me feel a bit aggravated.
Symptoms: I don't know... Nothing? Is that a symptom?
Food: love everything, except plain, cooked veggies.... although I've been doing a LOT better recently!
Exercise: same old, not much at all
Body changes: feeling like I get a bit bigger every day. My belly is starting to itch a bit :/ I'm adjusted to the idea that I'll probably get even more stretch marks, but that doesn't mean I wnat them! Also getting some cervical type twinges and stretchy feelings, a bit more round ligament pain, and my uterus seems to have increased in size dramatically in the last week, just when I was convinced something was wrong because NOTHING was happening.
Thoughts: had the second semi-stranger (regular to the store, I see her every week) comment on my belly... and had to say I already have two kids, I'm a lot older than I look, blah blah blah and it turned from "so happy, congrats!" to "oh boy... oh wow... huh, well, good luck!" Found it aggravating. I should just start lying to people now and say it's my first so I don't have to sit through that horrified look. Just1- I getcha. I'm not on 5 (although I'm not discounting it!), but looking like i'm 21 and having my third baby makes people give me all sorts of glares and evil comments.
I'm really tired. I've been feeling pretty zoned out the last little while. Wondering about increasing my iron supplement a bit? I take less than I need every day, and then once a week take a much bigger dose to help balance me out over the week. Not sure it's working, but it made sense at the time?
Mlovesj- How many kids do you have? I always find it VERY hard to connect with a baby before they're born, but it's especially hard before you can feel them moving around. I find it a lot easier to talk to my baby without feeling idiotic or make that connection when I feel like I can "check in" with the baby in some way. I'm sure it will come iwht time. In some ways this time I feel both more connected and more... detached? No, that's not right. Less concerned about most things, very laid-back, which makes me feel like I must not care but I feel better about this pregnancy then I did with my first two. I'm sure it's just experience that makes me have little interest in my week-to-week development, etc, but it makes me feel bad.
msw- congrats on the girl! I still can't believe we're THAT FAR already (on the other hand, how has it take THIS LONG?!?!) I've told my not-quite-2 yr old about the baby. He doesn't get it at all. I know a lot can change in a few months, but i think even in 6 months he still wouldn't quite get it. Currently he just thinks belly buttons are now being called babies. I think the advice about fostering independence is really good, getting him on board with tasks and things he can do on his own. Overall, I wouldn't stress about it too much. It'll work out the way it'll work out. I don't think it would be bad to tell him and talk about it like it's something that will be a part of your daily life (we're doing this now- talking about "when the baby is born, you'll read a lot more books even without mommy there, right?! It's great to read books!" I'm not sure this is a good tactic (am I setting them up for feeling displaced once the baby is born?) but right now they both seem positive about it.