Body changes and other milestones:
2012 here we come!
Weeks/Days along: 20 weeks 3 days
Appointments: Friday is the big ultrasound day! We're finding out the gender! I can't wait!
Symptoms: Tired, occasional nausea, acne, emotional
Food: No beef at all, ever. Loving all fruit. And cheesy Mexican food.
Exercise: Starting a prenatal yoga class on 1/4/12, really looking forward to it!
Body changes and other milestones: My breasts are huge and have stretch marks all over them! Belly is also huge, no stretch marks though. I love the fact that I can let my belly hang out!
Thoughts: I don't feel it move all that often, which makes me nervous, but I'm trying not to let it freak me out. I can't wait for Friday! Not only to know if it's a boy or girl, but also to know it's healthy!
Weeks/Days along: 20 Weeks 1 Day
Appointments: 23 Weeks (I must book that)
Symptoms: Heartburn and reflux and some late night nausea. I didn't have any significant nausea during the first trimester and for some reason I tend to get it around now until 8 months and it is always around 10-11pm. I might be having Braxton Hicks but I am still not sure if that's what I am feeling. I have never been sure of what that feels like! I had dried colostrum on my nipple and my breasts are becoming "veiny".
Food: Still fruit and ice water. I am craving carbs but they are making me sick if I over do it and I always tend to over do it! I am loving tomato soup and crackers and mini wheats. I am also loving pizza- I buy the ready made crust and add sauce and I shred the cheese. I figure that it's better than the frozen pizza's and delivery!
Exercise: *face palm*
Body changes and other milestones: I AM HUGE- I look like I am 8 months pregnant. The scary thing is that I always think that I am big at this point (which I am compared to other women) but I become ridiculously huge at the end. I should post a pic of me at 40 weeks with my first- DD who was over 11 lbs... you will see that I am not being dramatic! My giant belly scored me a seat at Mass on Christmas Eve when our church was packed. Poor DH stood and we kept passing the kids back and forth and I would hold one on my lap. My baby boy's movements are becoming stronger and that's awesome!!! I feel "VERY PREGNANT" now... waddling, backache, lots of grunts and sighs but I am so happy and I am in a state of baby bliss right now!
Thoughts: We gave away all of our baby stuff so we need to buy everything new (except for clothes). I need to start shopping but now I feel guilty about that because DH surprised me with an ipad 2 for Christmas and I want to wait a month or two before we start buying baby stuff. I am head over heels in love with my little baby boy James! I feel really connected to him now. I have really accepted now (baby 3) that I DO need to know the sex. It makes a big difference for me- it makes it real and I finally start bonding. I also have loads of energy right now. My house has been spotless and I am soooo ready to get the tree down and away and all of the new toys organized and I want to do all the cupboards and closets. We are planning on selling our house and moving a month after the baby is born so I am trying to prep stuff now because it will be very hard then!
Weeks/Days along 21 - over 1/2 way! woo hoo!
Appointments: Quad screen results come in tomorrow, then midwife apt and ultrasound in early January
Symptoms: still experiencing sciatic nerve pain and tailbone pain, but it isn't as bad as it was the past couple weeks. Acne- on my neck and back!!! EW! Thank goodness it isn't summer because I couldn't wear a tank top looking like this.
Food:my food of the moment is cereal topped with bananas and strawberries, and pretty much all breakfast foods. My cravings change from day to day (heck, they change from moment to moment!)
Exercise: walking...a litte.
Body changes and other milestones: Just had to buy another new bra! My boobs just keep getting bigger and bigger. I think hubby is enjoying the change just as much as I am. Unfortunately my butt seems to be growing at an equally alarming rate. I guess it is a trade off.
Thoughts: Baby is moving and kicking a lot. I just love that feeling. When I lay on my back I can actually see my belly jump as he kicks me. My hubby's family really put the pressure on me last night to circumcise this little one. I told them as politely as I could that it is definitely not happening, so arguing with me is useless. I know they are unhappy with me (they are Jewish, and I respect that it is their tradition - but I don't agree with it). Hopefully that will blow over soon.
I was looking at some pictures of myself from when I was pregnant before and I am way bigger this time around when compared to my 20 week pics from the previous pregnancies. It isn't that I've gained more weight necessarily, but my abs just aren't what they used to be and I'm popping out more.
Lighthearted, I've been weepy also. I tear up at everything! And that is so neat that you found the hb with a stethoscope! I will have to give that a try. I have one but thought I would need a fetoscope to hear it at this point.
Bonniejean, I can't wait to hear if you're having a boy or girl! Sorry to hear about the stretch marks on your boobs - I think I might be on the way to some as well because my chest is growing so rapidly. I still have the marks from previous pregnancies - I am keeping my fingers crossed that I don't get any more new ones!
Name: Forest Mushroom
Weeks/Days along: 21... I think ?
Appointments: Not until January... had one before Christmas and everything is good in the 'hood.
Symptoms: feeling good and nesty! I too want to go to Ikea and get organizational stuff. I just cleaned my whole laundry room, and have put away most of the Christmas stuff! It helps that DH has some time off to help me.... I am also radically downsizing our toys so it is easy to clean up....
Food: Yes, please!
Exercise: I need to do more yoga!
Body changes and other milestones: look preggo now...
Thoughts: I still haven't shared the news of our little one with my parents, yet! I guess I will this week.... feeling good and exiting to organize for baby and get everything ready now while I can move about freely!
Hope everyone had a nice holiday and has a great new year!
Weeks/Days along: 22 weeks
Appointments: Follow-up ultrasound at 24 weeks to check kidneys
Symptoms: heartburn and acid reflux
Food: For the first time in weeks I finally feel like I'm eating enough. I've been eating and napping, and my body is loving it.
Exercise: Nothing yet (I was so scared during my first trimester I completely abandoned my routine) but I need to get started because I'm having back problems already.
Body changes and other milestones: Skin on my tummy is starting to feel tight and itchy.
Thoughts: My baby girl moves like crazy, and I LOVE feeling her move and kick. I'm having trouble wrapping my brain around having a girl. DS has been such a delight and blessing, and he is so real to me right now, on the floor playing with this trains. This little one inside me still feels a little abstract and far away at times. DH and I had such a hard time connecting with this pregnancy after two losses, and spotting and bleeding early on in this pregnancy. I am finally starting to let myself relax and get excited.
Weeks/Days along: 20 weeks 5 days
Appointments: January 9
Symptoms: same ol bs
Food: Nothing sounds good still. Fruit is my best bet.
Body changes and other milestones: nothing new to report
Thoughts: I spent all yesterday throwing up over and over.. I must have caught something. In the last 24 hours I have thrown up 16 times. I started to get a little worried about my baby but I am trying to rehydrate now and I think that will be ok. I still feel him moving around, which is always reassuring to me. I am not feeling great now, but not throwing up so that is a plus. It was literally the worst stomach thing I have ever had in my life. Ugh!
21 weeks and some change here. I have been craving cream and sugar coffee...Yeah, weird.
Been drinking a couple cups a day and feeling the baby move somewhat. Not like I was though. It does concern me, but maybe I got a mellow kid or those 30 extra pounds I've added since preg 1 are making me not so sensitive to kicks?
Been lazy and sour mooded the last couple days with my poor kids. I just want to sit and do nothing but be on the internet (but then I get bored cause I only visit here and facebook once in a while)
Oh, and reading the news which...the news has been godawful lately. Don't go reading it if you have been smart enough to avoid it so far.
Made a thai style pizza tonight with brussell sprouts, olives, peppers, onions, zucchini, cheese and a sweet chili sauce I made. It was really good and the brussell sprouts (I food processed them so they were tiny pieces) was a delicious addition.
Now to go clean the kitchen and get a few more pieces of this pattern sized before the nights over.
I don't have any appointments until January 14th or so I believe it is.
Gearing up for next term at school. It will probably be my last for a year....
Onemore, I have also been craving coffee with cream and sugar! Weird. Usually I just like coffee with cream. I've also been on a decaf caramel mocha kick. I'm glad my taste for coffee came back, I couldn't stomach it the first four months.
Janell, I hope you're feeling better, that sounds like the worst!
Poppyseed and Onemore- I am LOVING coffee right now too! I couldn't drink it for a while and now I am really loving my two cups a day (and maybe a flavoured cup of decaf in the evening). I just take two milks in it but it tastes sooooo yummy to me!
Janelle- I hope you feel better too- that sounds awful!!! I hope you had a Merry Christmas. Thanks for attaching the pic. I always like seeing something that I have pictured in my head :)
Sandy- I felt the same way after DD when I found out that I was pregnant with DS. It's hard to wrap your head around another gender. You figure that your body can only make boys OR girls- lol. Now that I am having another boy after a previous boy, that somehow seems "right". I would have been SHOCKED if it was a girl. I made a girl in 2006, I can't do that again- lol! (know what I mean?)
So I mentioned my night time nausea in my weekly update and it has been several nights in a row now and I did feel this with my first two. Is anyone else having nausea right now? Especially night time nausea? I think that I just need to go to bed a little earlier before the nausea sets in... It's pretty rough. I got off easy during the first trimester so now I am getting it!
Janelle, that's terrible! I hope you feel a lot better by now.
Onemore- my taste for coffee disappeared around 4 weeks but came back full force at about 12 weeks- I'm still trying REALLY hard to keep it at my 1 cup a day, because i figure the sugar, milk (I do lattes) and the caffeine is bad in large quantities. If I liked decaf lattes I'd be all over it but I haven't found a decaf coffee I like enough to bother with.
Lighthearted- sorry about the weepy. It's hard to figure out these weird emotions!
Linnie- i'd love to see that picture... 11 lbs, wow! I'm getting veiny and just starting to get colostrum as well. Blech.
Meredith- love that you can feel that much movement! I'm feeling some small amount, but nothing like that! I can feel the tiniest little bumps with my hand. I know it's the anterior placenta but it definitely ups my anxiety level because my other two seemed to move constantly and this one I feel just off and on.
Someone mentioned knowing the baby's position... I was laying in bed last night feel frustrated by that. I definitely knew the position of my second and could feel where he was laying all the time and it was so neat! This one I have no clue. The placenta makes palpation very tricky for me, I can't identify based on movement (I feel similar movement at the top and at the bottom at the same time- four legs?!?) and whenever i go poking around to try to determine head/bum the baby moves under the placenta where I can't feel it. Sneaky little kid!
I can't seem to shake the feeling that there's something "wrong" with this baby. Not seriously wrong, not the kind of thing we could figure out with an ultrasound, but that there's something definitely different. Might be because we opted out of all of our usual testing (I carry Muscular Dystrophy, did an amnio with my other two but not this one) so I'm just more worried about that. I also can't get an intuitive feeling on gender. Clueless. I think it's funny how some people have such a strong feeling one way or the other and I've got nothin'.
Onemore- Mmmmm, coffee with cream, one of my favorite drinks!
Janelle- I hope you feel better soon!
Linnie- I know what you mean about nausea at night! Mine is mixed with a LOT of heartburn and acid reflux. I just feel really miserable at night, and I'm driving DH crazy with my tossing and turning. I know what you mean about having another boy. I'm thrilled to be having a girl, but there was a small part of me that was secretly hoping for a boy, because I "know" boys, if that makes sense.
DREAMS! I had the strangest, most vivid dream last night that I was having an ultrasound and somehow the baby came out. We picked her up to put her back in (!!!) and DH was concerned that we should give her a paci or something since she was crying. I was concerned that we should rinse her off first because of germs. OMG, what a strange, strange dream.
Sandy- I totally know what you mean when you say "I know boys". I had only known baby boys (my younger brothers and my friends kids) until I had the first girl born in years and I was like "whattttt- I only know boys" and then after my daughter, I was like "I only know girls"... lol!
Talking about crazy dreams- I have had a couple of super crazy dreams lately too but I never dream about the baby. Mine are usually sexual or scary. I had a friend once who dreamt (while pregnant) that she gave birth to Mowgli (spelling?) from the Jungle Book and he was wearing the red loincloth and he was not a baby but his age in the movie. Anyways- she dreamt that she was breastfeeding him- I had to laugh at that one!
Also- my night nausea is also combined with reflux. It's awful! I am not eating anything after I eat dinner at 5 and it's still bad!
Feeling better today, no throwing up but still have a tummy ache. But better!
And the dreams, oh the dreams. My dreams are crazy and yes LOTS of sex dreams and NEVER with my hubby lol. The last one was with a girl!! I always tell hubby about them cuz they are so freakin weird. Dreams about ex-boyfriends happen a lot, too. This morning I woke up from one that involved goibg to the movies with people from high school I was never friends with, swimming in the nude and having my dad give me a towel to cover up while we walked to our house and got on gokarts. Sometimes they are just freakin weird like that, but I remember them all, whereas before being pregnant I rarely remembered any dreams. Crazyness!
Linnie, when I was pregnant with DS2, I was nauseated at night all the time. I was always pretty energized in the morning, but before dinner it would start and I would just feel gross all evening. I’m sorry you’re getting it with this baby! I am lucky this time– I have been nauseated occasionally, but not every night or anything.
Oh no, Janelle are you still at your in-laws?? Having a stomach virus is horrible. And having one while pregnant is even worse. The only thing that could make it worse still is if you are away from home! (HUGS) and I hope you recover quickly.
To the moms who are into coffee right now – same here! But then again I’ve been into coffee for the past, oh, 14 years or so, so nothing has really changed for me. I’ve had at least one cup of decaf coffee w/ cream every day since becoming pregnant. I don’t add sugar, but I did go through a phase around Thanksgiving where I started ordering the egg nog lattes at Starbucks. They are absolutely amazing, but I had to go back to regular decaf because I’d be broke and 10 pounds heavier if I kept it up. Lighthearted, I like your idea of putting a little homemade egg nog in….maybe I could do that instead of cream...mmmm