Weeks/Days along: 21 weeks, 4 days
Appointments: January 9 - although now that I had my gender ultrasound, I bet this appointment will be a boring old doppler and that's it!
Symptoms: Same stuff.
Food: Nothing has changed. I still don't like anything. Eating is hard but somehow I still eat and slowly gain weight. Boo.
Exercise: Been sick and traveling, nothing much going on here.
Body changes and other milestones: Belly seems to get bigger and bigger slowly each day. Lots of movement still and he's getting big enough to kick weird things. I feel him kicking my guts more now than just my belly.
Thoughts: I am glad that the new year has passed, as I feel like finally I am getting into the second half of my pregnancy. I have now spent enough time being pregnant to confidently say that I don't like being pregnant. It's just not something that works well with my body. It is never easy, and I really can't wait until it's over. It's going to be hard to do this again willingly. And it's a bit sad because i looked forward to being pregnant all my life, not just having kids, but being pregnant. And here I am not enjoying it at all. I guess we can't all have it easy...
There are plenty of women who don't enjoy pregnancy, you're definitely not alone. You'll forget all the bad stuff though, it's nature's way of ensuring the species survives. lol
You could always try that lanolin ointment for nursing moms if they are cracked and hurting. That stuff is pretty soothing. Also, make sure you aren't using soap on your breasts in the shower as it can dry out your nipples even more. When I'm pregnant and/or nursing I just rinse with water and that's it.
I bought the Hypnobirthing book and CD today at Barnes and Noble. The Hypnobabies classes are just too expensive ($325-$350 for the class) and even the home study is pricey, so I got the Hypnobirthing book and CD for $15 and am really looking forward to reading it.
Sex totally counts. Especially if you're the one, uh, doing most of the work My libido has finally picked up again, but unfortunately DH is ultra-gentle with me and will barely hug me let alone fool around with me. I tried to pounce on him the other day and he was like Woa woa woa, be careful, get off me! I'm not sure if he is genuinely concerned about hurting baby or just doesn't have the heart to tell me that my huge belly and extra butt cellulite are just too much of a turn off lol.
That is such a bummer about Ikea! Especially since they have that $70 crib that is adorable and ready-to-paint to suit any house. I saw an adorable wooden, white, cradle/bassinet at that 2nd hand store in the Sbux shopping center this past weekend - only $55. If the CL crib doesn't work out you should check that place out because they have so many cute things on sale right now. Since we already got a moses basket, bassinet, and pack n' play, DH won't let me buy anything else but I LOVE shopping so I'll just keep my eye out for you instead :-)
Everyone seems so motivated about getting organized and de-cluttered! It is starting to rub off on me...maybe I'll take down the Christmas decorations today as a start.
I doubt it's the belly and cellulite. I honestly think they don't even notice it. Well, the cellulite anyway. The belly is probably kinda hard not to notice. Especially when it starts getting in the way. lol I plan on checking out that store Wednesday. I'll be going back to the other one too. They had a bunch of stuff last time, but nothing we really needed. Plus, we didn't know the gender then. :)
Weeks/Days along: I think 22? That seems like a lot compared to others...I need to look it up.
Appointments: Anatomy ultrasound this week and midwife at the end of the month. She came to our house last month which was fun! Our 2yo dd was WILD though and made the midwife really nervous that she's going to be here for the birth. She was just excited though...I'll have my friend here to corral her if needed. :-)
Symptoms: Feeling short of breath a lot...whenever I try to bend over and some random times too...it seems really early for that, but I am much bigger than I was last time. Sciatic nerve pain when I'm getting up from laying on my back...really hope it doesn't get any worse.
Food: I am SO not being health-conscious! I've gaining over 15 pounds already and that's more than I gained the entire time last pregnancy. I need to shape up, but for some reason am just not motivated.
Exercise: Third yoga class tomorrow night! I love it, it feels so good to stretch. The place I'm going to doesn't have a prenatal class until next month, so I'm doing a "light" class and the instructor seems good about giving me alternative poses. I've been reading a little bit about pregnancy yoga this week though and think I'm going to stop the abdominal stretches this week. They felt not quite right last week, and my stomach stretched into this really weird oblong shape (looked like I had a football attached to my belly) and I got a little freaked out.
Body changes and other milestones: My nipples are weird and chapped-looking too, Bonniejean! I put some vitamin E on them the other day and that seemed to help. It's really gross though!
Thoughts: I am not bonding with this baby the way that I did with my daughter and I'm feeling really guilty about it. I just have so many more things to think about this time around, I think. I hope that's what it is at least! Dh and I were so sappy and sentimental about my first pregnancy, and now it just seems a little...I don't know...not exciting? It makes me feel bad. DD's babysitter is getting a divorce and has to go back to work so we have to find someone new after only about 4 months with her. We really love this family and dd has bonded so well with them. I am broken-hearted and so stressed out. I thought we had our daycare worked out for after the baby comes and now I'm stuck searching again, this time keeping in mind that the person has to be right to take care of a baby too. I cried today when I got off the phone with a daycare person. It just doesn't feel right to even think about making dd adjust to a new place, and to bring this baby anywhere when he/she is 3 months old is going to break my heart. :-( We had someone care for dd at our house until she was 1 1/2 and we found this "perfect" family for her to be with...We are trying to figure out how to afford to have someone come to our house again, but it seems mean to take dd away from kids her own age...she has so much fun with the babysitter's kids right now. I don't know - augh!
For this week only-- Any New Year's resolutions/ reflections? Bring my lunch to work every day! That's all I can muster! :-)
I think it's normal for the second pregnancy to be like that. Once the baby is born, I'm sure you'll bond easily and be just fine. :)
Name: Masel or Mary
Weeks/Days along: 22 weeks
Appointments: not for another couple weeks
Symptoms: Other than the belly sticking out I feel really normal. Occasionally a smell will sneak up on me and gross me out.
Food: Turns out that it wasn't that I was adverse to food but adverse to preparing it myself. A couple weeks of get togethers where other did most of the cooking has meant a bit of weight gain. (Not out of line. For the first 18 weeks I had gained one pound and have since gained maybe 8).
Exercise: Over the last month DD1 and I had a lot of appointments of various kinds which really cut into gym time. I did clean off the treadmill and have used that a couple of times. In decluttering I found my book of exercises (Pain Free for Women by Pete Egoscue) and did the second trimester exercises today.
Body changes and other milestones: I definately feel pregnant now but to the rest of the world I just look fat. I've felt the baby move and DH has too.
Thoughts: I mentioned something physical that I plan to do after my baby is born and a couple of friends laid into me. They just kept coming at me with how limited I'll be. I tried to explain that I wouldn't even consider this challenge if I had a difficult birth or either of us was sick. The kicker was when they start going on and on about how much harder is is after 40 and compared me to their births in their 20s. This really hurt because at least one of them knows how much I struggled with infertility in my 20s and had really intended to have a baby then. I did quite well with a pregnancy at 38 and since then have gotten into even better shape. I am not going to let them make me think of myself as broken as a default.
For this week only-- Any New Year's resolutions/ reflections? As others have mentioned we are working on decluttering. I found my desk as did DH. We plan to move this summer and there are so many little projects that need to be done around here not to mention packing up enough to make the house displayable.
People can be thoughtless the last 9 months). Without thinking, I said to another co-worker "You'll be next!". Completely forgetting that her DH had been through chemo and they can't get pregnant. :( I felt like the biggest ass ever. :( Anyway, try not to take it too personally. I doubt they were trying to be cruel.
New special feeling...
I was driving from the barn to the grocery store and since the barn isn't the best place to relieve myself I though I'd hold it until I got to the store, about a 20 minute drive. I thought, "I've never had to pee this bad in my entire life. I hope I make it!" And just then, when I thought it couldn't get any worse, my son decides to start kicking my bladder. Are you serious?! I couldn't believe it.
Oh yes! That's such a lovely feeling! lol