Yay!! I know you were pretty sure, but it's really cool to hear for sure. Congrats!!
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The AWESOME ONE Thread - March/April 2012 - Page 2post #22 of 1213/12/12 at 5:03ampost #23 of 1213/12/12 at 6:16am
Oh gosh... I am so sorry. I didn't know you were going through that stress and worry. Was the doctor able to help you figure out anything additional you can eat that will get your calories up? I am wondering, for example, what they would give kids who have allergies if they needed to get lots of calories into them? Or maybe weight gainers for bodybuilders with food allergies? I'm sure you've already looked into this, though... I'm just thinking out loud. Mainly just wanted to offer good thoughts, hugs, and all my hope that the babies will grow big and strong.post #24 of 1213/12/12 at 10:02am
Thanks. I was avoiding talking about it on this thread b/c someone has their anatomy scan next week and I didn't want to scare them. They didn't really give me ideas, other than nuts, avocado, cheeses (I can only eat goat cheese and sheep cheese). I already eat all these things, but those in the family that know what is going on have been helpful and a friend of mine showed me a coconut drink that seemed like it might act as a non-dairy equivalent to Ensure. In the past I have looked up hypoallergenic protein shakes/drinks, but have had no luck.post #25 of 1213/12/12 at 12:47pmThread Starter
deborah, eek! I think that I would be really encouraged by their strong heartbeats and good movement. I hope that you and your boys make great progress in the next few weeks. I'll be thinking of you.
Belia, yep, only one. See why I'm so freaked out? That's about how big I was when I was full-term with DS. I'm hoping that it's just a case of weak stomach muscles and/or my uterus has a really good memory. My profile pic is at about 38 weeks with DS. It looks the same to me. Sigh.
Viv, good to see you! I'm glad that you have had an uneventful pregnancy. I'm so ready to meet our new LO but really want him/her in there as long as they need. Good idea googling before 37 week births.
janellody, finish up with the nursery so you can follow DH's rules and post the pictures! I love nursery pictures but we are total slackers and never actually decorate or do anything with a nursery. So I can't even reciprocate....anyway, good to see you too!
scowgirl, you found out you were having a girl, right? I wanted to go back and look but dont' want to lose my post.post #26 of 1213/12/12 at 12:54pmpost #27 of 1213/12/12 at 2:16pmQuote:
Yep! It's a girl.
Incidentally, some of the pics on my DDC show bellies that are easily as big as yours IMO, and we are not as far along.
AFM (WARNING: stream-of-consciousness) My belly is getting pretty big, but sort of indeterminate big... all my tummy fat is getting squished up and out. In some ways I look farther along than I am because I'm round so high up, and there is no way I could hope to wear my prepregnancy pants anymore, but nobody has noticed I'm pregnant yet without being told. It's also possible that they just don't want to hazard a guess that a fat lady is pregnant and be wrong, but for example we went to a wine tasting on Sat. and the hostess was encouraging me to get a glass of wine until I explained. I'm guessing she wouldn't have done that if she had suspected I was preggers.
The place it bugs me the most is at the gym. I just look like I have even more of a potbelly than usual, and most of my workout pants won't go above my belly so they give me significant muffin top. The hardbodies are probably judging me big time.
Speaking of the gym, I've been jogging a little (usually I walk a mile, then jog a mile, then walk another mile), but lately it's been somewhat uncomfortable. If I'm on a treadmill, I feel like there is pressure on my bladder the whole time, and then my pelvis and lower back hurt afterward. I found a fairly inexpensive pregnancy support belt, so I'm going to give that a try. I enjoy walking and running, so I feel like I'm more likely to actually be motivated to do that, especially if I can go outside, then I will be to stare at a TV in the gym on the stair climber or something. Of course if it keeps hurting, I'll have to figure something else out. I don't want to hurt myself or the baby.post #28 of 1213/12/12 at 2:22pm
Deborah, I've been trying to stay up to date on your saga and I love your positive attitude! Grow little boys grow!
Belia, good luck with your scan today!
Andthestars, nice belly pic! You look great! Maybe your babe just likes nice, roomy accomodations?
Scowgirl, good for you for getting to the gym! I really need to get back into some sort of a routine. You may find that walking and jogging outside doesn't bother your back and pelvis as much as the treadmill does. I think something about every step being exactly the same on the treadmill can cause problems whereas when you're outside there's much more variety. I can't wait for spring to really kick in so we can get outside again!
AFM, I'm 12 weeks 5days and starting to feel human again. The nausea still comes and goes and I have good days and bad but I'm sort of feeling like the good days are starting to out number the bad. I know compared to what some of you have put up with my first trimester hasn't been too bad but it hasn't been fun either and I'm more than ready to move on!post #29 of 1213/12/12 at 4:49pm
Carlin- Thanks. I'm doing my best to stay positive. It is very hard though and, I won't lie, I'm pretty much an emotional mess. Just trying to find ways to distract myself from my new-found MBR situation and new stressors. I found a support group online, but think I need a real-live one. My big frustration is that nobody seems to be able to help me find something the equivalent of Ensure or Boost that is hypoallergenic. I called GNC, Vitamin Cottage, the allergist, the hospital and my OB. Ugh!post #30 of 1213/12/12 at 9:09pmpost #31 of 1213/12/12 at 10:08pmpost #32 of 1213/13/12 at 1:32pmThread Starter
deborah, could you just blend coconut milk (the thick canned stuff with full fat) and ice in the blender with some honey or sugar if you want for a faux milkshake? If you're not a coconut fan that might be a little tough but coconut has all kinds of minerals and enzymes, not to mention tons of good fat. Maybe add some fruit or something to cut the coconut taste if you're not a fan? I would think that would be comparable to Ensure without all the icky additives. This is completely unscientific and not backed up by anything but my love of coconut milk. But I think it would be a good addition anyway.
Popcorn popped in coconut oil is also very delicious. Remember the stink 10 years ago about how 'bad' movie theater popcorn was for you? It's because they popped it in coconut oil which upped the 'bad' fat content significantly. That would be some mega calories for you. And tasty.
Side note: everytime I typed "popped" above, I first typed "pooped" Nothing "pooped" in anything is good. Just for the record.post #33 of 1213/13/12 at 2:30pm
It occurs to me that I used to drink these smoothies made with canned coconut milk, ice, canned pumpkin, and a little melted coconut oil with some pumpkin pie spice. It's quite tasty. You could add sweetener, but I really kind of like them unsweetened too. You have to play with the proportions in order to get the right texture, as the original recipe that you can find on the low carb message boards has raw eggs in it, and obviously that wouldn't be a great plan for us...
I was also thinking about those puddings that people make when they have GD. It involves blending up silken tofu or avocado with cocoa powder and a little sweetener. I bet the avocado kind is quite caloric and full of good fat. You could sneak some coconut oil in that too. I've also heard you can use whipped coconut milk like you would whipped cream to top things with? OK, maybe you would be getting a little sick of coconut milk by that point.post #34 of 1213/13/12 at 3:23pmpost #35 of 1213/13/12 at 3:24pmpost #36 of 1213/13/12 at 5:46pmpost #37 of 1213/13/12 at 5:59pmQuote:
You just made me need to poop. Thanks.Quote:
Yeah, you're pregnant.
AFM: I had a bad breastfeeding day. I almost gave up. Long, intrique story short, I felt insufficient. Feel free to creep the March 2012 thread in the November social club if you want. I give more detail there. I don't feel like typing it all again. After a lot of thought and tears though, I've decided to stick with it. And now, now I'm hopeful. I'm hopeful I can improve my supply, my feelings, and my breastfeeding relationship with my son.
Next week is finals. I am officially 8 months away from being done, done, done with college. Good lord. I'm going to have so much extra time on my hands when all I have to do is work... I'm going to be so bored! LOL Probably not. Conner will be a crazy 15-month old by then. Whoa. Too fast. Slow down.post #38 of 1213/13/12 at 6:56pmpost #39 of 1213/13/12 at 6:57pmpost #40 of 1213/14/12 at 6:51pm
We had our ultrasound today, and everything is perfect. The doc said he has a "good looking brain, beautiful kidneys, beautiful spine, nice strong heart." He's measuring great- long arms and legs, 13 oz. He said that it's a "textbook pregnancy" from his POV.
So that's good!!! I feel like I can move forward now.
We didn't find out the gender- the ultrasound tech wrote it on a piece of paper and sealed it in an envelope and gave it to us. Not sure when we'll open it, or how. I don't know why I'm using "he"- probably because my first was a "he" and that's the pronoun that the u/s tech said that she automatically uses.
Thanks for all of your good wishes. So happy to hear about your boys, Deborah! Yay team blue!
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