I'm so bad about posting on the weekly chats. I want to respond to what's going on with everyone else, and then I never manage to actually complete and hit post... So, I'm just writing about me for now.
Last week we spent lots of time at home as the kids took turns with a mild flu. I've settled into a good school routine with DD1 (and DD2 who insists on "doing school work" too). We clean out the study and have it all neatly set up for school, which makes a huge difference. DH cleaned out our pantry, and now I smile every time I open it It's amazing how big of a difference clearing things out can make.
Wednesday we did a 20 week ultrasound. DH took the day off of work, and we all went. Everything looks good. Baby is measuring a few days ahead, and was transverse. I have an anterior placenta, which would probably explain why DH can't feel kicks yet, but I definitely can. The fun news is IT'S A GIRL!!! I'm totally shocked. I was sure she was a boy, and it's the first time I've been wrong with one of the pregnancies. I went in thinking that I've never seen a boy ultrasound first hand, and was totally shocked when she said girl. She triple checked from multiple angles when I told her I had been sure this was a boy, so I'm feeling pretty certain about it. As the shock is wearing off, I'm getting really excited about a houseful of little girls. My girls are so bonded, and I think another sister will be wonderful. And she'll get to wear all of the sweat hand-me-downs from the big girls, and with another 3 year age gap, I bet DD2 and DD3 (first time I've typed that!) will get to wear some of the matching/coordinating outfits DD1 and DD2 have worn. It'll be much easier with room sharing over the years, and with lots of hand-me-downs waiting, we'll save plenty of money not creating new wardrobes in each size - though I know we'll buy some things for this baby too.
Yesterday I was supposed to have a midwife appointment at 1:30 and a PP doula interview at 7, but due to births, I had a midwife appointment at 5 and no interview . DH got some less than stellar year end news at work last week, so I don't think we'll have the funds for a PP doula anyway.
Otherwise things are going well. I'm up 8.5lbs at 19wks. I'll have to search for that chart. I hadn't seen it. I'm definitely looking pregnant. Random people ask me when I'm due, but I don't feel like I'm putting on weight other places. I'm having trouble with fully emptying my bladder too. I shift positions several times while peeing , and while I'm not dealing with constipation, things are very slow. I'm increasingly uncomfortable lying on my back these days, which is sometimes frustrating. Sex is already getting a bit awkward with positions I'm comfortable in, and my breasts are increasingly sensitive, which isn't always a good thing. It does look like DD2 has pretty much weaned. Nursing has been super painful for me, and only getting worse, so I'm pretty happy about it. Now she often asks for DH to snuggle with her in her bed to fall asleep, which I think will be an awesome transition.