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Things have been a bit mad here since my sister's over visiting. We've been out doing stuff every day, which is nice, but today I really needed a day at home doing nothing. It's crazy how much going out takes it out of me at the moment. So today I have just had a yummy tuna salad for lunch and a fruit smoothie for breakfast; the healthy eating is still going well unless I go out! I also tried my homemade sauerkraut today and it worked! It has onions and carrot in it as well as cabbage, which makes it more interesting.
On the baby front, I continue to get more rotund and am still feeling a lot better than before, although there is still a hint of nausea here and there. I am finding that my sides hurt each morning from lying on them, which is a bit annoying but it's not bad enough to worry about. I'm also enjoying frequent kicks from the baby, mainly when I eat or lie down. It did an impressive feeling roll yesterday which was new! I'm also still finding my fiance more annoying than usual, and I keep snapping at him, which I feel bad about.
How's everyone else doing?
I also have been grouchy towards my husband which I realized sometime last week so I've been trying to be nicer, more loving, and patient. He started a new full time job which now makes 3 so I'm just really appreciative of all the hard work he's doing right now so that's helping curb my moodiness; I hope!
At the moment I am so HUNGRY!
I ate pasta that I made last night- Alfredo shells w/ spinach, then realized I was still hungry about half hour later and ate 3 slices of potato bread with turkey. This morning I awoke around 9 literally feeling like I've been starved. I'm chugging away at my mango smoothie, just ate two slices of potato bread with turkey and am awaiting the return of my husband with the eclair I requested. I don't think I've ever felt this hungry. I will say that overall I haven't been eating a ton most days, in fact most days I only eat 1 large meal maybe two and substitute with fresh juice or smoothies, but i think those days are over. I expect my belly will be popping soon, I and the baby must be going through a growth spurt.
Its going to be 70 degrees today! I'm so excited, hubby and I get to spend some time together today hopefully by the water and I'm just really looking forward to a summer being pregnant :)
I hope everyone is well!
I'm at the point where I'm ravenously hungry, but I fill up so fast that my eyes are much larger than my stomach. It seems like every time we sit down to eat, I take a few bites and then I'm finished. I'm starting to get annoyed with maternity clothes-all the shirts and tanks I have found are so low cut that even when I layer, I feel like I'm hanging out the top. I long for my old maternity shirts that were essentially long crew neck t-shirts, they were so easy and comfy. Yesterday I wore one of Eric's thinner oxfords layered over a tank and it was the most at ease I've felt in what I've worn since being completely in maternity. It was nice not to need to be tugging up my shirt all day. I may head to goodwill and grab some really worn in and thin oxfords so I don't get hot-since we've gone from winter (12 inches of snow 2 weeks ago) to summer (80 yesterday) with no nice breezy warm weather in between.
I'm feeling the baby move more consistently throughout the day, but not strong enough for anyone else to feel yet. I can't wait for Eric and the kids to be able to feel her. My son, who will be 3 in a few weeks, comes in every morning and asks me to pull up my shirt so he can lay on my stomach. I figured it was about the skin to skin contact on his cheek, kind of like when he was still breastfeeding. This morning I asked why he likes to lay on my belly, he said, "I'm snuggling with my baby sister." My heart completely melted right then and there. He is just so completely made of awesome. My biggest hope is that I can raise him to remain as sweet and tender as he is as a child.
I'm in the middle of a diaper conundrum-Eric wants to start buys, as diapers are really the biggest expense we'll have for the baby, but I'm not sure what I want to do yet. I had settled on the bumGenius 4.0's for ease and simplicity, but I really liked these shaped prefolds I used with my son with wool, and now IDK what I want to do. My bff who has all my old diapers and bought a bunch of bumGenius too was saying she likes the prefolds better because they wash easier and there's no stink issues, and I remember that's why I liked them so much too. I'm having re-stashing stress....lol.
At this point we decided to not find out the gender. We brought a thick envelope and a thick note card folded in half for her to write the sex on. She then sealed the envelope and since the card is so thick we really have to decide if we want to know or not since we can't just hold it up to the light lol. I'm temped to look and find out and I even think I saw girl parts when she was scanning around but we decided that we can make it a bit of an intimate celebration between just the two of us later on if we just need to know I just like knowing that if we decide later we want to know we can.
I'm not actually eating as much, I'm not that hungry anymore, but that might b coz I'm getting constipated😖
Trying to find maternity work clothes is proving hard, apparently chefs don't get pregnant! Lol
This morning I asked why he likes to lay on my belly, he said, "I'm snuggling with my baby sister." My heart completely melted right then and there. He is just so completely made of awesome. My biggest hope is that I can raise him to remain as sweet and tender as he is as a child.
Awww, how cute!
nettlesoup, you made me crave a tuna sandwich, I think I'll have that for lunch. Lots of protein in a small package works well for me these days.
letnia, yay for the good news!
My work schedule is average this week, trying to make up for those lost days last week and meeting with two potential new clients!
I'm retaining water and I feel like an elephant, I think it has to do with all the medication I had been taking but I can get by without now so hopefully that'll clear up. Then there's just the issue of the flaking/peeling skin that inevitably comes as part of the healing process of the rash, sigh.
The weather here has turned nasty, they predict the same for tomorrow but then better again after that. I was told a long time ago to not trim my roses before April 15th and today is a great example of why.
I've got two appts this week: my regular midwife appt tomorrow morning and then the anatomy scan on Friday. I'm looking forward to finding out the gender so I can start relating to this baby a little more.
Doing well here...and like some of you have noted, HUNGRY. 16 weeks now, and feeling flutters here and there. I'm eating so much now that I think I'll finally start gaining weight. I think my belly finally looks a wee bit pregnant now, instead of just thick, and have moved my maternity boxes down from the attic and washed everything. Wearing maternity jeans today and, while my regular jeans aren't too small, per se, they just don't stay up in the right place. Maternity jeans definitely make me look more pregnant; they're far more comfy to boot!
I've been feeling much nicer and more patient toward DH. He's picking up my slack at home, making and cleaning up dinners, working on laundry, etc, even after getting home from his very physical job (he's a railroad worker, so outside with equipment every day). He's been a lot more expressive about loving on the baby this time than last time...I think he felt silly last time talking to the bump, or rubbing my belly or whatever. This time, he's very sweet about paying attention to the bump. I've been feeling fatigued and needing extra sleep, for sure, even with full 8-9 hour nights under my belt most nights, so I'm still not feeling like the greatest mom ever, resorting to books on tape and/or Netflix often. Thankfully, I have some close friends with kids the same age as mine, so we can all get together and they can amuse each other.
After a little bit of back and forth trying practices, and some freaking out on my part, I think I've sorted out where I want to be for backup pregnancy care (we're planning a home birth with a midwife, but the medically-minded part of me wants access to anatomy scan, and have established care somewhere hospital-based in case a transfer became necessary). So that feels good. I have an appointment with my MW in 2 weeks, and the MD in 3 weeks. Planning for the anatomy scan around 20 weeks-ish. I think it's realy hard to be a pregnant birth worker...looking at everything through the eye of my professional experience and opinions makes me extra picky, more so this time around because my options are extremely limited since we moved here.
Still pretty wintery around here, although it rained a lot yesterday and the banks shrunk somewhat. Mud season is just around the corner! We've made about 3 gallons of maple syrup so far, and will do another boil or two this week as the sap is still flowing pretty heavily. I'm feeling the urge to get some household projects done (big and small) in the next month or two, so we don't have that hanging over our heads as baby time gets closer. Not to mention the need for a big spring cleaning!
dakipode - Glad to hear your rash is finally getting better, even if it does mean peeling skin! Sorry your weather has turned bad - ours has too. We're barely going to make it above freezing this week and we're supposed to get another 15 cms of snow Saturday/Sunday. Yeah, cuz we need more snow At this rate by the time the snow we have melts, it's going to be next winter again.
letnia - I admire your restraint! I know that if DH and I let the u/s tech write down the sex, we WILL peak. So we will have to be really firm going in to our appointment and not let them give us any indication of the sex!
AFM: So tired of this weather. I've planted seeds inside but wondering if I jumped the gun - by the time they're ready to go in to my Tower Garden I'm not sure it will be warm enough for them! Here's hoping. I went CRAZY seed shopping this weekend, I had already bought some but I spent waaaaay too much on a bunch of heirloom and organic seeds. But now I have options... at least that's what I keep telling myself!!
You reminded me: last night was the first time DH has been somewhat affectionate towards the minibump. I was laying on couch, sort of slouching and my belly was sticking up and he said: "What's that?" and sort of playfully poked at it. I said: "That's all bloat." and he replied: "Not all of it."
I haven't read all the replies but OMG it's so nice to see that all of you laides are going through pretty much the same thing as I am, in varying degrees. Serena... Have I told you, that I love your brit slang? Having a row is just a word for "fight", right? I think row sounds so much better. I'm really obsessing with brit shows right now, can you tell? It's all I talk about. Haha. All set to watch the new episode of Dr. Who tonight!!! YAY! And whoever here hasn't seen Downton Abbey, you just NEED to, so go watch it! It's free too on BBC.
I am happy to report the my DH apologized proffusely this morning. Pffft. He knew he was being a complete jerk and I'm annoyed he even did it to begin with, but no one is perfect blah blah blah. I'm feeling a bit helpless in the prenatal care dept. because my insurance is gone and I'm waiting the LONG wait for the State to get me all signed up. I really need to test my TSH (thyroid hormone) to make sure it's at the right number like NOW. I'm thinking of just going to a lab and paying out of pocket UGH.
I'm STARVING too. Gosh, it's annoying. My DH is known to skip meals and me too-- I usually don't eat lunch but snack it till dinnertime. Oh no, cannot do that right now. NO WAY. I'm so hungry. I'm also super tired so exercising isn't really happening. I'm pretty sure the baby doesn't need a donut but I am craving one like nothing else! *sigh*
Any ladies want to share their routines? I need a solid one to stick to!
Shortly after, breakfast. Usually a bowl of cereal.
Two hours later, snack. I try to keep snacks as healthy as possible.
Two hours later, a full lunch.
Two hours later, another snack.
Two hours later, dinner.
Two hours later, snack.
Then bed at some point. I can't let myself get hungry or I get nauseous. And once that happens, I lose my appetite. It's a bad downward spiral that I try really hard to avoid.
And I'm almost always chewing gum or drinking water because stale breath makes me nauseous, too.
Not that I am unexcited about getting married but there's a lot to do!
On the baby front, things have been pretty quiet. I get slowly biggerish and haven't really had any food cravings in forever. I'm 16 weeks as of yesterday which means baby is the size of an avocado even though two weeks ago it was a peach and avocados and peaches are similar sizes or at least the peaches and avocados I know of. Confusing.
I am so hungry too. I locate food, can't finish it, and then I'm hungry 20 or 30 minutes later. It's really challenging. My DW is gone for work for a few days and I have to feed myself & the kiddo, which is about the most difficult task I can think of right now. The babies are definitely going through growth spurts though. Clothing that fit a week ago no longer fits. i refer to my plans for maternity style in the 3rd trimester as "a circus tent and some flip flops."
We had our 20 week (actually 19 week) US apt today. the babies are doing really well, growing all the important pars. we're having two boys (!!!!!) and they both are measuring in the 83 percentile, which i was relieved about. it would not be good if they were different sizes or if they were measuring small at this point.
for a while, i had a little extra energy but not today. i am exhausted! we were on vacation last week and i think i used up all my reserves having fun.
LOL ladies, I left out the word "exercise", I meant a solid exercise routine. Now I might make more sense. And the brain fog gets thicker and thicker as they days go by...
Oh katalopolis-- getting married is SO stressful. The most stressy thing of my life. The most annoying part is you really can't do *that* much other then plan until like the week of. That was so frustrating for me, but I was married back in '07 before the internet services to help brides exploded! ;)
mrsandmrs--- CONGRATS on two boys!!! And how the heck do they know what percentile they are in? They can really tell that from an US?!?! Amazing if yes!
"a circus tent and some flip flops."
Oh I'm so glad everyone else is hungry too haha. My partner just thinks I'm being greedy (not entirely unwarranted)! I seem to have rapidly expanded over the last week so it does seem like there is a growth spurt happening. We're having great southern hemisphere weather at the moment, no more summer heat (which in Australia and in early pregnancy is just the worst possible combination, especially when you add in low blood pressure) and it's been nice and breezy, autumn coming alone nicely.
I spent the first couple of months being extremely grouchy towards my partner, despite him being incredibly lovely and supportive, but that has mostly gone away now (unless he eats the last of the strawberries before I get to have breakfast) so I think it is just hormones! Looking forward to cooler weather and a bigger belly to show off!
The work we had done in our upstairs is finally, finally done! Only a week and a half late, but man oh manichevitz, I am glad to see the back of this project. I was so excited when I came home that I made everyone help me move furniture around. Baby's crib is in his room (!)'and we now have part of the sectional couch in our common area, too. It's starting to feel like a home again, instead of a construction site!
Congrats mrs&mrs on twin boys! I'd be thrilled they can share clothes! That will save a little bit of cash! :)
cmu204 - I am totally going to use hangries as a term in our house now. For the kids (when we forget to feed them) and for me!
tillymonster - My food schedule is pretty much eat or snack every 3-4 hours that I am awake. I try to do protein-rich snacks/meals combined with a carb (something to jolt my blood sugar immediately and something to stick around in my tummy long enough so I don't feel ill or shaky). Breakfast yesterday was a bacon/egg/cheese breakfast burrito, 1st snack was some peppadews stuffed with veggie cream cheese, lunch was hot dogs and sweet potato fries, 2nd snack was a bowl of Cocoa Krispies, dinner was bean soup with honey/butter biscuits, and 3rd snack was microwave kettle corn. Plus lots and lots of water. I only drink soda now if I can deal with the extreme gut-distending bloat that accompanies it, which isn't often and it breaks my heart. I miss my Dr Pepper!
apparently they measure different things like the femur and one arm bone and the circumference of the abdomen and the machine calculates a weight/size and how big that is relative to an average fetus of that age. i have no idea. computers and math are like magic.
aiden - i'm happy that they will share clothes too. of course, if we had b/g twins, they would share a lot as babies, but these guys can hopefully share later in life too. and sharing a bedroom would be simpler, too. sorry about Dr. Pepper. I have tried to drink soda a few times since being pregnant and it tastes BAD now. i substitute sparkling water with slices of lime in it so i still get the satisfaction of bubbles. i feel yr pain.