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post #61 of 93
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I don't think you can die from a cold but I know you can feel like you wanna die from a cold. lol. Hope you feel better soon.

 

DH and I decided last night that I am itchy-n-bitchy at this point in pregnancy. I feel like I feel each and every time this baby has a growth spurt I end up throwing up again, starving, and crabby. Then I go back to feeling alright for a while until the next growth spurt. I am pretty pleased with my weight gain so far. At 18 weeks I am up 8 lbs. My goal weight gain is 30 lbs. so I figure with 22 weeks left and 22 lbs to go to that weight I should be good to go.  :-) I m still so impatient for this u/s on Thursday. My to-be SIL is trying to figure out a way to get off of work to go with me, which would be fun. I also ordered my new shiny breastpump today! My old one works ok but it doesn't have any battery power so I can only pump if I have an outlet, and I have had it for 4 years and have never replaced any of the parts. I got a Medela Freestyle and I also got a Medela manual pump, and some extra storage bottles. My goal is to get 30 oz of breastmilk/day for each of my kids. My oldest has been kind of acting like she maybe has some sort of dairy intolerance the last few months, my youngest DD has a dairy allergy and a g-tube feeding tube and I would like to get her off of her nasty formula, and I haven't been able to tolerate dairy real well this pregnancy and I kind of wonder of this baby has some sort of dairy issue too. I am lactose intolerant but some portions of my pregnancies I have been able to handle certain amounts of at least cheese, milk is still always a bit iffy. Anyway, I am all gung-ho about pumping, hopefully that feeling will last since a year or more of straight pumping at that amount will be a challenge for sure. At least I seem to have found a use for my oversupply.  **Who needs sleep, or a life, or to get anything else done, right? :nut**

post #62 of 93

I have that exact breastpump, BailyB, it is the best. It was absolutely essential to being able to keep breastfeeding after my C-Section last time.  And its sweet to be able to pump in the car while DH drives.  Sharing with the olde kids is a great idea, I'm sure it would taste better than any other kind of milk.  I'm on the undersupply side of the wagon myself (or maybe slow supply, both times my milk didn't actually change from colostrum for three weeks).  Hoping this time to figure out a work around :)

post #63 of 93

I will be 19 weeks tomorrow and I think I feel baby move but I am not sure and it is driving me crazy. I really can't tell if that is baby or just gas. Probably baby but still...I just want one good kick so I have no doubt in my mind that that was baby. Might be regretting my wish later when I am trying to sleep and baby will not get her foot out of my ribs.

post #64 of 93
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Meg, that is exactly how I feel and I will be 19 weeks this weekend. The most convincing kicks I had have been if I have a cookie/chocolate/other sweet plus a glass of juice and I have a chance to lay or sit still. Then I usually feel maybe on convincing thud up high on my left, but its still like, "Hey, I bet that totally could have been the baby."
post #65 of 93
Its easiest to feel kicks if you lie on your back.
post #66 of 93

@floweringkale Every night and morning I lay on my back and try to feel if baby is moving. Still not sure though. On all our ultrasounds she is moving all over the place. Thanks!

 

@BaileyB glad I am not the only one. ;)

 

I have a little rant this morning. Every year in our community they celebrate a thing called Posadas for the 12 nights leading up to Christmas. It is held at a different person's house every night and is like a Christmas church service/Christmas Party. I told DH that I didn't want to host one this year because of the pregnancy and lack of energy. He told me don't worry about it he will do most the work and I won't have to do much at all. Well DH got sick last night, food poisoning or stomach virus and is a mess today. I now have to get everything ready by 6:00 tonight. This should be fun, luckily I do have some help from a good friend and neighbor. Hopefully DH is feeling better by the evening because I need his help with translating.

post #67 of 93
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Bahhh, that stinks! Hopefully he will feel better soon. My husband is a really hard worker but is down right useless when sick! haha.

Word is finally public that we are expecting. So far everyone is really excited. I am glad for that. MIL told DH that he thought I was maybe getting a belly but didnt want to say anything. I was thinking, 'Maybe getting a belly?! I am very obviously pregnant.' I will have to post a current pic because there is no "maybe" getting a belly.
post #68 of 93

Its the baby, not gas, officially over here.  I think its gotten easier to recognize the difference after a couple babies, for me.  And there is more gas anyway.  

 

Baby is offficially feeling big.  The internet says he is the size of a bell pepper.  Wow.  Hard to belive something so big in my abdomen doesn't feel... more weird?  Or at least kind of tender or something, but nope, its all good.  Well, except for my hips, which are complaining about all the lower pelvic snuggles this one likes to do.  But they will survive.  

post #69 of 93

My 20 week anatomy scan is tomorrow! I am so excited. Today can't go by fast enough.

I have 2 boys and while I'd be over the moon with a daughter, I am just as excited about the prospect of another boy. It's all good.

post #70 of 93

The Posada Christmas party went well. DH is a very hard worker but like your husband @BaileyB completly useless when sick. He slept all day and was feeling well enough this evening to be able to help me host it.

 

@fayebond it is probably the baby and not gas all of the time... I just don't know. First pregnancy for me.

 

@Bobbys good luck with your scan tomorrow! So exciting! Hopefully baby is in right position for you.

post #71 of 93

I've been away from the DDC for more than a month now and I'm trying to catch up!  Hello again to everyone.  :)  We've been out of town a lot and I started a work-from-home business that has kept me busy.  But I'm 17 weeks now and I can't wait to get back to all the DDC fun.  Hope everyone else is doing well!

post #72 of 93
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Hi Teajunkie, welcome back! I have my u/s this afternoon but DD was up puking at four this morning. I am super tired and of course She feels all better and is back to her energetic self!
post #73 of 93

This morning I realized I have lost my waistline.  Normally I have a very pronounced waist-to-hip curve, but now my waist is as wide as my hips.  Of course that's supposed to happen, and I shouldn't be surprised by it at 21 weeks, but I felt a little sad nonetheless.

 

We are going by plane tomorrow to visit my parents.  I feel worried and guilty about taking my unborn baby through the scanner (sure, they SAY it's safe...) and up in the air with the changes of pressure and all--but I know millions of women fly repeatedly during their pregnancies for business trips and such, so one round trip is probably not going to do any harm.

post #74 of 93
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Originally Posted by EnviroBecca View Post
 

This morning I realized I have lost my waistline.  Normally I have a very pronounced waist-to-hip curve, but now my waist is as wide as my hips.  Of course that's supposed to happen, and I shouldn't be surprised by it at 21 weeks, but I felt a little sad nonetheless.

 

I think it's the 21 week blues :HugI still have a waist, because I have gone out front, but in the last week my body has changed pretty dramatically.  I was thinking (foolishly) that I was somehow not going to be one of those people who is bigger with her third child, but I think I just took a while to pop.  I felt so heavy by the end of the day yesterday, and the nighttime kicks (that again I was thinking were less this time around) have started up, bigtime.  I feel like I'm in my third trimester already - not quite that big, but on my way.  For me, I'm a bit sad because my first 20 weeks were way harder than in the past, with nausea and puking.  That's gone now, but I don't have that mystical second trimester energy burst that "they" always go on about.  Could it be the 19 hours of darkness where I live??? I'm sure the -35 temperatures and darkness here, and the busy time of the year have something to do with me feeling kind of bovine and useless. 

 

Here's hoping you have a great Christmas, Envirobecca! (I wouldn't worry too much about the plane or the scanners.)

post #75 of 93

I finally announced on FB, now that the baby has announced it's fetus-name (see my post on the dream thread. Sorry baby, if MoeJoe is your real name, I think you're out of luck). I was thinking about waiting until the big ultrasound (January 2nd) like last time, or maybe Christmas, but my brother's baby is due any time now, and announcing soon after that seems like stealing his thunder.

 

Back when I was approx. 1.5 weeks pregnant (in other words, hadn't actually conceived yet), I applied for a job at a hospital about an hour away. At the time, we'd been TTC for 9 months without success so I was thinking it wasn't going to happen, and picking up an occasional shift somewhere else seemed like a great idea from a lot of perspectives. We came home from that, opened the mailbox, and discovered that DH's VA disability level had been increased to a point where the monetary aspect of working a second job was no longer a big deal. And then another few weeks, and I found out I was pregnant. I interviewed for that job when I was about 6 weeks pregnant, and I never heard anything, so I figured I'd totally screwed up the interview or that my ambivalence had come across, but it was probably for the best.

 

They called last week and offered me the job, which I, against my better judgement, accepted. Other than being an hour away, I really do want to get in the door there, and we're talking about me just working PRN (as needed) for the first six months or so after the baby is born, so being on board with two places puts me in a more secure position for that. And once I actually start working PRN, it should be ok, since I can pick and choose which days I accept. 

 

But next month is likely to be hell. I have to do orientation, while still working my normal job, which means two weeks of six 12-hour shifts, plus one week of three day shifts and two night shifts. I'm hoping they give me one day off each week at my current job, which would help a lot. But I think my kids are going to forget I exist.

 

I keep reminding myself that women have had successful pregnancies under much more physically and psychologically stressful circumstances, and chances are I'm just making myself crazy and not actually causing any harm.

 

Anyways, I did the work physical yesterday, and discovered that 1. I can still touch my toes without bending my knees, 2. I apparently don't appear pregnant to medical professionals until they go and start doing abdominal palpation, and 3. my blood pressure was 92/50. It tends to be in the lowish-normal range, but not that low. 20 weeks (which I am) is the peak of physiologic lower blood pressure due to blood expansion, so that's possible. But I know I didn't drink enough that morning, and every single urine test I've done has shown me as dehydrated, so now I'm really trying to make myself drink more.

 

I'm so behind on Christmas prep. Thankfully, DH always goes nuts buying stuff for the kids, so they have plenty, but I should really find something more for DH, since he's apparently gone nuts buying stuff for me, too. I haven't finished with the calendar I've been making for family, which should be an easy matter of filling in pictures here and there, but I apparently didn't take enough pictures this past year (on the good side, now calendars are 50% off. Procrastination pays off). I haven't managed cards. The chocolate covered dried mango I bought for my mom got used for carolers who showed up a few days earlier than anticipated, so we hadn't bought cookies for them yet and had to go with what we did have. I haven't even dragged winter clothing out of storage, though we've been getting snow since October (Everyone has enough warm clothing, but this is the last year my youngest will fit her cute Christmas dress that I haven't bothered to find yet.) I'm doing a self-paced, pay-by-the-semester BSN program, and am beginning to suspect I'll be paying for more semesters than originally anticipated, as my progress has been somewhat less than maximal, and I don't expect that will improve next month. I wanted to make something for my brother's baby (due any time now), but I don't know if I'll manage that. 

 

It's all temporary. It'll past. I'm just tired and frustrated.

 

On the good side, DH just ordered a hot tub, so that will be very nice.

post #76 of 93
So It turns out my "cold" is a lung infection. So grateful for antibiotics! A week later I am finally starting to feel better. But on the plus side the baby is kicking like mad and both dh and the kids have had a chance to feel the baby move. My dh told my two year old that the baby is giving her high fives! She loves that love.gif
post #77 of 93
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Oh no!! So sorry to hear about your infection, so glad you are feeling better!

Will come back and write more when I can get to my computer.
post #78 of 93
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Originally Posted by ocelotmom View Post
 

I finally announced on FB, now that the baby has announced it's fetus-name (see my post on the dream thread. Sorry baby, if MoeJoe is your real name, I think you're out of luck). I was thinking about waiting until the big ultrasound (January 2nd) like last time, or maybe Christmas, but my brother's baby is due any time now, and announcing soon after that seems like stealing his thunder.

 

Back when I was approx. 1.5 weeks pregnant (in other words, hadn't actually conceived yet), I applied for a job at a hospital about an hour away. At the time, we'd been TTC for 9 months without success so I was thinking it wasn't going to happen, and picking up an occasional shift somewhere else seemed like a great idea from a lot of perspectives. We came home from that, opened the mailbox, and discovered that DH's VA disability level had been increased to a point where the monetary aspect of working a second job was no longer a big deal. And then another few weeks, and I found out I was pregnant. I interviewed for that job when I was about 6 weeks pregnant, and I never heard anything, so I figured I'd totally screwed up the interview or that my ambivalence had come across, but it was probably for the best.

 

They called last week and offered me the job, which I, against my better judgement, accepted. Other than being an hour away, I really do want to get in the door there, and we're talking about me just working PRN (as needed) for the first six months or so after the baby is born, so being on board with two places puts me in a more secure position for that. And once I actually start working PRN, it should be ok, since I can pick and choose which days I accept. 

 

But next month is likely to be hell. I have to do orientation, while still working my normal job, which means two weeks of six 12-hour shifts, plus one week of three day shifts and two night shifts. I'm hoping they give me one day off each week at my current job, which would help a lot. But I think my kids are going to forget I exist.

 

I keep reminding myself that women have had successful pregnancies under much more physically and psychologically stressful circumstances, and chances are I'm just making myself crazy and not actually causing any harm.

 

Anyways, I did the work physical yesterday, and discovered that 1. I can still touch my toes without bending my knees, 2. I apparently don't appear pregnant to medical professionals until they go and start doing abdominal palpation, and 3. my blood pressure was 92/50. It tends to be in the lowish-normal range, but not that low. 20 weeks (which I am) is the peak of physiologic lower blood pressure due to blood expansion, so that's possible. But I know I didn't drink enough that morning, and every single urine test I've done has shown me as dehydrated, so now I'm really trying to make myself drink more.

 

This is what my blood pressure had been too, this whole pregnancy. I still get light headed if I try to take a shower in the morning or at other random times of the day still. I also don't drink enough water.

 

I'm so behind on Christmas prep. Thankfully, DH always goes nuts buying stuff for the kids, so they have plenty, but I should really find something more for DH, since he's apparently gone nuts buying stuff for me, too. I haven't finished with the calendar I've been making for family, which should be an easy matter of filling in pictures here and there, but I apparently didn't take enough pictures this past year (on the good side, now calendars are 50% off. Procrastination pays off). I haven't managed cards. The chocolate covered dried mango I bought for my mom got used for carolers who showed up a few days earlier than anticipated, so we hadn't bought cookies for them yet and had to go with what we did have. I haven't even dragged winter clothing out of storage, though we've been getting snow since October (Everyone has enough warm clothing, but this is the last year my youngest will fit her cute Christmas dress that I haven't bothered to find yet.) I'm doing a self-paced, pay-by-the-semester BSN program, and am beginning to suspect I'll be paying for more semesters than originally anticipated, as my progress has been somewhat less than maximal, and I don't expect that will improve next month. I wanted to make something for my brother's baby (due any time now), but I don't know if I'll manage that. 

 

It's all temporary. It'll past. I'm just tired and frustrated.

 

On the good side, DH just ordered a hot tub, so that will be very nice.

 

Sounds busy Oceletmom! I am enjoying our very laid back Christmas because my/our life is about to get very busy immediately after. I was planning on going back to working on finishing our bathroom project right away in January but DH decided that he wants to hire someone to do it because we will actually need a new bathtub/shower which I obviously can't rip out and install a new one on my own, and since we are doing that we might as well tile the floor, which I could probably figure out but not accomplish in the 2 months I would have time scheduled to actually do it! So now in January our old farm house chimney is coming down so that we can put heat to the second story of our house (which is minimally heated now), then our bathroom will get ripped up and re-done (unfortunately we only have one bathroom so that will be interesting!), March I will be trying to get our chicks/turkeys started, seeds started in the greenhouse, and moving my kids into different bedrooms, my youngest will have all sorts of checkups with her specialists and I know they want to start some therapy with her as well as scope her airway again (which is always such an ordeal), April will be more of the same, then due in May! Hopefully May will just be watching DH's softball, have a baby, and keep up with taking care of greenhouse plants and our chickens and Turkeys. DH is also taking over a huge amount of territory for his business as well as starting to farm part-time with his dad at their dairy farm and we know it will be a huge change but it definitely a hurry up and wait situation. We are basically just waiting to be told when this will all start, sometime between January and June I guess!

 

On another note, due to my cousin from Boston coming home to visit this weekend DH and I both got out of seeing any relatives we didn't want to see this Christmas and only have to see the one's we wanted to! Super happy about this!!

post #79 of 93
I have a slightly swollen spot under the top left corner of my pubic hair. Anyone know what that is?? I have my next checkp Jan. 6, so I will ask about it then.

Everybody with low blood pressure, you might look into thigh-high compression stockings. I wear them every day, and they help a lot with keeping blood in my head to prevent dizziness. They were covered by my insurance.
post #80 of 93

I joined the waistless crowd this week as well.  But I got it back before so I'm hopeful (okay, not allllll the way back but far enough to see that it does indeed exist).  

 

I may not be back on before Christmas so if I don't update the gift exchange that's why (same thing with the bead exchange thread.... not excluding anyone just not here).  

 

Merry Christmas to all!

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