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StarCat's Avatar StarCat 09:34 AM 10-16-2010
How is everyone doing? I think most of us are into or heading into the 2nd trimester now. 15 weeks here and feeling great! I *think* I felt a little flutter last night (didn't feel #1 or 2 until after 20wks) so that was exciting. Definitely getting bigger and bought some clothes from Motherhood this past week. Just a pair of jeans and a shirt and some underwear (didn't realize my undies were getting snug but man, are the maternity undies comfy! think i'll go get some more) and the secret fit belly thing is AWESOME!

I also started a new job at a BIG and very busy hospital last week. It was a bit overwhelming and exhausted me- but hopefully once I get the swing of things it will be good.

Whats happening with everyone else this week?

gagin37's Avatar gagin37 10:40 AM 10-16-2010
Will be 14weeks tomorrow. It's a little hard to believe actually. It seems like it's going by so fast this time. I've started talking to our 2 year old ds about the new baby, and how the baby is growing inside mommy, when it's big enough it will come out. So now he likes to ask daily if the baby is coming out today. It's pretty cute. Been feeling much, much less nauseous, and not quite as tired. I'm having really yucky allergy/sinus trouble though the last week, and it's getting old.
MrsBone's Avatar MrsBone 01:00 PM 10-16-2010
12 weeks tomorrow. I'm straddling the april and may DDC since I'm due May 1st. Looking forward to getting to know all of you! I had my first ultrasound yesterday to find the heartbeat since my midwife couldn't find the heartbeat on the doppler. I'm so excited!
Blanca78's Avatar Blanca78 04:11 PM 10-16-2010
Starcat--congrats on the new job! I'm sure you'll get the hang of it soon.
Gagin--thanks for making my heart melt.
Mrs. Bone--welcome! I'm probably straddling April & May too--due April 26 but it's my first so I'm guessing I'll go late...congrats on seeing the heartbeat!

AFM--coming up on 13 weeks this Tuesday. My big news is that I finally got up the guts to email my department head (I'm a grad student) and tell him I'm pregnant. He was super supportive, and assured me that I could take spring and summer off and still expect funding in the fall to finish my thesis. This means I really have to start thinking about lining up childcare, which I find super intimidating, but I'll need someone to watch the baby while I'm teaching and writing.

Now that the word is out to him and his response was so congratulatory and supportive, I feel really excited about going officially public. I'll tell my advisor on Monday and then let the news out for real--I can't wait!
Morwenna's Avatar Morwenna 04:02 PM 10-17-2010
I've been kind of holding my breath since I am feeling MUCH better, haven't felt movement yet, and around 15 weeks was when I had my first appt. in my pregnancy in 2004 where we were never able to find the heartbeat (ended in miscarriage at 16 weeks). SO, yesterday had my second appointment and hear the HB immediately! Sounded great. That was a real relief for me--made this all seem so much more real, silly as that sounds. I still am feeling more fat than pregnant. I recently bought my first maternity clothing too. My 'fat' pants are getting uncomfortable. Starting to think of names and to plan what I am going to knit for this little one!
mclisa's Avatar mclisa 08:10 PM 10-17-2010
I've worn maternity pants twice last week. I can get by with my skirts as I lost weight earlier this year so I've grown back into them.

I need to go through my closet and pull out my maternity stuff. My little sister returned my stuff so I have that to wear as well. If it fits. My boobs are bigger this time around so I don't think any of her medium shirts are going to work.

I had my appt last week which went well. Now just in a holding pattern. Mainly done with the morning sickness, but have been having headaches now. I don't remember them from before.

We've been working on naming body parts with my youngest. Now when you ask him "Where's the baby?" he lifts my shirt up. Too cute.

The word of my pregnancy is spreading around my office and our branch offices. Last maternity leave I had someone fill in for me and I let him know when I was going to be out. He said it wouldn't be a problem to fill in some of those days.

Has anyone done the Chinese birth calendar yet to see what it says? Mine says boy which I would be thrilled because then my youngest would be able to share a room with him. It helps with large family logistics.
gumshoegirl007's Avatar gumshoegirl007 11:01 PM 10-17-2010
I'm a little over 16w now and fully into maternity clothes. I feel like I'm huge already and very obviously pregnant. Although, no one else seems to notice...and, when I look at myself in photographs, I can't really tell either. I tried to wear a tshirt with my maternity pants this week and discovered that was a bad idea. It's now too short!

We've begun to purchase some things for the baby. We have a car seat, stroller and crib thus far. I'm trying to get some of the bigger things out of the way, but buying them used to save us some money.
ILoveMyBabyBird's Avatar ILoveMyBabyBird 11:41 PM 10-17-2010
I am 13 weeks 5 days as of 10/17. I don't really feel pregnant, but the breakouts on my face and emotional roller coaster suggest otherwise. My weight is stalled for the past three weeks since my morning sickness has faded. Next prenatal visit is 10/26, wearing one pair of maternity pants, but just wearing my 'fat' jeans/pants most the time, i can still fit in them for a couple more weeks at least without feeling uncomfortable. Dh and I have been bickering a bit, wish i wasn't so darn hormonal and he wasn't trying to quit smoking at this time, it's not a great combination. His solution is to hang out at friends more, and that is fine by me, lol.
midwestmeg's Avatar midwestmeg 12:47 PM 10-18-2010
oooh- I should weigh my self! My mw is no fun and doesn't weigh me. *I* personally like to obsess about how much weight I gain... even though I have found each pregnancy is different and I really don't control it; although avoiding sugar cereal late at night does seem to help.

I am wearing my 'fat pants' and starting to look like my middle is a stuffed sausage. I just bought a ton of long shirts and leggings from GAP; works great! I'll do anything to avoid maternity stuff; although I'll admit when I put it on it looks nicer than clothes that don't fit right. So I've been buying mat stuff and then storing it! And, for the first time, I'm having a soft spot for being pregnant- probably cause this will be my last!

morwenna- 16 wks is late for a miscarriage! Big hugs. Glad you heard the HB.

gumshoegirl- how fun to be collecting baby stuff for #1! Enjoy!!

blanca- I finished my masters thesis between #1 and #2... actually 2 was a baby when I defended. It's doable, but it was helpful that my advisors just wanted to see me gone... they didn't go after me nearly as hard in my defense as I expected.

gagin37- my allergies have been dreadful! I've been taking claritin occasionally. I am way past the optional stage... I haven't had allergies like this in a long time! Annoying.

K. Better get some more paperwork done.

I can feel flutters sometimes and i think hiccups this morning?!! Is that too soon?! I am 14.5 weeks now.
naturalmummy's Avatar naturalmummy 02:15 PM 10-18-2010
Hi ladies! I am somewhere b/t 14 and 15 weeks. Unfortunately I'm one of the unlucky ones who still has MS. No throwing up but just 24/7 cloud around my brain and peaks of nausea when I'm hungry and full (so all the time really). However, I am having days which are relatively better. Like today. But yesterday was bad. Had to sleep the afternoon away just to get through it. Luckily it was Sunday and DH could play with DS while I slept.

Now that we're telling people there is a little relief and excitement in that. I have also found out that 4 additional (to add to the 6 already) family members/friends are pg and due in April or early May! That's been a little overwhelming but exciting.

Fat jeans but preferably stretch yoga and PJ pants!

Sad about 17 mo DS not getting any milk from me anymore (separate thread).

Can't wait until I feel well enough to start working out again and nesting which I am dying to do but don't have the energy to get off the couch ever.

Happy fall!
jenniferadurham's Avatar jenniferadurham 02:31 PM 10-18-2010
Made a mistake yesterday of not eating RIGHT when I got up...took a bath with DS to get ready to go eat breakfast...got out of the bath tub and started gagging...I couldnt stop myself and threw up(for the first time.) Luckily it was only water. But I shook more than I would have if it was more than just water.

I NEED do to drink more water...I've had a headache for almost a week. It's getting annoying. It's hard for me to drink more though bc I'm not a big drinker in the first place.


I may have decided to change our halloween costume lol. We were just going to wear tshirts that I had found...mine saying "I bite" w/fangs on it and a big creepy pumpkin on his. But then I was watching New Moon last night and was thinking of the last movie/book. NOW I am going to wear a shirt that says "Bella" on the front w/Renesme(SP) and my DEAR DEAR LOVING DH is going to play along(he's not a big fan of Twilight) and wear an Edward shirt...which is his middle name lol. (If I had enough guts I would name my next son Jacob(bc I really love this name even before Twilight) and he would have his fathers middle name of Edward)...hehehe Jacob Edward....what?



starting to get charlie horses in my calves...yay fun.


Im about to lose my cool with my 8 YO daughter...we HS and she cant figure out what to do in her daily journal...REALLY? NOTHING??!! Draw a picture of your family..SOMETHING! JUST DO IT!

That was good to vent...I screamed it in my head as I typed it.

We are in the process of getting our house on the market and getting it sold so that we can get our house built and moved in before this baby gets here...oh dear. So I went through all of my clothes and purged...I put clothes away that I wont be able to wear until I lose weight and things I cant wear until this coming spring. It felt good! I went from having 6 drawers full to 3




Really felt the baby moving yesterday. Several times. It was fun.
nadia105's Avatar nadia105 02:58 PM 10-18-2010
15 weeks today . I have a mw appt this afternoon, I like hearing the hb to go along with all the movements I've felt today! Babe was pretty quiet most of last week, but all morning I've felt it bouncing around in there!
bleumoose's Avatar bleumoose 07:54 PM 10-18-2010
Let's see.. I'm 13w give or take a day. I went in for my nuchal translucency screening Friday. I think it went well. The tech didn't say anything of course, but I looked up what the thickness should be and mine was well below any risk level. AND we got to hear the HB and see the critter wiggling around

I'm feeling SO GOOD now. In the last week my nausea has evaporated, and my tiredness is easing off too. Today I was on the move all day and I'm only a little exhausted this evening. This is way way earlier than with the other pgs. I was nauseated until 14-16 weeks with them.

I *think* I've felt the baby fluttering around, but I'm never quite sure. With both the others I had had moments when I was positive by this time, but not with this one.

My regular clothes still fit, but I'm wearing almost all maternity stuff because it's SO much more comfortable. Today I put away all of my non maternity clothes and am working to sort through my many (many many) tubs of maternity clothes and refill my drawers. I seriously have SO many mat. clothes it's ridiculous.. I've had a couple friends give me all of theirs because they were done, plus all the stuff I bought when pg with #1. (If any of the Central Ohio mamas want any, send me a PM, I'm happy to share--most of my stuff is size L/XL ) The AWESOME thing is that this time around I'm fitting a lot of the jeans and pants that did not fit last time. I started out a good 20# lighter this time and I can tell

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the secret fit belly thing is AWESOME!
What's this? Haven't heard of it.

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starting to get charlie horses in my calves...yay fun.
Calcium and magnesium might help with the charlie horses.
gagin37's Avatar gagin37 07:59 PM 10-18-2010
oooh, I felt a good, hard kick last night! very excited!
Lauren82's Avatar Lauren82 07:59 PM 10-18-2010
I had to chime in about the secret fit belly pants because I love them too. It's basically a full panel but it's made of really thin material. You can fold it down or wear it all the way over the belly and it fits even with a tiny bump. The material does not show through your shirt.
bleumoose's Avatar bleumoose 08:03 PM 10-18-2010
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I had to chime in about the secret fit belly pants because I love them too. It's basically a full panel but it's made of really thin material. You can fold it down or wear it all the way over the belly and it fits even with a tiny bump. The material does not show through your shirt.
oooo those sound really nice!!
StarCat's Avatar StarCat 08:57 PM 10-18-2010
yes the secret fit belly is awesome. although my friend who is 8 wks ahead of me got a pair and didn't love them quite as much as I did. She said she felt like they were droopy in the back and she had to tug them up. She is a bit shorter than me so maybe that was it. I didn't feel like that at all. The band goes all the way around not just in the front like a lot of mat. stuff- so it stays up and is super comfortable and you don't get plumber butt.

I am DEFINITELY feeling baby movement!! YAY!! It's so early compared to the girls. I felt it the other day and then nothing that could definitely be called baby until today but today I felt several bumps and flutters. Can't wait to feel more. I don't much care for being pregnant- the only thing I like is feeling the baby move. I just love it. And I am so excited for my girls to be able to feel baby kicks.
gagin37's Avatar gagin37 09:07 PM 10-18-2010
I didn't care for the belly fit jeans too much with my last pregnancy, they didn't seem to fit my body shape well. I still have a pair I wore once or twice, i might get them back out when I start rounding out. I just had trouble getting them to stay up, they were always falling down. I have that trouble with jeans in general though, so maybe it's just me.
allical1284's Avatar allical1284 12:36 AM 10-19-2010
It is good to hear that for the most part everyone is doing well; NaturalMummy, I hope your nausea goes away soon!
I am feeling so good right now; I am 14w3d! I have gone over a week without feeling the need to nap with DD. It is nice to have that time back again for house chores and small sewing projects (I'm making some more newborn fitted diapers to add to my stash.)
We saw our MW on Sunday, and our visit went well. Her doppler is being repaired right now so we gave it a shot with the fetoscope, but it is still a little early for that. It was fun for everyone (including DH) to play with the fetoscope though
We had a quick u/s a couple weeks ago with our shadow care CNM's, and we saw a healthy little baby jumping around, so I wasn't too stressed about not being able to hear a HB yesterday.
This pregnancy is so much different than DD's. With DD. I was obsessed with 'doing everything right'. I researched day and night... This time around I am so much more relaxed; even our appointments with our HB MW feel so much more like visits with an old friend versus the very clinical, sterile feel of our hospital MW's we used w/ DD (the same we are seeing as back-up now.)
MrsBone's Avatar MrsBone 01:33 AM 10-19-2010
I don't believe I did this with my first DS since I didn't have an ultrasound until 20 weeks. I did just have an ultrasound with current baby at 12 weeks because we couldn't find the heartbeat. Just wondering if I could have had this NT testing done without my knowledge? The sonographer had that sonogram probe up there for quite awhile taking lots of pictures. Just curious what it is.
kaPOW!'s Avatar kaPOW! 10:20 AM 10-19-2010
shoot! i haven't been subscribed and you ladies have been chatty!

secret belly pants.... woo! i would like a pair of pants that doesn't give me elephant butt, that is my issue. i got a lot of handmedowns and am sooo grateful for them, but no one has quite the same body, so... i may pick up a couple new pair-o-pants.

i am feeling movement every day now! it is so wacky, these little pushes and thumps probably would have gone unnoticed the last time around. they are so tiny! i can hardly believe that the baby is big enough for me to feel with my belly so small still. i was over 20 weeks before i felt anything with my son.

jenn, you crack me up. and your dh is awesome

mclisa, my chart says girl. i hope the charts are right for both of us!!

natural, i hope you're feeling better soon!
Stayseeliz's Avatar Stayseeliz 11:28 AM 10-19-2010
14w3d here. I have an appt next week. I can't wait!! Hopefully they'll schedule my big u/s at that time. Can't wait for that either!

Still exhausted here and feeling a little sick but not too bad. I'm just ready for more energy.

I'm not feelin' the secret fit belly panel. I haven't been able to find a pair of jeans I don't despise. The secret fit doesn't stay up on me for some reason and the under the belly pants keep falling down. I'm thinking about wearing yoga pants for the next 6 months!!
kaPOW!'s Avatar kaPOW! 12:13 PM 10-19-2010
maybe jeans are just hard to do right in general. i wonder if a lighter material would work better? although, some of the handmedowns that i got are jeans, and apparently the mamas before me liked them, so i don't know. i have not loved a single pair of maternity jeans, ever. but i've found khaki's or cords that were ok. i need to get some decent looking work-friendly pants. i was so casual last time around, and then the ladies who got knocked up after me always looked so suave and professional in their maternity gear. it inspired me to give a damn this second time around lol.
sarahkristin's Avatar sarahkristin 01:34 PM 10-19-2010
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We've begun to purchase some things for the baby. We have a car seat, stroller and crib thus far. I'm trying to get some of the bigger things out of the way, but buying them used to save us some money.
I just wanted to warn against buying used car seats, unless you know and trust the person you got it from. There are a lot of potential dangers behind buying a car seat used.

Jenniferdurham, your post called out to me. I've been having a lot of the same problems a you. What I did about water is this... I prefer cold water, so I took a pitcher of water and stick it in the fridge. I know that I need to drink the whole thing before the end of the day.
It has really helped me drink more water. Every time I open the fridge, I see the water. I've also been getting muscle cramps in my calves. I've heard the potassium and calcium thing too. I guess I'll try that. I hate taking pills. My prenatal is a 3 per day, and I have a hard time with just that. And last, I'm getting shorter with dd too. I'm so irritable lately! I hate it.

Afm, still haven't seen a mifwife. I'll be 16w tomorrow. I guess I'll call my mifwife today. Sigh. Wish me luck.
jenniferadurham's Avatar jenniferadurham 02:32 PM 10-19-2010
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Jenniferdurham, your post called out to me. I've been having a lot of the same problems a you. What I did about water is this... I prefer cold water, so I took a pitcher of water and stick it in the fridge. I know that I need to drink the whole thing before the end of the day.
It has really helped me drink more water. Every time I open the fridge, I see the water. I've also been getting muscle cramps in my calves. I've heard the potassium and calcium thing too. I guess I'll try that. I hate taking pills. My prenatal is a 3 per day, and I have a hard time with just that. And last, I'm getting shorter with dd too. I'm so irritable lately! I hate it.

Thank you!
midwestmeg's Avatar midwestmeg 03:04 PM 10-19-2010
Is it weird to buy a carseat already?!! The one thing I need is a new bucket, and they are on sale at www.albeebaby.com No tomatoes for the fact that I am buying a $200 bucket to use for 5 months! It is what snaps into my PP stroller that I loooove.

I don't want to jinx anything at 14.5 tender weeks.
Stayseeliz's Avatar Stayseeliz 08:55 PM 10-19-2010
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maybe jeans are just hard to do right in general. i wonder if a lighter material would work better? although, some of the handmedowns that i got are jeans, and apparently the mamas before me liked them, so i don't know. i have not loved a single pair of maternity jeans, ever. but i've found khaki's or cords that were ok. i need to get some decent looking work-friendly pants. i was so casual last time around, and then the ladies who got knocked up after me always looked so suave and professional in their maternity gear. it inspired me to give a damn this second time around lol.
Maybe there is something to this. I haven't worn maternity jeans much since I was pg with #2 since my last was an early fall baby and I wore shorts and skirts all summer. I just HATE the feel of the maternity jeans. They either squish you to death, hang off you or roll down all day! UGH!!!!! I do have a pair of convertible pants that will do for awhile but I need at least a few things to wear to church.
gumshoegirl007's Avatar gumshoegirl007 09:37 PM 10-19-2010
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I just wanted to warn against buying used car seats, unless you know and trust the person you got it from. There are a lot of potential dangers behind buying a car seat used.
I totally hear you on this one. I trusted the person I got it from and it's in excellent condition. It's a Chicco keyfit and they're really hard to get in Canada. And, I saved a bundle!

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Is it weird to buy a carseat already?!! The one thing I need is a new bucket, and they are on sale at www.albeebaby.com No tomatoes for the fact that I am buying a $200 bucket to use for 5 months! It is what snaps into my PP stroller that I loooove.

I don't want to jinx anything at 14.5 tender weeks.
I bought our carseat and stroller at 13 weeks. Normally, I wouldn't have dared but I got a great deal on the stroller (saved $200) and then on the car seat (saved $150), too. I really like to save on these kinds of big purchases, so IMO the risk was well worth it.
Oregonicmama's Avatar Oregonicmama 09:57 PM 10-19-2010
So glad to hear many of us are feeling better! My appetite is back but I am so exhausted! I've been having terrible dry mouth at night, to the point it makes me gag, and it wakes me up all night. On top of that I've been having really vivid dreams in which I am looking for water and I can't find it. When I ask for help no one understands me since I can't talk right bc of the dry mouth. Last night I dreamt I was missing a flight because someone stole my luggage and I was lost in this huge airport and when I tried to get help I couldn't speak bc my mouth was so dry ( and Tina Fey kept saying my flight left at 3:69. Not helpful). I woke up crying and it left me feeling like I didn't sleep. Anyone else having crazy dreams or dry mouth? I'm thinking about buying a humidifier, but not sure that would help.

The secret belly jeans... I bought a pair yesterday and they are nice. I got mine at Kohl's (all their maternity stuff is 30% off right now). I got a large so they're kind of big, but they have spandex and make my butt look great, which is pretty awesome for maternity jeans. I don't enjoy the panel touching my belly though, so I rolled it down and they stay up ok like that, but not great.

I've already started picking out carseat, stroller, etc. Our families live far away so we created a Baby Registry on Amazon. They can pull from other sites, so their selection is impressive. Ergo carrier, cloth diaps, baby legs were all there.

Well I have to run and get my DDs from gymnastics. I'm glad we have a chat thread going now!!
gagin37's Avatar gagin37 10:05 PM 10-19-2010
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Anyone else having crazy dreams or dry mouth?
YES! I did with my last pregnancy too. I have to keep a glass or bottle of water by the bed. I have those same type dreams too, it's awful. I try to up my water intake during the day, sometimes that can help. Also watching my salt intake.
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