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I'm at 16 weeks and thinking that I have a few more weeks until I feel some flutters and kicks more routinely.<br><br>
Last night the 3 1/2 year old was asking her dad how the baby gets out of mommy's tummy. He told her when the baby was big enough mommy would push it out. She asked then when mommy pushed her out and he told her on her birthday it will be 4 years. She apparently liked that answer. I have a book about where babies come from so maybe I should get that out and read it to her. She likes details and lots of information.
 

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I felt the baby move for the second definite time over the weekend. This first time was a thump, this time it felt like baby was rolling over.. My uterus was hard last night as I was laying in bed so I told DH to feel it, so he did, but by then it was already squishy again. Then he said he thought he could feel it move! But he wasn't sure.<br><br>
*shrug*<br><br>
I'm experiencing some discomfort - like baby is in a position that pokes into my stomach? Something is causing it to feel not good. It was feeling that way right before I felt the baby roll on Saturday, so I think that's it. And often everything feels real squished up around my lower ribs.. I didn't think that sort of discomfort would start so soon. It's not constant though, just sometimes.<br><br>
Other than that I am feeling fine! I got a yoga dvd I'd ordered, Yoga for Your Pregnancy, and I really like it. I'm pretty new to yoga but I felt they showed and explained everything pretty well, and they include modifications for when you get used to doing the poses and want more of a challenge, and for when you get really big and some of the poses require a pillow for belly support and such..
 

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I was looking at the belly pictures in the belly pictures post and everyone looks so much more pregnant than me! Grow belly! GROW! :LOL<br><br>
Almostfey, i LOVE yoga, and have done it for years. Prenatal yoga can do a lot to strengthen and stretch the muscles you'll need in labor. Have a great time! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I'm officially in my second trimester, and had my first official energy burst last night. So my bedroom got clean, a load of laundry got done and most of the Christmas shopping got finished. Now I need another burst tonight to wrap all the presents, do more laundry and vaccum! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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That's great that you and your ex get along so well, WesternSkies -- I was just thinking of my first h today (no kids) when I heard "Blue Christmas" at Arby's. He had bought me a 45 of it our first Christmas as a couple because we were going to be apart for the holiday ... aaaaww.....<br><br>
(note to all you youngsters -- "45s" are vinyl records with singles on them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> )<br><br>
I am thrilled to not be traveling for Christmas for the first time in I don't know how long. All the years I lived in NJ I either traveled to Ohio (my folks) or some other place for the in-laws. What a delight! We are having my family over on Christmas Eve for bagels and lox (a little NY touch) and dh is making breakfast (pancakes) and dinner (steak?!) for just the three of us on the big day. Yum. Unfortunately we have been arguing over money and, sentiment aside, I can't wait for the holidays to be over.<br><br>
I finally washed all of my maternity clothes. Some of them are homemade hand-me-downs from a friend who lived in Amish country at the time she was pregnant (six or more years ago) , and I am wondering if even SHE would wear them anymore -- they are corduroy jumpers and such. I thought they'd be comfortable around the house, but I think I'll get some strange looks from my husband and my roommate. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I took some of my hand me downs and placed them in a big rubbermaid tub. Some were just not me, too ugly, or way too big. I got 2 pairs of overalls too from the same person. I already own a pair so I put them in the box as well. I'm waiting for my sister to deliver in February and then she is returning some things that I lent out. I'll be ready for them. I tried on a maternity shirt yesterday, but I don't have enough tummy yet. I wished it had drawstrings on it and then I might have had a chance. On the good side, I found a pair of pants that still fit from my regular clothes so I'm wearing those!<br><br>
I'm taking tomorrow off from work so this is my last day there until next Monday! I haven't really had a day off from there since starting in October. I need to wrap presents, make some cookies, bake some pies. Should be a fun day! (And I'm planning on getting a nap in too, if possible.)<br><br>
Michelle
 

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Can a 14 week fetus hear outside the womb yet? The reason I ask is that DH and I had a screaming match last night, and I am suddenly very concerned that my little June Bug's first mumbles of our voices may have been us yelling at each other.<br><br>
These yelling matches don't happen frequently at all, but when they happen, you can hear us three counties away.<br><br>
They always end the same way, with DH telling me what a jerk he is and how sorry he is. :LOL If he'd just figure it out right from the beginning of the argument; I'm ALWAYS right; we'd save our voices :LOL<br><br>
In any case, what do you guys think; I'm really concerned. Think my June Bug heard me tell his/her daddy to go to hell last night???
 

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No, I think it's toward the end of the 5th month that hearing develops. Just checked my magazine and it says that during the 5th month (17-20wks) the fetus can start to hear mom's blood and heartbeat and *may* be able to discern her voice, but most external sounds aren't heard by baby until end of 2nd tri. Hope that makes you feel better. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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SharonAnne, you and I are in the same boat! We too had a screaming match last night. Sigh. Nothing like the holidays. We argue so infrequently that I think a lot of pent-up emotions are involved.<br><br>
I'm glad to hear the baby can't hear yet, but I am a little concerned about all the negative vibes I've been feeling lately. I am trying not to be so sour!
 

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Seems like everyone is doing well and that's good!!<br>
I look forward to my mornings where I can see and feel my uterus, after that it's all squish. I've been trying to poke around when it's present and see if I can feel the babe, but so far nothing. What I used to do is poke on both sides a little bit and you'd sometimes be able to feel the baby bounce off of one side (is that cruel or abuse!?!?!). Trying not to do that too often though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br>
I've pretty much gotten over that hump and the mid day exhaustion isn't there anymore although every day I could certainly nap.<br>
Midwife appt rescheduled to Friday morning because she was sick today so I again CAN'T WAIT TO MEET HER!!!! LOL!!!<br>
Xmas shopping pretty much done today. Just buying for the kids, but it's still expensive. And difficult to buy for kids who have sooooo so much stuff. I wanted to buy rollerskates for my neice but couldn't find any for under $30. If this was last year I would do it, but I want to be able to get her more than one thing. I also went a little nuts and bought my son another gift that was way too expensive. It's a play doh kit that is a little fridge with a whole bunch of tools and play doh. He'll love it though and you can store things in it. It was $20!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"> But I figure it's xmas. Whatever.<br>
Well I'm totally neglecting my son right now. He's watching Gremlins and I'm in here typing away!!!<br>
TTFN<br>
Karen<br>
P.S. more belly pics please. I don't care how ridiculous or non-belly or too-belly you think you look!
 

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I think my belly's getting ready to pop any second. Thank heavens. Maybe I'll start looking PREGNANT instead of FAT :LOL Yesterday I noticed it was a bit more "basketballish" than it has been. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Even DH noticed that I look significantly "rounder" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
So, tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and I still need presents for people. DH's grandmother, my father, his father....stress stress stress. NOt to mention nothing is wrapped. Yup, it's the most wonderful time of the year alright. :LOL
 

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Seriously Sharon-Anne!<br>
I thought this year would be simple but I was wandering around TRU really aimlessly and starting to panic. Then I also knew I had to go get something for my son's teacher. Not really NECESSARY, but I felt like if I didn't I'd feel worse than her, kwim? I totally didn't even think about it until I walked into the classroom and saw all of the other gifts for her.<br>
Last year I had Tristan draw a picture and I put it in a nice frame. This year I literally had 2 hours to figure it all out and shop for her.<br>
None of our gifts are wrapped either, I suppose I'll do that tonight. And I always manage to NOT have scotch tape, only packing tape lol!!!<br>
I realized that xmas becomes stressful (and this is pretty obvious) when you turn into an adult or mother and it becomes your responsibility to be Santa. As a kid you could sit back and enjoy; I just can't do that anymore. Even when money isn't an issue it's just not that fun. Of course if you have the ability to go with the flow it's not as hard but sometimes it's just too much!!!<br>
Anyway I better run, dh is outside waiting for me. We're going to the indian buffet ;o)~~<br>
Karen
 

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Hi everyone! I haven't posted in a while, but I'm still here! Holidays are driving me nuts - I am doing customer service for an online retailer and if another person tells me that I "ruined" their holidays because their item arrived broken, backordered...whatever I might just run down the street screaming! LOL I don't normally do customer service, but my boss decided to fire everyone here so I kinda got stuck filling in and I want to quite more than anything but with DH laid off - I can't. Though, things might be turning around with that, I think that his company is going to have another contract starting the first week of January *fingers crossed, knocking on wood*<br><br>
The baby started moving A LOT this week - makes me wonder if it's gonna be another super spirited/ high needs baby like dd, she was a real womb acrobat and this one is all over the place. It took me a little while to beleive that it was the baby that I was feeling, I was convinced it was the jalapenos that I kept putting on wonderful foods like pizza but its the baby!<br><br>
I am living in the one pair of maternity pants that I bought at Old Navy a couple of months ago. I haven't found any others that fit right so I have one pair of pants for the moment! I don't have the cute little basketball belly, I have a football - I think that it looks like I could either be pregnant or have a huge beer gut (haha) but I figure any day it will "pop" and hopefully I will look more pregnant than chubby!
 

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Merry Christmas to you all!!!<br><br>
Hope you find the scotch tape! I found mine. Or at least the empty roll and its contents scattered around DD1's room yesterday. Fortunately I snuck a roll from work just in case I needed to use it. Shhh...<br><br>
Here's to hoping all that wonderful food and Christmas treats will make our bellies look round (and not fat)!!<br><br><br>
Enjoy!<br>
Michelle
 

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Merry Christmas<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I couldn't find our scotch tape. So I had to use packing tape seeing as how we now live thirty min. from a store. Ah well.
 

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Merry Christmas everyone!<br><br>
We ran out of scotch tape, too. Dh had to make a late-night run to the drug store for some more.<br><br>
Raina, I LOL at your football belly. I think I have one, also. It's more elongated than round.<br><br>
I'm pretty much just trying to survive the family visit right now. Dh is laid up in bed with some kind of food poisoning/vomiting. I feel bad for him but now it's up to me to do all the last minute grocery shopping, errand running, on top of taking care of two kids that are completely wild lately. I'm exhausted, have a headache and I haven't felt the baby move for almost 3 days which is freaking me out. Here's what's so sad---I feel like I can't tell anyone because I don't want anyone to go into a complete tizzy and so I am worrying about this all by myself. I had been feeling the baby about once a day or so/maybe every other day? so this is making me stress. I just want one tiny flutter for peace of mind.<br><br>
Thanks for letting me vent here. I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas has a joyous holiday and is able to survive the stress and hustle bustle and gets at least one magical, snow-falling, Silent Night singing, stars shining moment with your loved ones. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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*hugs* to Pepper. I get super paranoid between visits with my CNM, as I have no signs that the baby is ok, other than my big belly and the fact that I don't really have any reason to think baby is not ok. But a month is a long time with no reassurance. But last week I felt the baby roll over, only the second definite movement I've felt yet... what a relief. Now I just hafta wait til next Wednesday to hear the heartbeat again<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hey Pepper,<br><br>
Two ideas:<br><br>
Drink a Coke or fruit juice and see what happens. That blast of sugar often helps to get the baby moving, if only for your peace of mind (my doula advised me to do this last time around).<br><br>
Call your midwife! She'll either reassure you or bring you in for a non-stress test (maybe -- do they do those this early?). Not that you really have time -- I felt some cramping this morning which freaked me out and I was like, when do I have time to get this checked out? Happily it went away on its own.<br><br>
Merry Christmas, all you Christmas people! I'm off to lay out the spread .... mmmmm.....
 

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Thanks so much almostfey and Melissa. I had some chocolate soy that night and as I was drifting off to sleep I felt a THUMP. I almost cried I was so happy.
 
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