My Birth Story (37 Weeks)

I wrote this one-handed before leaving the hospital for my birth board but ended up using a short blurb version. Anyway here it is, typo-ridden, not proofread etc but I just wanted to at least get the big details down (though really I wanted to never ever think about it again so it’s brusque).

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Samuel Christopher

DOB: 7/26/15

Original Due Date: 8/14/15

Weeks Pregnant: 37w2d

Baby’s weight: 7lb 9oz

Length: 20″

Birth story: Water broke in a huge gush when I tried to crawl back into bed at 2:27am Saturday morning. I’d called my on call OB in L&D Friday night around 7pm because I’d been having painful BH since 4pm and no matter what I did they didn’t let up, though they were difficult to time because they were light but lasted for way longer than normal contractions and came almost on top of each other which I knew couldn’t be right. Anyway, Dr. Called me back at 8pm and I felt they’d sort of slowed down though I was still thinking they must be something, my OB said I was being greedy (joking) and still had three weeks to go and would probably feel these practice BH for a while yet. I asked him how I would recognize when to come in bc I really felt like this was something and yet it wasn’t…. Well basically he explained everything we’ve all been telling each other here about when to call go in, but something just didn’t feel right. I felt silly for calling because I try not to be *that* FTM and assured my husband, SIL and BFF that I’d overstated things and it was nothing, no worries, etc and that I was going to just ignore them and if it got to the point where I couldn’t talk through them then maybe I’d pay attention again.

So yeah, felt them all night but not too painful or anything until I fell asleep around 1. I got up just before 230 to go pee and remember thinking, “man that’s a pregnancy record” as I’d not peed in such volume for a long time thanks to going so frequently. Then I went back to my bedroom and swung one leg up, ready to literally climb in as always when there was just a huge gush of fluid all at once. I was shocked and went back to the bathroom where I undressed and contemplated the possibility that I’d somehow peed myself in great volume despite having just voided my bladder. Decided that was not the case, called my husband who was working in Oklahoma and told him so he could begin arranging a flight home to Maine. Then called my best friend who lives in town (not the one I’d talked to about it earlier) so she could come bring me to the hospital. As it turns out my calls and texts didn’t wake her, so I called my in laws and my father, both an hour away. I finally called the on-call doctor and he told me to come in, offered an ambulance over either driving myself or waiting for my in-laws but I felt able to drive myself aside from the fact that fluid was still coming in big gushes and I kept changing only to find myself soaked moments later.

I eventually grabbed towels, a trash bag and my hospital bag and headed for the garage. Cat escaped into garage because Murphy’s law. Got cat back in house, put down double layered towel, then trash bag then another towel on the leather and suede seats of my brand new SUV and left for the hospital, disturbed by the drip trail I knew I’d left throughout the house.

Got to hospital. Parked. Walked to door dripping and carrying big hospital bag. Door locked. Choice words. Dripped and huffed and puffed my way to the main entrance and security. Accepted wheelchair escort up to L&D where I’d luckily just pre-registered. The rest was so long and horrible that it’s going to be the shortest part of the story.

OB agreed not to give me pitocin until Curtis’ flight came in (all 3 flights went off without a hitch thank goodness), but we started misoprostol at around 11am to ripped cervix. Almost immediately cramps became contractions and i dilated to a 2.5, 75% effaced by the time C arrived, still -3 station. Started on pit and got epidural around 3. Epidural worked for all of half hour and then did nothing to even take the edge off ctx it seems. By 430 pm was 4cm 90% effaced, -3 station. 1030pm, after hours of excruciating pain I got a bolus to try to reduce my pain level. Ctx would not regulate, were nonstop but only the peaks counted and they could be 1-4 mins apart and 60-90 seconds. Bolus worked on one side for maybe half an hour. With the break from the full in pain that kept stalling things I made it to 7cm by 10:40 pm.

After that, the pain was so bad that I went from getting v quiet during contractions to grunting level noises, to full on moaning/lowing like a cow, curtis and Cindy reminding me to breathe through them, cold clothes on my face, ice chips when I’d get a moment between ctx bc the breathing through my mouth dried me out quickly. I broke down hysterically sobbing just before the bolus bc unlike what I expected from contractions (esp w an epi!) , I often went half an hour or more without a single second where I wasn’t in pain. Thanks to my pitocin being cranked to a 14 my uterus never fully relaxed between contractions. So, I don’t know…. It’s a blur from here. Basically, kept stalling.

At my next check i was 9cm, 90%, 0 or +1 station. Thought things were moving. Kind of a blur of just unrelenting pain. Broke down again around 1230 am bc my pain was at a 10 even on my ever-readjusting pain scale and I couldn’t get a moment between contractions to relax and get my bearings. It had been an hour without a break (uterine pressure never dipping below the 20s). Sobbing in front of everyone- in laws, dad, gramma, Becca- to curtis, begging for a break begging him to make it stop for a second, saying I can’t. The pain in my pubic bone was so sharp aching and immense, this was apparently bc Sam’s head was stuck there the whole time. Nurse checked and I was 9.5 cm, nurse had me do trial pushes and he wasn’t able to come down enough that she thought we were ready so she let me labor down for even longer which is supposed to allow him to move lower on his own, but after 2 hrs when the dr came in he was at a 0 station but still not coming lower and my cervix was still there, no 10. It was 230am.

Dr. started to mention a c-section and I just started crying in relief saying, ok yes, I don’t care, just make this end. Wheeled into operating room, given bolus to allow epi to do its job for the surgery rather than a spinal or going under. Epi was “patchy” and could still feel in a “window” on the left side if my belly. They waited a couple mins, decided it should be good and could give me more if needed. I was still having contractions right up until the patchy epi (did cover those!) and was so ready to be done and couldn’t take anymore pain. I had to though, felt everything internal during my c section. No cutting feeling but more than just pressure and burning. It felt so long before they even go to my uterus and the baby and then they found that his head was truly stuck in my pelvis and it took a lot of doing and more cutting to get to him and get it out. 3am on the dot he was born. I was so sad that when he was born I finally heard him cry and Curtis was emotional and I couldn’t react I was in the middle of this horrendous surgery and could barely answer questions they kept asking me to try to make sure I was ok. Come around to kiss him and say a brief hello before fading back into my tunnel of pain and unconsciousness. My OBs were shocked at how much I felt and have been quite apologetic (I guess they’re not the ones who are legally liable for that haha).

Finally stitched up, then glued. Recovery room. My own room. Ginger ale. One hour of sleep before I woke up and started my life as a mommy, smuggling and trying to BF for the first time.

34 and 35 Week Bumps and Updates

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Well, in case you can’t tell, the baby dropped between 34 and 35 weeks (34 on left, 35 on right). I’m pretty excited about this because hopefully it means I will go into labor on my own before my likely induction at 39 weeks and also bc maybe I can avoid stretch marks since my belly is now not just getting bigger and bigger every week.

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It’s been an eventful two weeks. Last weds at 33w5d I had my growth scan to check on Sam’s size since he was 96th percentile at 19 weeks. This time he was still measuring in the 90th percentile (I think 91st overall) and estimated to be 6 lbs. The tech also noticed that I had extra amniotic fluid, which didn’t surprise me since my fundal height was measuring 37 cm, so she did a biophysical profile as well as the growth scan and consulted with the dr. The Dr. ordered another BPP for this week to check on my fluid, so I went in again at 34w5d and my fluid was 2cm higher than the week before (21cm). So, I have mild polyhydramnios and have to go in weekly for BPPs. Im not sure what that means for me when I deliver, but I know it can complicate things. Anyway, thanks to all that extra fluid (most ppl at this stage have ~12cm, so it really is a lot extra!) the tech got beautiful, clear pictures of my sweet baby’s face and I will admit right now that I fell totally head over heels in love with someone I’ve never met even though I always thought I wouldn’t be the type to turn to total mush over my spawn. I was so wrong, but he is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen andI can’t wait to meet this little ham!!!

Oh, I think I forgot about weight gain last update, so here ya go: 27 lbs total (it didn’t change between 34 and 35).

28 Week Bump and Glucose Tolerance Test

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I guess it speaks to how looooong pregnancy feels that I’m already beginning to lose interest in making these updates. Last week was actually more eventful than others, too! On Thursday I had my appointment where My fundal height was measuring 3-4 cm ahead. It was 4 the first few times the NP did it but she finally said, “well, I guess I could call that 31” since it’s less extreme. Fundal height is supposed to be within 2cm (+\-) the week you’re in so at 27w6d i should have been somewhere between 26 and 30. Other than asking if I was a big baby and being shocked enough to do it several times, she didn’t say anything about it although a lot of ppl get an ultrasound when it’s more than 2cm off. Im already getting an U/s at 34 weeks because he was so big at his anatomy scan, so maybe that’s why.

After that I grabbed a latte and breakfast sandwich before heading to the lab for my 1 hour glucose test. I wasn’t told to fast or anything, but ending up failing by 2 points. They like to see the number under 140 and mine was 141. So now I’m sitting here at the hospital lab, waiting for my last of 4 blood draws. I got here at 730 after going to the other lab first since no one told me about the venue change and will finally be leaving at 11:13. My fasting level was 91, which is passing, but not by too much and the rest of the results will go to my doctor’s office about 2 hours after my last draw. I’m glad I don’t have to wait too long.

Total weight gain: 19 lbs

This week stuff hurts some, like the round ligaments holding up my 4 cm too big for this stage uterus. Baby is moving a ton still, my whole belly jolts and vibrates and jumps. I took a short video to capture this crazy phenomenon.

A Rant on Counting/Math dealing with Pregnancy

Now everyone would say I’m in my third trimester, hurrah, we can all agree! I don’t know where this whole 28 weeks is the third trimester thing came from, maybe What to Expect because math and my Dr. and the insurance company all say it starts at 27 weeks (as in, when you’ve completed 27 weeks and are starting on your 28th week) but I’ve noticed that baby center and WTE call it 28, for no reason I can figure out since that makes for a very long 2nd trimester and a short third, when trimesters are just a construct designed to divide the pregnancy into three basically even parts.

[Editor’s note: here’s where we realize that my 28 week update has turned into a rant and its not coming back]

I’d say don’t get me started, but clearly I’ve already started. I have other pregnancy counting pet peeves, the biggest of all being when people say they are 7 months pregnant when they are IN their 7th month, but are actually 6 months pregnant thanks to these stupid charts that tried to simplify the whole week to month thing but obviously failed due to a lack of critical thinking. I mean, it seems pretty obvious that if theyre calling weeks 1-4 month one that you wouldn’t consider yourself to be 1 month pregnant at 1 week, except it apparently isn’t. By that logic I’d have to call myself 30 since I’m in my 30th year and we’d be calling our day-old babies a month old since they are in week 1-4. I mean. Gah.

Well, now I’ve just ranted and its probably boring to most and probably ticking off fellow pregos who just want to make themselves sound more pregnant by saying 26 weeks is 7 months pregnant because a chart said 26-30= month 7. My main problem with this is that people who are properly reporting how many months they are when asked are being treated like they’re monstrous because they’re so much bigger than other women were/are at 6 months pregnant (when of course they are bigger because they’re 4 weeks further along than other ladies claiming to be 6 months pregnant). I’ll leave the lunar month people out of this because at least there is logic behind that. I think the WHO actually tried to standardize our way of counting months during pregnancy and chose lunar months as the way to go. By regular months I am 6 1/2 months pregnant, by lunar months I am 7 months pregnant and by the super common misreading of that chart I’m 7 1/2 months pregnant. THIS is why we count weeks.

I don’t even think I can blame this on hormones, I think it’s just my Sheldon-like nature and pure vexation at inconsistencies, especially when the logic is clear. Follow the logic…. my husband thinks I’m insane and should let it go and I keep insisting that I cant because it’s WRONG. I think know he genuinely wishes he could sedate me sometimes.


18 Week Bump and Update

I can’t believe I’m still not even at the halfway mark! I feel huge and still have 22 weeks to go!

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Total weight gain:

4 lbs

Baby is:

The size of a sweet potato and able to be measured head to toe for the first time. There’s a 10″ long baby in that belly! I can’t feel baby move regularly yet, just here and there with days of nothing in between. Hopefully that changes soon!

Symptoms and Stuff:

so I guess the tendons that connect the upper thighs to the pelvis are not planning to tighten back up and stop hurting… It’s been 4 weeks and it’s not once let up. I already can’t seem to increase my walking speed above “turtle” without paying for it via sharp pains in my belly (and thighs of course). Hey there, round ligament pains, thanks for making me walk all slowly and stiffly like a pot-bellied zombie, it’s a good look. I was under the impression that all this came later, but I suspect I’ll be waddling well before 30 weeks at this rate. Im finally starting to sleep on my sides more, though I always wake up on my back. I also tend to lie on my back, against a pile of pillows to wind down at night or when indigestion is especially bad and I guess I’ll have to stop at some point? So sad! Lying on one’s side while awake is not conducive to basically anything except watching tv. Um, I’ve eaten a ton of soft-chew tums this week, heartburn has arrived. I get occasional Braxton Hicks, also early for me to feel them, but confirmed by OB and I can feel where the baby is when they happen bc theres a big bulge there.

This week’s craving:

Peppercorn ceasar wraps from Quiznos. I had 5 in a week.

16 Week Bump and Update

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This week I’m super cranky thanks to it being the second week I’ve been snowed in. Both this week and last, schools and etc were closed tues-fri thanks to two snow storms in which we got 6-8 inches. For Hampton that’s a ton and the roads are terrible and it’s basically stupid to get in your car and drive until the weather warms up enough to melt the snow because you’re likely to get hit by someone who can’t drive in it. So many people are stationed here from all over the country that there are already a hundred different driving styles on the road, but in a storm, we’re stuck sharing the road with people who may have never experienced snow or even just the locals who aren’t used to it sticking. They cancel school far after the storm is over just bc they can’t handle removing the snow and just rely on the sun to take care of it. So, in order to protect the baby growing in my belly, I’ve been stuck at home, eating whatever we happen to have with high cabin fever for all but two days of the last 14. I didn’t even want to do this update, but it’s tradition! But damn, im hangry. And C. left for work Sunday so I haven’t had human contact in days.

Only two and a half more weeks and we move into our new house and we will be near people I know and love and hallelujah for that.

Total weight gain:
This week was weird. All week I was actually down .5 lbs from last week (so +3lbs total) and then suddenly I woke up Thursday morning a full and exact pound heavier. Apparently this is how I gain weight since that’s also what happened around 13 weeks. Since the pound was still there this morning, I’ll assume it intends to stick around, so total weight gain is now at 4 lbs! It’s really weird to gain a pound overnight while eating way less since my appetite took a nose dive for most of the week, but I don’t mind because duh, I’m pregnant. If this happens post-partum, however, I will burn things.

Symptoms and stuff:
The ligaments (I think?) in my inner upper thighs have been a bit sore this week, despite my not having done anything out of the ordinary. I guess that relaxin from all the progesterone is getting to more than just my abdomen. I think I got that right, but don’t quote me on it.
I haven’t felt the baby any more this week, or at least not the obvious popcorn popping feeling. It’s too soon to expect to regularly feel him or her, so im just happy when I do feel baby.
I think my uterus is up to just below my belly button, but I’ll know for sure where it’s hanging out when I see the OB next Wednesday.

We find out if the baby is a boy or a girl 3 weeks from today!! Hurrah!!

15 Week Bump and Update

15 weeks is such a nice number, somehow it’s being divisible by 5 makes it seem so much more substantial than those silly in between numbers… Seriously, what am I saying? I guess I was trying to say being 15 weeks feels special, but for absolutely no good reason other than that it sounds good. The starred paragraphs are a huge explanation and rant about eating while pregnant, marked so you can skip that if you’re not a pregnant woman wanting some damn real talk.

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Total Weight Gain: 3.5 lbs This Week: 0.0 lbs
**I was a bottomless pit of hunger this week and I swear I’m not exaggerating when I say that the only days this past week when I wasn’t physically hungry all the time (like hunger pangs, uncomfortable hungry!) was on the days when I ate MORE than 2400 calories. I honestly didn’t even want to include my little calorie count picture this week, because all over the Internet everyone says you only need 300 extra calories per day in your second trimester. I believed this and at first aimed for 2200 calories, that was a miserable failure, so I upped it to 2400. Was still hungry, but tried to stick to it because I believed the Internet over my own body. Well, my body was right and whoever picked “300 calories” was wrong because not only was i miserably hungry on those days, but I also didn’t gain a single ounce despite eating a ton more than usual this week.

**So the reason I risk embarassing myself with how much I ate this week is because I needed it, and I actually really needed more! I didn’t dare to trust my body because nowhere did i find anything saying that if you are 14 weeks or 15 weeks pregnant and so hungry despite eating “enough” then maybe you need to just eat more. I mean everyone says, “eat when you’re hungry, as long as it’s healthy and you really don’t need as much extra as you think”. Well, if I don’t need more than 300 extra calories, i CAN’T eat when I’m hungry, healthy or otherwise. Did some male non-pregnant doctor come up with that number? Where did it even come from? I am now going to eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full, I’ll keep track of everything as I have been (in large part i do it to track nutrients and the carb/fat/protein ratio) and I’ll report it here. I want someone who is actually pregnant to talk about how much they are eating in an honest way, with numbers and corresponding weight gain instead of vague talk and contradictory statements about eating when hungry but also in moderation and also only healthy blah blah blah. So, I’ll be that person. As long as I’m gaining an appropriate amount of weight, I will eat when I’m hungry no matter how scary the calorie count looks. It’s been crazy to see what a difference there is between what “they” say I need and what im finding my body actually needs.

Okay, other things. I was so wrong when I said I might have felt round ligament pain before. Yesterday morning I had real round ligament pain and it was like scary painful and spanned an area of 6-8 inches! It was almost excruciating while moving, still painful while laying still and even hours later it was still tender to the touch. If I hadn’t read other people freaking out about the pain and wondering if they were losing the baby, I might have panicked myself. Except that it lessened over time, that’s a good sign that it’s not bad/serious. But yeah, RLP is no joke, holy painful!! Just another sign that baby is growing big time in there this week.

I experienced quickening this week, or baby’s first movements noticeable to me. I felt it at night before bed Wednesday and again while sipping coffee the next morning. It lasted longer than I expected and felt like bubbles popping against my uterus about two inches below and to the left of my belly button. I asked some of my pregnant and formerly pregnant friends and they confirmed my suspicions that it was the baby moving around! Some people mistake it for gas, or will tell you it’s gas, but I found it to be a more pronounced sensation than a gas bubble and the popping was way more frequent than you’d ever feel with gas unless you were in deep trouble. Also, I didn’t have gas before during or after the feeling (even in the 15 hrs in between the two occasions) so, hello baby!

More Symptoms (all long-standing, some never mentioned)I still need coffee to avoid headaches, my nose has been bloody for 8 weeks with no sign of letting up, and for about the same amount of time I burp so much. I burp when hungry, nauseous or full, it’s so much that C banned me from saying excuse me a long time ago. Luckily (I guess?)they’re just annoying little burps that I can almost hide, not big ole belches, but yeah, pregnancy is not sexy. Aside from the giant boob thing, I mean.

Less than two weeks and I’ll have my quad screening and hear the heartbeat again. The Fetal Doppler is still not allowed back in this house, so I’m anxious to hear baby again. I feel like Im not growing and was worried, but C says my belly IS bigger than it was two weeks ago, so I guess it is all starting to look the same to me, that’s why pictures for comparison are cool. Plus Ive seen with other people that it’ll look almost the same for weeks and then bam, big difference in a week’s time. I want to catch those times!

This has been so, so long. I won’t even apologize though because then I’ll just seem insincere the next time I ramble on for paragraph after paragraph.

Boy or Girl? Old Wives Tales

Since we won’t find out if im carrying a boy or a girl for 7 more weeks, I thought it would be fun to consult a bunch of old wives tales. Once we find out for real, it could be interesting to see which ones were right for me and which weren’t and maybe this post will help other waiting moms to bide the time.

Old Wives Tale #27: Legs

If your legs get really big, you’re having a boy. If your legs stay in shape and lean, it’s a girl.

-Girl, but I’m only 12 weeks!

Old Wives Tale #28: Moodiness and a Little Pecker

If you are really moody, you are having a girl since you have another extra girl hormones in you. Your pregnancy will make you smile and be more happy if you are having a boy because there’s a little penis inside you.

-Girl, just ask my husband.

If you eat the ends of bread, it’s a boy. If you eat the middle of the load, it’s a girl.

-I always eat the middle, nothing has changed there, so girl.

Old Wives Tale #31: Mom�s Beauty

It is said that the girl “steals the mother’s beauty”. If you think that pregnancy has never made you look more beautiful, you might just be having a little boy.

-Girl? I’ve had two big zits, so nothing over the top and my skin is sooo dry.

Old Wives Tale #32: Dream of Sex of Baby

If you have dreams that you are having a boy, you will have a girl. If you dream about having a girl, it will be a boy. Dreams show the opposite of what you are having.!

-Girl, again!

Old Wives Tale #33: Clumsy vs. Graceful

If the pregnant woman is graceful throughout her pregnancy, she�s having a girl. If she becomes clumsy, she�s having a boy.

-Neither? Or girl, I guess because no extra clumsiness.

Old Wives Tale #35: Side You Most Rest On

If a pregnant woman prefers to lay on her left side, she�s having a boy. If she prefers resting on her right side, she�s having a girl.

-It really depends where im sleeping.

Old Wives Tale #36: Hands

When the pregnant woman is asked to show her hands, it�s a boy if she keeps her palms down and a girl if she shows her palms up.

-Girl

Old Wives Tale #37: Dad’s Weight Gain

If the dac-to-be gains weight while you are pregnant, it’sa girl. If he doesn’t gain weight, you’re having a boy.

-Girl

Old Wives Tale #38: Breast Test

If a pregnant woman�s left breast is larger than the right breast, she�s having a girl. If the right breast is larger, it�s a boy.

-I’ll leave the answer to this one between my husband and I lol. Family reads this blog.

Old Wives Tale #40: What Do You Think?

71% of the time, the mom-to-be knows what she is having.

-Boy

Old Wives Tale #41: Morning Sickness

If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it�s a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl.

-Boy

Old Wives Tale #42: Areolae

If your areolae (the part around your nips) have darkened, it�s a boy.

-another one for the husband and I to know. I’m leaving these for other mom’s even if I won’t answer.

Old Wives Tale #43: Protein

When a pregnant woman craves meat and cheese, count on a boy.

-Boy

Old Wives Tale #44: Feet

Are your feet colder now that you are pregnant? If so, you just might be having a boy. If your feet have stayed the same before pregnancy and during, you�re having a little girl.

-Boy

Old Wives Tale #45: Hair on Legs

If the hair on your legs has been growing at record speeds, you might be having a boy.

-Girl

Old Wives Tale #46: Hands are Dry

If your hands are constantly dry, it�s a boy.

-Boy

Old Wives Tale #47: Urine

What color is your pee? If it is bright yellow, you will have a little boy. If your urine is a dull yellow, plan on a girl.

-Girl? I drink water and pee allll the time, so it’s hard to tell since its like water lol.

Old Wives Tale #49: Headaches

If you are having headaches, you might be carrying a boy

-BOY

Old Wives Tale #51: Baby Names

It is said that when you can only think of specific names for a boy or a girl, you will have that particularly baby.

-I can be a little type A, so we have already chosen a full name for either. It did take us much longer to agree on the boy name.

Old Wives Tale #4: Heart Rate

If the baby�s heart rate is above 140 bpm, it is said that the baby will be a girl. If it is under 140 bpm, then it will be a boy.

-girl, but it’s only in the 150s which really makes me think boy since girls tend to be more like 160-170

Old Wives Tale #16: Mayan Tale

The Mayan tale adds the mothers age at conception and the year of conception. If the result is a even number then mom is having a girl. If the result is an odd number then a boy is on the way!

-Boy.

Final tally? It seems like most of the old wives tales compiled here point to a girl, except for my mother’s intuition which says boy. I know they’re just old wives tales, but I think it’s fun to know about them and see what they say. I’d love a little girl, too, I just don’t think that’s what im having.

12 Week Bump and Update

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I feel like this week my belly has started to make the transition from bloat/displaced organs to bump. It’s subtle but it looks to me less thick all over and more concentrated… Will this awkward stage where I look chunky be over soon? My uterus did finally rise above my pelvic bones this week, and it seemed to make a difference. It feels lately that that my belly is always sticking out, not just after I eat or at the end of the day, it’s like just kind of out there all the time, saying hi to everyone even though no one would guess baby so probably people who see me think i carb load and drink a lot of beer to have such a gut. Which is fine because in 197 or so days maybe I will even just do that. Okay not really right away and that sounds gross right now.

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Speaking of food, there’s where I was at this week. Baby and I were both fed, but not over fed. Or, not overfed by my standards. I aim for an average of 1900-2000. That’s actually a lot of food since I don’t have empty calories from wine or soda in there. I have one Gatorade or orange juice mixed with Perrier a day if I want and the rest of the day I drink loads of water.

Total Weight Gain: 3 lbs (it fluctuated between 2-3 but the average was 3 so I’ll go by that)

This past week I’ve taken to have one cuppa something caffeinated in an attempt to drive out the daily headaches. Also tried Tylenol (duh) and magnesium supplements in conjunction. The headaches are usually much more bearable after some combination of these things.

I already posted a lot this week, so Im surprised I even had this much to say. But there’s more! I saw the baby yesterday on ultrasound and got loads of cute pictures and some creepy ones because the poor baby is twelve weeks, some angles are bound to be creepy. Heartbeat was between 148 and 152 and im officially stating that I think it’s a boy. And now because mom guilt kicks in early, I feel bad for spying on my baby in the womb and then calling it creepy 😦 ahhh hormones!

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Moving and bumps and stuff

I am excited to say that we are moving in just under 8 weeks! Well, excited and anxious because oh my god, we JUST did this!! But this time we are hiring people to load a van and drive our stuff 800 miles and then unload our stuff, yay!! We don’t own that much, so it’s going to cost less than I expected, though it is not cheap by any means. And, oh yeah, we are in the process of buying a house. If all goes well with the inspection this week and subsequent appraisal we will be closing March 16th and moving March 21st.

Once we got that figured out, I made an appointment with an OB in Bangor, Maine (where we are moving) for my anatomy scan. We’re moving right after I hit 19 weeks, so my appointment is March 24 and I’ll be 19w4d. Since it’s right after the move I am optimistic that C. will actually be able to to be there!

In other news that isn’t really as news-worthy at all, I now have a bump in front view as well as side view! I am definitely not showing, haven’t popped, etc, but for people who know me and what I usually look like I am showing a little from the front and side now. And it snowed an inch or two here in hampton roads, which the cats were quite interested in. I let them check it out on the balcony and there are cute little paw prints in the snow now.

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