Monday, September 29, 2014

16 Weeks

 Backyard Belly, September 16, 15+0

September 25, 16+2

September 29, 16 weeks 6 days
What Fruit are you? Baby is the size of an avocado this week!  (Last week it was a navel orange).
Due date:  March 10, 2015 
How far along:  16 weeks + 6 days 
Gender:  PB is still team blue.  I'm leaning more toward team blue but I can't name a boy to save my life.  I'm sorry baby.  You have no name.  Mama's trying. Promise.
Total weight gain/loss:  Think I'm up about 5 pounds, though I haven't weighed in a few days.  Started about 143, now I'm at 148.something.
Stretch marks: No, but still using Palmer's stretch mark cream religiously.
Swelling: None.  Wedding rings still fit.
Maternity clothes: Embracing the maternity stuff. Wondering why all pants don't have elastic waists.
Belly button: Popping out! It's popped out a lot in the last week but it isn't so bad yet that you can see it through my shirts.  Soon though.
Sleep: As long as PB is in the guest room or I'm in the guest room or PB is at work, I sleep great.  Like sleep-so-deep-you-don't-remember-where-you-are-when-you-wake-up deep. 
Food cravings:  Candy! All the candy.  Especially the fruity kind I love.  Fountain sodas.  I'm sorry baby.  *Guzzles more diet Pepsi.*
Symptoms:  No more headaches, knock on wood, but the dreaded pregnancy sciatica started rearing its ugly head yesterday.  Thankfully it seems calmer today (I guess because I've been sitting more at work than I was at home yesterday).  I know we aren't in the clear yet though.
Movement: I've only had 2 episodes of definite movement.  I had a bunch of movement right at 15 weeks but then nothing since then except one tiny little flutter.  This is a quiet baby!
What I miss:  Not a lot right now!
What I’m loving:  Ira is saying "truck" constantly.  But the "tr" sounds like an F.  No wait, it doesn't sound like it, it IS an "f" sound.  So when you ask him what daddy does and he says "Truck! Woowoowoowoo [siren noises]" it's pretty amazing.
What I’m looking forward to:  I NEED to find out.  Boy or girl.  Right this minute. (Not changing this answer from last week.  Still on my mind.  Can't even think about names til I know.  Have to know.)
Best moment this week: Nana has been in the hospital this week, so I won't lie, things have been a bit rough.  Ira misses Nana, I miss Nana, we all miss Nana taking care of us and I'm not even that good at taking care of me and Ira and PB so I feel like I can't do much for her.  But despite that, things have been okay.  She got out of the hospital after a week and is home now.  We went to see her the other day and Ira had a great time seeing the cows with Pa-Pa.  
[Insert obligatory weekly photo dump here]:

"Come, cows.  Treat, cows.  Moo, cows!"

Seeing Nana in the hospital.  Ira hearts Nana.

Ira also hearts Pa-Pa and nearly passed out while having his little hairless head rubbed.

Ira likes to put "face make" on Peggy while I get ready.  Peggy is amazingly tolerant of this.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

13/14 Weeks

Never let it be said that I only showed you my "highlight reel" and not the grungy, scary reality, because here it is folks.  13 weeks after a long day in the sketchy work bathroom.  

Perhaps we should start with the differences between baby 1 and baby 2.  Baby 1 - you get weekly updates complete with every burp, toot, and doctor's appointment.  Baby 2 - you maybe get one update a trimester (I'm sorry baby 2, I'm trying for you) and you barely remember your doctor's appointment because Baby 1 thought that either a) he was going to get a shot while you were there or b) they were going to kill mama and cart her away, never to be seen again.  So there was a lot of screaming and crying, despite PB's best efforts at distraction via fruit snacks.  

But now that we are past the "you don't really look pregnant, just maybe like you drank a lot of beer and ate a lot of pizza" stage, I'll try to be better about updating.  And remembering.  And not ignoring you, baby 2.  We do love you so! 

What Fruit are you? Baby is the size of a peach this week! Too bad my belly is MUCH LARGER than the size of a peach.
Due date:  March 10, 2015 
How far along:  14 weeks
Gender:  PB swears it's another boy because most of my symptoms have been extremely similar.  Me? I'm still leaning girl...but I'm much less convinced.  I don't know! I'd like another boy, honestly, but we will see on October 10!
Total weight gain/loss:  I've kind of yo-yoed in the past week but as of today, I'm up about 1.5 pounds from pre-pregnancy weight.
Stretch marks: No, but the belly has started itching from time to time so I busted out the Bio Oil and Palmer's Stretch Mark Cream.
Swelling: None.
Maternity clothes: Ohhhh are we ever in maternity.  I can still slide into non-maternity shirts but it just looks really weird and like I'm a big fatty so I prefer to wear the tighter maternity stuff at this point.  
Belly button: In for now.
Sleep: I've been passing out on the couch by 9pm.  It's really cut into my tv habit! So don't tell me what happened on the end of Big Brother last episode because I still haven't found time to watch it after I passed out during our initial viewing.
Food cravings:  Those have calmed down a lot.  I still want subs occasionally...and now that I'm in a fall mood I've been buying pumpkin everything (but I do that when I'm not pregnant so I don't know that that's a craving).
Symptoms:  The headaches have been killer in the past couple weeks.  I haven't gotten more than 4 or 5 but when I have them, they're terrible.
Movement: I haven't felt much of anything yet, but maaaaaybe a few flutters I could classify as movement? It's starting to be uncomfortable to lie on my belly at this point because I can definitely tell there's a baby in there.
What I miss:  I would love to have a Harvest Pumpkin Ale, especially since teachers eat free at the wing place on Tuesday nights and that would go SO well with some spicy wings!
What I’m loving:  That my job is a bit lower stress this year.  I don't go home every day feeling like I want to run away.  
What I’m looking forward to:  I NEED to find out.  Boy or girl.  Right this minute.
Best moment this week: Taking Ira to the fair! He loved the pumpkin funnel cake, the fried fish, the spinning pirate ship ride, the train (until it broke down), and all the animals.  He especially liked the "puppies" (large goats in the petting zoo).