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Second Trimester Favorites

Hi everyone!  I completely apologize for being behind on this post.  I know I promised it a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to get input from others just in case I missed something.  So, because you reminded me in DMs and because I try to be transparent as I can be in these posts, here are my second trimester favorites.

1.  Preggie Pops. Oh my goodness! These were STILL required during second trimester and were a life saver!  I kept waiting for the “second trimester is awesome” energy that everyone speaks about (and I remembered from pregnancy number one), but it seemed to evade me for quite some time. I would still find myself getting nauseous especially if the weather was warm or if someone were brewing coffee around me. These little candies helped a LOT.




2.  Maternity Tanks from Target.  I popped quite a bit sooner than I did with pregnancy number one. By week 16, people were pretty much in the know. Suddenly, about the same time, my shirts became increasingly difficult to put on and remove. After one particularly hard battle with a church organization shirt that I love dearly, I begrudgingly admitted defeat. Target Cartwheel just so happened to have a 20% off maternity tanks on top of a clearance sale and I decided to see if I could find a couple of tanks to hold me over. I did and they were perfect! Comfortable, roomy, stretchy, and looked great with a cardigan. Woohoo!



3.  Maternity/Nursing Bras.  Oh my wow. I tried to avoid these. Don’t ask why. I just did. A coworker who’d recently given birth gave me several just to be nice and my goodness. I practically lived in them. The breasts didn’t hurt so much at the end of the day. I didn’t want to hit my husband when I hugged him in the evenings. And they were flattering.  The only thing I didn't like was that a great majority of them are thinner, so you could see your nips if you were wearing a thinner shirt.



4.  Baby Apps. While trying to conceive, my husband and I both downloaded the Glow app for conception. It kept up with fertility appointments, basal body temperatures, egg retrieval, egg transfer, etc. When we received a positive beta, I hesitated a bit before confirming the pregnancy and upgrading to Glow Nurture. I’m so glad I did update though. I am able to keep track of weight, appointments, symptoms, complaints, etc. It’s been very helpful.

Equally helpful has been Full Timer, which lets me count baby kicks and time Braxton Hicks contractions.  That came in handy a couple of times when I did too much and those Braxton Hicks actually had a bit of rhythm to them.


5.  Peacock Tumbler.  I love this thing. No, seriously.  I love it.  My niece gave it to me as a Mother's Day gift.  It comes with a straw and the cutest peacock design which is my thing because I LOVE peacocks.  Anyway, I fill this tumbler with water several times a day, drink my quota and then some, and keep coming back for more.  It actually motivates me subconsciously to stay hydrated. It's definitely coming with me to L&D on delivery day.


So there you have it.  These are my favorites for the second trimester.  Any definites on your list?  Anything you were surprised to see?




27 weeks pregnant

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

(Disclaimer 2: I actually turned 27 weeks on 28 May, but didn’t want to miss anything in the update, so I have decided my update posts will be the following Monday of the week).


Our baby is now the size of a zuccchini.  Eyebrows and eyelashes are well-defined; plus the baby may have more hair this week. 

Baby's Weight: 1.68 lbs
Baby's Length: 14.02 in

Total weight gain/loss: Unknown. I didn’t weigh myself this week. Last count was +17 pounds at 170.

Maternity clothes?: Yep. Every day, all day.

Favorite maternity outfit: Believe it or not, it was a maternity sleep shirt and some pajama bottoms. I was so comfortable wearing them around the house this week.

Stretch marks?: Yes, sigh. Yes.

Sleep: Not bad. The baby is super active about 10ish. I watch it flip and play until it’s tired, drink some water to rehydrate, and then drift off if the pillows are positioned correctly.

Best moment of the week: Watching my son and husband grill together. S. was teaching him how to marinate meat and turn it. It was a very cool memory.

Not so great moment of the week: My feet were a bit swollen this week. Nothing major and only after being on them all day. Other than that, we were fine.

Braxton Hicks?: Yes. They don’t hurt this week, but they are there. Back and round ligament pain like to follow them though.

Miss Anything?: Moment of transparency. My mommy. She’s in a different state as are most of my relatives and there doesn’t seem to be any talk or plans for a baby celebration. I could not care less about gifts. But I would love to have a celebration for the baby/pregnancy. My birthday is in July. Maybe we can plan something then.

What I'm loving?: Weather I can walk in without being too hot.

What I'm not loving?: The baby punching my bladder. Sometimes I leak.

Movement: Yes.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Heat. Heat makes me sick.

Food cravings: Here’s an odd one. I wanted a Papa John’s works pizza the other day and S. wouldn’t get it. Cool beans. I’ll get it myself later (LOL).

Food aversion: Chicken, blech!

Gender prediction: #teamgreen, but I think it’s a girl. That belly is all kinds of wide

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in, but stretched

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy though the hormones are real.

Preparations for baby: Not really

Looking forward to
: Seeing my family this weekend. It should be a nice time

25 weeks pregnant

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

(Disclaimer 2: I actually turned 25 weeks on 14 May, but didn’t want to miss anything in the update, so I have decided my update posts will be the following Monday of the week).

Oops! I completely forgot to post this last week. Here's the update for 25 weeks. Our 26 week post will be added soon. Baby is now the size of an acorn squash. The baby is developing a firm grasp and may reach out and grab the umbilical cord. The baby is also able to stick out its tongue.

Baby's Weight: 1.46 lbs

Baby's Length: 13.62 in

Total weight gain/loss: I currently weigh 170.  I started this journey at 153.  I have gained 17 pounds overall.

Maternity clothes?: Yep. Every day, all day.

Favorite maternity outfit: My church outfit. A black and white tunic dress purchased from Zulily.com with pearl accessories and black flats. I was comfortable and cute and received compliments at church, so no complaints there.

Stretch marks?: Yes, sigh. Yes.

Sleep: Not really. I’ve been waking about 2AM and going downstairs to watch TV until 3 or 4, and then trying to return to bed then.

Best moment of the week: Clearing that flower bed. Oh my, it’s been an eyesore. I just haven’t had the energy to do anything about it. I finally gathered some on Saturday and spent close to four hours outside cutting, pruning, trimming, pulling, etc. It still isn’t done but looks a lot better than when I started.

Not so great moment of the week: The back pain after I finished working the flower bed. I was in PAIN. But, this too shall pass.

Braxton Hicks?: Yes. Not painful, this week, but they were there.

Miss Anything?: Not really. I wanted to discuss family vacations as we usually have everything locked on and paid for by now. S. is wary of doing anything because I am so very pregnant and will be limited in participating. So, we’re trying to figure out our plans.

What I'm loving?: Watching the baby move under my skin and seeing my children’s reaction to it.

What I'm not loving?:
Being so tired all the time.

Movement: Yes.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Heat. Heat makes me sick.

Food cravings: Nope.

Food aversion: Chicken, blech!

Gender prediction: #teamgreen, but I think it’s a girl. That belly is all kinds of wide.

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in, but stretched

Wedding ring on or off?: On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy and very calm.

Preparations for baby: Not really





Looking forward to: A nap

24 weeks pregnant

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

(Disclaimer 2: I actually turned 24 weeks on 7 May, but didn’t want to miss anything in the update, so I have decided my update posts will be the following Monday of the week).

Our baby is now the size of an ear of corn.  The nostrils are opening now for “practice breathing”.  The baby will go through the same motions of real breathing, but will inhale amniotic fluid instead of air.

Baby's Weight: 1.32 lbs

Baby's Length: 11.81 in


Total weight gain/loss: I haven’t weighed myself this week.

Maternity clothes?: Yep. Every day, all day.

Stretch marks?: Yes

Sleep?: It varies. I finally found a right combination of pillows and arrangement that make sleep possible.

Best moment of the week: Celebrations. S. and I went to celebrate the retirement of a mutual family friend from the USAF. A wonderful time and lots of yummy food and great fellowship! Then the Pre-Mother’s Day celebration. My husband and son came home with beautiful bouquets of roses for my mother-in-love and I. Our son also had a small potted plant for me. We then enjoyed a meal at home that I didn’t have to prepare. It was a great evening and I was very thankful.

Not so great moment of the week: Trying 3s. The period of time where your feisty and independent three year old preschooler thinks rules don’t apply to her and your job is to remind her that they absolutely do.

Braxton Hicks?: Not so painful this week, but they are definitely there.

Miss Anything?: Not peeing my underwear.

What I'm loving?: Feeling this baby kick at night.

What I'm not loving?: My nausea seems to be returning, along with some cramping.

Movement: Yes. It tends to stay in the lower portion of my womb.  Occasionally, I'll get a kick in the ab area too.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Yes, but I don’t know what it is.

Food cravings: Veggies. I crushed a ziplock bag of celery like it was a delicacy.

Food aversion: Chicken, blech!

Have you started to show yet: Yes. I think we will retire this one soon too.

Gender prediction: #teamgreen, but I think it’s a girl. That belly is all kinds of wide

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in, but stretched

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mixed bag.

Preparations for baby: 1. Contacted the insurance company to confirm free breast pump and what I need to do to receive it. 2. Started working on my maternity leave plan and prep coworkers for a temporary shift of lead roles Aug-Oct.

Looking forward to:
Mother’s Day (which is the day I turned 25 weeks)

23 week pregnancy update

 DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

(Disclaimer 2: I actually turned 23 weeks on 30 Apr, but didn’t want to miss anything in the update, so I have decided my update posts will be the following Monday of the week).

Our baby is now the size of an ear of corn.  The nostrils are opening now for “practice breathing”.  The baby will go through the same motions of real breathing, but will inhale amniotic fluid instead of air.

Baby's Weight: 1.32 lbs
Baby's Length: 11.81 in

Total weight gain/loss: I haven’t weighed myself this week.

Maternity clothes?: Yep. Every day, all day.

Stretch marks?: Yes

Sleep: Not too well. The baby likes to move at night and I can’t seem to get too comfortable.

Best moment of the week: Seeing my cousin when I went home. I hadn't seen her in a while. She lives in a completely different state. I am so proud of her!!

Not so great moment of the week: Back. Ache. Oh my goodness. Oh, and the contractions. The ten contractions that came every 1 minute and 46 seconds and lasted 54 seconds long. They were not fun.

Braxton Hicks?: Yep! And I love them. They mean baby is growing and my body is adapting.

Miss Anything?: Not peeing my underwear.

What I'm loving?: Feeling this baby kick at night.

What I'm not loving?: My nausea seems to be returning, along with some cramping.

Movement: Yes.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Yes, but I don’t know what it is.

Food cravings: Veggies. I crushed a ziplock bag of celery like it was a delicacy.

Food aversion: Chicken, blech!

Have you started to show yet: Yes. I think we will retire this one soon too.

Gender prediction: #teamgreen, but I think it’s a girl.

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in, but stretched

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mixed bag.

Preparations for baby: Informed the pediatrician about the baby and locked her on for a new patient.  We also discussed a few names.

Looking forward to: Mother’s Day



22 week update

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

(Disclaimer 2: I actually turned 22 weeks on 23 Apr, but didn’t want to miss anything in the update, so I have decided my update posts will be the following Monday of the week).

Our baby is now the size of a papaya. The lungs are developing rapidly, and they will begin to make a protein called surfactant, which will help the baby to breathe independently once born..

Baby's Weight: 15.17 oz.
Baby's Length: 10.94 in

Total weight gain/loss: I haven’t weighed myself this week.

Maternity clothes?: Yep. Every day, all day.

Stretch marks?: Yes

Sleep: I’m waking to go to the bathroom at night and I have stretches where I can’t sleep so I go downstairs to wait it out..

Best moment of the week: When S. made me breakfast when I was running late. It was such a kind and considerate thing to do.

Not so great moment of the week: My emotions were everywhere this week.

Braxton Hicks?: Not so bad this week, but always after church and choir rehearsal

Miss Anything?: A margarita. It would be nice to go to the restaurant with a book and indulge.

What I'm loving?: We moved our daughter into a toddler bed this week. She has been sleeping like a champ with no complaints and is super happy!

What I'm not loving?: I’m feeling anxious. We really haven’t…prepped anything. I know we have time, but…man…

Movement: Yes. Especially after eating.

Anything make you queasy or sick: So I honestly thought morning sickness was over. My colleague bought a cup of coffee back from the mess to his desk. UGH! I literally hunted around my space until I found out what that horrible smell was. That made me queasy.

Food cravings: I wanted pizza….badly.

Food aversion: Chicken, blech!

Have you started to show yet: Yes. I think we will retire this question soon too.

Gender prediction: #teamgreen, but I think it’s a girl.

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in, but stretched

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mixed bag.

Preparations for baby: Not yet.

Looking forward to: Visiting family in NC.

21 weeks


DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

(Disclaimer 2: I actually turned 21 weeks on 16 Apr, but didn’t want to miss anything in the update, so I have decided my update posts will be the following Monday of the week).

Your baby is now the size of a carrot. Your baby is as long as a carrot, and his skin now responds to touch. If you put pressure on your belly, he'll move away or push back.



Baby's Weight: 12.70 oz.
Baby's Length: 10.51 in.


Total weight gain/loss: I am 170 pounds. I have gained 16 pounds overall this pregnancy.

Maternity clothes?: Yep. Every day, all day. Full panel pants are my favorite

Stretch marks?: Yes

Sleep: This week I have been very tired, most of the day. By the end of the work day, I actually catch a ten minute nap in the car in the parking lot before driving home.  I am also in pain at night.

Best moment of the week: There were two.  The anatomy scan was two hours of bliss.  The other was spending time with my eldest son. We haven’t had a lot of alone time, so I was glad to share it with him.

Not so great moment of the week: A severe miscommunication with my husband led to our spending our anniversary doing nothing…at all.

Braxton Hicks?: Yep.

Miss Anything?: Not at the moment.

What I'm loving?: A pretty good week. Easter holiday, a wedding anniversary, and family time.

What I'm not loving?: These pains

Movement: Yes. Especially after eating.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Not eating and overdoing it.

Food cravings: None

Food aversion: Chicken, blech!

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender prediction: #teamgreen

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in, but stretched

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mixed bag.

Preparations for baby: Not yet.

Looking forward to: A Sip and Paint event my gf is hosting. Obviously, I can’t sip, but I am looking forward to the painting part.




Anatomy scan

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

Hi everyone! I had my anatomy scan a couple of days ago and have finally had some time to share a post about it. Little one looks healthy and happy and was very well behaved during the scan. I was there for about a little over two hours and they measured and scanned everything. I also got to see the baby in 3D, which was a first for me and was beautiful. Little one was yawning and it was such a precious moment that I got teary eyed. S. couldn’t join me and I felt bad at first that he wouldn’t be there, but I have to say that there was something so extremely intimate and powerful about seeing your child on a screen being happy and free. No interruptions, just peace. It was beautiful.

Here are a few of my favorites for you:

Someone was yawning

Perfectly content

Nestled for a nap

I am not scheduled for another scan until 32 weeks. I’m looking forward to that time, just to see how big Little one has gotten since we only listen to heartbeats in the office. It’s still amazing to me that we are at this moment and everything is flowing well. We’ll keep praying it stays that way.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and have a very great day.

By the way, any guesses what Little one may be?  We're still #TeamGreen here, but it's been fun hearing the guess of everyone.

-K

20 weeks pregnancy update

 DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

(Disclaimer 2: I actually turned 20 weeks on 9 Apr, but didn’t want to miss anything in the update, so I have decided my update posts will be the following Monday of the week).


Your baby is now the size of a banana.  The legs are longer than the arms and baby will start giving me “hello” jabs at regular intervals, some of which I can actually feel.

Baby's Weight: 8.47 oz.
Baby's Length: 6.02 in.

Total weight gain/loss: I am 168 pounds.  I have gained 14 pounds since pregnancy.

Maternity clothes?: Yes.  I have worn maternity attire every day this week with one or two pre-pregnancy stage clothes sprinkled through. The outfit below is one of my favorite. It's so comfortable, stylish, and I can accessorize it a number of ways.  Love it.

I bought the cardigan from Zulily and the pregnancy tank from Target.  Love how comfortable they are.


Stretch marks?:  Yep.  Not terrible but they are there.  I don’t mind at all J

Sleep: I have a lot of back pain now, so I spend some time getting into position.  Then I’m good to go until I wake for the bathroom still twice a night.

Best moment of the week: Easter fellowship with the family.

Not so great moment of the week: The horrible leg cramps that I am experiencing

Braxton Hicks?:  New question since we retired the does the family know one!  YES!  And unlike my first, these bamas hurt sometimes!  The first hit me when visiting with my mom at the Maryland House Toll Plaza/Rest Stop.  It went from tummy to back and hurt!  I had to visibly stop, collect myself, and breathe through it!  Then it happened again two minutes later.  Rehydrated and felt some better.  That night, I felt them without pain.  How fun!

Miss Anything?:  Not at the moment.

What I'm loving?: This beautiful weather!  I took a walk at work and the Vitamin D was so appreciated.  I have also taken to walking some in the afternoon. Hopefully, if we can maintain these temperatures, I can walk up until delivery day and help with labor.

What I'm not loving?: The cramps in my leg and backs.

Movement: Yes.  It’s weird because I feel baby in the very bottom of my belly, truly “in the womb” whereas baby’s brother was all over the place and I could feel/see his movements in my belly at 20 weeks.  This baby seems to like to hang out in closer quarters.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Not eating

Food cravings: None

Food aversion:  Chicken, blech!

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender prediction: #teamgreen

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in, but stretched

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mixed bag.

Preparations for baby: None.


Looking forward to: Going to my first Paint n' Sip party.  Obviously, my sipping will be virgin, but I'm really looking forward to trying to paint.


19 weeks update



DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

(Disclaimer 2: I actually turned 19 weeks on 2 Apr, but didn’t want to miss anything in the update, so I have decided my update posts will be the following Monday of the week).

Your baby is now the size of a mango. The legs are longer than the arms and baby will start giving me “hello” jabs at regular intervals, some of which I can actually feel.

Baby's Weight: 8.47 oz.
Baby's Length: 6.02 in.
                           




Total weight gain/loss: Unknown. I haven’t weight myself this week.

Maternity clothes?: Yes. This week I wore some piece of maternity attire each day. My favorites were definitely the Liz Lange Maternity dress from Target (wore to church on Sunday.  See pic) and the comfortable Liz Lange Maternity tank, Zulily cardigan, and maternity pants a colleague gifted me with for a work outfit.

19 weeks with Liz Lange Maternity dress
Stretch marks?: Yep, but I can’t tell if they are the ones from my first pregnancy just visiting again. Either way…badges of honor!

Sleep: Restless. It takes a while to get comfortable and I still wake twice a night to go to the bathroom.

Best moment of the week: Going to my son’s middle school orientation. I felt so much better after the orientation. He’s growing up.
                             
Not so great moment of the week: I overdid it last Sunday (2 Apr) and had intense back and side pain all night long. When I asked S. to massage my back or rub my belly, he was too engrossed in the game to hear me and when he finally did, he still couldn’t focus on helping me. Sigh.

Have you told family and friends: Yes. Retiring this question this week. Pretty much everyone who needs to know does

Miss Anything?: Not at the moment.

What I'm loving?: Fruits and vegetables.  I had strawberries earlier in the week and they were phenomenal.  The baby loved them as well as the movement was nonstop after I had them.

What I'm not loving?: Full disclosure. The occasional feeling of doing this solo. Pregnancy hormones are real. Sometimes I feel like I’m doing this solo. I had some pretty big thoughts of what my husband would do when we he found out we were pregnant. Belly rubs, date nights, hand holding, just enjoying the moment.  More often than not lately it doesn’t seem to go that way and my hormones cause it to hurt more than it shouldThat and yucky weather.

Movement: Yes.

Anything make you queasy or sick: If I don’t eat every two hours.

Food cravings: Fruit

Food aversion:
 Chicken, blech!

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender prediction: #teamgreen, My NC family swears its a girl.

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in, but stretched

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mixed bag

Preparations for baby: Nope

Looking forward to: Our anataomy scan in a couple of weeks.

18 weeks pregnancy update




DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

(Disclaimer 2: I actually turned 18 weeks on 26 Mar, but didn’t want to miss anything in the update, so I have decided my update posts will be the following Monday of the week).

Your baby is now the size of a artichoke. Your baby is now about the size of a small artichoke—and tiny fingers now have unique fingerprints!

                             


Baby's Weight: 6.70 oz.

Baby's Length: 5.59 oz.

Total weight gain/loss: Unknown. I haven’t weight myself this week.

Maternity clothes?: Yes. I’m pretty much wearing a combo of maternity/non-maternity clothes depending on what fits. Over panel pants and jeans are still my favorite. Maternity bras are nice, but I need some with a bit more support as my breasts are still very sensitive.

Stretch marks?: I don’t see any new ones.

Sleep: It takes a while to go to sleep now. I still wake to pee. The snoring remains.

Best moment of the week: Girls' Night Out with my two sister-friends.  I really needed the adult conversation and laughs...oh and cheese curds.

                                  

Not so great moment of the week: Full disclosure. I’ve been moody as all get out. I even annoy myself at home. I’m trying to do better, but man.

Have you told family and friends: Yes.

Miss Anything?: Not snoring, lol.  I wake myself up and I am afraid to go back to sleep because I don't wan to wake my husband.  Poor S.

What I'm loving?: The way my belly bump looks in these maternity clothes and feeling baby bean move throughout the day.

What I'm not loving?: The moodiness. I was NOT moody with my first pregnancy.

Movement: Yes.

Anything make you queasy or sick: If I don’t eat every two hours.

Food cravings: Ginger ale.  Seriously, I want it a lot and only Seagram's.  No other will do. Fortunately, I'm holding it to one a week.

Food aversion:
Chicken, blech!  (But I'm still cooking it for the family).

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender prediction: #teamgreen, but I am starting to think this is a girl.  Stays low in my uterus, no appetite, and moody.  I was always happy with my son.

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in, but stretched

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Moody as everything this week

Preparations for baby: Not yet, but I'd like to buy a baby book this week.

Looking forward to: Seeing my mom for a pre-Easter visit.

17 weeks update


DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

(Disclaimer 2: I actually turned 17 weeks on 19 Mar, but didn’t want to miss anything in the update, so I have decided my update posts will be the following Monday of the week).



                                    
Your baby is now the size of a pear. He has hiccupped before, but this is the first time you might feel it.

Baby's Weight: 4.94 oz.
Baby's Length: 5.12 oz.
Timeline:  19-25 Mar 2017

Total weight gain/loss: Unknown. I haven’t weight myself this week, but was 163 last week with 9 pounds overall weight gain..

Maternity clothes?: Yes. I wore my first pair of maternity jeans Friday and Saturday with an over the belly panel. I am now in love with all things over the panel and will be seeking to add more to the wardrobe soon.

Stretch marks?: I don’t see any new ones, but my skin has started to itch on my belly. We’ll see what happens.

Sleep: Better, but I have to elevate myself of I can’t sleep. I’m also a horrible snorer now. Poor S.

Best moment of the week: Feeling a no kidding kick after giving the baby ginger ale and traveling with the young adults

Have you told family and friends: Yes.

Miss Anything?: Not really.

What I'm loving?: The stronger movements. S. will be able to feel them soon, I hope.

What I'm not loving?: The nausea I get if I haven’t eaten often enough or quantity enough.

Movement?:
Yes.

Anything make you queasy or sick?: If I don’t eat every two hours.

Food cravings: Not really.

Food aversion: Chicken, blech!

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender prediction: #teamgreen. Last week I was sure it was a girl. This week, no clue.

Labor Signs:
No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in, but stretched

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time?: Pretty happy

Preparations for baby?: None besides choosing our delivery location. I’ll blog about that later.

Looking forward to: Warmer weather so the kids and I can walk in the afternoon and S. being able to feel the baby.




Second Trimester Appointment

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Hi everyone. Monday was my second trimester appointment. I think it was originally planned to be a sixteen week check-up, but since I’m at 17 weeks, no biggie. I went to work before the appointment and was all too excited to go to the doctor to hear the heartbeat. I was also nervous as all get out about what would happen if I didn’t hear a heartbeat. That’s the thing with this pregnancy. It’s so different being my first IVF/ICSI. I always wonder subconsciously if everything is going to be okay. In this case, worry was not necessary. Our little one was doing quite well, albeit seriously feisty.

The doctor couldn’t really get a sustained heart beat reading because the baby kept running from the Doppler. Then, it kicked the heck out of the Doppler when it was tired of running. We heard the heartbeat several times and know the baby is having a ball, but couldn’t get it otherwise. The doctor does know from the times we were able to capture the heartbeat that the baby heartbeats per minute range is 140. I believe my son was always in the 160s, so I’m starting to think this may be a girl.

The doctor was pleased with my weight gain.  At my last appointment, I was 159 pounds.  I am 164 pounds now.  We've managed to put on about 11 pounds over all.  She wants me to gain about 30 pounds.  I'm trying very hard to hit 25 or less because the more weight I carry, the harder it is for me to breathe.  But whatever is safe for baby will be safe for me.

I completely forgot to ask about the breast pump prescription covered by my insurance (for now).  I'll have to call back and do so.  I did manage to ask permission to travel for some upcoming trips.  This weekend, I'll be traveling by church van with several of my choir members to minister in song in NC.  I'm very excited about it, but very nervous as well.  I learned the hard way that I must eat every two hours or I will get very ill and I still have to go to the bathroom a lot.  Hopefully, I won't have an issue with the transport.  The doctor says as long as we stop and I walk at least 2-2.5 hours on the journey, we should be okay.  But I'm packing snacks for days just in case.

S. and I are also planning a anniversary trip in April to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary.  I'm very excited about it and hope we can find some fun activities and just relax a while.  The doctor cleared us for travel after we assured her we would remain stateside and were not traveling to Zika-infected areas.  We're thinking of Charleston, SC or Orlando, FL.  Charleston will probably work best as we would like to drive and I can't see a 17 hour trip with stops at every 2.5 hour mark.

Satisfied with travel plans, the doctor then asked if I'd scheduled my 20 week full scan at the perionatoligst.  I told her I hadn't, but was awaiting the phone call.  The doctor's office scheduled the scan for me.  We go in on April 16th bright and early.  I'm looking forward to it and hope S. would be able to join as well.  The scan can be a bit lengthy as they will be reviewing everything--organs, circumference, length, weight, skeletal, etc.  We just have to reiterate that we are team green and don't want to know the sex of the baby.  I think that will be the absolute best part of the baby being born. Just being excited about who and what our little bean is.  So, we're scheduled and are super excited to see bean moving.

Pretty soon, it will be time to query our friends and family about their guesses to the baby's gender.

Talk to you all very soon.

-K


16 weeks update

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

(Disclaimer 2: I actually turned 16 weeks on12 Mar, but didn’t want to miss anything in the update, so I have decided my update posts will be the following Monday of the week from this point forward).
Your baby is now the size of an avocado—and she can make a fist and even suck her thumb.
Baby's Weight: 3.53oz.
Baby's Length: 4.57in.

Total weight gain/loss: 9 pounds overall. I am now 163 pounds.

Maternity clothes?: I upgraded to a maternity bra this week. Oh my word, if this isn’t the best thing EVER. OH MY!

Stretch marks?: I can’t really tell. I have some but they look like the same ones from my old pregnancy

Sleep: Horrid! I couldn’t rest at all this week. I was too hot, so I’d strip naked. There weren’t enough pillows to get me comfortable. I dreamed more than I slept. Yeah, not the best sleep week.

Best moment of the week: Wearing the maternity bra for the first time.

Have you told family and friends: Yes.

Miss Anything?: Travel fun. S. and I are planning our anniversary and family vacation weeks. We’ve had to limit several places because of Zika threats and concerns. The remaining places don’t offer a lot of things this preggo mommy can do. But I’m okay with that. This is definitely a reason to miss out on Chardonnays and roller coasters.

What I'm loving?: Feeling so tired because it lets me know our little one is still on board.

What I'm not loving?: Some of my body image issues. I walked by a mirror the other day and thought that I was way too big way too quickly. It bothered me most of the day.

Movement: Yes.

Anything make you queasy or sick: This week I was sick from a virus or allergies. Everything made me queasy.

Food cravings: Not really. If I’m watching Food Network, I usually end up wanting what they have.

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender prediction: #teamgreen, but I think it may be a girl. Earlier in the week, I was sure it was a boy, but after I saw my reflection…girl.

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: A mixture

Preparations for baby: None

Looking forward to: Warmer weather so the kids and I can walk in the afternoon and S. being able to feel the baby.

Social media announced and 15 week update

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

Well, we did it.  I was sitting in bed looking at my personal Instagram feed and I decided that it was time to share the news with the rest of the world.  S. and I had already told our closest family and friends, and people were starting to ask questions about the bump.  I mean, it's definitely there. When one particularly nosy curious church elder called out to me as I walked down a crowded church hallway with a "Mrs. XXXX, are we with child?", I knew it was time to share to everyone else because she certainly would.  (How rude by the way).  So, I showed the it to S., asked if he had an issue, and  he was pretty cool with it (though he said it wasn't his favorite pic). So, I took the plunge and posted this...



I posted no words, no explanation.  I just left it here.  I waited one more day (because it was my very good friend's b-day and I didn't want anything to overshadow her day even unintentionally) and shared to FB.  There, it went crazy.

A few cousins had a bit of a hard time figuring it out, but most caught on immediately, especially the women.  I kept the announcement up for 1.5 days and have switched the profile to a picture of the kids and I.  And just that quick, the announcement was over.  S. and I are still getting congratulations and I am still so very thankful for them.  I'm also still nervous as get out that we announced.  I am praying our little one decides to stay with us.  I feel him or her on occasion.  Today, it was after I ate a nutty buddy.  I assume the baby likes sweets lol.

So, let's talk 15 week update.  

Total weight gain/loss: 6 pounds overall. I am now 160 pounds.

Maternity clothes?: Not really.  I'm still only in the one maternity blouse

Stretch marks? Not beyond the ones I had from the last pregnancy

Sleep: Not that great this week.  I've had a horrible headache and my pubic area feels tender thanks to the round ligament pain

Best moment of the week: Announcing

Have you told family and friends: Everyone knows.

Miss Anything?: Patience.  Seriously, I feel so short fused

What I'm loving?: Feeling the baby move.  S. still can't right now and the baby isn't large enough for me to always feel, so when it does, I cherish the feeling.

What I'm not loving?:  The hormone roller coaster.  I feel like the meanest person when I get home.   I'm so tired I want a couple of minutes to myself when I get in.  But there is so much to do and I find that sometimes I'm snappy and mean.  That's not me at all.

Movement: Yes.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Not eating every couple of hours.

Food cravings: Icecream

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender prediction: #teamgreen

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Easily irritated especially when hungry.

Preparations for baby: A coworker gave me maternity clothes.  That's about it.

Looking forward to: Not being so tired and cranky.

13 week update

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

I will not lie.  I fell off the block for a while, but I've still been keeping up with things.  Here's what is going on in our neck of the woods.

13 week Recap: (Via Parents Magazine) Your baby is about the size of a lemon. and his vocal cords are beginning to develop. Baby's Length: 2.91in. Baby's Weight: 0.81oz.




Baby is the size of a lemon

Total weight gain/loss: 5.6 pounds overall. I am now 159 pounds and have quite a pronounced bump.

Maternity clothes?: I wore a maternity blouse for the first time because my belly kept slipping out of my regular shirts and the larger ones weren't out the wash yet.

Stretch marks? Nope

Sleep: Still getting up at midnight and around 4/4:30 to go to the bathroom.

Best moment of the week: Celebrating my husband and daughters' birthdays this week.

Have you told family and friends: Most of them.

Miss Anything?: National Margarita Day was missed for sure.

What I'm loving?:  After work naps.  After long days, these are the best.  But most days I'm so busy I don't get to them until after dinner and rehearsals.

Movement: 
Yes.  I feel flutters quite convincingly especially after something uber sweet

Anything make you queasy or sick: Getting better with the nausea, but if I don't eat every two hours, I start feeling ill.

Food cravings: Vegetables.  This week I wanted salads, pickles, and zucchini

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender prediction: #teamgreen

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in

Wedding ring on or off?: 
On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Easily irritated especially when hungry.  Most of the time I keep that to myself.

Preparations for baby:
 None

Looking forward to: Pregnancy-safe list of allergy meds from doctor.  Everything has me stuffy.