Sunday, May 19, 2019

WEEK 21



How far along: 21 weeks! A bit over half way already! 4.5 months left before we meet our little girl! 

I am feeling: Tired, excited, and happy. Just hoping I won't get sick, since the younger two have been sick with a stomach virus, and I'm paranoid I'll pick up their germ!

Movements: You bet. Pumpkin likes to jab, roll, flutter, and kick. I feel her the most during my down time. Sometimes I even feel her while I am active, and doing things. 

Symptoms: I have been experiencing BH contractions here, and there, especially when I'm on my feet all day long, and those are painless. I've been experiencing those since week 15-17? I'm developing a bit of Linear Nigra on my belly. 

Labor Signs: Girl, no! She has to stay put in until she's full term. All is well. 

What do I miss the most: Nothing really at this moment. I am in the honeymoon phase of my pregnancy, and things are pretty easy. I have energy, and motivation on most days to be able to do things. I don't feel restricted, or overly tired. 

Best Moments of the week: Adding Pumpkin to our boys onto our docotor's case load--it may seem weird, but it is exciting, because it means we are taking steps to prepare for her arrival. Making it official to the world that we are expecting a girl! 

Looking Forward to: Shopping for girl stuff! I can't wait! I am so excited about shopping for pink, floral, and girly stuff. I've been waiting a long time for this, and now I can enjoy something "new" with this pregnancy. My mom and I are planning on shopping while I am in Racine. Having Stu paint both bedrooms for Fox, and Pumpkin. Setting up nursery room for Pumpkin, and organizing her arrival. 

Next Appointment: June 20th at 11:45 am. 

WEEK 20


How Far Along: 20 weeks!!

I am Feeling: Tired. It has been a HUGE day. On top of this, I have not been sleeping well all week due to my anxiety about today's appointment. My hips have been bothering me more at the night. Aside from the physical ailment, I am doing pretty well. I am also very excited, happy, over the moon, and overwhelmed. 

Movements: Pumpkin is a crazy active baby! I feel constant bumps, punches, kicks, and rolling. The activity is most noticed at the evening time when I am resting, and also after I drink a cup of coffee! I think a jolt of caffeine makes Pumpkin go crazy! 

Gender: Oh boy, oh boy, and oh boy.....it's a girl!!!!!!!!!! I am in SHOCK. I mean, we tentatively kind of knew since week 12, but I've been prepared that Pumpkin will end up being a boy. Today at the appointment, we are told that Pumpkin is a girl. We are beyond thrilled, and a big part of me still need it to sink in all way. 



What do I miss the most: Being able to keep up with the boys. It is hard to keep track of kids in such a big house. I don't have as much as stamina as I did pre-pregnancy. Once I use up my energy, I am done, and need to sit down. I also miss having as many cups of coffee as I like. 

Best Moments of the week: Oh my gosh, finding out that I am having a nephew!! It is such an exciting moment for my brother, and sister in law to be having a little brother to join their older sister. Confirming Pumpkin's gender is an amazing moment--it is taking me a while to have it sink in. Getting cleared of all the high risk issues I was facing before. We also closed on our new house! I'm just so pumped to be an official home owner of this beautiful house. Going to build a bear shop with Stu to build a bear to reveal Pumpkin's gender to the boys! Seeing the boys' reaction! It just has been a wonderful week. 





Looking Forward To: Shopping for Llama things, and anything PINK. I'm just still in shock, and I can't even describe how excited I am to be having a daughter. It is making me very emotional. I am excited to go shopping with Mom. I am excited to see how our boys will interact with her. Just a lot to take in. 

Update: I am so happy to report that Pumpkin is absolutely healthy. She's measuring right on time. I am cleared of having a weird placenta issue that I worried about before, and the placenta moved upward away from my cervix. Pumpkin is a breech....of course! That doesn't surprise me at all, seeing my previous two boys were breech babies too. I have one more scan in June, and I will go back to seeing Dr. Mbah. I am just so RELIEVED. 

Next Appointment: June 20th or something around there with Dr. J. Then I have an appointment with Dr. Mbah on July 10th. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

WEEK 19



How Far Along: 19 weeks! 


I am Feeling: Pretty good, considering everything. I am exhausted both mentally and physically, yet I still feel pretty good. I think the second trimester energy is kicking in. I am able to get the house tidied up, and feel like a home. With everything in its place, and organized, I am able to relax, and kick up my feet. I'm eager to start the baby's nursery room, and start buying things for the baby. 


Movements: I've been feeling a lot of little jabs, jolts, rolling, and caresses from the inside. Stu even got to feel the baby on the outside one night while watching Game of Thrones! On the busy days, the baby is less active, and on the days I'm not as busy, the baby is more active. I think it is because I pay attention more when I am relaxing, and the baby isn't being lulled to sleep. 



What do I miss the most: Nothing really at this moment. I am just so glad to be done with the house, and just relax. The hard part is OVER. 



Best Moments of the week: Finishing up the old house and preparing it for the new owners, having the movers move us in (that's a load off our shoulders not to haul heavy stuff), knowing that I am DONE with unpacking and organizing the house into HOME, watching our boys run amok around the house, having all the space around us, being in a new and nicer neighborhood, and knowing that we are ONE WEEK away from our anatomy scan---that is if nothing has changed by tomorrow's appointment. 


Looking Forward to: I am excited to be finally in a beautiful home that is spacious, bigger, and have projects lined up for us to complete. I am SO READY for baby's nursery room, and preparing for his/her arrival. I'm ready for my appointment tomorrow, and to discuss about what is happening with Dr. Mbah. She may give me more insight as in what to expect, and hopefully put some of my anxiety at the ease. And finally confirming Pumpkin's sex. 


Next Appointment: Tuesday May 7th. 

Monday, May 6, 2019

WEEK 18



How Far Along: 18 weeks! 

I am Feeling: Nauseous, and tired. The rainy weather is not really helping very much. I've been having a lot of round ligament pain, and hip pain from sleeping in the same position for too long. I am just SO READY to move. I'm tired of packing, and living from the boxes around the house. 

Movements: It is truly one of the best feelings in the world to feel a little one inside my belly. It is also very assuring for me that the baby is doing well. I have noticed an increase in the movements in the past week and half. It's no longer just during one part of the day, and now I feel our little one from time to time all day long. I just love it. The movements range from little pops, rolling around, and bumping around. 

What do I miss the most: Having my things to be organized, and be in its place around the house. It's so hard to live with the disorganization, and clutter. I'm just READY to be able to have things ready, available, and there to use. I miss being able to drink more than just 10 OZ of coffee a day. 

Aversions: I don't have very many aversions. It's just nausea that I deal with far more often. I don't like certain smells that are too strong, or garlicky smell. I don't like the smell of worms after a rainstorm. It's more of those things. 

Cravings: Salad, fruits, veggies, mac n cheese, cheese, yogurt, smoothies, and omg SWEET food. I am ready to be eating those stuff again once we move into the new house, because I've been eating SO BAD lately with all the carbs (less work, and quick to access). 

Best Moments of the week: Feeling the little one move inside my belly, starting to move things into our new home, and having our first decoration up in our home, which is our family photo over a fire kiln, and just knowing that we WILL MOVE THIS WEDNESDAY is so exciting. 

Next Appointment: May 7th at 2 pm. It will be my last appointment with my regular OB for a while. Then I'm transferred to a high risk specialist for the next couple months, then he will determine if I can go back to my regular OB sometimes in mid summer. 

WEEK 17




How Far Along: 17 weeks! 


I am Feeling: Anxious, stressed, tired, excited, and overwhelmed all at once. We are now in crunch time, and it's our last week living in this home before moving out. So I have been packing one room at time every day, because there is not much we really can do until it's much closer to the time we are moving out, due to so many essentials in the house that we need to use. I'm also getting antsy for May to be here! I've been having headaches, and round ligament pain. 



Movements: You bet! I've been feeling a lot of consistent movements every day, mostly in the evenings, and they range from strong little ping to soft sliding sensation. I look forward to this every day, because it's so assuring. 



What do I miss the most: Stability? It is chaotic, and cluttered in our home, which I don't like, because I prefer things to be organized, and in its place. Soon though! 



Aversions: I really don't have any strong aversions. Sometimes I get a whiff of something I don't like, and it is a turn off. As for food itself, I don't really have any. I don't have much desire for red meat. 



Cravings: Mac n cheese, sweet food, and carbs pretty much. I do get an occasional craving for fruit shakes. 



Best Moments of the week: Visiting my family for Easter, and meeting Alice for the first time! Spending time with our family, taking a break from packing and life for a bit, and enjoy ourselves. Getting things ready to be moved. It feels good when I tackle a room, and be done with it. Feeling Pumpkin move around! 



Looking Forward to: Being done with the packing process, and finally move into a new home! We have met our new neighbors, and they appear to be nice people. I am so tickled by the fact that both of our neighbors have kids! Our boys will have a wonderful summer with playing with their neighbors. I'm just so READY to be done with this whole chaos. 



Next Appointment/Update: May 7th is a regular OB appointment. I am not sure what to expect from that one, since it is no longer my anatomy scan day. I'm assuming it will be just a regular check up. Then May 14th is our big day for anatomy scan. Just three more weeks!! I've been really anxious about the big appointment, and wanting to make sure that the baby is doing well. It is a good thing we are busy with moving, because it keeps me occupied.