Sunday, April 27, 2014

Twenty Six Weeks 2.0

Another week down! This is going crazy fast. I think bc we have been so busy the last month or so.

I'm still feeling like ass most of the time. Actually, from wake up until about 2 pm, I feel pretty good. I have energy, a little bit of an appetite and can usually get lots accomplished. But then the afternoon rolls around and the icky starts: the nausea creeps up, the dizziness and exhaustion starts and if I manage t make and eat a little dinner, I basically cry from heartburn the rest of the night. I typically am in bed and sleeping with Sam by 9 pm every day!

I feel like I never really see or spend time with Josh bc I am so tired! He gets home from work, we eat dinner, do bath and play with Sam and then we go to bed. its honestly survival mode at this point. Sam is usually up at 2-3 am for a couple hours being restless and ridiculous so I have to get some good sleep before that. After, I am just not ever able to get comfy and fall back to sleep easily. SIGH.

Anyway, we had Sam's bday party this weekend and it was crazy, chaotic, stressful but super fun. The field behind our street caught fire right as the party started so that created some extra excitement. I was on my feet literally ALL day and by the end of the night I wanted to collapse! My feet, back, hips and vag were all aching. I took a hot bath and fell right asleep.

I really popped this last week. Of course baby being bigger means I'm more uncomfortable though! My lower abdomen pretty much always aches like a period cramp. It is crazy.

Symptoms: Besides all I complained about above you mean? haha.
Weight: I'm up to 143! That means I've gained 7 lbs so far. no turning back now!
Sleep: good til 2-3 am depending on Sam. I'm so exhausted lately I am out once I hit the pillow
Food Cravings: toasted English muffins with peanut butter and super cold cranberry juice. this one has been hanging on for awhile. Also, watermelon!
Best Moment this week: Sam's party! It was a great day and exactly what I wanted for my sweet baby. I can't believe he's going to be TWO already!
Movement: so much. My stomach contorts crazily now as the baby stretches and rolls. It freaks josh out which I find hilarious.
Labor signs: I'm having more and more BH contractions during the day. Nothing too painful, just super tight belly.
Gender: boy
Belly button: basically popped.
What do I miss: feeling comfortable and not sick!
What am I looking forward to: Sam's birthday!
Milestones: I started producing colostrum this week! I can feel let downs sometimes and have clear sticky discharge. I thought it would freak Sam out but so far he hasn't seemed to notice. I'm glad to know the boobies know what they're doing again!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Twenty Five Weeks 2.0

Thankfully after the miserable week I had last week, I've felt much better this week so far. We had a busy but fun Easter and now I have this week to get Sam's party pulled together!

The weather has been beautiful and it improves my mood greatly. Sam and I spend most of our time outside and I LOVE IT!

In really exciting news, baby P2 seriously popped this week.  Not just up from my pelvis but straight out! I finally have the cute beach ball belly I've been waiting for! I can't believe next month I'll already be in my 7th month! We had better start prepping for baby!

Symptoms: Much more pressure in the vag area than before. I think baby is head down. Some rib pain. Reflux, headaches, tiredness. good stuff!
Weight: 142! we obviously had a growth spurt!
Sleep: meh. When Sam sleeps better, so do I. I've still been so tired I usually lay down and nap with him every day!
Food Cravings: Nothing I can think of except super cold water and cranberry juice still.
Best Moment this week: Easter festivities with my sweet family. Sam loved running around hunting eggs.
Movement: Not as frantic and constant as it was but still lots of movements and harder jerkier ones.
Labor signs: no although my belly tightens up pretty regularly if I'm running around.
Gender: boy!
Belly button: definitely popped most of the time!
What do I miss: being able to go,go,go without tons of hip and back pain.
What am I looking forward to: Sam's party!
Milestones: been getting lots of stranger comments lately. I'm definitely to that unmistakable stage.
Weekly Wisdom: Always tell a pregnant lady she looks little still. Best thing ever. some of Josh's relatives said they were expecting me to be much bigger by now. lol

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Well, this sucks.

I am sitting up in bed at 12:27 am, despite being absolutely exhausted bc this pregnancy is kicking my ass.

I have been pretty badly nauseous since about Sunday. Like, the taking me on a trip down first tri memory lane kind of debilitating nausea. Then I chalked it up to nerves/anxiety about my glucose test the next day.

I was so proud of myself for going to that appointment, drinking that nasty drink, fighting the very strong urge to vomit and coming out unscathed. The thing is, even after it was over, I've continued to feel terrible. Lump in my throat, constant gaggy feeling, having to force myself to eat, gingerly sipping ice water and sucking on sour candy just to try to feel better for a few minutes. :(

I thought for a bit that I was coming down with something just bc the nausea is so intense when for weeks now, it has been present but liveable.

Well, it is now Wednesday night. Sam and I had a busy day driving 3 hours round trip to the springs for a zoo play date where we basically hiked up a mountain/walked five miles. I was EXHAUSTED when we got home. Poor Sam got to color and read books while I just sat on the couch in a zombie state.

Again, I'd been so nauseous all day. I'm sure I haven't eaten nearly enough in the last few days (which may be making the situation worse actually). I fought it though, despite the drive almost sending me over the edge a few times. We had fun but I felt awful by the time we got home. I drank a few sips of coke to see if that would help. it didn't. I ate an English muffin which didn't seem to help, though it stayed down. Josh came home, made himself dinner and I snacked on a small bowl of dry cereal...

And now I'm sitting here, straight up in bed bc I have burning acid creeping up my throat if I lay down. My belly is feeling tender and sore all over. My back and hips are aching. I should try some tums but I don't want to make myself puke.Baby is angrily thumping away which isn't helping the general uncomfortable feeling I'm having. And throughout all that, I keep having waves of gaggy nausea. I can't tell if the reflux is making me feel that way probs vice versa. I wish I could just go to sleep.

Sam and josh are cuddled up together, which is adorable. I know soon Sam will be stirring and wanting to nurse. I survived the a stomach bug/food poisoning once so far as a mother but never while pregnant so I'm fervently praying that is not what it is. it doesn't really feel like that...and it's lasted days. you'd think I would've gotten sick by now if I were going to.

bah. This is completely pathetic and whiny I know. I thought maybe writing it.out would help. so far, not so much.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Twenty Four Weeks 2.0

Phew! We made it to viability! I saw a news story the other day about a baby born at 24 weeks and it just astounded me what a little tiny miracle she was. Although she was tiny, she was still a perfect little baby. I am still having trouble grasping that something that size is in my belly right now!

Something interesting happened to me this week: I felt baby flip. Up til now I'm pretty sure he was transverse like Sam always was, with his head in my right hip. That is partially why I think my belly looked so low. Well, after a really trying day of tummy troubles, the poor baby was ANGRY! I guess he was sick of being squeezed and listening to crazy tummy noises. He was giving giant, painful kicks and pushes and then. ..boom, I felt a super painful twist and almost instant relief of pressure near my cervix and instant onset of pressure near my ribs. Since then, all the baby movements have been at my belly button or higher which leads me to believe his head is down. We will see tomorrow at my appointment!

Sam never stayed head down for long bc I don't have much room! I am having so much rib and back pain that I never felt with Sam now.  Poor baby is probably squished in there! Anyway, my belly looks and feels much higher!

Symptoms: The usuals plus rib and back pain this week.  Lots of dizziness this week too.
Weight: 140 for better or for worse. That's a barrier I wasn't looking forward to breaking but here we are. That puts me up 4 total. We will see what the Dr says about that tomorrow
Sleep: Horrible as usual. I'm exhausted and have been taking naps with Sam every day.
Food Cravings: nothing really new this week . Still loving buttered English muffins and super tart cranberry juice.
Best Moment this week: baby flipping! It brought new aches and pains but it was so cool to watch!
Movement: lots. But now everything is much higher than before.
Labor signs: nope though I do get a few BH contractions every day.
Gender: boy!
Belly button: sometimes flat, sometimes popped.
What do I miss: being able to sleep comfortably
What am I looking forward to: tomorrow's appointment! (Though not the glucose test part. ugh. I wouldn't be at all surprised if I failed...considering how scrappy sugar has made me feel)
Milestones: baby flipping, viability reached!
Weekly Wisdom: don't fight stubbornly against maternity underwear. Those things are a godsend. SO MUCH COMFIER

Monday, April 7, 2014

Twenty Three Weeks 2.0

Another week down! And one week closer to viability. I've been really nervous lately bc I am so crampy a lot of the time. This baby is so far sitting pretty low compared to Sam so I just think my body (which was already weakened from my pregnancy with Sam) is just not as equipped to do this again without complaining.

The other concern I've had is the BH contractions I'm already getting. Especially after running after Sam or walking around a lot. Nothing painful, just that uncomfortable super hard and tight tummy feeling. They go away when I sit and rest but wow, I feel like this is early for those to start!

I'm also experiencing my very least favorite part of pregnancy again: people and their unfiltered comments about my body. The general consensus is that I look "huge already", that "this baby is super low" and that "if I'm this big at ONLY 23 weeks, imagine how huge I'll be at the end" EYEROLL. I am trying not to take it too personally. Sure my belly looks lower but I think it might have to do with the fact that I'm 25 lbs lighter this time than I was with Sam so I just looked more popped up top with him at this point. I've only gained 3 lbs so I'm not really tripping about that huge thing. Again, I'm skinnier this time so I think the belly looks bigger in relation to the rest of me. Sigh.

Symptoms: The usual. nausea, exhaustion, feeling faint especially after sugar, heartburn and reflux, back pain, sciatic pain, cramps and bh contractions.
Weight: 139 ish depending on the day.
Sleep: meh, the obstacle this week has been reflux. and Sam. as usual.
Food Cravings: cranberry juice all day every day! Also buttered, toasted English muffins
Best Moment this week: I was trying to make Josh feel this fish of a baby and right as I put his hand on my belly, baby jabbed a knee or elbow out. Josh FREAKED out! I was laughing so hard. He said it was just like an alien in there.
Movement: tons. see above.
Labor signs: nope.
Gender: boy!
Belly button: pretty flat
What do I miss: people not judging my body...or at least not out loud.
What am I looking forward to: next weeks appointment just to talk some things through. I really am NOT looking forward to the glucose test though
Milestones: josh feeling baby, bh contractions starting