This is me trying to get ahead! I’m finally motivated to blog again. These past few days have been busy!
How far along I am: 13 weeks and 5 days (I’m now in my second trimester and the chance of a miscarriage is significantly lower! Whoohoo!)
Weight: 121 pounds. I fluctuate, so no real gain.
What I’m taking: My regular prenatals.
Baby’s length: 4.1 to 4.5 inches (10.4 to 11.4 cm) FYI, this is measured from head to toe. In a few weeks this will change to head to bottom.
Baby’s weight: 1.75 ounces (50 grams)
How I feel physically: Well, overall, I feel great. Nauseous here and there, but fine. No vomiting. Aches but not much. My sense of smell is driving me nuts! I could smell someone five feet away from me and I could tell she was menstruating- yucko. It’s not like she’s a dirty person! I just have a super sensitive nose. Certain smells still turn me off- coffee(it smells amazing but makes me nauseous?), tomato sauce, bananas, nail polish, certain perfumes, meats… Other smells are pleasing to me- bread, milk, gasoline(weird, right?), Mountain Dew. Pregnancy makes a lady crazy. I went to the hospital last Friday. That’s in the ‘other news’ section.
How I feel mentally: Weak. It’s hard to feel confident and motivated when you’re tired all the time. I’m waiting for this fatigue fog to lift. Ugh. I just feel somewhat sad overall. Disappointed in a lot of ways. I’m sure it’s because it’s winter and it’s crappy out. I’m sure it’s because I lack social interactions with actual friends. Being stuck at home all day doesn’t help either! But, I’m remaining positive. I’ve went through a lot of months of serious depression in my past, not even knowing that that’s what was wrong, and I’m fine. I’m not worried about this slight dip in my attitude. Now that I think of it, I have had seasonal depression for as long as I remember. Even in the fourth grade, I remember being sad for so many months for no good reason. Oh well…just something to keep in mind.
I’m really fine though. I am feeling somewhat better. These coming months have got me excited. I’ve got a big ‘ole bump to look forward to! We are moving in two weeks, Matt will (hopefully) land a job soon, we’ll get our taxes back. Lots of stuff to cheer me up. Lily will love the warmer weather, too.
Preparations: I chose which wrap I want t get. Not the color or pattern, but which brand. (Moby!) I plan on babywearing often, since I’m going to still be taking care of a 18 month old Lily full time. I’ve decided which bedside sleeper I want. There aren’t a ton to choose from. (Co-sleeper!) I’d like to get the full size one(this is the mini) but it’s almost $50 more. I hoping we’ll get both the wrap and the sleeper as gifts. Matt and I are planning on getting a bunch of books to help prepare. (Like this one) I really want to start reading because I know it will help motivate me. Also, the midwife I like is having an informational session on the 29th, so we plan on attending that.
I do need to see a doctor soon, so I might call one of the local OB’s and set up an appointment with them. They deliver in the hospital right around the corner from me, which is handy, but the hospital is terrible. A complete mess! My recent hospital stay confirmed this.
Other news: I can officially feel my uterus and tell you exactly where the baby is! I swear a week ago I could not feel anything. This baby likes to chill on my left side. My uterus is flopped upwards and to the left. It’s strange. There’s no uterus on the right side of me. I’m sure once it gets larger it will fill in.
I went to the hospital…*sigh* It wasn’t a fun experience. I went in because I was experiencing the worst pain I’ve ever felt. It was in the lower right side of my stomach. I was sitting on my couch, talking to Lily, when the pain hit. It was a sharp stabbing kind of pain. I immediately was overcome and started sobbing. Now if you know me, you’d know that I have a pretty high pain tolerance. I rarely cry over pain. I broke my toe when I was 6 and yelled and everyone now to touch it, but never cried. This pain was unmanageable. No matter how I moved, it remained. I sat in the same upright position was 30 minutes sobbing until we we ready to go to the hospital. Terrible. The doctor’s immediately suspected my appendix, but I didn’t have a lot of symptoms. Just the pain. They tested my urine and blood, and gave me an ultrasound. I ended up staying overnight to be monitored. They were waiting for my fever to spike up or for the pain to return. It never happened, so I was released the following morning. The surgeon met with me and said she thinks I was experiencing round ligament pain. Trust me, this was NOT round ligament pain.
My mother drove an hour out to stay with me overnight. Of course we got a snowstorm, so she ended up staying another night. She was helpful while she stayed. I feel fine now. I’m pain free. Strange!!
The ultrasound technician was amazing. She always is checking out organs and rarely gets to see babies, so she was pretty excited to check me out. She didn’t see my appendix at all..but did give me a bunch of new ultrasound pictures. She said she’s 80% sure it’s a boy. We would watch the umbilical cord pulse in between the baby’s legs, then we’d watch it move out of the way and see a little ‘thing’ still there. Possibly some little boy junk? We’ll see! I’ll be sure to write her a card if she’s right! The baby was wiggling all around and having a great time.
Yay for a healthy baby! Yay for a healthy momma!