Thursday, May 22, 2014

7 Weeks!

Feeling pukey... but less bloated.

How Far along: 7 weeks

Baby size: Blueberry (about 0.5 inches)

Total weight gain: Still about 0.5 pounds.

Maternity clothes: I do have to use a rubber band on two pairs of jeans, now, but man, those maternity clothes are starting to seem really tempting. I would have to buy some though, since I don't have any left from before.

Sleep: Oh I love sleep. I feel like I don't get enough of it. I wish I could have naps every day.

Best Moment this week: Telling C's family. They were all very happy and excited for us.

Movement: N/A

Gender: Still thinking boy.

Labor signs: N/A

Belly button: In, not gonna change.

Cravings: Mexican Meatballs, Pad Thai. That's about the only real cravings I've had this week. Anything cinnamon is still very good.

Aversions: Eggs. Caffeine (not so much an aversion as that I'm just really sensitive to it and it makes me extra jittery and slightly queasy). The smell of coffee.

What I miss: Feeling completely normal, my pants fitting.

Stretch Marks: No new ones.

What is different this time around: Exercising when I am up to it. And by exercising I mean walking a mile and a half a few times a week. I hope that once this trimester is over I feel a bit better. I've gotten in 2.4 miles this week. Partly feeling ill, but mostly weather. Also, the only time I really get genuinely about to puke is if I wait too long to eat breakfast in the morning, or if I let myself get too hungry in general. It's AMAZING to have only a very low-grade level of nausea all the time, rather than the constant feeling of nearly puking like my previous pregnancies. Although yesterday and today have been much rougher and I nearly threw up a couple times this morning.

What I am looking forward to this week: Hopefully getting in some yoga and/or running. We'll see.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

6 Weeks

Taken in the evening, but I'm even sucking it in.. wtf. 

How Far along: 6 weeks

Baby size: The size of a sweet pea.

Total weight gain: Eh, lost like 0.4 pounds.

Maternity clothes: I've been holding one pair of jeans closed with a rubber band. But no actual maternity clothes yet.

Sleep: I got to take naps this weekend. On Mothers Day, C said he couldn't believe I took a 2 1/2 hour nap and still was ready for bed by 9:30. He apparently forgot the first few months of pregnancy from the last two.

Best Moment this week: Um. Hmm. Mother's Day breakfast with the family. 

Movement: N/A

Gender: Still think boy.

Labor signs: N/A

Belly button: In, not gonna change.

Cravings: Lemon bars, lemonade...lemon/lime lotion (not to eat, just to sniff) (early in the week), but if it's actually sour it is not good. Sea Salt Caramel Gelato, Cinnamon bears (OMG CINNAMON BEARS), chai. Cinnamon rolls. Cinnamon cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting I was actually able to snarf down without caution (not really a craving but it was a good impromptu snack). Cinnamon gum.  Chocolate croissant. Beef jerky.

Aversions: Food...empty stomach... Unfortunately Bunsen doesn't seem to like tomato-based pasta sauce, with pasta. So... yeah. Oh, and eggs. Just the smell, or the word "eggs"... almost made me lose it.

What I miss: Not having morning sickness (which kicked in on Mothers Day. Thanks, baby.)

Stretch Marks: No new ones.

What is different this time around: Still exercising :-)! And... actually wanting pepperminty stuff in my face. Yeah that's about it that I hadn't covered yet. Also, I made it to 6 weeks and haven't puked yet. So I don't know how that compares to previously, but I know that by 7 weeks with J I had thrown up a number of times.

What I am looking forward to this week: More running, I'd like to get 6+ miles in again, and do prenatal yoga at least once in the coming week. I may be overly optimistic with this. C's older brother and his family are going to be in town on Sunday, so we're seeing them, and Saturday is the annual Mike the Headless Chicken Day party, so that will be awesome.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Fitness Update

I got 7.8 miles in this week (added 1.8 today during my walk), as well as my Guts and Butts class yesterday (wee bit sore today...). I did also do a 50 minute yoga video a few days ago and it was great, I'm in good enough shape that I can do most of the poses without modification! I feel so much stronger and more flexible.

I also did get over 100 miles this week! YAY! I am at 107 so far, 193 to go. I'm so proud of myself! On Tuesday I ran my fastest mile in my adult life, 11.5 minutes! I actually ran/walked 1.5 miles with Athena, but that was how it averaged out. She's a great running buddy.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

5 Weeks!

So.. not a baby bump yet, obvs. Just bloat like woah.

How Far along: 5 weeks. Seriously? Holy shit.

Baby size: About the size of an apple seed. 

Total weight gain: 0.8 pounds, but that's not really anything. I weighed that 2 weeks ago.

Maternity clothes: N/A, but this bloat is crazy and I definitely change my clothes as soon as I get home. Pressure on my belly isn't comfortable.

Sleep: I love sleep. Sleep is awesome. Dee has been sleeping all night the last few nights, so it's been nice. 

Best Moment this week: Watching C get happier about this pregnancy, and feeling better about it myself. Also, J asked me on Saturday if maybe we would be a family of 5 like the Berenstain Bears.

Movement: N/A

Gender: I can't imagine anything other than boy. He *feels* like a boy. I'm calling him Dr. Bunsen Honeydew for now (or just Bunsen).

Labor signs: N/A

Belly button: In, and expected to be in for the duration.

Cravings: Lemon curd, lemon drops, lemon bars, lemonade...lemon/lime lotion (not to eat, just to sniff), but if it's actually sour it is not good. Croissants, chai tea.

Aversions: the smell of pizza (ew), the idea of McDonalds (the first time I had nausea related to anything I couldn't actually smell was a McD commercial), and Bunsen does not like pears, or cheese (sad). I also can only do one cup of fully caffeinated coffee per day. If I have a second one in the afternoon it makes me all jittery and queasy. Sweet stuff that isn't lemony isn't very appealing either. Chocolate just doesn't taste right, and I don't really want to eat it.

What I miss: Food sounding good in general, my flat belly that I only had for a few weeks...And wearing the cute bras I literally just bought 3 weeks ago, because my boobs exploded again and now those don't fit.

Stretch Marks: No new ones.

What is different this time around: Still exercising, yay! And the lemon thing. I'm pretty sure I never craved lemon stuff with either kid. I also made it to 5 weeks not puking or feeling really sick, so YAY! So far nausea has been mild at its worst, and I'm hoping it stays that way. Also, when I was doing prenatal yoga last night, I noticed that I was able to do WAY more than when I was pregnant with Dee doing the same video. I am so much stronger and fitter, and I feel so much better about myself and my body!

What I am looking forward to this week: Getting my sample of essential oils that hopefully will assuage nausea/morning sickness when it arrives. More running, I'd like to get 6+ miles in again, and do prenatal yoga at least once in the coming week. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Happy birthday to Dee!!

 We had a Fairy Party for Dee's 3rd birthday at my mom's house. She was thrilled, but apparently not in the mood to keep her wings on for any pictures. I'll eventually get one of her with her wings so I can show you guys.

Sitting in front of the Fairy Treats Table


The food table had the following (with labels, of course!): Fairy Cakes (vanilla cupcakes with strawberry buttercream frosting), fruits and veggies "From the Fairies' Garden" (raspberries, strawberries, purple cauliflower, baby carrots, and sugar snap peas); Toadstools (Baby Bell Cheese); Shooting Stars (yogurt star cookies); Magic Wands (yogurt star cookies attached to breasticks); Fairy Pillows (vanilla cupcake kettle corn); Kelpie Treats (seaweed and veggie straws). It was all a big hit!

Dragon Riding, naturally

J proudly wearing his "Poison dragon" wings (they had green glitter on the back, but you can't see that so well here)

My fairy child
All the kids had the choice between fairy wings and dragon wings. I think the boys all picked dragon wings off the bat, Dee wore her fairy wings for 5 minutes, and the other little girl wore 2 pairs of fairy wings and a pair of dragon wings for a while.

I wish my camera worked so I could have taken pictures of what I wanted (my phone doesn't take very good pictures), but my mom did take some nice ones and so did a friend of ours. Nobody got pictures of the little teeny fairies that were scattered around the house and balcony.

3 year stats: 37" and 28ish pounds. She was 50% for height and 17 for weight.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

So That Happened...

You may have noticed I didn't do my weigh in post last week. I'll get to the why of that that in a moment.

In the meantime, on Friday, my weight was 140.8, which means I lost a pound that week, but didn't actually lose anything compared to the last couple weeks, meaning that I've been maintaining at about 140.

I found out why on Thursday night.


How Far along: 4 weeks on Thursday, which makes me 4w4d today, which is Carnegie stage 8, which means that my baby looks like a vulva.

Baby size: Poppyseed.

Total weight gain: None.

Maternity clothes: N/A, though honestly, this bloat is no joke. By evening it's seriously uncomfortable.

Sleep: Like a rock, if I actually get to sleep all night. Thanks to Dee, this is an infrequent occurrence, but at least she's weaned now so that makes my mornings a little better. I don't always hear her wake up at night right now though, and often C nudges me and wakes me up to tend her.

Best Moment this week: Not even a little related to pregnancy, but it was Dee's birthday party. I'll share pics of that in another post.

Movement: N/A

Gender: It's a boy. I know this.

Labor signs: N/A

Belly button: In, and expected to be in for the duration.

Cravings: Nothing particularly sounds good, but lemon/lime stuff is very, very appealing.

What I miss: Nothing yet, although I will be missing margaritas and Bitter Elders this summer.

Stretch Marks: No new ones.

What is different this time around: Bloat is worse, makes my belly look huge (see pics above). I am in better physical condition this time than with either previous kid, in spite of what the scale says, and I have mostly fixed my diastasis recti, so I'm going to keep trying to maintain that the best I can. 

What I am looking forward to this week: Hoping that morning sickness does not decide to show up, and that some foods at least sound like something I want to eat. I also plan to get in at least 6 miles, but I'm not really very hopeful about any evening workouts.

This was not planned, as you may have guessed from my previous posts. C and I were not planning to have a third biological kid, and though I wanted one I was not even contemplating anything seriously for at least another year (though he now says that I had almost persuaded him to have another child). We were using spermicide (VCF films, which had not failed us in probably 40 months of use). I had the thought, the day I ovulated, that I had somehow gotten pregnant this cycle, but put it out of my mind as sheer imagination. When, a week after ovulation, I felt crampy (pinchy cramps) I mentioned it to C, and he said maybe things were just getting going early this cycle. Then a couple days later I almost fell asleep in my parked car right after I got to work in the morning. I had random hot flashes and random nausea flashes. Smells jumped out and ambushed me. I was intermittently crampy and felt "wet" constantly.  My period didn't show up at 12, or 13, or 14 DPO, so on my way home I bought a DollarTree test. I didn't tell C because I fully expected that I was making all this up in my head and the test was naturally going to be negative.

I am sort of getting excited, but I am sort of terrified (C is in this same boat). I am not worried about pregnancy and delivery, really, except that we can't afford to deliver off network (J and Dee were both born at the same hospital, one that is not included by Kaiser) this time, so I'll be going to a Kaiser hospital. I do not like how they handle pregnancy or delivery, so this is hard for me. They no longer have midwives that I can see for my prenatal visits. I can only hope that our work quits using Kaiser, but I am not terribly optimistic about that.  We were planning to finish fixing up and sell our house next spring (2015) but now that has been moved up to this fall, if we can do it. It's going to be a challenge. I think we can still move next spring, but we'll be really crowded in the meantime.

Oh, and did I mention that we no longer have any baby stuff? I think we still have the dropside crib I got from my sister but I hate that thing (never mind the fact that it's been recalled). At least we still have a few cloth diapers, too, so we just need to rebuild our stash of those. I'm also very glad that while I had put all my nursing bras in the "donate" box, we hadn't actually donated them, so I know that when my boobs decide to go nuts I will be ready. And breast pumps are covered now by insurance, so that is nice. Anyway, there you go.

For what it's worth, I will still be doing my 300 miles for the year, I'll just have an extra person joining me. I will still report my mileage each week, and any other workouts I do.

*Ahem* Also, please check my mileage ticker! GO ME!! 101 MILES DOWN! Booya!