Sunday, June 26, 2011

Location Location Location.. of the Placenta

We had ice cream and dinner with friends of ours (in that order) and they are due a few days before us. Her bump is adorably small while mine is festively plump. While we were comparing symptoms, she was talking about how she feels everything her little boy does and how I don't feel anything.  Her doc told her that it has a lot to do with the placement of the placenta!

Posterior High Placenta versus Anterior High Placenta

Her placenta is posterior (toward her spine), which means there's nothing to cushion the kicks. Her doc also said this may be why she wasn't showing much at this point. Mine is "anterior high" which means it's cushioning all the wiggles and jabs, and probably why I started showing right away. At the end of the day, having a high placenta is ideal. If the placenta is low, it could block the baby's exit and result in a C-section. Our placentas are in good shape.

So yay for high placentas!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Nesting: Part Two

I had another terrific yard sale morning! $30 spent on Joanna and she has now quadrupled her wardrobe.  I went to three yard sales, two of which had great baby items. (I ended up spending $50 total because I bought some things for daddy and me :)

My booty includes a rainbow xylophone, a VHS Denise Austin prego exercise (haha), 7 pairs of pants, 10 onesies, 2 jeans, denim overalls, 7 pairs of socks, 3 jackets, 3 complete outfits (pants, shirt, and matching hat or bib), Baby Einstein building blocks, 2 Noah's Arks (one had all of the animals, one was just an ark), machine washable baby book and inch worm, two pairs of adorable shoes, 3 flower pegs for stuff, two night gowns, a reversible sweater, 2 hats, baby bottle and pacifier drying rack, fitted crib sheet, and a pink Boppy cover.

Favorite Outfits: A red velvet Valentine's Day dress, a Got Milk? onesie, and a yellow polkadot bug outfit for Grandma.

Phew!! I am so thankful that the sellers were graciously bundling their prices. Retail, I probably would be looking at a $200 pricetag. If I followed the original pricetags at the Yardsale, it would have easily been $50 for these items. They saw my bump, were very helpful, and cut me some great deals.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Stop Mono Railing Me

This week has been tougher. A few weeks back, my nausea was like the flu and mono wrapped into one fun time. Now, the flu part has subsided with the help of Zofran, but the tiredness/weakness is still here. I'm exhausted, light headed, and have a hard time focusing. There isn't any direct pain, but I'm not myself. The only way to describe it is that it's like mono. I took two half days from work this week so I could come home and sleep.

Next week is my doctoral intensive (a one week class that runs 9-5 with some pre-work and post-work). I can't take a sick day next week - please be praying for me. Missing a day would be like missing 3 weeks of class.  The week after my intensive is my 3-day New York City trip with my mom. Two weeks after is my baby shower in Manassas, followed by OBB, followed by Jeff and Anne's wedding.. ahh! Busy times approaching!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Prego Waddle

I know why pregnant women waddle - because pregnancy is uncomfortable! When Joanna decides to nestle herself as low as possible, it's difficult to walk like a normal person. Sometimes doing a crab-like jig is far less painful.

On a side note, I have no idea how Victoria Beckham does it - she is baking her fourth baby and wears heels everyday!! (these are 5 inches!)

So when you see a prego waddle, please don't laugh. Don't point out how silly she looks when she waddles. Sure it's funny looking and you're welcome to laugh in your head, but laughing out loud means you're risking your life.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Baby Joanna

Baby Joanna is 1lb 3oz and "perfectly healthy" to quote the doctor. She has her daddy's lips and her mama's attitude (she was posing for the camera already!)

Joanna was smiling and waving - she even stuck her tongue out at us! Our ultrasound tech gave us a free DVD of it, too! Normally they charge you like $25. She let us see her in 3-D but it was kind of creepy - her hands were in her face the whole time so she looked like Davy Jones.
It's true. Our baby is way cuter than any other baby in the world.

Here are my pre-appointment thoughts:
I'm very excited and somewhat sad - the anticipation of getting to know more about our little baby has been so wonderful. The mystery behind how big he/she is, how many fingers and toes, will he/she like boogers or tiaras; it's been fun to wonder. Wonderfun. Funderful. ahh! So excited!

Here are some questions/answers from today's appointment:
  1. Are you suuuuure my due date is October 23rd?
    1. Yes. (well, the ultrasound tech said I was measuring for October 20th, but either way it's still October and not twins.)
  2. Can I get more drugs?
    1. Yes.
  3. Can I dye my hair?
    1. Yes.
  4. What can I eat so I'm not lightheaded?
    1. Protein.
  5. I'm getting cramps in my lower abdomen more often - is that the baby moving? Are there foods I should avoid?
    1. No, it's all normal.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Amazing People

Baby is half-baked and we've already been so blessed by our family and friends. My friend lent me many of her maternity clothes, my mom generously bought me some fancy maternity clothes for work and formal occasions, my in-laws and sister-in-law have already supplied adorable baby toys, Lisa and Rich bought us a fun prego journal, co-workers have given their baby clothes, Brad and Courtney gave us a Bjorn, and now my grandparents-in-law have blessed us with this adorable bouncy chair! I can't get over how flippin' cute this chair is. I want one in my size.
Wow. We have amazing people in our lives!
Yes, even MORE awesomeness!

Two friends on Facebook asked for my mailing address because they had something for Joanna! How cool is that? One was a former teacher and the other is the mom of a high school friend. God is really cool.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cloth Diapers

It's official - we're going cloth!

I have done about 20 hours of research online, in stores, and talking to moms about diapers. I compared cloth diapers versus a cloth diaper service versus disposible diapers. At the end of the day, cloth won by a landslide! The factors I considered were cost, convenience, cleanliness, and overall sanity.
The newer cloth diapers that are on the market are amazing!! These ain't yo mama's diapers; these are state of the art, completely washable, and adorable. Take a gander at Bum Genius or Apple Cheeks for some adorable examples (and there are many more different models and versions with velcro, snaps, both, etc).

After my 3 years of nannying 3 very active boys (and potty training two of them), I have seen my fair share of poop. I have washed my fair share of soiled clothes in the toilet. I have seen many a blow out at the most inconvenient times. Poop doesn't scare me. Vomit doesn't scare me. Both combined in a giant blow-out doesn't scare me. It happens. I'm not intimidated by the thought of changing and washing diapers so that didn't really play a big factor in the decision to go cloth versus a diaper service. It saves money to just do it ourselves. Poop is poop.

In terms of using them, after a cloth diaper has served its purpose there is a toilet attachment that washes the baby droppings into the toilet so all that's left is machine washable. You throw it all in together and voila! They are ready to go for their second, third, or hundreth time. My friend just finished baking her 4th kid and is still on her first set of Bum Genius diapers. The most beautiful part is you pay for the system once (roughly $400 - $700, depending on how many bells and whistles you want) and you don't have to spend $2,500 per kid for diapers! So if you have 4 kids like my friend, you would spend $10,000 on disposible diapers alone. $10,000!!! Kids are expensive enough. I would much rather put that money into a high interest CD and put them through college. As an added bonus, kids who are cloth diapered are easier to potty train because they can feel when they wet themselves. This means a few more changings in the beginning but will lead to a potty trained child sooner. Plus, the diapers you change won't be bursting at the seams like a disposible that doesn't let the child know when they go.

I love saving money, I love not having to go out in the middle of the night for diapers, I love being able to use something for all the kiddos, and I especially love the cloth community that I've encountered in this research. It's not full of hippie mamas who are stickin' it to the man - it's a community of practical moms who stick together.

Here's some more info:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

21 Weeks

Baby is the size of a banana! How fun is that?
I'm getting ansy about learning what it is!! At week 18, we had the option of buying a $125 3-D sonogram that would tell us the sex, but we're trying to save as much money as we can. It's not urgent that we find out what it is, we're just really excited to know! I've seen others' sonogram pictures of 22 week old fetuses (is that the correct plural for fetus?) and they are adorable!!
I'm still sick each day and it's getting rather annoying. I want to be off of Zofran. Whenever I try to go off, my body punishes me and I miss work. No bueno.

Despite still having nausea, I've officially hit the 180 mark in my weight! (I started at 165 ish). I don't feel heavier, just rounder. I should be more concerned about my more-than-ideal weight gain, but I'm not. I've been eating a normal amount of calories and everything is functioning properly in terms of waste management. My appetite has only recently increased to wanting more than just cereal and slurpees. I'm going to ask the doctor how much she recommends I weigh at this point, and if it should be less, how can I lose or minimize future gain so I can have a healthy baby and be a healthy mama.

C'mon October!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

What the heck is in there?

I feel HUGE! I don't feel fat or ugly, I just feel HUGE!

I mean c'mon, I'm only 21 weeks in this picture and I look like I'm 7 months. I keep getting comments like "oh! You must e having a big baby!" or "Are you having twins?" or "Are you SURE you're only 21 weeks?"

The ultrasound on the 20th will (God willing) tell us what we're having and how many of them are actually in there.

I'm so thankful to be carrying all in one place and not all over my body. I'm very thankful that this has been a pretty good pregnancy (minus the nausea). I'm super thankful to even BE pregnant!!

So here's to the kid(s)!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Zofran Free: Day One

I ran out of Zofran again. Instead of calling the doctor I'm going to try and rough it out. I'm nearing week 21 and I'm praying that utilizing "natural" methods (flat soda, mint, etc) will help me again. Zofran is amazing, don't get me wrong. I just want to make sure I'm allowing my body to get well on its own when it's ready. When I'm constantly popping anti-nausea something pills, it doesn't give me a chance to realistically guage where I am in getting over the (not just in the) morning sickness.

So Day One is going pretty well. The pizza I usually eat each day tastes different and is sitting awkwardly on my stomach. When I wash it down with a Dr. Pepper (made with real sugar and not high fructose corn syrup), I feel better.

PS - The sinus infection is finally out of my nose and in my throat. This means I can breathe with my mouth closed!! Horray!!

------ UPDATE ---------

How adorable of me - I lasted about 6 hours without Zofran before calling the doctor and getting more. I am VERY thankful I caved and got more because I was pretty sick a few times this weekend. Rx drugs = good.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Halfway There at 20 Weeks!

Baby Spud is now a Cantaloupe!

According to the What To Expect website:

Week 20 Pregnancy Tip: Appetite
Are you in the Hunger Zone? With weeks of nausea and food aversions behind you (ha!), you may be more than ready to make up for lost eating time (move over crackers, hello four-course meals!). But before you dig into that all-you-can-eat buffet at lunchtime, here's something you might want to consider. The grazing approach that was your mealtime MO during those queasy months is still the best way to feed yourself and your baby now that food's no longer a four-letter word. Not only does it help fend off pesky second-trimester tummy troubles (like the heartburn and indigestion that's sure to set in by your second trip to the buffet), but it also ensures that baby's getting a steady supply of calories when he needs it the most. In fact, studies show that moms who eat at least five or six small meals and snacks a day are more likely to carry to term. So bring on the grub when pregnancy hunger hits, and lots of it — just bring it on a little at a time. 

Time to start eating much more than I have been. With this nausea, I'm lucky to get 2,000 - 2,200 calories each day. I need to make sure I eat whenever I'm able and not just when I feel like it (within reason of course, I don't want to be stuck trying to lose 50lbs when all this is said and done).  

Let the eating begin!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Bubble of Doom

I firmly believe that one should be the change they wish to see in the world. When I get mad at pedestrians crossing without concern for oncoming traffic, I then make sure to be aware of traffic when I'm a pedestrian. When I hate seeing drivers not use their signals, I make sure I use mine. When I hear people complain about trivial things, I make sure not to complain.

Well, I'm breaking the rule for a moment.

I have a complaint. I hurt. My ribs feel bruised, I can't take a deep breath, and I have giant bubbles in my lungs that I just want to pop. I don't know if its gas, I don't know if its heartburn, but I do know it's from the baby. Sunday marks the halfway point of my pregnancy.

ooooooooow, okay that hurts. The giant bubble of doom is moving down thanks to the Tums, which makes it hurt in my stomach now instead of just my upper lung area.

Ahhh, yea. Okay I know it'll be worth it and everything, but right now it sucks. Labor will be far worse. But right now, this still sucks.
Not sure if it's related to yesterday's massive bubble of doom, but I am now the proud owner of a sinus infection! I'm popping tylenol and fake sudafed for now to take care of the symptoms.
I was supposed to sing this Sunday with my team - not this month :(

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

We'll Know at 22 Weeks

No I don't know what it is yet. Yes I want to find out. We won't find out until 22 weeks. No, I'm not 22 weeks yet. (June 20th is the day)

Okay now that I have that out of the way:

We've been hanging out in California this week with our friends Brad and Courtney, who are expecting a beautiful boy in August. It's been really fun seeing our husbands interact with each other and catch up on old times while we waddle around trying to take naps and eat snacks whenever we can. We went into a Motherhood Maternity together and the store associates thought we were sisters - "well kind of. Our husbands are best friends and act like brothers, so that counts." We also had way too much fun in the Carter outlet. (check out the previous post to see my loot!)

Sometimes when I look at us beside each other, I can't help but think we are close to the same size. I've been pacing back and forth in my head - What if my doctor gave me the wrong due date? What if it's twins? What if my placenta is gargantuan? The other chicas that are prego with me are smaller and all due before me. My baby's heartbeat is strong (in the 150 range at every check-up) and I'm still nauseas so I don't doubt the health of the baby, but I just want to know more about him/her. The last ultrasound was internal and at 8 weeks - that's a reeeeally long time ago! The doc also hasn't been measuring my belly at all. Is that strange?

I'm thinking too much, just like I was last year. It's so strange how a year changes everything. Reading back over our anxieties, I'm calmed knowing that God has it all figured out. He knew what He was doing then and He definitely knows what He's doing now.

Who cares if its a boy or a girl! It's a BABY!