Monday, January 23, 2012

Week 17

Originally written 12/15:

Now that I'm staying home with Addy, there isn't much to report lately.  We try to fill our time every day with something that gets us out of the house.  Today I think we'll visit the dollar store to find some cheap cookie cutters so we can make those salt dough ornaments together and I'm going to try to make it to the gym to take the yoga class to stretch out.

I got in a small argument with the Ultrasound people because C's mom will be here after Christmas (19 weeks) and I really wanted her to be able to come to the U/S with us.  C is an only child and this may very well be our last pregnancy (we'll see...) so this is her chance.

They absolutely refused to see me until 20 weeks if I wanted to know the sex.  What?!  People can find out the sex at 16 weeks in some cases and really, what difference will 4 days make??  I scheduled the appt. for 19w 3d anyway.

How far along?:  17 weeks
Total weight gain/loss:  I've gained a little but I still think it's only about 3lbs.  They say you should only gain about 1/3 of the pregnancy weight in the first 20 weeks so that puts me in good shape so far.
The Bump:  Since it's winter, I think it's harder to tell with the bulky sweaters.  I think people wouldn't know most of the time if they don't know me.
What I’m excited about/looking forward to:  Seeing our peanut on the U/S screen!
Maternity Clothes:  I still haven't given in but soon.  I tried the BeBand yesterday but it seemed tight and a little uncomfortable, but I"m not used to it.
Symptoms: I really have no complaints, other than trouble sleeping.  I just can't find a good position!
Belly Button in or out?:  In. I don't see this changing.
Food Cravings/Aversions: Um, nothing of note.  We had Juicy Lucys over the weekend and holy grease buckets!  I had indegestion for 2 days thanks to those babies.
What I miss:  Sleeping through the night...
Milestones:  None really.  Just a few weeks from the Half-way point!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Week 16

Originally written 12/6

This whole SAHM (Stay at Home Mom) is an entire life style change.  The two plusses are that I get to spend more time with Addy (which isn't as hard as I feared it might be) and that I get to take pregnancy naps almost every day.

I do try hard to keep up with the chores and make sure that C comes home to a nice house every day.  I think I do ok there.  Addy & I try to do something that gets us out of the house every day to fill time, but it's not always great stuff.  Today we're going to Target, which she actually loves.  Yesterday we went to the library and she got to pick out a DVD.

Heartbeat on 11/30: 156

How far along?:  16 weeks
Total weight gain/loss:  I think I've gained 3 pounds total so far.  I know it will start to pick up now with the baby growing faster and all the Christmas goodies around!
The Bump:  People who know I'm pregnant are starting to notice it but I think to strangers it probably looks like I just ate too many cheeseburgers.
What I’m excited about/looking forward to:  We made our ultrasound appointment!  We'll find out the sex and see our little peanut on 12/29!.
Maternity Clothes:  Still holding out, but I probably can't last much longer.
Symptoms: Symptoms seems to have relaxed which is nice.  Still tired and yesterday I was IRRITABLE, but that might be because Addy wakes up too early.
Belly Button in or out?:  In. I don't see this changing.
Food Cravings/Aversions: Um, nothing much.  C made us tofu last night which isn't my favorite but even that was fine.
What I miss:  Being able to sleep through the night.
Milestones:  Saw the doctor again and everything looks good still!  Heartbeat was lower, back into question mark territory as far as the gender is concerned.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Week 15

Originally written 11/30

Being laid off really sucks because it makes me feel like a failure in a way (personal feeling), not getting up to go to work and not bringing in a paycheck.  It just is kind of a bad time.

BUT, there are advantages too.  Since I'm pregnant it means I can relax and rest more.  It also means that I get to spend more time with Addy.  We went to the Mall of America yesterday for Toddler Tuesdays and she got to color and watch some Dora (which she could have done at home but it was nice to get out) and then she actually got to meet Diego which completely freaked her out in a bad way.  She got scared of him. 

But then we went out to lunch, just the 2 of us, and she was really well behaved and we had a good time!  So there are really good things along with this lay off.

How far along?:  15 weeks
Total weight gain/loss:  We'll find out today at my doctor's appointment!  I'm going to guess here 3 lbs total.
The Bump:  Oh, it's there.  I decided not to care and cover up anymore so I've been wearing more of my fitted tops which show it off a little.  I still think that I look like maybe I just had too many burritos though.
What I’m excited about/looking forward to:  My dr appt today!
Maternity Clothes:  Not yet.  But I am supposed to have an interview so I bought a pair of maternity pants to wear to that so I'm comfortable.
Symptoms: Random heartburn and fatigue.  At least I get naps some days.
Belly Button in or out?:  In. I don't see this changing.
Food Cravings/Aversions:  Nothing really.  I've had a couple grilled cheese sandwiches lately, which are good.
What I miss:  Sleeping comfortably through the night, which I know will only get worse. 
Milestones:  Doctor's appointment today!  That's really it.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Say Please

This is my last week home with Addy before my (triumphant) return to the working world.  I will miss it a lot more than I thought.  At first, I was terrified of being a SAHM.  I know that seems silly coming from her actual mother, but if you think about it I only spent 3-4 hours a day with her prior and C was home for most of them and the weekends too.  How do you go from 4 hours to 14?  Especially in the Minnesota winters where I can't take her to the park?

We hit our stride though and it's been really nice to have the time to relax (read: nap) and bond with her.  One thing I've decided to work on before returning to work is her manners. 

I think all kids go through the same speech patterns where first they learn the words for things, and then they start stringing the words together.  So Addy went from "Milk" to "Give me milk" but I hated the feeling of having her bossing me around so we worked on a very simple "Milk, please".  I basically refused to get her the thing she was asking for until she attached "Please". 

Then she progressed to "Give me milk please" but I still hate the way that sounds.  So demanding.  So this week I refuse to get her anything until she says, "Can you get me milk please?" and it seems to be working.  It takes her about 3 times to get it right still.  She first says "Get me milk" then "Get me milk please" and finally understands and says, "Can you get me milk please?"

The funny thing is that I don't even say anything any more.  I sit and stare at her until she says what I'm looking for.  She figured out pretty quickly what gets results with me.

The only problem with this method is that when she finally says the right thing I feel like I have to give it to her as her reward.  After all, she said it correctly.  If I'm going to say no, I feel that I have to tell her no from the get go so that she's not putting in the work and then not getting anything.  Maybe as we move forward, I'll make her say the phrase correctly before telling her no and why.

We're also working on "Yes, please" and "No, thank you" with mixed results.  We do remember to compliment her when she gets it right and she's not too bad at it but it definitely needs to be more consistent.

Mama didn't raise no rude kids.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Week 14

Originally written 11/22

Welp, I'm finally, officially out of the first trimester and into the second!  I'm noticing some small changes in terms of sickness and heartburn but it's not like I've turned a corner or anything.

I'm officially stressed out with losing my job and having another baby on the way.  I think I might have actually lost weight.  My next doctor's appointment in Nov. 30 so we'll see how things look then.  Of course, Thanksgiving is before that so that will probably help.

How far along?:  14 weeks
Total weight gain/loss:  According to my scale I've lost about 1.5 lbs.  We'll see at the doctor's next week.
The Bump:  It seems to have stalled in growing a bit which is kind of nice.  I thought I would just grow and grow all the time.
What I’m excited about/looking forward to:  Seeing Corey's family this week for Thanksgiving and going to the doctor next week.
Maternity Clothes:  Nothing yet.
Symptoms: Still tired a lot but feeling better in other areas.  I need to remember to drink water often now that I'm not working at a desk all day.
Belly Button in or out?:  In. I don't see this changing.
Food Cravings/Aversions:  Last night I had tomato soup and grilled cheese for dinner and it hit the spot!  I still crave Mexican and buffalo wings though.  Oh, and for some reason I've been REALLY wanting sushi, which I didn't eat that much previously.
What I miss:  Right now, nothing.  I feel good!
Milestones:  In the second trimester!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Week 13

Originally written 11/14:

I had a few rough days last week at work, not pregnancy related, and I was completely wiped after them.  I also had a test in my class so you can imagine the relief I felt when the weekend arrived.

A girl I work with had her baby girl over the weekend and it's so exciting but at the same time it means my life has gotten even more busy.  Not her fault or anything, just unfortunate.

We spent the weekend enjoying family time.  We took Addy to the park to get the last bit of good weather in.  We did story time too.  And then Sunday we ran around trying to get her into a clinic to do something about her pink eye, which showed up yesterday.  

She's home with C today and has seen the doctor and is on meds now.  My poor baby.

How far along?:  13 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Maybe 2 lbs?
The Bump: No real change from last week.  I'm still not into my "bigger" sizes nor maternity clothes but I am starting to run out of jeans I can wear.
What I’m excited about/looking forward to:  At this point the only things to look forward to are doctor's appts and finding out the gender!
Maternity Clothes:  Nope.  No reason to go there yet.  I'm going to try my damnest to keep out of them for another 4 weeks or so.
Symptoms:  Tired and heartburn!  My God the heartburn sucks!
Belly Button in or out?:  In. I don't see this changing.
Food Cravings/Aversions:  I really wanted salad on Friday, maybe I'm not eating enough vegetables lately.  I also made us some kick-ass burgers on Friday night.
What I miss:  Right now, just not having heartburn all the time.
Milestones:  Officially out of the first trimester!