Archive | August, 2014

7 weeks pregnant

31 Aug

Last week was rough! I started week 6 with some “car sickness.” I continued having some car sickness, and I also had a few bouts of nausea that felt like vertigo with the room spinning, a whole night spent on the toilet, and a few days ago I started with horrible morning and night sickness. I feel like I can’t get ahold of myself. This isn’t me! I just want to yell and say to myself, “What is wrong with you?” I have had difficulty functioning. On top of that, I came down with a cold a few days, so I feel miserably sick.

I had a few freak out moments due to the sickness. I had to take my inhaler since I couldn’t breath, and my heart would thump every now and then like a baby moving. I ate a cough drop and had no idea if they are okay to munch on during pregnancy. I pined for tylenol and decongestant, but I told myself I can tough it out a little longer, all the while wanting to cry from misery.

To brighten my spirits, last week I thought, “hmmm, I’m starting to look pregnant,” and I compared a “before” and “after” picture today, and… they look the same. So I must always look pregnant, even when I’m not pregnant. Nice.

I’m just having a bitter and miserable weekend, mostly thanks to me being sick. I was just sick in July. There should be a biological law against getting sick more than once in 5 weeks. Now that I think of it, I am pretty sure I have been sick 3 out of the past 5 Labor Day holidays.

On the bright side, I had my first prenatal appointment last week. The baby was measuring about 3 days small, but I saw it’s little heart beat. It definitely gave me a lot more peace!

I lift my glass of Alca-seltzer to peace and health.

6 weeks pregnant

23 Aug

I am quite happy to be six weeks pregnant. According to average fetal development, my baby’s heartbeat should have started beating yesterday! I am very eager for next week, however, since I have my first prenatal appointment.

This week, I did not feel very pregnant. I laid on the couch one afternoon after laying both kiddos down for a nap. I laid down just to physically rest the muscles carrying my head. I almost immediately fell asleep for a sweet half hour. Even though I spent much of my life in love with sleep, ever since I became a “real” adult I do adult things like wake up early, go to bed at a decent hour, and naps aren’t an option. The only time I nap is after a little womb inhabitant evacuates my tummy and subsequently turns me in to a zombie for a few month. The only other time I nap is when I am pregnant… I guess I must be pregnant, huh?

Also related to sleeping, the same day that I had taken an afternoon nap, I fell asleep before 9pm. Before. The baby manufacturing plant needed a rest. (Oooo! It was the night before the heart supposedly started beating! I guess I was working hard.)

Another weird “symptom” that I had this week is that one evening I spent a lot of time in the bathroom, and it wasn’t for morning sickness if you catch my drift. It might have been the chicken cordon bleu casserole I took out of the freezer, or it might have been pregnancy related. The jury is still out on that one.

I have actually been lamenting the lack of nausea this pregnancy. I was miserable for almost two trimesters with the other two kiddos. This one? I seriously have been wondering if I didn’t make a mistake reading those pregnancy tests. Two lines means twins, right? And one line means a singleton… I am totally joking there.

I do feel like nausea equals pregnancy, but I guess it just means crazy hormones. I was getting nauseated before each period in the past few months, so there is an example of those crazy hormones. Here I haven’t had nausea (except a short bout of “car sickness(?)” before I got a positive pregnancy test, and this evening when we went out shopping and I felt almost really nauseated. I almost felt pregnant-nauseated. Or maybe it was car sickness again. I guess I will see if my car sickness sticks around when I am not in the car.

Oh yes, I almost had a bad gall bladder attack the other day when I drank milk plus ate a bowl full of incredibly spicy jalapeño creamy soup. Luckily I was able to stave it off with some apple cider vinegar. Maybe there is another pregnancy symptom for my scoreboard this week: frequent gall bladder attacks.

5 weeks pregnant

16 Aug

This week has been pretty easy and breezy. I looked up a pregnancy counter and I am 5 weeks pregnant TODAY. I thought that I wasn’t going too be 5 weeks pregnant until tomorrow! So that was somewhat exciting. If there is something that I have learned in pregnancy, it is that one day in pregnancy land can feel like an eternity. Therefore, I was pretty excited to be a day later in my pregnancy than I thought.

I had been dreaming every night about my work, which has been anything but fun. Last night I had my first vivid, non-stressful pregnant dream. I dreamed I was on a pirate ship that may or may not have been manned by the VeggieTales pirates. I feel tired, but I actually felt much more tired last week.

I’ve also had a few bouts of cramping, which I am attributing to breast feeding. Speaking of breast feeding, I have felt a slight decrease in my milk production.

Lastly, I had the worst heartburn last night that I have ever experienced after eating a bowl of vinegar-style coleslaw.

Not a super exciting week of pregnancy, but this is what it looks like to be five weeks pregnant.

New Pregnancy blog!

11 Aug

Welcome to the newest chapter in my life, baby #3!

I hope to give weekly updates for pregnancy #4, and I hope this little babe sticks around until the end.

I am currently 4 weeks & 1 day pregnant (if you know me in real life, keep this a secret!). I have always been a crazy pregnant lady looking for information about what’s normal and what’s abnormal, or even what to expect in weeks to come, so I am hoping that I can be useful to another pregnant lady.

Not only do I want to be helpful to others, I want to be helpful to myself and keep a better written record about pregnancy. You think you will remember every detail about something as significant as pregnancy, but years later, it does become a blur.

For example, this is all I remember about my previous experiences:

Baby #1: I was extremely nauseated for 20 weeks (although I don’t remember if nausea began at 4 weeks, 4 weeks + 3 days, 5 weeks, etc.). I barely started showing at 20 weeks. I didn’t feel baby move until 19 weeks. I still looked just a bit pudgy at 7 months along. I thought she would be a boy. I wanted to eat lots of fresh food, fruits, and veggies. Baby #1 moved a lot during the day, and had one or two episodes where she tried to claw her way out of my uterus. It was painful. I think she was having her first temper tantrum.

Baby #2: I had an extreme amount of bleeding throughout the first trimester. He moved a lot at night and would wake me up. He was extremely strong. I thought he would be a girl.

There is definitely a lot more to pregnancy than what I remember, so begins my record.

4 weeks pregnant:

I am extremely exhausted. Have you ever taken a drug that has makes you feel drowsy? And have you ever taken that medicine during the day? That is how I feel all the time. That “symptom” started at 3wks2d, but I thought it was due to my busy schedule. I have been crawling in to bed by 9pm with the lights off mostly at the latest of 9:30pm.

I also had a hearty cry at 3wks3d, which is what prompted me to take a test being only 3wks4d pregnant. I only cry like that when I am pregnant. I took the test when I woke up in the middle of the night, didn’t see a line, and crawled back in bed. When I woke up for the day, I thought I saw a very faint line, but I figured it was due to not following the instructions. I didn’t get around to taking another test until the afternoon (about 12 hours later), and I got a very clear positive result! I was very surprised to see such an increase in pregnancy hormones in a 12 hour time period. That positive result was at 11 days after ovulation.

I have also had an extreme heightening of my sense of taste and smell. That started before I was even 3 weeks pregnant. I would eat something and ask hubby if it tasted “off,” and he would say it tasted very normal. I have recovered my superpower of SuperScents!

To communicate that I am now narcoleptic, I am going to be curt. I’m going to take a nap.

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