Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pregnant After IUI: Week 16

At 4.6 inches long, and 3.5 ounces, baby is really growing fast! This week, due to bones forming in the ear, baby can now hear my voice and heart beat... oh, that thought makes me smile! Hair, eyelashes and eye brows are filling in, and baby is forming taste buds... oh, good, the baby will be addicted to berry colossal crunch before it's even born... haha. Well, that and artichoke hearts... such a balanced diet.

I have continued to feel sporadic kicks and punches, but only 1-2 times a week. I can't wait until they're strong enough for Jon to feel. (He can't, either.)

I have been feeling SO pregnant. My stomach feels like it's really gotten big this last week or so, and I find myself moving more like a pregnant lady, trying to accommodate it. Jon has noticed it more, too. I have been getting out of breath so quickly with the organs moving up and into my lungs, and Sea Biscuit wishes he could pee as much as I do.

Apparently, being pregnant has affected my ability to type and spell. I have had to backspace and right-click to check the spelling so many times since I started this post... and I don't even have hard-for-me-to-spell words in it.

I am SO EXHAUSTED still. It doesn't help that I've started work again, so some days I'm up at 6 am. I try to be in bed by 9 or 9:30 those nights--a couple times I was even asleep before that. I have just felt like a zombie (I think). My eyes are tired and feel like they're going to fall out of my head and all this stuff. It's hard to function with 3 kids when you're exhausted. I don't know how moms of children handle it all the time.

My dreams have been getting more and more vivid--and sometimes disturbing. Not really enjoying that side effect right now.

I have dreamed a couple times about the gender of the baby, but I've had dreams of having both a boy and a girl, so I'm still not leaning toward one gender or the other.

I had a prenatal appointment this morning, and we got to hear baby's heartbeat... it was going strong at around 150 bpm, which was awesome and fun to hear. I wish Jon had come with me, but he didn't feel he could take the time off work, since last week he was late a couple of days, due to the weather. Maybe next time he can come with.

We met with a doula last night--I'm so glad we did, and I think we're going to go ahead and have her attend the birth. She also gave me the name of a midwife in the area that does home births, so I'm going to call her and see what she charges... but we're not sure we'll be able to afford that, since the hospital birth is free and all with our insurance. But the doula gave us lots of good info, and I really enjoyed meeting her.

It feels so weird being 16 weeks already. I remember when I was like, 6 weeks, how far away the second trimester--let alone the birth--seemed, and now it feels like it's right around the corner. We have so much to do before the baby comes. I know we still have lots of time--I'm not even halfway there yet-- but it's still going quickly.

I REALLY need some maternity clothes... where was your favorite place to get clothes? I'm fine with used if they're in good condition and from this millennium. We're trying to save money, so I'm not going to spend 50 bucks on a pair of pants... but let me know what worked for you and what you used/didn't like!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pregnant After IUI: Week 15

Okay, quick post this week, because it's already after 9 and I need to go to bed soon so I can get up in time for work tomorrow.

Baby is about the length of an orange, or right around 4 inches long (crown to rump) and weighs 2.5 ounces. Getting so big! It seems like this week is mostly growth. Not a whole lot that's new going on with the babe.

I've been exhausted. Absolutely exhausted. It doesn't help that I started back at work this last week, so I'm up really early and chasing 3 kids all day. Thankfully, I only work part time, which means the days I DO work are long, but I have 2-3 days off during each week (and then the weekends, too) so I'm able to catch up on rest a bit on my days off. I'm also still getting nosebleeds.

Other symptoms have tapered off; smell is still strong, but doesn't make me nauseous. I haven't actually been nauseous in a while. Still not gaining weight, but I'm sure that will change, as food is starting to taste better, too.

Oh, one thing I've noticed, with several causes: I wake up frequently. Sometimes it's to pee, but more often it's because my hips hurt. Like, the muscles feel bruised. I think it's just ligaments stretching, but it can get quite painful. Another reason I wake up is because my pillow makes my head hurt. Let me see if I can explain this... There is a horizontal line above my ear (on both sides of my head) that, when lying on either side, gets pressure on it and hurts. Ears, too, are sensitive like that. I am not entirely sure what it is, but if I had to guess, I would say there are arteries or veins that go through there, and due to the increased blood volume and dilation of the blood vessels, the pressure of my pillow compresses them enough to cause a headache. I'm not sure what to do about it. It hurts just lying on my sides, but I've read you're not supposed to spend much time on your back, as the weight of the uterus can compress some blood vessels and cause low circulation to your lower body, and even to the baby. And sleeping on my stomach just isn't comfortable any more. So, right now when I wake up from that, I just roll over, but I end up waking again relatively quickly because it hurts. So, to sum it all up, I haven't been sleeping all that well, which I'm sure contributes to my fatigue.

Any ides or suggestions on how to prevent/deal with the pain I've been feeling at night would be great. Maybe just a softer pillow would be enough.

Anyway, it's late now, and I'm off to bed. Goodnight.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pregnant After IUI: Week 14

I'm in the second trimester!! Woohoo!! So excited. =]

This week baby is about the size of a lemon, or almost 3 1/2 inches long. Baby DOUBLED in weight this week and is 1.5 ounces. (I guess last week they were just all kinds of messed up. All the sources I've looked at seem to say baby is still pretty light.) Baby is probably sucking their thumb, and can wiggle fingers and toes. Also, kidneys are functioning and baby can pee! Seems like peeing is all I do... The liver and spleen are working, and baby is growing lanugo, or body hair... all over. This will likely be gone by the time baby is born (if full term).

This week I am... tired. And my head has been hurting a lot--in the evenings, especially. I actually caved and bought some Tylenol to try to help, because it was getting so bothersome.

I noticed today I've got some slight tenderness in my armpits and breasts, which I haven't had for a while. It's not bad, though.

My nose is runny. All. The. Time. I have to blow it like every 10 minutes. The awesome part is that this is causing lots--and I mean A LOT--of bloody noses. This is common in pregnancy, and no cause for concern... but it is REALLY annoying.

I think that's about it. I'm looking into finding a doula, and next week we get to tour the birthing center at Mayo Clinic. I'm really excited to get started on the nursery and to finish the baby registry... and then buy (or be given) everything that's on it =] haha.

Huzzah for the second trimester!!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pregnant After IUI: Week 13

Who here loves peaches? I know Jon is quite fond of them (as shown by his nightly glass of peach tea, with a shot of peach Schnapps in it, ha). Peaches are my favorite right now, too, since my baby is about as big as one! Almost 3 inches long! Unfortunately, I have NO IDEA how much the baby weighs, because on the VERY SAME PAGE of it says in one place that the baby weighs .81 oz (that's point-eight-one) ounces, but in a video embedded in the page it says baby is about half a pound. So, yeah. Inconsistent. But we'll go with half a pound, because that sounds better. Baby's vocal cords and teeth are forming, and the intestines are moving from the placenta into the baby's belly. Who knew the intestines formed in the placenta first?! So weird! And, just about the coolest thing I've ever heard: My baby, at 13 weeks gestation, already has FINGERPRINTS.
Kinda like Juno being told the baby has fingernails was a huge deal to her, the fact that my baby has fingerprints is just incredible; already a unique person with an identity... Remarkable.

One more week until the second trimester! I can't wait to have more energy and feel better... also, I'm ready for food to start tasting good again. Although, this carrot-with-Italian-dressing that I'm munching on right now is pretty delectable.

The only new symptom that I can think of is that I MIGHT have felt the baby moving a couple times... it's hard to say for sure. A couple times it felt like gas, but where I imagine my baby to be... and once I even felt like a hand or foot was pushing against my belly. That only happened once, and it was last night and super cool. I hope it was the baby! Feeling the baby moving is probably the one thing I've been looking forward to the most. =]

So most of you know that until like your third trimester you go see your doc every 4 weeks. Well, the ultrasound was my first appt, and Monday I had my second. If you need details of the visit, you can ask, but I'll skip over most of it, as it wasn't interesting. The INTERESTING part was that I GOT TO HEAR BABY'S HEARTBEAT FOR THE FIRSTIEST TIME EVER AND I STILL CAN'T STOP SMILING BECAUSE IT WAS ABSOLUTELY AWESOME AND THE BEST SOUND EVER. She used a doppler and let me record the audio on my phone, since Jon wasn't able to be there and I wanted him to hear it. I listen to it like every hour. I love it so much. Speaking of which... *goes to listen to it.* I texted it to my whole family and my mother-in-law... if anyone else has texting and wants to hear it, get me your number and I'll send it to you.

As for things gotten for baby this week: We went ahead and purchased a swing for Baby... used... from Savers... for 12 dollars before Jon's discount. HA! Love it!

Anything else...? I don't think so. I keep telling myself I'm going to take belly pics, but I haven't yet... I think I'll start with the second trimester. Maybe even post them for ya'll to see. =]

Oh, added note: Baby's hb was "150s-160s" according to the doc.