Pregnancy Journal

May 9, 2008
You know you’re pregnant when you buy three Costco items not on your list just because you liked the samples.

I took a pregnancy test yesterday morning and began my plan for telling John (who happened to be working from home all day.) It was fun to carry my secret around those few hours. Caroline and I played in the morning. Then we ran some errands. When we got home, we baked brownies, and I went and took a digital pregnancy test. I used a cookie cutter to cut a brownie into a positive sign, handed it and the digital test with PREGNANT on it to Caroline, and asked her to take them to her daddy. He took them. Caroline said, “Look, it’s a cross.” I added that it is also a plus sign or a positive sign. John agreed. He ate the brownie. Caroline handed him the test, and he said, “That’s mommy’s.”

And then he turned back to his computer.

I left the room not knowing what was going on. Was he upset? I gave myself a moment to calm down, and then I just went in the bedroom and asked him, “What’s up with you?” He was puzzled. I had to explain everything to him, and then he got it! He didn’t even look at the pregnancy test. He thought Caroline was playing store and bringing him something to check out.

I called my doctor to make sure continuing to workout is fine. It is, but I need to keep my heartrate below 140. I’ll still walk on the treadmill for 30-45 minutes, I’ll just slow down my pace and use no incline. I made a doctor’s appointment for seven weeks. My estimated due date is January 15.

I feel a bit silly now with how down I got over not being pregnant “already” after three months. I was being such a fatalist. I’m so happy to be cutting out the wine and cutting down on the diet cokes!

And I just read that Michelle Duggar is due to birth her 18th child the same month I will. It does seem odd to me that she announced her pregnancy to the whole world (via The Today Show) at just six weeks.

May 16, 2008
Brush teeth. Chat on phone with friend. I feel it coming…gotta get off the phone. Uh, uh, gag, uh…And so the “morning sickness” begins again.

June 16, 2008
Actually, the morning sickness hasn’t been that bad at all, at least not compared to my past two pregnancies. I’ve thrown up four times, I think. I’ll get a wave of nausea every now and then, but I’m not throwing up. I’m tired, but I am resting. We went on a family cruise last week, which was just great timing. I booked it right before I found out I was pregnant, knowing there was a possibility I’d be pregnant on the cruise. I figured – a vacation where I can nap every day, be waited on for every meal, and have no housework would be a great first trimester treat. It was! We had a great time. I did tell our tablemates a few days in to the cruise that I was pregnant. A mom was cruising with her teenaged daughters, one of whom ordered a virgin strawberry daiquiri two separate times – to be served a regular alcoholic daiquiri both times. I confessed that I’d sure like to order a virgin drink for myself but that I just couldn’t take the risk of having the order messed up.

I’ve been going to the doctor every week or so for ultrasound checks – for reassurance. The baby is measuring a bit behind my original due date per my cycle (January 15). We’ve seen a strong heartbeat, though, so my doctor isn’t concerned. She said she’ll give me a firm due date at my next appointment.

June 20, 2008
Doctor’s Appointment today
Weight: holding steady – even after that cruise! 
B/P: 102/68
Dating per ultrasound: 9 weeks 5 days (EDD Jan 19)
I am really, really tired all the time. Caroline is in a sometimes-napping stage. When she doesn’t nap, I let her watch TV while I snooze for an hour or so. It helps. I find I can get more done in the mornings if I take it slowly, so my plan for the next couple of weeks is to stay home in the mornings – slowly doing whatever chores I have to do and doing some activities with Caroline. Then I have her signed up for an afternoon camp from 1:30 to 4:30 every day next week. (I’m just going to sign her up one week at a time.) That will give me the chance to nap without parking her in front of the TV and will keep her awake and active so that she’ll go to bed at a decent hour. Naps are nice, but staying up until 9:30 or 10 p.m. is not.

July 9, 2008
I shared our news with my family last week, though the announcement did not go according to my plan. I had ordered a shirt that says “Bun in the Oven” and planned to wear it and see how long it took them to figure it out. Instead, I told daddy and Mary both in tears as I was afraid Sophi had Fifth’s Disease. She did not, and I had my immunity checked and am already immune. That’s something we won’t have to worry about so much now. I told Carlye, too, because I’m announcing to the Bindels this weekend and had a feeling that we may need to coordinate our announcements. We do!  I’m making shirts for Caroline and Georgia to wear to a party at Granda’s house Saturday night.

My friend Caroline brought me her Baby Beats doppler just a few days before I found out I was pregnant. John and I have been listening to the heartbeat every night now for a couple of weeks. I am so glad to have that! Dr. McNelis had her baby last week, so I’ll see one of her partners at my appointment tomorrow.

I’m still wearing my regular clothes, but I sure look fat in them. I think anyone who is paying attention probably has this pregnancy pegged already. They’re being kind and not saying anything, though.

July 10, 2008
Since Dr. McNelis is on maternity leave, I saw on of her partners. It really makes me appreciate my doctor. This other lady was nice, sure, and did her job fine, but I just like Dr. McNelis better. And Dr. McNelis gives me ultrasounds every visit. This lady just used the doppler to check the heartbeat. We do that at home. She did give a count, though, of 156 bpm. Right in the middle of the gender predictions, but she said it’s early for that anyway.

July 15, 2008
Feeling quite a bit better. Still gag occasionally. Still very tired. But it is all bearable.

We told the Bindels this weekend at a family gathering. It took a few minutes for anyone to notice their shirts, but once they did, everyone was excited for us. Looks like Bindel babies are coming every month from October to March (except February.)

August 1, 2008
John and I went to have an ultrasound last week. I chose that for reassurance instead of having the NT scan done (a test for Downs Syndrome that is pretty inconclusive anyway.) Baby was moving a lot. Heartbeat was 156 bpm. I’m thinking girl. My belly is growing, for sure, so keeping my secret is not working so well. I had lunch with some friends from an old playgroup. One of them asked right away. I told some other friends this week, too. I suppose news will slowly spread as my tummy does.

August 13, 2008
We’re pretty open with our news now, as if it isn’t obvious by looking at me. I wore maternity pants this week at 18 weeks. I called and told Nanny yesterday, and she has a quilt she started for my last pregnancy that she will finish for this baby. I was touched by that. My blood pressure was high at this appointment, too. 130/80 last month and this month. Dr. McNelis said they don’t get concerned / medicate until 150s over 100s. She thinks that I have hypertensive tendencies already, and that I am stressed and worried at this point in my pregnancy due to the loss at this time last pregnancy. She said my bp will probably go down once I get past 20 weeks. I stopped and took it at the HEB pharmacy this week and the first time was 112/72. Second time was 107/70. Much better! I believe I’m feeling some flutters, too!

August 28, 2008
We had our 20-week anatomy ultrasound today. I had listened to the heartbeat before we left so that I wouldn’t be terrified, but of course, I was still nervous. Baby was moving around lots. Caroline was fascinated that the baby was kicking me so much. The tech did comment that I have a low-lying placenta. It is at 1.7 cm, and she said they like to see it at 4 cm. My internet research tells me 2-3 cm is acceptable, though, and that it will most likely move in these next weeks. If it doesn’t, I’d have to have a c-section. I’m OK if it comes to that.

Baby weighs 11 ounces. Heartrate was 153 bpm.

September 4, 2008
Last night, John felt the baby move for the first time, and he and I both SAW it move from the outside. Very exciting!!

September 7, 2008
Doctor’s appointment
weight — up six pounds
bp — 114/70 — much better! My doc was right, I guess.
I forgot to ask what the baby’s heart rate was, but we listened and doc said it sounded good.
She said not to give that low-lying placenta a second though. It will fix itself in the coming months as my uterus grows. It was at 1.7 cm she said, and it just needs to be at 2 cm.
And it has nowhere to grow by up. 🙂

October 6, 2008
Doctor’s appointment
weight — up 12 pounds (similar to my weight-gain pattern with Caroline)
bp — 114/70 (again)
fundal height: 27 cm (I’m only 26 weeks but doc says it’s give or take a couple of cm)
blood sugar level per the one-hour GTT: 151 — winning me an 8-hour-fast and chance to take the three-hour glucose tolerance test

October 8, 2008
I passed the three-hour-glucose tolerance test.

November 3, 2008
Doctor’s appointment
weight — up 18 pounds
bp — 120/72
fundal height — 31 1/2 cm
I’ll start seeing the doctor every other week now. I made my next appointment for a Tuesday and plan to take Caroline along.

I have been feeling lots of pressure on my bladder. For example, I can’t walk the block without feeling like I have to pee urgently. It is very tempting to stop at one of those Johnny-on-the-Spots the construction crews have all over the place in our neighborhood. Once I stop walking, though, the urge isn’t there so much. I’m also having some shortness of breath. I think that’s a combination of a lingering cold and baby decreasing my lung capacity.

Once I get Christmas and fall/winter birthday wrapping completed (I’ve done my Christmas shopping and bought for the upcoming birthdays through January already), I’ll start sorting baby clothes and diapers and getting that stuff set up. I’d like to have that all ready by Christmas and just spend the last weeks of pregnancy resting.

November 13, 2008
Headache last night like I’ve never had in my life. Got out of breath really easily this morning, like when just talking on the phone to my sister. Really thirsty. Mary convinced me to call my doctor. When the nurse called me back, she had me come in for some monitoring. I sat in a nice cushy recliner hooked up to a monitor for a few minutes. Everything sounded perfect. Blood pressure was 110/68, and urine looked fine. Nurse felt around on my tummy and just said I was probably out of breath because the baby is taking up my lung space. Dr. McNelis checked in on my and verified being out of breath is just part of being pregnant.

November 25, 2008
Biweekly appointment today. I had Caroline with me and had an important wine-drinking-question on my mind (she always asks if I have any questions and I rarely do), so I forgot to ask what my belly measurement was. Weight is so bad I’m embarrassed to record it (up 26 pounds). BP was 112 / 66.

Sleeping is not going well. I can’t get comfortable. Rolling over hurts (round ligament pain.) I think the ideal would be sleeping in two-hour increments throughout the day…Hmmm…sort of how a newborn sleeps!

December 16, 2008
Less than a month to go! Today was the first of my weekly appointments (though due to Christmas, it will be a bit more than a week until my next appointment.)

36 weeks
fundal height: 37 cm
weight: up 28 pounds
bp: 120/80
baby is head down but still high

I don’t really sleep anymore. I doze. I feel OK, though. I am having lots of braxton hicks contractions, but that means nothing as far as when labor might begin.

December 27, 2008
I noticed today that those nice smiles and nods acknowledging the beautiful life growing inside of me are now more looks of pity. As I waddled into the bathroom at Costco, one woman even said the words, “Awwww…Better you than me.”

I’m not going to estimate weight, but I do think this baby is going to be two feet long.

December 29, 2008
37 weeks, 5 days
Doctor says “I’ll see you next week.” Bah!
Baby is still high; one centimeter dilated; 50 percent effaced
BP was 120 / 82 (nurse said that is fine, though)
Didn’t pay attention to the rest.
I will have antibiotics during labor because I tested positive for Group B Strep.
Everything on my birth plan looked fine to my doctor.
John, Caroline, and I toured the new Labor and Delivery wing of the hospital yesterday. Huge, nice, new L&D rooms.

January 2, 2009
False alarm! After timing contractions five minutes apart for an hour in the middle of the night, I called Mary to head to Austin. John got up and put the car seat in and loaded my bags and laid down with Caroline. I laid down, too, and continued timing those five minute apart contractions. They weren’t awful, but they were coming every five minutes. We headed to the hospital a bit after the Satoros arrived, and Daddy and Karen were on their way, too. Once we were in the car, the contractions stopped. We should have just turned around and come home, but we continued on the hospital. Once they got me hooked up on all the monitors and I still wasn’t having contractions, I asked to go home. They had to keep me on the monitors for a certain period of time but then let me go. Very embarrassing and inconvenient for my family. They were very nice about it all, though.

January 6, 2008
I am getting so many phone calls, emails, and facebook messages that I feel really loved. 🙂 I’ll be 39 weeks tomorrow. Please pray that I go into labor on my own SOON as I do not want a repeat c-section, but I also do not want to go much past my due date.
BP: 120/80
Dilation: 2 cm
Weight: up 36 pounds
Fundal Height: 37 cm — I thought that seemed small but doc said it doesn’t mean much. I asked if that meant I wouldn’t have a nine-pounder. She felt my tummy and says it is definitely in the eight pound range right now. I know I feel movement really high and really low. Lots of baby in there!


Pregnancy II Journal

This is the journal I kept during my second pregnancy, which ended in a loss at 20 weeks.

September 17, 2007
Just nine days short of three years ago, I found out I was pregnant with Caroline. I’ve been saying that three years between kids seems like a good separation, and that’s just what we’ll get! My estimated due date, per the online calculators, is May 28.

I took two home pregnancy tests today, just to be sure. Then Caroline and I went to Target and bought some iron-on printable transfers and a shirt for her. I quickly (and shoddily) made a shirt for her that says “Big Sister in Training” and got it on her before John got home from work. She hugged him. They played. He held her. He noticed the new shoes she was wearing. Finally, when we were outside and she was playing at her water table, “making rain,” I told her to be careful so she wouldn’t mess up her special shirt. John said, “What’s special about it?” And I just waited. He said, “What does it say?” Pause. “Is she really?” Yup, she is. 🙂

September 27, 2007
The morning sickness begins.

I know holding off on our announcement through the first trimester will be much harder, if not impossible this time. My dad is stopping off here tomorrow to get Caroline and me and drop us off at my sister’s for the week. Keeping my secret was going to be hard enough without the throwing up! We’ll see how suspicious she gets.

I have made an appointment for late October with the same doctor that delivered Caroline. I loved this doctor throughout my pregnancy and was happy with my delivery and c-section. She truly did everything indicated to prevent it. I am not scheduling a repeat c-section, though. My recovery from the surgery wasn’t bad, but I hated hearing Caroline gurgling on the fluids that weren’t pushed out of her lungs and despised battling the thrush that the antibiotics brought on. I have much reading to do in preparation since, in a way, this is almost like a first delivery.

October 6, 2007
During my stay with my sister, I refused all alcohol, demanded a trip to Brahm’s for ice cream, napped every day, and never helped with cooking — you’d think my pregnant state would be obvious.

John arrived for the weekend to pick me up, and we all went out on the Satoro’s boat on Saturday morning. Cruising along — taking turns driving (even Caroline), I was suddenly overwhelmed by the exhaust fumes and a whiff of Caroline’s Pirate’s Booty. I hollered for John to stop (he was at the wheel at that moment) and leaned myself over the side of the boat to barf.

My dad was baffled, commenting that I’d never gotten sick on a boat in the 34 years years I’d been boatriding. My sister, not at all baffled, yelled “She’s PREGNANT!” I had to admit it. So much for holding out the first trimester. It was good to share the news. I didn’t feel like such an awful houseguest. I got to pick our lunch spot. It was nice.

October 8, 2007
Today, with my nausea and Caroline’s crankiness, I’m really worried about what I’m getting myself into. I feel lousy. I can stand up and do about one thing at a time — sort the laundry, then take a break. Fold the socks. Then take a break. Scrub a toilet. Then take a break. I’ve eaten a piece of peanut butter toast (but didn’t keep it for long), a bowl of dry cheerios, two popsicles, a banana, and a bag of popcorn. It is now 3:30. I think I want another popsicle.

Caroline’s little body and mommy’s not-so-little body are not working well together. Caroline’s bottom two-year molars are making their appearance at the height of mommy’s morning all-day sickness. I know, I know, this is just a taste of what life with two will be.

October 12, 2007
When one is first-trimester pregnant, all the rules and structure one aspires to as a parent (or even as a human being) are off. It is 10:30 in the morning. I am in pajamas, and Caroline is wearing only panties. I just ate what should have been my lunch, leftovers from last night. She is eating popcorn. The television has been on PBS all morning. The laundry from yesterday is still in the dryer. And I’m ready for a nap!

October 18, 2007
First doctor’s appointment today. Weight check — why didn’t I diet before getting pregnant? Urine deposit. Tons of paperwork with the nurse. Exam by doctor. Ultrasound.

The stats:
BP: 102 / 68
Blood vials: 5
Dating: 8 weeks 4 days
Due Date: May 25, 2008

We did talk about a VBAC, and she said she had to tell me that there is a chance that the area from my incision could come apart during labor, and the baby or I could die as a result of uterine rupture. She said it would be more likely that I would leave her office and get hit by a car in the parking lot, but that she had to tell me about the risk. They will do fetal monitoring during labor, though, because before rupture, the baby usually shows signs of distress.

October 23, 2007
I am feeling better, nausea-wise, but I’m still tired. I’ve been taking B-Natals — they sure help! We told my extended family at the family reunion this weekend, and we called John’s family and told them, too. We didn’t exactly make an announcement to my family. We arrived, and as we were unloading the car, Aunt Becky asked me why my butt was so big. Feel the love? Caroline got to tell her Aunt Carlye on the phone “I be big sister.” When her Aunt Stephanie called back, though, Caroline must have forgotten the coaching I’d given her on her line. I handed Caroline the phone and told her to tell Buffy what she’s going to be. “I be butterly, Buffy.” Well, it’s true. She’s going to be a butterfly for Halloween — that’s much more exciting than being whatever a big sister is.

November 15, 2007
Doctor’s appointment today, 12 weeks 4 days.
Weight: +1 pound (not sure how that’s possible as I feel 30 pounds heavier and have the breath capacity that goes with that kind of weight gain!)
BP: 110/62
Fetal length: 6.24 cm

Doc said “Everything looks perfect!”

The nausea is better but still rears its ugly head, especially when I brush my teeth. I am still pretty tired, too. I’m looking forward to the happy second trimester coming up soon. I am wearing elastic waist bands exclusively, which mostly means sweats or yoga pants. I did splurge on a Bella Band and wore it to church Sunday with a pair of dress slacks. It was nice not to feel totally dumpy.

December 20, 2007
Another doctor’s appointment, 17 weeks 4 days.
Weight +5 lbs
BP: Much higher at 135/70 — I have a cold and was am having trouble catching my breath
Listened to heartbeat and took a peek on sonogram — everything looks great (well, alien-like, but as it should look).
Heartbeat was high 140s to low 150s.
My OB told me she is almost eight weeks pregnant!
I asked about the scar check after the c-section that I had read about in my VBAC books (they advice against it.) She doesn’t do it!! Yay!

Here’s my reading list so far:
Reading month-by-month
The Pregnancy Book by Sears and Sears

Completed
Silent Knife by Cohen
The VBAC Companion by Korte

I’m feeling good, sometimes tired and sometimes (in the middle of the night) restless. No more nausea, though. I’m wearing maternity clothes now — more than a month earlier than last time!

January 10, 2007
When John, Caroline, and I went in for the routine anatomy ultrasound, we learned that our baby had died sometime since my last appointment. The news slowly sunk in, and I checked in to the hospital that night, asked for and had another ultrasound to confirm the baby’s death, and was induced. I delivered a baby boy on Friday, January 11 at 10:22 p.m.

Pregnancy Journal

Pregnancy Journal

My Pregnancy Journal

Sunday, September 26, 2004

We’re joining the club! John and I had fun visiting with Erica and Randy at dinner and playing with Ellisan and Kyla last night — and I enjoyed a mighty tasty glass of wine (my last for awhile, so I’m glad it was memorable.) After almost two months of trying, I had started believing that we wouldn’t be able to conceive…but something was still gnawing at my brain. Erica turned me on to babyzone.com and told me you could enter preconception information to build a fertility calendar. Turns out I didn’t need it! Today John was scheduled for sound board at church, and I had to prepare the main dish for Xplorers, so we decided to drive separately. I took advantage of the alone time at the house to take a home pregnancy test. I saw a second pink line. And I got scared. I jumped in the shower, wondering what we had gotten ourselves in to. I took another test when I got out, and by then I was excited. After church and Xplorers, I told John I had to stop off at Walmart. Even though we despise Walmart, I knew I could buy bottled water and juice, get a pregnancy test, and pick up some paint samples. I bought an expensive test — one with a PREGNANT or NOT PREGNANT readout. When I got home, I took the test and then carried it into the futon room that will become our nursery. I asked John to help me move a box. When he came in, I showed him the paint samples and asked what he liked. He asked, “What?” And I pointed to the test that said PREGNANT on it. I told him he could freak out for a few minutes because I did, too. I’ll make a doctor’s appointment tomorrow to confirm everything. The online calculators predict my due date will be June 4.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

We’re still keeping our secret! I’ve been feeling constantly hungry and often nauseaus, so it’s hard not telling anyone. I’ve had two doctor’s appointments so far. The first was mostly paperwork and a quick exam. I went back two weeks later for my first ultrasound. We saw the heartbeat, and the doctor said that once you see the heartbeat, the risk of miscarriage decreases to about three percent. I’ll have another appointment in a month. The “morning” sickness hasn’t been awful. I’m always feeling yucky, but the three times I’ve thrown up have been later in the day.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

The morning sickness has hit. Hard! I was throwing up all day yesterday, and did again this morning at church. Last night we had our Connexions dinner and, as always, I was nervous about keeping our secret. When I was standing in the line to fix my plate, our hostess, Christine, asked if I’d like some wine now. I replied that I’d stick with water. She got a big smile on her face, and said, “Ah! Wink, wink!” I just said, “No comment” and giggled. Amy Pendell suspects, too. She saw me frantically buying candy from the vending machine while covering my nose with my sleeve to avoid smelling the food in the teacher’s lounge. We’re holding out at least until after we’ve told my sister and dad next weekend. I’d like to wait until after my Nov. 17 ultrasound or until we reach week 12.

Monday, November 15, 2004

We shared our news this weekend at Megan’s third birthday party. My immediate family was there plus both of my grandparents and one aunt and one uncle (big extended family). I carried the ultrasound pictures with me in my back pocket and toward the end of the party, after all but family had left, John and I were playing in the rented moonwalk with my niece. Everyone else was inside, so the time was perfect! I asked Megan if she could say “cousin.” She said it perfectly. I then pulled the ultrasound pictures out of my pocket, handed them to her, and told her to take this to poppy and tell him that it’s your cousin. She said, “No! This is Megan!” I laughed and said, “It’s not Megan. It’s your cousin.” She insisted, “It’s Megan when I was a little bitty baby.” Obvioulsy she’s seen her own ultrasound pictures and is deep into the egocentric phase of development. I explained that it was a picture of the baby in my belly, and I needed her to go show the picture to poppy and tell him it is her cousin.

We walked into the house, and Megan walked right by my sister towards my dad (her Poppy.) Mary, instantly knowing what was up, shouted, “What is that in your hand!” Megan ignored her and took the picture to my dad and delivered her line perfectly. “This is my cousin.” The room was filled with shouts and hugs at that point. It was wonderful!

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

There’s a feisty baby in there! I had an ultrasound today and saw a tiny arm moving up and down as in a march. I told my doctor about the nausea and she put me on Zofran, which is a chemotherapy anti-nausea drug with no negative side effects (besides being outrageously expensive.) I like having a doctor who has “been there, done that” herself. Dr. McNelis had her second baby in April, and knowing that she took Zofran reassures me. She said she would sit in her office and cry until she started taking it. Maybe tomorrow I can get through a class without gagging!

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

On this Thanksgiving eve, I am thankful for Zofran. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to cook Thanksgiving dinner for John, Mary, Tony, and Megan. I’m thankful for such a great family to spend the holiday with and for Tony Bindel, who sent us a smoked turkey to enjoy. I am also thankful for such cool friends and family. As we’ve shared our exciting news, I’ve become even more excited myself by people’s reactions. Everyone is genuinely happy for us. People LOVE BABIES!

Saturday, December 04, 2004

As I enter the promised “honeymoon” phase of pregnancy, the second trimester, I want to confess my schedule during the first. From what I hear, I won’t need the naps, but I don’t think all this eating will cease.

6:30 – get up; shower and dress for school; gather lunch and snacks for day

7:10 – drive to school, eating breakfast (varies – cereal, toast, or a wicked pastry) and enjoying my small can of diet coke, my limit most days.

7:45 – arrive at school; check email; begin day (classes start at 8:15)

9:05 – first period ends. I’m off second period, so I have a snack now – usually fruit. Then back to teaching classes.

10:50 – LUNCH! I usually eat with my fellow teachers in the lounge and greatly enjoy the adult conversation. For about a month during the intense nausea (pre-Zofran) I feigned a yearbook deadline and ate in my room to avoid the smells. My lunch is usually leftovers, canned soup, or salad. I used to bring a sandwich, but eating deli meats while pregnant is discouraged.

11:20 – back to class! This is my yearbook class, so it’s pretty informal and I have a student aid. I’ve sent her more than once back to the cafeteria to buy me grape juice or a yummy home-baked wheat roll!

12:30 or 1:00 – I’m still in the midst of teaching classes, but I usually have an apple during advisory or fifth period. Of course, I’ve been sipping water throughout the day.

2:00 – During my last class of the day, I’ll often have a box of orange juice or sometimes another piece of fruit.

3:00 – I’m off again the last period of the day, and unless I have meetings or students staying with me after school, I finish up my business and head home.

4:00 – Snack / Early Dinner. I’ll check my email and read the pregnancy message boards while I have a bowl of cereal when I get home. Occasionally, I’ll have my dinner at this time if I’m really hungry.

4:30 or so – NAP TIME! I usually just sleep an hour or two, but one day I slept until 8 p.m.! After I get up, I do whatever needs doing.

8:00 – John has karate most evenings, so he gets home after 8. If I cooked dinner (pre-pregnancy usual routine; now not so often) I’ll eat with him. Usually I don’t wait for him and just finish eating as he walks in. If I ate my real dinner upon getting home from school, I’ll have cereal now. Some nights, John has had to just eat cereal, too. After eating, I clean up, get ready for bed and prepare for the next day, and take a warm bath and read.

9:00 – Hit the sack and watch CSI or Law and Order (a variation of one or the other is on pretty much every night) until I fall asleep. Sometimes, I even get to see the ending. Most nights, I just ask John how it ended when I get up to go to the bathroom the first time.

Monday, December 27, 2004

We had a great Christmas with a full house. John and I practiced parenting a toddler when we babysat Megan all night for Mary and Tony’s anniversary. They dropped her off and went to San Antonio. She was great, and we had fun, but it also gave me a taste for all of the worrying and checking-in on sleeping kids that parents do every night. My dad and Karen, her daughter, Felicia, and Felicia’s roommate arrived on Christmas Eve. We had nine people total here. Great fun!

The Bindels sent me a giftcard to Motherhood Maternity for Christmas, so I hit the mall today. My regular clothes aren’t working so well right now, but the maternity clothes I tried on didn’t look just right either. I did get two skirts and a top because I’m sure I’m going to wake up one morning and not be able to fit in anything in my closet. My sister also brought me all of her maternity clothes.

I’m feeling much better. I haven’t taken the Zofran in a week or so. I still get tired easily, but I don’t need long naps. I just lie down and rest when I start feeling pooped.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

I wore maternity pants for the first time today! Monday, our school receptionist (who is a great friend and mother-figure to all of us young(ish) teachers) came to me. “Now, I know you’re putting off wearing maternity clothes,” she said, “but I just have to tell you that you are really stretching out all of your clothes.” I told her I got the hint! I’d been hoping to hold out until the halfway mark — 20 weeks next Wednesday. I must admit, the pants were pretty comfy. I didn’t realize they were adjustable, and I discovered halfway through the day that I had a long cord hanging out the side. I guess you use that to loosen up the belly panel as you grow.

I had a doctor’s appointment today, too. The heartbeat sounded good, the doctor said. I have my “big” ultrasound in two more weeks and then I’ll see the doctor again in four weeks, two weeks after the ultrasound. She told me not to be surprised if there’s a big weight gain at my next appointment. She said some people see it by this point, for others it comes around 20 weeks or so. I’ve gained six pounds so far. She didn’t do an ultrasound today, I suppose because we listened to the heartbeat. We did BOTH last month.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

I definitely look pregnant now. Today was our big ultrasound (when some people choose to find out gender.) We’ve chosen to wait until delivery to find that out, so our ultrasound was to determine that anatomical development is going well. It is! We saw the baby’s head, tummy, heart, legs, and arms. All parts seem to be working well. On our first peek, the baby gave us a great big YAWN! — just opened that mouth wide. The heartrate was 146, and it weighs 15 ounces right now — almost a pound!

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

I had another appointment today, and the doctor’s predictions that the weight gain would come this month held true. I’m up fifteen pounds! She said not to worry — the baby had a big growth spurt and my blood volume and fluid volumes had to increase to accommodate. Everything’s looks good, she said.

John and I are thinking of painting the room this weekend. That will be fun. Friends and family are offering use of lots of great stuff, so we’ll start filling the room as soon as it’s painted. Mary has cleared her stuff out of the attic, and Megan likes telling me about the stuff for “Lougar.” That’s her name for the baby. Lougar. We don’t know where it came from. She referred to the baby that way one day, and Tony thought it was so funny, he kept her repeating it. Now it’s common. Some people have said it sounds like she’s saying “little girl.” She speaks pretty clearly, though, so I don’t know about that. And if you ask her if what the baby will be, sometimes she says a girl; sometimes she says a boy. It’s always Lougar, though.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

I can move back into our bedroom tonight! 🙂 Sunday morning, John woke up feeling lousy. By Monday, his chest was hurting so badly, he went to the doctor to find out he had the flu WITH PNEUMONIA! I haven’t had a flu shot, so the doctor said we should keep our distance. He had already contaminated our bedroom with his germs, so I slept on the couch. The guest room bed just seemed too big and lonely to me. He’s feeling better today and thinks he’ll go back to work tomorrow.

Sunday, when John mentioned he felt sick, I went to get the thermometer. Well, I dropped it on the bathroom tile and broke it. John told me to get out of the room because the thermometer has mercury in it. I did, and he told me to bring the vacuum cleaner. As he was vacuuming up the mess, I searched the internet about mercury clean-up to learn that you should NOT clean it up with a vacuum. It spreads the vapors. I called poison control to see what we should do, and the guy on the phone calmly informed me that the vacuum cleaner is the worst possible way to clean up mercury, but that it is such a small amount that we should be fine. I just won’t eat any fish this week to make sure I don’t increase my mercury exposure. 🙂

My next doctor’s appointment is next Wednesday. I’ll be taking the GTT for gestational diabetes. That should be fun.

Monday, March 14, 2005

I’m officially in my third trimester now, and last night I was initiated into the misery of heartburn. John and I cooked steaks on the grill, and I guess I ate too much. As we were getting ready for bed, I told John I didn’t feel well, my stomach hurt, could it be heartburn? He said probably not. I fell asleep for a few minutes and woke up feeling awful. It had to be heartburn. I sat up, but that was uncomfortable, too, and I was so tired. I just wanted to sleep. I walked around; that was uncomfortable. We got out the book from the doctor’s office that lists the medications I can take, and it listed Tums, Mylanta, or Maalox. We didn’t have any of those. John gets heartburn regularly and is on a prescription now, and he keeps Alka Seltzer and Pepcid on hand but none of the approved drugs. He left for the store, and I threw up the entire time he was gone. That made me feel even worse. My throat burned and my stomach still hurt. I took Mylanta when John got home and sat up in bed for a bit. When I felt better, I laid down and slept for about four hours. I started feeling yucky again, so I got up and took another dose. I do feel fine this morning, but I dread experiencing that again. No more big steaks for me!

On the bright side, today begins my spring break week! We’re working diligently on the nursery. I’m bidding on a few items on ebay, and I’ve ordered an alphabet poster and curtains for the room. We stained the bookshelf / changing table this weekend, and hung the red wall shelves and nursery rhyme pictures.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Strange things happen during pregnancy. My sister told me that I had to include this in the baby’s book somehow.

STRANGEST THING I ATE DURING PREGNANCY: my tooth!

Here’s the story.

John and I were having dinner last Wednesday night — baked chicken, wild rice, asparagus — nothing hard or crunchy. I noticed, all of a sudden, that there was a hole in my back tooth. I thought I had lost a filling. It didn’t hurt at all; it just felt strange. I called my dentist’s office the next morning and explained that I thought I had lost a filling because I had a big hole in my tooth. They asked which tooth and checked my chart — sure enough, I did have a filling in that tooth. I reminded them that I’m pregnant. They booked me in for an emergency appointment that morning and called my doctor to make sure they could get me anesthesia. I rushed to find someone to cover one of my classes since I’d be gone about an hour. The dentist and I chit chatted a bit, and she commented that the filling in that tooth is really small, so it was strange that I said it felt like a big hole. Then she looked in my mouth. “Oh!” she said, then took the mirror out of my mouth. “This isn’t what you think. You’ve lost part of your tooth.” For no obvious reason, one quarter of a molar fell out. She showed me with the mirror, and showed me the tiny filling that was still in place. Instead of four parts to the tooth, I just had three.

I went back Monday and had a temporary crown put on, and I’ll go back in a few weeks to have the permanent crown placed. I’ve never had any dental work more serious than a filling before, so this is strange. I don’t think it’s pregnancy related nor does my dentist. Many people have told me, though, that they had problems with their teeth during pregnancy.

Besides that, I still feel well. The heartburn (if that’s what it really was) hasn’t returned. All is well!

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

I had my 31 week appointment yesterday. I’ll start going to the doctor every two weeks now, and then every week for the last three or four weeks. These appointments are really quite boring, which is a good thing. Boring means healthy, I suppose. My blood pressure was 112 / 70, weight is up 22 pounds, and my uterus is measuring at 33 cm. Doctor says all that is right where it should be. I’ve read that your uterus should measure the same as your week of pregnancy, meaning I should have measured at 31. I asked the doctor, and she said give or take two cm, so I’m within the normal range. 🙂

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Last Saturday, I had the most fabulous baby shower! We had about 25 friends and family members here to celebrate our impending arrival. Mary and Megan came on Thursday night. Nanny, Aunt Becky, and Aunt Dixie drove up on Friday afternoon, and Tony, Mary, and Adam Bindel arrived shortly after. We had barbeque from Rudy’s that night, and Aunt Patty and Uncle Tom joined us. Saturday more family arrived (Marc and Carlye, Stephanie and Liz) and we prepared for the shower. This baby has so much great stuff! More than I can imagine him or her every needing…but we’ll see. I got my thank you cards in the mail today, and John and I are finishing some final details on the nursery (hanging the quilt, staining the end table). With six weeks to go, I have the necessities covered. Over these next weeks I am going to work on the baby book, wash the clothes and linens, and freeze a few dinners. Will the next six weeks fly by or take forever?

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

One month to go! I’ll have weekly doctor appointments from this point on — how exciting! Today was the normal routine — weight, blood pressure, heartbeat check. All is well. I’m up 25 pounds, blood pressure was 114 / 72. I mentioned that I feel the baby move a lot on the upper right side — like it’s trying to come out my side. Dr. McNelis said that babies like the liver. Odd, huh? Well, I asked if she could tell if it was a butt or a head that I felt there, so she hooked me up to the ultrasound. The baby is heads down, so it must be a bottom I’m getting “butted” with. I also mentioned that a friend just had an eleven pound baby, and I don’t want that to happen. She said not to worry, the baby is not that big. She did comment that I won’t be having a “nice little six pounder” though.

I’m taking a few days off this week and next before I leave my classes to a sub the last full week and half week of school. I’ve arranged it so that I have the same sub every time I’m out. I stayed home yesterday and today, and will be home Monday and Wednesday of next week — just taking it easy and preparing whatever I can.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

I saw my doctor today, and she said I’ll be back again next week. I guess that means it doesn’t look like I’m delivering anytime soon. The numbers look good (except weight in my opinion.) Blood pressure was 114/70, tummy measured at 37 centimeters. Weight was up 30 pounds, though! I had hoped to stay around 25. I guess I should not have had those two Krispy Kreme donuts this morning.

At lunch today one of the teachers told me that she overheard some students discussing my pregnancy. These little girls seem to know more about birthing babies than I do! They were saying that I’ve still got a few weeks to go because I haven’t dropped yet. I don’t even know what that means! These eighth graders (even the boys) are like old grandmothers with their observations — “Oh, you’re having a girl because you’re carrying high” and such. Too funny!

Monday, May 23, 2005

I had today what might be my last “me” day for a while. I ate lunch alone at Bennigan’s (club sandwich) while I read a book. Then I walked the mall for a bit looking for home decor. I ended up buying a nightgown on sale at Mervyn’s. Next — the best part — I got a pedicure and manicure! I went for the deluxe pedicure, which came with a leg mask and paraffin dip in addition to all the other massaging and pampering. I sat in the big massage chair while one lady massaged and worked on my feet and another on my hands — dreamy! All of the Vietnamese ladies working in the salon say it’s a boy because I’m carrying all out front. They also laughed over my one bloated, swollen leg. They found it funny that my right leg and foot are about 50 percent bigger than my left. 🙁 I wrapped up my outing at Target, picking up a few groceries and getting a painting for the living room and some bright candles. I had a gift card from a student for the picture.

I’ve been feeling lots of painless tightening in my stomach — Braxton Hicks, I believe — but there’s no rhythm to them. I have another doctor’s appointment on Wednesday.

 

Thursday, May 26, 2005

I really have had a nice, healthy, normal pregnancy, so I don’t want to seem like I’m complaining, but I have a new discomfort — PUPPPs, pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy. It’s a horribly itchy rash that starts on your belly (on the stretch marks) and spreads to your thighs and arms. It causes no harm to baby or mom (besides discomfort!) and disappears after delivery. I’m taking Aveeno oatmeal baths and alternating putting on hydrocortisone cream, Gold Bond powder, and cocoa butter to ease the itch. I’ve read online that 70 percent of PUPPP cases deliver boys — something to do with the Y chromosome hormones. We’ll see!