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!

Two Weeks Four Days and Counting

pregnancy cartoon

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.

CAVEAT EMPTOR — amazon shoppers

I am a huge amazon fan. I’ve bought books there for years, and now I search for anything and everything there. I’ve bought groceries, gifts, clothing, and cosmetics. They have it all, and it’s a really cool business plan. I’ve blogged before about my love for their Wish List feature, and I use it extensively.

I noticed something yesterday, though, that disturbed me, and I must warn others to be on the lookout when shopping on amazon, especially when shopping wish lists. I have on Caroline’s Wish List a Fisher Price toy airplane — when I added it, it was in the $12 price range, I believe. Normally, a great feature of amazon’s wish lists is that it will automatically show you the best deal. I noticed last weekend that the plane was on sale at Target for 3.99. I didn’t buy it, though, as shipping for the one item would have added more than $6. I peeked at her list again yesterday, wondering if the item was still on sale, to find it was now shown at $55.00. I couldn’t believe it. I clicked around and found that there were still plenty of the same plane for sale on amazon for $12.99, but one of amazon’s third party merchants (Black Sheep Deals — I’d agree this one’s a black sheep!) pays to be a featured seller on amazon so that puts his items at the top of the searches. His stuff is outrageously overpriced — most things I saw were marked up four or five times what one could find them at elsewhere.

So, amazon makes money off of these “featured sellers” but has no control in how they rip off customers. I was not pleased with the emailed response I got from customer service. Basically, it’s out of their hands. BUYER BEWARE!!

When shopping at amazon, follow these tips:

1. Do not automatically buy the first product that comes up in the search or on the wishlist. Always click the “X new and used available from Y” link to see what other vendors are selling the product for.

2. Pay attention to shipping. Some of the third party vendors will really rip you off on shipping/handling charges.

3. Read the vendor reviews. This Black Sheep guy has several reviews stating his rip-offs, slow shipping, lost products, and bad customer service.

4. Be sure you’re getting the best deal possible for doing a google search for the item. You may find a great deal at a different retailer. (Don’t forget number two.)

5. After you’ve narrowed down to a couple of the best retailer deals, check Retail Me Not and Ebates for coupon codes.

Happy Shopping! (Though I hope you have finished your Christmas shopping and aren’t battling crowds or nervously hoping packages arrive in time.)

Newborn Diaper Stash

For a second baby, especially one whose gender will be a surprise, there isn’t much shopping fun . . . unless you use cloth diapers and need to stock up on newborn diapers! Here’s my stash! I am pretty excited and can’t wait for baby to be here with it’s cute little fluffy-covered bum.

(From top left to top right, working left to right)
— Loveybums wool cover (was a large of Caroline’s that mama accidentally dryed in the dryer. Now it’s sized for a newborn) 🙂
— 3 small Fuzzi Bunz
— newborn recycled wool longies
— stack of prefolds (10), Kissaluvs doublers, microfiber towels for doublers, hemp and Mother-of-Eden pocket inserts
— Berry Plush AIOs (brown earth and yellow embroidered with monkey)
— WAHM pocket dipe embroidererd with turtle
— 5 Tinkle Traps prefitteds
— Muttaqin newborn sheep print
— Muttaqin newborn monkey print
— Pee Well small monkey print
— 10 Kissaluvs size 0 (yellow, green, blue, white) — pictured bottom right
— 3 Thirsties xsmall covers
— Pee Well small tangerine color

I have *more* than enough fluff for the newborn stage. I didn’t realize I had so many prefolds left from Caroline until I pulled stuff out of storage. Honestly, the prefolds will mostly be for stuffers and emergency use. I plan to use the fitteds with covers mostly, saving the Fuzzi Bunz for the periods of longer sleep stretches.

Posted by Picasa


You know the phrase, “recycle, reduce, reuse, repurpose.” Pictured here are repurposed bookshelves that John and I have had for about ten years. They are half-height shelves we bought at an unfinished furniture store and stained ourselves. They moved with us from the townhouse to many locations at this house over the years. We’ve talked many times about wanting full-height shelves in our front room–better use of space, the visual appeal, needing more book storage. And we’ve wondered about stacking them. When my dad visited last, I mentioned it to him, and he thought it would work. That was the inspiration my wonderful hubby needed. I don’t know all the mechanics, but he drilled and screwed and bolted and secured, and these shelves are now safely and beautifully secured in our front living room. I love them! And I like that my husband is nesting along with me (or is at least willing to be the muscle for my nesting). 🙂

Posted by Picasa

Belly Comparisons

Above — 34 weeks 2 days with Baby Bindel 2009. Below — somewhere in that range, though possibly a week or two later, with Caroline. I’m definitely bloated. Seems my inside ankle (is there a name for that body part?) disappeared the same day stretch marks appeared. I do feel good, though I could certainly nap a few times a day if given the chance. Feel free to speculate on baby’s gender if you feel you have an opinion based on how I’m carrying. Looks about the same to me.

Posted by Picasa