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What does it feel like??

DaddyMort asked me what it feels like when BabyMort is squirming around.  I’ve found that it’s a tough thing to describe.  I mean, really, there’s nothing else like it and nothing that DaddyMort could ever experience for sure!!

I was told that the early movements would feel sort of like gas.  Well, let me tell you, given how bloated I was, there’s no way I could have figured out the difference.  I’m sure she was moving around in there, but I couldn’t tell for sure.  The first time I felt her, I was laying on my tummy, and it felt like like someone was poking me with their finger (think of the Pillsbury Dough Boy) – but from the inside.  But for a week or so after that, I was never quite sure if I was feeling her again, because the movement was so random and inconsistent.

Now I can feel her more often and we can feel her from the outside quite often, so I definitely know when I’m feeling her.  But I’m still not really sure how to describe it.  The simplest description is that it feels like someone is poking me, sometimes with a little movemnt.  Which is what’s happening, but I don’t think it really captures the essence of what it really feels like.

Alas, I suppose that the joy of feeling your baby move is one of the perks that mom’s get for carrying a beautiful baby for 40 weeks.  (Although I’m not sure I’ll still be thinking it’s a joy when she’s kicking me in my ribs in a few months!!)

Anyone have any great ways to describe the feeling??

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Papaya anyone?

This is me at 21 weeks.
21 week Belly Shot

21 week Belly Shot

This is BabyMort, aka Chloe Mae.  Well, sort of.  She is about the size of a papaya now.  Last week the ultrasound tech guessed her weight at 12 oz, which is right on target.

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It’s been a fun week.  I’m loving the prenatal yoga – it feels so good to stretch/exercise and not feel self conscious, because everyone else in the room is pregnant as well.  We got to have our ultrasound and have been able to look at and share her pictures with friends and family.  I feel her move around all the time and Aaron usually gets to feel her at least once a day as well.  Tonight, we even saw her move!!

I checked out a few books on nutrition in pregnancy today to get some ideas for well balanced meals for Chloe and I.  I also got one on the Bradley Birthing Method.  I’m not sure that this is the method we’ll use, but I want to start educating myself now on our options.

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The Ultrasound says…

We’re having a girl!!  The ultrasound tech got great “money shots” and felt really confident that we’re having a girl.  The whole ultrasound experience was amazing.  We saw her heart beating, she stretched out a few times, moved her arms and legs around and even sucking with her cute little lips.  So fantastic!!

She was being a little stubborn and it took a while before the tech could get a good angle on the head to measure for size, but that was okay with us, because we got to watch our girl longer.  She’s measuring perfectly – probably about 12 oz. right now.  The doctor said I’m measuring small, but as long as the baby is measuring okay (which she is) then there’s nothing to worry about.  I’m going to go with the theory that I’m measuring small because I was so fit and had such amazing ab muscles to start with.    If anyone tries to burst my bubble, I’ll totally just brush it off as hogwash.

The Profile of our Beautiful Daughter

The Profile of our Beautiful Daughter

 

She has arms and legs!!

She has arms and legs!!

Oh, and by the way, her name is Chloe Mae 😀

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We’re making the plunge!!

A while back I mentioned that I was thinking about cloth diapering.  One of the things that needed to happen for this to be a reality was for the “I” to change to “we.”  In other words, I needed to make sure that DaddyMort was behind the idea as well.  When we first started talking about it, he sort of had a glazed over look in his eyes and said, “Uhh, okay.  If that’s what you want.”  I could tell he wasn’t thrilled with the idea.

Then he started doing his own research (thanks Google!!) and decided that it was a fantastic idea!!  My husband is so smart 😀   We’ve had sporadic conversations about it over the last few weeks, but hadn’t made any concrete decisions, figuring we still had plenty of time and there as no rush.  But, as I’m sure I’ve said several times before, I’m a planner!!  So, after a lot of time on Cloth Diapering chat boards, looking at diaper swap websites and retail websites, I think we’ve come up with Plan A.  I’m not convinced that it won’t evolve into Plan Q by the time we’re done, but for now, we have a plan!!

We’re going to get some of the BumGenius 3.0 One Size Diapers.  We plan on using these when we’re out and about, at Grandma and Grandpa’s house or at a sitter’s.  We can easily get them stuffed and ready to go, so if someone else is changing BabyMort, it’s really no different than a disposable diaper (except you better now throw it away!!).  They are also adjustable, so they should fit from about 7 pounds all the way through 35 pounds, making the additional cost a sound investment.

For hanging out at home, we’re planning on using prefolds (what a lot of people use as burp rags) with covers.  I’m getting some Proraps in the Newborn size from www.diaperswappers.com to use at first.  I’ve gotten mixed messages as to whether diaper pins (or the more updated ‘Snappis’) are necessary with this type of  cover or not, so we’ll have to figure that out.  I’d prefer not to mess with pins, but I’ll have to see if that’s a possibility.

For now, that’s as far as we’re going with our plan.  We can decide if we like the Prorap covers or not, then either order them in a larger size or try something new when BabyMort outgrows the newborn size.  The benefit to prefolds and covers is that they’re a lot less expensive.  You can often use the same cover several times before washing it, therefore not needing as many of the covers – which are the expensive part – but they are a lot more intimidating!!

If you, or anyone you know, cloth diapers, please chime in with your opinion (or words of encouragement!!)  Even though I know this is the right decision for our family, a lot of people give me strange looks when I bring up the idea of cloth diapering, so I’m not exactly full of confidence.

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20 down, 20 to go

I haven’t given a BabyMort vs. Produce comparison in a while, so here goes…  At 20 weeks, from head to toe, BabyMort is about the length of a banana, approximately 10 inches.  A produce reference for MamaMort has also been thrown out this week.  My uterus is about the size of a cantaloupe.  BabyMort is swallowing more, practicing for digestion, and producing meconium (which I’ve heard is a blast to deal with…)  BabyMort can hear sounds now, my voice, heartbeat, and even sounds outside the belly.  If there’s an especially loud sound, he/she will cover its ears with its hands – I imagine it’s adorable 😀

Being about halfway through the 2nd trimester, I have to agree that this has been easier than the first.  I don’t get nauseous anymore and have learned to eat often enough that I rarely feel sick from that.  I still find myself going to the bathroom a lot, but I’m sure a lot of that has to do with the fact that I drink more water.  The only time it really bothers me is at 2AM, but even that has become so routine that it doesn’t bother me too much.  My lower back and hips are bothering me a little more, but the Snoogle I got for Christmas seems to be helping and I think the prenatal yoga will do wonders for me as well.

After the first time I felt BabyMort move I didn’t really mention anything to DaddyMort when I’d feel BabyMort move.  I know he really wants to feel that as well, so I didn’t see the point in constantly mentioning it.  Something, when we’re just hanging out on the couch or just waking up in the morning, he’ll rest his hand just under my belly button in hopes of feeling something.  Well, Sunday morning he said, “I just felt the baby move!”  And by golly, the baby had moved!!  I felt it probably 4 or 5 more times in the next couple minutes, but never said anything.  A couple of those times though, he’d say “I just felt it again!!”  Our doctor told us he probably wouldn’t feel anything until 22-24 weeks, so DaddyMort said, “Dr. Leeds will tell me I didn’t feel it…”  I figure since he said something before I did that he must have actually felt it, so I told him just not to mention it to Dr. Leeds and that way his bubble can’t be burst!!

We have our ultrasound in 3 days and we’re so excited!!  I know I’ve said it before, but I just can’t wait until we’ve seen our little baby and can refer to it as he or she instead of, well, it!!  We’ve pretty much said from the start that we wanted to find out, although I’m sure both of us have had our moments where we thought about waiting, but I know I’ll feel so much better once we know!! 

Here’s what I look like this week.  I don’t know if I look a whole lot different than last week, although I have gained a couple pounds since last weekend, so hopefully some of it is the baby and it’s not all just sitting around in my hips!!

20 Week Belly Shot

 
20 Week Belly Shot

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Things you shouldn’t say…

…to a woman trying to conceive or a pregnant woman.

We were trying to conceive for about a year before I got pregnant this fall.  I have several friends who either are still trying or took a while to conceive.  I have several friends who are pregnant right now as well.  My point being, a lot of our conversations end up being about babies or trying to have babies and quite often we’re expressing shock over something someone actually had the nerve to say to us, often times someone we barely know.  I’ve prepared a list of things you should never say one of these women, in no particular order…

-You’re how far along?!?  You sure do look big/small!! (I’m probably already aware of this and self-conscious of this.  I don’t need a reminder.)
-You look tired.  (This usually reads: You look like crap today.)
-Don’t be nervous – you should be excited.  (You can be both at the same time.  It seems normal to be a little nervous about a life changing event.)
-Why don’t you try adoption??  (This isn’t anyone else’s decision to make and has probably been considered.)
-You’re having another baby?!?  (Yes, she is.  Enough said.)
-Was this planned??  (Why does this matter?? Just be happy for me.)
-Are you really going to eat that?!?  (I’m a grown woman who’s having a baby.  I think I can make my own dietary decisions.)
-I never had morning sickness.  (Really, if I could keep food down right now, I might be happy for you.)
-I had morning sickness through my entire pregnancy.  (I need hope that there’s a light at the end of this tunnel.)
-Are you pregnant yet??  (If I’m trying, and you know I’m trying, please understand that I’ll tell you if and when I get pregnant and am ready to tell people.)
-Just relax and stop trying.  You’re bound to get pregnant then.  (Uhh, no.  That doesn’t actually increase the odds.)

I’m sure my list is incomplete.  What would you add to it??

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I’ve heard of this mysterious “popping…”

When we took the 19 week belly shot picture of me on Monday night, I didn’t think I seemed “that big” for 19 weeks. I know everyone’s different, but the pictures I’d been looking at in a forum had others looking a lot bigger!! Then we woke up Tuesday morning and DaddyMort and I independently came to the conclusion that I had grown over night – still not looking huge, but definitely bigger than the night before. Several people commented on my growing belly, a few even copping a feel, at work on Tuesday. The scale on Wednesday morning shows that I’ve gained 2 pounds since this weekend, after consistently weighing in at the same weight for a couple weeks. Apparently BabyMort and I had a growth spurt!!

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