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He listens better than his sister!!

On Wednesday of last week I posted that I was still waiting to feel BabyD move.  Unlike his fiercely independent older sister, who tends to do the opposite of what we request, (that couldn’t have anything to do with being 2, could it??) BabyD seems to be taking my request into consideration.  Last Friday I was pretty sure I felt him a couple times.  Then over the weekend I was sure I felt him.  Within a few days of me feeling him, DaddyMort felt a good, strong kick.  And last night I even saw my stomach pop out a few times when he was moving around.

Looks like he was just taking his sweet time until he could really make an impact.  Maybe he’s more like his sister than I thought….  BabyMort, who’s now ToddlerMort, was a late crawler and walker.  When she finally started, she could make it across the entire room at once though!!

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33 Weeks

As I write this, about 9PM, BabyMort is waking up.  She moves a little throughout the day, but right about the time I want to go to sleep, she wakes up – and boy does she wake up!!  My whole stomach bounces around.  I still can’t tell exactly what she’s moving, but I’m told that day will come soon.  When she is awake, she now has her eyes open and she keeps ’em closed while sleeping.  She’s figuring it all out!!
 
I got an email from the What to Expect when You’re Expecting website that said: “A combination of hormones and a number of unhelpful conditions, such as frequent urination, persistent heartburn, leg cramps, and pre-birth anxiety can cause insomnia.”  My first though was, “EXACTLY!!”  Sleep is harder and harder for me to come by.  I took naps both days this past weekend to make up for not being able to sleep in and I’m surviving – and not even too crabby (at least I don’t think so…)
33 Week Belly Shot

33 Week Belly Shot

For about a week, I had some crazy belly pain going on.  Out of nowhere, the area around my belly button would just start burning.  If I scrunched over and tried not to move, it wouldn’t hurt quite as bad.  The pain started the day before a doctor’s appointment, so I checked with him.  He told me it was nothing to worry about, just a ligament stretching.  Specifically, a ligament formed by the remainder of my umbilical cord that now connects to my liver.  Fortunately, I think it’s done stretching now, because it hasn’t hurt in a day or two – fingers crossed!!   And speaking of stretching – I discovered my first official stretch mark on my tummy.  I knew the day would come, but it was still a little sad.

I should get off to bed, so BabyMort can really start her gymnastics.  She likes it best when I’m laying down 🙂

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30 down, 10 to go!!

I had another doctor’s appointment today.  I’m really hoping that our doctor will be around when I deliver, because he never fails to make me laugh.  Today, he came in and started writing in my chart – putting down that it was my 30 week appointment.  Then he stopped, held my chart up and said, “Well this is just wrong.  You’re 75% done and we’re still on the first page, all black ink.  I don’t feel like I’m earning my money here!”  He proceeded to measure me and listen to her heartbeat.  He said he’d take anything, “a yeast infection or a stretch mark.  Just something so I feel better about taking the money.”  After listening to her heartbeat, he let out a big, fake yawn and said, “30 weeks and the heartbeat’s 140.  Boring…”  Then we agreed that boring is good (even if he does claim to feel guilty!!)

30 week belly shot

30 week belly shot

It’s amazing how much has changed in the 20 weeks since I wrote this post.  At 10 weeks, BabyMort weighed about a quarter of an ounce and was about an inch long.  Now, she’s about 3 pounds and 16 inches long.  Our “little kumquat” has become our “little cabbage.”  It doesn’t sound quite as endearing, does it??

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I still feel sick a lot, but now it’s heartburn, not morning sickness.  The fatigue I thought I was experiencing at 10 weeks is nothing compared to how tired I am now and I still have trouble sleeping (or have trouble again – I had a few months when I felt fairly ‘normal.’)  In addition, now my everything hurts and I’ve accepted that I’ll only get more uncomfortable in the coming weeks.

However…I now have the joy of feeling her move around and knowing that “it” is a “her” (although I’d prefer if she’d keep herself out of my ribcage!!)  I’m also lucky enough to have had a healthy pregnancy, something I was very worried about at 10 weeks, when we hadn’t even heard her heartbeat yet.  The next 10 weeks don’t seem like an eternity away like 30 weeks did.  In fact, it feels like we hardly have any time at all to get ready for her arrival!!

Like I said before – We’re getting an amazing little girl out of this, so I can deal.  Plus, I’m already 75% of the way through my pregnancy!!

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Over 60% there…

There’s no hiding it – I’m pregnant.  According to my mom, who is completely unbiased, “I’m just so darn cute!!”  That’s good for me at least!!  At my 20 week appointment, Dr. Leeds said I was measuring small.  Luckily, at my 24 week appointment, I measured 24 centimeters, which in his words is, perfect!! 
24 week belly shot

24 week belly shot

How funny is Nick – he has to be right there every time my picture gets taken.
 
Chloe Mae likes to sleep all day and party all night.  She seems to like to do the worm, kick and just wiggle in general.  On Sunday morning, while I was still sound asleep, Aaron could tell Chloe was moving around a lot, so he nudged me into rolling over so that my belly was against his back.  He was then treated to a ‘backrub’ by his daughter.  Isn’t he adorable??  I got warm fuzzies when he told me about it when I woke up.
 
She’s about a pound and a half in weight now.   Her lungs are starting to develop for breathing in the real world and her nostrils are opening this week so that she can practice breathing.  Her fingernails and toenails are starting to grow out over her nail beds and her hair is developing color.  I also read that she’s starting to fatten up a little this week, so she won’t look quite so wrinkly.
 
I started working at a financial agency last week.  It’s a temp job through the end of April, because they’re so busy with tax season.  The future of the job is up in the air after that, but I’m really hoping they decide they need someone part-time starting about August 😀  I’d been holding off on buying maternity clothes, because I figured I really wouldn’t need many if I was unemployed.  A few days into last week, I realized I’d need more if I was working for the next 2.5 months, so we went shopping in Des Moines over the weekend.  My wonderful husband encouraged me to buy whatever I wanted, but staying true to form, I stuck with the sale items as much as possible.  I got some good stuff and feel cute when I go to work now instead of frumpy!!
25 weeks

25 weeks

 We also got our nursery furniture over the weekend.  We’d found a couple pieces we really liked at Homemakers, and after looking a few more places and thinking about it for a few more weeks, we decided that’s what we wanted.  The crib came with a toddler rail, so it’ll convert into a bed for Chloe in a couple years and the changing table is a dresser, with the top part being removable.  We picked it up on Monday night in my mom’s RAV.  The crib box was bigger than we thought it would be, but luckily her RAV has a luggage rack, so the nice guys at Homemakers tied it on tight and we made it back to Ames without any problems.  I’m getting antsy for the weather to improve a little so we can start working on the nursery.  We’re replacing the windows in her room, which we want to get done before we paint, since there will probably be some sheetrock repair, but don’t really want a hole in the side of our house when it’s 20 degrees outside!!

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23 weeks

At the beginning of my pregnancy, I wanted so bad to look pregnant.  I knew in the back of my mind that eventually I’d be big and uncomfortable and wishing I wasn’t so obviously pregnant, but I didnt care – I wanted to have a ‘baby bump’ NOW!!   I defintely didn’t think that at 22 weeks I’d be trying to look ‘not pregnant.’  However, when I had a job interview last week, I knew the last thing I wanted was to go in looking obviously pregnant.  Below is a picture of my attempt.  My husband kindly told me that if he hadn’t known I was pregnant, he’d just think I was chubby.  It’s probably one of the only times that would be a good thing to say!!  I can’t say how effective my attempt was, because even though I made it to the final two, they offered the job to the other candidate 😦
Trying not to look pregnant...

Trying not to look pregnant...

This is my “belly shot” at 23 weeks.  I don’t see much difference in the pictures, but I can tell when I’m getting dressed – you could even see my belly a little when I was wearing a big hooded sweatshirt the other day.
23 Week Belly Shot

23 Week Belly Shot

Little Miss Chloe Mae has become quite a mover and a shaker in the last few days – or she’s just gotten big enough that I can feel her a lot more often.  DaddyMort says she had the hiccups the other night.  He woke up at 5AM, rolled over and put his hand on my belly.  He told me the next morning that he could feel her very rhythmically and that he almost woke me up – I told him it was the right decision to just tell me about it the next morning 😀   The good news is that if it wasn’t hiccups, we’ll have a little girl with great rhythm!!

As I’ve heard is quite common, Chloe Mae tends to move around after I eat.  For a while, she was only moving after I ate certain foods, like bacon, ice cream or cookies.  I justified eating those super yummy foods, because Chloe liked it!!  I still made a big effort, and was egged on by my husband, to eat lots of fruits and veggies, but those just didn’t seem to get her going as much.  On Sunday morning Aaron made some Banana Nut Muffins, following a recipe from a book about eating well during pregnancy that I have from the library, and it suggested to serve them with fruit or yogurt.  So he decided to make a fruit salad with yogurt for me.  Well, she went crazy while I was eating breakfast, so I can no longer justify my bad eating choices by saying that it’s what Chloe Mae likes!!

According to BabyCenter, Chloe Mae’s sense of movement and hearing have developed quite a bit recently, so she can feel me dance and hear all sorts of sounds – probably most commonly, the dogs barking and me yelling at them.  She weighs about a pound, and is about 8 inches from crown to rump or 11 inches from head to toe.  I’ve read several “warnings” aimed at me, suggesting that stretch marks will probably appear soon and I’ll start to swell.  So far, I’ve been gaining weight pretty steadily (which I’ve heard is one of the only things you can do to try to avoid stretch marks) and I’ve been trying to stay active and hydrated (which I’ve heard can help prevent swelling.)  I’m still expecting both though…

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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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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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