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30 Weeks

At 30 weeks, I can tell this is a different pregnancy this time around.
-My heartburn isn’t as bad as it was with Chloe Mae – I only have to take Tums about once a day, not multiple times a day.
-My hip and lower back pain seems to have subsided – instead I’m having more mid and upper back pain.
-I’m already unable to reach my toes, and being in the heart of summer, I need to have pretty toes.
-I didn’t have a single Braxton Hicks contraction that I was aware of with Chloe, but I’m having them all day, every day with Devon.  The Dr. says this is because I’m a veteran now and my uterus knows it needs to beef up to help me through child labor.  I get it, but seriously – ugh!!
-Here’s my seriously ginormous belly, complete with stretch marks.  Those were also absent at 30 weeks with Chloe.  This time around, the old stretch marks have already gotten some new friends.


I was deemed ‘boring’ again by the doctor at the beginning of my appointment today.  There was one minor exception 5 minutes later when my appointment was over.  I’m still measuring big – 32 cm at 30 weeks.  Since I grew 4 cm in the last 4 weeks, which is the normal growth rate, he wasn’t terribly concerned, but I will be having an ultrasound at my next appointment in 2 weeks.  He says there’s a 95% chance that there won’t be anything wrong, so I’m working on being only 5% worried.

 

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Halfway there!

I’m 20 weeks pregnant today.  That means we’re at least halfway there!!  Chloe was born at exactly 38 weeks, so I’m counting on the fact that Devon won’t keep me waiting any longer than 40 weeks.  He might surprise me, but I’d rather spend the next 20 weeks thinking he’ll be out by then 🙂

Everything’s still going very well, all things considered.  I’m starting to have some heartburn at night and have ridiculous aches and pains in my lower back already.  I’m not feeling him move yet, but I was told at my ultrasound that I have an anterior placentra – which basically means it’s acting as a cushion between Devon and my stomach, so it’s not terribly surprising.  I’m hoping he’ll power through sometime in the next few days though!!

With all the excitement of finding out that we’re having a boy, I neglected to post ultrasound pictures or my belly shot from 18 weeks.  So without further ado…

18 weeks

3-D image of his face is on the right

His handsome profile 🙂

The ultrasound tech was pretty sure of herself!

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Chloe has an announcement…

We had our ultrasound this morning and everything looked great.  The ultrasound tech was pretty sure within the first 10 seconds that we were having a boy and confirmed it several times as we went along.  I think I was just as amazed by this ultrasound as I was by Chloe Mae’s.  We saw his heart, kidneys and lungs along with all the tiny digits of his fingers and the long bones of his legs.  Just amazing!!  His measurements were all right on and they estimate his weight at 8 oz. right now.

I’m also doing great and have been labeled, again, as ‘boring’ by my doctor.  I’ll take it!!  My weight gain is on track, my blood pressure is good and I’m measuring the exact size I should be.

Now on to garage sales, so we  can stock up on everything our little man might need!!

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Blame it on pregnancy?? I wish!!

Sometimes I wish that my constant worrying and crazy need to control and plan everything possible was pregnancy related.  I don’t think it is.  And I should say, my husband is a saint.  He doesn’t just deal with a crazy wife while I’m pregnant – he deals with it pretty much all the time.  There are a lot more unknowns while I’m pregnant though, which doesn’t work well with my need to control everything.  This means the crazy comes out in full force!

Last Saturday, Chloe Mae went to the library with Nanna and Dudad while DaddyMort and I prettied ourselves up to go out to lunch with the family.  (This can also be read as: DaddyMort and I had an uninterrupted hour of time together!!)  During this time, I was asking about his available vacation time this year to try to figure out how much time he’ll be able to take off when BabyD arrives in the fall.  It started out as an innocent, non-crazy, conversation.  Since I wasn’t being interrupted by a very adorable almost-two-year-old, things quickly took a turn as I started coming up with contingency plans for if BabyD arrives on Monday vs. Thursday or Wednesday vs. Saturday.  DaddyMort let me keep talking, but I soon figured out based on the looks he was giving me and the “uh-huh’s” that I had crossed the line from casually wondering about vacation time to being a crazy control freak.  I backed down a little, but not without trying to justify my craziness first 🙂  

Now today, I’m in a tizzy over tomorrow’s ultrasound.  When it was first scheduled, I tried to put it out of my mind, because it was 4 weeks away and I knew it would take forever to get here if I was constantly thinking about it.  Then a couple weeks ago I found out I might have to report to jury duty today, which would jeopardize tomorrow’s scheduled ultrasound.  Again, I was trying not to think about it.  At 5:03PM last night I called and found out I didn’t have to report to jury duty, so I was in the clear.  I was finally excited for Wednesday morning!!  I told a pregnant friend (who’s also our sitter) when I picked Chloe up.  Then we were excited together.  I told my husband and we were excited together.  I called my mom to confirm plans for her to watch Chloe Wednesday morning while we’re at the appointment.  And you guessed it – we were excited together!!

For 10 hours I was excited.  Then at about 3AM I got up for one of my many nightly trips to the restroom.  I laid in bed, unable to fall back asleep after that and started worrying.  What if we get to the ultrasound and something’s wrong?  I have no reason to think anything’s wrong – but I have to be in a rational state of mind for that to make a difference.  I didn’t feel Chloe Mae move until 18.5 weeks.  I’ll be 18 weeks tomorrow, so we’re not behind on that one.  I had a wonderfully easy, healthy pregnancy last time, so there’s no reason to think this one will be any different.  

I can’t help it though.  I am worried.  That’s just who I am – as a person and a mom.  Hopefully by about 8:05 tomorrow morning we will have at least seen BabyD and heard his/her heartbeat.  And soon after that, I hope all of my other (current) worries will be gone and BabyD will be given a clean bill of health.  Then on to the next set of worries and craziness!!

*This is me being rational and assuming that everything will be fine with our little one:  I can’t keep a secret, so we will be sharing BabyD’s gender when we find out.  Stay tuned tomorrow for the big announcement!! 

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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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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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Hooray – we have our ultrasound scheduled!!

At our last Doctor’s appointment, at 15.5 weeks, it seemed like our doctor was in and out of the room in 30 seconds flat.  As he was leaving the room, he said, “See ya’ in 4 weeks.”  I was waiting for him to say something about our ultrasound, since I’d be 19.5 weeks and the standard ultrasound is done between 18 and 22 weeks, but he didn’t and then he was out the door.  Looking back, I should have stopped him and asked, but I honestly don’t think I actually believed that he was leaving the room already – he never even asked if we had any new questions or concerns!!

I like my doctor and understand (or at least try to) that he has all kinds of interruptions and lots of appointments crammed into the day.  We didn’t have any pressing questions, and I know that if I had stopped him and asked, he would have taken the time to thoroughly answer all of our questions. 

But…I’d had it in my head that we’d get to have our ultrasound in January.  We want to find out the gender – I’m a planner!!  And I’m also the type of person who likes concrete evidence, not abstract ideas, so, I want to see BabyMort!!  I called the Doctor’s office yesterday to ask about scheduling one.  She asked who our insurance provider is, I said Blue Cross Blue Shield, and she immediately responded with, “They don’t cover ultrasounds unless the doctor says one is medically necessary.”  I told her that I had been told by my doctor that I’d have one between 18-22 weeks to check on the development.  She, again, just responded with, “BCBS doesn’t cover ultrasounds unless the doctor says one is medically necessary.”

I was thinking, “It seems to me like checking on the development of a baby and getting a better idea of the due date is medically necessary,” but I didn’t want to fight with the receptionist.  It wasn’t going to get me anywhere.  So, I said okay and hung up.  Then, I complained to my husband and friends, because it wasn’t fair (mature, I know) and asked friends who had been pregnant before about their experience.  BCBS is one of the most common providers in Iowa, so I was having a tough time believing that our plan, which is the best option the hotel offers, wouldn’t cover 1 ultrasound.  Everyone I asked told me it was ridiculous that I wouldn’t get a standard ultrasound around 20 weeks, so at least I didn’t feel like I was being a crazy, hormonal pregnant woman!!

Today, my Knight in Shining Armor arrived – aka DaddyMort.  He called the insurance company, who told him that 1 ultrasound is covered as well as any others deemed necessary by the doctor (just not an ‘elective’ ultrasound if, for example, the sex can’t be determined at this first one.)  When he explained that our Doctor’s office was telling us it wasn’t, they conducted a 3-way call between them, DaddyMort, and the Doctor’s office.

It’s amazing how the story can change when the insurance company is on the line.  The exact same receptionist told DaddyMort that “of course you have 1 ultrasound covered.  And even if you didn’t, we’d never tell someone they couldn’t get an ultrasound.  We’d always give the option of having one, but paying out of pocket.”  That is so not the conversation that had transpired 24 hours prior!!  But, I’m a grown woman who is about to have a baby, so I’m going to try to look past all of this, and just be happy that the situation has been straightened out!!

After a stern warning from DaddyMort to be nice to the receptionist (see above about being a grown woman…), I called and rescheduled our next appointment for a few days later so that we could have our ultrasound at the same time.  The big day is Thursday, January 15th.  As long as BabyMort cooperates, we’ll know (and share) if we’re having a boy or a girl in just a couple weeks!!

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