Ready or Not…


…Here comes the third trimester!

Today officially marks the start of the third trimester.  Ack!  Where did time go?

I love it by the way that I’ve made it this far with fewer insecurities than I thought that I would along the way.  It helps for sure to have a support by my side with MH as well as you all, my dear readers.  Thank you!

The third trimester has kicked off with insomnia – thank you!  As of right now, it is 4:15 am and I’m wide awake and have been since 3am.  I hope to get sleepy again soon and will climb back into bed with a slumbering MH.

I can tell that this third trimester will go just as quickly as the first two – though parts of it might drag.  We have a lot going on between now and then with closing on our new house on May 18 and the big move on May 24.  But before I know it, MH and I will welcome Roo with open arms into our family.  We are already dreaming of the day when she arrives and we can’t wait to welcome a healthy, fully-baked newborn baby girl to our family!

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Last night we went to our first Seattle Mariners game of the season.  We are baseball fans – MH more so than me.  In San Francisco, we went to at least one game a month for the entire season.  Last night’s seats were prime, directly behind the visiting team’s dugout and just five rows up.  Several balls and a bat came flying in our direction and my sweet husband jumped up at the ready to protect me and Roo 🙂  The seats were amazing and never could we have afforded tickets like those in San Francisco.  We felt very lucky.  The Mariners lost by one point to the Twins but it was a fun game and experience for us to have as our first game as residents of Seattle.

It was especially great to see many families with their infants and children attending the game.  It opened our eyes to the idea that we can bring Roo with us to our baseball outings and introduce her to something that MH and I love to do together.  In fact, a bi-racial couple (husband was Asian and the wife was Caucasian – the reverse of MH and me) sat two rows in front of us with their three gorgeous girls around 6, 3 and several month old baby.  MH and I imagined ourselves in their shoes.  We cannot wait!!

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26 Week Bump Photo and Brief Update


I know I did an update at the beginning of the week so I’ll make this short and really focus on my bump pic:

Somewhere along this journey recently, my bump has grown.

Roo is getting stronger and bigger!  I’m loving it.  Though, yesterday, I noticed that Roo wasn’t moving much and it made me nervous.  I called the doctor since I hadn’t felt her all day since the night before.  The nurse had me lay down and drink some juice and sure enough Roo started to kick and move around though a lot lighter than usual.  Today, she’s back to her usual self kicking quite hard and having a ball in there 🙂

I tried on some maternity clothes at H&M yesterday and got really frustrated.  I’m clearly not the same size anymore.  I thought that the sizing guidelines were to try on maternity clothes in the same size as when not pregnant.  Well, I’ve either gained a lot of weight or my body has taken on a whole new shape (ha ha clearly!).  I got frustrated and need to try again another day.  I think that I need to go up a size.  Did this happen to anyone else too or is it just my crazy body?

This week I learned that a friend/former grad school classmate of mine is also pregnant and due with a baby girl on August 8.  This now brings the total for August babies in my circle of friends to five, including Roo.  I wonder what was going on in November!  I’m the only one who struggled to get pregnant and had a loss.  I’m so happy for everyone else though in spite of how easy it was for them including one new friend and wasn’t planning on this pregnancy – she has twin boys who are six years old.  Only one of these friends know how much I struggled.

Anyway, I know that several of you, dear readers, are currently undergoing treatment with medicated IUI or IVF cycles and I’m praying and hoping that this cycle is the one that leads you to a successful pregnancy!  I’m cheering you on 🙂

Nursery – Furniture Order


We’ve made a decision on two major components of Roo’s nursery!  I’ll place my order today at Pottery Barn Kids – I’m taking advantage of a sale that is currently in progress – fingers crossed that the sale is still on when I place the order 🙂

We’re going with white furniture.  I had originally fallen in love with the Jenny Lind crib but I decided that I wanted something a little sturdier and could last until Roo is older and/or we have a second child, if we’re lucky.  So, we’re getting the PBK Sleigh Crib:

We’re also going to get the PBK Catalina dresser with changing table topper:

A glider is the last major piece of furniture that we’ll need to choose and I’m narrowing that down soon.  Part of my hesitation to make a decision has to do with not knowing entirely what color the nursery will be.  We have three rooms to choose from in our new house and each are different colors.  All three would work as a nursery and have good nursery colors but I’m just not sure which we will choose – MH has a different idea in his head than I do 🙂

I like the PBK gliders but I feel like the reviews are mediocre for the cost and so I’ve been researching some other options.  My favorite thus far is from a website called PoshTots.com.  Has anyone heard of this website?  They have some really gorgeous furniture!  The reviews of their gliders are positive on other websites and I’ve heard that customer service is good but there are no real customer reviews on the actual website, so I’m going on pure trust.  Each piece of furniture is made to order so they are not returnable – yikes!  This is the exact glider (Regal Glider) that I’m loving right now:

Do you have a glider in mind or do you already own a glider that you love?

You probably notice that I am not looking at a matching ottoman.  I’ve read that ottoman’s can be a waste of money and that instead I should get a nursing stool, which are around $40.  So I’m doing that and will get the matching ottoman down the road if I change my mind.

Already 26 weeks!


Yesterday, Roo has been with us for 26 weeks.  I don’t know where the time is flying to and I am excited that I will be in the third trimester in a jiffy.  It’s kind of crazy!

This week has been a little busy.  We are set to close on our new home on May 18 – we will take full possession three days later.  I spent a lot of the week arranging for home owners insurance, finding a moving company, etc.  It’s very exciting but also very hectic.  MH and I were able to go over to our new home yesterday afternoon and we met the current home owners.  They are a very sweet couple, who never had children but said that they are excited that a baby/child will be in the house.  The woman said that the house is made for a family with children.  I don’t know if they struggled with infertility themselves but she appeared wistful so it makes me wonder and it makes me happy that Roo will be that child in the house!

MH is also sick, so I’ve been dealing with a sick husband.  He has bronchitis, which our doctor is concerned could turn into something worse.  MH did get his whooping-cough vaccination a couple of weeks ago but because whooping cough is a pervasive problem in WA state right now, the doctor took a more aggressive approach to treatment than if I were not pregnant.  When MH is not feeling well, he is very cranky and so has jumped onto any tiny argument this week.  I’m trying to be patient but between he not feeling well and my hormones in overdrive, it’s been a rough week with lots of tiny arguments.  I know things will be better when MH feels better – hopefully sooner than later.

I feel like a bargain shopper this week.  I came home with an UppaBaby Cruz stroller that I’m in love with and saved $$ on to buy.  I got the bouncer that I wanted for just $15 – I found the exact one that I wanted after I wrote my previous blog entry and picked it up yesterday!  I also picked up the baby bathtub that I wanted and was recommended by several mommy friends for just $10.  It is sold new for more than $40.  I feel great about my purchases!  I also found the papasan swing that I want for just $50 that is being held for me until after we move – how nice is that woman to hold it for me!

It is clear that I am now feeling comfortable in the knowledge that Roo is going to be our little girl.  I love making these purchasing decisions and picking them up.  Our apartment is quickly being littered with baby items and it’s a good feeling.

My belly has grown a lot.  I’ll take a photo this week.  I love feeling Roo kick get stronger and stronger, which means that I feel her much more frequently throughout the day.  I’m over feeling odd about it and just adore knowing that she’s here with me all the time.  I love laying in bed when I fall asleep and when I first wake up and feel her moving all around.  Now, instead of feeling just her feet kick me, I can feel both her feet and hands moving at the same time.  It’s so much fun.  I’m in love, can you tell?

This past week was infertility awareness week.  I read many blog entries about it especially those who have not yet been able to find their happy ending yet and it made me reflect on my own journey.  Each person’s story is different.  Each person’s journey will take a different path – like in all facets of life.  As a (most-of-the-time) positive person, I like to focus on the positive.  A friend came to stay with us on Thursday night – she was in town for work – and she shared her sister’s story with me: her sister was 36 when she got married and tried to get pregnant for years.  She went through three IVF cycles without success and had made the decision to take a break from TTC.  She made all kinds of plans to train for and run a marathon, take classes, travel with her husband to refocus on marriage than baby, etc.  All of the “things” that we neglect when consumed with TTC.  Two months after stopping all of the medications, tests, ultrasounds, etc., her sister got a miracle BFP.  Today, after four years of TTC and dealing with infertility, they now have a six month old baby girl.  Our friend’s sister was 40 when she got her miracle BFP.  I know that I got a miracle BFP but this story is even more miraculous than our story and it gives me continued hope for my many friends who follow this blog who continue to struggle.  I never give up hope for you!

How far along? 26 weeks, 1 days
Total weight gain:
17.6 pounds since my first OB appointment
Maternity clothes? 
Yes!
Stretch marks? None, still slathering up every day with cocoa butter lotion
Sleep: I’ve been sleeping better now but I’m suffering from allergies so breathing and a stuffy nose are not my friend
Best moment this week: Knowing that I can feel Roo move around almost all times of the day
Miss anything? An allergy-free day and a good sleep
Movement: YES – tons!
Food cravings: Sweets
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope!
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out?  Starting to stick out!
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, happy, happy!
Looking forward to: Reaching the third trimester!

Hello, Hello!


Since I last updated, I’ve been to the East Coast and back!  I was gone for five days and part of me feels like it wasn’t long enough and the other part of me feels like I couldn’t get home fast enough to MH.

I left on Wednesday and was lucky to have gotten a first class ticket for the way to DC.  My OB recommended upgrading myself, if possible, and I got lucky!  MH bought me a pair of compression socks to wear on the long flight.  Even though I had those two comforts, flying was still uncomfortable.  I got up several times and walked the entire length of the plane to keep my blood circulating and muscles stretched out.  After flying this time, I confirmed that this is my last flight until after Roo is born.  I think she liked it though – she kicked during take off and landing!  On my way home, I wasn’t in first class 😦

My dad was in town and we spent some really good quality time together.  I saw some old friends and colleagues and even met a new friend – someone I met online following the loss of our first little one.  She is awesome and it’s so much fun to meet my online friends in real life!  I’m excited to see photos of her little girl, who is due to arrive about a month before Roo is due.  Hi Beth!

My high school girlfriends threw me a baby shower and it was so much fun!  It was low key and very much me.  In other words, there was good food, some fun games, time spent with friends (though not enough with each person because I felt like I needed to spend time with everyone), and some gorgeous presents!  Since they all realized that I was flying home with these items, I pretty much got a ton of clothes.  The outfits were so darn cute!  I can’t wait to put Roo in them.  Unfortunately, I’m going to have to exchange some of them (i.e., the ones with tags still on them) because they will be too big for Roo and/or it will be winter by the time she’d fit into them and they are summer clothes.  For some reason, some people cut the tags off – argh! – of some of the clothes so I’m stuck with them even though they won’t fit her because she’ll be too big for them next summer.  I had the best time and felt very loved!

Some really awesome friends, sent larger gifts directly to our home.  Very thoughtful and meant I also got some non-clothing presents, which is much appreciated and even more needed!  My mom is buying us our car seat (after we move) and she also got me the baby monitor that I registered for at BRU.

MH spent the weekend with friends in San Francisco.  We both had a nice time with our friends and thought of it kind of like a last hurrah as childless adults!  We know the next few months will be spent preparing our new home and the next chapter in our life with Roo!

My mom didn’t know that MH was going to SF, so she sent him a little package so he wouldn’t feel left out of the shower.  She bought him a “man” diaper bag along with some other guy-type baby stuff and an outfit for Roo that says something about her daddy being her hero!  He loved it!  It was truly an awesome gift!

24 Week Update


The past week has been a whirlwind: we lost the house we loved but then this weekend we found another one that we love and moved forward quickly to make an offer on it.  Our offer was accepted last night!  Never in my life did I think I would move to the ‘burbs but the house we found is perfect and in the suburbs of Seattle in a town called Bellevue.  I’m super excited!  (NOTE: since we are actually moving into this place, I will not be sharing the link to it, sorry! But, I promise photos once we move in).

It’s a gorgeous 4 bedroom, 2.25 bath, colonial/traditional home surrounded by beautiful trees.  There will be plenty of room for Roo to play outside with her friends as MH and I BBQ on one of our two decks!  This house is definitely one that we can live in for a very long time!

Anyway, my nesting needs have clearly kicked in. We don’t get to move in for another 30 days or so but at least the time is near!  MH and I feel like real grown ups – baby on the way, soon-to-be home owners, etc.  We’ll also have to get a second car as one car just won’t work for us anymore.  I’m feeling a little overwhelmed as we seem to be hemorrhaging money at the moment but it’ll stop once we’re settled into the new place.

I leave tomorrow afternoon for the East Coast!  I get to see my parents and my high school friends are throwing me a baby shower.  I am really excited to see everyone since I don’t get to very often…I really look forward to spending time with my dad who since the last time I saw him was diagnosed and treated for kidney cancer.  I’ll also meet my new niece for the first time.  It should be a wonderful time all around.

How far along? 24 weeks, 3 days
Total weight gain:
17.6 pounds since my first OB appointment
Maternity clothes? 
Yes, and I need to buy some more clothes
Stretch marks? None, still slathering up every day with cocoa butter lotion
Sleep: I’ve been sleeping better now but I’m suffering from allergies so breathing and a stuffy nose are not my friend
Best moment this week: MH FINALLY taking the time to feel Roo kick 🙂
Miss anything? An allergy-free day
Movement: YES – tons!
Food cravings: Sweets
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope!
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out?  In but barely
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, happy, happy!
Looking forward to: My friends’ throwing me a baby shower this Saturday!

23 Week Update


It’s been a while since I’ve done a proper update.  In part because of work travel and in part because I’ve been so busy living life, which is a good thing.

What “they” say about the second trimester being one during which you feel great is true!  At least it has started to be so for me after the nausea and gagging ended a couple of weeks ago.  The insomnia, I can live with.  The allergies that I wrote about yesterday are horrible but at least they are more bearable than the morning sickness.  When I’m not suffering from allergies, I feel fantastic!!  I almost can forget the thoughts of not doing this (pregnancy) again, which is a good thing 🙂

By the way, I can’t believe in just four weeks, I’ll be starting the third trimester!!!  WOW!

At nearly 24 weeks, I’m moving along quite nicely!  I’ve been working a few hours a day three days a week at a very popular and well-known furniture store that has two words with the initials P and B.  I love it because I’m meeting people and will eventually be able to take advantage of their generous discount, when we get word on our darn house.  The hourly pay sucks – so much that I haven’t once picked up my paycheck – ooops!  But, it’s worth it.  I really enjoy the people who I work with and the customers who come in are generally nice too.  I’ve talked to a LOT of moms and other pregnant women, which is a lot of fun.

I find it strange that people I have never met – usually older women – almost as soon as they notice that I’m pregnant reach out with their hands to touch my belly.  I physically have started to step back from those hands.  I don’t understand the appeal of touching someone else’s belly, especially a stranger’s belly.  I would never dream of it unless I 1) asked permission first and 2) knew the person well.  A girlfriend suggested the next time someone does it to me that I do it back and try to rub their belly – LOL.  Funny to think about doing but kind of gross for me, right?!  They would surely learn their lesson 🙂

Remember when I first started to feel Roo move around?  I was freaked out by it.  It felt abnormal and alien to me.  Now, I really love it.  I feel connected to her.  I can imagine her in my head squirming around like she will when she arrives – with her feet and arms waving about, her face squished up against the light shining in her face.  I am BEYOND excited.  Her movement on a regular basis is getting stronger and stronger and more and more frequent.  I love it!

Do you also remember when I decided to not watch heart pounding movies until after Roo is born because I get so worked up?  Well, I made an exception to it over the last weekend.  I read the Hunger Games and just loved the entire series.  I (im)patiently waited for the movie for the past year and MH and I saw it on Saturday night.  I LOVED it!  I have friends who were disappointed by it but I really enjoyed myself.  I thought they did a great job of capturing the book into a movie.  There clearly was a lot of back story that I think was left out because it would have taken too much time to put into the script (and might help people who haven’t read the book understand some of the relationships) but overall it was well done.  Way better than Twilight I have to say – sorry Twilight lovers!  (I only saw and read the first of the Twilight series).  I cannot wait until the other movies come out – definitely babysitter worthy 🙂  The only problem I had with the movie had nothing to do with the movie itself but my pregnant body.  I can’t sit for that long without being uncomfortable.  I think my skinny corduroy pants, which are way cute, are getting too tight and caused my legs to fall asleep.  I had to get up and walk around.  I went to the bathroom and got some water and went back in.  I’ll have to keep that in mind the next time I need to sit for a long period of time – which will be next week when I fly to DC to see my parents and for my baby shower!!!!!

How far along? 23 weeks, 5 days
Total weight gain:
Will find out an updated amount of weight gained next Tuesday morning’s OB appointment
Maternity clothes? 
Yes, and needing some more summer-like clothes – bought a pair of compression socks for the cross-country flight next week
Stretch marks? None, still slathering up every day with cocoa butter lotion
Sleep: I’ve been sleeping better now that I’m giving myself permission to sleep on either side of my body
Best moment this week: Seeing a foot or a hand kick me so hard that I saw the movement on the outside of my belly!
Miss anything? An allergy-free day
Movement: YES – tons!
Food cravings: Sweets
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nothing – FINALLY!!!
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out?  In but my belly button is nearly completely flattened and the reminder that I used to have a belly button ring is very clearly there
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, happy, happy!
Looking forward to: MH feeling Roo for the first time – he’s just not patient enough to sit there and wait – it’s aggravating to me but it’s his loss, right?!

Allergies


I’ve been suffering a lot lately from allergies.  The trees and plants are in full bloom as the weather in Seattle has been gorgeous for the past few days.  It’s horrible to say but I welcome today’s overcast and slightly drizzly weather in hope that the pollen will dissipate.  Before trying to conceive, I took an allergy pill on a daily basis.  Then we started TTC and I read that taking allergy meds dry up everything in your body including the crucial cervical mucus needed for TTC, so I stopped and haven’t taken any since.  In San Francisco, it wasn’t a problem.  I had very few allergies there but Seattle is a completely different story.

Those of you who are allergy sufferers understand how terrible it is.  I get terribly itchy, red eyes.  I sneeze constantly with my nose dripping almost non-stop.  I get very lethargic.  It’s awful.  I just want to sleep it away.  My face is now puffy and bloated from the allergies.  I’ve taken a half of a Benadryl at night to help me sleep as that is on the safe list of medications that my OB gave me but I still worry.  I need some more relief.  If you have ANY homeopathic suggestions, I’m open to them.  The only thing that I don’t like and have tried in the past and didn’t work for me was the Neti Pot.  So many people recommend it but it makes me feel like I’m going to drown.  It’s a terrible feeling and I can’t bear to do it even if it means relief from allergies.

Allergies = BOO!

So, I apologize for the silence in commenting on your blogs and for not doing a better job of updating.  I think about it but I have little to no energy to do it.  I’ll try harder!  I promise my next post will be on a much happier and lighter note, which is what I’m feeling, if I remove allergies from the equation 🙂