Update: 16 weeks, 6 days

Clearly I’ve been hit with pregnancy insomnia again (it’s 3:30am PT).  This week has been tough.  I was doing so darn well but something has happened and I’ve been waking up earlier and earlier and haven’t been able to fall back asleep until who knows when.  Argh!  It’s OK though – things could be worse 🙂  In general, I’m sleeping better thanks to the addition of a couple of pillows – one behind me and one between my legs.  I thought about buying a pregnancy pillow but these two seem to do the trick!

This week has been a good one.  My energy is back for the most part and the nausea and morning sickness is greatly improved!

After I had my blood drawn the second time, I stopped by a consignment shop that sells baby gear, baby clothes and toys.  They also happen to sell maternity clothes!  I got a pair of maternity Citizens of Humanity for less than half the price plus a pair of cargo pants and a super cute t-shirt.  All for less than half the price of a new pair of Citizens.  I’m proud of my bargain shopping skills and I’m pleased to be the owner of a pair of designer maternity jeans – which by the way, fit me so much better than my Gap maternity jeans.  My body image will thank me later 🙂

This week’s OB appointment was a good one (see earlier post for that update).  She reminded us to register for the hospital childbirth classes as they fill up quickly and also to start thinking about choosing a pediatrician.  WHAT?!  It’s so early yet.  We don’t know anyone here.  How are we supposed to choose a doctor for our unborn baby when we don’t even have doctors for ourselves (other than this OB))?  I must have had a funny look on my face because she quickly followed that comment by saying that the time between now and the birth will fly by faster than we expect and often times new parents forget to find a pediatrician…

I think I need to start a “To Do” list for this baby.  I got the Baby Bargains book and it will be very useful when putting together our baby registry and the list of items we need.  I’ve decided to keep it as simple as possible and get just the basics.  As Roo gets older, we can add but there’s no need to buy everything right away (e.g., a high chair that isn’t needed until Roo is about 6 months old).  I also started to read a book that I borrowed from the library called Home Birth in the Hospital.  I’m really enjoying it and I think that I’ll have MH read at least parts of it when I’m finished.  It’s making me feel empowered and hopeful that I can have the kind of birth that I want in the hospital that we’ve chosen.  Based on our conversations with our OB, I think she’s going to be amenable to our wishes.  I’ll write a separate post about my non-birth plan plan that is stuck in my head right now.

I can’t believe that tomorrow (Saturday), I’ll be 17 weeks pregnant.  Roo is the size of an avocado:

How far along? 16 weeks, 6 days
Total weight gain:
Up a total of 4.4 pounds since my very first OB appointment
Maternity clothes? 
Yes, I gained some new additions to my maternity wardrobe this week and I’m totally excited about them!
Stretch marks? None
Sleep: Off and on insomnia
Best moment this week: Hearing Roo’s heartbeat again and seeing MH’s face light up when he heard it for the first time (he wasn’t able to come to my last appointment)!
Miss anything? A plate of artisan salami and cheeses
Movement: I haven’t felt anything this week imagined or otherwise – hopefully soon 🙂
Food cravings: Strawberries, ice cream
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Poultry
Gender Predictions: A girl (still!)
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out?  In but my belly button is flattening out
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Our 20 week u/s and finding out the gender


Identified a Culprit

My acupuncturist suggested that I break temporarily from taking my prenatal vitamins and see what happens with the morning sickness symptoms.  I did for a little more than a week and in that week I’ve felt better than ever.  Then yesterday I took it and I felt terrible.  Using my (expert, of course) CSI skills, I deduct that my vitamins are making me sick.

Any suggestions on a prenatal vitamin that doesn’t cause or increase chance of morning sickness?

Update at 14 weeks, 5 days

Having a loss and unexplained infertility still makes it hard for me to believe that this is really happening still and that everything is still OK.  I can’t believe that I’m 2 days away from being 15 weeks pregnant but when I forget I get a reminder that I am especially the past few days.  Morning sickness is in full force – worse than ever before with vomiting and all!  Joy oh joy but I’ll take it!  MH reminds me as he is comforting me that I’d rather feel this way than not be pregnant.  It’s true but it still really sucks.  I’m wearing sea bands as I type this in hopes that they will help.  I might break down and take the Zofran even though Doctor Dad has encouraged me not to take it – MH and I are heading up to Vancouver for a long weekend and I want to enjoy our time there.  I’ve been literally horizontal for the past two days because it helps me a lot.  My body aches from laying down for so many hours in a row so today I’m sitting in a chair in hopes that I can manage to keep away the nausea and dry heaving that seems to hit me every hour at least two or three times.  Ugh!  Again, I’m happy to have these signs that Roo is doing well inside me but it still sucks.

My brother and sister-in-law had a baby girl yesterday morning.  You might recall that I’ve struggled with them especially her since before they got married.  That struggle continues (she said some bitchy comments to me when I told them that I was pregnant) but I’m very happy about the birth of their little girl.  The baby is HUGE and has the cutest chubby cheeks!  She was six days late!

Roo is the size of a lime (edit: ummm…that’s a YELLOW lemon down there not a green lime…pregnancy brain?!):

Symptoms: Wow – all the bad symptoms have come back in full force and worse than ever

Food aversions: Pretty much everything; I’m subsisting on apple sauce and plain yogurt with grape nuts and fruit

Food cravings: Nothing – just wanting to be able to eat anything and keep it down

Mama’s physical changes: Bump is growing! At least one of you has asked for a bump photo and I promise I’ll start to take photos soon

Next milestone: OB appointment on February 21 (week 16); I can’t wait to feel Roo move inside me!