Post # 1
I just had to post an update because we reached a big milestone this weekend… It got me to thinking about how all of your pregnancies are going. So here’s mine:
How far along? We made it to the age of viability this weekend!!!! Lemon is officially 24 weeks and 1 day. She needs to cook for a heck of a lot longer, but at this point at least she would be resuscitated if she decided to show up. It’s crazy to think that there is a viable human being living inside me right now!!!
Total weight gain/loss: I’ve stopped checking now that I got over pre-pregnancy weight. People are finally able to tell that I’ve got a little bump, and I’m not going by weight anymore, but rather by what my body is telling me… It knows best!
Maternity clothes? It’s fun to have a whole new wardrobe… A little weird to be using other people’s clothes. But, sharing is fun because I’m wearing all these styles that I wouldn’t have ordinarily picked for myself 🙂
Movement: All the time now! Her little movements just make me fall in love with her more each day. She still sleeps curled up in a little ball at the bottom of my pelvis, but when she stretches out, I can feel her above my belly button.
Food cravings: I still wish I had cravings 🙂
Belly Button in or out? Holding steady… No outie, no outie!
Milestones: 24 weeks. I’ve seen 24 weekers that have done really well with respect to outcomes. I’d prefer that she cook to term, but it’s nice to know that things could be ok if she decided to come now.
Weekly wisdom: Be a strong advocate for yourself and your baby. If that means fighting the system to get what you need, so be it. It’s not just about us anymore, but about another little person who needs protection, and no one is going to look out for you and your family like you and your partner will. Don’t leave it up to your bosses, co-workers or anyone else to make sure that you are getting what you need!
How are you feeling this week???
Post # 3
Yay! That’s so exciting to have reached viability!
Even though we’re a few years out ourselves, I’m loving hearing about your adventures. Keep the updates coming ladies! 😉
Post # 4
I can do a baby update! I’ll try to modify the form a little…
How old? 4 weeks, 1 day (1 month Monday!) (Her due date was also this past week)
Total weight gain/loss: I haven’t weighed myself, but I can tell my clothes are getting looser every day. I still feel like I have a long ways to go though.
Clothes? My mom got me a few sets of nursing pajamas, and I mostly stay in them when I’m at home because they are super comfy. If I need to go out, I’m definitely still in my maternity pants, but they are pretty big now.
Sleep? Norah slept for 5 hours last night and hopefully we can make that a trend. She is definitely erratic in her sleep habits right now- she sleeps for two hours here, half an hour there. Unfortunately, she is usually awake from 10 pm to 1 am, which makes Darling Husband and I kind of miserable.
Milestones: She’s got excellent head control now- she can hold her head up and turn to look around. She also briefly smiled during a bath a few nights ago– hoping to see some more of that soon!
Weekly wisdom: Don’t let the discomforts of pregnancy get you down. You’ll start to miss it when it’s over. And once you have the baby, savor every minute. I already look at photos of my two day old and feel sad because she’s nothing like that now- they grow up too fast!
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Amandopolis- I love that you adapted the update!!! Yours made my heart leap a little to visualize being on the other side of this whole experience 🙂 How cool!
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How far along? We’re at 23 weeks! Our Dirty Delete is doing great, weighing in at 1 pound and measuring 8 inches.
Total weight gain/loss: 13 pounds
Maternity clothes? I bought some cute sweaters to keep me warm so I don’t have to bundle in blankets all the time. I also had to buy work maternity clothes because the one place you can buy a military maternity uniform was OUT in my size. How does that even happen?? Well after a week of wearing civilian clothes, I stopped by the base thrift store and found my size maternity uniforms! Yay! I saved a ton of money and I got one of each (blues, whites, khakis). So now I’m back to wearing a uniform at work. The bad part? The uniform hasn’t been updated since the 70s and it looks like I’m wearing a tent. In fact, since I work with 95% civilians, almost everyone has chuckled at my uniform or given me pity looks for having to wear it. How’s that for a pregnancy upper??
Movement: Thank goodness it’s not hurting anymore!! Before it felt like she was chewing on my intestines. Now it’s just bubbles of movement and sometimes pulling/tightness when she stretches all the way out or does her somersaults. She’s pretty regular in the car when I’m tense and at home on the couch when I’m relaxed (like right now).
Food cravings: Three words: Double Stuffed Oreos. Had to have them, so my Darling Husband got me a whole bag. Last week it was artificial crab and tofu with canned salmon. My Darling Husband is REALLY glad I’m out of that phase.
Belly Button in or out? It gets shallower every week! I know that the outie is coming, I’m going to predict in 4 weeks.
Milestones: While all the scary stuff continues, my subchorionic bleeds have reduced in number and have gotten smaller. Every day more is a blessing for us!
Weekly wisdom: Seek positive sources in your life. Avoid drama queens, avoid those “should” people, avoid those who (advertently or not) point out your new bodily insecurities. Seek out people who tell you how beautiful you are looking, who praise your health efforts during pregnancy, and who make you feel good about your pregnancy/marriage/life. Life is all about the positive, seek it out!
Post # 7
Not much of an update here. I’ll be 13 weeks on Tuesday and super excited to go to the doc on Friday. Who knew it would be so hard to go 4 weeks without hearing that little heartbeat? Woohoo for getting to the second trimester.
I was really really crossing my fingers the ickiness would be going awayby now but I’m still puking every morning. I guess I can handle once a day 🙂 But please please go away soon! Like before my vacation to Colorado in two weeks!
Funny story I was throwing some names out to hubby tonight. He came up with Fisher – which I said I liked. Then he said can we spell it with a ph? “UMM NO, our child will not be named after Phish!” 😉 Our dog is already named after Jerry Garcia and David Grisman! (A mandolin player)
Post # 8
How old? 6 weeks, 2 days
Total weight gain/loss: Her, up almost 3 pounds from her birth weight. I’m thinking her car seat straps might have to be adjusted soon. Me, maybe 10 pounds down from max pregnancy weight?? I’m never having a baby during the holiday season again. 🙂 Breastfeeding does not consume enough calories to justify eating the way I did over Christmas/New Years. I’m getting back to exercising and really watching my food intake, however.
Clothes? I love nursing tanks.. nursing tops are nice too, but I tend to wear those without a bra and I worry about leaving things too unsupported for too long. Talitha is finally starting to really fill out the NB sized stuff and doesn’t look too bad in 1-3 months sized things. Hoping to start cloth diapers on her soon.
Sleep? She’ll sleep for 6 hours at a stretch, but that’s from 2 or 3 am to 8 or 9. Argh! Since both of us are unemployed right now, it doesn’t matter TOO much, but it’s awfully annoying.
Milestones: Smiles!! I’m not totally sure that these are purposeful and communicative yet, but she’s definitely getting there. Also lots of cooing, and she’ll hold her head pretty much unsupported now. She went on her first long car ride (3 hours) and to her first movie (Avatar) this weekend.
Weekly wisdom: When your baby cries, it is not out of spite, or in personal judgment against you as a parent. She is just a baby. Respond with patience and understanding, and they will learn that from you eventually.
Post # 9
Aww… great updates… and Jilian, your husband made me laugh. It took a long time to feel normal again, but most of my friends said between 12-15 weeks they started feeling better.
MS- I’m sad that they haven’t updated the uniform for you. Seems a shame.
December- so exciting!!!
Post # 10
@MS– I totally understand about the uniform! I normally wear a flight suit and am really hoping that I can just keep upsizing but I have a set of the maternity blues and camo’s ready to go just in case. I really don’t want to wear the tent tops tho!
Here’s our update:
How far along? Finally made it to the 2nd Trimester!! 13 Weeks and 3 days. Counting the days to find out what we are having.
Total weight gain/loss: I think I’m at about 10 pounds. I’m really surprised it isn’t more:) I don’t eat more food but I don’t eat very healthy.
Maternity clothes? I picked up several maternity wrap dresses during the end of year sales and they are starting to come in handy. Also I got some great Gap jeans off Ebay. I love the Gap jeans!
Movement: No but I can’t wait!
Food cravings: Occasionally but they are always something different. Once I decide I want something then nothing else sounds edible.
Belly Button in or out? Still in
Milestones: 2nd Trimester…My fatigue is almost completely gone, I’m sleeping better, and I feel like my old self again. Lucky for Darling Husband:)
Weekly wisdom: I’ll have to second what Mrs DG said on this…I’ve started getting a lot of unsolicited advice lately and I just let it go in one ear and out the other. For instance, I fly in the military and everyone keeps telling me that there is nothing wrong with flying during the 2nd trimester but I have my own concerns. Mostly about getting nauseated/ dizzy during a flight and the risk of falling as a result. I’m just going to block out everyone else, take it slow, and do what I feel is best for this baby.
Congrats and thanks to all the new moms for keeping us updated!
Post # 11
I love all these updates… especially the baby ones! I will update tomorrow after our 20 week ultrasound; we’re not finding out the sex, but we’re still pretty excited to see the baby. 🙂
And just for fun, here’s a really cute story about our baby and my 3 (almost 4) year old nephew. The other night, my nephew called me to ask if I would buy tickets for his school’s fundraiser. I was pretty impressed because he seemed to have this whole pitch memorized; he was very professional about the whole thing. After I told him I would buy some tickets, he asked if he could speak to the baby. We try to keep him updated on “his cousin,” and he knows that my husband and I talk to the baby, so I was wasn’t surprised that he asked. I put the phone on speaker phone and told him to start talking, and he said, “Hello, baby. This is your cousin, Elliott. I am selling tickets for my school, so you should buy some. You can win a truck, baby!” Lol! I had to explain to him that his cousin didn’t have any money, so he couldn’t buy any tickets. He seemed really confused, so I ended up buying more tickets just so he could write “Baby Cousin” on the name line. He just couldn’t understand why his cousin wouldn’t buy any tickets from him!
Post # 12
Aww… Elliott sounds adorable!
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I love hearing all your updates! My baby is going to be 2 in a couple weeks 🙁 It makes me so sad at how fast it has gone. Reading your updates though make me remember and think about when I was in those stages and when he did those things! I miss it!!!
Post # 15
@Mrs Spring: OMG, that is too cute!! What an adorable story! You should write it down somewhere to tell your baby when he/she is older! (And keep the tickets!)
@Derby: I was able to stay in my normal uniform until 21 weeks. I didn’t keep sizing up because honestly, at one point it will start to look ridiculous, and you just have to wear the ugly tent top. I do have to say it is SO comfortable though! Like I’m wearing Hugh Hefner’s uniform to work, LOL. It’s good you already have your uniform, my size was on backorder for like three months. I don’t know what they expect women to wear for three months, but the NEX doesn’t sell the maternity uniforms, so you can ONLY get them online, which they are out. Grr…ANYWAY! Being in the military and pregnant is interesting because everyone at work will tell you that whatever you’re doing is fine for the baby and everyone at home will say “Isn’t that dangerous for the baby?” I’m not allowed to be stationed on ships, but my current job requires that I tour other people on a ship. I don’t know how that works, but there’s the military for you!
@DG: Seriously, the pictures in the uniform guide are from the 70s. They look like a punishment for choosing to get pregnant in the first place, LOL. Check out this hotness:
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@MS: ooh, my Mother-In-Law had to wear those… I think she received some sort of commendation or award when she was pregnant with Mr. December, so her lovely Army preggo-tent is forever immortalized in film. 🙂