Bumpdate: 14-16 weeks

I’m not doing bumpdates every week until things get closer and start changing from week to week. Right now, there’s not a whole lot of change, so I don’t see the point in doing these weekly. And while I realize many of my readers really don’t care about “bumpdates,” I want to log these for personal reasons for the future and for Skipper if he/she wants to look back.

Giganti-blouse. My hand looks awkward, but it was the only way I could show where my belly was (and that my thighs AREN'T as big as the blouse shows) without being completely hidden by the blouse.

Giganti-blouse. My hand looks awkward, but it was the only way I could show where my belly was (and that my thighs AREN’T as big as the blouse shows) without being completely hidden by the blouse.

How Far Along? 16 weeks today, though the picture was taken at nearly 15 weeks

Size of Baby? 4 1/2 – 5 inches, or the size of an avocado

Maternity Clothes? Pants, yes. Tops, some, though I have many regular tops that will work as well, but they are starting to ride up when I’m active. Of course, there’s the giganti-blouse maternity uniform I have to wear. LOL

Weight Gain? I actually lost a bit while I was on my trip, so I’ve currently gained about 3 3/4 of a pound. OB is pleased with my weight gain.

Stretch Marks/belly button? Not yet!

Baby’s Sex? Won’t know until October. I was feeling boy at the last bumpdate but now I’m back to not feeling either way, though I did have a dream of a boy last night.

Sleep? Getting up once or twice a night to use the bathroom and it’s getting harder to sleep on just my shoulders (due to previous surgery, I can only sleep on my left shoulder for a small amount of time, so my right shoulder gets awfully tired of being slept on).

Food Cravings? No, though I did want a homemade Egg McMuffin every day last week, but now that I’m home, I’m not really feeling it.

Best Moment This Week? Listening to the heartbeat at yesterday’s 16w appointment. I could listen to that for hours.

What I am loving? Still just loving having this opportunity to be pregnant.

Movement? No, but I’m excited to… hopefully within the next few weeks!

What I’m looking forward to: My MFM appointment with limited ultrasound next Wednesday to make sure Skipper is ok and to make sure my rash isn’t affecting him/her. It’ll be nice to see baby again as well. I’m also going to a prenatal yoga class tomorrow, so I’m excited to try that, even though I’ve never tried yoga before!

Other Updates… I finally started having heartburn this week. I’m not complaining a bit as other than being much larger in the belly, my pregnancy symptoms pretty much went away so it’s nice to have one to comfort me (yeah, I know, weird to WANT pregnancy symptoms but it’ll be this way until I can be reassured by regular movement and kicks).

 

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Trip Back to Michigan

Mt Rainier- small

Mt. Rainier greeted us as we touched down on the runway.

Last week, I was on active duty in Michigan while I escorted an admiral to the outreach events I had planned for him in his hometown of Detroit. It ended up going well and the admiral was happy… and when the admiral is happy, so is everyone else.

Detroit is literally about 45 minutes from my mom, brother, sister-in-law, and four month old niece, so I was able to see them and meet our niece for the first time. She’s absolutely adorable and loves both her aunt and her uncle. Huzzy was able to go with me because I have flown enough in the last year or so to have enough miles that I could purchase a roundtrip ticket for only $12.

Huzzy isn’t too comfortable around babies (yeah he’ll have to learn quickly, I know) but he wasn’t comfortable around kids until I taught him how to play with his nieces years ago. He’s comfortable enough to play with my cousin’s 7 year old daughter now. I know he’ll learn with babies. I could tell he was watching my brother, who is AMAZING with his daughter, and he watches and takes cues from my cousin, who is also amazing with his daughter.

I have a picture of me in my giganti-blouse uniform, but I’ll save that for a “bumpdate” later this week. For now, you get the picture of the gorgeous view we came home to. I love the Pacific Northwest so. dang. much.

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First Bumpdate: 13 Weeks

I guess it’s time to finally document the pregnancy itself. I’m starting to get a bump that both my husband and I can see (my husband EVER SO NICELY told me the other day that my belly is sticking out farther than my boobs… which doesn’t mean a whole lot since I don’t have a whole lot up top, but whatever). I know I’ll look back on my pregnancy and want to see the changes and if I was EVER lucky enough to get pregnant again, be able to compare them. So this is the first Bumpdate at 13 weeks. I’m a bit late because in just two days, I’ll be 14 weeks, but whatever. I won’t be doing these every week, but will hopefully do every other week.

We went to Ruby Beach over the weekend and that’s where I took the photo. My ass really isn’t that large, but I had my phone, etc in my back pocket. This picture was taken at 13 weeks, 2 days.

 

How Far Along? 13 weeks, 2 days when the picture was taken

13 weeks, 2 days

13 weeks, 2 days

Size of Baby? 2 1/2 – 3 inches (size of a peach)

Maternity Clothes? Pants, yes. Tops, some, though I have many regular tops that will work as well.

Weight Gain? About four pounds

Stretch Marks/belly button? Nope, too early.

Baby’s Sex? Won’t know until October. Finally started feeling that it was a boy the other day…  haven’t felt one way or another before. We’ll see.

Sleep? I’m finally only getting up once a night instead of 3-4. I know it’ll change back in the future, but it’s nice to have a bit of a break.

Food Cravings? More like food aversions. I don’t like sweet stuff… except one or two glasses of chocolate milk a day. And I have an aversion to anything fried.

Best Moment This Week? Seeing the Skipper (our new nickname for baby) at our first NT scan. S/he was kicking, squirming, giving us a high five and sucking his/her thumb.

What I am loving? Just having this opportunity to be pregnant.

Movement? No, but I’m excited to… hopefully within the next month to six weeks.

What I’m looking forward to: Just the pregnancy continuing and feeling movement one day.

Other Updates… Nothing really. I’ll blog about the wonderful first NT scan and the horrible second one (Skipper didn’t cooperate so we had to have a second) later.

 

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Trip to Ruby Beach

So Saturday we decided to make the three hour drive to Ruby Beach, which is on the Pacific Coast. Since I have a Prius, the trip takes just a bit more than 1/2 a tank of gas, so it’s pretty cheap. The beach is truly a pink-ish Ruby Beachcolors some days and has a variety of other colors depending on the sun and what sediment is being deposited at the time.

When we visited five and a half years ago, it had a light pink hue to it. This weekend, it was more of a gold color among the darker sands.

We got there as the tide was pretty far out (tides around here can vary up to 14 feet). We were able to take off our shoes and walk in the sand for quite a ways before getting to the water. Water in the Pacific Northwest is COLD. Year-round, it stays in the 45-55 degree range. I’d say this water was probably around 55. Since it was close to 85 outside, the water was bitterly cold when we got in, but it quickly became just refreshing. We only waded up to our knees, though.

A sea star (more than one, actually)... and sea urchins? I'm not sure what that is to the left of it.

A sea star (more than one, actually)… and sea urchins? I’m not sure what that is to the left of it.

See the gold in the sand?

See the gold in the sand?

Our Public Announcement

Saturday we announced our pregnancy on Facebook. My husband isn’t one for sweet, loving photos (though he has his moments when he’s ok with them) and he hates to smile at the camera. So we decided on a bit different of an announcement… one that focused on our dogs rather than us.

Dogs, like kids, rarely pose quite perfectly, so you can’t see Lulu’s full sign. We are also standing a bit awkwardly as it was raining and neither dog really wanted to sit for long. What did work is I expected Lulu to look at the camera while I expected Skah to avoid it (like he usually does). Surprisingly, he looked at the photographer (my friend Poekitten from Many Waters), but did finally look away as expected.

“Mom and Dad are getting us a human in March!” – Lulu  “Wait, I don’t have to share my bed, do I?” – Skah

“Mom and Dad are getting us a human in March!” – Lulu
“Wait, I don’t have to share my bed, do I?” – Skah

 

 

 

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First OB Appointment

Yesterday was my first OB appointment. Luckily, Huzzy was able to come with me (it is never guaranteed that he can). With him next to me, I was able to not have a panic attack like I did when I walked in to make the appointments several weeks ago. There were huge pregnant bellies everywhere and extremely unruly kids running around unchecked.

The appointment was a two-part appointment. The first was with a nurse and my husband wasn’t allowed to go to, which made both of us think that it was an appointment where they ask if there is abuse, etc in the home. But it wasn’t. It was just my medical history and they gave me a great pregnancy week-by-week book and handouts. There was NO reason for him not to be there if I wanted him to be there.

The book I received from my OB's office.

The book I received from my OB’s office.

The second appointment was with the OB. While I’ve been with this clinic for GYN stuff for more than four years, I decided to switch providers because my original one is a bit abrupt and I’m not sure she’d be as compassionate about my concerns as I need her to be. My new OB was all I hoped she’d be… kind, caring, compassionate and willing to listen to anything I had to say and talk to me about it. She also “got” it that this pregnancy, while “normal” in the fact that it was a spontaneous conception… isn’t normal. There’s no guarantee that we can ever get pregnant again, especially without medication. She was amazed that we were pregnant spontaneously after a failed IVF and just before lap surgery for endo. I really, really like her and am so glad I have someone I immediately connected to.

During this appointment, I had a full physical, along with testing to see if I had any STD’s (they do for every pregnant woman) and testing to see if I had any other infections that may harm the baby. We also listened for Squish’s heartbeat via doppler and I about had a heart attack.

The first doppler didn’t find anything except my stomach noises. The doctor said it was an old machine (more than 20 years old) and she had a new one on order because it didn’t always work. So she went to get another one. Cue deep breaths and calming thoughts to keep me from freaking out. The second doppler didn’t pick up ANY sound… because there were no batteries in it. Finally, the third doppler picked up the heartbeat right away… Squish’s heart was beating away at about 160bpm.

Next week we’ll get to see Squish again as we have our NT (nuchal translucency) ultrasound scan, which will assess baby’s risk for Down’s Syndrome, other chromosomal abnormalities, and major congenital heart problems. I’ll also be getting the integrated blood test, which will will screen for many of the same things. While neither test can tell with 100% accuracy, if either show a possibility, my doctor said she believes my insurance will then pay for the Mat21 or other similar test, which costs about $2,000 and is 99% accurate.

My mom disagreed with my decision, but even though I wouldn’t abort for DS or something similar, I believe it’s a good idea to know up front. The hospital I will be delivering at does not have a NICU, nor does it have the specialty doctors that may be needed in the case of DS, a chromosomal abnormality or heart defect. I think it’d be best to know ahead of time so I could have the proper specialists on hand and also get to the right hospital that can handle it rather than being surprised, have the baby emergency airlifted to a different hospital and be separated from him/her until I was released. Huzzy disagreed at first, but understood my reasoning and said he was ok with knowing.

We’ll have another just-listening appointment around 16 weeks and then the anatomy scan around 20 weeks.

So… so far so good. I believe we will be announcing our pregnancy this weekend on Facebook as I enter the second trimester either tomorrow or in a week and a half, depending on which method is used to calculate trimesters. One of my bestest friends, Poe at Many Waters is going to take a few photos for us for the announcement.

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East Coast Visit and Pregnancy Update

Last week, I flew to the east coast for a week of active duty. Normally, my duty includes being the officer-in-charge of a team of 3-5. This time, it was just me and my chief… who only worked 1/2 days due to his other job. This meant I had to make up for not only the half day the chief wasn’t there, but also the missing 1-3 team members. 

I may have been born and raised in Michigan, but I still do NOT deal with heat and humidity well (yes, Michigan has both… in spades). Apparently the week I was in Virginia was one of the most humid of the summer. Yay. Pregnancy has my core body temperature running high and adding on to the fact that I’m no longer used to the heat and humidity and… I was a mess. 

I was supposed to spend two days aboard the ship as it is being constructed (it won’t be commissioned until 2016), but I soon found out that if you are pregnant, you aren’t allowed to step foot on the ship. Which saddened me because I have wanted to be on this ship since it was announced years ago. But it’s ok because I have something better on the horizon and a good reason to not be there. 

While I was there, I managed not to gain any weight (which is good, because now I’m perfectly on track for where I am in this pregnancy). This, of course, was in spite of the fact that I was enjoying food I don’t normally see on the west coast… namely, Cracker Barrel (yes, I stopped there twice). I also tried Chick-fil-A for a third time in my life. Once again, I was not impressed. It was ok, but not fantastic–though I do have to admit the milkshake was super yummy!

Tomorrow, I have my first OB appointment. I can’t wait to hear the heartbeat for the first time. I haven’t had a doctor’s appointment for nearly a month and that feels like too long. I would be lying if I said I’m not terrified that there won’t be a heartbeat. I have no reason to think this because I’m still having symptoms and my belly is obviously growing. It will just make me feel a little better that we will have made it through the first trimester (I’ll be 12 weeks on Thursday and according to the developmental timeline, that’s second trimester… the gestation timeline says it’s not until September 7–a week and a half later). 

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