22 weeks

Friday, April 27, 2012

Wow it seems really weird to be typing such a big number! I can't believe I am that far along already. We had an OB appointment on Wednesday and everything is looking good. Baby's heartbeat was nice and strong and our Dr. found it pretty much as soon as he put the dopplar probe to my belly. Baby has also been very active lately and seems to have flip flopped to where it is now more active in the mornings and then around the time I go to bed. It is getting a lot stronger too, it even made the laptop move the other day when it kicked one time. We mentioned to our doctor that we are hiring a doula for our birth and he was perfectly OK with that and very supportive of the decision which made Daron and I very happy. We also brought up to him that we are considering delayed cord clamping and he said he is also glad to support us in that and when he has couples who want that he will usually just wait to clamp it until he feels it stop pulsing. He went into to his other birth practices a little more as well and Daron and I both left feeling really good about everything and like he will definitely help us to try and have the birth experience we want while also helping us to make informed decisions about anything that could come up.

In non-baby news we finally got the floor in our bathroom done, the toilet reinstalled and the vanity installed! I don't have pictures yet but I will post some in a future post. All of my started plants are growing really well and I am hoping for some steady weather soon so I can get some of my cool weather produce started outside in cold frames. I also got to spend a lot of time with my sister this last weekend due to the fact that she was without a car. While it wasn't due to the best of circumstances, I have to say that sometimes I forget how much I enjoy hanging out with her.

Sometime in the next month I need to actually attempt to find a dress to wear for both a friends wedding and my brother's wedding. I'm hoping that search goes pretty well, I think I actually have enjoyed shopping for maternity clothes more than I enjoy shopping for regular clothes.

I think that is about all for now, I'm starting to feel a little bad because Daron is working on picking up the house while I sit here on the computer. Guess I will go and help him.

21 weeks and LNS

Saturday, April 21, 2012

21 weeks and 1 day today and yep LNS (Leaky Nipple Syndrome) seems to have started. I noticed the last 2 days that my boobs seemed to have grown and gotten fuller for the first time since I got pregnant. Last night when I went to bed I had a drop of liquid on each nipple. Then this morning when I woke up I had another one. I'm not real excited about this because it probably means I may have to invest in some nursing pads soon. On the bright side from what I have read it is actually a good sign because it means I should definitely be ready for breastfeeding by the time this baby is born.

In other news the baby has been getting stronger and stronger and the initial taps now feel like thumps. I can also feel it more often and am usually feeling it when I wake up in the mornings until about 9:30 or so and then usually around lunch time. After that I start feeling it off and on from about 3 until I go to bed.

More Movement!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Daron actually got to feel the baby move yesterday! I think he thought that was pretty cool. We were sitting there right after eating lunch and Baby M was moving all over the place and I was getting a couple of pretty hard kicks. So I told him where to put his hand and how hard to push and sure enough he felt it, not just once but twice. It was so sweet to see the look on his face.

20 weeks

Friday, April 13, 2012

I am 20 weeks today! Officially halfway there! I have been feeling movement pretty consistently since that first time. Baby M tends to be a whole lot more active in the afternoons and evenings and then usually right about the time I'm laying in bed ready to go to sleep. Baby also seems to like to kick my bladder, which is making me have to pee about twice as often as I was before I started feeling movement. It really is an awesome thing to feel though and Daron has been able to listen to the movement with a stethoscope a couple of times, though he is still looking forward to when he can actually feel it.

We had our 20 week ultrasound on Wednesday (19weeks 5days), and it went really well. Baby was measuring at 19weeks 1 day which doesn't surprise me much since we have been measuring a bit behind/small the entire pregnancy.  They checked all the major organs and pointed out the 4 chambers of the heart, the kidneys, the bladder, the brain, the parts of the spine, the umbilical cord, and the placenta. Everything was looking and measuring good. Baby was moving all over and moving its mouth a lot and a couple of times brought its hands up to its face. Here are a couple pictures below. I have a couple more once I get them scanned in, these are just from my phone.

In other news we decided on a doula and mailed the contract today! We are really looking forward to working with her, and both Daron and I feel she is really good fit for us. We liked the 2nd one we met with but felt we had more of a connection with the first one and both of us felt more comfortable with her and like she would be the better fit.

 So we have 1 thing checked off the list, now we just have to get the bathroom done, we are getting there though!

Pictures Part 2: Belly Pics

Ok i'm going to start off with the last pic from the last time I posted belly pictures. 

12 weeks 3 days

14 weeks 3 days

17 weeks 3 days

19 weeks 3 days


I've been saying I would post some more pictures for awhile now so I am going to do a post with just that. I'm actually going to break the pictures post into two, so there will be a belly pics post to follow this one.

First off some pictures of our 2 new additions, Cayuga Ducklings! We are really hoping at least one of these is a female!

They are approximately 2-3 days old in these pictures.

 They are 1-2 weeks in this picture
Here they are now about 4 weeks old

 I've been getting plants started inside for the last 4 weeks or so and here is what I have so far.

Lettuce, kale, broccoli and some misc.

Peppers and misc.



Last but not least a picture of our 3 puppies!


Thursday, April 5, 2012

I am about 95% certain that I actually felt Baby M move yesterday! Daron and I were sitting there on the couch watching Grimm and I started feeling something very low in my abdominal/pelvic area. The sensation is very hard to describe but I think my best description is that it felt like something tapping on me from the inside. The other description I gave Daron was almost like someone tickling you except from the inside. Later I felt this same sensation again while on the couch. Then in bed later I also felt a similar sensation but this time it almost felt like the baby was flipping around or something. Also not sure what it is but when I felt like the baby flipped last night it almost felt like it sent very tiny, to the point where it was barely noticeable, vibrations through my pelvic muscles and cervix. That was a very odd sensation to say the least.

I will try to get some of the pictures I've been promising up this afternoon, it has ended up a very busy week though so no guarantees.

18 weeks 3 days

Monday, April 2, 2012

Things have still been pretty uneventful pregnancy wise. We did have an OB appointment on Friday and everything is looking good. Baby M's Heartbeat was around 150bpm and all measurements were good. I have only gained about 3lbs which the Dr. said is perfect, and I am quite happy with. I am definitely looking pregnant now and will have some new belly pics up soon.

We have been researching and contacting a few Doulas in the last couple of weeks and had our first meeting with one yesterday. It went really well and we both liked her and thought she might be a good fit for us. We were supposed to meet with a 2nd one today however due to a family emergency she had to reschedule for Saturday. This was a little disappointing since I was hoping to meet both of them back to back and hopefully make a decision by the end of the week. At this point with the price of the one we talked to already and the services she offers I have a feeling we may be going with her, however I want to at least meet with the other one and see what she is like and what she offers.

We have our 20 week ultrasound next Wednesday, and are both looking forward to it and getting to see our baby again. As I think I've mentioned we have chosen not to find out the gender, and are sticking with that.

In other news, we added 2 new members to the family in the form of cayuga ducklings. I will post some pictures of them in a day or 2. Their main purpose will be pest control in my garden, but we are hoping that maybe we got at least one female this time and will have some duck eggs.

I'll have some more updates in a day or 2 and will have some pictures with that one.