Total Weight Gain/Loss: Dudes, I have no idea. According to Sierra, Dr. M.'s assistant, as of yesterday I had gained 8 pounds in 2 weeks. That thoroughly tweaked me out. Don't you think I would have noticed?! Dr. M. was not cconerned...which makes me think that the math Sierra did in her head was actually totally wrong. He went so far, after I said something about gaining so much, to write "Patient concerned about weight gain" in my chart notes! Huh? When I'd gained 4 pounds in 2 weeks last time, I got a talking to. So, I have no idea what's going on. I did weigh myself this morning, and according to our home scale, I've gained 24 pounds overall. That's darn close to what I'd hoped to gain the entire pregnancy (yep, going to blow that out of the water, with another 6-9 weeks left to go), but that beats the heck out of gaining 38, which is what Sierra had me pegged at!
Maternity Clothes: Yep.
Movement: E2's moving well. He still gets hiccups 4-5 times per day (he's got them right now, in fact), and often squirms when he does. He's been sticking his butt out lately, too, right above my belly button. Weird!
Sleep: Not bad.
Gender: A baby brother for Aliya and Bennett.
Symptoms: Stuffy nose (allergies), aches and pains in my pelvis/lower belly and lower back, occasional nausea, fatigue, swollen ankles by early afternoon, leg cramps during the early morning (only when I'm about to get up to pee, and they're not too painful - yet), and some new stretch marks that look like I had a run in with a rotary cutter, veering off my linea negra right below my belly button. (Aside: I said to Dr. M. yesterday, as he measured my belly, "Look, those stretch marks you asked about finally arrived!" He replied, "Infertility patients aren't allowed to complain about stretch marks.") I finally tonight took my wedding rings off and hung them on a chain Paul got me for my birthday. I took them off 2.5 hours ago and still have ring marks in my puffy fingers. At least my face isn't swollen. I showed Dr. M. my cankles yesterday and he immediately examined my hands and face, and then reviewed my BP and checked my reflexes. He also reminded me of the symptoms to watch for with pre-eclampsia. (All is well...I just have cankles!)
Belly Button In or Out: Still mostly in, turning inside out a little bit more at the top. I caught Paul staring at me the other night as I was putting lotion on, and when I asked what he was staring at, he said I was making my belly button pop out as I did that. :)
Freak-out of the Week: No freak outs, per se. I was worried about my weight for all the rest of Monday after my appointment, but after even Paul said, "There's no way!", I started feeling better. I have really, really been missing Aliya and Bennett, though, and cried a lot Friday night and Sunday (when I was home alone...sometimes I need space to ugly cry).
Looking Forward To: Our next milestone, 32 weeks (and my baby shower on May 11th!). Oh, and our birthing preparation workshop with the doula the weekend of May 18th!
Next Appointment: Monday, May 6th for another cervical length ultrasound.
Miscellaneous: This weekend my uncle and our brother-in-law finished up the "big" parts of our nursery and guest room remodels. Now, both ceilings have been scraped of 1978 popcorn and retextured, both windows have been replaced, along with new trim outside (there was none before) and new trim throughout both rooms (it looks amazing!), new bedroom doors and new closet doors. Now we need to choose carpet and paint. (Or, we need to choose carpet and I need to choose paint...decorating with a color blind man is a pain in the ass!) I've given up trying to find a commercially available crib bedding set...I just don't really like any of them. So, I'm scouring the Internet for fabrics I like for a crib skirt and curtains. We still need to choose a crib and chair/rocker/glider (haven't looked at the latter yet), but I know what I want for a dresser and shelving for books, so that's good. I know it'll come together, but man, with that AND daycare AND a pediatrician, I feel like this research and these decisions are going to cause my brain to explode! No pressure, right? :)
|The belly at 30 weeks.|