A Progressing Pregnancy: Journey into Becoming a Mom of 3!

Adventures of a mama who has miscarried…3 times. Why so many strips/tests? PROGRESSION! Why so many in one day? It’s all about the science behind it! Knowing when and what time your body double/triples in hCG. This is a sign of a progressing pregnancy. At the top we started on 7/28 and towards the bottom we landed at today 8/6 (which looks like a double/triple from last night because the line is much darker). The strip right above it was 12 hours ago. So while I was sleeping (or trying to with a sick 10-month-old), this baby was growing. Usually this is tracked by a blood test as well (which I’m also doing). I am scheduled tomorrow for my third re-check. But it’s much more mind easing when I can also track it at home. When Amazon sells packs of 50-100 pregnancy tests, do you ever wonder “why so many? Who will actually use all those?!” People like me. People who’ve experienced loss. People who can’t rest until they know baby is safe and thriving as he/she should. I’m not crazy, I’m just in tune! Besides, it saves me the $35 co-pay and the trip to the doctors all the while hauling my kids there. Peace of mind y’all. It puts my anxiety in check. That’s what this is about. You won’t understand, unless you’ve experienced loss yourself. I’m happy to share my journey into motherhood with y’all for the third time.

Let’s do this!

 

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First Trimester Recap

FirstTrimester

Everyone has their own idea of when the Second Trimester starts.  There is stipulation whether it is 13 weeks or 14 weeks.  Even some books or applications I use say 15 weeks!  Well, my nursing books tell me that the Second Trimester begins at 13 weeks.  Therefore, I’m taking their word for it.  Above is a collection of the past 12 weeks of photos (obviously missing week 1-3) since I didn’t know I was pregnant.  I could put in there a nice photo of me having a jell-o shot up in Caseville, Michigan at the Cheeseburger Festival (when I had no idea BS was making his/her home), but I won’t do that.  It doesn’t seem quite right does it?

Most Exciting Moment…

A positive pregnancy test was by far the most exciting (obviously).  But then again, I think the adrenalin rush came when I heard the heartbeat and it really made it real.  More than the positive test, more than the first ultrasound, this is when pregnancy really became real to me and to us.  The second ultrasound was the best though, because we were in the clear and BS had a healthy heartbeat.  Thank the good Lord.

Most Challenging Moment…

The feeling of having to wait a week in hopes that BS’s little heartbeat increased from the week before, after taking progesterone suppositories.  That was hard.  Symptom wise?  Well, I would say the constipation.  I hate it.  Also, my energy.  I may have more energy than the first trimester (now that I’m in the second trimester), but I’m still tired.

One Thing I’m Proud Of…

My husband.  He’s going to be the best father in the world.  And I really truly mean that from the bottom of my heart.  He shows his love in so many MORE ways since I’ve been pregnant.  And I honestly didn’t think that was possible for him (to be MORE loving) since I feel like he’s the most honest, patient, kind, loving, compassionate, romantic man I’ve ever, ever had the blessing of meeting.  Oh…and I’m quite proud of myself, (if I may add), that I found a job after looking for just a week!

One Thing I Wish Were Different…

My acne.  My skin is awful.  I didn’t want to leave the house from week 6-10…and I didn’t either.  Which led me off my exercise routine.  And kept me harbored inside, which is not good for the soul.

Favorite Food…

Scrambled eggs.  I’m only saying that because every week I wanted something different (chips and dip, cheese, pickles, etc.), but eggs were something that remained the same throughout.  Bobby makes the best eggs on the planet.  I have never made them once.  He made them for me whenever I wanted them.  Bless his heart.  Did I mention how lucky I was?

Least Favorite Food…

Veggies in the beginning weeks (bummer!), then processed foods and sweets.  Chocolate and coffee were bothersome quite a few weeks in a row as well.

My Physical State Included…

Painful breasts, nausea that would come and go, peeing A LOT!  Not much sleep, sweating a LOT at night to the point I woke up in puddles of sweat.  Yuck!  Zero energy at first but it slowly came back to a reasonable amount.  I’m constantly constipated.  Worst symptom ever.  Biggest pain in the you-know-what symptom:  Constipation!

Symptoms I [Thankfully] Didn’t Have…

Continuous vomiting.  I was lucky I only got sick once…and it was the first week of my second trimester, so I’m not sure if that even applies here.

One Thing That Surprised Me…

How my body was exact in the “things to expect” from “What to Expect” emails.  Every single week they talked about a topic of what to expect your body to be doing/changing and a day prior (without fail)  I would mention that symptom to Bobby.  It was ironic.  Pretty neat how they have the science of pregnancy down to a tee.

Looking Forward To…

Feeling kicks and movements regularly, finding out the sex, buying baby stuff, a bigger bump and Christmas-time.

7 Weeks Pregnant

7 Weeks

This should have been done on Tuesday (September 3, 2013), but I wanted to wait until after the ultrasound.  And according to my doctor the measurements of BS are 6 weeks, 6 days today, but she is still staying with the April 22, 2014 due date.

How far along: 7 weeks.

How big is baby: A quarter of an inch.  The size of a blueberry.  BS looks like a little gummy bear.

Total weight gain: There is a 2lb. weight gain and loss on a daily basis.  I know its water weight so it’s really no gain yet.

Maternity Clothes: No way.

Sleep: I’m very tired this week.  I have about one hour of energy a day.  I sleep about 10 hours a night and nap about twice a day.  I’ve been getting up to pee in the middle of the night a lot more than usual. Say about 15 times the other night. Rough!

Best moment of the week: Being done unpacking.  What a relief! And going to the first ultrasound, although, the news wasn’t THAT great, I still got to see BS and the heartbeat.

Food Cravings: A little bit hungrier this week.  Craving grilled cheeses.

Food Aversions: It was sweets for about a week but I made cookies last night and ate two with vanilla ice cream and caramel…it was amazing.  But that’s rare for me to eat like that so I think it was just a craving.  Anything coffee…keep it away!

Symptoms:  The same: bad skin.  I splurged on some pretty pricey face wash that is safe for pregnant women but I’m on the test run now. If it works, I’ll share what it is by maybe posting a blog about it.  Persistent painful enlarging (as we speak) breasts.  I can’t fit into my bras anymore.  The morning sickness (but not just the morning) kicked in this week. I don’t want to eat anything, I feel hung-over all day long. I finally caved and called the doctor for Zofran.  I picked it up, but have yet to take it.  I’m holding off for as long as I can.  Also, frequent urination (which I already mentioned), thanks to a doubling in the size of my uterus, extra blood volume and increasing hormones.  No mood swings, little to any emotions.  If there are any emotions it is related to my father who doesn’t give two “you know what’s” about me.

Mood:  Calm, relaxed, chill and happy and hopeful.  Praying.

Movement: Nada.  Baby Sock’s head is getting bigger and brain cells are at a rapid development at just one hundred new cells each minute (crazy, huh?  No wonder I’m so exhausted!). The permanent set of kidneys develop this week (this is the third).  Limbs are developing from the buds last week.  The mouth, tongue and teeth buds are forming this week.  The umbilical cord forms by the end of this week! BS is 10,000 times bigger now than he/she was at conception a month ago.

What I’m looking forward to:  The repeat ultrasound to hope for a higher heart rate.

What I miss: My full energy (I only last about two hours in the morning before I need a nap), my dire need to clean everything and my daily gym routine.  But, I’d give it all up a million times over for this lil one.