Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Update Week 22 (April 9, 2014)

Finally I got to share the big news that I've been hiding since last Monday. Baby #3 is going to be a boy! We were all surprised, since somehow we both expected another girl. But we're certainly excited to add a little bit of blue to our world of pink, even though I could totally see Missy Violet raising her little brother with ribbons in his hair  :-)

This week's stats:

How far along? 22 weeks

Baby's size:  About the size of a pomegranate

Total weight gain:  About 12 lbs.; the plateau seems to be over..

Maternity clothes? I thought about wearing my black maternity dress on Tuesday, but luckily rather went with my jeans as the weather wasn't quite as nice as on Monday.

Stretch marks? None.

Sleep: A little restless during the last few days, but it's getting better again.

Best moment this week: Another peak at the baby and the confirmation that the girls will have a little BROTHER!!

Miss anything? Wine.. Do I start to sound like an alcoholic?

Movement: Plenty. Not so much in the morning, that's when baby usually sleeps, but I get the first nudges sometime after lunch. He's most active in the evenings though.

Food cravings: none actually.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing. I'm feeling very normal.

Gender: Boy!!!!

Labor signs: None. Hope it stays that way for another 15 weeks or so!

Symptoms: Fatigue is getting better, luckily!

Belly button in or out? In!

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or moody most of the time: Actually, I'm in a pretty good mood most of the time. Feeling stressed occasionally, but I hope the vacation will help with that.

Looking forward to: Getting started painting the walls in the new house. Nervous but excited!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Girl or Boy??

It's that time. If baby cooperates, we hope to find out on Monday whether we're having a little girl or boy growing in there. If you want to tip either way, here's your chance!

Is Baby P. # 3 a free polls 

You'll find out with us next week!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Update Week 21 (April 2, 2014)

 This last week was so busy; to the point that I ended up at the pregnancy emergency clinic with symptoms linked with HELLP-syndrome. It was scary. Monday, I suddenly lost partial vision in my right eye, which resolved within about an hour. When I woke up the next morning, my ears felt as if they were filled with water, my head was swimming and I could barely walk straight. Again, I accredited it to low blood sugar and maybe some minor dehydration and went to work. However, when the symptoms didn't get better, I went to see my doctor who gave me an immediate referral to the pregnancy emergency clinic. The midwives and doctors were all so nice there, kept me well hydrated and made sure I'm as comfortable as could be. Thankfully, all test results came back negative, so HELLP-syndrome was clearly ruled out and baby is doing fine as well. I was recommended rest, and to see a otorhinolaryngologist. The symptoms are most likely to be accredited to stress, but that condition is hard to cure right now. Hoping for my colleague to be fit again next week!

This week's stats:

How far along? 21 weeks

Baby's size:  About the size of a pomegranate

Total weight gain:  About 10lbs so far. I was surprised!

Maternity clothes? Since I retired most of my work pants for now, I'm still fine in my regular jeans and sweaters. So none quite yet..

Stretch marks? None.

Sleep: Still weird dreams, sometimes restless, but I think it might be getting better..

Best moment this week: Seeing our little baby and beign assured that everything's fine with the little one. There couldn't have been any better news!

Miss anything? My glass of wine after a really, really stressful day. I make do with hot chocolate for now.

Movement: Yes. I'm still getting nervous when I don't feel baby move for half a day, but usually the little one makes up for his sleepiness in the second half of the day  :-)

Food cravings: nothing at the moment..

Anything making you queasy or sick: No, I feel perfectly fine stomach-wise. I have the general munchies every once in a while, but that's about it.

Gender: I think I've gotten a sneak peak earlier this week, but want to wait for the organ scan on Monday.

Labor signs: None.

Symptoms: More fatigue these days, and a little bit of back pain every once in a while.

Belly button in or out? In where it belings  :-)

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or moody most of the time: Generally stressed I'd say..

Looking forward to: Violet's birthday party this weekend and Lily's musical performance.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Update Week 20 (March 26, 2014)

I can't believe it's our half-way point. The first part of this pregnancy just rushed by. I am feeling pretty relaxed and confident now, especially since our little one keeps assuring us every day that everything's fine by kicks and punches and somersaults. At this point, I think that this baby will be the calmest of all of them, at least while still being cooped up in my tummy. With two daughters so different in temperament and character, we can't wait to meet this little person and get to know her / him!

This week's stats:

How far along? 20 weeks

Baby's size:  About the size of a banana


Total weight gain:  With all the stress going on at work, I don't think that I've gained too much more, but we'll find out for sure in a little over a week.

Maternity clothes? Still pushing through with only my belly band, but Lily already commented that I should be wearing this dress I got sometime soon. My jeans still button perfectly though.

Stretch marks? None.

Sleep: Sometimes restless, sometimes weird dreams, sometimes restful, it's a gambling game every night I go to sleep  :-)

Best moment this week: Violet blowing raspberries on my tummy, giggling like crazy. Baby better knows the siblings s/he's going to have  :-)

Miss anything? Definitely my wine. But I can do without for the next decade or so  :-)

Movement: Yes! So glad to know every day that baby's doing fine. The little one is sleeping most mornings and I feel the first kicks around lunchtime. At the moment, baby is most active in the evenings, but seems to be asleep again by bed-time. Is it possible I'm finally blessed with a good sleeper?

Food cravings: nothing really actually.

Anything making you queasy or sick:No, feeling pretty normal in that respect.

Gender: If baby allows, we'll find out on April 7, our 8-year wedding anniversary.

Labor signs: None.

Symptoms: Nothing that would ruin my days. But I thgink I'll have to buy even larger bras soon!

Belly button in or out? In. Never hat an outie so far!

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or moody most of the time: Feeling pretty content and happy right now!

Looking forward to: Finally finding out if we have a girl or boy in there. Most people around me have found out by now, and it seems to be a boy-heavy year. With 4-1 right now. Looking forward to find out which side to join  :-)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Update Week 19 (March 19, 2014)

I just noticed that I start my 19th week on the 19th day of the month. I can't believe that this pregnancy is almost halfway over, time just flies. Already I wonder whether I'll manage to actually get my pregnancy massage in before this little one makes an appearance. The next weeks will just be so busy with organizing the final steps of finishing up our house, then doing our part painting walls and putting down floors, moving at some point, and some time in there, we'll take a trip to the States. Before we know it, this baby will be here, and I wonder whether I will actually be able to really relax and enjoy this pregnancy at some time, instead of being the practical person all the time who runs around, does her stuff, and once the day is over falls into bed, waiting for the same day to start over again a few hours later...

This week's stats:

How far along? 19 weeks

Baby's size:  About the size of a mango

Total weight gain: Since I don't check my weight in between appointments, I don't know. Last week, I was about 8 or 9 pounds up from my regular weight.

Maternity clothes? I unpacked my belly band today, after shamelessly riding home on the bus with my pants unbuttoned. The jeans still fit, but I think I will have to get at least a pair of maternity pants for work..

Stretch marks? None.

Sleep: Like dead, if there weren't the dreams. They are so real sometimes. Not bad dreams, but pretty confusing.

Best moment this week: Cuddling on the couch with the girls rubbing my tummy and talking to the baby. They are so excited about their new sibling!

Miss anything? A glass of wine after a hard day, but I'm actually doing fine..

Movement: Yes! Not much longer until hubby and the girls can feel the movement, too! Baby had some hick-ups at work today, a great way to remind me to take a break every once in a while!

Food cravings: mini spring rolls this afternoon.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.

Gender: We don't know yet, but hopefully finding out in a few weeks!

Labor signs: None.

Symptoms: Boobs are sore, tummy is growing, and a little tweaking in my back every once in a while. Everything's normal I guess  :-)

Belly button in or out? Innie!

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or moody most of the time: I had a really, really bad day on Sunay, when absolutely nothing could make me happy and I was just the moodiest mess I can imagine. Luckily, that's over and I'm somewhat myself again..

Looking forward to: Seeing the girls' eyes once they feel the baby move for the first time. Not too much longer!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Update Week 18 (March 12, 2014)

Work is busy these days, and I can feel the exhaustion. Running is not that much fun either if the calf muscles are tightening up almost as soon as I start running, but I will stay active. No need to get all lazy again after working so hard to get in shape again. The half-marathon is definitely on the schedule for 2015, 2016 at the latest.

This week's stats:

How far along? 18 weeks

Baby's size:  about a sweet potato

Total weight gain: Surprisingly I even "lost" a pound compared to my last weigh-in a month ago. It seems, I've arrived at the "plateau" stage of my weight gain  :-)

Maternity clothes? still none. I hope to be buying a couple of maxi dresses soon that take me over the summer, but since real maternity clothes look funny on me anyways, I'd rather just buy regular clothes.

Stretch marks? None.

Sleep: Pretty good these days. Still funny dreams, but not as much any more.

Best moment this week: Hearing the heart beat again. Baby tried to hide from the doppler again, these seconds of silence when the doppler hits my tummie until there's finally the relieving heartbeat, I hate them!

Miss anything? Still the glass of red after a stressful day. Right now, bitter lemon has to do...

Movement: The other night, baby actually woke me up when s/he huddled up in my tummy. The best feeling ever!

Food cravings: Nothing.

Anything making you queasy or sick: No.

Gender: My friend asked me if I've found out yet that our baby is a boy. No, we haven't, but we'll hopefully find out if baby is a girl or a boy on our wedding anniversary!!

Labor signs: None.

Symptoms: Large boobs, and the tummy's growing of course. Besides those, not much actually.

Belly button in or out? I never had an outie!

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or moody most of the time: Pretty relaxed actually these days.

Looking forward to:  our next ultrasound!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Update Week 17 (March 5, 2014)

And again we have managed to complete another week. I think to remember that at this point during my pregnancy with Violet I was wearing my super-comfy maternity jeans already. I am looking around more these days, but simply can't find anything that looks comfortable. Can't stand full-panel maternity wear, I think this summer will be dominated by stretchy skirts and maxi dresses.
This week's stats:

How far along? 17 weeks

Baby's size: about the size of an onion


Total weight gain: We have another appointment on Monday, so I'll find out how many pounds I have pigged on..

Maternity clothes? My work pants are getting snug, but my jeans still fit well, so I think that maternity clothes are still a while away..

Stretch marks? None.

Sleep: The weird dreams are back full force. I usually don't dream consciously, but in the past weeks, I literally dream vividly every night, and remember most dreams!

Best moment this week: Feeling more of the baby. During the last days, I feel the little one moving several times a day..

Miss anything? A glass of wine after a hard day!

Movement: Yes, more and more right now! I wonder if this baby will be as active as Lily and Violet were..

Food cravings: Nothing really this week..

Anything making you queasy or sick: No.

Gender: I get a lot of "boy"-voices. We'll find out in a few weeks hopefully..

Labor signs: None.

Symptoms: The boobs are ever growing, I have weird dreams, and the tummy is growing as well. Add mommy brain and sometimes mood swings.

Belly button in or out? I never had an outie!

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or moody most of the time: The move at work stressed me this week, but nothing some chocolate couldn't cure..

Looking forward to:  hearing in on the baby again on Monday.