Sunday, April 3, 2016

19 Week Update

How far along? 19 weeks today

Total weight gain: 3 lbs. since last month! I have officially returned to my pre-pregnancy weight!

Maternity clothes? Okay, so. I went to the mall to try on some of the *nicer* maternity jeans, and HO.LY.SHIT. are they nice. They are so comfortable and hug me in all the right places. Why do any of us wear regular jeans? I'm just going to wear stretchy tummy maternity jeans forever. The ankle length ones are short enough for me, too. However, I still refuse to pay hundreds of dollars for one pair of jeans. So, I FINALLY found a pair of the cheaper jeans that sort of fit, but aren't great. They'll have to do for now, because my regular jeans are just not working. All of the shorts and shirts are huge. If anyone has any suggestions of where to find well-fitting, well-priced maternity clothes for petite girls, please fire away!

Stretch marks? None yet

Sleep: Ugh, terrible. I've been up since 4:30am. Kristin also loaned me her pregnancy pillow, which I hope will help me feel more comfortable. My back is killing me.


1. My doctor appointment on Friday. It makes a world of difference to feel like a person and not like a number. From the moment I walked in to this office, I felt a huge difference in how things were run. The staff were organized and well-informed and greeted me by name before I even signed in (how did they KNOW?). They gave me copies of all my records from the other place, which they had already scanned in to their system. When I met with the doctor, he talked to me for a half hour, going over all of my previous records and progress so far, explaining all the testing I already had done and what was to come, and reviewing the timeline of when I should have future tests done. And he said all my tests have looked great so far, my uterus (ew sorry) is measuring right where it should at 18 weeks, and baby's heartbeat is a healthy 152! And he showed me pictures of his first grandkid, 11 weeks old, and said his son is my age and moving to Florida soon with his wife and the baby. So cute. Then, I met with an insurance lady, who explained A LOT of stuff to me very thoroughly. Thank god. I just felt so informed when I left, and very hopeful about it. Plus, I will be delivering at the nice new birthing suites in town instead of the meh hospital further south, which I am THRILLED about. I am hopeful that this will be a good experience for me from here on out.

2. Nym's post-op checkup yesterday morning! All the plates and wires are right where they should be, and new bone is growing in. She still has joint swelling unfortunately, so we need to keep her on pain and anti-inflammatory medication for now. But she can go for longer walks outside and even walk up stairs finally, so she got to come sleep in our room last night for the first time since her injury. She also got her yearly shots done, so she's all set for the year! What a trooper. AND WE GOT HER GROOMED AFTERWARDS! She is the fluffiest, most delicious-smelling giant teddy bear ever. She was so happy to go on her little adventures yesterday, and we are so happy to have our Nymmy closer to normal.

3. FRIENDS! A bunch of the Dees were in Boca for a friend's wedding, so we met up for a beach day/pool party night. First of all, it felt so good to sit on the beach without feeling like I am going to pass out. I think I can get some good beach time in now that the nausea has pretty much passed, before the summer heat sets in. The sky was clear, the water was blue, the breeze was... blowing sand all over us, but ya can't have it all, can you? I just bundled up in my towel and big floppy hat, and I was good for the day. Second of all, it's the best to catch up with friends, especially when they come to Florida. We live all over the country now, so it's way harder to get together, but it's always a good time when we do... even if I couldn't do jagerbombs as usual this time. :)

Miss anything? Alcohol. I miss it more as time goes on, not less. I realize I truly do sound like an alcoholic now, but it is the honest to god truth. Let me explain: It's not even necessarily the buzzed feeling. I hate feeling drunk, and I only really drank once per weekend anyway. It's just the KNOWING that I can't. You know how when you tell a kid they can't do something, and then they are determined to do it? At least that's how I was, hence the pink Sharpie hair at age 14... Well, that's how I feel about pregnancy. Oh, I can't have alcohol? Caffeine? Lunchmeat? Well that's ALL BABY WANTS, OKAY?!?! And I was never huge into the club scene, but breweries? Yes. And now, I must go and drink water, while everyone else drinks awesome, local craft beer. I just feel like I'm missing out, that's all. Damn you, pregnancy.

Movement: I THINK I FELT HIM! I really think so. It's not consistent, and it's not obvious, but I have felt a quick, fluttery feeling sometimes, or gas that ends up not being gas (get used to TMI, people). I think it's my little guy saying HIIIII MAAAAA!!!!! WAIT I THINK HE IS MOVING RIGHT NOW. Seriously, just as I was writing this. I just gasped "OOOH!" unintentionally, so I am 99% sure he is moving right now. He's doing flips or something in there. You go, little dude! This is the creepiest/coolest thing that has ever happened to me!

Food cravings: I have officially done a 180 and want sweets all the time now. I blame it on Disney and Easter candy. I got a red velvet milkshake from BurgerFi on the way back to the house after the beach today. Oops.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Peanut butter :( BUT GUESS WHAT I ATE THIS WEEK: GRILLED BBQ CHICKEN. It's a miracle.

Gender: We're all dudes HEY

Labor signs: No

Symptoms: Definitely round ligament pain more often now. Headaches, fatigue, blahblah the usual. 

Belly button in or out? Innie

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy usually. This was a  really good week!

Looking forward to: Seeing so many friends and family over the next couple weeks!

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