Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pregnancy Update: 21 Weeks!

Holy swelling! Cramps. Random Nausea.  That pretty much sums up week 21 of this pregnancy! It’s been a week of sleepless nights followed by exhausted days. I’m sincerely trying to enjoy the way things are now because there’s nothing like the exhaustion you experience with a newborn. I can remember literally struggling to keep my eyes open during those first few months of life with Elizabeth. Right now her nap time is my favorite time of day! 

I had a doctors appointment this week that went fairly well. Baby’s heartbeat was a strong 158 beats per minute and he’s moving quite frequently now. They found keytones in my urine (gross I know) so hopefully that just means I was dehydrated at the time. I don’t have bladder infection symptoms and I’m praying that isn’t a sign of more serious issues. Remember to drink your water fam! Pregnant or not, it’s important. 

We haven’t made any new purchases for baby boy yet, I’m currently focusing on picking up Christmas gifts for the kids. After the holidays I’m going to do a massive shopping trip... I can’t wait to get everything ready for him! I know with how busy we are the next few months will fly by...and I’ll be introducing you all to our sweet boy. I can’t wait. 💜

Monday, October 9, 2017

Pregnancy Update: Weeks 18-20

So maybe I dropped the ball on pregnancy updates... as you already know, I was posting them a week (or more) behind and then Elizabeth and I picked up the most awful cold! It has completely thrown me off every schedule, but luckily I  feeling better and ready to recap for you all. Unfortunately my poor baby is still under the weather, but slowly getting back to her normal self. I had no idea how hard it would be to see my girl sick, even if it’s just a cold. I can’t wait until she’s one hundred percent herself again. 

As far as baby boy goes all is well. I’m finally feeling his little kicks and punches on and off all day! It makes me so happy... and also has me dreading those full term baby kicks that will be coming soon. My poor ribs were constantly sore with Elizabeth at the end. Considering the way this guy moves it won’t be different this time around! 

We had our anatomy scan three days ago and it went okay. I wish I could say it went wonderfully, but I was sick. Elizabeth screamed the entire time. Baby boy was in an awkward position and the tech couldn’t get the measurements she needed. Brandon couldn’t make it due to a work commitment... it just wasn’t the best experience. Fortunately we get to go back in early November to try to get what they need and Brandon will definitely be going.... and I will definitely be getting a babysitter for Elle. Hopefully the tech can get what she needs and it will all go smoothly. 

I really don’t have many new symptoms other than ungodly hot flashes. We are officially half way there and I’m praying that they go away or cold weather moves in. I’m hot 24/7 and constantly sweating. It’s gross and I’m miserable in anything but crop yoga pants and a tee shirt. I have noticed some cramping/contractions on and off. My doctor said that since I am further along now it could be my uterus “practicing” for the real thing, but to try to stay off my feet a ton and drink plenty of water. If it becomes consistent we will look further into it, and I’m comfortable with that. 

I believe I have recapped the last few weeks to my best ability, and I’m so grateful for how patient you all are. Thank you so much! 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Early BFP Symptoms

I don't know if this is something people tend to blog about, but if my experience can help even one person I believe its worth sharing. After YEARS of trying to have a baby, tracking my BBT (basal body temp.), logging in can become exhausting. This post isn't necessarily about all that, but it might be a journey ill share at another time. Today I want to talk about how you feel AFTER you conceive. Yep, the dreaded two week wait/early BFP symptoms! I know these symptoms can vary widely from person to person, and can often mimic period symptoms, but I thought I would share regardless. I know I used to read and watch people talk about their BFP symptoms often, so someone out there is probably searching for this too.

1. Heavy, relentless cramping.  Yes, I know nine times out of ten this is a period symptom...but I've experienced it with every pregnancy up until the second trimester!

2. Cold & Sickness. With my daughter I did not catch the link to a head cold and pregnancy until my doctor pointed out that my immune system took a hit while carrying a baby, so this didn't clue me in back then. However when I woke up with a headache, sore throat and congestion in June, I knew something could be amiss.

3. Unquenchable thirst. I have NEVER been more thirsty than when I'm expecting. I can easily knock back a gallon of water a day. Unfortunately that also means many trips to the bathroom, but they come hand in hand.

4. Tender breasts. Pretty self explanatory.

5. Insomnia. This is probably my least favorite early BFP symptom. For me, the exhaustion doesn't kick in until around week eight. Before that I am unable to sleep....I will literally wake up every hour all night long. Its the worst!

There you have it. My very early pregnancy symptoms. Like I said earlier, these will vary for every woman and even for every pregnancy. Hopefully this helps someone out there,and it will be fun for me to look back on later since my symptom tracking days are over. Thank you so much for reading, I'll see you soon.

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