My Pregnancy Journal

All about my 3rd pregnancy*

Thoughts, information, pictures, etc.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Pregnancy Dreams

Even in my dreams I'm pregnant. No matter how bizarre they are, I'm as pregnant in there as I am in real life. My sil, Tasha, asked if I'm having any dreams about the baby, the birth, or anything... nope. Not at all. Well, not yet anyways. I'll probably have some of those type of dreams closer to my due date. I had them for my girls, at some point :D

And wow, last night AND the night before was nice!!! I had such good sleep! woohoo! hehe Well rested; would like to sleep a little more into the morning (as its not even 7am yet)... but, have to get Calista ready for school... and then Ursula ends up waking up.

Another wow, I'm almost 8 mths pregnant! Next Tuesday, I'll be 32 weeks! I also have my midwife appointment; in her new office. After that visit, I'll be going every 2 weeks and then weekly. I just find this time is passing really quickly... no matter how much my lower back hurts :D

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

30 Week Update

And Ursula has joined in on my belly pictures, once again! hehehe

Yes, my belly is getting bigger and bigger...

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

29 Weeks

I went to my midwife, Melanie, Monday. A very quick visit, much to Jeremy's delight! She felt the baby and said he feels about 3 lbs (which correlates with my pregnancy calender emails and sites! lol). He's head down, butt to my right ribs and feet to my left ribs. She didn't measure me this time though :( I like knowing that :) I gained a whole lot this past month! Oh well... I still have my sights on getting down to 115. I promise, I will. You will ALL see :D I'll post pictures :) lol My next visit is in 3 wks, only because she's changing offices at the 2 wk mark that I would normally go in for. I'll be going to her new office, still in the same hospital, on the first floor though :) on November 1st, her first day receiving her patients. From then on, I'll be going every 2 wks until, I believe, 36 wks... and then its a weekly visit until little Wyatt is born :)

From my email box (from American Baby):

Your baby now weighs close to 3 pounds and measures a total of almost 17 inches in length. Babies born between 38 and 42 weeks of pregnancy are considered full-term infants. If born before 38 weeks, a baby is considered preterm. Your uterus is now 3 1/2 to 4 inches above your navel, and you have probably gained between 19 and 25 pounds.

Oh yeah... I've gained that much for sure... :( oh well... My uterus/fundal height feels like its in my ribcage though... compressing on my lungs... LOL

More from American Baby's site for 29wks:

Your Baby
For the past six weeks or so, your baby has been listening to your voice (along with the voices of your partner, older children, and anyone else who's been talking to your belly). Speaking to your baby is not only a key part of prenatal bonding, but may also form the basis of language development. Babies who have been spoken to in utero recognize and turn to familiar voices immediately after birth. There may also be links between prenatal stimulation and the development of speech and IQ. Conversely, studies have shown that songbirds hatched from the nests of silent foster parents don't sing.

Well, according to this, my baby will definitely know his family! lol My daughters are constantly talking to him!

I'm sure others find these little updates somewhat boring... but, you'd have to be in my shoes to find them a tad interesting :D hehe I like to know a little about what's going on in that uterus of mine and how my baby is doing.

From The Baby Connection newsletter:

Your baby's brain is developing billions of neurons (important for later learning) at an amazing rate— no wonder her head is getting bigger now! To meet her nutritional demands— which peak this trimester— you'll need plenty of protein, vitamin C, folic acid, and iron. Her bones, in particular, are soaking up lots of calcium now, so drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, like cheese or enriched orange juice). And get enough fiber in your diet to help prevent constipation, which can lead to hemorrhoids, a common occurrence in late pregnancy. Even if your belly button was an "innie" before, it may become an "outie" now.

I'm pretty good about taking my prenatals and other stuff... so, that's cool.
I've never had an outie... I wonder if I'll get one for this one?

Its just so neat that it won't be long before my little one is born :) Hopefully at home... :D

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

28 Weeks / 7 Months / Third Trimester!

Here's what Baby Connection has to say about 28 wks:

How your baby's growing:
By this week, your baby weighs a little over 2 pounds and measures about 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can open her eyes -- which now sport lashes -- and she'll turn her head toward a continuous, bright light from the outside. Her fat layers are beginning to form, too, as she gets ready for life outside the womb.

Note: Experts say every baby develops differently -- even in the womb. This developmental information is designed to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing.

How your life's changing:

At this point, you may visit your doctor or midwife every two weeks; then, at 36 weeks, you'll switch to weekly visits. Depending upon your risk factors, your practitioner may recommend repeating blood tests for HIV and syphilis, plus cultures for chlamydia and gonorrhea during your third trimester, to be certain of your status before delivery. (Identifying and treating these infections is crucial for your health and your baby's.) And if the blood work done at your first prenatal visit showed that you're Rh negative, you'll receive an injection of Rh immunoglobulin to prevent your body from developing antibodies that could attack your baby's blood. (You'll receive another shot of Rh immunoglobulin after you give birth if your baby is Rh positive.)

Yay, my little one is getting bigger :D Its always encouraging, week to week, to know that he's getting stronger and if I'd have him 'now', he's chances of being okay are getting better and better :D Of course, there's no reason for me to think that he'll be premature. His EDD is close to Ursula's... in fact, according to both his and Ursula's ultrasound, he's due Dec. 25th and she was due Dec. 26th. Ursula came (when she was ready, of course), Dec. 22nd. So, if anything, I might expect to give birth a week ahead of time..Which is no big deal :)

I've already informed my CNM that I wasn't getting that stupid prenatal Rhogam shot. I had tried to get out of it last time, but wasn't able to... I don't feel like getting into the reasons right now. But, this time, I guess she's changed her attitude about it... esp. since Ursula is A-, meaning I didn't need the shot in the first place! I could change my mind if there were some sort of trauma to my baby at some time in the future that would risk our bloods mixing; since we don't know his bloodtype yet. But, as for now, I'm not getting that shot. Even after the birth and if he turns out positive, I'll ask to have my blood tested first and then proceed from there.

I'm going to have to get a few birthing supplies together, just in case we do deliver this baby at home (which would be awesome!). I want to get some homeopathic remedies on stand-by. I haven't used them during labor, but, I've heard good things about them helping ; and any help at that time, besides drugs, would be nice! I think I'll prolly need some clamps too; I know, I can use dental floss or a shoe string if need be, but, I don't think those clamps are too expensive anyways, if I remember correctly.

And you know, most people aren't too keen on my idea of giving this baby two middle names..But, I really like the way it all sounds together..Flows better, IMO. Wyatt Elijah Quin. I think I'll name him that. Plus, its cute that each name has a letter that goes below the line... hehehe Also, since this is supposed to be our last baby..Why not? :D Then, he'll have a name, albeit, its in the middle, but at least he'll have one name that matches his sisters' names! And if the ultrasound tech was wrong and we were seeing things wrongly too, and this is another girl, then I'm pretty sure I'll name her Delilah Kennis :D

And speaking about most people... most weren't too keen on me naming Calista her name and some don't like Ursula's name either... at first anyways; not sure what they think now; not that it really matters, huh?

I'm getting more excited to meet this baby :) I am constantly thinking about what he'll be like, who he'll look like... more like Calista or more like Ursula... or somehow, totally different from them??? lol Like, with red hair (hey, it runs on both sides of our families) and green eyes (like his mom :)). And of course, how different my girls are personality-wise... I'm so intrigued to see how he turns out!

Ursula already loves him. She's always hugging my belly, telling him 'good morning baby', kissing my belly, etc. She always tells me how that's 'her' baby! She told me she's going to change his clothes :D hehehe And she is constantly playing and pretending with the baby dolls here... talks to them and all... its adorable! Everyone thinks she'll be jealous of him..But, really they only see a certain side of her. I think she'll just adore him, and maybe even be protective of him. Shucks, she might even go up against me to keep him near her! hehehe I can so see that happening!

Calista's excited too. She hugs my belly. I guess since she has already gone through this before, she's not quite like Ursula... and then again, 2 different personalities as well. She does always ask how much longer until the baby is born. And tells me that no matter what he's like, she's going to love him. Yeah, Calista's the 'huggy' girl :) hehehe She's very lovable and huggable.

I wish that I would have blogged (if it was around then, prolly so) my pregnancy for my girls... esp. for Ursula... because Calista would always say and do cute things. I know I've forgotten way more than I remember :( That's so depressing.

Jeremy is acting differently too... yes, he was different for Ursula too... I guess its just that guys mature so much slower than we do that its taken his this long to be happy about me being pregnant.... well, that and the fact that he knows his long-awaited son is coming! lol But, Jeremy actually touches my belly... without provocationon! He's still acting affectionately towards me... usually by the time I'm showing, that side of him is gone. The other day, he told me how he thinks I'm pretty, and that's why he always wants to 'do it'... lol ... he never tells me that! lol I guess his normal way to let me know that is by groping me...

*Not counting the time I believe I miscarried, the day before Thanksgiving 2003