Notes To My Beans

The day to day tales of my life with the beans

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Week 21: Whoa baby

Weight: 125ish
Symptoms: Squirming and rib tickling
Feeling: Pregnancy-wise, great.

So much for regular updates!

We had the anatomy scan last week and everything checked out perfectly. We had visual confirmation that it’s a boy. I think the term the tech used was “it looks like a turtle.” He still has my broad flat nose but may have the face shape of papaBeaner. We’ll have to wait a few weeks before we get confirmation on that one.

Going back a few weeks ago, I actually passed my first glucose test. I didn’t even fail a single number, which is crazy! And I won’t even pretend that I’m following the diet. Breakfast and lunch are pretty easy but since neither of us has the time to make dinner, it makes it difficult to follow the diet. And testing is a joke, unless I’m at the office. I’ll take another one in a few weeks and I’m sure I’ll get diagnosed at that point and then I can be more regimented.

Other than the bad attempt at the diet and the doctor appointment, I feel like I’ve been ignoring this pregnancy. It’s not that I feel like I’m doing bad things, I just feel like I’m not paying enough attention. I’ve been slacking with taking belly photos, we haven’t really discussed names, we haven’t tried to make room for this kid. The only thing I’ve done is bought a few warmer onesies since the bean didn’t have a need for them, being a summer baby and all. It’s like we’re already giving this kid a second child complex and he’s not even out yet!

Sooner or later we’ll get out butts in gear. But probably not until after the holidays.


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Random pregnancy musings

I have to get back in the rhythm of writing my weekly updates. For now, I just wanted to share a few points.

Yesterday I worked from home because I had an OB appointment. My son tells my parents, “mommy home … go doctor … belly hurts.” How adorable I’d that?!

For the past 3 weeks I’ve been resisting buying a belly band for my work pants. I bought one last time, lost it shortly after buying it then found it after I gave birth. I thought my old one would turn up. Nope. So I bit the bullet and bought another one. If I don’t manage to lose it, I imagine I’ll get about 2 weeks worth of wear before I switch to maternity pants full time. But good lord, this belly band feels amazing!

Speaking of, I’ve been buying too much maternity clothes. I know it’s pointless spending a lot of money since this will be my last but I hate most of my old maternity clothes. The pants are too baggy or short and the tops seem too casual. I’m trying to give myself a limit but we’ll see how that goes to.

Everything else is going relatively well. I’m feeling better but the bean and work still take a lot out of me. Thankfully the butterBean is also doing well. I’m feeling little flutters which I’m about 85% sure is the baby. We can also hear him through the doppler and word is starting to get out.

Life is good.

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Week 12: Oh baby!

Weight: 113 lbs
Symptoms: Severe constipation
Attitude: Slowly coming out of the doldrums

I’m convinced my ickyness is caused by constipation. Last time, pregnancy made me more regular. Regular = happy, but tired mama. Nowadays, I’m bloated and feeling like crud — like there are bricks just sitting in my tummy making me feel super heavy. I tend to feel more crappy a night, as if all the food I’ve eaten throughout the day has been sitting in my stomach and staying put. It does get a little better when I remember to drink plenty of water and eat my veggies but both things are difficult to remember when I’m at working. So I’m taking advantage of the long weekend to clean out the pipes!

On to the less gross topics!

I had another visit at the OB’s office last week. I went through a lengthy medical history with the OB nurse. She informed me the earliest I can take my glucose test is 18 weeks. Not looking forward to failing that one. Then I got to see one of the OBs and more importantly, the butterBean. And butterBean is right! He’s already measuring a week over! Oops … maybe I should be sticking to the GD diet a little more closely. But I could clearly see hands and feet and ears. He was not liking that we were trying to sneak a peek at him – he kept shifting around and kicking as if to say we were interrupting his sleep. Already, he’s turning out to mp be much different than the bean. The bean was very cooperative and still during all of the ultrasounds. Hopefully this little guy learns to calm down!

NT scan is scheduled for next week. One more peek and then we won’t see him for another 8 weeks.


Week 8: Tummy problems

Weight: 114
Symptoms: Occasional upset tummy, blocked up pipes
Attitude: Pretty awesome

I’ve been having tummy issues lately, which has thankfully been managed by eating smaller meals. It still makes me bloated but at least it’s a less painful experience.

Although I’ve been using it as an excuse to not eat dinner. Don’t worry, I’m not trying to diet! But sometimes I can’t resist my mom’s cooking. And when the bean doesn’t finish his dinner when I pick him up in the evening, I’ve been known to eat his and then grab seconds.

This would normally be fine but papaBeaner is making such an effort to help out and make dinner. And it’s not like it’s bad, it’s just if I eat both then my stomach will be in too much pain to go to sleep. First world problems, I know.

Today is my last appointment at my RE’s. I somehow set my alarm wrong and instead of waking up at 4:45, I woke up at 6:20. Ouch. It was a mad dash to get ready this morning and unfortunately papaBeaner also had to get to work early to sign up the bean for swimming lessons. So I arrived over an hour later than I normally would. Luckily it’s not a very busy day – I’ve been sitting here for 15 minutes and I’ve already done blood work. I’m predicting getting out of here by 7:45 which will make me pretty late for work. Double ugh.

But I’m hoping for good news, so I patiently wait.

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Week 7: Getting better

Weight: 112
Symptoms: Bloating, indigestion
Attitude: Slowly climbing out of my funk

Earlier last week, I had another appointment at my RE’s office where I heard the heartbeat. 133! It was such a relief. It was also the (hopefully) last time I will see my RE since my next and last appointment will be with another doctor. It’s such a bitter sweet realization that I’ll be leaving their care after a year of visits. But it’s kinda nice too.

I’ve also scheduled my OB appointment. Unfortunately, the only person available is the same doctor that delivered the bean, and he’s the only doctor in the practice that I’m not a fan of. Hopefully he’ll be nicer.

This weekend we visited the in laws for my mother in law’s birthday and told them the news. The bean wore a big bro shirt and it took a while for anyone to notice. But all seemed excited. We told my father in law the next day and when he told his girlfriend he felt the need to rub my stomach and ask her if she saw a difference. WTF!

I’m glad that I can finally count down the days until I’m done with the PIO shots. They’re literally a pain in the butt!

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Week 6

Weight: 112 lbs
Symptoms: Off and on queasiness, off and on spotting
Attitude: Hormonal

Earlier this week I had my first ultrasound and saw the gestational sac and yolk sac. That was pretty great.

Other than that, it’s been a crappy week. So I’ll just leave it at that. Maybe next week will be better.