December 31, 2008
I am glad everything looks healthy still. The heartbeat was at 130 again, that is tending to be around the norm unless Viper is super active when they're taking the heartbeat. (getting up to about 160, even! I think he or she takes after Daddy and is going to love the gym.)
She said most people in their first pregnancys go the week after so to plan something really fun for the 18th so I'm not mad that I don't have a baby yet. Sometime around the 19th to the 24th. I'm hoping it's the 23rd, then the birthday will be 1/23 which is a fun number.
I've been getting TONS of Braxton Hicks contractions. Some of them aren't bad, some hurt quite a bit, but still not worse than my Ciatica. Today I was at the mall and had one and I was just kinda holding my belly up, walking along. Some lady came up to me and was like, "ARE YOU OK!?" I guess it looks worse than it is.
All my hopes and dreams about having my baby before today are pretty much over...I was really banking on an early baby so we could have a tax deduction for the rest of the year. I guess we'll just have to wait until next year.
December 19, 2008
They also did the swab test for B Strep or something? Which totally hurt and it was just like a Q-tip. I have no idea how I'm going to handle pushing a huge baby out. I guess we'll get to that when it happens.
December 5, 2008
At first it was mostly just tons of kicking. I think my Starbucks coffee
was a little too strong for little Viper. Then I think he somehow moved into a sideways position and it was very uncomfortable. By Sunday night I could barely walk. My tailbone has been really painful, and now right where my hip-flexer is has been sore. I thought I actually pulled a muscle somehow, but apparently it's Ciatica.
A couple of days ago I developed "dead leg" and can't really move it at all. So I look like I'm in a lot of pain. I can't go out in public because random strangers come up to me and ask me if I'm ok, if I'm going into labor. Then other times it's completely fine. (Ok, usually the fine parts don't last too long, but I am trying to be optimistic.)
I've also started getting swollen ankles. It's actually been a little bit better lately because I can't really walk. Standing or walking is what makes them swollen. So since I'm sitting all day, it's not too bad lately.
My last appointment I was all excited because I only gained 1/2 a pound. Then two days later I weighed myself again and in those two days I had already gained 4 pounds. So two weeks after my last appointment I have put on a whole 9 pounds. They commented on it, but didn't make me feel as bad as last time. She just said not to do that every time.
She also said that the baby sounded really good. She showed me where all the body parts were. Of course Viper is already completely turned around, but that is ok. The good news is that she is still head down! I was nervous she flipped and that is why I felt all cramped. The midwife said he could have turned sideways causing a lot of these problems, but the baby is in a really good position. I also have a prescribed massage and chiropractor visit. I'm excited about having to do this, 1: it will be awesome, 2: it might help me feel normal again, but on the downside we can't really afford either of these right now. She gave me a few other tips on how to help it just at home, but she said, ultimately I need to see a chiropractor.
Well, that's all for now. I have to force myself to go make dinner and then lay on the couch all night.
November 30, 2008
#1: Finding out that we have another neice or nephew on the way! As soon as the Reinhards got home the girls couldn't wait to put on their pajamas. Marisa jumped out with the biggest smile on her face, hands way up in the air and yelled, "SURPRISE!!!" At first I just thought she finally fit into a hand-me-down from Mia and was excited, but when I saw Mia wearing her shirt I put two and two together.
#2 Watching Mia turn into such a big girl. When it was bedtime she cutely and calmly came over and asked so nicely if she could stay up a little later to help Grandpa finish making the Cranberry Ice. Andi said yes and it was just precious.
#7 Cranberry Cheese Bread for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack. Mmmmmmm.
#8 Hearing Marisa call her braids "Braidins" So cute! "Do you like my Braidins?" I think it's from asking her "Do you want us to put your braids in?"
#9 Mia saying, "Aunt Bethany, thanks for making me an office. I LOVE it." When I was home in October I put all my stationery, stickers, markers, etc. all in my desk instead of storing them randomly and having other stuff stored in the drawers. Now it's actually functional and she was down there "Working in her office" almost the whole weekend.
#14 Building a fort for the girls. They were so excited!
#15 Watching Adeline play in the snow. She was a trooper!
#16 Getting 6 inches of snow! It was so pretty and it looked like Christmas so it kinda felt like we did get to be home!
#17 FINALLY finding a tree this year after turning completely numb about 45 minutes before we found it.