Friday, February 22, 2013

Baby Movement (16 weeks)

Last night, at 16 weeks 3 days, I was able to feel my baby moving for the first time! There have been a few times recently where I questioned some movement but last night I am sure I felt it. I forgot how much I love that feeling....of course it's all fun and games until you're getting kicked in the bladder or in the rib but we have a while before we get there.

Otherwise, I have been feeling pretty well. For the most part I do still fell like I have more energy. My SI joint pain hasn't been too bad. I know my limitations and have started physical therapy and continue to see a doctor for OMT. I have had an increase in heartburn in the last couple of weeks. Not necessarily related in particular foods but I don't remember having heartburn so early with Maddie. It's not very pleasant at times but thankfully Tums usually help.

I saw Dr. Deprez on 2/19 for my 16 week check up. Everything looked good and was able to hear the heartbeat on the doppler. My blood pressure was good at 120/70, my weight is up 10 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. I had some blood work and will be scheduling another ultrasound in the next couple of weeks.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

It's a....GIRL!! (15 Weeks)

We got to spend Valentine's Day by seeing our newest little GIRL. We arranged for a private gender determination ultrasound in Brookline. It was a relaxed atmosphere and we had plenty of time to sit back and watch our little baby up on the big screen.  It was looking like we might have to return to check the gender another day but finally, after a second round of jumping up and down, she showed us her "girl parts." We were both quite surprised because we thought we were having a boy but the instant I found out we were having a little girl my heart fluttered and daddy's eyes welled up with joy. We are so thrilled that Maddie will have a sister to grow up with. A friend of mine said "I see a wonderful future of tea parties, playing dress up, sharing clothing and secrets, and little Maddie meeting her best friend for life..." I think that says it all. What a blessing!

Monday, February 4, 2013

14 weeks

Well it turns out some of my dramatic belly popping last week was partly due to bloat too. Thank goodness because it was alarming! By the end of the week my round belly had decreased in size a bit, I still feel much bigger than I did with Maddie this early on. I bought some new maternity pants so I will be all set when that belly pops again. Truth be told, I wore a pair today because they are so darn comfortable!

I am still having days where I am really tired but I still think I am getting more energy and motivation back. My SI joint is still behaving and I saw a new doctor for OMT today. I think I'm really going to like it. Even though I haven't been in pain for a couple of weeks he still felt that I was quite restricted in the pelvic area (basically my whole right side including neck and upper back) so he wants to see me back in 2-3 weeks instead of a month. He also prescribed PT again so at least I can get back to the exercises that helped me last time. It's only 2 days a week so I'm hoping that will be more manageable in my schedule. In terms of other symptoms I am having, I started having some heartburn the past 2 days. Bananas have started giving me trouble again, just like they did with Maddie.

I am very excited that in less than 2 weeks we get to see our baby again. We decided to schedule a private "gender determination" ultrasound. Our appointment is on Valentine's Day and we are hoping we will be able to see the gender of the baby. They said that as long as the baby cooperates with positioning that they will be able to see the gender that early, I will be 15 weeks, 3 days. The traditional anatomy scan closer to 18-20 weeks will serve as a confirmation for us. As I learned with Maddie, I will not be satisfied with just one ultrasound confirming gender!