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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Week 24 - 2nd Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms, Overview, Updates, etc.

Week 24- Feb. 19-25

Our baby boy Calvin Lee is due June 17, 2016!

Doctor Appointment:
So I guess everything is good at the moment. My doctor said I was measuring 30 cm or consistent with 30 weeks. She didn't make it sound like a big deal and said we'd find out more next time when I have my ultrasound. She made it sound like it could just be a lot of fluid and if it's just my uterus that's big, it's okay, that doesn't necessarily mean Calvin is also big. So that has me somewhat worried. I guess what really worries me is that she didn't really say what it could be. It's also the first time they've measured my uterus so I'm unsure if this has just happened all of a sudden or if I've been big the whole time.
Justin didn't get to make it to this appointment and of course, it's the first time I was actually in and out in a reasonable time. Usually we wait for at least 30-45 minutes every time. Haha.
We heard his heartbeat as soon as she put the doppler on my belly (previously it takes a minute to find it) and it was at 145 bpm.
So at my 27 weeks, 6 days appointment I'll have another ultrasound and take the sugar test.
Not gonna lie, I'm awfully nervous for the gestational diabetes test next time. If Calvin is big, this could be the problem. I can't tell if I'm more afraid of actually being diabetic or just the idea of possibly having to go back for the three hour test and wasting all that time to find out if I actually am diabetic, not to mention getting my blood drawn all the damn time. Not cool, not looking forward to that. But we also get our last ultrasound that day too, so Justin gets to hang out with me while we wait the hour for the diabetes test. And we'll get to see our precious baby boy one more time! We didn't get to see his face well last time so I super hope we can see it better next time around. :) And I am praying everything is okay otherwise. Measuring big is getting me very worried and I know I shouldn't, but I'm probably going to spend the next month reading what others have experienced with similar issues.

You can definitely see a difference from when I wear normal clothes vs. maternity tops, etc. Maternity tops are just made to emphasize and flatter the bumparoo. I am so glad that (at least at this point) I am falling more and more in love with my bump each week. I am loving the way I look with this growing bump, although I still think the weekly pictures I am taking for this blog are always like the most unflattering pictures ever. Haha. In daily life, I love the way I look, sometimes pictures can be a different story.

Maternity Clothes:
Well I was refraining guys, I don't need new clothes (yet), but the Target Cartwheel app had 25% off Liz Lange maternity tops and tanks... so I had to go. My Target has the crappiest selection of maternity clothes ever, so I only got two tanks and then I found one regular t-shirt that was on clearance and got that in an XL.

Perhaps I snapped at somebody for their comment on the bump. I don't know why it upsets me or why I couldn't control myself that day. I remember at the beginning of my pregnancy I was very easy to snap at people, but I thought I was doing really well here lately.
I also was reading a book aloud for Calvin called "On the Night You Were Born." Yep, that made me cry. It talks about how he is one unique individual baby and there is and never will be anyone else like him. It just made me think about the true miracle of life. That these two little cells joined together on this journey to become this baby at this time and he's growing in my belly.

No out of the ordinary cravings lately. No aversions, haven't had those for quite awhile. 

Sleep & Dreams:
I know I've been having weird dreams, but I suck at remembering them again. Been having some trouble falling asleep. I hate waking up to pee 2+ times every time. Up until recently it was only once per night and I could deal with that, but it's getting intense these days.

Pretty normal.

Trying to make up for the crappy week last week, I went to the gym on Friday, the first day of this week.

Physical Symptoms:
Hip and lower back ache-iness continues. I can hear my joints pop pretty often these days. Some nights when I get up to pee my hips just ache and I have to limp to the bathroom. :( The round ligament pain also seems to be sticking to nighttime. When I stretch out or get out of bed is when I feel it most.
More calf cramps in the middle of the night!
I wonder if my feet have gone up 1/2 size. It finally got a little warm this week, so I put on my flats that I haven't worn in a few months and they felt a bit tight. Maybe I'm over-thinking it? Maybe it's just because my feet are chubbier and also get a little swollen by the end of the day? Some days those little feet just ache.

He's been kicking right above my belly button lately and it's actually kind of a strange and irritating spot. I don't know how I feel about it. I like feeling him and knowing he's good in there, but that spot is just awkward. Also, he seems to kick so high up, but I know my uterus can't be that big already...
But overall, these kicks are getting intense. He's growing big and strong in there. I can't imagine what it's going to be like in a couple months lol.
I think we experienced our first moment of startle for little Calvin. I was at work and somebody in the hallway dropped a box loudly, then Calvin immediately kicked, when he hadn't been moving around for quite awhile. Could have been a coincidence, but I'm not sure. 

Favorite Moments of the Week:
My aunt has been in town this week. Seeing her and spending time with my family was nice.
Tuesday night I was making cookies and I sat down in front of the stove for a minute before they were ready to come out. Justin came and sat down on the floor next to me and asked if Calvin and I would sit there together and wait for cookies in the future. It's so crazy to imagine that kind of stuff and it makes me so happy.

Baby Purchases:
Went and registered at Babies R Us, but didn't buy anything. Man, they have so much cute stuff! Just wandering around Target I came across a little plaid hoodie for just $5 so I picked it up. He won't be able to fit in it forever, but I couldn't pass it up. Lol.

What I Miss:
Taking hot baths. My back was hurting the other day so I laid down in the tub to help relieve it. It helped, but that water was borderline chilly. Haha.
And not peeing all the damn time. I literally always have to pee. Always.

Random Thoughts:
I know it's pretty early, but we're sending out baby shower invitations this week! I'm pretty sure our baby shower invitations are more ahead of time than our wedding reception invitations were. Haha.
While my aunt has been in town, she actually made the comment to my parents that she thinks I'm carrying twins. I don't know if this is based on the size of my belly or what, but she has identical twin girls who she didn't find out about until the last month of her pregnancy, so perhaps she knows what she's talking about. Lol. That would be awfully crazy. Then I start thinking about possible signs that it could be more than just Calvin in there... I feel kicks awfully high, I look gigantic (according to everyone), especially for a first pregnancy, and there have been a couple occasions when I felt kicks super low and really high at the same time, which freaked me out. So then when I went to the doctor on the last day of this week and she said I was measuring 30 cm at 24 weeks... well let's just say that isn't helping my twins worries. Haha. We've had two ultrasounds, they should have seen this by now, right? It just makes my head race!

Thanks so much for reading!
Alaina and Little Calvin

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