February 2023 Moms

Weekly check-ins August 22

seeds_of_joyseeds_of_joy member
edited August 2022 in February 2023 Moms
EDD / Weeks + Days: 

Baby is the size of a(n):

Team blue/pink/green:

Upcoming Appointments: 

How are you feeling?: 



GTKY what do you find the hardest thing about pregnancy so far? What do you like best about it?

Re: Weekly check-ins August 22

  • @ttc3y so glad your family had a good response! That always makes a world of a difference. 
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  • EDD / Weeks + Days: 14 weeks tomorrow 

    Baby is the size of a(n): peach

    Team blue/pink/green: pink

    Upcoming Appointments: in a couple weeks

    How are you feeling?: Soooo much better the last week. I have energy I haven't had since April because I got bombarded with health issues, a miscarriage and than pregnancy. 

    Rants/Raves: I'm a little stressed out from my MIL overstepping her boundaries once again and trying to name our baby even though we were really clear on the name we chose. 


    GTKY what do you find the hardest thing about pregnancy so far? What do you like best about it?

    The hardest thing for me is trying to keep a positive mindset, especially with labor. I'm really trying to prepare ahead of time mentally and spiritually. What I like best is everything that has to do with the baby...naming her, picking out her clothes, knowing there with be such euphoria after birthing her, wondering what she'll look like.
  • EDD / Weeks + Days: Feb 4/16w 2d

    Baby is the size of a(n): avocado

    Team blue/pink/green: blue

    Upcoming Appointments: Sept 7 anatomy scan

    How are you feeling?:  Pretty good now that nausea and overwhelming fatigue are gone, but I’m starting to feel my back getting kind of tight and out of wack from my (still pretty small) bump

    Rants/Raves: I’m at work at 8:45 pm waiting for my last task of the day to finish up, which is a bit of a rant, but my colleague just left and she left me snacks on my desk ❤️. It feels good to be surrounded by supportive people, even at work.

    Questions: Any good online prenatal yoga recommendations? I looked for local classes, but there’s nothing that I can find. I can feel my back and hips getting tight and just weird with my shifting weight, and I’ve done yoga semi-regularly for years but know some poses will be uncomfortable or potentially unsafe right now. I’ve sent a message to my midwives just to be sure I don’t have any restrictions, but aside from random YouTubers, I’m not sure where to look and am open to suggestions.

    GTKY what do you find the hardest thing about pregnancy so far? What do you like best about it? The hardest thing has been balancing work with symptoms and trying to make sure I understand my maternity leave and other benefits. The best has been planning the fun stuff - nursery furniture, stroller, car seat, baby carrier, and in the process, all of the thinking about all of the things we plan to do and experience with the baby as he gets older. Fair weather football games at our alma mater, exploring the garden and the woods behind our house, family holidays, traveling to visit family and friends... I know it won’t all go according to plan 😂 but I’m excited for the experiences, and as we get further into a healthy pregnancy, I’m able to embrace the excitement more 🥰.

  • EDD / Weeks + Days: 13 + 1

    Baby is the size of a(n): jalapeno

    Team blue/pink/green: will be finding out when it NIPT results are available

    Upcoming Appointments: not for awhile! Sept 15th

    How are you feeling?: Pretty dang good. Still really exhausted though. 

    Rants/Raves: we told our five year old yesterday and she is beyond excited. It was so cute and I'm just so happy to be able to share it with her finally

    Questions: TMI- this increased CM is gross. Mine today has reminded me of my mucus plug with my daughter and it's actually kind of freaked me out. Anyone else's like this? I know it's a gross question but it really did scare me!

    GTKY what do you find the hardest thing about pregnancy so far? What do you like best about it? The hardest thing has been the unknown. With my history I'm off and on worried. 

    The best is just being pregnant. It's been such a hard road and I'm happy to finally be here. 
  • *Slight TW to this one, I suppose*

    EDD / Weeks + Days: 
    20.02 - 14+1 

    Baby is the size of a(n):

    Team blue/pink/green: Finding out in less than a week! 

    Upcoming Appointments: Gender determination scan on monday. Also I'm waiting for my doctor's phone line to open as I've had some spotting this last couple of days, doesn't get worse and isn't constant, but still it freaks me out!

    How are you feeling?: The tiredness came back, and I'm super dizzy these days. Otherwise ok. A bit worried with the spotting thing, but otherwise I've felt good mentally. 

    Rave - I went and saw a cranio sacral therapist on the advice of the lovely ladies on here <3 She was able to see me on a sunday, I didn't feel much improvement during the appointment, but the rest of sunday my back just felt relaxed and pain free. She gave me a few exercises and we spoke about how I could maybe improve my abdominal support consciously during tennis strokes. It's been hard to apply in regular hitting sessions, but I'll try with a ball machine and see if that improves things. 
    Another rave - I'm back just above my pre-pregnancy weight! 

    Questions: Not at the moment. 

    GTKY what do you find the hardest thing about pregnancy so far? What do you like best about it?
    Rarely feeling physically great, the constant anxiety and overthinking every small thing, being exhausted much of the time. I am not loving pregnancy so far, although it is definitely better than it has been. 
    I like, however, the fact that I am expecting an actual baby that I will hopefully hold in my arms 6 months from now. That's huge! And also the way my friends and family have reacted, some seem as invested in my pregnancy as I am. My best friend said last night that she was so excited for my scan on monday so she would be able to say "my future god daughter" or "my future god son" rather than "my future god child", and that's super sweet. 
  • @justkp I’m so happy to hear that cranial sacral therapy helped you feel better! 
  • EDD / Weeks + Days: Feb 12th / 15wk2d

    Baby is the size of a(n): orange 

    Team blue/pink/green: team pink 💝

    Upcoming Appointments: 16 week OB on 8/29

    How are you feeling?: 😮‍💨😷🤧 after 2.5 years of dodging it, COVID has finally hit our house and I am miserable 😖 Covid GI symptoms, coupled with hyperemesis gravidarum is a super fun time, to be sure.

    Rants/Raves: we are back home in Japan, and life was settling back into our routine prior to our COVID hiccup. I like when life is normal 

    Questions: does anyone have a recommendation for wear to find 32G bras? My boobs started as 32Ds and I’m about to push out of my 32Fs and I am at a loss for where yo find the larger sizes I will inevitably need in the coming months. 

    GTKY what do you find the hardest thing about pregnancy so far? What do you like best about it? I am bad at being pregnant (HG makes a person miserable), the best part is the baby that is the light at the end of the vomit tunnel!
  • seeds_of_joyseeds_of_joy member
    edited August 2022
    @lolly-pop 32G sounds so heavy! I have no idea where to find bras that big. Mine have only been up to D for a short time after birthing some of my boys. I hope you feel better soon. As if you needed another sickness to take on. :(
  • @lolly-pop I’m not even trying to keep up with my boobs 😂 I just went straight to maternity and nursing bras and bralettes, because they’re stretchy and don’t have underwire, and because bras my size (started at a 34DD, now I’m god knows how big, and I have been a 32F in the past when I was thinner) are expensive. But if you want a regular bra that size, I’ve had luck with Her Room, although it’s British and I’m American so shipping cost a lot. Amazon sometimes has good brands in bustier sizes, as well.

    If you plan on breastfeeding, Kindred Bravely has a variety of nursing and pumping bras that come in S/M/L but also busty versions for each size so you’re not smashed or unsupported, so that might be an option, too. I haven’t tried them yet, there are a few among the hand-me-downs I’m getting next week so I’ll try them then, but my friend swore by them because of the more specific sizing that was still flexible and stretchy.
  • paigemm23paigemm23 member
    edited August 2022
    EDD / Weeks + Days: 14w 3d

    Baby is the size of a(n): peach 🍑 

    Team blue/pink/green: team pink💕

    Upcoming Appointments: my 16w appointment is in September 8th! 

    How are you feeling?: I’m feeling better but still exhausted all day. Naps are still essential 😅 last week was the roughest one yet with not being able to keep any food down but hopefully I’m past that now! 

    Rants/Raves: we finally told everyone in both families along with my work! Feels so good to not have to hide anymore! The only downside to that is all the opinions and “advice”. I’m not loving it. I’ve had my heart on attempting cloth diapers - I know it’ll be more difficult than disposable but I’d like to at least try! And so far I’ve had zero support 🥲 I’m not looking for anyone to lie to me and say it’ll be easy, I just thought it’d be nice to be encouraged to do something I’d like to do! Any advice on how to deal with the unsolicited comments and opinions? We live close to my sister in law (who I love) who has very strong opinions and isn’t afraid to share them. I guess I’m just going to brush off anything I don’t agree with but I hate being talked to like I don’t know anything or that I’m incapable of doing my own research! 

    Questions: does anyone have their baby’s name picked out already? Before finding out what baby was I was so nervous about it being a boy (I find boy names so much harder) because my husband and I couldn’t agree on one we both loved. When we found out baby was a girl I started to fall out of love with our original baby name (Charlotte) mostly because of the popularity of the name with people I semi know. And I can’t seem to fall in love with anything else! This is my first baby but I’ve always been indecisive about names with pets. Both my dog and cat had multiple names after bringing them home until I found one that worked. But I know I won’t be able to do that with baby and it puts on the pressure! 

    GTKY what do you find the hardest thing about pregnancy so far? The worrying - not knowing what’s going on in there 24/7 is so hard for me! I know the worrying never stops even after she’s here but at least I’m able to see her and know she’s okay! The unknown is killing me but I try to keep positive thoughts and avoid stressing about things I can’t control! What do you like best about it? I’m not sure what I like best about it yet! I’m excited to feel her move! Just knowing my body is doing an amazing thing is crazy to think about. But I also like that I was able to pass the litter box chore off to my husband😂 I’m going to milk that one for as long as possible. 
  • @paigemm23 I hear you about the cloth diapers. That is an option I want to look into as well. I think ultimately, you just need to tune everyone out, do your own research, and make up your own mind to what will work best for you. After talking to one couple, I may consider a hybrid such as disposable diapers when traveling but cloth diapers when home based. I still have a lot more research on that but that’s my current thought on the matter. 
  • @lolly-pop I have 36g/34h and always buy my bras from Felina. If I get some time today I'll send you links to my favorites. 
  • @ttc3y yes!! I’m an introvert so I’m used to just letting things go and not creating conflict - especially with family. I just know if I don’t follow through with cloth diapers I’m going to get a lot “I told you so”s and that’s what I’m least looking forward to. The hybrid option seems like a good plan! I may have to look into that. I’m also leaning towards the all in ones - seem to be easier especially for a ftm/beginner. I can always switch things up after we find the grove of things! 
  • @paigemm23 welcome to parenthood where people are full of unsolicited advice. I usually just smile and nod.  I’ve been told I told you so plenty of times. I generally roll my eyes and move on.  I did just a tiny bit of research on cloth diapering and said no thank you but every one I know that does it loves it.  Like with most things some things work for you and some don’t.  But I know it can be hard when everyone has an opinion. 
  • @paigemm23 if I knew how to deal with meddling inlaws, I would tell you. I've been dealing with one for over 12 years and I found that confronting doesn't help so I tend to just share as little as possible. Nothing irks a pregnant mom more than someone telling you how to run your life because they "know it all" especially when their opinions go against your convictions, beliefs, and values. I have no problem taking advice from people I confide in who have similar values but unsolicited advice from people who say everything you think is white is black and what's good is bad is so annoying!!! Cloth diapers are awesome and I loved them for 3 babies but called it quits at number 4 because it was too much with all my other responsibilities and I don't intend to go back because it doesn't fit into my lifestyle right now. But I certainly think they would be great for other people (probably with less kids and laundry than me)! 

    We have a name already...we did before we knew the gender! It'll come to you and if Charlotte is what stays on your mind, that's a gorgeous name!!
  • @paigemm23, I was also super nervous about having a boy for two reasons. First, I didn’t want to have my first huge decision to be whether or not to circumcise. Second, boys names are soooo much harder to decide on for me!

    Well, I found out that I’m having a boy! Lol. We have a middle name picked out because it’s both of our fathers’ names. For the first name, we have a handful of shared names that we both like and a few favorites each from that list. I’ve stopped stressing about it, and I think we plan to go to the hospital with a few favorites and pick one after he’s born.
  • @seeds_of_joy yes! I know I’m definitely not the only one with in law problems lol probably one of the biggest issues that comes with marriage. I’m worried the pregnancy hormones will get the best of me if she does start on something…let me rephrase that….when she starts on the “advice” especially now that she just had her second- she thinks she knows all. I’m definitely on board with sharing as little as possible but my husband is the sharer and that’s where it starts. I can definitely see how cloth diapering with multiple kiddos can be a lot! Since this is our first I figured this would be the best, and probably only, chance I’ll have to give it a try! 

    @karbaud at least you have a middle name already so you’re half way there! I think that may be what we end up doing too! There’s no way I’ll be able to decide on one 100% ahead of time. Then I’d just stress myself out thinking I won’t be able to change it once shes born. 
  • EDD / Weeks + Days: 15 weeks

    Baby is the size of a(n): box of crayons

    Team blue/pink/green: green

    Upcoming Appointments: not until September 1. 

    How are you feeling?:  still awful. The all day nausea is not going away and now I’m being super bothered by smells.  I tried zofran and it didn’t work. I’m eating ok but I just feel miserable. And I’m not drinking enough water so getting lots of headaches. 😫

    Rants/Raves: I told my work so it’s been nice not having to hide how I feel and they are all really excited for me.  My rant is obviously how I’m feeling. 

    Questions: are people buying stuff for baby? We went and looked at car seats and it was so overwhelming. 

    GTKY what do you find the hardest thing about pregnancy so far? What do you like best about it? Pregnancy is all hard for me. And being so sick while trying to take care of two kids has been challenging. The best part of being pregnant is when baby starts moving.  My last was a big mover and I loved it. I’m pretty sure I’ve already felt this one move a little. 
  • karbaudkarbaud member
    edited August 2022
    @angbaby83, I’m waiting until after my 20-week anatomy scan to purchase most items. I’m at 16 weeks now. In the meantime, I have done a lot of online research and have an ongoing list of my favorite crib, car seats, strollers, etc.

    I did catch a couple of end-of-season clothing sales and started purchasing clothes here and there that have 90-day return policies. I’m still a little fearful that something could go wrong, but I figured clothing is easy to return if needed.
  • EDD / Weeks + Days: Feb 5/ 16w3d

    Baby is the size of a(n): dill pickle 

    Team blue/pink/green: Finding out

    Upcoming Appointments: September 19th for anatomy scan! I’m so excited to see baby again and hopefully find out whether we’ve got a little girl or little boy in there

    How are you feeling?: HUNGRY. Lol. I want to eat all the things. 

    Rants/Raves: My husband and I purchased some land about a year ago and are finally where we are close to making a decision on moving. I’m excited, but today I’ve been super in my feels about selling the house we’re in now.  It’s a good house and the one we brought my daughter home to. So many beautiful memories. 


    GTKY what do you find the hardest thing about pregnancy so far? What do you like best about it?

    Right now, the hardest thing is finding clothes that fit! My pre-pregnancy clothes are too small, but my pregnancy clothes from my first just swallow me. I’m in the weird in-between and it’s messing with my self-confidence 😞 Best is how excited my 3yo is about being a big sister 😍 She tells me she has a baby brother in my belly, we’ll find out in about a month if she’s right!
  • @ladykaty91 my daughter is also excited about the baby but is convinced she’s getting a baby sister and doesn’t seem to listen when I say that’s not guaranteed. We’re not finding out so she has a little ways to wait to find out lol. 
  • @angbaby83 I'm so on your page symptoms-wise...see the how I'm feeling section below, lol

    @fertile-turtle I've mentioned this page before, but try Glo.com! It's a great library of yoga online, and I've found this pregnancy a new series by Ivory Jenkins (sp?) all about prenatal that's really great! The cost is about $21 a month, which is still way cheaper than attending a class or two a month in person (at least in my area).

    EDD / Weeks + Days: 15W today

    Baby is the size of a(n): Avocado

    Team blue/pink/green: Blue 💙

    Upcoming Appointments: End of the month on 8/31 with my high risk doc 😊

    How are you feeling?: Still sick, carsick a lot, headaches are starting to become more prevalent probably because of dehydration. By the end of each day I look undeniably pregnant. Constipation is always my mortal enemy and is even more extreme during pregnancy, so that’s been pretty bad. So sorry if I just sound like I’m complaining!! I’m just trying to sum up what I’m experiencing 😝🤢❤️

    Rants/Raves: Rant- I love my husband, but he’s been somewhat driving me a little crazy during this pregnancy. This is our third kid and he seems to get progressively lazier with each passing kid. It’s hard when I’m the biggest doer in our house normally and I’m not feeling great. It’s like nobody can motivate themselves. I’ve got toddler duty most of the time, so all of my energy goes to her right now. Rant - I'm dying for fall to start - I'm craving those soups and warm cooked veggie dishes, but our area is sooo hot still. 

    Questions: not at the moment

    GTKY what do you find the hardest thing about pregnancy so far? What do you like best about it? As this is my third round, this is by far my sickest pregnancy, so that’s rough. It’s also been hard to still be somewhat nursing a toddler during all of this. I’m kind of waiting for the best part, but I would say that our daughters’ excitement for a baby is probably the best thing so far! Our toddler is getting the idea and our tween is excited for a brother ❤️😊
  • @cpk3535 thanks! This is exactly the kind of thing I was looking for and just getting overwhelmed by the options!

    And I hope you start to feel better soon, I’m getting headaches now from hormones and I can only imagine how much worse dehydration would make them!
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