February 2023 Moms

Weekly Check-In Nov 7

EDD / Weeks + Days: 

Baby is the size of a(n):

Team blue/pink/green:

Upcoming Appointments: 

How are you feeling?: 



GTKY: what is the worst gift you’ve ever received? 

Re: Weekly Check-In Nov 7

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  • ttc3yttc3y member
    edited November 2022

    @justkp No pelvic cracking here but definitely I have developed pelvic hip pain in the last week after a massage appointment. It’s like I traded one pain for another!

    EDD / Weeks + Days: 24w + 3d

    Baby is the size of a(n): Cantaloupe

    Team blue/pink/green: 💚

    Upcoming Appointments: Next midwife appointment in 2 weeks. 

    How are you feeling?: Well one of my worse fears was realized in the middle of last week- I caught COVID for the first time ever in spite of my best efforts to stay safe (high quality mask indoors and crowded locations, eating mostly outdoors in very small groups and socially distanced). The numbers were looking pretty low in my area but I took too many risks to socialize with friends. Fortunately, I was able to avoid spreading the illness to others including my husband. The symptoms have been mild and baby is moving plenty which is reassuring. I’m taking plenty of supplements and herbal remedies recommended by my midwife which I think are helping since I’m not eligible for any conventional medications at this time. I most likely got omicron and I found an article that mentioned the likelihood of pregnancy complications with omicron are significantly less than delta. So I will take all of the good news I can get!

    Additionally, I think I’ve developed Sacroiliac pain on my left side and unfortunately will have to wait for another week until I can get some cranial sacral therapy to help. At least I’m still sleeping through the night  

    Rants/Raves: Rants are above. Rave- one of my neighbors was so sweet and brought homemade chicken soup to help me heal from COVID. I’m grateful to live in such a caring community!

    Questions: To all the STM+ out there: Is it worth investing in a glider or rocking chair for the nursery? Now that I have reached the viability threshold, I’m starting to get serious into researching and purchasing the material necessities of caring for a newborn.

    GTKY: what is the worst gift you’ve ever received? 

    I can’t think of specifically what has been the worse gift I have ever received. According to my love language, gift giving is the lowest rated value for me. I guess any gift that lacked much thought and are in excess where it just junks up and clutters my home would be probably the worse gift for me. I much rather have one quality gift than spending the same amount of money on useless cheap stuff in high volume. I guess I’m too much of a pragmatist and minimalist in nature overall. 

  • @ttc3y I enjoyed my rocking chair with my first. I’d go with a glider or get a cushion for the rocking chair if you go that route. My butt would always get sore sitting in the rocking chair and my back wouldn’t be comfortable. So either go for the cushiony glider or buy an additional cushion for the rocking chair. I plan on putting the rocking chair in this baby’s room too. 
  • seeds_of_joyseeds_of_joy member
    edited November 2022

    EDD / Weeks + Days:  25 weeks tomorrow 

    Baby is the size of a(n): cauliflower...wow

    Team blue/pink/green: pink

    Upcoming Appointments: not for a month

    How are you feeling?: Hungry and sick of the weird taste in my mouth

    Rants/Raves: not really a rant but a disappointment. My husband had exploritory surgery today to look at what the deal is with the open wound he's had in his hernia site from 3 years ago. The hole he's had for a year. We thought they would be removing a stitch but it ended up being that the entire mesh was infected and had to be removed. So now he is unable to work for probably a couple months and we are down to 60 percent of his normal income with short term disability and have a family of 8 (counting baby). He was hoping to get the remodeling done over the next couple months in time for the home birth and I'm thinking I might need to find a part time seasonal job which is a challenge because I homeschool and that takes much of my time. Thankfully my hubby can pick up with some of that since he's off work and I know it's in God's hands so I'm doing better than I thought I would if it turned out this way and so is he.


    GTKY: what is the worst gift you’ve ever received? Probably something ugly I was expected to wear or a gift card for a disgusting sleazy store I didn't want to be caught dead in.

  • seeds_of_joyseeds_of_joy member
    edited November 2022
    @paigemm23 😂 I think I would have felt the same way at 18 about the Bible and been glad to receive the sleazy gift card I despised at 28. But by 28 I was a Bible lover and not into the weird gift card that I got for a wedding gift from my crazy aunt. That's really awesome about your new additions of job perks!!! 
  • @seeds_of_joy Wishing your husband a speedy recovery. It sounds like you have a good plan in place on how to move forward to support the family.

    @paigemm23 If you are feeling any symptoms of anemia, you may want to be proactive and call your provider’s office to see if they should start you on iron pills prior to your next visit. If all is well and there are no issues, there shouldn’t be any worry about your visits not being exactly 2 weeks apart. Life happens. I think I had an appointment or two that was longer than 4 weeks of typical follow up for various reasons in this pregnancy and everything was fine. 

    As for pelvic pain, it depends where the pain is. The most common areas in pregnancy are the symphysis pubis which is located at the front and the sacroiliac joints which is located at the back where the hip bone meets the sacrum. My pain feels like it’s coming from my left buttock but when I palpate the area where it hurts, it’s definitely at that sacroiliac joint. I have yet to figure out how to resolve these pains myself. So far, I sleep with a pillow between my legs but I’m considering getting a massive pregnancy pillow if this continues. Learning a few anatomical terms may help your provider understand more of what you are feeling. I’m sorry to hear he dismissed you when you did bring up the issue. 

    @fertile-turtle Thank you for the well wishes. Surprisingly, it has not been nearly as bad as I thought it could be and I’m handling this a lot more calmly than expected.

    Sinus pressure headaches are no fun at all. With pregnancy, our options for medications are so limited. I hope your provider was able to give you an effective solution and you feel better soon!
  • EDD / Weeks + Days: 26w 1d

    Baby is the size of a(n): kale. Some of the comparisons on this app are weird lol

    Team blue/pink/green: blue💙 

    Upcoming Appointments: FINALLY next Monday  Nov 14 with the MFM, meeting with specialists and the regular OB on the 28th. I haven’t seen anyone since the first specialist on Oct 6 with a different provider who we didn’t feel best suited our little guy’s needs. We decided it was better to hold off a couple extra weeks than to stick with someone and somewhere that didn’t seem to be the best fit. It’s been such a process to move care from my midwife to the hospital we feel most comfortable but I’m hopeful it will be for the best for our little guy. I hope I like the providers, I did not like my OB at all with my daughter and was super looking forward to a homebirth with a midwife I adored. So I’m just a little nervous about these upcoming appts. However, based on my research and my husband and I talking to people who have used these providers or have worked with them in the field, they’re supposed to be amazing drs at what they do both care & bedside manner. 

    How are you feeling?: overall good just exhausted. We foster and our little bud hasn’t been sleeping well. But other than that. Nothing crazy just normal aches & such and I’m forever hungry lol 

    Rants/Raves: We decorated the inside for Christmas last night and it was so fun to just spend some time together & gearing up for my favorite holiday! 😍 

    See above for appts. 

    Questions: NATM

    GTKY: what is the worst gift you’ve ever received? 

    There aren’t any that really stick out in particular. I guess the worst gifts I’ve received is probably any jewelry that people expect me to wear. I kinda stick to my same necklace & earrings and rarely switch out. I like simplicity. I usually don’t love other’s style either. I’m thankful my husband isn’t a jewelry buyer. As a teen my grandparents would buy little things here and there and same with other family. To be clear, this isn’t fancy stuff and I appreciate the sentiment and being thought of. 

    @justkp that’s too funny about the name. I had Theodore (Theo for short) picked out almost immediately but my husband didn’t love it so we kept trying names. Once we actually found a first/middle name combo he asolutely loved it. 

    @ttc3y I love our glider & footstool we got when our daughter was born 7 years ago. I actually held onto it because I loved it so much and we plan on using it again. I used it so much that if we didn’t have it still, it would be a priority purchase. I highly recommend somewhere to put your feet too, that’s a lifesaver. 

    It seems like everyone is getting a bit uncomfortable lately 😬 I am not anemic that I know of but have for sure been sweaty hot when sleeping. I can’t stand that feeling lol I keep if close we’retgaa a normal in the house now but also don’t want to freeze everyone out. 

  • EDD / Weeks + Days: 26 weeks today 🙂

    Baby is the size of a(n): butternut squash

    Team blue/pink/green: green! 

    Upcoming Appointments: Nov 22 for glucose test and 28 week check up

    How are you feeling?: moving slower and slower each day, horrific heartburn, and awful pelvic pain. Also super hormonal and crying a lot.  Mostly because I’m so discouraged that I feel so crappy 😫 and I feel just gross and huge.  also my mother in law asked when we were face timing “did the baby just get really big all of sudden?”  Ugh not helpful.  

    Rants/Raves: well sinceI just was a Debbie downer above I’ll say my rave is feeling all the baby movement. This baby loves moving 🙂  also had a nice brunch with my friend on Sunday. I don’t get much time to myself so that was really nice. 

    Questions: none

    GTKY: what is the worst gift you’ve ever received? 

    I have received a lot of bad gifts in the form of things that show no thought whatsoever.  My in laws think gifts are a necessary thing and yet they always get me stuff I will never use like make up I don’t really wear or jewelry which I also don’t really wear. I’ve tried to suggest we don’t need to do gifts because we just get rid of most of them 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • @angbaby83 I’m with you on the hormonal and large-feeling. I just cried for like 15 minutes this morning because my MIL ordered some maternity dresses for me and I tried them on, and OOF. They’re cute in theory (I’ve seen them on the website, I approved them when she wanted to order them for me), but I swear in reality they fit like a tent. Just because I’m the size of an elephant doesn’t mean I want to look like I’m housing the whole circus!
  • @nwshay sorry it’s been so rough today. Hopefully it gets better!! Lol at the Starbucks gift cards. I think gift giving is out of control and we just automatically do it without as much thought.  

    @fertile-turtle yeah some maternity stuff is not flattering at all. I’m sure I don’t look bad but I’m just really sensitive about my body and I’m quick to get down on myself. I know I’m pregnant and supposed to be big but I don’t love people commenting on it. 

    @itsjess627  wishing you all the best with the new doctors and hope they are what you need. I know my experience was not at all the same I just feel for you so much with all the uncertainty and the grief over not getting the birth experience that you wanted. 
  • @angbaby83 thank you so much! 
  • @justkp and @itsjess627, I'm jealous that you have decided on names! Max and Theo are both great names. I feel like we are just going to wait until he's born and then pick one of our three top names.

    @amccurls, good luck with selling your house! The housing market has been crazy this year.

    @ttc3y, I hope you aren't being too hard on yourself about taking risks and catching COVID. It's been almost three years of this pandemic. I've tried to be super safe as well, and I managed to catch it twice in my first trimester. I hope you are feeling okay and the symptoms aren't too bad. Wishing you a quick recovery.

    @seeds_of_joy, I hope your husband's recovery goes smoothly. I always love your positive attitude within your posts. I can't imagine how stressful that will be, and I don't manage stress well at all.

    @fertile-turtle, I was experiencing severe migraines all last week. I assume it's due to the temperature changes and allergies. I cried daily because of them. I hope you find some relief. I wasn't sure what to do about them because I'm already on baby aspirin for being "geriatric". The only thing that kind of helped was putting an ice pack on my neck.

    @itsjess627, good luck with your new OBGYN! Also, my family is a bit crazy around the holidays. We love it. I know that my mom and dad, sister, brother, and aunt all have their Christmas trees up and everything is decorated. I try to hold off until Thanksgiving for my husband's sanity. :smile:

    @angbaby83, I also feel huge and gross. You are not alone! I cry here and there. I'll go a few weeks feeling mentally okay, then I'll step on the scale, put on a shirt, or just look at myself and break down because I feel so large. It's a constant battle.
  • EDD / Weeks + Days: In 3 hours, I'll be 27 weeks

    Baby is the size of a(n): Lettuce

    Team blue/pink/green: Blue

    Upcoming Appointments: 28-week appointment on November 21. I also need to schedule an appointment to get my COVID booster.

    How are you feeling?: Rough. Lol. Mentally, I feel like this pregnancy is crawling so slowly, and I can't believe I have 3 more months left. Also, I've gained 24 pounds already and feel huge. I was hoping to gain 30 pounds or less. Physically, I've had so much pain in my right knee over the past few days and my lower right leg has gone numb a few times. I'm not sure what to do about this. I also don't know if it is pregnancy related or injury related.

    Rants/Raves: I'm annoyed with everyone at work right now, and the unreasonable, last minute requests that I constantly get. That's my rant. For my raves, my mom kindly bought our crib, which is being delivered tomorrow, and my MIL just purchased our stroller. We weren't expecting them to do that and are both very grateful.

    Questions: I had a question in mind this morning, but didn't have time to reply. Now, I have no idea what that question was. : :D

    GTKY: what is the worst gift you’ve ever received? Similar to others, I think that clothes probably falls into this category. I've gotten a lot of clothes that aren't my style at all, and that I never really wore.

  • seeds_of_joyseeds_of_joy member
    edited November 2022
    @karbaud the weight gain is probably mostly muscle from dancing. You got moves girl! 😉 I've probably gain 20 already and am quite short so I'm definitely feeling it too. That's awesome that your mom and MIL helped you out with the big items. We were blessed in that way too by our moms. 
  • EDD / Weeks + Days: Feb 1/ 28 weeks. Hello third trimester! 

    Baby is the size of a(n): Eggplant  ;)

    Team blue/pink/green: Blue

    Upcoming Appointments: Regular check-up with the midwife tomorrow. My last monthly appt, and we switch to biweekly from here on out. Holy cow..

    How are you feeling?: Rushed for time. We have SO MUCH to do, and nothing is done. I went three weeks early with DS and my body feels the exact same way this time around, so I feel like I don't have as much time as I think I do.. I'm getting anxious. Physically, I am pretty sore by nighttime and hobbling around a lot.

    Rants/Raves: We were supposed to have three interviews today for a temp to cover my maternity leave. Two of the three were highly qualified, and both backed out within 12 hours of their perspective interview times. I rushed around this morning to come in early, only to find out the 8am one cancelled and it was all for nothing. I am cranky about it. 

    Questions: Nope

    GTKY: what is the worst gift you’ve ever received? Four our wedding, my grandfather (whom I never see and haven't seen since the wedding 5 years ago) got us these boxes for the tinfoil and plastic wrap at our house. They aren't even the nice ones that you see on TikTok, they were just boxes to take the tinfoil or plastic wrap out of the original packages and put into and then stuff in a draw... so weird. 

    Me: 34  DH: 34
    Married 10/28/17
    Our TTC Journey
    TTC #1 February '18
    Team Green turned Team Blue 10/15/18

    TTC #2 January '21
    BFP June '21
    MMC/Blighted Ovum that led to D&C July '21
    Jan '22 - started IF testing
    BFP Jan '22
    MMC/Blighted Ovum that led to D&C Feb '22
    BFP May '22

  • amccurls Thank you <3 Yeah I told him I will only ever call him Max, it'll be interesting to see if SO will use Maximilian! (I also laughed at the VHS tape!!! 😁)

    @seeds_of_joy So sorry to hear about your hubbys struggles and the financial situation it causes you! Hope he recovers soon 💜

    @ttc3y Oh, that's a disppointing outcome of a massage appointment, you'd at least hope to replace it with a better kind of pain 😕

    @paigemm23 Yes to the pelvic pain!!! For me it's especially the pubic bone/groin area that's worse at the moment, SI joint pain comes and goes - started out as discomfort especially if I moved a bit too much, but now it's full blown agony :/ Especially if I have been sitting down and have to get up. Don't have any tips or tricks to improve it unfortunately (apart from a pillow between the knees at night and 'moving like a lady', knees together when getting in/out of the car). I see a physio every other week but not with any great success. If you find something out that improves yours, please do share💜

    @itsjess627 I love Theo as well 😍

    @karbaud Thank you 💜 I suppose having a shortlist of 3 names is not too bad either? I can imagine if we had decided on something exotic sounding and then he came out the most pale scandinavian looking baby 😅

  • Also a fan of the name Theo...
  • @justkp that’s how we chose our names. We are team green so we start with a long list for both boys and girls and narrow it down to usually 3 each.  With my daughter we ended up going with the 3rd name on the list because I just didn’t think my first choice fit her at all🤷🏻‍♀️   

    Also I love the name Max 🙂

  • EDD / Weeks + Days: 26 weeks/ 16 Feb

    Baby is the size of a(n): butternut squash

    Team blue/pink/green: blue

    Upcoming Appointments: I have my 28-week scan and glucose test on Nov 25th. It's going to be a busy day!

    How are you feeling?: I am actually feeling okay. My sleep has improved a lot and sleeping through the night just makes such a difference to everything! I have had a cramp in my shoulder that's been bothering me and I should really try to get a massage. I also am having some random pelvic pain but it doesn't last long. It just feels like everything is shifting.

    Rants/Raves: My brother just visited, my mom is here now, my SIL visits end of Nov and my childhood best friend is visiting in Dec! So 4/5 of the upcoming weekends (and last weekend) we have house guests! Then we immediately hop on a plane to go back to the US for Christmas with my family. I have a feeling that February is going to be here before I know it. BTW, I live in a 2-bed terraced house that has one bathroom so the guests reside in the living room/my home office 😂 I think it's going to be a hectic next five weeks, but good.

    Questions: nope

    GTKY: what is the worst gift you’ve ever received? I really can't think of anything bad that I've gotten but I know a woman who is diabetic whose husband gave her honey for Christmas once. She was like, "Um thanks, but I can't eat this, remember?" They are now divorced, he was having an affair. It feels like it was obvious from that gift that he'd stopped thinking about her.

  • @justkp Glad that you got him on board with Maximilian!

    @itsjess627 +1 for Theo <3

    @amccurls The bait and switch on your loans is such a bummer! I hope you find a buyer for the house soon.

    @paigemm23 Woohoo on extra holidays next year! We get an extra day off for King Charles' (!) coronation so I'm stoked to get that extra day of mat leave.

    @seedsofjoy I hope that your H recovers quickly - what a tough situation to deal with.

    @ttc3y I hope that you recover quickly! Don't be too hard on yourself, we can't actually live in a bubble and sometimes these things happen even if we are spectacularly cautious. ::hugs::

    @fertile-turtle That's sweet that you kept the frame. We are also different names over here so I wonder if we will get some gifts when we get married that are to Mr & Mrs Hislastname when we're both Dr Ourownnames :)

    @angbaby83 Oh boy, that sounds so rough! I'm really sorry that this pregnancy is so uncomfortable for you.

    @nwshay Sending hugs. The emotional days can be so draining! I hope that you're having a better day today.

    @karbaud How fun to have the crib and stroller already and how thoughtful that your families got them for you!

    @tessiesmom26 Ugh! I'm sorry that the temp situation isn't going smoothly. FX for you that they find someone in time for you to prepare them before you go on leave.
  • EDD / Weeks + Days: 24 + 6

    Baby is the size of a(n): Cantaloupe, and according to the daily fact, as tall as a container of Lysol disinfecting wipes. Lol
    Team blue/pink/green: Pink

    Upcoming Appointments: Just had my 1hr glucose test on Tuesday. They haven’t called me yet but I saw online that it was 165 so I’m guessing I will have to do the 3hr test soon. 🤷🏻‍♀️

    How are you feeling?: I’ve been having random heartburn which is annoying and I had some really bad gas pain last night. Some pelvic pain but nothing serious.

    Rant: My Dr wants me to see a MFM. She originally referred me to them for a NIPT test result that came back “no result” but my husband and I decided against it after doing a bunch of research on the test. I know it’s because I’m 37 and have high blood pressure but my blood pressure has been really good (on the low end even) and there haven’t been any concerns at any of my appointments. I know I should just do it but our insurance won’t pay for it since we haven’t met our deductible yet so its going to cost us almost $850 just for a consultation and ultrasound.

    Rave: My parents found an apartment near us and get the keys today or tomorrow. They are retired and live out of state (in my home state) but have always planned on getting a place where I live so they can go back and forth.

    Questions: NATM

    GTKY: what is the worst gift you’ve ever received? I have also been the victim of the thoughtless gift. I always try to put so much thought into the gifts that I give so it just makes me sad when someone gives a generic gift. I even got a gift that the person said “I got this for you but you don’t have to use it.” So they bought it knowing I won’t like it or use it. Doesn’t make sense to me.
  • @kamays54 that’s so awesome your parents will be nearby! 
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