May 2024 Moms

Weekly check in 3/4

EDD / Weeks + Days:


FTM/STM/TTM+:


Baby is the size of a (an):


Team blue/pink/green: 


Upcoming Appointments: 


How are you feeling?: 


Rants/Raves: 


Questions: 

GTKY: Do you think your name suits you? Was there a name your parents almost gave you but vetoed? Would you change your name and if so to what? 

Re: Weekly check in 3/4

  • HGRichHGRich member
    EDD 5/9, 30+4

    TTM

    Baby is the size of a zucchini. Or weighs as much as a 500 page textbook according to the random fact of the day. 

    Team blue

    Upcoming appointments: Thursday OB and growth scan. 

    Feeling: tired. Achey. Constant Braxton hicks. 

    Rant: to save money I’m doing my own hair and makeup for my maternity photos but I wish I was good at it. Makeup is fine. Hair is bad. 

    Rave: maternity photos! On Friday. I hope they turn out well. I’ve never had them done and this is my last kid so I made it work. 

    GTKY: I was going to be Forrest if a boy. I was also going to be Ariana but my dad said it was too pretentious. lol. I’m ok with my name as far as its being a hardy but delicate flower because it suits me, (I’m a HSP but tough as hell, if I may say so) but I’ve never liked the sound of it. And literally every mean girl or minor role villain in a tv show is Heather. Like she’s always the actual murderer or an angry ex and high on the suspect list in crime shows. lol. 


  • virtaurvirtaur member
    EDD / Weeks + Days: 5/2 32 weeks this week!

    FTM/STM/TTM+: STM

    Baby is the size of a (an): yellow squash

    Team blue/pink/green: pink💗

    Upcoming Appointments: Wednesday!

    How are you feeling?: on and off. I feel like I have close to no energy everyday. My mind has the motivation to get things done but I cannot wait for this baby to drop a bit so I can move better without being so out of breath lol

    Rants/Raves: nothing really new. I go through waves of feelings most days so it’s been up and down. 

    Questions: nope

    GTKY: Do you think your name suits you? Was there a name your parents almost gave you but vetoed? Would you change your name and if so to what? 
    I think my name suits me, my mom had a couple other names that wouldn’t have suited me as much I think. I wouldn’t change it even though it’s never really been my fav but it’s all I’ve ever known. I hope my kids always like their names!
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  • EDD / Weeks + Days: May 12/ 30 weeks 2 days


    FTM/STM/TTM+: FTM


    Baby is the size of a (an): zucchini 


    Team blue/pink/green: green! 


    Upcoming Appointments: OB on Thursday


    How are you feeling?: uncomfortable, round ligament pain is kicking my butt 


    Rants/Raves: please tell me the round ligament pain gets better 😭


    Questions: 

    GTKY: my name totally suits me and wouldn’t ever want to be named anything else. Almost was named Matthew because parents were told they were having a boy 
  • EDD / Weeks + Days: 30 weeks


    FTM/STM/TTM+: FTM


    Baby is the size of a (an): Zucchini (I feel like this must mean that zucchini that you missed for a couple days when you went out to pick from the garden)


    Team blue/pink/green: Pink


    Upcoming Appointments: Just had one yesterday, so not for two more weeks


    How are you feeling?: tired, but really pretty okay. My biggest physical complaint is hand swelling and tingling from carpal tunnel (which is also contributing to lack of sleep), but I still feel like I'm getting away pretty lucky so far


    Rants/Raves: I ordered a few new maternity clothes since the weather is getting warmer and I'm glad that they all fit, more or less. The shorts are a bit of a mixed bag though, because while they technically fit and are very comfortable, when they're off, I look at them and think, "There's no way my butt is really that big, is it???" My only consolation is that the shorts feel pretty baggy and I probably could have done with a smaller size.


    Questions: I'm starting to look at postpartum/recovery belly bands. Anyone have any experience/recommendations?

    GTKY: I don't know if my name "suits" me or not, but I like it. I didn't like it when I was little but eventually grew to love it and certainly wouldn't change it now. I love the planty-ness of it, and while I hate getting "holly jolly Christmas" jokes ever single December, I fully embrace decorating with the greenery that shares my name. I don't know that there was another name my parents almost gave me, but they've mentioned several that were in the running for if I'd been a boy or if I'd been twins, and of course joke names that they claim they were supposed to use because of a lost poker bet or something. I'm grateful that they stood up for themselves and chose the name they wanted, because both of my grandmothers had the same middle name and really thought that I should be called Irene, which I definitely don't think would suit me....
  • virtaurvirtaur member
    @kamikazezoomy maternity bottoms are always weird for me too. Only ones I’ve liked so far are the leggings lol
    i got a postpartum support undergarment before i had my son and wanted nothing to do with it PP. I got it through aeroflow and I’m pretty sure insurance covered it. I don’t think I liked it because it was too small/tight to be comfortable. I know some hospitals will give you a binder if you have a c section.
  • virtaurvirtaur member
    EDD / Weeks + Days: May 12/ 30 weeks 2 days


    FTM/STM/TTM+: FTM


    Baby is the size of a (an): zucchini 


    Team blue/pink/green: green! 


    Upcoming Appointments: OB on Thursday


    How are you feeling?: uncomfortable, round ligament pain is kicking my butt 


    Rants/Raves: please tell me the round ligament pain gets better 😭


    Questions: 

    GTKY: my name totally suits me and wouldn’t ever want to be named anything else. Almost was named Matthew because parents were told they were having a boy 
    Where are you feeling the pain the most? Do you have a maternity belt? That can help support the pressure of your bump. It should get better after delivery I’d think! 
  • mar11btfmar11btf member
    EDD / Weeks + Days: May 8th / 30w 6d


    FTM/STM/TTM+: FTM


    Baby is the size of a (an): Zucchini 


    Team blue/pink/green: Green


    Upcoming Appointments: March 15th


    How are you feeling?: Good! Back pain has kicked into high gear this week. Finding it hard to sit comfortably.


    Rants/Raves: single digit week countdown starts tomorrow! 🙌


    Questions: N/A

    GTKY: Do you think your name suits you? Was there a name your parents almost gave you but vetoed? Would you change your name and if so to what? I do think my name suits me! If I were to be a boy, I would've been named Alec. My parents had 3 boys after me and didn't end up using the name which I find interesting!
  • EDD / Weeks + Days: May 23, 28w 6d

    FTM/STM/TTM+: ftm

    Baby is the size of a (an): aubergine 

    Team blue/pink/green: pink 🩷

    Upcoming Appointments: 3/20, appts every 2 weeks now!

    How are you feeling?: Physically I'm doing okay, now that the scrapes on my leg are healing, I've been getting back into my workouts. Have had some uncomfortable contractions but they're sporadic so I'm not too worried. Emotionally though it's been rough, I've had laughing and crying spells the last few days. 

    Rants: Had my 1 hr glucose screening today and will be getting results soon🤞 I usually don't mind needles but for some reason the blood draw today hurt a lot!

    Raves: I dropped off a birthday gift for my neighbor's 1 year old yesterday and he loved it!! So smiley and sweet, my heart melted

    Questions: 

    GTKY: Do you think your name suits you? Was there a name your parents almost gave you but vetoed? Would you change your name and if so to what? 

    I think my name suits me, though sometimes I feel more like my middle name "Jane" or my online moniker ("Aki"). My mom was stuck between two choices for me, ultimately I got my name and my sister born 14 years later got the other (Daphne, which is a very pretty name!)
  • bserenabserena member
    EDD / Weeks + Days: 30+2


    FTM/STM/TTM+: STM


    Baby is the size of a (an): Zucchini


    Team blue/pink/green: Blue


    Upcoming Appointments: Today for regular 30w


    How are you feeling?: Today good! Yesterday was rough, I actually went home early because I was having really strong BH and was crampy too. Kinda freaked me out but after a nap and some water it went away.


    Rants/Raves: Rant - I just want a good nights sleep, lol!!


    Questions: Nope

    GTKY: Do you think your name suits you? Was there a name your parents almost gave you but vetoed? Would you change your name and if so to what? 
  • EDD / Weeks + Days: may 12, 30+3


    FTM/STM/TTM+: first timer 


    Baby is the size of a (an): zucchini 


    Team blue/pink/green: blue 


    Upcoming Appointments: March 18 32 week scan 


    How are you feeling?: good! Weirdly more energy and motivation now than earlier in my pregnancy, although I still crash hard by 5pm.
    some low rib pain, acid reflux, and it’s getting harder to put on shoes…. But it’s manageable

    starting to get freaked out that I have no idea how to keep a baby alive haha. I might sign us up for a newborn care workshop or something. 


    Rants/Raves: shoes are starting to feel uncomfortable, which sucks 

    Questions: how did you learn how to take care of a newborn for your first? Books? Classes? Winging it?

    GTKY: Do you think your name suits you? Was there a name your parents almost gave you but vetoed? Would you change your name and if so to what? 

    I would’ve been James as a boy. My name is ok- Laura- it’s traditional but not as common as Lauren, of which there were millions growing up. 
  • virtaurvirtaur member
    @louloumama so I had experience with babies before my son (had a younger brother plus worked at a daycare). But your own baby is definitely a different ballgame. The nurses will help you as much as they can! I relied a lot on my mom & my last BMB with some specific questions/issues. You learn your baby’s hunger/sleep cues and a lot is trial and error. My son’s doctor office also had a lot of tips & tricks at the end of his my chart reports after each visit based on development/age. 
    Do you have any specific questions or worries right now? 
  • HGRichHGRich member
    @louloumama I did take a newborn class but I wouldn’t have made it without my A17 BMB honestly. There’s a lot you just gotta roll with and figure out as you go, but when you find the right groups you can get a lot of help without judgement. 
    For the record I had almost no experience with babies when I had my daughter. No friends with babies or nieces or nephews. But I made it. 
  • virtaurvirtaur member
    Lil rant ahead:
    Just had a mini freak out that my H doesn’t have very many paychecks left before baby could arrive. I’m worried about money. I wish his job wasn’t so sh*tty with hours 😭 and the new job isn’t being timely with getting him onboarded. idk what to do because just getting the essentials seems like it will be a struggle. I’m about to cash in all the change we have been saving just to get some things for her which makes me feel pathetic. 
  • I've had a little experience with babies (took care of my baby sister), but my anxiety brain wants to be as prepared as possible. 😅 I've borrowed books, signed up for newborn care classes through my hospital, got recommendations for feeding/sleeping trackers from mom friends, found a doula with PP support...I've even watched videos of what life with a newborn is like, but they're all so aesthetic and I know my baby will be different, so these I watch just for entertainment lol.

    @virtaur I'm sorry you're struggling 🫂 I hope your H's new job will pull through soon. Is the timing of onboarding something y'all can negotiate? Are there any nearby diaper banks, maybe some buy nothing groups in your area? I've noticed a lot of children's clothing and toys pop up in my Buy Nothing group. Sending you virtual hugs!
  • EDD / Weeks + Days: May 4 / 31w5d

    FTM/STM/TTM+: STM

    Baby is the size of a (an): asparagus 

    Team blue/pink/green: blue 

    Upcoming Appointments: this afternoon for checkup

    How are you feeling?: feel fine. Baby is getting big and sometimes moves in uncomfortable ways.

    Rants/Raves: doing fine with my GD so far. Still able to eat most of what I want.

    Questions: none

    GTKY: It’s fine. My parents gave their kids Sanskrit names, and I’m doing the same.

     @louloumama I had zero experience with babies before my daughter was born, and I was also pretty nervous about it. Honestly though there isn’t a lot to the first couple months. The main things I had to learn was 1) how to get the baby to fall asleep (which for us was to shush much louder than we thought, to really rock her with a pacifier, and to baby wear) and 2) how to breastfeed.

    Personally I found the classes pretty useless in retrospect, but that’s just my personal opinion. Even the lactation consultants at the hospital were unhelpful. I eventually hired a private LC who was wonderful and fixed our issues.

    Something that you can’t learn from a class which for me was the biggest hurdle is just how instantaneously your life changes. You realize that first night that your needs for sleep and everything else are no longer as important as your baby’s needs, and I found that pretty overwhelming at first. But you get used to the changes, and the newborn sleep gets better quickly.
  • virtaurvirtaur member
    @denise_amd thank you! It’s a driving position so he needs to get a new endorsement class on his license. And I’m not sure what else needs to be done before he can start. He assured me last night that he’ll be able to get everything we absolutely need so I just need to trust in that. I’m sure there are places like that around and I know his parents would help us if needed. It’s so hard to not be able to do/get all the things and that’s weighing on me.
  • bserenabserena member
    @louloumama super late response here but wanted to chime in lol! I remember after my son was born being discharged from the hospital and freaking TF out in my head because I was like wait... WHAT DO I DO? Why am I being sent home with this baby? I have no idea what I am doing! Lmao. I laugh now because you just... do it, I guess. It is a ton of trial and error, and I second the above advice of finding good groups to ask questions to being super helpful. BUT I also will say this - it is easy to take classes and get apps and all the things and have plans in place, but until baby is here, you really just don't know what will work for them. For my son, I was dead set on bassinet sleeping, lol. That ended quickly. I started with the tracking apps, but realized they caused me more stress than actually helped me. But for others, it is the complete opposite! I guess my advice is this - knowledge is great, but be flexible. And know that you will figure it out! Reach out for help in those early days when you need it, but know that though the first few weeks are a haze of crazy and adjustment - you absolutely will find your way and it'll be okay. You've got this!
  • virtaurvirtaur member
    @bserena I didn’t like using the tracking apps either 🤣 
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