How far along are you?:
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GTKY: What activities, realizations, or new ways of doing things will you (try to) keep from this past year?
How far along are you?: 8 weeks
Upcoming appointments: June 9th, so far away!
How are you feeling?: Not great. PGAL brain has been on overdrive the past week and every symptom (nausea, cramps, spotting, tiredness, boobs, aversions) or lack of symptom (do my boobs hurt as much as they did yesterday, why am I not puking?!?) freaks me out I booked a spa day for myself tomorrow bc self-care.
Rants/Raves: Rave! Camping at the beach was so beautiful. It's always so nice to get out of the city for a few days 🏕️ Rant! I couldn't eat/drink hot dogs, deli sandwiches, oysters, beer, coffee, charcuterie, *good* cheese. ALL of my camping staples 😭
Questions: My insurance will not cover Diclegis, has anyone had luck with the Unisom/B-6 combo? My ob said it isn't as effective, but could still help. Part of me is thinking I can make it through a few more weeks of this, part of me is thinking I should just get the pharmacy to deliver some Unisom/B-6 and try it out. Or perhaps just B-6 to start?
GTKY: What activities, realizations, or new ways of doing things will you (try to) keep from this past year? Life at a slower pace, more family time, more meals and cooking together, being present, higher standards for how I treat myself and let others (esp employers) treat me, self-care. Making do with less, more time outside, more kindness and patience.
@bkjade beach camping sounds like a blast! But it’s definitely a downer when you can fully enjoy it.
How far along are you?: 8+3
Upcoming appointments: Finally got my first apt scheduled, May 24
How are you feeling?: I have good days and rough days. Today, just hungry.
Rants/Raves: Rant: All my extra eating has me feeling gross. Especially when I’m also having some constipation. Rave: DD had a preK concert last week and she went up on stage like a champ and did so good! (I was super nervous for her after her church program turned into her crying on stage and me having to go up there and get her)
GTKY: What activities, realizations, or new ways of doing things will you (try to) keep from this past year? We did a lot of camping and biking last year. It made so many good memories and we can wait to do it again!
@bkjade Enjoy that spa day!!! Camping at the beach sounds so nice, glad you had fun! It's a bummer with all the stuff we can't have! I do the Unisom/b6 combo and it helps take the edge off. Sorry that your insurance isn't covering Diclegis!
@savedbygrace1213 That's so cool about the concert and her doing so well!
How far along are you?: 9 weeks!
Upcoming appointments: June 7th... aka forever away!
How are you feeling?: Nauseated, exhausted, dizzy, uncomfortable lol. It's all worth it, though!
GTKY: What activities, realizations, or new ways of doing things will you (try to) keep from this past year? Learning to pause in the chaos. Spending quality time with loved ones. Keeping a tight budget (hopefully).
How far along are you?: 7+3!
Upcoming appointments: My first appointment is this Thursday, May 20th! We are so excited.
How are you feeling?: So so so tired, hungry, bloated, and my boobs hurt SO bad!
Rants/Raves: Rant: I feel so gross from all of the extra bloat I am dealing with at the moment. I also am having such terrible anxiety because anytime I do have a good day I worry that it means something is wrong with baby. I can't wait till we get through this first appointment so that I can finally get a little peace of mind. Rave: DH has been incredibly patient (out of character for him on the reg) and supportive of me when I'm not feeling well or just need to rest. He's picking up a lot of my slack and I'm super grateful!
Questions: Does anyone else randomly take pregnancy tests just to ensure that they're still coming back positive?! This is my first pregnancy and I feel like I'm taking it super overboard but it's one of the few things that helps my anxiety! Also, anyone else with ADHD out there? Not being on my meds has been challenging and I was wondering if anyone has tips and tricks to help out.
GTKY: What activities, realizations, or new ways of doing things will you (try to) keep from this past year? Hopefully cycling, taking some time to read, keeping up with daily house maintenance tasks, and spending more time with loved ones.
How far along are you?: LMP: 10+5, Growth: 10+3 (My OB hasn't settled on an actual due date. One appointment he agrees with LMP & I'm just measuring behind, the next he agrees with gestational growth.)
Upcoming appointments: We'll have NIPT blood draw this week (I believe?) and then it will be approximately 10 business days before finding out the results... to include gender, super excited.... and next OB appointment is 6/2. I'm listed as high risk so we've had u/s at every appointment so far, but 6/2 will likely be the last one for a while.
How are you feeling?: I've actually started feeling *really good. It's been a tough 1st trimester (hormone problems), but I'm finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!
Rants/Raves: As above, starting to feel great.... haven't wanted to faint in over a week which is a positive.... also just went IN on some waffles with syrup & it was everything my heart desired. I've been a little shocked at the amount of food I'm eating but it hit me that in the 10th week babe goes from an average of 3/4 of an inch to an inch and a half. So babe is basically doubling in size... no wonder I'm famished 24/7!!!!!
Questions: Who all has started their registry?
GTKY: What activities, realizations, or new ways of doing things will you (try to) keep from this past year?: Oh, this is a good one. I'm trying to stay home as much as possible. I've adopted this introverted mentality (extroverted by nature) of not really wanting to see people and those that I am spending time with really mean something to me. I'm no longer interested in the mindless small talk of a large network and find more joy in taking care of my family & my home than satisfying the outside noise. I've said no to commitments I'd likely say yes to in the past & have this confidence in my decisions that isn't going to waver by anyone else's opinion. I started off 2020 with a goal to be unapologetically me and I've definitely settled into this person. It's been nice & I can't say I would've achieved this without quarantine.
How far along are you?: 8w 6d according to u/s or 9w 2d according to ovulation.
Upcoming appointments: I have another u/s Wednesday, so we'll see what baby measures. I'm hoping it's closer to my ovulation date (I know it's only 3 days off, but still - the further from Christmas the better haha)
How are you feeling?: The last few days not so great. My two year old shared his cold with me plus the nausea has been worse. After the losses I'll take it but still. The irritability has actually been the worst. Especially with two rowdy little boys to take care of.
Rants/Raves: Rave - I found baby consistently on the doppler on Saturday. One of the best sounds ever. Rant - I have been on edge ALL DAY. My mom got her pet scan and biopsy results today (she has a large tumor in her lung) and they still haven't called me with what they found out. It's making me nervous for the worst.
GTKY: What activities, realizations, or new ways of doing things will you (try to) keep from this past year? This is a hard one for me and maybe because my brain is half functioning at the moment. I think really valuing time with those closest to us (family and good friends) and prioritizing time with them. With everything going on with my mom it's making me want to make all the memories with people we care about.
How far along are you?: 11 weeks tomorrow!
Upcoming appointments: Not until June 1st.
How are you feeling?: Still so so tired. I'm so over it. I have zero energy to do ANYTHING. The house is a disaster, laundry is going to take me a full day to catch up, if not two, even making supper is a joke. It's either something I can throw in the oven or everyone fends for themselves. 😫 My allergies are also like a 10/10 so my head feels like it's going to burst at any second and I get light headed when I stand up. I just want to feel normal again! 😭
Rants/Raves: We held a benefit for my Mom on Saturday and I'm proud to say I made it through and so glad to be done with it!
GTKY: What activities, realizations, or new ways of doing things will you (try to) keep from this past year Already missing time with just the 4 of us. The summers get so crazy. Hoping to somehow squeeze in some time to get out on the lake here in the next week or two. 🤞
How far along are you?:11 weeks and 2 days on the nose! Almost there!
Upcoming appointments: I have my first OB appt on Thurs and MFM scheduled for next tues (just to consult/chat about road map to try to avoid pre-e this time or catch it super early!). The OB is completely new to me but she's the wife of my MFM (who I know from my daughter's birth since he was the MFM my OB called into the hospital consult).
How are you feeling?:SO SO SO TIRED. SO TIRED. This AM I just have that groggy feeling and I want to just lay on the couch and nap. Other than that, I feel pretty good. I tried my home doppler last night and was able to find baby girl's HB so I'm feeling a bit more at ease with feeling so...OK.
Rants/Raves: DD is starting summer camp next month! It's just 2 days a week but I know she'll love being with the other kids and having fun activities. I'm struggling to keep up with her right now, particularly since she always wants me to play dolls or dollhouse with her (90 percent of the time I'm happy to play along but I just can't do it ALL DAY). We also are having an issue with bedtime which I think is from anxiety with DH returning to office work and not being at home during the week.
Questions: STM -- Any tips for navigating bedtime for a 3 yr old? It's taking about an hour to put her to sleep (and lots of tears and arguments and pouting) and I don't know what I can do differently. I warn her about 25 min before time to start bedtime routine; we do the same routine every night that she was always comfortable with before (clean up, jammies, story, brush teeth, potty, bed). It's a struggle to get her into her jammies and then to read a story (but loves brushing her teeth) and then needs about 20 min of hugs and kisses. She's not having any trouble falling asleep but she just doesn't WANT to go to bed so she fights it.
GTKY: What activities, realizations, or new ways of doing things will you (try to) keep from this past year? I've always been anxious over DD meeting milestones (she is perfectly fine if not a little ahead; i'm just crazy!). Being at home with her 24/7 has helped me to relax and just enjoy watching her grow. She was 23 months at the beginning of all this and I was obsessing over how big her vocabulary was, whether she was doing 2-3 word sentences, etc.. Now she talks in full sentences 90 percent of the time and constantly surprises me with new things she knows (which I don't remember teaching her!).
How far along are you?: 11 + 1
Upcoming appointments: Next week I have 12 week appt and MaterniT21 testing. No ultrasound though, ugh!
How are you feeling?: Okay. I’ve been describing to people lately that I just overall feel like crap, versus the constant nausea that was overwhelming everything. I still feel nauseous, have some GI issues here and there, super sore breasts (and they’re hard as a rock), headaches, dizziness, EXHAUSTED, and if I don’t eat within a certain time frame I feel like I quickly approach a hypoglycemic episode out of nowhere. Basically, I feel like I have ALL the symptoms, but none of them are terrible or overwhelming.
Rants/Raves: This may be an unpopular opinion, but I feel that the whole mask thing is happening prematurely and it’s making me anxious. I wasn’t able to get vaccinated before conceiving and have been waiting for more guidance about that. My OB office says I should get it, but a friend’s OB office said absolutely not. It’s such a scary thing, and a difficult decision. I think I will end up getting it during pregnancy, but for my own peace of mind I am trying to wait until second trimester or more concrete info comes out. I’m feeling more confident in getting it though, since there haven’t been any serious adverse effects reported so far. I’ve been working from home the entire pandemic, and my husband is fully vaccinated. Hopefully I’ll stay healthy until I can get it, but these restrictions easing up make me nervous!
Sorry, that was a lot. I needed to rant! 🙈
Questions: None right now. Anyone else doing NIPT soon? I didn’t do this my last pregnancy, so pretty excited to find out the gender early!
GTKY: What activities, realizations, or new ways of doing things will you (try to) keep from this past year? I have been much better about setting boundaries during the pandemic, and making decisions that are best for me and my family even when others don’t agree. We haven’t totally been isolated, but we’ve taken more precautions than some of our less cautious friends and family. I am getting much better at saying no! I also wouldn’t trade this extra time with my daughter for anything. Working from home allows me to see her more than if I were going back and forth from the office. I am happy to say that I work full-time and didn’t miss any of her major milestones (she was 8 months old when Covid started). I never thought that would happen. Eventually I’ll have to go back to the office, but I am enjoying this time now. Because of this, I am actually considering taking more time for maternity leave this time around. I only took 4 weeks with DD and I’m thinking two months now. Still not enough, but I think it should be a priority.
How far along are you?: 9 weeks
Upcoming appointments: 10 week appointment on May 24.
How are you feeling?: I’ve been feeling pretty exhausted and still nauseated most of the time.
Rants/Raves: no rants; just raves: DS2 got accepted to Pre-K and I mentioned that now I need to get serious about potty training, but I was going to wait until after we came back from vacation in two weeks. He took it upon himself to PT now. He’s been the most stubborn to train, but he literally did it all by himself this weekend.
GTKY: What activities, realizations, or new ways of doing things will you (try to) keep from this past year? I’m going to keep up with our game nights and movie nights. I’m going to remain more present. I’m not going to be afraid to say ‘no’ to family events or activities (with family that thinks COVID is a hoax). I’m going to be more intentional with my words and actions.
@mommaduck2490 I will be doing the NIPT test, especially since I’m AMA.
@rgn12 I have read and heard that it’s most accurate closer to 12 weeks.
Upcoming appointments: next week! I am anxiously looking for some reassurance
How are you feeling?: feeling a little less exhausted and nauseas which is nice but also makes me nervous that everything is still okay. TW: I also had some very light (hardly any) bleeding on Sunday that made me nervous as I never have had that with any of my pregnancies. I suspect I just overdid it with the yard work on Saturday but still feeling pretty nervous.
Rants/Raves: Might have to come back to this one. My brain is mush at this point and I surprisingly can’t even think of a rant haha
GTKY: What activities, realizations, or new ways of doing things will you (try to) keep from this past year? Definitely slowing down, not having to feel like we have to do all of the social events, get togethers, etc., and being comfortable with saying ‘no.’
How far along are you?: Today I am 11 weeks!!
Upcoming appointments: I got tomorrow for my "12 week" since we will be on vacation next week in the FL panhandle. I will be doing the NIPT test. I think its covered by insurance, even tho I'm not 35. But if its not, its $99, so worth it. 3 years ago I got the NT scan, since NIPT wasn't covered, but now i feel like everyone gets the NIPT?? I am hoping for a quick scan on the portable machine, since I feel like they will struggle to find the heartbeat this early since my uterus is super retroverted.
How are you feeling?: I am still pretty nauseous and throw up every morning if I shower right away. But i do feel things are starting to trend better. I get my second covid vaccine today and I am SO nervous I'm gonna feel awful on top of feeling icky already.
Rants/Raves: Hmm maybe a rant?? I feel SO much bigger this time and its only 11 weeks. Last time I didn't have a bump until 17 weeks since I dealt with an "incarcerated uterus" where it was stuck in my pelvis. But I feel like I look huge and bloated, tho I haven't gained any weight....
Questions: Anyone announcing soon? We will start telling some people soon, but will likely do some sort of video annoucement about our journey for this baby, like our first one.
GTKY: What activities, realizations, or new ways of doing things will you (try to) keep from this past year? Similar to alot of you, I liked saving money! I miss eating out, but it did help. I'm ready to see more people, but we have never been super social butterflies. But seeing another friend or family one per week would be nice!!
How far along are you?: 12w2d
Upcoming appointments: just had my 12 week ultrasound yesterday! It was great saw little babe wiggling around. I think its a girl!
How are you feeling?: good my nausea has pretty much disappeared.
Rants/Raves: Rant- they extended the lockdown in Nova Scotia until June 9th so I won't be allowed to move there until then. Hopefully they don't extend it again. RAVE- just flying high from my ultrasound yesterday.
Questions: if you wear compression socks for spider veins when your pregnant, what do you wear during the summer???
GTKY: What activities, realizations, or new ways of doing things will you (try to) keep from this past year? Getting outside more and keeping up with my journal. I started it last March at the first lockdown.