GENDER GUESS: Tomorrow we’ll find out!!!!!! I am guessing it’s a girl. I’ve taken so many online gender predictor quizzes and all of them say girl to varying degrees, and I think my stomach looks more like a basketball in there than a watermelon (although I’m starting to second-guess that). I don’t really know of course, but I feel more like it’s a girl and with all the gender predictors favoring a girl I can’t help thinking that. I think my belly is similarly shaped as with Elsa, and I think I’m carrying high. My leg hair is growing super slow which seems to favor a girl. My hair does not look great, and I get little pimply things on my face sometimes which favor a girl. I crave more sweets or fruity things as opposed to salty or heavy foods which favors a girl. So all these things point to a girl. Oh and the heartbeat has always been above 140 which favors a girl. The pregnancy hasn’t been exactly the same but similar to with Elsa. I haven’t has as much bleeding of the gums but have had it, I don’t think my acid reflux has been as bad, but it’s been getting a lot worse over the last couple weeks. And no kankles or swollen legs yet, but that could just be because I wasn’t ever out in such hugely hot heat as with Elsa, and wasn’t on my feet shooting hardly at all this summer. Anyway, I am going in with the guess that it’s a girl, so I’m more expecting to hear that. I will be quite shocked if we see a little penis and scrotum sac, that will take me awhile to process. But if it is boy, I will immediately start looking for a few cute outfits to buy so I can hang them up and get excited about that!
BABY’S HOMEWORK THIS WEEK: Right now the baby’s head keeps growing bigger and bigger to make more room for its brain growing (and that’s why I keep having to go to the bathroom more and more often, too!)! The baby’s skeleton keeps hardening more each day during this whole trimester, and to help with that, at least 250 mg of calcium are deposited in the baby’s bones each day! The baby is working on developing its eyesight more and more all the time, too. (via babycenter.com) Baby also is getting more and more active (this I can feel!), and is practicing breathing movements by rhythmically moving its diaphram. And the baby’s brain is now able to regulate its temperature, so it starts losing the fine hair that’s been covering its body to keep it warm. (via StrongMoms).
BABY’S SIZE: Baby weighs between 2.5 and 3 pounds, and measures between 15 and 17 inches long! It’s SO amazing to think that the baby is so long already! Just incredible that it’s pretty much a full baby already, it just needs to put on a bunch of weight and keep developing a bit more, but it’s already our little baby in there!
BABY LOOKS LIKE:
BELLY PHOTO: Here’s a photo taken today:
WEIGHT GAIN: I’m now up to over 25 pounds. With Elsa I had only gained 21 pounds at this point, and I even had 10-15 extra pounds this time of baby weight I didn’t lose, so the numbers on the scale are not at all making me happy. I’m going to have a lot to lose this time, and I’ve always heard it’s harder to get off after the second baby, so I’m in trouble. And with less time even than before, and with a toddler and a newborn. The ONE good thing is having the baby in December will give me some good time to start losing before the dreaded summer months come around and I have to bare much more and not hide behind black and long sleeves. But I’m nervous already about being able to lose enough to feel okay about myself in the summer.
SYMPTOMS: Bleeding gums are getting a little bit worse, acid reflux is definitely getting worse, especially in the evenings. Sleeping is getting harder sometimes – the body pillow usually helps for sleeping on my right side but sleeping on my left side is usually really uncomfortable. And whenever I have to turn over I need to sit all the way up to do so, feeling more like a walrus. Sleepiness sometimes, but I’ve also been staying up late most nights. Still dry hair and dry lips, and very slow growing and soft leg hair which I love!
I started going to a chiropractor last week who specializes in pregnant women, and I’m sooooooo happy with her! She examined me first and had her assistant do the scan, and reported that the left side of my pelvis wasn’t moving properly which was throwing the whole thing off, and which explained all the pain I was feeling on that left side. I’ve seen her 6 times in the last two weeks and I see such a change already. I feel better and have less aches and pains, and way way way less ligament pain. She often will run her fingers in little tiny movements along with lower ligaments pressing on them lightly, it’s slightly uncomfortable but I have so much less ligament stretching pain now so it’s really working. And I’m just so happy that she’s getting everything all moving correctly and the pelvis being open and all that, so I can hopefully have a nice smooth delivery!
Other than that my belly just feels bigger all the time and some days I really feel it growing and stretching. It’s harder to sit with Elsa and harder to cuddle her if she’s not hugging me, so often now I need to have her sitting right next to me with my arm around her snuggling her as close as I can. When I have her sit on my lap I have to have her sitting to the side, and then if I want to be close to her like I want to be I need to hunch over so much which is pretty uncomfortable with the belly. So I can now officially say that although I love my belly so much and am not ready at all for it to be gone and for a baby to here, I do really miss getting to hold Elsa on my lap like I used to, and having her lean back into me when she’s sleepy and watching something on tv or playing with my phone.
CURRENT MOOD: So so so so so so excited for the ultrasound tomorrow!!!!! So so so so excited to know if it’s a little boy or girl and be able to start planning and envisioning things and going through the baby stuff and washing it and folding stuff in the baby’s drawers and getting all ready. I feel like I really can start getting ready once I know, and pick what to hang on the walls and sheets and find a carpet and all that! And I keep even forgetting that tomorrow we’ll get to SEE the baby, too! We’ll see its little face and little arms and legs and that will be so amazing and special!! I’m so focused on the gender thing that I forget about actually seeing it!!! I will LOVE having little photos of its face to look at for the next 11 or so weeks, it will get me so excited and so help me bond. With Elsa even though her 3D ultrasound was done at 26 weeks when she had no body fat and looked like a little old man, I still so bonded with those photos and would stare at her little face over and over again and be so in love!! So yes, I’m so so so excited now and so anxious and can’t believe the day is finally here tomorrow! We get to know if it’s a boy or a girl, if Elsa will have a brother or a sister, if I can wash all her old pink clothes or start looking for some cute little boy clothes, etc. It’s such an exciting day!!!
Besides that, there is just one other thing on my mind. I see my OB a week from tomorrow and I already had the glucose test done last week (instead of before the appointment as he said) and also my thyroid levels were tested at the same time. A couple weeks ago I had a curiosity of whether off thyroid levels could result in a bigger baby and maybe that’s why I’m measuring bigger. What I found absolutely terrified me. Nothing to do with big or small baby, but way bigger and more important. I found that low thyroid levels have a direct result of lowering the baby’s IQ. Of course very low levels lower it more than slightly low levels, but even slightly low levels can lower the baby’s IQ by a couple points. And it noted that most pregnant women need higher levels of the thyroid hormone when pregnant. With Elsa, he automatically upped my dose at the first appointment and tested me a couple months later to see if it was correct. With this pregnancy, my general physician had actually lowered my dose just before I got pregnant based on a test, and my OB has never had me tested and never increased my dose in all this time. At my last appointment I asked him about it and he thanked me for reminding him and ordered the test, but that was the one he said to get at this next appointment coming up. Anyway, I am a bit paranoid now that my levels have been low through the whole pregnancy so far and thus I’ve hurt my baby from the very beginning. I’m really nervous about it, and really stressed when I think about it. And mad at my OB for dropping the ball on it, I feel like he’s not on top of things this time since he recently stopped doing deliveries so he’s maybe on his way to retiring and dropping the ball a bit because of it. I’m anxious to have my appointment next week and find out the test results. It would be amazing if it came back saying my thyroid was perfect, but I don’t see how it could considering my dose was never increased despite being pregnant. So then I will always have a guilt knowing that my child could have been just a tiny bit smarter had I researched this earlier and gotten on my doctor to test me or raise my dose. This causes me so much anxiety when I think about it. But I’ve gotten to the point where I know I can’t do anything about the past so I can’t change the last few months, and I’m just anxious for my appointment next week so I can get on the proper dose going forward.
CURRENT FAVORITE FOOD OR CRAVING: None. Really. I don’t consistently crave anything. I have made muffins a few times over the last week, and I still want something sweet in the evenings or after dinner, but that’s no different from normally. So no big cravings that I can think of.
DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS: 3D ultrasound tomorrow!!!! And OB appointment next week Thursday.
BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: I’ve been generally happy this week because of going to the chiropractor, and feeling much more positive and empowered that I’ll have a fine labor now. And I also am loving all the baby’s movements that I feel so well!
WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO: Tomorrow’s ultrasound!!!!!!!
WHAT I’M MISSING: Having Elsa sit easily in my lap, being able to lay on the ground with her or lay any way in bed with her, being able to move around easily and be comfortable. And I miss being able to cuddle close to J on the couch when we do, cause right now it’s hard cause my body can’t be twisted at all so it’s hard to find a comfortable position.