Friday, October 31, 2008

Nose Bleeds, Sleeplessness and Restless Legs

I haven't been sleeping very well. There is that frequent peeing thing, and now that I have a cold and cough, there's that waking up in the middle of the night and having a serious bout of coughing. Or I could wake up in the middle of the night - usually between 4:30 am and 5:30 am and feeling hunger pangs and am wide awake. What I usually do is go pee, then make myself a hot cup of decaf tea, have a few crackers, watch some early morning TV/ news and am usually drowsy again when I'm done. So off I go to have a preemptive pee and can usually find myself dozing off again.

This week it's been slightly worse because not only am I sick, the hubs has caught the nasty bug from me, and he's also restless at night and waking up with bouts of coughing. Poor baby.

Another thing that has cropped up with this cold that I am having, is not really nosebleeds, but when I blow my nose, sometimes there's some blood together with the "snot", especially from the right nostril. As this is quite scanty, I'm not too worried because of all the blood that's pumping around in me, nosebleeds can be quite common in pregnancy.

Oh, and what's up with this RESTLESS LEGS business?!!?!? It's VERY annoying.

Meanwhile, my babyness, I made our first "baby purchase" ( albeit a small one ) at Walmart today. Will take a picture of it and post tomorrow.

Night night. Oh! And Happy Halloween and Happy Week 17 !!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

16 + week visit with the doctor

Your mommy may be feeling pretty bleh right now with this cough & cold and painful face congestion, but you're certainly doing well. The doctor says you're growing well, as you should be, and you had a strong heartbeat at 161 beats per minute. I hadn't taken anything for my cold coz i didn't want to take anything that might hurt you, but the doctor said it was okay to take either sudafed, xyrtek D or claritin D. So off we went to Walmart to get that rightaway, cos i don't know how much longer i can take this.

It was really reassuring to hear your strong heartbeat over the doppler though. It'll be hard to wait another 3 weeks to a month before we see you on the ultrasound machine again! We can't hardly stand it! :)

*hugs and smooches*
yer mumsie & daddyness

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Post Nasal Drips are da pitz

I started getting some post nasal drips 2 nights ago. That was when there was a change in the weather, and temperatures dropped like 25 degrees from one day to the next or something to that effect, but anyway, last night was quite horrible. I couldn't sleep coz my nose was all stuffed up. I had to sleep with the Breathe Right strips on, and propped up, and then my nose got all dry and my sinuses started to hurt, my head was pounding a little, and I STILL had to get up and pee amidst all the tossing and turning.

Woke up this morning feeling blah, but got up and did some chores. Finally gave up and went back to bed around noon. Da hubs has been great, bringing me whatever I need. I don't have a temperature, though. I just wish this confounded post nasal drip ( which is gonna start giving me a sore throat, I just know it ) would stop.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

I am a human commode

You turn 16 weeks tomorrow, can you believe it?

You've got nails that are well formed, you're growing fine hair all over, and are peeing every 45 minutes or so. And then drinking it all in, while practising swallowing and breathing movements. Sounds kinda icky ifyou think about it, but hey, it's all sterile and I guess we've all gone through that phase ourselves.. in utero, that is. Hence I am a walking human bathroom.

I'm still not sure if I'm making up these little vibrations I THINK I feel down there, or if it's you doing your tai qi exercises.. It's probably my imagination running away with me coz I want to feel you moving so badly.

My tummy's finally got a little bit more of a significant swell to it, and today someone said I was finally starting to look a little pregnant. Maybe it was the sweater I was wearing though. It's been a cold couple of days. But it's nice to know you are nice and warm and snuggly IN ME. Now THAT is totally mind blowing. Something IN ME. Living. Growing.....Peeing.

You're about 4.5 - 4.8 inches long now and about the size of a grapefruit. If you're anything like the grapefruits your daddy and I eat, you're BIG!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Nasal Congestion

The nasal congestion has started....

I have to turn over several times at night because at first one nostril gets stuffed up, and so i turn onto my other side. After a couple of hours ( or maybe less ), the OTHER side gets stuffed up, and then I have to turn over again... and on and on, and on and on... interspersed with all those times I have to wake up to pee.

I'll just have to coordinate my nostril decongesting with my peeing and I should get just about enough sleep.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Protective Momma

I find myself putting my hand over my tummy and rubbing it, although there really isn't all that much to the bump yet ( although I do feel my uterus halfway up to my belly button by now ). It just feels reassuring for some reason. Even the hubs has taken to doing that. Just a little while ago, when I went and cuddled with him on his recliner, he reached over and tickled my tummy, saying "oooo we're tickling the little babyness". Like, AWWW!

Friday, October 17, 2008

15 down 25 ( more or less ) to go

I've been trying to be quiet at times to see if I can feel any more "bloop bloops", but so far, none. Bleh. I suppose though, before long, I'd be wishing you would quit kicking me in the ribs :)

Anyway, hey hey you're 15 weeks and being likened to a large pear! A LARGE PEAR! Gosh... about 4 inches long. That just seems amazing to me to have something that is growing at a rate of knots and 4 whole inches long in me! ( Stop smirking.. you're not old enough to smirk yet, wise guy, even if you ARE making all kinds of faces right now )

I just put the ruler to my tummy and measured 4 inches, and that's big! We pray that you are growing well and strong and the women at bible class can't wait to see you! OR see me with my big belly wobbling around :) Right now although your mommy's pants are getting overly tight ( and her BBs are just humongaloid by now ), other people can't tell yet.

Oh, a piece of horror news though.. This morning I sneezed and LEAKED! Like, for crying out loud! I have to get back to those Kegel exercises for sure.

AND i can't wait for when i can use my stethoscope to listen to your little heartbeats!!!! :)

Mwah mwah mwah mwah mwah.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Did you just do a somersault?!

I know only "experienced" mothers are supposed to start feeling their little baby moving this early, but I felt a little flutter, like a "bloop bloop" at my lower pelvic region just a moment ago. Of course it could be gas, but then again, it's down there where YOU are. Then like 30 seconds later, there was that second "bloop bloop"!

Whatever it was, I'd like to think it was you stretching around. :)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Cosmetic Changes in Pregnancy

It may all be the power of suggestion from the different websites and books I'm reading, but I dont' really think so. Since I got pregnant, my fingernails have gotten stronger and are growing much faster than I've ever known them to. I never had great fingernails to begin with, and they were always kinda weak, and it'd be weeks ( I think ) between clippings. But now it seems like I need to do them every few days or at least once a week because they mess with me doing everyday stuff.

That said, I'm enjoying my stronger nails while it lasts.

Friday, October 10, 2008

14 weeks and counting :)

Hey you turned 14 weeks on 10/10 ! Sweet :)

I'm feeling better and better, although I still get a little tired in the afternoons. I can't imagine if I was preggers and had to work in the hospital full time, be on call and all like that. Like, woah. It's a blessing to be able to do this in this "relaxed" manner while I get ready for my exams.

ANYWAY, it's been pretty exciting because now, when I lay down and try to find the fundus, I can actually feel it like 2 finger breadths above the pubic bone! Which means I'm able to feel the secure little "housing" you're in right now, which just makes me feel all that much closer to you.

You're the size of a peach right now, and so being able to feel the fundus of the uterus in a way helps reassure me that you are growing as you are supposed to... and you've got FINGERPRINTS now! And you're practising your facial muscles by grimacing, squinting, frowning.. quite the regular mime!

You're also supposedly very active.. whenever I try to feel at my tummy for you, I imagine I'm tickling you in some way, making you agitated. Hehe.. Mummy's tummy ( hey, that ryhmes ) is starting to pop some and I've decided that unless I wanna be in yoga pants and the one pair of maternity jeans I have, for the rest of this pregnancy, I'm gonna have to invest in a bella band of some sort.

Thursday, October 9, 2008


I'm so chock full of hormones right now that I cry at all kinds of stuff.

Not just the "Oh, that's so sad" kind of crying, but also the "awwww that's sooo precious" or "that was a sweet thing to do" kind of 'happy crying'

Like today, I was watching the cooking channel, and I started crying over this lady chef who had kids over to help her prepare lunch. And then, I changed the channel just as Jon & Kate Plus 8 was starting, and they were doing an episode where the family was going to disneyland, and THAT'S when the all the floodgates broke loose. I was a mess, watching the mom and dad in their good humored way ( most of the time ) deal with the twins and the sextuplets, and the kids enjoying themselves on the trips, and all the tantrums and smiles and cheers and shrieks..


Forget about the family at the theme park... what a rollercoaster ride it was for ME!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Mix Up and Postponement

The ultrasound specialist's office called up yesterday and said that there had been a mix up with the appointment dates because the Dr. was not supposed to see me until I was about 18 - 20 weeks. And this week I'm just 13 + weeks. So they made me a new appointment for the end of November.


The family is disappointed that we won't know the baby's gender till that much later and I'd been sooo looking forward to this visit that I even had a dream about it last night.

In the dream, we had gone for our appointment, and were made to wait for so long that the Hubs and I decided to step out for a breather. It was right THEN that they decided they would call us in. Of course we were not around and so we missed our turn... BAH! Later on, we bump into the doctor and he hands me a little play doh baby which fit in the palm of my hand.

He said that he felt bad that we didn't get to "see" our baby this time, and so he had made a replica of what the baby would have looked like at this stage of development, for us.

The dream was a little creepy, but obviously not as creepy as the cute but kinda weird "chocolate" baby above, but it still sucks to have to wait that much longer.


Sunday, October 5, 2008


I started getting these "catches" especially on the right side of my lower abdomen almost immediately into the pregnancy, but now that I'm in the second trimester and things are starting to REALLY stretch, I get them more often. Yeah, I'm talking about round ligament pain... I usually get it if I suddenly stretch up on tippy toes to get something, or make a sudden turn in bed. Usually it's just a sudden stretching catch, and then it's over.

Talk about growing pains.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

13 weeks + 1 Day and counting

The raging hormones are still making me weepy at the slightest things when watching movies or documentaries. The nausea is just about all gone, which I am thankful for, but there's still the indigestion bit going on. Smells seem.. SEEM just a smidge more tolerable now, but not really either. Bah.

I've always been a worry wort about a lot of things even thought I know I shouldn't and that I should trust the Lord to protect and provide... but I have more than doubled my efforts at trying to study for the USMLEs so that you, my little darling, will have little to want for, or worry about. I have been a sloth for so long that it will take much energy on my part, but all you need to think about is growing big and strong and healthy, and I even look forward to when I can feel you moving around in my tummy...what a glorious and miraculous thing that would be. Your daddy would just absolutely have his socks knocked off the first time he feels that.