I know I've mentioned my pregnancy on here in other posts, but I thought I'd give a little bit of an update and maybe even a few photos of how large my butt...errr... belly is getting.
So let me go back a while for a quick story first. Around 10 weeks a friend in town let me borrow her doppler. I had never used one at home with my other pregnancies, but I was having a hard time trying to make it until my 12 week appointment without any confirmation that things were going well. I was nervous about trying to find the heartbeat at home, but thought if I did succeed it would give me some peace of mind. Hubby and I nervously began looking for the heartbeat. We mostly heard static and my own heartbeat. I was beginning to worry and get frustrated. We hadn't been patient enough to wait till the kids were in bed, so they were running around during all this. Hubby went to get a snack for the boys and I continued looking. I was just about to give up when I heard the beautiful sound. Hubby heard it as he entered the room. We shared a smile and sigh of relief. I used the doppler one last time the night before my 12 week appointment, and I am so glad I did.
At my 12 week appointment they took out a doppler that looked like it belonged in the Ghostbusters movie or like an old-school boombox. I hoped that they kept the old thing around so long because it was super good or something. That wasn't the case though. The midwife I was seeing couldn't find the heartbeat and calmly asked the nurse to bring the ultrasound machine in. I was quite calm still because I knew the heartbeat could be difficult to find, and afterall, I had listened to it the night before. Part of me was hoping they wouldn't get the doppler to find it so I could have the ultrasound, but a bit of me was starting to worry. The ultrasound machine gets wheeled in, and she started looking at the baby. My breath gets caught in my throat because I don't see any blinking on the screen. My mind starts flooding with worry that in those past 24 hours since I heard the heartbeat something terrible must have happened. The midwife says, "do you see the heartbeat?" To which I reply, "I don't, but if you do that is great." It turns out the ultrasound machine is about as old as that doppler. Upon closer inspection of the screen, I could see the heart moving. I finally felt happiness surge though me. I even got a couple photos of baby from that whole ordeal.
So back to present. I'm about 18 weeks now (give or take). And from the looks of the photos, the baby is growing in my butt and thighs as well as my belly. When this pregnancy began, I had high hopes to take belly pics where I looked glowing, well-dressed, and just cute. Then reality hit me. I hardly ever get out of sweatpants unless I have to, and I definitely do not feel beautiful. So you'll have to settle for pictures of reality.
How far along? 18 weeks
Sleep? ehh, I'm usually a back sleeper, and that's not comfortable or safe in pregnancy, so I'm not sleeping as well as before the pregnancy. The two little boys who wake me up don't help it either ;)
Movement? I've started to feel taps and kicks. I look forward to feeling more as he/she grows.
Food Cravings? Thankfully for the first time in any of my pregnancies, I'm craving fruit. I also sometimes crave light and fresh foods like salads or sandwiches. But that doesn't mean I don't also crave ice cream too ;) (and it's beginning to show) It also happens that if I want something once most of the time I'll be grossed out by the thought of it after I eat it.
Anything make you queasy or sick? As I said I'm feeling so much better these days. In the evenings I sometimes feel gross, but overall things are pretty good now.
Gender? We'll find out for sure in a couple of weeks. We have a hunch, but I'll wait until we know for sure before I say anything. Any guesses?
Symptoms? I'm still pretty tired, but the lack of good sleep could be causing that.
So there you have it. You are completely up to date with baby #3.