Since we did it for LP, what sex do you think Bae is? (We will, of course, let Bae decide on their gender as they wish).
See poll results.
That's right, lordaerith and I are expecting another child. I am currently 9 weeks and 2 days pregnant, with a 40-week mark of 10/24/15 (I hate the term due date). We're calling it "Bae" for now (get it? get it?).
So far everything is going really well. I'm mostly just exhausted and have to pee a lot. Little Prince knows and is very excited to get a sibling.
There was a little bit of a scare when I went in to see the midwife two weeks ago because my tilted uterus made it hard to get a good abdominal ultrasound. But I went in to see the ultrasound tech the next day and we found a heartbeat and everything looked perfect and was measuring right on target.
That little circle above Bae is the yolk sac. How cool is that?
So far not showing yet (so no belly pics), but this being my second pregnancy, I expect that to change soon.
Last week I taught my last class and had my last full day in the office. Starting yesterday I’m mostly working from home, unless I need to go in. This is really helpful for me and I’m super thankful that my job is flexible enough to let me do this.
Physically things are going okay. I’m still in a lot of pelvis pain, especially when I move wrong. There’s also this spot in my right shoulder blade that likes to hurt after a little while. I thought it was just being at work all day, but it did it yesterday too when I spent the day on the couch. I’ll just have to figure out the right position to be in or switch it around a bunch. I’m tired a lot these days too. And last week my right foot decided that it would be fun to swell up randomly. Yet another reason I’m glad to be working at home with my feet up.
Mentally I’m doing well most of the time. I’m still nervous about the whole birth/labor experience because it’s so outside of the realm of anything I’ve ever experienced before. But I think that I’m pretty ready to be a mommy, which is something that I had trouble saying just the other week.
Stree is doing well. He has periods where he squiggles and wiggles around a whole lot and periods where he just likes to stretch his foot or his butt into my ribs (so much fun, let me tell you). He really liked last week’s episode of Glee.
At my prenatal appointment on Friday, I was measuring 37 weeks instead of 38 but I’m not really concerned because I think all of those things are estimates anyway. The really exciting thing was that she did a quick ultrasound to double check the baby’s position. It was the first time I’d “seen” him since the ultrasound at 18 weeks (right before Christmas). He is 100% head down (hurray!) and has hair. You could see the little spikes coming off the back of his head. So amazing. Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures and we couldn’t get a clear profile shot of his face because he was being shy and covering part of his face with his hand.
The to-do-before-the-baby-is-born list is coming along nicely. Over the weekend we rearranged the baby’s room. I got the last of the stuff that needed to be washed and put away washed and put away. I even put together the awesome Monkey Bouncer all by myself (with only one easily fixable mistake). The nursing pillows and baby carriers are mostly ready. The last of the things the baby needs are in the bag to go to the Birthing Center and the list for the last minute stuff is on top of the bag. And I installed the car seat base into my car all by myself yesterday. The only thing I really don’t know where it should go yet is the “Whale of a Tub”.
There are tons more pictures of baby things on the Pictures page. For some reason I’m obsessed with taking pictures of everything.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to get to celebrate Mother’s Day this year since I’m not-quite-but-almost a mother. But we did. Darius surprised me with a PajamaGram. It’s a pair of superhero style pajamas that say “Super Mom” and have a CAPE! Then he made me eggs for breakfast. We also went out to dinner to our favorite hibachi place with B and the place gave me a rose because I count as a mom. All of it made me really happy.
Today we went shopping for yet more baby things we still needed and for some other stuff. Then we came home, napped, ate, and watched the newest episode of Game of Thrones. OMG, best episode so far!
And now, is bed time.
Friday during the day I showed mom how to make cake pops (or how to start them at least), we started making food for Seder, I took a half day at work, and mom and I went shopping for stuff for the cake pops. The problem with cake pops is that you need to create a display for them. So we went to Hobby Lobby and got some floral foam and some fake moss so we could make a "nest" for the dinosaur egg cake pops.
Friday night some friends came over and we had Passover Seder. It was very nice to have Seder with my family and friends, even if the evening was a touch more irreverent that I would have liked. We got to eat at the table (if you don't know the store of the table, ask lordaerith about it some time. I even had a touch of wine for each of the glasses of wine one must drink (and I buy the GOOD Kosher wine).
Saturday was get up and finish the cake pops with mom. Then finish cleaning the house (aka stuff things that shouldn't be out in rooms that will be closed off) while queencimmy, Byskwik, and mom got the last of the party things (including decorations).
Our baby shower was fantastic. You can read all about it and see tons of pictures from it on my pregnancy blog.
After the shower, mom, Cimmy, and I watched the last episode of Treme Season 1. We all got a bit emotional. Big surprise.
Then all four of us went out to a birthday party for some friends, but we didn't stay too long.
Sunday mom and I got up early and had a really wonderful talk. Then she and Cimmy had to leave and Aerith and I collapsed into exhaustion.
Yesterday I did my first full laundry load of baby clothing. So much and yet it all fit easily into the washer and dryer.
As I mentioned on Wednesday, Stree is healthy and growing well.
For those of you who took the poll and wanted to take another guess:
( For those of you too impatient to guess )
The results of the poll also told us that either y'all are way too into the X-Men or you think that puberty turns everyone into mutants. Does this look like the face of a mutant to you?
A description of the ultrasound, our reactions, and more pictures are on my pregnancy blog. As for names, we have a few that we've thrown around and some that we really like. However, I'm sure more discussions will be happening in the next few months. We've decided that we'll pick a top choice with a couple of runner ups just in case the name we pick doesn't fit once we meet our child for the first time.
That being said, what do you think Stree is? Edit: We're looking for SEX, not gender
These were the options they gave me: I could call the ultrasound place that the Birthing Center I'm going to works with and pray they can get me in sometime around my schedule in the next two days, I could schedule the screening blood test at 15-20 weeks (but it has a high rate of false positives), or we could just let nature run its course. When I got home, I talked about the different options with lordaerith and, we decided on the last option. We figured that this was the Universe's and the baby's way of telling us to chill out and not worry about it. I'm 31, so the risk is not that high and I'd rather not take a test that could cause lots of stress and turn out not to be true anyway.
And now, fetus Stree as Kermit the Frog:
Why yes, I'm embarrassing my offspring before it is even born. :)
I know that you're technically supposed to wait until the first trimester is over, but I just couldn't wait to tell people anymore.
I'm due May 20, 2011. No, we don't know the sex of the child yet, but we're pretty sure that it's human, which is a good start. Right now I'm just hoping for 10 fingers, 10 toes, and no tail (well... a tail would be cool... but probably not the best idea).
I've had a pretty good first trimester. No morning sickness, but some burping and cramping and a touch of spotting, all of which are perfectly normal. Also am tired and have to pee all the time and occasionally irrationally cranky, angry, weepy, or all of those other fun emotional things that go with wacky hormones.
Currently I'm calling it Stree (get it?). I had an ultrasound a few weeks ago and got to hear Stree's heartbeat. It sounds a little distorted cause I recorded it by holding my iPhone up to the computer speakers and used the Voice Memo app.
I got to see it too. The tech gave me a copy of one of the pictures:
It's head is on the left. The two little brighter lines to the right of the head (after the neck space) that look like a butterfly are its heart, which I could actually SEE beating. Of course being over three weeks later, it's supposedly much bigger now. My app tells me that this week it's the side of a fig or a plum or something.
I'm going to be a mommy in just over 6 months. Holy shit!
PS. I'm going to be posting some stuff publicly, but there'll probably be some other things that will be a little more private, so I've started a pregnancy filter. I've made some guesses already, but please let me know if you want on it. (If you click on the "almost king" tag and you can see other posts, you're on that filter already.)