Gender: We don't know yet, our doctor said that the technician could give us her guess at our 17 week appointment, but we don't officially find out until our anatomy scan at 20 weeks.
Weight gain: Well, I've lost another pound. I just don't understand it! I'm trying to eat often and well, but I guess so is the baby! haha
Maternity clothes: I've started exclusively wearing the Old Navy maternity jeans. These are my favorite everyday jeans and these are my favorite "fancy" jeans (which basically just means, I wear them with heels).
Stretch marks: None yet, but I've been experiencing a bit of cramping in my abdominal area. Some of my pregnant/mommy friends have told me that that could be because of the ligaments stretching. Uh oh.
Belly button in or out: In.
Sleep: I've actually been getting a good night's rest this week! Still sleeping with a pillow between my knees (and wondering if the pregnancy pillow is worth the investment). I read somewhere that now is when sleeping on my back could reduce the blood flow to the baby, which made me worry, because I often end up on my back. I plan on asking my doctor about how important that is.
Best moment this week: My husband bought me my diaper bag this week! I'm SO excited about it! I've had my eye on this bag for over a year! We also purchased some of our favorite books from our childhood, that we want to read to our child. It was so fun to reminisce and day dream with my hubby!
Worst moment this week: One of my closest friends here in Texas just announced that they were leaving our church staff and felt called to minister in New York. Although we had known for awhile, it hit me all over again. I'm going to miss them and their sweet daughter.
Miss anything: Not peeing every 20 minutes. But seriously. I haven't had an issue with that until this week and it's been INSANE. I'm constantly running to the bathroom!
Movement: Not yet! I think I've felt some movement but I can't distinguish between the baby and indigestion.
Symptoms: Sore boobs, headaches whenever I don't drink enough water, I also experienced acid reflux for the first time this week, and have been experiencing mild abdominal cramping/pressure.
Cravings: I haven't had any crazy cravings this week! Although I have been eating a lot of pop-tarts, and I don't normally eat those.
Queasy or sick: Neither! Praise. The. Lord.
Looking forward to: Going home to visit my family in April! Can't wait to experience the baby's movements and kicks with my Mom! And go shopping, of course.
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We wanted to wait a few weeks to go to the OBGYN after
finding out we were pregnant again. The visits to the doctor in early pregnancy
have always caused me such anxiety; the unknowns, the inconclusiveness. So I
waited. For about 4 weeks I was able to enjoy my pregnancy in ignorant - although nauseous - bliss.
I had some blood work done about a week before our first
sonogram, my HCG levels came back extremely high. Our first sonogram confirmed
what I already knew in my heart to be true.
Twins. Two babies. TWO. BABIES.
I knew it all along. I had a feeling early in my pregnancy
that there was more than one baby growing inside me.
But the sonogram was not all happy news.
We saw the first baby right away with a relatively slow
heart rate of 89 bpm, but it was strong, clearly seen and measured. The
technician asked about my ovulation dates and cautiously noticed that the baby
was measuring small and two weeks off. She was able to get a great picture of
the first baby for us.
"5 positive pregnancy tests. 2 healthy babies. 2
miscarriages. 1 complete unknown. There is this misconception in our faith that if
we learn the lessons the Lord would have us learn in our pain, that we can
cross that hardship off the list and never have to walk that road again. That
if we walk around loudly enough in the victory of healing and acceptance that
the Lord would not allow the same pain to repeat itself. After all, why would a
good God heal us only to rip open the wound and leave us hemorrhaging faith all
I wrote these words two weeks ago; a couple weeks after we found out we were unexpectedly pregnant, one day before finding out that we would most likely be losing another baby in early miscarriage. The night that I saw that second line on the pregnancy test, I was honestly upset. I had no intention of getting pregnant, in fact it was my plan to not get pregnant this year. With the knowledge of every previous pregnancy has been excitement, planning and…
I clung to my husband's hand as we sat down and waited for
my name to be called. I realized that all of the other seats in the room faced
each other as I looked up and saw a mother-to-be with a hand on her swollen
belly, looking at her sonogram pictures. So I tried to hide my obvious jealousy
and the "stink eye" that I'm pretty sure she saw me give her.
I readjusted myself on the horrible couch and tried to hold
onto that little bit of hope that maybe this pregnancy wouldn't end in a
Looking over at my husband, he really didn't seem to be
worried at all. Selfishly, I wanted him to be wringing his hands and anxiously
bargaining with God. A very small part of me admired his denial.
My heart raced as they called my name. It's time.
We met the sonogram technician, she was chatty and all
smiles. A sonogram tech sounds like a great job until you realize that they not
only get to deliver happy news to happy parents, they also have to deliver the