Baby News

I’m feeling ready to get congrats’ now on the baby. I think what it took was connecting with the midwife. She won’t be the one to deliver this baby but she did reassure some of my fears of even being able to have a midwife and possibly…. a home birth.

Yup, I’m tentatively hoping for a home birth. Actually, a water birth to be more exact. I would love to have a water birth, whether that is at home or at the hospital. I think I would prefer a hospital water birth but hospitals in BC don’t allow that… unless the woman was to refuse to get out of the tub… which I don’t think would be to hard for me to do 🙂 I might just be pretty good at being stubborn 🙂 I’ll be disappointed and scared if it ends with a c-section but as long as everyone is healthy I’ll be fine with how ever it turns out.

She reassured me about being able to have a midwife even with having an over 40 BMI. The midwife group in the town that I live won’t take women who have a BMI over 37 or 38. I was a little concerned that the group 20 min away would have a similar attitude. They were completely accepting and totally willing to be my midwife. If there are complications where they have to transfer care they can still, apparently, transfer care back post birth and assist with the post birth care of the baby and myself. It felt good to hear that is a possibility. Not sure how that would work out completely though.

They are going to do a little extra monitoring of me and the baby just to make sure the pregnancy is low risk. I will have three more ultra sounds to monitor the babies growth. Around 20 weeks, 29 weeks and 36 weeks. I think the ultra sound at 20 weeks will be at Women’s Hospital. This has nothing to do with the midwife and everything to do with my sister’s heart problems 🙂 She was born with a pretty serious heart defect and my brother has a minor one too. When I had Livi they told me any future pregnancies should have their ultrasounds done at Women’s, so they can do a fetal echo-cardiograph.

Jon and I, mostly me, are hoping to get one of those 3D ultrasounds done. We didn’t get one for Livi because they were crazy expensive back then but they have come down in price a lot. I found a place for only $80. I think I can get Jon to spring for that 🙂

I’m convinced we are having a boy. With Livi I was terrified of having a son, but now I think I actually want one! I want a girl too. I can honestly say I will be ecstatic with either gender! We are going to find out the gender this time. We were surprised with Livi, chose with Sofie and are going to find out with our “boy”. I will be really surprised if we have a girl 🙂 I think we have our boy name too but Jon won’t commit until we know for sure … if you happen to remember our boy name from our last pregnancy it might be the exact same 😉

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One More Week

We are moving in about a week. Thanks to my mother in law, I’m not overly stressed about the packing. We have a bit more to do, but it isn’t overwhelming. I think nearly everything on the pre-move list is done except for changing our address at the post office. I’m excited!

I’m not excited that we have to take from our furniture budget and buy a new laptop. Sofie dumped an entire glass of milk flat on the keyboard and fried the wireless card. The good thing about it is I think I can convince Jon to get me a Macbook Pro for my birthday now… as long as I keep it far away from Sofie!

My first midwife appointment is coming up this week. I’m excited to actually connect with her and hope everything works out. I was asked, yesterday, about whether I wanted a boy or a girl. With Livi, I couldn’t imagine having a boy and was even a little scared of the possibility. I needed to have a girl. I come from a family of girls. I am a girl. I don’t know how to parent or even play with a little a boy. This time, while a girl would be in my comfort zone and a little cheaper to wear all the hand-me-downs of Livi and Sofie, I find myself kind of wanting a baby boy. Not sure what changed, but I think I just want the experience. I love the family grouping of “Daddy and his girls” but am starting to understand wanting a Daddy to have a son. I can honestly say that with this pregnancy I will be very happy and content with either gender.

With this pregnancy being so different from my first, I’m also starting to be convince that I am carrying a boy. Boys will mess you up… in the best way possible… I guess.

So, just a quick update. Not sure how much blogging I’ll get in this week without a laptop to write on in the evenings. My phone is too small to blog on. I’m hoping to write after my midwife appointment though!

Take care and send peaceful, energetic thoughts and prayers my way this week!

Pregnancy

So, I guess I’m about 8 weeks now… I’m still having a bit of a rough time rapping my head around it but I am getting excited. I’m starting to think about whether it will be a boy or a girl. Wondering what it will be like to give birth again… hoping for as good as an experience as I had with Livi. Getting excited for the newborn cuddles, first smiles, first words, first steps, etc.

This pregnancy is NOTHING like my first pregnancy. I had next to no symptoms until well in to my second trimester. Just some sore boobs really. Everything is starting so much earlier this time. I had insomnia and heartburn from before I knew I was pregnant. I just thought it was because I was eating crappy. The fatigue has been debilitating. I’m hoping that this it is in part because of all the stress of the move. Although, I had insomnia with Livi, with children this time and insomnia now I’ll probably be pretty tired the rest of my life! I have already had carpel tunnel symptoms in my wrists. That didn’t start last time until almost the third trimester. I also have started with the nausea. I didn’t have that at all with Livi and was hoping to skate by with out it this time too. Not so lucky. I thought it was just from the fatigue and stress at first, but today it was clear. I have some morning sickness. All day. I’m dizzy too. This kid must be a boy. Boys will mess you up! In a good way I guess 🙂

I never really thought pregnancy brain was a real thing either, until now. I have it BAD. I forget what I am doing, saying or eating in the middle of the activity. I don’t get basic concepts (like our new mortgage) that have never been a problem for me before. I can’t think straight. It is so frustrating.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to this move being over and finding out if all these symptoms are due to being pregnant or the stress of the move.