Thursday, May 22, 2014

16 Weeks (from the beginning)

I'm actually 17 weeks today but I had my 16 week appointment yesterday so we'll go with that.  I guess I should start from the beginning, the very beginning so this is going to be a long one.

Loyal and I have always thought that 18 months apart was a good age.  That's what him and his sister are and even though my sister and I are 4 years apart, it feels like we are much closer in age than that.  I am not exaggerating when I tell you that Loyal was ready to start trying for another baby the day we left the hospital.  Both of us loved the experience so much that we couldn't wait to do it again.  (Here is my birth story if you'd like to read about it).  I needed some time though, obviously.  My main concern with getting pregnant again was breastfeeding.  I had read a lot of stories about how some women lose their milk when they get pregnant and that was definitely not a risk that I wanted to take.  On the other hand, I had also heard of women who don't and continue breastfeeding just fine.   It seemed like a 50/50 chance so Loyal and I agreed that we would start thinking about it more seriously in January.

When January came around we decided to just wing it and see how that went rather than really "trying" since that can get so involved sometimes.  Once I sat down and really thought about it, I realized that I had not yet gotten my "cycle" back so there was a good chance that I wasn't ovulating.  I took a couple ovulation tests and nothing came back so I figured that I wasn't.  I put off the "trying" until March so that I could attempt to figure this out.  In February Lo was showing signs that he was ready to drop another feeding once he started eating more solids.  Towards the end of February I started to feel my body changing.  I felt like I was either ovulating or about to begin my cycle.  This was off and on for maybe 2 weeks and I still had some left over ovulation tests so I gave in and used one.  At this point it was beginning of March when I took it and I got a faint ovulation line!  I couldn't believe it.  I assumed that since I had cut back with the nursing that maybe that had triggered something.  Anyway, I ended up taking another test first thing the next morning and got even stronger lines so Loyal and I took advantage.  After that week, I waited as long as I possibly could (about a week and a half lol), took a test and...it was positive!!!  We were shocked!  It took us about a year and a half to get pregnant with Lo (story here) so this came as a big surprise.  I calculated my due date and it came back as November 27, Thanksgiving Day.

We found out super early that we were pregnant.  According to when I ovulated, I was not even 4 weeks yet.  I called my doctor and made an appointment which was set for the following week.  I was a little nervous because I wouldn't even be 5 weeks at the appointment so I was afraid that it would be too early to hear the heartbeat.  I knew that they would have to do an ultrasound to measure exactly how far I was since I didn't have a period to go by.  I remember my first appointment with Lo was at 6 weeks and he was this tiny little circle so I was expecting something even smaller than that but instead, this is what I saw...
You guys, it was huge!  This was no tiny circle, this was a baby!  You could see the body of the baby, the feet, the arms, everything!  Before it even registered that this was way too big for 4 or 5 weeks, the nurse said "ok, it looks like you're measuring to be about 9 weeks."  WHAT?!?!?!  Loyal and I were speechless.  All I could say was "are you sure?" and she said "Yep.  9 weeks.  Your due date is October 30th!"   Wow.  We were so stunned.  Apparently, we got pregnant sometime in the first week of February.  We weren't even thinking about it then because I was positive that I wasn't ovulating.  I had heard a million times to be extra careful because you get pregnant so easily the second time but I just never expected this at all.  I know this has become a long story but just in case anyone stumbles upon this who may have the same situation...apparently, according to my research, ovulation tests also detect the pregnancy hormone.  This would explain why I thought I was ovulating when I was already pregnant.  And the symptoms I was feeling were also pregnancy related.  Pregnancy brain at its finest, I never once considered that I was actually pregnant.
Here I am at about 9 weeks.

So after that appointment, we pretty much only had a couple of weeks until our 12 week scan.  That was really awesome not having to wait the dreaded 2 months until you are in the clear.  That's the worst part of pregnancy, in my opinion.  Everything else is pretty awesome, also my opinion.  

So anyway, this pregnancy has been really easy so far.  No morning sickness, no awful symptoms.  For the most part, I've felt pretty normal.  The only thing would be the exhaustion.  Holy moly, I've never been so tired in my life.  Breastfeeding and pregnancy at the same time will really suck the life out of you.  The only thing that has saved me was Lo taking 2 naps a day so I did too.  Some days I slept during both naps and some days only one but still had to lie down during the other.  It wasn't until about 12 or 13 weeks that I could make it with only one nap.  I still lie down during nap time but don't sleep.  I am hoping that once I stop breastfeeding I will have more energy.
So far I have gained 5 pounds.  I had gained 5 pounds at 23 weeks with Lo so it's a little more this time around.  What is interesting though is that with gaining 5 pounds I am now at the starting weight I was at with Lo.  I'm not worried about it at all.  I'm sure that everything will probably average out to be relatively the same in the end.
I haven't had any serious craving yet.  I am really into spicy foods.  Fire cheetos sound really good right now.  I am eating pretty healthy so far, splurging occasionally.  Once I found out I was pregnant, I started with the diet I had to do when I had gestational diabetes, which is basically just really well balanced and not over eating.  Normally you have to take the glucose test at 28 weeks, I believe.  Since I had it last time I have to test at 20 weeks and if I pass I have to test again at the normal 28 weeks.  Based on how my test went last time, that should be fun.
Everyone told me that you show so much sooner with your second pregnancy.  I don't really feel like I'm any bigger than I was at this point with Lo.  Maybe it's the breastfeeding?  I don't know.  Everyone's different I guess.

This pregnancy pretty much seems the same but so different emotionally, which I've talked about a little bit already.  I know that Lo is way to young too understand what is happening but we talk about baby brother every day.  When I ask him where brother is he points at my belly button!  Sometimes he will lift my shirt up to touch my belly button and then get really excited when he finds it.  Or maybe it's my excitement?  Either way, I love it.
I just can't wait for him to be here!  I think it's going to be so fun and I can't wait to see how the dynamic of our family will change.  My husbands moto has always been "the more the merrier," which we will most definitely be!
Just the 3 of us, hangin at the park.  

Oh and in case anyone is wondering, I have already started another pregnancy journal, and this one is even better.  :)

        

           
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