Monthly Archives: May 2014

Still here!

Whoops – it’s been a while since I updated! We’ve hit the busy season with job #2 (being the Wife’s minion assistant at weddings), so we’ve been running around a lot. In addition, I’ve caught some kind of cold / allergy thing. Whenever we sleep with the windows open for an extended period of time, I tend to get super sore Eustachian tubes & throat for a few days. It sucks and I hate it, but it was super hot in our brick house and we haven’t put the window units in, so the windows stayed open. That was two Saturdays ago and I am still miserable, with a wet chest cough, sore everything and fatigue that won’t quit.

School’s started back up and my class this semester looks to be both hard and boring. I’ve finally (finally) reached my pre-pregnancy weight this morning (at the beginning of week 19!) and I can’t stop eating sugar and cheese.

This far along I still don’t really feel pregnant, though I think I may have actually felt the kid kicking for the first time today (!!!!). I also don’t look pregnant either and I’m starting to get a little jealous of my acquaintances also due in October (I have at least 3 friends / colleagues due the same month). They all have bumps and are wearing maternity clothes. I’m bigger, lower abdomen is rounder and harder, but my fatty fat fatness is really hiding the change. I still fit into and wear my typical clothes, they just aren’t as flattering as they usually are. I don’t look pregnant and I’m wondering if I ever will. Which, you know, healthy baby is the only result I care about, fine, but dammit, I’m going to start wanting people to give up train seats. My low back already hurts all the time forever anyway.


imageThings they don’t tell you when you get knocked up… how many pills it will entail. Pictured above is a day’s worth.

Now, I should mention I’m a pretty pretty princess and already take Vitamin D, B, multivitamin and a calcium supplement per my doctor’s suggestion. Once we started talking about babies and I needed new vitamins, I switched to prenatal. I ran out shortly after getting the good news and took advantage of CVS’s buy one get one sale and bought 600 prenatal vitamins (you’re also supposed to take them while nursing).

I talked to the healthy pregnancy counselor, who suggested that I get a prenatal vitamin with DHA and/or take a DHA supplement, especially since I hate seafood. I had, of course, bought the cheapest prenatal vitamins figuring they were all the same, so mine didn’t have them. Well, I wasn’t about to toss 570 vitamins, so back to CVS I went. Turns out most DHA supplements are 300mg and 200mg is the upper limit for pregnant women, so I had to specifically buy a pregnancy supplement (and, like weddings, I think they mark it up because it says the word pregnant on it!!!).

In reading the the Mayo Clinic guide, they also suggested that pregnant women take Vitamin D. Score, I already am! Oh wait, the upper limit for pregnant is 4000iu and I take 5000iu per a doctor’s suggestion (my vitamin D was in single digits before I started taking it, normal range is above the 30s). Confirmed that with the midwife, so I had to shelve my recently bought 5000iu bottles and but 2000iu bottles (since, of course, no 4000iu supplements are made). I take those with the calcium supplement in the morning, since they go best together.

And finally, the papaya enzymes. I don’t know if they’re taming the heartburn or if my body just decided to give me a break, but I’m sticking with ’em for now. Which means three chewed tablets after every meal, not to exceed nine in one day.

I’m really sick of pills.

Of course, my vitamin regiment tends to be a weekday only sort of thing. Without a structured work routine, it all falls apart on the weekend. Of course, now I have my fitbit set to remind me to take a pill at 12:30 every weekend day. It works about 40% of the time, since I’m either out and about or in the middle of things or lazy. But it keeps it to the forefront of my thoughts so I end up taking one eventually.

In conclusion, prenatal vitamins and DHA supplements are FSA eligible and I’m glad I finally trained myself how to swallow pills in my late teens. Sheesh.

Week 16 Midwife Visit

Things are starting to get surprisingly routine. This visit was really just a ‘yep, baby’s still in there, you’re not as miserable, let’s take some blood and call it a day.’ It still took 45 minutes, and I got to meet another midwife in the practice, which was nice. I don’t get to specify who delivers this kid, it’s basically who’s on call when I go into labor. This midwife is also pregnant with her first child (VERY pregnant – she’ll have the kid, take maternity leave and be back before I deliver), so we bonded a touch over being nervous.

The most exciting part of the visit, after hearing the baby’s heartbeat again, was getting the prescription for the 20 week anatomy exam. It won’t happen until early June, but we’ll get to see the baby, get pictures and find out the sex (more on that later).

The least exciting part of the visit was the blood draw for the AFP test. I’ve always had hard to find veins and despite drinking my weight in water, I didn’t have a lot in the two hours before the exam, so my veins were hiding. It took 4 sticks to get a vial, first in my left elbow, then my left wrist, then my right wrist, then they called the ‘go-to’ person into the room and she got it from a different part of my right wrist. My left wrist is still a little bruised. And I thought it was rough when the fertility center left a bruise that stayed for 2 weeks or when they drew blood from my hand.

Game: Hungry or Heartburn?


The answer is always heartburn

This is one of my least favorite parts of having heartburn that I’ve had for years. Sometimes it presents as being really, really, bottomless pit hungry, where you eat and then still feel hungry. So then you go eat a sensible snack and then you immediately regret it and feel sick / overfull.

I’ve gotten a lot better about recognizing when this kind of heartburn hits (usually after lunch) and reaching for the tums instead of the trail mix.It’s been bad since I got my soon-to-be adorable parasite, to the paint where I started referencing my afternoon game of hungry or heartburn. The papaya enzymes really seem to have made a difference in the heartburn overall, but I still have bad days.

I started drinking coffee again this week because MY GOD I MISSED IT. And the good news is that I’m not dealing with painful death heartburn, but I am having hungry attacks. So I keep drinking water because it makes me feel like I’m feeding the hunger AND overfull. It’s a lose-lose situation!

So I guess it’s back to coffee as a sometimes food. Dammit, coffee!