June 24, 2011

Week 11


I had my monthly midwife appointment a few days ago, and they were able to pick up the heartbeat with the handheld doppler!  I was really hoping we'd get to hear it, even though I was forwarned that it may be too early to detect it yet.   It only took 30 seconds of searching and there it was!  I was beaming from ear to ear let me tell you.   Because even though I've been feeling so gross, it was still hard for me to believe that there was a growing bean in there.   Blame it on my genetic counselling background, or perhaps on our early loss, but I've had a really hard time getting excited about this baby up until now.  I guess I didn't want to get my hopes up to have them dashed to pieces again.

We aren't completely in the clear yet (but really, when are we ever I suppose) but hearing the heart beat certainly reduces the miscarriage risk, and relieves quite a bit of my worry too!  And in a couple of weeks, we get to SEE him/her for the first time.  I opted for having all the genetic screening, including the NT ultrasound at 12 weeks.  If everything checks out there, we'll FINALLY be able to let the cat outta the bag!

And on to this weeks regular update:

Week: 11 (10w0d to 10w6d)

Weight Gain:  I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight again (thank you diclectin). But nothing extra beyond that.

Feeling: Pretty much the same as last week. A bit of nausea here and there, but the diclectin really takes the edge off.   Feeling very out of shape when I walk anywhere.  Hoping it's because the baby is sucking up all my oxygen, but probably due to lack of any excercise what so ever.  Bad Mamma!  It's hard to think about exercising when you can barely peel your arse off the couch though.

Maternity Clothes: Nothing needed yet, though some days the bloat is worse than others.  No bump to report, which is pretty par for the course at this stage.  Usually the uterus is still tucked all safe behind the pelvic bones until sometime after 12 weeks or so.

Cravings:  Again, nothing out of the ordinary.  It seems that carbs go down well, but really, when do carbs NOT go down well?

Milestones:  Can I get a HEART BEAT - what what!!  Heard the heart beat for the first time - so amazing.

Movement: Nothing changed here.

Weekly Wisdom: Telling close friends before the usual 12 weeks mark can be really helpful.  And besides, if they're close friends, won't you need their support if something bad happens anyways?

Random Name Ideas: Patrick - Logan, Maxim     Amy - Gabriella, Finn, Quentin

June 17, 2011

Week 10

Hallelujah!! Turns out Diclectin is a miracle drug - at least for me anyways.  The nausea isn't gone completely, but folks - I HAVE AN APPETITE!  I will never take having an appetite for granted again.  Late afternoon into early evening is still my "witching hour" for nausea, but I'll take that over all day nausea and food aversion!

In other news, our beloved Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs this week.  I was disappointed, but not half as disappointed as I was with the useless twats that decided to start RIOTING after the loss.  We were watching the game at my brother in laws place, and after it was over, a friend standing on the balcony said "I think I see smoke coming from downtown!?!"  I actually scoffed.  I figured it was just a coincidence or something.   Turns out, I was wrong.  By the time we walked the 3 blocks home and turned on the TV, it was all over the news.   It made my blood boil to watch a relatively small group of "fans" wreak havoc on our beautiful city, and tarnish the reputation of true canucks fans the world over.   I'll leave it at that, though I could go on.

We've told a couple sets of good friends now too.  It's hard to keep such a secret from people you hang out with so often. Especially when it's the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and you aren't inviting everyone over to watch the games like you normally would.   I can barely muster up the effort to join Patrick when he takes the dog for his nightly stroll, let alone have company over.  So now they know, and our friends don't think I've become a hermit or a pariah anymore - haha.

And since things are supposed to get more interesting as time goes on, I've decided to do a weekly update.  I figure it will be fun to look back at this later, as I certainly won't remember any of it by the time the wee one arrives.

Week: 10 (from 9w0days to 9w6days)

Weight Gain:  I've actually lost a few pounds due to the nausea and food aversion.  I'm sure that will change soon enough.

Feeling: Huzzah for Diclectin!  Enjoying eating food again, though I tend to have a sour taste in my mouth after eating most things.  Still pretty exhausted too.

Maternity Clothes:My regular clothes are fitting just fine still. I inherited some maternity clothes from a friend which is great!

Cravings: No true cravings yet.  Just happy to be wanting ANY food at all.

Milestones: Um, I have an appetite?  haha

Movement: I'm adding this one in, but I know it will be some time before I actually feel anything.  So for now - nada!

Weekly Wisdom: Diclectin is your friend.  Eating is more important than irrational concerns about a very safe medication.

Random Name Ideas: We haven't talked names too much yet, but we like to throw odd/weird/ridiculous names out there for fun.  This started even before we were pregnant, and we've actually grown fond of one name in particular:  OCTAVIUS.   Don't worry, we aren't really going to use it.  Not really.

Diclectin Loving Mamma

June 10, 2011

Weeks 7 through 9

Week 7

My aunt and uncle came for a visit this week.  I haven't seen either of them in quite some time, so it was really nice to catch up and of course show off Vancouver a bit.  Unfortunately, it looks like I won't be one of the lucky ladies that gets by without morning sickness.  It started to hit me while my aunt and uncle were here.  I was able to go out and about with them, and I think I managed to hide it well enough, but it's so hard when you aren't ready to share your secret, and you can't explain why you look (and act) like something the cat dragged in!

It also seems my body responds to pregnancy hormones by producing a ridiculous amount of oil.  I've had more zits in one week than during my entire 16th year of life.  Lovely.  Oh and it is also affecting my hair; my  locks went from requiring a shampoo once every couple of days to....twice a day?!?  So I stepped up my face washing routine, and bought a tea tree oil blemish stick from Body Shop, but I have NO idea how to deal with the hot mess that is my hair.  How do people with oily type hair DEAL?  A few google searches later and I discovered something called a "clarifying shampoo".   Helps to strip your hair of all the product gunk, and is often used by people with naturally oily hair.   Hopefully it will be the answer to my problem too!

Week 8
In one word: blech.   Why do they call it "morning" sickness?  It's such a misnomer.  I like to call mine "mid day malaise" as it often strikes me in the afternoon.  And I'm not even throwing up!  I have no idea how those woman do it.  In other news, the clarifying shampoo seems to be working.   I wish the zits were as easy to clear up.   Yep, it's been a rough week.   I suppose the one highlight of the week was telling both sets of parents.  Of course they are overjoyed for us!  Yay.

Week 9
I called my mom to tell her just how much more I appreciate what she went through while pregnant with me.  She was way more sick - and it lasted for over 7 months!!!  Seriously, that woman is my HERO.   I finally caved and called the midwife to ask about possible solutions for the nausea.  She suggested I try a B6 supplement (B6 is in the drug diclectin along with a medication called unisom) on it's own.  I gave it a whirl for almost a week, and it wasn't really helping.

One of my main problems is a strong aversion to anything food related.  Which makes keeping something in my stomach very difficult when NOTHING sounds good to eat.   And of course, an empty stomach equals worse nausea.  And the smells...oh GOD the smells.  There's nothing quite like gagging multiple times during my 3 minute walk to work.   In all honesty it really is starting to get depressing, and so for my sanity, I called the midwife to ask for a prescription to diclectin.  Please god let it work  (and yes I know I'm not religious, but right about now I'll say and do pretty much anything to have an appetite again).

Nauseous Mamma