The picture is already 10 days ago, and yes, my belly is already bigger still, but…there you have it.
How far along: 26w today
Total weight gain: Still down 3 lbs from pg starting weight. That said, I’m up 10 lbs. from where I was a 6 weeks ago, so I guess we are going in the right direction. I am craving mostly sweet things now (a total 180 from the first trimester) and my trademark-during-pregnancy red sauce.
General disposition: Not too bad. I’ll admit, weeks 23 and 24 were not good at all. I actually had my first appointment with my Ohio Maternal Fetal specialist on the exact gestational age milestone that we learned of Duncan’s death, which was not fun. Same drive to the same hospital, and then an ultrasound…..yeah. It was no wonder my blood pressure was out of control that morning. I went ahead and had Dr. G write me a script for Prozac; I’ve been off it for over a year, but…it’s time to get back on it.
Sleep: My sleep is improving a bit, in conjunction with the nights that Erin sleeps well. I’m still not ever really comfortable, and I get up at least once to pee, but….you just deal. I’ve been hitting a fatigue wall about 3 pm each day, and it is all I can do to parent for that hour. We have developed a routine of some classic Nick Jr. cartoons on DVR during momma’s afternoon date with the couch.
Best moment this week: Hmm….pregnancy related? Knowing my ob really knows me, and my case, and misses me when I accidentally forget to show up for my regular appointment.
Movement: OMG, this child. Doesn’t like loud noises….or does, and wants to join in the fun and games. Either way…..shhhhh, people! S/he is a MOVER and, miraculous though it may be, I don’t love it.
Labor Signs/Body Changes of Note: Of course, no big surprise given the point I’m at….my blood pressure. It’s not good. At all. I’ve had a 24-hr urine collection, and I’m recording my BP at home 3 times a day. Dr. S (the MFM) thinks we can buy several weeks on BP meds; Dr. G (my ob) agrees. I’m not on any yet…..we shall see where things go. Also, I took my glucose tolerance test this morning (yuck!), and have no reason to think I won’t pass, but, again, we shall see!
What I miss: Eating without getting heartburn. Pretty much anything, even bland things, give me heartburn now. No fun.
What I am looking forward to: Finding a photographer and scheduling a maternity photo shoot. =)
Praying for you and your baby, Monica. It's amazing (though not really a good word to use) how in tune you and both are with the BP issues for each pregnancy at the same mark. Thankful that your care and that of your babies is in good hands! A great OB/MFM team is crucial.
I promise my friend Denise is an amazing photographer! Easy to work with & so sweet - plus the pictures..ah - perfect!
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- Melissa :)
Do you remember the Arnetts from Bethany? Their oldest daughter Emilie is an awesome photographer with such neat ideas. Check her out at www.wix.com/emiliearnett/emilie (Sorry, don't know how to do attachments.)
You look beautiful mama!
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