Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Chugging Right Along

Oh yeah!  I've got a blog!

I so want to blog more often.  I constantly get ideas of things I want to post but just don't take the time to post them.  Maybe I'll just do some marathon posting at some point.

So I'm 17 weeks now.  I still get sick from time to time but it's not constant.  Mostly it's after I eat or when I'm really tired, like today.  I've been feeling the baby move & kick everyday for the past 2 weeks now.  Today I'm pretty sure I felt it on the outside.  This seems to be a really active baby.  Tomorrow I have a checkup & I'm sure we'll get to schedule the big ultrasound a week or 2 later.  So it won't be long before we know who's in there!

I've been trying to find ways to cut back on our grocery bill.  It's definitely not easy as a family of 3 (going on 4).  But last week I made one great meal choice:  ham.  I cooked it in the crockpot with brown sugar, pineapple juice, & maple syrup & served it with mashed potatoes & green bean casserole.  There were rolls & sweet tea, too.  It was a wonderful meal!  We took off most of the meat to save for sandwiches which we ate all week for lunches & Sunday night for dinner.  And we froze the ham hock which I'm using today for beans & rice.  That should be another dinner that will stretch pretty far.  I'm thinking I'll do that meal once a month.

Now that it's slowly cooling off it makes more sense to have soup.  And soup stretches pretty far, too.  Shaylin doesn't do too well with soup yet but grilled cheese is an easy backup for her.  So I'm on the seach for easy, low-cost soups.

There could be more to tell about us but since we don't know anything right now I'll have to just keep that quiet.  How's that for being vague?!  We know that God's will will be done so we are just praying that His will is also our will & whatever the outcome we accept it.

Monday, October 3, 2011

2nd Trimester, baby!

I've been so excited to have finally reached the end of my 1st trimester.  Unfortunately, it doesn't mean my energy comes back & the nausea disappears immediately.  If this pregnancy goes like the one with Shaylin, then I've still got a couple more weeks to go.

But still, just reaching the point of the pregnancy when the risk of miscarriages takes a nose dive makes me happy.  And a good doctor's appointment this past week where we again heard the baby's heartbeat brings me a big sigh of relief.

The nausea is still pretty random.  I have good days & bad days.  Eating & I have a love/hate relationship now.  All along I could eat & my nausea would go away.  And it's still like that.  But now eating makes me sick.  Sometimes I even go into a meal not sick but then about 10 minutes after I eat I'm sick.  I'm trying to watch my portions but that hasn't seemed to make a difference.  Hopefully this doesn't continue through the remainder of the pregnancy.  There's too much good food out there!

Last week I had some really bad headaches, the kind that wouldn't go away.  And of course Tylenol, the only thing I'm allowed to take, doesn't work as well as other options out there.  Someone brought up the possibility of not drinking enough water so I started chugging water & since then I haven't had anymore headaches.  It's possible it could just be hormone-related, especially since the headaches occurred at the end of the 1st trimester.  But I know I haven't been drinking near the amount of water I used to so increasing it certainly isn't a bad thing.

Ending my 1st trimester also meant that I was able to stop taking prometrium, the progesterone supplement I've been taking twice a day since I learned I was pregnant.  I'm so happy to have 2 less pills to swallow everyday!  They weren't big pills but when you're feeling sick any pill is a struggle to get down.

My next checkup is on the 26th.  I'll be 17 1/2 weeks at that point so I'm hoping I will get to schedule my BIG ultrasound while I'm there.  I think my doctor prefers his patients to be 18 or 19 weeks before having it done so probably somewhere around the 1st week of November we'll get to know who's in there!  I can't wait!