Sunday, February 18, 2018

Baby 4 Pregnancy Journal: 12 Weeks!

*12 weeks was actually 02-08-18. I'm already behind in writing these journal posts! 

This baby deep inside me, ever so small, is a child of God. A child that God gave me to take care of whether for a day or for years. That care began at conception. Whether he or she lives or dies each day I am with him or her is a gift and has a purpose with eternal consequences. My baby is now part of my life, my testimony. -Brenda Rogers, "New Rules for Announcing a Pregnancy"

How Far Along?  12 weeks
" Most of his systems are in place, though there's still plenty of maturing to do. For one thing, his fetal digestive system is beginning to practice contraction movements necessary for eating, and his bone marrow is busy making white blood cells." -What to Expect When You're Expecting, 4th ed.

Baby Size: "baby weighs a full half-ounce and is about the size of a large plum" -What to Expect When You're Expecting, 4th ed.

Gender: David and I had decided to wait until the baby's arrival to know gender. However, Tennyson and Annelise are so convinced that the new baby is going to be a girl. We're now considering finding out the gender just so they will be excited for a baby brother if the baby is a boy. haha

Tennyson said recently that he wanted a girl because he already has a baby brother, and now Annelise needs a baby sister. So sweet!

Weight Gain: No new number since the last update

 Belly: There's no hiding this baby bump! I'm now getting the curious looks and a few questions. hah

Sleep: I sleep as much as possible. If I'm still for any amount of time, I tend to doze off. I think I've been reading the same 200 page book for the last three months because I keep falling asleep after reading only a couple pages. At night, David has assumed most of the getting up with the other children. At this point, I simply have to have rest.

Symptoms: The upset stomach issues seem to be easing. Although, there are still times in which I want to eat but the digestive system is just not doing the job. Such a disappointment to want the food and then not be able to eat it! haha

My legs are becoming the ache currently. The veins in my legs are not happy in the least. Compression hose have become a necessity to simply be able to withstand standing on my legs, especially for the duration that I do each day. (But, I still haven't found the courage to wear them out anywhere. I still wear them only in secret in my home. I'm sure that will change by the end of the pregnancy though. haha)

Clothing: Since I'll be wearing the compression hose so much this pregnancy, I've wanted some additional pieces that will accommodate the hose well. I have in mind to purchase a few maxi skirts and dresses to wear. These pieces will also be nice to have postpartum, I believe.

Movement: Still going as much as I ever was! I haven't slowed down yet! haha

Baby Movement: Not yet, but I'm eager to begin feeling all those wiggles!

Food Adversions: Sugar! The desire for sweets is plenty present. The ability to tolerate such things is totally gone. I nearly always regret indulging in sweets. Coffee is in a similar state. I think I want it, but then quickly change my mind as soon as it's poured. Bummer.

Food Cravings: fruit, fruit, fruit and more fruit. It's a true craving. I'm loving frozen mixed fruit as snacks. The chill & juiciness is absolutely delightful!

Not a "craving," but I've come to really enjoy green tea instead of coffee. My husband is proud. haha (He prefers tea over coffee)

Other Notes:
   I'm debating switching practitioners and hospitals. I'm not entirely confident how my current provider outsources things like ultrasounds out of office. The hospital I delivered at last time was okay, but not all that great. The NICU there reminds me a lot of the one we had with our first baby, and that makes me really nervous. The hospital across town is much, much nicer, including the NICU. Delivering there, however, means changing providers as well. I want to change, but I also hate to start all over. Being a vbac, I always feel like I'm in a precarious position in finding someone who will deliver that way. After two successful vbacs, I certainly don't want an automatic c-section simply because a provider doesn't do vbacs. Decisions, decisions.

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