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Nine Weeks

I am: 9 weeks, 1 day

Weight gain:  More like weight loss, I’ve lost a couple of pounds.

Belly button status: In

Cravings/Aversions:  Cheeseburgers, not supposed to be eating red meat, but I love me some big ol’ greasy cheeseburgers.

Miscellanea:   Woo hoo… no morning sickness!

Baby’s size:  25 – 29 mm

Development:  Not too much has changed since last week.  Just growing, growing, growing!   Baby is now the size of an olive!  I love olives….

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*No photo this week.  I’ve got a sick little girl today and photos just aren’t on the agenda.

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8 Weeks

8 weeks

I am: 8 weeks, 1 day

Weight gain: Not much since last week…maybe 1 lb.

Belly button status: In

Cravings/Aversions:  I wanted some cheese ravioli with alfredo sauce so badly the other day, I almost went to the store in my pajamas.

Miscellanea:  I’m still crazy tired.  Still haven’t really had any “morning sickness”, just a couple of days of not really feeling like myself.  Plus I received my first baby purchase!  A free sling from Seven Slings. (OK, so I had to pay the S&H.)  I’ve never used a sling before, not sure that I’ll get the hang of using this one either.

Black Magic sling – $39.00

Baby’s size:  23 – 26 mm

Development:  The head is now round!  He/she now has external ears, taste buds, and non-webbed fingers and toes!

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An Adventure in Early Pregnancy

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In keeping with my goal of being more honest and “real” on dis here blog, let me tell you a story.  A story of the crazy roller coaster that has become my innards.

While I am just barely to the 2nd month mark, I’m pretty sure I should buy stock in Metamucil or some other “stool softener” that is acceptable to take while pregnant.  I do not remember ever having this issue with my other two pregnancies.

Unfortunately, I must have eaten too much of that smörgåsbord of Thanksgiving.  I woke up Sunday morning with a horrible tummy ache.  No matter how many trips to the bathroom I made, they were all unsuccessful.  So I did what any worried, frantic person would do.  I overcompensated.  I drank a ginormous glass of eggnog, ate two helpings of salad, and waited.

Finally, finally… success.  Then I took a nap ’cause that’s what pregnant chicks do when your husband has forced you to watch hours upon hours of football in one day.  Don’t get me wrong, I love me some football, but OMG… I can only take so much.  I think this may have been my biggest mistake.  While I was taking a much needed little snooze,  all that lettuce and veggies mixed with that ginormous glass of eggnog was getting all brewed and stewed and fermented.  Suddenly, the throne and I were best friends.  Inseparable we were… for hours.

In the span of one day (really less than 24 hours) I went from one extreme to the next.  Now I’m trying to remind myself to drink at least one glass of 100% juice everyday to avoid this “mishap” again.  I want to know if any of my loyal readers have ever encountered this in their pregnancy (or pregnancies) and what kinds of tips or tricks worked best for you.  I’m going to open a discussion in my Blog Frog community so after leaving  your comments here, head on over to the community to put in your two cents!  If the link doesn’t work for you, then visit the sidebar and click on “Join my Community”.

7 Weeks

7 weeks

I am: 7 weeks, 1 day

Weight gain: About 3 lbs.

Belly button status: In

Cravings/Aversions: Yesterday I forgot the olives and it was like torture to not have any.

Miscellanea: Still tired, taking naps.  New prenatal vitamins aren’t horse pills and haven’t made me sick… yet.

Baby’s size:  13 – 18 mm

Development:  Knee and ankle locations are shown as indentations, semicircular canals are beginning to form inside the inner ear, toenails are forming!

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6 Weeks

I came across a new blog this week, Mama’s Gonna Buy You a Mockingbird, and I loved the format of her weekly updates!  She also turned me on to a great site that I hadn’t heard of before called The Visible Embryo.  They give detailed info on what is going on with my baby’s development.

This is week 6 so…

I am: 6 weeks, 1 day

Weight gain: Not quite sure yet, haven’t been to dr.

Belly button status: In

Cravings/Aversions: Nothing.

Miscellanea: I’m already tired.

Baby’s size:  10 – 13 mm

Development:  The heart is now forming chambers!

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Where’d She Go?

I know that I dropped a bomb on y’all then kind of abandoned the blog for the rest of the week.  Please accept my apologies.  I’ve been being a good mom by volunteering at my kids school for the Fall edition of their Scholastic Book Fair.  It’s not really hard work, but it’s definitely time consuming and will tire you out!  Grandparent’s Day always has a big turn out and the last day of sales (Thursday) has kids visiting the library up until mere seconds before the bell rings.  It’s fun, exciting, and gratifying to see so many kids be so excited to get books.

I decided to add a page to do some photo updates of my quickly growing belly.  I wasn’t such a camera clicking crazy person when my first children were born so I didn’t take nearly as many photos of them as I wish that I had or any photos of all of myself during the pregnancy.  I mentioned the quickness of the growing belly.  I’ll freely admit that even before I knew there was a reason for my belly to look pregnant, it looked pregnant.  I often wondered how long I could pawn off my little belly inner tube on the kids, who are 9 and 11.  I am just 5 weeks along and already the pants are uncomfortable when buttoned.  I’m freakin’ out.  Obviously, we’re on a budget and I can’t possibly run out and buy tons of maternity clothes.  Did anyone else (who has had multiple kids) notice that you began to grow sooner than with your previous pregnancies?  I honestly don’t even know where to buy maternity clothes where I won’t look frumpy and still get the most for my money.  Anyone have any suggestions??  Stores, types of clothing, online shops?

Did I mention how big of a surprise this was?  We have a crib.  That’s it.  Things have changed so much in the past 9 years that I really don’t even know where to begin with gadgets for this baby.  So again, I’m going to ask for some advice from you, my dear readers.  Give me some recommendations for all things baby!!

Four Peas in this Pod + 1

Did anyone guess the announcement?  

We’re having another baby!

This was a huge surprise.  A seriously huge surprise.  I did stop taking birth control a little over a year ago, but I’ve been keeping tabs on ovulation and cycles.  I felt it was time to stop taking them since I’d been on them since Kaia was born in 2001.  The risk of cancers increases the longer you take birth control pills and with a history of cancers in my family, I didn’t want to take any unneeded chances with fate.

I checked with the insurance company to find a midwife in my area.  This morning I call to make an appointment, get through all the information, only to find out she doesn’t do pre-natal care anymore.  I asked if they could recommend another midwife in the area and she said she didn’t know of any.  Great…  I had to fall back on the crazy busy OB/GYN whose receptionist was sweet, nice, and kind.  Guess that’s what I was meant to do in the first place.  My first appointment isn’t until the 22nd though.

I phoned the local health department to schedule an appointment for a test and to apply for WIC.  I used WIC with both of my other children and it was so helpful.  They were pleasant and polite.  That appointment is on Wednesday.

Then I made the mistake of calling the Cabinet for Families and Health Services.  Is it a requirement to be as big a bitch as you can possibly be to work for these people?  Right off the bat, she was very uninterested in even answering the damn phone.  In the most monotone voice available… “This is Tabitha.  How can I help you.”  I smiled because I’ve been told that if you smile while talking on the phone you sound kind, then said I needed to make an appointment.  She went through the routine of asking my name, social, blah, blah, blah… Then asked what my income was.  When I told her that I did not have one, but my husband did, I audibly heard her sigh then say, with a bad attitude, that she was going to need his pay stubs for the entire month of September and October.  I told her that my husband doesn’t get a paper pay stub because his employer had gone green.  She again sighed loudly then informed me that I had to produce something, she would not take a bank statement because that doesn’t show gross income, that she would not take a monthly summary either, she has to have copies of every single paycheck.  Then she informs me that I have to have a statement from someone who is not related to me showing that I wasn’t employed and had no income, plus a statement from my mother-in-law stating how much we pay in rent monthly.  I’m not proud to say I was considering applying for food assistance from the government, but as she was the most unpleasant, rude, aggravating person, I am proud to say that I won’t be doing so now.  It’s already testing of ones pride to ask for assistance, but to be treated so poorly in just the first phone call, was not necessary.  Every little bit helps, but I won’t subject myself to being treated that way.  So screw you Little Miss Tabitha from the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Health Services, you are a bitch.  I hope you get a UTI.

So yay for our family!  We’re having another baby!!