Week 15

Dear Baby

You’re now the size of a navel orange!  According to The Bump, you’re moving a ton, and I’m fairly certain that I feel you at least a couple times a day.  All of your joints and limbs are now moving like they should.  You might also be hiccuping in there, which is just super cute, I can’t wait until I get to feel those too.
I was at the doctor at the beginning of the week (why your post is late) and I was diagnosed with bronchitis made worse by asthma, which is just awesome.  So, I’ve been spending Christmas week on antibiotics and lounging on the sofa, and just basically trying to get better.  I think I’m finally on the mend, though, so there’s the bright side.
My belly is getting bigger and you can tell that it’s a definitely a baby bump.  We also have an appointment on your dad’s birthday for our 18 week ultrasound.  I’m so excited to see you!  We’ve also decided that we’re not going to find out your sex.  I really want to be surprised!
Also, we’ve hired the same doula who helped me all through my pregnancy with your brother.  I’m so excited to have her on board.  She’s a great lady, and I hope you get to meet her one day!
I’m writing this to you on Christmas day, and I couldn’t help but think all day that you’ll be here to help celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah next year.  I’m so looking forward to seeing everything you’re going to add to our family.  You’re so wanted and so loved.  I can hardly wait the next 5 1/2 months to meet you.
Keep growing.  Love,
Momma
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Monsters

I’ve been writing so much about my pregnancy and the upcoming baby, that it seems I’ve forgotten to post things about my other baby.
Henry is going through a phase right now where his imagination is getting in the way of going to sleep at night. He is terrified of monsters. In fact, we have conversations like this all the time:

Henry: I’ve got good news and bad news.

Me: What’s the good news?

Henry: The good news is I’m happy.

Me. What’s the bad news?

Henry: The bad news is that monsters are coming to get me.

It breaks my heart for this kid. All this week and last week he has called out to us every time we close his door for him to go to sleep. He’s afraid of being left alone in his room. We’ve tried giving him strategies to deal with his fear. He has a night light, a christmas tree that we keep lit at night, a light saber (to defeat monsters with) and a flash light in case he gets scared.  

All of these things and he’s still afraid to go to sleep at night. He’s even been asking for me to rock with him in his rocking chair again before bedtime and while we rock he asks me to sing to him. I sing the lullaby that I’ve been singing since he was a baby (Baby Mine from Dumbo).  

When I finally got him into bed last night I had to tell him that I would protect him at all costs if monsters attacked, that I would never allow a monster to touch one hair on his head, and then I pretty much had to brow beat him into believing me that I could accomplish such a feat.  

I’m at a loss for what to do to help put his fears to rest. I don’t simply want to tell him that monsters don’t exist and just leave it at that. I remember when I was a kid that my parents did that, and it did nothing to ease my fears in the dark of the night.  

Does anyone have any thoughts on how to help ease his fears?

  

Week 14

Dear Baby,
This week you’re as a big as a lemon! The cool news is that you’ve doubled in weight since last week! Your kidneys are making urine and your liver and spleen are functioning as well. You’re developing more and more each day. This week you’re also growing lanugo – a peach fuzzy substance that covers you all over. It’ll help keep you nice and warm while you finish cooking.

Last week I came down with a pretty horrible cold that kept me out of work for 3 days. It turned into bronchitis and for Thursday and Friday I barely got out of bed. I’m starting to feel better today, but it is taking me a while to get over this stupid cold.  

Other developments with me this week….this is a bit embarrassing to admit, but incontinence…..Especially with all of the coughing and sneezing I’ve been doing, it seems like every time I cough or sneeze I pee. It’s so embarrassing, and demoralizing. I hope it doesn’t last through the whole pregnancy and that it’s only made worse by the bronchitis.

Everything that I read says that I should be getting my appetite back about now, and I’m not sure if it’s because of being sick, but it’s really been hard for me to eat lately. I have my breakfast sitting in front of me right now (it’s 10:45, and I’ve been looking at it since 8:00) and I can hardly bring myself to eat it. I need to, because I don’t want to throw up, but ugh, I’m just over food right now.

I need to call this week and schedule my 18 week ultrasound. I’m excited about it. You’ll be a lot bigger and look more and more like a baby. I’m still having trouble deciding if we should find out your sex. I go back and forth on the subject. I really wanted to wait and be surprised with your brother, but your dad wore me down into finding out. So, part of me really wants to wait this time, but I also want to know so that if you’re a girl, I can prepare by getting some girly things. I have a couple weeks to decide, so hopefully I’ll be able to make up my mind.

I love you so much. Keep growing,

Momma

Week 13

Dear Baby,
We’ve made it to 13 weeks, which means that we are officially in the second trimester!! It also means that we’re 1/3 through this pregnancy. Whoo Hoo! This week you’re the size of a peach. You’re currently forming vocal chords, and I can’t wait to hear all of the sweet sounds you’re going to make. You’re also busy forming teeth! And, your intestines are moving from the umbilical cord to your tummy.  

We announced to the world on Sunday that you’ll be arriving in June. We are super excited about your arrival, and so it seems is everyone else we’ve shared the news with. You got a whopping 250+ likes on Facebook and over 70 comments, so I’d say you’re pretty popular.  

My friend Kathleen (who is awesome) loaned me a bunch of maternity clothes, and I’m really excited about it. I never knew how comfy maternity pants were, and now I’m wishing I had bought a few pairs when I was pregnant with your brother. Oh well….hind sight.  

I’ve stopped taking my progesterone supplements, and so far nothing scary has happened. I’m continuing to knock on all wood that it stays that way. I’ve also stopped taking my anti nausea meds, more because I forgot to refill the prescription than any other reason. But, I figured I’d see how I’d do without them and reassess to see if I need to refill it. So far, it’s not much different than when I was taking them. So, I think I can go without from now on. =).  

There are no new pregnancy symptoms to report for me. Everything is pretty much the same: nauseous, tired, sore boobs, sciatica, and every now and then I swear I feel you move.

I’m really looking forward to when you get a bit bigger and I can feel you move all the time. The pregnancy always seems to feel more real when that happens. I love you so much! Keep growing!

Momma