I went to my fourth OB appointment today. Em is so used to the visits, and even anticipates them with some pleasure because the nurses allow her to assist them. Fat Mess: So I have 3.5 months left and so far I have gained 10-11 lbs. I’m hoping that my last 3 months, I’ll stick to gaining 12 lbs which will help me reach my goal of taking in 20-25 lbs. this pregnancy. Thankfully, I don’t waddle yet, no back pains, but it’s getting harder to sleep (as anticipated). Tests: My doctor was happily smiling at me today, seeing that I finally look very pregnant. Today was also my last blood test, so I was relieved to know that so far, no complications. The baby, from all the ultrasounds is growing normally with the measurements appropriately where they should be. In Case of Emergency: I’m also VERY happy to know that the hospital is only minutes away, unlike my first pregnancy when the distance took us about 25 mins. travel. I remember being so uncomfortable during my contractions, and thankfully, there were no emergencies, or else I would have had to give birth in a closer facility. Being into my […]
So it’s month 5 and I’ve gained 5 lbs. total. Pretty good so far…I’ve gained my appetite back, but I’m still not eating as much as I thought I would, like I did with Emma- like a beast that’s been on Atkins. But I’m sure it’ll come; I mean, I do have 4 more months left. So, for those who want to see me fat, here’s a nice little treat- 0 cals, from me to you: So far, Baby Z kicks a lot now, mostly during the night, like Emma used to do. I think this time around, the baby will be a little bigger than his/her Ate because I remember the doctors being concerned about Em’s size and weight. But they do say that the second baby is easier to push out during delivery (I won’t go into details)…so I’m putting in my order already for that Turkey sub that I can’t eat during my pregnancy, and add a Monte Cristo on the side :-). For those interested, there are more pictures posted on our Photo Gallery: 2008-2009 40 Weeks
Yesterday, we went to get an anatomy ultrasound for Baby Z, and that includes the possibility of finding out the gender. For the past months, I’ve always felt that the baby was a boy, already preparing Zem that she’ll have a baby brother. So she’s been calling my tummy, Baby ZIAS, short for Zacharias. And even people in church know Baby Z by this name…We’ve planned our kids’ names even before they were conceived so we’ve had our hearts set on them. But yesterday, the technician felt very unsure about concluding the gender of Baby Z due to the position of the baby. This made Perze and me a little heartbroken, but even more so into a deeper realization that this baby could in fact be a girl! All the images of having two beautiful little girls close in age made me rethink the dynamics of our family. Don’t get me wrong, boy OR girl, we’re immensely excited for this added blessing, this amazing life being formed in my womb. I’ve just always had this image in my mind that Em would be helping me take care of her baby brother. The thought takes some adjustment. But aside from […]
… I flinch. When I flinch I don’t hide it really well. We went to the radiologist yesterday to hopefully find out what Baby Z’s sex was but the baby was being stubborn. I got upset from the inside, but I didn’t really hide that pretty well because Marchesa saw the reaction in my face as if she was reading a comic book. I honestly got sad. Made me wish that I shouldn’t have expected anything. Would have been nice if there was a definite answer, is it a boy? A girl? I wasn’t ready for … Uncertainty. I honestly can’t wait until this baby gets here, five months feels too far away.
A lot of people are asking me what the baby has, in terms of anatomy, so I wanted to provide a general picture of what’s happening inside how the baby is, physically. from www.parents.com: So we’re now in our 2nd trimester. I survived the first without vomiting, experiencing mood swings, and weight gain. We’re now in our 16th week and in around 3 weeks, we’re getting our 2nd ultrasound which will allow us to know Baby Z’s gender! We already have names chosen. We’ve known our children’s names even before they were conceived so we’re excited to give Baby Z his/her name, knowing it’s going to be a huge part of who he/she will become.
Yes, just like the title says, somebody kicked me. I didn’t really realized it at first but as Marchesa’s pregnancy progresses, this baby gets more active each week. I remember when she was pregnant with Emma, there were no kicks until after the 20th week and this kicker is more active and we just hit our 16th week. This baby seems more active than the first. I must admit that we were really excited when we found out that we were pregnant but didn’t really look forward to those grueling days. Now that we’ve gone through Emma and have seen how self sufficient she has been since she was potty trained right before she turned 3. Sleepless nights and getting up every 2 hours to feed and change the baby’s diaper is not a fun task, not at all. But when the baby returns back that favor by smiling back at you or just lie there by his cute self, it really is all worth it. In two weeks, Marchesa will have her 2nd Ultrasound and this might be the time that we will find out if we are having Zacharias Perze, or Zienne Noelle. Either way, we can’t wait. […]
Today was my second visit to the Gyn. Zem accompanied me, excited to check up on Baby Z. We both heard Baby Z’s heartbeat, and although I’ve already gone through the excitement of first hearing Zem’s heartbeat, it was still so heartwarming and amazing, knowing that baby is inside, being prepared for life outside of the womb, already with a purpose in his DNA. After Zem heard the heartbeat, she asked me, "is his heart broken?" I do appreciate how this Gyn., after every checkup, explains all the necessary procedures following my visit, answers all my questions, and gives tons of recommendations. My last Gyn. tended to talk while I was having my checkup, which never helped my concentration. I would drive home regretfully remembering the questions I had meant to ask. So to update, we’re 15 weeks and 4 days :). I’m not into my second trimester which means I should be getting my appetite back. Having shared my concerns w/ my doctor of my lack of weight after 15 weeks, I was assured that it wasn’t a pressing concern since the baby was shown to have been growing normally. Phew. He also assured me, smilingly, that this should […]