twenty-six weeks

April 15, 2011

Symptoms: Pregnancy is, like, the weirdest thing ever. Seems like every week something new is happening to my body. Like how three weeks ago I ended up in the hospital because they thought I might have appendicitis but it turned out to be only a bladder infection and possibly bad gas. Then there’s the fact that all my joints have loosened and one of my ribs is now “wandering” (as my doctor put it), not quite in place anymore. Ouch. I feel this strange sensation in my left upper abdomen, on top of my ribs, that is almost like someone pressing up from the inside and moving around. I’m thinking my intestines are way up there now. And every morning after I’ve been lying down, I take a deep breath and feel a vibration throughout my chest that feels like friction. It has my doctor stumped, but she suspects it has to do with the inflammation of my ribs.

Oh, and the hormones! After I saw my doctor yesterday, a perfectly good visit, I was suddenly struck with such a case of melancholy. It took a cup of coffee and total immersion in work to numb it. Then yesterday I drove the thirty miles to work and took the bus home, an hour-long ride, and didn’t realize that I had abandoned my car until I couldn’t find it at the park and ride. I wanted to cry. I believe this is what they call pregnancy brain.

Medical Stuff: I have gained a total of 15 pounds so far. I took my 2-hour glucose tolerance test yesterday, and since I haven’t heard that it was abnormal I’m assuming it was fine. Three weeks ago my blood counts were all low so my doctor retested them yesterday but I don’t know the results. I’m so tempted to look them up myself (it would be so easy), but that would be a violation of HIPAA and I’m too much of a goody-goody for that.

Movement: She moves! The first time I felt it for sure was on St. Patrick’s Day, and two days later early on Saturday morning David and I were lying in bed (he sleeping, me resting) and I grabbed his hand, pressed it to my belly, and he felt her. Neither of us can get enough of it now.

Clothes: I still wear my regular scrub pants most of the time, but they’re getting a bit tight. A couple of my scrub tops fit, but mostly I wear t-shirts with them. I can’t do regular pants anymore, but I haven’t bought anything yet. I have a few hand-me-down maternity clothes, including jeans, and I make do with those plus sundresses and yoga pants. I want to spend as little as possible on clothes.

Preparation: This is what has me the most stressed. We’ve done a lot of painting in our house, but there’s still a lot more to go. We’re attending childbirth classes, but lately I’ve chosen to read memoirs & humorous accounts of pregnancy & parenting rather than actual, informative books. We’re going to visit another daycare today, and I hope we love it because it’s the cheapest one around. I need to register but I need HELP.

Also: I absolutely cannot picture myself as an actual mother. I know people do this all the time, but I haven’t done it yet and I’m still pretty scared. I love Meredith so much but oh my goodness this is all happening so fast!

Posted in: motherhood, motherhood, pregnancy

Comments on twenty-six weeks

  1. 1

    From Spring:

    You look SO lovely! Hang in there. I’m thinking of you often, especially since I read about that loose rib (um, crazy) on Twitter. Love.

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    From Emily Jane:

    You do look just wonderful :)

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    From Holly:

    You look fantastic! Pregnancy brain is always lots of fun … One time I wore my maternity jeans to church backwards – and didn’t notice until maybe the third time I went to use the bathroom. Awkward …

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    From Becca:

    Hey, we could go look at stuff when we’re there…if you wanted. But I warn you, I will be a complete downer and tell you that you don’t need hardly anything that everyone makes you think you need so much. So think long and hard before saying yes! :) This might be a thing that you would rather do with your mom. It was for me. (But she was a downer and told me that I didn’t need hardly anything that everyone made me think that I needed so much!)

  5. 5

    From Becca:

    You look cute, by the way.

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    From Becky:

    You look great! And ouch – a “wandering” rib sounds painful indeed!

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    From Mom:

    I’m definitely available to help with the registration process! I’ll probably think you’ll need a little something, especially if it’s cute!

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    From nic:

    You look so cute!

    I’m not sure how you feel about seeing a chiropractor, but there are some that specialize in pregnancy (I think it’s called the Webster technique). I bet they could help you with that rib issue. I’ve had to see one, and it seriously made a world of difference. Hope it gets better for you!

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    From Christine:

    You look so cute! I love your belly. :)

    I hope that health things begin to behave soon!

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    From Misti:

    You look too cute :0)

    Regarding registering, Babies R Us and Target will give you a registry check list to go by. You DO NOT need everything on there as you will soon be able to tell. But, the list if very helpful. Also, at Babies R Us, the attendant at the registry table will help you with anything you need.

    Regarding being a mom for the first time…YOU’VE SOOOOO GOT THIS! Just remember to trust your own instincts. It IS possible to read so much about caring for a newborn/baby that you will drive yourself crazy (I know this because this is what I did with Isaiah). Also, you have a boat load of people who are here WHENEVER you need us!

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    From Naomi:

    I meet a lot of first time moms at the day care I work for, you are going to a great mom. I know of several day care’s in City of Houston that I would recommend, but none around your residential area. Good luck with the child care process, it will all be fine. Much love.

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    From Suburban Sweetheart:

    You’re an adorable, happy-looking pregnant woman! I can’t really imagine what being pregnant must be like – and the fact that at the end of it, YOU HAVE A CHILD. But I know you’ll be a wonderful, wonderful mother. Sending you & the fam lots of good thoughts!

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    From MelissaOklahoma:

    First of all, you look too cute! I’m so sorry about the rib and the abanoding of the car though. :-/ Hopefully in the near future it’ll be one of those fond and funny memories. You know those things that aren’t funny at all while you’re going through them and then later down the road, they all of sudden become humerous.

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    From Erin:

    You look adorable!

    Registering gave me panic attacks. I had a minor meltdown in the bottle aisle because there are just SO MANY CHOICES.

    When I was pregnant, I was always marveling at the fact that the babies were going to come live with us…like at our house. It was so hard for me to imagine them really being here.

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    From Mindy:

    So cute :) And I agree, there are tons of things to register for, but only a few real essentials! Check out the book Baby Bargains for the lowdown on advice and reviews on products (I believe a new one comes out every year, and you can check it out at the library). This helped me a lot as I knew nada about babies before Liv, lol. Don’t let it overwhelm you; talk to the mommas you know and get their advice too. :) And sadly, I still have pregnancy brain… sigh

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    From Glam-O-Mommy:

    You look great…sorry to hear about the rib–that sounds painful!

    I found registering at the store overwhelming…my husband and I went once and picked out the big items like the stroller/car seat/pack and play. Then, we left. Then, I just looked at things online and added them to our registry from there. If I happened to be in a store and something stuck me as cool, I grabbed their scan gun and added it. Doing it in small spurts seemed better than doing it in one fell swoop!

    I would say don’t worry about the books…they can also freak you out. Talk to people who’ve recently had a baby about what they didn’t expect or what things they find absolutely crucial to have for a newborn (I recommend a Boppy). And then trust your gut. You are going to be the expert on your baby and whatever you do for her will be perfect. :)

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    From Nora:

    You look so adorable! I love reading this updates/recaps. Sorry to hear about the rib pain though; I have heard about that but I can’t even imagine it. Yikes!

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