Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Body Pillow

As you may have read in my last post I have had extremely achy hips, shoulders and lower back when waking up in the morning. So achy I might go so far as to say that they were painful. I am into practicing good pregnancy 'stuff' as soon as I find out I am pregnant, so that means no lying flat on my back, left side lying (and sometime right side lying) while asleep, squats and Indian style sitting...and on and on. Unfortunately my body is already feeling 'loose'. Basically toward the end of pregnancy your body releases a relaxin hormone that prepares your hips and body for labor, but also loosens all your other joints. I already feel like that hormone is present in my body and when I sleep on my side my hips and shoulders feel as though they fold in on top of each other. Crazy but true, then waking up to the pain.

So, we invested in a body pillow. Last night was my second night using it, and I must say, "I LOVE IT." It helps to keep my hips, knees, ankles, shoulders and the rest of my body all in line while lying on my side. So here is to morning number two without an achy or painful body. Praise the Lord.

Moral of the story: If you sleep on your side and wake up in pain; get a body pillow.

Different Already

I know that pregnancies can be different from one another, but WOW, this one is extremely different than my first pregnancy. One of my friends asked me the other day if this pregnancy was more difficult or easier than my first one? Seriously, I was not able to give a good answer for that question.

I will only be 11-weeks along tomorrow, and I am hoping that with the 2nd trimester comes some much needed relief, but has this pregnancy been more difficult thus far? Well, why don't you tell me. I will give you a rundown of the differences and you can decide. I think any time you are in the middle of going through something you tend to believe it is more difficult because you are smack dab in the middle of it, but I really do remember being MISERABLE with morning sickness for the longest time with Mackenzie and am glad that this is not an exact repeat (although it was heading there fast).

1st Pregnancy:
*No complications during entire pregnancy.

*AWFUL morning sickness through about 16-weeks of pregnancy (threw up 6 - 8 times a day on most days)

*The day the morning sickness ebbed away I got the WORST heart burn. The burning was constant and very strong. It even made me throw up from time to time until Mackenzie was born. I thought a hole was being burnt into my chest.

*Other than that I had a ton of energy, was never really achy, enjoyed being pregnant, never had the headaches, dizziness or fatigue that often comes with pregnancy. I did have the usual 'run to the bathroom to pee every 10 minutes', and the 'I'm starving all the time' but what woman does not have that. I bonded well with Mackenzie en-utero, so all in all we survived and I actually loved being pregnant.

2nd Pregnancy:
*I started off having awful morning sickness and was well on my way to throwing up 6-8 times a day, but was told to go ahead and get off the vitamins for a little while until this passes. Since getting off the vitamins I only throw up once ever 2-3 days (even though I feel like throwing up all the time).

*I already can NOT sleep at night. And for no good reason. My mind simply will not turn off, and I'm not even thinking about anything important. Ugg.

*I am EXHAUSTED all the time, but since I have a wonderful and sweet toddler she doesn't make anything more difficult on me. Boy am I blessed in that area.

*I have had a bit of indigestion.

*I have been CRAZY dizzy and light headed.

*I have been getting headaches, and last night was the worst one yet!

*I would wake up in the morning to aching hips, shoulders and lower back (next post will be about this).

*Even with all of that I am enjoying being pregnant; if that is even possible. And I am already bonding with this new little life growing inside me. Seriously, I already want to know if this baby is a boy or a girl. Also, like I said earlier, I really hope that the 2nd trimester brings some much needed relief in the morning sickness, headaches, dizziness, tiredness, light headedness...arena.

So, what do you think? Has this pregnancy been easier or more difficult thus far? I predict that I will NOT GET HEARTBURN this pregnancy, so the 2nd and 3rd trimesters will be easier than my first pregnancy.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Showing? Pregnancy Dreams.

I am 10-weeks pregnant today and I think I must be showing. No, the baby is not showing yet because (s)he is only 1.5 inches long from head to rump. A baby the size of a kumquat would not be showing, but Wayne keeps commenting on my baby belly, so apparently I am showing.

On to other news.

Did you have dreams when you were pregnant? Dreams about your birth and random strange things? I am usually a dreamer, but my dreams become more focused and a bit bizarre when I am pregnant. I had a lot of pregnancy dreams with Mackenzie, but I don't remember any of them now. Maybe I can chronicle some of the dreams on this blog for baby #2.

I had my first "pregnancy" dream the other night. I say it is my first because I have had dreams about my second pregnancy in the past, but this is the first one I have had while pregnant.

In this dream it was the middle of the night and I went into labor just as I did with Mackenzie, but this time there were about 40 people at our house for no apparent reason. My labor was only an hour long and my midwife arrived for the last push to 'catch' the baby. After the baby was born the midwife assistant kept trying to walk around with the baby and show him (it was a boy) to everyone, but I had to keep telling her that the umbilical cord was not cut yet. Finally when they cut the cord she took the baby and started passing him around to the various 40 people and I had not even seen him yet, and none of the baby health evaluation had been completed. I also kept asking if I could take a bath because I felt dirty. After about an hour of playing "pass the baby" I asked if I could see him and nurse him. Every one's response was something like "when we are done looking at him."

I have reason to believe that my birth experience will turn out nothing like this; except maybe for the hour long labor. I secretly (or now openly) hope my labor with baby #2 is 2.5 hours with about 5-10 pushes. We will see.


Just because I never seem to post any updated pictures. Whenever I ask Mackenzie to smile she shuts one eye...why? Who knows?

Dressed up with Nani.
At the Katy Rodeo with her stick horse "Bandanna".

Thursday, April 8, 2010

She Did What?

Well, yesterday we had what I will call our first big scare. Being pregnant I am running to the bathroom all day long with either morning sickness or needing to go pee. Either way, it leaves Mackenzie alone for a minute or two sometimes if I can't convince her to come with me. Usually she is just playing quietly, so no big deal.

Yesterday morning while making one of these short trips I heard Mackenzie start to sneeze uncontrollably and when I ran out and rounded the corner she had her finger stuck all the way up her nose and she told me "Bugger Stuck." Immediately I thought, "Oh no! What has she put up her nose?" We ran to get a flashlight and look up her nose, but nothing. I couldn't see anything so I thought we should wait it out. About every 2 hours she would remind me that she had a, "Bugger Stuck; Mommy get it out." And after her telling me this all day yesterday, all night and all morning we decided to go to the ENT (ear nose throat doctor). The good news is: NOTHING IS UP HER NOSE. The bad news is: She has her first (and hopefully last) pretty severe ear infection. So sad. She has not been complaining or had a fever or anything other than cutting a 2-year molar; so I was pretty surprised. I suppose that is the feeling or sensation she was having that made her think she had a 'bugger stuck'.

In Other News

I realize I have not posted a BLOG in a very long time, but I have a reason for not wanting to get on the Internet. What? What could possibly keep you from getting on the Internet and telling us about your life? Let me tell you; it is a little something called "Morning Sickness." If you didn't get that...I am pregnant! Yes, we are having another baby. I have been waiting to post until today because today we got to her the baby's heartbeat for the very first time. It sounded great. Everything looks good, and the only really bad part is this dreaded morning sickness and some dizziness/lightheadedness. Oh, and going to the bathroom all day long and not sleeping well at night, and being really tired. But other than that everything is really GREAT. So there you have it...we are adding a little #2 to the family.