24 weeks (Xpost at TTCAM)

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24 weeks (Xpost at TTCAM)
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Fri, 07-30-2010 - 12:51am

Wow, ok, so today I am 24 weeks pregnant. If I had stopped to think about it, I would have taken a belly shot to share with you. But I feel like I havent gotten much time to stop and think lately! Life keeps me busy.

It is very very obvious now that there is a baby in my tummy. I have been really hesitant to share the news with people around me, locally - we havent lived here very long, so there are a lot of people that we "know", but not very well, KWIM? And I just feel weird coming out with "By the way, Im pregnant!" So we've been slowly letting the news out. And now it's totally obvious, and I feel kind of bad when people look at me and say "OMG, I had no idea you were expecting!". Ooops. Yeah.

DH and I are still having an awful time agreeing on names. I mean, of course I have a list of my top 3 boy and girl names, but he doesnt seem to like any of them. During our "big U/S" we decided NOT to find out the sex. So even though no one, not even the doctors, know if it is a boy or girl, people are still hounding us about it. Or they look at me like I have three heads when I tell them "No, we didnt find out."

Our 5yo DD is constantly rubbing my belly and asking if the baby is moving, or "Is the baby cold?" or "Can the baby hear me?" It's very cute. She is super-excited. And she is insisting that this is a BOY baby. She tells us "I already have a little sister, now I want a little brother this time." (DH is also secretly hoping for a son.) The one-and-a-half y.o. has absolutely no clue what is going on. hahaha, poor girl!

Some days I still have a hard time connecting with this little one. Dont get me wrong, I LOVE LOVE LOVE being pregnant, I just feel kind of disassociated from it sometimes. It is still kind of surreal, that I am actually going to be the mom of THREE kids by the end of November (two of them in diapers.... eeek!). And then there are those PAL-mom fears of something going horribly wrong. LOL Lately I have been scared of BMs, because it feels the same as pushing during labor! What a dork I am, right? Anyways, the next big milestone to get to is 28 weeks... I feel like that is the "point of viability". Maybe I'll relax a little more once I hit the 3t? Who knows.

Well, there's an update on me.
Now dont say that Ive kept you in the dark! :)



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Registered: 07-11-2009
Fri, 07-30-2010 - 8:21am

Nicole,


How exciting and congrats.


I totally relate on how surreal this pg is and not blurting it out to everyone. We just casually let it slip out and it spread like wildfire.

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Fri, 07-30-2010 - 11:19am

Nicole, thanks for the update! I'm glad things are going well for you. I think you can relax at this point and feel pretty sure that it really is going to work out. I understand how hard that is though. I've calmed down a lot, but now I find myself worrying about premature labor, genetic defects, stuff like that. I'm not sure we'll ever completely relax until those babes are out and in our arms, and we can see that they're normal!

I know what you mean about everyone hounding you with those questions. It can be so annoying, can't it? We did find out the sex but now everyone is asking what we're going to name it. Even my dental hygienist asked! Although we have one pretty much decided upon, frankly I'd rather not share the name for now, except maybe on these boards and with a few close friends. I really feel like people can become really critical with names before the baby is born. Afterward, it'll just be her name and they won't say anything if they don't like it. I just don't care if other people don't like it, because we really like it and it's a great name so that's all that matters. Not to mention that like you, we had a REALLY hard time finding one we could agree on, so we're not starting over now LOL!


pregnancy week by week

Melissa - 38

DH - 38

DD - Almost 2!



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Fri, 07-30-2010 - 12:24pm

Congratulations Nicole!

 



 



 


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Fri, 07-30-2010 - 12:56pm

I'm so glad that you're doing well, even if you still worry a bit. I do too. But at least your goal is 4 weeks away, I still take it one week at a time. I feel like 4 weeks is good progress, if that makes any sense. I take great comfort in the fact that my baby kicks the crap out of me all day long. I haven't told anyone about my pregnancy either, I just let them figure it out themselves. I had wanted to keep it to myself for longer, but my giant belly outed me by 12w (some figured it out much earlier). It's in no way a secret for me, I'm now larger than a lady at my work who is 35 weeks, I can't see the bottom side of my belly, can hardly bend over, and my poor belly button has started to pop.

Your 5yo sounds adorable. Maybe she knows something you don't and it is a boy cooking away in there. My nice (3yo) has never really seen a pregnant woman before and has no idea what's going on either. A few weeks ago she looked down the front of my shirt trying to see the baby lol!

Arrrg, names. My DH and I can't agree on a boy's name. At all. If it is a boy, it might be in trouble. Hopefully you guys can come to some agreement.

Thanks for the update. It looks like I've given you one on myself, though I didn't mean to, I can just relate.

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Sat, 07-31-2010 - 1:19am
Hey, dont apologize for updating me about you, I think it's great. I love hearing what's going on with everyone else!
And I love that your baby is already kicking you all the time! Personally, I find that to be very reassuring. It's when you can't feel them moving around for awhile, that the worries start to creep in...


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Tue, 08-03-2010 - 4:47pm

Nicole,


I'm so glad things are moving along well for you.


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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 12:04am
That's so exciting that you had the strength to stay team green. I caved! Well, the reason I caved was because I knew girl names would be so difficult for me.. and it is!! I have no clue what to name her, and have been fretting about it! Congrats on a great appointment!
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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 9:08pm

Wow, Nicole, I could have posted this! Except that I'm only 21 weeks, but all the rest was so familiar. We didn't find out the sex either, and so many people think that's just bizarre. I just think it's natural. It's our 3rd and last, so I would love a big surprise at the end. Granted, everything in pregnancy and delivery is a surprise, but you know what I mean!
I too am nervous about having 3 kids, two in diapers. My little guy is 18 months and I look at him and think, "He's still such a baby. How will I do this with 2 babies?" I almost feel like I'm kicking him out of babyhood, and I feel kind of cruel for it. They'll be about 22 months apart, and people do that all the time and survive, so I suppose I will too.
The only difference here is that my baby belly has been WAY out there for quite some time!! There was no hiding it, even when it was early and we kind of wanted to keep it a secret a little longer. And now I'm so big that people have to repeatedly comment on how huge I am and my dates must be off, or this must be a very big baby (it is), or there must be two babies in there, etc... So annoying!
Let's just enjoy these little babies while they're still inside and so easy to take care of! Soon enough we'll have our hands very full!

Stephanie

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