Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The most annoying...

Th only real symptom of pregnancy that has stuck around since the beginning is my acne/breakouts. While camping this weekend my dad was like "oh, did a bug bite you on your face?" I said "No, that is my acne..."

Ugh. It's all over my forehead and I have some nasty breakouts on my face, below my lip and chin area. In addition to that I also have some areas on the front of my chest as well as my back. I am just a mess. It's hard to want to take cute bump pictures when I don't feel so cute.

But I am 23 weeks as of yesterday, only 17 more to go! Things are progressing right along. I am dreading my glucose test on July 3rd.

And I stepped on the scale yesterday and so far I am only up 10 pounds overall. Considering that I am 23 weeks along, I would say that I am doing fair.

We had our first baby class last week, it was called "Your Pregnant Body" and basically talked about how being pregnant affects every part of your body. A lot of what was discussed I had already heard or read somewhere, but since Ben came, it was nice for him to hear it as well.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Halfway hump!

I am 22 weeks today! My OB's office is still having a debate about my due date, it's fluctuating between 9/22 and 9/25. So I've been sticking to the latter of the two dates, just in case.

Technically, I was at the halfway point at 20 weeks, but I am slow at updating the blog.

I am feeling good about things, I had my monthly check-up on Monday and the doc says that everything looked good and things were progressing on target. I have my dreaded glucose test on July 3rd, but at least my cousin will be here, so she can come with me. It won't be ALL that bad then!

Most of my symptoms have resolved. As of late, as in the last week, my "allergies" have been terrible. I have never had allergies before in my life, but I guess I have pregnancy induced allergies. Well actually it was explained to me like this. You see, when you get pregnant your body increases the production of all your bodily fluids, which also would include mucus. Hence why most women complain about feeling stuffy during pregnancy. Well add just a little hint of allergen (ie pollen) to that and it can just hit you like a ton of bricks! Which is exactly what happened. It got really bad that the top of my jaw and top row of my teeth hurt/ached. I was taking Zrytec for about 5 days, but I haven't had any in the last 2 days. I am doing alright for now, but I plan on keeping my Zrytec close by, just in case of a flare up.

My other symptoms have been heartburn (only after eating acidic foods, OJ and tomato based) and swollen feet/ankles. I try to keep my feet as elevated as I can, but it doesn't always work, I do still need to function.

According to the doctor's office, I am on track for my weight, I believe that I am still down a pound according to my chart in their office. However according to my scale at home, I am up a little over 9 pounds. I am ok with this gain, but I don't want things to get out of control.

I am still getting the question, well what are you having? And people think I am weird when I say, we don't want to know, we'll find out in September. Most think I am weird. But there are some who have been "good for you". In that they know that there are few surprises in life and this is one thing that we can control, so we chose to. Others have said, well how do you plan... I said, easy, the colors yellow, green and brown are all cute on anyone!

I am very much looking the pregnant part, there is really no denying it anymore. I have been feeling the internal movements, nothing external yet, but I know that it's coming within the next month.

I am looking forward to camping this weekend as we always do for Memorial Day weekend, it's great to be around my friends and family and spend some time with them. The weather is looking fantastic, yet again (knock on wood) we have been very fortunate the last 3-4 years.

What are your Memorial Day weekend plans?

Monday, May 7, 2012

House Hunt

I've been meaning to write this post but I didn't know what to write.

At first, I was upset. But now, I am better/ok with it.

Here's what happened. We saw a house that we both loved. We saw so much potential in this house, I already knew which bedroom would be mine and the babies room, Ben's office, etc. So afterwards, Ben and I sat down and took a hard look at our finances.

We realized that we can't swing it, financially. We aren't eligible for any first time home buyer assistance programs. So that means that we would have to come up with the full 20% down to avoid PMI.

So we are going to go with our backup plan, to stay put in our apartment and save our money. Thankfully our place is big enough that we can swing having a baby here. It's not ideal, but it's the right decision to make.

We know what it costs to live in our apartment, we've been here long enough. With a house, we don't know all the expenses and we didn't want to become house poor.

We talked with our lovely realtor, and she thinks that we are making a smart decision. She also said that she will keep sending us listings and if we want to go see anything, she'll arrange it for us.

At first, I cried... more so because of the hormones, but I was upset, I had done what you shouldn't do, and go and fall in love with a house. Which may I say, is hard to do when you need to picture yourself living there? I called one of my BFF's that night and vented to her. But the more time that has passed, I've gotten more comfortable with it.

And it is the smart/right decision. Now that it's been made, I must say it's been kind of a relief for us, we have been waiting on a lot of decisions because we didn't know where we were going to be living. Now that it's decided, we can focus on setting up our second bedroom as our nursery. Which has gotten me excited.

I am happy with our decision. Life is going to be filled with tough decisions. I love that my husband and I can talk and rationalize things. To weigh the pros and cons of things and try to make a reasonable decision.


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