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Old Apr 6th, 2017, 09:40 AM   51
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Hi Aleaah!

Ida is okay now thank you, I don't know what was bothering her, probably the clock change maybe. Sorry to hear you have been so busy with work.

We had a lovely weekend with Dad thank you, he drove us to interesting places (we don't have a car, so it was a novelty) and had a couple of meals out. He wanted to stay up quite late watching films which was annoying though, and also kept turning the TV up while Ida was asleep upstairs (and I kept turning it back down again! ) I get a little stressed out around my Dad because he needs to be doing something all the time, and expects proper cooked breakfasts and doesn't help to clean up. But it was a nice weekend despite those things!

We managed to keep the baby a secret (although OH says it was obvious in the evening while I sat on the sofa and my tummy was sticking out!)

Everyone is coming down Easter weekend except my oldest sister. So Dad, my brother, and my other sister will all be together which is when we hope to tell them, if all is well. I will tell my mum in the week, because she would be upset to be the last to find out.

Are you still telling everyone at Easter weekend too?

I tried a few more times with the Doppler with no luck. I think my Doppler is rubbish, it makes popping noises and squeaks even when it isn't on my tummy. Maybe it's broken. It bothers me though because I want some sort of proof that there is a happy baby in there! Mine is an 'angel sounds' one.

Have you used your Doppler again?

My scan is at 12.15 on Monday, so now only a few days to go, though it will seem forever! I couldn't get anyone to babysit that day. My mum is teaching all day, and my sister is away, I even asked a friend but they said no. I'll just have to give Ida my iPad with some applications for her to play. We deleted all the games off my iPad a few months ago because she was getting obsessed, so she will be very happy to have them back temporarily and will probably be quiet and distracted! That's my plan anyway.

Will you have a babysitter for Sienna during your scan?

I managed to make a boiler service appointment at the end of April, they couldn't do any earlier. At least that is arranged now. Our new sofa hasn't arrived yet, I hope it's here by Easter weekend!

Aww the farm sounds lovely! We went to a farm a few weeks ago, there were all sorts of animals. This lady bought out a bird of prey though and it was eating a dead chick. Ugh! I felt sick watching it pulling the tiny bird apart! Ida told everyone about it afterwards, I think she thought it was very exciting!

This weekend is free which will be lovely, except OH is going out Saturday night. Hoping we have a nice day out on Sunday!

How are you feeling? I feel normal most of the time, except the occasional gag. Also I still have my strange wee issue, of feeling like I haven't emptied my bladder properly.

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Old Apr 7th, 2017, 07:08 AM   52
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Hey there!

So glad Ida is back to her good self again, I forgot about the clock change, could well be that. We're having to close curtains etc half hour before Sienna's bedtime now so she gets the message !

I'm like you I always get stressed when people are over, everyone always refers to me as the hostess with the mostest!! I just feel really pressured into making lots of different breakfasts etc for people, we shouldn't bother really, as I rarely get the same treatment at other peoples houses. I'm glad you had a lovely time though and got to get out lots. We only had 1 car between us for years and years and OH always took it to work (he worked away a lot) and I quite liked having to walk everywhere but after Sienna was born and I went back to work (I worked from home) I felt more isolated as I didn't get to go anywhere for weeks on end as I didn't have enough time to walk somewhere and back in a lunch break etc, so I got my own car but we laugh there's always at least one car on the driveway all the time so we could easily make do with just 1.

I'm impressed you managed to keep the baby a secret and it's nice that even if your dad might have noticed he didn't say anything. How exciting that you'll get to tell everyone at the same time!! We've got OH's family over the Easter weekend so intend to tell them then, I'm not sure about my family. I'm going to stay with them next week during the week and planning to work from there, so could tell them then but I'm still a bit nervous about how they'll take it. I had a horrible scare in December with a brain tumor, it turned out ok, it's being monitored but I had the go ahead to try for a baby, my family does know that. But everytime I see them they all talk about how I need to put my own health first etc. I want them to be ecstatically happy but I can't see them being so. OH's family probably won't be all that pleased either, as they just seem miserable about everything . We're happy though and that's what matters .

I tried the doppler twice more and it's really difficult to get anything, the second time was the other night, I got the baby in the end but it was still on my c section scar even though you can feel my uterus is higher up, so not sure. It was definitely baby though and hubby was pleased he was there to hear it too. I'm thinking maybe it's best to try after lunchtime when you've had lots of water? As that's when it worked for me. Though saying that, I'd wait till your scan now anyway. I can't wait till we can feel the reassuring kicks !!

Oh no about not finding anyone to be able to look after Ida on scan day. I bet she'll be good as gold. You're like me, I worry Sienna will play up but then look around, when other peoples children are playing up I barely notice, so just chill. She'll love the ipad no doubt. Sienna's still not aware of games etc on things but I can see it coming!! All she asks for so far is to look at photo's on my phone but gets bored quickly. We do get her to watch films with headphones when we go on holiday etc on the ipad, so she calls it a TV! We tend to take chocolate and dose her up on that if we're out and we need her to be quiet. I am a bit jealous of you being able to take Ida to be honest. I'm warming to the idea of having Sienna there but she's got some baby group with the childminder so not going to have her with us but I definitely want her there for the next scan.

Fingers and toes crossed your new sofa arrives for Easter ! We've still not sorted out Sienna's new bedroom, she keeps going into the room to jump on the bed.... And glad the boiler service is booked in, that'll be one less worry, although I'm sure it's fine anyway.

So funny Ida was so fascinated by the bird being pulled apart! Children are hilarious, we think we need to shield them from stuff but they're actually little psychopaths from birth !!. Sienna's favourite food at the moment is 'eating nemo or dory'. Like wow, she loves the film but she also likes eating her favorite characters... hhmmm!

I asked Sienna yesterday if she thought she looked like her mama or dada? And she said pardon? So I said is your face like mama's or dada's? And she said "no, my face is like a pwincesses!".

Sorry your weird bladder issue is continuing, did it continue for the whole pregnancy with Ida? I had a call from the doctors surgery yesterday morning to say they got my blood test results back from the blood I had taken at the booking in appointment on Tuesday and my iron levels are low... they've asked me to pick up a prescription for tablets but I'm delaying. I don't have my exemption certificate yet and also I have the beta thalassemia trait which makes it really hard for me to absorb iron no matter what I do. It's a pointless circle I find myself often in, normally ending in me being told I need venofer drips but they also make no difference. It's frustrating but like hubby said yesterday, "do you really went to self diagnose and then do what you think is right? Like you're not a doctor!!". I guess I'll pick the prescription up and end up more constipated than before... that's the only symptom I have and it's here with vengeance...!

Hope you have a lovely weekend, weather is meant to be amazing for Sunday so good day to pick to get out somewhere.

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Old Apr 9th, 2017, 17:22 PM   53
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Hi Aleeah! Can't believe my scan is tomorrow! It's going to be a long morning! I really hope that there is a healthy happy baby in there.

I had an anger meltdown on Saturday. I was already stressed out, and then Ida deliberately poured my drink over the sofa, and I shouted so loudly! I scared OH as well! Then OH was going out and I was crying and saying he should stay a bit longer. These hormones have turned me into a physco lady!

Have you had any emotional outbursts lately?

Your Nemo and Dory story made me laugh! So funny Sienna says she's eating Nemo and Dory when she has fish!

Sorry to hear your iron levels are low. Maybe best to discuss the fact the tablets haven't made a difference in the past. Seems strange for the doc to put you on those if they have tried that before and it didn't work?

I've been a little constipated lately, but probably because of my poor diet. All I have fancied lately is chips and potato!

The weekend was lovely (apart from the emotional roller coaster on Saturday!) we had some amazing sunshine and I have a red nose now! I spent the morning with my mum on Saturday and took Ida to the park, and then went home to see OH before he went out. Then we had a mellow day today, just a nice walk by the river and a drink at the pub. I even got a hour of sunbathing while OH and Ida were asleep this afternoon! How was your weekend?

Your next scan is so close now! Have you felt any baby flutters? I'm sure I have felt something, feels a little like vibrations, though it could be wind so I'm not sure! Xxxx



 
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Old Apr 10th, 2017, 05:22 AM   54
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Ultrasound Countdown Begins !!


Not long now !! I'm eagerly awaiting to hear an update from you. Fingers and toes crossed, though I have no doubt there's going to be a bouncing baby in there.

Hey I've had many many many meltdowns recently, so you are not alone. It's the stress of an impending scan I think too, although we don't realise it but it does put you more on edge. You wouldn't be pregnant if you weren't a bit psycho with it, well that's what I keep telling myself . Hubby actually said on Saturday morning "can we make an effort to be super nice to each other all weekend please?" it was tough but we both stuck to it and actually got on better than we have in ages. I took Sienna shopping Saturday morning to get her a new dress for Easter and then we all just spent the afternoon in the garden. And then yesterday we went to Stratford Upon Avon and walked along the river and had a picnic. Was a lovely day and Sienna seemed to really enjoy herself which was nice.

The iron levels are weird, as my GP prescribed the iron but the thalassemia thing is such a specialised thing that I've found not many doctors know much about it. So I feel like he subscribed it without knowing the full facts. As much as I don't want to have consultant led care I think it's heading towards that now anyway. I still haven't picked up the prescription for the tablets... bad I know. I had to pay for the last lot of stuff and I'm still waiting on my maternity exemption certificate. How long did yours take, if you've received it, from when you posted it?

Your weekend sounds lovely, I kept telling hubby I wanted to go to a pub for a drink, there's lots of nice pubs around here with lovely gardens but hubby wanted to potter around the garden and do bits like clean the decking on Saturday so I left him to it.

And hey no shame about the poor diet, I'm totally with you there !! I'm loving the carbs too, I think it's because I'm happy pregnant I'm now eating for England, hey if we can't when we're pregnant when else can we?!

I still haven't felt anything but I do seem to have an overly rumbly stomach these days, so that might be why plus I can't really remember what it felt like. When I had the 10 week scan the baby was moving around tonnes though, we were both shocked, so it's very likely you are feeling baby.

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Old Apr 10th, 2017, 09:27 AM   55
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Scan went well! Baby was very still when she first looked though, so that worried me, but then I shifted about which woke it up. It even stood on its head at one point!

OH got slightly emotional at one point, but I was so busy staring at the screen that I missed his eyes well up! He told me about it afterwards.

I had to keep jumping about to move the baby so that the lady could check all the measurements. She pushed really hard into my tummy with the probe which worried me a little. Though I guess they wouldn't do it if it wasn't safe!

The placenta is at the front, so I guess that means that I won't feel the baby properly for ages? It was making it tricky for the lady to scan the baby easily.

I told Ida afterwards and she is really happy. I did a little video of her, she looked really excited and said 'I want the baby back!' I put her up for her nap but she hasn't gone to sleep, I think she's too excited!

My new due date is 25th October! Which is 1 week after OH's birthday, two days before my birthday, and four days before Ida's birthday! I'll try to update my ticker now! My next scan is June 8th when I'll be 20 weeks + 1 day.

Here is a pic of the little baby, it has its hand by its face. Can't wait to hear about your scan tomorrow!

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Old Apr 11th, 2017, 06:13 AM   56
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So so SO pleased for you !! Your baby is so cute !!! So funny baby was on its head at one point, Sienna was always like that, we used to nickname her upside down baby when I was pregnant!! I still feel like it shows their cheeky personality even when they're still in your tummy .

I love that OH got emotional, that's so cute !! It does annoy me when they push the probe down really hard, especially with your bladder emptying problem. Funny my placenta is at the front too, it was at the front with the last baby and I still felt tonnes of movement but we never felt it from the outside. With Sienna the placenta was at the back and you could see her alien hands etc !!

That's SO cute that Ida was that excited, I must be an emotional wreck as reading that welled me up !! So lovely she's looking forward to being a big sister already. I did have a funny thought yesterday morning, I thought I wonder if she's having twins !! I didn't say anything in my message as I didn't want to alarm you, guess there's only 1 in there then?!

So I just got back from my scan, baby was flipping around and doing all sorts, I had the same sonographer I had for Sienna and the last baby, she seemed so happy for us, it was a lovely experience. Baby measured 12 weeks 4 days but they're not moving the due date thankfully, so keeping it at 24th October. I can't believe we're due a day apart !! So exciting to be doing this wonderful journey with you.

Did you end up taking Ida with you for the scan? Hubby's so excited keeps threatening to call people up and tell them now, it's sweet seeing him so happy but I've told him we can wait a few more days. He wants to tell the childminder tonight but I'd rather wait till after Easter. I've agreed we can tell Sienna tonight but I'm not sure she's going to get it.

I've attached a couple of pics of bubba xxx



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Awww those are lovely pics! Such cute little legs! That's great that OH is really excited! How did it go telling Sienna? Ida was so cute tonight and gave the baby a kiss goodnight on my tummy. She calls it 'baby Alexander' because that was the name of the baby on a peppa pig episode.

Wow that you are measuring ahead! That's great that baby is growing nice and big.

Yes there is definitely just one baby in there! The thought did cross my mind, but I knew it was unlikely as I don't have twins in my family. OH has lots of twins on his side, which means Ida could have twins one day!

Yes we took Ida to the scan, she was good as gold, just playing her games on my iPad and every so often saying 'what are you doing mummy?' When she noticed I had my tummy out.

Do you plan on finding out if baby is a boy or girl at the next scan? We are staying team yellow, though I would love to know, but OH wants to keep it a surprise. It is nice chatting about 'Do you think it's a boy or girl' with family and friends, and I would miss those chats if we found out the sex. My sister-in-law and brother are expecting a baby, and they found out if it's a boy or girl but aren't telling anyone! That's what my sister did with her last pregnancy too. But then no one feels they can talk about it.

I definitely felt a few little flutters in my tummy at work today. I told my boss this afternoon. It seems strange telling him before my mum, but it was making me anxious so I had to get it out the way. He was nice about it and said congratulations. I think he was just pleased I wasn't quitting, as I had to send him an email beforehand asking if we could have a word in private!

I'm not so worried now my symptoms are so mild, it was just so great to see that a baby is actually in there!

When she first put the probe on me and moved it about, we couldn't see anything and it got me worried. But she just had to angle it to get past the placenta. She said it's very difficult doing the scan because of my retroverted uterus, I hope it's corrected itself for the next scan. Is yours still retroverted? Xxxx



 
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We decided to hold off telling Sienna as I didn't want her blurting it out to everyone before we got the chance to say as down at my family's at the moment. Hubby is 100% sure I'll leave here without telling anyone, I hope he's wrong but already sensing he might be right...!! I'm so pathetic at this telling everyone thing. So funny, I've got a massive poncho on and it seems like I'll be wearing it for the rest of the week.... Let's hope it doesn't get hot .

Love Ida kissing your tummy, she sounds like the cutest gentle little girl. Sienna normally is but my god had the biggest melt down ever today. Luckily it was just me here with her, so no embarrassing looks towards my bro's or anything. Turns out she was desperate for a sleep, thankfully she's snoozing away now, I hope my lovely little girl wakes and not the incredible hulk that went to bed !!!

We've lots of twins in the family and to be honest I get massive anxiety before each initial scan as I don't think we'd cope very well with more than 1 baby. Strangely hubby was hoping for twins this time around but I was praying against. Sods law I'll end up accidentally pregnant after this one and it'll be twins... .

We were team yellow with Sienna, I loved it. We're staying team yellow this time too but I love people guessing with various theories etc. I think I'll feel more comfortable with not knowing, if it's a girl it's our second chance after losing the last one. And if it's a boy then I'll freak out as I always lose boys, silly as that sounds I know. All the tests they did on my previous losses showed them all as male and it would worry me to know it's a boy as I'd worry I won't carry it to term so best not knowing. So lovely we'll both be on this Team Yellow journey together !!!

I'm so excited you've felt flutters!! Were they strong? How long did you feel them for? I'm envious you've got telling the boss out of the way. I can't say anything for ages as they're making cut backs at work and I don't want to lose my job before maternity pay has to be paid out, so I'll be in poncho's for all of summer it would seem .

Must have been scary when she couldn't see anything initial in the scan? My uterus is still retroverted but weirdly I find pretty much having an empty bladder helps with the scans rather than a full one for me. Your scans will become clearer and easier though as bubba gets bigger and our uteruses will no doubt flip to the front soon.

I've just got to end with:

OH MY GOD!!! WE'RE BOTH PREGNANT AND HAVING A BABY !!!!!

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This is the second time Ive written a reply because my iPad ran out of battery!

I told my family at the weekend! I told my mum on Thursday, I handed her an envelope with the scan pics in and she was very excited when she saw them. I got a little teary eyed, probably from the relief of finally telling her. Then I did the same on Saturday at Dad's birthday meal, and everyone gave me a cuddle and my Dad seemed really happy!

OH told his mum on Tuesday the day after our scan, because she always has Ida that day, she was very excited and cried a little! Then she phoned OH's dad and told him and he cried too! So on Sunday we told his sister and family. She was confused at first and thought we were showing her photos of Ida's scans, but when she got it she was so happy for us and gave us a nice hug.

Have you told OH's family now? Did you decide to tell your family as well? Also, did you tell Sienna?

I just need to tell work colleagues now (my boss is eager for me to tell people so he doesn't have to keep quiet anymore).

I told my boss right away because I thought it would be more likely to secure my job and protect me from any possible redundancies etc due to discrimmination, but maybe I'm wrong? Anyway, it was good to tell him because it was stressing me out thinking about telling him, so it's out the way now!

I hardly ever feel flutters, only one every couple of days. I had one this morning while eating my bacon sandwich. I'm looking forward to them being more frequent and obvious.

Last night we had a takeaway curry really late, about 9pm, and then Ida woke up at 1am for some reason. I settled her quickly but then I couldn't get back to sleep because of tummy ache. So after an hour of not sleeping, I got up and went to the loo. Then shortly afterwards I had to run to be sick! I think my body didn't like all that spicy curry in my tummy so close to bedtime. I felt better after I was sick, but ever since then I have felt like I have a lump in my throat when I swallow. Possibly damage from the spicy food coming back up. At least that has put me off takeaway for a while! I think I need some indigestion tablets or something maybe.

I have been thinking more about the c section idea and feeling worried. I'm worried the spinal injection might give me the problem I had last time with the epidural, where I had a spinal fluid leak and ended up with horrendous unbearable headaches for 2 weeks. I'm not sure what to do really. I haven't been able to let anyone touch my spine since, so the idea of another needle going in is not appealing.

How are you feeling? Did you have a good Easter weekend? How did the beef Wellington go? Xxxx



 
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Oh god, I've been there with the battery running out, makes me want to cry when it happens so feel your pain !!

So cute you gave your mum an envelope with the pics in and the same with your dad, love that, very cute! I get you on being teary eyed, it's such a huge thing to have kept to yourselves for so long, it's such a huge weight to have and such a relief all's well and can be shared with everyone.

It's nice everyone took it so well. I was up late talking to sis in law, OH had bet I wouldn't be able to do it by Thursday so at 11.45pm I just blurted it out to her, she was sweet, really sweet and happy but not overly so (I didn't want her to be as it felt bitter sweet at the time because of what happened before) but her reaction was just perfect for me . She's been hilarious since, kept telling me not to pick up Sienna etc, I'm not broken !! I didn't tell my brothers (I have 3 of them !) I spent a lot of time with them one on one this visit and it was nice for conversation not to be taken over by baby talk, so I held off. I guess sis in law will spill etc but so far it appears she hasn't. I'll tell them next time I see them at the end of the month, no doubt they'll notice by then. Secretly I'm hoping she tells them so I don't have to

OH's family seemed happy bar hubby's brother's wife, she had a baby in Feb and seemed off with us. I get people have their own issues so I'm not taking it personally. She's older and admitted she's worried she won't be able to have lots of children as she'd like to have 4 and currently has just the 1. I think she's a bit miffed we could try and have more with age on our side etc but then we have had other struggles with having children and I feel like she over looks that. But right now I'm not letting anyone affect us or our little family.

I'm so jealous you've shared with your boss already! I've had a new boss for a few months and we've not really gelled like I did with my old boss, so I've reservations telling her. Plus they're downsizing the company significantly and I don't think they'd think twice about making me redundant. So rules on that are, they can make you redundant if lots of other people's jobs are going to. So basically they have to justify that they would have made you redundant anyway etc. Happened in my old company, a girl I work with told our horrible boss when she was 7 weeks pregnant and within a couple of months they'd made her redundant along with a few others. She tried to fight for maternity payout via the union but lost. The main issue there was our boss wasn't very nice. Sounds like yours is lovely, so you should be fine.

I've put on... 9lbs !! I keep laughing about it, like wow!! I'm not feeling anything yet but baby is nicely padded now so that's probably why .

Oh no sorry about your sickness episode, I think you're right, probably down to curry so late in the evening. I hope you haven't been sick again? Did you get indigestion with Ida? I bet there's over the counter remedies you could take. Have you received your maternity exemption card? I still haven't got mine so haven't got the iron tablets, oops!

I'm so sorry you had such a horrible experience with the spinal block. I had a spinal block too and to be honest I didn't have any issues at all, so hopefully that's a good news story for you. Try not to worry about it, tell your midwife your reservations so it can be brought up with the consultant when you see them and hopefully they can give you reassurances too. Sounds like it was a horrible freak thing, and not one that should happen again?

The beef wellington went down a storm, it was really good!! We all ate so much food and still had tonnes left. I seem to have a belly already, I know it's not baby already, it's just protection as hubby calls it but I'm shocked at how big it is. I guess I need to accept this is my third pregnancy and that will be a reason for me being so big already but it's hard to accept that. I did a silly thing last night, I keep pushing things against my stomach when I'm lifting things etc, I was carrying the ironing board against my tummy and was carrying a million other things... and lo and behold a minute or so later I threw up! I made it to the toilet but hubby was not impressed with me, I struggle to know where my limits are physically when I'm pregnant and hate asking for help but I guess last night was a bit of a wake up call....oops!!!!

Have you got your 16 week appointment booked in? I'm going to be busy with work the 16th week so I have my appointment booked in for the week after on Thursday 18th April.

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