January 24, 2014

Bullet-Pointed Baby Thoughts

  • We’re quickly approaching the day when we will discover what Baby’s name will be. I can’t wait to be able to start referring to the child by name! Which got me thinking. Pretty much everyone else I know comes up with some cutsie nickname for their pre-born offspring pre-Naming Day. I’ve heard everything from Turtle to Cheeseburger. Nothing ever “appeared” to me like that. Just always been “Baby.” Is that weird?
  • Body Butter Belly Lotion stuff
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    Seems so extravagant, considering the numerous bottles of regular lotion I have filling my bathrooms. But I feel it calling me.
  • I can really feel my uterus now. Like, I was laying in bed the other day, and suddenly it was like, “Whoa, that’s what I’ve been looking for.” So crazy. So, so crazy.
  • I’m getting used to actually looking pregnant, to other people. To myself, in the mirror, I just look kinda bloaty. But then I take a picture and suddenly, “Yeah, that’s a baby”:
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    Yeah, that’s a selfie in a bathroom. Don’t judge.
    And at the risk of sounding like I’m complaining (which I’m not, not at all) it’s pretty bizarre to look in the mirror, and not recognize yourself. Doesn’t hit every time, but once in a while it does stop me in my tracks. And I know I’ve got a long way to go, but yet another random aspect of baby-making no one really tells you about.
  • Speaking of, got my Belly Band, was it last week? I freaking love this thing! So much so that I’ve already bought a second one. Shoot, I may just add this to my regular wardrobe. Maybe I have a long torso, but I always feel like I’m tugging tops down over my belt, even just regular not-pregnant me. Belly Band FTW.
  • Now I’m complaining: Last week we found out that the Army hospital wouldn’t schedule my anatomy scan (gender scan) until February 20th. I’ll be basically 22 Weeks at that point. I thought my head was going to explode. COB (Complicated OB, the department for special snowflakes and in charge of my case) said I could go in as early as 18. Oh, contributing factor: I’m doing a gender reveal party. Several people who are very important to me here at Ft. Bliss will be PCSing long before even a baby shower, and I want to be able to share part of this whole experience with them. Also, I just want a fun party. Also, I’ve been wanting a gender reveal party every since I found out what they are.
    Side note: careful when you google “Gender Reveal Parties.” There’s, like, a lot of hate for them out there. I won’t go into the psychology behind thinking you can celebrate new human life “too much,” but it’s a sad commentary on Western Society, that our callousness towards conditions like infertility is such that we can consider celebrating a successful pregnancy and healthy developing human being as something to ridicule. Oops, I guess I did.
    Anyway. Luckily A) I have a COB appointment – as it happens – on Week 18, and it could likely include a growth scan, and I’m hoping if we ask really nicely they’ll let us have a sneak peek at Baby’s best-kept-secret. If not, I also found a tech school here that gives free gender ultrasounds. I’m so impatient, I can hardly stand it. We both are. If we have to wait another month, of course, we’ll live. But we don’t want to if we don’t have to.
  • I think that’s everything. Oh, we got the crib in this week. (!!!) It’s really real!!!

8 comments:

  1. So fun watching someone else go through this the first time! Dare I say I never dreamed Id be doing it just several weeks behind you at the same time BUT there's just enough space between 4.0 & 5.0 it's all really kinda new again and reading all this excitement gets me pumped! Can't wait to hear the name!!!

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  2. So fun watching someone else go through this the first time! Dare I say I never dreamed Id be doing it just several weeks behind you at the same time BUT there's just enough space between 4.0 & 5.0 it's all really kinda new again and reading all this excitement gets me pumped! Can't wait to hear the name!!!

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  3. Belly Butter. Yes. I had the same stuff. Do it. I still got/have stretch marks, but it is very helpful when you're hot and itchy and feeling stretched out.

    Can't wait to find out who is growing in there! :)

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  4. You definitely look pregnant! Pregnancy is so fun and so weird, especially with your first. I never named my baby other than Baby S or Baby Girl, once we learned that. By the way, for some reason I have just assumed you were having a girl even though you obviously don't know. So that's my big guess.

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  5. You definitely look pregnant, and that's a great thing! :) When I was pregnant with Charlotte, seeing my bump constantly surprised me. And this time, I was constantly surprised by the size of it. Haha!

    Can't wait to find out if Baby is a boy or girl! (We called Charlotte 'Baby' or 'the bean' pretty much all the time. And since she IS a bean, the nickname kinda stuck. We never really had a nickname for Millie...other than Millie once we found out she's a girl. =P I guess we're not very creative. LOL)

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  6. * You look great!
    * I was always slightly annoyed that the Army likes to do gender scans so late, too. Now that we're out, people keep asking me when I'm going to have the gender reveal as if it's my choice! It's definitely weird.
    * I've been 'attacked' (or something less dramatic) about what I say about my kids or pregnancy. I understand that infertility is an impossible situation, so difficult, and devastating. At the same time, I wonder why other people can't understand when I feel overwhelmed in parenting or pregnancy and feel the need to write about it. I almost always get some kind of comment on posts or private messages that says something along the lines of "at least you can have kids" or "be thankful for what you have". I find that insensitive, too just in a different way. If you don't have anything nice to say...! Anyway, I say celebrate that baby. Have a gender reveal. I never have but I think it would be fun.

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  7. I say that you get anything and everything that makes you feel good - belly bands, belly butter, anything. You're pregnant and indulgence is SO deserved!

    So glad you're starting to feel the movement! It's weird, exciting, scary all at the same time!

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