I did have my first OB appointment last Tuesday and was finally able to see our little Tatum Tot. According to the ultrasound, Baby K is measuring exactly what I had thought; keeping my due date at July 9, 2014. His/Her heart rate is currently a strong 164bmp and as far as the doctor could see everything is looking good. I have a follow-up ultrasound this Friday with an actual ultra sound tech for a better look, but as of right now everything is a should be at this point and that make me happy.
- Nausea - Food is still my enemy. I am averaging about one complete meal a day, and water has become my new best friend
- Fatigue - I am more tired and exhausted this week than I have been so far. My energy is at an all time low and it is really starting to wear on me. I feel bad for the kids mostly; I just don't have the energy or desire to do much after work. I hope my energy returns soon.
- Mood Swings - Mood Swings are in full effect! Poor Kevin doesn't even know what to do with himself. If I am not crying hysterically to old India Arie songs, I am angry as shit over the fact that I can't get the wall hook into the ceiling so I can hang up Kaydence's new canopy. It's all kinds of crazy at house right now.
- Cereal - It has no real smell so it stomachable for me.
- Watermelon - It sweet, cold, full of water and oh so delicious...need I say more?!
::Things I know for sure about this pregnancy, labor and delivery::
- Savor the Moment - My pregnancy with Kaydence was fraught with worry. Due to a pretty devastating miscarriage only months before conceiving her that left me hospital bound for two days while I received blood transfusions due to massive hemorrhaging, I spent most of my first pregnancy wishing it was over. My pregnancy with Kameron was easier. With a successful pregnancy behind me, the fear that crippled me with the first pregnancy was gone. However, being a first time mother of a early toddler caused me to spend much of my time wrapped up in the baby that was outside of me, that my pregnancy with Kam seemed to be a blur. Time flew by quickly and before I knew it I was a mother of two. With this being our last pregnancy, I plan to savor the moments that I didn't with my other two. Realizing that I only have nine short months to grow this baby, to feel it move inside of me, to experience hiccups that aren't mine; I wont wish it to be finished sooner than it needs to be. Growing life is a privilege, an honor, and beautiful process. I don't want to rush this last experience because no matter how uncomfortable I get, it will inevitably come to and end. And when it does it will have been the last time.
- I will continue to run - It's my passion. It immediately takes me to my happy place; and now that I have been given the "all clear" to keep going, that's exactly what I intend to do.
- I will not let food control me - I allowed myself to gain far too much weight with my previous two pregnancies. Each pregnancy ended with a 50lb weight gain because I allowed pregnancy to be an excuse to over eat. While I am fully aware that I am not one of the fortunate few who have the body type that allows them to slip back into their 3rd grade pants only 6 weeks postpartum while having binged on apple pies ala mode the entire time, I sure could make loosing the extra baby weight easier if I didn't gain double the recommended pounds. I have busted my ass to get to where I am today from where I was two years ago and I will make sure to keep it that way.
- If all goes accordingly, I plan to finally have the natural birth I always wanted - This has been a desire of mine for all of my pregnancies; however, pitocin induced labors with both of my kiddos prevented this. That pitocin is no joke. Both of my labors were only 12 "short" hours and for both I made it 11 long hours with no pain medication...then eventually caved to the epidural only one hour before both were born. I do the labor thing pretty well, I am loud and unpleasant to be around but I know that without that pitocin I can manage that pain: I KNOW I can! I am also a master of pushing, never pushing more than five minutes (and that's with an epidural). I truly hope for an induction/pitocin free labor this go around, because it sure would make a natural labor and delivery much easier.
- Placental Encapsulation - It's happening. I will not be pan searing my placenta and eating it with a side of mashed potatoes and asparagus for dinner; however, it will be dehydrated and turned into encapsulated pills that I will take daily with my prenatal vitamins and fish oil pills. The countless benefits - decreased risk of postpartum depression, increased milk production, pain relief, faster healing, reduction in postpartum bleeding, increased energy, etc - are worth every bit of the gross factor some people associate with it.
- We will not be finding out the gender of this latest Tatum Tot - With us already having one boy and one girl, I do not have the burning urge to know the gender of this newest one. In fact, the idea of not knowing until he/she is born seems so much more exciting to me. And I look forward finding out the secret of this long awaited surprise in July. I am steadfast and very sure about this choice so no amount of convincing can/will change my mind.
- Names - Names have been picked and are solid. I am thinking of having some sort of riddle guessing game to reveal the names closer to the due date. I may even include a special prize from Fulloveit Boutique for the winner. Still figuring out if and/or how we will reveal our names. More info later :-)
Well that is all for now folks. Next week we officially hit double digits! Until then...