9 weeks, #2

Oh, My, Goodness! Am I ever tired! Having a cold for the last few days hasn’t helped much, but I am just so exhausted anyway. Paxlet is asleep, he went down quite easily. Mr Siili is at a work function, who knows when he’ll be home. And I’m trying to decide if I should play a bit on my computer (after posting this) or just head straight to bed. The longer I sit here, the more I am leaning towards the latter.

This little blob/Tadbit/baby is about an inch long now. Which is about the size of a grape. I ate some dark purple grapes this evening…not sure how I feel about that.

3 more weeks until my first (of two, if all is ok) ultrasound. I can’t wait for it!

I feel so bloated, gassy and just overall big and tender in the mid-section of my body. I vaguely remember that from last time, but definitely not this bad, this early. Truly, every pregnancy is different. I just hope we’ll be lucky again in the non-colicky, happy baby department.

No picture was taken last week and there won’t be one taken tonight, as I have a feeling I’ll be passed out in bed before Mr Siili gets home. I will have to remember to get it done tomorrow evening. (And someday, possibly, put them up on a page.)

At work, our floor was recently renovated and every person now has an electric desk that we can move up and down to sit or stand as we please. My work is encouraging us to stand and move about, in part with these new desks, by encouraging walking meetings and even meeting rooms without chairs, as getting us to move and be more active is healthier. We, as people of this day and age, sit way too much. I was really looking forward to standing a bit more, I know I grumbled about not being able to get an electric table earlier as I didn’t have a “medical” need for it. But since getting this table, the few times I’ve tried it I just start feeling queasy and not well. I am sure it is pregnancy related. However, the work physical therapist guy came around today to make sure everyone’s chair and desk are in correct positions for sitting and standing. When I asked him if there was something I could do to help me stand more, without the horrible side-effects, he asked if I had tried the saddle chair and Stitz standing stool. I’ve tried the saddle chair a few times, but it always seems to rub/poke me right in the crotch and I end up feeling irritated and like a UTI is coming on. Not good. As for the other one, I had to ask him to repeat it a few times and then he just offered to go get one to show me what he was talking about. I love the Stitz standing stool! And he is recommending to my work to get me one. *huge grin*

In addition to telling the work PT guy, I told Paxlet’s daycare lady today. I wanted to ask her about afternoon pick-up times, as I am going to increase my work hours, so I get more pay now and thus get more pay when on maternity leave. Right now, I only work 5 hours a day, sweet I know, but it also comes with the pay cut that goes with shorter hours. I drop Paxlet off at 8:00 and pick him up anywhere form 14:30 to 15:00. That’s basically what the other two kids’ schedules are also. (There will be a 4th kid at some point, but as of yet, that is an unknown.) I know she can work longer, officially, but I just wanted to find out a bit more of her opinions. Without any change on Paxlet’s schedule, I can officially work another hour. But I was hoping to bump it up to at least 7 hours a day, 8 being full time. Anything over 6 working hours a day will require me to get Paxlet’s daycare contract amended to a later pick-up time. It’s not a problem, it just needs to be thought out and then done.
The whole reason this is…even an issue, is that our daycare lady doesn’t work in a huge daycare. She is through the city, but she works privately out of her home with just a few kids. That means that if she has to start working full days and go over her 40 hours a week limit, she will have to start taking time off the following month to compensate for that. And that is not something I wish to contemplate. We like this lady and want to stay with her as long as possible. It is also a huge added bonus that she literally lives across the street from us. She also told me that if I am feeling extra tired some days, that I can just send her a message and can pick up Paxlet an hour or so later so I can get some rest. How cool is she?!

Not too much else in the way of pregnancy this week. Nausea is still a battle most of the time, though thankfully not as bad as it was a couple of weeks ago. Pizza (had it twice for lunch this week), burgers, chips with fake nacho cheese dip and anything else greasy, salty and fatty seems more palatable. Even if it doesn’t feel so nice later. Fruits, juices and sweets, blech. It is such a weird feeling/sensation to see a chocolate bar, candy or some other sweet thing that I would usually buy and eat without a thought, but these days it makes my stomach curdle, even just thinking of it or looking at it.

Last night I had a dream that a friend of mine gave birth to her little girl yesterday. She sent me a text message saying something like “our squishy pink little girl was born….” I happened to see her today, in one piece, and told her. She will be delivering in a week’s time, the latest, as her doctors don’t want her going over her due date as she has gestational diabetes. I am excited for her.

We haven’t really told Paxlet that he’ll be a big brother yet. I’m not sure if he’ll get the concept/idea at this age and stage. I’m thinking more when I have a bump, that we can start talking to him about it a bit more. Anyone have experience with kids about 2 years and 7 months apart?

 

8 weeks, #2

Again, I’m late this week. Quite late actually. Today is 8 weeks + 3 days. I was just too exhausted to post on Thursday. I didn’t even bother with getting the weekly picture. Then on Friday it was all about packing to head to the in-laws for the weekend. And I didn’t take my laptop this time around and couldn’t be bothered to write on my phone or borrow MILs computer. So, here I am on Sunday evening, making my notes from the week a bit more coherent.

Last Sunday, I made myself a Sea.Band-thingy. It seemed to work, so I decided I was going to buy myself a proper set of Sea.Bands. But first, I thought I’d ask on a FB group if anyone had a pair to sell. Score! A lady was willing to sell me her practically unused pair for 7 euros (20e new in the store). I bought that on Monday after work. It seemed to work decently well. I was no longer eating anything ginger. Blech! And I seemed to be feeling better, even without the bands, but I still keep them with me all the time. My all-day sickness seems to have switched more to the afternoons and evenings. And I have noticed that if I wear the Sea.Bands for any longer period of time, the area (tendons/bones) on the back of my hand from my index finger toward my wrist gets painfully sensitive to touch. That goes away soon after I take the bands off though.

Walking seems to make me…not really queasy, but at least uncomfortable. Especially in the tummy area. It makes walking to the bus stop fun. Not really.

I am burping tons! Yuck.

I’ve had some heartburn. I hadn’t eaten anything strange or too much, but I got it nonetheless.

I had my first neuvola (prenatal/antenatal, which is correct?) appointment. It was basically going over basic questions such as my health, family history, Mr Siili and mine alcohol and drug usage, eating and exercising habits and so on. My urine (clean), hemoglobin (normal-low), blood pressure (low, but normal for me) and weight (normal for me) was checked. I was told to get blood work done in two weeks (when I am 10 weeks). This will check for all sorts of venereal diseases and for down syndrome indicators. The results of the blood work will be told at our 12 week scan, which we also booked. I also booked my next neuvola appointment for some time in the future, with the doctor this time.
Man! I really would love to have an ultrasound just to make sure everything is ok. Waiting sucks. :)

On Monday, as I was leaving work and hopping in the elevator to go get my Sea.Bands, my former team leader also happened to be at the elevator. As we got one, she sniffed, looked at me directly and said “Ginger, huh?” with an all knowing glint in her eye. I confirmed and left it at that. I did go and talk to her on Tuesday morning to confirm what she thought and we chatted a bit. She knows my history and is quite thrilled for me.

And then on Wednesday, I told my boss just before our team meeting and then she had me tell during the team meeting to my two immediate co-workers. She only had me tell, because I said I didn’t mind and had to tell them at some point. Haha. I still don’t feel like telling most people, but I’m also not dressing any differently or trying to hid my tummy. Although, I only realized Friday evening that the outfit I wore that day made me look quite pregnant. Hahahaah. Well, people will find out at some point.

What we did during our holidays

Ugh! This post was all typed up, photos inserted and ready to be published, when I saw this in the upper right hand corner of my screen:
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And I clicked on the “classic mode” link, WITHOUT pressing “save draft” first and lost everything I had done yesterday. And WordPress hadn’t had time to automatically update on its own. Double Ugh.
Here’s version two of this post, but probably not as good as it was yesterday.

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Mr Siili and I split our holiday/vacation time up this year into two two week periods. Mostly this was done so that Paxlet would only have to go to one summer daycare instead of two or three. It worked out quite nicely.

The first part of our holiday started the long weekend of Juhannus (mid-summer). It was typical Juhannus weather: rainy off and on, a bit chilly with some sun peaking out every once in a while. The not-so-perfect weather didn’t stop us from doing things and it was especially nice to have time off from work.

The second two weeks was hot, hot, hot! Finnish summers are lucky to reach 20C (70F) for a few weeks during the entire summer, with a couple of days to one week at 25C+. This summer, however, we had almost 5 weeks of 25-30C (77-86F)! (We were one day short of breaking the “most days over 25C in a row.) While this was just a tad bit too hot, we still had fun!

This is what we did during our holidays, in photos, in no particular order.

We visited Paxlet’s cousins for a day.
It just so happened that Paxlet (right) and his cousin dressed almost identical. Paxlet had the most fun with his youngest cousin, as the other two are in their teens already, but he did play with them all. Especially on the trampoline. We also went forest strawberry hunting; serious business for our boy!
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We did some crafts and arts. Paxlet glued and stuck stickers where he wanted them, without help. He also cut some paper pieces, with help. The colander/strainer with pipe cleaners sticking out of it was something I saw on another blog. It was a hit and we’ve done it again since then.
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Snuggled with Rusty cat, when not chasing and screeching after him and Mansi cat.
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We went to the grandparents, played in water, went to the beach, went to the park, played in soapy water, saw Saimi (brown horse) and Hansu horses,
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This next photo requires special mention. While at the park, outside the goat pen, some birds (in this picture a Jackdaw) kept landing on the fence. Paxlet wanted to hug the birds!! He was quite upset that the birds wouldn’t let him get close enough to hug them.
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We stayed home, went to parks, played with water, met up with friends, went to more parks, played with colored water. You can make some pretty cool (and gross) colors if you start with just the basics of red, yellow and blue.
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7 weeks, #2

Today’s actually 7 weeks and 1 day, I just couldn’t be bothered to post yesterday. I was way too exhausted! After getting Paxlet to bed, Mr Siili and I watch 1,3 TV shows and then I crawled into bed.

I am just so exhausted lately. I wonder if I got to bed early enough if I would be less tired or if this froglet (bean/baby/tadpole) would still make me just as tired. I have been coming home a bit early each day this week and taking a short (20-40 min) nap, but sometimes I wake up feeling even more exhausted than before I laid down. Thankfully the weekend is here. I most likely won’t get to sleep in, but I will be able to nap when Paxlet naps and then Mr Siili might just take care of Paxlet for a bit while I sleep longer. Ahhh, sleep!

I know I’m such a broken record on this next issue, but it is that much in my mind, or rather stomach area: morning all-day sickness. I seem to be fine for the first bit when I wake up and start feeling yucky about an hour after waking, which is the exact time I am dragging Paxlet to daycare. And then again in the evening, once Paxlet is in bed I seem to get some relief. The rest of the day, nausea is more on than off. This week I’ve tried dried/candied ginger, ginger & lemon tea, ginger cookies, lemon water and eating more protein. Some of it seems to help for a short bit, but then it all comes back again. I knew I was lucky last time around not having hardly any nausea and never wished to experience it. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone. However, I’m still very very very thankful I’m not puking.

I’ve been having minor headaches off and on. I think most of it is due to the fluctuating weather right now. It’s that time of year when we have a decent amount of thunder and lightning storms. Or at least out of nowhere rain storms. Last night was no exception. There was a huge thunder and lightning storm that passed just south of us, with one lightning and thunder strike right on top of us. Yowzers! It was exhilarating.

We still don’t have a nickname for this little bean. I’m bugging Mr Siili to help me come up with something again this time around. I don’t want to call it “bean” or “peanut” and Mr Siili doesn’t like “tadpole” because Tad is too close to a name and he doesn’t want to end up naming the kid that. LOL

Here’s some of the foods I made yesterday in hopes of combating nausea. The first picture is of my oven-baked eggs getting ready to go into the oven. The 2nd picture is the eggs being done. They sounds and taste so appealing to me right now! And the third picture is some ginger cookies I made. I don’t think they are helping at all. For starters, they are sweet and sweet just doesn’t go right now. In addition, I’m not a huge fan of ginger, but I am willing to try anything!

What are you tips and tricks for fighting off nausea? I’m desperate here!

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Back to work

Day two of being back to work after a 2 week holiday/vacation and we’ve survived so far. Just and just, but we have survived. I have it in my head to write about some of our holiday, but I am just so exhausted each evening by the time Paxlet is asleep. Yes, pregnancy is kicking my butt this time around. We didn’t do much for our two weeks off. Heck, we didn’t really leave home unless it was to go to the store for food, much less leave town. It was a good holiday though. Lots of heat, heat, heat, which mean lots of water play for Paxlet.

Anywho, it isn’t even 9:30 pm yet and I am laying in bed. Once I hit post, I’m shutting down my computer and going to bed early tonight!! Wish me luck getting lots of restful shut-eye. I hope to write more sooner rather than later.

6 weeks, #2

My biggest symptom is still this weird mild (most of the time) nausea, that thankfully is not making me puke! Mostly my tummy just feels a bit queasy and food doesn’t sound good at all. The last couple of days, this has gotten a bit more pronounced. I don’t think my nausea was this bad the first time around and I’ll be happy when the nausea goes away.

I had a bit of pink-brown spotting the other day. Not much, but enough that I noticed it. I was already on panty-watch. (I know too much of what can possibly happen.) This bit of spotting isn’t making my panty-watch efforts go away. Hmph. I’m not worried about the spotting, unless I see more. I know that whatever happens, happens and I can’t do much about it.

Paxlet is definitely getting into the Twos. With less energy and more tiredness, plus still tons of heat, it is hard to chase after him at times. I know he is just being his age, but sometimes…I’m just too tired. While I haven’t exactly been getting to bed much earlier, I have been taking naps several times when Paxlet is down for his nap. How am I going to cope when I head back to work next week? Thankfully there is a small closet-sized room that has a reclining chair, which its intended purpose is exactly this and I can take a quick rest if need be. Although, this might mean I need to tell my immediate boss earlier than I was thinking.

Speaking of work and bosses. I don’t have any worries about telling my boss. I know she is 100% supportive of family building and will be totally thrilled for me, as we have quickly discussed my (and her) situation previously. As for co-workers…they will find out at some point.

Another thing about work…I have no idea what I am going to wear when the weather gets a bit chillier. Yes, we are starting to feel the fall chilliness in the breeze and mornings. During the summer, I’ve been wearing all my dresses, skirts and some shorts. The dress code at work is quite relaxed (if you want), but jeans and other pants are just not going to cut it. I want nothing pressing on my stomach, already! Thankfully I have one pair of black maternity pants, but you can only wear those so many times a week.

I haven’t told any more people this week (after most family and closest friends last week). I’ve almost told some people, but just couldn’t be bothered with them congratulating me. I don’t want to be center of attention. Does that sound strange? Anyone else feel this way?
I also don’t want to have to hear that people say they “knew it would happen easily after you had Paxlet/relaxed/stopped whatever”.

Less than two weeks until my first neuvola appointment. I got the papers I need to fill out in the mail and they are all filled-in. Some background information about me, alcohol and drug use history for Mr Siili and I (we are such lushes, not!) and also dietary habits for the both of us.

Edited: I forgot these few things I wanted to put down.
-My nose is feeling quite stuffy.
-I’m feeling more gaseous (mostly burps).
-Laying on my left side is uncomfortable. Uncomfortable to the point of making me feel a bit sick. However, putting my heating bean-bag (not heated) under my stomach helps. I didn’t use this bean-bag until much later previously.

5 weeks, #2

I enjoyed doing weekly posts of my pregnancy with Paxlet and think I’ll do it again with this one. It was a great way to track my thoughts, feelings and changes going on in my body. I also thought it would be fun to be able to compare the two pregnancies. So, here I go!

First off, I need to figure out a name to call this little tadpole. Hubby helped me come up with the name Paxlet when I was 7-8 weeks pregnant, so we have a bit of time still. *grin*

I don’t feel like I have too much in the way of symptoms at the moment. Other than AF not showing up, I’ve got some mild nausea. Although, it isn’t all the time. Mostly when I don’t eat often enough and then I just feel bleh. Almost like you’ve been on an amusement ride that spun you round and round one too many times. As long as I eat regularly, I can eat most anything I want. But if I don’t eat often enough, then nothing sounds good. I’ve got some protein bars that I’ve been using to take a bite of here and there when the “nothing sounds good” phase happens and usually that is enough to settle my stomach and let me eat proper food.

I also can’t put pressure on my stomach, such as crossing my arms across my body. That just makes me feel uncomfortable and sort of sick to my stomach.

The next two symptoms I’m not fully attributing to pregnancy at the moment, because I think they are more due to the heat we are having here: lots of needing to pee and tiredness. It is hot here! Uncommonly so. We usually get a week or so of 25-30C (77-86F) weather, but this summer we have had it for 3-4 weeks now. I normally drink a decent amount of water/tea on a daily basis, with it being hot, I’m drinking even more! Hence, the need to pee more. Also, I believe that heat just saps strength and energy out of a person. I’m not the only one feeling a bit heat-tired, Paxlet talks about “going to sleep” and being tired even if he’s recently woken up from a nap.

I finally called neuvola (maternity clinic) and have my first appointment on August 19th (I’ll be 7+ weeks). That seems like ages away at the moment. I know the time will go by slowly at times, yet so quickly. Here’s to enjoying every minute of this pregnancy!

Edited to add: I have now told my closest friends about this pregnancy. That means my parents and Mr Siili’s parents, my siblings and some friends have been told. Mr Siili’s siblings will need to be told at some point, but I just don’t talk to them that often, so it feels more awkward telling them. For other people, it will happen when it happens.