As I enter my 16th week I’m rejoicing that I have only gained about 4 lbs! Even better is that my official doctor’s files record me as only gaining ONE POUND! (Chalk up the difference to wearing shorts with flip flops last week to my monthly check-in.) Friends, this is record breaking for me so please cheer me on. When pregnant with my giant sized Jesse, I gained 50 lbs+ and had a 10 lb 6 oz baby. And no . . . I didn’t have gestational diabetes. So in an effort to prevent growing another giant, my doctor is strongly urging me to gain no more than 20 lbs. She would really like me to stay at 15 lbs total, but that even seems a bit unrealistic to me! So what are your suggestions? I’m trying to stay active by walking on the treadmill or outdoors. I’m eating healthy. I’m trying not to eat too much of those yummy, yummy sweets. We’ve already replace those burger joints with Subway or Goodcents. I need to stay motivated. After eating two too many really scrumptious brownies yesterday, I only allowed my self the tiniest sliver of brownie today. Oh and, I started writing down everything I eat and its approximate caloric value. The hardest thing is since I am trying to watch this so closely, I feel so guilty when I actually gain a pound!!!!!
Last Thursday I finally heard the babie’s heartbeat. Whew, no twins hiding in my uterus. Hearing that beautiful, fast heartbeat is one of my favorite parts of being pregnancy. Nothing, nothing, nothing else brings it home to me that a little, tiny baby is growing inside me like hearing the heartbeat. This little critter’s heartbeat was a fast 160 . . . isn’t that folklore for a girl????
About the girl issue, yes, we would love a girl. The boys want a sister. I want a daughter. But I refuse to focus on that because I know I would love any child that God granted us with. I am still surprised that the number of people who ask if we are trying for a girl. UGH. We’ll just take a baby please. Either sex will still add a new personality to the mix, someone with his/her own quirks. So again, yes we’d love a girl, but I’d never be disappointed in receiving a boy.
My uterus is right on track in its size. That was a surprise to me since I always measure so big with Jesse and since I am showing so much. I looked at the first-time pregnant mom across the aisle from me during church with a tinge of jealousy. She is 4 weeks ahead and barely has any baby bump at all! It is not so much that my belly is big, as just stretched out I guess! I am already feeling all those ligaments stretching and pulling. I am already uncomfortable with certain postions. I am also already feeling the baby move!
Finally, I am considering attempting this birth naturally, with no epidural. I’ve been doing some reading on this, and the more I read, the more I want to do it. Any advice or suggestions on this would be highly valued!