My appointment went well again this week. Baby Girl weighs 3 pounds 3 ounces, which is the 13th percentile. Her fluid level (AFI) was 9.6. Her heart rate was 150-160, and her blood flow continues to be good! She was behaving like a healthy baby: practice breathing and moving her fingers and toes. Because everything looked so good this time, I won’t have an ultrasound next week. I will just go to my appointment with my regular doctor and then have an ultrasound in two weeks when they can check her growth again. I saw a different doctor this time, and I really liked her. She told me I should put my feet up when I’m at home, and let someone else do the housework! Sounds good to me, though I don’t think I’ll be able to get away with doing nothing…..

I’m finding myself writing up various schedules combining the needs of my son, my newborn, and myself to hopefully get everybody what they need when they need it. It’s a tough thing to do though simply because babies can be a bit unpredictable. I am planning on following some of the babywise principles with her (eat, wake, sleep cycle) and probably feeding her every 2.5 hours or so to start. Obviously, if I thought she was hungry, I would feed her sooner. However, with my son, I tried feeding him pretty much every time he cried because I was a new mom and didn’t know what else to do. However, babies cry for many reasons other than needing to eat. It’s helpful to figure out those other reasons sooner rather than later. I will probably take about 8 weeks off and then go back to work part-time (about 20 hours per week). I would love to mostly stay home and work just 5-10 hours per week, but unless we change our lifestyle, I don’t think we can quite do that financially. So for now, I am planning on going back.

I am still having heartburn, but it’s not too bad. My cold/virus has resolved, so I am feeling pretty good. I am sleeping well, but am starting to feel a bit tired. I guess it’s just a consequence of being pregnant.

Exercise: I have continued to be cautious with exercise. I go for walks with my son and dog when it’s nice (which was twice this week.) I would like to swim, but I don’t have a gym membership anymore. I also did the p90x arms video. I have decided to hold off on the other videos until after she is born. I am a little sad to be giving up on working out so early because I was able to continue until the bitter end with my first pregnancy. (I went to a class at the gym 12 hours prior to labor starting.) I just have to remember that this is a different pregnancy, different circumstances. To be honest, I’m not worried about getting back in shape, I just miss the way a good work-out makes me feel.

Weight: 140 pounds (no change for the week, up 25 for the pregnancy)

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