Our 26-week appointment included the gestational diabetes test (yuck) and our 4-D ultrasound (YAY!). I originally did not want to do the 4-D ultrasound because I thought we could spend our $125 in a more practical way, but... hey, this is probably the last kiddo... let's splurge... :)
Here are the basics:
Heart Rate: 138
Stats: Gaining weight like a madwoman! I think I gained 7 pounds this month, bringing my overall total to 13 pounds.
Symptoms: Unfortunately, that second trimester honeymoon phase is over. I think the extra blood volume plus heat plus humidity is to blame. My hips are hurting already and I have been having weird tingling sensations in my arm from time to time - hopefully regular chiropractor visits will help with that. I'm also so tired all over again. I thought I was going to have some energy for a little while longer, but no. However, I really can't complain! This pregnancy has been much more relaxed than with Maleah. I'm not as nervous or as worried (although there is some apprehension, of course!). But I think I'm just able to take it all in stride and enjoy it even though it's difficult at times!
Appetite: I'm very hungry. But not a lot sounds great. I am really trying to maintain a healthy diet throughout this pregnancy. I did well with Maleah, but towards the end, my cholesterol skyrocketed because all that I wanted was chicken fingers & ice cream! Some of the things I am loving right now are: BLTs, boiled eggs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and waffles with syrup.
Movement: This little girl is quite humorous! I am always trying to figure her out. She likes 9pm a lot - which worries me. I can almost always count on her to start thumping around at that time! Please, please, please little baby be like your sister and go to bed at a reasonable time!!! I think I'm going to start calling her "Thumper" because that's exactly what her little movements feel like. Maleah was more of a wiggler, but Macey girl is definitely a thumper! At our ultrasound, we found out she is laying pretty much the way I predicted - her head is in my lower left side and she's laying diagonally. She was pulling on her toes during the ultrasound, which is exactly what I wondered if she had been doing because I can feel little hands and feet really close together!
Maleah (left) at 29 weeks and Macey (right) at 26 weeks - definitely sisters!!!
Our 4-D ultrasound was so much fun! Macey was cooperative, although she didn't move a whole lot - until the probe wasn't on her! She would be pretty still while we were peeking around and as soon as the tech would lift the wand for a moment, she would start thumping around! That's just like her! She does that when people try to feel her moving. She measured on track, looked healthy, and weighs approximately 1 pound 15 ounces! We got to see both feet and one hand!
Sleeping: I should just take this off of my list because I have a feeling it will be the same for the next 14 weeks. I'm usually going to bed around 9. I'm up every 2 hours to go to the restroom. If I wake up around 2am and am hungry, I have to eat. And then I'm getting up at 5:45 to get ready for the day. My doctor suggested I try Tylenol PM so that's my plan for tonight! I used it off & on with Maleah so hopefully it'll help me get some good, restful sleep this time around, too!
Looking Forward To: Our next doctor's appointment! It starts the 2-week appointments which means things are really going to kick into high gear!!! I'm also looking forward to getting some of Macey's things organized. I want to nest but really there isn't that much to do... so I'm trying to space it all out!
Loving: Maleah. I can't imagine loving another child as much as I love her, but I hear it happens! I think my heart will explode when Macey is born!