Bump Update: 12 Weeks - Behind the Camera and Dreaming

Bump Update: 12 Weeks

Thursday, March 20, 2014


This will be the first of many Bump Updates you'll hopefully find cute and charming over the next few months here on Behind the Camera and Dreaming. I braved an appointment with the "high risk" doctor alone this morning, but I really wasn't alone because I had this lime sized bundle of joy with me. I have come up with a few categories to kind of summarize what's going on, but not sure if I'll really stick to them throughout! I didn't do such a great job of updating with Jonah but I hope to really keep a pregnancy journal here this time. So, I hope you'll come along on this journey with me! 



Baby's Gestational Age: 12 weeks. However, there was some discussion about this today at the Perinatologist, but we settled back on October 2nd as our due date. Today's measurements were a few days ahead of schedule. 


Symptoms: I have had some "growing pains" in the side of my lower abdomen and some back and joint aches, but none of that is too severe or concerning. Nausea and heartburn have been my biggest issues since about week 5. Last week my OB put me on Zofran and Prevacid. After trying lesser treatments to no avail. We are slowly making progress in being able to eat. It's usually the worst in the evening and at night. However, I do have spurts of extreme heartburn and gagging while attempting to work. It's loads of fun.
 I also had my official gestational diabetes diagnosis on the 10th and began finger pricks that day. It's been difficult to really follow a diet due to the nausea, vomiting and heart burn, but like I said we are working on those things. At my appointment today, the nurse showed some concern about weight loss between week 5 and 10 but just encouraged me to continue the GD diet and do the best I can. I have definitely not lost weight in the midsection and baby seems to be growing just fine! 

Maternity Clothes:  I need some maternity pants for work, like yesterday! My pants aren't necessarily too small, but he buttons are under a little stress when I wear my regular work pants. 

Gender: Don't know yet! It will probably be another 6 weeks or so before we find out. I have had three dreams though that it's a girl. However, I also had a dream in which I starred as Tom Cruise's love interest - so my dreams aren't really reliable!

Sleep: Pretty good so far. I have trouble getting comfortable and falling asleep but that's not all that new for me. I plan to break out the snoogle soon. It was a life saver when I was pregnant with Jonah. 

Cravings: Nothing really. I occasionally want something specific but just trying to find low carb low sugar stuff I can keep down! 

Thinking Names: I can't even go there yet! 

Laughable Moments: Telling Dr. Perry this morning that I was sure of conception date so we could really nail down a due date and felt kind of embarrassed. He jokingly said "as long as you know WHO you were with we're doing good." Then we went on to talk about women who bring in multiple men to have genetic testing done. Uhhh... Dr. Perry-Springer!

Hard Moments: Just feeling bad has been pretty hard on me. Severe morning sickness with heartburn and then getting my GD diagnosis at 10 weeks is all a little overwhelming, but I feel like I see the light. Seeing that little baby. That whole human only the size of lime move around makes the hard stuff seem worth it. 

Nesting:  If this means making my own bed more comfortable, then yeah I'm doing that! Trying to wait until we find out gender to start doing much else! 

Best Moments this week: 1. Seeing the little nugget on the big screen again today! 2. Jonah told his teachers at school that his Mommy has a baby in her belly. He hasn't really gotten that concept until the last week. 

Looking Forward To: 2nd trimester feeling better!!

Movement: Today during the Nuchal Translucency Screening  (Ultrasound to measure the clear (translucent) space in the tissue at the back of the baby's neck.I got to see lots of full body jumps, kicks, rolls (that looked a lot like leave me alone), and the baby bringing his/her hand to face. I have felt a few little flutters, but nothing I'm positive is for real baby movement. 

On Mommy's Heart: I know many of us Mommies get pretty nervous at these appointments, but I tend to find myself sitting in the waiting room heart pounding, dry mouth, and just so ready to back and hear/see my baby. I psych myself out a little and I did the same thing with Jonah. It eased a little when he started really giving good punches and jabs on a regular basis. I loved that part of pregnancy. Watching that alien baby transform your abdomen into it's own personal jungle gym, you get to know them, their patterns, where their hands and feet are and with every breathtaking jab in the ribs you breath a sign of relief (or gasp for air). I can't wait for that part, but I don't want to rush this part either. I have a big boy who doesn't need to grow any faster than he already is, so I am going to try my hardest to enjoy this little one while it's still on the inside.  


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3 comments

  1. Fun update, Mama! Congrats again.

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  2. I am so excited to follow along with your pregnancy this time :) And I totally understand the nerves before a scan. I am already nervous about my next one in April. My hubby is getting sterilized the day before it and all I can think about is what if something is wrong and we won't be able to have a 4th.. horrible thoughts I know. I can't wait until movements are regular enough to be reassuring!

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  3. I'm so happy for you. I hope you feel better soon.

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