Ok, I lied. I will start with my end of October midwife appointment. It was pretty routine. Got my first internal exam...that was awesome, as I'm sure all women know how fun those are. We also talked about future appointments, beginnings of birth plans, etc. Oh and she found the heart beat! It was WAY over to the left side and was nice and strong.
November 2nd was my 5th wedding anniversary! On our actual anniversary day, we went to lunch at Fogo de Chao. This restaurant is a Brazilian all you can eat steakhouse. It's fairly fancy, CRAZY expensive (hence why we went for lunch and not dinner) and it's pretty delicious! You start with the fancy salad bar that is full of not only salad fixin's but smoked meats, pickled veggies, fresh cheeses and breads, and some amazing chicken salad. After you attempt to not stuff yourself on the salad bar, you flip over a little red card to the green side and then come the guys dressed as Brazilian gauchos carrying skewers of meats....like a lot of meat. There are probably about 4-5 types of steaks, filets, along with chicken, and a delicious pork loin. On top of this all you can eat meat they constantly bring to you, you also have unlimited sides of mashed potatoes, fried polenta, and sauteed bananas. All of which, were pretty tasty. Oh! And little cheesy rolls. I cannot tell you how overwhelming it all was...The servers were nice, patient, and very friendly. We will totally go back again when we have the money...which might be a while considering my circumstances.
That weekend, we spent a lovely, stress-free weekend in Bloomington with my Dad and step-mom. We also took a rainy side trip to Nashville, Indiana to walk around all the shops downtown. We didn't spend very long there because the weather was a bit yucky, but we did get lunch and some fudge! (That we didn't even finish in the end, unfortunately.) All-in-all it was a nice weekend and I could use more of them in the future!
The next Friday, I had another counselor appointment. I've been seeing her a lot lately, about once a week since I started seeing her. I have since decided to reduce the appointments to once a month because having an appointment every Friday afternoon gets really tiring. I'm not sure if they are helping yet, per se, we are still just talking and digging into lovely issues and reasons for things. That's about all I'll say about that because well, it's confidential for a reason :) Oh, and earlier this week, I felt the baby move for the first time!!! It was amazing and weird and totally crazy. It felt like someone ran their finger across my uterus from the inside...twice! Now I regularly feel flutters and flip flops, especially if I have any caffeine or am sitting and calm enough to feel it. It's pretty crazy and awesome and I can't wait until Chris can feel it too!
That night, I did have a little scare because I thought I might be leaking fluid. Because of this, I called my doctor's office and because of how I was feeling, she suggested we go ahead and go to the ER. At 4:30....on a Friday. Nothing unusual really happened. We got back fairly quickly, got checked out, and then waited and waited and waited for our discharge. Well, we ended up having to go upstairs for one more test to make sure I wasn't leaking fluid. That took forever as well, especially since it wasn't my normal hospital and they weren't as big. (They were closer, so went there...and my husband got scolded for it and will not make that mistake again, lol.) Long story short, I spent about 4 hours and every thing was fine! Better safe than sorry! The plus side was we got to see the baby! It no longer looks like a little blob anymore! My peanut looks like a baby! Chris saw it first and his face lit and up and he was totally in shock and awe seeing the baby flop and move around inside of me. It melted my heart!
The NEXT weekend after this appointment, my grandma came to town from Florida for the holiday! I went down to see her at my Dad's in Bloomington, along with my other aunts and uncles and a few cousins and it was a great day! I really wish I could have spent more time with them all, but I did get to see my grandma again on Thanksgiving before she left the next morning. Unfortunately, Chris started a new job and its a night shift so he did not get to go to Bloomington with me to visit family, and Thanksgiving night he had to work a security gig at a Kmart from 8pm to 7am. YUCK.
So, Thanksgiving. I made dinner (well, lunch) for myself, Chris, and his mom. I made turkey breasts in the crockpot (that were so big on the bone we had to cut them off to get them in the crockpot!), homemade (first time ever) turkey gravy, green bean casserole, and homemade (also first time ever) red skinned mashed potatoes. Dinner/lunch was a huge success and delicious! I also made my favorite pumpkin spice cake made from spice cake mix, a can of pumpkin, and water. Oh, and with Cool Whip for frosting. So. Yummy! Very successful for my first time!
This Thursday, I am going to a midwife appointment. I will be meeting one of the 3 midwives that does water births. I will also be getting some blood drawn for some baby screening for possible defects or whatnot, and I'll be doing my 1 hour glucose test to determine if I might have gestational diabetes. I don't think I have it, but every pregnant woman goes through this testing, so I will drink the gross sugary drink on an empty stomach and get some blood drawn. I will also hear the heartbeat again, which is always fun, and I will be scheduling my next appointment with another midwife that does water birth, and I will be scheduling my ultrasound that does the anatomy scan and determines the sex of the baby! How crazy is that?! I'm 16 weeks this weekend. Sadly, Chris has a class he can't miss that morning so I will have to go alone :( I did call the doctor's office and make sure he wouldn't be missing anything important or exciting. Let's hope it all goes as planned!
And, that about rounds up my November! Then, the first week of December I will be going to my 2nd research study appointment. This means, I will actually probably find out the sex at THIS appointment assuming the baby isn't too modest. Chris WILL be at this appointment and I'm pretty excited about it!
And now that I'm done rambling...pics!!! FINALLY. I also just got my first pair of maternity jeans and black pants. I have been using a belly band to keep my pants undone and still wear them for about a week or 2 now. My pants fit me everywhere but they are just too snug and uncomfortable to wear buttoned. It's pretty annoying, to be honest. As of today, I have gained roughly 15-20 pounds (more like 13-15 in these pics). Thankfully, I have stayed at this weight for about 2 weeks...so that's a positive! Hopefully, my weight won't go crazy when the baby hits his/her growth spurt since I already had one of my own.