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Operation Don't Get Fatter Pregnant : Week 22

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pregnancy Symptoms:
Dry Itchy Skin
Heartburn
Constipation (no matter how much fiber and water I consume).
Swelling in my legs
General "I'm so fat" feeling.

THERE IS SOMETHING ALIVE INSIDE MY STOMACH.

Forgive my odd sense of humor, but that is what I think every time Evie jumps, kicks, hiccups, etc. I have flashbacks of watching Alien, and seeing the horrible creature clawing it's way out of Sigourney Weaver's stomach. I know. I'm not pregnant with an evil being intent to wipe out the human race. But it is possible (although not probable) that she could kill me trying to be born.

I had another, "I hate being pregnant" meltdown the other night when I messed up a blanket as part of a sewing job I landed. I worked all day Sunday (9a-10p) on these 25 blankets embroidering "Carlisle Cheer" for a local cheerleading squad. On the 24th blanket, my machine jammed up. I fixed the jam, and put it all back together, and the embroidery would not line up again. I wound up running to WalMart on my lunch break on Monday, buying another blanket, and embroidering it. Causing me to lose $10.00 of my profit.
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Did I mention how hard it is to sit right now. Evie is all up in my ribs, and it hurts so bad to sit down. I have to lean back a bit, and that is hard when I have to lean forward to set everything correctly in the sewing machine and sew. So 13 hours sitting trying to get these done was very uncomfortable, even painful for me. Pregnancy is not for the weak willed.

In week 22, we started working with a realtor to not only sell our home, but buy a bigger one. There is so very much to do. He suggested that we clean out everything we aren't currently using, and store neatly in the basement or the garage. He said to box it all up, and make it look like we don't even live there. This wouldn't be so difficult if we didn't have two children, two cats (one who isn't very social), and a big silly dog. I battle pet fur constantly. He suggested we remove a couch and chair from our living room to make it look bigger. He suggested we dismantle our four poster queen bed, and sleep on just a simple queen frame (and our mattresses) instead. Making our room look bigger and more inviting. The girls room really needs a lot of work. We need to get rid of toys, clothes, and really organize it.

The realtor also suggested that when we get a call saying that someone wants to see our home that we do not turn any of them away, and that we pack the pets and children up and clear out until our guests are gone. No matter what. If we were cooking dinner at the time, etc. Pack up. Clear out. This isn't easy with cats. The dog loves car rides. The 15 yr old cat doesn't mind them. The 3 yr old cat however would be traumatized by this. So I need to figure out what to do. She hates strangers, and would probably make herself hidden. Maybe the people coming to view our home wouldn't ever know she was there... Hmmmm....

The realtor also showed us about what we would walk away with from closing if we sold our house for the 70-80K that we want to. Just so very much to think about, and do. I would be lying if I said I am not overwhelmed.

My dry itchy skin is miserable. I lotion. I use natural soap (every other day) that is made from all natural products locally. My skin usually gets dry in winter time, but this is so bad that it feels like my skin is ripping apart when I sit or move in certain positions. I am drinking tons of water. So the only thing I can think of is it is pregnancy related.

We finally scheduled our prenatal classes, for a weekend in February, but M scheduled them for the same weekend of DQ's first dance competition... so I have to call and reschedule them.

DQ has the flu. Hoping I don't get it, as I don't get the flu vaccination. My co-worker had it last week - and now my 9 year old. I have been doing a lot of handwashing, and being careful. Hoping to avoid this nasty little bug.

I have been eating fairly healthy. My physical activity hasn't been up to par, though. I don't know where to squeeze it in, but I try to move as often as possible, and stay as active as I can. It hurts to sit!! LOL.

I hope everything is going well for everyone!!

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UNICORN212 1/31/2014 12:33AM

    Too bad you can't just enlarge the house you have - it might be less hassle!

I gained 35 pounds when I was pregnant - all in my belly. I used Nivea Creme (in the pot, not the lotion) - kind of greasy feeling, but I do not have any stretch marks at all.

Keep doing the best you can - it is all any of us can do!

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/30/2014 1:27AM

    emoticon if pregnancy were easy...men would do it! emoticon

For the itchy skin, next dr. visit ask them to check your liver levels. Sometimes being pregnant overloads the liver a bit and itchiness is one of the symptoms. It's called "colistasis" if I remember correctly. It isn't really that common and doesn't hurt the baby or the mother generally, but it is important to know about for the birth. I had it with both of mine, both were healthy 7+ pound technical preemies (about 4 weeks early) and afterwards everything with my liver went back to normal. You shouldn't worry about it, just check it out to rule it out as a possible cause.

Because it is also winter, and the cold dry air coupled with hormones is the odds on favorite for the itchiness.

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DZZLGRL 1/29/2014 2:17PM

    Hang in there. You are doing great!!!! When you get overwhelmed and you don't have time to take a break....close your eyes and take a couple deep breaths. It can do wonders. You can do it!!!! May you find a bit of comfort today. :)

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POOKASLUAGH 1/29/2014 12:53PM

    "Pregnancy is not for the weak willed."

Oh, my dear, you hit the nail on the head.

I completely sympathize on the house-selling end, too. When we were selling our house before we moved to Texas, we had to pack up three kids under the age of 5 at the drop of a hat. Sheesh. No pets though, at least, and my in-laws lived two miles away so at least we usually had a place to go. The big problem was that there was an apartment attached to our house, and we couldn't make the renters go at a drop of the hat, and they were horribly messy and didn't care if we sold the house. They tried to refuse to leave even AFTER we sold it, despite the 30-day termination notice on their lease. Sigh. I hope you have good luck and can sell it quickly without too many last-minute calls!

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ADARKARA 1/29/2014 11:55AM

    Ohh ohh ohh I can actually help you with the dry skin thing!!!! What works for me is dampening the dry skin, then using a thick, creamy lotion, then topping THAT off with a vaseline-like ointment called Vaniply. It's over the counter. The ointment keeps the moisture from the lotion in.

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JCARDINAL 1/29/2014 11:46AM

    I had horrible dry skin when pregnant and the only thing that helped was Dove soap and Amlactin moisturizing cream. Selling a house is no picnic especially when you're pregnant. I hope everything goes well. Take care of yourself!!

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