Entries Tagged as 'pregnancy'

the angle of the dangle

05.11.13

Tomorrow is the day I find out whether baby #2 is a boy or a girl. I really wanted to find out what I was having when I was pregnant with Holden, but Mr. B wanted to keep it a surprise so I relented. Not this time! I’ve been obsessed with finding out. So much so that I even sought out some potential hints from my OB at my 12-week ultrasound.

And that, my friends, is where I learned about the Genital Tubercle Angle or… the Angle of the Dangle.

So, basically, by about 12 weeks into your pregnancy, the baby’s genitals look pretty much the same whether it’s a boy or a girl. The baby essentially has a little nub that will eventually grow into the penis if it’s a boy and the clitoris (kinda?) if it’s a girl.

At the 12-week ultrasound, the tech can try to take a scan of the baby from the side and look at the angle at which the nub is “pointing” to *somewhat* accurately determine the sex of the baby. If the angle is 30% or more to the baby’s spine, then it’s a boy; if it’s parallel or less than 30%, it’s a girl.

The Angle of the Dangle from baby2see.com @ohbotherblog

photo from baby2see.com

I’ll be honest. I’m not really sure I see it. But my OB took a look at my 12-week sonogram and made her prediction. We’ll find out if she was right tomorrow.

Here’s the scan. What do you think? Is baby #2 a boy or a girl?

baby #2's nub: the angle of the dangle, genital tubercle angle @ohbotherblog

p.s. I’m hosting the gender reveal party on Saturday night, so you’ll have to check back this weekend to find out!

why am i so tirezzzzzzzz?

03.10.13

Mommy-baby nap @ohbotherblog

So I avoided the terrible morning sickness in the first trimester of this pregnancy, but I’m making up for it with pure exhaustion and terrible headaches now in the second trimester. What’s up with that?

I honestly don’t know how I make it through the weekdays without napping. On the weekends, I nap whenever Holden does and I’m still ready to drop. It’s 8:30pm right now and I’ll be going to bed as soon as I finish this post.

I thought the second trimester was supposed to be the best? What’s going on here?

then and now: the first trimester

24.09.13

14 weeks pregnant then-and-now @ohbotherblog

So I’m about 14.5 weeks along, officially in my second trimester, and thought I would share a little then-and-now look, comparing my first pregnancy to this time around.

first pregnancy

Positive Test: Week 5
First Symptoms: Itchy boobs, out-of-breath going up stairs
Puke City: Weeks 7-15
First Ultrasound: Week 8
Cravings: Absolutely nothing sounded good to me
Weight gain: -4 pounds (so sick!)

second pregnancy

Positive Test: Week 5
First Symptoms: Belly bump (wha?)
Puke City: negatory, thank God.
First Ultrasound: Week 7
Cravings: saaaaaaalt
Weight gain: Let’s not talk about it. Okay, 7 pounds.

So there are a few things I’m noticing that are different this time around. First and foremost—yay!—I haven’t been nearly as sick as I was with my first pregnancy. In weeks 8-10, I felt a little bit queasy in the morning, but was starving by 10:30am—like I had to eat or someone will get shivved. I only actually vomited one time and that’s because I stupidly took my prenatal vitamin in the morning (don’t do it!).

Secondly, I’ve been getting headaches, *sad face*. I get migraines pretty badly, especially around my period. My first pregnancy was entirely headache free, so this is an unwelcome symptom with this pregnancy.

During my first pregnancy, I wanted orange juice all the time—like I would chug it from the carton. This time around, I’m leaning more toward salty things, especially cheese. But I seem to have an aversion to tomato sauce or anything tomato-based—even pizza, which is so not like me. Basically it was a game day decision everyday during my first trimester on what sounded palatable to me to eat.

My belly has been really itchy so I’m slathering cocoa butter on myself like it’s my job. I have little red bumps on my stomach, which my very scientific Internet search seems to indicate that I could be having a boy this time around—something with the extra testosterone? We’re actually going to find out this time, so that’s exciting!

This pregnancy is going by very quickly. And especially because I haven’t been feeling sick, I don’t necessarily “feel” pregnant. Is that weird?

positive

18.09.13

Dollar Tree Pregnancy Tests actually work @ohbotherblog

So I shared that I’m expecting again. I didn’t share that this second pregnancy took me somewhat by surprise. I mean, I know how baby-making works so I guess I shouldn’t have been too shocked, but I was definitely not expecting to see those two pink lines when I randomly took a pregnancy test that fateful Wednesday night.

This might get a little TMI, so if you don’t care to hear details of what goes into conception, or if you are my dad or brother, you should probably just go ahead and skip this post.

Basically, my cycle has been all out of whack since September 2011, when I got pregnant with Holden. I’ve had only one period since that time, and it just came in June, as my time breastfeeding was winding down.

So when Mr. B and I decided to “just wing it” this summer, I pretty much had no idea when I was ovulating. Well… surprise! We apparently found ourselves inside the window.

When my period didn’t come in early July, my first thought definitely was not pregnancy; it was more that my cycle was still off. I did take two First Response tests in early July, and they were both negative, so I just assumed that my lady parts were just being weird. I think I’d gotten so used to not having a period that I didn’t think twice when it didn’t show up.

So one day (a Wednesday), about two weeks after what-I-guess-was-my-missed period, I was wearing a lightweight dress and happened to look down at my… bloated, round belly. Whaaa? I mean, I’m sure I’m exaggerating (slightly), but that bump was enough to make me rethink the whole period thing.

Not wanting to blow another $18 on a pregnancy test, I hit up the good ol’ Dollar Tree. Yeah, that’s right. I figured it was just a wasted exercise, but I went ahead and bought five of them (that way I’d have them for future false alarms).

The weird thing about Dollar Store pregnancy tests is that you have to pee in a cup and then use a little dropper to drop your pee into the test. *Shrug* so I did it. And… there were definitely two pink lines. I stared blankly. I pulled out another test. Two more pink lines.

Still not buying into this whole Dollar Tree pregnancy test thing, I bit the bullet and bought a First Response test (a digital one no less). Imagine my surprise to see the big, bold “Yes+” right there on the screen. No denying it. Holy crap.

First Response pregnancy test @ohbotherblog

So, take this as a lesson friends:

  1. You can get preggo even if your periods are not quite back on track.
  2. Yes, you can apparently start to show around 5 weeks with your second pregnancy.
  3. Dollar Tree pregnancy tests actually work.

here we go again

16.09.13

Baby number two photo announcement @ohbotherblog

In keeping with one of the most exciting weeks of my life, I figured I’d share some more of my big news with you:

Baby Number Two is on the way, due to arrive in March 2014.

It’s been tough keeping the secret for this long, but I’m glad to have the cat out of the bag! Things are already moving so quickly the second time around, so I’m excited to have this blog as an outlet to record some of the fun. I hope you won’t mind coming along for the ride with me.

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