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The State of Belle’s Uterus Is: Still Occupied!



2,198. Holy crap that is a lot of HCG.  This would explain why I’m in bed by 8 p.m.

Ultrasound booked for Election Day, November 6.  I see my Rheumatologist the next day, Nov. 7, so he can monitor me during the pregnancy. I am NOT excited about that appointment. Those checkups always leave me a hot mess. Luckily I have a therapy appointment the following Saturday to help me calm the heck down!

Yesterday and today I felt nauseous while drinking my decaf soy lattes, which is really sad because I live for those lattes. I still only want to eat canned vegan chili, toast and bagels but I’m forcing myself to branch out. Today I have canned lentil and vegetable soup instead. This baby is 100% mine – no one craves beans like I do.

Occasionally I feel a little cramping or pulling in my uterus that makes me smile. Never is it anything that makes me fear the worst. Just little pulls and twinges that remind me someone is there.

I’m constipated, but who am I kidding? I’m always constipated.

My nips might be a little more sensitive but nothing crazy.

I’m peeing a lot.

Otherwise? I feel shockingly good. I’m focusing one enjoying every moment of this pregnancy and being mindful of my actions and thoughts. A fearful thought is acknowledged and then let go.

I’m also striving to keep myself busy. My entire family will be coming for Thanksgiving so I decided to spruce the house up a bit. I weeded and planted some flowers. I have cut out new chair covers for our dining room chairs out of some LUSH new fabric. I can’t wait to get them put together.

Also ordered a few things for our Thanksgiving table, planned our menu and have set a few meal trials for this weekend and next. I am working on slowly deep cleaning the house. You know, the kind of cleaning where you open every drawer, empty it, clean out all the gunk and then put it all away nice and neatly? Yeah, that kind of obsessive cleaning.

I have wanted to repaint my sewing room for years now and the Professor finally caved. I’ll be painting it a delicious soft gray this weekend! Don’t worry, I use the low VOC paint and wear a ridiculous respirator and googles for my uveitis already. Baby will be all safe from any fumes. Can’t wait to have a fresh new space to sew!

I could keep rambling, but I need to try to get some work done. All this excitement has made me not super productive at work.

Before I go, though, I want to shout out to all my fellow BFPers! There are a lot right now it seems. I have been thinking of each and every one of you!



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  1. SRB #
    October 24, 2012

    “Never is it anything that makes me fear the worst. Just little pulls and twinges that remind me someone is there.”

    YES. Yes to this whole post, but YES to this. This is awesome. 🙂

    • October 24, 2012

      Thank you! Mindfulness is hard in early pregnancy but I’m working on it 🙂

  2. October 24, 2012

    YAY! Great news 🙂 Can’t wait to see pics of your sprucing up. I’m glad you’re keeping yourself busy. That definitely helps with the worry and anxiety. So curious if there’s one or two little embabies growing in there!

    • October 24, 2012

      I say one. the Prof. says two. We’ll find out in two weeks!

      • October 25, 2012

        I am going to say 2….. can’t wait to find out!

  3. October 24, 2012

    YAY! Still occupied! 🙂 You are too cute.

    It sounds like even though you are in bed by 8pm that you are getting a whole lot done!!

    • October 24, 2012

      Lol, I suspect I might be feeling sick soon so I’m trying to plow through some projects!

  4. October 24, 2012

    That is a fantastic doubling time! Baby is settling in nicely. 🙂

  5. October 24, 2012

    That is just fantastic news! Congratulations!!!

    I’ve been craving beans like crazy with this pregnancy too. I’m practically a vegetarian again – meat grosses me out now, but beans are delish and full of all that good protein a growing baby needs! I also can’t drink coffee any more – even decaf. I couldn’t start my day without it before, but not now. I look forward to liking it again!

    I wish you the happiest and healthiest nine months! 🙂

  6. October 24, 2012

    wonderful news!!!

  7. October 24, 2012

    Terrific news! This makes my day!!!!

  8. October 24, 2012

    Omg that’s wonderful! Congrats on the awesome number and I can’t wait to see your painted sewing room.

    • October 24, 2012

      I can’t wait to show it to you all! I need to snap some before photos tonight before the old furniture sells…

  9. Kenya's mom #
    October 24, 2012

    Eyes watering. About to explode. Trying not to squeal. Will wait 10 more weeks to acknowledge outside of blog-world. 🙂 for now. Potential due date?

    • October 24, 2012

      Not saying… too risky still! You will be among the first I call when I’m ready to be a little more public, I promise. Looking forward to R’s shower in December and seeing you all! xoxo

  10. October 24, 2012

    Um??? Are we thinking there might be more than one in there?

    • October 24, 2012

      I still say one. The Professor says two. The cats are rooting for two because then there will be an equal lap to cat ratio in the house 🙂

  11. October 24, 2012

    This news just made my day!!

  12. infertilitycansuckit #
    October 24, 2012

    Wow! Your numbers are fantastic! I love your positive attitude in dealing with stress, and it sounds like it is working out fabulously for you 🙂 I can’t wait to see if you’ve got one or two in there… coincidentally, my doubling time was 28 hours as well and I have just one, strong baby in here. When I googled it though, it looks like it can go either way. How exciting!!!!

    • October 24, 2012

      I am SO GLAD you had a 28 hour doubling time. I was a little worried it could be a molar pregnancy. This is good reassurance!

  13. October 24, 2012

    Haha lady you are in denial – there are SO two in there :). Congratulations!

  14. October 24, 2012

    Yay! Wonderful!!!

  15. jak #
    October 24, 2012

    have not disclosed yet to anyone, not even the innerwebs, but since i am anonymous here, what the hell – i am a secret fellow bpf-er this time as well:) first time in my entire farkin’ life. i’m still nervous though… wish i had your positive vibes… working on it!

    your beta’s are even a little stronger than mine were and i just had an all’s good 6wk u/s so you should be right on track.

    as far as painting… perhaps you could talk some sense into my dr. professor husband who thinks i should not be anywhere near acrylic indoor paint. he’s a bit of a ninny about this and wants to paint the FORMER guest room (take that you fucking ovaries) SOON TO BE nursery himself. not that that’s bad, but i was hoping on going crazy on it, murals, colors, stuff on the ceiling… you know, something that will turn my kid into a cool person and not a boring person (i will regret saying this in 15 years no doubt). and he’s just not going to pull that off like i would. maybe your low voc paint is the way to go. and i have a mask (the kind that makes you look like a stormtrooper), so perhaps if i wore mine also, he’d cave…? here’s hoping.

    congratulations!!!!!!!! i am really hoping this is it for you!!!!!!!!!!

    • October 24, 2012

      Squeeee! I’m so excited for you! Yeah, I have heard that painting even without a respirator is fine when pregnant. I wear it and the googles for my crappy eye problem since I don’t like chemicals around them now. Totally plead your case for painting with a respirator, I think you will win!

  16. D #
    October 24, 2012

    I am a little late to respond because I was out of town when you got your BFP, but I wanted to pop over and say congrats! It sounds like things are right where they need to be. Your beta numbers sound very similar to mine (which also double faster than 48 hrs)! I thought twins right off the bat, but it has ended up being just a singleton, which is awesome. Wishing you the best of luck over the next few weeks! Very excited for you!

  17. jak #
    October 24, 2012

    oh, and just in case it helps your predictions, my beta’s were just a little less than yours (not by much) and there’s only one puppy in my litter, measuring right where it should be, sooooooo…. maybe yours is one also?

  18. October 24, 2012

    I gotta lean towards Professor on this…I’m sensing Double Trouble up in your ute, Belle!! So beyond excited for you right now 🙂 Also, Amy’s makes an AMAZING lentil soup if you haven’t tried it already. I’m obsessed with it. Had some for lunch yesterday. I like the regular, not low sodium kind.

  19. October 24, 2012

    Heck yeah!!! We definitely have to plan a trip there soon now!

    • October 24, 2012

      Yay! Come to KY! We’ll take you to bourbon and horses and make you derby pie!

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  21. Ginny #
    October 24, 2012

    SO happy for you!! I will on record say I think it is two in there……so yay for the cats, too!! More laps the merrier!

  22. Vanessa #
    October 24, 2012

    Yayyyy!!! That is all. 🙂

  23. October 24, 2012

    That’s such great news!

  24. October 24, 2012

    Wow, that’s a fabulous HCG doubling time!!

  25. October 24, 2012

    So so happy for you! This is great great news!!!

  26. October 24, 2012

    You sound like you are doing great! You also sound very ambitious 🙂 I’m lucky that I get pants and a shirt on everyday, no way I’m sewing or painting right now 🙂

  27. October 24, 2012

    Glad everything is going so well! I wish I had the energy right now to deep clean the house. My current plan is to spend my whole second trimester tearing this place apart:-)

  28. October 24, 2012

    What an awesome 2nd beta!! Definitely a healthy little one in there growing. So happy for you!!

  29. October 24, 2012

    Doing a happy dance!!! Yay! I am very excited for you. What a perfect early holiday gift.

    Oh, and take it easy! You’ll have 8 months to nest, no need to get it all done this weekend 🙂

  30. October 24, 2012

    Ooooo I say two!! 🙂 Congrats belle!!!!

  31. October 24, 2012

    My bet is on two. Glad your kitties will be pleased 😉

  32. October 24, 2012

    Woo Hoo! Love that number 🙂

  33. October 24, 2012

    Whoop Whoop! Now that is a number I can get behind. Simply awesome Belle! Congrats again!

  34. October 24, 2012

    Wooooo hooooo! Those numbers are amazing! Congrats again. I’m so happy for you! Keeping all appendages crossed that this is it!

  35. October 25, 2012

    I havent been around for a while so firstly – CONGRATULAIONS!!! I saw this post first thing when I opened my wordpress and I started crying (happy tears of course!:) ) Secondly….Where are you getting all your energy from? Ive been exhausted for the last week or so and am waiting for the energy spurts I keep hearing about.

    Ugh,not sure if its the crazy lady hormones or what but just so darn excited for you and sending you and the Professor a HUGE hug!

  36. aj #
    October 25, 2012

    Congratulations!! That is a great doubling time!!!!!

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