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August 26, 2011

My Pregnancy: Week 12 and Hurricane Irene

I just wanted to sit for a few minutes and get this posted now since I didn't get to yesterday.
Yesterday I hit the 3 month mark in my pregnancy! Woot! One more week and I will be out of the 1st Trimester! It's hard to believe that in just 1 week, I will be in the 2nd trimester.

With my first pregnancy; when I was 12 weeks pregnant, I was just finding out! With my second, I was just scheduling my first appointment (I found out I was pregnant when I was around 5 weeks). With this one, I found out when I was 8 weeks. It was 8 weeks, right? Haha.

Well, I haven't been getting sick much at all lately. Maybe once every couple days. But I feel nauseous all the time. At least 15 times a day. I seem to get nauseous when I concentrate too much or too hard on something; like when I type this up. I might start feeling nauseous. We'll see though. Hopefully not.  I get cramps in my pelvis and my hips all the time too. I never got this pain with my other to pregnancies.  I know they say every pregnancy is different, but I hope that's a sign it's a boy!

I haven't been able to get much housework done. I've felt so tired. I think I have already said this but, when I'm up for only an hour or 2, I feel like I've been up all day and I'm ready for bed; and it's worse when we actually go out and do something like laundry or shopping. When it comes to housework it seems like I can only pick up a few things and then my lower back starts hurting. It's like a burning pain. I can only clean up for 30 or so minutes and then I feel all burnt out. The kids always make a mess in the living room, so everyday I have to clean the living room and never seem to get anything else done. Well, between the kitchen and living room. Those are the only 2 rooms I seem to get done every day and it kills me. After I get those done I am in pain, extremely tired and ready for bed, and sometimes I even start to feel sick.  I try to get to bed early, but that never happens. I always end up getting to bed around 12am.

On a good note though, last night I heard the baby's heart beat again. I had for a good while too and got a clear sound of it. It was exciting! But am still waiting for the day I will SEE the baby and have the doc find the heart beat. Just so I can be sure there's something actually in there.

If I hadn't said it already, my first actual OB appt is on Sept. 8th.

As for Hurricane Irene.. It's set to hit us tomorrow (Saturday) evening. Around 5 am Sunday morning it will be at it's worst for us. President Obama says this is likely to be a 'historic' Hurricane. New Jersey hasn't really had a Hurricane hit in about 50 years, so this is quite a event for us. I've lived here for over 6 years and the only thing we had related to a Hurricane was last years Hurricane Earl. Well, when it went over us it was only a Tropical Storm. But we still got lots of rain and wind.. and it really didn't 'go over' us. The edge went over us and we got the tail of it.

This is quite exciting to me. Yea, go ahead, call me crazy but I'm serious. I am one to love storms. All kinds of storms. To be straight up honest, I would love to see one of the trees in the woods be blown over. Just not in my apartment. Even if it landed in the apartment, it would cool, as long as no one gets hurt. I have been this way ever since I was little. I have seen comments already about how anyone who 'wants a hurricane, obviously forgot about Hurricane Katrina'. For me this is not the case. No, I didn't forget about that. Who could? Obviously this storm is not going to get that bad. It was supposed to reach a CAT 4, but it never did. It only reached CAT 3. In fact, by the time it gets to us, it will be a CAT 2 (actually an update I just seen shows it decreasing to a CAT 1 in the next 12 hours, but they said don't let that fool us) and starting to fall apart. It's not like I'm wishing another Hurricane Katrina on us. Now that would be pretty stupid.

Update: MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE FORECAST TO BE IN THE 50 TO 70 MPH RANGE WITH GUSTS TO 90 MPH. (But again, they don't let it fool us)

It says we're supposed to get 6-12 inches of rain. We've gotten 12+ inches already this month. I know we'll be fine. Yea, we'll have to sleep either in the hall way or the dining room since our rooms are next to the woods that have trees 80+ feet high (I'm guessing). They aren't strong trees either. These trees are tall, but the trunks are tiny. Some of these trees are like huge fern like trees or huge trees that look like plants. We've already had one tree out front snap twice. They say when the Hurricane gets here, the winds will be around 100 mph with gusts up to 140-150mph. We might lose power, and if we do, depending out how many people lose it, it could be up to 2 weeks before we get it back. If 1,000,000 lose power, it could take 30 days to get it back. Now that will suck. No power for 2 weeks?! Luckily, we're going to Virginia next Friday.

"As of late afternoon Friday, tropical storm-force winds were up to 460 miles wide. This is slightly greater than the distance from Baltimore to Portland, Maine."

"This hurricane has the potential to produce flooding rains, high winds, downed trees (on houses, cars, power lines) and widespread power outages. Significant impacts along the immediate coast include high waves, surge and beach erosion."

"Philadelphia already had its wettest single month on record, breaking a record from Sep. 1999, which included heavy rain from Hurricane Floyd passing to the east.

New York City may also break their previous wettest month record dating back to 1882!"


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