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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Stomach Bugs and Baby Movement

This week has been crazy busy/exhausting. I got a stomach bug and was sick on Sunday night and all day Monday. I hadn't thrown up one time this entire pregnancy, made it to the second trimester puke free, and Monday I throw up from this stomach bug. Gross. Lets just say that I'm extremely lucky to be one of those people who never dealt with much morning sickness. Now that I am almost fully recovered from that nasty few days, I'm slowly gaining my appetite and continuing my quest to pack on the pounds! =) Also, I have a question for all of you moms and moms-to-be: When did you first feel the baby move? Yesterday I was sitting at work and I felt these two tiny things... like two pieces of popcorn popping or bubbles popping. And I actually put my hand on my belly and said to my teaching assistant "I think the baby just moved!" and when she said really? I said, nah, couldn't have been. Too soon. But then I felt the same thing again once this morning. Thoughts? Is it too soon? Does it matter/depend on the person? When did you first feel the flutters and pops? I'll be 15 weeks on Saturday.... Some people say it depends on yours size? I have a pretty small build.... Share your thoughts! =)

Monday, November 28, 2011

14 Week Update!

Skin:
Eh, okay. Face breaks out periodically and my skin is still dry and itchy sometimes, not as bad as last week. No stretch marks to report!

Weight/Clothes:
Up two pounds according to my scale. Clothes are getting too small... none of my pants will button and a lot of my shirts aren't long enough to cover my unbuttoned pants! Time to invest in maternity clothes. I have one pair of maternity jeans and they are so comfortable! My pants still fit everywhere but the waist and the BeBand's get on my nerves. They feel too constricting... time to shop! =)


Cramps/Pain:
Occasionally feel some round ligament pain and some stretching in my uterus. Most of the time I feel fine. The pains aren't bad just growing pains, which I'm happy to have! Nasal issues still continue but it's getting better. Headaches come and go.
Cravings/Aversions:
I crave fruit (mostly grapefruit, I've eaten like a thousand of them) and Funyuns. Haha. I know that's weird but what can I say, the baby wants what she wants! =)

Sleep:
Sleep has been okay, not great. Way too many weird dreams (which I will definitely have to blog about because I don't want to forget some of the crazy dreams). Sometimes I wake up with a stiff neck or headache and I still get up once or twice a night to pee. Thinking about getting a pregnancy pillow or a body pillow.

Emotions: 
Relief and total happiness.... after our last ultrasound and seeing our beautiful baby girl, I feel pretty content. I finally feel like everything is going to be alright. She is healthy and growing and we are now out of the risky first trimester, I feel happy and at peace! I am loving being pregnant. I love my growing belly and I can't stop thinking about her or talking about her. Hubs is probably tired of me talking about pregnancy and baby non-stop! He is excited too though. I went to his basketball game last night (he coaches a high school team) and the first thing he said to his friend when I walked up was, "Look at her belly, she has a baby bump now!" Proud dad! =)

Fetal Movement:
None yet but I am ready! I'm hoping I can feel her within the next two or three weeks or so. =)

Milestones: 
We have finally reached the second trimester! Yay! =)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Waiting

 I have been wanting to write this post for a long time.... I know that there are so many women out there that desire to get pregnant or are waiting on adoption plans to come through. I know how frustrating it can be. While it didn't take us years and we didn't need assistance from fertility drugs, it did take us nine months to get pregnant. I wasn't sure if it was ever going to happen. I prayed about it daily, cried about it, wrote blogs (an anonymous blog) about it, and journaled about it nonstop. It was stressful on us because when we made the decision last Christmas to try and start our family, we just assumed that it would happen within two or three months. Well after winter passed, spring moved on, and summer was coming to a close I thought for sure that there was something wrong with one of us. I even went to see the doctor about seven months in and cried through my whole appointment (not my finest moment). She assured me that sometimes it just takes time and if I wasn't pregnant after a year of trying they would run some tests. Through all of the pain and the waiting (patience isn't always my strong point) I kept praying. I drew close to God and I learned that He had a bigger plan for me and I told Him that I trusted Him even though I couldn't understand it at the time. I even found myself praising God when I started my period because I knew that it was the right thing, even though it wasn't what I wanted. It was hard to praise God when I wasn't getting my way.... but through the nine months of waiting, I learned patience and I learned to praise God through the storm. Finally in September, when my period was four days late, I woke up at 4 a.m. and took a test. When those two lines turned pink immediately I started crying and thanking God for sustaining me through the journey. It couldn't be timed any more perfectly for us.... we are both teachers and our baby girl is due May 26. When we first planned on getting pregnant I was hoping that I would get pregnant at the beginning of the summer because I was worried about being at work during the first trimester because of nausea and fatigue but God took care of that too. I hardly ever felt sick and I never threw up. God's plan is much greater than mine ever was and I couldn't be more thankful that it worked out His way rather than mine. So if you are trying to have a baby or waiting on anything in life, keep praying and keep praising God through the storm. He is the Creator and Sustainer and He will see you through. And even if you can't see it now, His plan is much better than our own....Praying for all of you who are hoping and praying for a baby....
Many blessings,

 
"Often God delays purposely, and the delay is just as much an answer to your prayer as the fulfillment when it comes." -Emilie Barnes
"When you and I desire God's best for us but become annoyed when He steps in to change the course of our lives, we rebel against the very thing we prayed for." -Priscilla Shirer

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Advice

Okay friends... I need some advice... any of you that have had a baby or know someone that has... what is the best lotion out there for your belly? I have heard conflicting reviews regarding Palmer' Cocoa Butter/Belly Butter/Stretch Mark Creams.... I haven't heard much about Mama Bees (from Burt's Bees) or Bio Oil... My stomach is getting dry and itchy from the weather and from stretching! I need some advice please! =)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

It's a.............

GIRL!!! We had a nuchal translucency ultrasound today and found out that our little one is a girl! She was so beautiful!!!! The first thing we saw was that beautiful heart just beating up a storm. It was amazing. Words can't even describe how I feel today. It was the most amazing thing I've ever experienced. She was so cute. She even opened and closed her mouth today. Talking to us already! She is more than perfect. She is growing right on track and there were no birth defects or any other issues found. She is amazing and I am in love!!! Over the moon happy right now! God is soooooooo good and we are so blessed!=)

"The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." Psalm 126:3

 (*sorry for the poor photo quality, my scanner isn't working so I had to take a picture of the ultrasound pic!) Still cute though! =)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I'm Back! Pregnancy Update!

I'm sorry it has taken me so long to do an update... my computer totally crashed... well it contracted some kind of major virus and my future brother-in-law (a.k.a. genius) has been working on it for me. But I'm back and ready to go now! My pregnancy is going well so far... So I guess I'll start doing one of these updates:)

12 Weeks

Skin:
Dry and itchy. Haha.... I think this is more a product of the cold weather that we've been having. No stretch marks yet. =)

Weight/Clothes:
I haven't gained weight yet (that I am aware of). I lost a few pounds in this first trimester because I am eating much healthier and am not eating all the junk food that I used to eat on a regular basis. I know I will regret saying this but I'm anxious to put on some pounds! I want a bigger belly and the reassurance that I'm feeding this baby!

Cravings/Aversions:
No aversions this week (weeks five and six were terrible, I had an aversion to everything!) Since week seven on I haven't really had any aversions. I crave fruit, chips and salsa, and pizza a lot. I eat a grapefruit and a banana every day. I have chips and salsa and pizza at least once a week! Yesterday I went to Olive Garden and I could not stop eating. It was sooooooo good. So now I want Olive Garden again today (too bad the closest one is an hour and half from my house!)

Cramps/Pain:
The cramps were the worst  around weeks 4 and 5. Since then I'll feel a little pull or stretching every now and then but basically I've been pain and cramp free since before the first ultrasound! =)

Mental State:
Nervous. I always get really nervous and start worrying right before the next doctor's appointment. I have had a lot of close friends who have had miscarriages and it has made me super paranoid and cautious. I know our odds are pretty good though because we've seen the heartbeat and we heard the heartbeat two weeks ago with the doppler. I've been praying for this baby and am trusting God to take care of him/her. This was totally God's timing and I know He is in control. So I'm trying to stay positive! We are almost out of the first trimester! One more week to go. We go to the doctor for an ultrasound on Tuesday morning and they are going to tell us the sex! Yay!!! I know 12 weeks is early to know the sex but my practice does a fancy ultrasound called a nuchal translucency ultrasound and they can tell the sex if the baby cooperates! =) I'll definitely be blogging on Tuesday!

Nasal Issues:
Tons. Ugh. My nose is so utterly disgusting I won't even go into the details!!

Sleep:
I'm still pretty exhausted all the time. I'm told that it will get better when I hit the second trimester. I've been trying to sleep on my side so I've added a pillow to our bed so that I can hold on to it, it helps keep me from sleeping on my back. I want one of those huge pregnancy pillows but that will have to wait until I get a little bigger!

Fetal Movement:
None yet! Too soon!

Weird Stuff:
Just seeing my belly start to poke out. I can't button my pants any more! Be Bands are a life saver, and so are hair ties, I just loop them from the button on my pants through the hole and back and they hold them together!

Well there you have it! I'll be back soon with more updates! =)

Friday, November 4, 2011

To Be Continued....

Please hang in there friends! I got a really nasty virus on our computer and it is out of commission for a little bit. I'm having it fixed and I promise I'll blog more as soon as it's back in working condition! =) We find out if we are having a boy or girl in less than a week and a half so stay tuned!!! =)