Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Going on Hiatus... (10/12/11)

Hey everyone. So the title of this post says it all. I'm going on hiatus. Everyone is bugging me for an update and I just don't have the time for it right now. Sorry. This blog is not on my list of priorities right now. Honestly, I'm just trying to get the house ready for the baby before she decides to arrive. I'm approching 37 weeks, which is full term, and that means baby may arrive any day now.

I hope you all understand. I'm not sure when I'll be back or even if I come back at all. Best wishes to you all. XOXO

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Room Almost Cleared! (09/27/11)

As you all know, DH and I are moving into a bigger bedroom so we can share our room with the baby. We don't have the space for a nursery. Over the weekend we pretty much cleared out the bigger room. We were originally going to rip up the carpet and put down new flooring but we've changed our minds. As of now, we're looking for a futon to switch our old bedroom into an office/guest bedroom.

Right now we need to purchase a new bed frame, possibly one on wheels. We found a bed frame on wheels at for cheap. It also has brackets to add a headboard of our choice. We also need to get a box spring mattress. We're thinking about this one from

Before we start moving into the bigger room we want to steam clean the carpets. We have a dog that likes to pee all over the house. *Rolls eyes* Once that's done we'll be moving into that room and we can finally set up the baby's furniture and sort through what we have for the baby already and what we need to get. I actually can't wait finish all of this.

Since I'm an organized/checklist kinda gal, I have a checklist of what needs to be done before the baby arrives. I'm going create a page for it on my blog after I post this blog. Check it out if you want! Have a great week everybody!

PS - I added another recipe to the "Recipes" page. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

33 Weeks 4 Days! (09/20/11)

As of last Friday, the 16th, I turned 33 weeks along. As you can see the baby is about the size of a honeydew. Mmmm, honeydew! Baby is about 17.2 - 18.7" long and weighs 4.2 - 5.8 lbs. Yikes!

How far along? 33 weeks 4 days

How I'm feeling? Pretty good other than I'm getting quite uncomfortable. I tired pretty easily also.

Weight? So far I stand at a 25 lb. weight gain. My OBGYN told me I'm allowed to gain 40 lbs. total during my pregnancy but I can't allow myself to do that. My goal was to gain only 30 lbs. but we'll see how that goes.

How I'm changing? I'm very moody and cry easily. I've lost times how many times I've cried in the past week. It's all over stupid silly stuff non-the-less. My hair gets greasy, my skin is actually better pregnant than not pregnant, I'm geting stretch marks (hello new road map ass, thighs and hips!) and I'm geting cellulite on my thighs. Ew!

What I miss? I'd give anything for a malibu bay breeze or a glass of wine. I miss my normal energy level too. *Sighs*

Cravings? Right now I crave salads and fruits. Yum! I actually think I'm going to have a nice big juicy granny smith apple after I finish typing this out!

Food Aversions? Meat on the bone.

Highlights this week? I got my first unemployment check yesterday. Woohoo! I also packed my diaper bag, DH's diaper bag and the baby's bath caddy.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Stressed Out... (09/13/11)

My apologies for the lack of updates. I've been pretty busy lately. A few posts back I posted that I'll be losing my job at the end of August. Obviously that time has come and to be honest, this blog has been at the bottom of my priorities (as it should be). I'm trying to get my unemployment/disability pay in order, trying to get the house ready for Sophia's arrival, and not to mention we have family from Florida who are here to visit for 2 weeks.

Picture courtesy of Google images.

I'm actually debating on letting this blog go. I'll leave it published but I just don't know if I have the time to keep updating it or not. I'm 32 weeks pregnant and things are getting hectic around here. I'd imagine it will be this way until I give birth and it'll intensify by atleast 10 once baby girl is here.

I just wanted to do a quick update and let you all know I'm still alive. Anyway, I gotta run. I have to make a few more phone calls for my unemployment/disability pay then hopefully I wont have to deal with that again until September 29th!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

It's an Addiction! (09/03/11)

I can't stop stalking my registries. It's seriously an addiction and I need help. Is there a rehab for that?

DH and I went to our elective 4D u/s appointment yesterday and it was a success! She was sucking on her ankles (yes, her ankles!), poking herself in the eyes with her toes, sticking her tongue out at us, stretching and more. It's was amazing to see. We got the whole u/s on DVD so DH and I just finished watching it. I can't help but get teary eyed every time I watch it. I'll post a few pictures from the u/s tomorrow at some point.

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My Weekend (08/30/11)

So I had a hectic weekend to say the least. After work on Friday and for a majority of Sunday DH and I prepared ourselves for our first hurricane, hurricane Irene. We got food and water, candles, lighters and a few extra candles. We brought all loose items from the patio inside to the garage. We started to pack an over night bag incase we had to evacuate. We we declared state of emergency and the next town over from us had to be evacuated. We live about a 15 minute walk from the beach so we had to keep an eye on the news closely for updates. It was estimated to hit us around 9:00PM Saturday night and we were never evacuated so we just hung tight. We weren't hit with the hurricane until late Saturday night. DH and I went to sleep Saturday at around 10:00PM and woke up several times that night from the heavy rain and winds. We didn't get any flooding or damage on the house though. Yay! We didn't even lose power! Just about everyone I talked to after the hurricane lost power. We were so lucky!

DH and I have been discussing getting a 4D u/s since we found out we were pregnant. I found a place that does them that is about 30 minutes away from me. About 3 weeks ago I made an appointment for Saturday, August 27th at 8:20AM. I got the "Standard 4D" package for $150.00 which includes:
- 10 minute DVD set to music
- 5 Black & White thermal images
- CD ROM of 10 to 25
- Color 3D images for printing or e-mailing to your family and friends
- Gender determination
- Discount of 20% on all return visits**
- Includes a CD and DVD
Score! However, the appointment is only 15 minutes long with absolutely no wiggle room. On Saturday morning DH and I went in for our elective 4D u/s. We were super excited about this appointment and then quickly bummed once we learned our LO would not cooperate. We saw her for about 15 seconds with her hands in a fist up by her mouth and nose. How beautiful! The u/s tech immediately told us to get up and walk around for 10 minutes. We did that and tried again. LO was facing my back so we couldn't see her precious face and the u/s tech immediately asked me if I ate. I said yes and she said "Well, you can get up and walk around some more or just re-schedule. Your call." She was so rude! DH and I decided to walk to the bagel shop next door and I got a coffee and orange juice. I chugged those and went in for round 3. No such luck. LO was still facing my back. Ugh! This little girl is something else. Every time we go in for an u/s she gives us problems...never fails! Gotta love her anyway though! So DH and I made another appointment to try again this Friday the 2nd at 5:00PM. Wish us luck!

So tomorrow is my last day at work before I get laid off and I don't think I could be more excited. I'm ready to get the house ready for the baby's arrival. I've been putting it off because I just don't have the energy to do it after a full day of work. No more excuses now!

Friday, August 26, 2011

30 Weeks! (08/26/11)

I'm 30 weeks today! Ekkk! Only 70 more days to go! Next week I'll hit 31 weeks and then have 9 weeks remaining. *Panicks* Baby is still about the size of a squash; 15.2 - 16.7" long and weighs 2.5 - 3.8 lbs.
At 30 weeks, your belly’s doing more than just making it tough to find a comfortable sleeping position. It’s made itself a conversation piece. Everywhere you go, someone seems to have a comment about your physical appearance, which isn’t always so fun. And no doubt, you’ve encountered quite a few people who don’t think before they speak and say something embarrassing or hurtful (what’s up with that?) Try not to take those comments seriously, but know which ones should be taken to heart. Like when they tell you you’re glowing, believe them! And take advantage of some of the perks (when someone offers you their seat on the train -- take it!) At week 30, your dreams might be getting even weirder -- if you’re actually sleeping, that is. That could be a result of anxiety, so consider doing some prep work to help you rest easier. One idea? Do a test drive to see exactly how long it really takes you to get to the hospital. Then maybe you’ll stop having nightmares about giving birth in your car.
- Her skin is getting smoother.
- But her brain is getting wrinklier -- to make way for all that essential brain tissue.
- She's now strong enough to grasp a finger!
I've been doing my kick counts nightly after dinner as that's usually when she's most active. Last night it took her awhile to get going and that worried me sick to the point where I felt nauseous. I even had DH put his hand on my belly and start talking to her, which usually gets her going but nadda. Once I went bed it was party time for her in there. Oh joy! Is this a sign of what's to come?
While watching Jersey Shore last night in bed I got to thinking about the things I'd miss once she joins us.
- Movement. Even though waking up from a deep sleep due to a kick in the ribs is uncomfortable I wouldn't trade it for the world.
- My OBGYN appointments. Oddly enough, I love going in and getting my blood pressure checked, getting weighed, listening to her heartbeat, asking my questions, bringing up concerns, etc. After each appointment I feel comforted.
- DH's loving and caring ways. Not that he's not loving and caring when I'm not pregnant but he seems to go a bit further and beyond than he normally does. Every time I stop dead in my tracks from a pain or an ache he immediately says "ARE YOU OK?!" "Yes, dear. I'm fine." He's been stepping up to the plate and helping me out any way that he can.
- Watching DH with other children and imagining him with Sophia. His Sister and 3 cousins have children of their own. It's absolutely priceless watching him interact with their children. He claims he's not scared of what's to come but I can tell that there's something there. He may not be scared but he may be nervous. I know he'll be an awesome Dad, no doubt in my mind. I actually fear that she'll be a Daddy's girl. No fair!
- Feeling the constant 24/7 bonding feeling. I'm carrying her with me 24/7 right now...I have been for 30 weeks now. There's no closer bond than that. I know when to expect her to start kicking, she kicks when I start getting hungry, certain foods that I eat make her go wild, I know when she gets the hiccups just by feeling them, loud noises scare her and she jumps, etc.
Yes, I may have cellulite. Yes, I may have stretch marks. Yes, I feel like a beached whale. Yes, I'm sick of the rude comments from some friends, family, co-workers and strangers. Yes, I hate being tired all the time. Yes, I hated throwing up for the first 16 weeks of my pregnany. Yes, I hate being so darn paranoid about this pregnancy. But you know what? I'm thankful and I wouldn't change it for the world. <3 Momma loves you Sophia Marie! <3

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sniss (08/24/11)

Who knew you can sniss right after a pee break? Literally. Seconds after a pee break. Ugh! Luckily I was at home and about to hop in the shower.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Road Maps & Randomness (08/22/11)

Yesterday was my lazy Sunday so I was laying in bed on my left side watching a movie. DH slips his hands between my belly and the bed and kept them there for a good 3 minutes or so. I said "What the hell are you doing?!" "I'm holding my little girl." and gives me the biggest smile. Awww!

Last night at around 8 o'clock I changed into some fleece pants (I was freezing!) and DH spotted some stretch marks on the upper part of my thighs. "Are those scratches or something?" "No dear, those are called stretch marks." Wonderful! I recently discovered a road map on my ass, on the back of my thighs right below my ass and on my sides by my hips...but my belly is all clear. WTF! I guess I'll never wear a bikini again. *Sighs*

Friday, August 19, 2011

Breastfeeding (08/19/11)

This may be a random post but I follow Roxanne's blog and she recently posted a great article on breastfeeding. This article made me cry. Why? Maybe it's nerves? Maybe I want to breastfeed so badly and I fear that I'll fail? I'm not exactly sure but I've read some stories that women have problems lactating. I know there are a handful of things you can do to help but it doesn't always work out.

I know formula fed babies don't instantly grow 2 heads or an extra toe but it's proven to be healthier and better for your child. Breastfeeding helps fight:
- Ear infections
- Diarrhea
- Respiratory infections
- Meningitis

Breastfeeding also may protect your child from:
- Allergies
- Asthma
- Diabetes
- Obesity
- Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Breast milk can be easier to digest for your baby and it's obviously cheaper than formula. Breast milk can taste different on a day-to-day basis depending on what you're eating so your baby isn't drinking the same tasting formula at every feeding. Breast fed babies have a slightly higher IQ than a baby that was formula fed too. Some studies have found that breastfeeding may help prevent obesity. Read this article for more info. The pros and cons for breastfeeding definitely outweigh formula feeding. Some women just don't want anything to do with breastfeeding. Me? I'm going to give it my all.

29 Weeks! (08/19/11)

As of today I'm 29 weeks along! 77 more days to go and only 8 more weeks until I'm full term. Ekkk! The baby is approximately the size of a squash, 15.2 - 16.7" long and weighs 2.5 - 3.8 lbs. She'll be about the size of a squash until week 33. She'll be gaining some baby chub until then.

Baby's energy is surging, thanks to white fat depositing beneath his skin. And since he's growing so fast (weight will triple by birth), things are getting kind of cramped in the womb. What all this means for you: Get ready for some more kicks and jabs to the ribs.

Nothing new to report here since yesterday. If you're interested in my currents symptoms check out yesterdays post.

DH and I are having a date night. We're going to a dine-in theater to see 30 Minutes or Less. We spotted the theater a few months ago and have been wanting to check it out since. We might as well go now before Sophia gets here because we wont get many date nights once she's here. Then tomorrow we may go on a double date with DH's friends to Medievil Times for dinner. DH isn't much of the "date-like" person so to me this is a big weekend. Two dates in 1 weekend. Yay! I couldn't be more excited about it either! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

1st Trimester AGAIN?! (08/18/11)

As of recently I feel like I can sleep the day away if someone let me. Yesterday I went home from work early due to someone pouring bleach all over the floor to clean them. It wreaked of bleach for a long time and my throat was starting to burn, my eyes were watering and my nose started to run. I went home at about 9:30AM. I rested my eyes for a bit and went to my 11:15AM 28 week appointment with DH. DH and I had lunch at Panera's and I passed out for 3 hours, literally. Woke up and watched a bit of TV. I then had dinner and passed out AGAIN for an hour. I took a shower and went to bed. I slept like a rock last night. Is this what I'm back to? The 1st trimester? I've been in bed and passed out by 8:00 at night now. I have that general "yucky" feeling too. You know...that 'Am I going to throw up?' feeling. Ugh! The baby rolling around, punching and kicking me makes the nausea even worse than it should be.

I'm getting laid off on August 31st due to my building closing and my contract ending. I was going to try and collect unemployment until January and treat that as my maternity leave. Once January comes along I'll start looking for a new job. But while on "maternity leave" before Sophia gets here I wanted to do some nesting and get her space set up. How on earth can I do this when all I have the energy to do is sleep?! Haha!

My 28 week appointment went well. It was the usual turn in your pee cup, check your blood pressure, get weighed, measure your belly growth and listen to heart beat. The nurse talked to me about kick counts. I now have to pick the baby's most active time of day for two hours and must count up to 10 kicks daily. Once I reach 10 kicks I can stop counting. If I don't get 10 kicks I need to call my OBGYN and get a non-invasive stress test done. I was in and out of there in 20 minutes as usual.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Addyson Olivia (08/16/11)

A close friend of the family, BJ, had her second little miracle baby on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011. She had her about 3 weeks early and she couldn't be more perfect. She weighed 4lbs 15oz and measured 17" long.

Addyson Olivia

Once BJ and her baby were released from the hospital they came to visit us. I snatched that precious little girl and got to hold her for the first time. She was so tiny and so perfect. She was making little baby noises, she smelt like "baby", moving her perfect little arms, feet, fingers and toes. At that very moment I fell in love. How can you not fall in love with something so small and so precious?

BJ started talking to me about a few of her birth story details just to warn me about what may happen so I'll be prepared. It scared the living daylights out of me. But you know what? Holding that beautiful little girl in my arms staring at her as she's telling me about it and feeling the love I have for her new little girl would totally be worth it to me. Even if I had the worst labor experience I could ever imagine it would totally be 100% worth it to take my baby girl home and hold her like I did with Addy.

I went to visit my parents in Connecticut over the weekend and they surprised me with the travel system DH and I wanted. We registered for the Chicco Cortina Travel System Stroller - Midori . I never thought I'd be so excited over a stupid carseat and stroller. I mean who does that?! I guess things change the moment you find out you're pregnant, huh? DH and I went home on Sunday late afternoon and immediately put it together. I had a strong urge to take it for a stroll babyless around the block but it was raining. Go ahead - make fun of me but DH already beat you to it! Since it was raining and I couldn't I just took it for a stroll around the house. I freakin' love this travel system. I love the colors, I love how it drives so smoothly, I love the large basket, I just love everything about it! Thanks Mom and Dad! Sophia sure will love it!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Registries!! (08/09/11)

So I'm bored at work and to kill time I decided to snoop around on my registry and see if anyone purchased anything from it yet. To my surprise there have been 2 purchases so far! The Kolcraft Step Starter 2-in-1 Walker - Woodstock and Chicco KeyFit & KeyFit 30 Child Restraint Base - Anthracite (an extra car seat base for my travel system)! Woohoo! I've asked DH when my shower was and he claims he has no idea. Between you and me I think he's lying. I still haven't gotten all the addresses to the guest list yet. Yikes! I better get on that!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Venting (08/08/11)

In this post I'll be venting about something that has been bothering me through out my whole pregnancy so far. Out of DH's generation, between all his cousins, this will be the 7th pregnancy to start the next generation. Well, yesterday I attended a family get together at DH's Grandma's house for a BBQ. One of Ian's Aunts looks at me dead in the eyes and said "Oh you're much bigger than --------- and she's got only 5 weeks left!" Really? Really?! Thanks. I think I'll go to the bathroom and shove my finger down my throat now. I'm so sick and tired of the "Oh you're getting huge!" comments. Well I am almost 7 months pregnant and growing a baby inside my fucking uterus, did you expect me to have a flat belly still? Ugh!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

In My Daughter's Eyes (08/7/11)

I'd like to share a video with you all that my Mom dedicated to me since I'm carrying my first child, which happens to be a girl. If you're expecting a daughter get your tissues ready. You wont be able to make it through the first 30 seconds with out crying...just warning ya!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

New Layout! (08/06/11)

The title of this post says it all! I put a new layout up and I hope you like it. It's a little more simple but I like it. I added a new "Purchases" page. Check that out too while you're at it. Enjoy!

Friday, August 5, 2011

3rd Trimester!! (08/05/11)

Today I am 27 weeks along and still about the size of an eggplant; 13.6 to 14.8" and 1.5 to 2.2 lbs. I am so delighted and so damn scared to announce that I am in the 3rd trimester now! I'm delighted for obvious reasons because that just means we're getting closer to meeting baby girl. I'm damn scared because that means in just a few more weeks our lives will be turned upside down but in a good way. We'll now be 100% responsible for a tiny living human being. That includes making important decisions for her until she's old enough to make them herself, care for her, tend to her, kiss the boo-boos, heal broken hearts, etc. That is enough to scare me to death. I want to be the best Mother a woman can be and that's a lot of pressure.

People ask me all the time what my biggest fear is being pregnant and all. I'm not going to lie - everything. There's still that slight chance that something can go wrong up until I give birth to her. It could be a medical issue, umbilical cord accident or even I just go into labor prematurely and she wont make it. I'm scared to death of giving birth to her for obvious reasons. I'm scared of the pain, things wont go as smoothly as I hoped, I'm scared of tearing, scared I'll end up having a c-section when I want to give birth naturally, the baby's heart rate might drop during delivery, etc. I fear that I'll fail as a Mother. I fear that she'll turn into a wild child in her pre-teens and I wont know how to handle it. My fear list can go on and on. But as a new Mom I'll have to face these fears and push through them.

Right now I'm running on about 3 hours of sleep. I watched Project Runway and the Jersey Shore premire last night so I didn't get to bed until 11:00 o'clock last night. I was over tired, couldn't get comfortable and go to sleep. Once I finally did it was about 2:00 in the morning. My alarm went off at 5:00. Needless to say coffee is going to be my new best friend and I'll be one miserable bitch today. Look at me the wrong way today...I dare you.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Blech! (08/04/11)

I'm such a horrible blogger. I don't update nearly as often as I should. For the past few days I've been feeling "yucky". Not M/S or anything, just "yucky". Like stomach cramps - the kind you'd get with a stomach ache or some kind of food poisioning along with some gurgling. The rest of this paragraph may be TMI so if you don't care to read it just skip over it. Everything I've eaten since Tuesday has went right through me. Yup, I'm talking about diarrhea. When I say everything I mean soup, veggies, crackers, etc. Last night I decided to scarf 2 bananas down when I got home from work and make homemade chicken noodle soup for dinner. That was the trick. So far so good. I even packed up a container of it for lunch at work this morning. The runs while at work is no fun. Trust me! If you'd like the recipe I plan on posting it in the "Recipes" tab.

As I approach the 3rd trimester, which will start tomorrow (Ekkk!), I'm getting more and more tired. Worse than the 1st trimester. Awesome! This is when I planned on getting the house ready for baby the most. I'll have to suck it up and deal with it and get DH's help as much as I can and hope that things get done on time. He doesn't seem to worry but I'm a planner and a worrier so that's just my nature.

I hope everyone is doing well!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Still Grieving After Almost 5 Years... (07/28/11)

Last night I had a dream about my Uncle Terry, who passed away of a heart attack a couple years ago at 44 years old in Shop Rite. Yes, in Shop Rite, running a simple errand. Out of all the deaths I've grieved over, this has been the hardest for me. I think it's mostly because I never got the chance to say goodbye, literally. Shortly before his death we celebrated a birthday party at a rollerblading rink/jungle gym for kids. When it was time to leave the party he was rollerblading with the kids that attended the birthday party (he was always great with kids). I didn't have rollerblades on and I didn't want to disturb him so I left the party. I want to kick myself everytime I think about that. I grew up wanting him to be in my children's lives. There's something special between him and every child's heart he touches. I wanted him to take part in their lives like he did in mine.

He was a typical "class clown" kinda guy. He was always making jokes and uplifting your spirits if you were feeling down. He'd give the shirt off his back for you. I dreamt last night that the door bell rang so I ran to the door and answered it. Who was there? My Uncle with a huge smile on his face. I jumped right into his open arms and gave him the biggest hug. Then he rubbed my belly. Why am I bringing this dream up? Because I have been having this dream often since I tested positive. I hope this is a sign that he's chiming in every so often up from heaven to see how me and baby Sophia are doing.

As I wipe away my tears that are streaming down my cheeks I will say that I love him so very much and miss him dearly. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about him or run into something that reminds me of him. I see a motorcycle and I think of him as he was really big into bikes. I see a clown and I think of him because of his personality. I hear a song on the radio about a loss of a loved one and I think of him. I see a red, curly haired womans wig and I think of him because he went as a stripper for Halloween one year. I see a tiger on the animal planet or discovery channel and I think of him because he had a tiger tattoo. There's many more things that make me think of him or remind me of him but that list can go on forever.

On a lighter and more uplifting note this morning I woke up to find out that we're in the double digits! We have 99 days to go! How crazy is that?! Where in the world has time gone? Tomorrow I'll be 26 weeks and almost in the 3rd trimester. Ekkk!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dear Braxton Hicks (07/27/11)

Dear braxton hicks,
You suck. That is all.
Yours truly,

I woke up this morning and while getting ready I felt my belly get really tight. I pushed on it and it was rock hard and I felt slightly uncomfortable. After doing some quick research it sounds like BH. I didn't think I'd be getting them this early. Owell.

I tossed and turned last night (as usual) because I couldn't get comfortable. Between my growing belly and my super sore pelivis/hips I'm lucky if I get 5 hours of sleep...I know, I know. Better get use to it...blah, blah, blah. If I hear that one more time I'm going to throat punch someone. I'm perfectly aware that I'll be waking up every 2 hours for feedings, waking up at 4:00AM and what-not. You don't have to remind me. It's just frustrating that any slight movement in the middle of the night and I'm almost in tears from the pelvic/hip pain. I've talked to my OBGYN about it a few times and they don't seem concerned, perhaps they just think I'm milking it, or they're not taking me seriously. They're just passing it off as RLP but I don't think RLP should be this uncomfortable.

Friday, July 22, 2011

25 Weeks! (07/25/11)

As of Friday I turned 25 weeks. The baby should be roughly about the size of an eggplant; 13.6 to 14.8" and 1.5 to 2.2 lbs. The baby will be about the size of an eggplant until I'm 29 weeks along. The baby is just getting slightly taller and gaining some baby chub each week. Only 3 more days until the double digit count down begins! Right now I have 102 days to go!

That oh-so-handy sense of equilibrium is kicking in, and baby's learning to distinguish right side up from upside down.

Not much to report here. Not last blog post but the one before I made a vow to myself that I'll start nesting and getting ready to move into a bigger room in the house and create a space for Sophia. Well I kept my vow and organized our bathroom and started throwing things away in the other bedroom that we intend to move into. I spent only about 5 hours cleaning and what not and felt like I got hit by a mack truck. My hips, back and thighs hurt so bad I was nearly in tears. So it'll be a slow work in progess with the help of my DH if he cooperates.

I'm officially starting to feel some stronger movement in my belly. Yesterday I was sitting on the couch with my feet up (damn cankles!) and resting my hands, which are folded, on my belly watching TV. She kicked so hard you could see my hands and belly moving. Then I felt a kick closer to my ribs. Times like that I could totally turn the TV off and just watch the movements on my belly! It's an amazing feeling and never gets old. This is probably the one pregnancy symptom I'll miss most once I give birth.

Last night I had my first baby dream while pregnant. I had a dream that I had a smooth premature birth at 35 weeks and she turned out to be beautiful. She had brown hair and brown eyes, very wide-eyed and alert. I kind of felt that "Mother's love" that everyone talks about in my dream when I got to hold her for the first time. It felt amazing. We took her home and she adapted to a schedule and was a very good baby, not too fussy or anything. And the biggest thing of all - we both did well breastfeeding! Then my alarm went off. BUMMER! I can't wait until she's actually here! Is it November yet?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

6 Months?! (07/20/11)

It just occured to me that I'm 6 months pregnant. Six months pregnant?! Where'd the time go? I thought this would be the longest 40 weeks of my life but the last 24 weeks flew by. I have a little over 15 weeks left. Excited? Hell yes! Nervous? Hell yes! Scared? To death! DH and I can handle it though. I seriously can not wait to hold her, look at her in the eyes and tell her how much I love her. She truely holds my heart and soul already. How is that even possible? She's still growing inside my body daily getting ready to be put on earth - it's mind blowing.

I had my monthly check up yesterday and everything went well. My OBGYN checked my blood pressure, weighed me, measured my belly and listened to the heartbeat (which took forever to find because she's such a squirmy little thing). I asked a few questions and I was on my way. I was only in that office for about 30 minutes which includes waiting in the waiting room to be called. I love that office!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Energy, Where are You? (07/19/11)

I belong to a pregnancy board that has a November 2011 Mom board and there's been talk about 2nd tri energy lately. I'm sad to say that I haven't gotten it and that's the thing I was looking forward to the most. I work a full time job. I work Monday through Friday 7-4. By the time I get home I just want to veg for a little bit, eat dinner, shower and go to bed!

I have so much to do before the baby gets here and I'm starting to stress out about it. We want to move into the guest room/office/crafting space, which is the biggest room in the house, and create a space for Sophia. Before we do that though we need to clear out that room, tear up the carpet, put down pergo floors, start moving in and create small a space for Sophia. I figured it would be great for those midnight feedings! Hopefully we'll get a bigger house in Florida before she gets too big.

Then there's the usual nesting that needs to be done - all the cleaning and organzing each room that comes with it. I need to stop dragging my feet and Sophia should be my motivation to get all this done, which is true! So from here on out, this is my vow, my week days after work will be my veg days and the weekends I'll start working on the house. Top priority is getting the other room cleared out, redone and move into there. After that I'll be attacking the house room by room deep cleaning and re-organizing. This shall be fun. Not!

Friday, July 15, 2011

24 Weeks! (07/15/11)

I'm 24 weeks today! The baby is still about the size of a papaya. The baby is actually the size of a papaya all of month 5 she's just gaining some baby chub.

Baby's skin is becoming more opaque as the fat starts to pack on. And, thanks to the formation of small capillaries, her newly thick skin is taking on a fresh pink glow.

Now that I'm getting further along I'm starting to freak myself out a bit. I still haven't started getting the baby's space ready, haven't ordered the crib or changing table, haven't started nesting yet, NOTHING! Why you ask? Because I have absolutely no stinkin' energy. At all! It's horrible. I would sleep a majority of the day if I could...everyday! Isn't that sad? I was so looking forward to that burst of energy you're suppose to get in 2nd tri but I just never go it.

Next Tuesday I go in for my monthly doctors appointment and I'll have a few questions to ask him during this appointment.

1. Is there something else we can do about my severe back pain?
2. I've been getting some pretty bad pains where my pelvic bone ends and where my thigh bone meets. It hurts to do any kind of movement that requires moving my hips or spreading my legs (ie: getting in and out of my car/bed, getting dressed, shaving my legs, walking, etc.) What is this and is there something I can do to make it more bearable?
3. I've gained 12 pounds so far. Is that too much considering I'm only 24 weeks along?
4. DH and I planned on taking a trip sometime in December to Florida for a short vacation. Would you clear us to fly?

I'm sure I'll think of more. I don't usually have any questions during my monthly visits but this time it seems like all these pains are coming down on me at once. I know I'm pregnant and it's normal to get pains to feel like you're basically falling apart. I just need to hear it from my OBGYN to believe it I guess. *Sigh*

This is nothing baby related but my promotion and raise finally went through at work. It only took 2 weeks which didn't take as long as I expected. My boss made it seem like I may or may not even be approved for it. I'm now making double of what I use to make. Woohoo! Too bad we're closing in exactly 2 months from today and I'm getting laid off. The way I look at it though is atleast I'll be able to collect unemployment and treat that time off as a getting ready for baby vacay (not so much a vacation when you have furniture to put together, painting to do, carpet to tear up, cleaning to do, etc.) and maternity leave. I plan to go back to work around February or March.

Since today is Friday and I'm bored I guess I'll share my weekend plans with you all. DH's Mom moved to Aberdeen, MD because her job got relocated. The original plan was to help her move into her apartment but that got pushed back to next week. However, she planned for a BBQ this weekend for helping her move so we're still going to go to the BBQ. Next weekend we'll return to help her move and go to the Monmouth County Fair. *Sqeeeee* I've been looking forward to that fair for weeks! I'm so excited!! Enjoy your weekend everybody!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Homemade Baby Food? (07/11/11)

Ever since registering at Babies R Us and Target I've been playing with the idea of making homemade baby food. I can't get over spending $0.70 - $1.25/jar when you can easily make it for way cheaper! I can get a bag of fresh baby carrots for $1.99 and that'll make atleast 15 servings - easy! Or I can get a bag of frozen peas for $1.99! It's almost a no brainer. I'm just worried about being able to fit making a batch of fresh pureed peas to last the week in my new busy first time Mom life style.

Here's some pros and cons:
Pros - No weird chemicals, can make custom blends for baby, cheaper, it'll taste/smell better, instead of adding water to thin it out - I can add breastmilk for added nutrition, can make original flavors, can make large batches and freeze them
Cons - Inconvenience, can get messy, can get time consuming

As you can see the pros outweigh the cons. I've been doing some research and I might bite the bullet and purchase a Baby Bullet at $79.92 including shipping. It includes a spatula, batchbowl, 2 short cups, power base, milling blade, baby blend blade, pocket nutritionist book, user manual and cookbook, 2 stay-fresh resealable lids, batch try, 6 date-dial storage cups and storage tray. I'm also looking at the Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker at $166.45 including shipping. It includes a 2.5 cup bowl, cooking basket, spatula and recipe booklet.

Not too shabby and it's fairly easy!

Step 1. Wash, peel and pit (if needed).
Step 2. Steam.
Step 3. Puree/blend.
Step 4. Store and freeze.

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What do you guys think?

Sunday, July 3, 2011

22 Weeks! (07/03/11)

As of Friday I turned 22 weeks pregnant. As you can see the baby is roughly the size of a mango. The baby is about 10.5"-11.8" tall and weighs 12.7-20.8 oz.

Baby's settling into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn't be hard to figure out when -- just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop.

It's so hard to believe I'm 22 weeks pregnant already. It seems like yesterday I just tested positive. I created a list of things that need to be done before Sophia joins us and now I just feel overwhelmed. On the bright side, it makes me feel better to have a list of things written down so I feel somewhat organized. Does anyone else have a list of things to do before your baby is born?

You may notice that I changed the layout of the blog a bit. It's still very baby-ish but more girly than the other one. It may be just me but I feel like this layout seems more organized than the last one. I'm pretty pleased with it. What do you think? I also added a "About Us" page. Check it out! I re-did the "Belly Bump Photos" page. I added the links to the other blogs I follow as well. So there's quite a few changes, take a look around and enjoy!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Stressed - [VENT] (06/30/11)

The stress my job is giving me right now is unbelieveable and I'm sure it's not good for the baby. I work with 2 very irresponsible girls, both young and still in their party age. One shows up late daily and attends online college at work. The other just doesn't give a damn and does absolutely nothing. My boss refuses to say or do anything about it because he walks around with his tail between his legs. I'm the only one that works around here doing my job and training for my promotion as well as pick up the other 2 girls slack because they're not getting much done. Mind you, I'm 21w6d pregnant. I'm grumpy, exhausted, have a horrible backache, achey all over, uncomfortable, crampy and irritated. I'm not sure I can handle much more before things get ugly. I'm so afraid I'll blow up on one of the girls or my boss and I really don't want to do that. I want to be civil with the girls and not get on my boss' bad side. I hope and pray that I keep my mouth shut because since becoming pregnant I tend to speak my mind and not hold back.

Twelve more weeks. That's the count down until my building closes down for good and I'll get laid off. I must admit that I'm excited. At first I was scared because I found out I was pregnant and due a couple of months after the time my building was closing. But it actually works out perfectly! I get laid off in September, assuming I'm staying until they close. Once I get laid off I'll attempt collecting unemployment until January and look for another job if we can't swing me being a stay at home Mom.

I woke up this morning thinking it was Friday. I took my new weekly bump picture and even typed out a 22 week post. What is wrong with me? I guess I really need that 3-day weekend!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

First Purchase for Baby! (06/28/11)

I don't know why I was so hesitant to make my first few purchases for Sophia. I kind of feel like I'm still too early and I'll jinx it. However, I'm not too early by any means. I'm more than halfway through the pregnancy for God sakes! I got her monthly baby onsie stickers and closet dividers. I'm also a crochet beginner and a baby booties addict so I bought these patterns: ruffled mary janes, spider slippers and ankle boots. You bet your butt I'll making these in all different colors and sizes! I also wanted to get these and these but I had to stop myself before I spent too much money on those adorable baby booties!

I was feeling a lot of movement a few days ago and now I hardly felt any movement yesterday and this morning. It's comforting to me to feel her toss n' turn, kicking, hiccupping and's kind of like 'I'm here Mom and I'm doing ok.' I guess I'm just a crazy worry-wart (thanks, Mom!)

I'm off on the 4th of July so I'll have a 3-day weekend! I figured I would start doing some cleaning and clearing out where Sophia's space will be. I really want to dig into her closet and clear out the corner where the door is. Those are the messiest areas of the room. Then after that it's pretty much smooth sailing then we can slowly start to rip up the carpet and put pergo flooring down. I'm so excited!

We finished up our registry. I have to refrain myself from continuing to research baby gear and all or else I'll end up from scratch with a whole new registry. I think DH and I did well though. Everything that we registered for was gender neutral, safe and had great ratings...can't ask for anything better than that!

Friday, June 24, 2011

21 Weeks! (06/24/11)

As of today I'm 21 weeks. As you can see the baby is roughly the size of a banana. The baby is about 10.5" tall and weighs 12.7 oz.

Baby's digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion, and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, if baby is a girl, her womb is now stocked up with her lifetime supply of six million eggs (the number will drop to around one million by birth).

So you hear stories about pregnant women who go to work or school in mismatching shoes because they can't see their feet, right? Well my embarassing story would be yesterday I went to work sporting a pair of maternity pants that had a split going all the way down my ass. No one was nice enough to tell me either. How horrifying! Word of advice: always check out your own ass in the mirror before leaving the house and in the bathroom after every potty break! I'm not sure if they had the split all day or if it split during the day.

Current symptoms? My lower back is killing me to the point where I'm kind of sitting and walking funny. I woke up feeling kind of nauseated this morning...stay away M/S! You're not welcome! I've been sleeping pretty crappy. I just can't seem to get comfortable and once I do fall asleep I seem to wake myself up often to see if I'm on my side or not. If I'm not on my side I kind of freak myself out and it's hard to go back to sleep. Right now I'm not sure if it's allergies or a cold but my nose wont stop running, I'm pretty stuffy, I can't stop sneezing and feel like I got hit by a mac truck. Awesome. Just so you know - sneeze attacks are not for a pregnant woman. One word - sniss.

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend! I plan on resting up, watching some movies and working on my registry.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Registry fun! (06/22/11)

Ahhh! I love's become an addiction and all I think about. I woke up in the middle of the night last night thinking about travel systems. Crazy, huh? Is it sad that I'm almost done with our registry? I registered at Babies R Us and Target but mostly Babies R Us. Our local Target has crap for babies and it always looks empty so there's not much to register for over there. All I have to register for now is a nursery set, a crib matress, bedding, a travel system and a convertible car seat. Is that bouncer to the left not the cutest thing you've ever seen?! It seems pretty comfortable, it plays music and vibrates and has a toy bar. My favorite is the giraffe print and little giraffe ears where Sophia's head will go. We also registered for the matching swing.

DH and I have some work to do before we can get started on the baby's space/nursery. We've like to get our carpets ripped up and put pergo floors down and get a nice area rug. I want to re-do the closet organization in there before we actually start registering/purchasing stuff for the nursery. DH and I are having a hard time agreeing on the furniture and bedding. DH hates pink and would love to get her everything in blue. God bless his heart. Does he not know his wife's favorite color is pink?

DH felt babygirl move for the first time last night. She doesn't move much throughout the day but of course as I settle down for the night in bed she's in there moving around like an acrobat. I told DH she was moving and he rolled over and put his hand on my belly so lightning fast it was funny. Seeing his face light up was amazing. He's so in love and she has him wrapped right around her little itty bitty fingers already.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It's a... (06/21/11)

GIRL! All that worrying I've been doing with the anatomy scan approaching and it was all for nothing. Baby girl has a healthy heart, brain, spine, kidneys, 10 fingers, 10 toes, etc. It was so amazing laying there watching babygirl kick, toss and turn, doing flips and sucking her fists. I had a tear in my eye the whole time. You couldn't wipe the huge grin off my face even if you tried. This Momma and Daddy is on cloud 9. Babygirl has no idea how much she's loved already. We've decided on Sophia for the first name. We'll probably go with Sophia Marie S------ for her full name. Marie is my Mom's middle name and Ian's Grandma's middle name. My MIL wants the middle name to be Michelle kind of after my Dad's french name but I don't think it flows as well as Sophia Marie. We still have time to play with it.

[VENT]There are a handful of people that are bitching and complaining about our name choice because "it doesn't flow with our last name". News flash! Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't DH and I conceive baby? Aren't I going to carry this baby for 40 weeks (getting shots, blood drawn, countless tests done, etc.)? Isn't this our daughter? Aren't I going to give birth to this beautiful precious human being? Aren't DH and I going to nurture, care and love this baby for the rest of our lives? Aren't we entitled to name our child what we want?! A big suck it to them! Her name will be Sophia so stop suggesting other names because you don't like it![/VENT]

After the anatomy scan we headed over to Babies R Us and started our registry. I've said this before and I'll say it again...registering for a wedding is so much easier than registering for a baby. There's so many options, safety precautions, designs, colors, etc. to choose from. DH and I must have took 1 hour to pick out a freakin' bouncer seat (a freakin' bouncer seat for Gods sake!) that met both of our standards and was gender neutral. I get to the travel system aisle and took a deep breath and immediately got a headache just thinking about it. DH suggested that I do more research and wait to add that so that's what I do. I thought we made a good dent in it until I got the checklist on the goodie bag they gave me. I only got about 1/8 of it done. Yikes!

DH started getting light-headed because he was hungry so we went out to Outback for dinner. I had the most delicious steak w/ sauteed mushroom, loaded baked potato and seasonal veggies. It was so dreamy.

Friday, June 17, 2011

20 Weeks! (06/17/11)

As of today I'm 20 weeks along. As you can see the baby is roughly the size of a cantaloupe. The baby is about 6.5" tall and weighs about 10.6 oz.

Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies respond best to tastes they've already had via amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you'd like your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.

I better eat those veggies (especially those greens that children typically hate)! I always told myself that I'm going to encourage my children to eat what is on the dinner special meals for them! *Evil laughter*

For the most part I've been feeling pretty good. I just have been extremely tired and achey. I still get nausea spells but they quickly pass. I also noticed that if I let myself get too hungry I still start to feel queasy so I try to keep a baggie of nuts or something with me just in case.

Our anatomy scan is on Monday, the 20th, at 2PM and I could not be more nervous and excited about it. I know, weird combo right? Any pregnant woman on earth would understand. Nervous because there's always that what if. What if there's no heart beat? What is the baby's brain isn't developing like it's suppose to? What if they find an abnormality? I've been feeling the baby move often through out the day so I'm being unreasonable but that doesn't mean that he/she is perfectly healthy. I'm excited to see the beautiful little human DH and I created in there on the big screen monitor in the office while I lay there on the table. I'm excited to see him/her flip and move around while moving those limbs, fingers and toes. I'm excited to see DH's look on his face when he sees him/her. His facial expressions are priceless and he wont admit it but he's soooo in love already. I'm also excited to find out if the baby is a boy or girl! After our anatomy scan we're off to go start our registery followed by a nice dinner! I already made a list of high ticket items that I want to check out that have been sorted by category, price, where it can be purchased and their rating. Not to mention I've been researching non-stop on carseats, cribs, pack n' plays, booster seats, strollers, etc. How sick am I?

Friday, June 3, 2011

18 Weeks! (06/03/11)

As of today I'm 18 weeks. As you can see the baby is roughly the size of a sweet potato. The baby is about 5.6" tall and weighs 6.7 oz.

Baby's become amazingly mobile (compared to you, at least), passing the hours yawning, hiccupping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking, and swallowing. And baby is finally big enough that you'll soon be able to feel her movements.

I haven't thrown up in almost 2 weeks. That's a huge milestone for me! I still get nausea spells but they quickly pass. I can't tell you the last time I took a Zofran pill either. Go me! This really excites me. As far as sleep goes, I still have some sleepless nights where I'm tossing and turning, can't get comfortable. Very rarely do I sleep like a rock.

I've been stressing out lately...big time. I'm in the process of getting promoted at my job but in the mean time I'm doing my old job and picking up my co-workers slack because she attends online classes while at work. That makes for a very stressed pregnant lady. I've also been nesting like nobody's business. I'm playing with the idea of DH and I moving into the spare bedroom and making our room the nursery. Before the baby comes we'd like to rip out the carpet and put down new flooring too. That's a lot of work and just thinking about it stresses me out and scares me that we wont be able to get it all done before baby arrives.

Well I hope everyone enjoys their weekend! I know I will. Saturday we have a 1st birthday party to go to. Sunday I'm cleaning my ass off because DH and I are expecting his Sister, her husband and 2 boys (our nephews, one we didn't get to meet yet). Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Worried for Nothing (05/26/11)

My Doctors appointment yesterday went perfectly fine. I met another one of my 6 OBGYNs and she seems nice I just felt a little rushed. She asked me if I had any questions. I've been getting some bad gas pains lately, to the point where I can't stand up straight or put even the slightest amount of pressure on my abdomen. She recommended GasX for gas pain. She listened to the heartbeat on the doppler and the heart rate was in the 160's per minute. She wanted to see me again in another 4 weeks for a quick check-up. So our next appointment is June 21st, the day after our anatomy scan.

Ahhhhhhhh! Our anatomy scan! It's getting so close. Another 3 weeks and 4 days we'll be finding out what we're having! Any bets or guesses? I'm thinking boy but DH is thinking girl. We'll find out soon enough! Our appointment is on June 20th at 2PM and after that we're going to head to Babies R Us to start our registry then go out to dinner. I'm so excited!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fruit Loops (05/24/11)

Baby is not a fan of fruit loops. So far out of every thing I've tried, I can only keep bagels down in the morning. On a rare occasion even I can't keep that down.

I feel like crap today. I would have called out of work today if I had some extra sick time. We also have a mandatory meeting today. It would have been nice to just relax in bed while reading my book. I think this might have to do with me pushing my limits lately. Since I've gotten some energy back I've been trying to get caught up on things around the house. I guess I have to step back a little. DH would love to tell me "I told you so." He's always trying to tell me I've been doing too much lately. But I always do what I do best and tune him out. I should've listened. Don't tell him I said that though, ok? ;)

Tomorrow is my monthly check-up. Wish me luck because I'm nervous as hell about it.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Monthly Check-up Anxiety (05/23/11)

Although my symptoms are starting to fade, which is normal in the 2nd trimester of pregnancy, I can't help but think about miscarriage. I'm getting my energy back, M/S only occurs once or twice a week instead of every morning, I can think about food with out gagging, etc. My 16 week check-up is quickly approaching and I'm getting horrible anxiety just thinking about it. The usual thoughts go through my head as I check in for my appointment... 'What if there's no heartbeat?' 'How on earth am I going to be able to tell everyone we lost our baby?' 'Am I going to get any bad news?' 'What kind of testing am I going to be sent for now?'. Once I hear that beautiful heartbeat on the doppler I feel like a million pounds has lifted off my shoulders, my heart skips a beat and I fall in love all over again.

This constant worrying thing is a bit too much to handle at times. Will this worry ever go away? I'm told it will never go away. Even when my "child" is 30 years old and married with children that worry never goes away. Can I handle this worry until the day I die? I guess we'll have to see.

Friday, May 20, 2011

16 Weeks! (05/20/11)

As of today I'm 16 weeks. Seems like just yesterday I tested positive and we told our families! It's all going by so fast. As you can see the baby is roughly the size of an avacado. The baby is about 4.6" tall and weighs 3.5 oz. I must admit that I was really looking forward to coming out of the first trimester because I was so sick. Well, today I'm 16 weeks and I threw up my mac and cheese dinner last night as well as my bagel and juice for breakfast this morning. What's up with that?! I'm also noticing a pattern...I'll be fine for a week then I'll be sick for 2 or 3 days. We'll see what happens I guess.

Watch what you say...tiny bones forming in baby's ears mean he/she can now pick up your voice. A few more minuscule changes: Eyebrows, lashes, and hair are starting to fill in, and taste buds are forming.

I added some tickers in the "Pregnancy Tickers" section. It's a ticker for different things baby related. Go check it out! My favorites are the developmental stages and the one that compares the baby to the approximate size of fruit.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thankful Thursday (05/19/11)

As promised in my last post here is my thankful post for today. I'm thankful for my loving husband. Since the day I met him he's always been caring, loving, protective, beautiful inside and out, funny and the list can go on and on.

A few days ago I had horrible gas pains, I was crouching over from the pain, and sent him on a mission to find me something to relieve the pain. He ran right out and got something from Walgreens and returned back in 5 minutes tops. He even asked the pharmacist if it was pregnancy safe. Brownie points for him!

On a forum that I belong to they usually do a "Thankful Thursday" post every week. Everyone will randomly post something that they're thankful for. Maybe I'll carry that over to my blog. What do ya'll think?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Flutters? (05/18/11)

So I'm pretty sure I felt flutters this morning! It feels so weird. I'd describe it as a fish swimming in my belly and I got tickled by it's fins. I'm still waiting on that fart to follow thinking it was just gas. Haha! I told DH and his face lit up. It was incredible to see his reaction. From what I read in my pregnancy books it wont be for another 1-3 weeks until I feel some definate kicks. Then another 1-3 weeks after that until you can feel some kicks on the outside (with your hand on my belly). Bring it on! Momma loves you so much already Baby Salcedo!

I've done a lot of complaining about my pregnancy on here and I feel like I should do a "I'm thankful for" post. Perhaps that will be my post for tomorrow! Keep on the look out for that.

Monday, May 16, 2011

I Snissed (05/16/11)

Yup, I sneezed and pissed my pants a little. How embarassing. I should really work on doing some kegels through out the day, huh? Did I mention I was at work?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Don't Mess With A Pregnant Woman's Food (05/12/11)

My tummy started rumbling and yelling at me today at 9:00 this morning as if I haven't eaten in days. I had 2 waffles for breakfast for God sakes! Today I decided I wanted a wrap, a small bag of chips and an iced tea for lunch from A&P. I hopped in my car at 11:30 on the dot, which is when my lunch starts. I rushed over to A&P and picked out a ham and cheese in a spinach wrap. I grabbed a small bag of kettle cooked BBQ chips and a snapple iced tea. I also grabbed some freshly cut fruit from the salad bar and figured it would be a great afternoon snack. I paid for my stuff and went to eat my lunch in my car at my work parking lot jamming out to some music on the radio. Ahhh! Finally time to chow down and relax.

I took my first bite of the wrap and it was soggy and grainy like someone threw a handful of sand in there. The cheese had a mayo-like consistancy but rest assured! There was no mayo because I checked the ingredients. Nasty! I said to myself 'Well at least I have those BBQ chips!'. I look in my bag and theres no chips. 'Where the hell are those 'effing chips?!' The cashier never packed the chips in my shopping bag. Ugh! I choked down 1/4 of my soggy grainy wrap and went back to work. Still so hungry I have to pull out my freshly cut fruit salad from the salad bar. The damn watermelon taste like onions. I can't freakin' win. This is offically the.worst.lunch.EVER.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Need New Bras (05/10/11)

Not even two weeks ago I purchased a couple 36D bras. I'm already spilling out of them. They need to stop growing or I might tumble over. This weekend I'm going to bite the bullet and go get a few new bras. Wish me luck!

Friday, May 6, 2011

14 Weeks! (05/6/11)

Today I'm 14 weeks, officially out of the 1st trimester! Where has the time gone? As you can see the baby is roughly the size of a lemon. The baby is about 3.4" tall and weighs 1.5 oz. Baby is getting there!

Your adorable little fetus is busy with thumb sucking, toe wiggling, (not so cute but equally amazing) making urine, and breathing amniotic fluid as the liver, kidneys, and spleen continue to develop. Lanugo (thin, downy hair) is growing all over her body for warmth.

I added a belly shot to the "Bump Photos" section. There's a bump there but I'm not sure if it's still bloat, chub or baby. It might be a mix of everything. I haven't been eating the healthiest lately. I've been eating what ever sounds good at the time. Speaking of that - if I don't throw up today that would make it 3 days in a row! That's huge for me! Considering I use to throw up every single morning and feel nauseous when I crawl into bed for the night. Lets hope that means that the ever-so-wonderful pregnancy symptom is on its way out. I've still had those nauseous spells through out the day but they usually quickly pass.

Overall I've been feeling a little better. My energy is coming back. Not like jump out of bed and run a marathon but I can actually do a few small simple tasks when I get out of work (put the laundry away, make the bed, clean up a bit, etc). I actually went to bed lastnight at 8:30 because all this week I've been going to bed at 11:00 and waking up so dead tired because I have to get up at 5:30... that's only 6.5 hours of sleep. I feel nice and refreshed this morning!

Well, I doubt I'll be back on before Mother's Day. I want to wish all of my Mommies and Mommy-to-bes a very happy Mother's Day! A special shout out to my Mom. She's the greatest Mom a girl could ever have. She's worked her ass off to support my brother and I, wiped every tear, comforted us when we needed it, protected us (a bit overprotective but now I totally understand why), taught us to respect our elders, always say please and thank you and most of all just to be ourselves. I love you more than words can say, Mom!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Miserable (05/3/11)

Hey everyone. I'm such a bad blogger. I sometimes go 4 or 5 days with out blogging. The whole point in the blog was to jot down my symptoms, thoughts, vents, complain, and research through out the pregnancy. After that I want to blog about my life as a wife and a mother. I appologize to all 10 of you followers. Haha!

Saturday I felt completely normal. I didn't feel pregnant at all. Woke up Sunday, Monday and today sick as a dog. I even left work early yesterday feeling miserable. I had to pull over 2 times on my way in to work to throw up on the side of the parkway for God sakes. That combined with a sore throat (from all the throwing up), allergies and a headache I was miserable. I decided to go in to work, open up the building and once my co-worker came in I'd head back home. I went home and passed out for 3.5 hours and felt a bit better but still nauseous.

Today I'm 13w4d and officially out of my 1st trimester. I thought I was suppose to kiss my M/S goodbye and get my energy back. Since I found out I was pregnant I could go back to bed after 3 hours of waking up even if I slept a good 9 hours that night! Talk about pathetic. I want to be able to cook, bake, clean, craft, read, etc. again. All the things I love to do! Right now I have a typical office job. I sit here at my computer for 8 hours so it's not a hard tough labored job. I get home from work at 4:30 and my fat ass changes into some yoga pants, a loose fitted tshirt and lay in bed watching TV. I'll only get up to eat, use the bathroom and shower. How sad!

Now, I have a vent. I have some "friends" who try to make my life a living hell. They're constantly talking about me and spreading these horrible false rumors about me. A pregnant woman shouldn't have to deal with lies, rumors and stress like that. Today I realized that I will now just do me and shrug it off. DH is right. I only have a few more months to deal with their petty high school drama. I'm 27 years old and working on a growing family. I don't want to be anywhere near that crap.

Friday, April 29, 2011

13 Weeks & NT Scan Results! (04/29/11)

Yay! As of today I'm 13 weeks. That means 3 more days until I'm officially out of the first trimester!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: + 4 lbs. I thought I'd be losing considering all the throwing up I've been doing. I'm doing something right.
Maternity Clothes: I've purchased 1 pair of shorts, 1 pair of jeans and 2 pairs of capris so far. I can still manage to squeeze into my pants with out buttoning them and wearing my BeBand. However, I'll more than likely be moving into maternity pants pretty darn soon.
Stretch Marks: None yet. Hopefully it'll stay that way.
Sleep: I toss and turn at night struggling to get comfortable. I also wake up at 4 every morning to pee. Other than that I'd say I sleep ok.
Best Moment This Week: Getting my great NT Scan results and listening to the heart beat!
Movement: None yet. I can't wait to feel those first flutters.
Food Cravings: None really. Still trying to get passed that M/S stage. I'm sure once that is over with the cravings will come.
Gender: Still unknown. At my NT Scan the U/S tech guessed girl. We shall see!
Labor Signs: None.
Belly button in or out: In.
Wedding ring on/off: Off. I woke up so swollen this morning that I took it off in fear of it getting stuck on my finger.
Milestones: Another week down and another successful heartbeat.
What I miss: Being able to eat with out gagging.
What I am looking forward to: The anatomy scan!
Next appointment: My next OBGYN check-up appointment is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25th. I still need to schedule our anatomy scan appointment.

I got a phone call from my OBGYN's office yesterday afternoon on NT Scan results. They all came back negative...the U/S and the blood test! Woohoo! My OBGYN told me that the chances of my having a baby with an abnormality is 1 in 10,000. Wow! I couldn't be happier with my results. Now I'm just waiting on my austism carrier results. I have my fingers crossed that those come back negative as well. Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Never Ending Growing Boobs (04/28/11)

I went bra shopping last weekend because my 34B bras just weren't cutting it anymore. They were spilling out over the sides of my bra and my nipples kept popping out. I bought 2 36D bras and they're already getting tight and spilling out. I'm glad I only bought 2 because it looks like I'll be moving on up to DD's very soon. At this rate I'll have HUGE boobs by the end of my pregnancy... oh such a wonderful thing to look forward to. *rolls eyes*

As far as symptoms I'm just feeling nauseous, tired as heck, nauseous, sore nipples and did I meantion nauseous? I'm so over the throwing up daily thing. I was so mean to DH last night and I felt really bad. He was just trying to take care of me and make me feel better but it did nothing but make me snap at him. God bless his soul.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

NT Scan (04/27/11)

So on April 22nd I had my NT Scan, which is a non-invasive 2-part (U/S and bloodwork) test to see if your baby has down syndrom or any other abnormalities. I met DH there because we both worked half days that day since I had to go get blood work after the NT Scan. I was really nervous about the test so I was a nervous wreck in that waiting room waiting for my name to be called. I was mostly afraid of the baby not having a heart beat. They called my name and my heart sunk. She told me to lay on the table and pull my pants down slightly so she can perform the U/S. I did a quick scan of the room while I pulled my pants down slightly. I saw a monitor hanging on the wall, cabinets everywhere, the large U/S machine, several chairs for family members, etc. She squirt that jelly on my belly and got started as I stared at that monitor. I saw the heart beat flickering right away! She let me hear the heart beat while the baby was doing back flips in my belly. I glanced over at DH and the look on his face was totally priceless as he watched our LO on that monitor with pride and joy. She got measurements of the neck and said everything looked good. She was trying to get more specific measurements but of course my little touble maker wasn't cooperating. The U/S tech had me fake coughing and switching to my sides and still nothing. At one point it looked like the baby was saluting to Daddy. He was in uniform because he's in the US Air Force. We both had a giggle when we saw that.

She asked me if I'd like to know the sex of the baby and said "YES!" She said if she had to guess it was be a girl. A girl?! I was 99.9% positive it's a boy. I guess we'll find out for sure on June 20th! Weather it's a girl or a boy I'm happy with either as long as it's healthy.

We were then asked to go to the blood work lab in that office to get my blood work part of the test done. They do one of those finger prick tests and squeeze blood out onto some paper. My finger is still tender and it's been 5 days. I know, I'm such a wuss. How on earth am I going to be able to handle labor?

We then were sent off to an office by my house to get more blood work done. My brother has autism so my genetic counselor wanted me to get tested to see if I was a carrier for autism, especially since carriers are mostly in females from what I was informed.

I have a check-up appointment with my OBGYN tomorrow so hopefully we'll hear results from both tests if everything came back normal. I'm a bit nervous and on edge but like I've said in previous posts God wouldn't throw anything at me that I couldn't handle.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cramping & Pains (04/20/11)

First and foremost happy birthday, Mom! I know you look at my blog daily to see if I wrote a post so there's a special shout out to you. If I turn out to be half Mom you are I'd be happy. I love you!

I didn't get much rest last night. I kept waking up with cramps and a very low pelvic pain. I'm sure it's just my uterus stretching and my hips getting wider but I plan on calling my doctor on my lunch break. I'm sure everything is fine I just want that piece of mind.

It is only Wednesday and my NT Scan is on Friday. I'm so nervous about that stupid test that it's hard to describe. I'm sure things will work out find. The genetic counselor said I shouldn't have any problems considering we're both young and DH and I are perfectly healthy (minus me having asthma). She didn't seem worried at all. I think I'm more nervous about the baby not having a heat beat and having a missed miscarriage. DH will be with me because he wants to be at every appointment including just getting my blood drawn appointments. I just have to keep reminding myself that my chance of miscarrying is only 5% now because I've already seen the heart beat.

Today I'm pregnant and I love my baby.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Can't Catch A Break (04/19/11)

I was just on the phone with my Mom and Dad lastnight talking about how great I felt. I was telling them that my symptoms are pretty much gone I just felt tired...I didn't even have an episode of dry heaving! Well that lasted real long because I'm having a rough morning. I threw up as soon as I got out of bed and had a yogurt because normally that helps settle my stomach. Notice I said normally? Well I got to work and settled in and wouldn't you know I threw up in my garbage can mid conversation with someone at work. He says "Oh my goodness! Are you alright?" "Yeah, I'm pregnant." as I wipe the left over throw up off my chin. Attractive, right? "I didn't know you were pregnant. Congratulations!" I'm really beginning to think this baby hates me.

Friday, April 15, 2011

11 Weeks! (04/15/11)

Today makes me 11 weeks along. The baby is about the size of a lime, 1.6" long and weighs .25 oz! I can't believe I'm 11 weeks aready. That means only 2 weeks and 3 days until I'm officially out of the 1st trimester! It seems like just yesterday I just got home from work and showed DH that digital HPT that read "Pregnant". Hopefully the rest of this pregnancy will fly by. I doubt that will happen once I hit the 3rd trimester though. Only one can hope!

So today I'm taking a long lunch from work and going for my NT scan consultation then I go in for the actual scan next Friday. I'm not going to lie I'm so nervous about that test for a few reasons. One, if the baby actually does have a risk of down syndrome or some other chromosomal abnormalities as well as major heart problems will DH and I be able to handle that? We will not terminate the baby if he/she does but will DH and I be able to handle any life changing abnormalities like that? I have to trust in God that he will not bless us with something we can't handle. I still can't help but be nervous about this test. Two, last week I blogged about not being able to keep anything down and went in to the doctors office for a quick check up and U/S to make sure the baby was ok. Well, it took awhile for the OBGYN to find the heart beat. What if I go to this U/S next week and there wont be a heart beat? I must admit my heart will crumble and I'll cry for days. They say your chances of a M/C goes down to 5% after seeing the heart beat for the first time but what if I fall into that 5%? Yes, that is a very small chance and the odds are against you but you just can't help but worry.

"Today I'm pregnant and I love my baby."

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Rough Mornings (04/12/11)

You know it's going to be a rough day when your day starts off with a rough morning. I woke up at 5:45 as usual to get ready for work. I did my hair, brushed my teeth and got dressed. I headed to the kitchen for some breakfast. I decided to have a banana nut muffin warmed up with a little butter and a glass of cranberry juice. I sat down and ate about half the muffin and drank about half the glass of cranberry juice. I started to dry heave. I quickly ran upstairs to the bathroom cupping my mouth because I knew I was about the throw up. Guess what...I threw up twice in my hand cupped to my mouth added with a mouthfull of throw up - unable to make it to the bathroom. I got to the toilet and bent over as I threw up all over the toilet and floor. I cleaned up and rinsed my mouth out. I threw up all over my outfit so I had to change. I packed a baggie of dry cheerios and was on my way.

Just when I thought my morning couldn't get any worse I almost was involved in a 3 car accident. Two cars ahead of me were tailgating each other and the car in front of them slammed on the breaks. The two cars ahead of me collided bumper to bumper. I saw that happen and all within .5 seconds I slammed on my breaks realizing I wasn't going to stop with out rear ending the car in front of me because my brakes locked. I quickly check my blind spot and swerve into the next lane. I had to pull into the gas station in that area for a few minutes to calm my nerves. The car that was originally behind me did the same thing and swerved avoiding being the third car.

Today can only get better from here on out. Atleast I get out of work at 12:30 today. I plan on getting a pedicure and taking a nap. Have a great day everyone!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Blech! (04/08/11)

Today I feel like garbage. I threw up as soon as I got out of bed this morning. I took a Zofran pill and had a yogurt and half of a plain Eggo waffle with nothing on it. I still feel like I'm going to throw up at any given moment. So much for thinking that M/S was on it's way out. Ugh! I hope I don't get a re-run of last weekend...throwing everything up including water.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Count Down! (04/07/11)

Tomorrow I will be 10 weeks. Double digits! Woohoo! I absolutely can-not-freakin'-wait to find out the sex, start a registry and getting ready for that LO to join us as a family of three. I can't wait to give birth to that beautiful healthy precious baby and hold him/her in my arms and share our first timeless moment together. There's exactly 211 days left!

Last night I had the worst headache. After a good nights sleep I woke up this morning feeling great - no more headache. I know that headaches are a side effect from Zofran so I'm wondering if that's why I got it. I also know that headaches are a symptom of pregnancy so it's really hard to say what caused it. I also had some cramping last night but that's from my uterus stretching. Who woulda thought that your uterus stretching would be so painful? I treated myself to a bowl of vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries and hot fudge on top. It was absolutely delicious! I'm kind of looking forward to another bowl tonight!

As of right now I feel perfectly fine. No MS, sore boobs, fatigue, backache, cramps or anything. I'm going to take advantage of it while I can. I wonder if this is a sign of M/S disappearing? That would be absolutely wonderful!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Oh Zofran How I Love Thee (04/06/11)

Let me just say that I freakin' love Zofran. Before I'd get nauseous just thinking about food and actually throw up every time I tried eating. Now I can take one of those suckers and take comfort in knowing that I can actually eat with minimal or no gagging/throwing up at all so far. Yay! I must admit though, while I was eating some McDonalds for lunch (don't judge) my co-worker was talking about a party she's planning and all the foods she was going to make. I was fighting a few gags.

Last night I had chinese food/sweet and sour chicken with vegetable fried rice for dinner and it stayed down. If I attempted to eat that with out Zofran it's over Johnny. I would have lost it right at the dinner table. Attractive, right?

I was watching America's Funniest Home Videos last night with DH and they showed a clip of a bride and groom making their way to the back of the church after being pronounced husband and wife. She was gagging on the way back down the aisle and she leaned over in the pews and threw up. I couldn't help but wonder if it was her nerves that were getting the best of her or if it was because she was pregnant and her M/S kicked in. Either way, sometimes I still feel like throwing up at any given moment like that poor bride did regardless of where I am! I really don't want to depend on these pills. I guess we'll take things a day at a time.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Off To The Doctors - UPDATE (04/05/11)

So I posted yesterday that I couldn't keep anything down including water for the past 2 or 3 days. I called my OBGYN and they suggested that I go in ASAP and depending on if I'm dehydrated or not I may have to go to the hospital and be put on IV's.

I went in at 10:30 and met DH there. They made me PIAC to do some testing, weighed me (lost 3 pounds), took my blood pressure, did a quick exam and a quick U/S. The baby looked good and the little heart beat was flickering away! Before I left the office my results came back normal (as in not dehyrated so no hospital). My OBGYN told me to worry about keeping hydrated and not worry about the food as much yet. He told me to eat ice chips, drink lemon or ginger tea, eat push pops/popsicles, drink small sips of water at a time, juices, suck on lemons, etc. I was also given a script for Zofran (an anti-nausea pill). I tried Zofran last night with lunch and dinner and it works! Hooray! The only side effect is extreme drowsiness. I'd rather be drowsy than feel like I have to throw up on everyone who crossed my path.

"Today I'm pregnant and I love my baby."

Monday, April 4, 2011

Off To The Doctors (04/04/11)

How was everyone's weekend? Mine was miserable. All I did was sleep and throw up. Literally. Everything I ate or drank including water comes right back up. This morning I had a few bites of plain toast and water. I just threw that up. I called my OBGYN office and they told me to go in ASAP. I'm meeting DH at the Doctor's office at 10:30. The receptionist told me the Doctor has to look at me and may send me to the hospital to be put on IVs to get me hydrated again. Awesome!

If one more person tells me this whole M/S thing is mind over matter I have no problem ripping their tongues out and sewing it to their foreheads. Wouldn't that be a sight? I'd give my left arm to have an appetite again. Or even to eat saltines and drink water with out throwing it up. I would like to think it's mind over matter but it really isn't.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I Pissed My Pants (03/31/11)

*Waddles into bedroom to change pants*
Ian: You smell good baby.
Me: Thanks. I threw up and pissed my pants. Maybe that's what you smell.
*Changes pants*
Ian: Awww! Are you ok baby?
Me: Ugh! Do I look like I'm ok?
*Walks away while pouting*

Oh the joys of being pregnant.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I Crashed My Car While Throwing Up(03/29/11)

I'm having a bit of a rough day today as far as M/S goes. I was able to eat half of an english muffin with a teeny tiny bit of peanut butter for breakfast - gagging the whole way of course. I slowly ate the other half once I got to work. After that was digested I drank some water and a few saltines because I was getting hungry again.

Lunch time rolled around and I decided that I was going to take a ride to Burger King because I'm craving nuggets and fries with ketchup. I get to my car and immediately started to gag once I turned the car on and put it in gear to drive away. One gag after another and I finally threw up in my mouth. I quickly opened my door to spit it out and as I did that my car rolled (I drive a stick shift) into a parking lot light pole. 'FML' I thought. Can today get any worse? I continue to throw up as people were walking by asking me if I'm ok and if I needed anything. "I'm ok. Just leave me alone!" was my reply to everyone that asked. Rude? Yes. But when I'm throwing up I just want to be left alone. I just need to let it out and I'll be fine. I rinse my mouth out and get my tired, stanky- breath ass back into the office to pout and eat some more saltines and drink more water. I still want some nuggets and fries! What's wrong with me?

I didn't even check out my car to see what damage was done. It shouldn't be too bad...I only rolled into the pole. At that point I didn't care about the damage. I threw up, I'm shaking, I'm cold, I'm tired even though I got a good 7 hours of sleep last night and I feel like a whale. I'm so sick and tired of being sick and tired.

[starts sarcasm]Tomorrow I go in for my prenatal pap smear and I can't hardly wait![/ends sarcasm] I freakin' hate pap smears. I'm especially not fond of getting one done while feeling so shitty. How about I go to sleep and some one wake me up when November rolls around. That sounds like a great idea!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Breakfast (03/28/11)

[starts sarcasm]Happy Monday everyone![/ends sarcasm] I decided to give Honey Bunches o' Oats w/ Peaches a go this morning for breakfast. I sat on the couch eating my cereal while watching FOX morning ritual. I ate it nice a slow because my M/S is horrible in the morning usually gagging all the way through breakfast. When I was just about finished I thought to myself 'Wow! I'm doing great this morning!' Well right after that I gagged followed by throwing up in what's left of my cereal...on the couch. I made my way over to the bathroom and finished my business there. I then packed some dry cheerios in a snack bag and went on my way to work.

My boss asked me why I was late. I'm not normally a minute late so she knew something was up. "I'm pregnant and I'm having a horrible case of M/S right now. Escuse me." I ran to the bathroom again to throw up. I rinsed my mouth out and went to her office to apologize. She laughed and said "Oh! That explains all the ginger ale and saltines you've been eating lately. I hope you feel better. If you're having a bad morning again just give me a call and I'll cover you." I feel so much better telling her because I don't feel like I have to hide it anymore. I found that she's also giving more work to my co-worker to give me a little bit of a "break".

Friday, March 25, 2011

You Know You're Pregnant When... (03/25/11)

So I read something similar to this on a blog that I follow so I decided to do a post too. You know you're pregnant when:
- You pee every hour on the hour
- You seem more irritated than usual
- You gag while you brush your teeth
- You call your OBGYN office for EVERYTHING
- You crave things that you don't normally eat
- You can call it a night at 11:30 in the morning
- You gag at the thought of certain smells or foods
- You have a sense of smell when you normally don't
- You're constipated and get excited over every BM you have
- You want to just juno-chop someone for absolutely no reason
- You cry because someone parked where you normally park at work
- You worry about every cramp, pinching sensation or numb feeling in your body
- You're afraid of eating certain things because you don't feel like throwing up
- You can't eat a certain food because it makes you sick when you use to eat it daily
- You gag while trying to drink water (How are we suppose to drink 8-10 glasses a day?)
- You feel a "gush" down there and run to the bathroom to see if you're bleeding only to find out it is discharge
- You have a sleeve of saltines in your desk drawer, in your car, in your purse and on your night stand at all times

There are a ton more but those are just a few off the top of my head. Am I right, or am I right ladies?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

M/S - I Hate You! (03/24/11)

Man, just when I thought my M/S has left for good it comes back to bite me in the ass. I had pierogies and corn for dinner lastnight and after that I had the worst heartburn ever. I watched my shows and showered to get ready to go to bed. Well while I was in the shower I started gagging and dry heaving. Awesome! I got out of the shower and barely dried myself off so I can get dressed and get some yogurt. I felt a bit better after the yogurt but still a pretty yucky.

I woke up this morning gagging. I attempted to brush my teeth and immediately started to dry heave. I spit out the tooth paste before I could even finish brushing my teeth. I finished getting ready and threw in some plain waffles in the toaster for can only have buttered toast so many times. I had one bite and started to dry heave. Wonderful. I was already running late so I threw what I didn't eat in a sandwich bag and snacked on them all morning until lunch time.

What's my point of this blog post? I f*cking hate m/s. Of course when I'm at my worst people just can't seem to leave me alone. I just want to throw up on anyone that trys to talk to me today. I hope and pray that it'll go away in a few weeks when I'm done with 1st tri. I have to keep reminding myself that it'll all be worth it when I'm holding that perfect healthy baby boy/girl in my arms in November.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Quick Update (03/23/11)

I figured I might as well do a quick update while things are slow at work. So DH and I went for our first U/S on Thursday, the 17th of March, the day before my birthday. I go to check-in for my appointment and realize I left my script at home. I blame it on the pregnancy brain. I sent DH home to grab it while I stayed at the Doctor's office to fill out paperwork and what not. DH texts me on his way back to tell me he got pulled over for illegal passing (but he did it to prevent an accident because some teenage idiots cut him off)...just our luck. Thankfully, he made it back just in time with the script.

We were called so we go back into the room. I lay down and she starts performing the U/S. She said "I'll do my 'thing' for the Doctor then I'll turn the monitor around so you can see." It felt like she was doing her 'thing' 30 minutes but it was probably only a minute or so. She turned that monitor around and there was my little bean with a strong flickering heartbeat. My heart melted to a little puddle on the floor. And just like that my appointment was over but all I wanted to do was just lay there and stare at that monitor. She told me she was going to print me a picture and I'll hear results from my Doctor in a few days. I thought to myself 'What results? I just saw the heartbeat and everything looks good.' I was sent on my way home.

After trying to contact my OBGYN office all yesterday morning I was told that the nurse will call me when she gets the chance. My phone rang at 2:30 and my heart dropped once I realized it was the Doctors office. She said everything looks good, which I knew but there's alway that slight worry. I measured 6w2d when I was 6w6d but she didn't seem worried at all and that was normal. The pregnancy does seem viable with a 131 BPM rate. Yay! You couldn't do anything to wipe the smile off my face at that point.

As far as symptoms right now...I feel ok. My boobs aren't as sore. It's more my right boob that is sore and my left is normal. They're definitely fuller. My M/S seems to be under control but not completely gone. I do gag through out the day at the thought of certain foods or smells. Lastly, I'm so exhausted. If I could sleep until November and get away with it I most definitely would. I think I need to invest in a body pillow for extra comfort at night. I tend to toss and turn trying to get confortable which leads to spending more time getting comfortable than actually sleeping. Other than that no throwing up lately, no runny nose, no cramps, no backaches - nothing.

One last reminder - "Today I'm pregnant and I love my baby."

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Morning Sickness (03/17/11)

I absolutely hate myself for "wishing" I'd have morning sickness to "feel" pregnant. That must be my biggest mistake to date. This morning I woke up at 5:45 to get ready for work. I did my usual use to bathroom, brush my teeth, wash my face and straighten my hair. I then got dressed and the queasyness hit me like a ton of bricks. I was dry heaving and gagging like no other. I was able to finish getting dressed and get downstairs to eat a few saltines and drink some water. I was able to keep those down so I switched to lightly buttered toast. Well after two bites I ran for the bathroom to throw up. It never fails. No matter what I do in the morning I'm running in that bathroom to throw up. I pray to God that I wont suffer from morning sickness through out the whole pregnancy (like a few of my friends have) otherwise my weight will drop significantly.

Although I'm throwing up only in the morning I still feel really queasy through out the day. I have a few tips and tricks to help me get through the day with out running for the bathroom.
- Eat 5 to 6 small meals
- Chew sugar-free mint gum
- Snacking on sour candies & pickles
- Carbs are my best friends right now (rice, pasta, bread, potatoes, etc.)
- Lots of water helps keep the nausea at bay (try squeezing the juice of a lemon, lime or orange for added flavor)
- Keeping a sleeve of saltines in my purse just incase that moment of nausea hits I can snack on a few crackers to kick that feeling

As of today I'm 6w6d and I go in for my first U/S at 4:30 and I'm so nervous that I can't stop shaking. I'm absolutely terrified that they'll find an empty sac or see no heart beat. Or what if they find twins in there? That's about equally terrifying. "Today I'm pregnant and I love my baby." I was told that I have to drink 32oz. of water 45mins. prior to my U/S appointment too and I can't use the ladies room until the U/S is over with. What if I pee right on that table?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Holy Hormones, Batman (03/16/11)

Lately I've been one sobbing mess. I was watching a My Fair Wedding marathon and I cried. Hard. I didn't even get teary during my own wedding. I watched Saved by the Bell this morning as I was eating my breakfast and I cried. Hard. I must have seen every episode 100+ times. No lie. I was listening to Boom Boom Pow by the Black Eyed Peas this morning on my way to work and I cried. Hard. WTF is wrong with me?! Oh thats right. Hormones!

What am I currently craving? Grilled cheese, pickles and a huge stinkin' salad with a ton of dressing. Oh yeah, and my Mom's homemade mac n' cheese. She makes the best mac n' cheese. I think I might ask her for the recipe and make it myself. I also wouldn't mind some corned beef and cabbage since tomorrow is St. Pattys Day. Yup, I'm a fatty. Leave me alone.