Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Bump Update: Weeks 11-13

Here is my third batch of weekly updates, these ones start in January and go through February Ignore typos/ grammar errors as I was excitedly writing everything that came to mind in hopes that I wouldn't forget anything!

Week 11

I swore to myself before I got pregnant that I would have Preston take cute, classy photos of my belly growth. HA. Sure enough, mirror selfies are all I seem to be able to coordinate and I am just fine with that! I think in 20 years it will be really fun to look back at these regardless.

Baby Size: A lime! It is truly amazing how much our little one grows each week this trimester. Preston will tell me fun facts like 'did you know they are growing nails or their fingers aren't webbed anymore?!' and I think it is the sweetest.

Feeling: Awesome! We celebrated Preston's birthday this week and had such a great time, it was special knowing it would be his last birthday just the two of us. We will have even more reason to celebrate next year! We also got to hear the heartbeat again and got news that all of our genetic testing came back looking healthy and normal for which we are so thankful! We also got our gender results, but had our doctor put them in an envelope and we are going to do something fun with them once we are both back in town!

Food Cravings/ Aversions: Aversions are still somewhat strong but much better this week than last. I have gotten used to not following my normal diet, but am trying to get protein and veggies in there when I can. I am looking forward to (hopefully) the aversions going away come the second trimester.

Symptoms: I woke up to a super broken out face on Friday morning, almost to the point of it being laughable! I haven't had skin like this since junior high, but it is so worth it. I hope it never sounds like I am complaining - I will take any symptom God gives me with a grateful heart, I know pregnancy and motherhood are a blessing that many women struggle with and I am incredible thankful to be able to do this. My breasts have stopped being sore (though they have definitely grown already) and my only other symptom is being way more hungry than I typically am.

Weight Gain: Back up to what I started at! (I was only down one pound last appointment, so not a huge flux but honestly this week has been the first time I've started to have my pants feel snug and definitely feel a bit thicker in the mid section.)

Projects: This week was operation special box/ memory clean out! I am great at getting rid of most things - clothes, kitchen items, you name it.... unless it is photos or momentos. They are my absolute most prized possession, which was clearly evident when going through all of my special boxes and finding just about every letter or note that has been written to me in my whole life. My mom did such a great job of documenting my childhood so I have tons of photos and school moments as well. I finally took the time to go through everything and purge/ sort out photos. I then got these photo boxes form The Container Store and organized everything by age and put it all in one special box bin. I made one for Preston, one for myself and then one for all of our wedding/ joint memories. It was such a great feeling to get this project done!! Preston also made a lot of progress on the man cave which will be turning into a playroom. He did some serious huffing and puffing (let's just say Morganizing as we call it around here is not is favorite activity!) but made a lot of progress.

Dear Baby: You are so treasured. I hope you always know how much you are prayed for, loved and cherished. Keep growing strong in there little one!

Week 12

I like to get the photos before I eat breakfast to show the true growth, but honestly I have like 60 seconds from the time I wake up to when I need food so that clearly didn't happen here! You can definitely see the bloat belly here, which I wish would stay put!

Baby Size: A plum! Grow, sweet babe, grow!

Feeling: Really good! I am in Palm Springs visiting my parents for the week and then headed to Santa Barbara this weekend for a sweet friend's bachelorette party. I am so looking forward to it!

Food Cravings/ Aversions: Honestly, it hasn't been too bad at all this week. I've heard that a lot of the first trimester craziness starts to faze out at 12 weeks and that seems to be the case!

Symptoms: My belly is growing! It is mainly after I eat anything and the progesterone kicks in and my belly bloats - I get excited nonetheless! I've had two people comment after I've had big meals that they can see the baby bump, which I love. Besides that, I am still hungry, hungry, hungry. I get full faster than I used to, so eating small meals often works great.

Weight Gain: Nothing yet. Every time I go to step on the scale I'm shocked I haven't gained like 10 lbs because I am so hungry and constantly grazing!

Projects: Both Preston and I are out of town all of this week (him in Miami/ Dallas and me in California) so not a lot of projects going on! Does looking for coupon codes for nursery furniture count? :)

Dear Baby: You are so, so, SO LOVED! By so many people - God, your dad and me, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends. I hope throughout your whole life you constantly know how much of a blessing you are to us.

Week 13

Baby Size: A peach!

Feeling: SO insanely emotional. Ha! The beginning of week 13 was amazing - I was in Santa Barbara for a sweet girlfriend's bachelorette and had the absolute best weekend. Apparently the lack of sleep caught up with me on the plane ride home, which was delayed and when I found out I might be stuck in San Francisco for the night I couldn't help it - the tears came. It was the first time the entire pregnancy that I truly understand what people were talking about when they mentioned crazy pregnancy hormones/ emotions. It continued the next few days, I picked my sister up from the train stop on Tuesday and when she asked how I was the only thing I could manage to say without crying was, "Like a lunatic." All in all, not my best week by any means but so, so worth it in the grand scheme of things.

In more fun news, we are finding out the gender this week! I am completely thinking boy. It was kind of funny, when we were taking photos I got two blue balloons and two pink balloons and before we could take any pictures our pink balloons floated into the sky on accident. Is that a sign or what?!

Food Cravings/ Aversions: Nothing too bad at all, praise the Lord! Dare I say it but I think the strong aversions are gone. I am still much hungrier than normal which I sometimes find myself getting a little annoyed by - how can I possibly be hungry again?! I ate 45 minutes ago! Feeling very thankful to have nutritious food sounding good again so I'm not sustaining this sweet little one on Cinnamon Chex and apples alone. ;)

Symptoms: Emotions and an expanding mid section (at least I'm excited about the latter!).

Weight Gain: Up two pounds from my normal weight!

Projects: Continuing to purge now that we are officially in the last week of the first trimester! Preston sold his projector screen that was in the main cave turned playroom and I have two more things from the nursery to get rid of before we can start the fun of nursery decorating!

Dear Baby: Oh sweet little one, I love you so. I had the most morbid thought the other day, but as we were asking questions at the birth center tour it crossed my mind that if I passed away during birth it would be so worth it as long as you were safe. Of course I hope that doesn't happen, because I can't wait to kiss your sweet little lips and soothe your precious cries, but really it showed me just how much I love you already. You are cherished my precious peach!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Bump Update: Weeks 8-10

Here is my second batch of weekly updates, these ones start at the end of December and go through January. Ignore typos/ grammar errors as I was excitedly writing everything that came to mind in hopes that I wouldn't forget anything!
This photo goes to show how much of a difference a meal makes! I try to take the photos in the morning before I eat anything to actually show my true stomach growth, but in this case I ate a big Christmas breakfast before and you can definitely tell! I wish that belly was there all the time!

Week 8
This was such a fun week. It was Christmas and we traveled to California so I got to tell a couple more members of our family the news which was exciting. It was my first time seeing my parents since we told them (via fun youtube video that I will have to share) and I loved chatting all things baby with my mom. It was so fun to think that next Christmas we will have a sweet four month old babe celebrating with us! I would get teary every time I thought about it, and it was by far the best Christmas present I've ever had. Symptom wise, I felt great this week! My mom was so sweet and stocked the house with things I love and I let myself indulge in eating treats all week, so even food aversions weren't a very big deal! I also snuck in a couple of naps which was amazing (and something I never do). I realized I didn't put on the previous weeks, but since about week six I have been HUNGRY. I was not expecting that particular symptom until much later in pregnancy - but fortunately it is an easy one to solve!

These photos are horrible quality, but like I said I try to take them first thing in the morning to show true growth and since I can last about a minute before I need food, quick snap shots sans makeup are about all I have time for!

Week 9
Still feeling great! At my first appointment, the doctor said that if morning sickness didn't kick in my week 8 I should be in the clear. I am incredibly thankful for that! I may have mentioned to Preston that if this is how I am going to feel the whole time, I'd like 10 more please. He quickly shut that idea down. :) I did start to get the crazy, lucid dreams that I had been hearing about this week. I was so shook up my one that I had a hard time convincing myself it was a dream (and it was about a stabbing in Miami - not even remotely close to anything in my normal life). I made a little headway on getting our guest room that will be turned into a nursery cleared out by listing some things on Craigslist. The next few months are going to be completely focused on purging and then I will move onto the fun stuff like nursery decorating! Toward the second half of the week I did start to get some lower back discomfort, which would mainly act up at night and made me pretty restless. Preston got me a Snoogle (crazy awesome pregnancy pillow) for Christmas so I've started to use that which has helped!

Week 10
I thought it might be fun to get a little format with these so I could consistently track things. I may add other fields but this seems like a good place to start. :)

Baby Size: Prune or kumquat depending on the app I look at!

Feeling: I can't believe I am just a couple of weeks away from being done with the first trimester, and this week I am already 25% done with pregnancy! I am SO excited to meet this precious little one but also want to savor this time I get to grow my sweet babe inside of me. Preston has always been somewhat consistent about wanting only two children, and this week I told him "It makes me so sad to even think that this is my second to last pregnancy! No chance!!" My emotions may have slightly influenced that statement and I may very well be singing a different tune after several nights in a row of a fussy newborn, but right now I am very much loving every second of this.

Food Cravings/ Aversions: Quite honestly, food kind of sucks. I went grocery shopping at Trader Joe's and told Preston that they might as well have had skunks on all of the shelves for how appealing things looked. Not much really sounds good, but at the same time I am completely starving and have to eat every couple of hours. There have been a couple of nights where I've had to ask Preston to go get me a snack right as I am about to fall asleep because my hunger kicks in SO strong and I know there is no way I would be able to sleep through the night. I also get really, really, full very quickly. A bowl of oatmeal with fruit can make me feel like I ate a Thanksgiving dinner. I have purchased and eaten more processed food the past couple of weeks than I have in the past two years combined. It is a phase and right now, while I would love to be filling up with the most nutrient dense food, I am just going to be happy with anything that sounds appealing. This has looked a lot like Cinnamon chex, flavored greek yogurt, pasta, fruit and anything carb-y.

Symptoms: Honestly, the food weirdness above has been the worst of it and I am SO thankful for that! I feel incredibly fortunate to not have morning sickness or horrible fatigue (I am still a bit more tired than usual but nothing debilitating.) I've also had some back discomfort and restlessness sleeping but nothing too crazy, thank you Lord!

Weight Gain: We don't have a scale so I may not be able to do this one consistently, but I had my blood drawn this week (and got to hear the heartbeat - the sweetest sound I've ever heard!) so they weighed me there. I was down 1 lb from when they weighed me at 6.5 weeks.

Projects: This past weekend was one of our few free weekends so I went to town organizing like a mad woman. Like I've mentioned, I wanted the first trimester to focus on purging/ organizing before moving into fun nursery decorating. So, I sold our guest room bed and shelf, cleaned out the closet and organized all of our paperwork/ finances into a handy filing system (thanks for your advice on that Mol!). It felt so great to get things checked off of our list!

Dear Baby: I love you sweet little one! More than you could ever know.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Bump Update: Weeks 4-7

Here is my first batch of weekly updates, these ones start at the end of November and go through December. Ignore typos/ grammar errors as I was excitedly writing everything that came to mind in hopes that I wouldn't forget anything!

Since finding out that I was pregnant (and even before if I am being honest) I have absolutely loved reading and hearing pregnancy updates from other women. I love sharing in their joy, but also in knowing that I am not the only one experiencing crazy symptoms! I knew that I wanted to track mine, mainly for memory's sake but also to keep family and friends updated throughout the next several months! It has already been one of the happiest times in my life and I can't wait to continue to grow this sweet little one - what a blessing and a gift.

Now would be the time to warn anybody who doesn't love the words period or conceive that these pregnancy updates are probably not for you. :)

(This was actually week six, but was the first belly picture I have so we'll go with it!)

Week 4-5 
While I felt great pregnancy symptom wise, my immune system was definitely down and I caught a cold the end of week 4 that ended up turning into bronchitis. I am used to being able to kick things but quickly learned that your normal  immune system is very different once pregnant! I was having horrible coughing fits and was so nervous that I was hurting the baby. I couldn't sleep at all because I was up coughing, and then so worried that I would google 'can coughing harm first trimester baby' in the wee hours of the morning. After a week and a half of coughing and no sleep, I went to the doctor and was prescribed antibiotics which I cried over because my research told me that no amount of medicine is 100% safe in the first trimester. I am sure it was partial pregnancy hormones, but I had the absolute worst guilt over taking those pills. The doctor eased my fears a bit, but was stern in telling me that he wanted to treat it now because his concern was that it would turn into pneumonia which would be much harder to treat. Fortunately, within a week  they did work and I was cold free, PRAISE THE LORD. Besides that, I had zero symptoms and was completely overjoyed about the sweet precious little one growing inside of me.

Week 6
Once I felt better from the cold, I was so thankful to have no pregnancy symptoms (or so I thought). I had shared the news with my mom and sister and was having so much fun talking and dreaming about everything baby! Near the end of the week, I was at work eating my normal breakfast (sweet potatoes,  soft boiled egg, sautéed spinach with salsa on top) when out of nowhere the taste of cooked spinach appalled me. It was so repulsed that I had to throw the rest of my food away (I hate food wasting) and wasn't even able to think about it. Sure enough, the food aversions set in then and have been going strong since. :) I am very, very thankful that it is really the only strong symptom I have - my heart goes out to the sweet mommas who experience horrible morning (all day) sickness.

Near the end of this week, we also got to go to our  first ultrasound! It was a bit early because we were going out of town and I was SO happy about it. We had the sweetest ultrasound tech who  graciously spent so much time explaining everything we were looking at (she was even able to show me which ovary had produced the egg that became our babe). It was so amazing!!! We got to see our little tadpole on the screen and see the heartbeat (118 bpm) going strong. We also got to meet one of the doctors in our practice who penitently answered all of my 100 questions I had for her. :)

Week 7
I was so excited these week because we were headed to my mom's house for Christmas at the end of the week. I was starting a new job, so the week was more stressful and emotional than normal and I was looking forward to the holidays to relax and recharge. Food aversions were still going strong, with basically everything I normally eat sounding horrible. Nothing in particular sounded good, until I was hungry, in which case GIVE ME FOOD NOW. Fruit, flavored greek yogurt and everything carb-y were about the only consistent diet staples. No morning sickness, headaches, or crazy fatigue so three fist pumps for that! Overall, feeling so blessed that we get to go on this journey and thankful that in eight short months we will bringing home a sweet baby!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Our Family is Growing!

We are so incredibly excited to officially share that we are expecting a precious little boy this August!  We found out the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and I think the giddy smile that spread across my face has been a permanent fixture for the last 3+ months. We are feeling so blessed and thankful that our little man is already so loved by so many people!

I've been writing all of my pregnancy thoughts and symptoms down here and am excited to finally take them out of hiding! I'm planning to share a post or two each week until I am caught up and then in real time from there on out. I have absolutely loved seeing other lady's pregnancy experiences from their cravings to when their sweet belly's popped and I can't wait to share mine!