Sunday, April 28, 2013

13 Weeks

13 Weeks!
1 more week and I am officially out of the first trimester!

This was 12 weeks and 6 days, my first noticeable bumb.

12 weeks and 6 days... look at that pooch!  Honestly if you didn't know I was pregnant you would just think I had a little gut.  ha

Due Date:  Still November 3rd, 2013 

Boy or Girl:  At first I totally thought, girl!  But now I am not sure.

Currently Avoiding: All of the pregnancy "no-no's" of course.  I also tend to eat the most at breakfast and lunch, and by the time dinner rolls around I'm so tired that food just isn't appealing so I eat a small dinner.  I am loving all fresh fruit! Yum!  Starting to do a little more cooking as well.

Weight:  Miraculously still down 2 lbs... although it really doesn't look like it!

Belly Button Status:  In for sure

Sleep:  Sleeping has been difficult.  I have always slept on my back and now that I can't do that any longer.  So, I tend to wake up many times a night trying to get comfortable on my side.  

Recent vivid dreams: Lots of everyday stuff but they definitely are vivid.

Evidence of Pregnancy Brain: Oh yeah

Symptoms:  I am really starting to feel like myself again.  This morning I even cleaned the house! Shocker!  My poor house has been neglected the past 9 weeks!  Still more tired than normal and nausea a few times a day.

Health:  So far so good!  

Movement:  Nothing so far

Baby Related Purchases:  Does the maternity jeans I just bought count?  It might be totally ridiculous to have bought maternity pants already but my normal jeans are just too tight and I feel kinda odd walking around with my pants unbuttoned.  At home? no problem!  In public, eh not so much.  I figure I have already worn them every single day so they are worth it! 

Best Part of this Pregnancy: Just knowing that everything is still okay.  Thankful for a smooth pregnancy so far! 

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Love Letter

Sorry mom and any other pretend readers out there, but this might get a little mushy.

Dear Jeret,
How did I get so lucky to have you walk into my life?  I think back to middle school and remember you as a quiet kid in band class with me that all of my friends had crushes on... obviously I was not smart enough to see it yet. 
There sitting on the other side of the band room, exactly across from the percussion was a very sweet, hardworking and devoted boy.  A boy that has always been devoted and loyal to his family, to his passions, and to his morals and ethics.  I just didn't know that yet.
Freshman year the stars aligned and the band room was set up with percussion right behind the trombones.  This brought on a great opportunity for me to get to know the cute strawberry blond with wild wavy hair.
Long story short, Jeret had a girlfriend and then didn't have a girl friend and then he asked me to be his girlfriend. The end.  
Okay, not really.  Here comes the really mushy part.
  Looking back, over TEN years later (holy cow!) I am still struck by how good of a man Jeret was and still is.  Looking back through our entire relationship his love and support for me has remained constant.  He has always been my biggest fan in anything I have decided to do.  This life is full of so many ups, downs, stresses and blessings, and I find it so important and lucky to have a partner in life that brings out the best in you and encourages you along the way.  I think back to our early relationship when we were just kids... kids... and he was this strong staple in my life,  an amazing listener, and someone that always made me feel good to be myself.  What a wonderful gift to have when you are going through that difficult time of being a teenager and young adult. 
My hope is that when he looks back on our life together and as he looks at our future that he sees the same wonderful relationship that I see. 
We have that special something.
How did I ever get so lucky?
Love you, Jeret

And now I'm crying because I'm emotional and pregnant :)

I'm Back... kinda

I am almost through week 12, and I can tell that I am starting to feel a lot more like myself the past few days.  
I did have a little problem Wednesday morning when I tried to brush my teeth without eating breakfast first (cue puke)... and I used to think I had a strong stomach and non existent gag reflex... not anymore!
But, it seems as though the all day nausea has been so much more manageable.   I generally only get one big wave of nausea in the late morning when I need my second breakfast :)
I did have a little craving for my first froyo of the season.  This one is vanilla and fruit punch yogurt with kiwi, strawberries and little cheesecake bites.  To be honest, next time I'll skip the cheesecake.  They were kinda gross. 

Today was the first day we hit the 60's in wisconsin!  I was so ready to get outside and take Milo on a little walk.  I can definitely feel that I haven't worked out much the past couple of months.  Those hills made my tush burn!

13 Week update coming in two days!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

12 Weeks

12 Weeks!

If this photo looks like I have a little extra around the mid section... its true!  And it is not a cute baby belly... it is more of an inner-tube or spare tire around my hips.  Yup, it looks like I've gained some weight in the love handles department.  Not exactly what I expected.  I even jumped on the scale this morning because my paints felt tight, and the crazy part is I'm still down 2 pounds from my 8 week appointment although you wouldn't know it by looking at me.  But I don't mind, people are just going to think I ate too much Easter candy or something.  :)  Thank goodness I wear scrubs to work every day!
Due Date:  Still November 3rd, 2013 (as far as I know)

Boy or Girl:  I kind of think it is a girl.  But maybe that is just because I have three sisters and I know and am comfortable with girl stuff!  

Currently Avoiding: All of the pregnancy "no-no's" of course.  I also tend to eat the most at breakfast and lunch, and by the time dinner rolls around I'm so tired that food just isn't appealing so I eat a small dinner.  Most salads are still out of the picture but I am eating more cooked veggies and raw carrots are ok now.

Weight:  Down 2 lbs

Belly Button Status:  In for sure

Sleep:  So very tired still.  I try to take a nap if I can on the weekend, but during the week it is impossible due to my work schedule.  In bed by 7pm and up at 6am every single night!

Recent vivid dreams:  I have been dreaming like crazy but I can't remember any of them.  I need to keep a journal next to my bed.

Evidence of Pregnancy Brain:  Definitely! Oh my goodness, thoughts and reminders leave my mind so quickly- like within minutes.

Symptoms:  Very tired.  I have really noticed the emotions lately, too.  I could cry so easily!  Acne on my face for sure.  I think it is worse than when I was a teenager.  Slight moodiness (sorry Jeret).  Nausea still present, but definitely less intense.

Health:  So far so good!  I so wish that I could have an ultrasound at every visit!  Our baby was such a little peanut when we saw it at 7 1/2 weeks.  Trying to figure out how to get my OBGYN to do an ultrasound at the next visit... but for now just hoping and praying that it is growing on schedule.

Movement:  Nothing so far

Baby Related Purchases:  none from me- I am too paranoid that I will jinx myself!  But my mom did buy our baby the cutest little pair of rabbit slippers :)

Best Part of this Pregnancy:  Just knowing there is a little baby growing inside of me that I am already so excited to meet!

Friday, April 19, 2013

2nd Appointment

The day has finally come for my 2nd appointment!  Wa hoo!

I was so anxious for my appointment.  I think anxious is the best way to describe it because I was SO excited yet SO nervous!  Jeret was scheduled to work, so I had to go solo.

First thing first, I had to pee in a cup.  Easy peezy considering my bathroom trips have quadrupled in the past few weeks.

Second, they had me jump on the scale.  Which hasn't been too scary yet because I actually lost 2lbs since my first visit.  Which is crazy to me because I feel like I look like I ate a little too much Chipotle!  Definitely no baby bump yet, but my pants are feeling a little tighter.

I have to admit I was slightly bummed out that they didn't do an ultrasound.  I wanted to see my little peanut!  But they did listen to the heartbeat and said it was PERFECT!  And that is enough to keep me happy.

The doctor came in and listed to the heartbeat and agreed completely with the nurse that the heartbeat was right on tract.  We talked about scheduling my 20 week targeted ultrasound and an echo for the baby at that appointment.  Because my baby sister was born with congenital heart defects they thought it would be a good precaution, and I am ok with that!  We talked about my upcoming trip to Tennessee and if I had any other questions.  Which of course I couldn't think of any.

Then right before the doctor left the room she asked, "Have you talked to your employer about your maternity leave yet?"  I immediately said, "No, I haven't really told anyone yet!!"  She said, "Oh don't worry.  Once you hear a heartbeat like that your miscarriage rate is very very small."  And that was all I needed.  I feel so much at rest.  Of course it is still possible, but I feel like I can now start to enjoy this pregnancy.  Like my mom said, "Why worry until you have something to worry about?"  Right on, mom!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

11 Weeks

11 Weeks... eekks!  My baby is the size of a LIME! How awesome is that? Pretty darn cool.

I keep getting more and more excited!  Every day it becomes more "real".  Although there is not a baby "bump" yet nor do I feel any baby movements, it still is starting to feel real.  I am also starting to get excited about sharing the good news.  We are so thrilled about this time in our lives, and we can't wait to share the good news with the people we love.

I am sure I will worry throughout my pregnancy, but I am so looking forward to the relief of getting past the crucial 4 months or so when most miscarriages happen.  5 weeks to go... man that feels like a long time!  But we have already known for 6 weeks and I have to say it has gone by pretty fast.

I have been feeling better.  I think that part of it is that I know how to eat and what to eat to curb the nausea.  Also, I have started to get used to the feeling of being sick at times.  I am grateful that I do not throw up often.  (That could really have been an issue at work... "Excuse me while I stop working in your mouth to go throw up" Ewww!)

Just praying that our peanut is healthy and thriving inside of me.  3 days until the next appointment!

Stay tuned (mom) :)

Sunday, April 7, 2013

10 Weeks

I am so excited to be in the double digits!! Still praying that everything is going smoothly and baby is growing on schedule.  1 and half weeks until my next appointment!  I can't wait! :)

Still slight nausea throughout the day and very sleepy.  Bedtime 7:30 every night!  That is, except Wednesdays when I go to bed at 7 and then wake up at 5 minutes to 9pm in order to watch Chicago Fire with my hubby!

Weight is the same and bra cup is up a size... I could get used to that!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

9 Weeks and Easter

This past Sunday was Easter and it also happened to hit 9 weeks!  I am actually writing this way behind on Thursday, so I have less than two weeks until my next appointment!  They really make you practice patience in the first parts of pregnancy.  4 weeks is such a long time to wait in between checking on your little peanut.

We had a wonderful Easter.  Jeret worked the day before so he came home around 7:30 Easter morning.  We had cinnamon rolls then tried a new church on the far west side of Middleton.  We rushed home to make Jeret's Paula Deen's famous green bean casserole before heading to his Aunt and Uncles on the east side of Middleton.   We had a wonderful time there.  They are always the most generous hostesses and even better cooks! I ate way too much!  But, I was thankful that I was able to eat that and not feel nauseous.  Most meals are quite small around here and consist of pretty bland foods.  I am looking forward to feeling a little better and being able to eat a lot of the same foods I loved.

Still pretty tired.  7 or 7:30pm is my bed time.  Every.Single.Night.

But most of all, I am enjoying every minute and thankful that my little peanut is growing inside of me.