Monday, September 26, 2011

16 Weeks, 4 Days!

How far along: 16 weeks

Size of our baby:  An avocado


Total weight gain/loss: still think I'm holding steady at the 3lb loss but I might be back at my normal weight. We'll find out next Tuesday.

Maternity clothes:  I don't really need any, I can still wear my regular jeans and all my normal tops, but this past weekend I got a bunch of maternity tops and a couple pair of jeans so I'm ready for the day when I can't fit into anything anymore.  It could be any day now!

Stretch marks: None.

Sleep:  Normal for the most part, but I wake up a lot.

Best moment this week:  My mom telling me she was starting to see a baby bump. :-)

Movement: Not yet.

Food cravings/aversions:  Reese Cups and Chocolate Milk.

Belly button in or out: In.

What I miss/What I am looking forward to: I'm looking forward to hearing the baby's heartbeat next week and setting our appointment to find out the sex!

Weekly Wisdom:  Watch what you say...tiny bones forming in baby's ears mean 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.

Milestones: Almost half way!

Symptoms:  
Pretty much none.

Monday, September 19, 2011

15 Weeks, 4 days!

How far along: 15 weeks

Size of our baby:  An orange


Total weight gain/loss: I actually lost 3 lbs from the last appt but I'm not sure where I'm at now.

Maternity clothes:  None yet - my friend gave me a few of her maternity clothes but I haven't had to wear them.

Stretch marks: None.

Sleep:  It's on and off - still getting used to sleeping on my side, as I'm a back sleeper!

Best moment this week:  Probably when our boxes from Totsy arrived, full of baby stuff!

Movement: None yet

Food cravings/aversions: I really am into chocolate milk right now - I drink a huge glass each night with dinner.

Belly button in or out: In.

What I miss/What I am looking forward to: Our next anatomy scan in 3 weeks when we learn the sex!!

Weekly Wisdom:  Continuing the march toward normal proportions, baby's legs now out-measure his arms. And, finally, all four limbs have functional joints. Your fetus is squirming and wiggling like crazy down in the womb, though you probably can't feel the movements just yet.

Milestones: Second Trimester!

Symptoms:  Haven't really had any this whole pregnancy. Biggest issue was fatigue and some lower back pain (I blame that on my work chair).
But now I feel pretty great!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Telling the parents the big news

After we found out we were pregnant we decided we wanted to tell our parents in person instead of calling them.  Back in early May I made hand-made charm bracelets for each of our moms. My mom's bracelet was purple and silver and the charms were an owl, a heart that said "#1 Grandma" and a little toy rocker.  My MIL's bracelet was blue and it had a palm tree, a heart that said "#1 Grandma" and little abc blocks. The Tuesday after we found out we were pregnant we had a dinner date with my husband's parents.  As we were sitting around the table, eating appetizers, we casually brought up that I made something for his mom to wear during her beach vacation. I hand her the jewelry box and she carefully opens it to see the bracelet. Her first comment was "how pretty!" but as she started to look at each of the charms her facial expression quickly changed. She looked up and us and said "no way!" My husband and I just smiled and said "yep!" and she started crying.  She jumped up and gave me a hug then started to run around the table to give my husband a hug. His dad had NO idea what was going on and kept asking "what? what? what's going on?" She hands him the bracelet as she runs over to hug my husband and he reads what has caused the commotion. He reaches out to shake my husband's hand and then pumps his fist and says "YES!" They were so very happy. 

Telling my parents was just as fun.  We made up an excuse to go visit them for the 4th of July and traveled down to Smithfield for the weekend. On Saturday, before heading over to a bbq at my grandma's I called my parents to the kitchen table so I could give them their gifts. First I handed my dad two Beatles pillows that we got him when we were furniture shopping. Below is the dialogue for how the rest of the conversation went. 

Dad: I see you guys have been shopping at Value City. I have no where to put these, your mom won't let me put them in the living room!

Me: Put them on your recliner, they match perfect!

Dad wanders off with his pillows. I hand my mom her gift box. Mom opens the gift box.

Mom: Oh how pretty. Where is the matching necklace and earrings? 

Me: (laughing) I had a feeling you'd say that.

Mom starts to look through the charms and reads the heart.

Mom: #1 grandma? I'm not a grandma. Are you pregnant?

Me: We are!

Mom: Are you pulling my leg?

My dad walks back into the conversation. 

Dad: Whose pulling your leg?

Mom: She said she's pregnant!

Dad: Are you pulling her leg?
 
Me: No! We are pregnant!

My mom starts crying and comes over to hug me, she finally believes us!  

Both of our mom's had the best reactions. Just how we imagined it would be. It was an amazing experience telling our parent's that they would be grandparents for the first time ever! 

Here is a picture of the bracelet I made my mom - Drew's mom's is the same only blue and with some slightly different beads at the top. Sorry its not the best quality picture - I forgot to get pics of them before giving them away so my mom had to email a picture!


 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Drum roll please......

It's been since February that I last made a post on my blog.  And now I'm back with big news!

Tthe big announcement is......I'm PREGNANT!

We found out we were pregnant on June 24th. It was a total shock. We had been trying to conceive since March and we figured June was going to be our 4th month of a negative result. I came home on that Friday in a bad mood. Work was horrible and I was ranting and raving to my husband about how angry I was and to top it all off, even though I was a day late, I felt as though my period was about to start.  Annoyed with my extremely bad mood and ranting he told me to do something about it. I yelled at him - asking what he wanted me to do, find a new job?  And he replied, you can at least go take a test to find out if you really are starting your period or not. I told him we had agreed to wait until Sunday when we would know if my period was indeed late. But he was so aggravated with me for complaining and not doing anything to change it, that I stormed up the stairs, stomping the whole way into the bathroom. He stayed at the computer - I'm sure he was rolling his eyes at my immaturity (now at least I can blame it on my hormones and not being actually crazy!).


For the previous two months we had been using an ovulation test kit. On the days that were my peak days the lines would show up right away, no 3 minutes of waiting. So I knew when we got pregnant the test would probably be the same way.  So when I peed on the test and saw the "pee" line show up right away and nothing else, I was let down. I walked to the balcony and yelled down "NOPE! Not pregnant!" I decided to torture myself by checking again when the five minute waiting time was up. When I picked up the stick I noticed a very faint pink line. Almost not even there, I could barely see it. But it was there. I yelled down to my husband "Have we ever seen any types of lines other than the pee line before?" Confused he came upstairs to look at the test. We held it under the bathroom light fixture for a better look and sure enough, he saw the line too. I didn't want to get my hopes up because I would be crushed if it was just my mind playing tricks on me, but he saw it too! I still was having doubts so we quickly decided to go buy more tests. We put our steaks back into the fridge and drove off to Target where we purchased digital tests that say "Yes" or "No" that way I wouldn't have any doubts once the test was taken.


When we got home we were stopped by our neighbors asking if they could come over to spend the evening with us (they have a 5 month old baby and were looking for adult conversations) so they came over while we grilled our steaks and ate dinner. By about midnight I was exhausted and all I could think about was going to bed. So we bid our friends goodnight and I went upstairs. My husband asked if I wanted to take another test now or wait until the morning, but the suspense was killing me, so I peed on a stick for the second time that day.  This was the longest wait ever. My husband was 100% positive we were pregnant, so he decided that I shouldn't stare at the test, but he would look first and tell me. Finally after 5 minutes he turned around to look at it. He looked sadly at me and said "No" in a pouty voice. I didn't believe him and I tried pushing him away from me but he wouldn't let me past. Then he kissed me and said "we're having a baby!" I ran to the test and sure enough, it said yes. Cue the waterworks! In fact, my husband started crying first and I was completely shocked at how emotional he was. He's wanted to be a father for a long time, so this was a huge moment in his life. I am so excited to be a mommy and I can't wait to meet our baby in March!