Wednesday, June 29, 2011

9 Weeks!

We're at 9 weeks! How exciting is that? I feel like I've reached some sort of milestone. It's not the end of the first trimester, but the end is in sight!

How far along: 9 Weeks
Weight: 162.2 lbs
Baby size: approx .9 in. About the size of a green olive
Sleep: Good. Still peeing at night. Waking up earlier and earlier. But also taking daily 1 hour naps during the afternoon/evening.
Movement: Nothing yet!
Feeling: Exhausted. Not so nauseated this week. I started putting a stick of string cheese by my bed at night, so I can eat it first thing in the morning. That has helped. I went 2 whole days without puking, so that's a plus!
What I miss: My energy level. It's just so hard to get stuff done! I feel like I'm constantly stopping to rest! This was my first week of summer camp, too, which makes it even harder!
What I am looking forward to: The big reveal is next weekend! We're calling my mom on Skype, then inviting Brian's parents and my Dad and step mom Janet over for a BBQ to tell them the big news!
Milestone: Made my first foray into maternity clothing! Bought the BeBand this week (which would work much better if my tummy wasn't so itchy from the Lovenox injections!) and two maternity bras. I've gone from a 36B to a 38C!
To Do: Not much this week. Schedule an appointment with the doctor, tell the parents next weekend.
Food Cravings: Fruit! Watermelon, strawberries, plums, peaches, apricots, gotta love them all! Also, plain greek yogurt and steak. I can barely stomach chicken right now and most fish makes me want to gag :( We're trying pork tenderloin tonight. We'll see how it goes.

No picture today. Didn't go to the doctor this week. Sad for you! Tune in next week for week 10 ultrasound!

Sunday, June 26, 2011


It still disturbs me how much food I need to eat. I was never a picky eater before. I'll eat just about anything, and have seconds, too! But now, now I am both a picky eater, but I can't stop eating!

Here's a fun little eating schedule for today, just to get an idea:
8:30 am- 1/2 cup plain yogurt with brown sugar, 1/2 waffle and a mango-pineapple smoothie
9:30 am- bits of fruit at the farmer's market. Probably the equivalent of a plum or so
11:30 am- 2 steak tacos, a little bit of beans and a few chips I stole from Brian
1:30 pm- 1 cup greek yogurt mixed with fresh sliced strawberries and brown sugar
5:00 pm- 1(large) zucchini, steamed, with melted cheese
8:30 pm- tomato-mussel bouillabaisse with bread

Plus, plenty of strawberries and yogurt covered almonds throughout the afternoon and early evening. This doesn't even include dessert.

So not big meals, but a lot of them!

Now let's talk about the picky part. I've never had much use or patience for picky eaters. Like I said, normally I'll eat just about anything--except hot dogs and bologna. Now. Well now I have a list of things I won't or shouldn't eat:
-roast chicken
-salami (which I actually love but gives me heartburn AND makes me want to puke afterwards)
-bread (again, I love but shouldn't eat too much of)
-tea and coffee (no caffeine)
-most fish (but not sushi)

Note that most of the stuff on there is protein. Stuff I should be shoveling in to my mouth. Instead, it makes me want to yak. Yay me. Fortunately, I am loving fruit, veggies, cheese and yogurt. That pretty much makes up most of what I'm eating these days. And my vitamins. Lots and lots of vitamins!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I Have to Wear a What????

The day has come. My pants, they no longer fit quite right. To put it bluntly, I can no longer button them! Since the baby is about the size of a raspberry, I can't quite say it's the growing baby that's doing this to me. And my weight is the same as it was two weeks ago, when my pants fit. I'm pretty sure I have entered...

The Bloat Zone (doo doo doo do! doo doo doo do!)

All silliness aside though, it's true. My pants no longer fit in the waist. My shirts are all still fine, thankfully. I'm hoping to put off most of my maternity shopping until August, when I really hit the 2nd trimester. However today I made my first foray into maternity wear.

With the advice of many pregnant ladies before me, I picked up a BeBand.
I assure you, it's way cuter on this model than it is on me!
However, despite how not cute it is, it is hidden under my t-shirts and tank tops and--most important--I can sit with my pants unbuttoned and be comfortable (and decent). Apparently, I can also wear it throughout the pregnancy and post pregnancy, too. Not bad for $16!

I did take a few looks in the maternity wear department, just to get ready for what I'm going to buy come August!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

8 Weeks!

We've made it to 8 weeks! Only 4 more to go before I can make the big announcement. Best news, my doctor says it's looking really good. The baby was moving--MOVING!--inside my uterus! That was pretty cool to see it wiggling around. Brian looked at the picture and called it a "slimer" a la Ghostbusters. Nice, right?

How far along: 8 weeks, 1 day
Weight: 163 lbs
Baby size: 1.89 cm. About the size of a raspberry
Sleep: Good. Still peeing at night.
Movement: Not that I can feel, but I saw it moving on the ultrasound
Feeling: Exhausted and nauseated. I've pretty much been throwing up every morning/day
What I miss: The feeling of not being nauseated. I was prescribed Zofran for the nausea, I haven't filled the prescription yet, though. I'm waiting to see how I feel. I also miss real raw fish sushi.
What I am looking forward to: Telling people, feeling better.
Milestone: Made it to 8 weeks! Over halfway done with the first trimester!
To Do: Blood Tests and Genetic Screening. I don't have to go to the doctor next week, so that's nice.
Food Cravings: Watermelon. Cottage Cheese. Iced water with lemon.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

7 Weeks!

We've made it to 7 weeks! This is the furthest along I've been. I keep feeling like I just have to get past this next week, and while I won't be home free, I'll feel a lot more secure.

How far along: 7 weeks, 1 day
Weight: 165 lbs
Baby size: 1.11 cm. About the size of a blueberry
Sleep: Good. Although I've been waking up at night to pee.
Movement: No movement, but I do feel twinges and stuff going on.
Feeling: Tired. Exhausted. All the time. It took me 3 days to do  the laundry. One to wash and dry, one to fold and one to put everything away! Nauseous. I have to eat ASAP in the morning, and then, like, every 45 minutes! So yeah, starving too. But I've also been throwing up. And crazy sensitive nipples.
What I miss: My energy level. Not throwing up.
What I am looking forward to: Telling everyone. I'm going to be seeing a lot of people this weekend and I'm going to try really hard to keep this secret!
Milestone: Positive pregnancy test!
To Do: I've got my first "real" midwife visit tomorrow. Then another doctor's appointment next Thursday. He wants me to come in every week so we can check on our little blob. Because that's what it looks like at this point!
Food Cravings: Baked potatoes ALL THE TIME. Fruit. TJ's peach popsicles. SO GOOD!

Gratuitous sonogram picture. Eventually you'll get pictures of me, but right now I just feel kinda fat. So no pictures for you!

Monday, June 13, 2011

My Wagon is Draggin'

Pop quiz: Name that Shel Silverstein book! (If you said "Giraffe and a Half" You're right!)

It's true though, I feel like my wagon is draggin'. I always feel like this after a busy weekend, and admittedly with grocery shopping, a Giant's game (let's go Giants!) and a concert (Florence + the Machine were AMAZING), this weekend was pretty packed!

Right now, I feel like I can't get enough sleep. I keep waking up early, like around 7:30, when I don't even have to wake up until 8:30 and don't really need to be out of bed until 9! Then, once I'm up, I just want to go BACK to sleep!

I'm also starving ALL THE TIME. I can't seem to get the food in my mouth fast enough. And then I'm hungry again 45 minutes later! And of course, I'm super picky about what I want to eat. No hamburger. No Indian food. No cheese, unless cheese is what I want. Then I usually want fresh mozzarella or the grated cheese on my baked potato. Or cottage cheese. Baked potatoes. If I could eat baked potatoes with broccoli, cheese and sour cream for every meal, I would! I baked 10 potatoes this weekend, just so I could eat them for lunch! 

Mostly though, I'm tired and have zero energy to do anything. I'm looking forward to next week when I can stay in bed or on the couch all day and sleep! Yay to the end of the school year! Looking forward to the day when I have more energy...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

My Eggo Is Preggo Food Edition:Breakfast

So, in future, I will try to take pictures of the food before I eat it. However, once I get the food prepared, it seems that it cannot get in my mouth fast enough. So pictures are always an after thought...

Note: I am supposed to eat eggs. However, I hate all eggs except those that are poached. Still figuring out this dilemma.

Breakfast item #1 Smoothie
I need to eat a smoothie EVERY SINGLE DAY. Preferably within 15 minutes of waking. Or my stomach explodes. No lie. Here is my current favorite smoothie recipe:

Peach-Pineapple-Banana Smoothie

-frozen peaches (about 1/2 cup)
-frozen pineapple (about 1/2 cup)
-fresh banana
-1/2 cup whole fat plain yogurt
-1 cup juice (I like Dynamo with Calcium from Trader Joe's)

Combine peaches and pineapple in a microwave safe bowl. Nuke for 1 minute. This will make the smoothie smoother and not so cold. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Real tough, right? But it tastes like happy and gets food in my system asap.

For breakfast/lunch today, I created something that I am hoping will stay in my tummy and be pretty stable. Plus it was super yummy.

Cottage Cheese-Fruit Bowl

-Cottage Cheese
-Fruit (I got fresh blueberries at the store this morning, yum!)
-Corn Flakes

Put cottage cheese in a bowl. Toss in a handful of blueberries. Eat a few. Toss in some more. Fight with Brian to regain control of the blueberries when he steals the entire box. Collect blueberries that he then tosses down your cleavage (that conveniently collect in your bra). Finally finish putting blueberries into the bowl. Top with a handful of corn flakes (that might be left over from making meatloaf last week). Consume.

If you're lucky, I might actually get some pics of these tomorrow and post them here. Or not. I might just devour it as quickly as possible.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Officially 6 weeks, 1 day!

I had my first doctor's appointment this morning! Of course, it was early and I had run out of frozen fruit for my smoothie and didn't have enough time to make anything, so I ran out of the house with a packet of applesauce and  tummy full of vitamins. Bad idea. I pretty much wanted to puke my entire appointment!

But, onto my appointment. I had an ultrasound--we are officially 6 weeks and 1 day (plus or minus a few days). Everything seems to be going well. It's pretty tiny. Just a little blob. But it was a blinking blob, so that's good!
The doctor said that, since I have had two miscarriages already, we are treating this pregnancy AGGRESSIVELY! Which means everyday I will be taking:
-Prenatal vitamins every day
-4000 i.u. Vitamin D
-Baby Aspirin
-Fish Oil
-hormone suppositories (twice a day)
-injecting (yes, with a needle) Lovenox into my tummy

Once you get all the structural reasons for miscarriage out of the way, the two main causes of miscarriage is overactive blood clotting and overactive immune system. By taking these, I will slightly suppress my immune system and slightly suppress my coagulation.

Next Friday, I see the midwife!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hope Springs Eternal

Apparently, I'm not really great at that NOT HOPING stuff. While I would love to just go with the flow, and if this pregnancy works out, great; otherwise, it is what it is, and maybe it won't work out. Yeah, just like I can't not plan and make charts and stuff, when blasted with a million "You Are Pregnant" signs, I can't help but hope.

My boobs are crazy tender--more so than ever before. I am ridiculously tired. All. The. Time. I woke up, went to the bathroom, checked some stuff out on my phone and was like, "You know, I think I just need to lie here a while, because getting up seems like a lot of effort." Even typing this makes me a little tired. And, hello nausea, my old friend. Although, I have to say, I hope this friend stays around a while, you know, like for the entire first trimester.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Wait...What? What?! How did THAT happen???

So, I've been pretty frustrated these last few weeks waiting for my period to start. I want it to start so I can begin charting again in earnest. I've been keeping track of my waking temperatures...sorta. I misplaced my thermometer for a few days. Then I went to Sacramento for my sister in law, Melissa's, wedding shower and I was sharing a room with my other sister in law, Stephanie. Since we're trying to keep this journey a secret for now, I didn't take my temp then either. I started back up and promptly lost the thermometer again (it keeps falling behind our bed and it is really hard to get it back!)

Anyway, I've been semi-charting, but no period. I'd gone through an entire month--47 days, including when I was on my period after I miscarried before--with nothing. Then in the last week or so, I'd noticed my nipples were getting sensitive. I figured this was a precursor to getting my period. Some people get that. Then in the last day or so my stomach has been feeling a little wonky. Kinda nauseous, kind a hungry. So I picked up a pregnancy test, just to see. I felt like I was wasting money--it was a $10 CVS test, not one of my Dollar Tree cheapies--but I didn't want to be stressing about this. As I said before, it's the hoping that hurts. I didn't want to hope. I wanted to have what I knew, that I wasn't pregnant, confirmed.

Well, I was wrong.

My first response was "You are SHITTING me!"
#1 I didn't even think you COULD get pregnant that soon. Don't you need to, you know, build up the uterine lining for something even to stick?
#2 I didn't think it was even biologically possible for us to get pregnant. We weren't TRYING to get pregnant, so we were using alternate methods of birth control. (Apparently they're right when they say "pulling out" is not a good method of BC). So apparently, it is not impossible. Just not probable.

Of course, in the past month I have:
-drunk a fair amount of wine
-eaten smoked salmon a couple of times
-eaten seared tuna
-eaten at least one poached egg (read, uncooked yolk) a day
-Taken a fair amount of Nyquil for my cold
-Had a fever (of 99.9)

There's a part of me saying "Hey, third time's the charm, right?" Another part of me saying, well, It's only been a month since the miscarriage. Anything can happen right now. I'm going to continue taking my vitamins (I'm now doubling the amount of Vitamin D I've been taking), eat the right foods, and take it easy. But I am NOT going to hope.

But, they do say third time's the charm...