Tuesday, January 31, 2012

15 Weeks!

So, my cousin-in-law...is that right?...Mike's cousin, Sarah, is also expecting at the beginning of July, so we are about 3 weeks apart. She gave me a blog, where this one momma-to-be answered the same questions each week and I liked the questions so we will try these. Thanks Sarah!

How far along? 15 Weeks, about the size of an Avocado 4-5 inches!!

What I've Learned from What to Expect: LB's bones in his/her ears are now in place and can most likely hear our voices! Backbone is stronger now.
Total weight gain/loss: None yet! Woot Woot! but I forgot to weigh myself today so I will check back in later

Maternity clothes? Yep and LOVE them!  I don't know why we need to wait til pregnancy to wear these wonderful things! For Christmas, Rick & Mel got me a gift card to Pea in the Pod. They have some super cute things with a really nice price tag too!  But I found most of my things there on sale. With all I got, I was able to earn $70 Bump Bucks. So this weekend I went back out and finished up my Maternity wardrobe at Motherhood. They have equally super cute things with about 1/2 the price! I also got a few new bras...kinda had a freak out moment when the sweet lady working there told me how big my boobs will probably get!

Stretch marks: No

Sleep: Fine, usually up a couple of times to go to the bathroom...but I think I will be sleeping SOO much better with our new purchase!!
Best moment this week: Buying a NEW MATTRESS and GETTING IT TODAY!!! I am so pumped for the most incredible night's sleep tonight!!
Have you told family and friends: Yes! Pretty sure everyone close knows now.

Miss Anything: Steak!  Only because I like mine Medium and they recommend ordering steaks WELL DONE Yuck!

Movement: Not yet... Hopefully SOON!

Food cravings: If I had to pick, probably fruits, still being eating lots of Oranges at work and tonight I really wanted Mac & Cheese, but settled for butter noodles with chicken.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Man vs. Food usually makes me want to throw up because of all the food he eats, but nothing else I can think of...
Have you started to show yet: Absolutely!

Gender prediction: Still nothing from me, Mike, lately has been thinking boy though

Labor Signs: Nope, but can't even think about what that will be like!!

Belly Button in or out: Still an Innie...when does that start to poke out?

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! And Lots of Energy!

Looking forward to: My appointment tomorrow!!  Hopefully we will get to see Little Bit again!

 And here is our new purchase!! We got it this weekend and it was delivered today!! Courtney at Mattress Firm, at 71st & Mingo, was wonderful, and we are so excited to sleep in our new Serta iComfort bed tonight!!  With our purchase, we also got to choose two pillows, for free, and we got the Tempurpedic Cloud. Thankfully Mike was there to keep me grounded and stay in our price point, I'm so proud of him for doing that too, because I know I wouldn't have had buyers remorse with what I wanted to get, but it would put a HUGE dent in the finances. Way to go Mikey!

Hope y'all have a great week and enjoy the Super Bowl!! Who will you be cheerin for?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Little Bit!

14 Weeks!!
Thanks for your sweet comments and emails on my last post!  So fun to get those!

I can't believe it and actually today I am on Day 100 of being pregnant! 
Today I was suppose to go to the doctor, but had to reschedule for next Wednesday :( I'm so sad to have to wait another week to see our Little Bit...which I may start calling LB for short. I need to blog stock some pregger people...I don't really know what all information to share.  So here goes..
So far, still so good.
Thankfully no sickness
I have had lots more energy and feel less tired than before.
With all my energy, I still don't do very much. I need to exercise more...I mean I need to exercise period, but have no motivation.
I love to rub my belly
What to Expect (WTE) says LB is about the size of a naval orange which is about 4.5 in and 2-3 oz.
I still haven't had any cravings, with that said though...
McDonald cheeseburgers are the only kind of burgers I like right now...tried, Smashburger and a couple others, and nothing tastes as yummy as Micky D's
I have about 2, 3, or sometimes 4 oranges a day...I'm not craving, but they are usually always available at work and I have those in my inbetween meals
Meat, in general, just doesn't sound or look good.  I mentioned the fajitas and chili were a no go, pretty picky about burgers, and I tried the Meatloaf at Red Rock the other night and it was a no go too. Which this really makes me sad...because I love my meat!
Mom (my mom) has, I think, finally realized that LB could be a boy and not just a little girl
Been doing some research for childcare and let me tell ya, I almost wanted to cry!
My brain is mush
I have had lower back pain, Mike has been so sweet and will rub my back for me when I go to bed
I had my first baby dream---it was a boy, but we couldn't decide on a name...for a long time in dream time...so Julie called me and told me we could borrow 'Jackson' until we figured out what we would name him, and I gave him apple juice in a bottle---Mike makes fun of most my dreams, because they are usually so random.
With that, I still have no 'feeling' if LB is a cowboy or cowgirl
I had my first 'round ligament pain' according to WTE two nights ago...it felt like I pulled a muscle when I went to turn over. The pain went away quickly
No weight gain
My belly is definately sticking further out there. Some days its still jiggly and other days it feels really firm.
I like it when Nellie rests on my belly purring...I think its a great relaxing sound for LB!
So I think that's it so far.

Here is my Week 14 Belly Picture!

Last weekend, my mom came over to help me clear out the office and move some funiture to start getting ready for the nursery. We moved the desk and file cabinet into the guest room and it actually fits quite nicely. We still have a few more things that we need to remove...the chest/dresser is going to Kira, the TV is going to the dump, the stand, to Goodwill I guess, and the long table back to mom's attic. All the junk under it...it still needs to find a happy home here somewhere. We even cleaned out the closets!

Well, I hope you had a Happy Hump Day!  I am so ready for Friday!!  I feel it can't get here any sooner! Have a good one!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


So, if you didn't catch the great news in my last post, the great news is....
There were TWO LINES!!!
There were actually two lines about 4 times!!
So here's the story...get ready, it will probably be a little lengthy, maybe even a little too much info for some, but I think we all now know where babes come from, so I'm not too worried about it :) but we are so excited about our Little Bit! 
 I knew I had missed the first day of my period...thankfully, I'm pretty darn regular which was Tuesday (the week before Thanksgiving). I didn't say anything yet, and just patiently waited for the end of the week and still no Aunt Flo! So, Friday, Mike was watching the OSU/Iowa State football game with a buddy (and thankfully didn't cause any damage at their house) and I was watching the game at home, just hanging out. As OSU was losing their first game of the season and possible blowing the opportunity at a National Championship Game, I couldn't help but keep thinking about No Aunt Flo.
Okay, now back track a week or so...I had gone to Amy's to have pizza and wine with her and Jen and their babes. They just knew I was preggers then, but like I said I was being patient. They wanted me to take a test that night, but I wanted to make sure if we were or weren't, Mike would be the first to know.  I love my Ames and Jen, but my Mikey comes first! So Amy sent me home with a few pregnancy tests.
Okay, back to Friday evening. I was bummed about OSU losing and just not playing up to par, so I decided to take a test. I had one hiding in under the sink and also had Amy's. I did my thing and watched anxiously. Didn't have to wait too long and I had the absolute biggest smile come across my face!  There were TWO lines! Amy's also showed two lines, that's TWO Positives!! So the rest of the evening as OSU lost, I couldn't think about anything else other than our future Little Bit!
Geez, just writing this brings back, that amazing feeling of becoming a mommy!
Since I was alone, I teetered back and forth between calling Mike or not, then I knew he would be really upset about the game, and thought I might call Amy, then I had heard about someone texting a random number they were pregnant.  I didn't do any of that. I enjoyed that time for myself and our new baby. Something I am so thankful I did, to have just that time for me.

Now, Mike came home late, I was already in bed asleep, but the next morning, he was still mourning about the game and he had to work. While he was out working I went on a mission to find our little bit their first OSU gear. I wasn't quite sure how I wanted to tell Mike. And honestly, I wasn't sure how he'd react. Obviously we knew what could happen and he was okay with it when we talked about it, but I didn't know exactly how he would take it when it actually happened, which it happened pretty fast! So, I left the onesie and a note in the bathroom, knowing he would immediately be showering after work. That way he also got to have his own time in enjoying our new news. Once he got it, he came to the kitchen and said, "Really?" with a huge smile, I said "yep", and his response, (which I love) "Bad ass!"
This is what I left for Mike. 

So Mike and I enjoyed our little secret for a bit. We originally thought we'd wait to go to the doctor before we told our families. Well, that went right out the window, when I called Monday morning and the sweet receptionist said, "okay, we'll see you at 10 weeks, which will be December 28th."
I was so sad!! I couldn't believe I had to wait 10 weeks before I got doctor confirmation that we really were pregnant. I guess they did better tests or something. I did mention that this was our first and would we need to come in any earlier, her reply in the sweetest voice, "Oh, Congratulations!"
So, I obviously couldn't keep in such fun and exciting news till after Christmas and Thanksgiving was this week!! Mike and I decided we would then tell them after Thanksgiving.  For me, it was so hard to talk to my family and friends. I normally talk to my mom everyday or every-other day. And I avoided her pretty much all week except on Thanksgiving. I didn't call any of my friends to chat that week. Thankfully it was a holiday week, so it didn't seem too out of the ordinary and Mike's family was in town, so we were spending lots of time with them. That was hard too, Joanna had even made a comment about me not having any wine at dinner one night. I have no idea how I was able to keep a straight face...I'd definitely be one that you'd want to play poker with!
On the Friday after Thanksgiving we were having dinner with Mike's family. I asked him how he wanted to tell them, his initial response, "I really don't want to say anything, I kinda just want everybody to just know." My lovely husband, doesn't like any kind of extra attention. So, I suggested we give  his mom her birthday gift early and we write a note on it, he was good with that. It was fun to share with all his family and celebrate.
On Saturday, we were going to tell my family. I texted mom if her and dad were home because we were going to take Remi over to play with Maggie. Which is weird, because we drop Remi off all the time without calling or anything, so she texted back yep we're here. Well, when we get there, dad was gone, I asked where he was and she said he'd gone to Casey's to help him with stuff. So we gave her the bag with this... 
On a side note, this was the first year mom and Rick (Mike's dad) and Doris (Mike's Grandma) had put a grandbaby, or two or three, on their Christmas list.
Funny story, mom first just pulled out the onesie, you know like a child who just looks at the present and doesn't look at the card, and didn't get it, she asked "who do I know that's pregnant that you want me to give this too?" I told her to read the card and she immediately got and of course did her scream that I knew she would do. She was so excited.
Mike had to run some errands, so mom and I went to Casey's to share the news and I gave the same bag to dad, and he knew immediately. Everyone was so excited and it was fun to share with Casey and Sara and Jack and Kira too.

Moving ahead, finally to 10 weeks!! Mike and I went to the doctor and we got our first ultrasound!!! SO AMAZING!!! The doc showed us Little Bit's heart beat and kicking it's feet...unfortunately, Mike and I didn't really see that, but we did see the head for sure!  Definitely felt like Rachel off of Friends! Doc said everything looked great and then she let us HEAR the heartbeat, brings tears to my eyes...the most beautiful sound I've ever heard! Here are a few pictures from Little Bit's first photography session. 
This one shows the heart beat. That really thick white dot in the last inch or so on the line is me laughing.
Little Bit's heart rate is 175.

This one shows the head. The brighter white spot is the heart and then there are also two little feet, you'll have to get creative on those, I don't really see them, but the doc said they're there :) CRL means crown-rump length and at this time Little Bit was about 1.5 inches.

Go Pokes Baby!

And now to present time...I am in my second trimester starting today! I think I may start doing weekly belly shots, but we'll see. Yes I did purposely hide my face in this one. So here's the first belly shot.

13 weeks!!
Hope you enjoyed hearing all about our future Little One. We are so excited. I will really try to be better about doing some posts.
Some of my symptoms:
no sickness, yet
only some mild nausea in the first 3-4 weeks
tender breasts
tired all the time, although, not as bad in the last couple of weeks
I do have to make sure I have something eat and something in my belly about every hour or two
No weight gain as of yet
I'm a very light sleeper now...I heard Nellie (all 8 pounds of her) walking on the carpet and woke me up
No cravings
I am easily swayed to foods though, if I see something on the TV or someone talks about a certain food, I will then want it
Couple of food aversions to Chili and Fajitas
I did like calamari, which I hated before pregnancy