Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Well, today marks 20 weeks through my pregnancy!!  It has been a strange two days, because yesterday morning Tim left to go to Fire Fighter/EMT school down in Camden.  The house seems very empty, and it was strange when Tim didn't walk through the door yesterday afternoon at 4:30.  Today will be a little bit better because I will be at work until 11, however it will be sad to come home to an empty house.  Thank goodness for our dogs who are keeping me company!!

Yesterday we had the big gender ultrasound!  I am so lucky that even though my husband wasn't able to come with, both my Mom and my Dad got to come!  It was such a wonderful experience, and I am so glad that they were able to go through it with me!  

I am so happy to announce that our little one is a healthy baby BOY!!  Tim and I are so excited and can't wait to meet him!!!  He is going to be such a loved and cherished baby!

How far along? 20 Weeks

Baby Size: I forget how long she said yesterday, but we weigh 13 ounces right now, so almost 1 pound!  It sure did look like tight quarters in there!!

Total weight gain/loss: I was 151 this morning.  I think that is up 4 pounds from my lowest.

Maternity clothes? Loving them.  Nice having some extra room in my shirts so I don’t feel like I’m wearing clothes inappropriately tight!  Luckily I get to wear scrubs and t-shirts to work!!!

Stretch marks? Starting to see them in the milk machines.  TMI? Probably.

Sleep: Sleeping okay, but missing my husband so I wake up a lot!

Best moment this week: Saturday Tim and I were lying in bed and he felt baby move for the first time!  So glad he got to feel it before he left!

Miss Anything? Tim.  And cool weather.  This 110 degree weather doesn’t agree with this preg. 

Movement: Lots!  I have a bad habit of leaning up against the beds/cribs at work, and baby definitely lets me know when I am squishing it!

Food cravings: Waffles, taco bell, and Cherry Dr Pepper from Sonic.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I’ve noticed that when I cry, I usually throw up.  And I still puke randomly.  I feel like that will never end.

Have you started to show yet: Definitely got a bump!

Gender: My Sweet Baby BOY!!!

Labor Signs: No, but what is up with this round ligament pain.  I mean seriously! 

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off?  On. 

Mood? Emotional.  Are you shocked?  I think that has been my answer every week.

Looking forward to: We were going to have a gender reveal party but with Tim’s sudden departure to rookie school, we decided against it! I am now looking forward to the nursery!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

So, well, I wasn't having the best day on Sunday.  I didn't get out of bed until about 12:30. I was just so worn out from work and not feeling good!  I'm also nursing a little summer cold which isn't super fun.  Anyways, sorry for missing my "Sunday" journal day, but here is my 18 week post!  

Also, I've been working on a cute blanket, hopefully I will get a picture of it up soon!

(Sorry for the blurry picture....I think I blood sugar is a bit low today....I'm so shaky!!)

How far along? 18 Weeks and 1 days

Baby Size: Baby is the about 5.5 inches long, or an average bell pepper.  We are probably weighing in at 7 ounces

Total weight gain/loss: No weight gain this week.  Still 150 lbs.

Maternity clothes? Mom and I hit up the sale rack at Gap Maternity the other day, they’ve got some super cute things!  Got some shirts that I should be able to wear for a while.

Stretch marks? Same as last week, not much stretching going on.

Sleep: Sleeping a little better, because I have been SO tired! Work wears me out!

Best moment this week: Starting to plan our gender reveal party…which will also be a birthday and new job for Tim celebration! Pretty excited!

Miss Anything? Feeling “normal”…what is that like again?

Movement: Definitely got some partying going on in there.   

Food cravings: Waffles and pancakes.  That’s all I want. Ever.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I’ve got good days and bad.  Yesterday was a bad one.  Just luck of the draw at this point.

Have you started to show yet: Yupp, though still not very large.  But I think that is because of all of my weight loss at the beginning and not gaining much now.

Gender: Two more weeks!

Labor Signs: No, thank goodness! 

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off?  On. 

Mood? Emotional.  But generally okay.

Looking forward to: Gender reveal party!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Thought I'd share a sneak peak at a little project I'm working on in my dining area! Completed project pictures coming soon!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

I've decided that I am going to start answering the standard pregnancy questions once a week.  I think it will be interesting to go back and look at everything after Baby has joined us.  Since Sunday is one of my only days off of work, I think I will aim to post then.  My baby growing weeks don't actually change until Tuesdays, so I will always be two days before a new week on the journal, but that's okay with me.  I will also try to post a pic of the bump!

How far along? 16 Weeks and 5 days

Baby Size: Baby is the about the size of an onion.  Should be around 5 inches long and weighing in at almost 6 ounces.

Total weight gain/loss: Still down 13 pounds, which means I have gained 3 from my lowest!

Maternity clothes? A great friend donated a bunch of her old maternity clothes to this baby growing endeavor, but it is so hot here in AR and most of the clothes are for the fall, so I haven’t tested them out yet!  So thankful for them though!

Stretch marks? Not yet!  Baby is barely showing, so not much stretching going on!

Sleep: Some days I sleep well, others not so much.  Back and tummy sleeping are out of the question, but which ever hip I am laying on starts to hurt so I end up rolling back and forth all night.

Best moment this week: Not throwing up since Tuesday morning before my ER trip. The small victories in life…

Miss Anything? Eating whatever I want.  Some things I used to love I just couldn’t fathom eating anymore!

Movement: Still nothing….I think.  Thought I felt some movement during yoga the other day….and thought I felt some this morning but I’m just not sure!

Food cravings: Waffles with honey.  And grapefruit….but the last time I tried grapefruit…well I’ll save you the details but I’m staying away for now.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not since the ER trip on Tuesday.  Cross your fingers.

Have you started to show yet: There is a bit of a bump there!  To me I just look kind of chubby, but that bump certainly isn’t squishy.

Gender: Won’t know for a few more weeks

Labor Signs: Had some cramping, but that was due to low potassium.  I’ve been upping my banana and orange juice intake since Tuesday and I’ve had less cramping. 

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off?  On.  Except I’m wearing it less at work because the alcohol gel we use has an odor that stays on my ring and bugs me.

Mood? Not sure this morning.  Didn’t get a ton of sleep last night, so I’m kind of crabby.  In general my mood has been better than previous weeks.

Looking forward to:  Getting all the plans in place for the nursery and finding out gender!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Hey! Happy 4th of July!  Tonight I got a special treat of going home early from work, so I thought I would share a few pictures.

I was pretty active for a while on a craft site called craftster.org where you can share your crafts, and actually participate in swaps.  I had a really great time doing it!!  I participated in a few, and the Apron Swap was the last one I did before I started getting really sick.  Since I haven't been doing much of anything while feeling so bad, I haven't been back lately.  But, I'm sure I will swap again in the future!  I wanted to share pictures of the apron that I made for my partner.  I was pretty proud of myself, because since I am still a pretty novice sewer, this was a large project for me to take on.  My partner wanted an apron for gardening with an extra pouch to bring in yummy veggies from her garden.  She also said she wasn't afraid of fun colors!  I headed to my local fabric shop and picked out a few fat quarters:

You will see the other fabrics used in the following pictures, but the green fabric ended up being what I used for the part of the apron that goes against your body, and so I didn't get any good pictures.

Here you can see the expandable pouch that I made!  Both sides are connected with snaps so they can stay shut, or when my partner has bounty to bring inside, its as easy as two snaps and filling up!

My Aunt Ellen gave me a whole bunch of fun sewing stuff at Christmas time, and included in those items were the supplies to add snaps!  This was the first time I tried it out, and it was so easy I couldn't believe it!

And here is the front of the apron!  There are three pockets on the front, a smaller one on each side of a larger pocket!  Hopefully that will be good to keep all of the gardening tools she will need!  The tie I added was a long piece of light brown fabric, it worked out perfectly.

I was pretty impressed with myself, and was glad to get all of the practice using French Seams!

Well, I'm off to go tape off base boards and windows in the nursery!  Hope everyone is having fun BBQ'ing and watching Fireworks!!

Oh, and PS---I feel like a new woman today!  Just like the last time I went to the ER for fluids!!  Nothing like a little bit of hydration!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Well, today marks 16 weeks of this lovely journey of pregnancy.

I don't know if you can catch the sarcasm in that statement or not, but let me assure you, it is there.

Since I found out I was pregnant, these are the basic events that have occurred:

1.  Had "morning sickness nausea" that lasted about a week.

2.  Puking started.

3.  Puking continued.

4.  Puking happened 3-4 times per day.

5.  16 pound weight loss in about 8 weeks.

6.  Emergency room trip to get re-hydrated at 12 weeks.

7.  No puking for 5 days.

8.  Puking starts again.

9.  Puking continues.

10.  Feel okay, gain about 3 pounds.

11.  Puking gets worse.

12.  Lose the 3 pounds.

13.  Start feeling close to passing out multiple times.

14.  Back to the ER for more re-hydration.

And that puts us at this afternoon.

Needless to say, baby and I just aren't getting along very well.  I have been on almost a complete crafting hiatus, which makes my little crafty heart oh-so-sad.  However, when you have absolutely zero energy, that tends to happen!  I haven't even been in my craft room in weeks.  I have grand ideas for this baby's nursery. However I still haven't even cleared all of the boxes out of the room!  I know I've got a while, but all of you crafty people should understand that I just want to get started and have a perfect little sanctuary for little one when it finally arrives.

When I was feeling better, I did happen to stop by my local Yarn Shop and pick up some yummy Bambucle that was on sale.  I have kind of started crocheting a blanket, but it has a while to go.

I've been very proud that I have been finding some great deals on baby gear, and already have lined up a crib, stroller, car seat, pack n' play, swing, etc. etc.  Haven't paid full price for any baby gear yet!

I will show off this cute little picture I took last Tuesday, which was my 15 week mark:

If you had seen pictures of me before, you can probably notice the significant weight loss that occurred.  But last week was the first week that the bump started poking out!  I think it will be easier to get more excited as the baby keeps growing, whether or not I am feeling better.

Today while I was in the emergency room we checked for the baby's heart beat, just to make sure everything was okay.  I don't know if I was just really tense (at the same moment, someone was stabbing me in the arm to start my IV) but it took a good five minutes for her to find the heart beat.  It really freaked me out, and got me worried that something was wrong.  But baby was just hiding wayyyyyy over towards my right hip bone where she finally found it.  It was very strong, so that gave me a lot of peace of mind.  It is hard to think that the baby is doing okay when I have been so sick.  My doctor reassures me that baby will get whatever it needs from me, especially because I was healthy pre-pregnancy.  My potassium was pretty low today when they ran my electrolytes, but not low enough for them to hospitalize me.  That explains the funny cramps I've been having in my uterus-type-area, the ER doc said.  Glad to know those cramps waking me in the middle of the night weren't contractions like I thought they were!

In other news, GREAT news in fact, my husband just got hired on at our local Fire Department!  I couldn't be more proud of him, and am so glad that he finally gets to do something he is passionate about!  No more working in foreclosures kicking people out of their homes!!  Only thing that I am bummed about is the fact that he has to leave for training school starting at the end of this month....and he will be gone until Mid-October.  He will be able to come home on weekends, so I will be able to see him Saturdays before work, and Sundays until he has to go back (training is about a 2-3 hour drive away).

Anyways, thanks for letting me update.  I will try to update more, and not wait another 6 weeks before posting!  Check back for a post about the super cute maternity shirt I bought!!  You'll just love it.

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