I feel like so much has changed recently, within such a short amount of time. My baby has grown up and turned into a funny little toddler, with such a lively personality and quirky behavior.
Spring time has finally graced us with its presence, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about blooming flowers, and fun outdoor activities planned.
My stomach is expanding at an alarming rate, and I am already 10 weeks pregnant. In about a month and a half, my family will be coming to Denver to hang out, and I can’t wait to have a full house and non-stop fun.
It all slightly feels surreal, this life of mine. So much has happened, and changed for us in the past two and a half years. Marriage, baby #1, moving to a new state, buying a home, baby #2….the list is overwhelmingly full of big changes.
The thing that makes me happy is that I have documented every single step along the way, and will continue to do so. This space is like a public journal/baby book.
It reminds me daily to cherish every single second.
Every new word, or blossom, or milestone. They matter, and they pass by so quickly.
What will you make a point to cherish today?
Sometimes, I honestly feel like being able to put one foot in front of the other and not looking like (too much of a ) hag, should win me an award. My house is typically clean, my dishes are done nightly, and usually, we have clean clothes to wear.
But, there is one part of being a house-mom-wife that I do not excel at, especially since getting pregnant:
Womp, there it is. That’s what we call “dinner” up in this hiz-ouse, lately. It’s not always so ghetto-fab. Most of the time it’s the “frozen family meals” cooked by the famous chef, Safeway. Or Betty Crocker.
In my defense, the frozen meal kick started around the same time I got pregnant, and was simply too exhausted during the day to think about dinner. On non-working-days I will usually make something that doesn’t require defrosting, but not always.
I enjoy cooking sometimes, and love trying new recipes, but since the pregnancy, it’s been a whole lot of “college cuisine.”
I’ll gladly surrender my supermom card, if it means I get to nap an extra 45 minutes instead of standing over a stove prepping dinner. Sometimes, it’s best to admit defeat- am I right?
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Baby is the size of a: Green Olive
- Morning Sickness: Yes, writing that I feel “great” may have not been the best move, in retrospect. I had a few rough days this past week. Luckily, the doctor had prescribed me an anti-nausea pill called zofran, and that has really seemed to help. I take it as a “last resort,” and it’s been great.
- Exhaustion: Still tired. Still napping occasionally. Going to bed early every night, which is a good thing for me to do anyway.
- Loss of appetite: Ha. This one has been nice. I’m just not hungry, really. I snack often throughout the day, and drink a ton of water, and poweraid.
Highlights of the week:
- We had a busy weekend, and celebrated Eli’s birthday with friends on Saturday, and family on Sunday.
- We had a lovely weekend, and it’s not slotted to snow in the near future. Yayyy!! Lots of thunderstorms, but we’ll take that over snow any day!
- My tulips came up! I know this sounds dumb, but I am so excited about these tulips! They were special ordered from our trip to Holland (Michigan) last summer, and I strangely feel like it’s a bit of “home” in my yard!
- I feel like my stomach popped out this week, and I actually look pregnant.
- I think Eli finally settled on his boy name option (and for those curious ones, it is not Jebediah like previously
threatened suggested before.)
Unknown, but I am honestly on the fence about it. I still think it’s a boy, but also wouldn’t be shocked if they say girl.
I had to bust out my old maternity jeans finally. Wearing the button kind just didn’t sit well on my stomach. However, the maternity jeans I have also aren’t very comfortable, because the stupid waistband part keeps sliding down because my stomach doesn’t hold it up yet. Maybe I should just give up on the whole blue jeans option, and find some nice gaucho pants.
May 23rd, for the “first trimester ultrasound and screening.” If anyone wants to shed some light as to what this is, it’d be appreciated, as I don’t believe I had that series of tests with Vivien.
Age of older sister:
18 months! They will be roughly 25 months apart when cheeto is born.
My first belly-shot with Vivien wasn’t until around 13 weeks. I’ll stick with that tradition.
Baby is the size of a: raspberry
Before I start, based on the doctor’s dating (which I am still not convinced of at all) this is actually covering 2 weeks worth of “stuff.” That way I am across the board even. After going to our April 25th ultrasound and doctor’s appointment, she has placed my due date at December 5th. However, since I will be doing a scheduled c-section, she said we will probably aim for November 29th. Once again, the due date thing seems relative to me, since I will be having a c-section again. (Unless I go into labor earlier, in which case, we will cross that bridge when we get there.)
I have had a few bouts with nausea, but not that many. My doctor prescribed me with a morning sickness relieving pill called Zofran, and I took that once to stop the nausea and vomit. The Zofran was able to settle my stomach, however, it gave me a terrible migraine the next day. I haven’t taken it since, and have been drinking lots of fluids, and not eating much (and wearing my trusty Seabands!)
I am still pretty exhausted feeling, however, it seems to be getting better (or I’m learning to adapt.) I still take a nap usually during Vivien’s nap time, but it’s usually for only about 45 minutes or so.
Once again, I am holding strong that all-in-all, I feel great.
Highlights of the week(s):
- We had our ultrasound appointment, where 2.0′s heartbeat was measuring strong and fast at 185 beats per minute. The above picture is the 3D image that we got to take home with us. Eli said it looks like a cheeto, so that’s where the nickname came from. The thing that my best friend said looks like a “key” next to is is the yolk sack.
- I was able to meet with my doctor. Upon entrance she exclaimed, “Didn’t we JUST remove your IUD?! You may hold a record, lady!” I really love my doctor, and she is very mellow and has a great bedside manner. We walked through the pros and cons of having a scheduled c-section, or a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean.) She basically told me that she has a low c-section rate that she is proud of, but, she feels that with my previous labor circumstances, a c-section would be a safer route to go.
- She also said with my history of late-pregnancy pre-eclampsia, I will probably be given a blood pressure cuff to monitor my BP, and may have to come in more often for protein urinalysis checks.
- We got a new bed! Hurray! I can finally sleep peacefully in a king sized bed, hugging on to my lovely body pillow I named Phil in 2011. The headboard came in the mail yesterday and it’s looking very pretty! I feel so grown up (and well rested!)
- We were able to play outside this past weekend, as it was very warm. We did some yard work, gardening, and Vivien played on her swing for hours.
- We got to finally spill the beans to family and friends, and also to the blog-world as well! Yayyy! No more secrets!
May 23rd at 11:45am, for my “first trimester screening.” I didn’t have one of these for Vivien, so I’m kind of at a loss on what to expect. I know there is (another) ultrasound.
Poweraid (or Gatorade) My appetite isn’t really up to par, and I actually lost 4 lbs since my 7 week exam. (I lost weight with Vivien as well, which is actually a good thing, since I am overweight to start.) But I can’t get enough Poweraid. Man, it’s yummy!
Unknown! I still am thinking boy.
I am still wearing my regular clothing, though my jeans are VERY uncomfortable. Once I start to actually look pregnant, and not just fat, I will start posting legit “bump” pictures.
Baby is the size of a: Blueberry
Oh, 7 weeks. It was an adventure this week, that’s for sure. I traveled back to Colorado from California, and shortly after returning home, I started bleeding. I called Eli upstairs in a shrieking panic, and promptly called my OB. They set an appointment for the next morning for an ultrasound, and put me on strict bedrest that evening.
The next day, all three of us crammed into the ultrasound room. Vivien contently watched Elmo on the kindle, and Eli and I stared at the screen, with baited breath.
Heyyyyy there tiny baby with a strong beating heart! 2.0′s heartbeat was measuring at 128 beats per minute (which puts it into the “Boy” category according to heartbeat gender predictions) and he/she is doing well.
2.0 is measuring a week behind schedule, however, Vivien did as well throughout my pregnancy with her. According to their due date calculator, I am due on December 5th. It’s still very early to be able to accurately date, though, and the doctor will probably stick with my cycle date, considering I knew my ovulation date, and cycle so well. We’ll see. I also know that most doctor’s schedule c-sections prior to the due date, so I kind of find this all relative, in a way?
Apparently, I have a bruise on the inside of my uterus, and it’s very common. Most of the time, the blood is absorbed into the body, and sometimes it causes spotting. The ultrasound technician was also able to tell me that I ovulated from my right ovary, which I actually felt, so it’s cool to feel justified and that I am very in sync with my body.
I continue to feel extremely exhausted. Over the weekend, I was feeling nauseous on and off, and I was able to fill my prescription of zofran, but I haven’t needed to take one yet.
I wake up extremely sore , but it is because our bed is on its last leg. We will probably be going bed shopping this weekend, as I cannot continue to wake up sore on top of constant exhaustion.
Knock on wood, friends. I feel amazing. Seriously, this time is like night and day from last time.
April 25th at 10:00am. After we speak to the doctor, and everything checks out, we plan on telling our family and friends! I cannot wait, as I am terrible at secrets.
Unknown. Still holding strong with my guess of a boy.
Highlights for this week:
Getting to see 2.0 for the first time! Coming home and spending some quality family time together.
I am still wearing my regular clothing comfortably. My jeans are a bit uncomfortable in long durations because I feel bloated.
I don’t look pregnant yet, so no picture this week!