Tuesday, September 19, 2017

9 Weeks

Originally written July 20, 2017

Size of Baby: Baby J is the size of a cherry and as long as .9 inches!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 161.5, so up 1.5 lbs so far. Feeling good in this category. I do feel that I'm eating more, but maybe I'm not. I'm trying to split my meals into 2 each, so that I can eat every 3 hours or so. If I stay on top of my eating and hunger, it really helps with the nausea.

Maternity Clothes: No maternity clothes yet, but I think I've only worn pants one day this week. It really helps that it's summer, because I usually wear a ton of dresses in the summer. I did place my first clothing order with several maternity items in it today! I couldn't help it. Ann Taylor Loft was having 50% off and free shipping. I got a maternity cardigan, a maternity dress, maternity shorts and 2 non-maternity flowy tops. I got 6 pieces for under $130!!!

Movement: It's too early to feel the baby moving. The farther along I've gotten, I get less twinges and pings, which has been nice.

Sleep: My sleep has been pretty good, except for CRAZY dreams. I've gotten used to waking up to pee multiple times per night.

What I Miss: Jimmy Johns! I was craving a sandwich at some point this week and wanted JJ's with extra peppers. But they only serve their sandwiches cold, and Dr. Martin made it very clear not to eat any cold-cuts.

Cravings: Fried Chicken. I stopped Monday after my lash appointment to pick up Chick-Fil-A for lunch and brought it back to the office, and then last night I was craving fried chicken. I also had a cobb salad Monday night at dinner club with lightly fried chicken on it. I am SO glad I'm still able to eat chicken, since I haven't been able to stomach my protein shakes in the morning.

Symptoms: Nausea, Sore Boobs and Very Tender Nipples, A little moody, CRAZY dreams (so detailed, weird people in them, and I usually can remember then). This week I've had a couple headaches. I was worried about it because I never get headaches. But then my Bump update this week mentioned headaches as a symptom during this time because of the surge in hormones.

One symptom I've been having since before I even knew I was pregnant is blurry vision. I have heard of other women having it. But mine can get pretty bad sometimes in the afternoon, especially when I get tired. Apparently, this is normal.

Best Moment this Week: Friday - I received a gift that knocked me over. My friend Tyler sent me a lovely James Avery charm that says "Expect a Miracle." On the back she got it engraved with Baby Jordan.

Moments with Dave this Week: This week Dave has really started being sweet to the belly. He has talked to it, rubbed it and prayed over it. I love it :)

We had the opportunity to hike at Robber's Cave and spend the evening with our friends Jenny and Cody at their lake house in Eufala.

Milestones: Baby J is officially a fetus, no longer an embryo!

What I'm Looking Forward To: Becoming calmer and less anxious as time goes on. This is taking some effort on my part, but it is getting better. I had high anxiety Monday, because I noticed my resting heart rate had dropped 2 beats per minute. But I think it was due to relaxing over the weekend. By Tuesday, my resting average heart rate was back up to 65 bpm. And today it is 64 bpm. After thinking about it, the baby's heartbeat should drop a little by the time we have our next appointment, so it makes sense that mine would drop a bit too. I'm trying my best to pick up my shield of faith, and envision a beautiful, healthy baby being born in February.

Favorite Quote from a Stranger this Week: I can't think of one from a stranger. But I had my annual dermatologist appointment yesterday. She said I have time to have at least 2 more kids. She didn't have her kids till she was 39 and 42, and she loved being pregnant. She is probably almost 6' tall though and maybe 145 pounds :)

What the Doctor Said this Week: N/A Next doctor appointment is August 9!

Weirdest Thing I ate this Week: Nothing too strange that I can think of. I was able to take the Goldfish crackers out of the car for a few days, but this morning they were back with me. I almost threw up while brushing my teeth this morning. It was a tad rough.

I bought myself 2 bagels at Panera Tuesday night at the Myrtle meeting. So I've been eating one half at a time up at the office. Asiago cheese bagel get in my belly!

Verse I'm Clinging to this Week: Ephesians 6:16 "Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one." I got this from Jesus Calling. On Wednesday, the reading was about fear and anxiety (perfect!) and it talked about the enemy shooting arrows of fear at us. They recommend affirming our trust in Jesus, regardless of how we feel. With persistence, my feelings will eventually fall in line with my faith. Wonderful advice.

Friday, September 15, 2017

17 Weeks!

Originally written September 14, 2017

Size of Baby: Baby J is the size of a pomegranate, 5.12 inches and 5.90 ounces in weight!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 169.5 , up 9.5 pounds so far. I still feel somewhat normal when I wake up in the morning. But by the end of the day, my bump is quite out there.

From early morning this week.

Shocking Thing This Week: This morning as I was getting ready for work, it hit me again. I said "Dave, I just can't believe this is happening." And it's true, I am having such a hard time believing this is happening to us. It feels like I'm living out a dream, and I so desperately want to soak up every second of it. At first I was desperate to make it through the first trimester so there would be diminished chances of miscarriage. But now, at week 17 and I think last week too, I just want to relish every second.

5 years of praying for this very thing to happen and here it is. And this might be TMI, but when I started my period on Mother's Day hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, I really felt as if the Lord was telling me to let it go, let the dream go. We might not be biological parents, but there will be something very special for us to do with our lives, with another child or friend's children, or something. But I read Him wrong. Really, God was saying, 1 more month. Just 1 more month of waiting. I actually love how our story played out....(today I love it, other times I'm still irritated it didn't happen on our timing...just being honest here.) I love that both Dave and I were able to get to a point of peace about not being parents and still know that life would be good, either way. And I especially love, that now, we are getting to enjoy this gift of pregnancy. So yes, still, 17 weeks into pregnancy, I find it shocking that I am actually pregnant!

Maternity Clothes: I finally feel comfortable wearing some more form-fitting things that show I actually have a bump. Yesterday I sported a black t-shirt dress with a big, light yellow scarf draped around my shoulders and down my belly.

Movement: I'm not sure. Although every once in a while, I think I'll feel something, and then I think, nah, must just be my stomach. What I feel is like little pops of popcorn going off in my lower abdomen, usually along the sides where my ovaries are. Last night when I was sleeping, when I turned from my left side to right side, I felt lots of discomfort in my lower right area. It was either round ligament pains or an angry baby. So I turned back to my left pretty shortly.

Sleep: Eh, it's been hard this week because of my cold. I think I've only had one really great night of sleep.

What I Miss: Coffee. This week was the first week of the pregnancy where I thought coffee smelled SO good again, and I splurged on some decaf at a restaurant on Saturday. Confession...today, day 1 of week 17, I've mixed half a mug of milk with regular coffee at work. It's the first time I've had regular coffee this whole pregnancy.

Cravings: Still caesar salad. I'm trying really hard to eat fruit again. Up to this point, most fruit has just tasted too sweet for me to enjoy it. But I've had a couple bananas and oranges this week.

I could still eat pizza for every meal. Although, I can't say this week I've really craved it.

Symptoms: Most annoying symptom so far, and I can't believe I'm about to admit this. Carpal freakin tunnel! I thought this only happened at the end of pregnancies. But I woke up with a super sore wrist Saturday, and by Monday I was ordering a carpal tunnel wrist brace off Amazon. I can't believe how painful it is.

Best Moment this Week: Saturday, Melissa, Mike and Olivia brought over her playmat and swing that she no longer uses. When I woke up Sunday morning and walked into the relaxation room and saw baby things, my heart literally exploded with fireworks of joy. I spent years not knowing if this day would come.

Milestones: This past week I've had my first cold with baby. It is SO weird to not take anything. Usually I'd be taking Nyquil and probably Dayquil. But now I'm gargling with salt water, doing a nasal spray, drinking tons of water and hot water. Sometimes, just plain hot water, cause I don't want to overdo it on the tea. And sometimes lemon gives me major heart burn. I actually adore all of these pregnancy symptoms. I still can't believe I'm experiencing them!

What I'm Looking Forward To: Enjoying every single day of having this sweet baby in my belly.

Favorite Quote from a Stranger this Week: I got nothing. So I'll go with Something New I've Thought About This Week....registries. Holy toledo, thinking about registering is overwhelming. So I've got a few of my momma friends making me lists. Lists of must-haves and lists of absolutely do not register for x because I never use it.

Also, baby showers! This week both the dates for the San Antonio and Dallas showers have been set. Saturday morning, Dave and I sat down and listed every weekend between now and the end of January. Between our upcoming Utah National Parks trip, having a February baby, which means eliminating the holiday weekends (so Thanksgiving and pretty much all of December) and being a tax accountant (eliminating the first 2 weeks of January), there weren't that many open weekends left. SO CRAZY!

What the Doctor Said this Week: N/A Next appointments are October 4 - anatomy scan and regular Dr. Martin appointment.

Weirdest Thing I ate this Week: Tuesday night I wasn't hungry when I got home from work. But around 8pm, I heated up some frozen meatballs in marinara sauce - alot of them...and I had some frozen mozzarella sticks. That meal was delicious!

What the Bump.com update said for this week: I swear I thought the people that wrote this were reading my mind when I woke up. The one thing that really stood out is it said "Mom will be having weird dreams." Ugh, yes. Last night I was SO angry in all of my dreams. And most of them had to do with food, and people taking more than their fair share of food we were supposed to be splitting. It's so embarassing. But I swear I woke up from one dream with tears in my eyes I was so mad. I remember screaming in my dream "I'M PREGNANT. I NEED THAT SANDWICH!" :) Weird dreams deluxe.

Verse I'm Clinging to this Week: Psalm 18:32 "It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect."

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

8 Weeks

Originally written July 13, 2017

Size of Baby: I believe Baby J is the size of a raspberry! And is as long as .63 inches.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 162.0 yesterday. Still hanging on to that 2 pounds, maybe it wasn't the Mexican food after all :)

Maternity Clothes: Nope, but I still feel the most comfortable in dresses.

Movement: I had one night where I had some bad cramping this week, maybe Monday night. It was disconcerting, but I guess it's just things moving around and stretching.

Sleep: I honestly have not been sleeping that great. I wake up so much to pee, even before midnight, I've usually been up twice.

What I Miss: Kombucha (the only reason why is because we asked Dr. Martin if I could have some, and she said no.)

Cravings: Hmmm, honestly nothing. The nausea really came to life this past week. I am driving around with an economy size tub of goldfish in my passenger seat.

Symptoms: Nausea, Sore Boobs, A little moody

Best Moment this Week: Hearing that crazy fast heart beat yesterday at our 2nd ultrasound. The heartbeat was 181!!!

Moments with Dave this Week: After our appointment, we shared a pizza at Mario's, even though it was only 4:30. While we were ordering, I threw a huge stink about him wanting half Italian sausage and half mushroom. But I ended up really loving their Italian sausage. The pizza was amazing. I had 3 giant slices. Big mistake! After that, we went to Margaux and Greg's and met Baby Mason. Later in the evening, we went for a walk in his parent's neighborhood. After our walk, we swung in and told his parents. Their reactions will be etched in my memory forever.

Milestones: 2nd ultrasound and 2nd time hearing my baby's heartbeat was on Wednesday, July 12

What I'm Looking Forward To: Purchasing my first maternity clothes, even though I know it's not for a while

Favorite Quote from a Stranger this Week: Dave and I went to Echo Shop for just a second over the weekend, and I asked if there was a maternity section. There wasn't, but the girl shouted out "Congratulations!" as I left. It felt so surreal :)

What the Doctor Said this Week: She said I can be as active as I was before, but if I don't feel like running, then don't do it. She said I can eat Subway sandwiches, and not to drink kombucha. She told Dave she thinks I will be good to go on our Utah hiking trip in October (at 20 weeks) pregnant. She said we could come back in 2 weeks, and I asked if it was mandatory, and she said no, you can come back in 4! So that's what we're doing. Being there gives me EXTREME anxiety. My blood pressure was very high, and Kristin took it before the ultrasound and after the ultrasound.

Weirdest Thing I ate this Week: Hmmmm, oh yes, on Monday, I ate 2 snacks at 10am and 2pm of Little Caesar's breadsticks with marinara sauce. But it helped my nausea stay away. Unlike yesterday, I didn't eat a morning snack, and I had to lay down after lunch because I felt so sick.

Verse I'm Clinging to this Week: 2 Timothy 1:7 "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but of power, love and self-confidence."

Monday, September 11, 2017

7 Weeks

Originally written July 6, 2017

How Far Along: 7 weeks exactly, according to the last ultrasound, and 7 weeks 4 days according to my last period.

Size of Baby: A Blueberry! 1/2 inch!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 162.0 this morning, so up 2 lbs. But really, I'm attributing that to being in Texas over the 4th of July. I had all my favorites there including Bill Miller's, Los Barrios and my mom's French Breakfast puffs and homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Maternity Clothes: Nope, but my first stitch fix box will be arriving early next week. I'll show some pics when I get them!

For now, I'm still wearing lots of dresses. Today, I'm wearing jeggings, which I usually wouldn't find appropriate for work. But I need the elastic.

Movement: Still too early to feel the baby. The twinges and aches have gotten less and less during the day. But I'd say every other night, I'll get uncomfortable in one position and have to move to make the aches go away.

Sleep: I'm getting up to pee ALOT. Last night, it was at least 3 times. 11:30, 12:30, 4:00 and 5:00. That's 4 times!!!

What I Miss: I can't think of anything I really miss. We chose to forgo the ultrasound this week, since Dave had to work a full day yesterday. Now I really can't wait to see this baby next Wednesday.

Cravings: SALT. I made pasta with salt and butter last night and it tasted amazing! I added roasted okra and snap peas, and that was a hit too. I also made Dave stop for Little Caesar's on the way home from the airport. It tasted delicious. For breakfast this morning I had 2 bread sticks and half a grapefruit.

Symptoms: Very sore boobs when I wake up. It feels like I've been smashing them. I'm also still having the heavy feeling on the tops of them toward the inside. Like something is laying on them.

Saturday and Sunday mornings I woke up very hungry, which is unusual for me. I was at Jessica's home, and I tried to lay in bed and wait for them to wake up. As soon as I heard someone around, I popped out of bed. Luckily, Michael made eggs both mornings, which was perfect!

Sunday afternoon I was at my mom's house, and I had my first true bout of pregnancy nauseau. She was prepping for a family get-together and was cutting onions and opening cans of hot dog chili. I seriously thought I was going to puke. Then Monday, I woke up from a nap at my Grandma's house, and my mom gave me some pudding cake. I had one or two bites and thought I was going to puke again. I think I could have if I had gone into the bathroom, but I just sat still taking deep breaths and putting a cold rag on my forehead and wrists.

Since then, I have had nausea every day at least a little. Usually it is in the morning about 10 minutes after I get out of the shower. I think I must be getting too hot.

Best Moment this Week: Telling my Granny in person that we are pregnant!

Moments with Dave this Week: Dave hates Little Caesars, and the fact that he pulled over in a scary neighborhood on the way home from the airport and got me some, was truly a sign of pure love. He also sold his bike this week in preparation for being a dad, and he wants us to start cleaning up the garage and putting stuff in the attic this weekend. He wants us to do something every weekend to prep for the baby.

First Times with Baby: I traveled for the first time by airplane since pregnant. I flew to Austin SUPER early Friday morning, catching the 5:40am flight. There was a slight flight delay in Dallas Love Field, that allowed me time to scarf down Chick-Fil-A nuggets and fries at 8:30am!!!

I loved spending time with Jessica's family. Sunday, Jess met my mom and Granny in Buda (pronounced Beuda). Then I got to see Erin's family that night at our family party. They are part of our family :)

Milestones: Week 7 Bump Photo Tonight!

What I'm Looking Forward To: Next Wednesday's Ultrasound. I can't wait to hear that baby heartbeat again!

Favorite Quote from a Stranger this Week: I got nothing :) But my mom did grab my belly multiple times while I was with her in San Antonio, and it was such an odd feeling. But it brought me lots of joy.

Weirdest Thing I ate this Week: I'd say breakfast this morning. 2 Little Caesar's Breadsticks with marinara sauce and half a grapefruit.

Verse I'm Clinging to this Week: Numbers 26:24-26 "The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace."

Friday, September 8, 2017

16 Weeks

Originally written September 7, 2017

Size of Baby: Baby J is the size of an avocado, 4.6 inches and 3.5 ounces in weight!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 167.5, up 7.5 lbs so far.

Maternity Clothes: All about the maternity pants. Haven't started wearing maternity shirts yet.

Movement: Eh, nothing concrete. But one time in Colorado I felt like I got a little kick under the belly button. Maybe with both legs at the same time. Could have been my imagination.

Sleep: This week started off in Colorado! I loved being at Barbara's bed and breakfast again. And I especially loved the Niwot Inn and Spa. I only slept poorly the last night at Barbara's when we were in Thumbelina's Cottage. The bed definitely sank in the middle, and that did not work well for me and Dave.

What I Miss: Beer. There is so much awesome craft beer in Colorado, so that was hard.

Cravings: Still Caesar salads and meat. I ate at least 2 caesar salads during week 16.

Symptoms: Heart burn. It was so bad one night in Colorado that it woke me up. I kinda thought I might get sick. I also think it gave me another new symptom this week...a canker sore on the side of my tongue. It has hurt like hell.

And I threw up again this morning, right after I brushed my teeth. Hopefully I will be able to eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch again one day.

Best Moment this Week: Yesterday!!! We got to see our baby and found out that it is more than likely a little girl :)

Moments with Dave this Week: Niwot and Estes Park, Colorado!!!! We hiked and hiked and hiked. We saw so much wildlife this time. We saw a bear (the same bear several times), big elk - male and female, a coyote, marmots, deer and big horn sheep (female only).

Milestones: There is no more hiding the bump. After seeing baby one more time yesterday. I decided to go ahead and wear my Oxy tshirt to work today. So I've had to come clean to the people that didn't know I was pregnant yet. All to find out most of them have been suspecting it since last week :)

What I'm Looking Forward To: Enjoying every single day of having this sweet baby in my belly.

Favorite Quote from a Stranger this Week: When we were buying a caramel apple in Estes Park, the cashier (an 18-ish year old foreign girl) asked me if there was a baby in my belly. When I said yes, she reached across the counter and rubbed my belly. I asked her if she thought it was a girl or a boy, and she said that it was a girl. And she had lots of experience because she has 7 nieces and nephews.

What the Doctor Said this Week: She said baby was looking right on track for 16 weeks and that she was 93% sure it is a girl. She looked long and hard and at lots of different angles between baby's legs.

Baby's heart rate was 156.

I asked her if I need to stop wearing underwire bras, and she said no. I asked if I can take baths, and she said yes, just not too hot. I asked if I can get a massage, and she said as long as it is prenatal. I asked what I can take for my canker sore, and she said to get some canker sore gel at the Walgreens :) She asked us if we wanted to do bloodwork for Down Syndrome and we declined. She said she also skipped it.

Weirdest Thing I ate this Week: This isn't super weird because I'm pregnant. But one morning in Colorado I woke up STARVING. Luckily I had packed a baggie of Wheat Thins in my purse for the trip. So I snacked on those around 4:30am in bed and then went back to sleep.

Verse I'm Clinging to this Week: Psalm 139 "For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother's womb." "Oh Lord, you have searched me and know me." I love it, the whole chapter! Same as last week.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Gender Prediction Based on Wive's Tales

Originally written August 23, 2017

Cravings...Sweet or Salty - Salty! - Boy

Glowing - No - Girl

Carrying High or Low - Kinda High - Girl

Moody - Yes - Girl

Left Boob Bigger - Yes - Girl

Heart Rate Under 140 - No - Girl

Dreams of Snakes - This did happen once, but I thought only because we saw a ginormous snake on our walk that night. - Boy

Dad Gaining or Losing Weight - Dave's been losing - Girl

Areola becomes dark - Not yet - Girl

Craving Meat - Yes - Boy

Shape of Belly Like a Basketball - Definitely Not - Girl

Gaining Weight in Thighs - No - Girl

If You Become Clumsy - Not Yet - Girl

No Morning Sickness and Feeling God - Nope - Girl

Cold Feet - If this is literal, no - Girl

Frequent Headaches - I have gotten headaches, but I wouldn't call them frequent. - Girl

Dry Skin - Yes - Boy

Hair is Growing and Glowing - Nope - Girl

Fingernails and Toenails grow fast - Not especially - Girl

Leg Hair is Growing Faster than Before You Were Pregnant - Nope - Girl

Face Shape is Long and Lean - Nope - Girl

Have acne and pimples all over - Not all over, but more than usual - Girl

Carrying High - Yes - Girl

Shape of Belly Like Watermelon - Yes (more so than a basketball) - Girl

And the results are 4 Boy and 20 Girl - SOOOOOOO....we're probably having a boy!!!! :)

Monday, August 28, 2017

14 Weeks

Originally written August 24, 2017

Size of Baby: Baby J is the size of a peach, 3.4 inches and 1.5 ounces in weight!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 165.5, up 5.5 lbs so far. Since I started this pregnancy overweight, I'm going to do my best to not gain over 25 pounds total. But I'm also going to try and not stress too much about this. Apparently second trimester is week 13 - week 27, and if I can gain no more than 15 pounds total by the end of week 27, I'll be a happy camper.

Maternity Clothes: So far this week I wore a normal dress Monday, maternity jeans Tuesday and today, and yesterday black maternity work pants a friend gave me. I loved them. They were SO comfy.

Movement: Still too early to feel movement.

Sleep: My snoogle has helped alot. I'm only getting up twice in the night to pee, and most of the time I'm sleeping pretty hard in between those 2 wake-ups. My dreams have continued to be outrageous. One night this week I had a dream about my Varsity cheerleading squad being asked to perform somewhere so we had a week to pull a routine together. I came up with the whole thing in my sleep, and I was the only girl who couldn't fit into my cheerleading skirt from Jr year of highschool.

What I Miss: Jimmy John's! We had a work meeting yesterday, and Roger suggested we order JJ's, but I asked if we could have pizza instead so I wouldn't have to make a big deal about heating up my sandwich.

Cravings: Still been thinking about Caesar salads. Lunch meat, which is ironic. And yesterday, I started craving the cream cheese red pepper dip that Debbie makes. It's so delicious. And served with big Fritos scoops. I will be making myself some of that for this weekend.

Symptoms: Still dealing with some nausea. Heart burn. Headaches, about 2 this week. Raging hunger sometimes. Oh, and the one no one talks about...constipation. Time for me to break out the Miralax again.

Best Moment this Week: Amber sent the sweetest pregnancy box. It had tons of teas, ginger chews, Baby Wise and oils and lotions.

Moments with Dave this Week: We did Baby's First 5K together on Saturday morning in Muskogee. We had no idea before we got there, but it ended up being cross-country style. Thankfully I was already decided on walking the whole thing. But when it started as running across a football field and then going into random fields, I was super glad I was just walking. It was the perfect set-up for twisting an ankle.

I still managed to keep under 45 minutes and did it in a 14:33 pace, or something like that.

Dave and I have also been purging stuff from the house and Saturday we went through alot of pictures. Please look at how cute he was.

Milestones: Dave finally told Kevin and Hannah at family dinner on Sunday night! I'm so glad that cat is out of the bag. They were our last big people to tell before we do a FB announcement.

What I'm Looking Forward To: Seeing if the nausea and exhaustion really go away with the 2nd trimester :) Cause so far, no dice.

Favorite Quote from a Stranger this Week: Hmmmm, can't think of one. So I'll tell you my food aversions instead. Sugar, fruit, specifically pineapple (although I did eat some on pizza yesterday), ground meat (makes me gag). And pizza pretty much sounds good for all meals, 3x a day.

(East Village Bohemian Pizza Monday night for Dinner Club)

What the Doctor Said this Week: N/A Next doctor's appointment is September 6.

Weirdest Thing I ate this Week: I skipped dinner altogether last night because of headache plus exhaustion. And then I woke up this morning to read The Bump update and baby is growing more than ever and needs nutrition. So today I've had raisin bran with milk, a butt load of Chex Mix (trying to keep nausea away), yummy Hide-Away salad leftover from yesterday, and cantaloupe. Oh, and one piece of pizza :)

Verse I'm Clinging to this Week: Psalm 139 "For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother's womb." "Oh Lord, you have searched me and know me." I love it, the whole chapter! Same as last week.