Wednesday, April 22, 2015

12 Weeks


Your welcome for the first baby bump picture. I wish I had been taking them the whole time, but like I said before, I was simply too ill with no energy to take them. Plus, it took me forever to decide where in my house to take them. Why was this so hard for me? I wanted to be consistent. We will see how well this sticks. I once saw a blog where the lady wore the same clothes throughout every picture... I don't currently have a maternity shirt, but I do have the pants. I will just have to make sure I have a black maternity shirt to somewhat match what I am wearing in this first picture. Although different color shirts are neat to see, I do think you can see the changes in the body better with the same outfit. Just my opinion.
How far along: 12 weeks
Fruit-size comparison: A small plum - although this is what I put for week 10. It seems to depend on which book/website I read. I promise to pick one source and stick with it.
Developmental milestones: Baby is gaining many more features. And as usual, I am at work and do not remember exactly what I read. One of these days, I need to write these things down ahead of time or when I get home to post these posts, I need to update this answer.  Too bad I am too lazy to start this week. Please forgive me.
Maternity clothes: One black pair of pants from Target. I need another black pair for work ASAP and will soon need other types. I tried on last year's shorts and I am happy to report I am still able to fit in them all. I have a feeling this won't last long though. Going to need some maternity shorts to get me through the summer. I refuse to pay a lot of money so I will probably only buy 2 pairs. What can I say? I'm thrifty and I would rather spend that money on my baby.
Weight gain: Haven't weighed myself this week.
Stretch marks: Nothing I didn’t already have.
Sleep: I am doing much better! I have been staying up until 9PM and seem to only take naps over the weekend. I am starting to feel back to normal with my tiredness level. As far as waking up to pee, this seems to be less often as well. I think I now only wake up twice a night. Yes, I am well aware this will change back to multiple wakeups, but for now, I am enjoying it.
Best moment of the week: As of yesterday, my morning sickness seems to be almost gone - I am very excited!!! Second trimester (starting next week) is going to be WAY better than the first.
Movement: I really hope I feel something soon. I am looking forward to this part.
Cravings: Sweets and more sweets. *Singing* I WANT CANDY!!!
Gender: I can barely wait to find out the sex! Matt's mom offered to pay for it at 16 weeks if it's going to be longer for the doctor to tell us. I am pretty sure I am going to take her up on her offer. I did some research and there are three places nearby which office this service. The one I would like to go to costs $75 and we will learn (hopefully) the gender and we will get four pictures.
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring: Loosely on. Fingers crossed my fingers don’t swell this summer.
Anything making you queasy/sick: Morning sickness is beginning to subside. Thank GOD!
What I miss: Well, now that I am starting to stay up a bit later and I am not sick every day, I don’t miss anything. Seriously. I can't think of one thing. And I have been sitting here for a few minutes trying to think of something.
What I’m looking forward to: Ultimately, I am looking forward to meeting our baby. (Not looking forward to the actual birth.) In the immediate future, I am looking forward to finding out the sex of our little bundle of joy. Four more weeks at the earliest.
Labor signs: None - duh!
Symptoms: Morning sickness and fatigue are both getting better. Maybe next update I'll be able to report none.  
Nursery: Have I mentioned we bought a pack and play a few weeks ago? My husband also ordered a toy online. It is some sort of giraffe toy which is the only reason I am okay with it. I don’t want my baby playing with 'Made in China' plastic toys. Babies put stuff in their mouths and that scares me.  I want all items that might go in my baby's mouth to be made in countries with 'standards'. I am okay with some 'Made in China' stuff for items that won't be in my child's mouth. (My pack and play was made in China.) I just prefer to error on the side of caution.
Emotions: Feeling pretty good. I am hoping I am now able to be the happy pregnant person I envisioned myself as prior to conceiving.  
P.S. I'm gonna stick it out, but these questions seem too redundant for my taste.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Upcoming Fun

We are booked for one more cruise prior to baby coming. I say one more because let's face it, we won't have extra money to spend on such luxuries now that we are expecting our very own bundle of joy! Even after our little bundle arrives, it will be awhile before we are able to go on another. I do keep putting out some scenarios of our future little travel bug being on a ship. I fear Matt isn't going for them though. *Sigh*
We are booked on Carnival's Sunshine out of Port Canaveral.
New port and new ship for us. We paid a bit more to take this particular ship (because it is the newest) and we also paid a bit more for our view (gangway window view... when you go out our room door, we are very close to a deck where we can sit outside and enjoy the views). I am hoping this will make up for not booking a balcony view. I am also still secretly hoping they will call us with an inexpensive upgrade. Doubtful though since when I looked the other day they only had 2 balcony rooms available. Either way, I will be very happy with where we are located. This will be our first time with a room at the front of the ship which concerns me a little bit what with more nausea. I'll let you know how it goes. Thankfully, I am feeling less nauseous as the days go on.
I am having issues though with getting from the Orlando airport to the pier. My fault.... I shouldn’t have waited so late in the game to book transportation. For taking a shuttle to the pier, they are already fully booked. Meaning, it is looking like we will have to book a car to take us there. I don’t know how far the drop-off location is to the pier or if they offer free transportation to it. I suppose I need to call and ask these questions ASAP. On the way back to the airport, we can take the shuttle. My fear here is our plane leaves at 11 AM and since it is an hour or so away from the pier, depending on how many stops they make, we could be pushing for time. It will be okay as long as we are here by 9:45 at the latest. Any later, we might miss our flight. We can't take a rental car from pier to airport because price is MUCH higher - $130.
I am beginning to wish we had flown into San Juan or Tampa where I already know you can take a $25 taxi to the port without any prior planning. However, usually I don’t have an issue with prior planning. This is my first time not being on top of everything. Usually, by now, I already have our itinerary planned out and excursions booked. Ya, not this time. I have some excursions on a list I would like to do, but that is as far as I have gotten.
Places we will be visiting on this cruise:
Costa Maya
Mahogany Bay
On our cruise last year, we went to all of these location except for Costa Maya - this one will be new to us. (This is what happens when we are forced to go on vacation on the week(s) Matt's company chooses. Choices end up being limited.)
We have decided to stay on the ship for Belize since the only way we would get off is if we booked an excursion through the cruise line. For Costa Maya, we might do another Mayan Ruins tour at $55pp. Cozumel might be Salsa and Salsa for $70 pp (learn to make salsa dip followed by learning to salsa dance). Mahogany Bay will be a beach day for us. So 2 higher priced excursions and 2 free/inexpensive days. While on the ship, I want to book us on the Behind the Fun tour. 3 hours of fun from what I hear! They say you have to book early or it will be fully booked since they only allow 16 people to experience this per cruise. I plan on going to the excursion desk the moment we bored the ship - even before we eat.
Ha! Crazy to think something else would come before food, right?
Don't worry, my next stop will be for lunch somewhere on the Lido deck after dropping off my carry-ons into my room.
I can hardly wait for the fun to begin! Gotta love when your countdown is less than 30 days!!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Weeks 10 and 11

How far along: 10 weeks
Fruit-size comparison: Prune
Developmental milestones: I don’t like this question... I am typing this at work and I really don’t remember what I read yesterday evening about this topic. I'll do better on this question next time.
Maternity clothes: I did buy a pair of jeans from Target for $35, but I think I am going to return them. I think I want something different. I have 1 pair of work black pants. I wear them often even though I could probably get away without them for a little while longer. They are COMFY!
Weight gain: Haven't weighed myself this week.
Stretch Marks: Nothing I didn’t already have.
Sleep: I have (mostly) been able to stay up until closer to 8 this week. Still wake up to pee throughout the night though. I assume this won't be ending anytime soon. Luckily, I am usually able to fall right back to sleep.
Best moment of the week: Friday, I took off from work since Matt was off and we decided to eat lunch at the hibachi grill for lunch (cheaper). It was very yummy! AND we had leftovers for dinner.
Movement: None yet – can’t wait!
Cravings: Nothing in particular.
Gender: A girl… or a boy! :)
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring: Loosely on.
Anything making you queasy/sick: I am still experiencing morning sickness, but it seems to be less than before. I am hoping it ends soon.
What I miss: Not being sick and staying up late. I never have time to read these days! (Yes, I know, I won't have any time once baby is here either.)
What I’m looking forward to: Everything! (All the good stuff anyways.)
Labor signs: None... and I doubt there will be any in the near future.
Symptoms: Morning sickness and fatigue.
Nursery: Just ideas in my head so far.
Emotions: Feeling great besides the morning sickness and fatigue. Looking forward to seeing baby bean again. Annoyed I won't be seeing our baby for a long while though.
I have my first appointment with my OBGYN on May 8th. I made the appointment after my 10 week ultrasound with the fertility clinic. The lady in the reception office who answered the phone was a bit of an idiot. She kept telling me there was no way I was 10 weeks pregnant even though I explained how I was being seen at a fertility clinic and had 6, 8, and 10 week ultrasounds with measurements. She kept trying to go by my last period even though I told her several times she couldn’t go off that date. Geez! I hope this is my only issue. Although I like my doctor, I am willing to switch because of stupidity.
How far along: 11 weeks
Fruit-size comparison: Lime
Not much has changed this week. I have decided I am only going to do these every two weeks - on the even weeks. I feel like I am just being redundant at this point. I might change my mind as I get further along, but I doubt it.
I promise to start taking weekly pictures starting next week - just haven't been feeling well enough after work. I know - excuses, excuses, excuses!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

3rd Ultrasound at 10 Weeks

On Thursday, April 9th, Matt and I went to our last fertility clinic ultrasound. It was exciting to see our baby, but a little bitter sweet to be saying 'goodbye' to the doctor who helped us make our baby. Our next appointment will be with my OBGYN. I won't be seeing her until I am just over 14 weeks though. Nor do I believe I will be getting another ultrasound. I assume my next one won't be until we get to learn the baby's sex. That will be an exciting visit!
I'm getting a bit ahead of myself...

During our ultrasound, our baby was wiggling all over and was waving his/her hands back and forth. The doctor even commented on how much our baby was moving and how it was hard to get his/her measurements. Measured right at 10 weeks. We could clearly see our baby's face, arms, hands and legs. She also said the baby's heartbeat was very strong.
A very good ultrasound in my opinion.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

9 Weeks (4/1/2015)

I’m not sure if I will write up a weekly ‘report’ every week, but it is my goal. I figure I can write it at work while on break and then email it to myself to post. The problem is I don’t get online once I am home usually. AND my computer is awful and for some reason won’t save any of the pictures from my camera. It’s forcing me to keep my old computer to store my pictures, but that computer takes HOURS to save and edit the pictures I want to keep. Not worth the hassle. I might start using Matt’s computer….


How far along: 9 weeks

Fruit-size comparison: A green olive

Developmental milestones: Per the baby books, Baby Bean has arms and legs!

Maternity clothes: Not yet, but on some of my work pants, I do have to use a hair tie to keep them closed. I am on the hunt for some maternity pants. Why are they all so expensive?

Weight gain: As shocking as this sounds, considering the mass quantity of food I eat these days, I have lost 2 pounds! I weighed myself this morning.

Stretch Marks: Nothing I didn’t already have.

Sleep: I tend to go to bed around 7 or 8 PM whereas I used to go to bed around 10 or 11 PM. I literally cannot stay up any later… I feel like I am at the end of my rope like I have been up for 24 hours straight. Throughout the night, I wake to pee about 4 or 5 times. I am usually able to fall right back to sleep thankfully.

Best moment of the week: On Week 8, Day 1 we got our second picture of our baby… I was happy to see the heart still beating. (Not that I was expecting it not to be beating.)

Movement: None yet – can’t wait!

Cravings: Sweets… and anything else I can get my hands on. Seems to mostly be unhealthy foods. I literally eat all day. If I don't eat, I feel ill.

Gender: A girl… or a boy! Obviously. J

Belly button in or out: In

Wedding ring: Loosely on.

Anything making you queasy/sick: Everything! I am sick all morning until lunchtime and then it starts all over again around 6 PM (sometimes earlier). When does this end? My doctor claims it peaks at 10 weeks and when I asked when will it end, she never gave me a very straight answer. Thankfully, today is the first day I have puked. Usually I just feel extremely nauseous.   

What I miss: Not being sick. I want to be a happy pregnant lady!

What I’m looking forward to: Everything! (All the good stuff anyways.)

Labor signs: WAY too early to be having these.

Symptoms: Morning sickness and fatigue.

Nursery: Haven’t started unless you count my compulsion of buying stuffed giraffes over the last few years. I do have color ideas rolling around in my head for once we know the sex of the baby.

Emotions: Excitement, but at the same time, sometimes it doesn’t feel real yet.
Yesterday, I puked on the van on my way home from work. :(

(I take a vanpool into work almost every day and usually have no issues.)
Thankfully, I was in the last row of seats, by myself, and I had a jacket in my lap. I was able to puke into it without anyone hearing or seeing it. At least I don’t think anyone noticed… no one said anything to me.

Friday, April 3, 2015

2nd Ultrasound at 8 Weeks

March 26th was our 2nd ultrasound of our Baby Bean.
Baby is currently head down. Can you kinda make out the features? I can, but then again, I was there for the appointment.
Looks SO much bigger then the dot we saw 2 weeks ago. Crazy!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

1st Ultrasound at 6 Weeks

Thursday, March 12 was our first ultrasound appointment. This was Matt's first time ever going to an appointment with me. I got there on time and then waited anxiously for Matt to arrive - he has limited amount of time off and we only wanted him to use the bare minimum amount of hours so he can try to always be at my ultrasound appointments. Luckily, they were a little delayed in calling me back and Matt arrived with plenty of time to spare. Once I was called back, I emptied my bladder (as usual for internal ultrasounds) and was weighed and had my blood pressure checked - 166/78. I was then taken to the room where Matt was waiting and got undressed from the waist below (also normal of all appointments). The doctor immediately see my gestational sac and took measurements. I was measuring in right on schedule at 6 weeks, 1 day. Meaning baby bean was conceived on February 11th!
Right now baby bean mostly looks like a dot - you can see the dot higher up and the yolk sac is the lower looking dot. Our doctor even pointed out the heart beat. Seeing the heart beat was kind of mind blowing. Made it seem even more real to me. At first, I didn't see it... I even told the doctor I believed her because I didn't want her to think anything of me... but she very patiently showed it to me.
Here's baby bean's first picture:

I got dressed and then she went over everything I needed to know at this point.
My prenatal vitamins are good.
Don't eat undercooked beef - no pink/red.
Don't eat most fish. Salmon is great once a week. (Too bad the smell makes me not want it.)
No lunchmeat, hotdogs, etc.
Eat healthy, less processed foods.
Call her if I have any cramping/bleeding.
I could go on with what else she told us, but you get the gist.
We will have 2 more ultrasound appointments with her at 8 and 10 weeks. If all is still good, I will then 'graduate' back to my OBGYN.
Starting about mid-week into week 5, I am nauseous all day long. Thankfully, no vomiting. It's awful! I thought for sure I would be one of those happy pregnant people. Ya, not so much. She gave me a sample of DRUG to help with my morning sickness.... take 2 tablets at night daily. They seem to help, but I don't think it has cured the issue. I could up the dosage, but I haven't. I really don't want to, but if it keeps up, I will. Especially since she informed me morning sickness peaks at 10 weeks. Yay! *Insert eye roll*
As for eating healthier... this was easy at first. Now that I am constantly feeling sick, this is hard. It is much easier to grab quick foods I can shove in my mouth. It seems if I am eating (constantly), I don't feel as nauseous. Bad excuse, I know. I also very tired. Last Sunday I slept most of the day. Monday and Tuesday I was asleep around 7. Wednesday I was in bed by 8. I just can't seem to stay awake. It's awful considering I don't get home until almost 5 from work.
Honestly, I really hope this passes soon. I won't want to carry a second child at this rate.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

We Are Having A Baby!!!

Saturday, February 28th officially changed my life... both mine and my husband's.
This was the day I took 4 pregnancy tests - all positive. Throughout the rest of the weekend, I took 3 more. 7 tests consisting of 3 different brands. Again, all positive. I was in shock and I was excited. I couldn't fully believe it until the doctor confirmed it.
I think I knew I was pregnant even a week before that. My stomach started feeling odd with cramps and bloating. We were in the process of booking our yearly vacation (to Disney World this year) and I told Matt I wanted to wait a little longer before booking in order to think about it and to make sure we didn't get pregnant this month. Then on the Tuesday prior, while at the gym, on the treadmill, I felt woozy and dizzy. A bit weak. Normally I can walk at a pace of 3.8 or 3.9, but I kept having to lower my pace until I got to 3.2. I even told Matt I wasn't feeling well and he offered for us to leave. I declined and told him I would just hold on to the handle bars and walk slower.
That Monday and Wednesday I skipped the gym and slept after work. I was too tired to function even though I had full nights of sleep.
After our positive pregnancy tests, both of us mentioned the signs we he ignored. Like I said, I was pretty sure we were pregnant, but I didn't want to think that way in case we weren't and then I would have been extremely sad and disappointed. It was just easier for me to ignore the signs.
Because I took the pregnancy tests over the weekend, I had to wait to call and schedule the 2 blood tests until Monday. I called Monday and should have taken the appointment for that day, but I declined and opted for Tuesday. Stupid decision. (I'll get back to that in a minute.) So I had my blood drawn on
Tuesday and my doctor called that evening with my numbers - HCG = 1660 and Progesterone = 15.5
HCG she said looked great as did the progesterone. She also mentioned the progesterone number didn't indicate multiples. She wanted me to have my blood drawn again in 48 hours. At that point, my HCG should at least double. If it did not double, it meant we were probably having a tubular pregnancy and unfortunately there was no way the baby would make it.
She told me to call on Wednesday morning to make an appointment for Thursday - she wanted me to see if they could find me a more local place to have the blood work done.
Wednesday I called and she really did try to find me a closer place. No such luck. And because we were expecting a GIANT snow storm on Wednesday evening/Thursday morning, they were already cancelling/moving appointments from Thursday to Friday. Made my appointment for Friday afternoon at 2:30 knowing I had to be there before noon in order for them to have the results by the end of the day. DARN! This was why I should have had my blood drawn on the Monday I declined. My second test would have been on Wednesday and I wouldn't of had snow delays.
No big deal in the long run... as predicted, Wednesday evening consisted of massive amounts of snow to the point where both of our jobs were off. Friday Matt had a 2 hour delay and I was off again. I decided to call the doctor's office to see if they had any earlier cancellations. Either they did or she squeezed me in - I didn't ask. She told me to be there at 12:30 which I agreed to even though I didn't think we would get the results the same day. I really didn't. When the nurse called me back into the office out of the waiting room, we walked by my doctor and she greeted me and told me she was excited. (I love how she always seems to remember me even when I am not scheduled to see her.) She told the nurse to put a rush on my blood work in hopes of getting the results the same day. She told me she would call me later in the day if she did. I was very hopeful now.
And guess what? She called before 5PM that evening with my results - HCG = 7214!!!!!!!!
Talk about the most wonderful news I had heard all year!!!!!
Our very first appointment (with baby) will be on Thursday, March 12th. Based on my calculations, we will be exactly 6 weeks pregnant or 6 weeks and 1 day.
I wonder how long my fertility doctor will be our doctor before we switch back to my OBGYN? I like my OBGYN doctor, but I love my fertility doctor. (Not even factoring in she helped us got pregnant.) I HIGHLY recommend her if you live in the area.