10 weeks, 4 days

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

We're in the 11th week! The homestretch (ha)! The homestretch of the first trimester anyway. It's weird how time can feel really slow and really fast all at once. I guess because in the beginning I was walking on eggshells much more so I compulsively checked the updates every day (hour) and now that we're entering the safe zone I feel much more relaxed and at ease with all the changes that are happening.

Speaking of changes, the bump is finally starting to form! Just this morning I was laying in bed and it actually felt hard compared to the bloat that's been living there since August. Baby will be the size of a lime by the end of this week, fingers and toes are no longer webbed and it's mouth is forming. I have a blood draw for sequential screening next week where I also think (?) I get an ultrasound so I'm hoping to get another picture. If not, we'll see him/her the day before we leave for Nashville in October which will be a nice little send off.

Other fun stuff...

I've been seeing our boy name pop up EVERYWHERE (street signs/town names, random people/TV...) so I'm taking it as a sign. We've had both our boy and girl names picked out for years and even though it's fun thinking about other names, these two feel very "us" and for me, these little people already exist in my mind. Also, besides a few dreams here and there, I have no inkling of the sex of the baby yet.

Cravings: I'm still drinking seltzer water almost daily just because it's so refreshing and a nice change up from regular water. Outside of that, I want all things warm and comforting like stews and hot drinks (--> vanilla chai tea is my downfall!). I've gotten heartburn easier the last two weeks so I'm avoiding onions and anything fried at the moment.

I bit the bullet and ordered some maternity pants already. The hair tie trick was getting old fast and I figured I'd need them sooner or later, so why not be comfortable now?

9 weeks, 4 days

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September 15, 2015

BABY: I'm a few weeks late on updates, but we had our first appointment so there's lots to catch up on! The Dr. adjusted our due date to April 15th so it pushed me a back a few days from what I originally thought.  I was a little bummed because I am so ready to be done with the first trimester, but the baby is measuring right on track and we got to see the heartbeat so that's all that matters. I go back again for the DS blood draw and 12 week ultrasound at the end of September and then again the day before we leave for Nashville in October, which I'm so excited about it. I know it will put our mind at ease to see the doctor before we travel. Since we saw the heartbeat and everything looked good, the news is out to the rest of our friends and I also told work since I'll be having lots of appointments coming up. It feels good that it's no longer a secret!

MAMA: I'm feeling really good! The nausea has completely subsided and I even got a bit of my energy back in the last week or so.  Of course I say that and I am dragging today, but symptoms seem to come and go and the good days are outweighing the sleepy ones. I'm really looking forward to being in the second trimester for both the supposed kick of energy and the reassurance and "safety net" of being past 12 weeks. I'm also excited to get a little bump because right now I just feel super bloated. I still haven't had any big cravings and I've been getting full really fast, which I'm told is due to the influx of hormones that are slowing down my rate of digestion. It's probably a good thing because it was carb city there for a while in the beginning ;) Other than that it is FALL and I am one happy lady. The cool nights are helping me sleep better and I'm loving all the weekend activities with friends. Goodbye, hermit crab days!

8 weeks, 4 days

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September 2nd, 2015

Symptoms: The nausea isn't as bad this week which I attribute to learning to manage it better. It definitely comes in waves at certain times of the day so I know that's when I need to get something in my stomach or start sucking on my preggo pops.

Mama: I have a lot more energy these days, I've been sleeping like a rock thanks to my new chiro pillow, and I've been plowing through books. In general, I'm just feeling really relaxed right now which is quite the comparison to how I normally am...guess motherhood has chilled me out!

Craving: not a whole lot, but I have been wanting meat which is sort of an uphill battle for me. I tell myself that there's a reason my body is craving it and it's about the baby right now and not about my ethical choices. I hope once my stomach settles in the 2nd trimester I'll be able to come back to a mostly plant-based diet, not only for myself but because VEGGIES - I haven't seen them in like a month. Can someone come cook for us? :)

Baby: is our little jelly bean! I've been feeling some pulling and stretching in my lower abdomen which means things are growing and expanding down there. We've both been reading out updates in apps and books and it's crazy how much changes in a week.

Right now:  We're looking forward to a low key holiday weekend at home catching up with friends. Our appointment is in 9 days and then if everything checks out, the news will be spread to everyone else who doesn't know. Once everything checks out, I feel like I'll be able to breathe and it will be so nice to have all of our friends know and be able to talk freely. I'm still not 100% sure when I plan to tell work. I planned on 12 weeks but I probably won't be able to hold it in after that first appointment.