Friday, October 31, 2014

Baby Special: 18 Weeks

Weeks: 18 yesterday!  Wahoo!

Official Due Date: Unchanged - April 3, 2015 

Baby's Size:  Baby Special is 5.5 inches long (from head to bottom) and weighs seven ounces now – about as much as a bell pepper (and gained ½ inch and 2 ounces in the past week)!  

Trimester: Solidly in the second trimester!  

Gender Guesses: Back to thinking blue… I think?  How am I going to wait another 5 months to find out? :)

Names:  Lately I’ve felt pretty drawn to one specific girls name (that Scott likes too) so we’ll see if that sticks.  Who knows!

Cravings: None to speak of.  We were cooking-machines this weekend –between Scott and me we made about 8 different dishes (homemade chili for the win).  I have a few others in mind to make this weekend (a crock-pot dish while my parents are here helping us work, banana bread, a feta-popover appetizer).  I am really getting in to this “cooking” thing :)  (Only took to age 30…)
How I'm Feeling: This week was a little strange, to be honest.  I was sick both days last weekend, and before that I hadn’t been for several weeks.  I’m hoping I just went too long before eating?  I’ve made an effort this week to eat breakfast quickly upon waking up, and that has been working so far.  Hoping the good feelings continue as we power-through another big work-weekend on the house!     My energy levels remain up, which makes me feel SO much better.  I’d gotten in to a habit of an evening, post-work nap, and I’m trying to shake that.  (Better to go to bed earlier, I think). 

Movement: None yet – c’mon baby!  I thought I felt something on Tuesday night, but it’s so hard to know if I’m feeling baby… or feeling my dinner digest.  (Sorry, but true). 

My thoughts:  It’s been a big few weeks for progress on the house – closet doors are painted and hung.  The remainder of the baseboard has been installed.  We ordered, and received, and LOVE our new bar stools for our granite peninsula.   My next focus is on a new kitchen table – the one we have has been great for me for the past 5+ years.  I ordered it when I first moved in to my own apartment downtown, and it really fit the bill.  It’s a black wood “pub-table” (so it’s taller than the standard height for normal tables).  It’s square and seats 4.   I bought it when I was 24 – and I thought it was so grown-up and stylish… still do, actually.  It’s gotten a lot of use through two (now three) different residences, and it’s just a little beat up.  Now that we’re moving in to a new phase of life, we’re looking for something a little more in tune with our new life – regular height, seats 6-8, and probably glass/metal so it better matches the rest of our home.    The pub table will most likely go in our basement somewhere, so it’ll still have a home ;) 

This week has also brought a little bit more obvious baby belly – which I’m loving.  I had my hair cut last week and the lady was like “wait, you are pregnant? Huh!”  I’m eager to become a little more obviously pregnant.   I’ve started using some fancy Burt’s Bees belly cream (“Mama Bee”) that my sweet sis-in-law Kelly gave me a few weeks ago – and I’m loving it.     That’s really it!  I’m rounding the corner on the half way point, and I’m pleased to have had such a healthy, happy pregnancy thus far (knock on wood).  :)   I feel healthy and lucky and so excited for the next 22 weeks… and beyond.  Baby, you are LOVED.  

Monday, October 27, 2014

Baby Special: 17 Weeks

Weeks: 17 (and 4 days.  I'm going to start posting these recaps on Thursday to correspond with the new week)!    Weeks 4-10 crawled sooo slowwwllly.  I was bursting with excitement over the baby news, but was so careful to keep a lid on it.  The past month or two have really flown by though, and I’m so thrilled to be rapidly approaching the half way point.

Official Due Date: April 3, 2015 

Baby's Size:  Baby Special is 5 inches long (from head to bottom) and weighs five ounces now – about as much as a turnip!  

Trimester: Second  (Which I’ve heard affectionately referred to as “The Honeymoon Period”.  I can definitely relate, as the past five weeks have been some of the best in my entire life.  I feel wonderful physically – not (very) sick, not uncomfortable, just strong and healthy!  Emotionally, I feel… it’s kind of indescribable.  I feel so lucky that my body is able to do this – to be pregnant.  I am so unbelievably grateful, and acutely aware of the women out there who wish for this).

Gender Guesses: I thought it was a boy for the first 12-14 weeks of the pregnancy – I was so sick!  Sweet averse!  - but lately I’m leaning toward girl.  We COULD find out in a few weeks, but we’re still holding strong to wait until the baby is born for that magical moment.  (I’m sure it’s magical no matter when you find out!) 

Names:  We’re pretty set on our boys name, but if it’s a girl we’re really undecided.  I gravitate toward fairly traditional names, and I’m really in to family names or names with meaning.  In other words, we have nothin'.  

Cravings: I have yet to experience a real craving (I think?!)  Throughout my pregnancy I’ve definitely gravitated toward salty (as opposed to sweet) and have required carbs to start my day – English Muffins, toast, bagels… I don’t discriminate. :)  I have not experienced any “OMG I MUST HAVE THIS RIGHT NOW” though (yet?) and that’s alright with me.  In fact, I'd prefer to avoid them :)

How I'm Feeling: I don’t want to jinx it, but I’m feeling awesome!  I was very sick in the beginning – throwing up almost every day!  - but I turned a corner around week 12, and I've felt pretty great since then.  I've certainly had a few moments of not feeling super great (and a few nausea episodes) but those have been few and far between for the past month.  We had an appointment a week ago for a check-up, and Scott got to hear the heartbeat for the first time… that was very special for me.  Baby’s heartbeat is powerful in more ways than one.

Movement: None yet, although at my OB appointment on Monday night the doctor said that in a few weeks, the feeling would be undeniable, and that I’d probably think to myself “oh, yes!  I've been feeling this for weeks and didn't know what it was!”  I’m incredibly excited for feeling the baby.  It’s pretty awe-inspiring to have a baby growing inside of you – and I’m looking forward to having my outside match my inside.  (I’m really not showing yet much at all – Scott and my mom can both see a Baby Bump, but no one else can really notice it yet.  I suspect that will change soon, but for now it’s a little strange!)

My thoughts:  I cannot wait to be a mom… and find out if we have a son or daughter!   Scott is going to be the most wonderful father and I cannot wait to see him with our child. We just moved a few months ago, and our lives (and my parents lives!) have been consumed with working on our house.  Finding out that I was pregnant was the icing on the cake, and added a new burst of energy to our efforts.  From the first walk-through of our house, we knew which room would (hopefully!) be a nursery, and we've taken to calling it “the Baby Room”.  It’s currently acting as our guest room, but we've started making plans for transitioning it to our nursery.  We likely won’t start that until after the new year, but it’s been fun to dream and plan.  Scott and I have a pretty clear vision about what we’d like to do with the space, and it’s been fun to slowly do research and start selecting items.  (My parents have been hugely helpful in this as well – they found several key pieces for the room so far!)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Scenes From A Week: October 26

It's been months since I've done one of these, and I love them!  This week was a productive one - filled with a work dinner (that Scott got to join me on!), our 16 week doctors appointment, pumpkin carving with friends and hosting my two good girlfriends and their husbands and babies for the Bears (terrible) game.  I made several different dishes this weekend - chili in the Crock Pot, pumpkin spice muffins, a baked onion dip, and an artichoke dip - the last two were for the Bears game.  I am getting quite the repertoire of dishes and I couldn't be happier about it!

This week will bring work around the house, and working on the plans for the baby shower that I'm hosting in two weeks!

dinner at a Japanese grill

fall leaves + boots
so obsessed with this lampshade
the chef in the family
belly is starting! 
friends, holding each other's sweet babies! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Baby Special: 16 Weeks

I'm hoping to get back in to the blogging habit, to document this joyous time in my life, and have this archived for posterity!  So... let's do it.

When are you due? I’m due on April 3rd – Good Friday! – and I think that’s a wonderful time of year.  I’ve always been eager for Winter to end, and this year I think the anticipation will be especially high!

How are you feeling?  I’m feeling great… now!  J  I’m 16 weeks pregnant, which means that I’m past the point in pregnancy where most of the morning sickness symptoms show their face.  Luckily for me, I’m someone who seems to have gotten the “lucky” kind – the kind that ends right around the end of the first trimester.  Weeks 6-12 were especially difficult – I was sick a lot.  My morning sickness was certainly there first thing in the morning, to the point where I kept a packet of saltines on my bedside table, and would eat two of them before I stepped out of bed.  Interestingly, motion seemed to really heighten it (so my twice-daily train commutes were difficult at times).  The strangest thing was that baby made me especially sick at night after dinner… there were numerous times (especially during weeks 6-12) that I’d eat dinner only to get sick.  And then it’s like… what do you do? Do you eat another dinner cause ya just lost your whole dinner?  The act of brushing my teeth and flossing were also especially hated by Baby Special J  It got to the point that I would actually break the process up in to three parts – brush my teeth first, then wait a little bit.  Then floss just my top teeth, then wait a bit. And finally floss my bottom teeth.  It was kind of insane.   As sick as I was throughout my first trimester, I felt – and feel! – so incredibly fortunate to  be pregnant, that it was an easy price to pay.  (And in some way, being sick brought me comfort in the four weeks between my 4, 8, 12 and 16 week doctors appointments.

Any other pregnancy symptoms?  I’ve been really, really tired.  I haven’t been a night-owl since college, but I could probably go to bed every night at 8pm if I let myself (and sometimes I do J).  If Scott and I try to watch a show (Homeland’s back!) I undoubtedly fall asleep in five minutes flat.  I’m basically Newton’s law of motion – if I stay moving I’m ok, but when I stop… game over.   I’ve also had a really strong sense of smell – in very early pregnancy, my mom bought a cake to celebrate an occasion and I could smell the frosting on it a mile away.  It’s very strange (but I kinda like it). 

Have you felt the baby move/kick?  Not yet and I’m dying for it!  I’ve been told this happens to first time moms later than subsequent pregnancies (we don’t know what we’re feeling!) so I’ve been trying to pay closer attention to belly flutters… but it’s still so hard to differentiate between digestion, or nervous energy, or the baby.  Soon I hope!  I’ve read that it should happen soon – and I’m eagerly awaiting!

Are you showing?  I’m not really, yet.  My husband and mom can both detect a little baby bump, but I haven’t really “popped” yet.  I’m still  in non-maternity clothes for the most part – although I did buy a pair of maternity jeans, and a few tops recently J  My pre-pregnancy jeans still button, although with increasing difficulty.   A friend shared that she literally “popped” overnight – she could wear her jeans one day and the next she could not!  Apparently most first time mothers begin to show between 14-20 weeks, so I’m probably on the cusp.  Right now it just looks like I had a big lunch – not pregnant, but just a little rounder.  It probably doesn’t hurt that I’m a few pounds below where I began my pregnancy – a combination of being so sick, having zero sweet tooth and eating more intentionally has led to be dropping a few pounds.  Not intentionally, really, just kinda did. 

Are you finding out the baby’s gender? We are NOT! :)  I’ve always known that I wanted it to be a birth-day surprise, and fortunately my husband agreed to go along with it.  We (obviously) have no other children, and we don’t really need to know for planning reasons.  She or he is going to rock our world, and whether they do it wearing pink or blue is of little importance to us.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The year of the baby

I am overjoyed to share the news that Scott and I are having a baby.  I'm due April 3rd, which means I'm solidly in the second trimester, and I'm feeling great.   It is truly a dream coming true.