Tuesday, April 24, 2012

16 weeks

How far along? 16 weeks
Total weight gain: 7 pounds
Maternity clothes? Nope. :) However, I went shopping today and got some soft, comfy t-shirts that should (hopefully!) fit almost the whole way through.
Stretch marks? Nooo. I am using BioOil every day to help me NOT get them.
Sleep: Great
Best moment this week: Finding out that if I realllly really wanted to and couldn't wait any longer, I can go find out baby's gender. (But I'm still waiting patiently!)
Miss Anything? Being able to wear my bathing suit tops! Most of them don't fit I can put on, but I look totally inappropriate wearing them (if you know what I mean.....) I will be shopping for a bikini top here very soon!
Movement: Still no
Food cravings: Very random things this week. I had a BLT with pickles for lunch at least three times, went through a whole bag of twizzlers, and several cartons of yoplait greek yogurt (yum!)
Anything making you queasy or sick: None this week.
Gender:  ??? Still...patiently...waiting....
Labor Signs: No way
Symptoms: Other than a large appetite and my protruding belly, no major pregnancy symptoms right now. I feel great!
Belly Button in or out? innie
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Mostly happy :)
Looking forward to: I have tentatively scheduled my gender party for 26 May, (my only Saturday off that month) so I'm going to wait in eager anticipation.
Showing?: Today I definitely felt like I was sporting a noticeable baby bump. 
Here are my cute new shirts I scored from Forever21 today. I have a feeling that soft, oversized t's are gonna become my norm!

Friday, April 13, 2012

14 weeks

How far along? 14 weeks
Total weight gain: 6 pounds...or...maybe more?? I don't own a scale, so I haven't weighed myself in weeks! (I should get a scale, at least for this)
Maternity clothes? No. But I did buy a loose fitting shirt this week and tried it on to see if it would still fit with a baby bump! (I think it will)
Stretch marks? Nooo. I am using BioOil every day to help me NOT get them.
Sleep: Great
Best moment this week: I went to Babies R Us to 'look around'. (I actually wanted to find something that I could buy now just to appease my desire to buy something baby! I ended up buying a baby gate that we sort of needed anyway for the dogs)
Miss Anything? Getting a turkey sandwich from Subway and not having to ask them to heat up the meat.
Movement: Still no
Food cravings: This week, I did have a really funny late-night 'snack attack'. I rifled through the fridge and pantry and ended up with several things on my plate that seemed appetizing: A bowl of pickles, sharp cheddar cheese, sour gushers, cheez its, and sour skittles. SO I guess I was craving sour. :) But it's not that weird to me, because I normally really really love sour foods anyway....
Anything making you queasy or sick: None this week.
Gender:  ??? (only a few more weeks now....) There are a few old wives tale trick thingies that I am going to try out....
Labor Signs: No way
Symptoms: Still very hungry this week. Today I ate a burrito for lunch from this little burrito joint. They sell two sizes, and I always get the smaller one. Normally, I can't quite finish it. Well, I polished it off and was still hungry, so I made my own heapingly large plate of nachos!
Belly Button in or out? innie
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Mostly happy :)
Looking forward to: Being able to actually shop, not just peruse! And planning my 'gender reveal' party! YES, I will be having a party for this!!
Showing?: A little more

Monday, April 9, 2012

13 weeks

How far along? 13 weeks
Total weight gain: 6 pounds
Maternity clothes? Nope. But I will be getting a belly band very soon. Pants....just...won't...button....
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: Still sleeping wonderfully. Last night I went to bed at 10, and got up at 8 today. A nice, long, good night's sleep.
Best moment this week: EASTER! And my very special Easter gift from Keith..... (see below :)
Miss Anything? Being able to eat like a normal person, and by that I mean, NOT shoveling in food every chance I get.
Movement: Still no
Food cravings: I want pickles on everything. I mean, every-thing. I got a tuna sandwich from subway and I wanted a pile of pickles on it. But then I thought that might taste weird...and then I started eating it, and was mad I didn't get the pickles.
Anything making you queasy or sick: This week, I got more sick than I've been in a while. I took my prenatal in the morning (but after I had eaten breakfast) and it made me extremely nauseous for some reason. I've been told to take them at night.
Gender:  ???
Labor Signs: No way
Symptoms: I AM STARVING! Like, all day every day it seems. Not kidding, yesterday I ate a big breakfast (more than I normally would eat) went to work, and not even two hours later, I absolutely HAD to have something to eat. Not just a snack either, like a full on meal. I've read that to keep your weight in the 'good' level during pregnancy, you should snack on lots of fruits and veggies. Well, if this hunger keeps up, that just isn't going to work, because I need FOOD!
Belly Button in or out? innie
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Mostly happy :)
Looking forward to: Buying cute baby items. :)
Showing?: Gettin there!

Ok, now about Easter. I had to work, and of course, we have no family here, so we didn't plan anything. I was sad about not getting to go to church, and of course not getting to spend the day with Keith, but it was ok. 
I decided about halfway through my workday that I would make Easter dinner when I got home. Thankfully, the store was open! I made a (tiny) ham, hashbrown casserole, mac and cheese, etc. It was yummmmy! I'm glad I did it. (Actually, I think I might have a plate of hb cass for breakfast...mmm...pregnancy stomach speaking....) I made so much food I probably have leftovers for the whole week.

The girls wanted in on that goodness, too.

Anywho, right before I started cooking, Keith came in and sat down at the table with me. He said, 'when you were little, did your parents hide stuff on Easter morning?' 
Me: 'YES, of course! That was so much fun!! Awww I can't wait to do that with our kids!'
Him: 'Well the Easter Bunny did the same for you this year.'
Me: [squealing] Whaaattt!

So I went searching. [He didn't hide it very well, I think he secretly just couldn't wait for me to open it]

I found it quickly and opened...THIS!:

I collect Willow Trees, and he gets me one for almost every special occasion. I was wondering when this one was coming....
What a special, special gift that I will treasure forever.
I think it will go in baby's room. :) :)

Friday, April 6, 2012

The responsibility of growing a human

Yesterday I was talking to a friend about being pregnant, and what a joy/responsibility it is. What a huge, huge, blessing of a responsibility. 

Think about it:
You start by growing a human. I mean, literally, right now my body is growing a human being. A person, created by God, to do...who knows what? And as women, when we are pregnant, we obviously want healthy little humans, so we do all the things the doctor says to do, and avoid what we need to avoid. For me, that means no margaritas for 9 months (sad face inserted here), heating up my lunch meat every time I want a sandwich, no jumping off Waimea rock into the ocean this summer (very sad about this one), no bleu or feta cheese, (and I really, really, really, [really] love these), and of course, remember to take those vitamins! The list goes on ... and on ... and on ...

Now I'm definitely not the type of person to follow every single 'rule', some of which I feel are loosely suggested and widely debated anyhow. I'll admit, I did eat bleu cheese last week, just a little, because what are the odds that my particular patch of bleu cheese is infested with listeria? (don't worry, I am not planning on doing this very often!)

Anywho, my point is, growing a baby can be hard work! What a blessing, but hard work! 

And then after that, there's obviously the fact of raising a child. You are responsible for this little human, day and night. For its every single need. Feeding it, cleansing it, soothing it, keeping it happy, you rock them, play with them, sing to them, burp them, change them...and then, the next hour, do it all again. 

And then they get older. And you have to teach your little human about life. About right and wrong. How to deal with the ups and the downs. How to make wise decisions. To cope with loss. To survive in this big, bad world. So instead of providing their every single need, you eventually teach them to take care of those needs by themselves. 
All of this. Is my responsibility. 
No pressure though.

This is why I was terrified when I found out I was pregnant. All this and more ran through my head. I wasn't am still not ready! I don't think I'LL EVER BE READY for my human, that I grew inside my body, to have to one day mourn the loss of a loved one. 
I don't think I'll ever be ready to teach my child the difference between right and wrong, or to teach them to make the right decision, when some days, I don't even know myself what the right decision is. 

I guess that's why we don't do this thing alone. I guess that's why we have parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and countless others who have done this before us. Not to mention my husband. 
Oh, and we'll probably need a little help from God, too. After all, wasn't this whole thing His idea?

My dear friend shared a wonderful scripture that I will keep at the front of my mind:

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.
~ Psalm 127:3 from NLT

In fact, it might even go on the wall of the room of our little reward. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

12 weeks

I've officially made it through my first trimester! Hallelujah! I feel (somewhat) like a normal person again!! No more nausea & I'm not nearly as tired all the time.

How far along? This was taken at 12, but I started week 13 yesterday!
Total weight gain: 6 pounds
Maternity clothes? None yet! But it seems like everything gets tighter by the week...and more uncomfortable!
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: No problems sleeping at all. In fact, I think I have an easier time falling asleep since I've been pregnant. Normally I'm a night owl, but lately I've just been falling asleep earlier and earlier, and getting tons of good sleep.
Best moment this week: Nothing really to do with being pregnant, but having a surprise party for Keith. 
Miss Anything? I do miss my flat stomach!
Movement: None that I have felt
Food cravings: Spicy mexican food... and I seem to want cheeseburgers and BLT's a lot this week. Oh, and pickles. I want them a lot at night.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Gender:  ???
Labor Signs: No way
Symptoms: Lots of annoying headaches this week. And it seems like I've had a lot more abdominal cramping this week, almost every day.
Belly Button in or out? innie
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: More happy, less moody lately.
Looking forward to: Still looking forward to knowing the gender.... I go to the baby section almost every time I'm at the store, but have restrained myself from buying anything....
Showing?: As you can see, just a little I guess. Still not enough for a stranger to notice, but Keith says he notices. (Though I think he 'noticed' at 6 weeks....is this his way of saying I'm looking hefty & getting away with it?)

This week I got some good advice from a friend of mine with a baby: Start buying diapers now. What a good idea! I hadn't even thought of that! She and her husband have recommended Target brand diapers, so I think I'll pick some up and start stockpiling. I thought I'd poll all the other mothers out there, though:
What diapers/brand do you recommend,  based on quality and price? I suppose we may try a few different ones to see what we like best.