13 week update

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

I will not lie.  I fell off the block for a while, but I've still been keeping up with things.  Here's what is going on in our neck of the woods.

13 week Recap: (Via Parents Magazine) Your baby is about the size of a lemon. and his vocal cords are beginning to develop. Baby's Length: 2.91in. Baby's Weight: 0.81oz.




Baby is the size of a lemon

Total weight gain/loss: 5.6 pounds overall. I am now 159 pounds and have quite a pronounced bump.

Maternity clothes?: I wore a maternity blouse for the first time because my belly kept slipping out of my regular shirts and the larger ones weren't out the wash yet.

Stretch marks? Nope

Sleep: Still getting up at midnight and around 4/4:30 to go to the bathroom.

Best moment of the week: Celebrating my husband and daughters' birthdays this week.

Have you told family and friends: Most of them.

Miss Anything?: National Margarita Day was missed for sure.

What I'm loving?:  After work naps.  After long days, these are the best.  But most days I'm so busy I don't get to them until after dinner and rehearsals.

Movement: 
Yes.  I feel flutters quite convincingly especially after something uber sweet

Anything make you queasy or sick: Getting better with the nausea, but if I don't eat every two hours, I start feeling ill.

Food cravings: Vegetables.  This week I wanted salads, pickles, and zucchini

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender prediction: #teamgreen

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in

Wedding ring on or off?: 
On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Easily irritated especially when hungry.  Most of the time I keep that to myself.

Preparations for baby:
 None

Looking forward to: Pregnancy-safe list of allergy meds from doctor.  Everything has me stuffy.



Happy Valentine's Day



Hi everyone.  Just a quick message to wish you and yours a very Happy Valentine's Day.  Here's hoping you feel beautiful and amazingly special on this day and ALL days this year.  Love all of you!

-K

11 week recap

11 week Recap: (Via Parents Magazine) Your baby is about the size of a fig. From now through week 20 of your pregnancy, he'll increase 30-fold in weight and triple in length.

Baby is the size of a fig

Baby's Length: 1.61in.
Baby's Weight: 0.25oz

Total weight gain/loss:

Maternity clothes?: Not yet.

Stretch marks? Nope

Sleep: Still getting up at midnight and around 4/4:30 to go to the bathroom.

Best moment of the week: Having S. rub my belly over and over again. It’s growing and he’s mesmerized by it.

Have you told family and friends: Most of them.

Miss Anything?: Not really

Movement:
Nope

Anything make you queasy or sick: Still can’t deal with raw chicken or the smell of coffee.

Food cravings: Chinese food. PLEASE can I have some Chinese food.

Have you started to show yet: Yes and more and more people are starting to notice.

Gender prediction: #teamgreen

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in

Wedding ring on or off?:
On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty chill, but still easily irritated.

Preparations for baby:
None

Looking forward to: Warmer weather for walks outside. I think it will help with this endurance.



The Interview

Today I did something that pushed me to step out of my comfort zone and into boundless opportunities.  Today, I went on a face-to-face job interview for a position within a field I love doing something that I am quite sure I would enjoy in an environment that I'm not yet sure I want to embrace.  Let me tell you something.  This.  Is.  Huge.

I've been in the same location (as in proximity) for about six years.  It's worked perfectly.  I've always been within 10-15 minutes of my children's schools, my home, and our church.  It has always been a relief to avoid the long commute of others, especially in a region where traffic is so difficult.  But, in recent months, I've been feeling stagnant.  I started out in my field doing exactly what I loved--writing and editing.  It was perfect.  An absolutely perfect day for me was finding missing punctuation, catching undefined acronyms, and rewriting technical jargon to regular layman speech. But, as the economy changed and funding in my field waned, I found myself doing more and more administrative and MS Project scheduling work and not enough of the writing and editing that brings me joy.  I love to be the team player.  I love helping out.  But I've been filling so unfulfilled lately that my effort has diminished and I know that if I notice it, surely others must as well.

So, I had a candid conversation with myself and my husband.  I want to do something else.  I want to get back into my field.  I want to feel the same excitement I once did about walking up in the mornings, ready to take on another great day.  Don't get me wrong.  I experience it still from time to time in my current position.  But the moments are so few and far between.  I want the drive I had in youth.  I want that experience of knowing what I am doing matters a lot more than notes on a paper, but in true impacy.  So, I tentatively pushed a resume out to a couple of sites.  I was just curious to see if I would get a nibble.

I did.  A rather large nibble.  A company that I was semi-obsessed with in college had their corporate recruiter contact me.  I answered a few questions, provided writing samples, did some research on the company to see if they were still the dynamic brand that I thought they were in college and it appears so.  All of that culminated in an interview today with one of the Program Managers and the recruiter.

Overall, I think it went well.  I answered the questions to the best of my ability with trut and candor.  I also was honest in the fact that I want what I do to matter in some way.  I want to leave work at the end of the day feeling like I didn't just get a lot of stuff done, but that I got a lot of important things accomplished.  I don't know if I will receive a call back or not.  That's okay.

The excitement in today's post is that I took the step to come out of comfort and embrace things unknown.  I think it's time for it.  I'm nervous and unsure, but I'm determined to see how this is going to end.

Wish me luck, either way!  (By the way, the interviewer told me I was now moving to round two of three).  Wooho!

-K

10 week update

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

10 week Recap: (Via Parents Magazine) Your baby is about the size of a kumquat and can stretch his spine. Her eyes and eyelids are more developed and her eyebrows are beginning to grow. Baby's Length: 1.22 in. Baby's Weight: 0.14 ounce.

Baby is the size of a kumquat

Total weight gain/loss: None this week. I am currently holding at 157 pounds.

Maternity clothes?: Not yet.

Stretch marks? Nope

Sleep: Still getting up at midnight and 4:35 AM to go tot he bathroom.

Best moment of the week: My appetite has returned!!! This weekend was Superbowl party weekend. Birthday party on Saturday, then a Superbowl party on Sunday all with great food, family, friends, and fun!

Have you told family and friends: Most of them.

Miss Anything?: Not being breathless. I’m showing much quicker this time and even walking up the steps is making me a bit winded.

Movement: Nope

Anything make you queasy or sick: The smell of coffee and chicken still make me queasy. And some sweets are starting to bother me, which is odd because I love sweets. They make me feel seasick now.

Food cravings: This week I wanted sweet gerkin pickles, cheesteak subs, and salad.

Have you started to show yet: Yes. I thought it was just a bit of bloat, but by Saturday evening, several of the ladies from the party came over to privately asked if I was pregnant because I was a bit “pronounced” lol. I confirmed that I was and they were so excited for my husband and I lol. Trying to get bigger shirts to hide just a bit longer.

Gender prediction: #teamgreen

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Moody and irritable early this week, but much better toward the latter part.

Preparations for baby: None

Looking forward to: Warmer weather for walks outside. I think it will help with this endurance.