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First Trimester Favorites

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.



Hi everyone!  I was recently asked about my favorite first and second trimester favorites since we are starting to approach trimester three.  I was eager to share my top four and decided to make a post out of it as well.  I hope these help you as much as they did me.  I was very thankful for them.  I'll share my second trimester favorites soon.  In the mean time, feel free to comment on your favorites as well. 

1. Preggie Pop Drops. You know, I never really had morning sickness with my son. I would feel an occasional nauseous rise, but nothing substantial. Oh my goodness, this pregnancy was so different. I can’t exactly recall which week, but I know it’s listed in the blog, that I started being fit with overwhelming nausea, but I did and it was no joke. Someone suggested preggie pops and I very skeptically tried them. (insert angelic melody of angel chorus). They were an immediate help. They are basically hard candies, but something about them stops the nausea and lets you focus on other things for an hour or so instead of concentrating on not getting sick.



2. The Pregnancy Bible. The title is a misnomer, but it’s an excellent book that I have enjoyed sharing with friends and family alike. I loved it when I was carrying my first and it has been a welcomed reference in this pregnancy as well.  I'm told there is an updated version now.  I didn't purchase this one, but I certainly am considering it!

 


3. Gummy Prenatals. These are the ONLY prenatal vitamins I was able to take without them visiting me soon thereafter. They taste great and provide almost all of the nutrition my little one needs. The exception is iron which I supplement through food or a small pill later in the day.


4. Seagram’s Ginger Ale. When all else failed, this ginger ale helped to keep my stomach settled and my body functioning. The funny this is it was only the Seagram’s that did this. Everything tasted like cardboard.  It got so bad that it was this that I craved when I finally started craving.

So there you go!  It's a short list, but it helped me immensely.  What were your first trimester favorites?

-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.



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.

9 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.


9 week Recap
Baby is the size of a cherry

Total weight gain/loss:  3 pounds gained.  I started this journey at 153 pounds, which is about seven pounds less than I was at my 9 month pregnant weight with our eldest ten years ago.  Sigh, lol.  I weighed in at our first obstetrics appointment Wednesday at 157 pounds. 

Maternity clothes?: Not yet, but I have had to use the hair tie trick for a couple of pair of pants and none of my business suits seems to want to fit quite right.

Stretch marks? Nope

Sleep: It varies.  Recently, I’ve started to wake a couple of times, once at midnight and once about 4:30a.m. to pee.  There have also been a couple of nights including last night where I am wide awake from 3-5:30 in the morning and I’ve only had about five hours of sleep!

Best moment of the week: Hmmm….my MIL made mustard greens, cake, baked apples, and tuna salad for dinner the other day so I wouldn’t have to when I came home.  It was so good and tasted so much like my home days in NC that I got teary eyed.  I love her. Oh and stopping meds!!!

Have you told family and friends:  Yep

Miss Anything? Not really, but I will admit to a bit of disappointment that I couldn’t have my appletini or Hurricane at the wedding we attended in January.

Movement: Nope

Anything make you queasy or sick:  YES!! The smell of coffee irritates me.  If I don’t eat something every two hours I’m also queasy. Chicken (especially the prep of raw chicken). UGH!

Food cravings:  I begged S. for a Nutty Buddy ice cream cone and Chinese food.  The Chinese food we got.  The Nutty Buddy he turned me down for because I'm anemic and "icecream isn't good for your blood" and since he was the one out, I acquiesced.  But trust, I'll get it soon lol.  The Chinese food craving comes every few days though.

Have you started to show yet:  Not really.  I have a bump, but I think it’s more from the residual Estrace and Endometrin.  A gf swore she could tell, but I don’t see it yet.

Gender prediction: So we’ve decided to be #teamgreen and not find out the baby until the delivery.  However, when I first found out, I thought it may be a boy.  We’ll see.

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out? Still in

Wedding ring on or off?  On, but I was so swollen (bloated) this morning it was hard to get them on and S. even recommended keeping them off.  Watching that carefully.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Oh my.  I wish I could say I was super happy all the time.  Most of the time, I’m good.  But I do get frustrated easier when I’m home in the evenings.

Preparations for baby: Not really.  I am in the process of changing insurance and the care offered to maternity and mothers will certainly be considered.


Looking forward to: the day S. can feel the baby move or hear the heartbeat from outside of my belly.

Happy Graduation Day!!!!

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.)


Hello everyone.  Today,our little bean passed a major hurdle in this journey.  Today was graduation day from the fertility clinic.  I  had no idea how nervous I actually was.  I went in and the receptionist said that I didn't have to sign in.  So, I sat down and waited to be called.  It seemed like forever and when my name was called I walked into the sonography room and prepped for the doctor.

'Please let there be a heartbeat' kept repeating itself over and over again in my head.

The sonographer inserted "Wanda" and pretty soon there was our little bean on the screen.  I zeroed in to the heart immediately.  It was just flickering away.  The official count was 173 beats per minute. Baby was so much larger than last time and was a bit active today.

The tears flowed and it was a beautiful moment.


The staff was kind enough to leave the video of the baby's heartbeat on the screen and let me record it on my phone.  I recorded it for S. who wasnt't able to join me today.  

When we left, the doctor gave me a copy of my records and off I left.  This afternoon, the family went to bible study and was just overjoyed at the Word and the fellowship.  Our pastor knows our story and has been praying with my husband for quite some time.

He came over and gave us hugs and prayed over our little one in utero.  His wife, a beautiful woman, shed tears of joy for us.  The support system has been amazing.  While our church family don't know our struggle with infertility, I think a large portion of them guessed something was awry when the years passed and we didn;t conceive.  No one has ever said anything, but their prayers have been obvious and their joy (those who know) has been wonderful.

There are still so many emotions that I have going on in my head and I promise to share all of them soon.  Right now, however, I just want a nap.

So I will write you all again soon.  Have a great evening.

-K


7 weeks preggo: The family announcement

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. Furthermore, I will continue to do so on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. It is not my intent to turn this blog into all things BFP, so I will make sure to try and keep things as open as possible while being sensitive to the stages that all of us are in per our respective journeys. With that in mind, today we are taking a break from the break to share the following….)
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It’s funny how things happen on a much grander scale than we originally plan. S. and I have always stated that we were just going to tell our parents about our pregnancy and then announce later at about 10 weeks. Well, Sunday afternoon we told S.’s parents and my mother, father and bonus mother, and honorary parents. Then, S. decided to tell his siblings which meant I had to tell my siblings and before you knew it, the siblings had shared to closest friends who shared with others and a lot of people knew.

It was a nice moment and everyone was happy for us. While most don’t know the intimate details of our struggle, they do know that S. and I have tried to conceive for 4 years and 7 months. When we adopted out beautiful daughter, I think people just assumed it was because we couldn’t conceive. We explained then that we had always planned to adopt children and would continue to expand our family through adoption or biologically, however God decided to bless us. Truthfully, with T's count, we didn't know if we could conceive.  Fast forward to today.

We didn’t exactly do a creative announcement though in hindsight, I would not have minded that at all. S. told his family that I’d been ill and in and out of doctor visits for a while (which is true). He said recently we’d discovered that my HCG counts were rising and was the culprit. His sister started shrieking as she knew immediately (She has four children, one who will be a year soon). She got it ASAP lol. The men were confused until S. continued and explained what that meant and I just smiled at their reactions.

When we told my family, they were a bit more subdued. It wasn’t because they weren’t happy. They are. They are just a more restrained bunch. I often tease them that I am a bit of an odd duck because I am the silliest, most light hearted, completely odd acting person I know.

My phone beeped with a couple of congratulatory messages and one call just so super excited for us. I’m thankful for the love and support and am praying for a healthy, happy, pregnancy.

I’ll probably hold off on updates for a while. (I say that and may change my mind later). I just like the idea of holding on until there is more to talk about. However, I should certainly say this morning sickness is definitely kicking my butt and is NOT restricted to mornings.

And I’m NOT complaining. As long as I am sick, I know things are well. So I’m all about the craving water and the dry heave of chicken (EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW….chicken).

That’s about it at the moment. I plan to check in again in a few days. We have a wedding coming up on Sunday and our 8-week scan (and RE graduation the next week). Looking forward to sharing.

-K