Monday, August 26, 2013

Girl Named 12 Weeks

Well, I made it past the first trimester! (I think, I never know if second trimester starts at week 12 or 13...) Anyway, I'm feeling a lot better than I was a few weeks ago for sure. P and I had a nice weekend away in Branson, I did some shopping with a friend, and we stayed in a super nice hotel, got to eat dinner out (with no kids!) and have drinks (not me, them). It was relaxing, but not long enough! I have a 4 day weekend coming up for Labor Day, so a little more relaxing may be in order!

The Belly: It still isn't baby, but it's definitely there. Although, being a smidgen overweight to begin with, I still just look fat. :)

Food: Fortunately, most aversions are past by now. I still DO NOT want a hamburger, but not as many things turn my stomach now. I still love anything salty or spicy, and I only want to drink unsweetened iced tea, with Truvia in it. I know that's not the best because of the caffeine and artificial sweetener, but I try to mix in some water here and there too.

Baby: It's the size of a lime this week!

Feeling: I've been feeling much better, more energy, but I still crash about 9:00 every night. I have been able to get all the laundry done though, so that's a big step!

Activity: I walked a lot this weekend while shopping, so I'm counting it. I haven't done a deliberate walk/run yet, but I'm planning to this week. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Girl Named 11 weeks

11 weeks! Only 2 more weeks until I'm out of the horrendous 1st trimester! I have felt better this week as well, I've been taking the Zofran once a day still, but after it wears off I've been able to control the nausea with eating and Tummy Drops. Yesterday I woke up with NO nausea for the first time in 4 weeks! I don't want to jinx it, because as we all know, it can hit at any time. So I'm just enjoying it while it lasts. My oldest daughter started Kindergarten this week, so it's been a bit emotional for this mama. I can't believe she's gotten that big, it feels like I was just pregnant with her! 

The Belly: More noticeably pregnant, still not baby just bloat, but the belly bloat is getting bigger and harder to hold in! 

Food: Still no meat for me, thanks. Not as many aversions, but not many cravings either. A BLT sounds pretty good though...

Baby: The size of a fig now! And almost fully formed, so that's exciting!

Feeling: I've been feeling better, and having more good days than bad. I think it's looking up! This may be TMI (but all you other mamas understand) if I could poop, I would be a new woman! I'm taking Colace, fiber, Miralax, and just drank some Magnesium Sulfate, so I'm waiting for something to happen!

Activity: Still haven't had the energy to run, but last night we went on a family walk, and that's the most activity I've done in a month. I'm hoping in a couple weeks I'll be able to do more. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Girl Named 10 weeks

Well, I made it to 10 weeks! The nausea is starting to subside, though it is still present. We had our first ultrasound this week, and got to hear the heartbeat! It was 180, so still really fast. It doesn't matter how many kids you have, hearing that heartbeat for the first time is one of the most amazing things. It makes me cry every time. We got a picture of baby, and I instantly fell in love! 

The Belly: I know it's not baby yet, but my amazing remembering belly is definitely getting bigger. It's now pretty noticeable that I'm either fat, or pregnant. 

Food: Although some aversions are gone, I still can't think about meat (cheeseburgers make me want to puke), vegetables in certain forms are still questionable. I haven't really had any cravings this week.

Baby: The size of a kumquat, although that doesn't mean anything to me because I don't know what that is.

Feeling: I'm less tired than I was, and less nauseous. I still have a few bad days here and there, but they're definitely getting more sparse, which gives me hope!

Activity: Still not enough energy for that! 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Girl Named 9 weeks

This week has not been much better, although after my awesome husband had to clean the house that weekend, he let me hire a housekeeper! She came for the first time Wednesday, and when I came home from work and my house was spotless, smelled good, and there were fresh cut flowers on the counter, I literally cried. He asked me "Are you crying??" Yes, yes I am. My house is clean and I didn't have to do it. Men don't understand, but it's such a huge burden and stress relief to have it done. Now I can come home and cook dinner (or bring it home...) and relax. Weekends I only have to worry about laundry because I know she'll be coming back again Wednesday! 

I finally called the doctor and had her call me in a prescription for Zofran. I took it all through both my other pregnancies, and while I haven't been as sick yet, I feel it coming. And it makes me feel better knowing I have it on-hand for when I need it. It helps with the nausea too, which is nice. 

The Belly: Still just fat.

Food: I've been able to eat a few more things this week, but I still have a pretty limited range. I still love PB filled pretzels and lemonheads.

Baby: The size of a grape!

Feeling: Still exhausted and nauseous. My daughter was sick this weekend, and I caught her cold, so throw that in the mix and I'm kind of miserable. Especially since I can't take anything. 

Activity: Okay, I'm starting to feel really lazy. I went from being really active to nothing, but I don't have the energy right now to do anything. Hopefully that will change soon. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Girl Named 8 weeks

Well, I had more good days this week. I had my first doctor appointment on Wednesday, but it didn't turn out to be where I actually saw the doctor. I saw the nurse, peed in a cup, had 7 vials of blood taken, and was talked to in length about what to expect while being pregnant. They really should just skip that part for the 3rd pregnancy, I'm kind of a pro by now. 

We also went on vacation this week (mini-vacation) to the lake, and spent 5 days at the lake house with family and friends. It was so much fun, and so relaxing, but I SO didn't want to come back to work when it was time! Not to mention on my last day off I was so sick and tired I couldn't get out of the chair all day. C was sick too, so I had an excuse to not do anything because she stayed home from school with me. 

The Belly: Still nothing. I just look really chubby and bloated. I'm sure that can't be from all the extra food I've eaten...

Food: I'm down to snacking every 2-3 hours, so that's better. But still cravings of salty and sour things. The mere thought of a cheeseburger makes me almost puke, in fact it was even hard to type the word.

Baby: Now the size of a kidney bean!

Feeling: Exhausted, sick, nauseous, no energy.

Activity: Again, can't bring myself to walk or run. Hoping this "phase" ends soon so I can get back to exercising. 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Girl Named 7 weeks

Well, this week I had several days where I just wanted to lay around. Saturday and Sunday I was pretty much worthless, but luckily I have an amazing husband who did the laundry, washed and replaced sheets on all the beds, did dishes, cleaned the girls bedrooms and playroom, made meals, etc. He is awesomer than words can say, and I don't know what I'd do without him. 

The Belly: Still don't have one. Well...I do, but it's all bloat and food. 

Food: Once the nausea kicked in, I have to eat once an hour, literally. If I'm not putting food in my mouth, I feel like I'll throw up. Anything salty or sour - salt & vinegar chips, lemonheads, peanut butter filled pretzels.

Baby: Still tiny, about the size of a blueberry.

Feeling: Horrible. I had 4 bad days and 3 good days. I just want to be able to eat a normal amount of food and not feel like throwing up or passing out all the time!

Activity: Besides getting off the couch for a snack (and going to work every day), nothing!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Girl Named 6 weeks pregnant

I'm 6 weeks now, and it seems like it's been forever! (I'm writing this before we've announced to everyone) so it seems like forever before I can tell people! I just want to tell everyone I know. With the other 2 we told everyone around 8-10 weeks, so we will at least wait that long this time. I will be writing about the past week, but posting belly pictures from the day I am "that week", if that makes sense. I'm 6 weeks on Saturday, so I'll write about the previous week, and post a picture from Saturday. 

The Belly:
Well, I'm only 6 weeks but I look 4 months. I know it's bloating, and what I refer to as "My Amazing Remembering Belly". They say that with each pregnancy you "show" earlier and earlier because your body knows what to do, and your muscles just kind of relax into it. So, my belly is definitely relaxing at this point. I'm going to try and find my belly pictures from last time so I can compare them. 

Last week I was a bottomless starving pit. This week I'm hungry, but NOTHING sounds good. It sucks because I want to eat, but can't figure out what I want to eat. Popcorn has been my go-to food so far.

About the size of a pumpkin seed, so not up to much right now. 

I have been SO tired (duh). I feel like I could sleep for days straight. Other than a day of heartburn before I even found out I was pregnant, I really haven't had any other physical symptoms. I am incredibly moody and bitchy (just ask Pete) and I cry a lot for no apparent reason. All normal. 

Monday: Elliptical
Tuesday: Running
Thursday: Running
Saturday: Running

Friday, August 16, 2013

Girl Named...Terrified?

Well, I haven't made a post in a couple months, apparently. We've been busy! It's now time to share that we are pregnant with our 3rd baby, due in March! We have been waiting to share the news until we felt comfortable. We are so excited (and really hoping for a boy!). Before we "tried", I Googled "how to conceive a boy" and we did EVERYTHING on the list. I even bought a book about how to conceive the gender of your choice. I'll let you know if it works or not, for all of you that would like to try it too!

I am completely terrified to have 3 kids though. I remember being scared to have K, and not scared at all to have C because we already had one. I think I'm more scared to have #3 than I was either of the others! I'm just so worried about how it will affect our life, what our life will be like, how the other two will respond to it...I'm a planner, and for me not to know what will happen and what it will be like, seriously gives me anxiety! 

I will be posting weekly posts about my pregnancy (this is an idea I saw on another blog and loved it) but it's more for me and my kids one day, than for anyone else. I didn't keep a good record for the girls, and I'd like to for this one because I know it's my last chance! Since I waited a while, I will have 5 or 6 to post to catch up, then it will be weekly. 

My goal is to remain active (running, elliptical, bike, walking) for as long as I possibly can. I've read a lot of research about it, and there are SO many benefits to exercise during pregnancy. I didn't exercise at all the other 2 times, and I gained 40 and 50 pounds, respectively. The girls were both VERY healthy and I had healthy pregnancies, but I'm hoping if I eat right and continue to exercise, it will minimize some of my symptoms (like swelling, low energy, weight gain) and give me an easier delivery. I hope you enjoy this ride with me! I can't wait to share it with you!