Tuesday, December 27, 2011

12 Weeks

How far along: 12 Weeks {December 27th}
Total weight gain: I am still avoiding the scale
Maternity clothes: Not yet…checked out some dandy pants on craigslist today..I will hold off for a bit longer!
Stretch marks: I smell like Cocoa Oil all day long, fighting those pesky marks off.
Sleep: Resting peacefully in our new king size!
Best moment this week:  Day dreaming about Baby’s room
Miss Anything: Baking myself in a tanning bed, and I could devour me some Sushi
Movement: Not yet, but I know baby is in there bumping to my country music
Food cravings: Sweets!
Anything making you queasy or sick: The smell of raw meat, and red meat at any stage (raw or cooked)
Gender: ?? 6 more weeks to go !!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Am I “glowing” yet?
 Belly Button in or out: In.
Wedding rings on or off: On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Over the Moon Happy! 
Looking forward to: Feeling Baby move, couple more weeks! & Moving into my 2nd Trimester!

11 Weeks

{Chalk-board Art Compliments of Hubby} 

How far along: 11 Weeks {December 20th}
Total weight gain: I’m refusing to weigh myself, between bloat, constipation and extra lbs- I will not stand for it
Maternity clothes: No, trying to figure out how I can get away with wearing leggings to work from here on out
Stretch marks: No Comment, just keep applying my miracle cream
Sleep: I’ve been having work dreams lately- the WORST!
Best moment this week:  Christmas!
Miss Anything: Nothing this week…
Movement: Not yet, but getting closer!
Food cravings: Doughnuts! Jelly Filled! YUM!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Morning sickness is definitely subsiding, thank jebus!
Gender: Thinking more and more that it’s a girl
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: As previously mentioned, bloating, constipation…all the fun stuff!
 Belly Button in or out: In.
Wedding rings on or off: On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! 
Looking forward to: Moving, and our 14 week appointment soon!

Monday, December 12, 2011

10 Weeks..or so I thought

Finally the countdown to my first appointment is at T-0! Cody was able to take off of work to join me and share in the excitement, thankfully- because I was close to an anxiety attack in the exam room, why do they make you wait so long in there?!  Luckily Cody kept my mind off the ultrasound by talking aimlessly to me.

Once DR. Smith joined us for the appointment we went through all the health and family history questions {BORING}. The overall process of pregnancy, and what to expect at the remaining appointments.

Then it was time, we went into a different room where the ultrasound machine was and the nerves went into overload. What I was most afraid of, was that there was going to be nothing in there. That I was just making up everything in my head, the symptoms the hunger, the cravings. All just make-believe. So when Doctor Smith placed the Doppler on my belly and we were able to see the baby for the first time, it was magical! We could see the heart fluttering and the little arms and legs moving. Doctor Smith measured the baby’s heart rate and it was a normal 177 beats per minute, relief! But when Doctor Smith measured the baby itself we discovered that I was only 9 weeks preggo, not 10 as I had originally calculated. Doctor Smith said this was common, since I don’t know exactly when I ovulated or when the egg implanted. This revelation pushed my due date back 6 days to July 10th.

Doctor snapped a couple pictures for my file, a couple for us to take home and we were off to enjoy the rest of the day with a new outlook on life!

We have slowly been telling friends and coworkers the good news and are looking forward to the next 30.14 weeks… {OR} 211 days… {OR} 5,064 hours… But who’s counting.

How far along: 9 Weeks, again {December 6th}
Total weight gain: Movin on up, 6 lbs
Maternity clothes: No
Stretch marks: First sightings on the ladies, that’s what they get for gaining 2 sizes
Sleep: Crazy dreams with at least one potty break
Best moment this week:  Seeing our baby for the first time!
Miss Anything: Bloody Mary’s, extra spicy
Movement: Not feeling anything, but seeing our baby move on the ultrasound monitor was amazing!
Food cravings: Everything and anything! With extra salt!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Brushing my teeth is still tough
Gender: Don’t know yet!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Subsiding, less tired then the first weeks.
 Belly Button in or out: In.
Wedding rings on or off: On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!  
Looking forward to: Spending next week at my mommy’s and moving into our new house at the end of the month!

Monday, December 5, 2011

9 Weeks

How far along: 9 Weeks {November 30th}
Total weight gain: Sitting on 4 lbs still
Maternity clothes: Not Yet...
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Trying to get used to sleeping on my sides so that it is easier down the road.
Best moment this week:  House shopping! Found a super cute duplex!
Miss Anything: The days when I didn't have to feed myself ever 2 hours without getting nauseous.
Movement: None yet, but looking forward to baby's first kicks
Food cravings: Subway, easily could eat it for every meal.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Dry heaving every time I brush my teeth.
Gender: This week Cody and I both agreed that it will probably be a girl, which I think Cody secretly wants.
Labor Signs: No.

Symptoms: My hormones have decided to make themselves a home on my face in the form of big painful zits. Not Fun!
 Belly Button in or out: In.
Wedding rings on or off: On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Uber Happy! Have a 6 day stay-cation with some paid time off from work this week!
Looking forward to: FINALLY seeing our baby and hearing the heartbeat!

8 weeks

How far along: 8 Weeks {November 23rd}
Total weight gain: 4lbs, pretty sure it's all in my boobs though, at least that is what I'm telling myself!
Maternity clothes: Nope, rockin the yoga pants like there is no tomorrow.
Stretch marks: No, and I'm doing heavy research on creams/lotions/potions.
Sleep: Better, have one pee break in the middle of the night. Trying to cut back on fluids in the late afternoon but I'm always SO damn thirsty!
Best moment this week:  Breaking the news to Cody's Parents! and Chowing on some Thanksgiving grub.
Miss Anything: Red Wine
Movement: The cramps are gone!
Food cravings: Anything salty.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I've been getting more nauseous, the headaches keep comin, not too painful just annoying.
Gender: Still thinking it will be a boy.
Labor Signs: No

Symptoms: Dull Headaches, Nausea, and fatigue
Belly Button in or out: In.
Wedding rings on or off: On for now!
Happy or Moody most of the time: Super Happy, loving all the new and upcoming adventures we will go on.
Looking forward to: First ultrasound and hearing the heart beat!!

6 Weeks

How far along: 6 Weeks {November 9th}
Total weight gain: So far 0, but I don’t count on that lasting long…
Maternity clothes: Nope, however I look forward to cute legging outfits!
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Super Shitty! I wake up every morning about 3am and can’t sleep for at least an hour. Also have been having CRAZY dreams, I’m debating on starting a dream diary.
Best moment this week:  Researching nursery ideas and themes.
Miss Anything: COFFEE!!!
Movement: Just a little crampy from time to time.
Food cravings: BURGERS, the biggest greasiest, cheesiest..but I don’t know that this is a baby induced craving. Typical.
Anything making you queasy or sick: YES: warm air, dirty hands, brushing my teeth, dry mouth and have been getting headaches way more than normal.
Gender: Too early to know, BUT I have a feeling it’s a boy.
Labor Signs: None
Symptoms: Had some great implantation cramps on the left side of my uterus for the first 3 weeks. Headaches, backaches, Nausea, mood swings ( had one REAL good outburst so far)
Belly Button in or out: In, and will be for a while I have a DEEP belly button.
Wedding rings on or off: On! I’ll probably have to buy a decoy if my finger gets too fat, I will not have people thinking I’m knocked up and unwed!
Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m doing my best to be happy all the time, fighting off the stress of work.
Looking forward to: Breaking the news to my family!!! First ultrasound!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sittin around waitin on two pink lines

I think we all can remember back to anatomy class in high school, c’mon think WAY back…

A woman’s cycle, blah blah blah.

Until recently I thought of myself as pretty knowledgeable when it came to sexual health and the miracle of life, after all I did take the dirty 230 my sophomore year of college. But what I didn’t know is that the 1 ½ weeks between ovulation and your next potential period time literally slows to half speed.
It’s scientifically proven.

It’s true, counting days, charting symptoms and doin the…dirty all leads up to the universe slowing down.  The day after you finish your “fertile cycle” you are just DIEING to pee on a stick, let me tell you how big of a letdown that is. Even if your one little tiny egg was invaded by one little tiny sperm it’s going to take about a week to show up on a pee test, if you’re lucky! For some women it can take up to two before the hormone levels are high enough to be detected. But for some reason, even knowing these facts- you still take a pee test and the inevitable disappointment is there when it only shows one pink line.

Let’s get into implantation cramps and bleeding, {sounds like a blast right?} after spending a couple quality work hours researching my oh so trusty google, I was able to come to the conclusion that: some women feel them, some women don’t. Some women spot a little, some women don’t. Basically, every woman is different, and your body may or may not experience these things. Leading me to think that any time I felt ANYTHING going on down there a little moster was in the works. These anything feelings include: gas, a full bladder, jeans being too tight, hunger, constipation…yadda yadda {anything}…

It’s amazing how even the slightest chance that you may have successful combined egg and sperm inside you makes you change some of your daily habits. Even without the two pink lines, I’ve cut down on drinking both coffee and alcohol. I make a conscience decision to stress less, and I have cut out most of the items on the bad food list.

So, the waiting game continues. Having taken a pee test already this week, I’m trying my darndest to wait until the day comes next week when I could potentially wake up with that oh-uh I shouldn’t have worn white pjs to sleep feeling.

Getting your period when you and the hubby are trying to conceive is like nature gut punching you and saying “you suck at sex”. At least that’s how I felt before a wise old woman gave me a very valuable piece of advice.  (Okay she’s not old, but older than me, and that qualifies for wisdom)

She said “it really will happen when it is supposed to happen”. This wise old woman has a 3 month old beautiful baby girl, and she put it into perspective for me “to think that if it had been any other egg, or any other sperm I wouldn’t have the baby I have now. And I just can’t imagine not having this baby”.

So even if I awake in a blood bath next week, I’ll know that it just wasn’t the egg/sperm combo we are meant to have.

Cross your fingers for us.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Two of a kind working on a full house

Over the holiday weekend I came to the realization as I was sitting in the sunshine drinking spiked lemonade that hubby and I are drawing nearer on our days as a twosome. As ecstatic as I am to be adding ten more fingers and ten more toes to our household, I can’t help but want to savor every second that we have as a newlywed {childless} couple. I have declared that this is exactly what I’ll do until the delivery day comes. I’m going to drink up the two of us, relishing every moment.
I remember in 9th grade when a school project was to carry around a robotic doll that required feeding, changing and recorded how long you let it cry or if you shook it too hard. I feel like hubby and I need to take that course again. I don’t know how anyone could ever feel prepared. Talk about emotional anxiety, I’m not even pregnant yet and I’m already feeling inadequate!
It’s hard to fathom how radically our lives will change with a new addition to our family, sure we have to be home to walk the dog a couple times a day now, but in a matter of months that will all change. I have the last Friends episode airing over and over again in my mind…it’s the end of an era. In a way I’m not saying goodbye to the late nights, I’ll be up all night with baby. I’ll be spending hours bathing baby instead of soaking my high-heel sore feet in a hot soapy tub and I’ll be changing diapers instead of changing wardrobes. I’ll always cherish the life I’ve lived but I cherish the promise of my future 100 times more.

There will be lots of laughter, and tears and of course those sleepless nights you hear so often about. But it’s all worth it, or so I’m told…

Monday, June 20, 2011

Dirt Under Your Nails

Hubby and I spent the weekend at our favorite place in the world, Bickleton Washington; The Bluebird capital of the world, and home of the "oldest still in operation" tavern in Washington. Also home to Nana and Papa Gray, my family has been farming and ranching in Bickleton since 1896, I've always felt that as soon as you hit the gravel road your anxiety, stress and worries bounce right out window to be forgotten about until a later day. Time has a way of slowing down. Skies seem bluer and grass greener.

The four of us spent Saturday playing card games and dominoes while gazing out into the rainy pastures and fields, I could listen to my Papa’s stories for hours, remembering all the years he had prayed for rain like this to cover the crops; so many years the rain didn’t come, not this late in the year.

Sunday we woke to a gorgeous sunny day. Papa and Hubby head off to an old barn to do some scavenging in its final days of being upright. This is one of the last of its kind, and will soon be dismantled and sold for pieces.

Nana and I took advantage of the sunshine and took a walk to the mailbox, taking the opportunity for a few last pictures of the barn. We were then instructed by the hard working men to provide a “beverage service” to their thirsty bodies. We high-tailed it back to the house and brought them back some fine refreshments on the luxury booze wagon.

We ended our visit with a fried clam feast, which Nana and Papa had just dug out at the latest clam tide in Oregon.

As we drive down the Glade back to reality, Hubby and I reflect on how great it is to spend such quality time with people who truly love us and can offer us so much knowledge and advice in life love and marriage.  

We are so blessed.

Grass Between Your Toes

This is more than just a blog about getting pregnant, being pregnant and raising babies, this blog is my expression of that grass between your toes, sunshine on your skin feeling that you get when you are overcome with joy, happiness and most of all L.O.V.E.

Of course the name of my blog would be misleading if I wasn’t on my own baby watch 2011. July will mark month one with no birth control. My husband and I are very excited to be adventuring into parenthood and creating a family over the next coming days; months; years.

I’m hoping that this blog will allow me and my ever growing {belly} family to fill my down time, all the while giving people an insight into the love and happiness that fills our house.

With so many changes in the days to come I wanted a way for my loved ones to feel like they are lying in the grass, counting the stars beside me. Trust me you are with me every night.