Friday, September 28, 2012

Quote of the Day

The only dream worth having is to dream that you will live while you are alive, and die only when you are dead. To love, to be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of the life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.
Thursday, September 27, 2012

19 Weeks

I am 19 weeks as of today! I will have to go back and upload pictures that I have taken of my belly. This week is when I am finally starting to get a little belly, even though it just looks like a beer belly. Adam and I think part of the reason I'm so small compared to other pregnant women is because of the location where I'm carrying, right in the middle. I'm not high and not too low.

So far, I've had hardly any of the "normal" 19 week signs of pregnancy.
No constipation
No unreasonable or unusual appetite
No stretchmarks
No moodiness or crying (more than usual at least ;))

Side effects I have had:
Weight gain, of course

As of last week, Adam now has 2 jobs (he is taking up personal training as mostly a hobby since he is so passionate about it). Also, as I have announced to everyone, I got offered a new job (still within the university). So far I like it, but I DO miss my old job a little bit, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do, either way I love working at a university. I'm so glad I took this route and I am so excited that Adam and I are both successful and will be able to give our child whatever he or she needs.

So once again, the pregnancy is going very smoothly. Things are going perfectly fine. I wore my first maternity top a couple days ago. But still, no one at work knows I'm pregnant. The reason I haven't told anyone is because I just received a new job. I'll wait a week or two to break the news!

I don't have a scale, so I haven't been weighing myself, but if I were to guess I would assume I've gained 7 pounds. I will find out soon enough! I don't feel too huge, so I'm no worried.

Mood has been very happy lately and very excited for all things baby!

19 week belly pic:
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

18 weeks

I keep jumping the gun on posting pregnancy blogs, I'm not 18 weeks until tomorrow. I thought since it was exactly a week ago that I posted the 17 week blog it would be appropriate.

My last day in the Office of the Registrar is Friday, and I'm sad. Even though I'm moving onto bigger and better things, there's still that bittersweet feeling. Tomorrow the entire office and supporting offices (Financial Aid and OneStop) are throwing me a going away party, but they are calling it a "going down the hall party" since my office isn't too far away from my current one.

I ordered my first maternity top on Sunday from Asos! There's no way I'm going through this pregnancy in anything but style. I also ordered a new trench coat jacket from one of my favorite sites. Hopefully my pregnant belly will fit into it in a couple months.

As far as the pregnancy itself goes; everything seems to be normal and uneventful. No movement yet (except Adam swore he felt baby movement when he was listening to my stomach but I told him it was just digestion). The food I've been craving is cherry tomatoes with salt, pepper, and ranch. I snack on it at work about every day. I'm still very picky and have a hard time figuring out what to make for meals. Adam and I make macaroni and cheese with hot dogs and ketchup a lot, and about once a week we make a good, hearty meal. Today we are making a roast. I've also been making tons of foods off of pinterest (mostly desserts).

Caitlin and I started talking about baby showers and gender reveal parties. Pinterest has some good ideas. She wants to do a baby shower here in Duluth on my birthday (December 8th) and one back home in Crookston in January. I'm wondering what Adam's mom is going to want to do. Either way, there's some big plans in the making and I'm hoping for something fun!

18 week belly pic:
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

17 weeks

September 12, 2012

Had my second OB appointment today, and have gained no weight since my last appointment last month! Everything checked out to be normal, Adam and I got to listen to the heartbeat and it was at 142, so it's normal!

I'm starting to tell my friends/previous coworkers/previous classmates about my pregnancy, and it's so exciting! It is actually addicting, it makes me wanna tell the world. Obviously I'm getting very good responses, congratulations, and support.

I got offered another job in another department last week and I decided to accept it on Monday. I'm so sad to leave the Office of the Registrar, but I will only be down the hall! I love where my professional life is going, it's almost as exciting as the pregnancy! Things are just all around moving SO fast.

As far as how I'm feeling; just a few headaches (they were bad headaches, though) and I feel like my stomach grows a little bit each day. I still haven't told coworkers at my current work, and it's okay because I'm not showing yet. I wear my hollister jeggings, leggings, and some charlotte russe jeggings and that's the only things that comfortably fit. BUT I still use the hair tie method on my regular jeans if I get lazy for laundry. I want to start shopping for more loose fitting dresses to wear with leggings.

Still no food cravings. I'm the pickiest pregnant person I know, maybe that will change though.

Overall, things are going well for me. I'm loving our condo, loving my job, loving this pregnancy (as much as someone can..). Pregnancy isn't something you particularly enjoy, but it's going smoothly for me.

16 weeks

September 6, 2012

16 weeks along and still haven't told anyone besides my family. I haven't been to Crookston or talked to any friends from Crookston since I've been pregnant, and I'm not going to do it over the phone or internet. It's getting really hard not to tell people but I don't want work to find out yet so I have good chances of getting this promotion! (I can't say that revealing my pregnancy would hurt my chances, but something is telling me that it would). I have been feeling pretty great energy-wise the last few weeks, but I only make it to the gym about once a week. I still don't have any cravings, and no nausea or vomiting. No stretch marks and no spider veins. When I read the negative side effects of second trimester pregnancy I seem to have little to none of them, so I'm happy everything is going smoothly. The only things I have noticed are that I get back aches when I walk a long distance or if I'm cooking food in the kitchen, and I noticed a few Braxton Hicks contractions yesterday. I'm starting to know what to expect when delivery gets close, but I know BH contractions are nothing compared to real contractions :/.

Adam's mom is so excited to be a grandma, she's told literally everyone. She has even gotten gifts from friends of things saying "grandma". It makes me smile.

In the meantime, I'm going to silently plot how to break this to my coworkers.

Update: I don't know if those were BH contractions lol. I read that it might be ligaments stretching. Either way it was sharp pains that are going to prepare me for labor.

16.5 week belly pic:

13.5 weeks

August 21, 2012

The last two days have been exciting because I haven't had headaches! Yesterday I just had a miserable morning, but today I have nothing! I hope to get energy to unpack all of our (my) stuff in the condo. I AM A HOARDER.

12/13 weeks

August 17, 2012

Yesterday, I had my first ultrasound. It was exciting! It made me excited for everything watching that little one bounce around in there. The ultrasound tech was laughing at how much movement there was going on, the baby kept moving positions and bouncing. He said the heart rate was 147, so right in the middle of the average (90-200). Adam said it must be a boy because a girl wouldn't move around that fast ;). He thinks that it takes after him. It was so weird to see the baby in there, I could make out the head, hands, arms, legs, nose. The tech took 3 pictures of the profile view and I personally think it looks like it has chubby cheeks! Who would've thought that a picture of a 13 week old baby in an ultrasound would look cute?! And when I title this 12/13 weeks I do it because according to my menstruation cycle, I should be 12 1/2 weeks, but the tech said according to measurements the baby is 13 weeks. He changed the due date from previously being February 24th to February 21st. That's only a couple days so there really isn't much of a change.

I keep looking at the pictures because it gets me excited. I even consider it to look like me a little bit when I was a baby (chubby cheeks and the way the eyes and nose are placed). I am sure it's a girl, Adam thinks it's a boy, of course. I think he more so WANTS it to be a boy, while I actually THINK it's a girl. I'm going off of both intuition and actual facts. Biologically, the female chromosome (X) is larger than the male (Y). During most times of the month the male and female chromosomes have an equal chance of reaching the egg, except for a few days before ovulation. The few days before ovulation have a higher risk of conceiving a female because the egg is lower down in the Fallopian tube. Since I know the exact conception date, you can probably guess I'm saying this because the conception date was just 2 days before ovulation began. There are a couple other biological factors that come into play, like pH level as another example. I'm not going to get into detail about though!

Either way, I will be happy with whatever sex it is! I have just only been thinking of girl names because I seem to be so dead set on having a girl.

All in all, it was just a really fun experience having the ultrasound. I can't wait until the next one when the baby is bigger and I can find out the gender!

10 Weeks

July 30, 2012

Today marks the 10 week point and I'm feeling better. Still a bit tired but no nausea today. I do feel lucky, though, that I haven't vomited.

Went home to the lake over the weekend and spent time with everyone, went tubing with Sophie and the sisters, boating, grilling, etc. Pretty chill weekend. I'm starting to get extremely sad that wefest is coming up and I'm not going.

I've gained a little weight, my pants and shorts are fitting snug. A certain pair of  jeggings (practically leggings) are the only thing that still fit comfortably. Everything else hurts to button so I use a hair tie or just put a belt over it.

Went to the gym last night, can't workout as hard as I used to because I get tired, a little dizzy, and HUNGRY. I will eat a snack before the gym and after 20 minutes of working out I start to feel a little bit hungry. So I push through for about another 15 minutes and head out. I usually have to run to the grocery store after because I don't want to drive home on an empty stomach and I usually don't have that much food at home. I have been going to the grocery store almost daily to get a couple things each time. I have been craving sushi lately too!

Nothing out of the ordinary happening yet, except I've started to get heartburn and had stomach cramping last night.

9 weeks and some

July 23, 2012

I'm almost ten weeks. That's crazy to think about. I can still fit in all my clothes but my jeans are a little snug at the waist. I'm starting to get my energy back and I am excited to get back to the gym. I actually went yesterday BUT forgot my gym bag and didn't want to drive all the way back home since I live further now.

I have still been craving yogurt, along with some other foods like grilled cheese and tomato soup. The cravings actually change day to day, even hour to hour, and I'm still turned off by a lot of foods (especially healthy things, I hope that changes!). The thought of a wrap right now makes me want to throw up. It seems so silly!

9 weeks

July 17, 2012

I'm a little over 9 weeks and I have been the most up and down. I keep getting mixed feelings about everything and can't make up my mind (worse than before).

I'm still really tired this week, but I feel that the morning sickness is no longer prominent in the morning, I get nausea randomly throughout the day. I'm hoping it will go away soon. I've noticed that I've gained some weight, I really hope I get my energy back so I'm able to hit the gym again. I have not had the energy or motivation to go for the last two weeks. It is bumming me out a little bit.

I'm excited for when Adam and I get to move into our own place in less than a month!

I'm Pregnant!

July 12, 2012

On June 22, 2012, I noticed that I had tender breasts going on for a couple weeks. My menstrual cycle was literally only 2 days late, but my intuition told me something was off. I took the initiative to go get a pregnancy test, and then went back to get two more. All 3 tests were positive. If you knew how little my boyfriend and I got to see each other, you can imagine my confusion and astonishment.

As of today I'm about 8 weeks along. I have not told anyone that I'm pregnant yet besides my immediate family, and of course, Adam. But even though I'm not telling people yet, I wanted to start blogging about it. It's going to be SO interesting to read later. So I am including a survey. It overviews the main pregnancy symptoms:

How far along: 8.5 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: None
Maternity clothes?: Not yet
Stretch marks?: Not yet
Sleep: Since I've been used to sleeping like a baby my whole life, it's a difficult change now that I have to wake up to pee once or twice in the night.
Best moment this week: Being told by a landlord that they are saving a condo for Adam and I, and it's a great price for how nice it is!
Miss anything: I WILL be missing wefest in a few weeks :( :( That's the hardest part.
Food cravings: Not really. Mostly aversions.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Mostly EVERYTHING until late evenings. Then, of course, it's time to get ready for bed.
Have you started to show yet: No way
Gender Prediction: GIRL
Symptoms: ALL. Morning sickness (But no throwing up), hell I have day sickness. Moody, headaches, abdomen cramping, fatigue. And the most prominent one I've noticed: I get annoyed of everyone. Have a very low tolerance for people's ticks. Just listening to my coworker cough every 5-10 minutes makes me want to scream.
Happy or moody most of the time: MOODY
Looking forward to: Moving into our condo, and eventually telling people that I'm pregnant (I'm waiting until at least September, until I'm 15 weeks along or more).

It's hard to be at work and keep it a secret. I've been feeling sick practically everyday, even went home last Monday. Everyone's wondering if I caught mono or the flu and I HATE lying about it, but I absolutely can't say anything yet, because I am applying for higher positions in this department (a promotion! :) I'm afraid it could affect that) and I just feel that it's to early to break the news!

Can't wait to move into our condo on August 15th!
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