15 Weeks

Monday, April 15, 2013

Now that I am 15 weeks, I am just starting to show a tad. Well, more like I look like I've gained weight in my mid-section and have maybe eaten one too many personalized pizzas or something. It's not cute, but it's happening! I am still feeling great. I have learned that as long as I stick to my workout schedule, then I feel awesome. If I don't, then I am extra tired, lazy, and just bleh. I try to get myself to the gym 4-5 times a week. I am obsessed with this bodypump class - it's like a weight training class. I just can't get enough of it! I am also doing cycling, which I love as well. So I pretty much just switch off those classes during the week and then one day I'll go running or for a longer walk. I have started to get lower back cramps when I walk or stand for too long, so I have been slacking with this each week. 
NEXT week we find out the gender! (if baby cooperates) So crazy we will already know! My doc said that she will definitely be able to tell by then, especially because she thinks that I am measuring a little earlier than expected...but we will see! Also, weird but I guess it's normal is some days I feel huge and others I don't feel pregnant at all. The culprit of this all - bloating. I feel like every couple days I get super bloated and look completely pregnant and I kind of get excited and ask Jason a million times "Do I look pregnant now?!" And then I'll wake up and it's gone. Kind of weird, but normal I guess. Anyone else have this happen to them? Also, I feel full all day long. I am almost never hungry, but I make myself eat because I know I should. It's not that I am nauseous or have no appetite. Could be the bloating that is making me feel like this is my guess.
I took this last weekend when I was 14 weeks and baby was the size of a large naval orange. (Don't mind my outfit..this was in between general conference sessions)
This week baby is the size of an avocado! Mmm..that sounds good right now:)

Cat's Out of the Bag!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

We told all of our friends and extended family on Easter Sunday and I am so glad I can finally tell everyone and anyone!
Seriously, the hardest secret to keep, but it was worth it.
As of today, I am just a little over 13 weeks and officially in my 2nd trimester! Woohoo!
I feel like time is starting to go faster, which is nice. 
We went in for our 3rd appointment which was our 1st trimester screening appointment.
We got to see our little peanut on the screen and it really is the most AMAZING thing ever.
I really love my technician she is the sweetest and always makes me feel really comfortable.
We saw our baby as clear as day! It was seriously amazing. It was kicking its legs and moving its arms...even had the hiccups! So cute. & it's finally looking like a real baby. My tech said that she had never seen a clearer ultrasound in her 15 years of practice..we could see all the bones, the 4 chambers of the heart, two sides of the brain, the spine..it was just really cool.
Anyways, I am still feeling good...although just yesterday I woke up with worst congestion. I must've sneezed about 200 times yesterday it was unreal. I also got a little dizzy, which I read is supposedly normal. Still tired as ever though...I literally have to force myself to stay awake until 9 most nights.
We are so excited for this huge adventure and we really can't wait to be parents!! 
The other night Jason and I were talking and we got just a little bit sentimental knowing that this chapter in our life, the time we have shared together as husband and wife - just the two of us, is going to be over soon. Don't get me wrong, we are absolutely thrilled out of our minds, but grateful for the time that we have had to be together for the past 3 years, just the two of us. We both feel like this really is the perfect timing and we are so ready. (at least we think we are..but ready or not this is happening) 
Our next appointment is in just 3 weeks and it is the anatomy screening where we will find out the gender of our sweet babe! We already have a feeling of what it is, but I feel like if I say it, I might jinx it. :)
Here are some pictures that I took right after finding out I was pregnant & our most recent ultrasound.

^This is how we announced it via instagram and facebook. 

10 weeks (I wrote this 3.5 weeks ago)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Today I am 10 weeks 2 days and in my 11th week. My baby is a little over 2 inches and is the size of a lime. I haven't started showing just yet, but I have a feeling it's about to pop out real soon. Overall, I am feeling pretty good. I haven't had the typical "morning sickness." I am definitely tired all.day.long. and feel like I could sleep forever, but besides that I'm pretty good. I have also noticed that I can eat a lot more...but it also depends what it is. Last week, I ate at the Mexican restaurant by my work 3 times. It was so freaking good and I practically licked the plate clean. Currently working on controlling this ;) I have been working out a few times a week and I feel like that always makes me feel better..even though I can't do as much or as long as I could before, but it's something.

We told our family and it was seriously the best thing ever! It was (and still is) the HARDEST THING not to tell the whole world the best thing that has ever happened to you! But we are planning on announcing on Easter to our friends because I will be exactly 13 weeks and into my second trimester (the safe zone). I have found myself cracking under pressure a few times and telling a some people. But in my defense, it's the hardest thing when someone straight up asks me if I am pregnant..I can't lie! J reminds me every day or every time I hang out with friends not to say anything. Ha. I also told my boss last week so she doesn't schedule me for 9 hour shifts anymore. Standing that long on your feet, without access to food & water can really take its toll on a pregnant woman. I have had 2 ultrasounds so far and everything looks great so far. The only thing that isn't the best are my Vitamin D levels, which is pretty ironic because I love being outside and in the sun as much as I can, but now that work and school has taken over my life these past two years, I am whiter than white and clearly vitamin D deficient. So, my doc wants me to start taking vit d supplements. I also never drink milk. That could have an effect too.

How we told our family: Luckily, my birthday landed right around the time that we wanted to tell them, which made it convenient because we would all be together to celebrate. For my birthday Jason got me a polaroid camera. We thought it would be fun to take a polaroid of our ultrasound and give it to them at lunch. On each polaroid, I personalized it by writing "Hi Grandma and Grandpa! Can't wait to meet you in October!" "Hi Auntie Kate and Uncle Pehrson..." etc. We told them about the camera that J gave me and I brought it to take some pics. My plan didn't exactly work out perfectly, but I ended up handing them each their picture and everyone squeled and cried and it was the best. I especially loved seeing those tears well up in my Dad's eyes. So sweet.

The week after, Jason's family came up here to go to breakfast and celebrate my birthday. We did the same thing with the polaroids and they again, squeled and cried and were completely in shock. We totally caught them off guard. It was the best and again, so fun to tell our family FINALLY! This will be the first grandbaby on his side (and first great-grandbaby). SO FUN, I love that :)

Now we just need to get through these next 2.5 weeks and keep our mouths shut the best that we can. Mums the word!

What I am looking forward to:
-oddly enough, I am excited to start showing and have a little baby bump..and can't wait to start wearing cute maternity clothes.
-I can't wait to feel the baby move! I think about that all the time.
-We can't wait to find out the gender. I honestly have no clue..all I really want is a healthy baby.
-We are excited to tell all of our friends.
-I'm excited for the second trimester. Word on the street is that it's the best.
-I love hearing the heartbeat and seeing my little peanut on the screen...can't wait to see it again!

One thing I can't wait to change: I can't wait for the time to start picking up and going faster. I feel like I am counting the hours or something. It is going so incredibly slow and I am not quite sure I am really ever going to have this baby! I hear once you are in your second tri, it starts to go by faster. Hoping that is how it goes for me!

First Doctor's appointment! (I wrote this on Feb 14th)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Let me preface...So here's how everything went down. We've been trying to get pregnant since July (which is when I got off birth control). We weren't really "trying" we were kind of just letting it happen if it did. I totally thought I would get pregnant like the first time. When November rolled around I started to get a little worried. Well, things just don't always happen as you plan. I made an appointment with my OB just to get checked out and to make sure. Everything looked great and she said she would be really surprised if I didn't get pregnant within the next couple months. She also recommended me to use ovulation strips to help me know when I'm ovulating and when it was time to "try." So I got them at the end of December and when January around, I used them. I got a positive & it was time to go. (Side note: This may be TMI but this is my blog and i can write whatever I want) anywho. I just had a really strong feeling that this was the month. that this was it. something felt different, but I tried not to get my hopes up like i did every single month. I was so sick of seeing a negative pregnancy test and as strong as a feeling was that this was it, i let myself not get excited about it. I started to get cramps and was kind of bummed...then the cramps lasted about a week and they felt different than normal. On January 30th I woke up, ate breakfast, started my hw, and just thought that I would take a pregnancy test just to get it out of my mind so I won't have to worry about it. I was so sure that I wasn't. So i took it and walked away for awhile (says to wait 5 mins) when I came back in to look at it i was literally STUNNED. TWO LINES! I stared at it for a good 3 minutes and then burst into tears. I kept walking back in the bathroom to look at it to make sure I wasn't making it up or seeing double (no pun intended;) I then proceeded to take 2 more tests to make sure. Eeach one was positive. I texted jason right away to see if he could call me. This is how our conversation went on the phone,

Me: Hey how's work?
J: good. How are you?
Me: good. so i just took a pregnancy test...(long pause because I started to cry)
J: SHUTTTT UPPPPPPPPP ohhhhh myyyy goshhhhhhhhhh

And then we freaked out a little more. I felt bad that I didn't wait for him to take it until he got home, but I couldn't wait and I couldn't wait to tell him either. I couldn't think of anything else the rest of the day! I went to Target to get the "What to Expect when you're expecting" book and a little newborn outfit (neutral colors) to give to jason when he got home from work.
Fast forward to now: Thursday Feb 14th our first doctor's appointment. We went in for our appointment at 7:30 and I was a little nervous. Just nervous to hear bad news and just nervous of the unexpected. This was my first time doing this and I had no idea what was going to happen. I wanted to call my mom and sisters SO BAD to talk to them and ask questions, but I have to wait a few more weeks until we tell them. We went in the room and got an ultrasound and there our little peanut was, right on the screen!! I started crying and Jason did a little bit too. We heard the heartbeat and it was at a healthy 122. Measuring perfectly. Today I am exactly 6w4d and my expected due date is October 6th. Wow I can't get over how amazing it was to see our baby on the screen! It made it all real. Then we sat down with the doctor and she answered all my questions and then I got my blood drawn so they could run some tests. What a perfect way to spend this Valentine's day:) I don't need ANYTHING else!:) My heart is bursting with love already for this little baby. I am meeting again with my doctor in 2 weeks and I already am counting down the days until I get to see my little peanut on that screen again!!

The hardest thing this whole time has been not being able to tell anyone. It's like the best thing that has ever happened to you has happened and you can't tell anyone! I want to shout it to the world, but I am doing good by keeping quiet and not spilling the beans just yet. Jason has to remind me every day not to tell anyone. haha. There has been so many times where we have been with family or friends and all I can think about is "don't say anything, don't say anything,  don't say anything." I feel like I might just blurt it out one of these days, but I won't. We are going to wait until we are with all of our family for my birthday to tell them. I CAN'T WAIT!

My symptoms: Luckily, nothing has been too bad just yet. I know it's still really early, but I haven't really had morning sickness. I have been a bit nauseous and my boobs are really sore..and growing! I also don't have an appetite at all and it takes everything in me to eat something. I have had a pretty bad cold for the past week, but haven't taken anything for it. I asked my doc today what I can take and luckily there are a few things that I can to help relieve my congestion so that I can finally breathe again. (and sleep!)

Hooray for being pregnant!!!!!!!!!!!! I already know this is going to be the best thing that has every happened to us. :)
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