Thursday, May 22, 2014

Baby Update: 6-8 weeks

How big is baby: 7 weeks | the size of a blueberry (really 6 weeks)
How I’m feeling: just tired and nauseous. Yesterday morning I had my first “I am totally going to throw up today” feeling, although I never did. We have peppermints in the front office and I had one in my mouth all morning. This morning I woke up really thirsty.
Weight gain/loss: ± 1 lb, no big changes yet.
Sleep: Two weeks ago I was asleep by 8:30 every night but the past few nights I’ve had a harder time falling asleep.
Diet/Cravings/Aversions: All food sounds gross, until I start eating and I eat it all. Had, literally, 5 cookies yesterday at lunch because they were so good. Last week I was eating super healthy, but this little bit of nausea makes me want to eat rice Chex and that is it. Trying to work fruits & veggies back in and gluten back out. It is teacher appreciation week so there are cookies everywhere!
Movement: Will be a while before that, although I swear I can feel things expanding and moving around in there.
What I’m loving: Every once in a while I remember that we are having a baby and get a little flutter of excitement out of nowhere.
Symptoms: Bloated. So bloated. Not sure if gluten is to blame or what, but my pants don’t fit and I am waiting to start on the weekly pictures because I look actually pregnant right now. It’s been quite a challenge finding loose fitting outfits for work. I just want to groan around and rub my little gas baby belly.
What I’m looking forward to: the 8 week mark, bloat or not I’m going to start the weekly pictures.
Best moment of the week: Last night I met with two former professors and dear friends at Meredith and our conversation turned to houses and jobs and things and I told them and made them swear to secrecy. I haven’t really wanted to tell people in the event that we miscarry but these two friends are so supportive, they’d definitely be ones I’d want loving me and praying for me if something happened. They were just overjoyed and had such great advice, best moment of the week by far!
Verse that I am clinging to:  haven’t really been spending a lot of time reading this week, want to work on that as this progresses. 
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How big is baby: 8 weeks | the size of a pecan (really 7 weeks)
Verse that I am clinging to:  Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. 
How I’m feeling: great right now. I had some serious nausea this past week and a dear pregnant friend gave me some nausea medicine from her doctor. I realize sharing prescription meds is, well, frowned upon, but I was desperate. The stuff worked literally overnight and I am eating three meals a day like a champ! Still have a little nausea when I’m hungry, but nothing compared to what it was. 
Symptoms: Nausea, fatigue, bloating, heartburn, lack of patience.
Diet/Cravings/Aversions: No consistent cravings (chocolate milk, apple juice, kix and gluten free mac & cheese were unfortunate casualties in the nausea war), but I’ve had a few specific requests like barbecue from Smithfield’s and today I had to have orange juice this morning. Wishing I was craving guacamole like I was pre-pregnancy!  I’d rather have pizza. 
Weight gain/loss: ± 1 lb, no big changes yet.
Sleep: I am meeting a deadline for NCVPS so I’m getting to bed a little later than I’d like to right now, but I’m getting a short nap in every day. Once I’m asleep I am totally out until 6am, except for maybe a trip or two to the bathroom during the night. I am having great difficulty waking up in the morning, which isn’t totally out of the ordinary for me.

Movement: Is this about the baby or me? Well, I’m trying to walk everyday in some capacity. I took the dogs for a walk today and it was great but really hot. Dreading the summer months already! Once I hit the 10 week mark I’d really like to start doing prenatal yoga at a studio off Lake Boone on Saturdays, hoping money works out for that. Trying to figure out realistically how many Saturdays I’d make it to class between now and December 24th. 
Best moment of the week: Last Thursday we told our small group friends so they can be praying for us. There was much screaming and excitement :) I am so glad that we told them, as my friend gave me nausea medicine which has made a world of difference. It is so great knowing they are praying for us. 
What I’m loving: I have a little belly and I secretly love it. According to the internet it is just water/bloat but it is kind of fun to be seeing some action already although I had to buy some maternity clothes yesterday. Got a dress and two tank tops and I’ll be able to wear throughout. I am getting used to the fact that there is indeed a person growing inside of me and I’m getting more excited than shocked/terrified. 
What I’m looking forward to: Our ultrasound at 10 weeks, telling Marshall’s family on Father’s Day (if we can wait that long, his mom randomly started talking about her grandma name at lunch on mother’s day…pretty sure both of us were speechless for a good five minutes), telling my best friends that I will not be able to go to Disney World for a while, and seeing my sister on Sunday for dinner (maybe a pedicure!) and ice cream. Ice cream sounds good. 
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How big is baby:
9 weeks | the size of a strawberry (really 8 weeks) 
Verse that I am clinging to:  Nehemiah 8:10b And do not be grieved for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
How I’m feeling: In this moment, not the best. We had Mexican food for dinner and that was a mistake. Today has presented the most severe exhaustion I’ve ever experienced in my life. I sat down for most of the day and actually fell asleep (again) during the first grade reading class I help with in the afternoons. I woke up giggling once I realized (asleep) that I was asleep. 
Symptoms: Exhaustion. Nausea. Eczema is out of control on my face. Sense of smell is amazing and nauseating. 
Diet/Cravings/Aversions: I think I would prefer if I didn’t have to eat. Nothing really sounds good, from day to day it changes. 
Weight gain/loss: I have not weighed myself since last week and I do not plan to until I go to the doctor next week. 
Sleep: Work has kept me up later than I’d like and getting up in the mornings has never been more difficult. I’ve been rolling out of bed after 6 and actually got to work 10 minutes late yesterday. I am sleeping like a baby and having the most vivid, crazy dreams ever.

Exercise: My fitbit has helped me stay more active during the day than before, but today I ignored it and sat as much as possible. I can’t wait for second trimester energy!   
Best moment of the week: We went to Durham on Sunday and spent time with my sister and all her in-laws and had so much fun. We ran into Marshall’s brothers at Mapleview which was so fun. One of our friends actually said, “you’re next in line for a baby, right?” and I about choked on my ice cream. We aren’t going to tell them until after our ultrasound next week. That will be fun to finally have it out in the open! 
What I’m loving: honestly, right now? Not much. I do enjoy sharing some of this stuff with our small group friends and a few friends at work. They are so excited and supportive, I am so grateful for them. Also, Marshall has been a total champ about me being a sleepy, nauseous slob for the past few weeks. I can’t imagine doing this with anyone else! 
What I’m looking forward to: Our ultrasound a week from tomorrow and finally telling people! 

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