Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s Thanksgiving today and I’m most thankful for the little turkey that’s already in my belly 🙂 I feel like I have more than ever to be thankful for this year. It’s been a long time since I have been able to face the holidays without having that nagging wish in the back of my head “maybe I’ll find out I’m pregnant and it will be a Christmas miracle.” Granted every single holiday or important date had that same idea floating around behind it. I actually don’t even remember the date I found out I was pregnant but I know I can go back on my blog and see! lol

I may not have gotten my holiday baby announcement but he still managed to get a very special due date that makes it easy to remember- my husband’s birthday! Looking forward to the holidays more than ever this year although with the pregnancy crazies I did waste an hour googling about whether to tell the kid about Santa or not. Like I’m even going to have to worry about that anytime soon! I can’t wait to sneak around in the middle of the night putting out presents and eating cookies.

Hope everyone has a great day whether it’s Thanksgiving where you live or not, because I’m also thankful for all my blogging buddies who’ve been with me on this whole crazy journey!

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Out and Proud

poppedI have officially popped! My belly is out and proud and I’m loving it. (just the belly, the button is still in thank goodness) So happy to look pregnant and not like I’m working on a spare tire. And the boobs..omg. I’m going to have to invest in a size up because my bras are constricting the hell out of me. I can’t stop myself from staring when I get out of the shower. They are fascinating! I am embracing all my curves, especially my favorite one right out front.

I went on a shopping spree yesterday at Old Navy and got some cute maternity stuff. Everything is 30% right now, and on Friday it will be 50% off! I love the full panel pants. That full belly band makes me feel so snug. And the scrunchy side tops sort of scream “I’m pregnant!”

I swear I think I am beaming smiles at everyone if they even glance at my belly. Nobody has tried to rub my belly yet, but everyone keeps warning me it will happen. I know it’s weird, but I actually WANT them to at this point. Maybe not weird strangers, but I’m cool with friends or even random ladies doing it. I want the recognition. I worked damn hard for this!

I had a doc appointment yesterday and everything went great. In and out in 15 minutes. I’m done with all the genetic testing and everything was negative. The low Papp A levels don’t seem to be affecting anything and I’m having a gloriously normal pregnancy so far. Throwing out a big baby dust bomb for all you ladies still waiting for the BFPs. Looking forward to sharing the joy I feel every time I rub my belly.

Butterflies with Bowling Balls

For a while I was obsessively looking up what it felt like for the baby to move. I kept reading about the first movements, or “quickening,” feeling like butterflies in your stomach.

Yeah, maybe if they had little bowling balls. Or maybe they are just fat and clumsy and keep running into things.

I’ve felt butterflies in my stomach on many occasions. It’s aptly names because they are light, ticklish and fleeting. I now realize I’ve been feeling the baby move for some time, but I just thought it was gas. It felt like a few bubbles on my insides. I thought it was weird because I have never actually felt gas like that before, but I’m feeling a LOT of things I’ve never felt before so just chalked it up to pregnancy weirdness. Also, there is a lot of gas going on.

I’m not feeling regular constant movement yet, but off and on throughout the day I can feel pokes and what feels like rolling over. The pokes still feel kind of like gas and the rolls feel like my stomach turning a bit. Of course this doesn’t sound very pretty so I can get why people would want to euphemize it with “butterflies.” But while I was sitting here waiting to feel Tinkerbell in my belly, my baby was trying to make his presence known with an elbow jab.

I have to say, I LOVE the movement. Especially when there are several in a row. If fact, I’m less likely to run to my Doppler every day now that I have the reassurance of movement. I can’t wait for the big moment when I actually get to share this with my husband and he can feel it on the outside.

But for now I’ll enjoy it as mine, mine , mine! 🙂

19 Week Update and belly pic

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How far along:  19 weeks!

Total weight gain: not sure, who cares? My belly is growing and that’s all that matters right now.

Maternity clothes: oh yes, I am rocking my “big girl” maternity pants for the full belly action. I have it rolled down in the pic but that band goes all the way up to my boobs! Best thing ever. Must go get more.

Stretch marks: Nope. I keep thinking I see the start of the dark line down the belly but it isn’t really getting darker. I think it’s my imagination. I only seem to see it when I get out of the shower.

Sleep: Going to sleep is SO easy! But I’ve started waking up around 3AM and can’t get back to sleep. I’m getting a lot of extra work down, lol.

Best moment of this week:  Our Level 2 ultrasound anatomy appointment. They also checked my cervix which they said is nice and long, which is a good thing. It was great to see Keelan again, Mr. active baby stretching and kicking all over while they tried to measure him. They said I was going to be feeling him A LOT soon with the way he was moving. I’ve felt a few bumps and twinges here and there so far. Everything measured perfectly and they said we have a very healthy baby boy! He also spent a good amount of time showing off his package as if to make sure we knew without a doubt he was a boy.

While going over his measurements, the doc asked how tall we were. (me 5’9″, husband 6′) Then he pointed out some limb measurements that were a whole week ahead! Looks like he is going to be a tall one! Hoping he gets to be around 6’2″ 🙂

Miss anything: Planning for the annual bad Santa bar crawl where everyone dresses up in Santa gear, donates a toy and then goes from bar to bar spreading Christmas cheer and merry drunkeness. Not so fun pregnant, even though I am growing my own Santa belly this year.

Movement: Yes! Little bumps and pokes here and there. Nothing major yet and not very regular.

Food cravings: Still none. There’s stuff I’m “in the mood for,” but nothing like I MUST have it.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I almost threw up on the dentist! I went in for my annual cleaning and was extra gaggy. They said I went all red and splotchy and they started spraying me with the air hose to cool me down.

Have you started to show yet: I am and I’m loving it. I actually pick out shirts that show off my belly the best.

Gender:  no doubt about it, he is a boy. I keep reading posts about people who were told it was a girl or boy and then got a surprise later. Well my little guy is quite the exhibitionist and left nothing to speculate about.

Belly button in or out:  still in, though it appears to be getting wider. I wonder what makes it pop out? Maybe it depends on how shallow or deep it is?

Wedding rings on or off: on for work and public appearances only. Off the moment I walk in the door at home.

Happy or moody most of the time: so happy I’m singing and dancing around the house at random intervals

Looking forward to: movement my husband can feel. I can’t wait to share that!

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The kindness of community

The kindness found within the blogging community never ceases to impress me. The amazing support, advice, mug exchanges, blog awards, gifting and more are things I never experienced when I spent all my time on forums. The forums never created a real connection. The blogs on the other hand turn strangers into virtual friends. It’s like the futuristic version of the pen pals I always wanted when I was little, but a whole community of them.

giftYesterday I got a surprise in the mail from Elisha of Waiting for Baby Bird. A handy dandy Wee Block to lessen the chance of a face full of pee, which I keep hearing is going to happen with a little boy. (yay!) Funny thing is recently I ran across the phrase “peepee teepee” and had to google it to see what the heck it was. I look forward to giving this a try! It looks more promising than the paper teepee things which I imagine a wiggly baby would knock right off.

And a big Thank You to Elisha for brightening my day with this surprise. I hope she gets her baby bird very soon 🙂

Pregnancy brain is real

Pregnancy brain is in full effect and I’m impressed. Yesterday I tried to leave a note to remind everyone at work that I changed the alarm code and I write the word new: NE3.

3?? That’s not even a letter! How does that happen?

I also seem to be spending more time than usual playing some kind of pregnancy charades with my husband so he can guess whatever word it is I forgot and am trying to use. Yesterday I kept shouting random words in an attempt to communicate and he asked if I was having a stroke.

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17.5 Week Update and the return from the babymoon

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The bump and the waterfall

Continuing in my sporadic update news, here we are at almost 18 weeks. Holy crap how did that happen? lol I just returned from a 4 day trip to the Smokey Mountains in North Carolina. Beautiful trees changing color everywhere! Got to stay in a cool log cabin with an amazing view. It wasn’t planned to be a “babymoon” but since it falls in my second trimester and I keep reading about these little pre-baby vacations, it fits the description. We went by car, which is a 6 hour trip, which ended up being an 8 hour trip thanks to a pee stop every hour. I have now peed my way up the coast and into the smokies!

How far along:  17 weeks , 5 days.  Wow!

Baby is the size of an: I think I read Onion somewhere. My husband’s “man app” says a pair of pliers

Total weight gain: 5-7 lbs, depends on whether it’s morning or night

Maternity clothes: I went and bought some really nice Ugg sweatpants and a matching jacket. So nice I won’t wear it around the house where it can get animal hair and dog snot all over it. These are “going out” sweats. Really, they are that nice.

Stretch marks: No though I’m starting to wonder how they show up. Like do you just wake up and they’re there? Or do they creep up on you and get darker?

Sleep: I have never slept so good in my life. I normally cannot fall asleep and I close my eyes and I’m out. It’s amazing! I get up to pee like 1o times but I go right back to sleep.

Best moment of this week:  I feel great! It’s so wonderful to feel good again. I have only puked a few times, and that’s a huge improvement over the daily heaving I was having. I think my best moment besides just feeling good was sharing the baby’s heartbeat with my husband’s parents. We brought the Doppler with us on vacation to keep my mind at ease. It was pretty cool to let them hear it.

Miss anything: I did feel a little left out when we were at a brewery and couldn’t enjoy all the local beers. I did sip a few to taste them. But it’s just not much fun hanging out in place everyone goes to drink when you can’t drink.

Movement: I think I felt something the last couple nights. This will move to “my best moment” as soon as I feel really confident it is a poke and not gas. I felt a little poke here and there and also what felt like a roll. There’s just so much stuff going on in my belly that I’m not sure. It has happened both evenings around 9PM when I’m sitting quietly for a bit and watching TV.

Food cravings: none really. I have more food aversions than cravings!

Anything making you queasy or sick: if I don’t eat soon enough I get sick, but I’ve always been like that.

Have you started to show yet: yes 🙂

Gender:  still a boy, lol. Seems it’s about time to remove that question.

Belly button in or out:  in but getting a little stretched out. Please please let me have one of those flat ones!

Wedding rings on or off: on for work and public appearances only. Off the moment I walk in the door at home.

Happy or moody most of the time: happy! But the slightest thing will make me cry, both sad stuff and happy stuff. I almost nearly lost it and laughed for a good 10 minutes and was crying at the same time when my husband’s mom was reading US Weekly and asked who “Peter Dick Lunch” was. She has an irish accent and what she was actually saying was Peter Dinklage. Now I’m not going to be able to see his name without thinking that!

Looking forward to: the anatomy scan next Monday! also freaked out about anatomy scan on Monday! lol. The worry never stops. But I’m more leaning toward excited than worried. The only thing adding that dash of worry was the low Papp-A levels and that it can affect growth. I will be much relieved to hear that everything is measuring correctly.

Smokey Mountain view

Smokey Mountain view