My little family!

My little family!

Monday, December 27, 2010

4 months, grow baby grow!

So, here we are...
another week, another blog, and I have a feeling -- before we know it -- our baby peanut will be sitting next to me on the sofa!!
We had a great week -- spent a lot of time with family and friends enjoying the holidays. It was my 12th year (I think?) going to my friend Karen Connor's house on Christmas Eve. It's amazing to see our group grow and include new friends and husbands :) It was so bizarre to think that next year, the baby will be with us - amazing feeling.
I have felt pretty good this week -- my energy is slowly returning, along with headaches, back pain and a bit of nausea ;) I'm dealing and excited to feel better and better everyday.
We had our first major snow storm last night - 12 inches! It's beautiful and I'm lucky to be able to work from home today.
We got our first piece of baby furniture this weekend as well - Matt & Danielle were awesome enough to give us a changing table for our basement. It's adorable and I can't wait to fill it with newborn diapers and lotions and baby wipes :) The baby also has 3 books to go in it's library (thanks Danielle & Heather!!) and I'm beginning to seriously think about how I want to set up the nursery.
So many exciting things to come..... bring on 2011!

16 weeks. Please excuse the bad picture but it's official.. My bump is starting to round out (albeit a little lumpy...!) :)

•How far along?: 16 weeks today! 4 months...insane. Just insane! Time was SO slow in the 1st trimester but now it's getting back to normal zoom speed. The baby is beginning to get hair & eyelashes..I wonder if he/she will be blond or brunette!

•How big is baby?: The baby is now a LARGE avocado!! 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces.

•Weight gain: With my scale back in order, I am officially up 6.2 pounds. (I gained a solid 3 pounds the past 2 weeks thanks to feeling better!) I'm exactly where I need to be, weight wise. From here on out, I'm supposed to gain approximately 1 pound per week.

•Stretch marks?: I'm beginning to notice these puppies slightly. I'm pretending it's not happening.
Maternity clothes?: I'm just about officially in maternity jeans all the times - I can still use my belly band but it's not as comfortable. My sister in law, Heather, gifted me with two pairs of her own maternity jeans which is amazing!

•Sleep?: So, so. My back pain wakes me up often (along with the urge to use the potty every 3 seconds) but it's better then it was in the 1st trimester.
•Food cravings?: I had my first official craving last week... shrimp cocktail! Bizarre, I know! I woke up thinking about it and couldn't stop. Josh ran out to the grocery store that night and I ate 16 of them. They were divine.

•Gender?: Just another 3 weeks and a couple of days until we find out! I'm still fairly certain it's a girl!

•Movement?: I'm JUST starting to feel little flutters.. I can't tell if it's baby yet but according to my books, last week I could have felt baby--I'm waiting for a solid kick!

•Labor signs?: Nope..stay in there for another 5 months nugget.

•Belly button in or out?: In.

•What I miss: Nothing. Even with the random bout of nausea, extreme lower back pain and daily headaches, I'm happy to have more energy and feel better then I did. I'm just so excited.
•Milestone: We are officially 4 months along...this is a huge milestone and baby is growing more and more!!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Feeling NORMAL! ;)

Hi everyone!

First & foremost, I wanted to thank you all for reading. I figured out how to check the stats on this blog and am astounded by the numbers of hits it gets per day - we're so beyond lucky to have so much love for our little growing family!

SO - here we are, 15 weeks. Last Tuesday (14 weeks, 1 day) - I woke up feeling pretty good. Nausea at bay and a little more energy. I was nervous to admit this out loud (for fear it would jinx it).  We went out that night for our weekly dinner with my sister, brother-in-law, niece & nephew. We decided on Mexican -- as soon as we got there, I couldn't eat fast enough. My appetite was back! AND better then ever. I smiled and stuffed my face. This was just the beginning... the past 6 days, I've felt better & better each day! The nausea is (almost) a distant memory. The fatigue is still here but my energy level is slowly rising. Other then persistent lower back pain, I'm feeling pretty good! AHHHH! SO.. this is what the 2nd trimester bliss is supposed to feel like. I ate like a machine this past week and despite a possible large weight gain, I'm happy with it. I've now taken to snacking on hummus and fruit and limited my sugar intake. I also will admit I had taco bell for dinner this weekend and wanted to vomit everywhere - I'll never make that mistake again.

On December 16th, I had my 4 week check-up with the doctor. Everything looked great! We finally got to hear baby's heartbeat with the Doppler (it took a few minutes but then we heard the sweet gallop) - it was a solid 154 beats per minute. The doctor said everything was looking good and to keep up with whatever I was doing - success! We also made our anatomy ultrasound appointment... this is the day we'll get to answer the ultimate question... boy or girl! January 19th - can't wait!!

On Saturday, my sister & I went for massages - I had my first maternity massage and it CERTAINLY will not be my last - it was magical. I laid on my side (with a heated body pillow!) and it was perfect. I plan on getting another one sometime in February!

15 weeks. I officially no longer have a (semi) flat tummy anymore... bring on the baby bump! ;)

•How far along?: 15 weeks!! Baby's legs are out-measuring his/her arms for the first time. NICE!

•How big is baby?: The little bean is now a NAVAL ORANGE!

•Weight gain: HA! Well - I weigh myself every Friday. I was nervous for this past Friday (thanks to a week full of fattening and yummy goodness) - when I step on my scale, it flashes LOW BATTERY then SHUTS OFF! SO.. I wasn't able to weigh myself. Blah. We'll try again this Friday. Maybe it was a blessing?

•Stretch marks?: None but I'm getting to be really itchy...belly, legs, back, all of it. Lotion is the only thing that seems to help.

Maternity clothes?: Yes. My jeans still fit but not comfortable anymore - I have been using the bellyband, the rubber band trick or just keeping them unbuttoned (shh!) but my two pairs of maternity pants are much more comfortable. Shirts are still fine.

•Sleep?: I'm finally starting to sleep through the night a little easier. The snoogle body pillow helps.

•Food cravings?: Everything bagels and cream cheese, pineapple, humus and pita, clementine oranges.

•Gender?: 1 month from yesterday until we find out!! Girl seems to be the consensus amongst the family. Even Josh admitted he thinks it's a girl ;)

•Movement?: NOOOO. I keep thinking I do but then whatever I felt vanishes..I'm on movement alert though.

•Labor signs?: 25 more weeks baby, keep on cookin'!

•Belly button in or out?: In.

•What I miss: NOTHING -- I'm so glad to feel a little better. I wish I looked pregnant instead of fat but I know this will come with time! I do miss going to the gym and I'm hoping to get back on the train this week. 

•Milestone: We have made our anatomy ultrasound appointment.. this is a big milestone and I can't wait to see our little nugget again! 

Monday, December 13, 2010

14 weeks!!!


SO.. 14 weeks, here we are. Waiting for the moment I wake up and feel good. Despite it all, I'm just so very excited - time is FLYING by. Just another month until we find out the sex! (Any guesses...??) -- either way, I can't wait to start decorating the nursery and planning for our future little peanut.

We have our next doctor's appointment on Thursday which is always fun - until week 28, I go every 4 weeks. I'm so excited to finally hear the heartbeat (thus far, we've only seen it on our two ultrasounds).

Yesterday, we had a surprise 60th birthday party for my mama - it was an awesome day. It was also the first time I saw a lot of family since announcing our pregnancy - they all said they couldn't see my belly but I know it's there! I'm ready to just POP so I don't feel so fat. :)

14 weeks - belly!

•How far along?: 14 weeks!!! Baby is busy with thumb sucking, toe wiggling & making urine - so cute ;)

.•How big is baby?: The baby is now a LEMON!!!!

•Weight gain: As of Friday, I lost a pound in the previous week. I almost cried for fear that something was wrong (first time in my life losing weight wasn't exciting...) - I'm officially up 3.2 pounds. Moving forward, I should gain approximately 1 pound per week. 

Maternity clothes?: I'm almost officially in maternity jeans only. My regular jeans just aren't cutting it anymore. I have 2 pairs that I switch off - plus a fat pair of jeans that were huge on me.. now, not so much. I think my whole body is shifting.

.•Sleep?: Despite my severe exhaustion combined with my 7 PM bedtime, I'm still exhausted. My middle of the night insomnia seems to be getting a little better, phew.  

•Food cravings?: The nausea is still here in full force, so I'm still eating whatever I can. Mainly bagels. Fore every meal. And cereal.

•Gender?: Now I'm totally confused... 4-6 more weeks until we find out!

•Stretch marks?: None.

•Movement?: Negative - BUT... Josh loves to keep his hand on my belly and swore he felt something the other day. I can't wait for this.

•Labor signs?: Negative!

•Belly button in or out?: In.

•What I miss: :) Nothing. I just want to feel better to truly experience this.

•Milestone: Per ALL standards, we are in the second trimester. This is so unbelievably exciting.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Random thoughts of a preggo.

The following is a list of things I need to do (before the baby comes). I keep jotting these down on random post-it notes but I figured the blog was a better place to keep it :)

1. Schedule our anatomy ultrasound for Mid-January (by the way, it seems everyone thinks it's a boy but me...can't wait to find out!)

2. Get rid of the futon in the basement (anyone in the Philadelphia area want a free futon? It's in great shape!)

3. Move the guest bedroom furniture in the nursery to the guest bedroom in the basement. Figure out what will fit and what we will get rid of.

4. Move the cat's litter box out of the nursery and down to the basement.

5. Clean out the two closets in the nursery. Get rid of everything wedding related. The wedding was 8 months ago (tear).

6. Paint the nursery (after we find out the sex).

7. Pick out and order our nursery furniture from Target (thanks to gifts cards galore).

8. Clean out the hallway closet.

9. Clean out the 4 junk drawers we have going on.

10. Get the hallway bathroom remodeled over the next couple of months - just need to find a good, reliable contractor (is that you...? if so, let me know!)

11. Register at babies-r-us in Feb/March.

12. Get my bum back in the gym!

Things I've done that I had on my to-do list:

1. Found a fabulous photographer for our newborn pictures- obviously we don't have an exact date but it will be when the baby is around 10 days old. She will come to the house - I'm so excited for this :)

2. Scheduled a 4d ultrasound - wooooo! I was on the fence about this but decided it will be the only ultrasound that I can have my sister, mom and best friends see the ultrasound. I couldn't resist!

.... um. so is this what they call nesting?!? :)

I'll be back for the fabulous 14 weeks!
(...hopefully without nausea, exhaustion, back pain and these AWFUL headaches!)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Hello 2nd trimester!!

So, here we are at week 13. A very exciting place to be as we are officially in the 2nd trimester! (Per some standards..others say not until 13 weeks, 3 days and even others say 14 weeks...but I'll go by my first book which said that December 5th was the first day of my second trimester). I'm not seeing much relief from nausea & exhaustion (yet) but keeping my fingers crossed this happens over the next couple of weeks. I have started making a list of things that need to get done in the house over the next 6 months and I'll need a lot of energy to complete that list!

On Wednesday, December 1st - Josh, my mom & I went for my sequential screening ultrasound. It's a combination of blood work and ultrasound to find out the probability of having a baby with an abnormality. I was nervous going in but ended up loving every second of it! They would only let one adult come back with me (Josh won, sorry mama..) - they took us early (which was great because I had to have a full bladder, ow!) The ultrasound technician was so sweet and kind. She made us feel very comfortable and as soon as she began, we saw our little peanut! It was waving it's arms and legs all over the place, jumping everywhere, and so very active! I loved it so much - the tech said everything looked great (phew!) but we'll get the results at our next doctor's appointment on December 16th.

Time is just flying by -- it felt really slow for a while but now that the holidays are here, the days and weeks are in fast forward. When I think that in 6 months, our little bean will be with us, I smile and realize how truly lucky we are.

13 weeks!

•How far along?: 13 weeks!!! Little teeth and vocal cords are forming!

.•How big is baby?: The baby is now a PEACH!!!!

•Weight gain: As of Friday, I'm up 4.2 pounds.. thanks to bagels for every meal, ha! From here on out, I'm supposed to gain approximately 1 pound per week.  

Maternity clothes?: While I'm not officially in maternity clothes everyday, my regular jeans are becoming less & less comfortable. Shirts are still fine, so far.

.•Sleep?: Still not sleeping great.. up several times throughout the night. This weekend, I bought a snoogle - a huge maternity body pillow. It helps a bit with back pain (and is really comfy to use) but my lack of sleep is getting harder and harder.

•Food cravings?: The nausea makes it hard.. edamame is a craving, along with pineapple. It seems lettuce and red sauce cause me to feel worse, yet I keep eating both. Dumb..

•Gender?: With a heartbeat of 160 (again), I'm almost 100% it's a girl. We will find out in mid-January.

•Stretch marks?: None.

•Movement?: Negative.

•Labor signs?: Negative!

•Belly button in or out?: In.

•What I miss: Other then feeling healthy, NOTHING!!  :)

•Milestone: Our second ultrasound was just incredible - nothing is better then seeing your little baby wave at you!! :)

12 weeks, 2 days!

Monday, November 29, 2010

12 weeks -- bye bye nausea??

Hello & happy thanksgiving!!!

I'm blogging from beautiful, sunny, warm South Florida. We came down here on Thanksgiving morning and have had a fabulous few days!! It is so nice to talk about the baby with Josh's family -- everyone is so excited and getting ready for the baby's arrival. It feels so good to know that our little bean is already loved by so many. The flight down here wasn't too bad - I made sure to keep hydrated and sat in the aisle to get up every half hour.

We told Josh's family that we will be naming the baby after Josh's cousin, Jonathon. They were so very happy - despite tears, I know they were ecstatic to hear the news. From the moment we became pregnant, we decided this is something we wanted to do. I'm sad I never got to meet Jonathon but I love hearing stories about him, especially from Josh's grandmother.

On Saturday, Josh's mom, sister & I went shopping at Boca Towne Center (HELLO beautiful mall!) - my amazing mother-in-law took me on a fabulous shopping spree at Pea in a Pod, an awesome maternity store. I found some great deals and increased my maternity wardrobe 10 times! It was so much fun - they even had a 9-month belly pillow I could try to see how I'll look super duper pregnant.

I'm still feeling pretty icky - the nausea isn't constant but is still making it loud and clear it's not going anywhere - my exhaustion is also pretty rough. I keep hearing these two friends should start leaving any day, keeping my fingers crossed that's true! By some websites, today is the first day of my 2nd trimester - however, by others it states that December 5th is the official start. Either way, we're almost there!! I'm so excited for Wednesday - our ultrasound! Can't wait to see how the peanut has grown!!

I hope everyone had a great holiday -- now that we have told everyone our news (thanks, facebook!) - it feels good to know we have so many supportive family and friends. :) I am just so very thankful. The baby's wardrobe is growing too!! We now have a Heat Jersey (So cute), a UCF Onezie and an adorable teddy bear for the nursery!

12 weeks!!

•How far along?: We are officially 12 weeks along!!

•How big is baby?: The baby is officially a PLUM!!!!!!

•Weight gain: I'd like to say I'm still up about 2 1/2 pounds but after this past week of non-stop eating (including a bagel everyday, if not twice..) I'm pretty sure my bum is growing at a rapid rate. If baby craves bagels, who am I to ignore it?? ;) 

•Stretch marks?: None. Yet. I will start with the tummy cream this week.

Maternity clothes?: I am still wearing jeans but they aren't as comfy without the belly band - I bought these awesome maternity leggings at Pea in the Pod and I'm pretty sure I'll wear them for the next 6 months.

•Sleep?: Still in insomniac despite extreme exhaustion. One of many funny pregnancy jokes on me!

•Food cravings?: CARBS!! And fruit. Salad and pizza (along with red sauce) make my nausea awful. Bizarre.

•Gender?: I am almost 100% positive it's a girl. I'll be happy either way but shocked if it's a boy!

•Movement?: No, but I am starting to think it's coming soon.. :)

•Labor signs?: Keep on cooking peanut!

•Belly button in or out?: In.

•What I miss: Energy!! But I'm so excited for everything to come.

•Milestone: The end of the 1st will NOT be missed!! :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Hello, belly band.


I'm feeling better & better with each day. I THINK the nausea, exhaustion and overall BLAH feeling are semi-starting to disappear.. this weekend was a little rough but I'm hoping over the next 2 weeks (2nd trimester officially begins December 5th) I'll be back to normal!

On November 18th, we had our first appointment with a doctor. Josh was able to come with me -- he had never been to an OBGYN and found it to be..bizarre? Haha. I met with the nurse first who used a Doppler to find the baby's heartbeat. After a few minutes of nothing but air, she smiled and said that the doctor would be in soon and not too worry. Of course I broke out in tears - fearing the worst. A while later, Dr Knight came in (a lovely younger doctor -she was very sweet) and informed us we'd be able to have a quick ultrasound in the office that day! Ecstatic, I felt better. She performed a check-up to make sure everything looked good (which it did, phew!) and sent us across the hall for an ultrasound. The technician was wonderful and made Josh & I feel very comfortable. She let us know because I didn't have a full bladder, it may take a few minutes to find the baby. Within seconds... our beautiful, perfect bean was on the screen. It was, hands down, the most incredible experience of my life. Josh & I cried, laughed, stared and watched our baby's heartbeat. We even got to see the baby move! The heart rate was 160 and perfect. We're still measuring a due date of June 13th. It was a great day.

We have our next ultrasound on December 1st - it's called a sequential screening and it looks for anything wrong (including Downs Syndrome,etc.) - I'm nervous but excited to see the little one again!

10 weeks, 3 days
11 weeks - I'm going to get a shirt that reads "I'm not fat, I'm pregnant" - I think right now I just look like I'm getting chubby. haha.

•How far along?: 11 weeks!!! Fingers and toes are no longer webbed and tiny teeth buds are forming!!

.•How big is baby?: The baby is now a LIME!!!! Tequilla anyone...?? ;)

•Weight gain: I'm officially up approximately 2-3 pounds. I'm supposed to gain between 3-5 pounds in the first trimester so I'm right on target!

Maternity clothes?: Today is my first belly band day. So far, so good - it's a little more sheer then I would like but overall makes wearing jeans a lot more comfortable.

.•Sleep?: Still pretty bad but getting better. I'm waking up less and able to fall asleep quicker. My doctor recommended Benadryl if it becomes unbearable but I'm avoiding this until I really need it.

•Food cravings?: CARBS! Just all carbs. They make the nausea (which is almost gone... phew!) better. I'll add more protein, veggies & fruits as soon as I feel all better.

•Gender?: With a heartbeat of 160, I'm told this means girl...? I think it's a girl.

•Stretch marks?: None.

•Movement?: Negative.

•Labor signs?: Negative!

•Belly button in or out?: In.

•What I miss: At this moment, I'm so ecstatic to start getting a bit more energy back and feel a little bit better... I don't miss anything!!  

•Milestone: Our first ulrasound was one of the best moments of my life.

Monday, November 15, 2010

25% cooked!!

Howdy and welcome to 10 weeks -- or 25% the way there as I like to say ;)

This past week has been slightly better -- perhaps there is light at the end of the 1st trimester!!

This past week (in baby news) - we visited our first pediatrician. I received several forms to fill out for the hospital, including choosing a baby doctor. I decided to do a little bit of research and narrowed it down to 5 offices. One of them offered a quick tour so we decided to take advantage. I'm not quite certain we'll love it but the doctor was very sweet (and happened to be my physician when I was a tot at one point!) -- we'll see. We have to decide by February so we'll keep the search going.

We also scheduled our first ultrasound! December 1st at 3 PM - I'm SO looking forward to this - our first glimpse at the bean!

I'm currently sporting "sea bands" to help with nausea - they're wristbands that are apparently helpful? Who knows - at this point, I'll try anything. ;)

We go to our first official doctor's appointment on Thursday and we'll get to hear the heartbeat!! I CAN'T WAIIIIIIIIIT!! :)

10 weeks! And now you see why I purchased maternity jeans this weekend! ;)

•How far along?: 10 weeks!!! Arm joints are now working as bones and cartilage start to form!

•How big is baby?: The baby is now a PRUNE!! How cute is that??

•Movement?: Negative.

•Labor signs?: Negative!

•Belly button in or out?: In.

•What I miss: Sleep.. and have fun on the weekends. Hoping to get some energy back over these next couple of weeks!! 

•Milestone: Baby is growing at such rapid speeds, it's amazing. I'm so excited, so thankful, so lucky.

•Gender?: 10 weeks until we find out. The antipiation is killing me!

•Food cravings?: None.. last night I wanted peanut butter and jelly - Josh was fabulous and made me the best dinner - hummus, pita, peanut butter & jelly and.... PRUNES!! He loves me.

•Sleep?: BLAHHHHHHHH! I'm tired all the time and it stinks. I'm in bed by 8:00 PM every night but wake up 100 times. Insomnia is bizarre.

.•Stretch marks?: None.

Maternity clothes?: I purchased my first pair of maternity jeans this weekend at The Gap thanks to a 30% off coupon. They're adorable - I went one size up from my normal in hopes that these will last me through my whole pregnancy. I'm eating way too many calories per day. It's gross.

•Weight gain: I didn't weigh myself this past Friday.. I wanted to but fear stopped me. I'll get weighed at the doctor on Thursday and I'll do it again on Friday.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Week 9 and feeling fine...ish.

Hello and welcome to week 9!!

Things have been decent this week (symptom-wise) - my exhaustion is bad but my nausea MAY be getting better...? Either that or my eating every 23 minutes is helping. I think I'm starting to see light at the end of the 1st trimester tunnel!!

Today was my first appointment with my OBGYN. I made this appointment the day I took my pregnancy test (1 month ago!) so I've been looking forward to this day for a while. The appointment went really well, although very boring. I met with a very sweet maternity nurse who took my weight, blood pressure and asked several questions regarding medial history. I was hoping for an ultrasound or heartbeat, but no such luck -- the good news is my next appointment (next Thursday!) we WILL get to hear the heartbeat!! I'm SO so excited to hear the sweet sound -- Josh is able to come with me so it'll be a fabulous day. 

We will have our first ultrasound between weeks 10-13 (I called to schedule the appointment and will hopefully hear back tomorrow) - it's called a sequential screening and it tests for various things (including Downs Syndrome, etc) - hopefully it's easy breezy and reveals the first pictures of our gorgeous little baby!! 

We will have an additional ultrasound around week 20 (mid-January) to find out the sex of the baby - I'm so torn. Some days I swear it's a boy and others I'm convinced it's a little lady! Either way, we're so very excited. I have began talking to the baby when I'm driving (it's therapeutic even if I look insane while doing it..) and I'm so excited. 31 more weeks to go!!

9 weeks! Saying goodbye to any abdominal muscles I once had ;)

•How far along?: 9 weeks!!! The little embryo is now officially a fetus!!

•How big is baby?: The baby is now a GRAPE or GREEN OLIVE!! The baby is an inch long and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. How cute!!

•Weight gain: I'm up about 2 1/2 pounds and beginning to not care. The only thing that helps the nausea is food so I eat. I haven't been to the gym in over 2 weeks but we'll get back on track in that department soon.

•Stretch marks?: None.

Maternity clothes?: I am beginning to notice my jeans feeling less then comfortable...I think it's baby bloat but either way, it's not very ideal. I wonder when I'll make the switch to maternity? I'm thinking about investing in the belly band.

•Sleep?: Still pretty bad.. I'm up several times a night and napping during the day but I'm sleepy all the time.

•Food cravings?: None really.. each meal is different. I always want peanut butter (my sister & I are addicted) and even that hasn't sounded appealing. Geesh.

•Gender?: I don't knowww. I switch everyday. I can't wait to find out!

•Movement?: Negative.

•Labor signs?: Negative!

•Belly button in or out?: In.

•What I miss: Nothing. I'm so excited, I could BURST!! 

•Milestone: The first (of many..) appointments today!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Week 8.

So.. here we are again.
Another week down. VERY exciting.
It's been a rough few days. My nausea/dizziness is increasing with each day. I'm trying not to complain (as my brother-in-law says.. everyone has a mother who has been through this) but it's really hard. I was lucky enough to be struck with a horrific stomach bug this weekend which was AWFUL in every way. That has since passed and I'm back to my normal, severe nausea. With Gatorade and pretzels by my side, I made it to work and I'm pushing through. Is it bad I know I have exactly 6 hours and 43 minutes left in the work day? Can't wait to take a NAP! On a positive note, my first doctor appointment is now less then ONE week away on November 8th. It's also November.. which means we go to Florida at the end of this month. I pray to Hashem (as my dearest friend, Jaime, always says) that I feel good enough to enjoy a lovely few days with my favorite in-laws!

On a side note - we lost the buyer for our house. It was a huge letdown. My guess it that we're going to stay in this house for another year or so - it'll be perfect for the time being - perhaps a little tight but nothing to go crazy over. Our little townhouse has been perfect (and it's the very spot where Josh proposed) so I'm not in a huge rush to let it go.

8 weeks -- AHHHH! I do believe we have solid bloat! I don't think it's baby because it's a bit too early and I don't think it's fat because I have barely eaten since Thursday.. lol.  

•How far along?: 8 weeks!!! :)  

•How big is baby?: The baby is now a RASPBERRY or KIDNEY BEAN!! I get two different weekly update emails and they both put the baby at approximately 5/8 of an inch. Our little chubster <3

•Weight gain: Ironically, I'm down about 2 pounds. Not happy about it but my doctor said it's fine - I'm sure I'll gain that back in no time!

•Stretch marks?: None.

Maternity clothes?: My gorgeous mama bought me MORE maternity clothes which are all still in the bag - don't need them yet but I would guess over the next few weeks, my jeans won't be so comfy anymore.

•Sleep?: BAD :( Since last week, my sleep at night is dreadful. I'm up several times and having the weirdest dreams. Last night, it was all about my best friend Shari's wedding - I was sewing diamonds in her hair. She looked so pretty. haha.

•Food cravings?: This week, it's been a struggle to find anything that looks good to eat. Get this? Yesterday, PIZZA looked DISGUSTING! Can you imagine?!?!

•Gender?: In a short 12 weeks (or so...) we will find out!

•Movement?: Negative.

•Labor signs?: Negative!

•Belly button in or out?: In.

•What I miss: My zest for life. Lol. I can't seem to find the energy to do's sad. I missed seeing my nieces and nephews all dressed up for Halloween for the first time in 4 years :(

•Milestone: The baby's "tail" is just about gone! Also - webbed fingers and toes are poking out from baby's hands and feet. So cute.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Violet, you're turning Violet!

Hello & welcome to week 7!

.. I'm directly in the middle of the typical 1st trimester. The nausea, exhaustion and overall BLAH feeling it's beginning to take it's toll. I'm trying to stay positive (at least I haven't vomited yet!) but it's hard when I'm feeling so yucky 24/7. The only thing that keeps the nausea at bay is eating.. which is also taking it's toll. I've always tried to maintain a healthy body & weight -- getting pregnant is making this a tad difficult. I'm pushing through and repeating to myself... "I'm not fat, I'm pregnant!" :)

Josh has been an amazing daddy-to-be. He is extremely attentive and puts up with my complaints with a smile on his face. I cannot wait until the baby is here - he will be an incredible father.

I have officially picked out the baby bag in modern magenta-- Buy meeee <3 

7 weeks! Perhaps the funniest picture.. I took one in a bra at first but decided it was too risky for my blog. Josh thought it would be funny to wear this shirt. I think you can see my belly well enough!

•How far along?: 7 weeks!!! :)  

•How big is baby?: The baby is now a BLUEBERRY!! It's amazing how fast the little bugger is growing!!!

•Weight gain: I have gained an additional 2 pounds for a total weight gain of FOUR pounds. This is NOT good. I know I'm eating more but it's all fairly healthy food! I hope it's bloat or tissue or something else. We had a wedding on Saturday for our dear friends, Ariel & Rich, and the dress I bought just last month was tight. EEEEK!

•Stretch marks?: None. Yet. Staying optimistic.

Maternity clothes?: No. Not yet. My clothes still feel good (minus that dress) so I'm going to hold out for as long as possible!

•Sleep?: Constant.. but I always wake up tired and feeling worse. The mornings seem to be the hardest.

•Food cravings?: I've been craving saltines and fruit.

•Gender?: I change my mind constantly. I keep having baby girl dreams.

•Movement?: excited for this part.

•Labor signs?: Negative.. don't want any for the next 33 weeks!

•Belly button in or out?: In.

•What I miss: Feeling healthy.. and thin. But it's worth it. SO very worth it.

•Milestone: 5 weeks to go until the 1st trimester is complete!!! <3

Monday, October 18, 2010

6 weeeeeeks!!

Hello and welcome to week 6!! Feeling very happy. I can't wait for the first doctor appointment 3 weeks from today. Hopefully it starts feeling more & more real. I experienced my first bout of morning sickness this morning. It was as much fun as a hole in the head ;) Between the dizziness, nausea and dry heaving, it made for a lovely Monday morning.. Josh was fantastic in supporting me. I made it to work and have been getting better as the day goes on. Ginger-Ale seems to help.. I also bought saltines and jolly ranchers to keep the nausea at bay. Fun Fun!
The following is a list of things the bean has done in his/her short little life...

1. Trip to Boston with Aunt Kim
2. Girls Night: The Musical with Aunt Kim
3. Ingrid Michaelson concert with Aunt Melanie
4. Phillies Game (playoff series, game 1, we lost..wahhh)
About 6 weeks! (Please ignore messy hair, annoyed smile & sans make-up)

•How far along?: 6 weeks!!! :)  

•How big is baby?: The baby is the size of a LENTIL BEAN! SO CUTE!!

•Weight gain: I have gained TWO pounds. I'm so upset but what can I do? I think the constant eating has something to do with it... but Josh & I started working out on Saturday and I'm hoping to go again tonight (elliptical and bike for 15 minutes each).

•Stretch marks?: None. Yet. Staying optimistic.

Maternity clothes?: No. mama & I took a trip to Kohl's yesterday and she bought me my first pair of maternity jeans. They're SO cute! I can't wait to wear them!! Also a few shirts..but so far, all my clothes fit..

•Sleep?: AWFUL! Up all through the night, but EXHAUSTED all through the day! Napping helps.

•Food cravings?: Today? Nothing tastes or sounds good.

•Gender?: GIRL?? I have a feeling.. we'll see.

•Movement?: Negative..

•Labor signs?: No way! 7 1/2 months lentil bean, keep on sprouting!

•Belly button in or out?: In.

•What I miss: Nothing.. I mean, the nausea/dizziness isn't totally fun but it makes this all feel a bit more real. The cramps & backaches are almost all gone so that's positive.

•Milestone: We are halfway through the 1st trimester. I'm going to pee my pants with excitement!!!