Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Alien is...

Perfect for one thing. The alien has a strong heart with all four ventricles, 2 arms, 2 legs, 10 fingers, a cute little nose and all the other parts a little alien should have at this point in life.
But that's not really what you want to know, is it?

I thought not. Before I reveal though, I do have to talk about it for a little. You know, build the suspense and all.
Predictions: Just about everyone who I know in real life was thinking the alien was a boy. Given family history and just gut feeling, there were several bets (most made by my sister) that this little one was going to be a boy. 

Me? I figured it was a boy, but secretly hoped for a girl. I wouldn't have been disappointed either way, but there was something about bows, dresses, and pink that just made me want that. There was also the knowledge that genetics were kind of against me... I had this irrational fear that if this alien was a boy, then all my aliens would be a boy. I love Drew and his brothers, but I don't know how his mom raised three boys without going crazy. So secretly I hoped for a girl... but at the same time I kept picturing a little boy that looked just like Drew.

The Ultrasound: Sooo sooo sooo cool! Most amazing thing I've ever seen. I mean, I know this is a real human inside me, as much as I call it my little alien, I know it's been a real baby and everything. But seeing a face, hands, a nose and all the other parts just made it so real and so amazing. The last time we saw this little bugger, it was merely a blob on the screen that the tech swore was really a baby. This time it was clear. I saw the hands move, saw the baby kick while feeling it at the same time. It was the most amazing feeling! Then we started trying to figure out what "it" was. I was scared that we wouldn't be able to find out today because the tech said the baby was sitting on its bottom with its legs tucked up.

So we poked. And prodded, and spoke harshly to the baby... nothing. Baby moved and kicked but wouldn't let us see the goods. Drew was there poking my left while the tech shook the wand thingy trying to get the baby to budge.

Finally, the baby moved! And I could see this little thing between it's legs... which ended up being the cord. Cause this baby is all girl :) 

The tech checked and double checked, but she said she was as certain as she could be that my little alien, is a little alien girl.

I'm beyond ecstatic. Now we just have to figure out what to name her, but from now on, I don't have to call the baby it... I can call her my little girl.

And start buying pink. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

What a day

Today has been nutso.... It's 5:20, I got home 20 minutes ago, and I'm exhausted. So here goes:

  1. Got a phone call at 9:30 last night saying my grandfather had passed away. It wasn't unexpected... but it still shook me. He has been sick since I was a kid. Lung cancer. And has been getting worse and worse the past few years. Mid week I was told it was a matter of days or weeks, so I knew it was coming and had time to prepare. 
  2.  If you're keeping count, that makes 2 grandfathers in the past 8 months... I officially am grandfatherless unless you count Drew's grandfather... which I do.
  3. Didn't sleep last night. Between thinking about my grandfather and being on my "vacation sleep" cycle, it wasn't happening.
  4. Went to work exhausted 
  5. Had to write sub plans for tomorrow afternoon as my OB appointment is now Tuesday, not Thursday (woo hoo for 2 days earlier!)
  6. Wrote sub plans for Thursday and Friday because I knew the services for my grandfather would be later in the week, just wasn't sure when
  7. Talked to my mom on the way home from work. We're leaving Wednesday morning as it is a 9 hour drive to where my grandparents live and the services are on Thursday and Friday
  8. Began to panic a little that I have to write MORE sub plans and figure out how to keep my class on track while I'm not there. 
  9. Did manage to take a belly pic today to make up for a lack of one yesterday:

That was my day... I need a nap. 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

5 little things...

5 little things from today that remind me how much I love my husband:
  1. I said "shark bait" and he responded with "who-ha-ha" yup, we're soul mates
  2. He bought me egg rolls at the store today... just cause he know I love them. 
  3. He didn't even make a snide comment today while he worked on the upstairs bathroom and the snowmobiles... while I watched tv and went to the gym.
  4. He also didn't make a snide comment when I returned to the gym just an hour before we were having friends over for dinner
  5. or when I freaked out about update pictures that always look like crap and maybe kinda blamed him for them. 
  6. Today is our monthly anniversary, and even though I remembered first, he said "happy anniversary" first... today marks 9 years and 4 months since we started dating and 2 years and 8 months that we've been married. Every month we acknowledge our month anniversary. We don't do anything for it, or give gifts, we just acknowledge that it's been another month and we haven't killed each other yet. It's one of the perks of having our dating, engagement, and wedding anniversaries all on the 26th of their respective months. 

20 Weeks

Sooo... there's no picture this week. This post is a day late as it is, because I didn't want to post with out a picture and I hadn't gotten around to taking pictures until today. Drew took my picture, and though I'm sure he tried his best, there is no way in hell I'm posting those on the internet. Maybe it was what I was wearing today. Maybe I really am a whale... but it was not pretty and I don't want to look back on my pregnancy and feel that bad about myself. I know I'm not thin...I never have been, but gaining like this has been a blow to my self-esteem anyways, horrific pictures are just adding insult to injury. So, sorry, no pix of the bump this week. Maybe tomorrow I'll snap a pic before work and post that, but I wanted to get my weekly stats up tonight. 

How far along: 20 weeks... woah, we're halfway baked here. I remember at 7 weeks when this seemed so far away, but now it's here all of a sudden.

How big is baby?: I don't know if my app is messed up or what's going on, but it said the baby was the size of a mango last week and it still says it is the size of a mango this week... so who knows. It's clearly bigger (and more powerful) this week than it was last week! 

Total weight gain: I gained another pound this week...I seem to be pretty consistent about gaining 1 pound a week. This gives me a total of 11 pounds. At this rate I will gain 31 pounds by the end which is in the range that I should be in (doctor recommended 25-35 pounds total) This week I've definitely got quite the belly. Drew commented yesterday that it seems to have gotten "huge" which was a great word choice. 

Maternity clothes:
 It's vacation week, so I've lived in yoga pants and sweats... AH-mazing... not sure how my dress pants are going to fit next week. Really not looking forward to that.

Best moment of the week:
 When Drew felt the baby. At first I just thought he was messing with me, but he was able to tell me exactly when the kicks happened and where they were so I knew it was for real. So cool to be able to share that with him

Food cravings: All week all I've been able to think about are Frosted Flakes. I almost bought some last weekend, but figured the craving would pass. It didn't. So Drew bought me some yesterday :) I've also been craving egg rolls for a few weeks now and finally wore Drew down enough that we had Chinese for lunch yesterday... which was a mistake, because my stomach really hurt after that, but it was so yummy.

Food aversions: None!

Symptoms: I keep getting stomach aches, so I'm going to ask my doctor about that this week. I know it's not heartburn...my stomach just hurts. I've had quite a bit of back pain which is probably more from my hip/back issues accompanied by weight gain. I pee like crazy during the day, I mean this has gotten ridiculous... I am lucky though that it doesn't have me getting up at night (knock on wood) I can make it through the whole night right now, I just really have to pee when I get up in the morning. 

Movement: So much more! I love love love this amazing little feeling. I've been feeling it a couple of times a day now, mostly when I'm sitting or lying quietly, and especially when I play some music for it. There is no way to describe it because it's like nothing I've ever felt before... probably because I've never had something alive inside me before. The most amazing thing was that yesterday, Drew was able to feel it. Faintly... it was just a little bump, but it was phenomenal to share that with him. 

Gender: Finding out THIS WEEK folks. (until then you should vote on my poll over there on the right) 

What I'm looking forward to: Finding out what this little alien is this week!!!!!  

What I miss: SLEEP!!!!! I sleep like crap, just can't get comfortable or stay comfortable. And then I just feel like crap in the mornings, cause I'm tired... and maybe a little grumpy. Drew would say a lot grumpy. 

Next appointment: Thursday to see my pretty little baby again and find out what "it" is!!! 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

It's Ok Thursday

Its Ok Thursdays

This week I'm saying "It's Ok"

  • That I didn't change out of my sweatpants yesterday... or the day before. Don't worry, they were different pairs of sweatpants and I actually did shower... just enjoying my lazy vacation :)
  • Zoey got her hairs did yesterday...so I'm calling her my naked mole rat. I know she's more comfortable now... and can actually see... but I miss the little bear cub look


  • That I ate and ate AND ate all day yesterday... and still felt starving. For a tiny little 10 ounce baby can make me eat so much. 
  • That I sat on the couch yesterday... while Drew worked on grouting the tile in the upstairs bathroom and I felt guilty that I can't help with those things right now
  • That a little part of me enjoys all the things I can't do while pregnant. Like grouting tile, painting, etc. As guilty as I feel that I'm not very helpful, I kinda like it. 
  • That I don't like my baby bump right now, because it looks more like a "fatty ate too much" bump than a "sweet little baby growing here" bump. 
  • That despite disliking my bump, I love the feeling of this little bugger as he or she is getting stronger every day, I can feel him/her more and more... it's absolutely the most amazing feeling in the world, and has made every pain, discomfort, and symptom totally worth it. 
  • That I still can't believe there's actually a baby growing in there. Even now, where my stomach is grotesquely huge, and I can feel it moving around... it still doesn't feel real that in about 4 1/2 months I will actually give birth to a human being... so surreal. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


My puppy-frog (yes that's her new nickname, no I don't have any idea why) is a food snob. Tonight we were eating dinner, offered Zoey a french fry. No dice. She dropped it on the floor and walked off. 5 minutes later, offered a fry with ketchup on it, she scarfed it down.

We've got ourselves a food snob.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Music Appreciation

Since we're now at the point where the baby can hear things going on outside in the world, I've started playing some music for it. Stick the headphones on my belly and crank up my iPhone. I've been doing this for about 3 weeks now, before I started feeling movement, but the past couple of days I have discovered that this little baby already has a preference for certain types of music.

I play a lot of classical music... just because they say you should... but I haven't gotten any type of response. Friday night I decided to switch it up and I started playing some country for the baby. I played it for about 20 minutes and then shut it off because I was getting ready for bed. Well, apparently that pissed the baby off because it gave the strongest kick I've felt yet when the music went off. Great, already this thing is an opinionated bully! (just kidding!) 

Saturday night Drew and I decided to play around with this a little more. I played a bunch of different songs, but when Keith Urban's "Only You Can Love Me This Way" came on, this baby went nuts! I felt 6 or 7 strong, healthy kicks during that song. We played with some more songs... didn't really get a response from Rascal Flatts, but when our wedding song, "Then" by Brad Paisley , came on the baby went nutso again. So cool. 

I've come to the conclusion that our little one already has a strong taste in music, so we are going to continue to experiment and see when it likes. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

19 Weeks

How far along: 19 weeks

How big is baby?: The size of a mango this week... which sounds huge to me.

Total weight gain: I realized in looking back at last week's post that the shirt I was wearing made me look a lot bigger than I am. I'm big, and feel huge, but my belly isn't that big. This week I've gained another pound, putting me up to about 10 pounds total... which kinda scares me. Not that I mind gaining for this little alien... it just freaks me out to pack on so many pounds in such a short period of time. Also knowing from here on out I should be gaining a pound a week... when I've already gained 10, just sounds like so much! 

Maternity clothes: Most of my pre-pregnancy shirts are fine, as long as they were bigger/had room in the belly to begin with. I alternate between maternity pants and yoga pants. Every week I put more and more clothes into the "not happening" laundry basket in my closet... that thing's getting awfully full.

Best moment of the week:
Feeling the baby move a couple of times this week... amazing!

Food cravings: Craving dark chocolate this week... not sure if it's a pregnancy craving or if it's just because I've been around a lot of it this week so it's just on my mind.

Food aversions: None!

Symptoms: A little ligament pain. I've had a lot of stomach aches this week too, mostly in the morning right after I eat breakfast. My back has been hurting a lot lately which is annoying and painful.

Movement: I've felt it a couple of times this week. Mostly it's a faint little tickle feeling, but sometimes it feels more like I'm on a rollar coaster and going on a big drop. You know, that feeling when your stomach drops out? It feels like that. I did discover the other night that if I push gently on my uterus, I can sustain the feeling of movement for a little. I know I probably shouldn't do that much, so I've only done it twice, but it feels really cool!

Gender: Get to find out March 1st, can't wait (until then you should vote on my poll over there on the right)

What I'm looking forward to: Our March 1st anatomy/gender scan and feeling the baby some more. I also can't wait for Drew to be able to feel the baby move. It's such an amazing feeling for me, and I can't wait for him to share the experience. 

What I miss: Not feeling like a whale... the worst part is knowing that I'm not even close to "big" yet.

Next appointment: March 1st!!!!!!

And since my husband's pictures taken on the good camera suck (sorry hun, but really they do) I have included my belly pix of the week via the iPhone. Funny how different the bump can look from day to day. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

*MY* bump

While I love that others around me are excited by my baby bump, especially now that it's rather prominent, I can't help but be frustrated by those who feel the need to touch. While I may be (as I was told by a coworker) "filled with child", it is still my body the last time I checked.

I wouldn't mind so much if people asked before touching... but many just reach their hands right on over as if they're entitled to touch me. At a friend's baby shower the other night, this girl that I used to work with (and never liked) just reached right over and started rubbing my stomach. Hello invasion of privacy! 

Worse are the people who have asked, were told "no", and still proceed to touch. Sadly, that has happened more times than is anyway acceptable. 

Don't Touch The Belly Blue Maternity T-Shirt
I get that it's exciting, and cool to feel. Truly I do. I just can't help but feel violated, especially since I've always been self-conscious about my body. Although I love my baby bump, and find it to be an amazing miracle... I still feel big. As much as I try to remind myself that I'm "pregnant big" it often just feels like "fat big" so being reminded of my size by hands all over my stomach... just makes me feel like screaming at people, and wearing this-------------------------->

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Baby's First Valentine

Today my class did the traditional elementary school valentine exchange. We decorated bags yesterday and flitted around the room dropping in our cards. I spent hours 45 minutes yesterday and 45 minutes today making lovely handmade cards for each of my kids including sentences about the attributes my kids have that I love about them. During our class party I went through the kids the kids had given me, and I found this:

In case you can't read it, it says:

Happy Valentine's Day
I've been watching you grow since you were the size of a lemon.  You have a great Mommy! I known that as a fact. 

I was close to tears as I read this today. How sweet for this little girl to think of my baby, but even sweeter to make the baby a card. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Gym woes

1) The ARC trainers, which are my favorite cardio machines, are all taken right now
2) The ellipticals, that's right, second faves, are all taken too
3) The hot, buff guys who are also here, keep staring at my belly like I'm the nastiest thing they've seen in weeks. I want to scream that I'm 4 1/2 month pregnant, not just a fat cow. Although upon further reflection, perhaps they know that and it grosses them out all the same.
4) I ended up on the treadmill... I hate the treadmill
5) I peed right before leaving the house to come here... In the 7 minutes it took to get here, I had to pee again... 45 minutes later... Yup, again. This baby needs to get off my bladder, it's still way too small to be making me pee like this.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

18 Weeks


How far along: 18 weeks

How big is baby?: Sweet Potato- finally a size comparison that I am familiar with!

Total weight gain: I gained about a pound this week which brings me to 9 pounds total 

Maternity clothes: My shirts are fine, I alternate between maternity pants and yoga pants.  

Best moment of the week:
 That first flutter! I felt it Thursday night and it was crazy, weird and wonderful all at once.

Food cravings: No cravings this week that I noticed.

Food aversions:  None! 

Symptoms: Some round ligament pain, my hip has been a little sore but it's not any worse. I'm having a lot of trouble sleeping, mostly because I can't get comfortable so I move around a lot. 

Movement: Felt that first little flutter 2 days ago! Haven't felt it again since, but my extensive google-ing says that it's normal to go a few days or even a week between feeling it at this point. Little baby still has plenty of room to bounce around in there without me even noticing.  

Gender: Get to find out March 1st, can't wait (until then you should vote on my poll over there on the right)

What I'm looking forward to: Our March 1st anatomy/gender scan and feeling the baby again.

What I miss: Still missing sleeping on my back, I can get kind of comfortable, but it's just not the same. 

Next appointment: March 1st!!!!!! 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Saved by the hubby

So this morning I did my usual morning routine after Drew leaves; finished getting ready, grabbed my phone and my school bag and headed out the door...

And then realized that my keys...were on the other side of that locked door...


After panicking for about 30 seconds, I remembered that my amazing, caring husband foresaw moments like this, and left me a key hidden in the garage.

Crisis averted! I headed to work.

Thank goodness someone in this family thinks ahead! 

For Reals this Time

The baby moved last night

For reals this time :) 

I'm positive of it. Last night I was sitting on the couch, playing with my phone when it just kinda happened. It was the weirdest feeling in the world. I've spent all day trying to think of the best way to describe it, but nothing is quite right. The best I can say is that it felt kind of like electrocuting yourself. Not the pain part of electrocution, but the tingly feeling part of it. Kind of a fluttering, but a little more intense. 

The weirdest part was how close to the surface of my belly it was. I guess I expected to feel it from deep within, but it was right there on the surface. The other weird part was how clear it was that it was the baby. I had been expecting to be unsure of whether it was actually the baby or not, but the moment it happened I was positive. There was no way that it could have been anything else which was an amazing feeling... I may have cried a little bit...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Make Him Squirm

I appear to have inadvertently found a way to make my husband squirm

I may or may not be loving it :) 

The other night I thought I felt the baby move. It was faint... just this tiny little movement, but I thought it might be it. In my excitement I quickly told Drew.

Who proceeded to gag. Uncontrollably. 

I of course, almost peed myself laughing because his reaction was so out there.

Once he was done gagging (and it took an inordinate amount of time for him to stop) he explained that a woman he works with told him that feeling the baby move feels like your inside are being pulled... from the inside, and that the though freaked him out.

I laughed harder.

The downside of this story? I don't think it was the baby moving :( I only felt it that one little time, and it hasn't happened since... so I'm guessing it was gas or something else moving around in there.

The upside of this story? I found a surefire way to made Drew squirm... and it makes me laugh... I may be a sick, sick individual... 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Happy Blog-aversary To Me

One year and 259 posts ago I started this here blog with my first post. It amazes me to think that in a short year this thing has grown so much! I've posted about everything from a job loss, a spoiled puppy, rants at the world, and the beginnings of this pregnancy journey. I have met so many kind, supportive and interesting people through this blog. People who I would never have interacted with if it weren't for this forum. I started this journey as my personal journal, to keep track of life and remember the good, the bad, and the... interesting. Well, it has done that, and much, much more. 

Thank you to all of you who read and comment on my blog. Whether you've been here from the beginning, or you just joined me last week, I appreciate having you along! 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

17 Weeks


How far along: 17 weeks

How big is baby?: Turnip this week... I don't even know how big a turnip is, but my app says it's about 5 inches and 5 ounces. 

Total weight gain: The doctor said Wednesday that I had gained 10 pounds, but I'm not sure that's accurate since they weigh me at different times each visit and wearing different amounts of clothing... my home scale says I've gained almost 8 pounds. I know it's not much of a difference, but 8 pounds makes me feel better than 10. 

Maternity clothes: Went shopping today for some real maternity clothes... I'm finally giving in. This week it's been crazy hard to find pants that fit, so I have to cave and get me some bump pants. 

Best moment of the week:
 Hearing the heartbeat again! It was nice because the nurse practitioner let us listen for a really long time. I was also cool because it was the first time Drew got to hear our little alien's heart! 

Food cravings: Those big soft pretzels that you pop in the microwave. So yummy with lots of salt :) 

Food aversions:  None! 

Symptoms: Still having some pain in my lower abs, most likely round ligament pain. Still get tired really easily, but having trouble sleeping through the night though I have been able to get more comfortable. My congestion the past couple of weeks seem to has gone away, but my back has been pretty sore. I'm kinda worried about how my hip is going to handle this pregnancy. Weight loss is really what made my hip problems better before, so I'm sure gaining it back is going to have a negative impact. 

Movement: Nothing yet, but hoping for soon! 

Gender: Get to find out March 1st, can't wait (until then you should vote on my poll over there on the right)

What I'm looking forward to: Movement to start and our March 1st anatomy/gender scan

What I miss: Still missing sleeping on my back, I can get kind of comfortable, but it's just not the same. 

Next appointment: March 1st!!!!!! 

Those pictures above were taken yesterday... this, is what I woke up with this morning:

I think I've popped! 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

My week in bullets

  • Monday I sent out a parent e-mail to all my parents telling them about a change in my homework policy and asking for their feedback... I got 3 responses
  • Today I sent an e-mail at 12:05 about an ice cream party our class is having next week... at 12:40 I had 12 e-mails already... funny how they don't really care about homework, but ice cream, yeah, it matters. 
  • Speaking of ice cream, I'm loving vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce this week... so yummy.
  • Last night I was really sick... like I thought I had food poisoning sick, and all I could think about was that I couldn't be out sick today because my desk was a mess and there was no way I was letting a sub see my desk like that
  • I talked to two of my coworkers about that, and the reminded me how amazing they are because the reminded me that if that were to happen the would not only clean off my desk for me in the morning, but put together sub plans for me... the longer I work in this new school, the more I love it and the people I work with. I never had this kind of support and love at my old school and I'm really enjoying it. 
  • I have a new bruise. Got my quad-screen done yesterday and the phlebotimist (too lazy to look up the spelling here) said I was "dry as a bone" so it was a hard stick. So I woke up with this: 
  • A kid asked me the other day whether I'm going to bring the baby to school with me. My wise response was that I already bring the baby to school with me every day... he thought that was hilarious
  • I'm struggling to get my weekly bump photos each week. Drew usually takes them but finding a time when he has time and I don't look like crap is getting pretty hard.
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