Saturday, November 24, 2012

10 Weeks

Size of baby: Kumquat

Continuing symptoms: No vomiting this week!  And very limited nausea.  Weird taste seems to be gone too, for the most part.  Otherwise, sore/swollen boobs, occasional mild heartburn (only if I eat poorly), fatigue, heightened sense of smell.  Also -- extreme hunger!  Maybe this is making up for the past four weeks where I could barely eat anything.  Seriously, I am ready to eat every hour and a half to two hours.  It's ridiculous.

New symptoms this week: Instead of the nausea, a gaggy feeling in the back of my throat if I get too hungry or at the sight/smell of food.  Hey, I'll take it.  Hopefully this is the beginning of the end.

Maternity clothes: Ordered some maternity clothes online with my mother-in-law this week.  They're my Christmas presents this year. :)

Sleep: Still getting up to pee once or twice a night.  Followed by the realization that I'm hungry, so I go down and get some cereal and milk.  Then I go back to bed.

What I'm eating: Cereal and milk still.  Eating more variety, including some vegetables now.  The sight of most food makes me gag until I actually try eating it -- then it's not so bad.

Cravings: None

Special pregnancy moments:  Going in for my first ob/gyn appointment.  Weird to have finally graduated!  And then seeing the baby waving its arms and legs around like a crazy person!  Definitely made me tear up.  Finally, spending time with my husband's family this Thanksgiving, and talking about babies pretty much non-stop. :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

9 Weeks

Size of baby: Grape

Continuing symptoms: Same symptoms as the week before -- nausea/vomiting, weird taste in mouth, sore/swollen boobs, hunger, occasional mild heartburn.  Again, symptoms come and go as far as intensity, but they're always lurking in the background.  I've also noticed that I'm more tired this week.

New symptoms this week: Nothing of note.

Maternity clothes: Starting to look online for some cute options, which is a fun distraction from the pukiness.  Pants are continuing to get tighter, and finally ordered a belly band online that will accomodate my expanding waistline while allowing me to continue to wear my pre-pregnancy clothes.  Also, the yoga pants I lived in early in the pregnancy are starting to get tight, and I have moved onto my flannel PJ pants.  I am starting to look more slobby. :)

Sleep: I need to get up and pee once a night.  Soon after, I realize I'm hungry, so I go downstairs and eat a bowl of cereal around 5.  After, I might surf the iPad a little and go back to sleep for another hour or two.  This might be contributing to my tiredness.

What I'm eating: Cereal and milk continue to be my go-to.  Most foods continue to turn me off, but I try to choke down what I can, especially as it helps keep the nausea at bay.

Cravings: None

Special pregnancy moments:  Telling my best friend and her husband about the pregnancy.  Yes, we're starting to slowly reveal the news to those closest to us, and especially those who were aware of our conception struggles.  They were both so happy for us, and so excited.  She said she had already been planning my baby shower for whenever we got pregnant (like, she has started Excel spreadsheets, I kid you not).

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Moving On

We had our last RE appointment this past Friday where the baby had a great heartbeat and was measuring right on track.

This was the first time that the baby actually looked like a little baby and not just a blob.  And it was the first time I really teared up.  I can't believe we may be (please God) bringing a baby into the world next year that is half me and half my husband.  It's such an incredible miracle.

During the appointment, my RE said that they are sometimes able to detect the sex.  This shocked me since we were only about 8.5 weeks at that point.  But he said that they usually try not to look.  I'm sure they don't want to give people an incorrect sex, and in case anything happens to the baby, it might be that much more painful to have known the sex.

After he said that they usually try not to look, he then proceeded to start looking around, but quickly stopped himself.  However at the end of the appointment, he said very cryptically to my husband, "It looks like you're going to have someone to play video games with."  Which makes us wonder if it's a boy (something he and I suspected before this appointment).  My husband had made a comment earlier in the appointment that he doesn't care if it's a boy or girl, though it would be fun to have a boy to play video games with.  I guess we'll see.  I'm happy either way. :)

So this is it.  Our next appointment is this coming Monday where I see my regular ob/gyn.  I know I will be in good hands, but it is sad to be leaving the fertility clinic.  They were absolutely awesome, and so supportive and understanding of the infertile mindset.

Not only do we have our first ob/gyn appointment on Monday, but I also graduate to double digits that day too -- 10 weeks!  I am really looking forward to getting out of the first trimester, so that I can finally be out of the danger zone, and so that this nausea (hopefully) will finally go away!

Friday, November 9, 2012

8 Weeks

Size of baby: Kidney bean

Continuing symptoms: Nausea and vomiting are still there, but they seem to get better and better with each passing week.  The nausea tends to come and go in waves.  So far this week, I had one kind of bad spell Wednesday night.  Sunday wasn't that great either.  Overall though, the nausea is very manageable this week, and I am so grateful for this.  The B-natal pops I bought seem to really help too.  Other symptoms -- a bit tired, weird taste in mouth, sore/swollen boobs, hunger.

New symptoms this week: Some shooting pains in my boobs one day.  Not sure if it was a freak thing or a symptom.
Maternity clothes: Not yet, but I am starting to have to unbutton my jeans to accomodate the first trimester bloat.
Sleep: Fairly well except I need to get up and pee once a night.  I also am having some really vivid dreams.
What I'm eating: Cereal and milk are my new friends.  It's the one thing that doesn't totally gross me out.  However, once I have a bowl, I find myself starving not even two hours later, and need to eat more.  Also, I have been having a hard time keeping plain water down, so am drinking a lot of juices and other fluids to compensate.

Cravings: None

Special pregnancy moments:  Telling my two closest girlfriends from church about the pregnancy.  I remember having them over for lunch at my house at the beginning of 2011, and telling them for the first time that my husband and I had been struggling to conceive the past year.  Since then, they have really supported me, asked me how I'm doing, prayed for me.  They were both so happy for me, and it was wonderful to be able to share this good news with them.  I was definitely worried about sharing the news so early in the pregnancy, but both of them knew that I was planning to start fertility treatments this fall.  They were bound to ask about that.  Plus, one of them had already noticed me missing some church the past couple of weeks.  I'm excited to be able to talk baby stuff with them now!

Friday, November 2, 2012

7 Weeks

Ok, I decided I'm going to start giving weekly updates.  I used to get kind of annoyed (sorry) when other pregnant IF bloggers did this, but now I get it.  It's a great journal to have and look back on.  So here we go...

Size of baby: Blueberry

Continuing symptoms: Nausea and vomiting flared up big time early in the week, which was bad timing considering we were trying to prepare for Hurricane Sandy.  However, starting Tuesday morning, I felt fine again, and have been feeling almost spry, dare I say it.  Otherwise, I notice I get tired in the early evening.  Breasts are still sore, swollen and getting bigger.  Some heartburn earlier in the week but I think it was because I was stupidly drinking OJ.

New symptoms this week: None

Maternity Clothes: Not yet, but I think I have the tiniest of bumps now, noticeable only to me.  I've been examining it all week, and I'm pretty sure it's more than just food bloat at this point.

Sleep: Fairly well.  I do find I wake more easily, whether it's because I can hear my husband still up working or because I need to use the bathroom.  Also, I have made a mental note to invest in one of those body pillows.  I am sleeping on my side now with an extra pillow tucked between my knees and that seems to help me sleep for some reason.

What I'm Eating: Whatever I can keep down to be honest.  The thought of food and eating in general is pretty unappetizing at the moment.  Because of that, I try to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen, which means cooking and food preparation is pretty much not happening.  I've been going out to eat most of the time, or having my husband fix me some simple snacks/meals.  I know that sounds terrible, but it's a chore just to keep food down many days.

Cravings: None whatsoever.

Special pregnancy moments: Going in for my second scan at 7w4d and seeing the baby's heart beating in its little chest.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

It's Still Alive!

Scan 2 came and went very uneventfully. :)

Baby was measuring right on track at 7w4d.  Heartbeat was at 153 bpm.


Especially since today and the two days prior, I have been experiencing minimal to no nausea.  (Yes, ironic, considering my nausea rant in my last post.)  In fact, today I feel great.  This would probably worry the heck out of me except for the scan today and seeing the heart beat on the screen.  That was such an incredible experience, watching that little thing jump up and down.

I have one more scan next Friday with my RE, and then I graduate to my ob/gyn.  I can't believe it.  With each scan, my worry abates just a little bit more, and I get a little bit closer to being able to enjoy the fact that I am pregnant.

And speaking of nausea, because I know it'll come back, I have ordered B-natal pops online.  They're supposed to be arriving today.  I am hoping I can combat the nausea all naturally, and am hoping that the Zofran I did take hasn't done any harm to the baby.

Thank you for all of your positive thoughts and prayers so far!