Tuesday, January 24, 2017

First Trimester Pregnancy Journals

So I'm not planning to do weekly pregnancy updates, but I reserve the right to change my mind. Before I got pregnant, though, I didn't really like reading them (especially when that's all they'd post anymore). They seemed repetitive, and kind of tedious and boring. Of course as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I went back and read a bunch of my favorite mommy blogger's old updates to compare symptoms and make sure what I was experiencing was normal.

So I think I might end up doing monthly updates. Our family lives really far away so I think this will be a good way to keep everyone up to date on our growing babe. Plus, like every other pregnant blogger before me has said, I want to remember it all, all the details, the emotions, the excitement and anticipation. So here we go....

(This was taken at 5 weeks. It will be fun to have this to compare to in the end.) 

How far along: 13 weeks. hello second trimester!

Size of the baby: Our little one has gone from the size of a poppyseed to a lemon. What a miracle!

Symptoms: When I first found out I was pregnant I was totally surprised because I had none of the early pregnancy symptoms I expected other than little twinges/ rumblings in my stomach. Around 6 weeks though is when I started to feel pregnant and the nausea set in. I didn't throw up (except for one time around 11 weeks) but definitely felt like I could. I felt especially nauseous if I didn't eat enough for breakfast (that prenatal vitamin is a doozy) or if I just didn't eat enough period, or drink enough water. I had some light cramping early on that of course is totally normal but a quick google search will also tell you it can be totally not normal. (Word of advice that I'm still having trouble following... don't google when pregnant.)  The cramping has stopped but I've been having some round ligament pain and some pulling sensations behind my belly button and around the side of my pelvis but this is exciting to me because it means baby and belly are growing! T.J. might testify that one of my main symptoms was out of control hormones...but I'll plead the fifth.

Sleep: At first sleep was really challenging because I was so keyed up and so excited that I could not settle down. I would wake up around 2 am (have to pee) and then not fall back to sleep until T.J. got up to go to work around 5. My brain was just running a mile a minute thinking about all the things. Now I can sleep pretty much through the night but before I was pregnant I would sleep on my stomach and that's gotten really uncomfortable because "the girls" are super duper sore. And I am not really a side sleeper but I know that's what is best/recommended for baby so I'm a little anxious about how uncomfortable sleep might become the further along I get.

Cravings: Nothing dramatic yet but I had a day when I really wanted BBQ chips, so much so that I texted T.J. this gem....
But for the most part I don't want anything twice and leftovers suck. If I think about making some of the same recipes I made during those earlier weeks my stomach immediately turns. We made BLT sandwiches for dinner one night and then T.J. wanted one for lunch the next day. When he was cooking the bacon I had to leave the room and ran straight to the bathroom gagging. I really don't like bacon right now...  I'm curious to see what sort of things I crave now that I'm moving into the second trimester and my stomach isn't so against me.

Best moments of the 1st trimester: I loved telling our families the big news on Thanksgiving and seeing their reactions. Everyone was beside themselves. I was also so excited to get an early ultrasound at 7 weeks and a couple days. Because I'd been having some light cramping early on, primarily on my left side, I was really fearful that it would turn out to be an ectopic pregnancy. Getting to see that the baby was growing in the exact right spot and had a little flickering heartbeat was such a weight off my mind. At 12 weeks I had another appointment and finally got to hear the heartbeat. And the midwife noticed that the baby seemed to be moving all around and that just blew my mind. What a privilege and a miracle to witness life at that teeny tiny stage. I can hardly believe that in 6ish months I'll be holding that same baby in my arms!

Looking forward to in the 2nd trimester: So many things. Oh my goodness I can't contain my excitement.   I can't wait to have an actual bump. I can't wait to feel the baby move! I can't wait to find out if we're having a boy or a girl. I always said I wanted to wait to find out the gender in the delivery room, like my parents did, but T.J. is really eager to find out as soon as possible and it didn't take much convincing for me to change sides.
I would say my belly really hasn't popped yet despite how it may appear in some photos (blame it on bloat), though at my 12 week appointment the midwife said she could feel my uterus had moved up out of my pelvis so we're on our way. Grow baby grow! Can't wait to see what changes the next month brings! 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The biggest secret I've ever kept!

There's another reason why I've been quiet on the blog lately...
I mean how could I blog about anything else without mentioning the biggest thing going on in our lives??!
Our sweet baby is due to arrive August 2017!
I am over the moon excited for our growing family.  More updates coming soon!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

3 months in Spokane Washington

Hey there old friend. I took an unintentional leave of absence from the blogging world (both writing and reading) these past few months and now that we're well into the New Year I'm ready to return to this little slice of the internet that I've quite missed.  So where exactly have I been? What have I been up to?

You see I wasn't just absent from the blog, but from our actual physical home.  The husband had a three month away rotation at a hospital in Spokane, Washington and I tagged along. The program put us up in an apartment, I gave my job notice and we drove the five hours over the mountains to eastern Washington for all of October, November and December.

I always feel uncomfortable sharing with the internet when we're going to be out of town, especially when our house is going to be sitting empty for so long. Plus the apartment had little to no internet service so even getting on to my blog was a nightmare (I wont tell you what sort of data overage charges we ran up these past three months....).

So what did I do in Spokane for those three months? That's the question I got a lot because we had no friends or family there and I wasn't working. I admit that I always felt that question was tinged with just a teeny bit of judgment because some days I didn't have a good answer other than "enjoying that stay at home wife life!"

I spent A LOT of one on one time with the dog- seriously he's now officially scared of other humans because he's only interacted with me and T.J. this whole time. We joined the YMCA and I actually found myself enjoying going to the gym (something I'd never ever thought I'd say). I'd mostly just walk on the elliptical while watching Gilmore Girls and Parenthood on my cell phone (the gym had free wifi which was only a large part of my motivation for going) and it was a nice way to get out of the house and feel productive. I read a ton of books. I did a lot of cooking and tried a bunch of new recipes, I also joined a women's bible study at a local church. The eastern part of Washington is so different from where we live and T.J. and I really enjoyed exploring Spokane and finding new favorite restaurants. Oh, and we also got enough snow to last me 5 winters!

Most importantly, though, and the number one reason why I tagged along, I got to see my husband every single day! Before we came out to Spokane he was doing a different away rotation from July-September up in Seattle. While he was able to come home for maybe one day a week, for the rest of the time he was sleeping and staying up in the city. That gets real old after three months. His job in Spokane on the other hand had incredible hours where he was home for dinner every night and on his call days he only had to physically go in to the hospital once or twice so we had most every weekend free. I haven't had this much time with my husband ever! Not even when we were dating.

So maybe there were some days when I was really quite bored, days when I didn't speak to another human until T.J. got home in the evenings, or days when the only "big thing" I'd do was take the dog for a walk and fix dinner.  This time together just the two of us was so precious and wonderful, like a little sabbatical of sorts and it was worth all the data charges in the world.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

two years.

Sometimes I can't believe it's been two years since we said our vows. So much has happened in these past two years that it's hard to remember what life was like before him. But at the same time I can still remember how I felt when I woke up that morning two years ago. The excitement, anticipation, the butterflies as I got ready to walk down the aisle and commit my life, two years and forever with T.J. 
As I went through my pictures and tried to pick out just twelve to capture this past year of marriage, I couldn't help but feel incredibly lucky. I know it's been trendy to hate on 2016, but for me, and I think T.J. would agree, it was another year full of love and growing closer to each other. And looking at some of my favorite photos and memories of the two of us from this past, wonderful, year I am just so thankful for this life we created together. He is still the best decision I ever made!
"Oh magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together!"
Psalm 34:3