Tuesday, December 30, 2008
It seems like my waistline is playing tricks on me. Baby is growing, but my belly seems to go out, and then in again. Not a bad problem to have, but it does make growth difficult to document. Here are the photos so far - more will come each week as that week occurs. Here are weeks 1-11.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I purchased (with the help of a Barnes and Noble gift card) a book called Baby-Gami which is primarily about baby swaddling techniques and baby slinging techniques. I'm excited for both. Baby slings are awfully expensive, though to be fair I'm sure I'll still buy them - but it's nice to know how to DIY. A friend advised me that her niece is as happy as she is because of mom's yoga and swaddling, so I'm doing my best to get an early crack at the happy potion. Now I've just about got my energy back to embark on my pre-natal yoga and I've just got to find the dvd I like best. Happy baby - here we come!
A friend purchased a book called "The Belly Book" to record my growing midsection's progress to oblivion. I went back through pictures that may have caught me in the past few weeks and I'm only missing two weeks. Had I but known I should have started recording progression shots each week at a specific time with a specific background. Now I can begin...muhahaha. I took my first intentional side belly shot in front of a Christmas tree, so it will be easy to remember when it was taken. I'll plan to post "belly" shots here as well. Don't worry - I don't anticipate that these will be bare belly shots.
In an attempt to start some sentimental things a little early, I took my moms (not like that...) my mom and my mother - in - law downtown to center city Philadelphia for a day downtown complete with a trip to the light show and Dickens exhibit in Macy's and the new Holiday Spectacular at the Comcast Center. We also went to the Constitution Center, but I don't know that baby/kid will be up for that in his/her close future. A day in the city over the holidays will be a nice tradition to continue next year and for the foreseeable future. I'm looking forward to more such endeavors. We also plan to have a Christmas morning breakfast at our house with any grandparents and aunts/uncles who may like to attend as well. I'm excited to embark on new adventures for baby.
Our plan was to tell everyone through the holidays. It's trickier than it may seem though because of trying to tell as many people as possible in person. You don't always see people in the "appropriate" order, but such is life. All in all, we're hoping to tell everyone that we might be apt to tell by New Years. So, this site too will go public on/after New Years. It's out there...
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Definitely not morning sickness. A virus has been going around school and it seems it hit me along the way. And then it hit me each hour on the hour for 6 hours, then it took a break for 6 hours and hit one more time. I can only hope that this ends soon, especially since I can't keep any food down, so baby is not getting the nutrition he/she needs right now. I really feel like I've been hit by a bus, because just last night I was feeling great - loads of energy and a great appetite. Can't have it all.
We went to the doctor on Tuesday night for our first pre-natal appointment. The doctor was able to feel my uterus and determine that I was indeed 9-10 weeks along. We also discussed questions and concerns and future tests and screenings. I went next door to get blood taken and a family friend was there to do the honors. Hippa prevents her from saying anything, but nonetheless I felt it important to break the news to my aunt/godmother. I'm still planning to tell others between Christmas and New Years. My announcement/photo card may have to be a Valentine's Day card though as the screening including an ultrasound won't come until January 15th - a smidge late for the holiday season.
Yuck - threw up this morning (may still be throwing up, not quite sure). I can't tell quite what it means though - is it morning sickness, or am I sick? There's been a bug going around school. I'll see if I have to vomit again before getting a shower this AM and then decide. Hmmm. I wish there was a test to tell the difference. Is there?
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I am feeling much better these days. I have more energy and I'm back to eating good! I'm excited to enjoy food again, but I should be careful what with the holidays - though a baby is a perfect excuse/reason to pack on the pounds, I probably shouldn't pack them all on prior to January 1st.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I think (think) that I've had a taste of nausea/morning sickness/food aversions in order to genuinely appreciate what many woman go through to an extreme and on a daily basis through much of pregnancy. Luckily, I've been able to enjoy food today (believe me - I'm knocking on everything available right now). It seems that I can't seem to picture myself eating my regular home made salads at lunch, but I can eat salads from Salad Works, Buca Di Beppo, and even the high school. Puzzling! We'll see how this develops in the near future. Today, I'm 8 weeks pregnant or as Jeff prefers to state - two months! The baby is now the size of a raspberry :)
As we were driving home tonight, I noticed a sign less than a mile from our home indicating the building site of a new Babies R Us/Toys R Us. How exciting! Not that the current location is that far, but really - how convenient does it get?
Friday, December 5, 2008
Yesterday morning, Thursday, I threw up...everything I had just eaten for breakfast. Ahhh, so this is morning sickness. Fortunately though, today there was not a repeat performance. Fingers crossed that this won't be too consistently the case. But again - I know, I know, it's a "good" sign.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Brownie points for brownies! After working through the morning, I was distracted enough not to feel ill and upon encountering a tray of brownies in the faculty room I successfully downed quite a few. I know - I deserve a pat on the back. But sincerely, even sweets have been turning my stomach at home. Score one for sugar! We'll see what lunch time brings...
Evidently I'm no different than other pregnant women. Nausea - all day, every day. Looking at food, thinking about food, preparing food, trying to eat food - yuck. I now understand why many pregnant women scoff at the adjective "morning" before sickness. I'm feeling terribly sorry for myself and I'm not sure why - I know this is all part of the process. I am amused at how much enjoyment others get out of my feeling not well. "Well, that's a good thing!" Yes - I get it...now I'm "really" pregnant. Last night, I watched my husband thoroughly enjoying the dinner I prepared - a meal I normally enjoy just as voraciously. I was jealous. You never do appreciate what you've got until it's gone - in this case my appetite. With all that said, I haven't thrown up, so that's a plus. Of course, now that I've said that - I will. Just wait. I'm also highly emotional, mostly in regard to what a wonderful husband I have. I mean this sincerely. I realize it could come off sounding quite sarcastic. He's great. The best! I don't know that I could do it quite as well. I just love him so much for being so wonderful. I'm starting to tear up now just thinking about it. Did I mention I'm emotional?