Thursday, May 7, 2015

Bump Update: Weeks 21-25

How big is baby? At 25 weeks, baby is the size of a head of cauliflower.  She's about 14 inches long and weighs almost 2 pounds.  All organs are formed and functioning and she's adding fat and growing hair (or maybe not since she's got my genes).  Her lungs are undergoing very important changes and producing surfactant.  Babies born at this stage have a chance at survival with lots of medical intervention. 

How am I feeling?  SO much better.  The nausea is pretty much gone which is beyond awesome.  The belly has grown a lot and I'm definitely feeling pregnant now.  Some days I feel stretched to capacity (though I know I'm no where close) and like there's no room for anything else in there.  My back and feet get so sore from supporting the extra weight and I'm still having lots of pressure pains after standing a bunch.  Some days are more uncomfortable than others but overall the last few weeks have been pretty good!

My belly button is getting so flat and I'm anxiously awaiting an outie.  Mike thinks this is gross but I totally want one!
Food aversions/cravings?  I've reached that stage of liking all the food.  Carbs are still extra delicious but I'm not sure I can really blame that on pregnancy anymore.  Fruit is still amazing and I love apples for the first time in my life.  Also, pregnancy really has made me want pickles!  I heard news of Chic-fil-a coming to Vegas and now all I want is a chicken sandwich with pickles. 
Sleep:  Not the best, but not the worst. The Snoogle is truly life changing and keeps me mostly comfortable.  I just have a few hours of insomnia in the middle of the night where I lay there wide awake.  Little girl is SO active at night that I often stay awake just to feel her kick. 

Maternity clothes: Yes! Old pants are not cutting it anymore and maternity clothes seem to be a bit more flattering than my regular clothes.  But I'm still getting away with some regular dresses and shirts.  I'll definitely need to be buying some larger swim tops before our beach trip next month as my current ones are encroaching on inappropriate!
Best moments: Baby kicks might be my answer every time.  I love feeling her move like crazy.  It's also fun that Mike gets to feel them almost daily now (when he's patient enough).  She's definitely a wild one in there and I often wonder when she sleeps.  It's also been fun that strangers are finally recognizing that I'm pregnant and not just fat! I get the most comments on this at the gym. 
We also have had a fun couple of weeks complete with camping and hiking in Zion (you should have seen my awesome bed), a trip to Memphis to see our friends and their perfect baby, and hosting a Kentucky Derby party.
23 weeks

25 weeks

Miss anything?  Our families!  I'm already realizing what people mean when they say you'll never miss your family more than when you have a baby.  Still missing deli meat and my morning caffeine.  I'm already dreaming of a big turkey sandwich immediately post-delivery :). 

Nursery progress:  The nursery is getting so close to being "done."  I'm waiting on a few more things I've ordered for the walls and still wanting some other "non-essential" items, but the majority of it is complete and we LOVE it.  It's been such a labor of love and has turned into our most favorite room in the house.  We can't wait to show it to everyone! 
Thoughts on pregnancy:  40 weeks is a very long time.  I'm definitely getting more and more excited as the weeks go by.  I've never wished for time to pass so quickly before in my life!  I also feel like my to-buy list is insane.  Newborns need a lot of stuff and I'll need to stop researching and start purchasing in the next few weeks!
Looking forward to: Third trimester is right around the corner and I can't wait to be in it.  We're also doing an ultrasound at 28 weeks as they say that's the best time to get a good look before things start to get too crowded in there. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bump Update: Weeks 19/20

How big is baby? At 20 weeks, baby is the size of a banana!  She's measuring 7 inches crown to rump (next week we officially switch over to head to toes measurements).  She was estimated to weigh 12 ounces at my ultrasound yesterday.  She's pretty much fully formed at this point and is starting to fatten up and just needs to grow like crazy for 20 more weeks. 

How am I feeling?  More and more days with only mild nausea.  I am crossing my fingers I'm finally through the worst of it! I've been dealing with LOTS of awful nerve pain.  Made an emergency trip to the doctor last week because of all the pain and was assured everything is fine.  Apparently baby was just really low and pressing on everything.  Hopefully this will ease up as the belly grows to better accommodate her.  This pain has been much improved the last few days and is only happening a few times a day (and night when I'm trying to sleep!) so I'm really hoping it is gone soon. 
Food aversions/cravings?  Most foods are good now the first time through.  Leftovers, however, are frequently making me gag.  Still loving cereal and bread and finally loving salads again!
Sleep:  Still pretty bad.  I wake up all the time and have a hard time being comfortable.  Little girl dances a lot at night so part of it is just wanting to stay up and feel her move instead of sleep.  My snoogle (an absurdly large but awesomely reviewed pregnancy pillow) arrives today so I'm hoping that helps! 
Maternity clothes: Thankful for the maternity jeans and shorts sent by a friend.  I'm not sure I'll ever want to wear pants with buttons again.  I'll probably need to go shopping soon as the bump definitely made itself known the last week or so. 
Best moments: Right at 19 weeks, Mike got to feel several strong kicks from outside the belly.  It was so awesome to be able to share that with him.  His expression on his face was my favorite!  Days with lots of movement are my absolute favorite.  I can't wait till they get stronger and more obvious. 
Our 20 week anatomy scan was obviously the best moment so far.  We got to see her dancing on the screen for almost 45 minutes as they measured her arms, legs, belly, and skull and confirmed her heart, kidneys, and brain were properly formed.  It was pretty amazing and every single measurement came back perfectly.  She kept looking right at us or holding her hands over her face so it made it hard to get a good look at her profile. This was my favorite photo of the day.   
looks comfy! ;)
Miss anything?  My abs? haha.  I haven't worked out much the last two weeks because of all the pain but I'm hoping to get back in the groove asap. 
Nursery progress:  The nursery is looking amazing.  We finally finished all the work on the walls and unwrapped the furniture.  We sit in there a lot because we love it so much.  I cannot wait for it to be finished and home to our little girl!
Thoughts on pregnancy:  The past two weeks were definitely an emotional roller coaster.  A week of bad pain and I'm convinced something is horribly wrong.  A week later and a good doctors appointment and I'm back to being the happiest, most grateful mama-to-be ever. 
Looking forward to: Now that the bump has started to actually look more baby and less dinner, I'm super excited for it to keep growing! I also can't wait for the kicks to get stronger!
Shopping for the little miss is my new favorite thing to do!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bump Update Pics - Almost Halfway!

Halfway done next week.  Here's the bump progress so far!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bump Update: Weeks 16/17/18

How big is baby? At 18 weeks, baby is the size of a sweet potato! She's a almost 6 inches long and weighs about 6.7 ounces. Her cartilage is turning to bone, her brain is taking over control of her heartbeat, and she is beginning to be able to hear us.  She can also yawn, hiccup, and swallow. 
How am I feeling?  I finally have some days with no nausea which is SO nice.  And then randomly I'm throwing up all day long again.  Either way, nausea feels normal to me now so I handle it pretty well.  Still enjoying round ligament pains as my baby grows and my uterus moves out from inside my pelvis.  I've noticed they are more intense after running but am told they'll improve over time.  I also have some days filled with nerve pain "down there."  It can be crazy intense but luckily doesn't last too long. 
I've also officially reached the hormonal/emotional side of pregnancy.  I'm overwhelmed almost daily by how incredibly grateful I am to be growing a little girl inside of me.  I tear up just thinking about how lucky we are to be on this journey.  Actually, I tear up at anything remotely emotional.  After miscarrying my first pregnancy and experiencing a couple months of unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant, I feel like we have such a huge appreciation for the whole process.  I watch my ultrasound videos all the time and am filled with so much love for this little girl. 
Food aversions/cravings?  I am eating most things now aside from the random meals that I plan and then can't stomach the thought of.  I would love to eat cereal all day every day.  I actually dreamed the other night that I was eating bowl after bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and it was so amazing. 
Sleep:  Still pretty bad.  I wake up often and usually spend an hour or two reading in the middle of the night. Annoying but I'm not overly tired in the daytime so it's not so bad. 
Maternity clothes: Still just the two pair of maternity pants but jeans are getting interesting so that might be my next purchase.  I've bought a few dresses and a couple nonmaternity elastic waist shorts and skirts (thanks Jcrew for carrying those this year!). 
Best moments: I feel slightly less terrified about something bad happening now that I'm in the second trimester.  However, one bad story and I'm frantically overnighting a doppler ultrasound to my house so we can listen to baby's heartbeat.  So now M and I can listen to her together whenever we want and it is absolutely amazing every time. 
Another one- I've woken up two mornings with a big ball of baby sticking out of one side of my belly.  I put my hand on her and felt her move back to a normal position.  It was so awesome and I can't wait to feel more movements! 
Miss anything? This time last year we were in full on Ironman training mode.  I'm a definitely missing the satisfaction of a really hard workout. 
Nursery progress:  We've been working like crazy in the nursery every weekend.  We end each Sunday completely exhausted BUT the walls are almost done and it looks great!  We both wander in there every day because we love it so much.  A chandelier and mirror were also purchased this week. 
Thoughts on pregnancy: Pregnancy is painful and stressful, but it's also the greatest thing ever.  The thought of growing a little one is pretty incredible!  I can't wait for all the weeks to come. 
Looking forward to: Two week countdown till our 20 week scan.  Can.not.wait.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Bump Update: Weeks 13/14/15

How big is baby? At 15 weeks, baby is the size of an orange! She's about 4 inches long and weighs only 2.5 ounces.  This size fruit finally seems large to me and makes me excited! 

How am I feeling?  Oh how I love hearing how great I should be feeling now that I'm in the second trimester... NOT.  The complete, overwhelming exhaustion left suddenly around week 10 or 11 which was awesome.  It's nice to come home from work and not immediately go to bed!  However, the nausea and nightly vomiting have not dissipated.  I definitely feel better during the day than I did for many weeks, but it's far from over. 

Food aversions/cravings?  For most of the first trimester, I survived on pizza or other forms of carbs and cheese.  Cooked veggies didn't stand a chance, so I would try to eat raw carrots and peppers as much as possible.  I went from eating a fried egg every single morning pre-pregnancy to begging the husband not to cook any until after I'd left for the day.  
For the last couple weeks, I can stand to eat most things.  Salads and veggies are still mostly forced and every once in awhile I'll smell something we made for dinner and immediately be sick and have to eat cereal instead.  Carbs are still so delicious.  The weirdest thing has been that my normal sweet tooth is gone and now I just want salt (ie: all the potato chips).  One other super weird thing- I can't stand the smell of a piece of gum.  I used to chew gum every second of the day and now I can't be near it!

Sleep:  Nights where I don't take my nausea medicine I'm incredibly restless and sleep horribly- usually up at 3am for the day.  Nights when I do take it, I sleep like a rock (aside from constantly getting up to pee!).

Maternity clothes:  I gave in and bought two pair of maternity dress pants.  Dress pants have a higher rise so buttoning them was becoming more uncomfortable every day. My other regular clothes are still mostly fine with the use of a belly band and long camisoles.  I'm excited for the days to come with a real bump and not just looking like maybe I ate a little too much over the weekend.  I'm finally back to weighing what I did before the nausea kicked in but things are definitely shaped a bit differently than a few months ago! 

Best moments:  At 14 weeks, we went in for our gender scan and confirmed Baby H is officially a girl!  On one hand, it seemed like no surprise since we both had already thought it was a girl for several weeks.  On the other, I'm still in disbelief.  I'd always assumed I'd have all boys.  The thought of having a little girl, a daughter of my own, is hard to wrap my mind around.  Aside from the excitement for all things pink and ruffled, I'm also a little terrified for ages 10-18.  I'd always assumed my boys would love me no matter what but girls seem like a whole other puzzle.  I'm beyond excited, however, to see Mike with a little girl.  I'm positive he'll be amazing with her and have no doubt she will be the center of his world. 
It's a girl!

cutest little bum ever

3D is weird but also pretty cool.  She's fully formed and ready to fatten up!

Other good moments included a trail race with our favorite local running group.  M and I both ran the 10K which was hard but gorgeous and a great time as always.  I managed to run all of it except for the 2 mile climb up a mountain which was better than I'd expected!  I'm not sure how much more trail running I'll be doing as my lower belly muscles were pretty sore for a couple days after which was not so fun.  
almost finished!
all done!

We've also finally made it out of the house for some nice dinners.  Mike told me he was OVER not eating out (aside from all the pizza places in town) so I found the strength to go out.  Food still tastes a little off but it is so nice to have date nights again.  We definitely want to make this a priority before the little one arrives!  
M's Birthday night out at the Wynn

Miss anything?  I crave turkey sandwiches like crazy which I can't have.  And it is a little weird not getting champagne at the casinos. 

Nursery progress:  We of course wasted no time on getting this started.  Most of the big things- colors, furniture, d├ęcor plans- have been decided on, so now it's just checking things off the list for the next few months.  We've emptied out the room and started prepping the walls for their transformation.  We also ordered our crib and dresser and a few other bedding things.  So excited for all that's to come with this project! 

Thoughts on pregnancy:  I don't think I ever realized how terrifying and challenging being pregnant would be.  Sure first trimester is known for being less than fun and weeks 35+ looked a little challenging to maneuver.  I know a lot of it has to do with my Type A personality but not knowing every detail of how the baby is doing makes me crazy.  I'm constantly questioning how things are going and wondering if I'm doing everything right.  I also didn't realize how painful the early stages would be.  She's so small and yet she causes me some major growing pains. Ligament pains and bladder pressure are no joke!

Looking forward to:  I just want to hurry and fast forward to the 20 week ultrasound. I'd love an update on how our little girl is developing and, of course, seeing her jumping around and listening to her beating heart is pretty much the greatest thing to ever happen to me.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Playing Catchup - First Trimester (with an abundance of US pics)

We are SO excited that our secret is finally out in the open.  The first 13 weeks have been some of the best of our lives as well as some of the most challenging. 

I found out I was pregnant one day after my missed period.  Hubs was out of town for work and I had gone to bed the night before knowing I was now officially "late" but still thinking there was no way.  I was shocked when I took a test in the morning and the second line showed up immediately.  My first thought was how I was going to surprise Mike when he got home the next night.  My second was oh my gosh I'm facetiming him and waking him up right now to tell him.  Secrets aren't really my thing...  I called the doctor immediately and went in that afternoon for bloodwork to confirm everything looked right.

"Morning" sickness began right around week 5.  By week 6, I realized it was not really morning sickness so much as 24 hour stomach flu sickness.  I've never been so sick in my life and eating (and generally staying awake) became a constant struggle.  It was hard to come to terms with feeling that terrible and knowing that I was only a few weeks into what would surely last at least another 6-8 weeks.  More than a few nights were met with breakdowns and tears but luckily I have the world's greatest husband who stepped up and took over all responsibilities and focused entirely on keeping me sane. 

Our eight week doctors appointment FINALLY arrived and we were completely terrified.  Last July we excitedly went to an 8 week appointment only to find out that our first baby had stopped growing and had no heartbeat.  We sadly knew all to well what the worst case scenario felt like.  The first 8 weeks of this pregnancy were filled with the classic first trimester symptoms (which was a good sign), but we'd also dealt with a couple bouts of bleeding that had completely shaken us.  Our doctor was amazing and cut right to the chase.  She said we could skip right to the ultrasound and check things out.  The relief at seeing that heartbeat for the first time was the best feeling of my entire life.  She let us watch our little bean with a flashing heart for awhile and assured us things looked perfect this time.  Baby had a strong heart rate of 178 and measured exactly where she should for 8 weeks. 

After having gone through a completely symptomless loss this summer, my comfort in the doctor's good news lasted about a day.  I found a local ultrasound place where we could go do checkups of the babe and help keep my fear at ease.  We got to see the baby at 9 and a half weeks and again at 11 weeks.  Each time was absolutely incredible.  The place has a giant movie screen and  advanced equipment so you can watch the baby jumping around on the screen and listen to the heartbeat.

It was amazing to see how quickly the baby had changed in such short times.  By eleven weeks you could make out her full face and arms/hands.  

Of course, we were still nervous when our 12 week appointments arrived.  We were scheduled first at the High Risk Pregnancy center (not because we were high risk- that's just where they do the high def ultrasound testing).  Our tech was amazing and spent a long time showing us all her parts and explaining that we showed no red flags for downs syndrome or any other chromosomal abnormalities.  Such good news!  We were also given the news that baby was "80% likely" to be a girl based on the gender nub theory.  M and I were both completely convinced this baby was a girl already so we were not too shocked by this prediction. 

Hi Mom and Dad!

Monday, February 9, 2015

A Big Announcement!

We are beyond excited that Baby Hisey is in the works and will be joining us this August.  We are at 13 weeks and thrilled to be through (or almost through depending on what pregnancy calendar you follow) the first trimester.  It has been a rough one but we are so, so thankful to be experiencing both the highs and lows of pregnancy.  I'll be reviving the blog in order to document these 40 weeks (and of course all that comes after) so that I can always remember this time in our lives.