|10weeks 2 days|
Thank you all for your lovely comments & tweets. They made my day :-) Even though I’m still keeping up with meatless Mondays as best as possible (tonight we had spinach &black bean enchiladas…yum!), I’ve decided to dub Mondays, “Mom to Be” Mondays as just a way to share some highlights of my pregnancy and also to share any helpful tidbits for other moms to be (or soon moms to be) out there.
Let me rewind a bit and just share when I found out and the whole history of this little miracle. Hubs and I got married in July 2011. Shortly after I decided to go off of birth control, not because we wanted to start trying right away, but because I had been on it for over 10 years and I didn’t love the way it made me feel. One month after being off of it, I felt like a whole new person. It’s kind of hard to explain, but I felt alive again. I was more in control of my emotions as well as other things. I had heard a lot about the Fertility Awareness Method. I ordered the book from Amazon and read what I needed to read within a week. One month after charting, I realized that my luteal phase (the time from ovulation to my next period) was very short (about 9 days). Not a big deal at the time, but could potentially be a problem when we wanted to start having kids. I waited to see if it would straighten itself out as the cycles went on, but it didn’t. In November I decided to start taking Vitamin B6 because I hear that this is supposed to help. Although we weren’t trying to have a baby, I just wanted my cycle to be normal. The week I left for Texas to get my sister, my period was supposed to start. When it was a day late, I thought to myself, “Well maybe the vitamin B6 is working.” A few more days passed and I knew something was up. When I flew into Texas on Friday, my sister wanted to go out and celebrate being done with tech school, and rightfully so. But I didn’t feel right drinking so I had to let her know what was up. She totally understood and was very supportive. Next I called hubs to let him know what was going on. I didn’t just want to come home that following Wednesday and say, “Honey you’re going to be a dad!”. He was actually excited. I was scared shitless. I finally took a HPT a week and a half after my period was due. I think that was the most patient I’ve ever been in my life (it was also the longest week of my life). It told me what I had suspected all along. I was pregnant. After the initial shock/worry/shock wore off, I started to feel really excited and happy. I was going to be a mom :-) No, we didn’t plan for this to happen and no it’s not the most ideal time for us but we couldn’t be happier for our “Christmas Surprise”. We found out right before Christmas and the message in church that day was Christmas surprises…very fitting :-)
I’m not at all discounting or going to talk bad about the Fertility Awareness Method. It worked well for us until, well it didn’t. If it is a method of birth control you’re thinking of, just make sure you’re in a relationship/situation where if you do get pregnant it won’t be the end of the world. Had I not been charting, I would’ve never known I was having minor problems within my cycle because they came regularly.
Now that that’s all out in the open let’s talk about baby :-) I’m 10 weeks and 2 days today. And little peanut is set to arrive on August 25th. We decided that we’re not going to find out the sex of the baby until the little one arrives. ‘Team Green’ all the way. I want to be surprised in the delivery room…I keep telling myself it will make the labor process easier :-)
Baby is 1.2 inches…about the size of a prune (and is growing over my bladder). He/She has also graduated from embryo to fetus. The baby’s skin is touch sensitive all over-any type of touch causes the baby to move. Baby is growing tiny nails on the fingers and toes as well as tiny buds for teeth. I learned that if your baby’s not getting enough calcium, it will start to take it from you and your bones! I can’t help but think of Bella being pregnant in Breaking Dawn. Needless to say, I’ve been drinking milk every day.
The nausea is finally starting to subside. I’m just very tired all the time. The only thing that helps with fatigue is exercise, which is a catch 22 because on most days exercise is the furthest thing from my mind. But I force myself to do something, whether it is a short walk outside or Zumba, physical activity always gives me energy. I’ve also been very emotional. I wouldn’t say that I cry all the time, but I’m pretty sensitive right now…and moody (sorry hubs). My sense of smell is definitely heightened and things like the smell of coffee (a smell I used to like) and alcohol make me sick to my stomach. And last but definitely not least, my ta-ta’s are killing me and I’ve gone up a full bra size (cup & band).
Cravings: Fruit!! chips, GF frozen waffles & bagels. Anything cold (smoothies, ice water etc)
Aversions: Raw Vegetables-I was in love with salads in the beginning. Now? not so much. I get my veggies either cooked or in juice/smoothie form. Chicken-I’ll force myself to eat it because of the protein factor, but I could do without it.
Weight gain: 1.1 lbs but it feels more like 20, and I’ve had to bust out the belly band on more than one occasion. How I’ve only gained that little so far I’m not really sure. My dr. said a healthy weight gain for me would be between 25-30lbs but she doesn’t care if I’m over or under just as long as the baby & I are healthy.
My sister posted this on facebook and I found it very fitting for tonight’s posting:
‘A Nearly 14-pound baby boy born in Des Moines‘. The mom delivered vaginally and un-medicated. OUCH!