Feb 23, 2016

Bump Watch : Week 13


I've always wanted to do one of these! Such exciting times over here in Haus Cote! Excuse the grainy, iPhone snap (I also look SUPER tired, sigh)...I still haven't figured out how I want to document these. Warning...this bump watch is a long one, but I'm basically reporting things from the whole first trimester. Future posts (which won't be weekly) will be much more reader-friendly. And again, I hope to not turn this space into one just devoted to all things baby. We still have so many travel memories to share! So, bear with me as I get a few baby posts off my chest. I've been holding them in for months now.

General Thoughts/Feelings: SHUT UP, WE'RE HAVING A HUMAN BABY? Get outta town! Basically our everyday musings. Still hasn't sunk in, even 13 weeks later. Also, I'm so in love with both this little nugget and with D. He's literally outdone himself in husband world. With me being as sick and hormonal as I've been, I was sure I already used up all my pregnancy free passes. But his grace and willingness to pick up my slack seems to renew with each day. God bless that man 'o mine!

Food Aversions: Not as many of those now that the first trimester is basically over (can I get an AMEN and a HALLELUJAH!). But for the majority of the first tri, I was totally turned off by broccoli, fresh green beans, cauliflower, pork, rice/quinoa/couscous, fish, and coffee. Basically anything healthy that D and I were used to eating every week, baby HATED. It drove me crazy not to be in control of my body in that way. I was sure I was going to balloon up from all the carbs I was eating. It's really all I could stomach. Crackers, pasta, bread, fruit, pizza...all fine with baby. Stick a stalk of broccoli near my face and the hurls could be heard around the world. So friggin' weird. Thankfully, I'm back to eating everything I loved pre-pregnancy, including broccoli. ;)

Food Cravings: mandarin oranges (obsessed!), grapes, baby carrots, peanut butter, Apple Pie flavored greek yogurt, tortilla chips and guac, and hot ham and cheese sandwiches.

Health/Fitness: That first trimester kicked my boo-tay. I spent 75% of my time holed up under blankets on my couch...sometimes with a laptop in hand for work, other days just trying to keep my meals down. I mayyyybe did an actual workout 3 different times in 8 weeks. Each time I started crying halfway through like a total crazy lady. HORMONES ARE JERKS. And I felt like I went from being able to do a 30 min, 21 Day Fix HIIT workout with ease, to not being able to get through a pregnancy workout without having to stop multiple times. I once took Tuck on a walk and dry-heaved no less than 4 times in that 10 minute loop around my neighborhood. 

Now that the first trimester funk is (mostly) over, I'm trying to get in a workout at least twice a week. My muscles are shot, so I'm slowly trying to build up my strength again without overdoing it. Pilates has been my new best friend and daily walks with Tuck are far less complicated now that I've left the dry-heaving days behind.

Doc Appointments: We didn't have our first true appointment until week 11, which totally freaked me the heck out. Apparently it's normal for those who have no issues (bleeding, cramping, severe nausea, etc.) and know exact due dates and such. However, finding out you're pregnant at week 3.5 and having no visual or heartbeat confirmations until week 11 (other a than positive blood test at week 6) was the LONGEST WAIT OF MY LIFE. Thankfully at our 11wk appt, we heard a beautiful heartbeat, cried ALL the tears, and confirmed both baby and I have a clean bill of health. Next appointment and first ultrasound...TODAY!!!

Symptoms: I feel like most of these are TMI, but for the sake of documenting -- sore ta-ta's since day 1, bloating, constipation (KILL ME NOW), increased appetite, and major fatigue. The beginning of week 12, I spent 2 days walking around Disney World with my cousin...I realized that even though I was feeling much better than weeks past, I can't run around all day like I used to. Naps are like gold these days. My appetite is also wicked ridiculous. I can eat a meal and then two hours later, have a growling stomach and mild nausea, signaling me that I need to eat a snack again. I feel like a pregnant bottomless pit.

Sleep: No problems there. I hit the pillow and pass out. Tuck is, however, preparing us for parenthood. He wakes up at 1am for a pee break, and then up again around 5am for pre-breakfast (he's a diva). He's been like this for years, so we've been trained well. Interested to see if his schedule and the baby's schedule will sync up (dear Lord, I hope so!).



Mood: Happy & excited! Much less anxious than in weeks 6-10. My anxiety flared up pretty strong for a while there (thank you, hormones). Now that my hormones seem to be evening out and the nausea has subsided, I feel much more positive and less panicky about the whole thing. I've had issues with anxiety for years, so I had a feeling some anxious feelings would manifest themselves during pregnancy...and unfortunately, post-partum as well. My doc and I have a plan in place, but so far, I'm feeling great!

Maternity Clothes: None yet! Although I'm really hoping this bump starts to pop sooner rather than later. I'm slightly annoyed at the "ate one too many tacos" look I'm currently sporting. 

Miss Anything?: WINE. Oh my gosh, you guys...you had to know this one was coming. Being the big booze-hound that I am, it was SO HARD keeping the pregnancy a secret from just about everyone. Thankfully D took up drinking for 2 (HA!) and conveniently made me the DD for all social events, so it was easier to hide. I sure do miss having a glass of wine with dinner...or a margarita with my Mexican food. I've also missed Spicy Tuna rolls something fierce. Veggie rolls just don't cut it. I also miss being able to sleep on my back without freaking out. I've already experienced some mild back pain (growing pains, I'm assuming) and laying flat helps so much! But now that I'm entering that 2nd tri, it's frowned upon. Crap.

Baby Items Purchased: I've been gifted a few cute onesies from friends and family, but haven't bought anything but a body pillow...which should come in any day now and keep me from rolling over on my back at night. OH. And one adorable onesie that I used to reveal the baby news to D (more on that to come).

Best Moments So Far: Telling our families the good news at Christmas (more on that to come, too!), hearing that sweet heartbeat for the first time, being gifted a free plush toy from the kind Disney Cast Member who saw us taking our pregnancy announcement photo and wanted to give baby its first gift from the Mouse (so stinkin' sweet!), and announcing our big news to the world!

Most Unexpected Moment So Far: I cry all. the. time. At radio commercials, reading baby books, talking about sentimental things, watching old episodes of Reba (shut up), cooking dinner (why? I DON'T KNOW.)...you name it, I'm probably gonna cry over it. I recently saw How to Be Single in the movie theater and cried during two of the previews and twice during the movie (tell me the scene with Leslie Mann and that baby in the doctor's office doesn't just kill you dead?!?). I also cried watching a golden retriever puppy try to eat a leaf. It was just so effing cute. I can't with myself these days.

Looking Forward To: Seeing our little babe on ultrasound today and finding out the gender in the coming weeks. I'm so ready to plan out a nursery and buy cute baby things!


22 comments:

  1. There is nothing quite like seeing that sweet baby for the first time on an ultrasound! I am so excited for you guys to have that moment today. :) We are doing an early gender ultrasound next week at 15 weeks and we can't wait!

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    1. Agreed! I thought my heart was going to burst at that appointment yesterday! Such a wonderful moment in time. :) Hopefully we'll be finding out the gender at week 16 ourselves...hope your appointment goes well and you'll have to share the great news when you know!

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  2. Congratulations! You're handling everything like a champ and yayyyyy for the first ultrasound!

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  3. So adorable!! Congrats to both of you (and Tuck), I can't wait to follow along.

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  4. I'm so excited for you!! Your little belly is so cute!!!

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  5. Super excited for your growing family! Oddly I find that not getting seen until 10+ weeks is common for the military. The civilian side is a bit different as I am experiencing since we get a choice at this duty station. That first ultrasound is so exciting! Soak it all up!

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    1. Thanks, Jenna! I'm actually being seen by a civilian doc since the base here doesn't have a hospital or OB staff because the base is so small (which I'm thrilled about!). I think every doc and practice does things in their own way (but within common parameters). Believe me, I called around and asked all my postpartum gal pals what their experiences were and they were all over the board! So, I went with the flow. As long as things stay smooth sailing...I'll take whatever little peeks at the babe I can get! It was such a sweet afternoon yesterday, for sure! :)

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    2. They really can be. After posting my comment I asked a few friends and even with the same doctor it can be different. It's all based on how mama/baby are doing! Prayers for an easy pregnancy for you!

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    3. Yep, that's pretty much what my doc said when I questioned him. It's funny...you're lucky in the sense that things are well and have had no issues (knock on wood!), but it's also the kiss of death (for lack of a better term) if you want to have lots of ultrasounds and check ups. Guess we all take the good with the bad. And thank you!! Same to you, girl!

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  6. Congrats on your happy news, Casey! I'm happy to read that everything is going well so far and hopefully it'll stay that way :) looking forward to knowing more about your experience and whether you're having boy or girl!

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  7. I'm so looking forward to following your journey!! :)

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    1. YAY! I'm definitely excited to share! Thanks for following along!

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  8. Yay for the first ultrasound! Can't wait to read about how you told D & your families!

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  9. Your pregnancy sounds a lot like my first... either it's a first pregnancy thing, or you're having a spirited little girl ;)

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  10. This is so so sweet! I'm not pregnant (thanks, birth control!), but I cry randomly at baby stuff. My biological clock went off a few months before I met my husband--I'm sure the timing is just a coincidence! So just accept your hormonal self. It's normal, even for those of us not gestating a fetus!

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  11. hahaha oh gosh brings back the memories. Pregnancy is such a hoot. The crying, man. oy

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  12. Congratulations!!! I can't wait to read all of your posts about this! I'm glad that you are starting to feel better. I spent my whole first trimester in bed as well. It was awful, but the wonderful baby after is worth it (though I'm not convinced about having no. 2, which you will start getting asked about right after no. 1!)

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth!! I'm glad I'm feeling better too...except for this darn cold I'm currently battling. I feel like I trade one issue for another these days. Oh well! And I totally hear ya...going through another first tri sounds AWFUL. I'm sure it'll be good while before we ever talk baby #2 just for that reason! HA!

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  13. I laughed out loud at your "most unexpected moments"... funny to know what is in-store for any would-be mamas out there. Glad you are feeling better! I don't mind your "rambly" bump watch posts at all... in fact, very much enjoyed.

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  14. I am so glad I am getting around to reading your blog posts again! I have been in nursing school for the last two years and haven't had time to keep up with them but my last semester is giving me a little more time to relax! This is so exciting for me to read all the baby stuff because I am doing pediatric nursing/NICU. Keep the updates coming!!!

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  15. So exciting!! So many people are pregnant right now - makes me miss it. Sort of. Lol! You look great though & glad to hear you're feeling better! Just keep in mind that your body is growing a human being! It's going to take time to adjust - & then as soon as it does baby will be born & you'll readjust again. :) Also, I had major constipation too when taking my pre-Natajsa... So my doc told me to take stool softeners along with the pre-natals. Made a world of a difference!!

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