Sunday, July 25, 2010

12 Weeks!

Tomorrow I will be 12 weeks pregnant with our baby! It is surprising how quickly these last 3 months have passed. It makes me realize that the rest of the pregnancy will probably fly by as well, since there will be so much going on. School will start, then Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and then BABY! My due date has been moved up to February 7th. Right now I'm planning on working through Friday the 4th; hopefully that will work out! I want to take all of my time off to spend with the baby once it's born.

We'll find out the week of September 15th whether it is a boy or a girl. Initially I was convinced that it was a boy, but lately I have been second-guessing my feelings about that. We are so anxious to find out, although we will be delighted with either one! I'll just be glad to get away from calling him/her "Baby Guacamole" and assign one of our actual names!

I'm not including a bump picture this week, because I still look a lot like my 10 week picture. Kevin has been noticing more lately though; every once in a while I'll catch him staring at my stomach and he'll say "That is really growing!" I'll include a picture next week, to celebrate the end of my first trimester!

I do have our 11 week ultrasound picture for you, though! It's hard to tell what you're looking at because the quality isn't great, but the head is on the left and the baby has it's hand raised up to the face. The legs are on the right, and are curled upward. It was so cool to watch the ultrasound because I was able to see the umbilical cord pumping along with the baby's heartbeat, giving it nourishment and life. It is so amazing to have this miracle growing inside of me, and to know that I am able to give him/her everything they need!


Yesterday my parents, grandparents, aunt, and uncle came in from College Station to visit Kevin and I and see our new home. We grilled hamburgers and stuffed jalepenos and had a great time with everyone. Kevin and I both agreed that it was such a blessing to have our family come in and spend time with us.

After they left we took a much needed nap and then had dinner (grilled again) with Chad and Julie. After dinner we watched a huge storm come in and pass, and then we took the golf cart out for one last ride. Kevin's "demo" is over, since the golf cart is sold as of tomorrow. We rode out to the undeveloped land owned by our neighborhood and up onto this big hill. Chad got out and decided to "ski" down the hill, which he could not climb back up. As soon as he got to the bottom, this huge herd of (like 200) cows started running across the field off in the distance. Then they quickly saw our lights and started running at us! Chad ran around to the other side of the hill where he could climb up, we all jumped into the cart, and we sped out of there! What an adventure!

Kevin and I are amazingly blessed by great family, friends, and in countless other ways. We are so thankful for everything that God has done for us, specifically in the last 6 months. Our lives have changed so much, and while it was scary, it was definitely the right thing for us. Thank you for supporting us during all of these changes and exciting times!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Recent Events and a Mohawk

A lot has been going on since my last post! First, I traveled to San Antonio for the week to visit my family. I had so much fun and it was so nice to spend time with them! Kevin, of course, was not able to go with me. Unfortunately not everyone gets the summers off! My sister and I spent some time together and got some sun, we all spent lots of time just sitting and talking with each other, and we went to a friend's pool on Saturday for a cook-out. The most exciting part was when my mom, Lindsay, and I went to go look at baby things! Of course it is not time to buy anything yet, but it was fun to do some initial research. My mom bought this adorable, soft teddy bear that has "Baby's First Teddy" monogrammed on its foot.

While I had a lot of fun, I really missed Kevin. When I came home on Monday he had made the bed (GASP), vaccuumed, and bought me some pretty pink flowers. It was so sweet! It has been nice to be home, cooking for my husband and relaxing in my own home.

Something exciting has happened over the last week! My belly has started to show the first signs of growing a baby in there! Look:

Crazy, huh?

I have also felt remarkably better recently. I think my body is finally adjusting to the pregnancy. My only problem lately is that I'm having trouble sleeping (suggestions welcome, experienced Mommies). I think my problem is that I'm a tummy sleeper, and that has recently become very uncomfortable. I'm sure I'll adjust to a new way of sleeping soon. Hopefully before I go back to school!

I've been doing a few little projects around the house, but I usually try to limit it to 1-2 per day because I get really tired. Today my project was to organize our attic - the last part of our move that was incomplete. The boxes weren't too heavy so I was able to move them around, but it was SO HOT up there! I got everything all grouped and then labeled the different sections - Christmas, Fall/Halloween, School, Baby, etc. I'm feeling very accomplished!

While I was in the attic I found a TON of baby things that I have been stashing (mostly books, it's the teacher in me) away for some time now, but had almost forgotten about. That was exciting! I also found a whole box of pants that I wore after I gained my Freshman...let's just call it 15 for my own humility. The pants range from 1-3 sizes bigger than I wear now so it will be nice to have them in the coming months!

Aside from projects, I have been hanging out a lot with neighbors and friends. I spend a lot of time at our pool and have been watching a lot of TLC and Discovery Health baby shows. Usually they make me cry, and I've learned to embrace it. Haha.

I'm going to leave you with a funny story, at Kevin's expense. He went to get a haircut earlier this week, and took a shower later that night. When he got out of the shower and dried his head off, he realized that he had been given a mohawk! He flew out of the bathroom in a shocked rage and demanded that I take pictures of the damage so that he could WRITE A LETTER OF DISAPPROVAL to Great Clips. Before I share the pictures, I will say that they fixed it the next day and his hair is fine, albeit a little short, now. Okay, here you go!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Kidney Stones... :(

This has been a long and painful holiday weekend! On Thursday Kevin and I were enjoying a nice lunch together at home, and right as I finished eating I got this incredibly sharp pain in my middle left back. Over the next 5 minutes it got to the point where I could not walk, sit, lay, or curl into a ball without crying out in pain. I have had kidney stones once before (in college) so I was fairly sure that it was happening again and I was determined to handle it at home this time.

So I went to bed and laid down on a heating pad, took some Tylenol (all I can take since I'm preggers) and started pumping down water. Kevin went to CVS for me to get me some cranberry juice and gatorade. Four hours later I could no longer stand the pain. Plus I started worrying about what if it was something else - something that could hurt the baby. Kevin and I loaded up and went to the Walgreens clinic, where the doctor told me that they would not treat me since I was pregnant and suggested that we go to the emergency room.

The good thing about the emergency room is that when you are pregnant, you are a priority! Everyone glared at me as I walked, crying and bent over at a 90 degree angle, into the conferencing room. They got me put into a room and it seemed like forever before I got some (mild, for obvious reasons) pain medication. We then got a renal ultrasound since they cannot take x-rays or do a CT Scan. In the ultrasound they found a 4mm kidney stone lodged in my ureter!

The only good thing about the night is that they decided to check on the baby at the same time, and their machine is so much newer and stronger than my doctor's. We were able to see our baby with so much more detail! I saw arms, fingers, and legs! Plus while we were looking it raised up it's little arm as if to wave and say "Hey guys, I'm fine in here. Don't worry about me." It was incredible.

Six hours later we were discharged just in time to get my prescription filled before the pharmacy closed. As we waited, we went to Chick Fil-A because poor Kevin had only had a bowl of soup all day, at it was 9:30pm. As soon as we walked in I got light headed and ended up getting sick in the restroom. Not good.

Anyway, we got the prescription filled and got home from the ordeal. I spent the next 4 days in bed, with my INCREDIBLE husband taking excellent care of me. He refilled my cup constantly to make sure I was hydrating myself, got me medicine, fed me meals in bed or on the couch, and generally pampered me. I am so lucky to have him!

By Sunday evening I was up to going to watch some awesome fireworks in our neighborhood with our friends and neighbors. It was a great show, and so nice to be up and about! Then we rode our golf cart around the neighborhood and watched the fireworks that other neighbors were setting off in the street! And today I am almost completely back to normal! Thank goodness that is over!