Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pregnant in Hollywood

I keep getting excited every time a new celebrity announces their pregnancy. I have some great famous ladies to share this journey with! Most of them are due a little before me, I'm sure, but it's still fun to see their updates! Just this week, these celebs have announced they are expecting. No due dates were announced, though!

Christina Applegate, who's expecting after breast cancer and a double mastectomy

Melissa Rycroft
from the Bachelor (Jason's Season)

Ali Larter, from Heroes

Now only if Angelina was having another and due in February!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Heartbeat and 11 weeks!

I was so nervous before my appointment this morning. I'm generally an optimistic person but I kept worrying about every little thing. I think I was just freaking myself out a little bit. Neil came with me and we showed up around 8:30 and it seemed like it took forever to call us back. There were very pregnant ladies everywhere! I felt kind of like an impostor because you can't tell I'm pregnant yet! In fact, they weighed me and I've only gained about 3 lbs. I think most of that is because I just got back from vacation and had the Melting Pot on Saturday and have been eating badly for a week or so!

I had a great time at the beach. I wasn't feeling completely like myself because I'm so tired/exhausted all the time and have nausea pretty much constantly. I like to be more active on vacations, but I just have to get used to moving a little slower now. I'm also having pretty bad tailbone pain off and on, which really sucks. All in all it was an excellent, relaxing trip. I know we'll be glad we went ahead and went on vacation.

Anyway, back to the appointment. After she weighed me and went over a few things, they had me grab Neil and the nurse went to get the fetal doppler. It took a few minutes but eventually a very strong galloping heartbeat came out of the doppler speakers. She did a count and said it was about 160 beats per minute, which is at the top of the normal range. It was the best sound ever! I feel so relieved. It's hard to explain if you haven't been through it, but without hearing the heartbeat or seeing an ultrasound you start to wonder if your body is just messing with you with all the weird symptoms. I started to think it was in my head or something!

I'm just so happy that everything is okay. Neil seems really thrilled as well. It is feeling really REAL now!!

I also met with a new doctor today. She was really nice. She confirmed my due date of February 14 and did an internal exam and a Pap. She said I definitely felt pregnant! This was also great to hear! My next appointment is at 15 weeks in late August. After that one, we'll get the gender ultrasound at 19 weeks! I cannot wait! It's killing me not to know the gender. I want to address the baby in some way, and I find myself saying "Little guy" or "Little dude" even though we don't know if it's a boy or not. I just can't wait to find out.

Here are some highlights for 11 weeks:

How Far Along:
11 weeks, almost out of the 1st trimester
Total Weight Gain: 3 lbs
Maternity Clothes: None.
Sleep: I'm not as tired lately which is great! I am still waking up every night to pee, but usually fall right back asleep.
Best Moment this week: Laying on the beach, walking on the beach, swimming in the pool, eating delicious food!
Gender: I'm getting more and more split on this. I am barely leaning boy. I think we might get surprised and have it be a girl.
Movement: None. The doctor said I might not feel anything until 20 weeks or so.
Food Craving: Nothing in particular.
Symptoms: Same as every other week, plus sore tailbone!
What I miss: Really missing sushi right now.
What I am looking forward to: My parents visit this weekend and my haircut on Wednesday morning!

Yay for 11 weeks!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

10 weeks

Today I am 10 weeks and 1 day! A week from now we will have heard the heartbeat at the doctor's office and will be a little closer to the end of the first trimester. And 10 weeks from now we will have an ultrasound and find out if the babe is a little dude or a sweet baby girl. I cannot wait for that! I think once we know the sex I'll really allow myself to start buying stuff and start making decisions on furniture and just about everything else!

But, for now, in week 10, I've still been having all the standard pregnancy symptoms - nausea, mild cramps and stretching, waking up in the middle of the night, etc. I actually purchased some Sea Bands to help with morning sickness which I hope will work out well. I've tried them here and there and they seem to work, but they kind of irritate my arms a little bit. Oh and I look really cool when I wear them out in public.

The baby is really going to town in there with the growing. This week, it's the size of a lime! Not only does that make me miss the occasional Corona, but it's shocking to me because that's an actual fruit! Not a raisin or a prune or the head of a pin but a LIME! Keep growing little one, you'll be a watermelon in no time!

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 10 weeks
Total Weight Gain: Haven't weighed myself lately, but I think about 2-3 pounds
Maternity Clothes: None, but I did by some shorts a size bigger so I can have something to wear for the rest of the summer!
Sleep: I'm sleeping A LOT lately but it's never enough. I wake up at least once a night, and sometimes it takes me an hour or so to get back to sleep
Best Moment this week: A friend's wedding this past weekend! Cruel joke to put me next to the bar, though. Not cool. :)
Gender: Still thinking boy!
Movement: I swear the baby jumped when I was watching a show and got scared. I know this is crazy and highly unlikely.
Food Craving: Smoothies, chocolate chip cookies, cereal
Symptoms: Tired, cramps/nausea, some bloating, sore boobs!
What I miss: Being able to stay up late
What I am looking forward to: Going on vacation! We leave for the beach today! And my OB appointment next Monday.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Thinking positive

These past 5 or 6 weeks that I've known about the pregnancy have had tons of ups and downs. I was a whole mess of emotions when I took that first positive pregnancy test - shocked and scared and happy all at once. The weeks since then I've had days where I've been elated about the baby, wondering if I'm ready, scared something was wrong, feeling sick and miserable and just about everything in between.

To put my worries and fears to rest, I've tried to stop reading abut the bad things that could happen and just surround myself with good thoughts. I've been reading happy birth stories and thinking about all the fun things about pregnancy and having a baby.

One thing that I've been thinking about a lot is the nursery. We've already picked the room we are going to use (in fact, we've known since we bought the house 4 years ago), and I'm not even going to repaint! The walls are a really pretty light aqua (Behr Teal Ice) which I think will go really well whether we have a boy or a girl. The color is similar to this:

Now, if its a girl, I'm going use hot pink bedding and accessories and white furniture. I love polka dots!

For a boy, I'm thinking of browns and tans with the aqua blue.

I'll definitely do some kind of painted or decorated letters with the baby's name and I must get a comfy glider with a footrest! I can't wait to get started on it!

Monday, July 12, 2010

9 weeks pregnant

9 weeks today! I can't believe it. We are finally allowing ourselves get the word out about our little one and it is truly starting to sink in. I can't believe I'm going to be a mom. I'm so excited but of course so apprehensive and scared too.

The last few days I've felt pretty crappy. I've had pretty constant nausea which gets worse when I go too long without eating, ride in a car, brush my teeth, or get too hot! I feel extremely lucky that I haven't actually vomited yet. I hear so many stories of moms who threw up multiple times a day from weeks 4-12 or more. I'll take my mild nausea and bloating, thank you!

Our little baby is about an inch long and is hopefully developing just fine. According to Babycenter, the baby is looking more and more like a baby and less like a tadpole. The tail is gone and the baby's organs, including the heart are being formed and starting to function. Its sex organs are being formed now as well, but we won't find out if this little one is a boy or a girl for 9 or 10 more weeks when we have our first ultrasound.

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 9 weeks
Total Weight Gain/Loss: I have gained 1-2 pounds since the start of my pregnancy
Maternity Clothes: None
Sleep: I am sleeping better. I woke up in the middle of the night to pee and also wasn't feeling to well, but the last week or so I've been sleeping through the night.
Best Moment this week: Sharing the news with friends and coworkers
Gender: Won't know for a while, but we're thinking boy.
Movement: None
Food Craving: Smoothies, slushies, anything cold
Symptoms: Tired, cramps/nausea, some bloating, sore boobs!
What I miss: Beer, wine, sushi, lunchmeat, rollercoasters
What I am looking forward to: My appointment in two weeks. We get to hear the heartbeat!

Stay tuned for more details. I'm hoping to post the "how we found out" story soon.

A NEW addition, coming February 2011!

So I haven't exactly blogged recently but I've been a little busy/preoccupied. My husband and I are expecting our first baby in February! We are ecstatic, but it's still slowly sinking in. I am 9 weeks today.

I'm hoping to post more regularly on the blog and continue to talk about fitness and fashion but as it relates to what I'm going through now - having a baby!

I have a lot on my mind when it comes to all things baby: baby products, nursery decor, maternity fashion, prenatal fitness, etc. I'm happy to be able to have something I'm passionate about to talk about!

I'll be doing weekly updates on the pregnancy, mostly for my own records, and will share other thoughts as they come to me.

Stay tuned!