Thursday, May 27, 2010

one week until..

WE KNOW IF IT'S A BOY OR GIRL....in one week. one week. one week. it feels like eternity, but it will come quickly, especially since this is a 3 day weekend. I can't wait until I can change my blog colors to be a pink or blue theme! I am so very excited to see that sweet baby again. I am sure he/she has grown so much since 8 weeks ago when we first saw him/her!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

at 14.5 weeks, mama jen looks like...

..I know, not the clearest picture...It's from Kyle's blackberry. Bowen was glued to my hip & needed his picture taken too. So, the baby bump has formed...& those are maternity jeans!!!!!! ahh.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Mama Jen @ 14 weeks

Weeks: 14.

Weight gain: i'm thinking of taking this out of my blog updates. I honestly don't weigh myself anymore and probably won't except when the nurse says "step on the scale" at my OB checkups :)

Cravings: salty foods still (but I'm TRYING to keep it to a minimum), apples, salads, chips

Any foods you don't want? Shrimp..don't ask, because I really like them!! But I swear they taste different now.

Symptoms? Actually feeling pretty good. My vitamins at time can stop me up (I know, I know..) and I occasionally get a quick cramp in my belly just to remind me that it's ever-expanding.

Showing: so, yesterday, I was in our bathroom getting ready for bed (changing from clothes to PJs) and kyle said to me "wait, YOU HAVE A PREGNANT STOMACH!!!!! turn around, turn around" and we proceeded to giggle like little kids just imagining who was in there! :) I am uncomfortable in my pre-pregnancy pants & even had to unbutton them one afternoon, but don't feel quite ready to make the move to maternity pants. It will come soon, I am certain. I have occasionally worn maternity shirts or dresses mainly because they fit my chest so nicely!!! (it truly is some type of miracle that size small fits me up there!)

Boy or Girl?
Really not sure. and neither are the people around me. half say boy, half say girl. we shall know soon enough!! (well not really, i want to know yesterday, but i guess i'll have to be patient for another 2 weeks!)

Bought anything? No baby things. I did receive 2 Citadel onesies and a citadel hat/mitten set for baby on Mother's day from kyle's mommy. I also bought a new bra yesterday (my 2nd increase in size thus far...the growth has GOT to stop at some point...right?!?)

Shopping for anything? I occasionally browse Babies R Us for ideas of things I like but I am waiting to make any final decisions on things until I know boy vs. girl. Then, I will be going to purchase a few things and begin registering!

..And the dad to be? Still so excited. I love when he wants to rub my belly. It makes me feel so loved & I'm sure baby feels the same way too :)

Most recent appointment? The 12 week appointment when I got to hear "lil z" kicking and hear his/her heart beating. Lil Z is a name affectionately given to my baby by my coworkers. It stood for little zygote, but has stuck with us past that stage. When I label food in the fridge at work, it is labeled "lil z."

Next appointment? June 3rd!!!!

Onto non-pregnancy things..
  • It has been > 1 year since I was admitted to the hospital...a BIG hooray to that!! Ironically, June 3rd (the day we find out boy vs girl) is the day I was discharged from a hospital. All of this has helped me realize truly how much difference one year can make. I think years will start to fly faster once we have a little one to keep up with!
  • We are SOOO excited that one of Kyle's very best friends, Garrett, is back home on US soil. Garrett is in the US Navy & has been in Japan for quite some time. He is finally able to live for a few months with his beautiful wife before having to go back international. We are very excited that we will be able to go visit with him, his wife, and his family next weekend.
  • I must admit that I was told today by a patient's mom that she was bragging about me on facebook. I think I've moved up in the world!! :) haha
  • I am jealous of my good friend Candace who just went on a trip to San Francisco. I have to say I was invited and unfortunately had to decline since I have maternity leave looming in my future...which, in turn means I have to save up time off for the rest of the year..or all of eternity now that I will have a child that is bound to be sick intermittently.
  • Bowen has become increasingly attached to my lap. Last night, he was laying on the sofa with me and he could not simply be next to me. He had to be on me. I just looked at Kyle with the most pitiful eyes as my baby boy snored in my lap peacefully asleep and said "how jealous is he really going to be?"....actually as I type this now, he is standing next to me and just staring up at me, as if saying.."mom, am I being replaced?" the thought kills me...am I weird??
  • Another bowen story. He amazes me. He truly and absolutely has a memory. So, this morning in an effort to avoid him from jumping in my passenger seat as he frequently does as I open my car door to go to work, I went and got his ball out of a gutter drain that he frequently kicks it into while playing "soccer" with it. Well, he was just so excited and played hard immediately with it. When I got home after work, I asked him, "Bowen, where's your ball?" He went straight to the drain..where the ball frequently is, no surprise there. Well, I stuck my hand in..and no ball. So, I look at him and say, "no really Bowen, where's your ball?" So at that point, I completely saw a lightbulb go off over his head and he runs a few feet and looks at me. Again, "Bowen, where's your ball?" He takes off at this point to the very back of the yard and goes on point. He was still pointing when I got to him, and there is the ball, about 1.5 feet over the line of his invisible fence. Man, he's smart! I gave it back to the happiest, most trusting dog and back to playing soccer he went.
  • As a personal recommendation, as mentioned previously, I bought a bra this week. So, if anyone in the Greenville, SC area is looking for a really good bra, even if you're a hard-to-find size, check out Breakout Bras. They have a website (breakoutbras.com) and their selection is unbelievable. They are somewhat pricey, but if you have ever bought any UK-imported bras, you know they don't come cheap and they are well made and will last. They have band sizes from 28 and up as well as cup sizes up to JJ. They have regular bras, lingerie, swimsuits (one piece, tankini, bikini, and maternity), nursing/maternity bras, and panties. They have people who fit you to the right size and it is well worth the extra money. And no..they are not paying me to say this! :) If you are in the upstate, but not Greenville, you can order online with free shipping and return at no cost to the store as long as the bra is unworn and unscented (they prefer you try on an ordered bra just after showering, before deodorant/perfume in case you need to return).
  • Soon, I will become brave enough, and post up-to-date pictures of myself. But until next time,
love yall!
Jen

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mama Jen @ 12 Weeks..

So, I've been a slacker, as always. But with my sister's persistent begging, I have finally posted!
I'll start with pregnancy things.

Weeks: 12 tomorrow.

Weight gain: let's not speak about that. it's somewhere in the "expected range" & that's all I'll say. haha

Cravings: salty foods & salads.

Any foods you don't want? I actually don't want sweets. Cookies look good, but don't taste good. Yesterday I even bought Reese's cups and tried one despite the smell not actually smelling good..and I left the other in the package (straaange for me).

Symptoms? I am excessively tired and occasionally dizzy, but I have yet to throw up or feel violently nauseous. I feel good!

Showing: the slightest beginning to my baby bump has formed. Kyle & I can tell, but my coworkers laugh when I talk about it.

Boy or Girl?
My newfound motherly instinct (or just taking a quick peek at kyle's family tree) is saying boy.

Bought anything? Not this past week. Prior to these posts, I have bought a couple cute outfits (on clearance, duh). I also have been given a couple really cute & soft blankets, hats, and bibs. This baby is going to be spoiled rotten!!

Shopping for anything? Currently the things that have my attention are 2 strollers (a Graco and a Safety 1st) and a few cribs. We're not buying yet, but I have begun my wish lists, mainly based on consumer reports and styles that we like :)

..And the dad to be? He is so excited as well. Poor Kyle had to listen to me worry sick that "maybe I wasn't pregnant anymore" prior to today's appointment because I have felt so good. I called him nearly screaming after today's appointment with excitement that, indeed, just like he had reassured me 1320597236 times, I WAS STILL PREGNANT!

Most recent appointment? Today! They did the doppler & I heard the strongest, most regular heartbeat that was interrupted by this "thump" every 10 seconds or so and the sweet nurse, said "Jen, I know you can't feel this, but that's your baby kicking!" That was so exciting for me, I'm not sure why..just to know that he/she is healthy enough to kick around in there was overwhelming! The heart rate was in the 150s. Last visit was 160.

Next appointment? June 3rd.

Onto non-pregnancy things..
  • Relay for Life was Friday night (7pm-7am) and our goal was $85,000 and so far, we have banked $102,467.71!!!!! It was such a fun (and big!) event. I got a migraine at 3am, probably from my single diet coke serving, 2 hot dogs, and lack of sleep. I headed home at 3:30am which almost made me cry. I don't like leaving early from those events. I just feel like I need to sacrifice 12 hours of my time for those cancer patients that never stop fighting. However, I was told that I also had to take care of myself. So I obeyed.
  • Call me crazy, but I truly think Bowen senses that something is changing. He, for some unknown reason, has suddenly decided that he really wants to sleep next to me at night. {no, not on the bed} He lays down next to my side of the bed and puts his head just barely under the bed with his body/legs sticking out. Kyle let him sleep all night there one night, but otherwise he gets to nap there until we are ready to sleep & then off to his crate he goes.
Until Next time....
Love, Jen