Thursday, May 29, 2008

Kicking Trash

Alex just looks at me with pity and says "that baby is kicking your trash". And it's just true,I can't be proud, this pregnancy thing is much harder than I had originally anticipated. I just didn't expect to be so tired all of the time. No amount of rest seems to help me catch up. I knew it was coming I had read about it. I had talked to other women about it. But I didn't understand the full magnitude of it.

Here is a great article about fatigue during pregnancy that made me feel a little bit comforted in that at least I'm normal. For the record, however, this is going to be the last time I bring it up. I'm tired of saying how tired I am.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Week 8

Our internet has been down all weekend. Here is some info about this week's development:

-Little One is no longer as big as a blueberry, but has grown to be as big as a grape.
-In his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways
-He is constantly moving and shifting (maybe that is why sometimes I feel so sick)
-He has little finger and toe buds!

Cute huh?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

1st doctors visit

I went to my first prenatal appointment today. While I really like the doctor, I was slightly disappointed at how anti-climatic it was. I had kind of figured that it would be, but I guess I was just hoping for something a little more substantial than everything I've read online.

Alex came with me, but it was kind of silly for him to be there. I filled out several different colored sheets of paper. Paperwork, paperwork and more paperwork. Then the nurse brought me into the room and asked me all of the same questions I had just answered and wrote it on her paperwork.

One anecdotal story before I continue: The doctors office still has my maiden name on all of the charts (even though I've told them to change it). When the nurse asked who she should put for my emergency contact, I just said "Alex" and pointed to him since he was in the room. I then watched her write "Alex Jackson" on the paper. I didn't mention her error.

Now back to the story: The doctor came in and asked me some more questions, including how I was feeling. I told her that I was extremely tired and a little sick to my stomach. She exclaimed that I was a "normal healthy pregnant woman" and that if I had said I felt great she would have been concerned. She told me some things not to eat. I can have sliced turkey and ham after all. Then there was the normal woman's exam and that was that. She did say (this may be TMI so stop reading if you don't want to know) that my uterus was getting much bigger (which is a good thing).

We left the exam room and went over to the lab. They took my blood and I peed in a cup and it was all over. I've been waiting for 4 weeks for this appointment to make sure everything was normal. I guess it is, though I really don't feel like I am any more sure than I was this morning. We told a couple of friends today and I'm sure Alex will make some calls tomorrow. He is quite excited about telling everyone.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Week 7

Great stuff happening this week here is a quote from my babycenter weekly email:

If you could see inside your womb, you'd spot eyelid folds partially covering his little peepers, which already have some color [blue maybe???], as well as the tip of his nose and tiny veins beneath parchment-thin skin. Both hemispheres of your baby's brain are growing, and his liver is churning out red blood cells until his bone marrow forms and takes over this role. He also has an appendix and a pancreas, which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in digestion. A loop in your baby's growing intestines is bulging into his umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from his tiny body.

Little One has almost doubled in size since last week. Now he's the size of a blueberry!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cravings Already? No more!

So, last week I wrote about my cravings for beef, milk and cheese. Just thinking about that makes my stomach turn now! Sometime between Friday evening and Saturday morning the "morning sickness" hit. While I recognize that I really seem to have it pretty good compared to other stories that I've heard, it is really no fun.

Most always, I have an overly full feeling in my stomach. Almost like there is a rock way down at the bottom. I haven't felt hungry in week. I can tell only that I need to eat because 1) too much time has passed since I last ate something 2)I start to become really nauseated and dizzy. When I do know that I'm "hungry" I can think of very little I want to eat. Any kind of meal sounds disgusting. Anything with spice or sauce I can barely think about. Every time I think about red meat, avocado, sour cream and a variety of other random foods, I literally gag a little.

I guess except for the sporadic waves of nausea (which I can usually keep at bay with a mint or piece of gum) I feel alright. I haven't thrown up yet. I'm able to eat a little throughout the day. I have been able to get lots of sleep and that is helping a lot with being so tired. The greatest part of all of it is that in the last two weeks I think Alex has made nearly everyone one of my meals :)

Monday, May 12, 2008

Week 6

This week is a big deal for Little One. He goes through a growth spurt this week, starting out as small as a lentil and ending up as big as a chickpea. He's got this massively disproportional head with two little black spots where his beautiful blue eyes will begin to grow. His little nose, mouth, and cute little ears are beginning to take shape.

His tiny heart is beating about 100 to 160 times a minute which is almost twice as fast as yours and mine. His intestines are developing, and the bud of tissue that will give rise to his lungs has appeared. His pituitary gland is forming, as are the rest of his brain, muscles, and bones. Our little sea monkey is turning into a human!

My chance of miscarriage has also dropped in half, which makes me feel better. We told a record number of people this weekend: my sister, grandmother and Alex's entire family at the Mother's Day cookout we had.

I couldn't find any good pictures for this week, but there is some more technical information on the webmd site.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Time for a Work-Out

As I work both a full-time job and a part time job coaching gymnastics, I don't have tons of extra time to exercise. I have been trying to get into some kind of work out routine for some time now. For my birthday, I asked Alex to get me some Pilates equipment. I took a class in college which I absolutely loved. Just a week before I found out I was pregnant I started using my new videos, body ball and hand weights. I really love it. I have read that Pilates is a great work out for pregnant women.

I really like these videos. They give you 5 different 10 minute workouts that you can mix and match.

I am trying to pay special attention to how my body feels, because I don't want to over-do it. There are certain times when not to exercise. Mostly though, what I have learned is that exercise is really good for you and the baby and I feel great after I'm done. Pretty soon, I'll have to move onto this video:

Thursday, May 8, 2008


Can you believe his little heart is already beating? I just can't get over it. Alex keeps putting his ear to my belly trying to hear it. He's so silly. I heard that while you can see the heartbeat on the sonogram, you can't hear it till sometime after 8 weeks.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Cravings already?

The old adage is that pregnant women crave weird foods like pickles and ice cream. While I don't think I've developed any of those kind of cravings, I have noticed myself desiring a lot more meat and dairy than ever before. The last few times I've been out to eat the steak just jumps out at me. Alex and I usually eat a lot of chicken for dinners, but lately that doesn't sound nearly as good as some beef.

Usually fruits and veggies make up the majority snacks, but in the last few weeks all I seem to want to munch on is milk and cheese. I really crave ice cream when I want something sweet. I'm also been so thirsty all of the time.

I've been taking my multi-vitamin and trying to eat healthy. So far, I've gained only 2 pounds since the beginning of last month. I read that you're only supposed to gain two to five pounds in the first trimester so I guess I'm on track.

You can read here if your interested in more pregnancy eating guidelines.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Week 5

This weekend marks 5 weeks for me and Little One. Some important developments are:

@The neural tube — from which your baby's brain, spinal cord, nerves, and backbone will sprout
@The heart and circulatory system begin to form (This week, in fact, it's tiny heart begins to divide into chambers and beat and pump blood)
@Little One is the size of a sesame seed, over 10,000 times bigger than at conception just 3 weeks ago

Thursday, May 1, 2008


It has been really difficult for me not to tell my friends that I'm pregnant. I even told someone that I wasn't. Although I feel really guilty, I just want to wait until 8 or so weeks. I spent the first few days of the week in Portland with some very good friends that I've known for a long time. One is 22 weeks pregnant right now and I soooo bad wanted to talk to her about it.

Today when someone asked me straight up if I was pregnant I was able to avoid the question with "What, do I look like I've gained weight"? Then tonight my friend called to see what was new. I said nothing was new with me. The whole thing is, I just hope everyone doesn't get mad at me when they find out I've known for over a month when I finally tell them. I also wanted to mention it to my grandmother. My sister doesn't even know yet!

Maybe it's silly, but I just want to be as certain as possible that everything is fine with Little One before we go announcing. I just need to keep it secret for another 3 1/2 weeks.