Wednesday, April 18, 2012

First appointment with Kaiser

Well, today I had an appointment at Kaiser.  Lots of newly pregnant moms there.  Lots of information; what to eat/not eat, expectations, possible symptoms... I think I was one of the more further along moms of the group, so some of the things were geared to early pregnancy and the first trimester, but still, lots of useful information.  We also had to fill out a form with SO many questions!  Then came time to do the one hour glucose test.

 First couple sips weren't so bad.  Kinda like an Orange Crush.  But cause you have to drink it fast, the more you drank the nastier it got!  About halfway into it, it was burning the back of my throat so bad, I started coughing!  So gross!  Then an hour later came the blood work, which I usually detest, so I had to work myself up to it...I sat down, looked away, and then realized a minute later, she was already in!  I swear, I hardly felt it.  Chalk one up for Kaiser!  I usually left Facey with bruises where the needle went in =(
Anyway, all my blood work came back normal =) yay!  Kaiser also wants to put me into this specific group called TIP, where a group of girls meet together with a midwife once a month and there are speakers and we get little goodies and do prenatal yoga...only catch is I have to go to Panorama City, but still, sounds pretty good... Anyone heard of it?
Other than that, feeling great.  Felt a little muscle spasm in my lower belly.  Made me think it was a random little kick, but at 13 weeks tomorrow, I'm sure its too soon, and for now will blame it on other bodily things =)

Oh, and we had a sort of family reunion/Robs brother getting sealed get together for the Easter weekend in the Reno, NV area.  That was a lot of fun to be with the whole family!

That's just Robs parents, siblings, their spouses and children.  We're a big group!  I'll post more about that later ;)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Oh Happy Day

Well, I've made the big reveal already.  Perhaps a few days earlier that would be "socially acceptable," but I couldn't help myself!  From the minute I found out I was pregnant, I wanted to scream it out to the world!  Today I am 11 weeks 5 days pregnant!  It feels almost like a miracle, there were times that I really thought it might never happen.
It all started on Valentines Day.  I knew it would be a little early to test, but due to the special day, I thought I'd try anyway, just in case.

I tried a cheapo test first, and when I thought I saw a second line, but couldn't quite tell, I almost went crazy.  I dug out my special test I was saving for when I really thought it might be possible, and tried it right away.  When that "pregnant" sign came up, I clapped my hand over my mouth and stood like that for about 10 full minutes.  I didn't know what to do, and my mind wasn't processing anything in that moment.
I decided that it was the perfect day to tell Rob in some sort of special way, so I went to Target and grabbed a pack of diapers.  I was looking for the perfect onsie, but couldn't find it there, so I went over to Buy Buy Baby, and waited outside the store for about 15 minutes, and got the cutest little onsie.

I wrapped up the diapers and onsie and gave it to Rob that night when he got home from work, and boy was he surprised!

When I went for my first Dr. appt, I was about 5 weeks.  We had to make sure that the baby was in the right spot, and that it wasn't another ectopic pregnancy.  Unfortunately, we couldn't really see anything yet, so I went in the next week, and we were able to find the gestational sac, but that was it.  At this point, I was starting to feel very anxious and after searching on google, I was convinced I had a blighted ovum.  When I was 7 weeks we did one more ultrasound and we were finally able to see a baby and the yolk sac!  They told me I was a week behind and moved my due date to 11/2/12, but I was convinced that wasn't right and that I was not a week behind.

I had another ultrasound at what the Dr.s said was 10 weeks, and at that ultrasound, they then moved my due date back to a day before what they originally said.  10/25/12!  Rob got to be there for that one and he got to see the little peanut dancing around and doing somersaults.  Seeing his huge smile was priceless!

As far as symptoms go, I've been feeling great!  The whole first week I took the test, I could not sleep for more than 4 hours, which really started to wear me down, and I was happy to see that phase pass.  I've had a few bouts of dizziness, and lately I start to feel a little bit nauseated in the afternoons.  Especially if I haven't eaten in a little while.  I have been exhausted in the early evenings, and if that wasn't my busiest time at work, I would totally indulge in naps.

I haven't had any major food aversions, but once I have a meal, the thought of having it again, makes me feel icky.  Like, I had a bunch of rice that first week, and the thought of eating it again makes me want to vomit.  It makes it really difficult to plan meals now.  I hope it doesn't last much longer.  The only things I can have over and over again are Hamburgers, Tacos, Chicken, and Oranges.  Yum!

In the last week, week and a half, I've just started to notice a little roundness in my abdomen starting to take shape.  I know its probably more bloat than anything, but its still exiting to see!  Its especially bloaty after I eat, but I just pretend I'm like, 18 weeks pregnant, and I feel all pregnant. lol.

Best part so far (other than seeing the ultrasounds) was taking our announcement photos!  Lora Knight did them for us, and I love how they turned out!