Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A day filled with AWESOMENESS!

So yesterday was the best day I have had in a long time, but it didnt start out that way. I got in very late from spending the weekend with my best friend (will post about the weekend later). Apparently myself + being pregnant + travel = BAD NEWS! I felt so awful when I got home. I got home around 1:30 am, tried to go to bed around 2 am (after calling in sick to work for Tues), was up at 5:30 am and went to lay on the couch. My throat was super swollen, I could barely swallow, and hence couldnt sleep (not that I really sleep much as it is). A bowl of ice cream, a hot cup of tea , and 2 hours made all the difference. I called the ultrasound place and got my apt moved up from 4pm to 1pm (since I didnt have to worry about work).

The apt went AWESOME! I was so happy. They showed us everything! AND I MEAN EVERYTHING! We saw the heart (both ventricals moving), heard the hb (154ish), saw the stomach, saw the cord, saw the baby drinking fluid, apparently saw that was peeing like it should, saw the legs (tucked up under her at first but they stretched out later), leg bones, ankles, feet, arm bones, hands (curled up by her mouth the whole time), the brain, the facial features, the little mouth (hanging open), abdomin, and all the way down her spine. And yes... we found out its a SHE! I was so nervous. I told the tech we wanted to know the sex, and so during the first rounds (while she was pushing on my very full bladder) the tech told us she thought it looked like a girl. NOT very reassuring. But during the second round, she was more certain. I never saw the frank and beans, just the little lines. So we are both happy. Eric said from day 1 (well day 1 meaning day I said "hon I think I am pregnant") that he was hoping for and he felt it would be a girl. I am most thankful that everything looked ok.

I went to bed after a crappy night (I am really feeling the morning sickness the last few days!) While I laid there with my awesome new body pillow, I settled in and just rested my hands on my baby. All of the sudden I feel this little like muscle spasm type thing. It was pretty lite and very unexpected. I was shocked. I wasnt sure I had felt it. But then a second later I felt it at my other hand. Well... That made me all kinds of giddy! I jumped up and ran downstairs to tell Eric. He kinda humored me, but I do think he believed me. He came upstairs about 20 mins later, after walking the dogs. He laid down with me, and rested his hand on my stomach. I told him I had poked and proded enough, she prolly wouldnt do anything (plus it felt like she had moved away from the front). But after a little while, I felt her kicking again (from the inside). I wanted him to feel it, so I put his hand on my stomach.
"She is kicking but you might not feel it. But its right here."
(About 2-3 seconds later I felt one,) "Did you feel that?" I asked.
"Kinda" but it was said as though he didnt, and more that he was humoring me
A few seconds later she kicked again, this time a little harder I guess, cause Erics hand went flying off my stomach. It was like he had just touched a hot iron. He was shocked by it. He said it felt weird. I wonder what he will think when he can see feet/hands moving across my stomach or a little butt sticking out!

so it was a GREAT day yesterday!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Weight gain and my issues (updated)

So this morning is my normal weigh in. I have been pretty good about not realyl gaining much weight since becoming pregnant. I lost a lot of weight last year and I would say I border on being obssesed with my weight. I know I am pregnant and I know that means I will gain weight but UGH I dont want to or like to. I have been watching the recommended gaining charts and since I am already obese they dont recommend gaining much weight at all.

So at what they chart as week 1: 201
Last week: 200.8
This week: 205? NO WAY! I am gonna re-check tomorrow. That doesnt seem right. I can understand gaining 1-2 pounds since I have been eating poorly and not getting my exercise in but no way it was really 4 pounds.

Well the scale reading has motivated me to start cleaning my diet back up. Being pregnant is not an excuse to eat EVERYTHING I see (which means cookies/candy). I am going to try really hard for the next week to be back on track and see what happens.

Today I am even going to the gym. I am supposed to be training for a 1/2 marathon (a great idea when I didnt know I was pregnant!). But I am about 5 weeks behind. So today I am gonna do week 1 plan. I am gonna walk/run for 45 mins and do a min distance of 2.6 miles. That is easily doable for me! I plan to possibly try the second workout tomorrow which is 68 mins and a min distance of 3.9 miles. I am not walking fast and I do throw in a few mins of running.

**UPDATE** So I did run/walk yesterday! I did my 45mins and I did 3.1 miles in that time. I am proud of myself and hoping I feel well enough to do the same thing today! I forgot how good the runner's high is.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

May to now

So I just found my order form from when I was fitted for a dress for my good friends wedding last Sept. I ordered the dress in May 2010. My measurements were 46.5" bust, 44.25" waist, 53" hips. I weighed in at 238 lbs. I just did my measurements today (at 19 weeks pregnant). I am still at 40" bust, 42" waist, and 44" hips. I am amazed at how far I went weight loss wise. I am 201lbs today!

I am so much happier with how I look. I know I feel better health wise too. I do have a ways to go after the baby comes since my final goal is to be 150-160lbs (and stay there!). But just thought I deserve a small pat on the back for my hard work.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Happy birthday to my furture baby daddy!

I get a kick out of being able to call him that for hte time being. Until we get married, he is my baby's daddy! ROFL Its funny to me! Anyways he turns 32. so for his bday I got him the computer (which he opened last Saturday). He loved it so much and I spent a lot of time convincing him he was worth it. He does so much for me and has been helping (to the best of his abilities) with picking up the slack of me feeling sick all the time. He is such a wonderful guy, we needed the computer badly. I was more than happy to get it for him and be able to make him that happy! Then Tuesday night we went out to the steakhouse. It was a nice dinner. We had lobster biquse (which I ordered but felt it smelled awful and I dont actually really like lobster) which he ate most of. Then for dinner I ate his house salad and he had a steak. Then when we got home we ate birthday cake!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Weekend in Review

So this weekend went much better than the week had but it didnt start out that way. Friday I was miserable. I had to lay on the couch with my legs inclined the whole night (and I was pretty sure we were headed for the ER at one point). I just felt like there was an excess amount of gas/air in my stomach and if only I could stick a needle in I would be able to releave the pressure. But I survived.

Saturday (Feb 5th) was lazy Saturday. It was rainy outside and so I did a whole lot of nothing! Eric opened his birthday gift (cause he just couldnt it staring at him from the hallway). I was going to take it upstairs and hide it till his actual birthday but its a 35 lb box, I am not lugging that anywhere! He was so excited and a bit overwhelmed. He said it was the most expensive thing he has ever gotten as a bday gift. (I got him a new computer because my older desktop is just not cutting it anymore). So it was a good day and I did a whole lot of nothing. I watched movies.

Sunday (Feb 6th) was busy. When I got up in the morning all I could think about was Chinese food. When Eric woke up (around noon) I mentioned Chinese food and the look on his face as pure joy! He told me he had been waiting for months for me to say I was craving Chinese food. So we found a cheap little joint by the house, and the food was so YUM! It really hit the spot. After that it was time for prenatal yoga. The teacher was really nice and this week it was a class of 1 (just me). It was more like a private session than a class. I had a great time. It was all about stretching. I felt so good but so tired when the class was done. Then it was off to the grocery store. NEVER AGAIN will I go the afternoon before the superbowl. I also plan to avoid Sunday afternoons in general after this week. It was packed, and people are just plain rude. They stop in the middle of the aisle and stare. Then when you wanna get by them, they just glare at you like you are the problem. Ummm... it just was crappy. And giant is so expensive. The meat was way too much for 1 pound and half the stuff wasnt even marked. I left super angry (and I didnt buy any meat). I watched the superbowl alone and just relaxed on the couch (didnt really care who won).

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Feb is not starting out well

So I have a wonderful stomach flu (which is hard to distinguish when you still have lovely morning sickness).

So I went to work Tuesday feeling very tired (not abnormal) and just not feeling great but I chalked it up to morning sickness. I had a bowl of cereal before work. I had my hot cocoa first thing at work and thats when the nausea kicked in. Run #1 to the bathroom followed. My friend told me to try and eat something healthy so I fixed some AWESOME oatmeal with apples and rasins in it. About 1 hour later, Run #2 (and when I say run... i am sprinting to make it)... about an hour later run #3. I made it through an hour meeting and right after was run #4. So now all the oatmeal is in the toilet and I am only feeling worse! So I head home early. On the way home is when I figure out this is NOT morning sickness. I am aching EVERYWHERE. I get home, put on pjs. And have a violent vomit session of stomach acid (OMG that hurts). I drink some water, 20 mins later violent throw up of water and stomach acid. I drink some coke to try and settle my stomach down. About an hour later I violently threw that up (and when I was running to the bathroom I knocked the bottle over spilling it all over the floor). My bf is a saint to clean it all up for me (but I feel so bad for him). He went and got me some gateraide. It tastes awesome but 20 mins after consuming some I have violent throw up again. I start taking smaller sips (just a little at a time) and fall asleep. I go to bed with some dry fruit loops and the gateraide and make it through the night! Sick day Wednesday!

I felt much better Wednesday. I didnt have any stomach aches and I no longer had chills or aches. So I just took it easy. The thought of eating wasnt appealing to me, but I drank poweraide and relaxed/slept all day! Back at work on Thursday. .. bleh... stomach still not feeling good and no apetite (for anything other than fruit loops).

Jan in review

I had my second offical pregnancy check up on the 3rd (13 weeks). It was very cool to hear the heartbeat and the dr found it so easy. This midwife was hilarious. She got on my case about Eric not being at the apt but I juts found her personality to be awesome. I hope she is one of the midwives I get at the hospital!

I had my first (and hopefully only) pregnancy dental check up. It was a lot more of the same old crap. I am not flossing enough (which is flossing at all). I hate flossing and have never been big on it. I try (I floss very sporraticly). but oh well. It was the quickest checkup EVER. 20 mins in and out, no flouride (so no additional cost), no xrays. No need for followup apts (and hopefully my teeth will stay solid). I go back in Aug (after I will for sure have had the baby!).

We did a hospital tour on the 22nd. It was so nice. I really like the hospital. The maternity ward is locked spaces, so people have to get permission to come in and out/check in. They have a little emergency room for pregnant women (20+ weeks). They give the mommies to be private rooms for delivery. Once I am in active labor, I can go for walks/take showers/relax/do whatever I wish but they will continually come check on me. They have the beds in such a way that I can pick the labor position thats best for me. I can squat or kneel if I wish, I can lay on my back. Its about whats comfortable to me. Then about an hour after delivery they move myself and the baby up to the 3rd floor (which is also a locked space). Myself, Eric and the baby will all get matching wristbands and as such, the only people who can request the baby from the nursery (a locked space inside a locked space) and people with matching wrist bands. They promote rooming in, but give me the flexability to put the baby in the nursery if I need some time to myself (like to shower). Plus there is a chair bed for Eric so he can stay in the hospital with me the whole time! He was very happy with the hospital too. It made him feel very reassured. So we are both happy with the decision to use the hospital. We did also make some decisions about what we want in terms of the hospital. I have decided we are not going to tell people to come see us there. I will need rest and want to get in some bonding time with the baby (plus I will need help with learning to breastfeed). So we will probably be extending the visitation invites for people for the week we get home from the hospital.

Spent the 28th - 30th in Suffolk seeing the family. My nephews are a riot. I saw Sean play in a basketball game. The game ended with a score of 2-0. Sean's team lost but I was surprised to see how good he was at stealing the ball from the other team. His team got possession so many times cause he was good at that. And I spent a good part of the weekend sifting through legos to put together General Greevis's ship for Seth. At one point he told me, "Uncle Chase is much better at putting together legos." "Oh really? Then I guess I can stop what I am doing right now!" "Oh well I meant you are better at putting them together, Uncle Chase is so slow" "Good answer little boy, remember who comes down to visit more, and hence will continue to rebuild the lego sets you destroy." They are cute kids. I left them VDay gifts (even though I despise the holiday).

Lastly we had the third pregnancy check up (17 weeks) on the 31st. Eric actually came with. Dr easily found the heartbeat again. It was measuring between 145-152 bpm. Its amazing how we could have been fighting about things and then hearing the heartbeat kinds puts me back in perspective about whats really important. I really love hearing the heartbeat. Its so comforting to know that there is solid proof I am growing a second life form. I also had my 1 hr glucose test (to determine if I am diabetic). I am praying for good news with that but I wont know until probably Friday. If they dont call me, I plan on calling in on Monday just to verify. She also said that in 11 weeks I have to be tested again just to see if I have developed gestaintional diabetes. I am praying I am healthy this whole pregnancy (specially since being pregnant isnt being to kind on my body).