Friday, January 28, 2011

Christmas {2010}

This is my Christmas post. Better late than never, right? I wanted to wait until after we shared our exciting news about Lil D until doing this post because so much of Christmas this year involved "baby" things. 

Friday, December 24, 2010

My MIL, Kim, her boyfriend, Paul and my BIL, Andy came to Green Grandma's house for the day. Here is everyone in the living room post dinner/pre presents. We were all in a food coma from eating so much.

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BIL, Andy, got a Wii.

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Our Christmas Tree this year.

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Me opening gifts.

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Wayne and I also opened our stockings and we each pulled out these:

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It was one of the first times thus far where it really hit me, that this is real and happening. I know that there will be many more times like these, but it was a very profound feeling.

My puppies were also especially snuggly that day:

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

I met Wayne at my parents in the afternoon after he got done with work. After we at dinner and opened gifts, we started a heated game of dominoes.

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There were many laughs and inside jokes made. I was so proud of my Dad. He got these on his own:

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We spent the night and got up that next morning and went to get the baby furniture that I blogged about HERE. Overall it was a wonderful Christmas!!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

We got together with Wayne's other part of his family that couldn't make it on Christmas Eve. I made spaghetti, we opened gifts and then hung out and chatted.

From L to R: Veronika, Aly, Wayne, Green Grandma, Jared

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This is Wayne having a "talk" with them.

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From L to R: Veronika, Me, Aly, Wayne and Jared


And this was our silly shot.

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This is how I usually feel around Christmas...bring on the wine.

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But this year was different as I can't have any for obvious reasons and although sometimes I really crave a glass of wine and it irritates me, I'm OK with that because I know what I am going through and the things I am giving up do not compare to the moment(s) of being a MOM.

Leah

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lil D's 2nd Trimester {Weeks 16 & 17}

Thursday, 01/20/2011
(16 weeks)
I’ve actually felt pretty good this past week. Some days are better than others obviously. My appetite has not come back any, so it’s still a struggle to figure out what I’m hungry for. ANNOYING!

This is me and Lil D this week:

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I can't believe how much a difference 4 weeks makes and this is only the beginning.

HOW BIG IS BABY?

Baby's now the size of an avocado!
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Thursday, 1/27/2011
(17 weeks) 

I'm looking forward to our Dr appointment on Monday evening. Yay! At that point we will schedule our next appointment (4 weeks out/end of February or early March), which will be the Ultrasound appointment where we find out the SEX! Hopefully, keep fingers crossed that baby cooperates with that.
HOW BIG IS BABY?

Baby's now the size of an onion!

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lil D's 2nd Trimester {Week 15}

Thursday, 01/13/2011
(15 weeks)
Saturday, January 15, 2011

I bought a belly band and a couple of new bras today. Much needed stuff. I can’t wait to try out the belly band.

I also cleaned a lot today and I think I over-did it. By the end of the night I was sore and super tired.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Both Wayne and I slept until NOON! I couldn’t believe it. Actually I can as this is not the first time. But at that point I knew I did too much the day before.

HOW BIG IS BABY?

Baby's now the size of a naval orange!

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lil D's 2nd Trimester {Week 13}

Thursday, 12/30/2010
(13 weeks)
I am excited to have another 3 day weekend. I plan on getting caught up on sleep, TV and cleaning.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Years Eve. Wayne was at one of his appearances and being is that I can't drink OR stay awake too late, I decided to stay home. I actually ended up falling asleep at about 8:30pm. I woke up at about 1:30am and talked to Wayne on the phone for awhile. He spent the night at his Mom's instead of coming all the way home. He has been doing that almost every Friday night as he works so late and yet has to be back at the station early the next morning.

Saturday, January 1, 2010

Wayne got home just in time for him to take me out to dinner. We went to a Mexican restaurant.
Lil D thought it was yummy.

Sunday, January 2, 2010

We celebrated Christmas with part of Wayne's family today. I am going to be doing a Christmas post soon, so stay tuned for that.

Monday, January 3, 2010

We had our Dr appointment this morning. It went so good. We met with Nancy Decker and went over my "status." We also got to hear the heartbeat. It was magical.

Welcome to the blissful second trimester, widely recognized as pregnancy's most comfortable and enjoyable. (Yes, it's a relative distinction.) Don't panic if you start noticing some lovely vaginal discharge. It's called leucorrhea and is totally normal. Though it might mess up your panties, it's essential in protecting your birth canal from infection.

HOW BIG IS BABY?

Baby's now the size of a peach!
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Lil D's 1st Trimester {Week 12}

Thursday, 12/23/2010
(12 weeks)

This is me & Lil D this week:

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I am super excited for Christmas this weekend. I have Friday thru Sunday off and it will be a great time spent with family and friends. 

What I'm looking forward to: We are scheduled to go to the Dr on Wednesday. We are super anxious now that I am 12 weeks and on my way out of the 1st Trimester. I just want to hear the heartbeat and know he or she is still moving and growing.

I'm also looking forward to the opportunity to get some really cute baby furniture. Through Green Grandma there is a woman that moved from the apartment complex into a fully furnished townhome. To our luck, there happened to be a full baby's room and she doesn't need ANY of it. At this point I am waiting to hear back from her.

Friday, December 24, 2010

I finally heard back from the lady about the furniture and Wayne and I went to look at. It's all great stuff and she wants minimal for it, so we are picking it up on Sunday.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

We went and picked up the furniture. A BIG THANK YOU to my Dad for the use of his trailer and helping that day. This is what we got.

Dresser

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Hutch

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Crib

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4 neutral colored "artsy" animal pictures 
(Lion and Zebra pictured below, there is also an elephant and a giraffe)

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We got all this "stuff" for $200.00. It was such a good deal we couldn't pass it up. Wayne thinks the crib is on the cheaper side, but we'll see once we get it together, and if anything else we can use it one of the Grandma's houses. LOL. I'm not sure what brand anything is. She asked the seller of the townhome, but it ranged anywhere from Target to Pottery Barn.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
 
So the clinic called this afternoon at about 4pm and said Dr. E is sick tomorrow. Our appointment is supposed to be tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon. Now it is rescheduled to Monday, January 3rd as Dr. E is out until January 6th and we have to see someone else. I am a lot more understanding about this stuff. I know it is going to happen over the course of the pregnancy. Luckily, Nancy Decker, who is a mid-wife and who I have met with before is available. Wayne on the other hand is super mad. He was so looking forward to hearing the heartbeat.
HOW BIG IS BABY?

Baby's now the size of a plum!
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Lil D's 1st Trimester {Weeks 10 & 11}

Thursday, 12/9/2010
(10 weeks)

Maternity Clothes: I decided to wait on the belly band for now and my pants have been feeling ok actually. I just have them sit below my belly and then I feel ok. I can deal with it for a few more weeks.

Sleep: Some nights are better than others. Sometimes I feel myself sleeping like a baby (no pun intended) and other nights I find myself waking up a lot.

Best Moment of the Week: Finding these SWEET VIDEOS online at Babycenter and sharing them with my Husband. It absolutely amazes me how a baby can grow into a human being from just a bunch of cells.

Movement: None.

Food Craving: Same as week 9.

Food Aversions: Same as week 9.

Morning Sickness: I found out that I need to take my morning vitamins with food. I never had to do that before, but apparently I do now. It took me a few days to realize this, but after I did I’ve been feeling much better.

Gender: N/A yet. There are a lot of people that think it's a girl. I happen to think it's a boy. We'll see.

Symptoms: Acne and constipation are the major two this week. My face has totally broken out. I guess it’s just one of those hormonal things that we have to deal with. I also feel like as soon as one symptom ends another one begins. I guess it's all in a days work and it's the baby's way of telling me they are OK in there.

What I miss: I am missing Caribou less and less each day (such a good thing for my waistline).

What I'm looking forward to: Same as week 9.

HOW BIG IS BABY?

Baby's now the size of a Prune!
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Thursday, 12/16/2010
(11 weeks)
Not much symptom wise has changed in the past week.
What I'm looking forward to: Christmas and being closer to sharing our news with everyone.
HOW BIG IS BABY?

Baby's now the size of a lime!
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Lil D's 1st Trimester {Weeks 8 & 9}

Thursday, 11/25/2010
(8 weeks)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

We sure had a lot to be thankful for, but we just couldn’t tell anyone yet. My indigestion this past week has subsided. So I was VERY thankful for that. My pants are getting snug. I’ve been trying to eat smaller meals every few hours. Thanksgiving didn’t help with that, but I managed. Still dealing with the sleepiness, although it seems to come and go. I’ve been taking more naps lately than ever in my life.

Friday, November 26, 2010

I was a lazy bum today. Didn’t feel like doing anything. I sat on the couch and watched movies all day and night. I haven’t been able to do that in a long time and took advantage of it.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I was feeling rather good for most of the day and then a sick feeling came over me later in the night. The indigestion that I got rid of the week before turned into a constipation/diarrhea combo. Oh what night. That’s all I’m saying.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

I still felt icky all day, spending most of the day in our comfy chair or on the couch watching football. So far this whole pregnancy thing hasn’t been very fun. I ate light today. Wayne keeps asking me if I think I am pregnant or if I feel like I’m pregnant. I tell him I don’t know and I don’t want to think of it like that. I admit this time does feel different than the last time, but I don’t want to get my hopes up and have them crushed again. He can tell it’s different this time, but he also doesn’t want to think about it yet.

Monday, November 29, 2010

This was the first morning where I actually felt nauseous. I’ve had a few episodes before, but nothing extreme. While on my way to the bus station this morning I had crackers and water for breakfast. I didn’t want to overdo it because I was still not feeling 100% from the weekend.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I called the clinic today expecting to get in sometime next week. Nope, they had an opening for tomorrow morning…December 1st. I took it.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

We had our Dr appointment this morning. I am 8 weeks, 6 days pregnant and was scared to death of going to the Dr and having the same "blighted ovum" as this summer. I could tell Wayne was nervous, too, but we were both trying to stay calm and strong for each other. We were in the same nurses room and went over some of the same stuff. We were both trying to hurry up the "talk" part of the visit as we just wanted to do the ultrasound, see that everything was ok and hear the heartbeat. We headed into the same "doppler" room as we were in before. Dr. E had an intern working with her that day, and after she took my heartbeat, she asked me if I was nervous.

Nervous? No, not all. You think? I admitted to her that yes, I am VERY nervous. I laid down on the table and Dr. E was so good that she right away said, "there is your peanut." She knew that we would be looking for something in that sac. I was so relieved and overcome with emotions. She then turned on the heart monitor and we got to hear it for about 10 seconds. It was so cool. Dr. E said that all my lady parts looked great, she could see it moving and to come back in another 4 weeks for another check-up. We got pictures, which you can see HERE.

HOW BIG IS BABY?

Baby's now the size of a raspberry!
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Thursday, 12/2/2010
(9 weeks)

Now that I’ve gone to the Dr, I feel a little bit more secure in writing this all out. I know it’s therapeutic to write it out anyway, but when you are not sure that you are even pregnant, it’s even harder. A few times before I felt like “what’s the point?” but then I quickly tried to dismiss that thought and keep on. Be positive. That is my motto for the first trimester and really for this whole pregnancy! I saw this picture for the holidays and thought it was fitting:

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Well, we have decided to tell Wayne’s Mom earlier than Christmas. Now that we have pictures and know there is a baby in there, I don’t want to wait 3 weeks and make her feel bad or make her feel like she is the last to know. So we are planning on telling her tomorrow. I stopped at Target and scanned in the ultrasound pictures. Our desktop computer is broken and we don't have our printer connected to our laptop and it was a last minute thing, so it was convenient to stop and get it done. I printed two 4x6 pictures and looked at frames. I didn’t find anything that I really liked at Target so I headed to the Hallmark store. I found two frames. Here they are:

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Even though Green Grandma already knew, I wanted to get something for her desk at work.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Wayne had to work until 2pm and then we were meeting my family for my Dad’s birthday dinner later, so we thought that would be a perfect time to stop at MIL's (Kim) house and give her the frame and the good news. She wasn’t as surprised as the first time, just because she knew we were trying and she thought something might be up. But she was super excited nonetheless.

We then went to my parents house and you can see that post HERE. The only thing I want to add to that night that I didn’t put in my original post is one of “my favorite parts of the week.” You can see that below.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Tonight is KDWB Jingleball 2010. You can see that post HERE. It was baby’s first concert. It was so loud and at some points my whole body was vibrating. Haha.

This week I’m going to start a new thing. I might not do it every week, but we’ll see how things change from week to week.

Maternity Clothes: Not yet. But I am looking into purchasing a belly band. My pants feel tighter everyday and with my work pants especially. It’s super uncomfortable. I feel so much better when I undo my pants. Haha.

Sleep: I am mostly sleeping fine. I’ve been taking more naps lately than ever in my life. I used to not care for naps as I would wake up more tired and cranky than before, but now some days I long for one. I usually wake up in the middle of the night for a little bit, but then go back to sleep. There was one night this past week when I woke up at 1:30 and was still not sleeping at 3:30. I ended up going to sleep on the couch and it seemed to help.

Best Moment of the Week: Yesterday. At the clinic and Dr. Emery telling us we had a little peanut in there. After our miscarriage and the D&C this summer we were both elated. We got to hear the heartbeat and received pictures.

My other favorite moment was at my parents house after dinner we talked for hours about baby names. We looked online and were just hanging out with each other discussing different names. It was a blast and we actually got some good ideas for boy names (we already have our girl name)!

Movement: No. Although Dr. Emery said she could see it moving during the ultrasound.

Food Craving: It comes and goes and seems like as soon as I buy it and get it home, I no longer want it because I have it. Yesterday, it was pickle roll-ups. MMM.

Food Aversions: Sometimes I smell things or even see pictures of things on TV that make me cringe. Nothing though that I specifically despise.

Morning Sickness: I have not vomited, but I do feel icky in the morning and then by lunch I am feeling OK. It's just a continuous nauseous feeling.

Gender: Not sure, but Wayne has a gut feeling it’s a girl. He said when he saw the ultrasound he "just knows."

Symptoms: In the early weeks I had bad indigestion. That subsided and lately I have been dealing with constipation/diarrhea. I know TMI. I’m always tired and ready to lay in bed and relax.

What I miss: Feeling normal (not sure I will ever feel that way again) and not so sickly all the time. They say it gets better in the 2nd Trimester, so we'll see.

What I'm looking forward to: Being able to share our good news with everyone in a few weeks.

HOW BIG IS BABY?

Baby's now the size of a green olive!
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Monday, January 10, 2011

Lil D's 1st Trimester {Weeks 6 & 7}

Thursday, 11/11/2010
(6 weeks)

Today is our 4th wedding anniversary. I am still super tired and actually went to bed pretty much right after we got home from dinner at about 8:00pm. Such an exciting night, but I can’t seem to fight it. I often feel bad for my Husband as I have become so lame these days. I am still having indigestion EVERY night. It sucks.

We ended up telling Green Grandma. We live with her, so it’s hard trying to be so secretive and planning meals and mood swings, etc. All I want to do is lay in bed at night after work. She admitted that she knew something was up. She knows me too well. She promised not to tell anyone. She respects our decision to wait this time around until we are farther along.

HOW BIG IS BABY?

Baby's now the size of a sweet pea!
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Thursday, 11/18/2010
(7 weeks)

Yesterday was the first day that my indigestion has lightened up. Let’s hope it continues in that direction. I’ve also lost the “full” feeling that I’ve been carrying around for the last two weeks.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

We went to the Vikings vs. Packers game today at MOA field. Wayne mentioned it was baby’s first football game. All I cared about was eating food. We got home after the game and after hanging out for awhile on the couch I ended up going to bed at 7:30 pm. I’m telling you, it’s crazy!

HOW BIG IS BABY?

Baby's now the size of a blueberry!

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Lil D's 1st Trimester {Weeks 4 & 5}

Thursday, 10/28/2010
(4 weeks)
Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 31, 2010 (4 wks, 3 days)

October was the first month that Wayne and I actually started “trying” again after my surgery. I was 3 days late (due for my monthly friend on October 28th) and so I had told myself that if I made it through the busy Halloween weekend without getting “it”, I would take a test on Sunday. Well, Sunday rolled around with still no sign of “it,” so I caved and took a pregnancy test that morning. It was positive.

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The line is so faint and once again Wayne didn’t believe it at first sight, but I reminded him that a line is a line no matter how dark or light it was. We weren’t as stunned as the first time around and I have to be honest we were both scared and nervous more than anything else. The box came with two tests and I told him that I wanted to wait until Thursday (officially 1 week late) to take the second one. He agreed.

I also read that since I was only a few days late that the line might be lighter than if to say I was a full week late or more. Plus, it wasn’t my first pee of the morning, so that might have had something to do with it. But nevertheless a line is a line.

We laid in bed that morning and talked about our game plan. We weren’t going to tell ANYONE. It was going to be our little secret. I wasn’t going to rush to the Dr as I did the first time. Mostly because it would just be the same routine as last time (which I already knew) and I would just pee in a cup again and the Dr would tell me, “You’re pregnant.” She would then send me on my way and I would see her again between weeks 8-10 for a first ultrasound. I told Wayne that I wasn’t going to do anything until week 8 and then I would call the Dr and try and get in at week 9. That was that.

HOW BIG IS BABY?

Baby's now the size of a poppyseed!
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Thursday, 11/4/2010
(5 weeks)

Since the book that I was reading had recommended that you should take the test in the morning (4 hours since your last pee) I got up and took it right away. It was yet again positive.

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I was still apprehensive at that point. I am still not having many symptoms or the ones that I feel are the most important, but Wayne and I talked about it and came to the conclusion that if a miscarriage was going to happen again and this is what God had planned for us, then there was nothing we could do. We just had to take God’s plan day by day. I happened to see this cartoon posted somewhere. I can’t remember if I saw it in an email or on a website somewhere. It is so true and portrays EXACTLY what I’m feeling right now.

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I have been experiencing lots of indigestion, mostly in the evenings before bed. It’s like I feel full all the time. It’s super uncomfortable and I hope will not last long.

I have also been super tired lately. Going to bed as early as 7:30 pm or 8:00 pm.

The only person (other than Wayne, obviously) that really knows anything is up is my Mom. She knows me too well and is my best friend. She is the one that I have been going to with question after question. She is my savior. We are still not telling anyone else at this point and have a fun idea for Xmas for my MIL. I will be 12 weeks at Christmas. She’s going to freak!

HOW BIG IS BABY?

Baby's now the size of an appleseed!
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Friday, January 7, 2011

Introducing Lil D {2nd Trimester} {Week 14}

Lil D’s First Portrait

December 1, 2010

Measuring: 8 weeks, 3 days in this picture (about 2cm)

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So even though the New Year and the holidays are over and I am officially into my 2nd trimester (week 14), I want to start from the beginning (or week 4) as it’s been a couple months since we actually “got” pregnant.

Wayne and I wanted to keep it a complete secret this time around. We wanted to make sure we were farther along until we were ready to tell people. Our first time around we told more people than what we should have and in the end we were extremely disappointed and had to break the news to everyone. That was extremely difficult and you can read about it if you check out the pregnancy label. We were fortunate enough that those people that we did share it with were there for us in our time of sadness and it wasn’t ALL negative.

Just as before I started writing this the week we found out because I wanted to keep every moment documented. As I have said before, it has become a journal of some sort as I would have normally blogged about it on a daily or weekly basis. Now I am transferring my journal of the past couple months to my blog. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

This is me and Lil D this week:

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Thursday, 01/06/2011
(week 14)

HOW BIG IS BABY?

Baby's now the size of a lemon!


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I started doing this during week 9 as I saw it on another mom-to-be-blog and I thought it was a cool way to see how everything changes over the pregnancy.

Maternity Clothes: Not yet. Even though I keep saying I am going to get a belly band, I haven’t yet. At this point all my dress pants are sitting below my belly and I have one pair of jeans that fit comfortably.

Sleep: I am still tired. It varies day to day. I have been finding myself waking up in the middle of the night for about an hour or two and then falling back asleep. I always seem to want a nap in the afternoon.

Best Moment of the Week: Monday morning (01/03/2011) hearing Lil D’s heartbeat. So cool! Also, sharing our news on Facebook and sending out New Years cards.

Movement: None that I can feel, but while trying to hear the heartbeat, it was moving a ton.

Food Craving: None. It has been actually difficult to find something that I am hungry for. Food is not super appealing to me. I’m hoping that changes.

Food Aversions: Not a whole lot. Gramma made stuffing for a turkey last weekend, which almost made me vomit. Wayne warmed up left over Mexican food, which totally disgusted me.

Morning Sickness: Not so much anymore. I still experience nausea every once in awhile, but not too much anymore.

Gender: We heard the heartbeat this week and it was in the 150’s. Old wives tale states if it is above 140 than it is a girl, if it is below 140 than it’s a boy. We’ll see.

Symptoms: Constipation here and there, flatulence and being tired. Otherwise I don’t really feel pregnant a whole lot of the time.

What I miss: Caribou. I also really wanted a glass of wine over the holidays. Oh, well. There will be plenty of time for that.

What I'm looking forward to: Feeling better and maybe not being so tired.

You will see more of these as the story of Lil D progresses.

Stay tuned for more posts from beginning to present!