Monday, May 26, 2014

Bumpdate: 19 weeks and Gender Reveal!!

I realize I am a bit behind on blogging and for that, I apologize.  Honestly, I have not been feeling very well the last couple of weeks.  I am having a lot of pain for a couple different reasons, one of which being I am definitely showing now and carrying the extra weight, putting a lot of extra strain on my joints, neck and back especially.  I am trying all kinds of alternative therapies to try to help since I am trying to wean on the pain medication but it has been uncomfortable to say the least.  I am seeing a chiropractor and a massage therapist almost every week now to try and keep loose and in alignment but these therapies only help temporarily.  I have also looked into and sampled some essential oils, but there are a lot of mixed reviews on which ones you can and can not use in pregnancy, so its all very confusing.  I'm just trying to take it a day at a time, rest as much as possible,  and manage the pain as best I can.


How Far Along: 19 Weeks

Trimester: Second

Size of the baby: 6 inches and 9 ounces on ultrasound.  About the size of an heirloom tomato.

Gender: Keep reading to find out...

Maternity clothes:  Starting to wear some maternity pieces such as the maxi dress from Old Navy in the picture above.  T-shirts and things starting to get snug but still wearable and I have 2 pairs of non maternity stretchy jeans that still fit, although getting uncomfortable.  Any recommendations for the best maternity jeans are welcome!

Stretch Marks: Nope.  Trying to use Bio-Oil everyday to prevent them!

Sleep: Varies greatly depending on the night and on my pain. Some nights I sleep fine and others I spend tossing and turning and end up on the couch reading or watching TV in the wee hours of the morning.

Best Moment this week: This is a tie between our ultrasound and seeing baby on screen and our gender reveal party with so many wonderful friends and family!

Miss Anything: Having a lot of sushi cravings lately!

Movement: Baby is definitely a mover as seen on ultrasound.  If I lay in bed and put my hands on my belly, I can definitely feel some light movement.

Symptoms:  Still no morning sickness in about 2 weeks now but some moments of nausea if I that pass fairly quickly, hip and back pain, round ligament pain when I sneeze.

Cravings:  Still a lot of salty stuff and carbs

Looking forward to: Feeling some stronger kicks!

Ultrasound- 19 weeks

Baby looked really good on ultrasound.  We saw a beautiful healthy brain, heart, bones, kidneys, bladder, stomach, and 10 sweet fingers and toes.  Because of position they could not get all the measurements on the heart such a valves that they wanted to but said that is pretty typical and we will get another ultrasound at week 24.  They did see one issue with the connection of the cord at the placenta that could affect growth that they want to monitor us a little more closely and do growth check ultrasounds every 4 weeks to track progress.  Harrison and I found out the gender together at the appointment and kept it a secret for 48 hours from EVERYONE until we had a party with our family and friends.

Check out my mom's expression as she saw the color of the balloons!! Priceless!!  

IT'S A GIRL!!!  

We were pretty shocked, as were a lot of our family and friends that it is a girl.  Almost everyone thought it was a boy and Harrison's family has a lot of boys.  Needless to say, we are thrilled, ecstatic, and can't wait to welcome our precious daughter.  Thanks so much to a dear, talented friend Tara with Silver Reflections Photography for our wonderful photos and to all our family and friends who made the party and the reveal so special!  

Till next time...  

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bumpdate: 18 weeks!

The past couple weeks have been busy and uneventful for the most part.  We had an appointment at 16 weeks that went well for the most part. We did not get an ultrasound that day but did hear the heartbeat.  It was going strong in the 150s.  We have our anatomy ultrasound and gender scan on Wednesday this week which I am really excited about.  I am excited to stop calling it "the baby" or "it" and begin shopping and designing the nursery.

Now that the bump has officially made its appearance, I thought it'd be fun to start doing weekly bump updates to show my progress.

How far along: 18 weeks

Trimester: Second

Size of the baby: 5 1/2 inches and about 7 ounces.  About the size of a bell pepper. 

Gender: Finding out this week! 

Maternity clothes: Most of my normal clothes still fit although some things are getting snug.  I got some maternity stuff from my sister and finally  bought a few basic pieces at Old Navy to start wearing. 

Stretch marks: Not yet!  

Sleep: Varies night to night but for the most part it's pretty good.  Waking up at least once to go to the bathroom but usually able to fall back asleep fine. 

Best moment this week: This past week was a bit rough as I hurt my back and spent the week in bed.  Visited the chiropractor a couple times and he thinks carrying the weight in front is starting to affect me some but hopefully with regular visits we can keep in under control! 

Miss anything: With the warmer weather and the beautiful days, I miss being able to indulge in ice cold beer or glass of wine but I know its totally worth it and the non alcoholic stuff isn't too bad!! 

Movement: Nothing for sure yet.  I have had a couple moments when I thought maybe I felt something but it could have been my stomach!  

Symptoms:  Haven't gotten sick in a little over a week! Yay!  Minor cramping at times and round ligament pain when I sneeze or move quickly. 

Cravings: Lots of salty foods and carbs like baked potatoes and pasta. 

Looking forward to: Finding out the gender this week and our gender reveal party on Friday!