Tuesday, April 27, 2010

12 Weeks-Say No To Fritos!

12 Weeks (www.babycenter.com)

The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.

Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

My Week
-I was only really nauseous 1 day this week.  This baby does not like Fritos.  
-It still takes me several tries to get my teeth brushed in the mornings because I gag and lose my breakfast on a regular basis.  Evenings aren't as bad.
-This is TAKS testing week at school.  ugh
-Heartburn has hit with a vengeance.  I had 1 chocolate chip cookie and thought I was going to die.  Tums are my best friend.
-My unmedicated allergies have been HORRIBLE for the last 2 months but they are finally not as severe.  Still miserable but I'm not losing my voice at work anymore and can get through a lesson without an embarrassing coughing fit.  The cough it still here...just very few and far between now.  
-I really feel my stomach stretching on the weekends.  I still just look fat and will look that way until the very end but I can actually feel my muscles get sore as they stretch.
-Our truck was broken into this weekend right in front of our house.  Several houses on the block were hit.  They stole a lot of Kevin's expensive work equipment.  We lived here for 4 years with no problems until now!  Makes me so mad!
-I'm attending a friend's baby shower on Friday!  I got a little overwhelmed trying to pick out her present thinking about all the things we will need and there are WAY too many choices... 
-Kevin has been fantastic through all of this.  He brings me breakfast in bed everyday...
-Did I mention I hate TAKS week?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Spring...scratch that...Summer Fever!

I don't know about you guys...but I cannot wait for this...

Flip Flops!

And this...
Sleeping In!

And this...

Shaved Ice!

I absolutely CANNOT wait for summer!  I am way ready to leave school long before 4 pm rolls around each day.  It is going to be a LONG 5 1/2 weeks until school is out!!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

11 Weeks

I've decided to update about the baby weekly instead of boring you with every post.  There will still be a few catch up posts but not much.  This is a lofty goal for a bad blogger such as myself but I want to remember this.  I will try to find something else to post about periodically and try to be interesting.

11 Weeks
-I've felt pretty good this week.  Morning sickness has been very few and far between.  There is definitely muscle behind all the fat on my stomach because I feel like I've done 100 crunches!
-Hormones have reared their ugly head this week.  My puppy Reese hasn't been feeling well and I just cried and cried because I couldn't make her feel better.
-I worry about this baby constantly.  My doctor has reassured me over and over again that all the medicines I took while sick are ok for the baby but I just can't stop thinking about it.  My cough is finally starting to dissipate.  You know...that cough I've had since March 12th.  Yeah.
-A few people at work know about the baby now and that has made life much easier.  It was very hard to hide the nausea and indigestion.  Also easier without the nausea because as sad as it is...teenagers know pregnancy symptoms better than adults and I'm not telling the students.  They'll figure out on their own soon enough.
-I am in LOVE with peaches.  Cold diced peaches drive me absolutely crazy.  More than chocolate.  We cannot keep enough in the house.  Other than that...most things still taste funny or just aren't appetizing.
-Somehow I lost 5 pounds between Friday and Sunday.  I know it is probably because I'm eating healthier and much smaller meals but it was still weird.
-Next week is TAKS testing.  I'm really hoping they assign me as a hall monitor because I'll feel bad for whoever relieves my room.  I have to go to the bathroom every 5 minutes it seem which is not easy when you are a teacher!

Development this week from babycenter.com
Your baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, is now almost fully formed. Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden. She's already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won't feel your baby's acrobatics for another month or two -- nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Friday, March 26th, 2010-The Big Surprise!

Thank you so much for all of the sweet comments everyone!  Life has been a whirlwind and I want to get a few things down in writing so I don't forget.

I will never forget the night I found out that I was pregnant.  Or at least that is what I think...but I'm going to write it down here to make sure I don't forget.  This post is really more for me than anyone else so I hope I don't bore you too much.

It had been an absolutely crazy day...a crazy couple of weeks actually.  I managed to sleep through my alarm that morning...waking up just 20 minutes before I was supposed to leave the house.  I went to school with my greasy hair in a pony tail, no make-up, and the worst nausea I had ever felt in my entire life.

If you remember my previous posts...I'd been sick.  The day we got out for spring break I had a horrible allergy attack that immediately turned into a sinus infection and a bad case of bronchitis.  I had been to the doctor on three separate occasions and on several different medications (a fact that causes me great anxiety constantly) but was not getting better.  It was really effecting my work because I was having dizzy spells and coughing fits while trying to teach.  My most recent doctor appointment had been on Wednesday the 24th and I had been prescribed an antibiotic.  I took the first pill on Friday night and immediately got sick.  I was nauseous constantly over the next 2 days and wouldn't take any more medicine.  I had the most horrible metal taste in my mouth and was downing crackers and sprite like crazy.  Kevin actually had to bring crackers to work on Thursday because I was so sick.  I thought I had been poisoned by my medicine... ha!  Little did I know it was something very different!

Back to Friday...I made it through the school day and headed home.  The moment I walked in the door I put on my PJs and lay moaning on the couch about how I had been poisoned and what Kevin needed to tell the ER doctor should I pass out.  Kevin, being the sweet man he is, tried to make me feel better.  He brought home my favorite dinner (soft tacos, chips, and queso, from Rosa's) and brought it to me while I was on the couch.  We ate dinner while catching up on all our DVRd shows (Ugly Betty!).  I was still feeling horrible and to make things worse I was having to get up and go to the restroom every 5 minutes.  It felt like my bladder was the size of a walnut.

On my 10th trip to the restroom, I remembered I had a cheap pregnancy test in the cabinet.  Since I was going to have to go back to the doctor for poisoning I wanted make sure.  As I've said before...I have very irregular cycles.  They have had gaps of anywhere from 2 weeks to almost a year.  I keep tests in the house and take them periodically before taking prescriptions or just every once in a while for peace of mind.  I used the cheap test, set it on the edge of the tub behind the shower curtain, and sat on the bed nonchalantly surfing facebook with my phone.  The timer went off, I picked up the test, glanced at it quickly, and started to put it in the trash.  My hand was in the trashcan when I froze.  I pulled the test back out and saw a plus sign and gasp.  "No way, couldn't be" I thought. "I must be reading it wrong."  I pulled out the box and read the instructions one more time. "No, it says that plus means pregnant.  It couldn't be!"  By this time my heart was beating so loudly in my chest that I was sure Kevin could hear it in the living room.  I quickly dismantled our bathroom searching for the box of fancy digital clear blue easy pregnancy tests that I knew I had somewhere.  (I had purchased them while waiting for my prescriptions at the pharmacy on March 15th.  Since I was going to take so many medications and was waiting on that aisle I decided to get some and take one as soon as I got home...but I didn't.  I've beat myself constantly about that.  More than you can ever imagine.  I was so dizzy that barely got home before passing out on the bed.)  

I finally found the box of tests and managed to take another one.   (Like I said...the size of a walnut.)  This time I was like a caged animal waiting for that second test to finish.  I was having a complete nervous breakdown.  It was the most thrilling and most terrifying moment of my entire life.  I could not believe I had actually seen a positive test...it was a miracle...but what about the prescriptions I had taken!  What if I had done something horrible to the baby!  I was in complete shock and completely freaking out for lack of a better term.  The timer went off and I lunged at the test.  I couldn't believe my eyes.  It said, "pregnant."  I didn't know what to do.  I wanted to scream, dance, and cry at the same time.  I walked into the living room.   Kevin had been waiting for me so we could finish our show.  I held up the tests and said, "I'm pregnant.  They say that I'm pregnant."  Kevin's face was priceless.  A look of sheer confusion.   The first word out of his mouth was, "Huh?"  I don't really remember what was said after that.  It was a flurry of simultaneous talking and examining tests.  We were in complete shock.

Now I said I would give you an explanation about passing the pregnancy test 8 times.  If you've been keeping track...we've been through 2 already.  A few minutes passed by and as soon as our brains began functioning again...Kevin began making me drink glass upon glass of water.  We took another test about an hour later.  Not one to be patient, Kevin watched the test constantly while it lay on the counter.  Less than a minute later he yelled, "It's positive!  It only took 45 seconds!  That must be a record!"  lol  I was rolling laughing by this point.  That was test number 3.  I don't remember when...but we finally went to bed at some point.  Around 5:30 the next morning I woke up to go to the bathroom and Kevin had me take the last test which obviously gave us the same result.  Test number 4.

 To be continued: look for "Telling the Grandparents"

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I am THAT girl...

I have a handful of talents and basketfuls of weaknesses. I can't sing, play sports, dance, tell jokes, be fearless, take a hint, lose weight, be charming, be outgoing, not have allergies...the list goes on and on...

Although...there is something that I can do...

I have always been THAT girl...you know...the one that everyone either loves or hates to have in their class. I CAN do well on tests...always have. I have a somewhat photographic memory. I am just a good student. I enjoy listening in class. Things I hear or read just tend to stick with me really well. Like I said before...you either love being in class with me because you want to be my partner on a group project or get copies of my notes...or you hate having me in class because I always tend to ruin the grading curve.
  I ruin the curve because I do well on tests...

BUT...there is one type of test that I have never passed. I've taken many in recent years. More than than my fair share some people might say. I didn't understand what was wrong with me.
 Then...on March 26th, 2010 around 9 pm...I took the test once again...
fully expecting to fail one more time.

But I didn't fail this time...I passed!!!

In fact...I passed that test a total of 8 times over the next 2 days!  lol (Yes, I realize taking 8 is ridiculous but I promise I'll tell you a good explanation soon...)

But before I get to that...let me take the time to introduce...

Baby J @ 9 weeks on April 6th, 2010

We had our first doctor appointment today.  It went well and were able able to hear the baby's heart beating quickly at approximately 170 beats per minute.  
I am now 10 weeks along and due on November 9th, 2010. 

Kevin and I are beyond thrilled, scared to death, and extremely blessed!!!