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Bumpdate // Week 16

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Have truer words ever been spoken? I think not. 

How far along are you? 16 weeks and 4 days.

How big is baby? The size of an avocado (which seems HUGE!). We’re up to 4.6 inches and 3.5 ounces.

Total weight gain? At my last prenatal appointment (two weeks ago), I was a whopping one pound above my pre-pregnancy weight. Since then, however, my appetite has started to return to normal so I’m sure I’m up a couple of pounds now.

How are you feeling? I’m finally starting to feel better. I’m still throwing up once (sometimes twice) in the morning, but after my stomach settles down, I feel pretty good for the remainder of the day. I’m still struggling with indigestion/heartburn and nasal congestion, but I’ll take those issues over constant nausea any day.

How’s your sleep? Sleep is becoming more uncomfortable and I’ve started sleeping in a cocoon of pillows. I have a feeling that this is only going to get worse as I get bigger.

Food cravings? Mexican food! This is how I know my old appetite is coming back.

Food aversions? Still fish. I had a tiny bit of shrimp over the weekend, but I can barely even look at salmon (one of my favorite foods in real life) or any other fish.

Best moment this week? Discovering that my baby can now hear my voice and will recognize it at birth. So amazing!

What are you looking forward to? Finding out if we’re having a boy or a girl in just a few weeks!

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Bumpdate // Weeks 14 & 15

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Pregnancy is a lot of things, but uneventful is definitely not one of them. Baby Everett and I had quite a scare at the beginning of the week that kept me from doing my bumpdate for week 14. Now that everything is all good, I wanted to share the story here in the hopes that it may encourage any other pregnant women (or future pregnant women) who may be experiencing the same thing. If you’re short on time, you can skip down to the bumpdate survey at the bottom of this post…

On Monday morning around 3:45am, I woke up to a lot of bleeding. I immediately panicked, convinced I was having a miscarriage, but praying I was wrong. I asked Sam to call my dad and his two best friends so that they could start praying as we headed to the emergency room. While waiting to get into a room (for what seemed like hours), I calmed down just enough to realize that I wasn’t feeling any pain or cramping which gave me a tiny bit of relief. After a couple of hours of waiting, an ultrasound tech finally came into my room to check on the baby. As soon as she started, we heard the baby’s heartbeat (157 and strong!) and I breathed my first sigh of relief. I couldn’t see the screen while she checked my uterus to try to locate the cause of the bleeding, but I knew that the baby looked great because I noticed Sam wiping his eyes. I truly believe that I became a mother in that moment. I no longer cared about the fact that I was bleeding. All I cared about was that my child was healthy and completely unaffected by what was happening (as evidenced by the somersaults he/she was doing during the ultrasound). But back to the story before I start crying all over my keyboard…

The ultrasound tech wasn’t able to tell me anything other than the fact that the baby was doing well, so we were once again left to wait another hour until a doctor could come in and explain everything to us. In the end, a nurse came in to tell us that I “probably” had a subchorionic hemorrhage, which is an accumulation of blood in or near the placenta. She explained that they often resolve themselves, but couldn’t give me any statistics or any information about what happens if they don’t. Lastly, she told me to rest for three days and follow up with my midwife at my next appointment (which happened to be two days later). I was so relieved that the baby was healthy that I didn’t make a fuss about the lack of information I was given. I just went home, prayed and slept.

On Wednesday, I had a repeat ultrasound at my regular prenatal appointment and I am happy to say that it was much more thorough and informative than the first one. The ultrasound tech found no evidence of a hemorrhage or any tears, she said that the amniotic sac and placenta looked great and our baby even waved at us to let us know that he/she was happy and healthy (see ultrasound picture below – that’s baby’s hand on the left just above his/her head). I still wish I knew why it happened or if I did anything to cause it, but I know that it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that my faith in God has been strengthened through this ordeal. I know that He created this life that I’m carrying and only He can (and will) sustain it.

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How far along are you? 15 weeks today

How big is baby? The size of an orange!

Total weight gain? 1 pound — I lost all of the weight I gained when I first got pregnant thanks to my awful morning sickness.

How are you feeling? Week 14 was awful – vomiting at least twice a day, all-day nausea, indigestion and heartburn after every meal. Yesterday and today have been a lot better so I’m hopeful that week 15 will be the turning point for me, but I’m trying not to get my hopes up just yet.

Food cravings? Frozen grapes and peppermints. So weird.

Food aversions? Everything else.

Best moment this week? Watching Baby E move, flip and wave during our last ultrasound. It’s truly a miracle!

What are you looking forward to? Feeling my baby move for the first time. Now that I’ve seen it, I can’t wait to actually feel it!

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Bumpdate // Week 13

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Why didn’t anyone tell me how hard pregnancy is? I am getting beat down by this tiny human. A lot has happened in the last week. I celebrated my 29th birthday, attended my second concert of the Summer (Jill Scott!), and got diagnosed with bronchitis. Never a dull moment around here! Here’s what else is happening in pregnancy land this week…

How far along are you? 13 weeks and 3 days.

How big is baby? The size of a peach. Baby is 2.9 inches and .81 ounces.

Total weight gain? Still holding at 5 pounds, which is mainly due to the fact that I usually can’t keep anything down before noon. My belly is getting rounder by the day though so I’m expecting the number to go up soon.

How are you feeling? I wish I had a new answer for this, but I still feel terrible. More terrible than I’ve ever felt in my life in fact. I’m throwing up twice every morning and coughing uncontrollably for the rest of the day. It’s awful.

Have you noticed any stretch marks yet? Not yet, but I’ve noticed a bunch of small dry patches on the top of my belly lately. It might be time to try a richer belly cream.

How’s your sleep? Fantastic, thanks to my new pregnancy pillow (pictured above).

Food cravings? Just fruit and bread. Other than that, I don’t even enjoy looking at food these days.

Food aversions? I haven’t been able to stomach meat lately. And I’m still avoiding everything that smells too strong.

What are you looking forward to? Officially entering the second trimester next week. I’m crossing my fingers that means I’ll start feeling better next week too.

 

Bumpdate // Week 12

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How far along are you? 12 weeks and 3 days.

How big is baby? The size of a plum. Baby E is 2.5 inches and .5 oz.

Total weight gain? Not sure. I haven’t weighed myself since my last midwife appointment.

How are you feeling? My mornings are still terrible. I have to vomit as soon as I open my eyes each morning. I still feel nauseous after my first few meals of the day, but my evenings are slowly getting back to normal. I’m still dealing with lots of indigestion, but the headaches have almost disappeared. Almost. The important thing is that, although my symptoms aren’t really getting better, I’m learning to cope better which is great.

What are you wearing a lot of lately? Dresses, leggings, flowy tank tops and maternity jean shorts from Target. And when all else fails, I put on workout clothes.

How’s your sleep? Getting better everyday! I’ve given up on naps because they seem to start my morning sickness all over again. That means that by bedtime I am so delirious that I fall right asleep. I even fell asleep while Sam was praying for me last night – I felt so bad! I’m also waking up less frequently in the middle of the night. So sleep is good right now.

Food cravings? Ice cream (still) and fruit; cherries, granny smith apples, and plums mostly.

Food aversions? I still can’t eat fish and I’m not a huge fan of eggs right now either. So basically anything that has a strong odor.

Best moment this week? Having family members notice my little baby bump. Since I look at myself everyday, it’s hard to notice a difference sometimes.

What are you looking forward to? I still have 8 weeks to go, but I am dying to find out what we’re having. We already have names picked out for each so now we just need to find out which one of our future children will be joining us first!

 

 

 

Bumpdate // Week 11

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One of these days, I’m going to have the energy to post about something other than my pregnancy. For now, I’m a bit consumed by it so please forgive the lack of other posts. In everyday life news…Sam had to go on a business trip for a few days, so I took it as an opportunity to come to Northern Virginia to hang with my family. We only live two hours away, but sometimes it feels like twenty (especially when I’m sick and stuck in my house all day and the rest of my family is together doing fun stuff). So I’m determined to ignore my sickness for a few days and get in as much fun as possible before I have to head home.

Here’s what’s happening with Baby Everett this week…

How far along are you? 11 weeks and 3 days.

How big is baby? The size of a LIME! Huge growth spurt from last week! Which reminds me that I really need to start taking my bump pictures…

Total weight gain? 3ish pounds. I’ve lost a pound or two thanks to the daily vomit session I’ve recently added to my morning routine. I’m not worried about it though since it’s only a couple of pounds and I’m still in the first trimester. I know I’ll gain it back plus more in the coming months.

How are you feeling? So so sick. As I mentioned above, I’m throwing up every single morning no matter what I do. I’ve finally come to accept it as my “new normal” (at least for a few more weeks), but it still sucks. My nausea has also became an all-day thing and it’s heightened after I eat which makes eating a real struggle. I don’t skip meals because pregnancy hunger is unlike any hunger I’ve ever experienced, but I definitely don’t look forward to them. I’m also still struggling with headaches.

What are you wearing a lot of lately? I’ve moved into the Summer dress phase of pregnancy. It’s way too hot for leggings right now and I still haven’t found a pair of maternity shorts that will fit me now and later (when my bump has grown). I have a few Old Navy and Target dresses that I’ve been rotating lately.

How’s your sleep? Better, except that (most nights) I wake up in the middle of the night feeling absolutely famished. I try to remember to eat a little snack before bed to help with this. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But otherwise, I’m sleeping well.

Food cravings? Digiorno thin crust pepperoni pizza is what I eat the most. It’s not so much of a craving as it is the only meal I can handle without feeling sick. I still crave ice cream on a daily basis and I still try to ignore it (but I fail often).

Food aversions? I’m still avoiding fish as well as fried foods.

Best moment this week? Hearing our baby’s heartbeat again at our appointment last Wednesday. When our midwife found the heartbeat, Sam ran over to the table so that he could record it on his phone. It was probably the cutest thing I’ve ever seen him do.

What are you looking forward to? Getting out of the first trimester and (hopefully) out of the morning sickness phase.

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