Q & A

since ive been pregnant ive been asked a lot of questions and i thought i’d share some of the q & a’s for ya

Q: do you have any weird cravings?

A:weird cravings? not really i mostly eat the same stuff i ate from before i was pregnant i just now want it REALLY BAD. mostly i’ve noticed i have been into cheeseburgers, chocolate shakes and chocolate milk, pasta [especially with alfredo sauce], the purple bag of skittles, sour gummy worms, pringles, mint chocolate chip blue bell ice cream [and we just tried mint cookies & cream and its also amazing].

Q:what does it feel like to have something move inside you?

A: crazy. like there’s something that is ALIVE. INSIDE. ME. i love it though, the thought of life moving inside you, there’s nothing that can compare. sometimes she moves really low in my uterus and it makes things uncomfortable but i love feeling her move so trust me im not complaining. i love putting my hands on my belly and feeling where her little body is poking out.

Q: Did you get bad morning sickness?

A: Oh. My. ___. YES. it was horrible. i was nausea all day everyday and didn’t want to eat anything, like even the stuff i liked two days before i didn’t want to eat anymore. raw eggs and chicken made me want to throw up, and so did the smell of the kitchen [see my DIY room freshener post lol] also sometimes i would smell people’s food and that made me want to throw up, and so did the smell of cooked fish. brushing my tongue made me throw up and sometimes i think i just threw up just because. i tried crackers but those got old really quick, ginger ale was cool but it wasn’t that healthy to just drink ginger ale for breakfast, lunch and dinner. come to think of it i don’t really remember what i did eat for breakfast lunch or dinner during the first trimester. i do however remember seeing dwight smile so big the first time i ate pizza. it’s like i made his year because i finally was eating something lol

Q: Did your belly button change?

A: i’ve always had an innie. a couple of weeks ago i started to notice that it seemed wider, like i could see in it better than i ever had which also means i got to clean it better too lol. but the past few days i’ve noticed that it seemed to get smaller.. is it just like it was before? i couldn’t tell you- i got used to the wider new version. i think more likely its starting to get smaller cause its pushing out.

Q: Are you going to breastfeed?

A: yes! i believe breastfeeding is better for both mommy & baby so i am looking into everything necessary [including nipple shields, nipple cream, and these little nipple cap things for sore nipples. and of course breast pumps] i’ve located the mothering room at my job and have heard of a tea and pill that can be taken to help with women that aren’t producing enough milk. do i know that those things work? nope but it doesn’t hurt to try if i need the extra boost. also i hear breastfeeding burns a lot of calories so it helps with losing the babyweight 🙂

Q: How are you going to deliver?

A: i have no idea. honestly the thought of a human head coming out of my vagina scares me just a little. i mean i wince putting a tampon up there but i would prefer to do things the natural way unless it is deemed absolutely necessary to do a cesarean. my doctor said it’s something we’ll discuss when we get closer to the due date. which in case you were wondering is in 3 1/2 months 🙂

Q: When’s the baby shower?

A: another good question. its looking like i will  be having two, one here cause my friends want to do one and one back home. the here one will most likely be mid-April, so its before graduation and finals but also before everyone goes their separate ways for the summer. the one back home  will be mid-May after my graduation but before i start working full time.

and for those lovely folks that can’t make either but still want to get something we have registries with either of our names at Target, Walmart and Babies R Us  and some of the items have a ship-to-store option.

Q: Are you scared or nervous or excited?

A: umm all of the above mostly :). its not really something you can prepare for at all so its all new and at times overwhelming. there’s so much to think about it and try to get ready for but im excited more than anything else. everyday is a day closer to meeting our little beautiful  baby 🙂

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update

sorry this post was supposed to go up last night but i was super tired. first of all a thank you to everyone that has read and/or followed and to those of you that have commented. we appreciate all your love and support ❤ thanks for being there for us during this amazing journey! 🙂

this week i am excited cause our families will be here 🙂 well his and my mom and brother anyway. theres nothing that can compare to spending time with the people you love. that being said we went to dinner with them yesterday. it was funny cause i was just telling him i want to go to joes crab shack when this nausea stage is over. not two minutes passed and his sister calls and asks where is there a joes crab shack !! that’s like a sign right?!  i figured i would give it a try (lately the smell of fish makes me feel weird) but with me feeling slightly better and wanting some crab i couldn’t pass it up…

and im glad i didn’t

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we did the lobster daddy feast which comes with a full split lobster tail and 1 1/4 lb snow crab. OMG it was so good. and be proud, i kept it all down! 😀 baby steps i tell you.

and even though i’ve been eating a little more, i still haven’t forgotten that we want to know the gender. we heard of a couple of fun home tests that we can do.

the baking soda and urine test had some inconclusive results. if it fizzes it means boy but if it doesnt it means girl. i didnt think it fizzed but he saw bubbles. we looked up some videos and one lady used baking powder. OMG it fizzed but since i was skeptical i made him try the test too. it looks like both me and him are having little boys lol. the cabbage and urine test came out purple which most people say means little girl. the chines calendar test came up boy 4/5 times. (this one confused me because i would think there should only be one chinese calendar test and if so then how did we get different results using different sites??) (also we tried to see if it worked for us, apparently i am a boy and he is a girl- that gave us a good laugh)

the last test we tried was the ring test. i’ve heard about this one because my mom said it worked for me, my brother and i think some of my aunts) what you do is take a ring, put it on a chain and hang it above your belly (or some people use it over your open palm) and see how it moves. if it swings back & forth – boy, in circles -girl. this test was realllllyyy freaky. we tried it a few times and every time we saw it swing back and forth. just to check i made him do the test too, the ring DID NOT MOVE. and as soon as we put it back over my stomach it would swing back and forth!!! we did the test for his sister to see and we took turns with our hands, it would stop when his hand was under it, and swing back and forth when mine was under it. so the consensus from most of the tests we did said we are having a little boy.

i know that some of these tests are “old wives tales” but whose to say that they are wrong…

bowties or barrettes?

this question has been plaguing us for a while now; bowties or barrettes? are we going to be buying basketballs or barbie dolls? is our little angel a beautiful prince or princess? ugh the wait is killing me! i know that we only have another 4 weeks to go (im 12 weeks today yay !) but 4 weeks seems like such a long time away especially when i want to know now.

today wasnt a good day in terms of what i ate, because honestly i didn’t eat a whole lot but im hoping tomorrow will be better. what did make today good was i saw a lady at work that i know who is a little further along than me. as i normally pass her desk while she’s sitting down i never noticed the beautiful bump she now has. i went over to talk to her and give her congrats and tell her im expecting too.

because we work in a male-dominated field, ive been struggling with how to tell people at work my good news and wondering how maternity leave works. the policies were hard to find she said, so i was glad i had found someone that could help me. we talked for a GOOD minute about our experiences so far and she gave me some good tips on things i need to look into like daycare, putting together my registry and how to announce my news to the office. success.

she also told me that she took the gender prediction test that we were skeptical about. she said it worked for her and for a lot of her friends. it put me back to wanting to know the gender ASAP. i also read somewhere about doing a test with baking soda and urine and another with cabbage juice and urine… dont know how effective/accurate those really are but they could be fun to try? or we could just wait til we have the 16 week ultrasound -__-

but i want to know now 😦

lazy days

today was a lazy day. laid around, put away some laundry, played cards with him, and went for a walk around the neighborhood (check for doing some exercise)

the real highlight of my day was going out to eat. i have not been out in so long, i didn’t even know what to do with myself. the night was almost alien to me! my “morning sickness” normally has been worse at night so i’ve pretty much made a nice dent in my bed by sitting at home doing nothing these past few weeks except going to school and work. i’m sure my friends have forgotten what i look like by now. i’m hoping when i reach that 12 week mark that i’ll have more energy and less nausea. one of my aunts was telling me today that she threw up every single day for 9 months when she was pregnant with my cousin O_O. lets hope i’m not one of those lucky few.

i’ve been craving mashed potatoes and occasionally steak lately so we went to applebees. they do that 2 for $20 deal where you get 2 entrees and an appetizer so it was a win. except my lemonade was sour. that was a fail. i couldn’t finish all my food but who cares i was outside the house for once!  and with leftovers for later.

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i’m gradually noticing that i can eat a little more too. other than dinner at applebees, today i had a bowl of frosted flakes, a cinnabun and some ice cream. not the most nutritious diet ever i know i know, but its more than i’ve been able to keep down and i’m working my way up to eating like a regular person again. baby steps, baby steps  (no pun intended)

am i doing this right?

so i’ve never had a blog before, i guess it can’t be a whole lot different from writing in a diary right? except the whole world now can read what i say. it’s an interesting concept i guess. lets hope im doing it right !

yesterday was a long day. got up at like 640 for my 7 am final, rushed all the way to campus for my teacher to tell me i don’t have to take it. i saw a quick glance of the test too; it didnt look pretty.

i was able to eat TWO bowls of spaghetti, which is a big accomplishment if you look at my track record of eating during these past couple of weeks. we went to the gym and i spent a combined 30 minutes of a stationary bike. ive got to look into what other pregnancy workouts i can do cause i get outta breath pretty easy.

and thennn i got to eat some blue bell mint chocolate chip ice cream. he kept telling me no when i asked if i could have some, but i guess he caved in and let me have it 🙂 i told him that maybe the baby wants the ice cream and thats why i wanted it too, but i don’t think he believed that 😉  either way i got the ice cream and i was a happy camper.

and now today is saturday and i got to sleep in. what a wonderful feeling to wake up WHENEVR you want, not bothered by an alarm, and to know that you have no worries, just a day all to yourself. i am officially done with fall semester and don’ t have to think about finals, or projects, or homework or any of that. i think i rolled out of bed somewhere around 12 and laid in bed for a long time thinking about all the things i could do with my day that don’t involve schoolwork at alllllllll. it was a really nice feeling. i would have laid there for a long time but my little pregnant bladder had other ideas 🙂

first post. ever.

As this is my first post, I guess an introduction would be a good place to start?

My name is Bianca, I’m 23 and I’ve never had a blog. I like chocolate, and watching movies, and cuddling. I like to read, talk in the dark, and  I watch ridiculous amounts of HGTV. I also like shoes, tattoos, and sushi. I’m 11 weeks pregnant with my first baby and figured this would be a good way to keep track of my new life, as everything has changed already.

First of all “morning” sickness is a lie. It’s all day and it’s horrible. The meds I got from my doctor make me sleepy so it’s hard to take it during the day when I’m supposed to be at school or work. Crystallized ginger which I’ve heard helps, tastes gross and the ginger chewy candies I’ve tried aren’t really a whole lot better. Not wanting to eat anything is also really frustrating, cause before I was a big fan of food. I’ve lost 5lbs because I can’t find many things I want to eat, and because sometimes I just can’t keep much down. He gets pretty worried cause he knows I should be gaining weight and not losing it but I hear its common for women in the first trimester to lose a couple lbs. Hopefully once I hit that 12 wk mark I’ll wake up and feel no nausea and just a big appetite for everything I can think of. Hopefully.

Besides all the sucky parts of the first trimester, we’re happy. Life growing inside you is not something to be taken lightly. I’ve heard a saying “a woman becomes a mother when she becomes pregnant, and a man becomes a father once he sees his child.” I think its pretty accurate. Since I’ve known there was a “bun in my oven” I’ve altered a lot of things about my life. There’s like an underlying feeling that I always need to protect my baby and that I would do anything for them. I don’t have to know what my baby looks like to know already that I love them unconditionally.

But I can’t even say I don’t know what they look like; I’ve had two ultrasounds already. During the first ultrasound, we actually got to see the heart beating. Even if I wasn’t an emotional pregnant woman I think I would have cried. This past week was my second one and I could actually see the head! And the arms ! And the little legs ! And the baby was moving around so much, just swimming around making it hard for us to hear the little heartbeat but we did, and we recorded it. I’m in love…