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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

Q: When’s the baby shower?

A: another good question. its looking like i will Β 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 Β 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 Β 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 Β baby πŸ™‚

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22 weeks

i posted on time this week. yay me. i am officially 22 weeks or 5 1/2 months. woo hooo. i think ive also been nesting lol, ive had the urge to clean and purge and occasionally bake/cook extravagant things.

baby app says: that she is starting to look like a mini newborn now. her lips, eyelids and eyebrows are becoming more distinct and tiny tooth buds are developing in her gums. her eyes have formed but the irises still lack color and she is roughly 11 inches and almost a pound, i personally think she’s bigger. if we could see her now we’d see the fine hair that covers her body and deep wrinkles which will be filled in before she’s born by fat. in her belly her pancreas is forming πŸ™‚

How Far Along? 22 weeks

how big is baby: approx 11 inches, almost a lb and they say shes the length of a spaghetti squash

Symptoms: some fatigue, hunger,back pain, growing pains, leg pains during the night, forgetfulness. {same as ive had really}

Total Weight Gain/Loss: i’ve decided im going to just put my weight up lol. its so much easier to keep track that way. so i went to the doctor yesterday and he told me im 146.6.

the last time i was there (maybe 3 weeks ago i was 141) since i dont remember- we’re going to say my pre pregnancy weight was between 135-140 but i lost weight in the first trimester…

maternity clothes? yes i now own two pairs of maternity pants !

Sleep: i don’t sleep in like i used to. and i wake up in the middle of the night to turn or try and adjust my position.

stretch marks? nothing new or different

Food Cravings: pringles – the original kind, the purple bag of skittles and sour gummy worms.

Best Moment This Week: my weekend

Movement: yes. lol the doctor was listening for her heartbeat on my right side and after talking to me for a second he had to look for her heartbeat on my left side like she did a little flip in that short time!

Labor Signs: no

Gender: its a girl

Belly Button In Or Out? innie like always but ive been noticing for the past couple of weeks that i can see more of my belly button than ive ever been able to see. i guess its starting to pop out

What I Miss: sleeping like before, not having to watch what i eat {ie sushi, deli meat, etc}

What I Am Looking Forward To: planning for the shower, looking for our new place and getting ready for graduation

Milestones: not being able to fit 98 % of my pants

Weekly Wisdom: take naps during the day. it helps.

again, please excuse the public restroom pic i didn’t have anyone to take a pic for me lol.

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out of commission

so i’ve been a little quiet on the blog. sorry about that things have been a little crazy for me so that’s why i’ve been out of commission. my 21 weeks post was supposed to go up on tuesday lol and i think i posted it friday night..

last week: Β i got sick last week and have been dealing with trying to feel better [ afrin works miracles if you cant breathe by the way]. Β i had two tests that i needed to get ready for and then the charger for my laptop battery died. the tests are out of the way thankfully, im feeling mostly better and luckily my job is well equipped to fix my broken power adapter cord. sooo im back πŸ™‚

also had my doctors appt today. just a check up really. i’ve gained about 5 lbs since my last appt which was 3 weeks ago and my urine and blood pressure looked fine. he measured my belly and he said im right on track for where i should be and he listened to her heart beat which was good as well, 146 if you were wondering πŸ™‚ (it brings one of the biggest smiles every time i get to hear it. ) other than that he didn’t have much to say except see you in 3 weeks and that i can take zyrtec/claritin for the congestion and sinus pressure.

22 weeks post tomorrow

21 weeks

i feel like just yesterday i was writing about hitting 20 weeks and now 21 weeks is here. felt like i was getting a cold the other day 😦 woke up with a sore throat and that tired feeling, but that could be pregnancy related or lack of good rest related. i invested in some OJ with lots of pulp and let me tell you i had so much of it last night i felt like i was going to pop. i hope that’s not what going into labor feels like. i reviewed my weekly pics and it seems like my 20 week and 21 week pics are very different so baby b is growing quicklyyy. also pap smear results came back normal, success πŸ™‚

sooo according to my app.. i should be feeling her martial arts sessions {that’s old news right now} and her eyebrows and eyelids are now present. and because we are having a girl her little lady parts are beginning to form (i guess more fully?)

on to the weekly update

How Far Along? 21 weeks

how big is baby: approx 3/4 of a lb and 10.5 in long [as long as a carrot]

Symptoms: heartburn, headaches, backaches, fatigue

Total Weight Gain/Loss:

maternity clothes? yes bought my first pair of maternity jeans and pants the other day from old navy

Sleep: with having trouble breathing because im sniffly and her movements and not being able to get comfy very easily, sleep has become a tricky thing. sometimes im beyond tired and fall asleep right away but i find that i wake up before my alarm most mornings which throws off my sleep schedule cause i try to fall back and compensate for the time lost. i wish i could take more naps too but oh well lots of things to do.

stretch marks? im still keeping certain areas pretty hydrated.

Food Cravings: chocolate peanut butter banana milkshake, fried rice.

Best Moment This Week:

Movement: yes.

Labor Signs: no

Gender: its a girl

Belly Button In Or Out? in

What I Miss: being able to take medication when im sick,

What I Am Looking Forward To: next doctors appt

Milestones: not that I can think of

Weekly Wisdom: umm none for now

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i.bought.maternity.jeans

soo i have been saying for thee longest that i do not want maternity jeans. i was determined to find every way around getting some because i thought they were ugly and don’t make you look cute and i just didn’t want them. i was using my maternity band, putting a hairtie thru the loop, wearing longer shirts to cover the fact that i wasn’t buttoning them..

i went to brunch with my friend yesterday and found that i couldn’t zip my pants at all. not even a little bit. they were like cotton pants that feel really soft and aren’t even as constricting as jeans are, but they wouldn’t budge. i ended up putting a long shirt on with them and just folded the waist over. but the tab that holds the button closed kept peeking out from underneath and i was super annoyed trying to make sure that no one could see that yes i did walk outside my house with my pants all the way undone. it was frustrating.

when i got home i looked through my clothes and found that i really only have two pairs of jeans that will now fit. you never realize how many pairs of pants you have until you can’t wear any of them -___- i put them away for now. i also have a couple of sweat and yoga pants that are workable, but i figured it wouldn’t hurt to go look at some maternity clothes. especially since i have another 4 months to grow and i don’t always want to go to work in sweat pants.

i had heard old navy had a maternity section so i paid them a visit. the section wasn’t very large but i wasn’t trying to buy an entire closet so it didn’t bother me too much. i found jeans, and capris and pants, and stretchy pants and dresses and some shirts. i was really looking for pants as i can still fit most of my shirts so i grabbed some skinny jeans.. i tried them on. and then i bought them. they look pretty good actually, i don’t know what i was so scared of. and i can actually wear them comfortably. and they were having a 25% off maternity clothes sale. it was a win all around.

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hello 5 months

O.M.G. im now 5 months. aka 20 weeks. aka halfway there. time is a flyin.

been busy with lots of stuff lately including picking out stuff for the registry, working, and trying to enjoy whatever free time i have leftover. [dwight and i got up tuesday and drove out to the beach to watch the sun rise and then went to breakfast :)] also got my bloodwork results back, though i had to call and ask for them -_-, and everything is good! i really wanted to be in office to review them more fully but ill ask the doc when i see him next time. also i am a negative blood type which means i get a shot at 28 weeks and delivery. yay .____.

in baby news, 20 weeks mean Bri is around 10.5 oz and about 10 in head to heel. she is swallowing more which is good practice for her digestive and she is now producing meconium.

How Far Along? 20 weeks

how big is baby: about 10.5 oz and about the length of a banana.

Symptoms: some fatigue, hunger, growing pains, leg pains during the night, forgetfulness.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: i will update this later as i dont know.

maternity clothes? i have realized that some of my button up shirts have decided to only cover either my boobs or my belly and is my belly is quite the attention grabber.. well its ok i had a whole bunch of different color bandeaus that i wore pre-pregnancy anyway

Sleep: its getting harder to get a full nights rest, occasionally i still need to pee during the night and this sleeping only on one side thing is for the birds. i get leg pains in the morning so i try my best to sleep on only my left side but sometimes i lean back a little so all my weight isnt pressing down on that side

stretch marks? i’ve been lotioning and oiling myself at least 2x daily

Food Cravings: still nothing out of the ordinary, cheeseburgers and chocolate shakes, chinese food and sometimes alfredo pasta

Best Moment This Week: watching the sun rise with dwight

Movement: yes all the time. i can feel areas where my tummy gets a little harder cause shes pressing on it πŸ™‚

Labor Signs: no

Gender: its a girl

Belly Button In Or Out? in

What I Miss: sleeping peacefully & fitting into my jeans. you know those jeans that make you feel good when you wear them, yeah those jeans. and wearing heels, i do have some cute heels.

What I Am Looking Forward To: seeing my belly grow more and being able to have people feel her move if they touch my belly

Milestones: hitting the halfway point in this pregnancy!

Weekly Wisdom: stock up on salty && sweet snacks. i was craving salty stuff when i went grocery shopping but later i was feeling for something sweet and i was sad that i didn’t have any lol.

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19 weeks

time is flyying, before i know it i will be graduating, we’ll be moving and then baby b will be here!

well doctors appt yesterday was good, he said everything looked good with my ultrasound and i heard brielles heartbeat on the doppler. but they don’t have my blood work results yet -___- and they did a pap smear -_____________- no fun

according to my babycenter app 19 weeks means her brain is developing areas for the 5 senses and some research suggests that she can hear my voice now (i thought i read somewhere else that she already could) her arms and legs are in the right proportion and she is starting to grow hair.

and on to the weekly update

How Far Along? 19 weeks

how big is baby: about 8.5 oz and approx 6 in head to bottom (that’s half a ruler!) (about the size of a heirloom tomato)

Symptoms: pretty much same as before backaches, headaches, insatiable hunger at times, interrupted sleep, being emotional while watching tv lol, forgetfulness, and i don’t remember the rest πŸ™‚

Total Weight Gain/Loss: i didn’t do this last week but im up 3 lbs since my last doctors visit. i think i might just put my actual weight from now on. people can’t judge me im pregnant lol

maternity clothes? im able to wear some of my more flowy shirts and was still fitting my jeans without buttoning but im finding that most of them wont zip, not even a little

Sleep: interrupted. i have really real dreams, like the kind where you wake up and still wonder if they really happened. also i can only lay on my left side, but in the night it gets uncomfortable to always have my weight like this 😦

stretch marks? small ones

Food Cravings: ice cream, but i feel like i craved ice cream even when i didn’t have a bun in my oven. i like fries, and mashed potatoes,and pasta, and McD’s egg mcmuffins minus the meat. [ yes they are that serious]

Best Moment This Week: finding out that our baby is a girl and being able to familiarize myself more with her. instead of calling it the baby, our angel, etc i can now say her or Brielle or my little girl πŸ˜€

Movement: yes. lots

Labor Signs: no

Gender: its a girl !!!!

Belly Button In Or Out? in

What I Miss: sleeping however i want, eating deli meat, being backache free, eating raw sushi. lots of it.

What I Am Looking Forward To: getting my bloodwork results back and getting my hair cut these prenatals have my fierce do growing like a wild lions mane

Milestones: finding out the gender and realizing that we are halfway there.

Weekly Wisdom: always check, if im not wearing my band, that my shirt covers my nonzipped pants and exposed panties O_O [dont ask]

 

Please don’t mind the public restroom pic πŸ™‚

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drumroll…..

so i know that everyone has been DYING to know, i don’t blame you we were too. im sorry for making you all wait, like i said i wanted to do something cute. i wanted to give you something to look forward to other than a phone call. i wanted it to be a little personal, so i handmade everything.

[ i originally intended on sending out more but with my senior design presentation today and having to work and make them all i was on a limited time budget. especially with everyone calling and texting and needing to know, i could only make a few 😦 ]

since you’re probably wondering what im even talking about lol here it is:

The front

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The inside

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say hello to our little baby Brielle ❀ she’s expected to arrive June 25, 2013.

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