Thursday, January 15, 2015

Weeks 5 through 15 Pregnancy Journal

I promise my blog is not going to change into an all baby all the time blog but as you all know, this is my journal and the way I remember what I did.  So, I have been blogging each week and saving these pregnancy updates as drafts.  I'm already looking back on them and think it's fun to see how far I've come (in only 10 weeks)!  And, my friends April and Christina both did these weekly updates and they were amazing to read when I couldn't get advice from anyone because it was too early.  I hope these help someone else when the time comes for them!  Sorry I'm not doing weekly pictures.  I still pretty much look normal and come May, I will not be out in public looking the way I do.  Maybe I'll gain the confidence to post a picture every now and then.  I did one at 11 weeks below. 

I certainly don't expect yall to read all this but the first one has how we found out and all that.  


How Far Along? 5 weeks

Size of Baby: Sesame Seed

Gender: ?

Weight Gain: None

Maternity Clothes:

Nursery:  An empty room!

Movement: No

Symptoms:  Complete exhaustion.  My parents were here this past weekend and when I took them to the airport on Monday, I went to Kansas City for a day trip for work.  I slept like a rock on that plane which I haven't done in a couple years.  

Sleep:  Been sleeping and sleeping hard!

Cravings:  Tuesday night I went to the grocery store to prepare for a family reunion we hosted.  I bought Ramen noodles.  Random.  I should have known then.  But at this point, I still didn't know!

What I Miss: Nothing!

Best Moment This Week:  This is the story of finding out and those first few days.  Because all of that was the best moment this week!

Wednesday, November 5th - I worked from home and Kevin came home for lunch.  I made a turkey sandwich with the Boars Head Peppered Turkey (my fav!) and I ended up throwing it down the drain after a bite.  Sign number three of the week but I still didn't know.  At 1:30 that afternoon I heated up those ramen noodles and boy were they tasty!  Around 4:30 after playing with Mills outside, I went in and just said hmmm I guess I'll take a test.  That thing showed up "Pregnant" so fast with a 3+ on there saying I was more than three weeks pregnant.  

I could NOT believe it.  I was in complete shock.  Kevin had told me he'd be home around 5 or 5:15 so we could go to a family dinner with the folks that wee here from Texas for the family reunion.  Well at 5:15 he asked if I could just pick him up at his office.  Umm no.  I told him he needed to come home.  He showed up at 5:30pm and honked his horn for me to come out so we wouldn't be late.  Umm no.  I go out there and he was talking to his friend Brad.  Kevin said very annoyingly, "sorry Brad I have to go, Beth needs me to come inside."  I was just thinking ahhhhh.  I showed it to him and he did not have the best reaction.  I think we were both in shock and that hour (from 4:30-5:30) was the longest of my life.  So we get in the car and go to the dinner with 15 family members and obviously we just had to pretend all was normal.  SO HARD.  But we did it.  We just couldn't quit talking about it when it was just us!  It was so exciting yet terrifying at the same time!
This is Mills and I hanging out right after I found out and waiting for Kevin to get home.

Thursday, November 6th - Still exhausted and barely awake I got on a plane to West Virginia and had to do a site visit in the mud of a building that was under construction.  Thankfully I was traveling by myself this day.  I called my bestest at 7am and asked her what to do.  I was standing in front of the United counter at the airport crying my eyes out telling her.  I'm sure everyone thought I was insane.  She told me to make an appointment (which I knew to do, I just needed her to tell me ha!) to get it confirmed.  So I called my gyn and scheduled it for Friday morning (the next day).  And I just tried to stay awake as I drove all over West Virginia then flew back to Charlotte late that night.

Friday, November 7th - I went to my office early and then met Kevin at CMC Main where my doctors office is at 8:30pm.  Pregnancy was confirmed and I just basically freaked out the whole time we were there.  I told the doc (not my usual one) that I was an engineer and I needed to know all about how this was going to go down.  He said well first you need to change, you cannot plan your pregnancy and none of it will matter when you hold that baby in your arms.  Keep in mind, Kevin and I still at this point did not believe any of this was real.  I was like whatttttt!  Friday night, we met the family reunion crowd at Catawba Fish Camp for dinner.  We still hadn't told anyone else other than my bestest and I told Lisa because she can read me like a book and we had gone to Flywheel this morning at 5:30am.  She had already been suspect so she knew instantly when she saw me and tears were going down my face.  Friday night after we got back from dinner we FaceTimed my parents.  This isn't unusual because Mills FaceTimes with them all the time.  I had written a little note out that said, "Dear Nannie and Poppa, I'm going to be a big brother.  Love, Mills"  It took them a little bit to realize what was going on.  Mom thought we were going to get another golden.  Dad just kept saying, "Wow!"  We have this entire thing on video!  It was really cool to tell them almost immediately.  I had debated waiting until Thanksgiving til we saw them in person but the crazy in me couldn't have lived with myself if something happened to them or me and I had never gotten to tell them.  And the crazy thing - I could have taken a test the weekend before when they were in Charlotte.  But I didn't know to do it!  Oh well.  FaceTime is a great thing.

Saturday, November 8th - we hosted 50 people at our home for the family reunion.  And none of them knew until everyone had left and we told Kevin's parents the same way we told my parents.  We have video of this too which we'll always treasure.

Sunday, November 9th - I called my sister in law and rambled, "if we had something to tell you all and we prefer to tell all four of you at the same time but wasn't sure what would happen if it didn't work out and I wouldn't want you to have that difficult conversation with Anna Kate because she's old enough to understand and and and...."  Emily said, "are you telling me what I think you're telling me?"  Yes!  So that was really cool to tell her.  But my brother wasn't with her so then I called Clay and asked him if he was ready to be an Uncle to someone other than Mills.  This is the same way he told me he was going to be a Daddy.  He was excited too...well as excited as my brother will sound ha!  

Looking Forward To:  This week I'm going to Utah for work and I'm very worried about being sick, being able to stay awake and keeping my mouth shut.  Kevin and I discussed and decided to tell my only two cousins because I'm getting to see them both at the end of the week and since one lives in Boise, Idaho and one lives in Richmond, I should take advantage of seeing them in person and tell them.  We also plan to tell Kevin's brother and sister in law when we see them which may not be until Saturday night.


How Far Along? 6 weeks

Size of Baby: Lentil

Gender: ?

Weight Gain: None

Maternity Clothes: 

Nursery:  An empty room!

Movement: No

Symptoms:  So tired.  And starting to feel sick.  I kept snack with me this entire week in Utah and I made sure to eat right a snack when I got up and every couple of hours.  

Sleep:  Very good.  8-10 hours necessary.

Cravings:  Apple Juice tastes amazing.  So were my cousin's Idaho mashed potatoes.  

What I Miss: Nothing!

Best Moment This Week:  Getting to tell my cousins when I saw them in person and Kevin's brother and sister in law.  We told Joe and Brittany at my birthday dinner at Cantina 1511 on Saturday night.  Also, landing in Charlotte.  I had been so worried I wouldn't make it through the week driving clients around but I did and I was thankful for that.  

Looking Forward To:  Getting more comfortable with the whole concept.  Ha!  We are still overwhelmed and don't want to get too excited until a couple more appointments.


How Far Along? 7 weeks

Size of Baby: Blueberry - Kevin has been calling and asking me how blueberry and I are this week.  He loves referring to it as blueberry!

Gender: ?

Weight Gain: Probably lost a couple of pounds.  My clothes are looser!  Two weeks of no drinking helps things ha!

Maternity Clothes: 

Nursery:  An empty room!

Movement: No

Symptoms:  Kevin surprised me with a trip to The Greenbrier this past Sunday and Monday for my birthday and I did not feel good on the way up.  Ate some almonds, took a nap and felt a bit better.  Also fresh air felt good.  

Sleep:  Lots of sleep required.

Cravings:  Been into bananas, apple juice and cold cereal.

What I Miss: It would have been nice to have a glass of red wine at our fancy birthday dinner on Sunday night with the filet but it wasn't really a big deal.  Bunco was pretty funny on Tuesday night when I hosted at our house.  I did this...

...and washed it out very well and filled it with water.  No one had a clue.  Then it accidentally spilled on the table when we were playing Left Right Center and it didn't fuzz up like a beer and I was sure someone would notice.  I swiped it off the table VERY quickly and no one suspected a thing!

Best Moment This Week:  A little getaway for Kevin and I was good for both of us and we had fun chatting about the future.  

Looking Forward To:  Our next doctors appointment!


How Far Along? 8 weeks

Size of Baby: Raspberry

Gender: ?

Weight Gain: None

Maternity Clothes: 

Nursery:  An empty room!

Movement: No

Symptoms:  This past week I wasn't as tired as I had been.  I'm still very conscientious about eating every couple hours.  Really helps to not feel nausea.  

Sleep:  Good.  8-10 hours necessary.  Been getting up int he middle of the night to go to the bathroom but that's probably my fault for drinking too much water right before I go to bed.

Cravings:  I went to the grocery store this past week and I actually got some new snacks that I think I'll like.  I was sick of almonds and craisins.  Pretzels, more bananas all things cold.  

What I Miss: Nothing!

Best Moment This Week:  Two of them!  Going to dinner with our friend's Shauna and Brad and it was fun because Kevin had told Brad earlier this week.  It was nice to not have to worry about the secret.  Shauna was super sweet and had gotten me a fun limeade spritzer to enjoy while they had some beverages.  And it was fun being the DD too!  

I also got to tell my friend Kimmy the good news when we met up on Saturday, the 22nd.  It was really funny because she had just been selling some things at a consignment sale before she met me and she had the lamb that makes the white noise left that she gave me.  This was before I even told her.  Then I told her and she about freaked.  She was shocked for some odd reason haha!  Two days later I got these things in the mail from sweet!  Let me tell ya this - her children SLEEP and they have since the very beginning and she credits this book!  I'll be reading it.  

Looking Forward To:  Ultrasound on Wednesday, November 26th.  I think this may calm some nerves.  We'll see!   


How Far Along? 9 weeks

Size of Baby: Grape

Gender: ?

Weight Gain: None

Maternity Clothes: 

Nursery:  Mom and Dad brought some framed things down from when my brother and I were little that hung in our rooms.  I also bought a little lamb this past Black Friday from Shower Me With Love.  It was our first purchase.   

Movement: No

Symptoms:  When I was at the doctor this past Wednesday I broke down and asked her for some anti-nausea medicine.  I've had a couple bad situations on planes lately where I've been stuck and snacks haven't helped.  I figured if I'm going to be on a 4.5 hour flight, I deserve some Zofran so I'm not completely miserable.  Otherwise, I'll be sure to snack every couple of hours and always have water nearby. 

Sleep:  Still pretty decent.  8-10 hours necessary which is hard with work and early workouts.  Last 5 nights I've been up at least once to go to the bathroom.  I need to not drink after 6pm.

Cravings:  Kosher pickles and cold cereal.  I don't know that these things have really been cravings.  I go in phases of liking certain things more than others anyway so who knows.  

What I Miss: I miss being wide open with friends and co-workers so it'll be really nice to tell them this big secret after the first of the year.  

Best Moment This Week:  Mom and Dad being in town and the ultrasound which confirmed a baby was actually there and all was well (made us feel like it was pretty darn real).  Mom and Dad brought a couple monogrammed burp clothes for us with a pretty green G on them.  When Mom and I were out shopping I got the lamb and they got us a little baby duck.  I had a baby duck that I was attached to when I was little so this was special they got us this.  I also got to tell my Aunt and Uncle the news on Thanksgiving Eve after the ultrasound.  They are my cousins (the ones I saw in person a few weeks ago) parents.

Looking Forward To:  Getting to double digits next Sunday.  Each week that goes by and we get closer to telling people, I get more excited.  I hate holding in a secret! 


How Far Along? 10 weeks

Size of Baby: Kumquat - I had to look up what this was.  A small orange.

Gender: ?

Weight Gain: None

Maternity Clothes: 

Nursery:  Nothing done but thought about navy to be the color of choice.  I don't want to it have a theme or be all nursery-d out. 

Movement: No

Symptoms:  I've gained the nerve to use the Zofran I got a week ago but it didn't help last Tuesday night during the worst flight of my life.  3.5 hours of being stuck between two guys, one eating chinese and the other deli meat.  Note to self, take the next flight, don't just try to get home with a middle seat.  This was after a sprint through the SLC airport in which I was with a partner in our office, panting like a dog.  I'm sure he was thinkin, "what on earth is wrong with her" because he doesn't know yet.  But in general, I'm fine especially when I'm in Charlotte and on my own schedule.  I have only taken the zofran 4 times and most of that has been when I've been traveling for work.  

Sleep:  Good.  I haven't had to get up in the middle of the night for the bathroom that much this week.  Only a couple times which is improvement.

Cravings:  Pickles but I always like pickles so this isn't very odd.  

What I Miss: This past Friday at the Home Tour was the first time I really wanted a drink so the bartender made me a fancy martini consisting of pineapple and orange juice.  Wow, it was just like a jack and ginger...not.  Ha!

Best Moment This Week:  Just laying low this past weekend and getting in some time outside playing with and walking Mills.  Trying to just enjoy the simple things and not think too much.  I'm easily overwhelmed with this whole concept of having a child and worrying the rest of my life.

Looking Forward To:  This Friday we get the results of the testing we had done.  After this Friday, I think we'll be more comfortable to tell a few more people.  Still keeping it hush hush from work til January.  I'm also looking forward to telling my friends in person.  This may make it longer before we tell a lot of people but I hope to tell as many as possible in person.  We'll see how it goes.  


How Far Along? 11 weeks

Size of Baby: Lime

Gender: ?

Weight Gain: One pound maybe?  Still wearing my regular jeans as long as possible!

Maternity Clothes: 

Nursery:  Nothing yet.  

Movement: No

Symptoms:  I had a terrible headache a couple times this past week.  When I went to the doctor on Friday he gave me a mild narcotic to help.  Evidently my headaches are tension headaches (which I only get Monday-Friday, imagine that!) and that's why advil and ibuprofen always work for me.  Well now that I can't take that, it's a problem.  I'll only take this new med if I'm really desperate but doc said it's perfectly safe.  The nausea hasn't been as bad this past week but I don't want to jinx myself that it's over yet.  Maybe it's because I've been 

Sleep:  Pretty good!

Cravings:  None really.  I've been into clementines and kosher pickles.  I always like these though.

What I Miss: Nothing really.  I haven't had a desire to have lunch meat or sushi or alcohol.  I'm fine.  

Best Moment This Week:  We had an appointment on Friday to find out the results of the testing and they said they made a mistake and I needed to wait another week.  But they did do an ultrasound and said everything looked good.   So now I have to keep my mouth shut for another week and another 50 holiday parties!  
Also, drinking (alcohol removed) wine at Bunco and pretending to fit in although they got mad I wouldn't try the punch the hostess had made haha!  Thank you April for this recommendation on your blog long ago that I remembered!

Looking Forward To:  Finding out we're good to go to start telling people on Friday.  I'll be 12 weeks that day. 


How Far Along? 12 weeks

Size of Baby: a plum

Gender: ?

Weight Gain:  I lost three pounds this week at the doc. 

Maternity Clothes: 

Nursery:  Navy and maybe add pops of pink or green?

Movement: Doc says I'll be on the later end of when most people feel. They told me it's usually between 18-22 weeks and I'll be 22 weeks probably. 

Symptoms:  Morning sickness is not just in the morning. Can I get an amen?  

Sleep:  Good!

Cravings:  None.

What I Miss: Feeling like a normal human. I did fit in three flywheel classes this past week so that was nice.  I always have more energy when I get exercise. 

Best Moment This Week:  We got news that all our testing came back perfectly.  That was the biggest relief! 

Looking Forward To:  Being able to tell people!  Now that we got the testing back and I'm 12 weeks, we got the go ahead from the doc to tell everyone. Because there are certain people I want to tell before others and with the holidays, I'm going to have to tell some on the phone, via email or text.  As much as I'd love to tell everyone in person or with a phone call, it's just not reality.  


How Far Along? 13 weeks

Size of Baby: A peach

Gender: ?

Weight Gain:  I think a couple pounds since I dropped 3 last week.  Plus it was Christmas week ha!

Maternity Clothes: 
No, still can wear my regular jeans!

Nursery:  Picked out/my friend Sarah sent me the crib she has which I've always loved. I added it and the changing table to my Amazon wish list. Jenny Lind white spindle crib!

Movement: Not yet!

Symptoms:  Terrible headache on Christmas Day.  It was so bad that I had no choice but to use the mild narcotic migraine med my doc gave me. He said it's perfectly safe. It made a world of a difference in 15 minutes, thankfully!

Sleep:  Has been just like before. 

Cravings:  None.

What I Miss: Feeling like a normal human. I did fit in three flywheel classes this past week so that was nice.  I always have more energy when I get exercise. 

Best Moment This Week:  Telling friends!  What a relief!!!! 

Looking Forward To:  Telling my work fam.  I know it's crazy but my work people are my second family (well other than Kevins but they're real fam).  I've been at my company for almost 8 years and they've seen me through life since I was 24 years old and living the bachelorette life!  I'm hoping to tell some of them this upcoming week when I get back to Charlotte from Christmas in Maryland.  Then I'll tell my Facebook and Blogging friends!


How Far Along? 14 weeks

Size of Baby: A lemon

Gender: ?

Weight Gain:  I was about the same as pre preg when I came back from Maryland but I've definitely gained a few pounds now.  My stomach got bigger at the end of this past week. 

Maternity Clothes: 
No, still can wear my regular jeans!  Some smaller tees I'm not wearing anymore. 

Nursery:  After seeing Sea Salt cut 50% at my SILs house, I think I want to use that in the nursery with navy. 

Movement: Not yet!

Symptoms:  Nausea is definitely better now.  Headaches are out of control terrible.  I smell EVERYTHING and I don't do well with certain smells.  I'll spare most detail but I was possibly seen gagging in the Nordstrom bathroom this week when it didn't smell that bad to a normal person. 

Sleep:  Been up in the middle of the night again this week. Grr. 

Cravings:  Nothing abnormal.

What I Miss: Feeling like a normal human. These headaches and this smell business is less than pleasant. 

Best Moment This Week: I told work this past week and that was super fun. They were all excited!

Looking Forward To:  Telling my Facebook, Instagram and Blogging friends!


How Far Along? 15 weeks

Size of Baby: An apple

Gender: Not finding out!

Weight Gain:  My stomach got bigger this past week for sure and I think I've gained about 2-3 pounds.  

Maternity Clothes: 
No, trying to wear all my winter clothes that I know won't fit in in another month. I did have to use the hairband trick yesterday with a pair of ivory jeans but they have always been small in the waist.  I can still button them but more comfortable with the hairband.

Nursery:  Nothing new. I want to find a cute rug soon.  

Movement: Not yet!

Symptoms:  No nausea anymore but I smell everything. Still really terrible headaches almost daily this week.   

Sleep:  I've slept pretty well this week when I was asleep but I was super busy and I traveled so I didn't get much sleep because of that.  

Cravings:  No!

What I Miss: A glass of red wine.  I was with some friends at bunco on Wednesday night and it smelled SO good.  I MAY have stuck the tip of my finger in Kevin's beer last night to taste a drop. 

Best Moment This Week: Meeting my friend Kim at Buy Buy Baby and registering for some things there.  She was seriously so kind to take her entire Sunday morning and spend it telling me everything baby related.  Her advice was much needed and I'm so glad to have gotten to do that with her.  She and I go way back...we were sorority sisters in college.

Looking Forward To:  Telling my Facebook, Instagram and Blogging friends!  Maybe this coming week!


PostgradPrep said...

I loved reading all of your weekly updates! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to read more. I hope that you are feeling better this week and that you get more sleep. I love the idea of a navy nursery.

Katie said...

This just made my morning! I love reading the weekly updates, and it's so sweet that you kept them all filed away to share until you'd made the big announcement! Congrats again to you and Kevin-- can't wait to follow along on your little adventure :)

Shauna said...

Great updates! This baby is going to be so loved, I bet the grandparents-to-be are over the moon! I did not know they made non-alcoholic wine, this may come in handy someday : )

Elise @ Cheers Yall said...

YAY! Loved this. Still so excited for you. I can't wait to hit up BuyBuyBaby when I'm back in CLT. Hate that we don't have one here in Wilmy! xx

MCW said...

Ha! I loved how you filled the beer with water! And I had no clue pregnancy tests could tell you how far along your are. Crazy.

Ally Harding said...

I loved reading these! That's so crazy you didn't know for 5 weeks! I don't want to get too personal but were y'all trying or did it just happen? I think that's awesome you aren't finding out the sex. What do y'all want? So happy for you guys!!
Ally - Life as I know it

Mindy said...

So I read this whole thing because I love this stuff. You've already discovered 2 of my favorite things...Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child and zofran! Haha! That book is seriously amazing and has been essential in getting Ella to take naps (she's always been a good nighttime sleeper). And I totally filled the beer with water too, such a good trick!!!

Kate said...

Psst, Annie, I think you might have used the wrong name for yourself in this post (when Kevin is talking to Brad).

PS, congratulations on your news!

The Mama Duck Blog said...

Such a fun read - these next few months are going to FLY!!!

Gina said...

How fun - you are so tricky filling the Blue Moon bottle with water. One of my daughter's nursery is navy with white breadboard at the bottom, it's really cute. You will have so much fun with all of this!

Ashley Wissel said...

This is so exciting! Can't wait to read all about your adventures!

Tess said...

Yay!!!! Thank you for doing this - how special!! This is such an exciting time for you and Kev!! I'm so excited for you guys! xo