Saturday, May 28, 2011

Flower Girl

My sweet CA cousin, Charlotte, has become a professional flower girl.  She is just too cute.  Not only was she FG at my wedding, and my sister's wedding in 2008, she has added another one to her list....

OSCAR NUNEZ!!! Oscar is college buddies with my cousin, Karen, and her husband, Chris.  That is how we got "The Office" hook-up last summer during our trip to LA.

Here are my other cousins, Ben and Katie, with "Meredith."

SOOO JEALOUS!!!  I love the Office.  Congrats to Oscar and his bride, Ursula!


Thursday was my 28th birthday.  More importantly, it was also the start of the SECOND TRIMESTER!!!  I never thought this day would get here!  And, just like the books said, it has started off GREAT (knock on wood).  I'm currently 14 weeks, 3 days in and have not had a single vomiting episode in 3 glorious days!  The nausea is still there off and on, but, as long as my face isn't stuck in the toilet, I am pretty happy.

Baby Z is now the size of a clinched fist.  Sorry no food references this week!  He/she is growing hair all over to keep warm until he/she starts to put on baby fat (this will be gone by birth) and the hard and soft palates are forming (the roof of the mouth).

My hormones haven't been too crazy.  I've heard stories of women crying over sandwiches, coin tosses at football games and silly things like that (ahem, Molly).  Thankfully, I'm not acting any crazier than I normally do (Phil is very thankful for this, too).

My appetite is definitely surging.  I'm hungry all the time.  And, I'm eating like a horse.  Despite the vomiting the past 6 weeks, I am right on track for weight gain.  It's recommended to gain 4-6 lbs in the first trimester, and I weighed in at +5... which feels more like 15.   The baby bump is visible now, although I am still able to fit into my regular pants/shirts...Pictures coming soon, I promise...

Sleep is good, but I'm more restless than before.  I wake up about 2 times a night to pee, and another 2-4 times because of strange dreams or hunger pains.  I have had a few midnight snacks the past several nights... last night Phil even joined me for some 2 am leftovers!

The dogs definitely know something is up.  Lochte has known for weeks.  He lays with me and puts his head on my belly.  The other day I woke up from a nap on the couch to him literally licking my stomach.  HA.  Weird dog. Phelps just knows I've been sick.  She sits next to me when I'm throwing up and curls up at my feet when I sleep.  And, it has been over a month since they've gotten into ANYTHING around the house!!  Not even the mail!   

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Development 12 and 13 Weeks

Week 12

This was this size of our baby last week (week 12).  A large plum.  Pretty cool, huh??  During week 12, all of the baby's organs are in place and the baby has started to produce white blood cells to ward off infection after the womb.

Highlight of this week:  hearing/seeing our baby's heartbeat (again).  Because the doctor couldn't manually find the heartbeat, he decided to do another (non-scheduled) ultrasound.   The heartbeat was easily seen and heard on U/S, so no worries :)

My symptoms at 12 weeks:  Although the extreme fatigue started to improve (no more afternoon siestas), I still found myself heading to bed around 8 pm.  I also noticed that I was having a lot of nightmares and really vivid dreams this week (not about the baby, just random things).  I haven't read anything about this, but a few of my co-workers said they experienced the same type thing throughout the pregnancy.   

Even though the fatigue was better in week 12, the sickness was not.  In fact, it was worse.  Up until week 11, my nausea did not interfere with my work.  Now, my sense of smell is really heightened and EVERYTHING makes me want to throw up.  And I'm having reflux for the first time in my life, which is making some of my favorite spicy foods way less appealing right now... 

Besides the nausea, everything else seems to be clearing.  Less headaches, stomach achiness, less fatigue, less bloating.  Things are starting to look up!

Week 13

Baby Z is now the size of a peach or a lemon.  "Tiny bones are beginning to form in her arms and legs, the intestines are beginning to move from the umbilical cord to the abdomen, and the vocal cords are well under construction.  And because she can move her arms and legs in a jerky fashion, she may be able to get her thumb into her mouth (a habit that may come in handy for self-soothing when she’s a newborn). "

My symptoms at 13 weeks:  Lessening (but not absent) nausea and fatigue.  I'm starting to feel like myself again.  I actually have energy to do some simple chores around the house.... i.e. dishes, laundry, dusting, mopping--  things I have been neglecting the past several weeks... 

I also went to a MOVIE. 

It was sooo funny (although a little raunchy at times).  It was so nice to get out of the house and see my friends again.  I have turned a little hermit-like with all of the sickness.... 

Food cravings are kicking in.  I really haven't had any too bad until this week.  One night, I was DYING for Chinese food.  And yesterday, Phil did a 5 Guys Burgers and Fries run for me because I REALLY wanted a burger.  Despite my junk food cravings, I have really tried to eat more balanced meals overall this week. 

3 more days left in the first trimester!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

General Manager

We have had a couple weeks of uncertainty about our future.  Phil was up for a promotion with his company and we were told to be prepared to move in the next 6 months or so. 
He was first offered the full-time GM position in Orlando, which he declined because of the long commute from Tampa and the amount of time he would have to spend away from home.  And neither of us were interested to relocating to Orlando, the "happiest place on earth."

A few weeks later, his company offered him ANOTHER advancement opportunity for an awesome hotel in Jacksonville.  But, that meant trying to sell our house, move, etc. with two large dogs.  We are also fairly confident that we would have to take a MAJOR financial hit by trying to sell our house in the current real estate market, and the promotion would no where near cover our loss. Therefore, Phil thoughtfully declined his 2nd promotion. 

Since we decided it was our best option to try and stay in Tampa for the next few years, Phil realized that he would have to leave his current company (which he loves) and find a new hotel.  And, he did!  As of Monday, Phil will be starting his new job, as GENERAL MANAGER of a Spring Hill!!! 

And, his old co-workers have been so sweet.  They threw him a "surprise" going away party last night at the Green Iguana (a local bar) and spoiled him with gifts.  I was feeling pretty good, so I decided to stop by and say "bye" to everyone.... an hour later, feeling not-so-good, I made a quick trip to the bathroom and decided it was time to go home.  I may be the only sober person to have ever thrown up in that bathroom...  but Phil had a great night with his friends at the Embassy! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Morning Sickness

I've heard this before, but, can now say from personal experience, that morning sickness is NOT just in the morning.  It lasts ALL. DAY. LONG.  Actually, the morning is when I feel my best.  It's all downhill after that!

For the most part, I have two major waves of nausea.  The first, around lunch and the second that lasts from 4-8 pm.  Every day.  For the past 4-5 weeks.  Like clockwork.

Every time I open the fridge I want to puke (and sometimes do), and therefore my cooking has been DRASTICALLY reduced in the past several weeks.

Thankfully, Phil is a really, really good cook. Unfortunately, Phil has also spent a large amount of time away from home with his job in Orlando, leaving me to fend for myself a few nights a week. A few weeks ago, he spent several hours making me casserole dinners, so all I had to do is microwave and voila!  Heatlhy meal!  It was so nice!  Other nights, when Phil's not around, I basically live on cereal, PB and J sandwiches, saltine crackers and ginger ale...and the occasional drive-thru run.... not the most balanced diet, but still better than nothing!

I just finished week 12 now and everyone keeps telling me I should start feeling better any day.  Supposedly, for most women, 2nd trimester is when the nausea and extreme fatigue reallystarts to improve.  I am very much looking forward this, as week 11 and 12 have been the WORST morning sickness weeks yet.  And I am very sick of being sick!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

First Ultrasound and Development 9-11 Weeks

We had our first doctors' visit on April 15th. It was our first ultrasound, and the first time seeing the heartbeat. Phil was a little overwhelmed during the "physical" portion of the exam. I looked at him a few times and he looked like a deer in headlights. I'm not exactly sure what he thought happened at the OBGYN, but I'm pretty sure he got a lot of clarity during this visit...

Anyways, here is our little peanut at approx. 8 weeks!!! 

Weekly Updates from Women's Health:

At 9 weeks, "your baby is between 22 and 30 mm long, (that's about an inch) or about the size of a large grape. By now, most of the aspects of your baby's physical structure, such as head, arms, legs, and torso are in place."
My symptoms at 9 weeks were: "you may notice that you feel more bloated and lethargic than ever before. You may notice an increase in weight gain, which may be more associated with fluid retention than actual weight."  The main thing I noticed in the 9th week was FATIGUE and SICKNESS...a little bloating, but not that bad. 

At 10 weeks, "your baby (now the size of a prune) has small indentations on his legs (soon to be knees and ankles), and his tiny arms even have elbows that bend. Inside that little mouth, tiny buds of baby teeth are forming under the gums. His stomach and kidneys are kicking into gear, producing digestive juices and urine, and if it's a boy, his testes are making testosterone."

My sympotms at 10 weeks were: Fatigue, Nausea and vomiting, Food cravings (meat, specifically hamburgers and cereal), Food aversions (raw green peppers, pasta, and shrimp), heartburn, headaches (which I rarely got before), and lower abdominal achiness.  Doesn't pregnancy sound fun???? 

At 11 weeks, "your baby (now about two inches long) has been pretty busy this week, growing hair follicles, fingernails, and ovaries (if she's a girl). She has distinct human characteristics by now, with hands and feet in front of her body, with ears nearly in their final shape, open nasal passages on the tip of her tiny nose, a tongue and palate in the mouth, and visible nipples. What else makes her look human? Those hands and feet have individual fingers and toes (meaning good-bye to those froglike webbed hands and feet)."

My symptoms at 11 weeks were:  ALL of week 10 symptoms PLUS frequent urination, bloating and constipation (TMI, I know, but apparently this is very common).  If you weren't jealous after week 10's symptoms, I'm sure you are now. 

Our next doctor's appointment is tomorrow!  Can't wait to see how much our little baby has grown!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day 2011

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, but especially to our two fabulous moms, Cathy and Louise.  Thank you for everything you do!   

We love you!

Love, Marriage...


Yes, Phil and I are expecting a little bundle of joy late this fall.  November 24th to be exact.  November 24th is not only Thanksgiving Day, but it is also my late grandfather M's birthday!   

Although Phil and I have been wanting to start a family for awhile, it was still a little bit of a shock when it actually happened.  I found out in early April when Phil was working in Orlando.  I wasn't feeling "right" and decided to take a test, just in case.

And then I took another test, just to be sure.  Same result.  (I had taken a pregnancy test the previous month, which was NEGATIVE.   Apparently, it was a false negative, since, according to the doctor the next day, I was already over 2 months along!).

In typical "first time mom" panic mode, I immediately start recounting EVERYTHING I ate/drank the previous several weeks.  Beer.  Wine.  Sushi.  Tuna fish.  Grouper.  Swordfish.  Coke/Diet Coke.  Deli meat.  Mexican cheese.  I even painted the outside front door.  The list goes on.  In fact, it was pretty much EVERYTHING on the don't eat/don't do when pregnant list.

During the first appointment the next day, my poor doctor got to hear my freak-out confessional of all of my recent "bad" behaviors.  She laughed and insisted it was fine as long as I discontinued those things asap. 

The whole scenario reminded me of a funny scene in the movie, "Knocked Up"....
Ben: "You can't eat sushi. You can't smoke. You can't smoke marijuana. You can't smoke crack. You can't jump on trampolines. This is basically a giant list of things you can't do."
Alison: "Yeah, it sounds thrilling."
Ben: "I'm gonna be sitting there on the trampoline smoking crack. And you're not gonna have anything to do. You're gonna be bored."

Haha.  Thankfully, since I'm not a crack-addict, my "bad" habits won't be too hard to stop for the next couple of months.  And, although I'm not particularly looking forward to living with no spicy tuna rolls or fruity cocktails, I know it will be worth it in the end....