Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bumpdate: 13 Weeks

One thing that I wish I would have done better with Z's pregnancy is keep better records and take more pictures. I was great after she was born, but I want to do better this time! Here's a quick update:

How far along: 13 weeks 1 day
Size of baby: Lemon, about 3 inches long and weighing in around 1 oz.
Total weight gain/loss: I started out this pregnancy around 122, and I hit 112 a few weeks ago. Last week I had gained a little back and was 115, so I guess -7, as of last weighing. (I'm so grateful we don't have a scale. I stressed so much about gaining weight last time, and it has been the same struggle this time. I have been less sick and able to eat a lot more, but I lost about the same amount of weight. It's been frustrating. Hopefully I can keep gaining at a healthy rate now that I'm almost in the second trimester.)
Stretch marks: No new ones.
Maternity clothes: Here and there. Since I lost a lot of weight, a lot of my pants are still working. Maternity pants are more comfortable, though, so I have worn them a few times.
Baby-related purchases: So far, we have only bought one case of newborn diapers. We had a coupon for Huggies Snugglers, and those don't go up to Zia's size. Other than that, I bought a few maternity items online last week. I bought most things in size medium for last pregnancy, so most of them are way too big (or just stretched out!) for this thinner version of me.
Movement: I think I have felt a few flutters, but nothing for sure yet.
Sleep: Not great, but not awful. I am always pretty tired, but when Austin or Zia wakes up in the night, it usually wakes me up for a while. I tend to have a hard time getting back to sleep. Poor Z is getting her canine teeth right now, so she has woken up in pain a few nights in a row.
Belly button in or out: Half and half. Sadly, it never fully went back in after I had Z. That was the only place on my belly that got stretch marks, so I think it was just too stretched out. Anyway, it popped pretty early with Z, so I'm guessing it will do the same thing this time.
What I miss: Being able to eat a lot and smelling the world without being disgusted/gagging. Also not feeling exhausted. Sometimes I feel a little nostalgic over the fact that Zia isn't going to be our only baby soon. These months with her have been the very best of my life, and in some ways I'm sad to have her only child days come to an end, despite how excited I am for her to have a little brother or sister.
Cravings: I have had the most random, STRONG cravings this time around! I don't think I ever craved anything with Z, which I always thought was pretty weird. This time around my body is making up for it! At any moment of the day, I am probably craving something. If I give in to the craving, it tastes like manna from heaven! I'm only half joking! One of my most recent cravings was cookies from Swig. I hadn't even tried them before, but I had heard enough good things about them that my brain finally decided I had to try them. I wasn't disappointed! I ate most of my cookie and some of Austin's! Zia had some too, of course. :) I also have eaten Costa Vida's sweet pork salad a few times, and I have thoroughly enjoyed it each time. Meat has to be pretty cleverly disguised for me to be able to eat it these days, and that fits the bill. It's even kind of healthy! ;)
Worries: Gaining weight, as usual. Now that we're at the end of the first trimester, I am a lot less nervous about the pregnancy itself. I am mostly worried about being able to keep up with my school work and internship and Zia and everything else I have going on during the already exhausting process of being pregnant. I did it once before, though, and I'm sure it will be fine. :)
What I look forward to: Finding out the gender in just a few weeks! Then we will know if we need to find/buy a lot of boy things or just add a few things to the stash of girl stuff we already have. Plus Austin will finally start talking about names once we know if it's a boy or a girl.
Celebrations: My first appointment was three weeks ago, and everything looked good! We were able to have a mini ultrasound to check things out, and the baby was measuring right on time with a strong, little heartbeat. Baby wiggled around like crazy the whole time, which I loved. There is so much life in a baby, even from the very early stages of pregnancy. It's amazing.

That's it for my pregnancy update, but now for a "bumpdate!" I have been a little better about getting pictures taken this time around. They aren't anything fancy, but it's mostly about measuring that belly and baby as they grow!

First picture right after we found out at 4 weeks. Excuse the crazy hair and no makeup. :)

Second picture after a date to go get sushi (cooked chicken and veggies only, don't worry) at 8 weeks. Barely starting to be a little round!

Last week after our adventurous day at Lagoon. I took it pretty easy, because no ride is worth hurting our little peanut! 12 weeks.

The funny thing is, I feel like it always looks bigger from my perspective. :)

 Well, this little cutie is sure growing fast! (Mini ultrasound pic taken at 10 week appointment.)

 We have another appointment next week, so I'll let you know how things are going soon!

Thanks for dropping by!


Counting Down...A Life Update

It's funny how some parts of life are all about enjoying the moment, and other parts have you counting down to some future date. This is definitely a count-down phase for me. There is so much to work towards and look forward to right now. Since I haven't announced it yet on the blog, we have big news!

Yep, we're pregnant! In spite of how crazy our lives already are, being in the middle of college, and already having a little munchkin, we knew it was time to grow our family. This little peanut is due March 16, if you didn't read that in the picture. That means our kids will be just shy of two years apart. :) We are so excited!

So that's the first thing we're counting down to. Baby and I hit 13 weeks yesterday (yay!), so hopefully the comfortable, fun part of pregnancy gets started soon. I haven't been as sick as last time, thank goodness. That makes everybody think it could be a boy this time around. I guess we'll see! We're doing an early gender ultrasound to find out in a few weeks, so I'll let you know. :) 3 months down, 6 to go. This pregnancy is just flying by.

The other big thing I am counting down to is graduation! Even though I promised and swore and wrote in my journal, blog, and everywhere else that I would never, EVER try to graduate and take care of a newborn at the same time, it looks as though I will be doing it yet again. That's okay. It really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, and this time I will be taking at least one or two online/home-study courses, so that will help ease the transition. I am due 7 weeks before graduation, so that's a big difference from last time. I only had Z two weeks before finals, so I only had to finish the last little bit. Be that as it may, I feel good about pushing through and finishing. Things have really fallen into place to make that a possibility, and I am ready to be done with school. I am taking 18 course credits and 1 internship credit this semester (so far so good), and that leaves 15 course credits and 2 internship credits for spring semester. Then I will be done. Forever. And I can find a job interpreting and let my wonderful husband have his turn to finish up school. Right now I am leaning toward interpreting in an educational setting to start out, but we'll see what happens. The plan is to have me work until Austin is able to finish up his schooling, then we'll switch and I will be the stay-at-home mommy again. I can't wait. It breaks my heart a little bit to think of working and spending so much time away from my tinies, but I know that we can only do our best, and try to follow God's will in our lives. If we can do that, everything else will fall into place.

Despite all the counting down (3 weeks to ultrasound, 6 months to due date, 8 months to graduation, etc.), this is such a fun stage for our family. Zia is getting so big and smart. She is big for her age, so most people think she is 2, even though she's not quite 1 1/2 yet. She signs like crazy, and she even tries to say some words. Austin bought her a little potty to start the process of potty training last week, and she LOVES to sit on it! It's so funny, because she doesn't fully comprehend the concept of using it yet, but she does think it is a fun toy. It even makes noises when you flush it! It's pretty fun. I have heard lots of people have good success with potty training girls around 18 months-2 years, so we are hoping to start potty training in a month or two. With any luck, we will be all squared away long before the baby comes. I don't know about you, but I don't love the idea of having two in diapers! Though, if that happens, it really wouldn't be the end of the world. It would just be nice to have that taken care of beforehand. :)

We are planning on staying in our little apartment at least until I am able to find steady work, which will be at least a few months after baby comes, I would think. I never planned on bringing another baby home to this apartment, but it has served us well for a long time now. I imagine it will do so for another year. :) Ha! Another thing to count down to...

Anyway, that's our life update for now. I have all the pictures taken and ideas all ready for a million posts, but school, pregnancy, and Zia are keeping me pretty busy, so I imagine I won't be updating super often for the next little while. I will probably do a pregnancy update today or tomorrow. Hopefully I can keep on top of it, but forgive me if I can't! I have reached over 9,000 pageviews, which is pretty incredible considering how little I try to build traffic to my little corner of blogland. So thank you, friends and family, for supporting me and reading about our little life. I love you guys!