(warning…this is a long one)
Well, as many of you have seen my announcement…Markel and I are expecting a little Wee One. <3 We are so excited and already reorganizing our home to make room for our little potsticker (modern family reference). Here are some little tidbits of the beginning few months while only the two of us could know… =) We had gone up to San Francisco for my bestie’s 30th birthday (post here and here). Had such an amazing trip where we got to meet three little baby boys (all different ages under 18 months). Mike really connected with one toddler and it started our “should we?” conversation. We had decided that this fall was a great time to start and would do so soon, but there was no solid plan in place when…the magic had already happened. o___O (*holy moly…God is funny right?)
My Symptoms in weeks 3-5:
Had lots of headaches.
Woke up STARVING and had to eat a hearty breakfast each day (not just fruit or cereal, but like a full dinner meal).
Typical Female Symptoms (breast tenderness, etc).
I would get waves of dizziness where I felt like I was on a roller coaster.
When I was sleepy at night I HAD to go to bed. And when I did, I was OUT (really heavy deep sleep).
HUGE cravings for hamburgers with a fat patty and salty fries. i think about In an Out 3-4x per day, but obvi don’t eat it
Had really strong PEACH cravings. Anything peach. the fruit, the popsicle, peach cobbler, peach flavored drinks…WEIRD right?
everything tasted AMAZING. i bit into a raspberry and rolled my eyes back b/c it was so good.
I didn’t have morning sickness right away so it took me longer to figure stuff out. But after I was over a week late on my period, Markel thought it would be safe to take a test (or two). I had taken one from the 99 cent store two weeks earlier but that came out negative. Not sure if it’s the quality or the fact that I wasn’t far enough along… Anyway, Markel thought the 99cent store one was a joke and went out to buy a “legit” test. I took it as soon as I woke up the next morning. The positive line was BARELY visible, which was super confusing and put us both in a shock. I figured I could wait another week and take the second test that came with the box…but come on…WHO CAN WAIT?? So I took the second test about an hour later and the positive line was stronger but still not a solid line. At this point i’m super excited and taking pictures of lucy and the test (pic above), while Markel went into “quiet stress mode” in the corner. It took him 2 full days to process the news and start making logistical plans about our future (which is how he functions): how the baby room will be set up, who will take care of the baby, how much we need to save per month now, etc etc etc ETC. *shrug * I immediately thought of buying cute baby shoes, adorable onesies, checking out nursery decor…all the IMPORTANT things about preparing for the baby. lol The next Monday, I went to Kaiser to get a firm confirmation. oh mann…. that was quite a doozy. I tried to send Markel a funny, lighthearted text…(“Mike, You ARE the father!”) but I think we were both pretty freaked out/shocked/in disbelief…to really laugh about it. lol
When we went in for my first ultrasound appointment, and the doctor told us we weren’t as far along as originally thought. So when I thought I was in week 8, I was actually a little past week 6. So instead of expecting Blair Bear in April, he/she will be coming in May!
The first appointment was really nerve wracking for both of us. We were scared, nervous and excited to see our little bean for the first time. There were lots of different angles that the Doc showed us but the one that made my heart skip a beat was when I saw the heart beat for the first time. It looked like little arms fluttering around. SUPER CUTE.
My Symptoms in weeks 6-8:
oh the morning sickness… this really killed me. it was a mix of morning sickness and really really bad indigestion. (For those who don’t know, morning sickness feels like a hangover all day. a little wrong move or imbalance and you feel like puking. the only comfortable position for me is laying down.)
ice cold water, ice cold sparkling water, hot mint tea, and ginger candy have been life savers.
peeing every 20 minutes. NO JOKE. i might as well have moved my office into the bathroom. it was ridiculous.
at about 8.5 weeks got zofran (anti-nausea)~ totally saved my life. didn’t take the nausea away 100% but i was functional and able to work.
My Symptons in weeks 9-15:
morning sickness…morning sickness…and more morning sickness. bleh. markel has been SUCH A CHAMP. he really took over all the house chores and lucy chores. sadly i couldn’t (and still can’t) stand the smell of lucy, her food, her treats, or her pee pads (*barf).
at about 11 weeks we went into for a second ultra sound and it was INCREDIBLE. i think it really hit us that there was a B A B Y growing inside of me. not only did baby blair look like a real baby, but we got to see it move around, stretch it’s arms and legs, and wiggle its butt. =) s/he looked like s/he was dancing. it was SOOO COOL. and might i say…this babe has gorgeous calves. =P we both couldn’t stop staring at the pics when it was over. the rest of the week, all i could think about was this baby inside of me and really started to pray and dream about this little ones life.
since then I had a first trimester sonogram check (that went well) and now i’m just waiting for my next appointment or 2 to find out the sex of the baby! At week 14.5/15 My belly has officially popped out and I’m excited to fee the first kick! I heard it feels like butterflies inside your stomach at first. =)