13 weeks! (now with photo evidence)

What’s going on this week:

Fingerprints have formed on your baby’s tiny fingertips, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head — which makes up just a third of her body size now. If you’re having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Your baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce.


My Update:

Due Date: November 4, 2011 – 189 days to go!

Weight Gain: About a pound.  Stupid Easter candy.

Symptoms:  I think I have have had my very first smell aversion.  I was washing dishes yesterday morning, and SOMEthing in the sink smelled so gross it kept making my gag reflex kick in, so mostly I washed dishes with my head turned to the side while breathing through my mouth.

Cravings/Aversions:  Still no specific cravings, but I go through phases where nothing really sounds good, and while I am eating something, I get bored of it really quickly.

Sleep: Still good, but more nighttime bathroom breaks now.

I am loving: How great I feel! (no change here!)

I miss:  Nothing specific this week.  I’m content.

Movement: Not yet.

It’s a: I *still* think it’s a boy. (Funny story…Scott posted our old upright stationery bike on Craigslist and some old-timer came to get it that same night.  Scott mentioned at one point that I was pregnant so we had gotten the recumbent bike, etc, and as he was leaving, the man said to Scott “Well, good luck with your new son.”   Coincidence?  I think not.)

Exercise: Yes!  I tried out the new bike and it’s great!  I did a 20 minute workout the other night to break it in.   I think I might do another one tonight.

Diet: Lacking this week…Too much Easter candy – not enough veggies.

Belly Shot:


The beans are spilled.

Things are kind of quiet around here…I think I’m coming off of an Easter sugar high, so I’m feeling very mellow. Everything seems to be progressing along as expected, and I think hope that in the next couple of weeks that my stomach will start to look less like I’ve been pounding down the cookies and more like I’ve got a baby growing in there.  I wore an outfit yesterday that seemed to make my small bump a little more noticeable, and as one of my co-workers told me today, “you won’t be able to hide THAT much longer!”

Speaking of not hiding things; yesterday the Great Facebook Announcement was made, which means that now the news is officially ‘out’ (except for my work).  Only 2 people at work have been told, but I think for everyone else, I’ll just let nature do its thing, and they’ll eventually figure it out on their own.  Most of my co-workers (and boss!) are in another state or overseas, so I can get away with not telling them for as long as I’d like, until the rumor mill starts, that is, which is always a possibility.

In other news, Scott found a really great Craigslist deal on a recumbent bike that we snagged last night!

We have talked about replacing our freebie stationery bike with a recumbent for a while, but now that I’m pregnant, the recumbent seems like a better idea all around, so he jumped on it.   It’s super quiet and smooth and I think I’ll do an introductory workout on it tonight.  (I bet it won’t chafe my thighs like the seat on the upright bike did.)



Good thing I don’t have to take a glucose test anytime soon…

We had a lovely Easter weekend at home.  The weather was fantastic, which resulted in plenty of reading time for me out on the back porch with Madison, and one less than exciting trip to the dump to take all of our cardboard recycling.

We had some cinnamon rolls, some chocolate chip cookies and of course, Easter baskets.  And, since I am in charge of Easter Baskets, I may have allowed myself to sample some of my loot prior to the big unveiling.  I case you are interested, I’ve documented the bounty.

Here is Scott’s:

Candy bars courtesy of Karen!

And here is mine:


12 weeks!

What’s going on this week:

The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby’s fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won’t be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.

Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby’s brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

My Update:

Due Date: November 4, 2011 – 196 days to go!

Weight Gain: As of this morning, no pounds gained so far.

Symptoms: None, really, other than oily skin and not being able to eat very much in one sitting.

Cravings/Aversions: I’ll eat anything I normally would – In small amounts, that is!

Sleep: Yes, please.  Bedtime seems to be coming earlier and earlier.

I am loving: How great I feel!

I miss:  I’m surprised at how much I do miss drinking a beer or mixed drink when people around me are having one.  Now that it’s getting hot outside, it sounds so good!

Movement: Not yet.

It’s a: I think boy.

Exercise: Sadly, no.  Need to remedy that really soon, though.  (Still doing Pilates once a week, though, so that counts, right?)

Diet: Pretty good…fruit is about my favorite thing right now, so I’m taking in a lot of that.

Belly Shot:

(please ignore how large my butt looks in this picture – baggy pants.)


So, here’s what happened.

Well, thankfully my family’s fertility is no joke.  The history seems to be, if you are a female in my family, you’re going to get pregnant, whether you really mean to….or not.  HA!

We got lucky on only our second month of trying.  Scott said he really felt like I was going to get pregnant the first month, but I didn’t think so.  And I wasn’t.  And then he said he totally didn’t think I was going to get pregnant the second month.  I didn’t think so either.  (pessimism, what?)  Things were gong along just like normal (read: not pregnant) and I suddenly got sick.  Real sick, like it started with a fever, and morphed into coughing and a runny nose, and by the end it felt like razors when I would swallow, and my ears were aching.  Just general misery.

I lasted at home for two and a half days, and on that Friday got up first thing and looked up the closest Urgent Care place and made a beeline for it.  They had a sign in there that said something along the lines of “if you have a bad cough, let someone know, in case it’s the flu”.  So, I told the lady at the desk and she made me wear one of those medical face masks so as not to infect the rest of the sick people in the waiting room.  (Well, and to not infect her, either, I guess.  She probably wasn’t sick.)  So, the doctor checked me out and told me he would give me some antibiotics and some decongestants, etc, and I mentioned that there was a chance I could be pregnant, but it was sort of too early in the cycle to take a test, so I wasn’t sure, but didn’t know if I could take those drugs if I was.  He had me take a test and said, ‘if it’s negative, no problem!’

It was negative, so I took myself immediately to get relief from the pharmacy, and also a pint of ice cream. (The Dr. suggested it for my throat!) The next day I already felt tons better, and was looking forward to the fact that Monday was a work holiday and I got to stay home anyhow.  Well, Monday came and I noticed that my skin was doing this weird thing…it was….NOT breaking out.  And my period was only supposed to be about 4 days away, so that was unusual.  I had a couple of cheap pregnancy tests in the bathroom, and I figured, why not?

So I took one…and while I waited for the result, I got ready to go pick up Madison from the vet, where she had just had her teeth cleaned.   And I went back to look, there was a definite plus sign!


And then to verify a while later:

We’re having a baby!


By Popular Demand…

So here it is! Now you all can follow along at home. It’ll be just like being here in person, I swear! I’m still figuring out what I’m doing and how to get everything all set up on this here blog, so if you come to check for a post and things look weird…well, that means I’m hard at work to make it better.

I’ve also decided that I will record how far along I am at the bottom of each post, so when I want to go back and re-read things, I’ll be able to pinpoint it exactly.

You’ll notice up at the top, that so far, I’ve got 2 pages – the front page and probably the more popular page – the one with all the belly pics! I’ll keep adding to the belly pic page each week with a new picture for your viewing pleasure.