Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bumpdate || 14 Weeks

I didn't take a chalkboard photo this week because we rushed out of the house Thursday morning for a random day trip to Jasper! I met Nicole from Gypsy in Jasper - it was so cool! We recognized each other basically right away. It's always so interesting and cool to meet bloggers in real life.

How far along: 14 weeks
Gender: Unknown
Weight gain: 2 lbs
Maternity clothes: Desperate, but leggings will do until I get paid.  
Sleep: Alright except apparently my body thinks waking up at 3am for an hour or two is the new 'thing'.
Best moment this week: Hearing the heartbeat at my midwife appointment, and a day trip to Jasper. Also, my bump is becoming more of a bump than a bloat :) 
Worst moment this week: Shitty people on social media.
Miss anything: Not feeling so blah
Movement: Not yet, but hopefully soon!
Cravings: Orange juice, lemon/blueberry greek yogurt, fruit
Queasy or sick: Yep. Meds are still helping and I still have days where I need more than one pill in the morning
Looking forward to: An even bumpier bump and finding out the gender in October.

Not much happened this week but every week is a new experience. It's still very surreal that I'm actually pregnant!

Also, make sure to follow along for more updates on my Facebook page!

xo. Nicole

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Bumpdate || 13 Weeks

Thanks to my grandma for taking the picture. We have some practicing to do, but we have ~7 more months of practice ;) Also, pretty sure the bump is mostly perogies but I can't suck it in sooo...

Also, the picture says 1st trimester, though many say after 12 weeks is the 2nd. Well, my midwife and some apps say 14 weeks is the second trimester so I'm just going by that.

How far along: 13 weeks
Gender: Unknown. I still feel it's a girl, while Rob keeps calling it 'he'. Heartrate says 156bpm...
Weight gain: Not sure - refusing to weigh myself
Maternity clothes: Not yet but I'm juuuust about ready to bite the bullet and buy some jeans/tank tops.
Sleep: Waking up around 3am super nauseas for a half hour, then back to sleep. Getting up more frequently to pee because I can actually drink water now without throwing it up. Otherwise, sleeping pretty soundly with some crazy dreams including one about Rob in a car fire and bleeding out every hole on his face!
Best moment this week: Getting some of my life back! I had to go on meds for my all-day-nausea and it's been really nice to not feel nauseas. I finally went for a pretty decent (1 hour) walk the other day. I'll slowly get back to jogging just in time for the ice and snow to show up. Also, 2 ultrasounds this past week!
Worst moment this week: Breaking down and going to the hospital on Saturday night because one sip of water would come up 5 minutes later. I was there for about 6 hours (2 was waiting, while barfing stomach acid into dog poop baggies because it was all I had) on an IV getting rehydrated and pumped with some safe meds.
Miss anything: How my body and mind felt when I did Whole30 and was at my lowest weight. I felt so good about myself, and could wear anything in my closet without being self conscious. Now that I'm not so nauseas, I can get back to my healthy eating and hopefully get back into the mind frame, while still being pregnant and knowing my stomach is going to balloon.
Movement: None yet. This morning I could feel some growing pain-like cramps, so hopefully this bump will really pop soon so I actually look pregnant!
Cravings: McDonald's breakfast. I've only had it once...twice..this past 2 weeks. Other than that, fruit and a beautiful concoction of sparkling water with orange juice and ice!
Queasy or sick: It's still there until I take my meds in the morning.
Looking forward to: Seeing my midwife next week and finding out the gender on October 6/7th!

I had two ultrasounds and skipped a 12 week bumpdate because one ultrasound was the dating scan, which told me I was 12 weeks that day and my previous bumpdate was actually 11 weeks 3 days then. Oi vey! That ultrasound tech told me I was 12 weeks that day and that baby was 4 cm long. For my second ultrasound, the NT screening, the lady told me I was still on track but baby was 6 cm and the previous tech was wrong about the length. So now I'm not 100% sure what my date is, because wouldn't I be further along than 12 weeks if it was longer? But I'm going by the first ultrasound for my due date. Cooonnnfusing! 

Anyways, here's the two pictures I've received, one from each scan!

xo. Nicole

Monday, August 8, 2016

My First Bump Post || 11 Weeks!

Seriously disregard the crappy photo and mess of a bathroom counter. I'm going to force Rob or my grandma into taking real photos of me (with my iPhone of course, because that's all I own) with a chalkboard for next week's!

How far along: 11 weeks
Gender: Unknown - I think it's a girl, Rob thinks it's a boy
Weight gain: 2 lbs
Maternity clothes: Not yet. I tried jeans on Saturday night and that was a no-go. Leggings ftw! 
Sleep: Most of the time it's okay. I'm getting up more often to pee in the middle of the night, and I heard it only gets worse. This past week, I've wanted to sleep all day but before that I would be wide awake at 4am, listening to Rob snore until his alarm went off at 5:45. 
Best moment this week: Finally getting to hear the heartbeat! Before that I had had no reassurance that this thing was alive, other than my symptoms.
Worst moment this week: Puking. A lot. I had to pull over on the highway to puke for 15 minutes. The other day I couldn't even keep water down until I had a 4 hour nap. My nausea went away for a solid 5 days only for it to come back full force. I'm on day 2 of minimal nausea and no puking again, so let's hope it stays away this time!
Miss anything: Not being nauseas all day, eating Whole30, and running. I know they say to not stop what you're doing and to continue everything as normal when you get pregnant but that's a lot easier said than done! I didn't plan to stop, my body forced me to by making me eat every hour, only specific things, and making me pay for it if I didn't. I've heard the second trimester is a lot better, so I'm aiming to start walking/jogging again and eating a hell of a lot better too.
Movement: None yet. The apps tell me it's doing somersaults and everything in there, though I have yet to feel anything but gas ;)
Cravings: Fruit like blueberries, raspberries, mandarin oranges, and strawberries. Pasta most of the time. Booster Juice is my new thing. I wake up craving the pomegranate passion, it's so tart and sweet! It helps me nausea stay away too.
Queasy or sick: Definitely. The nausea and puking kicked in at 5 weeks 4 days, and since then I've only had 7 days of minimal nausea and no puking. It's all worth it, and I don't want it to sound like I'm complaining because we've waited long enough for this! I'm on day 2 of a stretch with minimal nausea, so let's hope that stays.
Looking forward to: Seeing my bump grow into more than just bloat. The picture above is from yesterday and I realized I just couldn't suck it in anymore. I'm also looking forward to our first ultrasound on Thursday morning! 

Our Family is Growing By...

2 feet! After nearly 4 years of unexplained infertility, we are so excited to announce that Baby Maxfield will be joining us in February 2017! 

I'm currently 11 weeks, based off my last period, but I have my first ultrasound coming up on August 11th, which will give a more accurate date. I also was lucky enough to get into a midwife clinic and I am so, so happy. I've had one meeting with them so far and I really like it. I got to hear the heartbeat for the first time at that appointment (150 bpm!). It was nice to have some reassurance, other than my symptoms. 

I'll definitely be doing bump updates, so stay tuned!

Photo c/o of my sister-in-law from Treasured Forever Photography

xo. Nicole