Baby Nugget – 17 Weeks!

Baby is the size of a {really big} onion!  Baby continues to beef up.  Now he’s about 5.1 inches long and weighs 5.9 ounces.  Not only is he putting some meat on those bones, he is also growing a stronger, thicker umbilical cord too!

How far along? 17 weeks

Total weight gain: -5lbs. I swear, I am eating!

Maternity clothes? Not Yet. But I might do some online shopping today 😉

Stretch marks?  No new ones. Ha!

Sleep:  SO. RESTLESS. And I found out this week I can no longer sleep on my stomach. I don’t have a ‘bump’ in the way yet, but there’s all kinds of pressure if I try to lay on it. Baby definitely doesn’t like it! Roll over, mom!

Best moment this week:  Finding out we’re having a sweet baby boy!

Miss Anything? Sleeping through the night. On my stomach.

Movement:  Maybe?? Not sure. Sometimes I feel pressure and gas bubbly type things going on.

Food cravings:  Sour Patch Kids.  Chocolate milk.  Chinese food.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Certain smells and drainage in my throat. Brushing my teeth. And the Braum’s cheeseburger I ate the other night.

Gender prediction: Sweet baby boy!

Labor Signs:  No, thank you.

Symptoms:  Fatigue, sore nipples this week, mild nausea, bloat/gas, super sense of smell. Occasional round ligament pain. Sciatic nerve pain! Heartburn and indigestion! Leg cramps at night.

Belly Button in or out?  In.  I have a pretty chunky belly, so I imagine it’ll stay.

Wedding rings on or off?  They fit.

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Pretty happy!

Looking forward to:  Sleeping this weekend!

Next appointment:  August 6th

It’s a…….

Drumroll please!!!

…………………………………………………..

Ok, enough!  It’s a BOY!!!

We are pretty elated.  We would’ve been amazingly happy with whatever this baby turned out to be, but it is pretty exciting to finally know.  It’s crazy how much real it makes this pregnancy.  Ever since we found out I’ve been constantly thinking about who he’s going to be and what he’s going to look like.  Will he have his daddy’s eyes or my nose?  It’s pretty amazing, this process of getting to know this little baby growing inside of me bit by bit.

Tuesday was the big day.  My clinic does an optional gender only ultrasound as early as 17 weeks for a flat fee of $50, which I think is pretty neat.  I believe I am right at 17 weeks this week, was probably around 16w6d on Tuesday.  Hubby and I got to the clinic and checked in.  The financial girl called me back to pay my $50 and I had to sign a waiver saying that I understood that this scan was strictly for fun and not for any diagnostic reasons.  It also said that I understand that early gender detection is not 100% and that at this early in gestation the “area of interest” is often swollen in both sexes so one can often be mistaken for another.  Interesting.

So we FINALLY get called back, after about 45 minutes, and at this point I’m pretty sure my bladder is going to EXPLODE because it’s full for the ultrasound and I’m pretty sure Baby Nugget was using it as a trampoline.  Susan was our tech. She was also the tech I saw the day I had my miscarriage.  I hadn’t seen her since sometime last year but she remembered me and congratulated me immediately.  It didn’t take very long once I laid on the table.  Nugget was in perfect position, legs frogged and spread like a champ to show us the goods!

I was pretty sure I knew what it was before she told us, even though it wasn’t near as obvious as I’ve seen other baby boy ultrasounds be.  Then she drew the little arrow and said, “See that?  It’s a boy!”  Hubby lit up like a Christmas tree and could not stop smiling.  He had been very quiet about the whole thing since I made the appointment, only saying that he didn’t care what it was.  And I’m convinced he meant it, I know he would be just as excited for a little girl.  But I think there was a tiny little part of him hoping for a little boy, and it was pretty adorable to watch him find out he was going to have a son.

Susan asked me afterwards if I had any feelings one way or another.  Honestly, it depended on the day!  I told her I was excited either way, to which she replied, “You worked hard enough for it, it didn’t matter boy or girl, huh?”  See, that’s what I love about my clinic.  Everyone there knows my journey and knows how long its taken me to get here.  Even though its been close to a year since this woman has seen me, and who knows how many women have come and gone since then.  It’s pretty awesome to have those kind of people taking care of you.

Hubby and I were all smiles when we left the clinic.  We couldn’t wait to brag about our sweet little boy 🙂  Everyone has been pretty excited about it, and Baby Nugget even has a few girlfriends lined up that he doesn’t even know about yet 😉 .  My mom was a little disappointed for a minute, because she was convinced I was having a girl, but now she won’t stop texting me boy names.

I have had a couple people ask me if I was disappointed that it is a boy.  Disappointed?  Seriously?  I cannot even begin to acknowledge the stupid that is that question.  When people have asked me over the last couple months what I want this baby to be, and I answer that I don’t care as long as it’s healthy, that’s not just something that I say just to say it.  I quite literally meant it.  How could I be disappointed in a {so far} perfectly healthy baby, whether it be boy or girl?  How could I be disappointed when not long ago I was starting to believe that I might never get to have a baby of my own?  This little baby boy is mine.  He’s made from me and my husband.  And that is nothing short of amazing.  That’s something that at one time I wasn’t sure we were ever going to be able to do.  How on Earth could that be a disappointment???

I guess we can chalk that up to another stupid thing people say to infertiles.

Bottom line, I am over the moon to be this sweet baby boy’s mommy 🙂  Daddy is already talking hunting and fishing and tiny little shotguns {mommy is not so sure about that yet lol!}.  Right now though, we’ve got to find this little guy a name!  Feel free to share some of your favorite boy names!

That’s all for now, this momma is tired!  I’ll try to get my 17 week Nugget update up by this weekend!

Baby Nugget – 16 Weeks!

I can’t even tell you how crazy it is to me that I’m 16 weeks pregnant.  That’s 4 months.  That’s nuts, right?!

 

Baby is the size of an avocado! {And now I want Mexican food!}  Baby’s about 4.6 inches long and weighs about 3.5 ounces, and he’s big enough that your doctor may be able to hear his heartbeat.  Now he’s growing hair, lashes, and eyebrows.  He’s also listening to your voice, thanks to tiny bones forming in his ears.

How far along? 16 weeks

Total weight gain: I haven’t even weighed this week!

Maternity clothes? Not Yet. I haven’t gained any weight, really.  And I was overweight to begin with when I got pregnant, and I carry all my weight in my belly area… So I’m not sure when the “bump” is going to start getting obvious…it might be a while.  I don’t wear a lot of “normal” clothes anyway since I wear scrubs to work. I may buy some maternity jeans here soon and see how it goes…they might round me out a little! Ha!

Stretch marks?  No new ones. Ha!

Sleep:  Restless at night.  Up at the very least once every night to pee. I usually catch up on sleep on the weekends…last Friday night I slept for 12 and a half hours!

Best moment this week:  Nothing big this week I guess.

Miss Anything? Sleeping through the night.

Movement:  Nope.  How can I have something the size of an avocado moving around inside of me and NOT feel it?!

Food cravings: Greasy cheeseburgers! Yum! And Chinese food!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Certain smells and drainage in my throat.

Gender prediction: So, I had a dream the other night that we went in for our gender ultrasound and it was a GIRL! But…Rick from Pawn Stars {ever watch that show?} was the one giving me my ultrasound, so I’m not exactly sure how reliable it was! Hahaha!  We will find out soon enough!

Labor Signs:  No, thank you.

Symptoms:  Fatigue, sore nipples this week, mild nausea, bloat/gas, super sense of smell. Occasional round ligament pain. Sciatic nerve pain! Heartburn and indigestion!

Belly Button in or out?  In.  I have a pretty chunky belly, so I imagine it’ll stay.

Wedding rings on or off?  They fit.

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Pretty happy!

Looking forward to:  Gender scan on Tuesday!!!!! Eek!

Next appointment:  July 23rd, 17 week gender scan! Is Baby Nugget a girl or boy?!

 

Baby Announcements!

I had such high hopes of keeping this blog updated in a timely manner!  Not only for anyone who cares to read it, but also so that I’ll have a record of my pregnancy to look back on.  So this is me getting caught up! 🙂

I am 15 weeks pregnant now, which is CRAZY and EXCITING and TERRIFYING.  At this point, pretty much all the most important people in my life know about Baby Nugget.  The last few weeks have been spent announcing it to those people.  We still aren’t announcing it on Facebook yet, and it still might be a while for that.  But I feel a little lighter now that we’ve announced it to who we have.

First was my announcement at work.  It was getting increasingly difficult to hide it at work.  I’m not showing at all yet, but I’m so tired and so sick and I don’t know how many times a day someone asked me how everything was going with the fertility stuff, or “Is there a baby in there yet?” while poking at my belly.  My vague answers weren’t going to cut it for long, and call me superstitious, but I felt a little weird lying about being pregnant.  Plus, as you remember my friend AJ that I work with is also pregnant and only 2 weeks behind me, so I had a deadline since she could announce her pregnancy at any time.  I knew she was waiting until her next doctor’s appointment to announce, and that gave me 2 whole weeks to bask in the attention and be the only pregnant girl.  So I was given the perfect opportunity, and I took it.

A couple weeks ago Dr. E {one of the doctors I work for} scheduled a last minute staff meeting for the entire clinic and surgery center over our lunch hour.  Every single person that I work with was gathered in the lobby of our office.  Dr. E bought pizza for everyone and we stuffed our faces as he and our administrator talked about our mission statement and company vision and how we all contributed to it and blah blah blah.  We broke up into groups and did a silly activity and soon we ran out of time and the meeting was over.  Dr. E stood up and said that’s all he had for us and for everyone to have a good afternoon at work.  Everyone began to stand up to leave, so I jumped up and yelled, “Dr. E! Can I say something real quick??”  He said sure, and everyone stopped and looked at me.  So I said, “It’s not really work related, but since everyone was here I just wanted to announce…that I’m 12 and a half weeks pregnant.”

I cannot even begin to describe the reaction I got.  I barely got the sentence our and the room erupted with an ear-piercing scream.  Seriously, imagine 30-something women all screaming in excitement at the same time.  You would have thought someone had told the whole room that they had just won the lottery.  It was AMAZING.  I expected people to be happy for me, but I did not expect the reaction that I got.  People bombarded me with hugs and congratulations and one of the girls in my department had tears streaming down her face when she hugged me because she was just so happy for me.  I never expected so much genuine excitement and love from the people I work with.  It was an amazing day. 🙂

My announcement to my family on the 4th was a little less exciting, but just as powerful.  I was going to do the picture thing, but my mom ended up having to work and my husband ended up being sick that day, so things didn’t exactly go as planned.  I still wanted to tell them on that day because I didn’t want to put it off any longer.  Especially since I had announced it at work already.  Hubby came to my aunt’s house with me for dinner but didn’t eat much, and soon after dinner asked me if I cared to take him home {we only live about 5 minutes from my aunt’s house, so it was no biggie}.  I knew he wasn’t feeling well, but I didn’t want to make the announcement by myself.  So I gave him the ultrasound picture I had brought with me to show off and told him to just take it over to Granny.  Everyone had already and eaten and were just sitting around talking, not paying any attention.  So Hubby walked up behind the chair my Granny was sitting in and handed her the folded piece of paper.  All he said was, “I was told to give this to you,” and then he walked away.  I watched her unfold the picture and look in disbelief.  She never said a word, she just covered her mouth and started crying.  It took a minute for anyone to even notice!  Finally my aunt asked what was wrong and what was in her hand.  Granny showed her the picture and it went from there.  🙂  It wasn’t crazy or cutesy or anything super special really, but my heart is pretty happy with the way it happened. ❤

Since then I’ve let some of my closest friends in on the secret that didn’t know yet.  I called my friend J just the other night to tell her, and she was crazy excited of course.  She and I have been friends since the 9th grade and always talked about having kids at the same time.  She experienced a big loss a couple months after my miscarriage in 2011.  She was pregnant and nearly full term and sadly her baby was stillborn.  We were both so excited when I had found out I was pregnant, because our kids were going to be the same age and be best friends.  Then I miscarried, and then her tragedy happened.  She got pregnant again and now has a 7 month old.  She has been anxiously awaiting the day I got pregnant again and was more than happy for me.

My other best friend is a different story.  I’m still pretty pissed off with how it went down.  I hadn’t told her yet because I was waiting until I told my family.  She and I have been friends since the 2nd grade.  I love her and she is practically a part of my family anyway.  She’s very close with my family and even works with one of my aunts.  Its not that I don’t trust her, but I know how loose lipped she can  be sometimes, and I knew I needed to wait and announce it to her when I made the family announcement.  She is family, after all, right?  Well, unfortunately, I didn’t get to tell her my big news.  Because someone else did it for me.  A girl that we went to school with started working in the surgery center I work in a couple months ago.  She’s a sweet girl and very nice.  We aren’t good friends or anything, but we do know each other.  I went to school in a small town, and she and I knew each other from kindergarten until 12th grade.  It was one of those schools where you knew everyone in your graduating class because it was a small town you had been in school together since you were five.  But we aren’t close by any means.

I made it clear after my announcement at work that we weren’t facebook official yet and that my family wasn’t finding out until the 4th, so please don’t say anything anywhere.  I figured my wishes were pretty clear.  This girl even came up to me the next day in surgery and congratulated me and asked if I was excited.  I explained to her the condenses version of my story….we had been trying for over two years, we’d had some losses, we were ecstatic but scared and not ready to go super public yet so to keep the news on the down low.  Again, I was pretty sure I had made my wishes clear.

I had barely told my family yet.  It was the weekend after the 4th, and I had planned to see my friend, L, in person that weekend and show her my ultrasound pic.  But before I had a chance to meet her that night, she texted me earlier in the day saying she had heard a rumor.  About me.  She I’m like, what is it?  Of course she tells me that its that I’m pregnant.  I tried to laugh it off and asked who she heard it from.  I thought at first one of my family members had told her, which honestly wouldn’t have made me as mad.  But no.  The girl we went to school with who now works with me told her that I announced it to everyone at work.  Kinda hard to back out of that one.  I guess L had ran into her because one of the girl’s friends works with L and the girl was meeting up with her friend there.  I’m not sure why she decided to announce my pregnancy, but L could tell I was pissed on the phone and said that she probably assumed she already knew since we were such close friends.  Maybe that’s the truth.  But you know what?  I don’t care.  I know she hadn’t worked with me as long as everyone else has and didn’t know my whole story, but I made it perfectly clear that I didn’t want it made public knowledge yet.  If she mentioned it just randomly running into L, a girl she hasn’t talked to in ten years since high school, who else has she mentioned it to??  Does she not realize how incredibly rare and special this is for me??  This may be my one and only chance to conceive.  Possibly my only pregnancy and I don’t even get to be the one to share it with one of my oldest and closest friends.

Here’s an idea.  If its not growing in YOUR uterus, how about you keep your mouth shut about it??  I am still livid about the whole thing.  And no, I haven’t confronted her about it yet because I’m afraid I might throat punch her and lose my job.

So other than one of my closest and best friends finding out from an almost stranger and not me, my baby announcements have been pretty great.

I’ll try to keep up with the blog better!  No promises though!! 😉

Baby Nugget – 14 & 15 Weeks!

I’ve been a bad blogger lately!  I’ve let myself get so behind, so I’m catching up today.  I’m going to combine my 14 and 15 week updates and hopefully I can keep up from here on out!

Week 14 – Baby
is the size of a lemon!  At week 14, your baby is 3.4 inches and 1.5 ounces;
he’s almost doubled in weight since last week and keeps on growing.  Right now,
baby is probably sucking his thumb and wiggling his toes!  And he’s growing
lanugo, a thin, peach-fuzz-like hair, all over his body — it will help him keep
warm.
Week 15 – Baby is the size of a {big} navel orange!  The average fetus at week 15
weighs 2.5 ounces and measures 4 inches — and her proportions are becoming even
more normal, since her legs now out measure her arms.  Baby’s making lots of
progress:  her joints and limbs can all move now, and she might even be
hiccuping in there!

How far along? 15 weeks! I am AMAZED.

Total weight gain:  -3lbs last week, -3.5lbs this week.

Maternity clothes? Nope. Although I’m thinking of starting to look. I wear scrubs everyday, so they’re pretty loose and comfy still.

Stretch marks?  No new ones. Ha!

Sleep:  Please?! I’m so restless at night.

Best moment this week:  Hearing Baby Nugget’s heartbeat 🙂

Miss Anything? Sleeping through the night.

Movement:  Not for a long while I imagine.

Food cravings: Ribs.  And Hubby brought some home last night!  Yum!

Anything making you queasy or sick: I have a lot of drainage at night right now, and when I wake up in the morning a lot of mucous has drained down into my throat.  It gags me and causes me to throw up in the mornings 😦

Gender prediction: Somedays I feel girl, other days I feel boy! Who knows!

Labor Signs:  No, thank you.

Symptoms:  Fatigue, sore boobs, vomiting, bloat, super sense of smell. Occasional round ligament pain. Sciatic nerve pain!

Belly Button in or out?  In.  I have a pretty chunky belly, so I imagine it’ll stay.

Wedding rings on or off?  They fit.

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Pretty happy!

Looking forward to:  Gender scan in two weeks!!!! Eek!

Next appointment:  July 23rd, 17 week gender scan! Is Baby Nugget a girl or boy?!