Wednesday, September 26, 2012

September Appointment- Heartbeat!!!

We got to have a sonogram (which I posted in an older post) at 6 weeks 4 days and got to "meet" our baby... but this was the first appointment where we got to hear Lil' O.  The only word I can use to describe it is "magical" and that's not a word I use very often... if ever.  But, if I'm being honest... I was scared for this appointment because you always hear those horror stories about them not detecting the heart beat at this appointment.  I have prayed every night and every morning that this little person is growing strong and healthy and we would hear its heartbeat.  Thankfully, God heard my prayers and Dr. Rita found his/her heartbeat immediately.  Although, you can't hear it right away on the video... we heard it instantly in person.  AMAZING!

In the video above you hear Dr. Rita say the baby was doing flips.  Then I mentioned the baby wasn't like me- who had been sleeping.  My super nice husband caught this moment on tape and made sure to force  have me upload it too.  Don't judge... it has been a really long week and I'm still recovering from our late nights this past weekend ;)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

13 Weeks

Baby O is the size of a shrimp

How far along? 13 Weeks- last week of 1st trimester, woop woop!!!!!
 Total weight gain? I'm back up to my pre-baby weight!
Maternity clothes? Nope- but you can see my baby belly in the pic.  It comes out way more at night.
Stretch marks? Nope. Please don't let this happen...
Sleep? Amazing!  Especially since I was out till 4 a.m. both Friday and Saturday.  Trent's 10 year reunion in GB will do that to you.  I figured I owe him some nights since he's usually doing it for me :) I'm still recovering....
Best moment this week? We get to hear Lil' O's heartbeat tomorrow!!!!!!!!! Video camera is charged and ready.
Miss anything? This past weekend I definitely missed having a drink with our friends.  Chugging water and Sprite just wasn't the same lol, but it's a sacrifice I don't mind making for awhile!
Movement? Nope
Food cravings? I saw the Braum's sign for a Pecan Caramel Fudge Sundae and just had to have it... man was it GOOD.  Anyone that has a Braum's go get one- don't walk there, RUN to get one.
Anything making you queasy/sick? Still chicken I'm guessing... the thought of it doesn't make me want to puke though... maybe we're making baby steps?
Gender? Come on November
Labor Signs? Nope
Symptoms? Just super super super tired...
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody? Happy all the way... even with lack of sleep
Looking forward to? Our September doctor appointment tomorrow!
Daddy moment? My baby daddy did such a good job planning his class reunion.  I know it was stressful on him and he's relieved he can now focus on all our other fun stuff :)

12 Weeks

This is what I live with.  As I set up the shot he wants to do his own poses...

 Baby O is the size of a lime

How far along? 12 Weeks
Total weight gain? Still down 1-2 pounds depending on the day.
Maternity clothes? Nope but I'm totally showing.  Although it's looking more like a I've-ate-one-too-many-cheeseburgers-belly rather than a baby belly.
Stretch marks? Nope. Please don't let this happen...
Sleep? Wonderful thank goodness
Best moment this week? Telling the whole world!!!  All our friends know, co-workers know, even facebook knows lol.
Miss anything? My energy.
Movement? Nope
Food cravings? Nothing new
Anything making you queasy/sick? Just that disgusting "C word."
Gender? Won't know until November
Labor Signs? Nope
Symptoms? The usual nausea and tiredness
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody? HAPPY!!! I haven't had a pregnancy hormone breakdown... yet...
Looking forward to? Trent's 10 year class reunion this coming weekend
Daddy moment? Trent was so giddy to tell everyone too.  He helped make the blue/pink cupcakes for work since we all know how I am in the kitchen.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Telling Our Group

Not being able to tell our group of friends was the hardest part of the waiting period once we got our baby news.  Our friends are our second family and keeping this secret from them was sooo painful!  We invited everyone over for a "fall kickoff BBQ" at our house last Friday... but it was really to spill our secret.  It was kinda last minute so not everyone was able to make it.  But for those who were able to make it, it was such a special night for us- thanks to the Bergs, Carlsons, Hermons, Madrid/Burkes for being a part of our secret video.  And thank you also to the McNeers, Scoggins', and DaSilvas for coming over later to celebrate!

Things to note:
-The Bergs already knew our secret so Jobeth and Kyle aren't acting surprised for a reason.  They've known all along :)
-Somebody drops an f-bomb not realizing that we're on video... sorry about that ;)
-Babies cry out of fear, dogs bark in confusion, and girls scream in excitement.  Turn down your volume cause this video gets loud.
-Kenny stays in one spot the entire time cause he's so well trained on how often we do group pictures around here haha.  Even after the video stopped he asked when we were taking the picture.  You're the best, Kenneth!
-Yes, me and Jess are exactly one week apart- listen for her scream and then crying.  It couldn't be more exciting!
-Sorry you can only hear, not see, most of the action with us girls.  I was behind the camera this time.

Without further ado...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Telling Trent's family

My family (and best friend, Jobeth) got to find out the baby news right away since they live in town.  But since Trent's parents live in Great Bend we had to wait until they came to visit so we could tell them, Grandma Geneva, and Ashley and Jerad.  Keeping this secret from them for an entire MONTH was awful!!  I know that it literally killed Trent everyday to talk to his family and not be able to say something.  But that's just not something you want to say over the phone :)

We knew since this summer how we wanted to tell groups of people.  For anybody that knows me, they know how I am with group photos for my scrapbooking.  Granted, this was just a random Labor Day weekend Saturday...but we made them do a group photo anyway... "for the scrapbook."  Although someone **cough, cough, Ashley** was very suspicious why we were doing a group photo randomly.  Back this summer we found videos on youtube where people pretend to set up a "group shot" but really spill the baby news when they count down for the picture.  Once we saw those videos... we knew that's how we'd be telling family and friends.

Things to note about the video:
-sorry I smile/sound like an idiot.  I'm not good with surprises.
-Lora not saying anything for 15 seconds.
-Jeryn slipping down Lora cause she's so shocked.
-Jerad's reaction- especially hand on hip action
-Somebody starting to cry when she walks off camera- tears of happiness!

Telling Jeryn was awesome because she's at the perfect age to get excited about a new baby cousin!  Even if she did lift up my shirt to see the baby and then tell me she wanted to see the baby NOW.  She's gonna have to wait awhile for that one...

Week 11

Baby O is the size of a fig.

How far along? 11 Weeks
Total weight gain? Still down 1-2 pounds depending on the day.
Maternity clothes? Nope
Stretch marks? Nope. Please don't let this happen...
Sleep? Good- busted out Trent's old body pillow and that has helped alot.  I'm just used to being either a back sleeper or a tummy sleeper so I'm trying to train myself to be a side sleeper with this pillow.  Poor Trenton doesn't have much room though with me, my body pillow, and the dogs.
Best moment this week? Starting to feel better thanks to Zofran :) And talking with Jeryn about "her baby." The Gorneys gave us a gift and the card included gender predictions.  Ashley wrote Jeryn's exact quote, "My baby in Tia's tummy is going to be a girl." I love that she is excited about it!!
Miss anything? My energy.
Movement? Nope
Food cravings? I wanted a dipped cone from McD's this week after seeing a sign for them.
Anything making you queasy/sick? Just that disgusting "C word."
Gender? Won't know for another 2ish months.
Labor Signs? Nope
Symptoms? The usual nausea and tiredness
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody? HAPPY!!!  I'm hoping the moodiness and pregnancy hormones won't send me over the edge ;)
Looking forward to? Telling friends in the next week!!!
Daddy moment? Trent is already super protective- I was telling him a story about some rumors of mistreatment of pregnant women at work and MAN did Trent get fired up.  He even threatened he'd use a lawyer.  WOAH crazy... settle down. 

Week 10

 Baby O is the size of a kumquat- google it- I had to.

How far along? 10 Weeks- we're 1/4 of the way.  The first thing I said to Trent this morning was, "We're 25% of the way there!!"
Total weight gain? Down 1 pound from pre-baby weight
Maternity clothes? Nope.  Been loving my dresses and leggings at work for sure!
Stretch marks? Nope. Please don't let this happen...
Sleep? It's a freaking 3 day weekend and on Saturday I woke up at 5:20 and couldn't go back to sleep.  So I spent my super early morning watching Dirty Dancing.
Best moment this week? Telling Trent's family on Saturday when they got into town. Video of that coming soon. And also getting Zofran from my doctor- and it helped!!!!! Hallelujah!!!!!!
Miss anything? My energy.
Movement? Nope
Food cravings? Gotta have my Sunny D and lots and lots of cold water. I'm drinking like I'm a fish.
Anything making you queasy/sick? Just that disgusting "C word." Trent baked some on Wednesday night and I thought I was gonna have to open all our windows to get rid of the disgusting smell before I threw up.  It was real bad...
Gender? Won't know for another 2ish months.
Labor Signs? Nope
Symptoms? Nausea not as bad with my new best friend, Zofran. Still super tired.  9:30 pm feels like it's midnight.
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody? HAPPY!!! Was moody on the day Trent made chicken though ;)
Looking forward to? Only two more weeks before we can tell our friends now!
Daddy moment? Loved seeing how excited he was to tell his family and how excited/shocked/surprised they were.  And man is Jeryn excited too.  Although she cried to Ashley because she wants the baby in her tummy haha.  Not quite how that one works girlie :)

Weeks 7-8-9

I was going to be a good blogger and blog this each week... and then life and nausea happened.  I will be better from here on. I promised the baby :)  A blog I found through pinterest gives categories to write about each week so I stole this idea from her!

 Baby O is the size of a blueberry.  This was also right after dinner.  I wasn't showing yet but you could see my dinner belly ;)

 Baby O is the size of a kidney bean.

Baby O is the size of a grape.

How far along? Depending on the pics- I was 7, 8, and 9 weeks.
Total weight gain? Down 3 pounds
Maternity clothes? No- but I did buy my first belly bands last week at Target cause some of my jeans I wear to work on casual Friday's were hurting by the end of the day.  I've only worn it once though.  We've discovered that I wear all my clothing pretty tight.  Sooo I'm guessing this will come sooner rather than later.
Stretch marks? None yet- I've already bought the lotion and have started rubbing it on morning and night just in case!
Sleep? I crash early and wake up early- complete opposite of my normal schedule.
Best moment this week? Our first OB appointment with my doctor-we love her! She's so excited for us too and will make this experience so special.
Miss anything? Pretty much just feeling like myself.  I'm not liking this whole nausea every night from 5-10.  Poor Trent has a wife with a permanent spot on the couch. After teaching all day I basically lay on the couch the second I get home and don't move.
Movement? Nope
Food cravings? Drinking Sunny D like it's my job, which is weird since I probably haven't drank that since college?  I finished my first gallon in 24 hours, no lie.  I tried a new kind- Orange Colada- and fell in love with Sunny D even more. It would be delicious with vodka but since that's no longer a possibility someone needs to try it and report back to me in 9 months :)
Anything making you queasy/sick? Chicken, blah! Trent calls it the "C word" since it makes me instantly want to throw up.
Gender? Won't know for another 2ish months.
Labor Signs? Nope
Symptoms? Feel great in the mornings, hungry all day at work, then like crap by the time I get home.  My morning sickness hits me about 4:30 or 5 and sticks around until I fall asleep.
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody? HAPPY!!! So excited for this life change!
Looking forward to? FINALLY telling Trent's family this coming Labor Day weekend.  It's been so hard to not say anything for a month, especially since my parents and brother know, plus Jobeth and Kyle.  I HAD to tell my BFF right away!
Daddy moment? Trent wants to get started on the nursery already. I love his daily text messages hunting for a dresser off Craigslist.  He's so excited to get started but I feel like crap so we'll probably wait until I feel better!

The Due Date

Friday 8-10-12:
Since we couldn't calculate a due date based on periods (go to the first post if you're lost) they sent us for an ultrasound to determine how far along we were.  Trent and I took guesses on when we thought we were due.  Trent said May 24, I said May 10... but man we were both a long ways off.

 This was our first view of our baby.  Unbelievable and totally mesmerizing.  Trent took video the whole time and I literally watch it every week to see Lil' O.

 They were able to check baby's heart rate and were very pleased.  The heart looked like a lightning bug glowing every time it would beat.  I couldn't help but cry as we watched.  It was too soon to hear it but you could see it!

And this is where they measured it and then calculated the due date based on fetal pole length.  The sonographer told us that Baby O would be joining our family on April 1- April Fool's Day!  We both looked at each other all all we could say was, "Nuh uh." We couldn't believe how far along we already were.  The lady told us that made us exactly 6 weeks and 4 days along.  All I could think about was how perfect this was as a teacher... all of April, May, June, and July off with the baby.  We couldn't have picked a more perfect day.  So seriously... if our friends and family get a text saying we're in labor on April Fool's... it could be legit :)

Some life changing news!

This is guaranteed to be my longest post ever so feel free to skip reading it.  I'm writing this more just for us to remember everything anyway.  Guess I'll get started...

Nov. 20, 2011:
Trent and I were out running the usual Sunday errands- Target, Home Depot, etc. We smelled Red Robin when we were leaving Home Depot so we decided to go have a late lunch.  We were talking about the diva, little Miss Jeryn Fe and all the funny stories from her earlier in the week when we babysat her.  Right when our food came and my first bite was in my mouth, Trent dropped a huge bomb on me out of nowhere.  He said, "I think we should move up our baby timeline and start trying this year."  After almost choking and a long period of silence I was ready to finally talk this over.  We had always said that we were on the "5 year plan." As in- whenever we celebrated five years of marriage we would start trying for a baby.  But we decided that moving up our plan might not be a bad idea afterall since we knew we wanted Jeryn to have a cousin close in age and it had taken my parents almost two years to get pregnant with me.  By the end of lunch it had been decided- I was going off the pill sometime in January-Februaryish and we'd start trying that spring.  Pretty sure we spent the rest of they day glowing about our secret decision.

Late Jan/early Feb 2012:
I went off the pill as planned. Nothing exciting here to report.

St. Patty's Day, March 17, 2012:
I was a few days late and we had big party plans that night.  Knowing I couldn't have a good time without some peace of mind we decided to take our very first ever pregnancy test.  It came back negative and we were fine with that since we had just started trying for the baby. A little disappointed, not gonna lie, but we had a wonderful holiday as planned.  Then a couple days later my monthly visitor arrived and life was normal.

April-May-June of 2012:
TMI here probably... I apologize.  We went three months without me having a period.  It was very frustrating and confusing.  We would take a couple pregnancy tests every month thinking, "Maybe this is it." But all of them were negative, still no monthly visit, and it was very discouraging.  We blamed it on me being on the pill for awhile and my body just adjusting to that change.  We decided that after three months of no period we were headed back to my doctor.

1st week of July 2012:
I headed into my doctor to see what the heck was going on. I had to take a blood work pregnancy test, which came back negative.  I really wanted to tell them, "Duh." They couldn't figure anything out and decided to put me on a 10 day trial run of some estrogen pills thinking some extra hormones might help kick-start my monthly friend.  I was told that after 10 days if nothing had arrived I needed to come back. So right before my 27th birthday and our 4 year anniversary (which are just two days apart), my doctor decided she wanted to put me back on one or two months of my birth control pills.  I was devastated.  I called Trent the minute I left the doctor, crying and all upset that this was ruining "our plans." Thank God for Trenton though, because he could see the bigger picture of God's plan and that we had to trust our doctor and what she was doing.  So we celebrated birthdays and our anniversary and I started my new pack of pills of July 14.

First weekend of August:
We had a fun weekend planned and I wasn't going to miss a thing even though I had been fighting some horrible cramps the last week or so and just felt downright crappy with an upset stomach.  I popped some Pepto and went about our fun weekend happenings.  I brushed it all off knowing that on Monday I should be expecting my monthly friend- I blamed it all on her.

Monday 8-6-12:
I felt like crap ALL DAY.  I just did not feel like myself and wanted to do nothing but lay on the couch in a ball.  I figured it was my period- plus my anxiety and nerves (which give me nausea) about going back to work and a new school year starting with lots of changes on Wednesday.  I still get really nervous about going back to school- even though it's my 5th year of teaching now.  It's really annoying.  I started making a chicken crockpot meal around noon for dinner and wanted to throw up the entire time I was cutting up the chicken- which isn't normal for me.  I told Trent about it and he thought it was really strange.  You can see some of my convo with Trent below.  We decided just to be safe maybe we'd take a pregnancy test that night.

I finally showered late afternoon, like 3ish, no lie.  I went into my classroom to check on my new fish tank and went to the store to buy a pregnancy test. I was cheap and only bought one because I figured there was absolutely no way I was pregnant since they had put me back on the pill.  Trent got home and we quickly ate dinner before he headed to softball and I headed to a friend's Scentsy party.  He ate the chicken meal... but I wasn't going near that stuff and just settled on a bowl of cereal.  We forgot all about the pregnancy test. 

At bedtime that night we remembered the test while packing our gym bags for our 5 a.m. workout.  I didn't even want to bother taking it but Trent said might as well since 4:30 a.m. was going to come early.  He went downstairs to fill up water bottles so I went to the bathroom for the test.  In the past he was always waiting right there in our bedroom for the results.  But since I was sooo sure this was going to be negative, I didn't bother waiting for him.  Again, TMI... I didn't even have time to get off the toilet before the test showed positive- we were pregnant.  I hollered for Trent to get up here NOW.  After he yelled back, kinda snotty too might I add ;), he came up and I showed him the test.  We both freaked out- in a good way of course.  Which meant only one thing- we had to go buy more tests from Wal-Mart.  So we changed out of pajamas, threw on some clothes, and raced to Wally world at 11 p.m. Two more tests that night and it was official- we were pregnant... or I was taking the tests wrong haha.

Tuesday 8-7-12:
After skipping our early morning workout, we took two more tests before Trent headed off to work and they both came back positive too.  We were SO incredibly excited.  But then I realized that OMG I was going back to work the next day!!  I called my doctor at 8 o'clock on the dot and they were nice enough to get me in first thing.

 A urine sample and blood work test later confirmed our five at home tests- we were having a baby!!!!!  I treated myself and the baby to Chinese food for my last lunch of summer break and opened up a hilarious fortune.  At least me and Trent thought it was funny.

So that's our story- somehow, someway, we created this little miracle and couldn't be more excited for this next adventure to begin!!!!!!