Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Holy Emotional!

The flood gates have opened! I have to say I've always been a pretty sensitive person - at least when it comes to big events in my life. I cried when I moved to San Diego, sobbed at both our weddings, and cry every time I talk to my family on the holidays or they leave from visiting. And now this. I'm pregnant. I cry all the time.

For example, Sam, my siter-in-law, sent my that cute "Baby Coug on the way" shirt. I opened it and cried. I was looking at the first pictures of Wyatt and Gavin when they were born and cried. I was watching old episodes of Friends (the one where Ross and Rachel "take a break") and cried. Any commercial with a baby makes me cry and I swear if another Brad Paisley song comes on the radio while I'm driving, I'm going to get in accident because I'm crying!

It's making me wonder how I'm going to pop this baby out because everytime I think about delivery, I cry. I'm just so excited! But if I'm crying about it now, how will I ever calm down and focus for delivery?!

I've had my moments of being emotional but nothing like this. It's the strangest feeling of calm and peace mixed with excitement and anticipation for Baby Moss to get here! Considering this is a huge event in our life, I'd say I have every right to cry - I'll just call them my sweet tears! :)

I also feel like I've relaxed a little. I don't let people stress me out at work or get mad if the dishes don't get washed right after dinner. If people drive me crazy (which they do much more easily these days) I just roll my eyes. I think sub-consciously I'm just "over it." I have bigger, better, and sweeter things to worry about right now!

Monday, August 30, 2010

17 Weeks!

Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.

7 Weeks

17 Weeks

I have another "before I didn't think..." story. (It's amazing how many things being pregnant makes you realize) Before I was pregnant I read about how women can sometimes feel self-conscious during this time in the pregnancy because your body is really starting to change and your starting to gain weight but you don't necessarily look pregnant yet. I thought it was ridiculous - you're pregnant, who cares? I never thought it'd happen to me, but it has! As much as I love my growing belly - I'm very anxious for it to take true pregnant form. All my weight is going to my face and belly so I feel like a big square with limbs. It's frustrating feeling unhealthy when I know I have been exercising and eating well. Oh well, I'm sure I'll get over it. I just keep reminding myself why my body is stretching and swelling - I'M MAKING A BABY OVER HERE! :)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

2nd Wedding Anniversary

Darren and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary this weekend at Paradise Point Resort and Spa on Mission Bay. The weather was actually very cool for this time of year but I didn't mind considering I break out in a sweat walking upstairs. It was great to spend all weekend together, walking around the 45 acre resort, going swimming, eating tons of food, and remembering how far we've come in such a short amount of time.

Before dinner at Barefoot Bar and Grill

Enjoying a little bubbly (sparkling cider, of course) by the bon fire

View of the resort from the lookout

We had to do a baby bump check before going swimming

Down by the marina

Our room

Thursday, August 26, 2010

16 Week Check Up

Today we had our 16 week check up - I wish we could go to the doctor every day! I love hearing that baby's heart beat!!! He/she is still moving around and the heart rate is 150 bpm. Everything is still going great. We also set the date for when we find out if it's a boy or a girl: SEPTEMBER 13th! We're so excited!

Dr. French said I'm doing great as well. All my "that felt weird" is actually normal - just a part of being preggo! We're 4 months in and I've gained 6 pounds (3 lbs/month for the last two months). Dr. French said I'm gaining weight exactly how I should and I'm on track to gain about 25 lbs for the whole pregnancy. I'm fairly certain I'll surpass that mark considering I'll be 7 months pregnant for Thanksgiving and 8 months pregnant for Christmas. I'm sure I'll feel no guilt when I 'tis the season!

We LOVE this noise!!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

16 Weeks! We have an avocado baby!

Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length . Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too.

Wow! I have grown leaps and bounds this last week. On Wednesday I got home from work and threw on some sweats (my usual routine) then I showed my belly to Darren and said, "I feel like I got bigger today." He looked and said, "WOW! You did get bigger!" He loves it - which makes me feel much better about my bump since it still resembles a beer gut to most people. My waist is officially 7 inches bigger than before I was pregnant and more pairs of jeans don't want to be buttoned. I think I'm finally starting to look pregnant!

These are a pair of my favorite jeans. They can be buttoned as long as I don't sit down or breathe while wearing them.

Lately I've been feeling great! I get occasional headaches or backaches; I've developed pregnant acne; I still get nauseous now and then; I feel like a fat cow...but who's complaining? I'm making a baby over here!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Baby Coug on the Way!

Darren's sister sent me this shirt from WSU. I absolutely love it! :)


Craving of the Week

Before I was pregnant I sort of believed the whole craving certain foods thing was a big load of you know what. Then I got pregnant.

There's nothing I'm really consistently craving except for watermelon. I swear I eat a whole melon each week. This is a very common craving because of the water content, which leads me to my next craving: WATER. I'm drinking about 80 ounces every day - sometimes I wonder if the weight I'm gaining is water weight. Then I look at my belly and cheeks. Definitely NOT water weight.

Other than those two things, my cravings change on a weekly basis. The craving generally comes from a commercial on TV, a conversation, driving by a restaurant, an old memory, etc. This ultimately gives me many food options to crave.

This week my big craving was broccoli salad. So what did I do? Drove to Vons on my lunch break to buy all the ingrediants and marched my hiney home to make it. The odd thing is, this isn't even a food I cared for before this last week. Never the less, two bundles of broccoli turned into a big tupperware of salad and was consumed in a matter of days. Just by me of course, considering Darren doesn't like eating "trees."

I've also been craving pad thai. I LOVE pad thai. I always have since the moment I first tried it. Still, I could've easily lived without it. Then a week ago I was talking about it with my wonderful friend Dana and now I can't get it out of my mind! I'm sure I'll fulfill this craving soon and then have no desire for it again.

My other current craving is coconut shrimp. Darren and I went to Gordon Biersch with his old room mate and his girlfriend last month and they have coconut shrimp on the menu. I thought about ordering it and changed my mind last minute. Now I want it. Bad. But it just so happens that every restaurant we've been to since then doesn't have it! WHY!?

So far I've also craved fudgesicles, taquitos with ranch dressing (ew), tomato soup, cheese and crackers, tuna salad, pickles, cucumbers, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, hard boiled eggs, and spaghetti noodless (no saucee, just noodles). I'm sure there have been more and there will, of course, be plenty more.

Until the next craving comes I will enjoy the last of my broccoli salad and await my pad thai and coconut shrimp.


Monday, August 16, 2010

15 Weeks! There's an APPLE in there! (Or a naval orange depending on what book you read)

Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam.

Yes, those are maternity pants and no, I don't have to wear them but they are SO comfortable.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Just about 15 Weeks :)

I swear, all the baby weight is going to my belly and face. (Lord help me!) They say that means it's a girl...hmmmm.

Monday, August 9, 2010

14 Weeks! We have a LEMON in there!

This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb. Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him -- a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb. In other news: Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches -- about the size of a lemon -- and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces.

Monday, August 2, 2010

13 Weeks! There's a PEACH in My Belly!

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 3 inches long (about the size of a peach) and weighs nearly an ounce. As you start your second trimester, most of your baby's critical development will be completed and your odds of miscarriage drop considerably.


Grady thinks it's hilarious!