Thursday, June 7, 2012

My Pregnancy Journal: 15 Weeks

Happenings of the Harper Household 
I'm linking up with the “My Pregnancy Journal” meme over at Happenings of the Harper Household. I'm excited to be sharing and journaling some of my weekly symptoms and photographing my growing belly!

 15 Weeks!

Little man was saying "cheese!" while I was taking my picture :) Just had to snap his picture!

This week our little "sprout" weighs about 2.5 ounces and measures around 4 inches -- and proportions are becoming even more normal, since the legs now out-measure the arms. Also this week, baby is squirming a ton! I think I've felt our baby move a couple of times too! It has felt like bubbles traveling across my belly or some pressure on the right side of my belly. I think out little sprout likes to wedge up as high as possible to hang out!  Also, our little one might even be hiccuping inside, although I can't feel that! Our little sprout is also making lots of progress and all of the joints and limbs can move now!
About me & "sprout" this week….
Symptoms:  Not much this week. I'm feeling pretty good! I went to see my midwife on Monday and it was an easy, simple appointment. I got the chance to ask few questions, my uterus is measuring at just the right spot and we got to hear our little one's heartbeat! Our midwife is so great- she let little man help get the doppler ready and turn it on. Our little sprout was hiding up to the right as far as they could possibly go- nice and cozy! I just love listening to the heartbeat, it's so fast and so amazing! Hubby keeps joking that I'm going to have twins...and our midwife assured me that I am measuring perfectly for one. :) 
Weight Gain: We have a new scale now and I found that I weigh 140.4 lbs! Oh my! :p Not a fun number to see on my scale. I started at 125 lbs and by 15 weeks, I have gained 15 lbs! Not that this is really a surprise for me, since when I was pregnant with little man I really jumped up on weight every month. With little man I started at 125 lbs and at the end, I was up to 167 lbs. - a total of 42 lbs. Soooo..I'm guessing I still have some weight to add to my body and belly. I have found that I need to start wearing maternity clothes- especially pants. Or, I at least need to wear stretchy clothes, if they aren't maternity (knit skirts and stretchy, cotton shirts). The selection of clothes in my closet that fit is definitely shrinking. :) 
Cravings! Nothing much this week. I have started getting hungry at night before bedtime, so I'm trying to make a protein snack. I am also loving all the summer fruit and it makes for a great snack. I picked up strawberries, cherries and apricots at the farmers market....yum! My birthday is coming up and we'll be celebrating up at my parents house. My mom wanted to know what I wanted to eat and burgers on the grill, corn on the cob and fruit sounds just perfect! I can't wait! 
Food Aversions: None for me! Everything pretty much sounds yummy :) (probaby why I've gained 15 lbs, haha! 
What made me cry this week:  No tears this week! 
Medical Stuff: We talked with my midwife about the ultrasound - we'll be having it at 20 weeks! I can't wait! :) Also, something completely new (to me at least) happened to me - I got a milk blister! A milk blister is a blocked nipple pore where a bit of skin grows over a milk duct opening and milk gets trapped behind. It was super painful! I thought it was so odd that I got one, since it seems that it something that women can get when they're breastfeeding (which I am not with little man anymore). I don't know why I got it, but it cleared up in 4 days...thank goodness! Owwy!  
Thoughts from little man:  Little man was fascinated with the doppler this week. He was so cute sitting next to me on the bed and peering at my belly! My favorite was when he laid down next to me and pulled his shirt up to see his belly right next to mine! He still loves saying that there's a "baby in the belly" :) 
Something I am excited about: Starting to feel our little sprout move around more and our ultrasound in a couple of weeks!

Mmmmm... Yum! It's {Dessert} Love!

I found a new ice cream at Sprout's (our local health food store) the other day and oh boy, it is soooo good! I had been wanting to try some new varieties of ice cream for an evening treat and I definitely found a winner! Mmmm...Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge goodness! It was love at first bite and I seriously could have eaten the whole thing in one sitting! (thankfully I didn't!) I managed to stretch it out and make it last for three whole days (and I even shared with hubby). It's a bit pricey, but it was totally worth it and it was so nice to have a special evening treat! Every pregnant mama needs the occasional treat and I have a serious weakness for ice cream (especially when combined with chocolate and hazelnuts)!

Friday, June 1, 2012

My Pregnancy Journal: 14 Weeks

Happenings of the Harper Household

I'm linking up with the “My Pregnancy Journal” meme over at Happenings of the Harper Household. I'm excited to start sharing and journaling some of my weekly symptoms and photographing my growing belly!

14 Weeks!

Little man jumped into the shot :)
This week our little "sprout" is about 3.4 inches and 1.5 ounces (about the size of a lemon), having almost doubled in weight since last week. Our little sprout has probably started sucking his thumb and wiggling his toes! The kidneys are making urine, and the liver and spleen are doing their jobs, too. Little sprout is also growing lanugo, a thin, peach-fuzz-like hair, all over his body -- it will help him keep warm!

About me & "sprout" this week….

Symptoms:  I have definitely started feeling some aches and pains - mostly in the top of my belly and toward the bottom. It ranges from a quick sharp pain to more of a dull ache. I was interested to see if that was normal or not and I read that it is normal, since the muscles and ligaments are stretching to accommodate my growing little baby. (Phew! Glad to know it's normal!)

Weight Gain: Sadly, I don't know! Our scale just broke this past week (I hope it wasn't because of me, haha!) Now all it does it make the "thinking" symbol over and over until it turns off. I'll be buying a new one soon. (not that it's a fun purchase to make!) At my last midwife appointment, which was about 3 weeks ago, I was 134.2 lbs, up 9 lbs from the beginning of my pregnancy. Hopefully I haven't gained too much more weight! 

Cravings: During my first trimester I really wanted english muffins with peanut butter and honey with a glass of milk. (oh and burgers were pretty high on my list of "must haves") Now, in my second trimester, I have moved on to wanting english muffins with mayonnaise, mustard and cheese (sometimes with avocado). Cheese and bread products are just so yummy and comforting to me! One day at Trader Joes, I realized I had 4 different types of bread in my cart! (I did put one back) Since the weather has really started heating up, I have started wanting fruit - mainly, cherries and strawberries! Tomorrow is the farmer's market...I can't wait to pick up some fresh, local, organic fruit! Mmm....

Food Aversions: I haven't had too many food aversions. I'm not sure if that's good or not...haha! There have only been a few things that as soon as I took a bite, I spit it right back out. It was either that or throwing up. I figured that if I had such a strong reaction, I probably shouldn't finish eating it! 

What made me cry this week:  I don't cry too often, but since having little man, I definitely get teary eyed or emotional more easily! This morning while I was getting ready, I had the Raffi station on Pandora playing on my phone for little man and the song "Family Tree" by Frances England came on... and I got pretty misty! *sniff, sniff* I love that song!

Medical Stuff: Nothing to report right now. I do have my next midwife appointment coming up on the 4th though.

Thoughts from little man:  Little man loves saying that there's "a baby in the belly" or that he thinks it is going to be a "baby sister". :) He also likes to talk about how he's going to hold the baby, talk with the baby, walk with the baby or that the baby will go in our car. He already has so many plans for the new baby! 
Something I am excited about: My next midwife appointment in a few days, the ultrasound in a few weeks to find out if we're having a boy or girl and starting to feel our little sprout move! So many things to look forward too!