24 March, 2013

Baby V: Week 15


How far along? 15 weeks.. Time is flying!

Maternity clothes? Pants yes but still in regular tops. Dresses and leggings are my current fashions of choice though, so much comfier! (is that a word?)

Weight gain? -20 lbs... Belly is definitely continuing to "pop" but the morning sickness is contributing to weight loss.

Sleep: I'm not as exhausted so I don't sleep as good as I was. My back hurts more when I'm laying down and I'm up every couple hours to go to the bathroom.

Best moment this week: going to Brayden's christening!

Miss Anything? Being comfortable.. But I've conceded that I will just have to get used to that for the next 5 months.

Movement: I think I've started to feel some rolling around at night when I'm laying still but I'm not positive.

Food cravings: apples, bananas, hot dogs, and French onion dip(not all together!)

Anything making you queasy or sick: everything. The morning sickness was actually worse this week. I was actually sick to include in the car on the way to work with no where to pull over. Yeah, really fun day. (NOT!)

Gender: Still impatiently waiting, but ths end is (hopefully!) in sight. After our 16 week appt on Tuesday we have an appt at the ultrasound school that afternoon and they say they should be able to tell! We're having a small gender reveal party with our families that night so fingers crossed all goes as planned!

Labor Signs: Goodness no! Not for a very long while!

Belly Button in or out? In.. hopefully for a while!

Wedding rings on or off? On and loose from having lost weight.

Mood: Eh hit and miss. I had my first hormonal moment this week with a 30 minute cry session for no reason and I've been snappier at my husband for no reason too. Sorry about that, honey!

Looking forward to: our appointments Tuesday, finding out the gender, and having everyone together to share the news Tuesday night! :)

14 March, 2013

Baby V: Week 14


How far along? 14 weeks! Moving right along.. "just" 25 more til we meet our sweet baby

Maternity clothes? I'm wearing my first pair of maternity pants to work today actually. I can still wear most of my regular clothes but they are getting uncomfortable. Work pants are especially snug around my waist so I picked up a bunch of maternity clothes from my sweet cousin this week and I'm super excited to be comfortable again!

Sleep: It's been a really good week as far as sleeping goes. I'm looking forward to two days of sleeping in this weekend

Best moment this week: Family dinner last night. It's always fun getting everyone together

Miss Anything? Nope, enjoying this whole experience

Movement: I know he/she is squirming around in there but I can't feel anything yet. Hopefully in the next few weeks I should start to feel it a little bit?

Food cravings: 2 nights ago I got out of bed at 11 to make myself a grilled cheese because I just couldn't sleep without one!

Anything making you queasy or sick: It's finally starting to subside some with this lovely second trimester, but I still get nauseous quite a bit.

Gender: Still don't know, but I think we've decided to either go to the local ultrasound institute or one of the ultrasound studios in the area after our 16 week appointment to see if they can tell yet. I'm getting impatient(big surprise!)

Labor Signs: Goodness no! Not for a very long while!

Belly Button in or out? In.. hopefully for a while!

Wedding rings on or off? On and still comfortable. I'm weird and I've actually managed to lose quite a bit of weight so far being pregnant so my rings are actually kind of loose. I won't count on that lasting for too much longer, but I'm going to wear them as long as I can!

Mood: Good! I've felt much better this week and haven't been so tired.

Looking forward to: Finding out the gender and our next peek at our little peanut!

01 March, 2013

Finally making it "cyberspace official" and Week 12


As you can tell by my spamming your feed with posts I have been hoarding, we have taken to the internet with our exciting news! We had 2 perfect 12 week check ups and decided to go ahead and share with anyone who didn't know yet. Yes, I know I skipped a few weeks, or 5 but weeks 7-12 were pretty redundant. 

The only thing interested that happened was week 9. I saw the high risk doctor(who we just love!) and he started me on 2 a day lovenox injections thanks to my lovely blood condition. The first couple injections were a little shaky. After 30 minutes of psyching myself out on the first attempt, Stephen went to get Christa and she was a pro.(She is going to make an awesome nurse!) I watched her on that first one then I have done them all myself since then and now it's like nothing. I *HATE* needles so I was afraid I would never get the hang of it, but it's really no big deal. Maybe I'll go to nursing school after this is over? (Probably not though.) We also went on the family Disney trip that week which was such a fun time even thought I couldn't ride all the best rides!

How far along? 12 weeks.. only 27 to go! (Yes I can count and that would only be 39, but thanks to the lovely blood thinners I will be induced at 39 weeks on the dot so we don't risk any complications from taking a shot and then going into labor.)

Maternity clothes? My belly actually started to "pop" out last week. I don't quite need maternity clothes yet, I'm still wearing loose fitting regular clothes but it won't be long before I need to do some shopping or borrowing ;)

Sleep: Good, I pretty much sleep like a rock(minus the frequent bathroom trips.)

Best moment this week: Our 12 week ultrasound. It was the first(we've had 3 now) where we could actually see baby looking like a baby. We both really enjoyed that. It was amazing how much the baby was moving around and waving and doing the tomahawk chop for us! :) I can't wait til I can feel all those little movements!

Miss Anything? Some of my favorite foods

Movement: We got to see it but I can't feel it for a while still.

Food cravings: Still mostly aversions but I did reallllyyyy want soup for dinner last night, which if you know me, you know is weird because I generally don't like soup and never ask for it.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Everything. I thought it had gotten a little better, but today has been a rough day. I'll be glad when this phase ends.

Gender: Still can't tell. But we're dying to find out! I really feel like it's a boy and our families are split with rooting for pink vs. blue. My next ultrasound isn't until 20 weeks and we will be able to tell for sure by then but I don't know if I can wait that long! Aunt Brittany(Stephen's sister) has a friend who is in ultrasound school who said I could come see her around 16 weeks for a peek. Knowing my impatience, we will probably take her up on that since a month is already killing me!

Labor Signs: Goodness no! Not for a very long while!

Belly Button in or out? In.. hopefully for a while!

Wedding rings on or off? On and actually loose. (I'm weird I've lost about 10 pounds so far being pregnant. I'm going to attribute that to the nausea and the fact that I don't feel like eating.)

Mood: Tired usually but soooo happy. 

Looking forward to: Monster Trucks tonight with Mandy and Trae! :)

                                                                     9 week ultrasound(blurry!!)
                                                        Little peanut at 8 weeks
12 week ultrasounds
Attempt at a belly picture- 11 weeks
                                                     Facebook announcement picture :)
                 Best pictures yet! 12 week ultrasound with Baby Volheim looking like a baby! My Grammy swears he/she already has the Forchilli nose ;)

Baby V: Week 7


How far along? 7 weeks... only 33 more to go! ;)

Maternity clothes? Nope, not yet

Sleep: pretty much the only thing I want to do

Best moment this week: Finding out Baby V's closest cousin(due July 3rd) is going to be a girl!

Miss Anything? Not feeling queasy all the time

Movement: Nope toooo tiny still :)

Food cravings: No real cravings, just aversions

Anything making you queasy or sick: Being awake in general. I have yet to be sick*knock on wood* but I am nauseous pretty much from the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep.

Gender: Still a surprise, but you better believe this mommy and daddy will be finding out as soon as they possibly can!

Labor Signs: Goodness no! Not for a very long while!

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Exhausted. I like to tell Stephen that it's tiring growing a whole human being ;) But still so excited, I try not to complain.

Looking forward to: our doctor's appointment next Tuesday which will include the first ultrasound! Can't wait to get a peek at our little peanut! Also starting to take belly pictures. I finally found a cute chalk board that I like for weekly update pictures. 

Baby V: Week 6


How far along? 6 weeks.. long way to go!

Maternity clothes? Nope! Hopefully not for a while

Sleep: This week I've slept pretty good. We bought a fan for our room and it has made allll the difference. I can't sleep when I'm hot.

Best moment this week: My doctor's appointment. It wasn't anything exciting, really just paperwork. But it made it real and I got to schedule our first ultrasound! I can not wait!

Miss Anything? Nope not a bit! I'm too excited.

Movement: Not for a while, I'm sure

Food cravings: Moe's nachos. And they were DEEE-lish!

Anything making you queasy or sick: everything? Not really. I shouldn't complain, it hasn't been that bad. I've yet to actually "get sick" but I do have nausea pretty much all day. The weirdest thing is my aversion to mac n cheese. It's one of my all time favorites but I can not even think about it without gagging. Seriously, I have to stop thinking about it right now.

Gender: Still a surprise, but you better believe this mommy and daddy will be finding out as soon as they possibly can!

Labor Signs: Goodness no! Not for a very long while!

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On and with this cold snap they're actually loose. Hopefully they will stay that way for a while

Mood: Ecstatic. I can not even begin to describe how happy/excited/blessed I'm feeling. It's so amazing. I'm loving answering people's questions as we slowly tell more people. I love talking about it especially with my husband. It's already so cute to me how excited he is. I will admit that today the   tiredness has hit me like a ton of bricks. I was being a little hoitty toitty about how good I was feeling and not really being tired. Yeah, about that. I literally can not keep my eyes open today at work. I will be heading home and spending the night on the couch until I go to bed probably around 8:00!

Looking forward to: the color run(walk) we're doing with friends tomorrow, family Disney trip in February, and most exciting our first ultrasound on the 29th!!!

Spreading the news

When we first found out that I'm pregnant we agreed not to tell anyone because it was so early. That only lasted a matter of minutes because we were both bursting with excitement.
Then we decided we would only tell our immediate family for now, parents and siblings. That quickly grew to include grandparents.

Not wanting any of them to hear from anyone but us we called and broke the exciting news. They were all so excited! I think telling our family has been the best part so far. They're all so excited to meet our little one already that it makes me even more excited!

Wednesday night my extended family was coming over to plan our Disney vacation. I decided to try my balloon plan on them since it didn't work for my Dad.

Mandy and Trae got there first. I couldn't wait to tell her because she's actually pregnant with her 2nd is due about 2 months before me. I'm excited about how close these two will get to be growing up! Trae didn't really care, he just wanted to play with ths balloons. So I untied them for him and he was hitting them around,the house when everyone else got there.

Alisha, Troy, Brayden, and Aunt Michelle came later. The balloons Trae was playing with went right I we their heads. After waiting a few minutes for them to notice the balloons, we just had to tell them.
Everyone is excited for our growing family. So many cousins all close in age, they are going to have a ball growing up together.

We asked Trae if the new babies would be boys or girls and he decided they would both be girls. Then he decided that he wanted a little sister but a boy cousin so he says his Mommy is having a girl but Aunt LoLo is having a boy. We will get to find out if he's right about his Mommy in just 2 more weeks! We've got 10-11 weeks for us though. I'm hoping they fly by!

This baby is already so loved and will be so spoiled. My sister texts me pictures of cute baby stuff in the store she works at everyday. I'm going to go broke! ;)

Happy Friday y'all!

Baby V: week 5

How far along are you? 5 weeks and 2 days

Size of baby? About the size of an appleseed. Just teeny tiny thing but growing!

Weight gain? not yet! Just bloating and hoping to keep it that way for a,while.

Stretchmarks? Hopefully never

Belly button? Just normal... Hopefully for quite a while!

Sex? Won't know for quite a while still but love talking what ifs

Cravings? No real cravings yet, but I am already finding myself,turning my nose up at some of my favorite foods.

Latest hormonal outburst? This morning. I find that I can't get on Facebook or watch the news lately without crying. Luckily I've been able to keep my hormones in check so far so no one else has witnessed any outbursts.

Vomiting? Not yet. Lots of nauseousness that comes and goes all day but haven't actually gotten sick yet. Won't mind if it stays that way.

Feeling prepared? As prepared as we can be at 5 weeks! Haha I'll feel much more prepared when SE actually close on our house and can start getting things settled there.

Names? For a boy, Nolan. That's already decided it's just a matter of agreeing on a middle name. For a girl we've got nothing. Stephen likes really traditional names but I prefer them to be a little different just not off the wall. My favorite right now is Emmalyn. Luckily we,have a long time before we have to decide!

Random pregnancy side effects? Mostly the normal, nausea, exhaustion, peeing ALL the time, swollen boobs... The most random one so far is that I've been waking up at exactly 5 every morning to pre and then I can't get back to sleep because it feels like I have butterflies/nerves in my stomach. I'm hoping it's just the excitement of the newness still because I would really like to sleep til my alarm everyday!

Still wearing heels? To work although they already make my feet swell. I've always had a problem with my feet swelling anytime I was bloated so this is no exception.

Work? Of course. The only person there I've told yet is my good friend. I plan to tell my boss after my first ultrasound and hopefully I can convince him to let me work on getting things set up to work at home during my maternity leave.

Best moments this week? Finding out and being able to share the news

Looking forward to? My first doctor's appointment next Wednesday then my first ultrasound the following week.

Best day ever!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 should have been a boring work day like any other. Holidays are over it was back to the grind at work I was just getting over a cold. We had settled in to my parents' house for a week and a half since our lease ended while we waited on our house to be ready to close.
What we didn't know is that this day would change our lives forever.
We have been trying to have a baby for the last few months to much disappointment and discouragement. I had resigned to put it on hold until we were settled in the house and I had time to go back to the doctor for a full work up. God apparently had other plans for us.
I had been really sick for almost a week but just thought it was the flu. I was about 6 days late by this time, but didn't think much of it because my cycles had been off the last few months. Stephen insisted I take a test because he was dying to know. I told him I would first thing Tuesday morning but not to get his hopes up.
I woke up for work on Tuesday and I was getting dressed to go walk the dog I took one of the pregnancy tests into the bathroom with me. Expecting another disappointing negative sign I was beyond shocked as the second line appeared almost instantly creating a positive sign. I was over the moon excited and completely shocked! Since Stephen was already at work and I knew I couldn't wait all day to tell him I snapped a picture of the positive sign and sent him a text of it. He was just as shocked as I was.
Somehow I managed to get ready for work and not give it away to my Mom. I wanted to think of a cute way to tell her and my Dad at dinner that night. About halfway to work I realized I couldn't not tell her either so I called and spilled the beans. Needless to say she was ecstatic too. Stephen and I decided just to tell our immediate families since it's so early(they're estimating I'm about 5 weeks.) Since everyone is so spread out and we can't contain our excitement he called his parents to let them know they are going to be grandparents and we called our siblings to let them know they would be aunts and uncles. Everyone's reactions were priceless! As this is the first grandbaby on either side I can foresee a lot of spoiling!
I laugh because I had about 20 pins on longest and all these ideas in my head of cute ways to announce it but in the end we couldn't wait and phone calls did it.
We waited to tell my Dad that night at dinner so I thought I would try to salvage my creativity and stopped to buy it's a boy and girl balloons to tie up in the dining room to see how long it would,take him to realize.  (picture)
Well Stephen insisted we go to dinner to celebrate anywhere I wanted. (chili's, duh!) My Dad was running late from work and just met Mom, Stephen, and I there so he missed the balloons and I again just ended up blurting it out. He is ecstatic and admitted to not being able to keep it a secret.
My last hope of a cute announcement is telling my grandparents this weekend. I'm still working on ideas in my head and hope I can hold off that long!
I plan on documenting everything so we will be able to remember every detail to tell baby so you should be seeing me more often around this little blog now! :) Starting tomorrow because we have the final construction walk through on our house! I will finally post completed pictures. It's a beaut if I do say so myself!
Now to try to get some more sleep, growing a human being is tiring! More updates soon
Happy Tuesday y'all!