Thursday, April 9, 2015

Baby Mead: 7 months!

28 weeks along on my 29th birthday/Easter Sunday!

How far along: 7 months, already. This pregnancy is flying by!

Baby's Size: Currently about 14 inches long and 1.5-2.5 lbs; the size of an eggplant.

Weight gain:  About 18-20 pounds so far... still on track, which is a surprise because I've been eating a ton! Pregnancy sure does put a different perspective on weight gain... it's a blessing that this little one is growing as expected, but it's still a shocker to see the numbers on the scale!

Food Cravings/Aversions: Still craving Mexican food,  but that's not much different that pre-pregnancy! A couples weeks ago we went to Dallas to visit friends and I was so excited for Mexican food (specifically Tex-Mex... I just can't find that in Colorado), but I ended up with food poisoning or a 24 hour stomach bug (I felt horrible!) and we had to cancel our reservations for Mexican food. Such a bummer!

Appointments: Tomorrow is my glucose test where I get to drink a super sugary orange drink and get my blood checked! Wish me luck. :) We also toured the hospital where we were going to deliver this week and feel really good about our decision. On the tour, the guide said that they are a very popular hospital for babies and have about 4,000 babies per MONTH, haha. We all gawked at her and then she said, Oh, I mean 4,000 per YEAR! That's still a lot of babies, but WAY more reasonable than 4,000 per month. 

Maternity clothes: Absolutely!

Sleep: Still sleeping pretty good. It's way more effort to flip over from my left to the right side and I'm loving my body pillow.

Gender: ??????? It's a surprise!

Movement: I can't tell how the baby is positioned, but the movement has gradually changed from strong jabs and kicks to more graceful waves and rolling. Such an amazing feeling and reminder of the little life growing inside of me. What a miracle!

Symptoms: After being sick for a day with food poisoning, I am so incredibly grateful to have had such an easy pregnancy so far with minimal nausea! Still battling the heartburn... if the old wives' tale about heartburn is true (if you have heartburn, your baby will be born with lots of hair), then I'm going to have a monkey! My belly button is half innie and half outie. 

Best moment this month: Just spending time catching up with friends and family. Nick and I visited our good friends in Dallas for a weekend and my parents came up to Denver last week to celebrate my 29th birthday and my mom's 60th birthday! (Our birthdays are 1 day apart.) 

Nursery: We have paint, a dresser, a storage/bookcase, a rug and ... A CRIB! The crib really made it feel like a baby's room. So exciting! Nesting has begun and I find myself sweeping and organizing and putting clothes away like never before! 

Mood: I find myself getting a little overwhelmed at times. Work, studying and going to classes for the HR certification, finding time to research doulas and pediatricians and childbirth classes and newborn photographers, working on the nursery, volunteering with Junior League, keeping the house clean, watering the plants, reading pregnancy books, travelling on weekends or hosting company... it's all fun and exciting stuff, but quite a bit to juggle. I've been feeling guilty for not being able to give everything 100%. I know I need to slow down on something (and will HAVE TO slow down soon), but responsibility is a top strength/characteristic of mine and it's hard to let things slide.

Looking forward to: Our birthday/babymoon vacation to Puerto Rico is next week! With how busy I've been (and Nicholas is just as busy!) we are both really, really, really looking forward to relaxing on the beach or by the pool and just taking a week to ourselves.

Q&A: A couple questions that I've gotten this month: 
Are you going to keep working after the baby arrives? Yep. I really enjoy my job and the lifestyle that dual incomes affords us. I think it's going to be very tough for me to go back to work though... I can already picture myself crying at work because I miss this little one that I haven't even met yet. But, we found a great daycare right across the street from our office, so at least I'll be close enough for a (few!) visits throughout the day. I'm planning on taking about 14 weeks off for maternity leave. 

Have you decided on names? I'm pretty much set on each a girl name and boy name. Nick agrees with the girl name, but hasn't come around on my choice for the boy name yet... so we have a little more pondering to do. And, we're still going to keep them to ourselves until we meet the baby and pick one for sure!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Baby Mead: Weeks 21, 22 & 23

How far along: 23 weeks

Baby's Size: 10.5 to 12 in and just over a pound!

Weight gain:  15 pounds so far. This mama is growing!

Food Cravings/Aversions: I've been craving olives, sweet tea, French fries and English muffins with raspberry jelly and butter! SO random. As far as aversions, I've been trying to stay away from anything that gives me heartburn... spicy foods and tomato-based foods.

21 weeks - Valentine's Day in Wash Park

Appointments: Our next appointment is on Monday! It should be a pretty quick one. No ultrasound this time. Last weekend, we took a tour of one of the two hospitals we're considering for delivery, Rose Medical Center. We saw the other hospital, St Joseph's, around Thanksgiving. They had just completely renovated the hospital and weren't open to the public yet. We're leaning towards St Joe's, but want to take a another tour now that they're open and operating just to make sure!

Maternity clothes: Yep! So much more comfortable and they fit so much better. 

Sleep: Still sleeping pretty good. Just not getting enough! I need to start going to sleep earlier... morning comes way too fast.

Gender: Still a surprise!

Movement: The little one is moving around now as I type! Hi Baby!! I love you!!

Symptoms: Heartburn and backaches are my biggest complaints, and since that's it, I consider myself very lucky! Other fun things... I'm pretty sure I'm going to have an outie bellybutton. It's flat right now and this baby still has lots of growing to do! Also, my linea nigra showed up around 20 weeks. It's still light in color, but just an example of all the crazy things that happen to your body during pregnancy!

Best moment this week: I was warning Nicholas to get ready because I will probably get stretch marks... I've gotten them before just from fluctuations in my weight during high school and college. He said the sweetest thing in the world to me... "Your stretch marks will just remind me of how beautiful you look carrying our baby." Cue tears! What a sweetheart! Gosh, I love him.

Nursery: As with the rest of our home improvement projects, the nursery is a SLOW work in progress. We picked our paint color and primed the walls, but that made the trim look really dingy (because it is off white - see below pic). So then we painted the trim white, and we've yet to paint the walls! One of these weekends we'll get to it. We still have time, right?! 

Lots of work to be done!

22 weeks

We pulled up the carpet and were less than impressed with the condition of the hardwood floors underneath. Bummer. We've toyed with the idea of refinishing the floors on the whole first level and go with a dark stain, but for now, we've decided we have enough on our plate and we'll just put a big rug down in the nursery...

Am I crazy for wanting a cream-colored rug?
I think it would look so good, but would probably get dirty fast.

Mood: Happy, but busy, so feeling a little spread thin at times. I decided to try to knock out an HR certification test before Baby Mead comes, so I started taking a class once a week and have been studying a lot! I figured even though I'm busy now, there's no way I'd want to study when I have a sweet newborn to look after, so might as well squeeze it in! (What in the world was I thinking!?!) :)

Looking forward to: Finishing up our registry, visiting friends in Dallas in a few weeks and getting back to the gym! Nick and I have been sharing a cold for the last few weeks and we're both finally feeling better. I had been going to a Yoga Sculpt class at our gym before getting sick and I'm excited to get back!

Q&A: The question I get all the time, other than Do you know what you're having? and When are you due? is Do you miss alcohol/wine/happy hours? etc. Maybe I seemed to enjoy happy hours quite a bit before! :) Answer is, no, I don't miss it at all! Once the weather changes and it's warm, patio weather, I'll probably want a margarita or glass of wine, but so far, so good. 

I've also gotten a few questions on names... we're still undecided but have a handful of favorites. We've decided to keep them to ourselves though until Baby Mead is here and we've chosen the name. We do know that we'll follow my family tradition if it's a girl... no middle name, so the first name needs to be amazing! And if it's a boy, we'll likely use a family name.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Baby Mead: Halfway There!

How far along: 20 weeks - halfway through this pregnancy!

Baby's Size: Baby is the size of a banana! About 7 inches long and 13 ounces. Baby measured just a few days bigger than expected at our last appointment.

Weight gain:  12 pounds total, but it fluctuates daily based on what I eat :) 

Food Cravings/Aversions: This week, I've been craving avocados, chips and queso, smoothies, popcorn with M&Ms, and carbonated beverages!

Appointments: We had our 20 week appointment on Tuesday and Baby Mead is just perfect. We are so thankful for that! We were able to watch the ultrasound on a large flat screen TV, so during parts of the ultrasound the technician told us to close our eyes so we didn't accidentally see something we didn't want to see (whether baby's a boy or girl!). But, we did see the cutest little feet and a darling profile!

Nick thinks the baby has his lips and my nose!

Maternity clothes: I visited a maternity clothing store earlier this week hoping to find a pair of pants I liked and ended up leaving with 2 dresses, 4 pairs of jeans, leggings and 2 tops!!! I think I'm set for a little while! 

Sleep: Still great. I wake up about once per night, but am able to go right back to sleep.

Gender: Still a surprise! But, just for fun, based on Old Wives' Tales...

  • Chinese Gender Predictor: Girl
  • Linea Nigra: Just barely starting to show, but it is above and below my belly button... Boy
  • Dry Skin: Yes... Boy
  • Heart rate: 137 at 20 week appt... Boy
  • Hair: I'd like to think I've been having good hair days... Boy
  • Numbers: Age at time of conception + Month of conception = Even number... Boy
  • Numbers 2: Age at time of conception and Month of conception are both even... Girl
  • Morning sickness: Girl
  • Complexion; Boy
  • Sleep position: Right side preferred... Girl
  • Graceful or clumsy: Slightly more clumsy... Boy

So that's 4 for girl and 7 for boy... sounds like we should plan for a mini-Nicholas!

Movement: These little baby kicks never get old! Nick and I will sit on the couch with his hand on my belly waiting to feel the little kicks... each time is just as exciting as the last!

Symptoms: Still feeling great. I've noticed that my back has been feeling a little tight lately... perhaps I'll just have to book a pre-natal massage soon!

Best moment this week: We are so, so thankful for a healthy baby and that we've received nothing but good news from the doctor! Experiencing infertility (at least for me) has made me feel like I'm not exempt or immune from all the things that could go wrong with a pregnancy. So each time we hear good news, we are just so happy and feel so blessed.

Nursery: We purchased one of the first things for the nursery... crib sheets! We found the cutest green gingham sheets from Pottery Barn, and those helped us to narrow down the paint color to Celery Sprig by Behr! It's all coming together now!

Here's one of the crib sheets:

And, here's a random pic I found online (here) of the paint color we chose, although of course it looks a little different in our room with our lighting:

Mood: Energetic, happy, and maybe a little fiesty! :)

Looking forward to: Continuing to put the nursery together, taking a tour of one of the two hospitals we're considering for delivery, and getting signed up for our birth classes!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Baby Mead: Weeks 18 & 19

We went from gorgeous sunshine at 18 weeks...

to almost a foot of snow at 19 weeks!

How far along: 19 weeks!

Baby's Size: Baby is the size of a sweet potato at 18 weeks and a mango at 19 weeks!

Weight gain:  11 pounds total 

Food Cravings/Aversions: I've been craving Mexican food... constantly! Poor Nicholas is getting tired of it, but I guess that's part of marrying a girl from South Texas! We tried out a new (to us) taco place in Denver called Moontower Tacos. The owner is from Austin and it was so good!

Appointments: Next one is at 20 weeks.

Maternity clothes: I'm really in need of some new maternity pants. I have 3 pairs, but I rotate them constantly and need some more variety. I'm really looking forward to when it's warmer and I can wear dresses.

Sleep: It's been great. My morning commute went from 10 minutes to 40 minutes when we moved to a new office in November. Lately, I've started showering at night, instead of in the morning, to save time... and I love my new routine. Nice hot shower, lotion up the belly, then crawl in bed! So relaxing.

Gender: We aren't going to find out until the baby is born! Our next appointment at 20 weeks is our anatomy scan, so hopefully the tech doesn't accidentally share the news like in my dream!

Movement: LOTS OF KICKS!! Even Nicholas was able to feel the movement. I can tell that the baby likes Mexican food, too because he or she does a little dance after I eat it!

Symptoms: Everyone was right - the second trimester is awesome. A little heartburn, but feeling great overall.

Best moment this week: We picked out some paint samples for the nursery! I'm looking forward to making a special room for our little one. After months and months of having a "junk room," that room finally gets to fulfill it's original purpose as a nursery!!

Nursery: See above :) We're going to paint the walls light green.

Mood: Excited and can't believe how fast time is going.

Looking forward to: Our next Doctor's appointment and getting to see and hear Baby Mead!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Baby Mead: Weeks 16 & 17

This was after a big meal...!

How far along: 17 weeks now!

Baby's Size: Baby is the size of an avocado at 16 weeks and an onion at 17 weeks!

Weight gain:  10 pounds total so far, but my doctor gave me the thumbs up to gain on the higher end of the 25-35 range, so I feel pretty good about it.

Food Cravings/Aversions: No more nausea which is awesome and most foods sound good again. I did have a random craving for a hot dog... I thought we were supposed to crave things that our body needed. Not sure what I needed from a hot dog.

Appointments: Had a great 16 week appointment with my doctor. We listened to the baby's heartbeat, and the rate was around 139. The also did a screening test for Down Syndrome and that came back negative.

Maternity clothes: Still rocking my regular tops and dresses, but mostly in maternity pants or stretchy leggings! I did buy a casual maternity top from Target because it showcases the bump, which I love and am very proud of! :) And, it's just long and super comfy.

Sleep: I suffered through a horrible cold at 17 weeks... and of course it was the same week Nick was traveling for work. So, it was just Cricket here to take care of me... and other than cuddles, she wasn't very helpful! I slept a lot during the day, but would toss and turn at night because of the sneezing, congestion and just overall yuckiness.

Gender: We aren't going to find out until the baby is born!

Movement: I think I've felt some kicks, but they're very sporadic and could easy be confused with digestion...

Symptoms: Feeling good other than the cold.

Best moment this week: All the good news at our doctor's appointment. So glad this little one is growing strong! Also, we decided to pull the trigger and booked one last vacation while it's just the two of us... we'll be heading to sunny Vieques Island, Puerto Rico in April. With all the snow lately, it'll be snow nice to head somewhere warm and tropical!

This is where we'll be staying...

Not too shabby, huh?! :)

Nursery: We've made some progress... it's gone from a storage room to a completely empty room! I've started to picture where I want to put everything... I need to make a budget or else this could probably get out of hand quickly!

Mood: Mostly, great! I did have a minor breakdown/pity party when I was home sick with a cold and Nick was out of town and Cricket was barking and threw up everywhere. That was not fun.

Looking forward to: Really feeling the baby move... 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Baby Mead: Weeks 14 & 15

Doesn't this hot tub look amazing!? I refrained, but Nick sure enjoyed it!

How far along: We spent the weekend between 14 & 15 weeks up in the mountains to celebrate Nick's birthday and New Year's. It was the same spot that we spent our last anniversary... Beaver Creek, CO. We love it up there!

Baby's Size: Baby is the size of a lemon at 14 weeks and an apple at 15 weeks!

Weight gain:  1-2 lbs this week - so far on track, which is a miracle considering the next section...

Food Cravings/Aversions: Pre-pregnancy I was all about savory, protein rich breakfasts... eggs, omelettes, breakfast burritos, etc... now it's all about the  CARBS! Bagels, fruit, oatmeal, croissants, cinnamon raisin toast.... French fries usually sound good, too, when nothing else does. Haha! 

Appointments: Next appointment with my OB is at 16 weeks!

14 weeks

Maternity clothes: Still rocking my regular tops and dresses, but 80% in maternity pants! 

Sleep: Sleep is interrupted about once per night for a little tinkle break, but otherwise, feeling much better and I have my energy back for the most part! I've also been having very random and vivid dreams. I try to tell Nick as soon as I wake up so I don't forget all the details... he thinks I'm crazy!

Gender: We aren't going to find out until the baby is born! And, we would be absolutely thrilled with either. But, for those of you who believe... the Chinese Gender Predictor says we're having a girl. :)

15 weeks
The bump is always a little bigger after I eat!

Movement: None yet from the baby, but I started working out again which has been nice. Started off slow with just a brisk walk on the treadmill, but looking to start yoga or something soon.

Symptoms: That darn heartburn has stuck around, but otherwise feeling great!

Best moment this week: Buying 3 baby books and relaxing by the fireplace in the mountains, catching up on our reading! It's the little things...

Beaver Creek Village

Nursery: It's still just a storage room... we have lots of work to do, but my "baby mead" Pinterest board is busting at the seams with the sweetest ideas! 

Mood: Excited to share our news. We waited to tell the world (aka. Facebook) until about 15 weeks. Now, I notice myself letting it slip out in conversation to complete strangers! I just can't help it!

Looking forward to: Getting started on the nursery... first, picking a paint color! We're thinking a light green.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Baby Mead: Weeks 1-12

My first trimester of my first pregnancy is over... and, wow! It went by so fast. Before my "pregnancy brain" wipes away those memories, here is a little overview... 

How far along: 19 weeks now... but this is all about the 1st trimester!

Baby's Size: We started out the first trimester with a microscopic embryo and ended with a baby the size of a plum! Just over 2 inches and half an ounce.

Baby's First Picture

12ish weeks later...
So amazing, right?!

Weight gain: I don't really remember now, but I think around 5 lbs! 

Food Cravings/Aversions: My very first craving was chicken-fried steak with gravy. I ate it probably once a week for 5 weeks - I just couldn't get enough of it!!!! Until around 9 weeks, when I was at brunch with Nick's family and half the table ordered chicken-fried steak with eggs and YUCK! it looked and smelled so gross. I had to leave the table and go lay down in the car to keep from puking! Around that time is when most food didn't sound very good and I needed to keep something in my tummy, like crackers or gingersnaps, or else I would be queasy. I was also really into bagels with cream cheese and orange juice in the morning. 
Appointments: I had ultrasounds/appointments around 7 and 9 weeks along. I wrapped up with my RE around 10 weeks... it was bittersweet - I LOVED my nurse and doctor there! But, I was very thankful to "graduate" to my OB. My first appointment with my OB was right at 10 weeks and it was amazing to see how much the baby grew in just a few quick weeks!

Maternity clothes: I gained weight and was bloated right off the bat, so I welcomed maternity pants a little earlier than most! My GAP maternity leggings are the most comfortable things in the world. I also got a couple pairs of jeans (one with a demi-panel and one with a full panel) which were way more comfortable than my rubberband-rigged skinny jeans.

Sleep: Um, a lot. I could sleep for 8 hours, then nap for 5 during the day, and be ready for bed again at 8:30pm! I had no idea growing a baby was so exhausting! And it's still so small!

Gender: We don't know yet! However, I had a dream that it was a BOY. In my dream, I was getting an ultrasound and the tech said, "Congratulations! It's a Boy!" But, I didn't want to know. "Wait... you weren't supposed to tell us!!" Then the tech said, "I didn't say Boy... I said Joy... What a Joy!" Then, I woke up from my dream, because I probably had to pee. :)

Movement: None yet! 

Symptoms: My sense of smell was super-human. Nick was so amazed at the scents I could pick up! I also quite frequently had heartburn and would feel queasy on an empty stomach, but that was the worst of it! I only got sick one time - thanks to a whiff of Cricket's dog food first thing in the morning. Overall though, I can't complain!

Best moment this trimester: Wow, so hard to pick one moment. 
  • Sharing our wonderful news with our families and friends was so fun. We spent time with Nick's family over Thanksgiving in Iowa and my family came to Denver for Christmas! Everyone was so thrilled for us, which made us feel so special and even more excited. 
  • Hearing the baby's heartbeat the first time was such a sweet sound.
  • Baby waved at us during our 12 week ultrasound! 
Nursery: It's still just a storage room... we have lots of work to do, but my "baby mead" Pinterest board is busting at the seams with the sweetest ideas! 

Mood: A mix between disbelief and pure gratitude!

Looking forward to: A real bump! Not just a chicken-fried steak bump... ;)

The three of us near the end of the first trimester!