July 24, 2011

14 weeks - hello 2nd trimester!

We're officially in the second trimester! I know...when the heck IS the second trimester?  Bit of a long winded answer here.....

Some go by development of the baby; thus the second trimester begins at 12 weeks when the embryo becomes a full fledged fetus.

Some go by gestation time (40 weeks) divided by 3, which means 13 weeks and 3 days is the beginning of the second trimester.

And some go by conception date meaning 38 weeks divided by 3 and then adding two weeks, which makes 14 weeks and 5 days the beginning of the second trimester.

Yeah, that's not confusing.  ANYWAYS....by most people's standards, we're officially in the second trimester - YAY!  Here's hoping for less nausea and acne and more energy!  Haven't really seen any sign of this yet, but it's still early.  Must be patient.

Weekly Update: 

Week:  14

Weight Gain:  Last time I checked I was still only a couple lbs up, but I haven't checked in a few days and I have a feeling it might be a wee bit more now!

Feeling: Feeling better in the mornings, but still getting a bit of the afternoon malaise.  Smells can still set me off too.  Still taking the Diclectin for now. 

Maternity Clothes: Loving my black leggings!  Wore them with a cute grey top and a black cardi to an afternoon party - so comfortable!

Cravings:  I've been feeling like burgers this week - going to make some for dinner tomorrow night!

Milestones: Things are pretty quiet on the milestone front this week.

Movement: Nope - but I'm not surprised.  I don't even have a noticeable bump, so how can I expect to FEEL movement right? 

Weekly Wisdom:  I'm not so wise this week it seems.  How about the trustworthy "go with the flow"?  haha

Random Name Ideas:   We didn't come up with any names this week, but others have made some suggestions: Ripley, Orson, and my favorite - Poutine!! ahahaha.   Even my 4 year old niece had a suggestion:  Emma :)

Second Trimester Mamma

July 8, 2011

13 weeks - peachy!

Huzzah for "everything looks normal" ultrasounds!   Obviously we were thrilled to hear the ultrasound tech say that everything looks as it should at this point.  Of course they can't tell too much as the baby is still so small, but the dates are spot on, the heart is beating, and the measurement of the nuchal fold is within the range of normal.

*big sigh of relief*

Of course, we won't know our genetic screening risk until I complete the second round of bloods in early August - but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.  I'm just happy with our "so far so good" report!   And once again, it was pretty darn surreal to see the baby on screen.   Even more so when baby started moving around.  At one point the movement was making it difficult for the tech to take the measurements!   So young and already a trouble maker - just like his/her dad - hah.

It's been a pretty crazy week so far. We took our pup in for knee surgery last Friday, and picked him up on Saturday.   The first night was not pleasant as we couldn't get the dog to pee in the spot we made for him on the patio (we were trying to avoid having to take him outside as it required going up and down a bunch of stairs).  Finally at 4:30 in the morning, Patrick carried the dog down 3 flights of stairs so he could pee outside.  I'm not gonna lie, there was crying involved, and it certainly wasn't the dog or patrick.  I'm blameing it on pregnancy hormones - yeah that's it.  Patrick went out the next morning and bought some sod strips to put on our patio.  The dog finally decided to use them a few days ago - which makes life so much easier for all of us!

I told my supervisor about the pregnancy last friday as she was going on vacation, and I didn't want to wait another whole week before telling everyone else at work (wanted to tell my boss first).  She was really great about it, and super happy for us!  And I was finally able to let the cat out of the bag to everyone else on tuesday! It was so much fun telling people at work.  I asked if they wanted to see some pictures  (most assumed they were pics of Huxley since he'd just had surgery).  Needless to say they were quite surprised when I whipped out the ultrasound photos instead!  I loved watching their faces when they registered what the pictures were, and whose they were - haha.

I also emailed my gals from Toronto, and univesrity with the news.  I think we may have taken a few by surprise, as up until about a year ago, Patrick and I have been undecided about having children.   Regardless they were all very excited for us!   And now I can finally talk openly about the pregnancy, and not feel as though I might burst with the secret of it - yay!

On this weeks update:

Week:  13

Weight Gain:  A whole 2lbs.  So far so good!

Feeling: They say most woman start to feel better by the time they reach the 12 - 14 week range.  No such luck for me yet.  I tried cutting back a bit on the diclectin.  Not such a good idea.  Ah well - maybe next week.

Maternity Clothes: I wore my maternity capris for the first time this week because my summer stuff from last year is quite tight (don't think that's a pregnancy issue though - doh).  Can I just say that maternity clothes are so dang comfortable?!?  Stretchy waist band for the win!!

Cravings:  I finally had Roit from Banana Leaf - heavenly.  Now I want more.  That and cous cous salad has been very appetizing this week.  I bought all the ingredients to make a big greek cous cous salad - yum!

Milestones:  Two this week - the "so far so good" ultrasound, and letting the cat out of the bag to coworkers and friends.  SO MUCH FUN!

Movement: Nothing yet - but I can't wait to start feeling wee movements.

Weekly Wisdom:  Enjoy the small moments as much as the big moments!

Random Name Ideas: Patrick - I don't think he had any this week?  Amy - Cecilia

Happy Mamma!

July 1, 2011

12 weeks - the plum!

So the bump says at 12 weeks the wee one has reached the size of a plum!  Most places also say that pregnant woman usually start to feel less nauseaus and tired by this point.  So far, no luck in that department.   Even after switching up my diclectin regimen to 2 in the morning instead of 2 at night, I still tend to feel at my worst by 5pm or so.  Ah well, hopefully in the next couple weeks that will be a thing of the past!

Our big milestone this week will be the NT ultrasound on Monday at 12:45.   We've kept the pregnancy a secret from most people at this point.  I think that's just the genetic counsellor in me.  Even though we heard the heartbeat a couple weeks ago,  I'll feel much more comfortable sharing the news once I've seen the little bean on ultrasound, and once I know for certain that the NT measurement is normal, and all else looks good.

It's still hard to believe that there is a wee one in there growing away, especially because I can't feel my uterus, or notice any discernable bump yet (at least nothing different from the tummy I normally have anyways).  Although last night, Patrick said "hey, is that a baby bump I see?"   I figured it was just my regular tummy, but he thinks it looks a bit different than normal.  Could just be bloat too - haha.

So let's do the weekly update:

Week:  12

Weight Gain:  Compared to pre-pregnancy - 0 lbs, but I did lose a few lbs in the beginning so I have put on about 3-4 lbs since the loss of weight.

Feeling:  Still dealing with a bit of naseau - mostly due to weird/disgusting smells when I'm hungry.  And still have a weird sour taste in my that is hard to get rid of, though it's not there ALL the time now.  Not quite as exhausted as I was feeling a couple weeks ago, but still falling asleep on the couch before 10pm!

Maternity Clothes:  Still fitting into most of my regular fall/winter clothes, but I finally broke down and bought myself a pair of capris, a pair of leggings and a few tops at Thyme Maternity (woohoo sale), and all of my summer stuff from last year doesn't really fit anymore.  I'll probably start wearing them next week :)

Cravings:  No real cravings this week, though I am starting to want fresh fruit, which is nice since they definitely weren't appealing a few weeks ago.  Isuppose I have an ongoing craving for Roti from Banana Leaf, but since there is nothing else on their menu that I really like, I have yet to order JUST roti for dinner :)

Milestones:  We have our first ultrasound on Monday.  I'm super excited and of course, slightly nervous too.  Will definitely report back on the results as soon as we hear anything.

Movement: Nothing - but don't really expect to feel anything for a month or so at least.

Weekly Wisdom: When you feel yourself getting overly upset at something that, in reality, is not that big of an issue, count to 10 and realize that the hormones are likely to blame. 

Random Name Ideas: Patrick - Scott(male)  Amy - January(female)

Mamma Bear