Growing the Clan: Baby O'Brien's journey to life

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Growing the Clan: Baby O'Brien's journey to life

Welcome to my first ever pregnancy journal! It's bound to be an interesting and life changing 34ish more weeks.:) I was looking for somewhere to record all my thoughts and activities of this time in my life and figured since I'm online all day anyway, this was the place to do it!

We were lucky with our journey trying to conceive. We got my eggo preggo on the second month of trying! It still feels really surreal and I'm not quite sure it's hit home yet, even though we've already known for 20 days! As of today, we've only told my brother, my parents, and my best friend. Others will have to wait until after my first prenatal appointment...or maybe even longer.

Anyway, I'm sure I'll update more later, but I mostly just wanted to get this journal rolling today.

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Week 2-5

Week 2
So, week 2 started on my O date of August 20th, a Wednesday. Apparently the BDing DH and I did around that time worked! Though this week I didn't know it, but I was pregnant! That weekend we went to Reno to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary and my parent's 34th. Though I shouldn't have, I imbibed some alcoholic beverages over the course of the weekend.:( Bad mommy.

Week 3
Week 3 kicked off during a very hot summer heat wave, and the beginning of the 2008 winegrape harvest. I started experiencing some waves of fatigue at work while sitting at my computer. Other than that I felt fine and dandy, just anxious for my testing day arrive! On Sunday August 31st, the 5th day of week 3, 11DPO, I POAS and was rewarded with my first ever double pink lines on an early response HPT. Wooohoooo! DH and I could hardly believe it! The next day I got another double line and then a digital Pregnant. That settled even the doubt in DH's mind - we were pregnant!

Week 4
Right now my baby is an embryo the size of a poppy seed, consisting of two layers: the epiblast and the hypoblast, from which all of her organs and body parts will develop.
The fatigue continued this week and frequent bathroom trips (to pee!) began, day and night.:toilet: I was also getting occasional light cramps.
We told our first person, my best friend, on Saturday night. She knew we'd been trying and was very happy and excited for us. She and her hubby will be trying soon too - yay!:yahoo:
The next night we told my parents and brother at my dad's birthday dinner party. We hadn't planned on breaking the news so early, but I couldn't figure out any other way to be able to avoid drinking the cocktails and wine which are so prevalent at my family's dinner parties. I know we shocked them, but they are nothing but happy for us. Especially my mom; she's wanted this for a while now.

Week 5
At this point my baby is about the size of a sesame seed, and he looks more like a tiny tadpole than a human.
More and more fatigue during the days. Tender boobies have also made their appearance. I even wore a sportsbra to work on one especially sore day. Cramps are seeming to become more infrequent.

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Week 6 Day 6

Week 6 info: Right now, my baby is a quarter of an inch long, about the size of a lentil bean.

Good lord, I am soooo hungry! It's only 10:30 in the morning and I'm already fantasizing about the delicious chicken burrito I'm going to get for lunch. Mmmmmmm-mmmmmm good.:D

Week 6 has been uneventful. I'm sticking with my exercise routine - every morning before work, 20-25 minutes brisk walking program on the treadmill. I think that this thing is going to be a real life-saver, especially when the baby comes and I can sneak a workout in without leaving the house. Hopefully I won't have too hard a time losing the baby weight.

My weight is just drifting around the same place it's been for a year now. I'm not sure what's going to happen. I would think I'd lose weight initially since I've completely cut out alcohol, where I used to drink regularly. Maybe my liver is still playing catch up. ROFL

Today, besides being starving, I'm noticing my breasts are less sore and more tingly feeling. Somethings definitely going on in there. The bra muffin-top is noticeable in some tshirts, so the titty fairy is visiting!

Only 1 week until my first prenatal! I don't know what to expect, but Aaron is coming with me for support and to take the morning off work. I definitely have to go in after since it's harvest and all. ::sigh:: I sure picked a tough time of year to be pregnant.

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7 weeks today

Week 7 info: My baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry.

Today I seem to be experiencing some hot flashes...not too bad, just making me sweat a bit. The more annoying things are the occasional waves of nausea that keep passing through me. :eek: I hope this doesn't turn into a full blown case of m/s...really I don't.

Yesterday my boss dropped a bomb on me and the rest of the company. He's leaving at the end of harvest. It's so sad, he's a great guy and our team is really solid. I'm scared of who's going to get hired in his place. What if it's someone awful??? Someone who doesn't like me, or who I don't like? I hate having all this uncertaintly about the future, especially now with a baby on the way. I guess I'll just have to be optimistic about this change and open minded to the new winemaker's program. If it gets too bad, I'll leave when things are settled again. Luckily nothing is happening until November or December. Hrmmm...that's just about when I am going to have to tell work about my pregnancy. Wonder how that's going to go over?:confused:

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7 weeks 3 days

Blah. Waves of quesiness keep passing through me. It's mostly annoying since there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the nausea. Luckily I'm nowhere near barfing yet.

I'm pretty excited that it's Friday and I actually get both days off this weekend. That's a rarity during harvest and I'll take what I can get, since it's most likely my last 2 day weekend until Thanksgiving-time.

I have it all squared away with work about my doctor's appointment on Monday. Of course, they don't know what it's about, only that I'll be in after noon. Smile It's really going to shock the hell out of everyone when I do eventually give them the good news.

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7 weeks 4 days

Prenatal appointment #1 is over and done with. Things went well, though I did have to bump my EDD up to May 15, hence the change with my ticker. edit: Decided NOT to change my ticker and will stick with what it should be today: 7 weeks, 6 days.

DH and I were early to the doctor's office, but only waited for around 15 minutes. My blood pressure checked normal at 122/66, with a pulse of 67. Awesome for me - I usually run around 130/70. I DO remember reading somewhere that pregnancy hormones can decrease your blood pressure, which is why some women faint occasionally. I weighed in at 155 - blah. My home balance this morning was at 149 which equals only a pound of weight gain since prepregnancy.

First thing the doc did was check my cervix and uterus. She said it definitely felt like something was going on in there and the cervix looked normal. Then came the internal ultrasound. It wasn't the most comfortable thing in the world. Apparently she had to push around in me more because my uterus is tilted so far back. First she pointed out an ovary. Then came the bladder, followed by the uterus. There was only 1 gestational sac (thank god!) and when she zoomed in we got to see our little blob! Though she didn't take the rate, the beating heart was flickering away! Apparently the little one measured 10mm - or 7 weeks flat. That's 6 days less than I expected, but who knows how long it took to implant. The doctor isn't worried so neither am I. Lastly she mentioned and showed us that I have a fibroid about the size of a walnut in my uterus wall. They're totally benign and probably will be there forever. Weird.

After chatting for a few minutes, we were free to go and schedule our next appointment for November 14th as well as "new pregnancy" and "nutrition" classes for October 16th. Sounds like fun!

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8 weeks

Week 8 info: My baby — about the size of a kidney bean — is constantly moving and shifting, though I still can't feel it.

Last night we told DH's immediate family, or atleast most of them. The funny thing was that every single one asked if this was planned! As if we are the type of people who just let things happen to us...sheesh. Smile

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8 weeks 5 days

DH and I braved Babies R Us yesterday. We were both overwhelmed by the shear volume of stuff you can get for babies! There was an entire WALL dedicated to rubber nipples. No kidding. Not to mention the sections for bouncy/vibrating/swinging seats. It's crazy! My mother will definitely be enlisted to help me figure out what stuff I need and what I can avoid.

The last couple days I've been getting headaches. Tylenol seems to help a little, but not completely. It may be a caffeine thing too, I may have been cutting down even more recently without meaning to.

I found my first food aversion on Friday night. Brussel sprouts. Blechhhh!:puke2: They just taste AWFUL now, and I used to love them. The mere thought turns my stomach.

In other news, my cramps are gone and breasts aren't too tender anymore. Well, the nips are, but the bulk of things are okay.

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9 weeks

Week 9 info:
My new resident is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. She's starting to look more and more human.

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10 weeks: It's a fetus!

Week 10 info:
Though he's barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.

A couple days ago I realized I can actually feel my uterus through my tummy. It feels very firm, like a blown up balloon. Apparently it's about the size of a grapefruit!

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11 weeks

Week 11 info: My baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, is now almost fully formed!

I found out yesterday that my best friend and her hubby are now trying to conceive!!! I hope it's a short journey for them!

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11 weeks 2 days

I have a killer headache today. It started up last night and was present every single time I got up to pee during the night. Luckily I was able to fall back asleep quickly. I had a hard time eating breakfast as the pain was making me nauseous. :mad:
I had no choice but to come into work today as we are bottling and no one else can do the QC checks. I'm definitely going to have to look into getting a lab assistant in the new year. What would happen if we were bottling and I had to do something with the baby?
It's not a caffeine headache as I've had my morning coffee. I did fold and take a tylenol which seems to have taken the edge off, thank god.
Sheesh, I hate headaches!

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12 weeks

Week 12 info: From crown to rump, my baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

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13 weeks

Week 13 info: My baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce.

I'm currently battling the evil, evil problem of constipation. Grrrrrrr. Must remember to eat high fiber cereal every day.

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13 weeks 6 days

Painful constipation, again! Today I'm hobbling around work, waiting for my Fibre One cereal to take effect. WTF?? It actually kept me up for a couple hours last night. Today I'll be pushing fluids and fruits to try and solve my issues. ::sigh:: The joys of pregnancy.

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14 weeks

Week 14 info:
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.

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I've been robbed. I found out at my most recent prenatal exam my baby was no longer alive. I was 14 weeks and the fetus only measured 11-12 weeks. I had a D&C 4 days ago to take care of the "missed abortion" as my body hadn't gotten the memo that the baby was gone.
I'm currently healing my body and mind while awaiting the pathology results.

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I'm very sorry for your loss.