So, bright and early on Saturday, February 17th, I woke up and decided to take a pregnancy test. It was 6:30 AM, and I had to pee. I looked over at DH, and saw that he was awake too. He was the one who had convinced me to take the test, since AF had been MIA for about a week. I have generally whacky cycles, so I figured that was probably it. But a tiny doubt was niggling away at me anyway, since for the past few cycles I had been regular. Since we had plans to go skiing that weekend, I decided to test to make sure it was safe.
So I went into the bathroom, POAS, and before I could even get up off the seat, the word "Pregnant" was staring back at me from the digital screen. I looked at it, and searched for the word "Not" as I had seen "Not Pregnant" so many times before that I really didn't think the digital tests were programmed to say anything else! Fortunately, all it said was "Pregnant". I felt a moment of disbelief, a moment of panic, and then I smiled. It was true! I really was pregnant! I took the test out to DH, and nonchalantly handed it to him. I said, "What does this say?" and watched as his jaw dropped to his lap! It was amazing. I grinned at him, and he grinned at me. We talked about how amazing this is! After that we both got up, brushed our teeth and decided to send his unsuspecting parents an innocuous email. All it said was, "What do you guys think of this?" and we attached the picture of the positive HPT. Soon enough, we got a phone call and his mom was yelling and screaming with happiness! She said his dad had opened the email, and started yelling so loud, she thought he was having a heart attack! It was great.
DH and I went to the local coffee shop here in town for a celebratory cup of warm milk, and we talked about the pregnancy, the risk of miscarriage (my mom miscarried several times before me, so we're worried), and how I was feeling. That was by far one of the happiest days of my life.
And here we are today, I'm sitting pretty at 6w 4d. Morning sickness (all day sickness, really!) has started to kick in, and I'm tired ALL the time. And when I'm not tired or sick, I'm hungry.
It's been really fun so far though, everyday I wonder what our little one is upto in there. I welcome all the symptoms, even the unsavory ones like constipation because I know it means that s/he is healthy and thriving in there! Being pregnant has been magical so far, inspite of the not-so-glamorous weight gain, bloating, gassiness, etc. etc. I hope and pray I get to carry this baby to term, but if not, I am determined to enjoy each and every precious day I get with him/her. I thank God for this opportunity to be pregnant and have life growing inside me every day.
My first OB appointment has been scheduled for March 1st at 9:50 AM. I'll be meeting with an OB nurse, and she'll do all the routine questions, etc. My first ultrasound won't be until I'm 10-12 weeks along. I just cannot wait! I know we'll rest sooo much easier once we see or hear that little heart beating away.
Okay, I'm off to drink some more gingerale now!
All of my family, and DH's parents now know about the pregnancy. We had a trip planned which we had to put off, so we had to tell some people we weren't planning on telling. That's okay. Everyone is very excited and very concerned that I rest and do nothing. Fine by me! My MIL keeps telling me about all the things she wants to buy the baby. She is so cute! She is going to spoil this baby rotten!
Morning sickness is hitting hard. I'm so grateful I have a husband who will run and get me anything I want. Anytime I make a motion to get up, he tells me to sit back down and that he'll get it for me. It's really sweet! Lately I haven't been upto doing much of anything, so it's nice to be able to relax and know he really doesn't mind. I feel bad though, he works so hard at his job and then he comes home and takes care of me. I've heard 2nd trimester is a lot better, so hopefully my energy levels will go back up then!
7 weeks exactly today. This was a little milestone I set for myself, to get through the fear of miscarriage. I am so happy I've made it this far! Tomorrow we have our first OB appointment, where they do all the medical history stuff, etc. I am excited!! I truly cannot wait for our first ultrasound, though!! I have to be between 10-12 weeks for that, so another 3-5 weeks to go.
The OB appointment went really well! The nurse said I am not high-risk, so that is definitely a good thing. She also said that my chance of having twins is higher than normal! Eek! DH was really happy to hear that, though. He really, really wants twins! We also got some good news regarding my family's history of miscarriages. She said that their history does not affect my miscarriage rate. Mine stays the same at 12% just like anyone else. So that's a relief.
Our FIRST ultrasound has been set for March 20th at 1 PM!! I cannot wait!! I know we're both going to rest so much easier after we see that heartbeat. 19 more days!
So our plan of not telling any friends and acquaintances until after the ultrasound is not going so great! My friend called me about 6 times last night trying to get a hold of me because she heard through the grapevine that I'm pregnant! So of course I had to call her this morning and tell her why I hadn't told her yet. She was pretty understanding. And in total shock, like everyone who's found out so far! DH and I had gone to her house a few weeks ago, when I was about 5 weeks pregnant. We didn't know at the time that I was pregnant. She said she noticed that my boobs had gotten humongous! She thought I was going through a "growth spurt". :rofl:
I'm going out with my other friend on Wednesday, and I really POPPED this week, so I know she's going to know too! Well, at least I'll be 8 weeks that day, so it won't be too much longer till my ultrasound.
16 more days!!
Nothing too exciting going on here, but I guess I should write on here about what circumstances led to us getting pregnant, for those who don't know. DH and I had tried to get pregnant for about two years. I went off birth control, and for some reason, we just couldn't. I was O'ing, and his sperm count was a little low, but nothing that should've affected us too much. The doctors had no clue, and we were diagnosed with "unexplained infertility". I got soooo incredibly frustrated with TTC that I decided to talk to DH about adoption. We had always known that we wanted to adopt, we just figured it would come later, after we were done having biological children. We talked about it and slept on it, and decided to go for it. We were in the process of adopting - in fact, a little girl had been identified for us from India - when we found out we're expecting! We decided to pursue the adoption anyway since we had gotten so attached to the little girl, but our agency told us they have a policy where you cannot adopt if you're pregnant. So unfortunately, we had to put that dream aside. They did assure us though, that the little girl's referral was going to a family who would be able to devote all the love and attention to her that she would need. We are slowly making our peace with this decision. So there you have it! If you're interested in my adoption journey, you can find my adoption journal on this website. Oh, and my whole adoption journey was chronicled under the username "watermelon0719".
Some other news... we got a new kitty! Her name is Lacy. She is a beautiful tortoiseshell, with a little stump tail! I think she was born that way, it doesn't look docked. One night DH and I were going out when we noticed this sweet little kitty who came running up to us. She meowed at us and rubbed up against us. It was really cold, so we decided to take her in for one night and take her to the shelter the next day so her owners could find her. Well, it turns out her owners are dirtbags who just ditched her. We went back to the shelter almost two weeks later and she was still there. So of course, we adopted her! She is really, really sweet. Right now she's isolated from our other pets (a cat and two dogs) because we want them all to get used to each others' smell first. The only one I'm really concerned about is our resident kitty, Billy. He's pretty territorial, so there's a lot of hissing and yowling going on at Lacy's door!
I am starting to really be able to handle my morning sickness. I've found a few things that really work for me like eating every two hours, eating relatively bland food, sucking on hard candy and staying hydrated. I've also started taking my prenatals at night. I gained too much weight too quickly between my 5th and 7th weeks, so I've started to watch how much I eat and exercise. It's really helping! Plus, it helps that I'm not starving every half hour too. I think my body is getting used to being pregnant. Can't believe I'm 8 weeks tomorrow! That is so wonderful! I feel so lucky and blessed to have come this far.
Okay, maybe I spoke too quickly about getting a handle on the morning sickness. These last couple of days have been really hard! I actually puked a few times, which makes me feel a lot better than when I just feel like I'm being tossed about on a boat. I tried a sea sickness band, but it didn't work for me. I am sucking on ginger candy nonstop though, and that does help, thankfully. My websites say that I should be getting less hormonal this week, but I haven't noticed that! In fact, I've been more weepy and pukey than I was all through week 7! I told my friend that I would go with her to a little get together at our other friend's house tonight. I really hope I start feeling better by then, otherwise I'll have to ditch the whole plan. We have plans to go to the Cheesecake Factory on Saturday, and I want to be able to go to that too! I've been dying to try their food, although I know I won't want to if I wake up feeling sick like I have the past few days. Ah well, all I can do is hope they understand! One of them is pregnant, so I know she will understand!
Our kitty Lacy is sick. We had to take her to the vet for conjunctivitis and worms! Hopefully all that stuff will start to clear up really fast. We have her on meds now. She's also getting spayed on Monday. They think she just had kittens, and she's not even 2 yet! Poor baby. Her previous owners really did not take care of her. It makes me so mad! She is the sweetest little thing, too. Oh, and this is really sad - if you raise your hand in front of her, she cowers like she's afraid of getting hit! I was fixing my hair one day and she did that. I felt so terrible! I hugged her and promised her she would never have to worry about that again!
The Cheesecake Factory was excellent!!!! Anyone who has one within 100 miles of them should go just to experience the Dulce De Leche cheesecake!!!! Oh man, I have been dreaming about it ever since I got home. It was soooo yummy!! I went with my two friends, one of whom is 18 weeks pregnant. She is soooo tiny though, her pooch is smaller than mine!! It was really shocking! She didn't eat anything except a salad and some water. I'm wondering if maybe she has body image issues? She's been having some complications with her pregnancy too, and she said she hasn't gained any weight at all from her prepregnancy self. I'm a little worried about her, but maybe it's just because that's her body type. I felt like a huge house compared to her!! It was cool, though, because people could really tell I am pregnant, and they were so nice to me! They were holding doors, and seating us quickly, and generally just being really sweet. I must say, I LOVE all the attention you get when you're pregnant! The other day, we went to WalMart and our cashier started chatting to me about when I was due etc. I told her I felt HUGE for 8 weeks (just my belly pokes out, nothing else is fat!), and she said she was the same way. She said all her weight was out front in her tummy the whole time she was pregnant. She had two boys and a girl. Apparently from the way I'm carrying, and from the foods I'm craving (mashed potatoes, meat, etc.) people say I'm having a boy!! That would be so cool! But then someone said because I'm so sick, it'll be a girl, and I think that would be really cool too! I guess I really don't care either way, and neither does DH. We're just so excited to be pregnant!!
The day before yesterday was AWFUL in terms of feeling sick! We went to WalMart, and I had to leave because I felt so out of sorts. Well, in the car on the way home, I kept dry heaving and retching, and when we got home, I puked. I was in so much pain (hips, back, head) and felt so miserable I was crying. Finally, I made this recipe my mom gave me for morning sickness, and it helped SO much!! It's an East Indian recipe, and it works miracles. I'm posting it here if anyone wants to try it:
1/2 tsp of diced jalapenos if you like things spicy
A small piece of fresh ginger
Salt to taste
The buttermilk and water should be in a 1:1 ratio. So if you use 2 cups of buttermilk, use 2 cups of water. Pour the buttermilk, water, fresh ginger and jalapenos into the blender. You can add salt to taste if you'd like. Blend for 2-3 minutes until frothy at top. Chill for 30 minutes and drink. It's soooo yummy! It's great for calcium, morning sickness, and dehydration. Hope this helps someone out there!