Well, I didn't think I'd have to write one of these for a long, loooong time, but nevertheless, here I am.
A little bit about me: My name is Courtney, and I'll be 20-years-old on February 27th. My husband's name is Dmitry, and he's 22-years-old. He's a Russian linguist in the Army, though he isn't leaving for bootcamp until May/June (still haven't found out the exact date yet). He used to be in the Air Force, but got medically discharged for a reason that was total BS (they're trying to cut down on the amount of people they have). We got married last June, on the fifth - so we've been married for about nine months now. We live in Anchorage, Alaska, but our homestate is New Jersey - we just moved here in November to go to school.
Anyway, I was supposed to get my period on the 6th of this month, and I missed it. When I tested for pregnancy last Monday, it came out negative, but I just took another one today, and I got a plus sign (preggo, I used E.P.T.). It was really faint, but it was there. I knew I was pregnant, anyway. I didn't have any symptoms that people usually have (sore breasts, nautious), but I just somehow knew. I didn't feel right.
I'm going to try to get an appointment at my doctor's office tomorrow to get a bloodtest, and see what the hell I'm supposed to do. I know a lot about childcare (I've been a nanny for a few years now, babysat all through high school), but I hardly know anything about pregnancy. Well, wish me luck.
By the way, I'd love comments on this journal, or anyone who has any advice for me!!!! I'll be posting again soon.
Went to the doctor today as a walk-in, and I was actually there for less time than I usually am when I have an appointment. Go figure. Anyway, she confirmed what I already knew - that I'm pregnant. My estimated date of delivery is October 16th. Very exciting
I still need to figure out a way to tell my mom. I can't even imagine what she'll say. I probably wait until the end of the first trimester at least to tell her, just to make sure nothing happens. I'm kind of bummed that my husband won't be around for close to three months of the pregnancy, and especially those months (4th month through the 6th, and maybe into the 7th). At least he'll be around for the birth. I have a lot of friend's who's husbands were deployed in Iraq and such when they gave birth, and I wouldn't ever want to go through that alone.
I started taking pre-natal vitamins - those things are HUGE!!!!! I almost threw up just trying to get one to go down my throat haha. It's so weird to think there's a little peanut growing inside me, sometimes it doesn't even feel like this is happening. I suppose when I start getting morning sickness my mind will wrap around it.
I still can't decide if I'd want to know the gender of our child. I know I'm going to be going nuts if I don't know for nine months, but on the other hand, isn't that part of the fun of being pregnant? Guessing the whole time, and then finally getting to know once you give birth?
Some possible names Dmitry and I have discussed (I know it's jumping the gun a bit, but sue us, we're first-time parents) -
For a girl: Julia, Aleksandra
For a boy: Alexandr
We know we want to use a Russian name, b/c we're both Russian, but I also happen to like Kyra Elizabeth for a girl. Who knows, we've got plenty of time.
I've been talking with one of my friends, who's stationed in Italy at the moment, and she thinks she's pregnant, too. She's 4 days late, and going for a bloodtest tomorrow. I'm so excited, hopefully I'll have a pregnancy buddy
I've started feeling a bit queasy. Not throwing up, but just sort of dizzy, and then I'll get that weird feeling in the back of my throat near my glands like I'm going to throw up. It started last night, and when I woke up this morning it was worse, but I ate something and the queasiness got better. Not the dizzyness though. And it's not vertigo or anything, just occasionally the room will spin a bit.
Today I am exactly 5 weeks pregnant
Oh, and I found the perfect bed set for the peanut - a John Lennon print called "Real Love" that has all these cool abstract, whimsical animals on it. It'd be great for either a boy or a girl, and not to mention I LOVE John Lennon. I think it was discontinued, so I'll have to see about buying it before all the stores runs out. I'll be SO disappointed if I can't find it.
I told my mom I was pregnant. She reacted exactly how I knew she would - started crying and was upset, but then calmed down and got excited. I know it's early to be having a child - we've only been married less than a year, not to mention I'm right in the middle of college, but sometimes unexpected things turn out to be miracles. I know she's getting a little excited about it, too - I'll be the first of all my cousins to have a kid (and some of them are 27 and 30!), as I was also the first to get married.
My mom asked me what I felt like I was having, a boy or a girl. For some reason, I feel like it's a boy. I'd really love to have a girl, but a boy would be wonderful just as well. I looked at those chinese gender charts (lol) and it said it should be a boy, but I also looked at it for ME and it said I should be a boy too, so I guess we'll see. Still don't have any idea if I want to know the sex or not. It's fun guessing, but I'm not too sure it'll be fun 6 months from now when it's driving me nuts!
I ordered that John Lennon "Real Love" crib bedset online today I HAD to - it was going out of print, and I'm absolutely in love with it. I had to send it to my mom's house in NJ, though, and I'll have her send it to me here, because the website doesn't ship to Alaska. I know it's really early to be baby shopping, but I was worried if I waited til I was further along I wouldn't be able to get it. It's great b/c it's unisex, and I thought it was a pretty decent price - $125 for the fitted sheet, quilt, bumpers, and ruffle thing for the bottom of the crib. If anyone cares to see it:
I guess that's it. Those pre-natal vitamins are making me feel really sick whenever I take them, so I've started taking them an hour or so before I eat, because otherwise I feel so nautious I can't finish my food.
DH shot down Gavril for a name for a boy, so we're still only agreeing on Alexandr. I like Sonya for a girl, but I still think I like Julia better. I think I need to get a baby name book, because I KNOW it'll take us the entire 9 months just to come up with one we both like lol