A little about me:


I'm 32 & married to the most amazing man, Eddie who is 30. I have a 14 year old daughter from a previous relationship (although Eddie has been her Dad since she was 6). I was 17 when I had her. Eddie and I were married in November 2012 and are now expecting a son in October 2014! We had a bit of a journey for one year trying to conceive our son - I'm sure that someday I will share all of our trials, but for now I'm just going to bask in the joy that we are able to have a child!
It has been 14 years since I have experienced pregnancy and raising a baby so it kind of feels like the first time all over again.

Monday, June 23, 2014

24 weeks + exciting news!


24 weeks! Woo hoo! I still can't believe how fast this time is flying by. Before I know it he will be here :)
I'm really looking forward to baby showers, birth and all of the firsts that we will get to experience with little E.
Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be so exciting. :) 


Found some books yesterday at Half Price Books...
  (Super creepy baby at 24 weeks!)
 (Creeeeepy, creepy baby)...

Anyway.
This last week has been, "fun"...
I've been a little more emotional, impatient and introverted.

I had Eddie read the birth partner section of "Birthing from Within" (it's like 2.5 pages - it wasn't too painful for him), and afterwards we were able to talk about anything that we (mostly me), were worried about. I feel much better now that we are both on the same page.


Mood:
Emotional.
I thought Eddie was calling me crazy the other day, so I got really upset and wanted to cry, or yell at him that I'm not crazy (because either one of those would make me seem normal). We worked that out - mostly because Eddie is so patient.

(I almost cried when I saw this at the store. Darn hormones).

I had an "aha" moment yesterday:

Not everyone is as excited as me...
realized that yesterday as I was talking to Kaina about all of the "fun" birthing classes we have coming up, and the "super exciting" hospital tour. 
I asked her why she got quiet all of a sudden - and her response was, "I'm just not that excited about that stuff."
That was good for me to hear. It's a good reminder that not everyone is as excited as me to talk about pregnancy, birth and breast feeding. 
I can always count on my teenage daughter to keep me in check. ;)
(Kaina at Half Price Books).

Symptoms:

Protein in urine at last DR appt.
I'm a little worried about this because I had pre-eclampsia with my daughter and had to go on bedrest and be induced about 3 weeks early.
Hopefully, my next appointment there will be no trace of protein in my urine, and I only had trace amounts because I'm a little sick.

My legs have been cramping at night more frequently now. My massage therapist said that I need to up my potassium, magnesium and calcium intake to relieve the leg cramps. Luckily, chia seeds are rich in all those nutrients! I am going to swap my chocolate milks for Mama Chia drinks. (Or drink both).

Braxton Hicks contractions have started. Not too often, but normally at night, and especially if I am dehydrated or have done too much that day.

One last weird/annoying thing is that at night I'm way bigger than I am in the morning.
(Morning)

(Night before)

Weird.

Cravings/aversions:

I can't get enough protein!! I've been craving steak, hamburger, eggs, chicken and salmon. I also want fruit, salads and cinnamon bears. 
I searched all over for those darn bears and had no luck until today. I was at Winco grocery shopping with Kaina - I asked her to check the bulk candy for them (expecting her to come back with nothing), and she came running a few minutes later with a bag of them! Yay! Best $1 I ever spent :o)


I also have been craving watermelon like crazy. I think that the body craves nutrients that we need (maybe not cinnamon bears), and I just found out that watermelon has tons of health benefits for pregnant women and their babies. It contains a high amount of Lycopene (which lowers your chance of pre-eclampsia), and magnesium/potassium. 
The body is an amazing thing!

Here's a link to the article on benefits of watermelon:


Prep:

The room is all painted! I am loving the cozy feeling of the grey, but in the natural light it looks a little blue. Good thing we are having a boy ;) 

Eddie's Mom (Joan) and sister (Jami), brought over a surprise present for us and baby Cinco: his bedding!! 

It's so cute and looks great with the color of the room. :) 
We set up the crib as well to get a better idea of spacing and room set up.


(Eddie and Kaina are such knuckle heads). 😉

Exciting news(!!!):

I can now see Cinco moving outside of my stomach!!! Ahh!
Eddie and I were laying in bed and I looked down and saw my stomach shaking and moving from Cinco. Eddie was able to see it too :) 
It's so exciting! I can't believe that I am almost at the end of my sixth month!

Until next week! :)

Week 24:






Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Due 10/13/14

So, I guess you don't just go off of the ultrasound for your due date, lol. ;)
My due date is not 10/10/14, but 10/13/14. It's only a 3 day difference but I felt it was necessary to update everyone on here. ;-)

Ok, bye!


Monday, June 16, 2014

23 weeks: 17 to go!


23 weeks!! Only 17 weeks (or less), and I will be holding my sweet baby Eddie. I cannot believe how fast the time is flying by! 

I went to the doctor today for my normal check-up and everything looks great. 
My blood pressure was still in the normal range!! Yay! 

At my next appointment I have to do the glucose test to check for gestational diabetes. :p

I was almost ten minutes late to my appointment because for some reason I thought I could get from Arlington to Everett in 15 minutes... Doh!


Weight:
10 pound weight gain... I gained 5 pounds since my last appointment 5 weeks ago! :/ I was kind of upset about this until my DR explained that it was good that I had gained weight because I did not have a major weight gain before this. During this 5 weeks is when I really started "popping" and have felt my stomach getting bigger.





Measurement:
I am measuring right on track for 23 weeks :) 
I have had a lot of people comment that my stomach isn't very big for how far along I am so I asked my DR about that & he said that I'm as big as I need to be. Everyone carries differently, some show really soon and some take awhile, all that matters is a healthy baby in the end. :o)

Food cravings/aversions:
I've been craving red meat. Tonight for dinner Eddie BBQ'd some New York steaks and they were the best things I've ever eaten.
I haven't really been avoiding anything (obviously, from the 5# weight gain).

Mood:
Happy!! Every time I think about my little Eddie I get so happy. It's almost overwhelming :)

Symptoms:
Insomnia. I'm writing this at 3:30 am because I just can't sleep.
Heartburn - Tums go with me everywhere now.
Headaches. Pretty sure it's just allergies.
Backaches. I get weekly massages now :D
None of these are too bad - I'm really lucky because it could be one million percent worse.

Exercise:
Walking, walking, walking. I swear I'm going to start up yoga again this Wednesday... ;)


Prep:
Last night Eddie and Akaina painted the nursery gray. It looks so good! 

(Before)


(Yes, she's really painting her face...)

(After. Eddie also installed a dimmer switch and some new closet shelving).

Next step is making curtains for the closet and a valance for the window. I'm thinking of this dark linen:



I can't wait to post pics when it's all done :D

We haven't really purchased anything new for Cinco - I don't think we will until after our baby showers.

Eddie's Mom did buy little E these shoes to match his Daddy's:


How cute!! Can't wait :D

Well, until next week... :o)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

22 weeks: 6 months!


ahhhh!!! 22 weeks! I'm SO excited! Cinco will be here before we know it. I can't wait!

(I found this Ovia app today & it is SO cool! Look at the little handprint)!!

I realized tonight that I'm kind of anxious to have a boy... if this were a girl I would feel confident. It's a good thing I have Eddie! He knows more about boy stuff then I do, lol ;-)

Size:
Eddie measured and I am 10.5 inches from back to front of stomach (side).

Weight: 
will report next week after my DR appt. 
I'm a little nervous to see where I'm at...

(13 weeks & 22 weeks - after eating tons of yummy food at my MIL's house).


Cravings:
No new ones. The weirdest thing has been happening: I don't want sugar! Whhhhhaaattt?!?? Yep. It's true. I buy sugary foods and then I don't eat them.

Mood:
Going good. I feel so tired that I don't have the energy for crazy right now.

Symptoms:
I'm back to feeling really tired all of the time.
Dizzy/lightheaded feelings have been happening but not too much. Saturday at work I had to go sit down because I felt so dizzy. :( 
Loose joints have been making my right knee act up.
My right ankle was swollen today. So gross/weird. 

Exercise:
Still walking lots + squats + diamond wall push-ups. Also, waiting tables 5 days a week has to be helping with me staying active. ;)

Prep:
I am going to start taping off Cinco's room so that we can paint it. I am also going to buy fabric to make curtains for the closet and window. :)

Movement:
Lots more! Right now Cinco is moving a lot at night and first thing in the morning. I'm hoping that he doesn't follow this "up all night" schedule once he is born.

I had the weirdest dream last night that Cinco was born with full on teeth and breast feeding was a nightmare! He was also talking to me and kind of walk/scooting around... this dream also involved a really nasty maternity room full of clutter, old food, garbage, dirt and cats. I hate cats, clutter, garbage and mess, so this was more of a nightmare than a dream. I started crying in my dream because I wanted to go home and the cats wouldn't stop climbing up my skirt. Eddie was my hero and stepped on the cats tail. :) 
I have been having so many weird dreams... maybe I should start a weird dreams section? ;-)

That's all for this week! 
I hope you all have a great week! :)


Eddie's Grandpa, Edgar Thomas Raezer Jr., at 6 months old. <3 <3 <3

Monday, June 2, 2014

21 weeks: 19 to go!

21 weeks!!
I really started showing this week - I think that other people can finally see it too and Eddie said that he noticed when I got out of the car yesterday at Boston's Pizza.
Also, last week sometime Eddie was able to feel a kick from Cinco while I was laying in bed.


I think the reality of this pregnancy is really setting in for both of us. I am feeling the need to start buying stuff now; like this past week I haven't been able to stop thinking about buying a diaper bag and filling it with stuff for the hospital. 

Here I am yesterday at 21 weeks + 2 days:
I was feeling really fat yesterday, so no close ups this week. ;-)

Weight:
Not weighing myself until my next Dr appt on 6/16.

Exercise:
I haven't been that consistent with anything except for walking. Something is better than nothing :)

Mood:
Great! My emotions have been pretty good except that I feel SUPER fat. The hardest part is noticing so many super skinny pregnant women. I have to work on not comparing myself to other pregnant women. Everyone is different :o)
Yesterday I was feeling so fat I almost went and bought a whole new wardrobe. I also ate some ice cream....
Today I woke up and feel great. I'm blaming this on hormones :)

Cravings:
Still the usual plus anything full of flavor. My heart burn is out of control - I feel like I get it from everything, even water. Tums are my new BFF :)
I have never liked BBQ sauce in my life but today I am making BBQ pulled pork sandwiches because it sounds SO good.

Movement:
Becoming more frequent and stronger. Every night around 8:30 - 9:00 he usually kicks a lot, and first thing in the morning.


My feet are slowly disappearing from my view! :)

I hope that you all have a great week!
XO XO XO