Tuesday, October 26, 2010

12 Weeks

Today marks 12 weeks and 2 days. We're almost into the second trimester!

The first trimester has been great. I've been getting used to the symptoms of pregnancy - nausea, occasional vomiting, fatigue, feeling faint, emotional changes... It sounds so simple when described on the internet, but experiencing it is a little different. The nausea feels different than the flu. It mostly happens when I'm hungry, or when I smell something strange - it doesn't even necessarily have to be something strange, it could be something that I normally like the smell of like soap, chicken, or brownies. It's crazy how when I get hungry, I immediately start to feel sick and I have to eat right away. And if I wait too long to eat, whatever I eat comes right back up. I'm usually to come right back to the table, though, and finish eating. The feeling faint thing is completely new to me. I've never had a problem with standing (or kneeling ;)) for long periods of time, but even after standing for 15 minutes I begin to feel light-headed and I have to sit down. I also cry... often. And for the most random things! We watched a video in my anatomy class and I started to tear up.

But the positive things greatly outweigh the negative!!! I have the most amazing husband - he's constantly picking up my slack around the house - (and you better believe there's been a ton of that!) cooking, washing dishes, doing laundry, you name it. He often makes me dinner, only to me being unable to finish it after taking one bite. He offered to hold my hair when I throw up. That was kind, but I think I'd rather do that one on my own. :) He lets me sleep in, and wakes me up in the kindest way possible - NOT like my dad's way of flip on the light, rip the covers off, and walk away. He listens to my constant babblings of how old our baby is, how long it is, how much it weighs, what its fingers look like, its activities, the state of its bladder/heart/brain, the cool new thing I heard in embryology...blah blah blah. And I'm sure he's interested in most of it, but seriously? Sometimes it's too much. He makes me get in the shower when I'm feeling sick, knowing I'll feel better afterward. He comes to pick me up from school when I feel sick from being in the cadaver lab, offers to make me whatever I want, buys spaghetti-o-s for me, (on the condition that he doesn't have to smell them) brings me breakfast in bed, lets me cry and complain about the most recent thing that's bothering me, and even saves my life when I pass out at the temple. :) And he does all this while he's extremely busy with school, work, student representative council meetings, presentations, managing the apartment upstairs, and the common stresses of every day. I'm so grateful for him and all he does for me. He truly is the BEST.

And, with the positives, nothing can describe the joy of walking past the fridge and seeing those three pictures of our little baby - knowing that it's ours, and we saw it wiggle around! We're so happy and excited. We even made pumpkins last night for family home evening that looked like babies... I'll post those soon.

Life is going so well right now. I couldn't be happier. :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Our Little (and I mean REALLY little) Baby!!!

On Monday Sam and I went to the doctor for our first ultrasound. We were both really nervous that morning... Until we saw our baby, that is!!

It was such a relief to see that everything was perfect. The baby even moved around for us!! The poor nurse had a hard time measuring it because it wouldn't stop wiggling. This is my favorite picture because I think it shows the most detail - arms, legs, tummy, face, brain, everything.

When the baby finally stopped moving, it measured at 10 weeks 1 day - just one day shy of what we thought! Its heart beat was 166 bpm. It was so awesome to hear it just beating away!

Here's the profile shot. You can even see the little fingers! It was amazing to me how much it looked like a human, even though it's so tiny.

It was such a surreal experience to see this little human growing inside me. We knew it was there, and I'd been keeping track of how big it would be, but it was a completely different thing to actually see it. Especially when it started moving around! I think I've looked at the pictures on our fridge a million times since the ultrasound! Whenever I look at them, I just remember what it was like to see those little arms and legs punching and kicking. It was so fun to see our little baby for the first time. :)

*****On another note, my bestest friend Heather is getting married tomorrow!! I'm so excited and happy for her!! Greg makes her happy, and they're so perfect together. I can't wait to see them at the reception on Saturday!!!!!*****

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