Tuesday, June 30, 2009

5 weeks pregnant

I know these are boring now, cause there is no big baby belly but it will be fun to compare to later and pinpoint exactly when everyone starts to think I'm showing! :)
I just added a new link called: How big is teddy Graham this week? Click on it to see how big the baby is compared to common everyday items.

Click on the link and then, click on the right side, where it says how big is your baby in the first trimester, I am 5 weeks now so I guess this week our baby is the size of a peppercorn :)

Monday, June 29, 2009

How life has changed so far?

So I am lucking out so far, not too many symptoms. I am hoping and praying that my morning sickness is mild this time. Last time I was SOOO sick for about a month starting sometime between week 5&6.

So far I've just been dealing with slow digestion, which has got better after I instituted my morning breakfast plan. This includes oatmeal, dried fruit, and activia yogurt. So far it seems to be working well which is a relief cause I was a bit miserable earlier this week.

I have been taking vitamins every day. Something I have always had trouble remembering in the past, but since we started trying to get pregnant I have not missed a single dose. I think it's because it is so importnant to me that this pregnancy be as healthy as possible and it's just one little thing I can do to help my little Teddy Graham grow big and strong!

Another interesting symptom is an awarness I have developed of my tummy. It is a slightly uncomfortable feeling that just makes me aware of it when I otherwise wouldn't be activley "feeling" my tummy at any one time. I now this sounds weird but I felt the same thing with Gabriel. This feeling also gives me a very strong aversion to pressure on my tummy which means:

#1: although I have not grown out of anything yet I can hardly wear any of my clothes because they are not loose enough on my tummy. I've been living in sweat pants and the few elastic waisted skirts I own.

#2 that Oliva has been banned from walking on my tummy, a rule she has yet to fully accept. She will litteraly sit by me and put a paw up on my tummy as if to take a step, then I take her paw off and say "no" I swear you can almost see her frown, and then she stares at me for about 10-15 seconds and tries again. The longest this has been repeated was 10 minutes before she finally decided to just lay down next to me instead. CRAZY CAT!

Another adjustment that we have been making is getting used to my list of do's and don'ts. These are things that have been suggested to me to reduce my risk of have premature rupture of membranes and preterm labor again.

Th don't list includes:
No swimming or baths
No walking for an extended period of time
Avoid lifting over 10 pounds
Avoid stairs as much as possible
No nightime loving... poor Jeremy

The do list:
Take extra folic acid, a cranberry tablet to prevent UTIs, fish oil for Omega 3 acid (helps with brain development)
Take prenatals everyday
Drink lots of water
Eat as many fruits and veggis as you can
Rest when I am tired

So life has definately already changed a bit, can't wait to see what comes next :)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Pictures at 4 weeks

I can't believe there is a baby in there!

Miss Oliva, having finally accepted her position beside me tries to see if she can hear anything moving around in there yet :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

So today, I had so much fun with my little Teddy Graham! We went to Erik's house to hang out and because Erin wanted to cook all of us dinner. While Jeremy and I were waiting our turn to fill our plates, I reached over and teasingly gave his earlobe a little tweak. So he very dramatically jumped and said "OWWWW". Erik of course wanted to know what happened, so Jer said, "someone tweaked my ear". At this point I of course jumped in and said, "well it wasn't me, who could it have been?". Jeremy looked at me and grinned and said "I wonder who it was..." I said "well, I must admit it might have been my arm but really it was all Teddy Graham's doing. Teddy thought it would be funny and who am I to refuse my baby, Teddy's just being a little bit mischievous" Jeremy chuckled and said "oh I guess the baby told you to do that with ESP huh?" I said "yep" and shot him a look I hoped was totally innocent.

Later when we were leaving we talked about Teddy Graham in the car and Jeremy decided that he/she needed to be punished for telling Mommy to do such a thing to his ear, so he turned to my belly and said in a loud booming voice "listen up Teddy Graham, this is your daddy, I just wanted to say that for your punishment you are grounded for the next 9 months, so stay put!" I burst into laughter and said "I know our joke earlier was funny but, you had better listen to Daddy now".

I hope our baby heard us tonight, stay put my sweet little Teddy graham, sleep tight Mommy and Daddy love you!

Monday, June 22, 2009

I'm Pregnant

You all know that Jeremy and I have been going through a period of transition in our lives, a lot of stuff going on. Jeremy will be graduating with his bachelors degree from Andrews this August and hopefully soon after, getting a management position with Target, where he has been working for 5 years. I also made the decision to put school on hold for a while about 1 month and 1/2 ago.

You all also probably know that we became licensed foster parents at the end of April. Well we hadn't gotten any calls yet and both of us still very much wanted a baby. Since I was not in school anymore, we decided it would be the perfect time to start thinking about trying to get pregnant again.

We wanted to go about everything the best possible way this time so I immediately started taking prenatal vitamins, and we made an appointment to go to the dr to get my health checked. we threw out the protection and decided to just relax and see what happened.

Well when we went in for my dr appointment the dr decided to check the health of my ovaries with an ultrasound and he saw that I had just ovulated within the last few days. We were excited because even though we had literally made the decision to start trying again only the week before we still had a good chance for this month.

Well, a few days later I took my first pregnancy test, which had a VERY light line.... hmmm I thought "am I imagining this?" so I took another test the next day which again had a light line, the next day darker, and then on friday June 19th I got a VERY positive test. So Jeremy and I hugged and cried and screamed and jumped around the room. Jeremy and I are in COMPLETE shock that it happened this fast... but SO SO SO SO excited to have another baby on the way.

I went to the dr, on monday and had it confirmed with a blood test so it's really, really true! :) :) :) :)

We got in contact with the social worker and put foster care on hold for now. It is still something we would both very much like to do but for right now we are going to concentrate on bringing this little one into the world safely.

As most of you know Gabriel's nickname was baby canderemy when I was pregnant with him so we thought this little one needed his/her own nickname and since you all know Jeremy is Jer bear, we decided to call this baby our little Teddy Graham :)

As of right now I am 4wks+1 day pregnant (by my estimations) and our due date is March 3rd 2010 which seems an absolute eternity away, but we are going to put our trust in God, pray for the safety of this little life and hope for the best! Please be excited with us :) and please join us in praying for the safety of our little Teddy Graham.

We love all of you and are so glad that we had your support when we lost Gabriel, even though he didn't get to stay with us here, we know we will see him again in heaven and no matter what happens this time we'll be glad that we had the support of family and friends throughout. so thanks for being awesome guys! :)

doesn't it just make you smile? (can you tell I'm happy?):) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
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