We’re Havin’ a BABY!

15 Weeks…
March 18, 2008, 10:53 pm
Filed under: belly watch, doctor stuff, milestones, pregnancy symptoms

Yup. I’m 15 weeks today. Amazing! It’s really speeding up now (although I hear it’s back to super-slow for the last month or so). The 2nd trimester is pretty fun. Most of the articles and sites I’ve checked out say that the second trimester is way easier than the first and third because the exhaustion and morning sickness from the first trimester is over (hopefully!), and you aren’t so huge yet that you’re really uncomfortable. I’m loving the little belly I have now that’s obvious in most clothes (except my winter coat 🙂 It’s fun! And I may take this back in 5 months time… but I’m excited to get the huge belly!

I went to the doctor yesterday for my second check-up.  Got weighed (gained 5 pounds, which is right on target), heard the heartbeat (strong and normal), and booked my detailed ultrasound (April 17th).  Yay!

In other news…

Weird Pregnancy Symptom of the Week: (sorry if it grosses you out) gagging and heaving when I brush my teeth (or more specifically my tongue). Yeah, my gag reflex is stronger than ever (even though I didn’t really have any morning sickness). Brushing my teeth has now become an olympic event whereby I attempt to get all the gross out of my mouth in 4.8 seconds or less. Apparently this is common in pregnant women. Who knew?!


Dreaming in Pink
March 14, 2008, 6:07 pm
Filed under: boy or girl?, stupid old wive's tales, well meaning strangers

I don’t have a preference for one gender over the other, but last night I had a dream it was a girl. It was weird – it involved diagrams and pictures somehow derived from my ultrasound.

The cashier at Motherhood Maternity in Yorkdale Mall is also convinced it’s a girl. The one time I met her, while purchasing my new dress, she eyed my belly and the following conversation ensued:

Cashier: “You’re having a girl”

Me: “Oh really? How can you tell?” (trying to be polite, as I think all the old wive’s tales on gender prediction are a bunch of hooey).

Cashier: “The way you’re carrying. Oh! Let me check my Chinese Astrological (something-er-other) Predictor Book” (She flips through…) “What month did you conceive in?”

Me: “Uh.. December”

Cashier: “And how old are you?”

Me: “24”

Cashier: “Yup, you’re definitely having a girl. I’ve only been wrong 2 or 3 times in 3 years”.

Me: (thinking silently to myself: “out of how many predictions, five?”)

It Happened…
March 12, 2008, 2:07 pm
Filed under: amazing firsts, farewell feet, good-bye waistline!, yikes!

I was at the hairdresser yesterday getting a trim.  I was sitting leaned back in those super-uncomfortable chairs that you sit in while they wash your hair…

“So how far along are you?” the hairdresser asks me.

*Oh my word, oh my word… I can’t believe it finally happened.  A total stranger that I’d never met before asked when I was due.  That means… I’m showing.  And not showing in the “slightly barely maybe showing sense”.  More in the “it’s obvious she’s pregnant, and I’m not risking embarassment asking when she’s due because it’s just so obvious” sense.  Yikes! I can’t believe this is actually happening!!!*

“I’m 3 and a half months now. Due in September”. 

The Point of No Return – 14 weeks
March 11, 2008, 2:58 pm
Filed under: Contentment, farewell feet, good-bye waistline!, YAY BABIES!

Yeah yeah I know, 14 weeks ago was really more of the “point of no return” if you know what I mean… but I’m actually referring to my rapidly disappearing waistline.  I think I’m at the stage where I can’t really hide it anymore.  I’m not huge or anything yet, but I’m definitely showing.  So much so, in fact, that apparently no one can believe it’s not twins (it’s not – I’ve had 2 ultrasounds, and they are NOT synchronized swimmers).

I wake up every morning and before I even open my eyes I instinctively touch my belly to see if perhaps I’ve turned into a house overnight.  Just a gradual expanding so far, though.

I honestly am excited to be showing… but my preggo hormones made me feel fat last night after a day of like a dozen people saying how huge I am for 14 weeks.  Stupid hormones.  There’s no going back now I guess.  I’m just gonna get bigger until September.  May as well embrace it 🙂

The little one is now around 3-4 inches long by the way. Major growth spurt ahead.   Amazing!

Hurry Up and Wait
March 11, 2008, 2:47 pm
Filed under: Contentment, Waiting

you know … I don’t think that ever goes away – the “I wish I were just one step ahead”. It’s something I’ve felt for years. The other night I was hanging out with some friends (who have 2 young kids) and we were chatting about parenthood. I realized that I’m actually really happy to be exactly where I am right now – expecting that stage of life to start in September, but not there yet. It will be a HUGE change, and I’ll never ever be able to go backwards in time, so I darn well better enjoy this stage while it’s still around. Each stage of life brings it’s own ups and downs, and I want to enjoy EACH stage, and live in the present rather than always wishing for the future to hurry up and get here. Up ’til that night I was wishing for the pregnancy to hurry up so I could “finally” be a stay at home mom… but yet somehow I realized that the feeling was so familiar (wishing high school would end, wishing my wedding would hurry up and arrive, wishing university would end, wishing work would end, wishing our “time” for children to hurry up and come, etc etc etc… and time didn’t go any slower or faster in the end. Looking back, I wish I’d enjoyed some of those stages a bit more, and looking forward, I hope I actually get that lesson in my head before it’s too late and I’m looking back wishing I’d enjoyed the pregnant stage a bit more.

14 weeks pregnant, and loving every minute.

Officially in the 2nd Trimester!
March 5, 2008, 4:25 pm
Filed under: Baby names, milestones, ultrasound, YAY BABIES!

Wowsers! I can’t believe I actually made it to the second trimester! I’m now just over 13 weeks pregnant.  I guess that means I’m a third of the way through my pregnancy. Crazy.

The ultrasound was really fun. There really is only one baby in there, which is good, because I really don’t think we could afford more than that right now!  I’m a bit relieved.  It would have been really cool and fun to have twins, but God knows what He’s doing for sure.  The baby was stubborn and wouldn’t turn the right way, so I had to go back 3 days later for another ultrasound, so they could get a certain measurement.

I got pictures, but am trying to figure out how to put them up here.  They aren’t digital, so we have to be creative. They are so awesome. I’m sure I sound like the total mom here, but the baby is so beautiful. Chris describes it as more of a lump with a head, hands and feet.  I just can’t believe there’s a real actual human being growing inside me.  I kinda feel like an alien… haha.

When I told my mom it was only one, and that the family twin genes must not have passed on to me, she laughed and said, “well this is only your first, remember”. Yikes!

Oh yeah, and we’ve narrowed down our names… for a girl we like Evelyn Isabella Ricci, and for a boy we like Aidan Jeremiah Ricci, or Isaac ____ (something) Ricci.  It’s hilarious when people ask if we’ve chosen names, and I tell them the ones we like, and they look at me with like a blank stare and odd smile, saying, oh yes, those are nice…

It’s pretty obvious not everyone loves the same names (otherwise we’d all be naming our kids the exact same things, and that would get confusing). I just love chuckling inwardly at the awkwardness people exude when the are thinking to themselves, “ew, that’s so ugly/boring/weird/normal/, but smile and nod so you don’t hurt her feelings”. Hahaha! I don’t mind that people have different taste in names. In fact, I’m glad.  I’m still considering finding more unique names, but I haven’t found any I totally love yet.