Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I can feel it coming....

... the end of the first trimester! Yes, although it's still 4 weeks away I'm slowly starting to feel the way all the stuff I've been reading says I'm supposed to feel at the end of the first trimester. I can usually even go without a nap during the day, which is definitely nice for checking things off the ever-growing to-do list after school. Aside from a sore back muscle I still have from the move for reasons unknown, I feel great during the day at school. I am SO happy about that. I just wasn't sure how I'd handle getting sick at school being very far from a bathroom and with only two people in the building knowing I'm pregnant. Thankfully (and I'm hopefully I'm not jumping the gun) I haven't had to deal with that.

Instead, I usually feel my worst after supper at night. But, I just make that my excuse to lay on the couch for an hour or so :).

We've talked a bit about whether or not we want to find out the sex of the baby, and I believe I have successfully talked Travis into finding out. As much as I like the idea of the surprise, I think I would rather know ahead of time. At least for the first one. But, we still have many weeks ahead of us to change our minds so who knows :).

We have also been batting around some nursery decorating ideas. I really love the idea of finding some Muppet stuff (maybe a nice corner shelf with some Muppets and such) but so far my search for Muppet related baby materials has really fallen short. So, I don't know how plausible that is. Travis is, of course, advocating for a nice orange and blue theme if we have a boy. So, I suppose we'll have to wait and see haha.

Other than that, nothing too exciting to report. Our next doctor's appointment is September 10 and then we get to schedule the sonnogram for a couple weeks later!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Cold Blues

So, I woke up Thursday morning with a bit of an itchy throat and a slightly runny nose. Since I didn't know how literally I should take my doctor's order to "call about everything from head to toe," I decided I had better give the office a call. I popped in a nice throat lozenge so I could actually speak into the phone and gave ol' Barb a call (I can sense that Barb and I will be very good friends when this is all said and done). I explained my symptoms and was shocked by her concern.

"I'm sure it's just an adjustment thing -- we haven't had air conditioning all summer and this is one of the first nights I've slept with air in a long time." -- I felt like I needed to lessen the degree of seriousness in the conversation a bit.

"Okay well just watch it today and if it gets worse I'd like you to come in for a strep test."

"Okay I will. I have a Halls in my mouth now and it seems to really be helping."

She pauses. "Oh. Well, you'll probably be okay but we'd really prefer that you not use Halls."

My eyebrows furrowed just about as much as they could. Halls. Dangerous. Really? So I got the list (and by list, I mean 2 things) I could use to ease my sore throat that wouldn't hurt the baby and said my goodbyes. Then the madness set in.

The scratchy throat turned into a full on sore throat and my nose ran enough to go through an entire box of Puffs, a roll of toilet paper when we had no more, and after an emergency trip to the store, another box of Puffs. On day two my head starting aching so bad I didn't even want to get out of bed.

My fantastic husband decided to take a cue from his daddy book and make me a smoothie which was exactly what I needed. That and an organized trip to HyVee to buy supplies to fight off the cold old-fashioned style were Friday's main highlights.

The worst part of it all was knowing with two little tablets of Alka Seltzer Plus Cold and six hours of hard sleep it would be gone and knowing I couldn't take them. On Friday afternoon I had worked my way up to a slight fever -- enough to where the doctor's office told me to take a Tylenol (which technically isn't safe for another three weeks) and I started to feel much better.

I suppose the wisdom gained from this cold, which has basically gone away minus a slightly stuffy nose still, is this: I will do EVERYTHING in my power this winter to prevent this from happening again. Orange juice every day, flu shot, scaves, the whole bit. The Tic-Tac and I are going to be in tip-top shape from here on out. Here's hopin, anyway :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

First ultrasound and Dr. visit

Yesterday Travis and I went in for our first ultrasound. I was really excited but also nervous because I didn't know what to expect. Everything went really well, though, and we got to see our little blop of white cells that we are told will one day turn into a human :). It was pretty cool to see the little heart blinking -- I can't wait until we can hear it next month! We got a picture of said blob of cells and as soon as I'm near a scanner I will be sure to post it. We found out we were right where we guessed we were: six weeks and one day pregnant. The due date is now officially April 5. At least for now.

Later that day we came back to meet with the doctor and get all those first visit pleasantries out of the way. He said all good things and was glad to see that I was in pretty good health. Nothing too terribly earth-shattering, but one more thing to check off the list!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Dropping the news and the new house!

Saturday finally arrived and we got to move into our new place! Both of our families came out in the ridiculous heat to carry our massive amount of stuff into our house and I couldn't be more grateful. It worked out perfectly that everyone was in the same place at the same time so that we could let our families know about the baby. Everyone seemed pretty excited (some more shocked than excited, but I'm sure they're getting there :) ) I can't blame them -- I was pretty shocked myself.

I was also glad Travis decided to tell everyone at lunch instead of dinner, as we had originally planned, because I really started to lose steam in the afternoon. It was the first day in a couple of weeks I didn't take a nap, and by 8:30 I could barely keep my eyes open!

On Monday, Katie came down to help us paint. I woke up feeling kind of queasy and progressively felt worse as the day went, so my poor painting skills were put on the back burner and I kept myself busy with more Sara-friendly tasks, like folding and organizing towels and sheets for the linen closet. Katie and Travis did an amazing job though -- the kitchen looks awesome!

Travis took vacation this week, so we have been working on odds and ends this whole week. I've slowly slipped into a pattern of feeling queasy when I wake up, better after I move around a bit, tired by 1:30, and napping for a good hour and a half. Then after my nap I either feel great and full of energy or lethargic and mopey. It's really frustrating to me because I like to keep busy and get things done, and all this fatigue is making things move a LOT slower. Luckily Travis has been more than understanding about the whole situation and has been patiently working alone when I'm just not feeling up to it.

I'm really worried about how things will go once school starts on Monday. Hopefully I'll be able to get into a routine where a nap fits in regularly and I'm able to sneak in some snacks throughout the day to keep me going! All the information I've read and most of the people I've talked to say that my energy will return with the second trimester, so I'm pulling through by reminding myself this state of being is only temporary.... :)


Monday, August 3, 2009


As each day passes one thing grows more and more intense: my NEED for a nap. I haven't experienced a lot of the other "first six weeks" symptoms I've been reading about, but I am making up for it in the tired department. I find myself ready for a serious power nap around 2 and usually am out cold for two hours straight. I am hoping the stress of moving and getting school stuff ready has more to do with it than anything and once things settle into a familiar routine it will be better. If not, getting through this school year might be quite the challenge!

I am also very anxious for Saturday to come. I can't wait to move into OUR house and start settling in. Even moreso, I'm looking forward to telling our families about the baby. Talking to them all on the phone this week has been really hard-- especially when they ask if there's anything new going on! We of course have our worries about how fragile things are in the first trimester, but there's no way we can keep the news from our parents until mid-September! So ill just keep eating my spinach and cheese and doing whatever else I can to make sure our little donut sprinkle (that's the size the baby is right now) stays good and healthy!