Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Baby or gas?

Last night, after a bit of exercise, I was laying in bed, waiting for my heartrate to slow down (that seems to take forever these days) when I felt some little flutters right in the middle of my lower abdomen. At first, I was thinking it was just gas (earlier, in the first trimester when my GI system was completely messed up, I had some very palpable gas bubbles in my lower abdomen and I thought, "This must be what the baby will feel like in a month or two.") After all, 15 weeks is pretty early to be feeling the baby, but these flutters felt different. And, my book says it's a possibility. Lighter, smaller. I couldn't feel them on the outside of my abdomen, just barely on the inside. And they were right over the middle of my ever-growing uterus. Try to get YOUR heartrate to slow down after exercise and then after realizing you may have just felt your baby move for the first time!

What do you think? Baby or gas? Post about the first time you felt your baby move...or, if you haven't had a baby, you could just post about a flatulent time in your life, I guess. :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Second Trimester

Well, we've made it into the 2nd trimester, which is supposed to be the golden time of pregnancy. I thought I would take this opportunity to paint a more realistic picture of this "golden time".

1. "You'll have more energy". Well, that's true, but not as much as I expected. I sleep 11 hours a day instead of 20, but you're not going to be seeing me run a marathon any time soon.

2. "The morning sickness is over." Um, well, I'm definitely not throwing up as much and things are better, but I'm still not at that stage where I can be easy going and agreeable about food. (As in, "Joe, I need fajitas...right now!!" In pregnancy-speak, that means "I needed them five minutes ago; why didn't you read my mind and make them already?") And, while I expected pregnancy to be a time to enjoy all of my comfort foods, I sadly have not been able to tolerate ice cream or fried foods at all.

3. "You are starting to show, but aren't so big that you feel the discomforts of late pregnancy". What?? I'm already uncomfortable!! Have you seen this gigantic beer belly I have now? My poor lower back protests daily. And, um, have you noticed the chest? I gained 2 lbs last week and went up 2 cup sizes (guess you know where the weight went) neck and shoulders didn't have time to prepare for the new load they are now supporting. And, don't even get me started about my feet!

All complaining aside, though, things ARE going better and I am so thankful. While I don't feel like the "old Jen", I am definitely much better than "first trimester Jen", which Joe and I are thankful for. Again, a shout-out to my truly wonderful husband who bears with his crazy pregnant wife so patiently. This picture on the bottom is me in my first maternity dress, which Deanna, Amy, and I bought during our girls' of 207 reunion in September.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Look at the bottom

At the suggestion of my good buddy, Rae, I added a ticker to the bottom of the blog page, so scroll all the way down and check it out.

Thanksgiving week

TUESDAY: I was thankful to get off work early and be able to grab some chicken nuggets before we left on our long trek to Spokane. I was extra thankful that Joe had packed up the van so we were ready to go AND he drove the whole way to Spokane.

WEDNESDAY: Thankful to spend the day with Noah and Kevin (and a little with Amy, but she had to go deliver babies). Noah and I took a nap together while Joe and Kevin fixed the sink and toured the new Cabelas store.

THURSDAY: Thankful to be feeling GREAT!! on Turkey Day. We drove up to Keuterville to have dinner with the Poxleitners and then back to Lewiston for dessert with the Altmiller/Cleto clan.

FRIDAY: Feeling sick. Guess I ate too much. Thankful to get a 3 hour nap in.

SATURDAY: Thankful to spend the day shopping with Joe's mom, Dori, and my grandma. The Kaufman boys went bird hunting (which Schatzi was thankful for) and we ended the evening with a great dinner at Zany Graze (thanks, Steve!).

SUNDAY: Thankful to see a few good friends at Mass before Joe and I had to hit the road. My mom surprised us and said she would drive up to Coeur d'Alene with us, so she could enjoy lunch with us, Team Eddy, most of the Jacksons and my Aunt Becca. We were thankful for mostly good roads, my good driver (Joe), and hardly any nausea on Sunday!

Unfortunately, we spent so much time being thankful, we forgot to get our camera out and take pictures. :(

Friday, November 16, 2007

Please excuse my lack of manners

My morning sickness has calmed down quite a bit, which I am SOOO thankful for. I'm only sick in the evenings now, which is manageable. I have gained a few pounds and now am only 6lbs less than my prepregnancy weight. I have a feeling this skinny figure is about to be gone for good, though...because of these intense food cravings.

I remember making fun of my poor pregnant sister when she wanted Kevin to drive her 5 hours to Lewiston so they could eat at Taco Time (he wouldn't, she started crying), but now I totally get it. Once I get a craving...that's it! The world has to stop until the craving is satisfied. The feeling is so intense I feel like a crazy person. Last night, I wanted chicken McNuggets and told Joe to ask for some ketchup. He said, "Oh, we have ketchup at home." I thought I would literally die if I had to wait the 5 minutes to get home to eat the nuggets! So, he got me ketchup.

These intense crazy feelings about food have me a little worried about Thanksgiving next week. How will it all play out? Will I be brandishing a knife, keeping other dinner guests away from that delicious smoked turkey? Scarfing down pies uncontrollably? Crying when the food is put away?

Wish me luck and pray that my food manners return soon!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Don't eat the spiders

Last night, we were watching TV and Schatzi started "hunting" a spider. It was huge! The body itself was probably 2cm. Normally, I just let her hunt them and kill them because it's cheap entertainment, but this one was so big, I was a little creeped out, so Joe stepped on it. Then, Schatzi and Doc took turns flipping this gigantic spider back and forth and Schatzi ultimately ate it.
About 30 minutes later, she sat down by me and started shivering so much that you could hear her teeth clacking. This lasted a few minutes and then she ran outside to throw up. Afterwards, she came back and laid down and slept the rest of the night. She is still kind of sick looking this morning, but she had the energy to bark at a dog out the window, so I think she is on the mend.
Moral of the story? Don't eat spiders. I can't tell the difference between brown recluses and hobo spiders, so I don't know what kind it was, but we are definitely getting more spider traps in our house.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Belly and Brittany shots

Here's a few shots of the belly and the Brittanies through the first trimester. The first shot is me and the dogs in bed...where it felt like we lived for the first 12 weeks. I was tired and sick and the dogs kept me company. Here's the belly with the dogs at about 6 weeks.

Here's Schatzi and the belly at 9 or 10 weeks. Sorry, I guess you can't really see the belly in this one.

Tacoma trip

It's good I started to feel better because Friday, Joe and I hopped a plane for a long-planned trip to Tacoma to visit our Seattle-mom, Mercy. The plane ride went better than I expected (no turbulence, no nausea) and it was great to get to Tacoma, where Mercy, Team Eddy, and my Lola were waiting.

We had a great visit. Joe and Kevin worked on several projects. I mainly laid around, cuddled with Noah, and ate...but was pleasantly surprised my morning sickness has calmed down quite a bit. Noah and I sampled my new diet of cherry Koolaid and cheetos, which were a big hit with both of us, although his dad was less than pleased with our nutritional choices. Saturday, we also got to see the Gemmers and the star of the show...Miss Daisy, who can now roll over!

Sunday, we went to Mass and hung out at home while Amy and Mercy worked on the computer and the boys set up some lights.

Monday, our Triplet, Natalie stopped by for some lunch and then was kind enough to take Joe and me to the airport...not before getting a sticky hug from chocolate eating Noah, though.
It was a great trip and I was blessed to feel well for most of it. I was pretty tired when we got home, though. Joe picked the dogs up from daycare and Doc, Schatzi, and I climbed into bed for a much needed rest.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Six liters later...

...I am alive and kicking. Seriously, I feel so much better. I didn't really start to feel better until about the 4th liter, but after that I felt the best I've felt since I got pregnant. I have gained 3 1/2 lbs in 2 days (which I think is probably mostly fluid) and hope I never get that sick ever again (cross your fingers!).

My new morning-sickness prevention plan:

1. Avoid all bad smells like the plague, even if it means being rude. (As in, "Um, you need a breath mint now.").

2. Drink constantly. All water, pop, juice leaves a nasty taste in my weirdo pregnant mouth, so I've settled for cherry Koolaid. Works like a charm so far.

3. Take Zofran (an antinausea medicine) around the clock (even though I'm not convinced it works) and Phenergan (another medicine) at bedtime to keep the monsters at bay.

4. Eat incredibly small meals, pretty often (like 1/2 a piece of toast). Give the other half to Joe (at least someone in this pregnant couple is gaining weight!).

5. Don't talk about food with anyone...ever.

6. And, the super duper secret...suck on lemons. Lots of them. All the time. For some reason, it helps break the nausea for at least a few minutes when things get bad. Other sour things help (like sweet tarts), but lemons are the best.

A special shout out to my mom, who came and helped take care of me while Joe was on a business trip, and of course, my wonderful hubby, who is a great team mate in all of this challenging journey to have our baby.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Not the diet I hoped for

Sorry for the lack of posts. Earlier on, I joked with coworker that morning sickness was a "great" diet...I kept losing weight, but didn't lose any of my chest. Well, the jokes have stopped...I've been sicker and have been started on IV fluids for the past 2 days. I hope this doesn't last long! Any prayers for a miraculous end to this morning sickness would be much appreciated. Overall, I just feel discouraged and, well, sick. More later...

Saturday, November 03, 2007

An apology...

Let me apologize by first sharing this story with you. When Amy and I were in 5th or 6th grade, we desparately wanted our own phone numbers for Christmas. Our parents, hilarious pair that they are, decided it would be fun to write our phone numbers on a Christmas card and leave it as our last present to open. When we excitedly ripped open the card to read, "Here are your very own phone numbers" and saw 2 phone numbers listed below...we were ecstatic! Much to our disappointment, though, our parents started laughing hysterically and pointed out the fact that we'd asked for our own numbers, but didn't ask for lines or basically, the pranksters just wrote down a couple of random numbers to toy with us.

So, when you asked for a belly picture, I thought I would share one with you...but since you didn't specify MY belly, I just googled an 11 week belly and posted it on there to see if anyone would notice that it wasn't my belly. I thought it would be a funny joke...but sadly, neither my husband nor my twin sister failed to notice it was not my belly. (They did point out some discrepancies, though. Joe said, "It just didn't look right", while Amy said, "What's that black thing on your belly?"). So, I felt it was more than I could expect from most readers to notice the joke at all.

Second, let me finish my apology by posting a real belly picture (face included for authentication). It is not nearly as impressive as the previous picture, but here it is in all its glory. I've stopped losing weight, but still have a ways to go to hit my prepregnancy weight again, so the pre-pregnant pants are still a little big.

Friday, November 02, 2007

for Deanna...

The belly at 11 weeks. Please excuse the mess in the background.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Feeling better...

Feeling better today! Yesterday, I got a B6 shot (ooh...sore butt), which has really helped. Who knew? I really thought it was a bunch of naturopathic mumbo-jumbo, but I am a believer now. Man, it feels so great to feel have food sound good (and stay down) not feel tired all the time.