Saturday, June 26, 2010

Smell Aversions

Yesturday I discovered 2 smells that make me want to gag:
  1. Fresh Cut Grass
  2. Newly Paved Pavement
I went outside yesturday morning to go to work and got hit with the smell of fresh cut grass, as the lawn maintenance guy had been buy the day before. This smell was soooo disgusting! And on the way home I drove past a guy on a riding mower mowing his property and just the quick whiff of it made me want to gag.

Also, on my route to and from work there are several construction zones, one of which just recently laid new pavement down. I drove through this one and instantly started getting nauseous at the smell - gross!!

Considering my car doesn't have a/c and I have to drive with the windows down in the summer, well... this is going to be a fun summer!

1 more month!

Today is June 26.

Our first ultrasound is on July 26...


I'm soooo excited - I can't wait for the ultrasound and to finally see our little kiddo!

Like I said elsewhere, I don't want to wish summer away, but I wouldn't mind this next month to just fly by!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Father's Day and Breaking the News to our Families

We told our families yesturday for Father's Day.

We had breakfast with my in-laws in the morning. We got my father-in-law a fun card that said "Grandpa" on it several times and signed it with our names and "and baby." He read it and then stopped and was like "Grandpa... Grandpa?? Really?!" as my mother-in-law's eyes got all huge, her face was all lit up as she exclaimed "Oh my gosh... OH MY GOSH!" She was thrilled! Granted this isn't her first grandchild - hubby's older brother has one that will be 3 in July and him and his wife are expecting their 2nd in late September/early October. The difference is though, they live several hours away near the Quad Cities, whereas me and hubby are about an hour away from my in-laws and my in-laws are in town at least once a week if not more, so this will be their first "accessible" grandchild that they'll get to see in person on a regular basis.

Since it was Father's Day, the place we ate breakfast at was giving the father's a free trip to the sundae station for dessert. They brought one cup for my father-in-law and jokingly hubby asked if he could have one, as he is technically a father, his kid is just still in its mommy's incubator, lol... the waitress thought it was cute and went ahead and gave him one too!

We went over to my parent's house for dinner to celebrate Father's Day with them.

Like my father-in-law, we gave my dad a "Grandpa" card, and since my mom's birthday was on Friday we gave her a "Grandma" card. We gave the cards to them after my dad opened his other presents first (saved the best for last!) and told my parents they had to open their cards at the same time. My dad finished reading his first and was like "Grandpa?" and my mom noticed hers said "Grandma" and they both were like "really??" with their faces all lit up. We confirmed and they were all excited. It took my sister a moment for it to register and then suddenly she exclaimed "OMG I'M GOING TO BE AN AUNT?! I CALL DIBBS ON BABYSITTING!!" lol... it was pretty funny!

Next, my dad called my grandparents (as we all still needed to wish him a happy Father's Day too) and I told my grandpa that he gets to be a great-grandpa again (one of my cousins has a step-daughter as well as an infant, so ours will be the third great-grandchild on dad's side, and the 2nd on my mom's side). Pap (my name for grandpa on dad's side) was excited and he put my grandma on the phone so I could tell her too - she was thrilled and asked all sorts of questions.

After we talked to them, my mom called her dad to wish him a happy Father's Day and to tell him the news too - he sounded excited. The last person to call was my aunt that I grew up around and her and her family live just down the street from my parents. Mom was like "So I finally got my birthday present" to which my aunt responded "what is it?" and my mom was all "A BABY!!" My aunt freaked out and said she'd be there in a matter of minutes, as she had to come see us, lol... lo and behold, she was there in about 3 minutes tops, with a gift in tow! (I guess she keeps presents on hand "just in case"). She gave us a baby blanket and a bunny head attached to a smaller blanket - they're more girly, but she said if we have a boy it could still work when he's little, as it doesn't hurt to have extra blankets. She was asking questions and started talking about how we can have the baby shower at her house, to which my mom was all "WHOA WHOA WHOA! You had the bridal shower! I want to do a shower!" and my aunt was all "well... traditionally the immediate family doesn't throw it..." and my mom was all "Screw tradition - I want to throw a shower!" lol... it was pretty funny! I told them the 2 of them they could duke it out as I don't really have a preference as to where it's at, lol...

So yeah... that was our excitement for today - we posted it on Facebook later this evening for the rest of our friends and extended family (aka cousins) to see.

And the moment you've all been waiting for...

I wanted to post this a few weeks ago, but decided it'd be best to wait til we told our immediate family first, just in case any of them stumbled across this blog.

I'm pregnant!
(that's what the lighter pink lines mean!)

I had a feeling I might be, as just days after ovulation I was feeling so tired to the point where I had to take naps in the afternoon, I was constantly hungry and I had some minor abdominal cramping going on too. 11 days after ovulation (on June 11) I finally took a Pee on a Stick test (or in my case, pee in a cup and use a dropper to put some on the strip) that morning when I woke up and I actually took 3 of them just make sure (go go Dollar Store!) and they all came up positive - the 1st 2 were pretty obviously, the 3rd was lighter but still positive. The next 2 days I had very light brown discharge which I believe was the implantation bleeding, which is normal.

Despite the 3 positive tests though, I was still worried my period would show up later that week... but it didn't - I'm officially a week late and hopefully it stays that way for the next 8 months! I haven't really had any morning sickness yet, but I do get a little nauseous at night when I'm trying to go to bed, I get the occasional headaches, my face is breaking out due to the extra hormones, and I have the frequent urination symptom too, in addition to the exhaustion and hungriness.

I am currently 5 weeks along (as they start counting from the first date of your last menstrual cycle, which is usually 2 weeks before ovulation), and my estimated due date is February 20 or 21, pending which calendar you go by. Our baby is about the size of a piece of rice or a baby tadpole. This week it's heart should start beating as its organs are beginning to form. (It looks like a little alien - like we should expect it to pop out of my chest or uterus like the one does in the Spaceballs parody, lol...)

Unfortunately my OBGYN clinic doesn't do first appointments til 10 weeks, so we won't get to see our baby til the ultrasound and first appointment on Monday, July 26 - 5 more weeks... booooo! I can't wait to see it, as that will 1)put me more at ease and 2)make it actually set in that this is happening - it's a little hard to actually believe it when you have no bump yet! hehe...

We won't know the sex until late September/early October, as you can't really tell until about 20 weeks. If we have a boy, I'm painting his room to look like the first level of Mario Bros, with the blue sky and the reddish/brown bricks with the blocks and castle and various Mario characters, lol (and if we don't have a boy, I'll just do this for our playroom instead, lol...) I also want to try and see if I can get a Mario Kart mobil made, with Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach and Bowser in their respective cars hanging off it, so when it spins it looks like they're chasing each other, lol...

It's exciting too, as my closest friend that lives up here just had her 2nd kid 3 months ago, so our kids will be about a year apart and can do preschool and other things together; hubby's older brother and his wife are expecting their 2nd this fall so our kid will have a cousin around the same age AND one of hubby's cousins that lives nearby and his wife are having their first child this fall too, so there will be another little kid in the family about the same age as ours! Plenty of playmates already!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Just an update

First off, I'm typing this on my phone so apologies for any typos!

I'm currently on day 20 of our 2nd cycle TTC and my temps the last few days have been in the 98s, so it would appear that I've ovulated on time.

I don't want to set myself up for disappointment, as it's too early to tell, and who knows if it's wishful thinking, but I have had some symptoms that don't seem normal for me the past few days.

I woke up feeling nauseous yesterday, but that could have been due to low blood sugar in the morning. I also have been craving specific foods (this could be normal though, as I do get cravings from time to time). I've also been constantly hungry - I eat and soon after I'm hungry again. We just bought a tin of cashews last week and I've already eaten like 2/3s of them!

Also, the past few days I've been so tired! Granted, I've been staying up til 5am due to hubby's work schedule, but I'm pretty used to it. Tuesday I took a good 4hr nap in the afternoon after waking up at like 10am; yesterday I woke up again at like 10am, tired as hell, went to work and was so tired by the time I got home I napped for almost 5hrs; and same thing today - I'm so tired! I'm gonna eat some cashews (despite having just ate a delicious salad) and take a nap after I finish this.

I noticed some minor abdominal cramping today too....

Like I said, I don't want to get my hopes up just yet - I've had it happen in the past where I thought I might be but then I got my period right on time. So I guess we'll wait and see if my temps stay high for the next 2 weeks!