Monthly Archives: September 2012

Ten Weeks


Ten Weeks | My Maternity Series

What a beautiful face I have found in this place that is circling all around the sun.
What a beautiful dream that could flash on the screen in a blink of an eye and be gone from me.
Soft and sweet let me hold it close and keep it here with me.

Ten Weeks | Weekly Progress

It feels so good to be ten weeks along and finally in the double digits! Things are starting to seem very real now, as all of our family and friends now know about the pregnancy. The three things that stand out the most over the last two weeks are my morning sickness slowly getting better, telling our family and friends the news, and seeing our baby for the first time at our first ultrasound, which was one of the most amazing moments of my life!

Here is my weekly progress:

• Nausea comes and goes these days… some days I’m feeling great while others I’m feeling not so great. This weekend was a tough one as I thought I was coming down with a cold but woke up feeling pretty good this morning and am (once again) hoping it lasts!

• I’m still not sleeping well at all and it’s getting a bit frustrating at this point. I tend to wake up at least once but usually twice in the night to use the restroom and it takes me forever to fall back asleep. Even when I’m “sleeping,” it’s not the deep, restful sleep I used to get. God’s way of preparing me for the sleepless first year of motherhood? Probably.

• The food aversions are still going strong and I can’t even think about meat or eggs. Bleh!

• Cravings hit this week in the cliche form of pickles! We bought a huge jar and it was nearly gone in two days! Pasta and Mexican Dishes have sounded awesome to me, too. Chocolate was another new craving. I’ve also been craving tons of fruit (mainly kiwis, oranges, apples, and bananas) and am back to making my green smoothies 3-4 times a week. Yum!

• My sense of smell is ridiculous at this point. I really think the local police department should hire me to sniff out criminals or something. This can be a good thing (coffee smells delicious) or a really really really bad thing (our golden retriever smells horrid to me, along with most foods, lotions/perfumes, and the outdoor air).

• The amount of fatigue that hits me is crazy. I have to literally fight to keep my eyes open at times and have fallen asleep both sitting up and in the bath tub!

• I’m showing for sure now!! Granted, it looks more like I haven’t said “no, thank you” to those chocolate and pasta cravings for ten weeks straight and less like an actually pregnant belly… but still, exciting!

Just three more of these “ten weeks” to go!!

Ten Weeks | Thoughts

Well, hello there, double digits!!

So happy to see you! This pregnancy is really flying by so far. Every week seems to pass by so quickly and it’s hard to believe we only have 30 more to go! That means only three more of what we’ve already accomplished!

Week eight was a tough one… morning sickness was still lingering and lingering strong. I stayed in bed most of the time wondering how I was going to live like this for another five weeks. It didn’t seem possible. And then, week nine came along, and I started only feeling nauseous randomly through out the day instead of every second of the day. Progress!

After the appointment with my nurse practitioner, we felt confident enough that everything was progressing as it should be and made the decision to tell our families that weekend. It was a complete whirlwind of activities but, oh my gosh, it was so much fun! Here is a video compilation of the pregnancy announcements from those few days…

We also made our official Facebook announcement after we had our first ultrasound. It feels so good to have the news out finally! The support and excitement we received from everyone was so special.

This baby will be surrounded by so much love.

We had our first ultrasound at exactly nine weeks. I was pretty nervous because we had zero updates until then. We both were just hoping to hear good news, that everything was progressing, and that the baby was healthy. As soon as the screen turned on and the tech started the process, the baby was instantly in view and my breath caught in my chest. This was one of those rare moments in life where time stops, where your entire body freezes, and you take a mental picture so you will never, ever forget. 

There it was. The heartbeat. Fluttering away so fast and so healthy. I caught my breath just as tears started flowing and asked, fully knowing the answer, “Is that the heart beating?”

The tech let us look for just a few more seconds before she moved on to check out the rest of my anatomy. Everything was right where it should be and she moved back to the baby. Again, time stopped and my pregnancy suddenly got very real very fast. This was what we created… this beautiful little life growing so quickly inside of me… so fragile and so dependent on us. I couldn’t help but cry. The tech took all of the needed measurements. Baby was measuring at 8 weeks 4 days (just about right on track with our now official estimated due date of April 22) and had a healthy heartbeat of 170bpm. I thanked God for such wonderful news and for watching over us all.

Everyone always talks about and remembers that first ultrasound, the first time they saw their baby, and how amazing it is. I truly don’t think you can understand it until you experience it for yourself.

I could relive that moment and that moment only over and over again for the rest of my life and be completely happy.

After the ultrasound, we went back to the waiting room before our appointment with the doctor with pictures in hand. I couldn’t stop looking at them. I was in total and complete awe at the beauty of it all. We decided to nickname the baby “Tad” for tadpole because that is exactly what it looked like! Here are the first ultrasound pictures… the black area on the head will eventually be the hindbrain.

This appointment was also the first time we would be meeting our doctor. I definitely did my research and it paid off. We feel 100% confident in our choice and are so thrilled we found a doctor we both love! His nurse is amazing, as well, and we really love the entire office. We went over general questions and information and then we were on our way. We will get to hear the heartbeat at our 13 week appointment, which I can’t wait for.

 It’s amazing how much and how fast our love for this baby grows with each day.