Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Bun in the Oven - Week 11!

Hello :-) How was your weekend? Ours was laid back & easy. We did errands and house duties on Saturday, and had family dinner at our place on Sunday.

I can't believe we are into the final stretch of April already! In Alberta we have been having such unusually warm weather. We really didn't have a winter and Spring has been on the warm side, with a few really hot summer temp days thrown in!

Well we just finished week 11 with chickpea and overall it was a fairly uneventful week. I am so fortunate that I have had a pretty easy go thus far. I did have three brutal days of heartburn. It didn't matter what I ate, even water would make it flare. I picked up these gems. I took the Gaviscon once, and it did nothing :( The Tums work temporarily. Lucky for me, after the three days, it went away again and hasn't been back! I know as chickpea grows, it will be here to stay, but for now- bye, bye!
My food aversions are easing off a bit. I am not being turned off as much, although the same things aren't super appealing either. I haven't had any specific food cravings, and my desire to live on carbs has eased off. 

We were supposed to have our First Trimester Screening yesterday, and we did have the ultrasound aspect, but our little hooligan would not co-operate. We had another awesome ultrasound tech, who was super sweet, and tried really hard but the baby wasn't having it. We were able to see the side view of chickpea. It's head, tummy, arms and legs. She showed us it's tiny beating heart and it's teeny stomach sack. She could get images of side profile and straight on face, but she needed the back of the head/neck and the baby was tucked in such a way and wouldn't budge. 

It was amazing to see. It's so surreal. We have all seen friends ultrasound pictures and I'm sure think, it's neat, but we have seen them all before. As cliche as it might sound, it just leaves you in awe, when it's YOUR baby, YOUR ultrasound. It's so surreal! The baby was very active and kept throwing it's hands up to it's head, and was kicking it's legs straight out. I am excited for when I can actually feel it!

I had to drink the dreaded water before my appointment, but she ended up having me go pee (I actually went once right before my appointment too, as I could not hold it!) My bladder was blocking good shots of the baby! I think I have the worlds smallest bladder-LOL ;)

After about an hour of trying the tech took the photo's to the Dr to see if they were informative enough to continue with the rest of our screening but unfortunately they were not. We have to return for a re-do next Monday. Hopefully chickpea will be a little bigger and have moved positions enough for a better view.

I asked if at this point they were seeing anything abnormal, or of concern and she assured me that to this point baby looks good. Heart was 157bpm, and the baby measured well, so she was happy. Phew!! A tad less worry for me, for now.

We were given a picture from the receptionist when leaving. I'm disappointed this is the one she picked as the tech took a ton and we had some decent full body, side views. 
It's a side profile, head shot but it's a little blurry. I see my family Dr for my prenatal appointment today and will ask if she has the disk yet, but it may be too soon. Next Monday I will ask for the full disk with all of chickpea's pictures!

While I was at my appointment yesterday I was asked if I would be willing to participate in a medical study for pregnant women. It is to help get approval of a new tool to predict very early in a woman's pregnancy if she will get 
Pre-eclampsia. Since December they only have just over 100 participants and they need 1000! I had to have my blood pressure taken(it was excellent) and have blood drawn. No biggie. I am happy to help if it means better medical care for future mama's <3.

So yesterday we began the journey into week 12! Yay!!

I love seeing the difference each week!

Chickpea is the size of an apricot or plum this week :-)

Thanks for checking in on our journey! See you next week!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Bun in the oven - Week 10!

Hello friends! How was your weekend? Great I hope!

Ours was a busy, productive one. Friday evening we headed over to my mom's to pick up and drop off a few things, then ran errands, grabbing a few more things to finish our deck. 

We also took Lilly & Maya to Dairy Queen for a small puppy-cone!!



Her face is priceless!! 

It was for Lilly's 10th B-day!! We always do something special for them on their day. For those who don't know, we almost lost our Lilly when she was 6 yrs old, from an Addison's crisis. It was a very stressful year following, trying to get her blood work back to normal. We never thought we would have another 4 years with her, and she is going strong! We don't like to take for granted the time we get with her (or any of the furs really.)

Saturday was spent running some errands and doing some yard work. I'm also working on organizing the babies room. We had to disassemble our office last month, to have a room for chickpea ;) Although super early, we have already painted chickpea's room. With Paul's folks moving, they wanted to participate so it's already done! 




I really wanted a two toned room, so we went with a minty blue/green and lilac. I love it. It will work great with a boy or girl. I plan to do it these two colors, with white and grey tied in. I am actually glad we did it so early as the smell is nearly completely gone now, and as we buy stuff we have a place to store and organize :)

Sunday was catching up on laundry, I vacuumed and steamed the floors, & other boring but necessary house duties. Paul worked super hard on finishing the deck today. I am so proud. It looks great!! Tomorrow I get to let the cats try out their new enclosed space! Eeek!!



A panoramic view! It's hard to see but along the front is pigeon netting so it feels open but they can't jump over. Once it is all stained it is going to look awesome!

Okay! On to the exciting up date!

Week 10 with chickpea was fairy good overall. Tuesday morning I went for my First Trimester Screening blood work (which I get the results on the 25th).

I had an emotional day Tuesday with the confirmation that my in laws are in fact moving. I knew it was coming, but it just hit extra hard again with the realization that both our parents are moving, just as we are about to add to our family.

Wednesday was a really rough day. I woke up and felt puffy, tired, and like I had been hit with a truck. I assumed it was to do with the emotional day prior. I started getting a headache late morning, and by mid-afternoon I was in bed. When Paul got home he did some pressure points, I gulped a big thing of water and we napped. I woke up feeling a little better, in time for a bit of dinner.

Thursday I was feeling normal again, thank goodness. Heartburn has reared it's ugly head this week. I used to have heartburn all the time before I went on a plant-based diet. I forgot how horrible it feels. Tums offers a little relief, but it's short lived. 

Other than that, the exhaustion is no where near as severe as the previous weeks, and I don't feel that different overall. I am still having food aversions and loving carbs. I keep attempting veggies but many are still a no go.

I have been loving fruit this week. Pears, strawberries, mango and mandarins every day! I'm still having a love affair with potatoes and cereal too :) On the veggie front it's been mostly carrots, pea's, corn, asparagus and a little broccoli & cauliflower. Still a no go with avocado, mushrooms, raw tomatoes, etc. 

I am excited to be beginning week 11 today, and even more excited for next Monday as we get to see our little chickpea again!! 



















Thanks for reading about my journey to motherhood <3

Monday, April 11, 2016

Bun in the oven - Week 9!


Happy Monday everyone! 

In my last post I mentioned my lovely neighbor/friend. She is a neonatal nurse & she has offered to help me, with any troubles I may have with breast feeding and questions with the baby, which means so much to me. 

What I didn't mention, is why it is extra special to me. It is because BOTH my mom and Paul's parents are moving, right away.

Yep, you heard it right. This has been the hardest part of being pregnant for me. This is my mom's 3rd grandchild (my nephews are 17 &19 now), but the first and only grandchild for Paul's parents. We are just waiting on the final details (we should know 100% for sure this week), but it's almost certain hubby's parents are moving to Eastern Canada(for work). 

My mom is retiring and has already bought a place, and is nearly finished the reno's. The biggest most important event of our lives, and the people we are closest to are leaving. It's a really, really hard pill to swallow. I rarely give myself the chance to sit pondering it, or it leaves me an emotional wreck. I am focusing right now on the time they are still here, and will deal with the rest the day it is here. But I am sad :( I do have a few close friends, who I know will be there for support and who want to be a part of little chickpea's life. They are friends, that are like family. I will be leaning lots on them <3

This past week I am finally starting to feel time go by a little more quickly. Week 9 with my little chickpea has treated me well over all. My extreme exhaustion in weeks 7 & 8 has finally started to ease off. I am still tired often, but not to the point of falling asleep when someone is talking to me, or needing such long naps. I had a few days of no naps, and others were just quick 20min nods. 

I am still dealing with some food aversions, but I really cannot complain. So many suffer with such bad nausea and sickness and I haven't!! Right now I am loving everything cereal, toast, fruit, popcorn, potatoes. Pretty much loving carbs to death. I try to make myself eat some greens and veggies but they are a big no go in large amounts. I hide my greens in smoothies, and stick to carrots, corn, pea's & asparagus for the most part. 

Depending on what it is, I am struggling with mushrooms(which I normally LOVE), raw tomatoes & ketchup, greens like kale, sweet potato, quinoa...pretty much the super healthy stuff :( 

This week chickpea was approximately the size of a pecan or a green olive & is officially a fetus! Woo-hoo!

It has been a relatively smooth week. I felt a little bit of tightness/pulling in my lower abdomen yesterday, but otherwise no heart burn, no headaches, my moods feel pretty stable, no soreness. I am feeling well!! It will be interesting to see, but I had two dreams this week, that I am having a boy ;-)

Tomorrow I have my First Trimester Screening blood work. Just two more weeks and we will get the results, and have our next ultrasound :)


See you next week for a recap on Week 10!
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