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Monday, December 28, 2009

Fourteen Weeks 12.26.2009

I loved when my account on thebump.com switched to a 2nd trimester title this week!!! (it tracks my progress by due date). Aahhh!





Baby is cooking quite nicely!!! The nausea is lessening in tiny increments day by day. Peeing has gone from 6 times to between 2-3 times per night! Energy level is doing a little better (and, man, it sucked to realize that my coma has yielded a scarily, crummy house). Neglect. As it is the week of Christmas, things were worsened by scraps of wrapping paper dragged around the house by our dogs and dishes in the sink from cooking things to take to the many Christmas festivities. All to be remedied tomorrow!!





For Christmas, I mostly got non-baby items but I did get a few I must share. My mother-in-law bought us the crib bedding set I love so much and guess what... It is totally cuter in person!! There is actually quite a bit of yellow and multiple shades of blue in it that I couldn't see from the picture online!! Adorable!! I also got the video camera I was hoping for and 2/3rds of the money I will need to buy the awesome camera I have been dreaming about. Theory is, I'd like to be a pro with it by the time the baby comes!





Here is a tiny tidbit you may find interesting! I swear I felt the baby moving. Tiny little kicks that I could only describe as flutters. That is the perfect word for it. I wondered what a flutter would feel like until I felt it....then the word matched perfectly!! I was sitting and wrapping the present for Greg from baby for Christmas (cartoons for them to watch together {Greg's favs from his childhood}) when I felt a sensation like a butterfly's wings tapping lightly and sporadically just above and to the right of my pubic bone. Only lasted for about 30 seconds from first bump to last but it was real. It drew an emotional response in me but I didn't want to get excited over something that may have been intestinal. I, of course, have the pregnancy constipation thing going on so I doubted the sensation. Then, 15 minutes after eating a handful of cotton candy (craving) around midnight in bed with Greg--reading "Belly Laughs" by Jenny McCarthy--there it was again. Same feeling as last time, lasting same length of time and same intensity. I had just been relieved of the week long constipation spell the day before so I knew it wasn't related to that and I've been lucky not to have gas so I didn't doubt it this time! It was magical and wonderful!! I know 14 weeks is early but my mom swears she felt us all by 14 weeks. Some of us she felt earlier. Most women say they feel it between 15 and 17 weeks but I am finding tons of women describing the exact same sensation as I have that have had multiples and know what to expect more. So, I love that my baby is active and mobile!





Development front: Baby has begun thumb sucking, toe wiggling and peeing this week. Go figure! Baby grew .7 oz in the last week alone. Seeing as how it is only 1.5 oz at 14 weeks, that is a ton of growing in a tiny amount of time. It's also pushing 3.5 inches!! So cute!

P.S. I know a lemon is smaller than a peach but they are only using a lemon because of length. It has not, in fact, shrunk! I promise!



Thirteen Weeks 12.22.09

This week the baby is a Peach!! Yumm! I have been counting down the days to when I can say I'm in my second trimester. I'm there, baby!!! Woo hoo!! Things are supposed to start looking up from here!



Belly is definitely firming and bulging a bit. Not enough for anyone to notice much except for hubbie and myself. I have a few pairs of pants that are uncomfortable to zip; which is impressive as I have lost quite a bit of weight and everything is running big on me in every way but my belly.



Baby's progress front: forming teeth and vocal cords, baby is approaching the non-alien look by being a bit more proportional. The head only makes up 1/3 of the total size now which is appx 2.9 inches or .81 oz!! No more alien baby with the equal head to body ratio!! Also, the intestines have started moving into the body now that there is room and out of the umbilical cord!! Normality!



Thursday, December 17, 2009

Twelve Weeks 12.17.2009



I am now halfway through my twelfth week of pregnancy. Insane! I can already feel some of the morning sickness ebbing away slowly and a little more appetite kicking in. Now is the part where I must not indulge anything I want. I refuse to be one of those puffy, pregnant women.

We had our twelve week appointment yesterday and the doctor was able to pick up the heartbeat on the Doppler ultrasound. I didn't get to see Greg's reaction but I could feel it. I was beaming myself so my eyes were reduced to slits (I was smiling that big) but he grabbed onto my foot and made a few wow-like comments. Our doctor is so fabulous and fun! Greg made a joke about all of the monster energy drinks he drank around conception and cracked us all up. He just couldn't believe how fast the heart was beating. My reading had prepared me for the fast heartbeat but nothing could have prepared me for the joy. It was so stinkin cute!

Greg is graduating to reality now. He made his first comment today about how it will be fun to start on the nursery. That both surprised and elated me. I've had the furniture and bedding picked out since the day I found out I was pregnant (I used it to get my head wrapped around this and to calm myself down). I've been ready to start painting for weeks now! We also picked out the ceiling fan. Now I'm just immersing my unemployed self in research for those special touches that make a nursery amazing.

I also did some research today on ..... prepare yourself.... birthing photography. I know it sounds gross and totally weird but give it a minute. I personally would have the person (I have someone in mind) take some pictures during some of the more special moments during the labor and pop out for the 5-10 minutes of grossness. Someone would grab them as soon as the baby is out and then they could take artistic photos of all of the baby's firsts. I'd like good shots of the measuring, the cleaning, cutting the umbilical cord (maybe), cleaning, Greg's first hold, my first hold, the foot stamp thing, etc. I've found a couple of sites that sold me on the idea. I first read about it on a friend's blog earlier and thought gross but dutifully followed the links she provided and was sold. Check this out birthing photography My main reason for hesitating on this is that Greg and I both really wanted those moments to ourselves but we also want memories of those moments so we're torn. I think if the person was someone we were comfortable with, it would be perfect. The female and close friend I have in mind would be perfect if she would consent. Then there is the issue of whether or not others will be angry that we had a friend in the room with us but no grandparents, aunts, etc. I think everyone would be ok because they would benefit from the photos as well. Greg would be completely capable to take the photos but I don't want him experiencing all of that through a lens and I really want him with me...I'm gonna NEED him. I just have to be clear that I don't want any gory shots. No privates or grossness.

Anyway, back to the current status. I'm starting to get a firm and defined bulge between my hip bones or just above my pubic bone. It's going to be time to start taking weekly pictures of my progress soon. I'll post them with the appropriate week when we get to that point.










Until then....TTFN

Monday, November 23, 2009

Nine Weeks 11.21.2009

Nine Weeks





Not much to report. Starting to see a real bump below the belly buttom (and below the bloat). That's exciting. I have just donned my first maternity bra. Much more comfortable than I anticipated. Nausea is almost gone but I'm guessing that's because I stopped taking prenatal vitamins 4 days ago. I have been supplementing with my normal multivitamin and taking Noni Juice and Toddy Juice shots (those are packed with more vitamins and minerals than an elephant needs....apparently). I have my next appointment on Wednesday where I'll be able to hear the heartbeat and start discussing birthing options and testing. My theory is, I'm not going to consent to a dangerous test for the baby when I wouldn't terminate under any circumstances anyway. So I'm going to save myself the headache. I have an awesome support system in my home and with our families so if something is wrong, I'll have help tackeling it when it happens.





As far as baby's progress, it now has facial features. It has graduated from embryo to fetus this week!!! Heart is thrumming away (at 156 beats per minute at our last ultrasound). Brain is all in place!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Seven Weeks 11.7.2009

Seven weeks...........bleh



Some good and bad news. Spent the whole week being entirely and incredibly sick=bad news. Discovered two days ago it was the prenatal vitamins I was on that were making me sick. Have since switched to something much better and feel like a normal pregnant woman=good news. I feel like a narcoleptic. I can't stay awake AT ALL. I woke up at 9, fell back to sleep at 12:30, woke up at 4:30, and am not preparing to go to sleep for the night at 10:30.



Greg and I are a little nervous. We'd always envisioned ourselves having boys. His family is a posse of boys for a long long time. Well, according to thebump.com, I am having a girl. I know it's early but their Chinese gender calendar (which is proven to be 90% effective) says we're getting a little pink bundle. Either way, we will love the child we are blessed with but we feel better equipped to handle a boy. C'mon 10%!!!



Other than tired, things are GREAT!!!
Both brain hemispheres are now in place and developing 100 brain cells every minute. Arms and legs are now emerging and joints are starting to form. No more tadpole here!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Six Weeks 10.31.09

Six Weeks along



Well, that's it basically. We found out on 10.30 that we were 5 weeks and 6 days along. We got to see our little tadpole and see the little heartbeat fluttering away. It was an absolute miracle! It was a disappointment to hear I was so early on but still a blessing. I had been hoping for the 10 weeks our doctor guessed at. Stupid false positive pregnancy test. She wanted another ultrasound within two weeks so we go again on the 18th of November. Hopefully, we'll get a more accurate due date. They are guessing at June 26th right now but that was based on her measurement of the blob on the screen. I personally feel she measured too small. You'll see on the picture that she measured the distance between her two x's. What about all of that stuff past that lower x? Seems like there was more to it than that. Who knows. We'll certainly not have to wait a year to find out!



Nausea is getting more and more intense by the day. I miss enjoying food! Few people in the world love food the way we do! C'mon 2nd trimester!!!





Monday, October 26, 2009

Nursery

12.29.2009


We got the bedding for Christmas and the rest of the room's accessories that match for my birthday in March! I'm itching to get it washed and set up but we still have to paint.



3.1.2010


We've been gifted a FREE CRIB!!!!!!!!!!! It needs a little touching up on a few scratches but, other than that, its barely used! We are so grateful for wonderful friends! Right now, its housing all baby stuff we have received so far.




3.7.2010


Clea has bought us a dresser!! It is on its way. I'll take some pictures of it when it gets here! Can't wait to start putting baby things in it!!!




3.10.2010

The nursery is cleaned out of everything non-baby and ready to be painted!!! Now the fun stuff starts!!

























Pups

Riley is a two and a half year old Rottweiler-mix. She is, by far, the most affectionate dog imaginable. She touches our faces and lives on our laps (whether we want that or not) at a firm 65lbs. Since the news, she has been undergoing some training she is not happy about. No more jumping at me when I walk in the door and no more laying across my stomach. She is highly confused.

Cami is a 1 year old Boxer-mix. We bought her as a wedding gift for ourselves. We knew we would want kids in a few years and dogs can occupy their time better with two. They entertain each other. Obviously, God had different plans (earlier than expected) but Cami is sweet and loves to please. I think she'll take the training and new limitations well. She doesn't have many thoughts other than following her sister and PLAY!

They have been our whole world for so long. We're nervous about how well they will take the attention sharing. They have a hard enough time sharing us with each other. Just one more fun adventure!!


We also have two cats from my younger years. Greg is allergic so they mostly live in our basement. It's a nice place for them and they have each other. Their names are Jazz and Java. They're about 8 years old. My family were never dog people. When Greg and I got Riley, my whole perspective changed! I thought I was a cat person but MAN was I wrong. Our cats think they're dogs for the most part. They're cool!

Pregnancy

Discovery 10.23.2009
Six Weeks 10.30.2009
Seven Weeks 11.7.2009
Nine Weeks 11.21.09
Twelve Weeks 12.17.09

Thirteen Weeks 12.22.09
Fourteen Weeks 12.26.2009
Fifteen Weeks 1.5.2010
Sixteen Weeks 1.11.2010
Seventeen Weeks 1.17.2010
The Big Reveal 2.4.2010
Twenty-One Weeks 2.17.2010
Twenty-Three Weeks 3.2.2010
Twenty-Four Weeks 3.7.2010
Twenty-Five Weeks 3.14.2010
Twenty-Seven Weeks 3.27.2010
Twenty-Eight Weeks 4.7.2010
Twenty-Nine Weeks 4.14.2010
Thirty-One Weeks 4.25.2010
Thirty-Two Weeks 5.4.2010
Thirty-Four Weeks 5.14.2010
Thirty-Five Weeks 5.25.2010
Thirty-Six Weeks 5.31.2010
Thirty-Seven Weeks 6.9.2010
Thirty-Nine Weeks 6.20.2010
Forty-Weeks 6.27.2010

Monday, March 30, 2009

Valerie and Greg

Bear with me while this page is under construction...much more to come!

P.S. The title of this blog isn't a story about how Cole began as someone pointed out. I'm assembling the story of Greg and I and our journey so far but, for now, just know that Greg only summoned up the courage to ask me out because I made the very bold move of winking at him in our college hallway after weeks of him not taking subtler hints. He later admitted he was too chicken and that, had I not winked, he would never have talked to me.
There are many many cute stories and details of how we began but this should explain the title until I can finish our story and get it uploaded.
Greg and I were married in March of 2009 after 5 years of dating. He is my other half and I have had the most blessed life. There are tons of good, funny and embarassing stories to come but here is a bit for now.

We took a fantastic cruise through the caribbean for our honeymoon!


We love planning the things we want to do with our home. Its a first for both of us and we were lucky enough to get to build an amazing home together. I dream about fences and hardwood floors and paint while he dreams about an awesome garage and gaming rooms with surround sound. We're still trying to find the balance. A little give and a little take. We're learning.
All of those worries got thrown out of the window when our little surprise came along. Cole Michael was born 15 months after our wedding and has been the greatest adventure of our lives!

We have two dogs that, though not our only babies, are still front and center in our hearts!

About Me

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I'm a new wife and an even newer mom. I have a secret dream to be super-mom. I love to craft, cook, dance and fill my life with as many adventures as possible. I'm slightly crunchy granola but enjoy a good steak. I'm right brained and type B (with some type A tendencies). I thrive best when I get to use my creative juices. I dabble in photography and party planning. I play piano and have a dream to learn the cello. I want to make the most of this one, short life I find myself living.

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This blog was originally intended to be a personal journal of my pregnancy journey and all that that entails--shared with only a few close family members. It was a way for me to keep them posted on all things baby and occasionally post a picture of my growing torso so they could see the progress. After several posts, I started to get hooked on other blogs and became motivated to attempt to do more with mine. We'll see how it goes....







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