Archive for September, 2009

20 weeks exactly, pictures!

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Jen’s babe tum from the Front

Jen’s babe tum from the side (20 weeks exactly)

Half way point, Sick, and Soccer baby!

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Today is our half way point and the baby is moving more than ever! Every day I feel the baby move so much. This is so exciting I can’t even describe it. More on the kicking later.  My cold has gotten progressively worse since my last post and I haven’t been able to get out of bed. The sore throat progressed to a horrible pressure in my head, really bad cough, and ear ache. I was on the verge of calling my doctor when I finally started feeling better today. I still cough all the time and blow my nose about 200 times a day, but I’m feeling much better.

Onto more exciting news. Wow, this baby is a kicker! It is kicking hard and often, after each thing I eat. It’s also doing flips and all sorts of acrobatic type things. It feels so great! I can’t explain the feeling but it’s a good one. I smile every time it kicks. Jeff, mom, and Jess have all felt the kicks so far. So cool! I’ll post pictures from this morning when I am near my camera! My mom and sister both say my stomach is really showing now.

Sore throat and kicks?!

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Boo… I’ve had a sore throat since yesterday morning. I’m not sure if it’s a cold or just a strange pregnancy symptom. It’s making me feel miserable. There are just a few things I’ve found I can’t stand during this pregnancy. Gum, yes my usual pack-a-day habit has turned into something that makes me nauseous, and Ricola cough drops, the one cough drop that I always turn to. I don’t know what it is, but both are out of the question for me. So, I’m in the process of trying different cough drops to see what might work. I read in a list of approved medication from my doctor that I can have cough drops, so I just need to find a kind that tastes good.

In other news, I’ve been wondering if I feel the baby moving, or if it’s just food moving through my intestines, gas, etc. Up until two days ago, I wasn’t sure, but the last 2 days plus today, I’ve definitely felt some movement! The first time it was 3 little kicks below my belly button, then a feeling that the baby flipped 180 degrees in my stomach! That was pretty cool. The next day I felt the little kicks down low in my stomach and up under the belly button. Today, I felt the kicks low and high, especially after I drank a big glass of orange juice. I only felt the baby once the last two days but today I felt it multiple times. It’s so awesome! I keep calling Jeff over to feel, but the baby won’t kick for him. Plus, it might be too early to feel kicks from the outside.

19 weeks exactly, pictures!

Friday, September 18th, 2009

I’m not sleeping well most nights still, but I’m getting plenty of sleep overall. I’ve noticed if I lay on my stomach I can feel the hard ball in my stomach. That’s an interesting feeling! I’ve been trying to sleep on my left side like all the books recommend but I usually end up going on my right side which is more comfortable and when I wake up I’m usually on my back. Nothing else too exciting is happening so I guess I’ll just post some pictures! Happy 19 weeks baby!

Jen’s babe tum from the Front

Jen’s babe tum from the side (19 weeks exactly)

Hair and hungry day

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

I figured out that my hair can’t hold curl… at all. I tried to look nice for no apparent reason and used a small curling iron to make spirals all over my head. I kept using more and more hairspray and one by one, the curls went straight. One moment in the wind made my hair stick straight… great… Guess I need to get a good haircut because curls can no longer disguise the fact that I haven’t had my hair cut in 3 months!

 In other news, I was really hungry today. The other day I used the word craving in my post. Maybe it was a pregnancy craving or maybe it was just a “Jen craving”. For the last 10 years I’ve had cravings that have nothing to do with pregnancy. I will think of a food and I just have to have it. Nothing really new for me. Well today I was having some sort of craving. I wanted my Red Hot again. Then I wanted the most sour balsamic vinaigrette I could find. Then I wanted some plain greek yogurt in mac & cheese. I think sour must be my thing right now. I feel like all the acid I ate burned a hole in my mouth but it was very satisfying. YUM!


Monday, September 14th, 2009

Ah! I’ve been wanting Frank’s Red Hot for the past 2 weeks, but I’ve been worried about eating in fear of heart burn or indigestion problems. My stomach already aches every day and I have problems sleeping so I figured I’d just resist. Well, today I just couldn’t resist anymore. I bought a 24 oz bottle and doused some Taquitos in the stuff. I mean, I ate so much of it that my usual heat resistant mouth was on fire and a good portion of that huge bottle was gone. The Taquitos were swimming in the stuff! Now I’m worried it’s going to be a long night… I haven’t had any heartburn yet, but I wonder what will happen now that I threw Red Hot into the mix. Time will tell!

I’m a little angry that I can’t even force myself to eat something healthy. Every once in awhile I can eat a salad or a piece of fruit, but mostly I just want bread, butter, chips, crackers and other things. I worry whether I’m getting enough nutrients for the baby, but then I figure if I really need it, I will eventually eat it… I hope!

18 Weeks, 1 day Pictures!

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Wow! I slept better than I have in a month! Last night was awesome! After my emotional day, I went to the computer science get together which started with a race. Jeff won the race so that was exciting. Then we ate. The food was great, but after eating just half of my food, I felt really full. This dinner was about an hour or so earlier than we are used to eating. I decided to try something new. I stopped eating. I threw the rest away. The party continued and my stomach started hurting really bad. I told Jeff I was cold because I wanted to leave and relax by myself in sweatpants. He didn’t get the hint so we stayed there until almost everyone left. I decided to not eat anything for the rest of the night and see how my stomach would feel. Right before bed my stomach started to feel a little empty, but I didn’t exactly feel hungry. In fact, I felt pretty good. I went to bed and was still feeling emotional so I just started bawling. Jeff was trying to console me, but I was just feeling sorry for myself and ended up crying myself to sleep. I didn’t wake up until 5:30am! Woohoo! I’ve been waking up at least once an hour, every hour for the past month due to stomach pain and I take one night to make sure my food is digested and I sleep almost through the night?! Woohoo, woohoo, woohoo! It was awesome! I woke up at 8am and instead of feeling horrible I felt rested and comfortable enough to snuggle up to Jeff. Lately I’ve been glad we are in Rochester with our king bed where I have lots of space, but with the stomach pain gone it felt good to be close again. Yay!

Ok, here are some pictures. Not much has changed!

Jen’s babe tum from the Front

Jen’s babe tum from the side (18 weeks, 1 day)

Ouch, my stomach!

Friday, September 11th, 2009

My sleeping has been progressively worse. Every day, I have stomach pains that keep me tossing and turning most of the night. The pains start high in the stomach, where the “lump that was once my dinner” sits. My theory is that since food digests slower during pregnancy, the food is still digesting when I go to bed, making me feel like I just ate a huge meal 2 minutes before, when it was actually 4 hours before. I guess that brings me to the topic of food in general. During the day, I’m hungry. I sometimes eat 2 or 3 lunches, plus my normal breakfast and snacks. At dinnertime, I’m not very hungry, but I think I should eat a full meal so I do. Then I’m really full after I’ve finished half of my plate. Very strange feeling for me since pre-pregnancy I couldn’t get full no matter what I ate. Maybe doing less activity has made me less hungry? Maybe multiple meals during the day “spoils my dinner”. Who knows. It has become very uncomfortable! At night I can’t even arch my back because my stomach feels so tight… like it’s going to rip if I bend backwards! Strange!

The pains continue into my lower stomach which I’m guessing has something to do with the baby and something to do with food digesting. I’m going to try to eat a smaller meal and eat it earlier in the night and see if that helps.

Today was a bad day in general. Nothing seemed to be going my way. I woke up in a bad mood from being up most of the night with stomach pain. Then I went back to bed until 11am. Then I went for a run. Lots of problems came up on the run. I’ve been dealing with the bladder problem for a few weeks now. I feel like I’m going to pee my pants the entire time I’m running! I pee the second before I walk out the door and then I take my first running step and I feel like I’m going to pee my pants.  I stop to pee and I don’t really have to go. I’m guessing it has something to do with the way the baby is sitting, and it’s very uncomfortable.

Next, I wanted to go for a short out-and-back run, ending at the credit union to get some cash then go to the grocery store across the street to get some food for a computer science get together later tonight.  Then I was going to walk the 1/2 mile home with my stuff.  I was running on the nice wooded trail that takes me to the credit union when I noticed a woman yelling something and her dog barking. Then I saw the deer standing in the middle of the trail. This same deer was further along the path just yesterday and made me cut my run short then, and now it was doing the same thing. The woman said she had been yelling “shoo shoo” to the deer and her dog was barking for 10 minutes and the deer wouldn’t budge. I told her I would just run towards it because it already ruined my run the day before and I doubt it was going to hurt me. She said deer on this trail have attacked people so I shouldn’t go towards it. Great, I didn’t want it to kick my stomach so I stayed clear! Finally, after some inching forward, yelling and barking, the deer took a few steps into the woods. I decided to continue on my run. Then I realized the deer might be standing there again on the way back and I wouldn’t be able to make it home. Because of that, I decided I’d take a different route on the way back. The problem is, the other route is double the distance of the route I wanted to run. I know it’s silly, but that put me in a bad mood. Then I was on the wrong side of the trail to get to the credit union, then some dogs were off the leashes and I thought they were going to attack me, then a guy on a bike was being stupid and all these things made my mood worse. When I got home and made the cupcakes for the computer science thing, I was in a better mood… until I completely ruined them. I didn’t have baking cups so I just put them in a silicone pan thinking they wouldn’t stick. Wrong! On top of that, I put the remainder of the batter into a small cake pan which overflowed all over the cupcakes, leaving them one huge mess. I had no free time to do anything else so I had to drive to the store on my way to the party and buy some cupcakes. They were listed as $3.50 for 12. Wow! I’m really getting a good deal! Then I get to the checker and she’s like, this can’t be right, these are usually $1.75 a piece! She called her manager over and he was like, these are labeled wrong and so he relabeled them $9 which is what I had to pay. Still not bad, but it made me mad that they were marked wrong and I had to pay the higher price.

Let me just say that on a normal day, this stuff wouldn’t bother me, but today I’m very moody and emotional so it did.  Ahhh! I hope I’m in a better mood tomorrow!

18 week appointment today!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Today we went in for our ultrasound and 18 week appointment. The baby was being a little stinker and decided to have its arms crossed over its face and legs crossed so we couldn’t get a good view. Luckily it moved the hands away from the face and moved one of its legs, but it lodged the other leg right up by the crotch so it was hard to tell the sex. The woman told us she thought it was a boy, but then thought what she was seeing was actually the cord so then she thought it was a girl! Hard to say. The doctor told me everything looks normal and all my blood work came back normal so that’s good! Here are some ultrasound pictures, taken by iPhone, so not the best quality.

Open Mouth Baby Ultrasound

Open Mouth Baby, or Alien, or Ghost Baby. The ultrasound woman said most people don’t want this picture because they think it’s scary, but I think it’s cute!

Profile of baby, 17 week ultrasound

Baby’s profile!

Baby 17 week ultrasound

This one is blurry, but you can see the baby’s body and femur bone.

Baby legs 17 week ultrasound



Baby contemplating life.

17 weeks, 3 days, Pictures!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Here are some pictures from 17 weeks, 3 days. I’m feeling pretty good today. We are in Rochester and I had a hard time finding a white wall for a background. Our house is 95% colored walls, but there is a small place in the kitchen where I can keep up with my white background. Yay! Doctor appointment tomorrow!Jen’s babe tum from the Front

Jen’s babe tum from the side (17 weeks, 3 days)