To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
-Steve Prefontaine
Make it simple, but significant.
- Don Draper

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

14 Weeks: Finally The Reveal

August 22, 2015  Let me breathe a huge sigh of relief!! Finally the word is out!! I can stop trying to conceal this bump that seemed to make its presence REALLY known over this last week.  Overall I have been feeling better, but just when I think that I end up randomly dry heaving for a while. Sleeping isn't going well. I've really become an insomniac, which I attribute to the nerves and excitement of finally breaking the news. So let's just get to that!

A couple of weeks ago Man Friend and I were swimming in the pool and I asked him if he had any ideas on how to break the news. He laughed and said he had it all worked out and I didn't need to worry about it. For these last weeks I kept trying to get him to crack, and failed every time. Hmmm, what the heck was that little stinker up to?


On Friday he called his grandma to tell her the news. He said, "she's as excited as a 90 something year old woman can be!" I was sick to my stomach (NOT morning sickness sick) when I knew MF was meeting with his two older children to let them know. Would they hate me? Would they be mad? Would they even give a s***? They handled the news and basically both thought it was weird and I'm sure don't give a shit as suspected. Granted there IS an 18 year age gap between his youngest and his newest, but for me I am quite a few years young and have zero children, so is it THAT weird? No. I also told my boss the good news that morning and felt a big relief to get it off my chest. He was excited and we had all kinds of baby talk, which helped get me ready for The Party!


We weren't going to have our Pirate Party this year, but I decided it would be a good way to have our close friends and family over for an in person reveal. I was so happy with all that were able to make it - even a few unexpected surprise guests that we didn't think would even be in the country!

As guests started to arrive my plan was "Don't Stop Moving". Keep moving and maybe nobody will notice that you are getting chunky in one main place! The time flew by and before I knew it some people were signaling toward the diving board and asking what the heck Man Friend was doing with a hand truck. GREAT question... what the heck was MF doing with a hand truck???? It sure caused the party to go silent!

If you know MF, you know he's anything but quite or shy or soft spoken. He starts out by saying, "I'm not a guy that likes to talk a lot ..." at which point there was a collective chuckle! And then I start getting choked up as he says, "We've had a difficult couple of years...." --- having been in our relationship, I know that means we've had medical issues, 3 very close family members pass away, adjusting to life in a new house, job changes, and 2 years of trying to make a baby. He goes on to say how he got me a little something, but I had a choice to make. By now I was completely confused, nervous and my hands were shaking. I walked up to join him and try to figure out what was going on. 

My options:
  • Hop on the hand truck and get a ride up to the empty house at the top of the hill to find a surprise that's waiting for me, OR
  • Open the cute little pink and black bag that says You're the Best and accept whatever I find.

Knowing that the point was to reveal I'm pregnant it seemed the only option was the bag! I shook it a little and heard a plastic rattling noise, which made me think it was a baby toy. Cue more tears at the thought of that. I then opened the bag, saw some plastic baby keys and started crying. He bought a gift for our baby behind my back?? How sweet! How could I not cry? I heard someone say "that's a teething toy!" and I hear that someone was heard saying, "She's pregnant?!!" While trying to compose myself, Man Friend did announce that we are expecting a baby!! Yay!!

But then the baby may have been trumped. I looked closer at the key chain and was so confused when I saw a Jeep key fob attached. What?!? Is this for my old used Craig's List Jeep that he had been fixing up? NO! I was even more confused.  He took the keys and said he'd be right back.

Well......

I'm ready for the kiddie carpool now I guess! The joke was on me when I had the big surprise of a brand new Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk!! I'm still in awe. My BFF and I discussed it the next day and how we both thought it was a joke. But it's totally real! Man Friend always finds a way to catch me off guard!

And it wasn't even 24 hours later that the new Grandma and Future Mom were in it and officially doing some baby shopping!!

AUGUST 2015
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
1
11 weeks pregnant
Progesterone
Estrace: M E
2345678
Blood drawMaternal Fetal Med.12 weeks pregnant
ProgesteroneProgesteroneProgesteroneProgesteroneProgesteroneProgesteroneProgesterone
Estrace: M EEstrace: M EEstrace: M EEstrace: M EEstrace: M EEstrace: M EEstrace: M E
9101112131415
OBGYN13 weeks pregnant
2nd Trimester!!
ProgesteroneProgesteroneProgesteroneProgesteroneProgesteroneProgesteroneProgesterone
Estrace: M EEstrace: M EEstrace: M EEstrace: M EEstrace: M EEstrace: M EEstrace: M E
16171819202122
THE Announcement!!14 weeks pregnant
23242526272829
15 weeks pregnant
3031

13 Weeks: Hello Second Trimester!!!

August 15, 2015  It's here! It's here!! That moment that every pregnant woman probably reallllly looks forward to .... the SECOND TRIMESTER!!! They say that morning sickness and fatigue should decrease at this point. And what else decreases? Your chance of a miscarriage. Seeing as we've already lost the littlest twin, reaching this day is HUGE!!

This week has been all about my baby that I'm already obsessed with trying to spoil. I've bought our little clementine a soft blanket, baby washcloths with matching towels, a toy chest and cloth diapers. That's just the start, who knows how much more will be added at a rapid pace??!!

All-day sickness has been fluctuating, but I'm trying hard to do a mind over matter thing to beat it. One thing we've realized is that Lady (my dog) can't be fed her breakfast while I'm still home, or at least not while I'm moving around getting ready. It never fails I smell it and have to run to go throw up. Between that and brushing my teeth, I've been constantly praying to the porcelain gods non-stop.... even at work! But I will be optimistic that the end of the high doses of estrogen and progesterone I take will help ease these symptoms. I can't even explain how excited I am to be done with the shots. I don't even know how many I have received, but let's just say my poor bottom is one big welt and it feels like scar tissue is forming deep below the surface. A couple of times we've had to pull the needle and try again since it hit a vein, so really I've been stabbed more than technically required. By the end I was having to use two soft blankets to lean on during shot time ... due to extra sore boobies not wanting to touch anything at all, let alone a hard counter top!

Also during this week I had a regular OBGYN appointment here in town. It was short and sweet .... and the sweetest moments were those strong pumps of a heart at 150 beats per minute that we got to hear on the loud speaker. It's always nice and reassuring to at least hear or see an ultrasound and know that all is well in there!

I finished out the week going to see Wicked (freaking awesome!!!) and doing a lot of maternity shopping. Holy cow are my new maternity capri leggings comfy. Plus I was able to get four sports nursing bras ... functional yet comfy! It was humorous to do the shopping with my mom. I had no idea what I was looking for or at, so she took the lead. Meanwhile right next to us another mother/daughter duo was doing the exact same thing. We heard the other mom mention "nursing bras" and our ears perked. We went racing to where they were looking. Eventually all 4 of us would be in the fitting rooms at the same time, then returning to the mini-maternity section before all checking out at the same time. Nice to know I'm not the only one that needs her mommy!

****Best News!! Best News!! NO MORE DRUGS!!!!!!!!****


AUGUST 2015
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
1
11 weeks pregnant
Progesterone
Estrace: M E
2345678
Blood drawMaternal Fetal Med.12 weeks pregnant
ProgesteroneProgesteroneProgesteroneProgesteroneProgesteroneProgesteroneProgesterone
Estrace: M EEstrace: M EEstrace: M EEstrace: M EEstrace: M EEstrace: M EEstrace: M E
9101112131415
OBGYN13 weeks pregnant
2nd Trimester!!
ProgesteroneProgesteroneProgesteroneProgesteroneProgesteroneProgesteroneProgesterone
Estrace: M EEstrace: M EEstrace: M EEstrace: M EEstrace: M EEstrace: M EEstrace: M E
16171819202122
14 weeks pregnant
23242526272829
15 weeks pregnant
3031