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Week 4

I’m going to start doing this weekly pregnancy questionnaire I’ve been seeing around a lot. I just added one question to the bottom. I know it can seem to get repetitive later, but for now I’m in the new pregnancy glow and absolutely everything is exciting! I’ve also got an update on the bridesmaid front.

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How far along: 4 Weeks and 4 days (by my estimate)

Total Weight Gain/Loss: None.

Maternity clothes: I’m a big Type-A person so I’ve been researching brands and recommendations. Not needed just yet. 🙂

Stretch marks: I have some already but none are the fault of Sea Monkey.

Sleep: Once I’m asleep it’s good, but I’m having a hard time falling asleep and usually it’s because I seem to be running warm at night. I’m stripping down to my skivvies! haha I also have to get up at least once to pee– even when I try to restrict fluids 2 hours before bed.

Best moment last week: Telling my nan, and buying a few pregnancy books.

Movement: Not for awhile.

Food cravings: Lipton Decaffeinated Coldbrew made with splenda. I drink about 9 or more cups a day. One bag is enough for my 3 cup contigo bottle. So once it’s empty I just start over. Love it.

Gender: Won’t know for 10+ weeks. C hopes for a boy, and I say this with 100% certainty– I am actually not biased to a gender. I used to think I only wanted a boy– now I just can’t get over being pregnant and I genuinely don’t have a preference, but I do have my suspicions.

Labor signs: No labor signs, but pregnancy signs and symptoms (s/s) are cramping, and mild nausea (that is only an issue when I’m brushing my teeth– I seriously feel like I haven’t had a good teeth brushing for a few days because I’m gagging uncontrollably– and I vomited once), and my nipples are tender to touch, with very mild breast discomfort.

Belly button: Not looking forward to this one– totally in.

What I miss: Nothing just yet. I do have a bottle of champaign that I bought before we found out and it looks sad in the back of the fridge, but I’m not sad about it.

What I am looking forward to: Getting health insurance and making our first doctors appointment!

Milestones: Having some actual pregnancy s/s!

What’s happening with baby: Sea Monkey is the size of a poppy seed. Now an embryo– it’s implantation time. Baby is working on growing the placenta.


Now on the bridesmaid front– I just got the email that my dress has arrived at davids bridal! Now I’m a little nervous because the Bride wants us all to go try on our dresses and see how the shoes match. When I ordered the dress I ordered it the next size up because C and I were trying to have a baby and I was anticipating some abdominal growth. We figured if it didn’t happen soon– the dress could just be exchanged for the correct size later. Well– I never thought that we would be so lucky so soon into the process! I’m going to be 32 weeks pregnant at her October 3rd wedding! I don’t think one additional size is going to do that much for me. We will just have to see once it gets closer.

The Bride is aware and totally understanding that one of her bridesmaids might be pregnant– so that is a bonus. 🙂 As it is now the dress is going to be quite large on me at the ‘fitting’– Which is totally fine with me, they have clips. haha

 

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Nursing school and pregnancy collide.

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As of 5pm today I’ve completed 40 hours of my 120 hour practicum. I have my Pediatrics HESI on Monday (which I need/want a really good grade on) and then my Peds final on Thursday. It’s nice that Peds ends early so I’ll have time to focus on studying for the exit HESI. Barring some terrible tragedy I’m supposed to graduate and be pinned in 40 days. So I have a lot going on in the school front. No complaints there. I’m surprisingly less stressed and more excited!

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I’ve got blogging fever about this pregnancy right now (sorry!)– but as I’ve said C and I are keeping Sea Monkey a secret until we have everything confirmed. However, today I had to inform my preceptor. I’m completing this rotation on a cardiac progressive care tele unit– so we don’t see a lot of oncology patients or meds; so when I pulled the package out of the med room with a giant red warming against pregnant women even handling the medication I had to let her know.

It actually was very easy and not as uncomfortable as I imagined. I expressed my desire to keep it under wraps, and she kindly prepared the medication and administered it to our patient. As it turns out we discovered she actually knows of C and his family because she is from the town in Eastern Ky where we are moving (less than 3000 people means everyone knows everyone). So she congratulated us and assured me that the information wouldn’t leave her lips. News travels in a small town and I would hate for his family to hear from someone other than us.

On another pregnancy note. I’ve taken two First Response tests, and both were positive. I want to buy a clear blue digital– the one that tells you how many weeks along you are– but I’m so scared of getting a BFN. I’m so attached to the idea of my Sea Monkey than I don’t want it to vanish. So I’m living in my worry-free bubble. As of right now I have no reason to think anything is wrong. I’ve seen some posts about women who bought 10 different tests and just keep taking them to let it sink in. That’s what I want to do– I just can’t bring myself to do it! Ugh!

Anyway– I’m going to finish watching the UK vs. UofL sweet 16 game. Then I’m going to study some before bed.

Have a good weekend and wish me luck on my Peds Hesi– I need all the luck I can get.

 

 

 

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Pregnancy Books!

I’ve always been an avid reader, so I purchased two books on AmazonPrime to help me navigate this pregnancy. For days I’ve been reading everything that I possibly can online about pregnancy– and it’s not enough. So I bought two titles that were familiar, because I’ve read about them on other people’s blogs. I’m excited for them to get here. Since we have decided to not tell anyone for awhile, I don’t have anyone to talk to– Hopefully reading these books will help ease that.

I decided to get The Happiest Baby on the Block, and Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth.

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I need to make a doctor’s appointment, but that is a little muddled. C and I don’t currently have health insurance. We finished the Kynect application and we just never picked an option because the details of the plans were unclear.  Obviously we will sign up and get health insurance. We were already discussing the options with zero out of pocket for maternity, because we were planning on expanding our family. 🙂

I also purchased two adorable onesies. I hate myself just a little bit. I’m getting too attached to Sea Monkey too early in the process. What if something happens? 😦 I don’t want buying this stuff to jinx me. So no more purchases until we have this pregnancy confirmed with an ultrasound and a heartbeat. I’m staying positive and have no reason to think otherwise. 🙂

 

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Spanish Bean Soup!

I grew up in Florida, so cuban/spanish flavors were quite popular in our everyday cuisine. One of my favorite recipes I can remember was my aunt’s spanish bean soup. A big bowl of that with a hunk of buttered cuban bread… Mmmm. It just so happens that my aunt came for a visit last week and made a pot of this soup. It was the first time I had it in over 10 years. We haven’t made it once since we moved to Kentucky. So now I’m re-addicted and decided to make it again since I’m home alone. It’s super easy and I can eat on it for days. It’s also nice and warm– since we are still having some stupidly cold weather here.

Normally you use a dehydrated chorizo sausage (which is a spanish pork sausage), but it can be hard to find. All I could find was fresh/raw chorizo– so I just cut a hole in the skin and squeezed the sausage into the soup and let it boil and cook. If you can’t find either smoked sausage is also good. In this batch I used both! Also in central Kentucky we don’t have cuban bread– So I use french bread (not as good, but not bad.) Cuban bread is a dry, dense bread. It is similar to french bread, but not quite the same flavor.

Trust me and give this soup a try. You’ll fall in love with it. I promise. It makes a big pot full so be ready to share this dish with you family– or be like me and eat it breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a few days. 😉

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Spanish Bean Soup!

Ingredients:

♥ 3 cans of chick peas; undrained
♥ 2 packets of “Sazon” seasoning
♥ 16oz cubed ham
♥ 16oz of Chorizo; dried or fresh sausage that has been cut out of the skin. (Or 1 package of smoked sausage if you can’t find it– I used both!)
♥ 3-4 potatoes; peeled and cubed (About 1 pound)
♥ 1 cup of water–Give or take

Directions:

♣ Place a stock pot on high heat.
♣ Combine all of your ingredients except for your potatoes in the stock pot: all three cans of chick peas and their liquid, sazon seasoning, ham, chorizo and/or smoked sausage.
♣ Bring contents of your stock pot to a boil, then add your potatoes. Return the pot to a boil.
♣ Cover pot and reduce heat to low, simmering for 30 minutes.

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Dumbfounded!

Less than 6 hours ago I discovered my Sea Monkey was growing. I felt like I would… just know and that the pee-stick would only validate what I already knew. I was wrong. I so badly wanted a positive test that I was hoping, but I just didn’t think this month was it. I already said in my pervious post that I really believed that buying the pregnancy tests was a waste of money because they were going to be negative.

I was grocery shopping today at Kroger, and just on a whim bought them. I had no intention of taking one until at least tomorrow morning because I wasn’t supposed to start my period until today anyway. After we put away the groceries C and I went out for a bit and did some shopping for the house. (**pictures of some of my loot below!– I’m addicted to Kirklands!)  I was just  getting so terribly car sick, which I did before Sea Monkey came to be, but this was worse. I didn’t even mention to C that I purchased or planned to take a test. I just did.

The package says to wait a few minutes for results, but less than 30 seconds was all it took. I honestly couldn’t believe it. I was looking at it, double checked that– Yes, two lines means you’re pregnant. Standing in my bathroom, trying to absorb it. Immediately after I put the stick in my pocket and sat next to C and told him I loved him, and pulled it out.

He was shocked, because despite him saying he knew I was pregnant — he really wasn’t prepared for it so soon. He kissed me on the belly and assured me that this was a good thing. He was just adjusting to the news– I can’t blame him. I spent almost 20 minutes in the bathroom doing the same thing. We are so happy. So, so happy!

Other than the nausea (no vomiting), and being tired (but I’m always tired)– I don’t any other symptoms. I’ve been cramping mildly and just assumed that my period was coming. I did briefly notice that my breasts felt fuller, but not sore. I have AA boobs– Yes, double A. Smaller than A’s — I would notice if they got bigger. No dice.

Now that I know I feel so excited and so stuck in the middle. It’s too soon to tell most people. We are only telling my mother in law, grandma, and my best friend. It’s too soon to really see a doctor, but you can believe that I’m looking into it. Now I’m just walking around with this exciting possibility, and I can’t do anything about it.

I know about the miscarriage (spontaneous abortion) statistics. I know that it’s so early to be this attached to Sea Monkey… but I can’t help it. I’m so attached. I’m so excited. I’m ready to enjoy this pregnancy and the end result. I can’t contain myself.

 

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I’m Pregnant!

I honestly thought I was wasting my money buying a test. My period was supposed to start today, and no dice. I’ve been having some mild cramping so I thought it was imminent. The only signs I’ve had in some mild nausea. I’m a nursing student in her last 40ish days of nursing school, so I’m always tired. I’m in a state of shock.

I’m so happy. I honestly can’t believe that our first month kind-of trying resulting in a positive test. It’s still really really early and we haven’t decided who we are comfortable telling at this point. Being in nursing school, with ambitions of being a midwife– I know the depressing statistics of pregnancy and I don’t want to get too attached or get people excited prematurely. I also know that I can’t contain this. I’m going to need someone to talk to.

I’m just so excited. I don’t even.

Taken March 25th, 2014 at 630.

Taken March 25th, 2014 at 630.

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Update!

Wow! I can’t keep up with everything that has been going on. So I’ll try to keep things brief and simple.

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Gravel as it was being laid.

House: A lot of progress has been made on the house since I last updated. We had a truck lay some gravel on our ‘temporary’ driveway– since it’s up a hill and it’s been rainy the gravel is just going to make it easier to get around. We also put up our mail box! Which took a lot more work than one would think because our mailbox is cast iron— so we had to dig a deep hole, lay cement and support it with rods. Finally– We measured all of the windows. C should be putting in the order for the windows as soon as he is done shopping around for a god deal and energy efficiency.

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Mostly finished ‘temp’ driveway.

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(Left to Right) Jackie and Big. Our beautiful babies.

Dogs: Our female German Shepard had puppies yesterday! She has always had small litters– so there is only 3. I haven’t got to see them personally, but C has been sending me pictures. Love! We plan on getting her fixed after this, which is going to be a feat. The only person I’ve ever seen her warm up to was C’s dad, and since he passed away we’ve been slowing having her warm up to us.

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Jackie, AKA Mama, with her darling puppies.

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Big, the proud Papa. Love this dog more than you can possibly know! He is amazing!

Nursing School: Though technically I’m on spring break I started my final synthesis/practicum today! (There are not enough weeks in the semester to rotate us in without having us work during spring break, but I really don’t mind.) This practicum is my  final 120 hours of clinical where I get the opportunity to follow a nurse and take on her/his patient load. My first day was amazing! I had a fantastic day packed full with awesome learning experiences. I can’t wait until Friday when I do it again! 10 hours down, 110 to go! 🙂 I also have a MedSurg exam on Monday, a Peds HESI the next Monday, and then just 3 days later my Peds Final. BUSY! On top of my Pharmacology quizzes, worksheets, and project. On top of my Peds care plan. On top of tweaking my resume and getting it just right. Thankfully C told me to take some time off work, and thankful I’m PRN so I’m able to do that without hurting my status.  All I have to focus on is SCHOOL– and my life, but that is obviously not as important 😉

TTC: I am 8 DPO (days post obviation) I didn’t buy a predictor kit or anything, I’m just using an app that knows how longmy cycles are and ‘predicts’ my fertile days and ovulation. My period is due to start sometime in the next 6 days. I don’t have any signs or symptoms or anything, so who knows. This was just our first month giving it a try. I do of course hope and wish for a nugget to be growing, but who knows! (:

Odds and ends: I got a new toy! A DSLR– It’s a Canon Rebel, and I’m still learning how to use it. For now it’s mostly being used infully AUTO mode. haha. I shampooed my carpets, which is usually C’s job, but he’s still spending most of his time in eastern Ky. My aunt is visiting Ky from Fl. It’s been almost 5 years since we’ve seen her face-to-face, so that’s exciting.

Whoa.

Okay. This post was all over the place. I tried to organize it. haha.

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Eventful Week!

So this past Monday we had a ‘snow day’– something colleges only give on on really bad occasions. My city got more snow from that storm than I have seen in this city in the 9 years I’ve lived here. So! It was impressive. While many of my classmates were thrilled with extra study time (because we were supposed to have an exam on Monday that was postponed till Thursday)– I was not. I didn’t feel like I would have time to re-review the material. And the exam grades that were posted today reflected that.

Helo enjoying the snow!

I went into nursing school with a 4.0. I was always a straight A student. My last 3 semesters of nursing school have been hard– but totally doable. This semester is killing me; more specifically, pediatrics is killing me. I’m doing fine in MedSurg and Pharm. I’ve never put so much effort into an exam only to not have it reflect on my exam. So I’m taking some time off work, a decision that my wonder C totally supports and encourages, and I’m going to focus on school!

German shepard pup. :)

Progress on the house is ongoing. C is busy tearing down walls and rebuilding them. It was good to go in and see the progress and play with our puppies (by puppies, I mean behemoth german shepherds) this past weekend. Staying with my mother-in-law is like a vacation. Her home is so cozy, and I always leave feeling refreshed. I plan on going in for a few days this weekend too, but not the long weekend I had originally planned. I really need to focus and study as much as I can.

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Today was bridesmaid dress day! Surprisingly enough 3 bridesmaids, and 1 bride all agreed on the same dress in less than an hour– and it was 20% off. Whooo-hoo. Then after we went shoe shopping, and of course none of us bought any shoes. 😉 Now tonight I’m studying and working on a case study for clinical.

Tomorrow is our picture day, and I’m doing my final skill check offs (I’ve already checked off previous semesters, but they want ONE final check off before you start your preceptorship–which I do: NEXT WEEK!) Then after all of that I’m going to put in a few hours of studying Peds with a friend. I can’t say I don’t have support, because that is one thing I’m swimming in.

This is an otherwise boring post. Mostly just an update on the things I have going on.

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Studying!

This is a busy week!

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Monday: Exam in Peds, and I’m working 3p-11p.
Tuesday: I just have class till 1220, then running some errands and paying bills.
Wednesday: Pediatrics clinical 1p-11p
Thursday: Class and working 3p-11p.
Friday: Working 3p-11p and either heading out after work or early Saturday morning to visit the hubby and see some progress!

This weekend I’m off but my time is being devoted to studying for my Peds exam on Monday. I’ve got my westie, Helo, keeping me company though– so don’t worry about me.

It’s busy but I’m staying positive. 🙂

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