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House update!

So now that I’m out of school I’ve been spending as much time in Eastern Ky as I can. I know I’m not going to be as much help here in a few weeks so I’m putting in my sweat hours while I can. Work really started to get fast and busy on memorial day!

The roofing crew came and have nearly finished the new roof. Once the roof is finished they are going to work on the rest of the outside of the house: new vinyl siding upstairs, gutters, and a bunch of other stuff I don’t fully understand. haha.

The men working on our gas well made a lot of ground– Thanks to this deal we will have lifetime free gas, which is going to save us a ton of money on our heat bill. They are working on laying over 7000ft of line.

Then my mother in law and I painted the downstairs foyer and laid some varnish on the front door. Her husband has nearly finished the tile work in the bathroom. He and C spent a lot of hours cutting tile and cleaning lots of black grout because it’s super messy. haha.

We also hit up Lowes while they were having a memorial day and purchased our appliances, kitchen flooring, and ceiling fans for the living room, kitchen, master, and nursery.

I hope it won’t take too long to finish. The place is going to beautiful!

 

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12 weeks

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How far along: 12 weeks and 5 days.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: At the appointment today I was down 3 pounds from pre pregnancy.

Maternity clothes: The Same as it has been– I’ve purchased some larger clothes, but no ‘Maternity’ clothes yet.

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

Sleep: Naps during the day are practically and must and thanks to our heavenly bed sleep is fantastic!

Best moment last week: Hearing the heartbeat with BellaBeat, and then hearing the heartbeat at my appointment. 154 and strong. Beautiful. Amazing. I didn’t cry this time. haha! We also scheduled our gender reveal scan for June the 19th– only 3 weeks away, not the 4 I thought it was going to be.

Movement: Not for awhile.

Food cravings: Not really. Still just trying to eat when I’m hungry.

Gender: Can’t wait to find out the week of my birthday in June.

Labor signs: None yet, but some of my symptoms during pregnancy are: constipation, gas, and bloating.

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

What I miss: Iced coffee.

What I am looking forward to: Leave the 1st trimester behind, and our gender reveal scan! Finally I can start to purchase clothes.

Milestone: Hearing the heart rate.

What’s happening with baby: Now that baby has most of her body formed Sea Monkey is now just focusing on growing and developing reflexes. If baby was bigger I could feel them move, because they are all over the place.

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11 weeks

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How far along: 11 weeks and 5 days.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I’m actually down 4 pounds from prepregnancy, so I’ve lost 5.8 pounds. Nausea and vomiting have finally kicked in.

Maternity clothes: The Same as it has been– I’ve purchased some larger clothes, but no ‘Maternity’ clothes yet.

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

Sleep: Naps during the day are practically and must and thanks to our heavenly bed sleep is fantastic!

Best moment last week: Nothing in particular.

Movement: Not for awhile.

Food cravings: Nothing really. I don’t feel like I can eat and when I do I am almost always sick. I finally caved and asked my midwife for a Rx. I can’t really tell if it’s helping yet or not.

Gender: Can’t wait to find out the week of my birthday in June.

Labor signs: None yet, but some of my symptoms during pregnancy are: lots and lots of nausea and moderate amounts of vomiting. Exhaustion. Cramping is pretty much gone I think. Gas and bloating.

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

What I miss: Iced coffee.

What I am looking forward to: Leave the 1st trimester behind, and our next appointment on May 29th. Two weeks from today! (Same as last week.)

Milestone: None this week that I can think of.

What’s happening with baby: Head to body ratio is 1:1. Fingers and toes are no longer webbed. Sea Monkey is moving around a lot in there, and external genitalia are starting to form, but you can’t determine yet. Intestines are rapidly forming.

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BellaBeat Fetal Doppler Review

When I found out I was pregnant I knew I wanted a fetal Doppler. I’ve read other blogs where someone used it and talked about how enjoyable the experience was. I watched a ton of YouTube videos on it and read some reviews about the Sonaline B. Fetal Doppler. I was all set to make the purchase, but then I heard about BeallBeat and it has the added bonus of being able to record the heartbeat because the device it tethered to your smart phone. I liked that idea because with C out of town a lot I would to be able to send it to him.

Despite knowing that BellaBeat was more than twice the cost of the other Doppler, C and I decided we liked the recording feature a lot and went with BellaBeat. Now the product is new to the US and I couldn’t find one review, but I went ahead and got it anyway– this is my review on why I wished I had NOT purchased the BellaBeat.

I knew that the device was not intended for use until the 12th week, but I’ve been playing around with it– not really expecting to hear the heartbeat just yet. I already can see several features of the device I’m not a fan of.

One being the overall design. I like how with the Sonaline B there is an actual wand connected by a long cord. The BellaBeat is flat and awkwardly shaped and doesn’t make it fun to use.

Then coordinating between that and my iPhone where I have to push buttons and deal with all these cords is a mess. Plus I kept getting nervous that the gel I was using was getting pushed around to the part of the device where the headphones and such connected to, and I short it out.

Then there is the fact that it doesn’t have a built in speaker. You have to have headphones to hear it. That is a little obnoxious.

Then the one thing I don’t feel like I have a right to whine about but I will anyway— you really can’t hear a heartbeat until after the 12th week, but many women find their heartbeats on the Sonaline at 9 weeks or sooner.

I wished I had saved myself 60-80$ and purchased the Sonaline B. I love that you will be able to record and share the heartbeat, but I guess if that is the best feature about it, I can just record the sound from the Sonaline B In my iPhone Voice Memos. I’m really frustrated with the product and I hope that this little review will give insight into others who are thinking of making the purchase.

Below you can see a picture of my personal BellaBeat connected to all of its cords, and just keep in mind they are attached to the part of the device that is supposed to be moving around your belly to find that heartbeat. You can see why it is annoying, and if you think about it– also not a fun product to use with nothing really study to hold on to or help you maneuver it. It’s similar to how you would move a piece around on a ouija board.

If anyone needs anymore information about it please don’t hesitate to comment below. I would be more than willing to address anyone’s concerns they have that I may not have addressed. This is a big purchase and research is key.

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10 weeks (and our vacation to Myrtle Beach!!)

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How far along: 10 weeks and 5 days.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: at my prenatal appointment I had gained 1.8 pounds, but we had to step on a scale for the helicopter tour we took of myrtle beach and I was up .04, but I also had my large bag, so I don’t know. I know I’m super hungry, but because of the instant bloat can only manage to eat half of my food most of the time, and we’ve been spending lots of time walking and swimming while we’ve been here. 🙂

Maternity clothes: the cute dresses I’ve been wearing around myrtle beach have room to grow, so I plan on wearing them this summer.

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

Sleep: Pretty awesome! Even these beds in our hotel are super comfortable. However, if I don’t get in a nap in during the day I’m out before 9pm. I only have to get up to pee once in the night– I’ll enjoy that while it lasts.

Best moment last week: several things! 1. I think we’ve decided on a girl name. Eeeeek! 2. We’ve been in Myrtle beach since Sunday, and we leave tomorrow— but everything this week has been amazing. 🙂

Movement: Not for awhile.

Food cravings: Food every 2-3 hours, but I get so bloated so fast I can only eat a little bit. C has been trying to keep up with my weird eating habits– like a pro. 😉

Gender: can’t wait to find out the week of my birthday in June.

Labor signs: No labor signs, but I did have some more fun pregnancy signs and symptoms: bloat, gas, and emotional instability (I cry at everything). Still some mild cramping. No real nausea. It’s very mild in the mornings, but that’s about it. (<——- same this week, with the added exhaustion)

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

What I miss: sweet tea and Iced coffee. I also wanted to do some things like go parasailing and such, but I didn’t want to hurt Sea Monkey, but I’m not batting an eye at these little things.

What I am looking forward to: Leave the 1st trimester behind, and our next appointment on May 29th. Two weeks from today.

Milestone: none this week that I can think of.

What’s happening with baby: Bones and cartilage are forming and hair and finger nails are beginning to form. It still blows my mind every week when I look at the size comparison: a prune this week, but 6 weeks ago a poppy seed. Amazing!

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9 weeks (and I graduated nursing school today!!)

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How far along: 9 weeks and 5 days.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: at my prenatal appointment I had gained 1.8 pounds.

Maternity clothes: I’m stuck in my ‘fat’ jeans from bloat. I’ve always been a bigger girl but I feel massive. The pregnancy bloat and gas is real! I bought some non maternity summer dresses with room to grow for our myrtle beach vacation. 🙂

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

Sleep: like a rock. Omggg. We purchased a new bedroom set and mattress from Ashley Furniture and it arrived past week. The mattress is soooo comfortable and once you’re in, you never want to leave. It’s a “hybrid” with gel and springs, but in my opinion feels more comfortable than a tempur pedic. So sleep is awesome, but the exhaustion has me also napping every day!

Best moment last week: several things! 1. The first prenatal appointment and ultrasound were awesome! I was off by three days for Sea Monkey’s due date. 2. My pinning ceremony was today ( pinning is the graduation for our nursing class) 3. My BellaBeat fetal heart rate Doppler arrived. We can’t find it yet, but the product is designed for after the 12th week.

Movement: Not for awhile.

Food cravings: Food every 2-3 hours. Anything edible. Haha I am avoiding friend chicken. Ewww.

Gender: can’t wait to find out the week of my birthday in June.

Labor signs: No labor signs, but I did have some more fun pregnancy signs and symptoms: bloat, gas, and emotional instability (I cry at everything). Still some mild cramping. No real nausea. It’s very mild in the mornings, but that’s about it. (These are about hype same, except the nausea is picking up steam, but still not bad.)

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

What I miss: sweet tea. Iced coffee. Caffeine. Haha. I also wanted to celebrate with some wine today, but caffeine free strawberry pop was my celebratory bubbly. 🙂

What I am looking forward to: myrtle beach vacation! C and I check in on Sunday.

Milestone: 1. Sea Monkey is a fetus. 2. I graduated college.

What’s happening with baby: Sea Monkey is the size of a green olive and is nearing an inch long and is starting to look more ‘baby-like’.

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First prenatal appointment update.

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Wow. Where do I begin?

My appointment was at 9am for ultrasound and at 930 for my midwife. I had already completed all of my paperwork online so all I had to do was sign in. Hubby came into town for the appointment and thank goodness he did because I was a nervous wreak. For some reason (maybe because I haven’t had so many signs or symptoms) I was half expecting them to do my ultrasound and tell me I was crazy– there was nothing in there.

The ultrasound tech was really nice. She had me use the bathroom and then let me undress from the waist down for the vaginal ultrasound. She turned off the lights in the room and there were two screens to view the ultrasound from. I saw Sea Monkey before she said anything, but when she zoomed in and said, “there is your baby.”— I lost it.

I sobbed so hard and kept apologizing and she reassured me multiple times it was okay. It took nearly a fully minute for me to contain myself and then she warned us to brace ourself because we were about to hear the heartbeat– que the waterworks when I heard that beautiful, beautiful sound.

175 bpm. Healthy. Then we actually got to see Sea Monkey move on the screen!! It was amazingly beautiful and took our breath away.

She measured Sea Monkey and gave rough estimate of 9 weeks, but the midwife said 8 weeks and 5 days– so baby is due December 6th. 🙂

After she gave us four pictures she congratulated us again, and said we could go back to the waiting room and wait for our next appointment. After she left I looked over to C and saw he had red eyes. I asked if he was crying and he said his allergies were acting up. 🙂

We waited excitedly for the midwife and couldn’t stop staring at the pictures they gave us. It wasn’t much longer that we were then called into the back. They took my weight and blood pressure (116/63) , and asked me about my symptoms (or lack of). I had already read everything on the website so they just explained the 24 on-call service and told me to prepare for a Pap smear.

Not long after the midwife came in. She took her time and answered all of our questions, preformed a Pap smear, and told me it seemed like I had enough room for a vaginal delivery! It was a wonderful appointment.

After which I went downstairs and had some blood drawn, and they needed a urine sample, but I was not able to provide them one so they told me they would just get it next week.

My next appointment is May 29th. I’ll be 12 weeks and 5 days.

I just wanted to chronicle this for me to remember and for anyone else who was curious for what the process was.

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