Friday, June 25, 2010

Today I am...7 weeks pregnant.

This week (maybe as a 5 year anniversary present) John got to say “I told you so” and, truthfully, I deserved it. A week ago I was saying that “everyone” online said that around week 6 you start to feel nausea. I hadn’t felt anything yet and, of course I wanted to be “normal” so I was hoping for nausea. I think I even went as far to say “man, I wish I was feeling nauseous.” John laughed at me and told me I would regret such a thing. And then guess what hit a week later? That’s right. Waves of nausea. Now, if you know me, you know that I’m pretty prone to nausea. I feel it pretty much anytime I’m on a plane, on a boat, or in the back seat of a car. This is the EXACT same feeling, except I’m not moving. It’s actually quite trippy. I’m hoping that my previous history with dealing with nausea will help me deal with pregnancy nausea. It’s working so far because I haven’t thrown up. I think I’m just used to such a feeling.

Oh, but the big news! This past week I had my first OB appointment. This was a new doctor, a doctor I stole from my very good (and pregnant) friend Stacey. Turns out that my doctor and her two female partners do a documentary reality show for the Discovery channel. At my appointment, as I waited in the waiting room, a full camera crew interviewed one of the patients who was due any day. I could have been phased but I pretty much just chalked it up to having a baby in LA. I met my doctor whom I immediately loved because she took the time to talk to John and I and explain everything that would go on. And, much to my surprise, she did an ultrasound where we could hear the heartbeat! It was so early and yet there it was. A distinct heartbeat. What a miracle.

And here are the stats for this week:

How far along: 7 weeks

Baby Development: The little one is the size of a blueberry which is damn small. He’s got paddles for arms and legs which makes sense since I’ve got such big hands and feet.

Baby Movement: Blueberries don’t really cause many waves so I can’t feel anything.

Water Intake: I guess I better get used to drinking a lot of water. I think that’s all I can drink for the next 9 months.

Best Moment of the Week: Definitely hearing the heartbeat for the first time. So so surreal.

Current baby/pregnancy worry: Probably miscarriage. Just hoping for the best.

Symptoms: Well, my first waves of nausea. But also accompanied by what I can only explain as the worst headache I’ve ever had. Or the worst headaches I’ve ever had since it’s happened more than once.

Sleep Quality: No problemo.

Food Cravings: Eggs, eggs, and lots of eggs. With salt and pepper, with salsa, in a burrito. Anything.

What I miss: Not feeling bloated at all times.

What I’m Looking Forward to: My next doctor’s appointment so I can hear the little guy again.

Trying to get done before baby: No to-do lists yet. Just trying to enjoy it all.

John's POV: "Lisa's first sure sign of insanity and that pregnancy truly turns your life upside down: her desire to be nauseous. A feeling that no normal person craves."

Friday, June 18, 2010

Today I am...6 weeks pregnant.

Yippee! We’re pregnant. How exciting. It certainly doesn’t seem real but apparently I’m on week 6. First of all, pregnancy is apparently 40 weeks which, according to my math (and I got an A in math class), is 10 months. Hmmm…that’s odd. I could have sworn that everything I heard was 9 months. Jokes about nine months, movies about nine months, books about nine months. Oh well. Fine, so be it. 40 weeks. Of course, you don’t know those first four or five weeks so I suppose it all even’s out.

So here I am, 6 weeks. I know the next 34 weeks will fly by so I am determined to enjoy every one. It doesn’t seem real yet, though I am certainly feeling some symptoms. Some definite cramping as well as the sorest breasts imaginable. Who knew that that was one of the first symptoms of pregnancy? Well, maybe some, better prepared women did. But I was not ready for this pain. And I mean pain. Taking a shower, changing shirts, anything and everything makes them hurt. They say the pain will subside and I pray it does because nine months of this would be hell.

And now, moving on to the stats. I'll try to do this every week and I've even made sure to include "John's Point of View" at the end which is by far the most illuminating...

How far along: 6 weeks

Baby Development: The little thing (apparently not technically a fetus) is 4 millimeters long which is just mind-blowing. Even so, he has a heartbeart. He’s about the size of a lentil bean.

Baby Movement: Don't you read the baby emails? I won't feel anything for a long time.

Water Intake: Sooo…they say water is super important during pregnancy....I do not like drinking water. We’ll see what happens.

Best Moment of the Week: Just giddily talking to John about how we can’t believe this is happening. So so crazy.

Current baby/pregnancy worry: Wasn’t too worried until I started reading the internet. My god, do you know how many things could go wrong? It’s a miracle that anyone’s baby is healthy.

Symptoms: Cramping, like super bad menstrual cramps. And of course sore breasts. But take that word sore and multiply it times 100 and then square it. That might be how sore they are.

Sleep Quality: Doesn’t seem to be affected at all.

Food Cravings: Hmmm…not much yet. Same ol’ me who likes to eat pretty much all the time.

What I miss: My cups of coffee in the morning. That is a ritual I will miss dearly.

What I’m Looking Forward to: Meeting my new OB doctor and starting this whole crazy thing.

Trying to get done before baby: Are you kidding? I’ve got all the time in the world.

John's POV: "I am doing a lot of glowing. That's my side effect. As someone who doesn't typically 'glow', it's a weird feeling."