14 Ain't So Friendly

This week I am celebrating 14 weeks of pregnancy. I wish I could say I was so extactic about this fact, but I haven't had much energy to think that way. Monday (Memorial Day) I was blessed with waking up at 8 a.m. to a stomach virus, which left me in bed until 7 p.m. with a bucket by my side and my wonderful husband bringing me Gatorade and popsicles. Needless to say, it was not pleasant and I didn't eat for about a day and a half!!

However, I am making up for that now.

Here is a 14 week shot. Between week 13 and 14 I grew so much!! I am so excited because it is so real now.

Lord willing, we will go to meet our friend Carolyn, who works as an Ultrasound Tech, on JUNE 8 to find out if this little one will be in pink or blue!! Of course, this is only providing the baby is positioned right, but we are *so* excited and so thankful to have a friend that is happy to share this with us and give us a sneak peek!! Just F.Y.I. . . that is only one and a half weeks away!

Onto other news, I am surviving school so far, but it ain't easy. I have 3 more weeks left of the first, it goes by so fast. I am somehow managing, although right now I really should be working on my final projects instead of blogging.

My husband has started remodeling the right side of the house, which will include the nursery, the guest bath, and the mother and mother-in-law suite :). Our extra bedroom is a we decided to completely remodel it and the bathroom to make it very inviting for the many guests we will be thankful to have this Thanksgiving and Christmas, including some close friends from Texas hopefully. Our bathroom is almost finished, but here is a teaser :)

I have a lot of energy this afternoon (yay!) so I am off to finish cleaning (which is SUCH a chore when you are pregnant...things just pile up and up and up and finally you get this BOOM of energy!). Thanks to everyone for your support and advice, you are amazing!!

Psalms 127:3
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.


Happy Mother's Day at 12 Weeks!

I was somewhat surprised at the "Happy Mother's Day" comments I got today. I guess I never considered the fact that although I have yet to change diapers and clean up puke and wipe tears, I am now a mother! The feeling is very new to me, somewhat scary, but I am definitely embracing it. It still doesn't feel real.

A quick note to express how much I appreciate my own mother and the many other women in my life. I am blessed to be around strong, faithful, independent, loving women who have shaped me into who I am today. Although sometimes they each drive me a little crazy, I am so blessed to have their example. I am so proud of both my own mother and sister, who somehow have managed to raise kids and put their families first all while working stressful full-time jobs. I just wanted to write a few words of thanks to the amazing women in my life.

Now, one of my 12 week pictures. I was a little leery about taking a picture without my shirt covering my belly, but I decided to go for it. Here I am at exactly 12 weeks!!

Wow, from this point I look HUGE. And, I know it's silly, but I feel huge!! Most of my jeans are so uncomfortably tight at this point and I'm in the stage where I look more like I've eaten too many Snickers than being pregnant. I think it's pretty common to feel this way at this point. Although I don't look forward to waddling and being HUGE, I do look forward to getting closer to the baby being here and also for people to actually know I'm expecting and not just eating too much :)

Now, a quick run-down of my recent thoughts on pregnancy.

Things I love about being pregnant:

1. How wonderful my husband is to me! He is always wonderful, but he understands when I am tired, hungry, or moody. He is quick to help me if I need help and very understanding.

2. Babycenter updates. I LOVE these! I get so excited when I see the e-mail that says "Update: 12 weeks" or whatever. It is SO neat learning what size the baby is and what is happening in my body that week. Today I learned that Baby Arnold is now the size of a lime! His/Her reflexes are formed now as well and although I can't feel it move, if I were to prod my belly, it would respond by kicking around. I love that thought and can't wait until I CAN feel it!

3. Other people's excitement. It is so neat that people that aren't even close friends are excited for Andy and I and excited for baby to come.

4. Identifing with other mothers. This is neat because naturally, when you start to get older, friends and co-workers and family members start going through the joys of pregnancy and although you support them and are excited, it doesn't really register with you. Going through it yourself puts everything in a very real and very personal aspect. Although I still have a long way to go, I love that I can discuss what is going on with my body with other mothers. It is funny that gas, indigestion, and boob size are now just common topics for discussion!

5. Miracles that are happening!! I guess I realized right away what a miracle a growing fetus is. At 4 weeks the 4 chambers of the heart were already being formed. Thanks to the previously mentioned Babycenter updates, I am constantly aware of the organs being formed VERY early in pregnancy and how quickly this happens. Did you know that at just 12 weeks the baby's kidneys are starting to excrete urine into it's bladder? Simply amazing.

Now, for the things that I miss about not being pregnant!

1. Energy! Although, thankfully, my energy is starting to return, it has been weeks since I've really felt energized! Everything you read is so big on exercise during pregnancy, and I am just now starting to feel like that may be possible. For the past 8 weeks I have thought whoever thought that concept up was simply insane, or must be a man! :) I did find myself actually CLEANING my house the other night - complete with spending an entire hour scrubbing a (very nasty) shower (that my husband insisted was not so bad...we have very different views on cleanliness!).

2. Ceasar salad. I really miss these. I guess I'm not supposed to eat it because it has raw eggs and anchovies. Bummer :(. This will be one of the first things I attack after birth!!

3. Regularity. I know this may be gross to some, but pregnancy brings a host of indigestion, gas, and constipation. It's just not cool and very uncomfortable.

4. The occasional margarita. This may sound bad, but really it's not! I am not a drinker and hardly ever drink, but sometimes a strawberry margarita sounds really good! This is not a huge deal to me though, and the only time I even think about it is when we are out at a fancy restaurant for dinner (like our 2 year anniversary on Cinco de Mayo!).

5. Painting/Other household improvements. I know this is debatable, but Andy is adament that I not partake in any painting. This has been pretty crappy since I have been off of school for the past 2 weeks and we are remodeling and re-painting rooms. I really wanted to tackle the kitchen that has been ready to paint for about 2 months now, but he's not allowing it. I guess I should embrace this instead of miss it :)

I think that's about it for now. School starts on THURSDAY so there's a chance it will be a few weeks before I can post again. For all of the mothers and mothers-to-be out there...happy YOU day!!

Proverbs 31:28

"Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her."


Life At 11 Weeks

I decided to go ahead and update again since I start school a week from Thursday again and may drown in my classes. This semester is my last "hard" semester, but boy is it going to be HARD! I'm taking Quantitative Business Analysis along with Ethics in Legal Environment in the first block and my Capstone (final course - Corporate Planning) and Advanced Healthcare Management in my second block. I am not looking forward to QBA and I know I will be very busy in the next few weeks.

Andy encouraged me to take two more health care electives in the fall. If I do this, I will have an MBA with an emphasis in health care management. I feel this is a good decision also and...two more classes seems like nothing to me right now! Not after taking 2 at a time. I will only need to take 1 each block which will be a breeze compared to what I've been taking!

In other news, Andy graduates May weekend!! We are so so excited and I am so proud of him. He is not close to being done since he plans to finish his HR or Accounting degree (I'm not sure which he has decided) as well as pursue an MBA...BUT, I am so proud to say that he has finished his degree in just two years. What an awesome feat!! All while working full time. He is such a hard working husband!

In pregnancy news - I am feeling great at 11 weeks. Last weekend I had to buy a belly band to cover my unbuttoned pants and also a couple of shirts. I feel great though; a lot of the fatigue has gone away and I don't feel like I'm starving all the time. There are some rough moments at work when I am extremely tired, but overall I am doing well! I can't believe that in just 2 short weeks I will be moving into the second trimester! And just two months until we will find out if we will be decorating in pink or blue :)

Next week I will post my 12 week picture. I can't believe it has almost been a month since we went to the doctor! I will be going to the doctor again next Wednesday and I ask that everyone keep us in your prayers for a healthy report.

And, finally, a big happy congratulations to K and her fiance who made it safely back from Africa and, after being separated for a year and a half, are now happily MARRIED! God really does answer prayers - in His own time and His own way.

Matthew 21:22
"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."