I’M PREGNANT! How many times can I say that?! I am so excited to be pregnant with my first child, and I am also terrified. Do you know how many things can go wrong in pregnancy? All the things. Absolutely everything can go wrong and I find myself sitting around just waiting for one of the bad things to happen. None of them have happened so far and I am trying to focus on the positive, but it isn’t always easy. My next doctor’s appointment is a month away and I don’t know if I can go that long without hearing the little baby’s heartbeat and being told that all my blood tests are perfect. Can’t I get one of those doppler machines at home so I can listen to the heartbeat as often as I feel necessary? My most recent doctor appointment was very uplifting because my doctor said all my tests have come back perfect and the heartbeat sounded perfect and strong. I just need that to continue to be the doctor’s report for six more months!
I am 12 weeks pregnant with a due date of August 20th, just 4 days after David’s birthday. We took Abby and Katie to our first appointment where we got to see an ultrasound and it was such a special experience to share with them. We saw the MOST AMAZING tiny grey blob and the baby did the MOST TALENTED wiggle I’ve ever seen! Two weeks later I got to hear the heartbeat and it was the MOST PERFECT sound that has ever passed my earholes!
The day after we told the girls and saw the ultrasound, they insisted on buying a toy for “Baby Boo” (Abby and Katie came up with the name). They bought a little white lamb that plays music and have been playing with it nonstop. Both girls have been touching and talking to my tummy and wondering if it will be a boy or a girl and what they’ll be like.
Napping for two is an understatement. I am tired just all the time. If I don’t take a nap during the day, you can bet I’ll be asleep on the couch by 8:00pm. I had some morning sickness in the beginning, but I quickly figured out that as long as I eat every two hours, I feel fine. Recently the nausea has been replaced by heartburn, but the cure is the same: food. I’m pretty okay with that cure. I love grapes so much! My refrigerator has not been free from grapes since Christmas. Also, ice cream. I mean, I always love ice cream, but I especially love it lately and want it all the time. Baby Boo is not a fan of the spicy/fried combination. I learned that the hard way, twice. Baby Boo also does not approve of In N Out, mayonnaise, or greasy pizza.
A funny yet annoying side effect of pregnancy for me has been my inability to look at photos of food. What? I scroll through Instagram and everything looks disgusting and makes my stomach turn. I read the description of the dish and think it sounds amazing, then look at the photo again, and wonder why anyone would create such a food.
It has been really fun to hear guesses about gender and the reasons behind the guesses. The woman who drew my blood said I am definitely having a girl because I have so many brothers. The Chinese gender calendar says I am having a boy based on my age and month of conception. The way I pick up my keys reveals that I am having a boy, while my cravings for sweets indicate girl. What other tests can I perform to predict gender?
If you have any pregnancy advice or tips I would love to read them in the comments!