Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Something seriously is in the water!!

Let me list all the people I have found out are pregnant recently:

2 of my clients (not maternity clients... just "family session" clients... so hopefully they'll be maternity/newborn clients this spring!)
Katie Huff
Kim Turpin
Kim's friend Mags
D.G (its still a secret)
D.G's friend
Michelle Sauer
LeeAnn's friend Erin

The Kaisers (The Image is Found)
Bun in the Oven

I think I'm missing a few.

And, I'm sure a few more will be added to the list soon, as I know of at least 4 people (friends) that will be trying to get pregnant in the following few months (wishing them good luck!).

Sheesh, with all these preggos popping up, I sure hope I'm not the only fat, pregnant girl on our Chicago Girls Weekend in March!!

So, preggo bloggers/readers... my question to you... are you hoping for a girl or boy? Have you had any "gut feelings" about what gender the baby will end up being?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Still nothing new.

Just checking in for all 5 of you readers LOL.

I'm still feeling fine, which has me a little worried. I did look back on Porter's Pregnancy blog (SO glad I kept up on that thing so well!) and morning sickness hit just after 6 weeks. So, maybe I just have a few more days/week to go.

Isn't it ridiculous that I'm so anxious to FEEL pregnant, whether it means I am barfing and nauseous or not? I'm crazy, I know. But, reading back on P's Preggo Blog I totally felt the same way with him... nausea sucked but I have numerous posts where I wrote how thankful I was for that sign that things were more than likely ok. I keep forgetting I am pregnant, and I keep having anxiety that I'm actually not pregnant anymore- that the baby has died or not developed or what not. I wish I could be confident and carefree like some preggos, but I just can't.

I'm hoping that we'll be able to see/hear something when my mom scans me this week. Cross your fingers.

Friday, September 21, 2007

5 week scan

Lucky me, my mom works as a sonographer, so... basically free ultrasounds whenever she sneaks me in!

She was working at the hospital near the Treehouse today, so I stopped in and she scanned me to see what we could see. Stupid me, I peed right before we left the Treehouse and my bladder was nowhere near full. She was just able to see the gestational sac. I'm going to go to her work in Jackson at the end of next week to have her scan me again.

Telling Aunt Lori and Nina & Papa

This afternoon I met Lori and the girls at the Chelsea Treehouse to play. I had Porter wear his shirt in and once we arrived we realized Lori and the girls were in the bathroom. So, we headed over there and waited outside the door. She opened the door and Porter started crying (weird kid. He always cries when he sees her). She just laughed, I said hi to the girls and she said hi to Porter. She didn't notice the shirt. Then I said... "Did you see his shirt?" She read it and said "Are you really!?!" I'm so excited to add another little one to our clan of cousins. So so fun.

And... Ry's parents are out of town until Sunday. They left the day we found out we were pregnant, so we haven't had a chance to tell them. We were going to wait and use the shirt (gotta get use out of that $7 shirt HAHA!), but tonight Ry says "Lets just call my parents"

We had Porter rehearse his part. We called Nina and Papa's cell phone and then gave the phone to Porter.

He says "Big Brother!" (errr... "Beeg Budder!!)

They didn't catch it. He says it again. And again. And again. Finally, Ry says "Porter says that if you bring something back, make sure you bring something for big brother and his baby sister or brother"

THEN Dave caught on (it was just his dad on the phone). Then we went through the whole P saying "Big Brother" process again with Cathy. Cute.

So, our close family knows now. Our close friends know. So excited to share this with everyone, and hoping and praying in 9 months we'll be sharing our new little one with everyone.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Boring Update.

No news is good news, right?

I'm not feeling pregnant today. I wish I would. I know in a few weeks when m/s hits I'll regret saying that, but honestly I always felt a little comfort being sick with Porter. It was uncomfortable and yucky and cruddy being sick in the beginning, but I knew that as long as I was feeling so sick the chances of my baby being ok were good.

I may be getting an ultrasound on Friday. My mom is a sonographer (great job for her to have, eh?) so while I'm at the Treehouse in Chelsea I am going to try to swing into the hospital and have her scan me. I'm nervous that she will find nothing (we're still way early in the preg, so that is a possibility) or that the pregnancy tests were wrong or something. I'm such a nervous Nelly.

The few of you who read this, please keep a friend of mine in your thoughts and prayers. She's in her first trimester and has started spotting (maybe tmi for some of you). She's going in for an ultrasound to see how the baby is doing, but I'm both nervous and terrified for her. Please pray that everything is ok with the baby.

That's all for now.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Article about "Overreacting"

I'm sure those of you who chat with me (or those who read this blog) will probably at some point or another think "OMG CHILL OUT... you are SO overreacting."

True, true. I'm super paranoid that at any moment this pregnancy will be over. Whats the old saying... Once bitten twice shy? I've experienced loss and it sucks. I'm afraid to get too excited and it all be over as quickly as it started.

Anyhow... back to my title... I found an article on the May 2008 Expecting Board about how society/articles/magazines tend to make EVERY part of pregnancy SO high risk, when in fact it really isn't as risky as we all think. Made me feel a teensy bit better.

Still haven't let my guard down. This baby is still, in essence, a little fleck of cells.

Monday, September 17, 2007


I wish THIS is what I looked like when I was pregnant.

Unfortunately, this is what I have to look forward to. G boobs and baby growing everywhere... butt, thighs, arms, face, belly, boobs.... SOO not cute. Ah, well, its a small price to pay.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Telling "Damma"

Ideally, we'd be telling both of our parents this weekend, however, Ryan's parents are out of town until next week. So, we're starting out by telling my mom. I tried to think of something creative, but really... how creative can you be with telling the news? Frankly, I don't have the braincells to come up with something thats actually unique (btw... those of you who DO know the scoop... if you have a creative idea, toss me a bone and maybe I'll do something new with Ry's parents). '

Anyhow, I made this shirt for Porter... $3 shirt from WalMart, $3 iron ons... voila!

My mom was stopping by today to drop off a movie (Wild Hogs) for Ry and I to watch tonight. I put the shirt on Porter and waited for her to stop by.

When she walked in, Porter -of course- went to pick up the silo to his barn and proceeded to carry that around in front of his shirt for a few minutes. I just sat there, heart pounding, willing him to put the damn thing down so I could get the excitement over with!

He finally put it down and started playing with the animals with my mom.

For like TEN FREAKING MINUTES! For nearly 10 minutes she named ever darn animal in his silo, and made the noises and laughed with him and even POKED HIS BELLY with the cow! Then she started blowing bubbles with him.

I sat there, biting my cheek... "READ THE SHIRT READ THE SHIRT YOU ARE STARING AT!!" I kept thinking.

Finally, after about 10 minutes, I notice her look at him weird.

"Where'd he get that shirt?" she said to me, confused. "Are you PREGNANT!?" she finally put two and two together HAHA!

She was excited. Now she'll be a "damma" times three!!


Still pregnant.

Still crossing my fingers and toes and whatever else.

Still running to the bathroom often, thinking I've started my period.

Still excited.

Still hopeful.

Still wary.

Still in shock.

Still feeling amazingly blessed.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Here we go again!

So, we're pregnant. I knew something was in the water lately HAHA!

We literally just found out last night. Here's the scoop...

We've been discussing the inevitable "Second Child Idea" for awhile now, but up until last month I was dead set against it. I didn't WANT to be pregnant again so soon (not that 18 months is SOON, but still..), and I was stressed and worried about money, my job(s), our house etc. Finally, on our way down to St. Louis we discussed the whole topic through and through and we decided, What the hell... let's just do it! So, I stopped taking the pill and, well a month later here we are. Writing about being pregnant.

I honestly did not think I had gotten pregnant this past month. The last 2 times I was pregnant (my first pregnancy was a miscarriage, and my second was of course, Porter), we were SO very lucky to get pregnant right away, the first month. I felt incredibly blessed and lucky. I know there are so many couples out there trying to get pregnant and not able to. I tried so hard during my pregnancy with Porter to not act or feel ungrateful. I figured this time around, what are our odds of getting so lucky on the first try AGAIN? For a third time?

Well, God has blessed us is all I can think to say. The last few days I had been feeling a little "off"... kind of crampy but not "those" kind of cramps. I remembered feeling like that with Porter, and Leslie said she had felt that way before finding out she was pregnant with Reyna. So I had already taken two tests (both about a week too early... a week before my period was due... so not enough HCG in my pee anyway) and they were negative so I just told myself "Nope, didn't happen this month. We'll keep trying next month." Well, after I kept feeling a little crampy/pinchy I decided last night, around 9:30pm, to take a test. At first no line, but then after 2 minutes, a faint blue line. This morning P and I went to Target and I picked up a digital test so I didn't have to interpret the line and I could clearly read "Pregnant" or "Not Pregnant".

It said... "PREGNANT!"

So, that is the story. We're on our way to being a family of 4. I'm extremely excited, but extremely nervous and cautious at the same time. I don't want to get too attached and lose the baby early like we did the first time. I know in the next few months it is a very unstable time, and I'm hoping and praying that this baby sticks with us.