My belly is growing! Yesterday I reached a new milestone. I was eating a breakfast burrito in the car when I realized the egg was dripping out of the burrito. I looked down, and instead of it dripping onto my lap, like it would have in the past, instead, I had a nice puddle on my belly! From what I hear, this will only get worse! I need to invest in some more shout wipes or something like that!! :)
We find out in one week from tomorrow about the sex of this baby. We're so excited! Either way, it's going to be awesome!!
We picked a crib today. We've started Target and Amazon.com registries, and it's been fun to find things we like and "save" them on our list. This crib changes into a "toddler bed," a day bed, and then a full-sized bed! Convenient! :)
We've been thinking about names...no definite results yet, but if you've ever been bullied for your name, I'm sorry for you! We've looked on this website where basically you can look up all the ways people get bullied for different names...sad! There is other helpful information there, too. It's all so fascinating!
I found out yesterday that I am among only 15% of the population!!! My blood type is O neg, which means there's a protein that most people have in their blood but I don't. I always knew I was special! :) James needs to find out his blood type, though he's pretty sure he's neg, too. Basically, what this means for Piglet is that if Piglet's mommy and daddy are both negative, then Piglet's blood is negative, and there's no problem. If, however, daddy's blood is positive while mommy's is negative, Piglet could have positive blood. This is still fine. However, on the off chance that something happens that causes mine and Piglet's blood to mix (like a car accident or I fall down hard or something), my blood could start producing antibodies to fight off Piglet's blood because it's different from mine. But there's a shot they'll give me if that becomes an issue, so it's nothing to worry about. And I think they'll go ahead and give me that shot around 28 weeks even if we have no reason to be concerned, just to be safe. But, it all depends on James' blood type. He's checking on that...
I never knew blood types mattered much. I think there's an Adventures in Odyssey episode that jokes about different blood types...that's all I know about it!!! :)
I'm growing. People have been commenting on my having a "baby bump," and I haven't been sure, but now I think I can't argue it anymore. Pants that started out loose are starting to be uncomfortable. I really am starting to grow! My mother-in-law took me shopping this weekend for my first maternity clothes (Thanks, Sarah!), and while I was a bit overwhelmed at first (I felt like I didn't know how to pick maternity clothes, and I felt like I was pretending to be trying on clothes that had room for a bowling ball when I still look normal), we found some cute outfits! At one store, they had a pillow that velcroed on under the clothes so I could see what I'd look like months down the road! I still have a hard time picturing that, so it was funny to try it on!
It's become the popular thing in my classroom for my students to draw me, James, Jewel, and Piglet in their journals. The pictures are quite amusing. :)
James and I really liked this line from What To Expect When You're Expecting. So insightful and accurate: Anticipating the end of the first trimester (which, granted, is still a month away): "As energy levels pick up, you'll soon have more get-up-and-go, and as urinary urges ease, you may have to get up and go less often." Let it be, Lord Jesus, please!
In other encouraging news, someone suggested to me recently to take my prenatal vitamins at night instead of in the morning. What a wonderful idea! I have felt SO much better-significantly less queasy--during the day! I'm so thankful!!!
Well, yesterday I redefined what morning sickness has looked like for me so far. I wasn't even feeling all that queasy, but swallowing my prenatal vitamin triggered my gag reflex, and though I tried to fight it, I lost. And lost my breakfast. Oh, well. That didn't happen today, so hopefully it won't happen too much!
I want to read the book Baby Wise. I've heard from people on both sides, but I definitely want our baby on a schedule. My mom swears by it (actually she doesn't swear, but she feels strongly about it), and I've watched my own friends on both sides of the spectrum. I've seen enough to know that I want some structure! Which I'm sure doesn't surprise anybody who knows me. I don't know if that's the best book on baby schedules or if there's a better one...I can read several!
I broke the zipper on a pair of pants I was wearing this week. I borrowed them from a friend but they were already too tight for me, so I only zipped them part way, and then later I realized the zipper was broken! I don't think I'm growing much yet, so I'm not sure how that happened!! Several of my pants I'm just leaving the button open. It's much more comfy-I can't handle the pressure on my belly-it increases the nausea!
I'm great now but today was a little nerve-wracking for me. Our first prenatal visit was yesterday, and it went well and everything, but they couldn't see all that they wanted to on the ultrasound, so they scheduled me for another one this afternoon on a different machine. So I'll day I've wrestled back and forth in my mind "Everything's fine, they just want to make sure of some stuff." "Why would they have me come back the very next day if there wasn't a problem?" etc. But we just had the ultrasound appointment and it was a higher quality machine and everything's fine. We're earlier along than we thought (though really I already thought that) so we have a new due date (May 27th) and baby is only now 6 wks and 6 days when originally we were saying today was 8 weeks. But we got to see and hear the heartbeat and we have several pictures (2 of them 3D!!) of our precious baby and so that's good!
So week 7 happens again tomorrow! Another blueberry smoothie, anyone?
Today, the most annoying child in my class did something I found quite cute. In his journal this morning, he drew "Mrs. Wise with her baby inside." He asked me while he was working on it, "Teacher, is your baby a boy?" I told him I wouldn't know for a long time. He seemed content with that, but informed me that in his picture, the baby was a boy. We'll see... Oh, yeah. In this picture, I also have a cat. With wings.
Today, Piglet is 7 weeks old! According to www.babycenter.com, Piglet is now the size of a blueberry! In honor of this momentous occasion, James and I are sharing a blueberry smoothie!
I told my class yesterday about being pregnant. They seemed to have a good understanding of what I was talking about. I'm sure many of them have had their mom pregnant with a younger sibling. They immediately wanted to know if it was a boy or a girl. One boy asked me, "Since you're a girl, doesn't that mean your baby is a girl?" A little girl asked if I could please have a girl and name it Elizabeth. The student herself is not named Elisabeth, so I'm not sure why she wanted that for me! They wanted to feel my stomach, and I explained that there wasn't really anything to feel for a while, but I told them that the baby could hear them (Lord, forgive me my lie!). Several of them have come up to me since them and talked to the baby. "Hola, bebe! Te quiero mucho." So cute!!
On the agenda for this week: choose a medical professional to do our prenatal care, etc. I don't have a clue how to make this decision!
What an exciting day! Yesterday I received positive test results on two different tests: a pregnancy test and a flu test! In the same day, I found out I'm pregnant (Yay!!!!!!!!!) and I have swine flu (yuck...)!
I really feel fairly good. My worst flu symptom is my horridly stuffy nose. I've been nauseous but haven't thrown up, and I don't even know if that's due to pregnancy or flu!
In honor of this combination of events, James and I are referring to this baby as "Piglet" for now. :)