Thursday, October 22, 2009

7 weeks!

Today is 7 weeks!

I've been MIA on this blog. A long trip to NJ ended up with a long drive back to Ohio and exhaustion and fear of getting sick. I had a great time with Sharon and the boys and can't wait for Thanksgiving to be able to spill the beans!

How far along? 7 weeks today

Total weight gain/loss: None since last week.

How Big is Baby?: A blueberry!

Maternity clothes? Not yet.

Stretch marks? Nope.

Sleep: Great! just some crazy pregnancy dreams.

Best moment this week: spending time with the boys and getting more and more excited about or Little Cookie!

Movement: None.

Food cravings: Still salty food.

Gender: J and I both think girl. 33 weeks to go!

Labor Signs: I only have like 7 more months to go for that!

Belly Button in or out? In.

What I am looking forward to: St. Lucia! And then coming home and our Ultrasound on Nov 9

Weekly Wisdom: Visiting family is very hard when you're trying not to tell them you're pregnant

Milestones: Baby's brain -- both hemispheres! -- is growing fast, generating about one hundred new cells every minute. Arms and legs are emerging as joints start to form, and a permanent set of kidneys (baby's third!) is now in place.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Today is 6 weeks!

How far along? 6 weeks today

Total weight gain/loss: I've gained about 3 lbs, I'm so bloated however it's starting to lessen.

How Big is Baby?: A sweet pea

Maternity clothes? Nope, despite the 3lb gain all of my pants fit exactly the same, hence why I don't think it's anything other than water weight

Stretch marks? Definitely no.

Sleep: my chest hurts so bad that I wake up if I roll over funny. And I'm having the craziest dreams now. They're so vivid!

Best moment this week: hitting the 6 week mark. I feel like I'm actually pregnant and the fact that the baby is now the size of a pea! Wow it's actually there.

Movement: I certainly would hope not.

Food cravings: salty food, like chips and fries. Trying to limit it to small amounts. I think I had 5 fresh potato chips yesterday to satisfy it.

Gender: J and I both think girl. Guess we'll find out in 34 weeks.

Labor Signs: Thankfully no. Very little cramping now. It comes and goes but definitely nothing else.

Belly Button in or out? In.

What I am looking forward to: Seeing our cookie on November 9th!

Weekly Wisdom: Not getting sleep is a very different situation now that I'm pregnant. Sleep as much as possible.

Milestones: Baby should have a heartbeat by now!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Wow, it's been a few days since I've been able to blog.

Friday I met Sharon at the Lodi outlets, we let the boys stretch their legs and then off we went. We stop at Clearfield, PA only to find out that the BK playground is for kids 4-10 so we had issues. The boys did great on the carride. However by the time we got to my parents house they were not ready to sleep. So needless to say I got about 3 hours of sleep Friday night.

Saturday turned into an interesting day. I spent time with my mom, saw J's mom, saw all the Hanlons and Darrin. Then Sunday we left at 5am for the airport. After a layover in Philly I got into Cleveland around 11 and was home around 12:15. What a long, exhausting weekend but I'm pretty sure noone has a clue about our Cookie! However, it didn't end there. After the airport I quickly changed and headed down to the Ramseyer's where we worked until about 6pm. I was on register most of the time and the credit card machine was down so I had to run to the other side of the barn every time someone paid with a credit card. And I was in the credit card line. We stopped at The Barn for dinner and headed home. I fell asleep at about 9pm, I couldn't stay awake any longer.

Yesterday I headed back down the Ramseyer's where I worked from 10-3:30. I headed home and J and I went looking for flooring and insulation stuff. I fell asleep around 9pm AGAIN.

Today I woke up around 9 (great night of sleep) and headed to the quilt shop to do some of my quilt blocks. I've had a strange day as I noticed I've been lightly bleeding since about 4am. I called the doctor and they said not to worry about it unless it became heavier.

I HATE MY CROCKPOT. It has been randomly turning off and I come home to uncooked food. I want a new one.

Give me patience and strength to survive the return trip with Sharon and the boys.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Tomorrow is a big day...

I will be driving with Sharon to help take care of Alan and Ryan all the way to NJ. I am barely feeling pregnant anymore. With no gluten in my system I'm feeling amazing.

I forgot to blog last night, I was exhausted. I had almost no sleep the night before and then I baked for church all day and my gluten free chocolate cake came out horrible!

Then we headed to church after John got out of work and had dinner and bible study. It's Family Nights every wednesday now. Today I was supposed to paint but J didn't set everything up and it's heavy and I'm still a little tired so we will paint together when he gets home tonight.

I have bee trying to clean all day to get ready for Alan and Ryan tomorrow. I also have a few hours in the morning tomorow for finishing touches. I don't think I'm going to be able to blog everyday until we tell the family. There just isn't much to talk about.

Give my body the strength it needs to grow this baby. Please allow J and I the endurance to complete all our projects. Thank you for everything e have and everything you continue to give to us.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Making Plans...

So I'll probably be able to see Greg one of these weekends I visit NJ. However, I'm hopefully going to have the news wait until Thanksgiving when John is with me.

I baked some cookies, mowed the lawn, did dishes and laundry and did a quick errand to walmart. I'm feeling MUCH better today, definitely got glutened.

Tomorrow I may paint some of the living room and bake for Wednesday night. I was planning on going quilting at the church but I don't know if I will be able to, if I'm able to get enough baked early I will.

I feel great today had excellent energy and my appetite has decreased a lot. Scared I'm not pregnant and this isn't real. I'm looking forward to my trip to NJ this weekend to take my mind off of everything.

Countdown to November 9th: 34 days till the Ultrasound

I'm still doing well, no spotting just cramping.

Please keep me sane and accept that this baby is real. Please allow the time to pass quickly till we are reassured that Cookie is doing well.


Monday, October 5, 2009

Life goes on...

Today I have realized that I have been glutened. Because I woke up with energy today that I haven't had in days. I haven't been near as hungry and I gained 6 lbs?? whoa!!! So hopefully eating 100% gluten-free and drinking a ton of water will shed that weight and I will be back to myself soon.

Today I made some pillowcases ,painted the living room trim, and almost outed us. My mother called and we were talking about home renovations and she mentioned buying stuff for our hardwood in the living room to make it look like new. I mentioned we're going to carpet it and she had asked when and I responded "When we gut the nursery". OH NO. I quickly added "Ugh I keep calling it that cause she had it set up with her grandson's crib." I hope she bought it.

Still working on my special quilt. I need to make some pillowcases for John's mom and finish more quilts. I have to make one for my cousin's birthday. I'm trying to get all the tops finished so that when we clean out the nursery I won't have bits and pieces to get lost.

Tomorrow hopefully the living room will be painted. Josh is only working till 11 and he said he would help me afterwords.

The three of us met up at Allardale Park after John got out of work and we did the 1.25 mile loop. It's so beautiful up there with the tree's changing color and Josh is even going to go back tomorrow. It's the fist time I've really exercised a little since last week and I realize pregnancy gets you out of breath. I think the bloating and the glutening had to do a lot with it too. I'm looking forward to going back another day.

John is finishing up living room tasks right now so it will be ready for paint, and I'm relaxing at the end of a fun day. All of my nausea and heartburn have left (I think this was a side effect of the gluten, it's amazing how similar they are) and outside of the sore chest I'm feeling great!

Please give me the patience to make it till November 9th and THANKSGIVING. Please give me the gracefullness to make it through these weekends without hinting that I'm pregnant.


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Start of the 2nd week.

So today I am 4 weeks, 3 days pregnant. Wow. We had a wonderful time a church today and I finally got to meet Jim and Sharon. Jim is a contractor and has agreed to help J out with the bathroom while I'm in St. Lucia. I'm excited to come home to a finished bathroom.

We've decided to carpet the living room, hallway and 2 bedrooms so that we have play room and warm cozy floors. But we need a nice clean vaccuum. I believe we will be buying a Kirby. That's still up in the air.

I've been slacking today and having a poor energy day. I think all the eating out got me glutened and hopefully a few days of 100% home cooking will help with these symptoms. We had rotisserie chicken and cheesy rice with brocolli followed by some chocolate ice cream for dessert. It was yummy.

Thank you for the friends and the fellowship we have at church. Thank you for this baby whom we are already head of heels in love with.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Fun, LONG Day

We left for Debbie's at about 10am and just returned home about 8 PM!

I'm definitely pregnant haha. I'm exhausted. However I was so tired when we stopped at Lodi Outlets, I wanted preggy pops for the trip to NJ. Just to be prepared if morning sickness starts. And it was the farthest point away from where we were and I made everyone walk, and I must say it gave me a good energy boost.

I craved Mexican so we went to Fiesta Jalapenos and it was so yummy. However, I'm not sure Little Cookie (this is what we decided to call the baby for now, it is baking after all) really loved it, cause I got wicked heartburn and indigestion afterwords.

I'm slowly adjusting to smaller meals all day. I did well until dinner today, however I didn't stuff myself like prior days. It's going to take some getting used to.

We told Debbie today. She was shocked and excited. It feels good to tell people. I am having a hard time talking to anyone in our family for fear I'll spill the beans. I was on the phone with J's mom about making her pillowcases and I had no idea what to say to her. The biggest thing in our life is happening right now and I can't say anything.

Thanksgiving can't come fast enough...

Let these trips go well and let Nov 9th and Thanksgiving come fast. Please give us the strength and determination to keep our secret and let everyone be joyous for us.


Friday, October 2, 2009


The end of the first week I've been pregnant.

Tomorrow we're going down to Steve and Debbie's for a short time. And then John wants to go to the Amish furniture stores. TO LOOK FOR CRIBS! And it was all his idea. He wants to get an estimate of how much one will be so we can save up for it. He also wants to look for headboards for the two beds.

I think I'm going to look for a price on a crib and matching dresser. I want to get the crib that converts into a full size headboard and footboard.

We definitely won't buy a crib until after 23 weeks, so 19 more to go! But this way we can be prepared for when we want to buy it.

I've picked out the nursery paint colors now we just need to replace the drywall and trim.

It's starting to really sink in that I'm actually pregnant. I'm still peeing a lot and I'm super hungry. And I have to eat right before bed or I have a stomachache when I wake up. Just trying to get my protein and juice. I occasionally drink milk too. I never would have imagined I would be THIS hungry.

I started making another quilt. That one has a really special plan. The block of the week quilt I'm working on won't be finished in time. I'm super excited to get it started! I already started cutting the pieces. I think I'm going to prewash the red pieces tomorrow.

Give me the discipline and concentration needed for this quilt. Give us the determination and funds to fix this house up and make it baby ready. Please allow us a fun day tomorrow and fun fellowship.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Beautiful Thursday...

It's finally not raining!!! It got down to 37 last night. John and I woke up to fogged up windows in our room.

Now let's talk about waking up. I think I had my first night of "pregnancy sleep". I woke up at 2 with cramps and then started worrying about bleeding so I went to the bathroom. There was never blood but I was still having serious cramps so I was awake until about 4. Then I fell asleep and woke up with John and 6. The cramping didn't end until probably 8am so my guess is, it was something I ate.

I spent 4 hours at the quilt place yesterday. But I got two blocks of my block of the weeks done. They're on week 4 and I'm on week 3, so I'm about 2 weeks behind, hopefully I can catch up next week. I have a special plan with this quilt.

We've decided not to the move the staircase. Between the time, permits, and money it's just not our priority. Our priority is finishing the kitchen, gutting the nursery, putting in a tub, and carpeting the hallway, nursery and our bedroom. And painting the living room which is so close to being ready.

I've already got my theme for the nursery ready, I just knew what I wanted. It's so hard not to tell our family however my symptoms seem to be lessening. I've been using the bathroom less and less, however my stomach is becoming more and more sensitive.

Not much else to write about. Things are still going. Just counting down the days till Nov 9th. October will be the first full month I'm pregnant.

This entry is very jumbled, probably due to exhaustion.

Please give my body the ability to sleep tonight. Please give me the strength to carry this baby for 9 months and to accomplish all the goals we set for ourselves.