Monday, January 25, 2016

Pregnancy #2: First Trimester Recap

Finding Out - We stopped using birth control in July and when I wasn't pregnant in October, I added "call doctor for a January referral to RE" to my to do list. On November 5 I had a few minutes of free time after dropping Georgia off at school before heading to help set up for Sugar Plum Market, so I ran home and looked up my OB's number so I could give her a call.

I knew there was a pregnancy test in the downstairs linen closet and I didn't want it burning a hole in my pocket, tempting and worrying me over the holidays. I decided to just use it so I could throw it away and get it out of the house. I set it on the side of the bathtub and stood up to wash my hands. When I glanced down at it - it was positive!

I was so surprised that I actually looked at the instructions to make sure the little line by YES really did mean YES.

A few days after we found out.

One of my (many) pet peeves is hearing a married couple, especially one who has children, say they were completely shocked by another pregnancy. Come on...we all know how it happens! So I can't say that I was completely dumbfounded, but I really just couldn't believe it. I didn't think the timing was anywhere near close for me to get pregnant.

I knew I wanted to tell David in person, but I needed to tell someone now. I called my mom's cell, but she was in a meeting in Dallas. I called my sister and shared the news, then I had to call David's mom and tell her, too.

Symptoms - In hindsight, I had the same very early symptoms that I had with Georgia. I thought I was coming down with strep throat, my throat was so sore and I was so stuffy, but there was no fever. I'd also been having some incredible headaches, and I'm one who rarely gets headaches. I also had very little appetite. At the time I thought I was just too busy to eat, but once I found out I was pregnant I realized my appetite was just gone. And the fact that I ordered lobster and couldn't even eat a bite of it should have been a clue as any sort of lobster is my favorite food.

A few days after finding out, I started feeling extremely dizzy anytime I wasn't sitting down. I feel like it also affected my train of thought or something - I would get so dizzy I couldn't think clearly. One of the moms at Georgia's dance class told me to go home and eat a bunch of salt and strangely, it helped. At the point of all the dizziness, my OB had me come in for blood work to make sure everything was ok. I had the blood work on Friday and by Monday the dizziness was gone, and everything came back fine. The dizziness went away at about five and a half weeks.

At about five weeks along fatigue hit me like a truck. Any spare second that I wasn't asleep - I wanted to be asleep! I wake up, take Georgia to school, come home, nap then nap with her again after school. And go to bed early. On non-school days I will fall asleep while we are watching a thirty minute TV show and wake up two hours later with her playing beside me. At ten a.m.! It's insane! I didn't get tired like this during my last pregnancy.

At first I didn't have too much of an appetite, but I was able to eat a variety of foods. The day after Thanksgiving, the food aversions started in earnest. I haven't had any meat since Thanksgiving. I'm really only able to eat things that are white - bread, rice cakes, huge chunks of parmesan cheese. No coffee, tea or Coke (whaaaaat??). The thought of eating meat, yogurt, vegetables or fruit literally makes me gag.
At 12 weeks, first "bump" photo. As you can see, Georgia has pr
much moved into our room to keep me company during the day.

I was very sick with Georgia from five weeks until delivery. Right around Thanksgiving the nausea started this time, but I'm not constantly vomiting. Some days I throw up a couple of times, but that's usually only one or two days a week. My doctor gave me zofran at five weeks and by nine or ten weeks I was also on phenegren and Diclegis. I got admitted to the hospital at ten weeks for hyperemesis gravidarum (more on that later). Some weeks are better than others, but I'm just expecting the all-day morning sickness to stick around the rest of the pregnancy.   

My nausea with Georgia would usually subside by bedtime. This time around I usually feel fine from 6-10 p.m. but my nausea and vomiting keeps me awake at night.

Despite probably being very dehydrated, my skin looks great! Very early along, someone asked me if I was pregnant and told me I was glowing! Hormones are a crazy thing, I rarely wash my face at night and only moisturize it in the morning, I wish it could be this low maintenance all the time.

Weight - At six weeks along I had lost five or six pounds. The following week I lost five pounds in a week, and I haven't weighed since then.
First ultrasound at 10 weeks. Doctor changed my due date after the ultrasound, 
so dating on the photo is incorrect.

Gender Prediction - I will be shocked if this little munchkin isn't a boy! Everything feels much different than it did with Georgia. I've also consulted the Chinese gender prediction chart that was right for Georgia. I've probably jinxed myself, but I bought a little boy outfit. I couldn't resist!

Cravings - CARBS! Processed carbs and occasional Mexican food. I'll eat a few bites of beans or rice then get sick, but the taste is so worth it. I drove an hour each way for some cuban tacos and cantaloupe juice from El Rey and I now have Torchy's & Chuy's saved in my phone. I either just get queso and chips or a bean and egg burrito with cheese.

Sleep - Oh my gosh, crazy insomnia at night from the day I discovered I was pregnant. If I could get back on balance and stop needing to sleep all day, this might fix itself. I just don't have any energy at all during the day and I crash at night...but as soon as I try to close my eyes the nausea starts. Then when I do fall asleep, I keep waking myself up to make sure I'm not sleeping on my right side.

Best Moment - Truly the best moment was telling Georgia! She said when the baby can't sleep at night she will go climb in it's crib. This baby is already such a big part of her life. We have an app that tells us about how it is changing and growing every week. She's telling everyone who will listen that our baby is the size of a grape!

Georgia's Predictions - Of course she wants a baby sister! She would like to name a girl Rose and if by chance it's a boy, she will name him Charlie.



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Friday, January 22, 2016

Baby #2: It's A.....






We are over the moon excited to welcome another sweet GIRL into our family!


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Best Day Ever!

Last Friday was one of the rare days I woke up feeling great. I haven't had very many days this pregnancy where I've felt like getting out of bed, much less leaving the house. I also realize that I only have six months to enjoy with Georgia as an only child, so we took advantage of it.


A local skating rink (on Dairy Ashford if you're Houston) has "toddler skate" on Friday mornings. It's for all kids ages five and under. Most of the kids brought ride on toys or tricycles, but Georgia and her friend Scarlett M. came to skate!


I was a little worried because Georgia isn't the most adventurous or daring little girl. But I told her no crying or we will go right home, and she jumped right in. 


After skating with what she called her "wheelchair" for a couple of hours, she decided to try it on her own and did great! No tears when she fell down either, I was so proud of her for getting right back up and trying again!

She'd had such a big time skating and said she was craving "Mexican steak" so we headed to Pappasito's so she could get some fajitas. After that, we went to the American Girl store and browsed for over an hour. She loved it! She's trying to decide which doll and accessories she wants for her birthday. She finally decided that she couldn't decide - so she needs a "whole community of American Girls". Oh dear.


While she was using the restroom at AG I snapped this quick picture. I was 14w1d and I can't believe I already have such a tummy! I noticed my shirt was really short, so I skipped next door and picked up a cute long sleeve maternity tee from Old Navy. Otherwise, no maternity clothes yet. I initially lost quite a bit of weight in my hips and tummy, so my jeans are actually a little too big right now. I'm hoping I can hold off until it's warm and not have to buy maternity jeans this time around.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Georgia Has Something to Say

Georgia is four and a half and she has some big news for a Friday!



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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Very Best Mummy of All!


Georgia has talked for months about wanting to be a mummy for Halloween. After I offered to wrap her in toilet paper, David took over. They spent last weekend shopping for white tights and using tea to dye a white bed sheet. I think it turned out pretty great! She was a huge hit with the whole neighborhood.


She was determined to scare everyone, so she walked up to houses with her arms straight out like a zombie and said "ROAR Trick or Treat!" when they opened the door.

However, the first house was the best! She walked up to the door with her best scary face and when she saw the Grim Reaper coming to open the door she screamed and ran off. Pretty funny!


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Thursday, October 29, 2015

All Hail the Queen of Hearts!

Halloween festivities are in full swing.

We did Zoo Boo and the pumpkin patch a couple of weeks ago, painted pumpkins and have some "smooky" Jack-o-Lanterns and headstones in our front yard.

Today was Halloween at Georgia's new school, and she went as the Queen of Hearts.


Speaking of her new school - WOW! This was only her second day (she goes Tuesdays and Thursdays) and there is a night & day difference. She is so excited now, wants to tell me every little thing that happened. Her teacher is a Godsend. She is definitely along the lines of the type of teacher we are used to, and I'm thankful for that.

Georgia is fitting right in. Ever since Tuesday all I've heard is "Catorina this, Catorina that" because she and Catorina carved a pumpkin together. Mrs. D. said yesterday the half of the class that attends five days a week kept asking where she was. That makes me so happy!

It was nice to get to know some of the parents and grandparents at the party today. Georgia sits by a little girl who lives in the next neighborhood over and is also an only child, so maybe we will have her over to play.

Another very minor thing, but comforting nonetheless, is that the one reason I didn't want to leave our old school is because a lot of my friends' kids go there. So every drop off and pick up was a tiny social time for both of us. I ran into several moms that I know today! It's nice to know that if I ever need an emergency pickup or something, I have people I can call on.

I hope it doesn't rain this weekend....we have another stellar costume to show off!

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Life Lately In Photos



There were a couple of extremely busy weeks with lots of outside commitments, but we still made time to make cupcakes. And to enjoy licking the batter.


My friends got such a kick out of this! Georgia drew me at school. "Look mommy! Stripes!"


Preschool OOTD.

First Halloween outfit of the season.


We did a trial run at camping before we committed to packing everything in the car and driving to a real camping spot. Good thing we did, too. Because I was back inside, in my comfy bed, by 11:45 p.m. Everyone else survived, though! We got as legit as possible, making S'mores inside on the stove.


This goofball! We stopped to order a quick drink and instead of asking for lemonade, Georgia said "I'll have a steak, please!"


Georgia's friend Jackie turned four and the birthday party was a big hit. This summer Jackie went with us to see a Barbie Rocking Royals concert and she loved Georgia's Courtney Barbie. She was thrilled to get her own, and now they can play together. With two singing Barbies instead of one. Really though, a fun Christmas gift if your little likes Barbies because you can watch concert videos on YouTube (or the movie on Amazon) and the songs the doll sings are actually pretty catchy.


It's finally getting cool enough for Georgia to wear the Janie & Jack equestrian outfits I posted about earlier. We decided to just use a regular grosgrain bow instead of this headband, the headband doesn't really hold her bangs out of her face.


This poor gal! She came from the Dollar Tree and Georgia calls her "Break Apart Barbie" because you can just take her arms, legs and head off and put them right back on. Georgia brought her down all dressed up, as you can see, and told me she was ready for a Junior League meeting, ha!!


We got invited to Piada Street Food's soft opening and all three of us really liked it! I had the chicken piada which I was really impressed with. Georgia had spaghetti.


We got to go visit a local Middle School whose volleyball team raised quite a bit of money for a breast cancer fund. Georgia was pretty much in awe of the cafeteria and multiple gyms.


We always try to get to ballet a little early so she can watch the big girls practice their solos.


She's getting ready for a mini tap recital. This routine is to the song Sugar Sugar and they also have a Halloween-themed dance.



Georgia had a great time partying at Carly's fifth birthday party! Here she is with Addison and Allyson.


The girls all got their hair, makeup and nails done rockstar style then had a runway show and concert for us!


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