Thursday, January 16, 2014

Bumpdate 0-12 Weeks

  (Yes I am fully aware of my bump size and yes there is only one baby! ;)) 
Friends, thank you THANK YOU, for your outpouring of love and support since we announced our sweet baby last week. I am so thankful for your kind words and love towards us! 

I can't wait to share the story God has given us in the months leading up to finding out we were expexting. I am still amazed that He chose us to be parents & am truly thankful for everything He has done in our lives leading up to this point. 

I'd love to catch y'all up on the past 12 weeks and also document this for the future! I am about 12 w 4 d now (sorry!)  This post will definitely be more lengthy compared to future updates, so bare with me! :) 
0-12 Weeks
Weight: I had lost a couple pounds according to my scale at home but at my 12 week checkup I was down by .5 lbs. 
Symptoms: Up until about 5.5- 6 weeks I was feeling good! Certainly some anxiety about reality sinking in that I was in fact PREGNANT. During this time I also had cramps and light spotting which scared me terribly. It would happen on and off up until my first appt at 8 weeks & after that it just stopped and I was so thankful. At 6 weeks I started to hate every kind of food. It really didn't matter what kind, everything just sounded terrible to me. I even started to hate water. None that I found sounded good so I was forcing myself to drink it. By recommendation of my dr, I eventually had to get some vitamin water and gatorade just to make sure I wouldn't become dehydrated. I had nausea from 6 weeks on but it didn't start getting really bad until about 8 weeks, right after I saw my doctor for the first time. I started vomiting around that time & everything would make me gag. Opening the fridge or freezer, the pantry, or just walking into the kitchen. Sometimes our house just made me gag as soon as I walked in from outside so I spent as much time outside as possible. I'm telling you, it was strange! (this is still happening!) There were several nights I would wake up twice because I was feeling very sick. Sometimes I would eat and start to feel a little better but other times it was too late and I would throw up nothing. I also just never wanted to wear anything that touched my stomach so I wore a lot of yoga pants and leggings because I felt so sick. From 4-7 weeks my boobs were so sore. TMI? That's ok, it's real folks. I started wearing a bra 24/7 which definitely helped. Around 7 weeks I started getting bloody noses and I always had a runny nose. I wasn't necesarly exhasusted like a lot of pregnant woman I know but I was very unmotivated. I didn't want to hang out with people or go anywhere which is very unlike me.  (I'm still battling this) I did sleep almost 11 hours at night though and there were times I felt tired during the day but I more just wanted to lay around, not really sleep. Breakouts on my face. They haven't been horrible but they have been often and yucky. A new thing from 11-12 weeks now is I am STARVING all of the time. I really have tried to eat a ton of different foods but nothing keeps me fuller longer than about 1/2 hour to an hour. The hard thing is I still don't like a lot of foods so I'm finding it difficult to keep eating. And if I don't eat.. The hunger becomes mixed with sheer nausea. 

Clothes: I'll be honest.. when I started getting sick, I wore pj's and yoga pants. Mostly because I hated the feeling of tight pants or something being on my belly when I was feeling awful! Right at 12 weeks I went out and got some black maternity skinnies & some maternity jeans. I had a couple shirts that my mom had gotten me but just started using them recently. 
Sleep: Well from weeks 4-6, I had a rough time sleeping. I was pretty anxious and all the what if's would keep me up worrying at night. But at around 6 weeks until now, I sleep 11 hours at night give or take some bathroom breaks. I wasn't going to the bathroom much before 10 weeks but after that it was quite often and I was up usually 2x a night if not more. It's not getting any better and with the amount of fluids I'm supposed to drink, I don't see how it could. Plus before pregnancy, I already peed like 10 times a minute. Around 11 weeks, my hips began to hurt really bad from sleeping on my side. I am unsure how I slept before I was pregnant but apparently it wasn't on my side. I do have a pregnancy pillow (that my lovely mama bought me) and I just recently started using it again. Seemed to help a lot with the hip pain. 
Cravings/Aversions: Like I said above, NOTHING sounded good to me from 5.5 weeks to 12 weeks. Right now, things are really getting so much better. There were nights I forced food because I knew I had to eat something for dinner. One time we ate Panda Express because I thought I wanted to and it made me extremely sick. At first I was craving a lot of salty things but then I began to really enjoy some fruit bars or ice cream. Now I'm slowly beginning to like more foods. I also started enjoying cereal because I could keep it down and it didn't make me sick. The thing that really surprised me though was my dislike for water of all things. At around 11.5 weeks when my nausea would be OK for a couple days, I would be able to drink a ton of water.  I was forcing a couple water bottles a day before that but it was tough. Lately I have been craving Fire Cheetos and pickles. I also really like egg salad sandwiches!
Baby- ah yes the little one :) baby is doing great! He/she is the size of a plum about 2.1 inches long. Baby has formed all their parts so he/she is just focusing on growing now! We had an ultrasound just shy of 12 weeks at 11 weeks 4 days. The dr tried finding the heart beat with the Doppler but she couldn't pick anything up so she rolled out the ultrasound machine. (I am SO thankful my office has ultra sound equipment handy!) Baby had the hiccups the whole time and kept bouncing up and down. It was pretty adorable. So crazy to see baby look like an actual baby. At our first appointment, the little one looked like a blob. I couldn't honestly tell you where baby's head was haha. We love our Dr. and she is so sweet but she forgets to give me pictures and has never told me the heart rate. I have only seen baby's heart rate beating rapidly on the screen.  My first appointment,  I measured 4 days ahead but my dr still gave me a due date based on my best guess of my last period, so my due date will remain July 28th, 2014. 
How I am feeling: Excited to be out of the first trimester and feeling better! It's been tough but I know it will be worth it. I get so excited thinking about what baby will look like. I wonder if baby will look more like me or daddy! I am also so looking forward to feeling the baby move. I know it will be a while but I would love to feel the little one move around! :)
How Daddy's feeling: "I can't wait until the first day I get to meet the baby. Right now it's kinda like it's Jess and baby's time to bond but I can't wait until I get to have the opportunity to start my own bonding with the little one."
That's about it for now.. Here are some pictures & things! So happy to be sharing this with you all now & I can't wait to watch the bump grow! 

My husband's artwork

This was right before 12 weeks.. I think it's the yoga pants that makes that bump look big ;) 

Proud daddy :) 

 And these were just too plain funny not to share! 


  1. SO stinkin cute, you totally have a bump! Eat everything in sight, sleep all the time, savor it girl! You look fabulous and I am so excited for you!

  2. Ahhh! So excited for ya! You look so gorgeous!! Absolutely glowing! =)

  3. So cute! You look great! For the hips-find some stretches to do. They'll get harder to do when you get bigger, but it makes a huge difference. I got really bad toward the end with my back & hip pain! Rest all you want now, too. When you get bigger it's much harder to sleep! Enjoy it all! It goes by faster than you think! :)

  4. You look amazing! So excited for you girl. Love your baby update <3

  5. Early pregnancy is the pits! Sounds like you are beginning to feel better, though. Congratulations on this new life!!

  6. Yay! So exciting! And love the pups got in on the action! Too cute!

  7. You look so cute girl! So excited for you two!

  8. EEEK!!! Major congrats girl!! you are beautiful!!! :)

  9. awww so sweet! congrats .. .you look great!

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