Tuesday, December 31, 2013

weekly updates: 4 weeks to 13 weeks!

So I totally get that this might be crazy baby information overload, but I wanted to keep track of how I was feeling each week from the very beginning of my pregnancy. I have a little journal to write things down in too, but I like keeping track of details here on my blog as well. And I feel like most people's weekly updates don't start until the second trimester, when most people are starting to feel better. 

Long story short I wanted to share these here. If you make it through all the weeks you're a truly dedicated reader haha. And if you're not interested in pregnancy stuff just feel free to skip over these types of posts!

How Far Along? 4 weeks (positive test today!)

Size of Baby: Poppyseed

Gender: No idea!

Weight Gain: None, so using my weight from today as my 'before' weight.

Maternity Clothes: Umm, no. Took some before pictures this week, probably won't take more for a while until I actually start showing. I didn't show until around 16-18 weeks with Riggs so I don't really know when to expect a bump this time around.

Nursery: Baby will be in our room for first 6 months at least, and there's still a long way to go to get things ready :)

Movement: None, but this is probably one of the things I'm most excited for! I loved feeling Riggs swimming around in there!

Symptoms: As of today, not much except for swollen, tender breasts. Riggs still nurses at night so that has been a little interesting, but I'm sure it will get better soon. This was actually how I knew to test so early :)

Sleep: Right now I sleep through the night mostly, other than the nights Riggs wakes to nurse.

Cravings: Nothing yet!

What I Miss: Nothing yet!

Best Moment This Week: That moment of seeing that second pink line appear on the test :) I had to take a digital too to be sure, and I loved seeing the word 'pregnant' there on the screen. Steve and I are so excited, both to have another sweet little baby and to see Riggs with a sibling!

Looking Forward To: Telling my parents (they're on a cruise right now and don't have phone reception!) And announcing the pregnancy to all our friends. We're hoping to wait until 14 weeks to do so, right around Christmas :)

How Far Along? 5 weeks

Size of Baby: Appleseed (.13 inches)

Gender: No idea!

Weight Gain: None.

Maternity Clothes: Haha not for a long while (hopefully).

Nursery: no plans yet.

Movement: None.

Symptoms: Breast still a little tender and sore. Using the restroom more frequently. Feeling pretty bloated.

Sleep: Right now I sleep through the night mostly, other than the nights Riggs wakes to nurse.

Cravings: None.

What I Miss: Nothing yet!

Best Moment This Week: Telling my parents and sisters :)

Looking Forward To: My midwife appointment in a few weeks. I made it this week and it made everything feel more real!

How Far Along? 6 weeks

Size of Baby: Sweet pea (.25 inches)

Gender: No idea!

Weight Gain: None.

Maternity Clothes: Haha not for a long while (hopefully).

Nursery: Baby will sleep in our room for the first couple of months at least. Not buying anything until we know the gender.

Movement: None.

Symptoms: Literally today the morning sickness started. No throwing up, just severe nausea all day long - not fun at all. No interest in eating at all even when I feel hungry the nausea overpowers that. Luckily I still have pretty good energy during the day and have only noticed fatigue in the evenings. Riggs goes to bed at 7:30 so I'm free to lay around after that;) Been falling asleep (either in bed or on the couch) before 8:30pm nearly every night for a week. Also definitely using the restroom more frequently.

Sleep: Right now I sleep through the night mostly, other than the nights Riggs wakes to nurse.

Cravings: None.

What I Miss: Not being nauseas all day long and actually enjoying food. Good thing it's all for a great cause!

Best Moment This Week: Reality sinking in that I'm actually pregnant!

Looking Forward To: Feeling some relief from nausea.

How Far Along? 7 weeks

Size of Baby: Blueberry (.51 inches)

Gender: No idea!

Weight Gain: About one pound - I feel like I've gained 10 pounds with how bloated I feel!

Maternity Clothes: Haha not for a long while (hopefully).

Nursery: Not planning anything or purchasing anything (except maybe crib if there's a sale) until we know gender.

Movement: None.

Symptoms: Horrible nausea all day (and in the night if I wake up). Very bloated and full feeling all the time, even when I'm so hungry my stomach is growling. Noticing some blemishes popping up here and there on my face, boo. More frequent trips to the bathroom. Breasts feel completely back to normal.

Sleep: Right now I sleep through the night mostly, other than the nights Riggs wakes to nurse.

Cravings: No cravings, living basically on yogurt, cereal, toast and smoothies. Anything warm or any meat induces gagging and dry heaving. Cooking for Riggs and Steve is definitely a struggle right now.

What I Miss: Enjoying food :(

Best Moment This Week: Waking up one morning and not feeling nauseas or bloated for about thirty minutes. Then it was back to the new 'normal'...but those thirty minutes were amazing!

Looking Forward To: Feeling better.

How Far Along? 8 weeks

Size of Baby: Raspberry (.63 inches, .04 oz)

Gender: No idea!

Weight Gain: About one pound.

Maternity Clothes: Haha not for a long while (hopefully).

Nursery: Brainstorming ideas for after baby needs to move out of my room and into a shared room with Riggs.

Movement: None.

Symptoms: Same old story, maybe getting a little better in the mornings. Nauseas, bloated, and pretty much all foods sound disgusting to me. If I'm hungry/desperate enough to actually take a bite, they usually taste pretty good. Living on yogurt, cereal, pizza and salad with ranch dressing right now.

Skin seems to be getting a little bit better. Still using the bathroom more frequently. Still feeling thankful for normal energy during the day.

Sleep: Right now I sleep through the night mostly, other than the nights Riggs wakes to nurse. We've been sleeping in until at least 8:30 every single day and I have to say it is amazing and I'm very thankful for the extra sleep!

Cravings: Salad with Ranch. And towards the end of the week tacos (with just refried beans, no meat - it's a step in the right direction!) Also french fries.

What I Miss: Not being bloated, not worrying about health of little bean, and enjoying food. But feeling more positive about it this week than the last couple of weeks.

Best Moment This Week: Hearing baby's heartbeat at 8w6d with my Doppler. Nothing could sound sweeter, and tears just started sliding down my cheeks as I listened. I called Steve right away and he was able to hear it over the phone too. I purchased the Doppler when I was pregnant with Riggs and it has been one of the best baby items every purchased to date. It's so nice to be able to listen in to baby whenever I feel like it!

Looking Forward To: My first appointment with the midwives on Thursday morning. 

How Far Along? 9 weeks

Size of Baby: Green Olive (.09 inches, .07 oz)

Gender: Already dying to know!

Weight Gain: About two pounds, pretty sure it's the bloating. 

Maternity Clothes: Clothes are all fitting normally including jeans, which is nice. Don't expect to need anything for quite a while.

Nursery: Not worrying about this until we know gender.

Movement: None.

Symptoms: Actually starting to feel a bit better. Still a little queasy feeling from time to time and often really nauseas before going to bed at night. Skin has cleared up (yay) but I'm still feeling pretty bloated most of the time. Also, very emotional! Not too moody, but I tear up over nearly anything, from a sad commercial to an old picture of Riggs. 

Sleep: Still sleeping great and sleeping in (thank you Riggs!).

Cravings: Salad, tacos, cereal, rice crispy treats. 

What I Miss: Feeling nearly back to normal so I'm not really missing too much. If I had to pick something I would wish to feel less bloated!

Best Moment This Week: Getting to see baby during our dating ultrasound. It's such a miracle that a little tiny human being is growing inside of me!

Looking Forward To: Seeing a little baby bump emerge. I've heard you're supposed to show sooner with your second, so maybe I'll show before 20 weeks this time. 

How Far Along? 10 weeks

Size of Baby: Prune (1.2 inches, .14 oz)

Gender: no idea

Weight Gain: About two pounds, pretty sure it's the bloating. 

Maternity Clothes: Nope. Clothes still fitting normally.

Nursery: Same.

Movement: None.

Symptoms: Feeling a bit better as far as nausea, but developed a horribly sore throat this week. Hoping it goes away fast and that traveling for Thanksgiving doesn't make it worse!

Sleep: Still sleeping great and sleeping in (thank you Riggs!).

Cravings: Salad, tacos, cereal, and fruit. 

What I Miss: Can't really think of anything...

Best Moment This Week: Feeling better nausea wise. Also this week Riggs patted my belly when I asked him where baby was. I still don't think he really gets it, but it's still so sweet!

Looking Forward To: Going to Homer for Thanksgiving to visit family and friends.

How Far Along? 11 weeks

Size of Baby: Lime (1.6 inches, .25 oz)

Gender: Already dying to know!

Weight Gain: Back down one pound, so total weight gain would be one pound from pre-pregnancy weight. 

Maternity Clothes: Clothes are still fitting normally. 

Nursery: Waiting to know gender.

Movement: None.

Symptoms: None that are really pregnancy related, except for lack of appetite and a little nausea caused by the smell of certain foods. But I'm so sick:( It started last week right before we went to Homer, and then I was sick the whole time we were there and Riggs got sick the day we came home. Sore throat, horrible cough, no voice and then the fevers started over the weekend. I am pretty strict about not taking meds during pregnancy, but when my fever got up to 101 I took some tylenol to bring it down. Luckily my fever didn't come back, but Riggs suffered with a 102-103 fever for about two days and two nights. We're all pretty miserable around here.

Sleep: Sleeping ok when I'm not waking up to a coughing fit.

Cravings: Not a fan of much food right now. Trying to choke down cereal in the mornings at least. 

What I Miss: Wanting food. 

Best Moment This Week: Getting to see family in Homer and eat some Two Sisters biscuits and gravy (I wasn't too sick for that! yay!).

Looking Forward To: Feeling back to normal.

How Far Along? 12 weeks

Size of Baby: Plum (2.1 inches, .49 oz)

Gender: I have no idea but I an't wait to find out in January!

Weight Gain: lost another two pounds so I'm down to two pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight. 

Maternity Clothes: Won't need them for a while.

Nursery: Not really worrying about this for a long time (maybe even after baby is born ha).

Movement: None.

Symptoms: Still some nausea and lots of food aversions. Also still sick with a cough and this week I've been throwing up from coughing so much. But other than that feeling pretty good.

Sleep: Sleeping a little better this week.

Cravings: Nothing. Forcing down food at this point.

What I Miss: Some nights I do wish I could stay awake past 8:30, but the extra sleep is nice too I guess :)

Best Moment This Week: Getting out some of the Christmas decorations. We haven't picked out a tree yet but I'm hoping to later in the week.

Looking Forward To: Not being sick.

How Far Along? 13 weeks

Size of Baby: Peach (2.9 inches, .81 oz)

Gender: Steve told me this week he thinks it's a boy. I'm kind of leaning that direction too, but I really have no idea. A friend found out she's having a girl in May this week so that was exciting!

Weight Gain: Back up one pound to my pre-pregnancy weight.

Maternity Clothes: All my clothes still fit fine. When I do start to show most of my clothes will still work for a while since I have lots of long tank tops and cardis/zip ups. Plus most of the pants I wear during the week are yoga pants with plenty of stretch ha. 

Nursery: Still just Riggs' room.

Movement: None.

Symptoms: Slowly gaining back an appetite and getting more energy back. I'm still sick, but I think I'm finally feeling noticeably better. Hoping to get my voice back soon!

Sleep: Sleeping pretty normal again.

Cravings: Salad, fruits and crackers.

What I Miss: Feeling nearly back to normal so I'm not really missing too much. If I had to pick something I would wish to feel less bloated!

Best Moment This Week: We got lots of new snow and went out in the beautiful winter weather to pick out a Christmas tree from our yard. It's so nice to have it up and decorated, it truly feels like Christmas now.

Looking Forward To: Watching my teeny-little-only-noticable-to-me-and-maybe-Steve baby bump grow. 


  1. I'll be here stalking your pregnancy posts! ;) We'll be trying soon, and it's so fun to read about other pregnant mamas and catch up on the "times." It seems a lot changes in the baby/ pregnancy world in just two years! Congrats again mama!

  2. I love these posts!! I already want another baby and I'm going to keep track of the weeks if/when we have another. I didn't do it the first time!!

  3. I can't help it, I'm hoping for a girl (at least one!!) but at the same time I'd love to see Riggs with a little brother too. So I guess either way it's a win-win :)

  4. Yay! I know I've had pregnancy fever for quite some time now and I've been blog stalking like mad! And so true about things changing, I'm already thinking I"ll be choosing quite a few 'new' things that weren't around with Riggs...

  5. I didn't either Charisse, and I admit, I'm so excited to be joining thing 'trend'! Baby fever can get pretty crazy in the blog world! ;)

  6. I love your updates! I will definitely be reading along with ALL of them! :) I'm so excited for you!

  7. I love these updates!! I love that you are doing them every week. I just started my 39th week, and I did updates on my blog but I was doing good if I got one in every 4 or 5 weeks. Keep it up as long as you can; what a great way to remember your pregnancy!

  8. Yay! Glad the word is out!! So excited to be pregnancy buddies :) I loved these updates and read them all! Im totally trying to figure out how on earth new baby is going to sleep in Hazel's room too after the first few months.... eek! If you figure anything out let me know! When do you have your appointment to find out the gender?

  9. You CANNOT post too much about babies, children, life, whatever. I may have to play catch up to enjoy it. but I ALWAYS DO!!!

  10. I'm a dedicated reader!! I also say a girl. I'm so excited for you in any case! Are you going back to Geneva Woods?

  11. Haha yay glad to know they won't annoy everyone ;) And thank you!

  12. Thanks Angela! I'm really trying to keep up with them. I thought I documented my first pregnancy so well, but looking back I wish I would have done more! So trying to be really thorough about it this time:)

  13. haha I know I was dying there at the end! It is very fun to be pregnancy buddies!

    I'm so scared for when they share a room, but I know things will probably work out.

    We don't get to make our ultrasound appointment until after my midwife appt next week...I'm dying haha.

  14. Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement. You're right, as usual! xoxo

  15. Haha thanks Ashley! Definitely send the girl thoughts ;) Yep we're going back to Geneva Woods this time despite the drive:)