Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Tomorrow we have our next OB appointment. I am hoping to have an ultrasound done and maybe the Doctor can tell us Nugget’s sex. Right after that we are heading over to my Perinatologist’s office in order for them to draw some blood for part 2 of my prenatal screening. If I don’t have an ultrasound done tomorrow, we’ll have to wait until February 13 in order to find out. The anticipation is killing me!

I have flirted with the idea of getting back on the nausea medication but I’ve managed to somehow persevere through this morning, noon and night sickness. I feel a lot like I did when I first got pregnant; nothing too severe but a constant, nagging, low grade nausea at all times. But last night it got so bad I thought I would throw up…of course I didn’t. Most people would be thrilled to not have to throw up but in my case all I want is some relief!

I have been drinking a ton of water. I am so thirsty all the time. I try to stop by about 8PM otherwise I am in the bathroom all night. If I do wake up to go to the bathroom I usually need more water to get back to bed. I have thankfully been doing much better getting back to bed after waking up to pee.

Nugget’s kicks are getting stronger and I suspect that Norman will be able to feel them soon. Nugget likes to hang out on my left side, that’s always where I’ve been able to feel him/her. Now that Nugget is getting bigger it’s getting a bit uncomfortable at times, I guess depending on the position he/she is in. If you open your hand and stretch out your fingers you can see how big Nugget is now. About 5-7 inches long already (growth will continue at about an inch a week), Nugget weighs about 3-5 ounces.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


I felt Nugget move for the first time Monday night!!!! I was lying on my left side in bed trying to get to sleep at about 10:30PM and it happened! I suddenly felt what I can only describe as large gas bubbles, the likes of which I’ve never felt before…but then I realized there was a rhythm to them and that it was the baby!!! The movement suddenly stopped and about 10 seconds later I felt intense butterflies and a tumbling in my belly. I felt as though I was on a roller coaster, it was intense! My reaction was to laugh because I couldn’t believe it. I felt Nugget again last night too. I thought the only time I could feel quickening was when I was lying in bed quietly, but I felt he baby at work this morning!

In other news, I am officially off my nausea medication. My last day was Saturday, January 19. I am really happy about this even though I am still feeling nauseated. Now my only problem is that the medication was also a sleep aid and now I can’t sleep to save my life. I toss and turn trying to get to bed and god forbid I wake up in the middle of the night to pee (which I do like 5 times a night) because I can’t get back to sleep. Early Tuesday morning I woke up at 3AM to potty and didn’t get back to sleep until well after 5AM. My tummy was grumbling and I was just trying to ignore it but finally got up and drank some OJ. I was able to go back to sleep after that so I am assuming the baby needed food? I can imagine what an infant feels like not being able to sleep without feeding.

The same thing happened to me last night; I woke up to use the bathroom and couldn’t get back to sleep. I finally got up and drank some more OJ and was able to fall asleep relatively quickly. I bought some light n’ fit smoothies and will have a sip or two of those when it happens again.

I am having dull headaches all day long as well as serious itchiness and pain in my boobies. I read that now is when my milk glands are starting production and that is what causes tenderness but OMG just like in my 2WW I can hardly lay on them…not that it matters because poor Nugget doesn’t like when I lay on my belly anyways.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Here Here are some highly requested belly shots :)



I am getting bigger by the day! My tummy and my BBs are getting huge and I am itchy all over due to the stretching.

I felt the baby move yesterday night (!!!!!) and will give a proper update tomorrow.

Monday, January 14, 2008


I just took some belly pics and can't believe how big I've gotten. My skin is getting itchy from the stretching already, especially my poor BBs.

I still have nausea, otherwise not much to report. I spend all day Sunday sleeping, I joked with Norman that I cooked the Nugget really well yesterday :)

I will leave you with some pictures of when my brother came to visit with my SIL for his birthday this past January 4th:

Friday, January 11, 2008


So today is when I start my second trimester. The second trimester proceeds from 14 to 28 weeks and the third trimester extends from 28 to 40 weeks.

I have been doing well overall (save for the heartburn, nausea and frequent urination). My main complaint is the weird abdominal pokes, pinches and tugs I feel in my belly, especially on my left side. It got so annoying yesterday that I called my OB. I spoke to the nurse and she told me that what I have is RLP. She says it can be really, really painful.

Yesterday before I called the Doctor I was concerned about the pain and told Norman I wanted to go to the hospital. He told me I was fine and to be honest in my heart I knew I was fine but I am just so worried that something will go wrong. I can’t help it. I want an ultrasound as often as possible to know everything is OK.

My SIL told me that she won’t be able to stop worrying until the baby reaches a point where it can be taken out if God forbid something does go wrong. I totally agree with her and understand where she’s coming from.

I already worry over my baby and Nugget hasn’t even been born yet. I can’t even imagine how it will be like once Nugget is actually here.

Norman and I are going to do a 3D/4D ultrasound. We are considering opting for a package that will document the baby at 16 weeks, 24 weeks and 32 weeks. It’s a bit pricey but sounds great.


Tuesday, January 8, 2008


OK seriously now. Every time I pee and think I’ve emptied my bladder I have to pee again like 3 minutes later. Supposedly I am not emptying my bladder completely to begin with. This is so annoying, especially since I am peeing 10 times a day.

In other news, I took a fun little gender predictor quiz. Here are the results:

You have a 80% chance of having a girl.
And you have a 20% chance of having a boy.
And Here's Why...
You are carrying the extra weight around the hips and bottom, so it's a girl.
The hair on your legs is not growing any faster during your preganacy, so it's a girl.
Boys are carried low. You are going to have a boy.
Your feet are not colder than they were before pregnancy. You are having a girl.
You refuse to eat the heel of a loaf of bread. You are having a girl.
Dad-to-be hasn't been gaining weight along with Mom-to-be, so it will be a girl.
The maternal grandmother doesn't have gray hair (dyed or natural), so a girl will be born.
You had morning sickness early in pregnancy, so you are expecting a girl.
You are not looking particularly good during pregnancy. Therefore, it must be a girl, because girls steal their mother's looks.
Your chest development has not been very dramatic during pregnancy. You should expect a boy.
Since the sum of the mother's age at conception and the number of the month of conception is even, it will be a boy.
A needle on a thread held over you belly moves from side-to-side, so it will be a girl.
Your urine is a dull yellow color, so you will have a girl.
You are craving sweets, which means that it is a girl.
Your nose hasn't changed during pregnancy, which indicates a girl.
You have been craving fruits, so it is a girl.
Your baby's heart rate is 140 or more beats per minute, so it's a girl.
You must have orange juice every day, so it's a girl.
You are having headaches, so it's a boy.
Your belly looks like a watermelon, so it's a girl.
You show them the palm of your hand, so it's a girl.
You use the body of the mug, so it's a girl.

We shall see soon enough! February 13th seems like light years away right about now.

Monday, January 7, 2008


We went to our OB appointment last Thursday and my Doctor used the Doppler on me. We got to hear the baby’s heartbeat for the first time and it was amazing. The heart rate was 158 beats per minute.

Our little Nugget!!!!

I am dying to know whether Nuggie is a boy or girl. I want to buy a baby names book this week. We have a few names in mind. Mind you they are NONE of the ones we originally thought of, we change our mind every day.

People at work are really starting to notice. Coworkers who didn’t know before are now asking me if I’m pregnant. It’s getting obvious! A few mornings ago I woke up with a full bladder and was actually able to feel the baby on my left side. I think that’s where Nugget likes to hang out because I always have some sensation there.

I should start feeling the baby moving within a few weeks. Exciting!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008


Without any further ado, I present you Nugget at 12 weeks and 6 days old:

Our sweet adorable baby!

Norman and I arrived at the perinatologist's office first thing this morning. I wasn't anxious at all about the NT scan, only excited to get to see Nugget again. The baby's big enough so that transvaginal ultrasounds aren't necessary anymore (yay), so they placed the gooey goop on my belly and used the abdominal ultrasound probe - Nugget appeared right away, looking as cute as can be all cozy in my uterus. I was amazed at how big and hyper the baby was. Heartrate was 158 beats per minute. SO ADORABLE, all wriggly and squirmy and giddy. Super active, somersaults and all. I'm talking non-stop headbanging, hand waving and leg kicking! In fact, the tech was having a had time getting the measurements from the back of the baby's neck because the baby wouldn't stay still, and then when the baby would stay still she couldn't get the angle she needed. We were there for about 25 minutes while she begged and coaxed my Nugget. Even though I was being poked and prodded I enjoyed every minute of it.

Finally Nugget caved and rested peacefully the way the tech needed in order to get the measurements. She told us that the measurements were perfectly in range. Afterwards, the doctor spoke to us and we discussed the second part of the diagnostic testing which was the blood work. They drew blood and I need to go back in in 4 weeks to draw some more.

In 6 weeks I go in for the Level 2 ultrasound when they'll (hopefully) tell us Nugget's gender, perform the fetal echocardiogram, check all the major organs, etc., etc.

I am looking forward to February 13 when we'll get to see Nugget again!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


Happy New Year!

The only resolution I have this year is to be the best mommy I can be. This is going to be an amazing year for me and I am excited to see what I have in store.

I wish you all the very best this new year and always!

So I spent the entire day with intermittent, very mild, period-like cramping. Since it wasn't painful I didn't call the doctor (plus I'm seeing the perinatologist tomorrow and I'll be sure to mention it), but I did do some research: Round Ligament Pain.

I knew about this pain and have already experienced it, but it was more like an intense muscle pulling feeling in my lower abdomen. I was comforted to know that RLP can manifest itself as mild cramping. Before pregnancy, a woman's uterus is about the size of a lemon; at the beginning of the second trimester it's the size of a cantaloupe. Essentially, the uterus has a lot of growing to do and it is supported by 2 thin ligaments that stretch to accommodate the baby. That only means one thing: PAIN.

Morning sickness and breast tenderness are both still bad to the point where I wonder if I'll need my medication for the duration of my pregnancy. I am holding out hope.

I have also been having bad heartburn again. Heartburn was the first indication I had that I may be pregnant and I really haven't had it since my 2WW and a few weeks after that. But I guess it's back for now because I have had to take Tums and they are getting nasty, ewwww.

On that note, poor Norman is having sympathy pains but is in complete and total denial over it and will dent it every time I say it but I swear to you... he has acid reflux. He has never had acid reflux. We actually both reach for the giant Tums bottle at the same time. It's a race for the cherry flavored ones. I think it's cute lol

I should have new pictures of Nugget tomorrow. I can't wait to see him/her!