Yea…it’s been a while :(

I apologize for not posting for the past couple of weeks. It has been a tough few weeks for me, with all of the sickness, exhaustion, and hormones. It seems like the worst has past (knock on wood). My medicine is working fairly regular for me, I am able to eat so much more than I have been lately which is so nice! I am still tired but I am getting used to it. I have not been myself which I think has bothered me the most. I have been so moody, and it sucks 🙁 I don’t like being sad for no reason but I do think it’s getting better. And before I tell you what happened yesterday, here’s what’s going on according to

Your pregnancy: 9 weeks

How your baby’s growing:

Your new resident is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. She’s starting to look more and more human. Her essential body parts are accounted for, though they’ll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: Your baby’s heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth. The embryonic “tail” is completely gone. Your baby’s organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won’t be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. Her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won’t open until 27 weeks. She has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that your baby’s basic physiology is in place, she’s poised for rapid weight gain.

Now for the best part—yesterday was our first OB appointment!!!! Although we had to wait a lot, and I had to give blood for the first time (yikes!) all went well. It was very very cool to see our little grape on the ultrasound machine, moving like crazy. Baby Chaisson is not even a full inch yet but it was moving around so much that the Dr. had to chase it around. When we got to hear the heartbeat it was amazing, so loud and fast! 179 bpm to be exact. The Dr. said that was great, and it was measuring perfectly for 9 weeks! NOW, I would like to present to you for the very first time—Baby Chaisson 🙂

I can’t describe how cool it was to see the inch long babys brain, legs, arms—it was amazing! It definitely made the pregnancy that much more real for me. I think I was too scared that something was going to happen to fully be able to be excited, but after the doctor’s visit, I’m stoked!!!

Week 6

This week, “morning sickness” has begun. Monday was minimal, Tuesday was pretty bad all day but luckily my boss and co-workers are very understanding. Ginger ale & crackers and goldfish have become my best friends! It’s funny, even before my morning sickness began I still wasn’t feeling like eating. Anyone who knows me knows I love to eat, and I tend to eat a lot. I know I need to eat and I know I’m hungry but I’m afraid to eat, afraid I’m going to get sick. I almost can’t distinguish whether I’m hungry or feeling sick. Like this morning, I thought I was hungry so I ate something, and I got sick minutes later–uh 🙁 And I used to eat salads for lunch EVERY day at work, they would all pick on me, but now I can’t stand to eat a salad. It’s so weird. Being pregnant is not at all what I expected.

Yesterday I felt better than I had in a while so after work I went to Old Navy (thanks to Lindsay for the heads up) and bought my first maternity outfit! I felt a little out of place in the maternity section but soon enough I will fit right in 🙂 Karen, my boss, also gave me quite a few pregnancy/name books which was super nice! And my co-worker Colleen gave me some bigger scrubs for when my tummy outgrows my own scrubs. I have such great friends and I feel so blessed! After Evan cooked me dinner, we went through the name book and talked about a few names, then I fell asleep, LOL. When I woke up, Evan had tons of windows open on the computer with “dude bags” (diaper bags for dudes), baby clothing websites, baby furniture websites etc. It was super cute, he was getting really excited 🙂 I just love him more and more every day. He has already been an amazing help to me, especially this week not feeling well at all. I usually take out the dogs in the morning and feed them, now he does it. He gets up at 5:30 (he’s not a morning person and doesn’t HAVE to get up until 7:30 to get ready for work), sometimes he gets up earlier if I am not feeling well, to bring me sprite and crackers, or to make me breakfast. AND he always cooks dinner, and cleans the kitchen. I normally do most of the cleaning in the house, and he’s been picking up and keeping things tidy. I haven’t asked him to do any of this either. I love it! I brag on him all of the time at work and my co-workers really wanted to meet him. We had a last minute cancellation for a cleaning this morning so Evan came in and got to meet most of my co-workers. They loved him, they said I had me a hottie, and they told him how much I bragged on him. It was a fun time, I love showing him off 🙂

So I signed up for weekly e-mails about the development of my baby through I thought it might neat, and it is. I thought I would share:

Your pregnancy: 6 weeks

How your baby’s growing:

This week’s major developments: The nose, mouth, and ears that you’ll spend so much time kissing in eight months are beginning to take shape. If you could see into your uterus, you’d find an oversize head and dark spots where your baby’s eyes and nostrils are starting to form. His emerging ears are marked by small depressions on the sides of the head, and his arms and legs by protruding buds. His heart is beating about 100 to 160 times a minute — almost twice as fast as yours — and blood is beginning to course through his body. His intestines are developing, and the bud of tissue that will give rise to his lungs has appeared. His pituitary gland is forming, as are the rest of his brain, muscles, and bones. Right now, your baby is a quarter of an inch long, about the size of a lentil bean.

A lentil bean huh? It’s weird to think that my baby being the size of a lentil bean is make me feel so sick, but I’m hoping that will soon pass. Either way, I know that it will all be worth it come March! Oh, on another note, my puppies are acting very clingy and lovey lately. I think they know that something’s going on, they’re always around me and want to lay on top of me, haha. I think it’s cute now, but they’re going to have a rude awakening when I told have all of my time for just them.

July 1st, 2009

Wednesday, July 1st 2009—Went to the doctor, felt weird, about 1 week late—surprise—WE’RE HAVING A BABY!

Are you surprised? Haha…so were we. If you know us at all, you know that Evan and I want nothing more than a family and we’ve been wanting to start our family for a while now. I, being the stressing, tight budget keeping freak that I am always said “we don’t have the money” and Evan would say “who cares, lets do it”. Although, neither one of our philosophies were probably great, God always knows whats best! As of July 1st, they say I am 5 weeks–I go to my OB on July 28th for my first pre-natal exam and ultrasound!!! I cannot wait to see our baby’s heartbeat, plus get a more specific due date!!

I still do not think Evan and I have had time to really digest the fact that we’re having a baby. It was such a surprise for both of us, but we had to tell our parents right then. I came up with an elaborate story about why I needed to go to Winston-Salem THAT night so Evan’s parents would meet us there (halfway for both of us) and have dinner. They bought it (suprisingly enough) and we were off to Winston. We stopped off to my parent’s house who were not expecting us at all. They came out on the porch and were like, what’s going on? I non-chalantley said “Oh, we were on our way to Winston and thought we would drop by and let you know we’re having a baby.” LOL…it was great, they were so excited, and couldn’t believe it. Back on our way to Winston, had dinner, Evan was in charge of telling his parents and nearly waited until the end of the night for the “perfect” way of telling them. I was going crazy, I just wanted to tell and he was putting it off…but finally he told them and they were like really? seriously? really? It was great! It’s the first grandchild on that side, Donna was jumping around looking for someone to tell. She was so giddy. On the way out she found our server and was like “I just found out I’m going to be a Grandma” It was great, definitely worth the drive to see their reactions. So we didn’t get home until 11, and we started packing since we were leaving for the Lake the next day.

Thursday, July 2nd—I told my whole office about being pregnant. Everyone was so very happy for me, even the dentist who hasn’t known me long but gave me a hug and said he would do anything he could for Evan and I. He’s such a nice man, really! After work we were off to the lake house for our long weekend celebrating the 4th.

I had such a great time this weekend, laying out on the lake, spending time with my family, watching Mackenzie play in the water etc. I did start feeling a little queasy this weekend, and I had a little food aversion which is so very hard for me because I LOVE food. I even had one night where I broke down crying myself to sleep for no reason. I mean I did have a reason, but it was probably mostly because of the hormones. I did start to freak out, I mean my body is quickly changing, hormones are going crazy, I’m constantly tired and feeling uneasy, not sure whether I can eat or not, if I can keep the food down etc. We’re having a baby, how are we going to do this? How are the dogs going to get along with the baby, which room will be the nursery now? I know we have plenty of time to figure things out, but these are the things that go through my head a lot and I have to tell myself to take a deep breath, and that everything will work out.

We have told most of our family at this point, and I have told a few extremely close friends, but I am waiting a little while longer to tell all of my friends, not sure why either. I think I’m still not completely swallowed the fact that yes, I am indeed pregnant, and I am also scared that something’s going to happen between now and my doctor’s appointment. So if you’re reading this, and I did not tell you right away, please do not be sad or get upset, it’s not because I don’t love you.

To be completely honest—I am not good at blogging, but I am going to try so I can keep people up to date and so I can have somewhat of a keepsake and hopefully I will continue this when our baby is born. That is all for today.