Wednesday, September 26, 2012

10 Weeks and 3 days



How far along: 10 weeks 3 days
Total weight gain/loss: 0 - 3 lbs. I think
Maternity clothes: My mom bought me some AWESOME outfits to wear. I now have 5 pairs of maternity pants (3 jeans, 1 work pant, 1 comfy pant) - I have worn the jeans already and I love them. I don't have to wear them every day, but I don't see myself straying for too many days after feeling how comfortable they are all day (especially after lunch)
Sleep: Good, but have weird dreams and have to pee in the middle of the night half the nights.
Best moment this week: Seeing a pic of Baby Ciotola (My friend Julie has the same due date as me!!!)
Movement: not yet.
Food cravings: Right now = Pizza
Gender: Leaning a tiny bit towards boy
Labor Signs: nope.
Belly Button in or out: innie.
What I miss: I missed having wine last night at book club.
What I am looking forward to: Baby bump because I saw my friend Val (due early April) and she had a tiny adorable little baby bump that I wanted to touch but refrained from doing so! 
Weekly Wisdom:  Relax and Enjoy! as always :)

Internet Info: He or she is nearly an inch and a half long and the size of a prune, but not nearly as shriveled (even with all the time it spends in water). In fact, your baby is really taking a human shape now. Bones and cartilage are forming, and small indentations on the legs are developing into knees and ankles. The arms (complete with elbows) can flex already, but don't run to the store for a baseball bat just yet. Though your baby's arms are taking shape and getting stronger, each one is only about the size of this number 1. 

The tooth bud fairy is making her appearance this week, heralding the arrival of your baby's little choppers, which are forming under the gums. (Those pearly whites won't break through the gums until your baby is close to six months old). Other systems are go, too. Your baby's stomach is producing digestive juices, the kidneys are producing larger quantities of urine, and, if your baby's a boy, he's already producing testosterone (yikes!).

Book Club

As most of my friends know, I'm corny, nerdy and probably love any excuse for a dinner party more than anyone else on the planet.

A few months ago, maybe even a year ago, my girlfriends decided to start a Book Club. I LOVE book club. :)

We've read maybe 4 books within this year including Hunger Games Trilogy, 50 Shades Trilogy, Castaways, and our latest was ROOM by Emma Donoghue.

5 of us made the meeting and we had enough food for 50 people. My friend Becky, Brenna, Julie and Val came over and we ate as much as we could, but probably filled 10 ziploc bags with leftovers.

Fortunately 3 people brought healthy foods of cheeses, salads and fruits (which were delicious I might add).

I on the other hand made:

http://www.marthastewart.com/349216/mini-spicy-buffalo-chicken-balls-blue-cheese-and-hot-sauce

http://cookinupnorth.blogspot.com/2011/09/bite-size-apple-pies-from-taste-of-home.html

and.........

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/02/skinny-baked-mozzarella-sticks.html

At least the mozzarella sticks were "skinny baked" :) And these were the factory pics. My renditions veered slightly from the above pics. hahaha

My friend Julie also brought
http://lickthebowlgood.blogspot.com/2010/07/annoying-habits.html

Which were delicious and looked exactly like the above pic. I'll have to figure out how she can do that.

Bet you all wish you had attended now!

I love cooking. I love baking. I love dinner parties. :) Only thing that was missing was the wine. I had some available, but beings that 60% of the attendees are pregnant, it wasn't enjoyed. Which is sad, but give us about 8 more months and we'll be right back on that train I'm sure.

:) Until Next Book Club Meeting

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cravings??? Yeah Right

I know I already blogged today, but lunch just passed and I feel as though I should inform you all on a little secret of pregnancy. Before I got pregnant I used to be so excited to be able to eat all the time and not have to apologize for it. Little did I know I wouldn't WANT to eat!!!!

No, I don't have morning sickness to the point where I puke. You wanna know what I think is worse than puking? Feeling like you're gonna puke all the time and nothing EVER HAPPENING! That just makes me feel like I'm complaining for no reason.

No, I don't crave anything.

You know what I do though? Find most food un-appetizing. Worst part is that it is normally at dinner. I could not tell you the last full dinner meal I had and as of today, it seems like lunch isn't too far behind.

I hate how nothing sounds good. The best thing I ate all week for dinner was a bowl of noodles and broth my mother made me when I was home this weekend. Apparently she made this homemade broth and one of the ingredients was ketchup. Glad I didn't know that before I ate it, because ignorance is bliss and it tasted delicious.

Last night I made what looked like a delicious meal of breaded thin cut pork chops, baked macaroni and cheese, and green beans. Wanna know what I ate? GREEN BEANS!

I'm hoping that even though I don't have the "full fledged" morning sickness, this annoyance with food goes away soon!

Yes, I'm complaining. It makes me feel better to get it out. I have a feeling this won't be the last petty rant I have. :)

Field Hockey

I wouldn't say I have many "passions" in life, but if I had to choose one, I would say it was Field Hockey.

I've been playing since I was in 7th grade and still play all year round with Baltimore Field Hockey Association. That is until the little baby Moher decided to show up, which I'm very very thankful for.

Every year since I graduated high school I go home to play in the alumni field hockey game. I love it for so many reasons. I get to do the thing I love to do and I get to play with my best friends. It's the best of both worlds.

2011 Alumni Game


2010 Alumni Game

This year was my first year I missed playing in it, but I still went to watch. It was tough not being able to jump in and hit the ball around, but it was nice to think about next year I can bring my little one too! There are probably as many babies there these days as there are players.

This year I still would have been on the "young" team (Had to throw that out there) and I'm hoping next year I can squeeze 1 more year out of it. We'll see, but until next May, hockey has to take a backseat to the baby oven I've become.

:)

Tracey

Thursday, September 20, 2012

9 Weeks and 4 Days



I stole this one from Kiley :)
How far along: 9 weeks 4 days
Total weight gain/loss: 0 - 3 lbs. I think
Maternity clothes: Not Yet, but going shopping with my Mom SATURDAY! :)
Sleep: Pretty Good ActuallyBest moment this week: Telling all my Aunts/Uncles/Cousins on both sides
Movement: not yet.
Food cravings: Milk
Gender: Girl??
Labor Signs: nope.
Belly Button in or out: innie.
What I miss: Champagne :)

What I am looking forward to: Next doctor visit in 2 weeks :)
Weekly Wisdom:  Relax and Enjoy!


Milestones: (again stole this from Kiley) 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.

Monday, September 17, 2012

9 Weeks and 1 Day



 How far along? 9 Weeks, 1 Days
Total weight gain/loss: Probably 0 - 3 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Not yet
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: Sleep is not so bad this week. Have naps when possible but falling asleep pretty easily.
Best moment this week: Telling more people :) - Still :)
Have you told family and friends: Telling more and more people as the days pass. I'm planning on telling the rest of my family (aunts/uncles/gmom) on the 22nd. I'm scared it's going to get out on Facebook though, which I don't want, so I've been thinking about deactivating my account too.- SAME as last week
Miss Anything? Being carefree :)
Movement: Not yet
Food cravings: Not Really, I don't want to eat more things than I want to eat.
Anything making you queasy or sick: If I get too hungry I feel awful and queasy and sick.
Have you started to show yet: not yet, but I feel fat already
Gender prediction: Still have the girl feeling.
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Weekly Wisdom: Relax, breathe, take one day at a time <-- Still sticking with this one!
Looking forward to: Telling more and more people.

So I missed Week 8 pic, but I made a Week 9 pic............. :) I think I'm getting better at my Chalkboard designs.

I also think I might switch up my questionnaire next week as I think I answer the questions the same most weeks. :)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

What Happens When the Baby Finally Comes?

So I've been thinking a lot lately about what is going to change when the baby finally comes.

Everyone (who knows) always asks, are you going to go back to work? How long are you taking off? Who's going to watch the baby?

The answer to all these questions is I HAVE NO IDEA. hahahaha.

I want to take off as long as possible, but I think I'll still want to work every now and again. Part of me wants to be a stay at home mom, part of me wants to work part-time and part of me thinks I'll just go back to full time. How do you decide? Is anyone else perplexed by this decision? I'm only in my 9th week. I wonder how many times my mind is going to change before I actually have to make a decision. I have an idea now, but my thoughts are, just roll with it and see what happens.

It's also interesting getting the questions, are you going to do it naturally? Are you going to breastfeed? What's your birth plan? For the record I had no idea what a birth plan was until I saw a woman read hers on youtube. She was very particular. It almost freaked me out. Again, I HAVE NO IDEA! :) I want to try and go naturally, but I'm not against epidurals, I definitely want to breastfeed, but some people say it's just impossible. Birth plan? How about just make sure my baby comes out healthy. Do whatever you have to do, but then I hear the woman (on youtube) say definitely no (if you're a guy you may want to stop reading now) episiotomy. Gross. I wonder, why definitely no episiotomy? I didn't even know that was an option. What are the pros and cons. Sometimes I wish I could just look up, "best way to give birth with all the right answers". I guess everyone does though. As of now, I have no stance on the yes or no of an episiotomy. We'll see if pregnancy sways me either way in the future.

I think one of my problems is I refuse to read ahead in the baby books. I'm so scared that I'm going to jinx myself. Trust me, I know it's ridiculous, but it's just a weird thing for me. I also refuse to buy anything for the baby yet. I won't even get a curtain for the future baby room. Maybe in 3 weeks when I reach the 2nd trimester. Or maybe I just need to hear that little heartbeat one more time. That was amazing. I wish I could hear it everyday! I have time though. I'll figure it out. Everyone says time flies, but right now it's at a snail's pace.

:)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

8 Weeks and 2 days.

I believe I was counting 1 day ahead of what I was, so I'm going to try and fix that by counting the correct day.

 How far along? 8 Weeks, 2 Days
Total weight gain/loss: Probably 0 - 3 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Not yet
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: I've been having CRAZY dreams/nightmares. I'm still pretty tired in the afternoon, but getting a little better I think.
Best moment this week: Telling more people :)
Have you told family and friends: Telling more and more people as the days pass. I'm planning on telling the rest of my family (aunts/uncles/gmom) on the 22nd. I'm scared it's going to get out on Facebook though, which I don't want, so I've been thinking about deactivating my account too.
Miss Anything? Being carefree :)
Movement: Not yet
Food cravings: Nothing really, but still on salty stuff. I love mini dill pickles.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not Really
Have you started to show yet: not yet, but I feel fat already
Gender prediction: Still have the girl feeling.
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On, but when I took a really long walk last night my fingers swelled to where I wouldn't have been able to get my ring off if I tried.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Weekly Wisdom: Relax, breathe, take one day at a time <-- Still sticking with this one!
Looking forward to: Telling more and more people.

I also want to start walking regularly. I keep telling myself I'm going to do it, but it doesn't always work out that well. We'll see!


I haven't gotten around to taking my 8 week pic, busy weekend and in-laws were in town. Maybe I'll have time tonight or tomorrow :)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Chris and I

Enough about me right?

This is Chris AKA Baby's Daddy AKA Love of my life


We met when I was a freshman in college and he was a sophomore. Fast forward 8 years and he asked me to marry him. 20 months after wedded bliss we made a baby :)

I chose this specific picture because it was taken at our Annual Smith Family Reunion in Ocean City, MD. It's also where I suspect little peanut was conceived. That's all the detail I'll give of that though.

I'm very excited to see him as a father. He's so fun to watch with his nephew's and niece. He very gentle and kind and he's so smart any kid is going to be lucky to have him in his life.




Wednesday, September 5, 2012

First Dr. Appt

Here you are little one!

The doctor asked me how far along I though I was and I said 7 weeks and 3 days. I measured to be 7 weeks and 3 days! :)

Heartbeat was 159 bpm. At first when I heard it I said, "Is that my heartbeat?" and the doctor said, "If it is, we have problems". I couldn't believe I was hearing my baby's heartbeat for the first time. It was AMAZING! Chris was there too and I am so happy we got to experience it together!

I also asked if there was just one in there and she said "I only see one, but I can fish around for another one if you want." Needless to say I LOVE my doctor's office and everyone that works there. I hope these feelings stay for  the whole pregnancy.

We asked her lots of questions, but of course I thought of a few after we left like:

  • When should I stop sleeping on my stomach?
  • When will my clothes stop fitting?
  • I can drink coffee, right???
Anyway, next appointment is set for October 4th and I should just be finishing up trimester #1!

Thank you God for letting me hear my baby's heartbeat today. I am forever in your debt. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

7 Weeks and 3 Days


How far along? 7 Weeks, 3 Days
Total weight gain/loss: Probably 0 - 3 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Not yet
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: I love sleep and will sleep any time I am given the opportunity!
Best moment this week: Telling Mom and Pop Moher and the rest of the Moher Family
Have you told family and friends: Told immediate family and some friends. Waiting for ultrasound to tell more people.
Miss Anything? I miss everything I can't eat right now.
Movement: Not yet
Food cravings: Salty Stuff and last week I couldn't get enough Chicken Nuggets, haha
Anything making you queasy or sick: When I get really excited I feel sick, but no puking yet.
Have you started to show yet: not yet, but I feel fat already
Gender prediction: Right now I think it's going to be a girl
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Moody :)
Weekly Wisdom: Relax, breathe, take one day at a time <-- Still sticking with this one!
Looking forward to: Dr. Appt. TOMORROW! :)

I just took my 7 week picture yesterday. Baby is the size of a Blueberry. I'll try to add it soon, even though no one is reading this yet but me :)

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