So Christmas day we officially found out we were pregnant and finally made it through the 1st trimester so we can share the good news!
As many of you know I'm quite type A and have been sketching out my life plan since I was like 5 years old. I always knew I really wanted to have my first baby before I turned 30 (it's coming up this September), mostly because I remember my own mom as a young mom and the awesome level of energy she had with me:
Also, because I saw so many peers whose parents were pushing grandparent age and that always weirded me out. I mean really think about it: If you have your 1st child at the age of 30 that kid's not out the house until you're 48 and that's just the FIRST child. UGHHH! My parents are gonna be empty nesters at the beautiful age of 53/54 and I think that's great!
Anyway, here's my Christmas tummy - I was 8 weeks pregnant at this point:
The weeks of December 4 and 11 I was horribly nauseous and tired but thankfully didn't throw up. I had been getting up a lot in the middle of the night to use the bathroom too which I normally don't do so I knew something was up, but I didn't want to take the test until Christmas because I thought it would be a fun Christmas surprise. Uka agreed!
I don't want to turn this into a full fledged baby blog, because seriously, there is so much else going on in our lives besides being pregnant, but I definitely want to keep enough updates, such as pictures about every 4 weeks, so that Baby Agbai fans can follow along.
Another declaration: I SO don't want to turn into a pregnant-zilla! I felt the same way about the wedding. There are so many brides and moms to be who act as though they are the first ones in the world to get married or get pregnant. I've seen the worst of it at one of my jobs when about 4 women got married all within the same 6 months then they all got pregnant right after and for one solid year weddings and babies were all they talked about. It was quite annoying and I vowed at that moment NEVER to be like that!
Yes, weddings and babies are great, but I believe in being well-rounded so that's what this blog will continue to be.
Enough of my soap box! As I write this I've just started my 2nd trimester and am finishing my 14th week (of 40!):
I have heard Baby Agbai's heartbeat (it sounded like a techno beat), and am looking forward to an ultrasound in a few days. The sad part is Uka is away and not able to join me, but Baby Agbai and I will be with him soon enough (details in the following post!).
Here's the 1st official Baby Agbai Report:
How far along: 14 weeks
How big is baby: (from 3DPregnancy.com) Think of it this way: You're a third of the way through and baby's a third of the way cooked. Now that the "big stuff" (like skeletal and organ development) is taken care of, your baby starts a period of rapid brain growth, fat buildup and detail work. Highlights this week include:
Your baby now has fingerprints! Book 'em, Danno! Believe it or not, he actually created them himself while swimming around in the amniotic fluid. As he moved his hands, the skin on the tips of his fingers formed unique ridges and folds. That's why no one on earth has the same fingerprints, not even identical twins! Cool, right? Baby's arms are now in proportion to his tiny body, but his legs are still on the short size in comparison.
Your baby continues to gain new and impressive skills such as practicing and controlling voluntary muscle movements (this will help him fling food across the room later in life). Your tiny dancer's movements are no longer the jerky, uncontrollable twitches of yore—he now moves with graceful control.
Your baby is now weighs about an ounce and is the length of a flip phone, or roughly 3.5 inches—he's tripled in size from a mere three weeks ago! Luckily, you haven't done the same.
Stretch Marks: Whatever, I just stay moisturized and oiled up with Palmers!
Sleep: I keep waking up in the middle of the night remembering that I shouldn't be sleeping on my tummy or back. I sleep lightly because of this since I'm SO conscious about crushing Baby Agbai. I think it's time to get a pregnancy pillow . . . Thankfully, I don't have to get up as often in the night to use the bathroom as in the 1st trimester. Now it's down to 1 or 2x instead of 3x. I like taking naps during the day and tend to get about 10 hours of sleep total per day.GROW BABY AGBAI, GROW!
Best Moment This Week: Knowing I made it safely through the 1st trimester and hearing Baby Agbai's heartbeat.
Movement: None yet, but I'm practicing being very attentive to my tummy. I know in the next couple weeks I should be able to feel Baby Agbai. The dr. already asked me if I felt anything yet.
Sex of the Baby: In the same way I just felt I was pregnant before even taking the test, I just feel like it's a boy. I'm looking forward to finding out with Uka when I go visit him in Argentina, but part of me hopes the ultrasound in a few days will confirm although it's unlikely since it's so early. I've also done a lot of thinking (over the years, yes!) about what Baby Agbai might look like. Behold, the Baby Agbai Prototype (courtesy of Hyundai):
Food Craving: Red meat, please! Even before the nausea, Uka knew something was up when I suddenly needed a pastrami sandwhich immediately one afternoon. It's only got worse from there! I LOVE Mexican (I could eat Chipotle everyday) and spicy/tangy food appeals to me. I have no taste for sweets which is a welcome change since I usually have an awful sweet tooth. In addition to the red meat, just eating lots of eggs, mixed green salad with red wine vinegar, cheese, nuts and fruit (berries, apples and prunes are my fav!). I've been trying hard to incorporate chicken into the mix and fish so I don't get high cholesterol from the red meat, but so far they just gross me out. And even thinking of pork makes me lightheaded.
Belly Button In or Out: In, and I hope it stays that way.
What I Miss: My Uka
What I'm Looking Forward To: Buenos Aires from March-May
Milestone: Safely into my 2nd trimester - thank you Jesus!