Dec 14, 2016

Seventeen Weeks

How far along? Seventeen weeks and six days 

Baby's size? Baby girl is the size of a pomegranate this week. My pregnancy app says she should weigh 4.9 ounces this week but my midwife told me last week that she was 6 ounces. Already seems like she's taking after her mommy. 

Baby's nickname? Baby and baby girl. We still use her name occasionally as well. 

Maternity clothes? Yes! My mother-in-law took me shopping this weekend for my Christmas gifts. She bought me two pairs of maternity jeans, two pairs of maternity leggings and two maternity tops. I also bought an additional pair of maternity pants {that my husband picked out} and an additional maternity top. It's so nice to have options now! And maternity jeans are amazing! It was my first time putting any on. I fell in love immediately. 

Exercise? I cancelled my workout with my trainer this week because I wasn't feeling well. The only exercise I've gotten in is walking. 

Sleep: We've been going to sleep around 9 or 10 and then I wake up several times in the night to use the restroom, of course. But this week I've been having a hard time falling back to sleep. Usually around 1am. I've been having very vivid dreams as well and sometimes those wake me up and then once I'm awake I get up to use the restroom because I might as well. I am feeling more tired in the mornings and not getting out of bed until close to 7, which is very unlike me. I think it's because I'm not getting a good enough nights sleep. This may be how it is from here on out and I need to get used to it. 

Best moment this week: Probably getting new maternity clothes. They've given me my confidence back. 

Miss anything? I miss being able to walk and stand for long periods of time without my body aching. 

Movement: Still not as much movement as two weeks ago but I do still feel her move a bit when I lay down to go to sleep. 

Food cravings: I don't remember craving anything this week. I finally had a soft pretzel from Wetzel's and it was everything I'd imagined it would be. Soft pretzels with cheese or cream cheese have been my only consistent craving. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: This week was actually a good week! I didn't get sick at all. I try to avoid all trigger foods. I went to an event this week and they had pepperoni pizza. It looked so good but I did not eat any because I knew I would regret it within a few minutes. 

Gender: GIRL! 

Symptoms: Terrible acne! The worst so far. I'm getting really painful cysts on my chin and just as one starts to calm down two more appear. I absolutely hate it. I've read it's completely normal and I just have to let it take it's course. There's not much I can do when pregnant. Medication and cortisone shots are out of the question. I ordered some frankincense oil to hopefully help with the scarring. I've also had lower back pain almost every night. Two nights ago, I was ironing a shirt for Stephen and I couldn't even finish because I was in so much pain. I had to lay down. I've been falling asleep with my heating pad on my back almost every night. 

Wedding rings on or off? Still on

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy! 

Looking forward to: Same as last week. Hopefully seeing some improvement in my acne. I'm also getting excited for Christmas! 

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Dec 7, 2016

Sixteen Weeks

How far along? Sixteen weeks and six days 

Baby's size? Baby girl is the size of an action figure this week. I went to the doctor's twice this week and I was told she weighed six ounces as of Friday, December 2nd. 

Baby's nickname? Baby and baby girl. We still use her name occasionally as well. 

Maternity clothes? Wearing mostly sweats and maternity tops. I really need new bras and maternity pants, preferably jeans. It's hard because with Christmas quickly approaching, I feel like I should be buying for others and not myself. 

Exercise? Same as last week. I got in a good full body workout with my trainer and I did lots of walking. My body gets so achy after being on my feet now for too long. I'm getting a little nervous about my half marathon in January. I'm definitely going to be walking all 13.1 miles but I'm worried about how sore my body will be after. 

Sleep: I'm still getting in eight hours or close to it. I wake up at the exact same times every night to pee and it's really annoying. Especially when I have to wake up at 5:50 because I know Stephen's alarm is going to go off at 6:20 so I'm never able to go back to sleep after that. 

Best moment this week: Well, I was able to see baby girl on Friday during an ultrasound and I was able to hear her heart beat on Monday. Both of those moments were my highs. Her heart beat was 150 beats per minute. 

Miss anything? Nothing at this time. 

Movement: Not as much movement this week. I think she's sleeping a lot more. She slept through most of my ultrasound on Friday, which was very odd. The last ultrasounds we've had she was jumping all over the place. 

Food cravings: Ice cream was a strong craving this week. I'm usually not an ice cream person but I did make Stephen stop on his way home one night to grab me dessert. Other than that, I have yet to have a craving where I'm like, "I need this right now!" Still waiting for those to happen and see what crazy things I crave. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: We went out for Mexican food on Saturday night and the salsa got to me quickly. I had to take tums at the dinner table. It was more spicy than I'm used to and I felt it in my chest and upper stomach right away. I'm slowly learning what foods to avoid. So far anything with the least bit of spice must be out and anything with tomato. 

Gender: GIRL! 

Symptoms: Still an aching body after being on my feet too long. I'm starting to get hungry much more often. If I have bacon and eggs for breakfast I can make it until lunch. If I have cereal, like this morning, I'm starving by 10am. Literally to the point of nausea if I don't eat something right away. And terrible acne still. I spoke with my midwife about it and she said I have my little girl to thank for the acne and I'm producing more estrogen than I ever would in my lifetime if I would have never gotten pregnant. 

Wedding rings on or off? Still on

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy but I have noticed myself being way too emotional every now and then. Crying for no reason whatsoever. I'm sure it's completely normal.

Looking forward to: Hopefully my acne calming down soon and I keep thinking about playing Barbies with my daughter one day. I can't wait! 

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Nov 30, 2016

Fifteen Weeks

Did you notice the color changed from blue to pink?! It's because we're having a GIRL! 

How far along? Fifteen weeks and six days 

Baby's size? Baby is the size of a box of crayons this week 

Baby's nickname? Her daddy has been calling her by her name - he chose it. I've been calling her baby girl because I keep going back and forth on her name. I won't be sharing her name until I'm certain of what it's going to be and that might be once she's born. 

Maternity clothes? Yes! I finally went and bought some maternity tops this weekend. Much needed! Now I need maternity pants. 

Exercise? I got in a good full body workout with my trainer and I did lots of walking. My body gets so achy after being on my feet now for too long. 

Sleep: Still getting lots of good sleep in. I do wake up often to pee but I usually feel rested in the mornings. Today I actually took a nap in the afternoon but that's not an everyday thing anymore now that I'm in the second trimester. 

Best moment this week: Finding out that we're having a girl. 

Miss anything? I really didn't miss anything this week. 

Movement: I definitely felt her kicking yesterday. I've thought I felt her in the past but this time I know for sure it was her. Last night her daddy put his hand on my belly hoping to feel her but he couldn't. I think at this point I can only feel her from the inside. 

Food cravings: There were a few days where I wanted Watermelon Sour Patch but other than that, no major cravings this week. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: No, this week was a pretty good week as far as queasiness goes. I've learned to avoid tomatoes, even on my sandwiches. I think that's what was causing the sharp pains in my stomach. 

Gender: GIRL! Ya'll for weeks I really did think I was having a boy. I even bought a blue dress to wear to our gender reveal. But then like I mentioned in my post last week, after our last sonogram I started to feel like we were having a girl. I would have been extremely happy either way. I'm excited to dress her and do her hair and play Barbies with her. I've already told Stephen I'm going to teach him how to braid and do pony tails. 

Symptoms: Just an aching body after being on my feet too long. 

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy. I don't think I've been moody at all this week. Oh, except when Stephen took me to Lowe's after I told him I was exhausted. To be fair, the trip to Lowe's was for me but I did get pretty cranky while we were there. 

Looking forward to: Getting baby girl's nursery together and buying her lots of pretty things. 

Pink cake!

My blue Lularoe dress that I bought thinking I was having a boy. You can't tell from the front but my baby bump was very noticeable in this dress. Note to self - I need a better selfie mirror.

I went back to brown hair, by the way. My roots were driving me crazy.

Buying my first maternity tops. I went for some basic long sleeves and sweaters to get me through the colder weather.

We bought baby girl these shoes. I picked the pink ones and daddy picked the moccasins.

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Nov 25, 2016

Fourteen Weeks

{I had this all ready to post on Wednesday, the 23rd, and I completely forgot to actually click post. I blame it all on pregnancy brain.}

How far along? Fourteen weeks and six days. 

Baby's size? Baby is the size of a Troll doll. Probably my favorite comparison yet. 

Baby's nickname? Baby 

Maternity clothes? Not yet. Still wearing my pre-pregnancy jeans. They're getting pretty snug though. Photo below. 

Exercise? Oh my gosh. None this week. 

Sleep: I'm staying up later than usual. Getting a little less than eight hours a night. I love having energy again. 

Best moment this week: Seeing our baby on a huge screen. Watching him or her kick and jump and move and suck their thumb. It was all so amazing!

Miss anything? On Saturday night I was really wanting a margarita. I squeeze lime into sparkling water and I added a little salt. It definitely helped with the craving but the effect was no where near the same. 

Movement: I've felt some movement and I think it's the baby. If I put my hand on the lower part of my stomach, it feels the same as when you put your hand to someone's chest to feel their heart beat. 

Food cravings: This week I wanted a soft pretzel with cheese. I didn't want to go to the mall just for a pretzel. I ended up finding a box of mini cheese pretzels at the grocery store in the freezer section and they were fabulous!

Anything making you queasy or sick: It's amazing how much I still gag, especially in the early morning before I've eaten. Any strong smell or a certain food {and of course, I can't think of the food right now because I have pregnancy brain} will do that to me. 

Gender: We find out tomorrow! I've been feeling like it's a boy my entire pregnancy but after we did our ultrasound on Saturday, for some reason I've felt like it's a girl this whole week. We'll see!

Symptoms: Every few days I'll get a small headache but nowhere near as bad as they used to be. And this doesn't happen when I eat at home but when we go out to eat, I get the worst stomach pains after. On Saturday, after our ultrasound we went to breakfast with my parents. I had pancakes and sausage. And even before I started eating I felt really gross. As I ate, it got worse. I had to go home and lay down. The pain was too uncomfortable. Tonight we went to dinner and I had a turkey sandwich. Nothing crazy. About an hour later I felt super bloated and I had sharp pains going through my stomach. It's not fun. Maybe I shouldn't eat out anymore...Oh yeah, and major pregnancy brain!

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or moody most of the time: I think I've been pretty happy 

Looking forward to: Finding out if our baby is a little boy or a little girl! 

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Nov 16, 2016

Thirteen Weeks

How far along? Thirteen weeks and six days. 

Baby's size? Baby is the size of a Matchbox car this week. 

Baby's nickname? We have been referring to the baby as "baby". 

Maternity clothes? Not yet. 

Exercise? I've been way more active the last three days. I can slowly feel my energy coming back to me and I'm very excited about it. 

Sleep: I'm still sleeping a lot but I am staying awake a little later at night. More like closer to 10 than 9. I'm still getting eight hours of sleep each night though. 

Best moment this week: Hearing the baby's heartbeat for the first time. 

Miss anything? Pizza. Now that I can't eat it anymore. I'll explain in a moment. 

Movement: I've felt movement in my stomach but I have no idea if it's the baby at this point. Might just be all of my organs moving around, making room for the baby. 

Food cravings: Nutty Bars, which are now called Nutty Buddy's. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: I was incredibly sick on Saturday night, the most sick I've been my entire pregnancy. I ate meat lovers pizza at my niece's birthday party. Right away I started feeling a little off. We were going to go to my in-law's house after and I ended up telling my husband I was starting to get tired. I'm so glad we went straight home. I was laying on the couch complaining to my husband that I felt incredibly full and my insides were on fire. He grabbed me some tums and I gagged when I put them in my mouth. A few minutes later I was puking my guts out. I felt so much better after I got it all out. I knew the pizza wasn't bad because my husband ate it too and he was fine. I texted my friend, otherwise known as my pregnancy encyclopedia and on call doctor, and she said that most likely it was acid reflux. Tomatoes are a major trigger. My husband says I can't eat pizza anymore during my pregnancy. 

Gender: I have a strong feeling that it's a boy. My mom and I were watching something on her DVR and when it ended it went to a show on TV and the first thing we heard was "Stephen and Heather's baby boy". My mom and I looked at each other and we both asked each other, "Was that a sign?" I was already feeling boy long before this though. 

Symptoms: Other than headaches and a bad case of acid reflux, I haven't had any other symptoms. 

Wedding rings on or off? On. 

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy most of the time. Saturday night was the exception. 

Looking forward to: Finding out if Baby Meyer is a boy or a girl. 

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Nov 14, 2016

Sweet Stuff

I have been so bad at blogging lately. The only post I've kept up with is my weekly pregnancy one. At least I've done that, right? Life is so different now that I work from home. Good different, of course. I'm nowhere near as stressed as I used to be and I have the best co-workers in the world - Vader and Jax. You'd think I'd be able to blog more but during my time off I'm usually doing chores around the house, napping and/or trying to get rid of my migraines. I'll catch up by posting some photos from the last few weeks. 

For a few weeks there the thought of anything sweet made feel nauseated. When the second weekend of October rolled around all I wanted was pancakes and candy and ice cream and egg nog. Funny how things change. Stephen and I were in Idyllwild that weekend for the wine walk. Here are my delicious pancakes. 

Our cabin is behind us. The wine walk isn't as much fun when you can't drink wine. I just walked along side the gang but towards the end, I was exhausted and my back was aching. I went back to the cabin and took a quick nap. Felt so much better after that. 

We ended up going to Sunday brunch on our last day before we headed home. I wish I could have eaten a lot more than my stomach would allow. This food was all so good. They also had tons of French pastries that I did not photograph. 

On October 15th my mom and I went to some garage sales. They had tons of baby stuff but since we don't know the sex of the baby yet we couldn't grab anything. Afterwards we went out for coffee and breakfast. The cinnamon roll was from Great Harvest Bread Co.. My mom and I split one. They are huge! And I had a salted caramel mocha from Starbucks. For a while there the only way I could halfway enjoy coffee was if it was a fancy drink from Starbucks. It started to get pretty pricey.

I've gone through a cereal phase. There were many nights where Lucky Charms was my dinner. The thought of anything else disgusted me.

I tried adding whip cream to my coffee I brewed at home, hoping it would taste better to me. Nope. I'd still drink it because if not, I'd have a terrible migraine, but I'd suffer through it. Who am I kidding? I have terrible migraines even when I do drink my coffee. 

Like I mentioned earlier, the only way I was able to enjoy my coffee was if it was a fancy drink from Starbucks. Our Albertsons across the street has a Starbucks inside. They recently got an oven and are serving breakfast sandwiches. They had a deal going on for two weeks where if you purchased a breakfast sandwich, you could get any iced grande beverage for free. That was an amazing deal and I was there maybe 10 out of the 14 days they had the deal going. I even brought Stephen twice. 

For a while there my favorite snack was an apple with brie.

On October 22nd, Stephen and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. Actual day is the 25th but we both had to work that day.

We went to the North County Mall in San Diego, walked around and enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. I ordered the Chinese Chicken Salad and a Strawberry Lemonade. That salad was wonderful! I took more than half of it home and finished it later in the evening. We did not get any cheesecake because we had our wedding cake waiting for us at home. 

We watched The Conjuring 2 {nowhere near as good as the first one} and these two spooned on the floor next to us. They are so cute when they're sleeping. Haha!

Our wedding cake was just as good as I remember it from a year ago. It's funny because I have not been able to eat anything pumpkin - still to this day - because it does not sound appetizing to me. But our wedding cake was pumpkin and I thoroughly enjoyed this! My very good friend, who made our wedding cake, and her husband are raising money for a service dog for their son who suffers from epilepsy. Please share this page and help us spread the word. Every dollar counts and will make a huge impact in Jax's life. Thanks! 

I was able to see our baby on our anniversary. Dragon baby was jumping all around like a little jelly bean on a trampoline. It was the cutest! The doctor had a hard time getting a good photo because he/she would not be still for a moment.

And because I rarely take selfies anymore...

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