Ah! Double digits! OK so the most notable thing about this week was my first appointment at my OB’s office. I may have already said this, but the way my OB office works is that I have an OB as well as a midwife – both of whom I’ll see/communicate with throughout the pregnancy.I met with the midwife for my first appointment. Anyway it was very long (lots of questions and background info and talking about testing options), but I am excited because I really liked the midwife! So that’s great. AND she was able to find the baby’s heartbeat with the doppler at the end of the appointment. I was SO excited to hear its little heart beating away. It took her a minute or two to find the heartbeat, during which time I was silently freaking the fuck out. But she did find it and it was very cool to hear. And I love getting those little bits of reassurance.
My next appointment is with an OB (not actually my OB that I picked because she didn’t have May availability – so I’m meeting with another one first) and is in 4 weeks. I opted to do the ERA screening for genetic issues (nuchal fold ultrasound and bloodwork), and was able to schedule that in 2 weeks, so I’m glad I’ll have another “reassurance” to look forward to rather than waiting a month for my next chance to hear the heartbeat. Hopefully all goes well with that ultrasound of course.
Okay, on to the bumpdate …
How far along? 10 weeks
Baby is the size of: a kumquat! Em has been calling it “Olive” for the past week. We’ll see if she decides to call it “Kumquat” or if that just feels too weird for her haha.
Total weight gain/loss: 0 (although I had 2 bags of Cheez-Its and some gummy worms today, so perhaps this won’t be the case tomorrow).
Maternity clothes: Permanently in the land of stretchy waistbands because holy comfort, Batman. When I say permanently, I mean that I started before I got pregnant and never plan to stop.
Coming out of the baby closet status: I swear I started out this pregnancy with the best of intentions to tell JUST family and a small group of close friends (5-10 people) about the pregnancy before the end of the first trimester. But, you know, the best laid plans …
So this week I ended up telling 2 new people at work. Like, good “workplace proximity associates” (a la Ron Swanson) who knew about us trying and I have lunch with regularly and even see outside of work. Which is really no big deal, but the list does seem to be growing faster than I want it to. Em and I also had dinner with friends who we don’t get to see that often, so we told the 2 of them as well, seizing the “in person” opportunity.
Overall, more people know than I had previously planned, but the circle is still pretty small and close. Getting excited that we can start to think about how we’ll announce to extended family and then everyone else in a few weeks!
Have you started to show yet? Still a bloat baby. But no worries, dress pant yoga pants to the rescue 🙂
Sleep: I’m still super exhausted all the time. I took a nap on my desk today after lunch. Still hitting the hay between 8:30 and 9pm.
Best moment this week: Getting to hear the little one’s heartbeat at my initial OB appointment! Also meeting the midwife and feeling more excited about the pregnancy overall (basically feeling like I can think past today and even picturing myself in the 2nd and 3rd trimester).
Miss Anything? Nothing huge this week. I still think about wine and get a little sad when I can’t have my glass with dinner, but I wouldn’t say I “miss” it. I do get a little jealous of people eating real sushi when I go out for sushi now – since I’m stuck with vegetables and cooked stuff.
Food cravings: Today I had a strong need for snacks at like 10:30 and 4:00. Unfortunately, I decided on Cheez-Its in the morning, Cheez-Its in the afternoon, (Cheez-Its at suppertime …) with a bonus side dish of a bag of gummy worms. I regret it all. I have no idea why I wanted gummy worms because I don’t ever want gummy worms. But I ate them all. So maybe a craving? Or just temporary insanity. Poor choices.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Still feeling pretty apathetic toward food – especially meats of all varieties. I’ve noticed that the foods that don’t automatically turn me off are usually meat-free. I’ve never had any trouble with breakfast (which is usually an English muffin, an egg with a little cheese on one half, and some sort of fruit), and I’m much more likely to eat vegetarian meals without issue (like pasta dishes and such). Which is kind of strange because I don’t even like pasta. But there you have it.
Oh! Guys! I threw up for the first time on Wednesday. And probably/hopefully the only time? I really have not been feeling much nausea at all. It peaked week 8 and has decreased from there. BUT my gag reflex has been intense (anyone else notice this?) and on Wednesday morning I gagged twice while brushing my teeth. It didn’t happen right away, but it was the gag that set my stomach off and I held off getting sick for a good 2 minutes and then just gave in. It was very strange because I didn’t feel crappy before or after really. Just during. I know this is probably super annoying for people who have bad morning sickness to read, so I’m sorry for that. I know I’ve been lucky.
Symptoms: A little bit of queasiness still lingers, most notably when I’m hungry. The fatigue is still my most notable symptom really, and I’m still having some dry skin. Oh! I keep forgetting but this WHOLE pregnancy I have been freaking FREEZING. I’ve always run a little on the cold side, but this is definitely a couple of steps up from my usual self. I’m just cold all the time! Right now at work my thermostat says 75 (it always runs a little high – but the norm is 72-74 for when I feel comfortable) and I’m wearing a sweater AND a fleece. It’s weird. I googled it and am now concerned that maybe I’ve developed a pregnancy-related thyroid issue, so I e-mailed my midwife to see if she needs to add a test to the blood panel I’ll do at 12 weeks. I’m sure it’s no big deal, but it is kind of weird. Anyone else just freaking cold all the time?
Looking forward to: Genetic ultrasound in 2 weeks, and my mom (and I think my dad too?) visiting for mother’s day weekend!