Wednesday, January 28, 2009

11 weeks and counting

I can't wait for the Superbowl!!!! My reasons are two fold :). First of all, so excited for the Cardinals! They are already champs in my eyes! Our Superbowl Tradition is going over to Joey's sisters, eating pizza, watching the game, and she and I try to put together a 1000 piece puzzle before it is over. We haven't finished one yet, but we try every year. I'll let you know how we do :). My 2nd reason is we will finally be caught up! Since they bumped us back to 8 1/2 weeks time has gone by so slowly :). On Superbowl Sunday we will be officially 12 weeks! Yahoo! Hopefully that will bring a farewell ceremony for the morning sickness, and a welcome ceremony for the "new energy" everyone says I will get. Just for the record I have never in my life been so happy to be sick. It gets rough sometimes, but mostly I feel sympathy for those around me (I can't stand hearing someone throw up). It is an awkward situation for anyone to be in. But I would go through it all nine months if it meant that I would have a healthy happy baby at the end of it. Joey is still up to his sweetness. He says the cutest things and doesn't really know it. For example... lately I have felt.... fat. Not pregnant, or oh so cute, or like I'm growing in one specific direction. Like bloated, expanding everywhere, odd & just fat. From what I hear this is typical of the ever changing pregnant body. So I figured keeping these feelings of yuck to myself was in every one's best interest. I don't remember what I was doing, but I caught Joey giving me a sideways look. Not being able to read exactly what he was thinking I asked... What does that look mean? He says "nothing". Well... when do you think you will start showing? Again one of those moments when I could just squeeze him to death. The fact that he wasn't thinking... umm your not "that" far along, lets try and hold that in a little longer huh? was remarkable. My head has lead me to believe that every person I talk to is thinking that anyway. But honestly to hear him and see his eyes truly ask me was amazing. I felt so good. He is getting a little anxious lately to see our little one grow. He feels either I should have a growing belly, or we should have a new picture that shows our growing child. I guess he is just looking for a progress report :). Well we have a checkup on Monday, so I will let you know how it goes. They might do an ultrasound, thought it is highly unlikely since we just had one a few weeks ago. Who knows. I'll get you new pictures of baby MacGregor as soon as possible :)

Here is our 11 week update.

Your fig-size baby is now fully formed — measuring 1 1/2 inches long and weighing a quarter of an ounce. His skin is still transparent, allowing his blood vessels to show through. Some of his bones are beginning to harden. His fingers and toes have separated, and he may soon be able to open and close his fists. He's busy kicking and stretching, but because he's still so small, you won't feel any of his aquatic workouts for another month or so. As your baby's diaphragm develops, he may also start getting the hiccups.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

10 week update & the sweetest things

Just got home from another eventful hunting weekend with Joseph. We chased pigs and deer all over Globe, but no volunteers. Needless to say trotting a few miles up mountains & mostly sliding down steep valleys while carrying my bow in the scorching heat did a number on me. Sometimes I thought I was going to pass out from the heat of the sun.

Mind you this is what we call fun. :) Under normal conditions it really is, but with added concern and stress about getting dehydrated, & the dizzy spells it just didn't go so well for me. After an afternoon nap I decided to stay home while Joey & his buddy Asher went out for the afternoon hunt. Wise choice. Over the nap I had developed a pounding headache that just would not go away. So... i took a shower. Still felt terrible. Ate some food... felt even more terrible. Tried to lay down for a nap. You guessed it terrible. No matter what I did I could not feel good. I just felt Terrible!

The boys came home and I told them I wanted to run by the grocery store to pick up some fresh fruit & ice-cream. They were hungry so agreed to go. We get to the store, and not even a minute after I get out I'm heaving behind the tail gate. Poor boys! It's disgusting I know, but it just had to be. Feeling a little better now we go inside & get our supplies. Heading home starting to not feel so good again. Once again not moments from getting out of the truck & I'm bent over in the front yard.

Thinking we are all done I'm ready to try some of this fresh fruit. That lasted all of 30 minutes and yes... another trip to the bathroom. You guessed it more heaving. I had surrendered my head to the toilet, and finally dropped helplessly to the floor to feel the cool tile against my face. Surely there could me no more heaving, because I could honestly say there was not an ounce of fluids or solids left in my system. Cue the dry heaving. If you have never been fortunate enough to experience this I will be happy to explain. Your body knows there is nothing left, but continues to try to get you to empty your contents. You have no control over it, and it lasts as long as your body wants it to. Nothing in the world can stop this fruitless labor.

Dropping again to the floor I heard a voice from the hallway. It was Joey asking if I was ok. Surprisingly in a sweet voice I managed to get out the words "I'll be fine,thanks for asking". That was his responsibility right? If someone is sick you ask if they are ok. Common courtesy by any standard. If he had walked away after that I would have understood and had no reason to be mad at him. He was being courteous.

These next few moments shaped our very future and left me with a deeper understanding of where we are really headed. Next to me I felt his body on the floor. He started rubbing my back. I could never have guessed that such a simple thing could make me feel better, but it absolutely did. I started to feel instant relief all over my body. As he continued with my arms & my neck I felt my headache get lighter and lighter. I felt so good and happy it is just too hard to put into words the things I felt. It's like when you were a kid and you stayed home from school when you were sick and Mom gave you some hot soup.

It's always an awkward situation when you see someone is not feeling good and you know you cannot help. I always knew Joey loved me, and that we would always be ok, but that simple gesture made me feel like I'm am not at all in it alone. I know that sounds silly, but even when you are married some times you are just one your one with some things. It seems to me that Dads in general get scared (or in some cases lazy) and really just leave kids with the Moms and call them "their responsibility". As much as I understand the reasoning and agree somewhat, I strongly feel like it is a family unit, and each member has to put in their share.

For whatever reason the worries I had about Joey being a not so helpful Dad disappeared. I feel like he is in it just as much as I am. I feel like he wants to help. I feel like it is important to him too. It just left me feeling good. Emotionally & Physically :0). As much as it was kinda a rough weekend, it was almost groundbreaking for me. I know it may sound so silly to everyone else, but it was a really important moment.

So now that you have heard my complaints & ramblings... Here is an update on our little one. We are 10 weeks today! Take no note that the explanation call it a HE. I stared pulling these from Baby Center, and until you find out the sex they rotate he and she in to their write ups. Guess it helps keep an open mind right? Who knows... Here is the update.

Your pregnancy: 10 weeks

How your baby's growing:Though he's barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Getting ahead of ourselves...

Hello all... as promised I am reporting about the Dr. Appt we had today. Joey just managed to make it in time. He was in globe and almost missed it completely. Today the only goal was to hear a heartbeat. The nurse was "unable" to find a heartbeat meaning we needed an ultrasound. We waited a while and finally got it to have the ultrasound. The great news is.... there is a very strong heartbeat! We got to hear it and it was really amazing. This next bit of information may be confusing but I will try to explain the best I can. The reason we have had so much trouble getting pregnant is that my body is EXTREMELY irregular. Meaning there were times I went 6 months without a cycle, and that is just how it was. Well... the Dr. bases how far along you are on your last period. The date I gave was in October. The Ultrasound however indicated that our little angel (which is so cute even though it's not very distinguishable) is only 8 weeks and 3 days. Yeah... that one threw me off a bit. So with that said our new due date is August 16th. We are so excited, and Joey feels like he gets to make up for lost time or something :0). I guess another month to prepare. So all is well, and a very healthy MacGregor baby is indeed in the works. Thanks for all your love & support. I'll keep you posted, although you already know what will be happening with our baby for a least the next 4 weeks :0).