Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Everlasting Encouragement

First, I should note that I stole the title of this post from my sister's blog.  Okay, sister, now you've been linked, which means we need an updated post from you :) 

Now onto the post.  After my journal last week I received some of the most encouraging comments from my amazing family. I mentioned near the end of the post that the little body image bug had started to gnaw at me. One reason I mentioned this is because at the start of this blog I committed myself to being as honest as possible to the readers.  Talking about body image is not the most comfortable thing for a girl.  In the back of my mind of course I know that being pregnant means I will inevitably gain weight; still, watching my body change so quickly after having lost weight prior to the wedding has been a little bit of a shock.  
Anyways, I know that you could easily just go read the comments left by my sister and husband, but I've decided to just compile everything here in one post that I can come back to when feeling this way.  
First, from my sister:
You are growing a baby!!! Do not think about your body image, I know it's easier said that done, but the beautiful baby in you needs room to grow!
Sister's are the best! They always know exactly what the other needs to hear.  And then from my husband:
I'm with Kim! Your body image is an image of the perfect and beautiful process of bringing life into this world. What a magnificent picture you are to me!
This one meant a lot.  I had just had a conversation with Jason about how embarrassed I felt talking to him about some of the less attractive aspects of pregnancy.  I said something along the lines of "I know we're married so we're supposed to talk about everything; but some of this stuff just isn't something I want to tell the one guy in the world who I really want to find me attractive." He of course reassured me in the moment, but to then come back and read this comment made it even better.  
Those comments alone lifted my spirits quite a bit! Okay, okay, yes I may have even teared up a little with how kind and meaningful these words were.  And then I received an email titled "Beautiful You" from my mom that truly put everything into perspective for me:
You, my precious child, are a partner with our Creator in the MIRACLE OF LIFE.  You were chosen by Him as the perfect vessel to bring forth this life.  How then, can the changes in your body be anything less than gloriously beautiful?  Transform your point of view to be like that of Mary, and to each change respond in faith, "Let it be done to me according to your word."I love you Beautiful One!! 

Ummmm. Problem solved!  I could not possibly ask for a more encouraging family!  I can't believe how wonderfully blessed I am :)  

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Prego Journal: Week 15


8/19/12
How far along: 15 Weeks

How big is baby:  Orange 
Total weight gain: +1
Maternity clothes: Not yet, but I pretty much only wear dresses and a few of my shorts that were either too big for me or my workout shorts.
Sleep: So-so.  I wake up anywhere from 1 to 3 times a night.  I do a lot of waking up just worrying about the positions I’m sleeping in.  It’s best to sleep on your left side once you hit the second trimester, so if I wake up and I’m not on my left side I get all concerned about it in the middle of the night.    
Best moment of the week: I made keepsake booklets of all the cards Jason and I have sent each other throughout the years as well as all of our wedding cards.  It was a lot of fun to read through these again.  The best part was that I found two Bed Bath and Beyond gift cards I had forgot to remove from some of the cards from bridal showers, so that was a nice surprise. 
Food cravings: nothing.  I've been enjoying veggies more though so that’s a plus.
Food aversions: Pasta is my biggest aversion right now. Also, I really do not like sweets right now.
Symptoms: Well, I had a return of the nausea.  It had been under control after I started taking Zofran.  But, zofran had some pretty nasty side effects with me so I had to stop taking it for awhile to get everything back on track.  About a day after I stopped taking it I threw up a few times, so that was fun.
Still pretty emotional this week.   
Movement: Nope
Gender: We may have agreed on both a girl and boy name this week!  That was pretty exciting.    
What I’m looking forward to:  Kendall’s wedding is this weekend!  Yay!  Couldn’t have come soon enough!  A few more weeks and I’m not sure I’d still fit in the bridesmaid dress.
What I miss: Feeling good about my body… I've had a rough time with body image this week.
Next appt: September 10th 
Workout/Fitness: I did a few smaller workouts this week.  My back has been bugging me a bit, I’m not sure if I overdid something with lifting weights last week, but I haven’t been totally comfortable in my workouts this week.   
 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Prego Journal: Weeks 13 & 14

8/12/12
How far along: 13 Weeks
How big is baby:  Peachy 
Total weight gain: Back to my starting weight 
Maternity clothes: Not yet.  Although I have a feeling I’ll need to leave the button on a lot of my pants open here pretty soon.  I’ve really enjoyed that it’s summer and I can wear all my dresses
Sleep: This has improved.  Still only waking up once a night.  Probably because the phenegran knocks me out in the evening
Best moment of the week: We put an offer on a house and it was accepted!  We are in the option period until Tuesday the 14th and if all goes well we’ll close on the 7th of September!  Best part? The house is down the street from my sister!!! I am one lucky girl.
Food cravings: None but I’m finally able to eat cereal again!!  It doesn’t taste as yummy as it used to but at least I’m not eating toast an peanut butter every morning anymore. Oh actually I guess I did crave Schlotzky’s this week.  That was completely random, but I really wanted their sandwiches and salt and vinegar chips.     
Food aversions: Still fried foods.     
Symptoms: Nausea has lessened.  I made it through almost the whole week without getting sick…and then Sunday night I got sick.  But I even went a couple of days without taking all the phenegran I was allowed to, so it’s improving!
I’ve been super dizzy when I stand up and after I stand for a long period of time.  I got faint in church again…boooo…hopefully that will start improving here soon.
Movement: Nope
Gender: Not sure, hopefully we’ll know in a few weeks! 
What I’m looking forward to:  Going to the Dr’s appointment and going to Austin for one of my best friend’s bachelorette party this weekend!  I just hope I’m feeling well so I’m not a party pooper.  
What I miss: Going for runs    
Next appt: August 16th
Workout/Fitness: A little bit.  I finally made my way to the lap pool a few times this week.  It felt really nice just to float around a little.  
A short bit about pregnancy emotions
I have definitely experienced the full range of human emotions since being pregnant.  I’ve laughed harder and cried easier.  I’ve sat in practicum class and teared up over pretty silly things.  I’ve looked at my changing body in the mirror and freaked out over the tiniest little bumps or loss of muscle mass.  I’ve become upset with Jason for no good reason and I’ve pushed my sweet puppy boots away from me for simply breathing too loud.
And then this morning I was watching the news and a horrific story about a person who had been hit by multiple cars, none of which stopped to help this person, and as a result had been killed.  I began to cry.  Now, I’ve cried over news stories before; I’m a pretty emotional person in general. I cried on 9/11 and cried after each terrible story about mass shootings.  But this story might usually be one I would just listen to in disgust and disbelief and then go on about my day.  But today I cried was truly affected by this story.  I thought about this woman and the complete lack of compassion displayed by the drivers of these cars.  At first I decided that I simply should not watch the news while pregnant.  I’m too emotional to handle these kinds of stories right now.  But then I began to appreciate the raw emotion I was feeling.  While it was a sad emotion, it was so pure and uninhibited.  Other times I may hold back this purity in order to allow myself to just go on about my day.  But today, it is 3 hours since I first heard this story and it is still on my mind.  I guess I tell all of this just to say I have found another reason to appreciate my time as being pregnant.  Sure, I feel bad after I become unnecessarily moody towards Jason, but I so appreciate feeling all my emotions so completely right now.  Our emotions and emotional reactions are a gift from God that helps us to maintain our humanity. Our society often encourages us to control these or even suppress them.  But while I’m pregnant I will take full advantage of the full range of joy to sadness to nervousness I will experience…and no one better say anything about it; unless you want to be on the wrong end of one of these uninhibited emotions ;-)  

8/19/12
How far along: 14 Weeks
How big is baby:  Lemon 
Total weight gain: Still at starting weight 
Maternity clothes: Not yet, but I’m loving my stretchy skirt and flowy dresses more and more.  I’ve definitely grown a little bumpity bump.  I literally think I felt it grow or move above my pelvic bone on Wednesday, it was the strangest thing.
Sleep: It actually got bad again.  I thought you were supposed to stop needing to pee every 5 seconds in the second trimester?  Nope, I’m waking up lots in the night in order to go to the bathroom.  
Best moment of the week: Oh gosh there have been lots.  First, on Monday night we had a get together with my 8th grade class.  It was a lot of fun and so great to see some of my oldest friends! Not to mention, we did tell a few of them since we were planning on making it facebook official soon anyways.
We got to see Iggy again at our doctor’s appointment on Thursday!  Wow how the Igster has grown in such a short amount of time! Here’s the latest video.  He does a little kick!  I see a soccer player in the making!
And finally, girls weekend in Austin for Kendall’s bachelorette party!  It’s always fun to see those girls; especially now that they all know about the baby!  Also, I learned that “I’m pregnant and married” is the most effective way to get a creepy guy to stop talking to you.
Food cravings: Hmmm can’t think of any.       
Food aversions: I’ve been getting full easier, so once I’ve had my fill for the day no food sounds good.  Although I will say my aversion to veggies is officially gone!
Symptoms: Nausea is so, so.  Comes and goes.
Emotional!  I’ve had some tears this week.  I think the hardest was on Friday afternoon when I was saying goodbye to Jason for the weekend.  He was headed off to Houston and I was sticking around for one more night before leaving for Austin.  Man, it felt just like we had been transported back in time and we were having to say goodbye for a long week…okay okay it would only be for 1.5 days…but I’m so used to him being around!  The apartment was so lonely and empty without my love.  And if sleeping wasn’t already hard enough, it was even harder knowing he wouldn’t be crawling in next to me.    
Still feeling pretty dizzy
Movement: Nope, only on the ultrasound! We didn’t get it on the video but Iggy also did a little hiccup when we were watching and it was adorable!
Gender: hmmmmm….we’re starting to get some signs…   
What I’m looking forward to:  Getting a big bag of maternity clothes from Nancy next week!  Woohoo free stuff!
What I miss: sleeping
Next appt: September 10th  
Workout/Fitness: I’ve done at least a little workout everyday this week!  Holla!  Monday I did the Jackie DVD and o my goodness I was so so  sore for the next two days.  But it felt so good!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Prego Journal: Weeks 11 & 12


7/29/12
How far along: 11 Weeks
How big is baby:  Limeee
Total weight gain: I think I’m up one more pound.  Almost back to starting weight.  
Maternity clothes: Nope, although I am really appreciating that all of my slacks are large on me so I’ve got room to grow.  We have started to see a tiny little pooch there J 
Sleep: Let’s not talk about it… although near the end of the week I only woke up one additional time during the night to go to the bathroom rather than 3 to 4 
Best moment of the week: Nothing too exciting this week.  But I did finally workout so that was nice…see more below.
Oh also the Olympics starting!  I LOVE the Olympics.  Although I’m a little bummed that I’m in school/work/practicum this summer. Last Olympics I was literally doing nothing with my life and was able to watch every single moment of the games, and I loved it.
Food cravings: I’m still all about lemonade.  I also like plain baked potatoes.
Food aversions: Still feel like most foods fall under this category.  I can’t say anything ever sounds good.  I’m usually just forcing myself to eat something. 
Symptoms: Throwing up.  I’ve started feel some cramps and my stomach always feels a little bubbly.  I’m also still pretty fatigued. Although it made me feel better reading some of the materials Nancy passed on to me and it said that what the pregnant body goes through in the first trimester is comparable to running lots of marathons.  So I think I’m allowed to put a 26.2 sticker on my car now, yes?
Movement: No, but I get excited thinking about when this does finally happen.
Gender: A few more weeks before we’ll know 
What I’m looking forward to: I am bound and determined to tell my best college friends this week!  We’ve had lots of misses in our schedules, so I’m thinking I’m just going to call everyone because I can’t hold it in any longer. 
What I miss: Sleep and enjoying food.
Next appt: August 16th
Workout/Fitness: I finally did it!  I’ve broken the workout fast!  Jason and I went to the gym on Friday after he got home from work.  I did a decently intense walking workout on the treadmill with lots of inclines and intervals.  Next I got on the stationary bike and lifted weights for another little bit.  We were going to go to the lap pool next, but it was closed so I went home and watched the opening ceremonies instead. 

8/5/12
How far along: 12 Weeks
How big is baby:  Plum
Total weight gain: Same as last week  
Maternity clothes: Nope.  There are a few shorts that I’ll unbutton the top button on after a meal, but other than that still fitting in my normal clothes.  I am definitely becoming more self conscious about my body though.  I have to remind myself that yes, there will be a bump on my belly and I can’t work it off…yet    
Sleep: It’s been okay.  Still waking up, but I guess I’m getting used to it.
Best moment of the week: Telling my college group of friends!  How exciting it was to get to share this news with them.  I also told my Papa Joe this week.  He got a little teary eyed when I showed him the picture of Iggy and then said “well y’all sure didn’t waste any time did you.”  A little bit later he said I’m just like my Memaw, getting pregnant right away.  I will gladly take any comparison to my Memaw as the best compliment ever.
And finally, Jason.  Jason is always the best part of everyday for me, but especially right now.  He has taken on so many new responsibilities already as I get through this first trimester feeling sick and tired.  But he has been a rock, taking on lots of new chores and tending to me as best he can.  I am so blessed to have him as my husband and walk with him through this journey.
Food cravings: This is going to be a pregnancy rant.  I still like Lemonade to drink, but not just any lemonade, specifically, Chik fil a lemonade.  I don’t know why but it is better than others.  It’s fresh and tart and makes me happy.  If you have a facebook or a television you’re probably aware of the controversy surrounding Chik Fil A.  Believe me, I have/had no intention on weighing in on either side of this issue.  But, if I bring my chik-fil-a cup into any public setting I get the dirtiest looks ever.   Not trying to make a statement, I’m just pregnant and need lemonade to keep me from throwing up so back off.  Oh and then there was Wednesday where everyone and their mom went to Chik Fil A to support them and the line was so long that I didn’t get my drink that day.  Can’t a pregnant girl just drink some delicious lemonade without making some ridiculous political statement?  Okay the end.    
Food aversions: The smell of fried chicken makes me very nauseous right now.  Lots and lots and lots of foods are turn offs.    
Symptoms: It has been such a rough week.  I was so hopeful after last week.  Not to mention, I woke up Monday morning feeling pretty good.  Not too much fatigue, I was excited for the week ahead. *Warning this part get a little gross so if you have a weak stomach don’t read on* But then Monday night came around…and it began.  I feel like I threw up nonstop from Monday through Wednesday.  If I wasn’t getting sick, I was moaning and feeling icky.  To top it off, our insurance company refused to pay for me to get Zofran, telling the Doctor to prescribe me Phenegran instead.  So I’ve started taking that, it works…ok?  I haven’t gotten sick but I’ve had some pretty bad stomach aches.  Oh and it makes me sleepy/loopy.  As if I wasn’t already tired enough.  Stupid insurance.
I’ve been getting very dizzy lately pretty much every time I stand.   
Movement: No
Gender: Still pulling for a boy 
What I’m looking forward to:  Summer school ends this week!  I’ll get a week or two to rest and do absolutely nothing, and I can’t wait. 
What I miss: Going to Mass and not fainting/blacking out every time we stand.  I can barely make it through a full Mass without feeling like I’m going to overheat and pass out.  I sit through parts we’re supposed to stand, I do the “half-kneel”, if I’m feeling particularly icky I only say some of the longer prayers to myself and don’t have it in me to sing.  Yes, I think I will enjoy being able to participate fully again one day.    
Next appt: August 16th
Workout/Fitness: ummm yeah not so much.  I thought that Friday workout would give me a jumpstart.  But then I was sick all week so I reverted back to sitting all the time.  

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Prego Journal: Weeks 9 & 10

7/15/12
How far along: 9 Weeks
How big is baby:  Grape!
Total weight gain: When I last weighed two days ago I had lost the pound I had gained…but as I write this and review the meals I’ve eaten since that weigh -in, I would not be surprised if I have now gained. 
Maternity clothes: Nope.  But my awesome sister and bro in law did buy me my first maternity shirt!  It’s super cute J
Sleep:  Sleeping is still difficult.  When I wake up in the middle of the night my stomach hurts something awful.    
Best moment of the week: Jason and I found a house we really like!  We may even put an offer on it!!  Fingers crossed (ps thank you to sister and bro in law for coming house hunting with us!)
Food cravings: I don’t even know.  I really enjoyed eating a bag of white cheddar popcorn on Saturday. 
Food aversions:  Fried food has definitely lost its appeal.  Also, I’m not real into super sweet things.  I baked some cookies on Friday but only got half way through baking the dough because I got sick of the sweet smell.   
Symptoms: Lots of tummy gurgles and nausea.  Also getting very light headed when I stand. Lots of fatigue.  Oh man c’mon second trimester!
Gender:  Not for awhile   
What I’m looking forward to:  Doctor’s appointment!  I’m 95% sure we get a sonogram this week!  EEEEEE!  
What I miss:  Exercise. Everytime I walk Boots by our lap pool I think to myself “today I will go swim laps” and then I climb the stairs to our apartment and sit on the couch and decide I’m too tired to move.
Next appt: July 19th!
Workout/Fitness: See above…it’s been a super lazy week when combined with the fact that I had to study for my CRC exam all week...therefore my head was stuck in a book and my butt on my couch.  

7/22/12
How far along: 10 Weeks

How big is baby:  Prune
Total weight gain: Back up one pound   
Maternity clothes: Nah.
Sleep:  Ohhhh it just keeps getting worse.  I’ve started waking up every two hours.  Preparation for feeding times? 
Best moment of the week: Hands down one of the best moments of my life, we got to see our little Iggy!  We had our first ultrasound on Thursday and it was incredible.  The tech was taking measurements of various things so I wasn’t able to see the screen at first.  So instead I was watching Jason’s face.  I knew the moment she moved to the baby because Jason’s face lit up.  It was the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen.  Love at first site J  And then she turned the screen and there was little Iggy, all curled up, heart beating strong.  Obviously I've known I'm pregnant for a few weeks now, but this made it so much more real.  For the moment, all the sickness didn't even matter because there was a little human being on the screen, growing in my belly.  It's the most incredible thing to see this life for the first time and realize that this little peanut is literally right there within me.  Every wonderful emotion that exists pulsed through my body.  I started crying (happy happy happy tears) and didn’t want to take my eyes off the screen. But alas, we had to go on with the rest of the appointment.  And this appointment was great; we got a folder with lots of information and were updated on everybody’s health.  Both I and the baby look very healthy so far! Yay!  We will get another ultrasound at 13 weeks, I cannot wait!   
Food cravings: I’ve enjoyed eating green apples with peanut butter this week.  Yay fruit!  Also I’ve had lots of turkey burgers. 
Food aversions:  Still most foods.  Primarily fish and veggies are still tough to eat, but I’ve been adding tomatoes to my sandwiches and some of my lunches have some veggies in them, so I’m doing my best.  
Symptoms: Oh still nausea, although I did only get sick once this week hurrah!  Lots of fatigue.  Also there is so much spit in my mouth it’s disgusting.  I’m sure you’re excited to learn that, but it is the truth.  
Movement: The baby was pretty still on the screen, sleeping away, conserving energy for all the growing Iggy’s gotta do.  But the little heart was moving away!    
Gender:  Of course we don’t know yet, but Jason and I did both wear blue to our Dr.’s appointment completely on accident.  Also, my supervisor at work says she senses it is a boy.
What I’m looking forward to:  Oh gosh, I think I’m going to tell my close college girlfriends this week and I am so freaking excited for this!!
What I miss:  Sleeping comfortably
Next appt: Aug. 16th
Workout/Fitness: I’m trying, I really am.  It’s so hard to see my muscle definition fading away, but working out makes me tired immediately.  

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Prego Journal: Weeks 7 & 8


7/1/12
How far along: 7 Weeks
How big is baby:  Blueberry!
Total weight gain: I have gained back 1 of the 4 pounds I lost a few weeks ago!   
Maternity clothes: Nope; but I wear a lot of dresses and my slacks for practicum/work during the week and most of my dresses are flowy and my slacks are all way too big for me.
Sleep:  Lots of waking up in the middle of the night to go potty.  Also just a general discomfort in sleeping.  
Best moment of the week: Telling Jason’s mom (and Memaw)! We were scared that we weren’t going to get to share the news because plans changed and she was no longer able to come visit us.  But then our realtor was unavailable to look at houses over the weekend so we made the trip to Houston and made the big reveal.  I videotaped it on my phone but it somehow got deleted L   Here’s how it went down:  “Surprise we came to Houston!”  “What?!  Why’d you make the trip”  “Oh to see Memaw”  “Well she’ll be happy to see you all”…a few minutes later while sitting on the couch: “Sooooo we didn’t tell you which Mewmaw we came to see…”  Insert shocked look on face “Are you serious”  “Yes!”  Insert lots of hugging and celebrating.  We later told Memaw at dinner  J  It’s fun being able to let more people in on the secret.
Food cravings: Bleh food.  I love toast and peanut butter right now.  On Monday-Wednesday all I could stomach to eat was fried chicken, so that was really weird for me.
Food aversions:  It feels like everything.  But more than anything soup.  Thinking about soup makes me nauseous…typing the word soup is making me nauseous
Symptoms: So so so fatigued.  All I want to do is sleep and/or lie down.
Nausea:  I have started having the worse nausea this week.  I skipped out early on class on Monday because of how horrible I’ve felt.  It lasts from morning to night.  Bah.  I don’t want to be a Debby Downer, but seriously, I feel so sick all the time. 
Movement: Nope.  That won’t come for awhile now.  
Gender:  No clue.  Jason and I started to think of names for boys and girls…we haven’t gotten very far.   
What I’m looking forward to:  Doctor’s appointment and telling my sister!  It has been killing me that she doesn’t know yet!  
What I miss:  Having any form of energy.  It’s so hard to just be around people who don’t know right now because I have to fake like I’m feeling okay.  
Next appt: July 3rd
Workout/Fitness: I tried doing some lunges the other day and almost immediately ran out of breath.  Also, I’ve tried going on some walks during slow periods at work.  My last walk resulted in me walking to the library across campus and falling asleep in one of the aisles.  

7/8/12
How far along: 8 Weeks
How big is baby:  Raspberry!
Total weight gain: None since last week.  I must be having some awesome metabolism or something right now because I feel like I have to constantly eat (see more below).
Maternity clothes: Nope.  I also confirmed this week that I can still fit into all of my jeans
Sleep:  It feels like it’s getting harder to fall and stay asleep.  I think it’s because I go to sleep feeling nauseous and wake up feeling the same.   
Best moment of the week: So much good happened this week!
We had our first Dr.’s appointment.  It was very exciting to go into the women’s center at the hospital.  To be honest, the appointment was a bit of a letdown.  Let me clarify; we really like our Doctor.  He’s an NFP only OBGYN which makes me feel so much more comfortable.  His rooms are also filled with lots of religious paintings/statues/symbols.  Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, but again it makes me feel comfortable.  The let down was that I don’t feel like I’m any more prepared or knowledgeable about this process.  I was expecting to get some pamphlets or lists of do’s and don’ts, but no such thing.  We also didn’t get an ultrasound/sonogram which we had kind of been hoping for just for some reassurance that the baby is okay.  But I suppose it was too early.  We were told we would get to do that at our next appointment.
My true feelings about week 8 
Telling Kimberly and Jason!  I had been looking forward to this from the time we found out.  There’s this thing with sister’s where we need each other, and I definitely need my big sister during all of this.  We told them after a little pool party following the guys baseball game.  It went down like this: “Soooo we have an NFP question for you guys.  If my temp has been up for like 20 days, what does that mean?”  “ARE YOU PREGNANT?”  “That’s what the doctor said J”  “I totally called it!” Insert celebration.  Kimberly had picked up on lots of little clues and had already guessed it and was just waiting for the confirmation.  She knows me way too well!
Telling Bryan and Nancy!  Nancy might be my favorite reaction so far just because she’s so darn awesome.  We were at Jason and Kimberly’s for the 4th of July and brought over our birthday gift for Brooklyn’s 1 year old birthday!  We were going to be missing her party that weekend.  After opening her little Discovery Kit I said “Oh wait we forgot the card!”  So I handed the card to Nancy who bent down to show it to Brooklyn.  Then I said “Alright Brooklyn now read it out loud.”  And then the heavens shown down on us as Nancy began to read the card out loud.  I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect scenario…”Happy birthday Brooklyn!  You are such a blessing to our family.  We hope you enjoy your discovery kit as you begin to grow and learn lots of new things.  But wait, there’s more!  Soon you will get to share all of your new knowledge with a playmate – A COUSIN?!?!” And then Nancy got up and started jumping up and down and Bryan had this look of total confusion and she ran over to hug us both.  At this time I think it all sunk in for Bryan and he joined in on the hugging.  It was very exciting!  Then Nancy promised to pass on all of her books and lots of other goodies that I have been wanting to ask for from her for a while now!
Last, we got to visit Paul!  I think this was a great vacation for Jason.  He was definitely in need of some guy time to just relax!   
Food cravings: Food is a difficult subject right now.  I can most easily eat crackers and rice cakes.  All other foods are appealing for approximately 2 minutes and then they instantly become an aversion.  This makes grocery shopping very difficult.  I’ve also found that the only time I don’t really feel nauseous is when I’m eating.  It is a true paradox…nothing sounds good but I need to constantly eat.
Food aversions:  All food. 
Symptoms: Nausea:  It’s still lingering from last week.  Whoever coined the term “morning sickness” is just rude.  How very misleading.  It should be called “First trimester sickness”
Oh I’ve started a new fun symptom this week; instead of just feeling sick, I am now actually getting sick. 
Still very very fatigued
Gender:  Not for awhile    
What I’m looking forward to:  The end of the first trimester…okay okay…not going anywhere next weekend!  We’ve been doing a lot of traveling and it is wearing me out. 
What I miss:  Exercise and not feeling lazy and useless.   
Next appt: July 19th! Only two weeks until we hopefully get to hear a sweet little heartbeat
Workout/Fitness: See useless and lazy.  I did try doing some leg lifts while lying down.  This went over okay.  I feel so very sad counting this as exercise.