Wednesday, March 31, 2010

12 weeks and counting

Today I am 12 weeks pregnant. Wow, this is it, the milestone I've been waiting for. Of course, I'm not going to count my chickens before they've hatched. I won't consider myself truly in the safe zone until my ultrasound on Monday. But I'm close and it's pretty awesome.

In terms of being sick I'm much better today. I'm back to the 2.5/10 I was on Monday and that's how I woke up feeling. I imagine I will be under a 2 tomorrow and basically back to normal. I'm a little tired, but that's to be expected.

In other news, today is also my 3rd wedding anniversary. :) Yay milestones all around!

Days Pregnant: 84
Days to go: 196

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"Flu like symptoms"

I'm sick. I seriously debated not admitting this to anyone. Yesterday I was at like a 2.5/10 on the sickness scale where 1 is perfectly healthy and 10 is probably the black plague. I thought, hey, this isn't that bad, I can push through.

This morning I woke up at like a 6/10 though. Not as good. I felt pretty terrible and I didn't sleep well. Of course, after being awake for several hours, I'm back down to a 3/10 and I'm feeling like a normal person, albeit a sick one.

I called my mom this morning, got a quick lecture/warning and was then told to call my doctor. I did. I called at 9:07am. I basically said "Hi, I'm 12 weeks pregnant and have flu like symptoms." They took my phone number and told me someone would call me back. It's now two hours later and no one has called. Well, my mom called back to see what they said. Nothing yet.

I think that means that nothing particularly nasty is going around San Diego and that flu like symptoms are a bummer because I can't take anything but aren't so bad otherwise. If I wasn't pregnant I'd expect to feel about 90% by Thursday morning. Pregnant, we shall see.

Days Pregnant: 83
Days to go: 197

Monday, March 29, 2010

And now for something completely different

I had a request for my egg salad recipe! I figured that since that recipe is so simple (I have simple tastes) I would also post my soup recipe, because why not. Also, maybe eventually my husband will read this and learn how to make my soup!

Egg salad
Hard boil eggs
Let eggs cool some and break them into small pieces. Usually I use an egg slicer, but mine bit the dust with the last making of the egg salad. Next time I'll probably just use my hands or a knife.
Add some mayonnaise or miracle whip, depending on preference. I use approximately a teaspoon and a half per egg, but I really just break up a few eggs and use a regular heaping spoonful of mayonnaise. Mix it together with a fork. I'm a lazy cook who doesn't measure many things.
Salt and pepper to taste.

Like I said, really simple.

Chicken and Rice Soup
Last week I made a huge pot of soup and ate on it all week, yum.

Half a pre-cooked chicken
2 cups of rice
Some chicken broth or bouillion

1. Start 4-6 cups of water boiling. Add the rice and the chicken broth/bouillon.
2. Once the water is at a boil, turn it down to a simmer.
3. Wash and cut up the carrots, celery and broccoli. Make the pieces for the carrots and celery bite size, the broccoli can be larger than that.
The chopping usually takes me about 10-20 minutes. That's how long I let the rice cook for.
4. Add the veggies to the soup. Also add a couple of bay leaves.
5. Let cook for 20-30 minutes.
6. Add more water to the pot to return it to the original level. Let return to a boil.
7. Cut up the pre-cooked chicken. I usually just rip it off the bone with my fingers. Any type of meat is ok for this. I usually use an entire half chicken, breast, leg, wing... that's about the right amount of chicken for my tastes.
8. Add to pot and let return to a boil.
9. Season to taste. I use poultry seasoning (about 1-2 Tbs), onion flakes (1-2 Tbs), garlic powder (1-2 tsp) and will often throw in something like herbs de province.
10. I usually add fresh cracked black pepper to the soup when I serve it. I don't like to cook it into the pot.

This will make a LARGE amount of soup. Probably 8-10 servings. Like I said, I eat on it all week

More myths confirmed.

Pop culture has lead me to believe things like, when you are pregnant your hair stops falling out and your nails get really strong. Ok, they really lead me to believe that the prenatal vitamins you take are the cause for this. After more than a year on prenatals I can report that the vitamins themselves are not the cause for much of anything in the hair or nail region.

That said, pregnancy is in fact the magic reason for nail strength and hair thickness. My nails haven't broken in over a month. That is absolutely insane to me. I have incredibly weak nails usually and I have at least one bad break a week. Not anymore. They're all long and gorgeous. I'm already dreaming of the french manicure I am going to go and get next week!

And my hair. Ok, I have thick hair anyway, but I am aware of how much of it falls out because I end up cleaning most of it up. It's not falling out anymore. Apparently pregnancy turns off the mechanism that causes your hair to fall out on a regular basis. Unlike say, increased sense of smell, I don't really see a biological reason for this, but it's interesting. I went and got a haircut yesterday with a lot of layers put into it because it had gotten so thick and almost unmanageable.

In any case, it's interesting to me to learn which pregnancy myths are true: thick hair, strong nails, powerful sense of smell, popping; and which aren't: cravings... that may be the only one that's been dis-proven so far. Interesting. Also, fewer than 200 days to go!

Days Pregnant: 82
Days to go: 198

Friday, March 26, 2010


I have always thought that when pregnant women talked about "popping" it was just a silly notion. Clearly they had been growing slowly and just not noticing. Today I am proven wrong. Yesterday morning I could button my pants. Sure by the end of the day I had changed into drawstring and was quite big, but that's how my days went.

Oh no. Today I looked at my belly and my regular pants laughed. I broke out a new pair of maternity pants and I know that I will not be going back for the rest of this pregnancy. It is time to switch my wardrobe over.

The only problem with this is that I have another 6 work days (after today) before I am going to tell my coworkers. It is getting increasingly difficult to hide my belly. Today I'm wearing maternity pants and a maternity sweater. Hopefully no one is the wiser.

Days Pregnant: 79
Days to go: 201

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Afternoon sickness

I throw up most often in the early afternoon. Sure, I occasionally overheat in the shower or eat a really big dinner, but for the most part, my nausea is concentrated after lunch.

I have had it figured out for a while, but I can't quite seem to stop doing it. My problem is that my metabolism is SLOW. Very slow. I've noticed that if I throw up within an hour of eating, my stomach hasn't done anything with what I've put into it. It comes out nearly exactly how it went in and in reverse order. But I don't usually throw up food, I throw up water. Even though I've mostly stopped drinking anything with meals (that's a bummer, let me tell you), I seem to feel a little off after eating and I go through a bunch of water after lunch. I get too full feel queasy and my body fixes it. I have no idea how I'm suppose to drink 10 8oz portions of water a day. It's hard enough to just keep down what I do manage to drink. (I think I typically get 6-8 glasses of water a day).

Days Pregnant: 77
Days to go: 203

Sugar Woes

I've been eating instant oatmeal for breakfast (when I don't have a husband, restaurant or dining hall to prepare it for me) since like 2004. At first I ate whatever landed on my doorstep when the school year ended and everyone moved out. That summer I think I ended up with like 12 boxes of oatmeal and never needed to buy any! After that I started to buy it at costco. There was an organic variety that was awesome because the packets were bigger! They had like 50% more and that made for a filling breakfast.

Fast forward to March 2010. Costco had stopped carrying the organic stuff and I bought a big box of quaker oatmeal from costco, but the packets were smaller, less flavorful and had a handful of "original" flavor, which is code for tastes like cardboard. I was out of the big costco box so on a trip to the grocery store I tried to buy oatmeal. Talk about overload! There were easily 40 different things I could have purchased. I eventually settled on something from ralphs without any "original" flavor and that says it's an excellent source of lots of things I need including fiber! It also claimed to be lower sugar, which since sweet things haven't been high on my list, seemed like an excellent description. My run through of the ingredients didn't show any artificial sweeteners in the store, so I just bought it and went on with my weekend. And the second ingredient was sugar in all of them, so seriously, why would they bother adding anything artificial?

My first bite of this oatmeal tasted like plastic. That's how artificial sweeteners taste to me right now. I can't quite figure out how I ever liked diet coke (not that I drank it much, but the flavor was ok). I've been eating it anyway, and today I tried the third and final flavor. I decided, since this was the most plasticy, to look up the mystery ingredients. All three flavors contain Maltitol and Neotame, artificial sweeteners. I have an ever growing list of chemical words and names in my head that are suppose to go on the list of things I don't eat. And yet they keep appearing in my foods!

I don't want to shop at Whole Foods, even though it's convenient for me. I find the store pretentious and judging not to mention extraordinarily expensive. I want to be able to go to Ralphs and just make smart decisions. But seriously, when I need to pull out a reference sheet to figure out if something is safe to eat or not I'm not very encouraged.

Yesterday I was all excited about parenthood. Today I'm a little afraid. I know I'll figure it out, but wow, this crazy oatmeal was a wake-up call.

In an unrelated note, I'm 11 weeks today!

Days Pregnant: 77
Days to go: 203

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Magic Maker!

Easter is two weeks away. This morning on the radio there was some discussion about what age you start to hide eggs for kids. It is slowly dawning on me that there is so much more to parenting than just making sure the kid is fed, entertained and clothed. I get to make the holiday magic happen! My parents were awesome! I mean, they had me believing in Santa for way too long, and I got Easter baskets through college! I had too many cool birthday parties to count and I am pretty sure that they are the sole reason that I threw parties in college and still come up with creative parties for myself today.

Now, I know I had it good, way good. But I think I can do even better. Combining the creative spirit I got from my parents with my engineering mind and the internet I started to dream of the future of holidays in my family. I am SO excited. I get to make the magic. How cool is that?!

Days Pregnant: 76
Days to go: 204

Monday, March 22, 2010

Headaches: Day 4

Pfft. I went almost two months without a headache... although as I write that I am remembering the migraine that I had a couple of weeks ago. But aside from that one migraine, I have been headache free. However, on Friday night I had this thought that I wanted a glass of wine. I mean, not that I acted on it, but I just thought about wine and I got a terrible headache. I had another headache on Saturday, a third on Sunday and today marks day 4. Maybe this is a low grade migraine that is persisting day to day, I don't know. This is not normal for me. I think this is the first pregnancy symptom (is it even that?) that I'm not really ok with.

On the bright side, I finally mustered some energy and made a big pot of chicken soup for dinner. It should be good to my stomach and give me food to eat for the week. I don't know that I'll actually be able to eat the same thing for days on end, but I'm going to try.

Days Pregnant: 75
Days to go: 205

Friday, March 19, 2010

I always ask the tough questions.

I have a vivid memory of a dentist coming to talk to my first grade class. My six year old self was stubborn and set in her ways, a lot like my grown up self actually. In any case, I remember asking him the question "If I'm only going to brush my teeth once a day, when is the most important time to do that?" He looked at me like I had sprouted a second head and he had absolutely no idea how to answer my question. He tried to side step it and tell me that, no no, you really need to brush your teeth at least twice a day. None of this once a day nonsense. But I pressed the issue and he finally answered. I've forgotten what the answer was, as I now do brush my teeth at least twice a day, but I remember asking the question.

Yesterday, I put a similar pregnancy question to my mother. "Mom, I'm eating well but not getting enough calories. Is it better to just not eat enough or to supplement the calories I'm not getting by eating junk?" The answer is clearly to just eat more of the good stuff, but that is proving difficult. My mom was flustered and got me to elaborate on what I meant by junk. In the end though, she finally answered my question. It is apparently better to just eat the good stuff, even if not enough of it and it's ok to be losing weight at this stage (for me, in my overweight but not obese state). I may have sprouted a second head, but when pressed most people will answer the difficult questions like that.

Days Pregnant: 72
Days to go: 208

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I feel like garbage

This is probably the worst I've felt in this pregnancy to date. In any pregnancy for that matter. Nausea, vomiting, bad taste in mouth, extreme temperature sensitivity, mild headache. Usually by this point in the day I've had a good few hours and I'm feeling ok, but today I woke up feeling awful and have kept feeling awful since.

Focus is near impossible, even on things I'm super interested in. I just want to lay down. And when I tried that and laid down to read something for work, I didn't really feel any better.

Now, I am not complaining, not really. I'm excited that I feel like garbage, it's a good sign. But it doesn't mean I like it either.

Days Pregnant: 71
Days to go: 209

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Last night I had a dream that I had gone to my 12 week ultrasound to find out that I was carrying 5 fetuses, and that I had two sets of conjoined twins. I kept trying to explain to people that I hadn't taken any fertility drugs and this was all natural. But man, that was a terrifying dream!

Only one pumpkin seed exists as far as I know!

Days Pregnant: 69
Days to go: 211

Saturday, March 13, 2010


My dad is coming for a visit this weekend! This is great news, it's been years since he's been out to see me. The bad news is that the airline cancelled his flight and didn't tell him and booked him to get her 14 hours later, so we miss out on some of the time. Oh well. At least that gives me time to catch up from my very busy week and get my apartment clean. Thank you Eric for helping out with that!

So dad coming means I get to tell him! That means I will also now tell my in-laws. I can't believe I've been mostly keeping this a secret for 5 weeks. I'm so bad at my own secrets. At least the ones I want to share.

It's still going to be the week after Easter before I tell the world, but you know, time is moving along and that's good.

Days Pregnant: 66
Days to go: 214

Friday, March 12, 2010

I did something right!

Ok, I do a lot of things right. I don't drink, I eat fruits and veggies when I can, I walk for exercise. But when I do something not obvious I tend to do the wrong things.

Not yesterday! Last night I wanted Egg Salad. I posted about it and today my mom tells me that I'm suppose to eat a lot of eggs!! Yay, I did something right!

Unfortunately, I feel like crap today. Oh well, it comes and goes.

Days Pregnant: 65
Days to go: 215

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Egg Salad!

For the last 48 hours or so, food had been just gross sounding. I've eaten, mostly, but food is obnoxious to make/acquire and I wasn't interested in eating it.

Until tonight. When I had a break-through! Egg Salad! I'm so excited it's silly. Finally something sounds good to eat. Ha! And it's not terrible for me (like say, ramen), and it's easy to make.

In other news, today was my original due date. How life changes on us.

Days Pregnant: 64
Days to go: 216

Monday, March 8, 2010

Weekend Update

Well, this weekend I made a trip out to the Palm Springs area to see my aunt and take a mini vacation. It was an excellent trip although my exhaustion put a damper on some things. My pregnancy also meant that we had to forgo the planned hot air balloon ride, bummer.

Overall, I'm doing well. I did throw up after a particularly large meal over the weekend and again this morning after taking too long in the shower and overheating. I'm feeling run down and nauseous and continuing to lose weight.

My little baby though has graduated to fetus status and it is about the size of a large raspberry. By the end of the week it will be about as big as an olive. It has arms and legs and moves them. In the next week or so it's developing facial features and some bones. By the time I get back to the doctor in April it will be over two inches long!

I've told a few more people. A close friend who is about to be off the grid for a month (trip to Japan, lucky girl!), my aunt, a friend planning a Vegas trip (told her because I'm demanding a bed and not sleeping on the floor). It's really nice to get to talk about it. It's also really nice to be letting people know that I'm more pregnant than I was at either miscarriage.

Days Pregnant: 61
Days to go: 219

Thursday, March 4, 2010

And now for something different

This is totally unrelated to pregnancy... I think.

I have had the hiccups off and on for the last 8 hours. LAME. And starting to get painful.

Also, I'm past the 8 week point. Woo! Love the new milestones. :)

Days Pregnant: 57
Days to go: 223

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Work always gets in the way of those

I need a nap.

I would like some pain killers and a beer, but what I need is a nap.

Days pregnant: 56
Days to go: 224

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Many different things

First and foremost: Good doctor's appointment! Huzzah! Heartbeat, measured 7weeks 4days, movement... all excellent. Due date prediction 10/15/10.

Secondly, I finally busted out some maternity jeans tonight since I had to go back to work and I didn't feel like wearing yoga pants (not to mention I don't have any in appropriate colors). Oh man, so comfortable! Seriously enjoying these and wondering if I can wear them on a more regular basis, even though I'm only "8 weeks". I look pregnant, I feel pregnant, so even though I've lost 5 lbs, I have an expanding mid section. We shall see.

Thirdly, I have good ultrasound photos. Now I want to tell (some select few) people. But I want to tell my dad before I start telling more of my friends. And I want to tell my dad in person, because I can! He'll be here in a week and a half. I suppose I can wait, but I'm so excited now!

Fourthly, next doctor's appointment at 12 weeks.

Days Pregnant: 55
Days to go: 225

Virgin Mojito

I haven't had a Virgin Mojito yet, but it is my new mission to find out if they are any good.

Here's the recipe that I found online that I'm going to start with. Now I need limes and mint... and maybe more club soda.

Makes a 12 oz cup

* 1.5 ounces of rum (Don't worry, it's not going in your drink - check out step 1.)
* 2 teaspoons sugar
* 1/2 of one lime, cut into pieces
* 6 good size mint leaves
* ice
* club soda

1. Give the rum to someone who drinks.
2. Put the lime, mint, and sugar in a glass and muddle.
3. Fill cup with ice about 3/4 full.
4. Top off with club soda.
5. Stir with a spoon.
6. Garnish with fresh sugar cane if you can get some.

Days Pregnant: 55
Days to go: 255

Blood draws

Today I have two blood draws. One this morning for a life insurance physical. Then one this afternoon (I assume, potentially not) and my first big prenatal visit.

I am not excited by this.

Days Pregnant: 55
Days to go: 255

Monday, March 1, 2010

Checking in.

It's been days since I posted. In that time I got to be the DD twice for different people. Interestingly enough I wasn't sad at either event that I couldn't drink, so that's a good sign.

Other than that, I feel pretty terrible. I'm run down, I'm finding breathing a little harder than I want it to be, I'm still having a mostly hate relationship with food.

Tomorrow I go to the doctor. I'm excited for that!

I've decided to go back to calculating my "days pregnant" by conventional methods and not the size of my embryo (fetus?, I should know this). At least until I get an estimated due date from my doctor.

Days Pregnant: 54
Days to go: 226