Houston We Have a Heartbeat

126 beats per minute and very loud! We didn't get to hear it for long, I could have sat there all day. We are very excited and relieved.


Say What?

Today at work one of my regulars said that I'm "Glowing." He doesn't even know I'm pregnant!! That was so nice, it really makes me feel better. It's been hard waiting to hear the heartbeat, and I'll take any reassurance at this point!

We have an ultra sound on Wednesday and it will be the first time we hear the heartbeat and see the baby. I'm so excited! This week has just been dragging by.

Eating food has been a little bit easier this week too. I've had a little bit of meat, but mainly stick to salads and and fruit.. and the occasional donut, thanks to Phil :)



Phil just made me chocolate covered strawberries. I love him :)


7 weeks

* This week your baby's brain is growing at a mind-boggling 100 cells per minute within a see-through skull. If you could peer inside, you'd see those tiny brain cells growing and growing and growing (about as quickly as you feel like yours are shrinking and shrinking and shrinking with your "pregnancy brain"!). More high points include: Your baby's face is becoming more defined this week. A tiny mouth hole (which will be ready to wail before you know it!), tongue, nostrils and ear indentations are visible. His or her eyes are wide open, but he doesn't have irises (the colored part) yet. Baby's arm buds are growing. At this point they look more like microscopic ping-pong paddles than arms. Baby's leg buds are also forming and will look like tiny paddles by the end of the week.The umbilical cord—the connection between your baby and the placenta—is now visible.Your baby is now between 1/3 and 1/4 inch long—about the length of a Tic Tac and about as heavy as an eyelash. While that sounds tiny, he or she is approximately 10,000 times bigger than at conception. Crazy, huh?*

*3D Pregnancy



Oh life. Sometimes it would be nice to just have some peace. We are so blessed to have this baby, I just want to make sure it has a life filled with the least amount of drama possible.

My grandma on my dad's side passed away. The funeral is Wednesday, and I have so much anxiety going into it. My husband has never met that side of my family and I was hoping my dad wouldn't be there, but just found out that he is already there. My grandmas death was so unexpected, we didn't even know she had cancer. The family said that she was supposed to be done with chemo, and she wasn't supposed to die. She was going to come visit us in February with my aunt. I haven't seen her since 2002 and didn't expect this to be the end. She was only 67.

I can't decide if I want to tell my dad I'm pregnant. I've done everything to forget him and to keep him out of my life. It's not hard, he wouldn't come around anyway. I just don't want him to know what he's missing. I don't want him to meet my husband. I don't want him to see that I'm happy because he doesn't deserve to feel like he had any part in it. He didn't raise me and all he ever brought was sadness and inconsistency.

If there is anything I want for my baby, it's a happy family. I want it to feel loved and cared for and to never question it's own self worth. I want it to know that no matter what it can always rely on us and we will be there through the good times and the bad as loving supportive parents. We'll be there for the first steps, the first words, the first day of school, the first sports games, the first love, the first heartbreak, the first apartment, graduation day, wedding day, each birthday of their own children and everything in between.

It's only Monday and I can tell this is going to be a long week.


6 weeks

*Your BabyThis week starts a period of rapid cellular development for your baby-to-be, who looks like a mini tadpole, with a tiny head and tail. His or her eyes, ears and mouth have begun to form (though they're a little more Discovery Channel "creatures of the sea" documentary than Gerber Baby at this point).Other exciting milestones include:Your baby's heart is now beating to a regular beat, although it's still too faint to hear.His or her arm buds are just beginning to, well, bud. They look like teensy swollen bumps at this point. In a few days, they'll resemble itsy-bitsy flippers.Your baby has grown to ⅛ inch long—about the size of one of the chocolate sprinkles on your last cupcake (and your last ice cream cone, and your last sundae and your last giant cookie ... maybe there is something to those rumors about pregnancy cravings!).*
*3D Pregnancy.com


Baby Brain

My sister told me once, "When you get pregnant, your going to be amazed at how forgetful you become." Little did I know that "baby brain" would pretty much haunt me every single day.

Today it was actually a public embarrassment! I'm driving home from work and start thinking about some things I need to pick up. It dawns on me that I could probably find what I need at CVS. I park in the CVS parking lot determined to find what I'm looking for, walk into the store, head towards the health care section, and completely go blank. What was I there for? Surely if I walk around the aisles something will remind my brain what I'm doing here.

Oh! 75% off lipstick! That's not what I came for, but look at all of these colors! Three lipsticks later and I still have no idea what I'm there for. I walk back to the medicine aisles thinking it must be pregnancy related, but there's really nothing I need! The guy stocking the counters asks "Can I help you find something?" He looked at me like I was crazy when I told him I couldn't remember why I was there. His exact words were, "Well, I've never heard that one before. Let me know if you remember and need help finding it."

I go to the counter to purchase the lipstick. The lady says, "Is there anything I can help you with? Did you find everything you need today?" So I tell her, "I honestly can't remember what I'm here for"... by this point I just feel stupid.

I get in the car and drive a little further down the road. Three blocks away I remember what I went there for. Palmer's Cocoa Butter lotion! I thought maybe getting a head start on using it would help prevent the wear and tear on my skin. But by this point it's too embarrassing to go back.

This isn't just a one time occurrence. Oh no, there's no such luck. This is every time I get in the car, go to the store, take my PNV (which I stick in my pocket as a reminder, pathetic)... the list goes on. OK baby, we're really happy to have you growing in there, but can I have my brain back? Thanks.


My First Outburst

So, last night I made dinner and sat down next to Phil to eat. I asked him curiously how much we should think about spending on baby furniture. Boy did that open a can of worms. He decided to tell me that he plans on leaving the (hideous) puke yellow 60's couch and chair in the nursery. Um, NO. First of all, that's just gross. Who knows what has crawled it's way into that furniture and died.

So, I did what any pregnant woman would do and I cried. I cried my eyes out. I couldn't believe that he would be so insensitive to not even put the comfort of his wife and newborn baby into the equation of what furniture will go in the room. I cried so hard I thought I was going to pass out.

Phil, if you're reading this... When you find a way to grow a set of milk producing breasts to feed our baby at all hours of the night, you can use that awful chair. Until that happens, I will decide on the furniture. Thanks. And while we're on the subject, the next time I cry until I nearly pass out - all it takes is a little comment like "We will find something that works Sarah, I'm sorry I upset you." Then maybe I will stop crying and start breathing again.

5 weeks

*Your baby's microscopic heart begins to beat this week—although it won't be detectable with one of those cool Dopplers for a few weeks, so you'll have to wait a little longer to hear that satisfying "whoosh-whoosh" you're so anxious for. Here's what else is under construction: With the beating of the heart, blood will begin to circulate throughout the body. Your baby's first organ system will be up and running!The beginnings of the brain; the cardiovascular, nervous and reproductive systems; as well as all other major systems are under way. Your baby's new digs—the amniotic sac and the placenta (aka the hotel and the restaurant)—are still forming at this point. (Maybe you should send a housewarming gift.)All that high-speed development and your baby is only 2 millimeters long—about the size of a sesame seed*

*This is from the website 3Dpregnancy.com


Feeling Gross

Today is the first day I really feel sick. The past couple days I've gotten a little light headed when hungry, but this is just awful. To start the day off, i had to drive to work on icy roads. Got here safely and started brewing coffee.

Aversion #1 - Hazelnut Coffee. I thought this stuff made me sick before pregnancy! Now it takes all of my strength not to hurl just smelling the coffee beans. So grinding the beans and brewing the ground beans only makes it worse. *Note to self - hide hazelnut coffee.

Aversion #2 - Mens Cologne. Seriously, is it necessary to spray yourself with so much cologne that you smell like a cheap whore? No. Cologne is meant for the people that get close to you, not the people across the room.

Aversion #3 - Stale Cigarette Smoke. Is it too much to ask for you to chew some gum? Maybe wash your hands? Yes it's addictive, but don't make other people suffer because you like to smell like dried up tires on a hot day.

So aside from the nasty smells of everyday nuisances, I absolutely love being pregnant. The first appointment is on January 20th and that date just couldn't come soon enough!! Phil made dinner again last night. He made his "World Famous Chicken Wraps" and they were really good! Lots of green peppers and red peppers with grilled chicken breast wrapped in a tortilla with melted colby jack cheese. He puts spinach leaves and caesar dressing on his, but I ate mine without and enjoyed every bite :) THANK YOU PHIL.


Still Knocked Up

So far so good! I find myself getting extremely tired around 4:30pm each day. Luckily no morning sickness or weird food aversions, but it's still too early to count them out. Today Phil woke up and decided to run to the grocery store. He surprised me with donuts and organic juice! He has been one step ahead ever since we found out that I'm pregnant, and it just amazes me every day.

So far my cravings are: 7up, orange mango juice, sweet potato fries, chocolate pudding, and anything with limes.


It's a fall baby!

We tested on New Years Eve and got the biggest surprise of our lives! To see the word "pregnant" on a test is an indescribable moment.. there just aren't any words to explain the feeling of pure joy.

Yesterday we had lunch with almost the entire family and it was really hard keeping such a big secret, but we know that it's worth the wait, and they will find out soon enough. This is just our time to smile at eachother and learn about the months ahead together.

Phil has been the most supportive, sweet, and loving husband. He started reading the pregnancy books before I even had the chance! He's going to be a great dad and is always a supportive husband.

I just keep praying that every day I wake up I will still be pregnant.


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