May 29, 2013

It's a.....


GIRL!!!

We (mostly ME) couldn't hold out any longer...
our 20 week ultrasound was feeling VERRYYYY far away 
so we decided to do a gender determination ultrasound.  
The ultrasound technician told us she is 175% positive that we are having a baby girl!!!

We've had a name picked out for monthsssss; 
but we're keeping it a secret until she arrives in November!

May 22, 2013

baby griki update: week 14


Week 14 was a relatively low key week symptom wise...other than the fact that I actually have a baby bump now and some energy back.  Grant and I took our first trip to Buy, Buy, Baby.  It was so much fun (and a little overwhelming) to see all the things you need for such a tiny baby.  Definitely made the pregnancy seem more real and that the next several months are going to fly by!

It was a busy week around here. Celebrating Caroline's birthday,  coffee with Laura and Sasha now that we're home for good in CA!, Grandpa was in the hospital for stomach pains (he's home now and feeling much better!!), Mother's Day brunch with Jane and Brian, dinner with Matt to finally catch up...and we celebrated Jane's birthday Wednesday night!  It's so nice to finally be home and able to see the people we've missed so much.


May 13, 2013

baby griki update: week 13



Dear Baby,

This week was a big one for us! We kicked off the week at our ultrasound and got to see you looking like a real baby. You even woke up after the technician had been poking and prodding for a while. I know, I know....never wake a sleeping baby. You look nice and healthy and we are now even more excited to meet you.

Sharing the news with all our family and friends was definitely the highlight! You are already surrounded by so much love.

We did have quite a scare this week. I had a mini allergic reaction which left me feeling pretty crummy the past few days. And more than ever before I understand how much your Grandma has worried about me all these years. I was in tears worrying about what the reaction might do to you. But after talking to the doctors and your dad, they all assured me your were safe and sound. Just to be extraaaaa safe I stopped by the doctor's office on Friday and they let me listen to your cute little heartbeat. Safe and sound. You're one tough cookie, baby.

Love,
Mommy

May 8, 2013

baby griki update: Weeks 1-12

It was so exciting for us to finally be able to share our good news with all of you.  Being pregnant is a very hard secret to keep! We are finally heading into the second trimester and I am looking forward to the promise of more energy!  We've been taking pictures since we hit 7 weeks...Some mornings I wake up and don't look pregnant at all, and other mornings I wake up and think I look about 6 months pregnant.  But I managed to make it through the first trimester actually losing one pound (thank you nausea).  And let's be super clear.  That's the only pregnancy weight update that will ever be made on this blog.

 Weeks 7 to 9

Weeks 10 to 12

In my head I always thought I would tell Grant we were pregnant in some really cute, romantic way.  Clearly I had too much free time in Clarksville, and Allison and I have watched too many you tube videos.  Because in reality, we stayed with my parents for a week and a half when we moved home and I took a pregnancy test while Grant was out golfing with my dad.  When he got home, we were talking whispering in my room and I told him.  We were both in disbelief so I took another one.  Two positive tests later we were so excited and celebrating very quietly in my room since we didn't want to share the news with our parents until we had seen the doctor.

Overall the first trimester was relatively calm...at least compared to Kate Middleton's hospitalization for hyperemesis gravidarum and mass tabloid reports...I avoided the dreaded throwing up associated with morning sickness minus one traumatic incident in the church parking lot on Easter and instead was plagued with horrible night nausea, migraines, and exhaustion.  Food was the major aversion in general...protein especially.  Cravings were kiwis and bagels and cream cheese...along with everything I'm allergic too... Sea bands and peppermint tea have been my BFFs the past several weeks, along with one very supportive husband.  He even felt so bad that I was feeling so crummy that I convinced him to watch almost the whole season of Family Ties with me.  He was super thrilled about that to say the least.

As soon as you start thinking about getting pregnant, are pregnant yourself, or know someone that's pregnant, you realize that the whole pregnant for 9 months thing is a total flagrant lie--how about 10 months--40 whole weeks.  With four free weeks in the beginning and the beauty of being in your 5th week at 4 weeks, 1 day, I guess that makes up for the added month.  Obviously the whole pregnancy calendar was created by a man who wasn't actually married.

The biggest concern from family and friends was how would my POTS affect the pregnancy.  In fact, my sister thought we were joking when we told her we were expecting because she thought you couldn't get pregnant on a beta blocker.  But fear not...we've talked to my cardiologist and obgyn in Clarksville, and my cardiologist, obgyn, perinatal ultrasound specialist, allergist, and primary care doctor here. They all say it's totally fine and nothing to worry about.  To quote the perinatal specialist that does all the scans in the area, the amount of beta blocker I'm taking is "like pissing on a forest fire."  So far there haven't been any issues with my POTS at all.  I have read studies that show that women with POTS tend to be more exhausted than women without POTS during the first trimester, so I'm hoping the burst of energy is about to arrive very, very soon.

Gordon nicknamed the baby Lyle and has the whole family referring to baby griki as such.  Obviously, they all have zerooooo input on name suggestions--and Grant and I already have names picked out--but the name will definitely stay a surprise until baby arrives! For the record, I think it's a girl.  But we'll find out the end of June is baby cooperates!

Let the countdown to November 15th begin!
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