The Bean’s Debut

Words cannot describe how happy today’s doctor appointment left us. Today we saw The Bean for the first time and heard his/her heartbeat! Music to my ears 😉 The tech measured the beats and The Bean has a strong healthy heart beat for a 7 week old.

Yes we found out I am 7 weeks, still really early. Today we also decided to go public with the news. Most people wait until 12 weeks to reach a point where miscarriage is at a lower possibility. A dear friend, Shauna, told me to just go for it. That no matter what happens it is better to have the support of family & friends, and I totally agree! I will be sending this blog out to family and friends. This little blog is just so much easier than sending out 30 different emails 😉

So The Bean is healthy and the size of a centimeter! The small round looking thing to the bottom right attached to the baby is actually not a manatee tail (what I dubbed it), it is the yolk sac- what is feeding the baby…. because Lord knows Taco Bell is not what this child needs to grow! Hopefully this crazy carb/ greasy food phase is exactly that….a phase!

You cannot see it, but you could see the heart beat, so amazing!

 
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  1. Lauren Edwards commented:
    October 28, 2010 Reply

    I am so happy for you two!! Congrats little lady!! I can't wait for he or she to learn they were a "bean" before they even knew it… Good nick-name I see coming… 😉 Very exciting!

  2. Emily Ley commented:
    October 29, 2010 Reply

    YAY! So glad to hear today was such a great day!! So excited to experience all of this with you. xo Emily

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Rip Van Winkle

Fast food was my best friend last week….this week my pillow, soft sheets and my bed (THE most comfy bed on the planet) are my BFFs. It is guaranteed that I will take a nap everyday in the afternoon and it will last for TWO full hours! Before I was having issues with taking a nap and then not being able to sleep during the night- well now I can’t get enough of it. I am always so dog gone tired! I have learned that in order to get the sleep I desire I have to find something filling to eat prior to bed. Last night I had a slice of bread with pb & honey….Mmmmmmmm, my mouth is watering!

Nausea was horrible this last weekend. I laid around in pjs and was lazy lazy lazy. On Sunday we woke up and ran to get dog food and stopped by Macy’s to order a chair Mike wanted for his office. Mike did an amazing job picking it out! This chaise makes you melt into the cushions as soon as you sit down. On our way home we picked up Moe’s (that was allllll Mike!) and by the time I finished my taco I was curling up on the sofa and then LIGHTS OUT! Sleeping is my new forte!

Mike’s new COMFY office chair 😉
 
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Morning Sickness = ALL day sickness

The sickness was NOT due to lack of sleep…

It is the start of the first trimester sickness! I have yet to share this blog with anyone yet….just logging my daily thoughts and emotions…but when anyone starts to read this I can describe what I’m feeling very easily…..the WORST HANGOVER EVER! At no point in the day does it get better. The only positive is that I have yet hugged the porcelain god, or get sick while out working or running errands. By 1:30 pm I am walking zombie. I am beyond tired and afternoon naps are a slice of heaven.

I am so glad I lost 14 pounds over the past few months because fast food has become a best friend (rolling my eyes & sticking out my tongue). My friend Skyla loved Chick-fil-a and talking to her today made me crave it. Thank goodness I have a mom that was two seconds from one and kindly dropped off some chicken nuggets, waffle fries and large diet lemonade, Thanks Mom! (Thanks Em for the suggestion on the drink- it was amazing, after the first sweet-then-sour sip it was Mmm Mmm good!)

Now usually people become obsessed with one place, but when it comes to food- I do not discriminate. In the last three days I have had Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Jimmy Johns ( deli meat is a no no but I could NOT resist), and now Chick-fil-a. I laughed/rolled eyes when I listened to my preggo friends when they expressed their love for greasy food or carbs…now it is no laughing matter.

They say you can learn a lot about a person by looking in their trash and that is a fact. As I went to throw away my Chick-fil-a I laughed when I opened my trashcan. On the top were two empty fast food cups and three crunched up fast food bags. [sigh]

My close friend, Emily, shares the same OB & is six months preggo & sadly feeling like poo too! Our doctor told her “If you can only eat twizzlers, then only eat twizzlers. At least you are eating something, and it will pass”…..now I have less guilt as I shoveled my waffle fries into my mouth 🙂

Ran by Babies-R-Us to purchase some preggie pops. They are lollipops that are suppose to help with dry mouth and sickness. I was so excited to find something that would help alleviate the nausea for work. It was nasty! It made me want to throw up & I spit it out….so back to the drawing board. Hopefully this stays as a first trimester thing!! Don’t know how some of my friends had this longer than 12 weeks….

Just wanted to send a BIG THANK YOU to my sweet friend, Emily Ley. She has been a source of information being four months ahead of me 🙂 She has lent her ear when I had my first of many crying sessions about my first doctor’s visit. Emily was kind enough to give my little blog a much needed ELP/ELC facelift! You should have seen what the blog looked like before…so fuggly! Thanks to her fabulous eye and creative talent she threw together my blog design in a snap and I LOVE IT! Emily owns Emily Ley Paper and I highly suggest you look at her website as I am in love with her paper goods! And if anyone needs some branding help, Emily Let Creative has done some amazing work too! So Thanks again Em!! xoxo

 
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  1. Emily Ley commented:
    October 19, 2010 Reply

    YAY new blog!! I love you and Green Bean!! xoxoxo

    Emily & Bman

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  3. March 25, 2016 Reply

    Hallelujah! I needed this-you’re my savior.

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Nausea & lack of sleep = awesome

Starting off on a positive note, I have THE best mom! She helped me basically gut out my garage and put together two new shelving units to keep things organized. It took all day Saturday and since I have not been feeling that great & cannot do heavy lifting, my mom did most of the work. Today she came back over and tackled my two guest rooms! I cannot believe how much crap we threw away! I knew I liked saving things; however, I had no clue how much of a pack rat I really was…borderline on embarrassment.

The bad part of today was that I felt horrible- feeling very tired and fatigued. All I could eat was a Cosco blueberry muffin & milk until around 2ish where I then made myself snack on a handful of oyster crackers. I had no appetite at all and often got waves of nausea. Tonight I managed to get some strength and make some pasta with broccoli (I get a thumbs up on the having healthy greens!??!).

Along with the nausea I am still battling sleep issues. I swear it is nature’s cruel joke. I am trying to grow a human inside of my body and I NEED sleep. But no, nature wants to ‘prepare’ me for the lack of sleep I will have with the baby. When I hear Mike’s sweet deep breaths as he sleeps in a fetal position I get pissed. Okay…pity party for one is over….

 
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  1. Billy & Megan commented:
    October 29, 2010 Reply

    i was really nauseous the first 4 months. carbs definately helped (potatoes, especially) but protein is surprisingly helpful. hang in there – you will feel better soon enough 🙂

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First Ultrasound

Today has been a flood of emotions. First- I do not have an ectopic pregnancy and my initial blood work came back confirming that I am prego! WOO HOOO!

So the glass half empty part – during the ultrasound there was this small dark round thing and it turned out to be the “sac” the baby will be in. Yes I said ‘will be’. They said that they can’t see the baby yet.

This put my mind in a frenzy of emotions. Turns out that I am a lot earlier than I thought. I keep telling myself that this is a GOOD thing. But I had only prepped myself to find out if I was ectopic or not, that the Bean is okay and that I would hear the heart beat. Didn’t hear it and didn’t even see him/her….that was something I wasn’t ready for so of course I became a emotional wreck. You know when you are so sad, scared and on the edge of a huge crying session that you suck it in because you are in public? That was me. I was trying so hard to not cry but it was impossible. I met Dr. Baker who works with my doctor, Dr. Irvin. She was so sweet and gave me a hug and told me to have tea when I got home. She said that it was okay to cry.

My tea turned out to be grits, eggs, and biscuits and gravy at Cracker Barrel with my mom and dear friend, Emily. It was exactly what I needed. Bad southern food with a dose of girl talk! So what is next? Tomorrow I go to give blood and I am crossing my fingers and will be having a little convo with God tonight that my numbers come back as they should. Good results will give me that extra boost in confidence to last me two more weeks until another ultrasound. Find it ironic that as I type, I am watching Grey’s and tonight Meredith’s doctor told her she has a “hostile” uterus….this is where I am suppose to be glass half full and say at least I did not receive that news- but I am a raging hormone filled pregnant woman. Not that easy folks! All I know is that I am pregnant, and I will try to stay calm for the next 2 weeks until the next ultrasound.

 
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"Say a little prayer…"

Famous singing scene from the movie

I was WIDE awake at 5:45 this morning…but I woke up literally singing! I started to belt out the song from “My Best Friend’s Wedding” with Julia Roberts….

“From the moment I wake up

Before I put on my makeup

I say a little prayer for you..

While combing my hair now

And wond’ring what dress to wear now

I say a little prayer for you…”

It is a good thing that Mike is back in Chicago for work because he would have thrown a pillow at my face. For the past two nights I have been unable to fall asleep until 1 am and then I wake back up and an hour or two later. Where is all this deep sleep I read pregnant women have?

Lately I have had cramping, which is normal- however mine have been staying to one side. Along with this I have had a lot of spotting. Being a first time pregnant woman I have been a ball of nerves, often tearing up for fear something is wrong. I called my doctor’s office the other day and to air on the side of precaution they asked me to come in to have an ultrasound. I did some blood work (which I hear I have to get used to…yuck!), and I go back Friday to do more blood work to make sure my numbers are okay. But today is the day I find out if our little bean is okay. All I want to know is that he/she is where they need to be, and not ectopic. My one-side cramping and spotting are signs of an ectopic pregnancy, hence the reason for our ultrasound appointment.

I am trying to keep high hopes and think happy thoughts, but it is hard. I am 6 weeks and 4 days and that is so early and anything can happen. Our bean’s heart has started to beat already & I might be able to hear it today. If I hear that beautiful noise I will be ecstatic! They say that once you hear the heart beat there is a small chance that you will miscarry….

So I guess my early morning sing session is my body slaping me in the face, screaming “Chill Out!”

As I was blow drying my hair I started singing songs from Les Miserables, my favorite musical. I am seriously going crazy. I am acting out a musical while flat ironing my hair and then I stop & cry. Stop then sing. Stop then tear up again. HOT MESS ALERT! I know no one is reading this yet, but it feels so good to write this out. A little therapeutic. So I am going to go, pick up my mom (my support team) and go face this ultrasound. God gave us this amazing gift and so glad I get to see him/her today!

 
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  1. March 24, 2016 Reply

    That’s really thinking of the highest order

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Chicago & The Bean

Mike and I just got back from a truly unforgettable weekend in Chicago. On thursday 10.7.10 I woke up to get ready for a day of sight seeing in Chi-town when I noticed that my chest resembled Dolly Parton and felt like I was carrying two watermelons (TMI -I know, but that is the best explantation!). I grabbed my bag took a pregnancy test and began the shower thinking that it would be negative like the other 15 I had previously taken.  I glanced at the test and was shocked when I saw TWO lines…yes two lines = pregnant!!!!! There re no words to describe the flood of emotions I was feeling.

I ran to my phone and called Mike who was downstairs working out-

Me:”Um, babe…..I uh took a test. A…uh… pregnancy test…..and we are pregnant!”

Mike was in total shock. He ran blocks to find a drug store so we could buy another test to confirm.

Some say a woman can tell when she is pregnant, and this rings true for me. I knew at conception. I had that gut feeling.

Nausea set in a few days after I know we conceived and continued up until our trip to Chicago. Another pregnancy sign appeared a week prior to leaving on the trip while I was drinking Crystal Light. It tasted awful! Mike thought I was crazy, I had a horrible checmical taste in my mouth. At night I was really gassy- having small burps (thank goodness I was at home during this!). All the while I felt it. I knew. But every test (15 of them) came back negative. I guess I wanted it so bad I tested a wee bit too early!

On that day, 10.7.10, Mike and I found ourselves in Millenium Park standing in front of the famous bean sculpture. That is where the baby was given it’s first among many nicknames…The Bean. Today I am 6 weeks and 2 days pregnant and online it says that the baby is the size of a lentil. Our bean is the size of a bean:) How am I feeling now? I still get sick icky feelings but nothing as bad as some of my friends have experienced. I have a bit of acid reflux where I taste acid in the back of my throat, lovely huh? And I am experiencing an added height in smells. Today at one point every time I got out of the car I smelled pumpkin goo!?! So strange! I am feeling a little tight in some of my clothes already…yes this I found strange but all my research confirms that some women can start feeling bloated at this time. The one part of this amazing happy experience that is a little difficult is what I call the “Dolly Parton part”. My chest is super sore and has kept me up for the past two nights. Boooooooo!!!!

No more complaining because I am feeling so blessed. SO BLESSED. Thank you God for giving Mike and I this amazing gift. Chicago will always be such a fabulous trip and will always be a great story to tell!

 
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Day By Day…

So why do I need to join the many other bloggers out there???  I needed an outlet. A place to let it all out when needed. A place that I can let out all stress. All the happiness. All the insanity that is our crazy life. There have been numerous life changing events that have occurred in our life in the last couple years and I am sure those events will appear as goosebumps compared to the mountains that wait in the future 😉

As you read the blog you might see a repeat of the phrase ‘day by day’. This was motto was adopted while Mike and I were jumping the Lyme hurdle in 08′-09′.  We learned that each day can bring a complication, a new hurdle, happiness, sadness, or unexpected joy…so to cope when people asked us how we were doing we said, “Oh just taking each day by day!”

 
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