Thursday, October 20, 2016

It's a...

We are so excited to announce that our sweet bundle of joy is a girl! We are both really excited that it is a girl, although Richard is now concerned that he will never get a boy to carry on the family name. I had a feeling it was a girl and I kept picturing a girl, but I could not tell if that was because I wanted a girl or because I knew it was a girl. Back when we were doing the embryo transfer, Richard took one look at the picture of our embryo and said it looked like a girl, ha!

So funny story about how we found out. We went to the doctor on September 26th and the doctor drew my blood for genetic testing. Apparently the baby's DNA can be found in the mother's blood and they can separate it out for genetic testing. And obviously if they can test the DNA they can see the baby's sex as well. We were told that the results would take 3-4 weeks to come back so we knew we were in for a long wait.

Fast forward to a week later, we were in Minnesota, it was our last day there and we had plans to go to the Vikings game. Richard was supposed to meet me at 5:30 so that we would have extra time to walk around before the game. I called him at 5:00 to see if he was on his way since he was 45 minutes away. He then informed me that he had sliced his finger open and was trying to figure out if he needed to go to the hospital. So while I waited I checked my email and found out that the results from our genetic test were sitting in my inbox. I was so excited but I had no idea how to have us find out. We were going to do something special, but everything we had thought and planned out involved us being in Texas. I knew there was no way I was going to be able to wait and I wanted to find out right away. Since Richard was unavailable, luckily my friend Sammi arrived home (we were staying with her) and I was able to game plan with her. We were short on time, but we knew that we had a minimum of 45 minutes since Richard had to still drive over to us. She decided to quickly whip up a small cake with colored frosting in the middle. Because she of course had all the ingredients on hand to make a cake from scratch with colored frosting. That is just who she is and I love that about her. So she got to work making a cake and then when she needed to know, she looked at the results of the test to see if it said boy/girl. So she was officially the first person to know so that she could put the right colored frosting in the cake. Eventually Richard showed up and about 5 minutes later we were ready to cut into the cake. Richard had apparently decided on the way over that he was convinced it was a boy and he really wanted a boy even though every time we talked about it before that he said girl. Here's a video of us actually finding out! I will treasure it forever.
So then since we had found out 2 weeks earlier than we had expected, I wanted to do something fun for our families to find out. We did not really get to announce that we were having a baby in a fun way so I wanted to do something different for the gender reveal. I found these cute scratch offs on Etsy to send in the mail for our family. It took forever for everyone to find out. Two weeks after we found out finally everyone knew and we could share it with the world! Yay! It took 4 days for me to get the scratch offs from Etsy and then it took an extra 4 days for them to make it to the Minneapolis suburbs and then my dad was out of town when they arrived so it took even longer. I feel like I have been waiting forever to share the news and have had to tell a lot of people that I did not know when I knew. Sorry, but family comes first. It was really fun to hear their responses and who guessed right and who did not. I am glad that I was able to find a different way to tell them that it is a girl!
It still has not fully sunk in yet, especially since I was still keeping it a secret. Now onto deciding a name. I don't think I understood how overwhelming that decision is until I had to make it.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Bumpdate | 14 Weeks

How far along? 14 weeks in the photo. Currently 15 weeks, 1 day.

Size of baby: Baby is the size of an Apple.

Gender: Coming soon!

Weight Gain: I am counting my pre-pregnancy, but post fertility treatments weight as my baseline. So far I have gained 3-4 pounds which is right on track.

Maternity Clothes: Most definitely. I have been wearing these for a few weeks and I am glad I decided to just do it. At first, I tried to fight it, but I am way more comfortable in maternity clothes. So far I bought one pair of maternity jeans from Gap and one pair of black maternity leggings from Loft. I also bought three basic maternity tank tops from Gap. I don't need those yet, but I figure I will need them eventually and this way I can use one for my weekly photo.

Symptoms: Headaches. Oh the headaches can leave any time. Other than that I have noticed an increase in my energy again and the nausea is almost completely gone. I will say that I have had a cough for the last month or so and every once in a while I will have a coughing fit that then makes me feel like throwing up. I usually can fight it, but last week I failed to fight it. So far that is the only time I have actually gotten sick thus far in my pregnancy.

Cravings: I had to run to the store the other night to get some essentials for dinner and I walked past the frosted sugar cookies and they were calling my name. Mmmm, so good. Otherwise I have not noticed any sort of cravings. In fact, I have the opposite problem where nothing really sounds good anymore.

Sleep: Better! Before, I would wake up 3-4 times a night to pee and sometimes it would take me forever to fall back to sleep. Usually, if I woke up around 6am to go to the bathroom, I would then be up for the day. Lately, I have noticed that I have only been waking up 1-2 times a night and I have been able to sleep in later which has been nice. I have also noticed that I am stress sleeping and typically wake up with sore neck muscles, which adds to the headaches. Hopefully that will go away soon.

Best Moment This Week: Cleaning out what will be the nursery and getting it ready to add baby furniture. We will probably not need that room for a while, but we have just started to reorganize the upstairs so cleaning it out made sense.

Looking Forward To: The gender reveal!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Long Weekend in Minnesota

Recovering from mini-vacations takes a lot longer these days. Especially the mini trip we had to Minnesota since it was jam packed with fun. So it has taken me a while to get to this update, but whatever. Such is life these days.

Anyway, Richard, my little sister and I decided to make a trip to Minnesota last weekend. We spent all day Thursday driving and arrived in Minnesota late on Thursday night. We were all exhausted by the time we made it there which lead to an early bedtime.
Friday morning, I went with my friend Sammi to the Tom's warehouse sale in Minneapolis. We scored on some great deals and it was fun to scope out the best shoes.
After that, I headed to my older sister's house to help her set up for my nephew's birthday party that was scheduled for Saturday morning. Once we got as much done as possible, I headed over to my friend's house for game night. We always have game night when we come to town these days because it is a nice and fun way to see my friends. We played Telestrations after dark. Which is basically a combination of pictionary and telephone, but the more adult version. It was hilarious and entertaining so much so that I forgot to take a single picture. Whoops. I also got to meet one of my best friend's new baby that was born in June! Such a cutie.

Saturday was super busy. We woke up early and headed back to my sister's house to finish setting up for the birthday party. My sister had a Dino Hunter theme and it was super cute. I will probably do a separate post on the party, but here is a sneak peek.
After the party, I took a much needed nap while the rest of my family played cards. Then, we headed to my cousin's house to meet the newest baby of our family. One of my cousins and his wife just had a baby in August and since they live in the Milwaukee area, they visited Minnesota and everyone was able to meet the new baby. Super fun! Remember when we visited them? It is always nice to see my extended family and this was the first we saw any of them since we announced we are pregnant. Also, Richard looks pretty good with a baby on his chest I have to say.
Sunday morning I took some pictures as a part of my photography business and then I headed over to where Richard's family lives. All together, we went to pick some pumpkins from a local pumpkin patch. After doing research in Texas, I came to realize that legitimate pumpkin patches don't exist around here. Pumpkins thrown on a green lawn in a cute display is their form of a pumpkin patch. So we wanted to go to a real pumpkin patch while we were in town. At this place, you walk out to their patch and then you pick pumpkins off the vine. They even had a corn maze and some other fun displays, including gourds that we picked out to bring home. After the patch, we headed back to the house for dinner followed by a fire outside with s'mores. My kind of night!
Monday was our last full day in Minnesota. I spent the morning with my niece and nephew and sisters by going to the Minnesota Zoo. It was nice to be there on a week day because it was super empty and since it was cooler temperatures the animals were very active. After the zoo, we met up with my dad for lunch.
After lunch, I spent some more time with my friend and her new baby by walking around the mall for a bit.
Then, Richard and I were super lucky and we got box seats to the Vikings game in Minneapolis. It was quite the adventure getting there and back. We were trying to get there early so that we could check out the stadium a bit, but Richard sliced his finger so that delayed us quite a bit. By the time we made it downtown, we barely made it to our seats before kickoff. Not to mention that I had one of my notorious headaches and Richard was in pain from his finger. But the game was so much fun and we had great seats so it was still worth every minute. Also, I love that the Vikings are doing so well this year! Its tough being a Vikings fan most of the time, but it has been so fun lately. Knock on wood.
We then spent all day Tuesday trying to get home at a decent hour since all three of us were so tired from the busy weekend. I love our trips home, but they are always packed and exhausting. Life would be so much easier if we just lived there. Hopefully soon(ish)!

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