Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A poop story to trump ALL poop stories.

OK, I don’t know if this story will be as funny in writing as it was in person but I’m going to try…
This morning my coworker and I had to go to Atchison to show a foreclosure property to a couple who had expressed interest in the house. We were about done going through the property and the wife disappeared for a while. The husband and I were talking in the kitchen and I could kind of hear the wife banging around in cabinets somewhere. My coworker went back to kind of check on her and as she was doing that the wife came walking out of the bathroom. I noticed that she had some brown marks on her gray sweats that I didn’t think were originally there, but I didn’t think much of it.

As she came walking through the kitchen I noticed that a little something fell off of her pants onto the kitchen floor. She then started rummaging through the kitchen cabinets.

Her husband asks “What are you doing?”
She replies: “Well, I went to the bathroom.”
Husband: “It’s all over your pants!”
Wife: “I know, I’m trying to find some rags. There have to be rags in here somewhere…”

In my head I’m saying “no, there are no rags in this house. It was been cleaned out and vacated for months!” I finally respond that I think I have something in my car. I run out to my car and find a stack of napkins and some Kleenex. On the way out to my car, all I can think is WHAT THE F just happened?! As I walked past the bathroom, there was visible poop on the bathroom floor and on the outside of the toilet.

I bring the stack of napkins back in and she takes off towards the bathroom. Meanwhile, we continue talking to the husband and she makes her way back to us with more poop smears on the front and back of her pant legs.

We finally make our way outside of the house and they continue talking about the house. At this point, my coworker and I are thinking “JUST GET IN THE CAR AND LEAVE!” They finally leave and the wife leans in to mean and touches my arm with a poopy hand and says “you’re going to need a bucket of water to flush that down…”

My coworker and I go back in the house and begin laughing uncontrollably and crying from laughing so hard. We have no idea what just happened. All we know is there is poop everywhere. Not only in the bathroom, but on the kitchen floor where a kernel dropped either from the outside or inside of her pants, I have no idea where it came from, but she was also rummaging through the kitchen cabinets with poop covered hands!

The strangest thing about this whole story is how calm and non-chalant these people were about what just happened. I mean the wife shit herself. The husband acted like this was maybe a common occurence? Or that it had at least happened before or something...she never apologized or even looked embarrassed about this. She just kept talking away with poop all over her pants.

We have no idea what to do after they leave the house…we walked back towards the bathroom, thinking we could clean it up a little or something, even though our only cleaning supply is a box of Kleenex, but the smell was so foul, it took all of our energy to not puke in the house.

We decide to lock up the house and leave. Immediately I put as much hand sanitizer all over my hands and arms as I could and we made our way to a coffee shop to wash our hands off a little more. 

We still can’t stop laughing.

I called my mom to tell her the story because I knew she would appreciate a funny poop story; that and my sister was working and my husband was golfing, so I knew she would answer. She could hardly make out the story because I was laughing so hard. After finally hearing what happened all she could say was: "I don’t understand!"

The only thing we can come up with is that she maybe hovered over the toilet and completely missed and poop ended up on the back and front of her pants, on the floor, and on the toilet? Or that she tried to wipe with her pants (there was also no toilet paper in the bathroom). Or maybe she thought she had her depends on this morning and then realized too late that she didn't??

We make our way back to the office and try to figure out how we’re going to tell the rest of our coworkers about our morning. We can’t stop laughing. We realize that this story may sound completely made up, but it is totally real.

I had to email the company that we have clean out houses for us to see if they could go and clean up the bathroom sometime soon. Luckily, they’re awesome, and they’re going today to get rid of the poop. Imagine trying to write an email as professionally as you can about needing them to go clean up a bathroom in a house that they just recently cleaned out because someone shat all over the place. I had to mention that they might need to clean the kitchen floors and cabinets because the poop made its way in there….

Needless to say, this morning has been an eventful one and probably one that I will NEVER forget. And, who knows, maybe we sold a house in this big, poopy mess.

Monday, July 29, 2013

18 Weeks (July 21-28)

Besides being a little more tired than normal, this week has been flying by and I've been feeling really good.  I've been noticing that my appetite is slowly coming back.  I've been able and wanting to eat more meat than in previous weeks.  Which is good!

Lincoln and I have been trying to walk more.  I usually take the dog on a 30 minute walk after work (unless it's raining or too hot outside), but we decided we both could use a little more cardio in our lives.  Our original plan this week was to get up and walk before work.  This week the temperatures have been in the 60's and 70's in the morning! It's been awesome!  My alarm, however, has not been awesome.  It goes off...but then I somehow manage to turn it off either in the middle of the night when I get up to pee, or right after it goes off around 5:10 am.

We finally made it out later in the week and it's amazing how much better I feel during the day.  It also probably didn't hurt anything, that we were both exhausted the night before and went to bed around 9:15...exercise is such a funny thing, especially if you do it in the morning.  It's SO hard to get out of bed, but once you're up and moving, it's rare that you regret that decision.

I decided to go ahead and purchase our carseat/stroller because I found it on sale at diapers.com, it was over $100 off of every other retail store AND they had free shipping AND I got a $25 gift card...it was really too hard to pass up.  Plus, now that I have it early, I can wheel Laila around the house in it.

She might look scared, but her tail is wagging :)
One evening Lincoln and I took Laila on a little longer of a walk than she was used to and I think she would have preferred that we took her in the stroller.  She came home and laid around like this for quite awhile:

The past few weeks my obsession has been with sweet corn.  My family grows it, so in the summer, we really have an unlimited supply.  One night for dinner I ate three ears.  THREE!  I had some other veggies, but otherwise, that was pretty much all that I ate.  As I mentioned above, my appetite is slowly coming back, so more and more things are sounding better to eat, which makes it easier to cook meals at home for Lincoln and I!

I really haven't felt like cooking or baking much up until this week.  However, I got home one night and made this knock-off Panera bread Chicken and wild rice soup--it was so good! Almost as good as Panera's and I'm sure much lower in fat and calories (also I realize it is the end of July and not the best time of year for soup making, but it sounded good....).  Along with the soup, I made Chocolate Chip Banana Bread cookies, and monkey bread.  Lincoln was gone for the night, so I spent most of it in the kitchen!
I am slowly starting to show...I think.  Most of the time it still looks like I'm bloated. 
This week the baby is the size of a sweet potato and is about 5.6" long and weighs about 6.7 ounces.  The baby is growing pretty rapidly and I should start feeling more hungry.  The baby is also yawning, hiccuping, sucking, and swallowing as well as twisting, rolling, punching, and kicking too.  So far, there's been one time where I think I felt the baby move...but I'm not 100% sure.  It's still early, for new mom's, they say you may start feeling the baby move between weeks 18-26. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

17 Weeks (July 14-July 21)

This week was such a better week for me!  Phew! I am still feeling really good and my attitude seemed to be so much better this week (or at least as much as I could tell...)

I golfed Tuesday night at women's league and it was so incredibly sweaty. There were much hotter days last year, but I could enjoy a few cold beers to keep me cool...water helped this time around, but I still was having a hard time enjoying myself because of the heat.  I didn't last too long!

We finished priming the baby's room! It looks so much better just being primed!  It's so much lighter and brighter in the room now.  We're excited to pick out a color and get the room kind of put together.

On Wednesday, we celebrated my birthday (just a few days late!) at work by going to a Hibachi Restaurant in Topeka.  It was so fun and the food was really good!

Thursday, I took the day off and went shopping for maternity clothes with my mom and sister in Kansas City.  I found so much stuff at Destination Maternity.  I was a little scared to tell Lincoln how much I spent...I didn't feel like I bought anything that I absolutely woulnd't need--I got some basics--jeans, dress pants, leggings, and a few shirts that I'll hopefully be able to layer with a cardigan in the fall/winter.

I definitely felt more pregnant when I tried on maternity clothes!  I've been wearing my regular pants and have been using a rubberband to keep them up, but I've been feeling like it makes my belly look weird.  The maternity pants definitely make my belly show up a little more!

This week the baby is the size of an onion and is about 5.1" long and weighs about 5.9 ounces.  The baby is putting some meat on it's bones and is growing a stronger, thicker umbilical cord.

Monday, July 15, 2013

16 Weeks (July 7-14)

Lincoln and I were EXHAUSTED Sunday after all of the wedding festivities from the weekend! Instead of taking naps, we went to my parents' house for my birthday lunch and went to St. Joe to do some shopping later that afternoon. I had big plans to buy a new purse that afternoon.
My shopping plans turned out to be a HUGE bust.  I bought a new shower curtain liner. I was in a mood to spend money and I came home with a shower curtain liner. I hate when that happens!  After browsing through Target, Bed Bath, and Pier 1, we went to dinner at 54th Street with my family. 

Originally I wanted to eat Chinese food. I had picked out a restaurant and the VERY next day, a report came out in the paper that there were a bunch of health code violations at this restaurant....so, I picked somewhere else to avoid getting any diseases or mice in our food.
This week was just not my week. I was in an AWFUL mood all week.  I just really didn't feel like talking to anyone, I didn't want to go to work, and overall, I was just a cranky bitch!  I freely admitted it and gave people fair warning!
The fair was going on in town this week and some of the ladies' at work volunteered us to work at the concession stand one night.  I was not looking forward to it.  Working all day and then serving food until 10pm, didn't sound like my idea of fun...luckily it turned out to not be that bad. I was just even more tired on Friday!
Lincoln and I were going to attempt to start priming the baby's room Friday evening.  Instead we decided to be lazy and ordered pizza and watched some of Season 3 of Modern Family.
On Saturday, Lincoln left early that morning to go to Omaha for the Senior Open golf tournament and was there through Sunday evening, so I pretty much had a weekend to myself!
I met up with a couple of friends in Kansas City Saturday afternoon for a late lunch and some shopping.  It was great to catch up!  And I finally found a purse.  Oddly enough it was one I looked at the Sunday before when I didn't buy anything!  Later that evening I met my parents and Mason in St. Joe and did a little shopping at Sam's Club.
On Sunday I decided to start priming the walls in the baby's room.  The room right now is so ugly.  The previous owners had the room painted red with black trim.  It's awful. The picture below doesn't even make it look as bad as it does.  It's much darker in person!  We haven't decided on a color yet, but it will be MUCH lighter!
I still don't feel like I'm showing that much...I can tell. My pants don't fit like normal but in most of my dresses you can see a little bump. For the most part, I don't think people, unless they know I'm pregnant, can tell that there's a baby growing inside my belly...it just looks like I'm bloated or a fat roll.  I do feel like I ocassionally have baby brain...I seem to forget things a lot quicker than normal!
This week the baby is the size of an avocado and is about 4.6" long and weighs about 3.5 ouces.  The baby is growing hair, lashes, and eyebrows, and is also listening to my voice, thanks to tiny bones forming in it's ears. Sometimes at night I think I feel the baby moving...although it could be gas. Everything that I read says it will feel like fluttering in my belly.  Hopefully as this week goes on I'll know for sure that's what I'm feeling!


Thursday, July 4, 2013

15 weeks (June 30-July 7)

Besides getting to hear the heartbeat last Friday, this week was pretty uneventful...

We did make an announcement on Facebook that turned out to be a HUGE flop!  I put up the picture that I gave to my parents, the family picture with the extra baby in it, and no one was getting it!  Everyone kept saying what a great picture it was, but no one mentioned the huge baby at my feet!

I had to repost the post that I put up earlier and explain that the baby would be making an arrival in December.  After that, people commented and said they wondered if that's what we were hinting at.

I really wanted to put up this picture:

I morphed a picture of Lincoln and I together to see what our baby might look like.  That's what the internets thought...I have no idea where the curly dark hair would come from?!

We went to Lawrence for a friends 30th birthday party and I even managed to go to the bars and stay out past 10:30!  Impressive!  After staying out late (and Lincoln attending a bachelor party the night before) we were both exhausted on Sunday.  We took a nap and went to bed early and still woke up tired!

I still feel like I've been extra cranky or emotional lately, so I've been trying to keep to myself at work and after work just in case I say something or do something I don't mean to do.  Damn hormones.

Occasionally I feel like my gut is sticking out more on certain days than others...other days, I feel like it's just my normal bloated pooch. Lovely.

On Saturday, I celebrated my 31st birthday. Man, that seems old! I didn't have a hard time with 30 at all, but for some reason 31 seemed a little tougher. I think part of it had to do with the fact that we had a busy weekend and I kind of felt like my birthday was going to get overlooked....I'm a baby, I know this.

On Friday, Lincoln let me open my gifts early, he got me a pretty bouquet of flowers and Season 3 of Modern Family. We could watch Modern Family all.the.time. Lincoln didn't used to watch it, but now he's hooked!

We had the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner Friday night for our friends, Nick and Chelsea's wedding. Then we celebrated their wedding pretty much all day Saturday. They had great weather, except for the little bit of rain that happened right as the wedding was over and we were heading out for outside pictures! Luckily it let up and we proceeded like normal!

Lincoln and I slept in a little Saturday morning and then walked down to the coffee shop in town, the Daily Perk, for breakfast. It was fun to be able to walk to grab food and to eat something other than cereal or toast that morning!

This week the baby is the size of a navel orange.  It's weighing in at 2.5 ounces and measures about 4 inches.  It is growing proportionally and the legs outmeasure its arms.  The baby is making lots of progress and its joints and limbs can all move now.

14 weeks (June 23-30)

This week I started out feeling a little bloated. Hence the picture below.  Some days I feel like the baby bump is really out there and other days, I don't feel like it's there at all...

This week I also felt a little more cranky-pants than I normally have.  I really had no good reason for it! Stupid little things would just irritate me more than normal. 

We finally had our next doctors appointment this week and this was the one where we would (hopefully) hear the heartbeat.  A lot of people already knew that we were expecting, but we were holding off on making a big announcement or sharing openly with everyone up until this appointment.

On Friday, we went to the doctor and they found the heartbeat pretty quickly and it was a strong 152 beats per minute.  Of course, right after I got up I had to look and see if this meant we were having a girl or boy, because obviously this theory would be right!  Apparently, we're having a girl, which is what everyone keeps telling me anyway.  We'll have to wait another month to find out!

I'm still kind of weird about food...I still don't really care for meat.  If it's in something (like spaghetti or tacos) I'll usually eat some of it or pick it out if I really don't want it.  I still love all kinds of fruit along with any kind of carb. And ice cream.  I feel like I get full a lot quicker, so I don't really feel like I've been over-eating. 

As of the doctors appointment on Friday, I still havent' gained any weight, even though I feel like a fatass.  Some of my pants don't fit as well as they used to so I've reverted to putting a rubberband in the button hole to keep them from falling down or from buttoning them and cutting off circulation.

The baby is the size of a lemon and is about 3.4" long and weighs about 1.5 ounces.  It has almost doubled in weight from last week and keeps on growing!  Right now, the baby is probably sucking its thumb and wiggling its toes, as well as growing a peach-fuzz like hair all over its body to help keep warm. 

13 weeks (June 16-23)

This week we celebrated father's day by having two of my aunts from Iola come up for a visit.  It was a fun weekend and the first time that we've been able to let them know that we were expecting. 

I also started feeling like my pants were getting a little bit tighter this week...a few times I've had to leave a button unbuttoned or use a rubberband in my buttonhole to keep my pants up.  It's been great...in lieu of this I decided I needed a date night (by myself) at Target and Panera.  It was really just what the doctor ordered.  I found a few fat shirts, a flowy dress, and got to eat my heart out at Panera.

I've been getting super annoyed this week that we still haven't heard the babies heartbeat.  When we went to our first appointment back around week 7 or 8, our next appointment was made and we couldn't get in until June 28th (our doctor was on vacation for like 2-3 weeks), which would put me at just around 15 weeks when we go in for our second appointment!  That seemed like FOREVER to wait, especially if you're not sure if things are cooking along ok inside with the baby.

I contemplated going in a few times to have them check, but decided to wait it out. Hopefully everything goes well next week!

This week flew by.  Thursday night I didn't sleep a wink.  I have no idea why. I tossed and turned all night long and finally decided to give the couch a try...that didn't help, so I went back up to our bed.  I still don't think I fell asleep, so Friday was a little rough for me.

Friday I had to work super late becuase we had a community appreciation dinner after work that went until about 9pm.  I had to get up early Saturday to go to Kansas City for a bachelorette party and to meet up with my old co-workers for lunch at Blue Koi (MY FAVE!)

After lunch, I met up with the bachelorette group to go pole dancing.  Just what a preggo wants to do! I didn't participate, but they almost made me pay to just watch! Ugh! Luckily I talked my way out of it and I didn't have to, but I was super annoyed that they'd make me pay to just sit and watch when I clearly had no intentions of doing anything on the pole.  After pole dancing we went back to the hotel to go to the pool--again something I was really looking forward to--getting in a swimming suit feeling like a fat sow!

After we spent some time at the pool and opened gifts we went to dinner at Power & Light and then went to Howl at the Moon.  I managed to stay out until around 11.  It was a long few days for me! I decided early on that I would get my own hotel room with the thinking that everyone else would be coming home later and probably be really drunk.  I think it was a smart idea because they didn't get home until around 3 or 4 in the morning!

I also got to meet my friend Trish and Dan's baby, Nora and she is adorable!

The baby is the size of a peach this week and is about 2.9" long and weighs about .81 ounces.  The head is about 1/3 the size of the body.  The baby already has fingerprints and the vocal cords are already forming

12 Weeks (June 9-16)

Some of the best news for this week is that someone bought our other house in town and we close this Friday, June 14th!  We're so excited to get rid of the extra mortgage payment and all of the bills that go along with it.  Someone must have known that babies are expensive and that we'll need all of that money very soon...

Besides that, I've been feeling pretty good.  Not extrememly tired, even though I've been sleeping like crap and still able to eat pretty much whatever I want. 

This week I'm still obsessed with watermelon and my newest obsession is eating tomatoes with cottage cheese.  I can't eat enough tomatoes!

I did develop this awesome pain in my lower back that has caused me to wake up at night and makes it painful to sit, stand, walk, and lie down.   I finally made a visit to the chiropractor and apparently I have a slipped sacroiliac joint. The good news is that my doctor made my pain level go down a little bit, the bad news is its going to take quite a few adjustments before I feel normal again...

Apparently this is common in pregnant women because the hormones released during pregnancy relax the ligaments of the body to allow for the pelvis to enlarge. It feels AWESOME. Let me tell you.

One of my good college friends had her baby this week! She is a doll!  They didn't find out what they were having so they were surprised last night. I can't wait to go and meet her!

Photo: My boys now have two nieces to buy wine coolers and zima for; in order to meet their friends! May this be a loooooong time from now. 
Welcome Nora Jane Reedy.

This week the baby is the size of a plum and is measuring about 2.1" long and .49 ounces.  The baby pretty much has all of it's parts and it's main job is to keep growing.  It's also developing reflexes and most likely if I poke my belly, the baby will move--it's opening and closing fingers and curling it's toes.

11 weeks (June 2-9)

This week was only a two day work week for Lincoln and I as we decided a few weeks ago to take a little vacation to San Antonio for a few days! 

For some reason, well this blogger, mostly, I really wanted to go to Charleston, SC.  We looked into it, but flights were ridiculously pricey, so we decided that we could go to San Antonio for half the price and still be able to walk everywhere and eat a lot. :)

We flew in early Wednesday morning, checked into our hotel and ate lunch at Acenar, a cute little Mexican restaurant on the River Walk.  They are known for their hand-shaken margaritas.  Lincoln had one and I enjoyed a delicious virgin mojito.  Birds LOVE this part of town.  They would basically fly right up to your table and eat chips out of your basket.  I made friends with this poor little pigeon who had something caught on its foot.  I felt so bad and really wanted to try to help it, but then I realized that it may try to eat my hand or something so I just continued giving it sad faces and hoped that that would help...

It was HOT the first day we got there.  We walked around the River Walk for a few hours just to get our bearings and to see if there were any places we wanted to try for dinner.  After doing some walking around, we decided it was time for a nap since we had an early flight that morning.  Our hotel had a happy hour every evening which included free drinks and snacks, so we took advantage of that every night we were there!

I knew that I wanted to try Boudros on the River Walk from reading some reviews on Yelp before the trip, so we ate there for dinner.  It was very good, but our server was not, and Lincoln's pretty sure he messed up his order!  They had the BEST tomato, basil salad and I could have been fine just eating more of that for dinner than the shrimp and grits that I got! 

Thursday we got up and walked to the Alamo.  Before we went to the actual Alamo, we went to an IMAX movie about the Alamo so that we would have a better idea of what we were going to see later in the day.  As much as I would like to say I remember about grade school history...I just could not remember much about what happened at the Alamo, so this was a good refresher!

We also walked to the market square which reminded us of the little shopping centers in Mexico, sat at the pool for an afternoon, did the boat tour of the River Walk, took some naps, and ate a lot of good food.  It was a fun little trip and we enjoyed a few days away from work. 

On this trip, my obsession for tomato, mozzarella, and basil salads kept growing, as well as my love of watermelon.  I still didn't eat much meat, pretty much all fruit, veggies, and fish (and ice cream), but I felt really good for the entire trip.  The last afternoon there, I started feeling a little sick and having a delayed flight in Dallas didn't help matters.  Luckily I grabbed a few snacks, otherwise it could have been barf city.

We have gradually been telling more and more people as the weeks go on...we're just waiting for the next doctors appointment for when we'll hear the heartbeat.  After that, we won't have many reservations about making our news public knowledge!

This week the baby is the size of a lime and is about 1.6" long and has about a 1:1 head to body ratio.  The baby weighs in at about .25 ounces and is forming tooth buds, hair follicles and nail beds.  The skin is see-through, but is starting to look more like a baby.  The fingers and toes are no longer webbed and it's moving around fluidly and gracefully in there even though I can't feel it!

10 weeks (May 26-June2)

This week we celebrated Memorial Day by having friends over to our house for a BBQ.  I was a little nervous about what I was going to do about not having a beer in my hand, but I just walked around with a glass of lemonade instead.  I just knew someone would ask me what I was drinking or try to trick me into drinking alcohol because most of our friends had been guessing for awhile that I was pregnant.  Surprisingly, no one asked what I was drinking or why I was just drinking lemonade!

Lincoln and I both thought that we might tell some of our close friends that night, but there was just never a good time to say something when a big group of other people weren't around, so we just waited!

Later in the week, Lincoln called two of his best friends to let them know.  Lincoln called our friend Nick first and his fiance already knew because we golf together on Tuesday nights and she guessed right away when I didn't grab a beer before we started golfing the first night.  She also works in the hospital, so I knew there was a chance that she would find out soon anyway.

When Nick called to tell Chelsea that we were expecting she told him that she already knew and he hung up on her!  This isn't the first time that she's known before him that his friends were expecting.  I guess that's one of the perks of working in the hospital! 

Lincoln later called his friend Griff to let him know and his wife, Kindra had to get on the phone right away with me when she heard our news!  I thought for sure she was going to question my glass of lemonade at the Memorial day party, but luckily it didn't even cross her mind that I might have been pregnant. Kindra and Griff just had a baby in January so we were able to compare stories about how I've been feeling and foods I've been craving or getting sick from.

I'm still totally turned off from any kind of meat, especially chicken, which is super weird.  Before I got pregnant, chicken was about the only thing I would eat! Now I can occasionally eat some ground beef and shredded chicken if it's in something...otherwise, I'd just rather eath something without any meat in it!

I'm slowly starting to eat things other than carbs, which is a huge improvement! 

We also celebrated my sister's birthday this week and I had to pretend to order a beer while we were out to dinner so some other friends wouldn't catch on.  Luckily, my brother in law is sneaky and downed both beers for us. 

One of my college friends had their little girl this week; she is so cute and tiny!Photo: Lilliana Michelle, 6 lbs 9 oz.  Born yesterday.  Mom and baby are doing great.

Later in the weekend we met up with some friends from college in Lawrence for dinner.  They were really excited for us and have the cutest little boy who loves dancing and rocks at going down stairs on his belly at lightening speed!

This week the baby is the size of a prune and is about 1.2" long and weighs about .14 ounces.  At week 10 the baby is working it's arm joints and cartilage and bones are forming.  The vital organs are fully developed and are starting to function.

8-9 weeks (May 12-26)

I'm still not feeling the greatest.  We had a food day at work and I was able to eat pretty much everything that everyone brought in without feeling too bad.

I had to tell work this week because we were planning on going to the wineries in Weston, MO for someone's birthday and I knew that if I didn't drink wine that everyone would for sure know that something was going on!  I also figured that I could be the designated driver after hitting up a few of the wineries!

We went to two wineries and then went to a brewery for dinner.  I had a crab cake and a little salad and felt fine on the drive home.  And then, all of the sudden, I felt TERRIBLE. I was up all night with stomach pains and ended up having to miss work the next day because I felt so bad. 

It didn't feel like any kind of pregnancy sickness that I'd felt in the past few weeks, it felt more like food poisoning or something along those lines. It wasn't fun, whatever I had! I stayed in bed with the dog most of the morning and made it to the couch around 11 am and had some toast.  Lincoln came home to check on me at lunch and I had a little soup and took another nap.

Finally around 8pm I started feeling somewhat normal again.  I had more soup and some gatorade and was able to sit up-right to watch some TV later that night. 

Later in the week we told Lincoln's sisters that we were expecting.  We decided to wait to tell our nieces and nephews until we hear a heartbeat. 

Other than not really feeling up to eating much else besides bread and cereal, I've been feeling pretty good.  I haven't been that tired; I usually fall asleep on the couch around 9-9:30, and I get super sleepy after lunch, but otherwise, the tiredness hasn't really affected me too badly.

This week the baby is the size of a green olive and measures around .09" and weighs about .07 ounces.  The heartbeat is getting stronger and it's developing mroe distinct facial features.

7 weeks (May 5-12)

Waaaaaaaaa. I feel like crap.  ALL. THE. TIME.  Morning sickness is a big fat lie.  It's all day.  I don't know what's worse, feeling like crap and not puking or just getting straight to the puking.  Either way it sucks.  I still haven't puked, but feeling naseous all day long is terrible.

On top of feeling like crap all day, at work I might add, I get home and want to do nothing more than lie on the couch all evening.  I've been making myself at least take the dog for a few longer walks during the week, but otherwise, I just don't feel up to anything! 

Thank goodness my husband is the best.  He's been on top of mowing the yards (yes, we still have two houses), helping me clean, do laundry, and pretty much cooking for himself, since I can really only manage to eat foods from the carb family.

This week we visited our doctor for the first time.  I have to admit I was a little nervous! I didn't think I would be, but as soon as they started taking my blood pressure, the nerves hit!  I wasn't exactly sure what was going to happen at this appointment, so I think that made me a little bit nervous. 

Basically at our first appointment we just met with our doctor, he explained a few things, and that was about it.  He said that he normally doesn't like to check for the heartbeat this early as it can freak everyone out if you don't hear it right away.  We set up our next appointment where we would get to hear it though!  Unfortunately, that appointment is over seven weeks away!

With mother's day coming up at the end of this week (May 12th), we decided it would be a good time to fill our parents in on our little secret.  We had brainstormed a few ideas of how we would tell them...I came up with an awesome idea using some of our family pictures we just had taken.  We told my parents first.

We went over one evening after my parents had invited me over for a drink...we were chatting about something and they asked what I wanted to drink.  Instead of answering I handed my mom a framed picture of the pic below.  All my mom could say was: "what?! are you serious?! is this for real? seriously? is this real??!" Then she showed my dad and he replied "well, good congratulations! It's about time, people have been asking...you're not getting any younger you know..."  "So, when can I start telling people?" 

After explaining that it was too early to tell people, my dad finally agreed to keep our secret for a little longer.  We also had graduation parties coming up that weekend where I knew alcohol would be involved, so I knew if I didn't tell my parents prior to the parties that they'd know something was up!

Friday evening we took Lincoln's parents out for dinner for mother's day and invited them over to our house before dinner.  We gave his parents a similar picture, but one of just Lincoln and I.  His mom was like "Oh, that is nice.  Oooooooooooooooooh!"  It took a minute for his parents to see that there was an extra child in the picture. :)

6 weeks (April 28-May 5)

Uh. Hello morning sickness.  I still haven't actually gotten sick, but I've been naseous all day, every day.  It's not fun.  Nothing sounds good to eat.  I've been loading up on carbs.  One day all I ate were English muffins, Sprite, and saltines.

I had to breakdown and tell one of my coworkers this week because she kept noticing how often I would go to the bathroom, that I was complaining about not feeling well all day, and that I was kind of being a bitch. 

She had said it a few times already that she thought I was pregnant, so when I walked in one day not feeling well again, she was like "why don't you just go home?!" I finally had to tell her that I would probably be feeling like this for a few more weeks...

On top of not feeling well, not really having an appetite for anything but carbs, and being constantly tired, my face decided to break out like a teenager this week and become super oily. I love it.

5 weeks (April 21-28)

Being pregnant in the early months is hard.  You can't really tell anyone. You don't really feel normal, but otherwise, nothing is really different besides knowing there is something growing inside of you. 

Oh, and the really sore boobs.

And the constant burping (but that's kind of normal for me...).

And not being able to have a glass of wine for dinner.

But otherwise, I have felt pretty good.  I'm usually ready for bed around 8:30, but otherwise, I've felt pretty OK.

I couldn't keep my big mouth shut for too long, so I ended up having to tell a couple of friends and my sister.  I almost slipped to my parents when they invited me over for dinner. 

My dad was grilling and asked if I wanted a drink. I said no.  He proceeded to tell me that he'd get me a bottle of wine.  I just said no, I'm fine.

A little while later, my mom got home and asked if we were having drinks with dinner...my dad replied, well, I am, but Kristin doesn't want anything for some reason...it was SO hard for me not to say, well...it will be another 8 months or so before I can have another drink...

We went out for Mexican one night before our nieces and nephew's dance recital expecting to get a basket of chips and salsa right away, unfortunately, we sat there for about 10 or 15 minutes without chips and salsa or water. I think I had gone a little too long without having a snack and I thought I was going to barf all over the table.  We ended up leaving after 15 minutes and high-tailing it over to Sonic to grab a snack before the dance recital.  That was a close call.  I could feel the puke at the back of my throat...sick.

4-ish weeks (April 14-21)

Holy cow. I'm pregnant?! We'd been trying for awhile so when the positive sign showed up on the test I had a hard time believing it.

I got up super early Saturday morning (April 20th) knowing that I was going to take a test. I had a feeling, but part of me didn't want to get too excited in case it was like other times and it turned out negative. 

Once I took the test and it was positive, I sat there for awhile trying to figure out how I was going to tell Lincoln...I still didn't have a good idea as I walked into our room with the test in my hand.  Luckily he was still asleep, so I just decided to shine a flashlight in his face to wake him up.  I told him to keep his eyes closed until I told him to open them...when he opened his eyes and saw what I was holding, all he said was "whoa, that has a plus sign on it!" Then we hugged for quite some time.  I think we were both in shock.

This all happend at around five in the morning, so we went back to sleep for awhile after that.  Once we got up for good that morning, we figured out what baby books we wanted to order from Amazon because you can't start preparing too soon, right?