11 WEEKS

Excuse the yucky tired look. I so wasn’t feeling it 🙂

STATS:

How far along: 11 weeks.

How big is baby: It’s a lime.

Total weight gain: Not exactly sure. It seems I gain 1.5 pounds one week and lose it another week. So as of today it’s 1.6 lb.

Sleep: Can’t complain.

Best moment of the week: Doctor’s visit. Anything baby related is good. He was SHOCKED that we heard the heartbeat at 8.5 weeks via doppler. He said even if a doctor told him that, he would have not believed it. He asked us questions about how and when  and the bpm (165-170) and how it sounded and then proceeded to listen on his own doppler, which of course sounded exactly like our baby’s heartbeat we’ve heard a few times ourselves.  After I described to him the baby’s heartbeat, my own heartbeat, the placental flow and the difference, he went from being skeptical to amazed. He brought it up several times during our visit and said it must have been because I’m thin (not anymore, poo) and my uterus is super close to my belly. “Your baby is already a perfectionist”- he said. lol

Food cravings: UGH! Nothing! I just don’t like food right now. I eat cucumbers and any fruit more willingly than other things but that’s pretty much it. I had a craving for potato dumplings one day, but it disappeared as soon as hubby brought them from a restaurant and I had them- full of greasy cheese and oil- ugh!

Food aversions: I hate all food. It’s annoying. I want to like food again. I still can’t eat lettuce.

Symptoms:
Nausea – still here, still strong enough to make me really hate it.
Headaches – on and off occasionally
Heartburn – my DHA pills totally give me heartburn. So I started taking them right before bed, and it’s become easier.
Skin – horrible. This week it exploded even worse. It’s a battlefield on my face.
Boobies: big and less sore – hubby is loving it!

Gender: Sucky news. We’ll be doing an U/S next week at 12 weeks and then the next one will be at 20 weeks, which is when we’ll be finding out the sex. We could do an ultrasound at 16 weeks, but we’re trying to limit the number of u/s, so I guess the more prudent choice would be to wait till 20 weeks. We mentioned the Genital Tubercle Angle (a way to determine sex at 12-14 weeks at 98% accuracy), but our doc knew nothing about it and I don’t expect our tech to be familiar with it either, so oh well.

What I’m looking forward to: Next week’s ( Wednesday) ultrasound, seeing the baby. The last time we saw it was at 6 weeks and it was a little blip. Now I want to see it move around- that’d be so much fun! Oh and I’ll be videotapping the u/s to send the video to mom.

What I miss: Feeling normal and being normal. It’s only been 3 months, and I can’t say I enjoy being pregnant. I realize that this isn’t the most pleasant time and often I forget I am ACTUALLY pregnant. I can’t wait until I have a belly and feel kicks so it feels more real and joyful.

Next appt: July 13th.

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16 Comments

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    Ashley
    July 9, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    There is nothing fun about the 1st trimester. Hang in there, it will feel more real soon and you won’t believe the difference when the nausea goes away. You’re really close!

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    Rebekah
    July 9, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    I agree – 2nd trimester is much better! Although, there were certain foods I just couldn’t eat my whole pregnancy and even after the baby was born. I think a few of those aversions that develop when you are expecting continue forever just because they trigger the memory of that sick feeling. I couldn’t eat tuna for two years after my son was born!

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      Elena @ Art of Making a Baby
      July 10, 2011 at 9:27 AM

      You know I can totally see that! Even though I think I can now eat certain things since my nausea is a little bit better, I can’t bring myself to do that because I remember!

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    Irina
    July 9, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    What a magical time!! I can’t wait to hear the sex of your baby!
    Feel better 🙂

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    TJ
    July 9, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Most U/S clinics do not allow video cameras so you might not be able to videotape, as planned

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    Natalia Deymonaz
    July 10, 2011 at 2:18 AM

    Awww… you’ve got a cute little bump! 🙂 And it looks like you will have a boy! lol jk I think you will have a boy. 😉

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      Elena @ Art of Making a Baby
      July 10, 2011 at 9:23 AM

      I have a feeling it’s a boy too. Did you know it was a girl before you found out?

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        Natalia Deymonaz
        July 10, 2011 at 5:20 PM

        I was 98% sure I’m having a boy. 🙂

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    Amanda
    July 10, 2011 at 7:39 AM

    Jeez if you’re not thin anymore I’d hate to know what I am! ;-P You’re beautiful and tiny! When we found out the sex of our son we were able to bring in a dvd-r and they put the ultrasound itself on it.

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      Elena @ Art of Making a Baby
      July 10, 2011 at 9:23 AM

      Oh come on, you know what I mean. I’m not thin for me 🙂
      I was hoping to videotape the whole ultrasound experience- the sounds and everything.

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        Amanda
        July 11, 2011 at 9:10 AM

        yea i know. i’m just teasing. =)

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    Julia
    July 12, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    Since you are very concerned about outside influences and the effects they might have on the baby, you may want to reconsider dopplar and ultrasounds. Look it up. Happy pregnancy!

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      Elena @ Art of Making a Baby
      July 12, 2011 at 8:08 AM

      I did read up on ultrasounds, and while we decided we are going to have only the necessary ones and use Doppler seldomly, the risk is small enough and the benefit is big enough for us personally to take that chance.

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    Rachel
    July 18, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Everyone always says that pregnancy is a magical time (morning sickness and all) but like you, I was disappointed to realize I didn’t really enjoy being pregnant until much later in my pregnancy. I was the fittest I’d ever been before getting pregnant (which is probably what helped me conceive) but I blew up quickly – even though I exercised and ate right. My body didn’t feel like it was mine anymore! I loved knowing our baby was in there, but I didn’t really “feel” like a mom until my baby started kicking. Whenever I told people that, they looked at me like I was crazy. But it was just how I felt. Hang in there, it gets better.

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