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The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby’s fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won’t be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.

Week Twelve Highlights:

How Far Along: 12 weeks, 1 day
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +4 pound so far
Maternity Clothes: Rockin‘ these maternity jeans but no maternity tops yet
Best Moment this Week: Hearing the heartbeat (strong 154) this morning
Movement: None yet
Food Cravings: Popcorn, Chips & Salsa, Pasta, Taco Bell Quesadillasyummmm!
What I Miss: Breathing through my nose
Sleep: Better this week, only had to get up once during the night to eat
What I am Looking Forward to: Having more energy
Symptoms: Fatigue, Shortness of Breath, Intermittent Nausea
And of course, the dreaded 12 week belly shot:


[Disclaimer: These weekly pregnancy posts will probably bore you to tears but I need to record this stuff somewhere it won’t get lost (which rules out inside my brain). Please feel free to skip these posts, I won’t mind.]

Your fetus currently enjoys a 1:1 ratio between body and head, and has skin so transparent that blood vessels show right through. But, fingers and toes are no longer webbed, and hair follicles, tooth buds and nail beds are forming — setting up a significantly more attractive future.

Week Eleven Highlights:
How Far Along: 11 weeks, 2 days
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +1 pound so far
Maternity Clothes: Lovin‘ these maternity jeans but my regular tops still fit
Best Moment this Week: Two days in a row that I felt fabulous
Movement: None yet
Food Cravings: Salads, Grapes, Poptarts, French Fries
What I Miss: Having the energy to get stuff done every day
Sleep: Yeah, I miss that too. Fall asleep easily, can’t stay asleep to save my life
What I am Looking Forward to: The end of the nausea
Symptoms: Nausea, Lethargy, Food Aversions

Next week I’ll start weekly belly pictures so stay tuned, you for sure won’t want to miss that. Note the extreme sarcasm. Ahem.

Pregnancy Is Not For The Weak

I know. I went MIA this week. Bad blogger.

Rather than subject you all to my whining, complaining, self involved posts, I went MIA. Nothing interesting has happened this week. It’s rained all week, I haven’t left the house in 5 days, my children are on my last damn nerve, the dog ate my bra, my house is a disaster, if I don’t do laundry soon Ty will be wearing a dress to school, Mr.McHunky is annoyed with my food cravings, my MIL wants to come visit, I threatened to move out if she shows up, I found the house of my dreams with a price tag to match, the nausea came back full force after three days of blissful peace, I’ve graduated to fat lady maternity jeans, I’ve gained 4 pounds already, my Zofran prescription ran out and my face is breaking out like a hooker at a herpes convention again….

Sigh….Aren’t you glad I went MIA?


I am so ready for Spring. I am so tired of snow and ice and gray, gloomy skies. For years I have wondered if I have that Seasonal Depressive Disorder thing. I’m fine when summer turns to fall but once winter really sets in, I struggle. When it starts getting dark earlier, I struggle. When it’s too cold to go out walking, I struggle. I hate the cold, I hate winter. And I really really really hate snow.

I am anxiously awaiting spring and summer. I know, in 6 months I’ll be bitching and moaning about 100 degree heat. Especially since I’ll be a million months pregnant by then. But I need Spring to get here.

I. Need. Spring.

So I decided to make a little list of the things I’m anxiously awaiting. I can look at it when I’m feeling particularly shitty and bitchy about winter.
*I cannot wait to get our hot tub cleaned out and ready for use. There is nothing better than sitting in the hot tub at the end of the day with a frosty beer. Ahhh. Of course, I’m growing a person so this year the hot tub temp will be lower than 100 degrees and that frosty beer will be a virgin strawberry daiquiri, but still….
*I cannot wait to grill out at night. Nathan’s hot dogs, Juicy cheeseburgers, BBQ Chicken Legs, Shrimp Kabobs, Pork chops….Oh yum! Matt is the grill master and we grill out at least 5 nights a week during spring and summer. The oven rarely comes on and that’s just the way I like it.
*I cannot wait for the pool to open. I hate the thought of actually putting on a bathing suit this year but I cannot wait to take the kids swimming. They love the pool, it’s fabulous exercise and it keeps them away from the television and the video games during the summer. Plus, we have some super hot lifeguards in our neighborhood and eye candy is always fun. We will be spending the entire summer at the pool this year. I will be too fat and uncomfortable to do anything other than the pool and the summer camp movies.
*I cannot wait to ditch the jeans and sweaters. Summer dresses and tank tops, I miss you. Flip flops, I really miss you. Especially since my OB office has instituted a new weigh in policy that requires us fatties to leave our shoes ON during our monthly weigh ins. Not cool. I showed up in my faux Uggs the first visit and almost cried when the scale registered 5 lbs more than it should. Next visit, I’m wearing flip flops and damn the snow. Nobody really needs 10 toes anyway.
*I cannot wait to sleep past 6am. In the summer, we have no schedules. Nobody has to get to the bus on time, nobody has to go anywhere or do anything before noon if we don’t want to. I’m lucky that this summer the kids are old enough to sleep in a little more. Mase has started sleeping until 9-9:30am lately. Of course, he’s not falling asleep until after 10pm but I’ll take it. Ty will gladly sleep until 10am if I let him and even Maia likes to sleep later now. I cannot wait. 6am sucks ass.
*I cannot wait to do all the fun summer stuff around our city. Free concert series by the lake, summer festivals, Sonic slushies, movie nights at the pool, trips to the safari zoo….I cannot wait. We are not winter people, we do not go out much in the winter, which of course makes my mood worse. But once spring and summer hit- we are never at home if we can go out.
*I cannot wait to hang out with my bestie. She was recently laid off and has decided not to go back to work for awhile. She has a daughter the same age as Maia so we are going to have so much fun this summer.

Come on spring and summer. I need you.


Baby with a strong heartbeat of 152. Baby is measuring a little large for dates but since we don’t actually have a firm date because of the chemical pregnancy, no biggie. Due in late September-ish.

There were two yolk sacs but one was empty and my doc thinks it will reabsorb in a couple of weeks. If we hadn’t had this early ultrasound we probably would never had known about the second sac. I’m nauseous and hungry and exhausted and I haven’t pooped in days.

You’re welcome.