Friday, February 17, 2012

pregnancy journal [weeks 5-12]

like I stated in yesterday's post, I've been keeping a journal since I first found out I was pregnant. I'm warning you... it's a little long, and probably way mushier than I've been. here are some highlights. I'm keeping some of the entries private, since really, this is for me to look back on, and not something I want to share in it's entirety with the Interwebz. 

today, your Mommy peed on a stick discovered you existed. we (your dad & I) have been trying for you for a very long time. we are very excited, but nervous too.  it's very early, so I have to stay positive and keep my fingers crossed that you continue to grow. we estimate your due date to be 8/29/12, which means that I am 5w1d along today.

we're 7 weeks along now, and we have our first (and unexpected) sonogram today. after following the advice of internet friends, I called the doctor about my intense cramping. the nurse immediately set me up with Anne Arundel Diagnostics and made me an appointment for this afternoon. I hope everything is okay in there.

we got to see you today! Mommy had to hold her pee for a long time, but it was worth it. you're measuring a day ahead of schedule (7w1d), which means that you are now due 8/28/12. you look like a little shrimp and your heart was steady beating away at 140bpm. Daddy teared up a little bit when he saw your heartbeat. we are already so lucky. <3

oh baby. you have been making me feel so sick lately. I'm not actually throwing up, but I have been nauseous 24/7 and have absolutely no appetite at all. the 18th was the anniversary of your grandmother's passing (your mommy's mom)... Daddy cooked a special steak dinner, but I could barely eat it. I can't really eat anything with flavor without feeling icky. your poor dad doesn't know what to do with me. I also ate my first prune this week... thanks for that, baby!

we had our first appointment today! they took lots of blood from Mama, which almost resulted in me passing out. we got a good look at you too, and you now look like a gummy bear. wou were wiggling your little nubby arms and legs... you're a showoff already, that's for sure. doctor says that everything looks good and that you're measuring perfectly. we discussed lots of different things, from medicines to take, to travel, and food I can/cannot eat. GOOD NEWS - I don't have to give up Maryland Blue Crabs this summer! weeeee!

here you are in all your gummy bear glory:

we had our photo shoot with Jessica today, and it was great! Daddy wasn't too excited about it, but I know when he looks back, he'll be happy we did it. It was a little cold, and it started to rain, but I know that she got some great shots. we had our first encounter with buffalo today too, haha. she sent us a sneak peek and I think it's perfect.

after the photos, your Grandma and Pop Pop took us out to the Chop House to celebrate Daddy's birthday. I had a big 11oz filet and it was delicious. it was the first time I had eaten red meat since finding out about you, so I was a little nervous, but it all went fine.

Mama threw her back out... we'll be spending lots of time in bed this weekend. I can't take any medicine other than Tylenol, so the pain is pretty bad. I've never had back pain before, so I didn't realize how debilitating it would be - I hope you're kind to my back when we get later into the pregnancy, cause this is the pits!

2/14/12 - 12 weeks!
happy Valentine's Day, little one. you are, by far, the BEST gift I could ever ask for, and my heart is so full of love when I think of how lucky we are to have you. I can't wait to see you on Thursday when we go in for our NT scan. if everything looks alright, we'll be announcing you to the public later that day. typically, we don't celebrate Valentine's Day, but this year, Daddy surprised Mama and got her a card... I'll show it to you one day.

I took my very first "bump" pictures today, even though there is no baby bump to speak of yet. right now, all that's showing is pudge and bloat.

just as we suspected, you are perfect. you were sleeping when we first saw you, but even while resting, your heartbeat is a steady 170bpm. the sono tech asked me to cough, and when I did, you stretched your little legs out in front of you and then crossed them again. your little hand was up by your head, so I think you may have been sucking your thumb (if that's even possible right now). while we won't be out buying anything pink yet, the sono tech took a guess and thinks you're a girl. she may have just been trying to justify Mama's guesses, so who knows. we'll know for sure on April 5th!

also, we announced our news on Facebook today. you are so incredibly loved already, little Quinn. everyone is so joyous at the thought of you, and that makes us so happy. I feel so much love for you already, and cannot wait to meet you.

[photo by Jessica Lacey Photography]


  1. this is so adorable! i am 22 weeks along and i'm starting a pregnancy diary TODAY! such a precious thing to share with your child one day :)

  2. I love reading this Mandee. Such a sweet idea and I'm sure baby Quinn will enjoy reading it one day. Thanks for sharing.

  3. LOVE this :) I always read the journal posts over at "Adventures in Love and Happiness" and it makes me smile and daydream about our future babies. But reading YOUR first entries make me just plain giddy! Again, so happy for you and Sean. Can't wait to see what you're having... Either way I'm sure your nursery will have plenty of Hippos!

  4. These notes have me grinning from ear to ear! So, so, so sweet! I am still so excited for you!!!

  5. This is so sweet! I love how your keepign a journal. I teared up when I read about the sono. So happy for you guys!

  6. This is so sweet! I love how your keepign a journal. I teared up when I read about the sono. So happy for you guys!

  7. This is so sweet! I love how your keepign a journal. I teared up when I read about the sono. So happy for you guys!

  8. This is so sweet! I love how your keepign a journal. I teared up when I read about the sono. So happy for you guys!

  9. So absolutely amazing, congratulations!

  10. I love that you're keeping a journal and shared it with us!!! I hope your nausea subsides soon, 'morning' sickness is the pits :/
    oh and I'm TOTALLY guessing a girl! ;)

  11. thanks for sharing this. it will be really cool for baby quinn to look back on this. yay!


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