Tuesday, May 30, 2006

crackers are a girl's best friend

okay, so enough teasing. you asked for the details and here they are:

when are you due? baby stew will be welcomed with open arms into our home sometime in january. the due date i've been going by is january 16, but that could change slightly in the next couple of weeks. i'm over 7 weeks along now and my first ultrasound was scheduled for today, but unfortunately had to be postponed for another 2 weeks.

how have you been feeling? i've been feeling ok. i'm slightly sea-sick on and off all day. thankfully, i'm past the stage of feeling REALLY gross in the morning, but i find that if i go too long without snacking, my queasiness gets worse. so far i've only thrown up once and that was after gagging on one of my giant prenatal vitamins. ick, those things make me gag just thinking about them! i also can't stomach the thought of lasagna or cereal most of the time, but LOVE eating any kind of fruit, especially strawberries and watermelon. and i've been craving potatoes lately.

were you trying to get pregnant? well, it's kinda funny because we've been telling everyone that we wanted to have a baby next june (long story having to do with the birthdays of josh, his dad, and grandpa all falling within 2 days of each other) but we secrectly decided that after our trip to england, we'd throw all precaution to the wind. well, it was actually DURING our trip to england that all precaution was thrown and we believe that our baby was made on english soil (well, we weren't actually in the dirt, but you know what i mean) which is really cool when you think of it because that's where josh and i met and fell in love!

are you going to find out the sex of the baby? we're still slightly undecided on this one. josh would love to find out, but i kind of like the idea of being surprised when s/he pops out. however, the more i think about it, the more i agree with josh that i will be unable to handle the suspense and will cave in and find out. just so you know, if we do end up finding out, we'll let you all in on it!

have you picked out any names yet? YES! we pretty much finalized the names before we even conceived. we've told some people, but i don't think we want to blurt them out in such a public place. not because we don't think you'll like them; we don't care if you don't. but rather because we think they're such fantastic names and we don't want anybody else stealing them :)

aside from all of the obvious questions that i've just answered, i have found that there is so much about being pregnant that i never had a clue about until now. a few of those things are:

* i never knew that freckles would appear on my body where they have never been before (and i'm not a very freckled person)
* i never knew how freaking HARD it is not to tell people that we're expecting! as soon as i found out and told josh, i was all, "but we have to wait for a few weeks before we say anything" and he was all, "no way!" but we kept quiet, and then about 3 days later i came home from work, tired and cranky and feeling queasy like none other and lamented, "i just CAN'T keep it in anymore!!!" so, after buying me a fat carne asada burrito to shut me up, we drove straight to josh's parent's house to tell them our news and i called my mom straightaway the next morning. after that it kind of trickled out to our close friends until our pastor decided that it would be a good idea to announce it from the pulpit a week ago. so now that all of ramona knows, there's no point in keeping it a secret from my blogging friends any longer, even though i am only JUST pregnant as people like to say.
* i never knew anything about constipation. never really had to use that word before. loaded up on prunes yesterday so i'm all good now.
* i never knew how much i'd appreciate my husband during this time. my man has the steadfastness of Job. not only does he put up with my mood swings and queasy moments, he has helped out so much. on mother's day he spoiled me rotton buying me flowering plants, plus a gorgeous candle holder & candle, writing me a poem AND buying me pride and prejudice on dvd which is HUGE since he had previously vowed never to spend a cent on anything jane austen. not only that, but he cleaned the kitchen and vaccuumed and did a ton of laundry and has since continued to help out with the housework without me even asking for help! not only is he a gem of a husband, but i know that he will be the best daddy. i get teary eyed every time i think of him holding our baby for the first time. then again, i get teary eyed thinking of a lot of things lately :)
* i never knew how consumed with this pregnancy i'd become. i'm reading like 15 books at a time right now, journalling for our baby...every waking moment it seems i'm thinking about what baby stew will look like, what part of the body is developing right now, making sure i'm eating the right things every day...i've never experienced anything like it.

so there you have it. lengthy leah, just the way you requested it :) and now, because i had to go and type it, i am craving carne asada. which sucks cuz i'm making chicken for dinner. blah.

19 comments:

Kristal said...

Okay, love hearing all the details, finally! You kept us in such suspense! Oh, and so romantic that Baby Stew was "made" where you fell in love! What a wonderful time...enjoy every minute...it really goes quickly. Soon Baby Stew will be in your arms. Yay! So exciting!!!

Zandra said...

Yay...I am so excited that my little Kamryn will have a friend soon!

L said...

i am as excited as if it were me. something about when your friends get pregnant, its just so... ok, in a sentence, i am really extremely, over-the-top super dee duper excited for you and Josh. Makes me miss you even more. Thank God for this blog.

Nicci said...

I am over the moon with excitement for you. It is so awesome that baby Stew was conceived on English soil. Boy are you ever fertile girl!! I am going to be the first to guess what the baby is based on your cravings. It's a girl!!! I had exactly the same cravings with Ashlee. I guess we'll see if I'm right.

Lisa said...

Congratulations Heidi and Josh on our upcoming child! I hope you have a fun and smooth pregnancy! Congratulations!

Jennifer said...

re prenatal vitamins...good girl but go for the good ones.....well worth the money for the ones that don't constipate :)
....I second the girl based on the cravings....potatoes was one of mine when I had Carmyn...but I liked grapes and not watermelon...

Danna said...

Congrats again, Heidi! I'll definately be checking you blog for updates now! I do hope that all goes well with you...exspecially these first 3 months. (Just speaking from experience) Please be careful!!!! Thinking and praying for you lots!

the Engler family said...

wow heidi, congrats! i thought you two were a 5-year plan type of couple. sooo exciting. you and josh sound so much in love... so you'll make awesome parents. your blog is always on my a-list for checking, and so much more so now! be sure not to disappoint all your loyal and nosy (in a friendly, caring sort of way) fans.
-de

The Tjepkema's said...

Oh my goodness I am so dense. First in a series of 9 photos - Duh!! (Don't do what I did and lose your brain after childbirth!)

Congratulations you two! There's absolutely nothing like it in the world. Keep us all posted! I love hearing about pregnancy stuff ;)

Jenn & Wade said...

Thanks for the details, I'm not quite sure I really needed to know that you "weren't in the dirt" when this "happened"...I was amused that you informed us of that detail=) I would have to say that I disagree with the craving thing....when I was pregnant with Keagan all I wanted was fruit and we got a boy. Jenn

Jennifer said...

I was craving grapefruit when I had a boy

Lana said...

Congrats Heidi! You're going to LOVE this new adventure! I had to never let myself get hungry when I was pregnant, because getting hungry meant getting nauseated. Weird, huh?

cv said...

My congratulations is a little late, I've not checked up on blog land in a while.... I'm sooooo pleased for you Heidi. Enjoy every minute of it.... I'm so glad to hear that you're not the only one into reading up on these kinds of things and journalling.... take whatever steps you need to make this memorable

Cherylene

Meredith said...

I too disagree with the craving thing I only ate grapes and strawberries with Gabriel and he's a boy.
I hope you have a healthy pregnancy and a baby who likes to sleep through the night often! Boy/Girl doesn't matter as long as they are healthy and sleep when you are tired. :)

L said...

i think i expect more posts now than before!

Jeff, Kristy & Hayley said...

Congrats!!!! Due to the fact I haven't been checking out everyone's blog, Marge was the one who told me you were pregnant.Being a mom is the best thing in the world! When I was preggo with Hayley the first couple months I ate 2-3 grapefruits per day, from then on I always had a craving for strawberry short cake with real whip cream!! (no wonder I gained over the average weight gain ;) I look forward to the monthly pics.

PS Mushy brain: Bonnie and I called it placenta head :)It doesn't really go away...

Adams family said...

It is so neat hearing all of your details. Congratulations to you guys, what romantic situations.

kelly said...

CONGRATS!!! that is so exciting! All of your realizations about pregnancy are still so fresh in my mind! I hope you have a great, trouble-free pregnancy and that you are able to enjoy it! glad to hear the news :)

sarah said...

Congratulations Heidi, I am so happy for you. You must be so excited!! Being a mom is the most rewarding job ever! You are going to make a great mom!