Wednesday, December 31, 2008

12w4d - We've got....limbs!!

Well, we had our 12-week appointment and NT scan today. The NT scan is a two-part test that looks for indications of Down's Syndrome and Trisomy 18. The first part is an ultrasound. I can't believe how much bean has changed since the last time we saw him/her! It's an actual baby in there with arms, legs, fingers, toes, and a little button nose! It was just incredible. Baby was wiggling all over and didn't want to cooperate with the u/s tech. The tech actually made me take a break and get up and walk around to get bean into a better position so she could get the measurements she needed. It worked and we were able to see the baby's perfect little profile. The tech also showed us the arms and hands and little legs. At one point baby was sucking his/her thumb and we could see the little mouth sucking away. It was just too cool!

Everything was just perfect. The doctor was happy with the measurements that were taken. Bean is actually measuring about 4 days ahead - yay for a big, healthy baby! The second part of the NT scan is a blood test, so I went and had that done at the lab before we left, too. And I didn't pass out this time! Woohoo! :)

I have been feeling pretty good. I think the last couple days I have had less nausea. I still need to snack throughout the day, but I don't get as icky-feeling in between my snacks now. Oh, and I was happy to learn that I've only gained 2.5 pounds so far! Not bad for being 12.5 weeks pregnant, huh?! Here are my 12w5d belly shots. I think I'm starting to get a more permanent pooch, but its still pretty little. I woke up in the middle of the night last night and K was rubbing my belly in his sleep. Awww. :)

I am so happy that we got to see a happy, wiggly little baby today. I have been staring at the ultrasound pictures since we got home. It's all so amazing and I feel so blessed!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

12w3d - My quilt came!!

I am part of GP Quilters, which is a group of GP girls who make a combined "community quilt". We make a few squares of a pre-determined color or design, then mail them to one person who puts the squares together into a quilt. We decided that the quilts would go to members who got their BFP's. I was the first one to get a BFP after we started the group, so Moo told me I would be getting our first quilt, the red one.

So a few weeks go by and the quilt doesn't come. Moo asked for my address again and got very impatient about me checking the mail. (Love you, Moo!). Well, today was the day and somehow Moo knew exactly when my mail came and told me to go get it. I did, and there was my quilt. Except...not at all the quilt I was expecting. The girls got all sneaky on me and made a Bee Quilt!! It is the cutest thing I've ever seen. I was so shocked - I started crying (you know, blame it on the pregnancy hormones). I am just in awe over the kindness of these women. What an amazing gift. Here are some pics of their handiwork:

Sunday, December 28, 2008

12w1d - Guess what...

K and I get to see the baby again in 3 days!!! I can't wait. I am so excited to see the little bean - complete with limbs this time. Last time was exciting, but there was only a head and tail...not too much to ooh and aah over. This time he/she will have arms, legs, fingers, and toes! And a little face!

Today I am 12 weeks, 1 day and feel like puking all day long. It really is a joyous time. I have not actually gotten sick, however, so I am still calling myself lucky. It does suck to feel nauseous all day but I can deal with it. And it is so worth it.

I have still been able to find the bean on the doppler. The heartrate is slowing down just like it is supposed to. Tonight I listened and he/she was chugging away at 160 bpm. I still think baby is a boy and my mom thinks baby is a girl. K and I did decide to find out the sex, so that appointment will be sometime towards the end of February I think. I can't wait!

Baby is the size of a plum this week! 2 1/2 inches long, but only weighs 1/2 ounce. He/she has almost all organ systems formed and functioning and we are at the point that risks from environmental factors are substantially decreased. Whew!

I can't believe I am 3 months pregnant. I remember looking at tickers for other girls that were 12 weeks and feeling like I would never get there. And here I am! I still worry about something going wrong, but not quite as much. I am so thankful for everything that I have been able to experience so far and CAN'T WAIT to see this little one on Wednesday! I can't imagine a better way to spend my New Year's Eve!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

11w3d - So happy!!

Congrats to my BFPB, MrsPink!!! She got her bfp today and I am sooooo happy for her! I have seriously never been so excited for a "stranger" in my life. Woohoo for baby pink!!

For Christmas this year K and I got each other tickets to the Bears/Packers game in Chicago. We went last night and it was quite an adventure. Here are some key facts you should know:
1. It was the coldest Bears game since 1983 - a whopping 7 degrees.
2. We took a train and shuttle to get to the stadium. The train was fine, the shuttle sucked.
3. People are crazy and will knock pregnant ladies around and shove her out of the way to get on the sucky shuttle.
4. Hand warmers in your shoes do not keep your toes from freezing.
5. The Bears ROCK!!!

Overall it was a really great time and I'm glad we went. Bean's first Bears game was a success and I'm sure he/she will be going to many more.

K and I are at our parents' houses for the week. My mom, brother, and sister got to hear Bean on the doppler today. It was nice to be able to share that with them (and to know that he/she is still going strong in there after the game last night). My mom and dad both think that I have a little "pooch", as my mom put it. I still think it's too early, but the bloat is definitely noticeable to others. :) Hopefully I'll have belly pictures or other pictures from Christmas to share soon.

One week and one day until we get to see Bean on u/s again! I can't wait!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

10w2d - Bean's beat....

I wanted to catch Bean's heartbeat on tape for my mom. This bright idea actually came to me in a dream - in the dream I was making the little video and then sent it to my mom. I woke up and thought it was a cute idea and decided to do just that. So Saturday and Sunday I tried to hunt the beanster down and couldn't find him/her. Today I tried again and found that beautiful sound. So I taped it and sent it to my mom and K's mom. :) There's a lot of background noise, but I was so happy to get it on tape!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

9w5d - Not too much new

Except for this uncontrollable bloat. I have caught people at work looking at my belly. They pretty much all know now anyway.

Tonight is the Christmas program for my kids. I really don't want to drag my butt back out of the house, but I always like seeing them all dressed up. I have some that have to wear pajamas, some that are Santas, and some that are Christmas trees. They're so cute!

Alright, I better go get ready for that. I just wanted to share my belly pics for 9w5d. Oh, and I was able to hear bean again on the doppler. It's the most beautiful sound!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

9w3d - Milestone!

Today I am 9 weeks, 3 days and we heard bean's heartbeat on a home doppler!! I am so thrilled, I can't even tell you. I had debated about getting a doppler - knowing that I can be a little obsessive and a worry wart. I didn't want to get one and then find myself listening every day, or not be able to find the heartbeat and freak out. But I finally decided to that I would get one if I promised to be reasonable about it.

So I went on Amazon and ordered the Hi Bebe doppler that came with 2 extra bottles of gel (it was a steal at only $115). It came in the mail yesterday, and so of course I opened it up and tried it out. I didn't hear anything and was ok with that.

Today I decided I wasn't going to try. I knew it was realllllly early (they say on average you can't hear it until 12 weeks). Anyway, I got home and decided to try it anyway. See the obsessive part I'm talking about? So I was sitting and trying to find it for a few minutes when all of a sudden "whoosh whoosh whoosh" loud and clear!! 174 beats per minute. I did some research to find out if that was a good heartrate and found that at 9 weeks it should be 155-195, so bean is perfect. I called K to tell him about it (he worked late tonight) and then my mom. Then I found it and listened to it again just be sure I wasn't crazy.

When K got home he wanted to hear, so we sat down to try and hunt down the heartbeat again. I let him do it. He was so cute and patient, moving it all over, watching the screen, and listening carefully. He couldn't find it, so I gave it a try. I couldn't find it either, so then he wanted to listen to his belly just to be sure there wasn't anything funny going on in there. After we listened to his belly and heart, he wanted to try one more time and there it was! Strong and beautiful, still in the 175 range. K was amazed, as am I. I am so glad we got to hear the bean!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

9w1d - We Told Our Families!!

Long story short, we ditched the Christmas plan and went home to visit and tell our parents this weekend. We already had our mug and t-shirts ready to go. I drove up on Friday night and K had to meet me there Saturday afternoon after his business trip. So I had to keep quiet for a day until he got there, which was harder than any of the previous weeks since I knew it was getting so close!!

When K got to my parents house we sat around and chit-chatted for a while before I not-so-nonchalantly brought up the video montage I had made. I told my parents that since we never made the one for our wedding and I already had all the pictures pulled together I decided to do it just for fun. They had NO CLUE what they were in for. Well they watched the whole thing, laughing at how silly and young K and I were in most of the pictures. We got to the slide with the positive test and my dad immediately stood up and started hugging us and congratulating us. My mom just sat and stared until the final slide that said "Baby F due in July" and then she started crying and getting all excited. She said her heart stopped when she saw the positive test and thought the next slide would say, "NOT!". Lol...that would be cruel, mom. :)

For K's parents we gave his mom a mug that said, "Grandma F..." on it. She opened it and IMMEDIATELY knew what it meant and started screaming, "Oh my God!! Oh my God!!" Then she got up and hugged us and congratulated us. It was great. His dad didn't see the mug, so I had to take it and show him so he could understand why K's mom was going nuts. He was grinning and as K put it, "Beaming as much as he beams." We then told K's sister and brother-in-law and K's mom called some people. It was fun.

The BEST part was telling my younger brother and sister. They weren't there when we told my parents, and we had gotten them shirts that say, "World's Coolest Uncle" and "Aunt 2009". They opened their gifts at the same time. My sis read hers first and understood immediately. She covered her mouth and waited for my brother to read. He read his shirt and we asked him what that meant. He looked confused, so I asked who he was an uncle to. He pointed to our dogs. Lol. At this point my sister had enough of waiting, came running around the kitchen table screaming, "YOU'RE HAVING A BABY!!!!" She jumped up to hug me and my brother says, "What?!" My parents explained to him that I am pregnant. He says, "You're pregnant? You're pretty skinny!" cute.

Last ones to tell personally are my grandma and grandpa. My mom and I are going to their house today and will see them and some of my aunts and uncles. So now the cat is officially out of the bag and it was a great weekend!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

8w1d - Eew

I feel gross. So here's how my version of morning sickness works so far: I feel sick The only thing that makes me feel better is to eat something, but the last thing I want to do when I'm feeling nasty is eat. So I have to pick something that almost sounds appealing and just go for it. But I can't eat too much...oh no, because then I feel worse than I did before I crammed the food down my own throat. So I am eating about 8 small meals a day. Which makes me feel like I'm going to gain crazy amounts of weight. I hope not. I'm at least trying to make healthy choices. This all hit me while I was off for break, though, so I'm not sure how it's going to play out when I go back to work tomorrow.... "Excuse me, kids, while I scarf down these carrots."

On a positive note, K and I made it through Thanksgiving without anyone finding out about baby. I only had one person question uncle, which was unexpected. He walked in the door and said, "Hi, no babies yet?" To which I replied, "Nope, not yet!" :) My mom did notice my super bloat though (it was AWFUL on Thanksgiving). She pat my stomach and said, "Full tummy?" Yes, mom, full of food and a baby.

Monday, November 24, 2008

7w2d - Little raspberry

Well, I am officially into my 8th week of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a raspberry! Wow, I can't believe he/she is so big in there already. Apparently my uterus is the size of a grapefruit, but I am completely unaware of it.

I have started to feel my first beautiful waves of nausea. Luckily I have not gotten sick yet. It's hard to describe the feeling exactly. I just feel wrong, gross inside. I really hope it doesn't progress into anything worse, but I'll deal with whatever I need to in order to get this baby here!

I got a present in the mail today! Eclipsed, my fab BFPB sent this for Baby Bee:

It's a really cushy, soft baby blanket (with a cute little bee on it), a 3-pack of bibs, and a Christmas ornament with a pg girl that says, "Mommy to be". So cute. Thanks, E!

And lastly, my belly pics for 7 weeks. It seems that I'm doing them about every 2 weeks. That's good until I start having something to look at, right?

Friday, November 21, 2008

6w6d - Progress!

Since I went to the doctor when I was 6w5d and they moved my due date back two days I went back to being 6w3d. So today I am happy to say I am back to making forward progress! I am 6w6d and can't wait to be an even 7 weeks tomorrow. I can't figure out if time is going by quickly or slowly. It seems like the days are dragging, but at the same time I can't believe I'm almost 7 weeks already!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

6w3d - Home from the appointment!

And this one went great! We had the usual paperwork and health history to do, then I had my pap. This was the first time K got to experience such a wonderful time in a woman's life and he agreed that it is rather barbaric. Poor guy. (and poor me too!). After talking about my cramping that I've been having and the questionable cm that I didn't know if it was spotting or not, my doctor decided to do an ultrasound (yay!). Here is Baby Bee's first photo:
Aww, isn't he/she a cute blob? We were able to see the heartbeat flickering away at 134 bpm. Baby was measuring pretty much on target with my ovulation date. They moved my due date two days from July 9th to July 11th. I'm a little sad at losing those two days, but I am so happy that everything is looking good!

My next appointment is December 30th, at which I will have another u/s done for the neuchal translucency test. I'll be just over 12 weeks and am excited to see all the changes that baby goes under between now and then. K and I are still debating about when to tell the fam, but I feel more comfortable telling them now that we've seen the heartbeat, so for now we are tentatively set on Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 17, 2008

6w2d - Baby Bee

Apparently I am bad at updating about my baby...I missed the whole "sweet pea" phase of his/her life. But this week I present......a blueberry! Baby Bee will grow to approximately 1/2inch this week. He/she has a regular heartbeat and is growing arms and legs. The picture of baby isn't too frightening to show this week, so here it is!
So far I am still not having much in the way of symptoms. My snotty nose is getting pretty nasty, but I have been sleeping better. My first appointment at the new doctor's office is tomorrow afternoon. K is coming with me to this one and I have high hopes that it will go much better. Even if I don't get an u/s I know that I will get one at 12 weeks and that makes me feel a lot better about things.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

6w0d - first appointment

Now that I have finally calmed down from my appointment on Thursday, let me try to explain how horrid it was...

First of all, this was the 'group' appointment, which I was told was a 90 minute informational session on what to expect for the rest of the pregnancy. Well...I got there and checked in and it was me and two other women. The first was a lady who was 12 weeks and just figured out she was pregnant, the other was a nice couple that didn't speak much english and was terrified because her first pregnancy and labor did not go smoothly. So I was already uncomfortable, didn't feel like I related to these other women I was sitting there with. I quickly figured out that this "informational session" was for THEIR information, not mine. I had to fill out my own health history, half of which was in doctor lingo I didn't understand. I also had to chug the orange crap for my glucose test which I was not expecting to get that day.

Anyway, during this session I found out that the doctor's office would not confirm my pregnancy for me through either a urine test or a blood test - they were just taking my word for it. And my first and only u/s would be at 20 weeks. Um...that is unacceptable to me. I was looking forward so much to having confirmation that the bean is really in there and was basically told that I would not be validated at all.

So I leave that session fuming and about to cry and go down to get my bloodwork done. Now, I have to tell you I am not a fan of blood. And I knew they would be taking several vials of blood and was nervous that it would hurt or that I would feel them jiggling it around when they changed the vials. The lady was really nice and did a great job. It didn't hurt at all and I didn't feel any jiggling! I was feeling pretty proud of myself when...oh crap, tunnel vision. The next thing I know several ladies are saying, "Are you ok? Are you ok?" Yep, I passed out. Ridiculous. So then they had to take me over to a bed to lie down until a nurse could come check me out, which made me feel so dumb. I kept saying I was fine, but they insisted I at least lie there for a little while. Thinking I could make myself at least feel a little better I ask one of the lab techs, "Does this happen often?" She says, "Um...I've never seen this happen." Great.

So I finally sulk out of the lab, feeling like a loser, and start crying halway to my car. I'm thinking this day cannot get any worse. Wrong. I didn't realize that the parking garage I was in was a paid lot...and I had NO MONEY. So I get to the gate and this big tough guy says, "2.25" I said, "I don't have any you take a credit card?" He's looking at me like I'm a stuck-up college girl, so I start counting random pennies and nickles I am finding in my car. I'm trying so hard not to cry anymore and my eyes are all watery and my lip starts quivering....nothing scares a big tough man like a crying girl. So he says, "Just go." I peeled out of the lot and cried the whole way home.

On my way home I realized that I had to find a new doctor. It took a bit of searching, but I ended up finding another practice that is covered by my insurance. I called yesterday and spoke with a couple different people from that office and have high hopes that they will be a better fit. They said they'd see me initially at 8 weeks (I go in a little early on Tuesday for my first appointment) and then I would have my first u/s the next appointment, at 12 weeks. Yay! I am so ready to see this little bee! I am hoping and praying that my appointment Tuesday goes better and that K is able to come with me for this one. We'll see how it goes!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

5w4d - First appointment tomorrow!

So my first appointment is tomorrow. This is the "group prenatal" appointment where they spend 90 minutes educating us on pregnancy and what to expect. Then I go get bloodwork done. Which I am not looking forward to at all, but for the bean I will do anything. I am just ready to have some kind of reassurance that everything is going well.

K and I still haven't decided when to tell the family. We ordered everything (shirts, mug) that we need to tell them. And I made a video montage to tell friends.
The debate is whether to tell at Thanksgiving (when I will be 8 weeks) or Christmas (when I will be 12 weeks). Being on the nest for so long, I have seen so many people experience pregnancy loss. I am terrified that will be me and don't want to tell people only to have to take it back and tell them we lost the baby. On the other hand, I feel like I should be an optimist and tell knowing that everything will go fine. I'm hoping I feel strongly one way or the other after my second appointment. Because once we tell family EVERYONE will know, so it's a big decision. Any advice or comments are welcome! Help me out!

Other than that ongoing mental struggle, I have been doing ok. I am pretty sick with a headcold (it just can't all be a pg symptom!). I am sniffly, sneezy, and generally miserable. And still not sleeping, which is getting to be a real pain in the ass.

To view the montage we made to tell friends, visit:

Monday, November 10, 2008

5w2d - Exhaustion

I never fully understood pure exhaustion before. I get it now. I am SO tired. I can't bring myself to do anything I should be doing. My house is a mess. And when I do attempt to do something productive I usually end up getting frustrated and cry. And then I laugh at myself for crying. And K joins in...which sends me right back to crying.

As if being horribly tired wasn't bad enough, I can't sleep! I have a cold or something that is making me cough and giving me a scratchy throat and it makes it impossible to sleep. Last night I went to bed at 9:30, didn't fall asleep until 12:30 and was awake about every 20 minutes flopping around until my alarm went off at 6:15. Which meant that I went to school exhausted and actually had the bright idea to try and nap at my desk when the kids were at music. So I closed the door, set the alarm on my phone in case a miracle happened and I actually fell asleep, curled up on my desk college style, and closed my eyes. No sooner had I done that when I heard someone say, "Bored?". Busted. The reading teacher came in and caught me. Boo...that was the end of my "nap".

Tonight I plan on trying the couch to see if it makes a difference and I can sleep through the night. We'll see how it goes...I've already been choosing places in the school where I could go sleep tomorrow while my student teacher teaches. So far the science room is sounding pretty good. In between the dinosaurs and rocks...perfect.

Friday, November 7, 2008

4w6d - I survived!

Conference week is over and I made it through alive! Weekend here I come!

My weekend is off to a great start because I had a present when I got home! From the fabulous Pink! :) It's a little onesie and a cute pair of bee baby nail clippers. So cute! I am so thankful for having such wonderful BFPB's. Pink and E, you have been so supportive. Thank you girls for everything you've gone through with me. Pink, I can't wait until it's your turn!

I learned something new this week. Here it is: the "sore boobs" that I have had before were NOTHING compared to sore pregnancy boobs. Holy crap! I take my bra off at night and just want to weep. My dogs have a knack for bumping into them so I cower in fear everytime they get in bed with me and want to cuddle.

I am now on week 5 of pregnancy and this week (drumroll please....) Baby Bee's heart will start beating! Isn't that crazy? He/she really doesn't even look like a baby yet (remember last week's tail comment?), but there is a beating heart and blood circulating through his/her tiny body. This week baby is the size of an apple seed. Aww.

And lastly I leave you with this week's belly pics. I skipped last week because, let's face it, there's nothing to see and probably won't be for quite a while longer. But at least we can keep tabs on my pretty bloat....just what you want, right? :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

4w4d - This week is exhausting

For school this week I have parent-teacher conferences Tuesday and Thursday. After school. So we have a full school day, then a break for dinner, then conferences from 5:15-8:00. Looooong day. I survived round 1 yesterday, but was so exhausted when I got home that I crawled into bed and went to sleep early. Today we have a half day of school and then an inservice on RtI in the afternoon. I hope the inservice is interesting, or I for sure will be asleep. I just want the week to speed by so I can get to my lazy weekend I am looking forward to.

In baby news, I will be 5 weeks pregnant tomorrow. I really look forward to seeing my ticker progress everyday. I'm still nervous something will go wrong, so it helps me to see the days ticking by. I have my first appointment a week from tomorrow, but it is just the informational one. I am ready to have this baby confirmed by a doctor! They will do bloodwork, so I am hoping they will at least tell me my HcG levels or something. I guess I'll have to wait and see! (That seems to be the theme of pregnancy...wait and see)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

4w0d - Learned something new.

After all the research and learning I did about TTC, I swear I could teach a fertility class. Or at least give some really great pointers to girls that are just starting the process. However, as it turns out, I neglected to research what happens once K and I have actually succeeded at creating life...what comes next? Besides morning sickness and an ever-expanding belly, I don't really know what to expect in the next 9 months. Or, gasp, when the baby actually comes!

Freaking out as I normally do, I decided my plan of action should be to order every pregnancy book I could find on Amazon. Before I checked out, I realized that I was insane and narrowed it down to Your Pregnancy Week by Week and book for K, The Expectant Dad. Well, that was on Monday and it is now Saturday and apparently the good people at Amazon and the USPS do not realize that they are dealing with a hormonal pregnant woman with no patience. So last night I took a little trip to Target where I bought two things. The first, this adorable sleeper:
It was just so tiny! I am so amazed at the size of newborn clothes. I can't believe that in 9 months I will have a little someone who can wear it!

My second purchase was the book Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy. I'm actually a little afraid to read it because she is so honest and blunt about the trials and tribulations of pregnancy and birth. But I started it today and learned my first something new: runny noses are a pregnancy symptom. Now this may not seem like a big deal to you, but this is the first concrete thing that I can say, "I have that!" Since Monday I have had the worst runny nose accompanied by a searing sore throat. It's been driving me crazy and I couldn't figure out my own dumb luck to get pregnant and sick in the same week. Well ta-da! Mystery solved - poppyseed is already making me sick. :)

Speaking of poppyseed...that is the size of our baby this week!
I subscribed to a weekly newsletter based on the progress of my pregnancy. It also sends me a picture of poppyseed, but I will spare you that one. It's pretty freaky. Next week it gets freakier - I showed K and he said, "Oh my god, it grew a tail!"

Oh poppyseed, we love you... even if you have a tail. :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

3w3d - Made my first doctor's appointments!

I found a new doctor that comes highly recommended from some of the ladies at work (I didn't tell them why I needed a new doc....just that I needed one). I called to make my first appointment today and was told that the first step is a "group prenatal appointment". Which basically means they will put me with some other women who just found out they're pregnant and tell us the basics that we'll need to know. I was told it is a 90-minute session, so hopefully we'll get some good info. After that I go to the lab and get some bloodwork and stuff done (yuck!). That appointment is on November 13th, which will put me at 7 wks. I know that is pretty typical, but it just seems like such a long time to wait before even seeing anyone or having bloodwork done. I'll be nervous until then....ok, I'll probably be nervous through the whole pregnancy, but still.

The following week, on November 20th I have an appointment with the nurse practitioner. I assume I will have an exam, maybe an ultrasound. The receptionist I spoke with didn't seem to know and told me to ask at my prenatal education I guess that's what I'll do.

I'm still feeling good today. Tired, sore, and hungry. But no sign of morning sickness yet *knock on wood*. I hope it stays that way. I think my boobs might be trying to get sore...or I'm making them that way by squeezing them all the time to see how they feel. :)

I hope the next couple weeks go by quickly and that BabyBee keeps growing like crazy in there until the first time I get to see him/her!

Monday, October 27, 2008

3w2d - I'm going to be a mommy!

I can't believe it...after 7 cycles of temping, charting, and driving myself crazy with TTC, I got my BFP yesterday! Baby Bee is tentatively due July 9, 2008 (due date subject to change). K and I were at my parent's house and I was only 10 dpo, but decided to test anyway. I only had an internet cheapie with me so I used that and then took it with me back to bed, where K and I watched the test develop. I *thought* I saw a second line and started getting really excited. When K said that he also saw it, I started quietly squealing and saying, "We did it! We did it!" K was grinning from ear to ear.

The internet cheapie line was sooooo faint, I knew I had to follow it up with another brand of test. So I ran out to Target and bought some FRER's and a digital. I waited the obligatory 4 hours without drinking (which was pure torture I might add...) and used one of the FRER's. K was with me and he turned out the light and left it on the bathroom counter. We sat at the top of the stairs waiting the three minutes feeling nervously excited. It felt like we were in high school waiting to get in trouble. When our three minutes were up I jumped up, ran into the bathroom, and...what was that??? TWO CLEAR LINES! We were both ecstatic, hugging and kissing.

The hardest part was keeping the news to ourselves, being that we were at my parents' house. But we did a good job, and left without anyone knowing. The whole way home we talked about baby and how/when we'll tell people.

This morning I got up and used one of my digitals. After waiting for what seemed like forever, "pregnant" popped up in the test window. I woke K up to show him...which was useless because he wasn't even really awake and his eyes were too blurry to see the test. :)

I still don't believe it...I've never peed on so many things in my life. Here is proof of my pee addiction:I need to make my first doc's appointment, but found out today that my doc that I was seeing doesn't see patients past 28 weeks. So I'm going to switch to a new doc now so that he/she can see me through the whole pregnancy and delivery. I'm excited to get in to the doctor and hope that my appointment isn't too far off.

I haven't had many symptoms yet. I had some slight cramping before my BFP and have been pretty tired. I also had itchy boobs...not sure what that means yet. :) And today my hips were hurting, which is weird. Oh, and I was starving all day. I went to the store to get some food to keep in my desk.

I leave you with these "before" belly pics (taken today at 3w4d ) Notice the bloat...very unattractive. :)