Goodbye 2007!

Man how a year changes a person. Last year at 2:00pm on New Years Eve we had already started drinking Bloody Mary's. This year I am working and it isn't even bothering me. When I get off, I am going grocery shopping and that about wraps up my night! Haha. We might go to Chanute but neither one of us are really jumping at the bit to make plans. I wouldn't mind going to dinner but I've called a few places and they are already full on reservations. As far as the pregnancy goes, things are really starting to progress. My belly is growing more and more every day and my clothes are shrinking faster than ever. I'm still squeezing by without maternity clothes but my time is limited. The bottom of my belly underneath my bellybutton is filling out and starting to get hard. I also have this blue line that I've read about from my bellybutton down. It's strange looking. We have also officially decided NOT to find out what we are having. I'm posting this only because I now feel like I'm held accountable not to find out since I've told everyone. I've finally started gaining weight but our baby is 5 inches long and I'm 17 weeks along so it's about time! I've gained 4 pounds since my last Weight Watchers weigh-in and I promise you I've been eating more than ever. I am going to try to take a belly picture tomorrow and if it is flattering then I will post it for you guys to see my growing belly. Hope everyone has a safe and happy new year.


The Joys of Pregnancy

Hello all. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Mine was great but I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to have a little one next year! I just kept thinking about how different things will be next year with a little one scooting around. How fun! As far as pregnancy news goes, the fun has officially began. :) Only a few select outfits fit now and I seem to have started stretching because my belly ITCHES so bad. I called Dr. Sohaie today and am waiting on a call back from her. Not like normal itching...spots are starting to scab because I've been itching so much. I take the pumice stone in the tub every morning and itch until I can no longer feel my skin. Ha. I'm really hoping there is a solution other than lotion because I promise you, I'm using lotion and it isn't working. Second, I've slowly been getting heartburn but not enough to keep me from eating spicy things. Sunday I ate stuffed Jalapenos and Monday I ate hot wings. Ha. The heartburn was bad enough that I wished I hadn't of eaten those things and my doctor said I could only drink Maalox. Yuck. I'm finally giving in and am making a special trip to Wal-mart tonight to pick some up.


Bad News and More Bad News

Well, I went to the doctor on Friday...waited, checked in, weighed (the same!), went into the room, heard the heartbeat, and started waiting. Finally, the nurse came back in...the doctor had to go deliver a baby at the hospital. I won't lie, I was disapointed but I will be there one day soon and I know there will be anxious mom's-to-be waiting while Dr. Sohaie delivers my baby. So I decided not to wait and just to schedule for my next appointment. The nurse did listen for the baby's heartbeat though and all was well. There was a lot of noise in the background and she said that it was the baby moving. She said it was really active! Exciting! So no sonogram pictures until January 17th but that will be here before I know it. We officially have one month to decide if we are finding out the sex or not. Decisions, decisions. On to more bad news...I tried to do my first maternity clothes shopping this weekend. I looked at Target and hated everything so I quit. I really needed to get some stuff too but it's just all so ugly and big. Ha. I was able to find some more good stuff at Old Navy though. I don't think I could be luckier that big and baggy shirts are in style right now. :) I have it rationalized in my head that it won't be much longer until the baby is here. January 17th will be here soon because of Christmas and New Years keeping me busy. My next appointment will be February 17th, which is right after my birthday and Valentines day. That month always flys by. That puts me at my March 15th appointment which only leaves an April appointment and a May appointment. Haha. I guess what I'm trying to say is that time flies when you are having fun and we are still enjoying every second of this.


Amazing Photo

After seeing this picture, I can't wait until my sonogram on Friday. The last thing I read the baby is about the size of a lemon. I just can't believe it is that small yet so developed. I've started getting sick again the last four mornings but I think it probably has to do with lack of sleep and stress from work. Don't have much else to say but was excited to show this picture.


Growing Belly

It is almost time that I give in and take a picture of my growing belly. If I lived in a town with a mall, I would have some maternity clothes. But I don't so I'm still squeezing into my clothes that all just make me look fat. I promised myself as soon as I looked pregnant and not fat, I would start taking (and possibly posting) pictures of my belly for my scrapbook. It's about that time! I keep seeing girls that are just as far along as me, or farther, and aren't showing an ounce. And Lindsey wore a wedding dress at 5 months and you can't tell even if you try. But I'm monitoring my scale and I still haven't gained but a couple of pounds, so I know it's all baby and not just my sour cravings that are making my belly grow. :) I was 13 weeks yesterday, man how time flies. When I think of it in terms of months and June 15th, that is forever away. But in my own little mind I can rationalize it out to not be very much longer. Ha. I'll attatch some pictures I found of 13 weeks but they don't look much different than 12 weeks. I changed my appointment to next Friday rather than Wednesday so for all 3 of you that read daily and can't wait to see my sonogram, it'll be awhile longer. Ha.



Hey guys and gals. Well, I'm officially out of my first trimester. (I think. I'm 12 weeks - which doesn't make sense because if you are pregnant for 40 weeks, 13.5 weeks is 1/3 of the way...but I've always heard 12?) But yah, I'm 12.4 weeks and feeling great. Haven't had morning sickness in awhile but did catch a horrible cold last week. Went to bed at 6:30pm Friday and around 7:00pm on Saturday. Talk about a change in lifestyle. :) The only other pregnancy news is that I've been having some cravings lately. I thought it was just a weird coincedence but it hasn't stopped. It started with cranberry juice, then Warheads, sour gummies, and most recently, rainbow sherbert. I'd really like to go to Chanute soon because I've been craving Sour Jelly Belly's for a couple weeks now. Maybe I could convince someone to buy me some and mail them to me. :) Well, I guess that is all until Thursday when I'll update with some 13 week pictures. December 12th is my next appointment and she said she would do another sonogram. I'm getting anxious.


Fat but not pregnant

I'm going through that weird stage now where my clothes are starting not to fit but I don't look pregnant yet. Yuck. My pants that are "low-rise" still button but any that come up a little higher are very uncomfortable. This seems to have happened basically overnight. None of my pre-pregnancy shirts look good. They all seem to suction to my mid-section and make me look fat. Not pregnant. Last night we went to dinner and I wore jeans and a hooded sweatshirt. I felt so sloppy. Some good news, I weighed the smorning and have only gained 2 pounds since finding out we were pregnant. At one point I was eating like crazy and lost a couple pounds. I'll chalk those 2 pounds up to Thanksgiving and the thousands of extra calories I consumed...of course, cause I was eating for two. :) Tj promised me that he would take me to Good Will this weekend and buy me some new outfits. Haha. On the other hand, I've been feeling great. Haven't been sick in a couple weeks. A couple nights this week I've been completely exhausted and just felt yucky. It all made sense today when I woke up with a horrible cold and a sore throat. It could be worse. I'll take this over morning sickness any day.


Happy Turkey Day!!

Well, just wanted to do a quick update before the holiday. I'm feeling so much better. I haven't been sick since last Wednesday...knock on wood. Other than being a little tired, I feel great. Which I'm thankful for. I'm 11 weeks tomorrow and man is our baby growing! I can't believe these pictures. Have a great holiday everyone.


A Little Let Down

I must admit, I was a little let down. I was expecting to see fingers and toes and I can barely even make out a head. Haha. If you look in the top Right corner, it shows you the direction that the baby is sitting. I honestly don't know whether that big thing is it's head or if the whole thing is that little blob underneath that big circle thing. And I was there! I go back in 4 weeks and she said that those would be a lot better. Then she'll do another one at 18 weeks to find out the sex. We still haven't decided whether we are going to find out or not. Our "nursery" is green right now...grass green, I guess. Green and hot pink are really cute for a girl and Lindsey's playroom is really cute and it is green with primary colored blocks painted for a boy. My biggest reasoning to find out is for the nursery but since the wall is somewhat neutral right now, that might not be an issue if I can come up with two cute ideas. I'm not going to do a baby blue or a pastel pink room anyways so I myswell just leave it green. Anyone want to take bets that in 10 weeks we know what we are having and the nursery is painted a color other than green? I'm still trying to be logical right now but I bet that passes as I get more excited.


1st Huskers Game

Well, we hit a milestone this weekend. Yep, our baby's first Huskers game. I took some pictures for the scrapbook but I'm starting to think that may be a little proactive. What do ya think? I looked for a Future Husker Fan shirt with an arrow pointing towards my belly but I couldn't find one. It was a LONG weekend but a lot of fun. Last week was another hard week. I'm getting sick about every morning but I know it could be worse. As for now, it's 6:30 and I'm honestly contemplating going to bed. I have a doctors appointment this Wednesday so hopefully I'll have some sonogram pictures for you. Thanks for reading!



I just wanted to say thanks to Kinzi for these books! They are just too cute! And I promise, it couldn't have came at a better time. This was my first real test of not being able to drink after finding out we were pregnant. Not as if it were a question as to whether I would or not, of course I wouldn't. But this was the first time that everyone else around me has been partaking in the festivities and I haven't been able too. Friday night we went to dinner and Tj and his friend ordered a couple drinks. I was fine until after dinner when I was ready to go. The server asked if we needed anything else...I was expecting a "Nope!" but instead got, "Yah, we'll have another round." Haha. I got my book just in time for Saturday's big road rally and believe me, I needed the words of encouragement. Monica told me that it would get easier after the first few months and I would just look at everyone else and think, "They are all going to be hungover tomorrow and I'm going to feel great." At this point though, as I was watching everyone else...I was thinking, "They are having way more fun than me and I bet I'm sicker than any of them in the morning." Haha. All in all, it was a great weekend. Only a couple bouts of morning sickness and a whole lot of fun. Thanks again, Kinz.


8 Weeks

To be honest, I have no idea how many weeks I am. According to Parents.com and most importantly, Jill and Lindsey...I'm 9 weeks. :) But according to my first doctors appointment and this blog, I'm 8 weeks. Let's see, first...how am I doing. VERY BAD. Yesterday was the worst day yet. I made it to work for about 30 minutes and went home sick. I called my doctor and she told me to take Vitamin B6 and Ginger Root and it actually seemed to help. I felt better today until I took my prenantal vitamin and now I feel yucky. But it is a "doable" yucky. I hope this weekend goes better because I'm really looking forward to it. Second, a funny story. Lindsey showed Braylee the pictures from my last post and she said that Braylee started cracking up and said, "Chelse's baby has a tail!" I guess my dad showed up shortly after that and she told him that my baby has a tail too. Haha. So cute, Braylee, so cute.


Should've Knocked on Wood

Well, I'm afraid the rollercoaster ride begins here. The end of last week was perfect and the beginning of this week miserable. TJ was gone Sunday and I was able to sleep until noon. I woke up several times throughout the morning and felt sick so I just closed my eyes and fell back asleep. At noon I woke up and went from bed to the couch and laid there until I went back to bed. Haha. Isn't that what Sunday's are for? Anyways, I was able to put my first "Morning Sickness" sticker on my Pregnancy Calender this morning and literally wore my pajamas to work. If I would've had 4 stickers I would've put 4 stickers on today but unfortunately it only came with one. :) Maybe tomorow will be a better day. I'd also like to thank Nanny and Poppy and Lindsey for my first baby gifts. I really like them both.


I feel good!!

Wow, only 7 weeks and look at our baby! I can't believe how all this works. Our baby is less than a half inch long and already has fingers and toes. These pictures are amazing. I've actually been feeling better these last couple days. Wednesday was really bad but yesterday and today I feel fine. 100% fine. Tj keeps laughing at me because when he is gone, I'm in bed at 7:30. Haha. Hopefully that'll fade soon and I'll get all my energy back. I'm looking forward to that. I am honestly loving every second of this whole process. I highly recommend it to everyone. Ha!


Battling the Scale

Please don't haggle me to much for writing this. I know, I know; this is a natural process of being pregnant. It's just SO hard to watch that scale creep up after trying so hard to make it go down for almost 8 months. It is just going to take some getting used to is all. I've basically been sticking to Weight Watchers the last few weeks but increasing my points by 6 a day. All the books that I've read said you only need an extra 300 calories a day while pregnant. You really aren't eating for two. :) So rather than just cereal for breakfast, I ate a couple pieces of toast with spray butter. Instead of getting diet Pepsi and a Sub with Mustard at Subway, I got a regular Sprite and Light Mayonaise to add a few points. I ate an apple and a banana for breakfast, rather than just an apple. You get the point. I've just barely been adding points here and there and I've gained almost 2 pounds. For those of you not on Weight Watchers, 2 pounds doesn't mean anything. But for those of us on the program, it is just SO VERY HARD to see.


Be Careful What You Wish For!

This weekend was the first of many firsts for Tj and I. It was a weekend full of nothing but rest and reading...which believe me, was the first weekend for that in a long time. I slept more than 13 hours both nights and enjoyed every moment of it. I started feeling a little nauseas Saturday morning but was okay because I was able just to lay around. However, that was a different story come 6:15am today when my alarm went off for work. I guess I should be careful what I wish for. I specifically remember saying that I wanted to be sick so I would "feel" pregnant. :) Oops. I take that back now.


Spreading the News!

Welcome to our babyblog. We are so excited to spread the news to our family and friends after a LONG 3 days of not telling anyone. Haha. So much for this whole waiting until I'm 12 weeks and ordering those cute little personalized M&M's. Maybe for my shower...uhm, hm. :) We had our first doctors appointment yesterday, October 17th. We've chosen Dr. Sohaei in Independence. She was recommended to us by a family friend who works for her and we were very impressed with our first visit. Well, because of the cramping I've been having she went ahead and did our first sonogram. I was expecting a momentus occasion but nope, all we saw was this black dot surrounded by lots of gooshy stuff. It was interesting but to be honest, I didn't feel a thing. We go back in 4 weeks and hopefully we'll see some fingers and toes!! So far I'm feeling good. I'm just really tired. Last week I was in bed by 7:30 three nights in a row. I thought I was just getting old. So keep your fingers crossed and let's just hope I continue to feel like this. Thanks for reading.