About Me

Hi! I'm Abby. My husband, Carl, and I are happily married since October 2007. Our little family of 2 (well, 3 if you count Chief, the dog) added one more in October 2011 when we welcomed Audrey Elizabeth, our first child into the world. Our life was forever changed. And to add to the joy and excitement, we added another daughter, Clara Marie, in May 2014. I wanted to create this blog originally to document all the milestones throughout my pregnancy with Audrey so we could remember that special time in our lives. And now I get to write all about Audrey and Clara and our life with these amazing "Larson Ladies", which is so much more fun!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Week 10

I was 10 weeks along on Sunday, so I'm just a couple days behind.  I know I skipped week 9, but really my 10-week and 8-week posts are only about a week and a half apart, so I decided to skip over non-eventful week 9 and post week 10 early in the week.

How Far Along: 10 weeks
Size of baby:  kumquat (I had to include the link because I had no clue what a kumquat was or looked like); a little over 1 inch
Total Weight Gain/Loss:  I'm about the same as I was a couple weeks ago in my post, maybe even a .5 lb less.  I've really only gained 0.5-1 pound so far.  I'm eating quite often (especially breakfast!) and not as healthy as ideal, but overall pretty good.  I think I really did gain some vacation weight that kind of evened out when I got back into my normal lifestyle and eating habits.  
Maternity Clothes:  I bought a BeBand that goes over my pants last night.  I wore it over a pair of my work pants today, and it was really comfortable!  I'm going to wear this for as long as I can!  My cousin, Keely, is generous enough to lend me her maternity clothes.  So I'll start wearing those when I need to.  And I went to shop for new bras last night.. what a nightmare!  I don't think I can do the "cheaper" bras.  I think I'm going to have to go to Victoria's or Von Maur and get some help.  All the ones at JCP looked and fit terrible!  They either pushed me way up in my throat, or were poking into me really bad, or just didn't fit well. Wish me luck...
Gender:  Don't know yet
Movement:  Not yet
Sleep:  I love our new mattress!  It's really comfortable, and I've been sleeping really well.  I do wake up a couple times early in the morning to go to the bathroom, but I can fall right back to sleep.  Still sleeping with the pillow between my knees.. may be investing in a body pillow sometime in the future.  We're not going to have any more room for Chief in bed, which might not be a bad thing!
What I miss:  It wouldn't make me sound like an alcoholic if I said vodka, would it?  :)  One of Carl's work friends got married on Saturday and we went to the wedding.  It was beautiful.. and open bar.  I usually am the one who drives anyway, so I usually take it pretty easy.  But it was weird not being able to have 1 drink!  I totally would have gotten the VTL (vodka, tonic, w/ lime).  And someone at our table asked if I had the signature martini, which she said was pretty good.  I said, "no I haven't tried it; I'm not drinking tonight"... and we just left it at that.  I do feel healthier drinking water a lot. For awhile now, I've really tried to cut out alcohol to eliminate unnecessary calories.  But again it was just really weird not being able to have champagne for the toasts or just 1 cocktail.  It will be worth it.  :)  .  
Cravings:   I'm not as picky as of late, which is good!  I'm just trying to get all my fruits and veggies in, which I think I'm doing a pretty good job of.  But still I just want fast food and grease and french fries!  I still haven't given in to the french fries yet... 
Symptoms:  Feeling great this week!
Best Moment this week:  I just told everyone at work our good news today, which was a lot of fun!  For me and for my father-in-law.  It's his last week at this job in my department before he moves on to a new company, so it's cooling getting to share the news that he's going to be a Grandpa.
Best husband quote of the week:  We've had a couple of "are we ready for this" and "are we really going to do this" conversations this week... and all have ended in "well, I guess we don't have a choice!"  It's kind of funny.  I'm really lucky to have Carl and that we are going through this journey together.  He's level-headed and keeps his cool and is very reassuring that everything is going to be great.  And it will!  :)

Week 10 Picture
Here is a pic of me before the wedding.  It was pretty cold out today... lower 30's, but the sun was shining.  I wanted to wear my black tights and black heels.  Then I realized Chief had eaten all my good black high heels... so these Forever 21 boots would have to do.  
Can you tell I'm pregnant??? Not with those tights on!  :)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Where Our Story Begins...

This is my first post.  Well, obviously... :)  I'm excited to start this blog to document what's going on during this pregnancy. I'm not really sure what to expect, even though I've already read a lot and have had a number of close friends have babies.  I'm hoping that I stay in the moment and really take in everything while still looking toward the future.  I want to be present during this time, very aware of what's going on, and not take anything for granted!

We found out we were pregnant the night of Carl's 30th birthday.  What a present!  Early in our relationship, we said we would have children by the time he turned 30.  30 always sounded so far away.  But it snuck up on us... and I guess baby Larson wanted to hold us accountable to our word.  

It was so wonderful finding this out, but then we had that big secret to keep as we went over to Carl's parents to celebrate his birthday that night.  We wanted to go to the doctor before we got too excited and started telling everyone.  We kept the news to ourselves for a couple weeks, then decided we wanted to share the good news with the people we loved the most.  

We told our parents when I was 7 weeks along.  We were getting ready to leave for Florida on vacation.  We had to drop Chief off at Carl & Joyce's the night before we left.  So we told them we had a gift for them for watching Chief.  They opened the gift bag and pulled out a picture album.  Joyce asked "Ooh, is it filled with pictures of Chief?!"  We told her to open it and find out.  Then she saw a note in one of the picture sleeves that said "Insert picture of grandchild here".  Then she finally got it.  They were really excited to say the least!  The next day, we arrived in Florida at the condo.  My parents had some workers in the condo fixing the HVAC.  We held off as long as we could, then we couldn't wait!  We presented them with a similar gift "for letting us stay there on vacation".  They opened the "brag book" and saw our note inside.  Mom just kept saying "Oh my gosh!"  They were so happy!!  I was really nervous to tell our parents, but it felt so good once we told them!  I was scared to tell anyone else fearing that something might happen to change our situation.  But we knew that if something did happen, we would want the support from our parents so we wanted to tell them first and early on.  

This is the first grandchild on both sides of the family.  This baby is going to be spoiled!!!  

We held off on telling our sisters for about a week after we told our parents.  Real nice of us, right? Tell our parents then tell them not to tell anyone.  We skyped with Amber and Ashley separately and told them that they were going to be aunts.  How fun it was to tell them!!!  Ashley of course cried and made me cry too!  Then, Jennifer came over to our house the next night so we could tell her the good news.  She had this great surprised look on her face and then high-fived Carl. 

Today, I am 8 weeks and 5 days!  
We had our first ultrasound on Wednesday where we got to see our baby for the first time and hear his/her heartbeat.  CRAZY!  I couldn't believe that we could see and hear the baby already.  Can you see the little guy/girl in the ultrasound?  So tiny!  This was definitely the highlight of the pregnancy thus far.  During our appointment, we first met with the nurse practitioner to talk about my medical history and any potential risks.  I was pretty nervous so I was "Gabby Abby".  :)  Our medical history and gene pool looks pretty good, so hopefully this will be smooth sailing.  The only thing that I need to make sure all the doctors and hospital is aware of is that my blood type is A- so they can give me a shot of Rhogam before I deliver.  The nervous chattiness continued even with the ultrasound tech... until we heard the baby's heartbeat.  At which time I couldn't talk because I was going to burst into tears.  My eyes filled up with tears and I knew they would spill over if I said anything.  What an incredible sound.  And to be able to see the flicker of the heartbeat on the monitor, it just blew my mind.  Eventually, I said to the tech, "I can't believe that is our baby!  Especially because I don't feel or look any different!"  And the tech confirmed there is only one baby.  (I was concerned about this.)  One healthy baby whose heart was beating strong at 170bpm.  Incredible.  What a true miracle this is!

That statement to the tech wasn't exactly true... I do feel different.  First, ever since we found out we were pregnant (exactly 1 month ago today!), my boobs have been killing me.  They already have grown so much. I'm going to have to go shopping for bras pretty soon.  And I hear they don't really stop growing until the baby is here.  Oh man.  Also, my pants are getting pretty tight.  I can't tell if it's from "vacation weight" from eating out and eating like crap for over a week straight, or if it really is the baby and my uterus growing.  I occasionally feel a little nauseous.  Usually, it's first thing in the morning before I've eaten anything.  This week has been the worst for the morning.  But sometimes in the evening, I get a little queasy too.  Not physically sick, just a little queasy.  The first couple weeks of the pregnancy, I could feel pulling and some pain down in my abdomen.  I was still trying to keep my normal workout routine, and I was just finishing up a weight session with personal trainers at work.  We were lifting legs and abs and I was really hesitant to move too much or to strain myself too much.  I was squatting with 12.5 pound weights in each hand.  Ha - so light!  I was just trying to protect myself.  It was really strange.  I don't feel the pain in my abdomen anymore.  Some fluttering, but I'm sure that's not the baby yet.  I've been able to continue exercising, although I'm not exercising as often as I would like.  When we were on vacation, I did yoga a couple times and we took long walks along the beach.  I was in fairly good shape prior to getting pregnant, so my body is responding pretty well to the exercising.  But believe me, I haven't really been pushing myself hard.  Since we've gotten back, we've taken a couple walks outside (it's been so nice this week!) and I've been to the gym to do the elliptical and do some weight lifting.  I really want to get in the routine where I can do the elliptical or go for a long walk every day.  And I need to keep up my weight lifting routine so I can carry that baby when he/she arrives! 

Oh, I also have to mention that I have been extra tired ever since the beginning of this pregnancy.  Don't get me wrong, I've always been a good sleeper.  Always needed at least 7 hours of sleep a night.  Consistently would fall asleep on the couch before Carl moves me to bed.  So it's not unusual for me to be tired.  But with this pregnancy... holy cow.  I would fall asleep on the couch between 8-9 at night.  I would hit a wall at work in the afternoon and want to go home and just crash.  During our vacation, I really was able to get a lot of rest!  So I've felt pretty rested this past week.  But still pretty tired.  When is it I'll start nesting and get the burst of energy?  I'm looking forward to it.  And I think Carl is too!  :)

So I think that's all that's happened thus far in the pregnancy.  Whew!  That is a lot.  For the rest of my blog entries, I hope to give a shorter update each week following the format below.  I've borrowed this journal format from a couple other blogs, and I will try and post every week.  Here goes for week 8!  

Pregnancy Highlights:  
How Far Along: 8 weeks
Size of baby:  Kidney bean (or cashew as the ultrasound tech told us); about 1 inch
Total Weight Gain/Loss:  ~1.5 pounds (like I said above, not really sure if this is due to the pregnancy or "vacation weight")
Maternity Clothes:  Not yet.  I think I may purchase some wrap dresses to wear to work so I don't have to deal with pants before I buy maternity clothes.  I'm going to hold off as long as I can.  We'll see how long that is.  :)
Gender:  We have decided that we are going to find out the gender of the baby, and we will of course share that with everyone.  But we won't know for another 10 weeks or so.  
Movement:  I feel some fluttering occasionally, but I think I can attribute that to my diet and digestion.  Not the baby unfortunately yet.  I hear I won't start feeling the baby for awhile.
Sleep:  I'm a stomach sleeper normally.  So it's been an adjustment to switch to sleeping on my side.  I have a pillow that I place between my knees and that's been pretty comfortable and reliable in keeping me on my side at night.  I'm adjusting.  And we just purchased a new mattress, so hopefully I'll be sleeping even better in a few days!  :)
What I miss:  Sleeping on my stomach!!!  And deli meat. When we were in Florida, all I wanted for lunch was a bologna sandwich with Miracle Whip.  Weird.  I think it's because we used to eat bologna sandwiches all the time for lunch down at the condo growing up.
Cravings:  Cheese anything!  Mac n cheese, Cheetos, Mexican food smothered with cheese.  And while we're at it... McDonald's.  I have officially given up french fries and I'm going to stick to it!  I hope.  Really anything fried, cheesy, or and/or high in carbs.  I really haven't felt like fresh produce.  I've been trying to make myself eat vegetables and fruit so I can get those nutrients, but I've become really picky which is strange!
Symptoms:  Some queasiness, but overall feeling okay this week.
Best Moment this week:  Seeing the baby and hearing the heartbeat during the ultrasound.
Best husband quote of the week:  After we heard the baby's heartbeat and saw the baby on the ultrasound, Carl and I were alone in the room for a few minutes.  I said that it just didn't seem real, and Carl replied with "Oh, it seems pretty real now!"

*I'll also try to post a picture pretty regularly, but since I don't look any different than normal I've decided it's not necessary for this week.