Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hellur Allison, This Is For You

I would probably dislike me too if I were any of you. Mainly because my blog has been filled with baby stuff left and right, and that doesn't always cater to all of my readers. I can explain though.

I'M IN LOVE.

My philosophy is that when you're in love, it's all you think about. Just yesterday I watched this video for the millionth time and it still brings tears to my eyes. I still cannot believe I have a miracle growing inside me. In fact, although my belly is getting bigger and I'm starting to develop cankles (eek), I took another pregnancy test today. Yep, still very much pregnant.

This weekend at church, our pastor was reading a story in the bible about showing gratitude and it spoke right to me, almost like God was saying, "Hellur Allison, this is for you!" The story was Luke 17:11-19. The story is about how Jesus healed 10 people with leprosy, however only one person came back to praise Jesus for doing so. Verse 17 says it all: Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?"

For me, I will NEVER STOP giving God the credit for this baby. And Luke, chapter 17 is a reminder of that. Often times, in real life, when I tell my story about IVF, I always say, "God gets the credit." That's not to downplay how God used the doctors (to perform the procedure), but really at the end of the day, it's all about Jesus' love and mercy. He loves me so much.

So here I am, just a mom-to-be that is madly in love with her miracle baby. And to think... I love my baby, but God loves me even more. It's amazing. Hold on while I let some hormonal tears out real quick. No, but for real - anytime I hear the song, "Praise You In The Storm" by Casting Crowns, waterworks begin. Kid.You.Not.
Baby Size: A large plum, or about 2.5 inches. I'm so proud of you, mini me, for growing so big and strong! Keep up the hard work. 

Maternity Clothes: Heck to the yes... any chance I get!

Movement? Still too early to feel anything, but I am on pins and needles for when the day comes!

Food cravings/aversions? YES to the cravings. Green Bean Casserole consumes my thoughts anytime the idea of eating comes up.

Nausea, vomiting, or sickness? No, no, and no! I am a blessed soul.

What I miss: Don't judge me, but I miss weighing less. I knew what would happen when a baby started to grow inside my belly, so I am not complaining. But I do feel extra large and in charge.

Symptoms? Sleepy, and according to my husband I am irritable.

Best moment this week? I feel like the 12 week mark is a milestone and it makes me very happy! Baby's major body structures are completely formed at this point, now I just have to bake my baby until June until he or she is ready to make their entrance. 

Workouts:  Unfortunately, no.

Gender: Still don't know, but we may know sooner than we thought. I will just leave it at that. Yes, I will update everyone soon enough. What do y'all think Mini Skinner is?

Sleep? Kinda crappy sleep. But then again, I have never been a very good sleeper. Too bad I can't get all jacked up on NyQuil.

What I'm looking forward to? I am sooo over these intramuscular injections. I'm looking forward to the day when my doc says to stop with the oil-based shots. These days, my back is always in pain and applying heat is a daily occurrence. But, like I said... not complaining... Just sayin!

Prayer: My Savior, thank you for continually protecting my baby and making sure that he or she is growing steadily. I pray that as my baby continues to grow big and strong that they will always know who their creator is. I also pray that my baby can feel the love that I have for him or her. Thank you for this miracle baby. I am so in love!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hi, I'm Still Alive!

Yes, I am still alive. I am just so tired. I wish I could somehow make the word 'so' in that sentence extremely exaggerated. I am beyond grateful that I haven't experienced morning sickness or anything like that, but my body is totally exhausted all the time with this baby inside me. (Don't take that as complaining, because I will forever be grateful for this bundle of joy, regardless of the side effects. Trust that!) In addition, school is wearing out every last bit of energy that the baby doesn't absorb. Less than a month until I graduate and then you can finally call me Master Allison.

I anticipate that here come late December, or early January, I will get back to my full-time blogger roots. Until then, I have to worry about how my comprehensive exam went (I should find out soon!!!), my internship (yes, in addition to my 40 hours a week), and brewing a baby. You understand, right?

In other news, my sister is a professional photographer and snapped these photos of us as our announcement photos! I am in love. Enjoy and happy almost weekending!
This picture of the three of us is my favorite!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pregnancy: Week 10

I never knew that as a preggo I would be so self conscious.  For instance, some people are quite surprised to hear that I'm only 10 weeks along.  The response that I get is, "I didn't start showing until [enter big number here] weeks."  Well, missy, I am here to tell you that I am already showing and started showing almost immediately.  Here's my rebuttal:

First, I am still taking progesterone injections every.single.day.  Oh yea, by the way, I've been taking injections since August 27th.  Long story short: progesterone, especially at the large doses that I'm getting, slows everything down, including my digestion thus making me bloated like nobodies business.

Second, my entire life, I've always carried my weight from my stomach downward.  That's just how my body retains fat and fluids.

I'm not unhappy about those comments that I get about 'showing so early', but rather, I just wanted to clear the air.  My bet is that every pregnancy is different.  Therefore, everyone will start showing at different times.  Personally, I am so gosh darn thankful that I'm showing early.  That way I can let the whole world know that God made a miracle inside my belly.  #JustSayin
Baby Size: About 1.5 inches long, the size of a prune.  Baby Skinner is also apparently forming its limbs already, and the arms are roughly the size of this '1' on my keyboard.  That's just presh, now ain't it???

Maternity Clothes: I'm a major fan of maternity clothes.  Especially because they make me feel even more like a mom.  Sometimes, because baby is so small, it's hard to believe that he or she is really inside there!

Movement? At our ultrasound last week (11-6-14), something amazing happened: baby was moving its arms and legs around.  I could not believe my eyes.  Of course it's still too early to feel anything, but it was such an amazing sight.

Food cravings/aversions? Nothing major still... but the other day I thought I was gonna die if I didn't get some sour patch kids stat.

Nausea, vomiting, or sickness? Nothing at all.  Praise you, God! I am thinking this pregnancy is gonna be stinking awesome. 

What I miss: Still can't think of missing anything.  In fact, I can't imagine that I'll ever have anything useful to put here.  Consider this question exiled in the future.

Symptoms? Just sleepiness.  I cannot even begin to explain how tired I've been lately.  Prior to pregnancy, I always enjoyed my sleep as it was.  Now, it's just amplified like whoa.

Best moment this week? Having more and more people congratulate me on being pregnant.  If everyone would give me the chance, I would tell them my whole story about how God worked in us, and how we utilized IVF.  But I know some peeps don't really care, so I just smile and express my thanks.

Workouts:  My doc said I can take walks, but for now, that's it.

Gender: I've always thought that I'd for sure be a girl mom, since I'm such a girly girl, but my gut is telling me that it's a boy.  Although I'm anxious, I really don't mind the sex - I just want a healthy babe. 

Sleep? Sleep has been okay, but per usual with myself, I have to use the restroom a lot in the middle of the night.

Daddy-isms: Ross keeps saying, "how is [enter our favorite baby boy name here] doing?"  He's excited to say the least.  He's clearly pulling for a boy.

What I'm looking forward to? December 1st is when I'll get to see my sweet babe again.  I am just so excited and cannot wait to see baby Skinner's growth!

Prayer: Dear Lord, I am so thankful for my baby and this miracle that you've bestowed on me. This week, I am praying that he or she continues to grow healthy and big.  I pray that my baby will know you, even inside my womb.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for your mercy and love for me.  Amen.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sneak Peak

I never write blog posts on Saturday, but when you get a cutie sneak peak picture from yesterday's photo shoot, you share immediately! Thanks to my seestra (Orphan Black reference) for taking the photos! More to come soon.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Currently, I Am ...

Loving ... Doctor appointments. Each time I go to the doctor, I get more and more excited because it means that my baby is growing bigger. Yesterday, I was 9 weeks and 2 days (which is when I took my 9 week picture below - whoops), and baby was moving his/her arms and legs for the ultrasound. It made me SO happy. Right now, my baby is the size of a grape, about an inch long. 
Eating ... The most delicious biscuits and sausage gravy for dinner last night. Man, oh man... it was supreme. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Praying ... For two special ladies who are having a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) next week on a lucky day: 11/11. I started following Elena's blog whenever I too was going through IVF. I found her posts to be inspiring and so helpful! My prayer for Elena is that God will work in her life to provide this miracle that she so desires. I pray that her and her husband are able to grow together in their newly built home with a beautiful bundle of joy that was created in perfect time. I am also praying for another friend, Laura, who is about to undergo a FET as well. She started the IVF process around the same time as we did, but she and her doctors decided they would freeze the embryos and then do the transfer. My prayer for Laura is that God will use this experience to further draw her close to Him, and to place a little miracle inside her belly as further "proof" of his love for her. 
Reading ... I don't know why I even brought this up. Reading gives me anxiety because it all surrounds school, which is killing me. I should probably mention that I truly need y'all's prayers to get through the rest of the semester. I have my comprehensive exam and a midterm today & tomorrow. EEK. #ICanDoIt #IHaveToDoIt

Wondering ... What God's plan is for our home. We made the decision on Sunday to sell our house, but then on Wednesday, we decided that we'd wait a bit longer. There were several reasons for this decision (I won't get into it), but I am just going to pray about it and trust that God has great plans for our current home and our future home. Because our family is growing, plus we're already getting tight in our current home, we are looking for a larger home.

Wanting ... Every piece of clothing from Pink Blush. The more my belly grows, the more I think to myself, "oh, I can still be stylish in that." I just ordered two cutie thingies off their website yesterday - don't you love them?
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Looking forward to ... Our official announcement photos that shout, "HEY we're pregnant!" My sister is snapping photos for hubby and I today and of course I plan to share the photos on le blog. We have some cute ideas in mind and I'm so excited!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

I'm Hungry

Welp, you probably saw on Halloween that baby Skinner (just one) is growing very nicely!!! My little babe is healthy and we already love him or her so much. My gut tells me that we're having a boy. But, I'm not sure if it's simply due to my husband - it's all he talks about. While I would be over-the-moon happy about a boy, I think a girl would be just as fun to have. Either way, I am prayerful for a continued healthy pregnancy. 
My little nugget.
On another note, can we PLEASE talk about how many recipes on Pinterest that I've been pinning lately? I think I just died and went to Heaven.
I swear on my life that I am not meaning to be more hungry or anything, but all I can think about lately is food and my next meal. According to my doctor, I am not supposed to take in ANY extra calories for baby until my second trimester. So then why am I so hungry? Help a preggo out, please.