Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I will. No, I won't.

I'm officially in my third month of pregnany. Funny, I feel like I LOOK pregnant right now. I'm incredibly bloated. You know how when you get bloated and you can't even suck in your stomach? Yeah, that's how I feel. Everyday. Awesome. No one can tell I am pregnant, of course. Although, I read the other day that women with small frames can start showing earlier. Do you think being 4' 11" constitutes a small frame?

I thought it would be fun to make a list of the things I will or won't do while pregnant. Because we all know that you can say, "Oh, I would never complain about feeling bad after it took me so long to get pregnant. I'd enjoy it." Riiight. I would have totally said that before I got pregnant, but now? I feel like crap, OK?! It'll be fun to revisit this after the baby is born, and see just how delusional I was.

I will:
1.) Wear high heels throughout my entire pregnancy.
2.) Work out. (hahaha)
3.) Strive to thrift or refashion the majority of my maternity clothes.
4.) Have a natural childbirth experience with a midwife.
5.) Read a book on natural childbirth and a book about breastfeeding.
6.) Take a picture of myself every week and make a photobook documenting this pregnancy.

I won't:
1.) Gain more than 30 pounds.
2.) Eat for two people.
3.) Find out the sex of the baby.
4.) Eat raw sushi, feta or gorgonzola cheese (just kill me now), or drink alcohol.
5.) Dedicate all Faceboook posts to pregnancy or baby-related topics.
6.) Act like I am the only woman who has ever had a baby.

I think this is a good start. While I am officially nine weeks along, I'm a bit behind on my photo posting. Here's 8 weeks:

Monday, March 28, 2011

Project Pregnancy Pics

We have decided to start a photo project of this pregnancy. You know, since my husband is a photographer and all. We'll be taking weekly pictures of me and my stomach, but will endeavor to take these photos at Austin landmarks. Notice I said "endeavor": two weeks in and we haven't made it to any said landmark, unless you count that beautiful gate my husband built. Saturdays are the best day of the week to take photos, for me, since I work and generally look like hell at the end of the day. But a wedding photographer is usually pretty busy on Saturdays, so we'll see where this little project ends up.

First up: Seven Weeks.

I look pretty good. Not noticeably showing, but I do look slightly bloated. Um, it's because I am.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

It all comes back to shoes.

This morning sickness is driving me crazy. It's so...exact. I wake up, feel like crap. I eat some breakfast and feel better. And then from 9am until 10:30, I feel horrible. Absolutely horrible. I'm not actually vomiting, thank God, but boy do I want to. Then I feel pretty good for the rest of the day, for the most part. I'm wanting salty foods, no sweets. Cheese...oh man, I could eat cheese all day long.

James and I have been throwing some names around. We're pretty set on a boy name, but girl names are another story! I have a list of at least eight names we like. It's the middle names that make this whole process so hard. And let's be honest, Dvorscak isn't the easiest last name to flow with. Hopefully we can narrow it down to two really good girls names.

However, with all this feeling like crap, it's nice to know that with this pregnancy, my feet will finally grow a half size. Do you KNOW how much easier it will be for me to find shoes in a size five and a HALF? That's what I call a silver lining, people. Bless this child!

Monday, March 14, 2011


After my positive pregnancy test, I called my midwife to schedule an appointment. Well actually, I already had an appointment scheduled for my annual checkup, and to discuss infertility. I figured I could just make a swap and keep my existing appointment as my first prenatal visit. But no. Because I am planning on having this baby at a birthing center, naturally, I actually have to be approved as a patient. What?! You mean this is a test? Oh, I will pass this test, baby, with flying colors. That's the way I roll.

We passed, of course. Officially approved as a patient. And the best part? Since I wasn't sure how far along I was, they did an ultrasound right there on the spot. I was 6 weeks along! We even got a picture of little Ziggy the Zygote! Although, he won't be a Zygote much longer...he'll graduate to Embryo status soon.

But let me tell you something: the morning sickness, exhaustion and constipation have been out of this world. It's all worth it, I know, and I honestly couldn't be happier. But try telling me that at 10am when I am about to fall asleep while vomiting at my desk. But it's all for Ziggy:

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Here. We. Go.

Exactly one year and nine months ago, I stopped taking birth control and embarked on the journey of trying to make a baby. That seems like so long ago. But today, it's official: I'm pregnant!

I've had a hunch that that something was up for about a week or so. My breasts have been beyond sore, and I am so incredibly thirsty. So, we waited until after our company left, and took a test. Two lines, baby! James and I were laugh-crying. And then we went to Walgreens for another pregnancy test, just to be sure. High fives all around!

The timing of all this is pretty extraordinary. We've been trying for almost two years. I've charted my temperature, taken ovulation predictor tests, not charted and tried to forget, and on and on. I actually had a doctors appointment scheduled for next week to discuss our next step. We've been pretty adamant that we were not interested in fertility drugs. But I needed to know what the root of the problem was. I was starting to prepare myself for the fact that maybe we just couldn't have kids.

I don't know how far along I am. I'm pretty curious, since my periods have been irregular, and I thought I just had one about a week and a half ago. Guess not! All I know is that I welcome whatever this pregnancy is going to throw at me. In the words of the UFC...Here! We! Go!