Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Finding out we're pregnant.

The story for anybody interested... ...bueler...bueler...

Friday [1/10/14] I decided to try a pregnancy test since I could be pregnant, though technically I wouldn't miss my cycle for almost another week.  I had purchased 50 tests on Amazon for like $20, took one and went on my run.  When I got back, I saw that the test had a very, very faint line. I showed it to Ben that night and he agreed that there was something, but it was so faint you could almost not see it unless you compared the test side by side with a new one.

All throughout that weekend I was truly exhausted and mopey, a new life trend I would find.  Then Monday rolled around [1/13/14] and I remembered to take another test right after Ben left for work.  There was most definitely a line, still faint, but very much there and darker.  The Wondfo test strips are really sensitive and get darker as the levels of HCG in your system multiply, so that's when I was realizing that this was really happening to us, like, um "HOLY CRAP!"

I took tests pretty much daily for a few days and we watched the line get darker.  Then we dropped $7 on a store bought test and that was the final confirmation I personally needed, though I think Ben was pretty convinced at this point.  POSITIVE.  Maybe this really will be the year we start our lil Buhr family??

[I definitely cropped out half the test strip that touched bodily fluid.]
Life carried on as normal and I didn't feel anything but tired (I did notice a difference in my heart rate when I ran PF Changs and I walk/ran the hotter 2nd half).  
Ben's family came to stay with us around week 5 and Ben was BURSTING at the seams, but we were like, "should we tell your family?  Well, hmmm let's not tell anybody until we see the doctor."  Then Ben and Tom were chatting and I overheard Tom say quietly, "so is she sick?"  LOL (Ben you're cute.)  Tom was sworn to secrecy at that time.

My sister and Greg came to visit right before week 6 and I was still feeling good so we didn't say anything (though I had no idea that she found my prenatals and they secretly drew a conclusion).  This is the first grandbaby for my parents, so I didn't want to tell my family too early even though I was dying to ask my mom questions that for some reason I had never yet asked.  I also hoped that since I wasn't sick at that point, that maybe I wouldn't get too sick... 

Week 6 came and Ben made delicious fish for dinner one night and it made my stomach churn, but I didn't want to make Ben feel bad so I didn't say anything.  I made a crock pot later that week and ended up putting it outside because of "that smell."  A couple of days later the pattern began of sleeping with my bowl and a bland diet of waffles.

A few days after that, I heard Ben's sister on the phone ask him how I was feeling, so I realized Ben was REALLY bursting at the seams.  haha  Liz was sworn to secrecy.  Our "secret" never leaked either (I had fears it would end up on FB for my family to read).

We flew up to [Logan] Utah at week 9 for my sweet grandpa's funeral.  The plane ride was tough and I knew I was going to have to tell my dad because I needed some medication to survive the early morning funeral (I didn't get in to see my doc until 9-1/2 weeks).  I was definitely watched out for that weekend during my grandpa's funeral.  That was one of my best weekends and I'm grateful.  I was still quite nervous about miscarrying, and I still am today but I do feel more confident about this lil munchikin now that we're closer to the 1/2 mark.
My dad didn't seem too surprised (he always has a way of knowing), and then on the way to dinner we told my siblings, Jolie, James and Spencer!
"Guess what...????"  
"You're pregnant!!"  :P
My mom and Jeff were on a cruise so we told them right when they got back even though I probably would have told her FIRST.  :)  We were going to be creative in telling the family, but that so didn't happen.  However, we did send Dil a package with random baby food/items and no letter, but he figured it out!
Fast forward and the days have been slow, but looking back I can't believe how fast the weeks have gone by.  We're getting really excited and grateful for this little one and hope all continues to go well between now and September forever!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

16 Weeks

My age:  29

How far along:  16w2d

A less than flattering angle for you all...(these pics are a week and a half ago).

How big is baby:  4-1/2 inches-ish

What have you been up to:  I'm still working and staying busy hanging out with the family.  I recently have been able to start reading again, and have been doing much of that.

My newest true crime author...

Exercise/Activity Level:   The brakes have been put on running, but I have been doing Crossfit twice a week and recently started speed walking my old running routes, which has really made me happy and feel more accomplished.
Have a 1/2 marathon coming up...

Maternity clothes:  I have one pair of jeans and a pair of yoga pants/leggings that are multiple sizes too big, in hopes I can stretch into them for awhile.  I love them and wear them way too much.

Stretch marks:  No

Belly Button:  In

Sleep:   I am able to sleep pretty well with Diclegis (Unisom + Vitamin B6), which was prescribed for my nausea, but didn't end up helping.  But yahoo for sleep!

Best Moment of the Week:   We spent time in Vegas last week with Ben's family.  It was nice.  I ate a lot of popsicles and Caprisuns, held the cutest babies ever, and soaked up some family chat and sun time in the lazy river.  I also felt good most afternoons and ate a hamburger.  :]

Worst Moment of the Week:  Sunday mornings are the most stressful since I can't miss sacrament meeting if possible.

Food cravings:  Shaved ice, popsicles, Caprisuns, and the weird one ...pizza lunchables!

Food aversions:   Meat, saucey stuff and anything smelly.  I also struggle with my prenatals and have temporarily switched to the gummies.

Symptoms:  Nausea, bad skin, and I have had some rib/back pain on the right side (isn't it early for that?).

Movement:  Not yet that I've recognized.  Any day now please!...

Gender:  Don't know yet, but we hopefully will find out next week.

What I’m looking forward to:   Getting my diet back so I know baby is getting proper nutrition.  Finding out the sex and getting the baby's room going!!  [Also, getting past this awkward stage where I feel like a finny rather than prego.]

What I’m nervous about/praying for:  Everything!  Praying all is well with this lil one.

What I miss:  Real sushi, cold cut meats, Monster, caffeine (I opted to avoid it), bleaching my teeth, using my Lilash, running, energy, and not carrying a bowl around.  But it is ALL worth it and I am still quite optimistic the bowl days are limited.  :]

Next appointment:  4/16/14 Our gender scan next week...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Big Year - 2014

This will be a really big and exciting year for us Hales-Buhrs.  I will take pictures, etc. soon, but I wanted to tell some of the facts.  I do miss the blogosphere a lot!  Gosh my blogbook is going to be pitiful if I keep this up.

Below:  This is our lil wiggly critter at 9-1/2 weeks.  "It" was bouncing around.  We also got to hear the heart beat again yesterday!

But a couple of stats:

  • I'm 14w3d, just in my 2nd trimester.

  • We found out on January 10th.

  • I have been sick for 2-1/2 months and I have never been so miserably grateful for it and the piece of mind.  My doctor is SO awesome and has me confident that soon I will not have to carry a bowl around with me.  Hoping...
Ben and I send each other pictures during the days.  He asked how I was doing.  haha

  • Ben and I think it's a boy, but we get a lot of people saying they think it's a girl.  We'll find out on 4/16 if baby cooperates, and have a gender reveal probably in Utah.

  • We already have names picked, 99% for the boy, and probably two names to narrow down for a girl.  We started a baby names list before we got married and it has come in handy.

  • Due date is Sept. 22nd, the last day of summer (but not really if you live in AZ)!

  • I haven't had meat along with many things, since January (it's a sad day when you realize Cafe Rio makes you want to lose it).  I can eat fruit/veggies, bland starchy carbs and cold desserts.  Poor Ben hasn't been able to cook in the house for awhile, nor eat meat, and my diet has mostly consisted of waffles since they are the only thing that helps the nausea (one in hand 24/7).  They have helped make my figure amazing though.  lol

Corn and a smoothie:

 Mushroom dinner:

Cinnamon toast and an avocado:


Breakfast of champions:

DELISH meal from a ward member!  The church has such wonderful people:

Seaweed and a popsicle (x 12):

From Ben:

And a meal highlight of my entire pregnancy,... pregnancy-approved sushi (OMG):

  • Yesterday I got some fitness-sad news from my doctor.  This is a low-risk pregnancy, but she strongly recommends I give up most running for the rest of the pregnancy, due to the risk of pre-term labor now that the baby is big enough to feel the impact, and being petite.  I was pretty discouraged but I will be listening to her and stick to CF.  Not taking chances.

  • We are excited and so grateful!  But I cannot stop worrying.  Something about getting pregnant yourself, brings out the horror stories and bad experiences from others!  Pregnancy is such a miracle.  We can only pray that all will be well.


Next big thing for my family is that my SISTER got engaged earlier this month, and will be married end of July!  It's kind of about time, because she and Spencer have been best friends for yeaaaaars, but long distance schooling made decisions tough.  He proposed on the 10th year anniversary of when they met.

Her ring is awesome.  The diamond is a heart.


THEN!! last but not least... ArIzOnA will be growing by one more family member, come this summer.  A job has been accepted, and we're basically stoked as.   Woot woot!
Have a fantastic Thursday!

Off to make more waffles...