This past week has been a whirlwind, since finding out I was pregnant. I really want to remember what it was like during this whole process. So, every week I'm going to answer the same questions, to see how things change as this pregnancy progresses. The first few weeks you'll be reading this well after I write it, since we're waiting to tell everyone about our littlest family member. But, don't worry. I'll be documenting the good, the bad, and the TMI.
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When is week 4?
Friday, September 22, 2017 - Thursday, September 28, 2017
What’s the size of the baby?
Depending on which app I look at, one says the size of a poppy seed and another says the size of a spec of sawdust.
Measuring around my belly button (when sucking in), I'm 26 inches around.
Body: The most noticeable symptom was a mild, achy or crampy feeling slightly below my belly button the first half of the week. It's not the same feeling as PMS cramps, but more like having a very full bladder without the need to pee. On top of having that feeling in my abdominal area, I've also been getting a bloated throughout the day. I never really experienced a strong discomfort from bloating until now. It's not terrible, but I feel the need to unbutton my pants after eating now.
I've also started having wicked nasty acne. It's like no matter what I do, it comes out with a vengeance. I'm waiting for my Clarisonic Mia 1 Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush System to come in the mail. Fingers crossed that after adding that to my skincare routine, it'll calm down.
Also, I've been crazy thirsty! I feel the need to be constantly drinking water, but I'm still always thirsty. I guess it's not something I should complain about too much, considering I really need to be drinking more water any way :)
Sleep: I've been waking up a lot more than normal in the middle of the night. Normally, I don't wake up at all, but now I'm up every hour or two. Also, I am a belly sleeper, but some nights my stomach is sensitive and achy making it really uncomfortable. So, that's probably leading to me waking so many time in the night. Hopefully I get the swing of side sleeping quickly.
Cravings & Aversions: I haven't had any aversions. However, one time when I was grocery shopping, I walked by green olives, and was like "Yup! Gonna buy those." And, proceeded to put them in the cart, check out, and eat them as soon as I got all the groceries put away at home.
Nausea: So thankful I haven't had this very bad yet... As along as I keep munching on food throughout the day, I feel fine. However, brushing my teeth is becoming an ordeal now. It's only been an a few times, but I'd bet good money it will only get worse from here.
Movements: Nope. Waayyy too early for that.
Dreams: I don't remember having any dreams this past week, but that's probably because I keep waking up.
Stretch Marks: My belly is basically the same as it was before, so these are definitely a long way off. I did buy cocoa butter though.
We have no idea what the baby is... It's way to early for that. But, before Jason and I started trying to conceive, we always talked about how we felt we would have a bunch of boys. Over the past two years, every baby except 2 born in our family and friends group has been a girl. During past year, we keep talking about how much fun it would be to have a girl. We've been around so many baby girls, it's almost difficult to picture us with a boy. Since starting this journey, we're torn on whether we'd prefer our baby to be a boy or a girl... We have definitely become one of the "I don't care, as long as he or she is healthy" couples. Honestly, part of me is hoping it's boy/girl twins, and we get to experience both ASAP.
Must have items?
Water! Well, more like a useful, large water bottle you can have with you 24/7. I bought this one and love it! I've been a way more thirsty than normal, and having a big glass of ice water with a lemon and a lime squeezed into it has been by my side all week.
What do you miss?
Right now, it's so early in the pregnancy I don't really miss much. We've been trying for so long, that I was mentally prepared to give up so many things just to be able to get pregnant and have a healthy baby.
What are you looking forward to?
Telling our parents. We've been working on a game plan to tell them. Hopefully they don't figure it out before then! Also, our first doctor's appointment is in a week! We won't hear the heartbeat or have an ultrasound at the one, but in 5 weeks we do. So exciting!
Best part of this week?
Jason and I have been living in our own little blissful world. It's kind of funny having our own little secret. We were over at my in-laws house last weekend, and whenever they were out of ear shot, one of use would make some remark about me being pregnant. It's really starting to sink in the more we say "our baby" or "the baby".
Challenges this week?
The most difficult thing has been deciding who to tell, and when to tell them. I think we have it figured out, but man is it going to be difficult.
I could not have asked for a better guy to have a baby with. He's has been absolutely amazing, since finding out that I'm pregnant. There have been a couple times that he would ask me if I wanted a beer, and I would give him a look to remind him that wasn't an option. The day after we found out, he told me how strange it felt knowing there wasn't a lot he could do to help the pregnancy. Like for me, I can take my prenatal vitamins and avoid certain foods and drinks. For him, he's more of an observer. He can help keep me from getting too stressed or straining myself to do something, but he doesn't have to start or stop doing something because we're expecting. That being said, he's been doing a lot to help me out. He's almost excessively helpful, since he's afraid that 95% of things we do will cause a miscarriage. It's kind of cute.