I’m not quite sure how or why I started posting our pregnancy updates in the middle of each week, but today we are 11.5 weeks pregnant! I wondered if time would start passing more slowly after I stopped going to the fertility clinic so frequently, and after I stopped taking all the medicines I’d been taking for so long. Strangely enough, the past couple of weeks have passed rather quickly! Maybe it’s because Thanksgiving provided a sweet distraction, or possibly because Andrew and I have a lot going on all of a sudden!
We decided near the end of November that it is time for us to move. When we first starting looking for a place to live in Atlanta, we were desperate and in a hurry. After looking at things in our price point that were in horrible neighborhoods, or in terrible condition, we finally decided to pay more for a rental house in a nice, safe neighborhood. The house is great, but it’s too much: it’s too much money, it’s more space than we need. In short, I feel like we could be much better stewards of our money by moving into a cheaper rental.
Paying for fertility treatments took a huge toll on our savings. It more or less wiped us out, and we really want to be able to built our savings up again. We can’t do it while we are paying more than we can really afford for housing. There are also some variables we may need to account for after the baby is born. I’m not sure what will happen with my job. If I’m unable to bring the baby with me to work, I will not continue working there, as it just does not make sense financially to put the baby in day care. And even if it did make sense, I
would not be willing to do it.
Long story short: We just want to save as much money as possible during this time, since there are so many unknown factors in our lives at this point. Since Andrew is a full-time student, we have to be willing to make sacrifices. We have to look at our long-term goals, and sacrifice things that would be nice to have now in order to be prepared for the future.
We move into our new rental house on December 31, so when we combine holiday traveling with packing and moving, we get a busy several weeks!
I’ve felt more nauseated over this past week than I have up to this point, and more tired. I wish there were a way I could describe how sleepy I am all the time. For example, I really need to wash my hair (confession: I do not wash my hair every day… not even close.) But I can’t muster up the energy. Just thinking about washing it, drying it, and then fixing it makes me feel the need to lie down! Don’t worry: tonight is the night the hair gets washed. It just has to happen.
My new doctor insisted on giving me a flu shot yesterday. I was resistant to the idea, but since I really like him, I told myself I would follow his advice. I think it’s making me feel a little cold-like… runny nose, and generally a tad under the weather. Not a big deal.
I have noticed that I have a huge sweet tooth. I’ve been craving sweets that I have not eaten in years: Nerds, sour gummy worms, Mentos (the fruit ones; not the minty ones). I vacillate between wanting things like that and being so nauseated that even seeing pictures of food makes me wonder if I might throw up (but don’t worry… it has not come to that yet.) Regardless, I feel completely happy and thankful.
I hate to admit it, but I completely fell off the bandwagon this week as far as exercise is concerned. Part of this is due to the traveling we did over Thanksgiving, but part of it is because I’ve felt SOOOO sleepy. It’s been all I could do to put one foot in front of the other, so the thought of exercising has seemed overwhelming. Any extra energy and time I have had has been spent on organizing our stuff in preparation for our move: tossing stuff that is trash-worthy, making a few trips to Goodwill, etc.
But I know that if I can just make myself start walking again it will make me feel better. Tomorrow I am turning over a new leaf… starting fresh! I may not get an entire hour in each day, because I do need to start packing, but I need to get moving again.
I won’t have another ultrasound until we are about twenty weeks pregnant, which is when we will find out our baby’s gender (yes, we are finding out the gender.) I have two more doctor’s appointments between now and then, but neither of those will include ultrasounds. It’s going to be really hard for me to go nearly eight weeks before seeing our baby or hearing his or her heartbeat again. I considered renting a doppler, but have decided against it for a few reasons: spending $30+ per month on a doppler is not in our spend less/save more plan, they are not 100% reliable, and if I use it wrong, or if I don’t detect a heartbeat for some other reason, I’ll panic. Plus, this seems the perfect opportunity to sit back and trust that God is protecting our little one.
Over Thanksgiving, my parents gave Andrew and me a present and told us it was for the baby. Inside the gift bag was the pair of nail clippers that my mom used for me when I was a baby… she’s kept them all these years! Along with the clippers was an absolutely perfect onesie. My dad picked it out for us, and I can still hardly look at it without getting tears in my eyes!
Here’s what is going on with Baby:
- Baby is about the size of a really big strawberry, or maybe even a lime!
- The baby is now officially a fetus, and has non-webbed fingers and toes.
- Is moving, kicking, and even hiccuping… I can’t wait until I can feel him/her!