Thursday, March 28, 2013

Week 12: Pregnancy

On March 27th, it was 12 weeks! I feel like it is going by so quickly. I've already started to feel better as far as daily sickness, and I have started searching for baby things. It is a little tricky picking stuff out that is gender neutral, but I am so excited about the few items that we've found. We actually want to register when we are in the stores, so a lot of our searching has just been looking.  I am excited to say that the first store we are registering at is Etsy. They still don't have a baby registry, so we bent the rules a little and registered under "wedding." The registry barely labels it as a wedding registry, so if you see that in a month when we put out our registry, don't be confused!

Week 12 is all about reflexes for our little peanut. He or she is developing swallow movements, which is so interesting and completely relevant to my pediatric feeding course that I am taking. The baby's intestines are getting bigger by the second and are starting to move into the abdomen. That being said, our little nugget has grown to 2 and a half inches and weighs half an ounce. I actually measured and weighed the plum this time!

**Photo credit: Kat Marcum Photography

How far along? 12 weeks
Baby is the size of a: Plum (I actually measured and weighed the little plum to match the exact weight and height of my little peanut this time. The lime was a little big last week.)
Total weight gain: 10 pounds
Maternity clothes? Just maternity pants and my larger jeans. I'm still wearing the regular shirts.
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: Sleep has been great!
Best moment this week: This week was a little rough with 2 tests and the stomach bug, but the best moment was just finishing up that 2nd test before Easter weekend.
Movement: No, but I thought it did!
Food cravings: Chuy's jalepeƱo ranch, Thai food, and a McDonald's cheese burger (gross!). All of these have just been a one time thing. As soon as I satisfy the craving, its over.
Miss Anything? I decided to add this, because I miss ALOT of things! I have really missed sushi. I didn't realize how much I ate it, but I would have it about once a week. So this week I decided to have vegetable sushi. It is literally the exact same sushi, but with bits of vegetables and no fish. With wasabi and soy sauce, it tasted very similar! That made me so happy. The other thing I have missed is coffee. There is no decent whole bean decaf coffee to buy in Lexington (that I know of), so I have really missed my little baristaship of brewing coffee in different ways at my house.
Gender: Still a surprise (:
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: I am able to only use the restroom once in the middle of the night instead of 3 times, which is a huge improvement. And actually very little morning sickness. I've just had nausea one time, and ,other than my stomach bug last saturday, I've been able to keep my food in.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood?: I've been cranky, but thats due to my 2 tests not pregnancy!
Looking forward to: Easter Sunday!!! We get to celebrate this Easter with the men and their spouses in Josh's men's group, who are some dear friends of ours. Easter is such a time of remembrance, but also a time of celebration.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Week 11: Pregnancy

Well, as many, if not most, of you know, Josh and I are expecting. We released the picture almost 3 weeks ago when I was 8 weeks pregnant.

**Photo Credit: Kat Marcum Photography

Now on March 20th, I am 11 weeks pregnant!

**Photo Credit: Kat Marcum Photography

According to my list that I compiled from various sources, this week sweet baby Hurst is the size of a small lime. Now I think my lime was slightly bigger than the actual size of the baby. According to my pregnancy app, the baby is an inch and a half long!!! The baby's limbs are fully formed and will soon open and close into fists. Also, his or her tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under the gums. That is cute for me to think about :D

Here is a little survey that I snatched from Pinterest that I'll fill out every week to see the progression of cravings and other pregnancy related changes throughout my pregnancy.

How far along? 11 weeks
Baby is the size of a: Lime
Total weight gain: 8 pounds(embarrassing I know)
Maternity clothes? I just got maternity pants this past week. I can still fit into my other pants, but they are uncomfortable. I can fit into my "fat" pants that I wore for half a year when I got back from Spain. So I'll alternate between those and the maternity ones I got in Cincinnati. I have some maternity shirts, but I haven't worn them yet. I just enjoy the looser shirts anyway.
Stretch marks? Not yet, but I am using Genes vitamin E creme every day!
Sleep: I get up on average 3 to 4 times a night to use the bathroom, but when I'm asleep I AM OUT!
Best moment this week: Having my mom here was INCREDIBLE. Not only did she celebrate my birthday with me, but when she left she surprised me by doing all of my laundry and dishes while I was at school. I feel so pampered.
Movement: The baby is moving according to my sources, but I can't feel anything
Food cravings: Chipotle and olives
Gender: We aren't going to find out, but I have an inkling it's a boy. I mean... look at the Hurst family's genetics - ALL BOYS!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: I've been sick the past 3 weeks with nausea and morning sickness, but thank God I haven't been sick these past two days.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood?: Happy, but I occasionally get down about gaining weight even though I know its healthy!
Looking forward to: All of my paper work going through so that we can get an ultrasound. I'm also looking forward to the 2nd trimester so maybe this sickness will disappear!

Last Day in the Philippines

****DISCLAIMER this is a little graphic... you've been warned****

I wanted to document one of my last memories in the Philippines before I forget it(even if it is 3 months later). Nolan taught me how to drive stick shift! I was expecting for some total upsets and embarrassing moments. To tell you the truth, Nolan is an AWESOME teacher. He made me look like I'd driven standard several times. I only stalled out one time on a massive speed bump. (They should call them speed hills... just saying)

That late afternoon Salem and I went to the midwifery clinic on her last shift before I left. Immediately when we got there Salem had a tiny Filipina woman that was in labor. Her husband was there the whole time, but when she was in her hardest parts of her labor she wanted him by her head, sometimes holding her hands. For the first time I got to actively assist (kind of) in the delivery. Salem asked her if she would do the supported squat, but she didn't want the husband to leave her front. Salem just nonchalantly told me to get up and support her instead of her husband.

After several hours of labor, she delivered a beautiful baby. We had to transport the baby to the hospital, and, yes, all of the same sensations of sadness overwhelmed me in the emergency room.

This is where it got interesting for me. When Salem and I returned to the midwifery clinic, I helped Salem's supervisor stitch the woman's tear back up where it ripped from childbirth. She had all of her supplies sterilized and a spot light set up. It was almost 10pm and the supervisor had already sanitized and injected the anesthesia. I was there to observe and hand her supplies when needed. Then the lights went out.

I forgot to mention that it was already in the high 80's and fans were the only way for us to cool down. When the power went out, we immediately began to feel the heat in the close quarters. The supervisor was ready to begin suturing. Instead of panicking, she just told me to go get the flashlight. She finished up the entire procedure flawlessly.

Sometimes I forget the luxury that we have in the U.S. In that situation, backup power would have been provided and it would have been in a completely different environment. I was blessed to see how strong the women giving birth were, but also how strong the midwives were through everything. Its ironic that I ended up getting pregnant right after I got back from the Philippines. I learned so much, and I know I'll keep in mind all 7 women that I got to witness give birth when it comes my time.