Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Good-Bye First Trimester!

July 21st, 2008 (I went ahead and ended it at 13 weeks) officially marked the end of my first trimester! Woo-hoo, I survived! I will speak for both of us and say that we have had a roller coaster of emotions the past three months, and I am sure we haven't seen the last of the emotions for the next six months.

I hope to all who have had to listen to me, I have taken the first couple months of cooking the youngin in stride! I have woken up each day not knowing what to expect, but thankful for all the wonderful things happening in my body (yes, even the terrible hangover feeling!). I didn't really start to feel sick until the morning of my sixth week. I noticed right away that I had to pee even more than usual and my boobs were HUGE and hurt something awful, I was also VERY tired. On the morning of my sixth week, I woke up and remember whispering to myself, this is what they were talking about...morning sickness. I am lucky and I never actually threw up, but most days I wished I could have. I describe it as feeling so hungover and sick to my stomach and wanting to throw up so I could just feel better, but no relief coming. I remember emailing my mom and saying "I am not complaining because this means the nugget is burrowing in for the long haul, but will I feel better before the baby comes?" She assured me that it would pass, but that I would be tired for the rest of my life :)

My first craving was for BJ's (the restaurant) mashed potatoes. It came over me and I knew I had to have them. Luckily I have an "in" with the manager, called him up and had a curbside pickup in less than 15 minutes. That is what I call service and a good husband! :) Other than that, nothing tasted very good besides toast and macaroni and cheese. I couldn't eat very much, but once I figured out what tasted good and what didn't, I was good to go. The one thing I will never be able to eat again are the Asian Bowls we bought at Sam's. Even typing it now, makes my tummy cringe a little. I don't know what it was about them, it just didn't sit well at all! Other than that, granny smith green apples, lemonade, limeade, and sour patch kids, and applesauce. Funny, huh?

The tired...I feel as though I have to address this, because this surprised me the most. I never realized after so much sleep, one could STILL be so tired. It was all I could do somedays to make it home from work before I crawled right back into bed. I didn't cook or clean the house for a solid three months. I craved weekends so I could just lay around and do nothing. It just felt like my body had been taken over by the tired fairy. I started to have trouble sleeping towards the end of the three months, my mind just wouldn't stop racing. I was worried about my restless sleep, that is, until the arrival of THE SNOOGLE! That c-shaped pillow of dreams could quite possibly be (besides maternity pants) my favorite thing invented for pregnant women. I took it out of the box and immediately put it to good use, on the couch. It is the most comfortable sleep I have had in a long time. Bj just laughs when I curl up into the Snoogle, he is convinced I will never give it up. I just might not, I am looking forward to sleeping on my tummy again though, that could be enough to give up the snoogs!

I thought I held it together pretty well until my boss pointed out how bad I had looked for the last few weeks. She said there was no way someone who saw me everyday could not notice the change and realize something was going on :)

I have to say I am really looking forward to all that the second trimester will bring. I love reading weekly updates on the progress of the baby and how big he or she is (as I type this he/she is the size of an apple or a softball, whatever visual you prefer. Even though the eyes are shut still, the baby will shy away from light shone on my crazy is that?!). I can't wait to hear the heart-beat again and start to feel the little one swimming around. It may be tough at times, but I am so thankful I get to experience this little miracle we created.


Angela said...

Um, I LOVE that you have this blog going, Boogs!! I will seriously visit this site every day to get updates. I can't wait for more pics! I'm glad you're doing well and I hope that it only gets better from here for you!!

MUCH LOVE!! said...

Oh my gosh i'm so exited about this blog. Not that you didn't already know this but your boobs are huge, i'm so jelous :) glad you got the pillow, it helps a lot. Love you!

shaebe27 said...

This is sooooo amazing..thanks so much for sharing your journey with and scooter jr are in my happy for you!!

Sally said...

This is the cutest thing ever. Thanks Ellen for sharing your experience with all of us. I certaintly won't make fun of you : )
We are so excited for you and B.J.!
I can totally imagine craving those mashed potatoes!!! Yum!

Steph said...

I am CRYING!! I love this!! Your tummy looks GREAT, you look GREAT, and this blog is GREAT!! Thank you for doing this to let those of us farter away than we'd like to be keep up with the newest little Johnson!! LOVE YOU!!!

MP said...

Hey Ellie! Your mom told me that you heard your little wee-one's heartbeat again yesterday. How exciting!!! I want to see more pictures of you and your expanding belly on your blog.
Boy did we do some serious shopping for your little bambino @ the Carter's outlet in Michigan. Hopefully you, BJ and the baby will be able to join us in Michigan next July. lots of love, MP
BTW: 8200 Gannon looks incredible ;)