Anyway, I have SO much to catch up on... blog girlfriends are in the middle of IVF (Jes, thinking of you, sister!!), became pregnant (yay, Allison!), and are progressing well through their pregnancies (Kay, tasilver... so many of you... congrats!). I will be stopping by to post my comments today and tomorrow.
XOXO to all of you - I haven't forgotten about you and promise to read up on your lives!
As for me, I will post the last 3 weekly updates together; see below:
Best Moment of the Weeks: Too many to count. Literally :) But here are a few: organizing our new house with Mr. D, celebrating my Dad's 60th birthday, getting through a huge presentation at work to several leaders that I think I did really well, hearing plans about baby showers my friends and family are throwing for me, meeting new neighbors, getting the baby furniture into the nursery, reconnecting with my cousin who I hadn't talked to in over a year, belly growing every day. The last one... tummy growing... is incredible. If I do say so myself, I look like one of those cute pregnant ladies I've always dreamed to be. I am following a pregnancy diet so that it's easier for me to shed the baby weight after he is born, and let me tell you... it's paying off. I've gained 7 healthy pounds during my pregnancy, and my Doctor is really impressed. I don't look pregnant anywhere but right where my tummy is... it's a big basketball :)
Entertaining Question/Comment of the Weeks: Oh gosh... nothing really sticks out. I feel like in the past few weeks, though, the resounding question both Mr. D and I have received (together and individually) is: "What are you going to name him?" We have our list down to the top 3, and more realistically, probably top 2. One of those names keeps coming up from both of us as we talk about it... the name just fits. So, I am pretty sure we know what the name will be. But, we won't commit to it until we see him when he's born. And, we're not sharing :)
Obsessions: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Lotion - haven't seen a stretch mark yet, and I am hoping to never, ever see one! Keeping my hands on my tummy to feel him move... he is a jumper, roller, kicker, squirmer, you name it. I just love the movement. Mr. D gets to feel him almost every night, too. I can always count on some good movement about an hour after I eat.
What I am Most Looking Forward to This Week: Things finally calming down a bit and getting things in order. I have my next Doctor appointment on Monday - the one where I drink the nasty substance and they check for gestational diabetes - so, please keep your fingers crossed that everything looks okay!
What I Miss the Most: Hands down, wine. I crave it every single day, but remained strong and still haven't had even a sip since the day we found out I am pregnant. I could also go for some lovely feta or blue cheese on salads. Oh, and tuna sandwiches.
Symptoms: I've started getting slight contractions several times a day... it's SO weird. My stomach tenses up and becomes harder than a rock. My doctor said it's completely normal, and it will frequently happen. The first time it happened, I thought I was going into premature labor (it doesn't hurt, but I can tell my stomach is tightening). My first thought was, "Oh my God, we are losing the baby," but now it's part of every day routine. Must be nature's way of preparing me for the future!