*After what felt like a long time trying to get pregnant and several doctor's appointments, finally seeing a positive pregnancy test, followed by properly increasing hormone numbers
*Telling our families about the pregnancy
*Seeing our baby "sproing around" at our 12 week ultrasound
*Feeling what felt like a small ant crawling around inside my belly one monday morning at work. This was the same day Peter's beloved grandmother passed away. I do not believe it was a coincidence that our baby made her presence known that day in that way, and thanked Gran for the gesture.
*The squirms, kicks, rolls and punches Ellie would give me on a daily basis. I'd drink a small cup of coffee in the morning and like clockwork she'd respond about a half hour later. When I got home from work and put my feet up, she'd dance and dance for hours.
*Baby hiccups. Too cute
*An excuse to go to sleep at 8pm (or earlier!) whenever I wanted.
*Nightly foot massages from my darling
*Braxton Hicks contractions - not painful and pretty cool!
*A lovely surprise shower my family threw for me
*My big sister spending the last week of pregnancy with me, helping out, cooking, cleaning, etc...
*Labor. To be discussed in another post. The best day of my life, pain included
*Finding out after delivery that my little Scooter was in fact our darling girl Eleanor Carolyn. Best moment of my life, no question.
|26 1/2 Weeks|
*Ongoing morning sickness from 6 weeks to 25 weeks, tapering off to once a week or every other week
*Throwing up EVERYWHERE - on the freeway with my head out the window in stop and go traffic in the rain, in the parking lot of many grocery stores, at work (auto flush toilets splashing my face when I wasn't done yet, thank you very much), etc....
*Total, mind-numbing exhaustion
*Crippling anxiety and constant fear of the worst
*Hunger that would not subside no matter what. Not eating equaled throwing up, every time. Hence the massive weight gain
*PUPPP, also known as Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy. In English, the most intense rash (think Chicken Pox) all over my belly and thighs, popping up the last week of pregnancy.
*Ligaments so stretched out that I managed to sprain my ankle doing nothing. I may have been the only pregnant woman ever prescribed bed rest for a sprained ankle
*Daily migraines throughout the second trimester
*Back pain. Oh the back pain
|2 hours old|