You guys!!! 10 Weeks

It’s been a minute hasn’t it!?

I am so sorry to be gone for 5 WHOLE WEEKS! But I have been so emotional, crazy, tired I have had no energy or will to write a blog post!

So, quickly (before I start crying again) to recap my last 5 weeks…

Sleeping
Eating
Crying
Aching
Having no pants that fit
More Sleeping
Irrational everything
Crazy Dreams

There it is in a nutshell!

Today I am also watching the Documentary Chemerical (http://www.chemicalnation.com/content/) and it has re-jumpstarted my need to be all natural that faded a little since moving, and becoming very lazy!

I have a new list of DIY natural cleaners, I’m going to start collecting products and go less-chemical and more natural! I already clean with mostly vinegar and baking soda, but I have a few chemicals and lots of personal care products that I use everyday. Let’s clean it up and get ready for baby!

I do have a question for everyone: What kind of natural/organic cosmetics do you use!?!?

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5 Weeks Pregnant!

 

Today marks 5 weeks of pregnancy! It’s still so exciting. Most everyone knows, so we get to celebrate with everyone around. The last few days, I’ve even started having some symptoms. Exciting for me, it just makes me really feel like I AM pregnant ūüôā

So far symptoms are…

BLOATING – And a lot of it, since the day we found out, my stomach is 2.25 inches bigger, which is obviously not baby! My pants (that aren’t leggings and sweats) are all too tight, luckily I’ve got enough stretchy pants and skirts, I can find things to wear! The next symptom…

SORE BOOBS – and oh wow, I feel like I got hit in the chest with a bat. I have never felt like this, and I know it’s just going to get worse. I wore a regular bra today, and man that was a mistake! I’m sticking to sports bras, and doubling them up for activities. I never sleep in them, but now it’s a stretchy one for bed.

The last couple days I feel like I’ve almost been nauseous, but not enough that it’s bad, I know what is impending, I’m taking full advantage of my good appetite now!

I’ve already stacked up on some items, thanks to family and craigslist! I got one of these, a Graco Travel Light Crib, for $30, and it’s in great shape! It was easy to put up, very light, has a bassinet and is a playpen (with 3 bigger dogs, I plan that we’ll need a few to keep baby off the floor). Can’t wait to be able to use it!

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I also got over a dozen cloth diapers, for about half the cost of them new, in fairly neutral colors, which we can just add to when it comes time. Also – and very generous family member gave us a stroller! I gotta remember to slow it down, I want to get everything right now, but we’ve got plenty of time. I’m excited to start my DIY projects, and find more great baby deals!

I promise I’ll continue the Charting series, though I didn’t get to do my own charts for long, I think it is incredibly interesting, informative and helpful!

 

PREGNANT! (4 Weeks)

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Ahh! How exciting! I thought this might be a good time to make this blog a little more personal, and share my pregnancy/birth/post pregnancy week to week. Today, according to my ovulation date (which I know just what day that was, from charting and using Fertility Friend!) I am 5 weeks pregnant!

This last month I was charting, taking temps everyday at the same time, charting cervical mucus and cervix position. Now, this was our first month going with the “see what happens” philosophy, and apparently THIS is what happens! So, we are very very lucky, and my thoughts and prayers that go out to all of the women who experience infertility and trouble conceiving. I also do know all of the things that can go wrong, but my thoughts on that right now are, that we will cross that bridge if we get there. I don’t want to spend my whole first trimester worrying, I want to enjoy being a mommy!

I found out last Tuesday, after I had a few days of cramping, spotting at 7 and 10 dpo (like, one spot literally all day) and Tuesday was 12 dpo. AF wasn’t scheduled until Saturday, but knowing that there is a good chance to get a faint positive at 12 dpo, I decided to get a couple tests on my lunch break, and of course couldn’t wait until FMU the next day! I was on a 3-ish hour hold and got a positive almost right away. A couple hours later, I took a second and viola, another positive! (Using blue-dye tests). After work I went to Target and bought a bunch of baby gifts, wrapped them up and took them home and gave them to my husband. He guessed what it was before he even opened them (dissapointing) but, who cares, we’re pregnant!

We told close family and a couple friends right away, then told the rest of the family and announced to Facebook (classy, right?) on Monday. Now, most everyone knows, and I am so excited!

From the day we found out (3 weeks, 5 days) through 4 ish weeks, I really had no symptoms, after cramps stopped, I was feeling pretty normal. I’ll continue with my symptoms from the last week in my 5 week post!

 

Baby on a Budget! (Videos)

I am a HUGE YouTube fan, and one of my newest subscriptions is to Nat & Wes (and the Rest!). If you have never heard of them, Natalie is a young woman, currently pregnant with twins! She also is a frugal mama-to-be, and recently has some great videos on saving money!

Watch the videos below, and let me know what tips YOU have for saving money!

 THRIFTY BABY HAUL

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FRUGAL FRIDAY: Consignment Sale Finds

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MamaNatural’s Cloth Diaper Setup

¬†All Eco-Conscious Moms and Moms-To-Be at some point have at least thought about cloth diapering. There are just so many questions, concerns, and different options surrounding the topic. Well YouTube’s Genevieve MamaNatural has made a few videos to help alleviate the questions and concerns.

THE CLOTH DIAPER SETUP

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REASONS CLOTH DIAPERS ARE BETTER

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WHY CHOOSE BUMGENIUS?

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Charting Series Post #2: All About Abbreviations!

One of the most confusion things about TTC can simply be the abbreviations that are used! In post #2, we are going to go over a bunch of these to help you just right into the discussion.

2WW Two Week Wait The waiting period between ovulation and testing
AF Aunt Flo Period, Menstruation
BBT Basal Body Temperature This involved taking your resting temperature (after sleep) at the same time daily, to help identify ovulation
BC Birth Control Pills, IUD, DepoProvera, etc.
BD Baby Dance Sex!
Beta Pregnancy Blood Test Pregnancy Test by blood draw by physician
BFN Big Fat Negative Negative Pregnancy Test
BFP Big Fat Positive Positive Pregnancy Test
CD Cycle Day CD1 is the first day of your period, up until the day before your next period
CM Cervical Mucus The mucus produced by your cervix, which can help identify fertility
CP Cervical Position The position of your cervix, which can help identify fertility
D&C Dilation & Curettage Clearing the lining of the uterus, often a procedure used after miscarriage
DD Dear Daughter Daughter
DH Dear Husband Husband
DP Dancing Partner Spouse, boyfriend, significant other, etc.
DPO Days Past Ovulation This is your Luteal phase, DPO1 starts the day after ovulation
DB Dear Boyfriend Boyfriend
DG Dear Girlfriend Girlfriend
DF Dear Fiance Fiance
DS Dear Son Son
DTD Do The Deed/Do The Dance Having sex
EDD Estimated Due Date The due date of your baby!
EWCM Egg White Cervical Mucus This is a stringy, sticky, egg-white like cervical mucus, the most fertile.
FMU First Morning Urine The first time you urinate in the morning
FRER First Response Early Result First Response Pregnancy Tests
FX Fingers Crossed Good Luck!
hCG Human Chorionic Ganadotrphic What is detected in home pregnancy tests to determine pregnancy
HPT Home Pregnancy Test Pretty much any test you take at home
IB Implanation Bleeding Some women experience spotting when implantation occurs
IUI Intrauterine Insemination A fertility procedure
IVF In Vitro Fertilization A fertility procedure
LH Luteinizing Hormone What OPKs look for to detect ovulation
LMP Last Menstrual Period The (first usually) day of your last period
LP Luteal Phase The time between ovulation and CD1
Mc or M/C Miscarriage Loss of baby
MS or M/S Morning Sickness Nausea caused by pregnancy
O or OV Ovulation The releasing of the egg by the Ova
OPK Ovulation Prediction Kit Using to find ovulation at home
POAs Pee On A Stick Taking an ovulation or pregnancy test
SAHM Stay At Home Mom Mother who stays at home with children
SO Significant Other Your Partner
TTC Trying to Conceive Trying to have a baby!
UTI Urinary Tract Infection An infection of the Urinary Tract (common in women)
YI Yeast Infection A vaginal infection (common in women)
US Ultrasound For pregnancy, or looking into fertility relating difficulties

Have more to add? Share in the comments!

Is Your LifeStyle Fertility Friendly?

Is your Lifestyle Fertility Friendly?

12 Steps in a small lifestyle change that can greatly increase your fertility!

Are you guilty of any of these?

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