Family Dinners and The Start of a Tradition?

Last night we went over to my in-laws’ house. I am very, very blessed with amazing in-laws and my mother-in-law (MIL) has been nothing but amazing and sweet to me since the day Josh brought me home to meet his parents. Yes, I am aware of how lucky I am.

My MIL cooked one of her famous meals that is usually reserved for holidays; chicken and dressing, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, corn, cornbread. Now believe me when I say my MIL’s cooking is responsible for about half of my weight gain. Her food is amazing. I never, EVER liked dressing/stuffing until I tried hers. She cooks the chicken (or turkey) and dressing together and it’s moist and delicious. Her mac and cheese she makes from scratch; she uses big, round noodles and about 4 different types of cheese, and then SHE BAKES IT. Needless to say when she asked us over on Tuesday I almost hyperventilated I was so excited.

Josh’s brother, Steve, has a daughter from his first marriage and she’s 13. She usually comes and stays with my in-laws for a week in the summer and a week around Christmas. She was there, my sister-in-law and her son were there, my brother-in-law Tim was there and we were there. We all had a good time eating my MIL’s delicious food, and just cracking up and having fun. I love being around my husband’s family; they have a dynamic and a closeness that I just love. Anyway, after we were through eating and were sitting there miserable, my MIL comes in and says she has something for me. She’s holding this black jewelry box, and says that she was going through her jewelry (I don’t remember what for) and she came across this. She had completely forgotten that she had it. She opened it up, and it was a small gold necklace with a charm in the form of a crawling baby. She told me that she had worn it when she was pregnant with Josh, and wanted me to have it. I smiled, and took it of course and was extremely touched. It made me so happy that she gave it to me, and I’m wearing it now.

I got to thinking, if we have a son and he gets married, I’d like to give it to his wife when and if she gets pregnant. And if that doesn’t happen, perhaps I’ll give it to our daughter if we have one when she gets pregnant. I was just very touched by the gesture. She’s always been thoughtful like that to me.

Drawing ever-closer to the second trimester. I got to thinking this morning about how I can’t wait to feel the baby move. I wonder when it’ll happen…. I’m thinking that I’ve got a ways to go still since I have a retroverted uterus. We’ll just have to wait and see, and be patient.

Symptoms, Etc

So I think that my symptoms are slowly started to even out. They weren’t horribly severe to begin with but my vomiting ritual was pretty set since about week 6. I have still been feeling kinda queasy and uneasy in the stomach but the vomiting seems to have subsided – a little.

My breasts are still sore, but the soreness comes and goes more often. And yes, I am ashamed to admit that I still push and mash on them to make sure they still hurt.

This pregnancy has been surprisingly very worry-free for me. I have not stressed nor worried about………….. I just had to leave my keyboard and run to the bathroom to throw up. LOL.
Anyway as I was saying, I have not stressed nor worried about this pregnancy like I thought I would. I have even felt twinges, pulling, and even occasionally stretching/cramping and none of it has worried me at all. I just feel “different” about this pregnancy.

One thing that I thought was changing for the better was my skin, but I was wrong. It’s just as bad as it has been. I am so broken out, my face is like a war zone of pimples. Ugh. I can’t use acne medication. I was thinking of maybe getting some tea tree oil, or products with tea tree oil in them and see if maybe that would help a little. I’m also hoping my hormones will level out a little in a few weeks. We can hope, right?

Just under two weeks until we get to see Gummi again! I can’t wait!

10 Weeks – Baby Kumquat

Though he’s barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.

He’s swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they’ll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.

If you could take a peek inside your womb, you’d spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.

In other developments: Your baby’s limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby’s forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he’s about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.