Friday, August 27, 2010

First Trimester

First Trimester Recap:

June 23rd - Found out we're pregnant. Still processing what this means for us. Found out our babies will be 10 months a part and we are due in late February. Not sure what even made me test, but I just felt "different". I tested then went and laid down and fell asleep - very very tired these last few days and went back a few hours later to a positive test. I was so shocked to actually see two lines. Took another one and it instantly turned positive - guess it must be true!

June 26th - Told our parents. Sent them a picture of Malachi with Big Brother in Late February written on it. They didn't get it. Thought we were continuing with our original plan of adopting again early next year. Everyone is super excited as we are still processing the news.

June 27th - morning sickness hit. I am not excited about this but hopefully it will be kind and will not last too long or be too bad.

June 28th - Made first OB appointment for July 22nd Peter's birthday! Also figuring out that I need to eat all the time in order to keep the sick feeling away. I am definitely feeling very sick in the mornings. I am also so tired! I am constantly going back and forth between wanting something with meat and wanting chocolate.

July 15th - I am 7 weeks today. Still struggling with morning sickness and exhaustion. I haven't thrown up yet and I hope I can survive without throwing up. One more week until our first ultrasound. I am very nervous about it but hopeful that everything will look good. I have become very picky with food. Most things do not sound good and I can't handle the thought of eating them. I also have a really bad cold right now and have had a very hard time sleeping. I really miss my Nyquil with being sick. Too nervous to take anything for it so trying to let it take its course - but a sore throat, cough, body aches, back pain, morning sickness, and exhaustion are no fun at all. Looking forward to that second trimester.

July 19th - Had my first appointment with the nurse. She asked me a bunch of questions and ran some tests. It is so strange that everyone carries on like everything is okay with this pregnancy. I definitely hope it is, but just want confirmation that everything really is alright before I can relax. I am really hoping that everything looks okay on the ultrasound.

July 22nd - Today was my first ultrasound visit. I have been very nervous about it. I wasn't thinking when I made these appointments for first thing in the morning. It is proving very hard to eat something and feel okay in time for the appointments. The receptionist that checked me in congratulated me and was very excited. I was still nervous and wanted to save the congratulations until after the ultrasound. This was the first time I saw my doctor. She walked in the room and said "Congratulations, you did it!" She was very excited for us. We talked about our adoption and she urged me not to let the adoption agency know at this time as she would hate to see our adoption put in a dangerous position since we are so close to being done and in love with Malachi. She said I am still early and there are still risks so no need to tell them yet. As she started up the ultrasound she started laughing and said it would be so funny if it were twins. I told her she was cruel. Right away she found one baby and pointed out the heartbeat. Just knowing there was a heartbeat made me relax. I asked her if everything looked okay and she said yes. She had the baby measuring at 7 weeks 5 days and gave me a due date of March 4th. It was surreal to see this little tiny baby with a heart beating away inside my stomach.

August 1st - I am 9 1/2 weeks. Today is the first time I looked at my tummy and saw that it is starting to change. There is definitely an undeniable small bump forming. I am definitely going to have to start wearing a little bit looser shirts in order to keep this a secret. I don't want people to start thinking I am getting fat :) Week 8 was definitely the worst with morning sickness. Nan gave me a prescription for Zofran which helps a lot and I am relieved to have it for when we travel. Week 9 definitely feels like I might be over the hump with the sickness. I still feel sick if I don't eat often enough, but overall I feel much better than I did a week ago.

August 19th - It has been a whirlwind past few weeks! We have made it to Ethiopia and back and while I did have some very rough moments on the airplane and while in country, overall I was very pleased with how I felt considering I was only 10 weeks while in country. Today I had another OB visit. It was pretty basic and simple, but I was able to hear the baby's heartbeat for the first time! She warned me that she was just going to check and see if she could hear anything yet and immediately after putting the doppler down we heard the swooshing of the heartbeat. She nudged me and said "There's your baby!" I am one day away from 12 weeks! Hearing the heartbeat and knowing that everything is okay really made my day! Now we can start telling people that baby #2 is on the way!

August 27th - I am 13 weeks today! Got an email stating this is the official start of the 2nd trimester! One down, two to go and hopefully this second one will be much better than the first was. I am eager for the exhaustion and morning sickness to disappear for good! The report said that the baby is 3" long and weighs about an ounce and is almost the size of a lemon. I am starting to show a very little bit but am amazed that the baby is that big and is still able to hide out in there! Probably not too much longer though!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A day at the beach!

Now that the 4 day flu bug had passed through the house, we were able to enjoy a day off to the coast where Malachi met his great grandma Goodman for the first time. Malachi is just so full of firsts and even though he has crossed a few ocean's this was his very first trip to the beach!

What an incredible journey he has made from the mountains of Africa all the way to the Oregon coast!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lots of First's

We have had Malachi Segni in our arms for 1 1/2 weeks now and it has been a time full of adjustments and firsts! For our full trip report please check out our adoption blog, but for everything else stay here :)

Here are a lot of our first's with our precious Malachi:

First time we saw each other:

First time I held him:

First time Daddy held him:

First time I fed him:

First time we gave him a bath:

First passport and visa:

First trip on an airplane

First time eating cereal:

First doctor's appointment:

First time in his exersaucer:

We are looking forward to a lifetime of first with our boy!!!