Baby Dolan: Week 14

Week 14

(December 23-30)

Weight gained: Forgot to weigh myself this week…


  • Some headaches
  • Had a few nauseous days, but only actually got sick once. Hoping the end of this is near!
  • Very, very emotional.  Brian was out of town this weekend and Friday night/Saturday morning I just kept crying randomly because I miss him.

Movement: Nope, not yet….but I can’t wait!

Food Aversions: Chicken still doesn’t sound great, nor do any veggies (as luck would have it).

Food Cravings: Still Arby’s Roast Beef, and our family’s jello salads….I could eat those all day, everyday.

Sleep:  Still no problems here, although I did have trouble falling asleep while Brian was away.  He actually said he has trouble sleeping without me, too – so it isn’t just me. 😉

Stretch marks? Not yet!

Miss Anything? Not worrying as much 😉  After talking with our doctor, Brian and I decided to have the blood test that detects Trisomy 13, 18, and 21 (Down syndrome).  Our doctor played devil’s advocate and said that he’s experienced deliveries with families who have known they were having a baby with Downs, and deliveries where it was a surprise.  Obviously knowing ahead of time allowed those families to grieve their expectations for their child – NOT to grieve their child, just their expectations for him/her.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it after our appointment, so I had the blood test on December 17.  It takes 7-10 business days to get the results, but with the holidays, I think it’s just pushing things back.  I’m wondering if my (tension) headaches are due to worrying about the results.  I know there is nothing I can do to change things, but my mind loves to play the “what if” scenario.  Hopefully we’ll get the results early this week.

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: Christmas!  What a great Christmas we had this year.  It just gets more and more fun each year with the kiddos getting older. We all gathered at my parents on Christmas Eve and had lunch, then played some games (Christmas Scattergories, Christmas Movie Trivia, and another fun picture game).  We hung out, opened presents, had dinner, then went to mass at 7.  My sister had us over for brunch on Christmas Day which was so nice.  It was an absolutely wonderful week!

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Very happy. :)

New Baby Items: Yes, Baby Dolan got some Christmas presents this week!!  Baby received an Andrew Luck Colts jersey, a sweet white sleeper, and some sleepers/Halloween outfits.  It makes it seem so real!


Baby Dolan: Week 13

Week 13

(December 16-23)

Weight gained: Strangely down another pound this week…which is odd because I’ve been FAMISHED and therefore eating a lot. I have no doubt I’ll gain it back after Christmas. 🙂


  • Some headaches. I need to be better about drinking water…I used to be the water QUEEN.
  • ·Nausea is mostly gone (!) except for some occasional evenings this week.
  • Some round ligament pains. Baby is growing!

Movement: Nope, not yet….but I can’t wait!

Food Aversions: Not food, but the smell of coffee and beer make me want to gag. Very sad, indeed.

Food Cravings: Starting to crave sweets just a little bit, but mostly still just want salty/savory foods. We had our holiday work party on Friday of this week and I hardly ate any sweets….SO not like me! I did, however, have lots of chip/dip, corn casserole (WOW), mini hot dogs, and meatballs.

Sleep: Like a ROCK.

Stretch marks? Not yet!

Miss Anything? This is very strange, but I told Brian I actually miss being hungry. NOT that I miss the feeling of being hungry, but being hungry without consequence. If I let myself get hungry, I obviously get cranky (this is nothing new) but I get queasy, too. Brian and I went out for a late breakfast Saturday morning and he made a stop on the way to fix my radio…he said later he thought I was going to slug him. 🙂 I definitely need to be better about taking snacks with me.

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: Celebrated Brian’s 28th Birthday! I made him Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies and we got Chinese Take Out for dinner. And we continued our obsession of watching “The Walking Dead.” I’m VERY surprised I haven’t had any zombie nightmares yet.

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Very happy. 🙂

New Baby Items: Nope…trying to be good!


Baby Dolan: Week 12

*I realize these weekly updates are probably boring to others….but I’m anxious to have them to look back on one day!

Week 12

(December 9-16)

Weight gained: Based on what I think I weighed when I got pregnant (I hate weighing myself and didn’t do it until about week 7, when morning sickness was at full force), I think I’m about -1 from pre-pregnancy weight. I think I lost about 5ish pounds over those bad weeks and have been gaining them back since then. Not too worried since I know that is very common in the first trimester!


  • Throughout all those sick days, I just kept telling myself to make it to week 12. Even though I knew realistically I could still be feeling sick by then, at least I’d be close to the second trimester. Well, I did have a few bad days this week, but only actually got sick a couple of times. I still felt pretty nauseous from the late morning until when I went to sleep. Not nearly as bad as it was, so I’ll take it!
  • · Headaches. I think this has surprised me the most about pregnancy. I’ve read that if you suffer from tension headaches prior to pregnancy, you’re more likely to get them in the first trimester. This has definitely been the case! I have been getting them pretty much every day for the last week or so, and they were random before that. Trying not to take Tylenol every time I get them, but sometimes I get desperate.
  • · Round ligament pains.

Movement: Nope, not yet….but I can’t wait!

Food Aversions: Still don’t have my normal appetite, so sweets (surprisingly) don’t sound as good to me yet like they normally would. Not as bad as it was a few weeks ago…man I was missing my sweets! I can’t even tell you the last time I had ice cream…who am I?? Onions and garlic are starting to sound somewhat okay. Coffee still sounds HORRIBLE.

Food Cravings: Arby’s Roast Beef, baby! I went twice this week on my lunch break and got a junior RB sandwich. I didn’t eat meat for about 4 weeks in the first trimester….I missed it more than I thought. Oh, and hamburgers sound REALLY good, too.

Sleep: No complaints! I sleep like a rock every night, usually just waking up to go to the bathroom once (I did this prior to pregnancy, though, so I’m used to it).

Stretch marks? Not yet!

Miss Anything? I miss eating regular meals, although it is so much better than it was. (I actually cooked my first meal in SIX weeks! Creamy Enchiladas.)

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: Went to the Colts/Texans game on Sunday…SO much fun. Technically Baby Dolan’s 2nd Colts game. 🙂 And we made the pregnancy “Facebook” official! It was great to have the cat out of the bag. I am absolutely horrible at keeping secrets about myself. Everyone is so incredibly excited…and it makes me so happy to see how much Baby Dolan is loved by everyone already.

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Very happy. 🙂

New Baby Items: My incredibly sweet sister gave me a gift card to buy maternity clothes…how thoughtful of her! I don’t want to spend a ton of money on clothes, but she was kind enough to give this to me so that I can buy some things. I don’t know what I would do without her and my whole family!


So You’re Having a Baby.

*I want to get our honeymoon posts up soon, but figured I should start the pregnancy posts before I’m, ya know, 8 months pregnant.

I still can’t believe we are having a BABY!  It’s something I’ve dreamed of since I was a little girl.  Some of my very first memories are from playing house with my sisters and  friend, Shannon.  It was always  a competition who had the most (and the youngest – “No, mine is only 9 minutes old!”) kids.  Funny how being an adult changes that.

It’s also funny the questions people ask when you tell them you’re pregnant.  “Were you trying?”  Well, yes and no.  Brian and I kind of agreed that it seems like once people start “trying” to get pregnant, oftentimes they can’t right away.  Is is the pressure or stress?  Who knows.  In any event, we both just hoped that it would happen without having to make a lot of fuss about it (NOT that we wouldn’t have done that, of course).  We feel very, VERY blessed that it did happen for us very quickly.

The following is a recap of the first trimester, and mostly just for my own records.  (That sounds so official.  I just want to be able to look back on this during my next pregnancy!)

Week 4 – We found out!  I found out first (obviously)  and since I was not really expecting it/didn’t want to jinx myself, I didn’t have any idea how I was going to tell Brian.  I ended up going online to a “create a t-shirt” website and designed a baby onesie.  It was green and on the front it said, “Future Tree Climber – Like Dad.”  We were actually getting ready to leave for dinner and since he suggested sushi, I knew I had to tell him before we went out.  I was in the kitchen and told him I’d ordered his birthday present a little early, and I wanted him to come see it.  He looked a little (okay, very) confused, but came over to check on the picture on the iPad.  His eyes lit up immediately – he was SO excited. 🙂

Of course with it being so early, I still questioned if it was “real” or not.  So I proceeded to take a pregnancy test every day for 6 days, hoping the little line would get darker…:) (Tests in the picture go from R to L).


Weeks 4-6 – Pretty uneventful.  It was tricky because we had several events/parties going on that involved alcohol, and I was so worried it would be a red flag if I didn’t drink.  I definitely did “pretend” sip off of a beer or two.  My cousin, Megan, ended up pulling me aside when she noticed I wasn’t drinking at her husband’s birthday party.  We all like to drink when we get together, so it was kind of a dead giveaway, I suppose.

I focused on trying to eat as healthy as I could, hoping I would be nauseous around week 6.  That’s right….I wished it on myself.  Sounds crazy, and of course in the midst of it I thought otherwise, but at least when you are feeling sick and crappy you know that baby is (most likely) okay.  I’m a worrier to the extreme, so it made me feel better at least knowing that.

Week 6 – Almost like clockwork, at 6 weeks I started to feel like crap.  I made a meal (pulled pork) for me and Brian on October 26…and not another meal was made until December 9th!  I started eating saltines and pretty much anything with bread.  Bread sticks, pizza, bagels with cream cheese were my favorites.  I’d heard from many women that they feel the worst in the morning, but I was the opposite.  The first half hour-hour of the day I felt okay, and then it got progressively worse as the day went on.  I suppose this was a blessing from God because He knows I’m not a morning person…at ALL. 🙂

Week 7 – Pretty similar symptoms to week 6.  Cold water with lemon sounds amazing….water is all that I’m drinking now.  Diet Coke doesn’t even sound good – say what??!  Coffee – even the smell – sounds terrible, too.  Saltines and baked potatoes, which I could stomach last week, make my stomach churn.  I shouldn’t have bought that five pound bag of potatoes, darn it.  One exciting thing?  Our first doctor appointment!  We had our first ultrasound at 7 weeks 2 days.  I was NERVOUS as all get out.  I was so terrified we were going to go in and they wouldn’t find a heartbeat.  I tried to think positive but it was just lingering in the back of my mind.  We went in and the ultrasound tech showed us the baby right away.  What only is about 5 seconds seemed like an eternity.  And then…she zoomed in on this little gummy bear-like creature.  With a beating heart – no doubt about it!  Heart rate was 139, which she said was fantastic.  It was the best moment ever!  We met with a nurse after the appointment and talked about nutrition, diet, etc.  She was as sweet as can be, and I felt like I could really ask her anything.

Week 8 – Same old, same old.  I ended up telling two of my co-workers this week because I was getting sick at work and wanted someone to know why I wasn’t my normal self.  They were thrilled, and it felt so great to share the news with someone!  I think I eat pizza about 3-4 times a week and should probably invest in Papa John’s stock.  Also, Brian cooked venison and onions this week and the smell immediately made me vomit.  Bleh.  (He felt horrible, of course).  In addition to pizza, I have eaten probably 3 boxes of this a week:

Strangely plain pasta, which sounded great during week 6, sounds disgusting.  Creamy sauces are where it’s at.

Week 9 – The week started off the same as usual….I’ve been getting sick on average about 4-5 times a week; sometimes more, sometimes less.  On week 9 day 3, I didn’t get sick at all.  And in fact, I kind of felt…not so bad.  The next day was a Friday, and I woke up feeling…good!  I felt like I could eat almost anything for breakfast, my boobs didn’t hurt at all, and vomiting was the last thing on my mind.  I should have been ecstatic!  But…I freaked out.  I ended up taking a pregnancy test, knowing it would still read as positive but thinking if something HAD happened, then it wouldn’t “turn” positive right away.  Well, the 2nd line on my test was very faint.  I ended up going to CVS and buying another and, same thing.  This made me freak out.  I emailed my boss and told her I wouldn’t be in today; I was sobbing and a hot mess.  My doctor’s office opened at 8:30 so I was on the phone with a nurse at 8:31. I explained her to what happened, and no questions asked, she had me come in.  I LOVE my doctor’s office.  I made an appointment at 9:45 and quickly got ready.

I was already preparing myself for the worst…we were supposed to tell my family that Sunday night at dinner, but I decided I would tell them if I miscarried, too.  I mean, there is no way I could hide my emotions!  I didn’t want to worry Brian unnecessarily so I didn’t tell him what was going on.  I REALLY wished I had told my sisters or my mom so I could bring them with me.  But I didn’t want to call them up all of the sudden and tell them this way.

When I got to the office they did an ultrasound right away.  I was so nervous when the tech came in that I forgot to take my underwear off….kind of important. 🙂  I told her what was going on and she was incredibly sweet.  She showed me the baby right away….and its strong, fast HEARTBEAT!  I cried so hard….tears of joy (obviously).  It was the best sound in the world.  Heart rate was 169, which was great!

 *Sorry…can’t figure out how to rotate!9weeksI saw a doctor afterwards and she told me that this can happen.  The closer you get to week 10, she said, the more good days you’ll have.  I couldn’t have been more relieved!

The next day I felt pretty good, and then the day after started feeling kind of crappy again.  If I had only waited…;)

Week 10 – Double digits!  I felt more confident knowing that we’d had TWO positive ultrasounds and we are nearing the end of the first trimester.  This week was VERY exciting because it’s the week we told both of our families!  It was perfect timing as it was the week of Thanksgiving.

My whole family had dinner the Sunday before Turkey Day, so I knew I wanted to break the news then.  The question is…how???  There are so many cute and adorable ways to tell people you’re expecting!  After a lot of Googling and Pinteresting, I came across a cute idea on the Baby Center forum.  Target sells a brand of wine called “Junebug.”

I bought a bottle and I wrote: “Expecting a Junebug….Due June 2014.”  Right before dinner, I got out the bottle and asked if anyone wanted a drink of the special wine I’d bought.  I knew it might take a second or two for them to figure out what I was talking about, and it was priceless to see their reactions!  The best part is that I had Reese record it all on video.  (I obviously adore Reese as I do all of my nieces and nephews, but she’s had a particularly rough year at school.  I hoped that by sharing the news with her first, she might feel special.  I showed her the bottle and asked her if she knew what it meant.  Her eyes lit up and she said, “Are you pregnant?!!” right away.  Love that sweet girl.)  It was so wonderful to finally spill the beans with everyone….they couldn’t (and I couldn’t) believe I’d made it that long without telling them!

We got to Brian’s grandparents’ house the day before Thanksgiving.  We told Brian’s family separately, since we wanted to tell his parents alone away from the group, and Mary wasn’t there yet when we arrived.  First up was grandpa.  🙂  I bought a “Happy Birthday, Grandpa” card and put in a copy of the ultrasound picture.  We told him in the basement the evening we arrived, and it was just the three of us.  When he opened the card and read it, he kind of chuckled…at first I thought he was thinking it was a joke about him getting older. 😉  But he immediately smiled and came to give us hugs.  And then I think he was more excited to tell Mary than Brian and me!

Mary ended up getting in that night, but I was down for the count.  (My party life is non-existent these days, I tell ya.)  We ended up telling her Thanksgiving morning in the basement, so me, Brian, Brian Sr., and Mary.  I told her we had a riddle for her, and read this:

“In 2013 we wrote you a song, for your 50th birthday – you sang right along.

In 2014 your heart will be stolen, by your next birthday gift – a new Baby Dolan.”

(*Since the due date is Mary’s birthday).

I had Brian tape this, too.  Happy tears were shed!!  I can’t tell you how many of us were so excited just to tell Mary.  We knew she’d be thrilled…and she will make a phenomenal grandma to a very lucky grandchild!

As for the rest of the family, we decided to tell everyone all together in a group just before lunch.  Brian made a “Happy Anniversary” card for his grandparents, as it was their 29th Anniversary the day before.  We slipped a copy of the ultrasound picture inside.  Everyone gathered around and we gave Chris and Ed the card.  I didn’t think of Eamon not knowing what an ultrasound picture is (I mean….most guys wouldn’t!), but when Chris saw the picture she exclaimed, “You’re pregnant!”  It was the best moment.  We all couldn’t wait to tell Eamon….and I think I even saw some happy tears in his eyes. 🙂  I love that man.

Week 11 – I felt a little better this week.  Pretty good in the morning and then nauseous around lunch until when I went to bed.  More foods are sounding good, though!

Week 12 – We met with Dr. Mernitz on Tuesday of this week.  I love that guy!  He’s just so positive and truthful….everything you’d want in a doctor.  He went over the basics with us and everything went well.  He even did an ultrasound so we got to see that little one again!  It’s absolutely amazing how much he/she had changed since 2.5 weeks ago.  Baby was kicking around in there…it was crazy to see!  Heart rate looked good, too.

image (6)I sent a text to my sisters at the end of the week saying something like, “So WHEN did you guys start feeling better during your pregnancies?”  They told me right around week 14.  The end of this week I was feeling kind of crappy again, but it’s so much easier knowing I’m almost to the end of it.  I can make it another week!

Wedding Whirlwind (Part 3) – The Party Begins (And I promise this is the last wedding post) ;)

Long time, no talk, huh?

I figured I’d better finish the wedding posts so I can move on to the honeymoon….I have the worst memory in mankind, and the longer I wait, the more I’ll forget!

As soon as the ceremony was over, we headed out the door into our ride.


It was so very generous of  Joel, our BIL, to let us borrow his classic car.  It’s funny because Brian didn’t really have many requests for the wedding other than lots of booze which was important to both of us, but he did ask me one day, “After the wedding, can we drive off in a car? I just always pictured doing that.” And so it was decided….and it couldn’t have been more perfect.  It was so nice to have those few minutes together driving around town, and people are SO nice when you’ve just gotten married….who knew?

We came back to the church about 10 minutes later and slipped in the back for formal pictures.  Even though formal pictures aren’t necessarily “my style” – I love more of the candid and ‘in the moment’ shots – I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t take them.  Plus, it’s fun to see how our family has changed over the years….it has been 11 years since our last family wedding, after all!

When we came in we were greeted by the lively Reid, who kept saying, “You….steal…my daddy’s carrrr!!!”  I’m so glad the photographer caught this!  Love that stinker.

And just a couple of shots from the church….

Now came the fun part!  We headed up to Forest Park to meet our AWESOME photographers.  (Side note: I think our photographers were my favorite part of the day.  We hadn’t met before the wedding, and they did nothing but make us feel completely welcome and happy the whole day.  I swear Mike never stopped smiling!  And to top it off, the pictures were phenomenal.  I joked with them that I didn’t even care if the pictures were crap because they were so nice, but they were off the charts fantastic.  Photography was one of the most important things to me for the wedding, and they nailed it!)

After an hour or so of pictures…it was time to head to the party!

The favors were Brian’s idea, and I couldn’t have loved them any more.  We both wanted something unique, and it’s really hard to think of something when you’ve been to so many weddings over the years!  When we found these saplings it was perfect, since Brian is a tree lover and hugger, and we both wanted something that was “us.”  Brian said to me when we ordered them, “Even if, out of 100 trees, only 10 people plant them – and out of the 10, only 1 survives….that’s still one more tree on this earth because of us.”  How can you not love that?

We were SO excited to find these cake toppers!  Although there was a last minute problem in getting them (smartie here didn’t click “submit” when I thought I’d ordered them….so I had to overnight them and they arrived on the wedding day. $80 cake toppers but worth it….right? 🙂 )

Brian and I chose to dance to “At Last” by Etta James.  I mean…how can you not love that song?  And also it felt so fitting.  

You smile
Oh and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
For you are mine at last

(Plus, we both absolutely love Ms. James.  Lady can SING.)

My wonderful MIL had the best idea from when they’d lived in Canada.  Instead of the traditional “tapping of the glass” when you wanted the bride and groom to kiss, you announce that each table can sing a song with the word “love” in it.  Then the bride and groom would kiss.  This was honestly one of my favorite parts of the night, because it was free and fun entertainment for everyone!  Probably about 8 or 9 tables participated….it was a blast.  I wish I could remember more of the songs, but Brian’s friends sang “Feel Like “Makin’ Love,” Haley/Brian’s uncles and friends sang “L-O-V-E” (with motions, too!), my cousins sang “I Love This Bar” – appropriate because they were there when Brian and I met in a bar 🙂 – and sweet Reese, Grace, and Ryan sang “Love Story” by Taylor Swift.  Oh, the tears were flowin’ at that point!

And then.  Oh….then.  Came only the BEST toast I’ve ever been a witness to!

I mean….wow.  I still struggle with the words to describe how much this meant to me.  Not only was it hilarious, entertaining, and described everything to a tee – I can’t believe my sisters got up and sang in front of everyone like that!  Wait a minute….yes I can. 🙂  Seriously, though, this was truly one of my favorite parts of the day.  I love my sisters so much!

It was so hard to think of the perfect father/daughter song for me and my dad.  My dad means the world to me and is one of my best friends.  We ended up choosing “Unforgettable” – the Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole version.  I thought it was fitting because obviously they are father/daughter singing the song together….plus, I just love that song.

Of course as Schenhers, we couldn’t just let everything be serious. 🙂  About halfway through “Unforgettable,” we transitioned to the “YMCA.”  (This is known to be one of my dad’s favorite wedding/party songs – seriously, the man goes nuts).  And then, this happened.

It. Was. Fantastic!  Perfectly summed up me and my dad, too.

Mary and Brian danced to “Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam.  It is still very hard for me to listen to this song without crying.  Two of my very favorite people in the world!

And then the most wonderful thing happened.  Mary asked our DJ to invite all mothers and sons up to dance.  How sweet and thoughtful is that?

The rest of the night was spent dancing, drinking, and just enjoying the company of our loved ones who mean so much to us.

It really was the perfect day, and I honestly would not have changed one single thing.   And the best part?  Well….all those people who say your wedding is the best day of your life?  They are so, so wrong.  Every day I get to wake up to Brian Dolan next to me is the best day of my life.

And we lived happily ever after.