Baby Dolan: Week 18

Week 18

(January 20-27)

Weight gained: About 2 pounds total

Symptoms:

  • Good old headaches.  I’m thinking it’s a mixture of dehydration and stress.  Since  our pipes burst 2 weeks ago, we’ve been in a state of disarray.  I can’t wait to have everything back to normal!
  • Tired.  And I can’t blame lack of sleep!
  • Hungry, hungry, hungry.  I’ve read this is very normal right about now…hopefully it means baby is growing!
  • Moooooody.  Not sure if this is a pregnancy symptom 😉  Thankfully it’s not towards loved ones or close friends…just strangers who do something to tick me off.  Lucky them, eh?

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

Food Aversions: Nothing new

Food Cravings: Mexican food still sounds good pretty much all the time.  I also got a HUGE craving for ice cream this week and Brian (so sweet) ran out to get me one at 9:30 p.m.  I hadn’t had a Blizzard in SO long.  Too long.

Sleep:  Like a baby.

Stretch marks? Not yet!

Miss Anything? Nope

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: I think this might be the week I finally “popped”!  Before, I felt like I only looked pregnant if I pushed my stomach out.  I think in my photos prior to this week, I was doing that subconsciously. 🙂  But now there is definitely a belly all on it’s own! I LOVE it!!!

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Very happy….other than when I’m really irritated at those strangers.

New Baby Items: Nada….trying to be good!

Looking forward to: Our big ultrasound on February 4th!  Even though we’re not finding out the sex, I absolutely can’t wait to see his/her little face.  I am hoping and praying all looks okay on the ultrasound.  Very thankful for technology and what it is able to tell us!

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Baby Dolan: Week 17

Week 17 

(January 13-20)

Weight gained: Still about 1 pound

Symptoms:

  • Still some nausea and headaches…other than that, I can’t complain!

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

Food Aversions: Nothing new

Food Cravings: I’ve been craving Mexican food BIG time for a few weeks (which is strange because normally it’s not my first choice of things to eat).  Also, I still can’t get enough clementines!

Sleep:  Like a baby.

Stretch marks? Not yet!

Miss Anything? Nope

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: Not so much fun, but Brian and our friend, Russell, have been hard at work fixing the mess from our busted pipes.  I feel really guilty because I haven’t cooked at ALL this whole week as our kitchen is a mess.  It’s been frozen meals and meals out for all of us….not so healthy (or cheap!).  But what can ya do?  I do have a crock pot meal today waiting for us…in the living room. 😉

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Very happy.

New Baby Items: Nada….trying to be good!

Looking forward to: Having Monday off of work!  Not baby related, I know, but I hope to make some progress in clearing out the junk in our guest room (soon to be baby’s room).  Also, I just found out this week that my friend, Sarah, is pregnant!!!!  It’s so crazy and funny because our friend Colleen is pregnant, too.  Colleen is about 4 weeks ahead of me, and Sarah is about 6 weeks behind me.  It’s going to be a summer full of babies!

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Money Worries

Ever since probably about high school, I’ve always worried about money.  Back then it was a different much more shallow kind of worrying: would I ever own a real Coach purse?  Would I be able to afford a brand new Honda one day?  Would I make enough money to live in a nice house?

I remember buying my first car at 24 years old, my Honda Accord that I currently drive.  It was only a year old, so pretty much brand new, and it was my dream car!  Man, I still love that car.  I saved and saved and saved and was able to put about $9,000 down on the car.  My payments were very affordable, and I was a very happy girl!

2003 Honda Accord Coupe EX V6

My car had everything I needed and then some, but I still remember about a year after I bought it, yearning for a new car again.  I flirted with the idea of waiting a year or two and trading it in for something new.  Then I realized….what was I thinking??!!  Especially now I realize how expensive it is to buy new cars, when you can save SO much by buying a car a few years old.  (No judgment on those who buy new, by the way…it’s just a no-brainer way for us to save money by buying used).  I was so satisfied with my car and head over heels for awhile, but after a little bit of time passed, I wanted that “high” of getting something new again.

My money worries these days (and probably in the last 7 or 8 years) are much different.  I would love to have a new Coach bag and would be thrilled to drive a new Honda, but unless someone gives them to me, it’s not going to happen.  And honestly I am 100%, completely okay with that, because I’m madly in love with my husband and so incredibly happy – I know by now that “stuff” doesn’t make you happy.  People do.

Like this hot fella here.

I’ve always been a money saver.  I remember getting my first savings account when I was maybe 6 or 7 years old.  My mom would take us to the bank whenever we had birthday money or first communion/confirmation money.  I got such a high from getting back my “bank book” and seeing the amount in my savings go up.  When I log into my bank account online, I still get that way!

It’s always been important to me to save money…whether it be $10 a month or $500 a month.  But I realize that a time will probably come soon when we won’t be able to save – in fact, we’ll most likely have to borrow money to get by for a few years.  (This is when Brian enrolls in school full-time for a few years).  It panics me like crazy to think of that, but honestly, it’s more important for us to eventually be happy.  And such a big part of our lives is spent at work, so I want Brian to be happy in his career.  Seeing my dad unhappy in his job for so many years taught me one thing – life’s too short to have a job you really dislike!

I feel like this post is kind of all over the place, but what I am trying to say (and keep telling myself!) is that money worries always take care of themselves.  They do.  Especially when you are willing to live frugally (i.e. no cable TV, driving older cars, not spending a lot on “things”, etc.)  I’ve talked to my parents about this several times, most recently when our pipes burst in our house last week.  I was so upset about the unexpected expense, especially now of all times, but you know what?  Right now we have the money in the bank to take care of it.  We’ll fix the problem so that hopefully it NEVER happens again.  (By “we” I mean “Brian and his friend” – they are working so hard!)  And in 40 years I am not going to be thinking of the devastating set back of our pipes bursting in the winter of 2014.  (A pain in the ass, yes – but devastating, no).

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This is one of my favorite quotes, and I need to remind myself of it often.  Life’s too short to worry about trivial things like money.  As long as we are all happy, healthy, have a place to live and a place to sleep, that is what truly matters at the end of the day.

Baby Dolan: Week 16

Week 16 

(January 6-13)

Four months!!!!  There is something exciting about being into a new month of pregnancy.

Weight gained: Sitting at about 1 pound right now.

Symptoms:

  • Some headaches, though not nearly as bad.  I think the water I’m trying to drink and not stressing about our test results helped a lot.
  • A little nauseated some days.  (Brian told me that it bothers him when people say they are “nauseous” because it’s not grammatically correct. I will work on it.) 😉  Got sick one evening this week which could have been m/s or too many cookies that day.  I’m going with m/s.
  • I really lucked out with little to no exhaustion in the first trimester, but I think it’s all hitting me now!  I am so unbelievably tired some days.  I miss those days when I could run out and get a Fountain Diet Mountain Dew to wake me up. 🙂

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

Food Aversions: Nothing new

Food Cravings: Still Arby’s Roast Beef and Hamburgers.  This baby loves meat like his dad!

Sleep:  Like a baby.

Stretch marks? Not yet!

Miss Anything? Nope

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: We were snowed in THREE days this week!  Two of those were work days (and our work was cancelled/closed), so it was so nice to stay home in our pj’s all day.  It was NOT nice to have our pipes freeze and burst, flooding our downstairs, but that’s another story for a different day.

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Very happy.

New Baby Items: Nada….trying to be good!

Looking forward to: Being able to feel the baby move.  I hope it is soon!  My friend, Colleen, is pregnant and 4 weeks ahead of me.  She texted me on NYE and said she’d just felt the baby move for the first time.  I seriously cannot wait!

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Baby Dolan: Week 15

Week 15

(December 30-January 6)

Weight gained: Back up to pre-pregnancy weight!

Symptoms:

  • Headaches.  I am making it a mission to drink at least 72 oz. of water a day (my 24 oz. bottle three times).  It’s been hard to drink water when I’ve been nauseous, but I just need to DO IT.
  • A few nauseous days.  Brian spent New Years Day truly hungover, whereas I just felt hungover. 😉

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

Food Aversions: Coffee still smells and sounds pretty bad right now, and this week (when I’m nauseous) I don’t want anything except carbs!

Food Cravings: Clementines.  Holy cow…the ones I just got at the store are SO GOOD.  They are going very quickly!

Sleep:  Like a baby.

Stretch marks? Not yet!

Miss Anything? It was weird to not drink on NYE (my first sober NY in….well, awhile) because we went to a party where everyone was, but that just meant more yummy appetizers for me!

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: New Year’s Eve and a Colts Playoff Game!

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy but worried.  By Friday I still hadn’t heard back from our doctor’s office about our Panorama test results, and I just thought about it all week.  Finally on Friday they called with GREAT news – baby is okay!!!  I could not be more thankful.

New Baby Items: Our friend, Abby, got Baby D Colts onesies!  I cannot WAIT to see the little guy/girl in Colts gear.

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Looking forward to: Our next doctor appointment on Tuesday!

No picture this week….I spaced it!  Looks the same as last week, I promise.