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Sunday, November 29, 2015

I'm pretty sure my fingernails are actually talons: week 11/12

Well Hello Everyone!

I'm blogging to you from week 11! This little peapod is size of a lime! Woooooooo! He/she is probably having a blast in there, because the amounts i'm having to pee is at an all time high.

Cravings: SUSHI. Don't worry I'm not even thinking about eating it, except all the cooked stuff. I'm still in love with mushrooms this week. I've pretty much put them in everything i've been cooking. Maybe my body is trying to tell me something? I officially like Tomatoes again. I have a love for Salt and vinegar chips. OMG. A little obsessed. Still loving pickles like it's my job.

Aversions: I don't like eating beef or chicken right now, well I can eat chicken in small amounts, but beef is definitely out.

EMOTIONS: I think this category should be here from here on out. I don't know if its the hormones, probably, but I turned on ABC family the other day and The Notebook was on. I was so stoked. I love this movie. I didn't even get through the next five minutes and I was a crying mess. LIKE BIG CROCODILE TEARS. Ridiculous. Oh and for that matter, I think any Nicolas Sparks book is out, someone always dies at the end. I have no idea how I'm going to get through the last Hunger Games movie, Good luck Matt!

For next 6.5 months I want to apologize in advance for random mood swings and lashing out at random people. I nearly lost my shit on this poor defenseless check out person at the grocery store. He clearly didn't know how slow he was going because the cashier was already ringing up items for the next person in line. So I started to help him, by shoving all my shit into bags, he said that he would rather me not do this. HOLD THE HELL UP.  Y'ALL IT TOOK ME EVERYTHING IN MY BEING TO NOT SCREAM AT HIM. If looks could kill that boy would have been dead, TWICE.

Sleep/Dreams: I'm trying to train myself to sleep on my side and not on my stomach or back, It's not working out too well. I have been having crazy dreams that i'm crushing my baby, and realize that I have a cat laying on top of me when I wake up (Lou Kitty likes to lay across me to stay warm, that cat is at least 18 lbs...we will work on that one.)

Preggo thoughts:
  • At this point I'm so tired of keeping this pregnancy a secret!!! I want everyone to know!
  • Fingernails grow so freaking fast. 
  • I have ADD. I cannot focus on anything. Pregnancy brain is real, i've given so many preggos crap about it over the years. I feel that this is major payback. (specifically Tami and Ashleigh, Sorry y'all. 
Week 12!!!

I'm convinced Baby Coates loves doing crunches. I just can't get over there being something in my stomach other than food. I can't wait to feel like this little person kick, just look at those legs! It's so crazy to think this little person is just the size of a plum!

Peapod is saying hello here, and to thank you for coming to the blog. 

Ok so we had a photoshoot this past week to check out tests for Spina Bifida. Let me tell you, sleep before this test was almost non-existent. I still don't know the results, but the office told me no news is good news and it's been almost 7 days. Plus, during this appointment I got to stare at this little blessing. I couldn't believe my eyes, that this little baby was moving all around. There was little cooperation from my child, it almost took an hour and half for a good picture for the NT scan! Looks like I have a strong willed child on my hands, imagine that?!

Cravings: BUFFALO WINGS with no blue cheese dressing, which I love.. I actually have been craving spicy things this week. My baby will come out of the womb asking for salsa, I just know it. Dill pickles, black olives, salt and vinegar chips, PUMPKIN PIE. 

Aversions: NONE. I couldn't believe it. I actually overcame my fear of eating curry last week and thought it was wonderful again, probably because it was so spicy! 

Emotions: Emotions this week have been in more control this week. I read in my baby book that the placenta is more formed this week so the hormone load is supposed to even out. 

Sleep: It has been much better this week. I think i'm now getting the hang of this pillow thing. 

In other news: 
uhhhh.. sorry I forgot a 12 week belly pic... Preggo brain is totally real, y'all. Plus, Thanksgiving was this week. Best week ever. 

Shout outs are in order: so our friends came into town for Thanksgiving and are actually moving back to Texas as we speak, but they pretty much rocked our Thanksgiving this year! 

Tirah cleaned ALOT and pretty much saved the day(s). and Troy smoked our beautiful turkey. Watson the Corgi looked cute and contributed to keeping the cats in line.  Thanksgiving would not have been as awesome this year without you. 

Much love to Tia Tirah and Uncle Billy (not Uncle Touchy, you weirdo) and I am super jealous you moved back to the motherland and neglected to take me with you. 

Professional sleeper status: Weeks 9 and 10 Update!


Week 9 is under way and our little peapod is actually the size of a pecan! So freaking excited!

Y'all. I went to my ultrasound this week, and it was amazing. I never even knew I could love something so much. I was definitely a little nervous, because I really hate going to the woman doctor, guess I better get over that one quick! Matt was with me, which made me feel better.

So on to the ultrasound.. I was really still convinced, there is no way there is a baby in there... and sure enough, I saw our little peapod right on the screen. He/she was just wiggling around and I saw the heart flicker about what seemed a million times a minute. I just couldn't believe it.

I only shed one tear in the doctor's office, which was equally surprising. Don't worry once I got in the car I balled like a baby (pun intended). All the emotions just washed over me. I can't believe I get to be a mama. I stared at this picture for a long while. How perfect, my precious little blessing. 

I promptly celebrated with a ChikFila Ice cream cone, a salad, and lemonade! 

Don't worry this ultrasound picture was promptly framed when I got home, until I can get my hands on a baby book!

Here is the obligatory bump picture! You'll appreciate the different attire this week, HELLO jean shirt! Still rocking these leggings. My goodness they are so comfortable. I still fit in all my clothes, which I am so thankful for, but these leggings are really where it's at. I got these at Express, yes, a tad bit pricey BUT you can't see my butt if my long shirt comes up, it's really like they are black pants. Anyways. Get some they are amazing. 

I couldn't tell if I was really starting to show a little teeny bit in this picture OR if it was because of my lunch... Probably just my lunch. Hurry up baby bump!

Cravings: I am still loving all my cold cereals and foods. This week though I had a huge craving for grits. So I went to the store and bought some and I have to say I was a little sad at my selection. I just have to remember I am not in Charleston anymore :(. However, I am eating a whole lot more, and I'm excited for that. I am still really craving salty everything. This week I ate a legit Ramen place, I WAS IN HEAVEN. I plan to eat at that place again this week!

Aversions: Still tomatoes. Artichokes. Strong smelling foods like indian curry. I opened up some curry powder I have on hand, and it was not pretty.

Activity:  This week I've noticed that I could be doing barely anything at all and a wave of tired washes over me. It's the weirdest thing. I feel like I could be sleeping for 2-3 hours at a time.

Random Prego notes: 

  • Just when you think your boobs can't get any bigger, they do. 
  • Your bladder is always full, even if you just went to the bathroom. 
  • This cold (70 degree) weather LA is experiencing is Heaven. HEAVEN I TELL YOU.
  • My mother in love just got me a Snoogle. It's a pregnancy pillow. OMG. It's pretty amazing. 
  • I am a team trainer for a Pop Warner football league in Redondo Beach, my Smell factor is off the charts ridiculous, the smell those adolescent boys emit is extremely uncomfortable. UGH. 
  • Matt and I call our baby a "peapod" because of a Key and Peele Skit. I think it's hilarious every time I think about it. So the name stuck.

Week 10 is here!!!! Our baby is the size of a Kumquat! My sassy little kumquat that dances on my bladder!

As of Week 10 approached it came on my 28th birthday. What a wonderful birthday present to be in the double digits!

Cravings: I'm loving Mushrooms this week. So strange. We went to the melting pot and I ate all the mushrooms in the fondue. Since I'm not eating meat as much I really love the "meat-iness" that the mushrooms give. POTATOES. Mashed potatoes are where it's at this week. Also, I love the real fruit popsicles. They are so wonderful and if I'm feeling sick or yucky, I eat one of those and my world is ok again.

Aversions: Meat in any form or fashion, with Thanksgiving around the corner this really worries me. Tomatoes. Spaghetti sauce.

Body Changes: My mid section is a little thicker this week, and i'm thankful that's all thats thicker. Still wearing all my own clothes!  Let me tell you something that many pregnant women won't: YOU WILL HAVE GAS AND ALOT OF IT. My goodness.

Activity: Professional sleeper and trying to stay awake long enough to do my online BSN classes. Rough. With it getting dark at 4:45pm on the west coast, I really think the universe is telling me to stay in bed.

****All day sickness went away this week. Praise Jesus!****

I'm counting down the days until I can see/hear our sweet little peapod again. December 2, you can't come soon enough!!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Pregnancy is turning me into a sasquatch: week 7 and 8!

Hello Everyone!

This week is the week that I really felt pregnant. UHHHH the all day sickness really hit me this week. I mean there has been one day that I literally could not get away from throwing up. 
Let's just say I won't be drinking orange juice for a while. 

Aversions: Tomato sauce. OMG. I will tell you, we ate italian food one night and I ate two bites of Ravioli. That 's all I ate of that. Orange juice. Protein. This has been a difficult one. The thought of eating chicken, fish, or beef absolutely makes me sick. I'm hoping to get more of an appetite. 

Cravings: JELLO, pudding, String cheese, and really anything super cold. 

Activity:  Being lame and sleeping a lot. Like I slept for 14 hours one night. I have never in my life slept that much. I guess growing a human is hard work! The cats don't seem to mind all the down time and snuggles. 

Future goals for my children. 

I am excited for our very first baby appointment which is during Week 8!!!


I am writing to you from Week 8! I had my first doctor's appointment! 

 I had a crazy dream the night before my appointment, that I had gone to the doctor and they told me no I wasn't pregnant and I made it up. 

Well I'm definitely pregnant! Exciting! and very relieved that I am not having all day sickness for no reason! The all day sickness is starting to let up just a bit and thank goodness I want to eat a little bit more. 

Aversions: I still can't eat Tomato anything. Just thinking about it makes my stomach do flip flops.I tried to eat a steak taco this past week and couldn't stomach the beef.  I have a love for tacos, so this was a tough pill to swallow. I still don't like orange juice

Cravings: I'm loving Jello, pudding, string cheese, dill pickles (typical prego craving, I know), popsicles, and anything salty. I crave salt. Chikfila fries are up on the list of things that I love to eat and popcorn. I am really into eating small meals right now, even if they are really just snacks all day long. I ate Olive Garden's unlimited soup, breadsticks and salad. I WAS IN HEAVEN. 

Body changes:  No real body changes this week. I do notice that the hair on my legs grows quick. I mean QUICK, like I shave at night and the next morning there is a noticeable stubble. ** Thanks Baby Coates!** Matt,  I might just be a hairy Sasquatch the rest of the pregnancy, you're welcome. 

Activity: I have been more active this week, I'm able to clean the house, which has not been easy the past couple of weeks, washing dishes makes me gag. I'm hoping to get back to doing more in the weeks to come. 

Random Thoughts: 

I am already excited for next week's doctor appointment! We will get an ultrasound and figure out just how far along I am. I still think I have a good idea, but who knows! I cannot wait to hear that little heartbeat. I've longed to hear that sweet little sound, and for Matt to know that there is actually a baby in there. Here's to a lot of prayers and patience that this pregnancy and our baby is blessed with good health throughout. 

OH and We received a lovely, little gift in the mail from Auntie Michelle! She is such a sweet, sweet friend. Love you!!

Wonderfully made indeed. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Orange juice, we're no longer friends: week 4-6 update!

I will be one of those annoying bloggers that blogs about pregnancy! I want to remember all the fun cool stuff, remind my husband the loveliness that comes with pregnancy (incase he ever wants to get me pregnant again), and I do want my kiddos to look back on this and know how much we loved them from before they were born.

Update for Weeks 4-6!
Crazy dreams! I've been having dreams about cats, without heads. It's the weirdest thing. I can't tell you how real they feel sometimes. I also have dreams about water, but maybe that's because I have to pee all the time.

Peeing all the time. NONSTOP.

Oh you have to pee now too? Welcome to my life. 

Morning ALL DAY sickness!!!! My goodness. It's like a hangover every morning without the epic night before. I will tell you that I love pickles right now. They actually have been helping with the All day sickness a lot. Of course, I got a prescription for Zofran from my doctor, but keep in mind Zofran can give you really bad headaches and constipate you like nothing else. I only take it if I really can't find relief.

Holy Nipples Batman. So not only have my boobs gotten much larger, they hurt and my nipples change colors EVERYDAY. They get one shade darker. I already have olive skin... how much darker could they possibly get?! (This is TMI, but I feel like you can look in any medical/nursing book and they will tell you the same thing.. so there)

Emotional roller coaster. My goodness, the day before I found I was pregnant, I cried at least 7 times that day. I will be happy one minute and the next be so emotional over commercials. COMMERCIALS about anything.

Then the next minute.... 

After that... 

Y'all it's a conundrum. 

I never believed that I would get an aversion. At all. But I do have one.... it's raw red bell peppers. I think they taste like pennies. This is the weirdest thing.


Couch. This I know is horrible, because I need to be more active. Pregnant ladies need at least 30 minutes of activity a day. I'm hoping I can kick this sickness so I can be more active.

Chugging water. I will count this as an activity because it's pretty much all I do.

Baby Coates The First: I love you and I love every second of this, no matter how sore my nipples get.

Ahhhhhh! I still can't believe I get to be a Mama!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hello Baby Coates!

Baby Coates will be making his/her debut June 2016. So I will tell you right now, Yes, we had been contemplating having the chirrens (children, I'm still from Texas, remember?) for the a good bit of this year.


So on October 1st, I had just got done writing a monstrosity of a nursing paper and realized, I should be having a period today...

Well I didn't.

I did feel somewhat dizzy, had a headache, and lower back pain....

So I have two trusty pregnancy tests. What the hell, I thought they would probably be negative.

They were most certainly not.

Y'all, when I saw those two lines. I felt a rush of feelings. I was scared, excited, happy, thinking is this even real?, then I thought how amazing and blessed I am.

I absolutely never felt like this in my life. I get to show this little person, EVERYTHING!
I get to hold hands across the street.
I get help with homework.
I get to help someone be the best they can be.

I get to make my husband a dad. Something I always knew he'd be good at. He's one of those people that is so warm, nurturing and loving. He's one of the best people in the world, I know that he will be the best dad ever. After nearly 10 years together, this is the best gift we could have given to one another.

Here's to one amazing year ahead of us!

Baby Coates the First: We love you more than you'll ever know!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Year 28 and Yes, I did chop off my hair.

I looked over my birthday pictures in the years past, I've changed so much. In so many good ways. My perspectives on life have changed for the better and I have never been so happy in my life.

I've learned that life really is what you make it. Somedays you really have to create your own sunshine and that's ok. Growing older isn't something to feared, it's something to be embraced.

So many people, including myself, have said "oh i'm not celebrating my next birthday, ugh another year older". I realize I'm two years away from thirty. I have accomplished way more in my twenties than I ever had hoped for. I am educated and accomplishing everything I had set out to do.

If you ask me, what could be better than that?

I appreciate my crazy family more than I ever have, and hold a set group of friends near and dear to my heart. I may not have all the friends I had years and years ago, but that's ok. All the people that I still talk to today, are people that never left my side. Those are the people that matter. So a special thank you is in order for my people, you are appreciated each and every day.

There is no doubt that California has been a struggle for me this year, but i'm learning to like this place a little more everyday. I find things here that I can't find anywhere else. It's been a learning curve, but I'm praying that one day it will feel more comfortable.

Last but not least. My Love, thank you for putting up with my crazy over the years. I love you more than words can say, and I know this year will be one of the best years yet!

I hope when I look back on this blog day that I will feel a sense of peace and love for years to come. I have so much to be thankful for and I realize that everyday.

Here's to an amazing year with some amazing people!

Ps. Yes, I chopped my hair off! It was crazy, but I needed a change!