First week beta = 506! We’re officially pregnant!
Our baby looks like this right now.
Despite its extremely tiny size, your little embryo is busy setting up house. While the amniotic sac (also called the bag of waters) forms around it, so does the yolk sac (don’t worry, you’re not having a chicken), which will later be incorporated into your baby’s developing digestive tract. And the embryo now has three distinct layers of cells that will grow into specialized parts of your baby’s body. The inner layer, known as the endoderm, will develop into your baby’s digestive system, liver and lungs. The middle layer, called the mesoderm, will soon be your baby’s heart, sex organs, bones, kidneys and muscles. The outer layer or ectoderm, will eventually form your baby’s nervous system, hair, skin and eyes.
Fatigue…I’m great in the morning but man, by 3:00, I need a nap! I took 2 over the weekend…and I’m NOT a napper. I’ve been getting into bed around 8:30 and fall asleep by 9:30.
Sleep…Asleep by 9:30…awake by 2:30. I know insomnia is going to be a problem. I’m not happy about this. I did sleep through the night 3 times this week so that’s promising.
Boobs…big and sore. My bras barely fit but I know it’s going to get worse so I’m putting off buying new ones as long as I can.
Nausea…not much yet. I have a few moments here and there like I’ve had too much caffeine on an empty stomach. A little dizzy and queasy, but it goes away quickly. Hoping to keep it this way!
Smell…I have a super power! Good grief, my sense of smell is off the charts. Bad smells are SUPER bad and good smells are SUPER good.
Food tastes so amazing right now. It’s like my taste buds are supercharged! I’m trying to focus on healthy food because, well, because I’m growing our little person and I want a big, fat healthy baby. And, I know food is going to be disgusting in a few weeks (I have no grand delusions that I will be one of those lucky women who doesn’t get morning/all day sickness) so might as well enjoy it while I can.
No aversions yet!
I’m still pretty bloated from the extra hormones. I’m about 10 lbs heavier for my starting weight than I’d like to be (also partially from the hormones). But it is what it is. I’ve been doing a lot of walking but not really much else in terms of exercise. I’m hoping to get cleared for some yoga, Pilates, Zumba, light weight training, etc. I know exercise helps with fatigue, promotes better sleep and just makes you feel better in general.
Great! I think I’m just too thrilled at this point. My mood has been great! The only meltdown I had was when I found out we were pregnant. Lots of happy tears!
My Rock. My Comedian. My BFF. My Whole Wide World. My Jerry. He’s been nothing short of spectacular with everything baby. From what got us here to where we are now. I’d be a hot mess without him. We are a great team and we’re going to be great parents!
And..he’s on top of everything. We’re pushing extreme here. At 8:30 pm…”OK, time for bed! You need your rest”. If I make a noise…”What’s wrong?!?!”. At dinner…”Are you allowed eat that?”. It’s cute albiet a little over the top. He’ll figure it all out.
Quote of the week…”How’s your uterus feel today?”
I know it’s been radio silence for a few weeks on this little blog. There is good reason…
I’d like to introduce you to our little beans:
That’s right, boys and girls…after 1 miscarriage, 2 rounds of IVF and 3 years of trying to start our family, Jerry and I are expecting TWINS! (What the what?!?!) Lima bean is on the left, Butter bean is on the right.
In case you have questions, here are some answers:
* We did our 2nd round of IVF in August. Yes, in addition to packing up our apartment, moving into Lot 256, Jerry going to Dallas for 4 days on business, Jerry’s birthday, the cousin’s wedding in Rhode Island (which we had miss…whaaaa!) and a visit from Jerry’s family…we decided to make a baby. Or as it turns out, 2 babies.
* We graduated from our RE (reproductive endocrinologist) on the 9/23. Because of my age, history of blood clots and the multiple pregnancy, I will be considered high risk and be monitored by MFM (maternal fetal medicine). I will be on Lovenox (a bloodthinner) for the entire pregnancy. Yay…more shots!! Worth every single one…
* The shock of twins is still sinking in. It’s thrilling yet a little terrifying. But we are embracing this amazing gift and taking it one day at a time. Fortunately, we have our own personal twin hotline in our BFFs, The Laws! JLaw, wanna move in for a few months in May???
* My preliminary due date is 5/13. That would be 40 weeks. I’m guessing that will change. There are so many variables with a multiple pregnancy, but if all goes well (and it will), we’ll most likely deliver at 37/38 weeks. I want to cook these little beans as long as I can! I’m setting mini goals for myself to make it less intimidating. First one is 12 weeks. We made it!
* We will be finding out the sex(es). Jerry & I always wanted to wait and find out the sex when the baby is born. But level heads have prevailed and we recognize that 2 babies take a lot more planning than 1. We’ll be doing some sort of gender reveal thing on the blog. Jerry wants two boys We don’t care about the sex of the babies, we just want them to be healthy I want one of each. Obviously.
So we’ll probably have two girls (YAY!)
* We will NOT be telling what names we are considering/have chosen. Don’t even ask. I am not interested in anyone’s opinion on our chosen monikers and it will be a lot harder to make fun of them when you’re looking at our sweet little babes. And something has to be a surprise!
* We will be more than happy to take any no longer used clothes, toys, books, random baby stuff off of your hands! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
* I’ve been feeling pretty darn fantastic. I have been blessed with an amazing first trimester. Not much nausea, zero throwing up, no headaches. I have been pretty tired but fortunately it doesn’t hit until around 3:00 in the afternoon. I can usually catch a second wind with a long walk (Jacob is a fabulous walking partner!) but I’m toast by 8:30. Good thing not-pregnant me loves to crawl into bed by 9:00 anyway. I get weepy quickly but it’s short lived. I don’t think I’ve been too moody, but you’ll have to ask Jerry for the truth on that one.
* I’ve been keeping secret baby files…this blog is about to get busy! They were all written in real time as my pregnancy has progressed. Some of the info will be redundant. But this is a diary primarily for Jerry & I to look back on. I’m currently in week 12 and we’ll be caught up pretty soon.
* Most of the people who read this blog have been told our big news. If you happen to be someone we know in real life, please keep it off of social media. We’re not going public (FB official) until around Halloween. It’s our news to share, mkay? Thanks a bunch!
So that’s about it.
We’re feeling unbelievably blessed and so, so thankful for these babies! I’ve been keeping an insanely positive attitude from day one and have completely thrown my “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst” mentality right out the window. I have so much faith in these babies! And in my body to take good care of them. I have faith in Jerry and I as a team. And I have faith that we can handle whatever is thrown at us. It’s easy to be fearful and to obsess on what could go wrong. But I’m having none of that. I am choosing to focus on what will go RIGHT.
We can’t wait to meet you, Beans!
HOW is it the last day of September???? This month flew by in a flash! We had some of the best weather of the year and Jacob has been taking me on lots of long walks.
Friday favorites is too hard to keep up with…so I’m changing to monthly favorites. Here are some of the things I’ve been loving lately.
Jerry and I went to this new (to us) restaurant in Irwin for our Anniversary Dinner. Cenacolo provided us with one of the best meals in recent memory.
September 17th was 3 wonderful years with this handsome guy.
We started out our meal with Fomaggio Fuso. Wait until you hear this! It’s this insanely yummy cheese melted in a skillet until it’s nice and gooey. THEN they fill half of it with potatoes, leeks, pancetta and goat cheese and flip the other half over like a quesadilla! The melty cheese is the tortilla! It was insane.
Cenacolo makes their own pasta every day and it did not disappoint. I had the Tagliolini which had crabmeat tossed in a light sauce of garlic, chives, lemon and parmesan cheese. Jerry had the Rigatoni with hot sausage, banana peppers and roma tomatoes.
If you are in the Irwin/Greensburg area, GO! Run to Cenacolo! It’s BYOB too :)
Happy 3rd Anniversary to Team Soscia!
I revisted one of my favorite comfort foods this month. Pioneer Woman’s chicken spaghetti! I haven’t made this in ages…it’s happiness in a bowl. I switched out the pasta for bowties and used a rotisserie chicken. Oh, and I made my own cream of chicken soup too.
Hanging with our favorite kiddos
We’re pretty lucky that we now live so close to my brother and his family. September brought us Fall soccer. Jerry and I are official members of the Sharks fan club. Look at the moves on this guy!
Ryan scored a goal in last weeks game! Uncle Jerry taught him everything he knows.
And guess who does NOT cry every time her Aunt Jenny walks into a room??? This little munchkin! I knew she’d come around.
I picked up a bushel of honeycrisp apples from Shenot Farms a few weeks ago. I know Soergels is the place to go around here for all the apple madness of Fall. But I avoid that place at all costs in Sept/October. It is madness!! Shenot’s is a much smaller farm with exceptional produce and the apples are amazing. I’ve been eating one of these babies every day.
And beginning the last weekend in September and every weekend in October, plus Columbus Day, they offer hayrides to their pumpkin patch and corn maze.
It is a great way to spend an afternoon with your family, and it’s the perfect time to get your jack-o-lanterns, cornstalks, straw bales, decorative Indian corn–as well as delicious sweet corn, apples, cider, and vegetables. Of course don’t forget to stop at the fudge counter!
The hayrides to the pumpkin patch and corn maze are from 11:00 A.M.to 5:00 P.M. Saturdays and Sundays. Columbus Day hayrides are 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Baby on Board
Our dear friends, Chiquta Banana and B-rad, are expecting their first baby in April! They made it Facebook official yesterday (how cute is this announcement??). We are so thrilled for them and can’t wait to meet Baby Banana in April!
Happy Fall to All!
Jerry and I are very fortunate to have 2 walk-in closets in our Master bedroom. Not sure why all of my clothes looked jammed in there in these pictures…it’s very spacious.
Annndddd here is Jerry’s closet…
He spent a LOT of time organizing his clothes. You will notice that everything is arranged by style, then color.
Even his t-shirts are organized.
What’s the over/under on how long this organization will last? I say 1 month….
Jerry and I had a fantastic weekend.
Friday night is typically our date night at home. But we decided to take the party on the road and hit the Springfield Grille for dinner.
Date night selfie
I haven’t been to the Springfield Grille for over a year. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed in the overall meal. We started out with their version of Bang Bang Shrimp and they were excellent.
But my crab stuffed shrimp and garlic orzo were kinda blah. The orzo had zero flavor and the shrimp were really little and the crab stuffing was soggy. It was fun to go out but I think we should probably just stick with Mexican :).
Jerry had an alumni soccer game in the morning. He dug out the retro North Hills soccer tee for the occasion. I only stayed for the 1st half. Figures he scored a goal in the second half! Needless to say, he’s not 22 anymore…we have some hobbling around going on today.
Saturday night took us to Meat & Potatoes for dinner with some friends. Fried pickles and brussel sprouts stole the show (of course I didn’t take pictures) and my Plain Jane burger (topped with a mound of white cheddar) was perfection. I split my fries with 2 other girls and we almost (almost) didn’t finish them. They don’t skimp on the fries!
But the big talk of the night (besides Sidney Crosby being 3 tables down from us) was Jerry’s dinner. He and a friend split the 34 oz rib-eye (served with steak fries, housemade steak sauce and bone marrow gratin). It was ridiculous. I passed on a sample (I’m a purist when it comes to meat and it looked too primitive to me) but I was told it was outstanding.
UNTIL 2:30 am. Jerry was up all night with various digestive ailments and we found out the next day that his partner in crime was sick as well. Glad I stuck to the basics!
Beautiful morning in the ‘hood.
Jacob and I covered 3 1/2 miles while it was nice and cool. Sunday’s weather was about as good as it gets.
We putzed around during the morning, watched the Steelers win and then headed over to my brother’s house to celebrate this big guy who was turning 6.
How is he SIX?? Didn’t he just look like this last month???
Perfect weekend of fun and relaxing…I took 2 naps! September is quickly becoming my favorite month.
Hope yinz guys had a great weekend!
It is very fortunate we are having guests this weekend. It forces me to clean like a crazy lady…and allows me to take some decent pictures! It should be noted, my kitchen never looks this clean.
I am so spoiled by this space…I’m ruined forever!!
I am in love with this cooktop…and shiny range hood.
It’s so easy to clean and cooks like a dream. So come on over! I’ll make you dinner :).
This island has been all I’ve hoped it would be. I have tons of prep space and storage in the cabinets.
I have a very strict rule about dogs in the kitchen. They’re not allowed. I was nervous this might be an issue with Jacob because it’s so open. But he’s been pretty good.
He’s so darn cute!!
I see lots and lots and LOTS of kitchen time in my future! Happy Labor Day weekend to all of yinz!
I may have mentioned 926616 a few times, our kitchen was the thing I was most looking forward to in our new place. And I’ve wasted no time getting my hands dirty. In the 10 days we’ve lived here, I’ve been cooking up a storm almost every day.
The first, best thing about my kitchen, is the cooktop. Do you notice anything about the eggs in this picture? They are in the center of the pan. Not swimming along one side because the burners are all lopsided. This shouldn’t been as exciting to me as it is…but I’ve never had so much fun making eggs!
This weekend I made Mel’s chicken enchiladas. They are In. Sane. So good!
Served with some brown rice and avocado.
And when I was at the Market District on Sunday, they had freshly roasted hatch chiles available. You bet your bottom dollar I picked some of these babies up!
So about that beef. It’s ridiculous. I’m on a chipotle in adobo kick recently (I know, so 2011) and I want to add that flavor to everything. This recipe is simple perfection. Make it!
After our weekend of heavy eats, Jerry and I have pledged to clean up our diet this week. Fresh fruits and veggies make me giddy!
And seriously, how cute is my dog??? Where’s Waldo Jacob?