I'm peeing. A lot.

With every tummy-grumble, cramp and run to the bathroom to pee now, now, NOW, I'm totally reminded that there is a baby growing in there. Whoa. It's seriously mind-blowing. Tomorrow I call to make my first OB/GYN appointment. I feel like she's going to say "JK!" and this will all be a joke. That's how surreal it all totally feels.

Right now, these are the things I'm supposed to be feeling at 5 weeks:
- Fatigue (CHECK!)
- Frequent urination (CHECK! BRB -- have to pee.)
- Breast tenderness - (CHECK!)
- Nausea - (CHECK!)
- Excessive saliva (Okay, this one I haven't noticed yet!)
- Food cravings and aversions - (CHECK! All I want are tacos. And please keep chicken away from me, thankyouverymuch. Vomit.)

This is apparently what my baby looks like right now:

For a little tadpole-like creature, he/she is pretty cute. That, or I could be biased.

According to BabyCenter:
Deep in your uterus your embryo is growing at a furious pace. At this point, he's about the size of a sesame seed, and he looks more like a tiny tadpole than a human. He's now made up of three layers — the ectoderm, the mesoderm, and the endoderm — which will later form all of his organs and tissues.

The neural tube — from which your baby's brain, spinal cord, nerves, and backbone will sprout — is starting to develop in the top layer, called the ectoderm. This layer will also give rise to his skin, hair, nails, mammary and sweat glands, and tooth enamel.

His heart and circulatory system begin to form in the middle layer, or mesoderm. (This week, in fact, his tiny heart begins to divide into chambers and beat and pump blood.) The mesoderm will also form your baby's muscles, cartilage, bone, and subcutaneous (under skin) tissue.

The third layer, or endoderm, will house his lungs, intestines, and rudimentary urinary system, as well as his thyroid, liver, and pancreas. In the meantime, the primitive placenta and umbilical cord, which deliver nourishment and oxygen to your baby, are already on the job.


That's pretty cool, no?!

Anyway, it's time to get ready for Halloween. The baby knows there's a huge basket of chocolate just waiting for us. You know, to hand out to the trick-or-treaters, of course.

Also, I just want to put this out there: I have this gut-feeling that the baby is a BOY. I used to only want a girl or nothing at all but right before I discovered that I actually was pregnant, I decided either would be fun and I actually have zero preference. I'm pretty excited about either. I just have this gut feeling, though, that it's a BOY. I just wanted to document that. :)

New Beginnings...

Yesterday started off like a normal Saturday. Somewhat. I woke up at six o'clock in the morning with a bit of a stomach ache and a little bit of a queasy feeling. After a couple of runs to the bathroom, I sat myself down on the couch and watched Hard Candy off of our DVR. At 7:45, my husband was also awake and the two of us went to Starbucks to meet up with my dad. This is our normal Saturday routine, despite the fact that I've sworn off caffeine lately (and, I guess, thank god for that). My husband got called into work yesterday. A Saturday. I got extremely frustrated as he left for work at around 8:30, and then mostly just got really nauseous. I turned on the shower to take a shower and saw that I had one pregnancy test left. You're crazy, I told myself. Don't you feel those cramps? My period was supposed to arrive on the 25th. It never did, but the cramping was there -- albeit milder than normal, but there. I thought maybe it was just taking it's time. I'd been under a lot of stress recently when one of our cats had to have surgery. These things happen, right? It doesn't mean you're PREGNANT.

I took that one pregnancy test, had one foot in the shower and yet jumped back out because something told me just to go look at it. I looked at it. It was POSITIVE. I kind of froze in my tracks there for a minute. And then I threw on clothes and sped off to the grocery store to buy three more boxes of tests. Yes, three. And I took every last one of them. They were all positive.

As I tried to process this information, I realized that it kind of made sense. I've been irritable and exhausted the past couple of days. By two o'clock in the afternoon, I'm so tired that my eyes are literally closing while I'm at work. I had made myself a sandwich on Challah bread (my favorite) and was convinced the bread was bad because it tasted so awful and made me nauseous. I've had these slight, rumbling cramps in my abdomen that I couldn't place. My "period" came on the 27th for two seconds and then was never seen again (implantation bleeding, I suppose it was!).

So, wow. I'm going to be a MOM.

My husband and I are pretty secretive with who we're telling now but my main criteria was this: I'm going to tell anyone who would be in my support group if something were to go wrong. (But I still wanted to start this blog from day one instead of trying to recount the emotions at a later date.) I told my best friend by way of a Twilight Halloween card. Joke cards are the norm for us, save for the fact I signed this one, "PS - I'm totally pregnant." She took me out to Lime for tacos -- which have already been my absolute #1 pregnancy craving so far. I think I've eaten tacos every single day (which, come on, self, totally a warning sign!) and crave them as if I'd die without their goodness in my mouth. I told my husband by buying a giftbox and filling it it with my 5,000 pregnancy tests. His reaction? "What's this? Wait? What? Are you serious? Oh my gosh, are you serious? Is this for real? (insert lots of hugging) Oh, god, we have to save money." Lastly, we told my cousin, Michael, that he was going to be an uncle. He literally jumped up and down with excitement.

According to the almighty internet, I am five weeks along. My baby is the size of a sesame seed and he or she is expected to arrive on July 2nd, 2011 -- which is also my husband's birthday. Greatest birthday present ever? Yeah, I'm pretty awesome like that. ;)
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