Tasted breakfast twice today!

That's right...brushing my teeth finally got the best of me! I think I wrote about that dreaded morning ritual on an earlier blog, but in case you forgot, I absolutely HATE brushing my teeth these days. Don't get me wrong...a clean feeling in your mouth is wonderful. HOWEVER, being pregnant has given me a gag reflex that I couldn't have imagined. I do ok with brushing the top teeth, the bottom teeth, and even those way back in the back. It's brushing my tongue that gives me the creeps everyday. Now I have been advised to skip that part of the routine, but sometimes I think that is almost the most important part. I usually can fight the urge to yak, but this morning was a different story.

I had already eaten my maple and brown sugar frosted mini wheats (good source of fiber-wink wink) and began the dreaded deed. I brushed the top, the bottom, and the back ones. Then, it was time for the tongue. I gave it the quick brush (not the usual deep, pre-pregnancy scrub), and I felt it. My stomach lurched, I got the horrible ball in my throat, and my mouth started watering. Now I've dragged this out enough because you all know what happened next. I put up a good fight...I really did! But finally I just decided that it would be better to just get sick then deal with the pain in my stomach. I got sick and felt MUCH BETTER afterward. Now you know why this blog is titled "Tasted breakfast twice today."

I know that was a lot, and some of you may be appalled by my writing such details. I promised to write about REAL experiences during this pregnancy. People tell you about feeling sick, and you often hear the term "morning sickness". However, no one tells you that brushing your teeth is something you will dread everyday. Once you tell someone who has been pregnant or is pregnant about hating brushing your teeth, they will chime in with you and exclaim how horrible it is. They just don't write about it in books. So, consider yourself as having the "inside scoop." Aren't you lucky? :)

I'm off to watch The Bachelor from last week online. Ryan is at band practice for church, the dogs are settling in for a nap, and I've already had one tonight, so I'm ready to go!


Some pictures

I finally got around to taking some pictures! First of all, I was walking by our dining room table when I noticed 2 cards that I got in the mail. One is a Halloween card from a grad school friend, and the other is a congratulations card from my friend Michi. Check out how funny they look together!!! We didn't do that on purpose by any means...it just ended up that way. TOO FUNNY!

Ryan also took a few pictures of me after church to show off "the belly". We'll consider these our 2 months pregnant shots. I wish I would have taken a "pre-pregnancy" picture so we could see the difference better. I think you can definitely tell, though!I'm standing in the puppy's room because eventually it will be the nursery (unless we are having twins). We'll take pictures in here so you can see not only my belly but also the nursery evolve over time. Hope you enjoy the pictures. They are the first of many to come!


Feeling much better

Well, this has been a really good week! On Monday I really started feeling better, and it continued to go that way the rest of the week. I only had stomach aches in the evening, starting around 8-9:00, which is completely do-able. :) I definitely started feeling more tired, but again it's just a good sign that this pregnancy is going well. Last night, Ryan asked me if I was going to fall asleep, and I was like, "I'm tired, but I really want to stay awake and spend some time with you." He told me not to worry about it and to just fall asleep and do what I needed to do. With that said, I fell asleep about 1 minute later. I was really fighting falling asleep because I feel like he and I have not spend any time together lately. I go to work (he gets up right after I leave), I come home, I eat something, and then I fall asleep. It doesn't leave much time for Ryan, and I feel pretty bad about it. Unless he is lying to me, he really doesn't seem to mind too much. I think he realizes that my body has kind of taken over, and we're both at its mercy. :) So needless to say, I fell asleep at 7-7:30 last night and woke up about 10 p.m. We stayed up until about midnight...because I really wanted to spend some time with him...and then finally went to bed. I fell asleep again in about 2 seconds and slept until about 9 a.m. I wake up every morning, and this baby is the first thing I think about. I wonder how it has grown since the day before and hope that it's safe and sound.

I know I've already said it a million times, but Ryan has been great. Seriously....great. Right now, I'm writing this blog, and he is making our breakfast...biscuits, eggs, and bacon. I was always the one cooking meals, but he has been such a champion. I definitely feel well enough to cook today, but he still just takes care of it. I really am the luckiest person in the world.

I had a dream about Babell last week. I was at the hospital and had just given birth to the baby. It was BEAUTIFUL!! We had a little baby boy, and it looked so much like Ryan. It had these cute curls, though...kind of like the ones our nephew Micah used to have. It was just too cute! I remember feeling completely at peace, looking at Ryan and this new life. I woke up with a smile on my face, looking forward to the day when we finally get to meet this baby.

Well, it's time for breakfast! Have a great weekend everyone.


9 Weeks!

We are 9 weeks pregnant today! Can you believe it? Here's the newest link giving information about what typically happens around 9 weeks:


This week has started out and continues to go well. I woke up Monday morning, and for the first time in about 3 weeks I felt completely normal again. I had gotten a great night's sleep...the best I've had in quite a while. I woke up not feeling sick to my stomach or starving either. It was wonderful!! On Monday and Tuesday I had the normal hunger/nausea pains, but nothing to get too worked up about. Today I have felt better than I have in weeks. I haven't had any stomach aches at all, and I felt like eating just about anything! I did drink milk for the first time in a few weeks (I've only been getting milk by eating cereal), and it tasted really strange. I hope that goes away soon because milk is so good for you, and I usually LOVE it! I did get my bloodwork done today after work. Our midwife ordered about 10 different tests (hormone levels, blood type, Rh factor, etc.), and you know what? The technician took 6-7 viles of blood!!! I thought I was going to die when she brought them over to me. I was like, "Are those all for me?" She said, "Yeah and I'm being conservative." YIKES! When I told her about my being skittish around blood, she said, "Oh honey, you're just getting started with this stuff!" I know she's right, and I pulled myself together. It was fine, and she only had to stick me once. I just have never seen that much of my blood outside of my body. :)

Sunday evening Ryan and I were lying on the couch watching TV. My jeans were unbuttoned and unzipped, which is pretty typical these days. It's just so much more comfortable to have them that way! Anyway, he looked at my belly and said, "I think this is the first time I can tell that you are pregnant." Sure enough, my belly is starting to spread out little by little. :) It's really pretty funny! If I lay down on my side, my belly will hang over sideways, too. I mean, I have just never experienced anything like it!

Since we hit the 2 month mark on Sunday, we've been spreading the news like wildfire. You all have the green light to share our good news with everyone! I think I have made all of the big phone calls for a bit. My boss is going to tell all of the other school psychs next week before our big meeting. Then, I will probably start telling the personnel at each of my elementary schools. Soon, the word will be out for good! I really thought I could make it 3 months and keep a tight lip, but I'm telling you, we were just busting at the seams this past week.

Well, we hope you are enjoying this blog so far! If you ever have any comments or questions about anything, feel free to write us.


First Prenatal Appointment and 8 weeks along!

We are 8 weeks, 2 days pregnant now! Here is a link with information about the baby's development. I think we can call it a fetus rather than an embryo now, too!


Our first prenatal appointment went really well! I was pretty nervous on the way there...mostly about whether or not we would like Betsy (our midwife) and about the exam itself. Plus, it was odd to imagine Ryan in the room with me for that type of exam when he's never been present in one before. I'll say right off the bat, he did a great job! If he was nervous or uncomfortable, he didn't show it a bit. First, I had to test my urine for protein, glucose, and ketones. Betsy told me to only test the latter when I'm not feeling very well. Since I hadn't felt well the previous 4 days, we went ahead and checked. My proteins and glucose were normal, but my ketones were 1 level higher than "normal". Since I hadn't been eating very well, Betsy wasn't surprised by the result. It's nothing to worry about...I just need to eat well whenever I can. She was encouraging me to eat more protein as often as possible to help keep my blood sugar at an even level. I'm going to have to do some research b/c the thought of eating chicken, red meat, or any meat for that matter just makes me sick. I thought I'd dive into some good lunch meat during this pregnancy, but I read that it contains a bacteria that can be harmful to a fetus. Although many people go ahead and eat it anyway, the thought of little microscopic bugs on my lunch meat makes my stomach turn, too! It's amazing how strong my gag reflex has gotten. Thoughts of certain foods, brushing my teeth, etc. can all make me gag really bad. I was NEVER like that before! :)

Next, we went through our family history for various diseases, birth defects, and twin history. Of course, everyone's family has some instances of disease. Then, you have my mom's side of the family with our birth defects. You all probably know about my arm, and then my brother, my nana, and my great uncle all had spine issues. So, when we have the ultrasound conducted, the tech will be paying really close attention to the back and arms. Interesting, huh? We talked about the twin history on both sides of our family. Betsy said she might be ordering an early ultrasound for us to determine whether or not we are carrying twins. If we don't find the baby's heartbeat at our 12 week appointment (November 13th at 3:30), then she said that will also be a good sign of twins. Because they are a little smaller in size at that point, their hearts can be more difficult to hear. She would definitely order an early ultrasound if we don't hear anything at the 12 week appointment.

After going through our family history, she went ahead and did a full exam...blood pressure, heart, lungs, breasts, and then pelvic exam. Everything checked out great! Betsy said that my uterus was about 8-10 weeks in size. She also told me that given my pelvic structure, I shouldn't have any difficulty (any more than usual I guess!) giving birth to a baby. So that's good to hear! It will only give me that much more confidence come May.

So, the last part of the appointment consisted of trying to find the baby's heartbeat. Betsy found mine right away and tried and tried to find Babell's. Unfortunately, we weren't able to hear it at that time. I had pretty low expectations that we would since it was still so early, so I didn't feel that disappointed. It would have been an added bonus, though! We'll just try again at 12 weeks.

In sum, I walked away from the appointment feeling really good about working with Betsy. I felt comfortable with everything we went through during our first appointment, and it made everything that much more real. I can't wait until November 13th for our next appointment!

I have felt really well ever since Tuesday morning. It has been SO nice to not have a stomach ache!!! I still feel a little weaker than normal, which is likely a result of not eating enough. It's just hard because so few foods sound ok to eat. I've had some Chinese food and a chicken patty sandwich along with my usual fruit, macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, and crackers, so that's good! I really need to go to the grocery to get some more fresh fruits and veggies. Hopefully Ryan and I can make a trip over there tonight...yes, on a Friday night. We really live on the edge these days! The last two days I had more of those sensations of my round ligament stretching. I think I explained it already, but if not, that is the ligament that attaches a female's uterus to her pelvis. Throughout your pregnancy, that ligament does grow; instead, it just stretches. So, I feel this vertical stretching on both sides of my abdomen pretty often. It's a great reminder that the baby is growing everyday!!

Chicago Marathon

I'm on Fall Break for the rest of the week, and it couldn't be better timing. Now I can finally catch you up about the Chicago Marathon! So, Ryan had been training since March for the big race. Our friends, Pete and Jo Scott, from Hanover let us stay with them. This was especially nice of them because they had just moved to Chicago about 5 days before we arrived! Ryan was even more excited because they live right next to Wrigley Field...and when I say "right next to Wrigley," I mean it! Our their kitchen window, you can see nothing but Wrigley Field! It's literally a hop, skip, and a jump away from the ballpark. Ryan is a BIG Cubs fan, so it was a HUGE bonus to stay so close to the park. We got to Chicago on Saturday around 2 p.m. or so. Ryan and I don't have much experience driving through Chicago, but we did just fine! We got off the expressway and went into the city to pick up Ryan's race packet in order to register. We then drove through the city like PROS all the way up to Wrigleyville. Pete and Jo jumped in the care, and we found a PERFECT parking spot...which is not easy when the Cubs are getting ready to plan what ended up being their last game of the season. We went back to Pete and Jo's place and then headed out for some sightseeing. When Babell started crying out for food, we headed down to Little Italy for some dinner at Leona's. YUM! We got these HUGE mozzarella sticks. Then I ordered my favorite...Chicken Fettucini Alfredo!!! When the server set the plate of food in front of me, I about hurled. Seriously, looking at that huge bowl of creamy noodles just made my stomach turn! It's so crazy how pregnancy can make that happen. Your favorite foods can all of the sudden made you sick! So, I asked the server to box up the noodles while I ate some of the chicken. Afterwards, we went back to Jo and Pete's to plan the next day...RACE DAY!

Chicago is an hour behind Indiana time, so Ryan accidentally woke up at 4 a.m. thinking it was 5 a.m. He went back to sleep, and we both woke up around 5:30 to get ready for the race. We jumped on a train by 6:15 and went downtown to the start line. Ryan warmed up, stretched out, and then went to the start area. There were SO many people!! Tons of spectators lined the street, as well, so I was constantly jumping in the air so Ryan could see where I was. It was really emotional to see so many people gathered for the race. They had "in memory of" shirts on or other gear to show what charity/cause they were running for that day. It was amazing! I got to see Ryan almost all the way to the start line and then quickly walked over to the 2nd mile area to see him there. I called him to let him know where I was, and when he came around, he had a big smile on his face. It was so fun! Then I went over to mile 12 and waited for him there. The temperatures got worse and worse, as we're sure you all read/heard about. By the time he reached me, no one was smiling...no one seemed to be having a great time anymore. It was hot, uncomfortable, and pretty unsafe. They were running out of water, and the temperatures were only getting hotter. He took off from mile 12, and I went down to Chinatown to meetup with Pete, Jo, and some of their friends. We waited there for awhile when Ryan called us to say that they were cancelling the race and were not letting anyone continue. We went back to the finish line area to wait for him and to meet up with some of Jo and Pete's friends. By this time, I was getting a little cranky. I hadn't eaten much that day. Plus, I was tired and really thirsty. Baby Abell was the thirstiest of us all! By the time Ryan finally reached us (after walking several miles and being transported by bus to the finish line), people were just miserable. Ryan had been able to run 18-19 miles that day, and although he was sad to not be able to finish the race, he felt good about the money he raised for autism research. After a nap, some nourishment, and a 2nd wind (or should I say 10th wind?), we said goodbye to our great hosts and left for home. I have attached some pictures of our trip for you to enjoy!

By the way, he is running in the Indianapolis Marathon on November 3rd!!!


First prenatal appointment in 2 1/2 hours!

During my prayers last night, I told God that I understood that the nausea is just part of being pregnant for a lot of women, and that if I had to go through feeling that way, I completely understood. Then I asked that if he felt ok with it, that I would love to have just a little relief from not feeling well. For the first time in over 4 days, I am feeling great...no nausea!!I still have to eat constantly, but I'm getting better at that thanks to my saltine crackers. I thought I was going to get sick again last night, so Ryan hooked me up with a trash can by my side of the bed. That is much better than trudging to the bathroom in the middle of the night. ;) Hey, you gotta find an upside to things or else you'll miss out on all the fun and excitement of being pregnant!

Well, we have our first prenatal appointment in 2 1/2 hours! I'm a little nervous about it, though very excited. I just am not big on being "examined" by anyone. The idea of someone poking around in places I'd rather not mention is just...goo. However, I know this is part of the deal, and it's all for Babell to have the best care! I just need to change my outlook on it, and I will be good to go. I hear by the end of giving birth, any dignity you had is out the window, so I better just get used to it. :)

I'm starting to notice that my abdomen feels a little fuller and firmer lately. It's different than before...very interesting! We will be 8 weeks along tomorrow...can you believe it?? Only 4 more weeks until this first trimester is over already! Well, time to wrap things up at work before Ryan picks me up. I'll write soon about the appointment!


It finally happened...

Well, it finally happened...I got sick for the first time at 4 o' clock this morning. I woke up around 2 a.m. and realized that I hadn't taken my prenatal vitamin yet. Since I haven't been eating as well as I'd like, I wanted to make sure to get those extra nutrients. So, I took the vitamin and went back to sleep. My stomach hurt over the next two hours, and then finally I just got sick. I felt a lot better afterward, especially when Ryan brought me a cold wash cloth with which to cool off. Yep, he came to the rescue again!

I felt pretty good most of the week last week until about Friday. Both Friday and Saturday I had my ups and downs with nausea. Sometimes I'd feel just fine, and then other times I didn't. You know, when you get pregnant you have all these plans to eat well...lots of protein, fruits, and vegetables. You make charts about what you need to eat each day (yes, I seriously did that). Then, you take one look at that container of cottage cheese you are supposed to eat over the next week and want to just die. That gag reflex starts working, though it's not just when you see cottage cheese. It happens when you see some of your favorite foods. So, it comes to the point when you just eat anything that you can stomach and hope that the vitamins take care of the rest that the baby needs. I really didn't think I would have a stomach ache during this pregnancy. I thought the power of positive thinking would get me through it! Well, I was wrong.

You know the funny thing - when I was sitting on the bathroom floor this morning getting sick, I was still thanking God for this pregnancy. We are so lucky to be able to even get pregnant, let alone be able to provide financially, emotionally, and physically for this new baby. So, another lesson was learned. Even when you're getting sick in the middle of the night, count your blessings. There are so many families out there who wish they were able to do the same thing.

Well, I'm off to get ready for church. Have a happy Sunday!


7 weeks!

Well, we hit the 7 week mark yesterday! Here is a link to read about Babell's development.


After having a week filled with stomach aches, I have felt great since Saturday! As much as I didn't really enjoy feeling nauseous all day (especially at work when it just makes you wish you were laying on your couch), it was also nice to know that it is a good sign that things are developing normally. I really do have to eat about every hour or two in order to prevent stomach aches. I really try to do my best with that but worry that I'm not always having the best snacks. I think now that our lives are slowing down a little bit, I can better plan for my meals at work. Right now I'm snacking on a banana, and boy does it taste good!

Next Tuesday we have another appointment with our midwife. It will be our first REAL prenatal appointment filled with examinations, needles, and peeing in cups! HOORAY! I'm excited to see how things are progressing. We will have the opportunity to hear the baby's heartbeat for the first time, though I know this can take up to 12 weeks at times. I know I'll feel a little sad not to hear it, but I'm just not going to let it worry me if we don't. There is no sense in worrying, and I'm really trusting my body right now because I can feel the changes happening. God is good!!

We will write more soon about Ryan's Marathon and post some pictures, too. Look for an upcoming blog soon! Also, feel free to leave messages, even if they are funny, goofy, whatever. We would love to hear from you!


Babell at 48 Days!

Ok, so I have this really neat book from the library that has pictures in utero to show what babies look like as they develop. This is what Babell will look like at 48 days (Thursday)! Enjoy!


Chicago - Here We Come!

Well, Ryan and I leave for Chicago in about an hour. I am well-rested, as I went to sleep last night around 6:30 p.m., woke up briefly for a snack and trip to the bathroom, and then went back to sleep until 7 a.m. Now that's what I call a good night's sleep!!! I didn't go to sleep so early last night because I felt tired. I had just felt a little nauseous for the past 4 days and wanted to get away from my stomach ache for a bit. I am finding that I really have to keep something on my stomach all the time, which is really hard to do at work. I'm going to have to plan in advance for lots of different snacks. Finding healthy snacks is not the easiest thing to pack for work, so I just need to plan it out. I feel great this morning, and I hope I continue to feel this way the rest of the weekend for Ryan's big race.

That's right -- It's time for the Chicago Marathon this weekend! Ryan has been running since March and really began training in May (I think) for this race. I can't wait to see him cross the finish line of that 26.2 mile race!!! What an accomplishment! People kept asking me if I was training with him, but we didn't do that because we were trying to start a family. I would love to run with him in the future, though! It's hard to imagine gaining 25-40 pounds in this pregnancy, which I guess is average, since I've always been a little on the smaller side. Now, I have gained about 10 pounds since he and I got married, but it was weight that needed to be put on in order to be an average weight for my height. :)

Anyway, back to the race -- We are staying with our friends, Jo and Pete Scott from Hanover. They are the ones I stayed with during my trip to Washington, D.C. They just moved to Chicago earlier this week and are kind enough to let us stay with them even thought they're probably not even settled in yet. We have great friends!! It will be fun to be in the city again, traveling around on the train. I love it! We will write again to let you know how the race goes. Thank you for all your emails, cards, thoughts, prayers, etc. since we shared our good news with you! We are so blessed!


6 weeks!

Ok, so we just hit the six week mark with little Baby Abell! Here is a link to a website that gives us weekly updates about Babell's development:


Can you believe that its heart is already beating and soon it will begin moving, though I won't feel a thing. It's just crazy! It takes everything I have not to peak ahead to Week 7. I just can't wait to find out what will happen next, but at the same, I really want to enjoy the moment and not get too far ahead of myself. All of you know how much I like to plan, plan, plan and be as prepared as possible, but I am really restraining myself. :)

Not too much new to report except that I really have to eat as soon as I get a little hungry or I start to feel a little nauseous. It's not like a stomach ache I've had before...just more like a dull ache than anything. The thought of cottage cheese (I'm getting a lump in my throat just thinking about it) is making me want to get sick. I just bought another container b/c I want to make sure my calcium intake is high enough. Looks like I need to find an alternative because the texture of cottage cheese........BLAH!

Ryan made dinner tonight...spaghetti! I'm telling you, it was the best spaghetti ever. I just wanted some of that good ol', down home, meaty goodness, and he made it just right. He better watch out, or he's going to be cooking more often!

I haven't been sleeping through the whole night for awhile now. I wake up, turn over, and fall back to sleep. This must have happened about 20 times last night, but I really don't mind! It's not my favorite thing in the world, but really I am just so happy that we are pregnant. It's just totally worth it!

Well, that's all for now. Ryan is practicing the guitar for church, and I need to create a new bulletin for church. I love all of you!
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