12 Weeks

We’re at 12 weeks! Which apparently isn’t actually the end of the first trimester??? That news certainly curbed my enthusiasm

Wednesday morning we had our genetic ultrasound appointment in the Perinatology (high risk OB) department in the new Tysons Kaiser center. I got an email telling me to arrive with a full bladder so we can get the best picture possible on the ultrasound. Upon reading that sentence, I immediately had to pee and knew Wednesday morning would be torturous.

Pretty sure I only slept 3 hours Tuesday night. Between my night meeting for work getting me home late and trying not to worry about the ultrasound the next morning (which caused me to worry), sleep was not great or happening. Wednesday morning I chugged 30 oz of water an hour before my appointment but I don’t think I drank it soon enough or drank enough because everything was pretty grainy. Honestly, baby looks like a human lizard. But that’s an improvement over a stingray. Hopefully our next ultrasound will give a better picture. I did get to hear the heartbeat though. 164 bpm. I cried.

We’ll work with the kid on being photogenic ASAP



Heavily filtered baby pic. Honestly all I can identify is the head. 
Wednesday afternoon I received the best news, Baby is healthy! Our genetic testing results all came back normally. We are so thankful!

Sunday, Kurt & Kate were nice enough to throw a house warming party to show off their new house/have an event to bring the family together so Jimmy & I can tell my family about Baby Racine. It was so great to tell (almost) my whole family together.

To tell everyone, I decided to make cards that had a sonogram picture (of face-plant baby) and wrote “Will you be my family?” I knew if I said “I have an announcement” or just started talking while everyone was gathered, they would all instantly know so I wanted to be a little more creative. My family was so excited! They said I definitely threw them off with the cards so my plan worked 🙂 True life confession: I highly considered taking a sonogram photo off the internet where you could actually see the baby but it felt wrong. So I had to go from family member to family member pointing out where the head was, the fact baby is face down, and that making copies of sonogram photos don’t turn out that great.




How far along? 12 Weeks

How big is baby? The size of a clementine or plum – I will go with plum because finding a clementine in the summer is hard

Total weight gain/loss: – 1 lb from last week so -4 lbs overall but I fluctuate by as much as 3 lbs from one day to the other so honestly I have no idea.

Maternity clothes? Still rocking all my normal dresses. We timed this well.

Sleep: Hit or miss depending on the night.

Best moment this week: Tie between telling my extended family & hearing the heartbeat for the first time.

Movement: none that I can feel yet but apparently Baby is starting to squirm/respond if I poke my stomach (lightly) so naturally I’m bothering my baby on the regular

Food cravings: honey nut cheerios

Food Aversions: honey nut cheerios <– I want these so bad and keep eating them but I get sick every single time. I’ll never learn.

Gender: Guessing girl but I keep calling Baby a boy so who knows

Labor Signs: N/A

Pregnancy Symptoms: nausea, vomiting, fatigue, emotional, feet are hurting, terrible acne

Belly Button in or out? In. Please stay in forever.

What I miss: coffee.

What I am looking forward to: fall weather when it’s cooler, I actually am showing and it’s football season.

Upcoming appointments/events:  2nd prenatal appointment 8/8

Weekly Wisdom: Confirm your husband knows where each baby appointment is at least 3 times. Get his acknowledgement of the agreed location in writing. Preferably watch him write the location down in front of you so you all are on the same page literally.

Milestones: Baby Racine is healthy! Baby is also developing reflexes this week.

Bump Picture:

I was fighting a stuffy nose and obvious extreme fatigue during these photos


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