Ahhh Time is flying 

I had hoped to write a weekly post about my daughter but it just hasn’t happened. She’s 7 weeks old we’ve moved to Hawaii and so much more has happened. The only thing I can remember right now is how tired I am. I’m determined to get back to writing. 

But all of you thatbhave no kids or have older kids and get sleep please think of me! Please! There is only so much sleep a 7 week old baby allows you to have when she’s a premie and her doctors won’t let her go more than 3 hours of time before eating again. (Most full term babies have started to sleep longer than 3 hours by now).

Talk soon,

Marena

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23 Week Pregnancy Update 

This week has been such an exciting week! My husband and I finally found out our baby’s gender!

My husband wants a boy but he guessed that the baby is a girl. 

I had no intuition so I guessed boy because it’s what I wanted. 

Although even for wanting a boy we would also be happy with a girl. Just like everyone else says we just really want a healthy baby. 

IT’S A GIRL!!!!


Alright on to the update!


This week baby is the size of a grapefruit. 11.3 inches and 1.10 pounds. Baby finally hit a pound and honestly I can tell the baby is heavier. Well I feel like my belly is heavier that’s for sure. 

This week we physically saw baby move. I thought feeling baby move on the inside was strange but seeing it on the outside was stranger. But my husband and I have been enjoying the changes. It’s great experiencing this together 

I haven’t really had any special cravings and that feels a little new. Salty foods are still good. Although I did go to my favorite restaurant for my birthday! BD’s Mongolian BBQ. 

I also found my body is still always sore but I figured that’d happen. Nothing new here. 

So all in all besides finding out the gender of our baby nothing has happened. 

Talk soon,

Marena

Week 22 Pregnancy Update 

This week was long. Very long!


Baby biscuit is the size of a coconut. 10.9inches and 15.1 oz. 
It’s so great how much my husband feels the baby. It makes my heart feel so warm. 

This week has been all of the normal stuff sore back, sore stomach, and headaches. The other thing I have noticed is my belly has started to feel heavy. Especially after I eat. It can be very uncomfortable but it’s just nice knowing I’m helping baby grow. Cool thing I’ve noticed is when I lay on either side I feel the baby drop to that side. It’s weird being able to feel a very full side and an empty side. I’m interested in how it’ll feel when baby stops having so much room. 

This week besides wanting salty foods I’ve also enjoyed a lot of smarties. The biggest craving was for lasagna. I have a sweet husband, while I napped he went to the store and picked me up two personal sized lasagnas. I proceeded to eat both within 2 hours of each other. 

This week baby and I took an easy flight home to family for the holidays. Daddy and Marco the dog will follow later. By the time my 4 hour flight and 3 hour drive were done I was very sore and tired. I think I’ve hit a point when traveling for long periods of time are hard. Good thing this is our last long trip of the pregnancy. All we have left is the travel back to San Diego. 

This week I also met with my high risk OB and I’m officially transferred over to her. We saw the baby and all looks great. I have a heart condition so we checked baby and all looks good for baby’s heart. 

My husband and I are extra excited because next week (on my 22nd birthday) we are officially finding out the sex of the baby! I’m getting impatient. 

Talk soon,

Marena Wenzlick 

Week 21 Pregnancy Update 

This week was so amazing!!!!

Baby W is the size of an endive. (It look like a lettuce or maybe corn stalk thing). 10.5 inches and 12.7 oz


I still have a sore back, sleepless nights, headaches, and allergies. My stomach still feels stretched and sore but not bad. The best part is my husband felt the baby!!!! (So it wasn’t in my head). 

I had a doctors appointment and everything is still looking good. I did have to schedule an ultrasound and fetal echo but I already knew that was coming. I have a congenital heart defect and I’m high risk so these are put in for extra precaution. But they did also find an echogenic focus in the ultrasound last week so they want to check in on that. During my first trimester I lost 7 pounds so my doc had me gain it all back. I finally have and I am now on to gain the 20-25 pounds for true pregnancy weight. 

This week I’ve loved to eat Chinese. It isn’t always nice on my stomach but it does give me a lot of the salty factor I want. Sandwiches are also high up on my list of foods. Tea has been a relatively new thing for me this week. Lipton green tea and Arizona raspberry tea have been a very big favorite. 

Oh yeah HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! This week I really thought about how thankful I am for not only my family, friends, and things in my life, I’m also very thankful for this baby! 

Talk soon,

Marena

Week 20 Pregnancy Update 

We found out the gender of our baby this week!!!! Okay well technically the technician found out wrote it down and sealed it into an envelope. Then I dropped it in the mail and sent it to my mom. 

Well let’s get on to this week!

Baby W is the size of a banana coming in at 6.59 inches and 10.1 oz. oh my goodness getting so big!!


Baby was measuring perfect for 20 weeks! My favorite part is I got to see this little biscuit wave and suck his/her thumb. I never realized how something so simple could melt my heart so much. I started feeling biscuit on the outside of my belly. All I could think was maybe it was just my head telling my hand it feels it because I can definitely feel it on the inside. I couldn’t wait for Thomas to get home and tell me if he could feel it too. 


I eat so much! It’s crazy how hungry I am. I swear I say this every week. And water is my new best friend. Not only am I constantly eating but I find I’m constantly drinking water. Being able to drink more water makes. E happy because I know I hadn’t been drinking enough. I also find I sneeze a lot. I joke I’m allergic to this baby. I do find I have small nose bleeds as well. This week I still have a sore back and headache most of the time. It’d be nice to get some relief but I’ll put up with it if that means I have a baby out of it. I’m also finding I notice my stomach stretching. No stretch marks but it definitely feels like it’s pulling and itchy. I lotion often and that helps. 

This week I’ve still been eating tons of salty foods including chips and salsa. I still wish I could find the perfect salty food. I also ate a ton of sandwiches. I actually enjoyed putting a little chunky sea salt. But I also found there is to much sea salt sometimes. I also found I’m enjoying cherry tomatoes as long as it cooks in a pasta dish. Fruit like watermelon have also been awesome. 

This week a friend threw me a small baby shower for all my Cali friends. Even though it was small (a few people had to last minute cancel making it much smaller) it was still amazing. We tried baby food (I’m awful at guessing the fruit kinds). 


All in al this week has been amazing! I really don’t know if I have any complaints. 

Oh wait I have a sort of annoying but also funny story. My doctors office is also at the hospital. While getting my anatomy scan I thought I’d stop into the office to ask what I should take as I had a small cold for a few days and as it went on my neck was stiff. Not to mention I had a killer headache that just was t going away. As soon as the check in lady saw I was 20 weeks she refused to give me any info. Then sent me to labor and delivery. I was so annoyed because I knew it was just a cold. They like to be safe though and I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry. I sat around in labor on delivery for 3 hours being monitored. Although this doctor, midwife, and I found ourselves joking about how the check in lady could have just given me a safe medication list. I also mentioned I knew what I could take it just hadn’t been working. So in the end I listened to little biscuits heartbeat for a few hours and went home with a tad stronger medication and a diagnosis that I was already aware of. I also found out I could take tons more Tylenol than I realized. (4000 milligrams so like 2 regular strength 8 or so times).By the time I got home I was ready for bed and it was nice to finally have relief. 

Half way there!!!

How was your 20 weeks?

Did you decide to know the gender?

Talk soon,

Marena 

Planning the Announcement!

Our parents, siblings, a few friends, and Thomas’ while ship know we’re expecting a baby but that’s all. So I’ve been planning the Facebook official announcement along with a special announcement for a small family get together with my close family. (Should I make a mailed announcement? For like the people who wouldn’t necessarily see us or those who don’t have Facebook to see)?

So I’m actually heading home for two weeks to take my national phlebotomy exam and I’m pairing with with telling the rest of my family I’m pregnant. My husband doesn’t really have a ton of close family besides his parents who would want a special announcement in person that I’m pregnant. My family on the other had are people that would want a personal announcement. 

So just about a week after I fly in my aunts, cousins, and grandparents are meeting to do a small family dinner. They are under the impression we are meeting because this will be the last time I’m home till next summer since we’re moving to Hawaii. (However that’s not the case I’ll be home at Christmas). 

I plan to wear a loose fitting flowing shirt (longer sleeves) paired with leggings. Then I’m going to break off change into a special shirt (short sleeved) and come back saying something cute. I thought about saying “is it just me or is it hot” or “the baby was getting hot”. Something along those lines. (I have a week to figure it out and ideas are acceptable).

Now even though my husbands family won’t be upset they are not finding out in person but I do have a plan. Basically they’ll all see the announcement on Facebook (although I’ll call his grandparents). Then that weekend I’ll be taking the drive down to visit where they will be able to see me and the bump in person. This works for me because I’ll also get to snag some yummy food! (I love his families cooking).

On to the Facebook announcement! This is simple I’ll use my special shirt and post a picture of Thomas and I on fb. In fact we already took those photos. I wish I could have waited longer to take the photos but unfortunately he goes to work tomorrow and I won’t see him again (besides at our ultrasound) until I get back from my trip home. I’ll share those photos with you early!


This is also the shirt I’ll put on at my family announcement. 

I also found a maternity small will be just perfect probably though the whole pregnancy. I put it on and it practically hung half way to my knees. It’ll look great with leggings but need to be tucked in with jeans. 

Ideas to make this announcement are always appreciated!

How did you announce your pregnancy? Did you announce to parents at the same time as everyone else or separate? What about of Facebook?

Talk soon,

Marena

Week 11 Pregnancy Update

11 weeks down just 2 more for this first trimester to go! 

Baby is the size of a lime coming in at 1.61 inches and .25 oz. It’s crazy to know baby went from a strawberry to a lime in just a week. To me that’s a visually difference that is crazy big to me. It’s a visual that makes me smile wider than ever!

This week I think has been pretty easy. As I sat down to write out how the week went I found it was relatively boring and relaxed. So this weeks post will probably be a tad short. 

Just like the last few weeks I’ve had off and on nausea and vomiting. I did notice I throw up shortly after waking in the morning and shortly before bed at night. Nausea is off and on all day. 

This week I think started the feeling of being exhausted. I’m not sure how I’ve stated it the last few weeks but it was nothing like this week. I think looking back I was really tired but it transitioned from tired to very tired and now exhausted. It’s been a different feeling that’s for sure. 

I still have my cough and I find that I think it might play a part in just being out of breath. (Going into week 12 I finally got a pregnant safe cough syrup). It’s nothing bad it’s just more of a constant bother that isn’t going away. And the more I cough the more I can’t catch my breath. Doc said he thinks all is fine I just need to get my cough gone. He also said if I keep walking and swimming it’ll help keep my cardio up and it should help fighting off the cough. Or at least that’s how I heard it. 

This week I’ve also noticed true thirst. I wake up every morning and after every nap with a dry mouth needing a drink. Plus I find I’m able to get a good amount of liquid in because I’m almost always thirsty. That’s probably a good thing since previously I hadn’t been able to drink anything really. Let’s just hope the ability to drink liquid more keeps up. 

Craving this week have been the same. Blue Gatorade, cheezits, eggs. Added this week I really wanted meat loaf and French fries. I have noticed I’m starting to want a variety in my Gatorade flavors but still going strong for Gatorade. 


This week I worked on my registry a little. I’m really looking into safe and recommend travel systems. I want a good, durable, safe car seat that links with the stroller. I’ll take suggestions! I’m also looking into a baby rocker sleeper thing. I’ve wanted a mamaroo but those are expensive and I’m trying to see if there is something I’d like more and be more affordable. I’ll take suggestions on that too! Honestly I’ll take suggestions on anything baby registry and baby needed items! 

What was your week 11 experience?

Talk soon,

Marena