Poppy Seed

Merry Christmas! Exciting times in the Miller household. We haven’t put this news out on Facebook yet, as it is way early, but since hardly anyone reads this I decided to make a post anyway. This year we got a poppy seed for Christmas. That is the size of an embryo at 4 weeks :) (please, no Facebook posts about this)

Yes, we were trying. Over the Thanksgiving break I went to the OB for a pre-conception visit just to check things out. It wasn’t long after that we stopped preventing and decided to let nature take its course. Sean has made fun of me for how careful I have been over the years; I have constantly told him people in my family have absolutely no trouble getting pregnant. Well, now he believes me!

I suspected it wouldn’t take long, but all Sean’s doubt made me think maybe I was just being crazy and it really would be months. That is why I was slightly surprised when the test came up positive, but no where nearly as surprised as Sean. I had suspected it might be the case, but had told myself I was just being crazy to think I was pregnant so soon. At two days late I told Sean we should get some tests just because we were trying, not wanting to sound like a nut. It was a little funny though, because I was just going to buy the standard box with 2 tests but Sean said we should get the box with 5… to which I replied, “If we get the five pack I will only need one.”

The best time to take the test is in the morning, but Sean was too impatient so I took the test that night while I was getting ready for bed. Sean just stood there next to me watching it laying on the bathroom counter, waiting for it to come up with an answer, while I was washing my face. Then he kind of grabbed me by the shoulders with a look of disbelief on his face. I think his words were, “Holy crap!” and I was like “What?” and he just pointed at it, mouth agape. It was pretty amusing. I believe my reply was something like, “Told you so.”

The next morning we did another test just to make sure, and it still read positive. It has been sinking in over the past week. Today is day two of week five. The various books and apps can’t seem to agree on the size of the embryo at this stage. Some say sesame seed, some say apple seed, and the largest I have read is a small coffee bean. Although they all seem to agree it will double in size by week six. It is becoming more real, but it is still hard to believe. It is exciting to think about, but I am still hesitant to get too attached until after the first trimester considering 15-20% of all pregnancies miscarry and 80% of those are in the first 12 weeks.

I have already made my first doctor appointments. The first is January 4th, but I think that one is just for planning and insurance stuff. The first ultrasound is Jan 18, which should be late in week number 8. At that point, it should be the size of a jelly bean according to the Sprout app. Although it doesn’t say what brand… Jelly Belly are a lot smaller than those generic ones.

Thankfully there hasn’t been much in the way of symptoms yet; I am just waiting for the massive morning sickness to hit. So far I have just been tired, thirsty, and a little crampy with occasional slight nausea. Just kinda like PMS, but with added thirst. No one in my family has escaped nine full months of morning sickness, and I doubt I will be the exception. They say it starts around week six, which should be awesome considering I go back to work (where they don’t know yet) on day 3 of week six, and then fly to San Francisco on day 5 of week six. So I will potentially use one of those air sick bags for the first time ever.

The planning has already begun. We have already gone to a couple baby stores just to get an idea of what is out there. First we stopped in at Smart Momma, which is a little locally owned store we pass every day on Glenwood. Just because it is locally owned we will probably try to shop there as much as possible, but it is pretty small. The clerk there gave us the sage advice to decide on one thing each week and never look back. Although I think at this early stage we don’t really have to make too many decisions just yet, but we decided we might as well start looking at strollers first since it will be a challenge with the Mini. We mostly toured the store, checked out strollers, and learned about what they had to offer for classes and such. I think I might have found the crib I want while we were there, but I am keeping my eye out.

The second store we went to was Buy Buy Baby over in Morrisville. We were at Gander Mountain and decided we might as well check out Buy Buy Baby since we had never been into one. The moment the door opened I said, “It looks like Bed Bath and Beyond” which was apparently dead on because (from their website) it looks like they are owned by the same people. They have a massive stroller selection! We immediately went over to check out what they had. I totally ignored the Orbit because I had a preconceived notion that they were way over priced and I totally wasn’t going to be sucked into that scam.

A very helpful clerk showed us several strollers, including the Bugabee ones I had been impressed with online. Bugabee is not as impressive in person. I had nearly decided we would have to choose the Britax B-Agile, which is a rip off of Baby Jogger’s City Mini (although I like Britax better), when Sean pointed out the Orbit. I was about to scoff at it when he said, “There is a Mini in the picture.” I had to give it a look then. I never knew Orbit had a rotating base! That makes it the only car seat in the country (that I know of) with a rotating base. I have read in the Mini forums that those are the best to get, but I thought I wouldn’t be able to find one here. The Orbit is frigging awesome. And, when trying to convince yourself that it really isn’t that crazily priced, you can justify the cost by saying it includes a car seat + base, infant stroller seat, and stroller frame. So it is like getting the car seat, newborn stroller, and infant stroller all in one… and there is a toddler car seat you can buy that works with the base. Plus, if we have a second kid, we can expand it to be a double stroller. It might be worth the cost just in convenience when it comes to putting the rear-facing kid in the Mini. I really hate to admit this, but I think we are going to go with the Orbit.

So many exciting things! Plans to be made, things to buy, names to debate, progress to track… I just hope I can keep the morning sickness under control so that I actually enjoy the process. Right now I am just hoping everything goes well, the baby is in the right spot and developing normally, and that it arrives as a healthy boy or girl. I can’t wait for that first ultra sound! What if it’s twins?!

PS – if the apps are right, the due date is August 27.