the first trimester

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Pregnancy after a loss is really different. As grateful and excited as I was, as much as I couldn't wait to meet this baby, I could emotionally feel myself keep it all at arm's length for a while. Even after coming out of my first trimester, I could feel myself having a hard time warming up and connecting to the pregnancy + baby. I knew my love for the baby was there, I just didn't want to be hurt by being too emotionally invested should we lose the baby.

Coupled with those disconnected emotions came crippling anxiety. I am blessed to have an OB who is incredibly understanding and was always willing to hear me out. Bless her nurse who answered my panicked calls every week for a few weeks in a row. I had additional ultrasounds and rounds of tests, and their response was always, "Let's bring you in and if nothing else, put your mind at ease." I am forever grateful to them for that.

Since this was a pregnancy after a miscarriage, my OB had me brought in for a round of tests right off the bat, and my progesterone was low. My body didn't accept the 200mg a night, so I had an ultrasound to confirm my pregnancy was viable and was then upped to 400mg a night. We found out at that ultrasound that I was roughly a month further along than we'd originally thought (YAY!) and the nightly progesterone knocked me out. As if I wasn't tired enough from teaching all day + family at home, the progesterone had me asleep with Sophia each evening.

My symptoms also didn't really kick in until weeks 8-9, which had me very panicky thinking something must be wrong. Turns out all was good with the little, and when my symptoms came, they hit me like a train. Thankfully, the progesterone mellowed out my morning sickness enough that I was nauseous all day but didn't throw up. That came at week 11 when my progesterone supplements were finished. My favorite random way my body coped with the nausea this time around was by sneezing. I would be nauseous, feel like I would be sick, sneeze, and all was fine for a couple of hours.

Weeks 6 and 12 I did have some hemorrhaging which wasn't terrifying at week 6 (that was how we found out I was pregnant) but was at week 12. Thankfully, it was a 1/2 day at school and my admin sent me home immediately. My OB got me in for a sonogram as soon as I was leaving school, so I was able to head straight to the clinic. I've never cried in an ultrasound before, until that one. Baby was big enough that I couldn't see the flicker of the heartbeat on the screen like when they're tiny, but the sonographer immediately said, "There's the heartbeat!" and I lost it. Biggest moment of relief I've ever had.

In all, I'd say my first trimester was relatively easy in terms of symptoms although more drama-filled than my first trimester with Sophia. My morning sickness was worse with her, but my exhaustion was definitely ramped up this time. Maybe because I was teaching (first trimester with Sophia was during the summer) and chasing a toddler? Regardless, I've never taken 2 naps a day as an adult until this pregnancy!

Christmas gift quilts

Friday, January 5, 2018

This year, I've gifted 5 quilts (7 counting two quilts gifted for last Christmas). I quilted one for my mom-in-law who literally keeps our house running, and another backed in soft minky for my sister-in-law who lives in Colorado Springs (minky seems pretty fitting with their cold winters!). I've just hit a point where I love creating + quilting, but we don't use all of the quilts I make, so it's much more fun to branch out into fabric choices that I know family will love and gift to them.

moda building blocks

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Disclaimer: I had zero intention of ever making this quilt, until Haley made hers for a quilt-along using V&Co ombre. Austen saw me quilting it and he said I should make one like that. I played around in my stash a bit trying to come up with an idea of what I could make it in and I realized I had a double FQB of Cotton + Steel basics. 

It took me about 5 months to start and finish it, but I am so so glad I did this quilt. It's huge, bold, and unlike anything else I've made. I love it dearly. 

favorite holiday quilts

Monday, October 16, 2017

What better season for quilts than when it's cold outside? Not that Texas really gets cold... but I will say that quilts in our Utah ski condo with the wood burning stove during blizzards were the ultimate best. I love all of our quilts, but our holiday quilts have a special place in my heart. Maybe it's because winter is my favorite, and maybe it's because I'm always cold so the minky + flannel + brushed cotton backings are totally justified.

Even holiday quilts that come just for me to quilt are always so fun! I thought I would round up a few ideas in case anyone is looking for some inspiration.

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