Friday, April 1, 2011

At the Threat of Being De-Sistered...

My sister has threatened to de-sister me if I don't update my blog, so here I go....
As many of you may or may not know, Matt and I found out a couple of weeks ago that we will be expecting our first child around Thanksgiving! We are so very excited!

How we told the family:
My fam- my sister was the first person I told, so we schemed for days on how to tell our parents they were going to be (first time) grandparents! After lots of planning, we decided to go with a homemade tshirt that said "Aunt to be."  Finally, the Friday after we found out, it all came together...we skyped that night and during our conversation, I asked my sister what she was wearing underneath her jacket (it was a pink shirt, which is abnormal for her to be wearing-this is what made it not out of the ordinary for me to ask what she was wearing). Anyway, she then told me she had bought a new shirt and took her jacket off to show me! I  told her it was very cute and asked if she had shown mom and dad yet! She turned first to mom who about fell in the floor screaming when she read it (she was/is so excited! She's been wanting a grandchild since before I was born)! Then, she turned to dad who just cheesed real big and immediately suggested I call grandma (his mom)! 
Matt's fam- They were a little harder to tell...Matt helped me NONE on coming up with a creative way to tell them! Since we're so far away now, I didn't want to just call them up and say "by the're gonna be grandparents again!" So, I consulted a more creative Gaskin (his sister, Tamara)! Together we decided the perfect way in to telling/tricking them! Tamara made a cute little onesie for her 5 mo. old (Pierson) that said (on the front) "I'm gonna be a..." (on the back) "Big Cousin."  So, Friday afternoon Tamara called us and put us on speakerphone! She gathered the parents and told them she had something she needed to tell them! When she showed them Pierson's new onesie, their first thought was that she was having another baby! Then, she turned him around and we shared the big news! Matt's mom then told me that she wanted a granddaughter! lol...Matt quickly informed her that he didn't "make" a girl and that it better be a boy!

How far along:  6 weeks, 5 days

Baby size:  the size of a PEA!

Growing like crazy, baby is starting to sprout eyes, ears, nose, cheeks and chin. Those little hands and feet- still webbed like paddles- might wiggle by week's end, the heart is beating (almost twice as fast as yours!), and blood is starting to circulate.

First Appointment:  April 21

Sleep: what's that?! Although I find myself a little more less energized than normal, sleep is hard for me these days.  Between getting up to pee every hour or so and an overwhelming sense of nausea, I don't see the back of my eyelids as much as I would like to!

Food cravings: For the past 3 days I've had at least one grilled cheese! This could be because it's about the only thing that I can stomach eating these days. I've been craving fruits and veggies more (weird, but good I guess)...I randomly find myself going to grab and apple and string cheese rather than junk food.

Aversions: Almost EVERYTHING except for the above mentioned things! My nose is in overdrive and practically ANYTHING that smells makes me nauseous! I informed Matt last night that he stunk (like sweat) and he claimed to have "not sweat" at all yesterday...but I kindly reminded him that he will be hiding no scents from baby! 
Not only is my sense of smell killing my appetite, but my thoughts are as well! Just the thought of some foods sends me running to the bathroom!

A few things I miss: Caffeine, being able to use my face wash that was working so well (but contains 2 no-nos: benzyl peroxide and salicylic acid), oh, and CAFFEINE!!! Seriously...what else is there to drink?! I've resorted to capri suns, water, and juice (gag)! The worst part about it though is going to a restaurant and the waiter asking what you want to am I supposed to answer that?! Practically everything on the menu has caffeine in it!!! REALLY?! So, I end up ordering the most disgusting, tasteless thing on the drink menu-WATER, H2O, AGUA...whatever you call it, it's repulsive!

Mood: I've found the past week that I've been pretty irritable. The littlest thing can tick me last night-I was carrying laundry to our room to put away and something fell off my stack. I mean you would've thought someone had just eaten my last slice of cheese (which is a big deal, if you know me)! And, to top off the irritability, I've been really upset the past few days as well, crying at the drop of a hat for almost no reason at all.

Pregnancy Symptoms: About 75% of the day I feel nauseous.  While I haven't actually been sick yet, the nausea is far worse than the action! Matt has yet to understand what it's like/how I can feel nauseous all the time. Me and the porcelain throne have become quite the pair. I visit it several times throughout the day/night.  And while normal people (Matt) are sleeping, ignoring our ever faithful toilet, I am nice enough to keep it company at 9 pm, 10 pm, 12 am, 2 am, 5 am, 7 am, etc. On a side note, my boobs should be growing soon...personally, I think they should be huge by now with all the pain they've put me through the past 2 weeks! Also, my face is breaking out like a teeny bopper going through puberty...but worse (and NOTHING helps)!!!

What's it gonna be?: 
According to 
the Chinese Calendar-a boy! 
old myths- a girl! (girls steal your beauty & I'm breaking out like crazy and nausea is also said to be a sign of a girl).
Matthew- (it better be) a boy! 
my dad- (it better be) a boy!
my sister-a boy!
my mother-desperately wants a girl
matt's mom-a girl (she already has a grandson)
me- I don't care, as long as it's healthy! I would like my first child to be a boy, but there is just so much cute girl stuff out there! Not to mention- the girl section is always twice as big as the boy's!

<3 Casi, Matt, & Peanut


  1. I'm super excited for you both! I know you'll be a great Mommy. You need to come back to Little Rock for a baby shower when you get the chance. Take care, and good luck with the nausea.

    Your pal, Leila.

  2. Hey Casi!! Congrats on the baby!! Sounds like you are living life to the fullest! You are going to be a wonderful mom! Great blog by the way!

    PS. I added your blog to my blog page. :)

  3. I do agree there is alot more girl stuff that is so cute...I still notice that even with Pierson I am always thinking why can't that make that much cute stuff for a boy! ha oh well guess that is that way it goes. Either way boy or girl they are such an exciting adventure of sleepless nights, dramatic changes in your routine it will take you twice as long to get ready and the unexpected will happen lol but in the end just holding them knowing they are yours make it worth every moment The first smile is wonderful and snuggling with them is the best Good luck girl if you need anything I am here!

    Lots of Love,