10 Weeks: Double Digits!

March 6, 2012

Double digits!!!!!!!!!

10 weeks (3)

Something about this week feels like a huge milestone. I know 12 weeks is the big one looming ahead, but 10 weeks sure feels good. I’ve been pregnant for 2 full months. Amazing.

10 weeks (5)

Here’s a list of all of the symptoms I have experienced thus far:

  • Cramping (mostly in the beginning, but also that killer one at 7.5 weeks)
  • Huge boobs (bummer for me. wish they’d shrink.)
  • Extremely painful boobs (one of my first signs but thankfully they got better around 7-8 weeks)
  • Blue veins on my chest (I’m pale so you can always see veins, but they are more prominent than ever)
  • Nausea (thankfully controlled, but still there at times)
  • Sleepiness (I’m not calling this fatigue because it’s not life-altering, but when bedtime comes I am soo tired and have been sleeping 9 hours a night)
  • Hunger (new metabolism, growing baby!)
  • THIRST (all the time, especially in the mornings)
  • Increased urination (took longer to appear, but I have to go more volume, more often)
  • Sensitive nose (my sense of smell has always been outstanding, but now smells bother me more)
  • Excess saliva (I read this was a symptom and one day when I was feeling particularly nauseous I noticed I had so much spit in my mouth! It was gross and I brushed my teeth 5 times that day.)

This week I feel like my stomach is almost flatter!!? I’m wondering if for whatever reason the bloating has subsided a bit OR if because I am feeling a little better, less snacking and more exercise have helped put a damper on weight gain. As excited as I am to show, I’ll take a less smooshy stomach any day.

In these photos it looks about the same!

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But I think I can suck in more! Definitely not a uterus bump yet.

10 weeks (7)

My mind has started wandering to baby things: diaper bags, strollers, curtains and a rug for the nursery. I’m not that superstitious, but I feel like I should wait a bit longer before I actually buy anything. And even browsing – when I have no bump to show yet – seems a bit premature. But I’ve been looking online and thinking about how to transform that room. I’ve gone in there a few times and just stood and looked around. We don’t go in the spare room that much because there’s not much to see, but now I am imagining all the time I will spend in there and how things might want to be arranged. It’s a bright and cheerful room painted a pale green. I’m not in love with the color, but its gender neutral and very baby-esque. I’m thinking adding yellow, gray and white to the color palate.

Announcement Day

Wow, just spent this whole day reading wonderful comments from all my amazing readers.


I was soooo nervous publishing the announcement this morning. I kept thinking about toothpaste being squeezed out of the tube – you can’t take back words. I wasn’t nervous so much about the possibility of having to un-tell if something bad happens, but more just that I am revealing what I have only known as a secret. It’s going to be so strange to write “I’m pregnant” in tonight’s dinner post. I can actually blog about my cravings, the weird foods, why I chose to eat this or that. Such a relief!! I also posted on Facebook, so more of my old timer friends are learning the news.

I’m managing to eat more veggies these days, but I still have major cravings for ice cream (which I had for a snack today) and all the traditional favorites. Another bagel please!?


Karen brought over two maternity outfits fresh from Motherhood Maternity! I tried them on and pushed my stomach wayyyy out to fill out the tops. I’m not really wishing away the days hoping for a big stomach, but at the same time, I can’t help but be excited for it to appear.

It’s Back.

“Morning” sickness is back. No idea why! I figured it was hormone related and was a big bell curve and at 9 weeks I was on my way down. But here I am nearly 11 weeks and it’s back. Not terrible, but enough to turn me back away from salads (which I had yesterday for lunch!) and back on to sweets and carbs

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And animal crackers and Preggie Pops. At the least it’s been reassuring that things are OK inside there with the little one, and I’m so thankful that my secret is out and so many people have offered wonderful advice!

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My stomach is bigger today too. I’m busting out of jeans that fit perfectly two days ago. Could bloating + morning sickness be related? Some professionals have speculated that the nausea is related to the slowing of the GI tract and reduced digestion timing – it seems bloating might also be related to that. It also could be blood sugar related. I haven’t really been eating differently, but I think I could benefit from trying more snacks tomorrow. Tonight’s mac and cheese and sugar-filled popsicle sure made me feel good!

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Hi Mom!



Since our last appointment, I have been counting down the days until we could first hear the baby’s heartbeat. My doctor let me schedule an appointment halfway between the official ones at 8 and 13 weeks to listen for some reassurance moving forward with the new blog.

I was weighed in and lost a pound. Not that it’s good to lose, but it’s definitely good that I haven’t gained a ton in 2 weeks with all the cheese and ice cream and all. It’s a good sign my body knows what it’s doing.

I ended up seeing the nurse practitioner, who was very nice and upbeat. She rolled down my pants and applied the goop you see on TV. Within seconds of putting the Doppler to my stomach, we heard the heart beating.

It was fast – a rapid “thump, thump, thump.” She told me that it sounded about 160 beats per minute, which was very good, but that the wives tale that high means girl isn’t really true. She also told me that the whooshing in the background was my own slower heartbeat. “Whooosh….. Whooosh”

What struck me most about the baby’s heartbeat was how CUTE it was!! It just sounded little and baby-like. Even more than the ultrasound, it really made me feel connected to the baby inside of me. People always say hearing the heartbeat is such a magical moment, but I didn’t quite understand it until I was listening to my OWN baby’s ticker. Ultrasounds are like TV – they don’t seem as real. But the heartbeat was live, right there, right under my skin, and beating in real time.

I smiled and smiled and left the office in a glow.

And when I got to the parking lot, the emotions came. I kept thinking about how cute the little noise was. How the baby was talking to me with its heart. A first “Hi, mom, I’m in here.” And that’s when I started to cry. For the first time since I got my positive test, I felt like a mother.

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{ 69 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maria March 6, 2012 at 8:06 am

SO excited for you! We had our first baby in September and being a mom is the best job ever! I am glad your pregnancy is going well. Hearing the heartbeat is the best! And I love the grey and yellow together!


2 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh March 6, 2012 at 8:15 am

I love these updates on how you felt each week. I bet announcement day was a big nail biter for you but hopefully you felt the love! 🙂


3 Molly @ RDexposed March 6, 2012 at 8:23 am

A bed in the nursery? That’s kind of genious!


4 Sarah March 6, 2012 at 11:47 am

I thought the same thing! Something to consider for the future 😉


5 Tori March 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I had a full-size bed in both my kids’ rooms. I’m a WAHM and my hubby has to leave the house to work, and he really appreciated getting a decent night’s sleep. I nursed exclusively (because washing bottles wasn’t something I wanted to do) and saw no reason for him to have to wake up every time the baby was eating. It does force you to be creative in making quality time for each other, but it was very much worth it for us.


6 Sara March 6, 2012 at 8:26 am

Great post, Kath. I think I may cry now. So happy for you!


7 Lindsey March 6, 2012 at 8:31 am

So happy for you guys! I’m excited to keep reading as your pregnany progresses. I do hope though, that you don’t post any more pictures of you trying to suck in your belly! I TOTOALLY understand how difficult it is to see your body change so much. I had a hard time at first but now that I’m 27 weeks along, there is no bending over, let along sucking in. Those days are over! Be proud of your little baby belly (I’m not implying you aren’t proud, but a picture like today sends a different message) – each day when you wake up and feel like you just keep getting bigger, just remember that it’s a sign your little one is thriving and growing. Hope you’re feeling well…it’s an amazing journey – just wait until you feel a kick for the first time – so insane!!


8 KERF March 6, 2012 at 8:52 am

Hey Lindsey, the sucking in doesn’t have anything to do with trying to feel thin. It’s a way to see what is bloat and what is a real bump. Caitlin said you know the bump is real when you can’t suck it back in.


9 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles March 6, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Agree- it’s fun when you can’t suck it in anymore. That just shows that “Hey this growing little baby is more than just bloat in my tummy- YAY!” Can’t believe how fast it’s going- it seems like just yesterday you told us that you were expecting!


10 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 6, 2012 at 8:42 am

I love the yellow and gray color palate! Hearing the baby’s heartbeat sounds amazing 🙂 Glad it was such a special experience for you!


11 Alex March 6, 2012 at 8:51 am

That superstition stuff is no joke! Did you know that, according to Jewish tradition, nothing is ‘prepped’ for baby until it actually arrives? It meant that after my birth, my dad and gramma had to race out (my mom was still in the hospital with me) and buy _everything_. Apparently they walked into Eaton’s (this is in Canada) and she proudly declared “I am a grandmother now!” and proceeded to buy out half the store. Ha!


12 Tabitha (From Single to Married) March 6, 2012 at 8:52 am

LOVE the grey and the yellow – excellent color choices for a nursery. 🙂 And you’re looking great!


13 ashlynn March 6, 2012 at 8:57 am

How far are you along now? Sorry, I get confused going between Kerf now and baby kerf a few weeks ago.


14 KERF March 6, 2012 at 8:57 am

14.5 weeks


15 Jessie @ Graze With Me March 6, 2012 at 9:03 am

Is the excess saliva still plaguing you? It happened to me too. I can’t remember exactly how long it lasted but I used to keep a water bottle at my desk at work & in my truck so I could spit into it! Ugh it was just nasty. I felt like a bloated, gassy, spitting(!) frat boy!


16 KERF March 6, 2012 at 9:04 am

No, it seems to have only been a few days


17 Natasha March 6, 2012 at 9:09 am

Love those nursery colors. We didn’t find out the gender of our baby (I already had a boy and a girl so with the 3rd wanted a surprise) so went with neutrals like greens, yellow, and some orange accents. I think you will be surprised at how little time you end up spending in the nursery, I know with my first I imagined I’d be in there all the time.


18 Erin March 6, 2012 at 9:16 am

I cried when I heard the heartbeat, too. It really is amazing.
I had similar first tri-mester symptoms, but most are gone now that I am 23 weeks.
Except the blue veins, they got more prominent! I joke with my husband that I am starting to look like Rebecca Romijn’s blue character in the X-Men movie.


19 Blessing @ Working Mom Journal March 6, 2012 at 9:26 am

Love the pictures!!!! Thanks for sharing you


20 Leslie March 6, 2012 at 9:33 am

Oh the memories (my girls are 16 and 18 now). You mentioning sensitive nose made me think of two things: I could not stand the smell of our car when I was pregnant! I always felt on the verge of throwing up whenever we drove anywhere. Sadly, the memory of that feeling sort of stuck with me and I always had trouble riding in that car after pregnancy. The other thing I just heard yesterday while watching Live with Kelly. Nick Lachay (sp?) announced his wife was pregnant and Kelly shared some of her pregnancy stories. Unfortunately for her, she couldn’t stand the smell of her husband while she was pregnant. Hopefully she’s over that one! Any smells that you just cannot handle right now?


21 KERF March 6, 2012 at 9:40 am

I don’t like the smell of our house!!!

And also – I have a husband aversion post coming up in a few days 🙂


22 Sarah March 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

Yay, so exciting! I’m newly pregnany myself, so it’s neat to follow along with you and thine what I have to look forward to! I have to ask, though, why are you wearing the belly band in the photos? It would be easier to compare without it, and it doesn’t make sense to me. Love your blog!


23 KERF March 6, 2012 at 9:41 am

Guess I just didn’t want the internet analyzing my stomach too closely!?


24 Nicole March 6, 2012 at 9:57 am

Love the color “palate” (errrm…palette?) for the nursery! I suppose I can hardly fault a food blogger for the confusion. 🙂

Your excitement is really adorable, and I think your personality comes out so much more in the new blog. Congrats!


25 Marci March 6, 2012 at 10:09 am

So much to say! 1. Our beginnings were so similar. One tip is to not buy too many new bras. I had the extremely painful chest and then outgrew the first round of bras I bought. So annoying, I didn’t like the growing boobs either. Same with sports bras, bought so many and outgrew them.
2. My nursery colors are gray and white and green. I had the bedding custom made, and did decide to do bumpers. I can’t wait to get it all put together. Did dark gray walls.


26 occula March 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

My husband and I choose not to have kids, and I still have tears in my eyes from the cute heartbeat! Well written. Thank you for sharing all this! It’s funny – from the perspective of someone who will never be in that situation – what parts of it are extra interesting, if that makes sense.


27 AllisonK March 6, 2012 at 10:20 am

Ahhh…the heartbeat wives tale. Our baby has a heart beat of 170 at our first appointment of 9 weeks…which as you said…means girl, according to the tale. But we are having a boy! Even though all those wives tales about gender aren’t scientifically sound, I had a good time analyzing with them.


28 Karen March 6, 2012 at 10:41 am

Hmm Just read into your heartbeat sentence a bit too much I think “It was fast – a rapid “thump, thump, thump.” She told me that it sounded about 160 beats per minute, which was very good, but that the wives tale that high means girl isn’t really true.” Does that mean you are having a BOY!?!?!?!?


29 KERF March 6, 2012 at 10:45 am

Pretty sure old wives say fast is girl


30 Erin March 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I believe she is asking if it is a boy, because of the comment the tech made (i.e. fast heartbeat doesn’t mean girl). But, I imagine it is too early to know.


31 KERF March 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Oh I see. She meant the tale isn’t tru e so high doesn’t mean girl or boy


32 Karen March 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Yup I did haa but then I actually felt bad and thought you made the omission by mistake and wanted to undo my comment!! I just didn’t know how.. Sorry Kath! 🙂


33 Kori March 6, 2012 at 10:41 am

You look wonderful, Kath! I LOVE the color choices for the nursery. 🙂


34 Lynda @ healthy Hoboken girl March 6, 2012 at 10:46 am

Oh Kath,

Now I’m almost tearing up….you’re going to be the best mom!!

So excited for you, what a nice nursery color scheme. Beautiful

Keep chugging along, we all are enjoying this ride with you!

Be well


35 Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 6, 2012 at 10:49 am

That was so sweet, I almost cried at the end of the post!! You’re going to be such a great mother!!!
And I LOVE LOVE grey/yellow together, so cute!


36 colleen March 6, 2012 at 10:58 am

Love the nursery colors! We went with neutral with all three of ours, even when we knew the sex – much easier to reuse. Reading the heart beat is one of the most amazing things, besides the utlrasounds. Just wait until you feel him/her kicking you to say ‘hi’. It is an amazing experience and will make you cry also.


37 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 6, 2012 at 11:07 am

Aw, this is so sweet! 🙂
And I LOVE the color scheme of the nursery. Love, love, love.
It was great to read about your re-cap of when you “went public” on KERF. When I read your announcement post, I thought “wow, that’s really risky… to share everything early on like that,” but as you’ve said about many things in the past- you’re honest on your blog and share what happens. And everything sounds like it’s going along perfectly- and just as it should! 🙂


38 Kelley March 6, 2012 at 11:17 am

Awe, so cute! You’re definitely already a mother! Nurturing that baby inside. =) Such an awesome feeling, isn’t it? Have you had baby dreams yet?


39 KERF March 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

A few! Mostly about breastfeeding…


40 Angie All The Way March 6, 2012 at 11:18 am

Gahhh!!! Now you’ve got ME misty-eyed!!

I will say this. After becoming a mother things hit me straight in the heart more intensely and raw now an entirely new and more fulfilling perspective on life than there was before – especially all things mother and baby! In fact, I can no longer listen to the news because it’s mostly tragic stories that I just can’t handle (this mostly didn’t kick in until after he was born). There is so much love and emotion that is wrapped up in becoming a mother that is leaked out little by little as time goes on and it just gets bigger and better every single day! I’m very happy to be watching you experience this too 🙂


41 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga March 6, 2012 at 11:45 am

Those nursery colors and that theme is SO YOU! I can totally see you with that nursery or very similar to that one!


42 Shannon March 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Such a wonderful post!!!! How exciting this must be!!!!!!

I forget – but are you going to find out the gender?

Congratulations again! I love KERF and now Baby KERF :).


43 KERF March 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm



44 Amy March 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I know this is really early, but in the interest of ‘real food’ i thought i suggest it while i was thinking about it. When the baby starts eating solid foods a manual food mill is the best! I’ve tried ones like the Baby Bullet and i still say the manual one is the best–inexpensive, easiest to use and you can take it travelling and out to restaurants.


45 KERF March 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I definitely want one of those!


46 Nicole M. March 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I’ve read KERF for a while but I have to say, reading your baby blog is so much more exciting. You’re joy radiates through your words and it’s giving me baby fever big time. I’ve already got a little girl and I’m pretty sure I don’t want any more children but man, between you and Caitlin, my poor uterus can’t get a break!



47 Rianne March 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Reading about you hearing your baby’s heartbeat made me well up! My wedding colors this past June were gray, yellow, and white. I may be biased, but it’s a gorgeous combination and would be lovely for a nursery!


48 Mom March 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm

You’ll be a wonderful mother! (Some of your dolls are here disagreeing, since you abandoned them, but I promised them they could come down off the shelves to play with the baby,even a boy.)


49 Christine March 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I love this!!


50 Christine March 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I’m predicting a boy – I have 4 little ones (2 girls, 2 boys). With my girls I had zero morning sickness. With my boys I had the most awful morning sickness. I know everyone is different, but I thought I would chime in!


51 Kate March 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Kath, do you recommend any other baby blogs you’re reading these days? I love yours and Caitln’s blogs, and DG’s baby posts, wondering if there are any other must-reads out there that I’m missing?


52 KERF March 6, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Hmmm…off the top of my head for preggers:

Brie Fit
Get Healthy With Heather

I know i’m missing one or two – and I’d love to read more too if anyone has any recs!


53 Kimberly March 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Healthy Runner Girl just announced that she’s pregnant the other day so I’m sure her blog will have pregnancy updates. I really love Loves of Life (katieballa.blogspot.com) – she has a toddler and is pregnant with her second. Not all pregnancy related posts, but she’s great!


54 KERF March 7, 2012 at 7:57 am



55 Angel7 March 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I cannot believe that you can actually suck in your tummy that much while pregnant 🙂

I love your color palate for the baby’s room!

Emotions run high when pregnant, and I am sure there are more happy tears to come 🙂



56 Jennifer March 6, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I LOVE your nursery ideas and color choices. Beautiful for a boy or a girl.


57 JessicaE March 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I am now 20 1/2 weeks along and my stomach is definitely bigger some day days than others! Its kind funny. The more baby bump like it gets, the more I love it and want it to get bigger :). Of course, i know by 7 months I’ll probably be wishing it were smaller. 😛


58 Emily March 7, 2012 at 12:49 am

Kath, these are so much fun to read! I love that you’re posting them bit by bit – it’s like we’re there living with you, just on fast-forward. It sounds like such an incredible experience. 🙂 I’m so happy for you and Matt! Can’t wait to read more (and eventually meet the little bebe!!).


59 Elle March 7, 2012 at 1:58 am

I think you actually look thicker in your 10 week photo compared to 9 weeks, but that might be the pants or the colour of your top. Maybe like an optical illusion.


60 Melissa March 7, 2012 at 3:15 am

Hey Kath-
hopefully you don’t mind me asking but I was just wondering.. would you have just never said anything in the blog world had you (God forbid) miscarried?
I know you purposely waited as long as you could so you wouldn’t have to “untell” which makes perfect sense. But I’m just curious if you would have just continued on and played all the cravings, etc. off as you had been?

Just curiosity on my part, if you don’t want to answer, I understand. I also want to say I love BERF so much. You are just so open & honest & entertaining on this blog! Great job.


61 KERF March 7, 2012 at 7:58 am

I didn’t really know at the time, but I assumed I would. Now that I’m farther along, I’m sure that I would have shared in a KERF post, but I’m still glad I waited until 11 weeks to break the news. I felt I would have been OK with sharing, but I didn’t want to have to un-do all the excitement. I realized though, at 11 weeks and even now, that that could still happen, but the risk is much lower.


62 Lindsay March 7, 2012 at 11:25 pm

You have to go to build a bear a get a recording device they sell to record the heartbeat at your 20 week u/s. we then put it in a bear and it’s so cool to hear!


63 Nikki T March 8, 2012 at 11:17 am

OMG, such a neat idea!!


64 Nikki T March 8, 2012 at 11:17 am

Huge (no size increase needed here!) and sore boobs…YES! I was happy to see you said the soreness subsided at around 7 weeks…phew! I tried to run on the treadmill yesterday evening and I just couldn’t!! It hurt so much!
Extra hungry and thirsty…also in my symptoms list!
I’m crossing my fingers against the morning sickness…so far, at 5 weeks, I’m safe!

I’m loving these posts! Especially since I got my positive test last week!!


65 KERF March 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm



66 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List May 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I’m sick and laying around today. Thought I’d catch up on ALL of your Baby Kerf posts! (totally a blog stalker btw) I’m truly loving all these details – reminds me of my pregnancies!
oh and a chest of blue squigglies doesn’t go away really. bleck.


67 Ashley July 12, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Hi Kath!

I am in my 11th week and, like you were at that point, am starting to feel like my middle is thickening. Not “showing” yet, maybe I’m just bloated. Were you really wearing maternity jeans at that point or did you just wear them in the pictures? I am already not fitting into some of my jeans, shorts, etc. and can’t believe it might be almost time to do some shopping!

I am so nervous about gaining too fast! (Especially since going off both control for three months, I lost almost 10 lbs and was back to my college weight! I was really happy with my body and although I’ve gained only 2 or 3 lbs of it back, I feel so fat!!)


68 KERF July 13, 2012 at 9:10 am

Hey Ashley,
Yes, I was wearing them this early. Not necessarily because I NEEDED them but because they were soooo much more comfortable. I tried the belly band first but it shifted around so much that I figured just getting the maternity jeans a little early made more sense. By about 13 weeks, I was wearing them exclusively.


69 Ashley July 12, 2012 at 10:48 pm

(I’m excited about having a bump, don’t get me wrong! I just don’t want one before I’m supposed to have one!).


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