Baby Barto: Weeks 2 – 6

So… I’m pregnant!


… I’m pregnant.

That is really crazy to say.

Anyways – pregnancy has been pretty great so far. I mean, the greatness part is mostly the fact that there is a new life inside of me that has both my and Michael’s DNA, with a beating heart and fingers and toes and is actually moving. What a true miracle.

In between the craziness going on in our lives (yes, even more than this baby… maybe more on that later… if I have time), I will try to post regular pregnancy updates. …. when I’m not so tired that all I want to do is lay down (anywhere) and close my eyes for 300 hours or so.

Today, I’m 11 weeks, 4 days pregnant. I have been taking notes since week 2 (before I even knew I was pregnant) & Michael has been taking pictures of my (fairly non-existent) bump since 3 weeks 5 days. So, I have some material for you all! It’s juicy, let me tell ya.

2 weeks

I had vivid dreams, 4 nights in a row. Two dreams about having a baby (which I rarely ever dream about) and two dreams about serving the Queen of England and being really scared of her.  … right. Please don’t psychoanalyze that.

I also felt warmer in general during this week… which I read later to be fairly typical.

3 weeks 5 days

Michael and I know we’re going to take the home pregnancy test that day. I wake up at 5:15 because I couldn’t sleep. I took the first (1 line / 2 line) test. No 2nd line at first. Theeen… there’s an extremely faint 2nd line. From what I had heard, “a line is a line.” So my hands start to get a little clammy and I take the digital test. You have to wait 3 full minutes before those results.


I swear, whatever I had in my belly, it was doing flippy floppies all over the place.

Blinking… blinking…. blinking…. aaand…

I started to get a little dizzy and ran straight to wake Michael up. Holy cow.

After a long time of elation, disbelief, more elation… etc… Michael took my first bump picture.

me at week 3: I still felt warm. I also started to feel implantation twinges on my lower left side. The best part about this week was that we were able to see my immediate family and Michael’s immediate family, so we could tell them the news right away. It was some of the most fun I’ve ever had!

Baby Barto at week 3: He/she is the size of 1/5 the period at the end of this sentence. Technically, Baby Barto is called a blastocyst and will be implanting in the uterus during this week. She is only 500 microscopic cells!

4 weeks

(any bump you see is probably early pregnancy bloat.)

me at week 4: More twinges/pulling in my abdomen & I’ve started frequent trips to the bathroom during the night! My bladder is not liking the decreased real estate. I’ve also become more emotional. NPR’s Story Corps is a touching program, but I don’t normally bawl while listening to it on the way to work.

Baby Barto at week 4: He’s the size of a poppy seed! Now until week 10 is he most critical time of development; all of the organs will begin to develop & some will even begin to function. The amniotic sac has developed, which will house Baby Barto; the amniotic fluid, which will cushion her as she grows; and the yolk sac, which produces her red blood cells and helps deliver nutrients to her until the placenta has developed.

5 weeks

me at week 5: Some tummy aches during my morning runs; I’m listening to my body more and not pushing it as hard. We got a shipment of 12+ pregnancy/parenting books from Amazon; I’m in heaven. Finally, I can quell all of my thoughts and worries with facts. From books. Your Pregnancy Week by Week, The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, Happiest Baby on the Block, Baby Bargains…. etc etc.

Baby Barto at week 5: He’s the size of a sesame seed & he looks like a tiny tadpole. She has 3 layers: one to form her brain, spinal cord, nerves, and backbone; one to form her heart and circulatory system & one to form her lungs, liver, pancreas & intestines.

6 weeks

me at week 6: Dun dun duuuuuuun. At the beginning of week 6, I come down with a stomach bug, complete with all of the symptoms. Later on, I realize that the stomach flu was coupled with morning sickness, making it even more unbearable. I actually took 4 days off of work for illness. I was completely unable to function. After plenty of tests, the doctor says the baby is okay & prescribes Zofran, a miracle drug. After the flu goes away, this drug curbs my “morning” sickness for the majority of the day (I still feel woozy in the evenings)! Hooray!

Baby Barto at week 6: She’s the size of a sprinkle on a cupcake!  This week’s major developments: His heart begins to beat! How amazing is that? 6 weeks (only 4 weeks gestation) and the heart is beating. What a miracle. The nose, mouth, and ears are also beginning to take shape. His intestines are developing, and the bud of tissue that will give rise to his lungs has appeared, and his brain, muscles, and bones are forming.


this is what happens

… when you put out the garbage the night before garbage day …

… in sealed garbage bags and sealed garbage cans.

… Right.

meet: my best friend.

He was just under my nose for 2 years. We were in the same aerospace class at Notre Dame, and his dorm was right next door to mine. …but we didn’t start hanging out until the middle of our junior year. He says it had something to do with the fact that he started wearing a uniform that year, because he joined ROTC. (Maybe.)

{ 2005. summer after junior year – he visited me in Cincinnati while I was doing an internship }

I loved how fun he was and I admired his intelligence, wit, strong friendships & family bonds. [Still do.]  I loved how our relationship seemed so natural. I loved how attentive he was to his family & friends, and especially me.

I accepted a job in Cincinnati. His first USAF assignment was in the middle of Texas. … but he just happened to want to go to grad school at Wright-Patt, in Dayton, Ohio. …  1 hour from Cincinnati. So, he applied to the competitive program and got in.

{ 2006. I took him to the band dance. Yeah. We were that serious. }

We graduated. He moved to Dayton; I moved to Cincinnati. The stretch of I-75 between those two cities started to get a lot of use.

About 2 seconds after he decided he wanted to marry me (or a couple of weeks), he bought a ring and proposed. What an amazing, wonderful day. That day my future with him opened up like a big, long road on a sunny day.

{ 2007. Michael, Paula, and me a few minutes after I said “yes.” ….Yes, Paula. The penguin. She was instrumental in the proposal. }

September 19, 2008. I married my best friend. The best day of my life. How much better can it get? All of your favorite people in the world, in one place, celebrating your love.

{ 2008. Hanging out on the altar. }

[ Nevermind while I switch tense here; I’m too tired to change it!]

Absolute bliss. We find out we’re pretty much the perfect roommates. Probably because he does way more dishes than I do.

My brother & sister both move to Dayton (!! so awesome). The four of us have a blast.  I love seeing him being embraced by and embracing my family.

We travel: San Diego. Florida. Milwaukee & Toledo to visit our families. I spend 3 months away at Ohio State completing grad school. We run a half marathon on our anniversary. We run a 200 mile, 12-person relay in Bourbon country. Life is busy & fun together.

{ 2009. Coronado Island, San Diego. }

We go on a trip of a lifetime: two weeks in California & Hawaii. We come home, make the big decision that he will separate from USAF active duty in 2011 & we decide buy our first home. We bike 108 miles from Chicago to Notre Dame. We visit friends/family; they visit us. Life is good.

{ 2010. In the paradise of Hawaii. }

We make the decision; he applies and is accepted for a rare deployment opportunity. From February 9 through Jun 25, he is away from home. I miss him terribly but try (and succeed) to stay busy. Weddings, visits, bathroom contractors & leaky basements keep (part of) my attention while he’s away. I respect & admire you, Michael, for your desire to serve your country so actively.

{ 2011. Back home from deployment. }

Now that my husband & best friend is back home safe, we can focus on our next, very exciting adventure: raising our first child. I consider myself such a blessed & lucky woman to have this amazing man by my side as we become parents together.

{ Sep 19, 2011. Our third anniversary. Our first baby at 10 weeks 4 days. }

I love you, Michael. Happy third wedding anniversary!

can you handle this?

This is probably the most cuteness packed into one post so far.

This is our friends’ daughter.

She & her parents (and her dog, Uno) came to visit us this summer.

Her cuteness is just a tactic to hold on to the 2 adults wrapped around her little finger… she’s going to have competition with a new sibling in November.

Looks like she’s succeeding to me. 🙂

… hello?

Remember me?


I’ve been really busy.

I was spending a lot of time attempting to eat this:

{ I actually like Homestyle better than Traditional }


…. and then doing this ….

{ flying over something beautiful}


… to get here.

{ the strip}

Four days of the worst stomach flu I’ve ever had, followed by a four day trip to Vegas for a friend’s wedding. Thank goodness the two did not overlap.