10 Weeks!

Hello friends!

Thanks for keeping up with my posts this past weekend.. If you missed them here are my 8 week and 9 week posts… We will be live with my weekly update posts THIS FRIDAY! hehe.

We are finally in DOUBLE DIGITS (June 28- July 5)!

I think that “bump” is the extra helping of rice I had last night

Oh well. Ha. This week our baby nugget is the size of a Kumquat:


I tried to find these in the store but obviously failed.

According to BabyCenter.com… “your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.  He’s swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they’ll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.”

I have been feeling pretty good this week, especially after I realized that my morning coffee was making me feel queasy all day and cut it out of my diet. My best friend recently

Keeps my stomach happy, that and eating a light snack every 2-3 hours has certainly helped out a lot.  Speaking of food, I haven’t been able to stand the sight/smell or thought of anything with red meat since the beginning of this week. My stomach turned just typing that.  We have been eating a lot of chicken,

and I seem to be favoring a lot of vegetarian foods lately.

Like I said I have still been eating chicken, and eggs, but other than… bleh… Thank goodness I can still eat salads, I really don’t know what I would eat if I couldn’t stand salads! I am still loving fruit.. all day every day, I think I eat about 3-4 pieces of fruit a day!

I have also had a surge of energy this week; we even made it to the gym on the fourth of July! I am hoping it will get easier to get up in the mornings so that we can go to the gym regularly.  If you hadn’t noticed that is why I haven’t been at the gym the past three months, I have zero energy, but I am told in a few weeks that will go away! I am ready for it.

Also this week I have been thinking a lot about the nursery. I know it is super early to start thinking about this stuff, but I can’t help it.  We are going to move our office into the basement, and use that room for the nursery.  It is already a share of grey but I think I want it to be a lighter shade of grey for the baby’s room.  I will hold off on the details until September when we will find out if we are having a boy or girl!  Well I think that is all for this week .

Spark notes version:

How far along? 10 Weeks
Maternity clothes? Still holding out!
Stretch marks? nope
Symptoms:  Only when I drink coffee, so I’ve stopped doing that. ha
Best moment this week:  Telling a few of our other friends :)
Miss Anything?  Beer.. beer …beer!
Movement: nope
Food cravings:  none this week
Anything making you queasy or sick:  red meat.. please stay awaaaayyy.… and no more coffee for me please
Have you started to show yet:  maybe?! Or is that just belly pudge?
Gender prediction:  My mom and sister think Girl… I am still unsure ha.
Labor Signs: none
Belly Button in or out? In
Mood:  Happy
Looking forward to: Telling the world!!!! Ahh it’s getting harder and harder to keep it off my blog! 2 more weeks till we announce!


9 Weeks!

Hello friends!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far :) Happy Sunday… This was me at 9 weeks…


So remember yesterday when I said if I take pictures after breakfast I look huge… well I took this week’s picture after I had my bagel for breakfast at the lake. (June 21- June 28)!

Ha, insane.

According to BabyCenter.com, “She’s starting to look more and more human. Her essential body parts are accounted for, though they’ll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: Your baby’s heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth. The embryonic “tail” is completely gone. Your baby’s organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won’t be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. Her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won’t open until 27 weeks. She has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that your baby’s basic physiology is in place, she’s poised for rapid weight gain.”

I like how they alternate with he and she each week!

This week we got to tell the rest of Erik’s extended family in Chicago! They were super excited. All of them already have at least one kid, so it was great to get advice from them, and one of Erik’s cousin’s Katie sent me a few very helpful emails and some Preggie pops!!!! Thanks Katieeeee! The preggie pop drops really helped on the plane ride back home Sunday morning!

This week our baby nugget is the size of a grape


I wanted to take a picture with an actual grape, but alas we did not have any at the lake, so google images will have to do for this week.

Spark notes version:

How far along?  9 Weeks!
Maternity clothes? nope
Stretch marks? none
Symptoms:  still sleepy, walking to the lake and back really takes a lot out of a person!
Best moment this week:  Telling Erik’s extended family :)
Miss Anything?  Still deli meat! But at least I got a chicken sandwich from Potbelly! and BEER!
Movement: nope
Food cravings:  none this week
Anything making you queasy or sick:  still cooked greens…bleh
Have you started to show yet:  only after I eat!
Gender prediction:  hmmmm… boy again this week
Labor Signs: none
Belly Button in or out? in
Mood:  very happy :)
Looking forward to: Our beach trip in a few weeks with some friends :)


8 Weeks!

Hello friends!

A rare weekend post from me, but I want to get to live posts, so here is my post for 8 weeks!!


This was me at 8 weeks (June 14- June 21)!

Still not showing anything yet

I do feel bloated, especially after I eat, so if I had taken this picture after I ate breakfast it would look like I was at least 12 weeks pregnant! Ha.  This week our little nugget is the size of a raspberry.

According to BabyCenter.com, “This week webbed fingers and toes are poking out from your baby’s hands and feet, his eyelids practically cover his eyes, breathing tubes extend from his throat to the branches of his developing lungs, and his “tail” is just about gone. In his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways.”

ahh so cute!

We got to see our little nugget for the first time this week

And we got to see the heartbeat, but I still wanted to wait until I was 12 weeks along to announce it on here, and BOY was it hard to keep this a secret for so long. I got teary eyed when we saw our little nugget’s heartbeat. It was the most wonderful thing I have ever experienced in my life, words cannot describe our joy.

We told Warren the night we got to Chicago and him and Erik took shots.

He was very excited, but told me if I ever think of getting a minivan he will kill me.  Don’t worry Warren I won’t!  At the wedding that weekend I told Luke and Allie, and of course neither of them believed me, so they had to confirm it with Erik.. Why do people think I am always joking around 😉 ahh it was good times.

I also decided that instead of a letter to baby S, I will just post a spark notes version of what has been going on each week.

Spark notes version:

How far along? 8 Weeks
Maternity clothes? Not yet!!
Stretch marks? No
Symptoms: Slight queasiness, exhausted still
Best moment this week: FIRST APPOINTMENT :)
Miss Anything? Deli meat. I want a sandwich so bad it hurts!
Movement: No
Food cravings: This week…. Spicy Chicken Filet from Wendy’s
Anything making you queasy or sick: Any cooked greens..bleh, also Eggs aren’t doing me any favors this week…
Have you started to show yet: I don’t think so, but the ladies are definitely getting bigger.
Gender prediction:  I keep calling the baby a “he” so I will go with that this week :)
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Mood: Was a bit moody last weekend, I blame it on being tired.
Looking forward to: Our Trip to Chicago to tell the rest of Erik’s family :):):)

Have a great day!!


Seven Weeks!

Hello friends!

Another July birthday! Happy 3rd birthday to our little puppy ELLA!

Annd Happy Friday!!! I think in order to speed these posts along a bit I will be posting this weekend as well. I know totally unusual but the posts are already written all I have to do is press publish.. So look for 8 and 9 weeks posts this weekend, if you aren’t too busy watching the Olympics!

Here I was at 7 weeks (June 7- June 14)!

Not much has changed on the outside, but this week our little nugget is the size of a blueberry.


According to BabyCenter.com, “Hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs — although they look more like paddles at this point than the tiny, pudgy extremities you’re daydreaming about holding and tickling.”

This week we had a BBQ at our house to tell our families!!! I wrote about it here.  This was probably my favorite weekend in a very very long time.

I have still been feeling queasy in the mornings and right now I cannot stand the sight of cooked greens.. asparagus.. broccoli.. omg ew, just writing those down makes me queasy.  Earlier in the week I was over at my friend Katie’s house and she offered me some Chicken Lo Mein and I had passed it up, but because of that, all I wanted to eat the next day was chicken lo mein… so I got it for lunch the next day. Bad I know.

On Monday after Father’s day, all I wanted to eat was fruit.  Our office got some fruit for breakfast and I could not get enough of it. I think that is a craving I can handle.  I had to stop off at Giant on my way home to get some fruit for the week.

Foods I’m loving

  • Fruit
  • Eggs
  • Cheeeeeeese
  • Bagels
  • Smoothies
  • Fruit Ice cream bars!!!!!

Dear baby S,

This week we told our familes about you! They were so excited. We called our families in England and Iran and they cried. It was awesome.  I can’t wait for you to meet everyone; they are all already so excited to meet you!  We go to the doctor next week to see you for the very first time!!!! I cannot wait!

This week all I want is fruit! We even got some fruit bars from Costco! I think you are going to be a good eater, just like your mommy.


Your very very very happy mommy

Look for posts tomorrow and Sunday :)


Six Weeks!

Hello friends!

I hope everyone had a great night!  We both got home a bit early last night and threw the lacrosse ball around for about 30 minutes before I was eaten alive by bugs! Ah. But it was fun and the weather was awesome!!! Too bad the heat index today is 110 degrees!!!?!? what?! I hope everyone stays cool today! Annddd now back to the past haha 😉

Here we are at six weeks (May 31- June 7)! I look absolutely exhausted..

No change yet, which is a good thing I guess haha. This week I told my sister while Erik was in New York, we spent the whole weekend together, it was awesome. Read about it here.

On Monday the 11th, morning sickness hit me like a truck, well maybe a mini truck. I got up and was fine but I opened the fridge and saw the asparagus in the fridge (puke just writing that), and lost it. I had to run upstairs because I thought I was going to be sick.  I had to ask Erik to throw the asparagus away before I could come back downstairs.  I was generally queasy the rest of the day, not fun. The next few days I decided to take the advice of a few of my friends and eat some crackers in bed before I got up. It worked! In general, the thought and smell of cooked greens is making me not feel so great.  I made quinoa mac & cheese this week with cooked broccoli and the second day I took it to work, just thinking about it made me queasy.  In the mornings I am sticking to honey nut cheerios and milk, and I have been snacking on some cheesy flavored snacks which I think are also contributing to my general queasiness. Gotta cut that out; baby S does not seem to like them.

I think (hope) that the extreme exhaustion I had last week is gone.  I have still been falling asleep on the couch at 9pm, but I don’t feel like I’ve been run over by a train in the middle of the day.

Dear little baby S,

This week while daddy was in NYC, your auntie came over to spend the weekend with us, and I told her that she was going to be an auntie! She was sooo excited. I even took a video of it.  This week I had to keep crackers on my nightstand because you were making mommy’s tummy hurt in the mornings.  But luckily the morning sickness was just that.. only in the mornings, let’s hope it stays that way. Okay? Thanks!


Your very happy Mommy

I hope everyone has a great day!!!


Four & Five Weeks!

Hello friends!

First I want to start by saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAUREN!!!

Thank you all for being so sweet about my recent posts!  I am so happy we were able to capture those moments on camera. Unfortunately I had planned on recording the announcement, but I messed it up so we don’t have a video of it, but the pictures are still amazing.

I also want to share that I am back in the gym!  Currently I am doing some upper body work, I am weary of doing squats and working out my legs, so I have to check with my doctor on the limits of that before I get into it, but I feel good.  More on that when we get to live posts in a few weeks.. :) But for now.. back to my previously written posts.

After I found out I was pregnant, the following day I came down with a terrible head cold, and it wasn’t until I FINALLY got to talk to my bestie Bethany and tell her the good news that my cold started going away.  But I digress….I stayed home the following Friday because I woke up with a low grade fever and decided I needed to rest.  Luckily it was the start of a long weekend (Memorial Day Weekend), so I would have an extra two days off of work.  That didn’t really mean I was going to have time to sleep, but I had a good weekend regardless.  It took a lot for me to keep this secret that weekend because everyone was over at our house for Erik’s party.  But using my head cold as a cover, I drank water all day and my cover was not blown. Maybe? You guys tell me if you knew?! ha

I was extremely tired all week, so much that I thought I would have to take daily naps in my car while I was at work.  I could NOT keep my eyes open.  Here is my week 5 picture, and I note to little baby S (I don’t know how long I will keep these letters up, but here it is for now)

Dear little baby S,

This week you have been pretty good to mommy. I am very close to getting over this cold without medicine, so thank you for putting up with me throughout this week.  This week we took you to UVa for your daddy’s alumni weekend.  We had a lot of fun, but you didn’t want to stay up very late so we went to bed before everyone else.  You starting giving me heartburn towards the end of this week, nothing a little tums couldn’t fix.


Your very sleepy mommy


Telling Our Families

Hello friends!

I hope everyone had a great Monday! We were going to the gym yesterday but I was not feeling the best so we decided to take a long walk around the neighborhood instead.  I am trying to get back into a regular(ish) workout schedule now that I seem (crosses fingers) to have more energy. Okie back to our previously scheduled post :)

Ahh yes the weekend we told our families was the one of the BEST weekends I have had in a long time.  Now our entire family knows! This is how it went down :)

Everyone started to arrive at our house for the BBQ, and it was just killing my sister and I not to just blurt it out to everyone, but we kept our cool.  Right before we sat down to eat dinner, I said, hey let’s take a family picture before we all eat and get fat. Haha.  They all agreed.  Ava said, “okay on the count of three say Happy Father’s Day!” She looked at the picture and said …”Mom your eyes were closed!”

Her eyes were not closed…

Next picture.. “Okay on the count of three everyone says Dorsa’s Pregnant!”… Silence haha. Everyone thought she was joking.

It took them a while to figure out what was happening, but once they got it we got some really awesome pictures :)

Anya had her hands over her mouth the whole time! Haha. LOVE IT.  The next day we went over to my momma’s house to call my grandma and aunts.

My grandma gasped and was so happy she couldn’t stop giggling. My aunt in London was at the grocery store when I told her and she cried (so did I).  My other aunt in Iran already knew because Farid had told her the night before, but we still got to talk to her.  My cousins Parsa and Kian had the best reactions… Well Kian squealed it was awesome, and Parsa gasped and said.. “omg I am so happy right now, I am going to come and steal your baby and bring it back here to London.” Haha. I love them.  Hopefully they will get to come to the states next summer to meet our new little nugget!


Starting tomorrow I will have my weekly recaps, starting with 4 & 5 weeks :)

Telling my Sister

Hello friends!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! It was a very busy weekend indeed.  My goal this weekend was to clean our my closet, and I did it!  I packed away all the clothes that don’t currently fit me and we went to old navy and picked up a few more elastic waistband skirts 😉 haha.

On Saturday we celebrated Lauren’s birthday.. here are a few pictures.. I’ll share more later… amazing food :)

And family :):) Happy early birthday Splor!

Alright back to our pregnancy announcement series haha….

The next person we told was my sister.  I wanted my little sister to know before the rest of the family because well quite honestly because she is my baby sister, and I wanted to tell her in an extra special way.  So I went to Target and found this little number:

I know it looks girly, but it was the only “aunt” onesie I found so I got it. I knew it would get the point across.  Well Friday June 8th my sissy came over to hang out with me and sleep over and that is when I said, “hey I have a present for you for watching Ella last weekend.” Of course she was excited. Haha I was super excited/anxious!  I told her Erik had wanted me to record it since he couldn’t be there to see her open it. Here is the video :) sorry the video is sideways. I can’t for the life of me figure out how to fix it..

My sissy was super excited

We cried and hugged for a long time.  It was awesome.  Then she called Erik and said congrats and we passed out on the couch watching RV. Haha. It was a great weekend!

Come back tomorrow, I’ll let you know how we told the rest of our family.


Telling Erik

Hello friends!

Thank you all for your sweeeeet words of congratulations :) we are sooooo excited.  Now you know why I haven’t had the energy to workout, or cook!! Although I do have a new obsession :)

Oh veggie bagel sandwich you complete me!

The past couple of weeks, I have been keeping a collection of posts I knew I wanted to share with you all when it was finally time to announce. I will start by telling you guys how I told Erik and then how we told our families!

Flashback to May 23… I was on my way home debating with myself whether or not to take a test… I wasn’t technically due to take a test for a few days (3-5 days), but I had an itch.  Well that and I had a dream the previous night that I had gotten a positive result. So I got home, peed in a cup and took the test. I was not expecting anything, so after the elapsed five minutes I looked at the test…. Then did a double take! WHAAAAAAAAAAAA?

I immediately texted the picture to my twinsie Erin and told her to call me asap!  We talked as I paced my house (sweating), and I decided not to tell Erik until the next morning, if I got another positive result. Little did he know, back in March I ordered a little kid’s snowboard, which I had intended on wrapping and giving to him in order to tell him we were pregnant. I prayed and prayed that I would get the BFP (big fat positive) in May, so that I could give it to him as a birthday gift.

Well that night we watched a movie, and headed straight to bed afterwards (thank goodness, I am terrible at keeping secrets).  I did not sleep AT ALL.  I literally laid there all night checking the time every hour or so. It was horrible, but I was too excited.  When he got up to go to take a shower, I snuck into the bathroom to take a few (three) more tests. All POSTIVE!

I knew it was time. I ran and got the box with the snowboard, and set it up in the living room.

When he came downstairs I said, “I want to give you your birthday present right now. I know it’s a little early but I think you are going to love it and I cannot wait anymore.”

He opened it and looked at me like uh a little snowboard? Haha. And I said do you know why I got you a little snowboard?


because of this… and I handed him the test.

His eyes have never been bigger, and he said, “omg are you serious? Is this real?” with a huge grin on his face, we hugged, I cried, it was awesome.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!