The Beans

Secret Baby Files – 11 weeks

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From whattoexpect.com

Slightly more than two inches long now and weighing about a third of an ounce, your baby has been pretty busy growing this week. While you can’t tell this baby’s gender by its cover yet, testes are developing if it’s a boy and ovaries if it’s a girl. And by week 11 of pregnancy, baby has distinct human characteristics: hands and feet in front of her body, ears nearly in their final shape, open nasal passages on the tip of her tiny nose, a tongue and palate in the mouth and visible nipples. Her head is currently equal in length to the rest of the body (don’t worry — all fetuses are top-heavy) and hair follicles are forming on the crown (as well as over the rest of the body). What else makes her look human? Those hands and feet have individual fingers and toes (meaning goodbye to those froglike webbed hands and feet). Meanwhile, fingernail and toenail beds begin to develop this week; by next week, the nails themselves will start to grow (so don’t forget to add a baby nail clipper to your to-buy list).

At the same time, your baby’s body is straightening and her torso is lengthening.  Other poses your baby can now assume:  stretches, somersaults and forward rolls.

Bump

There is no sucking this puppy in.  It’s a definite bump.  I’ve caught Jerry randomly laughing after looking at it and when I question him, he replies “There is NO WAY your boss doesn’t know you’re pregnant”.   Hmmmm, I thought I was being pretty slick with my long cardigans and my strategically places scarves.  I’m coming out of the closet this week so it’ll be interesting to see how successful I’ve been.

Doctor’s Appointment

11w0d – we had an appointment for a basic checkup and to try and hear heartbeats with the doppler. My BP 120/82 which is a little high for me, but I was nervous. 

I had a couple of questions for the doctor.  What’s the deal with weight gain and multiples?  In a nutshell, every woman’s different.  They’ll be tracking my weight and the babies growth so we can adjust if necessary.  Don’t stress about eating 3,500 calories a day. Why aren’t I peeing very much (considering I drink over a gallon of water per day)?  The doctor looked at me like I had 2 heads at this one (what pregnant person is going to complain about peeing too little?!?!).  Basically, I have no edema (swelling) so the water is exiting somewhere.  Not a concern.

The doctor mentioned that it might be tough to hear a heartbeat and really hard to hear both (being this early in the pregnancy).  He slid the probe around for about a minute and we heard one very distinct heartbeat.  I gasped and we lost it.  Figures.  We have an appointment at 11w5d for a viability ultrasound (cue 4 days of panic attacks!). 

I got a prescription for prenatal baseline bloodwork (apparently I didn’t have these tests through our RE) and the Maternal MSAFP Quad Screen (for genetic abnormalities).  We also will have a genetic consult to discuss further testing. 

Weight Gain

Per doctor’s office…up 2 lbs.  I’m not weighing myself at home anymore.

How I’m feeling

95% of the time…pretty freaking great!  I am apparently really good a being pregnant (knock on every piece of wood I can find).  I’ve suffered little nausea, my fatigue is practically gone, my skin is clear, life is good!  I’m sure the massive amounts of complaints will come, but for now, I’m just loving every minute of growing these babies. 

I’m not totally symptomless. I have some sinus issues (symptomatic of allergies), my boobs are huge and sore, and my digestive system has returned to the norm (i.e. non productive at a 2-3 day clip) but these are minor inconveniences.  I’m also having more round ligament pain but it’s not too bad.  Just a sharp jab to the gut a few times a day.

Movement

I realize this could be the most asinine statement I’ve ever made, but I think I’m feeling some flutters.  It could be wishful thinking.  You know when you get a weird eye or muscle twitch?  And it just randomly pulses for a second like a little drum beat?  Well I have that feeling from a spot low inside my belly.  It happened one night for about 15 minutes while I was watching Sons of Anarchy (I guess it could’ve been my heart beating all the way in the pit of my stomach…omg that show!!) and I’ve had a few blips here and there.  And no, it’s not gas.  That is one (unmentioned) symptom I am not escaping and definitely know the difference. 

Food

I’ve had pasta for dinner 5 nights this week.  But hey, I’m growing 2 Italian babes…I’m prepping them for life outside the womb!  Jerry and I went to BRGR and oh my goodness…it was unreal!  We had the Pot Roast and Tots (tater tots covered in cheese and pot roast with gravy…what?!?!) and I had the Shrooms burger.  I’ve been dreaming of cheeseburgers and this didn’t disappoint!  I’m guessing BRGR is going to become a pregnancy staple.

I’m still eating often but not a ton at one time.  I find I get full pretty quickly. 

Love:  La Croix Grapefruit, ginger ale, cheeseburgers, pasta, bagels and cream cheese, grilled cheese, spinach, frozen grapes, egg sandwiches, ground beef, clemintines.

Don’t Love:  Meat (unless it’s ground beef), cooked veggies (unless it’s spinach), salad without ranch dressing.

Exercise

Just walking.  Lots of walking. 66,019 steps this week and 5 days of 30+ active minutes.

Sleep

Most nights it’s awesome.  Some of the best sleep I’ve even had!  I’m staying up a little later (usually until 9:30/10) and I think that helps. I wake up feeling well rested and my energy stays pretty high until around 8:00. 

Mood

Jerry and I were measuring for our new living room couch and he suggested a furniture placement that was absolutely ridiculous just wouldn’t work.  And I “snapped at him”.  Actually I flipped out and yelled a bunch.  And he yelled back “Listen to yourself!  I make one suggestion and you completely lose it on me.”  He was completely right and I felt horrible so gave him a chocolate chip cookie as a peace offering. So…I have those moments…. 

I also find I’m pretty sensitive these days.  Example…I’m a bit self conscious about the bump because basically it looks like I’ve eaten way too many of the aforementioned cookies.  So innocent comments like “You’re having pasta for dinner again?? Really?” are taken as “You’re starting to looking like an elephant from eating all of that pasta”.  And I get sad and tear up and feel depressed. It’s totally irrational and silly (because honestly, even if I did look like an elephant, Jerry would never tease me about it)…welcome to pregnancy hormones!

But most of the time I’m pretty happy!   

High/Low of the week

High…Hearing at least one heartbeat, even though it was brief. 

Low…my neighbor’s dog being off leash and charging after Jacob.  And the wife laughing it off. LAUGHING!!!! Granted the dog was all of 10 lbs but my dog is 90.  It is quite possible he could pull me down while I’m trying to prevent him from eating the little ankle biter.  I went home and and had a much needed meltdown.  LOTS of crying and cursing.  That was the second time that’s happened with this dog.  The third strike will be ugly….just sayin.

The Beans

Secret Baby Files – 10 weeks

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Baby’s Bones Develop
Your baby’s growth is fast and furious when you are 10 weeks pregnant. He or she is nearly an inch and a half long and the size of a prune, but not nearly as shriveled (even with all the time spent in water). In fact, your baby is really taking a human shape now. Bones and cartilage are forming and small indentations on the legs are developing into knees and ankles. The arms (complete with elbows) can flex already (how is that for magical?), but don’t run to the store for a baseball bat just yet. Though your baby’s arms are taking shape and getting stronger, each one is only about the size of this number 1.

Baby’s First Teeth
The tooth bud fairy is making her appearance this week, heralding the arrival of your baby’s little choppers, which are forming under the gums. (Those pearly whites won’t break through the gums until your baby is close to six months old). Other systems are a go, too. Your baby’s stomach is producing digestive juices, the kidneys are producing larger quantities of urine and, if your baby’s a boy, he’s already producing testosterone (how manly!).

Bump

The bump is out loud and proud.  I’m not a big fan of the belly band so I’m jumping right in with maternity pants.  I wore my first pair of jeans this weekend and they are amazing!  Just like pajama jeans!  Why don’t they make all jeans like that??? 

Weight Gain

Day 1 of week 10 I was down 1.5 lbs (total gain +1).  I mentioned this to Jerry who replied “I find it hard to believe you lost a pound and a half”…as he stared at my booty struggling for air in my way-too-tight pants.  (Jerry and I need to have a talk about kid gloves and hormonal pregnant women.)  Day 6 of week 10, I was down another pound which puts me down –0.5 from my starting point. 

I find this shocking, quite frankly.  I’m riding the carbohydrate train…HARD.  And I eat all day long.  I haven’t been eating much meat or veggies and I’m going to make that a priority for this next week (I know I need more protein). And given the size of my belly, I would think I’m up at least 5 lbs.  Add it to the list of things to discuss with my doctor.

Symptoms

Fatigue…I’m rockin out the days with little fatigue.  And I can stay up until around 9:30 most nights!!  I’m so looking forward to the 2nd trimester burst of energy! 

Sleep…it’s been amazing this week.  Despite being sick, I was able to get a full nights sleep every night with minimal trouble.  Asleep by 9:30 up by 5:30.  I’ll take 8 glorious hours of shut eye!  And the crazy movies that play in my head are a bonus.  So many bizarre dreams!!  Super vivid and totally out there.  I think that means I’m having a very deep slumber.

Smell…bad breath, public restrooms, cigarettes, heavy perfume.  Get away from me!!!  But I can smell the cinnamon rolls in our cafeteria from 3 floors away.  Come to mama!

Excess Saliva…I read about this symptom on Pregnant Chicken and my first thought was “Pregnant chicks complain about everything!  Suck it up!”.  And then I choked on my own mouth secretions (I have an issue with the word “spit”) in the middle of a staff meeting and realized it’s an actual thing.  I assumed it would be like drool running out of the corners of my mouth.  Nope.  It’s all of this liquid in the back of your throat.  And you don’t realize it’s there until you try to swallow and then you start choking.  Awesome.  And disgusting.  Awesomely disgusting. 

Food

I started making freezer meals.  Yes, at 10 weeks pregnant I’m stocking up for a long winter.  Who knows if I’ll have to be put on bed rest.  And if not, how much cooking will I really want to do when I’m the size of hippopotamus?  So I’m taking a couple days a week and just doubling my recipes.  Right now I have stuffed shells and chili waiting for us.

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Love:  La Croix Grapefruit and PASSIONFRUIT!!, Pasta, bagels and cream cheese, beef and bean burritos, grilled cheese, spinach, frozen grapes, egg sandwiches, twizzlers.

Don’t Love:  Meat (unless it’s ground beef), cooked veggies (unless it’s spinach), salad without ranch dressing.

Exercise

Just walking.  Lots of walking. 52,447 steps this week.  Not great but I had 5 days of 30+ active minutes.

Gender Prediction

This week my prediction went from two girls to two boys, based on the old wives tale that girls steal your beauty.  My skin and hair are still reacting fabulously to this pregnancy! 

Mood

I would say good for the most part.  I just feel happy.  I still have moments of “everyone just stop talking” and I get a little grumpy.  My cure for grumpy is silence.  Or a 30 second flip out where I just swear a lot.  Jerry hates this but it’s amazing how a few curse words can change my mood.

High/Low of the week

High…Really feeling pregnant! 

Low…Finding out the next Royal Baby will be born in April.  The beans only want to share the spot light with Baby Banana.

Jerry

Bless his heart, but Jerry is in complete denial about the real estate this baby bump is going to cover.  I love that he thinks I’m going to remain a dainty flower at 9 months pregnant, however, that’s not the goal.  I don’t have intentions of packing on 100 lbs but a good amount of weight gain for Moms of Multiples is 45-55 lbs.  And that makes for one giant belly.  I told him to google 36 week twin baby bump.  He still insists I’ll never look like that!  So sweet…

Quote of the week (in reference to my maternity jeans)…”You’re never wearing regular jeans again, are you?” 

The Beans

Secret Baby Files – 9 Weeks

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Per whattoexpect.com

Would you believe your baby is having his or her first graduation already? Yes, it’s true: At 9 weeks pregnant, your scholar-to-be has ended his or her embryonic stage and is entering the fetal period now (good-bye embryo, hello fetus). Your fetus is now about one inch long, the size of a medium green olive (but no martinis, please). The head has straightened out and is more fully developed, the ears are much more prominent and some new organs (the liver, spleen and gallbladder) are forming. Your fetus is also making spontaneous movements of his or her arms and legs now that minuscule muscles are beginning to develop, though you won’t feel your tiny dancer for at least another two months.

While it’s way too early to feel anything, it’s not too early to hear something (possibly). Your baby’s heart is developed enough — and grown large enough — so that its beats can be heard with a Doppler, a handheld ultrasound device that amplifies the lub-dub sound the heart makes. But don’t worry if your practitioner can’t pick up the sound of your baby’s heartbeat yet. It just means your shy guy or gal is hiding in the corner of your uterus or has his or her back facing out, making it hard for the Doppler to find its target. In a few weeks (or at your next visit) the miraculous sound of your baby’s heartbeat is certain to be audible for your listening pleasure.

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Bump – 9 weeks 3 days

This is a horrible picture taken with my ipad…and the only picture I will probably take bare bellied.  But this is the bump at 9 weeks. It’s getting big! (That black blob on my lower abs is bruising from my Lovenox shots.  It’s pretty bad. According to Jerry, I’m terrible at giving shots.)

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About 50% of my pants fit.  I’m slowly retiring clothes each week.  My favorite black pants from the Gap bit the dust yesterday.  I wore them unbuttoned with a belly band and it was the worst…they dug into my skin and left huge welts all over my stomach.  Stretchy pants for the win!

Weight Gain

Up 2.5 lbs.  Not the 10 lbs by 10 weeks I was supposed to gain but it’s a start.

Symptoms

Fatigue…same story, feel good until around 2:30ish and then get sleepy.  Lights out by 9:00

Sleep…Good nights are really good.  One night I woke up to pee and fell asleep on the toilet (probably TMI but too bad.  It’s my blog).  Bad nights are pretty bad.  Insomnia is a bugger!  3:30 am is the new witching hour.

Smell…public restrooms are not a pregnant lady’s friend.  And considering I have to use the one at work 390302 times per day, I’m getting good a holding my breath.

Shiny Hair…Lemme just say, these Beans are giving me amazing hair!!  My hair is pretty thick to begin with.  Now it’s growing like a weed!  And it’s super shiny and really healthy. (True story, when I used to work with Rachel B, she would come into my office and ask if she could brush my hair.  While she was brushing, my boss would walk in and just shake his head.  Then she would ask if she could brush his hair (he was bald).  Good grief, I miss you girl. Come home and brush my hair!) 

Pregnancy brain…isn’t it a bit early for this to hit?  I’m a bit of a space cadet at times and I really notice it in my typing.

Heartburn…the only time I would get heartburn pre-pregnancy was if I drank too much water (I’m an odd one).  But whoa nelly, it’s showing up lately!  Typically after I eat acidic foods.  I haven’t had to chow down on any Tums yet but I should probably pick some up just in case.  Chugging water helps for now.

Symptoms I (still) don’t have

Nausea…omg, I’m so afraid to jinx this.  Nada.  Ok, just so I don’t sound like a snotty braggard…I’m a little queasy if I eat too fast, like it might come back up.  But that goes away in about 30 seconds.  I know I have gotten off pretty easy.  Thank you Beans!

Acne…Again, don’t want to jinx it but my skin is glowing.  I am just shocked by this!  Still thanking my Clairsonic and lots of water.

Insatiable hunger…I was kinda looking forward to this :).  I love to eat!  And while I find myself hungry most of the time, it’s not I HAVE TO EAT THIS SECOND kinda hunger.

Excessive Peeing…maybe it’s because I’ve always had a teeny peanut bladder and I’m used to it.  But I don’t pee anymore than I used to.  And (TMI), when I go, it’s minimal output.  Even with my “must finish water before you pee” rule.  I credit it to more blood volume due to the Beans, therefore, the water is being put to good use.  Question for my doctor.

Food

I find I’m hungry a lot but not able to eat a large amount of food at one time.  This is not a bad thing…it forces me to eat many small meals throughout the day which is better for me anyway.  Cooked veggies are unappealing but raw veggies dipped in this are a different story.

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Have you tried this???  The whole tub has 270 calories, 8 g of fat and 16 g of protein.  It’s fabulous!

Love:  La Croix Grapefruit, Pizza, pasta, grilled cheese, egg sandwiches, chili, Stouffer’s mac & cheese, Cheese stuffed pretzels, Fruit, ice water

Don’t Love:  Meat (unless it’s ground beef), cooked veggies, seafood, hard boiled eggs

Exercise

Just walking.  Lots of walking.

Mood

Happy and grateful most of the time. Not as weepy.  But stupid, ignorant people still send me raging.  My pregnancy patience is non existant.

Gender Predictions

I’ve had a nagging feeling my my bones for the last year that I was going to have twins, and they were going to be girls.   This was way before I was even pregnant.  Now that we’re moving right along, I feel like it’s one of each.  I think Lima bean (A) is a girl and Butter bean (B) is a boy.  We will hopefully know for sure in about 8 weeks.  Gender scan should be around Thanksgiving.

In addition, Jerry and I had a lengthy conversation about names this weekend.  I started the conversation by stating “I am dreading this discussion because I know there will screaming and tears (all mine)”…we’re both pretty stubborn.  I’m happy to report, we’re mostly on the same page!  We have one solid girl name (Jerry is not even entertaining the thought of 2 girls) and 2 favored boy names.  We also have a list of about 10 contenders for each gender so I’m confident there will be little drama finalizing our decisions.  I did have to drop 3 of my favorite boy names (Franklin, Eli and Preston got a firm NO WAY!) but I’m OK with that.

We are still keeping the names a secret until the birth.  I mean business with this one. And no one wants to piss off a hormonal pregnant woman (trust me).

High/Low of the week

High…Telling Jerry’s Grandma and sister about the Beans.  Stephanie already knew we were pregnant, but she didn’t know she was gonna be an Aunt x2!  They were both shocked and thrilled!  Grandma really wants a boy and a girl…”That way you’ll be all done!”.  We had to assure her that regardless of the genders, we’re all done!

Low…catching Jerry’s wicked headcold!  Man, it kinda sucks being sick when you can’t take anything.  My safe medicine cheat sheet indicated I could use my beloved Decongestant Nasal Spray but some further digging said Afrin is a Category C drug and it’s safety is uncertain.  Not worth the risk.  So I shoved a bunch of Vicks Vapo Rub up my nose, took a Tylenol PM and called it a night.  It could be worse.

Jerry

My baby daddy continues to be amazing.  He’s starting to trust that I’m doing everything in my power to take care of these wee ones.  He encourages me to rest.  He helps out around the house.  He doesn’t eat any of my beloved Pizza Hut Pan Pizza (Don’t judge me) and I think I almost have him convinced to give me foot massages (with latex gloves on, of course) when my feet start aching in a few weeks.  These Beans are going to have one fantastic father.

The Beans

Secret Baby Files – 8 weeks

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Per whattoexpect.com

Your baby is growing at an amazing rate — about a millimeter every day. How’s your baby measuring up this week? At a length of about half an inch right now, your baby has graduated from blueberry-sized to raspberry-sized. But baby’s size each week is getting a bit hard to estimate and here’s why: Growth occurs at about the rate of one millimeter each day, but that growth isn’t necessarily just in height. Spurts can occur in the arms, legs, back and other parts of your baby’s body. That means big changes will be occurring every which way in the coming months.

What else is changing at 8 weeks pregnant? A close-up view of your little embryo would reveal your baby is looking a lot less reptilian and a lot more baby-like: Even though she has webbed fingers and toes, they’re differentiating now (give your baby a round of applause!) and her tail is just about gone. You’d see an upper lip forming, the protruding tip of that cute button nose and tiny (and very thin) eyelids.

All this growing is exciting for your baby too. How do you know? His or her heart is beating at the incredible rate of 150 times per minute — about twice as fast as your heart beats. And even though you can’t yet feel it, she’s now making spontaneous movements as she twitches her tiny trunk and limb buds. Your baby’s digs are growing, too. Amniotic fluid increases at a rate of about two tablespoons per week to accommodate your womb’s growing tenant.

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I had my first appointment with our new OB/GYN practice this week.  I adore the doctor I used to see but recently he was promoted to Director of Obstetrics at Jefferson Regional Hospital and is no longer delivering out of West Penn.  I know Jefferson is a fabulous hospital but I avoid the South Hills like the plague.  Plus I love West Penn.  So our new practice is West Penn Ob/Gyn associates and I’m thrilled thus far!

Their office is less than a mile from our house.  I will have my ultrasounds at the brand new Wexford Medical Pavilion and I will deliver at West Penn.  You may have read the story of the rare monoamniotic twins which were recently born in Pittsburgh…they were delivered at West Penn and are doing great so I feel like I’m in stellar hands.  There are 8 doctors in the practice and we met with Dr. Han yesterday…LOVE her!  I will meet with all of the doctors eventually.

It was a pretty uneventful appointment.  Pee in a cup, check my weight (I close my eyes), get some baseline cultures of my lady organs and just review my pregnancy details.  I found out there is a real possibility of having a vaginal delivery (NOOOOOO!), I’m not out of the woods yet for the whole morning all day sickness deal and the little sharp pains I’ve been having in my lower belly region are totally normal.

Next appointment is Oct 24th…we’ll be able to hear the heartbeats!!

Bump

It’s very there at the end of the day.  Large and in charge.  In the mornings, not so much. I’m going to start taking pictures around week 12.

Weight Gain

I have no clue.  From my scale at home, as of today, I’ve gained 0 lbs.  I mentioned I was up 6-8 lbs due to the hormones (and comfort food) during the weeks of IVF drugs.  So I’m not getting too excited about this.  These babies could live off my fat stores for at least a month!

Symptoms

Bloat…The bloat has significantly decreased.  My pants fit pretty well and I’m noting I have more room in my rear end?  Can you get bloated in your butt?  I swear my cheeks swelled during treatment!  That’s going away…not sad about ditching a little junk in the trunk.

Boobs…They are currently ready to declare war on my bras.  We’re talking full fledged revolt.  Ladies, you know that moment you walk in the door after work and you whip off your bra & it’s the greatest feeling on earth?  Yeah, I thought it was great too…until now.  It’s 1000 times greater!  If you come to my house, I will not be wearing a bra.  You have been warned.

Fatigue…hooboy.  I’m tired.  Like real tired…most of the day.  I’m taking it to mean the Beans are growing!  I broke down and had a half-caff 2 mornings this week.  It’s actually about 4 oz of regular coffee and 8 oz of decaf and it really helps.  Supposedly one 8 oz cup of regular coffee per day is fine (per my doctor and several nurses) but I’m trying to limit as much as I can.

Round ligament Pain...I’ve been getting these sharp stabbing pains in my lower belly when I shift positions quickly.  Mostly if I’m laying down and I get up too fast…it feels like a jab to the ovary.  Turns out, it’s round ligament pain.

Apparently there are several thick ligaments surround and support your uterus as it grows during pregnancy. One of them is called the round ligament. The round ligament connects the front part of the womb to your groin, the area where your legs attach to your pelvis. The round ligament normally tightens and relaxes slowly. As your baby babies and womb grow, the round ligament stretches. That makes it more likely to become strained. Sudden movements can cause the ligament to tighten quickly, like a rubber band snapping. This causes a sudden and quick jabbing feeling.  Thank you to WebMD for that anatomy lesson.

These pains are most common in the 2nd trimester but as I’m growing two Beans, they are hitting me sooner.  I’m just happy it’s all normal.

Sleep…Excellent!  Until 4:30.  Jerry and I both have been waking up @ 4:30 and then we’re UP.  We both flop around in the bed for 15 minutes until one of us says “I’m awake”. Then we snuggle in bed with Jacob for a while and watch the news.

Nausea…Dare I say none???  I know, I know…I’m not out of the woods yet.  My poor Chiquita has been so sick for her first trimester (and into her second) & I know I’m lucky. But again, this is only week 8.  There is still time for the Beans to turn on me!

Smell…I’m surrounded by cigarette smoke and bad breath.  And I can’t escape it!

The big C…yeah.  Still hanging out.  Some good days, some bad days.  I’m not too uncomfortable so I’m not going to complain.

Food 

My relationship with food has hit a rocky patch these days.  I’m just,  kind of uninterested. I’m hungry, but nothing sounds good.  I eat to eat and that’s about it.

I’m should to be eating something like 2,500 calories right now.  I’m not.  I’m eating regular meals and some snacks because I know it’s good for me.  But food is kinda boring.  Who am I????  

Jerry and I went to the grocery store this week. He was following me around, watching me shove stuff in the cart saying “I have never seen you buy that before!”  Stouffer’s mac & cheese, cheese stuffed pretzels bites, a giant bag of Halloween Twizzlers…all kinds of comfort food from my youth.  #sorrynotsorry

Exercise

Lots more walking this week.  I’m clocking at least 10,000 steps and getting in my 30 active minutes most days.  I’m happy with that. 

Mood

Sometimes I’m Little-Jenny-cranky-pants.  Still getting annoyed with people in general.   Most of them are people I don’t really know so it’s not too bad.

Also, don’t be surprised if you’re talking to me and I suddenly burst into tears.  Happens all the time.  The bursting into tears part, not necessarily when I’m talking to someone.  It is bizarre things that set me off.  That one piece of hair that will. not. straighten. with my flat iron.  Jacob’s paw prints that are all over the hardwood so I’m mopping the floor, again.  A giant bird flies above me and I’m reminded of how a hawk scooped up Jessica Simpson’s dog and ate it.  All reasons to get me teary.

But I’m happy a lot of the time too :).