Tuesday, June 30, 2015

33 Week Update


This trimester is going by scary fast.  I can't wait to meet our sweet baby, but I have so much to do in so little time.  I think I've had two baby showers since my last update.  One was family & friends and another was all my church family!  My girl will definitely be looking stylish... she was given a lot of precious little outfits.  I feel so fortunate to have so many loving people in my life who already love our baby girl.





Pregnancy has still been great.  I have gained at least 30 lbs and after I eat, my belly button pokes out.  My boss has been so sweet to let me work just four days a week now.  I really need the time off to rest and get our house packed up - because we're moving... oh... about two weeks before the baby is due.  No big deal haha.  I'm trying not to stress and I just keep asking God to help me through the next few months because so much is happening in such a short time.  I don't have a nursery set up.  I haven't prepared for natural birth yet (but I did just order a book).  I only have like two cloth diapers (when I think you need to have about 20 if you're really going to do it).  And we're still on the hunt for a house to move into.

I think my fingers are starting to swell a little bit because sometimes my ring won't budge.  I also think I have finally had some real cravings (I haven't really had any yet).  I have been going to town on some homemade guacamole.  And I'm making more of it today haha.  Plus, I really want a BAGEL.  Not just any bagel.  I want one from Einstein Brothers.  I haven't had one in a long time because I try to stick with Ezekiel bread only (it's sprouted + organic).  But if I ever have a reason to splurge on some "bad" carbs, it's now - when I'm getting huge pregnant.  I'm still being as healthy as I can be about it though ; )  I bought some imitation cream cheese, so I'm still avoiding dairy : )

I also was wondering when I would start to feel like nesting.  It hit me a few days ago and lasted until 1:00 am because I was so furious about the filth in my house.  I normally like my house to be clean.  And it really is dirty right now, which would normally bother me.  But I don't usually lose sleep over it.  I couldn't even sleep it was bothering me so bad.  And I've even been nesting at work haha.  I think it's overflowing into other areas because I can't set up my nursery right now.


Sunday, May 31, 2015

29 Week Update

Time is flying!  I'm 29 weeks - moving right along in the third trimester.



I'm really gaining weight (20+ lbs) and wearing nothing but maternity clothes.  My belly button is super flat now.  It was really tender and kind of bruised looking, but feeling and looking better this week.

Sleep has been okay, but due to being on vacation - I got completely off of my routine and have been waking up at odd times, falling back asleep, and then feeling exhausted when my alarm goes off.

Other random symptoms have been heart burn, leg cramps, and shortness of breath, but really I'm not complaining - this pregnancy has been great!

These last few weeks have been loaded with great things!  We went to the beach (on our last kid-free vaycay) with our friends Ross and Hollis.  We had perfect weather, beautiful water, tasty food, and played lots of Catan.



As soon as we got back from the beach, we headed to Lake Oconee to Michael's staff retreat with the Grace Monroe staff.  Then, I stayed home and went back to work while Michael and Ty took a guys trip to D.C. for a few days.

And just last night, we got to celebrate the marriage of my brother Clint and sister-in-law Sari!

Whew!  What a month!  This summer is going to be full.  Now that we're getting back to normal life, I'm looking forward to going to the chiropractor this week AND we get to see our baby girl at an ultrasound appointment.  The doctor will be looking to see if she is growing on track because they thought her head measured a little small last time.  Prayer would be greatly appreciated!

Our girl has been moving around like crazy in my belly.  It feels less like kicks and more like entire body movements.  I can't believe I get to meet her in just 2 1/2 months.  Which reminds me - we really need to pick a name.  Everyone is asking and I am frustrated with myself for being so picky and indecisive.



I do miss feeling in shape.  And being able to move around like normal haha.  I've lost most of the strength in my abs and bending over and walking the dogs is getting tougher.

I'm feeling so thankful and happy.  Michael has been such a great husband - I'm excited to see him being a dad!  We have two baby showers this month.  I am so grateful for all the love and support that we feel from our family, friends and community.  God has been sooooo good to us.

Monday, May 4, 2015

25 Week Update


The last two weeks have gone by in the blink of an eye.  They're the kind where you know you've been busy, but can't even remember what you were so busy doing.  One thing's for sure - I've been growing.  I feel pregnant, I look pregnant, my "normal" clothes definitely don't fit now, and my belly measurement expanded by several centimeters.

I did take a day off this week to celebrate 10 years since Michael and I went on our first date!  I was an 18 year old freshman in college finishing up my final exams when Michael asked me out on a date (he was 20).  Something about him drew me in and all I wanted to do was get to know him more.  Ten years later, I'm so thankful God allowed our paths to cross.  I'm so thankful we ended up together, matured together, and made it through some difficult seasons.  He means more to me than words can express and I know he will be just as great a dad as he is a husband.



To celebrate, we ate Argentinian food (empanadas and steak sandwiches), got fro-yo, shopped, went to a midwife appointment.  It was great : )  As we sat and ate our frozen yogurt, there was a family sitting next to us celebrating ten years too - their daughter's 10th birthday.  And I thought it was cool, because about ten years from now, we will be celebrating our daughter's tenth birthday!



We had a nice weekend too.  Getting all sorts of baby preparations done, reading a baby book, making a registry, went to a church picnic...  Oh and we recently got a new foam mattress (hallelujah!!!!!) My back pain is almost 100% gone now and my tailbone pain has significantly decreased. Sleep (and what you're sleeping on) is important.

How far along? 25 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: at least 15 (not gonna lie --- it freaks me out)  
Maternity clothes? Nothing but maternity now (if I want to actually be comfortable).
Stretch marks? I don't think so.  I'm oiling up after my showers with Squalane oil from Rinse.  So far so good.
Sleep: Muuuuch better now that I have a good mattress.  Whew!
Best moment this week:  Celebrating 10 years with Michael : )
Miss Anything? Being able to bend over like normal to put shoes on hahahaha.  
Movement: Kicking all the time.  I can see my belly move now.
Food cravings: I'm not specifically craving stuff, but the last two weeks I greatly enjoyed potato salad and burgers, Fruitful O's cereal with almond milk, homemade tomato basil soup, and I made chocolate balls!  Plus veggies and hummus, green smoothies and eggs and toast haha.  I am a good eater.
Anything making you queasy or sick: red pepper doesn't sit well.  However, chipotle pepper is just fine.  Weird.
Have you started to show yet: Yea, but when I walk my dogs, I still get a few honks ; )  
Gender: still a girl!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? flattening
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: happy!  I have a lot to be thankful and happy about.
Looking forward to: going to the lake, going to the beach, my brother's wedding!  All this month!!!!  Gonna be fun!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

23 Weeks Update


How far along? 23 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: +13 lbs (?)  I am growing alllllll over.  
Maternity clothes? yes!  Although some of the things I've purchased just didn't quite work out : (  I need to figure something out because even my yoga pants are tight.
Stretch marks? No, but I am itchy.
Sleep: Not good.  I have back pain.  A new mattress is on the way and I am so excited.  Ours is 25 years old.  Kind of gross I know...
Best moment this week:  Getting pretty close to deciding on a name : )
Miss Anything? I say this every week - I miss feeling fit and trim.
Movement: Kicking away!
Food cravings: I eat a lot of produce and sprouted grains.  We had Chick fil a breakfast the other morning.  
Anything making you queasy or sick: no, but I had bad indigestion yesterday.  That's never been a problem for me before.
Have you started to show yet: Yep : )
Gender prediction: it is a GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? ... flat?  Haha... not in or out.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, thankful, anxious, and more energetic.
Looking forward to: Our new mattress and vacation next month.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

22 weeks update

I am doing a terrible job of keeping up with this!  I don't know how there are so many mom bloggers who keep their blogs up to date.  Today I am already 23 weeks, but here's my update for week 22.

How far along? 22 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: about 12 lbs
Maternity clothes? yea, I am to the point where it's just not comfortable to wear normal clothes anymore.
Stretch marks? Not yet, feeling itchy though.
Sleep: Sleep was a struggle this week.  Our mattress needs to be retired,  I've been waking up with back pain and we're about to buy a new one.
Best moment this week:  Saw my belly move this week when she kicked!  Got to have dinner with a dear friend, and although my back has been killing me, I keep laughing at everything.  I've just been really happy!
Miss Anything? I miss feeling fit.  I don't feel very attractive sometimes, but I know it's completely worth it.
Movement: Strong kicks : )
Food cravings: nothing crazy.  I love eating healthy and satisfying food.  Eggs, toast from sprouted grain bread, green smoothies, homemade popcorn, 85% dark chocolate, chicken salad, strawberries, grapes, etc etc etc....  I love eating!
Anything making you queasy or sick: no, so thankful.
Have you started to show yet: Yes, I am showing.  People say my bump is little, but I am measuring on track.
Gender prediction: it is a GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: This next chapter in life.  A lot of changes ahead.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

21 Weeks Update


How far along? 21 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: about 10 lbs
Maternity clothes? new bra (check), maternity dress (check)... maternity denim shorts (on their way)
Stretch marks? Not yet, using Squalane oil and Body Bliss from rinsesoap.com : )
Sleep: Hasn't been the best lately, but I can't complain.
Best moment this week:  We found out that we're having a baby GIRL!  We got to see her on the ultrasound and I think she has my nose and Michael's lips.  She hid her face the entire time, so that's all I could see.
Miss Anything? Energy to work out and just get things done.
Movement: Yes!  Kicks are getting bigger and bigger.
Food cravings: chicken fajita nachos with peppers, onions, tomatoes, guac and all the cheese and sour cream.
Anything making you queasy or sick: no!
Have you started to show yet: I think it's safe to say yes.  I can still hide it with certain clothes, but the belly is quite big.
Gender prediction: it is a GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In, but I think I may have an outie by the end.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy : )
Looking forward to: thinking about and planning girl stuff!

19 weeks

How far along? 19 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: at least up five pounds or more.
Maternity clothes? need new bra, no maternity clothes yet.
Stretch marks? Trying to prevent them,
Sleep: I love it and want more of it.  Had a melt down the other night because we had been out and about for too long/too late and I was beyond exhausted,
Best moment this week:  Michael felt the baby kick!
Miss Anything? felling slim/fit.  Nothing on my body is very small anymore haha.
Movement: Yea yea yea
Food cravings: just large portions, dark chocolate, Mexican food always sounds great, big salads!
Anything making you queasy or sick: no!
Have you started to show yet: yes from the side.  From the front, it can be disguised.
Gender prediction: we find out soon and I will be thrilled with either gender.  After spending time with little kids at church, sometimes a girl seems more fun.  Boys just want to destroy everything and play Ninja Turtles.
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In, but it's not as "in" as it used to be.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, thankful, excited and nervous.
Looking forward to: my next appointment at the doctor and my (soon to be) sister-in-law's bridal shower.