Sunday, March 22, 2015

18 Weeks Update

My sweet friend Anna took some photos of me!














How far along? 18 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: +5 lbs
Maternity clothes? still rockin' leggins and jeggings.  They're getting tighter though.  I'm just trying to make it to the warm weather so I can wear dresses.  Also starting to feel like I have thunder thighs.  I think I'm just not used to the weight gain, but I know it's healthy and normal.
Stretch marks? No, I bought some oil for it.
Sleep: Sleep is great, I just can't seem to get ENOUGH.  Needing more than 8 hours.
Best moment this week: Took some early maternity photos with my lovely photographer friend, Anna!  Finally something not taken at the gym haha.
Miss Anything? bladder control haha.  I'm only just 4 months along, but sneezing is a problem.
Movement: I'm feeling it.  It's very subtle.  Sometimes it still feels like I'm imagining it.
Food cravings: larger servings in general.  "Real" food.... not just snacks or desserts.
Anything making you queasy or sick: no, but I had a tummy ache this morning.  Very uncomfortable : (
Have you started to show yet: Yes, from the side.  From the front, I can pass for bloated.
Gender prediction: Cannot wait.  Girl?  I really thought boy in the beginning.
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, thankful, excited, and easily exhausted.
Looking forward to: doing "centering" with other pregnant couples!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

17 Weeks Update



How far along? 17 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: +5 lbs
Maternity clothes? nope, just jeggings and leggings! All day son!
Stretch marks? No, let's keep it that way!
Sleep: Sleep is pretty good other than the time change. I was super worried about sleeping on my back. Some baby advice apps tell you that if you lay flat on your back, you might cut blood flow off from one of your big arteries...but my midwife told me to sleep on my back and not worry.  Hallelujah!
Best moment this week: I heard the heartbeat for the first time and met my midwives!
Have you told family and friends: definitely
Miss Anything? deli meat
Movement: I think so!  Very faint.
Food cravings: sandwiches from the deli and dark chocolate is back on the menu!
Anything making you queasy or sick: nope! I'm very fortunate.
Have you started to show yet: yea! But only if I wear fitted clothes.
Gender prediction: i don't know! So excited to find out.
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: finding out the gender and feeling real noticeable kicks!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

15 Weeks Update

I really need to find a better place to take photos.  I thought my bump looked pretty big that night.

This hit the spot.


How far along? 15 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: not much
Maternity clothes? not yet (getting close), but my friend Laura got me my first maternity dress from a thrift store!!  It's so cute!
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: I need it!  I slept 12 hours one night this week.  It was so badly needed and I didn't realize it.
Best moment this week: got my first maternity dress and my first set of newborn diapers.  They're so tiny!
Have you told family and friends: family, friends and facebook.....basically everyone
Miss Anything? having energy
Movement: no (at least I can't tell yet)
Food cravings: Chick fil a biscuits, pineapple, kiwi
Anything making you queasy or sick: our tap water is really grossing me out.  The chlorine smell and taste are so strong lately (to me).
Have you started to show yet: I think a little, but I don't think other people notice much.
Gender prediction: hard to say.  We'll know in three weeks!
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: meeting the midwives at our hospital!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

14 Weeks on the 14th

Happy Valentine's Day!  We have officially announced Baby Cerna to the world! (Below this post are two posts I secretly wrote before we were telling people about the baby.)


How far along? 14 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 2 lbs
Maternity clothes? not yet, but my clothes aren't comfortable anymore
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: not bad except for bathroom breaks
Best moment this week: telling EVERYONE
Have you told family and friends: oh yes!
Miss Anything? feeling slim and trim
Movement: no
Food cravings: strawberries, kiwi, organic pizza, broccoli mac n cheese, CEREAL
Anything making you queasy or sick: the smell of someone's lunch this week got to me pretty bad
Have you started to show yet: sort of.  I still just look kind of thick in the middle.
Gender prediction: not sure, can't wait to find out.  The OBGYN did make an early prediction, but I'm not telling!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: pretty happy!
Looking forward to: finding out the gender.... in a month



I had a whole plan as to how I was going to tell some of my dearest friends about the baby.  I was going to have them over for dinner.  Well, the day before our dinner date, they BOTH happened to show up and visit me at work.  I just couldn't keep it a secret any longer.  I'm so blessed to have such supportive and loving people in my life!


Here we go!



This year Michael and I hit the ages that we agreed we would like to have our first baby.  Of course, just because you want something at a certain time—doesn't mean it will happen as planned.  In Nicaragua, there was a false alarm when I thought I might be pregnant and wasn't.  The next couple of months... nothing.  So I was actually quite surprised on December 18th when I took a positive pregnancy test.  I had taken a negative test earlier in December because (sorry if this is TMI), but my boobs were all sorts of HUGE.  Out of no where.....va va voom!  So, negative test... I figured I was not pregnant.  Au contraire!

I took the positive test two weeks later while Michael was out and about—so before he came home, I wrapped the test up and put it in a box.  He was so mad when I gave it to him because we had agreed not to buy each other Christmas gifts.  I insisted that I didn't spend any money on it and finally persuaded him to open it.  I can't remember his exact words, but he was sooo excited and surprised.  And typical for Michael—he went straight into planning mode.  Like...every overwhelming detail you could imagine.

We were so excited, but we had planned on going to a party that night at a friend's house and had to go play it cool.  It's so hard to keep it a secret at first, but then you get used to it.  It's been a challenge to discretely stay away from the wine and champagne during Christmas and New Years. I don't think that anyone has caught on!

Last week, we told our parents and siblings...and Michael's co-workers.  He and I were supposed to lead a trip to Benin in West Africa this July, but it comes way too close to my August due date for Michael to consider going without me.

That's right—August 17th according to the online due date calculators.  My birthday is August 16th.  Michael's is the 28th AND our wedding anniversary is August 1st.  AUGUST!!!

So until August, I figure I better do some writing so that I can remember this fun season of life!

How far along? 9 weeks tomorrow
Total weight gain/loss: not sure, maybe 1 lb....maybe.
Maternity clothes? no, but my normal clothes don't feel good (although my body hasn't changed much).  I only want to be in stretchy and soft clothes.
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Great except for much more frequent bathroom visits.  These days I can barely stay awake past 9:00.
Best moment this week: hearing that my nephew said that he finally gets "real" cousins haha
Have you told family and friends: immediate family only
Miss Anything? being able to sleep through the night without going to the bathroom
Movement: no
Food cravings: fruit, cheese, bread
Anything making you queasy or sick: no sickness, but I don't crave dark chocolate anymore (which is normally my favorite)
Have you started to show yet: not really, but I feel bloated all the time
Gender prediction: Boy
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy with a chance of tears.  Every now and then I get overwhelmed and cry about something.
Looking forward to: Announcing it to the entire world  : )

10 Weeks

I got back into working out this week!  : )

Please pardon my gym's ugly mirror.


I am very fortunate not to have any nausea, I'm not too terribly tired most of the time, and I haven't had any extreme food aversions.  My sense of smell has been pretty sensitive lately.  A lot of things smell stronger or just gross.  We live an a 135 year old house....it definitely has its special aromas.  My kitchen especially smells unappealing to me.  Then this week, Michael opened a nasty metal container of fish, fried it on the skillet, and left the empty (stinky) container in the trash.

It reeked.  The fishy steam from the skillet had wafted around the whole house.

I came home and seriously thought that an animal had died under our house.  The smell was so bad.  I can't get the smell off of my cast iron skillet, and I have tried to get the kitchen smelling clean and fresh, but the fish smell still lingers.


How far along? 10 weeks today...11 weeks tomorrow
Total weight gain/loss: not much, maybe 1 or 2 lbs
Maternity clothes? no, but I continue to choose comfortable stretchy stuff
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Pretty good, plus I have squeezed a few naps in this week
Best moment this week: hearing my husband talk about how excited he is
Have you told family and friends: immediate family only
Miss Anything? feeling slim and trim
Movement: no
Food cravings: fruit, strawberries, Annie's bunny crackers (like crack to me), and sweets.  I am normally so disciplined about sweets, but I have lost all willpower lately.
Anything making you queasy or sick: nope
Have you started to show yet: not to the untrained eye, but I feel much bigger around the middle than normal
Gender prediction: Boy?....but then again.... could be a girl.  No idea.
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Moody.... due to circumstance, not hormones.
Looking forward to: First doctor appointment next week

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Apoyo, Nicaragua

Ahhh... Apoyo.  My favorite part of the trip!  

Apoyo is a crater lake inside of what used to be a volcano.  After the top of the volcano blew off, it filled with water.  Now it's the cleanest lake in Central America (odd considering how filthy all the other lakes are in Nicaragua).  The water was crystal clear and the perfect temperature.  I, however—had a temperature of 101 degrees our first day there : (  Major bummer!

I felt very weak, so I went to our room and collapsed in bed.  We texted some friends and asked them to pray for me.  Just an hour later, my fever dropped down to 99 without any medicine.  By morning, I was 100% fever free.  Jesus healed me in time to enjoy what I consider to be the "Hawaii of Central America."

We celebrated Michael's 30th birthday here and even bumped into some folks from Atlanta too : )  It was the best atmosphere for a vacation.  I would love to go back!  We swam, kayaked, ate, worked on our tans, and read our books—all while chill tunes played in the background.