Baby M – 24 Weeks

24 Weeks

Bump Analysis? Paul is in the arctic tundra of Milwaukee this week, so selfie it is! I’ve officially reached the point where strangers are sure I’m pregnant, and feel it is safe to ask me questions.  I’ve had two of those in the last week… luckily no strangers have tried to touch my belly, because I will be swatting their hands away… personal space people.

Month/Trimester? 6 months [22 weeks – 27 weeks] / 2nd Trimester!

Fruit of the week? Our baby is the size of a cantaloupe! 10.5 -11.8 inches long and 12.7 – 20.8 ounces!

Development? Her skin is becoming more opaque, and less see through.  She also has a little pink glow due to the small capillaries that have recently formed.

Movement? I’m definitely seeing her sweet dance moves from the outside of my belly.  It looks so crazy, and I can watch it for hours.  I am also starting to feel body parts.  I’ve felt what I believe is her butt or her head… I just can’t decipher which one it is yet!  She is becoming more active, and I tend to feel her the most right when I wake up, around 3-4pm, and right when I lay down to go to bed at night. 🙂 For a while I was pretty positive she was nocturnal, because I NEVER felt her during the day.

Name? Aubrey Joy 🙂

Testing? Next week we go back to the specialist.  They will be double checking her heart and performing another echo.  If all looks good, we won’t have to go back again.  Praying for a healthy little girl!

Weight Gain? Well this week I jumped up 3 lbs for a total of 14 lbs.  Then I cried and decided to fight my cravings… Kidding.  I didn’t cry.  I know the weight gain is for a good reason, but it is still hard to adjust to seeing those numbers continually going up on the scale.  I did however go grocery shopping, and buy all things for clean eating… except that one pack of Oreos.  Moderation right?

Symptoms? 

  • Back pain
  • Acne
  • My belly button is losing the battle, and halfway to an outie.
  • Excessive pee breaks
  • Faint line (Linea Nigra) forming below my belly button – not cute.
  • Losing hair at my hair line – so much for luxurious pregnancy hair.
  • Tailbone Pain

Cravings? I’ve struggled to drink water this whole pregnancy, during the last week I just want big huge glasses of ice water.  This is a craving I’ll take happily, but now it means even more bathroom breaks than I was taking before!  I’m still just craving lots of sweets…and now I’m trying to ignore them, and find healthy alternatives… Like these healthy cookies made with bananas and oats!  Wish me luck!

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Aversions? Buffalo Chicken Dip

Sleep? Just waking up 2-3 times a night to go to the bathroom.  Other than that, I can’t complain.  I love my snoogle pillow!

Maternity Clothes? I busted out maternity jeans this week… why did I wait so long to do this!? They are heavenly!

Exercise? I made it to the gym 3 times this week.  My cardio consisted of the bike, stair climber, and attempts at the treadmill and elliptical.  I did some weight training as well, because weights make me feel productive.  My goal this week is 4-5 times now that I have less going on.

Wedding Rings? ON!

Stretch Marks? There are two areas I’m keeping an eye on, I’m not sure if they are stretchmarks or not yet.  After my shower I use Burt’s Bees Mama Baby Belly Butter, and before I go to bed at night I use BioOil.

Labor Signs? I am pretty positive I’ve felt Braxton Hicks a few times this week.  I wasn’t sure until I felt them last night on the elliptical and texted my doctor.. AKA my sister.

What I miss? Having my husband home for an entire week.  Thank goodness this week should be the end of his crazy travel schedule for a while!  I’m kind of over it.

Looking forward to? Seeing our little girl on the ultrasound next week!! This is probably the last time we will get to see her before she’s born so I’m going to soak up every minute!

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The Toaster War

Last year a friend of mine was recently engaged, and we were talking about some of the disagreements she was having with her fiancé regarding their big day.  So she asked me what Paul and I had problems with while wedding planning.  I realized we didn’t really fight while wedding planning. Paul gave his input, but for the most part we agreed on the big things, and the other things he let me do my way.  He was pretty hands off – more of the tell me when and where to be kind of guy.  Our fight was over our registry.

I think this is absolutely hysterical now, because I had actually forgotten this whole story.  In all the excitement of wedding planning, one of the best parts is registering for all of the things you see in your house as your new  life as husband and wife.  What can go wrong right??

So we start registering and pretty close to the front of the store are the kitchen appliances, more specifically toasters and toaster ovens.  Paul wanted a toaster oven.  I wanted a toaster.  His argument – It’s convenient, and he grew up with one.  My argument – we have a really tiny kitchen (at the time) with zero counter space as is, where the heck are we going to put a toaster oven?  I should also mention I HATE clutter and things on my counter tops.  We probably went back and forth for about 5 minutes, before we skipped over this item entirely.  We continued to register, but at this point Paul was annoyed with me, and it was apparent.  He was frustrated more so with the process of the store trying to up sell you and get you to register for crazy expensive things that you will never use, and I certainly did not disagree with him there.  “What china pattern do you want??” China?  I want an everyday plate that matches my kitchen, that won’t sit in an cupboard for the entire year as wasted space.  We’re not that fancy, and I don’t need something else cluttering my house.

So registering came to an end, and it did not include a toaster or a toaster oven.  Fast-forward to current day.  We’ve been married for almost 2 years, and we STILL do not have either product.  If you want something toasted you pop it in the oven.  Since then, we’ve never discussed a toaster.  I never realized it until my friend and I recently had this conversation, and it absolutely cracks me up looking back.  I think we can probably revisit this topic and go out and buy a toaster or toaster oven now.  It will make bagels and waffles easier for this pregnant girl anyways. 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day… Help Me Choose!!

I’ve never been big on Valentine’s Day.  I think it can be cute, but to be honest, I feel like it’s an excuse for people to spend an excessive amount of money on food/flowers/candy.  Don’t get me wrong, I love showing Paul that I love and appreciate him on Valentine’s Day, but neither of us feel like we have to have some crazy expensive date night, and if he sends me a $100 bouquet of roses he knows very well that he will have a response along the lines of, “Oh honey that is so sweet… why the heck did you spend $100 on FLOWERS?! They die! Go to Publix!”  (He knows this so well that the last time he bought me flowers, he bought flowers at Home Depot that we could plant in our yard!)

So our Valentine’s Day usually consists of us making a nice dinner together at home, some cards, and of course some chocolate.  I usually spend the day doing sweet things for him like making his favorite breakfast and cake (someone once said the way to a man’s heart was through his stomach… I guess I really believed them!). That being said, we’ve never bought presents for each other.  So this year, I didn’t think anything changed.

This year, we decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day early.  We have friends coming into town this weekend, and we didn’t want to deal with the rush anyways.  So on Thursday, we had plans to go to dinner.   Nothing crazy.  That’s how excited we get about Valentine’s Day!  So as usual, I got Paul a card, and Reeses, and I left him cute little love notes in the shape of a heart on the mirror telling him all the reasons why I loved him (cheesy I know, but so fun to do!), then I made his favorite cake and was ready to call it a day.

Well, to my surprise, we exchanged cards and Paul made me go first.  I opened the card and inside is a note, “Cirque du Soleil or Orlando Ballet Battle of the Sexes – You pick!” I got so excited I cried (dang pregnancy hormones.)

Now let me explain how this came about… I subtly started hinting around Christmas time that I hadn’t seen The Nutcracker in years, and I wanted to see it… my subtle hints were apparently too subtle.  As the dates of The Nutcracker neared, I asked Paul if we had any plans or if he had any surprises for me… he looked at me like I was crazy.  (Such a girl thing to do – hint, and then ask for it!) Then not long ago, we met some friends at Downtown Disney for dinner, and we walked past Cirque du Soleil.  I looked at Paul and said, “Since you missed my Nutcracker hints, let me just tell you.  I WANT to go to Cirque du Soleil, so if you want to take me there, I won’t be mad”.  He just laughed at me and gave me a kiss.

So much to my surprise yesterday he came through, and now I have to choose!! The problem is I have no idea how to choose!

Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba – I saw this show about 7 years ago with my mom and sister.  It’s absolutely amazing. If you’ve never seen a Cirque show – GO! Seriously! They are absolutely phenomenal and there is no way you can leave disappointed!  I’ve also seen “The Beatles LOVE” and a traveling show I cannot remember the name of for the life of me.   I honestly think of the 2 options, Paul would enjoy this much more than a ballet.

The Orlando Ballet – Battle of the Sexes – After reading Misty Copeland’s autobiography, I’ve been dying to see a ballet.  I guess reading it reignited how much I love dance in general  After reading it, I asked Paul to take me to a ballet in New York.  He laughed, it’s currently not an option.  So I settled for the Orlando Ballet, but I really want to see a classical ballet like Swan Lake or Firebird.  So even though I’m sure Battle of the Sexes is great, I want to see a classic.

So now you see my problem.  I have no idea how to choose! Help!

My Husband to the Rescue

The last week or so has been pretty rough for me.  I just feel like there have been a lot of things going on, and I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.  I don’t know what God wants me to do, or what direction He’s trying to tell me to go.  Yesterday was just one of those days where it all piled on at once.

I was really frustrated with work.  I kept getting kicked off the server, and it was making simple tasks take forever.  I think that, on top of my other frustrations (and pregnancy hormones) were just enough to send me over the edge.  At one point I went into Paul’s office.  I honestly don’t even remember what we were talking about in his office, but I know I was short.  When I get short, my attitude comes out often times without me meaning to have an attitude.  He hates my attitude (so does everyone else in my family). I turned and walked back into my office thinking to myself that I probably just made him mad.

A few minutes later, Paul walks into my office.  He gives me a big hug and kiss, and he says, “Do you know how much I love you?”.  I just started crying, and apologizing while telling him all the things that have been running through my mind lately.  After some reassuring words, he decides instead of having me make dinner he wants to take me out to get my mind off things.  So after work, we headed out to dinner, and we had a great night together.

I think marriage comes with a learning curve.  I think when Paul saw how short I was being he knew I was getting discouraged and frustrated.  Instead of getting mad at me for being short, which typically would lead to a fight, he came and turned my day around.  He knew exactly what I needed, and he came to my rescue.  I cannot thank him enough for being our rock when I can’t.  The longer we’re married, the more I see us learning about each other, and working together.  I loved the beginning of our relationship where everything is new and exciting, but relationships change and evolve.  Now, almost 2 years into our marriage, our relationship isn’t new, but it’s still exciting in completely different ways.  We know more about each other then we’ve ever known, and we’ve grown together.

People always tell you marriage is hard, but what they don’t tell you is that it is so incredibly worth it.

Baby M – 21 Weeks

21 Weeks

Bump Analysis? Really starting to feel huge this week, but I think I have been saying that every week.  It becomes more true with each week that passes.  (Also meet Laila and Brody – 2 of the 3 crazy dogs in our house)

Month/Trimester? 5 months / 2nd Trimester!

Fruit of the week? Our baby is the size of a pomegranate! 10.5 inches long and 12.7 ounces!  Which means she grew about 4 inches this week!!

Development? Her digestive system is preparing for the outside world, and her little body is now manufacturing meconium.  Since she is a little girl, she already has her lifetime supply of eggs in her womb!

Movement? Lots of movements that make me so happy to feel!  One day her daddy will feel her moving around too…

Name? Aubrey Joy 🙂

Testing? Nothing new at this point!

Weight Gain? 9 lbs – Which means I gained about 2 lbs last week which is the most I’ve ever gained in a week, and can probably directly correlate with how much pasta I ate last week… Oops.

Symptoms?  I’ve had some random waves of nausea this past week, and my stomach is getting super itchy in spite of my constant slathering of Baby Belly Butter and Bio Oil. I think my belly button is starting to lose the battle of staying in.  I believe it’s gradually being pushed out of place.  I’ve had back pain off and on since about 6 weeks, but it’s becoming more constant and making me lazy.  Eventually, I think my face will start to look normal again, but for now I’ll keep looking like a 15 year old girl who just hit puberty.  They say little girls steal your beauty,  well I think Aubrey stole any and all beauty I’ve ever had.

Cravings? Shrimp and pasta.  Pasta and shrimp.

Aversions? Buffalo Chicken Dip

Sleep? Lots of waking up.  Lots of random dreams.

Maternity Clothes? Still just a few maternity shirts, but my pants are becoming pretty uncomfortable…

Wedding Rings? ON!

Stretch Marks? Don’t say that word around here…

Labor Signs? Praying not to have these anytime soon!

What I miss? Walking without back pain… shooting pains don’t make me want to exercise, they make me want to lay in bed with a box of Oreos.  The struggle is real.

Looking forward to? Finishing the accent wall in the nursery this weekend 🙂

And since I haven’t yet shared this reaction video of my parents yet on the blog, I’ll leave you today with this… about 16 weeks late 🙂

You Just Gotta Have Faith

Sometimes I think one of the hardest parts of being a Christian is having faith in God that everything will work out.  When things seem hopeless, when you have no sense of direction, when things don’t work out the way you wanted them to, you have to have faith in God that he is in control.

It’s funny how God knows exactly what you need to hear, and finds a way to deliver the message.  At bible study this week we were studying the story of Noah.  How Noah was instructed to do something that seemed absolutely ludicrous, and yet he listened, obeyed, had tons of faith and trusted in God.  I mean he built an ark for 120 years in the middle of land!! For 120 years you have to wonder if he questioned God at all.  Are you really going to flood the Earth God?  Is this really what I’m supposed to be doing right now?

Obviously, Noah’s situation is vastly different from our own situations in our lives (I mean I could be wrong, but I don’t think God has told anyone to build an ark recently), but we need to use Noah as a role model for faith in our own lives.  Even when we don’t see the big picture, and things get hard.  We have to trust in God, have faith, and know that God is in control and He has a plan.   I know this is easier said than done sometimes.  When we see things happening on a day to day basis, and we don’t see the full picture we ask God the obvious question, “WHY??”

So here I am asking God “Why?!?”, when instead I just need to have faith.  I trust that God has a plan, and when the time comes it will reveal itself to me, but it is a lot easier to have faith in God when we are building a relationship with him.  So I will pray, pray without ceasing.  After all, God has never failed me.

Christmas 2014 Recap

When Paul and I got married, we decided it would be easiest to split holidays with our parents by alternating.  The first year of marriage, we spent Thanksgiving with his family, and Christmas with my family.  This year, we obviously switched.  We think this is the easiest way to separate out holidays, especially since my family lives 5 minutes away, and his lives 12 hours away.  For Christmas this year, his family came down to Florida to stay with us.  So the Monday before Christmas, his parents, brother and sister-in-law and their 2 kids packed up the cars and made the long trip from Virginia to Florida!

We had so much fun the whole week!  We were really busy and on the go for most of the week!  On Christmas Eve we headed out to the beach for a little while, before stopping at his Nana’s for lunch.  (Yes, in Florida, we can go to the beach on Christmas Eve.  It’s okay if you’re a little jealous)  Then after lunch, we headed to church for the Christmas Eve service.   When we got home, the first Christmas surprise was waiting for us…

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Apparently, Laila was so excited for Christmas she couldn’t wait either… Fortunately, nothing was ruined except for some chocolate and candies which left her bouncing off the walls on Christmas Day.   While trying to figure out who’s present was what, we found a shaver.  This was the mystery present of 2014.  Kelly didn’t buy a shaver for Adam.  Mom didn’t buy one for Dad, and I didn’t buy one for Paul.  So who’s shaver was it?  It took us about 10 minutes to figure out that we were holding presents for Uncle Ronnie.  This is going to be a Christmas Eve that we talk about years down the road, still laughing at the chaos our sweet, “well behaved” chocolate lab caused.

Christmas morning, Paul and I woke up at the crack of dawn (really, like 5:40am) and headed over to my parents.  We’ve always done Christmas really early, and while I was still planning on having to wake everyone up, they were all waiting for us on the couch when we got there with coffee in hand relaxing and hanging out.  I suppose Paul and I should have known that there had to be at least 1 kid of my sister’s that would be awake.   We read the Christmas story and started opening presents, which nobody could do without the help of Kennedy saying, “Oh Auntie, I can help you open that…” and so on.  Little girl knows how to sweet talk.   Also, we are the corny family that decks out in onesies for Christmas.  It started as a joke one year, and now it’s a tradition.

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Then we headed back to our house around 8:45 just in time for everyone at our house to be waking up.  Our nephew, Jackson was so excited about his presents and he could not contain his excitement.  Seeing how excited our nieces and nephews get on Christmas makes me so excited for our future Christmas’s with kids.

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After Christmas, we headed to Sea World!  I don’t care how old you are, seeing wild animals is always cool.  The dolphin show is always our favorite, but the exhibits are so fun to see.  After a long day of walking though, theme parks take it out of you!

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We even got a great family picture before the day ended!

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It was a little chaotic with so many people in one house, but even with the chaos it was so fun having everyone in town.  Paul and I really loved being able to spend Christmas with everyone, and create new memories together.   It’s hard when we only get to see other a few times a year, so being able to spend a week together during the holidays was a great way to bring 2014 to a close!

2014 to 2015

I cannot believe another year has flown by!  2014 started out really rough on Paul and I, and we couldn’t quite seem to figure out what God was trying to teach us.  Slowly but surely, we figured it out and everything started to fall into place!

2014 brought frustrations, tears, laughs, memories, and love.  We are blessed beyond our wildest dreams, and we cannot wait for 2015.  We’ve set some goals for ourselves, and we are anticipating meeting our precious baby.  As the clock struck midnight on New Years Eve, we wished each other a Happy New year, and within minutes I felt our baby kick for the first time!  I am absolutely positive, Junebug just wanted to bring in the New Year with us, and remind us of the AMAZING things we have to look forward to in 2015!

With each new year, people anticipate new starts and clean slates, but I don’t want a new start.  I want our story to continue, because I’ve loved each and every minute.  I am so excited for our future, and to see what 2015 has in store for us!

Happy New Year!

Boy or Girl?

So originally, we had an elective ultrasound scheduled for January 8th to determine the sex of the baby…BUT I have a friend who just happens to be an ultrasound tech and she is just as ready to find out as we are! So she wants to go ahead and do a scan for us!  Seriously – she made my day yesterday when she texted me! (Thanks Callie!!!)  So hopefully today, we will be able to tell if our Junebug is a little boy or a little girl! Our waiting will hopefully come to an end!

We are so excited to find out we can’t even contain ourselves!  From the very beginning I immediately started referring to the baby with little girl pronouns.  I just have this gut feeling it’s a little girl… I could be wrong.  I realized it was very early in the pregnancy, and chances are my gut instinct is wrong… so I started interchanging male and female pronouns, because I refuse to call our baby an “it”.  This at times has caused confusion for overly excited grandparents (cough cough DAD), thinking that I left him out and didn’t share the sex of his unborn grandchild.  So obviously my guess is that we’re having a little girl, but Paul is thinking we are having a little boy!  One of us has to be right 🙂

So here are how the old wives tales are playing out for this pregnancy!

 Carrying High or Carrying Low?  So I don’t know about this one – websites say high is a girl, but then I’ve had people tell me that high is a boy.  I’ll just base it off the websites.   I am definitely carrying high! GIRL

Stealing Your Beauty or Dry Hands and Cold Feet?  My face hasn’t looked normal since about 6 weeks pregnant. GIRL 

Circle or Back and Forth? This refers to the motion of your ring when placed on a string over your belly.  There was a definite circle motion!  GIRL

Above 140 or Below 140?  This refers to the heartbeat.  We only have 1 ultrasound to go off of, but the heart rate was 156.  GIRL 

Salty or Sweet? I typically have a huge sweet tooth, but lately sweets just aren’t really my thing.  That doesn’t mean I don’t eat them… I totally am.  Just not craving them.  I’m not really craving much of anything though.  For this one I think I will go with BOY

Chinese Birth Chart?  According to this, based on my age at the month of conception we would be having a GIRL

Sick or No? Sick.  Definitely Sick. GIRL 

Now we hope and pray that our baby will cooperate today, and we will leave knowing if it will become Baby A or Baby N 🙂 We will see!!

Baby M – 15 Weeks

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Bump Analysis? I feel like my bump has kind of popped out in the last week. It still isn’t super noticeable, and I am bordering on the weight gain belly and baby belly…

Trimester? 2nd Trimester

Fruit of the week? Our baby is the size of an orange! 4 inches long and 2.5 ounces!

Development? Baby M can move all their limbs and joints now!

Movement?  I swear I’ve felt some flutters, but I can’t be sure if it is actually baby I feel…

Names? Our boy name is set in stone, and Paul is 100% with the girl name, but I just keep going back and forth.  I love the name, but is it the right name for my baby??  January 8th we find out if we’re having a little boy or girl, and maybe that will help us decide!

Testing? Still waiting on the test results of the NT exam

Weight Gain? Still holding steady at 1-2 lbs.

Symptoms? Headaches. Lots of headaches!  I get dizzy spells frequently when I stand up.  I think we’ve determined that my dry skin is eczema so between that and breaking out, pregnancy is a great look for me… NOT.

Cravings?  My frosted flake kick lasted about a week.  Now I’m back to not craving anything, but nothing sounds good either.  Which makes eating a lot of fun.

Aversions? Still not feeling the poultry.

Sleep?  During the first trimester I was tired and blah, and I would nap occasionally but that was about it.  The last week or so, I’m sleeping about 8-10 hours a night and I can still nap during the day.  Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot more energy during the day and I’m being more productive around the house.  I’m cooking again and we have clean clothes (which is always a good thing), but sleep is just a happy thing right now.  I guess I’m just enjoying it while I can? 🙂

Maternity Clothes? Still wearing all my normal clothes, just not liking the way they look 🙂

What I miss? I still just want my coffee from Starbucks – the holiday flavors are out!  So I think this week I’ll be stopping to get a Peppermint White Mocha 🙂

Looking forward to?  Spending our first Christmas in our new home surrounded by Paul’s family!