Baby M – 23 weeks + 1 day

Bump Analysis? No bump picture this week – Paul is currently in San Diego, and I just got back. So we will skip this week, but I assure you my bump is still there and growing…

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

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

Development? She’s forming little nipples, and her face is fully formed.  She can listen to my voice and heartbeat, along with other loud noises like dogs barking… I’m sure she’s already been woken up a few times by ours… Poor thing.

Movement? Her kicks are getting so much stronger!  A few nights ago, it felt like she was literally having a dance party in my stomach.  I had Paul put his hand on my stomach, and he felt her moving more than just the once now! I’m sure if I would have lifted my shirt we would have seen my belly moving…

Name? Aubrey Joy 🙂

Testing? Nothing new at this point!

Weight Gain? Holding steady at 1 lb a week for a grand total of 11 lbs.


  • 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, which is super cute and makes my hair look AWESOME…. not.
  • The newest pregnancy ailment – tailbone pain.  I want to sit on a donut like an old lady.

Cravings? Food as people mention it.  This week someone said Milkshake, and I HAD to have one… or two.

Aversions? Buffalo Chicken Dip

Sleep? I busted out my sister’s SNOOGLE pillow this week… big giant pregnancy pillow that is long and skinny, and curves at both ends like a snake.  The first night I thought it was useless… now I love it.  It typically holds me in one position at night on my side, and I can actually fall asleep on my side with it.  The downfall is it creates a wall along the side of the bed that locks me in, and when I have to climb out of bed to pee or wake up in the morning it’s a struggle to get over the dang pillow.

Maternity Clothes? Some shirts…I’ll definitely be busting out maternity pants soon.  My jeans are so uncomfortable now, I’ve been wearing outfits that go with leggings for comfort.

Exercise? I made it to the gym 2 times last week, but with traveling and having people in town it just got pushed to the side.  This week Paul will be gone again, which will leave me unmotivated, but I’m gonna go!

Wedding Rings? ON!

Stretch Marks? Don’t say that word around here!  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? Praying not to have these anytime soon!

What I miss? Every time I make a trip to Tallahassee I come back seriously missing my nieces.  I’ve been going back once a month, but they change SO much in that month!  Kennedy amazes me each time I see her with her memory, vocabulary, and personality.  Reese just melted my heart the whole time I was there.  She is just the sweetest thing, and she’s starting to talk, but my absolute favorite is when she runs up and clings to my legs to tell me “UP”.  Then I pick her up and she just cuddles… cue melting heart, and then the urge to cry because I CAN NOT WAIT to cuddle with Aubrey! I miss seeing those crazy girls all the time!    This post may or may not be a hint to tell my sister she needs to get home more frequently, especially since my trips will be much less frequent in 4 months! 🙂

Looking forward to? Spending the weekend with my handsome husband before he leaves me for the arctic tundra that is Milwaukee.  I’m also seriously looking forward to the mail coming in a few days… I may or may not have ordered the cutest little baby TOMS for Aubrey for when she starts walking.  I may have jumped the gun on these, because she won’t wear them for quite some time, but they were on sale and I’m obsessed.  So it’s justified.

I’d Settle for a Slowdown

The last two months have been BUSY for Paul and I…  It all started mid-March with Paul’s business trip to Texas which only led to more busy weekends including a wedding, a few business trips for both of us, Virginia to spend Easter with his family, and ended this weekend with a vacation to Destin with my side of the family.

Celebrating Mr.and Mrs. Bryan Eubanks
Celebrating Mr.and Mrs. Bryan Eubanks

Don’t get me wrong!  These trips were a blast, and we really enjoyed them while we were there… but I’m EXHAUSTED!  During the weeks I would be running around trying to play catch up from the previous trip while trying to  prepare for the next trip.  We knew ahead of time that these past couple of months would be crazy so we were ready for them, but now I’m ready to stay in one place!

Paul and I at Deerfield Beach
Paul and I at Deerfield Beach

We were traveling so often, we actually had to plan to travel with each other for a few business trips just to spend some time together.  Unfortunately, for my husband his crazy travel schedule isn’t coming to a close anytime soon (life of a sales rep I suppose).  He will be off in the morning to head to South Florida for another business trip and then from there to New Orleans to celebrate his friend’s bachelor party.   As bummed as I am that he will be gone (for what seems like eternity) I am beyond excited to be in town for an entire month before we leave again.

Hiking in Virgina
Hiking in Virgina

So if you need me anytime within the next week… you can probably find me at home in my yoga pants,  wallowing while I wait for my husband to come back home watching FRIENDS and not moving.

The Trouble with Packing

Packing. I hate packing.

I procrastinate by doing anything and everything to avoid it until I absolutely cannot push it to the side anymore.  I hate trying to determine what I will want to wear when I have no idea what exactly we will be doing.

So when I can no longer procrastinate anymore I quickly throw some stuff in a bag and pray I have a few things that match… or that there is somewhere for me to shop when I get to my destination.  Packing folks.  The worst thing about fun trips you’re looking forward to.