29 weeks pregnant-SORRY FOR THE DELAY

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

(Disclaimer 2: I actually turned 29 weeks on 10 June, but didn’t want to miss anything in the update, so I have decided my update posts will be the following Monday of the week).

Our baby is now the size of a large butternut squash.  The skin is still wrinkly, but as fat accumulates, the baby will fill out.
               
Baby's Weight: 2.54 lbs
Baby's Length: 15.20 in

Total weight gain/loss: Ugh!  I am 179 pounds.  I couldn’t even tell S. when he asked.  I pretended I didn’t know.  (Thank goodness he doesn’t follow this blog). Total Weight Gain is now 20+ pounds.

Maternity clothes?: Yes.  I have a couple of pre-pregnancy shirts that I wear, but beyond that everything is maternity.

Favorite maternity outfit: The pastel yellow maternity dress I wore from zulily.com on Sunday.  I received a lot of compliments on it and I felt very feminine in it.

Stretch marks?:  Yes, sigh.  Yes.

Sleep: Still working on it.

Best moment of the week: This week our son ‘graduated’ from fifth grade!  Can I tell you how absolutely proud I am of him?  You can check out all my feelings on this post here.  Yes, I cried.  Hormones did not contribute.  Just proud!

Not so great moment of the week:    Back pain and feet swelling have returned this week.  Combine that with a heatwave that has 100 degree heat indices and I’ve been trying to stay indoors.

Symptoms:  Back pain, round ligament pain, feet swelling, inability to get comfortable at night, sweets cravings.

Miss Anything?:  Not waddling.

What I'm loving?: The thoughtfulness of my siblings and this pretty chill weather

What I'm not loving?:  Urine leaks.  I sneezed and peed all over myself in the car with S. beside me.  Not a great moment lol.

Movement: Lots, especially at night.  The baby is definitely his or her daddy’s child.  It will stretch and will move into a position that is sorely uncomfortable.  I’ll shift position, feel it float into a new spot, and then ostensibly float back.  This baby has personality for sure.  

Anything make you queasy or sick: Heat.  Too much heat makes me sick.

Food cravings: Sweets and cucumbers.  MAN, Do I want cucumbers?

Food aversion:  Chicken, blech!

Gender prediction: #teamgreen Still think it’s a girl though

Belly Button in or out?: Stretched in

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy

Preparations for baby: Lovely friends gave us a bouncer and an activity center.  I’ve been scouring Pinterest for breast pumping schedules, for make ahead freezer meals, and for décor ideas for a future nursery as soon as we clear up the space since my MIL is in the guest bedroom.

Looking forward to: Celebrating my son’s graduation.  Crack!  I have to go and order a cake for him today!

The Young Graduate

Hello everyone.  It's been a busy couple of days in our household, but I am so very pleased to share with you that our son is officially a 6th grader!  Last night, our family watched as he and his fellow fifth graders crossed the stage with certificates in hand.  They have completed their academic requirements.  They have succeeded.  I am so proud.

I started this journey with just my son and I.  It's amazing to see where God bought us from. Congratulations to my heart string.


28 weeks pregnant update



DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

(Disclaimer 2: I actually turned 28 weeks on 3 June, but didn’t want to miss anything in the update, so I have decided my update posts will be the following Monday of the week).

Our baby is now the size of an eggplant.  The baby is beginning to open its eyes and blink.
               
Baby's Weight: 2.22 lbs
Baby's Length: 14.80 in

Total weight gain/loss: Sigh.  I'm 179 pounds.  Plus 9 pounds in two weeks :(  Doctor says this is fine and it's all belly/belly from the looks of it.  I disagree.

Maternity clothes?: Yep.  Every day, all day.

Favorite maternity outfit: This week it was the outfit I wore to my doctor’s appointment.  A black long sleeve shirt with gray maternity pants and silver accessories.  It was comfortable, flexible, and looked cute.

Stretch marks?:  Yes, sigh.  Yes.

Sleep: I am still able to sleep pretty well as long as I have a pillow positioned properly.

Best moment of the week: Our surprise birthday party!  It was beautiful and my sisters hosted it.  I’d just posted about how I didn’t think anyone was interested in having anything and they did this!  I will share a post in a couple of days.

Not so great moment of the week:    My feet were huge by the time I got home from visiting NJ.  They didn’t hurt, but man they looked funny.

Braxton Hicks?: Yep!  And combined with back pain and round ligament pain, they hurt for about an hour on the way back from NJ.  Then, they went away.

Miss Anything?:  Not really.

What I'm loving?: The thoughtfulness of my siblings and this pretty chill weather

What I'm not loving?:  Urine leaks.  I sneezed and peed all over myself in the car with S. beside me.  Not a great moment lol.

Movement: Yes.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Heat.  Heat makes me sick.

Food cravings: I want ice cream a lot more now.  I try to have an ice cream sandwich at some point every day.

Food aversion:  Chicken, blech!

Gender prediction: #teamgreen Still think it’s a girl though

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in, but stretched

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy

Preparations for baby: We have baby onesies and baby stuff from the shower!!! We haven’t started on a nursery yet because we are either going to move our son into the larger bedroom in the basement or we are going to keep the baby with us for a while.


Looking forward to: Celebrating my son’s upcoming 5th grade transition.  

Second Trimester Favorites

Hi everyone!  I completely apologize for being behind on this post.  I know I promised it a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to get input from others just in case I missed something.  So, because you reminded me in DMs and because I try to be transparent as I can be in these posts, here are my second trimester favorites.

1.  Preggie Pops. Oh my goodness! These were STILL required during second trimester and were a life saver!  I kept waiting for the “second trimester is awesome” energy that everyone speaks about (and I remembered from pregnancy number one), but it seemed to evade me for quite some time. I would still find myself getting nauseous especially if the weather was warm or if someone were brewing coffee around me. These little candies helped a LOT.




2.  Maternity Tanks from Target.  I popped quite a bit sooner than I did with pregnancy number one. By week 16, people were pretty much in the know. Suddenly, about the same time, my shirts became increasingly difficult to put on and remove. After one particularly hard battle with a church organization shirt that I love dearly, I begrudgingly admitted defeat. Target Cartwheel just so happened to have a 20% off maternity tanks on top of a clearance sale and I decided to see if I could find a couple of tanks to hold me over. I did and they were perfect! Comfortable, roomy, stretchy, and looked great with a cardigan. Woohoo!



3.  Maternity/Nursing Bras.  Oh my wow. I tried to avoid these. Don’t ask why. I just did. A coworker who’d recently given birth gave me several just to be nice and my goodness. I practically lived in them. The breasts didn’t hurt so much at the end of the day. I didn’t want to hit my husband when I hugged him in the evenings. And they were flattering.  The only thing I didn't like was that a great majority of them are thinner, so you could see your nips if you were wearing a thinner shirt.



4.  Baby Apps. While trying to conceive, my husband and I both downloaded the Glow app for conception. It kept up with fertility appointments, basal body temperatures, egg retrieval, egg transfer, etc. When we received a positive beta, I hesitated a bit before confirming the pregnancy and upgrading to Glow Nurture. I’m so glad I did update though. I am able to keep track of weight, appointments, symptoms, complaints, etc. It’s been very helpful.

Equally helpful has been Full Timer, which lets me count baby kicks and time Braxton Hicks contractions.  That came in handy a couple of times when I did too much and those Braxton Hicks actually had a bit of rhythm to them.


5.  Peacock Tumbler.  I love this thing. No, seriously.  I love it.  My niece gave it to me as a Mother's Day gift.  It comes with a straw and the cutest peacock design which is my thing because I LOVE peacocks.  Anyway, I fill this tumbler with water several times a day, drink my quota and then some, and keep coming back for more.  It actually motivates me subconsciously to stay hydrated. It's definitely coming with me to L&D on delivery day.


So there you have it.  These are my favorites for the second trimester.  Any definites on your list?  Anything you were surprised to see?




Baby shower surprise!

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

 In one of my previous posts, I’d shared how I was looking forward to seeing my family, but was disappointed because it didn’t look like we were going to have a shower for the baby. I reiterated that I wasn’t thinking about gifts, but thought it would be cool to celebrate this amazing blessing with family and I wondered if we would ever get a chance to celebrate our pregnancy in our #TTC world. Imagine my surprise when I popped into NJ with S. to visit my paternal family this weekend and found a beautiful surprise shower had been planned!





My awesome and amazing siblings were the planners. That’s three sisters and one brother. Their spouses, my in-loves, also helped as well as my bonus mother. I seriously had no idea. I had an inkling something was going on because Dad kept asking what time I was planning to come, but I was not expecting such a sweet surprise!

                     

Since we won’t know what Baby will be until delivery day, the family with a neutral pastel theme. Light yellows, greens, pinks, blues. It was beautiful.

  

They decided to all wear a beautiful palette of yellows and that just made everything come together so well. In addition to a beautiful job inside and outside with décor, the food was very yummy. My dad is a guru on the grill. He woke up early and grilled ribs and hamburgers. My bonus mother made an amazing rice and shrimp dish and a macaroni salad. My sister made shrimp kabobs. She also made chicken. We had tons of beverages and snacks. It was just family and it was amazing.

My beautiful sister T, was the game hostess. We had to guess the flavor of the baby food. Oh my yuckiness, lol! It’s hard to imagine how much babies love this stuff. This was evident by our three year old who wanted to try and then proceeded to demolish the sample off my spoon! She loved it LOL. My sister in love ended up guessing correctly in round one (apples and pears) and my brother (her husband) guessed correctly in round two. This makes a lot of sense because my niece is almost two. They are familiar with the flavors lol.

The men disappeared and the ladies ended up opening gifts lol. It was the first time some of my brother in loves got to spend time with my husband and they were having a ball. We allowed them their fun and opened onesies and diapers, wipes, shirts, gift cards, and so much more. It was all appreciated so very much!

We gathered everyone in the kitchen and cut the very yummy, very tasty vanilla shortcake with banana cream. It was so good. My sister was a bit annoyed because she’d ordered strawberry and banana and only received the banana. I told her it was so good that I didn’t care and would never have known had not she mentioned it. Seriously, guys, it was delicious.

After the cakes, gift opening and seconds (or thirds), we sat around chitchatting for another couple of hours and then it was time to go. I seriously can’t say enough about how beautiful and thoughtful everything was. It was one of the best trips to visit my family ever! I can’t thank them enough for loving me and for celebrating our family addition.

Here are some additional pictures for you!





27 weeks pregnant

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

(Disclaimer 2: I actually turned 27 weeks on 28 May, but didn’t want to miss anything in the update, so I have decided my update posts will be the following Monday of the week).


Our baby is now the size of a zuccchini.  Eyebrows and eyelashes are well-defined; plus the baby may have more hair this week. 

Baby's Weight: 1.68 lbs
Baby's Length: 14.02 in

Total weight gain/loss: Unknown. I didn’t weigh myself this week. Last count was +17 pounds at 170.

Maternity clothes?: Yep. Every day, all day.

Favorite maternity outfit: Believe it or not, it was a maternity sleep shirt and some pajama bottoms. I was so comfortable wearing them around the house this week.

Stretch marks?: Yes, sigh. Yes.

Sleep: Not bad. The baby is super active about 10ish. I watch it flip and play until it’s tired, drink some water to rehydrate, and then drift off if the pillows are positioned correctly.

Best moment of the week: Watching my son and husband grill together. S. was teaching him how to marinate meat and turn it. It was a very cool memory.

Not so great moment of the week: My feet were a bit swollen this week. Nothing major and only after being on them all day. Other than that, we were fine.

Braxton Hicks?: Yes. They don’t hurt this week, but they are there. Back and round ligament pain like to follow them though.

Miss Anything?: Moment of transparency. My mommy. She’s in a different state as are most of my relatives and there doesn’t seem to be any talk or plans for a baby celebration. I could not care less about gifts. But I would love to have a celebration for the baby/pregnancy. My birthday is in July. Maybe we can plan something then.

What I'm loving?: Weather I can walk in without being too hot.

What I'm not loving?: The baby punching my bladder. Sometimes I leak.

Movement: Yes.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Heat. Heat makes me sick.

Food cravings: Here’s an odd one. I wanted a Papa John’s works pizza the other day and S. wouldn’t get it. Cool beans. I’ll get it myself later (LOL).

Food aversion: Chicken, blech!

Gender prediction: #teamgreen, but I think it’s a girl. That belly is all kinds of wide

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in, but stretched

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy though the hormones are real.

Preparations for baby: Not really

Looking forward to
: Seeing my family this weekend. It should be a nice time