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Bump Update-Week 15

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, especially those experiencing loss, 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 and I am still praying for all of you.



Bump Update-Week 13

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, especially those experiencing loss, 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 and I am still praying for all of you.



Bump Update-Week 12

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, especially those experiencing loss, 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 and I am still praying for all of you.

PREGNANCY WEEK 12- January 30, 2019 (24-30 Jan 2019)
What a week! The weather on Tuesday was interesting as it was a cold, wet, and rainy day that turned to snow during the evening commute.  I'd planned for the occasion and had soup in the crock pot waiting for us to come home. There is something SO awesome about coming home to a warm and fragrant meal on a cold winter day. I'm told more weather is coming.  I better start checking my crock pot recipes for sure.

BUMP UPDATE- Week 11

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, especially those experiencing loss, 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 and I am still praying for all of you.

PREGNANCY WEEK 12- January 23, 2019 (16-23 Jan 2019)
Today was supposed to be our first obstetrician appointment for this little one.  Unfortunately, I was almost there when I realized I left my wallet at home with my insurance cards and identification.  I called the office and we realized that I would not have time to do all I needed to do, so we had to rescheduled for tomorrow.  Sadness.  But that's okay.  I'll be 12 weeks tomorrow and I'm interested in seeing how things have progressed.


A birth story!!

I've always loved birth stories.  I didn't really write one for my first born. I regretted it. This one, however, is different because we all journeyed together.  We fought for this one.  Medications, hormones, tears, blood, faith.  This one was a battle against infertility.  This one has a following.  So, here we go...

All week long, the people at work were taking their bets about when I'd go.  My due date was 26 Aug and no one, including the Program Manager, believed I would work up to my due date and I was determined to prove them wrong.  I almost achieved it. :)

Contractions woke me at about 2:30 Friday morning.  I'd been sleeping downstairs on the couch because it'd been the most comfortable for my back.  When they started, I wasn't too worried.  I'd had them off and on for the past week and usually they would stay for two hours and then go away.  I figured these would be the same way.  I didn't even bother to wake S., but I noticed these were a bit different though.  A dull ache that didn't seem to go away.

I had my final doctor's appointment scheduled for 9:30 that morning, so I figured I would just go to the doctor's office and let them check me.  My contractions started getting more intense at 5:46 AM and  I began pacing floors and timing them with my app. I went to the bathroom, wiped and there was bloody show (which I'd never had with my first pregnancy).  Contractions started coming every 4 minutes and lasting about 2 minutes in duration.  Silly me, I should have gone then, but I figured they would stop soon and I could still just go to the doctor appointment and kill two birds with one stone.

37 weeks

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Our baby is now the size of a stalk of Swiss chard. Because baby is running out of room, there are mostly stretches and wiggles instead of big kicks

Baby's Weight: 6.30 lbs

Baby's Length: 19.13 in

Total weight gain/loss: I am officially 187 pounds. Total Weight Gain is now 30 pounds.

Maternity clothes?: Yes and some of those are having to make room to accommodate this belly.

36 weeks update and appointment

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Our baby is now the size of a head of Romaine lettuce.  The skin is filling out.

Baby's Weight: 5.75 lbs
Baby's Length: 18.66 in

Total weight gain/loss: I am 187 pounds. I'm not happy about that number.  The doctor is thrilled with it.  I feel quite large at the moment.

Maternity clothes?: Yes, I'm in them everyday.  I do wear pre-pregnancy yoga leggings and they work pretty well.

Stretch marks?: I've never seen so many in my life.  My belly looks tiger striped.  Fortunately, I'm comfortable with the skin I'm in.

Sleep: I've been waking every hour on the hour for the past couple of nights to go to the bathroom.  One drink of water and I'm back up consistently.

Best moment of the week: Turning 36 weeks.  I realized that the clock is ticking.

Not so great moment of the week: Hearing that weight being read.  I'm going to have to put in work to get back to pre-pregnancy weight.

Symptoms: BH contractions, still craving blueberries and watermelon every day.

Appointments:  Appointments are now weekly.  Appointment on Monday has me 50% effaced, -1 station, 1.5 cm dilated, 117/45 BP, with fetal heartbeat at 150.  Appointment on Tuesday featured biophysical sonogram.

Miss Anything?: Not really

What I'm loving?: It's due date month!

What I'm not loving?: There is so much left to do and I haven't even started.

Movement: Pretty consistent.  Especially after strawberries and blueberry.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Not really, which is a great thing.

Food cravings: Blueberries, Watermelon, Strawberries, Cucumbers

Food aversion: Chicken, blech!

Gender prediction: #teamgreen I honestly have no idea what this baby will be.

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: I have the bag for the hospital.  I just haven't packed it yet.  I plan on doing some washing of clothes and liners soon.  I also pre-registered online for  L&D.

Looking forward to: the start of maternity leave.  I still have a while to go, but man am I getting tired of getting up for work.  I love the work.  It's the walking that is kicking my butt.

32 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 32 weeks on 1July, 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 Napa cabbage.  Because taste buds are developed, the baby may acquire a preference for the foods you eat, which it samples when she swallows amniotic fluid.
               
Baby's Weight: 3.75 lbs
Baby's Length: 16.69 in

Total weight gain/loss: I am 182 pounds.  I actually lost two pounds, which is probably a combination of the cold I caught and the fruits I've been consuming without delay.

Maternity clothes?: Still wearing them everyday though I have also worn a couple of pre-pregnancy maxi dresses with success.

Favorite maternity outfit: The maxi dress I wore for one of the church deacon's surprise birthday party.  I wore the same for my surprise baby shower and enjoyed having move to move around.

Stretch marks?:  Yes, sigh.  Yes.

Sleep: Minimum.  I caught our daughter's cold and am very stuffy.  Combine that with summer heat and I'm not getting much rest at all.

Best moment of the week: Seeing the look of surprise on the church deacon's face when he entered his party.  He's such a genuine spirit and it was so wonderful to see everyone honoring him.

Not so great moment of the week:  There were a couple.  The first was after the party I had major back pains and contractions for quite some time.  That was painful.  The other was our son is visiting his grandparents and paternal family in NC.  I miss him but know he is having a great time there.

Symptoms:  Back pain, BH contractions, feet swelling, inability to get comfortable at night, cravings for water foods (watermelon, carrots, blueberries, cucumbers).

Miss Anything?: Not being so irritable and tired.  Truthfully pregnancy was a bit easier when I was a single mommy because I didn't get on anyone's nerve nor anyone on mine because I was in an apartment by myself most days.

What I'm loving?: It's my birthday month!

What I'm not loving?:  Pregnancy hormones.

Movement: Pretty consistent big moves.  As I write this, baby has been moving quite well.  I believe it may have to do with the blueberries and strawberries I ate earlier.

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

Food cravings: Blueberries

Food aversion:  Chicken, blech!

Gender prediction: #teamgreen Okay, okay, I think it's a girl...maybe

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: Went to the doctor for our anatomy scan and everything went well.  The baby is actually measuring 4 pounds right now and has rolls, which is too cute.  I've never had a baby with chunka rolls.

Looking forward to: Feeling more like myself and our son returning home.

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.  

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

25 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 25 weeks on 14 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).

Oops! I completely forgot to post this last week. Here's the update for 25 weeks. Our 26 week post will be added soon. Baby is now the size of an acorn squash. The baby is developing a firm grasp and may reach out and grab the umbilical cord. The baby is also able to stick out its tongue.

Baby's Weight: 1.46 lbs

Baby's Length: 13.62 in

Total weight gain/loss: I currently weigh 170.  I started this journey at 153.  I have gained 17 pounds overall.

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

Favorite maternity outfit: My church outfit. A black and white tunic dress purchased from Zulily.com with pearl accessories and black flats. I was comfortable and cute and received compliments at church, so no complaints there.

Stretch marks?: Yes, sigh. Yes.

Sleep: Not really. I’ve been waking about 2AM and going downstairs to watch TV until 3 or 4, and then trying to return to bed then.

Best moment of the week: Clearing that flower bed. Oh my, it’s been an eyesore. I just haven’t had the energy to do anything about it. I finally gathered some on Saturday and spent close to four hours outside cutting, pruning, trimming, pulling, etc. It still isn’t done but looks a lot better than when I started.

Not so great moment of the week: The back pain after I finished working the flower bed. I was in PAIN. But, this too shall pass.

Braxton Hicks?: Yes. Not painful, this week, but they were there.

Miss Anything?: Not really. I wanted to discuss family vacations as we usually have everything locked on and paid for by now. S. is wary of doing anything because I am so very pregnant and will be limited in participating. So, we’re trying to figure out our plans.

What I'm loving?: Watching the baby move under my skin and seeing my children’s reaction to it.

What I'm not loving?:
Being so tired all the time.

Movement: Yes.

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

Food cravings: Nope.

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 and very calm.

Preparations for baby: Not really





Looking forward to: A nap

24 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 24 weeks on 7 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 an ear of corn.  The nostrils are opening now for “practice breathing”.  The baby will go through the same motions of real breathing, but will inhale amniotic fluid instead of air.

Baby's Weight: 1.32 lbs

Baby's Length: 11.81 in


Total weight gain/loss: I haven’t weighed myself this week.

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

Stretch marks?: Yes

Sleep?: It varies. I finally found a right combination of pillows and arrangement that make sleep possible.

Best moment of the week: Celebrations. S. and I went to celebrate the retirement of a mutual family friend from the USAF. A wonderful time and lots of yummy food and great fellowship! Then the Pre-Mother’s Day celebration. My husband and son came home with beautiful bouquets of roses for my mother-in-love and I. Our son also had a small potted plant for me. We then enjoyed a meal at home that I didn’t have to prepare. It was a great evening and I was very thankful.

Not so great moment of the week: Trying 3s. The period of time where your feisty and independent three year old preschooler thinks rules don’t apply to her and your job is to remind her that they absolutely do.

Braxton Hicks?: Not so painful this week, but they are definitely there.

Miss Anything?: Not peeing my underwear.

What I'm loving?: Feeling this baby kick at night.

What I'm not loving?: My nausea seems to be returning, along with some cramping.

Movement: Yes. It tends to stay in the lower portion of my womb.  Occasionally, I'll get a kick in the ab area too.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Yes, but I don’t know what it is.

Food cravings: Veggies. I crushed a ziplock bag of celery like it was a delicacy.

Food aversion: Chicken, blech!

Have you started to show yet: Yes. I think we will retire this one soon too.

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: Mixed bag.

Preparations for baby: 1. Contacted the insurance company to confirm free breast pump and what I need to do to receive it. 2. Started working on my maternity leave plan and prep coworkers for a temporary shift of lead roles Aug-Oct.

Looking forward to:
Mother’s Day (which is the day I turned 25 weeks)

23 week pregnancy 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 23 weeks on 30 Apr, 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 ear of corn.  The nostrils are opening now for “practice breathing”.  The baby will go through the same motions of real breathing, but will inhale amniotic fluid instead of air.

Baby's Weight: 1.32 lbs
Baby's Length: 11.81 in

Total weight gain/loss: I haven’t weighed myself this week.

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

Stretch marks?: Yes

Sleep: Not too well. The baby likes to move at night and I can’t seem to get too comfortable.

Best moment of the week: Seeing my cousin when I went home. I hadn't seen her in a while. She lives in a completely different state. I am so proud of her!!

Not so great moment of the week: Back. Ache. Oh my goodness. Oh, and the contractions. The ten contractions that came every 1 minute and 46 seconds and lasted 54 seconds long. They were not fun.

Braxton Hicks?: Yep! And I love them. They mean baby is growing and my body is adapting.

Miss Anything?: Not peeing my underwear.

What I'm loving?: Feeling this baby kick at night.

What I'm not loving?: My nausea seems to be returning, along with some cramping.

Movement: Yes.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Yes, but I don’t know what it is.

Food cravings: Veggies. I crushed a ziplock bag of celery like it was a delicacy.

Food aversion: Chicken, blech!

Have you started to show yet: Yes. I think we will retire this one soon too.

Gender prediction: #teamgreen, but I think it’s a girl.

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: Mixed bag.

Preparations for baby: Informed the pediatrician about the baby and locked her on for a new patient.  We also discussed a few names.

Looking forward to: Mother’s Day



22 week 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 22 weeks on 23 Apr, 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 papaya. The lungs are developing rapidly, and they will begin to make a protein called surfactant, which will help the baby to breathe independently once born..

Baby's Weight: 15.17 oz.
Baby's Length: 10.94 in

Total weight gain/loss: I haven’t weighed myself this week.

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

Stretch marks?: Yes

Sleep: I’m waking to go to the bathroom at night and I have stretches where I can’t sleep so I go downstairs to wait it out..

Best moment of the week: When S. made me breakfast when I was running late. It was such a kind and considerate thing to do.

Not so great moment of the week: My emotions were everywhere this week.

Braxton Hicks?: Not so bad this week, but always after church and choir rehearsal

Miss Anything?: A margarita. It would be nice to go to the restaurant with a book and indulge.

What I'm loving?: We moved our daughter into a toddler bed this week. She has been sleeping like a champ with no complaints and is super happy!

What I'm not loving?: I’m feeling anxious. We really haven’t…prepped anything. I know we have time, but…man…

Movement: Yes. Especially after eating.

Anything make you queasy or sick: So I honestly thought morning sickness was over. My colleague bought a cup of coffee back from the mess to his desk. UGH! I literally hunted around my space until I found out what that horrible smell was. That made me queasy.

Food cravings: I wanted pizza….badly.

Food aversion: Chicken, blech!

Have you started to show yet: Yes. I think we will retire this question soon too.

Gender prediction: #teamgreen, but I think it’s a girl.

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: Mixed bag.

Preparations for baby: Not yet.

Looking forward to: Visiting family in NC.

Anatomy scan

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Hi everyone! I had my anatomy scan a couple of days ago and have finally had some time to share a post about it. Little one looks healthy and happy and was very well behaved during the scan. I was there for about a little over two hours and they measured and scanned everything. I also got to see the baby in 3D, which was a first for me and was beautiful. Little one was yawning and it was such a precious moment that I got teary eyed. S. couldn’t join me and I felt bad at first that he wouldn’t be there, but I have to say that there was something so extremely intimate and powerful about seeing your child on a screen being happy and free. No interruptions, just peace. It was beautiful.

Here are a few of my favorites for you:

Someone was yawning

Perfectly content

Nestled for a nap

I am not scheduled for another scan until 32 weeks. I’m looking forward to that time, just to see how big Little one has gotten since we only listen to heartbeats in the office. It’s still amazing to me that we are at this moment and everything is flowing well. We’ll keep praying it stays that way.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and have a very great day.

By the way, any guesses what Little one may be?  We're still #TeamGreen here, but it's been fun hearing the guess of everyone.

-K

19 weeks 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 19 weeks on 2 Apr, 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).

Your baby is now the size of a mango. The legs are longer than the arms and baby will start giving me “hello” jabs at regular intervals, some of which I can actually feel.

Baby's Weight: 8.47 oz.
Baby's Length: 6.02 in.
                           




Total weight gain/loss: Unknown. I haven’t weight myself this week.

Maternity clothes?: Yes. This week I wore some piece of maternity attire each day. My favorites were definitely the Liz Lange Maternity dress from Target (wore to church on Sunday.  See pic) and the comfortable Liz Lange Maternity tank, Zulily cardigan, and maternity pants a colleague gifted me with for a work outfit.

19 weeks with Liz Lange Maternity dress
Stretch marks?: Yep, but I can’t tell if they are the ones from my first pregnancy just visiting again. Either way…badges of honor!

Sleep: Restless. It takes a while to get comfortable and I still wake twice a night to go to the bathroom.

Best moment of the week: Going to my son’s middle school orientation. I felt so much better after the orientation. He’s growing up.
                             
Not so great moment of the week: I overdid it last Sunday (2 Apr) and had intense back and side pain all night long. When I asked S. to massage my back or rub my belly, he was too engrossed in the game to hear me and when he finally did, he still couldn’t focus on helping me. Sigh.

Have you told family and friends: Yes. Retiring this question this week. Pretty much everyone who needs to know does

Miss Anything?: Not at the moment.

What I'm loving?: Fruits and vegetables.  I had strawberries earlier in the week and they were phenomenal.  The baby loved them as well as the movement was nonstop after I had them.

What I'm not loving?: Full disclosure. The occasional feeling of doing this solo. Pregnancy hormones are real. Sometimes I feel like I’m doing this solo. I had some pretty big thoughts of what my husband would do when we he found out we were pregnant. Belly rubs, date nights, hand holding, just enjoying the moment.  More often than not lately it doesn’t seem to go that way and my hormones cause it to hurt more than it shouldThat and yucky weather.

Movement: Yes.

Anything make you queasy or sick: If I don’t eat every two hours.

Food cravings: Fruit

Food aversion:
 Chicken, blech!

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender prediction: #teamgreen, My NC family swears its a girl.

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: Mixed bag

Preparations for baby: Nope

Looking forward to: Our anataomy scan in a couple of weeks.

18 weeks pregnancy 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 18 weeks on 26 Mar, 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).

Your baby is now the size of a artichoke. Your baby is now about the size of a small artichoke—and tiny fingers now have unique fingerprints!

                             


Baby's Weight: 6.70 oz.

Baby's Length: 5.59 oz.

Total weight gain/loss: Unknown. I haven’t weight myself this week.

Maternity clothes?: Yes. I’m pretty much wearing a combo of maternity/non-maternity clothes depending on what fits. Over panel pants and jeans are still my favorite. Maternity bras are nice, but I need some with a bit more support as my breasts are still very sensitive.

Stretch marks?: I don’t see any new ones.

Sleep: It takes a while to go to sleep now. I still wake to pee. The snoring remains.

Best moment of the week: Girls' Night Out with my two sister-friends.  I really needed the adult conversation and laughs...oh and cheese curds.

                                  

Not so great moment of the week: Full disclosure. I’ve been moody as all get out. I even annoy myself at home. I’m trying to do better, but man.

Have you told family and friends: Yes.

Miss Anything?: Not snoring, lol.  I wake myself up and I am afraid to go back to sleep because I don't wan to wake my husband.  Poor S.

What I'm loving?: The way my belly bump looks in these maternity clothes and feeling baby bean move throughout the day.

What I'm not loving?: The moodiness. I was NOT moody with my first pregnancy.

Movement: Yes.

Anything make you queasy or sick: If I don’t eat every two hours.

Food cravings: Ginger ale.  Seriously, I want it a lot and only Seagram's.  No other will do. Fortunately, I'm holding it to one a week.

Food aversion:
Chicken, blech!  (But I'm still cooking it for the family).

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender prediction: #teamgreen, but I am starting to think this is a girl.  Stays low in my uterus, no appetite, and moody.  I was always happy with my son.

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: Moody as everything this week

Preparations for baby: Not yet, but I'd like to buy a baby book this week.

Looking forward to: Seeing my mom for a pre-Easter visit.

17 weeks 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 17 weeks on 19 Mar, 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).



                                    
Your baby is now the size of a pear. He has hiccupped before, but this is the first time you might feel it.

Baby's Weight: 4.94 oz.
Baby's Length: 5.12 oz.
Timeline:  19-25 Mar 2017

Total weight gain/loss: Unknown. I haven’t weight myself this week, but was 163 last week with 9 pounds overall weight gain..

Maternity clothes?: Yes. I wore my first pair of maternity jeans Friday and Saturday with an over the belly panel. I am now in love with all things over the panel and will be seeking to add more to the wardrobe soon.

Stretch marks?: I don’t see any new ones, but my skin has started to itch on my belly. We’ll see what happens.

Sleep: Better, but I have to elevate myself of I can’t sleep. I’m also a horrible snorer now. Poor S.

Best moment of the week: Feeling a no kidding kick after giving the baby ginger ale and traveling with the young adults

Have you told family and friends: Yes.

Miss Anything?: Not really.

What I'm loving?: The stronger movements. S. will be able to feel them soon, I hope.

What I'm not loving?: The nausea I get if I haven’t eaten often enough or quantity enough.

Movement?:
Yes.

Anything make you queasy or sick?: If I don’t eat every two hours.

Food cravings: Not really.

Food aversion: Chicken, blech!

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender prediction: #teamgreen. Last week I was sure it was a girl. This week, no clue.

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?: None besides choosing our delivery location. I’ll blog about that later.

Looking forward to: Warmer weather so the kids and I can walk in the afternoon and S. being able to feel the baby.




16 weeks 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 16 weeks on12 Mar, 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 from this point forward).
Your baby is now the size of an avocado—and she can make a fist and even suck her thumb.
Baby's Weight: 3.53oz.
Baby's Length: 4.57in.

Total weight gain/loss: 9 pounds overall. I am now 163 pounds.

Maternity clothes?: I upgraded to a maternity bra this week. Oh my word, if this isn’t the best thing EVER. OH MY!

Stretch marks?: I can’t really tell. I have some but they look like the same ones from my old pregnancy

Sleep: Horrid! I couldn’t rest at all this week. I was too hot, so I’d strip naked. There weren’t enough pillows to get me comfortable. I dreamed more than I slept. Yeah, not the best sleep week.

Best moment of the week: Wearing the maternity bra for the first time.

Have you told family and friends: Yes.

Miss Anything?: Travel fun. S. and I are planning our anniversary and family vacation weeks. We’ve had to limit several places because of Zika threats and concerns. The remaining places don’t offer a lot of things this preggo mommy can do. But I’m okay with that. This is definitely a reason to miss out on Chardonnays and roller coasters.

What I'm loving?: Feeling so tired because it lets me know our little one is still on board.

What I'm not loving?: Some of my body image issues. I walked by a mirror the other day and thought that I was way too big way too quickly. It bothered me most of the day.

Movement: Yes.

Anything make you queasy or sick: This week I was sick from a virus or allergies. Everything made me queasy.

Food cravings: Not really. If I’m watching Food Network, I usually end up wanting what they have.

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender prediction: #teamgreen, but I think it may be a girl. Earlier in the week, I was sure it was a boy, but after I saw my reflection…girl.

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: A mixture

Preparations for baby: None

Looking forward to: Warmer weather so the kids and I can walk in the afternoon and S. being able to feel the baby.

10 week 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.

10 week Recap: (Via Parents Magazine) Your baby is about the size of a kumquat and can stretch his spine. Her eyes and eyelids are more developed and her eyebrows are beginning to grow. Baby's Length: 1.22 in. Baby's Weight: 0.14 ounce.

Baby is the size of a kumquat

Total weight gain/loss: None this week. I am currently holding at 157 pounds.

Maternity clothes?: Not yet.

Stretch marks? Nope

Sleep: Still getting up at midnight and 4:35 AM to go tot he bathroom.

Best moment of the week: My appetite has returned!!! This weekend was Superbowl party weekend. Birthday party on Saturday, then a Superbowl party on Sunday all with great food, family, friends, and fun!

Have you told family and friends: Most of them.

Miss Anything?: Not being breathless. I’m showing much quicker this time and even walking up the steps is making me a bit winded.

Movement: Nope

Anything make you queasy or sick: The smell of coffee and chicken still make me queasy. And some sweets are starting to bother me, which is odd because I love sweets. They make me feel seasick now.

Food cravings: This week I wanted sweet gerkin pickles, cheesteak subs, and salad.

Have you started to show yet: Yes. I thought it was just a bit of bloat, but by Saturday evening, several of the ladies from the party came over to privately asked if I was pregnant because I was a bit “pronounced” lol. I confirmed that I was and they were so excited for my husband and I lol. Trying to get bigger shirts to hide just a bit longer.

Gender prediction: #teamgreen

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Moody and irritable early this week, but much better toward the latter part.

Preparations for baby: None

Looking forward to: Warmer weather for walks outside. I think it will help with this endurance.