Monday, November 12, 2018

Baby Shower

My mom threw me the sweetest baby shower for Baby Kate this weekend! It was so humbling to have so many of our friends and family show up to show their love and support for this little one who will be joining us in a few short months! My precious 2-year old niece was a huge help with opening my gifts, and everyone had such a great time joining in on the celebration. My sister-in-law, who helped put this whole thing together, was gracious enough to catch some wonderful shots from the day!


Friday, November 9, 2018

Weeks 21 & 22 Update


How far along: 22 weeks

Baby Size: A canteloupe.

Weight gain: 10 pounds at my last appointment, but I'm sure I've gained since then. Will see at my next appointment next Thursday!

Maternity clothes:  So many maternity clothes.  Still squeezing into a few non-maternity tops, but the bottoms are allll full panel.

Sleep: Lately I've been waking up at 4 a.m. Every morning.  Just to stare at the ceiling.

Gender: All pink!

Movement: Nothing definite.  I think I have an anterior placenta, which may be preventing me from feeling her move up to this point.  I'm going to check in with the doctor next week.

Best moment this week: When my husband told me my stomach looks pregnant, but my face doesnt. I couldn't have asked for a nicer compliment!

Looking forward to: My baby shower is tomorrow! I can't wait to see everyone and to soak in all the love so many people are showing for this sweet baby girl! It's really so humbling to see how many people are already crazy about her!


Food cravings: Trying to vary my whole foods a bit. I read somewhere that at this point, the baby can taste everything I eat, and she'll be more likely to eat things once she's born that she tasted in the womb. So, bring on the veggies! We want that girl to be healthy! I've also been on a bit of a green olive kick lately, so it's not unusual to find me at my desk in my office eating them straight from the jar!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really! Still trying to avoid beef, for whatever reason. I'm fine with chicken and pork, but beef seems to make me a little uneasy.

Labor Signs: Way too early just yet! The round ligament pains are definitely there, though, and I ended up calling the OB triage nurse last Friday because I was having really sharp pains in one specific spot in my lower abdomen.  She told me not to worry, that it sounded just like normal ligament pains, and to make sure to keep hydrated, as even the slightest degree to dehydration can exacerbate the pain.

What I miss: I miss the taste of a cold beer, but I don't quite crave it. I also miss being able to pick up things that I really can't these days -- everything from luggage to cases of water to helping my husband move furniture around.  It's annoying and frustrating to not be able to do such menial tasks that you really take for granted.

Symptoms: The back pain is starting to reside, thanks to my recent visits to the chiropractor. I'm going to keep going to see whether it cures the back pain for good.

Nursery: It's half-nursery, half-storage. My husband has embarked on a campaign to keep the small tv in the nursery after the baby is born, but there's no room to spare and I don't want any kind of overstimulation for Baby in her nursery.

Belly Button in or out? Way in.

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Excited!

Workouts: Walking after dinner, sometimes.

Hubby: Is great at talking me down, and seems to be handling all these changes much better than I am. He's been reading the occasional baby articles I'm sending him too, which is a pleasant suprise! :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Weeks 19 & 20 Update


How far along: 20 weeks

Baby Size: A mango

Weight gain: 10 pounds at my last appointment

Maternity clothes:  Ugh. Yes. All of them. Last weekend I switched out my summer clothes for my winter clothes, and ended up doing a complete overhaul of my closet. I ended up taking over half of my tops out of the closet that won't be able to fit me any longer (at least until long after girlfriend arrives in March). I knew this was coming, but to couple this with my growing belly, the nursery furniture fiasco (more on that to come in a bit) and a whole lot of over-the-top hormones coursing through my body, I was a weepy mess.

Sleep: Hit or miss. Most nights I sleep pretty well aside from the frequent potty breaks.

Gender: A sweet little girl!

Movement: I can feel what I believe to be Miss K twisting and turning sometimes, but I've yet to really feel any kicks. They say for a first pregnancy it's typical to not be able to truly feel much movement until a bit later.

Best moment this week: Realizing I've made it halfway through this pregnancy! And having more than one person comment on how pregnancy suits me! I couldn't think of a nicer compliment.

Looking forward to: My baby shower in a few weeks!

Food cravings: I've been eating more ice cream than usual, but I wouldn't call it a craving.  I'm just eating it because it happens to be in the freezer.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I'm still just, not currently a fan of burgers without buns.  My husband eats them for every other meal and always offers to make me one, but the thought of it really just makes me queasy.

Labor Signs: Way too early just yet! 

What I miss: Sushi, still.  I have dreams about it.

Symptoms: The back pain still reigns supreme. Headaches that come and go. Lots of delightful little gray hairs have been popping up around my hairline, which I chose to blame pregnancy for.

Nursery: The nursery furniture arrived!! This actually happened to be the best (and worst) moment, because while the furniture is absolutely beautiful and I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out, I somehow misjudged the space we have available in the nursery. To be fair, I did use an app that measured out the furniture with the available space, but clearly that was a bit off, because we had to jam everything into the nursery.  And at the end of the day we decided that we don't in fact have room for the new twin bed in the nursery. So that bed was relocated to the office, which caused my husband's large dresser to be moved from the office to the master bedroom, which replaced my brand new nightstand that I'd recently bought at an estate sale. That gorgeous nighstand is now a side table in the living room, and the old side table will just have to find a new home.  So yeah. That was our weekend in a nutshell. It was full of measurements and moving parts and lots of tears coming from me.  But my husband handled it like a champ, and here we are on the other side of it.

Belly Button in or out? Way in.

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Way stressed.

Workouts: No. I'm too lazy.

Hubby: Has been a real trooper, especially lately. I don't know how I'd do this without him.



Monday, October 22, 2018

Weeks 17 & 18 Update

How far along: 19 weeks

Baby Size: A grapefruit

Weight gain: 10 pounds

Maternity clothes:  Mostly full-panel maternity pants, and a few non-zip pants that hit just below my stomach.  Still working with the non-maternity tops, but I do have a few very plain long-sleeved shirts with the side ruching that I like to layer under vests or cardigans.

Sleep: Hit or miss. I'm either up all night staring at the ceiling or out like a light. My husband has discovered how much HE loves my pregnancy pillow, so I often wake up to him clinging to the thing like a life raft.

Gender: Girl!

Movement: I do have a lot of aches and pains happening in the stomach region, but I'm not sure I can distinguish the difference between baby's movements and just straight up ligament pain at this point.  The doctor says I should be able to feel her with certainty in the coming weeks.

Best moment this trimester: The 18 week scan! Girlfriend is perfectly healthy and is measuring four days ahead of schedule.  We were able to see close-ups of the heart, the brain, the ambilical cord, etc.  Everything looks good! She seems to be somewhat camera shy, because she kept wiggling her face away from the ultrasound camera.  At one point she even put her hand up in front of her face. The ultrasound tech couldn't quite get a look at her second eye due to her positioning, so for a minute I was convinced I had a one-eyed baby.  Luckily, she allowed the camera to catch a quick glimpse of her full face, and she does in fact have two perfect little eyes! The tech was cracking up the whole time because Baby Girl was moving her mouth so much -- I guess she's practicing her eating/breathing/talking movements.  I have a feeling she's going to be quite the talker.

Looking forward to: My baby shower in three weeks!!

Food cravings: Still none. I love a good sandwich, but that's not unusual for me.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Still hating the strong smells.  Soap, perfume, and cleaning products expecially.

Labor Signs: Nope.

What I miss: Fitting into regular clothes. It's unbelievable how much stuff I've had to pack away already because it just doesn't work with a bump.

Symptoms: Still having the back pain some days. Ligament pain can be pretty intense. I'm finding lots more gray hairs than usual, too!

Nursery: Waiting to get a call that our furniture is being delivered -- a twin bed, dresser and rocker.  Once we receive that call we'll start de-constructing the desk, chair and double bed in the guest room to make room for the new stuff.

Belly Button in or out? Way in.  But I've noticed some scabbing inside my belly button, so I looked it up, and it seems that women with very deep belly buttons (me) tend to experience bleeding during the stretching process.  Very weird, and kind of gross.

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Anxious but excited.

Workouts: Trying to get my walking routine back in place since the weather is starting to cool way down this week.


Hubby: Starting to get a little more interested in this process.  He's been reading books and articles about the pregnancy process and has been really good about being patient with me when my hormones spiral out of control!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Weeks 15 & 16 Update

How far along: 16 weeks

Baby Size: An avocado

Weight gain: 8 pounds

Maternity clothes:  Having to put away all the regular pants at this point.. it's maternity pants or bust. Still wearing very flowing, long tops that cover the bump.
Sleep: No problem there. I am a little concerned about the fact that I keep going to sleep on my side, but waking up on my back. I guess some habits die hard. A friend of mine tells me that eventually I'll get so big that it will be physically painful to sleep on my back.

Gender: Pink!

Movement: None. The doctor said I should start feeling something in the coming weeks, but that woman during their first pregnancies take longer to recognize the feeling of movement. I told him I've been concentrating hard, and I feel no movement whatsoever just yet.

Best moment this trimester: Listening to the heartbeat again!

Looking forward to: Our 18 week scan!

Food cravings: Still loving sandwiches, but trying to cut back on the carbs. These days it's no breakfast during the week, a protein shake for lunch, a protein bar for an afternoon snack if needed, and just about anything for dinner. Eating mostly salads and cooked veggies at the moment.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not this week, luckily.

Labor Signs: Nope.

What I miss: Being able to lift heavy things. I feel utterly useless.


Symptoms: Still shooting pains in the abdomen, especially when I sneeze. Back pain that comes and goes. Mild headaches in the early evenings.

Nursery: Just purchased the dresser, twin bed and rocker last weekend! Can't wait for them to be shipped to the house so that the decorating can really begin!

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Antsy. I really want to feel her move!

Workouts: Still waiting on the weather to cool off a bit before resuming my evening walks.

Friday, September 21, 2018

14 Week Update

How far along: 14 weeks


Baby Size: A nectarine


Weight gain: Still afraid of the scale.. I'll know for sure at my 16 week appointment!

Maternity clothes:  Yep. Still loving the maternity pants and my non-maternity tops.

Sleep: I'd been taking B6 and Unisom at night during my first trimester to take the edge off the nausea during the day, and while it may have worked some, I've decided to wean myself off of it.  When I was taking the Unisom I was sleeping like a baby, but now that I'm off of it I've noticed myself waking up more often during the night.

Gender: Bows all the way!

Movement: Not yet.

Best moment this week: Having a coworker ask if I'm pregnant! Her approach was a little suprising, since most people wouldn't dare assume (out loud) that a woman is pregnant until it's wildly obvious.  My bump is still small enough to pass as having maybe having just gained a few stress pounds, BUT it's nice to have someone random confirm my growing bump. 

Looking forward to: Seeing my parents tonight! They haven't seen me since I started to show, so I can't wait to see their reactions!

Food cravings: Chic-fil-a.  Like, all the time.  I'm not above eating multiple meals there a day.

Anything making you queasy or sick: After the hurricane hit late last week, everything in our laundry room and backyard AND at my office smells like mildew.  It turns my stomach big time.

Labor Signs: Way too early just yet! 

What I miss: Soft cheeses in my salads.

Symptoms: The back pain is still raging.  I tend to get headaches in the afternoon. Yesterday I freaked out for about an hour because I had (very very light) spotting.  My SIL assured me that it was completely normal and that she'd had it a few times during her pregnancy.  As of this morning there's no more spotting, so I'm chalking that up to one of the many weird occurences of a normal pregnancy.

Nursery: Shopping for the baby's dresser with my mom when I go to Raleigh this weekend.  Also looking at rockers..

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Excited and a little panicky at the same time.  In the past week things have started to feel even more real.  I caught myself staring at my profile in the reflection of my car window while I pumped gas yesterday, and began wondering if my baby will resemble me at all.

Workouts: Waiting for the weather to get a little cooler so I can resume my evening walks around the neighborhood.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Hurricane "Heroics"

I've been having a lot of people from out of town contact me to make sure we made it through Hurricane Florence okay.  The short answer is, yes, we're just fine.  We had no real damage to the house; no flooding or trees down in the yard and we only lost power for 24 hours. Riding out the storm here in Fayetteville was more of a headache than anything else, and unfortunately the hurricane hit right on my birthday.  So, suffice it to say, turning 32 on Saturday was a bit lackluster, as Will and I were basically stuck in a house with no power all day long. 

Except for that part where we drove over to his office to make sure the building hadn't had any damage.  And we walked in to find the power on, so we got right into the elevator to ride up to the third floor without thinking.  And of course, the elevator got stuck.  And we had to call the fire department to get us out.  And Will's call to the fire department included the line "I guess you should know my wife is pregnant.  She's not at all close to being due, but she is pregnant.  And angry with me.  Just as a forewarning."



About fifteen minutes later, before the firefighters had made their way into the building and up to us, Will had the brilliant idea to pry open the elevator doors, upon which we discovered that we had in fact reached the third floor, and the elevator had simply refused to open its doors. So we hurried out, ran down the stairs to meet the firefighters, and apologized profusely for having caused them such a headache.

So let that be a lesson us all -- even if the power is on in a building, it doesn't necessarily mean the elevator is safe to ride during a storm.