Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Bumpdate 2.0: 18 Weeks

Due Date: December 1, 2017

How far along?: 18 weeks 

Gender: It's a BOY!

Total weight gain:  ~12 pounds???

Stretch marks?: None that I can see. 

Symptoms: I'm so happy to report that I've felt great the past couple of weeks! Maybe there is some truth to that "second trimester sweet spot" people talk about!

Maternity clothes?: Yes, I'd say 75% of my current attire is maternity...especially when it comes to work clothes. I can still get by with my regular lounge clothes at home and a few loose-fitting t-shirts, but I finally just accepted that I'd be in full-on maternity clothes much earlier with this pregnancy...and I've been much more comfortable since then!

Sleep:  No trouble sleeping! I've been getting hot in the night, so sometimes I'll move to the couch where I can sleep directly below an AC vent...easy solution to that problem.

Cravings: Cereal, fruit-flavored yogurt and toast {with cinnamon and sugar or honey}!

Food Aversions: None

Movement: I feel this little guy moving/kicking at least once per day.  It's usually in the mid-afternoon or early evening. There's truly nothing better than that gentle reminder that I'm growing a tiny little miracle in my belly!

Best Moment of the Week: Although Huston sometimes thinks the baby is in HIS tummy when you ask him about it, I have to admit that my heart melted a million times over this past week when he pointed at my belly and said, "Brudder."

Worst Moment of the Week:  It's been a pretty good week, so I can't think of a "worst moment"...but we did take H in to see Dr. Diana because we thought he had an ear infection. He'd been acting so much fussier than usual and he was pulling on both ears, so we took him in just to be safe. Turns out his ears were clear {thank goodness!}, but she thinks he's probably cutting his two-year molars. He's had a low-grade fever the past couple of days, but he doesn't act like he feels bad. Unfortunately, we somehow managed to lose his amber necklace last we've GOT to get to the store and get him a new one because I firmly believe those things work to reduce the pain of teething!

Miss Anything?: fitting into my cute summer sundresses...but that's trivial! I'll gladly suffer through the summer in maternity clothes to add a new addition to our family!

Looking Forward To: Seeing family and friends over the long 4th of July holiday weekend.  Oh...and of course, the sonogram/OB appointment next week!  Can't wait to see our little guy on the screen!

18 Week Bumpdate

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bumpdate 2.0: 17 Weeks

Due Date: December 1, 2017

How far along?: 17 weeks 

Gender: It's a BOY!

Total weight gain:  I'm not real sure on this, but I'm going to estimate 10-11ish pound weight-gain.

Stretch marks?: No stretch marks. I haven't yet started using the lotion/oil that I used last time to prevent stretch marks...I really need to get on that.

Symptoms: Although I was a bit hesitant to admit that I thought I'd turned the corner and moved on to feeling better last week {because I didn't want to jinx it}, I can fully attest this week that I am feeling MUCH, MUCH better. Thank goodness! 

Maternity clothes?: I'm still finding myself in that awkward stage where my normal clothes definitely don't fit right, but my maternity clothes are still too big.  I'm wearing mostly maternity clothes for work, but I can still lounge around the house in stretchy shorts/yoga pants. Although I definitely have a good-sized bump, my chest is the biggest issue when it comes to needing bigger sizes. Why must they grow so much?!!?

Sleep:  I'm sleeping so well. Some nights I have to get up and move to the couch where I can lay right underneath a vent to keep cool, but I definitely don't have any issues falling asleep.

Cravings: The newest craving is fruit-flavored yogurt. I can't get enough! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks...I eat it all the time.

Food Aversions: I can't think of anything new in the food department that I'm disliking.

Mood: I feel happy {and tired} almost all of the time. Ryan likes to point out that I laugh uncontrollably when I'm pregnant at things that I typically wouldn't even find funny. I haven't been feeling any of the emotional roller-coaster side effects this go 'round...probably because chasing after Huston keeps me too busy to even THINK about my emotions.

Movement: I can say with 100% confidence that I felt the little guy wiggling around today {multiple times}! I think I'd forgotten what it felt like when Huston was wiggling around in my belly, but the best way to explain the feeling I had today was like your tummy drops when you ride in an elevator. I texted Ryan to tell him about it because I was so excited...and he was excited too but disappointed that he missed out on being with me. I'm guessing it'll still be a few weeks before he'll be able to feel the little guy kicking around from the outside, but I know he's anxiously looking forward to that moment. 

Worst Moment of the Week:  It's not really a "bad" moment...just kind of bittersweet. I think that Huston is possibly starting to realize his time as an only child is coming to an end. We talk about the baby and read "Big Brother" books, and he knows "Brother" is in Momma's tummy {actually sometimes he thinks the baby is in HIS tummy}, but he's been verrrrrry attached to Momma the past few days. Yesterday he wanted me to hold him ALL.THE.TIME {"Carry me, Momma, Carry!" "Hoooooad me, Momma!"}. I've been cuddling with him a little longer each night, singing a few extra songs before putting him down in his crib and just cherishing and soaking in all the little moments I possibly can. 

Best Moment of the Week:  Celebrating Father's Day! We are truly, truly blessed with an incredible daddy for our family. He goes out of his way every single day to make sure we have everything we need and are happy. As I said in my Instagram/Facebook post, "He has FAR exceeded even my highest expectations as a husband and even more so as a father. I don't express my gratitude and appreciation for all he does nearly often enough, but I'm truly grateful to be traveling this parenting journey with him!" It was such a great day just spent with our little family. We went to church and brunch, and then we came home and went swimming for the first time this year. Huston was a little apprehensive at first, but he ended up LOVING the pool/water and didn't want to leave. After we all had naps, Ryan blew up H's new bounce house and we all played in the back yard while Ryan grilled burgers. It was the perfect day!

Father's Day 2017

Miss Anything?: Cold deli sandwiches! I've given in a couple of times and eaten sandwiches with warm ham...but it's just not the same as my very favorite cold ham & pickle sandwich!

Looking Forward To: Seeing our new little guy on the sonogram screen in a couple of weeks!

17 Week Bumpdate

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Bumpdate 2.0: 16 Weeks

This dress isn't an ideal "bumpdate" outfit...but I promise the bump is there!
And it is getting big!

Due Date: December 1, 2017

How far along?: 16 weeks 

Gender: It's a BOY!

Total weight gain:  I haven't stepped on the scale in a week or so.  I'm guessing around 10 pounds???

Stretch marks?: None that I've noticed...but I must start using the Bio-Oil treatment to prevent because this baby bump is growing much faster than my first pregnancy!

Symptoms: Ahhhhh! Finally some relief this week! I don't want to speak too soon and jinx it, but I really think I've turned the corner and hopefully left the morning all-day sickness in the dust!

Maternity clothes?: I'm in that really awkward stage where my normal clothes don't fit, but most of my maternity clothes are still too big. I'm mainly sticking with flowy dresses for work or maternity pants and loose-fitting tops, and just wearing stretchy shorts and t-shirts around the house.

Sleep:  No trouble sleeping whatsoever. I'm so exhausted by the time my head hits the pillow {typically 10:00 pm or earlier} that I fall asleep before I even have time to think about it.  A couple of times this past week I've noticed that I forgot to plug my phone and watch in to charge because I fell asleep before I even had a chance...thank goodness for those middle-of-the-night bathroom runs so I had a chance to plug them in to be fully charged for the next day!

Cravings: I've been eating Fruit Loops for breakfast...and sometimes dinner too! I was really missing mimosas this past weekend while in Fredericksburg for a girls weekend getaway. 

Food Aversions: None!

Mood: I think I've been pretty even-keeled this past week. I don't recall any high/low emotional outbursts or breakdowns.  Perhaps I should check with Ryan though...poor guy, he has been such a trooper in doing anything and everything he possibly can to make this pregnancy as easy on me as possible. I'm so very lucky!

Best Moment of the Week:  Coming home to my boys after being away for the weekend with some girlfriends. There's truly no better place in the world than being at home with my little family!

Looking Forward To: feeling this little babe move! I think I started to feel little flutters around 17-18 weeks with Huston, but I wasn't 100% sure it was baby movements until after 20 weeks. 

16 Week Bumpdate

Bumpdate 2.0: 15 Weeks

Due Date: December 1, 2017

How far along? 15 weeks 

Gender: It's a BOY!!!

Total weight gain:  8-9 pounds

Stretch marks?: None yet! 

Symptoms: I truly feel like the nausea is starting to get better...and then the next day I eat my words/thoughts and feel ick-tastic ALL.DAY.LONG.  I will say I've had a couple of good better days in a row, so I'll take any improvement and be thankful!

Maternity clothes?: I've officially transitioned to maternity pants.  Since it's too hot to wear leggings this time of year, I just had to accept the fact that the maternity clothes had to be put to use much earlier in this pregnancy than with Huston. Oh well...comfort is key, right? I'm so very grateful to my friend, Christine, who is letting me borrow her maternity clothes! She's got some great pieces, and I'm especially thankful for her work attire. I've found that business casual maternity clothes are kind of hard to find...and the cute ones tend to be expensive! Hopefully I can get a few more weeks out of my normal {non-maternity} flowy tops and the three or four loose-fitting dresses I currently have in rotation!

Sleep:  I laid down on the bed the other night to talk to Ryan {he was working on his laptop} right after I put Huston down {so around 8:15 pm}...and the next thing I knew I woke up to my phone ringing at 9:30 pm. I was so confused when I looked at the clock because I was just sure it was morning...but I knew there was no way it could be 9:30 am! Turns out, I'd fallen asleep at 8:30 pm, and Ryan just decided to let me get some rest since I was obviously exhausted. Most nights I usually make it until 10:00-10:30, but I never have trouble falling asleep!  

Cravings: Fruit Loops and grape juice...I guess the sweet tooth has officially set in! 

Food Aversions: Nothing that I can think of! Still finding that I LOVE something one hour and can't stand the scent of it the next hour.

Mood: Overall, I think I've been pretty happy! Sometimes I throw myself a little pity party when I'm feeling sick {especially in the mornings when it's difficult to get ready for work}, but I really try to keep it in perspective and remember that "this too shall pass," and it will all have been more than worth it when I'm holding a little miracle in my arms in a few several months!

Best Moment of the Week:  On Monday we got to hear the tiny babe's heartbeat. Right before we arrived for our appointment, Dr. Jacoby had been called to the hospital to deliver a baby, so I was terribly disappointed thinking we were going to have to reschedule the appointment. However, Dr. Jacoby's partner, Dr. Fleming was available to see us! Everything checked out great, and our little guy's heartbeat was healthy and strong. H went with us to the appointment, but I don't think he quite understood the thump-thump-thump sound of the little heartbeat. He does understand that there's a baby in Momma's tummy {he usually wants to lift up my dress to show people!}...and sometimes he shows people that the baby is in HIS tummy!

Worst Moment of the Week: We've had a pretty great week, so I can't think of anything "bad" to complain about! H and I missed Daddy over the weekend while he was gone to Kansas to play in the member-guest golf tournament with his friend, Brian...but Grammy came to keep us company while he was away!

Huston and Grammy before church, June 4, 2017

Miss Anything? I miss the lunchtime naps that I used to take when I was pregnant with Huston...or any nap for that matter. Pregnancy with a toddler to chase around is a whole different time for naps/resting whatsoever! Even despite the all-day sickness, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. 

Looking Forward To: I'm going on a little girls getaway this weekend to Fredericksburg, Texas. Excited for a little R&R, but I know I'm going to miss my boys like crazy. This will be the first time I've been away outside of traveling for work. I know I'll have a great time and it's going to be good for me to get away...but I can't help but have a little anxiety about being away from my little family!

15 Week Bumpdate