Saturday, March 29, 2014

22 Weeks

How far along: 22 weeks!
Maternity clothes: Yep, all my bottoms are now maternity bottoms with waistbands that go past my boobs! Talk about attractive
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Not great, back to waking up at around 3am and having a hard time falling back asleep
Best moment of the week:  Cruise with my best friend, Jennifer! Five days of relaxing, swimming and enjoying the sun!
Worst moment of the week: Horrible headache the first day of the cruise
Running/Workouts: Ran everyday on the cruise (5 night cruise), me and baby racked up over 16 miles on board not including other workouts, walking and climbing stairs all day long
Missing anything: Corona light with a lime
Movement: Still only occasionally, but I think I'm becoming more aware of it
Cravings: Salads and french fries
Morning sickness: Safe to say I THINK it's all gone! (Fingers crossed, knock on wood!)
Energy level: Energy level is great up until about 6pm....then I usually crash
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Happy and a little tired
Looking forward to: My birthday on Monday!
Something surprising about being pregnant: I learned this week that trying to tan your back while pregnant (even at only 22 weeks) is damn near impossible. Gonna need a pool side lounge chair with the middle cut out for the summer!

Friday, March 21, 2014

21 Weeks

How far along: 21 weeks on the 21st!!
Maternity clothes: I've recently succumbed to wearing the hospital scrubs instead of my seems like nowadays anything too tight really bothers me.
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Sleep this week has been better, I assume it's due to the fact that each day I've been completely exhausted.
Best moment of the week:  Feeling baby girl move! I can officially say I've felt her! It's amazing. So far, I've only felt her when I'm laying in bed before bed and listening to her on the doppler. It feels like little flips deep inside. Completely indescribable. Also went shopping with my Mom and she bought us a Bob jogging stroller! We also bought a car seat and a few other goodies! And Phil's parents bought us the 4Moms mammaRoo I've been eyeballing since before I got pregnant!
Worst moment of the week: Work again this week has been beyond crazy! I blame the full moon for bringing in all the laboring patients! And this is supposed to be "slow" season
Running/Workouts: Running this week has been hard. Still doing about 3.5 miles a day, but lately my uterus is definitely feeling heavier and I constantly feel like I have to pee!
Missing anything: Looking good in leggings, haha
Movement: Just a little bit, but hoping it gets stronger and stronger each day!
Cravings: Chocolate milk and peanut butter
Morning sickness: 99.999% gone!!
Energy level: Energy level is still hit or miss.
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Happy
Looking forward to: Leaving on a cruise next week with my best friend! Also, we just started painting the nursery! Can't wait to get it all together!
Something surprising about being pregnant: I feel so cliché, but all I do these days is PEE! I'm at the point to where it's uncomfortable and borderline painful to have a full bladder. So I feel like I pee about 2x and hour. Luckily it's not a huge issue at night yet, I get up maybe once if at all.

March 21st work out - me and baby girl ran 4 miles! 

I sweat just a little..

The beginnings of baby girl's nursery decor

Zeus and Juno sitting by the delivered crib!

Her first pair of white jeans!

Her FIRST purse! What can I say,
Like mother, like daughter <3

Friday, March 14, 2014

20 Weeks - HALFWAY There!

How far along: 20 weeks - Halfway point!
Maternity clothes: Still mixing it up with regular and maternity clothes. One of my staple maternity pieces include cargo pants! Super comfy!
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Not much change, still tend to wake up early in the morning and have a hard time falling back asleep...until about 30 minutes until I need to get up, then ironically I usually drift into a perfect sleep
Best moment of the week:  Crib and bedding shopping at Pottery Barn Baby with the in-laws and our 20 week anatomy scan! I love see this little girl during ultrasounds. She measured at 11 ounces, STILL a girl, and everything else was perfect! Feeling extra blessed this week!
Worst moment of the week: Work this week has been beyond exhausting! And I've been dealing with a crapy schedule which doesn't help.
Running/Workouts: Proud and happy to say I have officially run throughout my entire first half of my pregnancy. Since the day I found out I was pregnant (I was 3.6 weeks pregnant) I have run 230 miles! And that does not include time on the bike, elliptical, walking or spinning class! Curious to see what the second half of the pregnant holds as far as my workouts and endurance!
Missing anything: Caffeine - I can't lie, I miss that artificial energy sometimes
Movement: I think I just might have felt the first few flutters, but nothing quite strong enough yet to convince me it's her.
Cravings: Dannon Light & Fit Strawberry Greek Yogurt and fresh strawberries!
Morning sickness: Just about nonexistent.
Energy level: Energy comes and goes, the time change really threw me off this week
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Happy
Looking forward to: Feeling some kicks and movement!
Something surprising about being pregnant: How much the pregnant woman's body changes! Holy cow! I mean you name it and it doesn't look the same anymore. As much as I am one to be self-critical and upset with the weight gain, I had an epiphany this week. When I was "skinny" and in the best shape of my life, I still hated my body - I hated that I couldn't do the ONE thing a woman's body is built to do, make and carry a baby. It wasn't fair. And now, here I am....four and a half months pregnant carrying a precious baby girl. A baby girl that I've dreamt of having since I myself was a little girl. I am learning to not really care how much weight I gain or what I look like on the outside. Because on the inside, a true miracle of God is happening. How can I be anything but in love with my body? Besides, the more weight I gain....the bigger the come back after I deliver! : )

Pictures from Baby Girl's 20 week anatomy scan <3

It's a GIRL!
She's definitely not shy

Her mouth was open almost the entire time! 
Even caught her trying to suck her thumb!! 

Big feet like her Mama!

Friday, March 7, 2014

It's a GIRL - Gender Reveal Party

On March 2, 2014 we threw a party for the baby to find out if we will be having a boy or girl! Gender reveal parties are the thing to do nowadays! Whether it be with pink or blue filled cupcakes, balloons or many other creative ideas, it's exciting to find out what the baby will be surrounded by friends and family.

We decided to go with pink or blue balloons for our reveal. The idea was to get a huge box, decorate it, then drop it off at Party City to be filled with balloons. We gave the the sealed envelope that held the secret, Boy or Girl, to the employees and explained that we wanted the entire box filled with either all pink or all blue, depending on what was in the envelope, and that they all should fly away when the box is opened. They assured us they would do a good job. 

Well they didn't. 

Long story short, they filled the box with BOTH pink and blue balloons, with one measly little balloon that said "It's a Girl". None of them flew away as they were all strung and twisted together. Talk about confusing. The first color I saw was blue - "Yay, It's a BOY! No, wait, there's pink in there too?! Umm, is this a joke? Is it twins? No way. What's going on. What is it!?" When we finally saw the "It's a Girl" balloon we realized it really was a girl! At that moment, I was way to excited, thrilled, overwhelmed with joy and love to be upset. We did however speak with party city, and were refunded for all the balloons.

The rest of the party was wonderful! Everything was, of course, Pink and Blue....candies, plates, napkins, drinks, cotton candy, banners, etc. And we are so grateful for our friends and family who came to celebrate with us. What a true blessing it is to have these people in our lives to support us and share in our joy. I still have to pinch myself to believe this is all really happening. That I'M actually the one who's pregnant having a gender reveal party! It's so surreal. 

With the news of a precious baby girl comes the fun stuff....SHOPPING! So excited to go completely overboard with pink, bows, headbands and shoes! <3

Also, a special THANK YOU to our good friends Marlyn and Reggie of Photo de Chavannes for taking such wonderful pictures on this day! 

 Redo with just pink ;)

19 weeks

How far along: 19 weeks
Maternity clothes: Still mixing it up
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Hit or miss, usually up a few times throughout the night
Best moment of the week:  Gender reveal party.....It's a GIRL!!
Worst moment of the week: Gender reveal party....Party City messed up our box of balloons by having pink and blue balloons in it! Talk about confusing. But we were too excited about the fact that we're having a baby girl to be mad! (And we called Party City and we will be getting a full refund)
Running/Working out: Still running ~14 miles a week, spinning and lifting weights.
Missing anything: No
Movement: Not yet.....I drink cold water, lay still, and play music for her and I still haven't felt that first kick.
Cravings: Nothing I even have to say it, Panera Bread ham and cheese of course
Morning sickness: Really haven't been nauseated at all this week, maybe 2-3 times for a very short time
Energy level: Pretty exhausted this week, probably more to do with having a busy week more than anything
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Happy
Looking forward to: Anatomy scan (ultrasound) this Thursday!
Something surprising about being pregnant: How amazingly HARD it is to grow a human being! WOW. While I would't trade a day of this pregnancy for anything in the world, it is hard. I don't have "the glow". I feel fat all the time, and it's not just getting a big belly (which I actually love), it's changes in every inch of my body. I am constantly exhausted. I have a hard time sleeping. I wouldn't say I'm complaining, I'm just pointing out how hard it is and that it's not glamorous. This is what I've dreamt of being able to do since I was a little girl, and lord willing I will do it all again at least one or two more times! However, every pregnant woman I see (and I work in labor and delivery so I see plenty), I want to pull them aside and say "YOU ARE AMAZING!" No matter how hard it gets, I wake up every day and am reminded that a miracle is happening inside me and suddenly nothing else matters.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

18 weeks

How far along: 18 weeks
Maternity clothes: Bought a few more new pieces, but still mixing between regular and maternity clothes
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Ordered and got my Snoogle body pillow this week...sleep is okay with it, but not the magic pill for a soundless sleep I was hoping for. But sure is comfy!
Best moment of the week:  Random people asking me if I'm expecting....still so surreal that I am actually and that people are starting to think I look pregnant!
Worst moment of the week: Random dry heaving episodes
Running/Working out: Still running and working out
Missing anything: No
Movement: Still not feeling anything yet....any day now I hope!
Cravings: Tomato soup...and panera bread ham and cheese!
Morning sickness: Overall much better! (Hallelujah)
Energy level: Comes and goes, always exhausted at the end of the day
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In, but belly ring officially came out
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Happy
Looking forward to: GENDER REVEAL PARTY this sunday! We are finally gonna find out if we're having a GIRL or a BOY!
Something surprising about being pregnant: Round ligament pain - it's real and I'm ALREADY feeling it. Not bad at all, just occasional discomfort, but it's so weird! Also being able to feel my fundus (top of my uterus) almost at my belly button is unreal! (That's the OB nurse in me being impressed by that!)