June 18, 2014

23 Weeks

How far along are you?  I am 23 weeks and 1 day. Crazy to think I am already in the sixth month (based on the calendar I am using below).

Gender: It's a BOY!

How big is the baby? A little over 11 inches and a little more than a pound, the size of a papaya! 

More about this week from Baby Center:

Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about the size of a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze her when she hears them outside the womb.."

Total Weight Gain: I am up 8.5 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight. I feel like my weight jumped a lot from last week. Makes me happy that Baby B is growing, yet also makes me want to cry. I don't know if I will ever get used to seeing the scale go up each week. I wish there was a specific weight I should shoot to be each week. How will I know if I am gaining too much or too little? I am trying to remind myself that this weight is Baby B, extra blood, fluid, etc. It's not just fat. I am well aware I will be gaining weight, so I need to suck it up and get used to it. But at the same time, I am more worried if my weight gain is within the healthy range. I gained almost 5 weeks since last week. If I keep that up, I will gain 85 lbs in this pregnancy. Can you tell I am a Finance person? Always calculating trends haha. I am also reminding myself that before last week, I had really only gained 3 lbs in this entire pregnancy. I am eating healthy. I am meal prepping every day, forcing myself to eat healthy foods when I am really craving something not so healthy. I always tell people, focus on how you feel, not what the scale says. I am doing my best to do that, but I think I am so afraid of gaining too much weight and harming my baby boy. I am probably really over thinking things, but goodness, I am really struggling with this!

How I’m feeling: Minus the fact that I am having a minor freak out about my weight, I feel alright. I have had some back pain this week and also some low pelvic cramping. Called my doc, but got no call back. I am pretty sure they are just round ligament pains from my belly growing. Definitely starting to feel more tired that I have been in previous weeks. I find myself ready for bed pretty early and dozing off right after dinner. Having weeks like this make this pregnancy feel like it is taking forever. Thinking that I have 17 more weeks to go is killing me. October just seems so far away. Some days, I really enjoy being pregnant and other days it is just flat out exhausting.

Also...I feel like someone needs to write a book about all of the strange things that happen to you when you are pregnant that no one tells you. Everyday, I am amazed at the gross things happening to my body. Yes, pregnancy is a beautiful thing...but the belching, sweating, passing gas, mood swings and discharge are not so beautiful. Someone really should have warned me (and my poor husband) about these things! 

Maternity clothes: Living in maternity clothes now. Shirts I bought early on in my pregnancy are starting to not fit me anymore. My wardrobe is pretty limited and I am ok with it. 

Favorite workouts: I am doing Les Mills Pump and I am enjoying it so far. I feel pretty limited when it comes to exercise because I usually feel in pain afterwards. Light walking and weight lifting is what I have been sticking to.

Stretch Marks: I am seeing some purple marks. Not sure if they are veins or if they are the beginning of stretch marks. Bought new cream this week, hoping it delays the process. Have a feeling its only a matter of time though. Doing my best to be ok with it.

Cravings: Everything I shouldn't eat. I just want sugar and crunchy salty food. Normally when you say no to cravings, they go away. This time though, they are just getting stronger. I feel like my appetite is out of control this week. I wake up starving and usually go to bed starving. No matter how much I eat, I always feel hungry. Doing my best to eat a solid portion of clean food and then stop. I don't think its possible for me to feel full anymore. Here are a few of my meals below. I find myself sticking to the basics lately and just forcing myself to eat what is on my plate.

Sleep:  Sleeping like a baby, thanks to my Snoogle. Seriously, I never want to go back to using an actual pillow! I still have been waking up pretty early and I get up about once each night to go to the bathroom. Stomach is getting heavy and I have been shoving a blanket under my stomach for extra support.
Best moment this week: Getting Baby B's crib bedding all set up and hanging some of the wall decorations. His room finally looks ready for him and looks like an actual baby's room.

Movement: I am definitely feeling more movement and a couple of his kicks I can see on the outside! I find he moves more in the mid morning and evening, especially if I have my hands on my belly. He likes to kick my hand! I feel so connected to him when he moves. 
Food aversions: Honestly, I wish I had some food aversions. But, all food looks incredibly amazing. I find myself wanting to eat anything and everything in site.
Belly button in or outIn and stretching! Don't think it will be going out.
What I Miss: Being able to move with ease. I feel like I can barely move in the evenings without being in pain.
What I’m looking forward to: I am looking forward to my husband being able to feel Baby B's movement.  He thinks he has felt one kick, but looking forward to it happening more often!

Baby Buys: We bought some more clothes for the baby. Bought a boppy that I found for half off! Also bought wooden letters to spell his name out, we spray painted them blue to match the room and hung them above some Etsy prints I bought!

Sneak Peek at Baby B's Room!

Framed these prints over Baby B's crib
Just bought this on Etsy!


June 10, 2014

22 Weeks

How far along are you?  I am 22 weeks today! 

Gender: It's a BOY!

How big is the baby? 11 inches and about 1 pound, the size of a spaghetti squash! Seems so big to me!

More about this week from Baby Center:

"At 11 inches and almost 1 pound (about the size of a spaghetti squash), your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment.

If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily."

Total Weight Gain: I am up 3 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight. I am thankful my weight gain has been minimal and healthy. But...You know that scene in The Santa Claus where Tim Allen is at the doctor's office and grabs a hold of his belly and shakes it? That is a pretty accurate visual of how I feel LOL.

How I’m feeling: Feeling pretty good lately! Got a little bit of a heat rash on my tummy this weekend! I definitely find myself overheating and sweating a lot more than usual! Doing my best to keep cool and hydrated. I usually feel the best in the mornings and day time, evenings are when I start feeling extra pregnant. Back usually aches a bit and I just feel big. I find myself needing help off the couch and out of bed. I get weird pains in my SI joint when getting up! Overall though, I really do feel good. Can't complain! One thing I am amazed by is how much I already feel like a Mom. I kind of thought that feeling would happen after my child was born, but I definitely feel like my mommy instincts are kicking in already. Every little thing we do and every choice we make, we find ourselves asking if that is what is best for Baby B first. He isn't even here yet, but he is the center of our universe already. I just never thought it was possible to love and care THIS MUCH about someone you've never even met yet. There is such a strong bond between us already and it just makes my heart feel so full. I find myself sitting in his room before work in the mornings, just drinking my coffee and feeling him move around. Just kind of in awe of our sweet baby boy.

Maternity clothes: Loving my maternity clothes. Finding that my non-maternity shirts are too short for me now. Next hurdle is a bathing suit. Do pregnant women wear bikinis? Should I go out and get a maternity suit? My husband and I love to lay out by the pool and read. I have been wearing my bikini, but I find I feel a tad uncomfortable in it. I always vent to my husband that I am afraid someone is going to think I am a bad mom for wearing a bikini in public. Thoughts? 

Favorite workouts: I am working out with a trainer at work twice a week. We do a circuit of different workouts and we do weight lifting too. I have stopped doing any high intensity cardio. Body just can't handle it! For cardio, I have been doing a lot of walking in the evenings with my husband. Speed walking gets my heart rate up to 140 bpm. This weekend, I also got Les Mills Pump and I am LOVING it! Mainly just a weight lifting program that I can do from home, also comes with a barbell and weights. So far, the only thing I have had to modify is the floor exercises. I modify them by doing those exercises on an exercise ball.  Weight lifting has always been my favorite type of workout, so I love that I am able to do this program while pregnant.

Stretch Marks: None yet, thankfully! I am using bio oil and Palmer's Cocoa Butter cream for stretch marks. My skin is definitely getting tighter and I am starting to see more veins. Really hoping that I don't get any stretch marks, but I know there is really nothing I can do about them!

Can't say I have had any specific cravings this week, except corn of course! My need for sugar is thankfully going away. My husband and I have been doing better about meal planning and prepping, so we have been eating really healthy. I find the healthier I eat, the more active Baby B is and the fewer cravings I have! I still get really hungry right before bed, so I am trying my best to eat a little bit of a larger dinner!

Sleep:  Sleeping like a baby, thanks to my Snoogle. Seriously, I never want to go back to using an actual pillow! I still have been waking up pretty early and I get up about once each night to go to the bathroom. Other than that, I sleep really well!
Best moment this weekPutting together Baby B's stroller, crib and dresser. Feels so good to get those things set up and get his room put together. Its no longer a junk room, its his room. Makes my heart happy!

MovementBaby B is most active when I am still. I can't feel him much when I am up moving around, but once I sit down and lounge, he moves like crazy. I still can't tell if I can feel his movements on the outside. I always sit with both my hands on my bare belly in the evenings, and I always get excited when I feel him move. Feels like I am feeling the movements with my hand, but when my husband quickly puts his hand on my belly, he never can feel anything! Can't wait for my husband to feel his little kicks and dance moves. Best feeling in the world.
Food aversions: Honestly, I wish I had some food aversions. But, all food looks incredibly amazing. I find myself wanting to eat anything and everything in site.
Belly button in or outIn. Don't think it will be going out.
What I Miss: Being able to get up without help. I feel like such an old woman!
What I’m looking forward to: I am looking forward to my husband being able to feel Baby B's movement.  I feel like it has helped me bond so much with him, so I can't wait for my husband to have that experience too!

Baby Buys: We bought the dresser this last weekend and his bedding! I had been debating about a dresser for a long time. Do you buy something that the baby can grow with or do you buy something to fit the nursery. For the nursery, we wanted white furniture. Not sure why, just have always thought white fits a baby room. Love how bright it is too! Darker furniture has always seemed too old for a baby! But, when our little boy gets older, I don't see us buying him white furniture. I see him having darker furniture with a sports theme maybe (depends what he is interested in of course). So we decided to go with a cheaper plain white dresser from Ikea. Something that will be a part of the nursery and passed to our next baby. The bedding is a soft baby blue and white. Wanted something a little simpler that we could spice up with decorations on the walls and shelves. 
Going to frame this above the crib with Baby B's name!
Just missing the mattress...and Baby B!
Favorite Read of the WeekMy Wife is Not the Same Woman I Married

Not pregnancy related, but this is such a great article about marriage. So many marriages are quick to end in divorce these days because the person they married 'changed'. Yes, of course people change, its inevitable. Neither my husband or I are the same people we were on our wedding day. We change daily, love is all about choice. We have to wake up each day and choose to love the person we see. 

"We choose to love. And that is the only thing that will never change". Ah, love it!


June 3, 2014

21 Weeks & Gender Reveal

How far along are you?  I am 21 weeks today! Crazy that I am already to the halfway point of this pregnancy! 

Gender: We had our gender reveal party this past Sunday. Before we did the reveal, we had everyone guess what they thought Baby Dukes would be. Lots thought boy and several thought girl! The ones who thought girl still were hoping it would be a boy! My husbands side of the family doesn't have very many boys,  so they were really hoping for a boy! We all agreed, gender doesn't matter as long as the baby is healthy. Still, its fun to guess and its exciting to find out! My entire pregnancy, Baby Dukes has had a higher heartbeat, pointing to a girl. I have been carrying very low and only in my belly for the entire time. In the last week or so, my belly has been sitting a little higher. At our last appointment, Baby Dukes' heart beat was 132, pointing to a boy! The Chinese gender predictor pointed to a girl. My skin is more oily, pointing to a girl. I have been craving lots of sweets, which also points to a girl. But, this entire time, I have felt like Baby Dukes' was a boy. The last week or so, I have been having dreams about baby girls, so that had me questioning things.

So, by the time Sunday arrived, I was really torn as to what the gender would be. I can't say I preferred one gender over another. I have always wanted a baby girl, but I would love to have a baby boy first too so my other children have an older brother looking out for them! I have also heard baby boys LOVE their mommies! Happy and healthy, at the end of the day, that is what truly matters to me!

When we started ripping through the box, I saw the most beautiful baby blue balloons. I am surprised I didn't cry with excitement (considering I cry about almost everything these days). I think the reason I really want a boy is because I know my husband really wanted to have a son. He talks about wanting to (goodness I am already crying haha) take his son to a ball game, teach him about sports and have a son to carry on the Dukes name. It makes me really happy to think about the bond that my son will share with his Daddy. My husband and I want three children together, so I am so happy that our other children will have an older brother to look after them. I am just really happy. Boy or girl, didn't matter. Our baby boy is healthy and is already so loved by everyone. That makes my heart feel so full. I really didn't think it was possible to love something so much. I can't wait until we get to meet our sweet baby boy.

As for Baby Dukes' name, on the blog we will be calling him Baby B from now on. Initially  I didn't want to tell anyone the names we picked out. Why? Well, I didn't want someone to make me question the name we chose or tell us how they knew someone back in middle school that had that name that they didn't like, etc. We decided to share the name we chose with our family at the party, and well, the reaction we got made me realize why I didn't want to share the name in the first place. Everyone always wants to make fun of the name and choose embarrassing nicknames for your child. As a mom, sorry, but it makes me want to scratch their eyes out. My husband and I thought long and hard about the name we chose. We wanted a strong name for a boy. I wanted a name that I could see being on a CEO's desk. A name that sounds successful. We didn't want some weird, crazy, unique name. Something more classic. A strong name that would suit a little baby boy and an older gentleman. We wanted a name that fit well with the middle name we chose and our last name. Something that has a nice ring to it. Every name is going to have some weird nickname and there will always be someone that doesn't like the name, but, that is life. Once the baby is here, no one is going to make fun of the name because that will be his name. I am slightly regretting telling everyone the name, definitely had me questioning the name we loved and chose for our son. So for now, my husband and I have decided to keep the name a little more private. I am well aware I am very hormonal and hearing anything negative about the name my husband and I have decided to give our child REALLY hurts my feelings...and it makes MAMA BEAR come out!

So for now, we will call our sweet baby boy, Baby B. That is all the hint you get at his name!

How big is the baby? 10.5 inches and 12 ounces, the size of a carrot!

More about this week from Baby Center:

"Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — about the size of a carrot. You may soon feel like she's practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better. In other developments, your baby's eyebrows and lids are present now, and if you're having a girl, her vagina has begun to form as well.

See what your baby looks like this week."

Total Weight Gain: I am up 2 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight.

Maxi Dress - $20 at Old Navy

How I’m feeling: Minus a couple hours yesterday where I made about 26451 bathroom trips, I have been feeling great! I have the normal back pain and what not, but overall I feel really good. My energy seems great, I am able to kick butt during my workouts again and I don't have any heartburn. I borrowed a foot bath from my Mom and it has been amazing. I love soaking my feet in the little bath while my husband and I catch up on old Grey's Anatomy episodes. Feels so good and my feet haven't been swelling up as much as they were previously.

Maternity clothes: I am living in maternity clothes now. Outside of work, I am loving my Maxi Dresses. I got some cute skinny jeans at Old Navy this last weekend and a new dress. I only have two other pairs of maternity pants and they are from the Motherhood store. Everything at the Motherhood store is sized S, M, L. There are no actual jean sizes. I was happy to know that I still fit into a size 6 at Old Navy! My body is getting bigger, but it still feels good that I am not going up in sizes...yet!

Favorite workouts: I am working out with a trainer at work twice a week. We do a circuit of different workouts and we do weight lifting too. I find that cardio is very exhausting for me, but I really enjoy lifting weights. I like to do speed walks and yoga for my cardio.

Stretch Marks: None yet, thankfully! I am using bio oil and Palmer's Cocoa Butter cream for stretch marks. I have been terrified about the thought of stretch marks. I have old ones from when I gained so much weight a couple years ago. They have finally disappeared for the most part, so I am really scared of them coming back. I have heard that stretch marks are mainly genetic, lotions don't necessarily prevent them. I was talking to a fellow soon to be mommy, she said she thinks of stretch marks as 'baby tattoos'. I just thought it was such a great way to think about stretch marks. I know that no one wants to get stretch marks, but they do happen. So important to still love your body regardless and think of them as memories of growing your sweet little baby. There are worse things in this world than stretch marks.

Sugar. I just really want cookies and candy....and Popsicles and ice cream. Oh the list could go on! Found some all natural lemon Popsicles that help my cravings. They are less than 70 calories, so I do not feel too bad having one in the evenings! Why can't I crave fruits and vegetables?!

Sleep:  Thank goodness for my Snoogle! Seriously, best invention EVER. I sleep like a baby lately and I am hoping I continue sleeping good! On the weekends, I am still waking up pretty early and feeling tired pretty early on in the evenings.
Best moment this weekFinding out that Baby Dukes is a BOY! 

MovementBaby boy's movements have been getting stronger each day! Some of the movements are so strong that I am surprised my husband can't feel them! 
Food aversions: My appetite is mostly back. Meat still doesn't necessarily sound good, but for protein purposes, I make myself eat it.
Belly button in or outIn. Don't think it will be going out.
What I Miss: Being able to be on my feet for long periods of time. Just walking through the grocery store makes my feel puffy and my back hurt. I feel like I have to think twice about what I do during the day and how long it will require me to be on my feet. Maybe I just need better shoes.
What I’m looking forward to: Decorating the nursery! I am really excited to start buying the rest of the furniture and decorations! I am going with a Tiffany Blue and Grey theme with elephant accents. Really struggling to find bedding that I like! Its either covered in elephants, way too bright, or way too expensive. So, I will continue my search for the perfect bedding for Baby B! I am also getting the quote below created in Grey and Tiffany Blue for the nursery! I knew the second I saw this quote, that it would be the inspiration for our nursery. 

Baby Buys: After we found out that our sweet baby was a boy, we went and bought a couple outfits. I don't plan on buying many clothing items for Baby B, because I know I will get some at our shower. But, we still wanted to buy something since we finally knew what the gender was! We will be registering more this weekend and hopefully buying some more items for the nursery! 

For Baby B!