Thursday, September 29, 2011

18 Week Bumpdate

I cannot believe that I'm only 2 weeks away from the halfway point! How in the world can that be?! I feel like time is just flying by and this baby is going to be here before we know it.  I am loving having a more "real" BUMP and having people clearly notice that this little one is taking up room in this belly as the continue to grow more and more each day!

So, let's recap week 17!

Symptoms:  I feel like a broken record with this, but acid reflux, acid reflux, and more acid reflux.  I've just decided that this is going to be sticking around for the rest of this pregnancy, and I am alright with that.  Some of these things are just part of the package deal, right?  Other than that, I have started to have a few backaches, and leg cramps.  From what I've read that's also part of the deal in the stage, thankfully it's not anything that is completely unbearable. 

Bumpdate:  Baby is definitely taking up more and more space in there, and I feel like I am getting bigger every day.  I am loving that the bump is rounding out and looking like a pregnant belly! YAY!

Cravings:  I have been going through phases of cravings! Early in my pregnancy I craved salad's hard core, I just couldn't get enough, then I switched to pasta's and wanted that seemingly all the time.  Now, I am back to salad! I just love a big hearty salad nothing sounds more delish to me!

What I'm looking forward to: Next week and the big gender reveal!!! I cannot wait to see baby all formed and looking like an itty bitty one!!! Last time we saw the babe they were just an little bean, so it's going to be so great to see what they look like now and find out if we are team pink or team blue.  I still think it's a BOY so we will see if my gut hunch is right! 

Best moment this week:  Baby is getting more active, and even though I don't feel it all day, every day they are becoming stronger nudges instead of just little flutters. I cannot wait for more solid kicks and bumps from this sweet little baby! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

17 Week Bumpdate

I'm totally looking pregnant now right?! I feel like the BUMP is pooping and it's clear that I'm pregnant and not just overdoing the donuts! LOL!! I cannot believe I'm at 17 weeks pregnant! Ekkk!! I know most first time Mommy's to be are always anxious and want time to fly by, but I'm not wanting this pregnancy to speed up any faster than it is going already.  I obviously cannot wait to see this precious babe, but I am okay with it taking time to get there.  We have SO much to figure out still for baby, and will need all the time in can get to sort through it before baby comes.

So, let's recap week 16!

Symptoms:  Acid Reflux night and day! I cannot seem to get away from this thing!! It doesn't matter what I eat, it always seems to pop up and say "HELLO!!".  I just have a feeling that this is going to stick around for awhile...and by awhile I mean until this kid comes out! LOL!

Bumpdate:  Hellllllo baby bump!!! Yup, there's a baby in there and it's starting to show! I am using my belly band on all my pants since almost all of them don't button any more.  I will definitely need to get some maternity pants soon! 

Cravings:  CANDY!! I have been craving candy since this weekend, and I went to the grocery store yesterday and couldn't resist buying two HUGE bags of Halloween candy.  You should seen my husband's face, he couldn't believe that I bought so much.  It just all sounded so good to me!

What I'm looking forward to: Finding out if it's a boy or girl!!! I seriously cannot wait to know and start getting all their room and clothes together!

Best moment this week:  Baby's flutters are turning into baby nudges and bumps!!!  No solid kicks yet or strong movements yet, but they are getting more consistent and stronger each day.  I can't wait for a REAL kick to get me! :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

16 Week Bumpdate

16 weeks, 4 months pregnant! How craaaazy is that?! I feel like the past month flew by and soon enough we will be approaching the 20 week mark!  I want time to go by fast because I can't wait to meet this sweet little one, but yet I am terrified that it's going to go by way too fast and I want it slow down.  Pregnancy is definitely the ultimate catch 22! :)

So, let's recap week 15!

Symptoms:  Can we say ACID REFLUX?! If there is one main symptom from this past week, that would be the theme.  It has been anything but fun, and it seems like it doesn't really matter what I eat because it all ends in the same result.  It has been on and off for the past week and I would love for it to disappear, but I have heard that it something that might stick around for the rest of the time that baby is in there cooking. 

Bumpdate:  I feel like we have a "real" bump! Today was the first time someone actually commented to me that I am obviously showing.  I did finally have to get a belly band to help me get into some of my smaller sized pants because they just wouldn't button anymore.  I am excited to be looking more obviously pregnant!!!

Cravings:  Not too many things this week, chocolate and sweets have been hitting me on and off, but then I will want some dill pickle chips so it's kind of a mixed bag!!! LOL!!  

What I'm looking forward to: Finding out if it's a boy or girl!!! I seriously cannot wait to know and feeling baby really kick and move!

Best moment this week:  Getting the crib and changer and putting them in the room!! It's starting to feel like a nursery! Also, I finally felt my first baby flutters this week!!!  YAY! I kind of doubted it was the baby at first, but then I kept feeling similar things on and off so I knew it just had to be the baby!!! Definitely the best thing I have experienced to date in this pregnancy!

Friday, September 9, 2011

so much more than it seems....

To many in this world, the two large boxes sitting on the floor in what is to be our baby's nursery would appear simply average and normal, just like another other package that one would receive.  However, today as I sat there looking at those boxes on the floor, to me it was so much more than that.  I can't tell you how many times when we were trying to conceive that I would sit in that empty room and dream of the day that would be working to make it into a nursery for our sweet little one.  Many times I would sit there, holding back tears wishing that I was doing so much more than just dreaming and wishing for a baby.  As I mentioned in my first post, the year plus of time that we tried for a baby came with many ups and downs.  In those times that I would sit in that empty barren room, I felt that it was a reflection of what was going on in our lives right at that moment.  I knew that someday all the things I was dreaming about would becoming a reality, but it felt like an eternity away.  Today looking at those boxes, I felt like it was a part of my dream coming to life before my eyes.  Those ugly brown boxes represent many hours of dreaming come to reality.  There are times when I still cannot believe that God has answered my prayer for a baby, and we are preparing for our sweet little angels arrival.  

As I began to hang up what is the beginning on many clothes to come for baby Dodge, it was a simple and sweet moment that I know I won't ever forget.  Again, another completely mundane task for many, but it was another answer to my heart's desire that has been many months in the making.  I can't help but sit and treasure every little outfit, and dream of how sweet and adorable baby is going to look in them.  I think of how their cute little face will look, and how I can't wait to squeeze them and kiss them.  I think of the mornings when Daddy will be getting them dressed in these clothes, and of the night times where I will get to snuggle them close and rock them to sleep kissing their sweet little baby hands, and my heart is completely over joyed.  I can't wait to continue to work on this nursery, and make it the perfect home for this sweet little answer to our prayers.  I plan to fully treasure each and every moment. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

15 Week Bumpdate

Can it really be that I am 15 WEEKS along?! I feel like time is flying by, yet at the same time going oh so slow.  It's crazy to think that in 5 short weeks we will be at the official halfway mark! Wow! That is exciting and scary all at the same time.  I feel like my belly is growing more and more each day, and it's starting to look like there is a baby growing in there.  I can't wait to see it get bigger as the weeks continue on.

So, let's recap week 14!

Symptoms:  This week has brought on some new symptoms for me.  I have been having a lot more heartburn, unfortunately, and it is not my favorite thing at all.  For me, heartburn hits with the acid burning in the back of my throat and no where else.  I guess it's more acid reflux than heartburn, but I read that the two are connected.  Needless to say, it's very annoying! Thankfully it hasn't been happening every day, but definitely enough to be annoying.  Another thing that is new this week is a stuffy nose!! I thought that I might been getting some type of cold since I was so plugged up, but I was reading today in one my handy-dandy pregnancy apps that your nose getting stuffed up is a common symptom around this time.  Who would have ever thought that?! 

Bumpdate:  The bump seems to be getting bigger every day.  The belly is starting to round out, especially at the bottom of my stomach.  I am still in all my regular clothes, but I don't know how much longer that will be lasting.  I honestly cannot wait for the belly to look obviously pregnant! I still feel a bit like it looks like I am chubber but I think it's starting to grow out of that awkward phase.

Cravings: Orange juice has been a craving that I keep forgetting to mention! I feel like I could honestly drink a whole pitcher of it by myself, it is just so refreshing and delicious!!! I have been craving Benihana which is hysterical, of course I would crave an expensive restaurant! LOL!! I am still not one who has massive cravings that constantly hit me, so I honestly can't think of much other than those things right now.

What I'm looking forward to: Finding out the baby's gender and starting to feel the baby moving around in there! I have been feeling a lot more like pressure and tugs in the belly, but not movement yet.  I just cannot wait to feel baby in there! I know it will be such an amazing experience!

Best moment this week: Ordering our crib and changing table!!!! Our first BIG nursery purchases!!! We decided to buy them now since Target is having their annual baby sale and we got the changer on sale, as well as free crib mattress, and discounted shipping! We should be getting it by the end of this week and I cannot wait to start putting it together!!! 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

14 Week Bumpdate

14 weeks sounds so crazy to me! I cannot believe how the weeks are flying by, yet going so slow at the same time.  There is so much to look forward to over the next month or so that I feel like I want time to go by fast, but then when I stop to really think about it I don't want this pregnancy to fly by.  I know we have SO much to get gone before baby arrives and I really want to enjoy every moment and not wish it to go by fast.  I know that this pregnancy will fly by on it's on without me wishing for it to go faster, and for now I am okay with savoring each day.  

So, let's recap week 13!

Symptoms:  I still have been having headaches off and on, but it seems like they have been less than previous weeks.  Unfortunately, still having breakouts but even that seems a little bit better.  I had my first little experience with heartburn, although I didn't know what it was until I watched someone else's video on YouTube and she described the symptoms of it and I was like, Oh that's what it was!!! LOL!! Obviously it wasn't anything too severe!  Baby has been waking me up in the middle of the night BEGGING me to eat something.   It's so crazy! For like 3-4 nights in a row this happened and finally I ate last night, literally before laying my head down and that seemed to help baby make it through the night.

Bumpdate:  The bump is popping!!! I am still not in any maternity clothes, but the bump is becoming more pronounced for sure!! I am thinking in a few weeks I will have to get some new pants because things are getting tighter for sure.   Even though I kind of hate the pictures above, it definitely will show you that the bump is coming. :)

Cravings:  This week everyone and their mom has been posting pictures of food from the fair and it all looks so yummy, so I guess anything deep fried! LOL!!! People have been talking about deep fried pickles and that seriously sounds like heaven! I have loved pickles forever and ever so it's not a pregnancy thing but deep fried just sounds so right.  Other than that, a DQ dilly bar has been calling my name.  LOL! It's horrible to think about how horrible both of those things are for you to eat, but they just sound good!

What I'm looking forward to:   OCTOBER 7th!!!! That is the day we get our anatomy ultrasound and will get to find out if we are having a baby boy or baby girl!! I cannot wait!!! I also am sooooooo looking forward to starting to feel baby move around in the belly! 

Best moment this week: Getting to hear the baby's heartbeat again and getting to have Scott hear it for the first time.  It is the most wonderful sound I have ever heard in my whole life, and even though it's just a heartbeat it's MY baby's heartbeat.  There really are no words for that.  Getting to share that with my husband was just so wonderful.  It made my heart so happy to see him smiling from ear to ear listening to baby for the first time.  I will never forget that moment ever!

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