Thursday, December 17, 2015

23 Weeks

23 Weeks

How far along? 23 weeks 

Baby: Our little lady is growing by the second! Now, she's the size of a grapefruit weighing in at a whopping 12.7 oz - 20.8 oz. She was 11 oz 4 weeks ago, so I am pretty sure she's in the middle of that range. She could also be anywhere from 10.5 - 11.8 inches...crazy she's almost a foot long in my belly! 

Total weight gain:  14 lbs 

Maternity clothes? After wearing my regular jeans (unbuttoned and zipped halfway) with my BellaBand I finally had ENOUGH! I have a few pairs of jeans from my sweet friend Mal, but I needed some dressier ones that fit in my boots. I found some at Old Navy and also grabbed a pair of their black pixie pants to dress up my outfits I would typically wear leggings with. My maternity leggings are a bit thin to make it through the winter and last 4 months. My new maternity purchases were delivered yesterday and they fit great! That makes this prego mama happy and I am sure if my regular jeans could talk they'd thank me for not stretching them more and more! 
Stretch marks? None on my belly! 

Sleep: Rolling from side to side is getting to be a chore! I am about to pull my big boppee pillow out again to give the belly some support! 

Best moment this week: This has been such a fun week full of Christmas fun! Friday Ryan and I had a much needed date night to a great spot in Athens called Hilltop Grille and did a little Christmas shopping afterwards. Saturday was our sweet niece Ava's birthday party. She is precious! The worship service on Sunday was incredible and so needed! We enjoyed our small group on Monday evening and got together with their families. The kids had a blast at a house that was decked out for Christmas with lights, a tiny village, and more! Tuesday afternoon we spent time celebrating Christmas with our sweet neighbors visiting with Santa Cow and seeing some seriously great Christmas lights. And Wednesday was our handsome boy's Christmas play that he was super cute in and we enjoyed lunch and treats afterwards. It's been busy, but OH SO GOOD! 

Movement: We have a WiLd woman on our hands! She has really strong movements and I can feel her kicking a lot on my right side! Ryan and Vann have gotten to experience it as well! 

Food cravings: I am still digging the Olive Garden dressing! Eggs are a craving in the morning! I love our Gingerbread bars (so do Ryan and Vann)! AND it's Christmas...oh my stars! The treats are awesome, but trying not to go overboard. 

Symptoms: I am reminded that my sense of smell is still highly elevated in certain situations...sometimes it's a bit too much! 

In other very exciting news our precious girl has a name! She's had it for awhile because it's what we had picked out 3 years ago if Vann had been a girl! We will be sharing soon!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

19 Weeks

How far along? 19 weeks (is that for real? WOW!)

Baby: Our sweet girl is the size of a mango (around 6 inches and 8.5 ounces). She is also developing her vernix caseosa to protect her skin from all of the fluid she's hanging out in. Her nerve cells for senses are developing in her brain as well. 

Total weight gain:  6 lbs 

Maternity clothes? The good thing about being a work from home mama is I don't have to get dressed in work clothes daily. My sweatpants and some tshirts (I like to borrow Ryan's) work perfectly. When I do go out, I have a few shirts and pants I alternate between to keep the bump covered.

Stretch marks? Nope

Sleep: My dreams are still crazy. I wake up and think I have some huge mission or conflict I have to solve. Praise God they are only dreams. 

Best moment this week: This weekend we had our annual Pin It To Win It retreat at Chateau Elan. It was a beautiful time spent with other leaders and lots of learning with a huge dose of motivation. When we arrived home, we hopped right back in the car to find out that Caroline and Thomas are going to have a BOY! 
Vann has been talking more and more about his sister. This morning as he looked at my belly he said, "the baby is getting big. She come out at doctor's so I can show her my monster truck and read a book!" My heart melted! 

Movement: I am still feeling her every once in a while when I am still or right after I have eaten. 

Food cravings: Maybe pepperoncinis with my Olive Garden salad dressing. I think I have eaten salads with pepperoncinis and Olive Garden dressing nearly everyday for lunch. YUM!  

Gender: GIRL! 

Symptoms: I am feeling a little bit more tired this week. 

Belly button in or out? In, but it's becoming flatter. 

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Sweet girl, we are working on picking out your name. Friday is your anatomy scan and we are continuing to pray that you are growing strong. You are so loved! 

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

18 Weeks

How far along? 18 weeks

Baby: Our little girl is the size of a sweet potato. She is about 5 oz. in weight and I get to feel her moving every once in a while (when I am still)! 

Total weight gain:  5 lbs 

Maternity clothes? The beband is my favorite invention at this time. Thank God for not having to buy new pants for a bit longer. All of my farther along maternity clothes are for warmer weather. I did have to buy maternity tights to wear to a wedding this weekend. Ryan wondered why they were necessary! I had to explain how "normal" tights would fit this tummy of mine right now. 

Stretch marks? Nope

Sleep: It's been better this week!

Best moment this week: We had a busy one but we really enjoyed seeing friends on Friday night, Natalie and Walt's wedding on Saturday night, dinner with family for Mimi's bday on Sunday, and meeting for small group on Monday. Lots of good food and fun! And then...the SUN came out on TUESDAY and we enjoyed playing outside. The sunshine is so good (especially after a week or more of rain)! 

Miss anything? Wearing my regular clothes...I am pretty sure I wear the same thing whenever I go out. 

Movement: She's getting stronger and every once in a while I can feel a couple of forceful (for a 5 oz baby) kicks during the day. I love it and I can't wait until Vann and Ryan can feel the kicks, too! 

Food cravings: We rarely have cereal in our house and I broke down and bought some a week ago. We've had Cheerios, Raisin Bran, and Wheat Chex. It's fabulous! We also got our order of Gingerbread Bars in and man are they good! They are a great snack for me because 1. the ginger flavor helps me get rid of any nausea and 2. they pack 11 grams of protein and 3. pop those bad boys in the microwave for 11 seconds and BOOM! They are delicious! 

Gender: GIRL! 

Symptoms: Feeling a bit more bloated than usual. It may be from the milk or cereal though since I am not used to having those on a regular basis. 

Belly button in or out? In, but it's becoming flatter. 

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Looking forward to: Thanksgiving and Christmas are on their way! It's so exciting, but I would seriously like to have all of the gifts we are giving at the beginning of December. I am also focusing on enjoying each and every day as a gift. I give myself way too much anxiety about the future and things out of my control. 

Baby girl, We can't wait to meet you. Keep growing and getting strong. Your little brother is beyond excited to meet you and share his "monster truck with you". We love you so much already!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

16 Weeks and Gender Reveal

How far along? 16 weeks

Baby: We are having a GIRL! 

Total weight gain:  4 lbs 

Maternity clothes? I am still in my regular jeans: they are a bit stretchy so I can still button them, but it is not comfortable. I have been opting for the BeBand a bit more this week. My shirts are getting a bit snug and feel shorter than they should. I will just continue trying to get wear out of my tunic tops and stretch pants.

Stretch marks? Nope

Sleep: Going well. 

Best moment this week: We loved spending time with our family on Sunday. They were all so excited to learn what Baby Doss 2.0 is. 

Miss anything? Nope, I am enjoying this part of pregnancy! 

Movement: It's a tiny little movement, but I feel the baby most at night when I sit still and in the morning before I get out of bed. Right now it is such a light couple of kicks, but I know that it won't be long until Vann and Ryan can feel her kicking and see her moving all around. 

Food cravings: My birthday is coming up this week and I mentioned I would like some really amazing Japanese food with the good old yellow sauce! We will see if I am still craving that when we celebrate. 

Gender: GIRL! Vann and Ryan told the Ultrasound Tech they were hoping for a girl. When Vann and I went back on Friday his smile was so big. It lit up the dark ultrasound room. He is excited he will have a baby sister! 

Symptoms: I think I have solved my itchy skin for now. Mom and I enjoyed Country Living Fair on Saturday and I came home with olive oil lotion, soap, and new chapstick. The lotion and soap is Lavender, made with olive oil and beeswax, and has really helped soothe my skin. Life is good!

Belly button in or out? In!

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Still having some pretty strong mood swings. I do not remember this with Vann. We had just told our friends that we were expecting back when I was about 8-9 weeks pregnant and sharing that I wasn't moody at all...that was a mistake. Right after that the moods kicked in. 

Looking forward to: Now that we know the baby is a sweet girl, the nursery details will be planned. We have decided we will continue to use the nursery for the new baby and Vann will move into a new big boy room around Christmas! 

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Friday, October 23, 2015

15 Weeks

How far along? 15 weeks and 3 days

Baby: The baby is as big as a navel orange! 
*Baby is making lots of movements even though I can't feel them because the joints and limbs can all move now. 
*Baby's proportions are becoming even more normal since the legs now outmeasure the arms. 
*The avg. baby at 15 weeks weighs 2.5 oz and measures 4 inches. 

Total weight gain:  4 lbs

Maternity clothes? I have been loving my maternity leggings. If you are pregnant, do yourself a favor and get some. They are the most. comfortable. article. of. clothing. EVER! 

Stretch marks? Nope

Sleep: I have slept much better the last few nights and wake up feeling more energy than the last 3 months. This makes me happy! 

Best moment this week: We know the gender of our sweet baby! On Wednesday we had our appointment, but it was hard for the ultrasound tech to see. We had all gone in and were so bummed when we weren't able to find out. Vann and I went back today to find out if he is having a little brother or little sister! Thank HEAVENS we could tell and are pumped to share with our family and friends! 

Miss anything? Nope, I am enjoying this part of pregnancy! 

Movement: Every once in a while I feel a little movement, but nothing regular yet. 

Food cravings: I am still on my egg sandwich kick. We had some incredible steaks on Wednesday night for a celebration for my brother. I ate too much, but they were great! 

Anything making you queasy or sick: I am feeling much better and haven't had any big aversions this week. 

Gender: We thought we'd find out on Wednesday, but we got the news TODAY and couldn't be more excited for our  .   .   . HEALTHY baby! We will announce very soon! What do you think Baby Doss 2.0 is? 

Symptoms: ITCHY skin! Omg...I don't ever remember my skin being this dry and itchy. I am constantly drinking water and reapplying lotion! 

Belly button in or out? In!

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time: God bless my family. I am normally a positive happy person. I cry and then can turn around in 5 minutes and be completely fine. It's not only annoying to my family, but I get aggravated as well with these moods! 

Looking forward to: We can't wait to share the gender of this beautiful baby with our family and friends! 

We are praying for you little one. We love you so very much and are so excited for the miracle of YOU! It is amazing that God is piecing you together and equipping you for this world we live in. We believe you are going to do amazing things here and know you are already so loved by so many. 

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Week 14

How far along? 14 weeks on Tuesday! My energy is up a bit more and feeling more like myself! Thank God! Our sweet baby is the size of a lemon! 

Total weight gain:  2.5 lbs

Maternity clothes? Just wearing non-fitted tops and my stretchy jeans. It seems that is doing the trick for now. I am hoping with all of the tunics and longer tops out there that will be what I can wear in the winter time. I was pregnant with Vann in the Spring and Summer, so all of my maternity clothes are for that season. 

Stretch marks? Nope

Sleep: I find myself waking up at least once at night and it takes me about 15-20 min to fall back asleep. My sis is a L&D nurse and works nightshifts, so I can typically text her and chat for a bit! 

Best moment this week: Ryan and I had our 6 year anniversary this weekend! We are headed to celebrate soon. 

Miss anything? I have noticed that I started sleeping on my belly and back a lot more than I thought I did. I will wake up and have to quickly turn to my side. I think one of the most things I had trouble with last pregnancy was sleeping and how uncomfortable I got. Thankfully I invested in a body pillow last go round, so I can use it a little sooner than 32 weeks when I bought it last time. 

Movement: I don't think so, but just maybe I have. If I am really still I feel a little's so neat to think Baby D can move gracefully and has more control over movements and is even making faces! 

Food cravings: This week it has been egg sandwiches. I normally make these for breakfast when I don't have my shake. I have been using the whole grain thin sandwich slices and a little bit of olive oil mayo topped with scrambled eggs and spinach lettuce! 

Anything making you queasy or sick: This week has been heaven compared to the past several weeks, but the smell or taste of onions is not welcome by me. 

Gender: We are praying for a healthy baby. I am ok with either! It would be wonderful for Vann to have a brother, but I also know he would be a great protector of a sister! We should know next Wednesday! 

Symptoms: I have a bit of indigestion and a little bit of bloating in the evenings, but feel good otherwise!   

Belly button in or out? In!

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time: My moodiness has calmed down a tad. I am sure my family is happy about that! 

Looking forward to: Finding out the gender (hopefully baby will cooperate in 8 days).  We can't wait :)

Sweet baby, I keep looking at photos of your brother as a newborn and realize the time has flown by with him. We can't wait to hold you in our arms, watch him love you and play with you, and make precious memories! 

Friday, October 9, 2015

13 weeks

Time seems to be flying by with this sweet pregnancy. Baby Doss 2.0 is growing and is the size of a sweet GA peach this week! 

How far along? 13 weeks today! Now I am officially into the 2nd trimester which is crazy...I feel like even though the 1st trimester was awful symptoms wise, it went so fast!

Total weight gain:  2 lbs, but it feels like 20! 

Maternity clothes? I've used the BeBand a couple of times, but I haven't dug into the maternity clothes in storage yet. 

Stretch marks? Nope

Sleep: I could sleep a lot! On Saturday night I got in bed at 9:22 which is not typical for me! I normally try to get in bed around 10 pm and doze off a bit after that. I wake up several times through the night to drink water or get Vann back to sleep if he wakes up and needs me. 

Best moment this week: On Sunday, Vann started rubbing my tummy while we were sitting on the couch. He leaned in and started whispering to the baby. Then looked at me and smiled! 
We also shared our news with all of our family and friends! Check out our announcement below: 
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Miss anything? Not really, well except for a few of my favorite AdvoCare products and my 2nd Spark of the day. Here's what I do take

Movement: No.

Food cravings: Nothing too off the wall in terms of cravings. I have made 3 batches of Pumpkin Bread (my Nannie's recipe) in the past 3 weeks. 2 weeks ago I started craving Olive Garden salad. We got a bowl to go after one of the UGA games and they send you home with a bottle of their dressing. That bottle lasted until today, so I found a copycat recipe and it's awesome! I do use spinach lettuce instead of the iceberg lettuce. I toss in olives, parmesan, tomatoes, pepperoncinis, and croutons. YUM! 

Anything making you queasy or sick: I feel so much better than I did the past month or so. Some smells really hit me...Lyla's dog food is one I could go without smelling! 

Gender: I am just praying for a healthy baby, but lots of friends say girl. Vann tells people he wants a sister. We shall see in about a month.   

Labor signs: Nope.

Symptoms: Bloating, low energy, and I feel so moody.  

Belly button in or out? In!

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Errr a bit of both!  My emotions & hormones have been all over the place lately!  I hate feeling grumpy and it seems this week I've been feeling that way a lot. Sorry family! 

Looking forward to: Finding out the gender (hopefully in 2-3 more weeks).  We can't wait :)

Sweet baby Doss, we are praying for you, excited for you, and happy that you are a part of our family. We praise God for the miracle of you! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Vann Turns 2!

I say it way too much, but the truth is that time is going by quicker than we ever imagined. Ryan and I have watched our sweet baby grow into a 2 year old right before our eyes. We celebrated his second birthday with sweet friends and family who are all there to support and love on Vann!

After going through many "themes" for his party, we asked Vann what he wanted. He would answer the same each time, "cake and ice cream". Simple enough. But this mama needed a theme to start planning. We'd throw out different options and his consistent answer was "cool cars", so I got busy.

I have never been much for the traditional go to the party store, pay an arm and a leg for decor that's pre-printed with the characters, and then throw it up and expect it to look different. I get this from my mom. I think I have shared before that we had some amazing birthday celebrations that my mom concocted like a costume party, carnival with different booths, barbie party (where she made the cake like a Barbie before Cake Boss was even heard of), etc. They weren't canned parties, she created them, and I loved them. This is a huge reason why I have done what I planned for Vann's parties so far.

I got to work looking around for ideas of Disney Cars without doing Disney Cars if that makes sense? I came across a photographer's blog that created a birthday party just like what I was dreaming about. I found her email, contacted her, and she so graciously shared the decor with me!

The Saturday of the party was a gorgeous, sunshiney, and HOT day! The kiddos loved it and the adults had fun talking with each other. We loved seeing Vann so happy on his day and spending time with all of his friends!

{Sometimes it's good to take a break..."It's my party, I can cry if I want to!"}

Happy 2nd birthday sweet Vann! You are so loved and you love us back so well! 

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