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!
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