Tuesday, January 12, 2016

27 Weeks

How far along? 27 weeks

Baby: Sweet Maggie is as big as a rutabaga (around 14 inches and 1.5 - 2.5 lbs). She is continuing to grow and her brain is developing even more now. She most likely can recognize her mommy and daddy's voice, and surely she knows her brother's voice as well! 

Total weight gain: I haven't weighed, but I will head to the dr next week for the glucose test and see how much I have gained then. 

Maternity clothes? Yes and Ryan's t-shirts! 

Stretch marks? Not right now. The way my belly is growing this time, it may happen soon. I am keeping a lot of moisturizer on it which seems to help during this cold weather. 

Sleep: This week I slept better than last. I may have just been tired from all of our Christmas and New Year fun. 

Movement: Maggie is continuing to kick and I can feel her roll around. At night she moves closer up to the edge of my belly and I can feel her move even better. 

Food cravings: I have really gotten back on track with my healthy eating and it's feels so good! I am having to fight some cravings, but it has given me more energy and helps me keep up with Vann even more. 

Symptoms: I'd say the biggest one this week has been my legs. They are cramping, but I believe it was my sciatic nerve giving me some issues. I did some stretches and drank a ton of water + Rehydrate and it helped tremendously. I have also been wearing tennis shoes while I do house work and that has helped. 

Maggie, We only have around 13 weeks until we meet you and we are so honored already to be your parents and big brother. We love you so much and thank God for your precious life. 

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

26 Weeks {The one where I share her name!}

How far along? 26 weeks 

Baby: Today our little girl is around the size of an eggplant (about a foot long and around 2 lbs). This week her eyes begin to open. Her eyelashes are now grown too. She's taking breaths...not gonna lie that freaks me out when I think about it since she's in fluid! It is hard to wrap my brain around how God creates us! Our sweet girl is a miracle! 

Total weight gain: Holding around 14 lbs...feels like 50! 

Maternity clothes? I am loving maternity clothes now since my regular wardrobe doesn't work too well. My poor yoga pants are stretched to the max in the waist. I sure did like being able to wear sandals and dresses when I was pregnant with Vann in the warmer weather.

Stretch marks? The belly is stretchmark free thus far! 

Sleep: I can fall asleep anywhere, but staying asleep is another story. I don't think I have slept like I used to in a couple of years now, so it's nothing new! Life goes on and I have my Spark to keep me going! :) 

Best moment this week: We loved having Ryan home a bit more over New Year's Eve and New Year's Day! Family time is my favorite! Visiting with family and eating some good home cooked food are great for the soul. We had a fun Saturday with friends watching UGA dominate in the Taxslayer Bowl and then on to Athens to celebrate the New Year with our AdvoCare team. Now, it's back to the routine and getting lots accomplished before we welcome our new family member! On Monday night I was putting Vann to bed. We prayed, read books, rocked, and sang songs. He has gotten into the habit of uncovering my belly, uncovering his belly, pressing them together, and telling me his sister is talking to his belly like he talks to mine! This night was different though because as he laid there he started humming with me. When I stood up to lay him in his bed, he pushed his cheek to mine and continued humming. We just danced and hummed...and my heart melted even more. He's a sweet big brother! 

Movement: She's kicking up a storm. I can see my belly shake when she is wiggling. 

Food cravings: Salads this week. I could eat them all of the time. In fact, I did last night at 9:30...what in the world?!?

Symptoms: Clumsiness...I'm always clumsy but it's elevated for sure right now! 4 weeks ago I turned to sharp out of the driveway and the mailbox scraped down the side of my car. GOOD GRIEF! I should be in a bubble. 

What's her name? We have been asked this a lot, but I wanted to blog about it before I made a big announcement. I have had her name picked out for awhile (back before I was expecting Vann). Ryan and I agreed on it after making sure there was no other name we both liked as much. Our little girl is Margaret Katherine and will be called Maggie! She is so loved and Vann loves sharing what his little sister's name is. Here he is after we found out he was having a sister!

Maggie, you are so precious to each of us already! We love you and pray for a healthy, strong baby who knows she is wonderfully and fearfully made! Thank you God for our precious girl!

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