Thursday, November 16, 2017

26 Weeks!

Originally written November 15, 2017

Photo taken after the gym this morning. Since the time change, I've given up on after-work photos.

Size of Baby: Baby J is the size of kale, 14 inches and 1 pound 10.9 ounces in weight (according to the Bump app).

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 178, up 18 pounds so far. First time for everything...actually down 1/2 a pound this week.

Maternity Clothes: Today I tried wearing a regular long shirt to work. I had it on for about 10 minutes before I left the house. I kept looking in the mirror and realized it just wasn't going to work today. I should enjoy wearing the maternity clothes I do have, cause I only have 14 weeks left to wear them!

Shocking Moment This Week: I think my belly button is becoming flat. I've always had such a deep innie belly button that I never imagined I would be a pregnant girl with a flat or popping belly button. But it is actually becoming flat!

Numbers: 26 weeks pregnant means I've spent half a year pregnant! 26 weeks pregnant means only 1 week left in the second trimester.

Movement: She is moving alot. This week Dave got to feel her. And Tia and Catherine were able to feel her this morning at work after I ate a burrito!

Sometimes when I feel her, like this morning, I can feel her on both the right and left sides of my belly at the exact same time. She is starting to stretch out.

Sleep: I feel like the pattern is still one good night, one bad night, one good night, one bad night. Last night my dreams were outrageous and kept me up quite a bit.

What I Miss: Sleeping in any other position than my side, which is really starting to make my neck and hips ache.

Cravings: Still cheese.

Symptoms: Heartburn - still happening like crazy.

I got sick this week on Tuesday. I don't know if it was pregnancy related though. In general, I just didn't feel good all day. I did have a really bad headache, and per the Bump update this week, it mentioned headaches can start getting bad again around week 26. I ended up leaving the office around 2 and went home to try and get some sleep. Dave made dinner when he got home, and after eating I promptly got sick. He is SO good to me when I get sick.

Thankfully, I woke up feeling better on Wednesday.

Best Moment this Week: We celebrated Baby Savannah with friends in Dallas this weekend! The shower was perfect! The decorations were beautiful...fall-themed pumpkins and colors. The guests were some of my friends that I haven't seen in years. I felt like the luckiest momma in the world to be spoiled by friends who love me so much. Thank you Erin, Kami, Carolyn and Eva for hosting such a beautiful shower for me and Savannah!

I also got to see Eva's little Carter Sunday morning at breakfast before we hit the road. He is a doll!

Moments with Dave this Week: Holy Moly Maternity Photos! It's a little early to be taking maternity photos according to some sources, but I've learned to seize my moments where I can. As soon as I found out the weekend we'd be in Dallas for the baby shower, I contacted Sarah Avitua. She is one of my best friend's from childhood's older sister, and I've been following her photography for years. I've always dreamed of her taking my maternity photos. And this weekend, my dreams came true. I woke up to a sneak peek of the shoot this morning, and they are even more beautiful than I could have imagined.

Taking the photos was so emotional. For the shots that Dave was with me and we were looking in eachother's eyes, I couldn't help but well up with tears. It's been such a painful, long process to get to this point, and honestly I wasn't sure we were ever going to get here. I had even gotten to the point of embracing whatever life God might have in store for us, even if it meant not being a mommy. To say I'm grateful that God decided to bless us with this baby girl is an understatement. I am overwhelmed by His goodness and His timing.

On Friday before we left for Dallas, Dave wanted his dad to get some pictures of us in Tulsa at Woodward Park with all of the fall colors. His dad took our engagement photos in the same park in 2008.

Milestones: Baby girl's eyes are forming according to the Bump app. Soon she will start practicing opening and closing them.

I've also scheduled two interviews with pediatricians, and I'll pick my favorite out of those two. They both come highly recommended and are 11 minutes from the house.

What I'm Looking Forward To: Enjoying a weekend at home with no real to-do's!

What the Doctor Said this Week: N/A Next doctor's appointment is November 29.

Weirdest Thing I ate this Week: Yesterday since I wasn't feeling good, I tried eating soup for breakfast and also had the rest of the pimento cheese Carolyn got for me while I was in Dallas.

Verse I'm Clinging to this Week: Isaiah 40:31 "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

Thursday, November 9, 2017

25 Weeks!

Originally written November 8, 2017

Size of Baby: Baby J is the size of a head of cauliflower, 13.5 inches and 1 pound 7.4 ounces in weight (according to the Bump app). I'm guessing she weighs more than that, since last week her doctor estimated she weighed 1 pound 9 oz.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 178.5, up 18.5 pounds so far. Man, second trimester has been a doozy in the weight gain category. This weekend in San Antonio, I really enjoyed all my family and the FOOD :) I had all of my favorites.

Friday for lunch we went to Los Barrios where I had a cheese enchilada, puffy beef taco and split a tamale with momma. Friday night mom and I had her infamous homemade spaghetti sauce.

Saturday morning I had 2 tamales with chili sauce. Is that weird? I'm just not wanting traditional breakfast food right now. For lunch, Erin served amazing Mexican food at the shower. For dinner that night, mom and I picked up poor boys from Bill Miller's and she made the most amazing homemade macaroni and cheese ever. I had told her I wasn't feeling good, so I wasn't going to eat dinner. But when I pulled that mac and cheese out of the oven, I had to have some.

Sunday morning I ate the second half of my ham poorboy and leftover mac and cheese for breakfast. That afternoon we celebrated Granny's 86th birthday with pizza. And I think I had more leftover mac and cheese for dinner Sunday night.

SOOOOO...I'm not surprised that my weight went up 1.5 pounds since last week. I really really really enjoyed all the food San Antonio has to offer :)

Maternity Clothes: I have been SOOOOO blessed by so many people giving me hand-me-downs. I've picked up a few pieces myself from Old Navy, Stitch Fix and Motherhood Maternity. I'm trying to dress in clothes that make me feel happy and confident. It's hard to see not only my body change, but also see my face getting rounder, and even my feet and legs swelling.

Movement: Baby girl is a mover and a shaker. This week her kicks have changed from being cute poofs of air into more big rolling motions and tap dancing on my cervix. I'm glad she is practicing her dance moves, but if she wants to tap dance a little higher up, I'd be totally ok with that.

Probably the biggest change this week is her kicks. They feel so different. Not necessarily painful yet, but more uncomfortable than cute.

Sleep: Depends on the night. I feel like I'll have a great night, then a poor night and recycle.

What I Miss: Hmmmmm, moving as fast as I usually do. I've noticed that when I walk for exercise, it takes me more minutes to go the same distance I was going just a month ago.

Cravings: Lipton Noodle Soup. I've asked Dave to make this for me several times during pregnancy, but now that it's cold outside, that soup sounds so good. Unfortunately, I'm still craving salty items.

Symptoms: I'm starting to noticeably swell in the feet and ankles. Yesterday I was stunned by my feet and legs when I took off my boots at the end of the work day. So today, I've made it a point to elevate my legs at least 10 minutes per hour. I wish I could make myself stop eating salt, but it is still what I crave. I am trying to back off of it a little though.

Heartburn and constipation are also both present at the end of week 25.

Best Moment this Week: We celebrated Baby Savannah with tons of family down in San Antonio. Thank you Erin for throwing me and Savannah an amazing shower!

I've also loved receiving gifts from family that couldn't make it to the shower this weekend. This super soft blanket and this changing pad cover are some of my favorite prints out of the multitude of prints I registered for. And this elephant is destined to be one of baby girl's favorites!

Moments with Dave this Week: We really missed eachother while I was away in San Antonio. This coming weekend we are driving down to Dallas together. I'm excited about the time I will have with him. When I got home Monday night, he went through all of the gifts we got at the shower. I love seeing him go through the cute little baby girl clothes. It warms my heart.

Milestones: I had to buy some new shoes due to my swelling. I ordered 5 pairs off Hopefully some of them work, because shoe shopping in a store while pregnant is one of my least favorite things to do.

When I got my 25 Week update this morning, one of the 3 to-do's this week was get new shoes. :) Check!

What I'm Looking Forward To: Going to Dallas this weekend to get spoiled by my Dallas friends!

What Kind of Mom I'm Going to Be Per The Bump's Article on Zodiac Signs:
“Sagittarius moms love the great outdoors and are definitely not inclined to be couch potatoes. The first shoes she’s going to buy for her kids are hiking boots,” Angel says. “As a fire sign, they’re not known to be the most patient, but they’re very good natured people, so when they lose their temper, they get over it quickly.” Sagittarius moms also tend to be forward-thinking and action-oriented, and raise their kids to be optimistic and colorful. ”Since Sagittarius is the sign of travel, they want to show their children the world and teach them to broaden their horizons through hands-on learning,” she adds. “Instead of just Googling the pyramids, she would actually take the kids to see them in person.”

I sure hope I'm this kind of mom. It sounds like it could be me to a T!

What the Doctor Said this Week: N/A Next doctor's appointment is November 29.

Weirdest Thing I ate this Week: Probably the tamales with chili for breakfast on Saturday morning.

Verse I'm Clinging to this Week: "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9

This verse is so special to me. I had a science teacher in highschool that loved this verse so much, that he would give us an extra point on exams if we wrote this verse on the top before turning in our paper.

Also, my friend Caroline, has claimed this verse as her own as she waits for God to bless her with a baby.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

24 Weeks!

Originally written November 2, 2017

Size of Baby: Baby J is the size of a cantaloupe, 11.8 inches and 1 pound 9 ounces in weight (according to her doctor's appointment yesterday)!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 177, up 17 pounds so far.

Maternity Clothes: Yes, and loving them! I wore my first shirt from Aunt Joanie this week to work.

Movement: Fireworks! This little girl likes to do firework-like shows. She kicks away for about 10 minutes and then rests for a while. Occasionally, I'll feel a kick here or there, but usually it's in show-like succession. At church on Sunday, she was kicking down. It was slightly uncomfortable :)

Sleep: I'm doing ok this week. The World Series has been on. Go Astros! So I've stayed up later than usual.

What I Miss: The Tulsa Run was last weekend, and it really made me miss running. I'm looking forward to doing the Tulsa Run next year.

Cravings: I actually ate ice cream this week. I had some Blue Bell vanilla with fresh raspberries one night, and it tasted good. But I can't say I've really been craving anything this week.

Symptoms: Heartburn city. I've said it before, but I hope she is born with hair to make up for all this heartburn I've been having. It doesn't seem like anything specific really triggers it, because even after drinking water, I'll have the burning sensation.

I threw up twice this week. I think it might be the only time I've thrown up twice in a week during this pregnancy. One was a toothbrush/morning incident. But Saturday night, I felt really sick after taking one of my first pregnant baths. I did lukewarm water. But after about 5 minutes in, I just didn't feel right. I got out, told Dave I wasn't going to be able to make dinner and I was just going to lay on the couch. 5 minutes later, I was running for the bathroom. It was very unpleasant. Much like the fruit pie incident from our Utah trip. (I still need to post the weeks 21 and 22 udpate.)

Best Moment this Week: Our little buddy, Jace, got baptized on Sunday. I loved being part of his special day.

Moments with Dave this Week: Saturday morning, Dave and I had a day date. We started off by walking Manion Park, and then we went to brunch at Smoke, one of our favorite restaurants. It was chilly Saturday and a great day to snuggle and watch football in the afternoon.

Milestones: Baby's first Halloween! Debbie made me a momma kangaroo costume that I wore to the office.

What I'm Looking Forward To: Going to San Antonio this weekend to see my family and celebrate Baby Girl!

What the Doctor Said this Week: Baby Girl's heartbeat per minute was 155. Dr. Martin measured her head, belly and femur bone and told us she weighed 1 pound 9 oz, which was on track for 24 weeks. She is currently head up, but Dr. Martin told us she has plenty of time to flip around to the ideal head down position for delivery. We're signed up for the hospital class on January 6. My next appointment will be the glucose check and our last 4 week appointment. After that, we go every 2 weeks.

She gave us her best Halloween pose yesterday!

Weirdest Thing I ate this Week: I actually ate poptarts for breakfast one morning with a huge glass of milk. It tasted delicious at the time. But then I didn't feel very good the rest of the day. It's hard to eat the perfect thing to make me feel ok. I know I should be eating protein. But eggs are not sitting well with me right now since I'm still having a problem with mushy textures.

Verse I'm Clinging to this Week: From my daily calendar "It's never a question of whether or not God will bless you - it's a matter of having your faith stretched out enough to receive the incredible measure of goodness God wants to pour into your life!"

Monday, October 30, 2017

15 Weeks!

Originally written September 1, 2017

Size of Baby: Baby J is the size of a navel orange, 4 inches and 2.5 ounces in weight!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 165.5, up 5.5 lbs so far. Same as last week.

Maternity Clothes: So far this week I wore a normal dress Monday, maternity jeans Tuesday and today, and yesterday black maternity work pants a friend gave me. I loved them. They were SO comfy.

Movement: Still too early to feel movement.

Sleep: My snoogle has helped alot. I'm only getting up twice in the night to pee, and most of the time I'm sleeping pretty hard in between those 2 wake-ups. My dreams have continued to be outrageous. One night this week I had a dream about my Varsity cheerleading squad being asked to perform somewhere so we had a week to pull a routine together. I came up with the whole thing in my sleep, and I was the only girl who couldn't fit into my cheerleading skirt from Jr year of highschool.

What I Miss: Jimmy John's! We had a work meeting yesterday, and Roger suggested we order JJ's, but I asked if we could have pizza instead so I wouldn't have to make a big deal about heating up my sandwich.

Cravings: Still been thinking about Caesar salads. Lunch meat, which is ironic. And yesterday, I started craving the cream cheese red pepper dip that Debbie makes. It's so delicious. And served with big Fritos scoops. I will be making myself some of that for this weekend.

Symptoms: Still dealing with some nausea. Heart burn. Headaches, about 2 this week. Raging hunger sometimes. Oh, and the one no one talks about...constipation. Time for me to break out the Miralax again.

Best Moment this Week: Amber sent the sweetest pregnancy box. It had tons of teas, ginger chews, Baby Wise and oils and lotions.

Moments with Dave this Week: We did Baby's First 5K together on Saturday morning in Muskogee. We had no idea before we got there, but it ended up being cross-country style. Thankfully I was already decided on walking the whole thing. But when it started as running across a football field and then going into random fields, I was super glad I was just walking. It was the perfect set-up for twisting an ankle.

I still managed to keep under 45 minutes and did it in a 14:33 pace, or something like that.

Dave and I have also been purging stuff from the house and Saturday we went through alot of pictures. Please look at how cute he was.

Milestones: Dave finally told Kevin and Hannah at family dinner on Sunday night! I'm so glad that cat is out of the bag. They were our last big people to tell before we do a FB announcement.

What I'm Looking Forward To: Seeing if the nausea and exhaustion really go away with the 2nd trimester :) Cause so far, no dice.

Favorite Quote from a Stranger this Week: Hmmmm, can't think of one. So I'll tell you my food aversions instead. Sugar, fruit, specifically pineapple (although I did eat some on pizza yesterday), ground meat (makes me gag). And pizza pretty much sounds good for all meals, 3x a day.

(East Village Bohemian Pizza Monday night for Dinner Club)

What the Doctor Said this Week: N/A Next doctor's appointment is September 6.

Weirdest Thing I ate this Week: I skipped dinner altogether last night because of headache plus exhaustion. And then I woke up this morning to read The Bump update and baby is growing more than ever and needs nutrition. So today I've had raisin bran with milk, a butt load of Chex Mix (trying to keep nausea away), yummy Hide-Away salad leftover from yesterday, and cantaloupe. Oh, and one piece of pizza :)

Verse I'm Clinging to this Week: Psalm 139 "For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother's womb." "Oh Lord, you have searched me and know me." I love it, the whole chapter! Same as last week.

11 Weeks

Originally written August 3, 2017

Size of Baby: Baby J is the size of a lime and as long as 1.61 inches!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 164.0, up 4 lbs so far. I really wanted to stay within the recommended 1-5 pound weight gain for first trimester. So hopefully this slows down a bit, because I don't think first trimester is officially over till 14 weeks.

Maternity Clothes: I scored a big bag of clothes from Melissa. There are tons of t-shirts and 3 pairs of maternity jeans that are perfect for where I'm at right now and hopefully will last another month or two. They have a low belly band, and 2 of the pairs fit perfect through the butt and legs. One pair gives me some room to grow into. She also gave me a belly band, which I wore once this week, but I didn't really feel like it helped smooth things out that well. I did the whole rubberband trick with my pants. I can still squeeze my pants shut, but I'd rather not constrict baby J.

Catherine brought over a great pair of Loft Maternity work pants. I love them.

Movement: No real movement, but man, some serious pains if I move a certain way. I sneezed yesterday and it hurt my right ovary so bad. And then today I laid down to pop my back and when I twisted to the left, I got a pain in my lower left abdomen.

Sleep: Other than Tuesday night, where I only slept for 4.5 hours, my sleep has been decent this week. Yesterday I fell asleep on the couch at 7:30. If Dave hadn't moved me, I think I would have slept till 3 in the morning. And then I would have woken up starving, very starving.

What I Miss: Hmmmm, I'm going to give it to kombucha again. Dave has been drinking alot of it, and I kinda wish I could have some.

Cravings: Pizza. I feel like I could happily eat pizza for any meal. We had a Red Baron cheese pizza last night topped with mandarin oranges, and I loved it.

Symptoms: The last few days I have had some serious bouts with nausea and exhaustion. I thought I was on the upswing, but the last 2 days have proven otherwise. Yesterday I thought about leaving work, which I think was due to my lack of sleep. But since around 2pm today I have been feeling really nauseas, and it's 5:45!

My nipples have still been extra sensitive and my boobs very sore this week.

I've also been extremely tired, especially in the afternoons. I wish I could take a 2 hour nap every single day. It doesn't help that I've been having a hard time going back to bed after my 4am pee trip :)

Best Moment this Week: It was pretty awesome wearing maternity jeans for the first time on Monday :)

Moments with Dave this Week: Catherine asked me on Tuesday if I had started looking into daycares or if Debbie was going to watch the baby. I started doing some research on daycares and what was available around us. That night I told Dave "Hey, I started looking at daycares today." And he said "stop right there. Before you say anything else, I would really like to stay at home with the baby for a few years." That was huge. I had so many mixed emotions. And I didn't sleep well that night at all. But after thinking about it a few days, and making a pros and cons list, I think that it would be amazing for our whole family if Dave stayed home with the baby - at least for the first year. Then I would love for him to work 2-3 days a week after that. Or at least I think that's what I would want at this moment.

Milestones: I can't believe the baby is a size of a lime! We are finally out of the berries. And of course, wearing maternity clothes for the first time this week.

What I'm Looking Forward To: Now I'm really really really looking forward to our appointment on Wednesday morning.

Favorite Quote from a Stranger this Week: Nothing from a stranger, but Debbie sent me a text yesterday asking if she can tell her neighborhood ladies next Friday. I think it's so cute that she is so excited, but I told her let's just wait and see how the appointment goes on Wednesday.

What the Doctor Said this Week: N/A Next doctor appointment is August 9!

Weirdest Thing I ate this Week: Hmmmm, I can't think of anything too weird I ate this week. But I did wake up absolutely starving Thursday 4:10 am!!! I went ahead and got out of bed, ate some Fruit Loops and blueberries, and I was able to be back asleep around 5:15. I have never done anything like that in my life.

Verse I'm Clinging to this Week: I haven't been very good about getting into my Bible this week. I need to do ALOT better. I did love my August 1 daily calendar "Let yourself believe in great things - God is in the habit of making them happen."

13 Weeks

Originally written August 17, 2017

Size of Baby: Baby J is the size of a Meyer lemon, 2.9 inches and .9 ounces in weight!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 164.5, up 4.5 lbs so far. First trimester is officially over! So I have met my weight goal of not gaining more than 5 pounds so far!

Maternity Clothes: I got another HUGE bag of maternity clothes from Laura Corbin on Saturday. After going through them all, I really shouldn't have to buy much.

Movement: Still too early to feel movement.

Sleep: Dave had to sleep in the guest room a couple of nights because I was waking him up too much. He might sleep great in the guest room. But I sleep horrible without him. It takes forever for me to fall asleep.

What I Miss: Jimmy John's! And beer. There was a moment this week when I was thinking about wings, pizza and beer :)

Cravings: Caesar salad! I can't stop thinking about it.

Symptoms: On August 13, I woke up early. I had no bloat, but I had a little pointy bump under my belly button. I think it was the baby!

Best Moment this Week: Sleeping with my Snoogle for the first time last night! The Snoogle is truly amazing. I sleep like a rock in between my bathroom wake-ups.

Moments with Dave this Week: Dave and I had a wonderful Saturday morning. The Philbrook does a free Saturday the second weekend every month, so we took advantage of it. While we were there, we ran into his friends Ruth and Blake. He proudly told them that after 5 long years, we are expecting a child! He was beaming. It was SO cute. We followed up our museum visit with a stop at Corbin's house to pick up the clothes. Dave got tons of advice from her hubby Ryan while we were there. And we finished our day date with burgers and rootbeer from Weber's. It was awesome.

We also had a Thursday night date night, the end of our 13th week, where we would normally take the picture outside. So we got inside pictures instead :) We started at Foolish Things Coffee for, ironically, beer and lemonade. And then we went to The Tavern for burgers. I will be skipping that for a while. The burger was way too heavy and fancy for being pregnant.

Milestones: I told my boss at work, Monica. I also told my old boss, Roger. They were both so happy for me! Both of their eyes teared up :)

What I'm Looking Forward To: Dave telling his brother!

Favorite Quote from a Stranger this Week: I told the owner at Weber's I needed lots of extra pickles, cause I'm pregnant. He said "The pregnant lady gets what she wants." :)

What the Doctor Said this Week: N/A Next doctor's appointment is September 6. I have been taking my blood pressure at work, and it is MUCH better when I'm not at the doctor's office.

Weirdest Thing I ate this Week: I can't really think of anything too weird.

Verse I'm Clinging to this Week: Psalm 139 "For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother's womb." "Oh Lord, you have searched me and know me." I love it, the whole chapter! Same as last week.

True confessions: Work got super busy, and I'm filling this out mostly on Monday, August 21. My brain is already fried and has forgotten most of the 13th week. I'm too busy enjoying Week 14! Lesson learned. Must fill out this questionaire on Thursdays :)