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30 Week Bump-date!

30 Week Bump-date!

How far along?: 30 weeks 3 days

Baby is the size of a: Cucumber

Total weight gain/loss: 7 lbs total!

The Bump: is getting bigger!

Pregnancy symptoms: crazy dreams, tired, hungry, emotional, forgetful, talking in my sleep, bad breath

Food Cravings: Mexican, chocolate milkshakes, BIG MACS

Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: not this week! I even browned hamburger and it didn’t bother me!

Sleep: is probably not going to get better at this point. I’m getting up to pee multiple times and my brain just wont shut off because I’ve forgotten so much lately and it drives me crazy so I lay there trying to make sure I’m not forgetting anything.

What I miss: being comfortable, sleeping on my back/stomach, my body not hurting all the time! When it snowed last week, I REALLY missed not being able to sled but she’s worth it.

Weddings Rings On or Off: Still on!

Any Names Picked Out Yet: Ava Catherine

Gender Prediction: Girl!

Movement: I love it. We were in Lowe’s on Saturday and the top part of my stomach went numb and started itching and then she started kicking me there. It was so weird but I absolutely love feeling her move. First thing in the morning, I’ll roll over on my back, Sley will put his hand on my belly and she always gives us 1 good kick.

Maternity Clothes: are the best but the bigger my belly is getting, the less shirts I have that cover me! My pants are still working out great…

Labor Signs: No and let’s keep it that way, for a little while longer at least!

Best Moment of the Week: Yall, I am so so blessed to have Sley as my husband. When it snowed last week, I can hardly bend over now to put my boots on so as much as Sley HATES feet, he helped me put my boots on. Also, Saturday, I felt like my stomach was STRETCHING OUT so he rubbed lotion all over my belly. It’s the little things that mean so much to me. I am one lucky girl!

What I’m excited about/looking forward to: Wednesday morning we have an ultrasound and then that afternoon, we have our first baby shower at my work! So excited!!

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29 weeks 2 days

29 weeks 2 days

How far along?: 29 weeks 2 days

Baby is the size of a: Acorn Squash?

Total weight gain/loss: 7 lbs total! Woo hoo!

The Bump: is getting bigger!

Pregnancy symptoms: crazy dreams, tired, hungry, emotional, forgetful, talking in my sleep, bad breath

Food Cravings: fresh fruit, Mexican, chocolate milkshakes, dynamite shrimp from Cheesecake Factory, BIG MACS, and zucchini

Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: not this week!

Sleep: is hit and miss. Poor Sley had to get up last night because I was talking in my sleep. When it’s good, it’s good and I am so thankful for good sleep!

What I miss: being comfortable, sleeping on my back/stomach, my body not hurting all the time!

Weddings Rings On or Off: Still on!

Any Names Picked Out Yet: Ava Catherine

Gender Prediction: Girl!

Movement: Home girl has been TEARING IT UP! I love it! Sley and I lay on the couch at night and she kicks his hand up a storm! It’s so so sweet…I know that I will miss feeling her kicks once she is here. It’s amazing.

Maternity Clothes: are heaven. So what if I only own 2 pair of pants and a handful of shirts. I LOVE them and am really going to miss them. I told another one of my newly preggo friends that maternity clothes feel like you get to wear stretchy pants all day!

Labor Signs: No and let’s keep it that way, at least for another 10 plus weeks!

Best Moment of the Week: Last week I had dinner with my ex sister in laws and ex brother in law and it was so good catching up with them! They gave Ava so much stuff (even a UNC cheerleading outfit that my husband insists on broadcasting on Ava’s door for everyone to see…I’m not sure how I feel about this yet even though I must admit, it’s super cute even if it isnt Duke). AND even though I failed the 1 hour glucose test, I passed the 3 hour one!

What I’m excited about/looking forward to: next week we have another ultrasound to see how much Ava is weighing now and then that afternoon, I have my first baby shower!

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28 weeks

28 weeks

How far along?: 28 weeks

Baby is the size of a: Eggplant

Total weight gain/loss: I find out next week when I go to take my glucose test…

The Bump: is getting bigger!

Pregnancy symptoms: crazy dreams, tired, hungry, emotional, forgetful

Food Cravings: fresh fruit, Mexican, chocolate milkshakes, dynamite shrimp from Cheesecake Factory, BIG MACS, and zucchini

Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: not this week!

Sleep: It’s nice to be back in my bed but I think I’m going to have to retire to the couch soon. The bed isn’t offering much support for my back so I wake up with back/neck pain and my hand goes numb.

What I miss: being comfortable

Weddings Rings On or Off: Still on!

Any Names Picked Out Yet: Ava Catherine

Gender Prediction: Girl!

Movement: So of course since I bragged on her, she hasn’t been moving as much. I think she’s probably facing my spine (could explain the back pain)…I try to not let it bother me and know that God is in control.

Maternity Clothes: are my best friend. I did try on a pair of my old jeans to wear in the snow and could still get them pulled up! Buttoning wasn’t going to happen and if they weren’t so uncomfortable when I sat down, I probably would’ve rocked them with a long shirt!

Labor Signs: No and let’s keep it that way, at least for another 10 plus weeks!

Best Moment of the Week: SNOW!!!

What I’m excited about/looking forward to: Please LORD let me pass this glucose test next week!

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27 weeks 3 Days

27 weeks 3 Days

How far along?: 27 weeks, 3days

Baby is the size of a: Rutabaga

Total weight gain/loss: probably 10 lbs now…each scale I use is different so I’ll have a better number come next week at my appointment

The Bump: is beautiful…I’m looking more and more pregnant everyday instead of just looking fat/bloated

Pregnancy symptoms: crazy dreams, tired, HUNGRY…last week I have a stomach virus. I tell you, these past few weeks, I’ve been on a ROLL. Luckily, I’m getting rehydrated and gaining my appetite back.

Food Cravings: fresh fruit, Mexican, chocolate milkshakes, dynamite shrimp from Cheesecake Factory

Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: fried livers, strong perfume

Sleep: is getting better. I’ve been staying with Grantis, sleeping on the couch, and other than not being used to sleeping with the heat on 70 and a 80lb dog thinking she and I both can fit on the couch, sleep hasn’t been too bad! (knock on wood)

What I miss: sleeping with my husband…(more on that later…)

Weddings Rings On or Off: Still on!

Any Names Picked Out Yet: Ava Catherine

Gender Prediction: It was confirmed, we are having a girl for sure!

Movement: This weekend I was lying on the couch and felt her kick me on the outside. Normally its just little kicks but this one moved my arm that was lying on my stomach. Then a few minutes later, I felt my skin pure stretch on my side like she was reaching out! The weirdest but most amazing feeling ever…and of course she has yet to do it again.

Maternity Clothes: I went digging through my closet and found some sweaters that fit from when I was with Brandon and huge…yay! More clothes!

Labor Signs: No and let’s keep it that way, at least for another 10 plus weeks!

Best Moment of the Week: last week- seeing my baby’s sweet face on ultrasound! And this weekend, feeling her move more and more!

What I’m excited about/looking forward to: baby showers and Sley getting the chance to feel her karate chop me

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Sweet Baby Ava

Sweet Baby Ava

She’s almost 2 pounds! She is beautiful and I can’t wait to get my hands on her…she cooperated at the ultrasound so we are 100% sure she is a “she”. She looks like Sley and words cant express how much I love her already. I melt everytime I look at this picture. Her daddy is pretty proud, himself, and I know he is so ready to kiss this sweet face.

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Pregnancy Update

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How far along?: 25 weeks, 4 days

Baby is the size of a: Cauliflower

Total weight gain/loss: 6 lbs

The Bump: Still weird looking but getting bigger each day

Pregnancy symptoms: tired, kidney stone, UTI, hormonal, hungry, crazy dreams- like I about punched the crap out of Sley the other night fighting someone in my dreams.

Food Cravings: Big Macs, Aubrey’s hot dogs, homemade biscuits with cheese

Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: Nope

Sleep: is overrated. I mean, who needs it really? When you’re limited to sleeping only on your left side, you have 5 pillows just for you, the heat goes down to 55 every night and you end up crying because you still cant get comfortable, you beg your husband to go to the couch while you drift in and out of consciousness in the recliner, only to wake up 3 hours later needing to pee, struggling to sit the recliner up without straining, all while squeezing your legs together, and realize the recliner is making your back hurt, so after you pee, you wake up your husband and go back to bed, trying to get a few more hours of sleep before the alarm goes off but your daughter thinks it’s Dance Party time, because who doesn’t love to break it down at 3am? so you just lay on your left side, staring at your husband who so easily drifts back off to sleep and is now snoring while your daughter shows off her dance moves while boxing your organs. And don’t EVEN leave the comment, “it’s just getting you ready for the baby…” because lack of sleep plus crazy hormones just might get you cut.

What I miss: Other than sleeping on my stomach and back, I miss wine. No, I’m not an alcoholic, but oh what I wouldn’t give for a night out with Mariah, Michelle, and Paige filled with red wine and sushi. I also really want Jersey Mikes, or even a COLD bologna and cheese sandwich, like the ones your mom used to fix you when you were in kindergarten.

Weddings Rings On or Off: Still on!

Any Names Picked Out Yet: Ava Catherine

Gender Prediction: Girl

Movement: Sometimes I can feel her better than others (on the outside). Sley has been able to feel her a couple of times. I cant wait to see my belly take on weird shapes as she moves.

Maternity Clothes: While we started out with a love/hate relationship, I have come to love my maternity clothes. Now don’t get me wrong, I have 1 pair of dress pants and 1 pair of jeans because I can’t bring myself to spend more than $90 for 2 pair of pants that I have, but I’ve racked up some deals on cute shirts! I still don’t have a lot of clothes because I feel like it’s a waste of money, but what I do have I love!

Labor Signs: No and let’s keep it that way, at least for another 10 plus weeks!

Best Moment of the Week: This past weekend, Sley and I got in a few good naps and THAT is something to be thankful for!

What I’m excited about/looking forward to: I have an appointment tomorrow for an ultrasound. Say a little prayer that our sweet Ava cooperates!

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Almost half way done!

 

18 Weeks Ultrasound

18 Weeks Ultrasound

Wow. Where has the time gone? Well not really, we want this baby so bad time seems to be CREEPING sometimes…Poor Ava, her daddy talks to her all the time and every time he talks to her she hears, “I love you baby, hurry up and grow! Daddy is ready to hold you!” Sley teases me and says that she is my baby for 9 months but once she comes out, she is all his so I better soak up the time that I have with her now because I won’t be able to get my hands on her once she’s here…we will see about that!

The nursery is almost complete, other than some pictures to hang on the wall. Ava even has her own flat screen TV that her daddy and I got while Black Friday shopping this year! We figured, it was too good of a deal to pass up so why not go ahead and put a TV in her room?

We have been so blessed when it comes to things we already have for her. If things weren’t given to us, we paid nearly nothing for it compared to what it’s worth. I am going to try breast feeding/pumping (well, probably mostly pumping since I will have to go back to work after 6-8 weeks and my mom will be keeping her). One of my sorority sisters had a nice pump that she gave us a really good deal on (and threw in some other nice things too!) so I’m excited to see how everything works out.

Ava is quite the shy little girl. Every time we have an ultrasound, she’s balled up with her legs crossed and hands over her face. I seriously have no idea where she’s gotten that from…

Sleep and I have been on the outs again. I have been having some sciatica pain in my left butt cheek so Sley enjoys punching my tail to give me some relief…I’m guess it is helping him take out some frustrations that he has to put up with his hormonal wife lol. It’s a win win situation. We sleep in a queen bed and I alone am sleeping with 5 pillows now, on top of being hot all. the. time. It could be 29 degrees outside and we have our heat set on 55 at night. Mama don’t play being hot trying to sleep…I have enough problems staying comfortable not being able to sleep on my stomach or back…

No real cravings yet. When I first got pregnant we went to an Arts Festival in downtown Raleigh and I got a weird craving of a big fat cheeseburger with fruit loops on top. Whenever I crave a single food, as soon as I eat it, I don’t want it any more so I have an almost full box of Fruit Loops in the pantry (and no, I didn’t put them on top of a cheeseburger). I’ve just now been getting HUNGRY. Up until now, Sley has been out-eating me. Bless his heart, he has gained a little weight (I cant tell, he just complains all the time). He said, “I’m ready for Ava to get here so I can lose this belly!” Whenever we go out to eat, I cant finish my meal so I give it to him and he’ll say, “you want me to get fat?” and I’ll say, “it makes me feel better, that way I’m not the only one gaining weight” … then he eats the food haha! I have had some food aversions. I never got sick when I first got pregnant. I gagged while brushing my teeth for a while but no vomiting. About a month ago, I had to stop by my parents house to pick something up and as I entered the house, I was overwhelmed by the smell of deer sausage frying in the pan and I immediately started gagging. I had to put my head in the refrigerator (yea, I know, dramatic) to be able to hold a conversation with them. Mom, Dad, and my brother started laughing so what does any hormonal, gagging, pregnant woman do when others are pointing and laughing…yep…I busted out crying. I remember my brother saying as I walked out the door, “why is she crying” and dad said, “hormones…” I’ve also learned that chicken tenders are NOT my friend. I don’t know if it was the chicken tenders themselves or the leftovers that sat in my car as we ran errands, but as soon as we got back into the car to head home, I thought I was going to lose my dinner. There was NO way I was taking those leftovers for lunch!

Before we found out we were having a girl, I could’ve bet BIG money it was a boy. Every other night it seemed, I had the sweetest dreams of the cutest little blonde headed boy that called me his mommy. I just KNEW it was my baby inside of me. Don’t get me wrong, I am so happy to be carrying Ava! It just threw me for a loop when we cut the cake and it was pink icing! Last appointment at the Dr. office, we were supposed to “officially” find out but she hid the goods and the ultrasound tech was apparently in a hurry so if “Ava” comes out a “Baker”, we will have a lot of remodeling to do in the nursery! Sley said, “if it comes out a boy, he’s going to be wearing pink the first year of his life!” (I seriously doubt he will let that happen..)

I have felt her move every now and then. The most I felt her was the other day for about 5 minutes. I don’t feel her move every day but I know it’s still early.

I’m starting to look pregnant and not just fat anymore which is helping in the hormone department. I may or may not have cried while putting away clothes I could no longer fit, then I felt ungrateful because I know if a pregnant woman told me that a year ago, I would want to smack her square in the face because all I wanted was a baby, I didn’t care about my clothes fitting. I will say, having gone through the struggles of wanting a child and not having one has really helped me to not worry so much about Ava. I know God is in control no matter what happens. I’m pregnant because God so Ava’s well being is completely in His hands!

With that said, I do have some anxiety, especially about money. I’m deathly afraid of getting in a wreck (which seriously gets on Sley’s nerves when he drives because I’ll look up from my phone at the most inopportune times and freak out, scaring the crap out of him). I also am so afraid of falling…stairs, walking, etc, I don’t want to hurt my baby.

I still cant stand someone touching my belly other than Sley except last night, I went to my Sorority Advisor’s house to pick up a TV and she touched my belly and it didn’t bother me…maybe because I know her, maybe because I know she isn’t going to hurt me, or maybe I’m getting over the phobia since I’m showing more now? We will see. I’ve talked to a lot of my friends that are pregnant and it’s nice to know that I’m not alone. I know people are happy for me and I don’t want to come off and ungrateful or rude, but I also don’t want to feel like my space is being invaded. My belly, our baby, is an intimate thing and I only share intimacy with my husband so for another to touch me that way, I feel in some sense, violated. Oh well, maybe it’s just a phase.

I think that is all for the updates so far. I’m going to try not to wait so long for another update!