Friday, January 30, 2015

Hallelujah! It's Friday

Oh, Friday - it's finally here! I honestly thought this week would. never. end! It was a sad week for us, we said goodbye to one of our cats, Jerry. I miss him, mostly at night when he'd be cuddled up to me, but I know this is what's best for our growing family. Other than that, it's been an ok week. Mostly slow and boring, but on the bright side - Ethan and I are both recovered from our colds! I still have a bit of congestion, but I'm 99.9% sure that's baby-related. I've got 5 rando things to share this week. Hope you enjoy!
{1} Don't you hate it when you go on Forever 21's website and you can't find what you're looking for?! Ugh. Last week I bought the coziest open-front cardigan and I was going to share the link and a picture, but I literally cannot find it on their website. It's so soft and I think I'll live in it for the next 9 months. I'm even wearing it right now. But I found this adorable cardi AND Forever 21 is offering free shipping on orders over $21. Run, don't walk.
{Someone buy me this one. Please and thank you.}
{2} I have found the recipe I'm making for Super Bowl Sunday. I don't care if it just ends up me sitting around the crock pot eating it, but this sausage cheese dip will be made. Hello, cheesy goodness.
{via Kraft}
{3} Ethan has found the best time/money waster website out there. This Is Why I'm Broke will be my go-to for birthday, anniversary, and Christmas presents from now until forever. If you have 3 hours to kill, chickety check it out.
{Seriously just spent 30 minutes looking for a picture to share. There's just literally too much good stuff on that website!}
{4} Got my ordering on for our Gender Reveal Party that's coming up! T-minus 29 days! Eek! Less than a month!! I ordered our invites off Etsy, then ordered the prints off Vistaprint, ordered some vinyl mustache and eye lash stickers off Etsy, and our gender reveal balloon off Etsy. Basically #4 is a big 'ole shout out to Etsy for helping give my credit card a workout! Can't wait to share it all with you!
{5} This hasn't happened yet, but I'm so excited to be lunching with a few of my favorite work ladies today! We're going to a new{ish} sushi place down the street from work. I seriously want one of everything from their menu!
No real big plans for the weekend. Just helping my brother and sister-in-law move in to their house and hopefully checking out a house we're thinking about building. Still haven't heard back from the bank, but they said it'd be 7-10 days, so prayers for us please! :) Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and I'll see you again on Monday!
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Humpday Bumpday // 14 Weeks


how far along: 14 weeks! 2nd Trimester, baby!
size of the baby: babe is the size of a lemon, measuring about 3.4 inches and weighing in at 1.5 ounces!
baby is: moving like crazy! I so wish I could feel it! I lay so still at night trying to and hoping that I feel something! Baby is also squinting, frowning, and can even suck its thumb!
movement: none yet. Whomp whomp..
gender: We scheduled our anatomy scan for February 27th, so the countdown is on for February 28th when we'll have our gender reveal party! I'll announce on the blog that following Monday, but if you want to be "in the know" I know it'll be all over my Instagram! Follow me at @klm61210
total weight gain: Up 4 pounds. I have got to start exercising again and saying no to all my salty food cravings!

stretch marks: Still just my tatas, although I've noticed more of them. Anyone have suggestions on what worked for you to avoid {anymore} stretch marks?
symptoms: I've noticed more headaches, but I'm not sure those are pregnancy-related or from my cold. Also, more round ligament pain and still the nosebleeds.
maternity clothes: My sister-in-law Alexis scored us some tops online at Old Navy. I already had the top in black, but loved it so much I wanted it in tan! Thanks, Lex!
sleep: getting better now that I'm not coughing up a lung in the middle of the night and still only getting up to pee about once, at most twice a night.
missing: my clothes fitting me. I'm getting to the point {see picture above!!} that my belly is starting to pop, so things aren't fitting well. I'm having to get creative for work outfits until my full panel maternity pants fit!
cravings/aversions: really wanted a cupcake from Oh, Snap, but I said no. Then I really wanted a coke icee.. said no again. I'm trying really hard not to give in to too many cravings, but don't worry I do let myself splurge at times! Still NOT feeling grilled chicken!
cries: So many. I cried holding an orange, knowing that my "fruit of the week" for next week was an orange. More cries for all the golden tickets on American Idol. And then the sweetest cry came Sunday when Ethan was telling me how excited he was to be a dad. Poor guy didn't see those tears coming!
ethan is: getting really excited about being a dad! Haha see "cries" above. Also, we recorded the baby's heartbeat at our last appointment and it's the sweetest thing to watch him watch/listen to the video. Ok, and now I'm crying.
best moments: hearing baby's heartbeat again! Thank you, God, for a good appointment!

not so best moments: stepping in cat puke at 1 a.m. on my way to one of my many bathroom trips. Awesome.

looking forward to: buying stuff for our gender reveal party! Which is now scheduled for February 28th!

in case you missed it: Our Announcement :: How We Found Out :: Weeks 4-11 :: Week 12 :: Week 13

And here's a fun "auto-awesome" photo my phone created out of the shots Ethan took for my bump picture this week! Hello, white belly! Haha!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Monday // Good Baby Appointments & Hannah's 14th Birthday

If I told you I was starting this Monday morning bright eyed and bushy tailed, I'd be lying. And not because I don't have a tail. It's because after weeks and weeks of no caffeine, I still don't believe myself when I tell myself to not have chocolate after 3 p.m. And of course, I had a delicious cup of homemade hot chocolate compliments of my bestie {who, if reading this needs to refresh me on that recipe..} Sunday night. Big mistake, huge. Me and the clock were still keeping an eye on each other this morning at 1 a.m. Darn that delicious hot chocolate.
But how about a weekend recap to get things going?
I was off Friday, so I met my mom and our friend Tracee for lunch at my favorite sushi place Ichiban. As usual it was delicious and I enjoyed the time with my mom and Tracee. Afterwards I met Ethan at the doctor's office for our 2nd appointment for Baby M! It was a great appointment! We heard the heartbeat almost right away. Wish I would have asked her what it was, but it must have been good because Dr. Payne didn't seem concerned. I got my flu shot {that hurt like a mother... you know the rest} and we scheduled our next appointment which will be the anatomy scan for February 27th! Woo-hoo the countdown is ON for the gender reveal!!
Saturday I lounged around the house all morning while Ethan was out playing golf. I ended up heading to my parent's house to take my sister out for a birthday mani/pedi. I can't believe my little baby sister is 14 now! Later that evening we went to Oops Alley for her bowling birthday party.
{Me & the Birthday Girl}

{She'd kill me for this photo}

{Goofing around with baby bellies and bowling balls}

{My Love}

{Da preggos}

{These crack me up}

{More bellies and bowling balls}
After Hannah's party we went to a bonfire at our friend's house. It was so much fun just sitting around on the back porch, eating smores and laughing our butts off at each other! How cool is this homemade firepit? It's an old washing machine drum that has been coated in heat-resistant paint and had legs welded to it?! It was the best and we will definitely be getting one for our back porch one day!
Sunday afternoon Ethan played golf again. I mean, I can't really blame him, our weather has been amazing this weekend! I went a mini girl's road trip to Destin. The weather was great until the sun went down then it was just cold and windy! The best part was getting Chipotle again for dinner! Oh, and spending time with Katie and Taylor. That was pretty great too! ;) Haha!
Of course we didn't get home till almost 9 p.m. and I needed to do laundry, but thank goodness I had that double shot of espresso hot chocolate because I was able to stay up for my laundry.. and then some! An early bedtime is definitely calling my name for tonight!
Hope everyone had a great weekend and wish a happy work week to everyone!
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Current Thoughts for Thursday

Making || lists. So many lists.
Cooking || just made and ate a breakfast sandwich. So yummy! I've also been quite the housewife and made homemade meals twice this week already.
Wanting || to know the results of our pre-approval with the bank. We probably won't know for another week.
Looking || into birth photographers. Holy cow is this stressful! 1) They're super expensive. 2) There aren't many options for experienced birth {as in - in the room while I give birth} photographers in my area. So 3) I feel stuck and like this is a super important thing I have to get right.
Playing || Trivia Crack and Candy Crush Soda.
Watching || every episode of Friends. Thank you, Netflix.
Wishing || it were summer. I'm over colds and cold weather.
Waiting || for 5 o'clock. It's my Friday. #bejelly
Liking || that the days are getting longer. I'm no longer driving home in the dark, but now at sunset. Means my beloved summer is coming.
Wondering || if baby is a boy or girl. My thoughts drift to girl these days, but rest assured, my mind will change in 5 minutes.
Loving || Harry Connick, Jr. on American Idol. He's a hoot.
Hoping || I can survive 6 more months of unsolicited advice.
Needing || to get over this cough.
Wearing || my heart on my sleeves these days. Hello, emotions.
Noticing || my belly getting rounder. Now if I could just start noticing some flutters..
Thinking || about everything that needs to get done and how soon it needs to be done.
Praying || that we have a good appointment tomorrow. We haven't heard the heartbeat since December 19th and I'm anxious to hear it again.

What are you currently up to these days?

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Humpday Bumpday // 13 Weeks

how far along: 13 weeks! The last week of the 1st Trimester! {Although, my What To Expect app says this is the start of my 2nd Trimester.}
size of the baby: a sweet Georgia peach! Measuring about 2.9" and weighing in at .81 ounces!
baby is: forming tiny bones in the arms and legs, the intestines are beginning to move from the umbilical cord to the abdomen, and vocal cords are under construction.
movement: baby can move its little arms in a jerking fashion now, so s/he may be able to suck its thumb! I don't want to say "I felt baby move" because I know good and well it could've just been gas, but on Sunday (12w6d) I felt a flutter that felt a little like 3 strikes of Morse code. I asked my mom what it was supposed to feel like and she said to take the back of your hand and flutter your eyelashes on to it. That's exactly what I felt! I doubt it was baby, but I want to remember this moment! :)
gender: I've got a countdown on my phone for February 20th for the ultrasound and February 21st for our gender reveal party!
total weight gain: Up 2 pounds on my home scale, but I'm interested to know what the doctor's scale says on Friday!
symptoms: Still taking my Zofran {anti-nausea medicine} once a day. I've been battling a cold for two weeks now, so add extra fatigue and nose bleeds from blowing my nose so much.

stretch marks: still just the ones on my tatas.
maternity clothes: nothing new. Basically just living in my black pants at work and my pj bottoms at home.
sleep: Not bad. I seem to have a new sleep cycle where I'll wake up two to three times a night to use the bathroom, then be so exhausted the next night that I don't wake up at all. I feel like I'm never going to stop peeing on those mornings. TMI, sorry.
missing: My summer tan.
cravings/aversions: Give me all the salt, which probably accounts for the weight gain this week. Oops.  As for aversions, grilled chicken. I had a Chick-Fil-A original chicken sandwich and it was fine.
cries: Still tearing up for anyone that gets a golden ticket to Hollywood on American Idol and on a more sappy note - I've noticed I rub my belly a lot more nowadays and talk to the baby. I totally teared up telling baby "I love you."
ethan is: being the best at taking care of his poor sick baby momma. He's the greatest. Also, this convo happened this week while taking my bump picture:

E: Are you poking your belly out?
K: No.. I'm actually trying to suck in.
E: Oh, well you're actually looking pregnant now.

Yay for a bump that Ethan declares as a bump! ;)
best moments: Ethan lovingly looking at my belly. I don't know if he knows I see him, but it makes me melt.

not so best moment: Being sick, again. I'm coughing so hard at times it makes me vomit.

looking forward to: Hearing baby's heartbeat on Friday and hopefully {fingers crossed} scheduling our anatomy scan and planning our Gender Reveal Party!

in case you missed it: Our Announcement :: How We Found Out :: Weeks 4-11 :: Week 12
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday's Weekend Post

Thanks to MLK Day, I got to have a 4-day weekend. But if you're looking for a wonderful weekend update over here, well.. you're going to be sorely disappointed. Most of my weekend consisted of cold medicine {pregnancy approved only}, hot tea, lots of tissues, and lots of PJs and zero picture taking.
Thankfully I'm on the mend now, but wouldn't you know that Ethan started feeling sniffle-y yesterday. We literally have been passing the same cold back and forth to each other for 3 weeks now. And I haven't even kissed him since New Year's Eve?! Ugh..
I did venture out a couple times over the weekend. Once on Friday for lunch at Olive Garden with my friends Marissa and Taylor.
Then a little shopping with my Grandma, Mom, and sister in Destin on Saturday. And of course, we had to get Chipotle.
Sunday was a bunch of football and walking through potential house plans. Yes, we're still on the fence about which plan to choose?!
And Monday was a full fledged lazy day at home. I did shower to go grocery shopping, so you're welcome people of Gulf Breeze. Oh, and the weather was glorious, so I sat on the balcony for a while, hoping and praying that my 15 minutes outside would leave me gloriously tanned. Spoiler alert: it didn't.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Humpday Bumpday // 12 Weeks

how far along: 12 weeks. Finally. I can see the 2nd Trimester peeking around the corner and I'm so excited. After having a rough 1st Trimester with all the morning sickness, I'm ready to start feeling good and I'm ready for the "honeymoon" trimester!
size of the baby: A plum! Around 2.1" long and weighing in at almost .50 ounces!
baby is: About to enter the growth and maturation state, in which all of baby's organs and tissues will grown and develop rapidly.
movement: According to my app this week, baby is also developing reflexes. So if I poke my tummy, baby would most likely respond to it!
gender: I have a feeling it's a boy. But it's just that.. a feeling. I'm not confident enough to say 110% either way, but I feel like it's a boy. I'm aware I make no sense these days. Haha!
total weight gain: After last week's stomach bug brought me down to pre-pregnancy weight, I'm still hanging out at 158.
symptoms: I've been having nose bleeds lately. Not full-on, but if I blow my nose there's always blood. I looked it up and this is due to the thin nature of the lining in the nose and the increase in blood due to baby. Also, cramping/growing pains in the uterus area. Ouch.

stretch marks: My poor tatas have taken a beating. I probably have 4 or 5 on each side. I've tried three different types of stretch mark cream to prevent. Anyone have suggestions for my belly? It's still stretch mark free, but I'm a bit concerned.
maternity clothes: the baggier, the better.
sleep: waking up a lot due to being hot. I've tried countering this by sleeping only in a tank top and shorts and using only one blanket.. not working so far even though I'm freezing when I do go to sleep. I'm also getting up at midnight and 4 a.m. for a potty break. It's like clockwork.
missing: nothing really.
cravings/aversions: Got my nacho fix, finally. And I'm still craving strawberries. As for aversions, pasta with white sauce sounds gross. New cravings would be hibachi and carrots dipped in ranch sauce.
cries: Totally teared up this week baby stalking other blogs on Instagram. I love looking at the 1st hospital picture and imagining our little one. Also, thanks to American Idol, I cried every time someone got a golden ticket to Hollywood. Spoiler alert: it was a lot of golden tickets.
ethan is: I think Ethan is starting to feel like this pregnancy is "more real." I read him the updates from all my apps all the time and his eyes light up with every new week's development.
best moments: hitting that 12 week mark. I don't know what it is, but this was a milestone for me.

not so best moment: Having a cold and being pregnant is no fun. All my coughing has upped my puking score. Think blueberry Poptarts out the nose at work and again at a restaurant. Yuck..

looking forward to: Our next appointment on the 23rd. It'll just be a normal checkup, no ultrasound, but I know we'll get to hear the heartbeat and hopefully our next appointment scheduled will be our anatomy scan where we find out if baby is a little miss or mister!

in case you missed it: Our Announcement :: How We Found Out :: Weeks 4-11
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Weekending // We've Picked a New House Plan

Happy Monday, friends!
This past weekend I brunched with my favorite ladies.
{Stuffed French Toast @ Polonza Bistro}

{Fab 5}
Napped with my favorite kitty. After all, brunching is hard work.
Then Ethan and I drove out to Pace to look at a couple more of Paragon's floor plans. Ethan has fallen in love with another floor plan.  This one is significantly bigger than the last one, which makes me nervous. I mean, "this is the house we're going to die in," he affectionately reminded me Sunday night. We talk to the bank Tuesday evening, so it all depends what they say.
{The West Wind}

{Ethan loved the spacious, open floor plan.}
Saturday night we went to dinner at Petrella's with my parents and my sister and her guy friend. The food was ok, but I really wasn't impressed. I mostly just enjoyed the time with my family.
Sunday morning we went to church. I nearly lost it during announcements when they mentioned baby dedications. Thanks, lovely hormones. Although, during the message Ethan got a little "choked up" when the Pastor was talking about wedding feasts during Bible times and he leans over to me and says "if it's a girl, I have to pay for a wedding!" I then reminded him that "if it's a girl, you'll have to give her away." Poor guy was not ready for that! Haha! Good thing he has a good 20+ years to worry about it!
We grabbed lunch at Cock of the Walk. Since we went to the early service, we were one of the first people there. I seriously felt like an old person getting the early bird special.
{Good Southern Cooking - Greens, Cole Slaw & Corn Bread}
After lunch, I dropped Ethan off to play golf and I headed to my friend's son's 16th birthday party.
{Happy 16th Birthday, Josh!}
It was great seeing every one. Of course they were all over my "belly," which has now started to "pop" a little bit once I've eaten. Poor guys, I told them it was just fried catfish they were rubbing! One friend did tell me I was carrying high and apparently that means girl, so I hope she's right! ;)
{My Snugglebugs}
Sunday night we cleaned up the house a bit, took down Christmas, and watched the Golden Globes. But the best part of it all was knowing the next time we put up our Christmas tree, we'll be a family of three!
Hope everyone had a great weekend! Wish us luck as we're talking to the bank Tuesday evening! Eek!
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Friday, January 9, 2015

TGIF // Friday's Favorites

I'm here. Still battling my cold, but I'm still here. Thank goodness it's Friday because I'm so looking forward to being able to sleep in and lounge around for two straight days. Ethan, if you're reading this {which you probably aren't..} I've got BIG plans for us this weekend. Sarcasm font.
But for real, you shouldn't have to come back to work sick after being off for two weeks. It's been rough and I did call in sick on Wednesday because I felt like my cold had dropped to my chest. But after a quick checkup with the doctor, there's nothing in my chest and it's just a cold. Carry on.
And since it's Friday and I want to participate in the 1st Friday Five of the New Year. Here's five {probably rando} things on my mind.
{1} THANK YOU! To everyone that showed their love and support for our announcement. We're thrilled to start this new journey called parenthood and excited to share the good, the bad, and the ugly along the way!
{2} I had two "big dates" scheduled for this week that I had to cancel due to being sick. One - I was supposed to have my awful 3" long, dark roots and nappy, dead ends fixed. And Two - I was supposed to get that craving for hibachi taken care of. Neither happened, therefore both need to happen asap! Haha!
{3} The weather here in Florida forgot how to weather. I know I'm only 25, but I strongly believe the temperature should always be double, if not more, my age. Not the case this past week. Hello, lows in the low 20s. Ugh.
{Via Facebook - and the story of my life.}
{4} I participated in my 1st Influenster campaign. I received their #staydry Vox Box for free to test and review. I have to say I'm not a huge fan of spray deodorants, but I did like the Dove Dry Spray. I'm still not the best at applying it -more than likely user error, but it does smell good, isn't "wet" feeling, and totally stood up to it's 48-hour protection. I've noticed I sweat SO much more now that I'm pregnant and was actually looking for a deodorant that I could feel comfortable using! I think I found a winner!
{5} Humongous praise for this week: Ethan's contract at work got picked back up! We were so worried that come January 30th he'd be out of a job, but all praise to God for providing Ethan with a new contract that has a significant raise, new schedule, and 5 weeks vacation a year! God is SO good! I should be ashamed of myself for worrying over this because I should have known God will ALWAYS provide! :)
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you again on Monday! Try to stay warm, my friends!
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Humpday Bumpday // Weeks 4-11 in Review

So these updates are more for me than anybody. I want to be able to look back and see what was going on during a certain week. Whether that be how I was feeling emotionally or physically.  Feel free to pass over this post if it isn't your thing! :) It's a long one since I've been keeping our little secret for over two months now!

Week 4

how far along: I'm going to go with 4 weeks. We're not exactly sure since we don't have the date of my last missed period. Thank goodness I was tracking some things! ;)
size of the baby: My little poppy seed! I so desperately want to hold one in my hand.
total weight gain: Starting this journey with a little extra cruise weight already. Guess that's what you get when you make a cruise baby! Haha!
gender: I have a strong feeling baby is a boy. Mother's intuition?
maternity clothes: Definitely thinking about them. I think I may check out Target, Old Navy, and Dirt Cheap this weekend for deals and out of season items, like a swim suit since I'll be huge next summer!
movement: Only if you count the butterflies I get when I think about being pregnant.
sleep: Lately I have been tossing and turning and didn't know why. I get hot easily at night too. I barely slept the night we found out, which was obviously just from the excitement. But last night I pulled out my pregnancy pillow (yes.. I already had one. It was a good deal!) and slept so great!
missing: Nothing yet. Ok, I'm on Day 2 of no caffeine and it sucks, so maybe my coffee a little.
cravings/aversions: I wouldn't say "craving" but savory stuff sounds good. And for the first time in my life I kind of have an aversion to sweets.
symptoms: The ladies are sore and should have been sign #1! I get semi-nauseated by the time I get to work, so I have to eat something asap. I also gagged on my yogurt yesterday. Also, lots of cramping and twitching. It makes me nervous.
cries: A lot. Probably more than I'm willing to admit. I cried when I found out. I cried praying to God and praising Him for the sweet little life in me. I cry when I think about telling everyone. I cry when I think about baby things like car seats and strollers. Basically my hormones are all over the place.
ethan is: sweet. The night we found out we were both in shock and I think it's still "not real" for either of us. He rubbed my tummy last night a couple of times and said he has to do it at home since he can't do it in public yet. He also asked how baby is doing. I love that he's already referring to him/her.
baby is: a tiny ball of cells and is busy settling into his/her new home (my uterus), prepping for all the crucial development s/he will be doing over the next six weeks!
looking forward to: our first ultrasound on December 19th and telling everyone our wonderful news! Right now I don't when or how to tell everyone?! Do we say something at Thanksgiving in two weeks? Do we do it with Christmas cards early December? Or can we make it all the way to Christmas?!
best moments: Finding out we're expecting! I'm still in shock!

Week 5

how far along: 5 weeks
size of the baby: my little poppy seed is now an apple seed!
total weight gain: same as last week, around 158.
gender: I'm really hoping for a girl!
maternity clothes: No buys this week, but I found a really cute website that I think I'll order from for my friend's wedding in May! ~ Pink Blush Maternity
movement: too soon.
sleep: Much better this week. Still using my pregnancy pillow.
missing: feeling good. See below.
cravings/aversions: food in general doesn't sound good, but that's just the nausea talking.
symptoms: the dreaded morning sickness has reared its ugly head. Also, pregnancy brain. I swear I can't remember crap these days.
cries: only a couple times this week. All the gagging from being sick makes my eyes water, so does that count as a cry?!
ethan is: getting more excited by the day. It's so sweet to watch him.
baby is: starting to form major organs (heart, stomach, liver, kidney) and systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous)! In the next week baby will double in size!
best moments: sharing our little secret with some family! Taylor was so excited she cried, Ethan's dad asked if it were planned (ha!), and my parents are so excited to have grandbaby #2 on the way!

looking forward to: telling my brother & sister-in-law and grandparents at Thanksgiving this week! 

Week 6 

how far along: 6 weeks
size of the baby: my little sweet pea
total weight gain: been so sick I've actually lost a little weight.
gender: Still hoping for that girl.
maternity clothes: Bought a maternity tunic top from Old Navy by mistake. Freaking love it. I know it'll be something I wear 24/7. Mom also bought me an undershirt and top for Christmas.
movement: too soon.
sleep: Sleep is great. Haven't gotten up to go to the bathroom that much.
missing: still feeling good. I got a prescription for Zofran {anti-nausea medicine} and it's my new best friend.
cravings/aversions: craving: hot carbs. aversions: meat. any and all meat.
symptoms: morning sickness and sore tatas.
cries: just a few.
ethan is: convinced we're having a girl.
baby is: starting to sprout a nose, eyes, ears, chin and cheeks!

best moments: telling the rest of my family at Thanksgiving! They were all so shocked and excited!
looking forward to: talking to a potential builder for our new house and the bank this Friday!


Week 7

how far along: 7 weeks
size of the baby: a blueberry!
total weight gain: {TMI} chalk this one up to lovely pregnancy-related constipation, but, Houston, we're up a couple pounds.
gender: I'd love a little girl, but now that we just found out that Alexis is having a boy - I'm okay with either. This way our baby will have a little cousin super close in age that is its gender. I've got 2 baby girls on Ethan's side of the family and one little boy coming on my side of the family!
maternity clothes: I'm loving leggings right now. I can't stand for something to be pushing on my uterus/bladder area. So unbuttoning that top bottom and baggy tops it is!
movement: too soon.
sleep: Starting to have to get up around 5 a.m. to go to the bathroom, which is super annoying because that means I have to be up in an hour for work. Why can't my bathroom break be at 2 am?! That way I'd have a solid 4 hours till I have to get up!
missing: my morning coffee. I've had decaf a couple times over the past few weeks, but I miss that every-single-morning cup. I need to get decaf for our office.
cravings/aversions: Now that I have my Zofran, food isn't that big of a deal anymore. I did randomly want Pop-Tarts the other night. And when my sister-in-law mentioned sushi the other day, I had to have it!

symptoms: The ladies are super sore and getting huge. Definitely lathering on that stretch mark cream now! Also, stomach cramps and constipation. It's awful. Not to mention as soon as my Zofran wears off I'm gagging and puking. Guys, pregnancy is not all rainbows and butterflies.
cries: A lot this week. I cry at anything and everything and they come without warning. Sitting happily on the couch one minute - sappy/cheesy commercial comes on - instant tears.

ethan is: more sympathetic towards Tiger Woods having the flu and throwing up while playing golf than he is to me being pregnant and throwing up. One day this will be a funny story {kind of already is} but at the moment I wanted to punch him in the nose. {Thanks, pregnancy hormones.}
baby is: developing its permanent set of kidneys!

best moments: finding out my sister-in-law Alexis is having a boy! And my other sister-in-law Emily {whose been on bed rest the past 3 weeks} finally got her C-section scheduled! We'll be meeting Baby Mila on Thursday!
looking forward to: Our 1st appointment - not this Friday - but NEXT Friday! T-minus 11 days {as of Monday, December 8.}

Week 8

how far along: 8 weeks
size of the baby: my little raspberry!
total weight gain: back down to "starting weight." It may have taken some Colace, Miralax, lots of water and some fiber, but things are looking better. Hah!
gender: Mom had a dream that baby was a boy. I think it's because she and I were going through my cousin's baby girl's clothing the night before. Regardless, I just want a healthy baby.
maternity clothes: same ole, same ole. Loving the leggings/sweatpants.
movement: too soon.
sleep: still good. I start on my side, but always wake up on my back. I've heard that's bad to do while pregnant.. I need to check on that.
missing: not much. Mostly just feeling like myself.
cravings/aversions: someone was chewing cinnamon-flavored gum at church on Sunday, so naturally I HAD TO HAVE some.
symptoms: lately I've been burning up! When they say "bun in the oven" I think they literally mean you become an oven. At least that's how I feel.
cries: lots.
ethan is: starting to stress a bit. Between the baby, building a house, going back to school - poor guy has a lot on his mind. He's doing amazing though. So thoughtful and so supportive!
baby is: moving around like crazy. Too bad I can't feel it yet! And baby is forming little fingers and toes! How cute!

best moments: being able to say "our appointment THIS week." And I'm ordering our "kinda" Christmas cards which announce Baby M!
looking forward to: our appointment! Just four more sleeps till the big day!

Week 9

how far along: 9 weeks
size of the baby: baby is as big as a green olive!
total weight gain: According to the doctor's scale I'm a whole 8 pounds heavier than my home scale.. yikes. Granted I had on a heavy sweater, jeans and boots. At home.. we weigh with just our birthday suit on! ;)
gender: crossing my fingers and toes for a little girl
maternity clothes: I bought a new pair of work pants that have an elastic waist band rather than the full belly panel - totally wearing them now!
movement: baby is moving! I just can't feel it yet! We saw our little gummy bear on the ultrasound screen squirming and wiggling away!
sleep: I've been getting hot at night so that wakes me up. Other than that, it's great.
missing: feeling "good." Still got that queasy-all-day nausea thing going on.
cravings/aversions: nothing out of the norm this week

symptoms: more tired than usual and my back has been hurting
cries: one single tear was shed at our ultrasound on Friday. I kept telling myself I was going to keep it together!
ethan is: hoping for a boy! This past Saturday Ethan and I did some Christmas shopping at Toys-R-Us {madhouse!} and we looked around at the baby stuff for us. He saw the baby-sized Nike shoes and fell in love! Sweetest thing ever watching him hold those tiny shoes!
baby is: 9 weeks, 4 days according to doctor! So that means my above-mentioned updates are a little off. Oops!

best moments: seeing our baby on the ultrasound was by far the best ever! {oh and finding out we aren't having twins! I was 110% sure we had twins in there!} Baby was squirming and wiggling away! We also had a strong heartbeat at 180 beats per minute!
looking forward to: sharing our big new to everyone and their momma next week!

Week 10

how far along: 10 weeks
size of the baby: baby is as big as a prune!
total weight gain: up about 4 pounds {according to my home scale} since finding out
gender: I think we'll find out at our appointment in February!!
maternity clothes: Got some new maternity clothes for Christmas. I'm all about that baggy.
movement: nothing I can feel yet.
sleep: decent.
missing: feeling like myself.
cravings/aversions: basically anything my sister-in-law craves and posts about, I crave. So lately it's been more sushi and Mexican! Haha!
symptoms: still tired and the morning sickness comes back just as soon as my Zofran wears off.
cries: nada.
ethan is: so excited for our Babymoon I planned for March. We're going down to Orlando for a golf tournament and a day at Disney.
baby is: forming cartilage and bones and has working arm joints! Also, vital organs are fully developed and starting to function!

best moments: coming clean to everyone! Now everyone is "in the know!"
looking forward to: having the next 11 days off from work! Thank you Christmas and New Years break!

Week 11

how far along: 11 weeks
size of the baby: baby is a lime this week! But one of those small organic ones I'm pretty sure! Haha!
total weight gain: Thank you, stomach bug. I'm back down to pre-pregnancy weight.
gender: the farther along I get, the more I don't care what the baby is. I just want to know!
maternity clothes: totally in love with all things loose and baggy and elastic waist banded!
movement: I can't see or feel it, but baby is moving gracefully in there!
sleep: I slept like a champ this week. Wake up at 10, nap by 1, nap again by 4, bed by 9. I'm loving not having to be at work!
missing: being able to eat and not throw up. Word to the wise: the bigger your "bump" gets, the smaller your stomach gets. Small meals. I repeat: small meals.
cravings/aversions: Nachos were my #1 and strawberries. I ate two containers of strawberries in 3 days. Not even sorry.

symptoms: just resting up after having a stomach bug and a cold. It's been a heck of a week.
cries: lots. My emotions have been all over the place this week. Mostly crying because I didn't feel good. Gosh, I'm such a baby.
ethan is: taking care of me the best he can! Poor thing has a cold too, but definitely put my needs above his this week.
baby is: practicing breathing by swallowing and peeing out amniotic fluid.

best moments: being off work.
looking forward to: our next appointment on the 23rd.
Ok, I'm basically all caught up now! Hopefully I can start next Wednesday with my 12 week update! {Even though I'll be 13 weeks by then.. I'll just have to be a week behind on the blog. Follow me on Instagram if you want to follow along in real time!}
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Last Night // Our News

Surreal is the word I'd use to describe last night. It was a moment I've dreamed of forever, but never really understood how it would feel until it actually happened.
Last night, November 12, 2014 - Four years and five months after saying "I do" - Ethan and I found out we're going to be parents. And we couldn't be more excited!
We made the decision to come off birth control back in late August with the intention of "really trying" after our cruise in October. Funny thing is - I'm pretty sure we got pregnant on that cruise! But let me back up a little more, just for my own memories sake.
My first period off the pill was horrible. I actually missed my tiny green pill that made me feel so great. I had no idea that little pill did so much for my body and how much it worked! I also began tracking after that first period. I took my temperature. I tracked days. I took ovulation tests. I looked for signs and clues my body was giving me to let me know when it was time.
But that's where I got discouraged. My temperature fluctuated every day. I never got a positive ovulation test. And when my period was a week late - the negative pregnancy tests were just frustrating and annoying. I continued to track knowing that my body was just trying to regulate and adjust to life without my pill. I knew it took the average couple up to a year to conceive, so I was trying my best not to get my hopes up and get even more discouraged or stressed. But when you tell yourself not to stress - that's when you stress the most.
I completely missed my period in October and I 100% chalked it up to my body readjusting. Nowhere in my mind did I think "missed period = pregnant." My mom had a cycle that was every other month, so I was convinced I'd have a super long cycle and we'd only get 6 chances a year to start a family.
So October came and went with no period. No symptoms of pregnancy, no symptoms of PMS. Honestly I was super frustrated with my body and just wanted my period so I could get on with tracking and counting the next set of days! I took my last pregnancy test on October 31 and when that one showed up negative I gave up on pregnancy tests. I told myself I was the type that ovulated once every two months like my mom and was not taking another test until my expected period around Thanksgiving.
So fast forward about a week. I started doing my ovulation tests again on what would have been Day 8 of my cycle had I had my period. I mostly did it for tracking purposes in case one day I needed all the data I could about my body. To my surprise, I got my first semi-positive looking ovulation test on November 7th. I was so excited! Maybe my body had figured it out! So, of course.. we took advantage of that positive test and went on with life. I tested again on the 11th, just because. I figured if it were negative, then I had "my window." But to my super surprise this one's test line showed up super dark and super fast! I wasn't used to the tests showing up so fast! Normally I would take it, then leave it on the counter for at least 10 minutes! This one showed up immediately! Now I was feeling so hopeful! Things were working!!
I told Ethan that in my "how to get pregnant fast book" that once you get a positive test, it's best to have sex 3 nights in a row. He knew his job! Haha! When I got home from work yesterday (11/12) I took another ovulation test. Mostly out of curiosity. I had read that ovulation tests can sometimes double as pregnancy tests if you're far enough along. I took the test and BAM super positive again! Also, my BBT had been elevated for over 10 days and I remembered my friend telling me that's how she knew she was pregnant. Your body temperature stays elevated.
I told Ethan my news and he was adamant about me taking a real pregnancy test. "The expensive ones," he says. I didn't want to take a test. I liked being blissfully unaware either way. Not knowing was better in my mind than actually knowing it was a no. I'm a realist that verges on pessimist. I liked not knowing. But my Ethan, he wanted to know.
So after dinner we rode up to Walmart to buy "the expensive ones." I was a nervous wreck the entire time. I was about to know. Like for real know. We even bought me a pint of ice cream for later. Both of us were pretty convinced it would be negative. I kept asking "then why do I need to take a test if you think it's negative." Mostly just to know. For sure. For real. No more speculating. No more wondering.
I know it's best to take tests in the morning, but since we bought the Clearblue Advanced tests that had 3 tests in the pack, we didn't mind "wasting" one. If it showed up "not pregnant" then I'd test again in the morning like I was supposed to. I asked Ethan if he wanted to be with me as I read it. He said he didn't care. So I took the test, set my timer on my phone for 3 minutes, and left the room. Neither one of us was going in the bathroom until my phone went off.
The three slowest minutes of my life crawled by.. I was actually putting a load of laundry in the wash when I heard the timer going off. I called to Ethan and we both made our way to the bathroom, but he cut me off before I could get to the test. He was the first one to look at it. His face showed nothing. He looked at me through the mirror and said with his thumb covering the results window, "you want to see what it says?"
At this point I was pretty sure Ethan was just being a jerk. He knew it said "not pregnant" and he was toying with me. But when he turned around and removed his thumb  - "Pregnant, 2-3 weeks" greeted me. I couldn't believe it. My husband was holding a test that said "pregnant." I was pregnant. There was a life inside me. I teared up. We hugged and kissed. I teared up some more. And we hugged and kissed some more!
The rest of the night was filled with smiles and more tears. We googled my due date and read up on all the things about our little baby, which according to my test I'm about 4-5 weeks along. Baby M is the size of a poppyseed! And we should know if baby is a little miss or mister come mid February. :) We talked about when we'd tell everyone. How we'd tell everyone. How bad we needed to move. How I felt like it was a girl and how Ethan really wants a boy. I looked at Christmas cards about "our growing family" on Etsy and refrained from going Pinterest crazy on my baby board.
But most of all I've just cried and praised God for the little life He'd given us. I know my journey was a fast one and I don't take that for granted at all. I know so many people struggling and it breaks my heart. I pray for my friends that are trying to start a family on a daily basis. That God would bless them with the little one their heart desires. I didn't sleep well last night and every waking moment was spent praying for my little one. Praying for safety, health, and growth. I prayed for our child. It's still kind of surreal.
Ethan kissed me goodbye this morning and called me Mommy. I've also cried about 8 times since then. I cried praising God in the shower. I cried listening to a song. With lyrics like "I'm on top of the world now" how could I not cry? My mood is literally on top of the world!

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy 1st Monday of the New Year!

Good morning, everyone!
 First off, I want to thank you all for your kinds words and excitement for me and Ethan as we start this new journey together! In case you missed it, here's our announcement here. {It was also the last post I wrote.. almost 2 weeks ago. Sorry guys, I've been totally MIA.}
And since it's been a hot minute since I last updated on anything, here's a quick recap of all things Christmas and New Years!
I had to work Christmas Eve this year, but work totally made up for it with a Christmas party for our office. We had steak biscuits and donuts and exchanged stocking stuffers. The best part was telling all my coworkers I was pregnant. I gave each of them our Christmas card with a Chick-Fil-A gift card attached. I told them to make sure they read the card.. and wouldn't you know one by one they didn't read the card! Haha! I got lots of excited smiles about Chick-Fil-A but I was cracking up over the fact that they were missing the real thing. Finally someone "got it" when we were on coworker 4 of 6! Priceless!

We spent Christmas Eve evening at Ethan's sister's house. We didn't do anything special, just spent time with Ethan's brother and kids and his parents that were in town. I wasn't feeling that great, so I was curled up on the couch waiting for my Zofran to kick in. My sweet niece Emma came over and asked "do you need a cuddle?" Of course I'd take any 3-year old cuddle, so she climbed up with me to cuddle, but jumped down .656 seconds later. It was wonderful while it lasted! Haha!
We decided not to spend early Christmas morning over at Ethan's sister Sarah's house. Normally the entire family gets together around 6:30 and we open presents. It's a big, fun chaotic mess, but since Ethan's other sister Emily just had a baby 2 weeks earlier, they decided to stay home for their preemie and me and Ethan followed suit!
Ethan and I exchanged Christmas presents just the two of us Christmas morning. He got me a gorgeous Dooney & Bourke purse, a snow cone machine {gotta love pregnancy cravings of shaved ice} and the big bottle of It's a 10! This year I was pumped about the gift I got him! Truthfully, I'm not a good gift giver! But this year, oh this year.. I got him tickets to the Arnold Palmer Invitational Golf Tournament in Orlando for this March! We're going to make a little "babymoon" out of it. We'll hit up the tournament and then a day at Disney!
Next we went to my parent's house for presents with my parents, brother and his wife and a little bit later my grandparents. Apparently I was too busy unwrapping gifts and eating cinnamon rolls to bother taking any good pictures. Sorry in advance.
{Christmas morning at my parent's house}

{My dad & sister - right after she got her 1st cell phone and was so excited}
After the fun at my parent's house, we headed over to my Grandma's house to have Christmas lunch with my mom's side of the family. We ate, laughed, and opened more presents. It's fun having a baby around for Christmas. My cousin's little boy William is just now at the age that he enjoys opening presents! I can't believe at next Christmas we'll have three little ones!

{Never fear - Ms. Stringy Ends has a hair appointment this week! Haha!} 

{Christmas 2014 - Alexis 20w3d and Me at 10w3d - Cousins exactly 10 weeks apart!}
We headed to Ethan's sister Sarah's house after Christmas lunch for Christmas dinner and presents. I'm kicking myself for not getting more pictures of the kiddos. This was the first time we could have had all 9 of them together! I guess the memories I made playing with them and their new toys will have to do!
{Opening presents at Sarah's house}
The day after Christmas my Grandma and I went shopping and saw the movie Into the Woods. Very good movie, just so. much. singing. Which, I was forewarned it was a musical, but man.. that was an extremely musical musical. Also, it follows the Grimm Brothers version of the fairytales, so don't expect too many happy endings.
The rest of the week is somewhat of a blur. Thankfully I was off work because between me and Ethan we battled two colds and a stomach bug. Neither of which is very fun and top it off with being pregnant and unable to take regular medicine. We did spend New Year's Eve and New Years Day at our friends Taylor & Colin's house. New Year's Eve was really low key. The girls chatted in the kitchen while the boys watched football. And somewhat the same for New Year's Day, except I watched the FSU v. Oregon game too. Which was awful, but my Noles have had an amazing run and I couldn't be prouder of them! 29 wins, 2 undefeated regular seasons, 3 ACC Championships, a Heisman winner, and a BCS Championship. It's been one hellavu two years!

{My cousin William after FSU's 1st loss - "what do you mean 'lost'?}
Ethan and I did venture out on Saturday to Foley. We ate lunch at our favorite steakhouse Longhorns and did a good bit of shopping {for him lol} at the Outlet Mall. This one little shopping outing was the highlight of our weekend, but I'm thankful I had the week off from work to recuperate.
So there's my last two weeks in a {rather long} nutshell. Ate, slept, opened presents, fought colds and stomach bugs, hung out with friends, shopped. All-in-all a good ending to 2014 and ready to bring on 2015! Starting tomorrow I'll be sharing a little bit more of my pregnancy thus far and then some Hump Day Bump Days.
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