23 Weeks

Friday, April 27, 2012

Just checking off another week! 

Baby is now the size of a pomegranate! 

A few fun facts for this week according to thebump.com:
  • She's forming little nipples (yeah, really!)
  • Her face is fully formed now -- she just needs a little extra fat to fill it out.
  • She's listening to your voice and your heartbeat -- and even to loud sounds like cars honking and dogs barking.

How far along?  23 weeks, 1 day
Maternity clothes?  Yes please!
Stretch marks?  No - Hoping I can say this the entire time!
Sleep:  Remember when I said sleep is great?  I jinxed myself.  I have been sleeping horribly this week.  I cannot get comfortable (even with my body pillow).  As soon as I do get comfy and fall asleep I wake up in pain due to my hands being so numb.  According to my doctor, this is only going to get worse.  Great.
Best moment this week:  I won't lie, Dairy Queen was pretty awesome last night :)  Also, spending time with Heather was great last Sunday. It's been way too long since we last saw eachother.
Miss Anything:  Not at the moment.
Movement:  For sure!  And I love every little kick/punch.
Food cravings:  Pass the milk!  Yes, we are still on this milk kick. 
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Gum - blah.  I can only have it in my mouth for approximatley 1 min and 30 seconds before I need to discard it immediately or my gag reflux takes over. 
Gender:  I'm still thinking girl - even if we call the baby by the boy name we selected.
Labor Signs:  None, thankfully. 
Belly Button in or out?  In.  Altho I'm reading that it should pop anytime now.  :/
Wedding rings on or off?  Sadly, off.
Happy or Moody most of the time:  I want to say happy but this has been a stressful week at work which has caused me to be pretty crabby!
Looking forward to:  Finishing up picking out all the nursery bedding this weekend!

I'm Lovin' It

After weeks and weeks of feeling self-conscious about my changing body I think I have finally accepted the changes (nobody said I had to like them).  And because of it, I'm finally lovin' my bump :)

The Bump

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Remember when I posted about shooting with Natalie in this post?  Nat gave me the pictures she took of me and I have to say, I kinda love them.  I honestly don't normally love pictures of myself but I love that I have this moment of my life documented in photos.  I just wish I would have worn something different that day.  I can't wait for Nat to shoot my maternity photos!

22 Weeks

Friday, April 20, 2012

According to thebump.com Baby Naselli is now the size of a papaya.  We are just cruising through the produce department.

Thursday morning we had our anatomy ultrasound.  Baby Naselli is a ....


We didn't find out if we are having a girl or boy.  C has been adamant since for as long as I've known him that he does not want to find out.  Finding out in the delivery room is his choice.  And altho I have always said I need to know and want to know what is inside of me ... I caved.  I let him win this battle.  We've lasted 22 weeks without knowing.  So what is 18 more?  Sounds pretty long when you type it out but I'm sure with moving into our new home, decorating/getting settled, baby showers, etc. August will be here before we know it.

I didn't even have the ultrasound tech write the gender in a sealed envelope for us like I wanted to.  We are in this for the long haul.  I thought not knowing would absolutely kill me.  But, surprisingly, I'm ok with it all.   I'm just happy that our baby is healthy and is right on track with development.

Here are my 22 week pictorials.  Not sure if I'm loving this shirt or not.  I thought I liked it when I purchased it but after wearing it and looking at myself in it I have changed my mine.  I think it's the tie under the boobs.  Totally not my style.  Not sure why I even thought it was when I purchased it.  But surprise, it's grey!  Note to self: no more ties or grey!

(Jess - the toilet paper is dwindling.  Should probably restock huh?)

How far along?  22 weeks
Maternity clothes?  Yep.  Apparently I need to start shopping for color...
Stretch marks?  No
Sleep:  Sleep is great. Although I have been waking up to numbness and tingling in my hands and feet which is not pleasant.
Best moment this week:  Our ultrasound, duhh.
Miss Anything:  I'm good so far.
Movement:  So much!  This little guy/girl is either going to be a boxer or a dancer.  Won't.stop.moving!  
Food cravings:  Milk and burritos.  What a combo huh?
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Still can't chew gum or eat lettuce.  So odd.
Gender:  Still don't know and we won't until August.  I love how everyone has reason to believe that their guess is the right gender!
Labor Signs:  Absolutely not.
Belly Button in or out?  In.  Totally not looking forward to it popping out!
Wedding rings on or off?  Off. Damn swelling.
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy!
Looking forward to:  Making more progress on packing up our t-house.  Is that weird I'm looking fwd to that?

Crib Success

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Before my mother-in-law and I set out to search for furniture for the nursery I snapped these pics of my 21 week bump.

Picking out nursery furniture is no joke.  There are way too many options.  I have a love/hate relationship with options.  I love having them.  For example a few extra shirts in my suitcase when traveling so I'm not limited to wear what I packed for the day.  But I also hate them.  When I have more than 3 options to choose from, my head spins, I get hot and sweaty and can't make a decisions for the life of me.  Which is exactly what happened to me last weekend.

Because C&I still aren't sure if we are going to find whether we are having a boy or girl, I want to keep the furniture in the nursery gender neutral.  Oh and I want it to be white.  Sounds pretty simple, right?  Wrong.

Go to just about any store that carries baby furniture and take a look around.  All of the white furniture on display is decorated in pinks and purples.  Totally girly.  I have yet to find one white furniture set (on display in a store) decorated for a boy.  I obviously don't know if we are having a boy at this point, but I'd like to pick out a set that could be perfect for a little girl or little boy. 

In search of the perfect gender neutral white furniture with my mother-in-law in tow I was almost brought to tears.  The cribs I have always adored from afar now all look too girly to me.  The cribs with high backs, curves and arches I can only picture a little baby girl sleeping in.  So half way through my search I told my mother-in-law that I would just scratch the white and get darker wood.  For some reason even with the high backs, curves and arches it didn't seem quite as girly to me.  Thankfully she told me to snap out of it.  I've always wanted white furniture so white furniture is what I'll find.

There came a point that I stood looking at all the cribs and felt my face getting red and my eyes filling up with tears ready to drop.  Can you say emotional much?  Pull it together girl!

Just when I thought we'd leave the store without finding furniture I liked, I found the perfect crib.  And, thankfully, it was white.  There are no curves or a high arching back to make this crib look girly.  It's pretty basic with a straight back.  (I have pictures but will keep them under wraps until I post the nursery when it's completely finished.)  The set is exactly what I need/want in order to keep it gender neutral.  I even threw a nautical themed comforter over the crib to test my theory that it would look fine if we have a little baby boy.

It's perfect.  For me.  For our baby.  For our nursery.

A huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders.  Now I can focus all my attention on the smaller details of the nursery.  Like finding the perfect changing pad...

Baby Kicks

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Yesterday was a big day.  Huge.  Ginormous!!

It was the first day I have ever felt our baby kick from the outside :) :) :) :) 

I've definitely been feeling him/her move around in there the past few weeks.  Every time I would put my  hands on my stomach he/she would stop all movement.  So yesterday during his/her dance fest in my stomach I decided to move in with a sneak attack.  I slowly and every so gently placed my hands on my stomach.  I held them there and refused to move them until I felt movement.  Sure enough about 8 mins into my sneak attack I felt the kicks. 

I couldn't wait to get home and tell C and have him feel the kicks.  Unfortunately, he/she must have worn himself/herself out and was passed out because I didn't feel much movement the rest of the night.  Hopefully tonight he/she will be more active and C can feel the kicks for the first time.

Behind the Camera

Thursday, April 12, 2012

I haven't been behind the camera in a long time.  We are talking weeks.  No, actually longer ... months.  It's embarrassing.  Especially since I call myself a photographer.  I felt frustrated at my last two sessions.  I felt like I wasn't cut out for this,  didn't have the skill it takes to be a successful photographer and unfortunately, the worst of all, kept comparing my work to other photographers and felt inadequate.  Because of my frustration with myself I put my camera down.  I told myself I just needed a break.  I needed to regroup, refocus, give myself a pep talk and get my butt back out there.  But I didn't do any of those things.  I put my camera in my bag and haven't touched it.

That was until last night.  My good friend, Natalie, who is also a photographer, asked to shoot for an hour or so.  We do this every now and then to bounce ideas off each other, experiment with lighting and poses and just get goofy for each other's cameras.  It's so fun to shoot without any pressure of a paying client.

As expected, we had a blast shooting each other.  She definitely shot way more than I did since my baby bump was something fun and new to experiment with.  But I have to say the shots I did get of her, I loved. 

I'm so thankful for our shoot last night.  It gave me my confidence back and reminded me how much I absolutely love being behind the camera.  No more waiting weeks/months to touch my camera again.  Obviously if want to improve and advance as a photographer, I have to practice daily.  So even though my plate is full with preparing for our baby's arrival and moving into our new home, I can't let my dream and passion go by the wayside.

21 Weeks

21 weeks down.  19 to go.  Or 136 days according to thebump.com.  I got this.  Piece of cake! 

Our little munchkin isn't so little anymore.  She/he is now the size of a banana!  Bananas are my favorite fruit so I will be eating plenty this week in her/his honor.  Here's a little sneak peek of what she/he looks like in my belly right now. 

{ Photo source :: Baby Center }

And this is what we are dealing with right now as far as my size.

No grey this week :)

I feel like my belly had dropped a little.  Before I felt it looked so high.  Now it's definitely not as high as it was - even a co-worker mentioned that the other day. 

How far along?  21 weeks
Maternity clothes?  Pants have been a necessity.  Shirts still come and go.  In the above pic the shirt is from Gap and it's not maternity. 
Stretch marks?  No
Sleep:  So good.  Altho I hate getting disrupted every night at 3:00 to go to the bathroom.  Normally I can fall back asleep right away.
Best moment this week:  Shoot with Nat last night.  More on this in an upcoming post.
Miss Anything:  Nothing right now. 
Movement:  I love it!  Every time he/she moves around I put my hand on my stomach to see if I can start to feel it from the outside.  And, of course, he/she stops moving right away.
Food cravings:  Pass the milk please!
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Gum.  Weird right?  I used to always chew gum but now when I put a piece in my mouth after about 3 minutes I have to get it out (and fast) otherwise I start gagging.  So odd.
Gender:  ??  Still a mystery.  If we want to find out, we can next Thursday at 9:40!
Labor Signs:  No way.
Belly Button in or out?  Still in.
Wedding rings on or off?  Well.  The time has come.  They have been off the past 3 days.  I'm retaining a lot of water right now so my fingers look like mini sausages.  It's not pretty.  I think I'm going to get my rings cleaned up and put them away in my jewelry box until after our peanut arrives.
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy, duhh. 
Looking forward to:  The in-laws visit this weekend. We'll be packing up the t-house!  Can't wait to move into our new home!

Don't You Love being Pregnant?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

If I have to hear that one more time, I might lose it. 

To be completely honest and blunt - No, I don't love being pregnant. 

Let me explain prior to everyone thinking I'm a horrible mom-to-be.

I love....
  • That C&I will be parents in a few short months.
  • That after a year of trying to get pregnant we finally are.
  • That this pregnancy did not end in miscarriage like our first pregnancy did.
  • That C&I will be a family of 3 in August. 
  • Feeling him/her move around in my belly.
  • That soon I will have a son or daughter.

I hate....
  • Watching my body get bigger and bigger daily/weekly.
  • That I'm stuffy all.the.time.
  • That my hands and feet are so swollen - already!
  • That I stand in my closet every morning and want to cry while trying to find something, anything that fits and looks semi cute.
  • That I'm "on display" at work.  Anytime I get up people immediately check me out.
  • That I feel like I am larger than what I should be at 20 weeks - even if my doc assures me I'm right on track.
  • That I have to pee all.the.dang.time.
  • That I had to purchase a bigger cup size in my bras. 
  • That maternity dresses look absolutely ridiculous on me. 

I'm sure if I really sat and thought about it I could add 10 more things that I hate about being pregnant.  To sum it all up tho, I really just hate dealing with my changing body.  Whoever says they love getting bigger and loves pregnancy has to be lying.  Maybe I'm too self-conscious... I don't know. 

I'm definitely looking forward to August.  I want my body back.  I want to feel and look like myself again - all while holding our new bundle of joy of course :)

Nursery Planning

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I'm in full nursery planning mode.  I started collecting ideas a few months ago but thought it was way too early to order anything.  Now, the clock is ticking.  I need to get on this!  Especially since we will be moving in a few weeks.  I know I will have my mind on other things and my time will be limited behind a computer.

I found this bedding months ago that I fell in love with.  Owls - I mean, perfection right?  I'm so obsessed with owls right now and have no idea why!  I don't even like birds so this is crazy to me.  I thought these colors would be perfect - especially if we plan on not finding out the gender. 

Remember this?

I found the patterns on Etsy (which is the best website like EVER).  I contacted the seller yesterday and asked if she could send me some samples.  I love the way it looks on the screen but want to be 100% certain I love it in person as well.  I'm not sure if the shade of yellow is exactly what I have envisioned in my head. 

Either way, even if I don't love the sample in person, I definitely still want to stay with this color pallette...

{ Source found here }

I love these colors together (as you can see from my blog design).  It's so fresh, simple and perfect for a gender neutral nursery (in my mind of course).  If we were to have a baby girl, I would totally incorporate some pops of hot pink in there as well.  Why not, right?  Right.

I also stumbled across these super cute storage containers on the lovely pinterest.  I love all things chevron right now.  I need these. 

Speaking of all things chevron isn't this chair a gem?  I love it so much.  It totally could be a little much for what I have planned for our nursery but I definitely love looking at it.  Love.

Again, here is another pinterest find.  I want to have books displayed in the nursery and have been struggling at exactly how I want them displayed.  That is until I found this...

{ Source & tutorial found here }

Fantastic right?  Now I'm definitely no do-it-yourselfer.  Arts, crafts and projects were never my thing.  I don't even know how to sew.  And we aren't talking making curtains.  I'm talking not even the slightest idea on how to sew a button on.  GASP!  You can pick your jaw back up.  You heard me right.  So this project would have to be outsourced to someone who is crafty.  Any takers?  Pretty please? 

So just when I have a great visual in my head and have some of my ideas confirmed I stumble across this nursery on pinterest last night. 

Every great idea I thought I had flew out the window.  To say I love this nursery is an understatement.  Words cannot even express how I feel about it.  It's absolute perfection wrapped in a bow to me.  The colors, the simplicity, the chevron -- Ohhhhh my heart!  Part of me wants to throw everything I thought I wanted out the window and recreate a nursery that looks just like this. 

My head hurts now. 

20 Weeks

Thursday, April 5, 2012

We made it.  I made it!  Today is the much anticipated HALF WAY MARK!!!  *dancing in my cube at work*

Our little baby is growing rapidly.  She (yes, she's a she today, tomorrow she could be a he - I go back and forth) is now the size of a cantaloupe!  Holy!  No wonder I feel ginormous. 

I have to say that the first half of my pregnancy has gone by so fast.  It seriously feels like it was yesterday when I peed on 3 sticks.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Three.  Two just didn't scream confirmation for me apparently. 

We have a lot that needs to get accomplished in the next 20 weeks - closing on our house, moving, registering, decorating the nursery, settling into our new home, not trying to freak about about how big I'm getting...  Thankfully C's parents are coming to Minn to visit next weekend and help us pack up our t-house.  I'm secretly hoping my mother-in-law will be up for helping me start our registry and pick out (and order) the furniture for the nursery.  Leave the guys at home to pack and conveniently come home when it's time to go out for dinner, right?  Ha!

Here's a pic from this morning.  I definitely feel like the last 2 weeks I've had a major growth spurt. 

How far along?  20 weeks
Maternity clothes?  Love rockin' the leggings and anything comfy.
Stretch marks?  No
Sleep:  Is great! :)
Best moment this week:  Getting the news from our realtor that we have secured a renter for our t-house.  This means no double mortgage payment and a little less stress on our plate.  So relieved!
Miss Anything?  A dirty martini.  C&I are going to Red Lobster tomorrow for dinner and every time we go there I always indulge in a martini (or three).  Just thinking of a dirty martini makes me salivate intensely!
Movement:  Baby girl or boy is a mover and a shaker - I love it!
Food cravings:  I'm not craving anything specific at this point (other than milk).  I have discovered Naked juices this week (I know, I'm a little late) and have been enjoying them more than I ever thought I would.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope!
Gender:  Pink or blue?  Who knows!
Labor Signs:  Absolutely not.
Belly Button in or out?  It's in.  However I noticed how big it looks due to my growing belly - so weird and hollow looking!
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Definitely happy.  Although I did snap unexpectedly on C last night - oops! 
Looking forward to:  Hopefully shooting with my friend Natalie this Saturday.  I haven't been behind the camera in a few weeks and I'm craving some quality photo time!

Work It, Work It

I have been slacking in the workout department during my pregnancy.  The first trimester my excuse was the exhaustion.  I was sleeping most nights soundly by 7/7:30.  By the time I got home for work, walked the dog and ate dinner I was pooped.  The second trimester I don't have an excuse.  I have my energy back and feel good so there should be no reason not to exercise.  Yesterday I finally put my foot down on my laziness. 

It was time my baby met Jillian Michaels. 

I have an old DVD of Jillian's that has a bunch of different circuits specialized for trouble areas of your body.  I stuck with the arms, butt and thigh areas.  I, of course, was not going to be dumb and do anything strenous to harm our baby.  I won't lie, I struggled through the circuits - give me some slack, it has been over 20 weeks before I have even touched a weight.  But I did it.  And afterwards, while I was sweaty, gasping for air and chugging my bottle of water like I've been dehydrated for days, it felt amazing.  I woke up with noodles for arms and almost fell down the stairs as my legs wanted to give out, but it's all worth it. 

With tank season right around the corner I dread having flabby arms.  Or flabby thighs for that matter.  So here's to the next 20 weeks of toning up, getting back in shape and looking like a hot little pregnant mama to be.

Weekend Recap

Monday, April 2, 2012

The weekend turned out to be a great one, just as I suspected it would.  Friday night the Mr. & I were in search of a fish fry.  We ended up at a tiny diner called Henry's in Maple Grove.  Great food, tiny place, wonderful service, felt like you were in the kitchen of your mom's house.  C loved his fish fry and I enjoyed tomato soup and grilled cheese.  We topped off our dinner with a slice of coconut cream pie.  Everyone was happy.

Saturday we had 5 showings for our t-house.  So while the showings happened we ran down to check on the progress of the house with Tiko.  We have cabinets!  It's looking so good.  I love my kitchen.  LOVE LOVE LOVE. 

Once we returned home our real estate agent informed us that 2 couples who walked through our t-house loved it and are filling out the necessary paperwork to rent it.  We couldn't be happier.  It hasn't even been a week since we posted our ad to rent our t-house and we might already have it rented.  We should know today how their applications look and which couple we choose is the best fit for our property. 

Saturday night we met Larry & Cindy for dinner.  We haven't seen them in ages so it was so fun to catch up.  It was also great to talk pregnancy with Cindy.  She has 2 grown children and loved asking me questions about my pregnancy.  What I didn't know about her is that although she has 2 children, she also had 5 miscarriages.  Five.  I suffered one and I cannot imagine suffering 5.  It was good to talk about my miscarriage with someone who has been through one.  I tend to keep most of feelings about the miscarriage bottled up so it was good to talk through those with someone who could 110% relate to me. 

Pics snapped before dinner.

(So over the red bathroom!)

Sunday I woke up at 8:00 a.m. to this note on the counter from the hubs.

"Went to Cub for a cinnamon roll 4 U!"  Super sweet right?  Keeper!!!!!  Once C got home we enjoyed breakfast together and then started packing up the t-house.  We only packed 6 or 7 boxes, but at least it's a start.  We threw out a ton of stuff which also felt really good.  For the next couple weeks I will be on a packing/purging binge.  I love getting rid of stuff I know we will never use and question why we have kept over all these years. 

Afterwards C went fishing while I sat outside with Tiko reading my book.  (Book recap to be posted shortly.)

It didn't make it to 80 degrees as expected, but it was definitely nice to enjoy the sunshine.  I got a little burnt. Actually, a lot burnt.  My chest is on fire today.  I guess my goal in obtaining some color on my pasty skin was achieved.

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