August 28, 2015

Baby Showers

Like I shared in my previous posts, we've had a few baby showers. Each one has been special and put together with lots of love. I couldn't thank the host and helpers enough for all the details and time they put into them. Although I've attended and hosted plenty of baby showers myself, it's so different when it's yours.  Being on the receiving end of a shower was really something else. I was overwhelmed by the support that was given to not only us but especially our little baby boy. To know that everyone around us is just as excited as we are to meet him and shower him with gifts was really sweet.

The first shower represented everything that the baby's nursery is all about, Nautical! I knew before we were having a boy that I'd be setting up his nursery all nautical with whales and anchors. Everything was perfect!





This baby shower was so soft and sweet like a little baby. The colors were so cute together. I love the details they added, like Lawrence's favorite bunt cakes from Nothing Bunt Cakes. Couldn't have asked for more!




A HUGE thank you to both of our families, we love you all!

August 26, 2015

36 Weeks

 
How far along: 36 Weeks = 9 months!!!

Baby Size: At our last visit he was 5lbs 1oz
 
Maternity clothes: Yes, if it fits I'm wearing it!
 
Sleep: Not very much sleep at night, with all the trips to the bathroom and waking up to rotate, I am up several times at night.
  
Gender: It's a boy!

Movement: Thankfully he's moving just enough. He's not an active baby at all, just kicks here and there plus his daily hiccups which has him bouncing. When someone actually wants to feel him move he refuses to so not everyone get's to feel him move, lol.

Best moment this week: There's been a lot of "best" moments in the last few weeks. We had another baby shower, my husbands co-workers hosted a work shower and we finally got things going in the nursery. I got to wash and fold a few loads of tiny baby clothes. We setup the bassinet in our room and I packed baby boy's hospital bag! Yay!

 
Looking forward to: At this point I am looking forward to holding him, he can come as soon as next week and no later then 3 weeks from now since I'll be induce around the 15th. (Official date not confirmed yet). I am also in nesting mode, so I am trying to get the house in order, pack my own hospital bag and hopefully get some freezer meals done. I'll be able to relax after that.
 
Food cravings: No matter what I think I'm craving, as soon as I see or think of watermelon I have to have it! It's so good!
 
  Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!
 
Labor Signs: I'll have braxton hicks almost on a daily basis, so far that's it.
 
What I miss: I really miss wearing regular shoes, getting up quickly or moving around like normal.
 
Symptoms: Swollen feet have won! No matter how much swimming I do, they're just swollen all the time now. I have about 3 pairs of shoes that fit comfortably. The other biggest symptom is just being TIRED. ALL. THE. TIME. I can take a nap and still wake up tired.
 
Nursery: It's finally coming along. My biggest regret was not starting earlier as I had originally planned. I don't have all the energy to work on it right now like I'd love to. We have all the furniture setup and clothes put away in the drawers. Next is just getting the walls decorated.

Here's a little peak into the nursery.
 
Belly Button in or out? Really...really out!

Mood: Nervous and Excited....Anxious! I'm feeling all the emotions you can think of.



I also started drinking Red Raspberry Leaf Tea. 
If your interested in it's benefits click HERE


July 31, 2015

32 Weeks


How far along: 32 Weeks

Baby Size: At our last ultra sound baby was at 3lbs. 8oz.
 
Maternity clothes: I am still wearing a mix of regular and maternity clothes. If the shirt is long enough I can still fit into them.
 
Sleep: What's that? LOL! It is what it is, I just don't get much of it and I feel tired all day long.
  
Gender: It's a boy!

Movement: He's always moving and kicking. Sometimes they hurt but for the most part I feel him move most when he has the hiccups.

Best moment this week: Having my first ever baby shower was really special. It's such a sweet feeling to be "showered" by your friends and family. I also love seeing all the baby stuff around our home.
 
 
Looking forward to: Our 2nd baby shower and FINALLY putting the nursery together.
 
Food cravings: I think it has to be Hot Cheetos and an ice-cream cone from Chick-fil-a!
 
  Anything making you queasy or sick: I don't really feel sick anymore. I'll have moments were I feel a little off but I know it's all just part of the pregnancy.
 
Labor Signs: Are Braxton Hicks considered labor signs? Cause I did experience those this week.
 
What I miss: Getting out of bed like a regular person. Right now it's a processes of rolling and pushing up. LOL, gotta love the belly! 
 
Symptoms: I still have swollen feet but I got most of it under control by swimming at least twice a week. I don't mean free style/arm stroke swimming, it's just easy laps and water aerobics. But it has made a world of difference! I also can't bend down without feeling discomfort, so I try to ask for help more often and have people pick stuff up for me.
 
Nursery: The nursery should have been a little further along by now, but it's still empty. The good news is that we have the furniture and the paint so we'll be starting this coming week.
 
Belly Button in or out? OUT! To my surprise, my belly button has popped out.

Mood: Excited!

Baby Boy at 29 weeks

July 6, 2015

28 Weeks

 
How far along: 28 weeks + 3 day

Baby Size: Eggplant. Based on our last ultrasound he is around 2.5 pounds.

Maternity clothes: Yes, and lots of maxi skirts.
 
Sleep: Sleep is constantly interrupted by bathroom breaks and flipping from my right to my left side...and vise versa. I pretty much don't sleep very well and my body refuses to sleep in anymore.
  
Gender: It's a boy!

Movement: Moving is his current hobby. He doesn't like if I'm leaning forward while sitting down, he really kicks if I do. Sometimes I do it just to feel him move.

Best moment this week: Entering into my 3rd trimester was exciting. We are that much closer to holding our little man.
 
Looking forward to: Our first baby shower is definitely on the top of the list of things I'm looking forward to this month.
 
Food cravings: I don't have a specific craving anymore, I just enjoy eating cold fruit.
 
  Anything making you queasy or sick: I'd say all the sickness stuff went away...the gagging reflex comes and goes.
 
Labor Signs: Nope!
 
What I miss: I still miss sleeping on my stomach. I miss the cooler weather cause this heat is just horrible. 
 
Symptoms: My newest symptom is swollen feet. I wake up with them and go to bed with them, lol. I have certain shoes that work well with the swelling and high heels aren't one of them. Bye-bye heels.
 
Nursery: Nothing new has happened in the nursery. We need to paint and get the furniture in before I can start to decorate. I have almost all the decor I'll be using so I'm ready to go.
 
Belly Button in or out? Semi out.

Mood: Happy and Sleepy.

Around 25 weeks. 
You can see his little hand right above his head.


This was before the boards went up.
The boards are up and next step is to paint!
Thanks to Tia Valerie, we have a glider!
Nursery decor only $5 thanks to Amazon.

A little glimpse of his closet. Almost all of them have been gifts from loved ones.

Another gift and this one is from my husband's co-worker.

I bought this journal to document this pregnancy around 25 weeks and it starts at 9 weeks, so I have had a lot of catching up to do. I look forward to reading it in the years to come.





June 9, 2015

24 Weeks



How far along: 24 weeks + 4 days = 6 months!

Baby Size: Ear of corn or Eggplant

Maternity clothes: Still using whatever fits. Maxi dresses come in handy! I am always looking for new stuff since my selection is getting limited. 
 
Sleep: Sleep is good or as good as it can be with all those fun bathroom breaks all night.
  
Gender: It's a boy!

Movement: Lot's of movement these days. He loves to move early mornings and late evenings. He refuses to let others feel him move though. You can try and as soon as your hand touches my belly, he freezes. Maybe he's shy?

Best moment this week: Hearing his heartbeat at my last appointment (156 BPM), he gave the doppler a good kick. He doesn't seem to like that thing. Went to a baby expo at Babies R Us and got lots of free stuff for baby. Registered for a few FREE birthing classes. Bought an adorable outfit online for him to hopefully wear next spring.
 
Looking forward to: My next ultrasound, we'll see how much he's grown since his last scan 4 weeks ago. And looking forward to swimming this summer! Taking the classes we signed up for. Painting the nursery.
 
Food cravings: Watermelon. I want to eat the whole watermelon at one time. It's the best.
 
  Anything making you queasy or sick: Still gag when brushing my teeth, besides that everything feels pretty normal.
 
Labor Signs: Nope!
 
What I miss: Bending down quickly to grab something from the floor. I miss sleeping a full nights sleep, but I don't think I'll ever get that again. And I still miss sleeping on my stomach.
 
Symptoms: Just dealing with dry skin, but I just try to stay extra moisturized and use sunblock daily. Feeling sleepy one day but energized the next day.
 
Nursery: We started one of my major projects last week (pictures to come soon). We are also getting the carpet cleaned this week so we can start filling it up with furniture soon.
 
Belly Button in or out? I'm really surprised but it's kinda half out. I thought for sure that wouldn't happen to me since I had a really deep belly button. It's funny looking to me, I laugh.

Mood: Excited, blessed, happy....tired. LOL!

May 16, 2015

21 Weeks


We got to see our little baby boy at 21 weeks.
He's growing right on track.
He currently weighs 14 ounces.
His little bottom sits on my bladder.
His head is on my left hand side.
He's definitely a BOY!
And, he likes to suck his thumb or fingers.



 We treasure every little piece that we can of him.




May 8, 2015

20 Weeks




How far along: 20 weeks + 0 days

Baby Size: Banana

Maternity clothes: Still using whatever fits. I have a few maternity outfits and bought some maxi skirts that work great with my growing belly.
 
Sleep: Sleep is good but I toss and turn a lot throughout the night.
  
Gender: It's a boy!

Movement: I felt his first official kick on Tuesday and been feeling lot of movement since then.

Best moment this week: It has to be feeling him move! I can identify when he's moving around with no doubt. And that he has another little buddy growing in my friends belly!
 
Looking forward to: Seeing baby next week during our 20 week anatomy scan. We'll see how he's doing and how big he really is.
Food cravings: Probably Hot Cheetos, but I tend to crave those anytime so I'm not sure if that's pregnancy related or lot but I love those chips! I've also been eating lots of watermelon. It's so good!
 
  Anything making you queasy or sick: Pregnancy hormones were on the rise this week, that made me very queasy this week. I still have the gag reflux while brushing my teeth. And I can't stand the thought of eating any more chicken noodle soup.
 
Labor Signs: Nope!
 
What I miss: Besides just sleeping on my tummy, I can't really say I miss much. 
 
Symptoms: NAUSEA! Oh boy did it come back this week but this time it was an all day nausea. Today has been a lot better. And I have also noticed that my skin is dry(er) then usual.
 
Nursery: We're still continuing to work on the nursery. We're still clearing it out the room but we have all his little stuff in his closet! It's so cute to see it all in one place. We're also looking at nursery furniture and buying more decor!
 
Belly Button in or out? In!

Mood: HAPPY! HAPPY! HAPPY!









April 13, 2015

16 Weeks




How far along: 16 weeks + 3 days

Baby Size: Avocado

Maternity clothes: Half and half, I just wear what fits at this point.
 
Sleep: It's back to normal, sleeping good!
  
Gender: It's a boy!

Movement: Hopefully I'll feel something soon.

Best moment this week: Finding out the baby's gender and sharing the news with our family.
 
Looking forward to: Starting the baby's nursery, buying baby BOY stuff and feeling him move. Everyone says it should be happening soon.

Food cravings: No cravings, just eating healthy.
 
  Anything making you queasy or sick: Brushing my teeth, makes me gag every. time.
 
Labor Signs: Nope!
 
What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach, fitting into my jean skirts and staying up past midnight.
 
Symptoms: Most of the first trimester symptoms went away, the only one left of the gagging reflex when I brush my teeth.
 
Nursery: About to clear out the room and start painting this month. I wanted to get started early so I can take my time on it and add all the little details I've been dreaming about.
 
Belly Button in or out? In!

Mood: Blessed!
Here is baby at 16 weeks, he was moving around and kept putting his finger's in his mouth.

March 13, 2015

One + Two = Three


"For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given 
me my petition which I asked of him"
1 Samuel 1:27


We're having a baby!



How far along: 12 weeks today!

Baby Size: A plum

Maternity clothes: I am going shopping for some this weekend.
 
Sleep: It's okay, I wake up several times a night. Due to the occasional night time nausea, I am up half the night sometimes. 
  
Gender: We find out in 4 weeks.

Movement: None yet, it's too soon.

Best moment this week: I was finally able to cook myself dinner without feeling queasy and enjoy the whole meal. It was so good!
 
Looking forward to: Our next appointment to hear the baby's heartbeat! We didn't get to hear it during the first ultra sound because of technical difficulties, but we saw the little heart fluttering.

Food cravings: Donuts. Got one! Ate it! 
 
  Anything making you queasy or sick: Brushing my teeth, weird smells and chicken.
 
Labor Signs: Nope!
 
What I miss: Brushing my teeth without gagging, having energy, eating like normal and fitting comfortably into any clothing item in my closet. As of this week I have to try it on first.
 
Symptoms: Night time nausea, constantly thirsty, hungry every hour and tired all the time.
 
Nursery: We know what room in the house will be the nursery but that's about it.
 
Belly Button in or out? In!

Mood: Excited and happy!


January 6, 2015

A new year.

Welcome to 2015


Our wish is to be together, happy and healthy. To have the opportunity to travel and make more memories together. To give with all our hearts.


Our desire is to used by God. To grow stronger together in the presence of God. To be used as a vessel for His kingdom. To make a difference in this world.


Our dreams are beyond our reach but with the Lord by our side, we will not fear. Our faith is founded in His word. With God all things are possible. We will see our dreams become a reality.


Our prayer is that we all have a blessed new year, that we can all learn, grow and inspire each other to do better and be better this year. Life is so precious and fragile. Live in the moment. Be present.


May God continue to bless you in 2015!

{These pictures where taken while on vacation by my sister, Valerie}