Baby Progress: Week 18

How far along? 18 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Up 6 pounds. My weight gain seems to have temporarily stalled even though I feel like my belly is still getting bigger. It’s crazy how the baby only makes up 8 ounces of those 6 pounds!

Maternity clothes? Yes, mostly. I have been wearing non-maternity dresses lately which is awesome because no pants are the best pants.

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: Some minor/annoying back pain. Does “pregnancy brain” count? Last week I forgot to use soap in the shower. This week I put face wash on my loofah instead of body wash. Luckily I caught myself on the last one before I lathered up in face wash.

Sleep: It’s getting a little uncomfortable to sleep on my stomach, so I guess I’ll have to switch to my side full time soon :(

Best moment this week:
Seeing baby girl at the anatomy ultrasound :)
  Unfortunately she was all curled up into a ball so I’ll go back next week for more pictures.

Worst moment of the week: Is it weird my “worst moment” ties into the best moment? They also told me at my visit that I have placenta previa (for now), which means if “things” don’t move to where they are supposed to, I would need a c-section for delivery. Not ideal, but we’ll see how it goes. I’ve got a lot of time for things to change, and I guess it would be kind of convenient to know exactly when she’ll arrive. But the recovery? Nope nope nope.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Clear skin


Movement: No, at least I don’t think so. It’s tough to tell what’s going on in there ;)

Food cravings: French fries, I guess, but no “must have” cravings.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nah.


Have you started to show yet: Yes? I got my first “are you expecting?”, but granted it was in the elevator leaving the OB office. This week’s photo was actually taken at 18 weeks, 3 days — on St. Patrick’s Day (hence the green dress!). Excuse the zombie look on my face here, I was in “need a nap” hour of the afternoon.

Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out?
In, but it’s getting bigger and weird looking..

Wedding rings on or off?
On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: Going to start looking/shopping for a crib, dresser, and chair this weekend.

New Carpet!

Yay! The new carpet has finally been installed. While this was a painful project to pay for, it turned out really well. We are happy with the carpet itself (it’s so FLUFFY!), the installers, and that it is finally off the to-do list. I still surprise myself with the softness especially when I get out of bed first thing in the morning. Here’s some quick photos, but we’re still cleaning up and dealing with the aftermath. All of the old carpet and the installation left a lot of dust and fuzzies covering every surface of the house. There is a slight purple undertone that I feel like only comes across in photos. In person it is not very obvious, except for in the office where the paint color is a very warm yellow-beige.

The current disaster state of the nursery…

 

One step closer to touching every surface of what sometimes feels like our “fixer upper”! And here is a sneak peak of what I’m thinking for the nursery. So many shades of pink to choose from! :)

 

Baby Progress: Week 17

How far along? 17 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Up ~6.5 pounds. I think I’m on track to gain right at 30 pounds, but I swear just looking at unhealthy food makes me gain weight!

Maternity clothes? Yes! I wore a pair of normal jeans with a hair tie around the button on Sunday and it was not comfortable at all. I am so excited that it is warming up and I can just wear skirts and dresses for the rest of the spring/summer! Yay no pants! :)

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: I *think* my fatigue is starting to wear off (at least the mid-afternoon fatigue). Still going to bed pretty early. More tailbone pain this week (most likely due to a few long days of sitting at work).

Sleep: Sleeping is fine. I think daylight savings time has helped.

Best moment this week:
Nothing all that exciting going on at the moment!


Worst moment of the week: Long days of sitting at work is causing some pain in my tailbone. I need to set a timer on my phone to remind myself to get up and stretch/walk around.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Box jumps? Not feeling like I am going to die after 30 seconds of a plank?
;)

Movement: I had thought I was feeling movement laying in bed the other night, but then I had to focus really hard and just realized I was just feeling my heartbeat in my abdomen. Weird.

Food cravings: We had catered breakfast and lunch at work, so of course I was ALL OVER the breakfast foods. Yum!

Anything making you queasy or sick: No, just the occasional motion sickness when someone else is driving.


Have you started to show yet: I’m getting there. The top I am wearing in this week’s photo makes me look a little bigger than I actually am, but I am still in that weird “food baby or real baby” stage.

Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: Picking out a paint color for the nursery and seeing her again during the anatomy scan next week!

Baby Progress: Week 16

How far along? 16 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 4-5 pounds? My scale likes to give me heart attacks by spontaneously jumping up 3 pounds over a 24 hour period and then later settling down. So even though I did have my fair share of 2 desserts last night (hey, it was my birthday!), I really doubt I gained 3 pounds overnight.

Maternity clothes? Wearing a few pieces here and there, but still mostly in my normal clothes. Some pants need the hair tie around the top button. And I got a few more pieces from Gap Maternity — capris and pants for working out, and a cute tank top with a tiny bit of gathering on the side (it doesn’t scream I’M PREGNANT like some do). I feel like Gap has the best fit for me so far. So much of the stuff I’ve tried on from other places is huge, even in the smallest size. And obviously my “bump” is not filling it out but most things I’m trying on are literally falling off of me in the chest, shoulders, arms, etc.

Stretch marks? No new ones.

Symptoms: Back pain, thirsty ALL THE TIME

Sleep: Still tired a lot and wanting to go to bed at like 9:30pm every night. I’m having a hard time getting comfortable again after waking up in the middle of the night so I might have to resort to a pillow between the legs soon.

Best moment this week:
My birthday! Getting my bonus check! Immediately spending it on new carpet! (ouch…)

Worst moment of the week: Work has been pretty hectic. A few late nights this week and already planning on a few long days next week. Plus, daycare waiting lists are insane! :(

Have you told family and friends: Yes, and my boss finally knows too (whew!).

Miss Anything? Caffeine of course, and I always crave a good frozen margarita when we head out to a Mexican place for dinner.
Also the waitress at dinner on my birthday asking me if I’d like a cocktail at least FOUR TIMES. YES I’D LOVE ONE ACTUALLY.

Movement: Not yet, I’m looking forward to this part soon!

Food cravings: Nothing in particular.

Anything making you queasy or sick:
Not really. I’m kind of having a meat aversion lately. Normally I love a good steak or what not, but lately I can only eat a few bites and then I’m not interested.

Have you started to show yet: Not really, but I can tell I’m getting a little bigger. I’m ready for the “cute bump” stage instead of the fat girl stage.

Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: Getting the carpet installed so that we can move on to painting and furniture for the nursery!

Baby Progress: Week 15

How far along? 15 weeks! Where is the time going???

Total weight gain/loss: Basically didn’t gain any weight this week thanks to a gross cold, despite the amount of Thin Mints I consumed and no working out.

Maternity clothes? Mostly wearing non-maternity stuff. The maternity leggings I got are perfect because regular leggings were getting uncomfortable (aka muffin top city).

Stretch marks? No new ones. The existing ones look like they are getting darker :(

Symptoms: minor headaches, dry skin, being constantly thirsty, pain in my tailbone after sitting at work all day, round ligament paint whenever I sneeze

Sleep: Going to bed early a lot, mostly due to this cold.

Best moment this week:
Some fun stuff! Got some baby clothes (my awesome sister even picked up a Georgia Tech outfit for me at a consignment sale!)
, starting to pick out curtain patterns and a color scheme for the nursery, and going to look at daycare centers.

Worst moment of the week: Getting a cold from hell. Trying to Google to find out which medicines are actually safe to take. News flash, there is never a definitive answer for this! Ugh.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? I miss a good end-of-a-rough-day glass of wine.


Movement: Not yet.

Food cravings: No, especially with a cold I don’t really want to eat anything.

Anything making you queasy or sick:
No

Have you started to show yet: No, not really. Wondering if I am I going to wake up one day and suddenly have a bump?

Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Ugh, moody. I half blame this cold, but between people tailing me on the interstate WHILE APPLYING MAKEUP, the Jehovah’s Witnesses coming to my door when I’m trying to nap, and just stupid people in general…the claws are coming out.


Looking forward to: Getting things crossed off the to do list, because there are a LOT.

Baby Progress: Week 14

How far along? 14 weeks and officially in 2nd trimester!

Total weight gain/loss: Up 3.5 pounds

Maternity clothes? Um, I went on a bit of a maternity shopping spree in the last week. I bought a pair of jeans, leggings, workout pants, 4 dresses (although I’ll probably return some), and 1 shirt. My current jeans aren’t the most comfortable in the world, but I’ll admit that I did wear the maternity jeans this week just to try them out. And hey, they were $90 so I’m getting my money out of them!

Stretch marks? No new ones.

Symptoms: Tiredness, which I’m sick of. Where are you 2nd trimester energy boost??? More acne. My forehead looks like a case of the chicken pox.

Sleep: Fine, except when I am wiggling around to get comfortable and then realize right before I fall back asleep that I’m lying on my back. Sigh.

Best moment this week:
Hm, nothing really? All of the excitement is over for now, haha.


Worst moment of the week: Getting pissy about things and taking full advantage of my stress ball.

Have you told family and friends: Yes, mostly. Not all coworkers know yet. It’s kind of awkward to just tell people “oh by the way, I’m pregnant?”.

Miss Anything? That mid-afternoon coffee perk up. Mmm.


Movement: Nope

Food cravings: Do thin mints count? :)

Anything making you queasy or sick:
No

Have you started to show yet: I’m starting to have a real mini bump, but it only really shows up late in the day. I wake up every morning looking normal-ish.

Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: Getting started on the nursery!

Baby Progress: 1st Trimester

Now that the news is “public”, I thought I’d do one of those pregnancy journals. They’re weekly (which I hope isn’t too annoying for those of you who don’t care…), but I thought I’d sum up 1st trimester into a single post instead of rehashing the last 13-ish weeks (some of these responses will be a bit longer than normal since I’m making up for several weeks here). I’m also taking weekly “belly” photos, even though I don’t have much of a baby belly yet. Hopefully I’ll look back on some of these things and laugh at myself in 6 months :)

How far along? 14 weeks, but this recap will be from weeks 4 to 13. I’ll start with my week 14 recap on Monday.

Total weight gain/loss: So far I’ve gained about 3 pounds. My OB recommended gaining 25 to 35 pounds total for my BMI. I’m trying not to be a head case about the weight gain part of pregnancy, but I know it’s going to be hard. I am scared to death of being one of those people who gets hugely pregnant, so I am hoping to only gain 25-30 pounds. The less I put on, the easier it will be to come off, right?

Maternity clothes? I haven’t needed any maternity clothes yet, but have started using the hairband-around-the-top-button trick in the past week just to be more comfortable. I have been checking out the clearance racks at Target and Baby Gap for maternity clothes but haven’t stumbled upon anything besides a 70% off BeBand. Even the XS stuff at Target and Gap Maternity looks huge to me right now.

Stretch marks? No, but I already had existing ones ones on my thighs. I’m doomed, right?

Symptoms:  My symptoms have ranged quite a bit from early pregnancy to now. Very early on I was tired, had really sensitive teeth (who knew that was an early pregnancy symptom??), was getting out of breath quickly, had hormonal acne, and of course smelling ALL THE THINGS. My nausea was the worst starting around week 7 and 8 and then got better week by week. I never threw up or gagged, but driving in stop and go traffic was HELL (well, more so than it already is in Atlanta). The tiredness has come back in the last couple of weeks, so I’m hoping that will get better soon too. Maybe TMI, but my boobs have been constantly sore the entire time and my nose is non-stop runny. Hoping that goes away soon.

Sleep: Early on I didn’t sleep very well, mainly because of anxiety. I’m sleeping better now, but getting up regularly 1x per night to pee. Last night I slept for 9 hours straight and I’m still so sleepy today.

Best moment this week(s):
The last few weeks have been fun as we’ve had 2 ultrasounds and have told friends and family.
During the last ultrasound, she was moving around a ton so that was really cool to see.

Worst moment of the week(s): Over this time I think the nausea was the worst, even though I don’t think I had it that bad. I remember a few days of just sitting at work with my head on my desk. It was more like that hungover feeling like I really WANTED to throw up, because then at least I knew I’d feel better for a period of time.

Have you told family and friends: Yes, we went “Facebook public” last week :)

Miss Anything?
Just coffee lately. I’ve been drinking some caffeine (beyond my 1 daily coffee) in the form of Coke Zero more recently just to stay awake past 9pm. Clothes shopping is really boring now too since most maternity stuff is online only (not like I need any yet).

Movement: Nope

Food cravings: Not really. I guess if I had to pick it’d be breakfast foods. Eggs, french toast, bacon, bagels with cream cheese, and French Toast Crunch cereal :)

Anything making you queasy or sick:
Nothing now. Driving in traffic is fine for the time being.

Have you started to show yet: No, I just kind of look like I ate an entire box of Girl Scout cookies.

Gender: It’s a girl! Because we did genetic screening, we were able to find out the sex pretty early. It’s kind of crazy and everyone is surprised (and of course I have to explain the genetic screening thing) when I tell them we already know. Both David and I from the beginning thought it would be a girl.

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out?
In. It’s weird to think that my belly button may be “out” one day.

Wedding rings on or off?
On

Happy or Moody most of the time:
Happy, but I’ve had my share of road rage and inexplicable crying moments.

Looking forward to: 2nd trimester! Or, more accurately, the lack of 1st trimester symptoms (I’m looking at you, fatigue)!

Carpet Options

Getting started on our 1st big project of 2015! After looking through many, many samples of carpet styles and colors at Home Depot and Lowe’s, we came home with 2 options/patterns. Ultimately we wanted to find a happy medium between what I like (some type of pattern that wasn’t too busy) and what David likes (softness and comfort are his priority of course).

Both HD and Lowe’s charge a small “deposit” ($20-25) for people to rent out the carpet swatches, and then you just return them when you’re ready to make your decision and you get a refund on the original amount. Here’s what we picked up:

We narrowed it down to the Lowe’s option after seeing a few bad reviews of the Home Depot carpet and a few positive ones for the Lowe’s carpet. Next step was picking a color. I really thought this particular sample had several potential color options, so that was a welcome surprise. I put that sample down in several rooms in both natural light and artificial light to make sure I still thought I was picking the right option (I guess similar to what you’d do for a paint swatch). I narrowed it down to these 2 colors.

Ultimately we decided on…well let’s keep it a surprise actually. It’s dark enough to hide dirt (our existing master bedroom carpet is almost white and it’s awful!) but not too dark. We are also going with the upgraded padding for more cushy-ness :)

Next up is measuring and finally installation. I can’t wait to see it all installed and finished since this is something we’ve wanted to do since buying our house almost 4 years ago!

2014 Plans vs. Reality and 2015 Home Goals

Looking back on my 2014 home goals, I’d say I did OK last year. Husband’s office didn’t get painted, and we didn’t get new countertops, so those will go on the list for 2015.

Also on the list for 2015 will be new carpet. Luckily most of the 1st level is hardwoods, so it will only be replaced in the master bedroom, the stairway, the 2 upstairs bedrooms, and the office. I think the carpet on the upper level has never been replaced and is original to the house…yikes! Here’s what I’m thinking for style and color:

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We put off new counters to 2015 and we’ll be using our tax refund dollars to pay to make it a little less painful for the wallet. We have quite a bit of counter area, and I’d also like to go ahead and replace the gas cooktop, the faucet, and put in an undermount sink. We’re thinking granite, and possibly quartz (depending on price) in a dark gray or black color. Some inspiration from Pinterest:

(no source, random Pinterest find described as “Steel Gray”)

(source; this one is actually soapstone, but I like the look)

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Finally I’d love to do something with our backyard, but I don’t think it will be in the cards for this year. We’d love to do landscaping and a fence for the dog, but there are drainage and erosion issues since we live near the bottom of the hill, so we have rivers that form in our backyard after every heavy rain. In the mean time, I may just try to plant a few hostas and do some cheap small upgrades like putting in a small walkway.

Happy 2015!