Pregnancy – Week 21

Week… 21

Baby is the size of… a Banana

Highlight of the Week… Hubs was finally able to feel the baby kick! We went from flutters to kicks very quickly and baby is quite active, especially at night. One evening, baby was kicking particularly hard and I frantically grabbed hubs’s hand to put on the sweet spot. Within seconds, baby gave him two powerful kicks. The look on his face was…life changing. I’ve known my husband for most of my life and for a brief moment, I could see his face light up with the childish wonder I remember from when we were young. Then, in mere milliseconds, his look flashed to joy, then to pride, and then to pure emotion and it was almost too much to handle. We talk all the time about how excited we are to be parents, but this was one of those rare, magical moments when nothing needed to be said. Truly perfect.

Frustration of the Week… Heartburn has come on with a vengeance! I didn’t realize how different heartburn feels while pregnant. It’s this not-so-pleasant burning sensation with a dash of nausea. So wonderful! Unfortunately, there’s not a single thing that is triggering it. Rather I get waves after every meal. Sooo…

Eating a lot of… Tums… and ice cream – yum yum!

Cute Thing Hubby Did This Week… (see Highlight… it’s good enough to double dip)

A Tidbit… I have too many ideas for things for baby. I need to schedule a crafty day to make fun things. Is it appropriate to register for Cricut supplies? Hahaha!


Pregnancy – Week 20

Week… 20 – Halfway there!

Baby is the size of… a Mango!

Highlight of the Week… Besides writing this from a gorgeous beach in Kaua’i? Last week, I shared that our doctor had some concerns around our baby’s heart and we had to go to a specialist for reimaging. Thankfully, the specialty clinic was able to get us in late on Friday so we didn’t have to wait to get answers. The ultrasound technician spent a full hour with us (an improvement over the 20 minutes we get in the doctor’s office) and was qualified to give us information during the session, instead of making us wait. She walked us through each image, explaining what we were looking at and how development looked. And how did it turn out? Perfect. Baby has an excellent, hardworking little heart with four beautiful and well-sized chambers. The technician also checked all other measurements and baby is perfect! Good sized brain – she even showed us that the brain is properly connect to the ears! Baby was still being shy and laying in the full pike position, but she was able to get a beautiful 4D face shot. You can see it below!Read More »

Pregnancy – Week 19

Week… 19

Baby is the size of… Tomato – a very large tomato, like a beefsteak tomato.

Highlight of the Week… Seeing Baby Lawrence! We had our anatomy ultrasound on Monday. What a weird but cool experience! We both got a little emotional but were mostly distracted by the actual ultrasound. Were all the limbs there? How is the baby measuring? Does it appear healthy? Baby was very squirmy and has very long legs. The funniest part was baby had their arm flung over their eyes like I do when I sleep. We could not stop laughing!

One thing I wish someone would have told me is how the ultrasound actually goes, especially if the baby isn’t cooperating. My impression was generally what you see in the movies – squirt gel on the belly, tech moves the handle around, and awww – baby! In reality, if the baby isn’t in the right position for all the measurements needed, the tech needs to get the baby to move – by pushing hard on the belly and/or “tapping” (that’s putting it gently) on the belly to create vibrations. It’s uncomfortable, to say the least. But so worth it! But you’ve been warned…

Frustration of the Week… Not being able to wear most of my closet. I haven’t been able to for a few weeks but it’s annoying that all of my super cute clothes are just sitting there. Unloved.

Eating a lot of… Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches and Totino’s Pizzas

Cute Thing Hubby Did This Week… This week, hubs was a total Grade A partner ensuring I didn’t take on too much, lift too much, and was always well-fueled. We went to my cousin’s wedding over the weekend and being a “helper”, I jumped right in doing what I always do – at times forgetting I was pregnant. Thankfully, hubs was always right there to make sure I didn’t overdo it.

A Tidbit… We got a call from our doctor’s office a few days after our ultrasound that we needed to go in for reimaging. There are concerns around the baby’s heart. They aren’t sure if it was a bad image or if there’s something to be concerned about – so let’s be safe rather than sorry. We got referred to specialty office that has more advanced imaging technology in the hopes to clear up any questions or concerns the doctor’s office may have. Obviously, this freaked us out a little. You never want to hear that there are concerns about your little one’s health or development. We’re hoping for the best (it was just bad images) and have armed ourselves with the philosophy that at this time we’re doing literally all we can. Send us some good vibes that everything is okay.

Pregnancy – Week 18

Week… 18

Baby is the size of… Sweet Potato

Highlight of the Week… Hearing the baby’s heartbeat again! We had a doctor’s appointment on Monday and it’s always a joy to hear that everything is going well in the baby’s neighborhood. The heartbeat is strong and slowing into the range it’s supposed to be in. Next week, we have an ultrasound and we’re looking forward to seeing Baby Lawrence again!

Frustration of the Week… People’s unsolicited and weirdly insistent opinions about our lives and baby. It’s sad that this is the norm.

Eating a lot of… Nuts – almonds, pistachios, peanuts. All have been absolutely delicious in every way.

Cute Thing Hubby Did This Week… Cursed me with having an 11 pound baby! Haha! My doctor even chastised him for saying such a thing out loud.

A Tidbit… I’m getting all kinds of ideas for the nursery. I can’t wait to start bringing everything to life soon!

Pregnancy – Week 17

Week… 17

Baby is the size of… a Turnip

Highlight of the Week… Early this week brought the first time I got emotional about becoming a mom. I typically don’t get emotional when I’m happy or excited, but this time there were tears because we get to bring this little bundle of love into the world. We have so much to look forward to and I’m fortunate to have such an amazing partner to do it with.

Frustration of the Week… Sinus pressure! The weather has been yo-yo-ing all week here in Arizona and the pressure in my head has been off the charts. Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to take anything for it and ice packs on my face at work aren’t exactly discrete. Ha!

Eating a lot of… Veggies and anything cold.

Cute Thing Hubby Did This Week… Hubs made his first run to a restaurant strictly because I wanted something. I am at this weird stage where absolutely nothing sounds good to eat (basically, the opposite of cravings). So by process of elimination, the other night I decided only one thing sounded good and that sweet, lovable man went to get it for me.

A Tidbit… I have loved all the fitness recommendations I’ve been getting from everyone. I invested in a few workout dvds so I can get my booty moving at home. Managing stress and keeping my body active are both incredibly important and I’m grateful for the help. Now if only it would heat up a little so I can use my pool!