Monday, November 9, 2015

Progression of Baby Bump {#1}

I didn't do a great job of weekly updates during this pregnancy, but I did post some! I compiled the pictures here with the caption from Instagram if it was posted there. 

The bump comes out at night. 

We hit the halfway mark yesterday! The belly is undeniable at this point. I'm still feeling pretty great except the leg cramps at night. I have an anterior placenta, so I still haven't felt any movement. Looking forward to the anatomy scan on Tuesday! 

22 weeks today! I'm feeling great and even started feeling her move this week. I'm in almost all maternity clothes except my scrubs. Legs cramps are better after changing my prenatal and adding magnesium supplements. Hungry all the time but I get full pretty quick when I eat. Loving sweets! (Not new!) Still very grateful for an uneventful pregnancy! 

We had our 24 week appt this week and our girl is measuring right on track! I've been feeling her more and more, which is the coolest feeling. Chris even got to feel her this week. Hard to believe only 15ish weeks left until we meet her!!

Hard to believe we are 9 days into the third trimester! Going to the OB every 2 weeks now. I passed my glucose test! Everything is still looking great! She's moving around a lot and I'm having to pee much more often now! Less than 11 weeks until we meet our sweet girl!

We are less than 10 weeks from having a baby! That's wild and awesome!! It's getting more difficult to squat and bend over at work. She's been a squirmy worm these past few days but still hard for someone else to feel her move. Thankfully I'm still sleeping well most nights. This past week I had someone ask if I was about 11 weeks along (bless her) and the next day someone told me I was waddling and looked like I could deliver any day. Ha! We are slowly getting her nursery together.

We are halfway through the 32nd week! A patient we have today at work has me even more grateful for this precious life inside of me and I'm reminded that we aren't guaranteed a single day with her. // She moves all the time now (except when someone tries to feel her!). Overall still feeling pretty good!

36 weeks today! I can't wait to meet our sweet girl but hope she hangs on for a few more weeks to give her daddy time to recover from shoulder surgery he's having on Wednesday. We are putting the finishing touches on her nursery and I still need to pack a bag. We are pre-registered at the hospital and probably about as ready as we could be! Strangers/patients still tell me how small I am (bless them) and our friends say how big I've gotten. This whole journey has been amazing and gone by so fast. Here's to the last few weeks!

I had my 36 week check last Thursday and she's head down and ready to go! I do feel like she may have dropped a little in the last week. Seeing my OB weekly now. Only 9 more work days before my leave! ��Still feeling pretty good! Not feeling any contractions yet. Looking forward to meeting our baby girl!

Less than 2 weeks to go! (Or so) My lower back has been sore off and on this weekend, mostly just when I'm at work. I'm still sleeping fairly well (other than getting up to potty 2-3 times a night) The nursery is almost ready! I still have a few things on my to-do list before she comes! I go back to the OB on Wednesday and we will see if anything else is happening. We are almost there!!

We are so close to having a baby! I got checked on Monday and I'm 3cm dilated and 70% effaced. She is a 2+ station and I'm definitely feeling that! I have one more day of work tomorrow before maternity leave. Having a lot of pelvic pressure but I feel pretty good! Braxton Hicks (or what I assume are BH) almost all day yesterday. Come on sweet girl!

{We took this picture Sunday after church/lunch and I never had a chance to post it because within a few hours I was in labor!}

Some thoughts/overviews about my pregnancy...

-Weight gained: 32 pounds
-No stretch marks on belly! (A small one on my love handle area)
-Never had heartburn
-Was queasy for a few weeks in the first trimester, but only threw up 3 times. Twice when brushing my teeth (holy gag reflex!) and once when riding in the car with Chris.  
-Leg cramps were annoying/painful for a while around week 19-22. 
-Never really had any cravings. In the first trimester, carbs were my best friend (loved baked potatoes). I couldn't get enough sweets in the last trimester, but I think it was mostly because I allowed myself to eat pretty much whatever I wanted.
-My belly button stayed in. The last few weeks it had almost disappeared.
-I am very grateful for an uneventful pregnancy! 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Soon to of three!

We've been off birth control since Fall of 2011 and tried to get pregnant naturally off and on since then. When it hadn't happened for us, we decided to pursue fostering (in hopes to foster-to-adopt). We went to an informational meeting in January of this year and were still interested, but the timing just wasn't right for us get the training done that is required. I was bummed, but excited about at least taking a step in that direction. At the beginning of March, we found out we are expecting!

How I found out
On March 5, 2015, I was a day late and decided to go ahead and test. I had seen so many "not pregnant" tests that I usually just wouldn't even test, I would just wait until my period came so I wasn't so disappointed. But this month was different! I saw that 2nd pink line. Then I was mad at myself for not having a digital test to see the word PREGNANT. I waited a few hours and took another one, still pregnant! Chris was at work and on Thursdays he works late. Somehow I kept the news from him until the next day! I had picked up some digital tests that night, so I took 2 more on Friday morning. Still pregnant!

How I told Chris
Small back November 2013, I tested positive the day after Chris had shoulder surgery. We were incredibly excited and dreamed for 4 days about our baby. I started bleeding on that 4th day and it turned out to be a chemical pregnancy. We were devastated. So I really didn't know how to tell Chris this time, which I think is why I waited another day after taking the first tests. 

We were waiting on our tax return to come in and had thrown around what we wanted to do with the money. When Chris got up Friday morning (4w6d), he came in the living room and I hugged him and said "I think we should put the tax return in savings." Oh course he asked why...and I replied "Because we are having a baby!" We were both still pretty hesitant to believe this was happening. The subject really wasn't talked about much that next week or so. We wanted to believe, but had our hearts crushed last time and didn't want to get too excited. A week after I told him (5w6d) we went to Target and looked at baby stuff and it started to feel a little more real. We even bought our first box of diapers!

How we told our parents
Chris' mom's birthday was on Easter this year, so we took her gift over to their place the Thursday before Easter. (8w5d) We made up a gift bag with things that she loves. So I had tags that said "For your love of..." and included things like chocolate, gerber daisies, Italian food. The last one said "For your love of being a Nana" and it was a box with some custom cookies we had made. Their reaction was pretty cute! They were both very surprised and excited.

My parents came to visit us for Easter, so we went out to eat Friday night. When we got back home after dinner, I told them I got them something and they had to open it together. They opened the box and mom slowly pulled the cookies out and handed them to my dad. Their reaction was also very sweet and both very excited for another grandbaby! I wish I could have recorded both of them, but I knew the second we pulled out a camera to record they would have known something was up!

How we told our friends
Our good couple friend that we had vacationed with earlier in February came over to help us move on Easter night. (9w1d) Their anniversary was the week before and I had ordered a cute little memory book for them since it was their first anniversary. I signed the card "Chris, Lei and Little S". Megan read it first and passed it on to Jake without saying anything! When Jake read it, he said "Oh cute..from Scout too". I said "Nope, not Scout..." and he realized what I was saying and then passed the card back to Megan. She freaked out and squeezed me as hard as she could! It was very sweet and felt honored that they were so excited for us. 

I facetimed with my sisters to tell them and they both suspected something when my mom made them sit down and facetime me together, but still were very excited! We moved at the end of that week, and when we showed our college students and other friends/family the new house, we showed them all the bedrooms including the nursery (which was still just an empty room). Most of them got it right off, some of them needed a little explaining. One of my coworkers was showing off a picture of her daughter saying "Look at my baby." So I said "Well look at MY baby" and she assumed I was going to show her a picture of Scout, but I showed her the ultrasound. She said "WHOSE BABY IS THAT?!" and when she realized I was pregnant she was so excited! It's been so fun to experience people be genuinely happy for us and excited with us. Telling people has been one of my favorite parts of pregnancy so far. 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

craft night

This Christmas I hosted a craft night for our small group from church. We had a BLAST. It was so great getting together and make a cute decoration for Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 30, 2014


We spent thanksgiving in Longview with my family this year. 
Brooklynn painted her own nails! I went upstairs to see what the guys were doing. My dad and Chris were playing xbox and B was sitting quietly behind them painting her nails. They had no idea she was even in the room! Thankfully she was being very careful and didn't make a mess with the nail polish. She was very proud of her paint job!

Chris has a quadcopter that he played with and we watched from the second story as he flew it in the entry way. 

Sweet Bryn's first thanksgiving!

My dad had to work on Black Friday so we visited him at work for lunch. 

Friday night we went bowling 
Unfortunately I ended up with a stomach bug that came on while we were on our way home from bowling, but we had a blast and always enjoy visiting my family!!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ben Rector concert

This Fall we drove to Waco for a Ben Rector concert with our friends! 

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