August 7, 2012
Nori is a photo whore…she was feeling a little left out.
For those of you that are super observant…yes we did re-stain our deck!! It really needed it…so that was one of our pre-baby summer goals…and I’m happy to say it is almost completely done. I didn’t put in nearly as much time as Lance (for obvious reasons)…but it still only took a few weekend days to complete!
And now onto the baby goods…
Baby Fruit Size: Head of lettuce (Average size: 13.6-14.8 inches, weighs 1.5-2.2 lb.)
According to one of my weekly update apps…the Babe now has recognizable hair color and texture…so if this child is gonna be a “Ginger Baby” (as my little sister seems to think) like me then it’s happening! Only time will tell for sure!
Best Moment: As gushy/girly as it sounds I’m really loving the baby’s fits of kicking/punching/Gabby Douglas-esq moves. It’s like I get to steal these secret moments with my baby randomly during work and again at night after dinner. I love to just sit there and watch my belly move all over the place…so hard to explain but such a cool experience. He/She is definitely getting into an active/sleep pattern and I feel as though I’m getting to know this little one even before we officially meet. I’m also surprised at how strong some of the kicks are…like make me stop and gasp strong. Which I take is a good sign the baby is growing and getting stronger…Lance just assumes it’s a boy preparing for his future football career.
Cravings: Ice Cream is still going strong in this category. Lance also pointed out that I’m craving/eating a lot of carbs lately…toast, cereal, muffins, bread…I can’t seem to get enough!
What I Miss: Sleep. I know this only gets worse but I can’t help it…I miss real, full-night sleep. Not having to worry about laying on my side (preferably left) and the hip pain that hits around 3am that keeps me from falling back asleep…oh and of course the 4am wake-up kicks from the babe (which I love…but c’mon…it’s 4am!). I think the time has come for me to invest in a body pillow…to at least help with the hip pain.
What I Can’t Wait For: I’ve been chatting with my mom, sister and aunt about my upcoming shower and I’m getting really excited to see everyone back home!! I have some friends that I haven’t seen or talked to much since getting pregnant so I can’t wait to catch up with them! Add in the fact that we’re going to the first Husker game that Saturday…and possibly a new baby to visit…and I’m insanely stoked for our annual trip back to Nebraska over Labor Day weekend!
OH and the other big accomplishment in the baby department this past week….I finished knitting the chevron blanket!!!
I LOVE how it turned out. It was a lot easier/quicker than I thought it would be and I’m actually a little sad that it’s finished already. The yarn is super soft cotton and it’s nice and thick too…perfect for those first few months after the baby arrives!
July 23, 2012
I think the “nesting” bug is starting to hit. I finally started doing some research for the different things we will need for baby…and holy crap…it’s a lot. Who knew such a tiny human needed so much?! Good news is we’ve purchased our crib and car seat…and our first couple boxes of diapers! Never too early to start stocking up right?!
So of course all this research forced me to get started on our registry. My family is throwing me a shower over Labor Day weekend while we’re back in Nebraska so I figured I better get on the ball with figuring out what we want/need. (Any “must have” input would be greatly appreciated I still have a lot of work to do on the Nursery planning end of things…but at least we have a crib now!
Oh AND we secured a spot for daycare! Such a relief. I was a tad stressed about finding a place that we felt comfortable with that didn’t cost a bajillion dollars…easier said then done. We also ended up going with a center I didn’t think I would like before we toured…but turns out we both felt really good about it…weird how that works out.
Baby Fruit Size: Cantaloupe (weighs just over a pound. Length: about 11 inches)
Best Moment: Purchasing baby things! Seeing the crib set-up (even sans mattress) and the tiny little car seat in the nursery just puts a smile on my face every time I walk by. I also ordered this little newborn outfit/one-piece from Baby Gap that has a little ear of corn on it…being from Nebraska I sorta have a “thing” for corn…and omg is it cute. Lance & I both couldn’t stop staring at it when it came in the mail…hard to believe we’ll have a baby to put it on come November!
Cravings: Fall…yes the season. Fall has always been my favorite time of year (thanks to my bday and football!) but this year it obviously has an even bigger appeal…the arrival of our little one! I’m ready for football and stuffing my face with everything pumpkin flavored I can get my hands on. In fact I already gave in to my craving a bit and made chocolate-chip pumpkin bread this weekend…I could eat a loaf a day.
What I Miss: I had a big “omg i really want a glass of wine!!” moment this past week. Lance and I went to our first Red Butte concert on Tuesday to see Josh Ritter. I’ve been wanting to seem him for years and Lance surprised me with tickets for Mother’s Day…so we went!
The best thing about Red Butte is you get to bring in all your own food/drink…which of course equals WINE. I mean we live in a pretty “dry” state (at least compared to the midwest) but I swear every single person there had bottles upon bottles of delicious wine…so not fair. Thankfully I like Josh enough that I don’t need to be tipsy to enjoy him…but still…wine would have made it even more awesome.
What I Can’t Wait For: Football and Fall and Pumpkin stuff…er is this supposed to be baby related?!
July 10, 2012
Baby Fruit Size: Papaya (weighs almost a pound(!!) Length: about 11 inches)
Best Moment: It’s hard to pin-point a particular moment from these past two weeks (since I skipped week 21)…it’s more of a combination of things that have been pretty great. We were in North Dakota for the past week visiting family/friends and hearing/seeing how excited different people are for us was awesome…we are so thankful to have such loving family and friends who are just as excited as we are for this little one to join our family.
The other big thing for me personally has been feeling movement like crazy! You go so long wondering if there really is a baby growing in there…and once you start feeling (and seeing!) frequent movement and kicks there’s no denying it! It’s such a fun/wonderful/amazing thing to experience and has really helped me to start bonding with our little one.
Cravings: Whenever we go back to Lance’s parent’s house…his mom always has plenty of goodies on hand…so needless to say I never really had the chance to get hungry and crave much…I was too busy eating! I also got to experience my first “Indian Taco”…I think this must be a NoDak thing?!…anyways it was pretty delicious!
What I Miss: Laying/sleeping on my back. Apparently this is a big no-no come 2nd trimester…and they say the best position is to lay on your left side. I’ve been doing pretty good starting out on my left side…and alternating between right and left throughout the night…but dangit sometimes I just want to lay flat!!
What I Can’t Wait For: I think Lance said it best this past weekend, “Can the baby just get here already…”. I think he was bored at the time and seems to think the baby will come out baseball glove in hand ready to play catch…boy or girl. I guess I’m not ready for baby just yet…I’m just starting to get into the groove of this whole pregnancy thing and enjoying it! I know the next 18 or so weeks will fly by so I want to try and savor every moment before then!
In Lance’s hometown they have this little “Art in the Park” festival during the 4th of July and Grandma A got the babe some cute bibs and a tie-dye onesie…Vikings colors of course!
June 25, 2012
(Mini decided she needed to be in the pic too)
And just for fun let’s compare with 5 weeks ago…
Looks like baby has been doing some serious growing!
20 Weeks (Halfway there!)
Baby Fruit Size: Banana (weighs about 10.6 ounces. Length: 6 1/2 inches, head to bottom.)
Best Moment: Our ultrasound! Even though we are choosing to not find out the sex until the babe is born…the ultrasound was still really amazing. We got to see the little one squirming about, moving his/her arms and legs…it was so cute! And it makes everything seem very very real…as in this is happening…like soon.
Cravings: On Thursday Lance & I met for dinner post-work at a local brewery…and I had to have fried pickles…which is weird b/c I never eat them…but dang they were good.
What I Miss: Not much of anything…I actually have been enjoying everything about being pregnant this week (except maybe the trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night). After seeing the little babe at the ultrasound and feeling his/her movements regularly now…it’s been a great week! I’m also feeling more pregnant instead of just fat these days.
What I Can’t Wait For: Getting started on the Nursery. We also haven’t made any big baby purchases yet…crib, car seat, stroller, swing, rocker…we need it all. So I’m excited (and a little intimidated) to start shopping around.
And now a couple pics from our ultrasound this past week.
How cute is that little baby foot!? and hand?! I think it’s my favorite pic from the whole bunch
June 12, 2012
Baby Fruit Size: Sweet Potato (weighs about 7 ounces. Length: 5 1/2 inches, head to bottom.)
Best Moment: Feeling movement! Pretty sure I’ve started feeling the babe kick/punch/move…whatever it is he/she is doing. At first I wasn’t sure…but now I think I have a pretty good idea of when it’s happening. Crazy!
Symptoms: Once again nothing really big here…just the normal stuff…stuffy nose, need to pee, hunger (although this has toned down a bit…thank god…I was starting to feel like a real heffer)
Cravings: Ice Cream/gelato/anythingfrozenanddelicious. Seriously…it’s getting a bit ridiculous.
What I Miss: Beer…especially now that it’s summer…and we have Widmer Hef on tap in the bar. I think Lance picked it just to torture me…evil I tell you.
What I Can’t Wait For: Feeling movement more frequently…and scheduling our “big” ultrasound.
I also started my first knitting project for baby this week….a blanket! Thanks to size 11 needles it’s actually coming together faster than I thought. I’m sure It will still take me till November to finish it…once I get busy with other things it will be hard to find time to just sit and knit. I’m making this chevron blanket I found via pinterest (obviously) and using these colors.
So far I’ve got one of the “stripes” done…just 6 more to go!
June 4, 2012
Taken before we went out to celebrate our anniversary!
I skipped week 16 because my 15wk post was really 15 1/2 weeks…and we were off hanging out with this little guy in Minnesota
Baby Fruit Size: Onion (weighs about 5 ounces. Length: 5 inches, head to bottom.)
Best Moment: Spending time with friends in Minnesota…and getting to “practice” my mom skills with little Owen. I couldn’t get enough of that little guy…I think that’s a good sign right?!
Symptoms: Nothing crazy here…feeling great!
Cravings: Cereal…PB cheerios to be exact. Once again really healthy stuff
What I Miss: Wearing my jeans normally! I’ve offically made the jump to needing either the Bellaband or the trusty hair-tie. I’ve tried on 2 diff brands of maternity jeans but I’m still not fitting into them yet. Which is fine with me…I’m hoping to get through summer w/out them. My shorts are still fitting just fine…for now.
What I Can’t Wait For: My appt this Friday! It feels like it’s been forever. I can’t wait to hear the heartbeat again…and schedule our big 20wk ultrasound!!
May 23, 2012
This photo was taken at about 15 1/2 weeks (5/22).
I was home this past weekend for a friend’s wedding and so that’s why I was a bit delayed in taking the 15wks photo. I feel like my bump is now officially here to stay. I still feel fat looking rather than pregnant…but I’m sure that will change with time. This was the first time I got to see my family and some friends since becoming pregnant…and I think everyone mentioned how I def have a little bump going on. Maybe they were just being nice? Regardless…it was nice to hear.
Along with my new stock of frozen Runzas…I also came home with some gifts for the babe! Husker stuff obviously…what did you expect? This child will be born in the heart of football season…so pretty sure he/she will be wearing lots of Husker & Vikes gear in those early months Thanks Mom and Shelley!
Baby Fruit Size: Apple (weighs about 2 1/2 ounces. Length: 4 inches, head to bottom.)
Best Moment: Getting to see/spend time with my family/friends in Nebraska and also telling friends at the wedding the big news!
Symptoms: Um pimples. Not only do I feel fat…I also look like I’m 15….awesome.
Cravings: fruit smoothies! I think I had at least 4 this week.
What I Miss: Being able to get a beer while waiting for a flight at the airport. Instead I gave in to a bag of Nutter Butters. Worth it.
What I Can’t Wait For: Heading to Minneapolis this weekend to see some good friends and their 4mo old baby! I plan to suck out all the info/advice I possibly can.
With this post I’m offically caught up! I’m currently 15wks and 5 days. I am really going to try and stick with weekly updates..but please forgive me if I miss a week here and there…things can get kinda hectic when you’re growing a small human.