Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bump Date: Week 17

How far along? Today I am 17 weeks pregnant. This photo was taken on Easter and I was 16 weeks, 3 days pregnant. I know, finally an actual bump picture!!!

Size of baby? An Onion and around 5.7 ounces...though I am sure I have gained more than that!

Maternity Clothes? Totally necessary these days! I am only wearing maternity pants, but I do have some non maternity tops that still work. I have been really struggling with maternity clothes this time. I did pick up a maxi skirt at Target along with a tank top tunic thing that I really love. I think those will be staples for me in the warmer days ahead. I am still on the hunt for a cute, colorful and modest maxi dress-maternity or non maternity!

Gender? Unknown at this point, but we find out on Monday! I am leaning towards GIRL!

Movement? I think I have felt a few flutters, but it's hard to tell. I cannot wait for those reassuring punches and kicks. I like when the baby lets me know everything is okay in there. For now I trust that God's got this and since I am not bleeding and I am still growing, that all is well!

Sleep? Last week my sleep was rocky, but this week it feels like its going a little better. I can't remember when I bought my pregnancy pillow with my last pregnancy, but I am trying to hold out as long as I can before buying one this time. Oh why do I need to buy one and not reuse the one from last year you ask? Well, as soon as I got home from the hospital with Lilly I threw that thing in the garbage. I would have burned it, but we can't burn in town!

Food cravings? I can't really think of any weird cravings...I am loving dill pickles (Lilly does too!) and veggies and dip a lot recently. I did eat a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos last week...healthy, I know.

What I miss? Being my regular size and wearing my regular clothes. I miss being able to walk into a store and buy some new spring/summer clothes. I don't want to start this rant again, but more stores need to carry maternity clothes in the store!

Symptoms? Just an ever growing belly...that's all I can think of. No heartburn (yet), no insomnia, no sickness. It's been good!

Looking forward to: Our fetal ECHO and ultrasound on Monday. Ekk!

Best Moment this week: I would have to say Easter. It was a wonderful day with family spent celebrating the fact that we serve a risen Lord. I loved watching Lilly play with her cousins and I couldn't stop thinking about what next Easter would look like with a 2 year old and a 6/7 month old!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Team Pink or Team Blue?

We should find out the gender of this little peanut next Monday, and I CANNOT wait. The suspense of not knowing is driving me crazy. I am really feeling like this is a girl, and I have had dreams of Lilly growing up with a sister since we found out about this baby...BUT, my gut was wrong before since I thought Lilly was a boy. All that to say, I have no idea and am afraid to trust my instinct, ha! 

I did a post when I was pregnant with Lilly going over many of the wive tales about gender prediction, so I thought I would continue the tradition and do it for the babe too! You can see the post from Lilly's pregnancy here

Here goes: 

Morning sickness: They say that a little girl makes her Momma sick and I have not thrown up once this time-I have felt sick, but not gotten sick. This indicates: BOY

Soft or Dry skin? I am not really sure, I found out I was pregnant at the end of a very long and brutal winter, so my skin was really dry. Now that the weather is warming up, it's not so dry. This indicates: GIRL

Are you craving citrus? I craved citrus like crazy with Lilly and I am still this time around. I have eaten a lot of mandarin oranges and grapefruit salad. Oh yum! This indicates: GIRL

Have you felt glowing or less than beautiful with lots of breakouts? I wouldn't say I have felt glowing by any means, but I haven't had unusual breakouts either. I have felt less than beautiful, but I think that's mostly because of weight gain (I know it's for a good reason!) and not so cute maternity clothes. I think this indicates: GIRL (more than boy anyways)

Heart Beat Indicator: Fast usually equals girl and slower, boy. Sadly, we have not been given the hear beat rate for this babe yet, so I don't know. Boo! 

Craving fruit or meat? I haven't really been craving either, but I would eat fruit over meat any day and any time of any day, ha! This indicates: GIRL

Chinese Gender Chart: Found here. Indicates GIRL for this one! 

Wow, seems like things are really leaning towards girl! What is your guess? 
Comment to let me know-Team Pink or Team Blue

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up Easter Edition

Hello, friends! We are back at work and the normal grind after a lovely weekend celebrating our risen Lord with family in Indiana. I don't know about you, but I am so thankful for the sacrifice Christ paid on the cross for all our sins. We love because he first loved us! 

Onto the wrap-up!!! Miss Lilly had her first ever fever on Thursday and Friday-which I will post about separately later this week-so Friday night was low key. Saturday was pretty low key too in fact. We did venture outside for a little in the afternoon after Lilly started feeling better-I was so glad she feeling better. Seeing her sick was awful! 

Sunday morning Lilly awoke to this: 
The Easter bunny came!!! She wasn't sure at first, so Stephen carried her over to the fireplace to examine her gifts. She was so funny to us! Her hair was a mess and instead of fixing it, I really wanted to document how our Easter morning went-and this is it! 
We played with some gifts while our cinnamon rolls were cooking and then got ready for church. Our church does a sunrise service and then a combined service, which is what we decided to go to. We arrived early for the hymn sing and good thing we did-the place was packed! It's such a blessing to see our church full to capacity with people worshiping Jesus! Anyways, back to the pictures...Lilly wasn't feeling pictures before church. These were the best we could get: 
I loved her dress, which was from Gymboree. My dress was maternity from Target. 

After church we came home and Lilly took a little nap while we waited for Stephen's family to arrive and cooked the ham. We ended up eating around 1:30 or 2 and spending the afternoon outside in the lovely weather. Lilly was taken on several wagon rides to her delight, and our youngest niece Hadley learned to ride her bike without training wheels. It was such a great afternoon! 
We ended Easter Sunday by eating again...of course! Stephen's family left around 8:30 and we gave Lilly her bath and put her to bed with us following shortly after. Wake up time on Monday came all too soon for my taste!