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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cameron Bump Date: 24 weeks!

How far along: 24 weeks! 16 weeks to go! Woke up this morning 6 months pregnant! That feels like a whole lot to this first timer, but I'm definitely at that point in my pregnancy where I FEEL pregnant all the time now. Not in a bad way though.

Baby is the size of a: An Atlantic puffin bird, GI Joe, eggplant (I like the comparisons on my Ovia pregnancy app MUCH better than the typical fruit ones!)


Sleep: Still pretty good! Sometimes it's harder to fall back asleep between 3:30-5:30a when I have to get up to pee. He's so active at that time, I just want to feel him move instead of getting more sleep. But usually I can manage falling back to sleep before my alarm goes off. Between the heat and weight gain, I do feel more tired now than I have the past couple of months.

Total Weight Gain: Hovering around 9lbs. total right now. Mostly belly. A little in my face and hips area too. Trying not to focus on the weight gain, just the amazing blessing that I'm growing!
Last week (don't mind my filthy mirror that makes it look like I have a huge zit!)

This morning - 24 weeks - officially 6 months!
 
Stretch Marks:  None yet!

Innie or Outie: Innie

Symptoms: Some round ligament pain when I roll over suddenly or try to get up too quickly, but not too bad. My face has been broken out again the past week or so (I have all the eye rolls for that symptom!).

Movement: I feel him moving all throughout the day now. He "kicked" me the other day, and it was so intense that it stopped me dead in my tracks. I felt like I was instantly going to pee my pants. My boy is getting bigger and stronger for sure!

Miss anything?:  The usual suspects - excessive caffeine, alcohol. Been missing some of my favorite sushi lately too!

Maternity Clothes: Still haven't broken down and bought any pants yet. Trying to make do through August, and then buy a couple pants for cooler weather in the fall when I will be the biggest and need the most. Mostly sticking with dresses/skirts these days for work, and yoga pants and my husband's tshirts at home.

Go-to eats: I've been eating too much!!!!!! I have indulged myself a little much the past month, and I can tell by the scale. I haven't been craving much in particular though. One day I want one thing and another day I want something different. All normal things that I already liked before I was pregnant though. After dinner snacks have been my weakness.

Best moment of the week: Finally found a diaper bag that I loved and my sweet mother-in-law is going to buy it for us! Can't wait to get it.

Gender: BOY!!!!! Confirmed twice by ultrasound now. No denying that he's a boy!

What I’m looking forward to: Seeing him next Monday at my 24 week doctor appointment!! 

Milestones: Hitting the 6 month mark feels like a huge milestone! Invites were sent out for my baby shower, and we are still planning everything for that. It's very exciting! I'm sure once we have all the baby stuff, it will feel more real!

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Cameron Bump Date: 22 Weeks!

I am going to try to consistently do these bump updates, at least every couple of weeks. I know I will love to look back on them later.

How far along: 22 weeks! 18 weeks to go! Time is starting to go by much faster now.

Baby is the size of a: Papaya/Corn on the cob/1 lb. bag of sugar (these analogies kill me, I don't like the fruit ones at all!)

Sleep: I'm still sleeping pretty great. Not tired all day anymore, but definitely ready for bed when it's bed time. I have to get up to pee between 3-4am, and sometimes I struggle with going back to sleep then.

Total Weight Gain: 7 lbs right now total. 3 lbs since my 20 week doc visit on 7/15, which is hard to swallow.

Stretch Marks:  None yet. I am slathering myself in all the lotions I can possibly find day and night because this child is soaking up ALLLLL my moisture.

Innie or Outie: Innie still. Although I do think it's gotten wider?

Symptoms: Out of breath constantly. It's like 100% humidity in East TN these days, so that's not helping me breathe any easier. Tiny tinges of heartburn in the afternoon lately, but I think that's more diet related.

Movement: Pretty consistent. He's a morning mover, so maybe he will be a morning person, like his mama! He loves to move around during that 3a-6a time frame when I get up to use the bathroom and wake up for work. Also, consistent movement when I'm really hungry (HELLO MOM FEEEEEED ME!).

Miss anything?: Alcohol (judge me, I don't care). I miss it!

Maternity Clothes: None yet. But buying some soon because my pants are getting tighter.

Go-to eats: This past week I wanted to eat ALL THE THINGS! McDonald's French fries, salty chips, ice cream and frozen cokes (all junk) have been recent cravings. I'm just feeling hungry in general! Trying to eat healthier meals with a little junk snack if that's what I'm craving.

Best moment of the week: Having my husband take my toenail polish off because it's too annoying to smush my stomach and lean over to do it myself.

Gender: BOY!!!!! Confirmed twice by ultrasound now. No denying that he's a boy!

What I’m looking forward to: Seeing his room come together. The huge shipment from Carter's that I ordered this week to arrive. Seeing him again at my 24 week visit in August.

Milestones: We registered last night! It's very overwhelming to register for your first baby. Too many options of everything. But it was exciting too! The more stuff we buy for him, the more real it becomes.

In typical slacker fashion, I haven't taken a 22 week picture yet... Will add that later to this post or post on Instagram this weekend.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Half Way There!

Today marks the 20 week point in my pregnancy! HALF WAY THERE!!!! If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram then it's not shocking news. Pretty sure this is the first even slightest mention of being pregnant on the blog so it might come as a little bit of a surprise for some of you though...
 
SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!
I'm having a precious baby boy at the end of November!
 
There were days in the wee early weeks of this pregnancy thing that I thought these would be the longest 9 months of my life. Probably because the sickness would just never end. But here we are, smack dab in the middle of this beautiful journey. I'm no longer sick, and the days are starting to go by much faster.
 
Also, I'm basically a failed blogger since I keep making promises that I can't keep in regards to pretending like I'm going to come back and do this blogging thing again. I have no idea how I ever found the time to make it happen so frequently in years past!!!! But I did want to have some sort of documentation while I'm pregnant so I felt a post was warranted.
 
Being pregnant is just like any other life experience, meaning that you cannot fully appreciate or understand it until you go through it yourself firsthand. It's a fine line with being sensitive to friends for whom pregnancy is a painful topic, which I totally understand - but also needing to vent about these crazy, weird things happening to you! I heard friends talk about this infamous "morning sickness". (Liars. No one ever told me about all day sickness.) You hear people make jokes about how emotional pregnant  women can be. (I never realized that I would sometimes feel ALL THE EMOTIONS at once. One cannot even prepare for this because how in the hell would you be able to???) You're sick, you're exhausted, you can't drink alcohol or caffeine (even though I do have a Coke every now and then), and you're a hangry emotional roller coaster - basically you're a blast to be around! HAHA!

On a serious note, most of that stuff has calmed down quite a bit since I'm well into my 2nd trimester now. It's completely insane to think that I only have about a month left in this 2nd trimester! Now is the time when being pregnant has suddenly become very real. I felt my baby move last weekend y'all!!!! It does not get more real than that! Every single moment of sickness was absolutely worth it to feel my tiny human move inside my belly. Probably not even a full on a kick, but just a hint of a movement from him and I was sobbing. I just cannot seem to fully grasp the fact that this is MY CHILD. (Yeah yeah, I know technically he's my husband's child too, but really this little guy will be a mama's boy. I just know it!) It's THE most exciting, terrifying, humbling experience I've ever been through. And there's so much more to go through as we get closer to November.

I'm still trying to wrap my head around everything right now. Everybody says to take it all in because it goes by so fast. Most days I do feel overly excited. There are moments of fear, naturally. I'm trying my hardest to trust that God has me in this position to become a mother for a reason. He knows that I can handle this journey. It can be too easy - not just in being pregnant, but in any season of life - to allow ourselves to be overcome with self pity when we are lonely, or frustration when other people push their opinions on us, or even hateful for not really any good reason at all. I've had plenty of those moments that sometimes have turned into full days of emotions. The important thing for me right now is to try and remain overwhelmed with gratitude that I get to be my little boy's mama. A child is the biggest blessing! No matter how anyone else feels about it. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world these days, and I want to live out that feeling every single day.

Now help me to remember these words when I'm feeling hormonal! :)
 
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Friday, April 29, 2016

5 On a Friday!


Since I have been on my bloggy hiatus, I wasn't sure if Five on Friday was still a thing! But I was so excited when I saw this post from Natasha that showed me it was still alive and well!

{ONE}


Has this felt like the longest week or two ever? Or is that just me??? I think I'm experiencing post wedding blues. For months, my life was planning this event and now I'm just kind of existing. Don't get me wrong, I have PLENTTTTTY I could be doing at work, but instead I'm here. You know those ruts we fall into sometimes. Basically I want to be spending my days soaking up the sunshine on patios with my husband instead of being trapped in my office. I need some weekend in my life!!!






{TWO}


I ordered myself a wand. No, not the Harry Potter kind (even though I do need one of those babies). A curling wand! I had one years ago and could never really get the hang of it, so I gave it away. I feel like I kept seeing all these bloggers and promotions on Instagram for NuMe products and they gave me an AMAZING deal so I took it. It came in last night so we'll see how well I can use it this weekend. Might be a good Mother's Day gift too for anybody in the market! (I got the Magic 25MM in pink!)


Magic Wand 25MM




{THREE}

We are in the midst of house hunting. I say that with both excitement and exhaustion. The housing market is not great in the town we live in. I love looking at houses with potential, but I am just not the fixer upper type. I really want to build a house! But speaking of Fixer Upper, I'm currently obsessed with Chip & Joanna. Late the bandwagon, per usual. They are so funny, so cute, and so talented! What a power couple!




{FOUR}


So even though I'm an old married lady now, I'm still the same old me. Meaning I'm still obsessing over the Real Housewives of everywhere. I wasn't really sold on Potomac, but I am reallllllly loving Dallas! Plus Erika Jayne from Beverly Hills is my new favorite person.  She is absolutely a no nonsense person and doesn't make apologies for who she is. She was a GREAT addition to that cast.
And my RHONY girls are back. i gotta admit that I miss Heather though. And while we are talking about Bravo can I just plug Southern Charm? I swear that's probably one of my most favorite Bravo shows! I cannot get enough of it. OH THE DRAMA WITH KATHRYN & THOMAS!!!!! Something might be legit wrong with me that I am on this level with Bravo. My husband says that Andy Cohen rules my life. It's true, he does.

{FIVE}

I know I've said "my husband" 100x in this post. You'll have to forgive me. I'm kind of obsessed with him. We are newlyweds, you know! So in honor of getting married three weeks ago, here's another wedding picture for you! We are still waiting to get them all back, and of course I'm waiting on pins and needles. I'm sure my time wasting skills will be put to excellent use when those beauties come in. It really was the best day ever!

{Photo Creds to B.Loved Images}

Well there you go! That's my two cents on a Friday! Peace out homies. And always remember Go Vols!!!