Popped! (16 Weeks)

16How far along? Sixteen weeks!

Are you showing? Absolutely.IMG_5022

Gender: We’ll find out in nine days!! :)

Total weight gain: I have gained 0.4lbs. I’ll take it. 

Maternity clothes: Oh yes.  

Stretch marks: Just the pre-existing ones. But my lower belly is starting to get itchy. Coconut oil, for the win!

Sleeping: So-so.

Food Cravings: MILK. And chocolate! 

Anything making you sick or queasy? Mostly gone! (Knock on wood.)

Miss Anything? Energy, Sleep, Wine, and Sushi. 

Movement: More frequent flutters and a few actual jabs. Which are more like strong pokes at this point. Jellybean started jabbing at the laptop as I typed this!

Labor signs: Nope!

Symptoms: Light stretching/cramps, pure exhaustion, emotional, and the acne of a teenager. Oh, and heartburn has arrived with a vengeance.  

Belly Button in or out: Still in, but weird and bumpy-ish. I don’t think it’ll hold on very long this time around.

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody: Happy for the most part! But also emotional. 

Best moments this week: Feeling flutters more often! Seeing a healthy growing bean on the ultrasound!

Looking forward to: More energy. It’s starting to pick up finally!

We had an ultrasound this week while testing a new doctor, and Hubby swears he sees boy-parts. I don’t see any parts, boy or girl. Remember that episode of Friends when Rachel and Ross have their ultrasound? Remember Rachel’s reaction? Yep. 1 2I couldn’t even tell you for sure if that’s a butt shot. That’s how bad I am at deciphering this mess.

Our actual gender scan is NEXT FRIDAY! WHOOP. Be sure to follow me on instagram to know whether Jellybean is a he or a she before anyone else! :)

 

Fifteen Weeks and Old Wive’s Tales Results! (Poll)

15How far along? Fifteen weeks and some change!

Are you showing? Absolutely.

Gender: We’ll find out in exactly two weeks! Drew and Aiden want a girl, I would like a girl since we obviously already have a boy, but I’ll be happy with healthy!

Total weight gain: Sitting right at even after a week of vacation-eating! I’ll take it. I was +10 or 15 by this point with Aiden.  

Maternity clothes: Oh yes. I’ve done the hair tie trick a few times though. No shame.   

Stretch marks: Just the pre-existing ones. But my lower belly is starting to get itchy. Coconut oil, for the win!

Sleeping: So-so. But tired alllllll the time.

Food Cravings: MILK. 

Anything making you sick or queasy? Mostly gone! (Knock on wood.)

Miss Anything? Energy, Sleep, Wine, and Sushi. 

Movement: More frequent flutters and wiggles! 

Labor signs: Nope!

Symptoms: Light stretching/cramps, pure exhaustion, slight nausea, soooooo emotional, and the acne of a teenager. Oh, and heartburn has arrived with a vengeance.  

Belly Button in or out: Still in, but weird and bumpy-ish. I don’t think it’ll hold on very long this time around.

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody: Happy for the most part! But also emotional. 

Best moments this week: Feeling flutters more often!

Looking forward to: That second trimester burst of energy. It can come any day now. Really… any time would be great….?

Decided to go through a list of old wive’s tales for gender predictions and share my results! Check it out, as well as my bump picture and leave your guess in my poll! :)

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Old Wives Tale #1: Heart Rate

If the baby’s heart rate is above 140 bpm, it is said that the baby will be a girl. If it is under 140 bpm, then it will be a boy. (First time we heard the babies heartbeat it was at 170+ bpm) Prediction outcome: GIRL


Old Wives Tale #2: Shape of Belly
If you are carrying high with a big, round belly, you are having a girl. If you are carrying low with a smaller belly that sticks straight out, it’s a boy. (I seem to definitely be all around round this time.) Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #3: Ring Test
Using a string, hang your wedding ring over your pregnant belly. You are having a girl if the ring swings back and forth and it’s a boy if it swings in a circle. (I think this test is cheating..I got a different one each try.) Prediction outcome: INCONCLUSIVE

Old Wives Tale #4: Acne
If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl. It’s thought that acne during pregnancy is caused by the extra hormones. (I’m breaking out like a teenager.) Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #5: Cravings
People believe that if you are craving salty foods while pregnant, you can count on having a boy. If you crave sweets, fruit, and orange juice, you are having a little girl. (definitely been eating the sweeter things: lemonade, OJ, raspberries etc but also the salty things: FRENCH FRIES.) Prediction outcome: INCONCLUSIVE

Old Wives Tale #6: Legs
If your legs get really big, you’re having a boy. If your legs stay in shape and lean, it’s a girl. I think it’s too early for me to tell on this one. (Well, as far as I know I’m only gaining in the torso, legs seem to be the same) Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #7: Moodiness and a Little Pecker (this one is odd, but funny)
If you are really moody, you are having a girl since you have another extra girl hormones in you. Your pregnancy will make you smile and be more happy if you are having a boy because there’s a little penis inside you. (Well… I’m just gonna give my prediction as I’m sure most of you know how I’m feeling these days..) Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #8: Chinese Gender Chart
The Chinese Gender Chart claims to have an accuracy rate of over 90%. It is based on how old the mother is at conception and the month that she conceived. Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #9: Mom’s Beauty
Basically you are having a girl if your beauty disappears during pregnancy. It is said that the girl “steals” the mother’s beauty. If you think that pregnancy has never made you look more beautiful, a little boy it is. (well… my Husband keeps saying I look beautiful…but I think he has to. Lol. But he’s not the only one. I guess I look okay. Except the acne.) Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #10: Dream of Sex of Baby
If you have dreams that you are having a boy, you will have a girl. If you dream about having a girl, it will be a boy. Dreams show the opposite of what you are having. (I’ve been having dreams of twin girls…Lord help me.) Prediction outcome: TWIN BOYS

Old Wives Tale #11: Clumsy vs. Graceful
If the pregnant woman is graceful throughout her pregnancy, she’s having a girl. If she becomes clumsy, she’s having a boy. (I’m pretty clumsy usually, but feel a little more balanced lately. Maybe I’m just more careful?) Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #12: Side You Most Rest On
If a pregnant woman prefers to lay on her left side, she’s having a boy. If she prefers resting on her right side, she’s having a girl. Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #13: Dad’s Weight Gain
If the dad-to-be gains weight while you are pregnant, it’s a girl. If he doesn’t gain weight, you’re having a boy. (Unless you count the vacation we both gained a few pounds on… ;-)Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #14: Breast Test
If a pregnant woman’s left breast is larger than the right breast, she’s having a girl. If the right breast is larger, it’s a boy. (My right lady has always been bigger.. it’s a problem.) Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #15: What Do You Think?
71% of the time, the mom-to-be knows what she is having. (I really don’t know this time. I have a gut feeling, but I’m conflicted about whether it’s my actual gut feeling or what I want… So, I’m going to wait to share this one! :)Prediction outcome: INCONCLUSIVE

Old Wives Tale #16: Morning Sickness
If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it’s a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl. (I think we all know my answer to this one.) Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #17: Areolae
If your areolae (the part around your nips) have darkened, it’s a boy. If they haven’t, its a girl. Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #18: Protein
When a pregnant woman craves meat and cheese, count on a boy. (LOVE cheese, not a huge fan of meat though.) Prediction outcome: INCONCLUSIVE

Old Wives Tale #19: Feet
Are your feet colder now that you are pregnant? If so, you just might be having a boy. If your feet have stayed the same before pregnancy and during, you’re having a little girl. Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #20: Headaches
If you are having headaches, you might be carrying a boy. Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #21: Baby Names
It is said that when you can only think of specific names for a boy or a girl, you will have that particularly baby. (Drew and I can only solidly agree on our boy’s name, we’re still back and forth about the girl name. Although, I think we’ve finally made a decision on that one too.) Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #22: Urine
What color is your pee? If it is bright yellow, you will have a little boy. If your urine is a dull yellow, plan on a girl. Prediction outcome: GIRL

TOTALS:

GIRL: 12 BOY: 6 INCONCLUSIVE: 4

So, what do you think we’re having? Boy or girl? Take the poll! :)

 

Fourteen Weeks Preggo!

14This is going to be quick and basic because I’m exhausted and have to be up at an ungodly hour tomorrow. I do have some more exciting posts coming over the next week. I swear!

How far along? Fourteen weeks!

Are you showing? Absolutely.

Gender: We’ll find out the first week of October! Drew and Aiden want a girl, I would like a girl since we obviously already have a boy, but I’ll be happy with healthy!

Total weight gain: Gained another pound back! Sitting at -2 for the moment. I’ll take it. I was +10 or 15 by this point with Aiden.  

Maternity clothes: Oh yes. I’ve done the hair tie trick a few times though. No shame.   

Stretch marks: Just the pre-existing ones.

Sleeping: So-so. But tired alllllll the time.

Food Cravings: Not really many particular ones. Although I did want french fries really badly today. Guess you could call it a craving. Oh, and lemon sweet tea! Yumm. 

Anything making you sick or queasy? It’s finally easing up! Still have moments of nausea, but haven’t actually puked in a few weeks. (Knock on wood.)

Miss Anything? Energy, Sleep, Wine, and Sushi. 

Movement: More frequent flutters and wiggles! 

Labor signs: Nope!

Symptoms: Light stretching/cramps, pure exhaustion, slight nausea, soooooo emotional, and the acne of a teenager. Oh, and heartburn. 

Belly Button in or out: Still in, but I don’t think it’ll hold on very long this time around.

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody: Happy for the most part! But also emotional. 

Best moments this week: Feeling flutters more often!

Looking forward to: That second trimester burst of energy. It can come any day now. Really… any time would be great….?

 

Oh, Hey Second Trimester! (13 Weeks)

IMG_1585-2 3SECOND TRIMESTER! WHOOP. I feel like this pregnancy is flying and crawling at the same time. We find out the gender in four weeks, and after that it can just slooooooow down.

Also, I’m pretty sure my belly got bigger overnight last night. Maybe not, but I’m going to pretend it did to make myself feel better. At least I’m looking more pregnant, and less like I’ve eaten too many bags of cheetos. (Which I would never do, obviously…)

How far along? Thirteen weeks!

Are you showing? Yep. Not really hiding it anymore.

Gender: We’ll find out the first week of October! Drew and Aiden want a girl, I would like a girl since we obviously already have a boy, but I’ll be happy with healthy!

Total weight gain: Gained another pound back! Sitting at -3 for the moment. I’ll take it. I was +10 by this point with Aiden.  

Maternity clothes: Oh yes. I was determined to wear my favorite shorts last night one more time, and I had to use the hair-tie and belly band trick.   

Stretch marks: Just the pre-existing ones.

Sleeping: So-so. But tired alllllll the time.

Food Cravings: Tomatoes, cheese, & cheerwine. Which DOES have caffeine in it. FYI. I learned that this week.   

Anything making you sick or queasy? It’s finally easing up! Still have moments of nausea, but haven’t actually puked in a few weeks. (Knock on wood.)

Miss Anything? Energy, Sleep, Wine, and Sushi. 

Movement: Flutters and wiggles! 

Labor signs: Nope!

Symptoms: Light stretching/cramps, pure exhaustion, slight nausea, soooooo emotional, and the acne of a teenager.

Belly Button in or out: Still in!

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody: Happy for the most part! But very easily brought to tears by absolutely nothing. Unless you count dropping Aiden off at pre-k. He was fine, I was a hot mess. Blame the hormones. 

Best moments this week: Feeling flutters more often!

Looking forward to: That second trimester burst of energy. It can come any day now. Really… any time would be great….?

Here’s your bumpdate! Go look at my instagram and compare it to yesterday’s photo and tell me if you think I look rounder today. 

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Aiden Goes to School

aid5Snack, complete with cheesy note from an emotional Mommy:IMG_3272Obligatory over-the-shoulder-backpack photo:
aid1The “I’m-only-smiling-because-Mommy-bribed-me” photo:aid4Four, going on twenty-four:aid2Close-up:aid3
Walking into his classroom:aid6
Finding his hook:aid7
Checking in:aid8Right after this, I walked away crying. A mixture of being sad that my baby is so grown, and being so proud of how secure and independent he’s becoming. Just about ten months until I have to send him off to kindergarten and just thinking about it makes me a hot, emotional mess. Blaming the pregnancy hormones.

Finally home with Mommy!IMG_6046

Make sure you follow me on instagram to see my daily Aiden and pregnancy updates. Also be sure to “like” NJATM on facebook. 

 

Twelve Weeks (and one day) Pregnant!

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So, clearly I’ve basically taken August off from really blogging. BUT, September is already full of link-ups, guest posts, and a special series-feel free to email me with interest! Not to mention weekly pregnancy updates continuing. So I promise I’ll be back to my frequent bloggy-ness soon!

How far along? Twelve weeks

Are you showing? Yes, and it’s getting more difficult to hide it. The chub vs. pregnant debate is fizzling out.

Gender: We’ll find out the first week of October! Drew and Aiden want a girl, I would like a girl since we obviously already have a boy, but I’ll be happy either way!

Total weight gain: Gained a pound back! Sitting at -4 for the last few days-ish. 

Maternity clothes: Yes. And just FYI, maternity leggings are the best invention ever. I practically live in them.  

Stretch marks: Just the pre-existing ones.

Sleeping: Not so well. But tired alllllll the time. 

Food Cravings: Lemonade, Sunny D, and salty foods. 

Anything making you sick or queasy? It’s finally easing up! Still have moments of pure nausea, but few and far between! (Don’t tell Husband that he was right…)

Miss Anything? Energy, Sleep, Wine, and Sushi. 

Movement: Flutters! Although that’s not really the best term for it. More like bubbles popping in my uterus. Forgot how weird, yet amazing that feeling is! 

Labor signs: Nope!

Symptoms: Light stretching/cramps, pure exhaustion, slight nausea, soooooo emotional, and the acne of a teenager.

Belly Button in or out: Still in!

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody: Happy for the most part! But very easily brought to tears by absolutely nothing. Earlier today, I cried while reading HP. Cedric dying is just clearly too much for my hormones to handle. -sob-

Best moments this week: Turning twenty-four, feeling flutters that I knew for sure were human baby, and not food-gas baby. 

Looking forward to: That second trimester burst of energy. It can come any day now. Really… any time would be great….?

Eleven Weeks Pregnant

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I have been a total bloggy-slacker the last few weeks. I have like six drafts saved that I’ve been working on, but honestly, this is the first time I’ve touched my computer since last Wednesday. This whole morning all day sickness thing is very new for me, and some days it takes every ounce of my energy to function at a bare minimum level, let alone do extra.

Hopefully I start feeling halfway human again in the next few weeks as Aiden heads back to school, and we get back into our usual routine.

How far along? Eleven weeks

Are you showing? Yes, and it’s getting more difficult to hide it. Still debatable to others whether I’m pregnant or just getting chubby.

Gender: We’ll find out the first week of October! Drew and Aiden want a girl, I would like a girl since we obviously already have a boy, but I’ll be happy either way!

Total weight gain: Still down from where I started.

Maternity clothes: Wore my maternity shorts the past few days. My normal shorts still fit, they’re just uncomfortable and squish my belly. 

Stretch marks: Just the pre-existing ones.

Sleeping: Not so well. But tired alllllll the time. 

Food Cravings: Lemonade, Sunny D, and Micasita. (Just the best Mexican restaurant in the world…or at least in NC. Haven’t found one in Raleigh yet that compares.)

Anything making you sick or queasy? Just oxygen. Husband thinks I seem to be getting better. Wife thinks Husband is nuts ;-)

Miss Anything? Energy, Wine, and Sushi. 

Movement: I could’ve sworn I felt flutters the other night! But it’s so early that I think I imagined it. 

Labor signs: Nope!

Symptoms: Light stretching/cramps, pure exhaustion, morning (read: all dang day) sickness, soooooo emotional, and the acne of a teenager.

Belly Button in or out: Still in!

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody: Happy for the most part! But very easily brought to tears by absolutely nothing. Miss my Mommy a lot. (Typing that just made me tear up- I rest my case.)

Best moments this week: Spending the WHOLE day with Hubs on Saturday. We rarely get to do that anymore. 

Looking forward to: Morning sickness easing up, and feeling some non-imagined flutters!

Here’s a belly shot! Some of it may still be bloat, but I’m going to pretend it’s baby. Or at least uterus. preg

Ten Weeks Pregnant!

IMG_4565 2Ten weeks! We’re a quarter of the way finished! I found this weekly questionnaire thing that I’ve tweaked and made my own:

How far along? Ten weeks!

Are you showing? Yes, but I can still hide it under some loose shirts or dresses.

Gender: Don’t know yet, seven-ish more weeks!

Total weight gain: I’m DOWN five pounds. By this time with Aiden, I was up twice that much. 

Maternity clothes: Not yet. But my clothes are all uncomfortable despite LOSING weight.

Stretch marks: Just the pre-existing ones.

Sleeping: Good nights and bad nights. Crazy dreams!

Food Cravings: Lemonade still. All day errrrrrryday. 

Anything making you sick or queasy? Just food and sudden movement. 

Miss Anything? Energy and Wine.

Movement: Too Early

Labor signs: Nope!

Symptoms: Light stretching/cramps, melon-boobs, morning (read: all dang day) sickness, and the acne of a teenager.

Belly Button in or out: Still in!

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody: Happy for the most part! But very easily irritated by everything. Sorry, Husband. 

Best moments this week: Telling the world we’re expecting!

Looking forward to: Morning sickness easing up, and feeling some flutters!

I’ll post a picture of my belly when it looks a little more pregnant-belly-ish, and a little less like I’ve been indulging in Taco Bell. (Which I haven’t, just FYI. Morning sickness is preventing me from blowing up like I did with Aiden. Only good thing about it!)

 

Pregnancy Q&A

pqaHoly wow! Andrew and I are overwhelmed with the response and excitement over our baby news! We are clearly blessed with some phenomenal family and friends.

That said, I’ve also been asked a zillion questions about my pregnancy since posting yesterday and I figured this would be the best way to hit them all without beginning to sound like a broken record. If I didn’t include your question, feel free to comment it below and I will add it!

Q: How far along are you? Between 9-10 weeks!

Q: When is your due date? March 11, 2015

Q: Are you showing yet? I wouldn’t say “showing” exactly, more like an awkward pudgy bump right over my uterus. Very easily hidden. For now. Definitely much earlier than I felt pudgy with Aiden!

Q: Are you sure it’s not twins? YES! I’m sure. I made the ultrasound tech check. Trust me. 

Q: Have you been sick? Very. And miserably. I only had a touch of nausea with Aiden towards the middle, so full blown morning sickness from the start has been a very new experience for me. 

Q: What other symptoms have you had? I’m utterly exhausted ALL. THE. TIME. I’m a lot more crampy with this one, which I can apparently thank muscle memory for. I’m super emotional. (Sorry Husband!) And a couple of other smaller things. 

Q: What are you craving? Lemonade. All day, every day. And at this current moment, pasta. Ask me again in twenty minutes. 

Q: Will you find out the gender? What are you hoping for? We plan to find out! And I’m kind of hoping for a girl. I’m already outnumbered in this house. But honestly, I will be thrilled either way as long as he/she is healthy!

Q: Will you be doing weekly “bumpdates” on your blog? YES! Starting with week ten, unless I get some sort of amazing burst of extra energy for doing a late week nine! (Not likely.) I’ve also been journaling on the side since I found out I was pregnant, and plan to share some of that too. 

I think that pretty much covers the list of questions so far! If you have another one, leave it below! Here’s a picture of Jellybean:IMG_2916

Stop Asking Me if I’m Pregnant.

pregSince the day Andrew and I said, “I do” it seems like every person I speak to has one question:

“So when are y’all going to give Aiden a little brother or sister?”

For the past fourteen months I have had people ask me this constantly. Family members. Friends. People I met two or three times. People who knew of me through other people. People who read my blog. Everyone and their mother.

I’ll admit, at times it got pretty frustrating.

See, having a baby can be a touchy subject at times. Maybe we only want one kid. Maybe we want to wait a long time before we have more. Maybe we’re those people who have been trying for what seems like forever before it finally happens, if it does at all. Maybe I’m already pregnant, and I just haven’t been ready to share it with the entire world yet. 

Yeah. That last one sounds right. IMG_4447That’s right! Baby D will be joining our family in early March 2015!

Drew, Aiden, and I could not be more THRILLED to FINALLY share this news with all of you! We’re thankful for all of your prayers and well-wishes as we transition from a family of three to a family of four. :)