The Adventure Starts Here: July 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

23 Weeks!



How far along?  23 weeks
Baby Size: A large mango (over 1 pound and 11 inches long)
Total weight gain/loss: 10+ lbs
Maternity clothes?  Yup
Stretch marks?  So far none... I guess the Mustela lotion is working.
Sleep:  It seems to be getting better.  I still often lay awake from 4-6am but now I am able to sleep in longer so it's not as bad.
Best moment this week:  Getting to see our new apartment and do some measuring :)   We are also having fun watching the Olympics!
Miss Anything? Being able to do things... the pain starts after an hour of sitting or standing!   Lots of lying down resting is required now.   
Movement:  This boy is a mover and a shaker!  Often it's right on my bladder which feels funny, but I love feeling him move!
Food cravings:  Nothing really this week.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  I've been good lately.
Have you started to show yet:  Yes, definitely.
Gender: BOY!!!!
Labor Signs: No 
Symptoms:  The sciatica pain is still there but more manageable this week since I've been home on disability and able to lie down most of the day.  The heartburn has been coming and going and Friday I got a rash on my foot.  It seems like there's always something new.        
Belly Button in or out? Still in, but when I play with it I can make it an outie... it's pretty weird.  
Wedding rings on or off? Still off.    I wonder if when I go out if people think I'm unmarried and knocked up lol.  
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy... I think getting more sleep and being able to rest has helped my mood.  
Looking forward to:  Moving!  We move into the 2 bedroom on Friday and I can't wait to start setting everything up and start decorating the nursery... the first step is having my dad paint the room :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

22 Weeks!


How far along?  22 weeks
Baby Size: A papaya and weighs a pound!
Total weight gain/loss: 10+ lbs
Maternity clothes?  Yup
Stretch marks?  None yet.
Sleep:  Some nights were okay but there were a few really bad nights.
Best moment this week:  Spending time with Kaitlyn and Matthew (my niece and nephew)!   
Miss Anything? Milkshakes and soft serve ice cream... I could really go for a McFlurry! 
Movement:  I am constantly feeling the baby moving... it's super cool!
Food cravings:  I guess I've been craving a McFlurry lol.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nothing new.
Have you started to show yet:  Yes, definitely.
Gender: BOY!!!!
Labor Signs: No 
Symptoms:  The same as last week... sciatica nerve pain, the usual swelling, etc.       
Belly Button in or out? Still in.  
Wedding rings on or off? Still off.    
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy.  This week I went on part time (20 hours a week) per my doctor and I started seeing a chiropractor.  Unfortunately it hasn't really helped ease my pain.
Looking forward to:  Getting my hair cut... It definitely needs to be freshened up!

Monday, July 16, 2012

21 Weeks!


How far along?  21 weeks
Baby Size: A banana.. the ultrasound tech said he's 14 oz!
Total weight gain/loss: 10 lbs
Maternity clothes?  Yup
Stretch marks?  None yet.
Sleep:  This week it was horrendous.  I'm in so much pain and having trouble getting comfortable at night.  Then at 3 or 4 am I wake up and a couple of nights I didn't fall back to sleep at all after that... very frustrating!
Best moment this week:  Finding out Baby Flinn is a BOY!   
Miss Anything? Being pain free. 
Movement:  Tons... at first it was always on the lower left side but now it's shifted to the center part of my lower stomach.  From the ultrasound I think it's his moving hands that I'm feeling.
Food cravings:  Nothing really so far.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nothing this week was bad, but I still don't like the smell or taste of fish.
Have you started to show yet:  Oh Yeah.
Gender: BOY!!!!
Labor Signs: No 
Symptoms:  The biggest thing now is my sciatica nerve pain... it's absolutely unbearable.      
Belly Button in or out? Still in.  
Wedding rings on or off? Off... I haven't worn them all week.    
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy about Baby Flinn, but a wreck because of the pain I'm in.
Looking forward to:  Shopping for the little boy and finding things for the nursery!



At the ultrasound, we were able to see all the different parts of our little boy, his heart, head, hands, feet, etc.  At the end after she entered all the measurements she was able to tell us that Baby Flinn was about 14 oz.  She said that he was head down with his feet sticking up towards my right side.  She had a hard time getting all of the heart pictures at first because of how he was positioned, so she had to make him move by tapping my stomach with the ultrasound device.  He was moving around a lot, but not always the way she wanted him to lol.

We also found out that the umbilical cord is connected to the placenta in an odd way... usually it's connected right in the center, but mine is towards the right which apparently can interfere with the amount of nutrients that get passed through.  So as a result they will be monitoring me with more ultrasounds towards the end to make sure this little boy is growing correctly.



Sunday, July 15, 2012

Elephant Artwork for the Nursery



This weekend I made the first piece of artwork for the baby's nursery.  I had found this idea on Pinterest a while ago and knew that I wanted to make one with elephants for the baby.  I just had to wait to see if we were having a boy or girl to determine what color it would be.   Since we found out that Baby Flinn is a boy on Thursday, this Saturday Chris and I went to Home Depot to get blue and green paint chips. I had already purchased the canvas, elephant punch, and glue dots from Michaels, so I was able to start the project as soon as we got home.  It really didn't take much time at all, the whole punching was the most time consuming, and even that wasn't hard at all.  The project was way easier than I expected, and I'm really not crafty at all!  Now I can't wait until we move so I can start decorating the entire nursery!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Baby Flinn is a...

BOY!!!



Today we went for our big ultrasound appointment.  Chris and I were so excited because we were able to find out the gender of Baby Flinn.  The technician did all the normal scans of the head, heart, and all the body parts and then she told us that Baby Flinn is a BOY!!!  We are extremely excited!





I am looking forward to start shopping for this little boy and the nursery.  My mom surprised me at lunch with our first gifts specifically for a boy :)  She had bought gifts for a girl and a boy so that she was prepared today with whatever the ultrasound told us.





Monday, July 9, 2012

20 Weeks... Halfway There!!!


How far along?  20 weeks... we are halfway there!
Baby Size: A cantaloupe
Total weight gain/loss: 9+ lbs
Maternity clothes?  Yup
Stretch marks?  None yet.
Sleep:  Sleeping has been horrible lately.  I am exhausted by 9:30, but without fail, after I get up at 3 to use the bathroom I cannot fall asleep for another hour or two... it's very frustrating!
Best moment this week:  Hearing the baby's heartbeat at my doctor appointment on Monday.    
Miss Anything? Sleep and being ache-free.
Movement:  I've been feeling some movement in the middle of the night (when I am trying to fall back to sleep at 3am).
Food cravings:  Nothing really so far.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nothing this week was bad.
Have you started to show yet:  Yes, and the extra weight in my stomach is starting to wear on my body.
Gender prediction: Not sure if I am changing my mind, but I keep thinking of all the cute things I can do with either.
Labor Signs: No 

Symptoms:  The heartburn has calmed down, but the swelling is still bad.  I've had some very bad back and side pain  this week.  It makes me worry how much worse it's going to get!  I ordered some yoga dvds and went for acupuncture to hopefully help with the pain.      
Belly Button in or out? In, though it's definitely started to change.  
Wedding rings on or off? I officially stopped wearing them this past Wednesday.  I think the combination of being 20 weeks and this crazy heat wave going on has contributed to me swelling.  
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy, but since I've been getting physically exhausted lately I can get pretty emotional at times.  Many days I don't even want to go out!
Looking forward to:  This week is big... we have our first pregnancy class and we find out Baby Flinn's gender on Thursday!!!!

Monday, July 2, 2012

19 Weeks!


How far along?  19 weeks!
Baby Size: A mango
Total weight gain/loss: 9 lbs.
Maternity clothes?  Yup
Stretch marks?  None yet.
Sleep:  Sleeping has not been great this week.  I've been waking up in the middle of the night and struggle to fall back to sleep for hours.
Best moment this week:  Going to Philly for a wedding and catching up with good friends.    
Miss Anything? Sleep!
Movement:  I felt some "popping" that could be the movement that they say you will feel early on.
Food cravings:  Nothing really so far.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nothing this week was bad.
Have you started to show yet:  Yup, some days more than others.
Gender prediction: I still think girl but I catch myself looking at boy stuff too.  I'd love to hear what everyone else thinks!
Labor Signs: No 

Symptoms:  Heartburn, swelling, all the fun stuff.    
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On, but getting tighter!  Good thing they come off every night so I won't risk them getting stuck.
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Really happy but I've been getting pretty emotional this week.
Looking forward to:  Once again... finding out whether there's a baby girl or boy in there!  
 
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