Monday, July 28, 2014

12 weeks

Week 12:  The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long, about the size of a plum, and weighs half an ounce.

The bump:

How far along?  12 weeks
Symptoms:  Feeling pretty good this week!
Total weight gain/loss:  +4 lbs 
Gender:  Still thinking boy.
Maternity clothes?  Yep. I can still wear regular shirts, but have worn some maternity just because I think it helps me look more pregnant rather than just gaining weight, and my maternity capris are just much more comfortable than regular.
Stretch marks?  None yet
Belly Button in or out? 
Better this week! I had a couple nights where I was able to sleep straight through, although also had a couple nights I woke up 2+ times.
I'm really not sure. I think I've felt baby a few times, but then it's not obvious yet so I'm not sure if I'm just crazy or if it really is baby. I'm excited for those consistent, obvious kicks, though!
Labor Signs:  Nope
Food cravings: 
Same as always
What I miss: 
No complaints again this week
What I am looking forward to: 
My appointment next Wednesday!
Best moment from last week:  Having a couple nights of good sleep

Weekend Recap

We had a great, fun-filled weekend!

  • My mom watched Sophia so that we could have a little date day. We went out to Olive Garden for lunch (thanks to my in-laws for the gift card for our anniversary) and then went to the mall for a bit.

  • We took Sophia to our local zoo for the first time. It's a small zoo, but still really nice. I'm not sure she could always see the animals, but I know she was watching the close ones and of course loved the petting zoo. She also got to go on her first carousel ride!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Fresh Start!

I've been bad about keeping up with this blog lately, but have decided to try my best to keep up with it again. I decided a new name and look was in order. So it's a whole new, fresh start! Now fingers crossed I can follow through.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nursery Planning

You know I love home decorating, so I'm really excited to get to decorate another nursery. I've already spent hours browsing Project Nursery and Pinterest for ideas and inspiration. I think I've decided on what we'll go with for a boy or girl, although who knows if I'll change my mind yet since we still have lots of time to go.

If it's a girl, the room will be purple with yellow and gray accents. I love this bedding set from Target and the look of the canopy over the crib is just so pretty.

If it's a boy, I'm leaning towards a sock monkey theme. Gray walls with black furniture, red curtains and accents.

What do you think?

Monday, July 21, 2014

11 weeks

Week 11: Your baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a lime, is now almost fully formed. Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden.  She's already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won't feel your baby's acrobatics for another month or two — nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.

The bump:
Yep, no hiding this bump any longer. It's definitely there.

How far along?  11 weeks
Symptoms:  Pretty much the same as last week. Feeling better, but hungry all day long.
Total weight gain/loss:  +3 lbs 
Gender:  I'm back to thinking boy. Ahh, I can't wait to find out!
Maternity clothes?  I have pulled out my maternity capris, since the bella band just wasn't cutting it, or sticking with regular stretchy/comfy clothes.
Stretch marks?  None yet. 
Belly Button in or out? 
Sophia is back to waking up once early, although I always need to go to the bathroom anyway. I also started waking up with a sore back, so I pulled out my awesome, huge prego pillow and it's simply wonderful!
I kind of thought I maybe felt something, but it seems too early yet, so I don't know. We'll see if I feel it again.
Labor Signs:  No, thank you!
Food cravings: 
I have a feeling this will be the same as Sophia, mostly just craving fruit the whole time.
What I miss: 
No complaints this week!
What I am looking forward to:  Feeling a real kick!
Best moment from last week:  The maybe possible baby movement. Or if it wasn't, then the return of my massive pillow! hehe

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

4th Anniversary Trip

We once again went to the Taste of Chicago for our anniversary weekend. We left early Friday morning and went right over to The Taste.

We went for lunch, took a nap break, and then went back for dinner. It had rained a bit in between, but thankfully we were able to wait it out in the hotel and then it was fine.

Sophia didn't like me taking food pics. She says, "feed me!".

The next morning we grabbed some breakfast at Dunkin Donuts and then got caught in a huge down pour. Even with umbrellas, we got soaked. Thankfully we had some indoor plans today, so we could avoid the rain. We had some time to kill first, we we went to a Barnes & Noble and then a Babies 'R Us. Then on to one of our favorites for lunch; Portillo's! So good!

Then our main stop for the day, the Kohl Children's Museum. Sophia absolutely loved it! It was so cute. They had so many different rooms for the kids to explore. It was so much fun watching her.


After a nap break at the hotel, we were ready to head back to The Taste for dinner. Unfortunately, once we got over there we were told it had been cancelled for the day because of all the rain and flooding. Bummer!

However, we had a delicious dinner at Zapatista, yummy Mexican, and the weather was nice enough to sit out on the patio. Afterwards we walked around downtown a bit and found a music/dance in the park event going on just a block from our hotel.

The next morning we grabbed breakfast at Dunkin, once again. There unfortunately wasn't much choice right near where we were staying. But oh well, it was tasty. Then we saw there was a park just down the street, so we walked down there but unfortunately it was still wet from yesterday's rain. So we just walked back to the hotel. I was hoping Sophia would get a quick nap in before The Taste opened, at 10:00, but that wasn't going to happen. And of course she fell asleep as soon as we got our food.

And finally, my beautiful flowers! We always keep with the traditional anniversary gifts, and the 4 year is flowers. Andrew picked them out himself. So pretty!

Monday, July 14, 2014

10 weeks

Week 10: Though he's barely the size of a prune, 1.5 inches long and weighs 1/4 of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development.  Vital organs (kidneys, intestines, brain and liver) are in place and starting to function.  In other development, his limbs can bend now.  His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body.  He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm! 

The bump:

How far along?  10 weeks
Symptoms:  Still hungry all the time, but very happy that the nausea has seemed to die down and my energy has returned a bit, enough that I've been able to get back to walking!
Total weight gain/loss:  +3 lbs 
Gender:  I had a dream the other night that it's a girl.
Maternity clothes?  Just the bella band and comfy/stretchy regular clothes. I think the maternity capris will be getting washed this week, though.
Stretch marks?  None yet
Belly Button in or out? 
Just fine, other than waking up for bathroom trips a few nights a week.
None yet
Labor Signs:  Nope
Food cravings: 
Nothing new. Still mostly just fruit.
What I miss: 
Feeling so much better this week, so no complaints!
What I am looking forward to: 
Feeling baby kicks!
Best moment from last week:  I'm pretty sure we heard baby's heartbeat last night! Technically not from last week, but it was pretty amazing!