Friday, May 31, 2013

17 Week Baby Bump Update!

Happy Friday everyone!

I was going to post my update yesterday when I was actually 17 weeks, but I wasn't able to upload my picture to my computer so I had to wait.  Doc and I just got a new fancy-pants camera, which I've been thinking about for a long time!  We ended up getting the Canon EOS Rebel T3i and so far, I'm really happy with it.  I have to learn all the fun things you can do with it but for now, I'm just shooting on automatic. I really wanted to be able to capture my pregnancy and, of course, our growing family with a great camera and I think I made the right choice! 

How far along? 17 weeks

Baby is the size of? A turnip {according to What to Expect When Your Expecting}

Maternity clothes? My belly is getting bigger and bigger so squeezing into non-maternity pants is just awful! Definitely the most comfortable in maternity jeans or stretchy pants. Also maxi dresses!  I'm still able to wear non-maternity tops though.

Stretch marks? Not yet, and I hope they never show up! Still using Belli Elasticity Belly Oil every night.

Symptoms? Muscle aches, apparently I'm snoring now, a little rib pain.

Sleep? I've been tossing and turning a lot recently but I think I'm still getting used to sleeping on my sides. I have found I can get away with sorta being on my stomach {tilted a little to the side} and that is the most comfortable for me, but I think my days are numbered and I just need to accept I'll be on my side for the next 6 months...

Best moment of the week? Hearing baby's heartbeat at our appointment last week! And we scheduled our anatomy ultrasound which will be June 18th....less than 3 weeks away and we'll find out if Bubbles is a boy or a girl! Can't wait!!

Miss anything? Over easy eggs and alcohol.

Movement? I think I'm starting to feel some movement! For the past week, I've been paying attention to the bubble-like movement I feel and I've realized its not gas, I think its baby but the movements are still too small to feel externally. They just feel like muscle twitches right now!

Food cravings? I am hungry ALL THE TIME NOW. Doc keeps laughing at me because all I do is eat! I've definitely still been craving sweets but more than that is fruit. I just crave fruit all the time. I think its because I'm so thirsty too.

Anything making you quesy or sick? Nope!

Have you started to show yet? Yup, my belly is popping for sure!

Baby is a? Don't know yet, but will know in less than 3 weeks!!

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or moody most of the time? A mix of both lol

Looking forward to: Our anatomy ultrasound but that's still too far away! This week I'm looking forward to maybe feeling baby move prominently? I also have friends coming up from Columbus to visit us at our new house so that will be fun!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Catch up....and BABY stroller help!

Good evening everyone!

First, sorry I missed my 16 week update last week!  I was out of town for work in Colorado Springs and as soon as I came home, Doc and I hopped in the car and drove to Chicago to celebrate my birthday (last Friday) and to spend a week up here! 

My birthday was great! My in-laws have a condo here in Chicago {right on Lake Michigan} so its really nice to be able to come up here and be within walking distance to everything.  I spent my birthday strolling around the city with Doc, eating Sprinkles cupcakes, and ending the evening eating at RPM Italian, Giuliana & Bill Rancic's restaurant! LOVE that place. We had been there once before so it was an easy decision for me as to where to spend my birthday dinner.  Too bad Giuliana was not there on my birthday....she was there the first time I ate there but I was too chicken to go up to her!

Now, were just here hanging out and enjoying a little vacay while we can!  Doc starts residency at the end of June, and once that happens we'll have very little time to go away.  We also just bought a house which makes us broke, and then oh yea....there's a baby on the way!  So the next vacation we'll get to take won't be for a while, but that's okay!  All good things happening :)

Now on to baby things....

I'm starting to think about what kind of stroller to buy but I've Googled and Googled and still cannot decide on anything!  This is where I turn to you ladies.  Any suggestions??  Even if you don't have a baby, maybe you know someone who had a stroller they loved?  I've heard great things about the UPPAbaby Vista stroller, however, I also heard it's pretty big and can be a pain to get in and out of restaurants, etc. It's also pretty expensive, but I'd pay that price if it was worth it.

I'm not looking for a jogger stroller because...I will never go jogging or running outside with the baby. I never ran before, I won't start now.  I think the pram style strollers are the best looking, but I'm open to any suggestions!  I just want a great stroller that I won't be kicking myself later for buying.

Any good websites or blogs I should refer to?

Will be back on Thursday with my 17 week update! Only 3 weeks until we find out if Bubbles is a boy or a girl!! So excited!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

15 Week Baby Bump Update!

Hello there and happy Thursday! 

How far along? 15 weeks

Baby is the size of? A naval orange {according to What to Expect When Your Expecting}

Total weight gain/loss? Not sure, my next appointment is 1 week from today so I'll find out then how much I've gained because I'm quite sure I've gained weight by now...

Maternity clothes? I'm LOVING my maternity jeans {sooo much better than regular jeans} and stretchy pants like yoga pants or lounge pants have been what I've been living in!  Not wearing maternity tops yet...just any loose tops I can find in my closet.

Stretch marks? Not yet, and I hope they never show up! Still using Belli Elasticity Belly Oil every night.

Symptoms? I've been getting headaches this week, but that's about it. 

Sleep? My stomach sleeping days are over :( Sleeping on my side has made me a bit restless, but hopefully I'll get used to it.  I slept with a body pillow we had lying around the house last night and that helped make it more comfortable so we'll see how that goes.

Best moment of the week? Doc and I didn't celebrate Mother's Day because, well I'm not a mother yet, and it just seems a little silly to celebrate the day but we still made the day special by going out to a new brunch restaurant, which was amazing by the way, and then going to see Iron Man 3 in the theater. We hadn't been out to a movie in a while and it was a lot of fun just spending the day together, exploring new restaurants and new areas where we live.  We will miss days like that once bubbles shows up!

Miss anything? Sleeping on my stomach and over easy eggs!

Movement? None yet.

Food cravings? Sweets for sure!  I made a run out to the grocery store at like 8 PM one night because I just needed to bake something yummy.  I ended up making these cake mix cookie bars.....sooooo goooood! I highly recommend you try them--and they're SO easy! :)

Anything making you quesy or sick? None.

Have you started to show yet? Yup, my belly is popping for sure!

Baby is a? Don't know yet, but cannot wait to find out!

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or moody most of the time? A mix of both lol

Looking forward to: I'm going to Colorado Springs on Saturday for 4 days for a work conference so I'm looking forward to getting some time away to relax at a beautiful hotel {The Broadmoor Hotel for those who are familiar}.  Since I'm not working in an office anymore, I haven't seen my co-workers for a little while so I'm looking forward to seeing some of them lol

Hope you all have a great weekend and I'll be back next week with an update after my OB appointment!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

My First Trimester

Happy Thursday everyone!

Well today I am 14 weeks along in my pregnancy, which means I am into my 2nd trimester now!  So how was my 1st trimester?  AWESOME!  I seriously had it so easy compared to many women out there.  I had no morning sickness, no fatigue, no weird pregnancy symptoms like strong smells....I just felt great, felt very normal....except I was pregnant!  I was definitely moodier though {which I'm sure Doc will agree with} and for just a few weeks, when I would think about food, I would get a bit nauseous; however, that never effected my appetite!  I still ate very normally. 

So yea, I really had a very easy time during my 1st trimester and I feel even better starting out my 2nd!  I've been trying to stay active and work out, but I really did close to nothing during my 1st trimester. It was just very hard to wake up at 5 AM and workout and then we were so crazy busy moving, that I put it off.  Now that I'm in Michigan, I signed up with a new gym and I even got a personal trainer for 6 sessions to help me workout while being pregnant.  I've been lifting weights {dont worry, light weights!} and I keep my cardio low impact so as not to raise my heart rate too much!  I definitely feel great staying active {and they say it can even help you have an easier birth if you stay active throughout your pregnancy}.

So anyway, let's get to this week's update!

How far along? 14 weeks...26 weeks to go! Ahh that seems like sooo far away!

Baby is the size of? A lemon.

Total weight gain/loss? So far I've maintained the same weight throughout my 1st trimester, have not gained or lost weight but I do have my next check up in 2 weeks, so I feel like I'll see some weight gain then.

Maternity clothes? Not quite yet, as I'm just starting to show but my mom is here visiting me this week and my birthday is coming up in a couple weeks, so she took me shopping for maternity clothes for my birthday gift!  I now have 2 pairs of jeans, which I started wearing and they are soooooo much more comfortable! I can still fit into my regular jeans, but wearing that big elastic band is so much better! I also got a couple of tank tops and t-shirts which will be great as I grow.

Stretch marks? Not yet, and I hope they never show up! I'm using Belli Elasticity Belly Oil every night....LOVE this oil!  It smells amazing and feels great on your skin.

Symptoms? No symptoms right now.

Sleep? So I'm a stomach sleeper and I'm definitely coming to the end of being able to still sleep on my stomach. Now that my stomach has pooched out a bit, its getting uncomfortable to lay on my stomach.  I find I ALWAYS wake up on my side or back so I'm moving around a lot at night.  I also have to get up to use the bathroom usually once during the night and having a full bladder while laying on my stomach is no bueno.  I'm considering getting one of those sleep pillows for pregnant women to help sleep on your side....anyone ever use one of those?  Advice?

Best moment of the week? Spending time with my mom probably!  She's been here for a week already and doesn't leave until Saturday so its been so fun hanging out with her and having her see our new house! Also, shopping for maternity clothes with her was a lot of fun!

Miss anything? I miss having a glass of wine at the end of the day....also all the soft cheese I cannot have. I love cheese and miss being able to eat brie, goat, feta, etc.

Movement? None yet.

Food cravings? I've been craving fruit {watermelon, cantaloupe, berries} and recently I've been craving sweets!

Anything making you quesy or sick? Nope!

Have you started to show yet? Just starting!

Baby is a? Don't know yet, but cannot wait to find out! We find out at our week 19 appointment, so 5 more weeks!

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or moody most of the time? A mix of both lol

Looking forward to: Spending the rest of the week with my mom and just continuing to see baby grow in belly day by day!

Thanks for reading and I'm excited to share this journey with all of you!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

I'm officially married to a doctor now!

Hope you all are having a great weekend so far!  I've been busy busy!  Last weekend my in-laws were here in town, visiting our new house.  And then this past Thursday, Doc and I went back to Columbus because he had his medical school graduation!  My Mom flew in for it and came back to Michigan with us, so she's here with me this whole week {which is always tons of fun for me because we shop and eat and just have fun all day!}

Doc getting hooded by his Dad who is also a doctor
All of us at a BBQ earlier in the day

The past 4 years in med school have been a very long and tedious road for Doc so celebrating it all being over has been fun!  I'm so proud of him...he's done incredibility well, graduating magna cum laude or in other words he's in the top 10% of his class at OSU, an amazing accomplishment!  And now we're on to the next chapter in our lives....residency and a baby! 

Speaking of baby, I know I missed updating you on my pregnancy progress....things got crazy once my in-laws got here and graduation but I'll be back this Thursday with my 14 week update!  Also coming up is an update on how my first trimester went.  

Have a great Sunday!
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