Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bump Watch :: 24 Weeks

24 Weeks
(In the bathroom at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.  Ha!)

How far along: 24 weeks

Size of Baby: 12.5 in & 1.25 lb

Fruit/vegetable comparison: Corn

Total weight gain: 8 pounds

Sleep: Still a little restless.  I can't sleep on one side for too long before I need to switch sides.

Movement: I asked my doctor about starting to count kicks and he said I could now.  He said the baby should kick 6 times within an hour, and to try & chose a time when I know she's usually active.  When I started to pay attention to her movements I didn't realize how much I actually feel her throughout the day.  I don't think there's anything to worry about as long as I feel her at least some each day.

Unglamorous body changes: Still dealing with some hip pain but not near as bad as it was last week.  I've been really paying attention to not crossing my legs and trying to sleep in a good position.

Showing: I've had a few strangers ask me when I'm due this week.  One even asked if I was 8 months along!  I told her no and she tried to recover by saying "Oh, well you just carry high".  Ugh... oh well.

Food cravings: My sister-in-law made homemade cookies this weekend, and I really wanted some cookie dough.  That was so hard!!  I think that's the first thing I'll make after the baby's born and then I can lick the bowl.  :)

What I miss: Not too much this week.

Milestones: Her brain is growing quickly now, and taste buds are continuing to develop.  Her lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help air sacs in the lungs inflate once she's born.  (Babycenter)

Best moment this week:  Spending time with family at Thanksgiving and stuffing my face with wonder food.  Ryan also got the first coat of paint up on the nursery.  I haven't seen it in person yet since I'm traveling for work right now.  Can't wait to see!!

Looking forward to:  Getting the furniture in that we ordered and picking out more items for the nursery.  And I have my first baby shower coming up in a few weeks!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bump Watch :: 23 Weeks

Close up

How far along: 23 weeks

Size of Baby: 11.5 in & 1.1 lb

Fruit/vegetable comparison: Large Mango

Total weight gain: 7 pounds (Starting to get up there!)

Sleep: Pretty good other then my crazy dreams!  One of my recent ones was of my best friend having her baby a month early, and I found out about it on Facebook!  I've also had a ton of dreams where I'm either taking care of my baby or someone else's baby, and I forget about it.  So stressful!

Movement: Yep, she's kicking away and slowly starting to get stronger.  Though, the kicks still aren't quite consistent.  Does anybody know when you're supposed to start counting them?

Unglamorous body changes: No cankles this week!  But now I'm having a hip problem.  My right hip feels like it's coming out of the socket.  I think I've figured out part of the reason why it got so bad this week.  I sleep with a body pillow in between my legs but my ankles/feet hang off the end.  Since my legs weren't parallel I think it was throwing my hip out of whack.  The last few nights I've made sure my legs are completely parallel to each other on the pillow and that has made such a difference!  I feel like I can also tell that my hips are starting to spread out too.  Like I can literally feel them moving!  Hopefully I don't start waddling already.

Showing: I guess I've hit the point where people know I'm pregnant now especially if I'm wearing something form fitting.  I've had a few strangers hint towards my pregnancy, and I had no idea what they were talking about until my husband had to clue me in.  I'm still not use to this!

Food cravings: Still lots of chocolate milk and sweets

What I miss: Walking normal (see unglamorous body changes)

Milestones: She's forming little nipples.  Her face is fully formed now -- she just needs a little extra fat to fill it out.  She's listening to my voice and my heartbeat -- and even to loud sounds like cars honking and dogs barking. (per

Side note to this: I told Ryan that she could hear things around me now.  So he decides we need to be playing her more music.  I started cracking up because the first song he decides to play her was by Karmin!  That's my man and I love him for it!

Best moment this week: She now has a chance at surviving outside of the womb with major medical intervention!!  Praying that will not happen but we've definitely come to a milestone.  Also, starting to buy furniture for the nursery!  We ordered the crib and rocker this past weekend.  And we purchased her awesome stroller that I'm so excited about.  Our ideas about the nursery are finally starting to come together, and we've even picked out the paint color.

Looking forward to: So much!  Third trimester, actually seeing my belly move, getting the nursery together and finally picking out her name.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Bump Watch :: 22 Weeks

22 Weeks

How far along: 22 weeks

Size of Baby: 11 in & 1 lb!

Fruit/vegetable comparison: Spaghetti Squash

Total weight gain: 6 pounds (The baby is one whole pound of that!)

Sleep: Still pretty good.  Sometimes it's hard for me to fall asleep because my mind is racing with everything I need to get done.

Movement: Ryan felt her this week!!  I think she was just rolling around so he just felt the movement & not a big kick or anything.  Hopefully he'll catch a kick sometime soon.

Unglamorous body changes: So I totally had a day this week when I noticed after I got home from work that I had... CANKLES!!!  What?!?!  How do I have these this soon??  I think I had been sitting & crossing my legs for most of the day.  Plus I don't think I drank enough water either.  So I've made sure to down more water and try to get up more during the day.  I've also been trying to elevate my legs on my trash can under my desk. Ha!  It seems to be working because I haven't noticed swollen ankles again!

Maternity Clothes? Yes, I think I'm going to drop this question going forward because there's not much to talk about here anymore.  It's the same answer!

Showing: Yes, but sometimes I still don't feel pregnant.  I just feel like I have a really fat gut.  My belly button is getting more shallow though!  That freaked me out the other day.  :)

Food cravings: I swear my husband is having way more cravings then I am!  Out of no where on Sunday he decided to make ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, bread and home made chocolate, peanut butter cookies!!  I didn't even realize I was craving that food but as soon as I smelled it I had to have it.  I don't think I've eaten so much food in one sitting before.  That could be why I'm starting to pack on the weight!

What I miss: I miss shirts that used to be long enough to wear!  Those days are over. (Can I say that I miss the fall weather too??)

Milestones: Now that she's got more developed eyes and lips, she's looking even more like a newborn.  She's sleeping in cycles -- about 12 to 14 hours per day.  (per

Best moment this week: Realizing she's hit the 1 pound mark, and Ryan feeling her for the first time!

Looking forward to: Still trying to figure out her name and getting started on the nursery.  We have so many ideas floating around about how we want to design the nursery that we can't pick!  Thank goodness for Pinterest!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Emily's Baby Shower

A couple weekends ago Ryan & I made a trip back to Kansas City to attend Mark & Emily's baby shower.  I was excited because Ryan had never been to a shower, and I don't think I've ever attended a couple's one.  It was so fun to reconnect with them especially before they enter the new world of parenthood very soon!
Their shower was held at one of their good friend's beautiful home.  There were all sorts of delicious treats to snack on.  I think one of my favorite details was the "guest book".  It was actually a tree where people could stamp their finger print and then write their name next to it.  I had actually pinned something similar on my pinterest page.  Unfortunately, I totally forgot to get a pic of it.

Emily & Mark opening our gift to them (boppy & a boppy cover).  How cute are they?  I can't wait to meet their little boy due to arrive at the end of this month!  I've known Mark & Emily forever!  We all grew up going to the same church, and they were high school sweet hearts.  :)

Kara, Carly, Me, Emily, Megan & Erin

We only got a group picture of the girls & some how managed not to get one of all the boys!  Please remind me to never wear this dress again!! Can you say WIDE!!!  I knew I should have stood on the end. ;)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Gender Reveal Fun!

Ryan & I had so much fun planning out how we were going to tell our family & friends our big news.  First we had to decide how we were going to tell the family.  We went back and forth on a few ideas like releasing pink balloons from a box they opened or sneaking in some pink baby clothes somewhere in the room for someone to notice, etc.  We ended up just playing them the video from our 19 week ultrasound that revealed what we were having.  I was planning to edit it and do some fun effects but couldn't figure out how to download it onto my computer.  Oh well!  We made everyone write down their guesses first then watched the video.  It was still pretty hard to tell if you're not familiar with how ultrasounds look, so nobody still really knew.  Then Ryan just told them.  :)

Then later that day at Ryan's surprise birthday party we I had another plan to reveal the gender to our friends.  Since Ryan didn't know about the party he wasn't in on the planning of this one.  I did let him in on the plan after the party had started.  I thought it would be fun to include the reveal with his birthday cake.  So when he cut into it a layer of pink icing would announce our news.  We had everybody gather around and my sweet SIL, Sally, captured the moment on video.

I look like such a nerd!

Then later that night our friends, Matt & Kara, were having their annual Oktoberfest party.  We bring baked goods every year so we took this opportunity to share our good news with the rest of our friends that couldn't make our party earlier in the day.
Vanilla & Chocolate cupcakes with pink icing booties on top.  I had them made from McLain's Bakery where my mom used to get my birthday cakes when I was little.

How cute are these??

I'm including some pictures from the party since I didn't get the chance to post about it earlier.
Austin, Terri & their sweet baby Sadie (I love her little pose in this pic!) 

Me, Kara & Jessica
The three pregnant women of the group.
 Ryan in his high school football jersey and showing off his excitement over having a little girl.

Finally, on Monday when we were back in the office we brought more cupcakes to share the news with our coworkers.  I just had these made at a local bakery down the road from our office.  My good friend, Victoria, made the toppers & mailed them to me.  She actually sent me boy & girl ones ahead of time since she wouldn't have much time to make & send them after I found out the news and before I needed them.  :)
So I just stuck the toppers in and sent out a group email so everyone could come grab one.  We also did chocolate cupcakes too but they're just not pictured. 

So much fun!

We had a blast finally telling everyone what we were having.  It's been so fun getting to talk to people about it and getting tips for baby girls as well. Ha!  I think I've had enough sweets for awhile now. ;)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Bump Watch :: 21 Weeks

21 Weeks

How far along: 21 weeks

Size of Baby: 10.5 inches from head to heel & 12.7 oz

Fruit/vegetable comparison: Carrot

Total weight gain: 4.5 pounds (I know that weight is coming soon!)

Sleep: Pretty good.  The only thing that bothers me (other then getting up to pee) is my hips get a little sore if I sleep on one side too long.

Movement: I'm starting to see a slight trend on when she likes to move around. but still not completely consistent.  I have felt her kick a few times now on the outside when my hand was on my belly.  When I'm holding KC, she likes to kick him lot. :)  Ryan still hasn't felt her move yet but I know it's got to be soon!

Unglamorous body changes: I can't really think of anything for this one.  I have noticed that my belly isn't perfectly round like you would think.  The right side of my belly sticks out more then the left side!  I think that's because her head is on my right side and she's laying across my belly instead of head down.  Ha!

Maternity Clothes? Yes, I need to order a few more things because I'm already getting tired of the stuff I've bought.  I really need to get some warm things, and still on the hunt for a nice coat.

Showing: More and more every week (with my lopsided belly)!  Sometimes I surprise myself when I see it in a mirror.  I can no longer suck the majority of it in. :)

Food cravings: I've been wanting a lot of chocolate milk and anything cinnamon.  I've also been wanting beans and cornbread but that may have more to do with the weather changing.

What I miss: Not worrying so much if my clothes will fit or not!  Anytime I pack to go some where I have to bring a ton of extra clothes because I'm not sure how it's going to look on me anymore.  Everything's getting so short!

Strange experiences: It felt a whole lot more real this week when Ryan & I started registering for our baby girl.  It was crazy to imagine that I would be putting her in this towel or that crib.  I know she will be here before we know it especially with the holidays around the corner.

Milestones:  As her digestive system preps for the outside world, she's manufacturing meconium -- the tarry black substance you'll find in her first dirty diaper.  She already has a lifetime's supply of eggs in her womb -- about six million of them!  (per

Best moment this week: Feeling her move on the outside for the first time and starting our registry!

Looking forward to: So many things!  Nailing down her name, starting on the nursery and Ryan finally feeling her move!

Monday, November 5, 2012

I'm Married to a 30 Year Old!

**warning picture overload!**

My hubby's 30th birthday was on Monday, October 29th.  I decided to go all out for this occasion because you only turn 30 once and after our baby girl comes it will be harder to have big celebrations like this for awhile.

We had planed awhile back to take a trip to Vegas with some friends to celebrate Brad & Ryan both turning 30 within a month of each other.  Blogged about that here.  The weekend before Ryan's birthday we were going to be in KC for a Halloween party.  We were finding out the gender of our baby the week prior and decided to tell family & friends in person while we were in Kansas City.  It was then that I came up with the idea for a surprise party for Ryan.  Talk about packing everything into one weekend!

So here was the plan (I love the details!), have the family over to my mom's house around 10am to share the big news (details to come on that), then leave for a somewhat early lunch at Oklahoma Joe's BBQ.  You have to get there early our else you'll be in line for an hour!  Ryan would think this was his only birthday celebration with his family at lunch.
Lunch at Ok Joe's and opening gifts from the family.

An awesome briefcase Ryan's been wanting.  See that big smile? :)

Then, his dad & I took him out to shop for golf clubs and shoes as part of his birthday gift while the girls (and Evan) made excuses to be other places.  But really they were running back to my mom's place to setup for the party!  After Ryan was done shopping we headed back to my mom's for the big surprise.

It was a football/K-State themed birthday party.  Most of the decorations were made by our good friend Victoria (who couldn't be there).  Check out her etsy site here.  She's freaking amazing and so easy to work with!!!

Susan brought some of his baby clothes and pictures to share.

Childhood memories.

It was kind of funny because all our friends thought it meant we were having a boy! lol

Can you imagine this 6'4" man wearing these baby shoes??  Did I mention he was over 10 pounds when he was born??  I am freaking out!! Hopefully this baby will be normal sized. ;)

Ryan & Evan
Outside we setup another one of Ryan's gifts, the bag game.  Ryan's always wanted one and it worked perfectly with our football themed party!

Here's the table setup.  My talented in-laws made the table covering to look like a football field.  It's kind of hard to tell from this picture.

Ryan's birthday cake.  Funny story about this... I totally thought I was ordering the cake from the place where we got our wedding cake over 6 years ago.  I didn't realize until the week of the party that it wasn't the same place!!  Fortunately, the cake still tasted amazing.  Ooops!  Maybe next time I'll get it right.  I also had the cake lady but a layer of icing in the middle to reveal the sex of our baby to our friends when Ryan cut the cake.  (More on that later)

The favors were little jars with personalized M&Ms.

On the M&M website you can personalize the candies to almost anything you want!  I just had, Happy 30th, Ryan's 30! and then a picture of Ryan's face.  Ha!

I loved all the details that Victoria came up with.  I couldn't have done this without all her fabulous ideas!

Ebright Stadium, love all the fun touches.

We even had everyone write down their predictions if our baby was going to be a cheerleader or football player.  How cute is this??

Right after the cake cutting.

Now it's time for pictures of all the friends that could make it.  Unfortunately, a lot of our friends couldn't be there because they were at the K-State game.
Michelle & baby Henri

He's getting so big already!!

Mark & Emily
They are due with a baby boy at the end of this month.  I just went to her baby shower this weekend.

Cynthia & Brandon

Melissa, Brighton, Violet & Jeremy
Do you remember her shower last year for the twin girls?

Jami & Ben
I'm cracking up because I just noticed the photobomb behind them!

Brad & Lindsey

Ryan & Greg

Henri, Michelle & David

Harlan, Evan, Sally, Susan, Emily, Ryan & I
Family shot

Another family shot with my mom in it and me taking the picture.
We missed you Sean!!

Mom & I

It was a wonderful party and thankfully K-State won their game!!  That was the icing on the cake for Ryan.  Can you believe our Cats are 9-0 and 2nd in the country??  Let's go National Championships!!

Then on Ryan's actual birthday (Monday), I surprised him with a bouquet of balloons at his desk so that everybody in his group knew it was his birthday.
This was him after he brought them home that night.

I also brought cupcakes to work for his birthday slash gender reveal for our coworkers.  (I'll share more about that later.)

Then after work we went out to dinner with some friends that live in Bartlesville with us.
I even got Ryan one more birthday cake!  Sadly, the chocolate was so soft inside that it made the cake slouch. :(  Oh well, you get the idea.  I should have gotten a discount on it. Ha!  But this cake is sooo Ryan.  Mountain Dew is just about the only thing he drinks.

I think the birthday boy still liked the slouching Mt. Dew cake.

Nathan, baby Jaxon, Janet, Lauren, Barry, Ryan, Jill, Kyle, baby Kallie & Chris
(Sara & baby Cam were there but left before I could get a group picture.)

We missed you Kyle, Megan, Matt & Katie!

I think Ryan had a successful and memorable 30th birthday.  All our family & friends made it so special!!