Bumpdate: 17 weeks

How far along:  17 weeks today!

 Size of baby: Baby is the size of a turnip, or a playstation controller.
Gender: It’s a Boy!
Exciting developmental things:  His senses of sight, smell, sound, and touch are all starting to develop.  His ears are in place on the sides of his head and he has started hearing us.  He can sense whether it is light or dark outside of my belly too.
Doctor’s Appointments: We had a doctor’s appointment for bloodwork and a Doppler on Monday. Everything is great and bloodwork came back just fine.  No markers for spina bifida or any other neural  tube defect.
Weight Gain:  Only up 8 pounds so far.
Stretch Marks:  None so far!
Movement:  I should start feeling movement between now and 20 weeks.
How I’m Feeling: Both me and TJ had a cold this week so it’s been a rough week for everyone.  Lots of sleeping and rest.
Miss Anything?:  I don’t really miss anything yet.
Sleep:  I can sleep like a champ if baby sleeps like his mama we’ll be set.
Food:  Still don’t want a whole lot of pork.  Not really craving anything except vegetables with vinegar and salt.  I used to eat carrots or lettuce with vinegar and salt every night when I was in high school and it seems to have returned.  Although, I’ve added radishes to the mix, and I’ve never had a radish in my life until Tuesday.  Also killing some cucumbers.
Workouts:  Hopefully with the time changing this weekend, it will make our walks more frequent.
Clothes: Still wearing my dress pants from before we got pregnant. And, other than that it’s mostly leggings and dresses.  I can’t wait until warm weather.
Baby Items:  Bought the car seat and the bases this past week, although they’re at mom’s and since we’ve been sick we still haven’t been over to get them or look at them.  I also bought him a few new outfits since we found out it’s a boy!
Best Moment This Week: Being pregnant while sick, and knowing that he’s not feeling any of it is a blessing.
Looking Forward To:  Now, I’m just looking forward to movement and our anatomy scan in a few weeks to see how big he’s gotten since our last ultrasound.

Tuesday Talk

Today, I’m linking up with Erika and Ashley for the Tuesday Talk! On the 3rd Tuesday of every month, they host a link-up to talk about anything that pleases you!

So, basically this is just going to be a bunch of random things that are on my mind.

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CPA Score Release.

This is the most nerve wracking score release I’ve ever gone through.  It is definitely worrying me without a doubt.  There’s a lot riding on this score release.  And mainly, I just don’t want to take this last test again.  If you don’t know anything about the CPA exam, let me break it down for you.  There are 4 different sections.  (The test actually goes through a huge change on April 1st, so this is my explanation of the old test.  I pray I have absolutely no experience with the new test.)  And, maybe one day I will share my full experience with this very difficult test.  But, until then the basics.

4 different sections.

2 are 4 hours, 2 are 3 hours.

You get no books, no material, just you, your brain, and whatever grace God gives you.

They’re not easy tests. Not a single one of them.

You get exactly 18 months from the day you pass the first test to pass the remaining three.  If you do not pass the remaining three, you start losing your credits for the tests you have passed.  This is the situation I am in.  If I don’t have a passing score posted on the screen on Thursday morning at 1:00 a.m. I have not only not passed a section, but I lose the one I passed 18 months ago.

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Private Practice

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This show is my new addiction.  I watch Grey’s and have for years.  TJ wanted to start watching Grey’s from the beginning.  I fall asleep on him literally every night.  But, during the day at work I have Private Practice playing on my second screen.  This show is great! It hits me hard sometimes though, because it’s mostly focused on fertility and pregnancy.  But, mostly it makes me like Addison Shepherd a lot. Which is not good, because I hated her the first time I watched Grey’s.

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Gender Reveal

Our Gender Reveal is this Sunday!

I am so excited.  I’ve been asked if I’m nervous, and I’m not.

I’m not nervous, but I am ready!

I just want to buy an outfit.  Just one for now. But, I’m definitely ready.

Let me know if you have any suggestions on what outfit to buy, what to watch next, or how to calm my nerves on score release night!

Oh Hey 2nd Trimester: 14 Week Bumpdate

How far along:  14 weeks today!

 Size of baby: Baby is the size of a lemon, or a troll doll.
Gender: Only 9 days till I know the gender. Kendall is currently the only person who knows besides my doctor’s office.  And, the next week is going to be hard knowing that someone knows and I don’t.
Exciting developmental things:  Baby Butler has facial expressions, and the liver and bladder are working.  The intestines are starting to work.  It’s ears are almost in position.  We’re also growing hair and eyebrows.  The roof of his mouth are forming as well.  And, he is swimming back and forth inside my belly currently.
Doctor’s Appointments: We don’t have another doctor’s appointment until March 6th for a belly check and Doppler and more bloodwork.  The doctor called on Valentine’s Day and told me that baby is absolutely perfect and there are no detected abnormalities.
Weight Gain:  Still holding at 5 pounds.
Stretch Marks:  None so far!
Movement:  Evidently baby is swimming back and forth and is able to stretch itself out completely straight.
How I’m Feeling: I’m still feeling great!
Miss Anything?:  Not really missing a whole lot this week.
Sleep:  My sleep is still wonderful!
Food:  Still don’t want a whole lot of pork.  But, I’ve had firehouse subs twice this week and we’re going again Saturday night.
Workouts:  It’s starting to get warmer, so we’re planning on taking the dogs on walks on the weekends when it’s warm.  And, maybe some nights after dinner.  Not getting off till 6:00 and then cooking is making it hard to do anything after dinner.
Clothes: Thankfully, New York and Company makes these and they fit like yoga pants, but look like dress pants.  And, I love them!
Baby Items:  We are planning to go to Babies R Us this weekend and push strollers and hold car seats.  So I’m actually pretty excited!
Best Moment This Week: I love pregnancy still! The call from the doctor was definitely the best moment this week.
Looking Forward To:  I definitely can’t wait until our gender reveal! I’m ready to buy an outfit!

Bumpdate: 13 weeks

How far along:  13 weeks today!

 Size of baby: Baby is the size of a peach, or a matchbox car.
Gender: We had the blood drawn last Friday for the genetic testing.  When they call with that, they will put the gender in an envelope at the desk so TJ’s sister, Kendall can go by and pick it up.  And, we will all find out on February 26th! I am so excited!
Exciting developmental things:  Baby Butler has fingerprints now!
Doctor’s Appointments: We had the appointment with the ultrasound then two weeks later did the bloodwork for all the genetic testing.
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Weight Gain:  As of last Friday, I had gained right at 5 pounds.
Stretch Marks:  None so far, and I pray it stays that way.  I’ve been using lotion, but not religiously.
Movement:  Baby started moving this week, and we are getting so close to me being able to feel it.
How I’m Feeling: I feel great actually.  I’m getting some energy back slowly, right in time for tax season.  How exciting!
Miss Anything?:  Truly, I miss Subway.  I really didn’t eat it all that much, but when you can’t have it you truly miss it.
Sleep:  I love sleep.  I sleep wonderfully and usually get about 10 hours of sleep a night.
Food:  Food is still great. I just have no desire to eat a whole lot of pork.
Workouts:  Still working on trying to figure out the best workouts for pregnancy.  I can’t wait till it gets warmer.
Clothes: Still fitting in most of my work clothes thankfully.  My jeans quit fitting weeks ago.
Baby Items:  We still haven’t bought a thing.  It’s hard for me to buy anything without knowing the gender.  I can’t wait to find out!
Best Moment This Week: We’re loving pregnancy. And most of the time I don’t feel like I am pregnant except when I remember I can’t drink alcohol or eat lunch meat.  It’s also hard to count my fish intake.  I’m used to eating lots of seafood.  Having to remember how often I have had it in a week is difficult.
Looking Forward To:  I can’t wait to get the call that says baby is healthy and that someone knows the gender of our sweet thing.  I feel like it’s a girl but would be happy with anything.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update, but nothing has really changed. I feel great, baby’s doing great, and we’re growing nicely.

Pre-Due Date Goals

There are definitely a few things I would like for us to accomplish before the baby comes.  Aside from having a place to put him/her and being fully prepared with tons of baby gear and cute clothes and things like that.

1.  We have to organize/pack our office.

This is because #1 it has been our junk room ever since I moved in literally.  It is just where I store the boxes I don’t want to unpack.  #2 this will be the baby’s room in just 7 short months (which is crazy in and of itself.)  So, that room has to be cleaned out, organized, packed, painted, and transformed in 7 months.

2.  We have to finish the church pew TJ got me to be the seating at our dining room table.

It has been sitting at his mom’s for months. And, although I am grateful to her for housing it for us, I am sure she wants her carport back. And, I’d like to be able to seat 8 people at our table. Or, at least 6.

3.  Invite our friends over for dinner at least once a month.

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Ya’ll. My best friend is getting married one month after our due date.  Exactly 15 months after I married my best friend. And, I feel like I haven’t seen her since she got engaged.  Which isn’t true, but I truly believe all four of us benefit from our dinners and I intend to keep them up right up until our due date.

4.  Teach our dogs manners, or take them to training before baby comes.

We have good dogs.  Don’t get me wrong. Comparatively speaking, our dogs are just fine like they are. But, there are a few things we could work on.  Sit, come, quiet, don’t jump on people as they come in the door, and just the basic commands would be a great start to bring baby home with.  Because, come August, these two are not going to be the cutest things in our house any longer.

5.  Enjoy my time with just my husband before we become a family of 3.

I love my husband more than anything.  He’s the best thing that ever happened to me.  But, up until this week I definitely feel like I have just kind of been trying to make it through weeks 1-8 of being pregnant.  This week I truly believe I looked up one day and realized that we only have 7 more months as just the two of us.  Even if it’s laying in bed and watching 4 episodes of chopped and trying to figure out who’s going to win, it’s worth it to spend time with him.

We’ll see if we can get all these things accomplished before the baby comes, but some of them have to happen and there is no choice, so I guess that makes it easier to mark things off our list.

 

Bumpdate: 8 weeks

How far along:  We are 8 weeks today!

 Size of baby: Baby is the size of a raspberry, or a gummy bear, or a 2×2 Lego brick depending on which app I decide to look at.
Gender: Still don’t know. But, I’m feeling more and more like it’s a girl every day.
Exciting developmental things:  Our baby is moving this week.  It’s very weird to think that this baby is dancing inside of me, and I can’t feel a thing.  We developed eyes this week.  We also started forming fingers and toes.  There’s a lot of things happening early on in pregnancy. And, it’s crazy to think our baby is almost looking like a little person in there.
Doctor’s Appointments: We don’t have a doctor’s appointment until the 19th, and we will be one day short of 10 weeks at that appointment.  I cannot wait to see our baby on the ultrasound and hear a heartbeat and know that our baby is there, it’s doing good, and everything is fine.  We also will do bloodwork for the genetic testing that day, and it should include a gender.  Hopefully I can get our doctor to leave the gender at the desk in an envelope so I can come get it and we can do a gender reveal for our friends and family.
Weight Gain:  I’m pretty sure the batteries in our scale need to be changed, because everytime I try to get on it, it flashes a different number and says “Lo.”  I plan on grabbing batteries next time I go to the store, so maybe I can get a more accurate number for weight gain.
Stretch Marks:  None so far, and I pray it stays that way.  I’ve been using lotion, but not religiously.
Movement:  Baby started moving this week, and although I can’t feel it, I know it’s happening.
How I’m Feeling: Yesterday I was pretty wiped out.  Today I’m feeling more awake, but still very tired.  I feel like I could go to sleep and sleep until Monday.  And, with the impending snow, I might just get to do that.
Miss Anything?:  I miss not thinking about everything I’m putting in my mouth, and worrying about every little thing.  But, I don’t think the worrying stops when I give birth.  Then I’ll just worry about what is going in baby’s mouth.
Sleep:  We are still great on the sleep front.  Sometimes when I wake up on my stomach, I feel like I’m squishing something, but other than that things are good.
Food:  I have no food aversions yet, and nothing makes me sick.  The only thing that is kinda iffy is like uncooked meats.  It definitely makes me feel slightly nauseous.  And, thoughts of any kind of pork or steak is kinda ehh.  Like I just don’t want it.  But, I can eat it.
Workouts:  This is definitely an area I want to work on for the next week.  I know for an easier labor and delivery, doing short workouts will help.  It will also help with how I carry, and how I lose weight after baby is born.
Clothes: Most of my clothes still fit, but jeans are definitely tighter.  Not that I’m the biggest lover of jeans to begin with.  Some shirts are just looking different these days.  I did order one pair of maternity jeans, leggings, work pants, and a white t-shirt.  Because, elastic waist jeans sound heavenly even not pregnant.
Baby Items:  I’m still in the looking phase of everything currently.  Once I know the gender we will probably be more serious about registries, and starting to get stuff and get the room cleaned out.
Best Moment This Week: It’s been great just feeling so good about being pregnant.  I know lots of women aren’t this lucky to have absolutely no sickness or aversions.  We’ve also spent a lot of time discussing names.  And, we paid off a loan a whole year early.  Definitely feel like we’re ready to be parents now.
Looking Forward To:  I’m looking forward to eating oyster stew and chocolate chip cookies at my parents tonight, and maybe being snowed in this weekend.  And, our appointment in two weeks.

Bumpdate: 7 weeks

How far along:  7 weeks.

 Size of baby: Baby is the size of a playing die currently.
Must have items:  Nothing yet, besides lots and lots of water and sleep.  It’s been crazy how much water I have needed since finding out we were pregnant.  I used to drink maybe one cup a day. Now, I can drink three cups just at lunch or dinner.

Sleep: I can sleep like it’s my job currently.  I love love love sleep. And, let me assure you pregnant sleep has been so wonderful.

Cravings: I could eat Japanese and Mexican food literally alternating every other day. My husband on the other hand, is extremely tired of both.  I try to eat one of them for lunch once a week to try to control my craving while not making him eat them too.  I’ve also been loving water with oranges in it, but that’s just to add some flavor to my water.
Babies movement:  Definitely no movement yet, but I can’t wait until there is. 

Genders: We are doing chromosomal testing on January 19th at our next appointment and I have read that that test will tell us the gender.  But, we are doing a gender reveal and won’t know until that is planned.  I literally have no inkling either way. My momma radar isn’t working at all on the gender of our baby.

 

Challenges this week: Christmas was definitely challenging this week.  Being exhausted, but wanting to be fully present at each Christmas celebration was hard.  I was having the beginnings of a cold, but drank my weight it feels like in orange juice, and thankfully ran that off very fast.

Best moment this week: It’s just been a great week overall. We have been blessed by both of our families, and it’s been amazing to hear them all say things about next year when we have a baby for Christmas.  It’s also really nice to have put our news on Facebook so everyone is in the loop and we don’t have to keep it a secret anymore.  We struggled while trying to keep it a secret.
Can’t wait until I have more fun pregnancy things to share!
xo
Hanna