20 Week Doctor Appointment

May 6, 2014

20 weeks never felt longer than the 20 weeks we waited to find out if our baby bear was a boy or girl. When my doctor's office said they would schedule the anatomy scan at my 20 week appointment, I originally didn't think anything of it. It wasn't until some of my other pregnant friends found out they were having little boys at 16 and 18 weeks that the days started to drag.

about to walk into our appointment

The night before the appointment was like Christmas Eve. Sleep was nearly impossible for Steven and me. Luckily, the appointment was 9am so when we woke up we didn't have wait much longer.

 waiting to be called back

The scan started off by checking all the baby's measurements. Everything looked great, which is always what you want to hear! It was finally time to find out, but the baby wouldn't stay still. After what seemed like forever, the technician announced that we were looking at....

a little girl!

We could not have been more thrilled!

The rest of the day was kind of a blur. Steven and I left the doctor's office, headed out to get some breakfast, and started calling family. After food we went to the mall to start shopping for our daughter. Let's just say the trip was successful and included these adorable shoes from Gymboree.

The shopping did not stop there. When we left the mall we went to Home Depot and picked up supplies for the nursery. Painting began that afternoon and preparations haven't really stopped since that day.

 More baby girl, and nursery, details to come!

First Trimester Favorites

April 4, 2014

Compared to what many people deal with, I had an easy first trimester. I made it through most days without being sick, but I was feeling nauseous and exhausted a lot! Honestly, props to anyone who has been pregnant a second (third, forth...) time because I don't know how you care for a tiny human while feeling so gross.

While I could not be more thrilled to be on the other side of the first trimester, I did want to take note of what helped me through those three months (so I remember, and maybe it will help you).

  1. Turvis Water Bottle - I bought this water bottle over a year ago and I love it! Trying to keep a pregnant body hydrated is crucial and this bottle definitely made it a little less dreadful to drink tons of H20 each day. The colder the water was the more I wanted to drink it and I appreciated the fact that this bottle doesn't sweat all over my desk/house.
  2. Gatorade G2 Powder - Let me tell you... drinking water gets old, quick. When I just couldn't look at another glass each day I would reach for one of these Gatorade G2 powder packets. I have found them at Target, Kroger, and occasionally Publix. They are low calorie and don't have a ton of sugar.
  3. NatureMade PreNatal Vitamins - Many pregnancy websites will tell you the first thing to do when you find out you are expecting is to start taking a prenatal vitamin. I bought this bottle at Costco after doing a little research and reading reviews. These vitamins have 800mcg of folic acid, 27mg of iron, 200mg of DHA and has no added color, synthetic dye, artificial flavor, preservatives, yeast, starch or gluten. You only have to take one pill a day and they aren't horrible. Okay, well at first the giant pill is a little difficult to swallow, and I recommend taking them at night right before bed or when you eat, but if you do that they will serve you well.
  4. Bump Nest Pillow - I bought this pillow way before it was necessary, when I was 8 weeks, but it was on sale at Zulilly and I couldn't resist! I am a big stomach sleeper and the idea of squishing the baby started freaking me out so I got the pillow to help train myself to sleep on my side. It is definitely a tight fit in the queen bed with Steven, the pillow, and me, but we we are making it work!
  5. Donut Shop Coffee, Decaf - Reducing/eliminating caffine was is a big struggle for me. I love a cup of coffee in the morning and drinking diet coke. One way I am trying to trick my mind into waking up is by continuing my morning coffee ritual, but with decaf coffee. This brand is my favorite!
  6. Trader Joes Caribbean Juice Floes - When I was feeling sick and gross those first few months, one of the things that helped was popsicles. I tried a number of brands and flavors and really liked this types from TJs. They are fat free and had chunks of fruit in them. Yum!
I've been feeling great so far in the second trimester and hope this energy continues! Also, only a few more weeks until we find out the sex of the baby! Can.Not.Wait.

And baby makes three!

March 25, 2014

Guess what? Steven and I are expecting a little bookworm this September! We are so trilled and counting down the days until this baby joins us!

We told our family and friends a few months ago and made it Facebook official March 4. I still have a ton of house updates to post on this little blog, but hopefully now I can slow down a little (at least until September) and try to update more regularly.

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