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Week 22- Baby Kicks and belly pics

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Hey this has to be super quick because I am about to sit down to dinner! Nothing has been happening this past week. Tom was finally off for the weekend after working more days in a row than he would like to admit. We spent the weekend just hanging out and spending time together which was nice. We shopped and looked at baby stuff and had a nice breakfast together. I keep reminding myself that these quiet weekends sleeping in until 10 am won't last much longer so we better enjoy it now. We tried a new to us breakfast place and loved it. They had these awesome homemade pumpkin muffins which are my favorite, and usually you only find in the fall. Overall it was a win for me!

Other than breakfast and lounging we have been cleaning and getting organized for his sister, nieces and brother in law to visit this coming weekend. They are coming in to see the Cherry Blossoms in DC so we are pumped to have them here. It's the first time they have come to visit since we moved here(Tom in 2006 and me in 2007). Its always nice to have guests but I am neurotic about cleanliness so I am in overdrive right now. Also both of his nieces are severely allergic to food coloring so I have been searching high and low for recipes and foods for them that are naturally colored. I went to Trader Joe's and stocked up since most of the stuff there is naturally colored. Hopefully they have a great time and I am sure I will have some pictures to share with you all of them.

Not much new on the baby front, he is growing and kicking like crazy. At first I wasn't sure it was kicking because like everyone says it just feels like gas or butterflies but let me tell you this is definitely kicking. It's actually amazing and I had been feeling it for a few days when I thought hmm I wonder if you can feel this from the outside so I started feeling my tummy. Sure enough you could! I surprised Tom by putting his hand on my tummy one night while we were lounging in front of the tv and I think he almost peed his pants. He was shocked. Its nice to finally be able to share that with him since he has been waiting for months to feel it! We have our next appointment in a few weeks so until then we are just enjoying the ride.

I leave with you the weekly belly, it's definitely growing and looking at this pics(taken last Friday) I can already tell I have grown more this week. Crazy but I love it.

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MYOWNHERO 4/22/2011 2:17PM

    Beautiful belly!

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BELIEVER104 4/10/2011 12:09PM

    You are the cuuutest! Love your bump and yay for belly kicks you get to share. I hope you enjoy your week :)

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REBECCALYN10 4/10/2011 11:25AM

    you are the cutest baby mama ever! every time i read your blog posts, i get more and more excited for you guys!

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FITBECKSRN24 4/10/2011 9:01AM

    too cute!! i cant wait to feel those first kicks =)

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-GAMBATE- 4/5/2011 11:24PM

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Week 21- Baptism and Belly Pic

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hi All

These weeks keep flying by. Things have been busy around here. I went to Pittsburgh for the weekend. I had a baby shower to attend on Saturday for one of my best girlfriends from college. She and I both found out around the same time that we were expecting and have been sharing our journeys over the last few months. She is due about 6 weeks before me and it's great to talk to her about the changes we are going through and compare the stories. The shower was also interesting because it helped me see what I do and don't want to do at my shower. Speaking of my shower plans are well under way with my sisters and mom. They are planning a ton of stuff and won't tell me much. What they do tell me might be a joke because they just tell me random nonsense.

Friday I had my monthly checkup. Some things are great and others are iffy. I finally gained a few lbs. The doctor even noticed and said "Finally baby is having a growth spurt" I gained more than I would like to but after having no weight gain the last 2 appointments I am right on pace with where I should be to gain 30 lbs this pregnancy. Everything else is great, bp, measurement and heartbeat were all fine. The only negative is that my amniotic fluid is still really low. I have to go back for yet another ultrasound at 24 weeks and if they fluid is still less than 10 then I will more than likely be put on bedrest. I'm definitely not happy about that but I want the baby to be safe. The doctor said there are 3 possibilities about why the fluid would be so low, and 2 are not bad but 1 is bad. Hopefully at the next ultrasound everything will be better and I won't have to worry about it. I still don't look super pregnant with clothes on and am still wearing a lot of my regular clothing. My family was excited to see me in person but everyone said "Oh you look like you are getting bigger but we expected more of a belly by now" haha I guess that's a good thing.

Sunday my niece got baptized. It was nice to have my family altogether since it doesn't happen that often. Christmas this year my little sister was still in Florida and when she came to visit in February my brother was in Daytona for the 500. This is the first time we have all been together since last August. That's really unusual for my family. The baptism was quick and nice which I like and was part of the regular church service. Sometimes they make you sit through the service and have the baptism after that and that takes forever! After church we had a little family lunch with our family and my sister in laws family. It was nice and I love holding that little niece of mine. She is so cute and she always lets me rock her to sleep. Normally she's fussy and wants to be put down to sleep but I always get her to fall right asleep, maybe she senses my growing boy in my tummy.

I had a job interview yesterday. It went well, and I was totally upfront about the pregnancy so if he likes me and thinks I'm a good fit for the job then I will have no issues. Hopefully I hear back in a few days. I slept terribly in Pittsburgh so after my interview yesterday I came home and crashed hard. I napped for like 3 hours with the dogs and then had a hard time falling asleep last night. I also had a ton on my mind. I know I have been super hormonal because I can't stop crying and that is totally unlike me. Last night I was just thinking about people who know what they want to do for the rest of their lives and they have an easy time picking a career. Then there's me who feels like I am stuck with jobs, jobs aren't an issue if you like it but do you keep a job your entire life or is that just a career? It's weird, I'm in a state of limbo not just because I'm currently unemployed but because I have had to put most of my career aspirations aside while we focus on Tom making his dreams come true. Really I only ever wanted to be a mommy and now that it's happening I wish I could just stay home and dedicate myself to my kids, I'm still trying to get Tom on board with this one though so who knows what will happen.

That's it for this week. I am including the weekly belly picture
Week 21 Day 2

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AMLGARRIDO 3/29/2011 7:19PM

    So beautiful! I'm so happy for you!

P.S. I feel the same way about "jobs". LOL.

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ALEXIA17LOVE 3/29/2011 3:44PM

    very nice! u're glowing!
take it easy with your pregnancy. take care of yourself!

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Week 20- Half way there!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

HI all

I can not believe that I am already almost 21 weeks. At first time seemed to drag by and now it feels like it's flying. I can't believe the baby will be here in just 20 weeks. We still have so much to do. This week was fine, nothing exciting to report. I tried to find a nice outfit to wear to a friends baby shower and my niece's baptism this weekend but so far have had no luck. I am still looking. Unfortunately most maternity tops are so big on me that I look silly so I think I might just look for a larger size in regular women's clothing. The weather has been great here in Baltimore but of course it's supposed to snow in Pittsburgh where the shower and baptism are so I will have to dig out the winter boots for one more weekend. I can't wait till spring is here for good. I can't wait to wear flip flops and sun dresses, I'm tired of sweaters and coats!

I have my monthly checkup this Friday and hopefully everything is going along well. I haven't had any issues so I don't think the doctor will have much to say other than the usual weight check, bp check and measuring the belly. The appointments are so fast which is great but the sitting around waiting to be seen part stinks. I guess that comes with the territory. Luckily I don't have to leave work to do it which makes it easier than having to rush back and forth all the time.

Tom and I saw two movies this past weekend, yes two because we had groupon or livingsocial deals for cheap tickets. We saw Limitless on Saturday and it was ok. I don't know what I was expecting but it was just ok. Yesterday since it was Tom's day off we went to see The Lincoln Lawyer. It was just ok too. Unfortunately I felt like the whole movie was just underdeveloped. There was so much more they could have added but it's based on a book so I'm sure the book is that much better. Movies are getting harder and harder to sit through because of all this water I have to drink. After the last sonogram the doctor called and asked me to up the water from 2.5 liters to gallon which is just over 3.5 liters. He just thinks I need to get as much water in as I can. On most days it's not a huge deal becuase I'm home and have constant access to a bathroom but when we are out and about it gets old really fast. What can you do though. I told Tom we need to take advantage of movies now while we can because who knows how much longer I can sit that long. He doesn't mind going to movies by himself though so that's good.

I think that's it for this week. I have to go get a gift for this shower and hopefully find something to wear!

Belly shot of the week
Week 20 day 2

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BELLALUCIA 3/28/2011 5:14PM

    I'm thrilled that you and your family are well! I'm in Cali now, don't hate, lol!

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FITBECKSRN24 3/25/2011 4:48PM

    you look so cute pregnant!!! =)

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SINGER73 3/23/2011 2:43PM

    Cute photos. Hubby and I now rent movies from Redbox. This way if its bad or just so-so we only paid $1 for it.

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KTMAE2006 3/22/2011 8:02PM

    You look so pretty and happy! Good for you!!

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-GAMBATE- 3/22/2011 4:28PM

    Cute baby bump!

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AMLGARRIDO 3/22/2011 1:41PM

    You look amazing! Belly and all!

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Week 19- Running? and belly shot

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hi all,

Hope you are all off to a great start again this week. I can hardly believe that tomorrow I will be 20 weeks and half way through this pregnancy. Sometimes it seems like it's dragging on and other times it's flying by.

This past week has been pretty slow and dull. Tom started his new position so he switched from Monday-Thursday shifts to Tuesday- Friday. This meant he was home with me Friday and again yesterday. It was nice to have him home. We went to our local mall which I hate because it's partially an outlet mall and partially a regular mall. It's just weird and laid out really badly. In any case we wanted to look at the Motherhood Maternity outlet which wasn't really an outlet, it had regularly priced items and a few racks of really old stuff that was hideous and still not that inexpensive. Oh well. While there we found out the Coach store was opening so like big dummies we waited in line- yes waited in line- as they let 3 people in at a time to look around. I have my heart set on a Coach diaper bag but they didn't have very many at this outlet so I am holding out for when I go to PA next weekend, maybe I will find one and save myself the tax money!

In any case the rest of the weekend was spent lounging, cleaning and doing misc house stuff. We picked out the paint for the kitchen so that Tom can get started on that next weekend. We also cleaned out the garage and basement which was good since it needed to be organized. We also cleaned out old paint from the garage and dropped off clothing and books at Goodwill. I am purging as much as I can now because we do not have enough storage space as it is so I need to make room. I have already gone through both of our closets 3 times and donated a good amount.

We had another ultrasound on Thursday last week to check back in on my fluid. It's still not where it should be but at this point it's not critical. They gave me more instruction to drink even more water than I already am and come back in 3 weeks. I'm lucky that I have the opportunity to get as many ultrasounds as I do with this doctor. Luckily my doctor has an ultrasound tech on site so it's including in my visit and they don't have to submit an additional claim to my insurance. I think I'm spoiled. I've had more ultrasounds with this baby than my sister had with both of hers.

I also ran for the first time since right after getting pregnant last week. I didn't run for all this time because at first my boobs were so sensitive that I would literally cringe. Then my belly just felt heavy and I was freaking myself out about it. Well a friend of mine motivated me to try because I do really miss it. I gave it a shot and it went really well. I didn't run steady since it's been so long but I ran intervals. It was so nice to be able to feel good running again. I missed it more than I thought and already ran again today. I'm glad to be back at it and already talked to the doctor and he said go for it until he determines it unsafe so I am going for it! No marathons or speed training going on but a nice steady slow pace and I love it!

That's it for this week! Here is the weekly belly shot!

19 weeks 3 days

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READYTOFIGHT3 3/21/2011 10:51AM

    WOW, CONGRATS! You look great! Isn't it amazing to have gotten pregnant after losing so much weight? It is a great feeling!!! I only lost about 60 lbs prior to getting pregnant with my second baby and it felt amazing! It went by fast and I lost all the baby fat and more about 6 months after! Time flies... enjoy every moment with your new bundle of joy as soon as it comes out! Before you know it you will be letting everyone know he/she is walking (Mine is 10 months and started walking last night, YAYYY) Congrats again Mama, you look GREAT!!!!

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WHITEJM11 3/16/2011 9:40PM

    Thanks ladies! I feel great and can't believe that this pregnancy is already half way over!

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AMLGARRIDO 3/16/2011 9:20PM

    Aww! Love it!

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WARREN1980 3/16/2011 2:04PM

    You look amazing and the baby bump is so cute! Congrats on being almost half way through!

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FITBECKSRN24 3/16/2011 10:37AM

    i havent ran since i found out i was pregnant either.... but my hr gets wicked high when i run (170's, 180s) and it makes me kinda nervous to let it get that high! i have my first us this friday so i plan on talking to the dr then about exercise and running too. hope you have some better news on the fluid in 3 weeks! oh and ps- i soooo badly want a coach diaper bag too!!! told my husband i HAD to have one! hahaha =)

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MRS_FORTYGIG 3/16/2011 1:47AM

    you are adorable! :) omg this is sooo not helping my baby fever lol ive got it BAD! held a 7 month old yesterday... that didn't help either! lol i can't wait to be a mom! told my bf (of two years) that today... didnt seem very happy lmao... more like terrified haha Congratulations!!!

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-GAMBATE- 3/15/2011 10:43PM

    WOW!!!! You look terrific!!! emoticon

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MAKALANI22 3/15/2011 8:26PM

    Woohoo! I just ran a 5k this past weekend with a pregnant woman (she was at about 6 months). I'm looking at getting pregnant soon too, so I asked her about it and she said that as long as you do it from the beginning, it's all good :)

I can't wait to be fit and pregnant like you! =)

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Week 18- Sleep? What's that?

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Well hey all. Hope you are having a fantastic week so far. My week has been good. I am finally getting over this stupid head cold which means I can breath through my nose again! YAY! It was gross especially since you all know once it leaves your head it goes down your throat into your tummy- no thank you. I am feeling much better though so no complaints in that regards. Baby is growing more and more this trimester and I am so excited and can't wait to feel those first flutters. My doctor said I could feel them anytime between now and 22 weeks and may not even know what I am feeling at first. I pay attention to every little grumble in my tummy hoping it's a flutter but nothing yet, at least I don't think so. Baby Boy weighs half a pound and is about 5.5 inches long and I can't believe that soon enough he will be a big boy for us to hold. CRAZY. The title of the post relates to the lack of sleep I have been getting. My hips have been killing me becuase I have to sleep on my side now, my belly isnt big but it just feels weird to lay on it. I also wake up so many times to pee that it takes forever to fall back asleep. It kills me when i talk to Tom in the morning and I ask how he slept, his response is always "Like a rock I didn't even know you came to bed" and I want to punch him. I can't wait for the night when I get a full night's sleep again, oh wait that might not be for another 18 years haha!

In any case after we found out it was a boy Tom spent days agonizing about whether or not to repaint, yes repaint, the nursery. Tom loves all things patriotic and americana and swore when he had a son he would pass that along. Well now that it's definitely a boy he wants to go all out. I think I have him convinced that its a lot of work and money for only a short period of time. I told him nursery bedding isn't as cute as big boy bedding so I think we will stay with the green, which I love anyway. Other than the paint things are a standstill here. We have an appointment with a contractor on Friday because of all things to happen now, our roof is leaking, right above the nursery. It's not something we can fix since you need to actually be on the roof to do it so hopefully this is a painless and relatively inexpensive fix? Keeping my fingers crossed! We also have an appointment with some flooring people to have the carpet replaced. we don't want to move the nursery furniture in until the carpet is done but I can't make up my mind about what I want, basically Tom said I have to pick so that we can get moving on the install so I guess I will have to make a decision.

Hmm what else is going on? Not a lot. Started a few new books, some baby related some not. Had a nice weekend with Tom's nieces and sister in Pittsburgh. His niece turned 5 and the only hints we could get from his sister on gifts were- Nintendo Wii games, Tangled, Disney Princesses. I'm so used to buying for my nephews girl teritory was a whole new issue. It took me like 45 minutes in 4 different stores to finally pick something. I got her the Pretty Pretty Princess game that I remember from being a kid and a Tangled game for the Wii. I assumed they would have the Wii game but could take it back and exchange it. Well holy cow when she opened that game she almost had a cornoary. I mean she literally threw it across the room and freaked out turning 10 shades of red. Apparently the Tangled game was sold out in all of PA and OH and the closest place with it was like Michigan or some nonsense. I just lucked out I guess. She just kept saying how excited she was and that made me feel like a good aunt! Other than that my sisters and I are working on my baby shower plans but are having snags with renting rooms because of graduation parties. We just keep plugging along. Unfortunately we have a family that is too large to hold the party at someones home so we have to rent a space(my mom is one of 12 and each of her siblings has at least 3 kids). I tthink that's it for this week!

Have a great week! Those of you not pregnant have a few green beers for me on Saturday!

Obligatory 18 week belly shot

March 4, 2011- 18 weeks 2 days

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SUGIRL06 3/9/2011 11:33AM

    So exciting! Sounds like a great weekend! And I agree, don't repaint. LoL

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RASMUSSEN5 3/9/2011 10:54AM

    You look so cute! Congrats and I hope you have a smooth pregnancy and delivery!

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SINGER73 3/9/2011 10:45AM

    I hear ya on the sleep thing. I'm 21wks pregnant and I full night's sleep hasn't been in my cards for a long time.

And I don't think I've every felt flutters. With baby#1, the first thing I felt was her kick and the same with this baby. I feel flutters every now and again. But I'm waiting for the time that I start to feel the baby roll around in there. It's really really weird to feel.

Comment edited on: 3/9/2011 10:47:00 AM

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DICHOTOMYGIRL 3/9/2011 10:36AM

    When you had your ultrasound did they happen to mention your placenta placement? Even though this is my first, I started feeling her at about 16 weeks. (Actually a week or so before that, but I didn't realize that was her until later!) I kept waiting for flutters, and bubbles and butterflies that everyone said they felt, but what I felt was more like waves.

I didn't expect to so early, because I was overweight and this was my first pregnancy. However, I do know that if you have an anterior placenta (the placenta is in the front), this tends to absorb the movements so that you don't feel it until much later.

Anyway, here's hoping that you feel him soon!

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FITBECKSRN24 3/9/2011 7:26AM

    you look great!! =)

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YOURJONES 3/8/2011 5:08PM

    You look awesome!

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