Saturday, June 29, 2013

Baby Portugal: 17 Weeks




The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good:
- Started really doing some serious registry building
- Getting even closer to finding out the gender
- No barfing this week! Woot!
- Feeling baby move… or “quickening”… she/he is hanging out on my left side!

The Bad
- Baby stuff is expensive! 
- I have definitely been having some round ligament pain (from belly stretching).. this is kind of a good thing too!
- I have been the laziest person on the planet

The Ugly
- The acid has been very bad lately, it literally feels like it is filling my esophagus..!
- Going along with the acid (and indigestion) is burping… sometimes it happens and I can’t even control it. It is pretty embarrassing.
- I am very nervous that I am just going to burp sometime and instead it is going to be barf..


I am not as fond of this picture as some of the other ones.. but oh well!





17 Weeks

How far along: 17 weeks
Total weight gain: gained 10 lbs so far.. I am sure it is coming in the next few weeks
Stretch marks: None yet. Been using cocoa butter and coconut oil… but I am sure I am doomed
Sleep: Sleeping well this week!  
Best moment of this week: We are having a small party for close friends and family on the 12th to reveal the gender of the baby.  I found and ordered the cutest little “items” to reveal the gender. Of course I had to order in boy and girl because I don’t even know yet! 
Miss anything: Having a normal digestive system.. 
Movement: Yes! I felt a little bit of what they call “quickening”. I have to really be still and concentrate to feel it though. 
Food cravings: Not really… although I would be highly disappointed if I couldn’t have my morning chocolate milk.   I did have a craving this weekend for king crab!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Didn’t feel very nauseous this week.. only on Tuesday morning was I bit “unsettled”. Hopefully it has passed! 
Have you started to show yet: Yes, although not enough for people to just “assume” I am pregnant.
Gender: Find out July 10th! I bought some really cute things to use for the reveal!
Labor signs: Haha.. no.This question won’t get updated for a WHILE
Belly button in or out: In… for a while I am sure
Wedding rings on or off: Wedding rings are still on. I test them every week to see if they can come off… we will see. I haven’t had much swelling yet, so I am still good.  
Happy or moody most of the time: Pretty happy this week. I have been VERY lazy lately though. 
Looking forward to: This is probably going to remain the same until after the 10th!  I can’t wait to find out baby Portugal’s gender! I also am really excited about my parents coming this next week. I get a nice 4 day weekend to relax (or possibly clean grout  ).  

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Baby Portugal: 16 Weeks




The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good:
- Definitely showing more instead of just looking “fat”
- Getting closer to finding out the gender
- No barfing this week (but this can always change in future weeks! Haha)
- Sleeping through  the night this week (for the most part)!
- Definitely had a STRONG feeling this week that I am having a girl, who knows!

The Bad
- My face is starting to look  fat despite not gaining any extra weight
- Nausea in the morning (no barfing though)
- Still pretty tired… I always want to nap
- My hair has just decided to stop growing I think
The Ugly
- Still got the acid reflux and burping
- Constipation
- My feet stink more… don’t ask me why! They just do!
- Feeing like I HAVE to pee, getting to the bathroom, and  I pee a little.. come out.. seriously?!!

If it seems like I am not growing too much week over week, you should compare this pic  to the 14 week pic and maybe you can see more of a difference .




16 Weeks

How far along:
 16 weeks
Total weight gain: gained 7 lbs so far , still waiting for weight gain.
Stretch marks: None yet. 
Sleep: Been sleeping pretty well this week. I wish I could take more naps during the day though… dang work! 
Best moment of this week: I had a great appt with my endocrinologist and she said that everything is completely normal with my numbers. This is just great news and an answer to so many prayers.
Miss anything: This week I don’t feel like there is anything I miss too much. Maybe I have just been in a better mood.
Movement: Nope. Hopefully soon!
Food cravings: I haven’t really had many cravings, however, this week I did want to eat cheese and crackers a lot.  
Anything making you queasy or sick: My prenatal vitamins make me sick, and not eating makes me sick. One day, I took a “bit” too long to eat my breakfast after the prenatal... and had the privilege  of puking up vitamins. It took me forever to stop vomiting because the smell of the vitamins!!
Have you started to show yet: Yes, I think so .
Gender: Find out July 10th!
Labor signs: Haha.. no.This question won’t get updated for a WHILE
Belly button in or out: In… for a while I am sure
Wedding rings on or off: Wedding rings are on. I may consider taking them off soon though just to be safe. 
Happy or moody most of the time: This week I have been pretty happy despite a lot of work stress and stress surrounding my photography business. I haven’t felt as sick so that has helped contribute to my mood.  
Looking forward to: I am really looking forward to the four day 4th of July weekend! Then a few days after that I have my b-day and the anatomy scan.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Baby Portugal: Week 15



In addition to the questions below, I wanted to start doing something that I saw a friend doing... basically a "good things/bad things" list. Sorry if this is just a lot of information, feel free to just skim. I am documenting all of this so that I have it in the future to look back on

Positives:
- Starting to show a bit more
- Ivan seems to be getting more excited as my belly gets bigger
- Bigger boobs (haha!)
- Not feeling super guilty if I have a cookie or two

Negatives
- Nausea.. still nausea
- Acid reflux.... every time I drink water, eat food, or do anything I am always burping up acid
- Burping in the middle of conversations
- Constipation
- Headaches (this has been a pleasant new addition this week)


I know.. not much growth... maybe next week will be more exciting :). 


15 Weeks

How far along: 15 weeks
Total weight gain: gained 7 lbs so far 
Maternity clothes: Yup, this question probably won't change. 
Stretch marks: None yet. 
Sleep: This has been pretty tough. I have been waking up a lot in the middle of the night. Then I am tired in the middle of the day. It has been quite exhausting. 
Best moment of this week: This week it is hard to find something positive honestly. I went to my first women's bible study on Wednesday, and my Aunt Reba came over for dinner on Thursday. Those were the two highlights of the week. 
Miss anything: Being normal! I vomited this week on Monday, and then on Thursday AT WORK. I went home because Thursday was just horrible. Then, Friday night I had a major headache that woke me up in the middle of the night and continued through Saturday. Heartburn and acid reflux has not eased up... despite having been on Prilosec. 
Movement: Nope. Hopefully soon!
Food cravings: Not really many cravings honestly. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: My prenatal vitamins make me sick... and pretty much everything. It is just really tough. I never know when my body is just going to say "no". 
Have you started to show yet: Yes, a little but to the outside world I just look somewhat fat. 
Gender: Find out July 10th!
Labor signs: Haha.. no.This question won’t get updated for a WHILE
Belly button in or out: In… for a while I am sure
Wedding rings on or off: Wedding rings are on. I may consider taking them off soon though just to be safe. 
Happy or moody most of the time: I was pretty miserable this week. The nausea, headaches, and reflux has just made the week a pain. Work has also been rather stressful lately and I just can't wait to get till December. 
Looking forward to: December! But other than that, I am looking forward to my parents coming in town and the anatomy scan!


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Baby Birthstone...

So, I was just thinking of posting a separate fun blog post regarding the belly picture I posted in my previous post.

Did anyone guess the significance of the color palette?? One of you??? Do I give you all too much credit?

Anyway, I originally wanted to take my belly pics in the same black dress. However, I couldn't find a black dress that really showed off the bump. Therefore, I went through some of the stretchy tanks that I had in my closet. I had a red one that is really long and stretchy. I originally thought.. that would be great... since the red is kind of like my birth stone color, ruby. However, then it dawned on me to see if I could find a tank in the December birth stone color.

 I actually had a tank in my closet for this color!! Anyone know what the December birth stone is?

Turquoise???


Lapis Lazuli???


Zircon???


Tanzanite???

Well if you chose any of the above, you would be correct! Birth stones for many of the months have changed quite frequently over the year. However, if you look at the pics above, you will notice that many of the colors are pretty similar. It seems like the most commonly accepted stone for December is turquoise or zircon from what I have researched.

Here is a pretty poem supposedly written in 1870 by an unknown author about December:


If cold December gave you birth,
The month of snow and ice and mirth,
Place on your hand a turquoise blue;
Success will bless whate'er you do.




Monday, June 10, 2013

New Years Goals/Resolution Update

Well it has been almost 6 months, lets see how well I have done on my new years goals/resolutions. 

Work/Business
  • Get logo/branding figured out. (50% complete-I have a logo but the website still needs work etc. This may not happen this year)
  • Second shoot 4 weddings.  (I have second shot 2 and I have another lined up)
  • Shoot at least 4 portrait shoots. (I have done about 4 but they weren't paid)
Spiritual
  • Finish Beth Moore Study.  (HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!)
  • Finish reading the Bible. (Nope, not even close)
  • Pray every day together before work. (We just recently started doing this, it took us 6 months to start!)
Physical
  • Exercise 4 days a week.  Pregnant, this ain't happening 4 days a week!
  • Get back to goal weight.  Ya, um pregnant so this isn't happening, maybe next year's goal
  • Try to “eat” all needed vitamins rather than pop pills So much for that, I am on a prenatal vitamin!
Home Related
  • Get new tree (100%, yay! we got a crape myrtle, I can't wait for it to bloom)
  • Get yard remulched and maintain. (90% we still have some work to do)
  • Fix nail pops in house. (0%, this has not been a priority)
  • Get all grout cleaned and sealed. (5%, I at least got the cleaner ordered)
  • Get office completed. (5%, it is painted but not done at all)
Financial
  • Stick to the budget. (We are doing well with this starting this month, again it took us 6 months to get around to it!)
  • Pay off the Miata (100% complete! Done.. and now we are working on the CX5)

Well, I am actually pretty proud of how we have done on the goals so far. A few of them I definitely need to get around to, but I am still feeling pretty good. I think my photography goals could have been better if my camera wouldn't have had issues. I actually had to turn down a second shooting gig, and some shoots because of it. Hopefully, it will be fixed soon!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Baby Portugal: Weeks 10 and 14


I am a bad blogger. There I said it. I am just going to come out an admit it. I always think “I should blog about that” but other things come up and it never happens. Oh well, such is life. Anyway, I have a pretty good reason to be consistent with blogging though for a while. I figured I better make this first post before it gets so long that no one wants to read it. 

Anyway, so what is my big reason for blogging. Well….here it is! However, you probably already heard the news on Facebook.  





I figured that even though I am 14 weeks, I should answer some inevitable questions now: 

Were we trying? Yes, we were
How far along are you? 14 weeks
When are you due? December 6th, 2013 (tax baby … perfect for a CPA right… God has a great sense of humor)

We are really excited about this journey we have started. It is super exciting and scary at the same time. 
I haven’t really started to “show” much but I decided that I probably should get in the habit of taking pics.


At the moment there really isn’t much there anyway.  However,  there is enough to put me into maternity clothes for the most part. 

So, lets do some questions. I know these may be boring for all you readers but I want this blog to have a good record of this pregnancy. I actually started this at 10 weeks and because of the cruise, I stopped.

10 Weeks

How far along: 10 weeks
Total weight gain: gained 5 lbs so far (hopefully mostly water weight)
Maternity clothes: I plan on getting some work pants this weekend, but so far I am able to use the belly band with my current ones. Today was my first day wearing the belly band. I try to mostly wear dresses as many of my skirts have gotten too tight. 
Stretch marks: None yet. 
Sleep: Getting up really early to pee, and in the middle of the night. I have moments where I can sleep all day. Then other times, it is hard for me to stay asleep. 
Best moment of this week: Last week was actually more exciting, I had my first ultrasound. I also got to tour the Nativiti birthing center! It was super exciting. This week was rather unexciting. I got some more maternity clothes for the cruise, that’s about it. 
Miss anything: Eating food like a normal person. 
Movement: Nope. It is way too early for that. 
Food cravings: Honestly, no real cravings, just food aversions. I never want to eat anything. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Almost everything. I haven’t actually vomited, but I am always slightly queasy. Chicken makes me grossed out and I mostly want to eat cold things. 
Have you started to show yet: I am not sure if it is true showing or more like bloat or water weight. 
Gender: Not sure.. won’t know for awhile
Labor signs: Haha.. no.This question won’t get updated for a WHILE
Belly button in or out: In… for a while I am sure
Wedding rings on or off: Wedding rings are on. However, the ring on my right hand already felt a little tight so I took it off just in case. 
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy this week. I think I have been pretty emotionally stable so far. 
Looking forward to: My vacation. We are going to Italy soon on a cruise. I seriously cannot wait! It is so exciting. Ivan and I have been planning this for 5 years. We said we would do it for our 5 year anniversary, and so we are. The fact that I am pregnant is just icing on the cake!

14 Weeks
How far along: 14 weeks
Total weight gain: gained 7 lbs so far, but I figure that will increase now that I am in the 2nd trimester
Maternity clothes: I am in full-fledged maternity clothes. Most of them are still a bit big for me but my normal clothes are too small. 
Stretch marks: None yet, I need to start prepping for this. 
Sleep: Getting up really early to pee, and in the middle of the night. I have moments where I can sleep all day. Then other times, it is hard for me to stay asleep. 
Best moment of this week: This week was AWESOME. I went to the Midwife for an appt and they were going to listen to the heartbeat. Well, they were having trouble finding the heartbeat on the Doppler (which scared me!). So I got a free ultrasound. I got to see baby Portugal just playing away in there… moving little hands, arms, and legs! It was the neatest thing EVER!
 Miss anything: Luckily eating has gone back to normal. I miss being able to take my HOT baths. I have to take warm baths now which is not nearly as relaxing.   
Movement: Well I saw movement on the u/s but I can’t feel it yet.  
Food cravings: I craved corndogs a few times, I even ate them for breakfast once.  
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing specifically makes me queasy or sick right now. A few weeks ago it was horrible. I threw up a lot. Luckily the last week has been MUCH better and I think I may have seen the end of it.  
Have you started to show yet: Maybe a little? 
Gender: Not sure… but we will know on July 10th (right after my b-day!)
Labor signs: Haha.. no.This question won’t get updated for a WHILE
Belly button in or out: In… for a while I am sure
Wedding rings on or off: Wedding rings are on. 
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy this week. I think I have been pretty emotionally stable so far. 
Looking forward to: I am looking forward to the anatomy scan where I find out the gender. I am also looking forward to the 4th of July weekend! Yay for days off of work!