Tuesday, November 11, 2014

You Know You're In Your Third Trimester When...

I'm not in my third trimester yet, so I don't really know what it feels like, but my friends sure so! Here what they said.

You know you're in your third trimester when...

  • You can't remember the last time you shaved your legs
  • Your husband has to tie your shoes and paint your toenails
  • You need help turning over in bed
  • You need help getting out of bed
  • You drop something on the floor and decide it's not worth the effort to pick it up
  • Your belly knocks the shampoo bottle over in the shower
  • You seriously regret not buying larger maternity clothes
  • You forgot what your feet look like and probably wouldn't be able to pick them out in a line-up
  • Your belly substitutes as a table
  • Your desired wardrobe is a mumu
  • Your side of the bed sags more than your husbands
  • Every day is a baseball cap and ponytail 
  • Standing close enough to the sink to do dishes becomes increasingly difficult
  • You realize that going sideways to squeeze past someone is actually harder than walking straight

So there you have it! If these symptoms fit you, you're probably in your third trimester.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Gender Reveal

Ok, here it is! Drumroll please...

We're so excited to have a cute little baby boy! Everything looked good on the ultrasound. He's an active little boy already. It was hard to take measurements of him at times because he kept wiggling around. 

I got to see his cute face and his cute feet. The most precious moment was when he got in a comfy position and gave this big yawn. Awww. It was adorable! I can't wait to see it for real in a few months. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

You Know You're In Your Second Trimester When

The second trimester. The EASY(er) trimester. It lasts from week 13 to week 27 and is also known as the "honeymoon period"

You know you're in your second trimester when...

  • Food tastes good again
  • The little movements in your tummy aren't just gas
  • People started noticing your growing belly
  • "I Want Candy" becomes your theme song
  • Waiting to find out the gender brings more anticipation than Christmas
  • Brushing your teeth is like a massacre scene from a horror movie
  • You feel like you could be a model for a Herbal Essence commercial
  • You have a jumbo sized bottle of Tums by your bedside

If these symptoms fit you, you're probably in your second trimester.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The REAL Symptoms of Pregnancy

Feeling a little queasy? Wondering if you're pregnant? You could go to the store and buy a pregnancy test and find out if you're pregnant pretty easily. Or, you could take a look at these symptoms and see if they fit how you're feeling.

You know you're in your first trimester when...
  • Crackers become your main staple of food
  • You become very acquainted with the toilet/ sink/ bowl/ garbage can/ neighbors bushes
  • Your bed becomes your best friend
  • Your couch becomes your second best friend
  • You can't even go on Pinterest because pictures of food grosses you out
  • Water has a weird taste
  • You can smell stinky breath from across the room
  • Meat becomes a taboo subject
  • Showering becomes optional
If these symptoms apply to you, you're probably pregnant. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Why I Want To Find Out The Gender of My Baby

Yesterday, I got the saddest news. Ok, it was my fault, but it's still sad. I have to wait ANOTHER week to find out the baby's sex. I was SO excited beyond belief to finally get to know if I was having a baby boy or a baby girl on Wednesday, but I had to reschedule. The only openings they had where both Robby and I could be there was next THURSDAY. Sob story. I know. Here's why I want to find out the gender so bad.

1. I have a cute idea for the gender reveal
2. I want to start buying, or at least looking at baby clothes
3. I want to start thinking of names
4. I want to stop calling the baby "it"
5. I want to start reading up on raising a boy or a girl so I don't screw something up
6. I want to start making things for it like headbands or a mobile for the crib

Kudos to you if you're the type of person to wait till the baby is born to find out the gender. That would take a lot of willpower. I don't have that kind of willpower. Waiting another week is painful enough.

I read this blog post once about how not finding out the gender saves a ton of money. It was awesome! It was so true! It made the point that if you just buy all gender-neutral things then you can use the same things for all of your kids, instead of having to buy both boy things and girl things. It makes sense. But, I'm not going that route. Here's why. I've wanted to be a mom for my whole life. I just want to revel in a savor every experience a mom can have, and that includes all the pink, girl frills of having a baby girl and all the cute blue sailboats or little zoo animals of having a boy. So, countdown begins. There are 12 more days till we get to know if I'm having a baby boy or a baby girl!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Reasons to Cry When Pregnant

Hormones. They make you a little really crazy during pregnancy. One of those crazy things that hormones cause is that you cry more. Just yesterday I was lying on my bed with little tears dribbling out of my eyes. I remember thinking to myself, “What am I even crying about?! These tears are just coming out of my eyes!” It was really strange because I never cry, especially not about little things.

I recently asked my Facebook mammas for reasons they cried when they were pregnant. The response I got was priceless. Here are some of the things that they said:

Reasons I Cried When I Was Pregnant 
Elizabeth R.- I once cried because I cut a tomato the wrong way...

Heather- My car AC died. 

Meaghan- They kept on mixing the hot fudge into my Mcflurry rather than putting it on top like I asked.

Shelley- I cried during a discussion about food storage with my husband. 

Jennifer- TV commercials. The ones with babies or cute puppies.

Rebekah- I cried because we couldn't find my social security card AND the cantaloupe I bought went bad before I could eat it.

Ashli- I just loved tacos so much.

Becky- Trying to pick out a birthday card from the store.

Bri- My husband was five minutes late from coming home from work and I had a complete meltdown.

Elizabeth J.- We went to the grocery store and I was majorly craving captain crunch. It was the last thing we put into our cart, because I knew that if I got it too soon I wouldn't be able to resist the urge to tear open the box. We got to the car, I opened the box and started crying because I was so happy. I started putting handfuls in my mouth and my husband just stared at me like, "What the heck?!" With my mouth full and tears running down my face I said, "Don't judge me! I'm just so happy!" 

Pam- I burned the buns.

Jessika- I looked at a stick of butter and thought about how much I appreciated cooking with it and how tasty it makes my meals and desserts... and the more I thought the more emotional I got until I was holding the little wrapped butter stick in my hands SOBBING! 

Jen- I cried because I dropped a carrot and I couldn't pick it back up again.

Marie- When I was in the hospital, after Rebekah was born, I cried because they didn't bring me my salad I ordered. 

Janet- I couldn't tie my shoes. There was another pair that I could have warn (without laces) but I wanted the ones that had laces but I couldn't bend over to tie them. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

10 Awesome Things About Being Pregnant

Although pregnancy comes with some unwanted aches and pains and mood swings, there are some pretty great things about being pregnant too. Here are a few of them that I've found:

1. People are nicer to you

People open doors for you. They help you carry your groceries. They smile at you when you walk past. You get some special treatment when you are pregnant. I think that people understand that growing a baby is hard work and they are nicer to you for it.

2. You don't have to worry about having a flat stomach

Got a little pooch? Who cares! Baby bumps are cute. Let that belly hang out!

3. You can go to bed early and sleep in and not feel guilty

Do you want to go to bed at 10:00 pm? How about 8:00 pm? That's fine! Your body needs more rest during pregnancy. Sleeping in is usually not feasible for most people because of school or work, but if you can sleep in, do it! You lucky duck, you.

4. You can have a meltdown and people will understand 

Your hormones go whacko when you're pregnant. It's ok to cry, even about nonsensical things like you have to wear real pants that day.

5. You can eat pretty much anything and not feel guilty

Cravings are REAL. Three years ago, in Canada, I had this cake called “Poor Mans Pudding”. It was the perfect concoction of moist, gooey, mapley deliciousness. Even though I had it three years ago I was craving it so bad yesterday! So I made it and ate almost half of it.  Do I feel guilty about it? No. And neither should you. You need extra calories.

6. Baby kicks

I just started feeling the baby move about a week ago and it is my FAVORITE thing. It’s just reassuring to know that it’s still alive in there. For your first few months all you have is sickness and hormones to tell you that something’s going on in there but when you feel the baby kick it all becomes so much more real.

7. Baby Stuff

I'm convinced that baby clothes are the cutest things known to mankind besides babies themselves. I haven’t started shopping for my little one because I don’t know the gender yet, but I’m really excited to be able to in a few weeks!

8. You feel completely justified in wearing stretchy pants all day

Who wants to wear jeans when your tummy is constantly getting bigger? Not me. Not anyone.

9. Parties!

You get to have a party for your baby! You can even have two parties if you’re into the whole gender reveal thing. The best thing about baby showers is that usually someone throws it for you. How nice!

10. You're growing a human being inside you

The best part about being pregnant is knowing that you are growing a child inside you and in just 9 short months you will be able to meet that child and be its mommy forever.

What is/was your favorite part about being pregnant?