Thoughts on Pregnancy: 21 Weeks + The Anatomy Ultrasound

365 Project 2015: Day 2

365 Project 2015: Day 2

Nate and I got to see our baby boy again today! We got to see him for a bit longer than usual since this was the 20 week anatomy ultrasound. They showed us every little inch of him of him from head to toe, checking carefully to make sure that he’s growing properly and is 100% healthy! The ultrasound tech made sure to let us know exactly what we were looking at – a leg, an arm, a foot. When she zoomed in on his heart and showed us the four chambers working perfectly – Nate and I both gasped. I admit that I cried a little bit and totally did not see that coming! It was just amazing to see. I just feel so blessed. It’s extremely hard to wrap my mind around it all. We are going to be parents. We made this tiny perfect human and I’m enough – I’m doing enough, I’m eating healthy enough, I’m drinking an insane amount of water, I’m staying fit, I’m taking my vitamins and in return my body is taking care of him. It’s hard not to wonder just a little bit what I can be doing better, so to hear that he looks perfect and healthy is so reassuring.

Nate got to meet my midwife today, or one of them. He was really impressed and so am I! I switched to midwife care last week and even after just two visits I feel like this is truly the best decision I could have made for us. They have been so thorough so far and have made me feel like they are there to walk us through this whole thing. Instead of waiting for me to have an issue or a problem they are offering help and information up front – have you thought about this, this is how this works, let us discuss your insurance with you and the exact cost you’ll be facing, etc. I don’t feel like I’m walking around in a dark room trying to feel my way out of it any longer and it is a breath of fresh air.

As for any updates: this babe is on the move! He is punching, kicking, rolling around, and doing who knows what else in there! I went from not feeling much of anything to seeing a definite pattern in his movements at certain times of the day/night (11PM is party time)! Nate has been able to see him move and has felt him once! I no longer feel like I might just be getting larger for no reason – there is definitely somebody in there! Hahaa.;]

365 Project 2015: Day 1

365 Project 2015: Day 1

Normally I would do my 21 week bump update today, but I thought that I would go ahead and save that for tomorrow since Nate and I have a very special appointment that I’ll want to gush about in that post! Today – I want to start a new 365 project and share my very first photo with you! I’ve toyed with the idea of starting a new 365 for a bit (as I always do around this time of year) and I decided yesterday that I just have to do it! I’ve started many 365 photo projects – a photography project where I take a photo a day for an entire year. Some have had themes, some haven’t, some have been only DSLR photos, some have been a mixture of DSLR and iPhone photos – in any case, I don’t think I’ve ever fully completed a single one. Nate and I came the closest with our 365 Days of Marriage project but we still never finished completely. I am honestly not sure how this one will turn out. The one thing that I do know? No matter what – I will have photos that I will treasure forever in the end. I still look back on the photos that Nate and I took and carefully collaborated on together with so much love. It forced us to be creative and think of different ways to share our love and our marriage through photographs every single day – it was so much fun (and we also had a lot more time on our hands back then)!

I’m going to do my best to be creative and get back into the groove of using my Nikon D7000 more often again. I feel so much more complete when I’m working on ideas for photographs, editing, etc. It relaxes me – as weird as that sounds! And every photo won’t be baby related – though I do have baby on the brain quite a bit! ;]

Today’s photo was taken in the room that will become our baby’s nursery. We’ve got a little stock pile of baby stuff – clothes, books, a stroller, toys. It seems to be growing a little bit every week! I can’t wait to read the book I’m holding to him. I think it may be my favorite gift we’ve been given so far. It is the sweetest little book! I’m still trying to decide if we’ll be painting this room. I love the color that it is but I can’t decide if it’s too dark for a nursery. I do think the bright white crib against it would be pretty! So many choices!

Positively Monday: A Happy List

New Years Eve 2014

+The way Nate texts me all throughout the day to check on me and see how I’m doing.
+Feeling the baby kick hard enough to feel him on the outside with my hand for the very first time (last night)!
+Buti Yoga on Saturday afternoons! Ohh goodness – my new favorite fitness class! Especially while pregnant!
+Feeling appreciated at work.
+Not having to wash my hair as often, all thanks to the dry winter air. NOTE: the ONLY good thing about winter after Christmas is over.
+Jamberry nail wraps!!! I’m obsessed with them. I’ll be doing a little review and tutorial video on them soon!
+FUR lined footless tights. You heard me. Not fleece – FUR. It’s like I’m wearing a really soft blanket as pants.
+The way I can see our little downtown skyline on my drive to work.
+Finding the perfect midwives to start seeing for the rest of my pregnancy.
+Impromptu nights out with friends to play trivia after silks class.
+Laughing hysterically over the fact that NO one on our team could think of “Sleeping Beauty” when trying to think of movie titles with the word “Beauty” in them. Ridic. (We don’t win a lot.) <--- Kudos to anyone who gets that movie reference.
+Brunch with Nate on the weekends at our favorite local places.
+Booking Pure Romance parties and ordering new products for my demo! I can't wait to spoil my hostesses!
+Daydreams of being a little family with Nate and Baby L, through the good and the trying times. Lazy days at home, walks around the pond when it's warm, and lots of baby cuddles. And yes - Baby L. Oooohhh, your first clue to what his name could be! ;]
+When someone walks all the way across a public place to tell me they love my hair.
+Spending extra time with Biscuit and spoiling him now that he's our only sweet bunny to love on.
+Slowly but surely getting my house in order. I can't wait to get that "nesting" boost of energy!

***Positively Monday is a weekly feature to remind us all to stay positive, even on those dreaded Mondays! This week I am switching it up a bit with a more personal “Happy List”. If you would like your Instagram photo, Pinterest submission, or blog post to be considered for an upcoming Positively Monday please shoot me an email or leave a comment! I hope you’ll leave your positive thoughts in the comments!

Thoughts on Pregnancy: 20 Weeks and Half Way There!

I am 19 Weeks and 3 Days in this photo!
Woohoo! It feels completely insane to say that I am halfway through my pregnancy with this little babe!! Totally and completely insane. Everything felt like it was moving really slowly for a long time and maybe it still does feel that way? But then I think about being HALF WAY done and it starts to put things into perspective a bit – time is flying. So far, January has been a pretty chaotic month and yes I know – we’re only a week in. Nate caught Pneumonia on our trip to Washington DC, I was coming off of being sick for almost a month, our pet died, my parents arrived at our house the day we returned from DC to stay with us and start their house buying process (a GOOD thing. But I always like to be a good hostess and not an exhausted mess). It was nuts!

Plus, I’ve been going back and forth on what type of care I really feel I need during this pregnancy. I keep wanting to stay with my doctor because of convenience but my gut is telling me that a Midwife is what I’m truly looking for – personalized care, someone to truly talk to me and answer my questions, someone to look out for me when I don’t know something. Being pregnant for the first time is kind of scary, and being made to feel like you should just KNOW things or you should have to figure it all out yourself without any guidance is a terrible feeling. I shouldn’t have to feel that way, ya know? On a happier note – after much confusion with different doctor offices and scheduling issues, I am having my anatomy ultrasound a week from today! Nate and I are so excited to see cutie again and make sure that he is truly healthy! We can’t wait! I’m constantly just wondering what he’s up to in there – is he okay, is he growing, am I drinking enough, am I eating well enough, am I taking enough vitamins???? Ahhh! And then I get on the Bump message boards for all of the May 2015 babies and read the horror stories of low amniotic fluid and bad test results. So then of course I’m Googling things like how to tell if your amniotic fluid is low until 1AM. This is not normal behavior is it?

But any way – I found this cute little survey to help me sort my updates a bit! It’s not that interesting and it is more for me than anyone. =) But enjoy!

How Far Along Are You: 20 weeks! Half way!!
How Big Is The Baby?: According to my pregnancy app, he is about 10 1/2 ounces and the size of a banana!
How Much Weight Have You Gained?: Right around 10 lbs. I was around 140 to start with and now I’m 150!
Maternity Clothes: I’ve been wearing maternity clothes for a while because, hello comfortable! But most of my dresses are still fitting at this time. Strangely enough it’s my chest that is causing my regular clothing to not fit, not the bump! Unless I wear something pretty form-fitting most people are completely shocked when I say I’m 20 weeks!
Stretch Marks: Nope! Not yet! I’ve been using my Save My Skin body oil by Pure Romance and it seems to be working well!
Sleep: My sleep issues have gotten much better with the right pillow placement and fewer trips to the bathroom. I’ve definitely been having strange dreams though and I’m starting to wake up feeling very hot in the middle of the night. ALSO- I have developed a strange rash on the insides of my arms that itches like crazy. If I don’t take Benedryl before bed I wake up in the middle of the night scratching my arms off.
Best Moment This Week: Going baby shopping with Nate over the weekend. We went to look at cribs and ended up buying a few outfits that we found on sale. We’ll be buying our crib very soon AND I’ve picked out a car seat. =D
Movement: I don’t feel him often but when I do it’s very obvious that there’s a baby twirling around in there! I sat down at work a few mornings ago and could feel him moving for several minutes very low on the left side. Made my day! I’m hoping that this anterior placenta will move a bit and I’ll feel him more!
Food Cravings: I haven’t had any really strong cravings in a while.
Food Aversions: Guacamole, pickles.
Labor Signs: Nooo way.
Belly Button In or Out: Still in, but barely!
What I Miss: Unlimited cups of coffee. Being able to do drops/learn new things in aerial class! WINE. Beer. Sushi. My immune system…
What I’m Looking Forward To: My anatomy ultrasound on the 15th!