August 2015 archive

Bumpdate // Week 17


This picture was actually taken last week, but I don’t think much has changed since. The other day I told Sam I thought my bump looked smaller and he looked at me like I was crazy and said “definitely not.” But I realized that it’s much smaller in the morning and before I eat than it is when I’m full and at night. It also looks huge in certain clothes and nonexistent in others. Bumps are so weird. I keep trying to imagine what it will look like in a few months, but I literally can’t even fathom having a belly that big. I’m ready for it though!

How far along are you? 17 weeks and 3 days.

How big is baby? The size of an onion. 5.1 inches and 5.9 ounces.

Total weight gain? According to my home scale, my weight hasn’t changed since my last prenatal appointment, but I’m not very good at weighing myself at the same time everyday so who knows how accurate that is.

How are you feeling? I’m still throwing up every single morning and I’m so tired of it. Haven’t I suffered enough?! The nausea is still mostly gone, but I have a whole new crop of symptoms. My lower back has been bothering me a lot. I’m planning to start yoga classes soon though so hopefully that will help. I’ve also been getting lots of headaches. I hate taking too much medicine so I’ve been using essential oils and sipping a tiny bit of caffeine to combat them. My last annoying symptom of the week is my incredibly weak bladder. I find myself running to the bathroom constantly and most of the time barely anything comes out. So. Annoying. If it’s this bad now, I’m terrified about what will happen when my baby is much bigger.

How’s your sleep? Sleep is good. Mostly because I am always so dang tired. The only problem with sleep lately is that my body starts to ache (especially my hips) after sleeping in one position for too long.

Food cravings? Taco salad. Specifically, a random taco salad they serve at one of the dining halls at JMU (my alma mater). I’m planning to pose as a student this week just so I can get one. I also can’t get enough citrus fruit or chocolate ice cream.

Food aversions? I think I’ve finally gotten out of the “everything smells bad” phase, so I think I can eat pretty much anything I want now. As long as I have my zantac nearby!

Best moment this week? Posting my first bump picture on social media. Something about doing that made this pregnancy feel even more real.

What are you looking forward to? I’m starting our baby registry this week. I know it’s early, but there are SO many things we need and I like to take my time and read reviews. This is the perfect project to keep me busy while I wait for our 20 week ultrasound.

Moms (and Grandmas) – what are your must-have baby products? 



Bumpdate // Week 16


Have truer words ever been spoken? I think not. 

How far along are you? 16 weeks and 4 days.

How big is baby? The size of an avocado (which seems HUGE!). We’re up to 4.6 inches and 3.5 ounces.

Total weight gain? At my last prenatal appointment (two weeks ago), I was a whopping one pound above my pre-pregnancy weight. Since then, however, my appetite has started to return to normal so I’m sure I’m up a couple of pounds now.

How are you feeling? I’m finally starting to feel better. I’m still throwing up once (sometimes twice) in the morning, but after my stomach settles down, I feel pretty good for the remainder of the day. I’m still struggling with indigestion/heartburn and nasal congestion, but I’ll take those issues over constant nausea any day.

How’s your sleep? Sleep is becoming more uncomfortable and I’ve started sleeping in a cocoon of pillows. I have a feeling that this is only going to get worse as I get bigger.

Food cravings? Mexican food! This is how I know my old appetite is coming back.

Food aversions? Still fish. I had a tiny bit of shrimp over the weekend, but I can barely even look at salmon (one of my favorite foods in real life) or any other fish.

Best moment this week? Discovering that my baby can now hear my voice and will recognize it at birth. So amazing!

What are you looking forward to? Finding out if we’re having a boy or a girl in just a few weeks!



Bumpdate // Weeks 14 & 15


Pregnancy is a lot of things, but uneventful is definitely not one of them. Baby Everett and I had quite a scare at the beginning of the week that kept me from doing my bumpdate for week 14. Now that everything is all good, I wanted to share the story here in the hopes that it may encourage any other pregnant women (or future pregnant women) who may be experiencing the same thing. If you’re short on time, you can skip down to the bumpdate survey at the bottom of this post…

On Monday morning around 3:45am, I woke up to a lot of bleeding. I immediately panicked, convinced I was having a miscarriage, but praying I was wrong. I asked Sam to call my dad and his two best friends so that they could start praying as we headed to the emergency room. While waiting to get into a room (for what seemed like hours), I calmed down just enough to realize that I wasn’t feeling any pain or cramping which gave me a tiny bit of relief. After a couple of hours of waiting, an ultrasound tech finally came into my room to check on the baby. As soon as she started, we heard the baby’s heartbeat (157 and strong!) and I breathed my first sigh of relief. I couldn’t see the screen while she checked my uterus to try to locate the cause of the bleeding, but I knew that the baby looked great because I noticed Sam wiping his eyes. I truly believe that I became a mother in that moment. I no longer cared about the fact that I was bleeding. All I cared about was that my child was healthy and completely unaffected by what was happening (as evidenced by the somersaults he/she was doing during the ultrasound). But back to the story before I start crying all over my keyboard…

The ultrasound tech wasn’t able to tell me anything other than the fact that the baby was doing well, so we were once again left to wait another hour until a doctor could come in and explain everything to us. In the end, a nurse came in to tell us that I “probably” had a subchorionic hemorrhage, which is an accumulation of blood in or near the placenta. She explained that they often resolve themselves, but couldn’t give me any statistics or any information about what happens if they don’t. Lastly, she told me to rest for three days and follow up with my midwife at my next appointment (which happened to be two days later). I was so relieved that the baby was healthy that I didn’t make a fuss about the lack of information I was given. I just went home, prayed and slept.

On Wednesday, I had a repeat ultrasound at my regular prenatal appointment and I am happy to say that it was much more thorough and informative than the first one. The ultrasound tech found no evidence of a hemorrhage or any tears, she said that the amniotic sac and placenta looked great and our baby even waved at us to let us know that he/she was happy and healthy (see ultrasound picture below – that’s baby’s hand on the left just above his/her head). I still wish I knew why it happened or if I did anything to cause it, but I know that it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that my faith in God has been strengthened through this ordeal. I know that He created this life that I’m carrying and only He can (and will) sustain it.


How far along are you? 15 weeks today

How big is baby? The size of an orange!

Total weight gain? 1 pound — I lost all of the weight I gained when I first got pregnant thanks to my awful morning sickness.

How are you feeling? Week 14 was awful – vomiting at least twice a day, all-day nausea, indigestion and heartburn after every meal. Yesterday and today have been a lot better so I’m hopeful that week 15 will be the turning point for me, but I’m trying not to get my hopes up just yet.

Food cravings? Frozen grapes and peppermints. So weird.

Food aversions? Everything else.

Best moment this week? Watching Baby E move, flip and wave during our last ultrasound. It’s truly a miracle!

What are you looking forward to? Feeling my baby move for the first time. Now that I’ve seen it, I can’t wait to actually feel it!



Bumpdate // Week 13


Why didn’t anyone tell me how hard pregnancy is? I am getting beat down by this tiny human. A lot has happened in the last week. I celebrated my 29th birthday, attended my second concert of the Summer (Jill Scott!), and got diagnosed with bronchitis. Never a dull moment around here! Here’s what else is happening in pregnancy land this week…

How far along are you? 13 weeks and 3 days.

How big is baby? The size of a peach. Baby is 2.9 inches and .81 ounces.

Total weight gain? Still holding at 5 pounds, which is mainly due to the fact that I usually can’t keep anything down before noon. My belly is getting rounder by the day though so I’m expecting the number to go up soon.

How are you feeling? I wish I had a new answer for this, but I still feel terrible. More terrible than I’ve ever felt in my life in fact. I’m throwing up twice every morning and coughing uncontrollably for the rest of the day. It’s awful.

Have you noticed any stretch marks yet? Not yet, but I’ve noticed a bunch of small dry patches on the top of my belly lately. It might be time to try a richer belly cream.

How’s your sleep? Fantastic, thanks to my new pregnancy pillow (pictured above).

Food cravings? Just fruit and bread. Other than that, I don’t even enjoy looking at food these days.

Food aversions? I haven’t been able to stomach meat lately. And I’m still avoiding everything that smells too strong.

What are you looking forward to? Officially entering the second trimester next week. I’m crossing my fingers that means I’ll start feeling better next week too.