Bumpdate {18 weeks}

September 15, 2014
how far along: 18 weeks, 2 days
Bumpdate {18 weeks} Bumpdate {18 weeks) beach

size of baby: a sweet potato {5.6 inches, 6.7 ounces}

gender: only 8 days until our confirmation appointment!

weight gain: still holding at the same 4 pounds as last week…

maternity clothes: still loving maxi dresses and skirts! trying to pull off the jeans with a hair tie trick still, but it is about time to invest in a pair of jeans or two! 🙂
stretch marks: still doing good with my Mustela cream, but getting itchy at the end of the day!
rings: on

nursery: got a little more organized last week, but not emptied!

movement: thinking I’m feeling some flutters still! it happens usually when I’m laying down still…probably the only time I could notice.

symptoms: fatigue, dizziness and getting a compilation of both when I’m in hot weather or exerting energy!

sleep: good, minus 2-3 bathroom breaks…

cravings: nothing specific…
aversions: nothing really specific again, but random things will pop up.  {making scrambled egg whites this weekend…not so good, but I still ate them}

what I miss: coffee in a to-go cup, and cooler weather! bring on the fall!

best moment this week: our weekend away camping at the beach…and our second anniversary is today! looking forward to a cozy night in together. I’m making chicken enchiladas, one of the hubby’s favorites.
Bumpdate {18 weeks} sunset

looking forward to: going camping again this weekend to the Kern River with my sister and her boyfriend! the more relaxing the better!

Bumpdate {17 weeks}

September 8, 2014
 
how far along: 17 weeks, 2 days
 
 

size of baby: an onion, 5.1 inches {according to the Bump}

gender: will be confirmed by our doctor in 2 weeks!!

weight gain: hoping an eventful weekend tipped the scale a bit and I’ll go down again by the end of the week…but 4 pounds as of this morning! {up to 132}

maternity clothes: thinking I’ll have to do some shopping over the next couple weeks.  the same maxi skirts/dresses are getting old! also tried to dress up a bit for a bridal shower this weekend and non-maternity dresses just don’t fit quite right!
 
stretch marks: nope…using my Mustela still!
 
rings: on 🙂

nursery: a disaster…still

movement: I’m pretty sure I felt a few flutters over the weekend! so excited to feel movement that I definitely know is the baby!

symptoms: still just some dizziness when I get up too quickly…

sleep: still wanting lots of it! I think I was out by 9pm yesterday! getting up for the bathroom and switching sides a lot during the night…sleeping on my side is tough on my shoulders and arms!

cravings: nothing specific, but if I see something and it looks/sounds/or smells good – I want it. like now. still.
 
aversions: meals at dinner are sounding better and better.  trying not to snack so much in the afternoon so I have a bigger appetite by the evening!

what I miss: coffee…I’ve let myself indulge about once a week the last couple of weeks on a tea or decaf from Starbucks {see Instagram last week}, but just a plain coffee with vanilla creamer sounds delish! especially with the cloudy weather we have this morning!

best moment this week: thinking I felt the flutters of a little baby swimming around! also spending quality time with friends and family celebrating a bridal shower for my bestie and booking a wedding venue with my sister in law!

looking forward to: a little getaway this weekend and our 2nd anniversary!

Five on Friday

in light of last week’s news, we’ll have five on friday {baby edition}!

besides the obvious – {starting a family, caring for another human, teaching them to do fun things and navigate through life, etc.} – finding out we were expecting brought with it so much more to look forward to!

one. the outfits

gold hearts the dude jcrew baseball  gray

just glancing around the J.CREW baby page is enough to make me swoon! so many cute options for little guys and gals for just everyday wear! don’t get me started with holidays and special occasions!

two. actually…let’s do

to me, holidays are the highlight of the year! I’m always counting down to the next one and can’t wait to experience them through the eyes of my mini! I’ve seen Christmas lights and gone trick-or-treating for 26 years –  so a fresh perspective is going to be amazing!

baby kisses     christmas baby     baby ghost    easter bunny

 

I’ve been excited for holidays with a baby for so long, I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to them! with our mini due in February I can’t wait to cover him/her in lipstick kisses!

three. the nursery decor!

neutral boy nursery    neutral nursery    girl nursery inspiration    rh baby nursery

 

I have always been drawn to a neutral-ish nursery design with just some accents of color and girl or boy touches! I’m so excited to get the green paint in the new nursery covered with a subtle ‘greige’ and add hints of blue or pink!

four. an excuse to be a kid again {kind of}.

play-dates at the park, rainy days watching Disney classics and reading bedtime stories that I haven’t opened in years are just a few things that I am so excited to do again! obviously I’m the parent now, but who doesn’t love having a picnic under the trees or cuddling on the couch with Belle?

five. watching everyone in their new roles.

witnessing my husband become a father, our parents become grandparents, sisters turn to aunties, cousins become playmates and friends be the fun aunties and uncles will be one of the greatest parts! we have such an amazing support system of family and friends and their joy throughout this pregnancy so far is just a little preview of how amazing they will be when our little one arrives!!

 

this five on friday post is linked up with The Farmer’s Wife and September Farm

and Laurent Elizabeth’s High Five on Friday

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Bumpdate {14 -16 weeks}

August 18, 2014
     14 front    14 SD
how far along: 14 weeks, 2 days

size of baby: a lemon

gender: we find out at the end of the week!!! {hopefully, if he/she cooperates!}

weight gain: up .6 to 128.6

maternity clothes: sticking to dresses, loose pants and the hair tie trick with my jeans!
stretch marks: nope
rings: on!

nursery: not much progress! I’ll have much more motivation to clear out the closet once I know to buy boy or girl clothes!!

movement: nothing I can feel, but hopefully soon!

symptoms: fatigue, and some mild nausea still. nothing crazy… really feeling like I have a mini bump now! getting excited for baby to be growing!

sleep: sleeping, but getting up to tinkle.

cravings: pineapple. with tajin!
aversions: plain dinners {i.e. chicken and vegetables}

what I miss: not much.

best moment this week:  I got the notification on my phone that I entered the second trimester on saturday! yay!
also, had a good time at a best friend’s bachelorette party over the weekend! mostly proud of myself for keeping up {most of the time – except for the last night I went in early}…

looking forward to: our gender prediction appointment on friday night and our gender reveal fiesta with family and some close friends on Sunday!! lets hope this mini cooperates! we are a little nervous!

August 25, 2014
how far along: 15 weeks, 2 days

size of baby: a navel orange, 4 inches

gender: we found out at My First Peekaboo on friday! I’ll post the gender reveal after our doctor confirmation!

weight gain: up a pound to 129

maternity clothes: none yet, just lots of maxi skirts and dresses!
stretch marks: still using Mustela
rings: on

nursery: still a mess!

movement: we saw the little mini moving all around at the ultrasound friday, but I cant feel it just yet…

symptoms: fatigue, little bit of nausea – but getting better, emotional roller coasters {crying, to laughing, to content}

sleep: sleeping well…can’t get enough!

cravings: salty & sweet, back and forth, all day!
aversions: not too much…

what I miss: the ease of a sandwich!

best moment this week: finding out the gender of our mini!!

looking forward to: our doctor’s appointment this afternoon – hopefully she will for sure confirm the gender {even though we announced it already! – ooops}

September 1, 2014
 16 beach
how far along: 16 weeks, 4 days

size of baby: an avocado, 4.6 inches

gender: we know! but I’m going to wait till the doctor confirms to do a gender reveal post 🙂

weight gain: up 1.5 pounds…

maternity clothes: lots of maxi skirts and the hair tie trick still!
stretch marks: nope!
rings: still on!

nursery: still a disaster! I had big plans to organize the closet while the hubby was gone over the long weekend, but that didn’t happen!

movement: I could have sworn I felt a little swish in there on Saturday when I was laying on the couch, but it hasn’t happened again…maybe I was imagining it!

symptoms: feeling pretty good! just some dizziness when I stand up too quick and still nausea if I don’t eat enough.

sleep: eh, okay.  sleeping on my side is not my favorite! still feeling some neck pain and lots of re-positioning through the night!

cravings: nothing specific, but cravings are typically set off by seeing or smelling something! then, I. want. it. now.
aversions: putting on my makeup or doing anything close up to the mirror has been making me nauseous! something my mom mentioned happened to her when she would put on her mascara and I’ve been noticing it the past week or two.

what I miss: walking up a flight of stairs without losing my breath…I guess this will only get worse! better get to walking more!

best moment this week: we had a little gender reveal fiesta with some close friends and family.

looking forward to: a best friend’s bridal shower and spending some time with the hubby this weekend since he was gone last weekend!

Bumpdate {weeks 5-13}

June 16, 2014 {the day we found out}
how far along: good question! pregnancy test with the weeks predictor says 3+ {which translates to 5+ in normal terms?}

size of baby: another good question!

gender: we don’t know yet, just grateful for a healthy baby 🙂

weight gain: 0… going back to 0 weeks preggo, I was 128. I actually lost 2 pounds at the end of may but I’m back to 128 now!

maternity clothes: nope…but I’ve had a maternity clothes pinterest board ready for a while!
stretch marks: negative…hoping to use lots of body butter and keep it that way!
rings: on! pretty loose still…I plan to keep hydrated throughout.

nursery: is the “guestroom” loaded with a bed, my wedding dress, furniture we got to use as a changing table/dresser when the time came and a closet full of craft supplies and luggage!

movement: not feeling much…

symptoms: sleepy…very sleepy! one of the main reasons I felt compelled to take another test! and my skin is being a little testy – but it has been for a little while {stress}

sleep: need more! sleeping well, but getting up at least twice to tinkle.

cravings: nothing special really…
aversions: I’ve started to feel a little queasy if I don’t eat often enough, so I’m snacking…which I feel like I always did anyway!

what I miss: nothing! just so happy…I’ll give up anything! {before today I’d been missing coffee and alcohol since I decided to give it up 2 months ago, but it was so worth it}

best moment this week: getting a positive test {or 3} today!!

looking forward to: my appointment on thursday! its just to meet with the nurse, but then I’ll be able to make an appointment with the doctor to see how far along I am! technically according to my LMP, I am 10 weeks!! but knowing my cycles, I’m not that far…

June 23, 2014
how far along: we will find out at our appointment tomorrow!

size of baby: little!

gender: it’s going to be a while until we know this one!

weight gain: 0…still holding on at 128

maternity clothes: nope, but I have unbuttoned my pants a few times! feeling some major bloat!
stretch marks: avoiding these at all costs!
rings: on

nursery: still full of stuff unrelated to baby!

movement: not feeling any yet…

symptoms: just a little bloated, feeling like I could take a nap at any point in time and a little nausea if I don’t eat regularly…nothing I can’t handle!

sleep: waking up for potty breaks!

cravings: nothing in particular.  LOVED the pickles at the bear pit!
aversions: nothing really

what I miss: not missing a thing!

best moment this week: spent our Sunday shopping for trailers and we decided on one! after thinking the exact one we wanted was sold, we had the best luck and found out it wasn’t! we traded in the old and bought the new today!!
trailer

looking forward to: our first appointment to see the doctor tomorrow (also our 7 year dating anniversary)! and a weekend getaway, camping at the Kern River.

June 30, 2014

7 weeks fishing 7 weeks
how far along: 7 weeks, 3 days

size of baby: a blueberry {.51 inches} – info from the Bump

gender: ???

weight gain: same…sticking to 128 for now

maternity clothes: not yet, thank goodness!
stretch marks: nope!
rings: on

nursery: non existent yet…

movement: I can’t wait for this!

symptoms: this weekend we were away camping and I had a rough time! I was hungry, but didn’t feel like eating the food we brought and tired, but couldn’t nap… let’s just say Todd put up with a lot this weekend! we still had such a relaxing time on a little getaway for just the two of us!

sleep: besides the weekend, I’ve been sleeping well! just a couple potty trips.

cravings: nothing really crazy, but I have noticed I’ve been wanting more sweets – and then something salty after!
aversions: just eating too much in one sitting…I always forget until it’s too late!

what I miss: nothing at all!

best moment this week: we had our first ultrasound with our doctor last Tuesday. it was so exciting to see our little guy/gal!! we even got to hear the heartbeat – the doctor said it was very strong considering the heart just develops at 6 weeks and we measured 6 weeks, 4 days.  Todd and I also had a wonderful little getaway together in our new trailer which was very relaxing!

looking forward to: a four day week this week, celebrating the 4th with friends and family and a wedding this weekend for an old friend!

July 7, 2014
how far along: 8 weeks, 3 days

size of baby: raspberry
8 weeks 8 weeks fruit

gender: we don’t know yet, but I read that the sex organs are forming this week!

weight gain: down a little to 127.4 (-.6)

maternity clothes: nope…feeling a little bloated still but it is actually getting better
stretch marks: nothing new
rings: on!

nursery: still a mess

movement: not feeling it quite yet

symptoms: tired, and nauseous if it eat too much or too little. I actually stayed home from work today with major tummy problems!

sleep: not fabulous…waking up to use the bathroom 2-3 times and waking up around 5 without being able to fall asleep again {until like 10 min before my alarm goes off!}

cravings: nothing in particular, just wanting salty, sweet {repeat}
aversions: lots of physical activity at once…tires me out!

what I miss: nothing…I’d give it all up!

best moment this week: we had a wonderful 4th of July celebrating with friends and family and got to see a long time friend of mine get married on Saturday!

looking forward to: our appointment on Thursday {finally!}

July 12, 2014
how far along: 9 weeks… Our due date is now 2.14.15

size of baby: a grape

gender: ???

weight gain: at 127.4, down .6

maternity clothes: nope
stretch marks: no…hoping to avoid this still! Looking into different creams to get!
rings: on!

nursery: nothing has changed

movement: not feeling it yet…but we did see him/her squiggling around at the ultrasound!

symptoms: nausea, dizziness when I stand, definitely sore upstairs

sleep: pretty good, just the occasional potty break

cravings: nothing specific
aversions: too much food at once

what I miss: even though I haven’t been drinking coffee for months, the smell of a fresh cup with vanilla creamer makes me weak at the knees!!

best moment this week: seeing the strong heartbeat of our little one at our ultrasound on Thursday!

looking forward to: a little weekend getaway to camp at Lake Elsinore with my sister and her bf and their new trailer!

July 19, 2014
10 weeks
how far along: 10 weeks

size of baby: a prune, 1.2 inches

gender: don’t know yet… my guess had been boy, but now with my nausea and blemishes on my face, I’m leaning towards girl!

weight gain: didn’t weigh myself this weekend, but I was 127.6 earlier in the week.

maternity clothes: not quite, but maxi dresses are my fave! although I feel like they accentuate my little bloated bump, so I need to be careful!
stretch marks: nope…and I got some Mustela cream delivered this week that I started using!
rings: on!

nursery: not much of one still…

movement: still waiting for it!

symptoms: the same – fatigue, breast tenderness and some nausea. this week I felt some strange pulling cramps around my belly button, but I assume everything is growing and stretching in there!

sleep: always want more!

cravings: nothing specific…
aversions: nothing specific here either.

what I miss: energy!

best moment this week: a friend of mine who has been on a long journey to get pregnant found out their IVF transfer took!! so excited for her and that we get to go through this together, again!

looking forward to: having a weekend at home, hopefully getting caught up on some housework (woo hoo!) and doing some crafting with a few friends for a birthday party, wedding and engagement party coming up! I ordered the new Cricut last week so it should be here any day and I can’t wait to play with it!!

July 28, 2014
how far along: 11 weeks (7/26)

size of baby: a lime, 1.6 inches

gender: still unsure! daddy, grandma m, auntie m & our neighbor all are thinking girl!

weight gain: still under my starting weight (128) at 127. 4

maternity clothes: not yet, but I’ve been shopping around! so tempted…lots of unbuttoning of the jeans and maxi skirts!
stretch marks: nope…I’m using the Mustela cream after every shower!
rings: on

nursery: no progress

movement: not feeling anything, but at a last minute appointment on Tuesday I saw him/her squiggling around on the screen and moving his/her arm in a waving motion…so cute!
10 w, 3 d ultrasound
symptoms: still just tired and some nausea – nothing I can’t handle! oh, and acne – that I could DEFINITELY do without!

sleep: sleeping well – just potty breaks.

cravings: nothing in particular
aversions: eating too much – also at dinner time chicken and vegetables has not been hitting the spot! I’ve been doing more snacking instead of a big meal.

what I miss: still dreaming at the smell of coffee with vanilla creamer, but totally fine without it!

best moment this week: going to see Dr. Stein for a quick appointment.  while we were camping last weekend I was having some weird/uncomfortable pains so that on top of my regular anxiety prompted me to beg to go see the Dr. for a quick ultrasound on Tuesday.  since it was so last minute, Todd couldn’t come so Kim met me there and it eased my mind and has helped me be relaxed the whole rest of the week! I loved seeing that little gummy bear moving around and hearing the baby’s strong heartbeat!
I was also very busy this weekend doing some crafting projects with my new Cricut! so amazing! and we got to visit with Todd’s cousins and their adorable baby girl…and spilled the beans that she is going to have a new cousin!

looking forward to: a short week this week for another little camping getaway to a campground near Santa Barbara with the hubby.

August 4, 2014
12 w    12 front 2
how far along: 12 weeks, 2 days

size of baby: a plum

gender: ??

weight gain: still on the low side {126 a few days ago, 2 pounds down}. today I saw a midwife and she said there was nothing to worry about…

maternity clothes: no, just loving maxi dresses! and doing the hair tie trick with my jeans on occasion 🙂
stretch marks: nope
rings: on! drinking lots of water and feeling great!

nursery: no progress…

movement: I can’t feel anything yet, but we saw lots of squiggling and even turning over during our NT ultrasound today!

symptoms: fatigue, acne, dizziness, breast tenderness, sciatic nerve pain on occasion, and nausea at different points in the day.  nothing I can’t handle!

sleep: sleeping pretty well minus some potty breaks! using the bump nest…its taking some getting used to but it is definitely helping me stay on my side and not my stomach!

cravings: while we were camping this weekend I saw a pancake commercial and wanted them so bad, but as we were in the middle of nowhere, didn’t really have that option! definitely making some this weekend!
aversions: the texture of chicken has been doing me wrong lately…

what I miss: I’ve accepted giving up coffee…not missing anything!

best moment this week: relaxing over the weekend while camping in Santa Barbara AND – even better – our NT ultrasound {results came back perfect}! we got to see our little one from all different angles and close ups! so cute!
thumb 12 ultrasound

looking forward to: seeing lots of friends this week! feeling way more comfortable and starting to tell more people! I have a lunch date, crafting date and coffee date this week and Todd and I have a double date on Saturday night! its going to be a fun week with lots of good news to share!

August 11, 2014
how far along: 13 weeks, 2 days

size of baby: a peach! 2.9 inches, .81 ounces

gender: we don’t know quite yet…2 more weeks!!

weight gain: this morning was the dreaded day I past my starting weight! up .5 lbs to 128.5 {must have been that chocolate chocolate bundt cake last night}

maternity clothes: I’m seriously considering a trip to the Gap! maxi skirts and dresses can only last so long until everyone realizes I’m wearing the same thing over and over!
stretch marks: preventing as much as possible with my mustela cream!
rings: still on…

nursery: got organized a bit this weekend, but it is still full of non-baby related things…

movement: none that I can feel yet, but from what I have read he/she is a little wiggle worm in there!

symptoms: the same slight nausea and fatigue, but its getting better! hoping to start walking in the evenings and prepare for a weekend of lots of walking and adventures in San Diego…we will see how that goes!

sleep: its been okay. I slept without the bump nest for a couple of nights and every time I woke up I was on my belly! I’m so afraid to squish our little bebe that I brought it back and its helped me stay on my sides {just not the same as my comfy tummy position but such is life with a growing belly}!

cravings: I think I had my first real craving that I had to satisfy this weekend! when getting breakfast at Carillo’s in the morning I glanced over at some cinnamon and sugar tortilla chips. from then on I was on mission: find a churro! it took all day, but we met our newlywed friends at a mexican restaurant in City Walk for dinner and dessert fulfilled my dreams with a churro sundae!
aversions: not too much…the texture of chicken wasn’t agreeing with me last week, but nothing horrible.

what I miss: having a little bit of a coffee withdrawal. not really for the caffeine, but for the warm drink in the morning feeling and the vanilla creamer!!

best moment this week: being home over the weekend! we got to spend time with friends, get the house cleaned and feel a little more organized and do some fun craft projects!

looking forward to: going away for the weekend for Mel’s bachelorette party! I’m actually both excited for a weekend away in sunny SD with good friends, but also nervous about keeping up with all the gals.  I’ve been doing things at a much slower pace lately and I just hope I’ll be able to enjoy the experience even with late nights and I’m sure lots of festivities involving alcohol and such…

Five on Friday

it’s Friday again!! although I’ve skipped a couple, Five on Friday is such a fun way to link up and organize my thoughts at the end of the week…and trust me, this week could definitely use some organizing!  with a best friend’s wedding fast approaching and my sister-in-law’s wedding festivities about to begin, I’m planning to do some wedding-event related tips, tricks & ideas posts!

one. planning an engagement party

two. all things bridal shower

three. planning a bachelorette party

four. diy wedding ideas

five. what to do with wedding photos

not the most exciting five on friday post…but I’m super excited for what is to come and to be more dedicated to growing the whitney michaels blog!

did you wish you had any better information or ideas when planning your bridal events or for friends?

 

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