Baby ‘A’ is a…

Baby ‘A’ is a…

Friday we had our 20 week anatomy scan and everything went great. The baby’s heartbeat was a healthy 154, and all of the measurements were right on on schedule, around 20 weeks 4 days. After finding out both baby and I were healthy and doing great, we were excited to find out whether we were having a boy or a girl. It turns out that Baby ‘A’ is a …

Baby 'A' is a boy!

Boy! We are over-the-moon excited about having a sweet little boy, and although we obviously would have been thrilled with either one, I know Tim is very excited to have a son. I have had a hunch pretty much since the moment I found out I was pregnant that it was a boy, and it turns out I was right! (Even though I did have a 50-50 chance!) I would say about 99% of people were guessing boy with me for one reason or another, so I think I would have been even more surprised if it would have been a girl.

I thought it would be fun to put some of the old wives’ tales to the test to see if the predictions would have been right for guessing our baby was a boy. I used a few of these tests I found online:

  • Carrying Low? (boy) – Yes!
  • Acne? (girl) – Yes and No – I had quite a few blemishes around week 8-10, but now my face is pretty cleared up!
  • Heart rate under 140 beats per minute (boy) – Yes and No – I think it depends on when in pregnancy this is measured. My early results were under 140, but now they are in the average 150’s for a 20 week pregnancy
  • Craving sweets? (girl) – No!
  • Craving salty & sour? (boy) – Yes!
  • Spouse putting on weight? (girl) – No! He has been training for a half marathon so he’s actually been losing weight, while I gain ha! I guess this tale has to do with ice cream and craving sweets if it’s a girl, but I would think craving salt and vinegar potato chips, pizza and Mexican food would put on weight too!
  • Morning sickness? (girl) – Yes and No -I had morning sickness from about week 7-11, but it was just a constant nausea. I at least never ended up getting sick.

So I think I did fit with more of the boy wives tales, but a few of the questions are toss ups depending on how you’d rate it on a scale of 1 to 10. Either way, I am looking forward to being a mama to a little boy! I am praying that he always knows how loved and adored he is by his parents, and I pray that we can also raise him up to be a man of character who lives out Christ’s plan for his life with confidence and joy.

Conversation Time.

  • If you are a mom, did you ever test out the old wives’ tales to find out the whether you were having a boy or girl? How did the tests turn out for you?
  • Any tips for raising a little boy?? I am quite the girly girl so this will be a learning process for me, but thankfully I did grow up with a brother so I do know a thing or two about boys!

 

Pregnancy Posts: Weeks 17, 18 and 19

Pregnancy Posts: Weeks 17, 18 and 19

During Weeks 17, 18 and 19 is when I noticed my bump has changed the most. When I went to the doctor for my checkup during week 17, I had a slight bump that was noticeable, but wasn’t over the top. I still think my pregnancy could have been mistaken for just a big dinner!

Pregnancy: Weeks 17, 18 & 19

However, by the time week 19 came around and we were getting ready to go out to dinner, I realized just how much expansion the bump had made in three weeks…

Pregnancy: Weeks 17, 18 & 19

…So crazy!

Along with this growing also came some pretty expected stretching and cramping in my sides and abdomen. I think anytime you have cramping during pregnancy it can make you a little cautious, but once I noticed my bump getting larger and larger, I realized the growth had to be the main source of the cramping. I have been feeling a little pain directly under the bump where my hip bones and pelvis are located. Honestly though, my stomach just feels really heavy and I think it is a lot of new pressure on that area for it to support.

I purchased a Snoogle during this time after hearing so many pregnant women going crazy for these sleep aids. However, I decided to go with the Snoogle Mini Compact Side Sleeper Pillow since I honestly did not think both myself and my husband could fit in our Queen size bed comfortable with the massive full size Snoogle taking up room as well.

So far I really like it and think it has helped me to sleep more sound. I have found that turning over during the night is kind of rough and the Snoogle helps me to stay in place, which is great. I probably wouldn’t suggest the mini Snoogle for someone taller than me (I am barely 5′ 3″), but I think for women my height and below it could work well as an alternative to the traditional size.

At our 17 week appointment, (which was actually supposed to be the 16 week appointment, but our doctor was out of town so we decided to wait), we were able to hear the heartbeat again. Hearing that little heartbeat always gives me a bit of reassurance that things are moving in the right direction. We haven’t had an ultrasound since week 8, so I am really looking forward to our 20 week appointment (Today!!!) to see how much our baby has changed and grown. I am a little nervous about this as I just want everything to look good and healthy, but I am trying to calm my nerves by just giving it to God and trusting that He is in control. If there is anything I have learned about pregnancy it’s that worry does nothing but cause more worry!

I have been clinging to Bible verses throughout this pregnancy, especially this one:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and

petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the

peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your

hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

I just love that verse for so many areas in life, but it is also spot on for pregnancy too. Knowing that I am not the one in control has really helped me to relax a bit and not worry so much about every little thing. All I can do is pray and do the best I can to have a healthy pregnancy. The rest is up to The Lord’s plan. :)

My cravings and aversions have finally let up during these weeks and I am back to eating pretty much ‘normal’ again. I have been liking sweets a little more than the early weeks, but am still not really craving them. As someone who could rarely finish a meal without a little sweet bite at the end, it is still strange to me how easily I can now pass by a dessert tray!

Cravings:

  • Mexican Food – especially chicken quesadillas and taco salads
  • Egg sandwiches with Canadian Bacon
  • Cheese of all kinds, but it has to be from the specialty cheese section of the grocery store. Sharp cheddar, gouda, fresh mozzarella, and Colby Longhorn are some of my favorites.
  • Diet Pop – I know this isn’t the best craving ever, but it could also be a lot worse. I just limit myself to one a day and move on with my life!
  • Pizza – I think it is all the delicious cheese, carbs and sauce all in one bite!

Aversions:

  • Hot Coffee – I have had iced coffee a few times and liked it okay, so I think the temperature still has something to do with it.
  • Too much sweet of any kind. I am liking chocolate again, but I just need a bite. Anything more gets to be too much.
Feels Like Summer

Feels Like Summer

This past weekend we were spoiled rotten with good weather! Saturday I even wore a dress out to dinner with our brother and sister-in-law, and I didn’t even need a coat or leggings. This week I am of course back to reality with a coat and pants thanks to it still being April, but at least all that warmth and sunshine gave me a little hope for what’s to come!

Friday was the most perfect day ever and I knew only one thing driving home from work – that dinner had to be outside. So, I made this recipe from Cooking Light Magazine for Grilled Chicken Florentine Pasta and we enjoyed it outside on our patio for the first time of 2015. Moments like this need to be remembered, so I snapped this picture of my pretty dinner before gobbling it up.

Grilled Chicken Florentine PastaI grilled the veggies and chicken in a grill pan and then layered the parmesan cheese sauce on top. This was definitely a winner and really easy! I don’t make white sauces very often, but this one totally blew away any jarred alfredo-style sauce I have had. Plus it was lighter and I could recognize all the ingredients in the dish including chicken broth, milk, flour, parmesan cheese and spinach.

After dinner we took Tebow on a walk to go get ice cream. I went with a medium English Toffee soft serve in a cone and I think Teb was happy with my choice too.

Tebow - Ice Cream - Black LabThe total walk there and back was about 2.5 miles so I will say that trip was dessert and exercise all in one!

Tebow - Black LabSunday morning I went to the gym (<– This was a huge win for me!) before church, and I was starving when I got home so I and made Tim and I each a breakfast sandwich.

Egg, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Avocado, Canadian Bacon, Whole Wheat English MuffinGuys, I can’t do a lot of things in life, but I sure can make a pretty good breakfast sandwich. This one had one egg, about a half a cup of egg whites, sharp cheddar cheese, Canadian bacon and avocado on a whole wheat English muffin.

Egg, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Avocado, Canadian Bacon, Whole Wheat English MuffinWe had our first Young Marrieds class at church Sunday morning and I think we are going to really like it. We have gone to our church services for over three years, but we haven’t been as involved with small groups as we should have been. Although it shouldn’t be the main reason, having a baby definitely pushed us to get more involved and to build relationships and connections with those in the church since we want our kids to feel welcomed and known. Currently in the class, we just started studying the book You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity by Francis and Lisa Chan. It is pretty interesting so far and gives a whole other perspective on marriage than is typically marketed. I will probably share some of my thoughts on it in the future.

After church we swung by Home Depot so we could browse patio and outdoor landscaping ideas, and then grabbed lunch at China Cottage because of course I was starving again. I had the beef with vegetables and steamed rice, but I didn’t take a picture because it was too dark. Tim and I both thought our meals were good, but thankfully at lunch they have specials only costing around $7. During dinner, their prices are so expensive, so getting out of there for around $20 as opposed to $40 made the food taste even better.

The rest of Sunday was spent working on gift baskets for my freelance work, and dinner was a Glazed Meatloaf recipe from Good Housekeeping Magazine with a side of mashed cauliflower. Dessert though was an old favorite.

Funfetti Cupcakes

Funfetti Cupcakes!

Funfetti Cupcakes

Tim and I had them a few weeks ago and they were delish, so I made another batch. Funfetti was one of my very favorite treats in high school and I used to bake them all the time for Tim when we were dating, so these cupcakes not only taste good, but also provides great memories.

Thanks to Jenn, who blogs at Peas and Crayons, for hosting WIAW every week!

What I Ate Wednesday

 

Conversation Time.

  • What is your favorite cupcake flavor? We talked about our favorite childhood treats in this blog post‘s comment section and funfetti cupcakes was definitely a popular choice!
  • If you are having a breakfast sandwich, what are your favorite toppings of choice? Do you prefer Canadian Bacon or traditional Bacon? An English muffin or a bagel? Egg whites or whole eggs?
  • What is the best thing you’ve ate lately?
Simply Surviving

Simply Surviving

Today I am officially 20 weeks pregnant, and although I am only halfway through, it is amazing how far I have come. I first wrote this post around the end of January when I was about 9 weeks along. These emotions are definitely in-the-moment and real, but I am so glad I wrote them down and was honest about how I was feeling. Now looking back and remembering that time, I realize just how hard those first weeks were for me. When your whole world is changing it can be so scary, especially when you have ‘control freak’ tendencies. Pregnancy has really forced me outside my comfort zone into a place where ‘simply surviving and not thriving’ is sometimes the only option. It has taught me that I can push through even some of the hardest days while coming out even better and stronger on the other side. It has also shown to me how easy it is to put your baby first even from the get-go. It’s amazing how such a tiny being can make you both so nauseated and exhausted, but also how he or she can become your entire world in just a matter of moments. Like I say in the passage below, being pregnant is one of the most unselfish things you could ever do, and to all you mamas out there: YOU are amazing!!

I remember back before I was pregnant, I would make bold proclamations (mostly just to my husband) such as:

  • I am only going to eat healthy when pregnant

Oatmeal Breakfast with Strawberries

  • The weight I put on will only be ‘good’ weight, and not just pounds for no reason
  • I am not going to let a little morning sickness keep me down
  • I am still going to exercise everyday

Exercise/Fitness

  • There is no way food aversions will keep me from enjoying my favorite healthy foods

Dewey's Pizza SaladOh the thoughts that enter your head pre-pregnancy. Week 5 was a bit rough and filled with pure exhaustion, and this was before I even knew I was pregnant. The week I did find out I was pregnant though, (week 6) I had so much energy and felt amazing! I was getting my vegetable and fruit servings in, I was running and taking Tebow on walks and being active at the gym, I had no food aversions and was all-in-all really happy with pregnancy so far.

This all changed though into week 7 when the exhaustion from week 5 crept back in, and by week 8 I was dealing with nausea almost 24 hours a day. Saltine crackers became the main food group of my diet. I began eating what sounded good and not necessarily what would give my body the best nutrition. I expressed my concerns to my doctor, and he made a great point that has stayed with me throughout this pregnancy so far. He said the first trimester is all about simply surviving, not thriving, and I was beginning to understand exactly what he meant by that advice.

Cereal and dry toast became my morning and snack staples. Plain bagels sounded absolutely amazing while my usual breakfast of yogurt or peanut butter sounded awful. Coffee, my beloved coffee, made me cringe just thinking about taking a sip. Fruit sounded terrible, and I could only sneak veggies in if there was a lot of salt sprinkled on top or a plenty of ranch for dipping. I even lost my love of chocolate, and drinking water felt terrible on my already sensitive stomach.

When I did find myself hungry though, man-oh-man was I hungry and needed food! Two days into week 8, Chipotle sounded just so amazing and after a day filled with nausea and saltines, suddenly being hungry and wanting food was the best thing ever. Guys, I ate a whole burrito by myself! I have never been able to do that before, and suddenly I couldn’t get the food into my body fast enough.

Exercise went down hill during weeks 7 and 8 as well. I was tired and nauseous, and honestly just wanted to go to sleep every day after work. This was a very hard time for me. All the promises I made pre-pregnancy about being healthy for myself and my baby began to fade. I was simply ‘surviving’ just like my doctor said. He encouraged that usually in the 2nd trimester women took a turn for the better and that is kind of the ‘honeymoon’ period of the pregnancy for most. Although I didn’t want to rush through my pregnancy, I caught myself hoping and wishing to just get to that next phase; that next trimester.

I am sharing these feelings not looking for sympathy, I know how blessed and incredibly thankful I am to be having a baby. I simply want to encourage all of you mamas-to-be out there. You are not alone! Pregnancy is really, really hard, and I don’t think you can necessarily understand it until you are actually pregnant. I know I sure couldn’t relate until right this moment. I always imagined I would be superwoman, but it turns out that I needed to give myself a little grace and self-love. I could only do the best I could and I knew deep down this time wouldn’t last forever. I want to do what is best for my baby, and that also includes just surviving as his or her mom and doing all I can to take care of myself in each moment.

Pregnancy is one of the most unselfish things you can ever do, and this is coming from someone who knows she has her selfish moments! I am growing so much as a person by giving up what’s comfortable, safe and expected to bring my sweet baby into the world. After 26 years of only worrying about myself and doing what I want to do when I want to do it, it is good to be knocked down a bit and realize not everything is in my control, not everything will be perfect, and not everything is always about me! Sometime the best you can do really is, truly, enough.

Simply Surviving Blog Post

Conversation Time.

  • Moms and Moms-To-Be: What about pregnancy was different than you expected? Were there pre-pregnancy ideas you had to relinquish once you found yourself in the midst of that first trimester?
  • If you aren’t yet a mom, what parts of pregnancy are you most nervous about experiencing?
  • If you have been pregnant, what part of pregnancy was the hardest in your opinion? Did you suffer from morning sickness, etc. during the first trimester as well? When did you start to feel better? (Please, please don’t tell me not until after the baby was born! :) )
Pregnancy Posts: Week 15 and 16

Pregnancy Posts: Week 15 and 16

These past two weeks have been my favorite of pregnancy so far! (I think I say this every week?!) Nausea has been extremely rare throughout the day, and my appetite has seemed to regulate a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I am still pretty hungry all day everyday, but more things seem to sound good to me now and I am once again obsessed with all things veggies so that is a good sign!

I finally was able to share my big news during week 15/16, which felt great to finally get out into the open!

Tebow Baby Announcement

We still haven’t purchased anything yet for the baby, but I have caught myself glancing at Pinterest for ‘must-have baby gear’ and ‘best registry’ lists. There are so many things that we need for the baby, aka we have nothing, so I want to do a little planning to register for the things we really need, and then make the less important yet still fun purchases later. My goal is definitely quality over quantity in regards to the registry!

I am really starting to look forward to our 20 week anatomy scan and gender reveal. I have friends who are pregnant and due right around the same time as me and have known if it’s a boy or a girl for awhile, so it does make me a little curious as to what we are having as well.  To be perfectly honest though, I am actually still enjoying the surprise factor and am pretty content not knowing yet. It is nice that we still  have the surprise ahead. It’s definitely something to look forward to!

During these weeks I also went to Columbus to visit friends and ended up staying up until 3:30 in the morning, a feat I can barely accomplish even when I’m not pregnant! I was pretty proud of myself for making it through since a few weeks before I never would have made it past 9:30. I think it helped that I don’t get to see that group of friends as often as I would like, so I was having too much fun to even remember that I should be tired. I did need a nap both the day of and the day after, but the fact that I was even still awake is a miracle in itself!

Food Cravings:

  • Still loving my starchy potatoes! French fries with tons of ketchup and baked potatoes topped with butter, sour cream and cheese are my go-to’s!
  • More potatoes: Salt and vinegar potato chips dipped in sour cream are the best thing ever! Seriously. Don’t knock it ’til you try it!
  • Avocado on everything – paired with eggs, sliced on top of hot deli sandwiches, as a side with salt and pepper, and scooped right out of the avocado skin with salty tortilla chips! (Did I mentioned I like salt?!)
  • Icees and Popsicles – Does anyone remember Bomb Pops from their childhood? I got a box from the grocery and am in love!
  • Candy – Swedish Fish, gummy candies of all kind, starbursts and skittles
  • Chicken Salad – I have heard not to eat store-bought (and of course, this is up for debate), but I went ahead and made a big batch at home that was delicious!

Chicken Salad on a Pretzel Roll with Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips

  • Really, really, really cold drinks makes me happy!!

Food Aversions:

  • Still coffee, although I did have my first decaf latte from Starbucks since about week 7. It wasn’t my favorite, but I am seeing progress!
  • Peanut butter is still a bit of an aversion to me. It’s not that I hate it, but it’s more that I don’t care if I have it or not.
  • Just like peanut butter, chocolate is still another food that I don’t hate, but that I don’t love either. I have always been a chocolate lover, but suddenly fruit desserts and non-chocolate treats like oatmeal raisin cookies and shortbread cookies sound the best. I did buy some chocolate milk though and have been drinking that like crazy!