20 week bumpdate

And because I couldn't resist....

How far along: 20 weeks 

Baby Size: banana.. I can't remember the length from the appointment but the nugget weighs in around 12oz (chunk butt)
 Weight gain: 116 -- gained 10 pounds since the beginning
Maternity clothes: still half and half; I have about 5 maternity tops so they are getting a lot of use. I'm having trouble finding shorts -- any ideas on where to find these? Target shorts are too big (durn). Gap is kind of pricey. 
Stretch marks: Nope but I've got some lovely cellulite now under my butt. Got to love that :\

Sleep:  I started waking up at 3am on the dot this past week. Wide awake. No bueno. Haven't been getting the best sleep unless I am just straight up worn out.

Gender: We find out tomorrow!! The ultrasound technician seemed to be able to find out so not sure if that means something...everyone seems to think it will be a boy now since they could tell. 24 hours to go and we will know!

Movement: Feeling movement every day. I love it. It's so comforting because before you had no idea and if it was still OK or not until your next appointment. It also is just cool -- makes me feel more connected and like I'm touching it or something weird like.

Best moment this week: Anatomy ultrasound. Loved getting to see the face (even though 3D ultrasounds look creepy to me). Praising God for a healthy baby with all its parts. We are very very grateful to have received a good report with no abnormalities  from the ultrasound.

Sneak peak from the inside below....

Looking forward to: gender revealing it up tomorrow with our family (we will miss you Lauren & Joe!!)

Food cravings: Still craving sweets....it will be the death of me. Oh, and a new one this week.... MEAT and Bojangles. For those of you that aren't familiar with my eating habits, I don't really eat meat (like we prob haven't bought it for ourselves in like 2 years). And, I don't eat fast food because it kills my stomach. Soooo that's been kind of weird. We bought chicken AND bacon all in one week....its gettin cray-zay over here.

  Anything making you queasy or sick: the smell of a dirty sponge. random I know but I have banned sponges from our house. They stink in like 2 days. Ew.

Labor Signs: Nope

What I miss:  mountain biking...it's getting warmer now and I know riding tougher trails are probably not a wise idea. I know I can ride smoother trails but its just not nearly as fun without switchbacks and obstacles.

Symptoms: so freaking tired.

Nursery: nothing this week.....

Belly Button in or out? In in in.

Wedding rings on or off? On 

Mood:  Thankful for a growing baby & excited. I have butterflies because I can't wait to find out tomorrow.  It feels like Christmas. As silly as a gender reveal party may sound or seem, it's been good for me. As I mentioned before, I was not baby crazed before getting pregnant and we got pregnant pretty quick, so even though I am extremely thankful to be having a baby.... I am also very aware (and not totally thrilled) of all the changes. Let's just say I don't have that super excited, so in love attitude yet (that's really hard to admit but it's the truth). Having something build up some excitement and celebrating with our family has really been good for me emotionally.


19 week bumpdate

How far along: 19 weeks 

Baby Size: An heirloom tomato (yum...) -- 8 1/2 oz & 6in

Weight gain: haven't stepped on a scale since last doc appointment. We have an appt today so I'll have an update next time in this department
Maternity clothes: Mainly maternity pants or pants with the belly band. One pair of skinnies still fit so I was happy about that! I think they're so low that my growing belly doesn't matter. I can still wear pre-maternity tops but wanting an excuse to add some additional pieces to the wardrobe

Stretch marks: Nope, still slathering on my delish Honest, Co. belly butter
Sleep: sleeping ok. Starting to wake up more in the night to pee

Gender: We find out April 12 with our family and closest friends. YAY!
Movement: Felt the first moves! It was so cool. We were  laying in bed Sunday morning and I noticed it. It's so faint still that I can only notice it if I'm still or laying down. Mike was able to feel it too!

Best moment this week: From the mouth of both mommy and daddy, feeling the nugget move. I'm pretty sure we have a little acrobat in there.
Looking forward to: Our appointment this afternoon -- we get to hear the heartbeat again today!
Food cravings: Sweets & breakfast. I had a meltdown and cursed sugar. It's so freaking addicting and I can't stop wanting it. Cursed sugar!

  Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Labor Signs: Nope
What I miss:  sitting on the back porch drinking a bottle of wine with Mike after a long day
Symptoms: belly popping out; stuffy nose (allergies I'm sure are contributing to that one), back pains

Nursery: FINALLY cleared out the closet. It is now just baby stuff in there.

Belly Button in or out? In! YAY!

Wedding rings on or off? On 

Mood: Happy! This past weekend there was this big realization that 'oh crap. our lives are about to seriously change and we'll have to give more thought to things like going to weddings, camping, etc' but I'm OK with that. I will miss the simplicity of the stage we are in now but I know we want a family and I'll never be fully ready anyway until he/she is here. Plus, I'm determined to live simply... we'll see how that goes ;). 

Getting rid of workouts because I can't remember what I do and I'm not diligent enough to write it down during the week.

Other ramblings: We're trying to think of a trip to go on pre-baby... a babymoon, if you will. Found great deals for Jamaica but I'd be like 30 weeks along. Too far? Too risky? If that doesn't work, any suggestions in the Outer Banks? I haven't been aside from the ol' middle school field trip but don't know where to look.

Crib mattress -- recommendations? I don't want something drenched in chemicals but can't find anything reasonable.


18 week bumpdate

How far along: 
18 weeks 

Baby Size: A sweet potato 

Weight gain: haven't stepped on a scale since last doc appointment. I think it's time to buy a scale. 
Maternity clothes: 1/2 and 1/2; ready for it to get warmer so I can get a few more tops

Stretch marks: Nope
Sleep: sleeping ok. Had some crazy dreams though! 
Gender: No idea yet but we both think it's a girl (at least this week we do!). We find out April 12!
Movement: Nothing yet

Best moment this week: spending time with mike! A week apart sucked butt
Looking forward to: our 2nd centering appointment next week! Excited that mike will get to be there! 
Food cravings: I  got my cake last week! Didn't crave much of anything this week. Still eating a ton of fruit. Can't get enough! 

  Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Labor Signs: Nope
What I miss: raw fish (love that stuff!) 
Symptoms: a whole lot of nothing this week

Nursery: we tried hanging some curtains we had and decided they are a no-go. 

Belly Button in or out? In still! Yay!

Wedding rings on or off? On 

Mood: excited! I've got baby fever bad, which I never had before. I never had that feeling of 'I'm ready and want a baby now!' I was more like 'well we know we want kids someday so why not now.' 

Workouts: 5 mile hike with mike, 2 3-mile runs, arm and core workouts. I'm determined to stay in shape! 


17-week bumpdate

How far along: 17 weeks (because I'm so behind on this I'm actually halfway through my 18th week. oops)

Baby Size: An onion (5 in, 6 oz)

Weight gain: haven't stepped on a scale since last doc appointment but pretty sure I've added a few pounds....and not only in my stomach. 
Maternity clothes: 1/2 and 1/2; no hope for buttoning my non-maternity pants anymore

Stretch marks: Nope
Sleep: this week was rough but I was out of town part of it and Mike was out of town the other half. I slept OK but have been in a fog most days
Gender: No idea yet. We find out early April :)!
Movement: Nothing yet

Best moment this week: Having my mom come up and play baby with me for three days. We spent two full days going from one baby store to the next. I am a HUGE fan of Sweet Bottoms in Raleigh. All the employees there are moms with kids and can tell you all sorts of stuff and recommend this over that. Plus their products are awesome. We learned loads about cloth diapers. Mom bought us our first set of newborn cloth diapers. They're so tiny and I can't wait to use them! We also stumbled upon a stroller on sale so I bought it. We've got two weeks to figure out whether or not we'll keep it. Any thoughts on the Baby Jogger City Select? It's expensive... is it worth it? It was tons of fun hanging with my madge and I am very grateful that I got to spend that time with her and get lost in baby lala land.

Looking forward to: warmer weather (totally not pregnancy related but I'm over this cold weather)
Food cravings: I really really really wanted a piece of white cake with white icing and sprinkles today (and still do). I didn't get it because I didn't want to drive and get it (I wanted Mike to leave work and get it for me.. totally logical. Duh). That was my first hard-core craving.
  Anything making you queasy or sick: No triggers. Still a no-go on brussel sprouts though. I don't even want to think about those little things
Labor Signs: Nope
What I miss: Not having to worry about what I eat; being able to workout and not get worn out halfway through. I'm really wishing I had been in better shape prior to this whole getting knocked up thing. So jealous of all my friends that run like marathons and could still do it pregnant. I'm lucky to make it 3 miles without stopping. 
Symptoms: had a few headaches this week and my back hurts more but still smooth sailing

Nursery: Trying to clear the closet out but I swear we keep adding more junk to that room

Belly Button in or out? In but I'm convinced it's going to pop out. Not happy about that.

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Apathetic but I think I'm just tired. It was just one of those weeks. I need a day at the spa (hint, hint Mike). I always felt a little crazy in the mood department to begin with. Now I feel even crazier. I guess on a positive note, I have something to blame it on.

Workouts: a whole lot of nothing. That's also probably why I'm tired and apathetic. Need exercise to survive. seriously.


16-week bumpdate


How far along: 16 weeks

Baby Size: An avocado (4 1/2 in, 3 1/2 oz)

Weight gain: 8 ibs -- we don't own a scale so this one may remain the same between appointments

Maternity clothes: Bought a pair of white maternity jeans, which I've already busted out (I don't follow 'fashion' rules); bought a few tops and everything else is pre-maternity stuff. Still fit into my old stuff but rocking a few of my maternity tops. Also, I've tried the belly band but find the maternity jeans are more comfy.

Stretch marks: No, fingers crossed they'll stay away. I've been applying coconut oil and purchased the Honest Co belly balm. I know stretch marks are inevitable if they're going to happen but it's fun to rub down the growing belly.
Sleep: Sleeping pretty good. I had a ton of insane dreams the first trimester but they've chilled out since. I literately have to have at least 9 hours of sleep or I feel horrible the next day. I'm not used to all this sleep but soaking it in while I can.
Gender: No idea yet. We find out early April :)!
Movement: Not that I can identify. Everything I feel just feels like gas (TMI??)

Best moment this week: 
> Having our first Centering Pregnancy appointment this week.
> Seeing Mike as a dad already. He talks and kisses my belly when he gets home from work and before going to bed. He's going to be the cutest dad ever. 
> Finally announcing to the rest of the world that we're pregnant. I hate keeping secrets and am a HORRIBLE liar so I was glad to get this one out in the open. 
Looking forward to: A growing belly
Food cravings: Breakfast foods, eggs and any fresh fruit; I've been eating a ton of sweets too but not craving them. I just have NO self control anymore. If it's there...I'll eat it. 
  Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, I've actually been pretty lucky in this department. The only thing I can't smell or eat anymore is brussel sprouts. 
Labor Signs: Nope
What I miss: Cocktails, raw fish, red wine. All of these are my Spring/Summer staples so the warm weather this weekend really brought in the cravings.
Symptoms: A few pains here and there in the belly, which is supposedly my ligaments thickening and stretching, and in my back. Yesterday, I felt nauseous all day but that's not a common occurrence. Mostly, I feel pretty normal.

Nursery: We finally cleared out most of the room (it was packed full of stuff and doubled as a guest room). My friend Anna came over and we painted the room a soft gray (or baby elephant as she calls it). We've purchased a few things like a rocker from the flea market and this Crate & Barrel rug (got that puppy on sale, holler!).

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Happy and excited. I'm trying not to wish the time away because I'm already getting 'I want baby here' fever but I just can't wait to snuggle the little nugget and see Mike as a dad.

Workouts: A couple runs, some bun workouts and two 30 min yoga routines
Here are a few photogs from previous weeks. The bump came and went during week 12-14. I think a little bit of it was food baby. 


Guess what...

Yup, it's true. We're adding a little Arrigo at the end of August. This will be the place where we'll update all our friends and family about what's going on and where you can watch little baby A grow.

We are super excited and completely blessed to have such an amazing support system and so many that love little baby A so much already. We love you guys!

Now that the cat's out of the bag, we'll come out of hiding.


Icy days call for soup | red lentil soup

Seriously winter? Get on outta here. It's March in NC. We should have sunshine, warmth, Spring. Not ice, degrees in the teens, and jackets. Go away. I am seriously tired of the cold weather and being 'locked' up inside. My house can only take so much more cleaning and purging sprees. I need picnics and vitamin D in my life ASAP.

The only good thing the cold is for is soup (OK...and hot chocolate... and snuggling). One of my new found favorites is a red lentil soup I concocted a few weeks ago. It's warm, delicious, easy and good for you.

What you need:
coconut oil (or whatever kind of oil you like to use)
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp tumeric
1/8 cayenne (or to your desired heat level)
1 tsp paprika
salt & pepper
6 cups veggie broth
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
1 cup dried red lentils, rinsed

Heat the oil in a pot (use one big enough to hold everything). Add onion and carrot. Cook for 4-6 minutes. Add seasonings and cook until fragrant (around a minute).

Add tomatoes, veggie broth and lentils. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat down to a simmer and let simmer for 20-25 minutes.

It doesn't get much easier than that. This meal would be yummy with a little yellow or red pepper added in if you have some but I didn't (add and cook with the onions/carrots about two minutes in). and maybe top it off with some cream at the end. With or without additions, I think it's a soup you'll enjoy, especially on a cold afternoon like today!