Pregnancy Update: 21 Weeks

How funny is it that Juneau is in every one of these photos? He is so interested in everything we do, and he is being extra cuddly lately. He is going to be a great big brother, but I worry that he may be a little too protective of Baby G! David and I laugh that it may be hard for people to come over and pick up the baby since Juneau will serve as the protector!

How Far Along: 21 weeks!

What is Baby G Up To?: Baby G is the size of a pomegranate. According to our 20 week ultrasound, Baby G is 15 ounces.

How I’m Feeling: I feel pregnant! I’m starting to feel a bit uncomfortable, especially at night. I have a body pillow that has become my best friend lately. I’m pretty exhausted all the time, too. It’s a strange thing though, because I don’t feel very big. I still have moments I have to remind myself that I’m pregnant. I am wanting to do everything I used to do – bend over, cuddle up with my feet under me, lay on my belly. I can still do most of those things, it’s just becoming a bit harder.

What I’m Wearing: I’m in full-blown pregnancy clothes. I’ve been able to find some non-maternity sweaters that fit my belly in a cute way. However, when I’m home it’s sweats and big t-shirts!

What’s On My Mind Lately: So much! I received my free breast pump in the mail over the weekend which made me start thinking about the days of being a working mom and how hectic that will be! (By the way, moms-to-be, check with your insurance and see if you qualify for a free breast pump. A friend of mine mentioned it to me, and I was able to get a $200 breast pump for nada. Such an awesome thing!) We started discussing my maternity leave and David’s time off from work in the first few weeks after the baby is born. We also started making a list of people to call when I go into labor. We’ve been starting a very preliminary search into buying a house as well. We’ve never been great “planners” so with the new year we decided that we put an emphasis on planning this year!

What I’m Craving: I didn’t think I was craving anything besides just food in general until I ate a piece of pineapple the other day. It was like I had been searching for something my entire life and I finally found it! I went to the store and bought a whole pineapple to cut up.

What I’m Looking Forward To: Getting out of January! Work has all of a sudden exploded and I have so much to do. I let my hormones get the best of me this weekend and spent a lot of time crying for no reason at all. I’m hoping that when work slows a bit, so will my emotions. Plus, February is just a better month… I turn 28 a month from today!

Best Moment of the Week: We found out the gender of our baby! Like I mentioned, we will be keeping it gender neutral on the blog since my dad doesn’t want to know. David and I went out to dinner with an envelope and our baby’s gender written on it. It was such an amazing moment! Either way we would’ve been thrilled, but knowing has made everything more real.

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Pregnancy Update: 20 Weeks

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted about this, but to be honest, being at home for the holidays is so darn relaxing, I just did not want to get out my computer and write. I think I finally “popped” over Christmas, although I’m still trying to convince myself it’s because of all the food I ate, and not because of the baby!

How Far Along: 20 weeks (and 3 days)

What is Baby G Up To?: Baby G is the size of a banana – well, I guess the length of a banana. He/she is moving a lot, and I feel movement all the time.

How I’m Feeling: I feel good! I’m getting bigger, which is a strange feeling, especially for someone like me who has always been very conscious of my size. I’m hungry ALL. THE. TIME. I just cannot curb my appetite. I try to trick myself by eating smaller meals throughout the day, but baby is smarter than that. I eat everything in sight. I’m back at work this week and despite the cold weather, I’m feeling refreshed. Sometimes you just need some down time to appreciate the busy days. In the next coming months I’m going to be working my butt off to get a bunch of projects finished before I go on maternity leave. As daunting as it can seem, I’m prepared for it. I just know I’m going to have to fight the exhaustion!

What I’m Wearing: My mom spoiled me a bit while I was visiting and bought me some great maternity clothes. Fortunately, we hit those after Christmas deals, and I was able to find some great dresses for work. The store we went to had a pillow in the dressing room that was supposed to put on “3 months” and I could hardly believe I was going to get that big!

What’s On My Mind Lately: I’ve been thinking more about parenting lately. For a while, I was just thinking about how the pregnancy was going to effect my life, but now I’m thinking even more into the future about our baby. What will he/she look like? Will they play sports? What does my career path look like so I can be around to watch him or her play sports? I’m also thinking a lot about my sister, who is about six and a half weeks ahead of me. She is due in early April, which seems so close!

What I’m Craving: I think I’m at the point where I am not craving much, just eating it all.

What I’m Looking Forward To: Our second trimester ultrasound on Thursday! I can’t believe it’s finally here. David and I are going to find out the gender, but we are going to have the tech put it in an envelope so we can open it over dinner that night. I’m not going to announce it here since my dad doesn’t want to know, but we are going to tell our friends and family – I don’t think I can keep it a secret!

Best Moment of the Week: David finally felt the baby move! For weeks he’s been holding his hand to my belly trying to feel the subtle movements I feel, and this week he finally felt them. It was so cute to see the smile of his face. I think he is starting to think about being a dad, too!

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Pregnancy Update: 18 Weeks

How Far Along: 17 weeks

What is Baby G Up To?: Baby G is the size of an onion. He or she is turning cartilage into bone and putting on some fat. It really is crazy when you think about all the growth that is happening, especially from the first few weeks. Baby G is now a proportional baby in that his or her arms and legs are in proportion to it’s head and body. From here, her or she will just grow!

How I’m Feeling: Tired. I make it through the work week okay, but when I hit the weekend, all I want to do is sleep. I’ll take exhausted over sick every time, but I’m just not used to having to take naps to make it through the day. I haven’t taken a sip of coffee since week 6, so my caffeine intake is non-existent. That may be good for the baby, but it’s not great for my productivity. I also haven’t been working out as much as I would like to, which is probably another reason I’m not feeling energized. Juneau and I did take a long walk yesterday though, and I felt great afterwards.

What I’m Wearing: Still fitting into my own clothes, but I did buy a pair of maternity jeans this weekend. The day is coming, and coming soon.

What’s On My Mind Lately: I can’t believe I’m 17 weeks! That’s nearly halfway! May always seemed sooo far away, but after the holidays we will be in the 20s! Time is flying.

What I’m Craving: Carbs – pasta, bread, bagels, potato chips. Don’t worry Mom, I eat my fruits and veggies, too! I just don’t crave them 🙂

What I’m Looking Forward To: Still looking forward to Christmas break. Eight more work days!

Best Moment of the Week: I announced my pregnancy at work on Friday at our holiday party. I thought everyone would have known since I think I look pregnant, but the majority of folks were surprised. It was pretty cute!

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Pregnancy Update: 17 Weeks

How Far Along: 17 weeks

What is Baby G Up To?: Baby G is the size of an onion. He or she is turning cartilage into bone and putting on some fat. It really is crazy when you think about all the growth that is happening, especially from the first few weeks. Baby G is now a proportional baby in that his or her arms and legs are in proportion to it’s head and body. From here, her or she will just grow!

How I’m Feeling: Tired. I make it through the work week okay, but when I hit the weekend, all I want to do is sleep. I’ll take exhausted over sick every time, but I’m just not used to having to take naps to make it through the day. I haven’t taken a sip of coffee since week 6, so my caffeine intake is non-existent. That may be good for the baby, but it’s not great for my productivity. I also haven’t been working out as much as I would like to, which is probably another reason I’m not feeling energized. Juneau and I did take a long walk yesterday though, and I felt great afterwards.

What I’m Wearing: Still fitting into my own clothes, but I did buy a pair of maternity jeans this weekend. The day is coming, and coming soon.

What’s On My Mind Lately: I can’t believe I’m 17 weeks! That’s nearly halfway! May always seemed sooo far away, but after the holidays we will be in the 20s! Time is flying.

What I’m Craving: Carbs – pasta, bread, bagels, potato chips. Don’t worry Mom, I eat my fruits and veggies, too! I just don’t crave them 🙂

What I’m Looking Forward To: Still looking forward to Christmas break. Eight more work days!

Best Moment of the Week: I announced my pregnancy at work on Friday at our holiday party. I thought everyone would have known since I think I look pregnant, but the majority of folks were surprised. It was pretty cute!

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Our Belizean Honeymoon

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David and I had been planning our trip to Belize long before our wedding in July. We initially thought we should go just after our wedding, but after some research we realized that our trip to paradise was better off in the wintertime. Why? Belize temperatures never dip below the high-70s and the water temperature is a cool 72 degrees year round. We knew that by the time winter rolled around, we’d be itching for some nice weather.

From the moment we touched down in Belize City, we were greeted with huge smiles and friendly faces wanting to help. Belize is a beautiful paradise, but not as popular for Americans to vacation to as say Cancun or Jamaica. Because of this, we felt the authenticity of the culture the entire time we were there.

We flew into Belize City early Friday morning and then hopped on a 10-seater plane to an island known as Ambergris Caye. We then took a boat to our lodge, El Pescador – or The Fisherman – and was met on the dock by a smiling Marlin, our host for the week. We stayed in a newly renovated lodge complete with three pools, a full bar and beach access. In total, about forty people stayed at the resort with us and we ate family-style each night so we got to know the other guests quite well.

David found El Pescador through his fly-fishing circle. At first I was hesitant that I was being dragged along on a fishing trip, but the truth is it was the perfect place to be. David would wake up early, long before me, and head to the lagoons just walking distance from the lodge. He would fish until he knew I was awake and then join me for breakfast. Then each day we planned an activity. One day we took a golf cart to The Secret Beach, just on the other side of the island. Another day we went snorkeling on the second largest barrier reef in the world. We went swimming with sharks and rays, too. It was absolutely breathtaking, and one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. We went paddleboarding and kayaking, and finally on the last day, I told David I need to just relax, so I sat by the pool why he scoured the lagoons for more fish.

We also took one day to go out with a guide fly fishing. Belize is known for the Big 3 Fish: tarpon, permit and bonefish. Anglers from all over the world go to Belize in search of those fish. We both were able to catch bonefish, although David caught many more and much bigger ones than I did, and David also fought with a tarpon until he landed it. It was so great to watch him smile so big after he caught the fish!

It’s been a while since I went on a vacation and felt at home the entire time. We weren’t even there for two days before we started planning our return trip! Who’s joining us next time?img_9460-1024x768

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