September 14, 2018
Eight months, and here we are! We took this pic in Ruidoso, NM on a morning when I tried to make a 1/2 mile walk up a slight hill in high altitude and got so tired and out of breath that Jon had to go get the car to pick me up - haha!!
Wearing: Dresses (although I feel like a giant elephant) and 1 pair of shorts that still fits. All the shirts I wear to sleep in are too small and show the bottom of my belly, which Jon calls my "belly smile." :)
Eating: A lot! Still craving snocone ice like crazy. Also craving milk, but it hurts my stomach, so I've started drinking Lactaid which sounds gross but is actually delicious!
Feeling: Very itchy and very heavy (my belly). Braxton Hicks contractions started this month and they are so uncomfortable. I can feel them coming on and my belly gets as hard as a rock, and I have to sit up really straight and breathe through it. I'm also having leg cramps at night - they wake me up from a dead sleep - which is terrible! Baby moves like crazy all the time, but especially at night when Jon and I are watching TV on the couch - he just kicks and rolls around!
Loving: Writing the baby's name on things - so fun! Soaking up these last few weeks with the girls and our family of four. Being done with our to-do list and having nothing on the agenda but having fun (and taking naps).
Worried About: To induce or not to induce. I' want to induce, but I'd like to wait until the 28th to induce (which is 40 weeks and my due date) but that means I may go into labor on my own before that, which freaks me out!
Excited About: Dressing a tiny baby in tiny baby clothes. Seeing what the girls think of the baby. That first night home from the hospital, when everything is new and crazy and amazing. Slowing down, drawing in, spending time with my little family as the seasons change. :)
August 28, 2018
Seven months - It feels both like I've been pregnant forever AND like I can't believe seven months is here! Below is a little update on how I'm feeling, what I'm wearing, etc!
Wearing: So many dresses! Shorts are getting really uncomfortable (won't stay up on my belly anymore), so dresses it is!
Eating: So much food - first breakfast, second breakfast, morning snack, lunch - you get the gist! ;) Also, a new favorite snack is "snocone ice" made in our blender - I cannot get enough!
Feeling: Not so great. The baby moves all day, and I love it - but it also hurts sometimes. At night, I wake up with belly pain and I have to stand up and get the baby to change positions. I'm also super out of breath all the time, feel a lot of fatigue in my limbs when walking and just generally feel very, very tired. Even with all of this, I am still enjoying being pregnant and will miss this big belly when it's gone!
Loving: Saying the baby's name in my head - I can't wait to tell everyone what it is! Also loving that none of my shirts cover my belly so the bottom hangs out and Jon and the girls call it my "belly smile."
Worried About: Starting to have little fears about labor and delivery. REALLY hoping this time around is just as amazing as my last one was! Right now, we're planning to induce on my due date - 9/28 - which is also me and Jon's 6 year wedding anniversary.
Excited About: Snuggling a baby this fall! I want to snuggle up in leggings and sweaters in a cozy house with a new little baby. I can't think of a better time to be off on maternity leave than Oct - Dec!
June 1, 2018
Five months already! Below is a little update on how I'm feeling, what I'm wearing, etc!
Wearing: Maternity jeans that I cut off into shorts (so much more comfy than maternity pants and way cuter than normal maternity shorts). I'm not really loving my maternity clothes but also trying not to buy too much new stuff because this is our last babe. :)
Eating: Pretty much like I always do - no real cravings except lately I've been all about watermelon. This pregnancy is really weird because I don't crave sweets and I'm also not super hungry. I've only gained 8 pounds so far and I should be around 12-20 pounds. My doc says it's fine as long as baby and uterus are still growing, which they are.
Feeling: Really good. I'm in the pregnancy stage where it doesn't even feel like you're pregnant, except for the fact that I have to pee every two hours at night. I can feel the baby move now - little pokes and kick throughout the day - which is so fun!
Loving: Feeling the baby move - it really is my favorite thing about this stage! Also, my body pillow is a close second.
Worried About: A little worried about having a newborn right as Jon goes off to Korea, but I know it'll be fine. Also, a little worried about how a boy will fit into our family - it's going to be so different!
Excited About: Have a newborn again! I can't wait to hold him and snuggle him and hear him laugh and make him smile and find out what his personality is like!
April 9, 2018
Our little Elle Evergreen is THREE! Here are a few photos from her special day back in February. It was her request to have a unicorn balloon and pink cupcakes with sprinkles. We started the day with birthday cinnamon roles and a few presents. Then she went to school (and got to wear her "wild and three" shirt with her pink sparkly crown bow). Then after school, we had a fun dinner, cupcakes + candles and opened the rest of her presents. Her favorite presents were her Ariel and Rapunzel bath toys (of course!) and the giant cardboard castle from Didi and Pops. (She's into princesses, can you tell?)
In the second to last photo, you can see her showing us "three" on her fingers - that's how she would do it to get all three fingers up. :)
We love her so much and love watching her grow! Happy Birthday, Elle!
April 8, 2018
We are so excited to be welcoming baby number three into our family in September! This babe will complete our family, and this is my last pregnancy so I'm trying to soak it up, but that has not been easy so far!
Since we were planning this pregnancy, I was super eager to take a pregnancy test the week of my period. When I got a negative result, I was so bummed! I really wanted to get pregnant in January so that the baby would be born before Jon left for Korea. I was sad for a few days, but then I moved on. Then about a week later, we were on the way home from the grocery store and I got really dizzy - like REALLY dizzy. I said "Woah, I'm really dizzy right now" and I put the air vents on me. Jon asked if I thought I might be pregnant. I was like no way, the test was negative. He told me to take another one. I went right into the house, took the test and it showed positive with two lines right away and I was SO HAPPY! I thought for a second about keeping the secret and surprising Jon somehow, but I knew I could not keep the secret right then - I was too happy. I came out of the bathroom smiling and threw my arms around Jon's neck. It was such a happy day. This was my first time ever getting a negative test result before a positive result - so crazy - it totally threw me off and made for a nice surprise!
I found out I was pregnant at 4 weeks and had a little honeymoon period until week 7 where I felt totally fine. I kept Googling "can you be pregnant and not get sick" because I thought I might be that lucky! I was wrong. :(
I got my usual weird digestion nauseousness right at the start of week 7, and I remembered why being pregnant is NO FUN. I felt super sick all day long. Eating was a challenge. I felt sick when my stomach was empty and then felt sick after I ate. I was a lose/lose situation. I basically tried to sleep my way through the sickness, going to bed at 8pm every night. When I hit 13 weeks, the worst of it went away, thankfully!
If anything, I would say orange juice and bacon got me through those first few weeks. Orange juice would settle my stomach and bacon was the only thing that didn't make me feel bad in the morning.
Now that I'm going on 16 weeks, I still have some digestive issues and still feel terrible if I over eat, but it's not debilitating. I hope that I get completely back to normal soon like I did with my other two pregnancies because I really loved food and stuffing myself full during those pregnancies and would love to do the same this time! :)
My cravings have been SO WEIRD this time around. Pineapple juice, orange juice, pickles, pickle juice, canned peaches and vanilla Snackwells cookies have been my go-tos. I also have had a major aversion to water. I can stomach it if it's cold, but really, I'd rather not drink it. In past pregnancies, I've had a food aversion to vegetables, but that didn't happen this time, so that's good! I was able to make healthier choices than I have in past pregnancies (but that doesn't mean I didn't indulge in plenty of treats, too!).
In addition to first trimester symptoms, I also have some really annoying general pregnancy symptoms that'll probably stay with me the whole time: stuffy nose and tons of spit in my mouth. I had the stuffy nose with my other pregnancies but never the spit thing - it's terrible! I deal with it by sipping on liquids constantly, but it's really gross and my mouth feels gross 100% of the time and I so can't wait for that part to be over.
I've pretty much been wearing maternity clothes since I was 7 weeks pregnant. My digestive issues made me super bloated, so much that my regular clothes just were not comfortable, so I pulled out the box of maternity clothes right away. At almost 16 weeks, I just bought some maternity shorts in preparation for this hot El Paso summer.
I still haven't felt the baby move, but I'm so excited to. That's my favorite part and the thing that makes being pregnant the most fun!
We found out the gender of this baby super early because we had some genetic testing done. I found out over the phone that baby was a boy - and I was SHOCKED! It's a good thing I had a couple days to sit with it on my own before telling the world, because I needed those days to get used to the idea! Since I found out first, I planned a gender reveal for Jon and the girls - a giant balloon that they popped and blue confetti and balloons came out. Watch the video here! Now that I'm mostly over the shock, I'm so excited for a little boy to join our family! I can't wait to see what he's like! (And I'm already having a blast shopping for all new baby boy stuff!) :) We'll have our anatomy scan at 20 weeks to 100% confirm that baby is in fact, a boy!
Stay tuned for more updates!