Monday, October 29, 2012

18 Weeks

18 Weeks- Baby O is the size of a bell pepper. *Today was hat day and I kept it on... even though it won't match my other pictures and this bothers OCD Kala... I'm fine with it since you don't want to see the hat head I was sportin'. 

How far along? 18 Weeks
 Total weight gain? Up 4 pounds
Maternity clothes? Still not yet
Stretch marks? Nope- lathering on my cocoa butter
Sleep? Sooo good.  I even went to bed at 7:30 one night last week.  Felt amazing :)
Best moment this week? Toss up between hearing Baby O again at our appointment and having my first dream and actually "seeing"/talking/holding our little one.  I dreamed it was a little boy and he looked just like Trenton.  OMG he was the cutest thing.  He was Trenton's mini me and was laying on my chest just staring back at me while I was talking to him.  I woke up SO happy :)  But now I'm really torn because I was leaning toward a girl prediction.  We'll know for sure in a month I guess!
Miss anything? Going to a Halloween party and not being able to play all the games like normal just didn't feel right.  Everyone was nice and let me play all the games still... but I just did my drinks with Cherry Coke. Not the same...
Movement? A few here and there... nothing too consistent or major yet.
Food cravings? Nothing really this week.
Anything making you queasy/sick? Nothing!!
Gender? So there's been a slight change... our sonogram appointment got moved up to Nov 6!!!  But... we are still planning on waiting until Thanksgiving to find out the gender with both of our families.  Guarantee that this will be the longest two week wait EVER.  Trent has even decided to take the sealed envelope to Ashley and Jerad's because he knows I'll give in and peek.  We all know I have absolutely no self control- pretty much with everything in life. 
Labor Signs? No- I'd hope not!
Symptoms? I told my doctor about my back pain and inflammation.  After she gave me a kidney punch, literally- ouch!, she decided she wants to watch my kidneys for kidney stones.  If it doesn't get better in the next month then we might have to do a sonogram of my kidneys.  But I have no other symptoms so I'm guessing (and hoping and praying!!) that it's a false alarm on the kidney stones.  My stomach is also really sore from all that growing and stretching.  Feels like I had a major ab workout but that's definitely not the case!
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody? Happy all week minus one day where I was kinda cranky.  No pregnancy meltdown though- just kinda mopey and wanted to be by myself.  Not like me since I'm a people person and hate being alone.
Looking forward to? Halloween trick or treaters and getting my hair done.  My colorist is going to flip when she hears the news! She's the BEST.
Daddy moment? Trent got the patio cover finished and can't wait to start baby projects now :)

 This year's Halloween costumes- "The Bun Maker" and the "Bun in the Oven"... although at the Halloween party I kept getting called oven maker haha.  Thanks to Paul and Britney for shipping us these costumes of theirs!

Like I mentioned above... the patio project phase 2 is done!  Phase 1 happened earlier this summer when we poured a patio concrete and sidewalk-to-driveway addition.

The before picture clear back in April.

And after!! Not the same angle but you get the picture. Phase 3 includes staining, building a ceiling, installing electrical for lights/fans, adding the decoration touches, building a pallet table, buying furniture, installing a porch swing on the right side, etc.  All but staining will probably be put on hold until next spring though.

 Side view as you walk in from the side gate/sidewalk.

Another one up close.  Baby Daddy did good :)

Monday, October 22, 2012

17 Weeks

 17 Weeks- Baby O is the size of a turnip.

How far along? 17 Weeks
 Total weight gain? Up 4 pounds
Maternity clothes? Not yet- although I did go buy some cute fall dresses for work and bought them  in a size medium for the upcoming months!  I'm trying to wait out this maternity clothes thing as long as I can- until I have to give in I'm just gonna go a size up (or more if needed).
Stretch marks? Nope- lathering on my cocoa butter
Sleep? Once I fall asleep it's awesome but I've been having some back pain so it's hard to get comfy at first. 
Best moment this week? Keep reading for the major news.... and also rearranging/organizing the closets for Lil' O!
Miss anything? My old skin- I'm fighting breakouts like a 13 year old.  I never had complexion problems during puberty and now I have a whole new appreciation on what some middle schoolers have to endure.  If anyone has a miracle facewash let me know cause the ones I've tried just aren't cutting it.
Movement? Felt the first flutters just last night!!!!!!!!!!  I had literally just whined to Trent an hour before about how I've been paying such close attention and hadn't felt anything yet.  Right after I laid down for bed I felt little butterflies dancing in my belly.  Pretty freaking awesome!
Food cravings? Nothing new- other than my Sunny D and sweet tea
Anything making you queasy/sick? Nothing for 3 weeks now :)
Gender? A month away- hurry up.
Labor Signs? No- I'd hope not!
Symptoms? Some back pain, daily headaches, and heartburn- but nothing I'll complain about compared to that nasty first trimester nausea!
Belly button in or out? In- and it actually looks like a hole now!  As weird as that sounds... I have a really strange belly button.  It was more like a semi closed swirl rather than a hole (like that makes any sense) but not now!  Now I can see how people get fuzz in their belly button or why kids stick things in their belly button.  I didn't realize what I'd been missing out on haha ;)
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody? Super excited... minus being mopey this morning.  I did NOT want to go to work.  Not sure if it was a case of the Mondays, coming off a 3 day weekend, being a dreary morning, or just pregnancy hormones.  I was much better once I got to see my kiddos though!
Looking forward to? Our doctor appointment tomorrow evening- can't wait to hear that heartbeat again!
Daddy moment? Trent falling asleep with his hand on my tummy... awwww :)

My big project this weekend was rearranging our closet situation.  The pic on the left was the scrapbook room/office closet before... and on the right is after.  The baby stuff has started moving in and everything!

This was the guest bedroom closet before and then after once all the scrapbook stuff moved in too.

 My favorite thing in Baby O's closet right now is the blanket I crocheted him/her the first week after we found out we were pregnant.  I needed something to distract me from the "morning" sickness at night on the couch.

 Trent's work had their annual family day this weekend and this year they held it at the new aquarium at Crown Center.  We hadn't gone yet so were excited we'd be going for free.  We love aquariums and this one didn't disappoint- we just wish it was bigger!

 First time we were at Family Day with our bump along for the fun :)

 Seeing all the Nemos made me wish Jeryn was there with us too!

 Close up of the bump to prove that it's definitely hanging out now!

Patio cover update- Trent's been working like a mad man to finish it.  He took a half day today and finished the roof and the membrane? thing you put down before shingles.  Not too much further to go!

Monday, October 15, 2012

16 Weeks

Baby O is the size of an avocado!

How far along? 16 Weeks
 Total weight gain? Up 2 pounds
Maternity clothes? Not yet
Stretch marks? Nope- lathering on my cocoa butter
Sleep? Wonderful- out like a light every night.
Best moment this week? Having the family in town this past weekend.
Miss anything? Nope
Movement? Nothing yet
Food cravings? I might've moved on from the Sunny D to sweet tea.  We're buying it by the gallons cause I was tired of heading to McD's everyday.
Anything making you queasy/sick? Nada!  I have been morning sickness free for two weeks now- adios Zofran!
Gender? Only 35 more days... feels like forever away...
Labor Signs? Nope
Symptoms? Other than my nightly 4:30 wakeup call for a bathroom break, I totally feel like my usual self!
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody? Pure happiness :)
Looking forward to? A 3 day weekend this week!!!  I'll need it after two days of 8 am-8pm with parent teacher conferences.
Daddy moment? Seeing Trent's shocked face when he realized we would have to take infant classes/birthing classes/nursing classes, etc.  I reminded him of this while watching Modern Family and it was pretty funny to watch this sink in ;)

People have been asking me how our first babies are handling the baby news... they are slowly getting used to the idea when we talk to them about it lol.  Bentley is the one that's going to have the hardest time adjusting.  Someone has been a mama's boy the last 5 years...

Harlee just looks sad when we tell her the news.  But we know she'll be the best big fur-sister!  And don't worry... both the babies are getting haircuts this weekend cause as you can see... they desperately need it!

Bob, Lora, and GGG came into town to celebrate Bob's birthday this weekend.  Jeryn assisted by picking out a purple monster cake!

Trent planned out a birthday surprise (clear back in July) to take Bob and the family on a tour of the Boulevard Brewery.  Ashley couldn't come because of a volleyball tourney though :(  Luckily, Bob was definitely surprised and loved the tour of the brewery!

20 free beers for four adults and one pregnant chick.  This was just mean haha.  I made the best of it and smelled them all since I couldn't taste ;)

Cheers for Bob's birthday!

Like father, like son...

I had to share pics of Trent's latest project (he's always got something) for the house.  This was the back of the house/patio two Sundays ago before Trent and my dad started cutting into our house.

This is the back of the house after another weekend of help from Trent and Bob.  So excited to see all of the progress being made!

Monday, October 8, 2012

15 Weeks

 Baby O is the size of an apple

How far along? 15 Weeks
 Total weight gain? No weight gain yet
Maternity clothes? Not as of yet.  All my pants are still buttoning so I'm gonna ride this one out as long as I can :)
Stretch marks? Nope- lathering on my cocoa butter
Sleep? Great if you ignore the bizzarro dreams I've been having.  I've never really been a dreamer that remembers my dreams.  Not so, anymore.  For instance, just last night I had dreams about my students hating the Runts candy cupcakes I bought (is there even such a thing?), starting a Nascar racing team with a driver named Rusty Wells (does he even exist?), and a mob from the 1920's.  Very strange....
Best moment this week? 3 way tie between the pumpkin patch with Jeryn, Trent and my dad starting our patio cover project, and making homemade Chex Mix with my mom.  The entire batch is halfway gone and Trent's only had a handful!  The baby really likes it :)
Miss anything? Really wanted a cold beer with Trent this weekend when he lit the firepit
Movement? Nope- but should be in the next few weeks!!
Food cravings? Nothing new or crazy.
Anything making you queasy/sick? I have actually tried some of the forbidden "c word" :)  In the last week I had chicken in my Chinese food and in my burrito from Chipotle!  Yay!
Gender? Come on November...
Labor Signs? Nope
Symptoms? Actually started feeling like myself again.  Trent even hugged me when he came home to see me cleaning and vacuuming and said "I'm so glad the old Kala is coming back."  Not sure if I should take offense to that or not ;)
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody? Nothing but JOY!  But we are brainstorming what my first pregnancy hormones breakdown will be about.  We both think it will be housework/cleaning/honey do list related to something Trent didn't do haha.
Looking forward to? Trent's family coming into town to celebrate Bob's birthday
Daddy moment? Talking about how much fun/different it will be next year when we're at the pumpkin patch will Lil' O all bundled up with us.  He/She will be 6 months by then- crazy!

 She could not get enough of the bouncy houses and slides at the pumpkin patch! We probably could've watched her all day :)

 Is that not the face of pure joy?!?

 Lil' O had fun at the pumpkin patch too :) You can see our pile of pumpkins on the ground and the pumpkin I'm holding is the pumpkin Jeryn helped us pick out for "her" baby.  My favorite quote from our day at the patch was from my baby daddy, "I don't know what it is, but being out here and seeing all these pumpkins makes me so happy." Hahaha... he is such a little kid at heart which makes me and baby so happy.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

In Jeryn's Words

We watched Jeryn last week and finally got all of her predictions on video.  As you can see... she's pretty set on who the baby belongs to, what gender the baby is, and what "her" baby's name will be.  Glad she's got it all figured out!  Plus she even said she'd be changing the dirty diapers.  That's a loving cousin right there :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

14 Weeks & 2nd Trimester!!

 Baby O is the size of a lemon

How far along? 14 Weeks and the arrival into the 2nd trimester- what my baby books are describing as the "honeymoon period" of pregnancy.
 Total weight gain? No weight gain yet
Maternity clothes? Nope- but see the baby belly in the pic?  It's starting to make it's debut.
Stretch marks? Nope- going through lots of cocoa butter to be proactive!
Sleep? Awesome all last week but crappy the last 2 nights- I've had some awful headaches.  All I want to do is pop some extra strength Excedrin but that's not on my approved list...
Best moment this week? Obviously the heartbeat last Wednesday :)
Miss anything? Nothing this week
Movement? Nope- but my doctor said I should feel some in the next month.  Oh my, this gets me so excited!
Food cravings? Nothing new.  Although, people are onto the deliciousness of the Sunny D Orange Colada flavor... Wal-Mart has been out of it the last 2 times we've been there... and I've never even seen it at Price Chopper.  Since these are the only store options in Gardner, me and the baby are very sad :( 
Anything making you queasy/sick? Still nervous to try chicken again even though chicken strips don't sound awful.  I feel like this is progress!
Gender? Come on November...
Labor Signs? Nope
Symptoms? Some abdominal pain which the doctors and books say is normal- something about my uterus growing and the ligaments being stretched.  Good news is that my nausea is down to a couple days a week.  Looks like me and Zofran might be breaking up our BFF status any day now... but I don't want to jinx myself here.
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody? HAPPY!  Although I wasn't on Sunday with an all day 6 am- 11 pm headache.  That was no fun and I wasn't the best at work today since I felt sick :(  Thank heavens for wonderful coworkers!
Looking forward to? Trenton and I have started two lists- the "before baby to-do list" and the "holy crap there's a lot to buy for a baby list".  But you know I love a good list :)
Daddy moment? Thankful I have a husband who is even more motivated than me to start getting things done for Lil' O.  He/She really will be here before we know it!

 We owe a HUGE thank you to the Hermons for our gift basket they brought by the house last week.  Baby O got his/her first book and first stuffed animal, and lots of other goodies.  Plus we love that they are ESU yellow :)

Forgot to share this picture on the blog (it's already on facebook) of our first outfit we bought for the little one- an ESU Hornet onesie.  We were in Emporia for Trent's 10 year football ceremony thing and we had to hit up the bookstore for baby's first Hornet gear.  For our friends we couldn't tell in person they got this picture in a text saying, "A baby hornet will be joining our family on 4-1-13." Trent has already called dibs on this being the coming home from the hospital outfit.  I'm not settling on anything too soon though...