Monday, November 28, 2016

Baby Waterman: Week 22

How Far Along? 22 weeks

Size of the Baby: Coconut {10.9 inches and 15.1 ounces according to The Bump app}

Gender: BOY!! We waited until Thanksgiving to open up the envelope from our anatomy scan and we are so excited to welcome a Baby Boy into our family!!

Weight Gain: At my last visit, I have gained a total of 4 pounds.

Maternity Clothes: Yes!  I hope that I'm all set with buying maternity clothes for the rest of my pregnancy--I may have to buy some bigger sizes in shirts closer to the end.  Mom, Mattie, and I went up to the outlets on Black Friday and I got a maternity winter jacket to keep us nice and toasty when it gets cold!

Nursery: We have a crib ordered!  Baby Boy was spoiled on Black Friday and we are starting to get all things baby in the house.  Now to get Tom moving on emptying out the guest room so we have somewhere to store everything.

Movement: Yes! Baby's flips, turns, and kicks have become increasingly stronger this week.  Tom was able to feel him move right when I turned 22 weeks and Mom was able to feel him move on Thanksgiving.

Symptoms: I am still pretty tired most days {especially after an action packed weekend} and am still having pretty significant right hip pain.  Still just taking it all in stride and overall enjoying pregnancy!

Sleep: Sleep has been pretty hit or miss for me lately.  I use my Snoogle at night, but I end up on my back and then can't get up when I need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.  Tom is going to be so happy when I can sleep through the night again {so I won't have to wake him up to help me out of bed}.

Cravings/Aversions: Still no true cravings, just the same aversions to red meat and coffee.

What I Miss: There is nothing that I miss too much--just blue cheese and sushi!  But I will give up anything to keep Baby Boy healthy!

Best Moment This Week: Without a doubt, the best moment of the week was finding out that the baby is a BOY!  We are over the moon to know what we are having and are so excited to start planning.  Tom was absolutely convinced that the baby was a girl and he was in pure shock that he is going to have a boy.

Looking Forward To: Starting to get everything BABY!  We have started assembling the things we got on Black Friday and I just cannot believe that a baby will be in our house in March!  We cannot wait!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Baby Waterman: Week 21

How Far Along? 21 weeks...I cannot believe how fast this pregnancy is flying by!

Size of the Baby: Endive {10.5 inches and 12.7 ounces according to The Bump app}

Gender: We had our anatomy scan on 11/9/16 and have been holding on to the envelope since then with the gender--we are staying strong on waiting until Thanksgiving to open!

Weight Gain: At my last visit, I have gained a total of 4 pounds.

Maternity Clothes: Without a doubt!  I felt like as soon as I found out I was pregnant that my stomach starting being extremely bloated and normal clothes were extremely uncomfortable.  I was able to get by up until Week 20 with the side panel pants, but now I am much more comfortable in full panel!

Nursery: We haven't even started converting our guest room to the nursery.  We have plans to move the full size double bed out of that room and replace it with a trundle bed {that way we still have places for family to sleep when they visit}.  We are definitely still in the planning phase!!

Movement: Yes! I started feeling consistent movement at Week 20.  I was starting to get really worried that I hadn't felt anything yet {especially when at Week 12 the nurse asked if I had felt anything!}.  At our anatomy scan, Baby was doing somersaults in my belly and it was absolutely amazing to watch!

Symptoms: I am still super tired, especially at the end of a long day.  My right hip has been bothering me since about Week 15--I know this is not something that is going to go away until Baby is here so I'm just trying to stretch, stay as active as possible, using heat, and getting prenatal massages.

Sleep: I have been having very vivid dreams, including some terrible nightmares.  This week has been a little bit better, but still waking up several times during the night to go to the bathroom or just to get more comfortable.

Cravings/Aversions: I have not had any real cravings yet, but am having some terrible aversions to foods.  I cannot eat red meat without feeling terrible and getting sick, pork is starting to have the same effect on me, and I am about sick of chicken!

What I Miss: My doctor laughed at me when I told her that I miss blue cheese and sushi the most since finding out I was pregnant.  She said most people said wine, but to each their own!  Honestly though, I am so happy about Baby that I will take not having something for 40 weeks to make sure they are happy and healthy!

Best Moment This Week: The best moment of the week was our anatomy scan {technically Week 20, but still within the same week as this update}.  It was hands down the most amazing experience of either Tom or my lives.  I cannot explain how unbelievable cool it was to see Baby moving all around and have the tech reassure us that everything is growing the way it should!

The second best moment of the week was ordering our cupcakes for our gender reveal on Thanksgiving.  I am so glad that Tom went with me to order them...I was so excited about ordering the right flavor cupcakes and handing them the gender envelope that I forgot to tell them to actually pipe in the coordinating color for the gender into the cupcakes!  Tom said "Aren't you forgetting the most important part??"  Ugh, pregnancy brain is real!  As a side note, one of the weird dreams I've had since becoming pregnant was that the bakery piped in yellow icing and didn't give us the envelope back so we had no way of knowing what the gender was!  So at our appointment, I had them write out TWO envelopes with the gender inside just in case!

Looking Forward To: We are looking forward to finding out if Baby Waterman is a girl or boy.  Everyone keeps asking if we have a preference to a gender and we honestly do not care if Baby is a boy or girl.  We just want them to be healthy!  However, we are so excited to find out the gender because that will just make this so REAL!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Baby Waterman: Pregnancy So Far

This may turn out to be a very lengthy post, but I want to write as much as I can about my pregnancy so far--I don't want to have five or six posts getting up to date all the way to Week 20.  So sit back, this could be a long read!

How We Found Out

Tom and I had been trying for Baby since I got back from running at Disney.  We had a trip planned for the beach with my mom and even though it was a few days early, I wanted to go ahead and take a test before we left the morning of July 15.  The test quickly came back negative, I chucked it in the trash, and tried not to think about it anymore while we were at the beach.  I had been following Weight Watchers since March and had lost 25 pounds before the beach trip.  Up until probably the week before the beach, I had felt so good and not bloated at all!  However, the day we left, I started feeling gross and bloated--not what I wanted when I had felt so good about my progress!  I attributed it to being that time of the month and just tried to get through the week.  I was absolutely exhausted and there was even one day that I had to take a three hour nap!  Again, I just thought that I was just not feeling well and was just thankful that I was on vacation and able to take it easy.

Well, the whole way back the following Friday {July 22}, I thought that I needed to take another test when we got home even though it would be taken in the late afternoon and not first thing in the morning like recommended.  Tom finally just told me to do it as soon as we got back to ease my mind.  As soon as we unloaded the car, I went upstairs to take the test.  I left it on the bathroom counter and came back downstairs.  I told Tom that I was going to check the mail and that I had left the test on the counter that he could go check it if he wanted to while I was gone.  The entire walk to the mailbox and back to the house I told myself that the test was going to be negative, but that was okay because it would give us another month to save money and get better prepared for starting our family.  As soon as I walked in the door with the mail, Tom had a giant smile on his face and said "Congratulations baby..."  I pretty much blanked out everything after that because I just couldn't believe that we were pregnant.  It is finally our turn to be parents!

We had to still go over to his parents house to pick up Elli.  We talked briefly about telling them, but decided we wanted it to be our secret for a little bit before we told anyone.

Telling Our Families

We told my mom first.  I showed her a picture on my phone of the positive pregnancy test, telling her it was my favorite picture from the beach trip.  She just looked at me and then said that she couldn't read it without her glasses!  Don't worry--as long as she knew what the picture was of, she was very excited!!  We spent the rest of the weekend talking about Baby and already planning on when she can come up to be with me when Tom is traveling for work near my due date!

We then told Tom's parents.  We joke that the New York Giants always have good seasons and win the Super Bowl when Tom and I have big life changing events.  For example, they won the Super Bowl the first year we were dating and then they won the year we got married.  So, Tom started talking to his parents just like normal and said "Well, I think that the Giants are going to have a good season...".  At this point, I could tell that his mom had stopped listening because she assumed it was going to be a long-winded sports talk between Tom and his dad.  However, Tom continued "...because you are going to be grandparents."  You should have seen her jump up out of her seat and start jumping up and down and screaming.  {We definitely learned our lesson about showing our parents a tiny picture on our phone...especially when they don't have their glasses handy!}

I next told my dad about Baby.  I called him on my way home from work one evening and was so excited to tell him that he was going to be a grandfather.  I think I totally caught him off guard, but he was very happy to hear the news.  He even managed to keep it a secret until we were ready to tell the rest of the extended family!

Tom and I decided that we wanted to wait to tell our extended family until after our 12 Week appointment.  We just wanted to make sure that everything was okay and that Baby was growing the way they should be.  I was also scared to make a big giant announcement and then have to back track if something were to have happened {can you tell that I have been extremely anxious during this pregnancy?!}.  After our 12 Week appointment, I called my grandmother to tell her that she was going to be a great grandmother.  Again, I think I caught her off guard, but she was so happy!  I'm glad that we have some good news to share and brighten everyone's day!  My grandmother told my grandfather and he called me and we had a long talk about Baby and I could tell how happy the news had made him.  Tom called his grandmother when he got home from work and I could hear her yelling through the phone from the other end of the house!  For the rest of the family, we decided to make announcements to mail out.  We made them with a picture of Elli and it said "I'm going to be a Big Sister!"  Elli is such a big part of our lives and we wanted to make sure to include her in the announcement.

Bump Photos

I started taking weekly bump pictures at Week 10.  Looking back at these, I really wish I would have worn the same shirt throughout all the pictures so that you can really see the growth since some shirts are looser than others!

But here we go...Week 10 through Week 20 in Bump Photos

Alright, I think that is enough for one post.  I am planning on getting a post together on First Trimester must-haves, maternity clothes run through, and a first look at what we are thinking about registering for Baby!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Coming Soon: Baby Waterman!

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen our exciting news...we are expecting!  We are so beyond amazed and thankful that Baby Waterman will be joining our family in March 2017.

This pregnancy has knocked me off of my game--I have, thankfully, not had any morning sickness but I have been insanely tired and nauseous throughout my entire first trimester.  I am happy to report that the nausea has almost subsided {I am just left with extreme food aversions}, but I am still extremely tired.  I have had one trip to the ER for dizziness which was a result of low blood pressure and dehydration.  I had wanted to start documenting my pregnancy on my blog {and return to blogging more frequently}, but I have just now started to feel like I can adequately compose my feelings/thoughts {I have been very anxious and nervous to start sharing information too early in the pregnancy} and am just now starting to feel like a human again.

My "official" due date is March 29, 2017.  At our ultrasounds, baby is measuring two days behind that, but they said unless it was more than a week they are not going to change the due date.  My "flip day" when I switch to my next week is Wednesday--this Wednesday I will be 21 weeks pregnant.  I have been taking weekly bump photos since Week 10--I chose this week because it was {1} after our first visit with our OB and {2} I thought it was a good number to start with.

Honestly, I don't think it has quite sunken in with either Tom or myself that we are pregnant.  We are so incredibly excited to meet Baby in just a few months, but it just doesn't seem real or that it is really our turn to be parents!  We are finding out the gender on Thanksgiving so I bet that will make it start seeming REAL!  Plus, Baby has starting moving and shaking in my belly and I just love those sweet movements--I cannot wait until Tom can feel them too!

Hopefully this will not be my last post for six months {as my current track record dictates}.  I really want to come back to my little space and start documenting our lives, as mundane as it can be sometimes!  I love that I can go back through my archives and follow our journey from graduating college to finding jobs to getting married to moving into our first home.

I will be back with a look back my bump photos for weeks 10 through 20, as well as how we found out that we were expecting, how we told our families, and a few milestones that happened during those weeks.  Then, I will start on Wednesday with weekly bump updates!

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