Maternity Pictures!

If you know me, then you know I’m borderline obsessed in love with pictures!  I like pictures for special events, special people and even the mundane events (I mean, who goes to Paris and contacts a photographer for some professional pictures on vacation?! I’m pretty sure 99% of people thought I was crazy when I said we were doing that.. my husband included!) of every day life but these are pictures I will forever cherish and love!

I know I say this often, but there was a time I didn’t know if we’d have this special moment of expecting a little one and because of that, these pictures are even more special.

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It was SUCH a cold morning (33 degrees!) and SO incredibly windy.  Thankfully the rain held off but the dew on the ground was beyond wet.  I envisioned red, yellow and orange leaves all over but with the weather this fall – going from 90 degree days to 40 overnight – the trees just didn’t quite turn as beautiful as they usually do.  This just seemed SO fitting with our journey, that we wouldn’t have a beautiful colorful day with warm, dry weather but we persevered and ended up getting some really good pictures!

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We even almost didn’t do a second outfit because I was beyond freezing and my feet were drenched – I wore sandals since you couldn’t see my feet and I didn’t want anything too bulky underneath just in case.

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Jess kept saying – I think if we don’t do any in the second outfit, you’ll regret it… and I just want to make sure you get every picture you want! I’m so glad she kept saying that! I think it’s a nice change up from our dressier outfits and I really wanted to make sure we got a picture with our sweet book!

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We need to decide which ones we’ll blow up to a little bigger for the Baby’s room since I’d like a picture or two in there 🙂 Any help with which are your favorites would be great!

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This was also the one photoshoot that Logan was SO cooperative during! He didn’t make any faces and kept saying “if you want to do another pose or another outfit, whatever you want!!” but I was just SO cold that it was hard to focus on staying out there longer than an hour!

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The picture above was in standing water… we didn’t realize it when we walked down the hill to it and into the swamp but as soon as I went further in, I was completed sunken in ice cold water! We walked back out a little bit but anything for a good shot 🙂

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Don’t mind the bruising on my arm from the glucose test! Those bruises stuck around for a little bit!

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There have never been more truer words than this book…

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We will always remember our journey and how hard it was to get Baby G  here and we’ll always be incredibly thankful for this opportunity to be Baby G’s parents ❤

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We just ordered our Christmas cards – yes I know it’s early – and it was hard deciding on the picture to use!  We didn’t use any of these ones though so it’ll still be a surprise when people receive them after Thanksgiving!

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Baby G, you are loved beyond words!

Let me know which ones are your favorites for us to put in Baby’s room – Lord knows I have a hard time making those decisions!

Photography: Jess Nolan – photographer if you’re in the Minneapolis area!

aKristi

31 Weeks Bumpdate

Excuse the no filter, no makeup, just rode in a car for 5 hours with no shower bump picture 😊 Also we take my bump pictures on Fridays so this picture is from last week (even though tomorrow I’ll be 32 weeks!).

Only a few more weeks of these updates – well more than a few – since we’re almost to the home stretch! The biggest obstacle this week?! Telling everyone they have to get a flu shot if they want to see or hold the Baby! We haven’t told friends yet but we started to tell family and while most understand and have already gotten it for us – some aren’t so thrilled… Sorry but we are definitely going to be those parents in the beginning! The docs say the flu is going to be pretty bad this year so we need all the protection we can get for Baby G to stay healthy!  Did any of you have to do this?!

Moving on to our bumpdate and all the info!

How Far Along? 31 weeks!

Size of Baby:
 A bunch of asparagus 🙂

Gender:
 Dying to find out!! We’re waiting and still have another 8.5 weeks but I can’t wait to see if we have a Baby Boy or Baby Girl!

Weight Gain: 
I’m up 25 pounds (at least at my 28 week appointment, I was!). I was hoping I’d only gain the recommended 25-30 pounds but have a feeling I’ll be a bit over since I still have a bit to go!

Maternity Clothes:
 I’m wearing both maternity and non-maternity still! Pant wise.. give me all the maternity leggings and jeans! But dress wise.. most are non-maternity! I have a few maternity tops (like the one I wore in the last life lately post) but thankfully I can still wear a lot of my non-maternity tops since I never wore too fitted of tops!

Nursery:
The crib is up!! I repeat.. the crib is up! We had our carpets cleaned last week so we could finally start doing more in the nursery! Logan put the crib up last Sunday and now we’re just waiting to order our glider and dresser to figure out where I want things to go! I’m such a visual person so I need to see it before I decide (something Logan hates!).

Movement:
 Baby G is moving around like crazy! Some days  more than others but almost always at night. Baby moves and more than just kicks but full ripple effects 🙂 It would be SO interesting to see what Baby looks like while he/she is doing all those  movements since at our 19 week ultrasound, Baby didn’t move a whole lot! I love feeling it though – it’s like Oh hi Baby G! 🙂

Symptoms:
 Thankfully my heartburn has been a bit more under control thanks to the Doc prescribing me some meds to help! But I’m hoping it means Baby will have lots of hair! Logan and I were pretty much bald so it’ll be interesting to see what Baby comes out with! I’m exhausted almost always and have to pee every 10  minutes but other than that I’m doing good with no symptoms! Still feeling good so that’s been nice!

Sleep:
 I’ve been sleeping pretty good… weird dreams galore but otherwise pretty good! Thankfully I’ve learned to like my Snoogle pregnancy pillow – not quite at LOVE yet but I like it and it’s been more comfy for my hips when I use it! I still get up to pee all the time but Logan and I switched sides of the bed (begrudgingly but since I was so sick that one week, I agreed to get to the toilet faster!) so it’s been easier to get to the bathroom to pee! I’m happy if I only get up twice!

Cravings: I haven’t really had any cravings where I was like “I HAVE to have it!!” but I still do love sweets and pizza! Thankfully I haven’t had any weird ones either because I’m not sure I could handle that! haha!

What I Miss: Hmm I miss sleeping on my back!! OH my, does it feel good when I lay on my back for even 2 seconds before rolling back over to my side.  I miss wearing a lot of my clothes that I love for fall. I miss caffeine – and a good cold sub sandwich! But I’d give up anything for this baby so I’m good! And honestly, since I passed my glucose test, I’m more than happy to give up anything else (aside from all sugar!) 🙂

Best Moment This Week:
 My baby shower with my in-laws was pretty great! And seeing the crib in the nursery! It still feels SO surreal but slowly it’s feeling more real!  We also finished our birthing classes this week which is crazy! I know not everyone does these but they definitely made us feel more knowledgeable and I’m all about the more I know.. the better!

Looking Forward To:
 Getting the nursery together! And also having NO plans until Baby is here! I mean, we have a few things here and there but nothing that we’re traveling too far for or for too long! I’m excited to relax and start getting the nursery more put together little by little!

I can’t believe that I’m 32 weeks tomorrow which means after that it’ll be less than 8 weeks – haha! Thank you all for following along over all these weeks and for all your support! I truly am so thankful for this experience and definitely am not taking any of it for granted!

aKristi

Christmas Themed Baby Shower!

Happy Tuesday!

I can’t believe that at the end of next week, it’ll be November!  This whole year seems to have flown by (although I certainly didn’t think that at the time) and now I’m hoping the next 8.5 weeks fly by too #letsmeetBabyG

This past weekend was our last weekend of plans and traveling since June so from here on out, it’s home home and more home time for weekends!

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Such cute gifts for the games too!!

We were in Oshkosh this last weekend with  my in-laws for my final Baby Shower before Baby G arrives!

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My sisters-in-law and mother-in-law!

I wasn’t given any details and not even an invite so I had no clue what to expect but seriously… it was SUCH a cute shower!  First of all, it was at a place called Caramel Crisp Corner which was a gift shop/gourmet popcorn cafe/ice cream candy shop and it was SO cute!

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It was Christmas themed and it even snowed a bit in the morning 🙂 Right up my alley for the holidays! The theme was in part because I love mildly obsessed with Christmas and also because of Baby G’s due date!

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There were Christmas trees, Christmas signs and even Christmas garland with lights!

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They served grilled cheeses and cups of cheddar broccoli soup (I had chicken dumpling though since I can’t do broccoli since being pregnant) which was so good! Oh yeah.. and there was buttered and cheesy popcorn for everyone.. um yum!

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We chatted while we ate and then played a few games; one, guess the baby! They had pictures of me, my siblings and Logan and his on a board and you had to guess who was who.  They also threw in a few non-family members that people had to guess to… I will say, I guessed Rickie Fowler and Reese Witherspoon pretty quick… well Rickie pretty quickly!

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I’ve been SO excited to start new traditions with Baby G even before Baby G was inside me! I can’t wait to read this book every year on Christmas Eve 🙂

Next game was “What did Logan pack in Kristi’s Hospital Bag?”.

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My sister and niece were able to make it – which is always a good time to have some family from each side! 🙂

I had never heard of this game before (though i’m sure you have!) and the night after my shower in town here, Logan’s mom and sister told Logan the following scenario – Kristi just went into labor and needs to get to the hospital ASAP.  She has not packed anything – you have 3 minutes to pack her hospital bag… what do you pack?

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It was funny to see what he picked!! #threelillypulitzertops

For the game, they listed a bunch of things and said to pick the 5 things he put in my hospital bag.  It was fun to see what people thought he’d pack – was he sensible or had no idea?!

Logan stopped by the shower about an hour in and helped me open gifts which was really nice.  And it always helps take the spotlight off of just me while opening gifts (it’s always SO awkward! Anyone else?!).

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Logan’s aunt made us the most beautiful baby blanket to match the wallpaper in Baby’s room! It’s literally perfect and looks great on the crib right now 🙂

Everyone brought a book for Baby G (which is something I always love – in lieu of a card bringing a book and writing to Baby a sweet message) and I can’t wait to read them to Baby G when he/she gets here! We started to read to Baby so maybe we’ll read a few of those before he/she comes! My sweet SIL Delaney wrote the SWEETEST note to Baby in her book “God Gave Us You” and I literally bawl tear up every time I read it!

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Everyone got to take a favor (or two) from Bath & Body Works and if you know me, I’m all about giving away favors for ANY party so I loved this! 🙂

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Oh yeah.. and for dessert?! Actual Christmas sugar cookie cut outs – Christmas trees and all!

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It was all so thoughtful and sweet!

Baby G sure is loved 🙂

aKristi

 

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Happy Thursday!!

Last weekend was literally the fastest weekend EVER!  Let’s do a recap… Friday was the longest thing ever with  my 3 hour glucose test.  THEN I came home and felt crappy since I didn’t eat for like 16 hours plus I was just SO tired so I took the rest of the day to relax and wait for my results..

I waited, waited and waited more and never got a phone call! So I worried all day and night as usual.  Logan took me for some chori queso dip that night in case I got the word that I didn’t pass and chips and queso wouldn’t quite be in my diet for the next 11 weeks..

Just looking a little bit tired after my day 🙂

Y’all.. he is not a huge fan of getting Mexican so that was so sweet of him 🙂 #itsthelittlethings And if you saw my Instastory, I mentioned that I rented a dress and unfortunately our pictures were cancelled due to the rain and we couldn’t reschedule before the dress had to be back… Logan kept saying “let’s just take one or two to see if you even like the type of dress and you could rent it again…”

These might not be the most flattering pictures for non-pregnant people but I worked really hard to have this bump!

…so I obliged finally and his photography skills isn’t too bad! #husbandoftheyear

My in-laws arrived late Friday night in time for the shower Saturday!

We woke up Saturday and got ready for the shower…

how cute are these invites?! The theme was definitely little pumpkins 🙂 My favorite!

One of the sweet hostesses! 

And the other hostess!

The shower was SO nice! It was laid back, fun and nice to visit with so many great friends!

My sweet mother in law!

Both grandmas to be!

I LOVED the cookies – they were SO sweet and they tasted amazing too!

Gift opening time!

Baby G is definitely loved!  It was so sweet to see so many people excited for us and to meet Baby.

Baby G’s aunts!

And Baby G’s other aunt and cousin ❤ 

Y’all know my LOVE of Paris after our trip last year and Elaine just came back from there and brought Baby G this onesie! I’m officially obsessed! 

Does anyone else feel extremely awkward opening gifts in front of people? Also please note my sweet sweet niece helping me open gifts 🙂

Next up this week in Baby related news… our first childbirth class was last night! 🙂 Crazy to think we’re down to 10 weeks on Saturday already!

aKristi

Baby Shower time!

I had my first official Baby Shower this past weekend and it was so sweet!

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Missing a few ladies but they were there in spirit! 🙂

My cousin and aunts threw it for me at my cousin’s new home and it was such a good time! We don’t have very many of us on my Dad’s immediate side, so we’re all really close and any time we get together, is just great!

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Love my aunts!

My sister threw a bridal luncheon with them back in 2015 and I recapped our craziness here. 🙂 This time, it was a little different seeing as how I couldn’t even indulge in one of my favorite drinks; mimosas!

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Thanks to my cousin for a nice and laid-back shower!

We chatted, ate yummy food and opened presents!  Perfect afternoon that turned into evening.

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Reminder to Kristi: close your legs when you have a dress on!! Oye vey!!

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My cousin’s little girl, Collins loved helping me open gifts and seeing everything!

One of my good friends from college (and one of the first friends I made at UWEC) was able to join and I can’t believe it’s been so long since we’ve gotten together!

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How cute is her little girl, Lily?!

Everyone got me such wonderful gifts that I can’t wait for Baby G to get here so we can use them (but please stay in at least 10 more weeks, Baby! :)).

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Love my sweet sister!

It was a perfect way to welcome my third trimester!

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My sister’s best friend joined us for the festivities and she’s just so sweet!! Thanks for coming, Paula!!

It was extra special because my Grandma was able to come! I lived with my Grandparents in college for two years (as well as the end of my senior year) and we lost my Grandpa in February of this year.  It’s been hard.  My Grandma has Alzheimers and it’s just been so difficult for all of us to see such a decline in her.  I will always cherish the times when she was so spunky and full of life!

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Now, I’m just happy with any time I get with her and this past weekend I got so much time! My heart is definitely full after spending so much time with my family!

We have such a busy week this week; we have our maternity pictures Wednesday, pending the thunderstorms they’re predicting (please oh please change!) and my Baby Shower with friends on Saturday! I can’t wait!

aKristi

Baby Room Inspiration Board!

Happy hump day!

So many of you asked for a little sneak peek of Baby G’s room and honestly… we have one wall done with wallpaper but otherwise, it’s still a mess with non-baby things! HOWEVER, I did start a little inspiration board with the things we already have and/or registered for so I could see how it all would look together 🙂

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Since we obviously don’t know the gender of Baby G (it’s killlllling me, y’all!), I went with a gender neutral nursery – obviously- and we’ll be using creamy beige, white and gray.  Once Baby is here, I’ll add in a little more color with more gender specific colors!  And I realize now a days, there are no “gender specific” colors but to me, there still is for a nursery so that’s the plan for now!

I have other ideas too but haven’t found the perfect items so I’ll keep those to myself for now. 🙂

I’m so excited to start working on Baby G’s nursery, in the next few weeks and think it’ll finally feel more real!  It’s goofy, I know, since feeling the baby and getting bigger should make it all so REAL but even Logan has said “sometimes it feels like we’re having a baby and other days, it really doesn’t” and I totally feel the same way! SO SURREAL!  I just can’t wait for all the shower(s), nursery time and just all of it!

I’ll share some actual sneak peeks once we start working in there more. First up, paint! We’re looking for a VERY light gray or cream color but haven’t found the perfect one just yet… if you have suggestions, let me know!

What was something you had in your nursery you loved or wish you had?! Or if you’re a “praying mama-to-be” , what is something you love?!

Have a fabulous mid-week day!

aKristi

Pregnancy Weeks 14 & 15!

I can’t believe I’m 16 weeks along already! Time is going fast but so slow at the same time – does that even make sense?! I realized I never hit the “publish” button on these last week so here’s a catch up to now 🙂

How Far Along? 14 weeks

Size of Baby:
 A sweet little peach!

Gender:
 Looks like we won’t know Baby G’s gender until he/she comes out! Some days it’s SO hard not knowing especially with IVF because we could have found out immediately but other days, it’s not so bad looking at gender neutral things!

Weight Gain: 
I was up 7 pounds at my 12 week appointment and that’s the last I was weighed!  I’m hoping it doesn’t keep creeping up so quickly since the doctor advised he’d like to see my weight gain between 25-30 (at most) lbs!

Maternity Clothes:
 I have a pair of maternity leggings and so far, that’s all I’ve tried! My dresses are already coming up a bit from my bump though but hoping I can rock them throughout summer!

Nursery:
We haven’t done a whole lot with this part yet!  We do have our crib and a few other things but we need to get our basement finished before we can move our guest bedroom/office out of baby’s nursery!

Movement:
 Nothing yet!

Symptoms:
 Some days are better than others with my nausea and I’m realllly hoping it goes away soon indefinitely until Baby G comes! I’m still pretty tired but sometimes feel more of a surge of energy that I thought I’d be feeling in the second trimester 🙂

Sleep:
 Still tired and as soon as my head hits the pillow at night, I’m out! I do notice that when I roll from side to side (on my back in the middle), I have some straining/stretching which is a little bit uncomfortable but otherwise, sleeping OK!

Cravings:
 Nothing too in particular… I still want more junk food than healthy food (which is normal for me pre-pregnancy!) but I’ve been trying to be better with eating more fruit/veggies/protein!


What I Miss:
 I miss a good cold frozen margarita on these hot days! 🙂

Best Moment This Week:
 Hearing Baby G’s heartbeat!! Gosh, that will never get old! He/She was moving around while we listened and it was so neat to hear it! The Nurse said we have an active one in there 🙂

Looking Forward To:
 All the pregnancy things! I can’t wait for our next appointment and ultrasound.  I can’t wait to start working on the nursery! I can’t wait to start feeling Baby move… I mean, ALL OF IT!

How Far Along? 15 weeks

Size of Baby:
 An orange!

Gender:
 Still deciding Boy AND Girl names since we won’t know Baby G’s gender until he/she makes their appearance!

Weight Gain: 
We’ll see at my appointment next week……. a little nervous about this just because I don’t mind having a belly (mind you, AT ALL) but I’m nervous to go over the recommended weight gain!  I know people go over it a lot but I just want to be as healthy as possible for Baby G!

Maternity Clothes:
 I finally bit the bullet and went into Motherhood Maternity with Logan and my SIL and bought 2 pairs of sweatpants type shorts and a nursing bra because we were headed to the camper and I wanted to be comfy! The sales lady was a bit aggressive and said to try my pre-pregnancy size in shorts (so I grabbed the smalls) and said the nursing bra was also my t-shirt size…. which is a small…. I sized up in the bra to a medium and seriously?!?! My boobs have gotten SO big that there’s no way that would even work – so if any larger chested Mama’s are out there, what did you use?! I’m up to a size G already and I’m not even half way through…….. Also, the shorts didn’t work. So all went back!

Nursery: 
I feel like everyone does this but I really love baby elephants and think we’ll incorporate them somehow into the nursery 🙂 We found the cutest elephant stuffed animal that sang at the Christmas Store and it solidified my thoughts on an elephant warm beige nursery… for now at least!

Movement:
 Nothing yet…. Hoping it’ll start soon enough since I’m getting almost to half way point! SO excited!

Symptoms:
 Ugh, the nausea has definitely not subsided this week… With the heat and humidity, it hasn’t helped either.  Praise all you Mama-to-be’s who were 8-9 months pregnant during the summer! I don’t mind the heat at all normally, so it’s weird to get so hot so fast! I also noticed that dairy products have not been good to my tummy lately either.. I’m still drinking milk a few times a day to get that calcium in but man it’s rough! And I love milk!!

Sleep:
 Can we talk about all the weird pregnancy dreams?!?!? And most don’t even have to do with pregnancy or Baby G! Like Woah…….

Cravings:
 I’ve been really loving pizza this week 🙂 And breadsticks… all the bread! Make note of my concerns about weight gain above…….

What I Miss:
 Shopping for clothes! It’s no shock to anyone that I love shopping but lately I haven’t wanted to shop because A) things I used to wear aren’t as cute anymore with my “does she have a bump or is she just larger” belly B) I don’t know how long they’ll fit with my bump increasing in size! Don’t get me wrong, I am SO excited for my belly to get bigger as Baby G grows but I just feel like I’m still in the in between stage so dressing it and being cute is still something I’m trying to tackle.

Best Moment This Week:
 We spent time with my in-laws during this week(end) and it was so nice!  They live further away so we usually only visit 2-3 times a year so it was nice to spend time with them.

Looking Forward To:
 My 16 week appointment!  Hoping for a strong heartbeat and good results 🙂 Love this little one of ours already SO MUCH!!

Bumpdate – 13 Weeks!

Happy hump day!! This *bumpdate* is from last week (which I suppose is how they’ll go so I finish off my week and share how it was!) and I can’t believe I’m almost 15 weeks!

I promise I’ll have a non-pregnancy related post on Friday but for now… it’s all about those bumpdates 🙂

How Far Along? 13 weeks

Size of Baby:
 Lemon!

Gender:
 We still don’t know the gender yet (even though we could have found out immediately before the transfer – one perk of IVF, right?!) and I think we’re going to end up waiting until Baby G is here to see if we have a daughter or son 🙂

Weight Gain: 
I haven’t weighed myself this week – our scale isn’t the most reliable so I’m thinking I’ll wait until my 16 week appointment 🙂 So far as I know… 7 pounds still!

Maternity Clothes:
 Welllllll – I definitely have been wearing maternity leggings (already!!) but still sticking to dresses for now and hoping that will last a while!

Nursery: 
I’m leaning towards a beige warm nursery where I can add in colors  more after Baby G is here! I don’t have any cute ideas for a completely gender neutral nurseries so I’m thinking this.. Or i’ll order two different bedding sets once it’s closer (one girl and one boy) so we have the one we want prior to pictures after Baby G Is here!

Movement:
 I don’t believe any yet… although on Monday night, I got up to pee for the 3rd time and I definitely felt something that wasn’t “normal”.  Obviously I don’t know what to expect when it’s time to feel Baby – I know friends have said it’s like flutters but still, I hope I can tell immediately! 🙂

Symptoms:
 I thought the nausea was subsiding a bit but it’s been back full force this week! I even threw up (TMI, I know) for the first time this week after eating a bagel.. what the heck?! I was thinking it would start getting better by now, but that’s OK. Baby G is just letting me know he/she is still growing in there 🙂

Sleep:
 I’m still pretty exhausted and haven’t gotten all of my energy back yet. I’m sleeping OK at night but getting up to pee approximately 3-4 times a night! My lower back has started to hurt as well since I’m trying to sleep on my left side as much as possible!

Cravings:
 No change here – not really any cravings yet.  The nausea doesn’t help for sure! I do lean way more towards sweets though – I mean, give me all the candy or ice cream 🙂

What I Miss:
 Feeling great or “normal” for a full day. Some days the nausea really gets to me and others, it just feels like the new normal everyday!

Best Moment This Week:
 Looking at all the Christmas baby things on Pinterest 🙂 I’m already obsessed with Christmas and seeing all the cute baby things makes me SO happy and excited!

Looking Forward To:
 All of it.  I’m looking forward to all the movement and our next ultrasound which is still 2.5 weeks away!

When trying isn’t enough (Part 2)

This journey to Baby G has been a long one!  And I’m not going to lie, until our Baby is in our arms and healthy; I think I’m going to be nervous.  I’m trying to soak in all of this goodness though!

So what happened after our transfer?!

THE TRANSFER DAY

Our transfer day was an emotional day! All of the prepping and preparing for this day and it was finally here!  We met with the doc scheduled for the day (not our doc) and he set our minds at ease with answering any questions we had and letting us know what to expect with the transfer and after.  I was fully awake during the transfer (unlike the retrieval) and thankfully Logan could come back for this one as well.  We watched the whole procedure on the ultrasound screen and while it isn’t “traditional” or “fun” in the sense, it felt more intimate being included in the whole procedure.  I cried watching it all unfold (no surprise there!) and knowing that this could be it for us!

Everything went as perfectly as it could and I was instructed to go home on bed-rest for the next 48 hours.  Logan was a saint and waited on me hand and foot all weekend!  I have to say though… I did get REAL tired of having to yell “LOGAN!” when I needed something (i’m sure he was tired of hearing it as well :)).

THE “WAITING” DAYS

Then came the hard part… waiting!  So much of this process is waiting and after everything you’ve been through, the last thing you want to do is WAIT!

We had to wait about 10 days to see if the transfer was successful and if I was pregnant.  To be honest, at this point, I didn’t even feel like I had the transfer during the waiting period. We had been in and out of the fertility clinic every other day for tests/procedures/ultrasounds it seemed like so I felt like I was just waiting for my next appointment.  I thought it would be a lot harder to wait (many people asked if I would be taking a pregnancy test at home before going in for blood work because I just couldn’t wait! But I didn’t and I didn’t feel a need to at all).  Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to know!! I just knew it wouldn’t help to do a pregnancy test at home. I couldn’t take the chance of a false positive/negative. If it was going to be a yes or no, then I wanted to be sure.

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH

I went in for blood work a week and a half later with Logan and then we headed home to wait for the call.  This waiting was different than before..

I got the call from the clinic and immediately called out to Logan “it’s the clinic!!!” and he ran out into the other room where I was even though he was on a conference call! The doctor was SO nice and confirmed that my numbers looked SO good and that I was, in fact pregnant.  Tears immediately started flowing and it was almost like a “did he really just say that”?!

We knew we weren’t out of the wood works yet (are you really ever?!) but hearing this good news was what we needed to keep going!  I had to do another blood test 2 days later, to confirm my numbers were still looking good and increasing as they should.  Even though our close family knew we were doing our test that day, we didn’t tell anyone or reach out to anyone until we got confirmation on Wednesday.  It was just too hard to say “Yes I’m pregnant!” and then possibly have heartbreaking news two days later.

The clinic called Wednesday after another blood test (I went down to the clinic for my almost last blood draw!) and confirmed I was pregnant and my numbers were looking wonderful! We were ECSTATIC as you can imagine!

Infertility really takes away a lot from couples; on the smaller scale, I couldn’t tell Logan in a cute way that he was going to be a daddy or surprise our family with the great news because they knew everything along the way.  It strips you of a lot of those happy and “normal” moments that you don’t realize you’re lucky to have until you don’t have them.

WE’RE PREGNANT: NOW WHAT?!

I had to wait another 2 weeks before I had my first ultrasound to ensure Baby G looked good and to be released from the fertility clinic (still doing meds until week 10 though).  That was the longest 2 weeks – I had a few scary moments with spotting and one half day of full bleeding and it was so disheartening!  I tried to avoid going to the bathroom so I didn’t have to see any of it.  I just knew that something wasn’t right but somehow felt a sense of calming as well (if that makes sense).  I felt different being pregnant this time and truly felt that this was OUR baby and this time it would be different.  I trusted in God that everything would be OK and our baby would be growing just fine! I called the clinic and they had me come down to do another blood draw to ensure my numbers were still on track – it was too early for an ultrasound at this point.  This was SO incredibly scary.  I cried the whole way down to the office until I got home and waited.  I knew it was out of my hands at this point so I just had to keep my faith.  Thankfully, the nurse called right before end of day to let me know my numbers still looked great and where they should be!  Talk about a huge weight lifted!

The day after our scare, my nausea started 24/7 and it confirmed that Baby was still growing in there! 🙂 I prayed and prayed for morning sickness but I was eating my words about 3 days after getting it! Ha!

After that day, we waited for the Ultrasound and when it came – we were so ready! I was beyond nervous that day ( I mean, I was literally shaking all over since our last US hadn’t gone so well a few years earlier) and Logan was so sweet and grabbed my hand immediately as I laid on the table.  I didn’t know if I could look at the screen or just wait to hear the news first.  It’s hard because going through our previous miscarriage and infertility, we knew that we both couldn’t get too excited for this day.  We knew that there was a chance, something could be wrong and while we were both SO happy and excited we heard good news in the first place, we had to be cautious.

The doctor came in, the ultrasound started and right away he said “there’s the baby and strong heartbeat” and as tears rolled down our cheeks, I said “there’s a heartbeat?!?!?!” The tech zoomed in so we could see the little heart beating so fast since they said it would be hard to hear it at this point.  BEST DAY EVER!  I can’t even explain to you my feelings hearing and seeing that.  After that appointment, we were done with the fertility clinic!  It was such a weird feeling, knowing I wouldn’t be back there until it was time for Baby number 2 since I’d be there for almost a year – every other day!

SAYING GOODBYE TO THE FERTILITY CLINIC AND HELLO TO OUR OB!

I started with my OB’s office the following week and thankfully had another ultrasound.  The nerves were still high waiting for the ultrasound to start but it was SO amazing – little Baby G was dancing around and waving it’s little “arm” at us at 9.5 weeks!

I had my first “official” OB appointment last week and it was refreshing seeing my doctor again.  He had been with us through our previous miscarriage as well as did all of our fertility testing and referred us to the clinic.  We got to hear Baby G’s heartbeat at this appointment and it was literally music to our ears.  Even our doctor said “I have goosebumps! I hear heartbeats everyday but sometimes it’s just different like today!” He even told the nurse when she came back in about his goosebumps and how it’s amazing hearing it through some people’s perspective, like ours.  He knew how very thankful we are for EVERY part of this pregnancy (and baby!).

It’s been so hard because I feel like I should be like 6 months along with how long we’ve known! That’s another hard part with IVF – it’s great that you find out so quickly (like when Baby is 2 weeks along) but you can’t really say anything to anyone until after becoming a lot more comfortable! The last 11+ weeks have been hard keeping this not so little, secret from the world.

It’s crazy looking back at our journey; where we started and where we are now.  There are just so many emotions throughout the last few years that I couldn’t even begin to explain.  It is not lost on us that this process doesn’t work (the first time) for everyone and that were so fortunate and blessed that it did for us.

Infertility will always be a huge part of our lives and something that I feel SO strongly about. If you’re going through it and want/need to chat, please reach out.  It can be extremely lonely and we found that it helps to talk to someone who “gets it” a little more.

aKristi

Bumpdate {Weeks 9-12}

I have been wanting to document this time in our lives, for.. well ever! I want to be able to look back and remember how I felt each week and how my body changed.  Pregnancy is truly an amazing thing and I’m so incredibly thankful I get a chance to experience it!

How Far Along? 9 weeks

Size of Baby:
 Green Olive

Gender:
 This is a big debate in our household – I’m all for finding out but it’s important to Logan that we wait… so we’ll see how it plays out 🙂

Weight Gain: 
I’m up 3.4 pounds according to the doctor’s scale but I feel like a lot more!

Maternity Clothes:
 Nope — although I feel like it’ll happen sooner rather than later!

Nursery: 
Pinning away to my secret Pinterest board. I’m not thinking we’ll necessarily have a theme… except “gender neutral” if we don’t find out!

Movement:
 None yet! Absolutely cannot wait for it, though.

Symptoms:
 I have pretty much been nauseous since 6 weeks! I’m not going to lie though.. I prayed so hard for morning sickness (yes, I was eating my words pretty quickly!) just to know that Baby G is okay! I’m definitely ready for it to be done though 🙂  I’m also so exhausted just all the time, which is a good thing!

Sleep:
 I’m exhausted all the time like I mentioned above, so when it’s time for bed, I’m ready around 8 pm 🙂 I usually have to get up to pee at least once – but this week, I had one night where I got up 4 times!!

Cravings:
 No real cravings to speak of at all. Thanks to the nausea, nothing really sounds good but I’ve been able to eat more this week and feel okay!

What I Miss:
 Sangria and margaritas!  I’m not going to lie, I’ve only had about 2-3 drinks since we started IVF in January so I’ve already been 6 months without alcohol basically but now that it’s starting to get warm out, I could use a tall glass of red Sangria!

Best Moment This Week:
 We had another ultrasound this week (our first was around 7.5 weeks) and it’s just SO great to have confirmation little Baby is moving and growing! The baby was dancing around, as the technician noted as well as was “waving” it’s little nub for an arm at us! It was the sweetest thing ever! After a few minutes, the baby just laid and didn’t move but it’s heart was beating so fast! The technician said he/she must have been showing off for us and now was tired 🙂 Sweet little thing!

Looking Forward To:
 Everything.  A belly, a kick, all ultrasounds, baby snuggles.  Everything

How Far Along? 10 weeks

Size of Baby:
 a Strawberry (1.18 inches)

Gender:
 Dying over this one… I mean, I don’t know if I can wait another 30 weeks to find out! Neither of us have a preference at all whatsoever, just a healthy baby but I’m such a planner… that I’m not sure I can wait!

Weight Gain: 
Up the same as last week – about 3.5 pounds.

Maternity Clothes:
 I’m not sure if it’s the fertility meds (that I was able to finally end this week – YES!) or what but I am definitely “showing” early! I’ll take it though – whether it’s bloating or not, I can’t wait to show off a baby bump 🙂

Nursery: 
Still deciding! Babies R Us is closing which has been great for us – we already bought the crib and so many other things for the Nursery from there for great deals!

Movement:
 A few more weeks until this happens but man oh man, I cannot wait!

Symptoms:
 Nauseous all the time still – it had gotten better in the morning a little bit but back to being all day. Nauseous if I eat, if I don’t eat, eat small meals, etc.. but at least I know little Baby is doing good in there! I’m out of breath doing any little thing these days – already! And extremely tired 90% of the day!

Cravings:
 More sweets – give me all the ice cream or blue raspberry shaved ice, please!

What I Miss:
 Cold subs! With the hot weather, I’ve been craving a good cold turkey and cheese sandwich!

Best Moment This Week:
 How excited Logan is for Baby “G”.  He’s VERY hands on with every appointment and is just so sweet while seeing our little one! We read on one of the apps this week that Baby can feel when you put your hands on your belly and can tell your touch versus a stranger, and he definitely loves feeling where the Baby is! Seriously, so sweet!

Looking Forward To:
 Our next OB appointment in less than 2 weeks when we get to hear Baby’s heartbeat! We really didn’t know if this was in the cards for us, so I’m just SO excited for EVERYTHING!

How Far Along?11 weeks!

Size of Baby:
A sweet little lime 🙂

Gender:
No idea! Still up for debate in our household about waiting to find out!

Weight Gain: 
I can’t say I’ve weighed myself this week.. although I’m sure it’s a little bit more!

Maternity Clothes:
still in my normal clothes but let’s be honest.. based on my pictures, it’s clear that there’s a little bun in the oven so I just ordered a few pieces to try!

Nursery: 
Still an office/guest bedroom! I think it’ll be a while before we clean it out to be the nursery!

Movement:
None yet! But man oh man, I can’t wait!

Symptoms:
Still nauseous and exhausted! The nausea is slowly going away (like 1 good day out of the week! I’ll take it!) but still just as exhausted as ever!

Sleep:
I am exhausted and ready to sleep when my head hits the pillow, however I need to pee about 4 times (not even kidding) a night!

Cravings:
Sweets! But really, nothing has been like “I have to have it!” Just yet…

What I Miss:
truthfully, just feeling good all the time! But I’m counting all my blessings and if being nauseous means Baby G is good then I’ll take it!

Best Moment This Week:
Getting our announcement pictures back! Our friend did them and they turned out just perfect!

Looking Forward To:
A million things!! We get to hear the Baby’s heartbeat next week at our 12 weeks appt though and that’s going to be the best!

How Far Along? 12 weeks!

Size of Baby: 
A ripe plum!

Gender: 
No preference! We’re more than happy with either gender as long as Baby G is healthy!  And we haven’t found out the gender yet (still up for debate!)

Weight Gain: 
7 pounds.. ugh! But I’m hoping now that I got the OK to workout a little, I’ll be able to keep my weight to the recommended amount!  And hoping now that the nausea has subsided, I won’t be eating so much!

Maternity Clothes: 
I haven’t started wearing them yet but I did just get in a cute maternity dress and leggings 🙂  Not much besides dresses are comfortable with this growing bump already!

Nursery: 
Still deciding on a theme or if we’ll even do one! I’m leaning towards a beige nursery and adding in more colors after Baby arrives and we know the gender!

Movement:
Not yet but we did get to hear Baby’s heartbeat this week!! Sweet little thing was moving around so much the doc had to chase him/her around! Let me tell you.. the BEST sound ever!

Symptoms: 
I finally have a little energy back which is great! But still exhausted too (if that makes sense) after doing a small thing like laundry!  The nausea has mostly gone away and I’m just feeling good.

Sleep: 
Aside from getting up to pee 3 times in the night (no joke), sleep has been fine!  My lower back hurts after a while since I’m trying to get used to sleeping on my left side, per the recommendations!

Cravings: 
None this week!

What I Miss:
I’m not going to lie.. I’m missing a nice glass of Sangria or a cold Margarita… it’s summertime and those just sound SO good right about now in the heat!

Best Moment This Week:
Hearing our Baby’s heartbeat and just knowing everything is still going well! When we heard the heartbeat, our doctor (who has been with us since our first miscarriage and who did our fertility testing/referral) said he had goosebumps and it just showed how much he really cares for us and our baby!  He said he hears heartbeats all the time but it’s just so special for some people especially seeing their reaction.  And our reaction was tears and smiles! 🙂 Baby G is loved SO much already!

Looking Forward To: 
Our next appt – that will be always, right?! 🙂 Also, looking forward to enjoying this second trimester now that the morning sickness has pretty much gone away (knock on wood!).

It’s funny, during our OB appt, my doc was laughing at me because he’d ask my symptoms and I’d say “I feel a bit nauseous but that’s good!!” and I’d say “My boobs are starting to hurt quite a bit, but that’s a good sign!”.  He laughed and said “the things people are thankful and feel blessed about after they go through what you have is just amazing to me”.

I really am so thankful and I know I keep saying it but I will never take any of this for granted!  Thanks for following along 🙂 I’ll probably keep this up weekly (or do a few weeks together like this one) just so I can remember everything!

Have a great day!

aKristi