Friday, September 26, 2014

We are tickled....

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PINK!!! It's a girl!!! I have to admit I am still in shock. Forrest's family only has boys, and he was convinced it was a boy, so I just believed him! When the ultrasound tech said it was a girl, I literally told her to look again. I just hadn't been expecting it so I was beyond surprised, but of course thrilled!! I'm such a girlie girl so I'm so ready for bows and glitter! I'm hoping she gets some of Forrest's height and athletic ability. Honestly, I'm so nervous that now that I'm over the moon about a girl, I'm going to go to the doctor and they are going to say "oops--it's a boy". Not that a boy wouldn't be fantastic, but now that I'm dreaming in pink, it would be hard to switch gears. I have heard so many stories of people being told they were having a girl and then it turned out to be a boy that I'm a little paranoid. But oh my gosh, a girl!!!! I'll talk about our "reveal day" next week but for now here are some stats:
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16 weeks and heading out to a party--baby girl loved getting dressed up (and Mommy loved being able to still fit into her dress!)

Total Weight Gain: 5 lbs 

Gender: GIRL!!!!!

Maternity Clothes? It's getting to be about that time. I'm happy it's getting cooler and I am able to wear tunics and leggings--that makes everything easier! I have had several friends gift me maternity wear and one of my weekend goals is to organize it all. 

Stretch Marks? Not yet, hooray!

Sleep: I was unable to sleep the night before the ultrasound, then I couldn't sleep the night after it, and this morning I woke up at the crack of dawn thinking about all the things I need to buy. Needless to say I'm glad Bama has an off weekend because I need one too!

Movement: Not yet. It's weird to see HER on the ultrasound move and not be able to feel it. 

Food Cravings: I'm still on sandwiches. Nothing thrills me quite like going to Quiznos and reading the menu board. I also am wanting veggies a lot too. 

Food Aversions: Ick, still nuts. But I don't mind them when smothered in chocolate or ice cream!

Symptoms:  Nothing really new to report. I've been telling people that my latest symptom/craving is 19 Kids and Counting. One of the daughters got married and is pregnant now and due right after me in March and so now I'm hooked on their show. I can't get enough!

Belly Button In or Out? In, please stay that way!

Wedding Rings On or Off? On. I haven't noticed any swelling yet, other than in my feet every now and then but that's normal after wearing heels all day to work anyway, so I don't think it's pregnancy related. 

Miss Anything? Shaking my tail feather! Ha! It feels so weird to dance right now. Of course the weight in my belly is different and so when I'm grooving to the music, it feels weird! I don't notice it so much in my ballet class, but it definitely gives me pause when dancing in the stadium to the hype music, or with girlfriends at a party! Last night I was at an all women's fundraiser with some friends and we got up to "wobble" and I started to worry that it wasn't really a good example for my little girl for me to be shaking it! I know that's silly because she doesn't know what's going on and she probably actually likes the movement, but the extra weight in my belly when I move makes it hard to ignore those crazy ideas!

Best Moment This Week: Finding out we were having a girl and getting to announce to all of our friends! It was also so special to share that moment with Forrest. When we left the ultrasound room we met some people in the hall and they told us bye and he replied "It's a GIRL!". Yes, to strangers. Then he told me not to freak out and spend all our money on pink this week, but that his baby girl could have whatever she wanted. It made me melt. I know he will be a wonderful girl daddy even if he came from a family full of boys! 

Looking Forward To: Getting immersed in pink!! Now that we know it's a girl (barring some sort of disaster by the tech, but we made her promise it was a girl) I get to start planning her nursery and registry! SO MUCH FUN! As Forrest says, planning is my "wheelhouse", so I can't wait to get started!! Any ideas and tips would be MOST appreciated!! 
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Bump Update

I can't believe I'm already 15 weeks and into the second trimester! Here's the progress we've made so far: 

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Here I am at 15 weeks. The one on the right is a little misleading because I'm wearing a tight shirt and it's night time, when the bump is bigger from a full day of eating and drinking.
Total Weight Gain: 5 lbs 

Gender: We actually got an ultrasound at our 15 week appointment but the little rascal wasn't very cooperative! Hopefully we will find out next week at the ultrasound place. 

Maternity Clothes? I actually wore a borrowed maternity dress to the football game last Saturday. It looked just like a regular dress though. I am at a stage where I feel like people probably think I just have a gut, not a baby, under my dress so I'm a little self conscious about that. 

Stretch Marks? Let's cross our fingers for no!

Sleep: I'm much less exhausted now than I was a few weeks ago, but I generally can always take a nap if I lay down. Also if I have a really long day, then the next day I struggle. I feel much better if I can plug some down time into every day. 

Movement: No, but I'm waiting on it anxiously! 

Food Cravings: I've moved on from salty--now I really want salads and sandwiches! I think about Subway all the time. I know I'm not supposed to eat lunch meat so I just get the veggie sub, foot long, so I can save one half for later when I'm inevitably hungry again. I've gone from want to fill up my starving belly with anything and everything filling to wanting light meals. Seriously it was like a switch was flipped over night. 

Food Aversions: Nuts, still. However smother them in chocolate or bury them in cereal or trail mix and I can handle them much better. 

Symptoms: In the past 2 weeks my symptoms have really let up. I'm not nearly as hungry or tired as I used to be so that's great. I've been having sinus headaches lately but I don't think that's related. They tend to linger because I can't take my usual Advil, so I've had to go home a few times and be in the dark and quiet to feel better.  I have gotten extra thirsty in the past week though. I drink so many glasses of water a day it's ridiculous, and I'm not even forcing myself. I can't get in the car without a bottle of water. 

Belly Button In or Out? In

Wedding Rings On or Off? ON

Miss Anything? Not having to worry about myself. For example, Forrest and I went car shopping and to the football game on Saturday. We had to pack a cooler with water and fruit because I knew I'd get hungry and thirsty. I was so worried that I'd get too hot in the game. I was worried that I couldn't make it up the stadium steps (it's hard when you aren't growing another person). I was so worried about feeling bad the next day that we left after the 3rd quarter (granted, if it was a good opponent, I probably would have sucked it up). I know it's silly to worry but at the same time, what I do affects baby and I didn't want to do anything to hurt him or her.

Best Moment This Week: Getting to see our little baby again and finding out that it is still doing great! 

Looking Forward To: Finding out the gender next week! Baby better cooperate!!
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Baileys do Vegas (Prego edition)

As soon as I found out I was pregnant, Forrest and I decided we better start tearing up the skies and using up our credit card miles before we are home bound for a while. Plus, we didn't want to lose any miles since we worked so hard to accumulate them. Remember how we have been flying for free all over the country (and the world)? If not, HERE is a refresher on how to fly for free on Southwest.
First stop on the agenda for this mama to be was Vegas. Yes, I wanted to go to Vegas, prego. I really just wanted to see Britney Spears and I didn't care what condition I was in. The Pucketts signed up to go with us and off we went. I was really nervous about how I would do on the trip since I was so exhausted but luckily since we'd been to Vegas before, we didn't have to hit it that hard to see what all we wanted to see.

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Amazing view from our room!

On the first day we at at SW Steakhouse. I had never been to the Wynn or Encore and boy are they beautiful! Just like a fairy land!
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 My sister's friend Chelsea, Miss Nevada 2013, hooked us up with a great reservation. Thanks girl!!

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At SW they have these little shows every few minutes. The singing frog was particularly precious, yet creepy.

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That is a slice of bacon on my salad...

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Boom--those are funnel cakes. We weren't even hungry for dessert but we powered through to get a taste of these bad boys. We walked all the way back to the Vdara as punishment, so it was totally worth it.

On Sunday after church we had brunch at Mon Ami Gabi. I felt so fancy having my little Pepsi in a wine glass overlooking the Belagio fountains from the patio!
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My sad little half full wineglass of Pepsi. Every time I told a waiter I was pregnant, they immediately offered to bring my drink in a "fun glass", like I was 8. I always said yes...
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Boys brunching

 I spent the rest of the afternoon at the spa---ahhhh! You know I'm great at spas and turns out, so is baby!!

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This sushi was on their specials list that night and was incredible. I think it was the sunfire roll? Mango, avocado, cooked crab, and some sort of sauce. Heaven! I had been nervous to eat sushi, even cooked sushi, but I got over it!

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Hip hip hooray for this sundae!

Then it was on to the main event--Britney! Her shows was phenomenal and so over the top. Very Vegas. Even Forrest enjoyed himself--he kept saying "She's still got it!!" The people watching was out of this world as well!  photo B80BF94B-F74B-4CA7-992E-F04AF946F7C0_zpst9vy9yze.jpg
Acting 17 again with my husband--we actually were dating when he was 17!
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I may or may not have told this guy he was my spirit animal. He may or may not have known all the dance moves from the video.

 On Monday I chilled in a cabana at the pool while everyone else did their own thing. It was nice to relax. Turns out baby is good at pooling too! I met some girls from Scotland that in a very sitcom-y way made me tell them what I called different things. It was fun. I did learn that they have a Krispy Kreme in Scotland, so I felt proud to be an American! :)  photo AB0700B1-B5C8-4638-947C-30911ED163F2_zpsktrsqvzv.jpg

 That night Chelsea got us reservations to MIX, which is atop the Mandalay Bay. Our dinner was fantastic but the views were out of this world! If I hadn't been so tired I would have wanted to stay in the bar overlooking the strip all night!!
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All too quickly, the extra long weekend was over and we were hugging the Puckett's goodbye and jumping on the plane. Until next time Vegas!!
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Friday, September 5, 2014

I'm Delighted to Announce...

that we have a new Bama fan on the way!!

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 Baby Bailey is due March 2015!!

I cannot tell you how humbled I was by the outpouring of love and support we received after we announced our news on Facebook and Instagram on Tuesday. I know that sounds really silly but it's true! We had so many sweet comments and texts, phone calls and messages that it was overwhelming. Our baby is already loved by so many, and that makes me so happy!!

If you've noticed that I've been an absent blogger, it's because I've been asleep for the months of July and August. Baby Bailey is growing like a weed in there and that means it's stealing all of my energy. I've been taking naps on my lunch hour or leaving work early for nearly 8 weeks because I can't seem to make it through an entire day. Of course, I'm so lucky to have a job that's flexible enough to let me do that! Since I usually do my blogging during my down time and work, and since during my downtime I've been sleeping, I haven't had time to blog! That made me really sad because I love this blog and have had so many fun things to talk about (housewarming party, Vegas trip, etc!), but I just haven't had the energy. I know I have to understand that my life is changed forever now, but it's hard to let go of my old ways!
I have stolen this little survey from my friend Lauren's blog. I don't know how comfortable I feel talking about pregnancy stuff yet, but I guess we shall see over time. I like this survey though because it's a great way for me to keep up with my pregnancy without being overly detailed. So here goes:

How Far Along? 13 weeks--baby is the size of a peach!

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12 weeks v. 13 weeks (you can see a kitty hiding in the 12 weeks pic)

Total Weight Gain/Loss: At my 11 week appointment I had gained 2 lbs. I might be up another by now!

Gender: I have no feeling either way. Forrest and my sister are convinced it's a boy. The heart rate was fast, which suggests girl and the Chinese calendar said girl too. The ring test was boy and I haven't had morning sickness, which people say is boy, but I know lots of boy moms who were sick and girl moms who weren't, so who knows! I will find out in 3 weeks!

Maternity Clothes? Not exactly. I had to buy some new work dresses because my work clothes are very tailored and were SO uncomfortable already.  Luckily most clothes these days are flowy so I can hopefully just keep buying my regular size in regular clothes to save money. I don't like anything fitting across my tummy at all, so I've given up on wearing pants (except yoga pants!) and I refuse to wear my Nike shorts any more. I'm hoping I can get away with leggings under long tops for the fall and winter! Some sweet friends have already given me some great maternity stuff so when I absolutely have to break down and wear some, I'll be ready!

Stretch Marks? Let's cross our fingers for no!

Sleep: I sleep all the time. I'm so exhausted. It doesn't matter if I take a nap at 5pm, because I can still go to sleep at regular bed time. I sleep pretty well throughout the night as of now too. I used to wake up and have to eat, but now I can at least make it throughout the night.

Movement: No, but I'm waiting on it anxiously! My mom felt me really early and the Dr. said I might too since I'm little, but who knows. I don't think I should really worry about it until around 20 weeks.

Food Cravings: SALTY!! I want Lays plain potato chips and Barbers party dip at all times. I could eat that all day long. It's weird because I was a pretty healthy eater before and now all I want is salty, fatty, fried food. I also have had to break my rules and allow Ranch dressing back into my life because the baby wants it (my sister says that's just me), and it also wants Coke! I haven't had a Coke since I was a freshman in college (circa 2002!). I know I'm not supposed to drink caffeine and that really easy for me except whenever there is Coke I absolutely have to have a few sips! It's so weird! My very first craving was Taco Bell, something else I haven't eaten in years. This is one crazy baby!!

Food Aversions: Nuts! So weird, because I love nuts. I can eat peanuts but anything else requires me to choke them down. I even covered some nuts in French Onion dip and it didn't help. I think it's the chalky texture? Also I feel a little weird about eating fish. Of course, these foods are both high in DHA, something necessary for baby's brain, so I'm hoping the aversions go away soon and that in the mean time, my vitamin is doing its job.

Symptoms: Extreme fatigue, hunger every 2 hours, weepiness. I can cry about anything right now! The hunger thing is much better than morning sickness, but I have to eat every few hours or I start to feel terrible. Overall during my first trimester I just felt generally crappy, but hopefully that will stop soon. I felt so good yesterday that I went to the gym for the first time in weeks!

Belly Button In or Out? In

Wedding Rings On or Off? ON

Miss Anything? I know that you aren't exactly in control of your life when you have a baby, but I didn't realize how out of control I would be during pregnancy. I can't control when I eat, when I sleep, and what I do any more. I haven't been to the gym or running in about 8 weeks because I've been too tired. I hardly cook; the grocery store makes me cry, and I have to take a break between showering and drying my hair because I get too tired. I just miss feeling like I have everything together and that I'm in control, but I guess I better get use to being a mess for a while!

Best Moment This Week: Sharing our news with the world, actually making it to the gym, watching the 13 weeks videos with Forrest, and finding out about a few new babies on the way to some of our friends!

Looking Forward To: Perking up in the 2nd trimester and finding out the gender!

Well, that's it in a nutshell I suppose! Thank you all for your support and hopefully as I feel better, the posts will be much more frequent!

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