Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bump Update

So much has happened in the past few baby weeks and since we had an appointment yesterday I figured it was time for an update!

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19 weeks and counting!

Total Weight Gain: 11 lbs!!! OH holy Moses--I'm not over it. When I climbed on the scale yesterday (fully clothed, might I add so I think you are allowed to deduct a few lbs). I KNOW that's supposed to happen and I KNOW that's a good thing but that was the biggest weight jump I've seen thus far and it was hard for this petite one to see. Granted, I was scarfing down a chicken biscuit right before being weighed, at 11 am, which was my 3rd time to eat that day, so I really shouldn't be surprised.

Gender: GIRL!! She kept flipping upside down during the ultrasound yesterday so there was no doubt.

Maternity Clothes? Oh my gosh the time has come. I wore my first pair of maternity pants to my dr yesterday and I don't know why I hadn't worn them earlier--they are so comfy! They are Tummi brand and were given to me by a sweet friend. Lucky for me she gave me a pair in 3 different colors! I also purchased the Bella Band so I can wear my regular pants unbuttoned and unzipped.

Stretch Marks? Not yet. I'm slathering myself in a variety of lotions just in case.

Sleep: I've recently started to get tired again, but a different type of tired than in the beginning. This is more like a really tired, an "I've been walking around all day" tired. It probably has something to do with the fact that I'm toting around the excess weight.

Movement: I'm not sure!!! How are you supposed to know what it feels like if you have never felt it before? How can you be sure??? One of the Drs that was a man was trying to tell me what it felt like yesterday which made me laugh. It's easy to say it feels like flutters or bubbles or whatever but how do you KNOW what that feels like? I mean I don't want to get all excited over a feeling and then it be some part of the digestion process. I'm sure when she's bigger it will be easier to distinguish.

Food Cravings: Right now I just want to eat, plain and simple.

Food Aversions: Still nuts but not so bad any more. I can't eat anything tomato based or that contains balsamic vinegar or I will get terrible heart burn. That means no spaghetti, salsa, pizza, and most of my favorite fall soups. Boo.

Symptoms: Sensitive teeth! I was feeling sensitivity to sugar of all things so since I have an in with the dentist, I scheduled a check up and emergency cleaning. Not a single thing was wrong with my teeth, despite me making them triple check, so chalk that one up to pregnancy. Oh and I also can't watch Grey's Anatomy anymore. My "gross out" reflex is super sensitive right now so anything remotely gross, like bloody people on Grey's or dog throw up in my car (thank you Sonny), makes me super queasy.

Belly Button In or Out? In, but it's gotten bigger! Eeewww! I miss my tiny little button!

Wedding Rings On or Off? On--thankfully no swelling yet!

Miss Anything? The foods I've had to give up have been the hardest. I mean I could definitely chow down on a pizza but I'd totally regret it afterwards. Also, we went to eat in Birmingham with friends on Friday and I couldn't eat over half of the appetizers, any of the cheeses on the cheese plate (I even specifically asked if they were pasteurized--they weren't) and I had to send my burger, the restaurant's specialty, back one time because it wasn't cooked enough for me. I'm really an adventurous eater so this part is tough. I also never miss alcohol unless I'm at a restaurant like that and there is an opportunity for fancy drinks, or if maybe we are at a party with fun beverages. Oh well, such is life. I can just put all the money I save from food and drink into baby girl clothes!

Best Moment This Week: Getting a good report at the doctor; registering with Forrest on Saturday, and test driving mom cars!

Looking Forward To: Solidifying her name, working on the nursery, feeling her move!
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

The big reveal

I'm still don't 100% believe that I'm having a girl. I have always wanted a little doll to dress up in bows and glitter (as my friend Rachel would say "glitter, bows, and leopard print--what could be better?") and watch musicals with and take to ballet, but Forrest convinced me we were having a boy, so I just started believing it. I walked out of the ultrasound place on air--a little girl. It hardly sunk in before it was time to tell all of our family and friends. I had been dead set on having a gender reveal party, but I quickly realized that it was going to be a big undertaking, PLUS I didn't want to wait that long to find out myself, so I just scrapped it. Sometimes the easiest thing to do is nothing, right? My mom and dad couldn't wait so they wanted me just to call them after we knew, and my sister made me promise I would tell her very first, so all 3 of them received phone calls. I also started calling and texting all of my aunts and cousins and was thrilled to use the little pink bow emoji!
I was BEYOND excited to tell the Baileys, however, because they haven't had a girl in their family in quite a while. That was actually one of the reasons I figured I'd have a boy. Forrest and I picked up pizza and he got pink heart balloons. It was also kind of special because Mrs. Bailey had a surgery that day so not only did we get to go brighten her day after a no fun day at the hospital, but we got to turn it pink!! I will never forget the excitement that filled their living room when we walked in with the pink balloons! A little Bailey GIRL!! Hooray!!
When we were at Forrest's grandmother's birthday party several weeks ago, his Aunt Paula told us she had already bought baby girl clothes. I remember thinking that I hoped she kept the receipt. Now I can't wait to see what she got for our little lady! Because she was so dead set on a girl we called her from the Bailey's and oh was she thrilled! She was screaming and even started crying! I TOLD Forrest everyone was ready for a little girl! Haha!
What I didn't know was that a few sweet friends planned their own little gender reveal for us. They had told me not to tell them yet and I didn't really give it a 2nd thought because we were so crazy, but I got a text later saying that they were coming over at 8 and I was going to reveal to them! So much fun, right!!?? Forrest and I decided we would have it on the patio so we could have a fire, and we had wine and champagne (well, they did). Forrest had bought some pink balloons for me too, so we tied those to the patio railing so as people arrived, they would see them. I didn't know that they would be arriving in either pink or blue for their guess, so it was fun to see them round the corner of the house in their color of choice and then see the pink balloons and squeal! Later the boys went inside and I'm pretty sure they took shots while the girls stayed outside and talked all things baby girl. It was magical--I know I'll never forget that night! I also had a sweet friend leave me some beautiful flowers and even a bottle of pink alcohol free wine on my porch because she was so excited for me. Have I mentioned that I have the best friends?
I know that I will have many memorable day in my pregnancy, but that was one of the most fun so far. I get teary thinking about all of the excitement and support we received from friends and family, near and far. I know that no matter what, this baby is already so loved!

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Baby Bailey is a girl! September 24, 2014.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

What no one told me

I hate to be the person who says "no one told me it would be like this", but man, no one told me pregnancy would be this way. I knew the basics--morning sickness, bump growing, stretch marks--but the real story isn't well conveyed. I think it's because it might be really hard to actually convey what happens to you during pregnancy through the written word, but today, I'm going to try. So, if you are thinking about getting pregnant, check out my thoughts below. Also, if you have been pregnant, would you agree? What would you add to my list?

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 1. The whole "exhaustion/fatigue" thing is real, y'all.
I think the worst part about being pregnant was the shear exhaustion that I dealt with for a good 6 weeks. Yes you read in the books that "exhaustion and fatigue" are early symptoms of pregnancy, but I didn't really get what that meant. I'm tired all the time because I'm always running ragged. Work, exercise, cooking, friends, meetings, church, etc--I'm always doing something or going somewhere, so I'm pretty much always tired. I would look at my calendar trying to find a Sunday afternoon during which I could nap. Then week 6 of pregnancy hit and I understood what exhaustion meant. It means feeling weak and tired in your bones. Not just like a "man I need a nap" kind of feeling, but almost a sick feeling. It kind of felt like the flu. I had no desire to do anything, go anywhere, or even talk. That was just too hard. I couldn't stay awake during a full work day. If I had court in the morning I usually had to take the afternoon off. All after work commitments went by the wayside. Thank goodness that it was summer and there wasn't much going on. If we had plans on Friday or Saturday, I had to take a good 3 hour nap before I could actually handle it. I took a 2 hour nap to get a pedicure before we went to Vegas--it was that bad. Poor Forrest had to start grocery shopping and my mom cooked us dinner because I couldn't do it myself. A shower was more like a nightmare--I had to lean up against the wall half way through, and I couldn't even consider drying my hair right away, or at all. I was happy to know that the fact that I was exhausted meant that my baby was draining me of all of my energy, and that meant she was growing. Still, it meant a major change to my schedule and life for a little while. I think the Lord does this to pregnant mamas because life will never be the same again and we may as well get use to it early.
You may not deal with as extreme fatigue as me but if you do, here are some suggestions that might help you deal with it:
A. Talk to your spouse about helping--make sure he knows that you may be too tired to handle your usual chores and that he might have to pick up the slack. I'm sure he will be more than willing, but it's always nice to have a little warning first. It's probably a great idea in general to have a "pregnancy attack plan" so you both know what to do in the event you are too sick to work, too tired to fold laundry, etc.
B. Stock up on freezer meals! I wish I had done this and I'm planning to do it now that I'm in my second trimester and feeling good, because I hear the 3rd trimester is exhausting too. I have maybe cooked dinner 4 or 5 times since I got pregnant--bless Forrest's heart. It would have been nice for me to have something ready that I could throw in the crockpot or oven and sleep while it cooked!
C. Decide what's important--this was the hardest thing for me. I want to do everything, even if that means cleaning my kitchen and doing my laundry on time. Forrest had to sit me down one night and tell me that we would still live if I left the clothes in the dryer for an extra day. He is so wise.
D. Get moving--I'm not talking about going to the gym, but maybe take a walk. Do make yourself get up and fold that basket of laundry. I found that even at my tiredest, it did make me feel better to get my blood flowing a little bit. Plus, I felt a sense of accomplishment, which I was lacking at the time, so it raised my mood. Most definitely rest and take it easy, and take advantage of this for as long as possible, but do know that you may have the power to perk yourself up for a few minutes just by moving around a little. Counter intuitive, I know.

2. "Morning sickness" is actually quite the vague term. I thought that meant you threw up every morning. I didn't have that. Some people consider morning sickness feeling nauseated. I didn't really have that either. I felt like general crap, and my stomach was a little funky at times, but I didn't consider it morning sickness, but someone might. I was one of the lucky ones, but if you are thinking of getting pregnant, know that the threat is real. I don't know what it is that makes some people sick and some people not. The day I told my mom I was pregnant I started crying and saying "but Mom I don't want to have to throw up!!!". Super grown up, right? My mom was sick with all 3 of us so I figured I would be too, but not so much, praise the heavens. Understand though that being sick isn't something you can control or do anything about, other than take the meds (which I had on hand just in case). It may mean you have to tell people you are pregnant before you are ready, or that people catch on to your new "situation" because you are running to the bathroom all the time. Prepare yourself for this, as it can be upsetting to get off of your plan. Also, understand that it can strike later on in pregnancy. You may be fine weeks 4-6 but then come week 7, it hits you like a ton of bricks. I lived in fear of this moment, and still do.

3. You don't get an ultrasound at every appointment.
Whaaaatttt? After you see that little peanut for the first time, you will want to look at it every day. I still can't feel my baby move, so I feel like I should be afforded an opportunity to peek in on her at least once a week, just to see how she is and to say hi. However, your doctor only does an ultrasound at your first visit, and maybe your 2nd if they couldn't detect the heartbeat outside of your belly the first time (which means on that first visit you can have an "inside ultrasound" done--you get the idea). Then you really don't get another one, barring complications, until your gender scan at around 20 weeks. This may be the last one you get!! I would say prepare yourself but I knew that the whole time and I'm still upset about it.....

4. New and fun changes happen to you all the time--not just at the beginning
So something really weird that has happened to me is that my motion sickness has gotten worse. I'm usually fine unless I read in a moving vehicle. Now, I really need to sit in the front seat of a car. I got so sick sitting in the back seat during stop and go game day traffic last weekend that I had to get out of the car and walk to our parking location. For real. On the plane ride to Vegas I was 2 seconds from reaching for the handy baggie in the seat back pocket--thank goodness we landed before the 2 seconds was up. I've never had a problem with that before, so hooray for me. Also, I didn't think that smells really were affecting me (especially the smell of food-bring it on) but last night I was making a poppyseed chicken casserole and was convinced the condensed soup was spoiled. I was so upset I even got Farrah to come over and smell it. She and Forrest both thought I was crazy--it was fine. I guess that means my smeller is off in some way, which I hadn't noticed before. Anyway, needless to say, funky stuff happens all the time and so you have to be prepared to roll with it. Oh and another great fun one for me is that I literally can't climb stairs without having to take a rest at the top. I was running regularly before I got pregnant and am pretty fit, so the stair thing makes me feel lazy, but I supposed with all the extra blood and weight, it makes sense.

5. You will grow out of your clothes faster than you think.
This has been really hard for me, which I know is silly. But, I wasn't prepared to see that pooch at 10 weeks and to be unable to button my pants at about the same time. I can't really advise anyone on getting over it because I'm not over it. I mean I'm so happy that I'm getting big because that means baby is growing, but still, it's hard to put on a dress and have to take it off because I look like 10 lbs of sugar in a 5 lb bag. To somewhat prepare yourself for this situation, I would suggest the following:
1. Even before you are pregnant, take stock of your wardrobe. What do you have already that can grow with you? Think dresses and long tops. Knowing what you have really helps in a pinch in the mornings when the dress you picked out for work is a big fat NO.
2. Take your friends' cast offs. I really don't have the time to go shopping ever and maternity clothes are not really a genre that thrills me, so I've been avoiding them at all costs. However, some sweet friends gifted me some of their old maternity stuff (one even before I was pregnant just so she could clean out her closet) and that has been the most helpful thing. This even works with hand me downs from friends that aren't pregnant, but are maybe just a size or 2 bigger than you. Farrah had some dresses that she decided were too short for her so she just sent them my way--perfect!
3. Get comfy in your husband's clothes! I've been wearing Forrest's boxers around the house (I look super cute let me just say) and I have a feeling I'll be living in his scrub pants (generously rolled up) and tshirts at the bitter end.

 I could go on for days, but these are the main things that I felt like the books didn't prepare me for. Even though some of these things are less than pleasant, you know that it's all happening to you because of the little life you are growing, so it makes it much better to deal with.

Alright fellow pregos and moms, what would you add to my list? What crazy stuff happened to you that you weren't prepared for?? 
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Friday, October 3, 2014

Life Lately

So lately the blog has been all about babies and pregnancy. While that has pretty much taken over my every thought lately, we have definitely not slowed down very much, especially since I'm out of the first trimester. What have we been up to? Here are some pictures to prove that we are still moving and grooving (although perhaps at a slightly slower pace than usual).
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Cultural Arts Center auction with life long friends Ellen and Claire. My pants were still buttoned that night, I believe.

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Sonny enjoying Forrest's new golf cart. Sometimes when I really felt lousy Forrest would take me and the dogs for a ride around the neighborhood so we all could get some fresh air.

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Forrest rowed with the church in the annual Habitat for Humanity Dragon Boat Race. Their team, the "Holy Rowers" came in 3rd place in their division! I couldn't go because we were doing party prep at my house for the housewarming, plus it was a million degrees, but I can't wait to take baby girl to watch him next year!

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First Bama game of the year in ATL. The McCord sisters and Sharpless sisters always have a great time!

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I can't wait to be mommies with Deborah and for Kaylee to be my little girl's big sister!

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We were honored to be some among the guests at Harper's baptism. It really got Forrest and I thinking about our own baby's christening and her spiritual life.

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As if we needed more cake, we celebrated Mr. Bailey's birthday on September 14. It was a double party because Mrs. Bailey had a surgery the next day (she is doing GREAT!).

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My sister came to the Alabama vs. Florida game! We look surprisingly descent here, despite the fact we'd been sitting in the 90 degree heat. For the record, I stayed at the game longer than anyone else in my family--that's what a true fan does, prego or not! (Seriously, we were turning the ball over left and right--I couldn't leave until it was all under control!)

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Davis gave me his guest ticket to the Rotary Club Little Black Dress event, an all women's fundraiser. It was such a fun night--dinner, dancing, and getting dressed up with friends!

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I look forward to the Greek Food Fest in Birmingham every year, but this year I nearly missed it! I discovered it was going on the DAY it started--lucky me. Forrest and I made a quick change of plans and headed that way Friday night. We simply can't go more than a year without these amazing Greek doughnuts!

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This weekend we celebrated my mom's birthday and OH was it fun. My brother and sister didn't tell her that they were coming home so when they arrived she had such a shock! We celebrated with dinner and cupcakes and of course presents! Love you Mom!!

See, we've been around! You can keep up with all of our comings and goings on Instagram!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cupcakes and Cocktails

As soon as we moved into our house, I set the date for our housewarming party. Yes, that sounds crazy but if I didn't give myself a deadline I knew I would slack off and not get things finished in a timely manner. It turned out to be the best idea because once I was pregnant I had zero desire to get anything accomplished, so it was fantastic that I was basically finished by the time I started feeling badly. I wanted to throw a big party for all of our family and friends to be able to come and see our new home, but a big party is such a huge undertaking! I decided that the best approach to keep the party fun yet cost effective was a "Cupcakes and Cocktails" theme. By serving just desserts and drinks, I could keep the party costs down. Also, by starting the party later (8pm) everyone would have time to eat on their own or attend any other events they may have had that evening and still have time to swing by our house later in the evening. It turned out perfectly and I have to say people loved the theme! You can check out my idea board on Pinterest HERE.
I have to give a shout out to all the people who helped me get the party ready. I was either 10 or 11 weeks pregnant and was still feeling exhausted and weak. My "getting ready for the party" consisted of laying around on the couch while my mom and aunt decorated. Without them I don't know what I would have done. Farrah brought SO much food for me and came early to set it all out, and Harriet, who didn't know I was expecting, not only brought my favorite Neiman Marcus Brownies, but also monitored the food table and beverage station and did refills so I could stand by the door and greet my guests. Of course, Forrest was a rock star and got the yard ready throughout the week and helped me in the house too. It was a team effort and I appreciate everyone's help more than they know!
Here are some pics from the evening!
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In keeping with the sweets theme, I had a candy bar so guests could make their own party favors. The gummy worms were the biggest hit!

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Cookies by Alison, my favorite cookie gal, made these custom cookies to match my purple and teal invitations.

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On top of everything else she did for me, my mom was also my florist!

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One of my favorite ideas that I found on Pinterest were doughnut hole pops. I had over 100 doughnut holes and I probably had 10 left over.

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Farrah's sister Holly made me several dozen cupcakes in wrappers that matched the invitations.

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My table! I thought it looked lovely and delicious! My menu included:
--doughnut pops
--Neiman Marcus Brownies
--cheesecake bites
--sugar cookies
--Godiva Dip and strawberries
--Yellow Hammers (my cocktail)
--I also had cheese straws and some lemon squares sprinkled around the house

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Here I am with the Wilsons, the previous owners of our home! We were thrilled to have them come back and see what we had done to make the house our own, and even more excited that they approved!

Despite the fact that I was exhausted, I pulled it together for the big night and had a fantastic time. I loved squealing as people entered the front door and loved all the excited faces as they saw how hard we worked to make our house a home. Thanks again to everyone who helped make it all possible!

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