Baby Bump Update

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing a human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby.  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: I’m officially at the FIVE month mark!  Hooray, half way!  I’m still feeling great and loving this little bump of mine.  Although, my crappy sleep schedule hasn’t changed, it’s the same thing every night.  I wake up each morning around 4am and have weird and restless dreams until I finally get up and address the day, feeling zapped before I even start.  I expect this sweetie pie will keep my sleep far from peaceful from here on out.  Forgive the shadows crowding my face but the Colorado sun was out to play today.  It was gorgeous.

The Science: Baby Center recap – 20 weeks. He/she is swallowing and is making special poo inside of me.  Awww, ain’t that sweet?  Kinda?

Body morphing: Weight gain is 7 lbs.  I’m packing them on faster now, weeeeee!  I know this sounds silly but I was starting to worry if my little baby was still in there, so I welcome the fact that my bump is getting more pronounced each day.  My belly and boob skin is itchy – I think it’s the combination of the stretching skin and super dry Colorado air.  A sweet friend of mine sent a perfectly timed care package with belly cream (so soothing!), a belly band! and a new scarf.  You know how I love me some scarves.

At home, I’ve been kicking around in yoga pants and sweats.  When I head into work, I’m still comfortable wearing those Old Navy jeans since they are wildly stretchy.  All of my other pants have since been retired but maybe I can squeeze into them now that I have the belly band.

Sexy stuff! I’m still farty and enjoy occasional evening heartburn when I overeat at dinner.  I’ve noticed something else too when I’m doing my makeup in the mornings.  These new friends of mine:

You can’t tell from the picture but those veins are very close to the surface of my skin and bright blue.  For those that don’t know, you have loads more blood (40% more!) flowing through your body to supply the baby with what it needs.  To accomodate for all of that new blood flow, your body creates a super highway of new veins EVERYWHERE.  Turns out, I get to wear them on my face!  This explains the pulsing and painful headaches I had in my first trimester.

Food drama: No food drama, although I am dreaming of a donuts and burritos diet.  I’m not craving them per se, because donuts and burritos always sound pretty tempting.

Exercising? I’m still running with Callie in the mornings.  It’s good for my legs, my heart, my mind, and my social life.  It was my first day of pre-season track today too.  I missed my kids’ sweet faces.  I even got in there with them and did some (slow-motion) dynamic drills and a handful of (pathetic) pushups.  I looked ridiculous.

To Dos: This week, we have to start packing up our apartment!  The appraisal went well and now we are hoping to get the final clear for our loan.  I also received the maternity clothes I ordered from Gap in the mail.  I’m super happy with the shirts I grabbed (two tanks and a long sleeve) but the jeans fit awkward, just as I had feared.  They are too long, not exactly “skinny”, and the waist band seems like it fits now but won’t as I get bigger.  The crappy thing is if I want to return them, I’ll have to ship them back myself since it’s online only.  On the sunny side though, I snuck in a beautiful scarf with my order and it’s oh so cuddly.

(Pretend I’m not wearing competing stripes.)

And randomly: Last weekend, we hit up Home Depot to check out flooring options and paint swatches for the new house:

Maybe not all at the same time but aren’t those bold accent colors fun?  Now I think I’m leaning towards the green for the nursery no matter what the sex, with gray, white and navy (or black) to soothe its rowdiness.  Yum.

Until next week?

 

Baby Bump Update

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OF YOU!

Hubs made our first turkey, along with sweet potatoes and his Mom’s famous sausage stuffing.  I made a pumpkin pie.  I’m thankful for so many things, especially this year.  I’m so blessed.  I’m so happy.  I’m not quite so sure I deserve all of this goodness.  *sigh*  I’d better get on with this update before I start the ugly cry.

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing a human – I’m sure you can’t waitto be inundated with all things baby.  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: I’m feeling good, busy and happy.  I’ve been dreaming a lot about our house and how we are going to raise a little family there.  I can’t wait to move in and paint, as well as try some DIY!  Other than daydreaming about paint swatches and new furniture, my night dreams have been quite the opposite.  Every night, I’m infuriated by some sort of interpersonal conflict and wake up exhausted.  I don’t know if these dreams are because we have a lot of change coming up in the next few months or if it’s the pregnancy or maybe it’s both.  But, my sleep is disrupted and pretty rotten.  I guess I’d better get used to being perpetually tired.  :)

The Science: Baby Center recap – 19 weeks. Bug’s senses are developing so he/she might be able to hear my voice!  I’d better brainstorm some intelligent things to say because honestly, I have pregnancy brain to the max these days.

Body morphing: Weight gain is 6 lbs, right on target.  I have a real bump rather than only squishy-ness (although it jiggles when I ride in the car).  I usually like to fold my legs up when I sit in chairs, but that’s getting awfully uncomfortable with my belly now.  I forgot to mention this in earlier weekly updates, but my boobs are huge.  Thankfully, they don’t hurt and I quite like that I finally fill out a cami or a shirt decently!  The hilarious part about it is that my B cup bras actually fit now – I haven’t had to go out and buy new ones.  I must have been in major denial pre-pregnancy!!  Sad.

Sexy stuff! Ugh, the nightly gas continues.  In fact, it hangs with me during my sleep and I wake up to uncomfortable belly bloat and ridiculously loud toots.  I could start my own percussion line!  I think the gas is also part of the reason why I don’t sleep well…I mean, how can anyone (including Hubs) get a good night’s rest with all of this nonsense?

Food drama: No food drama still.  I eat everything and too much of it.  Gulping water is still an issue and I need to work on that.  We’ve been pulling delicious goodies out of the freezer and cutting down on eating out to save for that upcoming down payment.  It’s going to be an expensive year, that’s for sure!

Exercising? I sound like a broken record, but I’m still running with Callie in the mornings.  I’m so thankful she’s willing and that I’m able.  Clara hasn’t been able to join us since she’s out of town for Thanksgiving so we’ve been taking it nice and slow.  That’s been really good for me, especially since I’ve worked every day at my new job this week where I have to stand for 4-5 hour stretches without sitting down.  I’m used to being plopped in front of a computer, so standing is hard work!

To Dos: With the help of my sister-in-law and two friends, I’ve just started working on my baby registry.  Let me just say, my Mommy friends have given me some really valuable advice – including Andrea right here on this blog!  I’m so thankful for it.  Once we find out the sex (in a few weeks!) I’ll fill it out more, based on nursery colors schemes.  I’m thinking grey and kelly green if it’s a boy or grey and citrus-y colors (like yellow and orange) if it’s a girl – even though both of those would be fine regardless.  I’m completely obsessed with grey these days.

And randomly: The Gap was having a crazy online sale the other night, so I bought two pairs of maternity jeans (boot cut and skinny), two maternity tanks, and one long-sleeve.  I would have bought more, but they were cleaned out.  Then, I got an email this morning saying the bootcut jeans are out of stock- phooey.  Let’s hope the skinny jeans work and I didn’t order them too small.  Right now, I’m still wearing my regular stretchy jeans from Old Navy, but I don’t think they are going to last much longer.  I guess this is my first official baby purchase!  Many more to come!!  :)

Until next week?

Get In My Belly: Candied Sweet Potatoes

It’s that time again.  Time for turkey, cranberry sauce and those heavenly, decadent, to-die-for sweet potatoes.  I swiped this recipe from my friend, Allrecipes.com.  For the original link, sans Candace commentary and modifications, click here.

Ingredients:

  • duh, sweet potatoes (4-6) peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 1 1/4 c butter (!!!)
  • 1 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 3 c mini marshmallows, divided
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • a sprinkle of nutmeg

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 and grease a 9×13 baking dish.  Extra points if you grease it with butter!

2.  Fill a large pot with water and wait for it to boil.  Now would be a good time to eat the rest of the bag of mini marshmallows.

3.  Once boiling, add sweet potatoes in and boil for 15ish minutes.  You don’t want them to be as hard as kidney stones but you don’t want to them to be a soft as my squishy midsection is these days, if that makes sense.

4.  Drain sweet potatoes.

5.  Put them back in the hot pot, along with butter, brown sugar, half the marshmallows, and spices.  Let everything get all wonderful and gooey together.  You may want to mush up some of the sweet potatoes if the chunks are too big (meaning the ratio between actual sweet potato and bad-for-you stuff isn’t balanced).

6. Slide the whole batch into the greased pan and bake for 15 minutes.

7.  Top with the rest of the mini marshmallows and bake until golden brown (a few more minutes).

8.  Eat up because it’s the beta-carotine you’ve been desperately craving!

 

Friday Tidbits

As I alluded to in yesterday’s post (that went up late last night), I picked up an extra job for over the holidays.

With this sudden house-buying stuff (we had not planned to do it nearly this soon), we needed some extra money around these parts.  So far, all of the folks I work with have been sweet, no customers have given me the I-hate-you-face and I’m required to wear two pieces of flair on my apron -which tickles me to no end.

Happy Friday!

Baby Bump Update

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing a human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby.  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: I’m still feeling good baby bump-wise but a little stressed this week, to be honest.  Every time I get one thing checked off and out of my inbox, three new To Dos, emails or something takes its place!  I know it’s the battle everyone is fighting each day.  One thing at a time, eh?

(I’ll explain the blue apron tomorrow).

The Science: Baby Center recap – 18 weeks. Basically, Bug is flexing to show off his/her new found muscle coordination and the private parts are visible! Will he/she show us them on Dec. 5th or be shy, like I am in locker rooms?

Body morphing: Total weight gain is 6 lbs, down a 1/2 lb this week.  I have a little bump and Hubs has been kissing it lots and lots.

Sexy stuff! I’m still farty in the evenings, which is so awesome.  Hubs doesn’t do his bump kissing then, obviously.  It’s just too dangerous.

Food drama: Zero, it’s lovely!  Although, I’m craving coffee to get through my days.  Hubs makes me a watered-down version so I can sneak in a little caffeine because I’m?  Tired out.

Exercising? I’m still running in the mornings with Callie and her friend Clara.  Clara is faster and also not almost 4.5 months pregnant.  Needless to say, our morning runs this week have been going off on a much quicker clip than my usual pace.  And it’s been hard on me.  I come home and want to sleeeeeep and rest and take a long hot bath.  My calves are tight too.  If I feel like these runs are getting to be too taxing, I may have to bow out of them.  I won’t be able to be Callie’s running buddy for much longer anyway but I was hoping to hold on through the holidays.

To Dos: I’ve got too many at this moment, but as far as baby To Dos I want to start calling all of my wise Mommy friends and ask for their advice on STUFF. Stuff to buy, stuff to HOLD OFF ON BUYING, books to read, breastfeeding gadgets to not be scared of and products to stock up on.  I figure if I poll the field, I’ll find a lot of overlap!

And randomly: So, as of yesterday, the house we are trying to buy passed the inspection! Being that it’s 30 years old (almost like me!), there are a lot of little things that need fixing, updating, CLEANING, and painting (just like me!).  Like this gorgeous wood paneling:

Until next week?

 

Flashback Friday – Baby Bump Edition

I decided to bring back Flashback Friday – Baby Bump Edition to catch you up on what was going on in the few months when our surprise was still our secret.  Only because oversharing (and using incomplete sentences) is my way.

MONTH 1 – Finding out!

Main scoop: We were *trying* to get pregnant.  In fact, we’d been trying for a little while.  I was charting, meaning I tracked my cycle and took my temperature every morning and when ovulation was imminent…well…you know.  You’ve got to get crackin’ (an egg pun for you).

I used this one.

Anyway, this month it happened to work!  We were relieved, excited, terrified.  As far as feeling different, I didn’t really but more on that later.

The Science: Baby Center recap – 4 weeks.  Did you know that by the time you typically find out you’re pregnant, the docs already consider you 3 weeks along?  Yep, you are officially pregnant before you even conceived.  Doesn’t make sense?  The reasons why are complicated but basically 1. most ladies don’t know diddly squat about their cycle (including me until I started charting) and 2. pregnancy, duh, is gradual – so it takes while for things to settle in and the hormones to become high enough to detect them.  So, if you survive the first week after knowing – you’ve already made it through the first month!

Speaking of hormones: I present to you The Pee Stick, along with the romantic way I shared the news with Hubs:

Most of you either probably didn’t notice or, most likely, were too polite to mention anything but I missed #4 on my August 2012 Raves and Faves.  Instead of being my usual bouts of blogging idiocy, it was a purposeful placeholder to remind myself that my absolute favorite part about August was starting a little family with my best friend, my rock, my Hubs.  *gets teary-eyed*

Body morphing: There was a lot of significant (miraculous!) things going on on the INSIDE, but on the outside, I was the same old Candace.  Except I felt as though my eyes were nervous and telling, waiting to betray my newfound secret at any moment…

Sexy stuff! Well for one, I took the longest pee of my life shortly after we found out.  Seriously, Guinness Book of world records worthy. Also, I felt like bucket loads of blood was rushing to my brain and my breakfast was hanging out in my throat.  But, before all of that -when I was camping with my cross country kids – us girls got our craft on by making bracelets using strips of damp fabric that we twisted together like so:

(I know I’m biased, but aren’t my girls so beautiful?)

Anyway, holding that damn fabric in my mouth was almost intolerable.  It made me gag immediately, which I thought to be such strange reflex.  I hadn’t confirmed I was pregnant yet, but this made me suspicious (and turns out, I was right).

Food drama: There was no food drama.  And here you all suspected I’d be a pregnant little diva, didn’t you?  Pffft!!!  I’m stronger than that!

Any suspected strength gave way immediately and I turned into an incompetent, slimy, whining slob.  Look to MONTH 2 for all of the juicy (literally) details.

Exercising? I kept on running in the mornings with Callie and Danielle, then I’d head to summer running with the cross country kids in the afternoons to run some easy miles with them.  So, technically, I was running a lot but it was nothing strenuous.  But, then there was the camping trip.  To be candid, the camping trip was fairly brutal.  On the first full day, we hiked EIGHT miles in the mountains and then ran for an hour that evening.  The next day, we went on a 10 mile run (10 MILES!  in the mountains!!) but regretfully the group that hung close to the lady with the map (me) GOT LOST.  Horribly lost.  See?  I told you I was bad with maps.  We were out there for hours (3, in fact).  It was worst run of my life.  I think I have post-traumatic stress from it all.

To Dos: I had no To Dos except to pray that these first few vulnerable weeks would go by quickly and happily!

And randomly: The official cross country season started the day after I found out I was pregnant.  Was I ready to take on the first trimester AND 130 teenagers simultaneously?  You’ll have to wait and see.

Next Friday, you get to read all about Month 2!  Yay?

Baby Bump Update

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing a human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby.  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: Alert the presses, I feel awesome! I can eat and poop just like a normal person now (!!!) as well as make it through the day without needing a nap, although who would turn one down if they could?

The Science: Baby Center recap – 17 weeks. The skeleton is hardening and now, sweat glands!  I can’t think of anything cuter than a sweaty skeleton.

Body morphing: Total weight gain is 6.5 lbs.  This is the week I actually started to look pregnant, especially after I eat or drink (or have gas).  I love catching a view of my bump when I pass by a window or mirror.  It’s so sweet, I can’t help myself.

Sexy stuff! I have been gagging on my toothpaste at night when I brush.  But, it only lasts a few seconds and then I’m able to spit it out.  Other than that, nothing much to report, shockingly.

Food drama: I’m drama free, Hallelujah!  I have zero complaints unless I chug a big glass of cold water.  I must try to practice sipping – although, that’s not my style.

Exercising? I’m still running in the mornings and chatting my face off with Callie.  She’s a dear and puts up with my especially long stories because now I have to take deep gasps to spit out all of the stuff I want to say (which is A LOT).  Other than that, I’m not doing anymore two-a-day workouts since cross country ended.  But, my legs really burn when I walk up the stairs to my apartment.

To Dos: I really should draft up an announcement up on Facebook, because a lot of friends still don’t know officially.  And, I need to write a thank you for this adorable dress that our friends Chris and Amelia picked out while honeymooning in Hawaii.  If we have a boy, I’ll squeeze into it myself!

Lastly, we get to look forward to our next doctors appointment on Dec. 5th – The Big Ultrasound and Reveal.  That’s where we get to see the baby again (instead of listening to the heartbeat only) and they check out all sorts of things, including YOU KNOW. Any guesses?

And randomly: It was an eventful week. Obama got re-elected as President, I got to hear Baby Bug on the Doppler again, and we may have bought this:

A HOUSE.  WITH BLUE CARPET!  *crosses fingers*

Until next week?

Raves & Faves: OCTOBER

Here is my Top 7 (yes, 7) list of October loves. In other words, another chance to List thing-ys. *claps*

1.  I snagged another MAC lipstick just for fun, this time the Viva Glam V.  It’s not an outrageous color, it’s just my lips but better.  Me really likey.

2. When my MIL was in town, we hiked up to Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park and it was a gem of a view!

3.  Having way too much fun playing with picmonkey.com to doctor up this creepy pic

as well as this terrifying Friday Tidbit.

4. Watching my cross country kids (both the boys and girls) compete at the State High School Meet.  We had to board the bus early on a snow dusted Saturday morning and it was gorgeous.

5.  Hubs and I carved our final pumpkin and things got hairy:

6.  Sharing our spooky news with you all was one of the highlights of the month (and of my life, actually).

7. Oh and also?  Someone got an iPhone…!

October was baked with spice and everything nice (mmmm, pumpkin bread…) and now November is here!  Are you gearing up for the holiday season, or hunkering down with the sun in the evenings?

How about you check out my 2010 October Raves and Faves or 2011 October Raves and Faves?  I mean, what could it hurt?