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Today is a bittersweet day for me.

While I was at work, my husband spent the day finishing the flooring and baseboards in our nursery and putting together all our nursery furniture. I had such a beautiful sight awaiting me when I arrived home this evening.

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We haven’t put the bedding or decor in there yet, because we’re waiting until after our 3D ultrasound on Friday to confirm that we are, in fact, expecting a little boy before we open any of our boy-themed purchases.

However, today also marks the fourth anniversary of my mother’s death. So sitting in the glider in our newly finished nursery brought on a lot of emotions. It would have been an emotional time anyway – seeing our son’s nursery completed for the first time. But sitting there in that nursery, thinking about how my mom won’t be there for his birth or to see him grow up, was just so overwhelming.

I cried… and cried… and cried.

I’ve had a few breakdowns throughout the duration of the pregnancy when thinking about my mom. But nothing compared to how today felt. Having the nursery completed on the anniversary of her death was more emotion than I was prepared to handle. It has made me think a lot about how I’m going to feel as my due date draws near – I’m due the day after her birthday. November is going to be a very emotional month. 😦

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Nesting

A while back, I posted on my Facebook “Nesting: condition of temporary pregnant insanity in which your hormones convince your body that you actually enjoy cleaning”.

Little did I know that it only gets worse as pregnancy progresses…

This morning I woke up with an uncontrollable desire to clean all our windows. And I do mean clean. I took all the screens out and scrubbed the windows clean, and then I power scrubbed every nook and cranny of all the vinyl casings with a freakin’ toothbrush. I also scrubbed the kitchen from top to bottom and cleaned out some of the cabinets, did a few loads of laundry, and cooked supper.

Tonight I’m exhausted.

But I’m also hoping to feel just as energized tomorrow because I’m already thinking of more things I’d like to do. If this kind of energy stays around for the remainder of the pregnancy, the house will be sparkling by the time the baby gets here.

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… but I’ve actually been feeling pretty good for the past week or so. The night of my last post was terrible – I ended up being awake until 2am with severe nausea and vomiting. However, since then, I’ve actually been feeling kind of great. I’ve had more energy, and my nausea seems to be passing off again.

Of course, now that I’ve said that, I’ll probably be sick all week. Haha.

Well, since I haven’t done this in a few weeks, here goes:

How Far Along: 23 weeks & 2 days! 🙂

How Big Is Baby: according to ‘The Bump’ he’s anywhere from 10-12 inches long and weighs between 12 and 21 ounces. Since he was already measuring 12 ounces almost a month ago at my ultrasound, I’m willing to guess he’s closer to the upper end of the range.

Total Weight Gain: I haven’t had a doctor’s appointment in a couple of weeks, but (at that point) I was up six pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight.

Stretch Marks: Nothing yet thankfully.

Maternity Clothes: Nothing new since last post. But it has been super warm here for the last few weeks, and I’ve started wearing my flowy summer dresses around the house a lot.

Sleep: I haven’t been sleeping as much as I had been. I’m finding it harder to get to sleep at night because of how warm it’s been.

Best Moment(s) of the Week: we have had another good baby week. Toys R Us had a big baby sale, and we got our crib bedding and all the accessories for Alexander’s nursery on sale for 25% off! They also had the stroller we wanted on sale for $100 off, so hubby’s grandmother ordered that for us since that’s what she wanted to buy for the baby. Hubby has been slowly making more progress on the nursery preparations. And I’ve been feeling Alexander move around a lot more lately, which I absolutely love. Plus we went out home to visit our families one day this past week, and my dad made me a batch of homemade bread! YUM!

Craving(s): nothing in particular this week. I’ve just been feeling a lot hungrier lately.

Food Aversion: nothing that I can think of, but I could take or leave most proteins.

Symptoms: they’ve been slowly subsiding. But I have been feeling some round ligament pain as things have been stretching out.

Movements: ohhhh yessss! 🙂 And he’s getting more predictable about when he moves too. Like, I know I’ll feel him for a while after I get into bed at night.

What Do I Miss: sleeping on my back. If you had asked me before pregnancy whether or not I slept on my back, I probably would have told you that it very rarely happens. But, now that I have to make a conscious effort not to sleep on my back, I end up there a dozen times a night. And, of course, it’s the most comfortable position there is. Haha.

Belly Button In or Out: In. And it better stay that way. 😛

Wedding Ring On or Off: On. Except at night.

Gender: it’s a boy!

Looking Forward To: Hopefully finally feeling good for a little while. And, as always, meeting our little man in November. 🙂

Next Appointment: not until closer to the end of the month – just a routine checkup.

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Ugghhh.

I’m pretty sure that my ribs have started the process of expanding to accommodate my ever-growing uterus. I woke up on one of my many nightly trips to the bathroom, feeling like someone had been kicking me in the ribs all night. HARD. They are so tender and sore this morning. Seriously, if I had spent then entire night doing an abdominal workout, my ribs wouldn’t hurt so much.

And I’m getting so sick of having to sleep on my side. What they fail to tell you about having to sleep on your side in the later part of your pregnancy is that, by the time sleeping on your side is necessary (as not to have your giant pregnant belly crush your aorta and cut off the flow of blood to your body) sleeping on your side is also very uncomfortable. The weight of that giant pregnant belly is not well supported by sleeping on your side. Basically the only way to feel comfortable is on your back, and you’re not allowed to do that.

Oh, the joys.

Have you guessed yet that I’m having a very cranky pregnant day? Haha.

In all seriousness though, I’ve been feeling pretty good for the last couple of weeks. The nausea seems to have died off a little bit (and been replaced with an insatiable hunger :P), I have a little more energy than previously, and I *knock.on.wood* haven’t had any headaches recently. I’ve also been feeling our little guy move more and more frequently, which is a nice reassuring feeling. His movements are even getting somewhat predictable now – for example, I know that from the time I lay down at night until about midnight, he’s going to kick up a storm. His daddy was even able to feel him kicking for the first time one night last week, and that was probably my favorite moment of the entire pregnancy thus far. I wish I had been able to capture the look on his face, because it was so precious and sweet.

Actually, the further I get into this pregnancy, the more adorable my husband becomes. I’m seriously falling in love with him all over again just watching him prepare for the arrival of our son. He is definitely not the most handy guy around the house, and usually enlists help from his dad to complete any home repair/renovation projects we undertake. Even something as simple as hanging a picture.  But he is working so hard to do all the work on Alexander’s nursery himself. (Or at least the things he can do himself.) It’s so sweet to watch all the effort he’s putting into creating the perfect place to bring our son home to. I’ve been taking a ton of pictures for Alexander’s pregnancy scrapbook, because I can’t wait to show our little guy all the hard work his daddy did in preparation for his arrival! 🙂

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It’s a…

… BOY!!!

I am now officially halfway through my pregnancy. A few days ago, I had my mid-way ultrasound to check on our little one’s development and (if we chose to do so) find out the sex. We did choose to find out whether we were having a boy or girl, and found out that we are expecting a little boy! 🙂

I haven’t had my doctor’s appointment to review the results of the scan. But the tech said that things seemed to look good. And, if there had been any problems, I would have likely heard from my doctor by now to move up the appointment to discuss it. So hopefully that means that all is well with our little boy’s developing organs. His growth was measuring right on, his heart rate was 146 beats per minute, and he weighs approximately 12 ounces. Even though I haven’t been feeling a ton of movement (which had made me quite paranoid that something was wrong), he was wiggling around a whole bunch during the scan – kicking his little feet, and moving his hands up around his face. Of course, I’m absolutely head-over-heels in love with the little man already. 🙂

That same day, I went out and made my first baby purchases! We ordered his crib and change table, and I picked out the play pen / basinette from my brother and his fiancée. I also couldn’t resist buying a couple of pairs of baby socks too, because I happen to think that teensy tiny baby socks are the cutest things ever! The next day, we were out running errands and I couldn’t resist buying our little guy his first pair of jeans and a onesie! (Baby shopping is a serious addiction. Haha.) Last night, we bought a glider rocker for the nursery. It was my husband’s one must-have purchase ever since we decided to start trying to get pregnant. And they were on sale this week! Woohoo!

Now up until this point, you would have noticed that I’ve kept referring to our son as “little guy” or “little one” or something else completely generic. That is because, until last night, he didn’t have a name. But, I think we may have finally decided on a name for him as well! After many rejected options, we have decided on Alexander. 🙂 The middle name will be David, because that’s a family name in my husband’s family. Alexander David. *swoon*

Anyway, I was going to fill out my pregnancy survey thing that I’ve been doing from time to time. But I think I’ve rambled on enough for one night, and this momma needs to get some sleep.

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17 Weeks

How Far Along: 17 weeks today!!
How Big Is Baby: as big as an onion – about 5.1 inches long and 5.9 ounces
Total Weight Gain: Haven’t weighed in at the doctor’s office in a few weeks. But, according to my home scale, I may finally be back to my pre-pregnancy weight.
Stretch Marks: Nothing yet. But did buy some coco butter lotion just in case. 😉

Maternity Clothes: I bought a few maternity shirts – two for work and two casual ones. I also invested in a belly band to help prolong the use I can get out of my regular pants.
Sleep: I could still sleep around the clock.
Best Moment(s) of the Week: Feeling semi-normal again. And feeling what I think may or may not be baby flutters!
Craving(s): Nothing really.
Food Aversion: There’s nothing that makes me want to gag. But greasy stuff still upsets my stomach after I eat it.
Symptoms: Heartburn. Some nausea. Some hip pains when I sleep. Mild headaches.

Movements: I’m not sure. I think I may have felt little flutters a couple of times. But nothing that I can definitely say was baby movement. I just want that little babe to gift me a good swift kick!! *lol*
What Do I Miss: Runny eggs yolks.. still. Tylenol when my head hurts. 😛

Belly Button In or Out: In. And I hope it stays that way.
Wedding Ring On or Off: On. Except at night.
Gender: Still too early to tell. Just a few more weeks till we can find out!
Looking Forward To: Finally feeling baby move for the first time, and knowing it was baby movement! Finding out the gender. November! 😉
Next Appointment: June 11th.

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I found this little pregnancy questionnaire on a baby blog, and thought it was a super cute way to document my pregnancy. So I’ll be filling it out from time to time!
How Far Along: 13 weeks and 5 days. Exactly six months away from my due date! 🙂
How Big Is Baby: According to the Bump site, baby is as big as a peach right now – measuring about 2.9 inches and weighing about 0.81 ounces.
Total Weight Gain: None. Still -9 pounds due to my terrible morning sickness in the first trimester.
Stretch Marks: Nothing yet.

Maternity Clothes: Not yet. Most of my pre-pregnancy clothes still fit perfectly. The dress pants that I wear to work are getting a little tight though.
Sleep: I could probably sleep all day every day. Most mornings I sleep in until 10 or 11.
Best Moment(s) of the Week: Finally having everything out in the open. Everyone knows.Craving(s): Pastry. Specifically cream-filled pastry. I bought a cream puff at the grocery store, and it was DELICIOUS.

Food Aversion: Anything really greasy upsets my stomach. But there’s nothing that makes me queasy just thinking about it.
Symptoms: Heartburn. Still some nausea.

Movements: Not yet – can’t wait for that!.
What Do I Miss: Runny eggs yolks..

Belly Button In or Out: In. I’m absolutely dreading the day it pops out!
Wedding Ring On or Off: On. Except at night.
Gender: I have no idea. It’s still too early to tell. Most people seem to think I’ll have a girl though.
Looking Forward To: Finally feeling baby move for the first time. Hearing the heartbeat for the first time. Finding out the gender. And starting to shop for baby things!
Next Appointment: Next Friday, May 11th.

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