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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

25 Week Bumpdate

We're in Oklahoma for Christmas!!!!! I couldn't be a happier girl -I evaded the Rochester snow! And while we're missing our New York friends and family, we're so thankful to be with my family this year!

I missed last week's post and didn't even manage to snap a picture. We were running around like chickens with our heads cut off getting ready to leave town, finishing up things at work and celebrating our own little Christmas. I can never understand how I do such a fabulous job at making this season stressful, so it's nice to now be relaxing in Oklahoma with NO schedule or agenda! Maybe a little shopping!



How far along: 25 weeks (12/20/2012)

Weight Gain: 12.5 lbs total

Produce Aisle: Approximately the size of an eggplant (9.2 in & 2 lbs)


Maternity Clothes: I snagged a $5.99 non-maternity shirt from Ross (oh how I miss ghetto Ross when I'm in NY) in the picture above. I love deals like this because I don’t feel bad stretching them out with my growing belly! I also finally replaced my black leggings with maternity ones from Target. They’re so comfortable you don’t even realize you’re wearing them. LOVE!


Stretch Mark: I have 3 little lines on my tummy that look they will be stretch marks. BOO! You’d better believe I am slathering them with as much lotion and shea butter that I can!!!

Belly Button In or Out: Still in, but stretching out!

Sleep: So blessed to still be sleeping without any issues!

Best Moment of the Week: Being in Oklahoma to celebrate Christmas and seeing lots of friends!

Movement: Still lots of kicking. I can now tell the difference between what feels like a sharp elbow and his bum.

Food Cravings: Lots of holiday snacking going on!

Gender: It’s a boy! The crib is about to be ordered and hopefully we’ll have the room color picked out by the end of our vacation.


What I miss: Sleeping on my tummy!

What I'm looking forward to: Getting the nursery ready!

Symptoms: Still clumsy as can be. The 2 days of travel and then wearing high heels on Sunday produced my first sign of swelling. I very quickly propped my feet up! Thankfully, the swelling went down quickly and hasn’t really returned. Whew. Bullet dodged...for now!

Emotions: The hectic week before Christmas was enough for my husband to purchase a multipack of travel tissues in case making our way to Oklahoma was unpredictable.

Prayer (we are praying a whole host of things, including scripture, over this pregnancy and our Peanut every day -I thought I would share one from our list each week): We pray that the hand of God would root out of Baby Dayton the wrong spirit of disobedience, rebellion, hatred for the gospel and develop within him a right spirit.

Merry Christmas!

Stephanie


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

23 Week Bumpdate

Just when I thought I was catching up with the bumpdates...I'm not! Hopefully the 8 days off work for Christmas will help me get back around to posting these regularly!



How far along: 23 weeks (12/06/2012)

Weight Gain: 11.5 lbs total

Produce Aisle: Approximately the size of an ear of corn (8.5 in & 1.5 lbs)


Maternity Clothes: I'm wearing about 75% maternity clothes now, but still love when something non-maternity works! Makes my day every time!

Movement: This little guy is so stubborn. During the second ultrasound, we still couldn't get him to cooperate. His little legs and arms were flying, but not in the right directions. It took me going to my appointment with our midwife and then going back in for a third try. I'm not sure if it was my midwife's poking and prodding or a lot of prayer so we didn't have to come back the next week. Thankfully, Dayton's incredibly healthy!

Stephanie


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

22 Week Bumpdate


I'm starting to catch up with these bumpdates! I will be 23 weeks on Thursday, so this one is still a little late. :)


How far along: 22 weeks (11/29/2012)

Weight Gain: 10 lbs total

Produce Aisle: Approximately the size of a papaya (8 in & 1.2 lbs)


Maternity Clothes: There was a lot of chaos and poor customer service from A Pea in the Pod, but my coat FINALLY arrived. It's beautiful, and it fits! I'm so thankful to have a warm and stylish coat this winter!


Stretch Mark: Still no stretch marks! PTL!!!

Belly Button In or Out: Still in there, but stretching out!

Sleep: So blessed to still be sleeping without any issues!

Best Moment of the Week: I really think the best thing this week was just realizing how big Dayton is getting and how quickly he will arrive. I can't believe he will be here in about 18 weeks.

Movement: Lots of movement and flip flopping in there! Thankfully, his movements are only in my waking hours.

Food Cravings: Starving all the time!

Gender: It's a boy! I love planning cute ideas for Dayton's nursery and scouring Etsy for fun boy things. It's definitely harder than finding cute girl things!

What I miss: Just the occasional glass of wine. Worth the wait though!

What I'm looking forward to: This is not totally related to pregnancy, but I'm so looking forward to being at home in Oklahoma for Christmas. The countdown is on! I can't wait to see family and friends who won't get to see me again while pregnant.

Symptoms: Clumsiness still reigns, but it is being coupled with a quickly growing belly. Such a dangerous combination! My mascara wand made it's way out of my hand and hit my belly on the way down. Sigh.

Emotions: Just sentimental over everything. I think it's half pregnancy / half Christmas.

Prayer (we are praying a whole host of things, including scripture, over this pregnancy and our Peanut every day -I thought I would share one from our list each week): "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6

Stephanie


Sunday, December 2, 2012

21 Week Bumpdate

Things have been crazy, so I am just now posting my 21 week bumpdate (more than a week late). I took the picture on time, but between Thanksgiving and celebrating Christmas with much of Josh's family that same weekend I couldn't get it done.



How far along: 21 weeks (11/22/2012)

Weight Gain: 8.5 lbs total

Produce Aisle: Approximately the size of a spaghetti squash (8 in & 1 lb).


Maternity Clothes: I ordered the following items from Gap with Black Friday savings!!! Here are the pieces I got. I think I'll be able to easily work them into my current wardrobe.

Henley Tunic in Vamp Red -I really like that this tunic has a little gathering that will stretch as my belly grows!


1969 Demi Panel Always Skinny Cords in Raspberry Sorbet -These pants make me so happy. They are far more comfortable than I expected! I know they're a statement piece, but I just had to have them.


Stretch Mark: Still no stretch marks! PTL!!!

Belly Button In or Out: It's beginning to stretch out a little.

Sleep: Still sleeping pretty soundly!

Gender: It's a boy! We've been looking at a lot of nurseries and the explorer theme wins. Josh and I both totally agree on it. Now to decide on a paint color.

What I miss: Laying on my stomach!

What I'm looking forward to: I'm already thinking about the holidays with a baby. It's going to be so much fun!

Prayer (we are praying a whole host of things, including scripture, over this pregnancy and our Peanut every day -I thought I would share one from our list each week): We stand against any birth defect and claim perfection for Dayton in Jesus' name.

Stephanie
Monday, November 19, 2012

20 Week Bumpdate

This week's bumpdate is a few days late due to all the excitement we had.We are so pleased to announce that we are having a baby BOY!!! His name will be Dayton Xavier after Josh's grandfather and my father, respectively.

Here's a picture of Josh and me with our blue cupcake. More on that little party once we get the pictures back from our photographer. For now we'll just stick with an instagram photo.




How far along: 20 weeks (11/15/2012)

Weight Gain: 8 lbs total

Produce Aisle: Approximately the size of a banana (7 in & 11 oz -according to my app). The ultrasound tech thinks I'm closer to 21 weeks and that they baby is more like 14 oz.)


Maternity Clothes: The H&M Mama line is totally hit or miss. This past week it was for sure a hit! I got a cotton red dress that will be great for layering and the outfit I'm wearing in this week's photo. The price point is fabulous like the rest of H&M. I'm super excited to add these pieces to my wardrobe.


Stretch Mark: Still no stretch marks! PTL!!!

Belly Button In or Out: Still an innie....for now. (Does it ever become an outie or just disappear?)

Sleep: No major sleep issues with the body pillow. I can sleep leaning against a brick wall, so I wasn't too worried. Of course there's still another 20 weeks to go!

Best Moment of the Week: It was definitely discovering we had a healthy baby growing fast and furious and that our healthy baby is a boy! We are blessed beyond measure!

Movement: Steady movement! During our ultrasound we had a wiggly little worm on our hands. He's also stubborn and wouldn't roll over for the tech. No surprises there.

Food Cravings: No major cravings, but my appetite is increasing!

Gender: As I've said again and again in this one post...it's a BOY! We're ready to start planning the nursery!!! Here's the link to my Pinterest board for the nursery...Dayton's Quarters.

What I miss: Not a lot!

What I'm looking forward to: Planning the nursery and holding our sweet boy for the first time!

Symptoms: Clumsy and forgetfulness are both creeping in! Yikes!

Emotions: This week was pretty stable. :)

Prayer (we are praying a whole host of things, including scripture, over this pregnancy and our Peanut every day -I thought I would share one from our list each week): This prayer wasn't originally on my list, but I decided it's never too soon to start praying for our little Dayton's future wife! Whether conceived or not, she's already precious to us and we pray the Lord blesses her as she grows up to be the woman God intended for her to be!

Stephanie


Sunday, November 11, 2012

19 Week Bumpdate




How far along: 19 weeks (11/08/2012)

Weight Gain: 7 lbs total (I couldn't believe the doctor said I had gained as much weight as I have! I know it's still well within reason, just shocking to have gained about 3 lbs in a week. I'll blame it on my work trip to North Carolina.)

Produce Aisle: Approximately the size of a mango -like last week just a little bigger (6.5 in & 10 oz)


Maternity Clothes: I haven't added any more maternity pieces, but I know a winter coat is on the horizon. I just need to find the right coat. I'm hoping to snag something online because I am just not finding anything in this darn city without Gap Maternity or Pea in the Pod.

Stretch Mark: Still no stretch marks! PTL!!!

Belly Button In or Out: Still an innie....for now.

Sleep: I have added the body pillow to our bed! I'm no longer comfortable sleeping on my back and have moved to swapping from side-to-side.

Best Moment of the Week: Josh and I tested out strollers, infant car seats, baby carriers & diaper bags at Buy Buy Baby on Friday. It was actually kind of fun. They have these creepy weighted babies so that you can get a real sensation for what it will be like with our actual baby. Here's a picture of Josh and one of the carriers.



Movement: The movement is increasing. I'm starting to know where baby is inside. Josh hasn't been able to feel any movement from the outside, but I'm guessing that will change soon.

Food Cravings: Still no real cravings. I ended up taking the remainder of our Halloween candy to the office to get it out of my reach!

Gender: The countdown is ON!!!!!! Less than 6 days. I'm sure I will not be sleeping much this week until we find out on Saturday.

What I miss: Not a lot!

What I'm looking forward to: Getting to see Peanut on the big screen in 2 weeks!

Symptoms: I'm starting to feel the gravitational pull of my belly...especially when bending over. It's awesome.

Emotions: I got lost twice in one day and thankfully Josh's calm far outweighs my crazy.

Prayer (we are praying a whole host of things, including scripture, over this pregnancy and our Peanut every day -I thought I would share one from our list each week): We present this child to you as a living sacrifice, Almighty God. In the spirit of Hannah, accept our child in Jesus' name.

Stephanie


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Fall Printable

I know this is totally late, but I'm still posting it for friends to download. I created a fall printable and thought I would share it with everyone. I printed it on 8.5 x 11" paper and then trimmed the white off to fit in my 8x10" frame. I think it looks pretty cute in our window!


If you click on the link below, you will be able to download it from Dropbox.

Fall Printable Download

Enjoy!

Stephanie



Saturday, November 3, 2012

18 Week Bumpdate




How far along: 18 weeks (11/01/2012)

Weight Gain: 4 lbs total

Produce Aisle: Approximately the size of a mango (6 in & .5 lb)


Maternity Clothes: I'm still wearing about 75% non-maternity clothes. I'm not sure how long this will last!

Stretch Mark: Still no stretch marks! PTL!!!

Belly Button In or Out: Still an innie.

Sleep: I'm no longer sleeping on my back which is so strange for me. Other than that, I'm sleeping through most nights!

Best Moment of the Week: Getting to celebrate with a sweet friend who is welcoming a second baby girl in just a few weeks. It just made me realize how quickly this all happens.

Movement: Lots of morning-time movement! I think we've got a little gymnast on our hands!

Food Cravings: The juice craving has subsided a little. With Halloween this week, I've been enjoying some candy! What's left is going to the office this week!!!

Gender: Everyone around me is finding out what they're having...even people who are due after me, and we're just dying to know. Less than 2 weeks!

What I miss: Loving this whole experience…nothing major.

What I'm looking forward to: Getting to see Peanut on the big screen in 2 weeks!

Symptoms: Growing belly and an increasing appetite. I'm also having a little numbness on one of my legs. Lots of stretching seems to help loosen the pressure on the nerves. It's not painful at all, just a little strange!

Emotions: It's been a pretty uneventful week in the emotions department.

Prayer (we are praying a whole host of things, including scripture, over this pregnancy and our Peanut every day -I thought I would share one from our list each week): We pray this baby is full of life and brings joy to everyone he/she encounters!

Stephanie


Sunday, October 28, 2012

17 Week Bumpdate



How far along: 17 weeks (10/25/2012)

Weight Gain: 3 lbs total

Produce Aisle: Approximately the size of a sweet potato (5.5 in & 5 oz)


Maternity Clothes: I’m still wearing almost all pre-maternity clothes, but I did try out the long sleeve tee shown in this picture –thanks to my sweet mom for picking up a few things and mailing them to me. We don’t have Gap Maternity here…heartbreak.

Stretch Mark: Still no stretch marks! Holding out for none!

Belly Button In or Out: Still an innie.

Sleep: No major issues sleeping! Thankful for all the rest I’ve been getting in spite of work travel and a crazy schedule.

Best Moment of the Week: Realizing this baby has completely invaded my body and officially made me overly emotional. It’s a happy invasion! :)

Movement: Still having movement mostly in the morning. It’s such a fun stage!

Food Cravings: My juice craving is still going strong. I’m also craving Mexican food from home (aka…Oklahoma)! I guess I do crave that even when not prego.

Gender: Less than 3 weeks and we find out!!!!!!!

What I miss: Loving this whole experience…nothing major.

What I'm looking forward to: Getting to see Peanut on the big screen in a few weeks!

Symptoms: Growing belly and an increasing appetite.

Emotions: I have a saint of a husband. I worked 50+ hours this week, traveled to Maine for work for a quick 9 hours on the ground, dropped and broke my iPhone, drove to Buffalo for a new one the same day we hosted 12 friends for a murder mystery dinner. The toll all that takes on a pregnant woman emotionally is enough to drive a man mad. I’m so blessed that Josh is always calm and patient. It’s a great counter balance to me (pregnant or not).

Prayer (we are praying a whole host of things, including scripture, over this pregnancy and our Peanut every day -I thought I would share one from our list each week): “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

Stephanie