Thursday, January 27, 2011

You can find me in St. Louis...

Not for very long though, because I really wasn't too impressed with the place. Sorry.

Wow! What a week this has been! Sadly, Mikey's grandpa passed away last week : ( We traveled to Keokuk, Iowa for his funeral and made a quick stop in St. Louis, MO while passing through. It was a very, very long drive but I'm so glad we were able to make it. It was nice to get to see where Mikey lived for a little while when he was younger and see where his parents grew up : ) Also, I was able to meet a lot of his family that I had heard so much about, but never got to see in person. It was a very unfortunate reason we were all together, but I really did enjoy our time we were able to spend as a family.

We drove through St. Louis on the way to Keokuk and drove around downtown a little bit, checking our the big arch. The weather was not very nice though so we decided to get out and take pictures on the way back home. Here are a few pictures we snapped while there. I am definitely looking like a bloated, pregnant lady these days...



















Wednesday, January 26, 2011

23 Weeks!

How far along? 23 weeks!

Baby's size? A little over 1 pound and about a foot long. The size of a mango!

Weight Gain? 15 pounds

Maternity clothes? Oh yeah. I can still wear one pair of regular jeans and a few tops and dresses, but mostly maternity.

Stretch marks? Not yet

Belly button in or out? Still in, but starting to poke out a little bit.

Sleep? Well, I haven't gotten much at all lately, but what I have gotten has been pretty good

Foods I am loving? Jalapenos, tomatoes, pizza, and chocolate milk

Foods I am hating? Nada...I need to starting hating some so I will quit eating so much, ha!

Best moment this week? Daddy getting to feel her kick more : )

Movement? Oh my, YES!!! This past week has made a HUGE difference in her movement! She is SO active! She kicked for hours today while I was at work! I love it!

Symptoms? Tired and I can definitely tell I don't get around as fast as usual : )

Gender? GIRL!

What I miss? Nothing! I'm getting so sad about not being pregnant anymore in a few months...

What I'm looking forward to? Working on her nursery more and my next OB appointment

Emotions: GREAT!










Wednesday, January 19, 2011

22 Weeks!

Okay, I lied. I said I would post this on Monday, but as always life happened and I just didn't get around to it. I found out though that I actually like posting at the end of the "weekly update" rather than the beginning so I can document a better idea of what goes on the entire week. So, here goes an update...

How far along? 22 weeks!

Baby's size? 1  pound and 11 inches...the size of a spaghetti squash

Weight Gain? 15 pounds

Maternity clothes? Oh yeah. I can still wear one pair of regular jeans and a few tops and dresses, but my wardrobe is looking quite thin these days.

Stretch marks? Not yet

Belly button in or out? Still in, but definitely looking different

Sleep? Good! I am loving being on day shift so my sleep is much more regular, just not a fan of waking up at 4:45 a.m. five days a week...blah...

Foods I am loving? I have laid off the jalapenos a little, but still loving those, tomatoes (especially fried green tomatoes, YUM!) and cinnamon rolls

Foods I am hating? Nada...I need to starting hating some so I will quit eating so much, ha!

Best moment this week? Ella Grace threw a party in my belly one night : ) It was so funny!

Movement? YES!!! We have started playing music for her while I'm laying around. Well, apparently she really likes Dave Matthews cause that's when she started going crazy and moving all over : )

Symptoms? Heartburn, backaches

Gender? little GIRL!

What I miss? Nothing! I'm getting so sad about not being pregnant anymore in a few months...

What I'm looking forward to? Working on her nursery more and my next OB appointment

Emotions: Nothing crazy, but I do seem to get teary-eyed a little more easily lately, but then again that's just me sometimes...



Sunday, January 16, 2011

Preggo Pictures

This is a collage of my belly pictures from the first half of my first pregnancy with Ella Grace : )


Top row from left to right: 5 weeks, 6 weeks, and 8 weeks
Bottom row from left to right: 17 weeks, 18 weeks, and 19 weeks

Now for some belly pictures with clothes...

Top: 17 weeks
Middle: 18 weeks
Bottom: 19 weeks



     18 weeks                  19 weeks                      20 weeks             

I promise I am going to post about something other than being pregnant soon! I just got so far behind on this stuff and I want to catch up before she is born!!! Up tomorrow will be my 22 week post, then a break from preggo updates for a few days : )


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

21 Weeks!

How far along? 21 Weeks!

Baby's size? She is 15 ounces! Almost to 1 pound! She is weighing about 3 onuces more than all the books/articles say she should at this point, but the ultrasound tech said that is the normal weight for this time : ) And about 10 1/2 inches long, about the length of a carrot!

Weight Gain? Okay, I'm officially a fat kid...15 pounds!!!! I'm officially throwing my 20 pound goal out the window! Oh well, at least I'm keeping my baby girl healthy : )

Maternity clothes? Yeap! Mostly maternity. A few regular tops and 1 pair of jeans but not many...

Stretch marks? Nope

Belly button in or out? In, but already starting to look different

Sleep? GREAT! and LOTS of it, ha!

Foods I am loving? Jalapenos and chocolate milk...not together though! Ew!

Foods I am hating? Nada

Best moment this week? Seeing EG on the ultrasound! Although, she was VERY stubborn! She was breech (so we couldn't double check her little girl parts) and face DOWN! So we couldn't see her precious little face : ( And she must have been taking a nice little nap, cause sister was NOT moving! However, her heart (which we were double checking) and everything else looked PERFECT!!!

Movement? YES! Still not as much as I would like to feel but I know it's still kinda early

Symptoms? Heartburn, fatigue and some crazy, wacky dreams!

Gender? GIRL! Miss Ella Grace  : )

What I miss? Nothing! I am finally enjoying being pregant!

What I'm looking forward to? I always look forward to my OB visits just to make sure everything is looking good and I am SUPER pumped about our 4-D ultrasound in a few weeks!

Milestone: Just being blessed enough to carry this healthy baby! Praise Jesus : )

Emotions: Ecstatic! Happy! Excited! Need I say more?







Sunday, January 9, 2011

20 Weeks!

I really wish I would get these weekly updates posted on time! I have had the post and pictures ready for a week and just never get around to posting...Anyway, here is Ella Grace in my belly at 20 weeks!

How far along? 20 weeks = 5 months = HALFWAY there!!!

Baby's size? 10-11 ounces, 6 1/2 inches long...the size of a banana : )

Weight Gain? 9 pounds

Maternity clothes? Yeap, and some regular clothes too

Stretch marks? Nope

Belly button in or out? In, but already starting to look different

Sleep? Pretty good. I'm in the process of switching from day shift to night shift so thats been a little challenging, but other than that I'm sleeping alright

Foods I am loving? Jalapenos and chocolate milk...not together!

Foods I am hating? Nothing really

Best moment this week? Feeling EG move more : )

Movement? YES! It is still just feels like small movements every now and then, but I have felt 2 good kicks : ) One night she was moving SO much. I actually saw my tummy make a little jump and Mikey was able to feel her just a little bit! It's SO amazing!

Symptoms? Heartburn!

Gender? GIRL! Ella Grace : )

What I miss? Nothing at this point!

What I'm looking forward to? Another ultrasound this week! And feeling her move more!

Milestone: Making to the halfway mark : )

Emotions: SO excited! But I have to admit, now that it seems to be going by a but faster I am getting a little sad. I am SO ready to meet her, but I can't believe how quickly the pregnancy is starting to pass!





These aren't the best pictures. Next time I will try to get a little better background! I was trying to grab these quickly before running out the door for church...



I just realized I forot to take 20 week bare belly pictures. Oh well...


Saturday, January 1, 2011

My Hopes for 2011

I did a post just like this on the 1st day of 2010. Well, I hate to beat myself down, put I pretty much failed at accomplishing my goals I set for 2010. I made a little progress on a couple of them, but overall, it wasn't a pretty picture. So, for 2011 I am setting only ONE goal!!! It's not even really a goal, and definitely not your typical "resolution," but a total lifestyle change that I will strive for until the day I leave this earth.

Last year, my very first goal was to grow closer to God. While I did work on it, I (very unfortunately) am still faaarrrr away from the making the Lord my first priority in my life. I like to think I make Him my #1 at times, but truth be told...I really don't : ( It saddens me to admit this, but it is time to turn this around. And, thankfully with God's incredible mercy and amazing grace, I know it can be done!

So, that is my focus for this year (and every year thereafter). It is super important to me that Ella Grace learns to love Jesus and grows up to serve Him! And as her mother and role model, it is my job to lead by example. I have no grand plans to accomplish this goal...just pray faithfully, fellowship more with other believers, read and memorize scripture, and 100% FULLY trust our WHOLE lives to the Lord!!! (That's the hardest for me...)

Now that I have this post completed and published (completely for myself), I will ask of you all, if you do not mind to please pray for me in this journey! I am so excited about 2011 and what I know it is bringing and all the other events that I don't yet know about. I am just incredibly thankful that I get to experience each year with Mikey, who is truly my soul mate. My best friend. My rock. My everything!

Let's get 2011 started! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!