Wednesday, December 30, 2009

26 Weeks

Holy Moly I'm getting biggg! This is a 26 week belly shot on Christmas Eve.
How far along? 26 weeks, 6 days

Total weight gain/loss: I've gained a total of 17 lbs so far. I am officially 140!!! Yikes. And the doctor is expecting me to gain at least 8-10 more!
Stretch marks? Still none thank goodness!

Sleep: I move alot during my sleep because I don't find it comfortable sleeping on my side so I end up sleeping on my back then waking up thinking "I cannot sleep on my back," so I roll on my side and the cycle starts all over.

Best moment this week: I went to the doctor yesterday to take my gestational diabetes/glucose test and I passed! Woo Hoo!

Movement: Ava moves around quite a bit. It's weird seeing my stomach move up and down. It is just a feeling I can't describe to anyone.

Food cravings: The usual. Sweets :)

What I miss: I miss being able to get up quicker and putting on my shoes and socks better.

What I’m looking forward to: January 11th because I'm getting another ultrasound and then January 17th because it's the date for my baby shower in VA!!!

Some Baby Developments: Ava's hearing is more sensitive than ever and she may be able to hear daddy's voice too. She is inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amnionic fluid which is essential for the development of her lungs. Ava weighs about a pound and 2/3 and measures about 14 inches. She's also continuing to put on baby fat.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Have Yourselves A Merry Little Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! I love watching everyone open up gifts in their pjs and the smell of breakfast cooking. I love that on Christmas day we are all scattered around the house playing with our Christmas gifts. It's been really pretty in Savannah since Noah's family came down. Last night it started raining but since everything is closed anyway it's perfect weather to stay in pjs all day, watch movies, vegg out on all the sweets we made last night, and enjoy the company of family.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 21, 2009

25 Weeks

According to Ava should be gaining some body fat and her skin is about to smooth out and she'll look more like a newborn. She's also growing more hair and if we could see it, we'd be able to see her hair color and texture.

I wonder all the time what she's going to look like, what features she'll take from me and which ones she's going to take from Noah. Is she going to have light hair color? Will her skin be pale? Will she have asian eyes? Will she have my dad's big ears? Or Noah's big noggin? All I know is that Noah and I will be totally in love with her!

She's quite active these days, kicking and turning all the time. I can't say the same for me. In the first trimester I was able to take long walks with Paxx. I tried to the other day and I couldn't make it. I've been feeling what they call round ligament pain alot since I've been in my second trimester. It's this sharp pain in my hips and my groin area. It hurts when I walk, when I get up, when I lay down. It's probably the most uncomfortable symptom of all the symptoms I've experienced with this pregnancy. The doctor says it's because my uterus has to stretch to the size of a watermelon! holy cow! The ligaments that surround my uterus and groin area have to stretch to accomodate this. Well ouch is all I have to say.
I have been super slack about taking belly pictures. That is my goal this week.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

I'll Be Home For Christmas

I am so glad I'll be home for Christmas this year. One, because it's my first Christmas in our new house and second, because I hate the drive to Virginia (not to mention driving in the snow is not fun). Noah's family is coming down like they did last year so it should be fun times. I should be done with my Christmas shopping but I still want to pick up some small items for a few people. I have to work tomorrow but then I have the rest of the week off so hopefully I'll get that accomplished.

This weekend was pretty eventful. Last friday I was in a car accident that ended up totaling my poor civic. So on Saturday I took the money I got from my car accident and used it to buy Noah and I new cars. I ended up with a 2010 Honda Civic and Noah got a Honda Ridgeline. I was happy because now we have some reliable cars before the baby arrives. Merry Christmas to us!

Noah was sad to get rid of his beloved jeep but that car was just not practical or safe for the baby. It feels like we have everything in place right now and that is a good feeling. Now all we need is to get started on buying things for Ava's nusery. I'm looking forward to my baby showers in the next couple of months because right now I feel a little overwhelmed with all we need before the baby arrives. Time has been flying by and it is only going to keep going by fast. But I'm going to try and concentrate on all of that after the holidays. I'm looking forward to spending some qaulity time with family and just enjoying the time off. Life is good.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

How Did I Get So Lucky?

I wanted this post to be by itself. Our lives are so busy sometimes and especially hectic during the holidays but there are some moments in there where you can sit and reflect at how lucky you truly are.

This year has been one I will remember forever. A year I was able to be in Savannah and really enjoy spending time with my family. And even though the beginning of this past April I suffered a miscarriage, I was blessed with a miracle when I found out I was pregnant again in July. I also would have never thought I would have been lucky enough to buy a house either this year.

But all of that was not the purpose of my post today. Like I was saying, there are some moments when you can really appreciate how lucky you are.

Last night after being discharged from the hospital and driving home, I realized I forgot my precription on the hospital bed. Noah turned around and went back up to my room to get it and then fill it at the pharmacy. I got home and settled down on the couch because I was exhausted from spending all day at the hospital. Noah made sure I didn't have to get up for anything. We ordered pizza and he made me a plate. I know it's not a big deal and I'm just being super mushy but in those small gestures I realized why I love being married to him. He has a really tough exterior most of the time but he really has a very nuturing side to him too. If he knew I had a post about him revealing this he would probably kill me. But lucky for me he doesn't read my blog so I'm in the clear. Don't blow my cover folks!

I cannot wait to see him as a dad. I have no doubt in my mind he will be the best daddy to Ava. She'll be spoiled silly and he will always be an active part in her life. What more could I ask for. how did I get so lucky??

Crappy Friday

I have a routine in the morning. Wake up, brush my teeth, put on my make-up, fix my messy hair, change, fix my breakfast/snacks and lunch for work, kiss noah good-bye, and drive to work. I was minding my own business driving to work and out of nowhere a van tries to turn in front of me. I tried to brake and avoid hitting it, but BAM, it's done. There's goes my Friday.

The lady and I are both fine. We call the police, a report is made, and my car is towed to some body shop. I was thinking I would just go work and deal with the insurance company. But it's not just me I have to worry about anymore so I call my doctor and they tell me to go to the emergency room.

Little did I know I would be there for the next 8 hours. The ER doctor gave me an ultrasound and Ava seemed perfect. She was doing just fine. But he talked to my doctor and he wanted me to undergo some more precautionary monitoring. They wheel-chaired me up to labor and delivery and I had a glimpse of what it's going to be like in about 4 months. It was a weird feeling. surreal. Well I got my own room, a more comfortable room than the triage room downstairs. The nurse hooked my belly up to some monitor and there I sat for the next two hours. At this point I hadn't had anything to eat since breakfast and some carrot sticks I thankfully stuck in my purse for my afternoon work snack. I was starving. I didn't think my day would be spent here so I didn't even tell Noah to come with me. My sister said I was crazy not to ask anyone to come up there so she came. She came with McDonald's. She's awesome. I ate like I've never eaten before! It was goooood.

My doctor finally arrived and he took a look at the series of papers the monitor had been spitting out for the past couple of hours. Apparently I had been having pre-term contractions! yikes. I didn't even feel anything. So just like that he ordered mandatory bedrest for the next three days and prescribed me some anti-contraction medication. There went my weekend and one full work day. Anyone would probably love three days of doing nothing. But anyone that knows me knows I don't like sitting still. I have lists. I have things to scratch off those lists. And I can only get up to go to the bathroom?? Boo.

But I have to remind myself that this is for Ava. She'll be worth all of this.

So, maybe I'll just relax, take this opportunity to pull out my Felicity dvds, and do some online shopping!

Thanks Crappy Friday. Thanks.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

24 Weeks

Happy 24 weeks to me!

How the Baby is changing: This week the baby has gained approximately 4 ounces making her alittle over a pound and almost a foot long. Her body is filling out porportionally, her brain is growing quickly, and lungs are developing. Her skin is still thin and translucent but that will change soon.

How my Life is changing: um according to my uterus has risen above my belly button and is the size of a soccer ball! Holy cow! A soccer ball?

I went to the doctor last week and stepped on the scale to find out I have gained a total of 14 lbs. That seems like a lot to me, but the doctor says I'm gaining at a good pace. My appetite has also kicked it up a knotch too. At work I am constantly looking through my desks for hidden snacks. How bad is that? Oh well. I just hope Ava is nice and healthy :)

I came home to another New Baby Welcome Wagon gift! I think by far this is my favorite one!

L-O-V-E the I love mommy and I love daddy bibs! Just another reminder I'm going to be a mommy!!! How fun!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Where Has The Time Gone??

This year has seriously gone by too fast. I cannot believe Christmas is 2 weeks away. It's crazy. I have been so jealous because everyone has their Christmas tree up except me :( It's been so hectic with unpacking things in our house that we haven't had a chance to put one up. I haven't even finished Christmas shopping yet. Eeks! Well Hopefully I can knock both out this weekend!

Noah, Michael, and Anthony moved us in on Sunday. The first night in our house was nice. Paxx didn't know what to do with himself. He was following us around as we were unpacking driving us nuts. But poor baby. I think he was just terrified we were going to leave him. We have most of the basics unpacked. I haven't put up pictures and any decor up. I think once that stuff is all up I'll feel better. Right now it feels a bit bare.

This pregnancy has also gone by entirely too fast! I can't believe I'm almost done with my second trimester. I'm not sure if I'm more sad or excited. It guess it depends on when you ask me. I started my registry online but I haven't gone to the store with the fun gun thingy. I plan to do that soon because in the next couple of months I have baby showers to look forward to! I am lucky to be having one here in Savannah and then one in Virginia so I can visit with all my loved ones! My trip to VA in January will be my last bit of travel before the baby comes. I can't wait to meet her. The more time goes by the more excited at the thought of her.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Oh The Weather Outside is Frightful

I woke up today feeling like poop. Last night Noah and I went over to our house to finish painting! Alas we are done! Now all there is to do is move in. We are planning to do the big move this weekend.

Anyway, we didn't get home last night until about 11:00 so I didn't go to bed early like I wanted to do. I can only breathe out of one nostril, I sneeze every ten minutes, my throat is stratchy, and my body aches (not sure if that's due to the pregnancy or not). So going into work I wasn't feeling 100%. Lucky for me though, work graciously let us out early today because of some pretty crucial weather heading our way. I'm planning on taking advantage of the free time to get some well needed rest.

But aside from feeling crappy, Noah and I did receive another gift from the new baby welcome wagon!

Thank you!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

22 Weeks

Well I guess the weekly pictures are stopping and we are heading into monthly pictures. This is weeks 21-24: papayas.
Noah and I have decided on a first name for our baby girl. We are going to name her Ava. We are still thinking on what we want her middle name to be though. I have been feeling very pregnant lately. My tummy is popping out and I can really feel the baby kicking more and more.

How far along? 22 weeks, 4 days

Total weight gain/loss: 12 lbs! I weighed myself right after Thanksgiving so that might not have been a good idea. I go back to the doctor this Friday so we'll see what the scale says. So far I've been gaining at a good pace, but it's starting to depress me how BIG i am getting. But I just have to remind myself that 1) it's in the best interest of Ava and 2) I can lose it. (hopefully)

Stretch marks? according to if I may begin to see them around this time. yikes! I hope not.

Sleep: I've been sleeping okay so far but I definitely feel a difference in pre-pregnancy sleep and pregnancy sleep. My back aches sometimes.

Best moment this week: It will be on Friday when I get to hear Ava's heartbeat.

Movement: Feeling lots these days and it's still an amazing feeling each time.

Food cravings: my recent craving was krispy kreme doughnuts. Yummy HOT doughnuts!

What I miss: feeling attractive. I love being pregnant but there are those I feel huge moments and I've had those moments recently.

What I’m looking forward to: making it to 24 weeks will put my mind at ease a little. should anything happen, that will be the marker for viability.

Here's a belly shot from Thanksgiving weekend.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving I had alot to be thankful for. I have been so so blessed to be surrounded by my family and friends always, to be loved by my hubby, to be lucky enough to carry baby Ava this far, and to be able to buy a house :)

Usually, we visit Noah's family for Thanksgiving but since we just closed on our house we decided to stay put this year. We had Thanksgiving lunch/dinner at Michael 's (my brother-in-law) parents' house with all the fixings: turkey, sweet poitato casserole, collard greens, mash potatoes, butter beans, and stuffing! It was simply delicious!

Here are some pictures I took yesterday. And Ummm... this is the first time since being pregnant that I feel BIG. The proof is in these pictures!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Officially a Grown-Up

Today was pretty exciting for me and Noah. We closed on our very first house! The whole process freaked me out at first but it went so smooth and closing today was pretty painless. I am thankful for everyone that helped us throughout. I really feel like a grown-up. The best feeling was being handed the keys.

We still won't be moving into the house for another week though because we want to get stuff taken care of before any furniture is moved in. We took some small things over to the house tonight to try to get a head start. I feel bad I won't be able to help Noah move and paint. Okay, I'm lying. What a great time to use the pregnant card :) We picked out paint last Sunday and we are planning on moving in by the first week of December. It will be nice to have the fence put up, the walls painted, the speakers wired, and the DirecTV installed before we move in.
I took tomorrow and wednesday off so I could start shopping for little things for the house. I can't wait. I plan on hitting all the places Noah hates taking me to on the weekends (Homegoods, TJ Maxx, Burlington Coat Factory, Kirklands...).
Now I'm going to get my beauty rest and mentally prepare myself for all the shopping I'm going to be doing tomorrow.
Goodnight all :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Our beloved mascot passed away here in Savannah today of a sudden heart attack at only 4 years old. How devastating! This is not just any dog people. This is OUR mascot, OUR DAWG! Our team will have to play this weekend without our beloved mascot. I hope they win this weekend for sweet UGA. So sad.

So What's It Going To Be---Take 2

Well tomorrow is take 2 for the big ultrasound that will tell us what we're going to be having. This week has gone by so slow. My appointment is at 8:30 in the morning at least. I think I'm the first patient for the u/s tech so that is good because I've been waiting long enough I think. I know I'll be restless tonight just thinking about the baby. I mean it's not going to really matter but it has been the strangest feeling not knowing what I'm carrying. I feel like out of all my pregnant friends (something must be in the water) I'm the last one to find out too. So far Cassie is having a girl (Riley) and Deena found out this week she's having a boy (I'm so happy for her!!!) I have had no telling dreams or strong feelings. Most people that have made a guess have said they think we're having a boy. But who knows. I guess we'll see tomorrow. Stay tuned! I'm so excited!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

House Update and Another Sweet Surprise!

Today Noah and I had our preliminary walk-through of our house. They painted the door and put up our shutters finally. All of our appliances are in too! There are only some minor paint touch-ups and I think we'll be good to go for closing on Monday. We will be signing our lives away and then they will be handing us our keys to our very first house!!! We have so much we have to get done though before we can actually move in. We hired someone to put a fence in, install our blinds, install our surround sound system, and hook our DirecTV up. My big task this weekend is to pick out paint colors. I think I have them narrowed down except for the nursery of course. It will be much easier to decide on the nursery paint color after our doctor's appointment on Friday.

(This is as close to the finished product as it's going to look!)

On another note...I received another present from the new baby welcome wagon today :) This time it was some cute rattle booties!!!

Thank you to whoever this is from and I can't wait to find out who you are!!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

20 weeks

My goodness, the baby is as big as a cantaloupe???

I can't believe I am already at 20 weeks. I was so anxious to get past the first trimester to ease my worrying mind. Back at 6 weeks I didn't think time was going by fast enough. Now time is really flying by. Part of me is sad because I really have enjoyed my pregnancy so far and part of me is excited because it is one more week closer to meeting this little one inside my belly!

I've been feeling so much movement this week. And the biggest thing for me this week was feeling and seeing the baby move from outside my belly. It was the coolest thing. I've already had this thing with rubbing my belly or just resting my hand there just in case the baby moves. I also have been sitting on the couch with my belly hanging out and sleeping the same way too. I know it probably sounds weird but it makes me feel closer to the baby. Anyways, last week I was just laying on the couch resting my hand on my belly (Oh yeah, and I stare at my exposed belly alot too) and all of a sudden I felt a little bump. I looked down to see if would happen again and bump!! It was so cool. Noah even felt it that night. He thinks I'm making most of the movement up but I had solid proof this time! It was awesome.

And to make this week even better, last night when we got home from Virginia, there was another package delivered to us from the New Baby Welcome Wagon!

This time we got washcloths! It's still a mystery as to who is sending us these gifts though. It drives me nuts because I want to know. Hopefully it will reveal itself in time. I love surprises :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Elizabeth J. Hunt

Elizabeth J. Hunt
7/14/22 - 11/09/09

Today we got the news Noah's grandma passed away. We are planning to drive up to Virginia this weekend to be with his family. May she be at peace in heaven. Please keep Noah's family in your thoughts and prayers.

House Bump

I have also been taking "house bump" shots as our house is being built. We only have a couple of weeks left so Noah and I are excited! November is an awesome month. On the 20th we have a doctor's appointment to find out if we are having a boy or a girl and then on the 23rd we close on our house.

August 11, 2009
This is how it all started. Well, it was a pile of dirt, but I never took a picture of that. This is the beginnings of our humble abode.

August 28, 2009

In a matter of weeks the frame was put up. That was so fast!

September 29, 2009

The siding was up here and the brick was next.

October 3, 2009
And just like that the brick was done.
October 16, 2009
ooo the startings of a drive way :)
November 7, 2009
Oh man, just look at that! Beautiful!!

Belly Bump

I have been taking belly bump shots from the beginning of my pregnancy. I want to see how my belly changes with my pregnancy. It still blows my mind what is happening inside my belly. Even as I am sitting here I keep feeling these tiny flutters. It is really hard to describe but I'm loving every moment of this journey; the bad morning sickness that lasted about a good 6 weeks straight to listening to the baby's heartbeat for the very first time. It is just absolutely the most wonderful experience. But I digress. Enjoy the belly shots :)

6 weeks

8 weeks

11 weeks

13 weeks

15 weeks

17 weeks

19 weeks

I can't really tell a difference in the first few weeks but definitely see and feel a difference in the last couple of weeks. There are more belly shots to come so stay tuned :)

For those of you who read my blog, Thanks :)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

19 Weeks

Yummy Mango!

How far along? 19weeks, 1 day
Total weight gain/loss: Gained 5 lbs, 6 altogether now.
Maternity clothes? Bought some last weekend; pair of work pants and couple of shirts.
Stretch marks? still none and praying everyday they won't ever appear

Sleep: Never had too much of a problem with sleep pregnant or not. I could fall asleep anywhere and anytime.

Best moment this week: I had to go the doctor to get my H1N1 shot (that part was not the best moment this week) and when I was there I got to listen to the beautiful sound that is the baby's heartbeat. :)

Movement: Feeling slight flutters like a butterfly trying to get out of my belly. I feel it mostly when I am just sitting really still.
Food cravings: junk food and fruit

Gender: thought i would have found out at our last doctor's appointment but the u/s tech still couldn't be certain. grrrr. now waiting impatiently for 14 more days.
What I miss: okay I cheated. I've had an ice cold Coke. (but don't tell Noah, he'll get so mad)

What I’m looking forward to: finally finding out what we are having

I was going to post some belly shots from the very beginning of my pregnancy til now, but I'm on my dad's computer and my pictures aren't on here. But here is one I took today before I went to dinner for Seal's birthday. My belly has really grown in the last two weeks.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Happy Birthday Seal!

Today my sister turned the big 3-0! I went out to dinner with her earlier this evening before they went bar hopping. Of course I wasn't able to join them so I'm catching up on my blog instead. I'm sure Noah will be stumbling in the house in the wee hours of the morning. Here are some fun b-day shots. I know Seal is going to be pukey pukey later... Hope she has a great time out with all her friends!

(So many people came out for her b-day. She's so loved!)
(birthday girl!!!)
(Noah and I posing with Seal, a blown-up midddle school cardboard cut out)

(My favorite sister!)

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