Archive for January, 2013

19 Weeks Stats Update


How far along? 19 Weeks

Baby size and other details: Your baby’s sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don’t be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

How I’m feeling: Feeling good physically! A little overwhelmed with lots to get done. But I shared my to do list with Josh this weekend and have a checklist started, so hopefully that will help.

Stretch Marks? None yet! Thanks to cocoa butter (thanks Melissa!) I hope to avoid them all together. We shall see!

Sleep? Still sleeping just fine! It helps to have a rainy weekend perfect for nap time.

Highlight this week: Deciding on a color scheme for the nursery: a combo of last year’s and this year’s Pantone Color of the Year.

Tangerine Tango




Pantone Emerald



Movement: Still not sure if what I’m feeling is baby girl or not. I saw her move on the ultrasound. (She was really bouncing around!) And yet, I felt nothing. Still need more time to be sure. 🙂

Food Cravings: Still loving my pancakes. Also, fruity candy and macaroni and cheese and grilled cheese.

Gender: It’s a girl!!!

Belly Button – In or Out? Totally flat.

What I miss: Still wouldn’t mind a cold Blue Moon.

What I am looking forward to: We are touring our hospital next Saturday! I’m excited to see where the baby delivering magic will happen.

Weekly Wisdom: When you are frustrated and start crying hysterically, try not to cry even harder because you know that it’s stupid to cry about what you’re crying about. Just cry it out. Don’t judge it. You’ll snap back to “normal” at some point.

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Gender Reveal Party: It’s a….


Josh and I had our ultrasound appointment scheduled for Friday morning (1/18). I’m a little late in getting this post up. We planned to have the tech place the baby’s gender in an envelope and open it with everyone that evening.

As soon as I saw our precious baby on the monitor I had to know everything. It was amazing. What an amazing miracle of God! Josh told me that he had a feeling I wouldn’t be able to not find out. I will clarify that changing my mind and finding out ahead of time was all my idea.


Sweet Baby


Waving at us!


Tiny baby feet!

So all day on Friday, we knew, but our family and friends were excited to come over for dinner to find out! We chowed down on pizza and salad and everyone chatted about what they thought the baby was.


Team Boy


Team Girl


You decide… which will it be?

Before we all found out, we read out loud the name suggestions we got from our friends and family. There were some hilarious suggestions. My personal favorites: Lenay, Mantei Te’o and Ndamukong. 🙂


Name our baby!

Since Josh and I already knew, we asked our moms to open the envelope and share the joyous news that we were expecting a little…


It’s a…



IT’S A GIRL!!!!! 🙂

To celebrate we ate cake made by my awesome sister, Abbi! So cute and delicious.



It was such a great evening. We really enjoyed sharing our surprise with our family and friends.

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18 Weeks Stats Update

How far along? 18 Weeks

Baby size and other details: Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He’s busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you’ll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they’re still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he’s born. If you’re having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you’re having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

How I’m feeling: Still feeling good! Really excited to find out what our little one will be!

Stretch Marks? None yet! Thanks to cocoa butter (thanks Melissa!) I hope to avoid them all together. We shall see!

Sleep? Still sleeping just fine!

Highlight this week: Finding out if little Lucky is a girl or boy!

Movement: Still not sure if what I’m feeling is the baby or not. Lots of stuff seems to be going on in that region.

Food Cravings: Peanut butter with apples, peanut butter pretzels, macaroni and cheese.

Gender: We’re having a gender reveal party to share the news. That will come in another post.

Belly Button – In or Out? Totally flat.

What I miss: A frosty, cold Blue Moon with an orange.

What I am looking forward to: Finding out if Lucky is a he or she!

Weekly Wisdom: Time is flying by! I’m trying to relish every moment of my pregnancy and not take anything (even the crazy hormones) for granted.

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Weeks, Months, Trimesters – Oh my!





Figuring out exactly how far along you are isn’t hard if you’re counting weeks. But when trying to convert weeks to months and months to trimesters, it can get a little confusing. The chart above from helps to break it all down. Although, other resources have defined this a little differently, this resource seems to offer the only comprehensive way for me to understand it. So, this is what I’m going with.

At 16 weeks, I would assume that I’m 4 months along. However, not every month has only 4 weeks. So I’m actually at the end of my 3rd month and won’t reach 4 months until week 18.

Apparently, I’m a stickler for the details because this was really important for me to wrap my head around. 🙂 This also helped me understand how 42 weeks = 9 months. At first I thought 36 weeks = 9 months.

Hope this helps someone else understand! Be sure to check out the link for more explanation.

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16 Weeks Stats

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That’s right! We’re pregnant. Josh and I are thrilled and grateful to God for blessing us with a new little human to love. We told Josh’s parents by me wearing a shirt that said Lucky #7 (they already have 6 grand kids). So the baby has earned the nickname Lucky. I can’t think of a better name to call the little one.

How far along? 16 Weeks

Baby size and other details: Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he’s about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren’t recognizable yet. He’s even started growing toenails. And there’s a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop. (Thanks for the information!)

How I’m feeling: Really good physically! Very easily frustrated emotionally and crying at the drop of a hat, but hey… I’ve always been a crier. I’m trying to focus on all that I have to be thankful for and rest in God’s grace.

Stretch Marks? None yet! Thanks to cocoa butter (thanks Melissa!) I hope to avoid them all together. We shall see!

Sleep? I fall asleep with no problem and wake up to pee multiple times but fall right back asleep. I do wake up in the early mornings and have to force myself back to sleep until a reasonable hour to get up.

Highlight this week: Heard little Lucky’s heartbeat at a doctor’s appointment. It sounds like a galloping horse, which according to an old wives’ tale, means that Lucky is a girl. We’ll see though! And Josh helped me with getting an earlier ultrasound appointment when I didn’t speak up. Thanks to him, we’ll hopefully find out two weeks earlier.

Movement: Lucky has been moving around for a few weeks now. But I’m not sure that I’m feeling anything – could just be gas. The doctor said that is normal and within the next month or so, I will know for sure when the baby is moving.

Food Cravings: Pancakes with boysenberry and blueberry syrup, fruits and veggies. Slight aversion to meats, but this is only a random thing.

Gender: We’ll find out in two short weeks! I can’t wait.

Belly Button – In or Out? Totally flat.

What I miss: Advil! I can only take Tylenol and it doesn’t zap a headache in the same way.

What I am looking forward to: Finding out if Lucky is a he or she!

Weekly Wisdom: Don’t be too hard on yourself for being emotional. Your body is growing a human and requires lots of extra hormones to do so. It’s ok to have feelings. (This is what I have to keep reminding myself!)