21 Weeks Pregnant!

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Baby Growth: This week Leo is about the length of a carrot (about 10.5 inches long) and weighs 3/4ths of a lb. If Leo is a girl then her privates are forming. And Leo now has eyebrows and eyelids!

My Symptoms: Well this is non-pregnancy related but last Friday morning we were leaving for school and Kye accidentally dropped his plastic toy computer directly on my incision spot on my bad foot. Y’all. I SCREAMED in pain. I felt so bad but I couldn’t help it! I spent a lot of this week worrying about my foot. It was not doing very well on Friday or Saturday and was the worst pain I’ve felt with it in a long time. My luck right? Of all the places to drop that computer haha! Thankfully it seems to be doing a little better now, I am just being extremely cautious about it!

Clumsy Pregnant Emily also appears to be back. I got my little glass of juice and when I turned to put it in the sink I knocked over my entire meal replacement shake. Awesome. 

I have noticed some small pimples on my face which is not the norm for me. I read that it’s common to have that start happening this week. I also have a dark spot on my cheek that is MUCH darker now which is annoying. I wonder if it’s okay to go get it burned off while pregnant?

I really, really FEEL pregnant. I went to Jacksonville with Mrs. Charlotte, Mema, Courtney, Casey and Jolee last Friday and was pretty much miserable the entire car ride. And slept horribly in the bed Casey and I shared. I think I’m more uncomfortable much earlier this time than I have been in the past…but I also think that comes with the territory of a third pregnancy. I’m sure also that picking up my older kids probably isn’t helping me out!

Zach was out of town Sunday-Tuesday so I didn’t sleep well (I never do with him gone!) and I ended up with a pretty intense headache. Kye had a field trip Tues morning and I was hurting so badly I didn’t know if I could handle it. So I rode through McDonald’s and got a frappe. It knocked that junk out quick! It’s amazing to me how caffeine really will cure the headaches! I had another one Thursday (I had an emotional day) but also got rid of it by sipping on some Mt Dew. I honestly don’t think the Tylenol even helps much? I think it’s more the caffeine than anything!

Weight: I weighed in mid-week and had gained 2 lbs since last weighing in 2 weeks ago. So I’m at +4 total. I KNOW the trip with the girls didn’t help. And Zach traveling didn’t help (I eat more when I am TIRED). And going out with friends this week didn’t help! I do NOT want to gain too much weight so I feel more determined to get more sleep, down more water, and chow down less 🙂

Gender: I am super, mega positive it’s a boy. Like I seriously have to stop myself from saying “he” all the time when I talk about Leo. I had a kid sale this week and sat right beside the infant girl clothes to go through my stuff and didn’t even feel like I need to look through the baby girl stuff however I did feel the urge to glance through the boy section. I’m still very torn on which name we should use for the boy. I may go on some mommy groups anonymously and see what people think 😉

The bedding is officially ordered! I also mailed off the ultrasound! So someone now knows the sex of our baby 🙂

Maternity Clothes: I feel a LOT better about everything with that situation. I went ahead and unpacked everything I have left after letting Casey borrow and put it all in my closet. I reorganized my clothes a good bit and it’s always a fun thing because you find so many things you forgot you had 🙂

A couple months ago Mrs. Charlotte mentioned the Jax trip to me and I had it on my calendar to go but as the date got closer, I really didn’t want to. I was super bummed out last Thursday with the whole maternity clothes thing and just felt like being lazy at home and not having to travel. I also have never gone with them before on this trip and I wasn’t sure if driving two hours there then two hours home was worth it for a garage sale? Seriously, I’ve never been more wrong about something! The trip was WONDERFUL. I had a GREAT time with the whole crew and the garage sale was legit amazing too 🙂 I’m so, so thankful I went and will for sure be going again in the future!

With Jolee!

It was SUCH a God thing about the timing of this garage sale. Thursday that week I had gone through the maternity clothes with Casey and was super upset about everything. We went to the garage sale and at one of the first places we went…guess what they were selling? Custom boutique style dresses that are perfect for maternity wear. What are the chances of that? Casey and I took over this lady’s bathroom and tried them all on and I ended up buying five BRAND NEW dresses for only $30. Seriously! It was truly meant to be. Check us out with our cute matching styles 😉 I love how we are just making ourselves at home in this bathroom and I also love Courtney in it too haha!

I seriously racked up at the sale and got so many great things! It made the kids sales I go to seem way overpriced. All the kids clothes I bought that day were like close to brand new, all brand names, and were only $1 or so each! Casey and I each got those nice wooden storage things with the plastic tubs for $12.50 each. Such a STEAL!

On top of the blessing of the dresses at the garage sale, my sweet friend Larissa also mailed me another 5 dresses! They are super, super cute. PERFECT for summer and very “my style!” Plus they are more the cotton material that I can wear all the time whereas the garage sale ones I got are a little dressier for church 😉 God is good!!!

Movement: It’s SO much more intense now. And so often too! Zach felt it very strongly for the first time and I’m still trying to get Kye to feel it. I don’t think he understands what it feels like. Such a wonderful thing! Truly the best part of pregnancy!

Sleep: I didn’t sleep well in Jax Friday night at all. Then I slept horrible Sunday and Monday nights with Zach out of town. Then Thursday night I was out until 12:30 the next morning so I didn’t sleep so great then either. Basically I need to focus on getting REST this week!!!

I do understand now why Stacy told me not to worry too much about my sleep positioning until 20 weeks. Sure enough, I’m not comfortable sleeping on my back at ALL now. Or my stomach, obviously, and only want to be on my side.

Cravings: This week was awesome in the foot department! On the way to Jax we got Taco Bell. YUM. Then the next day we hit up Panera and it was amazing. Seriously I wish we had the funds to open one locally. It would make a killing esp now that McAllister’s closed!

Salty is def my biggest craving. I had a bag of those Pirate Booty cheese puff things and killed it this week. I also craved nachos. Like super bad haha. So I drove through Taco Bell one night and got some and they hit the spot. My appetite has for sure increased and I joke with Zach that I need a “fourth meal” now. Which I NEED to chill out about with this weight gain situation!!!

Thursday night a bunch of us went to go see Divergent and hit up Steak and Shake after. I ate before we left, then had a snack in the movie, then was the only one to eat an entire meal at 10:45 after the movie ended!

 Of the steak burger, fries, and shake…the fries were my fav!!!

 What I Miss: Feeling well rested!

Best Moment of the Week: While Zach was gone he went to Ikea! We officially have new nursery dressers and even better…they were on SALE! We never get that lucky to catch stuff we need at Ikea on sale! We also went ahead and got that Ikea high chair. We went with the blue one so hopefully it will stay “clean looking” longer than white would have. Of course since we don’t do solids until 6 months of age…we won’t even get to try it out until like next Feb haha but glad we have that off the list of things to buy!

Kye asks often if the baby is kicking (the kids don’t call the baby Leo…really I only use “Leo” when writing!). He asked me this week about it and Britt said “Baby needs a spanking!” I asked her why and she said “the baby hit me!” haha so funny that she’s already blaming stuff on a sibling who she hasn’t even met yet 😉

As a mom there are not a lot of things I do that are truly for myself. Two of the things I enjoy THE most (aside from travel, of course) are going to the kid sales and going to movie premiere nights with my friends. I ALWAYS have fun and both things are something I truly enjoy for ME. Yes, I know the kid sale is me buying clothes for the kids…but it’s the fun with friends and the deal hunting that make it so awesome 🙂 This week I lucked out b/c both a kids sale and a movie premiere night were during the same week! It was SO FUN and I am truly beyond blessed with so many amazing friends 🙂

Questions/Concerns: 

  • Someone this week told me to put tape on my belly button so it won’t stick out? Is that a legit thing????
  • I’ve started thinking more about the “finish line” With both past pregnancies I went into labor early in the day…but what is Leo is a middle of the nighter? I think if that were to happen we’d still have Lindsay come do pics (duh!) but then wait until Kye and Britt got up the next morning. Let them meet Leo first then having family/friends come in like usual. We’d just be in postpartum rather than in the delivery room ya know? I’m not too worried about that? Really I’m just not nervous about labor this time!
  • I’ve also started to think about newborn pics. For Britt we had her in a little diaper cover with a headband. I think I will go ahead and get a pretty clip bow as Britt had SO MUCH hair that the headband was kinda messing it up and it would have been better if she had a bow instead? What do people do for newborns with hair in their pics?
  • And what should I do if it’s a boy? For Kye’s we just did him straight up naked. Which I don’t mind for SOLO pics of the baby. But I don’t like naked babies with siblings…and I do not like AT ALL when the older siblings are naked/shirtless too? So awkward, right?
  • I’m thinking of getting a plain blue onesie and a plain pink one for newborn family pics. Then the rest of us can wear different shades of either blues or pinks. What do y’all think? I want to do the pics earlier this time around (like within a week of coming home) as I’ve heard it easier. But that means I have to have all this stuff decided and bought plenty in advance!

Goals for the Week: I did Bradley twice this past week but NEED to start the relaxation stuff with Zach!!! Major goal is REST and eat healthier. Another top priority is this VAN. I’m hoping we can get it all settled and purchased this week. Once April hits we are going to be very, very busy and we need to knock this out now! Zach is upstairs as I type this painting Kye’s new room. So hopefully also this week we will be making that transition. Then we can start knocking out this nursery! I also need to finish up with registering since invites for my first shower will be going out here soon. I’m SO thankful for Casey because I have just been copying a lot of the stuff she’s registering for 😉 It’s the trusted form of flattery right? Hope she thinks so!

Belly Pictures: I saw Robyn both Tuesday and Thursday this week and she couldn’t get over how not pregnant I looked Tues but then said Thur I looked a lot more pregnant. It REALLY depends on what I’m wearing! It was also funny at the garage sale b/c people kept congratulating Casey and no one ever even noticed that I’m pregnant too. I joke with her that I love being due after her b/c she’s gonna be much bigger than I am the whole time…but I also know the joke is on me. B/c she will be back to being thin while I’m still in postpartum icky mode!

For the movie night Thursday a group of us dressed up for which “faction” we would belong to. I took a test and got the Candor faction…which is NO surprise b/c they value honesty above everything else. I rocked my black and white to represent!

Past Pregnancies: Here is my 21 week post from Britt! I was hoping to go to Atlanta this weekend (like I’d be there right now) to visit my friends bc I remembered when I went while pregnant with her that it was too much on me. Well guess what? I had gone during my 21st week! Guess I may not make a trip up there after all before Leo comes!!! I remember being so miserable driving and having such a tough time staying awake and I def don’t want to risk mine or Leo’s safety. Plus, I’m already nervous enough about this massive flight to Ireland next month!!!

It’s funny that I say my belly was similar to my first pregnancy? I think it’s pretty obvious that it wasn’t similar at ALL. I still think I look more like I did while pregnant with Kye than while pregnant with Britt. My stomach is just more “all around” than it is right in the middle!

2 Comments

  1. Katie1315
    March 22, 2014 / 7:34 pm

    Your pregnancy is flying by and you look amazing! Labor started for me around the same time with all 3…late evening/early night time. So weird…I'm curious to see if you'll go into labor this time!

  2. carrie
    March 23, 2014 / 4:27 am

    For my son's newborn pics, I ordered a cute boy's diaper cover and matching hat for him off of Etsy. I just love newborn pics where you can see the baby's body…but don't like just a diaper.

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21 Weeks Pregnant

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Is it bad that I’m kinda over writing these each week? I still have a LOT more to write too don’t I? I just keep reminding myself that it’ll be GREAT to look back on for baby #3 😉

Baby Growth: Blitzen is weighing in at 3/4 of a pound and measuring 10 1/2 inches long, the length of a carrot. If Blitzen is a girl then her vagina is beginning to develop! It says this week the baby starts to swallow and will be getting little bits of amniotic fluid so it’s now that I should especially start eating a variety of foods to heighten the baby’s taste buds..

Belly Picture: When Zach took these pictures for me he made the comment that I’m not gaining as much weight in my face this pregnancy, I hope that’s the truth! But I honestly don’t think I gained in my face until the very end so we still have a while until we’ll know for sure 😉 Still no one says I look pregnant, and friends say they can only tell from the side. I’m VERY glad I bought a number sticker for each week instead of the standard every 4 weeks – I made a facebook album and it’s neat to compare each week side by side!

 I’m sportin’ some NEW Stella and Dot stuff this week: Panther Pendant Necklace, Hematite Cupchain Bracelet, Vintage Twist Bracelet, two Soiree Pave Bracelets and Soiree Studs

My Symptoms: My feet hurt after very little walking. I did find some Disney shoes for our trip! I went to the Skechers outlet and bought two pairs of their flip-flops with cushioned bottoms. They aren’t too ugly and are very comfortable. However, I wore them for 3 1/2 hours running errands this morning and my feet are killing me and I’m exhausted. Being pregnant in general just wears you OUT – comfortable shoes or not! My plan for Disney (which is still 7 weeks away so you KNOW I’ll get worn out even quicker then!) is to tough it out for the first day b/c we plan to do Magic Kingdom and to me that IS Disney World. For the other three days (where we’ll do Animal Kingdom and Disney Hollywood Studios) I’m fine with being wheeled around via wheel chair…but we’ll see!

The exhaustion isn’t just from walking, the drive (solo) to Atlanta on Sunday was BRUTAL. My butt literally fell asleep, I had to get legit coffee to stay awake, and I had to stop and pee multiple times. The trip was TOTALLY worth it, but I won’t be traveling any decent amount of distance again on my own until after Blitzen’s arrival.

My belly button is right on the border of being an outie and is pretty leveled off. I only feel comfortable wearing pants, bras, and jewelry for a couple hours but then I want them OFF. I’m wearing my 36C bra on the loosest setting and really need to run into Victoria’s Secret to get fitted as I’m sure I’m needing a bigger size. 

I haven’t had nearly as many lower abdomen pains as last week and I really appreciate everyone commenting about how normal that was, it made me feel SO much better knowing it’s a typical pregnancy thing! I also haven’t had any more discharge/pee issues so that’s good too.

Weight: I’m SO proud of myself! I worked HARD this week and drank water non-stop (I even have a glass sitting here with me while I write this!). It wasn’t an easy thing to start doing but already I noticed that I’m mega thirsty if I haven’t had any in awhile. Going to the bathroom more often is annoying, but it paid off! I didn’t gain ANY this week so I’m still at a total of +3lb overall, which isn’t bad for this far in right? I didn’t do any additional exercising but I had an active week so I think that helped too!

Gender: We had a church gathering last weekend and a mother of three (2 girls and a boy) said she saw my ultrasound picture and is sure it’s a girl. She said she can see the little slit haha! Then I showed my dad and Audrey the ultrasound video and they said they can see testicles so it’s a boy. Cracked me up – hope we don’t have one with double parts 😉 

Maternity Clothes: Kelly is SUCH a sweet friend and let me borrow several pairs of her pants! Last time around I bought all mediums thinking I’d be wearing that size and they were WAY too big so now I have some smalls to mix in there too 🙂 Also last time around I bought several pairs of size 8 pants to wear (I’m typically a 4 or 6 depending on brand) and I’ve pulled those out. I’m wearing some now and still need to use the Bella Band with them but they are a little roomier than my other “regular” pants 😉 If anyone sees any good deals on cute flowy dresses let me know – I really would rather invest in stuff like that where I can wear it after I have the baby and use it now. Dresses are just SO much more comfortable!!!

Movement: It says that this week is the time I’ll start feeling more hardcore kicks and punches, and that Blitzen’s movement will become on a schedule of sorts. I haven’t noticed any intense kicks but he or she is on a schedule for sure! I feel him or her the most right when I lay down for bed and sometimes it keeps me awake. I also notice it AS I’m eating. Which I don’t think the baby gets food that fast?!?! If I drink caffeine I feel a lot stronger movements than normal, it’s neat but it makes me feel guilty too. I am no longer drinking caffeine to minimize headaches, only when needed for sleep deprived reasons (like while I was in Atlanta!)

Sleep: I’ve started to turn the thermostat down to 72 and am sleeping WAY better. No sweat 😉 If I wake up though I do have a hard time falling back to sleep. I MUST have a pillow between my legs and sleep on my left side in order to fall asleep, although sometimes laying on my back is comfortable too. No more strange dreams either!

Cravings: None! My typical routine is to eat: 1/2 cup cinnamon toast crunch with 3/4 cup organic skim milk for breakfast, sandwich or homemade egg mcmuffin (with peanut butter) or peanut butter crackers for lunch with water (no more koolaide!), then whatever we eat as a family for dinner with water. For snack I’ll drink a glass of ice water and eat a fudgesicle. I haven’t noticed any real cravings to report – except the occasional desire for Subway!

What I Miss: Feeling well rested. Sitting around almost BORED like I got to do my first pregnancy. I feel pretty overwhelmed with everything on my “to do” list for before Blitzen arrives and knowing I have to decorate the nursery and do Christmas after he or she gets here is stressful too!

Best Pregnancy Moment of the Week: Getting to see my fellow pregnant mama Rachael, and visits with Danielle, Dana, Chelsea and Kelly! Meeting Kelly’s new addition, Mack, was so fun and she makes me feel SO much better about handling life with two 😉 Rhyan was BEYOND sweet with her brother and I hope Kye’s the same way! I booked the 4d ultrasound for the day after we get back from Disney so I’m REALLY looking forward to that!!!

Questions/Concerns: Mostly just feel overwhelmed by everything to do, no real baby/pregnancy worries. I DO have to bust out this birth plan before our appointment Wednesday! More birth plan questions for you guys if you have read this far down: Did you hold your baby right away or let them clean it first? Did you have the cord cut right away or wait for it to stop pulsing? I’ve heard that’s the “new thing” and it’s beneficial to the baby but is it worth the battle if the hospital has a policy regarding cutting right away?

I am nervous about breastfeeding too but not for ANY of the reasons I was last time, I’m just worried about how much TIME it takes up and how that will be time I can’t spend with Kye. I’m super pumped to get that quality bonding time with Blitzen, but I feel sad to miss out on so much with Kye. I’m so glad he’s a boy b/c he can do “guy stuff” with Daddy. I actually have been thinking a lot that I kinda hope this one is a boy too b/c when #3 comes along it’ll be able to join in Kye’s and Daddy’s “guy stuff” too 😉

Goals for the Week: Birth plan MUST be written before Wednesday! Enjoy Kye’s last week of “summer” with him before school starts. Also need to book our parenting classes at the hospital for November 🙂 If Zach’s reading this: PLEASE LET’S START BRADLEY!!!!!!!! We’ve been watching tv almost every night together (Big Brother is a time consuming love of ours!) and there’s really no excuse for us not to get on this junk!

Notes from Pregnancy #1: SO funny how similar things are from week to week…during this week last time I noticed my feet hurting if I was active and could only fall asleep on my left side with my pregnancy pillow. I also noticed that my face hadn’t gained any weight yet (so I guess Zach was wrong on that one at least for now!). Here‘s a post on the other symptoms I was dealing with (sounds like I was gaining weight the same way as I am now…around instead of out!). It was my birthday this week with my last pregnancy so I felt a little depressed like all birthdays make me feel (I don’t like getting older!) I did eat at Red Lobster and we ate there this week too. Gah I LOVE it and could eat it every day! We were also upset that week because it’s when Obama got elected (it was my first time voting!) – hopefully we’ll have better news next year 😉

4 Comments

  1. Forddygirl
    July 29, 2011 / 11:34 pm

    I'm SOOOOO proud of you for drinking water! I know its hard… i had to FORCE myself during my pregnancies (i still have to make myself… otherwise i'd drink one cup of chocolate milk and one cup tea per day and nothing else… BAD!)You look great, Em! You can totally tell from the side that you're preggo which is EXACTLY how it should be 🙂 Being able to tell from the front… well, thats not "all baby". lol. So be glad :-)And girl… i really hope we have better luck in 2012 🙂

  2. Chels_5285
    July 30, 2011 / 4:03 am

    Did you forget I have a blog now too?!? You should link it to my name and get me some more followers!!! Haha!!! :)I'm loving this blogging thing and I got a sewing machine tonight!!! I just happened to mention to my mother-in-law that I was looking for one and she had one! It's 25 years old but only been used a few times and looks brand new-for real!! I'm gonna try it out as soon as I can get me some thread!

  3. Katie Green
    August 1, 2011 / 3:22 am

    There's something about you being a couple of weeks ahead of me that is making me feel like this is going so fast!!

  4. Forddygirl
    August 1, 2011 / 3:50 pm

    ok, i was just re-reading this post and one question crossed my mind:WHERE are the fruits and veggies in your diet? You're not gaining weight from junk food which is great, but good lorddy, girl, you and your baby needs some healthy food, too! So thats your assignment for this week from forddygirl: in addition to keeping up your fabulous water drinking (yay!), eat fruits and veggies.HUGS!

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