Monday, August 18, 2014

Baby Harrell [weeks 17-22]

19-22 weeks

Baby is the size of… an onion [17], sweet potato [18], mango [19], banana [20] pomegranate [21], papaya [22].

Big Developments… A lot of big developments have happened over the past few weeks, but as of 22 weeks our baby is around 11 inches and almost 1 pound and starting to look like a miniature newborn. The lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, tiny tooth buds are developing beneath the gums. Eyes have formed, but the irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment.

Cravings? I had a big donut craving for WEEKS!  Lucky for me, I attended my cousin’s wedding where in lieu of a wedding cake they had a donut cake.  It was honestly the best thing ever.

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Also, Zack’s cousins came to visit and brought us donuts too!  I have definitely fulfilled the donut craving a few too many times… I think it’s safe to say I have reached my pre-pregnancy weight again after losing so much being sick. ;)

Aversions? Most things still make me a little queasy thinking about them… Zack has stopped asking what I feel like eating for meals and will just set something in front of me.  I can usually eat anything without issue, it’s just the thought of it that makes me feel sick. 

Sleep?  Still not sleeping great throughout the night, but have eliminated naps almost altogether which is a great sign.  I’m starting to get some motivation back!

Other Symptoms? I am no longer getting sick every single morning!! (PTL!!) However, it’s not gone completely.  The longest I’ve gone was 6 days and it was glorious. 

Around 18 weeks I felt our baby move for the first time!  Zack was out of town and I was sitting on the couch at home when it happened.  I immediately started to tear up, I just knew that I felt our little baby for the first time, and I was bummed Zack wasn’t there to share it with!  I tried to wiggle around to feel it again but it didn’t work.  After that I could feel it at night time every couple of days just faintly.

Around 20 weeks I started to feel movement more consistently at night, and stronger too!  Now, at 22 weeks I can feel movement throughout the day every once in awhile, and the occasional large kick or roll.  It is such an incredible feeling… I can only imagine what it will be like for the next 18 weeks!

What I Miss?  Coffee… have had a couple decaff coffees, but they just aren’t the same for some reason?  I really miss turkey sandwiches and fresh Caesar salads!  I have been asking at restaurants if they use raw eggs in the Caesar dressing and only one that I’ve been to did not… and it was SO delicious. 

Maternity Clothes?  I am still not fitting into maternity pants yet… which is getting tricky.  There’s no way my normal pants can button comfortably so I’ve had to get creative with my work pants… I use a hair tie to fasten the button, and a long tank top to cover it. :)  Luckily it’s summer, so other than work I have gotten by wearing maxi skirts and dresses.

IMG_3257IMG_32822 events, one maxi dress…desperate times.

This week I also had the opportunity to try out some comfy maternity yoga pants from yogaoutlet.com—I will be telling you more about those soon. :) (*Spoiler—I love them!)

New Baby Items? Now that we know the *GENDER of Baby Harrell, we have gotten a TON of items!!  Zack and I are constantly amazed at how generous people have been!  My cousin Jennifer is amazing and surprised us with 2 huge boxes filled with the cutest clothes, not to mention a bunch of other great baby items—like a bouncer/swing, boppy, and other little toys.

Then, the nanny family that gave us the crib that I mentioned here?  They gave us 2 huge bins of clothes too!

All that, plus SO many cute new things family and friends have bought us once they found out the gender.  Baby Harrell is SO loved… and Zack and I just feel so blessed for all the love and support we have received already.

*Wondering what the gender of our little bundle is?  Well, stay tuned for our gender reveal party update coming later this week. :)  Most of you know already though, the secret is out on Instagram, if you just can’t wait to see.

Friday, July 25, 2014

What I’m Loving Lately

Well, it’s Friday and today I am officially 19 weeks!

It’s been awhile since I’ve written about my life and the random little joys I’m appreciating lately.  And let me tell you, since I’ve been pregnant those little joys are few and far between… so I take advantage of them when I find them! :)

The Skimm

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Have you guys heard of the Skimm?  I love to be informed about what’s going on in the world, and I usually can be found checking my CNN app once or twice a day… but to be honest, I don’t always understand the logistics of what I’m reading.  A lot of news articles don’t tell you the history behind the story, they expect you to know exactly what they’re talking about…and a lot of times I don’t!  Enter: The Skimm.  In their own words,

“TheSkimm is the daily e-mail newsletter that gives you everything you need to start your day. We do the reading for you - across subject lines and party lines - and break it down with fresh editorial content.”

So each weekday morning I receive an email filled with news updates.  Not only is it great to be informed, but the emails are written in a way that’s entertaining too! :)  To read an example of the emails that are sent each day, check them out here.  Or to sign-up yourself click here!

SoftLips Cube

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I received this SoftLips Cube (Blueberry Pomegranate flavor) in my Spring Vox Box via Influenster.  To be honest, I’m a loyal Burt’s Bees fan—I have yet to find a chapstick/lip balm that comes close to my love for good ol’ Burt’s… but this cube comes close.  I loved the scent of the cube, which was unexpected, and when applied it gave my lips that tingly feeling that I love… it makes me feel like it’s really working, ya know?  Overall, do I love it better than Burt’s?  No.  But it’s nice to have options…and the cube packaging is pretty fun too.

Sisterhood Everlasting

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I want to write a whole post dedicated to the books I’ve been reading lately (maybe next week?) but I wanted to share this one now.  I used to LOVE the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books when I was growing up.  I read all the books, and watched the movie multiple times—I had such a strong connection with the characters, I loved growing up with them as I read.  Well apparently I have been living under a rock and never knew that Ann Brashares wrote another Sisterhood book, but this time they are all grown up!  I read this book in like 2 days, I loved getting caught up with my favorite characters lives.  I was half expecting the book to be cheesy and young, because that’s probably what I would think of the other books now… but I was surprised by the more adult themes and mature subject content.  It makes sense, but it was just unexpected.  I loved it!

Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars

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Over the past 19 weeks I have been surviving on granola bars and Saltines…I wish I was joking.  Other foods are phased in and out depending on my temperamental nausea… but granola bars and Saltines have been my go-tos.  My current granola bars of choice are the Nature Valley Crunchy variety.  I’ve been enjoying them with some yogurt in the mornings, and as snacks throughout the day.  So far, so good.  Honorable mention to the Odwalla Chocolate Chip Peanut bars, also a solid choice.

Last but most certainly not least…

I am absolutely LOVING the invites my sister made for our GENDER REVEAL PARTY!!!

Originally, Zack and I weren’t planning on doing any sort of big reveal when we had our gender screening ultrasound.  But if you remember, I threw my sister a big party for her gender reveal—and it was so much fun! 

My sister was anxious to start planning some sort of reveal for us, so we agreed to some sort of low-key BBQ or something to reveal the gender of our little bundle… but if you know my sister, she doesn’t exactly do low-key. :)  We are definitely excited to see what she comes up with, and most excited to find out if we will be having a little boy or girl!

I have now fully embraced the idea of a big gender reveal bash and have invited lots of family and friends.  I CAN’T WAIT!

Anyways, check out the invitations she sent out to everyone:

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Perfect for us. :)

Now we are hoping and praying that all goes well during the ultrasound and that Baby Harrell cooperates so that we can actually find out the gender on the scheduled day!

What have you been loving lately?!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Baby Harrell [weeks 13-16]

16 weeks

Baby is the size of… an avocado! At 16 weeks Baby Harrell should be measuring around 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces.

Big Developments… “Its legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his/her eyes have moved closer to the front of the head. His/her ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of their scalp has begun, though its locks aren't recognizable yet. He/she has even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his/her heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.” (Baby Center)

Cravings? Nothing really.  Still.

Aversions? Still pretty much everything.

Sleep?  I am starting to nap less throughout the day, but still feel exhausted by about 10pm.  I am still not sleeping well throughout the night, and I have the strangest dreams!

Other Symptoms? Nausea.  I am still getting sick once or twice in the mornings, and then have random nausea throughout the day.  I am getting used to the feeling of being nauseous and have gotten used to eating while feeling sick, which feels pretty counterintuitive.

This week is the first week I have noticed my stomach growing!  I woke up feeling bigger and told Zack to take my picture! :)  I am starting the feel the aches of my stomach growing, and my feet and back are starting to get really sore after working all day… I’m sure this will only get worse, but so worth it! :)

What I Miss?  Coffee, turkey sandwiches, and clam dip… which my aunt makes at family BBQs and I really missed eating it!

Maternity Clothes?  I bought my first few maternity items… a new bra, and a tank top.  I loveeeee how comfortable my new bra is, but I think I’m going to take it back and get a bigger size.  I wasn’t really thinking long term when I bought it.  The tank top is so nice too because I wear tank tops under everything—and this one is not so tight now! 

The bra was bought at Motherhood Maternity, and the tank top on Zulily.

My pants no longer button, so I’m going to need to figure that out soon, but I’m at that weird in-between stage where maternity pants are still too big, but my regular pants are too small.

New Baby Items? My parents bought a little Tigger “Lovie” for our baby.  Harper has a Pooh one that she LOVES… I can’t wait to get little pictures of Harper and our baby with their little Pooh and Tigger “Lovies."

We also got a crib!  A family that my cousin Jessie nannies for was getting rid of theirs and generously offered it to us.  We are definitely on a tight budget and this was a huge blessing.  We are so grateful!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What’s in my Bag—[a link-up]

A little break from the pregnancy posts for something different. :)

In Its Time

I’m linking up with Kiki over at in its time for her monthly Circle link-up.  I can’t believe I haven’t participated in this link-up since March!

This month we are sharing what’s in our bag…

In my family, I’ve always been known for having a big purse filled with the most random things.  (See #5 below for an example. :) This past year I’ve been trying to downsize, mostly because you get tired after hauling around a big purse all day! 

So, what you see below is what is in my smaller purse, the one that I currently carry with me daily.  I do however have a bigger purse filled with other, probably unnecessary, things that I can switch to in a moment’s notice… To be honest, I usually just throw my smaller purse inside the bigger one—I’m so lazy.

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1. Compact mirror—I don’t hardly wear makeup… so it seems silly to carry a little mirror around.  But sometimes you just have to make sure there’s nothing in your teeth, you know? :)

2. Movie tickets—Zack and I got these as a gift and the one time we went to use them we left them at home!  So now I carry them in my purse, just in case!

3. Coffee punch card—Self-explanatory.  Although I haven’t used it in awhile since my coffee habit has diminished almost entirely. :(

4. Mint gum—I have always loved chewing gum, but since getting pregnant my gum chewing habit has increased significantly.  My mouth will just randomly start to taste really bad and it will make me super nauseous.  The gum helps that.

5. Play Dough—This is definitely random… but a few years ago we were having a family game night over at my cousin’s house and we were playing Cranium.  One of us got a Sculpturades, where you have to sculpt an object for people to guess… only when we went to get the dough out, it was all dried up.  Luckily, I had Play Dough in my purse!  (I have no idea why I had Play Dough in my purse at the time, but I’m glad I did!) For obvious reasons, my cousins thought this was hilarious, and now I will receive random gifts of Play Dough from family members which, of course, end up in my purse.

6. Wallet—I have a bigger wallet/clutch in my big purse, but when we went to Hawaii I wanted a smaller card carrier that I could just throw in a beach bag, that would hold just my ID and credit card.  My cousin Jessie let me borrow hers, and she has yet to ask for it back… I told her to let me know when she wants it.

7. Burt’s Bees Chapstick—My favorite.

8. Barf Bag—Just in case. #pregnancyproblems

9. Sea Bands—In case you missed this post… I’ve been super nauseous all day every day.  I’ve been desperate and have tried literally everything.  I’ve heard that Sea Bands help a lot of pregnant women… sadly, I am not one of them.

10. Random junk—Bobby pins and change.

11. Other random pregnancy necessities—Tums.  Jolly Ranchers.  (See #4.) And a random pen… not a pregnancy necessity, just nice to have sometimes.

12. Inhaler & Hand Sanitizer—Two potential life savers. :)

That's all! :)  What's the strangest thing in your purse?!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Telling Our Families

Zack and I were SO excited to tell our families the BIG news!  We wanted to wait until after our first ultrasound, just to make sure everything was well with our little baby… but we were too excited!

That, and I had been so sick, and since we work with my parents it was getting really hard to hide!

Here’s a little compilation of some of the videos we took when telling people.  It will be so fun to show our little baby one day.  He/she is SO loved already. :)

music credit: Good Start—Jingle Punks from the YouTube Audio Library