February 26, 2014

Hump Day || Bump Day - 12 Weeks

I've literally been dying to post my first "Bump Day" for a really long time now. However, I would be lying if I said it's an "easy" task. One would think it's a simple thing to do, however, surprisingly enough. It takes effort. And motivation. Two things which I'm lacking these days.

First...updating the board. I have to actually read books to figure out what it needs to be updated with. Second...I have to physically set aside time to erase it all and start fresh and be creative and suffer from hand crampage towards the end of it all. Third...I have to set up my camera on a tripod on top of a chair in my office to get the right angle. It's weird and the camera has recently taken a few nosedives but hey, you do what you gotta do. (#pregnantbloggerprobz) And fourth, I have to actually look decent to snap the picture. THAT is most definitely the part that takes the most work. Wearing anything besides a tshirt and pajama pants makes me want to shank someone so be thankful for the fact that I have on a fitted shirt and jeans (and even a necklace...WHOA). 

Also-I'd like to go ahead and point out my art skills right here. That little image next to the word "like" may look like "an upside down cat in a tent" (according to Katie) but rest assured, it's my version of an ultrasound. We can't all be talented in all areas. I have my faults too, and apparently drawing ultrasounds is at the top of that list.

How far along: 12 WHOLE weeks. It's a big deal, y'all. Well, as of today I'm 12 weeks and 3 days, if you want to get all technical about it. Or 12w3d in "pregnancy lingo".

Baby size: A plum! And might I add, the most precious little plum I ever did see. Or not see?

Weight gain: I'd rather not know but I think it's about 4 pounds. (Insert >cringe< face)

Maternity clothes: Nope but definitely busted out the old rubberband trick a few times this weekend.

Stretch marks: None & I pray it stays that way. Bio-Oil...you're my new BFF. But I read they're hereditary and momma J has them so...crappola.

Sleep: In between the 6 trips to pee, it's great! Just dandy! Who doesn't sleep like a rock when they wake up with a full bladder every hour?

Gender: No clue and it's KILLING me!! April 5 can't get here soon enough! I NEED to know.

Movement: Tons of movement during our ultrasound this week but nothing big enough to feel yet.

Best moment this week: Can I have momentS?? There are too many to choose from!! Hearing the heartbeat again, seeing our little squirmy worm wiggle around in my uterus, having my momma see her grandbaby on the big screen at our 12 week appointment, Katie booking her trip to come stay with us and FINALLY announcing to the world that we made a baby!!

Looking forward to: Going to bed as soon as I finish typing this. #realtalk Oh and I'm looking forward to actually looking pregnant, too. Come on bump!

Food cravings: Cereal with bananas and anything with a vinegar taste..pickles, olives, salad dressing, buffalo sauce. Weird. I know. Oh...and fruit and juice.

Weirdest food I ate this week: Most definitely a mayonnaise and cheese sandwich. Took me back to my junior high days, except this time I used gluten-free bread and vegannaise instead of the real stuff in hopes that it'll save me from gaining an extra pound or two...or 30.

Anything making you queasy/sick? Twice now I've been so exhausted I've felt nauseous but other than that, no sickness. Thank you 8 pound 6 ounce baby Jesus.

Labor signs: Uhhh no.

What I miss: WINE. Hey, just being honest. Oh-and my energy. That can come back any day now.

Symptoms: Did I say exhaustion already? Sheer freaking exhaustion is putting it nicely. Other than that, peeing every 2 minutes and these stupid nagging headaches every other day are starting to suck. Oh-and pregnancy brain...ya I'm finding out that really exists.

Nursery: Well...we know which room will be the nursery but that's about it...

Belly button in or out: In like Flynn.

Mood: Feeling incredibly thankful for this journey so far! Thankful that it happened fairly quickly and easily and thankful that besides the exhaustion, it's been an easy ride (so far). Also feeling overwhelmed with love from family and friends! :)

Workouts: I've been doing 2 miles on the treadmill and lifting light weights twice per week. Nothing to write home about, that's for sure. My goal is to get to three days per week. Baby steps, people. Oh and when I say "2 miles" I definitely don't mean running. I mean walking...but at a brisk pace and at the highest incline possible.

Things that suck: Falling asleep during The Bachelor, not being able to drink, and boob hurtage. Holy mother of all things tender. Pardon my French but "tender" my ass. More like don't touch them, don't come near them, don't even LOOK at them. Unless you're my sports bra. Goodness gracious...they should call it "breast hurtlikehellness". "Breast tenderness" is far too vague. This would also be why "running" no longer exists in my vocabulary. Oh-and I have to mention this whole "in-between" stage sucks. Am I fat? Am I bloated? Did I drink too much beer? Or is there a fetus in my belly? From a strangers perspective...who knows?

Things that don't suck: Ever-growing hair and nails...and THICK! Definitely loving this perk! Oh-and not being on a strict diet for the first time in 5 years. Ya...that doesn't suck.

And because I've been documenting this journey for a while now, lets take a moment to go back in time, shall we?

This was week 7...the week of our first appointment and first ultrasound! 






That's all I gots. Momma Bear is tired. And my eyeballs hurt. Not to complain, but you try being pregnant...psssh.

47 comments:

  1. Look at you and your cute bump selfies. You are totally showing me up. I am just keeping it klassy, yo. I ain't got no chalkboards. AND SERIOUSLY WHEN WILL THIS EXHAUSTION GO AWAY????? Oooh and I can't wait to hear names!

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  2. love your bump selfies! you are too adorable. And seriously can I just tell you how i love your handwriting, seriously...perfect writing. such a cute idea with the chalkboard :)

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  3. Congratulations! Such an exciting time for you and your husband!

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  4. Those chalkboards look great! And I am wondering why I have all the symptoms of being preggers,but I'm not...maybe I need to lay off the ice cream and hit the gym...

    Can't wait to see you growww!

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  5. YAY!!! :) I can't wait to read your weekly bumpdates!!! Your chalkboard is so cute! Good work! I am definitely not that talented. HAHAHA!

    Also - mayo and cheese sandwich? WHAT?!?! BAHAHAHA!

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  6. Mkay, so your pregnancy has been IDENTICAL to mine (cravings, headaches, boobs you just want to chop off because it would probably feel better than how they feel right now, exhaustion). So I'm guessing you'll be like me and have a girl! :) I know... super scientific.

    I can say the exhaustion went away during my second trimester but is back with a vengeance now that I'm towards the end. Headaches got better, but still come and go. THE BOOBS! HOLY HELL. They got better for about an hour and right now, the thought of breastfeeding kind of makes me want to cry because they hurt so badly. I wish I can say it gets better, but I keep telling myself that it will all be worth it in the end when I get to hold my little lady!! So soon!!!!

    I feel your pain with the wine. I had hubs get me a bottle this past weekend to keep in the fridge for when I can enjoy a glass again. And I shed a tear or two that first Saturday night after finding out I was pregnant upon realizing that I couldn't pop open a bottle of wine and had to watch my husband enjoy his whiskeys. #sorrynotsorry haha

    Anywho, obviously SO excited for you and the fam!!!! You will be an amazing mother!!! :)

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  7. LOOK at YOU and your fancy boards! Bravo, friend! That is dedication (especially later down the road when the weeks go by faster and faster and looking "nice enough" to take pictures is SUCH a chore), but you'll be SO happy you have these documented!

    One word of advice - before pregnancy, I did ALL my treadmill workouts at peak elevation and tried to keep up with them throughout the second trimester and they will THROW YOUR BACK OUT big time...so make sure you reduce your incline accordingly as your bump grows so you don't have to skip weeks at the gym due to lower back pain. Okay, enough of me trying to be your mom.

    If you haven't already (I know you're going to get a million "you must read this book" recommendations), but knowing your sense of humor, you must pick up Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy. She describes first trimester exhaustion best... "Imagine staying up all night, then running a marathon, then doing three hundred loads of laundry and raking leaves off a football field all in one day. How tired would you be? That’s how tired I felt EVERY DAY in my first trimester."

    You look fab, friend! And so does your hair! xo

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  8. Love the way you designed and decorated your chalkboards.. so cute!
    http://sylviastevens.blogspot.com/

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  9. Your chalkboards are amazing! Congratulations on this wonderful journey - I have a 5 and 2 year old, and you will be SO glad to have blogged all of your pregnancy details. I love going back and reading my old updates and having that preggo belly! Also, check out alphamom.com - she has hilarious weekly updates on what Momma and Baby are feeling/doing. HILARIOUS!

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  10. PRESH!!! Where did you get your chalkboard from? It's the cutest I've seen!!

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  11. Super cute chalkboards!!!! It sounds weird, but enjoy every bit of pain and moment of comfortableness; what a blessing you have on board and it is going to fly by!

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  12. You're the cutest, tiniest, most precious little pregnant girl EVER!

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  13. These pictures are beautiful!! You look great friend!!! And you have awesome chalk board/camera prop skills!!!!! LOVE YOU!!!!

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  14. You are the cutest preggie ever Steph!!!! I am uber jelly of your handwriting as well. What a cute idea with the chalkboard! xoxo

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  15. Loving the chalkboards! So adorable...you are just glowing girly...I love it :)

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  16. I LOVE BUMPDATES! I am so impressed with your chalkboard. I was super motivated for like 2 weeks then it became the BIGGEST chore. You can see my art skills and my attempts to look cute go further down the toilet each passing week. So excited to watch this bump grow! :)

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  17. I love these. How in the world is your handwriting so dang perfect? You, my friend, have some skills. The fact that you covered up the name ideas makes me even more curious - LOL! Can't wait to read the rest of them!

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  18. So cute! I love everything you are documenting on the chalkboard and I love the little drawings you've put on there! Way too adorable :-)

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  19. Adorable! Excited to follow along!!!

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  20. You are amazing!! It took everything out of me to just take a picture each week but I am SO GLAD I DID! Don't skip a week or else you'll regret it! Your handwriting is so so cute! Poor 2nd babies will probably just get an iphone picture of my belly taken by a toddler haha! I was so excited to post my bump updates and now looking back I love that I wrote everything down because you forget so easy. Sometimes you may feel like you are sharing too much or that no one is reading but write it all! You look so great girl!

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  21. I'm going to go ahead and call BOY right now. I'm just twenty weeks now, but you had the same cravings (vinegar) and symptoms as me-mostly exhaustion but no sickness. Can't wait for you to find out. Such a fun time. And I'm only just now starting to get a bump bump, but I can definitely feel movements!

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  22. You're quite possibly the most adorable pregnant lady ever! Also, I got WAY too emotionally involved (see: excited) for you yesterday when you announced it. I don't even know you! But congratulations anyways, and I can't wait to see and read about all of the hilarious things that happen during pregnancy. Because it can get FUNNY. Haha!

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  23. Looove thisssssss :) :) :) Love the baby is the size of a lime but no margaritas for 6 months, ha!

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  24. I love reading bumpdates! I'm sure that's weird since I don't have any children but I just love being able to share the journey with the bloggers I love. I swear I've learned way more about pregnancy from bumpdates than I ever did from any science or health class.

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  25. Love your take on the whole being pregnant thing... You crack me up!! Hope your exhaustion lets up soon for you!! & I'm curious... what is your "diet" for pregnancy? I've been thinking about that for myself for future reference lately...

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  26. Your chalkboard & handwriting is so cute!! Love :)

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  27. So exciting! Congratulations!! I'm completely in love with your handwriting, BTW. I couldn't make a chalkboard look half that good if I spent 10 hours on it! :)

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  28. Congratulations again! You guys will be amazing parents!! Sept. 8 rocks! ;o)

    P.S. I'm already thinking it's a boy based on your cravings...but I'll keep an eye on that hehe! ;)

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  29. Love all your pics :) You are adorable! Where did you get your fun chalkboard?

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  30. This is the "CUTEST EVER" post and you are sooo adorbs. I am so happy for you all; such a bundle of blessings!

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  31. CONGRATULATIONS! This is so exciting! I really love how you create your bump date photos (and the ideas with the chalkboard). Can't to follow this journey :)

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  32. Yay for bump dates! This is such an exciting time. I'm expecting my second right now and i'm all about bump dates! Keep em coming.

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  33. Love the sign!! Where did it come from? You look amazing and are glowing (that's a good thing). Wish I had documented my pregnancies like this!!

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  34. you are SO CUTE! this is a darling blog.

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  35. Congrats! You'll be a great mom and look so adorable!

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  36. Im so so happy for you steph! you are going to be the cutest pregnant mama ever! I love the bump-dates and the fruit comparisons and everything and I am just so emotional! LOL sounds so lame but I'm just so overjoyed for you and beau and you guys are going to be such amazing parents!

    also, pregnancy cravings are so weird to me…how do they even happen?!?! I feel like I'm going to be eating things like pickles wrapped in spam with soy sauce or something hahahha!

    xoxoxo

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  37. I love the cute chalkboard updates! I have the worst handwriting, so I don't think I'll be doing them when we have kids, haha.

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  38. OMG!!! I have pregnancy bump date remorse... 26 weeks down the line and I have one update and a total of three prego pics... And as for that chalkboard talent - jeepers girl, I need some serious lessons!!

    You look gorgeous mama to be, and I am so excited to follow this journey with you.
    x

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  39. I am going to love every minute of this I can already tell. You are going to be the cutest lil preggo ever! And seriously, your chalkboard writing/artwork skills are off the chain! I would have just used a blank chalkboard and filled it in with graphics. LOL! Congrats to you and BBFT!!! And Oakley!!!

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  40. Such a cute post! I'm amazed at your creativity and how well you get yourself put together to take those pictures! I definitely didn't even manage to take consistent bump pics until 17 weeks and even now (22 weeks) I'm not nearly as put together as you look! I guess that's why the photos haven't made the blog. Well done :-)

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  41. Congrats!!! So exciting!! I love your chalkboards. My best friend is pregnant and I'm trying to convince her to do these chalkboard weekly updates. Yours look perfect! Do you use normal chalk or something else?

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  42. I don't know how, but my computer shows your girls name clear as day (so strange) -- super cute name!! Congrats again!

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  43. love, love, love!!! Can't wait for MORE!!! ;)

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