Baby D Makes Three

born December 27, 2012

nursery progress

before paint and flooring.

when we moved into the house last year, it was gross. here is one of the last examples of it. we pulled the nasty carpet up, and tried to cover the red lipstick writing on the wall. we also filled about a million thumb tack holes.

after the paint, flooring,and baseboards were installed

we painted the walls the palest pink we could find. it’s Behr’s barely pink. and it is, just barely pink. the flooring is wood laminate from ikea. i think it’s called antique affect. and then white baseboards. the color in this photo isn’t really showing the white, but it looks beautiful.

daddy, grammy, and grandpa putting together nursery furniture.

we put together the nursery furniture with the help of J’s parents. and when I say we put together the nursery furniture, I mean J and his dad. his mom and I helped a little. but not a lot 😛

our beautiful crib from grammy and grandpa

I love the furniture we picked out. J’s parents bought it for the baby 🙂

changing table

we have moved the changing table from in front of the window, don’t worry 😛

completed dresser

I love that the dresser has two drawers and then an open shelf. we are looking for pretty knobs to go on it now.

I’m pretty sure we have finally decided where the furniture will be placed, and we’ve hung blinds and curtains, and are working on a couple more things. more pictures to come 🙂

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Bump Update: 19 Weeks

How far along? 19 weeks

Baby’s size: Mango (6 in, .5 lbs)

Total weight gain: 3.5 pounds

Maternity clothes: same shirts with stretchy skirts.

Stretch marks? nope

Sleep: still not great. I would love it if I could sleep through the night without waking up

Best moment this week: finding out the gender! and having most of our family and close friends here to celebrate with us. we are incredibly blessed to have so many amazing people in our lives. thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us.

Food cravings: nothing really this week

Food aversions: eating in the evening was rough this week. I got a stomach ache pretty much every night. I’m not sure it counts as an aversion, but it was weird.

Gender: beautiful baby GIRL! 😀

Symptoms: fatigue, backache, stomach aches

Belly Button in or out? getting more shallow by the day it seems

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: this was such an exciting week. I’m pretty sure I was ecstatic most of this week

Looking forward to: painting the nursery and hubby getting flooring down.

What I miss: sushi 😛

Movement: our little miss was going CRAZY the other morning. usually I only feel her when I am laying down and am completely relaxed, but the other morning I felt her all the way to work, and when I was sitting at my desk. such a cool feeling

Doctor’s appointment: well our big doctor’s appointment was on Monday, however, little one was being shy. legs crossed, hands over her lap. nothing we did made her move. so we went back on Tuesday morning, and after drinking a full glass of OJ she showed the doctor what he needed to see 🙂 the doctor also said that everything is looking great and all of the blood screening they did came back negative, so we are on track for a perfect, healthy baby. praise God!

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for funsies

the gender reveal is only 3 days away! so, just for fun, let’s take a look at some of those Old Wives Tales people like to use to predict the gender of a baby.

I feel I should put a disclaimer here: I realize these are not medically validated ways to predict the gender of my baby. this is just for giggles. oh, and I also didn’t do all of them. like the ring on a string. I never had string when I thought about that one.

Chinese Calendar: Girl this is a calculation using the Chinese Lunar Month of Conception and the Mother’s Age at the time of Conception. I just used a chart I found online 😛

Cravings: Boy salty signifies boy, while sweet signifies girl

Morning Sickness: Girl all day, every day morning sickness in the first trimester

Mayan Calendar: Girl this one takes into account my age, and the year the baby was conceived. If both are even, or both are odd, they predict girl, if one is even and one is odd, they predict boy.)

Skin: Boy acne free. this one made me laugh a little. apparently if your skin is a mess, it’s because your daughter is stealing your beauty. man, if anyone came up to me and said, ‘I think you are having a girl because you aren’t as pretty,’ they would get the ugly end of the pregnancy hormones for sure.

Sleep: Girl if you prefer to sleep on the right side – girl, left side – boy

Hands: Boy dry signifies boy, soft signifies girl

Graceful or Clumsy: Boy clumsy – boy, graceful – girl; I’m not sure this one is fair as I was CLUMSY before getting pregnant 😛

Mood Swings: Girl mood swings – girl, steady moods – boy

Carrying: Boy low – boy, high – girl

Husband’s weight: Boy not gaining or losing weight – boy, gaining weight – girl

Cold Feet: Girl if your feet are colder since becoming pregnant – boy, if they are the same – girl. My feet were always freezing before, and I have not noticed a difference

Bread: Girl if you want to eat the heel of the bread – boy, the middle – girl

Nail Health: Boy if your nails grow faster and stronger – boy, if they become weak and brittle – girl

Leg Hair: Boy if your leg hair grows faster – boy, the same – girl

The Mother-In-Law Test: Girl apparently, the gender of your mother-in-law’s first child predicts the gender of your first child.

So let’s do some math. that was 16 questions. the results:

Boy – 8

Girl – 8

ha! well I guess they say these predictors have a 50/50 chance of being right for a reason. so…

I guess we will all just have to wait until Saturday to find out.

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Bump Update: 18 Weeks

How far along? 18 weeks

Baby’s size: Sweet Potato (5.5 in, 5 oz)

Total weight gain: 3.5 pounds (apparently I’m just going to fluctuate back and forth every week for a while :P)

Maternity clothes: maternity shirts are the only shirts that look good on me, although some of the other ones in my closet would still fit me.

Stretch marks? nope 🙂

Sleep: still pretty bad. I can’t get comfortable, and I’m up at least once every night to use the restroom, and at least one other time because my brain decides it’s thinking time 😛 I did have one great night’s sleep this week where I went to bed at 8:30. It was glorious.

Best moment this week: we had an amazingly fun time having friends over to watch the opening ceremony of the olympics on Friday night, and went to J & K’s hosue for a bbq and game night on Saturday night. It was so much fun.

Food cravings: I can’t really pinpoint any real cravings this week.

Food aversions: I was able to eat meat! so I think chicken might be the only one left, but I should probably attempt to eat some soon to verify that.

Gender: the doctor’s appointment is TOMORROW! I am so excited I can hardly stand it. of course we will have to wait until saturday to actually find out 😛

Symptoms: fatigue, round ligament pain, backaches

Belly Button in or out? it is getting shallow 😦

Wedding rings on or off?on

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’ve had some pretty wicked mood swings this week.

Looking forward to: finally knowing the gender of our little one! I cannot wait to start sewing and planning his or her nursery. I can’t wait to see all of my family who are coming in to town for our party either! we feel so blessed so many people want to come celebrate this time with us. I am so excited to find out the gender with all of our family and closest friends. it will be such a fun party.

What I miss: sleeping through the night 😛

Movement: still feeling the flutters sporadically and I think I felt a couple of distinct kicks this week. it was pretty exciting 🙂

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Bump Update: 17 Weeks

oops. you can see the remote 😛

How far along? 17 weeks

Baby’s size: Turnip (5 in, 5 oz)

Total weight gain: 4.5 pounds

Maternity clothes: still rocking the beband, with most things and the stretchy skirts. mostly maternity shirts, however, I have found a few things non-maternity that still “fit.” 😛

Stretch marks? nope 🙂

Sleep: awful this week. I can’t get comfortable, and when I do, I either have to pee, or I fall asleep and immediately have a crazy dream.

Best moment this week: we bought some decorations for our gender reveal party which is only 2 weeks away!

Food cravings: pancakes

Food aversions: still meat. grr. it’s getting old

Gender: won’t know for another 2 weeks. so close but still so far away. 😛

Symptoms: fatigue, round ligament pain, congestion, backache.

Belly Button in or out? in

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: pretty moody this week. I have not been comfortable most of the time.

Looking forward to: continuing to get the house ready for our gender reveal party (I now have to do a little bit here and there, no more powering through or else I get overheated, overexhausted, and dizzy :P).

What I miss: sushi. I’ve really been wanting some this week.

Movement: I’ve been feeling “flutters” but very sporadically, and only when I am laying perfectly still and not doing ANYTHING. can’t wait until it is more pronounced, and more frequent.

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the big reveal

finally. I’m going to write down how we announced our pregnancy to some of our favorite people. 🙂

telling our family and friends we are expecting was so much fun. I knew I wanted us to do something creative, but I wasn’t sure what, so I turned to our trusty friend, google, and came up with a plan.

for my mom, and J’s mom and dad, we decided to do a present. we wrapped a picture frame that said “grandkids” for my mom. when she opened it, she seemed pretty suprised (she threw the frame on the couch to come give me a hug). for J’s mom, we wrapped a bib that said “I love Grandma” and because she is alrady a grandma, we included a picture of the pregnancy test. when she opened the bib, she said “you’re expecting aren’t you?” excitement all around.

there were some people we weren’t able to see in person, so we told over the phone, or on skype if available.

for everyone else, we decided to take pictures. the plan was that I would ask to take a picture and tell everyone to “say cheese” then take a picture. then I would say, “oh we need another shot, this time say, ‘Kaitlin’s Pregnant!'” and start snapping away with the camera to make sure I got a good surprised shot. the first couple of people we got, I didn’t have my nice new cannon, so they were taken with my cell phone.

J’s sister and brother-in law, J & K:

J & K, “say cheese”

J & K, say, “Kaitlin’s Pregnant!”

My dad and brother, T & D:

T & D before

T & D after

J’s gramma:

only an after for gramma

bible study:

before

yay!

friends at my birthday party:

you are?!

this was so fun, especially now that I have photos of everyone’s reaction to show our little one someday just how much he/she was loved from the start.

on father’s day, I posted our happy news on facebook wishing hubby a happy father’s day and included an ultrasound photo.

we couldn’t be happier with the support and love we have received from everyone on our happy news.

 

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