Bumpdate: 17-20 Weeks

Holy. Crap. I’m 20 weeks today. That’s halfway (well, if Skipper decides to come on time that is). I’m so incredibly grateful to be here. So I guess it’s time to do another one of these since I haven’t in a month.

16 1/2 weeks. Standing up straight, I can no longer see my feet. Love it!

16 1/2 weeks. Standing up straight, I can no longer see my feet. Love it! Ignore our ugly kitchen floors.


How Far Along?
20 weeks today… woo-hoo!

Size of Baby? 10 inches, head to heel, and 10 1/2oz or the size of a banana

Maternity Clothes? Pants, yes. Tops, yup. For sure now.

Weight Gain? I was starting to worry when I had gone three months without weight gain, but the last two weeks I put on 2 1/2 pounds, so I’m sitting at 6 1/2 pounds total now.

18 1/2 weeks trying on a comfy sweater dress (ignore the white socks with it)

18 1/2 weeks trying on a comfy sweater dress (ignore the white socks with it)

Stretch Marks/belly button? Not yet!

Baby’s Sex? Well, so far it’s a GIRL!  But hopefully we’ll get a confirmation at the anatomy scan next week.

Sleep? Still getting up once or twice a night to use the bathroom and it’s getting really hard to sleep on just my shoulders (due to previous surgery, I can only sleep on my left shoulder for a small amount of time, so my right shoulder gets awfully tired of being slept on).

Food Cravings? Nope, though I’m finally starting to be able to eat SOME sweet stuff again.

Best Moment This Week? Well, best moment this period was finding out the sex. I would say another best was finding out Skipper was ok after 105lb Lulu stepped directly onto  her =(

What I am loving? Still just loving having this opportunity to be pregnant and the fact that I’m obviously pregnant to those who don’t know me, either.

20 weeks. Again trying on a shirt. Needed something for our upcoming trip to Texas.

20 weeks. Again trying on a shirt. Needed something for our upcoming trip to Texas.

Movement? No, but I’m excited to… hopefully this week or next. She’s being stubborn. I *may* have felt something earlier this week, but I’m not entirely sure.

What I’m looking forward to: The anatomy scan and feeling movement. I really, really want to feel this baby.

Other Updates… We are starting to narrow down names and I hope to get a Top 10 from Huzzy (I have mine done) so we can put a Top 20 together and go from there. I also have the color of the nursery pretty much set (a light yellow) but still deciding on if we want other colors or what in there.

 

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Winner Winner!

Giveaway

The wraps I’ve chosen for the giveaway… a StyleBox exclusive, so you can’t buy these anywhere!

So last week I offered up a drawing of a 1/2 sheet of wraps to the person who guessed Skipper’s sex correctly. While I mentioned in yesterday’s reveal that I don’t believe gender can be determined until the child is old enough to identify one way or another and I’m not HUGE on the gender-specific colors, I still decided choose wraps that are traditionally “girl” colors, since we are having a girl.

In fact, the wraps I chose are ones I had a hard time parting with since they are pretty much one-of-a-kind. They came from my August StyleBox and were the exclusive wrap in it (you get one from the catalog and one for only that month’s StyleBox customers)… so you can’t buy these. In fact, I currently have them on right now (they have been on 21 days and are still going strong!). They are SO pretty and the chevron is very “in” right now.

More people chose boy than girl, so odds were pretty good for those who were correct. So without further ado, the winner is…

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Name Picker

 

Congrats, Marie D.!

 

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He or She…. Read On to See!

The box that was sent to our mothers

The box of cookies that was sent to our mothers

Sooo… as I mentioned in my last post, we unexpectedly found out Skipper’s sex. I mean, I knew it was possible because we were having an ultrasound, but I wasn’t counting on it. Cue mayhem as I run around trying to figure out how we were going to let our moms know. Since there’s a good chance this will be our only baby, I really wanted to make this whole pregnancy a celebration. I’m not one to do a gender reveal party (not that I care if others do), but I sure as heck want to reveal the sex in a fun way to our parents.  (BTW: I fully believe sex and gender are two different things and our child’s gender won’t be certain for quite a while but sometimes sex just doesn’t sound good–a sex reveal party??– so I’ll use it interchangeably here).

Originally, I was going to have cakes made at bakeries local to them, but… it’s expensive. And when I checked near my mom’s house we could easily get strawberry cake if it was a girl, but there wasn’t an option for blue if it was a boy. So, I scoured the internet and found some amazing Chocolate Chip Gender Reveal Cookies.  I will eventually post the recipe but I did use my own chocolate chip cookie recipe along with it instead of the one I with it.

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Oh. Wait. I’m pretty sure you want to see this photo in color, right? Especially those who chose to play in my guess the sex post last week and are waiting to see who won and is getting the Jamberry wraps. Funny thing is I haven’t decided which wraps to give away, so I think I’ll reveal the winner tomorrow, along with a picture of the wraps the winner is getting. So stay tuned for that.  But back to the color photo…

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Gender Reveal Cookies

It’s a girl!! LOL, the “Submariner’s Curse” is strong. I’m sooooo excited to have a girl. I’ve always wanted one. Always. And I was going to be super happy no matter what we got. I have to admit that no matter what we were told, I’d have been a teensy bit sad for not having the opposite. Just because I would love both!

I do have to say that just by looking at the ultrasound photo, I have my doubts that this is for-sure a girl. So does my ultrasound tech friend who looked at it (I’m not sharing it because I don’t want my child’s nether regions pasted on the internet, even if it is just an ultrasound). She said, “I can see why the tech called this a girl, but if I was seeing this photo, I’d say it was indeterminate because those could be boy parts at a bad angle.”  Which is what I see. I see boy parts or at least not a very good, clear, view of girl parts. It’s definitely not a classic girl shot so… I guess we’ll get confirmation (hopefully) at our anatomy scan at the end of this month. But for now, I’ll rely on the tech who was pretty sure (but even said she wouldn’t take tags off anything girlish). Should we be wrong… well, I guess I’ll be giving away a second set of 1/2 sheet of wraps ;)

If you know me on Facebook, please PLEASE don’t say anything as we aren’t announcing Skipper’s sex until the anatomy scan.

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MFM Appointment and… fun news!

I had the MFM appointment yesterday for my rash. Pitaryasis Rosea has had a few studies that showed it could cause miscarriage, pre-term labor, or issues with the baby after (muscle isssues). Basically, what the MFM told me was that in all her books, it says this rash isn’t a problem. And while the studies showing it can be are concerning, there aren’t enough studies that say for sure it’s a problem. So there’s nothing they can do other than what they do with every other pregnant woman and just watch and react if there’s an issue. There’s no way to prevent any of these issues so it’s just a wait-and-see game. However, the MFM thinks I should see a dermatologist to make sure the rash is taken care of.  She did cancel my “detailed ultrasound” that was supposed to happen at Week 19, so we’ll just go to our regularly scheduled OB ultrasound around 20 weeks (which Huzzy can no longer make, thank you Navy… so I’ll have to see if I can change it to a different week).

So let’s recap the bouncing around I’ve been made to do on this issue:  PCM -> OB -> PCM -> OB -> MFM -> Dermatologist.  Oy.

Skipper  is measuring about five days ahead… except the head measurement… that’s more than a full week ahead. Methinks Skipper will have his/her dad’s head as Huzzy has a ginormous head… that is still ginormous even on  his 6’5″ frame.

And we also found out something fun… we know now whether Skipper is a boy or a girl. While I knew there was a chance we’d find out at this “limited” ultrasound, I was surprised and excited to find out. Huzzy couldn’t make it to the appointment (boo, Navy!) but the tech had me close my eyes and turn away when she went to see that area. She sealed it in an envelope (with two pictures in it facing each other so no one could even hold it up to the light!) and I brought it home for Huzzy to open.boyorgirl

We aren’t ready to tell everyone until we tell our moms what Skipper will be… and since we weren’t expecting to know for a few more weeks, I need to scramble and get our plan together. We are doing a sort of reveal with our parents where I’m planning on sending a box of homemade chocolate chip cookies with colored cake balls in the middle. I know these reveals can be a bit cheesy, but we aren’t doing a party and since there’s a good chance this is going to be our only child (not by choice), I want to celebrate this as much as possible.

So, as part of the fun, I’m going to ask YOU what YOUR prediction is. I will be sending a 1/2 sheet of Jamberry wraps (well, yeah, I’m a consultant, but also want to share the joy of them) that feature blue for a boy and pink for a girl to one of the people who chose the correct sex. These wraps will be from my own stash, so will be one I really wanted.

To help or not to help (really, because I don’t think these are indicators):

  • Huzzy is a submariner. There’s a thing called submariner’s curse where a disproportionate number of girls are born to submariners.
  • Huzzy’s dad had three boys (one stillborn) and no girls. But his brother has had two girls.
  • Chinese gender predictor based on my birth and conception – Girl
  • Old wives’ tale says if you are moody, it’s a girl due to the hormones. I have not been moody. – Boy
  • Old wives’ tale says if you had morning sickness, girl, if not, boy. I had some but not horrendous. So I guess that means – Girl
  • Old wives’ tale says if you get acne, it’s a a girl, if not, boy. Last few weeks I’ve had some pretty bad acne, so – Girl
  • Old wives’ tale says if you crave salty foods, it’s a boy, sweets it’s a girl. I have an AVERSION to sweets, so – Boy
  • Old wives’ tale says if your baby has a heartbeat over 140, it’s a girl, under it’s a boy. Skipper has been more than 140 (though this wives’ tale was WRONG for both my brother and I) – Girl
  • Old wives’ tale says if you have dry hands, it’s a boy, if not, it’s a girl. My hands are always dry so – Boy
  • Old wives’ tale says if you have cold feet, it’s a boy. Well, my feet were hot during the summer and are cold now sooo- Boy
  • Old wives’ tale says if you are carrying high, it’s a girl. – Girl
  • Old wives’ tale says if you are carrying out front, it’s a boy. – Boy

 

So what’s your guess? Everyone who guesses correctly will be entered into a drawing to win the half sheet of wraps that feature blue for boy and pink for girl (and if you don’t want them, that’s no big deal, I’ll pass it to the next person). I’m not sure when the drawing is, but it won’t be before Monday as I need to get the cookies made and sent and received by our moms.

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Bumpdate: 14-16 weeks

I’m not doing bumpdates every week until things get closer and start changing from week to week. Right now, there’s not a whole lot of change, so I don’t see the point in doing these weekly. And while I realize many of my readers really don’t care about “bumpdates,” I want to log these for personal reasons for the future and for Skipper if he/she wants to look back.

Giganti-blouse. My hand looks awkward, but it was the only way I could show where my belly was (and that my thighs AREN'T as big as the blouse shows) without being completely hidden by the blouse.

Giganti-blouse. My hand looks awkward, but it was the only way I could show where my belly was (and that my thighs AREN’T as big as the blouse shows) without being completely hidden by the blouse.

How Far Along? 16 weeks today, though the picture was taken at nearly 15 weeks

Size of Baby? 4 1/2 – 5 inches, or the size of an avocado

Maternity Clothes? Pants, yes. Tops, some, though I have many regular tops that will work as well, but they are starting to ride up when I’m active. Of course, there’s the giganti-blouse maternity uniform I have to wear. LOL

Weight Gain? I actually lost a bit while I was on my trip, so I’ve currently gained about 3 3/4 of a pound. OB is pleased with my weight gain.

Stretch Marks/belly button? Not yet!

Baby’s Sex? Won’t know until October. I was feeling boy at the last bumpdate but now I’m back to not feeling either way, though I did have a dream of a boy last night.

Sleep? Getting up once or twice a night to use the bathroom and it’s getting harder to sleep on just my shoulders (due to previous surgery, I can only sleep on my left shoulder for a small amount of time, so my right shoulder gets awfully tired of being slept on).

Food Cravings? No, though I did want a homemade Egg McMuffin every day last week, but now that I’m home, I’m not really feeling it.

Best Moment This Week? Listening to the heartbeat at yesterday’s 16w appointment. I could listen to that for hours.

What I am loving? Still just loving having this opportunity to be pregnant.

Movement? No, but I’m excited to… hopefully within the next few weeks!

What I’m looking forward to: My MFM appointment with limited ultrasound next Wednesday to make sure Skipper is ok and to make sure my rash isn’t affecting him/her. It’ll be nice to see baby again as well. I’m also going to a prenatal yoga class tomorrow, so I’m excited to try that, even though I’ve never tried yoga before!

Other Updates… I finally started having heartburn this week. I’m not complaining a bit as other than being much larger in the belly, my pregnancy symptoms pretty much went away so it’s nice to have one to comfort me (yeah, I know, weird to WANT pregnancy symptoms but it’ll be this way until I can be reassured by regular movement and kicks).

 

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Trip Back to Michigan

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Mt. Rainier greeted us as we touched down on the runway.

Last week, I was on active duty in Michigan while I escorted an admiral to the outreach events I had planned for him in his hometown of Detroit. It ended up going well and the admiral was happy… and when the admiral is happy, so is everyone else.

Detroit is literally about 45 minutes from my mom, brother, sister-in-law, and four month old niece, so I was able to see them and meet our niece for the first time. She’s absolutely adorable and loves both her aunt and her uncle. Huzzy was able to go with me because I have flown enough in the last year or so to have enough miles that I could purchase a roundtrip ticket for only $12.

Huzzy isn’t too comfortable around babies (yeah he’ll have to learn quickly, I know) but he wasn’t comfortable around kids until I taught him how to play with his nieces years ago. He’s comfortable enough to play with my cousin’s 7 year old daughter now. I know he’ll learn with babies. I could tell he was watching my brother, who is AMAZING with his daughter, and he watches and takes cues from my cousin, who is also amazing with his daughter.

I have a picture of me in my giganti-blouse uniform, but I’ll save that for a “bumpdate” later this week. For now, you get the picture of the gorgeous view we came home to. I love the Pacific Northwest so. dang. much.

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