[she is 27 weeks pregnant]

How far along: 27 weeks
Size: A bunch of bananas
Symptoms: The exhaustion is still there but nowhere close to how bad it got last week. This week is more indigestion (or the broccoli I poorly chose to eat last night). I'm having more backaches and trouble getting comfortable.
Prepping for baby: We ordered her car seat! We chose the Nuna Pipa based on safety, reviews, and it's just pretty snazzy in general. Plus it is SO lightweight. It's one of the lightest on the market without compromising any safety. We got to play with one a couple weeks ago and really loved it in person too. I almost got the beautiful purple (blackberry) color but when we saw how beautiful the black (night) color is in the store, we chose that instead. Sometimes black is just too classy to pass up. I'm trying to space out ordering her large items so that I have something to consume my mind rather than D-day anxiety. Within the next month we will order her crib and stroller as well.
Stretch marks: Still in the clear!
Sleep: It's getting harder and harder to get comfortable. Especially with a big gas bubble stuck in my stomach most nights. But I've been getting 6-8 hours a night and sometimes more. I still can't nap during the day like normal pregnant women apparently can but I'm happy that the intense death-like exhaustion eased up from last week.
Movement: She is still most active at night and in the morning. Of course when I succumb to the sweet cravings, she moves a lot too. Josh and her still play poke n' kick and it's about the most fun game ever.
Cravings: Sweets are still taking the lead. My glucose test is next week so I'm really trying to limit the craziness (not that I really ever did get crazy).
Changes from last week: My belly is definitely bigger (buckling shoes is comedic).
Best moment of the week: Josh and I had a weekend to ourselves which was really nice. We have been on the go the last couple months with friends, weddings, family, etc. It was nice to just laze around and have a Netflix marathon, order pizza, and enjoy the time together.
Miss anything: Energy still. I have so much on my to-do list and not enough go-juice to do it all.
Looking forward to: Baby shower at the end of this month. Getting my glucose test out of the way late next week will be nice too.
Scripture for the week: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. - James 1:17  -- The magnitude of this gift growing within me is still definitely not lost on me. God is good all the time and all the time, He is good.

No cat sighting today (except for the hidden cat faces in my Lily Pulitzer for Target dress) and I just noticed my chalk ran on "control"... haha oh well! :)


[she is 26 weeks pregnant]

How far along: 26 weeks (I cannot believe we have less than 100 days left!)
Size: Lettuce
Symptoms: Exhaustion. I have been getting so completely whipped through the day that I have to just lie down. And if I don't lie down, then I get dizzy and short of breath so my body will make me rest. I'm also waking up to leg cramps randomly. I eat a lot of bananas (on top of a pretty well balanced diet) but they are happening! Nausea and indigestion are still in the game. More pulling and stretching as she grows. I love her dearly, so all of this is completely worth her.
Prepping for baby: I have been putting things we get for her in rubbermaid containers and bringing them up to her room. Mainly clothes and swaddles so we are still waiting another month or so before we get her bigger things like the crib, car seat, etc. We went to our first labor and delivery class last week and toured the delivery unit. I was familiar with the hospital because I did my rotations there in nursing school but now Josh got familiar with the surroundings. I'm finally starting to read some baby books as well. My best friends are preparing my baby shower and they are all so excited. I am really feeling blessed to have such an incredible group of women who are as supportive and loving as they are. Love them beyond words and I can't wait for Olivia to meet them.
Stretch marks: She grew a lot this week. But still no stretch marks.
Sleep: This week sleep hasn't been so bad (knock on wood). I'm probably getting between 6-8 hours a night and I will take it! I'm probably sleeping better this week because I am so tired!
Movement: She is moving a lot this week. I still feel most her movements below my navel and most of those lower than that! Josh can feel her a lot more too. I am trying to get a video of her kicks but it's pretty hard to capture on my phone since she's dancing so low!
Cravings: Still sweets. I want sprinkle donuts constantly but have only had three this whole pregnancy!
Changes from last week: The waves of exhaustion. I have been doing a lot of stuff around the house that would be seemingly normal before pregnancy but my body is not having it now. I pace my tasks so that I don't wear completely out.
Best moment of the week: We went to our good friends' wedding this weekend and had such a good time. The class was a nice bonding experience as well. It's been such a busy week that flew by!

Josh was a groomsman and looked so handsome
Miss anything: Energy! It's so crazy feeling like I can't keep up with my old chores when I'm about to add a baby to the mix. Praying for lots of strength!
Looking forward to: All her little movements. She can open her eyes now so maybe that's why she is moving more. Even though she can't see much in there, she can perceive light and I'm sure if she's like mom and dad, she's loving the sunshine. I'm excited for the baby shower at the end of next month too! I also can't wait to start ordering her bigger stuff next month after the baby shower.
Scripture for the week: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. - Matthew 11:28-29
If you click the pic, Sabre's tongue is hanging out ;)


[she is 25 weeks pregnant]

There's a cat in my hair this week

How far along: 25 weeks
Size: Cauliflower
Symptoms: Dizziness and nausea is back. Lots of pulling and stretching too.
Prepping for baby: Her baby book delivered. We wanted the hard-to-find Emily Ley Baby Book and a local business had one in stock so we were able to snag one. The quality is amazing and it's perfect. We also registered this week at a few places. Josh had a lot of fun and bought her an outfit that he fell in love with. He picked it out himself, carried it around, and it melted my heart how much he loves this little girl already. We are waiting until next month to start working on the nursery and order her bigger items. No rush right now; we are just soaking in every moment of this time.
Stretch marks: Not yet but it wouldn't surprise me to wake up one day with them. She is growing!
Sleep: Still struggling for good rest. I wake up at 5am almost every day even if I fall asleep after midnight. And I lay there doing my bible study, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. Sometimes I fall back asleep but most times I just lay there and feel her move around.
Movement: Speaking of movement, she is most active at night until early morning. I don't know if she just knows mom is sleeping and feels like there's free reign but during the day she's mostly quiet so we are already on opposite sleep schedules! But when she is moving, you can see her doing it now.  Her movements are typically pretty low. I haven't experienced any rib kicks or the like.
Cravings: Fruit and vegetables. And creme brûlée. :)
Changes from last week: Nausea and dizziness are not the most fun. But it's part of this marvelous process so I try not to complain.
Best moment of the week: We saw our doctor this week for a routine check up. We got to see her again on the ultrasound and everything looked great. We signed up for a labor and delivery/tour class as well. It's just awesome watching everything come together. I cannot stress how in awe of The Lord I am during this time. This is the same God who created the Heavens and the earth, parted the Red Sea, died on a cross for us... It's just incredible.
Miss anything: Sleep. Ha! They say I better get used to this though...
Looking forward to: Having our first class so we can get familiar with what to do and where to be when the time comes. Don't get me wrong, I don't like sitting in any classes but I like being prepared more.
Scripture for the week: May all my thoughts be pleasing to Him, for I rejoice in the Lord. - Psalm 104:34


[she is 24 weeks pregnant]

How far along: 24 weeks
Size: Cantaloupe
Symptoms: Indigestion. It's pretty common to find me by following the outrageous burp sounds.
Prepping for baby: My best friend came over and helped me clean out the potential nursery. Josh and I went to a few furniture stores and took advantage of the Mother's Day sales by ordering a glider/recliner for us to rock her in. We also played at this baby store by testing out carriers, strollers, and car seats. It was so much fun to just cut loose with Josh and be incredibly silly.

We couldn't find the test doll, so this giraffe had to do!
Stretch marks: Not any to be seen so far but my once-deep belly button is now flush with my skin.
Sleep: This week was stressful. There was a lot going on and I just didn't get the sleep I needed. I was able to take a few naps here and there but I am exhausted this week.
Movement: She's moving a lot more now during the day. Josh can feel her a lot more too but other close friends haven't been able to catch her in action. Still the best thing, ever.
Cravings: Vegetables. There's a huge part of me that wants to eat all the cookies in the world but this week, I just want green stuff.
Changes from last week: My belly button. It makes me laugh every time I see it.
Best moment of the week: For nearly 25 years, I have dreaded mother's day. I remember in Kindergarten getting in trouble because I didn't make the construction paper gift for mother's day. My mother had just died the summer before I started school. My dad had to explain the situation to my school and I remember going to the library each year when they did the mother's day crafts, picnics, etc. And even as a teenager and adult, I have always felt left out. This was the first mother's day I didn't feel left out. I could feel my sweet daughter moving around the whole day and I felt whole on what was once such a broken day for me. No tears, no sadness, no longing. Just pure joy and thanksgiving for this precious miracle. Honestly, one of the best days on this journey.
Miss anything: We took Josh's mom and sister to Ruth's Chris steakhouse on mother's day. And I missed my medium rare steak. Well done just doesn't do it for me at all... but still worth the sacrifice!
Looking forward to: Our appointment this week - We get to take a peek at her! And of course, every little movement she makes.
Scripture for the week: For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. - James 1:3
No cat today! 


[she is 23 weeks pregnant]

Messy hair, don't care ;)

How far along: 23 weeks
Size: Papaya
Symptoms: More pulling and tugging. Sitting for too long hurts my hips when I stand. Standing too long hurts my back when I sit. I got my first mid-sleep leg cramp. All pretty normal things. :)
Prepping for baby: My office is now officially downstairs. We are signed up for a baby marathon class next month. Every day I sing two songs for her hoping that if she gets accustomed to the melodies in the womb, that it can bring some comfort to her when she's in this big scary world.
Stretch marks: With all this growth this week, I'm surprised that I still don't!
Sleep: Still mostly sleeping through the night. The pregnancy nightmares are pretty rough though. Praying for those to go away.
Movement: The other night we were laying in bed and she hadn't moved in a while (which is totally normal and I knew she was asleep). Josh stretched his hand over her and said, "I love you, my little girl" and she totally kicked him and he was able to feel it. We both were really touched and excited about it. I love when she wiggles around. It's still the best thing ever.
Cravings: Still sweets. I genuinely have a daily limit and fight to stick to it. Josh brought home a huge tray of cupcakes and I surprisingly only ate 3 of them.
Changes from last week: Definitely more belly growth. My weight gain is still on target so it's all in the belly/chest which brings all the new aches and pains.
Best moment of the week: We got invited to our friends' crawfish boil to celebrate the Kentucky Derby. It was really nice to be around a bunch of people who walk in the same spirit. I got to fill up my friendship tank with one of my very best friends and the boys all decided to buy the big boxing match so we got to spend a LOT of time just hanging out since the fight didn't end until 1am! Practically every couple had a bunch of little ones running around so it was fun to just see all these small kids having fun and dreaming of when our little girl can run with them too one day.
Miss anything: Energy. However, I'm having so much fun feeling her move around that I don't consume myself in negative thoughts.
Looking forward to: Same as last week -- Every little kick and nudge. My heart is so full. I just want to take it all in, thankful for every moment.
Scripture for the week: In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. - Psalm 33:21

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