God writes our story.
I am still learning to surrender the pen.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bump Update: 14 Weeks

10/30-11/05

How far along? 14 weeks

Size of baby: A lemon or a stress ball :)

Milestones: Arms and head are now proportionate to body. Baby now makes facial expressions! Between their daddy and I, I'm sure they're hilarious!

Total weight gain/measurements: Eek! Here comes the weight gain! I'm up 4lbs this week. This puts my total weight to -10 to my pre-pregnancy weight.

Maternity clothes: I officially can no longer button my pre-maternity jeans, lol. Using a bellaband is nice, but I'm really loving one pair of maternity jeans in particular. A lot of my tops are cutting it close, and maternity tops fit so much better on me. I'm anxiously awaiting an order from Old Navy full of maternity clothes! :)

Unglamorous Body Changes: Stretch marks and ITCHY skin abound. The itchy skin is my least favorite pregnancy change... yes, I'd even take more nausea.

Sleep: I lie down and I'm out for at least 10 hours. It's fabulous. Walter says there's no waking me.

Best moment this week: When my 4-year-old nephew mentioned the 'baby in my tummy' without prompting. I guess I definitely look pregnant from his angle!

Miss anything? I would give up ANYthing for this baby and not miss it... but white wine. Definitely hard to celebrate fall time without it.

Movement: Still a tiny flicker here and there. After I eat sugar, or when there's a lot of commotion is when I tend to notice it. Walter and I went to the Fox and I felt the baby on and off for the first 30 minutes!

Food cravings: Strawberries, toasted ravioli... I still can't get enough cheese.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing really specific anymore. It just comes and goes still. Less often, but it's still around for now.

Gender: Unknown... but we now have an appointment to find out and a date for our Gender Reveal party! People are guessing on Wallheimer Miracle! We find out in 13 DAYS!

Labor signs: I've got a long way to go! :)

Symptoms: nausea and fatigue (also VERY itchy skin on my breasts and tummy!)

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or moody most of the time: Still happy! Just a few moody moments from time to time.

Weekly Wisdom: Be grateful. In every moment. If you're not, find a way to be. You never know what the person next to you is missing.

What stereotype I Embody: Eat. Eat. Eat. Pee. Sleep. Pee. Eat.

What I bought this week: The crib should be coming in soon as well as matching bedding for the twin bed in the nursery! SO exciting!

What I checked off my to-do list: More nursery prep. Moved over some small furniture and toys. Can't wait to find out what clothes I should start hanging up: the shirts with little ties or the frilly dresses!

Looking forward to: Getting the crib set up, ordering crib bedding, finding out the gender of baby!






Monday, October 29, 2012

Baby Bucket: Update One

When I first saw that stick say 'pregnant' I thought of how my life was about to change. My mind raced ahead to baby learning to walk, the endless chaos that having babies seem to bring, and the new relationship I will soon learn to form with my husband. That moment truly taught me you can never prepare for baby. At that moment it didn't matter how long we had been 'trying' or how badly I wanted a baby... my mind starting a mini freak our about how it our lives were soon about to change.
I then wrote a blog about all the things I wanted to try to accomplish before baby. Many of you at the time thought it was me trying to be positive in our infertility... but yep. I was secretly knowing I was pregnant.
Well, with the growing of baby I've forgotten about that list until a wonderful gift and reminder showed up at our door. My friends Laura and Nathan stopped by to deliver the wonderful makings of baby's mobile (more on that later) and a disaster kit compiled lovingly in an emergency backpack that will keep us sane until baby turns four. Because of their sweet consideration, I not only get to mark our first item off the list, but I am reminded to get back to working on this list!


51things to do before baby

FAITH
Get on a Bible reading plan and keep it up!
Complete a couples devotional.
Volunteer/Be on mission.
Get involved in Cornerstone's youth ministry. (delayed until after baby)


FAMILY
Get into the habit of walking the dogs every day.
Spend an entire day at home with husband watching movies, playing games, etc uninterrupted.
Have spontaneous, fun sex.
Buy a new video game for my husband, and force him to have a "Selfish Day".
Finish foster care profile update.
Go to the Ozarks with my mom.
Have a fun shopping trip with my sister.


HEALTH
Memorize the 'Clean 15/Dirty Dozen' list and buy organically.
Take a prenatal yoga class.
Eat more fruits and veggies.


PERSONAL
Read all books in 'to read' pile and don't buy any more until finished.
Catch up on scrapbooks.
Organize digital photos into albums or CDs.
Revamp my closet.
Host a dinner party.
Finish crocheting a baby blanket.
Take naps.
Get pedicures.
Get a massage.
Have a 'shopping day' to just walk around the shops slowly.
Take the time to get a nice haircut and eyebrows done.
Take bubble baths.
Blog.


MONEY
Get out of debt. 
Have $1,000 emergency fund.
Write a living will.
Stick with our budget better.
Save (at least) the first 10% of Walter's check.


DOMESTIC
Sharpen up on meal planning strategies/cooking.  
Have a disaster kit. (Thank you wonderful friends!)
Get into our new home and have the nursery decorated.  (delayed until after baby)
Have a laundry plan.
Streamline and organize housework.
Switch to organic cleaning supplies. 
Utilize our Home Notebook with schedules and recipes, etc.
Bake. A lot.


TRAVEL/ADVENTURE
Have a weekend getaway with my husband- possibly to a bed & breakfast.
Have a weekend getaway with my best friend- wherever she wants.
Take a 24-48hour trip by myself to be with my own thoughts.
Make a list of all the restaurants I've wanted to try and go.
Visit Chicago.


DATE NIGHT 
Shoot pool.
Go to the movies and see lots of movies (maybe at least one horror too). 
Make my husband snickerdoodle cookies, along with one of his favorite meals. 
Go to a play, concert, somewhere not 'baby-friendly' together.
'Just Us' photo shoot.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Boy or Girl?


Through years of infertility, there were easier times for us, and there were harder times. One of the hardest times I can think of what about a year into trying, when all of our friends were expecting their first babies. It seemed like everywhere we went, people were announcing. We were afraid to bump into friends, get on Facebook, or pretty much do anything that involved getting out of bed. By four years in of trying, friends were beginning to have their second (or third, or fourth!!!) babies and we were praying for IVF to work. IVF #1 gave us plenty of angels, but no baby for our arms. I wanted to give up. I wanted to crawl into bed again while another season of blossoming women danced around me. It hurt so badly to see their growing tummies. Walter told me I would regret it if we didn't try IVF again. He was right. So we did.

Now I'm a mommy with a (definitely!) growing tummy and I struggle on when to flaunt with pride and when to suck in with sensitivity. I pray that I'm making the right decisions daily.


I just got home from making reservations for our Gender Reveal party on November 12th.
The thought of soon knowing if we will have a little baby girl or a little baby boy makes me lose my breath for a minute. I've said if before, but I am so glad that I don't get to choose! I would never be able to make a decision.

I can see Walter being the protective daddy of a beautiful little girl with big brown eyes like him. I can imagine the bows, and the dresses, and the tea parties... I'm afraid to think of boyfriends, those scary teenager years, and the clothing fights. Walter dreams of daddy-daughter dates... but he says he'll never be ready for her to date either. We have a name picked out for her, and are ready to buy pink tutus and add lots of sparkle to the nursery.

I can imagine a little boy running around here, trying to ride the pups. He'll have lots of Walter's sandy hair and possibly my eyes. We'll make messes together, splash in mud puddles, and make fart jokes. Walter is excited because he'll 'know what to do with boys' and be 'less intimated' by diapering. Haha. I told Walter I'll take him on mommy-son dates... and he said it's best if I don't call them that. :) We'll go for a 'burger after practice'. I'm afraid of the energy boys can have, and how they soon outgrow hugs and kisses. We have a name picked out for him, and we're ready to fill the room with dinosaur toys (per Walter's request).

I've been keeping an eye on a few of my friends on Facebook who are pregnant right now to seem if there is a 'trend' in the genders right now.

So far my friend Liz, who has a girl, has announced she's having another (surely beautiful) girl!
My friend Katie, who already has an adorable little boy, announced he's going to have a baby brother!
My friend Erika, already with a little sweet girl in tow, is going to have another little girl for the other arm!
Elise, who has filled her family with a boy, and a girl, and another boy... is having another girl!
Leah, another good friend of mine, is now 39 weeks pregnant. Her husband, daughter, and her are anxious to see what the baby is! What a trooper to wait until finding out at birth!

So what will baby Wallheimer be?
It doesn't matter. He/she will be so loved and so long awaited.

We continue to pray everyday for those trying to conceive, but we have faith that with God on their side and a fierce determination they will soon find themselves in our place.
We pray for all the woman who are pregnant to have a smooth sailing and healthy pregnancy, because we know the alternative is painful.

Bump Update: 13 Weeks!

10/23-10/29

How far along? 13 weeks! Hello second trimester!

Size of baby: Our little peach! Or, our little gas cap? :)

Milestones: Teeth and vocal cords appear. Intestines are in the process of moving from umbilical cord to baby's tummy. Baby now has fingerprints! WOW!

Total weight gain/measurements: I've lost 3 more pounds! This puts my total weight to -11 to my pre-pregnancy weight.

Maternity clothes: Definitely more comfortable (and covered) in my maternity tee and sweater. Hoping to buy more soon. Pants are tight, and maybe will only last another week. Wore my Bellaband for the first time. Have been wearing a pair of maternity pants for the last couple of days, and although my other jeans fit I don't think I want to go back, lol. These are so much more comfortable for my shape now. 

Unglamorous Body Changes: Stretch marks are here! lol Also, I have really bad breath all the time! (I read up on this and I've found out I need to drink more water!)

Sleep: Sleep is a beautiful thing and I love it. I'm out most of the night. At least 10hrs most nights.

Best moment this week: When I felt the baby move for the first time!! Also when my husband, who had before told me pregnant woman were 'gross' told me it was different with me. I knew this may happen, but it was nice/funny to hear that he now thought my pregnant tummy, with his baby inside, was 'beautiful' and 'not gross at all'. :)

Miss anything? I would give up ANYthing for this baby and not miss it. 

Movement: At first I wasn't sure, but now I'm sure I felt the baby move for the first time this past week! I had just had a few pieces of Halloween candy (shame on me before buying the day-of! lol) and I thought I would get in the tub and rest a bit (a lifesaver lately). I'm lying there texting my best friend and husband (you know you do it too!) and I felt something strange in my tummy! For the 2-3 seconds it happened I stopped everything! I didn't breathe or move and I felt every little 'twitch' in my tummy. It felt like a twitch on the inside of my skin that tickled. I was so shocked to feel baby this early, but after some research it's actually fairly common in the 12th-16th week! Baby must have definitely been on a sugar high! :S lol

Food cravings: All I want is mac and cheese and chicken fingers, haha. I'm eating off the kids menu everywhere!

Anything making you queasy or sick? Riding around in a car or allowing myself to get too hungry. Ran out of Zofran for two days and thought I was fine but I was SIIICK! Glad to have it back (and now I have the dissolving kind)!

Gender: Unknown... but we now have an appointment to find out and a date for our Gender Reveal party! People are guessing on Wallheimer Miracle

Labor signs: I've got a long way to go! :)

Symptoms: nausea and fatigue (also VERY itchy skin on my breasts and tummy!)

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy tears all. the. time!!!

Weekly Wisdom: Get in into perspective! Get positive about whatever situation you're in. If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude about it! :)

What stereotype I Embody: Crying. Crying. Crying. When will it end?! lol

What I bought this week: A friend of mine sold me two toys her son had outgrown and I'm thrilled to get them for such a good price. Baby's first toys! My mom and I are also continually running to Home Depot for a 'little something' to improve baby's room. 

What I checked off my to-do list: Baby's closet is almost finished... I'm jealous of his/her storage! We also painted a toy chest I had as a child and as we did my mom and I counted that this is the SIXTH time she's painted this chest a different color. Everything from pink when I was a child, to black in high school and using it in my closet for clothes storage, to a gorgeous teal now for my baby!

Looking forward to: Buying a crib!



Monday, October 22, 2012

The Loss of Nooma

Over four years ago Walter and I were just recently engaged and living together. On a work trip to Indiana I fell in love with a rabbit at Petco named Chester, but our distance and situation couldn't allow us to get a pet just then. A few weeks later we were home and thought we go to Petco again. This may sound rude, but when my eyes met a different bunny, I was glad we never got Chester. This sweet little bunny was tiny, and all white except her ears and a thin lining around her eyes. I told Walter I had to have the bunny with eyeliner and we brought her home.
A little back story, we knew NOTHING about rabbits... and neither did Petco. We bought her after being told she was a 'he' and 'about 3 months old'. Through having her we realized all our information was wrong. We learned she was indeed a 'she' and a dwarf hotot (hoe-toe) rabbit. Our first try at getting additional information was a little over a year ago when we took her to a local vet. We were scared and again told wrong information. I wrote about that here. She was sneezing and we were told she probably had some sort of growth in her brain that would soon kill her, and there was nothing they could do since her lifespan was 3-6 years. We had had her for almost three years at that point. 
We gave her the antibiotics and held our breath for weeks about when she would go. But soon, the sneezing stopped and we soon realized the vet was a quack.
We became members of The House Rabbit Society and learned a lot more about our Nooma. There was a lot of healing that needed to be done in her, as her personality was 'standoffish' and very independent. We learned Nooma must have been at least 2-3 when we purchased her according to researching about her size and growth patterns. We learned the life span of a dwarf hotot can be anywhere from 7-10 years, we just still had no idea on her age.
But she seemed to be a healthy, happy rabbit and we weren't worried about her.
A lot of people don't understand falling in love with rabbits. They're not the same as dogs, and Nooma wasn't a big fan of getting on the couch and cuddling. She allowed us to hold her for short periods of time and would sit on a table with us from time to time. However, for the most part, most of our interaction with her was at her cage, stroking her fur from the open lid, or feeding her treats. She loved the sound of the rustling bag treat and would always come running. She would also 'flop' down for naps where it looked like she had been shot. After the first few scares, it was hilarious to see. She also had a special 'happy jump' that was like a skip and it was wonderful to see as well.

Saturday night after Walter came home from work he brought the dogs in from outside and rustled the treat bag for Nooma, but she stayed under her hiding spot. Walter was worried she was hurt and ran to her cage to pick her up. She wasn't hurt, she wasn't in pain... but she was gone. 
Walter then had the terrible duty of coming upstairs to tell me. He held me as I screamed and cried. He supported me as we found a plastic storage box and filled it with her favorite things: an old fabric placemat she would snuggle with, blocks to chew on and play with, and her favorite treats. He laid her in the box, and I wrote her name on the lid. I wrote her a letter and Walter and I both signed it "Mommy" and "Daddy". I sobbed and sobbed and sobbed and we dug her grave with a hand shovel under a tree we all loved. I placed her in, and Walter filled the hole, and she was gone. Never again would we see her 'happy hop' or have her run to us for treats.
It all happened so fast, I was in shock... but Walter had to make the tough decision of telling me we needed to bury her immediately. He wanted to look out for me, even though it was late at night, because I was pregnant and it was time to let her go. 
Over the weekend he let me cry on and off when I wanted/needed to, and never lost patience with me. He allowed me to cry hard on his shoulder, while encouraging me to calm down to protect the baby in our tummy. 

To you, she may just be a bunny... nothing more special than a goldfish.
But to us, she was our first pet together that first made us a 'family'. And I will never stop missing her.

Nooma last Easter.

Nooma the first night we got her.

The first night at a 'family'.

Holding her for the first time.

Checking out Daddy.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Insecurity

I believe everyone struggles with insecurity. Some people struggle with being insecure about their appearance, some struggle with an insecurity about friendships, some people are insecure in their marriage... the world  gives us plenty of places to be insecure. 

I don't think I'm a supermodel or anything, but I've never cared too much about my looks. Sure, I have 'fat days' like everyone else... but I've always taken a 'take it or leave it approach' when it comes to looking good for others. This 'worsened' with marriage. My husband makes me feel secure and sexy in about everything... and I sometimes all-too-often 'reward' him with a T-shirt and no make-up. Sorry babe! 

However, lately I've felt insecure, and it's a different feeling for me.

I am by no means complaining, but as my tummy grows a whole list of questions come to mind and I wonder about them often. I wonder if I'm 'on track' with my weight gain. I constantly search Google for '_ week pregnancy pictures' to compare my belly with other mommas. Am I showing too soon? Is it baby or is it fat, really? I worry. 

I'm not a fan of the conflicting feelings I have.
One minute I want to post about my belly with pride. We finally did it!
And another minute I'm taking the photo down, worried someone will think I don't know what I'm doing, and that I look far too big to be just ___ weeks.

I'm losing weight eating right, but gaining tummy growing a baby and I think my mind and body are just confused. I really don't intend to complain, I'm just hoping I'm not the only one who has felt this way.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Jack or Sally?

Beginning to plan our gender reveal party!
It's Nightmare Before Christmas themed! It will be middle of November!




For those of you still waiting til after the family party I found this:
I pulled only the myths that involve gender for right now. 
What do you guess?


Old Wives Tale #4:  Heart Rate
If the baby’s heart rate is above 140 bpm, it is said that the baby will be a girl.  If it is under 140 bpm, then it will be a boy.
Baby's latest heartbeat scan was 160! Girl.
Old Wives Tale #12:  Shape of Belly
If you are carrying high with a big, round belly, you are having a girl.  If you are carrying low with a smaller belly that sticks straight out, it’s a boy.  
I feel like I'm carrying high, but it sticks straight out! I'm going to go with girl.
Old Wives Tale #13:  Ring Test
Using a string, hang your wedding ring over your pregnant belly.  You are having a girl if the ring swings back and forth  and it’s a boy if it swings in a circle.   
Definitely a circle. Boy.
Old Wives Tale #14:  Shape of Mom’s Face
When your face gets fuller and rounder when pregnant, it means you’re going to have a girl.  If your face is long and narrow, it’s a boy.
I feel like my face has gotten narrower as of now. Boy.
Old Wives Tale #15:  Key Test
Pick up a key.  If you pick up a key at the top (the roundest part), you are going to have a boy.  If you pick up the key at the bottom (smallest part), you are going to have a girl.  If you happen to grab the key in the middle, congrats, it’s twins!  
Before reading the test I picked up a key by the smallest part. Girl.
Old Wives Tale #16:  Mayan Tale
The Mayan tale adds the mothers age at conception and the year of conception.  If the result is a even number then mom is having a girl.  If the result is an odd number then a boy is on the way!
Result: 2,037. Boy.
Old Wives Tale #17:  Drano Test
The drano test combines a tablespoon of Drano and urine together.  If the mixture turns green, it’s a girl.  If it turns blue, it’s a boy.  
Yeah, I'm not ready to do this one yet, lol.
Old Wives Tale #18:  Acne
If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl.  It’s thought that acne during pregnancy is caused by the extra hormones.
My skin has been very dry, no acne. Boy.
Old Wives Tale #19:  Cravings
People believe that if you are craving salty foods while pregnant, you can count on having a boy.  If you crave sweets, fruit, and orange juice, you are having a little girl.  
I feel like my biggest cravings have been cheese and pineapple. Girl. 
Old Wives Tale #20:  Smell of Garlic
If a pregnant woman eats a clove of garlic and the smell does not come out of her pores, it’s a girl.  If the smell seeps out of her pores, it’s a boy.   
I'm not going to eat a clove, but everytime I eat something with garlic, my husband swears he can smell it on me. Boy.
Old Wives Tale #21:  Ultrasound
I’m not sure that this falls under ‘old wives tales’, but, as with anything, ultrasounds may not be accurate all of the time. 
Too early to tell.
Old Wives Tale #22:  Skin under Left Eye
The eye test is when a “V” or “branches” appear when you pull down the skin under your left eye.  If you see a “V” or “branches” in the white part, you’re having a girl.
I see none. Boy.
Old Wives Tale #23:  Previous Kids
This tale only applies if you have had previous kids.  If you have and that child’s first word was momma, you will have a girl.  If your first child’s first word was dadda, you’ll have a boy. 
No previous children (who I heard speak).
Old Wives Tale #25:  History of Parent’s Kids
You can find out the sex by going off of your parent’s kids and the order.  If you are the first born, you will have what your mother had but starting with her second child.  If you are the middle child, you will have what she said, but starting with the third child.  If you are the last child, you will have what your mother had in the exact order.  I think this tale only works when the parent’s had three kids.  
My mother only had one child, but my dad had three. If that counts then I'll have a boy first.
Old Wives Tale #26:  Time of Conception
The person that is most aggressive in bed at the time of conception is the opposite of what the baby will be.  
How can you tell who is most aggressive with IVF?! lol
Old Wives Tale #27:  Legs
If your legs get really big, you’re having a boy.  If your legs stay in shape and lean, it’s a girl.
Too early to tell.
Old Wives Tale #28:  Moodiness and a Little Pecker
If you are really moody, you are having a girl since you have another extra girl hormones in you.  Your pregnancy will make you smile and be more happy if you are having a boy because there’s a little penis inside you.
This is really creepy, but I would say I'm happier. Boy.
pregnancy-wives-talesOld Wives Tale #29:  Bread
If you eat the ends of bread, it’s a boy.  If you eat the middle of the load, it’s a girl.
I eat the middle. Girl.
Old Wives Tale #30:  Chinese Gender Chart
The Chinese Gender Chart claims to have an accuracy rate of over 90%.  It is based on how old the mother is at conception and the month that she conceived. 
Boy.
Old Wives Tale #31:  Mom’s Beauty
Basically you are having a girl if your beauty disappears during pregnancy.  It is said that the girl “steals” the mother’s beauty.  If you think that pregnancy has never made you look more beautiful, you might just be having a little boy.  
Still no supermodel, but boy.
Old Wives Tale #32:  Dream of Sex of Baby
If you have dreams that you are having a boy, you will have a girl.  If you dream about having a girl, it will be a boy.  Dreams show the opposite of what you are having.
I've had dreams about twins and both sexes.
Old Wives Tale #33:  Clumsy vs. Graceful
If the pregnant woman is graceful throughout her pregnancy, she’s having a girl.  If she becomes clumsy, she’s having a boy.  
Clumsy by far. Boy.
Old Wives Tale #34:  Toddlers
If a toddler boy expresses interest in a pregnant woman, she is having a girl.  If he doesn’t show interest, she’s having a boy.  
My nephews don't care just yet, haha. Boy.
Old Wives Tale #35:  Side You Most Rest On
If a pregnant woman prefers to lay on her left side, she’s having a boy.  If she prefers resting on her right side, she’s having a girl.  
Left side. Boy.
Old Wives Tale #36:  Hands
When the pregnant woman is asked to show her hands, it’s a boy if she keeps her palms down and a girl if she shows her palms up.  
Palms up. Girl.
Old Wives Tale #37:  Dad’s Weight Gain
If the dad-to-be gains weight while you are pregnant, it’s a girl.  If he doesn’t gain weight, you’re having a boy. 
Too early to tell, lol!
Old Wives Tale #38:  Breast Test
If a pregnant woman’s left breast is larger than the right breast, she’s having a girl.  If the right breast is larger, it’s a boy. 
Oh, definitely boy.
Old Wives Tale #39:  Necklace Over Hand
Have someone hold a necklace over your hand.  If the necklace swings back and forth, it’s a boy.  If it moves in a circle, it’s a girl. 
Back and forth. Boy.
Old Wives Tale #40:  What Do You Think?
71% of the time, the mom-to-be knows what she is having.
I'm not going to say just yet!
Old Wives Tale #41:  Morning Sickness
If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it’s a boy.  If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl. 
Definitely nauseous. Girl.
Old Wives Tale #42:  Areolae
If your areolae (the part around your nips) have darkened, it’s a boy.
Girl.
Old Wives Tale #43:  Protein
When a pregnant woman craves meat and cheese, count on a boy.  
Yum cheese! Boy.
Old Wives Tale #44:  Feet
Are your feet colder now that you are pregnant?  If so, you just might be having a boy.  If your feet have stayed the same before pregnancy and during, you’re having a little girl.  
Feet are freezing! Boy.
Old Wives Tale #45:  Hair on Legs
If the hair on your legs has been growing at record speeds, you might be having a boy.  
Same 'ol, which is slow anyway... girl.
Old Wives Tale #46:  Hands are Dry
If your hands are constantly dry, it’s a boy.    
I'm dry all over! Boy.
Old Wives Tale #47:  Urine
What color is your pee?  If it is bright yellow, you will have a little boy.  If your urine is a dull yellow, plan on a girl.  
Isn't this because of my prenatals? Boy.
Old Wives Tale #48:  Nose
Do you feel like your nose is growing and getting wider?  If so, you might be having a boy.    
Even though I've had a cold, I think no. Girl.
Old Wives Tale #49:  Headaches
If you are having headaches, you might be carrying a boy. 
Headaches began this week. Boy.
Old Wives Tale #51:  Baby Names
It is said that when you can only think of specific names for a boy or a girl, you will have that particular baby.
We already agree on a boy AND girl name! :)

Bump Update: 12 Weeks!

10/16-10/22

How far along? 12 weeks!!! The last week of my 1st trimester!

Size of baby: Baby is now a plum, or a tape measure if you're a guy. ;)

Milestones: Baby is 2.1 inches long and weighs 0.5 ounces. Developing reflexes, opening and closing fists, and all organs fully formed!

Total weight gain/measurements: I'm up 2 more lbs! Needing to calm down on the late night ice cream I think! This now puts my total weight at -8 since pregnancy.

Maternity clothes: Still loving loose shirts and pants, but finally purchased a few maternity items. It was chilly so I ran to Target for a sweater and thought might as well make it a maternity one! Also bought a maternity tee on clearance and a Bellaband. Still fitting into a lot of my more loose clothes, and thanking the weight loss for this. My jeans definitely fit differently, and swing below my little bump now instead of over it. 

Stretch marks: My breasts are showing signs of stretch marks, and so is the lower part of my tummy. Bought BioOil and started using it. It is amazing!

Sleep: Still wanting to go to bed early, but not AS early... sleeping 10-12 hours a night is not uncommon, and Iately I've been able to sleep through the night! As long as I pee right before bed and can right when I wake up! lol

Best moment this week: Just hitting 12 weeks was exciting enough! But OH, SO many exciting moments this week! Buying maternity clothes, my first baby purchase, getting baby's carpet installed, getting my hair finally dyed, giving Walter his first Daddy gift from this baby... and definitely seeing my baby on ultrasound again! After the scare of not finding the heartbeat on the Doppler, seeing the baby flip, wave, and kick his/her little feet made me bawl and I didn't care who saw me! lol

Miss anything? I would give up ANYthing for this baby and not miss it. 

Movement: Just a few more weeks...!

Food cravings: No more cravings really, and have been eating less all-in-all. Still going through spurts where I'll eat anything in the house, but nothing specific really. Still loving mac and cheese!

Anything making you queasy or sick? Riding around in a car or allowing myself to get too hungry.

Gender: Unknown... but people have already starting guessing on Wallheimer Miracle! The guesses are pretty close to 50-50, y'all aren't any help! ;)

Labor signs: I've got a long way to go! :)

Symptoms: nausea, fatigue, achy muscles, headaches

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On/off... not because my hands are swollen, but because my skin has been so dry and uncomfortable

Happy or moody most of the time: Honestly? Thrilled! ...but also ready to feel a little better. 

Weekly Wisdom: This really has been worth it all along...!

What stereotype I Embody: I cry at everything still. TV shows, my husband working late... I even cried yesterday because I couldn't find my favorite water cup, good grief... lol.

What I bought this week: I was on a roll this week! I made my first baby purchase off a Facebook group! I got a like-new Bumbo seat for $15! I also bought: a maternity sweater, a maternity tee, a Bellaband, the carpet installation for the nursery, some materials to make baby a chalkboard frame, more paint...

What I checked off my to-do list: My mom took a day off and helped get a few things organized in the nursery. She worked on baby's closet and got some curtains!

Looking forward to: Our second trimester!! :D

Hair cut and dyed! Cut off 5 inches!

Baby's first gift for Daddy!

Nursery progress!

12 weeks! Big breath!

Baby waving to Momma! 

Baby 'chillin' as Walter says