Monday, January 30

Bumpdate: 15 weeks

15 weeks 1

How Far Along
: 15 weeks

Total Weight Gain: 4 lbs

Maternity Clothes: I'm an in-betweener. I have worn maternity dress pants for two days and they tend to slide down a little, but worth having to pull them up. Much more comfortable.

Gender: ??? I think Ty is ready to find out just so I'll quit talking about wanting to know. I may or may not talk about it a lot.

Movement: Not yet.

Sleep: I've been falling asleep in the living room around 8:30 and slowly dragging myself to my bed.

What I miss: HOT baths. I was never really a bath person, but this house has a big whirlpool tub and I love it. Although, I don't really bathe in it. It's more for relaxation. I have to wash my
hair in the shower.

Cravings: Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch. I cannot get enough!

Other crazy symptoms: Pregnancy congestion--apparently it is a real thing. It was in one of my books, so that must make it true. :)

Best Moment this week: Remember last week's best moment...I worked out three times. Yeah, that didn't happen this week. At all. I was pretty tired every evening. Nothing real special this week. Just happy to be pregnant with this little sweet pea!

Monday, January 23

Bumpdate: 14 weeks

I didn't think I was going to have a photo for this week, but then I remembered that I snapped this one with my phone. My first time to show the bump off at work. :)
With Ty's schedule he leaves before I'm out of bed & gets home after me. The first thing I do when I get home is change into comfy clothes, where you can't see the bump. He had to work a 24 hour (plus) shift on Saturday/Sunday, so no picture.

How Far Along
: 14 weeks

Total Weight Gain: 3 lbs

Maternity Clothes: I'm in an awkward stage of my regular pants getting uncomfortable and maternity clothes being too big. Still wearing the bella band.

Gender: ???

Movement: Not yet.

Sleep: I still like to go to bed around 9-9:30, but I have a lot more energy now.

What I miss: Feeling skinny. :) I have a small bump, but I feel more chunky than pregnant. It probably has something to do with nothing fitting the way it used to, but not being able to wear maternity pants yet.

Cravings: Still nothing real strong. I'm kind of disappointed by this. I thought I would be having weird, off the wall cravings. haha. I have been really hungry this week and can't even make it through the night without waking up and getting snack to tide me over.

Other crazy symptoms: I am still experiencing headaches and sciatica pain, but not as bad as last week. I can tell my belly is stretching and growing by the weird pains I've been having. They aren't really pains, though, just uncomfortable.

Best Moment this week: Having enough energy to work out three times!

Tuesday, January 17

Bumpdate: 13 weeks

13 weeks-1

How Far Along: 13 weeks

Total Weight Gain: 2-3 lbs. It fluctuates each morning.

Maternity Clothes: Wore the bella band for the first time and I love that thing. The jeans in the pic above are maternity. I only have a couple of pairs of regular jeans that are still comfortable. Definitely more of a bump this week!

Gender: ???

Movement: Not yet.

Sleep: Still can't get enough, but I'm not as exhausted as I once was.

What I miss: Nothing really. Well, maybe not getting headaches. They are never ending.

Cravings: I haven't had any strong, must-have-it now cravings, but I did eat nachos covered in jalapeno juice at the movies on Sunday. (I don't like the actual jalaps.) I could definitely eat some more of those!

Other crazy symptoms: Headaches! I am experiencing some sciatica pain. It hurts to sit at work for very long. Stretching has helped and I've had Ty and Megan, a student, work on me some. Pregnancy is such a wonderful thing, but it is also crazy what it does to your body. I think it is so interesting.

Best Moment this week: It was a good week and I have several good moments.
-I had a test done on Monday where they did some measurements via an ultrasound. I got to watch my baby on the big screen for 15 minutes. It was precious!
-I had a couple of students ask if they could throw me a shower at the school. Um, yes! I was so excited/flattered that they wanted to do that for me and the baby!
-Ty got to come to a doctor's appointment. I didn't think we would get to see the little sweet pea, but the doctor walked in with his handheld ultrasound machine. Ty saw our baby for the first time!

Thursday, January 12

jumbled thoughts

  • Thank you all so, so, so much for your kind words and your congratulations on our exciting news! Each and everyone of them made my day.
  • Several people have asked how Chesley is doing...She had a successful surgery and is now recovering at her parents' house. She will be there until February and while it will be a slow recovery, she is in good spirits! I can't wait for her to be back in the same town as me.
  • We got snow last night! Nothing major and it didn't stick. I love how people (Ty & I) turn into little kids when it snows. There is something so exciting about it!
  • I have made quite a few recipes that I have found on Pinterest lately. All of these recipes will be making it into our rotation.
Here are a few of the recent hits!

Roasted Parmesan Green Beans

Bacon, Egg, Avocado and Tomato Salad
(I had no idea it was so difficult to boil an egg! This recipe is definitely worth trying to figure that part out. Make this and make it soon. Delish!)

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Chipotle Chicken Cups
I had never cooked with wonton wrappers before and I had no idea what I was missing out on. It was so easy and very good!

Another Skinny Taste recipe--love that site.
Spicy Shrimp Fried Rice

HANA hair dryer

I was contacted by about possibly reviewing one of their hair products. I, of course, said yes! They sent me the HANA Air Premiere Hair Dryer, along with a bunch of other goodies including some shine serum and an eyelash curler.
This is what my pretty package looked like!

Misikko sells some of the best blow dryers, flat irons, and other great products including Chi hair products. It is a great selection of professional styling tools!

I have heard of people using more expensive hair dryers and loving them, but with my fine hair I just didn't think it was necessary or would really give me any results. It seemed like the people using the expensive ones had really thick hair. The first time I used the hair dryer I was impressed with the amount of power it had. It was like Tim from Home Improvement had gotten a hold of it and had actually gotten it right for once. It dried my hair pretty fast, but then again, it doesn't take a long time for my hair to dry with a drugstore hair dryer. I would be curious to see how much faster it dries really thick hair. The thing I noticed the most was after I was done drying I didn't need to use my flat iron to smooth things out. My hair also had more shine. You can look at my last post to see what my hair looked like after I had used it.


The HANA dryer did seem to weigh a little bit more than my drugstore dryer, but maybe that is because of all the power it has. Another nice feature of the dryer is the cold button. You don't have to old it down the entire time you want to use it. It stays on and is easy to turn back off. The dryer also has an extremely long cord, which can be useful depending on where your outlet is located.

All in all, I do think this dryer is much better than the drugstore brands. I am more than happy to continue using it and would definitely recommend it to those of you out there that dread the long process of blow drying.

Monday, January 9

Bumpdate: 12 weeks

12 weeks

How Far Along
: 12 weeks, 5 days

Total Weight Gain/Loss: After seeing the difference on the scale at the doctor's office from two appointments two weeks apart, I invested in a good scale. I have gained 2 lbs, but it feels like more than that. I'm not sure how much of that bump above is a bump or just bloating.

Maternity Clothes: Not yet. Let's just say things are starting to get tight. Ty put a bella band in my stocking and I think I will be busting it out this week.

Gender: No idea. I don't have a feeling either way.

Movement: Not yet.

Sleep: I can't get enough!

What I miss: Energy! Every once in a while I will want a Mt. Dew, but now that I've told the lady in the bookstore that I'm pregnant I can't bring myself to give into the craving and have her judge my caffeine intake. ha!

Cravings: I don't have any specific cravings, although Saturday night at Charleston's I scarfed down a salad like I hadn't eaten in days. I could definitely go for another one of those!

Best Moment this week: Having enough energy yesterday to clean the house after church. It was like a first trimester miracle!

Other random symptoms from the past couple of months: I want to be able to remember these details.
-I can hardly sit at work my butt hurts so bad. This is a complaint my family is used to hearing from long car rides, but I sit at work for two hours and feel like I'm going to die. It is the weirdest thing.
-I got to hear the heartbeat at 7 weeks. What an amazing sound! I thought I would cry, but I just kept smiling. It was such a relief. I was truly pregnant. There really was a baby growing inside me. Baby's heart rate was 127.
-I hope that Ty will be able to make it to a few appointments, but I really can't count on that. I thought I would be more upset about it, but the reality is that is just our life right now and maybe always. I have always been an independent person, but being married to a medical student and now a surgery resident has made me so much stronger. Luckily, Chesley was able to go with me to the appointment, so I did not have to go alone. She is a great friend!
-I could care less about sweets. WHO AM I??
-From the moment I found out I was pregnant there hasn't been a night that I've slept straight
through without having to get up to use the bathroom.
-I have grown quite a bit, ahem, up top.
-I get full really fast. It's too bad, because I really want to keep eating. :)
-A weeks or so of semi-bad nausea and random waves of nausea here and there. I haven't actually gotten sick once. I am considering myself a very lucky lady. The nausea is disappearing for the most part.
-My sense of smell has been strong since almost the day I found out I was pregnant, then allergies hit and I can't smell much.

Wednesday, January 4


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