Something That We Do

Love is something that we do!


23 Weeks

Warning: this is a long, all-over-the-place post!  Read at your own risk!

We are over halfway there, folks!  A couple of days ago I was telling my mom that I think once this baby is born, I will miss being pregnant.  I enjoy feeling him kicking and moving about inside!  

However, this morning, as I write this with bags under my eyes while I battle nausea, I'm thinking I might not miss it too terribly much.  I will definitely miss feeling baby move around inside of me, and I'll miss knowing he's safe and happy, and taken care of. one told me it would be this difficult to sleep while I was pregnant.  (And I'm a girl who needs her sleep!) 

The following section that takes place between the asterisks is going to sound like a rant, so feel free to skip ahead to past the asterisks.  I'm trying to document as much as I can about this pregnancy, so that's what this is about.  
I have heard in the past that getting up with a newborn is difficult, but pregnancy prepares you for the lack of sleep.  I had always assumed that had something to do with how many times you had to run to the bathroom during the night.  But that's not the entirety of it.  No one told me that my belly would hurt laying down, and that makes for a miserable night's sleep.  If I didn't have neck problems that resulted in terrible migraines, I'd resolve to sleep sitting up because as uncomfortable as that sounds, it sounds like heaven compared to the tossing and turning that I do all night long.  I get the best sleep on my back, but my pregnancy books say back-sleeping is a no-no because the weight of the uterus can inhibit nutrients from being properly delivered to the placenta.  And we don't want that!  Sleeping on my left side is encouraged by all of the books, but do you know how long you can lay on one side without getting achey?  Turns out, not that long!  And, all of this tiredness leads to unfortunate nausea.  Not enough sleep = nauseous momma.  However, I am extremely blessed to be carrying this healthy baby boy so I am not trying to complain.  I do want to document this stage in life, so that's what I'm trying to do.  I'd take the lack of sleep and constant discomfort over not having this baby in the first place, so I will just keep my eye on the prize.   

Earlier this week, Carl finally felt baby kicking!  It's about time, little guy!  Up until this point, baby would kick, kick, kick.  I'd see my skin move regularly, with his little kicks and jumps.  So, I'd grab Carl's hand and put it on my belly.  The very second he touched me, baby stopped kicking.  You don't know how many times Carl heard "I promise he was JUST kicking!"  But finally, baby kicked and Carl felt him.  Carl looked surprised and doubtful, thinking maybe he just imagined it.  I assured him it was no mistake, baby kicked me and Carl definitely felt it.  More often than not, when I'm sitting still, I feel baby kicking and I can see my stomach jump here and there.  One evening this week, I pulled my shirt up and filmed the area he was kicking.  Now I have a cute little video of his kicks from the outside!  All of my pregnancy material says that "in the coming weeks" I will start to see my skin move a little bit.  I've been seeing it move for three weeks so that makes me wonder if this baby is a little big for his age?  I can't help but wonder....
(Hey little guy, it's cool you're big and all, but don't get TOO big in there, okay?  K thanks!  Love, Mommy)

On Sunday, the boys removed the treadmill from our guest room (which is in the process of becoming the nursery) and then moved the baby's dresser (which will also serve as his changing table) upstairs. 

 The room is tiny (and awkward shaped, with the door frame being on an angle, closets taking up a whole wall, and a cut-out in front of the window (where the air-vent also is...can't block that!) we had to do some measuring to make sure the bed and dresser will both fit, (and so the door can still open and close) but it is all in there and it's looking good!  

We will be getting baby a crib for that room, but we won't set it up until my mom leaves in August because there just simply won't be room.  Actually, after my dad leaves (unfortunately, a couple weeks before my mom does) we might push the bed against the wall and then go ahead and set the crib up.  We will purchase it ahead of time because I think I would like to sew the crib skirt...and possibly curtains or a lamp shade to match.  

I am still trying to decide on the color and type of crib I want, and the colors of the nursery.  I have my eye set on a white crib with a brown rail and brown legs, but I want to be practical and plan on re-using it in the future if (Lord willing) we have another baby.  This particular crib will be great for a little boy, but I wonder (if we have a girl in the future), will it be feminine enough?  Feminine enough for my tastes, that is?  ;) And, because I am such an overthinker, I've already started trying to figure out what I would like to do with the crib once we are done having babies!  Will I want to sell the crib?  What if I'm too sentimentally attached to it?  I could make it into a bench, like these:  
(Photo credits and tutorial link: crib bench)
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(And I couldn't find the photo credits to this one, so please forgive me for not giving proper credit!  Message me if this is your photo and I will gladly link to you!)
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And if I did decide to make it into a bench, then I would reconsider the look of the crib so that I would have a pretty crib, AND a pretty bench!

Goodness, y'all, I need to slow my brain down!  Good thing I have you fine people to unload all of this to! 

One last thing: Yesterday after getting dressed for church, I asked Carl if my shoes matched the colors in my dress.  He asked if I could see my feet.  I looked down and realized: nope.  I sure can't.  I told a friend about it and before I told her that I could not see them, she said "Oh honey, you have a while to go before you don't see your feet!"  I'm hoping it's just because I'm carrying him out front (and differently than my friend carried her babies)...and I'm not just abnormally large.  If I lean forward, I can see my feet just fine.  But just looking down, well, I just have to trust that they are still there. ;) 

Anyway, I will leave you with a photo of the belly at 23 weeks....
Thanks for listening! I hope you have a wonderful week!


Austin's 1st Wrestling Match

Here's a video I took for Carl, who couldn't be at Austin's first wrestling match.  Excuse my frustration as the kid from the opposing team kept dancing in front of me.  He was sitting the entire time we were at the match, but then Austin got up there and he felt the need to stretch and move right in my line of sight!  At the end, I say "Austin won" with the final score... but I was wrong.  The score I read was correct, but apparently the higher points don't necessarily mean that he's the winner.  Had he not gotten pinned, he would've won.  But it was just his first match, and I think he did a great job.  Without further ado.....


Belly Pics

We have been TRYING to take a picture each week, but some weeks have escaped us.  Here is a series of belly pics, so far.  Last Saturday, we were 20 weeks pregnant.

Keep in mind, we found out we were pregnant at 7 weeks.  So, we started the belly pictures at 8 weeks.  Here's the first one:

8 weeks pregnant:

9 weeks:
9 weeks

10 weeks: (Who am I kidding, this is more like week 7-14... Carl snuck this picture while I slept away the nausea.)
early weeks

11 weeks: We missed a couple of weeks because we were in Florida, but here's one at 11 weeks.  It's not much of a belly picture, but since I'm not really showing much anyway, it's okay.  This is my friend Rachel, holding Sugar, and I'm holding Belle.

13 weeks: (I all of the sudden started poking out!)
This was the week I felt the baby move for the first time.  Had my mom not told me how it felt when I moved inside of her, I wouldn't have understood what I was trying to feel.  She explained to me that when I moved inside of her, it felt like a muscle spasm or a twitch.  Everyone else had told me butterflies, but this definitely felt like a muscle twitch.  I felt him move again a handful of times over the next couple of weeks, but by about week 15 he has decided to continue to move as much as possible.

17 weeks:

17 weeks again:
17 weeks

17.5 weeks:
17 weeks

18 weeks: (After arriving home from the Sweetheart's dinner at church)
18 weeks

19 weeks: 
19 weeks

20.5 weeks: (another growth spurt!)
20.5 weeks
At 20 weeks, I felt him moving a TON one afternoon so I lifted up my shirt.  I saw a little movement in there!  I'm pretty certain a knee rubbed across my belly, and it was the most precious thing ever.  We are officially halfway there, and we will meet our little guy in about 20 weeks! 

And that brings us to today!  Tomorrow we will take our 21 week photo, and I will try to update more often!

Telling Carl's Parents

I'm so sorry this took SO long to get published!  Carl took this video on his phone, which isn't as readily available to me as my own phone, so I had a harder time getting it on to youtube.  

We told Carl's folks the same way we told mine... here is their reaction: