Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Avoid the "Rut"

Happy Tuesday!

In efforts to make good on one of my unofficial New Year's Resolutions, I'm trying to keep this little sucker blog more up-to-date. 

I was recently telling a friend how it's hard for me to blog because I feel like I have nothing to say.  While I'm super excited about our sweet little life right now, I'm so beyond not busy.  My "busiest" day consists of getting out of bed whenever I want (I'm lucky I wake up at 8 a.m. naturally or I'd feel super lazy), doing a little laundry, cleaning up clutter that may be sitting around, running some errands, getting my butt to the gym...and that's seriously about it.  And that's a busy day.  ;)  

I'm now trying to switch my gears from being bummed about not working and my "boredom" to realizing what a blessing this is.  I'm given the opportunity that most first-time mothers aren't.  I get to enjoy some rest and relaxation before this little one comes and takes that all away! ;)  I can't wait to have a baby to take care of, but all mothers will tell you it's exhausting.  So, I'm trying to enjoy the last little bit of my life as a just a wife before I become a mother as well.

Still, to avoid too big of a rut, Brian and I try to do random fun things.  For example, this past weekend we drove to Clearwater Beach, Florida, just because we could.

Can you believe how crowded this beach was?  While it may have been 80 degrees, it is still January.  Central Florida is not -totally- immune to all the factors of winter.  I think I heard on the news that the Gulf's temperature is 62 degrees right now?  Buddy, let me tell you...that water is COLD!  And yes, as you can see, there were crazies people who still got in the water.
The hubs on the pier. :)
And I just had to snap this picture of the sailboat just beyond the jetties.  
I thought it was breathtaking.

And moving on...
If I'm going to make good on this promise of keeping up the blog, I'm going to have to write about what's on my mind.  It may start out seeming a bit "indulgent," but our little baking baby is what's constantly on my mind at this point.  I hope you don't get sick of the pregnancy/baby-related posts, because there may be a lot of them.  But, hey, if you want to see something different...that's what the comment section is for. ;)
But bottom line, this is a blog about life from my perspective...and right now, this life is making the shift from wife-only to wife-and-mommy. :)

I've seen the list of "pregnancy" questions on other blogs, and I think the idea is cute.  So, just like we all do on Pinterest (ha), I'm stealing the idea!  lol.  I found this random list of questions by using "Google," so I don't really have anyone to give credit...but here goes.

We'll start with a bump picture.  Look, my bump is kind of funny-shaped right now.  Just bear with me until it rounds out!  Haha.

18 weeks 2 days

How did you find out you were pregnant?  I took a home pregnancy test. 
What kind of Pregnancy test did you take?  EPT Early Result digital was the one I actually believed.
How many?  I took several...haha.  I think I needed to see that word "pregnant" on the digital test to believe it.
What were your 1st symptoms?  I didn't have any symptoms for a few weeks.  Around 6 weeks the nausea kicked in some.  However, around 8 weeks is when it REALLY hit me.
Who did you tell first?  My husband, Brian.
Who was with you when you found out?  I was alone.
My 1st reaction:  Super excited!  Disbelief. 
Was your baby planned?  Yep.  We'd been waiting a while to start "trying" to start a family.
When was the baby conceived?  late September 2012
How far were you when you found out?  Not even 4
How did your parents react?  They were beyond excited...both sets of grandparents-to-be!

My baby
Due Date:  June 16, 2013 (Father's Day!)
Do you know the sex?  Not yet, but we are anxiously awaiting on Jan. 28th anatomy scan!
Any names?  We have full names picked out for either gender.  And they aren't what I'd have seen us choosing before we were pregnant.  It's funny how names just feel "right" when you actually have the baby growing inside you. :)
Any Ultrasounds?  Just one at 8 weeks so far.  Our next one is the anatomy scan at 20 weeks.
Have you heard the heart beat?  Sure have!  In the 150s last appointment.  The sound is such a big reassurance!
Who do you think it will look like?  Absolutely no clue!  
Will the baby have siblings?  Just a doggy sibling, Bella, our 3-year-old Westie. :)
Have you felt the baby move?  Not really sure.  Over the last few days I've felt something foreign here and there that I have a suspicion may be baby.  However, I haven't felt anything that I for sure KNOW is baby.

Did you have morning sickness?  Yes.  And it was pretty traditional "morning" sickness, or first half of the day sickness  It still pops in every now and then!  If I drink a lot of water first thing in the morning...I'm donezo.
Did you have any cravings?  I've only had one craving so strong that I just HAD to have it...and that was  How incredibly unhealthy!  Other than that, I've really wanted watermelon and lemon-lime gatorade.  But I have a feeling it's still a big early for TOO many super strong cravings.
Did you have any mood swings?  Oh, yes.  I have patience.  If something annoys me, I get UPSET.  Poooooor  (Psssh or not...who's the one getting fat for baby over here?!)
Are you a high risk pregnancy?  No
Any complications?  No
Formula or Breastfeeding?  I hope to be able to breastfeed.  I'm going to give it my full effort!
Have you bought anything for the baby yet?  Yes!  We have a jogger stroller that's going to be used as an every-day stroller.  It's grey and yellow...I love it. :)  That's all we've purchased ourselves, but family has bought baby a good bit already...hehe.  We'll do the most after finding out gender.
When did you start to show?  That depends on who you ask!  I think I started to show really early because I see my tummy every day.  But I'd say about 16 weeks as far as other people being able to see it.
How long could you wear your regular clothes?  I still wear some of them.  My old jeans/pants were tight before pregnancy due to some weight gain.  However, the stretchy ones like Rock-star jeans I can still squeeze into.  But if I'm being honest, it's not comfortable.
Will you keep the baby’s clothes?  I'll probably keep my very favorite outfits for sentimental reasons.
Home or Hospital?  Hospital.  Hospital, hospital, hospital.  If something goes wrong I want people there who can DO something.
Natural or Medicated birth?  I want the epidural.  However, I'll hold off as long as we can...but who knows how long that'll be.  I don't need an award!
Who will be in the delivery room with you?  My husband.
Do you think you will need a C-section?  I have no way of knowing this.
Will you cry when you hold the baby for the 1st time?  I have no idea...
What’s the 1st thing you might say to the baby?  "Hey, baby." ???  I'm not that  I'm pretty to-the-point.
Will you let anyone video tape the birth?  No way, Jose.  I don't want to see that.  I don't.  Childbirth is a miracle for sure, but a nasty one.  I'm good just being the one who feels  I don't need to see it too.
Are you excited?  Duh!  But pretty terrified too.
Who will help you with the baby after the birth?  I hope my Mama!
What is your favorite thing about being pregnant?  Probably will be feeling the baby move.  I'll let ya know when that happens. ;)
What is the worst thing about being pregnant?  Ummm....haha.  To sum everything up...probably the knock your self-esteem takes when you see yourself become unattractive/large.  (And it's sickening if you are a lucky preggo lady who looks amazing the whole time!)
What’s one thing you miss doing since being pregnant?  Playing tennis with Brian.  Serious workouts like kick-boxing, etc.  I wanted some champagne at New Year's if I'm being honest.
Any days you wish you were not pregnant?  No.
Are you ready for a baby?  Nope, not at all.  Lots left to do before little one comes!
Do you have insurance?  Thanks goodness, yes.
How many kids do you want?  2 or 3, depending.
Do you talk to the baby?  Not yet.  Can baby even hear me yet?
Do you still feel attractive?  No.  lol.  I've gained lots of weight already, and that's tough on someone who's spent YEARS of their life controlling their weight.
Have you had your baby shower yet?  Nope, still pretty early.
Do you like kids?  I don't LOVE kids in general, but I don't dislike them either.  I'm pretty neutral.  Please don't think I'm a bad person for saying  I'll love our own, I promise! lol.
How far along are you now?  18 weeks and 2 days

If you got through those million questions, bless your soul! :)  I hope your week is stellar!  Leave me a little comment letting me know you stopped by.  Until next time...


  1. Hey girl! I love your little blog :) And you may feel unattractive but you are GLOWING! I am so happy for you and Brian and all of the exciting things going on in yall's lives. I am hoping to start a blog post wedding so we shall see! Glad to see you are doing well!

    1. Thanks so much, girl! You're so sweet. Start a blog for sure! I'll follow! :)

  2. Oh my gah! I got tickled at some many of your answers to that questionnaire! I think it is because just about everything you said was EXACTLY where I was when pregnant with Ella. So funny! Yep, prep for those first few weeks. Lack of sleep may make you feel pretty crazy but you and baby will adjust pretty quickly. Best thing that helped me? I made sure her window was completely blacked out and she slept in her room - at night only - with a small, rather noisy, fan near her bed for white noise (not blowing on her, though). Naps were with me wherever I was in the house, well-lit. It got her day/night rhythm on track pretty quickly. I'm so excited for y'all! You are going to be a fabulous mother!

    1. LOL I'm glad you got a good laugh! My answers made me chuckle as well! ;)

      Smart thing to do with the sleep schedule!

      Thanks so much, girl! P.S. you should start a blog!

  3. This is so great. And how wonderful it is to share due dates!:) So weird reading everything and thinking, "me too!", "me too!"... I love this! I am SO SO SO happy, ecstatic, thrilled you are blogging again! Yay!

    Keep it up girl! Even if it a "check this out" snap shot of something cool for you, baby, hubs on a Target run! :)


    1. It -is- great to share a due date!!!

      And yea...I've got to be better at just blogging what's going on that day...even if it's nothing...haha.

  4. I love all your questions! Super cute! And you are absolutely adorable, pregnant lady!

    PS: I'm totally with you on the I-don't-love-kids thing. They are fine, and I'm going to love mine, but I'm not a "OH MY GOSH A BABY!" person. :D