25 Weeks

Sunday, April 29, 2012

How far along? 25 weeks

Due Date: August 11, 2012

Total weight gain: Up 8 pounds total according to the doctor's scales

Maternity Clothes: Nothing new, aside from my 2 pairs of Maternal America jeans

Stretch marks? Not yet, hopefully not ever.

Sleep: Sleeping great! I think keeping a regular exercise scheudle helps me a lot with this.

Best moment this week: Had a check up with the Doctor Friday. Juston couldn't make this appointment so my parents went with me. They got to hear the baby's heartbeat when they came back with me. It's the first time they've heard that since they never got to go to any appointments with my sister. Everything at the check-up was healthy and normal!

Miss Anything? I really miss sleeping on my tummy and my back. No one told me before getting pregnant you were regulated to sleeping on your side only for like 5 months! Not that it won't be worth it, but I'm a tummy sleeper!

Movement: She's been pretty lazy this week, only really moving around at night and not kicking too much, but the doctor said she'd be starting to sleep more and more the bigger she gets so it was normal, then there's still the anterior factor, which means alot of her movements aren't going to be felt.

Food cravings: Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream was my splurge this week...Ben and Jerry's of course.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, not a thing.

Gender: Baby Girl, Caroline Leeann

Symptoms: The back pain I was having has been gone for a while now and aside from gaining some baby weight, I don't really have any other symptoms.

Belly Button: Still in

Rings: Still on

Happy or Moody: One happy mama...did lots of shopping for the baby this week aaaand maybe a little bit for me, too :)

Pregnancy Pet Peeve:  Really, it's the random people rubbing my stomach

Looking forward to: Our vacation to  Charleston and Myrtle Beach coming up this month (May)! My poor hubby doesn't get to go because he has to go to a conference, but it'll be me and the rest of my family which should be a blast!

Like I said, did a little shopping for baby Caroline this week and got some ADORABLE things for her first few weeks home..
Again, with the monogramming, I just can't help myself. The outfit and sock set are both by Mud Pie, who just has the most adorable things for baby and toddler. I also got a bunch of sleepers in newborn and 0-3 months for her from an adorable shop in Mt. Sterling, KY called Oopsie Daisies...definitely worth a trip if you live close.

Also in the photo above, the book I'm currently reading, which I can't put down because it's essentially my life story right now. The Confessions of a Shopaholic book is one of my favorites because anyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE to shop. If you're anything like me, you MUST read this book, I just love it!

Nursery Decorating

Sourse: Trendy Trimmings, Etsy
I just ordered baby Caroline a 3-d wall monogram to go above her crib and I'm going to go absolutely stinkin nuts waiting 4 weeks for it, but it will be worth it! I ordered off of Etsy, of course, from Trendy Trimmings, so when it comes, it will be unfinished, but we are painting it white and mounting it above her crib, exactly like the one shown above.
The first daunting step in getting her nursery ready is going to be cleaning out all the office furniture and junk that's in there right now. As you can see, it's sort of just served as a catch-all room for us the last few years so we have a lot of work to do and I'm ready to have it all finished!

Step one is to paint the walls, which we do have the paint already, just haven't done the work yet. We choose a pale pink color by Valspar called 'Hello Dolly'. I'd love nothing more than to paint the trim white, but my husband would have a heart attack if I did, so it's going to stay wood finish. Next, her crib and dresser need to be painted and moved in, but we haven't had decent weather enough days in a row for me to get them painted and dried. I have chosen the prints I want to go up on her wall, but still haven't stumbled across the right frames. I want white frames with a pale gray matte. And I'm definitely going to have one of these babies made to pair with the white frames...it's by Dumb Dog Designs on Etsy, but there are a ton of different styles if you search Etsy.

 I've also had the WORST time trying to find a glider. I did find one on Babies R Us that I like, but they don't have it in stock in our local store, so I hate to pay that much money for a chair I've never even seen in person, let alone sat in. I definitely want the glider to be gray or white though, just have to find the right one for us. Next comes the rug, which will be gray. I'm thinking the one pictured below from Pottery Barn may be what I end up going with.
 There will be a lot of finishing touches to add, too, like bedding. I'm going to attempt to make the crib skirt and bunting myself with fabric I got from the craft store. I found a good tutorial on how to make a ruffled crib skirt so I'll be sure to post how that one works out for me! I picked a gray seersucker, pink cotton and white cotton for both the ruffled skirt and the bunting her name will go on. I am by no means a seamstress so I'm praying that it goes well! And I'm still hunting for the perfect lamp to set on a small side table next to the glider. I know I want a white, ruffled shade, something akin to this one...
My husband is very hands off with the decorating of the nursery, he'll pretty much let me do whatever I want to do, so my goal is to make it pretty and girly, but not too 'baby'. I want it to be a room that can grow with our sweet girl effortlessly. We shall see if that goal comes to fruition over the next few weeks because I WILL have her nursery completely before the beginning of June...hopefully :)

24 Weeks

Saturday, April 21, 2012

How far along? 24 weeks

Due Date: August 11, 2012

Total weight gain: Up 3 pounds total

Maternity Clothes: Just my Maternal America dark wash jeans and I found the most amazing non-maternity foldover linen pants from Blue Door last week! They are perfect for during and after!

Stretch marks? Nope, still using my Mustela and saying lots of prayers. Also, I have a theory that the more water I drink, the less likely they are to come since water helps with skin elasticity.

Sleep: No weird dreams this week, and still sleeping regular.

Best moment this week:  Caroline's daddy got to feel her kick a few nights ago! It's the first time and he's the first person to feel her move besides me. She's a very active baby at night, not really much throughout the day still. She's going to be a night owl like her mama.

Miss Anything? Pure Barre classes in Lex. I just can't make myself pay the full amount for a class and not be able to do any of the ab section which is like 20 minutes of the 55 minute class. 

Movement: Yes, and now other people can feel her, should I decide to let anyone touch my stomach haha.

Food cravings: Nothing really specific this week.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, not a thing.

Gender: Baby Girl, Caroline Leeann

Symptoms: Appetite seems to be back to normal, less hungry hungry hippo this week since I've been drinking so much more water.

Belly Button: Starting to look a little odd, but still very much in

Rings: Still on

Happy or Moody: Great mood :)

Pregnancy Pet Peeve:

Looking forward to: Made her first pair of barefoot baby sandals this week, so my next project is making the ruffled crib skirt for her room.

Barefoot Baby Sandals

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I have seen these adorable barefoot baby sandals all over Pinterest, so I decided to try my hand at making a pair for baby Caroline yesterday and I'm not ashamed to admit that they turned out pretty awesome for my first pair! I still have some finish work to do on the straps before they are complete, but I wanted to share how I made them for anyone else wanting to give it a whirl. It wasn't hard at all, but it was pretty time consuming.
You will need:
an old t-shirt or abour 1/2 yard of cotton material
Felt to match the t-shirt
Needle and thread to match t-shirt
Flower cutout
Measuring Tape
A few free hours to cut out flower shapes! No, seriously...

I started by cutting the hem off the bottom of the t-shirt, then cutting 2 strips off the bottom about an inch wide. Cut the loops of shirt so that they are just a long strand, then measure and cut 6 4" strips off the long strand. Next, you will need to cut 2 oval shapes out of the felt measuring about an inch and a half each way, one for each shoe. You will sew 3 of the strands on the long side of the felt oval, making a loop to the other side and sewing a loop as pictured below.

The one pictured left is the top and the one pictured right is the bottom.
Next, get to cutting out your flower shapes, because you will need 18 of them and this is the most time consuming part of this whole project. My flowers measured about 2 inches across and you need 9 per shoe.

Take one flower at a time and fold it in half, then in half again. You will sew the bottom point of this folder flower on one quarter of the top of your felt shoe, then repeat with three more floded flowers, making all the points meet in the center of the felt as seen below.

The next four flowers, you will fold the same way, but the center of the next layer of each flower should be lined up with the seams of the first layer of flowers. Hope this makes sense b/c I forgot to get a picture of that step. Once you've sewn those four into place, take your final flower and fold it half twice, then roll it up like a cone, taking your needle down through the centre of the cone, then through the middle of the shoe, knotting it on the bottom of the shoe to keep it in place. You could also use hot glue in this project in place of the thread, but the thread seemed more secure to me. I finished mine by securing a pearl in the center of each flower cone. I really love the way these turned out and I've got a rainbow of colors to make now! I'm even thinking of making these to sell on Etsy.
The top picture still isn't the completed product as I need to hem the straps of the sandals and get them all finished up. Hope y'all find this helpful and try making your own pair for your little one. Also, worth noting that my measurements were used for newborn sized shoes, so if you're making them for an older child, you will want to make your measurements bigger.

One last picture to share...I had my little pup, Dixie model one of the pair :) As you can tell, she was thrilled to help out!

23 Weeks

Sunday, April 15, 2012

How far along? 23 weeks
Due Date: August 11, 2012
Total weight gain: Up 2 pounds total
Maternity Clothes: Just my Maternal America dark wash jeans
Stretch marks? Mild panic attack one morning this week when I thought I'd found a stretch mark on my tummy, but thank the Lord it was just a pillow crease!
Sleep: I sleep great, but I have had some of the strangest dreams lately, and some random nosebleed in my sleep one night, too.
Best moment this week:  Juston can't feel her move and kick yet, but he could feel her pressed up against my stomach one morning. We also booked our Belly to Baby photo shoot with an amazing photographer out of KY/ WV. Our maternity pics will be mid-June and this girl's work is AMAZING! I'm so excited about these!
Miss Anything? Ab workout Day
Movement: My little gymnast is all over the place nowadays, still mostly at night, or right after a workout.
Food cravings: Today, anything in the house haha! My indulgence of the week will be the cream soda floats we're making after dinner tonight. Other than that, I don't buy junk so it's not in the house and I don't eat it in a moment of weakness.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, not a thing. 
Gender: Baby Girl, Caroline Leeann
Symptoms: I've been super hungry the past couple days so I try to chug water to keep from eating everything in sight, and I've noticed that with changing the time of day I've been doing my workout, I don't get tired in the evenings either, which is awesome!
Belly Button: Starting to look a little odd, but still very much in
Rings: Still on
Happy or Moody: Been back to my happy self this week after feeling a bit moodier than normal last week, thank the Lord.
Pregnancy Pet Peeve: Pregnant women who eat like crap! That's going straight to your child, clean up that diet!
Looking forward to: Getting started on our nursery. We've finally settled on paint colors, which we picked up at Lowe's this weekend and the weather is perfect for getting our crib and dresser painted up and moved in! I'll post pics as we get started on the nursery of our progress. It's our goal to have it finished by the end of May!

Didn't do a fruit picture this weekend, mostly because I ran out of time, but the picture above shows the bump pretty well :)

Preggercise and it's Importance!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Photo: Google Images

The further I get into my first pregnancy, about 5 1/2 months now, the more I am realizing the importance of exercising the whole way. As an ACE and NCSF certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor and someone who's worked in the fitness industry for the last 7 years, I've always known the importance of exercise. The benefits are limitless and I'm a firm believer that there is some form of exercise for EVERYONE! No matter your limitations, you can find some form of activity that works for you.

Days I don't find the time to fit in my workout, I notice being SO much more worn out by dinnertime, I tend to start feeling those pains in my back from sitting still too long and quite frankly, my mood isn't what it should be. I have much less patience when I don't exercise.

I know there has been an ongoing debate for years whether pregnant women should exercise or not, but unless you've been instructed by your doctor otherwise, GET UP AND GET ACTIVE! Not only will you feel more energetic and healthier, but you're setting the stage to raise a healthy and active child through leading by your example. I've read countless testimonies since researching exercise and pregnancy, of women who swear that staying fit throughout pregnancy not only helped their bodies bounce back to pre-pregnancy shape quicker, but also made their labor process more smooth. Obviously, I can't testify to this fact personally yet since I've never gone through labor, but the health benefits alone should have you sold.

I've never been one to tolerate excuses when it comes to being overweight, but when the health of your child is at stake too, there's not more vital time to not only find time to be active, but eat healthy foods. Your baby is depending on you to feed them the nutrients they need to grow as strong as they can, don't you owe them that? I've posted a workout schedule below similar to the one I do, and it is important to change things up, not only so you don't get bored, but so you're body will continue to respond. Lastly, even though there's not much you can do for your tummy muscles for the next few months, you can still keep you legs and upper body in shape, it'll be one less thing to worry about once your little buncle makes their arrival. You should consult with your doctor before starting an exercise program while pregnant, especially if you have risk factors.

Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday~ 30 minute walk (you can do this anywhere, so no excuses!)
Circuit workout: do each circuit consecutively, 3 times before moving to the next section
12 Pushups, modify these by coming to your knees, but being mindful to keep your but flat. As your belly gets too big to do them traditionally, do a box pushup by coming into cat post (on hands and knees, hops tucked under to protect your low back) and just drop your chest to the ground, not your hips and tummy.
30 second wall squat, with your back flat against a wall, sit in an imaginary chair, hands OFF your legs.
30 second modified plank hold, this is typically thought of as an ab exercise, but it so great for your lowback, legs and arms as well

12 Lateral Raise, holding dumbbells in front of your hips, raise arms to sides at shoulder level, then lower to start, keep your elbows soft, not locked out at the joint
20 side lying hip circles, lie on side, head propped up on bottom hand, upper arm in a box in front of chest. Raise top leg to hip level, flex foot and make tennis ball sized circles driving with your heel and stopping to hold with each circle. Repeat on both sides.
30 second side plank, lie on side, stack feet on top of each other, or drop bottom knee to floor to lessen difficulty, prop up on bottom forearm, elbow under shoulder and raise bottom hip up off mat. Repeat on other side.

12 Bend over Reverse Flyes, Spread feet hip width apart, knees softened, hinge forward at the waist until your back is almost parallel with the floor. Holding your dumbbells together underneath your chest, slowly raise them up towards the ceiling until they are parallell with the floor, elbows soft the entire time, then return to start.
15 Plie Squats,  Feet spread wider than hip width, toes and knees pointing diagonally outward, keep your back up very straight and lower your seat towards the floor underneath you. You want to lower until your inner thighs catch, or until your thighs are about parallell with the floor, then raise back up slowly. You can hold dumbbells to make this more challenging
15 tricep Dips, Have a seat on a sturdy, stable chair, hold onto the front of the seat with your hands, fingers facing forward off the chair, bring your seat off the end of the chair, lower your butt towards the floor slowly until your upper arms are parallell with the seat on the chair, then raise back up slowly. You should feel this in the backs of your arms.

I hope this is helpful to some of the expecting mama's reading it. With the weather heating up, swimming is another great option for getting your fitness on. I wouldn't really recommend indoor pools unless they have a good air filtration system. I would think all that chlorine in the air inside would make me ill. I have another workout option posted here if you need to spice up your workout further!

22 Weeks

Saturday, April 7, 2012

How far along? 22 weeks
Due Date: August 11, 2012
Total weight gain: Up half a pound since last week
Maternity clothes? Wore my first pair of maternity jeans today and they are WAY more comfy than regular jeans!
Stretch marks? Still not yet, hopefully not ever. My mom never got them, so I'm praying it's genetic
Sleep: Still a pretty normal sleep schedule. Some days I get pretty tired around dinner time, but most days are pretty normal.
Best moment this week:  A few of them...first is Kentucky winning the NCAA championship game! It's been a big week in the Bluegrass obviously. Next, having to buy a C cup bra for the first time in my life! haha And then, my Preggercise class went great! We had a good turnout and people seemed to really like it, which is of course my goal in teaching group X classes.
 Miss Anything? Being able to put on some of my favorite dresses with it getting warmer. I LIVE in dresses and flip flops in warm weather and some of my favorites have a natural waistline so they look funny on me now with my baby bump growing.
Movement: Lots! She's flipping around more throughout the day now. She has been moving around at night for a couple weeks now, but she's becoming more and more active all hours of the day it seems.
Food cravings: I've been really wanting sweets this week, big time. Cadbury caramel eggs will be my downfall. I'm trying to resist as often as possible, since I know she's starting to taste the things I'm eating now and I want her to crave healthy foods, not junk.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Some smells I find offensive more than before, but not to the point that they make me sick. 
Gender: Baby Girl, Caroline Leeann
Symptoms: Baby on the move, growing bump, feeling hungrier some days than others and occasionally getting tired easier
Belly Button: Still in
Rings: Still on
Happy or Moody: I have felt moodier this week...mostly, I find that I've had less tolerance for people in general. It's sort of come in passing spurts and mostly, I still stay very happy, but I have noticed getting annoyed easier the last week.
Pregnancy Pet Peeve: Getting tired after simple things like spending the day at the mall or driving more than 30 minutes
Looking forward to: Another Preggercise class this week :) and celebrating Easter with my family tomorrow! I'm making a big brunch and my mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law and their kids will all be coming out to our house to celebrate after church! Easter is one of my absolute favorite holidays! Next Easter will be a big one, too, with Caroline celebrating her first. It will be so much fun putting her basket together and getting her all gussied up for church. I already see a big ruffled dress and matching bonnet in her future:)
I shucked the corn for this picture for a better idea of her actual size, about 1 whole pound and around 8 inches long. She can now hear sounds outside the womb, like her daddy and the rest of her family, or our very loud dogs!

Etsy...a Mama-to-be's Dream!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Jerribeca Hats on Etsy makes the crochet bunny hat and bloomer cover pictured above. We're going to use these in Caroline's newborn pictures. I feel like these style photos are the new Ann Getty pictures. I adore this little outfit and would love to try to make one myself at some point...we'll see how that plays out ;)

Love these headbands by Izzy's Attic! We'll end up using these for newborn photos, too, most likely. I've found a photographer close by that does amazing photographs like the ones pictured above. She does 'Belly to Baby' photos that we're in the process of booking. She's amazing, so tough to get into, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. In case we can't get in with her, we're open to other photographers in KY/ TN area that people recommend!

Caroline's coming home outfit options... I'll post her actual outfits once we get them, but these are the ones we ordered by Magaby's and there are plenty more adorable options if you're in the market for a cute layette gown to use as a coming home outfit or for newborn photos. I couldn't pick a favorite between the two pictured above, so she's getting both of them. We will most likely use one as a coming home outfit, and the other in her newborn photos. Whichever we bring her home in, I will shadowbox and hang in her room after she's outgrown it. I saw the idea on Pinterest, sort of like the one below from themamadramalogues.blogspot.com

Etsy is a very dangerous site for a shopaholic like myself! You can find anything and everything and I love the idea that I'm supporting a lot of stay-at-home moms that handmake their wares. It's a win-win! I'm probably premature already ordering coming home outfits and things for hew newborn pictures when she won't even be here for 4-5 more months, but I just can't seem to help myself :)
And finally, some prints I'm considering for the nursery...

I want to matte a grouping of 3-4 prints in white or dark gray matte, then have them in white matching frames.  At this point, I think I want the nursery colors to be a pale dove gray, pastel pink and light green. I'm liable to end up changing m mind between now and the end of May when I hope to have the nursery finished, but I really like this color palette. I'm holding off on ordering these until I know for certain that we have settled on our colors, but these are some of my top choices.
The "Bless Your Heart" print is  by My Southern Accent
The Giraffe and Elephant print is by Lulliloola