Friday, November 25, 2016

21 Weeks: Walking on Sunshine!


Baby Smith is growing, growing, growing...and so is his mommy! Starting to look like more of a bump in my clothing and less like a few extra burritos :)

How far along?
21 weeks

How big is baby?
An endive (??) or a ball cap 10.5" (from head to toe) and 12.7 oz

What's baby up to this week?
He's continuing to produce meconium, the black tarry substance that makes up his first poop. His skin is still a bit see through, and it has developed wrinkles that allow for internal expansion once baby fat starts to fill in #BringOnAChubbyBaby

Symptoms?
Nothing except my expanding waist line!

Maternity Clothes?
Still just jeans and leggings.

Sleep?
Sleep has been fabulous...I still wake up once a night to go to the bathroom, but I am able to get comfortable and haven't had any insomnia!

Missing Anything?
Getting dressed easily in the morning...my choices have been narrowed significantly, and even stuff that still technically fits, fits very strange.

Craving?
My appetite has increased significantly this week...I find myself snacking more during the day than before. 

Aversions?
Not a thing!

Emotions?
HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY! I find myself just randomly smiling throughout the day thinking about our little boy!

Movement?
Still lots of pokes and kicks during the day...nothing consistent enough for AJ to feel yet. I feel him kick and then tell AJ to feel...and then the little stinker doesn't kick again...at least not until his daddy has given up ;)

Best Moment of the week?
Thanksgiving celebrations with family...and a 5-day weekend! Sleeping in was something I took plenty of advantage of! The countdown to winter break has officially begun! 

Pregnancy Brain Moments?
I would say the biggest thing I notice is not being able to come up with words...I will be in mid-conversation and find myself completely blanking out. People think I am nuts ;)

Looking forward to?
Picking out a crib and a rocker for the nursery! Our plan is to paint this weekend and then it's time to get the ball rolling! #ICannotWait

Projects/Baby Gear purchased?
We didn't buy anything this week...although I have had to keep myself from buying everysinglething for our sweet little boy! This little boy is going to be so spoiled!

Running?
Running has been great...finding clothes to run in? #NotSoMuch I think I have gotten to the point where my pants no longer want to fit. I tried rolling them down, but then I get a case of plumbers crack as I run...and it isn't comfortable. It's time to start shopping for maternity workout pants!
Saturday, November 19, 2016

IT'S A...

From the very beginning AJ and I knew we wanted to find out the gender of our baby...and we knew we wanted it to be a private moment just between the two of us.

Going into the appointment I had no idea what to expect or how special it would actually be...and I am so glad we made the decision to find out just the two of us, because it was a moment I will treasure forever <3


While we didn't want to have a gender reveal where WE were the ones surprised, we still wanted to get everyone together and do a reveal of some kind...so we decided to surprise the grandparents with a little reveal brunch.

What we didn't think through completely, was the absolute torture we would go through keeping this secret from our friends and family. Our appointment was Wednesday, and we planned the brunch with our families for Saturday morning...2 days...no biggie right?

RIIIIIIGGGGHHHTTTT....you are talking to the girl who has literally told her mom EVERYTHING from the day she was born. Throw in the fact that this was such EXCITING NEWS...and these two days were absolute torture.

I got some funny texts from my mom in the days leading up to the reveal...

"I'm sitting in your driveway looking for pink or blue lights"
(she wasn't really...she isn't that creepy lol!)

"I would be able to tell by your face...send me a picture"
(we both tend to wear our emotions/feelings/thoughts on our face)

"Can you give me a hint?"

"39 1/2 more hours"

So, as you can see...she is a persistent one ;) #ThatsWhyILoveHer #GrammyIsExcited

Wednesday night we did send out a quick sonogram pic to the family letting them know that everything looked good and that Baby Smith was healthy...and the responses were priceless

Evan: "So am I going to be an aunt or an uncle?" 
Grandpa Fred: "Ahem, HE is sure getting big!
Grammy: This does not show me anything, but SHE is adorable"
Jenni: "OMG look at her little nose"
Grandma Cheryl: "Oh my! Glad SHE is healthy, happy, and growing"

So you can see quite there is quite the divide in predictions here ;)

The wait from Wednesday to Saturday was not an easy one...but it was oh so worth it! Words cannot even begin to express what a special moment it was sharing our exciting news, so I will just let the video speak for itself :)



Seriously...I tear up every time I watch this video, it was so much fun getting to see first hand the surprise on our parents faces. My favorite part is my dad's little celebration...he clearly isn't excited about his first grandson :)

I usually drop the ball on taking photos at our little get togethers...but for my little boy I tried a little harder to document this day of celebration :)





Finley has been "team girl" from day one...but the night before she switched her vote to boy and has decided that "Louis is a pretty good name"


Baby Goose is getting a little buddy...and he is much more excited than he looks :)


Our little boy is pretty blessed with the BEST cousins and Auntie :)


The Grandmas...Cheryl wore blue and pink because she couldn't decide...and my mom went with black to remain neutral.


Our little boy has some pretty great role-models in his life :)


Great-grandparents x 5 now!


Excited to raise our sweet boys together <3


The grandpa's are already making plans for dirt bikes and golf clubs :)


My dad isn't excited AT ALL ;)


Neither is Fred ;)


 I was blessed with the best mom...and now our little boy gets to have the best Grammy :) 



And this guy is pretty excited too...he will be the BEST daddy to our sweet little boy :)


Re-purposing is their specialty ;)


This face melts me every time :)

In all the chaos I tried really hard to get some good family photos and good "announcement shots"

All in all we got a few ones...but it was a bit hectic so they didn't turn out the best. At least I can say I tried :)









This day was better than I could have ever hoped for! So much love and excitement surrounding this little boy already!

Friday, November 18, 2016

20 weeks: Oh BOY!


This has hands down been one of the best/most exciting weeks of this experience thus far. Our 20 week appointment was, for lack of better words, magical!! We hadn't seen our sweet baby since he was just 8 weeks old and a little blob. This time we could see all of his little features...and maybe I am bias...but he is pretty darn perfect. I mean seriously, I have loved this baby from the beginning, but seeing our sweet baby this week nearly made my heart burst!

How far along?
20 weeks

How big is baby?
A banana or a paper airplane  (~6.5" from head to rump; 10 oz- although the doctor said he was weighing closer to 12 oz at our appointment on Wednesday.) Clearly those Hostess Donettes have gone straight to his hips ;)

What's baby up to this week?
He's got working taste buds and is gulping down several ounces of amniotic fluid each day...this does not sound appetizing to me...but to each their own ;)

Symptoms?
I felt really good all week, minus 2 bouts of heartburn or indigestion (I'm not sure I can tell the two apart at this point) but I learned quickly that it's sweets or too big of a helping of anything causing it, so I have started eating smaller meals more frequently and turning down that extra cupcake at lunch...which has helped tremendously #NothingBundtCakesWasWorthTheIndigestion

Maternity Clothes?
Nothing new...still just wearing my leggings and jeans....although I would like a pair of slacks for work...where should I buy these? Anyone? Anyone? #Bueller

Sleep?
Sleep was great this week minus 2 nights of insomnia...One night I woke up at 2AM and never went back to sleep and then another night it was 12:30AM...and I was never able to fall back asleep #Brutal

Missing Anything?
Not a thing!

Craving?
I would say my donette obsession has subsided...especially because they are so sweet and sugary and that seems to be the common denominator in my heartburn/indigestion. Other than that no real cravings to report.

Aversions?
I have been avoiding sweets for my esophagus's benefit...but it's not really an aversion.

Emotions?
Minus a little cry session I had over spilled water (don't ask) I have been happy, happy, happy all week! I mean, how could I not be?!? We got to see our sweet, and most importantly healthy, baby at our doctor's appointment and were able to buy our first nursery decor and outfit.

Movement?
Lots and lots of movement all day long...it varies from twitches and butterflies to full on kicks and pokes! Last night while laying in bed the he gave an extra powerful little jab...and I quickly grabbed AJ's hand and put it on my stomach, and we "think" he may have felt his first kick. AJ got a look on his face like "was that it?!" at the same time I felt a little kick...so I am guessing it was! Looking forward to stronger, more frequent kicks as the next few weeks go by. (I may regret saying this when he starts kicking me at 3AM!) 

Best Moment of the week?
Seeing our baby BOY and having the doctor tell us that he is growing big and strong and is looking healthy! Also, my doctor said that pelvic pain after running was normal and okay...as long as it isn't a constant pain...so she said I could keep running :) #IWantedToHugHer

Pregnancy Brain Moments?
On the days following my bouts of insomnia words were exceptionally hard...my students had a few good chuckles at my expense ;) Good thing I like them so much!

Looking forward to?
Our gender reveal brunch with our families tomorrow morning!! Not being able to call my mom and dad right away was REALLY hard...but seeing their faces on Saturday morning will be so fun and oh so worth it. I'm a sucker for a good surprise and the anticipation that comes with it!

Projects/Baby Gear purchased?
We bought a picture for the nursery and his first little outfit. I also bought a book from the school book fair...he will share my obsession for Pete the Cat! ;)

Running?
I took it pretty easy with running this week never going more than 3 miles and I slowed my pace WAY down. I have found that the treadmill offers a little lower impact and helps to control my pace...so while I hate it...it might become my new norm...also, it's getting a little harder to run too far/long without a bathroom break!
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Anatomy Scan: Ma-gi-cal

Seriously...that is the only word I can seem to come up with at this time to describe our 20 week appointment and anatomy scan. This was THE appointment where we found out the gender of our sweet baby...and most importantly that HE was healthy and growing big and strong.

Going into the appointment I was most excited about learning whether Baby Smith was a boy or a girl and getting confirmation that everything was going well.

As a first time momma, having no clue what to expect...I didn't realize that it would be so much more than just finally knowing the gender and feeling the relief that our baby was healthy and strong.

The nurse asked us right away if we wanted to know the sex of the baby and we of course told her yes...she said she would start in that region and hopefully be able to tell us that first.

Well our baby is not a shy one because within seconds I knew exactly what I was looking at! The nurse confirmed what I thought I saw, and said "looks like you have a little boy"

For a few moments I was breathless...and I looked over at AJ and the look on his face was priceless. You see, I was pretty convinced that Baby Smith was a girl...and AJ trusted my intuition and was just as sure as I was...Truly my first thought when I saw the screen was "My little girl has a penis?!" this is how strongly I felt that this little babe was a girl.

Boy (no pun intended) were we wrong! And while I don't enjoy being wrong...this was one instance where I didn't mind one bit! We both would have been thrilled with a girl, heck it was what we had been thinking it would be for the last few months, but the minute we knew it was a boy we both knew that HE was exactly the right fit for our little family.

I started crying...and AJ even teared up a little...I mean, how could we not...this moment was more than either of us could imagine it would be.

The shock never really wore off...I'm still not sure it has...but we recovered and got back to the business at hand. The sonogram tech showed us our baby's face, spine, legs, arms, heart, little bitty fingers...and even one of his tiny ears! Each time she pointed out something new I oo'ed and ahh'ed because he is absolutely perfect!

The nurse printed out some pictures and we were sent back out into the waiting room for our appointment with the doctor right after...and seriously neither of us could wipe the silly grins off our faces. Our little boy was healthy and growing just like he should be...and looking at the sonogram pictures I couldn't help but feel this huge amount love swelling in my heart.

I have loved this baby from day one...but seeing him moving around and seeing these pictures made my heart about burst. I mean...no baby is all that cute in a sonogram picture...but I sure think ours is <3

This love I have for our son...literally makes my heart skip a beat. I had no idea I could love someone I had never met so stinking much. I can't even imagine how I will feel on the day he is born...I will likely need a few boxes of tissues.

Baby Smith...We love you more than we could have ever imagined and cannot wait for April when you make your debut...but for now, stay put, keep growing, and put some baby fat on those cheeks of yours, because I can't wait to plant kisses all over them!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Old Wives Tales: Boy vs Girl

This week is THE WEEK...the week we find out if a sweet baby boy or girl will be joining our family :) This day/appointment has been one we have been looking forward to since the day we found out I was pregnant.


I always kind of thought people were lying when they said they didn't have a preference, boy or girl they just want a healthy baby...but now, being in this situation I can tell you it's not a lie at all. The only thing I care about hearing at our appointment is that baby is growing and looks healthy.


Now, I have certainly had moments where I may have been leaning toward one or the other...but those moments never last very long, and all it has done has made me excited for both...so much so, that if I were given the opportunity to choose which one I would rather have...I couldn't!


I would love a baby boy because I have 2 nieces, and how fun would it be to experience the opposite sex...but I would also love a little mini-me/future best friend...so a girl would be great too :) We have names out the wazoo for girls...and well if it's a boy...he may remain nameless...I have tons of ideas for a boy nursery...but girls clothes? #SeriouslyTakeAllMyMoney


So as you can see...I couldn't tell you which I would prefer if I HAD to! HOWEVER, if I was a betting gal...I would say Baby Smith is a little girl. Ever since about 12 weeks I have had this strong maternal instinct that this baby is a girl...I even have gone as far as referring to it as "she" in conversation. I will absolutely fall off the table in SHOCK (and excitement) if the doctor says we are having a little boy.


Now, mother's intuition is not 100%...I mean I have a 50/50 shot of being right...so of course I had to consult a back-up method...and what is more accurate than Old Wives Tales? ;)


1. Sweet versus salty: If you find yourself craving all things sweet, that’s a sign you’re having a girl. Cravings for salty or even protein-rich foods mean it might be a boy. (And if you’re craving everything? Well, that just means you’re pregnant.)


I haven't had too many cravings, but I much prefer savory/salty to sweets. Except for my Hostess Donettes, I have had zero desire to partake in desert or ice cream which is so unlike me.
Prediction: BOY


2. Morning sickness: Unfortunately, this early pregnancy symptom doesn’t tend to discriminate. But if you’re suffering from excessive nausea and morning sickness, it’s said you could be having a girl.


I don't know if I would call it excessive...but it was there, and it still rears its ugly head on occasion.
Prediction: GIRL


3. Pregnancy glow, or no? If your complexion is bright and your hair resembles that of a Pantene commercial, you could be having a boy. If that much-talked-about “pregnancy glow” is MIA and you’re breaking out, it may just mean you’ve got a girl growing. (It’s said little girls steal Mom’s good looks.)


My complexion has been great! I had been dreading the pregnancy acne, but my skin as been clear as can be...and my hair? Well it has been okay....not commercial worthy, but not awful.
Prediction: BOY


4. Moody versus mellow: If you’re feeling more moody than mellow, you might be having a girl. If you’re more chilled out, legend has it you should get ready for a boy.


Minus a few meltdowns (i.e. crying for no reason) I feel pretty laid back and chill...thus far ;)
Prediction: BOY


5. Carrying high versus low: According to pregnancy lore, carrying high means you’re having a girl, while carrying low means it’s a boy.


I don't have much of a bump as of yet...and I don't have torso area to begin with so I am not sure how I could tell...but I did have some co-workers say it looked like I was carrying low...so low it is!
Prediction: BOY


6. The ring test: Tie a ring on a string and hang it over your belly. If it swings in a circular motion, you could be having a boy, but if it’s swinging side to side, it means you’re having a girl.


I did this ring test and the one that was floating around FB there for awhile and it swung back and forth with both of those.
Prediction: GIRL


7. Heart rate: During your next ultrasound, pay attention to baby’s heart rate. If that little ticker is beating faster than 140 beats per minute, get ready for a girl.


At all 3 appointments baby's heart rate has been >140...150, 168, and 165bpm
Prediction: GIRL


8. Chinese Gender Chart: Take the age you were when you conceived and the month you conceived and add them together. Odd number means boy, even number means girl.


I'm 31 and conception was July...31+7= 38
Prediction: GIRL


So as you can see...we are definitely having...a baby ;)
Friday, November 11, 2016

19 weeks: Pregnancy is a roller coaster....


"I loved you from the very start, you stole my breath, embraced my heart. Our life together has just begun. You're part of me my little one" -Author Unknown

How far along?
19 weeks

How big is baby?
A mango or a Gameboy (~6" and 8.5oz)

What's baby up to this week?
Baby is developing a protective coating over the skin called the vernix caseosa. Nerve cells for sense of taste, hearing, sight, and smell are developing in baby's brain.

Symptoms?
Alright...this week was kind of a mess. For the first couple of days I was really sore (I'm thinking I may have over-done it with my long run this weekend) and I hobbled around because my hips/groin/pelvis were really sore. I took it easy for a few days and it got much better...but then Wednesday and Thursday I was surprised with nausea and lots of vomiting...I can't be sure if it was a 24 hour flu bug or if morning all day sickness came back for a quick visit? All I know is that today I am feeling better all around...so I am hoping for a much better week next week!

Maternity Clothes?
Just in maternity pants still...and I have officially retired my final pair of non-maternity dress pants. I wore them one day this week and felt suffocated the entire day.

Sleep?
Sleeping great thanks to Mr. Snoogle...I still get up once a night at least to use the restroom, but I fall right back asleep.

Missing Anything?
Working out...I knew I needed to take it easy this week because my body was saying "STOP IT RIGHT NOW" and while that has helped the aches and pains...my sanity? #NotSoMuch

Craving?
Still Hostess Donettes...I think it's safe to say my sweet tooth has re-entered the building. #AnotherBagOfDonettesBitesTheDust

Aversions?
Not really an aversion, but I have become VERY specific on what I want to eat and I tend to get very disappointed if it's not EXACTLY what I want. #TheMiRanchitoIncidentOf2016

Emotions?
We sold my car this weekend...and I cried like a little baby in front of the salesman. In my defense I have had this car for almost 6 years and it was the first big purchase I ever made on my own...plus I loved old Myrtle...it was definitely sad to see her go! I was also really weepy on Thursday and Friday...but who doesn't cry when they throw up? #Nobody #JustMe?

Movement?
Lots of butterflies and little pokes all week! Last week I really only felt the baby move at night or when I was laying down, but this week I am feeling our little acrobat at all times of the day! It's pretty spectacular :)

Best Moment of the week?
Having AJ home every night for the first time in 3 weeks! Not only was it nice to have our evening routine back...but with not feeling the greatest it was a life-saver to have him around!

Pregnancy Brain Moments?
Nothing worth noting this week :)

Looking forward to?
Our anatomy scan on Wednesday!! 5 MORE DAYS! We will be finding out together at the appointment on Wednesday and then having a small gender reveal brunch with our family on Saturday...I likely won't be able to talk to anyone until then, so don't bother calling me ;)

Projects/Baby Gear purchased?
Nothing this week...although we have plans to paint the nursery during Thanksgiving break!

Running?
Oy...After my 7 mile run on Saturday I was in some pretty intense pain (see above) and honestly it scared me a bit. After consulting Dr. Google it doesn't seem like it's anything to be concerned about in regards to baby's health...but it scares me to push through the pain and cause any long term damage to myself. I took it pretty easy all week...and will talk to my doctor more about it on Wednesday. Fingers crossed this isn't what prevents me from running...because I am not ready to hang up my running shoes!
Friday, November 4, 2016

18 Weeks: Smooth Sailing



This photo was taken before dinner...so, it's safe to say this bump cannot be blamed on anything but our sweet baby :) This week my pregnancy app told me my uterus is the size of a cantaloupe #YIKES

How far along?
18 weeks

How big is baby?
An artichoke or a slingshot  (~5.59" and 6.7oz)

What's baby up to this week?
Baby is yawning and swallowing as well as twisting, rolling, punching, and kicking!  

Symptoms?
I am feeling great and still coasting along through that second trimester bliss!

Maternity Clothes?
Wearing my maternity jeans and leggings pretty regularly...I still have a few pair of dress pants that are holding on for dear life, and I think I will have to retire those soon. I much prefer being comfortable to being able to brag about still wearing my pre-pregnancy pants ;)

Sleep?
I've been sleeping great! My Snoogle makes it easy to get comfortable, and I have just been so darn tired, sleep comes easily! I have been waking up a few times a night to use the restroom, but I am always able to fall right back asleep.

Missing Anything?
I really wanted a beer with my BBQ at the American Royal this last weekend...I am not a huge drinker, but always enjoy a good beer or glass of wine.

Craving?
I'm still a big fan of the chocolate Hostess Donettes and my sweet husband made all my dreams come true when he picked some up at the grocery store this week. I did manage to pace myself with them so they lasted me all week :)

Thursday night I had what I would describe as a "manic moment" I got home from work and was famished (which is very unusual for me lately) and I just HAD to have noodles. I whipped up my favorite concoction yet...noodles, butter, parmesan, and ranch dressing. It's not the weirdest thing I have ever eaten (my pre-pregnancy/marathon cravings were strange at times) but the desire in which I had to eat this delicious concoction was quite alarming :)

Aversions?
Not a thing! The nausea has completely left the building so my appetite is slowly making a comeback....and minus that moment I still haven't hit that ravenous stage that my pregnancy app keeps talking about. I definitely have to pay close attention to when and how much I am eating. I used to snack constantly when I was running a lot, but now I am typically just eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

Emotions?
I'm a rollercoaster of emotions this week...I would say that feeling better has made me mostly happy, but when I found out that AJ would have to go out of town for work AGAIN this week (3 weeks in a row) I didn't take it so well. I cried when he left...and then cried again Tuesday night when I found out they extended his stay yet another day. I don't typically cry when I am sad (usually only when I am happy or mad-yes, I am weird) so this was unusual for me.

Movement?
Last week I "thought" I might have felt the baby move...but this week I am SURE I felt the baby. It's happening mostly at night and here and there during the day...but it's definitely baby I am feeling in there! Little flutters, pokes, and twitches are the best way to describe the feeling. I stayed up late to watch game 7 of the World Series and felt the baby moving like crazy and for longer than normal...so I am guessing we have a little night owl on our hands :)

Best Moment of the week?
Feeling the baby move was top of my list this week...but also getting to meet and snuggle my newest "framily" member Brooks was pretty amazing! His momma and I have been good friends since college and I cannot wait for our little babes to grow up together!

Pregnancy Brain Moments?
Still just using the wrong words for things...Rumor has it this never goes away. Hello baby brain for the next 18+ years :)

Looking forward to?
Our next doctor's appointment! 12 days and counting!

Projects/Baby Gear purchased?
This week I bought a belly band/belt for running. I have scoured the internet for every running bloggers pregnancy posts and this was one thing they all had in common. They also mentioned not waiting too long and getting/using the belt sooner rather than later! Can't wait to try this puppy out!

Running?
I would say I was about as consistent as I can get this week. The weather was beautiful and I felt great so that combination made for a great week of running. I used to strictly be a morning runner...but I have avoided running outside in the dark because I don't want to trip and fall...and treadmill running isn't my favorite so I have switched to some afternoons so I can get outside more.


My goal is to run 3-4 days a week right now and make it through 2nd trimester this way. I will reevaluate once I hit 3rd trimester because I have a feeling the added weight and belly will make it a bit harder in the months to come. I got my belly band/fit splint in the mail, so I am hoping that with the addition of that I will be able to run longer and avoid some of the post-running hip/lower abdomen pain.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Writing About the Baby > Writing About All Other Things

The minute I found out that I was pregnant I  started a private "baby" board (or 12) on Pinterest which in turn caused my Pinterest feed to become inundated with pregnancy pins that are "suggested" and of course I don't mind one bit...because along with my Pinterest boards being all baby all the time...my brain is "baby, baby, baby" all.the.time!

One of the pins that popped up that immediately caught my eye was
"55 Writing Prompts for Pregnancy"

I was going to do my best not to let the blog become all things baby...but over the last almost 6 years of this blogs existence it has sort of transformed and changed, right along with my life...so I figured "What the Heck, Why Not?"- you knew I was bound to work that one in there right? :)

My plan is to go through these writing prompts (not all of them...some I have no interest in writing about) and sharing them here. I want to have a pregnancy journal that is filled with more than bump updates and doctors appointments...and I want it to be something I can look back on in the years to come...because let me tell you, starting this blog all those years ago was the BEST decision I ever made...because looking back at old posts is so, so, much fun!

Today I am putting together several prompts because I have already written about a few of them in way more detail than anyone could need...

The day we found out I was pregnant...


Being the nerd (or efficient memory keeper) that I am I immediately sat down and wrote THIS blog post the day after finding out. I had a slew of emotions that ran through me that day and the days following...Initially I think I was in shock...we both were. While we wanted nothing more than to see a positive pregnancy test that first month, I can tell you neither of us expected it.

Right after that shock, I was filled with relief. I know that getting pregnant is not always easy, and to be honest, when we decided it was time to try for a baby I feared that we would struggle...I blame this on a stupid episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians I watched years ago when Kim turned 30 and went to the doctor and he basically told her that her fertility would drop drastically now that she was 30 and she should consider freezing her eggs. I don't always get my medical information from a reality show, but that is definitely something that stuck with me...and filled me with fear. #PleaseDontJudge

After the relief I was filled with fear...my mom has told me many times that I wouldn't know what worrying was until I had children...and this baby wasn't even here yet and it already had me worrying. Google does nothing to ease these fears either...if I can give any unsolicited pregnancy advice it would be to stay away from Google. Yes, miscarriages are common...very common...much more common than I had ever imagined...but Googling the statistics will NOT ease your fears.  

And mostly, I would say that everything felt so surreal that day...we were going to be parents, and while we were both over the moon things still hadn't sunk in. It felt weird to say "I'm pregnant" or when we would make comments about when the baby would be here I would almost feel like we were pretending.

The way we broke the news...

While I wanted to call my mom immediately (I tell her everything), AJ and I decided that we would wait until after our doctor's appointment to share the news with our families. It was a long 4 week wait...but oh so worth it! I wrote about how we shared with our families HERE

We then had to wait a few more weeks to tell AJ's sister, which just about killed us both!

After our 12 week appointment, we shared with our closest friends...and I have to tell you nothing beats sharing this kind of news with your nearest and dearest. Sharing in the love and excitement of this new little life was extra special.

Then after sharing with as many people as we could in person (or via text for those we wouldn't see) we finally shared on FB with one of my favorite pictures of all times :)



My sweet sister in law came over early one Sunday morning to help us capture the PERFECT photo...and then while goofing around (which is the norm around here) she captured this perfect candid shot. Nothing sums up our life/relationship/future adventures in parenting than this photo #LifeIsMoreFunTogether


The way we felt when we realized that we were going to have a baby...

I wouldn't say that this feeling was immediate...Yes, the pregnancy test (all 6 of them) said we were having a baby, then 4 weeks later our sonogram tech said we were having a baby...but it still felt so unreal. I would say that it didn't all start feeling really, real to me until recently. As I am starting to see and feel my body change (and feel that sweet little baby move around) it is finally sinking in...I'm going to be a mommy :)


I would say that over the last 14 weeks since finding out, our excitement has only grown. It becomes more real every day and we cannot wait to meet our little baby! We have our anatomy scan and will find out boy or girl in 2 weeks...and I can't imagine how real it will feel once we see our baby (looking like a baby instead of a blob) and then being able to say he/she versus "it"


The Reactions...

People have reacted in the BEST way possible! Our parents of course being the most excited...seeing the tears in my dad and father-in-laws eyes filled me with so much joy...and seeing the look on my mother-in-laws face EVERY time I see her is absolutely priceless! Family is so special and to be able to bring a new family member into their lives fills me with so much joy :) My mom of course...reacted exactly the way I anticipated...tears on tears on tears...and then immediately jumped into planning mode for baby. I have a feeling I will be depending on her LOTS when baby comes...she is kind of the expert on raising kids...I mean...look at how I turned out ;)  

Brian and Vanessa's reactions are a close second to our parents...you can see real excitement in people's eyes and those 2 made the moment we shared that much more special. This baby hit the jack-pot in the aunt and uncle department especially with these 2 :) They will make life oh so much fun for our little babe!

My brother and Caitlin have been nothing but wonderful as well...Caitie being a mommy to my 2 wonderful nieces has been a plethora of knowledge, support, and encouragement. I can't even begin to put into words how much I appreciate her.

How about our framily? Well let's just say they are the best of the best...We have several close friends who have young kids/babies or are soon to be parents as well and I can't wait to raise our littles together. Not only do we have a wonderful group of people surrounding us...but so will little Baby Smith :)

My co-workers/students/students parents have been nothing but wonderful as well...the outpouring of congratulations and excitement for our new adventure has been amazing. I get asked daily by co-workers how I am feeling and my students are over the moon excited and have already planned a gender reveal party lol!

Overall, I would say sharing our news was a reminder of how lucky we are to have these incredible people in our lives.

The first three months – the best kept secret – or was it?

This was hands-down the hardest secret to keep...While it was fun to have a fun little secret between AJ and I...it was also really hard to be social. Not only did I feel terrible...but all of a sudden me not drinking became a huge deal (to me, not anyone else) and I was convinced everyone was looking at me and noticing that I wasn't drinking...but in reality, I have spent the last 2 years training for marathons so most people were used to it ;) I'm sure some people may have picked up on it...but no one said anything, so I call that a win in my books!

Work was another area I struggled in...not only did I have zero energy to try to make myself presentable in the mornings I felt like I was being totally unsocial and a slacker. It was so nice to share with my team that I am not usually like this...that it was this baby sucking the life out of me ;)

Another hard part about keeping this secret for the first 3 months was the fact that this is when I had the most questions! This is when evil Dr. Google would weasel his way in...

Now that the secret is out...I have to say not keeping the secret is MUCH better than keeping the secret any day! Having support and a plethora of people to ask stupid questions is something I enjoy :)
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

October Happenings

Our October looked a lot like this...



As I was going through pictures to put this post together I realized we didn't have much excitement this month...I blame it on AJ being gone 2 of the 4 weeks for work. #AlwaysAnExcuse #TruthIsILoveBeingAHomebody

We did get out a few more times during the weekends this month than last month...thanks to less nausea and return of some of my energy...but this slower pace is much more to my liking :)

This month we attended our first ever "Porchfest"


This is apparently the 3rd year it's been put on and each year they set up in a different neighborhood and bands from the area play hour long sets on porches in this neighborhood.


We walked around and heard some really great music...


and some really strange music...


but all in all it was a blast and the weather and company was top notch!

We babysat our favorite nieces....


and realized how grossly under-prepared for parenthood we really are! Good thing we don't make them two at a time ;)


This sweet girl loved her "Abacado"

We attended the "Harrison/Hubbs Hogroast"


I took zero pictures, so I stole these from Facebook....


We got to spend some time with our friend Jackie who was in town from Minnesota


Then we headed out for a day of shopping to celebrate my birthday :) 


We may have spent a little time perusing the baby section as well ;)




 And finally to cap off the month we headed to the Kansas Speedway for the American Royal BBQ!



We went ahead and considered this our official "monthly date" even though we kind of dropped the ball this month and forgot to specifically plan something. It's been much harder planning new and creative things to do each month...so lucky for us we have the best realtor in the world, who offered us passes and invited us to the Templeton Rye tent where we enjoyed delicious BBQ and drinks...just water for me though ;)


October sure was good to us...but we sure are looking forward to November! Lots of exciting things to come :)