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I am a happily married new mom who loves exploring, creating new adventures and loving on my sweet daughter. I am a K-2 teacher who is now staying at home with my little one! Welcome as I explore all things a part of my sweet city love!
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Bumpdate...17 weeks!

How Far Along? 17 weeks and 2 days

Size of Baby: The little one is the size of an onion this week! About 5 inches long and weighs about 5.9 oz.  What a lot of weight gain - go baby!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Not so sure! I was up 6 lbs at my last doctor's appointment - maybe 7 now?

Maternity Clothes: I bought my FIRST pair of maternity jeans this weekend.  They are incredible! I had no idea how uncomfortable I was until I slipped these on.  I'm wearing them in the picture above - jean love <3

Gender: ?? I think we'll find out in about 2 weeks - I can't wait!!!

Movement: Nothing that I can say for sure is the baby.  I'll keep on waiting :)

Sleep: We got a new mattress delivered on Friday which is taking some getting used to.  Overall, I think I'm sleeping much better than I was before (but of course still waking up every night for the bathroom!).

What I miss: Nothing this week!

Cravings: Again, nothing this week that I could call a craving.  I'm still on a Subway sandwich kick!

Aversions: This is starting to sound rather boring - but, nothing! 

Symptoms:  More of that pulling, tugging and stretching.  The baby is trying to make more room as he/she is putting on more weight! I'm also getting daily headaches that are pretty intense.  I hope they go away really soon...!

Best Moment This Week: Buying the jeans and sleeping soundly on our new mattress! We also decided last Sunday (after 2 different hospital tours) where we will be delivering.  We're happy about our choice and believe we'll be really well taken care of!


Check Those Messages!

I have a serious problem with checking my messages...and it's now starting to bite back.  I remember skipping into the house as a little one, racing to check the messages on the answering machine.  Did a friend call? Was there a message from a grandparent? It was always so much fun! Now, when I see the flash that there's a new voicemail on my phone - I press ignore and move on.  It's pesky and I'd just prefer calling the person back rather than listening to a voicemail.  My message count is up to 7 and before yesterday was 9.  Helppppp!! I've handled most of the missed calls - they are now old and I don't really feel like rehashing through old messages.  So I'll let the ticker keep ticking...

Except, sometimes I miss a call and don't even notice there's a new voicemail (who can distinguish between 7 and 8?).  Yesterday morning as I was settling into reading my blogs, I hear someone trying to open the door.  I look up and it is Lydia, the woman we met with last weekend about helping to clean our house...bathrooms, vacuuming 2 floors, the gross stuff.  My mind races - WHAT are you doing here?!? We hadn't scheduled a cleaning, it was merely a meeting to get an estimate!  I open the door with a smile (thankfully wearing decent yoga pants and a bra...) and she says "I here to clean. You get my message?"  Hmmmm, crap.  I didn't get her message that blatantly says "I'm coming to clean tomorrow.  See you at 8."  My voicemail got me back!!! We weren't expecting her, had actually cleaned ourselves that weekend and really didn't need or want her there.  I couldn't just send her away holding a cleaning bucket, so I asked her just to clean the bathrooms and that we'd be in touch next month.

It was awkward, weird and could have all been avoided by checking those darn messages!


A DC day!

A great friend brought up her sweet little 9 month old this Saturday to have a day and night in DC! We may or may not have completely messed up the nap schedule of the little one...causing her to not to fall asleep until midnight and waking up at 4:45 (I'm so sorry B!)...but we really had a wonderful day down by the capital, visited the Botanical Gardens, ate delicious cupcakes, made dinner together and watched the Olympics!  Not only did we play with S and watch her play with and pet Charlie (which was the cutest thing I've ever seen), I got the most comprehensive list of things C and I will need to start looking at when registering for our baby!  It was so helpful and I can't think her enough!!!

Here are a few pictures of the little one on our Saturday adventure.  Of course I wish I had jumped in a picture with the two of them...oh well, next time!

**All of these beautiful flower pictures below are courtesy of the photo magic skills of C!**


Week 16 Bumpdate!

Week 15 was spent in NYC having a great time with my wonderful family!  Here is a picture from afar during week 15 (still feeling great, even while walking across the Brooklyn Bridge - oh yeah!):

Now on to week 16 (I really cannot believe it)!

**A little disclaimer - I had just had the most delicious anniversary dinner (4 years!) before these pictures were taken...this might be a bump enhanced by cheese puffs :)


How far along? 16 weeks today!
Size of baby Irby? Our little one is the size of an avocado this week...4-5 inches from crown to rump and about 3.5 oz!  At week 15, he/she was 4 inches and 2.5 oz (they are growing so fast!)  
Maternity Clothes? I'm still wearing my normal clothes with the occasional use of the BellaBand! How much longer can I go...??
Weight Gain? As of Tuesday (at my appointment) I am up 6lbs.  I've been walking everyday and trying to eat healthy - so I hope the weight comes on not too suddenly!
Stretch Marks? None yet! I'm been lathering up with Burt's Bees Mama Bee every day!
Gender? We'll find out in 4 weeks!! I'm still trying to make that first appointment with our new practice...paperwork, paperwork!
Movement? Waiting and waiting for the first movement...I thought I felt something the other day but nothing since then :/  
Sleep? I had some serious problems sleeping last night (as in read my book at 4am until I drifted back to sleep...). Overall, sleep has been pretty good!
Food Cravings? Nothing really this week!
What I Miss? C had the most delicious red wine with dinner last night and I smelled it several times (hehe I had to!) and it was pretty amazing.  
Symptoms? I've been slightly irritable... (sorry C!), and my face is still pretty broken out 
Best Moment of the Week? My doctor's appointment last Tuesday - hearing the strong heartbeat at 154 and getting back test results that showed no sign of neural tube defects! So far, this little one is as healthy as can be!  I can't wait for our next ultrasound!!! 


14 weeks - Bump!

Hello 2nd Trimester!!! I'm SO happy to see you!

Size of Baby: The size of a lemon this week! The babe is 3.5 to 4 inches long and is growing so fast (that little body is starting to catch up to his/her rather large head!). 

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I'll know for sure when I go to the doctor next week - I still haven't bought any batteries for my scale (hehe). 
Maternity Clothes: My shorts are feeling super tight and uncomfortable but I'm still able to button my jeans relatively easily.  I've broken out the bellaband a few times and it's oh so comfy!
Gender: ?? The mystery remains...
Movement: Nothing yet.  I had a dream last night that I could feel little flutters and it was pretty amazing.  I can't wait for that first feeling - hopefully only a few weeks to go!
Sleep: I'm actually sleeping really well.  I'm still waking up once every night for the bathroom, but I'm getting better at stumbling through the darkness (we recently bought a nightlight for the bathroom to help guide me!)
What I miss: Nothing at all! However, C did have a cold corona with a lime last night and it looked pretty refreshing...
Cravings: Oddly, I've been really wanting Subway sandwiches.  For awhile the thought of Subway made me curl my upper lip, but now I could eat one everyday!
Aversions: Nothing at all! Bring on all things delicious :)
Symptoms:  I was feeling so much stretching and pulling in my abdomen all last week.  That was pretty amazing - making room for this bump that's starting to grow! I also had to buy some new bras, because, well, things are growing!
Best Moment This Week: I went on my morning walk last Thursday, looked down and saw a real bump! It honestly just appeared over night.  I am pretty proud of that bump and couldn't have had a better moment this week than seeing my belly start to grow :)