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March 31, 2014

{28 Weeks: Baby Jenkins is in Jacksonville, Florida!}

How far along? 28 weeks
Total weight gain? 19 pounds
Maternity clothes? Absolutely! Although I went to Gap last week and bought a couple pairs of demi panel cropped pants and they are so uncomfortable because I am carrying her so low! I need the full panel and just didn't realize it. Probably going to have to take those back! Oh well!
Stretch marks? No
Sleep? Great!
Best moment this week? We are in Jacksonville, Florida! I wasn't able to talk about it in last week's blog because we surprised my father-in-law and flew in for his retirement reception. (I wasn't sure if Grandpa Wowo would read my blog so I couldn't say anything.) It has been a wonderful trip and I am so glad he was able to be surrounded by his family and such great friends for this occasion.
Miss anything? Honestly, just being comfortable. I dread getting in and out of the car. I also miss being comfortable when I sleep. I sleep well but my hips ache and I have to constantly switch sides.
Food cravings? I craved a waffle ice-cream cone randomly. However, I just haven't been super hungry and I think that is why I haven't continued to gain weight. Very strange.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Yes, BBQ. Ew. If I never have to see beef brisket or baked beans again, I will be a happy lady. 
Gender? Girl
Labor signs? No
Movement? This has really picked up. Big rolls and kicks everywhere...all the time! 
Symptoms? Heightened sense of taste, back pain, TIRED and queazy at times.
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time? Happy
Looking forward to? Getting home tomorrow and starting the nursery this weekend! We also have our breastfeeding class on Wednesday night and then on Thursday we have our doctor's appointment, the dreaded glucose test and a 3D ultrasound. I'm honestly not too worried about the glucose test. I don't really see what the big deal is but maybe I am just unprepared. :P  So excited to see baby girl again! I can't believe our appointments will be two weeks apart instead of a month from now on. Getting closer!

March 25, 2014

{27 Weeks + a New House!}

Sorry for the terrible, terrible image quality this week. We just moved and it has been incredibly hectic. Now that we have a new camera and are somewhat settled, she-bump pictures *will* be better going forward. 

*Editor's Note*
I finally was able to get back my old domain! (www.thetaylordiary.com) So now, if you type my URL into your browser, you don't have to type the dot blogspot dot com anymore! Hallelujah! 

How far along? 27 weeks
Total weight gain? 18/19 pounds
Maternity clothes? Yes, can't get enough. I am carrying really low so it is hard to wear regular pants with the hairband trick. It is just too uncomfortable and I don't want to squish her. However, I am still able to make *some* regular shirts work. A lot of my pre-pregnancy shirts are just really short and it looks funny. The maternity ones are nice because they are made longer (and wider) to fit over your growing belly. 
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep? Off and on. Last night, I slept great. I know I sleep well when I only get up once to go wee. :P
Best moment this week? WE MOVED INTO OUR NEW HOUSE! Those caps are because I am super excited to announce that. We owe a HUGE thank you to my friend, Emily, my mom and all of my aunts who spent their weekend with us helping us unpack. The main stuff is done like the kitchen, living room, bathrooms, master bath and master bedroom. We will now just take the remaining boxes and unpack them one by one as we get time. I am so excited to get started on the nursery. I can hardly contain myself. Tyler is going to paint it first and then we can begin setting up all of her furniture. 
Miss anything? It now takes me like 15 minutes to get dressed. I miss being able to quickly throw on clothing. This belly gets in the way of everything and I am just slower in general with everything I do. I also look forward to the day that I can bend over without grunting.
Food cravings? Canned peaches and Hersey's chocolate bars. The chocolate is REALLY random as I don't really like chocolate or candy. That one came out of left field. Oh, and fruit tarts. The worst thing in the world is when you have your first real craving and you have to go on a full on scavenger hunt to find it. I finally found mine at Dean and Deluca. Thank goodness for that place.

Anything making you queasy or sick? My aunts talked about how I should add canned tuna to my grocery list while we were eating lunch yesterday. I think I quietly gagged to myself and never added it. 
Gender? Girly girl
Labor signs? No, thankfully.
Movement? She has kind of slowed down with the jabs and kicks and it seems to be more rolling and shifting. 
Symptoms? Sore back, sore feet, TIRED, dizzy sometimes and short of breath. My hips hurt too. Also, I am having what I think to be some Braxton Hicks contractions. They aren't painful but when I do get them, my whole tummy tightens up. It is such a strange feeling and I literally have to stop what I am doing for 10-15 seconds until they pass. I know it is just my body "working out" and preparing me for labor. Work, uterus, work! 
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time? HAPPY! Yet, stressed at times with everything we had to do last week.
Looking forward to? I can't really say what I am looking forward to because it is a secret. I will fill you in next week! :P

March 17, 2014

{26 weeks. Happy St. Patrick's Day!}

Lucky Charms snack for St. Pats

Editors note: I promised myself when I started this pregnancy blog that I was going to be completely honest and raw with myself and my followers. While I enjoy pregnancy, there are definitely hard times too. No pregnancy is perfect I am learning. So, forewarning, I do quite a bit of complaining in this post. It does by no means mean I am ungrateful for the opportunity to carry this baby. I am just being honest and want to remember every single detail when I go back and read this 2 years from now.

How far along? 26 weeks
Total weight gain? I am still hovering at around 17 pounds. Hoping to only gain about 1/2 pound a week until delivery putting me at no more than 30 pounds gained.  As you can see, this post compared to last week…I have officially popped. Either that or she is in a really weird position making my stomach shoot out.
Maternity clothes? Yes, maternity pants/jeans and maternity leggings. Those are the most comfortable. Can't wait to wear some Spring dresses, though. This dress I am wearing is not maternity from ASOS.
Stretch marks? No
Sleep? Love it. 
Best moment this week? I played a little game with baby girl this past week. There was some sort of body part (pretty sure it was a fist) sticking out of the right side of my stomach. I decided to see if I could poke it back in...sure enough, I could. Then, the next thing you know, she decided to poke it back out. This went back and forth for a bit until I decided to leave her alone.  :P
Miss anything? I miss feeling comfortable...more on this later.
Food cravings? A girl I follow on Instagram posted the most amazing looking St. Patrick's Day donut last night. I had to have one so my husband went out and found one for me. I devoured it with a big ol' glass of milk. This was really the first sugary craving I have had. Everything else has been fruity. 
Anything making you queasy or sick? No.
Gender? Girl
Labor signs? This is an unfortunate yes. Wednesday around 3:45 pm, I started having some really bad pains all over my stomach at work. At first I thought they were gas pains but when they didn't go away and intensified within the hour, I decided to call the doctor. We were pretty sure they weren't just Braxton Hicks contractions because they were so painful, I couldn't even talk. They were also coming every 10 minutes. The doctor told me to go home, take Tylenol, lay down and drink a lot of water. So that is what I did. The doctor said if they lasted more than three hours, to go to labor and delivery. This really scared me because I was only 25 weeks at the time. The pains ended up lasting exactly 3 hours and then magically subsided. I think I might have just overdone it. It has been a particularly stressful couple of weeks preparing to move in our house and getting the loan approved has been a complete nightmare...not because of our personal finances or credit score, but because the bank(loan officer) literally screwed everything up during the official application process and it kicked us out of the system. In turn, we had to re-apply and go with a completely different loan application because we were unable to apply for the loan that we originally chose putting us two weeks behind and making our monthly payments $200 more than we originally budged for. Ughhhh, this mama was mad!!! Needless to say, if you live in Kansas City...seriously consider which bank you decide to go with for a home loan application and make sure your loan officer is a good communicator and is efficient. {End Rant} Thank goodness for my husband. He stayed on top of all of this and we found out Friday that we were officially approved. It was hard work though.
Movement? Oh yeah...and it is quite uncomfortable. Baby is situated horizontal/sideways (transverse) which is so uncomfortable for me. Her head is on my right hip and her feet dance on my left hip. This puts a ton of pressure on my pelvis and lower back and makes it uncomfortable no matter what position I am in. I read that this is common for 26 weeks and then baby would most likely re-position between weeks 30-33 but holy cow, I don't know if I can handle that for much longer with a move ahead of us and two trips planned.
Symptoms? I just have not felt good this week, bottom line. I hate to complain but geez. I feel like I am already 35 weeks pregnant because of how uncomfortable I am and I know I still have quite a ways to go. My back hurts, my pelvis hurts, my hips hurt when I sleep, and I am exhausted. I literally have no energy. I hope and I pray that some of these things resolve themselves within the week. My belly has also officially popped and feels so heavy to carry around. It's only going to get heavier...I know.
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time? I have been very weepy this week. I think it's just because it has been an emotional week for me and I physically just don't feel well.
Looking forward to? Getting this move over with. We close on our house Thursday and move Friday. Then, we have Saturday and Sunday to get things in somewhat in order before we head back to work Monday.

Thanks for reading!

March 9, 2014

{25 weeks}

These pics were taken as I was heading out the door to one of my best friend's baby showers. I wanted to get this week's she-bump shot then because I knew I would be in leggings/sweatpants all night and Monday night. Gotta be comfy while packing.
How far along? 25 weeks
Total weight gain? 17 pounds. 
Maternity clothes? A few here and there. Last week I wore some of my old cropped jeans and just did the hair band trick. The weather is getting nicer so I am hoping to switch to just comfy dresses.
Stretch marks? No
Sleep? Excellent. I decided to give up stress for lent. Such a weird thing to give up but I have been working on coping mechanisms when I start to feel anxious or stressed. I think teaching myself these techniques now will really come in handy after the baby comes. It seems to be really helping my sleep too. 
Best moment this week? I would have to say Saturday night. I literally did nothing. I was home alone…parents gone...husband gone. Cooper and I just curled up on the couch and rented a movie. It was so relaxing and just what I needed before the packing frenzy begins this week. We move into our house the weekend of the 21st so the next couple of weeks are going to be busy.
Miss anything? Not really this week
Food cravings? Peanut butter, bananas, Honey Bunches of Oats cereal
Anything making you queasy or sick? Thankfully, no!
Gender? Girl
Labor signs? No
Movement? Yes…and some of the kicks are starting to get really hard. I was sitting in a quick meeting with my boss and she kicked me so hard I screeched. My boss looked at me like I was nuts but that was the first time she has ever made me react like that.
Symptoms? Achy back at the end of the day, some round ligament pain, shortness of breath. Other than that, I feel really thankful to be feeling so good. 
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time? Happy! We got all the nursery furniture ordered. Checking things off the list one by one. 
Looking forward to? Moving in two weeks and finally getting settled in after 10 months at my parents. 

March 4, 2014

{24 Weeks and Some Plush Toys}

Sorry for the goofy, arctic winter picture. Tyler and I had just returned from a walk.  BRRRR.

Restoration Hardware Baby & Child / Anthropologie
Can we all just take a moment and admire how stinkin' cute these plush toys are? My mom thinks the one on the left is so ugly it's cute. :P 
I am slowly starting to purchase little toys and decorations for her nursery. I can't wait for you all to see the final nursery reveal once we get it all set up. Hopefully, I will have that up in May.

How far along? 24 weeks
Total weight gain? I am starting to get embarrassed when I type this. I've gained probably 16/17 pounds. The doctor said that I am on track to gain 30-35 pounds but that is okay because I am a bit taller. I also haven't been able to work out this whole pregnancy because I have been on pelvic rest. That makes a huge difference when you go from running outside every day to doing nothing. I can, however, start taking long walks and being a bit more active. I got the clearance for that yesterday!
Maternity clothes? Just maternity jeans and leggings
Stretch marks? Nope! Clarin's Body Tonic Oil seems to be keeping me greased up! :P
Sleep? My sleep hasn't been that great this past week. I think I have a lot of worries right now…closing on our house, packing, moving…I spend a lot of time thinking about that when I wake up at 2:00am every single morning. I haven't been good about falling back asleep after that either. I am starting to get a little anxiety because we need to get moved in and start getting things settled before she gets here. I am a perfectionist and need to just let go of my worries but it is hard.
Best moment this week? My doctor's appointment yesterday. I didn't share this in my earlier posts, but at our 20 week anatomy ultrasound, the tech noticed three Choroid Plexus Cysts on our baby's brain. She explained to us that the fetal brain may create these cysts as a normal part of development. She also said that they are usually only temporary and most of the time, will disappear before the 28th week of pregnancy. But, in some cases, they don't. She then proceeded to tell me not to google it. But obviously, I had to do a little research. If they don't disappear, they could be considered "soft markers" for certain chromosomal abnormalities such as Trisomy 18 or Down Syndrome. We have been very worried for the past 4 weeks but didn't share this news with anyone as I personally don't like to share bad news unless it's time to worry. I went yesterday for our normal 24 week appointment and follow up ultrasound and the cysts were completely gone. They were just there as a part of her normal development. God is so good. She is beautiful, healthy and was even trying to suck on her toes in the ultrasound. Very flexibly young lady if you ask me. She was also measuring in the 80th percentile weighing in at 1 pound 10 ounces. Please say a quick prayer for me that I don't deliver a 10 pound baby because Tyler and I are both fairly small human beings. Haha! To those of you that did know about this news from our previous appointment, thank you for praying for our baby and keeping us in your thoughts. 
Miss anything? I am starting to get to the point where I need help sitting up. My stomach muscles have been replaced with baby therefore, it is harder to sit back up when I am leaning on my back. Baby is getting big and I am starting to see the struggles of completing regular every day activities.
Food cravings? Grapes and cubed cheddar cheese.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Yeah, actually I have been feeling pretty nauseated in the mornings when I wake up again. As soon as I eat something, it goes away but that doesn't stop me from the dry heaves until I get something in my stomach. 
Gender? Girl
Labor signs? No
Movement? She is very active and I can feel it. She is probably just being a monkey and trying to suck her toes.
Symptoms? A little bit of nausea and really bad bloating at the end of the day. I really hate that feeling and am looking forward to not dealing with that when she is finally here. My back is also starting to ache a bit. Tyler is good about rubbing it for me though.
Belly button in or out? In…However, it is starting to look a bit different. 
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time? This past week was tough for me. Pretty stressful. I am definitely happy but I feel like last week I was more moody than I was happy. I just have been worried about several things I think.
Looking forward to? *Hopefully*, closing on our house next week. I will keep you all posted in the next post. Also, my parents have so kindly offered to buy our nursery rocker/glider for us so we are headed to Lawrence, Kansas on Thursday to a little baby boutique to pick it up. So excited for you all to see pictures of it. It is so adorable and modern. I love it. Perfect for our Modern Danish/Mid-Century nursery design.

Thanks for reading!