Wow, have I really not updated since Week 14?!
Body Changes: I am right on track with healthy weight gain. Unfortunately, I’m developing a layer of belly flub from one too many dorito-and-coke binges. Time to dial it back. My boobs are out of control and look vulgar in everything I wear. I feel like my belly button may pop out this time, for the first time ever. It looks way different than it ever did.
Clothes: I still haven’t bought jeans. I tried, but I hate them all. I am putting leggings under dresses and tunics most of the time. I desperately need a few new things.
Gender: GIRL! I still can’t believe this is true. So amazing!
Movement: She is one active little girl! She kicks a lot and it’s actually becoming uncomfortable. Her favorite is to go crazy when I lie down to go to sleep at night.
Sleep: Overnight bathroom trips. Inability to find a comfortable position. Kicking baby. I’m having a hard time sleeping!
Cravings: Cool Ranch Doritos. Water with lots of ice.
Other symptoms: The pelvic/sciatic pain is unreal. I am having a hard time walking or sitting. Lying down is often the only relief I get. I have almost fallen three times now because of the pain. Also super out of breath and winded from a single trip up the stairs.
Appointment notes: I have an appointment scheduled for the Friday after Christmas, but I have decided to switch OBs. I have my first appointment with the new one today. I am totally nervous about it, but I’m tired of being brushed off when I have intense pain.
Sometimes I just get really jazzed about certain shops and I just want all the things. I must share a few of those with you today.
Heart and Home was opened by Megan of In This Wonderful Life. Love her blog, love her heart, love her shop. You need to get in here and get glitter tumblers, beautiful necklaces, and Kate Spade goodies.
Sweet T: A Baby Boutique is the business of my high school classmate. Go find her on FB and Etsy. She is having a sale right now on $5 bibs with $2 monogram!
YOLO boutique is owned by Ashton, who puts her heart into her business! The clothes are amazing and priced more than fairly! Go visit FB or, if you’re local, pop into the shop in Gautier, MS!
This is not a sponsored post. These businesses have no idea I’m writing this!
So I started this little Etsy business a few weeks ago. I did not expect a booming response, but WOW! My customers have made me very busy and I’m loving it! What a pleasure to ship out these fun mugs to people. Today, I launched a wide variety of colors for your designs. I am so excited about this. While black is still my favorite, we could all use a little color sometimes!
If you want to go place an order, get to shopping! December 10 is the last day for custom orders in time for Christmas and December 15 is the last day to order in-stock mugs.
Okay, so shopping for a baby girl has been a completely different experience than shopping for a boy! It’s not that I didn’t enjoy shopping for my boys, but it was usually function over form. I needed everything to be practical. Now, shopping for Claudia, everything must be so cute that you can’t stand it. If it’s a plain outfit, it goes in the “to-monogram” pile. Every outfit needs a (not-ginormous) bow, too. I’ll be making bows a lot! With the boys, they only had a couple of pairs of shoes before walking. This time, I’ve already scouted out lots of cutesy shoes.
I haven’t bought a lot, because it’s time to focus on Christmas. I’ll stock up after the holidays! I’ve been shopping consignment and other discount stores and that’s saving me so much money!
From Hudson’s Dirt Cheap (a regional salvage store), all brand new in perfect condition: an Aden and Anais sleep sack, little owl hat, two onesies, a bib, sleeper – $13 total
From Cara’s closet, a local consignment shop, all in great condition: a zebra sleeper, Dwell Studios peacock romper, H&M striped dress – $6 total
From Sam’s Club: one outfit – $9
I may be most excited though about buying girly cloth diapers! She will also wear the ones we already have, but having some with ruffles and hearts and all that fun stuff is a MUST. There are so many fun prints for girl diapers.
I am really looking forward to the fun of shopping for a sweet girl!
For nearly five years, we’ve pretty much known what we would name a daughter. With each passing pregnancy, it seemed that we would never get to use the name we loved so much. We wanted to honor our beloved grandmothers and name our daughter after these women who have been such an enormous influence over our lives.
My grandmother passed away when my oldest was still a baby. Dustin’s grandmother is still with us. Both women are such strong forces in our lives and in the lives of all who have known them.
It’s with great joy that we name our daughter (ours!!!!) Claudia Love Christian. It’s such a perfect name for her and I look forward to telling her all about her namesakes someday.
November 5, 2013. I’ll never forget that date. I anxiously went in for my ultrasound appointment, ready to take measurements of my sweet baby, check on its health, and hopefully find out the baby’s sex. I was so. nervous. Dustin went with me and I was so happy to have his support. What if they found something wrong? What if the baby wasn’t growing or didn’t have a heartbeat? On a less important note, what if we couldn’t find out the sex and I threw a hormonal crying fit? What if it was, as it goes, another boy and I couldn’t hide the disappointment? I simply couldn’t do it without my husband.
When the ultrasound tech called my name, I went into the room and hopped on the table, ready to see my little one. The moment the wand hit my belly, I relaxed. I had a feeling everything was fine. One by one, the details of my baby came to light. Heart rate of 161. All fingers and toes present and wiggly. Baby’s hand up by its perfectly-sized head. Perfect spine, legs, and overall size.
All health concerns alleviated, the tech asked if we wanted to know the sex. “YES!” Within seconds, it was clear. “It’s a girl,” she said, very nonchalantly. I gasped. My eyes filled with tears. “Are you SURE?!,” I asked, doubtful that this could ever be my luck. Humoring me, she checked from four different angles and showed me all the girl parts. It was definitely a girl, completely unlike anything I’d seen on my other children’s ultrasounds.
First, shock. Then, tears. Then, total joy.
Today, a month later, I’m more than halfway through this pregnancy and in total awe and disbelief that I’m actually getting a girl. I’ve bought a few things for her, made all the official announcements, and referred to the baby as ‘she,’ but it’s still unbelievable! I am so incredibly thankful for this blessing and I can’t wait to share more of this journey with y’all!
Sooo I took a long break. blog was even down.
And BOY do we have some catch up to do!!!
I am so excited to share a LOT of big news with y’all and I have been working on a new blog design that will go live SOON.
I just wanted to pop in and say, I’M BAAAAAAAACK!
I love to decorate for EVERY holiday, but I don’t like to spend a lot doing so. I had wanted to hurry and put up a Halloween wreath, but was on a tight budget. I dug through my box of “save this and use later for a craft” box and found a pair of skull boxers. A lightbulb went off and I cut the boxers into strips. A week later (because I kept forgetting to buy ribbon), I had a simple and cute wreath on the front door.
I should have thought about the fact that it would blend into the door, but I’m overall pleased with it!
You have all heard me go on and on about chopping my hair off again… yet I always keep growing. I know myself well and I know that I’m a short hair girl. Friday, just three weeks after my last appointment, I went to see Anthony at Salon Seraphina and went for it. He was happy and I am thrilled.
I am unbelievably happy with my hair. I still need to color it, which I do at home (yes, I know – tsk, tsk). Other than that, I feel so much more like myself now. I told y’all – I’m a short hair girl!