Baby Butler is the size of a lemon…which seems a little strange because I think of a peach (comparison from last week) as being bigger than a lemon. Still, what a tiny little thing!
My Symptoms: Not really having any “pregnancy symptoms” this week. I have been fighting a sore throat & lots of sneezing, but I think it’s just drainage. (All my kiddos at school are coughing and sneezing everywhere….yuck!), so I think I’m just fighting off all their little germies. I also read that a stuffy nose is common around this time during pregnancy and I can probably “chalk it up to the combined effect of hormonal changes and increased blood flow to your mucous membranes. This condition is so common, there's even a name for it: "rhinitis of pregnancy." That has made me extra tired and not want to do ANYTHING except sleep.
Weight: Same as last week. I’m up about 7-8 lbs since I found out I was preggo @ 4 weeks. I swear half of it is in my boobs- they are monsters!!
Gender: Scratch last week’s comment. Now Jon thinks Baby Butler is a boy. I still have no feeling one way or another….and EVERYONE is telling me something completely different! Some people swear it’s a girl and others swear it’s a boy! Haha…I have come to the conclusion that everyone’s pregnancy is different and there is no way to really know. We are leaning more towards finding out now though…mostly for preparation. As cool of a surprise as it would be, a new baby brings plenty of excitement even without keeping the gender a secret. Plus, we would love to have four, so we have a few more opportunities for secrets down the road.
And we don’t really have a preference one way or the other anyway.
Maternity Clothes: My belly is BIG….and everyone is starting to comment on it!! I was feeling pretty self conscious last week because most of my friends who are due around the same time as me aren’t showing nearly as much as I am….I even feel like my belly button is starting to pop out! Jon suggested that it’s probably because my stomach was so tight this summer (thank you Advocare, and I look forward to getting back to you post-baby!). I know everyone starts showing at different times so I don’t know if that’s the reason or not, but I’m just going to go with that!
Anyway, I never thought I would be self-conscious at all while being pregnant…and honestly I think it’s annoying when pregnant women harp on weight gain all the time! I mean seriously, keep it within reason & be quiet about it! You have a BABY inside of you! (although unlike what most people keep saying to me, I do not feel like pregnancy is an excuse for free reign to eat whatever you want!) But after hearing about 37 people say “Are you SURE there aren’t twins in there?” I started to feel a little embarrassed and wonder if I was too big. I talked to Jon about it and he was extremely reassuring, so I’m over that now. I have a sweet little miracle growing inside my belly, so I’m just gonna rock that thing!
I know better than to compare to others anyway. This is MY pregnancy and MY sweet little bump…so I am going to enjoy it!
As far as maternity clothes, I am still wearing my regular clothes but I am having to unbutton all my size 6’s. I am definitely getting wider & my boobs & booty are both growing (maybe that’s why Jon can’t resist me right now!). Fortunately I wear a lot of layers and long tops anyway, so most of my shirts are fine.
Movement: None yet, but I’m more ready for it than ever! Emily kept joking that I’m in ‘pregnancy denial,’ but I think part of it is that I don’t FEEL pregnant yet.
Sleep: FINALLY sleeping better!!! And way more! I’m not sure if it’s because of the cold or what, but I have been exhausted! I’m thankful my body is making me slow down because I don’t think I know how to do it on my own. On the afternoons I don’t have anything to do I’ve been enjoying serious business naps on the couch, and I’ve been getting in bed around 10 or 10:30…which is much better for me!
I’m missing Sleep Works (if you have trouble sleeping, you should definitely look into it- AWESOME stuff!), but I think the tart cherry juice seems to be helping before bed.
Cravings: I haven’t had any consistent cravings this week. One afternoon at school they had some Papa John’s pizza in the office and it smelled AWESOME, so I wanted some for dinner. Big Jon is the MAN and took care of it for me while I laid on the couch like a total bum. It wasn’t as satisfying as I was hoping and I haven’t had any cravings other than that really. I did throw out the ingredients for s’mores because I was getting a little ridiculous…
I have finally started eating some salad and veggies again too. Thank goodness Costco sells Olive Garden salad dressing because that’s about the only way I’m getting it in.
And I still can’t really do meat. I had some bbq this weekend (it was SO good- thanks Z & Em), but most meat is still grossing me out big time. I also had some delicious pasta & portbello mushrooms at Chelsi’s…and that was delish too! YUM! that is one of my favorite thins right now is enjoying so many different types of foods. I have been eating the exact same things every day for the past few years since I started eating clean (and it doesn’t bother me one bit to do that), but right now I am eating ALL kinds of different things and really enjoying it.
What I miss: Clear skin. I’ve always had problem skin, but it’s worse than ever and so annoying.
Work Outs: I don’t think I even worked out ONCE last week!! I have something to do every night this week too so I doubt it’ll happen this week either- which I hate (I really want to start walking). I have GOT to get a grip and stop doing so much….it’s ridiculous. Everything says I should be getting some energy back by now, but since I’m so crazy busy all the time, it’s just not happening.
Best Pregnancy Moment This Week: Seeing Chelsi & Emily, for sure!!
Jon & his new buddy, Daisy. She loved him!
Chelsi was a FABULOUS hostess and has done so much to make their house super cozy & cute!! She & Chad both have done a lot of work to the house and I LOVE that her style is totally shining through. She made us a super yummy dinner too, and they were nice enough to wait around till 9:00 till we got there to eat!
I LOVED seeing Emily’s house for the first time too…she’s done an awesome job with everything (especially for someone who doesn’t think they’re good at decorating?). I also REALLY loved meeting Britt & Kye and seeing them parent in action. I always brag about them to other people, and I have a feeling our parenting styles will be very similar because we have VERY similar beliefs & are hard core about them. It was fun talking to someone who believes so strongly and passionately about the same things we do…that doesn’t happen often.
**Another fun pregnancy moment…
I LOVE when people say “OMG, are you expecting?” and I look at them like they’re crazy and shake my head no. I did it twice at church yesterday…..I just can’t help it- it’s hilarious to me!!! (Don’t worry…I do tell them!)
Questions/Concerns: I have a mole that just came up and I’m always worried about skin cancer because I used to be such an IDIOT about the tanning bed and sun (that’s why I bought a spray tan machine). I don’t really have any pregnancy questions or concerns yet though….other than if there is anything I need to try to get for the baby during Black Friday. Any suggestions or recommendations?? I’m not usually a big Black Friday shopper. I’m actually not a big shopper period because we hardly EVER spend money (except on food- of course!!).
I have no clue what I’m going to register for yet…still waiting on Emily to write her “Registry Recommendation Post” AND for Christmas break to even start thinking about that.
Goals for next week: We are still focusing more on our marriage (and I’d say it’s working..I feel like our marriage is better than ever, our bond is stronger, and I’m even more in love with Jon today than ever before!)& preparing our hearts for parenthood. In my opinion, that is the MOST important thing you can do to get ready for a baby….well above preparing for a nursery, registering for gifts, reading all the books, or making sure you have all the gadgets. Besides, I’m still not even 4 months yet! Jonathan is going to an awesome men’s Bible study about being a father right now and I am so thankful for that. It allows us to have time to talk about parenting and our goals in raising children. I love those talks! We are also reading a few parenting books right now…
We are going for a check up this week too, so I’m going to write down any of my questions (although I still can’t really think of any?) for the doctor. Excited to hear that sweet little heartbeat again! I also get to see a different doctor in the practice and he is several of my friends’ favorite, so I’m looking forward to meeting him.
Thoughts: I am so ridiculously thankful for Jonathan. I am more in love with him than ever and that makes me so excited to bring a baby into this world with him. I am thankful for SO MANY of his qualities and that the Lord knew exactly what I needed in a man. He is an absolutely incredible husband and always puts me and my needs first. He’s such a hard working provider for our family and handles everything so I can focus on what I need to do. My heart beams with pride that I get to be his wife…and I truly MEAN every word of that!
This week he has been even more complimentary of me than normal and I appreciate every word!! He acts like I’m a supermodel or something….which is cracking me up because I feel more unattractive right now than ever. Whatever, I’ll take it!
My husband is SO stinkin’ HOT!!! Goodness I LOVE him!!!
Baby Butler, you are one lucky little thing because yo daddy is THA MAN!!!!