Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Bumpdate: 20 Weeks

Halfway! This pregnancy is flying by, and I know the last 20ish weeks are going to go even quicker.


How many weeks: 20
Symptoms: Feeling more and more kicks/movement. Kevin was able to feel a kick for the first time last night! 
Baby Bump: Getting bigger. I used to have my belly button pierced, and even though I took the belly button ring out several years ago, the hole never closed. Now, it's pretty flat, you can't really see the hole any more. So weird.
Food Cravings/Aversions: None. 
What else is going on: Had my 20 week appointment at the doctor yesterday. Heartbeat was in the 140s. The doctor would pick up the heartbeat on one side of my stomach, then it would move to the other side. It was like the baby was trying to move away every time. It made me laugh a little...stubborn already. Hoping to get our ultrasound scheduled in the next week so we can find out the gender!


I did my last 5k at 19 weeks (Riverbank Run). My goal was to run the entire time, which I did, so I was happy about that. Now I just need to get in the routine of working out/running more consistently. I'm trying to take advantage of the fact that I feel great right now.


Hoping to work on cleaning out our office this weekend so we can start making it the nursery. Things are getting more and more real!

18 Weeks

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

My First Tattoo

I've always thought about getting a tattoo, but was never very serious about it until a few years ago. I decided it was something I wanted to do, kind of a "bucket list" item for me, I guess. But I had two problems: 

1. I didn't know where I wanted it (on my body).
2. I had no idea what I wanted it to be.

Kind of big things to figure out, right? So I just kept it in the back of my mind. About a year ago, I decided that I loved little wrist tattoos, so that's where I wanted to get mine. I liked that it was something I could see, but could also easily cover up if I needed to. 

Now to the other problem; what to get. I wanted it be something with meaning, not something that I just thought was cool. I'm really in to arrows, I think they are super cute, especially a little wrist arrow tattoo. But I worried that in 5 or 10 years, I might not think it's cute anymore. I wanted something that would always have meaning. When Kevin and I decided to run a marathon last year, we both decided we wanted to get a tattoo of our accomplishment after the race.

I browsed Pinterest and decided I wanted a roman numeral of 26.2 (total miles of a marathon) on my wrist. So last October, a few days after we completed the Grand Rapids Marathon, we both went and got tattoos!


Right after getting it done.

Kevin's tattoo

It's been over six month and I still love my tattoo. Small and simple, but has a huge meaning. I have no plans of getting another one any time soon, but I'm not opposed to it either. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Bumpdate: 18 Weeks


How many weeks: 18
Symptoms: Just getting up to go to the bathroom 1-2 times every night.
Baby Bump: Can't hide it any more! Just ordered more maternity clothes to help me get through the summer.
Food Cravings/Aversions: No aversions any more, and no cravings yet. Just hungry all the time.
What else is going on: Felt the first little kicks/movement! I can't wait until they are strong enough for Kevin to feel them from the outside.

Only a few more weeks until we know if this baby is a boy or girl. We can't wait to find out!


I ran another 5k at 17 weeks and felt great...even ran it faster than the last one. The race was super fun. It was in Detroit and we got to finish on Comerica Park and walk around the field. I have another 5k coming up this weekend, and that's the last race I have during this pregnancy. Although I plan to continue running as long as I feel good.





17 weeks



We also went to a 40th Anniversary party and a 40th Birthday party at 18 weeks. Baby's first time on a carriage ride ;)




Feeling very grateful that I feel good and am having an uneventful pregnancy so far! 


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Bumpdate: Week 16

Almost caught up on these! I'm actually 17 weeks right now, so after next week's bumpdate, they should finally be in real time :) Links at the end of the post to catch up on past bumpdates.


How many weeks: 16
Symptoms: Not many symptoms except my growing belly. I'm feeling pretty great! 
Baby Bump: Definitely there all the time now.
Food Cravings/Aversions: No aversions any more, and no cravings yet.
What else is going on: Feeling pretty good. I ran my first 5k race (since being pregnant) at 16 weeks and it went pretty well. It was slow for sure, but I felt good and am looking forward to continuing to run while I still feel good. Got to hear the baby's heartbeat again at my 16 week appointment. This time it was 154, so starting to slow down a little. Not a whole lot going on right now, but I'm good with that!


baby's first 5k

reading on the deck...bump is definitely threre

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Bumpdate: Week 14

Still a couple of weeks behind on these, but I'll catch up soon!


How many weeks: 14
Symptoms: Finally not feeling nauseous all the time! And starting to get some energy back. Kevin even said one night, "wow, you're staying up later now." It basically means I wasn't going to bed at 8:00 pm every night. My jeans definitely don't fit anymore, so it's maternity jeans, leggings, or sweatpants all the time. I just need the weather to warm up so I can wear leggings and dresses all the time.
Baby Bump: Starting to be noticeable, especially after I eat :)
Food Cravings/Aversions: Aversions are pretty much gone, which means I'm finally able to eat chicken again. Weirdly, walking around the meat area of the grocery store still kind of grosses me out Something about seeing all of the raw meat. No real cravings yet. Just hungry all the time.
What else is going on: We told our parents and siblings at 8 weeks, at 12 weeks we told the rest of our family, and we told the rest of the world at 13 weeks. So glad to finally be able to talk about it! We got to hear the heartbeat for the first time at 12 weeks. I can't believe the first trimester is over already. That went by FAST.



Monday, April 23, 2018

Weekend Recap: Traverse City

This weekend we headed up to Traverse City for a night, to celebrate our friend's birthday. We spent the weekend eating, shopping, gambling (aka losing), and laughing. It was a beautiful weekend to get away up north with friends. I've never actually been to downtown Traverse City, and now I can't wait to go back.

brunch at Red Spire
wine tasting

Nolan's Cigar Bar

trying on fun hats

flower crown for the win
fountain that was full of snow, but decorated for summer


Kevin's whiskey flight at Grand Traverse Distillery

cheers with the birthday girl

sunset views from our hotel

takin' the bump to the casino 

i loved all of the cool floors in the shops downtown

We got home from Traverse City Saturday night, and Sunday morning I was up early to run a 5k race with my sister. For not running much at all, I felt pretty good. Now that I'm in the second trimester, I have energy again and can't wait to start running a little more.


Why are weekends never long enough?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bumpdate: Weeks 5-12 + FAQs

I'm planning to do a "bumpdate" post every couple of weeks. I'm actually 15 weeks right now, but I'm playing catch up, so today I'm sharing all about weeks 5-12 by answering some of the common questions I've been getting.


When are you due?
October 7, 2018

How did you find out?
I had been having some weird "symptoms" for about a week or two, but I didn't really think I was pregnant. I had heart palpitations every morning for about 4 days straight, heartburn (which I've never had in my life), and when I got sick with a cold, I was SO tired. Never been so tired in my life. Every time I googled these things, pregnancy always came up. So one night when Kevin was at a Wild Game Dinner with friends, I took a test, just to see. So I went to the store and bought more haha. And those were positive too! I think I was around 5 weeks when I found out. We had our first doctor's appointment at 8 weeks to confirm, and then had our first ultrasound a few days later.

How did you tell Kevin?
While Kevin was gone at the Wild Game Dinner, I found one of Admiral's bandanas and wrote "I'm Going to Be a Big Brother!" on it. Admiral doesn't wear bandanas unless it's a special occasion, so when Kevin got home, he immediately noticed he was wearing one, but didn't notice what it said, so I had to tell him to read it. He initially thought maybe we were getting another puppy, but he quickly caught on :)



Are you going to find out the gender?
YES! We can't wait to find out if it's a little boy or girl. We both think girl for some reason, so we'll see! We aren't having a gender reveal party, it's not really our style.

How have you been feeling?
Overall, pretty good. I can't complain too much. Around week 7 I started feeling nauseous, but I never threw up, so I'm super thankful for that. I learned that I just had to have snacks with me at all times, because when I started to get hungry, I would get nauseous. Thankfully, that is going away and I'm not noticing it as much. I was also really tired from about weeks 7-14, but that seems to be getting better too. I've started running and working out again, and I'm not going to bed at 8:30 pm every night. Overall, I feel pretty good!

Do you have names picked out?
Not yet. We think we might have settled on a girl name, but not a boy name. Once we find out the gender, we'll decide names for sure. And once we decide, we'll be sharing with everyone.

We are just super thankful for a healthy pregnancy and so excited to meet this little one in October!

If you have any questions I didn't answer, just ask. I'm happy to answer them.