Bumpdate | Week 27

HOW FAR ALONG?

27 weeks and loving it. We are officially less than three months away from Bubba’s grand entrance and I’m freaking out and cannot wait all at the same time!

WEIGHT GAIN:

23 (?) lbs. I try not to weigh myself too much (just at doctor’s appointments) because I mean, I don’t want to gain a jillion pounds, but I also don’t want my pregnancy to be centered around my weight. I want to just enjoy it all! Even if I gain a little more and it takes a while to return to my pre-pregnancy weight.

MATERNITY CLOTHES? 

Bless up for maternity clothes! I honestly still don’t have a lot, but let me just say that maternity garments and pants are LIFE SAVING! They are so comfortable and I don’t feel like my belly is constantly peeking out and/or being cut in half lol. I did do a little shopping spree a few weeks ago at Plato’s closet and got clothes that are a size larger than I normally buy. I was super conscious of everything I bought and tried to buy things for my pregnant self and for after baby arrives that I’ll feel happy and confident in. I have no idea how the reality of birth and the toll it took on my body will set in, but I’m trying to do everything I can to mentally and otherwise prepare for it. I just want to enjoy the summer and feel confident in my body that MADE A FREAKING HUMAN!

SLEEP? 

Sleeping well still (knock on wood). Bubb’s is always awake at 11 PM, but luckily, he doesn’t really keep me up later than I’m used to. And last night was the first time ever during this pregnancy that I actually got up in the middle of the night to pee. I’m hoping that won’t start to become a regular thing, but it definitely might…. Pray for me, lol.

BEST MOMENT THIS WEEK? 

I love watching him move. But something that was really fun this week was being able to have our friends feel him move! He’s so dang stubborn and anytime anyone (even Ruben like 90% of the time) tries to feel his movements, he stops moving and pretends to sleep. So like no one has seen or felt him move! But last night we were having a game night with friends and he was being super active, so I asked my friends if they wanted to feel and they were all able to feel him kick! It’s really fun to share this with our best friends. Now they just need to all have babies too… lol

FOOD CRAVINGS: 

Officially have a craving and it’s SWEETS! I can’t decide how I feel about it. It tastes sooooo good, but I’ve been really good about my eating and not gaining hella weight because I haven’t had any cravings really this whole pregnancy. But now I need to end every meal with ice cream or cookies or a bowl of cereal… I’m trying so hard to moderate myself, but… Sometimes I sit down to eat 3 thin mints and the next thing I know I ate half a sleeve. It happens and I’m trying not to guilt myself too bad about it!

ANYTHING MAKING YOU QUEASY?

Nothing really lately. I mostly just get queasy when I overheat. It’s been happening more lately, but luckily Utah is still stuck in winter, so I just gotta put my forehead against the window or go outside for a few minutes and I’m back to normal!

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO: 

My baby shower! I’ve been holding off (surprisingly well) on buying things for Bubba partially because I want to wait to see what we get at the shower, but also partially because everything is still winter stuff and Bubba will be a summer babe. But I’m just excited to see everyone and share my excitement with all my friends and family! And also to figure out what else we need and start buying things for his nursery and everything.

Bumpdate | Week 20

51998021_1236144233215902_6020451582326341632_n.jpg

HOW FAR ALONG?

20 weeks! HALFWAY THERE! I honestly cannot believe that we are already halfway there and I’m a little emotional. Part of me never wants to stop being pregnant, but the other part of me is so beyond ready for Bubba to be here already!

WEIGHT GAIN:

13 pounds (at least since our first appointment)

MATERNITY CLOTHES? 

My belly has officially popped and I am ready for maternity clothes! My mom actually bought me my first maternity pants (thanks mom, lol), and they feel so much more comfortable than anything I’ve been wearing. Buttttt my belly is still just slightly too small to hold up the pants, so I gotta tuck them under my bra to keep my pants up (tmi? who cares lol)

SLEEP? 

Thank goodness my sleep has gotten so much better! I’m finally able to sleep through the night and baby isn’t waking me up every hour. BLESS!

BEST MOMENT THIS WEEK? 

Seeing baby again. There is seriously nothing like seeing him. We got to hear his heart beat and got extra long looks at him as they took his measurements. He has the cutest little profile and I’m obsessed with it! Oh and he is such a little mover! He lovessss moving around and we were able to watch Living Legends together this week and he was dancing through half of the how (kid you not). It’s incredible and I’m obsessed with his movements!

FOOD CRAVINGS: 

Honestly, I feel like I’m not craving ONE THING like most people that are pregnant do. I just get random cravings for a certain food and I need to satisfy that craving, but then once I do I’m good. I don’t crave it again for a while.

ANYTHING MAKING YOU QUEASY?

Nothing new; just the smell of cooked chicken, crab legs, and random smells that make me queasy.

GENDER: 

BABY BOY! Ughhhh we are so over the moon about this! You can read all about our finding out the gender here.

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO: 

Holding him. I know I’m only halfway there, but it just feels like it’s going so slow lately and I just am dying to hold him. Not that I want him to come early, nah fam. But I just feel like before we told people, time was flying by with this pregnancy and now that we’ve hit 20 weeks, it is SO SLOW! I’m dying here… But also just trying to cherish every moment of being pregnant and especially just being me and Ruben before baby boy arrives.

Oh, B O Y !

Before I first got pregnant, I had always thought how exciting it was to wait until the birth of the baby to know if it was a girl or a boy! But once I got pregnant, I was like “okay, i HAVE to know. And ASAP.” I’ve been dying to buy clothes and shoes and nursery decorations and everything in between for baby. And as much as I like “gender neutral” clothing and decorations and stuff (well, just neutral in general), I want to know if I am buying pink or blue jumpsuits and stuff for baby! Also another thing that changed, was I had always planned on having a gender reveal party. I was even planning the date we would have it, who we would invite, who would be in charge of getting the confetti canons that would reveal the gender of the baby, etc. I had come up with a theme (which I am keeping to myself because it’s REALLY HILARIOUSLY GOOD and I might still use it in the future) and everything.

But then, we were at our 15 week appointment and we had just finished everything and we were at the counter to set our date for our next appointment and I noticed that there was a little sign about an early gender appointment and you just had to be at least 16 weeks along to do it. And as soon as we got in the car, I started talking to Ruben about us doing it. We would have to do it the very next week because we were leaving for Christmas for a few weeks. I really wanted to do it because we would be seeing our family and I thought it would be so fun to tell them as like a Christmas surprise! I was thinking maybe of doing the gender reveal party with my family, but when it came down to it, we just were too excited and I couldn’t wait. We both wanted to know right away.

Luckily, our doctor’s office had one appointment open the next week and we were able to get in. I was still SO SURE that it was a baby boy, but I kept mentally preparing myself for a girl (because that’s all that Ruben’s siblings seem to be capable of having (except you Brooktynn, lol)). But I was so sure. We went in and I was nervous, but so excited. They started with a few general measurements of baby and then they got right to it. Both Ruben and I were fixated on the screen and we both saw his teeny little bum, and then his legs, and then a little something right in the middle of his legs and we both knew, but didn’t say anything. And then the doctor paused the screen and pointed to it and said “Girls don’t have that!” And I burst into tears! WE GOT OUR BUBBA BOY! It was seriously so wild. I’m sure we would have been just as excited if it was a girl, but we both wanted a boy so bad and it was so surreal hearing the doctor tell us it was a little boy!

52365703_339296310127865_918124520231927808_n.jpg

So many people have asked us about possible baby names and we’ve only told a few our names we’re between. I’m leaning towards one and Ruben is leaning towards another, but the third is still in there because we love it. But we’ll just have to see. I thought once we found out the gender, it would solidify everything for me name wise, but it definitely did not. So we’ll have to wait until either I get a super strong prompting or feeling about a name or until we see his little face for the very first time. But whatever his name is, we love him SO MUCH. I am completely obsessed with him and live for his kicks. He is the best little bubbz I could have asked for. Now just to wait for him to get here already!

PS: Tiny confetti like this is so cute for pictures and everything I wanted, but it was a friggin’ MESS and the worst to clean up. Luckily there was no glitter in it, but still to this day (over a month later) I keep finding little bits of confetti around… lol!

We're Having a Baby!

Honestly, these past two months have been so rough! We have had the best time keeping a secret, but also it has been the hardest secret ever to keep.

Before we even took the pregnancy test, we talked about who we would tell and how and in what order (listen, there’s a lot of siblings to tell between the two of us). We, of course, decided to tell the parentals first thing. But we also decided that we would have to tell all the siblings pretty quickly after because, not that she tries to tell all the secrets, but things just have a way of slipping out of Monica when it comes to things to be kept on the down low (lol, we’re teasing, but also this is a real thing! She never means to, but with so many people around and such exciting news, it’s bound to slip!)

We started with my parents. We tried Facetiming my parents, but my dad was at our old house doing some work on it (they moved recently and they’re just finishing some stuff on the old house before they sell it). We were trying to keep it casual. Talk about costumes for our Disneyland trip for Mickey’s Halloween Party (that was 2 weeks away) and everything and then I just couldn’t keep it in any longer… So I said, “Mom, I have to tell you something about Disneyland next week…. I won’t be able to ride the Incredicoaster and I’m so sad about it!” And she was like, “What? Why?” and then we held up a baby onesie that she had bought us in the first year of our marriage (she thought it was cute, but wasn’t trying to pressure us, lol). She was so excited! We talked about due dates and all the normal stuff! We were so excited!

Next was telling Monica and Ed. We made the rookie mistake of calling them from my Facebook account at like 11 PM their time… So they kind of knew before we even told them! We called Ed first and he didn’t answer, so then we called Monica and luckily we had caught her right before she was heading to bed! We talked for a minute and then Ruben just said “well…. We have something to tel you.. We’re having a baby!” They, of course, were so excited as well! They also told us that once they got two calls, late at night, and from ME and not Ruben, they kind of had an idea! Whoops….

Then we called my dad! We had to at least try that night because he couldn’t be the only grandparent to not know! We, luckily, caught him right as he got home from working on the old house and talked for a minute. And then my dad was like, “Okay. What’s up? I mean it’s good to talk, but you never call me! So what’s going on?” And then I was like “well, okay then…. We’re having a baby, dad!” He was soooo excited! And we were too! Seriously, I think the funnest part has been telling our family!

It has been actually the best telling everyone so slowly. We wanted to tell our families first, but then we wanted to wait to tell our closest friends until we had our first appointment to make sure that everything was okay and both baby and I were looking happy and healthy. You can read about our first doctor’s appointment here! Luckily both baby and I are doing just fine and are feeling great! Once we got that green light from the doctor, it became EVEN HARDER to keep in! Honestly, dyingggg to tell our friends.

Luckily we were able to tell them at our annual Friendsgiving, just like we had planned. We were trying to figure out the most natural way to tell them. We talked about going around the table and doing like “one thing I’m grateful for” kind of thing, but we remembered we were going to Facetime in Brendan and Kei, so we were like “we’ll just have to do it then” because the whole point of Facetiming them in was to share the happy news with everyone all at once. It actually ended up being perfect because Kamalu made a joke about Ivette being pregnant and then everyone was like “Yeah, with a food baby” and then Kei thought maybe it was real and then Ruben was like “Well yea, but also we’re pregnant. We’re having a baby” and everyone was like “wait what” and then we kept saying yes and it was seriously the best reaction ever! Everyone screamed and cheered and cried and it was actually the best reaction I could have imagined.

We are seriously so blessed with the best friends and family around. The amount of love and support that we have received has been overwhelming and humbling. We love baby so much ourselves, but baby is loved by SOOOO many around us as well! This baby has family and friends who love him and are praying for him so much already and now I can’t wait for baby to be here already! I’ve heard the first trimester is the slowest, but once you start getting into the second and especially the third, things just start to fly! So let’s pray that’s the case!!!