Hi little babe! We got to spend time with you twice this week! On Monday, your Daddy and I got to see you move all over the screen. Our eyes still well with tears every time we get to see your sweet self. You sure are cute and those little hands of yours! You’re a little machine. Again, on Friday I got to spend an hour with you face to face. It was amazing. Daddy couldn’t come, but he loved seeing your little pictures and hearing about our time together. Ok, so you and I have to have a little chat… you are 12 weeks old and acting like a marathon runner. What’s going on in there little stride of mine? You were all over the place, jumping around, not following any of the rules. Hahaha, I take it you take after your, mama! After 30 minutes of really trying really hard for measurements (and Mommy laughing!) the tech had to call in the doctor. When the doctor arrived you started moving even more. Once you finally calmed down and the doctor could take the measurements around your neck and around your eyes, you put your hands up by your neck, ears and put your fist by your mouth. You little stinker. You made my Friday, but knowing that we have a little machine on our hands… well, we have some prepping to do!
Once again though, answered prayers. After both appointments, it was confirmed that we have one healthy, growing baby on our hands (that’s you)! What a heartbeat too… 175bpm. You’re everything to us!
After our ultrasound on Monday we also announced to the world that you are going to be joining our family. A few things you’ll learn… when people refer to “world” they really mean Facebook. It was amazing to celebrate you with everyone… I soaked up every single minute. I cried as i received texts, emails, phone calls, comments… so touching. Little babe of mine, you had a lot of people cheering for you (before you even were you!), it meant so much to hear everyones congratulations.
It was a big week for the three of us. We look at your picture all the time… and if I’m not doing anything, I’m looking at your picture. I love you so much, we love you so much! In a few short weeks or so I’ll be able to feel your sweet kicks… I just ask you that you’re kind to me when you feel the urge to run… because after experiencing Friday with you, I’m a bit scared. I still love you!
So excited little one, so excited.
My love forever and always,
Size of babe: A peach!
Weight Gain: Up 4.5lbs. I don’t except any different with the way I’ve been craving the carbs.
Maternity Clothes: It’s official… my white size 27 Madewell’s officially don’t zip. They still fit these thighs though… snugly! 😉 My other pants are providing one nice floating device around my waistline… it could also be mistaken for a muffin top. To sum it up, YES, bring on the maternity clothes. Actually, Johnny and I were shopping this weekend and we popped into Gap. I tried on the faux belly (evidence provided below) and he about fell out, especially when I tried to WALK out of the store with it under my shirt. He thinks I’m nuts.
Gender: I’m getting so excited about this and the more I talk about it and plan it with friends (and sis) I just can’t stand it. So excited! Because John and I have been cooped up in a small condo and now apartment since we’ve been together, we’ve never really hosted a party for ALL of our friends. Guys, here’s the thing… people might call me crazy, but truth is, the past 2+ years have been hard… really hard. We even accepted the thought of not being able to have our own baby. Now that the fear is gone and we have this life that we prayed over for so long to celebrate… I’m ready to go all out. We’re turning this into a celebration of Baby Thorne. I get chocked up even typing this because I cannot express to you or anyone how incredibly happy and excited we are… thankful. The thought of finally celebrating our (unborn) child with our closest friends and family is the happiest feeling I’ve felt in a long time. Bring on the tears, bring on the joy… because our hearts are lifted. One chapter closed and the other just beginning. Life is sweet and whatever this little Peach inside me is (boy or girl) it will be one loved babe… by all. We are so thankful for our dear friends, The Lunsford’s who offered up their home for our party. We love you guys! Plus I can’t thank our other friends enough who are helping the Lunsford’s pull this off. I’ve planned two parties… one for a boy and one for a girl, once we have that envelope with the answer we will pass it along to our friends and they will take on the ordering and implementing.
Nursery: During our 8th week we purchased our crib and during our 12th week we purchased the chandelier. Instead of doing a ceiling fan we are doing a floor fan/ humidifier in one. I get that the chandelier isn’t too masculine (could be a boy!), but no worries, if we do get a little mister there’s plenty that I plan to do to “boy it up”!
Next on the nursery agenda… I’m on a hunt for a mirror like this! Could totally be any color that I can paint. Seriously, how pretty is that???
Next, here’s the glider that I’ve been obsessing over! Not that it goes (whatsoever) with the crib and chandy, but I still think it’s pretty cute and probably NOT comfortable for long evenings.
Movement: No movement yet, but the hubby touches my belly all the time like he’s going to feel something! 🙂 He hasn’t read in “What to Expect…” that baby flutters don’t occur until week 16.
Sleep: Too good! I’m back to feeling really tired at night, but I’ve also been working my buns off. On Wednesday night I fell asleep at 8:30pm. I don’t wake up as much to tinkle in the middle of the night.
What I miss: Ok, I thought of something! I’m a salad girl, always have been. Lately though, salads (spinach particularly) hasn’t been appealing, but a crispy wedge has! Oh, I miss a wedge salad with EXTRA blue cheese crumbles! Like the kind from the restaurants where they have the best bacon and just pour on the cheese! Mmmmm! Surprisingly vino, champs and cocktails doesn’t even phased me!
Best moment this week: It was a HUGE week for the three of us! 🙂 On Monday we had our first u/s appointment back at my OBGYN (been over a year since I’ve seen him since we’ve been at REACH). He reported what seems to be a healthy babe. 160’ish bpm. We got to see the little booger on the screen and Baby Thorne was a jumping, squirming machine! That was the first u/s that we actually saw the babe moving.
Later that morning we announced to everyone our good news. Boy, it felt good to celebrate with the world… but never in a million years did I expect the outreach from those close and far. We’ve NEVER felt so loved! Thank you to everyone! Your emails, texts, phone calls, comments… it was amazing!
On Friday we had our genetic testing u/s and our baby was confirmed healthy! Our prayers have been answered, this is all we’ve ever wanted! 175 bpm and the technician couldn’t (at first) take any measurements because the babe was all over the play. Dancing, jumping, flipping around… haha! She had to get the doctor and at first the doctor couldn’t get any measurements either. We laughed, I said it was because this appointment was keeping the babe and me from our morning run! Babe was ready to go!
Again, we cannot thank you all enough for all of your loving words and excitement, it MEANT so much to hear from those of you that we did. Thank you! xx
Looking forward to: There’s so much to look forward too. Next week Johnny and I have our last big meeting with the builders. On June 19th we have our Anatamy Ultrasound from what I’ve heard it’s an hour… which means we get to spend one entire hour with our baby!
Cravings: Carbs. Fruit. Grilled cheese. Starbucks reduced fat turkey bacon & white cheddar sandwich. That’s a new one this week, had 2… also had 2 grilled cheeses!
Symptoms: Veggies and chicken (vomit!) still make my skin crawl. I was able to do a few carrots and hummus. Other than the food aversions, sometimes I have to remind myself that I am pregnant. Tired at night and thirsty! I’ll take it.
Workouts: I had some great workouts this week. During my runs with the hubs I now have him run in front of me… it gives me something to run towards, sorta like a goal. I still keep my body temp and heart rate in check, but I’m also trying to stay as active as possible. Not just for weight and toning (pretty sure that’s all out the window), but more so for the peace of mind… and it’s my time to get outside and enjoy some vitamin D! I did 3 Group Power classes, 2 six milers and 2 four milers. I say this like it’s cake and while I’m still working out and enjoying them, my run is seriously like a trot and half the time I’m skimming social media, talking on the phone or answering emails.
In other news: I purchased my baby bag and it arrived this week… it’s pretty much amazing! Rebecca Minkoff sure knows how to make a diaper bag look not so diaper’ish! I’m in love and it will now replace my purse.