Week 20 – half way!


Whooooaaaa we’re half way there!!!  What a week…we are at the half way point – seems like it took forever but was so quick at the same time.

This week we said goodbye to a wonderful woman at her service.  It was so sad to see her husband and little boy – they are devastated and now have to learn how to live life without her.  We celebrated the 40th birthday of Joe’s cousin – it was such a good time seeing everyone and chatting about baby.

I feel spectacular, putting on shoes is getting a little more difficult.  Baby kicked me so hard on Saturday night that my belly actually moved, it was HILARIOUS.  And now we have Thanksgiving to look forward to!  I can’t wait to see everyone 🙂

How far along?    20w3d

Total weight gain/loss? 10 lbs – I won’t know any different until my next appointment on Dec 13th

Gender?   We are in the single digits until finding out!

Maternity clothes?  Today is allllll maternity.  My belly really got bigger this week!

Stretch marks?   nope!

Sleep?   I get awesome sleep.

Best moment this week?  Anytime the baby moves and seeing some of Joe’s family at the birthday party.

Miss anything?   Nope

Movement?  It’s getting stronger!!

Food cravings?  nope

Anything making you queasy or sick?  nope

Symptoms?   Kicking and growing belly 🙂

Labor Signs?  Nope

Belly Button in or out?  In

Wedding rings on or off?  On

Happy or Moody most of the time?   Happy!

Looking forward to?  Thanksgiving!!! I made one side dish yesterday and have two more items to make tomorrow and then on Wednesday we are traveling to see my family.  I can’t wait!  They’ve been dying to see my growing bump in person 🙂  AND most importantly FINALLY finding out Baby C’s gender!!!

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20w1d

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Week 19!


This was a semi-productive week.  Joe got some insulation done in the attic above the baby’s room, it should be finished up hopefully today.  There’s a coat of ceiling paint on in the room, the other coat should be done today as well!  I bought a heavy duty storage shelf system for the basement so that we can arrange some things to make room for baby!  I’m getting very anxious for the anatomy scan which means on my Dec 1st update I’ll reveal the gender of baby C!  How exciting!

On Saturday we went to an Amish Smorgasbord – it was delicious.  We saw a bunch of friends we haven’t seen in months including a girl who is exactly 10 weeks ahead of me!  Every time we leave the restaurant with a group we have to get our picture taken – this was by far the tamest picture we ever did, which was surprising.  Usually there are some bad things happening to fake cows, or a “keg stand” on a barrel or something…I think the presence of pregnant ladies calmed them down a bit lol.

We also had a check up on Friday where we heard baby’s heartbeat on the doppler which was a strong 156 (although there was some chasing of baby around because I made the mistake of drinking OJ in the morning which meant a very active baby) and I finally got my total weight gain for the last 19 weeks!

How far along?    19w3d

Total weight gain/loss? 10 whole pounds!  I’m measuring right on track 🙂

Gender?   It’s getting CLOSER!  Not next week but the week after is when we will all know 🙂

Maternity clothes?  Although I am not wearing any today I did make use of the belly band as I cannot button (or zip!) my pants at all.  The belly is getting big 🙂

Stretch marks?   nope!

Sleep?   I get awesome sleep.

Best moment this week?  Baby’s movements are getting stronger and it is amazing every time I feel it.  I was so happy to see our friends and I got a “you look great pregnant, it suits you” which made me feel awesome!

Miss anything?   Nope

Movement?  It’s getting stronger!!

Food cravings?  nope

Anything making you queasy or sick?  nope

Symptoms?   Just an expanding waist line 😉

Labor Signs?  Nope

Belly Button in or out?  In

Wedding rings on or off?  On

Happy or Moody most of the time?   Happy!

Looking forward to?  More work on the room and we are going to a family birthday party this weekend – wait until they see how much I’ve grown in the last couple weeks!

And here’s the bump!

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And here’s our group shot after dinner 🙂

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Today I am sad


I am sad because today is the 1 year angelversary of the twins.  One year ago today I was told to stop all medication and prepare for my miscarriage that didn’t happen on its own, it took several weeks and an emergency D&C to finally happen.  I am sad because as I feel the little kicks of my baby they are gentle reminders of my three angels who couldn’t be here with us.  I am also sad because, even though I know I have every right to be sad, I know that there are so many others who need to be sad too and maybe my sadness should be not so prevalent.

I learned today that the wife of a friend of ours passed away suddenly last night.  I don’t know the details, I don’t know if she was sick, frankly the details mean nothing right now because the only thing that matters is her loved ones.  I can’t even imagine what her husband and young son are going through and it brings me to tears.  She was a lovely woman, daughter, wife, and mother.

Rest in peace, Julia, you were a wonderful mother and I am deeply saddened for your family as they mourn your passing.

Week 18


Week 17 flew by – I’ve been so busy with this new class that time is just flying by now.  I’m going to blink and it will be Christmas!

We were able to go to an engagement party for a couple friends of ours and it was a great time.  We never met the soon-to-be wife’s parents but they sure knew a lot about us!  Her mother was ready for me with some sparkling cider for the toast and plopped a real champagne in Joe’s hands.  It was very thoughtful.  We spent some time by the fire outside and got to see a few friends we haven’t seen in quite some time.  Joe got his friend’s grandmother to tell him the story of Pat’s first poopy on the potty that IS on video and it will make an appearance at the wedding.  It’s going to be a great time.

How far along?    18w3d

Total weight gain/loss? I’ll finally find out on Friday when I go in for my next checkup – my guess is 8 lbs total.  Let’s see how close I get.

Gender?   I’m actually getting impatient now.  I want to be able to buy curtains and other accessories for the room!! My mother is more impatient than me but I am more than ready to find out.

Maternity clothes?  today I am  not wearing any but that was probably not the best idea…I’m kind of uncomfortable.

Stretch marks?   nope!

Sleep?   I’m still getting really good sleep, but it never seems to be enough.  I do wake up one or two times during the night to adjust my sleeping position, usually because a cat infiltrates my space and I don’t want to disturb it while I adjust to a more comfortable position.

Best moment this week?  Joe feeling a kick and a roll – that was pretty awesome.

Miss anything?   Nothing at all…I’m loving this pregnancy thing

Movement?  Some days more than others still, but definitely movement

Food cravings?  nope

Anything making you queasy or sick?  nope

Symptoms?   Still no, if my stomach was not getting bigger by the day I would have no idea.

Labor Signs?  Nope

Belly Button in or out?  In

Wedding rings on or off?  On

Happy or Moody most of the time?   Happy!

Looking forward to?  On Friday we get to hear baby’s heartbeat again at my next checkup and this weekend we are going to shady maple smorgasbord! Going to see a bunch of friends we haven’t seen in a looong time, it’s going to be great 🙂

And get ready for this, I think I finally really popped…what a difference one week made…actually the morning this was taken was when it happened…

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18w1d

Week 17


I hope everyone had a great Halloween! We were able to attend Joe’s cousin’s Halloween party, which we only stayed for a few hours since I was soooo exhausted and then saw more of Joe’s family at a dinner his Aunt had on Sunday.  It was nice seeing everyone for the first time since my announcement.  The unsolicited belly rubs were plentiful this weekend…Joe makes sure he rubs their belly back…it’s pretty funny.  Anyways, I have a busy week ahead of me so I am going to keep this short and sweet.

How far along?    17w3d

Total weight gain/loss? 3lbs – I won’t know any differently until my next check up on the 14th.  I think I gained another 2-5lbs since my last visit but who knows…

Gender?   It’s getting closer!  Few more weeks…

Maternity clothes?  getting more and more use…still can fit into some looser items I had but the majority of it is maternity now…especially the pants since wearing normal jeans was getting way too uncomfortable.

Stretch marks?   nope!  I made Joe massage cocoa butter all over my belly last night, I was too tired to get up and do it myself after the big Italian dinner we had…

Sleep?   I’ve been getting a good amount of sleep.  I can’t nap for some reason, even if I give it a good try, I just have too much on my mind in the form of “to do” lists – I can let that go at night because I am just completely exhausted.  I have been waking up more at night due to a shrinking bladder and I think I woke up the other night because baby was uncomfortable and kicked me square in the vajay…

Best moment this week?  when baby responded to me saying “are you hungry?” by going nuts…I think I got the hint.  We also broke out the snoogle, that was (and is) hilarious…it is HUGE.

Miss anything?   Nope – loving every moment of this

Movement?  Some days more than others but it is becoming an every day thing now and sometimes there’s a shit ton of wiggles and sometimes there’s just a jab or two to say “hi, I’m here!”

Food cravings?  nothing noticeable

Anything making you queasy or sick?  Nope, not at all

Symptoms?   Still no, if my stomach was not getting bigger by the day I would have no idea.

Labor Signs?  Nope

Belly Button in or out?  In

Wedding rings on or off?  On

Happy or Moody most of the time?   Happy!

Looking forward to?  FINALLY getting my hair done this weekend and attending an engagement party of some close friends.

And here’s my Halloween picture – 17 weeks 🙂

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I finally updated my photos tab with my weekly pics so they are all in one place.  “Go me!” lol