Saturday, January 24, 2015

My 21 week bump

So this was close to 21 weeks but I had to include this sweet little bathing suit that I just want to buy!

How far along: 21 weeks
Baby's size: Pomegranate/ 12.7 ounces
Total weight gain: 3-4 pounds! 
Maternity clothes: YES! 
Stretch marks: no. THANK YOU  Palmers Cocoa butter!
Sleep: good/bad...having weird dreams again and hot sweats....Baby girl decided to start kicking around 4 am a couple mornings ago and didn't stop for awhile. 
Best moment of this week:  Feeling Olivia move around in my belly! Especially in the evenings! Registering at Target and Babies R Us! Girls shopping trip to Lebanon! I got a few things for baby girl and "Auntie Whitney" bought Olivia her first cardigan sweater! SO PRECIOUS! 
Miss anything: nah...well maybe coffee but decaf has been pretty good so far :) 
Movement: Feeling baby girl move more but I haven't felt her consistently on the outside and Derek hasn't been able to feel her kick yet. 
Food cravings: Going to the grocery store was rough this week because every isle kept calling my name with something I wanted.....Nutella, chocolate covered raisins, french onion dip and chips...basically everything unhealthy. I did have some yummy snack this week of apple slices, almond butter and granola. 
Anything making you queasy or sick:  We tried a new tomato soup this week and it was TERRIBLE! Derek ate more of it that I did but I took one bite and I had to spit it out. :(
Have you started to show yet: definitely.
Gender:  Our little Miss Olivia Michelle will be her daddy's girl and her momma's world! 
Labor signs: - 
Belly button in or out: in
Wedding rings on or off: On 
Happy or moody most of the time: a little of both...but the irritably is real...
Looking forward to: A 3d/4d ultrasound on Friday in Murfreesboro to get our DVD and spending Saturday and Sunday afternoons with one of my besties doing a cake decorating class! 

Sweet Olivia, 

Mommy cannot wait to kiss your sweet face and snuggle you! I love feeling your stronger kicks and I think in the next week or 2, Daddy will be able to feel you move! The kids in mommy's kindergarten class are SO in love with you! They draw pictures of you, ask questions about you, comment on your growth by my growing belly :), and even talk to you and hug you! One little sweet girl gave me a hug and her head is right on my belly. She got this amazed look on her face and looked up at me and said "Mrs. Clark....I JUST HEARD BABY OLIVIA'S HEART BEAT!" Then all the other kiddos had to place their ear on my belly to try to hear you. Momma couldn't bear to tell them that it was probably just my tummy growling or even my heart beat that they were hearing! God has blessed us with so many sweet moments so far and I can't wait to see what new experiences we face in the weeks to come! 

I love you so much already, baby girl!


Dear God,  
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for blessing us with this precious gift! You know everything about Olivia already! I can't wait to see if she will have hair when she is born, what her sweet little face will look like and You, heavenly Father, already know! I am amazed by your grace and blessings. Continue to be with us during this time of growth and maturation!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

My 20 week bump

Half way there! YIKES! Some days I feel like this pregnancy is flying by and we have so much to do and other days, I feel like I can savor the moments as the slowly move by!

How far along: 20 weeks 2 days
Baby's size: Banana/11 oz. 
Total weight gain: 2 pounds! 
Maternity clothes: YES! Baby is growing more and more each day! 
Stretch marks: no.
Sleep: good/bad...the norm these days!
Best moment of this week:  Feeling baby Olivia move more! Browsing sweet baby girl clothes!
Miss anything: nah...
Movement: Feeling baby girl move more but still not able to really feel her from the outside yet. 
Food cravings: Ham and pineapple pizza....I am my mother's daughter..I was told she ate pizza all the time when she was pregnant with me. 
Anything making you queasy or sick:  not this week..thank goodness!
Have you started to show yet: I would say yes....when my kinder babies come in every day and say "Wow, Mrs. Clark, your belly is getting bigger! Baby Olivia must be growing today!" it's a pretty sure thing that I'm showing :)
Gender:  Our little Miss Olivia Michelle will be her daddy's girl and her momma's world! 
Labor signs: - 
Belly button in or out: in
Wedding rings on or off: On 
Happy or moody most of the time: a little of both...but the irritably is real...
Looking forward to: Registering soon with hubby and a girls day trip out to the lebanon outlets on Monday! Carter's/Gap/Gymboree I come! 

Sweet things my kinder kids have said:

"You're going to be a mother'll need baby clothes, a baby bed, a stroller,.....We have to get this stuff for you"

Sweet boy talking to my belly:" Baby...Mrs. Clark is your mommy. Be nice to her and try not to kick her too hard." 

And about every week, I get asked when the baby is coming out...oh children, it will be a good long while....

"Mrs. Clark, you can't bend'll smush your baby..."

"Guys, we need to be quiet, you're hurting the baby's'll hurt the baby's ears..."

*To be continued as they say more sweet/funny things*

Thursday, January 8, 2015

My 19 week bump

It's A GIRL! 
How far along: 19 weeks 2 days
Baby's size: mango/ 11 oz!!!
Total weight gain: I still have only gained 2 pounds!!!
Maternity clothes: YES! Loving leggings, skinny maternity jeans, and this amazing gray sweater dress that I found on clearance at Target! 
Stretch marks: no.
Sleep: some days good, some days bad. Some days I have bizarre dreams that wake me up...
Best moment of this week:  Our doctor's appointment/anatomy scan! Getting to let the cat out of the bag with our confirmation of the sex of our baby! 
Miss anything:  not this week! 
Movement: Definitely feeling baby move more. Still nothing extremely noticeable. 
Food cravings: Pulled BBQ pork!
Anything making you queasy or sick:  not this week!
Have you started to show yet: Have I started to show????? HELLO! I'm almost halfway to my due date!
Gender:  Our little Miss Olivia Michelle will be her daddy's girl and her momma's world! 
Labor signs: - 
Belly button in or out: in
Wedding rings on or off: On 
Happy or moody most of the time: a little of both. 
Looking forward to:  Celebrating the news of our baby girl with everyone! (Our families and friends found out around Christmas due to us going to a 3d/4d place but our doc confirmed that it was a girl at our ultrasound this week! 

Prayer for Baby: 

Little Miss, 

I loved seeing your sweet little face today! You just wanted to see what was going on and not let the sweet ultrasound tech get a profile view. You eventually let her but not for long. I loved seeing your sweet hands and fingers, your sweet feet and toes! Your little lips are just too precious! Daddy and I were so amazed to see your spine and little heart beating! Mommy can't wait to starting thinking about your nursery and making all kinds of bow and frilly stuff for you! I love feeling you move inside me! I can't wait for daddy to feel you move around, too! 

Your Mommy

Dear God,
I am overwhelmed that you have chosen me to be the momma of a precious little girl! It is a miracle to see the incredible baby growing inside of me. Help me to trust in you every day and always seek your guidance. Help me to trust in you during the difficult days and rejoice with you in the happy days. Help Derek and I to always put You first and help us to always cherish these last few months just being the two of us. 


Monday, January 5, 2015

My 18 week bump!

*Not in real time! This is from last week but I just got around to posting.*
How far along: 18 weeks 
Baby's size: sweet potatoTotal weight gain: I believe I am finally back up to what I weighed when we found out I was pregnant. I'm assuming I've gained 3-4 pounds by the docs scales. We will see Jan 7th. 
Maternity clothes: YES! I'm really appreciating and enjoying the maternity clothes that a few of my dear friends have let me borrow and the ones that I received for Christmas/bought myself! 
Stretch marks: no.
Sleep: some days good, some days bad. 
Best moment of this week:  Spending time with family and friends. Enjoying the last week of my break!
Miss anything:  not this week! 
Movement: I think baby's movements are a little more noticeable although I feel like they don't happen every day or at any certain time of day yet. I will be excited when I can feel the baby move consistently and when Derek can start to feel the baby move! 
Food cravings: not really any this week. 
Anything making you queasy or sick:  the drainage in my throat when I wake up in the mornings :(
Have you started to show yet: oh yes! and I feel like even more so this week. My bestie, Heather and I went shopping on Saturday and when she first saw me, she was like "Well hello baby bump!" I should mention that she did just see me on Thursday. 
Gender:  Our official anatomy scan/gender scan is on January 7th but I may have kept a little secret for awhile. Everyone will find out next week! :) 
Labor signs: - 
Belly button in or out: in
Wedding rings on or off: On 
Happy or moody most of the time: a little of both. 
Looking forward to:  Our doctor appt this week on the 7th and researching baby items to start our registry. Finding a crib! 

Prayer for Baby: 

Sweet little angel, 

Everyday my heart is just overwhelmed that I get to be your mommy. I pray that I can be the best mommy and example of Christ's love that I can be. Your daddy and I love you so much! I love feeling your slight little movements inside my belly. I am excited to start feeling more movements and seeing your sweet face next week at our doctor appointment. 

Your Mommy

Dear God,

I praise you for the blessing inside of me. You already know how many hairs are on our baby's head! I pray that you help me to be patient and not want to rush to the next milestone in my pregnancy. Help me to cherish every day that our little one is growing inside my belly. I thank you for a wonderful time with family and friends celebrating your son's birth over the Christmas season. Help Derek and I to make good decisions this upcoming year whether it is buying a new car, starting to build our new house, learning how to be parents, and loving and serving You more each and every day. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

My 17 Week Bump

How far along: 17 weeks
Total weight gain:
Maternity clothes: YES! 
Stretch marks: no.
Sleep: Good/Bad because of the drainage...
Best moment of this week:  Celebrating Christmas with our families!
Miss anything:  sushi
Movement: Tuesday, December 23rd. I might have felt something. Felt like muscle spasms/tweaks! I'm sure they will become more noticeable soon! 
Food cravings: just sweets and christmas treats!
Anything making you queasy or sick:  smells. My nose has been super sonic these last couple weeks! YIKES! Like I can't use this certain cloth duffle bag to pack for WV because a smell from something (probably food smells) have permeated in it and I'll have to wash it before I use it again. 
Have you started to show yet: oh yes!
Gender:  no news yet :)
Labor signs: - 
Belly button in or out: in
Wedding rings on or off: On 
Happy or moody most of the time: Super emotional! Hormones are going bizerk! 
Looking forward to: Christmas is this week!! AHHH! Excited to see both of our families over break!
Baby's size: Onion

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

My 16 Week Bump

Christmas Lights at opryland hotel

*Not in real time* Week of December 15th*
How far along: 16 weeks
Total weight gain: Still 2-3 pounds!
Maternity clothes: YES! My sweet friend, Mary, let me borrow some of her maternity clothes this week! I also got some good deals at Burlington Coat Factory on some long sleeve shirts!
Stretch marks: no.
Sleep: good/bad. This week I've dealt with a lot of drainage so I've had to sleep with 2 pillows under my head. 
Best moment of this week:  my sweet kiddos at school talking to my belly!
Miss anything:  not really.
Movement: not yet
Food cravings: chipotle chicken burrito bowl. The only chicken I will eat!
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Didn't like the smell of Little Caesars the other night.
Have you started to show yet: oh yes!
Gender:  no news yet
Labor signs: - 
Belly button in or out: in
Wedding rings on or off: On 
Happy or moody most of the time: a little of both. Super emotional over songs/hallmark christmas movies/etc
Looking forward to: Christmas!!!
Baby's size: Avocado!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Baby Clark-Announcing our news

I knew I was going to be taking a test the morning of  September 23rd. I didn't sleep well due to anxiousness and excitement. I woke up at 4:45 and decided that I couldn't wait any longer. As I was waiting for the tests to register, I was praying "God, if the test is positive, thank you thank you thank you. If it is negative, please let me not be discouraged and know that your timing is when we are suppose to have a baby." The first test came back with a second faint line. I couldn't believe my eyes! So I took the digital test. When it said "Pregnant," I had to try my best not to squeal with excitement. I didn't want to wake Derek up like that. Instead, I got completely ready for school and then I snuggled in bed with Derek and said "Good Morning, Daddy!" He rolled over and said "Are you preggers?" I told him I had taken 2 tests and they both said that I was pregnant. He was excitedly still sleepy but we knew we couldn't wait that long to tell our families!

I found out on Tuesday and had to wait until Thursday evening to tell my parents! As soon as I found out, Derek and I decided to order them books as a "late birthday present" since their birthdays were late August and early September. I texted them saying that they should expect their presents on Thursday. Since I couldn't be there to see them open them, I told them to face time me before they opened them. They had no clue we were trying to get pregnant so they were really surprised! I bought my dad this book:

I bought my mom this book:

They loved it! Mom held the phone towards dad while he was opening the box from amazon. He pulled out the red book and then looked at the camera and said "Are you trying to tell us something?" They were both so excited!

I face timed by brother, Jacob. Then my brother and sister-in-law, Adam and Ashley. I said "Congratulations on your promotion! They were all confused. Then I said your promotion to Aunt and Uncle. Jacob said "Are you pregnant?" Adam and Ashley were both so excited and said they had a feeling that "the promotion" comment was about this.

The next day, Friday, we went to meet Derek's parents and sister and brother in law for dinner. We were late of course due to traffic but we made it. We bought his mom a book from Hallmark that was called Me and Grandma-a journal to write together.
We bought his dad the book:

We bought Kenzi and Josh this book:

We thought carrying 3 wrapped boxes into Olive Garden would blow our cover. We were gladly wrong! They all opened their gifts. Tom chuckled. He got it a smiled. Kenzi leaned over and saw his and finished opening hers and she said "Really?!!" and started tearing up! Sandy was slowing opening hers. She looked over at Tom's and smiled but we don't think she understood what the book meant. We had been taking care of Tom since his surgery and Chemo starting in August and she thought it was about that. Derek said "Mom, keep opening your present." When she read the title of the book, she started crying and came over and gave us hugs!

We got to FaceTime some of our grandparents/family to tell them the news and that was fun! I made some cute cards for some of my closest friends down here in Nashville. Telling them that they were being promoted to "Auntie_____" come June 2015. We shared the picture at the top of my blog on facebook to announce our news. Sent texts of ultrasound pictures to some friends who live further away.

One of my favorite announcements, though, was with my Kindergarten class. I had ordered this book:

I waited until the day were were announcing on facebook (10 weeks) to tell my kiddos. I had them come to our carpet for our daily "morning meeting" and told them I had a special book I wanted to read to them. I turned the book around and read them the title. A few had smiles on their faces but none of them came out and said, "Are you having a baby?" I told them after I finished reading the book, we were going to talk about the connections they made during the story. After I was finished, lots of hands flew into the air. One little girl said, "the story was about a class, and we are a class of kids." I replied, "You are absolutely right, anyone else?" More hands and another response "the story had a teacher and you are our teacher." Again, yes, but anything else. Another hand, "I saw a fall tree in that story and we have fall tree's out right now." They are all very observant but the best one before a little boy gave the answer I was looking for was, "I saw one of our sight words in the title of the book!!!" Right again! One little boy raised his hand and said "Well, Mrs. Clark might have a baby." I replied, "When do you think I'll have a baby?" His response was "Well, I don't know!!!" After that I told my class "What would you think if I told you a little baby has been growing in Mrs. Clark's belly for awhile now?" Gasps, hands over the mouth, big eyes, squeals, and cry of "really????" rang out. They were all so excited and had LOTS of questions. We talked about my "baby doctor appointments" and that if the baby doesn't come until the due date (June 2nd), then I will be with this class the whole year. I will only be out one day at a time for the "baby doctor appointments." A sigh of relief filled the air because in the story, the teacher had her baby in February and had a substitute for a long time. I shared my ultrasound picture with the kiddos to show them how tiny the baby was (a couple weeks ago by then). Questions like "when will your belly get bigger?" and "is the baby a boy or a girl?" were the most popular ones. I'm going to document what my kiddos have said during my pregnancy because you will get a kick out of it and maybe my little one will want to read it some day and know that 19 little 5 and 6 year olds were over the moon about him or her.

I also had told my team of Kindergarten teachers with the book several weeks before I had told my class. I wanted them to be aware and know incase I got sick at school. Luckily that didn't happen! They were all so excited too!!!