thirty weeks.

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I think this means we’re in the home stretch? Ten more weeks to go! Super exciting, yet scary at the same time.

Baby’s kicks have been getting a lot more powerful in the last few days. Sometimes you can touch my belly and feel the outline of his foot. It’s pretty neat and my husband even got to feel it the other night.

Speaking of that awesome husband of mine, thanks to his amazing Christmas present I am going to a prenatal (expectant mommy) message tonight. I am looking forward  to this more than you will ever know. I scheduled it for after work so that after the kiddos I work with stress/wear me out today, I can detox and relax at the spa. Sounds perfect.

Isaiah is now (supposedly) using all five of his senses. What a big boy! He is a little over three pounds and about 15-16 inches long, which is really close to a baby’s birth length. He still has some work to do on the weight. My doctor said the baby typically starts to gain about a half a pound a week near the end of the pregnancy.

I’m not sure what’s more strange to see…my growing belly or my disappearing belly button…hmm.

My first baby shower is this weekend, thanks to my awesome sister-in-law throwing it for us! It will mostly be my husband’s family and some friends from around the area. My sister is throwing me one back in my hometown for family and friends over that way. I am excited to see everyone and can’t wait to see what great things Isaiah gets! We are so blessed with such generous people in our lives!!

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twenty-nine weeks.

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Did I move to Alaska and not realize it? Ok, I didn’t think so….

But seriously, I cannot ever remember it being this cold outside! We were suppose to go back to school yesterday, but we were out and still are today. Is it sad that I’m ready to go back? I know in about a week I’ll be wishing we were out again, but I really do miss my kiddos. It’s been over two weeks.

Good news, though…we are finally all moved in to our new home! Some of our friends and family came to help us on Saturday and we had everything moved in about two hours total. We are so thankful for all the help we had! It’s so relieving to know we are in the house now and have a little time to get things ready before the arrival of our little man! Although he’s not so little anymore.

I had an appointment this morning and he is weighing in at almost three pounds! Incredible. He is still looking healthy and growing right on track. I couldn’t be more thankful! They even captured a cute picture of his little foot. I’m in love with it! Sorry…is that weird? Must be a mom thing.

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The ultrasound machines they use are so amazing to me. As the tech was poking around my belly to get measurements of him, we could see his face and his eyes opening and closing. It was so incredible and strange at the same time.

I also got a flu shot this morning at my appointment and now I can barely lift my right arm. Awesome.

We have his crib and my rocker/glider all set up in the nursery and the rest of the furniture will be on its way shortly. It’s so surreal to walk into his room and think that in just over two months he will be here, living in that room! We cannot wait!

twenty-eight weeks.

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Hello third trimester! I can’t believe we only have 12 weeks (give or take) until we get to meet our little guy.

We closed on our first house this week…so exciting, yet terrifying at the same time! We are trying our best to get everything packed and a few small projects completed at the house before the big moving day this weekend. We have some family and friends coming to help and we are so thankful for that, because I am pretty worthless these days…when it comes to lifting, that is.

If I didn’t know any better, I’d think Isaiah loves having the hiccups. I’ve just started to notice them over the past week or so, but it seems like it happens at least three times a day. I feel bad for him, because I know how much I hate having the hiccups and there’s nothing he can even do to stop them. At least I can hold my breath.

According to my ‘What To Expect” app, he is now blinking, couching, hiccupping, taking practice breathes for when he’s out of the womb, and possibly even dreaming. Isn’t that crazy? His sleep now includes the REM phase, which makes it possible for him to dream.

We are celebrating New Year’s Eve with friends and I’ll be drinking my favorite non-alcoholic beverage: sparkling grape juice. Things might get a little wild!

Happy New Year!!!

twenty-seven weeks.

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Baby got some great stuff for Christmas! We now have his crib, rocker/glider, lots of clothes, and in the process of getting the rest of his nursery furniture. We are closing on our FIRST HOUSE next week, so I am super excited to get moved in and work on the nursery.

I can’t believe how fast time is going now. He is already a whomping 2 pounds and growing every day. Next week we’ll already be in the third trimester!

We are visiting my sister’s family in Virginia for Christmas, so we are enjoying every second of loving on her kiddos. We traveled with my parents, so it is nice to all be together for the Holiday. I’m very thankful for family, especially their love, support, and generosity during this time. We are so blessed.

Merry Christmas!

twenty-four weeks.

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Well, twenty-four is my lucky number so it’s only expected that it will be a good week.

I’m really behind with posting this, but it’s been a crazy week. We had another appointment on Thursday with our OB. Everything is great with the baby and we heard his little heartbeat again. He also had the hiccups while we were listening on the doppler.  It was so cute, I couldn’t help but laugh. Our baby is getting bigger and unfortunately, so am I! But I know it’s for good reason!

I had my glucose test at the appointment as well. All you do is fast for a few hours before the appointment and then drink a 10 oz bottle of this orange, sugary drink and after an hour they take your blood. It’s just to ensure your body is able to handle and break down the sugar, because it’s common for some women to develop a form of diabetes when pregnant. It’s not a permanent thing, but can be dangerous if it goes undiagnosed. It really wasn’t as terrible as I was envisioning, but I still wouldn’t drink it for fun. It burned my throat. My doctor did say if I didn’t think the drink was all that bad then I had a serious sweet tooth…um, guilty?! We will find out the results of that test in the next couple of days.

It’s been crazy weather here the past few days. On Friday, my school was closed and my husband was able to work from home that day, so we didn’t leave the apartment the entire day. It was icy, snowy and just plain nasty. It has cleared up now, but I hope the snow sticks around, because it’s so pretty!

We took our Christmas Card pictures on Saturday and with all the snow they turned out pretty good. I’ll post them closer to Christmas!

twenty-two weeks.

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Well, we are officially under contract with a house! That doesn’t mean we have closed on it yet, because there is still much to be done as far as inspections and paperwork, but we are so close! Please say a prayer that the inspection goes well this week! If all is good and all goes to plan we should close on it by the first of the year.

Now on to the reason we’re here…baby! I was reading on my “What to Expect” app on my phone yesterday that this week our baby will start to really pack on the pounds and will be double the weight he is now by the end of the month. Shew, hopefully I won’t be!

Have you ever heard of the term “Pregnancy Brain”? Well either way, it’s real and it’s happening. Yesterday I almost forgot my cat had a vet appointment to get her yearly shots and I had just looked at the calendar the night before! The other day I was telling a story to someone and THREE times I forgot mid-sentence what I was about to say. It’s a little embarrassing, but I try my best to laugh it off…

I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving next week! We get to see lots of family and eat tons of delicious food…and just in time for my growing appetite!!

eighteen weeks.

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Is it just me or did the sweet potato from last week seem bigger than the mango? Either way, baby Leachman is growing like a weed. He or she (man, I cannot wait to not have to say both everytime I talk about it…or say ‘it’…) is now half a pound and 6 inches long…according to my What to Expect app. If you don’t have this app and you have an iPhone and are pregnant, you are missing out. I look at it almost every day to see how big the baby is, posts on random parenting/pregnancy topics, and the countdown to baby’s arrival! Download it if you haven’t already. End commercial.

I came down with a bit of a cold over the weeknd, which was zero fun, because there’s not much medicine one can take while pregnant. Oh, how I missed nyquil. But I am feeling much better now and praying that doesn’t come around again.

We began one of the scariest, most exciting parts of our marriage last week…house hunting! What a grown-up decision…but I guess it’s about time. We are hoping to have a home by Christmas. We shall see…

One week until gender reveal! Stay tuned for the announcement.