thirty-two weeks.

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The third trimester sleeplessness and exhaustion has definitely set in. Not to whine, but I’ve been waking up more throughout the night and struggling to fall back asleep. It hasn’t been terrible…just enough to cause extra tiredness throughout the day. I just like to think of it as a blessing, in that it’s preparing me for sleepless nights with the baby.

The nursery furniture came this week and we put it together. We got a three drawer changing table and five drawer dresser, both from Storkcraft. We are really happy with how they look! Now we have all of the big items covered…we are just waiting on our jogger stroller/car seat set to come in, which should be here Monday.

I had a tiny scare this week. I started having some cramping and after talking with some people and researching online, I got nervous that I should get checked. A few people said they ended up being in labor when they were having cramps. So I gave in and called my doctor to make sure everything was okay and that I wasn’t in preterm labor.

Well, fortunately I wasn’t dilated and everything sounded/looked healthy with baby boy on the ultrasound. My doctor said to make sure and drink TONS of water, take it easy when I feel cramps and just to monitor them. It could have just been stretching, dehydration, Braxton hicks contractions, or a combination of them all. He really didn’t have an answer as to exactly why I was experiencing them. I’m just happy to know everything was okay!

Right now, Isaiah is at a point of really just brain development, weight gain, and building up his fetal immune system. He’s just getting bigger and stronger for his big debut!

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thirty-one weeks.

31 wks - pineapple w txtHe may be the size of a pineapple this week, but thank the Lord he isn’t the texture of one. Ouch! 🙂

I can’t believe my sweet baby is nearing four pounds already. I’m starting to feel it in my back and feet though…just soreness, not swelling so that’s a relief! Hopefully that doesn’t become an issue, because I know people who had to be put on bed rest for that!

He is still as active as ever and those kicks and movements take my breath away at times. He still gets the hiccups at least three times a day. But that is a good thing, because it means he’s getting in those practice breaths before he’s out and doing it for real.

We had to miss our appointment this week due to weather. We’ve been getting lots of snow and ice, which makes it not so conducive to travel. I’ve already had about 5 snow days since Jan. 1. Unbelievable! We are hoping to get it rescheduled for the following week if they’ll ever call me back. I love getting to see my boy on the screen so it’s hard to go this long without it!

I had my first shower this past Sunday and let me just say…it was overwhelming how blessed we are! I could not be more thankful for my sister-in-law who threw the shower and all who came and gave such generous gifts!! It was a lot of fun seeing friends and family and getting to spoil Isaiah a little bit!

The nursery is slowly but surely coming along. I can’t wait until it’s finished and I can post pictures! We are doing a forest theme and I’m having lots of fun doing creative, homemade crafts for the room. 🙂

twenty-one weeks.

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Boy, does this boy like to move it, move it! He is constantly moving around and kicking. It’s mostly when I’m sitting or laying down, but it’s crazy how active he is. Sometimes I think he might be practicing Kung-Fu in there…

We had another ultrasound this week just to check a few things from our last appointment, but I never mind having them, because it just means we get to see his precious little face again. Everything looked healthy and his growth and measurements were right on track with where he’s suppose to be right now, so that is good news. Praise the Lord!

One fun thing we did this week (well I think it’s fun, my husband probably doesn’t find it as exciting) was register for some classes at the hospital where we’ll be delivering. I am taking a breastfeeding class and then he will join me for the “New Baby Care” and “Infant CPR” classes. They may turn out to be pretty common sense classes, but I feel it can’t hurt to take them…especially when they’re free!

Thanks to some friends and family, we have already received so many baby clothes and accessories that I had to go buy some storage containers to put them all in. We are so blessed to have such generous people in our lives. This boy will surely not go unclothed in his lifetime (well except while making his debut, but what do you expect?).

twenty weeks.

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We’re halway there! I can’t believe we get to meet our baby boy in 20 weeks (give or take a few days)!

Some updates on baby Isaiah this week: He now has taste buds, which means I need to eat lots of the things I want him to like as he’s growing up so he’ll be used to them! He’s about 11 oz. in weight now, according to my ‘What to Expect’ app. It’s crazy to think he’s that small. He is constantly moving around and/or kicking. The kicks still aren’t too violent at this point. I’m not looking forward to when that changes..

I can tell I’m getting a little bigger day by day, because I’m starting to feel some pain in my back a little bit. That’s no fun when you work with kids all day and are on your feet a lot (no swelling in the feet at least!).

We created a gift registry today and added a few items to the list. It’s exciting picking everything out, but it also makes it seem even more real that it won’t be long before our baby is using those things!

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.

seventeen weeks.

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I felt him or her move this week! The little wiggle worm is finally big enough for me to feel it moving around in there. I’ve felt it twice for sure and maybe another time. Right now it is hard to tell because it’s so faint. It feels like a little twitch in my belly. So cool that it’s our baby!

I finally gave in and bought my first pair of maternity pant and two maternity tops. I love my new jeans! They are so comfortable and I don’t have to mess with unbuttoning them when I sit down and forgetting to button back when I stand up! Little embarrassing.

My maternity pants might even come in handy when I’m not pregnant, for times like Thanksgiving and Christmas when I eat so much food I can hardly fit in my regular pants. 🙂 haha

Only two weeks until we find out if it’s a little mister or miss. We can’t wait!

sweet sixteen (weeks).

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At first I felt like the pregnancy was going by extremely slow, but once we announced it to the world it has seemed to fly by. It’s hard to believe 9 weeks ago today I heard the heartbeat for the first time…seems like it was just yesterday.

One of my best friends is pregnant right now as well and we are due 5 days apart from one another. Our (very small) baby bumps got to meet over the weekend when we had a girls weekend (college roommates) since we all live in different towns. It’s fun to go through this process with a friend.

I am slowly but surely starting to show a little more each day. The upside…People at work are actually starting to believe that I’m pregnant. The downside…my pants are starting to feel pretty uncomfortable. It might be about that time to invest in some maternity clothes.

fourteen weeks.

14 wks - navel orange w txtI am officially 14 weeks along today. I have been feeling MUCH better over the past two weeks. I could not believe how sick and tired I felt for about 4 or 5 straight weeks. It was pathetic. Thankfully, I feel back to my old self now. I have had an ocassional headache, but I’ve been told that’s typical for the second trimester. Hopefully they won’t stick around. I cannot believe baby is already the size of an orange. It is growing so quickly. I feel like I’m even starting to show a little bit of a bump now. I’m looking forward to getting to the point of being obviously pregnant verses the point of feeling like everyone’s saying, “She is really putting on some weight”. Cause yeah, I am. I’m growing a baby here.

We don’t find out the gender of our baby until the last week in October. It feels so far away, but I know it will fly by. It still doesn’t seem real to me that I am going to be a mom in about six months. I mean, I’ve wanted to be a mom all my life…I LOVE kids…but being a mom is also a really scary thought. Lots of emotions and thoughts going on in my head. Don’t get me wrong, I am BEYOND excited to bring this little boy or girl into the world…I think I’m just experiencing the anxiety that most soon-to-be parents feel.

Each week we’ve been getting the fruit that baby Leachman is the size of, but this is the first one I’ve posted since we just announced to the world our great news this past week. Here are the others we’ve taken. We started at week 12, since there wasn’t much of anything showing before then.

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we’re pregnant!!!

Wow, I realize it’s been a looong time since I’ve posted, but you would not believe the craziness going on in our household over the past few months. We not only recently moved, but I got a new job, we went on vacation, AND we found out that we are going to be blessed with our first child in March 2014. We could not be more thrilled to bring our bundle of joy into the world! God is so, so good!

Here is how we announced our pregnancy to friends:

Baby!

We cannot wait to meet baby Leachman!