Showing posts from 2019

month 9 {december}

How Far Along: 38 weeks 2 days

Size: App says she's the size of a spaghetti squash -- "almost 7 pounds" and "more than 19.5 inches," but my guess is that she's in the 10-pound range and at least 20 inches. Guess we'll see!

Gender: Girl

Name: Holly B 💗

Movement: Still moving all over. It's just so crazy how there's an entire human in my tummy, and how she can totally change the shape of my belly based on how she's moving. Sometimes when I wake in the night, she's moving around, and that's one of my favorite times to feel her because I'm not distracted by anything else and it feels like it's just the two of us :) (usually it doesn't keep me awake for long, which is why I like it. On days when I can't fall back asleep, I'm not as big a fan 😂)
Sleep: I almost guarantee I'll sleep better after she's born than I'm sleeping now. The hip pain, the bathroom trips, the charley horses, the rolling over -- I'm so…

month 8 {november}

How Far Along: 36 weeks 2 days

Size: According to the app, she's the size of a chihuahua or a papaya, roughly 19 inches and 6 pounds. Again, I'm pretty sure she's bigger than that already.

Gender: A second little lady :)

Name: Holly B 💗

Movement: She moves so dang much. And I'm pretty sure she decided to have her most active day EVER the day that I had the flu. Holy cow. I do NOT recommend a tummy bug while your stomach is already full of baby. All of her movements made me want to fall over and die. Also, hiccups 1-2x/day. I've decided they're my least favorite movement ha. But don't get me wrong, I love to feel her moving inside me most of the time :)
Sleep: Same issues as last month -- mostly waking up to roll over or because my hips hurt. I typically only wake to pee once/night around 3am.

Weight Gain: Thanksgiving and family in town and frequent eating have not been good to me. I gained 9 pounds in the last month 😬 bringing my total up to 45.4. Yikes.

Christmas Wish List

Some people have been asking what we might want for Christmas, so I figured I'd make one easy spot of some things we're looking at. Many things on the list are some bigger ticket items . . . apparently we want expensive things 😬😂

Amazon Wish List

Carpet Cleaning

Unpaper towels (6, natural)

Fun Date Nights

Restaurant Gift Cards

Church Board Books (top picks: women in the scriptures, the creation, the plan of happiness, book of mormon characters)

month 7 {october}

How Far Along: 32 weeks

Size: A Florida pomelo . . . whatever that is! Average size at this time is about 18 inches long and 4 pounds, but she's likely bigger than that. At an ultrasound about a month ago, she was already measuring 5 days ahead. We'll see how her size compares with her sister's!

Gender: Girl 🎀

Name: We finally solidified her name!!!!! Her name will be Holly B :) the B is after her Granny B (Barbara, Russ's mom). Everyone I asked about middle name suggestions would ask about family names, and I'd always tell them the same two things -- I'm not naming my kid something just because it's in my family line, and I'm not passing on a name I don't like. If we use a family name, it will be because it means something special to us and we like how it sounds. So the weekend we decided on "B," Granny B came to take care of Ada so that Russ and I could go on a babymoon. We got to spend some time with her before we left, and in that time, …

month 6 {september}

How Far Along: 27 weeks 1 day

Size: A bunch of bananas -- about 15 inches and over two pounds.

Gender: Girl :)

Name: We still haven't solidified a middle name. I have one that I think sounds really good, but at one point Russ vetoed it; however, when I mentioned it again this week, he didn't shut it down right away, so maybe there's hope! Pretty sure we're sticking with Holly for the first name though, as nothing else has come up and Ada constantly refers to her as "baby Holly" 😍

Movement: Allllllllll the time!! I'm legitimately getting nervous for sleep with this one because it seems like she's never still! Most of the time, I'm loving all the kicks and rubs and pokes. The only time I don't love it is when she repeatedly kicks my bladder. Even if I've just gone to the bathroom, it makes me feel like I have to go again 😂
Sleep: Sleep still isn't too bad. I often have to get up once for a bathroom trip, and my hips are starting to get sore…

ada charlotte {3 years}

Beautiful Ada,

This age is quickly becoming my favorite. People talk about "terrible twos" and "threenagers" and I do definitely see moments of crazy, but there's just so much to LOVE! You are talking SO much, you are so sweet and loving, you are really solidifying some of the habits and manners we've been teaching you, you are funny, and you're becoming independent/self-sufficient in so many ways. It never stops blowing my mind how incredible it is to watch you learn and grow. You make me so proud, no matter how big or small your accomplishment! I have to tell you several times a day, "I just love you!" because I do! And I love that you've started saying the same thing to me randomly. I'm forever grateful you're mine, sweet girl!

29.2 pounds (36%) -- You've gained exactly one pound in the last 6 months, which dropped you down percentile-wise (used to be 50ish%)35.75 (8%) -- You've grown 1-1.25 inches in the last 6 mon…

adult sleep

Normally I'm all about the child sleep -- it's what I spend so much of my time thinking about, talking about, and working on!

I haven't really been interested in adult sleep because sleep has always been suuuuuper easy for me. I close my eyes and I'm OUT. But I am tired a lot (probably because I go to bed too late and because I'm pregnant), so I decided I'd check out a book on adult sleep that I heard a podcaster talk about. To be honest, I didn't really like the book, so I decided to just pull out all the useful information into one short blog post to save anyone else the time of reading it (but if you really want to, it's called Sleep Smarter, by Shawn Stevenson).

The book is broken down into 21 different things you can do to improve your sleep, so the 21 principles might be all I need to write down!

Schedule sleep. It's important just like other projects you might be working on, so make sure to prioritize it so that it happens.Get more sunlight du…

month 5 {august}

How Far Along: 22 weeks 6 days

Size: She's the size of a bunch of grapes, and should be a little over 12 inches long now

Gender: It's a girl! :)

Name: I'm prettttttty positive her first name will be Holly, but still no middle name

Movement: A I first felt her move on the inside a day before I turned 19 weeks, and I've been feeling her much more strongly (and on the outside) for a week or two now (21/22 weeks). 
Sleep: I usually wake up to pee once in the night around 3am. Not taking naps much anymore. Soreness wakes me up sometimes.

Weight Gain: I gain weight so weirdly in pregnancy. I gain big chunks in the first few months, and smaller chunks in the later months, which is opposite of most people, pretty sure. So in the last month, I'm only up 3.6 pounds, and overall, I'm up 26.2 pounds. 
Symptoms: The biggest thing has been round ligament pain and pelvic pain. It would probably help if I'd do some walking every day, but that hasn't been happening! Also just …

month 4 {july}

How Far Along: 18 weeks 3 days

Size: Sweet potato, about 5.5 inches long

Gender: It's officially a girl!

Name: We mayyyyy have picked a first name. Russ probably wouldn't say we've picked it, but I like it a lot, and he hasn't vetoed it. I asked him on a scale of 1-10 how likely he is to go with it, and he said 7. When asked what it would take to get him to a 10, he said "time." So I'm thinking it's a go! But I suppose we could still change our minds! Still no middle name, either. Won't share the name publicly until we're for sure going with it, though :)

Movement: Again, I sometimes think I feel something, but I'm not really sure. I'm mostly just waiting till 22-23 weeks to really feel her, since that's when I for sure felt Ada!
Sleep: Has not been too bad. I added a pillow for between my knees and that helps a lot. I do feel like I've had more vivid dreams again lately.

Weight Gain: Man, I hesitate to even post this because I'm…

an update on my goals and plans for 2019

I don't have any formal "check-in" dates for my goals, but I felt like checking in on how they're going, so here's an update on my 2019 goals and plans!
Make a plan for limiting my social media usage and stick to it -- Well, so far I've made a plan, and stuck to it for brief periods of time, but I definitely haven't cemented the changes at all, so there's still work to do!Create systems for: working, cleaning, cooking/meal planning, daily activities with Ada, family activities -- I have created systems for most of these things, but again, I'm not actually following through on most of my systems yet.Create sleep guides for my business-- I've created two of four sleep guides, so I'm on my way :)Learn to drive stick -- no progress.Start our first garden -- I read a gardening book, we've purchased seeds, and Russ made us a lattice thing so that we can plant a "square foot garden." All that's left is to buy good soil so we can…

month 3 {june}

How Far Along: 14 weeks 0 days

Size: a beet

Gender: Well, we found out around 10 weeks using a SneakPeak test, but Russ doesn't entirely trust it, so we're waiting until an ultrasound confirms it to announce.

Name: Russ and I downloaded an app like Tinder but with name ideas (swipe left if you don't like it, swipe right if you do!). So we're occasionally discussing names for a few minutes, but definitely nothing solid. He vetoed all my favorite names that I brought to the table before getting the app.
Movement: I keep thinking I'm maybe feeling something, but I'm pretty sure it's just me feeling my body functions more acutely since it's still early.
Fun Fact: I can't think of anything at the moment!

Sleep: Is not great. I just feel like I wake up pretty frequently. I fall back to sleep quickly, but it's still an interruption! I'm mostly not sleeping on my stomach anymore. I think I'll need a pillow between my knees soon.

Weight Gain: Ughhh I…