Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Pregnancy Highlights

How Far along? 14 weeks, 2 days

Size of the Baby? Navel Orange

Maternity Clothes? the bella band is going strong. tonight was the first night i got home from dinner and even it felt tight around my belly. the maternity jeans i got are cute but they are DARK denim and that means HOT. I cant wait for the weather to coooooool down!

Gender? we find out in 6 days!!!!!

Movement? The baby is moving a lot, so say the books. Last night I was laying in bed talking to my mom and i SWEAR i felt a little "pop corn" or "flutter." I got out my doppler and put it right where I felt it, and sure enough, I heard the loudest heartbeat I've been able to pick up so far. Last night it was maxing out at 138bpm. Baby Boy???? Can't wait to find out!! BUT I went on my what to expect "forum" and tons of other moms were saying they started feeling flutters at 14 weeks. so it's not unheard of. we'll see if anything else happens.

Sleep? I wake up every day around 5am and have to go to the bathroom but go back to sleep and try to hold it. then end up going around 8 when matt's alarm goes off. other than that i'm sleeping ok. definitely waking up to change positions in the night. we got a new memory foam topper that has been HEAVENLY.

Cravings? Swiss Cake Rolls. Apples. Blue Powerade. Nerds.

Symptoms? Still get a pretty bad headache about once a week. Tailbone starts hurting towards the end of the day, whenever I sit down. If I sneeze while laying down flat I get a TERRIBLE pain around the sides of my uterus. So bad I called the doctor about it. It's the round ligament pain. Now when i feel a sneeze coming on I crouch down or roll into the fetal position, haha.

What I miss? nothing right now. loving being pregnant!

Milestones? no huge milestone this week

Weight Gain? chillin at the same... -2 lbs.

What I’m nervous about? what im going to name this little guy if he's a boy... sheesh. boy names are hard!

What I’m excited about? NEXT WEDNESDAY!!!!!

Baby Center Update for Week 14: Welcome to the second trimester! This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb. Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him -- a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb. In other news: Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches -- about the size of a lemon -- and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces.

Monday, August 29, 2011

names :)

so. if baby bolt is a girl we have a definite name picked out!! :) if baby bolt is a boy ... it's going to be a long 6 months of deciding!! :)

we find out next wednesday!!!!!!!!!!!! whoop whoop!!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

nursery woes

so... assuming this little pea in a pod is PINK ... i am torn between two different nursery designs and i would LOVE your input!!!

First, is what I had always pictured. I am not a fan of over the top PINK nurseries. (No offense, if you have one, just not for me!! I'm not super girly) I had pictured something with light blue (almost grayish blue) walls... with pops of a PUNCHY pink (coral-ish), instead of baby pink or hot pink and some pretty, white (but not stark white) furniture. When I found this picture on pinterest, it was like my mind created the picture... almost exactly what i was thinking...i even love the elephant art and mosaic fabric prints

(click on the pictures so you can see them better and larger!)

I realize it doesnt show a crib but I think you get the picture. Something like this bedding:

THEN ... I fell in love with two different dark wood cribs, like this one by Baby Appleseed:

This is actually pictured in black, but I love the merlot one on display at Buy Buy Baby. Once I saw this picture I really like the neutrals. Here's my dilemma, is it too plain??? I love bright colors... but do I love them in my house? If I pick something like this, am I playing it too safe? It's not whimsical enough, right? So then I found this picture from Pottery Barn Kids, and I LOVE THE the bedding, even love the wall color and the paisley paintings on the wall! (dont care for the name Simone, however) Anyway... this is super cute, too!!

When looking for nursery bedding for a girl, there are hardly ever any pictures/patterns shown in dark wood cribs, they are almost always white. When I found this one, I LOVED IT! I just don't know if it's whimsical enough for baby.

The main thing I want to accomplish in my nursery is for it to be a relaxing place. The nursery designs that are RED cribs with bright mod dot polka dots and crazy colors seem like an all-nighter waiting to happen. I couldn't fall asleep in a room that loud and busy so I don't think baby could either. I want it to be very peaceful and serene, but also whimsical and fun.

Which do you vote for???

ps- i am not posting the boy nursery option bc i already know what i would like to do incase of BLUE :) ill show that to you once we find out the sex NEXT WEEK!!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

13 weeks!!!! HELLO 2nd TRIMESTER!

Pregnancy Highlights

How Far along? 13 weeks 2 days

Size of the Baby? Lemon

Maternity Clothes? I broke down this week and bought some Old Navy maternity jeans because it was their jean sale! They are comfy in the waist but feel baggy everywhere else. Oh well, they're much better than trying to button anything else. Even soffe shorts are annoying right now bc the elastic feels tight. I'm also now sleeping in a sports bra every night. Yes, they hurt THAT bad.

Gender? September 7th at 2:30 we will know!

Movement? Yes, but I still can't feel it.

Sleep? Ahhhh, this week has been glorious! No naps but sleeping in very well :)

Cravings? Taco Bell. Fuddruckers. Soup... had baked potato soup last night for dinner and tonight had Broccoli Cheddar from Panera in a breadbowl! Yummm! And still candy... Airheads in particular! Red, white, and blue :)

Symptoms? Nothing too bad this week!!! tailbone is a little better. havent had a killer headache. took tums twice this week for indigestion but that's about it! Ooops i forgot... back pain! Sometimes I get a shooting pain that immobilizes me ( read that could be round ligament pain) other times its just achy!

What I miss? oooooh. Saturday was my first night going to a party (we had a shower for meg and brett) it was so hot outside and everyone was drinking cold keg beer... the smell alone was killing me! I wanted a beer SO BAD!!!!


Weight Gain? SAME. still hanging out at the same as last week. I lost 7lbs the first trimester and have gained back 5... so I am still two pounds less than when this all started :)

What I’m nervous about? getting my house ready for baby! mom and i walked through today and made a list of everything i want to get done and it seems like sooooo much!

What I’m excited about? Finding out the sex!!!!! and possibly seeing how many toes baby bolt has :)

Baby Center Update for Week 13:
Fingerprints have formed on your baby's tiny fingertips, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head -- which makes up just a third of her body size now. If you're having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Your baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce. As you start your second trimester, most of your baby's critical development will be completed and your odds of miscarriage drop considerably.

Monday, August 22, 2011

craigslist is amazing

So... after reading all of my friends blogs (who are moms or who are pregnant) I feel like I've gotten a DECENT understanding of what products are good, what aren't so good, what are safe, what are desired, what are NECESSARY, etc etc.

One of my wants has been a Bugaboo stroller. Which retail around $799.00. Eek. Double eek when you consider that I want a Peg Perego carseat which is $250 and you start adding everything up.

Mom and I check craigslist every night for new deals. Two weeks ago she found cribs from a lady in Duncan that had twin boys and was selling cribs which were $600 each at the time of purchase for $75/piece. It turned out my Mimi wanted a crib for our mountain house and mom wanted one for her house so we went and looked at these cribs and they were great! Mom bought them for $65/piece. That was great deal #1.

Last night I was looking on there and came across an add for a Bugaboo Frog stroller. 4 years old. Rarely used. Selling for $175. Seemed too good to be true. Something had to be broken or chewed or warn, but Mom and I decided to head out to Duncan (once again..weird) and check it out. There we were at a run down BP station off the exit driving that stroller all around the parking lot. It was HOT!! But it turned out that Bugaboo was as good as new! After she showed me how to assemble and disassemble ... take the carrier in and out. We got it!!! It didn't come with the bassinet so we'll register for that, but I'm thrilled that I got it!!!! Here's what it looks like... only we didnt get orange. It's more of a taupe/gray color. Neutral. I love it!

Now I can get the Peg Perego carseat that I want without feeling as guilty since we didn't spend a fortune on the stroller! :) Don't doubt craigslist, people! There are DEFINITELY some sketchy things on there, but there are also some normal people just like me (I've sold things on there before) who are totally credible, safe, and smart individuals with some deals waiting just for you! :) I think i'll head over there now and see what else I can find!

<3 Britt

Saturday, August 20, 2011

WHOAAAA Belly!!!!! saturday ... eek!

I'll start by saying that today at work, not one but TWO people ask me when I was due!!! I thought people didn't start noticing until later on?? Haha. But I was happy to think that I actually looked pregnant and not fat (hopefully). Tonight we went to Meg's shower and everyone said "oh my goodness! you're showing!!" Everytime I tell them im not quite 13 weeks they say WOW!! Does this mean im going to be huge later?? Eeeeek! Mixed feelings: happy to look pregnant and not fat. worried to look way to big for 13 weeks. Oh well, at least baby is growing in there!! The bigger he/she gets.. the better of a chance we have of seeing its "goods" on September 7th!

This is tonight when we got home from the shower :) It's easier to see if you click on the picture!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Eeek! Sorry this update is late :)

Pregnancy Highlights

How Far along? 12 weeks 2 days

Size of the Baby? Peach

Maternity Clothes? wearing the bella band everytime i wear jeans now. gonna go to old navy on sunday and try to get a few cheap things to get me by for a little while until i buy my "quality stuff" later this fall

Gender? I dreamed it was a boy the other night!! could it be blue?? September 7th at 2:30 we will know!

Movement? Yes, but I can't feel it yet.

Sleep? Not so much this week, it's been SO busy!

Cravings? Candy!! I always love candy but I have such a sweet tooth right now for those rainbow colored airhead extremes sour belts and gobstoppers ... haha. other than that im just eating whatever doesn't sound terrible at the moment.

Symptoms? The nausea is almost obliterated!! still get the occasional burp followed by sinking feeling. Newest symptom: my tailbone KILLS! whenever I sit down it feels like its going to split in two. Apparently, its normal and hopefully over the next few weeks as my uterus rises more it will subside. Also, still getting headaches.

What I miss? umm. nothing right now. just happy to be pregnant !

Milestones? Had a dr.'s appt last Friday!!! it was pretty uneventful though. didnt get to do an u/s but did get to hear the baby's heartbeat via doppler (166bpm) We use the doppler at home a lot, too :)

Weight Gain? still hanging out at the same as last week. I lost 7lbs the first trimester and have gained back 5... so I am still two pounds less than when this all started :)

What I’m nervous about? not sleeping very much when baby gets here... eeeeek

What I’m excited about? Finding out the sex!!!!!

Baby Center Update for Week 12:

The most dramatic development this week: Reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over two inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

belly saturday

Here I am at 11w4d .... doesn't look that much bigger than last week!

ok... maybe a little bigger... eeek!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Dr's Appt and Baby's Heartbeat :)

We had a doctor's appointment today. It went well, I guess. It was pretty uneventful. We thought we'd get an ultrasound today but since baby's heartbeat was strong enough to be heard on the fetal doppler, we didn't. It was kind of a bummer but it's ok because on SEPTEMBER 7th we get to find out what we're having!!! Baby's heartbeat was 166 today.

Until then... this is our entertainment and excitement every night :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

11 Week Update

Pregnancy Highlights

How Far along? 11 weeks

Size of the Baby? A large plum :)

Maternity Clothes? sooner than later people. only my cutoff shorts that were already two sizes to big are comfortable. other than that i've been wearing that black skirt in the belly pics below all week. anything pressing too hard on my stomach makes me feel sick but i think it's still too early for maternity pants.

Gender? I still think girl. We find out for sure on September 8th! YAYYYY

Movement? Yes, but I can't feel it yet.

Sleep? As late as I can. If/when I get up early I feel a lot more sick during the day.

Cravings? Nothing crazy specific. Today is the first time i've gone to the grocery store in FOREVER and with an appetite. I came home with Stouffer's Mac n Cheese, Air Head popsicles, Grapes, Cheddar and Sour Cream Potato Chips, and stuff to make tacos for dinner. Yeahhhhhh, not so healthy, but at least I have an appetite again!!

Symptoms? The nausea has finally gone down some more. Except for today, I got overheated in this awful summer sun and got sick. Other than that I've been having some killer headaches every once in a while and a little bit of back pain.

What I miss? a cold beer on a hot day

Milestones? The baby is growing fingernails and toenails this week! :) We'll soon be able to find out how many toes baby bolt has :)

Weight Gain? -2 lbs.

What I’m nervous about? I'm getting ahead of myself, but breastfeeding. I feel like everything I've read lately is preparing you for cracked and bleeding nipples. Seriously?? Hope this baby is as gentle as a lamb

What I’m excited about? Doctor's appointment Friday!!!! Getting to see baby again!! and no blood draw this time so hopefully no passing out !

Baby Center Update for Week 11:

Your baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, is now almost fully formed. Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden. She's already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won't feel your baby's acrobatics for another month or two — nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

It's Belly Saturday :)

I don't know how it turned into me taking pics on ___ weeks 4 days. but it did. and it turns out that it's every Saturday, so that's fine :)

The belly is definitely present now (which kind of worries me bc im not even 11 huge will i be?? yikes). I wore my Bella Band for the first time last night w/ my jeans when we went out to eat with Cindy and Kelleigh. It felt funny at first but is definitely more comfortable than trying to button my pants, sheesh.

without further adieu .... 10 weeks 4 days:

We also got a fetal doppler!! It's so cool! We've been able to find the baby's heartbeat several times, but haven't gotten a good solid video of it yet. I'll post one early next week. Our next dr.'s appt is Friday!!! I can't wait! :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

10 week update

Pregnancy Highlights

How Far along? 10 weeks 1 day

Size of the Baby? prune early in the week... then a LIME!!!! little lime babyyy

Maternity Clothes? no, but dad and susie gave me a gift card to Destination Maternity for my birthday along with a super cute orange and white tank to wear to football games! :)

Gender? Intelligender said Baby GIRL which confirms my suspicions. Gender ultrasound appt is scheduled for September 8th! I can't wait!!!

Movement? There was movement on the ultrasound I had last Friday!! I saw baby kicking it's sweet little feet

Sleep? Still, as much as possible.

Cravings? Not really. I start thinking something sounds good, but if I dont eat it right away, I have no more interest in it. Most things sound gross still.

Symptoms? I spoke too soon last week. Every night for the past week, I've thrown up about 15 minutes after I lay down in bed. It's so annoying and its gross and it hurts and I hate it. I can't wait to get past this stomach crap. Also this morning i woke up with a migraine and have been researching how to get rid of it when I can tolerate the light from the computer.

What I miss? colder weather, still. feeling well. going out to eat and making it through dinner without feeling like im going to pass out. not BURPING so much. i burp ALLLLL The time and if it's something that doesn't taste good, I throw up. Disgusting.

Milestones? Seeing how much bigger the baby got since our first appt was awesome!! And seeing it moving around in there and actually looking like something besides a peanut :)

Baby Center Update for week 10:

Though he's barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.

He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.

If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.

In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.

** If you're wondering what a kumquat is, then you must not have had an economics class at Clemson University. haha! These are some kumquats compared to an orange:

Intelligender says..........

Intelligender is an at home urine test that is supposed to be able to tell you, as early as 10 weeks, what the sex of your baby is. Statistics show that it's about 83% accurate. I spent all day yesterday watching youtube videos of people doing the test and giving their opinions of what THEY thought the baby would be based on the color it turned. If you're having a boy, the solution should turn dark green/brown, and for a girl, orange. So, according to OUR test this morning.... baby bolt is a .......

Confirming what I thought all along!! :) Of course, we arent going to paint the nursery walls or buy anything yet. We have a 3d ultrasound during the week of September4th-10th to definitively confirm the sex of Baby Bolt! :)

We may even get a guess from our Doctor at next Friday's appointment, but who knows!

For now, we just had fun with the results and we can't wait to find out for sure!!

Will Blog later today about the misery that has been ensuing the past few days..... can't wait to make it to 2nd trimester!!!