Friday, July 25, 2008

Random thoughts at 20 weeks

As of yesterday, I am HALFWAY DONE... we will have a baby in 20 weeks, give or take. Here are some of my thoughts at this milestone:

The 2nd trimester ROCKS!!! I was still pretty sick for the first couple weeks of it (and still get sick every once in awhile), but for the most part I have been able to de-familiarize myself with the good ole' porcelain throne. It has been so much easier to focus on the excitment of the pregnancy now that I don't feel like I am constantly on the brink of death.

Exactly one week ago I felt the baby move for the first time. Talk about an AMAZING feeling! There were no "butterfly" or "fluttering" feelings like I had heard about (I may have just been too oblivious to feel them). This little lady straight up KICKS me. It was hard enough that Jared was able to feel her kicking too. I kind of like how it happened, how we got to share that moment of feeling her move for the first time together. Since then she has increased in activity, and I can feel her almost all the time, at least a few times an hour. It has made the pregnancy seem so much more real.

I hate (and am really bad at) making decisions, even the smallest decisions. HOW WILL I EVER SETTLE ON A NAME FOR THIS GIRL????? We have so many options...but whatever we choose, she will be stuck with. It took me a good hour to pick the clothes we bought for her- and she can only wear those for a few months! I don't know if I can handle that kind of pressure!!!

We have so much to do, all we have really done is buy those outfits and watch for diaper sales (thanks for that tip Whitney). I know some women say they go NUTS with all the tips people give them...not us. We definitely need help, so any helpful hints as to what we need, what we can do without, where to maybe scrimp (thank you Melinda for that word!) and where we shouldn't hold back pricewise, etc. would be much appreciated! I am serious people, almost everyone I know has a baby and I need your wisdom. Also, I was very serious about the bow/flower headband stuff. I really want to start making them, I just don't know how. So let me know if you know of a website I can look at, or have directions...any help would be great!

I don't usually like toes...however, I am rather fond of my own toes. I feel like they are fairly attractive toes, or at least as attractive as toes can get. Don't get me wrong, they will probably never star in a foot creme ad or anything, but they are decent looking toes. Unfortunately, they are rapidly disappearing from my view (bet you wondered where I was going with that). Now that I am keeping food down, my belly seems to have exploded in size this week. I happened to look down the other day, and to my amazement I could only see the tips of my toes. Huh.Here was me 2 weeks ago:

And here I am, yesterday morning (keep in mind, by the end of the day my stomach is much bigger- is that normal?): Oh, in case you were wondering, I have been wearing the same shirt for my belly shots since some shirts make you look bigger or smaller. I had to change the shirt up a little, because as you can tell, I just realized how see through the white one is- so I switched to the cream colored one.

Well, that is all I can think of right now, but new thoughts pop into my head about every other minute. Hopefully my head doesn't explode!


Jason and Kelsey said... are seriously so GORGEOUS pregnant! I mean it! Some people get that "glow" and you've totally got it! You are one hot mama!!

Okay the places I would splurge as far as baby purposes are as follows:

-Hooter Hider; you can get them at Nordstrom's for about $40 and they are worth every little penny! They are kind of like an apron but you can see down the front to make sure the baby is nursing okay, but no one else can see your goods. It folds up really small to fit in your diaper bag, but is wonderful because come about 2 or 3 months and your little one will LOVE to rip the blanket off of you while nursing to expose your boobs to the world!

-Diaper Bag; I went through about cheap diaper bags from Babies R Us before I just sucked it up and bought a nice one. Holy cow, totally worth it! Petunia Picklebottom makes the best ones. Once I got a "nice" diaper bag, I realized I was never going back. I must warn you, they are rather pricey, but oh so worth it. I ordered a bag from her "cake" line and got it for about half price and it ran be about $150 (gasp!) but I would pay full price seeing how much I love it. There are lots of other syles though, and the one I got I think is one of the most expensive, so check out some of their other styles. You will not regret it I promise!

-Headbands and Hairbows; ebay, ebay, ebay! Kamryn has seriously upwards of 100 of these and I got them all from ebay. I used to make them myself, but it's actually cheaper and less time consuming to just buy them. People who make their bows to sell in boutiques sell their brand new, surplus stuff on ebay all the time for dirt cheap. Get the nylon headbands because they come really small (the only ones small enough to actually stay on newborn heads) but are SUPER stretchy. Kamryn can still wear all of her newborn headbands, and they don't leave marks on her head.

Okay, enough for my novel. Holy cow! But anyways, that's my "buying" advice. Can't wait to see more pictures!!

Matt-Whitney said...

Girl you look so cute!! You will have so much fun the next 20 weeks give or take. You start buying stuff you have your shower etc...
Yes TIP get a good diaper for sure dont get a cheap one where you will end up buying like 3 of them becasue they wont last try going on LLBean or LandsEnd those are some good places to order from.
Look for sales on bedding thats what I did I got an AMY COE set from Target the whole set for 40$ and before the sale it was over 100
try and compare prices to walmart, target, kmart etc. But keep eyes open for SALES for sure. And we registard at Babysrus they will give you a list of things to get some stuff is dumb and useless ask Brook what you should really focus on. Get a good car seat and stroller!!! very important. But you will do fine I went online and looked at alot of ratings on diffrent baby stuff to see what was the best and price wise good. Its all a HUGE learing experience for sure but its totally fun. Good luck and go have fun. Girl when i go looking for baby stuff i feel like a little kid in a candy store to many choices they have to many cute things

Matt-Whitney said...

Oops Diaper BAG ha ha thats what i ment not good Diaper sorry

McKenna said...

You look so cute!! I can't wait to
"meet" your little princess! Maybe when you come to visit Brooke in Texas, I'll drive up to see you too!! How fun would that be? I'm so excited you're having a little doubt she'll be super cute like her mamma!

Reisner's said...

I'm a little disapointed you haven't returned my call, last time you didn't you were having a rough time and now you seem to be doing very good. so whats up linds?? anyways I love feeling the baby kick!! but man every few hours? she moves a lot at such an early stage. lucky you! just think what it is going to be like when you are full term. anyways i would like a write back or even better a call. love ya babe

Kristen and Shawn said...

You are so cute pregnant. GLad to see you at church last week. If you don't mind used things- there is a thing called it is a yahoo group. We got some really good stuff of there for parker. IF you want some more info just email me-

Jo said...

Congrats!! How are you?
Jo Skinner

Jason and Kelsey said...

hey linds...we had a scare with some blog stalking in our family, so we decided to go private. I want to send you an invite so you'll still be able to log on and see what's going on, so email me at