fifteen weeks!!

photo 2.PNGHow are we feeling??!?!?!
Good….. noticed a bit of heavy breathing (panting, really) from running up the stairs or doing a lot of walking or moving around too fast. Kinda throws me and makes me want to run and get back in the gym regularly. I am going to try to make a yoga class or w a l k the treadmill a few times this week!

What’s going on with the bump?!?!
It’s growing!!! Others notice the growth more than I do, which is encouraging!! Pictures make me smile because I can see what I actually look like. LOL. (same as last week!) Starting to feel some not so normal activity in my belly. A definite poke once and a few flutters. It’s sweet. I’ll be doing my hair or laying in the bed and all of a sudden feel “something”… Then, think, “What tha…….” I have to remember that there are two people flipping & turning around and stretching their little limbs and that I will feel that movement at some point! lol.photo 1-3

So, how are you feeling?!
Very thankful. Very, very thankful. Overjoyed to be able to experience such an amazing act of selflessness and love. It’s humbling and I’m blown away all. the. time. at my growing belly and at the fact that I was blessed with not one, but TWO, babies to love and be sweet on! I’ve truly never felt more loved and favored by God!

Anything else?
I love wearing maternity clothes. Dresses in particular. OH MY GOSH. I loved my wedding dress….. It was/is truly insanely beautiful and I almost love wearing maternity dresses just about as much as I love wearing my wedding dress. I’ve never felt so girly and beautiful! I wanted to take pictures in it again at 5 yrs but seeing as how I’m praying to be giving birth within a week or two of our anniversary – that’s outta the window. So, let’s all reminisce, shall we?
trash the dress 1 trash the dress 2

And, can you get adjusted while pregnant? My back… I just feel like I need a quick adjustment. Laying on my back is so uncomfortable because of the ____ in my lower back. 🙁

From mommy….
I just can’t wait to find out what you guys are!! I’m literally dying to know……. I pray daily that you’re growing so well. I think about how God planned you. He is knitting you together so well. That He had thoughts of you and a perfect time to bless us with you when I didn’t even think you would ever exist. You are already so well loved and the cause of much praise and honor to God. I am so thankful for you. I hope you are so patient and forgiving of me because I am going to smother you with so many hugs and kisses and my camera will be in your face all the time… you’ll probably mistake it for one of my limbs. But, mommy, just wants to be able to capture and savor every moment of your sweetness.
– mommy

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good, better, best!

IMG_3842So, let me tell y’all how excited I am about stepping on the scale & being up 5 lbs from my last appointment 3 weeks ago! Yes. 5… five. Good news, people. F I V E pounds in 3 weeks which sounds like a lot but when I’m to gain a pound to a pound and a half each week – I’m doing pretty good! I’m still about 5 pounds less than what I should be at this point but I’m just glad for the gain. We were struggling for a little bit! Lol.

Better news- I FOUND A PAIR OF JEANS! Whoooooo-hoooooo! I love jeans so much and am so glad that I found a (sooner to be) flattering pair! I had to go up T H R E E sizes to accommodate for growth in my hips & thighs but I really don’t mind. My original size fit perfectly today, but I had to think about a few weeks/months down the road. My plan is to buy pants/jeans a little at a time, since I have no idea how big I’ll get. Lol

What I do have an issue with is clerks essentially wincing and easing over the idea of having to go up in size. I’m sure this has a lot to do with both personal and professional experiences of women becoming upset at larger numbers. I get it. Really, I do. Larger numbers on clothing items generally mean larger numbers on the scale. But, can we leave the “fear of ‘fat'” OUT of the maternity store! You’re expanding waistlines are supporting another life. As long as we are gaining weight in a steady & healthy fashion and our babies are healthy, WHO CARES WHAT SIZE YOUR PANTS ARE?!?! And, if anyone does care – I’m sure their life focuses aren’t very deep or expansive anyway.

I wish we, as women, were more concerned about our own health & circumstances rather than focusing on society’s standards of thin, beautiful, or a premier pregnancy. Everyone’s body is so different, we will all carry our babies differently. One pregnancy isn’t anymore or any less remarkable than another simply based on bump size or weight gain. How much more confident could we stand in front of our partners, our daughters, social media, & the world if we shifted our focus? If we all shifted our focus to healthy pregnancies and “snapping back” in a healthy way, our society wouldn’t be so shallow when it comes to the entire pregnancy experience. We have so much more to offer and so many larger things to focus on than trying to walk the tight rope of gaining just enough weight to be healthy but not too much to where I’m not praised for staying so tiny. Do what’s healthy for your baby & your body. Don’t stress yourself or your body trying to keep up with the culture.

I know many beautiful and amazing mamas who either gained a whooooooole lot, the average 25-30ish, or somewhere in between with their singletons. They all are amazing women & mamas (which is the MOST important fun fact) but they also manage their weights VERY well and in some instances are in better shape post delivery.

There’s a time for everything. And, right now, during my pregnancy… During your pregnancy…. During your friend’s or coworker’s pregnancy- this is the time to sustain a healthy diet so that they can grow a healthy baby or healthy babies. We can worry about the weight loss in due time. 😉

In the meantime, I’m eating. Lol. I’m continuing to get my fill of peaches & grapes (my favorites right now) & working on eating my meals in a more consistent and regular time frame. I’m not so good at that!

The best news – I was poked last night!!!! My first actual, undeniable movement! Idk who it was since it was in the middle of my belly! My kiddos sit on the left and right sides, so determining who causes middle of the belly movements is a bit confusing. I’m still excited about feeling the little waves and tickles, but so far- pokes are the most fun!!

Have a great Saturday you guys!
Holler!

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four-teen!!

First of all, although I’ve been stocking up on maternity clothes, for some reason I don’t wear them. UNTIL, well, tomorrow. Today was the last day I will squeeeeeeeeeze into a non-maternity dress or skirt. Unless of course it is maxi-like. I had to pull this skirt over my bump….. I have never been happier to get into comfy clothes ever! 😛20140803-194640-71200114.jpg

How are we feeling??!?!?!
Still doing great! And, e a t i n g which I’m super excited about! No more guilt about not feeling up to eating at all!!

What’s going on with the bump?!?!
It’s growing!!! Others notice the growth more than I do, which is encouraging!! Pictures make me smile because I can see what I actually look like. LOL.

So, how are you feeling?!
Very good. Honored. Amazed at the development of life. I love seeing how big they’ve gotten every month and how they’ve changed. I’m trying to pinpoint their personalities already (I know it’s early!) but it’s fun to see one “always” doing this or “always” doing that!

Anything else?
I’m randomly into sketching and picked up a legit sketching pad and Crayola Colored Water Color Colored pencils that I’m pretty pumped about trying out. I’m DYING to see how they work and what they look like paper! lol.

From mommy….
You little people bring mama so much joy! I’m waiting, waiting, waiting for undeniable movement. Again, I feel as if I’ve felt you but maybe I’m actually in denial or not quite sure what to “feel”, but I’m anxious for that moment when I gasp and say, “THAT was them!!” lol. Waiting, waiting, waiting to see what you “are”!!!
Oh yes, your dad says I can’t eat candy so that you guys won’t be “hyper”……. lol. Isn’t that funny?! ME not eat candy? lol. He’s so protective of you, I’ve noticed he give you little rubs more and more each day!! We are so excited about you!
– mommy

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