My Best Birthday Yet

Today is my 29th birthday! Which, since Baby Foxlet will be making its way into the world before my next turn ’round the sun, basically means it’s the last birthday I’m planning on celebrating, uh, ever. I pretty much plan on just staying this age for the rest of my life if that’s cool, ahahahaha.

I spent the weekend celebrating, and oooooooh man, WHAT a weekend! It was full of family, fun, and feasting… and a little something extra special, which obviously means it was pretty much the best.

My sister, Jenny, was up for a visit from the ATL, so I got a lot of QT in with my little nieces. We also spent some sister-sister bonding time Saturday morning by heading to the salon for a little beautification. Since chopping off my hair, I’d just been letting it grow kinda wild… and it was heading dangerously into mullet-territory.

 

 

I was in desperate need for a little shape-up as it grows out, and I’m feeling much happier now that my locks have been tamed! Jenny lightened up for summer with some refreshed highlights, too. Huzzah!

 

 

Before Jenny and the girls had to skidaddle back to Atlanta yesterday, we had an early family birthday celebration for meeeeee! We headed to one of my favorite restaurants, Chasin’ Tails, and had a regular ol’ seafood feast. I was ecstatic for many reasons (y’all know how much I love my birthday!), but in particular because I was actually able to eat a good amount at dinner! I finally seem to be getting my appetite back (at certain times of day, at least), which after 4 straight months of nausea has been straight-up amazing.

 

 
 

After dinner, we headed back to my parents’ house for presents, dessert, and an extra fun bonus surprise… finding out the sex of the baby!

 

 

Yep, as what I’m sure comes as a surprise to absolutely no one, I totally caved, and ended up getting an elective ultrasound to find out early. I just couldn’t take not knowing any longer! Don’t judge me.

 

 

I had my ultrasound on Friday, just one day before the big reveal, and amazing bakery agreed to whip up some reveal cakepops on super short notice for me. the ultrasound tech called them to tell them the result, so I genuinely found out along with everyone else! And, well… just watch the video below to see! (My brother has a super cool 360-degree cam so we were able to capture everybody’s reactions all at once!)

 

 

Ooooor, if you ain’t got time for that, this oughta do the trick:

 

 

It’s a GIRL!!!!!!!!

 

 

I’d had a total of four separate and different dreams that the baby was a girl, but I wasn’t sure if that was just my own wishful thinking, since I’d always said I really wanted a girl, hehe. Turns out, it must have been my mother’s intuition!

Sean and I are both SO excited to be welcoming a baby girl into the world this September! I feel like I haven’t stopped smiling since Saturday evening (well, except for the hour I spent bent over the toilet around midnight that same night. Apparently baby girl does NOT like it when I take my prenatal vitamin on an empty stomach.) And I’ve already gotten to work adding lots of pink, fluff, and bows to my baby registry, ahahaha.

I know, I know, it’s not hip to be so gender-normative these days, but c’mon. It’s not like I wouldn’t love it if she ends up being all about trains, sports, and rocket ships instead of dancing, princesses, and tea parties! Okay, maybe not sports because I literally don’t care about one iota about sports, but how awesome would it be if she wants to be an astronaut when she grows up?! I just know myself, and know that I’m an annoyingly girly girl at heart. So are we really that surprised that I’m looking forward to filling my world with lots of pink, purple, and polka dots for the time being?

I will say, it is crazy how suddenly REAL things feel now that I know the sex of this little one. I mean, aside from learning this one little fact, nothing else has really changed all that much since my last update. And yet, when I think about the future, the picture is now all that much clearer! Trying to come up with her name suddenly has a real purpose, I can actually envision what it’ll be like to change her diaper, etc.

All of which is exciting, of course, but also mildly terrifying. In my excitement (and impatience) to learn the sex, I didn’t really think about how doing so would sharpen my image of the future, and thus make it all the more real that I am going to be responsible for an actual human life very, very soon. Like, responsible for her not dying on a daily basis. And when you think about it like that, 29 really just doesn’t seem all that old.

Foxlet: Week 16

Aloha, week 16!

I’ve got the usual updates down below, but first off, I’m super excited to tell you guys that my sister, Jen, is also pregnant right now with #3! I’ve been trying really hard to bite my tongue about the news until she had officially announced (she was waiting until she found out the sex — Mia and Kira are getting a baby brother!!), but now the word is out!

She’s 5 weeks ahead of me, and it’s been really fun and definitely very special to go through my own pregnancy along with her. Since this is her third, she’s a pro now! And getting to glean bits of wisdom from her, as well as having someone who never seems to get tired of me complaining to her about the ugly side of pregnancy, has been really nice. Although, admittedly, late Summer/early Fall of this year is gonna be kiiiiiiind of a crazy time for my parents, heh.

I had my 16 week OB checkup yesterday, and got great news about the First Trimester Screen I completed last month. Foxlet has a 1/10,000 chance of having Trisomes 13, 18, or 21 (Down Syndrome), and according to my doctor, that’s the best possible result I could’ve received! So hooray!

Foxlet’s Size: Foxlet is the size of an avocado, a dill pickle, or a can of soda.

Weight Gained: I’m back up a pound or so this week, still sitting about 13 pounds down from my pre-pregnancy weight… not that you’d know it given how gigantic my stomach already is. Like I discussed last week, apparently even a teeny little avocado of a baby can give you a giant ultrabelly if you’ve already got a nice squishy stomach to start with. Oy. 

Symptoms: Nausea’s still hanging around, lucky girl that I am, although I’ve had 1 or 2 miraculous non-nauseous days (or at least, completely nausea-free until nighttime) which have been amaaaaaaazing. Still holding out hope that I’m juuuuuust about to turn that corner and finally start to feel that pregnancy glow, lol.

This week I’ve also been experiencing a little bit of heartburn, I’ve still got that lovely boob tenderness, and I’ve been noticing I get cold much more easily/frequently than usual (which is sure strange for me, because I’m normally always hot!) On the positive symptoms side of things, my nails are super strong and thick right now!

Emotions: Oh boy. They are definitely in hyperdrive right now. If I thought I’ve been extra emotional these past few weeks, I really didn’t know what I was talking about.  It is pretty extreme right now. I spent the majority of yesterday in tears for one reason or another — Sean had to work late, Daxter was being cute, someone made me feel fat, Piper and Leo just can’t be happy on Charmed, I wanted ice cream and then I didn’t… you get the picture. 

And it probably isn’t helping that I’ve been listening to the Moana soundtrack nonstop every time I’m in the car. I have yet make it through without bursting into tears during “How Far I’ll Go.” And that goes double for the reprise. 

Cravings: Fresh fruit, especially watermelon and apples, raw veggies, and Thai food, particularly noodle dishes like drunken noodles and pad see ew. Although, with my nausea still coming and going, unless I act on a craving immediately, by the time I get my hands on whatever food I said I was craving, I don’t want it anymore. And I have the untouched containers of pad thai in my fridge to prove it. Sigh. 

Still, I’m taking pleasure in every moment that I actually desire food at all, since that hasn’t really been the case for the past 3 months!
Aversions: Red sauce, bananas, and, unfortunately, fish are currently on my oh-no-no list. I’m starting to become less averse to meat, which is good, but still am not feeling much of a desire to eat it.

Sleep: Still sleeping hard and long. Crying all the time is really exhausting, okay?!

Purchases: I actually made my first relatively big baby-related purchase this past week! It wasn’t big monetarily, because I paid just $35 for it, lol, but it’s a big deal because it’s our first real piece of baby furniture: a bassinet!

I’ve pretty much decided that I’ll want to keep the baby in a bassinet/pack-n-play/mini-crib/something on my side of the bed at first, and I’ve been looking into bassinets in particular since our bedroom isn’t all that big. I’d already seen the Babyletto Bowery bassinet online during some cursory searches, and liked the look of it immediately. But with a retail price of $120 – $150, and some mixed reviews about its size and unwieldiness (it’s actually surprisingly big!), I wasn’t ready to purchase it outright (or even add it to my registry just yet.)

That said, when I saw it pop up on Facebook Marketplace for such a low price, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity and decided to give it a chance! I figure that if Foxlet doesn’t end up liking it, or if we decide to go in another direction, I can always resell it (or, worst case scenario, we’re only $35 out anyway.) It’s got a few cosmetic scratches, but is in good condition, and even came with an upgraded cradle mattress (the one that it normally comes with is apparently really crappy). I’ve cleaned and disinfected it, as well as filled in some of the scratches using the walnut hack. I’m pretty happy with the result!

I know I’ve still got a loooong way to go with this pregnancy, but I won’t lie, picking up our first piece of furniture has me pretty excited! I think it’s just like, every new part of preparing for the baby just makes it all the more real, y’know?

Wearing: With the warm weather we’ve been having this week, I’m all about the maternity shorts I picked up from Old Navy and Target! As you can see from my bump photos above, I think I’ll be getting my money’s worth with these.

Missing… being on my normal emotional spectrum (which was, let’s be honest, already pretty wide-ranging, lol.)

Looking Forward to… continuing to get more mommy practice in while my nieces are currently visiting. I’ve been able to hang out with my friend Lara and her beautiful new baby girl as well, which has been a great lesson in just how tiny babies are when they start out (given Mia’s and Kira’s current size, this is a surprisingly easy thing to forget.)

 
Ooh, and I’m definitely looking forward to my birthday dinner this weekend, too! My birthday isn’t until Tuesday, but my family is celebrating early while Jenny and the girls are in town. Huzzah!

Foxlet: Week 14

Ahhhh, week 14! This update is coming at you a bit belatedly due to all the extra vomiting and terribleness that has plagued me for the past few days. Luckily (*knocks on wood*), yesterday seemed to be a turning point where I was able to go the entire day without feeling super nauseous AND was even able to eat an entire Egg McMuffin meal to boot. I can’t even remember the last time I ate anything that you could call an actual “meal” so this is a real boon!

I had an Elite Event last night, too, so it finally gave me an excuse to get out of the house, wear makeup, and not look like a total sorry-for-myself butt. Huzzah!

Foxlet’s Size: Foxlet is currently the size of a nectarine, or a donut!

Weight Gained: Feeling like a broken record, but nothing has changed here. In fact, the few pounds it looked like I had re-gained last week have disappeared again, so I’m back to about 15 pounds down from my pre-pregnancy weight. Who knew that this was the weight-loss solution I’ve been searching for my whole life!

Symptoms: Cross your fingers for me that I really am in the homestretch of my “morning” sickness and nausea! It’s hard to predict, because one day I’ll think that I’m turning a corner, and then the next day I’ll be crouched over my porcelain throne for 25% of the day, but yesterday was my first legitimately good day since, um, week 4. Please, pleeeeeeease let this awful stage of baking this little cinnamon bun be over!

Aside from that, I’ve mainly been experiencing exhaustion, some round ligament pain as my uterus is growing and stretching, and of course…

Emotions: Unsurprisingly, I’m a huge, ridiculous mess when it comes to watching movies these days. I went to see Beauty & the Beast with Ben & Tay and cried sooooo much (also, I loved it!). I mean, like, literally as soon as it transitioned from the Disney intro with the castle into the classic opening theme, I was already a wreck (it was such a seamless transition!).

I also re-watched Moana for the first time since seeing it in the theatres and was destroyed multiple times. God, it’s so good. Like, I’m legitimately getting teary just thinking about it again now.

Cravings: No super strong cravings yet, although last night when I ate my post-event Egg McMuffin, I wanted another one, so I’m going to chalk that up as a kind of craving? Mainly I just want to celebrate that I ate a real thing! And still wanted more! What a novel feeling after the past couple months!

Aversions: Red sauce is still the bane of my existence, and I still have that know-I-should-eat-something-but-just-can’t-fathom-putting-anything-in-my-mouth feeling more often than not. I just stare into my open refrigerator, breathing through my mouth because the smells emanating from the fridge are a little bit much, wracked with indecision.

Sleep: Still vacillating between being a sleep monster and an insomniac. The night before last I went to bed at 9:30 and didn’t get out of bed until… 9:30. And then also took a nap from 2 to 4. The night before that, I could hardly sleep at all.

Wearing: I tried to wear jeans to my Elite Event last night and had to bust out the wide waistband extender, so I think my decision to primarily wear leggings and dresses is still a good one.

Missing… being carnivorous. I guess it’s not really a bad thing, but my meat consumption is way, way down and I do miss the idea of a delicious steak (even if I’m not missing steak itself.)

Looking Forward to… God-willing, being over this nauseous, sad-sack side of pregnancy and hopefully on my way to the whole joyous, glowing, wonderful second-trimester stuff I keep hearing about!

Foxlet: Week 12

Week 12 is here, hallelujah! This means I’m almost out of my first trimester (I guess that technically happens at the end of this week?) and hopefully *fingers crossed* am on my way out of these first trimester symptoms as well. I was 12 weeks on the dot yesterday, but I wanted to wait to post until after my doctor’s appointment, cause I got a new framer to show you, hehe.

That’s a real human baby in there!

Foxlet’s Size: Foxlet is currently the size of a plum, apricot, or my personal fave, a french macaron!

Weight Gained: Still down about the same amount from the beginning of my pregnancy (~13-14 pounds), so no weight gained, although I can definitely tell the shape of my body is starting to change. So no new weight seems to have packed on (yet…), but things appear to be redistributing, lol.

Symptoms: Every time I think I’m on the up and up nausea-wise, it tends to rear its ugly head. Things are still the worst in the evenings, starting around 5 PM and lasting until I go to sleep. But the daytime tends to be all right most of the time, so I’m taking what I can get!

My current most-hated symptom is actually not the nausea, but the terrible terrible terrible breaking out that is happening to my skin! I know this is like sooooooo #whitegirlprobs, but I’ve always had really clear skin, even in high school, so dealing with acne now is actually starting to affect my self-esteem. Let’s just say that glowing, I am not. Le sigh.

Emotions: Errrrm, yeah. I had a dream the other night that Sean and I got a new puppy, and then when I woke up and it wasn’t true I started bawling in bed. Also am crying every time I find Foxlet’s heartbeat on the fetal doppler at home (point of fact: I do not recommend getting a fetal doppler because I couldn’t actually find the heartbeat until 3 days ago and it was causing a lot of “Is my baby dead?!?” anxiety). Also cried at the OB’s office yesterday. Also started bawling when I started thinking about the possibility of Harry dying before Foxlet is born. Also may be getting choked up right now just typing that sentence.

Cravings: Still no specific cravings, as finding food that seems palatable is still my main mission every day. In general, I seem to prefer sweet foods to savories, and can always eat fruit, so I look forward to my future hyperactive sugar-baby.

Aversions: Some of my aversions seem to be subsiding, so that’s really good! I’ve been able to start eating french fries again (huzzah!!) although am still super turned off by the thought of pizza and most meat.

Sleep: Been battling insomnia for the past week, so I have to take a sleep aid at night (Unisom – safe for pregnancy) to help me fall asleep. Once I’m out, though, I’m pretty good at staying asleep and am still getting enough hours in at night that I’ve been able to avoid napping (for now!).

Wearing: The maternity clothes that I ordered arrived this week, so I’ve tried it all on and I kiiiind of love them. My bump is still not so much a bump as my normal bowl full of jelly + some super fun bloating, but as I mentioned above, I can tell that my shape is changing and that means that even without having gained weight, my pants are already much tighter than they used to be. Enter:

The new hotness.

I got like 3 different types of maternity shorts (over-belly, under-belly, side panel) because I’ll be my most pregnant at the hottest time of the year in Northern VA (not great panning on my part) but seeing as how it’ll be 70 degrees today, I might bust these puppies out a little bit early, gahahaha. I’m sure you’ll be seeing the rest of my maternity wardrobe very soon.

Purchases: Aside from some new clothes for me, I haven’t bought anything else new for baby yet.

Missing… nausea-free evenings.

Looking Forward to… Well, as of this time yesterday I would’ve said I was looking forward to finding out the sex of the baby. Which, obviously, I still am (VERY MUCH SO), but I thought that at my appointment yesterday I was getting a blood test that would A) screen for genetic stuff, but also B) able to tell me the sex of the baby (so early!). Weeeeell, turns out that is a different kind of test than the one I actually got, and the kind I want likely wouldn’t be covered by insurance because I’m not having a high-risk pregnancy. (Which, I get is a good thing, I know.) And without insurance would cost like $2,000. Lol.

Anyway, I’m just bummed because I thought I was going to get to find out early, and now I won’t get to know until the 20 week anatomy scan like everyone else. I know, I know, woe is me. I know this all probably sounds super dumb, but I can’t help it: I wanna knooooow! So now I’m considering going to one of those elective ultrasound places where you pay like $70 and they can tell you as early as 14 weeks (although I’d probably wait til at least 16 weeks to increase accuracy.) Does that seem stupid to pay extra money just so I can find out the sex a few weeks earlier? I mean, if we have the technology…

Okay, enough whining about that. It should go without saying that obviously my biggest hope is just for a healthy, happy baby, and so far, the docs say that everything looks exactly as it should, and Foxlet is perfectly on track for 12 weeks — yay!

Waiting on our owl…

Hogwarts Class of 2035!

I told you that 2017 would be full of big things! Sean and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be welcoming our little lychee (codename: Foxlet) into the world this September!

 

Mischief managed.