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21 Weeks

In the 19 week post, I thought I had sunk to a new low: posting a weekly update without an accompanying picture.

Oh, but one can go even lower, and forget to post for an entire week completely.

Welcome to the new low.

Oh, but all is not lost.

In the words of Harry from Dumb and Dumber, "You go and do something like this...and TOTALLY redeem yourself!"

I have 1) organized myself so that I am not posting this update on the last possible day of the week, and 2) taken pictures of myself this week. Hooray all around for me!

How far along? 21 weeks and 2 days
Total weight gain:  8 pounds. 
Maternity clothes: Pretty much all the time. Amber and I went through my closet to organize my maternity and non-maternity clothes this weekend, and I found a few things from pre-maternity that I didn't think I could wear, but can. Yay for impromptu maternity closet additions!
Sleep: Still tired all the time. If I don't get my quick afternoon nap in, I'm cross-eyed by 9 PM.
Best moment this week: Getting to see Britton on the ultrasound!
Miss anything? My waist. The ability to bend over. Not aching at the end of the day from crouching over my growing belly.
Movement:  All the time! She got super excited at dinner last night (a work function for my mom) and tonight (Five Guys with my sister). The little lady likes dinnertime!
Food cravings:  I'm back to normal this week--nothing's really jumping out at me right now.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Please, please, please let this part of pregnancy be over. I haven't gagged or been queasy in two weeks.
Gender:  Girl! Her name is Britton.
Labor signs: Definitely not. Stay in there, Tadpole!

Symptoms: Much bigger belly, heartburn, tiredness
Belly button in or out? Still in, but it's thinking about making a run for it.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time:  Pretty happy, though I did get overwhelmed when I was tired the other day and kind of/ sort of messed up Landon's haircut (though he still says it looks okay). Crying ensued.
Looking forward to: Meeting baby girl! And buying more baby clothes for her. My mom, sister and I went out on Saturday to raid the sales in the local children's departments, and Britton is already one well-dressed little lady.

Girl or Boy? The Results are In! (20 Week Ultrasound)

The day has finally come!

Landon and I went to the baby doctor yesterday with our fingers crossed that Tadpole would be co-operating during the gender reveal. I even gave the baby a pep talk on the way home from work in the hopes that might increase our chances of finding out.

As soon as we got into the ultrasound room, the technician asked if we wanted to know, and we told her, "Definitely!"

She moved the ultrasound wand around for just a second, then asked, "So what do you think you're having?" Landon and I told her we'd both been having girl vibes, and the technician said, "We'll then you'd be right!"

We're having a baby girl!

We watched her squirm, kick and suck her thumb during the ultrasound. The entire experience was surreal, but amazing. Because of the way that she was sitting, the technician couldn't get all of the heart shots that she needed to get nor could she see where the umbilical cord was attached to the placenta, so I'll have to get another ultrasound in 2 weeks. While I don't want to take off more work at this point, I don't have a choice...plus, I get to see Britton again, which is always exciting!

Look at that little nose! And that's her hand up by her face.

I am so, so excited--not that I wasn't before, and not that I wouldn't have been if this baby I was carrying was a boy, but knowing for sure that the baby is a girl makes everything more real.

Welcome to the family, baby Britton!

19 Weeks

In my worst showing yet, I forgot to take a picture this week! I'm going to see if Landon will help me remember to take one today (I'll update the post if that happens); it will be slightly late, but better late than never is quickly becoming my motto.
How far along? 19 weeks and 6 days
Total weight gain:  7-8 pounds. 
Maternity clothes: It's official--I cannot wear any of my regular t-shirts anymore. I thought for sure that they'd be long enough to make it a little bit further down the road, but that's not the case. It looks like it's all maternity all the time from here on out. 
Sleep: Give me more, lots more. Even though I'm now well into the second trimester, I'm still struggling to get my energy back. Whoever said I'd feel way better during this part lied. Even blogging, which I love to do, has become a chore (sorry, blog, for forgetting about you lately!). Is it nap time yet?
Best moment this week: Seeing how tiny a newborn diaper is. I know that sounds so weird, but Landon and I enamored with this free diaper sample I got at one of the maternity stores recently. I know the baby is going to be small when s/he arrives, but that teeny weeny diaper has really put things into perspective. 
Miss anything? Sub sandwiches. I love deli meats, and I love a sub sandwich. I just want a cold Jimmy John's Italian Night Club--only 139 days left!! (Landon has already promised he'll make sure I get one ASAP after we get out of the hospital!)
Movement:  Tadpole's a mover and shaker. The most enthusiastic kicking this week was when we were at Lowe's looking at backsplash for our kitchen renovation that's in the works. Does this mean that Tadpole will be a future DIY-er?
Food cravings:  I've gotten heartburn a lot lately, so right now I'm all about eating whatever won't make it worse (which is pretty much nothing). My one request this week? Sour gummy worms. 
Anything making you queasy or sick?  We went to Publix the other day, and Landon remarked on how the liquor store in the same shopping center was still open since it was pretty late. I thought about the taste of alcohol and got so sick that I had to sit in the car and gag in the parking lot. I definitely was avoiding alcohol anyway, but I think it's crazy that I've got such an aversion to it lately!
Gender:  We find out on THURSDAY of this week!!!
Labor signs: Nope. 

Symptoms: Super heartburn supreme, constant sleepiness.
Belly button in or out? Still in.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time:  Happy, happy for the most part...though there have been some random crying moments.
Looking forward to: Finding out if we're having a girl or boy!

18 Weeks

The weather has been so nice in Charleston lately--hence, the shorts in January.
I've really got to get better about posting this on time (I was 18 weeks last week), but at least I'm taking the pictures, right?
How far along? 18 weeks and 6 days
Total weight gain:  6 pounds. I know I'm supposed to be gaining the weight for the baby, but it's still odd to see the scale creep up to places I've never seen before.
Maternity clothes: My normal clothes are beginning to look ridiculous on me. I have a long torso anyway, so it's tough to find pre-pregnancy clothes that are long enough to fit me. Now that I've got a bit of a belly, the majority of my old shirts are gapping at the bottom, which means I'm pretty much in all maternity all the time now. I always have to wear maternity pants or skirts, or use my belly band on the pants that button (clasps don't work with the belly band, as I found out the hard way).
Sleep: No complaints there! I hate sleeping on my side, so even though it's recommended, I'm sticking to sleeping on my back. I sleep better that way, and that's the whole point, right?
Best moment this week: Feeling Tadpole move! I was lying in bed last Tuesday when POW! I felt a kick just under my belly button. The movement was so distinctive and scared me so badly that I gasped, and scared Landon in turn! I haven't had another kick quite that surprising, but Tadpole does move now with regularity.
Miss anything? My old clothes. I look at my beautiful, full closet and know that I won't be able to wear those pants and tops for quite some time. However, I've gotten lots of cute maternity staples in the last week, so I have new clothes to ease the pain. :)
Movement:  Pretty regularly. Anytime I'm lying down or being extra still, I can usually feel Tadpole squirming around within a few minutes.
Food cravings:  I had my first sweet craving for a Cupcake cupcake this week. Landon happily obliged and I got a vanilla cupcake, my favorite.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Smelling the food that I have to wash off on the dishes in the sink. I nearly barfed a few days ago because I had to rinse and load the dishes into the dishwasher. Landon is in charge of this for the time being.
Gender:  We'll know next week! The guessing is at half and half, with the boy sector coming in slightly ahead of the girl guesses (by maybe one person). T-minus 9 days until we find out (if Tadpole cooperates).
Labor signs: Nope.

Symptoms: Belly band usage,heartburn (boo), sleepiness.
Belly button in or out? In, though it's definitely looking thinner than it was before.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time:  No complaints here!
Looking forward to: Registering and finding out if we're having Britton or Gibson!

What's in a Name?

Being the ones to choose your child's moniker is daunting. It has to be flexible enough to follow your baby into adulthood, but distinctive enough to make him or her stand out from the crowd. It has to be able to morph along with your baby into whomever he or she becomes, whether that's a doctor, a mayor, a teacher or a scientist.

That's a lot to ask of two to four syllables.

I've long loved names. I always want to know how an author names his or her characters for each text. I'm that annoying kid who finds it frustrating to the point of distraction when parents-to-be won't share their name choice. I know many people keep their choices to themselves for fear of negative reponses, but those responses won't be coming from me. Even if the names someone else has chosen aren't ones that I would necessarily use, I still love hearing about the selection process and the meaning behind the final choices.

Landon and I are finding out whether Tadpole is a boy or a girl in two weeks. I could wait until then to tell you what we're naming him/ her.

But what's the fun in that?!

The baby will not have a hypenated last name like me (I lost that battle), so whatever first name we bestowed upon Tadpole had to be different enough to counter Landon's and the baby's very common last name. Regardless of the sex, the baby will have my maiden name as the middle name (a family tradition), so that was easy to decide, too. We also like names with personal meaning behind them, so we looked to our family trees and our interests to find the perfect name.

The winners?

If we have a daughter, her name will be Britton. It sounds familiar enough with its closeness to Brittany. Yet, it's completely different, and I've never known someone with that name. Plus, it's a not-so-hidden fact that I am an Anglophile through and through, and I love the sound association with Britain. Landon and I went on a trip of a lifetime to Scotland and England in 2011, and we both love that Britton will be so closely tied to our memories of that trip. Yes, it sounds like a place name, and it's unisex, both of which might turn some people off, but it works completely for us.

If we have a son, his name will be Gibson. It's my middle name, and my mom's maiden name, so it has a lot of personal significance to me. I love that my son will be able to carry a piece of his family around with him in his name! Plus, the name is Scottish in origin (we're part of the Buchanan clan), which completely appeals to my British loving ways. When he's little, we'll probably call him Gibb or Gibby for short, and then he can transition into Gibson when he's ready. It's not a traditional boy name at all, but I'm not a traditional kind of person.

I love both of our name choices so much that I think I'll be a little sad no matter what we have since one of my beloved names won't get used. But one positive to finding out in two weeks is that the monogramming and personalization can get underway!

How did you determine the names of your kids/ pets/ stuffed animals?

The Nursery, Version 1.0

I'm a planner. If Landon and I have a vacation, big work plans, or a party to throw, you can guarantee I'm off somewhere making a list and loving it. 

This baby has been no exception! From the moment that I found out we were expecting our little bundle of joy, I've been pinning to my baby Pinterest board and reading reviews on baby products like it's my job.

Our first big purchase? The crib! After lots of research, Landon and I chose the Graco 4-in-1 Lauren convertible crib in Espresso from Walmart. There was a great deal going on after Christmas, so we got the crib mattress bundled in with the crib for free.

The entire bundle was only $150, and I was a little wary because the crib was so much less expensive than the others we'd looked at, but the reviews were fantastic. I figured that, for $150, the crib didn't even have to make it to the toddler bed stage.

I think my worries were unfounded because the crib came in today, and it incredibly solid. It's even made of actual wood, not particle board. Yay for a good purchase!


The nursery's theme? Owls. We may also inject a little Harry Potter love into the nursery as we go along with a cute HP stuff I saw on Pinterest...but that's an entirely different post. :)

One of the first sets of items purchased for Tadpole, way back in October. My mom and dad gave this cute set to the baby for Christmas. 

Tadpole's first stuffed animal from my cousins Bonnie, Kevin, Kayla and Braxton.

Time to cruise in style! We're not buying an infant stroller, so this will serve us well when Tadpole gets a little bigger.

16 Weeks

*Note: I'm actually in my 17th week today (01/02), but I wrote this up and took the pictures last week. Those crazy holidays got in the way of posting!

How far along? 16 weeks and 4 days
Total weight gain:  about 4 pounds. I'm a little under where I should be right now, but my OB says I'm still doing well. 
Maternity clothes: About half and half. I can fit into some of my pre-pregnancy shirts, but the maternity ones are super comfy. My mom was sweet and bought me a few during A Pea in the Pod's after Thanksgiving sale, and I love them. My beloved skirts are absolutely gone, as are most of my pre-preggy pants. I'm rocking the belly band on the pants that work with it: some of the pairs that have clasps instead of buttons don't seem to work with the belly band, so they've gone into storage. 
Sleep: Good. I've been fighting a cold for most of December, which makes me tired, but that's completely unrelated to pregnancy. 
Best moment this week: Opening all of Tadpole's Christmas gifts. This is one loved baby! Gigi and Papa Jay (my parents) gave Tadpole a lightweight stroller (perfect for our Disney trips!), a matching blanket and neck pillow, and a crib sheet set. Auntie Amb (my sister) gave us the cutest selection of baby onesies. Tadpole will be one well-dressed baby!
Miss anything? Deli meats. My OB said I could have them if 1) I bought them myself and 2) heated them up before I ate them, but I want a cold, Jimmy John's Godfather sandwich. And it won't taste right warmed up. :(
Movement:  Waiting! The OB said I should feel something anytime between now and my anatomy ultrasound at the end of January.
Food cravings:  Thin crust cheese pizza. Chicken Caesar salad wraps. Whole wheat bagels with chive and onion spread. (Clearly, I haven't turned the corner and gotten my sweet tooth back completely.)
Anything making you queasy or sick?  I'm back to normal! I haven't felt sick in weeks. 
Gender:  There's some serious betting going on around here! For boy, we have: my grandfather, my cousin Bonnie and her husband, Landon's co-worker, and the nurse at the OB office. For girl, we have my co-worker, two of my students, my sister and Landon. Luckily, I've pinned adorable clothing options for both!
Labor signs:  Nope. 

Symptoms: Belly band usage, moderate acne (hello, 10th grade), sleepiness.
Belly button in or out?  In. 
Wedding rings on or off?  On. 
Happy or moody most of the time:  Still happy!
Looking forward to: Feeling Tadpole kick.