Thursday, October 23, 2014

28 (and kind of 29) Weeks

We are just going to swiftly move past the fact that I have not posted and update since week 24. So, here I am at 29 weeks...tying my shoes and keeping my toes looking decent is becoming more difficult by the day. Someone please convince my husband that this is reason enough to get a pedicure on a regular basis!

Anyway, life is pretty good these days. The general stress that comes along with having a kid hits me every now and again...especially as my due date slowly creeps up on me. I mean seriously guys, I only have 11 more weeks until he is due to arrive! That just seems insane. I figure that ready or not, he is coming so I better just get it together and remember that we have amazing support systems ready to help us as we stumble through figuring out what it means to be parents.

So, this is kind of a combined post I suppose...a picture from week 28 but all the info from week 29. This picture also happened to be the same night the Giants clinched their ticket to the World Series!!




How far along:  29 weeks
Baby is the size of a: Acorn squash  
Showing: Definitely 
Gender: It’s a boy :)
Maternity clothes: Definitely pants and I am in serious need of some shirts..I am stretching out all of my normal ones!
Belly button in or out: still in.
Symptoms: A bit of swelling in my hands and feet and I am definitely starting to feel the extra weight in my knees, hips and lower back. Over all though, I feel like I have been really fortunate and can't really complain.
Sleep: Not the best, but also not the worst. 
Cravings: I do not like eggs for the most part but for whatever reason, over the weekend I could not get enough of hardboiled eggs! 
Queasy or sick: Not at all.  
Best moment this week: I love seeing him move and getting to know when he is most awake and active.
Worst moment this week: Nothing really this week, we had a scary moment with him in week 27 where I had not felt him move for a decent amount of time. Luckily he finally moved and has been just fine ever since.
Miss anything: My normal clothes
Movement: Definitely. He moves a lot when I am lying on my side trying to sleep!

Looking forward to: Meeting this little dude. But since that is still far away, I am excited for my 34 week appointment and getting to see him on the ultrasound again. 

I hope this finds you well!

with love,
Whitney

Monday, September 22, 2014

24 weeks in Kauai

Today was the first day back to work since last Friday! What a wonderful break we had from our day to day lives while we were in Kauai. I'm not even sure I should admit how many slices of pie I had (if you are ever in Kauai go to The Right slice!!) or how many iced vanilla chais I consumed (Go to Hanalei coffee roasters and drink this, you may want to also have their waffles in the morning...so good!)

So as you can see, Kauai was a great time for me to eat my way around the island...it was a little depressing stepping on the scale at my 24 week appointment today. Oh well, we are back to our normal boring (aka healthy) eating now.

So, here are some pictures from our trip and a little 24 week update too :)


You can't go to Kauai and not get shave ice (and yes, it still kills me every time to say or type shave ice instead of shaved ice...). They sure know how to make one monstrous dome of ice!

One of our favorite things we did all week was go to Queens Bath! There was a lovely little trail down to it and while we were trying to take a picture with the GoPro the below picture happened...it might be the best worst picture ever. We think it is absolutely hilarious. (hello belly!)



The above picture was when we were actually in Queens Bath looking at the little fish that made their way into it and the below picture is just of Queens bath and the amazing view you have from it. The go pro was a bit fogged up but I love this picture anyway.



We went mini golfing at a place that doubles as a botanical garden. It was so hot by that 18th hole I did not care anymore about the plant life. I don't do pregnant and humid well ;)

Probably one of the best things we did was go on a helicopter tour. Seeing the Na Pali coast was absolutely stunning from up there!





Did I mention the pie? Because let me tell you, this stuff is what dreams are made of. The cheesecake was to die for as was the little cherry number on the bottom of the picture...can we just say buttery macadamia nut crumb topping? I do not think it gets any better. If anyone is wondering what to get me for christmas, they ship their pies to the main land for only $57...no big deal.


Lastly, one of our favorite things to do is stand up paddle board so we did that for a couple hours one day. It was all fun and games going up the river with the wind at our back. Coming back was a bit more work than I wanted to do on vacation...but it was still fun and gave me an excuse to eat more pie ;)



So, not my typical belly picture with the sign and normal clothes...but check out that belly! That is a 24 week belly right there. He is still growing and moving around more every day.

How far along:  24 weeks
Baby is the size of a: Cantaloupe 
Showing: Definitely 
Gender: It’s a boy!
Maternity clothes: Only bottoms….although some shirts are getting a little short.
Belly button in or out: still in.
Symptoms: Nothing too crazy, just some swelling in my hands and feet
Sleep: Not the best, but also not the worst. 
Cravings: Nothing that really stands out…when we were in Kauai there was a cheesecake and vanilla chai that I could not get enough of!
Queasy or sick: Not at all.  
Best moment this week: Not only being able to feel him move but starting to see him move around too! He has been super active lately.
Worst moment this week: Nothing really. Things are going really smoothly with this little one and I am incredibly thankful for that.
Miss anything: This week there isn't much that I am missing…things are pretty darn good.
Movement: Yes! He has been really active and I love it!
Looking forward to: Being able to see more movement.

I hope this finds you well

With love, 
Whitney

Monday, September 1, 2014

21 weeks!

Well, here we are, a little over half way through! In honor of that, I went out and bought none other than some Ben and Jerry's...half baked of course (because our little one is half baked...get it?) ;)



Here is the belly picture of me at 21 weeks. Definitely getting bigger!


How far along:  21 weeks
Baby is the size of a: Pomegranate!
Showing: Definitely 
Gender: It’s a boy!!
Maternity clothes: Only bottoms….although some shirts are getting a little short.
Belly button in or out: still in.
Symptoms: Some definite round ligament pain (ouch!), hand and foot swelling and some lower back pain. Over all though, it is hard to complain…so far this pregnancy has been pretty easy on me and I am very thankful.
Sleep: Not the best, but I know that it only gets worse so I am trying to keep perspective.
Cravings: Freebirds burritos!!!
Queasy or sick: Not at all.  
Best moment this week: When our little boy decided to have a party in my belly and Noah was able to feel him move around for the first time! He has also learned to do a little tap dance on my bladder.
Worst moment this week: Some of the round ligament pain was pretty bad, it was tough being at work with it.
Miss anything: I could really go for a margarita….but that will have to wait a while longer.
Movement: Yes! He is still small so it isn’t super consistent yet and that makes me mad haha but when he does move it is the coolest thing and brings me instant joy.
Looking forward to: Him continuing to be healthy and just growing! I'm excited for more consistent movement too.


And incase you had not seen, this was the day we found out that we are in fact having a boy!

We plan on bringing him home in that little outfit. We are hoping he fits haha! Noah and I were both little butterballs when we were born (8lbs 8oz and 8lbs 6oz). We are so thrilled to get to know this little human and we cannot wait until January! 

I hope this finds you well on this beautiful Labor day!

With love,
Whitney


Sunday, August 10, 2014

18 Week update!

It is so odd to think that in just a couple weeks I will be halfway through being pregnant (that is, if the baby comes out at 40 weeks and doesn't get too comfortable in there!) I feel like this week and the next one will be weeks with some fun milestones (getting to feel the baby move and finding out what we are having). We are so over the moon about this little one and the next big thing we are looking forward to is Noah being able to feel the baby move too...hopefully that comes soon :) 







How far along:  18 weeks
Baby is the size of a: Sweet Potato!
Showing: Same as the last update…showing for those that know me but no brave strangers yet :)
Gender: We will find out in 6 days! We have everything we need for our little reveal and we cannot wait to find out!
Maternity clothes:  For the most part, yes. I have some jeans I can get away with putting the belly band on still…but I have a feeling those days will be over soon.
Belly button in or out: In.
Symptoms: Some pain from everything stretching, but nothing too crazy yet. I have been really tired again too, I think all of baby’s growing is making me tired!
Sleep: Still been ok, wake up to adjust in bed and go to the bathroom more than I used to.
Cravings: Nothing too specific…this week all I wanted was an iced chai from a coffee shop by us.
Queasy or sick: I think that is all behind me now…
Best moment this week: Feeling baby move for the first time! So incredibly exciting!
Worst moment this week: It is just tough at work when I am feeling so tired.
Miss anything: We were at a party last night and I do miss being able to have some wine or a margarita at those events.
Movement: Yes!!! Finally!

Looking forward to: Knowing what we are having and Noah being able to feel this little gem move too!


Well, that is all...but I will leave you with this lovely blooper picture haha. I was so tired today! I definitely took a nap right after this :)



Have a great week!

With Love,
Whitney

Monday, August 4, 2014

16 week update!

Well, I am up to date with all the pictures we have now. Hopefully we will get an 18 week picture soon so I can try to keep record of my belly growth! But for now, here is my 16 week update that is finally being posted!



How far along:  16 weeks
Baby is the size of a: Avocado!
Showing: Not enough for people to be brave and ask when I am due, but definitely have a belly to those who know me :)
Gender: We find out this month!!!
Maternity clothes: Yup. Finally had to put away the last pair of non maternity work pants that fit until now.
Belly button in or out: in
Symptoms: My skin is still trying to figure out all these hormones and decides breaking out is a great way to deal with it….(so not cool). Other than that, feeling pretty darn good!
Sleep: I wake up about 2 times a night to go to the bathroom…that isn’t my favorite but I know it will get much worse as I get bigger haha.
Cravings: Nothing really…I definitely want savory foods more than sweet which is totally opposite of what I typically want.
Queasy or sick: Not at all
Best moment this week: Knowing we will know so soon what is growing inside me!
Worst moment this week: This week has been great, nothing bad to report :)
Miss anything: Mmm a good glass of wine or a margarita would be nice haha
Movement: Nothing yet!
Looking forward to:  Feeling movement and finding out if we are having a little boy or girl on August 16th!


With love,
Whitney

13 week update

Clearly taking a picture each week is my strong suit (sense the sarcasm)...We took a picture at 6 weeks one at 7 weeks then another at 13. oops.

So here is what I looked like at 13 weeks!



How far along:  13 Weeks
Baby is the size of a: Peach
Showing: I think so (after looking at the picture, I sure hope this is considered showing!! haha!)
Gender: We will have our ultrasound on August 7th and find out on August 16th.
Maternity clothes: Some, mostly able to get away with just a belly band for now.
Belly button in or out: in
Symptoms: I feel like some energy is coming back but I am still pretty tired.
Sleep: It has been a little tough, waking up in the night a lot.
Cravings: I still am just loving fruit. I can’t stomach veggies right now which is odd…I typically love them.
Queasy or sick: Not really, every now and again I eat something that will get my stomach upset but overall pretty good.
Best moment this week: Getting to tell everyone! 
Worst moment this week: Nothing really, everything has been pretty good.
Miss anything: Not really.
Movement: Not yet, excited for that first time I feel something though!
Looking forward to: Finding out what we are having and feeling movement for the first time!

I hope this update finds you well :)

With love,
Whitney

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

#BabyStarksen

I am pretty sure this will not come as a surprise to anyone at this point, but I wanted to document this pregnancy from the beginning. So, while these are intended to be weekly posts....I have already been terrible about taking a picture each week. However, I figure some is better than none! So here it is from the beginning!
The day we found out! (May 3rd!)


It was so difficult keeping this a secret up until a little less than a month ago, and when we finally told the world, this is how we did it

As I said in the beginning, I am trying to do weekly updates...but that hasn't exactly been happening but here is the first picture I took at about 6 weeks


How far along: 6 weeks
Baby is the size of a: Sweet Pea!
Showing: nope
Gender: not sure yet  
Maternity clothes: nope.
Belly button in or out: in
Symptoms: Tired all the time! Feeling sick whenever I eat, luckily eating fruit has seemed safe and my belly has been ok with it. Oh and the breaking out...that can stop any time now.
Sleep: It has been good, a few nights of lower back pain made it tough but nothing crazy.
Cravings: Fruit and Mexican food
Queasy or sick: Unfortunately, that started this week....womp womp.
Best moment this week: Realizing that my birthday next year I will be a Mamma! 
Worst moment this week: The sickness catching up to me.
Miss anything: Energy 
Movement: Can’t feel anything yet!
Looking forward to: Our first ultrasound!


I know that hearing about my growing little one is probably terribly boring for most people...but I need somewhere to document it, and this is where it is going to be :)

I hope this finds you well, and hopefully you will see a bit more of me here on the blog now that I have something really fun to post about (for me anyway)

With Love,
Whitney