15 weeks!

14 WEEKS

HOW BIG IS BABY? 4 INCHES & 2.5 OZ – ABOUT THE SIZE OF A NAVEL ORANGE

DEVELOPMENT: BABY IS NOW ABLE TO RUB ITS EYES, YAWN AND EVEN BLINK! HIS/HER HAIRLINE IS FORMING AND HAIR IS STARTING TO GROW ON THEIR HEAD, EVEN THE EYEBROWS AND THE EYELASHES ARE GROWING. BABY IS HICCUPING REGULARLY, ALTHOUGH THERE IS NO SOUND SINCE BABYS WINDPIPE IS FULL OF FLUID AT THIS STAGE. BABY CAN ALSO BEGIN TO HEAR SOME SOUND NOW.

SLEEP: SLEEP HAS BEEN PRETTY GOOD SO FAR. CURLY (MY DOG WHO IS 7 LBS) ALWAYS SNUGGLES MY TUMMY WHILE A SLEEP AND IT IS SO SWEET.

MISSING: BEING ABLE TO GO ON NICE LONG RUNS, AND FEELING GOOD ENOUGH TO GO TO THE GYM EVERY DAY.

CRAVING: THIS WEEK I HAVEN’T REALLY HAD ANY CRAVINGS AT ALL. TO BE HONEST, EATING ENOUGH HAS BEEN A STRUGGLE FOR ME LATELY, I NEED TO WORK ON THAT.

FEELING: WELL, LAST WEDNESDAY I WOKE UP AND I FELT GREAT AND ALL THE WAY UP TO SATURDAY I DIDN’T REALLY FEEL SICK AT ALL. THEN ON SUNDAY, I WAS FEELING A LITTLE SICK AND MONDAY WAS THE WORST! I THREW UP AGAIN! AND FOR ME TO THROW UP TAKES A LOT, EVEN WHEN I FEEL MY WORST I CAN’T MAKE MYSELF THROW UP, SO WHEN I DO IT’S BAD. I WAS SICK AGAIN TODAY BUT NOT AS BAD, SO I’M HOPING THAT I WILL BE BACK TO NORMAL AGAIN.

GENDER: WE FIND OUT NEXT WEEKEND!

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: HALLOWEEN PARTIES! AND DRESSING UP AS AN OLD COUPLE AND MESSING WITH PEOPLE.

LOOKING FORWARD TO: FINDING OUT WHAT THE GENDER OF OUR SWEET LITTLE BABY IS GOING TO BE!

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Now I’m going to apologize in advance for the picture overload, but this is more for my journaling to look back on a few years from now. But this past weekend was a very fun and memorable one. On Friday, Cory had his dental school halloween party and we dressed up like bats. Cory was batman and I was just a plain old bat, we went with two of our other couple friends were a deer and a hunter and a spider and fly. The party was at Mad River Restaurant/bar and we ate and socialized for a bit and then we went over to one of our favorite dessert spots, Kaminsky’s and got some yummy hot chocolate, and went back to our house to watch Hocus Pokus.

On Saturday, we went to our church Trunk-or-Treat and we all dressed up as our future selves. It was pretty hilarious, Cory was in grandpa character the whole time and all the kids were either scared of him, teasing him or laughing at him. After the party we went to Ye Old Fashion Ice cream and Cory messed with one of the employees there in his old man character. I will try and post some of the videos I took, it was pretty funny. Afterwards we went to the Dawson’s house to watch a scary movie…we ended up watching Flowers in the Attic which was very depressing.

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Costume Shopping!

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MUSC Halloween Party

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Our Futur Selves! Party #2

Our Futur Selves! Party #2

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The halloween decor in our 650 sq ft apartment

The halloween decor in our 650 sq ft apartment

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14 weeks!

14 WEEKS

HOW BIG IS BABY? 3.4 INCHES & 1.5 OZ – ABOUT THE SIZE OF A LEMON

DEVELOPMENT: BABY IS BEGINNING TO SUCK IT’S THUMB, WIGGLE TOES AND (NOT SO CUTE BUT EQUALLY AMAZING) MAKING URINE AND BREATHING AMNIOTIC FLUID AS THE LIVER, KIDNEYS AND SPLEEN CONTINUE TO DEVELOP. ALSO, BABY IS GETTING THIN, DOWNY HAIR THAT IS GROWING ALL OVER THE BODY FOR WARMTH.

SLEEP: I AM CONSTANTLY NEEDING CORY TO SPOON ME AT NIGHT BECAUSE HIS WARMTH MAKES MY LOWER BACK FEEL BETTER. OTHER THAN THAT, I HAVE BEEN HAVING MORE CRAZY DREAMS INCLUDING BEING STUCK IN A STORM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN THEN FALLING TO THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN FLOOR WITH DUCKS AND LIZARD TOADS EVERYWHERE. IT WAS VERY INTERESTING..

MISSING: ENERGY.. IT IS SLOWLY COMING BACK THOUGH

CRAVING: THIS WEEK CORY AND I WERE WATCHING SHOW CALLED ‘THE GOLDBURGS’ AND THERE WAS A SCENE WHERE THE BOY WAS EATING BREAKFAST AND THERE WERE SOME GOLDEN CRISP CEREAL. THE MOMENT I SAW IT I WANTED SOME GOLDEN PUFFS (SPECIFICALLY THE MALT O MEAL BRAND) SO BAD! SO I HAD CORY RUN TO 2 DIFFERENT STORES TO FIND IT. EVER SINCE THEN I CRAVE A BOWL EVERYDAY! I HAVE NO IDEA WHY!!

FEELING: OKAY… I AM SOOOO OVER BEING SICK ALL THE TIME! THIS MONDAY WAS HORRIBLE, I COULD BARELY GET OUT OF BED. BY THE TIME I GOT OUT OF BED AND ATE SOMETHING I JUST COULD NOT FEEL RELIEVED. I HAD A CHECK UP WITH MY OB THAT MORNING SO WHILE I WAS IN THE BATHROOM GETTING READY I STARTED FEELING EVEN MORE NAUSEOUS AND BEFORE I COULD EVEN PREPARE MYSELF I WAS VOMITING FROM THE SINK TO THE TOILET. AND WHILE I WAS CLEANING IT UP I WAS DRY HEAVING AND I DIDN’T STOP UNTIL I WAS HALF WAY WALKING TO MY OB’S OFFICE. LUCKILY IT IS ONLY ABOUT 3/4 OF A MILE DOWN THE ROAD.

GENDER: WE MADE OUR APPOINTMENT TO FIND OUT THE FIRST WEEK OF NOVEMBER! CAN’T WAIT!!

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: GETTING TO HEAR MY BABY’S HEARTBEAT NICE AND STRONG AGAIN! 152 BEATS PER MINUTE 🙂

LOOKING FORWARD TO: HALLOWEEN PARTIES, HALLOWEEN AND CARVING PUMPKINS!

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This past week has flown by! There have been a lot of fun and busy stuff going on. On Thursday  we had a halloween/pumpkin painting party! It started off a little rough because I was carpooling and not only did we go to the wrong house but I walked into the wrong house with a pumpkin, treats and paint about to fall out of my hands! *awkward* but once we got to the right house we watched an old 80’s scary movie (can’t remember the name of it) at and painted away! On Friday we had a Walking Dead night with some friends, and enjoyed each other’s company. Saturday, I went to a baby shower which was a lot of fun playing games, socializing and taking in all the good advise and good present ideas from other moms for my future registry. When I got home Cory and I decided last minute to drive over to Beaufort and visit my brother and sis in law (They live a little over an hour away). We had a good time fishing off their dock, relaxing on hammocks, playing with their boys and watching the classic 90’s scary movie Scream. Shanah (my sis in law) is also prego! She is exactly 3 weeks ahead of me and they finally told my family that they are expecting! They find out the gender this weekend, she is wanting a girl and of course my brother is wanting another boy. We will see, but I’m hoping it’s a girl too! We went to Boone Hall Plantation today with our friends Kaitlyn and Jordan and we picked out a pumpkin for Cory to carve, ate some Japanese food and then watched another episode of Walking Dead while Shalysse and Dave also joined us. It was great week! We are excited for our Trunk or Treat party with our church we are all going to dress up as our future selves when we get old and roll up in Dave’s grandpa car, it is going to be a classic entrance. Happppy Halloween!!

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Just so you all know… I don’t think I am this big in the picture above ^^ we had just got done eating a huge meal so there was a food baby in there too!

13 weeks! SECOND TRIMESTER BABY!

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HOW BIG IS BABY? 2.91 INCHES – ABOUT THE SIZE OF A PEACH

DEVELOPMENT: TEETH AND TINY VOCAL CORDS ARE DEVELOPING. THE PANCREAS BEGINS TO PRODUCE INSULIN, AND THE INTESTINES MOVE FROM INSIDE THE UMBILICAL CORD TO THE BABY’S ABDOMEN.

SLEEP: I HAVE HAD SOME REALLY WEIRD AND RANDOM DREAMS. I HAD ONE THE OTHER NIGHT THAT MY SISTER GOT A NEW BOYFRIEND (HE WAS NOT ATTRACTIVE AND HE HAD A BLONDE PONYTAIL WITH THE SIDES OF HIS HEAD SHAVED) AND THEN HE STOLE A WAD OF CASH FROM MY PARENTS, SO AS HE WAS WALKING OUT THE DOOR I GRABBED HIM BY HIS PONYTAIL AND SWUNG HIM AROUND MY HEAD… AND BEAT HIM UP. APPARENTLY I HAVE SOME SERIOUS ANGER ISSUES AND SUPER STRENGTH IN MY SLEEP.      OTHER THAN THE WEIRD DREAMS I HAVE NOT BEEN SLEEPING TOO GREAT WITH A LOT OF TOSSING AND TURNING AND BACK PAIN.

MISSING: CRAVING GREENS AGAIN! I NEED MORE VEGGIES BUT EVERY TIME I THINK ABOUT THEM, THEY MAKE ME WANT TO HURL. I STILL MISS HAVING ENERGY AND NOT FEELING SICK.

CRAVING: I REALIZED THAT MY MAIN CRAVINGS ARE CHICK FIL A FRIES AND SWEET THINGS LIKE JOLLY RANCHERS AND SKITTLES. (I NEVER CRAVE THAT STUFF)

FEELING: YUP, STILL SICK. BUT I THINK I’M GOING TO START GETTING BETTER SOON! AT LEAST I HOPE…

GENDER: NOVEMBER CAN’T COME SOON ENOUGH TO FIND OUT! BUT I HAVE AN IDEA OF HOW WE ARE GOING TO ANNOUNCE IT!

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: GOING APPLE PICKING IN SPARTANVILLE, SC ON FRIDAY WITH CORY! IT WAS A LONG DRIVE, BUT FUN.

LOOKING FORWARD TO: OUR NEXT OB APPOINTMENT ON MONDAY! AND I AM ALSO LOOKING FORWARD TO A WARD CAMPOUT THAT WE ARE DOING NEXT WEEKEND.

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I figured that I would write a few things about the week besides just about baby and my growing belly, that we did to remember our days as a couple. After all this is a diary…

Well, as I was saying above, on Friday Cory ended up not having any patients scheduled at the clinic and we randomly decided to drive up to Spartenburg which was about 3 hours away to go apple picking. So we drove up there and enjoyed all of the beautiful scenery and changing leaves on the way up north. When we got there most of the apples were already picked, because apparently apple picking season is in September. But we found some good ones in the back and at the very top where you can get the best ones anyway. We went through a little corn maze, walked through the pumpkin patch, enjoyed some apple cider and then headed home after relaxing in the shade of a giant tree. Once we got home we headed over to our friends Jordan and Kaitlyn’s house for a game night with them and the Thorup’s which is always a good time.

On Saturday we spent the day at the beach! Shalysse and I pretty much played fetch with Curly the whole time while Cory fished. He did catch a Flounder and some other random fish. Then on Sunday I gave a talk in church about being a peacemaker and then we had dinner at our friends house from Mt. Pleasant, they just had a baby girl so it was fun to see her and them! It was overall a pretty good weekend.

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12 weeks!

12 WEEKS

HOW BIG IS BABY? 2.13 INCHES – ABOUT THE SIZE OF A PLUM

DEVELOPMENT: BABY IS BEGINNING TO DEMONSTRATE REFLEXES LIKE GRASPING, SUCKING AND EVEN HICCUPS! THE KIDNEYS ARE NOW PRODUCING URINE FROM THE AMNIOTIC FLUID THAT HE OR SHE INGESTS.

SLEEP: I HAD A DREAM LAST NIGHT THAT I WAS SPIDERMAN AND CORY WAS WOLVERINE AND WE WERE FIGHTING BAD GUYS.. IT WAS INTERESTING. BUT SLEEPING HAS ACTUALLY BEEN A BIT UNCOMFORTABLE LATELY, WITH BACK PAIN AND TOSSING AND TURNING.

MISSING: HAVING ENERGY AND FEELING GOOD AGAIN… YES I AM STILL PRETTY SICK.

CRAVING: ONCE AGAIN, NO CRAVINGS

FEELING: IT HAS BEEN YET AGAIN ANOTHER NAUSEATING WEEK. I FINALLY THREW UP THIS MORNING, IT HAS BEEN THE KIND OF SICKNESS WHERE I WANT TO THROW UP BUT I CAN’T. UNTIL THIS MORNING… IT WAS HORRIBLE.

GENDER: DON’T KNOW YET, WE FIND OUT IN NOVEMBER! BUT I’M STILL STICKING TO MY GUT AND WHAT I THINK IT IS.

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: HM… GETTING TO HAVE A GIRLS NIGHT DOING HALLOWEEN CRAFTS AND LISTENING TO GEN. CONFERENCE. I CAN’T WAIT FOR HALLOWEEN!

LOOKING FORWARD TO: MY SECOND TRIMESTER, SOOOOO INCREDIBLY READY FOR THE NAUSEA TO GO AWAY! I’M ALSO EXCITED FOR MY BELLY TO GET MORE PRONOUNCED SO I DON’T LOOK LIKE A FATTY ANYMORE.

Today we couldn’t keep it a secret any longer so we announced our pregnancy to the world and we couldn’t be more excited! I wanted to wait until 14 weeks but Cory wanted to let it out so we compromised at 12 weeks. I will post the announcement video below. It has been dark and dreary all day and it was supposed to rain, but it never came so we decided to spray paint our little puzzle! I wrote the calligraphy on it (let me me tell you, it took forever!) It was also in the 60’s today, which is a huge drop considering just the other day it was in the 80’s, but I don’t mind it, it’s finally starting to feel a little more like fall! I can’t wait to begin all the fall festivities with friends… pumpkin patches, haunted houses, carving pumpkins, halloween parties and apple picking with my babe! Once again we couldn’t be more excited to have the secret out and to continue watching our little peanut grow. 🙂

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11 weeks!

11 WEEKS

HOW BIG IS BABY? 1.61 INCHES – ABOUT THE SIZE OF A LIME

DEVELOPMENT: BABY’S BONES AND CARTILAGE ARE FORMING ALL OVER THE BODY, INCLUDING THE LIMBS. HOWEVER AT THIS STAGE THEY ARE STILL QUITE SOFT AND FRAGILE. THE LIVER AND KIDNEYS ARE ALSO FORMED AND STARTING TO FUNCTION.

SLEEP: MORE RANDOM AND VIVID DREAMS — I KEEP HAVING DREAMS THAT I HAVE THE BABY AND IT IS BLONDE WITH VERY LONG HAIR. I AM ALWAYS SO CONFUSED BECAUSE BOTH CORY AND I HAVE DARK HAIR AND WE WERE BOTH BORN WITH A TON OF IT. IT IS VERY INTERESTING…

MISSING: HAVING ENERGY AND FEELING GOOD AGAIN

CRAVING: ONCE AGAIN, NO CRAVINGS

FEELING: IT HAS BEEN YET AGAIN ANOTHER NAUSEATING WEEK. I AM SO READY FOR THIS SICKNESS TO BE OVER! HOPEFULLY ONLY 2 MORE WEEKS OF THIS.

GENDER: DON’T KNOW YET, WE FIND OUT IN NOVEMBER! YAY!

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: WE GOT TO SEE OUR SWEET LITTLE PEANUT, WHO IS NO LONGER A LITTLE PEANUT. SHE NOW HAS LITTLE ARMS AND LEGS THAT WERE JUST KICKING AROUND AND DOING IT’S THING. CORY AND I WROTE IN OUR JOURNALS ABOUT IT THE OTHER DAY AND I WANT TO SHARE WHAT CORY WROTE BECAUSE IT WAS SO SWEET AND I LOVED THE WAY HE EXPRESSED HOW IT FELT TO SEE OUR  BABY MOVE AROUND FOR THE FIRST TIME.

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We had another appointment with our OB/GYN on Monday and it was life changing. After the check up we had our second ultrasound. It’s difficult to describe the flood of wonder that washed over you when, for the first time in your life, you see this tiny little jelly bean protruding from the wall of Laura’s uterus. No distinguishing features. No movement. Just the tiny flutter of a fetal heart working at break-neck pace. This time there were legs, kicking, arms, moving, hands, tugging on ears. Then, wump wump wump wump, a tiny heart beat. It was a magically wondrous experience that chronicled the event. I feel so grateful to my Heavenly Father for letting me see this in my life. With so many unable to experience this I feel truly blessed.

Praise be to God for His loving care.

 

LOOKING FORWARD TO: MY SECOND TRIMESTER, THEN HOPEFULLY THE SICKNESS WILL GO AWAY!

 

Cory recorded the ultrasound so I thought I would share! It was such a special and life changing moment. We couldn’t be more excited to be parents!

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