16 weeks

I know the pictures taken (usually just before the sun goes down because taking 1 picture every Friday is harder than you think and we often forget) in front of the house are beautiful, but this week you will just have to stand looking at a much prettier background. This weekend was one of those (fewer and further between) weekends when I loved living in Washington. Although it was mighty cold for this southern girl, the sun was shining, the sky was clear and Mt. Rainier was out in all her glory. I had a photo session with a family down at the water so I had the hubster meet me to do my own session.

So, here we are at 16 weeks and 1 day (because taking a picture on a Friday is harder than you think):


16weeks  This is the first week where I am actually feeling pregnant. My “bump” is getting more noticeable and weird things are happening to my belly button.  I’m still feeling great which is the biggest blessing of all. I hope that I can continue to enjoy being pregnant.

Saturday, the hubs and I drove down to Babies R Us because I had a coupon and wanted to get the baby something. It literally took an hour to get there so we decided to create our registry. The way I see it, what am I going to know in two months that I don’t know now? We spent over an hour going up and down every row looking at the countless options for every product. Did you know you can own a $200 thermometer if you felt it was necessary? I did find it is hard for me to be realist about items instead of pulling the “but baby needs the best of ____” card.

We spent Sunday afternoon putting together the beautiful crib – a Christmas gift from my parents. The baby’s room is all cleared out (expect for two furbabies who will make their move after my parent’s visit) and it is starting to look real. We now have a crib and a closet full of gifts we’ve already received. Oh, and diapers, but that’s a story for a different day.

After this weekend things are starting to feel really real. I was telling my husband that it is still hard to think of the baby as our baby coming in a few months. Right now it’s just the baby coming in a few months. I feel like that will change when I feel the baby flutter, which could be any day now (usually 16-25 weeks). I’m on high alert and will keep you posted.

About the Baby:
Baby weighs 3-5 oz and is 4-5 in long.
(S)he can probably hear voices and can also make facial expressions. The eyes are also working, but the eyelids are still sealed.
It would also be possible to find out the gender, but we will find out around 20 weeks.


15 Weeks

Smooth sailing into week 15. I’m feeling great other than being tired all the time. I could literally sleep 1/2 the day away and then sleep a full night. Exercise makes me feel awake (and proud of my body) but runs are always followed by a nap. This week I got in 13.75 miles, which is the most I’ve run in one week since finding out I was pregnant. My pace is also picking back up so I don’t feel so lame getting passed by old people at the gym like in the first trimester.

I find myself researching baby stuff every free moment – bouncy seats, structured carriers, car seat covers oh my! The hubs and I did buy two boxes of diapers this weekend after reading a blog post about ways to save money on baby. We have our estimated diaper quantity by size and what price range is a good deal in our phones so we are constantly calculating the cost per diaper. I found a coupon for Huggies which made the price a go so we jumped on it.


How Far Along: 15 weeks

About the Baby:
The size of a navel orange (4.5 in, 2-3 oz)
Ears have moved to the side of the head and the eyes are making their way to the front of the face. Baby can now make breathing movements and wiggle fingers and toes.

Maternity Clothes:  Not because I need to, but I was given a ton of clothes from my very fashionable friend so I’ve been wearing them because they are just cute. I can still fit into my jeans (except after dinner when they get unbuttoned). Dresses are my go-to right now.
Sleep: Okay. I get up at least once a night to use the potty. My back is also starting to get really achy, but I think it is from only being able to side sleep.
Best Moment:  Friends noticing my tiny little bump.
Food Cravings: Oranges and hamburgers. Not together, but I wouldn’t be opposed to that.
Belly Button: In
Wedding Rings: On
What I Miss: Food I never really thought was that awesome until now when I can’t have it.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Getting to hear the baby’s heartbeat at the next appointment and booking the 20 week ultrasound so we can find out what baby is.


14 Weeks

Now that we finally shared the news, it’s been a fun week of talking about baby! I’m still feeling pretty good despite a rough hour last night. I also think I had my first food aversion. I was feeling really sick so I tried to eat a chocolate chip granola bar which tasted like the most disgusting thing I have ever put in my mouth (even though I’ve been living off of them lately). Other than that, I’m feeling great.

The Bumpdate: Tuesday morning I woke up and thought I looked really bloated. By the time I went to bed my stomach hadn’t gone down any. When the bloat baby was still around Wednesday I decided that I finally have something going on.


Workouts: I’ve been moving pretty good. During week 13 and 1 day – 14 I ran 8.1 miles and did a prenatal yoga DVD. I’m starting to notice that stuff is going on down there when I run, but I am determined to run throughout this pregnancy. Not only is it healthy for me, but I’ve read how good it is for the baby too.

I plan on making the hubby take a better “14 week” picture tomorrow, but he spent more time with his girlfriend (the sub) this past week than at home.

Hi, there.

So, the last time I posted anything was July 3. Oops. Well, let’s see what’s been going on around here. Hubby came home from six months at sea!


We found a new house, packed up the old one and moved. This new house is so much better and Boomer has a yard to run around and play fetch in. Millie is just happy to still have the couch and her bed.

I helped open a boutique with a friend so now I’m working all the time, but it’s so much fun.

My running has slowed down a bit. I ran a 1/2 marathon in July and placed 3rd in my age group. I also ran a 10k in October with some friends. I’ll probably do a few more races before the end of the year.

Something else exciting also happened…


We are so excited to start growing our family! We waited to make a public announcement until 13 weeks, which wasn’t too hard because I was so nervous the entire first trimester. Now that the secret is finally out, it feels real and I am very excited.

We don’t have a nickname for the baby so we just call him/her “baby”. Well, I refer to the baby and SHE and hubs refers to baby as HE. Either way, we are just wanting a healthy baby (but a girl would be just fine 😉 )

How Far Along: 13 weeks, 3 days

About the Baby:
Size of a lemon (about 3 inches and 1.5 oz)
This week the baby has a roof inside his/her mouth and intestinal activity is starting up.  Baby also grew a winter coat, lanugo, to keep him/her warm until baby starts packing on the weight.

Maternity Clothes:  Not yet. I have two pairs of jeans that still fit and I’ve been wearing a lot of leggings. All of my tops still fit.
Sleep: Okay. I get up at least once a night to use the potty.
Best Moment:  I had a freak out around 12 weeks that something was wrong with the baby so I decided to go to the doctor. Even though they all thought I was crazy, I got to see the baby again on an ultrasound.
Food Cravings: Salt is the best thing ever. I would have assumed it would have been sweets, but I guess that is for the rest of my non-pregnant life.
Belly Button: In
Wedding Rings: On
What I Miss: Coffee and Diet Dr. Pepper
What I’m Looking Forward To: Getting to hear the baby’s heartbeat at the next appointment.

Fashion and Fro-yo

I’m working on getting my RNR Seattle Marathon post done, but it will probably take me a while. Check back in a few months 😉 Here is a picture I took of Mt. Rainier during the race to hold you over. Maybe my time would have been better if I wasn’t texting my mom while running that Mt. Rainier was out. 

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I’ve been extremely busy lately, which has been a nice way to pass time during this deployment. The only downside is that I am spread a little thin and will have to figure out how my husband will fit in once he returns home.

I’m running a 1/2 on July 20th with a friend. I thought I wouldn’t want to run for weeks after the marathon, but I have full on runner’s high in a bad way. Another friend and I are already working on BQ training plans.

I am starting to teach cycling once a week at our local Y. My first class is next week!


I’ve started getting more request for pictures, which is amazing. I had a shoot today for my friend’s new boutique – I even had a few pictures of me snapped! [See my muscles? I think R.I.P.P.E.D is paying off.]
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You would not believe how hot it is here! We had to be in the 90’s today. I know that doesn’t sound like much to my Southern peeps, but Washington didn’t invest in AC. We were so hot after the shoot that we were forced to have fro-yo to cool down. It’s a tough life.

Seeing as it is after 1am, I should probably go to bed now.