Sunday, September 29, 2013

Now Accepting Predictions

Josh and I have spent the weekend prepping and painting the soon-to-be-nursery for our little nugget, which is actually now the size of a precious mango.

Side note: I don't think there has ever been a time in my life that I thought a mango, much less any fruit, was "precious". But I guess pregnancy will do that to you...

We are not quite done, but I am thrilled with the "Nimbus Cloud" color choice. So far it seems like the perfect and gentle shade of gray I was going for. But what other colors will we be using in the nursery? Well, if Baby Clark cooperates, we will find out come Tuesday morning at 8am.

I have a guess at what it might be, but I'm curious what YOU think we are having. Here is some (probably pointless) info via old wifes' tale to help you make your decision:

  • Baby's heart rate at 12 weeks was 170, and at 15 weeks was 162.
  • I prefer things sour and salty.
  • I haven't noticed a change in my skin's condition or emotional mood swings
  • Hanging my wedding ring by a string over my belly, it swings in a circle (which indicates a boy).

Boy or girl? What do you think?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Week 18: Making Room

My computer is currently out of commission, so I am unable to upload all the pictures I want to share. Thus, awkward formatting and iPhone snap shots must suffice this week. And I must say, writing a post on the Blogger app sucks!

Lordy mercy, can I feel a change since our last update at 16 weeks. The bump is most definitely there, resulting in slight discomfort in my jeans. I even did the rubber band trick to give myself a bit more room; surely this will give me a several more weeks of wear. But who knows- I am shocked at how quickly my body can change in just a few short weeks.

Not only is my body making room for our little squirt, but things are changing around the Clark Abode as well. Remember my big to-do of switching the guest rooms? Josh and I were able to check that off the list Saturday morning. 

(Insert before and actions shots, and better looking after shots.)

Next on the list: painting! 

Now for the fun facts...

Baby's size: A sweet potato

Total weight gained: 2lbs, which seems low compared to the recent belly growth. 

Eating: I'm not experiencing aversions or cravings. Unless you count the fact that I saw Sour Patch Kids at the grocery store and I can't get then out of my head! If it persists, I might let myself indulge in a few... or the whole bag. 

Best moment: Making progress with the nursery. I keep peeking my head in the room, looking at the change and imagining our sweet one in there. 

Most excited about: Our next appointment is slowly approaching and I can.not.wait. Is everything healthy? Am I as far along as the doctor thinks I am? Will we be accenting the nursery with blues or purples? Hopefully all these questions will be answered bight and early on Oct 1st. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Week 16: To Dos

As of this past weekend we are officially four months deep into this thing, which means only five more months until we meet this little bundle of joy. I know I said this pregnancy is creeping by, but it is a little scary to think Baby C will be in our lives forever in just a few short months. And that huge to-do list definitely overwhelms me.

First up on the list of "to-dos" is to clear out the back guest room for the nursery. We then need to paint over that hideous orange color. Who would ever purposely choose that shade. Just terrible.
All that furniture is actually moving into the now game/junk room, which will get re-sorted or moved up to storage. (We've already moved the futon and bikes.)

I visited home this past week and my mother and grandmother took me around local baby stores "just to look" at nursery furniture and baby gadgets.  Can I just say that there are way too many options- and none that I seem to really like. Sigh. I know I'll find something, but sheesh, it can all be a bit much.

Baby's size: A grenade- a fun and comforting thought.

Weight gained: 1.5 pounds

What I'm wearing: I'm still wearing my clothes comfortably, but I notice that the slack in my waistline is slightly less.

Eating: Everything, good and bad. Like a responsible momma I'm trying eat everything in moderation, but I don't really deny myself anything. I've had no real cravings or aversions lately, and I hope it stays that way. Ice cream with a side of carrots, please.

Workouts: In the past week I've run twice, cross trained twice, and lifted weights once. Sweating a bit makes me feel so much better and I know it's good for baby too. It took me quite a while to feel confident running again, being too scared to elevate my heart rate or nervous about every little pain. Just the past two weeks I've been letting myself relax with my cardio and simply do what my body wants. And right now, an easy 3 miles with little walks seem to be the key.

Best moment: Josh and I heard the heart beat last Tuesday and it was just as magical as I remembered. The beat was a strong 162 and we were grinning ear-to-ear listening to it thump away.

Most excited about: Seeing our baby for the first time at the next appointment. We haven't had an ultrasound yet so we are very eager to see that little sucker- to make sure everything looks healthy and hopefully find out if it is a Miss or a Mister.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Are you ready

...for some football?!

Fantasy football team set: check, x2
NFL Sunday Ticket and Red Zone: check
Favorite team picked for the Superbowl XKVIII: check (Go Packs!)

The Clark household sure is. 

Tonight we welcome the pro football season into our house and we couldn't be more excited! While I'm very sad I can't crack open a bottle of pumpkin ale, I'll treat myself with some extra snacks and desserts;  I'm sure that will suffice. 

My pick for tonight's win is Denver. Manning is a beast.

So, tune in folks. It's gonna be a great show!