We’ve been keeping this a secret for months now and I am so excited that we can finally share the news! This past weekend we gathered all of our friends and family at our house in NC for a baby shower and finally spilled the beans.
Both Chappy and I thought we were going to have a boy so it’s exciting that we were right! We want to have at least one of each gender in the end so we would have been happy either way but I really wanted an older brother therefore I was pretty thrilled when we found out! Here is how I stacked up against some of those Old Wives Tales for gender prediction:
So if you take an average, they were right! Ha.
Now I am soooo ready to finally get to finishing off the nursery, finalizing our name picks, and getting all of those boy clothes I bought out of hiding. Leading up to the Shower a few people mentioned my nursery looked boyish before the gender was revealed. Honestly though, I just hate all things baby’y and seriously purchased 99% of what is currently in the nursery before we even knew the gender. No powder pinks and blues for me please! Now, if you’re looking forward to hearing our names picks you are just going to have to wait. That is one last secret we are keeping until the birth. Sorry to disappoint but 1) we don’t really want everybody’s opinions and 2) we may change our minds, who knows!
Thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated with us this weekend! It really meant so much to us and Baby Garner received some amazing gifts. Now the countdown is on until we finally get to use them!
6 months in and I am exhausted already. I’m beginning to lose hope that I will ever get that “glow” ha. But seriously, as excited as I am to be pregnant and have this little baby I am definitely not one of those women who loves to be pregnant. I’ve pretty much been sick and/or uncomfortable the entire 6 months which has really been exhausting. I’m short and have a short torso so basically I think there is just no room for this little bebe to go! I can’t eat large meals anymore and have to stick to a million tiny snacks throughout the day and I STILL get extremely uncomfortable even after just eating those. I never thought I’d say this but food is no longer my friend ha. Other symptoms I’ve been feeling – back aches, sore hips at night, round ligament pain, getting out of breath easier, oh and I swear my hair hasn’t grown at all in the last 6 months which is superrr weird for me. On the plus side though I think I could probably go a week+ without shaving my legs and no one would even notice. Haha. Also this little bean is really starting to move a bunch which is fun to experience!
I have finally started to really pack on the pounds and now have officially gained 8.6 lbs since losing 3 in the first trimester! As long as I use my belly band I am still able to fit into all my pre-pregnancy work pants which is nice but my favorite go-to outfits are either overalls or a t-shirt dress. I’ve been trying to keep up with exercising but ugh IT IS HARD. I can’t wait until it cools off a bit more so I don’t have to wake up as early to exercise outdoors. Right now I pretty much stick to 30 minute conditioning sessions, long morning hikes, and just recently started prenatal yoga!
Here are some of my weekly pictures over the last month..
Only a few more weeks until we reveal the gender!
Sometimes the easiest project turns into the biggest nightmare. Ha. After paneling our dining wall with pallet wood I thought this project was going to be a breeze. (Honestly it wasn’t thattt bad, but it should have been a lot easier/quicker.) Basically the entire project was supposed to be simply buying plywood, having the store cut it into 8” boards, nailing it up on the wall with spacers, and then painting it. Easy enough, right? Well first off it took us going to three different home improvement stores to finally find one where their saw wasn’t out of order. Then our nail gun stopped working so we had to hammer everything in by hand, and then we quickly realized our walls were pretty wonky so we needed to add trim around the edges to make everything have clean lines.
Starting off the project really wasn’t bad at all. We found the studs on the walls, lined them out and then started attaching the wood boards. We originally started by using a few pennies as spacers between the boards (both vertically and horizontally) but eventually just eyeballed it. We love the rustic look anyways so nothing needed to be perfect.
The boards went up so FAST compared to our pallet wall. Seriously using 8” boards was a dream come true. We alternated which side of the wall we started on and cut down the length of some of the boards so all the gaps wouldn’t line up. We mostly just nailed the boards into the studs but did use some liquid nails on the shorter boards that did not hit a stud. We had one outlet on the wall so we used an outlet extender to pull it out flush with the wood. (Remember to turn off the electricity before messing with any outlets!!) Also for our last row of panels we cut the wood to 9.5” instead of 8”. We were so close to the baseboards that putting an 8” board in and then a 1.5” board would look silly. In the end you can’t even tell the last board is actually larger.
Next up, we painted! First we went around in all the cracks with a ½ inch paint brush and then we used a small roller on the rest. This is the point where we realized we were probably going to need to trim out the wall. In pictures the wall looked fine but I swear the edges were driving me crazy! Some of the boards had areas where only ½ of them were touching the wall. Ha I think it was one of those things where no one else would have even noticed anything but it was literally all I could look at. So we went back to the store to purchase trim and some caulking.
We cut down the boards, painted and then attached them to the wall using liquid nails and nails. We also caulked some of the areas where our walls weren’t straight. And F-I-N-A-L-L-Y we were done!!
Yes, this project was a little more of a headache then I had wanted but honestly it was still super easy, especially compared to all the work we put into our pallet wall! Now we just need to do some more upgrades on our master so our new little bean doesn’t have the coolest room in the house.
We’ve officially hit the half way mark!!! I still feel nauseous pretty regularly but it isn’t as bad as it was or maybe I’m just getting used to it ha but either way I feel somewhat better, which is a good relief! We found out the gender 2 weeks ago at our 18 week Anatomy Check but for now it’s our little secret so don’t expect to find out for another few months! We aren’t even telling our parents so that’s how you know we mean business. Of course I did immediately splurge and buy a few gender specific outfits as soon as we found out, (and seriously haven’t stopped looking buying since. Oops!) Those are tucked away though so no one accidently sees them! Everything else looked great at the Anatomy check but I had only gained back about 1 lb. so my doctor wanted me to ramp up my protein intake to make sure I gained some more before my next appointment. I hope by “protein” she really meant bread pudding, starbursts, and pizza lunchables though because that’s pretty much how my week went following the appointment… Whoops. At least I can say I’m finally getting my appetite back! For someone who can usually down a foot long sub with chips in under 5 minutes, it was pretty annoying to get full after two bites of dinner so I’m glad that’s finally over with.
For clothes, I can still fit into the majority of my pre-pregnancy clothes but some pants/shorts aren’t very comfortable buttoned up so the Belly Band I purchased from Target has really come in handy. I also asked for a bunch of ASOS maternity clothes for my birthday last week so I’m excited to start wearing those as well. For me, I feel like I have finally got that baby bump but I think the majority of people wouldn’t know I was pregnant. I swear half my office still doesn’t know and they see my every day so I can’t be thatttt big. At 18 weeks though I did have a moment where I was completely caught off guard. While checking out at the grocery store the cashier asked about my pregnancy. At first I didn’t even think she was talking to me so I just ignored her until she literally locked eyes with me and asked again. I’m sure my jaw hit the ground. I didn’t think I looked pregnant at alllll then, well at least not to a complete stranger! My initial reaction was to be offended but then I realized UMM DUHHHH I AM PREGNANT, so I couldn’t really be mad ha. In the end though I still think she was pretty damn ballzy.
I must say I am really excited to make people feel uncomfortable though. I am totallyyyy going to be that person who says I’m not pregnant when someone asks how far along I am, even if I’m 39 weeks. Or maybe I’ll even put my hand on a strangers belly if they do it to me first. “Like I thought we were just having inappropriate tummy touching time, sorry?!” Totally kidding… kind of.
Okay so in all seriousness though, finding out the gender has made this whole thing seem so much more real! It’s a lot easier to picture what life is going to be like since we know what we’re actually having. Chappy has also really got into the whole pregnancy thing lately. He talks to the little bean and has even teared up a few times. (Like, come-on, soooo cute!!!) I swear he is more emotional than me!! (But I guess I shouldn’t reallyyy be surprised since he’s the one who cried at both our engagement and wedding.) As much as I love this little bebe it still is very strange to me that there is a tiny living human growing in my belly. Ha And I also still have conflicting moments that go pretty much like “yay I’m finally getting a baby bump” to “ughhh I’m getting so big.”
The coolest thing though is I’ve recently started to feel little kicks (I think) which is pretty exciting (and again creepy since there is something literally living inside of me ha.) I can’t wait until they are more pronounced so I don’t have to wonder if it was really a kick! 20 weeks down and 20 to go! I’m only up about 4.4 lbs. so far (not including the 3 I lost) sooo it looks like I’ll be doing a lot of growing the second half!
My first trimester has come and gone put unfortunately all of those horrible first trimester symptoms haven’t quite left yet. Nothing is as extreme as it was during the beginning but I am still enjoying the lovely afternoon nausea and headache more often than not. Luckily I have got some of my energy back so I’ve finally headed back to AIR to start working out again! That first week was a bitch though. Trust me; it is HARD to get moving when you’ve mostly just sat on the couch the last 6 weeks. I do think it is extremely important that I keep active during this pregnancy though so I am going to try my best to keep going as long as I can! I’m trying to avoid any and all back pain associated with my scoliosis and even more importantly trying to keep it from progressing so maintaining a strong core at all times is critical for me. I’m hoping to start a prenatal yoga class soon which will also be good for my back plus it’s a great way for me to meet other soon to be mommies. Maybe it will even help me enough to get me back in bed… because I kid you not; I have slept on the couch for the last 3 months. Honestly with the nausea it was so uncomfortable to be laid out on a bed so instead I would curl up in the corner of our sectional and basically sleep sitting up.
Another lovely pregnancy symptom that has blossomed over the last few weeks, sore hips. Supposedly your ligaments and joints get all loosy goosy and stretched out during pregnancy which can cause pain and oh are they right! I can’t sleep on one side for more than an hour before I wake up in pain and have to switch. Other than that though everything is going great! Don’t I just make pregnancy sound like so much fun??? In all seriousness though, it is SOOO worth it. Even though some nights I cry to Chappy because I’m hormonal exhausted and am just sick of being sick, I still wouldn’t change a thing. Creating a tiny human is hard work so it makes sense that I don’t feel 100% (and for all those women out there who are blessed with no symptoms… I love you but I hate you…lucky bitches haha.) I still haven’t felt the baby move but I am finally getting a little bump which is so exciting! I have been disappointed for weeks since I wasn’t gaining any weight (especially since I lost during the first trimester) but now I am officially up .8 lbs this trimester! whoop whoop! Grow baby bump, grow! We get to find out the gender in a few short weeks and I can’t wait so I can finalize all the nursery décor. What do you guys think it’ll be? Boy or girl? You’ll have to wait and see because I won’t be revealing the gender until my first baby shower in October!!
If you haven’t heard by now…
So basically when we were trying to get pregnant I had all these ideas in my head about how it’s going to be and all the great things I was going to do for the baby. Well pretty much all that crap went out the window at about 6 weeks. The first initial weeks of me knowing I was pregnant were painless. The only symptom I had was fatigue. So basically I just fell asleep earlier, big whoop. Right on time at 6 weeks though I was pretty much smacked in the face with morning sickness. And let me tell you, despite the name Morning Sickness is not just in the morning. It’s alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll day. Whoever named it “Morning Sickness” really did an injustice to pregnant women around the world. It clearly was a man who’s never been through this so called “Morning” sickness that realistically is morning, afternoon, and night sickness. I honestly thought I would be eating so healthy during this pregnancy since I already eat fairly well and loveee all veggies. I never expected to be nauseous 24/7 and have crazy food aversions to basically all of our household staples. EVERYTHING gave me that gag reflex like when you brush your teeth too far back. YUCK. We went from a household that strictly stuck to our meal plan to one who was eating out almost every meal. Seriously, eating, (something you could once say was my favorite past time,) became a chore. It was exhausting trying to find something that wouldn’t elicit that dreaded gag. I was constantly hot and obsessed about nothing touching or being too tight on my stomach in fear of throwing up. My weekends (okay lets me honest—my weekdays as well) were spent half naked laying on the couch binge watching One Tree Hill. (Thank you Ashley!!) This was pretty much torture for Chappy who thought I was “glowing” and “just so sexy.” Realistically though I hadn’t washed my hair in days, I was constantly holding a bucket “just in case” and even the thought of anyone (or anything—puppies PLEASE GET OFF ME) touching me almost made me vomit. Chappy’s favorite thing to say was, “Isn’t this all you ever dreamed of” or a similar variation. If he wasn’t so attentive to all of my crazy cravings and needs I probably would have killed him. Ha. Eventually the nausea let up – SOME— but don’t worry that’s when the extreme migraines and bloating kicked in. (Doesn’t pregnancy just sound like so much fun???)
Besides the physical things, the next hardest part of these first 12 weeks was just keeping it a secret! At first we told just our family and a few of our closest friends. Without them I would have gone crazy those first 8 weeks. I even managed to go to a Nascar race and fake drink with the help of one other couple who knew. At 8 weeks pregnant though we decided to come out and just admit it to everyone in our friends group here in Charlotte. Doctors recommend not telling anyone until you make it out of your first trimester, where the likelihood of miscarrying is lower, but to us that really didn’t make sense. First off, pregnancy is pretty hard to hide when you can’t drink (and you feel miserable all the time.) There were only so many excuses I could use without my friends catching on. Also I thought that it was important my friends knew I’m pregnant in case something bad did happen. I would have been devastated and would have needed support from them. So at 8 weeks we invited everyone over for brunch and let them in on our big secret. Chappy has a tradition of making funny, parody rap songs for momentous occasions so of course we had to make one for brunch. To hear our baby announcement rap song click HERE. (You can also hear our Wedding Rap, (what I basically consider my life’s theme song) HERE.
Since I couldn’t post any baby related pictures over the last 13 weeks I’ve posted some below to help catch you up. Over the next few months I’ll try to keep you guys updated on the highs and lows of pregnancy so stay tuned!
I’ve recently picked up a new hobby, weaving. Super random, I know but we are currently in the midst of redecorating our master bedroom and lately I have been obsessing over finding the perfect woven wall hanging to accent my newly purchased West Elm side table. My husband could literally care less about any of the design choices I chose for our house so when I kept incessantly sending him wall hang after wall hang he suggested I invest in a loom and try it out for myself. He’s never very thrilled about spending money on something that doesn’t serve a substantial purpose so for him a woven wall hanging was a complete waste of money. I kid you not; it took a lottttt of convincing to even get him on board with the floor length mirror and side table ha—I literally had to stand on my bed’s footboard to see if my shoes went with my outfit every day. HELLO?!?!Like it was totally a necessity! Anyways to him, weaving one on my own would have a purpose.
I hate to admit it but for once in my life I am actually thankful for my husband’s stinginess. (Now don’t get any ideas Chappy this is a onetime occurrence!) If it wasn’t for him I would never have purchased the loom and discovered a new hobby that I am utterly obsessed with. Since my day job is the complete opposite of creative it is so refreshing to finally get to do something that stirs my artistic juices again. I weave before work, after work, on the weekends… Yes I have morphed into a complete grandma. I swear I would have a wall hanging in every room if Chappy allowed it. Since he doesn’t though, I’ve decided to sell the extra ones on Etsy so I can keep up my newly found hobby without driving my husband completely nuts. My account just went live today so make sure to go check it out HERE and let me know what you think! Also follow me on Instagram for updates and a chance to win a small woven wall hanging!