Thursday, April 17, 2014

How I Told My Husband We Were Pregnant!

Today marks almost 4 months since we found out we were pregnant (December 19th around 7am in the morning, and then officially confirmed with two more tests the next morning and blood work!)  I had a whirlwind of emotions, most of which were disbelief and happiness!

I originally tested the morning of December 19th after taking a picture of myself post workout and realizing…hmm I look ‘glowy’.  
Post Workout December 19th, 2013 and Pregnant!!!
We’d been trying to get pregnant, and I knew it was almost close enough to when I could take a test, so I said screw it and took one early.  It was the cheaper CVS brand. I thought I saw a faint blue line, freaked out and sent the picture to my friend, Emily.  She and I both were giddy all day with the idea.  Due to my previous experiences with lacking normal cycles, my doctor said as soon as I thought I was pregnant, to call.  So I did and they said I likely was and told me they set a lab order up for me.  

I wasn't going to tell Neal, but I was freaking out so much, so I called him at work.  He and I both decided to wait one more day, and take more tests. This time I bought more of the cheap ones and one super expensive one that says simply “Pregnant” or “Not Pregnant”. 

I’m not going to lie, Neal and I split a bottle of wine that night knowing it may be the last wine I drink for many many months.  He really didn't believe we were pregnant, I pretty well did, but I knew we were REALLY early on if we were and most women wouldn't even know at this point if they were pregnant unless they were like me, and anxiously checking every month.  We used about ½ of it in our skillet cooked pork chops to sauce it up, and shared the other ½ in our wine glasses from our wedding.

On Friday morning, December 20th, I woke up with excitement and began my morning routine almost as normal, except this time peeing on two pregnancy tests!  I jumped in the shower, promising myself I wouldn't look at the tests until the appropriate time had passed. I kept opening the curtain to check the time, not looking down at the tests resting soundly on the floor.  5:33 hit, okay 2 more minutes. 5:34 hit, okay one more minute.  Next thing I knew, I looked out and it was actually 5:36, I had passed up 5:35…it was more than enough time to check.  Sure enough, the blue line was MUCH clearer and the other test said “Pregnant”!  I fell to the shower floor, cried, and then quickly composed myself.  I was a woman on a mission.

I got ready as normal, putting my hair in a towel to dry it a little then scrunching it up to curl it. I quickly put on clothes, and woke Neal up the rest of the way before taking the dogs out for their morning potty break and breakfast.  I didn't want Neal to know just yet.  The only difference in my routine was that today, I was sneaking 2 positive pregnancy tests out the bedroom!

Just as Neal had proposed with pancakes topped with M&M’s saying “Will you marry me?”, I had ordered special M&M’s months ahead in preparation for this day!  I made pancakes, put them in the oven, and cleaned up the pancake mess so Neal wouldn't even know I had made them.  I then made our normal week day breakfast of eggs and bacon.  It all was ready just as he was finishing his shower!  Perfect!

So perfect! "Baby Bratton", "Joy!" and  "Coming Soon!" and heart M&Ms!

When Neal came out to breakfast he sat down and said the usual, “Yummy! Thanks for cooking bug!”  And then I said, “Oh wait, I almost forgot, one more thing”.  I was shaking terribly and excited beyond belief and Neal knew immediately as I reached into the oven and pulled out pancakes with colorful M&M’s all over them that we were in fact pregnant!  I brought them to the table, and he stared at them (some had melted, but I brought additional ones that had not) and he was so excited! Neither of us cried, though both of us were filled with happiness!

I told you, I was SUPER shaky! I couldn't even take a picture!
It was perfect!

Later that day, I did get my lab work done, which came back positive! I called Neal with the good news! When he got home from work, he brought me a beautiful bouquet of flowers! It was wonderful!

We went out to a sushi dinner that night to celebrate.  I know, I know, you shouldn't eat raw food while pregnant, don't worry, what we got was all cooked and the little baby's now 21 weeks and growing healthy inside of me!

I’ll fill you in next with the cute ways we told our families :)

How have you told your significant other you were pregnant?  If you are still trying to become pregnant, do you have plan?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

20 Weeks Pregnant, Half Way There!


This past week was filled with stuff for baby!  We got to see the little one on the ultrasound, all of the growth and development looked great!  We now know the baby's gender and are having a mini reveal on Saturday, hooray!  We toured both St. Mary's and Deaconess here in Evansville and have chosen our hospital.  I purchased 3 fabrics for making 2 crib sheets and 1 skirt.  I've been working on the little one's registries some more.  I've just been so excited!

How far along: 20

Gender: We found out and told our family and some friends!  We’re doing a gender reveal on Saturday, so we’ll announce after that!

Weight gained: 10.4 lbs

Inches gained: About 5.5 around biggest part of belly

Working Out:  Yep! See below! Mostly walking, not too intense.

Clothing Choices:  Loving my maxi’s! I did wear some white pants on Sunday that are pre-pregnancy ones and they fit well…until I had to sit hehe…I unbuttoned and unzipped them the entire car ride home

Stretch marks:  Only those from soccer years ago on the thighs.

Belly button: Inny, but I can tell that it’s closer to popping

Sleep: Pretty good except when Neal and I slept in a twin bed at his parents…my prego pillow + myself + Neal in a twin…not so nice.

Best moment this week:  Seeing our little one on the ultrasound!!!! EEEKKK!!!!

Hardest moment this week:  Keeping baby’s gender a secret, or at least off of social media.  I couldn’t help but tell quite a few friends that won’t be at the reveal.

What I’m missing: I only really crave healthy food, and sometimes, I just want the queso dip out of memory, but I don’t eat it because I know I’ll feel sick.  I know this is a good thing, but by golly if I’m getting Mexican food, I can’t have the salsa because tomatoes and this week I couldn’t have the cheese dip because I just thought I would hurl if I ate it…so no chips for me.

Movement: I feel the little one every day!

Cravings:  Strawberries, I haven’t gone to the store yet, but plan to get some today!

Queasy or sick: Pretty good, I did throw up a very small amount for the first time on Friday morning after drinking a good amount of water and then leaning over to turn on the shower.  Then later that day, after lunch I felt the worst I’ve felt yet and I think it had to do with my lunch choice...hardboiled egg + mayo + chicken + pickles lol

Looking forward to:  Or gender revel on Saturday! It will likely be a small group of people that can make it, but it will still be fun! And then it’ll be out on social media! YAY!

Week 20 Workouts
  • Wednesday  -  I know I did something, but I didn’t write it down…oh my brain!  I'm pretty sure it was 1 or 2 Tone it Up routines
  • Saturday – 35 Minute Dog Walk
  • Sunday  - 35 Minute Dog Walk
  • Monday – 10 Minute Prenatal Pilates – did all 5 workouts for a 50 minute workout!
  • Tuesday – Jessica Smith TV 20-Minute Prenatal Total Body Strength Workout

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

19 Weeks Pregnant!

We get to find out the gender of our sweet little one in 2 days!!!  Today's the last day of week 19, tomorrow brings us to Week 20, our 1/2 way mark!  I can hardly believe it!!!

How far along: 19 weeks (by the way, they say baby is supposed to be 6 inches...the size of a Mango, I'm not sure where to find a 6 inch mango!  All I found were about 5 inches at most!  Crazy people...)
Gender: We’ll find out in 2 more days!!!! I’m thinking boy, we’ll see!
Weight gained: 9.6 lbs
Inches gained: About 5.5 around biggest part of belly
Working Out:  Yes! I worked out great this week I believe!  Yoga was fun, to do again, but there were a lot of modifications I had to make since we worked on floor core moves, there was another mama to be in there (she’s 16 weeks) so it was nice to have a companion!
Clothing Choices:  I wore mostly maxi dresses or tights with long shirts this week (I don’t think tights with short shirts are okay except at the gym, sorry!)
Stretch marks:  Only those from soccer years ago on the thighs.
Belly button: Inny, but I did look down once and think it’s already starting to change a little…yikes!
Sleep: I’m loving the maternity pillow still, but my dreams are definitely getting stranger and sometimes scary.  There was one about a roller coster at a wedding and Neal fell off of it, that’s when I woke up…stuff like that…
Best moment this week:  Getting more shelves for the garage and moving some of my craft supplies out there to make room for baby!  I’m moving the entire craft room (currently craft/guest room) into the office where I work all day (I work from home doing IT).  It was so nice to be able to start to feel like there’s a space being made especially for this little one!
Hardest moment this week:  I was at church and the message was from a group in India who is constantly finding the leaders and their families are being beaten, raped, killed and tortured by Hindu and Muslim extremists.  It was a very difficult message to hear, but an important one to see how the church is assisting these families and how they are all pulling out of these extreme situations we don’t see here in America to bring the word of Jesus to their neighbors, building more churches and gathering more followers against all odds.  I know this doesn’t directly relate to baby, but it brought me to alligator tears and hunched over position and I found myself holding tight to Neal with one hand and tight to my belly with another.
What I’m missing: Nothing really this week, I guess a beer during the basketball game we watched at one of Neal’s best friend house did sound nice at the time.
Movement: Yes! This little one is active, I’ve felt movement a lot today!
Cravings:  I really like arugula right now…strange of all things to ‘crave’ I want this greenery in nearly every meal!
Queasy or sick: Feeling good!

Looking forward to:  Our ultrasound on Thursday to check baby’s growth and development as well as gender!!! We are also touring 2 hospitals this week.  I want a natural birth and have considered home birth, but I really do like my doctor and trust him.  He’s very very low intervention, believes in my decisions to not have Pitocin or the Epidural as well as a few other requests.

Week 19
  • Wednesday  - Tone it Up Summer Sizzle and Spankin’ Booty routines followed by a dog walk
  • Friday – Arm toning at home before and during work when I needed to get some energy going
  • Saturday – Working out with Neal at the gym, leg day!
  • Sunday  - Did about 2 hours of organizing, moving stuff from my craft room to the garage to make room for baby!  The craft room is moving partially to the garage and partially to my office!  I consider this a workout since I think it’s exhausting walking back and forth and back and forth and organizing!
  • Monday – Power Yoga
  • Tuesday – Knocked Up Fitness Day 4 and Day 5 #StrongMama Challenges!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

18 Weeks Pregnant

Today marks the final day of week 18!  We are only 9 days away from knowing the gender of our little one!

How far along: 18
Gender: I’m feeling more and more like it’s a little boy, we’ll find out in 9 days!
Weight gained: 8 lbs
Inches gained: About 5 around biggest part of belly
Working Out:  Pretty good! I got 2 days of solid strength training, a good day of cardio, another day of what I’ll consider a real-life workout (cleaning garage and yard) and then yoga!
Clothing Choices:  I’m still fitting into my tops alright, I did notice (for the first time) that some of my bras aren’t fitting as well (hooray, I’ve never had much going for me up there!).  On the bottom, when I can I’m in workout pants, when I’m out, I’m wearing maternity jeans or maxi dresses.
Stretch marks:  Only those from soccer years ago on the thighs.
Belly button: Inny
Sleep: I love my maternity pillow!  I have felt a lot more exhausted this week though and I think it’s because my schedule was thrown off at the tail end of the work week by needing to put in 10 hour days W-F, and then after cleaning the garage/yard my allergies kicked in so my eyes are constantly itchy since Sunday, which makes me feel like I should sleep!
Best moment this week:  Feeling baby move daily is so special! I love making Neal rest his hand to try to feel it, he only has slightly felt once.
Hardest moment this week: Feeling exhausted after working in the garage and yard. I wheel barreled 3 trips of very light plant trimmings to the side yard, and by the final trip, I was simply ready to just lay down in the yard. I’ve never really felt that tired before from doing household tasks.
What I’m missing: Wine.
Movement: Yes! This little one is pretty active. Only once was it so much I thought I might hurl, and one other time I think baby hit a nerve, so that hurt.
Cravings:  Nothing really that I’m craving. I mean I want ice cream, but I always want ice cream, pregnant or not.
Queasy or sick: Feeling good!

Looking forward to:  We are going to a weekday childcare facility right down our street tonight and I’m looking forward to learning more about what that’s like.  I honestly wanted the cost of it to be WAY more so that I’d have a better excuse not to work, but as of right now it makes sense for me to stay with my current position as long as they keep me hired on (been contracted for almost 4.5 years now) and continue to work from home.  The child care is right down the road, so I think I’d only do half days (maybe 4-6 hours of baby there) so I can get some solid and productive work in my day.  If this position goes away though, I’m not sure what I’ll do. For me to take a job outside of the home while we have a little one, I’d really want to love the job and not just be taking one just to have a job.  Thankfully, Neal and I are in a position we may have this leniency for a little bit.  We still really need to crunch the number though.  Both Neal and I have weighed me working and not working. I think emotionally it’ll be hard for me to work at first, but then I also wonder if in the long run if I’m not working will it hurt me to jump back into the workforce or become too dependent on my child and vice-versa.  So I guess you could say, I’m looking forward to examining this all more. It’s stressful that I have no control over my current job, and literally don’t know month to month if I’ll have it the next month.  I just don’t think I’ll really know what I want until after the little one is here.
Week 18
  • Wednesday  - Leg Day with Neal at the gym
  • Friday – 10 min prenatal Pilates, a 20 min dog walk and then chest and bicep with Neal at the gym
  • Sunday  - Cleaned out the entire garage (almost completely organized, just waiting to purchase 3 more shelves!) and then trimmed up the plants in the yard for a total of 4 hours
  • Monday – 45 min of walking. 25 of those were with the dogs and 20 solo (b/c sometimes you don’t want to walk around w/ dog poo)
  • Tuesday – Power Yoga

Sunday, March 30, 2014

DIY Pregnancy Workout Shirts

I am currently 18 weeks pregnant. I feel like for the past few weeks, whenever I go to the gym, I either look pregnant, or like I partied too hard with a few too many beers!  Since the latter is definitely not the case, I wanted to treat myself to some cute workout tops!  I searched the internet for some, but honestly didn't see anything that was quite my style, so I decided to make my own!

I wanted one long sleeve top since it's still chilly out, and two tanks for my actual workouts.  At first, I was going to use fabric and under wonder to individually cut out and sew letters on the tops.  However, I quickly decided I needed another option. 1) Sewing on a tank you are wearing to the gym is uncomfortable 2) sewing can take a lot of time 3) I really don't enjoy sewing all that much even though I do it all the time!

And there it was, right in front of me at JoAnns Fabric...Cricut Iron-On!  My prayers had been answered! I was going to just use the pre-cut iron on letters I had purchased from Hobby Lobby as I didn't even know that Cricut made iron-on vinyls!  This thrilled me! I ended up purchasing the two glitter iron-on's from JoAnns and the pink from Hobby Lobby!

My world is forever changed! Cricut iron on vinyls are fantastic, easy, and colorful! I simply love them!  First I watched the following You Tube video found here.  And then I watched the first video about how to setup your machine at the Cricut website.

I made the "I'm so crafty I make people" long sleeved top first.  It's my only layered lettered top.  Behind the letters is a large light pink heart my friend had put on the shirt with fabric I had chosen and under wonder.  Remeber, I originally was going to iron on letters, and this shirt was filled with the iron on letters in the same words, but sewing was too challenging so I took them all off and replaced them with the Cricut letters.

I used the Cricut Cartridge "Songbird" for these letters. I liked the flowiness of the words.

You can see in the videos above that the letters are cut backwards with a clear plastic side that you put your iron directly on to heat transfer the vinyl letters.  This is an example from one of my workout tanks!

If you are doing glitter letters, you can only layer them ontop of the Cricut "Ultra-lite" iron-on, not vice-versa.  So I started by cutting out the words in the shadow format.

I completed all of my shadow fonts and proceeded to cut out my regular fonts in glitter gold to go on top.

Just a glitter layer to go!

I tried to place the words as is, but quickly realized the spacing was going to be off, so I cut each glitter gold letter out individually to iron it on.

You can also put a piece of fabric in between your iron and the letters, but I found the clear plastic covering was sufficient.  Here's an example of what I'm saying with the workout tank "Training my future workout buddy"!

I also found it easiest to peel back that clear plastic covering when it was still warm.  If you let this cool too much the letters tended to stick more the the plastic than the shirt, in my own experience.

I then finished up by making my two workout tanks using the Chalkboard Cricut cartridge.

First, I did the "Brewing a Baby not a Lager" and finished with the "Training my future workout buddy"

Which top is your favorite!?!  Would you make your own pregnancy tops?