Friday, May 24, 2013

27 & 28 Weeks!

Oops. Got so busy with going to WI for my baby shower and to see my family that we forgot my 27 week picture.

We have this one from the shower though :)

How Far Along?  27 weeks

How Big is Baby? ??

Total Weight Gain:  According to the doctors office, around 20 lbs. According to the scale in my in-laws bathroom...30 lbs. I have hit 150 lbs on that scale and started at 120 lbs on that scale. Yikes.

Maternity Clothes? Always. My dance clothes are not fitting very well and it's getting a little frustrating. I just have 5 weeks of classes before summer camps when I can wear whatever I want. 

Stretch Marks? Nope. 

Sleep: What sleep?

Best Moment this Week: Mother's Day weekend was super relaxing and that was really nice. Last night I went out to dinner with my friends Katie & Melissa who I met last month at a mommy class. We  are all due within a month of each other with girls and it was so much fun to talk about all of our pregnancy awesomeness. : ) 

Miss Anything: Sleep.

Movement:  Little Missy moves all around all day long...and all night long. 

Food Cravings:  

Anything making you queasy or sick: Eating too much, too quickly. Oops...

Gender: Baby Girl!

Symptoms: Restless leg syndrome. Lack of sleep. 

Looking Forward to: My WI baby shower on Saturday!

How Far Along?  28 weeks

How Big is Baby? I'm not sure exactly, but...feeling long! 

Total Weight Gain:  I think around 25 lbs.

Maternity Clothes? Always.  

Stretch Marks? Nope. Still doing good!

Sleep: When I was in WI this past weekend I didn't sleep well but that was because I didn't have Matt or my pillow. Last night I slept like a baby : )

Best Moment this Week: My baby shower! It was just so perfect and beautiful.

Miss Anything: Dancing/teaching without being in tons of pain.

Movement:  Little Bean is quite the little mover. I feel her all day and all night. She's been practicing her karate moves in there this week. It was awesome that my family all got to feel her moving while I was back in WI. 

Food Cravings: This week I've just been plain hungry. Everything sounds good.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing really.

Gender: Baby Girl!

Symptoms: Restless leg syndrome. Lack of sleep. And now my hips are out of line which also is effecting my muscles (strained hamstring). Ouch! Things are just a lot more difficult these days. 

Looking Forward to: We leave for Sunriver, OR tomorrow and will be there for 9 days (including driving there and back). Much needed break for sure! We're all packed now and I went all pregnant crazy woman on Matt and packed up most of the car already so we can leave right at 6am tomorrow. I want to get there no later than 2pm :) I'm so excited!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

My WI Baby Shower & Trip Back Home

My 1st Baby Shower was this past Saturday, May 18th 2013.
My mom, her good friend my Auntie Becky & my Auntie Debi all hosted our Fairytale Brunch. It was absolutely beautiful! My Uncle Ray (who has been my dad's friend since they were Marines together before I was born) and Auntie Becky let us have the shower in their beautiful home. Their business does custom granite, so you can imagine how beautiful it was. It was perfect!

Flying back to WI was a bit interesting this time. It was unfortunate that on my flight there I was stuck in the middle seat between two very large men. One so large that he asked me, "Do you mind if I don't put the arm rest down?"...I didn't have a choice (and neither did he). He should have had two seats. So sad. He was the nicest man so I just dealt with it. Around the 2nd hour I regretted not asking to move. It was a packed flight. My leg/hip pain was almost unbearable by the time I got off the plane. I waddled my way through the airport and found my dad right away :) He was so funny when he hugged me, I've never had a more gentle hug in all my life. (I could tell he didn't want to squish my tummy). 

He treated me to some Culver's right away (Oh, how I miss Culvers!) and we headed to see the rest of my family. My mom and little siblings were so so happy to see me. Unfortunately, my brother Cody only stopped in for about 5 minutes while I was in WI. I did get to spend tons of time with the rest of my family and friends though! 

Thursday night we went to McDonald's because Cirrah and Caleb's school was doing a fundraiser there and Cirrah was so excited for me to meet her teacher : ) She love school! She does well, too. If you ask, she will tell you she is going to play in the WNBA so she is going to play in college which means she has to get only A's and B's now! (In 3rd grade...) I love it! 

Friday I spent time with my mom & Cylie doing some shopping and then we headed to Auntie Becky's to do some shower prep. I didn't do anything, but they did : ) 

Saturday morning we got up nice and early to get to her house by 9am to set up the shower. My dear friend, Jenna, came over to help early too so we got to spend some extra time together. 
The shower was absolutely beautiful, as I've said a ton of times. Everyone seemed to have a nice time. My mom said she wished that people would have been more into the games (me too because we played some fun ones) but that's okay. We received tons of clothes and handmade blankets. My grandmas gave us money so today Matt and I went out to Target and got a few things off of our registry. My cousin and aunt got us our Boba Wrap, Auntie Torri got us a baby carrier and Micky got us our bathtub. We had lots of lovely gifts for Lilly Belle. Jenna even got her an adorable outfit embroidered with her name "Lillian" for her 1st birthday outfit : ) My mom got us tons of our little stuff (bottles, bottle brush, etc.) It was so nice to see most of my family and my friends Micol & Jenna.

Micky made these adorable Onesie Cupcakes!

It is so much fun to see our names together as a family. It makes my heart so happy!

 My mom made the "Lilly Belle" photo album that is full of pictures of our journey to Lilly. The first page has a picture of Matt and I sitting in the "Lilly Belle" train at Disneyland which she is named after. Then there are the photos of Matt and I that we had taken to announce our pregnancy, and then all my bump photos and ultrasounds. I loved it! She spent so much time on everything!
She made that button frame too! She's going to keep it in their dining room and always put the latest pictures of  Lillian in it.

This was the table when people walked in. There were pink jelly beans (that my mom individually picked out of bags) hehe all in a bottle for people to guess how many. She had everyone sign the book, "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" as Lilly's guest book because that was my favorite book when I was little. So sweet. We also made a guessing chart for when Lilly will be born, how much she'll weigh, etc. My mom is keeping it so we can see who was the closest :)

My mom went overboard with all the favors :) She wanted everyone to be able to take something home. Everyone took like 3 things home!

These candles have a nice little saying on them about lighting the candle when I'm in labor to pray and think happy thoughts for me and Lilly Belle. 

She knows how important it is to me that I read to Lilly all the time and that she become a lover of books like I am. I already read her stories in the glider all the time. This saying she found is perfect :)

Jenna made this banner for Lillian's room. Matt said he will put it in her playroom since we just bought her name letters for her nursery : ) (He's in charge of the playroom so that was awesome of him. He said it keeps with his Adventureland section of the Disneyland playroom lol).

My Aunt Tish knit her this beautiful sweater, booties and headband. We decided we want her to wear it this fall with a white onesie and black leggings and take her pictures in the leaves! It will be so pretty.

My sisters and I :)

Lots and lots of clothes and blankets!

I love this picture. I might put it in a frame in Lilly's room. Both of her Great Grandmas! Grandma Hampe my Dad's mom on the left and Grandma Clark LaFond (she just got re-married) my Mom's mom on the right.

My Aunt Becky got her this adorable jacket! On top of letting us have the party at her house!

Two of my closest friends, Jenna & Micol. Jenna and I have been friends since Middle School and Micky and I since we were in grade school!

Hehe, Matt loves this picture of Cirrah. It was SO bright out.

One of my favorite pictures of me and my baby sister :) She is very excited to be an aunt and thinks it is very silly because she is only 10.

My mom and I. She's so excited to be a Nana!

27 weeks :) My legs were so swollen from flying. (could I be anymore pale?)
The food was delicious!!

*Mini Spinach Quiches
*Mini Crab Quiches
*Ham & Swiss Quiche 
*Pigs in a Blanket with the syrup in adorable cupcake wrappers
*a baby carriage fruit salad crafted by my Uncle Scottie
*cookies with "L" and "Lilly" on them made by Micol
*the most beautiful cupcakes I've ever seen! (Thank you, Mom!) 

*Yogurt Bar!!! (Thanks, Mom!!) Vanilla Yogurt-fresh fruit-honey-granola-raisens
*we also had turkey and stuff that my Auntie Debi brought but I stayed away (no deli meat for this mama).

I was all over the breakfast items & yogurt bar. They were things I requested from Pinterest and I was so excited that my Auntie Becky made them. I also ate like 10 cookies that Micky made once I got back to my parents house. Yum! The cupcakes were a beautiful surprise that my mom told me about just like  a week before the shower. I didn't see them until the night before. She picked the most perfect ones! 

I saw these on Pinterest. My mom drank all these Frappacinos so that we could have the bottles at the shower. She got these adorable straws on Amazon too! I was so in love with these. She let me bring 4 of them home : ) 

My aunt Debi also made a ton of mason jars with skirts on them. You can see one of them in this picture by the orange juice :) She didn't know my mom had drank all those Frappacinos to get me all those bottles. I loved so much that my mom did that. She really does love me so so much.

We played lots of awesome games and activities.

"Don't Say Baby"
Guests were each given a Very Hungry Caterpillar to wear on their shirt. If anyone heard them say the word "baby" then they could take the clothespin from them. The person with the most at the end won. My 5 year old cousin had about 12 on her dress : ) Too cute.

"Daddy Knows Best"
My mom typed out a bunch of questions and had Matt answer them. I loved his answers so much and we matched on every single one. It was funny to hear what other people thought the answers would be.

"Lilly's Song"
Matt and I sing the song "Lilly Belle" by Frank Sinatra to Lilly all the time. My mom printed out the lyrics and left a bunch blank and the guests had to fill them in to what they thought they would be. Then we played the song to see if anyone had them right. I kept all the answer sheets for her scrapbook.

"Wishes for Lilly Belle"
Guests filled out cards with wishes for Lilly. They were all very sweet.

My mom filled a tray with baby goodies. She brought it out and let the guests look at it for 30 seconds. Then she took it away and they had to try to remember everything that was on the tray. I loved that game because I got to keep everything from the tray ; )

"What's in the Bag?"
Mom filled white paper bags with baby items (again that I got to take home!!) And the guests had to feel the bags to try to guess what the items were. They could shake the bag, scrunch it anything except look, to try to figure out what the items were.

The shower was great! I am so so thankful for my mom and aunts for all the time and work they spent on everything. My mom put her whole heart into every detail. It was wonderful and I could not have dreamt of anything better. Just because of all the love that was put into every single detail there. It was so incredibly special. Lilly is one lucky girl! 

Saturday night, I went out to dinner with Micol and it was so so great to spend some girl time together, I miss her so much!

Sunday morning we went to my cousins confirmation party. 

Sunday was really hard. I cried twice saying goodbye to my family. They won't see me again until Lilly is born and it really hit me while I was home. I think I push my family away a lot because it makes it easier for me to live so far away. This weekend I really just enjoyed every second with them but then on Sunday when it was time to go...I had the hardest time. I'm still feeling it now and it's Tuesday. I called my dad (and talked to him) 5 x's today. My dad took me to the airport alone because it's 2.5 hours away. I had to say goodbye to my mom and siblings before then. Caleb started crying and then I lost it. He hugged me and wasn't letting go so then I got so so so sad. Then my mom almost started so I said "No, no crying, we're not going to cry." So then my mom and I had a good hug with no tears :) Cylie hugged me twice and Cirrah gave me the biggest hug. The kids and my parents loved getting to feel Lillian move this weekend. She gave them some awesome kicks. She's going to love spending time with them. She's going to be spoiled rotten. 

When my dad got me to security at the airport I was crying and my dad looked so so sad as I walked away. It was harder than usual because I know for the rest of my life they will never see me like this ever again. I will always be their little girl, but I'll also have my own little girl. Theres really no transition for us as a family because the next time they see me will be when my parents are here to meet Baby Lillian after she's born. I wish we lived a little closer. It's hard.

My parents got to feel Lilly kick a lot!

It was a wonderful trip and I hope I get to see my mom before Lilly's born. She was going to come here in June but now because we didn't really get anything from our registry at the shower, she may use that money to get us some things we need. We'll see. We had such a good time together. No fighting the whole weekend, just fun together. I miss them so so much. 

Okay, I have to stop writing now or I'll cry again. 
Great trip, beautiful Baby Shower : ) 

Thankfully with my job, Lilly and I can spend lots of summer time with my family. The kids are getting older now so the yelling and craziness is less and less at their house each time I go back home. They are already looking forward to the day when Lilly will spend weeks in the summer with her WI Nana & Papa. My dad made me promise : ) Matt and I agree that it will be fun for her to do that and that it will be so good for my parents to get to spend time with her. We'll miss her, but not like they will all the time. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Pregnancy Update: Lots of Pain

I just realized I haven't blogged in 11 days. Oops.
I've been a busy girl. 

I wasn't able to take my 27 week picture because I was in Wisconsin enjoying a wonderful weekend with my family and friends. I will blog about that soon. Maybe even tonight! My shower was beautiful and perfect. Thanks, Mom : )

I do have a pregnancy/Chelsea update that I feel needs to be written about.
I have been in extreme pain for the past 2-3 weeks. I thought it was my groin, that was the only way I could describe it. I thought I pulled a muscle. It got to the point starting on Wednesday that I couldn't walk or even sit without being in pain. Sleeping...yeah, that's been even more fun. No, not really. 

I had my 28 week appointment yesterday (Hello, 3rd Trimester!) My midwife referred me to a physical therapist as our first way to try to fix this pain. I went this morning and seriously, Dr. Gary is Jesus. No, not really. But I did come home running into our living room pretending to be an old southern black woman who was just healed at church. "Oh thank you Jesus I've been healed!"Ha, Matt did actually join in on the hallelujah dance with me and we had an awesome few minutes of pretending to be awesome old black people who just got healed (by Dr. Gary) at a church down south lol. (No, I am not racist, ha. I have family members including siblings who are black, I'm allowed to be silly like this. Yep.) Oh Lilly, are you ready for your mom & dad? Will you join in on our silliness or look at us like we are so annoying? Both? (This was not the first time Matt danced around the living room this morning...before I left he was doing some weird tribal happy dance in excitement over the new xBox announcement today. Oh, brother.)

I digress...

Went to the physical therapist this morning and found out that all my pain is coming from my right hip being rotated forward, one inch higher than my left and two inches more forward than my left. My pubic bones were also an inch off from each other. He said it has probably been like this for a long time but is just now starting to really cause me pain as my body is growing (Lilly is growing) and all my ligaments and everything are more stretched out. I also have a strained right hamstring. 

So, he said 4-5 days of no physical activity. I explained that I had a class just an hour later. He asked if I could teach it without actually dancing. 

I tried. They are 3-4 year olds so I still had to do about half of what I usually do. I'm in pain again. 

I go back on Thursday morning.
In the meantime, I'm trying really hard to get subs for this week (tomorrow and Thursday) and then we're off to Sunriver! 

Cross your fingers that this goes away and that I can finish out this quarter...after Sunriver there are just 3 weeks left.

Friday, May 10, 2013

26 Weeks

How Far Along?  26 weeks!

How Big is Baby? She's about 15 inches long and around 2.2 lbs (based on my app).

Total Weight Gain:  Probably 18-19 lbs. now. 

Maternity Clothes? Everyday.

Stretch Marks? Not yet...still lucky here.

Sleep: Could be better. Its hit or miss. 

Best Moment this Week:  The weather, getting her dresser and getting our new car!

Miss Anything: Not really :)

Movement:  She moves constantly. She's kicking me and rolling all around right now actually. I'm starting to really love it so much. Every morning Matt puts his hand on my tummy first thing when he wakes up and she kicks him right away like, "Hey, Daddy!!" She loves him so much already. He talks to her enough that I know she definitely knows who he is. 

Food Cravings:  Still loving my smoothies. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, thank goodness.

Gender: Baby Lillian Belle 

Symptoms: Restless Leg Syndrome (ow & annoying!)

Looking Forward to: My first baby shower is in just 9 days! I get to go to WI to see my family and friends and I am so excited. I arrive on Thursday afternoon and am staying until Sunday evening with my shower on Saturday. It will be really nice to hang out with my friends and family. I'm going to miss Matt though. He said it's going to be even harder for him when I'm gone now because I'll have Lilly with me and he'll miss us. I'm going to have my mom take my picture for 27 weeks by the barn behind my house that I grew up in. We'll have to be sneaky ; ) 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

My Mommy-Mobile!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming (26 week bump-date) to share this message...

I bought a car.

I am now the proud owner of a 2013 Ford Escape. 
The whole process was the easiest thing I've ever done. No really, I barely had to do anything and only spent a total of two hours at the dealership. 

Matt and I knew we had enough saved to feel ready to go in to the dealership and try to get a car. 
We never thought in a million years that it would actually happen. We are unfortunately never able to have things just work out for us. Until now. I called yesterday morning just to see if they had the one I wanted available and then proceeded to tell the girl how much I could put as a down payment, what my credit score is and how much I make. I asked her, "Do you think it would be possible for me to get a car?" She said, "For sure! Let's get your paperwork started over the phone." (I was in between my 2 year olds and my 3 year olds class...I had just 10 minutes to talk) That's all we needed. I was maybe on the phone for 5 minutes with her. 

About 45 minutes later, when my class was over, she told me that it looked like they were going to be able to work with me and to send her some legal documents she needed. Being a business owner, they needed more from me than usual. I had THE busiest day with work so in between all my classes and choreographing like a mad woman yesterday, I had our bank fax over some information and Matt did some scanning for me. I really did nothing. (Except work my ass off the past 3 years to earn this car...) 

So we got her everything and now by this time it's about 2:30pm, I was on my way to teach yet another class. She called and said her boss wanted to ask me some tax questions (ew.) I talked to him, everything was perfect (what?!) and he said he had a deal for us. I told him how much was the most I would be willing to pay for our monthly payment and boom! he said he thought he could make it happen.

At this point, I was thinking, "ha, yeah right." I went to teach my class of preschoolers some hip hop moves and then headed to the studio for my night of classes from 4-7pm. Around 6:30pm I checked my phone to see I had 15 text messages (YIKES). One of them was from our sales girl. It read, "We made an amazing deal with the bank and got you the deal! The 2013 white Ford Escape SE!" 

I started jumping all around. It was the first time the whole day I even let myself get remotely excited. Or the first time I actually had time to even think about it. My kids thought I was crazy (what's new?) 
I called Matt on my way home (7:15pm) to tell him that right when we were done eating I wanted to go take a peek at the car. Just walk around the lot. Not talk to anyone or anything, it would be too late, but just go to see it in person. We had only saw it online at this point. 

So 8:00pm rolls around and we headed to the dealership.
We got there and one of the guys who had been working on our deal (noticed me as "hey are you the girl who's pregnant wanting the ford escape before your baby is born?") Yeah...that would be me. He told us that they had about 5 people at the dealership trying to help us all day and that they seriously did get the deal! (I still didn't think it was legit...too good to be true). But, we sat there and started signing some papers. I asked him our monthly payment and it turned out to be just what I asked for. (Amazing!) My interest rate was like 5% lower than I thought it was going to be. (Holy cow!) I knew my credit score has gone up a lot as I've been working really hard on that, but WHOA! So...we went in another room with another guy and I did it...I signed those papers and became the owner of our 2013 Ford Escape SE! I asked then finally..."Um, can we go look at the car, I've actually never seen it in the lot yet..." Ha! He let me sit in it and everything (it was now 9:30pm---nicest guy ever). 

We left knowing we had to come back today with my license (had to get a new one at the DMV today because of our car getting broken into this past weekend), proof of insurance & our down payment.

All day today I have been waiting for something to go wrong.
Nothing did.
I got my license at the DMV in 6 minutes. No seriously. Walked in...6 minutes later, had my new license in my hand driving back to town. What?! Luckiest day of my life.
Went to the bank, got the money out of savings...headed to the dealer and gave them everything.

Then I went and taught 3 more classes.

At 7:00pm tonight, Matt and I went to the dealer, me still expecting to not be driving the car home (even though I already signed all the papers), and it happened...she handed me the key and I drove it home. (Well actually drove to Matador in Redmond for a celebratory dinner with Matt--curtesy of one of my dance families giving me a Passport card) : ) 

It is the best feeling knowing I worked so hard and it finally paid off. 
Lilly Belle will come home from the hospital in this car and it feels so so good knowing how safe it is for her. Tonight I let Matt drive it home from the restaurant and I kept imagining she was in the car with us in her carseat all snug and sleeping. 

I am so so happy right now! 

*Now to go to bed and try not to be scared for all my blood tests tomorrow morning...3 hours of blood tests and drinking nasty stuff does not sound appealing...*

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

On Friday night, after a crazy day of finding out our car was broken into, we went to the Tacoma Rainier's baseball game. Chris's work had the party deck and we all got to go, too. It was tons of fun :) I didn't watch the game at all. Mostly just played with the kiddos (and used them as blankets because it was freezing) hehe. Caitlin & Clare were so snuggly and I loved it. 

We arrived and saw this adorable little munchkin covered in ketchup. 

The majority of the time I spent with Caitlin was her asking me about "Baby Wiwwy" (Lilly is hard to say) and rubbing my tummy. She said, "I wove Baby Wiwwy" and "Can I peek?" too cute. 

Had to get a picture with Rhubarb ; )

And this happened...

Cuddling and singing to Little Miss Caitlin :) 

The ball almost hit us and then they gave the ball to Quenton. He was so excited! 

Uncle Matty and Clare warming up their hands...the sun started going down and it got so chilly.

It was a good way to end our terrible day :) 

Dear Lillian Belle,

My Dear Lillian Belle,

We had quite the day today; quite the weekend actually. I want to apologize first of all for all the craziness you have been apart of. Yesterday my wallet and lots of special things were stolen. I cried a lot and had a panic attack (I haven't had one yet while you've been in my tummy). Your Pops talked me through it. Daddy wasn't with me. Pops reminded me on the phone while I was crying that you were in my tummy and you could feel everything I was feeling. I stopped as soon as I could. You kicked me the whole way through it. You wanted me to know you were there. I already don't know what I would do without you.

You are definitely your daddy's daughter. Last night we went to a baseball game (after all the craziness) and there were fireworks at the end. You were going crazy in my tummy; kicking and rolling all around. I tried to cover my tummy from the loud as much as I could but I knew there was nothing I could do. Daddy and I agreed then that you didn't like it very much.

Today was too much. I danced with you (and around 35 other kids) this morning for 3 classes. The last class we taught today, we jumped way way too much...correction, I jumped way way too just got jiggled around too much. It was a beautiful day so when we got home by Daddy and Cogsy we went for a walk (2 mile walk) to the grocery store for lunch. I had to sit down half way home because you got all tight in my tummy. I got worried. My plan was to sit down when I got home and relax with you for about an hour. Then Mommy's friend, Katie called right when we got in the door to say she was picking me up for my girls day with her and Ashley...

Then we walked the hills in Seattle and all around Pikes Place. We had gelato. We drank lots of water, but you were kicking like crazy and tight again. I sat down when I could. We went to dinner after and you were again kicking. I made a comment to Daddy when I got home that you had kicked me more today than ever before. (Started to worry)...

Tonight Daddy & I went to see Iron Man 3 and it has been do not like loud noise. Just like Daddy. Also, I was feeling extremely anxious during the movie because I get way too into it and I'm sure you felt that from me as well. So between my anxiety and Daddy's fear of loud noises...sorry, Lilly Belle.
We went to Barnes & Noble first and you began kicking me there. We have now been home for 30 minutes and you haven't stopped. You've been kicking me non-stop (literally...) for 4 hours. About 45 minutes ago, after the movie, I got worried. I teared up. Daddy didn't know because the theater was dark. I got worried that I'd hurt you. We called our midwife. I can tell she was sleeping. She didn't mind. I told her how much you've been moving and what I've done with you today. She told me I need to relax because you are over stimulated. I'm so sorry, Lilly Belle. Now we are home and Daddy rubbed my tummy for a long time and we sang you Disney songs. Now I'm sitting listening to our favorite songs. You're still kicking a little, but slowing down.

I've been rubbing my tummy and talking to you the whole time. We love you so much. I am 100% positive that this is not the last time I will call our midwife or a doctor at 11:45pm worried about you. You are our whole life already. I was crying sitting on the couch tonight just telling your daddy how much I love you and how it's already so much that I can't explain it.

Tomorrow I have big plans for us...sitting in your glider all day! I will read to you and sing you songs all day long. We both need a day to relax. I'm sorry my job is so crazy, I'm trying to do everything I can to give you the best life possible. I know I need to slow down.

I love you my Little Bean. We're going to go to sleep now and Daddy said he'll hold us :) I can't wait until you're in our arms and we can all really cuddle together. We're going to have the best time together. Daddy loves us so much and you are going to think the world of him.

I love you to the moon and back a thousand and one times!

Love always,

P.S. You are still kicking me.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

25 Weeks

{Uh oh...going to need a new white shirt for this photos soon...I am not going to have my belly hanging out.}

How Far Along?  25 weeks. Just 15 more until we meet Baby Lilly! Does it not feel like I just posted 24 weeks like yesterday?

How Big is Baby?  According to my "What to Expect" app, it says she should way around 1.7 lbs and be around 9 in. long. I'd agree with that based on how much I feel her moving around in there...everywhere!

Total Weight Gain:  Probably the same at about 17 lbs. 

Maternity Clothes? Everyday.

Stretch Marks? Nope. I never put lotion on either. I really need to start doing that or I'm going to regret that. I hate the feeling of lotion with clothes over. Gross. So I never put it on. For a while I was good about it but then I got lazy again. I also hate the way the lotion I have smells. 

Sleep: Thankfully, this week was good. I always wake up once to pee, even if I go right before bed, but I've been able to fall back asleep right away thankfully. Last night was a whole other story though...worst night's sleep of my whole life. Or..lack of I should say. I was up from 12:30am-5:00am. 

Best Moment this Week: LB is moving a ton. I'm getting more comfortable with it and now it's just fun. She even moves around while I'm dancing now. She likes music, this I know. 

Miss Anything: Being able to dance without feeling like I'm going to die. Being able to squat down in what we call in the dancing world "a bug". (crouched down with your hands in front of you and head down) Hurts so bad. Doesn't work anymore. Dancing is just plain hard. Not in a good way. I'm in the midst of choreographing all of our competition routines for next year and I am doing all I can to not let my belly get in my way (sorry, Lilly...Mommy has to work.) Matt keeps yelling at me because sometimes I get into it too much and forget and may have did a back roll in the living room tonight. Weeeeeeee!!! Ha! Again...sorry Lilly.  

Movement: She's a movin' and a shakin'! It makes me so happy that when I put music on she jams in my tummy. She's actually rolling all around right now. I've been choreographing a solo to "Real Wild Child" and I was mixing the music the other night and she was going crazy. I loved it. I tell myself she's dancing. 

Food Cravings: Jamba Juice, yum! I am sipping a Mango A Go Go right now :) 

Anything making you queasy or sick: I have had zero interest in anything with avocado. Sounds so gross to me. I usually love it.

Gender: Baby Girl.

Symptoms: Feeling good this week.

Looking Forward to: Too soon to say that I'm looking forward to meeting her? ...