Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I'm Back with News!!

I cannot believe that it has almost been 2 years since my last post! Time really does go by too quickly. It has definitely been a busy 2 years for us with our move to Mississippi and back to Charleston, but I'll save that for another post. Today is about our new addition- Baby Stone #2! It is only fair that our sweet new baby gets some blog time too. I hate that I'm already 21 weeks, but I plan on catching up and staying on top of it...hopefully:) Here are some highlights over the past few months.

I found out that we were expecting on February 21, 2014. It was a little early to take a test so the line was pretty faint. So I took another 2 days later with no doubt! We were SO excited!!

The fun part about finding out that I was expecting is that my sister had just found out she was expecting her 2nd a few weeks earlier. She had already told our parents her news, but we kept my secret until Quinn and I visited the first weekend in March. We surprised them with matching Big Sister shirts! We told both sets of grandparents that weekend. Their faces were priceless!

We had our first appointment and chance to see the butter bean on March 25th. Our official due date is October 28th, 2014.
I was 9 weeks along at the time, and I had just started feeling bad. The first trimester started off really similar to when I was pregnant with Quinn. I hated the smell/taste of coffee at 7 weeks. With Quinn, it was certain strong food smells that would make me start feeling nauseated. This time around I just disliked food in general starting around week 8. I was hungry, but there wasn't anything that sounded good. I was also exhausted. I don't know if this was because I had a 2 year old this time around or not. Fortunately, it only lasted for a really LONG 3 weeks. Once the wonderful 2nd trimester hit, I felt more like myself.  Another fun difference this time around is that I think I started showing as soon as I found out. With Quinn, I held off on maternity clothes until I was 16 weeks along. This time around maternity was comfortable around 12 weeks. After it took me 20 min. to get dressed one morning at 10 wks along, I went ahead and told my supervisor before the office figured it out on their own. Fortunately, I started slowing down around 18 weeks.

Of course nothing is official until it is Facebook official:) Quinn did great posing for our picture, and we made our announcement on April 15th.
She is slowly understanding the idea that Mama has a baby in her belly. She thought she had a baby in her belly too for a little while:)  It is definitely going to be an adjustment for her, but she is going to be a great big sister! She LOVES babies. If I can't find her in her daycare classroom, I know she is visiting the babies in the infant room. Now that I'm showing so much more, she will kiss my belly to tell the baby hey. We both are getting better about me not picking her up as often too. I'm definitely trying to spend as much time with her over these next few months while it is just us.

Our first trimester screen was on April 22nd, and it was great to see the munchkin again. I couldn't get over how much the baby had changed and grown in one month. Here is a shot of my bump the day of the appointment with the sonogram picture. Everything looked great at that appointment! At that appointment, we went to schedule our 20 week anatomy appointment to check development and also find out the gender. Unfortunately, John was going to be out of town for his annual 2 week training during the appointment. We decided to schedule a gender appointment at 17 weeks so that we could find out together.

On May 13th, we found out that we were having another girl!! I couldn't be more excited for Quinn to have a sister. They will be almost 3 years apart just like Jessica and me.

 You can see there was a little change in the size of the baby bump over the month:) We already had a girl name, but we are still working on the middle name. We are going to call her Hunter, and we are hoping to have a middle name soon!! This second trimester has given me lots of energy. I have been in a serious nesting phase over the past month! I keep rearranging the house, and I'm so excited about planning the nursery. I've gotten some amazing deals on some mom swaps and craigslist to help with creating my idea for the nursery. Since we just moved back into our house in March, I've also been rearranging the house and trying to get it organized. I'm so excited that my summer break has finally started so that I can devote my time to getting everything together, and, hopefully, I will be able to shut my mind off;)  Our 20 week anatomy appointment was last week, and everything looked great! It is still a girl:) I started feeling Quinn early, but I have really felt Hunter as much. I like to think that means that she is going to be a very calm baby:) I started feeling a little movement around 19 weeks, but that has definitely picked up! I'm enjoying all the little kicks and movements..for now:)  I don't know where the time is going. I'm still in shock that I'm halfway through the pregnancy. So far, I don't really have any specific cravings. I've been doing some late night baking to keep me full until morning. Banana muffins, banana/strawberry bread, and blueberry bread have been some favorites. I've had some fresh local peaches the past couple of weeks that made me really excited too.
Quinn and I will be going to Mississippi to see family and friends this weekend. We are planning on a good visit that isn't rushed to see everyone, and we are even going to see Bigmama in Orange Beach. I can't wait to show Quinn the Gulf Coast. I can't believe that I haven't been back since John and I were married. It's going to be fun. I'll be sure to post when we get back!

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