Baby S Update – Week 30

Week 30!

I can’t even believe it. As I pace around the house, cleaning out closets, vacuuming floors, cooking up a storm……J asks me “do you want me to grab some twigs for you at the store so you can build your nest?” Yes, I think the nesting has begun.

Week 24 and Week 28
As you can see, I officially have a “baby bump.” We took advantage of this while on our “babymoon” to Playa del Carmen and had some professional bump pics taken. We are a sucker for good photography so couldn’t resist.
The baby moves a bunch and situates its self in weird position, like this morning at week 28 where it seemed to borough its whole body below my belly button.
J and I love feeling movements and try to guess if it’s a foot, head, butt, or back.

7 Months
J and I wanted to capture this very special time of our lives through beautiful photography.
I am so thankful to be pregnant and I feel fabulous. I never thought having a tummy this big would make me so proud. I have enjoyed keeping healthy while expecting and therefore wanted to celebrate it.
The body is a magnificent thing God has blessed us with….he gave us one and only one.

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good

Baby S Update – Week 20

Week 20 – half way!

The baby is now the size of a cantaloupe

J and I cannot believe we are already at week 20! Man, it goes fast once you get over huggin the toilet and hittin snooze. In fact, I really don’t feel too pregnant at all.

As I was reading the baby bible “What to Expect When Expecting” the other day I turned the book and learned my biggest “lesson” yet. I saw a cute, cuddly baby smiling at me and it hit me….

the outcome of all this reading, excitement, and body changes IS AN ACTUAL BABY!

THAT, my friend, is what to expect…..a crying, pooping, yet your very own loveable, BABY!

Speaking of baby, we finally got our first peaks today of our little one…

Do you see a butt chin?! It’s a Boisen trademark

side profile of the face and arm

little feet

People always ask us if we are ready….I respond “ready or not….we’re having a baby and can’t wait!”
People also ask for some “baby bump” pics, so here you go…

ha, only kidding! Jezz, it looks like I’m having a lumpy baby.

Did you know that they have pillow bumps you can try on at maternity stores…how funny!
That is something I did not need to know 5 months ago.

Now I’m full of new baby knowledge like
did you know the baby has taste buds and will develop some likes and dislikes to foods based on what I eat
. Pass the brussel sprouts!

For real this time, here is my belly progression.
As you can see, it’s not that exciting. Still waiting for it to really “pop” as they say.

Week 20

Some exciting tidbits:

I can feel the baby move! Feels like gas bubbles (although I tend to have more movement after chili)….or for the more proper “butterfly flutters.”

We’re having a….surprise! That’s right, we will not be discovering what the gender of the baby is. It’s funny when you tell people this and how they respond….
Older generations
– “that’s great!” “so much better that way.” “so fun.”

Younger generations – “What! Are you CRAZY!?” “How will you know what to buy?” “Can you do that?”

I am running the Des Moines half marathon on Oct. 17th! The baby and I love to run in this crisp fall weather. Kelli, Mike, and J will be joining me.

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good

We’re Pregnant!

As we go through different stages in life our nutrition does as well.

Recently, I have entered into a new stage…..the mac & cheese, carbs please, smoothies sound scrumptious stage of life aka the pregnancy stage! Yes, you heard it….J and I are expecting our first baby in February. We are feeling very blessed and excited.

I have been feeling pretty good minus the “did I just get off the silly silo?” queasies all day.

Because of these I find it hard to crave some of foods I used to like a big spinach salad.
I have to find ways to disguise the greens….like putting broccoli in mac & cheese. Which by the way I haven’t had mac & cheese since college, but saw it on tv one day and declared, “yep, want some of that!” I also add canned tuna for an extra omega 3 nutrition punch (making a smart baby or at least hope he/she has better math skills than me).
(mac & cheese from the Atlas, downtown Iowa City)

It’s not that I really have specific cravings, I just want foods that sounds good to an upset stomach.

Have you ever taken a multi vitamin on an empty stomach and got some serious nausea from it….it’s like that…. but ALL day. There’s no such thing as “morning sickness”…it can be “noon, dinner, midnight sickness.” I think a guy made up the term morning sickness so women would shut up about feeling sick by noon. Not gonna happen.
I can’t complain though, have only had to hug the porcelain a couple times. J’s sweet and brings in water and holds back my hair. He said that’s what the “book” said to do.

I have managed to keep up some exercise. The biggest obstacle holding me back is I have NO desire to do it from being tired and queasy. However, I have found that it makes me feel incredibly better. So I try to get in a swim, bike, run, or crossfit.

As I begin the 2nd trimester I’m hoping I will feel more energized and less sick. Therefore, I am contemplating training for the Des Moines half marathon…we’ll see.
I told J, I think it would be fun to do a race while preggo….he reminded me I already had….the HyVee Triathlon (unknowing, I was 3 weeks along), so much for waiting to “try” till after the tri.

(I had no idea!!!)
We thought 12 weeks would be a good time to make the “social network announcement.” However, our family and friends have known for a few weeks now.

We told my parents and Matt out in Glacier. We were all making a champagne toast to things we were thankful for, I was last….and I bet you know what I said.

Mike and Kelli and Bryan, Marie and Emmerson were next with these candy bars:

J’s family came the next day while having dinner at his parents. We gave his mom and gift to open:

Everyone is very happy and excited for us. We are blessed to have such wonderful families to introduce Baby S to.
We had our first doctor’s appt the other week. We got to hear the heart beat which was AWESOME!!!! It really made it feel official. 175 bmp. WOW! He/she must be running around in there.
As J and I lay in bed at night, each with a baby book in hand, we pray for a healthy baby and thank God for this wonderful oppurtunity to start a family.

I will be continuing to update you on the baby’s and my belly’s progress as I just can’t contain my excitment!
Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good