Saturday, December 15, 2012

Confessions of a Pregnant Woman: Running While Pregnant

Writer's Note: I felt the need to write this post to reach out to other pregnant mothers and those who are TTC and let them know pregnancy does not always go as planned.  Also, I have really enjoyed reading other blogs and their experiences throughout pregnancy so I plan on documenting a few of mine throughout this pregnancy.  It is reassuring knowing you are not the only one going through certain situations and kind of fun to read what other pregnant women are experiencing.  So here it goes...

I remember when Andrew and I first started TTC (Trying to Conceive... just trying to help you all get caught up with the lingo if you are not already up to date with it! ;) ) I always imagined myself being pregnant. It was so exciting to imagine how this entire pregnancy would go (yes there were rainbows and unicorns in my daydreams as well).   I pictured a smooth and easy pregnancy, eating healthy the ENTIRE time, only gaining the appropriate weight in my belly, oh, and running marathons! Yes, that's right.  I planned on keeping up with my training (they say that you can stay in the same fitness state you were in before you were pregnant and it should be perfectly fine for the baby). I read article after article about pregnant women who ran marathons and/or kept up their running during pregnancy. I was so inspired and I just knew I would be THAT pregnant woman--healthy, fit and running marathons.  In my perfect pregnant fantasy world, pregnancy was going to be a breeze and I was going to glow.  After hearing all the horror stories about raging hormones and morning sickness from friends and reading about them on blogs, I remember telling Andrew I would never be like that. I would have the ideal pregnancy, and he would enjoy being around me 24/7. HA! Now that I am 17 week into this pregnancy, the reality of it all is that you don't have control over how your body will react.  The way you imagined it would be doesn't always go as planned.  I guess that is the body's way of preparing the mother to be flexible and ready for anything.

When we found out I was pregnant, this plan was still in full effect.  One week in, I had to completely alter my plan.  There was absolutely no way I could muster up the energy to get outside and run, nor did I have the time to. I was working a full-time unpaid internship teaching, working part-time for my dad in the afternoons, 2-3 times a week I had Junior League obligations in the evenings and on Wednesday nights bible study. Not to forget, I felt like I had been run over by a car and nauseous 24-7.  I felt like a walking zombie and was lucky if I could manage to get two runs in a week (which only happened on weekends).  Some weeks I couldn't even run once because of other weekend commitments and lack of motivation and energy.  Anyone who knows me knows that is not my normal self.  Before being pregnant I would have considered it a bad week if I didn't get a minimum of 5 runs during the week.  The weird thing was, I was perfectly okay with not running that much during my first trimester.  With all the other horror stories I heard about miscarriages during the first trimester and the link to overworking the body made the lack of interest in running alright for me.

Eating healthy pretty much went out of the window too.  All I wanted was red meat and carbs... oh LOTS of carbs.  I have pretty much been eating whatever I want and not really caring about it.

About a week ago I was sitting with my friend, Julie, at the movies waiting for the movie to start and she asked me "Doesn't it feel weird running while pregnant?" Without hesitation I responded "No, not really.  It just feels like I have a few extra pounds I'm carrying." The weird thing is, if she asked me that exact question less than a week later today, I would reply, "It ABSOLUTELY feels weird!".  I am not sure what changed within this past week but I do know something has.  Maybe Riley has grown quite a bit, maybe its the fact that I have run more this week than I did in the last five weeks combined.

Let me break it down for you...

First of all, my shirts are getting a lot more "snug" and almost not covering my belly.  I only have about three running shirts left that are long enough to make me feel comfortable enough to run outside and not have to worry about my bouncing belly showing.  Insecurity while running is definitely not a fun feeling.  I am still at this awkward point in my pregnancy where I just look chubby and not quite pregnant yet.  I know in the next few weeks it will change, but I would like for that to happen sooner than later.  My snug shirt shows my growing belly extended a little past my shorts and it is definitely not a motivating factor to go out and run in public and show it off.

The newest feeling I have experienced while running is Riley doing summersaults the entire time I am running. (I am not really sure if she is actually doing summersaults, but I can tell she is very active while I run.) I hope that she gets used to the bouncing rhythm and it will put her to sleep. (Wishful thinking I know). I am sure I will feel her more and more as she grows, so I suppose I better get used to the feeling.

Did I mention I am already feeling her pushing on my bladder?  I am 17 weeks and this girl sits right on it.  From the second I leave the house I feel like I have to go to the bathroom BAD!  I have made sure to go to the bathroom right before I leave the house to reassure myself that I do not actually have to go and that its just Riley pushing on my bladder.  The feeling does not let up the ENTIRE run.  Talk about uncomfortable.

The most important thing is that I listen to my body and not over do it.  I want to reassure you all that I am doing just that.  Now that I am finished with my internship and into my second trimester, I have a lot more time to take care of my health and have a lot more energy.  I have a feeling that I wont be able to keep running throughout the entire pregnancy, but I plan to try to run as long as Riley will let me. I never feel like I am putting her in danger while running and have been given the "okay" by my doctor to do so.  I am just running three miles at a time and do not plan to increase the distance at all during this pregnancy.

My hope is that my desire to keep running while pregnant will not only pay off for my health, but Riley's health and future, too. You know the only reason I run is so she will be an olympic runner one day right?

Friday, December 14, 2012

17 Weeks (tomorrow)

How far along? 17 WEEKS
Total weight gain: Meh, 5 lbs so far but after the entire 12" burrito I just ate from Chuy's... probably 10 right now. (Hopefully it will pass...)
Maternity clothes? Not yet! :) Although today I put on these pants I have been DREADING to put on in worries of them not fitting anymore.  I was very surprised they still fit, BARELY! I think that might have been my last time to wear them.  I am going to have to start shopping for maternity clothes in the next few weeks. 
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: Same ole, same ole. Get up once a night to use the restroom. Other than that, I want to throw my cat across the room nightly (but don't have the heart to do it). She is the only other reason my sleeping pattern is terrible waking me up throughout the night for attention.
Best moment this week: Finding out sweet baby Barnes is a GIRL and feeling her kick for the first time!  

Miss Anything? Margaritas!
Movement: Yes!  Feeling baby VERY lightly kick. I definitely have been feeling her move around a lot!  It doesn't feel strong but I just feel lots of "bubbles" moving around in my stomach that is definitely NOT gas.
Food cravings: Nope. Not this week.
Gender Prediction:  No more predicting! (This is the last week I am going to keep it as "prediction" because ITS A GIRL!  
Labor Signs: N/A
Symptoms: Completely exhausted every day. I just ignore it, try and get over it and go about my day.  If I let it win, I would be in bed all day, every day. Not too much round ligament pain this week. 
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: So happy.  We are thrilled we are having a girl and that we have a healthy baby.  
Looking forward to: Seeing Riley Grace for her 20 week ultrasound! Can't wait for the anatomy scan. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Feeling Riley Kick for the FIrst Time

I just felt Riley kick for the first time! I am 16 weeks and 3 days.  Andrew and I were laying in bed listening to her heartbeat with the fetal doppler, and suddenly we were hearing a lot of other noises.  We both knew she was moving around in there quite a bit.  I recently read that at 16 weeks babies can hear our voices, and that studies have shown that if you sing to them in the womb they seem to recognize the song when they are out of the womb. This past weekend I decided to pick a song to always sing to her in hopes that she will recognize it when we finally meet face to face.  I couldn't find any song more fitting than "You Are My Sunshine".  As Andrew and I were listening to her sweet heartbeat and commotion (movement), we started to sing her song together to her. She suddenly started to kick stronger because I felt it about five times as we sang the song over and over. The fetal doppler matched the kicks with noise of movement so I knew I was feeling her kick.  I don't think I would have felt it if we didn't have the doppler pushed up against my uterus, but it was such a beautiful feeling. God is good.

Riley Grace Barnes--

I don't know many people that have known the name of their first born since they were 16... except for me.  When I was 16 years old I worked at a Montessori school part-time in the afternoons.  Although I tried hard not to pick favorites, there were a few children that stood out.  I will never forget Bailey Jay (although I apparently forgot how to spell her name because I remember is wasn't Bailey but something more like Balie or something like that), a 3 year old, blonde hair lightly curled at the ends, blue eyes, sweet smile.  Her manners were ADORABLE!  I could tell that her parents always called her, "darling", "princess", "sugar plum", etc.  I remember she would say things like, "Excuse me darling, but can you please pass the purple crayon?", or, "You're my sweetheart, what am I?" in the SWEETEST little girl voice EVER!  I always told myself that I would be sure to teach my kids manners like that at a very young age... it just melts my heart.  Every time her parents asked me to baby-sit, I never hesitated to say yes.  She had a little sister about two years younger than her.  Her name was Riley Grace.  I absolutely ADORED these two girls.  When I heard Riley's name for the first time, I absolutely fell in love with it, and her too.  I knew I always wanted to name my first born Riley.  I just had to somehow convince my future husband this.

I was so fortunate that Andrew agreed to Riley Grace without a fight. The first time he heard the name he fell in love with it as much as I did.  There was no hesitation and I was so full of joy!  When we told the name to Andrew's family, they informed us that Andrew had an uncle named Raleigh but everyone called him Riley.  So they, of course, loved the name, too.  My parents were pretty thrilled with the name as well.  We have been so fortunate that everyone loves the name as much as we do. Even before we were expecting our entire family knew that if we had a girl, we wanted to name her Riley Grace.

Now, I just have to work on my patience because I still have another 24 weeks before I get to FINALLY meet this sweet girl! :)

It's a...

Three ultrasounds later we FINALLY know the gender of our baby!  We went in last Monday for our "16 week" check up at 15 1/2 weeks.  Baby did not want to cooperate.  In fact, baby Barnes was quite modest.  I was so bummed about it that my doctor let us try again about 45 minutes later in hopes that BB had changed positions. Sure enough, baby did a complete turn around but just would budge moving that foot!  Doc said not to worry that we would definitely find out at 20 weeks.  Anyone who knows me, knows I simply couldn't wait that long to find out the gender.  I scheduled a 3d/4d ultrasound the next week.  The ultrasound company recommended that I get the doctor's signature.  When I called the doctor they told me they don't like to sign off on those until I am around 22-26 weeks because I would see a lot more, then she told me to just come in for another FREE ultrasound the next day.  Without hesitation I accepted her offer.  She prescribed that I drink LOTS of water to be sure to come into the ultrasound with a full bladder and that I eat a Snickers on the way over to the office.  Of course I HAD to follow the doctor's orders.  (I forgot how amazing Snickers are!)  When we went in for the ultrasound my bladder was DEFINITELY FULL! It seemed to work because baby Barnes was in PERFECT position for us to know the gender.  I am sure you are anxious to find out the gender.  Baby Barnes is a ...

...well, I'll let the boards explain it themselves...
It's not Oliver or Zoey...

Its not Olivia, Ryan, Zack, or Hadley...

It's a...GIRL!

YAY! Riley Grace Barnes... 16 weeks!

We couldn't be more excited to welcome our sweet girl, Riley Grace, into this world in May! I absolutely cannot wait to spoil her to death. I am already obsessed with Etsy, Baby Gap, and Pinterest... bring on the bows, tutus, and leg warmers.

Stay tuned for how we picked her name!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

What will "IT" be? A HE or SHE?

"TOMORROW! TOMORROW! I LOVE YA, TOMORROW! YOU'RE [ONLY] A DAY AWAY!" Well I am possibly only a day away,  you all are a few more days!  Yep that's right. Tomorrow we go in for a check up on baby Barnes.  Unfortunately, they wanted me to come in before 16 weeks (when they said they usually can tell the gender) just because they want to keep the appointments 4 weeks apart.  Therefore, tomorrow I will be 15 weeks, 2 days.  There is still a possibility we will find out baby Barnes's gender!

If we find out the gender tomorrow I will post each day erasing one name until we reveal the gender and name!  Stay tuned...

Saturday, December 1, 2012

15 Weeks

So excited to be fifteen weeks today. If only baby would make more of a belly entrance into this world. It will come, it will come.  I know its a little early to be saying this, but I have been feeling a lot of "bubbles" in my belly! I can't help but wonder if I am feeling kicks?!  The past few weeks I have had to remind myself that I am pregnant.  I am feeling so normal (minus being crazy lethargic) that I have had all of these crazy thoughts running through my head. I am talking crazy stupid y'all.  These crazy stupid thoughts have gone as follows:

What if I'm not pregnant?  Am I pregnant or just getting really fat?  I HAVE been eating really bad! OMG maybe I should take another pregnancy test... Andrew would be so annoyed that I would be dumb enough to take a pregnancy test at 15 weeks. Maybe I just will take one secretly?   This is stupid, I am pregnant. LINDSAY YOU ARE PREGNANT!

YUP.  Pretty sad huh? I made a realization about myself this week.  I have realized why 95% of the time I am such an optimist on the outside--because on the inside, I am constantly worrying myself of all the possible negatives.  So, I find it much easier to focus on all the positive things in life.

Just to reassure everyone (more importantly myself) I ordered a fetal doppler online about a week and a half ago.  I was so excited when I first heard baby's heart beat! I couldn't wait to show Andrew. IT WAS SO EASY!  ...too easy.  When Andrew heard the "baby's heartbeat" he helped me realize it was my own heartbeat.  DANG IT! I had no idea that I would be able to hear my heartbeat in my stomach! The human body is so amazing.  It took a while but sweet Andrew was so patient and spent the time with me to help find baby Barnes' actual heartbeat. It was TRULY amazing. No worries, this time we were definitely sure it was baby's because we felt my pulse at the same time and baby's heartbeat was almost twice as fast! Such a sweet and beautiful sound.  So goodbye pregnancy tests and hello fetal doppler.  I am sure Andrew is relieved that I wont be wasting anymore money (at least for a few years) on those pricey tests.

Alright before I give all the answers away in this post above, here is the weekly (or biweekly for now) survey:

How far along? 15 WEEKS! (There is just something about "5"s that I LOVE. My birthday: 05-05. Baby's due date: 05-25.  Andrew's Birthday: 05-28.  05's are just great so 15 weeks exciting for me. )

Total weight gain: Ugh, I REALLY don't want to talk about it, but since I am trying to participate in all these questions so that I can look back and remember... I don't want to say. ::DEEP BREATH:: 7 pounds!  As soon as I stepped off the scale the other day I got on GOOGLE and searched "Normal weight gain 15 weeks pregnant".  From what I read, most girls have gained 5-7 lbs by this time in their pregnancy. WHEW! I understand that weight gain is inevitable, normal, and healthy during pregnancy, I just want to make sure I do it at a normal rate and don't lose control!  From what I read, at this time in my pregnancy half a pound to a pound a week is very normal.

Maternity clothes? Well, surprisingly my jeans STILL FIT.  I think that are "hanging" on me a little lower but they fit without me feeling uncomfortable.  My running shirts are a little higher making me feel uncomfortable about my mid-drift showing while I run.  I think it is almost if not about that time to purchase some maternity clothes. I keep thinking about that Modern Family episode where Gloria is bulging out of her tight clothes and in denial. Maybe I am in denial? I know I am not bulging out NEAR as bad, but I foresee purchasing maternity clothes in my near future.

Stretch marks? Nope.  So grateful for stretch mark cream.

Sleep: The usual.  I get up once or twice a night for restroom breaks but other than that... sleep pretty well.  That is, until the sun begins to rise and my cat thinks it is her life calling to be the most annoying cat in the world.

Best moment this week: Feeling little bubbles in my tummy. Oh and we have officially picked both boy and girl names!! The announcement will come with the gender reveal! :) 

Miss Anything? Surprisingly I haven't really missed alcohol this week.  I think I am finally getting use to not having a glass of wine or margarita every other day. 

Movement: As I mentioned, bubbles.  It could be gas... no telling. I have a feeling I will be feeling movement in the next few weeks.

Food cravings: Hasn't changed. Cheeseburgers, cheeseburgers, cheeseburgers. But the usual... I just don't eat them but like once every other week.  I always want one but never follow through. (See the Youtube Veggietale tribute I posted below this survey. Yes, I have every word memorized. I don't know why but I always have loved children's music. This is an all time classic!)

Gender Prediction:  PEOPLE-- IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:  We MIGHT find out the gender at our appointment on MONDAY!! I am not sure when I will announce it on here, but as soon as my family knows, you bet I will announce it on here!

Labor Signs: N/A

Symptoms: FATIGUE & round ligament pain <--it always hits unexpectedly, and boy is it painful!

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY! Life is just better this way. 

Looking forward to: Finding out baby's gender this coming week. So ready to give baby a name instead of the thousands of nicknames we have already given it.  Oh and ready to stop calling Baby Barnes an "it".

So now I leave you with one of my favorite songs that I think is very appropriate with my continuous single food craving--Cheeseburgers.  Enjoy.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I am thankful to have God in my life.
Today I am thankful for my loving family.
Today I am thankful for this miracle inside of my belly.
Today I am thankful for my friends.
Today I am thankful that I have a stable job and opportunities abound.
Today I am thankful for you.

Thanksgiving only comes once a year, but may the feeling of gratitude live in our hearts all year long.

Happy Thanksgiving Friends.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

13 Weeks!

Today is the second day of my second trimester! Wahoo! I finally am out of the first and am not looking back.  I feel truly blessed to have had such an easy first trimester compared to most pregnant women.  No vomiting--I MEAN NONE, ZIP, ZILCH.  Many times I felt as though I might, or I thought I would feel better if I did, but didn't. I am not really feeling nauseous after eating anymore either. I have developed a new pregnancy symptom though that I will tell you about in the survey below.

How far along? 13 WEEKS! YEEHAA!
Total weight gain: I am not sure.  I haven't weighed myself in a long time.  I don't really want to either.  Its just easier that way. At least for now.
Maternity clothes? I think I am about to have to trade over to maternity pants.  I am tired of pulling my pants up because they are falling below my growing belly. (I used to have to pull my pants up because they were too big... funny how things change.)
Stretch marks? Not yet, thank goodness. 
Sleep: Much better lately. I am getting used to getting up in the night to use the restroom.  It is pretty neat how the body prepares the mother for the future late night disturbances.
Best moment this week: Fixing these terrible roots on my head.  

Miss Anything? The usual, but I have really been missing margaritas this week. 
Movement: You know, not yet. But I have been feeling a little different things happening in my stomach and I keep thinking it is movement.  I have a feeling in the next week or two I will feel a kick or hiccup.  (At least I hope!)
Food cravings: FINALLY satisfied my cheeseburger craving!! FINALLY! Union Kitchen had the BEST cheeseburger! I halved it too so I got to enjoy it TWICE!!  Hmm... maybe I will order another for dinner tonight. ;)  No other cravings really. 
Gender Prediction:  Well, everyone is predicting boy. I don't think anyone has guessed girl yet.  I still have no clue. 
Labor Signs: N/A
Symptoms: Fatigue of course hasn't disappeared.  The newest symptom which my OB/GYN warned me about is round ligament pain. It is supposed to start in the second trimester, and sure enough it began last week.  It is a sharp jabbing pain felt in the lower abdomen and/or groin area.  It doesn't happen all the time, very randomly. 
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY!!  I felt so happy earlier this week just thinking about the future and whats to come.  
Looking forward to: THANKSGIVING! I cannot wait to eat DELICIOUS food and be around my wonderful family.  This is the best time of year.  There is nothing I would rather do, no place I would rather be than with my family which I am so thankful for. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

12 Weeks!

One more week and I am FINALLY out of the first trimester! WAHOO! This tri has felt like it has been going by so slowly.  Probably because I am so eager to know the gender of sweet baby Barnes. Regardless, one more week and GOODBYE first trimester!  Hopefully the next two wont go by so slowly.

I have been looking at belly pictures of other pregnant women (Google searched)  at weeks 13, 14 and 15 and I definitely see baby bellies on them.  This makes me feel a little better because I feel like I am showing quite a bit (pretty much just look like I ate too many donuts).  Can't wait to actually look pregnant and not fat.

To celebrate coming out of the first trimester I made a hair appointment next weekend to fix these two-inch roots on my head.  FINALLY! I couldn't be more excited about it.  I have been feeling so blah lately and I think most of it is due to not feeling "put together". It always feels good to get my hair colored, nails painted... you know the normal things girls like to do to pamper themselves.  Maybe I will go get a mani/pedi soon, too.  :)

I don't know about you guys, but I am so excited for the holidays.  I feel so fortunate that my parents and in-laws live so close together. Andrew and I usually get to spend the holidays with both sides every year.  In fact, this year we are all (both sides) going out to my family ranch to spend Thanksgiving together.  Then Andrew's side of the family and I will head up to Ft. Worth the next day to see Andrew's brother, sister-in-law, their two year old, Dylan, and the new twin girls, Anna and Emma!  It is going to be a wonderful holiday!  I absolutely love spending time with family! It is crazy to think that this time next year we will have a little six month old of our own getting to experience his/her first Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Oh and the holiday music! Boy do I love the holiday music.  I know a lot of you are tired of it (I mean it is the SAME music EVERY YEAR... I get it) and don't want to hear it as early as November, but there is something about that first holiday song I hear come on the radio (usually around November 15 ... just a few days away). I feel my entire body rush with excitement and joy.  Oh man... I just got so excited about Christmas music that I had to put it on Pandora as I type this post.  First song, "You better watch out".

Can you tell that I am an optimist yet?  No, I am not oblivious to the bad things in life, I just prefer not to think about it and focus on the happy and exciting things.  Its much better that way.

Alright enough about the holidays for now. (No worries, much more to come over the next few weeks!) Lets talk about Baby Barnes.  I haven't had time to update the chalkboard this weekend yet (I am in San Antonio while Andrew and my dad are running the Rock'n'Roll Marathon as I type this).  As soon as I get home this evening I will make a 12 week board and who knows... maybe take a picture of my donut belly next to it! ;) Here's what has been going on with BB.

How far along? 12 Weeks
Total weight gain: 4 lbs I think only because I am eating so poorly.  I think I can only attribute one or two pounds to the baby... the rest is all me! :/
Maternity clothes? Two maternity shirts... only because they are so long in the body.  I seriously think I am going to keep buying maternity shirts post baby just for the length.  Is that weird? lol
Stretch marks? No, just bought some stretch mark cream so hopefully wont have any. 
Sleep: Not sleeping very well... never really did pre baby. Now I find myself waking up on a weekend around 6 am and not able to go back to sleep, so I just get up.  I get up at least once a night, usually around 3-4 am, to use the restroom.
Best moment this week: Took a few pictures for random things and baby Barnes has decided to make his/her debut in the pictures.  (My belly definitely showing in the pictures.)
Miss Anything? Goat cheese, wine and margaritas.  
Movement: Not yet... but hopefully soon.  I read on other people's blogs that they felt movement as early as 14 weeks!!
Food cravings: Still wanting a cheeseburger.  I keep getting them and eating them, but for some reason it just doesn't satisfy the "cheeseburger craving" I've been having.   I think I am adding too much too it like onions and jalapenos, etc.  I just need to get a normal burger with meat, cheese and mustard... nothing else. Maybe that will do it? WHO KNOWS!   Anything making you queasy or sick: Surprisingly, minty things.  It just doesn't do it for me.
Gender Prediction:  I have absolutely no idea.   If I had to make a prediction... looking at pregnant bellies online, it seems that the ones that are pregnant with girls, the baby sits higher than the girls that are pregnant with boys.  It might be a myth but I heard if its a boy, the baby is usually lower  and girl, higher.  This baby is definitely lower, so I predict BOY!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: FATIGUE FATIGUE FATIGUE!!!  That's mostly it.
Belly Button in or out? in
Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: in
Looking forward to: I know I already mentioned it, but the holidays!!  Christmas music, delicious food, cozying up by the fire, hot chocolate, etc. etc.! Bring on the holidays~

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Weeks 10 & 11

Weeks ten and eleven have come and gone. So much has happened so let me fill you in...

Yes, baby Barnes was once the size of a prune, but in just a week is now the size of a large plum! Our sweet baby is growing so quickly and we couldn't be more proud.  I am now nearing the end of the first trimester (FINALLY).  Morning sickness is getting better (either that or I am just getting used to it). I realized the prenatal vitamins I was taking was making me really sick and uncomfortable.  Since I have changed prenates, I have been feeling so much better and am MUCH happier!  I usually just feel a little queazy every time after I eat.  Other than that the only issue is ridiculous exhaustion 24 hours a day.  No matter where I am, I feel like I can just collapse and pass out!  Problem is, I have no time for my much needed naps.

Unfortunately, I did not have time to make an 11 week chalkboard, but you better bet I will make a 12 week and who knows, maybe I will take a picture in front of it, too.  My belly is starting to protrude a little and baby is finally making his/her belly debut. (Barely, but he/she's there!)  I keep finding myself softly holding my belly. I don't do it intentionally but it just feels comfortable to put my hands on my lower belly.

Baby Barnes weighs as much as half an ounce now and is around two and a half inches long from crown to rump!  His/her digestive system is now flexing and practicing contraction movements.  His/her pituitary gland has now started producing hormones, and his/her bone marrow is now making white blood cells.  Baby Barnes is now almost in full function!  SO EXCITING!

We got to see BB again about a week and a half ago.  Everything looked GREAT, heartbeat was healthy, we are right on schedule so far with baby's predicted due date, and baby looked happy (well I liked to think so although I couldn't really see his/her face features. ;)

While baby Barnes has been hard at work in growing, mama Barnes has been busy researching, Pinning on Pinterest, and planning.  I have started baby Barnes's first registry on Amazon, although since I don't really know what I am doing, I have a feeling it will change a lot over the next few weeks until we find out baby's gender.  I have the entire nursery planned.  (I said planned, not complete).   That deserves a post for itself.  It is so much fun to daydream about what baby will look like and plan for the future.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention the most important thing: Baby Barnes got to vote with mommy today!  Such an  important day for our nation and I am so glad that BB got to be a part of the experience.  I was a little bummed that they did not give me a sticker though.  I don't know why but I was so excited about getting a sticker, and they didn't have any!  LAME!

Now I shall leave you with a little news about baby:
How far along?  11 weeks, 3 days
Total weight gain/loss?  2 lbs (but that always fluctuates daily)
Maternity clothes?  Well not yet, but I did buy a pregnancy undershirt just because it is super long in the torso. 
Stretch marks? I am scared of them so I just ordered some cream online to make sure they don't appear!
Sleep?  My sleep schedule is pretty lousy.  Falling asleep is no problem.  Waking up throughout the night is another problem.  I think I usually wake up at least two times a night to use the bathroom, two more times because my cat wakes me up, and maybe one more time because I am hot or uncomfortable.  
Best moment last week? Seeing Baby Barnes for the second time.  Boy has he/she grown!  
Movement?  Nope.
Food cravings?  Burgers still.  I just always want a burger but didn't eat one for like three weeks. ( I have no idea why). Over the last week though I have had two. 
Gender? No clue.  I have no predictions either. 
Labor signs? I sure hope not.  Too early!
Belly button in/out? In.
What I miss: Running (just haven't had the time or energy) and margaritas. 

What I am looking forward to: Thanksgiving in a few weeks and all the delicious food that comes with it. 
Milestones: Baby grew from a prune to a large plum! 

That's all for now friends.  Till next week... xoxo

Sunday, October 14, 2012

~8 Weeks~

2 months!  We are officially 1/5 of the way through this pregnancy.  Right now Bebo is growing webbed fingers and toes.  Breathing tubes now extend from the throat to the developing lungs.  Our little tadpole's tail is just about gone at this point.  Nerve cells are branching out in the brain to connect to one another making neural pathways. Our little Bebo, now the size of a kidney bean, is now shifting and moving like crazy (I just cannot feel it yet). 

I have been in denial in taking a picture of my belly by my chalkboard.  I have been growing in every angle way too quickly and don't really want to document that.  I will start taking pictures of me when I actually look pregnant and not fat... deal?

Anyway, this week is really pretty much the same as last week.  Nausea throughout the day, all day (and sometimes night).  I am realizing that I feel sick after every time I eat.  (No worries it doesn't stop me from eating... lol.)  Fatigue is definitely at its best.  I cancelled my plans this weekend just to rest, and I have done just that.  As soon as I wake up from my nap, I want to take another.  I just can't kick this exhaustion.  Its like a constant merry-go-round of nausea and fatigue!  If I am not nauseous I am incredibly fatigued. If I am not fatigued, I am incredibly nauseous.  Just a few more weeks and I will finally be out of the first trimester! 

Since nothing has really changed from last week to this week I have decided not to do a questionnaire.  Maybe next week!

On a side note...

Has anyone tried these?  My new sweet & salty obsession. Problem is I can't stop when I start.  I highly recommend that you temporarily step away form your computer right now, grab your keys, drive to the nearest convenient store and buy some peanuts and candy corn.  DO IT! Trust me, you wont regret it... unless you can't stop eating them like me and end up in a sweet and salty food coma.

Monday, October 8, 2012

7 Weeks

It is so hard to find time to post! The first three posts I wrote the first two days I found out I was pregnant.  This is the first chance since then I have had to sit down and write a post.  Week five consisted of no morning sickness so I was worried that I felt so "normal".  That quickly changed by week six.  It feels like a constant hangover.  Not fun.  I have been able to resist nausea meds and just suck it up but I have gotten very close.  I have it in my purse in case I really need it.  It is hard to teach full time and then go to work part time, followed by Junior League or bible study in the evenings.  Not much time to feel bad, blog or breathe.

Right now hands and feet are emerging from Bebo's developing arms and legs.  He/she has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long. Bebo's eyelid folds are partially covering her eyes, which already have some color.  Tiny veins are below his/her very thin skin.  Both hemispheres of the brain are growing, and liver is churning out red blood cells until bone marrow forms and takes over this role.  An appendix and a pancreas have already formed which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in digestion.

So much is going on inside baby Bebo.  No wonder I haven't been feeling all that well lately.  The sad thing is the only thing that makes me feel better is very bad foods.  I need to find a different remedy or I will be the size of a blimp in no time.

I found this questionnaire online and thought it was a cute way to keep everyone updated.

Pregnancy Update/Questionnaire (7 Weeks)
How far along? 7 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Ugh... about 4 lbs.  (Too early to start gaining weight, but this is due to not changing my diet and not running for three weeks.  Hopefully this will change quickly since I have slowly started running again).

Maternity clothes? Nope.

Stretch marks? Nope. Not even showing yet. 

Sleep: So tired ALL THE TIME!  Wake up to use the restroom at least once a night!  

Best moment this week: hearing my baby's strong heartbeat at our first visit. Such a sweet and touching moment for both mommy and daddy. 

Have you told family and friends: YES! We told them early.

Movement: Nope, again still too small (size of a raspberry by the way!)

Food cravings: As of now, burgers, carbs and cheese! (NO GOOD!) Oh and pumpkin makes me very nauseas... WHAT?

Anything making you queasy or sick: Oops, jumped the gun there.  PUMPKIN. Just thinking about a bunch of different things... so weird.  Coffee BLAH! (I suck it up and drink a cup in the morning anyway for my sanity).

Have you started to show yet: Well possibly, but I think I am just getting fat.  Very bloated no doubt.

Gender prediction: we will find out (if baby cooperates) the week of December 10th!  No telling right now.  We would be thrilled with either.

Belly Button in or out? in. Hopefully it stays that way but I hear there is not much I can do about it. 

Wedding rings on or off? On! :)  Hopefully it will stay that way too. 

Happy or Moody most of the time: Well I have my days of feeling really down about my changing body, but then I remind myself that I have a sweet baby inside of me and it will all be worth it. I can worry about my body after. All the matters right now is that I have a healthy baby.  :)  Happy most of the time though.

Weekly Wisdom: Listen to your body.  It knows what it needs and doesn't. 

Milestones: We met baby Barnes for the first time last Wednesday.  Healthy heartbeat and baby!! We decided to take the chance and share our excitement with the world that night!  Everyone is so excited for us and cannot wait to meet baby Barnes! :)

5 Weeks!

It has been so hard to keep everything on the hush hush!! Andrew and I finally (a little over 24 hours after we found out... yes it was hard for me to keep it from them that long) told our parents and family about our sweet little Bebo the Embryo (that's what we are calling baby Barnes right now) on Sunday evening.  I am so glad that our families are "in the know" because all I want to do/think/breathe lately is baby.

Right now, Bebo is very tiny, the size of an apple seed.  Its heart, spinal cord, muscle, and bones are beginning to develop.  The placenta, which nourishes Bebo, and the amniotic sac, which provides a warm and save environment where Bebo can move easily, are forming too.  The umbilical cord forms and connects him/her to my blood supply.

It is so weird to think  that all of this is happening inside me right now.  So far the only pregnancy symptoms I have had up to now are: fatigue, frequent urination (kind of annoying), bloating, sore (and growing) breasts, and heightened sense of smell.  I know it is really early in the pregnancy (most people don't even know they are pregnant yet), but I have not felt queasy at all.  The heightened sense of smell relates to everything I smell, smells like a baby. It is so odd, almost like my body is trying to send some kind of subliminal message to take a pregnancy test if I hadn't already.

Andrew turned on a song the other day that brought tears to my eyes.  He said that all day (the day we found out) he kept thinking about the lyrics to this song.  So today, baby Bebo, your daddy and I dedicate this song to you.  We love you more than words can explain and cannot wait to see and feel you grow.

                                                    "With Arms Wide Open"--CREED

Well I just heard the news today
It seems my life is going to change
I close my eyes, begin to pray
Then tears of joy stream down my face

With arms wide open
Under the sunlight
Welcome to this place
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open
With arms wide open

Well I don't know if I'm ready
To be the man I have to be
I'll take a breath, I'll take her by my side
We stand in awe, we've created life

With arms wide open
Under the sunlight
Welcome to this place
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open
Now everything has changed
I'll show you love
I'll show you everything

With arms wide open
With arms wide open
I'll show you everything ...oh yeah
With arms wide open..wide open

[Guitar Break]

If I had just one wish
Only one demand
I hope he's not like me
I hope he understands
That he can take this life
And hold it by the hand
And he can greet the world
With arms wide open...

With arms wide open
Under the sunlight
Welcome to this place
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open
Now everything has changed
I'll show you love
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open
With arms wide open

I'll show you everything..oh yeah
With arms wide open....wide open

Your Mommy and Daddy

Telling Andrew I'm Pregnant

It was 4:00 am Saturday morning and I woke up to my cat, Mali,  pawing me and meowing at me like crazy.  At this point I had to go to the bathroom but it was just too far away, and I was just too tired.   Mali was begging for attention from then on.  At 5:00 she started pawing at my very tender chest (sign one). I pushed her away and she started pawing at my clock (why, I have no idea).  Suddenly (both of us pretty annoyed with her) we heard "LOOOOONG NECK BOTTLE..." She had turned on my iTunes on my iPhone which was hooked up to the iHome, volume set very loud.  We both wanted to hit her but started laughing instead.  I am convinced that Mali thinks it is her job to make sure that we get up in the mornings.  Lo and behold, sleep conquered all and I slowly fell back into a deep sleep.

6:30 this routine starts over, sans the DJ attempt.  At this point I had to SERIOUSLY use the restroom. I was a day late on my period and thought, why not? I pulled out a pregnancy test.  "Lindsay its probably going to say 'NEGATIVE' don't be upset".  It took less than a minute for the results to appear. LESS THAN A MINUTE!!! I used to stare at those tests for like ten minutes thinking... oh just give it time, it will change. In less than a minute there was a definite "+" sign. I seriously had to clear my eyes thinking I was just seeing things.  I stared at myself in the mirror and started to cry.

I always knew exactly how I would tell Andrew when I first saw a positive sign. I was going to go to the grocery store and buy a pink and blue helium filled balloon and put it in a box. I would wrap the box with normal wrapping paper and when he got home from work I would be like, "That box was sitting on our front door step with no tag.  I wanted to wait for you to open it." When we opened it together the balloons would fly out and we would be so happy.  Well that was quickly thrown out of the window when excitement took over. I ran into the bedroom and JUMPED on him (yes he was still in a deep slumber)! He quickly jumped up and the first thing he said, "Its not even seven yet!" He looked a little mad at me. "It's positive! It's positive!" I EXCLAIMED.  He quickly turned that frown upside down.  I told him I didn't believe it so I took another test.  Well what do you know, it was positive, too.  BRING ON THE PREGNANCY SO THAT WE CAN WELCOME BABY BARNES INTO THIS BEAUTIFUL WORLD!

First Letter to our sweet Baby Barnes--4 WEEKS

September 15, 2012

Our Sweet Angel,

Today is a very special day, because today is the day we found out that God has blessed us with a very special gift, YOU! We have been on cloud nine since we found out.  I keep wanting to grab my phone to call and tell the world our wonderful news.  I want to share our excitement SO MUCH with everyone it is just eating me up inside.  Your daddy and I agreed that we are going to wait and tell everyone in our family on the same day so that no one feels left out.  I know everyone will be filled with joy and happiness when we tell them!

It took lots of prayers and patience for you to bless us in this world, but now that you are here it is hard to believe it is true.  Your daddy and I are beyond thrilled that you are growing right now and we cannot wait to meet you.  We truly believe that God has a plan for everyone.  We prayed about it every day and night, and we believe that God thinks we are ready to be parents!  From this moment on, I solemn vowel to try my hardest to be the best parent I can be and never let you down.  You are only the size of a poppyseed and I already cannot believe how much love I have for you.  I know it will just grow and grow.

My biggest fear is losing you. Studies show that anywhere between 10-25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage during the first trimester.  I pray that you are a strong and healthy poppyseed.  We need you to hang in there so that we will be blessed to finally meet you in May 2013.

We love you so much!

Mommy and Daddy

Monday, July 2, 2012

Why did the peacock cross the road? "pea-slap" me.   That's right folks, I was smacked in the face with the aggressively flapping feathers of a peacock during my run this morning. To his defense, I blame it on my outfit I was wearing during my run.
(I think we matched.)

 Yes, we do have peacocks all over our neighborhood. No, I did not see it coming. Yes, I was taken by surprise. Yes, I did consider the alternative name for the term I just recently coined.  I decided that it would be incredibly inappropriate to call it a "{fill in the blank}-slap" even though it would make for a much more funny joke.  So get your minds out of the gutter people!

The peacock was trying to get from 'point A' (the top of the tree to the left of me), to 'point B' (the yard across the street to the right of me), and in the process must have not seen me. After all, that was one of the only two conclusions I could come to.  I was wearing peacock-camo after all. That or, as I mentioned earlier, the peacock must have thought I was one of his own kind.  I had one of those embarrassing moments where I freaked out flailing my arms and hands in many different directions all at once with a high squeal (I am sure only a few of you are familiar with this "squeal" ;)), and then realized how stupid I must have looked.  I quickly looked around to see if anyone noticed. Thank goodness there was no one around (unless the neighbors were staring at me through their windows laughing hysterically... which probably was the case).

Have any of you ever experienced one of those moments? (Not necessarily the 'pea-slap', but one of those moments where you act like a total fool and then wonder if anyone saw?) Please don't leave me hanging feeling foolish alone. Tell me about it...

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Barnesyard Baffling Banter...

Yup! This blog got a new face-lift, and a new name (minus the baffling... I just decided to throw that one in there to baffle you).  I think I am having more fun changing the layout of this blog than blogging. (That is not true by any means.)  I have just had a bad case of writer's block. That and life took over and I haven't had very much time lately to sit down and write.  I do love to blog though, and you should make time to do the things you love, right?  So stay tuned... new blogs to come (I hope! ;)) Thanks for hanging in there and being patient with me.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

~Things I Love~ Spring 2012

Here is the line up:

Here is what I like about each:

1. Green SuperFood
"Get your daily dose of nutritious whole greens with Amazing Grass Green SuperFoods. Every serving is chock full of all of the necessary vitamins and minerals you and your family need. Plus it tastes great! Add our superfoods to any beverage for an energizing start to your day."

Writer's Note:  I agree with all of the above, minus the claim that "it tastes great!". Since the flavor of the Green SuperFood is probably not everyone's cup of tea, I like to pair it up with #5 (Emergen-C) which makes it much easier to go down!

2. Zico Pure Coconut Water
"For more than 4,000 years, coconut water has been revered as a natural source of nutrition, wellness, beauty and hydration. In times of famine and war, coconut water has been used as an intravenous fluid and saved many lives. It’s the only natural substance that can be safely injected into the human blood stream. Now modern science has validated its effectiveness, especially as a natural sports drink.
ZICO contains the five essential electrolytes that gives your body everything it needs to stay hydrated and perform at your best. One ZICO has more potassium than a banana – 15 times more than most sports drinks – to prevent cramping. Drink ZICO before or during a workout for the natural energy you need for optimal performance. After a workout,ZICO replenishes and re-hydrates you to speed recovery."


> 1 banana
= 15 regular sports drinks


sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus


ZERO fat, ZERO cholesterol and ZERO added sugar


supports rapid hydration


Coconut water has been used as an intravenous fluid and saved lives


lower acidity than sports drinks and juices
Writer's Note: This is my absolute new obsession.  I drink at least one bottle of this amazing drink a day.  The first few times I tried it, I almost gagged... meaning I ABSOLUTELY HATED IT. But, I kept trying it each day and I LOVE it now.  I am pretty sure my body is craving its nutrients. I also prefer to drink it out of the plastic bottles over the cartons (flavor tastes different to me).

3. Natural Brand Colon Pure -Unflavored

"For relief of occasional constipation (irregularity). This product generally produces bowel movements in 12 to 72 hours. Several days may be needed to establish regularity. Daily consumption of dietary fiber can offer many health benefits and plays a crucial role in promoting the health of the colon. Dietary fiber provides bulk, eases passage and helps to speed transit time through the digestive tract. It also aids in glucose absorption and may promote healthy cholesterol levels. Experts in the field of health and nutrition agree that adults should consume 25 to 35 grams of dietary fiber every day to maintain good health. "

Writer's Note: Okay this one might be a little TMI, but I think it is important that everyone gets enough fiber in their diets so I wanted to share this tidbit with you.  I truly believe that this has helped me with not gaining weight over the past two years. I mix a tablespoon of this every night before bed with LOTS of water.  It also helps when I get the late night munchies. Instead of snacking on something I know I should not be snacking on, I drink this and feel satisfied. It is very filling.  You don't have to tell other people you do it... just do it! Your body will thank you.

4. Old Fashioned Quaker Oats
"We've known for many years – Quaker Oats are good for you. There's more than 25 years of clinical research to back it up. Whole grain Quaker Oats do more than fill you up with nourishing goodness. Quaker Oats are recognized for their cholesterol-lowering benefits, becoming the first specific grain approved to carry a health claim related to heart disease."
Writer's Note: I am sure you all have tried it. You might even have this as a part of your daily breakfast routine, too.  Quaker Oats has many health benefits such as lowering your cholesterol, it is a whole grain which can potentially help lower the risk of heart disease, it contains fiber, etc.  There are many health benefits that Quaker Oats provides. Be sure to check out the website and see for yourself. Every morning I have a serving of this and add a teaspoon of cinnamon (click here for health benefits of cinnamom: and a sliced up a banana (put the banana in the last minute it is cooking in the microwave which will cook the banana and make it sweeter).  VERY FILLING, healthy and delicious!
5. Emergen-C
Each of these packets contain Antioxidants, B Vitamins, and Electrolytes and Other Nutrients.  Below is a Nutrient Glossary:
Antioxidants help protect your cells against the effects of free radicals, which can damage cells.*

Vitamin C is essential in maintaining a healthy immune system, and is critical to the formation of collagen, a structural protein that supports the skin and internal organs.*

Zinc is crucial to the immune system. It helps maintain white blood cell activity, and helps support antioxidant protection.*

Manganese is an essential trace mineral needed for healthy skin, bone, and cartilage formation.*

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
 can act as an antioxidant, and help regenerate other antioxidants. ALA is an essential cofactor in some energy production and metabolic processes in the mitochondria, your cells' powerhouses.*

Quercetin is a flavonoid that has been studied for its ability to enhance immune function and function as a plant-based antioxidant.*

B vitamins
B vitamins play a key role in metabolism for energy in a daily diet.*

Thiamin (B1) plays a key role in the body's metabolic cycle for generating energy; helps in the metabolism of carbohydrates; and helps maintain a healthy nervous system.*

Riboflavin (B2) is critical in breaking down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats so your body can use them for energy and repair.*

Niacin (B3)   is a component of coenzymes that are involved in producing energy and building larger molecules such as fatty acids and some life-sustaining hormones.*

Vitamin B6 plays a role in forming energy-rich compounds and niacin, red blood cell and fat metabolism, nervous system functions, and modulation of hormones. Vitamin B6 is a dietarily important nutrient because the body cannot make it.*

Folic Acid (B9) produces healthy effects in the body and cells by functioning with enzymes. Folic acid works with two other B vitamins, B12 & B6, to help maintain healthy levels of homocysteine, an amino acid, in the blood.*

Vitamin B12 is used in helping metabolize food for energy and making healthy red blood cells. Healthy red blood cells help carry oxygen to cells and may help promote feelings of energy.*

Pantothenic Acid (B5) is an essential nutrient. A form of pantothenic acid is used in the body to help generate energy from fat, carbohydrates, and proteins.*

Electrolytes/Other NutrientsElectrolytes and energy metabolism minerals support healthy hydration and support energy production and use. Electrolytes can be lost through sweating during exercise. A significant loss of electrolytes can result in feelings of fatigue.*

Calcium supports healthy hydration, muscle function, and also plays a critical role in the electrical conduction system of the heart.*

Magnesium supports healthy hydration and muscle function. Over three hundred enzymes require magnesium as a cofactor.*

Chromium works within the body's glucose tolerance factor and assists in healthy metabolism of the body's primary source of energy (glucose) and muscle function.*

Sodium supports healthy hydration, nerve and muscle function, and blood pH.*

Potassium supports healthy hydration and is especially important for normal muscle contraction.*
Phosphorus is an essential element used in the body as a structural component and participates in energy production and storage.*" 
Writer's Note: These tiny little packets filled with goodness have been my best friend over the  past few years through the good times, and the bad.  As mentioned above, I like to mix a packet of Emergen-C (favorite flavor is Super Orange) with  a scoop of Green SuperFood and lots of water daily.  Any time I have had a few drinks the night before, I drink one of these packets first thing in the morning and feel GREAT!  Feeling sluggish midday?  Have an Emergen-C ASAP!