Tuesday, July 26, 2011


*I've been attempting to post this for a week! Finally! I'll have a 27 week update tomorrow. I'm exhausted from trying to figure out this posting junk all night.*

I am 26 weeks.
Another day closer to third trimester.
Bedrest is not fun! (That's over...thank goodness)
I love watching Peighton dance around in my belly.
She finally responds to Jeff's voice...by kicking my ribs :)
I am eager to hold her and spoil her rotten.
I am so in love with this little girl!

Friday, July 15, 2011

110 Days to Go!

I remember reading someone's blog a few weeks ago and saw her pregnancy ticker..."only 112 days to go". I remember thinking "wow, she is so lucky and time is flying by for her". Today I was catching up on reading my favorite blogs and noticed my ticker says "110 days to go". I didn't even catch that a few days ago. The days have definately been flying by...some more than others. I had a little moment today where I suddenly realized how quickly she will be here and we must get everything ready. I know that seems silly considering we have so much, but I feel like there is so much left to do.

I've been struggling lately with anxiety....about finances. We are very blessed to be a military family with a constant paycheck. But, we are going to be a one-income family soon and for the last 6 years I have ALWAYS had a job and contributed to the bills. It has really taken a toll on my nerves having to budget on just my husband's income and figure out how to make sure we can have enough to provide for Peighton. Our family and friends have been so giving in the last few months helping us prepare for Peighton and it really reminds me that we are so blessed to have so many people love us and her. Last night I had one of those moments while Jeff and I were out on a movie/dinner date. (We're trying to do it alot more now before she comes along and those days are limited). But, today I was reminded when a blog reader went out of her way to send us something that is so thoughtful. When I have these anxiety moments and fearful moments worrying about money my husband always reminds me that we will be ok and that God will always provide. He is so right! :)

As far as what is left to do. Not much. We just need to purchase her swing, bouncer seat, wipes, and safety items (nail clippers for example). I am slowly working on our cloth diaper stash. I have a few prefolds so far and expecting a few more soon. I also have one diaper cover and one AIO so far. I'm planning to buy about 5 more diaper covers and 7 more AIOs next week and hopefully that will be enough for her first few months.

Emotionally....I feel so ready. I remember in 2008 dreaming of having a child and being a family. I got pregnant and it did not work out. I had so much built up anger and worry. I thought we were being punished, I felt unloved, I felt broken. God promises healing and now 3 years later, we are being blessed with the greatest gift I ever imagined. I cannot wait to hold her in my arms and give glory to the ONE who blessed us with her. I think reality is hitting Jeff as well. He said to me last night "so, there's no going back, huh? she's really coming." It was like his "ah-ha" (as Oprah would say) moment. We both talk about holding her, argue over who will get to hold her more, and what outfits we can't wait to snuggle her in. I never imagined I would be a mother and Peighton Joy is definately my answered prayer.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

My Corn Baby

Well, this week Peighton is no longer compared to a fruit...she is the same size as an ear of corn. Our little girl is a little longer than average so she's probably a wee bit longer. She's starting to slow down on the movement, but definately getting more hiccups. I notice that when I eat, she moves a little more, but she seems to sleep alot during the day. Lately I've been so exhausted that all I do is sleep during the day and stare at the ceiling at night. She must be as wore out as I am because she only moves at night while I'm laying in bed.

Hubby is not home today to take my belly picture, so the bathroom shot will have to do. My mom pointed out that I am covering my face and I swear that was an accident. I was so focused on making sure the phone would focus on the belly that I didn't even notice my face was covered.

This week my acid reflux has taken a turn for the worse. I basically sleep with 3 pillows under my head, propped up, and on my left side. It's not the most comfortable thing in the world, but it works.

I'm also having trouble getting comfortable and I know it's a part of the pregnancy so I'm not complaining. I plan to talk to my doctor next week because the most comfortable position is on my back, but everything I read says it's not good to sleep that way. Peighton does not seem to like it either because she moves and kicks like crazy when I do it.

In other news, next week I'm going to a baby shower for a girl who lives in my neighborhood. I'm super excited to get to know another person who is expecting a girl AND lives super close. I plan to make her a few cute items that I hope she will love. Maybe her little girl and Peighton will enjoy many play dates together over the years.

In non-pregnancy related news, I started couponing....well, the idea of it anyway. I research for hours and hours the sales, weekly ads, and coupons online. I even ordered the local newspaper (that has yet to arrive). I attempted to print several coupons from online, but my stupid printer was not cooperating so I exceeded my limit on the website :( then the specials that I researched at the two local grocery stores expired YESTERDAY and I shopped today. Guess I learned a lesson. I did manage to save $4.50 on 4 boxes of cereal. Not a huge savings, but good enough. I made up for it though by buying an adorable $5 outfit for Peighton so no real savings I suppose.

We have a fun weekend planned so I'm looking forward to spending time with the hubby and enjoying the sunshine....unless it's over 100 again! That just does not work for me!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Baby Papaya *Updated with Pics*

How far along? 23 weeks 2 days
Baby's size and stats? Peighton is 11 inches and 1.2 pounds! Her lungs are developing and she's quickly learning to grab on to items (i.e. umbilical cord).
Gain? Not quite sure, but right on track.
Sleep? What is sleep?
Foods I am loving/not loving? I'm still loving ice cream. Pizza seems to be a thing of the past...finally. I have been experiencing nightly heartburn so it's time to change some habits here soon.
Maternity clothes? Pretty much always when I go out of the house.
Best moment of the week? It didn't feel good at the time, but feeling Peighton kick my ribs and seeing her kick when I poke my stomach was pretty stinkin' awesome.
Symptoms/Emotions? I'm feeling pretty vulnerable right now. I cry alot. It is very easy to hurt my feelings right now so I basically cry if someone gives me a dirty look.
Gender? Precious Baby Girl
Name? Peighton Joy
What I'm thankful for: This week I'm holding quite a heavy grudge and having a hard time getting over it. So, this week I'm very thankful for a Savior who is selfless and forgiving. He does not hold a grudge when I disappoint him, he is so quick to forget and forgive, and He knows what I am feeling and hears my prayers when I ask for guidance.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Diaper Bag

I am so excited about Peighton's diaper bag I just had to share. I just have to say I love ebay! I have been so picky about a diaper bag and just decided I would not get one and use one of my big purses. But, then one day I found this lovely thing on ebay and couldn't resist. I ordered it this past Monday and it arrived today...3 days later! The best part is it's great quality, way bigger than I thought, has interior that can easily be cleaned, plenty of pockets for bottles, and Peighton can use it when she's older for anything she wants. It was also less than $20 (including shipping).

If anyone would like to know who I ordered it from I would highly recommend the company and I will share the email/website with you.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Belly Picture

Here is that picture I promised from the other day. I posted it on facebook and forgot to do it on here. We were grocery shopping and I got an update on my phone that Peighton is the size of spaghetti squash so we found one (hid in the next empty aisle) and took a picture :)

I'm going to make it a point to start taking pictures every Wednesday in her room. We've been slacking!

Friday, July 1, 2011

22 weeks

How far along? 22 weeks 2 days
Baby's size and stats? 13 inches and 1 WHOLE POUND OF CUTENESS!!
Gain? I'm not really keeping track, but doc says I am in the 25% and have room to spare.
Sleep? Ugh! Not my best friend...at all. I usually go to bed around 10 and wake up at 4:30 when hubby gets up for work and cannot go back to sleep so I make my way downstairs, eat breakfast, and fall back to sleep until about 10-11. I wake up (yes, I counted a few nights ago) about 12-17 times a night to pee. I had to start leaving the light on in the bathroom so I wouldn't trip over stuff while I'm (sleep) walking to the bathroom.
Foods I am loving/not loving? I am not really having an food adversions, but I'm LOVING ice cream. Until it made me very very sick the other night. I am very sensitive to certain kinds of dairy products and tried a new ice cream this week that was made of whole milk...needless to say, I spent the entire day in the house.
Maternity clothes? Yes, mainly. When I'm around the house I will wear tank tops or shirts that just barely go over my belly.
Best moment of the week? Feeling her kick ALL DAY and hubby finally being able to feel it as well.
Symptoms/Emotions? I am very emotional and sometimes I bite Jeff's head off for nothing.
Gender? Girl...of course
Name....Peighton Joy
What I'm thankful for: Wonderful friends and family who love our little girl just as much as we do and are willing to express their love with words and kind actions.
I do have a belly picture and will post it later. My cell phone is upstairs and snuggled under hubby's pillow...who is still sleeping....so to avoid disturbing his peaceful sleep I will post the picture later :)

First Cloth Diaper!

I won my first cloth diaper on ebay. It is an AIO diaper.....and get this....leopard print! I am so excited. I don't really recognize the brand, but that's ok because I do not plan to use AIO. We are thinking of having a few for trips, bedtime, and when Jeff changes diapers. It's a one size too so it'll be super cute on her little booty for many many months. I wish I had a picture to share, but unfortunately eBay will not allow me to steal the pic :( so I have to wait until it arrives. It only comes with one insert, but like I said I don't plan to use AIO very often. I am hoping to use prefolds and diaper covers and wipeable inside. I cannot wait to get it. We are planning to purchase about 5-8 diaper covers, 24 prefolds (infant size) and cloth wipes at the end of the month so I hope to get this one before we make that purchase. We have a great local cloth diaper store that has more products than I ever imagined for cloth diapers and the nicest employees who answer all of my 50,000 obnoxious questions. Her husband is even in the store a few days a week to help the men folk...hubby likes this idea!

I'm looking forward to saving lots of money and grossness in the landfills using cloth diapers! Only 4 more months until our little girl is here! I cannot wait!