Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pregnancy Indulgence!

Today's pregnancy indulgence- McD's soft serve ice cream. I should say that the term "indulgence" should be used loosely as the entire cup comes in at less than 120 calories. But yummy nonetheless!!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Misc Update!

Things have been so busy lately. Last week’s trip to NYC was very hectic and quite exhausting for this pregnant chick. The client visits went well and the user conference was great. I ate amazing food and found time to do a bit of shopping, but not much sightseeing. That’s fine though, I’ve been there before. I did pop into St. Patrick’s Cathedral and lit a candle in memory of Ethan. We also cruised through a bit of Central Park and walked through Times Square. That was the last big work travel that I have planned before the baby, so I’m glad to move past this.

We are headed out this weekend for a camping trip with our friends and kids. I’m looking forward to it, should be a great time and full of plenty of chaos. The weather should be perfect. I love going out to these cabins. The surroundings are beautiful and its always incredibly peaceful!

I have made pretty much zero progress on the baby’s room lately. I guess I’m kind of waiting for the bedding to arrive. It should ship sometime this week. After that I will get kicked up into high gear. I am trying to do some red accents with the turquoise-blue walls so that I tastefully work in some STL Cardinals gear. I wanted a Fredbird stuffed animal for the room and I found out that Build-A-Bear makes a stuffed Fredbird, but of course the only place you can get it is at the STL Cardinals stadium. Got a text yesterday from Jason’s sister that she went to the game and got Gavin a Fredbird. I’m so excited!!!!  

I’ve scheduled family & maternity pictures for November and Im looking forward to that. I’ll use the family pictures for our Christmas cards and it will also mark the last family pictures that we take that will have just the 3 of us. The next family pics we take will have our newest family member.

I have already gotten a big portion of my Christmas shopping done, but hoping to finish up the bulk of it in the next 4-6 weeks. I do not want to leave all my shopping to the end when I will be much larger and much less tolerant of massive groups of people.

The Aggie game on Saturday made me very sad. I’ve never seen such a big momentum swing happen so drastically. Hopefully, my Cowboys don’t also let me down tonight. On a much happier note, I was thrilled to see the Rangers lock up the AL West over the weekend!!!!

I love my husband and am so very glad to be back home with him. Traveling, being away from home and sleeping alone is not fun for me at all!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


I am so incredibly swamped today- seriously meetings from 9am- 4pm with 2, 30 minute breaks. It’s ridiculous really (!!!!!!!!), but anyway, I had to take a couple of minutes quickly before my day became chaotic to share something that happened last night. I was lying in bed and started feeling Gavin moving around, but it was more consistent than anything Ive felt before and it went on for several minutes. I started paying more attention so I turned down the TV and put both my hands on my belly and at least TWICE I could actually feel my belly move from the outside. It was awesome!! It was very light; however my belly definitely bubbled up several times as he was moving around in there. He was even moving around this morning too and I’m pretty sure they were strong enough that I would have been able to feel the movement again. I cant wait for a few more weeks when Jason and Ally can feel it as well. Very cool moment for me!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

19w3d Update!

How Far Along? 19w3d

Size of baby:
8 inches and 11 oz - The size of a mango

Total Weight Gain/Loss: + 7 lbs

Maternity Clothes: Maternity Jeans, yes, but still wearing mostly non-maternity tops

Gender: BOY- Gavin Tyler

Movement: Definitely feeling him, but still nothing consistent

What I miss: Nada, not a thing

Sleep: Sleeping very well

Symptoms: HEARTBURN- all the time!

What I am looking forward to: Nothing big baby-wise coming up- certainly enjoyed getting to see Gavin again this week. Headed to NY next week for work so that’ll make for a busy week!

Weekly wisdom: That my belly is just starting to get in the way of things- embrace the change.

Baby Ramey’s Progress

Your baby's sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your Body This Week

Think you're big now? You'll start growing even faster in the weeks to come. As a result, you may notice some achiness in your lower abdomen or even an occasional brief, stabbing pain on one or both sides — especially when you shift position or at the end of an active day. Most likely, this is round ligament pain. The ligaments that support your uterus are stretching to accommodate its increasing weight. This is nothing to be alarmed about, but call your practitioner if the pain continues even when you're resting or becomes severe.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Pictures of Baby Gavin!

Our 19w appointment was awesome!!! Ill post a better update later, but in the meantime here is a link to a bunch of pictures of our baby boy! We are so excited and are feeling so blessed!!!


Friday, September 9, 2011


I am not delusional nor am I naive; however what I am, is honest! Ill say first of all that in general symptom-wise, I have been very blessed. I didnt experience any significant morning sickness to speak of, no physical pain and up to this point I havent even had any real issue with sleep. But I am having a moment - for the last several days I literally can not eat anything, no matter how big or small without experiencing heartburn! I feel so blessed and thankful to be pregnant with a healthy baby boy that I really hesitate to complain about ANYTHING. But its Friday night, Im tired and I am in PAIN! Ill deal with whatever I have to ensure we deliver a healthy baby boy safe and sound but right now Im taking 5 minutes to type this, wallow in my pity party and complain. Ok, maybe itll last more than 5 minutes, but Im going back to suffer in silence. Goodnight!

18w4d Belly Shot and Weekend Plans!

I apologize for the darkness of the picture below but you get the idea. We have a busy weekend ahead of us. We are headed out to Austin tomorrow morning for some family time and football. Itll be a good time, even if I do have to spend my hard earned money and see a t.u. football game. It’s a quick trip. We will be back Sunday. Then Sunday night the Cowboys kick off the regular season. Can we say woohoo for some non-pre-season crap football?!?!?! YEAH! Monday Jason and I are both off and have tons of errands to run. We will also be registering and going to my ob appt. It will be the last big ultrasound to see baby Ramey. After this we wont see him on u/s again for 2 1/1 more months, when I’m in the 2rd trimester! Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

18 Weeks!

How Far Along? 18 weeks

Size of baby: The size of a sweet potato

Total Weight Gain/Loss: + 4 lbs

Maternity Clothes: Maternity Jeans, yes, but still wearing mostly non-maternity tops

Gender: BOY- Gavin Tyler

Movement: Definitely feeling him, but still nothing consistent

What I miss: Nada, not a thing

Sleep: Still sleeping pretty welly- sometimes I even sleep until 4-5ish before having to get up to go to the bathroom.

Symptoms: VERY thirsty lately and I also have crazy, vivid dreams EVERY SINGLE NIGHT

What I am looking forward to: Jason and I's day off next Monday which we will spend going to a big ultrasound appt and we're also headed to register!

Weekly wisdom: Not feeling very wise at the moment

Baby Ramey’s Progress

Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

Your Body This Week

Hungry? An increase in appetite is pretty common about now. Make it count by choosing meals and snacks that are rich in nutrients instead of empty calories (chips, French fries, candy, and other sweets). Bigger, more comfortable clothes are a must now as your appetite and waistline grow.

Your cardiovascular system is undergoing dramatic changes, and during this trimester your blood pressure will probably be lower than usual. Don't spring up too fast from a lying or sitting position or you might feel a little dizzy.

From now on, when you do lie down, it's best to lie on your side — or at least partly tilted to one side. (When you lie flat on your back, your uterus can compress a major vein, leading to decreased blood return to your heart.) Try placing a pillow behind you or under your hip or upper leg for comfort.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


This week has been a rough week and I am glad to see it coming to a close. This whole span of time for me right now is rather bittersweet. One year ago on Monday, August 29th, 2010, we lost our sweet baby Ethan. I don’t want to dwell too much on this and bemoan about how hard it all is. I think everyone can appreciate how hard it was/has been/is for us, even without me detailing out every feeling I experienced leading up to that day, that day and every day since. Regardless of whether we were able to bring Ethan home with us the fact is still that I became a mommy that day and Jason became the daddy of his second child. We will never forget him and always love him.

Moving on, today is September 1st. For me it marks the beginning of Fall- my MOST favorite time of the year. In fact, this marks the beginning of my most favorite and second favorite time of the year. I love fall and winter. I love everything that fall brings- cooler temperatures, football!!!!!!!!, and family holidays. I love cold weather. I prefer it over hot weather ANY DAY and the last several years we have had great winters with very uncharacteristically winter like weather here in North Texas. I hope the trend continues this year! Our new house has this really awesome hill that would be perfect for sledding should we get any snow!!! 

 I also wanted to post my 17 week belly shot too, which was actually last Sunday, but better late than never. I’m also posting probably my last weekly belly comparison. It was at 18 weeks exactly that we found out Ethan had Dandy Walker. Although I carried him for another 3 ½ weeks the joy of pregnancy was pretty much sapped out of me after that so I didn’t continue the weekly tradition. Now all the belly pictures will be just of me and this baby.