Oh, hey. My last pregnancy update was over 6 weeks ago. Shame on me. I also started writing this LAST Thursday but got very distracted and then had some blog issues. So this is really more of a 27 week update since that’s what I’ll be tomorrow!!

How far along: 26 weeks! Almost out of the second trimester! AHHH!

Total weight gain: 14lbs (as of my 25 week appointment). WHOMP WHOMPPPP. I decided there’s no possible way that I’m meeting my goal of staying under 20lbs.

Baby’s size: This week, baby is the size of a cucumber! (2.2lbs and 15 inches long!)

Maternity clothes: Definitely. I can still wear one or two pairs of pre-pregnancy jeans with my belly band, but most of my shirts are too short because Archer is sitting pretty low. It has led to a lot of tugging and pulling on my tops.

Stretch marks: No

Sleep: I was having a really hard time the last few weeks, so I’ve started taking a Benadryl before I go to bed. That’s helped me sleep A LOT better, even though I’m still going to the bathroom 3+ times in the middle of the night.

Best moment of this week: Reading Sprout (my favorite pregnancy app) on Thursday morning and seeing that 26 weeks marked the beginning of “good infant survival rate”. It is so amazing knowing that if Archer decided to make his appearance way early, there’s a good chance that he’d be able to make it (with lots of medical help). We’re still praying that he stays put for at least 10 more weeks though. :)

Miss anything: My skinny face. My skinny jeans (just kidding, I still wear them with my belly band). Being able to sit on the couch for more than 30 minutes without a back ache. Bending over without losing my breath (I now understand why I always see pregnant women getting pedicures… It’s literally impossible to do it yourself.) My legs not feeling like I’m having middle school growing pains every night.

Movement: Archer is still moving all the time… It no longer phases me, but I’m still loving it! Two nights ago, he was performing a SERIOUS gymnastics routine, so Aaron started poking him back every time he moved. They went back and forth “wrestling” (as Aaron calls it) for at least 25 minutes. It was pretty much the most awesome thing ever.

Food cravings: I’ve been having a lot of nights recently where I’m super hungry, but nothing seems to sound good. I eat a lot of gala apples with peanut butter, but I’ve also been eating a lot of Christmas treats. Darn this time of year!

Anything making you queasy or sick: I’ve always had major motion sickness issues (Growing up, family road trips were anything but a good time.), and that seems to have escalated in the last month or so. I can’t even ride to Walmart (less than 2 miles away) without feeling like I’m going to get sick in the car.

Gender: Boy!

Labor signs: Nothing yet.

Belly button in or out: Half and half? It changes multiple times a day, which really weirds me out.

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and tired!

Looking forward to: My mom visiting this weekend! We’re (she & Aaron) going to paint Archer’s nursery and do lots of fun, baby-related things! Tonight, we’re going to Aaron’s staff Christmas party, and the theme is “prom”. It should be quite hilarious. We’re also hosting our small group’s Christmas party tomorrow night, and that will be a blast too!

  • December 18, 2013 - 11:07 am

    kati mallory - you’re so cute!!! love the update – you should keep it up for all of us nosy peeps! xoxoReplyCancel

How far along: 20 weeks (Almost 21!)

Total weight gain: 7lbs, according to my scale, but I’ll know for sure at the doctor on Thursday.

Baby’s size: This week, baby is the size of a banana! (About 6.5 inches long and 10.5 ounces!)

Maternity clothes: Just pants. I’ve been wearing maternity shirts every now and then but mainly just because they’re cute. Ha. :)

Stretch marks: No

Sleep: I haven’t had any crazy insomnia yet, and I pray I can keep sleeping like normal all the way through week 40! (A girl can dream.)

Best moment of this week: This was almost two weeks ago now, but we found out that Baby Crawford ISN’T a girl but is actually a BOY! We could not be more excited because we were so convinced that it was a boy before our initial ultrasound (read about that here). I cannot wait to have a flannel-wearing, rough-housing, Batman-loving (Aaron will make sure of it), little boy running around the house. :)

Miss anything: The days that I didn’t have constant heartburn. Thank God for Zantac!

Movement: ALL. THE. TIME. I felt a really small kick for the first time a week and a half ago, and now he never seems to stop moving. I love that Aaron can feel him kick too. :)

Food cravings: Cookie Cake (with extra icing) from Great American Cookie. If you would like to deliver one to me, just shoot me an email, and I will GLADLY provide our address.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Just the heartburn.

Gender: Boy… See above.

Labor signs: None

Belly button in or out: In, but it looks so weird. (Sorry if that’s TMI.)

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody most of the time: Still pretty happy.

Looking forward to: Our anatomy appointment on Thursday! Our last ultrasound showed indisputable evidence that this baby is a boy, but I’m just excited to see him again… Praying for a healthy report from the ultrasound tech!

Isn’t it sad that I used to blog SO consistently about my life when there wasn’t really anything to blog about, and now that I’m pregnant, I’ve only blogged once. It’s all sorts of terrible, but I’ve resolved to be better!

I can hardly believe that I’m already 17 weeks pregnant! The first trimester seemed to DRAG, but I suppose that’s because I was feeling like death while we were holding in our huge secret. I have to give the second trimester props because it has been AWESOME so far. Since about week 14, my nausea and extreme exhaustion have been gone, and I finally feel like a normal person again. Here is what life and Baby Crawford are looking like these days:

Such a sweet profile! :)

How far along: 17 weeks

Total weight gain: 5lbs. Boo. (I suppose that’s not too bad, but I do feel quite like a fat lard.)

Baby’s size: This week, baby is the size of an apple!

Maternity clothes: Pants, for sure. According to what people have told me, I’m carrying low, and my pants are about 3 inches away from buttoning. I have a pair of maternity jeans, but they are still too big. This in-between stage is so awkward! I picked up a few belly bands from Target last week, and I can already tell that they will total life-savers. Yesterday, I was able to wear my favorite pair of non-maternity jeans with the addition of the belly band. Yay!

Stretch marks: Just the ones left over from my freshman-35lb weight gain in college. And no, I’m not exaggerating. 

Sleep: Aside getting up every 2 hours to go to the bathroom (again, not exaggerating), I’m sleeping great!

Best moment of this week: Well, this was technically last week, but we spent a week in Florida with my family and had a couples shower with some of our sweetest Jax family and friends. It was a great week!

Miss anything: The amount of caffeine I used to consume. Technically, I don’t really miss it, but the crazy headaches I get every afternoon indicate that my body definitely misses it.

Movement: There’s a chance I’ve felt a few flutters, but I could also be imagining things.

Food cravings: Carbs. Anything carbs. My go-to meal has been noodles with butter and salt.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really!

Have you started to show yet: Obviously… See the above lines about not being able to button my pants.

Gender: Girl! (We think.) While we were in Jax this week, a friend of ours did us an AWESOME favor, and we were able to have a ultrasound. It was so incredible to see our baby and how much it’s grown since our 8-week ultrasound. We saw the profile, spine, limbs, bum, and little heart beating. Absolutely amazing. Baby wasn’t being totally cooperative in it’s positioning, but the tech is pretty sure it’s a girl! We won’t be 100% certain until our 21-week ultrasound with my doctor, but we’ve started mentally preparing for a baby girl. :)

Labor signs: None.

Belly button in or out: In, but it looks so weird. (Sorry if that’s TMI.)

Wedding rings on or off: On. I’d be in trouble if they were already off.

Happy or moody most of the time: This would probably be a better question to ask Aaron, but I’m pretty happy. I get snippy every once and a while, but I try to be quick to snap out of it.

Looking forward to: Having the gender confirmed in 4 weeks. Now that we are pretty sure it’s a girl, I am wanting to buy EVERYTHING pink, lacey, sparkly, etc., but it’s probably best to hold off until we know without a doubt.

Last Saturday, about to shoot a wedding with my main squeeze.
No way that pants are buttoning around that bump!

  • October 11, 2013 - 10:21 am

    Serena - You are so precious and a godly woman that is a good example to me, just by reading into your little glimpses of your life here and there. Many blessings and prayers for you and baby and hubby.ReplyCancel

  • October 11, 2013 - 3:11 pm

    Erin Fetterhoff - You are too cute! Seriously, the best looking pregnant momma I’ve ever seen! :) So exciting to hear about all the baby news & updates! She (or maybe he…) looks beautiful already! :)
    If you need a maternity photographer, you could always come to Lynchburg… :)ReplyCancel

  • October 17, 2013 - 12:48 pm

    Steph - You are so beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • October 22, 2013 - 10:32 pm

    megan delettre - Beautiful glow!!!!ReplyCancel