Monday, June 25, 2012

16/17 weeks

I'm in-between weeks, so here's an in-between post!

It is 10:00pm at night. Brent and I are wide awake and are going grocery shopping as soon at the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball game is finished (he is a MOST dedicated fan). We are such night owls! The other day he told me we should make a pact to never work night-shift again whenever we move somewhere else. I wholeheartedly agree, as this sleep-all-day-after-work then be up-all-night cycle is for the birds.
A big piece of
Well, it's in two parts.
1) We sold the bed my sister and brother-in-law gave us when they moved! It had been occupying our guest bedroom (soon to be nursery) and we had no other choice but to sell it. Now that it is gone, nursery creation may commence!
2) We bought our first piece of nursery furniture! A glider! It was sold online at many different stores, but the cheapest we found it was at Walmart. Normally, I like to stay away from Walmart as I tend to think their stuff is not the best quality...but we could not pass up this deal, and it had great reviews!
Why is the picture fuzzy? Hm. 

The chair will come next week. I can't wait to sit in it, but we will probably keep it in the box until we are ready to set it up. 

Brent cleared out the room of old boxes and random storage stuff, so we took a trip to Lowes and picked out paint swatches for one of the walls! In order to fit with the theme of the nursery, we were looking for a turquoise type blue, and these were the two we came up with  (the middle colors of each swatch). 

This picture makes the colors seem a bit darker than they really are. The one we most liked is "Exotic Sea", which is the top middle one. But no, our theme is not aquatic ;) 
Today we checked our mailbox at the end of the street and came back with a fun little box from baby Turpin's Aunt Carolanne (my sister-in-law)!!! Brent was thrilled with the Razorback baby gear- isn't that onesie super cute? The books are absolutely beautiful, she said they were her favorite as a kid- and I can understand why! They will be a treasured part of the library! Thank you, Carolanne!
I think that I am most excited about beginning Baby T's wardrobe. Seriously, in two weeks I will have the freedom to choose gender-specific clothing, and I AM SO EXCITED!!!! It's like dress-up, but for real. We already have a few neutral clothing items, like booties and a few 6-month onesies...but I did manage to pick up a freakin-adorable footie play/sleeper that is awfully girly. They only had it preemie size at Babies-R-Us, so I picked it up online. If we don't have a girl, then I will have to give it away! 

Well, that is all so far. We have a Doctors appointment this Thursday, so I plan on doing the 17-week update then! However, we will also be celebrating Brent's birthday (one day early), so we shall see if I can get around to it. 
Until then, adios!

Saturday, June 16, 2012


Well, we have almost hit the 16 week mark- hallelujah! Time is a-flyin (how many times will I say that between now and birth). Nothing baby-related has really occurred, other than the baby is finally moving out of my pelvis! Showing your tiny self, aye babe?
Well, not really showing as my "bump" is still non-existent, but should be any week now! I know I sound excited, but in reality I really am not (except for the fact that I will get to shop for maternity-yay, new clothes!). The biggest challenge for me is recognizing the fact that my body is changing, and in my mind, not for the better! Talk about feeling like a fatty mcfatterson. T-shirt and shorts/yoga pants are my frequent wardrobe choice, and I am sooo thankful for the fact that I can wear scrubs at work. Dressing up is becoming a challenge because I don't feel good in my pretty clothes anymore :( Yuck.

I am not even close to being this big...can't wait. haha. ha. 

However, nothing brightens a moody mood than a trip to the mall with Brent! He picked out a sweet dress from Express for me (pic next week), and on an earlier shopping trip I bought the cutest Maxi dress at Target, which will be just daaaaaarling with a baby bump. I can't wait to wear it "officially". I wore it around the house the first day I bought it just because I loved the way it felt.
Also, for those who are wondering what to buy women who just announced they are Pregnant...Victoria's Secret gift card. No joke. There is nothing worse than digging in the back of your "drawer" past all the pretty things and pulling out the "wait I still HAVE this???" items. Yikes. It was the semi-annual sale this week by the way...anyone hit it up? I didn't sadly, in fact I got my shopping in a week early. Crap.

Alright, let me talk about my rising uterus. It happens to show itself most frequently when I wake up from a good sleep and have a full bladder. I can feel the top portion (ahem..fundus) of it, and reminds me of a semi-squishy baseball. Brent has felt it too which is super fun! It sits on the left side of my tummy at this point and I truly hope the little guy starts evening himself out as he grows- I'd rather not have a lop-sided belly as that could be awkward and disturbing.
No movement yet! I am not really planning on feeling anything until about week 20 or so, perhaps later.
I've been obsessed with pregnancy/baby/mommy blogs. Here are two of my ultimate favorites! I started at the very beginning of each one and read until the currents posts. I have been an avid reader.

PROJECT: Babies. This one reminds me of my sister, Amanda. This mid-20's woman is a beautiful, ultra-fashionable, and adventurous new mom to an equally as fashionable and beautiful little girl. This girl (Kristin) is a product junkie and reviews so many neat baby and mother products- which I love! Amanda, you will be JUST like her, I know it.

Little Baby Garvin. This one is just cute. A young girl like me (you will notice I stole many of her ideas on her shame), with a new daughter. Again, a fashionista!

I have enjoyed reading birth stories as well, but often when they are emotionally gripping I will be bawling my little eyes out. I must admit, I love a good tear-jerker (only the happy ones).

I can't WAIT to show you all what I have bought so far for the little babe! Also...Fathers Day is around the corner- woohoo (bummer we both have to work...sigh)!

Ideas for the  nursery are in full swing, but have yet to come to fruition. Not until after July 9th! We must know what we are having first! That time will be here before we know it...and I'm trying to come up with a creative way to announce it to you all :)
This is a special time for us, and want to share the special wealth in fun ways to our dear family and friends who are not near to us!
Thank you especially to my family and Parent-in-laws with their sweet words of encouragement, excitement, and curiosity into how I'm feeling, that makes so much of a difference to my mood every day- truly!
Stay-tuned for after the weekend updates! I have so much to show you!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

-14 weeks and counting!!-

It's hard to believe we are already in to the 2nd trimester! YES!!!! I feel immensely blessed, having skipped the traditional morning sickness and simply had to fight off being tired constantly. If time keeps going as fast as it has been, we will have a baby here quick as a wink!

Summer is well underway here in Texas and has been blistering hot (98 degrees yesterday!), but thankfully the humidity is pretty much non-existent. I do not miss Missouri. Except for the bodies of water. And the pool at our old apartment. Oh, the pool....

Anywho- on to bigger and better things (it is Texas, afterall). Speaking of better things and on more of a "baby-note", we had our monthly check-up with the doc last week and it went great! Truly, for not being high-risk I don't really get the point of them...It was the quickest appointment ever! Checked my fundus (right on track!) and heard the sweet sound of baby Turpin's little heart beating away fast and strong. That was a highlight :)

I have already bought a few clothes and the shoes you saw in our announcement picture...I am in love with baby stuff. Planning the nursery will be so much fun, and I will have the help of my good friend, Linzi, so double the bonus! :)

What is the best thing about being pregnant? Still, the anticipation :)

The worst thing? Sleepiness!!! Also, the stage of feeling your body change but no baby-bump. Come on, already!

Cravings? Fruit. We have watermelon, pineapple, apples, blueberries, strawberries, grapefruit, and juice! Yogurt is quickly becoming a favorite too. 

Is there a baby bump? Still, no.

Boy or Girl? Find out in a month..

What do you miss? Hard-core workouts, and the occasional glass of wine. 

..::11 Weeks::..

I'm rewinding just a bit and going back a few weeks:

We had our first ultrasound at 11 weeks...that experience is something I will never forget! Up until then, we felt as if we were "playing pretend"- especially since I was having no symptoms (besides being sleepy 24/7). There was the normal trepidation going in to the appointment from both of us, but the moment we saw our little babe pop up on the screen it became real. Surreal, rather. Such a little one! It was "jumping" up and down on occasion and moving it's tiny little hands. The ultrasound pictures do not do it close justice- the detail was better on the live screen :)
We cannot WAIT until our next appointment in July...when we see our babe for the 2nd time AND find out whether we are continuing the Turpin tradition of having boys or exploring a new world of tutu's, music, and flowers with a girl!

Here are 2 of our pictures of baby Turpin:
The ultrasound tech said our baby was measuring almost a whole week ahead!!!! We are still keeping December 3rd as our due date...but if the babe comes early, that would be juuuuust fine ;)

Our little turtle: