My Baby is What Size?!

Ok, riddle me this: how does my baby go from a mango to a cantaloupe in one week?! I'll tell you what, whether it's true or not, my belly sure feels like I've got a cantaloupe inside of it! Just in the last week I feel like so many wonderful things have happened to my body and what's going on inside. Praise God for the miracle of pregnancy and the joy it has brought to me as a woman! (Travis is kind of jealous) Some days I wish I could take a peek inside (I guess I did that a few weeks back during my ultrasound) and see my baby girl doing her kicks and flips and somersaults and see the beauty of her growth. I can tell she's growing like crazy because I'm eating like my 14 year old brother who goes through a bag of Doritos in one sitting, and when I wake up in the morning my belly hasn't disappeared like it did in the beginning--oh, it's there and oh, it's quite a feat just to get out of bed! Her movement isn't in question any longer. I don't have to ask myself "was that gas or was that really a tiny kick?" No, that was definitely a kick! The one kick I felt last night was like a bomb had gone off inside of me--my whole belly shook! It was a very funny and special moment Travis and I got to share together since his hand was on my belly during the war that was waging inside :) 

We are half way there!! And while I relish in the everyday joys of being pregnant and anticipate the upcoming milestones, I have to be honest and say the reality of being a parent is beginning to sink in. Yes, I've wanted to be a mother all my life and yes, I definitely want to be a mother at this point in my life but so many new changes are to come in less than 5 months and I have to wonder to myself am I ready?! Am I ready to love all the time, discipline when needed, be ok with a messy house and spit up on my clothes, be ok not taking my Sunday naps, be able to really demonstrate Christ's love so our daughter will really know HimVeteran parents out there, please reiterate what I've already heard you say a quadrillion times: "you're never really ready!" Ok, thank you, I feel much better now!  

How far along? 20 Weeks! 
Total weight gain: 7 lbs since my first appointment
Maternity clothes? I received my maternity clothes in the mail on Friday!! Some of the shirts are still waiting for my belly to grow a little bit more but I absolutely love my maxi dress! :)
Stretch marks? Nope but a few spots left over from poison ivy on my belly could pass as stretch marks :( hoping those go away soon!
Sleep: I'm having to definitely sleep on my sides now, sleeping on my back is causing headaches due to Juice Drop pushing down on a major blood vessel (or so the books say lol)
Best moment this week: We picked out fabrics to begin decorating Juice Drop's nursery!
Miss Anything? Being able to walk fast especially when I have to pee!
Movement: Like crazy! She's doing flips, kicking, and moving all over. *see first paragraph*
Food cravings: Water, juicy fruit (not the gum lol)
Anything making you queasy or sick: Queasy/sick, no; dizzy, lightheaded, and headaches, yes
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: positives--crazy movement from Juice Drop, long nails, good hair, bigger belly; negatives-- headaches, almost peeing in my pants when I sneeze or cough or laugh or when I have to go really bad, aches in my lower back
Belly Button in or out? I think I officially have an outie! 
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time: Mostly happy but the mood swings hit pretty quickly and Travis gets the brunt of it; sorry, babe!
Looking forward to: We're heading to Greenville this weekend :)

Take a sneak peek at the colors and textures of Juice Drop's nursery. I'm in love! <3

Going into the fabric store we knew we wanted peach, black, off-white, and cream to be the colors. What we found exceeded our expectations! I love it all! The peach fabric is cotton. The black and cream polka-dot fabric is corduroy. The black and white striped is outdoor fabric. And the beautiful flower piece is satin. 

The clock from Ikea was our starting point. The picture below was our inspiration. We won't be able to get everything from our inspiration because it's so darn expensive but with enough creativity flowing through the both of us I think we can come up with something like the Neutral Niceties and maybe love it even more! 

Our inspiration was found here.

I can't wait to see Juice Drop in her own Nursery!

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