Sunday, December 4, 2011

28 Weeks

How far along? 28 Weeks
Total weight gain: 17 lbs+ (find out official weight gain tomorrow)
Maternity clothes? mostly my regular clothes with a few maternity items mixed in

Stretch marks? no, although I about shat the other day when I thought I saw a giant, red deep one on my side, turns out it was from my shirt seam that was clearly waytootight.
Sleep: still sleeping great
Best moment this week: officially rolling into the third trimester - I can't express how excited I am to meet my sweet baby girl

Miss Anything? I miss wearing all of my christmas pajamas & shirts! apparently pregnant girls can't really rock the full-body-zip-up-footed-pajama so well
Movement: all the time, especially at night, which I hear is common
Food cravings: I may or may not have eaten an entire bag of candy cane/peppermint hershey's kisses
Anything making you queasy or sick: ew I can't even type red meat without gagging just a little (sorry hubby, no tacos for dinner any time soon)
Gender: Girl - and she MIIIIGGGGHHHHTTT have a name!
Labor Signs: No

Symptoms: Still lots of heartburn, but I can hardly complain about that. Restless legs if I stay up late, rib pain & some pain in my hips/tailbone.. but nothing too painful or bothersome.
Belly Button in or out? can't decide, but it sure is funny looking
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time: happy.. although the random mood swings are happening a bit more frequently. I maturely kicked our car's tire and ROARED the other day  when I was getting frustrated trying to put all my shopping bags in the car.
Looking forward to: the Holidays of course! Can't believe it's only a few more weeks away...and then after that only about six weeks until my due date! Sometimes I feel as if I've been pregnant forever... but right now I'm thinking where has the time gone?!

Must share pregnant story of the week:
My husband & I were getting in bed the other night... when he so sweetly, enthusiastically says "So, do you want to get a BUNGALO?!?" 
Me: huh??
Brandon: a bungalo. do you want one??
Me: what are you talking about?
Brandon: you know, the person who comes to the birth to help you and coach you through labor..........
Me: (spitting water out of my mouth all over the bed) you mean, a doula?
Brandon: oh. YEAH! 

Maybe you had to be there, but literally it might have been the funniest conversation of my entire life. I had the giggles all night & couldn't fall asleep because of it. And on that topic, for any of the moms out there, did you have a doula? With us living here in GA, we don't have any family and most likely nobody will make it here in time for the birth, so it will be just my husband & our good friend who I have asked to come take pictures for us. I originally thought about hiring a doula, but after our all day birth classes this weekend, I really do feel like I have much more knowledge & am feeling a bit more confident, so I really that we can do it on our own. Who did you have in the room with you?

And last, but not least, I really, really, REALLY wish I had 123 glittery coffee-sleeves to give away. But unfortunately I have only been able to find one! Thank you to everyone who left comments!! Using, commenter number 40 is the winner.... Allyssa!
Allyssa, send me an email at with your address so I can send your little treat to you!


  1. I've met some really great doulas, but in my experience, unless you're trying to have a very natural, epidural free labor and birth experience, you don't need a doula. Your labor and delivery nurse has coached hundreds if not thousands of women through labor, and will be able to guide you as well. You'll also have plenty of support from your midwife or OB. On that note, be sure to take some birth classes so you have an idea what to expect. Just keep in mind, every labor and delivery is different and absolutely NOTHING will prepare you totally for it. Good luck!

  2. Love the board this week! I've been having tailbone pain too and just wish I knew a remedy for it. You are looking really great! I can only dream of looking as good as you in 8 weeks time. hehe.

  3. Question...where did you get your cute scarf? And how long were you guys trying before you got prego? ...Having a hard time getting there :(

  4. Question...where did you get your cute scarf? And how long were you guys trying before you got prego? ...Having a hard time getting there :(

  5. What a cute blog you have! I started out following your other blog for quite some time and now I follow this one! When I started following your original one, I don't remember how I found you, but I noticed you were orginally from Iowa. I have lived here all my life and you don't find too many bloggers from Iowa! :)
    You are looking great and seem like you are getting along wonderful! :) I was the same way when I was preg with my daughter; meat....YUCK!!!

    Take care....we had our first snowstorm here in Iowa this weekend; gets you in the Christmas mood! :)

  6. I used a doula and am so glad I did....although I had initially "planned" for an intervention-free labor, things changed. And one of the best decisions I made was having our doula there--especially because we, like you, live away from home and would be without our family during the labor and delivery. While midwives obviously know what they're doing and are experts at labor, a doula is there to take care of YOU. She was calming, informative, and allowed my hubby and I to focus on the task at hand without worrying about other insignificant details. If you want to read about how it went with our doula, you can read my post about it here:

    Good luck and I've loved following your pregnancy! :)


  7. I highly recommend a doula if you want a drug-free birth. There was no way I could have done it without ours!! But if you already know that you are going to get the drugs then I would say it isn't necessary. Ours came to my house when contractions started ( I wanted to be at home for as long as possible. The hospital wouldn't admit me until 4cm and I was NOT about to be turned away! ) she kept my husband calm and after checking in ( at 6 cm!) she was the only one in the room with my husband and I. It was a pain I had never expected and she was a rock for me and my husband equally :) like I said, if you are considering a drug free birth I highly recommend one!

  8. I found your blog via Pinterest & I have loved following along with your pregnancy. You are adorable pregnant! Your first pregnancy is definitely the most exciting so enjoy the rest of it.

    As for a doula, I am actually looking into getting one myself. I knew I wanted an epidural as soon as it got unbearable for my first birth so I didn't even looking into it, but this 2nd pregnancy I'm planning on having a natural hospital birth. I will have some family in the room, but doulas have so much experience on what works for pain & what doesn't during labor & they are getting paid to focus on only you the entire time. If you find someone you like send her name over to me... I have been living in Nashville (from atlanta) for the last year & a half, but we're moving back to Atlanta in May so I'll be spending the last month & a half of my pregnancy trying to find a doula if that's what we plan on.

    Good luck!

  9. Bungalo, HAH!

    Your account of pregnancy is very refreshing. I love the swears thrown in every now, makes me smile.

  10. LOL a bungalo!! Now I'm going to be giggling all night! I didn't have a doula for my birth several years ago. But I recently found out about a doula near here and if I can afford it I will get one for my second birth (whenever that may be...). My husband was great, but he really didn't know much of what was going on or what I needed and I wasn't in a great place to try to explain at the moment!

  11. Ok where did you get your scarf?! I love it and want one so badly!!! LOVE IT!! And you look adorable!

  12. Oh yay for having a baby name! So so exciting!! And that is really SO funny about the doula! Sweet that your hubby is checking into things like that though!! :)

  13. Thanks everyone!! Love reading all of your feedback about your experiences! :) And the scarf is from American Eagle, I got it last year though around the holidays. My obsession with red continues each year!

  14. I'm not pregnant and don't have any kids, but I love reading your blog because it makes me look forward to the future (the waaaay future). I plan on making a chalkboard like yours in my new apartment for weekly meal ideas or grocery lists or other random quotes (I haven't quite figured it out yet, can you tell?) Congrats again and good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

    KB @

  15. I also found your blog via Pinterest and LOVE reading these stories! They are priceless! On a side note, I used a doula even though I was not one of those brave mothers who delivered outside of the hospital. She was there the entire time, kept me calm, helped me breathe and kept my husband calm. She also had a lot of different recommendations as to how to deal with the pain. I did not get an epidural until after my water broke. I had an unexpected traumatic post-delivery which caused me to almost lose my life. Although this was unexpected, the doula was there through it all. She was right by my side through all of it. I highly recommend getting someone who you are extremely comfortable with! It was the best money we spent the entire time. I know you will be fine and have a perfect delivery! I hope this helps with your decision! Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

    Kimberly Grey

  16. You are so freaking cute! I cant wait to see your new pictures and when she is born!!!

  17. No doula for us...i never planned on having a natural med-free L&D tho...Everything worked out fine for me...only 7 hours of labor, and i got to have the epidural (thank you jesus)...after the epidural i was totally relaxed and could focus all my energy on pushinggggggg!!
    I had my hubs & my mom in the D room!! Greatest day of your life! Cant kepeing up w/your blog!

  18. You have the cutest baby bump! Mine is so funny looking... haha.

  19. I just found your blog through Pinterest and you are gonna be one stinkin' cute momma!! I love, love your chalkboard and can't wait to find a place in my house for one!!

  20. You are so cute, and I love the chalkboard!!! I can never find time each week to sit down and write my blog, let alone take a picture of me. I am going on 20 weeks and last updated my blog at 17... :( maybe after this "hump" I'll be better at it.

  21. I just found your blog through Pinterest and I love it!! You are the cutest pregnant lady I've ever seen and documenting it through this blog is one of the best and most creative ways I've ever seen. I wish I hadn't missed your giveaway!!

    Can't wait to see the rest of your progress and congrats =)

    xo Marie
    Chocolate & Wine

  22. Hi Jessica! You look adorable!! I got your comment the other day about my cream lace cardigan for your shower, but the email didn't come through with your email address to reply so I am commenting here ;) Hope that's ok.

    The cardigan is actually from 'Forever 21', believe it or not (LOL). I bought it at the store, but I just looked on their site to see if I could find it, but I couldn't. I got it about 2 weeks ago though, and they had cream, light pink, and gray ones, and several different varieties when I was there.

    Hope that helps!

  23. *I just want to let you know that I absoulutly love your blog!!! My daughter is 13 months and I wish I would have seen this before now! I love the chalkboard. And your a hoot! I cant help but click on your blog everytime I come across your photo on pinterest. And you give me a giggle on the things on the chalkboard! So thanks.
    Jamie from Oklahoma.

  24. Hi!!

    I just discovered your blog through pinterest and have been creepily stalking your progress.

    I live in Southern California, quite a ways away.

    I am 21 weeks into my pregnancy (due in April!)
    I'm also having a baby GIRL!
    I feel like I can kind of prepare and know a little of what to expect because I'm just 7 weeks behind you.

    Love your creativity! I've been doing weekly belly pics too but mine aren't nearly as cute as your awesometastic chalkboard. I'm sure jellybellious!

    I ate a whole pumpkin pie the other day in one sitting.
    No, that's not the worst part.
    I had covered it with a layer of crushed pringles.
    What else.. I've been doing cucumber sandwiches dipped in tobasco sauce!
    There's my crazy cravings of the day.

    Anyways, just letting you know that your blog brings a smile to my face! Love the ideas and creativity!

  25. looking great mama!! Wondering when the dreaded heartburn is going to kick in for me! im just a few weeks behind you! Love all your updates xoox

  26. I am loving your blog and your weekly baby bump updates. It will be so fun to look back on. Also loving your scarf!!

  27. What a great photos, they inspire us!
    You have a great blog too:)

    Come and check out our blog too and share your though;)

    H&C from Amsterdam

  28. Hey Jessica! So random that I came upon your adorable blog. I was on Pinterest looking at "future baby stuff" and came across your picture next to the chalkboard. I just wanted to say "hi" and let you know that chalkboard idea is the best! I def will be coping your brilliant idea! Hoping to start trying for a baby after the new year (January/February) and have enjoyed Pinterest to help get my baby ideas going :) I was planning on doing a photo log during my pregnancy, but the chalkboard is a perfect addition. I also love the blogging idea. Great way for distant family and friends to be up to date on all things preggers ;) Hope all is well and that your pregnancy continues smoothly! Much love. -Giselle

  29. jess,
    morgan and i hired a "bungalow" for charlotte's birth and couldn't have been more pleased with our decision to do so. we felt prepared after attending childbirth prep classes, watching videos, and reading books - however - we had no idea what to expect in the delivery room and didn't want to be blindsided by hospital hustle & bustle.
    if you are attempting to attain an all-natural birth (or if you are planning to waive certain aspects of a routine childbirth - ie: refusal of eye ointment, refusal of vitamin k/hepatitis b shots, or refusal of anything routine -- IVs, monitors, hospital gowns, etc) then a doula is definitely the way to go. i am 5000% confident that we would not have attained our birth plan had our doula not been there. (she wasn't there at the beginning and i started giving in to the hospital "norm" because i was in pain and was completely unfocused!) just food for thought!
    you are an absolutely stunning incubator!! :)


  30. Hi there! I just found your blog through Pinterest! You are an adorable preggo :)

    My husband and I hired a Doula for our first son's birth and loved having her there so much that we are going to hire a Doula again for our next son (he's due in April). My husband is in the Army and with both of our families living out of state, I wanted someone else there to support me when push came to shove ;) Having a doula is WONDERFUL! She helped both myself and my husband feel more comfortable and since she is around birth so much, she was able to really help with all my labor woes. She seriously had a fix for everything. If you can squeeze the fee into your baby budget, I'd say go for it! You'll never regret hiring one, but you might regret not hiring one! Good luck :)

  31. It would really depend on the hospital you are delivering in. I live in Northern Virginia and even the nurses admitted they do more charting than patient care. I had a doula with my second son and LOVED having her there. My husband loved it to! With my first, I had a 40+ hour labor and at one point I was laboring in the shower and my husband started to fall asleep. I would have LOVED to have someone to go get him coffee or offer some encouraging "hey I have been there type" words when I was going on 35+ hours of labor. The nurses pretty much leave you alone while laboring (except to monitor once an hour) and the doctor really doesn't come in until right before the baby is born. Even if all they do is carry your bags, knowing you have someone there for anything you may need was definitely worth it for me. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

  32. Ok we have the same weirdo humor bc BUNGALO made me lose it. Hahahahaha!!!! Oh me. Ok so, gave the old iPad to my hubby along with all of my bookmarks and HOLY COW I forgot about your blog!! Gasp! But how fun was that to catch up on your cute tiny self! A nammmmmmmmmme!!! Yeeehawww! Don't tell me. I want to find out with the rest of the world (haha like I have special rights?!)!! Dying to see what you chose. And dude. GET THE ZINC LETTERS. I bought the mamma jamma monster ones from there (98 each, bought j & b and I still die over them).... Get them. You'll never be like ohhh i should've gotten the lame wooden ones (sorry). Ha! Do itttttttt. Ok I probably should've just sent this in an email. Oof. ; )

  33. HIRE A DOULA! Best people ever. :-)

  34. I'm a doula, and I love it. I've supported families who want drug free births, epidural births, planned cesarian section births and everything in between! There are plenty of benefits to having a doula, but make sure you find one you really click with... interview as many as it takes. will be able to list doula's in your area, thats a great place to start. You can google the benefits, but the one that always sticks out to me is that doula's reduce cesarian section by 50%, so, there's that! I have also known women who felt it was important for their birth to be a private matter between their significant other and themselves, it's really all about figuring out what feels right for you. I hope you have a fabulous and quick birth, and of course, I love your blog!

  35. Can you share where you found that owl print fabric? It's ADORABLE!! Love your site...can't wait to see the baby pics soon. :) Good luck!!

  36. I seriously just cried from laughing and snorting for five minutes straight after reading your bungalow story. I tried to read it to my boyfriend but I had to stop from laughing so much between words.

    I found your blog from Pinterest and just started reading from the beginning. Love your story :) Thanks for the laughs!!