Thursday, November 10, 2016

24 Week Bumpdate

Hey there, friends! It's been a little while since my last "bumpdate", and now I'm already six months into this pregnancy. Say what?! Pretty crazy to think that our little blessing will be here within the next four months, and life will change forever. Some days I feel like I'm ready for baby to be here now, and other days I just sit and soak up the joy of being pregnant (and "kid-responsibility-free") while I still can. I've always loved reading other people's little "bumpdates", so here's all the details on how I'm feeling, what's new in the last six weeks, and what I'm most looking forward to (complete with my weekly maxi dress photos)!

Pregnancy, Baby Bump

 

 How I'm Feeling

Second trimester has been just fabulous! I've been puke-free for months and really haven't had a lack of energy at all. I've still been working out at 9Round, although you won't see me doing a lot of burpees at this point. It feels good to sweat and get my work out on, though running is noticeably harder too. I do sometimes have moments where I'm a bit self-conscious about my changing body, but all in all I feel blessed to be a mama and am grateful to be a part of this amazing journey.


What's New This Month

Let's just say that Baby K is going to be active. Movement has become much more regular, and I'm feeling kicks multiple times a day. At our ultrasound (where we didn't find out the gender), the sonographer even pointed out how much baby was moving around and making photos and measurements tricky. In other news this month, I've also definitely started to look pregnant...which is both exciting and a little scary ha! I must say that I do like having a baby bump, and it's fun for people to know that I'm not just getting fat. Also, Aaron totally thinks that Baby K is a boy at this point. I initially was leaning towards girl, but the heartbeat has been lower for the last few appointments, and I'm carrying low. Time will tell, and y'all can take votes when it gets a little closer!


What I'm Wearing

I'm still wearing many of my pre-pregnancy tops and work out clothes, they just fit a little tighter in the belly now. Some of my shirts were normally loose-fitting anyways, so I really don't even look that pregnant in certain outfits. I have started to rely more on my Motherhood Maternity trusty black leggings, along with dresses and maternity pants for school and more dressy occasions. Even when I don't feel quite so pretty, Aaron says just the right thing at the right time, and reminds me how beautiful he finds me just because I'm carrying our child.

 

 How I'm Sleeping

I'm trying to avoid sleeping on my back, since I'm over 20 weeks at this point. I'm normally a side and occasional back sleeper anyways, so sleeping on my side isn't out of the ordinary. I cuddle up my belly with my body pillow and do sleep pretty soundly still, although I'm still waking up to pee at least once a night. I also find that getting up out of bed is taking a little more effort, as I pull my belly and my over-a-pound-now baby out of bed in the morning! I hear it only gets worse from here, so I'm trying to enjoy it while I can.

 

What I'm Nervous About

In the next month, I've got the dreaded gestational diabetes test scheduled, as well as another ultrasound check up to see how baby is doing. I'm not a huge fan of having blood drawn, and would love to pass the test so I don't have to go back for the longer test, so all prayers would be greatly appreciated! It's always a little nerve-racking to think about all of the things that can happen during labor and delivery, as well as the days after. I'm definitely learning that I can't spend my whole pregnancy (or motherhood for that matter) being worried, so I continue to find my hope in the Lord and to trust Him in the midst of my pregnancy fears.

Pregnancy Weekly Photos

 

 What I'm Looking Forward To

Even though we didn't find out our baby's gender, I'm really starting to feel a sense of bonding with our little nugget. The movement inside of me has made this all more real, and I'm totally that mama who sits on the couch in the evenings and tells Baby "Hi" every now and then while holding my belly. I'm also excited about all of the progress that we've made with our gender neutral nursery, and we are on the hunt for a white door and a great glider recliner for this mama to spend hours in oh so soon! Follow along on Facebook so you don't miss out on the final product!

As the holidays near, I'm excited to see friends and family, to get plans underway for a registry and showers, and just to really soak up this sweet time as God partners with me to grow our little one. Love to you all!

Currently,
Kelsie

Are you following along on Instagram? It's where I share extra little photos and fun updates from daily life. Don't miss out!



32 comments:

  1. You are seriously glowing! Love your cute baby belly! I'm glad you're feeling pretty good at this point.

    www.justmurrayed.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Elyse! I am loving it so far :)

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  2. Yayyyy! I love this! You're looking so good, and I can't wait for you to have this little one! Y'all are going to rock parenting! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Abbey! I so appreciate your reading along and all of your support!!

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  3. It's going by so quickly! Baby's kicks are so special. I remember that being when I really started to feel like the two of us were our own little team.

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    1. It IS going so fast! I can't believe it sometimes. Aaron is kind of jealous that he doesn't get to feel them (although we can from the outside now!)

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  4. You look fabulous! Such an exciting time for you!

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  5. This may sound really dumb but I had no idea you weren't supposed to sleep on your back when pregnant.

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    1. It's one of those weird things you don't really hear about not doing until you get pregnant ha!

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  6. That's great that you are still working out! Keep it up! I am still teaching my fitness classes and am currently 33 weeks. Even though I'm tired I really do think it's helping me stay strong and feel good. I've done the gestational diabetes test for both my pregnancies and it's not as bad as people make it out to be. My recommendation is to schedule it first thing in the morning, since you have to fast. I found that waking up and going to the lab to do the test is better than making myself stop eating in the middle of the day. After that treat yo' self to a yummy breakfast! :)

    Elizabeth Ann // www.lovedoinglife.com

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    1. Ahh, that is SO great to hear! I do think that it's making me feel better and healthier along the way. I've got the G. diabetes test scheduled in the morning like you recommended!

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  7. You look amazing and so cute! Sounds like everything is getting real and super exciting!

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    1. Thanks SO much, Shannon! It's getting so real!!

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  8. You are looking so, so adorable! I love your bumpdates. :) I'm so glad to hear that you're feeling good. And good for you for staying fit and healthy and taking such good care of both of you. It makes a difference!

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    1. Thank you, thank you, friend! I'm hoping that it helps make a difference in labor too. Fingers crossed ha!

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  9. You're looking so cute! It's been really fun to watch your progress from not ready to soon-to-be mom! Congrats girl! I can't wait to keep watching :) I wish you all the best and I'm praying for your test.

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    1. Thank you SO much for reading and for the prayers! It's so fun to have people along for the journey :)

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  10. Ahhh so cute! Enjoy this time and embrace the bump!!

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  11. You are looking great and I enjoyed following your 'bump date'. I remember how tricky it was finding sleeping positions but I was like an elephant, you don't seem to have that problem. Enjoy this special time.

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    1. Thank you Jackie! It is hard sometimes to sleep, but I'm hoping it won't get a TON harder in the third trimester!

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  12. You look amazing!! I love reading people's bumpdates. Pregnancy is such a beautiful gift from the Lord, and girl... You're growing a tiny human inside of you. How awesome is that?!

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    1. Thank you SO much Rebecca! You are so right, it's amazing growing a tiny human!

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  13. Oh I'm so excited for you both! I have a lot of friends who are new mommies and it's definitely a magical time, with so many blessings to come.

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    1. Thank you SO much Jennifer!! We are both thrilled.

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  14. Awww such a happy time and you are glowing! Glad to hear you are doing wonderful in your 2nd trimester and you have the cutest bump. Good luck with the upcoming tests and happy nursery planning :)
    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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    1. It is such a happy time!! Thanks, friend!

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  15. I loved my second trimester with both my kids! All the stuff I felt during the first trimester and third trimester weren't really present. Definitely enjoy it!

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