Sunday, December 30, 2012

Pregnancy: 22 Weeks ... Almost Happy New Year!

How far along? 22 Weeks 2 Days
Total weight gain/loss:Christmas Week and a Pregnant Gal... hmm I am thinking I may have gained a little this week. Haha!  Hopefully I wasn't too bad. Also, one whole pound on the scale is the BABY hahaha! 
Maternity clothes?  Yes! And I have now taken to stealing Sam's clothes. :) His button downs are just so comfy
Stretch marks? Nope!  Still exfoliating in the shower, drinking a ton of water, using vitamin E oil, and shea/cocoa butter lotion by Johnson & Johnson.  My mom never had any, so I hope that I am one of those lucky people. 
Sleep: Actually having a good night of sleeping.  I think the being off work helps!  I get to sleep in (mostly this means about 7:30, but I did so great today and slept in until 9... woohoo)
Best moment(s) this week: Seeing my moose man on the sonogram! Hands down best moment EVER. This was my best Birthday yet!  Christmas was awesome, too.  We are incredibly blessed. 
Have you told family and friends: Yes
Miss Anything? I miss being able to go until I literally was asleep on my feet.  I just cannot let myself do that right now.  I constantly want to be up doing something, but I am being mindful that there is a whole other person counting on me to be careful with myself! 
Movement:  Yes! Moose doesn't like it when I get hungry.  He gets antsy.  He also enjoys soda!  (Nobody worry... we only have one a day sometimes, and after Tuesday, New Years, we are saying bye bye to even that!) 
Food cravings: Nothing too crazy this week... but that's probably because I have gotten everything I want all week.  Merry Christmas & Happy Birthday! Mom made me grandpa's chili. Alan made me chicken fried steak - MY ALL TIME FAVORITE!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Praise the Lord! Not this last one... hoping for a continued good grace on this one.
Have you started to show yet: Yep! Nobody is questioning whether or not I'm pregnant.
Gender: Little Moose Man. It's a Boy! We are narrowing down a name, but we are keeping our choices close to heart.  People have so many comments.  It can be a little painful to hear what people think for an already emotional lady.  We will keep you all posted. 
Labor Signs: no
Belly Button in or out? in... hoping for it to stay this way. 18 weeks to go.
Wedding rings on or off? on and still loose... I haven't swelled anywhere else.  I'm going to be positive and suggest maybe I won't swell too much!
Happy or Moody most of the time:  I am an ear to ear grin kind of gal!  I do, however, not like to be hungry or tired. 
Weekly Wisdom: Don't be uncomfortable!  There is enough going on in life and your body.  (If say a pair of jeans or a sweater looks cute but feels awful; just don't wear it!  You will have time later on to rock those clothes.) 
Looking forward to: I CANNOT wait to put together this little dude's room.  I have already picked a color scheme (Brown & White) and a theme (Moose).  If you want to see the design board I put together check out this other post

Sam and I are also pleased to announce that we are buying a house! Right in the middle of Christmas and baby, but it has to be done.  We are extremely nervous as first time home buyers, but we found a great spot that is a little closer to family.  It's a bit bigger than we thought we would be able to afford.  It was priced to sell because it is in need of some TLC, but it is nothing too crazy.  We have had the place inspected and are waiting out our option period.  Please pray that everything goes smoothly for us during this whole process.

We are looking forward to celebrating the beginning of another year.  2013 will be full of NEW.  I have been working on my resolutions.  I can I just say that making New Year's Resolutions while pregnant is very hard to do.  I don't know what to expect at all in the next year... Hope your and yours stay safe celebrating the new year!  Happy Holidays from the Riley family!!!!!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Results are in: Little Moose Man

What an incredible birthday gift!!! I was so pleased that we were able to go and find out the sex of the baby on my birthday.  The sonogram suite was hopping yesterday morning when we got there, and I had to PEE... but she said you have to wait until after the sonogram to go.  I waited "patiently" for it to be our turn to go back.  Sam was trying to take a nap on the wall, while my mom and I fielded all the texts of everyone guessing.

They took us back, and she first did all the measurements for the doctor.  (I go in to see the awesome Dr. Maas next week, but everything looked good to the sono gal.)  Then, she went through a got some pictures of our cuties face for us.  The last thing she did was scan down to his little legs... and NO DOUBT it's a boy! Daddy was a proud papa because he said he couldn't figure out his kids face, but when the wand went there he said I knew those were boy parts!!!  What a boy!!!

Not only is he a boy, he is hands down a MOOSE! This little dude is making moose antlers at us in utero. Check him out!  This reminds me of Sharon and I's old "fuzzy horns" from high school. When we asked my step-dad what the heck a deer in velvet was, and then proceeded to run around making antlers for the entire weekend making antlers on our heads. :)

I have already started to plan for this handsome man's nursery.  After much thought and FAR too much Pinterest help, I put together this Olioboard.  Of course this is a tentative plan for the room, but I am in love with so many of these things.  Some of it will depend on the money and what we can find.

For all you inquiring minds, it does happen to be a pure coincidence that the brown Moose print on Etsy has the name Samuel on it.  Sam and I are still tossing names back and forth, though I will say, we haven't ruled out Samuel. :) I am in love with this color scheme and our moose theme.  I cannot wait to move forward getting Little Moose Man's room ready for him! 

Thank you all for keeping up with us and enjoying each part of this process with us.  We are very blessed!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Poll: Is Baby Riley a Boy or a Girl?

Be sure to cast your vote on the Baby Poll! (POLL  CLOSED) And stay tuned to find out.... Results should be in by about noon tomorrow!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Pregnancy: 21 Weeks... Boy? Girl?

How far along? 21 Weeks 2 Days. Over half way!
Total weight gain/loss: Probably more than 9 pounds at this point... should find out at my next doctor's appointment
Maternity clothes?  Yep! Loving this Target maternity sweater.  Seems very Christmas-y
Stretch marks? None so far.
Sleep: Hahahah. This is just a joke.  I tossed and turned all night (every night).  Then, I get up to pee a million times... followed by waking up brightly at 6AM on a Sunday. Awesome. Lol  
Best moment(s) this week: Finishing up my grades and being done with the first semester. (And technically my first full year of teaching!) Crazy!!!!
Have you told family and friends: Yes
Miss Anything? Sunshine. Not a pregnancy miss... but I miss laying out in the sun reading a book.  Just having a moment of summer nostalgia.
Movement:  Yes more and more.  Sam has even got to feel it!  It's like hey! hey! hey! don't forget I'm in here! What? You aren't trying to get comfortable right because I am going to twitch and dance while you try to fall asleep lol!
Food cravings: Chicken Alfredo from Johnny Carino's YUM.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Fingers crossed.... not this week
Have you started to show yet: showing a growing
Gender prediction:  Boy aka Moose Man.... Sam is still officially weighing in with his guess of girl aka Moosie (Yes we are having a moose... get on board, lol)  
Labor Signs: no
Belly Button in or out? in!
Wedding rings on or off? on!
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy,  though still very moody if you don't feed me!
Weekly Wisdom: Being a teacher is awesome!  While it can be stressful at times, there is such a high reward.  And there is the fabulous Christmas Break (woohoo!)
Looking forward to: Christmas and celebrating my birthday!! And officially knowing of course if we are buying bows or baby sports equipment (you must train early).  Yay! What a wonderful week ahead.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Pregnancy: 20 Weeks... Halfway There!

How far along? 20 Weeks 2 Days.... Holy Cow! Where has the time gone!
Total weight gain/loss: I've gained 9 pounds. Hopefully, I will continue to stay on track.
Maternity clothes?  Yes... Finally put everything that doesn't fit into tubs, so now it's all either maternity or super stretchy clothes.  Been super busy today trying to wrap presents, so I'm still in my Victoria's Secret Sweatpants (one of my favorite clothing items ever!!!!) I look kinda like a slob, lol! Oh well...
Stretch marks? Nope.  Still exfoliating and putting on lotion. Fingers crossed. 
Sleep: Ahh!  I have been trying to finish my Christmas shopping which has not left me much time for myself, so I have not gone out and gotten the preggo people pillow.  I did build a pillow fortress last night, and it worked out pretty decently!  
Best moment(s) this week: My classroom mock trial of Brutus was a blast! My principal observed me and loved the lesson!  What a great thing!
Have you told family and friends: Yes
Miss Anything? I miss being able to go and go.  I seem to run out of energy so quickly.  It's crazy to me!  
Movement:  YES!! For the most part I feel like there is a fish swimming in my belly, but every once in a while I feel a little faint tap, tap on me!
Food cravings: Cheddar and Caramel Popcorn.  It cannot be one without the other.  It must be both.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  We had a great week!  Smells are really strong, but nothing crazy!
Have you started to show yet: growing and growing.
Gender prediction:  Less than 2 weeks until we get to know!  Yay! 
Labor Signs: no
Belly Button in or out? still in... please stay in!
Wedding rings on or off? Still on, which makes me very happy.  I just love my ring.  I was talking to one of my gfs this week and saying how much I love being married. :)
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy, just worn out quickly (Cranky if you don't feed the monster in my belly though)
Weekly Wisdom: Next year, we Christmas shop on Black Friday!  Not being done a week before Christmas stresses me and my mom out!
Looking forward to: Christmas! Fa La La La. Sam getting to feel the baby move... hopefully soon!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Pregnancy: 19 Weeks ... Getting Bigger!

How far along? 19 Weeks 2 Days
Total weight gain/loss: Up 9 pounds... Doctor says she is pleased with where I am!
Maternity clothes? Yes! I am loving elastic.  In the picture I have on my maternity jeans from Macy's and the sweater is an non-maternity sweater from Target.  It's one of my favorite items of clothing.  I call it my Grandpa sweater, lol!
Stretch marks? Not yet... I have been exfoliating the belly in the shower each time with Bath & Body Works sugar scrub.
Sleep: What the heck?!? Everyone is like rest up before the baby gets here, and you get no sleep.  How the heck do pregnant woman get comfortable?! I am trying every pillow trick in the books. 
Best moment(s) this week: Doctor's Visit! I love getting to hear the thump, thump, thump of the baby's heartbeat! Nothing new or super exciting to report on this one... Just got a flu shot and a check in on the bambino.  (Little heartbeat in the 130s)
Have you told family and friends: Yes
Miss Anything? I miss running... Getting to see my cousin finish his first marathon definitely made me miss just getting up and going. 
Movement:  Feeling odd things, but I'm not sure what they are.  Earlier it felt like something was stretching my side muscles out from the inside. 
Food cravings: I think that the two weeks straight of nachos is over :)  We did enjoy Olive Garden tonight tho, and I made Sam stop by the popcorn shop to get me caramel & cheddar popcorn!
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Pizza, I told Sam to get himself some this week, and jeez I just cannot handle it.
 Have you started to show yet: growing and growing.
Gender prediction:  Getting Closer! We could have found out already, which makes it hard... But I know waiting for my birthday is going to make it even more fun. 
Labor Signs: no
Belly Button in or out? still in... please stay in!
Wedding rings on or off? You know everyone said don't resize your ring because you'll get pregnant and swell.  The cold weather is making me shrink in the hands even more, so my ring is actually still loose!!! Craziness.
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy, just worn out quickly
Weekly Wisdom: Thank your husband... often & and in front of everyone.  Sam works his tail off to make me, and this kiddo happy.  He should know he is appreciated!! Thanks hubby!
Looking forward to: Snow... haha.  I doubt that it will even be enough of a flurry to notice in the morning. :)  Hopefully, a good and fun week at school! Looking forward to my mock trial of Brutus.  Christmas is coming! 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Pregnancy: 18 Weeks... Welcome Cravings

How far along? 18 Weeks 2 Days
Total weight gain/loss: I will find out where I'm at on Wednesday this week at my doctor's appointment.  Hopefully I am still on track, since Christmas is coming up quick!
Maternity clothes? My jeans are Macy's maternity jeans.  My sweater is a non-maternity top from Old Navy. 
Stretch marks? Not so far... fingers crossed.
Sleep: I cannot get comfortable at all. I roll from one side to the other.  Hopefully, it will get a little better before it get s worse. 
Best moment(s) this week: The Christmas Light Up parade in town and setting up the Christmas tree!! I love that it is officially December. 
Have you told family and friends: Yes
Miss Anything? I miss not thinking clearly.  My brain feels foggy a lot more than normal.  I forget things and that is not like me!
Movement:  Ready for the kicking... come on baby!
Food cravings: OMG yes! I have eaten nachos for almost every meal this week... and otherwise I want Olive Garden! Yummy.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Smell of fish... and anything with marinara sauce
Have you started to show yet: Yep!
Gender prediction: Cannot wait to find out! It's going to be the best birthday gift! I am still thinking it's my little moose man, but my mom and Sam are still thinking it is girl.
Labor Signs: no
Belly Button in or out? in (hoping this doesn't change)
Wedding rings on or off? on!
 Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy.and sad. and mad. and happy. and sad. and alllllll over the map! Oops!
Weekly Wisdom: It's ok to sit down, go to the bathroom, ask to stop for food whenever you need! You are pregnant, and most everyone understands that you are not being needy or demanding.  :)
Looking forward to: The joys this week holds.  I have a quick doctor's appointment this week, and I should hopefully get to hear by little one.  This week puts us one week closer to the awesomeness that is Christmas. (I haven't finished shopping at all tho!) Just enjoying all the blessings that this amazing life has to offer!