Baby Butler should be weighing around a half of a pound by now…around the size of a naval orange. (I LOVE oranges, by the way…and I heard on Dr. Oz the other day that they are an awesome way to help whiten your teeth naturally.)
My Symptoms: I feel GREAT as far as the pregnancy, but I have a serious cold/sinus infection (started last week) that has totally WHOOPED my tail. I am not a fan of medicine so I’m trying to let it run its course…but I sure have felt yucky. I have stayed on the couch pretty much every afternoon this week till bedtime & have been wiped out! I look and sound as bad as I feel.
Jon is trying his best not to catch it…and went so far as to write his “name” (nickname: Bean) on his cup. Yea, we’re super classy over here in the Butler house & sometimes we mix our cups in Red Solo cups. I always use his cups and it drives him crazy….ha!
Oh, and between these hormones & OmegaPlex , my hair is OUT OF CONTROL! It is huge, long, & growing like a mad woman. I can barely do anything with it so I usually rock it in a pony tail…(It is SO thick & takes FOREVER to work with….which doesn’t really fit into my whole “20 minutes to get ready” routine.)
The girl who cuts our hair has been slammed & hasn’t had time to squeeze us in, so we’ve both been growing our hair out. I guess Jon has “pregnancy sympathy” and is trying to rock his like mine. He’s giving “No Shave Hair Cut November” a whole new meaning, & just might kill me for posting this!! Ha! Good thing I had a crush on Patrick Swayze & Billy Ray Cyrus when I was little & don’t mind mullets…. (redneck kid or what?!?!) ANNNND, when you’re as hot as he is, you can pretty much pull off anything….
Weight: According to my scale in my bathroom, I’m up about 9-10 lbs since I first found out. I’m pretty sure my belly button is starting to pop out too! Ha! I’m rubbing oil all over my belly 2-3 times a day. It’s not uncommon to see me walking around with my tank top lifted massaging my belly. I will be 4 months on Tuesday (tomorrow)…
Gender: Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! WE KNOW!!!! I am so stinkin’ excited! Jon & I decided we wanted to find out, but didn’t expect to be able to until 20 weeks. I had an appointment on Wednesday & thankfully got to see Tiffany again….I stinkin’ LOVE her! Anyway, she snuck us back for an ultrasound and we got to watch Baby Butler for about 15 minutes! It was absolutely precious!!! The baby was moving ALL around like a crazy lil thing, and Jon pointed out it kept holding its hands to its face/forehead in the EXACT same position I was while laying on the table. (I had one hand at my mouth and the other draped on my forehead.) After about 15 minutes, we determined we could come to a safe conclusion about Baby Butler’s gender!!
Sorry…we can’t tell anyone until we’ve told our families! We are trying to get together a fun little gender reveal, and obviously we want to do it quickly because Big Jon can NOT keep a secret! (But we weren’t prepared to do it so soon!) I am trying to be very cautious with my words too so I don’t accidentally spill the beans. So, I can’t tell you what we’re having, but I can tell you that we are VERY excited!! The heartbeat was 153 this time if that means anything to you and you want to guess….(and my skin has been very dry, I was sick for the first 11 weeks and then felt better except for being exhausted, and have been craving mostly sweets).
The whole reason I was considering waiting was watching Rachael’s video from giving birth & her whole family meeting their newest addition for the first time. They had kept the gender a surprise and the whole family was SO excited & emotional….it was really, incredibly sweet. I bawled through the whole video & thought that would be such a cool moment…
But after some thought, we decided to go ahead and find out. Jon wanted to know, and more of me wanted to find out than didn’t…(mostly to be prepared and have the nursery done before- and NOT in gender neutral). Meeting your little one for the first time is such a cool moment in itself (even without the element of “surprise”). I know both of our families are absolutely tickled to death too…and it is killing them we haven’t told them the gender yet! (This is Jon’s parents first grandchild, and my parents 11th- the tie breaker….they have 5 boys & 5 girls…)
I do have to say that I have YET to feel pregnant until finding out the gender. Something about knowing what our sweet little blessing is really helped me connect even more and made it more real in my mind. I am more excited than ever!! I finally “feel pregnant” if that makes sense.
Maternity Clothes: Still wearing my clothes for now… but it’s time to at least start thinking about maternity pants & new sports bras. We went on a date night (dinner and a movie….it cost almost $60….ridiculous!) & I was SO uncomfortable during the whole movie. Between my full belly, tight jeans, and stuffy nose, I was breathing super loud & annoying even myself. And some of my sports bras that I really like because they’re tight & supportive (that’s all I wear, all the time) are SO stinkin’ tight!
Movement: I think I might have felt a few little flutters one day this week when I was lying really still, but I honestly can’t tell. Could be just gas.
Sleep: I can’t seem to get enough…
But I do feel like this cold is part of God’s way of helping me slow down. I obviously can’t do it on my own, and I know you HAVE to rest & take care of yourself when you’re pregnant. Maybe this is his way of helping me prepare for life right after baby too….I KNOW I’ll have to take my time to recover & rest lots.
Cravings: I have been cooking more this week, but haven’t really been eating it. Jon has been working late on a side job, so I just make it for him and put it in the fridge. I decided on Wednesday I wanted some cereal (enough to get off the couch & drive to the store to get myself some) and have been eating it every day. I haven’t had any super intense cravings this week though…
What I miss: Energy!!! I have been on the couch EVERY day this week! I honestly am not even sure I sat on our couch before I got pregnant….so this is all new to me. I don’t even have a clue what to watch on t.v. and don’t understand for the life of me how in the WORLD people watch 4-6 hours of t.v. a day!?! There is NOTHING on!!!! I’ve been watching some Dr. Oz reruns, Criminal Minds, & DIY…but I am super bored.
Work Outs: This cold has me out of commission so I didn’t work out this week, but I decided I am I’m going to order some prenatal yoga DVDs. Any recommendations?
Best Pregnancy Moment This Week: Watching Baby Butler on the ultrasound and finding out the gender!!! Ahhhh, melt my heart!
I know all these are all pretty much the same, but you can see the bump a little differently in each. I promise it is WAY bigger looking in person…I’m going to have to find another way to capture it so you can see.
(Uhhhh, P.S., No WONDER Jon keeps commenting about my booty….This was the first time I’ve really seen it…I swear, between my boobs, butt, & belly, I think I will qualify for my own zip code soon!! Thankfully they seem to be all growing OUT rather than wider…)
Questions/Concerns: None this week. Praying for Baby Butler as our next appointment is the BIG one (20 weeks) where you check all the organs for development.
Goals for next week: And THIS is a week when I’m especially thankful for my job! We have the WHOLE week off (I think I’m the only person who is okay with the furloughs because I REALLY enjoy having the full week off at Thanksgiving!) and I am beyond excited to rest, relax, and spend time with my family & friends. Jon & I have some plans to meet with our accountant, go car shopping & baby browsing, & maybe get my rings sauntered. Other than that I’m going to enjoy lots of sleeping in (hopefully), working out (since I won’t be exhausted from teaching all day), & eating some yummy food.