How Far Along:   19 weeks and 4 days

Size of baby:  10 oz and 6.5 inches

Total weight gained/lost:  I'm still sitting at about a 2 lb gain. That is saying my parent's bathroom scale is accurate.

Maternity Clothes:  I bough some Maternity shirts for myself for Christmas this year. Can I just say maternity tank tops are AMAZING! My regular shirts still fit for the most part, but some of them just look kind of awkward. I'm in leggings most days, but jeans still fit if I wear my belly band so I can keep them unbuttoned :)

Gender:  Still a Girl! :)

Movement: She's gotten a lot stronger these days. Instead of little flutters there's big distinct kicks and movements. I've been sick and just developed a cough, and yesterday I felt her get startled for the first time after I coughed. 

Sleep: Still sleep just ok. Still get up to pee all night, and now sleeping on my stomach is getting harder as my stomach is getting harder. Let's just say I'm pretty uncomfortable come night time. 

Symptoms:  My back pain is subsiding….Thank You!!! Still peeing, still hungry. That's still just about it. 

What I miss:  Sleep... 

Cravings: I'm not really craving much lately. I'll eat pretty much anything these days. 

Best Moment this week:  Spending Christmas with our families. I have the post-christmas blues today. 

What I am looking forward to: Our trip to Mexico in a week! I'm seriously dreaming of the beach and warmer weather. 

^^ Merry Christmas from us! The last Christmas as a family of 2! ^^

How Far Along:   17 weeks and one day

Size of baby:  5 oz (The size of an turnip? We are getting into the weird fruits/vegetables)

Total weight gained/lost:  Not sure now. I haven't weighed myself since my last dr's appointment, but it feels like a lot more weight that I'm carrying around these days.

Maternity Clothes:  Not yet! My pants still button up, and regular shirts still fit. Phew.

Gender:  Girl! :)

Movement: I'm feeling her every day! I first felt her on thanksgiving and now I get little jabs and punches all day long especially if I'm hungry. I love knowing she's in there moving around like a champ. 

Sleep: I wake up a least 3 times to pee still. Baby girl sits right on top of my bladder. She is also nestled in deep in my back so i'm having some insane back pain already. Nighttime is the worst because my body is so tired and achy already. Needless to say sleep is still hard. Bob (the body pillow) is a big helper though, he makes sure I don't roll over onto my stomach. Apparently stomach sleeping is a really hard habit for me to break. Luckily baby girl is tucked way back so she doesn't get too smashed when I end up on my stomach in the night.  

Symptoms:  Back pain, peeing all the time, itchy and dry skin, and I want to eat everything in sight! That's about it! I'm counting my blessings. 

What I miss:  Is it weird that I miss tuna fish? I want a good tuna fish sandwich. 

Cravings: Still Mountain Dew. That's about it. I got some caffeine free Mt Dew so I can drink all that I want. 

Best Moment this week:  Hearing my little ones strong heartbeat and hearing her move around at work yesterday. I could listen to it all day. 

What I am looking forward to: Finishing finals this week and finally getting into the full swing of Christmas! It's crazy to think that this time next year I will be an RN and have a sweet little baby with us to celebrate. I can't wait. 

I'm seriously shocked to say the least! I thought this little bean was a boy from the very beginning. Jordan had no thoughts or desires on either sex so he was surprised either way. I'm still not totally convinced yet. We call her a she and even sometimes by her name, but I almost need extra assurance that it's a girl. There may be a retraction post in a few weeks telling you that it's a boy instead ;)

The day started out with me and my sister in law Amber heading over to fetal fotos. Because of insurance reasons I had to push my 'Big" ultrasound from mid-december until the beginning of January and I wasn't about to wait that long to see what gender our little one was. We watched her wiggle around and be stubborn for about 20 minutes before the ultrasound tech told me to close my eyes. I heard her tell Amber "I am 100% sure about this" and she typed something into the computer. Afterwards she let me watch her wiggle around some more. It's amazing what our bodies can do and create. Sweet little thing.

Next item of business was dropping Amber off at the part supply store to get the stuff ready without me being there. I wanted her to get black balloons and fill them with either blue or pink confetti. Later we would hang the up and pop the balloons on top of us.

It was the longest wait of my life. I got back from the ultrasound around 3, and the party wasn't going on until 6. Finally Jordan got home from work and we were able to rush over there and finally find out what our sweet little one was going to be.

Popping the balloons and seeing the pink confetti everywhere was the best feeling. All of our family and friends were around and everyone was so excited and happy to welcome this sweet little girl into the family. I'm so happy I waited and was surprised with everyone else. Also, I'm so happy that I can finally start buying and planning and prepping for her to get here. Since nursing school I've become this insane little planner. I feel like I now have to have everything ready and in place before she gets here (and by before she gets here I mean like I need it ready by next week), and not knowing the gender was really putting a damper on my plans. Although we've known for a week now and I still can't get myself to buy anything except diapers. Go figure.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving this past weekend. I know we sure did! Little girl decided it was time to give her mom a few swift kicks on thanksgiving day. Either it was the food or the 3 cups of juice I had right before I felt her, but either way I'm so grateful to finally feel something! I feel her all the time now dancing and kicking away. It's such a cool feeling! I'm sure in a few weeks when these soft little flutters turn into swift kicks in the ribs I will take all of this back. But for now i'm enjoying knowing she's in there and her letting her mama know that everything is ok.

I'll post some belly shots, but just a warning there's not much there. Little girl is growing low. I think she likes where she's at (Which is bouncing on my bladder. Whoever said that the peeing every 5 minutes eases up in the 2nd trimester has obviously not met my child.) I'm still sitting in that stage where I either look super fat in all my clothes or people ask "I thought you were pregnant, are you not pregnant?" (true story). Please enjoy :) (The belly pics are off my camera. Jordan is still getting the hang of being photographer, and I don't have time to edit them. The ultrasound and party pics are off my iPhone. Sorry for the low quality on both)

^^ 14 weeks ^^

^^ 15 weeks ^^

^^ 16 weeks ^^ (this was as of last night)

^^ Pure happiness ^^

^^ Before the big reveal ^^

^^ It's a GIRL ^^

^^ The little stinker sat like this for 20 minutes. Her head at the bottom and legs up over her head. She wasn't giving up the goods that easily ^^

^^ Sweet little profile ^^

^^ Finishing up the balloons. If you look to the right, you'll see my dad hiding himself with Deker. Right after this, the balloon popping made Deker scream with terror. ^^

^^ Nothing between those little legs! ^^