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14 week update

Sorry for the iphone photo! I haven’t taken any real bump photos yet, because it’s just not that noticeable…most of the time!
How big is baby: Navel Orange | 14 Weeks 3 days

How I’m feeling: I’m feeling wonderful for the most part. Eating pretty healthy and exercising helps a lot with my mood and energy level. I shot a 10+ hour wedding this past weekend with only a 10 minute break and I felt great.

Weight gain/loss: Maybe 2-5 lbs? I feel huge these days, but I’ve stayed pretty steady at 115 for the past month. 

Stretch marks: Nope!

Sleep: I love sleep! In the mornings I feel like I could sleep the whole day away! 

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: No cravings yet. It seems like my body isn’t very fond of lots of carbs. I can definitely tell when I eat more sugar and carbs vs. veggies and protein. I’m going to try to be more strict about it from now on. I feel worlds better when I eat healthier. 

Movement: Nope. We can’t wait to feel our little one move. Jonathan is especially anxious.
What I’m loving: I love knowing that our little one is with me all the time. Honestly, I forget that I’m pregnant quite a bit. After I eat a larger meal, I love to go look in the mirror at my little bump. Sometimes it looks like it’s only a small pooch, but after I eat supper it normally shows up a bit more. I love thinking about how our little one is growing and changing. I guess seeing a more distinct bump makes it feel more real.

Symptoms: Just bloating still. Again, that seems to be directly related to how much carbs and sugar I ingest. I have a little back pain too, especially when I’m carting a bunch of photography equipment. I’m hoping some of the excursuses and stretches I’m doing will help.

What I’m looking forward to: Finding out if baby is a boy or girl in just 2 weeks!!! We cannot wait! I’m also looking forward to more of a bump. The little pooch stage feels so awkward to me. I’m sure I’ll wish for these days back again when I’m huge this Summer! However, my pants seem to be fitting better this week. Maybe it’s because baby is moving farther up? I’m ok with it though!

Best moment of the week: When Jonathan says hi to me after coming home from work, and then says hi to the baby too. It’s so sweet.
Things I’m struggling with: Honestly, the changes my body is going through can be a little hard to accept sometimes. Most women struggle with some body issues and I’m not exempt from them either. I’m trying to just let it go and love what’s happening to me, regardless of how I feel when I look in the mirror sometimes or when I have trouble finding things to wear in my closet. I don’t want to worry about it, but instead take care of myself and cherish this amazing journey. 

12 week update



How big is baby: Peach | 12 Weeks 5 days
How I’m feeling: Much better than the last two months. Morning sickness is finally easing up and I have my appetite back!
Weight gain/loss: I feel like it’s a lot but so far the scale doesn’t say anything different. Maybe 2 lbs.
Stretch marks: Nothing yet!
Sleep: It depends on the night. I feel the worst in the evenings, so I’m usually propped up on pillows and chewing some TUMS. Falling asleep isn’t so great, but I stay asleep for the most part.
Diet/Cravings/Aversions: None really. I’m just happy to want to eat again. Morning sickness was rough. I’m staring a meal plan in order to get a lot of nutrition for baby and it’s going pretty well so far. Hopefully I can stay healthy throughout this journey.
Movement: I thought felt movement the other day, but I think it was just the symptoms of bloating. Ha! Hopefully I feel something unmistakable soon!
What I’m loving: Sleep and more sleep. I’m still a little tired, so I’ve been trying to get as much shut-eye as possible on slower weeks. I know things are about to get a lot busier, so I’m trying to take advantage of a slower pace these days.
Symptoms: Just bloating. I know, so fun. It’s one thing I really hate, but eating small, snacky meals seems to help. Nothing else is a horrible bother right now. My clothes aren’t really comfortable right now, but I’m trying to hold out for when I absolutely need to purchase maternity clothes. I also have a vendetta against pants right now. Things will get a little easier when the weather warms up. I have plenty of dresses, it’s just been a little too cold to wear them. 
What I’m looking forward to: Finding out the gender! I’m so impatient to know! I’m dying to start planning and buying anything! I’m glad it’s only a few more weeks to wait!
Best moment of the week: Feeling more like myself again. Ah, I feel like a new woman! 

Baby Blair on Board!

I’m so excited to be starting this little blog devoted to our little one coming this Summer. I’ve been thinking about it for a while because I’d love to be able to keep a record of this journey, without overwhelming my photography blog with baby things people may not want to read.
I’m so excited about this journey and I’m looking forward to being a mama. I’ve been feeling a lot better lately, I’m assuming because I’m finally into the second trimester. I started meal planning in order to get good nutrition and have been exercising a little more! (Yay!) I’m hoping now that I’m eating more than just mac-and-cheese I’ll get a baby bump soon. We’ll see! For now I’m in the awkward in-between stage where my regular clothes don’t quite fit like they used to but I don’t need maternity clothes yet. I think this is mainly because I have a lot of waist-highlighting items and they just aren’t comfy any more!
Overall we’ve been feeling so elated (and a little bit terrified) that we are having a baby. Jonathan often looks at me, grabs by hand, smiles and says, “You know what? We’re having a baby!” It’s the sweetest thing. It still doesn’t feel quite real yet. Still, I’m hoping to soak in every moment, thankful that this is even happening. I don’t want to ever take life for granted, especially this little life.
PS: I’d love to know if you guys have any great recommendations for great pregnancy, new mom or parenting books! I’m guessing that I’ll have more free time before the little one arrives than after. 🙂
Photo credit | Lauren Kinsey

 

Jillian Tree - January 22, 2014 - 2:57 am

I loooove ‘growing godly tomatoes’ for when baby is a bit older 🙂

Anonymous - January 22, 2014 - 3:02 am

This is a wonderful idea! I am so happy for the two of you! And thank you for allowing others to share your happiness.

Barbara

Mindy - January 22, 2014 - 6:03 am

Hey Jennifer, I think the my favorite book while pregnant with my first was What to Expected while Expecting. They also have What to Expected the first year. I loved that book it help me alot with anything I needed to know about pregnancy. In both pregnancy I also liked to visit websites like babycenter.com and cafemom.com. Congrats by the way.

Emily grapes - January 22, 2014 - 6:39 am

awww, I like this. I’m glad I caught you saying you have a baby blog, on twitter. I can’t wait to see your progress!

Maritza Tobon - January 23, 2014 - 1:12 am

This is such a beautiful and amazing journey. Once you hold that little babe in your arms you will never look at life the same. It’s like the world turns different colors. On the book topic, one of my favorites is a Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy by Vicki Lovine. It’s humorous and informative, definitely check it out. Also, if you’re not familiar with Goodreads.com take a peek. It’s a little network of book lovers with helpful reviews – you will find lots of gems on there. 🙂 Happy reading!

Autumn - February 18, 2014 - 11:35 pm

I am excited that you decided to do a more personal blog again- I had missed it from reading the Blair Affairs a few years ago :).

Congratulations on your baby!

Anonymous - March 7, 2014 - 9:28 pm

“The Baby Book” by Dr. Sears, and “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding” by La Leche League!