27 Week Bumpdate

If you're new to my corner of the web, you can use these links to easily get back to previous bumpdates:
Week 23 Bumpdate
Week 24 Bumpdate
Week 25 Bumpdate
Week 26 Bumpdate
Size of the baby: Eggplant – 14.5 inches long and weighs 2 pounds.
Biggest baby development: Baby can recognize and differentiate Mom and Dad's voices now!
Total weight gain: Didn't weigh myself.
Gender: Boy!!
Maternity clothes: Same old jeans, tops, and dresses. My wardrobe is really exciting lately.
Movement: He's kicking more each day but his favorite times to kick are early in the morning when I'm still laying on my side and early evening.
Sleep: Laying on my side is pretty painful on my back and hips. I can't wait to sleep on my back again.
Nursery: I decided to move his nursery from one room to the other - there's more space and a better layout. We had the crib setup in the old room and had to take it almost completely apart to move it down the hallway.
Cravings: Sandwiches and cheese crackers.
Symptoms: My left foot and ankle are starting to swell. This is the foot I had my bunion removed on and it has never been right since the surgery when I was in high school. Also still having heartburn.
Khanh is: Poking and talking to baby on a daily basis. I'm sure he already loves Daddy!
Looking forward to: Another baby shower this weekend, seeing my family, and vacation next week!
Best moments: Getting to spend time with my grandparents after work one night. Thanks, Grandma and Grandpa for dinner :) I also got to spend some time with my other grandma who flew in from Maryland for my baby shower last weekend. I hadn't seen her since our wedding last summer.
Note: I post these updates at the end of the week, so I am currently in my 28th week.

What's Up Wednesday: Roommates and Vacation

I've been following Shay over at Mix and Match Family for a while now and I love how open and real she is about her faith and her family. She lives in Texas now, but we used to be neighbors up here in the good ol' Mitten State. Sort of. Just ignore the fact that I was probably in high school and her husband was a Detroit Lion. This Mama definitely inspires me to be the best mama to our little guy. Shay has taught me that there will be rough parenting days, but to turn my focus to God and find the good in every situation.  On the last Wednesday of each month, Shay co-hosts a link party along with Mel and Sheaffer.
Here are the questions:

Along with the questions above, the hosts provide a bonus question each month. This month's bonus question is, What are you doing for the 4th of July?
Feel free to play along in the comments section. Now, let's get started...
1. What we're eating this week...
I bought a honey glazed bone-in half ham for 50% off last week, so I cooked that baby on Monday night. We had friends over for dinner and then I cut up the leftovers and tossed them in the freezer. This was a super inexpensive way to get meat for multiple meals for our little family and not have to labor over the oven each time. So, I am being creative this week and finding ways to use the leftover ham.
2. What I'm reminiscing about...
I've been thinking about my college girlfriends a lot lately. I miss staying up late into the night chatting away. I miss waking up to their bad hair days. I miss making dinner together. I miss going out on the town together. I miss decorating our little apartment for Christmas. I just miss knowing they will be home when I walk through the door.

3. What I'm loving...
Our house is finally starting to feel like a home.  The living room is almost done. It's my favorite room in the house right now.

4. What we've been up to...
We have been doing a lot lately. The past few weekends we have been driving to the other side of the state for bridal showers, hospital visits, and other things. When we are home, we are busy doing house and yard work. It's been raining non-stop and we are just sick and tired of cutting the grass - which could be done every 3 days. But, being busy every weekend is a reminder that we are blessed to have a roof over our heads and a family that loves us.

5. What I'm dreading...
I have 50ish work days left before maternity leave. These will quite possibly be the longest days of my life. Ever.

6. What I'm working on...
I'm currently working on finishing designing my blog. I never got it looking exactly how I wanted so it's time I start working on it again. I do all the HTML and CSS coding myself so it takes quite a while, but the end results re so worth my time.

7. What I'm excited about...
Going to Cancun next week and spending a few days alone with the hubby. Hopefully this will be my view for 4 straight days. Take that back. Hopefully my view includes a hot Vietnamese guy, too!

8. What I'm watching...
The only show I'm currently following is The Bachelorette. Though this season is definitely losing my attention rather quickly. I don't like watching one girl hook up with each guy she's dating. Show a little self-respect, Kaitlyn. When you're done reading my What's up Wednesday post, head over to Sheaffer's blog (a co-host) to check out her Bachelorette recap. She is seriously hilarious!

9. What I'm listening to...
America's got Talent is on in the background. I just like to have the T.V. on for some background noise, I don't really watch the show.

10. What I'm wearing...
Currently sitting on the couch in pre-maternity running shorts and an old college t-shirt. Both of which are getting tighter by the day. And oh-so unflattering. But who am I trying to impress?

11. What I'm doing this weekend...
Saturday will finally be a day at home with no plans on the agenda. Then on Sunday, we are driving to my hometown for another baby shower. I can't wait to see my family and celebrate our little guy with everyone. The Hubster gets to hangout with my grandpa during the baby shower so my grandma can attend without any worries. Though my grandpa has already said that he'll get to do what he wants since Khanh sleeps all the time. Hmmm. We shall see.

12. What I'm looking forward to next month...
Our first anniversary is the end of July and I absolutely cannot wait. We will be going to my family reunion the day before our anniversary, so we don't have big plans. I wouldn't mind going to a nice dinner and talking for hours about our first year of marriage and our hopes and dreams for the next 70 years together. I just love and appreciate my husband so very much.

13. What else is new...
I got these sunglasses from Target to take to Cancun next week. I know, my life is so exciting.

14. What I'm doing for the 4th of July...
The Hubby and I will be relaxing on the beach in Mexico. Book in hand. Sunscreen lathered on. Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri in hand.

26 Week Bumpdate

If you're new to my corner of the web, you can use these links to easily get back to previous bumpdates:
Week 23 Bumpdate
Week 24 Bumpdate
Week 25 Bumpdate
Size of the baby: Head of Lettuce – 14 inches long and weighs 1.75 pounds.
Biggest baby development: Eyes are forming and will soon start to open.
Total weight gain: Didn't weigh myself.
Gender: Boy!!
Maternity clothes: I purchased a few summery shirts and dresses from Target's Maternity line.
Movement: Kicking up a storm. It feels like he's doing backflips all day long. He seems to be most active early in the morning when I'm still laying in bed on my side.
Sleep: I have finally been getting decent sleep lately. Those baggy eyes aren't a good look!
Nursery: We finally set up his crib!
Cravings: Anything with cheese.
Symptoms: Acid reflux keeps popping up on a regular basis. Thankfully, Tums works wonders!
Khanh is: excited for his little man to get here. He constantly makes noises and talks to the baby through my belly.
Looking forward to: Seeing family and having my first shower this weekend!
Best moments: Setting up the crib and starting to think about the nursery a little more.
Note: I post these updates at the end of the week, so I am currently in my 27th week.

25 Week Bumpdate

If you're new to my corner of the web, you can use these links to easily get back to previous bumpdates:
Week 23 Bumpdate
Week 24 Bumpdate
 As you can see, we finally hung pictures in the house. These hanging shelves and frames make my heart happy. They hold most of our favorite people all in one place.
Size of the baby: Cauliflower – 13.5 inches long and weighs 1.5 pounds.
Biggest baby development: Nostrils start opening.
Total weight gain: Didn't weigh myself.
Gender: Boy!!
Maternity clothes: Haven't bought anything lately. I do need to go bra shopping and find a maternity bathing suit.
Movement: Little man hasn't been as active this week. I think he's laying really far back, because the kicks don't seem to be as prominent. My mom was able to feel him kick over the weekend....and I'm sure that's all she's talking about this week :)
Sleep: I have been using the Snoogle Pregnancy Pillow which has been a complete lifesaver, but for some reason I've been more comfortable using a regular pillow to support my belly this week.
Nursery: Haven't thought about it. Just the thought of everything we still need for a baby is overwhelming and the nursery door has stayed closed for a few days.
Cravings: Nectarines and chocolate pudding. The green olives have also made a return this week. And I can't stand eggs...even the look of them makes me want to gag.
Symptoms: The leg cramps have started, but PowerAde ZERO has helped a little. My left foot is starting to swell, but I think it's a combination of having foot surgery a few years ago and the pregnancy.
Khanh is: Chubby. *Disclaimer: This is a direct quote from the Hubby himself.* He did send another e-mail shortly after and said he is super excited. I like the first answer better. Haha!
Looking forward to: Two baby showers this month! My Grammie is flying in from Maryland for the first shower and I can't wait to see her.
Best moments: I got to talk to one of my best friends from high school that now lives in Mississippi (Hi Audry!). Even though we can't see each other on a regular basis, it's like distance disappears when we are able to catch up. We also got to see my grandparents on their 62nd Anniversary. Look how adorable they are!

Note: I post these updates at the end of the week, so I am currently in my 26th week.

Two Positive Tests and One Excited Hubby

I woke up one January morning and thought, "hmmm, I haven't had my monthly visit yet." I went on with my day but made sure to stop by CVS Pharmacy after work to pick up a pregnancy test. I read the instruction pamphlet and waited to take the test until the next morning. After peeing on the infamous stick, I set it on the edge of the bath tub and went about my morning getting ready for work. I returned to the bathroom a few minutes later, picked up the stick, and read....Pregnant! I couldn't believe my eyes and I very slowly said, "what the f***." (Sorry, Grandma!) If you know me at all, you know I hardly ever swear and that it's a big deal when I do, so to say I was in shock would be an extreme understatement. I wanted to be sure the test was correct, so I took the remaining test after work. Yup, this one read Pregnant, too. After taking two tests that both read pregnant and after the initial shock subsided, I knew I had to tell Khanh, but he was in Ohio for work and I didn't want to tell him over the phone.
Our 5 year dating anniversary was that weekend, so I decided to do something extra special for him. I went to Target and bought a pack of gender neutral onesies and pants and an elephant rattle. I tied them all together with the pregnancy test on top and put them in a gift bag we had on hand. Khanh's reaction will forever be imprinted in my mind. His voice went up an octave or two and he had the cutest little grin on his face. I can't wait to watch him be a daddy to our little man.
Question of the day: What are some creative ways you told your partner you were pregnant?

24 Week Bumpdate

I hope you enjoy reading these updates as much as I enjoy writing them. I know someday I'll look back and be glad that I can read about what life was like before baby was here. If you're new to my corner of the web, you can find Week 23 Bumpdate here. Now, onto Week 24!
Size of the baby: Ear of Corn – 12.5 inches long and weighs 1.25 pounds.
Biggest baby development: Startle reflexes began developing.
Total weight gain: 14 pounds...and a lot more to gain!
Gender: Boy!!
Maternity clothes: I did find a maxi dress at Target for $13. It isn't maternity, but will hopefully work for me all summer.
Movement: Story time! Baby was kicking the other night so I had Khanh come look at my belly. He decided to place his face right next to my belly. You know, just to make sure he didn't miss the kicks or something. After a few minutes, a leg kicked out from the side of my belly. In the very same blink, Khanh took a step back, eyes widened, and said, "Was that you!" Haha! I don't think I could do that with my belly if I wanted to. Glad he's got a sense of humor, though. Or, am I glad that he finally knows what I have been going through? We will never know the true answer.
Sleep: I haven't been able to get into a deep sleep. Almost every night, I wake up close to an hour before my alarm goes off.
Nursery: We did buy a night stand from Home Goods to use for night time diaper change and feeding necessities. My dad brought an old wooden rocking chair to our house. This thing has been passed down for generations - such a special thing to have for our little guy.
Cravings: Grapes. I ate almost an entire bag by myself this week!
Symptoms: The leg cramps have started. I'll leave it at that.
Khanh is: Constantly telling me how big my belly is. Even though we've had "the talk", he won't stop. At least he doesn't say it with a bad tone. He really does love the way I look now.
Looking forward to: Putting the crib together, picking out paint colors, and my first baby shower!
Best moments: Having our families over for the house warming/gender reveal party. I'm glad they all made the long trek across the state to celebrate with us.

Note: I post these updates at the end of the week, so I am currently in my 25th week.

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The Hubby and I held a Housewarming/Gender Reveal party last weekend. You can watch the gender reveal video below. Baby Dang is a...



We are so excited to welcome our precious baby boy into this world and pray that the rest of my pregnancy goes smoothly and our little one is healthy. Now, the question is, "Who will he look like?"