Sunday, June 30, 2013

{19 weeks}

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 19 Weeks, 4 days
Size of baby: According to babycenter, Carson weighs about 8.5 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom, about the size of an heirloom tomato. At our appointment on Friday, he weighed in at 12 ounces. :o) 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 8 pounds!
Maternity Clothes: Still rocking my maternity shorts & a few shirts.
Gender: BOY! Carson Timothy!
Movement: Yep! Feeling lots of little kicks. John T. finally felt him last Wednesday night! 
Food Cravings: Potato chips, ICEEs, chicken salad, trail mix (anything sweet & salty)
What I miss: Not a thing!
Sleep: Sleeping great, but I have crazy dreams every single night...I have also been waking up feeling like I am about 100 years old, but once I get up I am fine. My body is just stiff in the mornings.
Symptoms: Hunger! 
Best Moment this week: Seeing Carson on his anatomy ultrasound on Friday. He definitely put on a show for us! ;o) & registering for gifts! So fun!!
What I am looking forward to: Eating lots of yummy food this week! We have two 4th of July cookouts, and I am really looking forward to them! Also, hitting the half-way point on Wednesday! 20 weeks! It's so hard to believe!

We hope everyone has a safe & happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

{18 weeks}

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 18 weeks, 5 days (in this pic, taken 6/24/13)
Size of baby: Head to rump, baby Armes is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and weighs almost 7 ounces.
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 8 pounds 
Maternity Clothes: Still loving my maternity shorts, and & few shirts!
Gender: It's a BOY!!! Carson Timothy Armes!
Movement: Yes! Finally feeling little thumps & nudges every now & then...mostly when I sit at my station at work or when I'm lying down.
Food Cravings: frozen grapes, chips & salsa, ICEEs & anything sour
What I miss: Not a thing!
Sleep: Sleeping great, still loving the Snoogle pillow! 
Symptoms: Hunger! 
Best Moment this week: Our gender reveal party! It was so fun to tell everyone that Baby Armes is a BOY!
What I am looking forward to: Our 20 week ultrasound appointment this Friday! (I will be 19 weeks, 2 days then!)

Monday, June 17, 2013

{17 weeks}

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 17 weeks, 1 day (in this pic, taken 6/13/13)
Size of baby: Baby Armes weighs 5 ounces now (about the size of a turnip), & he/she is around 5 inches long from head to bottom. {we were told at our ultrasound on Tuesday that baby weighs 7 ounces!}
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 7 pounds 
Maternity Clothes: Still loving my maternity shorts, and I wore my capris for the first time this week! Loved them!
Gender: WE KNOW!!! ...but we're not telling until our gender reveal party this Thursday! SO excited to share with our family & friends!
Movement: Yes! Finally feeling little thumps & nudges every now & then...mostly when I sit at my station at work or when I'm lying down.
Food Cravings: frozen grapes, chips & salsa, M&Ms, anything sweet & salty!
What I miss: Not a thing!
Sleep: Sleeping great, still loving the Snoogle pillow! 
Symptoms: Hunger! I cannot get enough food & my fatigue creeped back in...but I think it is probably due to me working my booty off!
Best Moment this week: Finding out what Baby Armes is!!! 
What I am looking forward to: Our gender reveal party on Thursday! Also, my best friends' Amber & Tim's {twin} gender reveal party tomorrow night! Loving all these babies!!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

{16 weeks}

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 16 weeks
Size of baby: He/she is the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. {since I had an avocado, I thought it would be funny to have it in the pic, too!} :o)
Total Weight Gain/Loss: According to my scale, 4 pounds. I'll be able to tell for sure at my next appointment. 
Maternity Clothes: Still loving my maternity shorts!
Gender: We don't know yet, but we can't wait to find out!
Movement: Nothing too strong yet, but when I lay down, I feel what I think may be movement. I've also been feeling the butterfly feeling, especially when riding in the car or if I stay in one position for too long.
Food Cravings: frozen grapes, chips & salsa, M&Ms, chicken salad
What I miss: Not a thing!
Sleep: Sleeping great, still loving the Snoogle pillow! 
Symptoms: Hunger! I cannot get enough to eat. I am also so sore from working the past two days! ha! I went from doing nothing for a week at the beach to going nonstop for 10 hours! I'm hoping I can get out of bed in the morning!
Best Moment this week: Having people notice the bump for the first time, ordering our glider & having our crib delivered! We were so happy to get it so fast!
What I am looking forward to: This second trimester. I am feeling wonderful & loving being pregnant!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

{vacation: days 8-9}

Friday, May 31
Today was one of our last beach/pool days, so we tried to make the most of it! The red flag was out again, and the waves were really, really high!

After the beach, lunch & pool time, we went to dinner at Chili's & then had frozen yogurt at our favorite spot in Destin, Twirl.

We did a little shopping at Big Lots (so exciting, I know!) & Ulta and then came back to take a walk on the beach.

I bought this super blender sponge at Ulta, and I really like it. I have been wanting to try the original Beauty Blender, but I didn't really want to pay the price for it. This one was only $4.99!

Saturday, June 1
We woke up this morning, had breakfast & headed straight to the beach! We stayed out a little later than normal because we knew today would be our last day until next year! (so excited that we will be bringing baby Armes then, too!)

{side note: I am loving the BeautifulMess app!}

We ate lunch at McDonald's (my gross craving attacked!), & I downloaded another book to read by the pool: My Reality. I will probably have it finished by the time we get home tomorrow. It is really good! I am a big Melissa Rycroft fan!

I love that I have time to read when I'm on vacation. I finished Baby Wise in two days. It was SO good, & I am looking forward to putting it to good use once baby Armes arrives!

After we came in from the pool, we had dinner at Longhorn, made a last Target run, made a trip to the Donut Hole for Sunday morning breakfast & then took a walk on the beach. We're all packed & ready to head back to Tennessee in the morning. We had a wonderful vacation & great start to summer! I loved spending every single day with my bestest friend! 

{vacation: days 5-7}

Tuesday, May 28
Tuesday started out a little differently. We decided to take a little drive to the mall in Mary Esther because they had an Old Navy with a maternity section! I was on the search for some cute capris & found some! whoop!

After Old Navy, we went to the Hard Rock Cafe for lunch. We both got BBQ, & it was really good!

We headed to the beach around 1:00 & then to the pool for the rest of the afternoon. We just hung out at the condo & had sandwiches for dinner.

Wednesday, May 29
The ocean was raging this morning! The red flags were out & we were told not to go in the ocean unless we were knee/waist deep. 

There was also a purple flag out to be on the alert for marine life that may wash on shore. We started looking & these little jellyfish were everywhere! They were pretty, but that's about it! I have a huge fear of jellyfish!

After the beach & pool, we got ready to eat dinner at Pompano Joe's. We've been coming to Destin for years, but this was our first time eating here.

The view from our table:

After eating, we went to see a movie at Destin Commons & shared a yummy white cherry ICEE! Yum!

If that wasn't enough, we stopped by the Donue Hole on the way back to the condo! I got a caramel cupcake & John T. had two donuts!

Thursday, May 30
I woke up starving at 5:00 a.m. this morning, so I got up, ate a yogurt & fell back to sleep on the couch watching a Baby Story. :o) My growling belly woke me up again at 7:00, so I had some peanut butter & crackers & a banana. must be having a growth spurt because I have not been able to get enough food, very similar to the first few weeks of my pregnancy! It was super windy when John T. woke up, so we decided just to do a little more shopping instead of going to the beach/pool. 

We started out at the Outlet mall again, and then we headed to one of my favorite places in Sandestin, the Boulevard. It is a super nice & quiet shopping area that has one of our all time favorite restaurants: Cantina Laredo. YUM! Baby Armes (& I) were so excited about some real chips & salsa & tacos!

I was so excited & surprised to see that an Altar'd State had been built across from CL since last summer. I found a cute dress & some new jewelry. LOVE that store & all they stand for. 

We had a pretty relaxed afternoon...we ate dinner at Chick Fil-A & ordered our crib for Baby Armes' nursery! So exciting!

{vacation: days 2-4}

Saturday, May 25
We woke up Saturday morning, ate breakfast and headed to the beach!

I downloaded my beach read for the week!

 Love, love, love my hat from ella minnow pea! My scalp always burns, and it helps so much to prevent that & it's super cute, too!

The beautiful Emerald Coast waters...doesn't get any better!

I traded my SPF 15 tanning oil spray for this! Surprisingly, I have tanned better using this than I ever did with the spray. I love this stuff & haven't burned at all so far!

Love my beach babe!

After the beach, we came in & had sandwiches. Then, we went to the pool for an hour or so. That evening, we went for dinner at John T.'s favorite place, Bubba Gump's. He loves this place! We shopped a little afterwards at the Destin Commons, Old Navy & Target. I got a cute pair of maternity shorts from Target that I am super excited about! They are so comfy! We took a walk on the beach when we got back & called it a night!

Sunday, May 26
My 27th birthday! WhOoP wHoOp! :o)
I love birthdays, whether it be my own or someone else's, I just love them! I absolutely love spending my birthday at the beach...this is the second year that I have!

We started this morning with breakfast again & then to the beach! It was a great way to start my morning...

OH! and before we headed down to the beach, I opened my free b-day gift from Sephora. I had been wanting to try both of these products for a while now, and I really like them! The mascara lasts forever!

Back to the beach...our little setup for the day. :o)


We did our same routine of beach, lunch, pool & then we went to dinner at The Back Porch, both of our favorites in Destin!

The beach view from our table

Crossing the bridge going back to Ft. Walton Beach...we always love to see all of the boats out for the Memorial Day weekend.

We went to Bippy's by the Beach for frozen yogurt! Yum!

Monday, May 27
Happy Memorial Day!

Today started out like the other two...breakfast.beach.lunch.pool!

This picture sums up our day/night:

We ate dinner at Fudpucker's. There is a new one in Ft. Walton Beach, & we went to it. I had the best salad I have ever had! SO good! & I always love to get a souvenir cup! We hit up the outlet mall next, which is always something we look forward to. I am so thankful for the brave men and women who have fought or are fighting now for these freedoms we enjoy. THANK YOU!

We made our 4th trip to Target (in 4 days) on our way back. What can I say, I LOVE Target! ;o)

When we got back to the condo, I sat out on our little patio & had some chips & salsa & a bomb pop! A sweet end to a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!