13 Weeks

I am almost through the first week of the 2nd trimester. Hooray! I still get a little nervous every now and then, but I’m definitely more relaxed than I was during the 1st trimester. We decided to rent a doppler, not just for peace of mind but to enjoy hearing Smudge’s heartbeat whenever we want. We tried using my brother’s stethoscope yesterday, but we couldn’t hear much. Joe said he could hear something very faintly that he likes to think was Smudge, but I know most people say they can’t hear anything at all during pregnancy with a regular stethoscope.

I’m still having the round ligament pain. It’s not comfortable, but it makes me think that it means my uterus is expanding because Smudge is just growing away. I also feel uncomfortable every now and then when I bend over or lean forward. And, it’s hard for my to sleep in any position but my left side. My belly aches if I lay on my right side, and I feel a lot of pressure when I lay on my back.

I’m completely in maternity pants now, and I wore my first maternity shirt last week because one of the few regular shirts I can wear no longer fits. It’s the only way I notice my boobs getting bigger! Haha. I’m in that in-between stage now when regular shirts are getting too tight but maternity shirts are still a little too big.

I’m so anxious for what is to come during this trimester. I can’t wait to see Smudge again on June 19 and see how much she’s grown. I can’t wait to “pop” and finally be obviously pregnant to people who don’t know me, and I cannot *wait* to feel Smudge move. I know it’s too early now, but at night when I’m laying down, I like to put my hand over my belly and see if I can feel anything. I don’t, but it’s still fun to do. There’s so much to look forward to, and I can’t wait to experience it all.

It’s a Girl! . . . Maybe

We don’t even need to know what the gender scan says. Today, we did the ring test and the Chinese Lunar Calendar test, and both came back as girl. And, we all know those are 100 percent accurate. All kidding aside, though, MSN tried out several tests on five pregnant women, and the ring test was accurate for all five, and the Chinese Lunar Calendar test was accurate for four out of the five. However, they said side to side movement means a girl and circular movement means a boy. I’ve always been told the opposite, and that’s what we based our tests on.

We tried the needle test that Connie told me about, and we got differing results. We did it three times and got a boy twice and a girl once. Then, we held the needle over my belly, and it didn’t move. Commence the “I’m no longer pregnant!” freakout. 🙂

I guess in 20 days we’ll likely know for sure!

Pink or Blue?

Three weeks from today we will *hopefully* find out if we’ve got a Smudge or a Smudgette. They seem to think they can tell at 16 weeks. I just hope Smudgie cooperates, unlike our last u/s when it was bopping all over the place.

I have to say, I’m pretty much on the fence about it. I don’t really seem to have a mother’s intuition about what we’re having. Some days I think girl, other days I think boy. Seeing how active it was on the u/s made me think it was a boy because, well, it was just so active. Joe has thought it was a girl since we got our BFP. Now, he thinks it may be a boy. It’s going to be a long three weeks.

For those of you have kids or who are pregnant and know what you’re having, did you have a sense of what it was before you found out, and were you right? Oh, and make sure you vote in our poll on the sidebar! It will be interesting to see what you all think Smudgie is and who is right!

Our First Baby Purchases

HELLO SECOND TRIMESTER!!! I have never been so relieved to have 12 weeks pass by.

Yesterday, I shared the gifts we’ve received for Smudge. Today, I want to show you the things we’ve bought for the baby. It’s so hard to pass things up when they’re so freaking adorable! There aren’t very many gender-generic clothing items, though, so I’ve bought what I could and now have to wait until we find out what Smudge is to do the bulk of my shopping.

The first things we bought were two onesies and the book “Goodnight Moon” on the night of our positive hpt. I know that was super early, but Joe and I always said that the first things we would buy would be onesies, and we just couldn’t help ourselves.

first onesies and book

And, I couldn’t pass up the Braves onesie and t-shirt I found. Now Smudge will really fit in with Mommy and Daddy. Mommy and Smudge can hit the games in their matching Francoeur shirts.

braves clothes

For the night games, we have a sleeper that says “Daddy, is it game time yet?”, and I also found a super cute onesie that our moms will love.

onesie and sleeper

About a month ago, Belk had Christmas onesies and sleepers on sale for like $2 each, so I couldn’t pass that up. The sleeper says “Baby’s First Christmas” and the onesie says “Are these people really my relatives?”

christmas onesie and sleeper

And the answer …

christmas onesie back

I found a super cute duckie sleeper (seriously, check out the footies! too cute!) and a giraffe onesie. The backside is my favorite part.

duck and giraffe onesie and sleeper

giraffe onesie

And, we picked up a couple more books for Smudge. We still have many more books to buy!


I’ve put my shopping on hold until we find out what the sex is. It really hasn’t been too hard since pretty much everything else is gender specific. Three more weeks to go (hopefully!)!


I have received so many gifts from friends and family members for Smudge. I can’t believe how many of my blogger friends sent us things for the baby. I am so humbled and spoiled. I’ve been a little nervous to post pictures of them during the first trimester, but since I am officially in the second trimester tomorrow I figure what better way to celebrate.

Lisanne sent us a pack of diapers, which is awesome because that’s something we’ve talked about stocking up on.


Casey got us the cutest pair of argyle baby socks. They’re so adorable!

baby socks

Connie’s gift totally surprised me. I thought it was the most awesome bodysuit ever. Now I understand why she asked if we’re still calling the baby Lil’ Geek (and we are).

lil geek bodysuit

Liz sent me a wearable blanket and the book “Your Pregnancy Week by Week”. I can’t wait to read it. And, check out the closeup of the top of the blanket. So cute!

wearable blanket

wearable blanket

Our good friends Mike and Suze sent us some cute winter outfits — a hooded sweater and a Christmas bodysuit.

christmas sweater and bodysuit

My parents gave us several things to celebrate the pregnancy — two Christmas onesies, a soft book and a stuffed lamb. Callie fell in love with the lamb when we first brought it home and was a little upset when I took it away, so my mom got her another stuffed animal made from the same material.

van dolson parents' gifts

Joe’s parents gave us the Dr. Suess book “Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?”


Bomma, my grandma, sent Smudge her first Bible. I’ve already looked through it, and it’s really cute.

first bible

Nana, Joe’s grandmother, sent us a box full of baby items — a beautiful blanket, a frog hooded towel, a frog robe, a duckie sleeper that says “Mommy Loves Me” and a duckie onesie that says “Adorable Baby”.

nana gifts

nana gifts

I’m just amazed at everyone’s generosity. It’s only been 13 weeks, and I feel like Smudge is so loved already. She going to be one cuted up little baby!

Marathon Man

Joe is now a marathoner.

He ran the Scenic City Trail Marathon on Raccoon Mountain in Chattanooga yesterday, and from what he said, it was a pretty grueling course. The trail took runners up and down steep hills, stumbling over tree roots and skirting branches that were across the course. I can’t recap the race as well as Joe can, so make sure you head over to his blog.

Joe was super excited when we arrived at the race site, and he wasn’t too nervous. He didn’t do much of a warm-up like he did last year for the half marathon because, as he said, the first 13.1 miles are a warm-up.


Last year, the marathoners started farther up than the half marathoners to make up the correct distance. This year, all the racers started out together. I didn’t really understand why they changed that, but it was good for me because I was able to get pictures of Joe starting out, even though they did turn out blurry.


And then, we waited. I was alone for the first three hours or so until my brother arrived to keep my company. About a half hour later, Joe’s family showed up.


Joe had expected to finish around 12:30 p.m., which would have been a 4:30:00 time, but it ended up taking him longer for several reasons. First, it’s a trail marathon, not a street marathon, and the terrain makes it much tougher which takes a lot longer. Joe said most runners were walking up the hills and then running the downhills and the flat areas. And, since part of the course wasn’t marked like the runners had been told, Joe and a group of other runners went a few miles in the wrong direction before hitting the highway and realizing they weren’t on the right trail.

One of my proudest moments was watching Joe cross the finish line.


The first thing Joe did after finishing was give me a BIG hug. I wore an old shirt on purpose so he could hug me with his sweaty clothes. Then, Joe kissed Smudge through my belly. It was so sweet. While we were waiting, we saw several toddlers run up to their dads after they finished screaming, “Daddy!” and giving them big hugs. It made me smile because it made me think about how next year, we’ll have a 6-month-old watching his or her daddy finish the marathon. And, that was what I thought of when Joe kissed Smudge.

The race results were posted today, and they had Joe listed as finishing last, even though we both knew there were runners behind him. It turns out, 26 out of the 79 registered marathon runners didn’t finish, which is a 67 percent finish rate. That’s means one-third of the marathoners didn’t finish. In fact, Joe said he didn’t see a man he ran with for a while on the list of finishers. Knowing how many racers dropped out makes me so much more proud of Joe for finishing. He’s my hero.