Show Us Your Life Friday — Wedding Dress

I saw this fun thing started by Kelly on a few blogs, so I thought I’d participate. You know me, I love showing off pictures, especially when they’re of my wedding, even though it’s been almost three years now!

Let me start off by saying that I absolutely loved my wedding dress. I was *so* excited about going wedding dress shopping, and my mom and went in January even though my wedding wasn’t until September because I had been told it would take several months for the dress to arrive.

The only store we went to was David’s Bridal, and I ended up buying the second dress I tried on. I just knew it was the one as soon as I saw myself in it. It was the perfect dress for me. And, I ended up buying it off the rack, so I didn’t need to wait for it to be shipped. Whoops! I have to say, I was pretty stressed out that it wouldn’t fit by the wedding, so I tried it on every day just to make sure I wasn’t gaining weight. Plus, I just loved wearing it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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You can’t see it very well, but it has beading on the top. My veil had the same type of beading.

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I didn’t want a long train.

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Leave me a comment, and let me know if you participate. I’d love to see your dresses!

21 Week Ultrasound

It’s been two days since our most recent ultrasound, and I have yet to post about it. That’s not really like me, but I’ve been pretty busy and tired lately. Our visit went great, though. It was the first time there was absolutely nothing wrong. We kept waiting for something to happen, but apparently Lucy is doing quite well. She’s measuring on target; weighs 14 ounces; and has all her organs, two arms and legs, 10 fingers and toes, and one head. Hooray! Oh, and did I mention the clot is gone? Because it is. I hadn’t really thought much about it, but knowing it’s no longer there is a big relief.

The one downside was my big weight gain, which I’m chalking up to the fact that I was on vacation and probably didn’t watch what I was eating as much as I should have. I’m trying not to be too concerned though because up until this point, I’ve had very normal weight gains. I’m hoping that will all fall back into place.

Wednesday was bittersweet because it was likely our last ultrasound at our OB’s office — unless something goes wrong again, which we’re definitely hoping doesn’t happen. And now, here are some pictures of our adorable baby girl.

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Is it just me or is her head super big still?? And, yes, I know she has a big belly. The sonographer even laughed about it. It’s her buddha belly. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Here she is pumping her fist because she’s so freaking cute.

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Is that a yawn or is she saying, “Moooooooom”?

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Waving at mom and dad?

I still can’t believe I’m already at 21 weeks — well, now it’s about 21 1/2 weeks. I booked our 3D/4D ultrasound appointment today, and we’re picking out which childbirth class we want to go to. I can’t believe the time for those is coming up in about 7 weeks. That will go by so quickly! I guess it’s time to get cracking on the nursery, huh?

Maternity Portraits

Joe took the first set of my maternity portraits during our beach vacation. I thought it would be fun to do a shoot halfway through the pregnancy and a second set at the end of the pregnancy. I think they turned out great, despite the fact that I’m not a great smiler. ๐Ÿ™‚ And really, do I look super huge for 20 weeks?? I know I shouldn’t compare myself to others, but it’s hard not to, so I feel like I look huge!

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And, of course, I had to make sure we left a little piece of Lucy at the beach house.

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I’m nervous to see just how much bigger I’ll get by the time we take the second set of pictures. Joe can already barely put his arms around my belly now!

New Title

I want to change the title of my blog to reflect pregnancy/motherhood. However, I’m having a tough time coming up with a cool new name. That’s where you all come into play! Do you have any suggestions? If you do, leave them in the comments and help me from going insane from lack of creativity!

20 Weeks — The Halfway Point

Yesterday was the 20-week point in our pregnancy. I celebrated with swollen feet. And, when I say swollen I mean so puffy they were incredibly painful and it was hard for me to walk. Today, they’re less painful when I’m sitting down but still hurt quite a bit when I walk. I’m spending the day on the couch with them propped up, which actually works out great since there’s a monsoon going on outside. Not optimal beach time. ๐Ÿ™‚

I wonder how much of the swelling is from the pregnancy and how much is from other factors like, say, the sunburn I got on my feet and the fact that I twisted my right ankle. However, since my whole feet are swollen, I have to think that it’s not from twisting my ankle.

So, yes, I’m starting out the second half of this pregnancy feeling quite attractive. On the bright side, I have a pretty good excuse to wear flip flops to work. ๐Ÿ™‚

In other baby news, I have been feeling Lucy moving around a lot more. I haven’t felt anymore kicks, but I feel more flutters during the day than I used to. It’s a lot of fun, and it always makes me smile. I can’t wait to feel kicks that are unmistakably kicks. Until then, I’m quite happy feeling her little flutters and being reminded at how awesome it is that there is a little life growing inside me.

Tiny Kicks

Just a day before I turn 20 weeks, I felt Lucy’s first little kicks. Last night around 10:30 p.m., we listened to her heartbeat with the doppler, and she was constantly wiggling around. I could feel her fluttering all over. Then, I felt three little pangs like someone flicking me with a finger, which I’m assuming was her kicking. It was crazy because she’s never moved around like that before at night, even when we listen to her with the doppler. It was pretty cool. I even thought I could feel one of her kicks with my hand on my belly, but it might have been just because I was feeling her from the inside because Joe didn’t feel it.

I don’t feel a lot of movement during the day. I think she sleeps then. But now, I’m anxious to see what I feel at nights. I’m hoping I’ll start feeling more and more movement. I can’t wait … even if I lose some sleep from it!