My Maternity photo session


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Bump update: 27-33 weeks


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27 weeks: doing chores and still feeling pretty good.  Heartburn and my “displaced” rib are my major complaints at this point.  Caving in to my frozen yogurt cravings more often than I should.  Cleaning up after all our (5) animals is driving me crazy!
IMG_0133IMG_0083IMG_0054IMG_013028 weeks: still wearing my “old” clothes which means tunics and leggings.  Watching a bit too much tv (Season 1 Bates Motel, Call the midwife) and trying to get comfy at night using at least 2 pillows and sleeping on one side.
IMG_0160IMG_0239For our last Valentines day as a childless couple me and the sweetie went to the Dallas Art museum and then to one of our favorite restaurants in the Bishop arts district for goat cheese taters and other deliciousness.  My “displaced” ribs really started hurting walking around so much, but we made it through the day and enjoyed ourselves.  For some reason I couldn’t sleep at all that night and I had to cancel our plans so I could sleep all day sunday.
IMG_0225Thrifted this blue and red paisley dress for possible baby shower outfit…IMG_0250Wearing comfy denim shirt at 31 weeks…IMG_0307IMG_0292
32 weeks: had my baby shower at my aunt’s in Wisconsin with all my favorite ladies; it was a really special day.  (My lips turned blue after munching on these amazing cake balls my sister made and drinking blue punch). I ended up wearing a really loose horse print tunic with leggings, which did not show my baby bump well, but I was comfy and it was like 6 degrees so I just cared about staying warm.IMG_0367
IMG_040732-33 Weeks: at Ryan’s dad’s wedding ceremony in KY.  I thrifted a $6 Old Navy maxi dress to wear.

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Caught a cold and not sleeping well which is pretty typical when I travel (I’ve had about 5 hours total over 2 days in this photo–Isn’t my husband so handsome all dressed up!).  After all the excitement of seeing both our families in 2 weekends and being exposed to chilling weather, I spent the next week sick with a cold, my first time being actually sick this whole pregnancy (except the nassau during the first trimester). Despite all that yuck, Baby is growing perfectly and my bloodwork is great said my midwife later at our appointment.  We might be expecting a 7-8 pound (healthy) baby in two months!  We are lining up our families for visits and I’m reading some books about baby sleep and breastfeeding.  We are truly excited for him to be here but in the meantime enjoying as much sleep as we can get.  xo Jess

Bump pics: Week 15-27


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DSC_0030IMG_999619 weeks//at my sister’s winter wedding in WisconsinIMG_9991IMG_9990Here he is! We found out he was a boy at 20 weeks in mid-December.  Look at that little profile and that round belly! He was breech at the time and everything looked perfect.26 weeksAt 21 weeks I visited Wisconsin again and had a great family Xmas at my aunt’s (my first since we moved to Texas 6 years ago)..and it was freezing.IMG_9988Still just wearing baggy clothes because I feel big but not hugely pregnant yet..
IMG_9986And almost through the second trimester! Time is really flying by now whereas for the first 5 months it seemed so slow.  I think once I started feeling him kick and move every day (at 20 weeks on the day) makes it feel like he’s really real and this is happening.  Really starting to see the baby bump for what it is now..25weekbumpIMG_0031(Above: 26 weeks) We got another ultrasound at 26 weeks because the first one we got was not at a medically licensed facility (a pregnancy spa) so we didn’t get the full medical report, even though the sonographer did show us that everything was developing and looked great. We chose to get another just to be sure things were still going well and to get the medical report to our midwife.

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Look how much bigger he is already! according to the machines measurements Baby R is growing perfectly and is at about 2 pounds, his femur bone is almost 5 cm long and his head is about 24 cm around.  He was taking a few swallows of fluid in this picture and stretched for us a bit.  A few times he elbowed me on screen and I could feel it too.  I’m so super attached to this  little guy and can’t quite believe we’ll meet him in 13 weeks! (below shot taken Jan. 27) xoxojessIMG_0078

A Birth conference


I discovered a blog called Birth Without Fear when I was about 6 weeks pregnant and learned they were sponsoring a conference in N. Texas within a few weeks, so I signed up.  I already had an idea that I wanted a midwife and a natural, (meaning medication and hospital free) birth but I wasn’t really sure what it all meant.  I knew the conference would have a lot of information that I would use so I was super excited.

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And, I loved it; it was for 2 days and I was able to attend all the lectures and get the swag bag and becco baby carrier (it’s awesome guys, can’t wait to use it right away with baby R!).  I didn’t sign up for the ultimate package which included a massage or other mommy-love treatment, yoga class, and mother circle time because I didn’t stay at the hotel and wouldn’t have made those times.  If I had had a friend with me or had to travel really far I totally would have done the whole thing because it sounded great from what I heard.

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Here’s what I learned about: Your perfect birth space, cloth diapering, Essential oils, chiropractic care, menstrual care, Transitions of motherhood, choices in childbirth, post partum depression, mothering the mother, breastfeeding, massage and maya abdominal therapy, birth and the subconscious, Birth affirmations, Healthy postpartum care and support…doulas, birth centers, baby carrying…it was so great.

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One statement I really liked during the last talk about postpartum care was that in asking others for help, its a sign of being strong!  I don’t think we are taught that enough, we think it’s better to be independent and figure it out on our own-it’s your journey and such and such, but I think we need people and we need to ask people for what we need.

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(look at all the baby wearers! so neat) It was so amazing to be around all these mothers and babies and to be so inspired by the talks.  It was pretty emotional at the very end and everyone was in tears.  I’m so glad that I’ve come to the realization that even though this is my first baby, I feel it’s about time we give thinking about birth a positive spin and stop being afraid of what is so very human and natural.  I’m so grateful I was able to attend this conference before having this baby so I could really engage on this journey of having the birth I want.  If you are interested in any of these topics I would recommend the Birth without fear blog and look into the upcoming conferences they have, it could change your life. xoxojessIMG_9169 IMG_9166 IMG_9164 IMG_9167 IMG_9171

Happy News


So Big announcement today you guys, I’m prego!  We told close family on my visit home when I was 9 weeks; (Actually, true story, they pretty much guessed when I didn’t have any wine at dinner with my parents or at my sister’s shower; so observant they are, I haven’t got a tricky bone in my body ya’ll)!  My hubby wasn’t able to come with me due to his work but he called his family the same day and everyone seemed really happy for us.  I’m 20 weeks in 2 days and we are excited to find out the sex this month (fingers way crossed!).

Everything has gone really well, no sickness at all, just some nassau associated with smells (mostly feet, dog breath, eggs, the thought of raw chicken), heartburn, aversion to healthy foods like salad and green things (I’ve been eating broccoli and cucumbers lately tho), fatigue, and the emotional ups and downs (I teared up watching the Maury show, certain commercials, and a little during the movie Gravity which is seriously amazing).  I pretty much could live on breads, pasta, potatoes, cheese, skittles, pie and ice cream/yogurt for the next 5 months but I try to eat lots of protein too.  I’ve gained 4 pounds so far but I had previously gained like 10 since we got married but a friend told me that weight doesn’t count, humph.  I read for my pre-pregnant BMI I can gain the typical amount of 25-35 pounds.  I’m not trying to gain weight, I’m just waiting for it to happen and I’m totally surprised it hasn’t just piled on just yet due to my new diet. I do exercise when I feel like it, walking our dogs, yoga 1-2 times weekly, and sometimes I weight train with my husband. Otherwise, I’m just enjoying everything that my body is doing and reading a lot.  Since we’re seeing a midwife and planning a drug/intervention-free birth I’m reading tons of birth stories (this blog) and books written by midwives.

My husband and I are simply ecstatic about starting a family together and begin this amazing new journey.  xo Jessica

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Warning: Bragging rights


I don’t know if I’ve talked about my husband’s sweet gig with ya’ll so I’m going to now. Warning insert here: squishy mushy braggy stuff coming up.   I’m super proud and excited for him for releasing his second App since he started his own game development company, Big Cave Games,  a couple years ago.  He works so hard on his games and I know this because he works at home and I see it every day.  It’s not easy developing an entire game and being the creative, business, and development aspects all in one from start to finish.  I just admire his drive and commitment and creativity so much it makes me feel so inspired and so lucky to be married to him.

His first App,” ORC Vengeance“, was released July of 2012, a couple weeks after we got married.  It was his baby and turned out to be a well-recieved game on Apple’s  iPhone store.  It’s an action RPG with stunning graphics and awesome gameplay.  They were even picked to be Editor’s choice, which is a great accomplishment!  You can still get it on the iPhone store for $2.99!
My hubby’s second App (they, a shout out to Andrew-the one other member of Big Cave, worked with a co-developer Scopely) onSkee ball Arcade” and it came out yesterday on the App store and is available on iPhone and android devices for FREE!  (Shameless promotion here:) What I luh-ove about it is that you play against your family and friends in tournaments so it’s much more interactive than just playing a round by yourself.  They also have different Skee ball machines (like a candy one, a basketball one, ect. ect.) that vary in gameplay so each one is totally different in style and how you aim your shots.

Check it out here guys, we will totally appreciate it! (Oh, and as of this writing, it’s at Number 1 top Free apps!!! Sweetness) I can totally see my family playing it all Thanksgiving day and trying to beat my brothers, cousins and our dads!

You can follow me on Facebook for updates, I usually don’t write too much on there but I do “shamelessly” promote my husbands games as well as a random cat or dog picture!’

By the way, Happy Thanksgiving! I’m leaving for a bit to visit family next week and my little sis, I can’t believe it, is getting married, so, when I get back I plan to try much harder to get my blog on again!

Cheers, Jessica