Saturday, November 26, 2011

Mustache Movember...

I stumbled across these amazing little pacifiers on Pinterest...and boy, they are right up my alley! Those of you who know Jacob and I know that our family has a weird obsession with mustaches. These pacifiers will be just the thing for our quirky little family. I might also add that my baby will be wearing these no matter the gender!

Quick Update 1.0

A lot has happened over the past couple of weeks.

First of all, I am 16 weeks now! It just blows my mind how quickly the time has flown by. On Thanksgiving morning, I felt the baby kick for the first time! It was actually quite a jolt and kind of scared me at first, but I have gotten used to it since then. I know it is still a bit early, but I didn't have too much padding on my stomach to begin with so I'm feeling it early (no complaints here).

In other news, I have had some really icky health stuff going on. My blood pressure has been ridiculously high and I was placed on Propanalol on Monday by my doctor. If my blood pressure is not down by this coming Monday, she wants to put me on complete bed rest... EEK! This week called for a lot of relaxation and dealing with the icky symptoms of the medication. I am hoping and praying that by Monday my symptoms will start going away, because this girl would not be a happy camper on bed rest! On top of the horrible head aches, the severe cramps, and spotting, I would say this has been quite the interesting pregnancy.

On top of all this, I learned that if you have high blood pressure throughout the entire pregnancy, it is not likely you will be able to deliver vaginally. With Pre Eclampsia, C-Sections are very common because the mom's blood pressure is likely to raise even more during labor. This was very sad news for me, because I have really been looking forward to a completely natural birth. I shed a few quick tears over this one. I guess it's just all the more reason to make sure I take care of my body and get better soon!

My Hubby has been quite amazing throughout this whole thing. I just can't believe how supportive he is...and he has been so willing to take on extra tasks around the house just so I can get more rest and sleep. He makes sure to always look out for, making sure I am eating enough, drinking enough water, and taking relaxing baths. What a sweetheart!

I have still only gained 4 pounds. I was a little bit nervous about this and asked my doctor how much most women gain by 16 weeks (I was reading somewhere that most women are in maternity clothes by 14 weeks--not me!). She said I have nothing to worry about and that people's bodies change at completely different rates in completely different ways. However, it is about that time for me to start gaining 1 pound a week. I am making sure I eat healthy, protein-filled foods every two or three hours, and have even started throwing in a little snack before bed.

That's my update for now. Our anatomy scan is set for December 5th...I can't wait to find out what we are having!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


After my last post, I figured everyone might want a little bit of a pick-me-up! I have been poking around my favorite site ever (pinterest) and found some pictures of some adorable little ones. I would be happy if my babies looked anything like this. Enjoy!!

Hormonal Pregnant Lady

People always told me to beware of the "hormones" during pregnancy. They told me that I would be on an emotional roller coaster, and that Jacob would be in for the ride of his life! Boy, I was not expecting those people to be SO right. My emotions lately have been absolutely bizarre--feelings I didn't even know existed!

I feel bad for Jacob, because I honestly don't know if he knows how to handle them. Unfortunately for him, he is probably the only person I really share my feelings with, so he sort of gets dumped on in a sense. I am lucky to have a very patient husband, but I am sure he is still confused and probably annoyed.

I feel confused too...but I think that is just one of the MANY emotions I have been experiencing lately. The past couple days have been really hard, probably for both of us. I don't really know how to what to do with these emotions, or in what pocket of my brain to place them. They make me feel sad and overwhelmed.

Part of the mega multitude of wacky emotions is stress. This has been an absolutely crazy couple of months for me. I am trying to juggle managing a coffee shop full time, going to school full time in my final semester, participating in an internship, and being a part of my church's worship team. On top of that, I still need to be a good wife and a good mommy to the baby inside of me. It is harder than I ever thought it would be, and it is even harder to look after my health. My husband keeps telling me I need to let something go, but I feel that the commitments have already made and it is too late for me to back out.

I am not writing for a pity party...I am fully confident that I have a great support system. My husband is my rock, BOTH of our families are amazing, and I have some great friends who I know would always be there for me. It's just been a hard couple weeks. I know it's all part of the process, and I guess that's why I am sharing it on my blog. It's a part of the journey I am on. Thanks for reading. :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

2nd Trimester Love

I think I am falling in love with this baby....It's about time!
My hubby and I have ALWAYS been excited, but it is hard to feel love for something that doesn't really seem to exist yet. Now that my bump is showing more and more now, and that our ultrasound pictures show what looks like a REAL BABY, I can't help but love the little human growing inside of me. I have even caught myself affectionately rubbing my tummy lately--something I swore I would never do!

I also have been reading up a storm...I can't get enough pregnancy information inside my brain! I have always been a big reader and have a rather [unhealthy] habit of collecting lots and lots of books. Reading also helps me love my baby more and more. For example, I just found out that our baby already has his or her fingerprints! Not even 14 weeks along yet, and the little baby has something that sets it apart from every other baby out there... NEAT! Our baby is also now the size of a clenched fist... as I look down at my own clenched fist, I can't help but think how big that is. That thing is inside of me?????

I know this isn't the longest or most exciting update, but it's all I have for now! Big and exciting post coming tomorrow! :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Things They are 'a Changin'...

What an incredible journey this has been! I can't believe it is time to enter into the second trimester...I swear it has been a whirlwind!
On Monday we had our 12 week ultrasound and we were both speechless with what we saw. :) My mom came with us, and she was thrilled to see baby Sipes wiggling around as well. His or her profile is just so perfect, and I couldn't help but tear up when saw it was sucking its thumb! How precious! :)

Our baby has been doing a ton of growing. He or she can now open and its fingers and toes, and has the ability to suck on its fist or fingers. He or she is now around 3 inches in length, around the size of a lemon! I can't believe that at our first ultrasound they said our baby was the size of a grain of rice! :)

A lot of changes have been going on in my body too. It has been so magical to watch my body transform, making room for the healthy, growing baby inside of me. One funny thing is that my belly button is already so tight and hard, I swear it is going to pop out any second now! I have still only gained 4 pounds, but it is definitely all in my tummy. :)

Jacob and I went to a Halloween party this weekend and it was so crazy seeing everyone all dressed up! Some people really go all out for Halloween, and I can't help but get a kick out of all the crazy costumes. He was a "sexy" fireman. He told everyone he was Mr. September 2007, it was pretty hysterical.

We are both just so happy right now. I can speak for myself and say that this is probably the happiest I have ever been in my life. I am so happy with where we are at, and can't wait to see what else God has in store for us. He seems to have a sense of humor sometimes..

Talk to you all later!