Monday, July 26, 2010

Mama Jen @ 23+ weeks...

Weeks: 24 weeks Thursday

Cravings: I'm just hungry. Chips & salsa have been tasting extra good, frozen snickers are still a hit, and of course....still eating lots of salad! :)

Any foods you don't want? I still haven't eaten a hamburger in quite a while. I eat ground beef in other ways & do fine, but just don't think hamburgers sound too good right now..

Symptoms? She is so much more active now!! People can easily feel her if they put their hand lightly on my belly & we even have seen my belly move several times when she kicks. Typically, when Kyle puts his hand on my belly, she decides to get sleepy. However, this weekend, she was just dancing everywhere and when he put his hand on my belly, within a second or two, she kicked SO hard. He swears he felt her heel. It was amazing for both of us!!!!

Showing: most definitely. Over the last month, I have really popped has my belly button. I have lovingly nicknamed my belly Pinocchio & my mom likes to pretend that it's a door bell. ha

Boy or Girl?
Miss Kinsley Anne Settle

Bought anything? I did go to the Carter's outlet while in Charleston last weekend. I got a onesie (that matched perfectly with some pants I had previously bought), a long sleeved one piece outfit, and a set of hair bows! One of the outfits is below:

Shopping for anything? I'm sort of casually looking for a few wall hangings for the nursery. I am trying to avoid anything themed (not that there is anything wrong with them) but want a few cute items to hang on the wall. Currently her name is above her bed & above her dresser is kyle & my engagement picture with people's messages from our wedding and a decorative sign saying "All because two people fell in love." There are 2 blank walls & I don't want the nursery overdone but I feel like it's missing a few things.

..And the dad to be? He is excited as he has been this whole time. I don't think that will change. He has, like me, really enjoyed seeing her on ultrasound. It's amazing that she can have so much personality bottled up in her 13 ounce body!

Most recent appointment? 6/29 was my 20 week appointment.

Next appointment? Tomorrow! Nothing major..a 24 week checkup. I'll get to hear Miss Kinsley's precious heartbeat which never gets old. I also hope to get antibiotics. I have been congested for weeks & have actually ran a 99.5 temp for at least a week, vomited once, and just felt yuck. I can't breathe from my nose which has caused a new onset of snoring (sorry Kyle!). I am just ready to breathe again (without the help of Afrin which I am no longer able to use because I exhausted the maximum amt that is safely allowed). Anyway, I will update. I think it's just a sinus infection, but convincing them that I need antibiotics while pregnant might not be easy...

Nursery Picture: So, I have been meaning to post a picture. This one is from my blackberry, but it will give you an idea of colors!! The lamp to the left of the crib is sitting on a filing cabinet which we are going to replace with a nightstand. Unfortunately, there was no exact match for our crib/mattress, but I'm sure we'll find something that looks great. I will post more pictures of the nursery from an actual camera :)

Onto non-pregnancy things..
  • Kyle & I have been so busy! We were in Charleston 2 weekends ago for a wedding & it was amazing. Emily looked absolutely gorgeous & I loved all of the details that she put together. Emily loves ruffles so her wedding dress & the bridesmaids dresses had ruffles & were beautiful. The groomsmen (Kyle one of them) wore tan suits, brown loafers, and Lilly Pulitzer bowties. They looked so handsome!!! :) The rehearsal dinner was on Shem Creek, the ceremony was at the Summer Chapel on the Citadel campus, & the reception was at the Daniel Island Club. I must say one of the funniest parts of the wedding was the groomsmen's trip down the aisle to the alter. As soon as they took their first step into the aisle (the point where the wedding planner couldn't stop them), they slapped on these costume mustaches. It got everyone giggling. They all wore them up to greet Dave (the groom) and then once they all were standing at the alter, they took them off so that they wouldn't ruin Emily's pictures. Emily was quite a good sport about it when she heard what they did and just laughed at honestly doesn't surprise me in the least with that funny group of guys. Aside from the wedding, I also did a little shopping, of course we made a stop at the market downtown, and we got to eat at Fleet's Landing as we almost always do. Being back in Charleston is so nice now that Kyle is out of school & has no duties to attend to.
  • We actually did sit outside like the picture above. It was quite hot, but the breeze off of the river was nice & we got to enjoy the view. I highly recommend stopping here for a bite to eat if you are in town!
  • This past weekend, we got to spend time with my family! My parents decided to do something different this year & spend 1 week at a lake & 1 week at a beach. In the interest of trying to make things convenient for my sister & I, they chose to vacation in the Carolinas. This past weekend, they rented a house on Lake Murray. On Saturday, we got into the house, checked out marinas for boat rentals, grocery shopped, and toured a community that my parents are looking at for retirement. Then, we ate in downtown Columbia at the Liberty Tap Room. It was great but the portions were enormous!! Kyle even brought leftovers home...which never happens! Sunday, we rented a brand new pontoon boat and enjoyed an entire day out on the lake. It was very hot & quite humid, so we loved being able to jump into the water every 1-2hours. It stunk to have to say bye to my parents & Nanny Sunday night, but Kyle made it a point to say, "when have we ever been able to say 'See you next weekend!'" I hope one day in the not so distant future, we'll all live close together so that we can see each other more. This coming weekend's adventure is a trip to Surfside Beach.
  • Update on Kyle's grandmother, Nene (said like Ninny): She spent much of last week down at MUSC being evaluated & consulting with multiple people for a heart transplant. Basically, they were trying to see if she was a good candidate. We don't have any answers yet as to whether she will be put on the list or not, but hopefully we will hear back soon. I just hope that talking to those people put her mind at ease as to what the process might entail. I know that living in Charleston for a few months if she had the procedure done would not be optimal, but I guess you do what you have to do!
  • Nate Update: His services are this weekend & I unfortunately do not think I will be flying up to see everyone. I pray that these services are filled with love & laughter, remembering all of the good times we had together. I am still working on the blog post in his memory. I find it hard to accept the fact that he is now gone forever from Earth but I'll get it together one of these days. Just be patient with me! :)
Until next time..
Love, Jen

Kinsley Anne,
Love, your mama & daddy

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