Baby Girl Watson {what i’m reading}

There are literally thousands, upon thousands of books on pregnancy and babies.  I have friends that made the decision to read ZERO books and then there are friends that are reading every book they can get their hands on.  I’m trying to fall somewhere in the middle and I have decided to read six books related to pregnancy and how to adapt to life once baby arrives.  I did some research before biting the bullet and buying any books (well, there’s one exception) and feel that these books will best prepare me (but then again, I don’t think anything really prepares you).

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting   

This is the one book that I bought IMMEDIATELY upon finding out I was pregnant.  I think it’s just one of those books that almost every pregnant woman (93% to be exact) has bought or borrowed.  I reference it weekly for regular updates but I’ve also referenced it for moments when I was unsure or feeling a little uneasy.  I must say that I have been so lucky and have not experienced half of what is in the book but it’s a good reference book.  Another reason I like this book is because it doesn’t try to scare you (I know my life is about to change, thankyouverymuch) and it doesn’t make assumptions that end up making you feel like a failure.  This is not a book that I’m making Big Guy read, by the way.

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Real Food for Mother and Baby

This is a great book if you’re pregnant but it’s also a great book if you’re trying to get pregnant.  Y’all – so many people want to tell you what to eat and what not to eat and what’s going to happen if you don’t listen to them.  And it drives me nuts.  This book breaks down what nutrients your body needs during each trimester of pregnancy (and for fertility).  I actually typed up a list of the foods/food groups that are most important for each trimester and it’s hanging on the fridge.  Again, this is not a book I wanted Big Guy to read.

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Bringing Up Bébe

This book is written by an American woman living in Paris who wants to understand why French children are more well behaved than American children and how French women got their children to sleep through the night within several weeks after birth.  I loved this book and read it in a matter of days.  This book basically makes me want to pack my bags and move to France.  I definitely plan on trying some of the techniques mentioned in the book, like “the pause.”  This book will make you question has you view children and I will say that this is a book I wanted Chris to read.  I went through and highlighted the important pages and parts in hopes that he’ll read them.

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The Happiest Baby on the Block

I picked up this book last week after hearing that it’s full of tips and techniques on calming your baby.  I also know that I’ll be asking Big Guy to memorize the five S’s that are found in the book (apparently the most important part of the book).  I’ll be honest and say that the only thing I don’t like about this book is that they recommend a baby bassinet that costs close to a thousand dollars.  Clearly we are not going that route but I’m hopeful to learn a thing or two from the book.

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On Becoming Baby Wise:  Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep

I bought this week last week after hearing multiple new moms talk about how this book taught them to put their baby on a schedule.  Ya’ll know I thrive on having a schedule and I’m praying this book helps.  I started reading this book yesterday and I’m halfway done already – with lots of underlining.  Apparently if you are able to get your baby on a daytime schedule, the nighttime schedules follows naturally.  Once again, I know all babies are different and I 100% expect sleepless nights.  However, if this book makes me more comfortable going into motherhood, then I’m going to give it a try. And yes, Big Guy will be reading parts of this book.

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How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids.

Last but not least, a fun yet informative book.  Once again, I’ve heard multiple new moms share how much they loved this book and I think it’ll be entertaining.  I’ve yet to buy the book but it’s sitting in my cart online.  I have no doubt that our marriage will change from where it is now once Baby Girl Watson enters our world.  But I also have no doubt that it’s going to be some of the most amazing changes.  Over and over again I stress to Big Guy the importance of putting our marriage before our baby because if our marriage is in a good place, our parenting will be a thousand times better.  I don’t plan on asking Big Guy to read this one but I’m sure I’ll be sharing what I learn with him.

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Baby GIRL Watson {weeks 14 – 18}

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Can you believe it?  We’re having a baby girl.  We are beyond excited to be adding lots of pink to our life in the coming months.  Our gender reveal party yesterday was everything I wanted and more with the only mishap being a missing cake topper (still not sure where that ended up…).  We had everyone pick “football” or “flamingo” as their guess and I think it was pretty even.  Obviously we were praying for healthy over anything else and cannot wait to meet Baby Girl Watson.

And while we’re talking baby, here’s a look at the past few weeks of pregnancy:

Week 14 {Peach}:  I started to have a few mild headaches especially in the afternoons.  Thankfully they never got too bad.  Excitement was building over home renovations as well as knowing I had appointments at 16 and 18 weeks.

Week 15 {Orange}:  Starting to feel a little “thick” around the middle.  Anxious about upcoming appointments but feeling really good.

Week 16 {Avocado}:  Still having vivid dreams and starting to get a “baby bump.”  I’ve had zero weight gain thus far (woot woot) and loved being able to hear the heartbeat at my 16-week visit.  So far I’ve bought three maternity items:  leggings, a sweatshirt and a t-shirt.

Week 17 {Pomegranate}:  New symptom:  “pinching” in my lower abdomen which must be stretching.  Baby Watson went to his/her first ECU football game and didn’t seem to bring much luck (hah!).  No cravings or aversions this week.

Week 18 {Artichoke}:  BIG WEEK!  On Thursday I went in for the anatomy scan and at this point Baby Watson looks healthy and happy.  SHE  is quite photogenic according to the ultrasound tech.  She’s measuring normal and I am so relieved that all seems to be going well thus far.  I had a little nervousness and anxiety since we didn’t find out the gender until Sunday surrounded by family but I did have TWO dreams that it was a baby girl.  I am still fitting into most of my pre-pregnancy clothes though some items just aren’t comfortable (too tight!) around the waist anymore.

As we enter into week 19, I can’t believe that we’re almost halfway through the pregnancy.  I continue to be thankful for my health and that I’ve “had it easy” so far.  Praying that I continue to have a healthy pregnancy and that Baby Girl Watson continues to be healthy and develop normally.

 

Baby Watson {Weeks 4 – 13}

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In case you missed it – Our Announcement!

The past ten weeks have been full of praying, anxiously awaiting appointments, secrets, early bedtimes, afternoons full of exhaustion and grapes.

Today is the beginning of our second trimester.  It’s crazy to think that a baby will be here in six months.  We found out I was pregnant on May 30 (my Momma’s birthday) and despite the fact that we had been trying to have a baby we were still shocked.  Like heart beating out of my chest shocked.  But we are incredibly excited as well as petrified about being parents.  Before I even get to the recap of the first three months, let me say that I have been extremely lucky and really cannot complain about this pregnancy.  I am blessed.

Week 4 {Poppyseed}:  As soon as we found out I was pregnant, I started keeping a “journal” so I won’t forget the small details about this journey.  The main symptom this week:  extreme thirst.  We also broke down and told two of our friends in town because of social commitments.  It honestly felt so good to tell someone.

Week 5 {Apple Seed}:  Refusing to get too excited because the risk of miscarriage scared me so much.  I did buy three books and “better” prenatal vitamins (I started taking prenatal vitamins in December.  Upon a little research, I found some sources that say taking prenatal vitamins for three months before getting pregnant helps lessen morning sickness – I’m a believer!).

Week 6 {Sweet Pea}:  We told my parents because well, I just couldn’t keep it from them and we were with them for my brothers wedding weekend.  Feeling super tired, and almost “hung over.”  One incident of “nausea” while cooking sausage.

Week 7 {Blueberry}:  Increased dizziness; weird dreams; and increased hunger (started adding in a small mid-morning snack).  Started loving grapes and really missing wine.

Week 8 {Raspberry}:  Incredibly tired in the afternoon/evening.  Increased bloating and no desire to plan or cook dinner.  No strong aversions and continued having vivid dreams.

Week 9 {Grape}:  Feeling bloated, as if I can’t suck in.  Grapes have never tasted so good and I had a craving for pepperoni pizza while we were at the beach.  No aversions, but my beloved salmon doesn’t sound so appealing.

Week 10 {Olive}:  Finally had a visit at the doctor though it was only informational as well as the appointment where they draw lots and lots of blood.  Looking forward to my next appointment in two weeks when I’ll get to hear the heartbeat.  Started becoming restless at night so we bought me a Snoogle (aka the BEST purchase of my life).  I have not had a bad nights sleep since my Snoogle arrived.  I had a craving for grilled cheese and raw veggies gave me an increased feeling of bloating.

Week 11 {Lime}:  This week I experienced a small scare but that scare had a silver lining – an ultrasound.  Unfortunately Big Guy was out of town but it was such a relief to see Baby Watson – I finally felt pregnant and could accept that I was pregnant.  Baby Watson had a heartbeat of 170 so I’m convinced it’s a girl (don’t worry, I’ll be happy with either – I’m praying for a healthy baby).  The baby was moving so much during the ultrasound and sharing the pictures with Big Guy was probably a highlight of the past several months.  This week I had lots of bloating and found myself really wanting nachos.  Chinese/Japanese flavors in cooking did not excite me at all.

Week 12 {Plum}:  My 12-week appointment and we were able to hear the baby’s heartbeat.  No bloating this week – woot woot!  Seeing a small change in my stomach and I’m sleeping so well.  We finally were able to tell all our family and friends and it was the best feeling ever.  Such an exciting time.  We were overwhelmed with the amount of prayers and well wishes we received.

Week 13 {Lemon}:  Still having vivid dreams.  In the morning I wake up and my stomach looks “normal” but as the day progresses, I get more bloated looking and almost a rounding of my belly.  Anxious to find out if we are having a boy or girl (September!).  And I continue to worry about miscarriage especially now that everyone knows our news.  We also made two “huge” decisions – who our pediatrician will be as well as what stroller we want.

And here we are at week 14 – AKA “Peach.”  I know that the next three months will fly by so I’m trying to embrace all the changes and savor the excitement.  I can’t wait to share our “reveal” next month.  Your continued prayers for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby are always welcome.