Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The week of 21.

So yesterday, I turned 21 weeks and my sister turned 21 a couple of weeks ago but we are actually celebrating this it is the week of 21!
I learned that the baby is the size of a pomegranate (which I must tell you I LOVE pomegranates.) Next week she will be a papaya and I don't like papayas, but that's okay.
She is well on her way to being a foot long (10.5 inches) and just imagining her growing is such an amazing experience.

I have started to refer to her as "My Little Mermaid" and she is constantly swimming around and bumping into my innards. Her real name is Gwendolyn Raye. Two names that are very special to both Joseph and I. Gwendolyn was my Mom's mom's name (my grandmother) and she passed away in 1993 from lung cancer. She was always such a driving force in my life.

Raye comes from both my Mom's Dad's name and Joseph's Dad's Dad's name (our grandfathers). My grandfather passed away right before Joseph and I met in 2009. I felt very lucky to have spent the many years I did with him. He taught me to drive and always let me know that he loved me. Joseph's grandpa, known as "Pop" died last year and I feel completely honored to have known him. He always let me know how glad he was to have me in their family. I took to him as I would my own grandfather and he came in my life at a time when I had just lost mine. The spelling of "Raye" comes from Joseph's maternal side of the family where many of the girls have the last name, "Daye" so it works.
Grandpa Pressley and I...yes I am adorable.

Pop and Nonny at a Clemson game
Unfortunately, I don' t have a photo of my grandma (aka Nana) on the computer, but once I get one, I will put it up.

On a different note, Joseph and I went and registered at Buy Buy Baby (which I just found out you can use Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons at the Buy Buy Baby stores!) and Target. While it was fun, it was also exhausting. I am sure I forgot to add things and I am sure I added things that I don't need. Oh well.

How far along? 21 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 2 lbs gained so far (gained 4 but lost 2)
Maternity clothes? All maternity and not ashamed.
Stretch marks? Yep, though they aren't getting any bigger/darker thanks to slathering myself with lotion on the daily.
Sleep: Sleep is getting better, though I can't wait to sleep on my back again. I registered for a Snoogle at Buy Buy Baby...hint hint.
Best moment this week: Feeling my Mermaid kick and squirm! It is such a sweet thing!
Miss Anything? The same things...sushi. Beer. Port wine. A margarita or two...or three.
Movement: The Mermaid is on the move! I am starting to see my stomach move a little
Food cravings: Sushi. Sweets.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still not digging Chinese food...
Have you started to show yet: See the photo above! My midwife said that I am carrying more inside so who knows how big I'll get.
Gender: She is still a girl!
Labor Signs: Not a one!
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? I'm mostly wearing my wedding band and have put my engagement ring aside. Though, I got agitated one day because someone told Joseph that he needed to get me a bigger ring...because I only had my wedding band on. Really? Because the size of your diamond really measures your marriage.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy most of the time. I had a cry-fest one day, over nothing really and I've had one (or two) hormonal outbursts...I am trying to keep those to a minimum.
Looking forward to:  Seeing little Gwen next week for my second ultrasound! I also can't wait until Joseph can fell her swimming around.


  1. Congratulations to both of you! You will both be wonderful parents.

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    1. Thanks, Corey! I am so happy your little one is doing well. I love the updates!

  3. Somehow I missed the part about Gwendolyn being your grandmother's name...blonde moment, I suppose....