12 weeks

It's both hilarious and amazing to me that God created it such that one human being grows another inside of her! So strange if you really stop to think about it! Sean has been incredible so far during this pregnancy -- putting up with my picky eating and making sure I'm comfortable. He has such a big servant's heart -- this baby and I will put it to the test, I'm sure. :) 
How far along: 12 weeks 
Size of baby: A plum - about 2 inches long :)
Gender: The doctor said she would try to look at 15 weeks
Maternity clothes: Not yet. I did try on some maternity clothes at gap yesterday, but it sort of weirded me out. It's still sometimes hard for me to believe I really am pregnant and really will need new pants soon. Luckily I own a lot of dresses and empire waist/oversized tops.
Weight gain: None yet.
Movement: Not yet.
Sleep: Sleeping well. I see some type of body pillow in the near future. I'm sleeping lighter than usual, which is probably good b/c I sleep like a rock normally and that is one of my biggest concerns once baby arrives (that I won't wake up and/or will be very cranky with lack of sleep)
Symptoms: I get tired more easily and sometimes have little cramps. Food aversions are still present, but I think my appetite is starting to pick up some.
Best moment this week: A tiny baby bump has appeared. Others probably don't readily notice it, but it's a fun reminder for me and has helped this pregnancy to feel more 'real' to me.


Custom crib bedding for Caroline

My friends, the Fites, just welcomed a sweet baby girl into their family -- Caroline Reese. Heather asked me to help sew bedding for Caroline and I was more than happy to oblige. 

Heather picked classic colors with a girly twist -- I love the monogram above the crib! The crib skirt and outside of the bumpers are a champagne silk rosette fabric and the inside of the bumper is a cream minky fabric. 

For this one, I actually recovered an old crib bumper, which proved to be much easier and less expensive than the bumper inserts you can purchase at craft stores. As long as the fabrics you are using are thick enough, it really doesn't matter what the bumper looks like.
Heather found that fun light at the Pottery Barn Outlet.

We went with champagne ribbon for the ties (I suggest grosgrain ribbon). Her crib sheet is also from Pottery Barn.

I think someone local made the monogram for her, but they are readily available on Etsy, too. The unique mirror is Kirklands.

Here's Miss Caroline! Heather and Adam are seriously pro parents and are so comfortable taking care of her already! I feel very thankful they are walking this road to parenthood just ahead of Sean and I. 


Baby Huddleston - 175 Beats Per Minute

I'm not sure that I've ever heard a more precious sound than those 175 beats per minute heart tones. I wish I would have recorded it to listen over and over. 

We are very excited to share the news that Baby Huddleston will be here this Spring! 

Here's the quick run down:
  • I told Sean I was pregnant by giving him a pair of baby converse shoes. Appropriate since he grew up wearing them and wore them in our wedding.
  • I'm currently 11 weeks and feeling great
  • I had a couple weeks of nausea, but it was very manageable 
  • We heard the baby's heartbeat today for the first time - precious
  • Another first today: I was called mom for the first time. 
  • We might be able to find out the gender at our next appointment if baby cooperates - just before Thanksgiving.
  • I am beyond excited that one of my dearest friends and mentors, Bronwyn, will be pregnant right along with me. This will be her 6th! :) 
  • My due date is May 9th (did you know less than 5% of babies are born on their due date?)
When we left our appointment today, both Sean and I were relieved and very excited to finally share our news. I have felt very guarded up to this point and am ready to let myself experience the joy of this new life. 

As we walked out of our appointment we helped our friends Adam and Heather load up their brand new baby girl as they left the hospital. It was a great moment to realize that, Lord willing, we will be loading our own new baby in early May!

God is good! I would love your prayers to combat my anxious thoughts throughout this pregnancy.


Turner Family Silent Auction - S/M Razorback Gameday Dress

A couple of weeks ago Matt Turner passed away, leaving his sweet wife Julee and precious little girl Preslee behind. I don't know Julee personally, but some of my dear friends are her besties and I can't even imagine what she's going through. God has been and will continue to be glorified through this event - if you want to read Julee's thoughts, click here.Please keep this family in your prayers as they face some really challenging days and months ahead.

The blogging community has come together to put on a silent auction to benefit Preslee's College Fund and I would love to have a small part in this.

If you want to see a master list of blogs participating in this silent auction, please click here. 
Up for auction this week is a Razorback game day t-shirt dress! You can choose between black, gray or red -- they are a size S/M. Since they have an elastic waist, I would estimate them to fit sizes 4-10 comfortably.
When you win the auction I will contact you to see which color you want!
Here's a pic of me in my similar dress so you have an idea what it looks like. The picture above of the three dresses are the actual ones I have available at this time.
 Starting bid is $20 and bidding increments are supposed to be at least $1. When placing a bid, please leave a comment on this post and include your e-mail address so I can get in touch with you. Retail value is $45 and all proceeds will be sent to Preslee's college fund. The auction will end this Friday. Make sure you check back frequently to see if someone outbid you! Payment will be accepted via PayPal and shipping is available to U.S. residents only. Payment must be received by October 31st.

Thanks for participating!