24 Week Update

I had my 24 week check-up last week. Things went very well – my weight was good, Lil Bean’s heart rate was nice and strong, my belly was measuring on par. Even better, my mom was able to accompany me on this visit. It was great having her there to snap a few photos and to record the sound of the heartbeat, even if she did get a little teary-eyed (more than once). I followed that appointment up with an eye doctor appointment (my eye’s were good), a car inspection (my car was good), and lunch with my mom (lunch was good).

It’s weird to look at pictures of my stomach and see how much it is poking out. Especially when it seems like I am mostly belly so far. I just hope that our Lil Bean has plenty of room in there! Some days it really feels like he is flopping around trying to get comfortable.

My lower bank had been hurting earlier in the week but I’m blaming that one being mostly sedentary at work. I’ve been making more of an effort to get up from my chair and take a longer walk when I go and get water. I think that’s really been helping. I also switched out my chair at work to something a little firmer.

My next appointment (in 4 weeks) will be for the Glucose Test. My mom had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with me, but even taking that into consideration, I believe that she had a pretty easy pregnancy and delivery when compared to others. I’m not looking forward to drinking the liquid beforehand but plan on getting it nice and cold.

My next appointment will also be quite the milestone because I’ll be entering my third trimester! I cannot believe how quickly this pregnancy has been flying by. I’ve been blessed so far at how things have gone and our Lil Bean will be here before we know it.

And simply because I haven’t posted a picture of my girls since changing up the blog – here are the ladies! It stormed pretty bad this past Wednesday so I decided to let them run around outside of the coop (3 chickens pictured, we have 4). They enjoyed their freedom even if they had to battle against the wind. Yes – the chicken on the right is wearing a Superman cape. She’s been bullied and is missing some back feathers so we got her a saddle cover to hopefully help the feathers grow back.

In the past few months that she has been wearing her cover, she has had only one feather grow back. I think we just might have a chicken with a bald patch. Oh well – she’s still laying at least!

Yes to Tomatoes 2-Step Nose Kit: Buh-Bye Blackheads [Review]

I’ve been pretty fortunate throughout the years that I’ve never really had issues with my skin. Even now, being pregnant, I’ve been able to use the same cleanser that I’ve used for the past year or so. Every now and then (especially during the winter), my skin will start to look dry and thirsty so I’ll perk it up with a sugar scrub and a moisturizer, but that’s rarely.

One thing that I love to do for my skin on a regular basis (meaning every 4 months or so) are those nose strips that are supposed to help remove black heads. I love those things and it is so freaky to see what sort of gunk the strips pull out. I think of it as a mini “spa day” for myself.

While at Target the other day, I came across the Yes to Tomatoes 2-Step Nose Kit: Buh-Bye Blackheads and decided to give it a whirl. I don’t use the Yes to products normally but I do love how the company is against animal testing and is a member of the Leaping Bunny Program.

The two-step kit comes with a detoxifying charcoal cleanser that is applied with a large Q-tip and a charcoal nose strip. One thing that I noticed right away was how much excess packaging there was and even now, I wonder how necessary the Q-tip is.

When using any sort of pore strip or skin mask, I’ll always wait until after my shower to use it so that the warm water will open my pores. I started with the charcoal cleanser and found that there was enough cleanser in the package to probably last me all week. It felt like a waste of product so I did try to place it somewhere where the cleanser wouldn’t dry out.

It felt a bit clunky to apply it with the Q-tip so after a few moments, I ended up using my fingers. The strip itself was easy to apply but didn’t seem to really fit on my face well enough. Strips from other companies sometimes have tears in them to help the strip adjust to your face better and I couldn’t find any on this strip.

After letting it sit for 10 minutes, I can attest that the strip definitely worked and I could see the difference on my nose. I’ll spare you the gruesome up-close shots of my pore strip and instead just leave you with this fresh out of the shower picture of me. All in all, this was a neat product to try but I would probably stick to my usual line of pore strips for now.

23.5 Week Update

I have been told that during the second trimester, I would suddenly regain some of the energy I lacked during my first trimester.

Well… I’m still waiting for that to happen…

I’m exhausted and it could be that I’m not sleeping well at night or it could be because I’m pulling extra hours at work. I work at a community college that has just started its fall session which means we have been busy. Hopefully things should start getting back to normal though. It doesn’t help that I’ll wake up in the middle of the night, my lips dry, my bladder full.

But I wouldn’t change anything for the world.

I received my first “official” baby gift. This lovely NC State (my alma mater) piggy bank from the generous couple I petsit for on occasion. I’ve already plopped it on one of the shelves in the nursery. Go Wolfpack!

I apologize for the graininess but Robb wanted to snap a quick picture of me on his cellphone after work last week when my baby bump was looking prominent. It’s funny how my bump looks so different under certain article of clothing. I’m actually wearing a maternity top for the first time today and I have to say that my bump doesn’t seem to be nearly as noticeable!

While I was away petsitting, Robb took the opportunity to finish painting our bathroom and to paint the nursery. It’s still a work in progress and this picture does the room no justice, but I am in love with the color of our nursery. We chose “May Apple” from Olympic paint which is this lovely color that works well with our idea of a more rustic/woodland theme. It would also be a great color if we had went with a beach theme as well.

Robb did such a great job while I was gone and he even arranged items on the shelves. He thinks that the color might be a bit too bright so I am going to work on finding wall accents to help tone it down a little for him.

Our Lil Bean will be here before we know it so it’s nice to feel like we have actually started on some sort of preparation!

Surprise!

Why hello first post! First posts can sometimes be a little intimidating but this time around, it isn’t. This seems more like catching up with old friends that I have unfortunately neglected for a little while.

I have a surprise to share that I have been keeping on the down low for quite a few months now. A surprise that has led my blog into a new direction, hence the revitalization of it. I had been wanting to start fresh with my blog for a while and this seemed like the best time to do so. If you want to check out past posts from The Southern Belle Blogs, head over to the other WordPress.

So anyway. That surprise.

Yup! Robb and I are expecting a sweet little BOY in early December! We’ve been holding this secret in for quite a few months now but only found out the gender last Thursday. As soon as the ultrasound technician turned on the machine, she asked us if we wanted to know the sex. Our little bean apparently was showing off everything that he had to her. I was 95% sure before going into that appointment that it was a boy (I had even dreamed it was a boy) and had been telling our bean for weeks that he needed to make sure we got a look at the goods.

At my appointment, I was at 20 weeks, 6 days but our little bean was measuring at 21 weeks, 4 days (14 ounces). His heart rate was 145 and my weight was at 141 pounds – a relief to me because since becoming pregnant, my weight had gone from 141 to 136 pounds. It appears out bean is growing nicely though and I attribute my weight loss to a lack of appetite, changes in diet, and of course, some bleh.

The rest of our appointment went well until the technician commented, “It looks like you are going to have your hands full with this one.” As soon as she woke him, he was tossing and turning and had no interest in getting his picture taken. Just like his dad.

We are ecstatic about our new journey in life and seeing where it takes us. We both wanted kids but were starting to think that it wouldn’t happen for us. Except for some midday nausea the first couple of months and some face-in-the-toilet action (which I was fortunate, as soon as I threw up, I was good to go) I have had a pretty easy pregnancy so far. I have been exhausted with no appetite, but that could also be from working our summer schedule of 10 hour days as well. My heartburn has increased and I feel bloated some but have been making even more changes to my diet to help with that.

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