Sunday, November 11, 2012

Here I Grow: Week 20 Q&A

Confession: I've been looking forward to writing this post all day. It's been a busy day though and I'm just finally sitting down. We had church this morning and oh, it was good! Then there was Seahawk football, chores, dinner with my family and then we played our first game ever of "Go Fish" with Judah. It was a milestone, that first game of Go Fish. He loved it and I said like literally 20 times, "This is so fun!". Maybe I enjoyed it even more than he did.

Anyway, the house is still now, my hands are covered in aromatherapy lotion and my head phones are blaring classical music. It's a good time to reflect on 20 Weeks!

This last week was a big one, for a few different reasons. First, it was huge to watch our tiniest love kick her legs and do flips in my tummy on that screen. Heck, it was huge to find out that we're having another girl---another daughter. I smile while I type those words. When I was folding Paisley's laundry this evening, every piece that I picked up had new meaning for me. Those clothes will now be kept when Paisley out grows them for her little sister. Big happy sigh.
20 Weeks has also been a special week because it's the week in which my husband felt this little one move for the first time. He's felt her kick 3 or 4 times now and that tickles me. I get to feel her all the time but, sharing that with him is extra special. 

The pink balloon, pictured above is something that I picked up for the kids after we had our ultrasound. I doubt the Dollar Store has ever seen a happier lady buying a single pink balloon. Most likely, they thought I was on something but, you and I know that's not the case.

I drove home with visions of the kids out in the backyard, holding this balloon while I snapped beautiful pictures of them. But, when I finally pulled into the driveway, the sun had set and daylight was almost non-existent. Frantically, I shuffled the kids and our new precious balloon outside and attempted to snap a few pictures. 

It was an epic failure. They fought over the balloon. They were frantic. I was frantic. No one was smiling and no one was cooperating. My agenda was simply that----my agenda. It was not realistic or fun for anyone. I'm guilty of forgetting that my kids are 2 and 3. Sometimes I expect too much of them and then I need to reel back and go with "plan b"...which in this case was sticking our new pretty pink balloon up high and away from excited little hands.

When I was typing up last weeks post, I asked on my facebook page, if any of you have questions for me about this pregnancy. Instead of writing my normal updates, this week I'm going to answer your questions and I'm so excited about that!
So here we go!

Q: Do you have any names picked out? I wish I could say that we do but, we aren't even close to finding a name that we both like! We don't even have a list of "maybes". With Paisley, we didn't decide until the very end of my pregnancy so, I'm guessing that it's going to take awhile this time also.

Q: Did your belly pop out quicker with the third? Yes, I think so. It seems like almost immediately, even before I'd gained any weight, my pants would feel tight when I sat down, if they weren't low enough.

Q: How are your hormones? Honestly, my hormones have been all over the place this time around. I've definitely felt more hormonal in general. Much more moody and easier to get upset about things. The first trimester was definitely the worst for my emotions...the second trimester seems to be a little better.

Q: Do you feel like you have what you need? Since we found out that we're having a girl, I've been thinking about this a lot. We have most of what we need but, there are a few things we need to get. We don't have a baby swing and that's a definite must. Also, Paisley was born at the beginning of winter and this baby will be born in the spring so, I need to go through the clothes that Paisley out grew and see if many of them will be compatible with warmer weather. Most of our bibs have been through both kids so, I'm ready to toss all of those and get new ones. I've started making a list and as I go through our baby stuff, I'm sure I'll be adding to the list.

Thank you gals so much for the fun questions and for helping me break out of my normal weekly update routine!

Another fun thing about Week 20 has been the opportunity to work with Zone Perfect and use their bars as part of my "trying to be healthy" eating plan. I've been eating all three of these flavors and while they're all amazing, the Cranberry Almond is my favorite-it's so good!

Each bar is made a 6-10 wholesome ingredients and  10 grams of protein. If you've been pregnant or you plan on becoming pregnant, you most likely know how important protein is in growing a healthy baby.
Also, each bar is gluten-free and free of preservatives and food dyes. At 170-200 calories per bar, these have been the perfect thing to carry in my purse for when I'm suddenly starving.

For more information on these Zone Perfect bars, visit their website or their facebook page. If you're pregnant like I am, or if you're just interested in more healthy snack options, give these bars a try. I'm hooked and I'm sure you will be also!

Have any more questions for me? Leave them in the comments section below and I promise I'll answer them next week. Hope you've had a wonderful weekend!

In exchange for my honest review, I was provided with free product from Zone Perfect. As always, these opinions are completely my own. You guys rock and I want you to trust me. End of story. 


  1. Seems like not long ago you told me you were preggers again in Sally's kitchen! I can't believe you are 20 weeks and know that you are having a girl!!! I secretly knew it all along ;) I can't wait to welcome your little one to our crazy play dates! hugs and love to you this week!

    1. Yes, you were totally right about this baby being a girl. Now at our play dates, we'll have 5 boys and 3 girls! It's going to be fun!

  2. I have a name suggestion for you. How about Ginger?? I think it kind of goes with Paisley, and it does sound nice with Judah. Yes, it just might be the name for you!

    1. Haha! Excellent suggestion, Ginger! :)

  3. New follower!! just stumbled upon your blog and am loving it! can't wait to follow your adventures of life, you are a great writer and sound like an amazing wife&mom!!


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