17 Weeks Down, 23 or so to go!

This pregnancy is moving right along!!

  • Total weight gained: +3lbs total from lowest pregnancy weight. Bags and bags of oreos helped
  • Workouts:  SEVEN. 2 swims, 5 walk/hikes and a 30 min prenatal DVD. Total distance covered: 2300 m in pool, 18.11 on land
  • Cravings:  Oreos. And popcorn.
  • Goal for Next Week:  Keep up the exercise, eat more veggies!!! <— HOLD ME TO THIS! No more Oreos! More protein too!
  • Movement: I feel him a few times every day. Hes taken to dancing on my bladder lately. Rude.
    Have you started to show yet: I’m bigger but it still doesn’t really look like a preggo belly to me (though while passing a car window on our walk this morning I was surprised by how pregnant I looked)
    Looking forward to: Meeting our son 🙂

Team Blue

After the first few weeks of pregnancy, where I had this feeling baby was a girl namely because of two dreams I had that she was a SHE, I’ve had this nagging feeling that in fact, baby is a he. The first dream I saw my daughter.  Dark hair like mine and her daddy’s blue/green eyes. She’s gorgeous and looks every bit like the Lana Marie we will one day name her (because I am confident she will exist one day).  The second dream I saw her at a wedding. She was only a few months old wearing a white summer dress and a pink bow in her almost non-existant brown hair.

And then I heard of the old wive’s tales.  I was told at just 8 weeks how the constant nausea and morning sickness usually meant a boy. I read how with girls you tend to crave sugar, with boys salt.  Pregnancy made my sweet teeth disappear and replaced them with a new undying affinity for salt and SPICY. I just had this guttural feeling that baby might in fact be a boy. 

As time went on the feeling became stronger. Most of it was unconscious. I’d find myself absentmindedly referring to baby as “he” and “him”.

At 16 weeks we peeked at the gender and with 80% certainly Baby Parks became a He. I cried because I felt the bond. I felt the truth in it all. I knew before they told us.

At 18 weeks we had our official anatomy u/s and confirmed that we are expecting our first son.


We confirmed what we already had known. We’d be expecting Jackson Wyatt Parks in August 2012



I could not be more ecstatic! But I have to be 100% honest. There’s a part of me that wonders if it’s real. I felt so certain for the past few weeks and then I heard of so many other people having incorrect gender screens.  Being told they’re have one gender and ending up with the other. I will love all of our children no matter what, but a part of me wonders if in a few weeks we might get that same shocking news. That they made a mistake. I still have that gut feeling that it’s a little boy bouncing around on my bladder and playing hockey with my kidneys but there’s still that little part that thinks about those vivid dreams and wonders. We won’t have another sonogram until 28 weeks (10 weeks from now!). So until proven otherwise we’ll continue expecting Jax, singing to him and referring to him as our “little guy” and “baby boy”. I will say though that if we are right and this is our first son, I KNOW, despite the lack of females on Bry’s side of the family, that we will one day have that beautiful little girl I’ve dreampt about.

Sweet 16 (weeks)

Week 16 was the most difficult emotionally so far. Bry got a new job, and some less than ideal offers for other jobs, I spent 4 lovely hours sitting on a hard metal bench at the DMV, etc. etc. Despite all the tears (I probably cried AT LEAST once a day this week) exercise was up and revving.  Instead of taking my frustrations out by eating my emotions, I worked them out.  Monday I topped my longest pregnant swim (1300 meters). I had the energy to keep going and the drive but Baby Boy kept kicking me “No mas, Mama. No mas” so I submitted and listening to my wiser half. The weather has been so stunning lately that I stayed away from the indoor pool and opted for lots of walking with Lily face. She’s adored it! She’s gotten significantly better walking on a leash too. Now I need to train her not to go ballistic every time a biker goes by (or our future use of the stroller). She’s a giant wimp.

Bry has today off so I actually have a swimming partner for the day. I’m excited! It’s been awhile since we’ve been able to exercise together. We did walk 5.5 miles on Tuesday exploring the zoo. It was fun! I love days where “exercise” is masked as fun.

Week 16: The Breakdown

  • Total weight gained: +.75 lbs from last week. This probably has a great deal to do with the bag of Reese’s eggs I managed to devour in the span of 30 hours
  • Workouts:  Five. 2 swims, 3 walk/hikes. Total distance covered: 2000m in the pool, 9.38mi on land
  • Cravings:  Chocolate. Hence the Reese’s egg episode above
  • Maternity Items Purchased:  2 tops, 1 pair of capris leggings and 1 pair of SHORTS! LOVE LOVE LOVE! All courtesy of my mommy. She’s a lifesaver!
  • Goal for Next Week:  Keep up the exercise, eat more veggies!!! <— HOLD ME TO THIS! No more Reese’s.
  • Movement: I feel him more almost once a day!
    Have you started to show yet: Everyone else says yes. I think I’m in that awkward stage between looking  like I overate on Reese’s eggs and actually being preggo.
    Looking forward to: Confirming it’s a baby boy swimming around in there 🙂

Week 15

Week 15 already?! Holy time’s beginning to fly! And I couldn’t be happier about being that much closer to meeting the peanut 🙂

This is the last week I can be lazy and use fingers to mark weeks. Next week it’s back to using the white board (gotta dig it out of our moving stuff) since I don’t have 6 fingers on one hand 😉

  • Total weight gained:  -1.5 lbs from last week? Still +1 total lbs from lowest pre-preg weight.
  • Workouts:  Four again. Swam 3 days and went on 2 long walks/hikes with the Lileroni. It’s been gorgeous here lately!
  • Cravings:  Anything greek. Namely for the yogurt sauce. Also french fries. Baby wants them, don’t judge! Fruit fruit, lots and lots o’ fruit
  • Aversions: Meat. Get away from me with that chicken! And mushrooms still. Blech. Fungi. And this is coming from a former mushroom lover. Now just the look makes me want to vomit into the nearest wastebin
  • Maternity Items Purchased:  2 more tops. That bump is a growin’! I’m gonna have to up my supply. Even my bigger pre-preg shirts don’t fit *sniff*
  • Goal for Next Week:  Keep up the exercise, eat more veggies! <— I’m keeping this one 🙂

Baby and I still love the pool. We’ve been little fish lately! Swooooooooooosh

Don’t let the form fitting suit fool you, there’s a bump there!

Seeeeee! Even black can’t hide that bump-a-lump

We had another OB appt this week. Started out sitting on a table getting gooked up with gel so the doc could find baby’s ticker. Apparently my placenta was being rather noisy and it was hard to heard the thumps over the whooshing noise but finally there was that strong, beautiful beat of our baby’s heart thumping away. Ahhh what a miracle. I replaced my gigantic belly band from my maternity pants over my belly and readjusted my shirt to find out WE GOT TO GET ANOTHER SONOGRAM! I was getting nervous when we didn’t do that first. The upside to having had surgery down yonder once upon a time is that the docs are more caution about my cervical lining which = more sonograms. Sign me up! And before you think I’m an irresponsible mama-to-be there really are no concerns since if there was going to be a problemo it’d have surfaced by now (plus I’m young as a horse! I mean, young and strong as a horse)

Say hi baby! (Excuse the blurriness. In an interest to watch baby wiggle & jiggle I ate a brownie before our appt.)

Thump thump. Thump.

Baby footsie 🙂

And then the tech asked “Are you going to find out the gender?” YES! We both exclaimed. “Well, want me to tell you what I think it is? Don’t quote me on it!”


Meet our beautiful [80% sure] baby BOY!

She looked around a bit more and you could definitely see the little somethin’, somethin’ in between baby’s legs! No wonder the past few weeks I’ve kept referring to baby as “him” and “he”. We go back in 2 weeks for our official anatomy scan but I’m bankin’ on the fact that baby Parks is in fact a boy.

Week 14

This week has flown by! I can’t believe it’s already Friday and we’re officially at 15 weeks today. It’s true what they say, time flies when you’re having fun (and when you’re busy busy busy!)

Highlights of this week:

Wearing my “running for two” tank to sport the bump

This shirt is INCREDIBLE! If I was a millionaire I’d buy at least 2 more just like it (except plain colors since I’d wear them even when not exercising). It’s so comfortable and stays in place without riding up.

Wearing it was exciting not just because I got to sport the bump and because it showed the bump off nicely (and that the bump is visible enough to be seen!) but because it was baby and I’s first run since week 7. It wasn’t a pretty run by any standards and I cramped up during the 2nd mile and promptly stopped. Baby prefers swimming to say the least. Running might take a hiatus until after baby comes.  Thirdly it was exciting because it meant it was warm enough (65!) to wear a tank top outside. Yippee! I’ve been waiting for you, Spring.

I’ve been back in the kitchen whipping up recipes. First up, Spinach Quiche

And last night I whipped up some Cranberry Banana Nut Bread

This week we also: Legally changed my name at the Social Security office, went on 4 walks with Lily to get her sillies out, ate sushi once (yum!), bought Nalgene bottles at REI using gift cards from Christmas (they make drinking water throughout the day SO much easier), did 3 loads of laundry and 2 loads of dishes, watched 4 episodes of Bones, finished the series finale of Lie to Me, finished a book and got 1/3 way through the 3rd, swam 3 times and ran once and showed off the bump to take my mommy out to a belated birthday dinner