Pregnancy Check-In

Baby is: weighs about 6.5lbs, is roughly 20 inches long, and is cleared to come any day!
How far along are you: 37 weeks, 2 days

Movement: He is a HUGE mover, this baby bun is all over the place. He especially likes to dig his little heel into my ribs, so that’s been fun.

Maternity clothes?: I’ve pretty much outgrown all my maternity clothes except the jeans with the huge full panel which still somehow slip down. These days I mostly live in sweat pants and oversized T-shirts. Sexy, I know.

Belly button in or out?: Always been an innie…so now being an outtie is a whole new experience!

Stretch marks: I’ve avoided any on my belly, but my thighs have taken a bit of a beating in the stretch marks department. Just hoping they fade a bit once baby makes his appearance.

Sleep: Oh sleep, my old friend. Most nights I sleep ok still, with a lot of tossing and turning. I will say I miss sleeping on my stomach!

Favorite moment of the week: I’ve been having the best time getting everything set up for baby. His clothes are washed, dresser is set, car seat and stroller are set up. The last thing to do is get the crib/co-sleeper station all set up.

Third Trimester! 

Man, time is flying! And all of a sudden this little buddy has popped. He moves around so much every day – it’s so crazy and amazing to get to feel him stretching those little limbs and getting tiny baby hiccups. I’m so in love with this boy already.

I have to say, compared to the first trimester, the second was a breeze. No morning sickness, I felt great, kept exercising, and basically ate a horse every day. Oh, I guess THAT’S where this belly came from…

xo. Brie

Reading ALL the Books!

Hello 20 weeks! I have to say now that the nausea is passed, I’m feeling pretty good. Hungry as a horse most days, but that’s not exactly new. I’m also reading like my life depends on it – do you know how many books on childbirth there are?? Roughly a million. A million books.


If you’re like me, you want to narrow this ever-widening field to the bare essentials. So, here’s my list of must read pregnancy books so far:

1. Ina Mae’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina Mae Gaskin
2. The Baby Book by Dr William Sears
3. Attachment Parenting by Dr. William Sears
4. The Pregnancy Countdown Book by Susan Magee
5. Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon

If you can’t tell, I’m an all natural girl. Our plan, God willing, is an all natural home birth, breastfeeding, and attachment parenting. If you’re not sure that this “crunchy mom” style is for you – totally no judgy. I think we all have high hopes and then figure out what really works as we go. But I still encourage you to check out these books. Informed decision making requires all the information!

Until next time lovelies,
xo. Brie

First Trimester Reflections

  Whew, it’s been a while! Mostly because the first trimester is hard. Freaking hard, guys. Morning sickness hit me about week 8, and lasted a good 2 months. Started with just all-day nausea, which quickly turned into all day puking. Some lucky women don’t get any morning sickness….and I’m so happy for them. Kind of. I was not one of those magical unicorn creatures…

Besides puking all the time and losing 5lbs this trimester, I’m also the most tired I’ve ever been in my life. Everyone tells me this is normal, but when you’re nodding off every day at 2pm, after getting a full 9 hours sleep the night before, it’s rough.

Whining and complaining aside, I’m finally able to begin wrapping my head around the fact there’s a little one growing in my belly. We had our first ultrasound and I can’t begin to explain the feeling of seeing a little person on the screen. Something you can’t even feel yet is in there, growing away. It’s odd to feel so protective of someone you’ve never met and is about 2 inches long – but you do.

Anyway, I’ll keep chronicling this journey toward baby bun.

xo. Brie