Baby Boy: 21 Week Update

If you follow me on social media (or are family) you already know the big news for this update – or if you read the headline. We’re having a BOY!

We were definitely both a little shocked (but excited). Jed was convinced since we found out I was pregnant that it was a girl. Of course, I had to be the opposite, but for the past couple of weeks I started thinking it may be a girl. But he is all boy!

We were really excited to have Charlie be a part of the reveal. It helps that she LOVES balloons and blue is her favorite color.

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Currently: 21 weeks, 2 days.

Cravings: Sweets like candy, fruit, breakfast food.

Weight Gain: Not sure, but at our ultrasound yesterday they said baby boy was 1 lb.

Sickness: None.

Sleep: Still good. No nightly trips to the bathroom yet. I definitely sleep very soundly when I am pregnant. Hopefully that lasts though the whole pregnancy.

Gender Prediction: 100% boy.

Mood: Good. I would say great as the news about having a boy is so exciting, but the weather has been crappy and for some reason this pregnancy it’s really getting to me. When it’s dark, cold and rainy, I get into a bad mood. I need sun! Hopefully I can reboot with some sun soon.

Symptoms: Starting to get to that point where I get uncomfortable bending over or sitting in certain positions.

Looking Forward To: Figuring out our house situation. We have had a few showings, but no offers yet. I really hope we didn’t completely miss the boat in timing, but we’ve got a good plan in place. I’m just very impatient with certain most things, so I don’t like not knowing where we are going to be when baby is born. Should know in the next month or so, but that seems like an eternity. I’m also looking forward to/a little nervous for my check-up next Friday.

There were two things that came up during the ultrasound yesterday. The first is that our son has a pelvic kidney. Basically, one of his kidneys didn’t migrate up so it’s in his pelvis still and that’s where it will remain. According to the technician, it’s not anything to be concerned with at this point and we’ll check it again at our 28 week ultrasound as they watch the fluid levels to make sure there isn’t any blockage. He has good levels, so it sounds like everything will be fine, just one kidney will be in a different place. She did note that doctors do advise against contact sports with this condition, but that’s about it. He will also most likely need to see a specialist when he’s born to get checked out.

The second thing the technician noticed is that my uterus/placenta is on top of my cervix. Honestly, there was a lot going on that I didn’t catch if it was completely covering or only partially, but it’s called placenta previa. This is another item they said shouldn’t be cause for concern but they need to check at 28 weeks to see if it’s moved at all, which I really hope it does. I have to watch for bleeding, and from reading about it online, if it doesn’t move away from my cervix I will mostly likely need to have a c-section. Not what I was planning, so I’ll be interested to hear what the doctor says next week at my check-up and what my ultrasound shows at 28 weeks.

Maternity Clothes: Since it’s been cold, I’ve needed to wear pants, so I am wearing maternity pants and some shirts or larger t-shirts I have.


Baby Boy - 21 Weeks

Baby Boy – 21 Weeks



Baby Holl #2: 20 Week Update

So I missed a week. Not because I didn’t want to update, but this past week has been pretty rough (I’ll explain later) and I was just not in the mood for photos. So we’re skipping ahead to 20 weeks!

Currently: 20 weeks, 2 days.

Cravings: Breakfast food, fruit, sweets. I’m going to try to be good this week in regards to food choices as I’ve kind of let myself go.

Weight Gain: As of my last appointment I had gained 10 lbs. I’m sure I’ve gained another or two since.

Sickness: None.

Sleep: Good. Still have crazy, weird dreams. Luckily my bladder can still hold everything until morning (usually) so no need for middle of the night bathroom breaks yet!

Gender Prediction: I predict boy, Jed says girl. We have our anatomy ultrasound next Tuesday. If you want to join in on the fun, take our poll and let us know what you think we’re having!

Mood: Horrible. But not because of baby. House hunting has been really stressful. Basically (as short as I can hopefully make it), the buyer of our house decided to walk away when we wouldn’t cave into every single inspection demand (he was asking for a lot and obviously doesn’t understand home ownership). So we were really bummed about that. We’ve also put offers on two awesome houses (both offers were asking price!) and both were denied and other offers were accepted. The last one, which was on Monday/Tuesday, the other offer apparently went “well over asking price”! How can we compete with that?! So it’s been very frustrating to say the least and heartbreaking as well. Our house is now back on the market so hopefully we get some more interest soon. We’re continuing to look for our future house so hopefully the next one we love is better than the first two we put offers on! Wish us luck.

Symptoms: A little bit of heartburn depending on what I’ve eaten.

Looking Forward To: Finding out the gender! This is the one thing I’m really excited for with everything else going the way its been going.

Maternity Clothes: I’m mostly wearing bigger t-shirts and leggings. I wear maternity clothes when I need to dress up a bit. So I’d say both regular and maternity at this point.

Here’s my week 20 bump photo. Excuse the weird shadow the light is making!

Baby Holl #2 - 20 Weeks

Baby Holl #2 – 20 Weeks


Check out my post from 20 weeks with Charlotte. It’s when we found out the gender!

Baby Holl #2: 18 Week Update

Here I am again, posting on the last day of the week for my 18-week update. Still no official nickname yet for this baby, but one of my sister-in-laws recommended Baby Appleseed because of my first post with the apple. Below is the update!

Currently: 18 weeks, 6 days.

Cravings: Fruit, specifically oranges. Sweets, like ice cream with whipped cream. Cheese. Spicy foods.

Weight Gain: I had an appointment today and I’ve gained 10 lbs. already. Ugh. Time to start walking a little more and exercising some. Just need a little more motivation.

Sickness: I had a really sore throat yesterday evening and found out I had strep, so I’m on antibiotics, which are helping immensely!

Sleep: Pretty good except for this weekend, but that wasn’t due to the pregnancy. I didn’t get much sleep Saturday night and then last night I didn’t sleep well because Charlotte was up and having trouble sleeping so hopefully I can get more tonight!

Gender Prediction: I predict boy, Jed says girl. We scheduled the anatomy ultrasound for Tuesday, May 19 so hopefully baby cooperates and we can find out! I’ll have to make sure to do a poll next week to see what you all think!

Mood: Meh. The strep combined with a drill weekend was not ideal, but I’m on the mend. We’re still finalizing inspection items on our house so hopefully we have a confirmed sale this week and can then focus on getting everything packed up to move into a rental until we can find something. It’s definitely sad not being able to move right into our new house, but I don’t want to just “settle” because we need something. We’ll make it work.

Symptoms: Some headaches on and off. Yesterday I also had some bad heartburn when I went to bed, so was uncomfortable for a bit.

Looking Forward To: Finding out the gender!

Maternity Clothes: Some maternity tops and still rocking the jeggings. Hopefully I can get away with more athletic clothes and dresses during the warm summer months!

So I guess I should have noted pregnancy brain as a symptom because I definitely am finding myself having that more often. I looked up the size of the baby at 18 weeks and it said “bell pepper”. Whoops. That’s what I did last week! So, I found another source that said sweet potato.

Baby Holl #2 - 18 Weeks

Baby Holl #2 – 18 Weeks

Even though this is a pregnancy update, I thought I would share some recent photos of Charlotte since I haven’t posted any updates about her in a while. She loves to move, be outdoors, climb, go to the park (especially go down the slides) and she LOVES train rides.


Baby Holl #2: 17 Week Update

So I have waited until almost the last possible moment . . . again. Here’s the quick update this week.

Currently: 17 weeks, 6 days.

Cravings: Fruit, ice cream, rice crackers. I’m definitely more moody with my food this time around, what I want, what I don’t want. Meat has really been the big thing – especially beef. Eating it is mostly okay, but the smell is not appetizing to me.

Weight Gain: I have an appointment next Monday (May 4) so I’ll find out then.

Sickness: None.

Sleep: Still sleeping well. No midnight bathroom breaks. Lots of crazy dreams though.

Gender Prediction: Don’t know yet. I’ll hopefully get to schedule an ultrasound to find out when I go in next Monday, so as long as baby cooperates, we should find out in the next few weeks.

Mood: Stressed and tired. Again, this is mostly due to the fact that we are in the process of selling our home and trying to find a new one. We actually found one and made an offer this past weekend, but they accepted the only other offer (which was almost identical, except for closing date). It really deflated our spirits, but we’re hoping that it was because there’s something better out there for us. We went to lots of open houses on Sunday, but nothing worth seeing again, so we’re continuing our search. At least we have a rental pretty much lined up, which we’ll probably need, if even for a short period of time.

Symptoms: Still some minor headaches and a little bit of back aches, but nothing serious or concerning.

Looking Forward To: Finding out what baby #2 is.

Maternity Clothes: Still wearing my jeggings mostly, but did have to break out some maternity pants last week for a meeting since I needed to wear something a little dressier. Some t-shirts are starting to get a little short, but I’m still not in full-blown maternity wear yet.

The baby is now apparently the size of a bell pepper. Can you tell I’m a little tired in the photo? Cause I am.

Baby #2 - 17 Weeks

Baby #2 – 17 Weeks


Baby Holl #2: 16 Week Update

So I have waited until the last possible moment, but I’m still technically at 16 weeks. We still have yet to give baby #2 a nickname, so hopefully we can figure that out soon. It’s been a little busy around here, which I’ll explain later in the post.

Currently: 16 weeks, 6 days.

Cravings: Still mostly junk food, but also fruit. My sweet tooth has emerged again and I’m trying to keep that in control.

Weight Gain: Still haven’t weighed myself. I’d guess around 4-5 pounds, although it’s probably more.

Sickness: None.

Sleep: Sleeping well, but have had some really strange dreams. Very vivid.

Gender Prediction: I think boy, Jed thinks girl. We will be finding out, but not for a few more weeks.

Mood: Stressed. But that’s mostly because we’re in major house-hunt mode. We put our house on the market on April 10th, had a weekend of showings, and accepted an offer on Monday, April 13. So while that is great, we have no idea where we are going, which is a little stressful, especially because everything is going so fast its hard to even find anything let alone make an offer! But all good things. We will probably end up renting for a while so as not to feel rushed and settle with something.

Symptoms: Minor headaches, but nothing too bad. I had a little heartburn one day, but I love spicy/hot food, so I attribute it to that as well.

Looking Forward To: Finding our next home and finding out what baby #2 is!

Maternity Clothes: Pants are starting to get uncomfortable, so while we were packing/purging, I brought out the maternity clothes. Probably will need to wear them in the next week or so, but hoping I can make it through summer with dresses/skirts. Thankfully this is about the same time frame/season as my first pregnancy so I probably won’t need to get anything new.

Here’s week 16 baby bump. Apparently baby is the size of an avocado. I should know this from the first time around!

16 Weeks