April 14, 2012
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24 Week Bump Report
Donuts 24 Weeks RS
Yeah, I’m eating powdered sugar donuts – I dare you to say something!
How far along: 24 weeks (technically, 24 weeks and 3 days today) and VIABLE! At this stage in my pregnancy, if our little girl was born prematurely…with the help of significant hospital care, she would be capable of surviving. Granted, I keep telling her to get cozy until at least mid-July, but that provides a little peace of mind.

How big is the baby: Our baby is about 12 inches long and weighs just over a pound.

Total weight gain: Since my last bump report, I’ve gained another 2.5 lbs for a total of 11.5 lbs since the start of my pregnancy. My goal is to gain about a pound a week at this point, so I’m fairly close. However, I did probably eat a little more than usual over the Easter holiday…and those pumpkin pancakes I ate on Monday night (still thinking about them) probably didn’t help. No worries, I know she’s doing a lot of growing right now. 

Sleep: Sleeping fairly well right now. I occasionally get hot in the middle of the night, but I have a fan close by that I can turn on. I’m still getting up about once or twice a night – I just do my thing and get right back to sleep.  

Maternity Clothes: Dresses are my friend (and most comfortable with our warmer temperatures lately) – and most of my pre-pregnancy dresses do fit, so that’s nice. Last weekend, someone asked me where I was getting my maternity clothes…just so happened that the day they saw me, I wasn’t wearing any maternity clothes. I guess it helps that our little girl has moved up a bit and I can wear a lot of pants below the belly.

Best moments of the week (past two weeks): You’ll have to forgive me, I have a few best moments.
Best Moment #1: We decided to tell our families our baby’s name over the Easter holiday. I think I’ll still wait a while to share it with the entire world (you may have to wait until her birth), but my mom and dad were holding our crib hostage until we told them (not really). I was so nervous that they wouldn’t like the name or that somebody would say something snotty, but I was pleasantly surprised.
If you’re wondering how we announced it, I decided to go with the “Ryan Seacrest” envelope approach. In a cute card, I wrote “Our Daughter’s name is ______________.” While we were visiting my family on Saturday afternoon, my mom asked “so when you going to tell us this little girl’s name.” Since the whole family was there, I pulled out the envelope and allowed her and my sister (since it was her birthday) to read it together. I could see a little shock in their faces, but they were also smiling (clearly, the name we chose was NOT on their radar). We spent the next 15-20 minutes talking about nicknames and laughing at my husband as we discussed initials.
We called my husband’s family on Sunday evening to share the news with them. We first called his mom – but she reminded us that we’d promised our niece that we would tell her first…and that she could then announce it to the rest of the family. After having her repeat the name back to us a few times to make sure she was saying it right, we could hear her running into the other room (this was over the phone) to tell everyone else who was there. She proceeded to call the rest of the family. All in all, it was a great moment.
Best Moment #2: While visiting my family over the weekend, I allowed my mom and sister to touch my belly – specifically when she was moving around. I don’t particularly like most people touching my belly. I mean, it’s very personal. However, I wanted my mom and sister to feel our little girl moving around. My sister really got a “kick” out of talking to her (specifically – telling her that her Aunt Jamie is the best), calling her by name and then feeling her kick. And I think our baby girl liked it. In previous weeks, she’s been rather shy around other voices, but she was very active last weekend regardless of who was around.
Best Moment #3: Finally, we were able to take our crib and some of the clothes I wore as a baby home. My mom owns a children’s clothing boutique called The Red Caboose, so I already know that this little girl is going to be well dressed…but my mom also took the time to pull some of the clothes I wore as a baby that’s she’s had stored away for roughly 30 years. Since I was born in June, our baby will be able to wear a lot of the same things (including those sweet Feltman Brothers’ dresses). When I got everything home, I was surprised to see an almost full closet already. I can’t even wait for her to be able to wear all these cute clothes.

Food cravings: Still loving those smoothies and yogurt. The other night, I wanted egg rolls and wonton soup – specifically. I read somewhere that the food a mother craves during pregnancy does not necessarily predict what the baby will enjoy…in fact, the baby will often have aversions towards those foods. I wonder if this will mean that our baby has my husband’s taste buds – which includes all things spicy…yuck!

Food aversions: Nothing new.

  • Heartburn. Still having a bit of random heartburn. I can’t even tell you that it’s connected to food anymore. If the old wives’ tales are true – this is one hairy baby. 
  • Hot Flashes. I don’t know how else to describe it. The other day, I was driving into work and my body started overheating. I felt a wave of nausea and decided I better pull over. It was probably 53 degrees (Fahrenheit) outside, but rolling the windows down wasn’t enough. Once I pulled over though, I blasted the AC for a good five minutes. That cooled me down and allowed the nausea to pass. Either way, it was not fun. 
  • Leg Cramps. I’ve heard of people waking up in the middle of the night with awful leg cramps, and now I can effectively say that I’ve experienced them. I don’t know if I’m stretching my legs while I sleep or what, but these bad boys hurt!
  • Hungry…again. In the beginning of my pregnancy, I was a bottomless pit – I couldn’t eat enough. That feeling is starting to come back from time to time which means I need to make sure I have healthy snacks nearby.

Exercise: I’m still doing a pretty good job of doing some form of exercise 4-5 days a week. I can’t do everything I did before getting pregnant (including the amount of weight I used to lift), but I do try to push myself to stay active. On top of a 20 minute (or more depending on my mood) cardio routine, I’ve been doing some good core exercises that I think will help get back into shape once she’s born.

Movement: I mentioned earlier that I let my mom and sister feel my belly as she was moving around this past weekend. She is no longer shy about moving when other people are around. But, if we back up a bit, you  may remember me saying something to the effect of gas hurts, baby kicks don’t. I’d like to retract that statement. Baby kicks don’t necessarily hurt, but she is getting stronger every day. Some of those kicks and punches are pretty powerful. And, when she’s moving or rolling over…it kind of feels like an upset stomach and can be so intense that it makes me a bit nauseous.

Gender: Girl! 

What I’m looking forward to: The nursery is still on my mind, but we’re making progress so I’m not as worried about it (my husband painted on Thursday). I’ve actually been itching to shop, but trying my best to hold back until we get through our showers (so I know what’s left to purchase). Our first one will be in my husband’s hometown on May 6th, followed a work shower on May 31st, and then another shower in my hometown sometime in June.  

What I miss: Nothing really, although I found myself wanting either a beer or Margarita the other day…and I hardly drank before I got pregnant so that was unusual. I guess these warmer temperatures make me think about grilling out and enjoying adult beverages? 

Next Appointment: April 24th…regular checkup and glucose tolerance test.


    I am just still so excited for you!! Being a mom is such an amazing experience (and becoming a grandma is even better!:-))

    I really enjoy your updates ~ you are looking fantastic!

    I love these updates. I can’t wait till you announce her name. How fun for your niece to get to share it with the family. That must have made her day.

    Hi Ashley :) I loved catching up on your blog! Congratulations!! That is so exciting about your upcoming little girl. I love this self-portrait, too cute!

    Ahhhh! I’m dying to know the baby name. ;) Beautiful photo. I love how you are capturing different stages of your pregnancy with fun photos.

    You look lovely. Beaming even. Great shot. And enjoy those little treats like the donuts. Why wouldn’t you?

    I love that you’re keeping the name secret. We did that with our daughter. We only told our immediate family beforehand. Unfortunately for us my inlaws weren’t impressed. Their comments were “That’s a weird name” and “I’ll never learn how to spell that” Her name is Ariana.

    Can’t wait to find out what your sweet girls name will be! You’re looking absolutely adorable!

    Your reports are always so lovely! Wish you the best Ashley :)

    You are such a joy to visit! I am enjoying making this journey with you – I wasn’t sure I would continue to be so interested, since I am MANY years past childbearing, and even grand-child bearing…but you do such a good job of carrying us along! I love the photo of you…you are looking mah-velous, darling! Can’t wait to find out the baby’s name. Our youngest grandson is Amerasian – his mother is Chinese by heritage, Thai by birth – and of course, my son is American. They named their son Akin Nawin (pronounced like the English word akin – as in “akin to something” – not like Aiken). I am sure whatever name you have picked out will be just perfect for the little bundle of joy!

    You are so cute!!! Seriously! I still enjoy following your weight gain, since at 20 weeks I have gained 14 pounds. Whew!! Just hoping I don’t make it to 46 like I did with Bennett.

    Great update! My the time is going fast! Enjoy the time being pregnant while you can! I miss those kicks and jabs :)

    Really enjoyed reading this, even though I’m 68 years old. Beautiful photo of you and baby.

    Oh my the hot flashes and leg cramps, so much fun and the round ligament pains when you roll over are sooo painful. I love how you decided to tell everyone the name. With Addison we already had her name picked out but we haven’t even discussed it with this one. Guess we will have to come up with something creative once we figure out a name.

    Reading your update brings back such memories of my pregnancy with my daughter…thank you for sharing your experience! And wow, how lucky is your little girl that Grandma owns a children’s clothing store?! :)

    So very cute!! Love that photo. Can’t believe you are 24 weeks already. Seems like you just announced it last week. Ha. Have a great weekend.

    Congrats on the baby girl! I’ve been reading your updates for awhile but never got a chance to comment…I’ve been kind if MIA in the blog world lately! We too are expecting a little girl, we are 28 weeks (29 on Monday) she’ll be our third child and I think I’m more nervous with this one than I’ve been with my other two. Congrats again and blessigs on the rest of the pregnancy! Can’t wait to meet her!

    This is so fun! Counting the days with you!

    Oh Ashley what a fun post! I loved how you shared the name with your families! Can’t wait to find out what it is! You are adorable!

    You’re so cute :) and working out regularly definitely gives you the right to eat powdered donuts!

    Pregnancy certainnly agrees with you, as you look beautiful. I remember my father telling me if we named that baby Luke, he would take the crib back. HA! Turned out to be a boy, and he’s still called Luke. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Sounds like things are going well. My bro and sis in law would NOT tell anyone their name choices until the baby was born. Both times.
    Hope you continue to feel well, and those hot flashes-now you’ll know what to do later on.

    You look gorgeous! And I can’t wait to see your little girly! :)

    It sounds like you all had a very special weekend. I can’t wait to read what her name is. The fact that it wasn’t on anyone’s radar has me curious. So I assume that the name is not Dora. Lol

    What a great update! So many exciting things happening. Love the pic & now I am totally wishing I lived close because then I could bring you some powdered donuts & then have a couple with you all in support of the pregnancy cravings :) At least then I would have a somewhat viable excuse- hehehehe

    Sounds like you are doing everything right! I just had my 3rd baby 11 days ago. My only recommendation is Prenatal Yoga. I’ve done this with all 3 pregnancies and it makes it so much easier to push the baby out. I got my 3rd baby out with 2 good pushes, even I was astonished with this!

    that is so amazing your mom saved those items for you!! Truly, what a blessing for you rowing little family Ash!

    way too cute!!!

    I love to read about it, makes me want to be pregnant again… maybe not :) But I am so excited, cannot wait to see her little face.

    You look so great, Ashley!!! Love hearing your bump reports!

    omg I LOVE that photo!!!!! Happy 24 weeks – I just put the two together and realized that you are due about the same time as my best friend!!! She’s expecting their second baby but their first baby girl!!!!!! So excited…for both of you :)

    I love how you told everyone the baby’s name. Very creative and I’ll be staying tuned in to find out for myself :)

    So fun to catch up with how everything is going for you. I’m also hoping your little girl stays snuggled in there a good long time. :) Miss ya!

    Congratulations on a little girl. All that pink and dresses are so so fun!!!


    You could not possibly be any cuter!!

    I’m so excited for you guys.

    You will be such a GREAT mom.

    Enjoy your bump reports♥

    You look GREAT! Can’t wait to learn you little girl’s name, sounds like it’s a special one. :-D

    your updates brings me back to my preggy days not long ago, my baby is now 9 m/o. glad you are having not so difficult pregnancy so far. stay happy and healthy. :)

    if you don’t mind me asking, how do i get those framed photos with caption in blogger? i only know how to do it in wordpress. even if i write the caption in the uploaded photo, it always end up not framed.

    I love these updates – its so exciting, and such a fantastic self-portrait as well. What a wonderful record of your pregnancy to look back on in years to come.

    Glad to hear everything sounds like good and the family is having fun with the pregnancy too :)

    It’s great you have these posts…they will be so nice to look back on one day.


    You look amazing! I have some baby girl clothes to mail you, but they are larger sizes so hopefully by the time she grows into them her closet won’t be overflowing ;) I am just so excited for you! And I want to know the name soooo bad, hehe ;)