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Pregnancy Update – 27 Weeks

28 Sep

How far along? 27 weeks

How big is baby? The size of a head of cauliflower (2.5lbs)

Total weight gain: +21lbs

Maternity Clothes? A sweet friend of mine gave me some of the pieces that she’s outgrown, and I’m so glad to have a pair of shorts to wear to Sea World tomorrow!

Stretch marks? Nerp.

Sleep: Not much of a change except that without fail, I am now waking up 20 minutes before my alarm goes off. No matter when my alarm is set to. I’ve thought about setting it for 20 minutes past when I actually want to get up, but haven’t felt like taking that chance yet. It’s strange — maybe my child can read my alarm and just wants me to lay in bed and hang out with him for 20 minutes before getting up? Who knows!

Movement: Movin’ and shakin’! This last week of work has been a busy one, and I can tell now that whenever I get stressed, he notices (and moves around like crazy). It’s a good way to practice my relaxation breath, especially when I’m driving.

Food cravings: This week has been pretty food craving-free. I’ve been majorly watching my sugar intake though (hello gestational diabetes test next week), so I’m pretty sure I’ll be due for a trip to Bon Ami after next Wednesday.

What I miss: A number of my shirts that still kinda fit but are too short to wear without a tank top. And at this point, layer in the Florida fall is still way too hot for me.

What I am looking forward to: Not feeling like everything is up in the air. We’re still waiting on things from the UK Border agency, and the backup may be longer than we thought. We’re looking into some other options, but there’s also  a chance that we will be here until after the Wee Baby Jones is born. I’m really hoping we can get everything straightened out, but it’s a weird feeling not knowing whether we will be leaving here in two weeks…or four months. I feel like God has given me a great peace about where we’re at, especially since we know that everything is up to Him anyway. Even so, I am definitely looking forward to having a better sense of where things will be going in the next few months.

Milestones: His eyelids can now open and close, which seems crazy to me because I definitely can’t open my eyes underwater. It’s fun to think about what his view might be (and what on earth he thinks about where he is).

Oh, and THIS: Mr. Jones got his blood tested this week, and he’s Rh positive (the typical type). Since I’m Rh negative, I get to enjoy an awesome RhoGAM shot next week. Blech. If you’re like me and had no idea that your blood type could mean you might have to get a shot at 28 weeks (and after the baby is born), check out this article from the American Pregnancy Association.

Pregnancy Update – 22 Weeks

24 Aug

How far along? 22 weeks

How big is baby? The size of a papaya…not sure that I can exactly picture that, but I’ll have to look next time I’m at the grocery store.

Total weight gain: +14lbs

Maternity Clothes?  Going shopping tonight. When I got ready for work this morning, I went through three different tops that I’ve been wearing comfortably up until now, and none of them fit right anymore. Looks like it’s time for a marathon session of trying on everything in my closet, to be accompanied by a trip to the Target and Gap clearance racks.

Stretch marks? Nada!

Sleep:  Not super great. My pillow pile keeps getting bigger and the times I wake up night aren’t decreasing. Any tips? It seems cruel to have so little sleep now (I know, I know, it’s “practice”) when there’s not even a baby to take care of yet!

Movement:  He’s been a party animal this week, maybe because yesterday was Mr. Jones’ birthday. His movements really doesn’t keep me up at night though, except when I keep myself awake because I enjoy feeling him move so much.

Food cravings:  At least as far as cravings are concerned, this week has been pretty uneventful. I did have a ton of great food, both at Mr. Jones’ BBQ-tastic birthday celebration on Wednesday and at our own seafood dinner date last night. Ohhh, wait. I take that back. I majorly indulged over the weekend at my friends’ new bakery, Bon Ami Confections. Macarons, salted caramel marshmallows…it was bad, but it was so, so good.

What I miss:  Fitting into my clothing! It’s such a weird game to play right now, because I’m trying to thin my wardrobe anyway with the move, but I don’t want to get rid of all my pre-pregnancy clothing and have nothing to wear after the baby is here. It’s harder since I can’t just put things in a box and throw them up in the attic to store. I hate shopping for clothing anyway, and having to be strategic about what/how I buy makes my brain hurt!

What I am looking forward to:  My next midwife appointment. Just because of summer vacations/scheduling, this is the longest span I’ve had between appointments. I’m excited to hear Charlie’s heartbeat again as well as just chat with my midwife. I really love my appointements!

Milestones:  I Hiccups! I know I mentioned them last week, but this week I definitely felt them. It cracks me up and is such a funny feeling. He gets them pretty frequently, but I’ve been hiccup free myself.

Oh, and THIS: I haven’t had to deal with any crazy comments from strangers yet, but it does amuse me how differing people’s views are on how big/small I am. I’ll get, “You’re still so small!” to “Wow, you’re really getting big!” in the span of an hour. I guess it all relates back to what others’ experiences are, and it doesn’t bother me. I feel like my stomach is a bit on the bigger side, but I’m also a small person in general, so it kindof makes sense. I can’t even imagine how crazy it will be another couple of months in!

The Wee Baby Jones: Boy or Girl?

6 Aug

This past Thursday, we had our first ultrasound appointment. We were so excited to find out whether we were having a boy or a girl, but we decided that we’d wait until after the appointment to find out. We wanted to make it fun, with a little bit of “Jones” tradition thrown in. Silly string was our method of choice — I don’t think I’ve been to any Jones holiday celebrations where there wasn’t a gigantic silly string fight, and they just seem to get crazier as the years go by.

We had the radiologist write the gender on an envelope and seal it, then we gave it to Caleb’s sister-in-law and brothers. I bought five blue and five pink bottles of silly string and had them all in a box, ready to go. With our backs turned, they opened the envelope  and gave us the corresponding silly string, with the color-indicating caps removed. At the count of three, we shot it into the air to find out whether the Wee Baby Jones was going to be a boy or a girl!

You can watch the results in our video below, and they also took some lovely photos that I’m so happy to have.

The Wee Baby Jones: Boy or Girl? from toWales on Vimeo.


It’s a boy! We were thrilled, but also had to laugh because on both sides of Caleb’s family, there are tons of boys. While I know that his mom and grandma are looking forward to dressing up a little girl, it looks like they’ll have to wait a little while longer. Meanwhile, they’re going to have a lot of fun with another crazy Jones boy!

There are so many fun ways to do a “gender reveal” and find out whether you’re having a boy or a girl. Even though it took a little patience, I’m so glad we did this! We loved being able to celebrate with family, as well as get loud and excited without worrying about making too much noise. Plus, who doesn’t love an excuse to play with silly string?

Pregnancy Update – 19 Weeks

3 Aug


How far along? 19 weeks (and 3 days)

How big is baby? The size of a small cantaloupe.

Total weight gain: +11 lbs.

Maternity Clothes? I broke out two of my “big” tunic-y maternity shirts this week. They’re still on the large side, but boy are they comfortable. I also got a pair of maternity skinny jeans from Gap, but they’re still a bit too large to wear. I think I’m going to keep them, because at the pound-a-week rate I’ll probably be ready for some bigger jeans in another month or so.

Stretch marks? Still nada!

Sleep: Still sleeping fairly well, although it’s guaranteed at this point that I’ll be waking up around 4 or 5am every morning. I’ve been tempted to buy one of those crazy big pregnancy pillows, but I know there’s no way to take it across the ocean, so I’m making do with a long throw pillow.

Movement: Definitely more movement this week! Still no major kicks, but a lot more jostling around. I know it will get to the point where I’m being kept up late at night, but so far I’m loving it!

Food cravings: Still on my trusty fruit cravings, but this week I also had a huge hankering for french fries (I know, terrible). Luckily, a stop for waffle fries was all I really needed, and hopefully my taste buds will be satisfied for a while.

What I miss: Balance! I’ve been getting more and more klutzy as the days go by. I know it will only get worse as my stomach gets bigger, and I definitely miss being able to walk around without bumping into something every ten seconds.

What I am looking forward to: Going on vacation very soon and seeing my parents (and grandma). I’ll be up north at the shore and in Pennsylvania, and I can’t wait to just read and relax with family. It is definitely much-needed!

Milestones: Our first ultrasound! We had our anatomy ultrasound yesterday and it was so much fun to see the Wee Baby Jones move around. We even got to see a cute little baby yawn! We had the ultrasound tech write the gender down and seal it in an envelope, and then found out with the help of…silly string! We break out the silly string at pretty much every Jones family celebration, so it only seemed right. I’ll share more photos and the video tomorrow, but the most important thing: it’s a boy!

Oh, and THIS: Our apartment is all but empty — we had a giant moving sale last Saturday, and we’ll finish getting everything else packed before next week is over. It’s very surreal, but also incredibly freeing, and I’m excited to be done with the moving process and have some time to just hang out with friends while we wait for our visas to go through. I do have a few little “boy” things that I’ll be taking over with me, and I’m also looking forward to some small knitting projects while we’re still here.

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