Bumpdate: 20 Weeks

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I’m going ahead and beginning in-depth “Bumpdates” since a lot of these characteristics or defining bits of pregnancy are already beginning to emerge.

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Size of Baby: Banana — although we did find out at our ultrasound that Baby Amelia is measuring in the 29th percentile. She’s a little nugget!
Total Weight Gain: 17 pounds
Maternity Clothes? All maternity clothes. I’m not even attempting to fit into my regular clothes at this juncture.
Stretch Marks? Nope…thanks, Mama Mio!
Sleep: I’m sleeping pretty well at this point, thank goodness.

Best Moment of the Last Two Weeks: Finding out we’re having a little girl and the increase in movement!
Miss Anything? Wine :)

Movement: Like I said, lots of movement for 20 weeks. I’ve been telling Ryan since week 17 that we’ve got a crazy one on our hands. Watching her on the ultrasound definitely confirmed that.
Food Cravings: Salads! …which would be awesome if it was the only thing I ate. Usually the salad is accompanied by an entree. I’m also craving mustard, Twizzlers and pizza (but I crave pizza pretty frequently when I’m NOT pregnant).

Fun fact: Ryan enjoys staging photos.

Fun fact: Ryan enjoys staging photos.

Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: None! And hopefully that’s my report for another 20 weeks.
Symptoms: Frequent headaches are back, which the doctor attributes to a progesterone increase that usually occurs between weeks 18 and 20. I’m also experiencing mid-back pain, which was something I suffered from during the first pregnancy, as well as heartburn.

Belly Button?: In!
Wedding Rings?: Still on — but it won’t be long before my rings are retired for the time being.
Happy or Moody?: Happy for the most part. I do, admittedly, have my moments of irritability and sadness.
Looking Forward To: Our new life with Amelia, decorating the nursery and getting all of Charlotte’s old baby clothes out for the next Randolph girl!

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Why Hello, Amelia Rose!

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Dear Amelia Rose,

I had a feeling it was you, and my maternal instinct was right for the second time! It also helped that I have had three dreams about you — as long ago as last August. The dream felt more real than anything, and your Dad and I were holding you in our hospital room. Little did I know how much I would cling to that dream (and that hope) in the harder months that were to follow. I’m so thankful that we found out today that the dream wasn’t what could have been; but rather what will be in just a few short months.

You have played such a huge role in our lives already, requiring us to truly pray for God’s will, lean on His promises and trust in His timing. For that reason, you are so special to both your Dad and me. We are so grateful for how God has used you.

In a few short months, you will be coming into a really great family (if we do say so ourselves). You have an awesome big sister who has been training for this role for the past year and a half. For months, she has been taking care of her “babies,” singing them lullabies, changing their diapers and making sure they’re fed. No doubt you will be in good hands when your big sister, Charlotte, is around.

You also have an amazing Dad, who in my opinion, was designed to be a Dad for little girls. He is so loving, so fun and so gentle. You two will create so many beautiful memories with one another, just as he has done with your sister, Charlotte.

And finally, my love for you knows no words. I know some Moms are “worried” during their second pregnancy about having enough love for two children, but that has never been a concern of mine. My love for you has circled the moon and back before you were even in existence, and I can’t wait to show you through late night feedings, sickly snuggles and good times.

But more than the love that the three of us have for you now is the love your Heavenly Father has for you. We can’t wait to tell you how much Jesus loves you — so much so that He died for you on the cross. And we hope that as we pursue Him, we love you all the more better. You’re a treasure to Him, and we will treasure you all the more by knowing that.

We can’t wait for you to be here, Little Bit! You have already brought us so much joy, and we are eagerly waiting to live life with you!

Love,
Mom, Dad and Charlotte

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. Matthew 20:22

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14

May He grant your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans! Psalm 20:4

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Boy or Girl? What Will You Be?

In my 16 week post, it felt like time was flying by, but now that we’ve got our gender reveal appointment to look forward to, time is passing by so slow. Fortunately, we have exactly one week left to wait. In the meantime, we’ve been trying out old wives’ tales once more for a bit of fun.

1. Baby’s Position
I feel like this baby is sitting just like Charlotte was — a little lower. Ryan has even remarked on how low my belly seems. GIRL

However, I also seem to be a bit narrow (again), which would indicate a BOY.

2. Heartbeat
Initially, the heart rate was 171. The past two visits it has been 150 and 147. The old wives’ tale goes that a girl has a heart rate in the 140s, while a boy has a heart rate in the 130s. GIRL

3. Sweets or Salts
I’ve had my share of sweet cravings, specifically gummy bears and Twizzlers. However, most of my cravings have been for salty and sour-ish foods. BOY

4. Calendars
Both the Chinese and Mayans have calendars that supposedly determine whether you’re having a boy or girl. Both of these calendars predict that we’re having a GIRL.

5. Skin
Though I am breaking out a little, it’s not as much as last time. I’ll take that! BOY

6. The Ring test
We did the ring test a few nights ago. When I held the ring over my belly, it swung in a circle, which means it’s a girl. I also had Ryan hold the ring; and when he did it, the ring swayed from side to side, indicating a boy.

I also read that people can subconsciously move the ring to get the result that they want. In that case, our results are interesting. GIRL

7. Sickness
Finally, the last indicator is whether or not you’ve been sick or feeling fine. Just like last time, I was pretty nauseous during my first trimester, and even well into my second trimester, I’m still feeling pretty tired all of the time. But I definitely have had it better than others, which is why I’m going with BOY on this one.

If you check out this post from my pregnancy with Charlotte, you’ll notice the results are almost all the same. So what will Little Bit #2 be? We’ll let you know in a week!

Bumpdate: 16 Weeks

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Size of Baby: Avocado
Total Weight Gain: 13 pounds

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How I’m Feeling (Physically): For the most part, I’m having lots of good days — with the occasional bad day. Still feeling a little more tired than last time, but that may have something to do with chasing a 2.5-year-old around.
How I’m Feeling (Emotionally): Anxious! About names! We have a girl name picked out, but in terms of boy names, we just have a frustratingly sparse list.

Positives: So thankful that I’m starting to feel better, and that time is flying by so F-A-S-T for this pregnancy! Baby’s heartbeat was 147 at our 16-week appointment.
Negatives: Again the name. I am such a planner and not having a name at this point is difficult. I guess we technically have at least 24 more weeks to get that one figured out…

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I Heart NY

For my 30th birthday, Ryan pulled out all of the stops and surprised me with a long weekend in one of my favorite cities in the world. He spoiled me rotten and never said “no” once. Though we’ve both been to New York several times, we’ve never gone together so it was fun to explore and experience the city with a fresh perspective.

We spent our first afternoon in Central Park and had a late dinner at Gramercy Tavern. I’ve had a few weeks to think about this now, and I’ve made up my mind: Gramercy Tavern was the best dinner of my life. The food, ambiance and service were just out of this world. It was everything you expect dining in New York to be.

Strolling in Central Park.

Strolling in Central Park.

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Perfect afternoon with this guy.

Perfect afternoon with this guy.

On the steps of the Met.

On the steps of the Met.

The next day, Ryan made us wake up at 6 a.m. in order to catch a glimpse of the Today Show. We saw the anchors for about a minute — so was it worth it? Hmmmm. It did allow us to get in line for the Top of the Rock early and avoid the long lines. After experiencing the views from the top, we headed over to Grand Central Station, the New York Public Library, Bryant Park and Times Square. One of the best memories from the trip was grabbing food from a food truck in Times Square and eating in Bryant Park.

From there, it was nap time (remember the early wake-up call?). Then we were off to Broadway! We saw An American in Paris, which was breathtakingly beautiful as well as fun. And we capped the night off with a visit to the top of the Empire State Building. Though I was a negative Nancy the whole way up (I still hate heights), it was the best trip to the top of the Empire State Building that I’ve ever taken.

Top of the Rock.

Top of the Rock.

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On our last full day in New York, we spent the morning at the 9/11 Memorial. This wasn’t anything that I was “looking forward” to doing, and though I cried for most of the first hour, I’m so glad we went. I also loved how many different nationalities were represented amongst the other visitors. It’s comforting to see that the whole world still truly mourns with us.

After the 9/11 Memorial, we headed over to Chelsea for lunch, a walk along the High Line and shopping in Chelsea Market. We decided that should our path ever take us to New York, this is the neighborhood for us. After, we made our way down to Wall Street — which was tourist crazy. We grabbed a few touristy photos ourselves, and then got out of there as fast as we could. Dinner that night was at Saxon + Parole — another AMAZING meal. And I’m proud to report that Ryan picked all of the restaurants and did a phenomenal job in finding places that he knew I would love.

Reflection pool at the 9/11 Memorial.

Reflection pool at the 9/11 Memorial.

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Trinity Church.

Trinity Church.

Ryan's happy place.

Ryan’s happy place.

It was a birthday fit for a princess — so thanks, honey! You’re the best!

Bumpdate: 12 Weeks

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Size of Baby: Lime
Total Weight Gain: 6 pounds

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How I’m Feeling (Physically): Nausea and fatigue are beginning to subside, but my headaches are growing increasingly frequent.
How I’m Feeling (Emotionally): Relieved and looking forward to our 12-week appointment with anticipation.

Positives: We have our 12-week appointment this week, get to share the news with friends and family very soon and already moved some furniture into the nursery!
Negatives: The headaches are super, super, super annoying at this point. I’ve basically had a headache for two straight weeks. But hey, there’s a baby at the end of this tunnel…

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Spreading the News…

We decided to tell our family a little earlier than we did last time simply because we were seeing them all for my 30th birthday. On my actual birthday, we shared the news with my Mom — asking her if she could keep a secret for a few days (and we know she can — she kept it for WEEKS last time). My Mom’s eyes swelled with tears, and you could tell that she was just SO HAPPY for us. She’s been praying just as diligently for you, Little Bit, as we have this past year.

A few days later, we had a majority of both of our families together in Bloomington for a big birthday dinner. Before dinner arrived at the table, Ryan had everyone group together for a picture. Little did anyone know what was coming…

Get together for a picture…

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“Ok everybody, say, “Kathryn’s pregnant!””…

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Cue tears, laughs and disbelief.

Margaret's hand on my belly is the sweetest thing. Also, Charlotte's face -- HA!

Margaret’s hand on my belly is the sweetest thing. Also, Charlotte’s face — HA!

We FaceTimed and texted those that couldn’t join us that night, which brought even further freak outs (I wish we had been recording Josh and Jess’ FaceTime call). Unfortunately, the families are under strict instruction to keep the secret for about three more weeks. At which point, Ryan says he’s going to shout it to the whole world. He’s one happy Daddio.