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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The First Ever First Trimester




With this being the first time I have ever been pregnant, I decided to keep record of the first ever first trimester. I am not a doctor. Most blogs are not written by doctors but are so helpful and beneficial to read. I suggest finding some great blogs that you love and become faithful readers.

I should document my true symptoms: 

  • Acne. Acne everywhere. Coach asked with the most serious face, 'Do you think you may have chickenpox?' 
  • Night sickness 5 times. I didn't eat. I wake up in the middle of the night and eat. It's too legit to quit. 
  • Cramping. Doctor says things are stretching and growing. 
  • Sore ummmmm.... girls? You know? I couldn't live 13 weeks without a sportsbra. Hurt. So. Bad. 
  • I usually wake up at 3-5am. Then it's a struggle to get up. 
  • I had to teach Dub that my three trips to the bathroom did not mean he needed three trips to the bathroom as well. 
For the majority... these are over.




I LOVE a TON of blogs. I may or may not consider them real friends and only the closest friends of mine (maybe like one person and my husband) can separate the real life friends from the blog friends that I talk about in regular conversation. Weird? Yup.

With my LOVE of blogs, I have read and read and then read some more. This was SOO SOO SOO helpful for me when encountering something SO very new.

Maybe this will help you. Maybe you will just laugh. That is totally fine too. Maybe you'll be mad. Sorry bout that.

Again, I am not a doctor. At. All. I also praise THE GREAT WONDERFUL LORD that I have had an amazing first trimester. With this being said, let me share some things that I learned and want to remember for future Cain babies.

1. From week 4 (when you find out) until week 8-9 when your doctor wants to see you for the first time is the AB.SO.LU.TE. longest time of your life. I seriously had a count down on my phone that I would look at 3 times a day. Hold on young grasshoppa.... your very exciting day will come. It will be oh so worth the wait!

2. Tell your husband the news ASAP. Promise each other you won't tell anyone until after the first appointment... then call your BFF immediately. No really. I did this. Ten minutes after we made the vow not to tell, I was begging and crying to tell my BFF. She gave me the exact reaction I was looking for. "Shut up! I am on my way over now!" Coach is the most unemotional person ever. I knew he was 100% super pumped... he just doesn't do cartwheels and such like I do. I needed someone to do cartwheels with.

3. Get some organic Tart Cherry juice ASAP. A friend recommended this for a natural sleep aid, but I read that it covers the vitamin taste. Ummmmm..... so worth it! I have been drinking a glass every single night for about four weeks. So amazing.

4. Take your vitamins. I know so folks say they just can't. Well, try. Try really really hard.

5. Eat fruit and veggies between the ice cream and carbs. Your gut will be thankful. Trust me.

6. Try to keep going full speed. I am literally afraid of slowing down because I am afraid that I won't get started again.

7. Read. Read. Then read some more. People tell me to stop reading. I can't. I just absolutely cannot be uniformed about anything. Birth plans? I have four saved to my computer. Thankfully I have read every single possible birth story ever. You won't scare me with yours. I've youtube-ed it at 3am. Bring it.

8. Did I mention read? You should seriously read.
Coach and I are hardcore praying about a plan that we LOVE. People HATE it and will throw some fists when you talk about it. However, we researched it. Maybe we will change when Baby C comes... but we have read the literature and formed our own opinion.You should just seriously read. Set down the Hoover and pick up my ole Gal Denmark!

9. Eat every hour. Oh. Is this just me? Possibly. It just keeps the sick feeling away. Sooooo bring on the food. (Again, I was super blessed and not sick much. I was sick 5 nights out of 13 weeks.)

10. Smile and be polite when people say.... "Right in the middle of football season?! What were you thinking?!"
Well, we were thinking we wanted a family. So we were thinking that we would FULLY give the timing to The Lord. We were also thinking about cross country season, basketball season, and baseball season. Wait. No we weren't. We were thinking about having a baby and being blessed by the Lord to be parents.

11. Start doing things NOW. I don't think it is too soon to do anything. I need time to search for the best things I need to research brands and be sure we are spending smart and not just spending money on baby items. Plus, ummmm.... I will be due at the beginning of the school year. I want to fully focus on THAT. I also want to spend some time with Coach this summer. I want a Babymoon. I want things set up as much as possible. Go ahead. Paint that room. Order that crib. Get that fun stuff OVER!

12. Don't discuss names. People will hurt your feelings when they don't like them. FYI: We may or may not call Baby Cain Maximus.

13. Drink water. Drink water. Then drink water.

14. Don't compare yourself to other pregnancies. SHEWWWWW. I am really bad at this. "Oh gosh! I've gained 2 pounds at 13 weeks and they have gained 32 in  weeks!" "Oh man! I am wearing maternity pants and this person isn't!" Stop. Be yourself. Rock your bump.

15. Pray. Pray. Then pray some more. Then ask friends to pray. When we finally told people... I would always say, "Please pray!" Prayer is an amazing thing and it has kept me going for the last 13 weeks! In fact: Will you pray for us? Thanks!

There you have it. My journal of the First Ever First Trimester. 

Week 6

13 Weeks


Love love,
C^2 



Sunday, March 22, 2015

13 WEEKS

How far? 
13 weeks. (and two days!) 
No makeup. Mr. leaves too early so he was rushing me.


Baby Cain is the size of a sweet Georgia peach. Another favorite. 
This week was officially the BUMP week. I woke up one morning... and bam. There was a bump. I am so thankful that folks know that I am expecting now. I no longer have to hear the, "Mrs. Cain is gaining some weight!" Now I get to hear, "Mrs. Cain! You have a baby bump!" 
Yes. Yes. I do. 

How I am feeling: 
And then on week 13 God said, "Let there be energy!" 
Seriously, I have felt great. I would LOVE an afternoon nap but we had two away games this week. Other than that, I have felt amazing. As long as I eat every two hours... I am good. So bring on the food! 

Maternity Clothes? 
Week 13, Day 1: I wore my first pair of maternity pants. Jeans. I LOVED them. Love. Love. Love. 
This is rather huge for me because I don't like wearing jeans. Ha. So officially, I am wearing a few maternity pieces. 

See Coach, nothing from last spring fits.... except my beloved Tory Burch sandals. Such a worthy purchase. : ) 

Best Moment of the Week: 
So many amazing moments in one week! 
Thursday, March 19th we had our second doctor's appointment. We got a small glimpse of Baby Cain. I knew what to look for so I saw the most perfect little baby ever. Coach only saw the heart beating and a head. These appointments don't last long enough! They go by so fast! I do LOVE my doctor. We could talk about running the entire appointment. I do wish I could chill out on the research. Since I read EVERYTHING... I don't have many questions when I go. If a question arises I just research several views and then I am good to go. She understands this and is totally fine with it. She says it's best to be educated! Love her. 
My stats and labs were perfect. I have gained a total of 2 pounds which I was seriously thinking it was 22 pounds. Thanks to some amazing vitamins, I have perfect labs even with a not so perfect diet.


After the appointment we were able to go visit a sweet friend and their new baby. He was perfect. Melt my heart. Somehow I didn't take any pictures. This gives me a reason to go back soon. 

Saturday was prom. I was so blessed to be a part of my darling kiddo's day. Time please slow down. These babies will drive to practice this year. I will cry for sure. I think they are absolutely beautiful! HOWEVER, they are always beautiful! Even after rockin' a 5k! 

Saturday evening we went to pick out paint colors. The painter has an opening Monday to paint. We decided on two shades of ivory. If Baby Cain is a girl we will add the soft pink as an accent for pillows and throws. If Baby Cain is a boy we will add red accents. Coach wanted to be sure "Trojan Blue" went with the ivory too. However, I am team pink or red. 

Which brings me to the "What gender do you want?" I can honestly say that I 100% do not care. I just want a healthy baby. For the first 9 weeks I was convinced it was a boy. I LOVE our boy name we have picked out. I will LOVE the face people make because it is SOOO unique. But now after three hundred changes I LOVE our girl name. Again, super unique. I guess we will wait until September to find out. :) 


Food cravings: 
I just love food. I was on a shrimp kick for two weeks but Saturday night I officially said, "I'm over it." That seems to be the trend. I love a food for two weeks then I'm over it. On to the next obsession...

Stretch marks: 
None. My belly button hurts. It feels like it may tear apart soon. My skin is also super itchy. I still use lotion and oil. HUGE for me. I hate lotion. 

Looking Forward to: 
I am going to enjoy the ten school days before spring break. I know folks are excited for the end of the year to come. I am absolutely not. I LOVE my babies this year. I know I will sob in May. I have HUGE goals to meet before May so I am going to use each moment soaking up the precious things with them. 
My eyes started watering last night in the yard when I was talking to my neighbor about her baby (that is in my class) going to prom in ten years! Ummmmm..... time slow down! 

Nursery: 
Pictures next week. :) I think this week I will make the window treatment purchase this week. 

Sweet Baby Dub: 
A mess. A crazy mess. 

Prayer:
Words just cannot explain. I pray God can read my heart and my thankfulness. We are so thankful and too blessed to even say. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Weekending.

Weekends are kinda my favorite. They give us the time we need to relax, recharge, and for us... have some family member visitors! This was a long 4 day weekend for us. I knew I had to take FULL advantage of it. It was also the famous Peaches to Beaches weekend here. This is a HUGE yardsale from Perry (central Georgia area) to Brunswick. It crosses directly through our main road. It is a wonderful way to find some goods at great prices and also make a little extra cash if you need to clean out. Confession: I never even went out for one second. I know there were some GREAT buys. I know I SHOULD have taken advantage and gone to buy some BIG items for Baby Cain. The truth is, my house needed a little spring cleaning before I brought more stuff in. I am 100% proud of my decision of staying home and knocking out some major TO DOs around here.

Here was our weekend: 

Friday: A big productive day of reading. I honestly never left the couch unless to eat. My favorite author released a new book Wednesday. Friday was spent reading the book from cover to cover. I have been reading books nonstop for information. It was AHHHHHHmazing to just read a fiction book and not worry about making note of an important detail. Although the amazing rest was needed, I am good for about five months on the sitting and doing nothing. I didn't feel great Friday night. I was ill. Saturday had to be spent being active.


Saturday: I was up early and enjoying my delish shake. My closet has been a nightmare. I just have too much in there. I have three seasons. Plus, Baby Cain's closet was full of my dresses and coats. So work had to be done. I took out, gave away, packed up, and got ready to store some winter clothes... and JCrew size 8s (summer stuff) :( are now packed away and ready to make their way to the attic for safe keeping until hopefully next summer. It was an all day project. Now I LOVE my closet! So fresh and organized.


Baby Cain now has a fresh start ready for some (gender neutral) filling.



I need to take a second and send up a PRAISE. A dear friend sent me her two HUGE tubs of maternity clothing. Every. single. thing is perfect! I spent two days washing, hanging, folding, and organizing each piece. Coach helped me and said, "This is amazing!" I cannot begin to say how thankful I am because I was slightly worried about having to purchase so many things. I literally am 100% set now! I work all summer and now I have plenty of things to wear to work. She will probably get sick of hearing me say thanks... but I cannot begin to tell you the blessing this was! Coach may or may not have also said, "You'll be a better dressed pregnant person than you are not pregnant!" He is sooooooo kind these days!


Saturday afternoon I actually put on real clothes... and went to a wedding celebration for my dear friend's sister. This sweet lady... no words can explain.



Sunday morning after some coffee and nursery planning,  Penny left and I did some online shopping. I am looking for a crib. I don't want a super expensive one. However, I do know it will be an investment and can be used for many future babies so I am really researching to read reviews and find one I love and is worth the money. There are just SO. MANY. OPTIONS.

The remainder of the day was spent on the normal afternoon nap, movie watching, and evening grilling. When we are outside, Coach gets on his rant about fixing the back yard. At our old house we had the PERFECT back porch. We miss that and would LOVE to have one here. So this morning a landscaper friend who just so happened to own this house before us is stopping by to take a look. Sure.... let's add ANOTHER project!


Oh, and FINALLY uploading our Christmas trip pictures to share. Thank you for the much needed guilt trip.


Here we are on Monday. This weekend was perfect. So many things done.

Oh... and with LOTS of prayer and research... Baby Cain officially has a spot for love and spoiling when I go back to work. We confirmed and reserved the spot yesterday. I feel 100% about it. I just couldn't wait until the last minute. I HAD to know that was taken care of and I don't have to worry about that until November (hopefully). Plus, we can start praying about that now. We pray they make lots of friends, and get the loving and spoiling they deserve! It just worked out perfectly!

Friday, March 13, 2015

12 Weeks

How Far? 
Baby Cain is 12 weeks today!
Isn't this the BEST picture ever? Yay for days off and never leaving the couch! Ha! Keeping it real! 

The size of a plum. 
I am loving the What to Expect app and videos. They are very informative and it gives the quick version of what is growing and changing throughout this particular week. 

How I am feeling: 
I really feel great. Sometimes I forget that there is a sweet baby growing inside. However I am quickly reminded: like when I am frog hopping on the playground.... diving on the bed to wrestle with Dub... jump up from the floor when I am done playing a literacy game.... I am reminded to slow down and stop being such a loon.... I also love my sleep each night! I love it so much I ran in the afternoons this week. It helps that the weather was in the 80s this week. I also had a pedicure this week and it was perfect. I wore sandals as well and it was wonderful! Yay for Spring! 


Maternity Clothes? 
I am wearing my clothes BUT I only wear the super stretchy things. I have the belly band and it saves my life when I need to wear jeans or pants. I just HATE tight things around my stomach. I have ALWAYS been like this because I am sitting on the floor and running around like a crazy each day. 


Best moment of the week? 
Baby Cain officially has two car seats. (Daddy will drop off, Mommy will pick up.) It just makes sense to have one for each car to eliminate the stress about cars and such. We also have THE diaper bag that I have loved from the moment I saw it.


 I also had a SWEET SWEET friend call me and say she was finding a home for all of her maternity clothes. This made my week because 1) she is super stylish. 2) I am getting very close to needing them. 3) Now more money can be spent on fun things like this Bob jogging stroller that I am drooling over. I have the best friends! I pray for them daily because they get me through the days! 


Food cravings? 
I could live off of shrimp. In fact, that is the only meat I really LOVE these days. No worries, I am keeping the serving size in check. I also only drink water or lemonade usually. I think Coach is waiting for me to really crave something because he'll say, "Is this a craving?" I also HAVE to eat SOMETHING every 2 or so hours. If I miss the window then I feel sick. I HATE feeling sick so I am constantly eating SOMETHING. Monday night I was kinda waiting on Coach to come home and cook. I also forgot we got another hour of daylight so he was later than normal. Annnnnnddddd I got sick feeling. I didn't leave the couch. I talked him through cooking dinner. 

Oh, and THIS.

 Ummmmmm..... it is TRULY my saving grace in the morning! All the protein! These are by far my favorite shake ever! I don't add anything but water and ice. It is the perfect mixture of sweet and healthy. I know I'm not sick in the morning because I am getting some amazing nutrition first thing in the AM. 

What I am looking forward to: 
We are out of school for a 4 day weekend. I am going to spring clean and clean out the extra closet that I have claimed this past year. I am also going to switch out my winter and spring clothes in my closet and get that cleaned up. This morning I contacted the painter. I think Sunday we are going to purchase the paint for the room. I also have a doctor's appointment Thursday. I am hardcore praying about that! I am about to hit the 2nd trimester. Folks say the energy they find in the 2nd is amazing... I am pretty good on energy so I am excited to have MORE! :) 

Stretch Marks? 
None so far. I use body butter twice daily as well as coconut oil.  I have never had stretch marks before but I've read they are hereditary. Honestly, I don't really care if I have them or not. I mean.... that sweet baby is totally worth it. I kinda laugh inside when I hear people say... "Ugh! Stretch marks!"  It is kinda like people saying, "I could never cut my hair! I am too attached to it!" It is hair and skin folks.... Just my personal opinion. 

Nursery: 
We have one. It needs cleaning out. (Just the closet.) The cleaning starts today tomorrow. 

Sweet Baby Dub: 
I have to beg him not to lay on me. Literally lay on me. This is his favorite spot. He has always hung out around my feet on the couch and the bed... now he is on my stomach all the time. It is sweet... and I love it... but I can only take it for about 5 minutes. We have the agreement that he will lay next to me. Yay for finally being the favorite! Or, it really may be that I am just always on his favorite spot. 
I have read lots of articles about how to transition your dog in the big change that is about to happen. I am adding this to my prayer list but seriously... Dub has always been great around mini people. I am really not worried at all. However, this week I started thinking about allergies. Just adding that to my prayer list!


Prayer: 
Oh sweet Baby Cain you are crazy loved already! I could cry when I start to think about all the amazing years that are ahead of us! My favorite time of day is the ride to school when I pray out loud for your health. I pray constantly that you are healthy and strong. I can't wait to hear your sweet heartbeat this week! 
I may still sneak in a prayer that you love running from day one.... :) 


Friday, March 6, 2015

11 Weeks

How far along: 11 weeks TODAY! 

Not really feeling a BUMP.. just WIDEEEEEE! 
This week I really felt great. I will feel a random sickness come for a few minutes, but that's really all. I have energy back throughout the day. (Thanks to 5am runs and yoga.) At the end of the day I am DONE. But I really THANK THE LORD that I cam well enough to keep on trucking.... :) 
Size of baby: A sweet little lime. My favorite. :) 
Must have items:
Carbs. Seriously. I am so mad at myself for only wanting carbs. Literally. Bread. Pasta. JUNK. I can't decide if the fact that my lunchbox won't zip is a pregnant lady problem.... or an environmentalist problem. I refuse to use ziplocks.

Sports bra. I literally sleep in one. It is the first thing I put on when I walk in the door from work. 
Internet. I am a reading pro. I am reading wayyyyyy too much I do believe. I am also addicted to videos. Any motherhood video, I am watching! I get slightly nervous about being uninformed on ANYTHING... especially something THIS major. So, I am VERY well educated on just about everything and anything. Good and bad thing. 

Sleep:  I love love love a good nap on the weekends. By GOOD I mean 3 hours or more. I fall asleep fine at night, but I am usually awake around 3ish for the bathroom and then sleeping is done. It is still hard to get out of the bed in the mornings although I am up. It is also the perfect time for more reading... as well as getting up to go run. Tuesday night I was exhausted. Wednesday afternoon was my only afternoon for a nap. 
Cravings: Anything that I have eliminated from my body in the past two years... I want it now. JUNK for sure. 
Baby movement: Nothing but what I am 99% sure is gas. TMI? Welllllll..... truth! 
Gender: We currently have it planned to NOT find out. The more I think about it the more I do NOT want to know.  (This is HUGE for me because I HATE surprises!) 
Challenges this week: Running and clean eating. Although this week was better.... dairy has got to go. It is a love hate relationship I do believe. Thanks to Whole 30 I know what foods SHOULD make my body feel like. I am aiming for that clean eating. Oh, but man wouldn't some super spicy fajitas be super delicious? 
Best moment this week: 
This week was full of amazing moments. First, we got to FINALLY make the big announcement. It was killing me to keep this for 11 weeks. Plus, I was starting to show. So when we finally made the announcement, Baby Cain decided to pop out and give me a tiny bump. All the love and prayers mean SO much!



Thursday was my birthday so Baby Cain got the first piece of clothing! No worries, a big blue bow will make this a gender neutral outfit this fall!


Thursday night we had dinner with the BFFs. I am so thankful God sent us them. They are the absolute best.

First Born DogNamedDub is just as sweet and perfect as always!

I plan to spend the days off next week cleaning and moving out of my extra closet and scheduling our bathroom/kitchen remodel. Finally. This dang kitchen was going to be painted this summer but I can't decide on what I want it to look like. Crunch time. I REFUSE to be rushed nesting at 9 months pregnant. Perk of not knowing a gender.... I can go ahead and pick out paint colors! :)

I also found the perfect bag I need want. I think I am going to use some birthday cash to make the purchase. Again, gender friendly! :)

Love love.
C^2 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Raisin' Cain: An Update!

We are crazy excited! We are also so loved and blessed to have amazing friends like you all! So much love and support makes me cry. No really. I cry all the time. We really appreciate the prayers! Please pray for us! I worry a TON and learning to FULLY TRUST GOD! His plans are sooooo amazing!


Here are some answers to the questions:


I feel great! If I ever feel bad it is for a few short minutes throughout the day, or at 6pm. So when it is 6pm, Coach eats cereal and I go to bed. He is really THE BEST!

We are 10 weeks! I tried so hard to keep if for 2 more weeks... but I have a bump/ carb stomach.

I was eating PERFECT..... then could only stomach donuts. And ice cream. Lots of donuts. And ice cream.

I have "bump dates" that I will share starting Friday. I am excited about those! I have only read about a million! Now I get to write mine!

Yes, we are fully aware that September is football season. And cross country season. Again: God's plan is perfect!

I am LOVING watermelon this week. I make meals out of it. Which is expensive when it is March and not July!

I took a small, short break from running, but with the doctor's blessing, I am back at it and I FEEL amazing! (I promised 3 miles or less!) It really makes me feel so much better!

I would LOVE a nap from 11-1 each day. I only get those on Sunday. :) (Thankful for early services!)

I drink 1/2 a Spark in the morning with the option of 1/2 in the afternoon but never really drink it.


I read Babywise each night and up next for Coach is The Husband Coached Birthing Plan. (Currently praying for allllll natural!) I mean.... it makes total sense right? I AM married to a Coach!

We aren't finding out the gender. AHHHHHH......

My bff is going to be the only one to know the gender. She is handling the bedding. And I love her. And she wants to know. We don't. We just want healthy. With this being said I just feel like it is a boy. I feel that way so much I know it'll be a girl! Ha. Coach officially for the first time ever said.. "She will...." last night. He caught himself because we always refer to Baby Cain as Maximus. (That's the name he LOVES.... but good ole' trusty Mama Bette vetoed that!)

Speaking of healthy.... I may or may not sneak up a few prayers for a Book-Worm Cross Country Star. I am sure God is putting that in line with Coach's prayer for a 6'7 Baseball-Playin Lineman. I'm convinced we are having a flute playing ballerina. Which will be TOTALLY fine... I just don't have a clue about either!

Again, thanks for all of the love and support! We are blessed to have such amazing people in our lives!

Love love,

C^2 & Baby Cain

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Years Keep Getting Better!

In 2004 we became friends. 



In 2007 we became boyfriend/ girlfriend. 


In 2011 we became husband and wife. 


In 2012 we became some dream chasing Trojans. 



In 2014 we became homeowners. 


In 2015 we will become PARENTS! 


Baby Cain will be here September 2015. 


Yes. I am aware that is football season