(It was) my 5 year blogiversary!

Well another September has rolled around, and with it, another blogiversary! That’s right… in September 2009, I created this here little blog (which has since moved, become self-hosted, gotten its own domain, and evolved quite a bit). My first post was on September 8, 2009 (which has since been deleted and transformed into my “About” page), and my first review was posted on September 14, 2009. This means I’ve been at this thing for FIVE YEARS already! Where does the time go?! And oops, my bad for missing the actual date yet again. I guess I’ve been blogging a little over five years now!

Five years is half of a decade. It’s a long time in blog world, where people come and go on a daily basis. While sometimes I get frustrated with blogging, ultimately I don’t see myself leaving anytime soon. For one, I am far too stubborn to quit something once I’ve started (hence finishing all the crappy books), and for two, this is my SPACE. While a million and one things have changed for me over these past five years, my blog has always been a constant… it’s been one of the only constants, really. It’s been a place for me to just be me, where I’ve managed to make quite a few number of friends, and something I’ve just always been able to turn to. I communicate so much better in writing than I do verbally, and this place has allowed me to really open up and express everything.

So what has changed in the five years since the creation of StephTheBookworm?

  • I was 20. Now I’m 25.
  • I was just starting my second year of college. I have since finished that bachelor’s degree AND gotten my master’s degree.
  • I was in an unhappy on-and-off relationship. Since then, I met someone new, he flew across the country, we got engaged, and I’m now lucky enough to say that I’m married to the greatest man (and it’s almost our first wedding anniversary!)
  • I was living with my parents. Now I own a home.
  • I didn’t have a doggy! Now Dakota is my constant sidekick and best companion. It’s been almost three years since he came into my life.
  • I was working at Wegmans. Now I have a career in the library.
  • I was working my way up to obese, BECAME obese, and have since lost over 100 pounds.
  • I was VERY lazy. Now I’m a half-marathoner.
  • And the newest adventure of them all… kids had never even crossed my mind yet. Now I’m going to become a mommy in January!

I’m sure there have been a lot of other big, notable changes, but these are some of the biggest and the best. As you can see, my life is not even remotely close to how it had been when all of this started. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING has changed, but this blog has been through it all with me. I know it sounds silly to say, but it means a lot to me. I’m glad to say my blog has also evolved a bit with me. For the first four years and four months, this blog was ONLY a book blog. While I loved and still do love writing book reviews, I found myself wanting more out of my blog. Writing has always been one of my passions, and I wanted to write more openly on my blog. While I still happily review books, in January 2014 I declared this no longer just a book blog, but an anything blog. While I sometimes miss having a “niche” blog, this blog is just mine now. I write about books AND also about my life, and it feels more free that way. Now, I feel as though I can write whatever I want, whenever I want, and I’ve really enjoyed making that change from book blogger to just blogger. I’ve met even more blog friends since adding this personal touch.

To wrap this thing up, no, I won’t be hosting a giveaway this year as I usually do. As a homeowner and new mommy to be, I really don’t have the extra cash at the moment. Sorry. I know this may not be much of a consolation, but I want to say thank you to ALL of the people I have met along the way. There are still a few people around and blogging who I’ve known since almost the start (such as Melissa). I am so happy to see some of you still going strong. I hope you never stop blogging! There’s not a lot of us left from around that time frame, and it makes me sad. But it also makes me happy that some of you are still blogging – yay! I also have made some wonderful blogging friends in more recent years, and I’ve gotten to know some of you pretty well. Thank you for being a part of my life and accepting me as I am, and thanks for letting me be a part of your life too, by sharing your own stories on your blogs. You guys are a big part of the reason why I am still blogging after all this time. I’ve also had a lot of support from family and friends since starting this blog. Thank you all for reading and responding and supporting this little adventure of mine.

Here’s to the next five years!

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Me then (2009), and me now. The obese part came sometime in between. Do I look any different? Probably not.

 

 

Rest of the Year Reading Goals!

So this has been a crappy reading year for me in terms of meeting my yearly goal of 100 (which I have still never met in the 4 or 5 years I’ve been setting it, by the way). I usually get somewhat close, but yeah… not even close this year. I’ll blame it on being a newlywed, buying a house, settling into said house, and getting pregnant (therefore feeling sick and tired). By the time I get home from work, I am usually just beat. Gone are the nights of late night reading, my friends (except for the rare occasion, like right now, while I’m reading Gone Girl)! And I used to have a lot more time to read when I wasn’t married and didn’t own a home. Oh well – that’s life! With that said, I do have a few smaller goals I’d like to set now for the rest of the year, so maybe I won’t feel like a complete reading failure come December 31st! Here are some of the specific goals I have from now until the end of the year:

  • Read at least 1 more YA standalone novel
  • Read at least 1 more of a continuation of a series I’ve already started
  • Read at least 1 more cozy mystery
  • Read at least 1 true crime
  • Read at least 1 more parenting book
  • Read at least 1 chick-lit or women’s fiction
  • Read at least 1 more nonfiction
  • Read at least 1 horror novel
  • Read at least 1 eBook (not a huge eReader, but I do own an overstocked Kindle)
  • Read at least 3 more library books (can also be any of the above)
  • Read at least 2 more books from my own shelves (can also be any of the above)
  • Finish the few books that I have started at the moment and still need to finish!

I’ve set my goals this way so that I can try and read a variety of books since I am into A LOT of different genres. I also don’t really want to count any book towards 2 goals… each genre goal should be fulfilled by a different book (except for the library, owned, and Kindle books since those are just formats of books… those can be repeat books from the genre goals). I will recap this post come the end of December to see how I did!

Do you have any reading goals for the rest of the year?

Review & Giveaway: My Mother’s Secret by J.L. Witterick

Title: My Mother’s Secret: A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Storymy
Author: J.L. Witterick
Genre/Audience:
Publication: Berkley Trade, 2014
Source: For review

Dang, this little book packs quite a punch!

My Mother’s Secret is a Holocaust novel based on a true story. Franciszka is a Polish woman living in the small town of Sokal, Poland, with her teenage daughter, Helena. When Poland gets invaded by the Germans, the two women hide two Jewish families and a defecting German soldier in their tiny home, all without any of them knowing about each other. For more than a year, Franciszka must keep this secret and outsmart everyone to keep them all alive.

First and foremost, the Holocaust fascinates me and I will read anything about it that I can get my hands on. It is, without a doubt, one of the biggest tragedies the world has ever seen. One of my all time favorite college courses was a Holocaust literature class that opened my eyes to an abundance of literature about the Holocaust touching on many of the lesser known stories and topics about this tragedy. While this book, like all Holocaust books, was incredibly heart-wrenching and just plain sad, it was a true treat to read about some of the rare do-gooders whose hearts seem impossibly huge. That these two women would care for and hide people that they hardly even knew speaks wonders and volumes about the human spirit and makes you believe that there is good in the world, even amidst the worst of things and the worst of times. It is rare to be uplifted by a Holocaust story, and this one manages to do this, even despite all the sadness that is also involved.

I have to admit, the first little bit of the book had me a bit bored to start. The story is narrated by several different characters and starts out with Helena. I think I just wasn’t into it right away because Helena’s part didn’t touch as much on what she and her mother were doing, and focuses a lot on her romantic relationship. When it switches to some of the people that are in hiding, however, I couldn’t stop reading. For real. I stayed up really late and read the last 150 pages in one sitting. I needed to know how it would end and it was totally worth the late night.

This story is very short and fast, filled with quick, sparse chapters, but as I said, it REALLY packs a punch and will leave you emotionally reeling. I will forever have this story and these people etched into my mind. The fact that these people were real people makes it that much more jarring and touching to me. If only all of us could be just HALF as good as Franciszka and her daughter, the world would be a better place.

For anyone who reads Holocaust literature, I highly recommend this one. It’s a different side of things, and a viewpoint that I was so touched by. If you’re not a Holocaust reader but enjoy historical fiction or inspirational stories, I recommend this to you as well.

My Rating: 4.5/5

GIVEAWAY: One very lucky reader will win their own copy of this fantastic book. To enter, please be 13 years or older and have a U.S. mailing address. Leave a comment below letting me know you’d like to enter, as well as an email address. Winner will be drawn via random.org on September 24, 2014. Good luck!

Bumpdate: 22 Weeks

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I’m 22 weeks today! Baby Caleb should weigh over a pound now! He should be about 11 inches long and the size of a zucchini. In just a little while, we are going to our 22 week appointment. I think after that I’ll have one at 26 weeks, and then it switches to every two weeks. I should also say that last week, I almost switched shirts for my bumpdate pictures since we found out we were having a boy, but oh well. Haha! We like using the same shirt so we can monitor the “bump” size better and watch it grow.

We’ve had a big week getting ready for the little man. My family came over on Sunday to help us out with a lot of work around the house. Jerry and I got a new refrigerator and dishwasher because they were old and our fridge was leaking – ugh! So my dad and brother helped with getting that set up. In the meantime, my mother and sister-in-law helped put together the bassinet and dresser/changing table! They both look so nice. I plan on having the bassinet next to our bed and having him sleep in there for the first 3-4 months, then switching him over to his crib. Thanks to our family for being the best!

I also did more clothes shopping for him with my mom – oops. We’ve pretty much just been hitting up thrift stores though, including the Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Once Upon a Child. So yes, he has a lot of clothes, but they were all very cheap and babies go through a lot of clothes so whatever. I found some REALLY cute stuff which I was really happy about. I didn’t realize that such cute clothes existed for baby boys until I started looking. My mom and I also sorted through all of that on Sunday, and organized by size. I should be all set on Newborn and 0-3 months. I only got a few newborn things in case he ends up being born huge which is a big fear!

Other exciting news was that last Tuesday night, I finally felt him moving from the OUTSIDE. I was lying on my back in bed when I felt some of his usual kicks, and when I put my hand on my stomach, I felt it. It was really cool! I’ve only felt it a couple of other times from the outside because he only moves a few times a day and I never know quite where it will be. Jerry thinks he felt it once so far. We’re excited for when we can feel it more often.

Let’s see… his nursery bedding set arrived and I LOVE it! Thanks to my parents for buying it for us. I will definitely show pictures once we have his nursery set up but I promise it is SO cute. :)

Next on the agenda is painting his nursery. Then we can move the dresser in there, put together the crib, buy a bookshelf and rocking chair, and start decorating. I found a few prints on Etsy that match his bedding and I’m excited to see how it all turns out. We are also starting to think about my baby shower which will be in November.

I also started looking for a pediatrician. My first choice, who my baby nephew sees, is no longer accepting new patients, so I’ve been looking for someone else. I want a male because I’m pretty sure when Caleb gets older, he may feel uncomfortable with a female doctor. I had a male doctor as a baby, but ended up switching to a female when I got a little older, and I’d rather not have to have Caleb switch later on.  I also want someone on the younger side so he can see him for many years rather than someone who will be retiring sometime soon. I’ve had a heck of a time finding someone who meets these requirements, but I’ve found two in the area and we’ll be meeting with them to see who we like.

I am feeling pretty decent. My back still hurts and I’m very tired. My breathing is also getting more labored, and I sometimes feel nauseous after eating, but honestly, none of this is that bad. It sounds bad, but it’s nothing major and I am doing just fine!

Well, it was a big week and now we are off to our appointment!

Parents, how was it when you were searching for a pediatrician for your little one? Did you have a ton of clothes for your baby too? Did your baby sleep in a bassinet, your bed, or a crib? We are doing bassinet and crib, not our bed.

Not perfect.

Does anyone else ever get blogger envy? I mean… when I read other people’s blogs and follow along in their lives, I’m usually thinking to myself: “wow. This person is perfect. Their life is perfect. They are so much more interesting than me. Their life is so much more exciting, fun, glamorous than mine. They really have their sh*t together. Why can’t I be more like them?”

And then I look at my own life and compare. My life isn’t all that interesting. My life is not perfect. My house is not perfect. My relationships aren’t perfect. I’m not anywhere near perfect.

I always think that other bloggers have their lives SO together. Meanwhile, I’m just kind of faking being a grown up and fumbling along as I try to learn how to be a real adult. I always think everyone else is so much more ahead of the curve than I am when it comes to just about everything relating to being an adult.

I know where I get these notions from and that most of them are probably not true. Honestly put, most of the time we blog about the good and exciting things that are happening in our lives. We don’t blog about the hours we spend reading or watching TV, the arguments we have with our spouses, the every day mundane things that make up most of our lives. We blog about the good, the exciting, the fun, the perfect. We want to show only the best things in our lives. I get that. And I’m here to say that if you’ve ever read my blog and had similar feelings about me as I do about other bloggers… there is NO need! I can guarantee my life is not more perfect or interesting than yours.

Sometimes, laundry sits in a basket for days, just waiting to be put away. Sometimes, the dishes pile up and my kitchen, which is way too small, is a complete disaster about 99% of the time. I don’t cook, but I need to learn. I try to keep my coffee table clear but there’s usually junk on it. We kind of live paycheck to paycheck, but we’re proud that we work hard for what we have and that we bust our butt for every penny that we work so hard to save. My house is a bit old and needs a lot of updating, but it has history. It was built by my great-grandparents, so even though I wish we had enough money to have purchased a brand new home with natural lighting, no repairs or updates needed, and high vaulted ceilings, this is OUR home, filled with family memories… even though it isn’t perfect.

My dog? Not perfect. Kind of a jerk. I have to drive him to be babysat every single day. He makes my life very difficult with his issues. But I love him despite that.

My husband and my marriage? Not perfect. We argue sometimes. I get overly emotional. We don’t always see eye to eye. But I love him and I would choose him all over again.

My house? Not the expensive, brand new house of my dreams. Needs a lot of updating that is costing us every spare dollar we have. We’re waiting to do a lot more work to it too until we can save up some more money. But I’m proud of the work we’re doing to it, little by little, every chance we get.

Mine and my husband’s work situations? Not perfect. I want full time but still only have part time even though I got my masters degree. I work days, he works evenings. We hardly get any time together. I’m home alone many nights. But we cherish the time that we do get together on weekends and days off.

My life? Yeah, not perfect. It’s rather imperfect, actually, and I just want you all to know that. And I want you all to know that despite everything, I still firmly believe in Megan McCafferty who wrote in one my all time favorite book series that “we are perfect in our imperfection.” So I wouldn’t change a thing in my imperfect, uninteresting, unglamorous, kind of boring life.

Do perfect and very adult-like people send their husbands ridiculous selfies? Hmm... guessing no.

Do perfect and very adult-like people send their husbands ridiculous selfies for amusement? Hmm… guessing no.

Bumpdate: 21 Weeks

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I’m 21 weeks today! The baby is about the size of a carrot. Not sure on his weight since he was larger last week than the estimates for 20 weeks online say, but he should be about 10.5 inches long.

It was a very big week since we finally confirmed that Baby C is a boy! I have been telling everyone since I was just a few weeks along that I had a gut feeling he was a boy, but no one believed me! I have NO idea where that feeling came from, just that I knew in my gut that he was a boy. I’ve read that mother’s intuition when it comes to gender is about 70% correct, so I was not surprised one bit when the tech said “there’s your boy!”

We revealed by releasing balloons from a box, but also had this for dessert. They were filled with blue frosting, of course!

We revealed by releasing balloons from a box, but also had this for dessert. They were filled with blue frosting, of course!

I’ve been feeling pretty good, just tired and still having the bad back pain. I wear my maternity belt to work which helps a bit. I also got my huge body pillow which was even larger than expected. I’ve tried sleeping with it but can’t seem to get comfortable. I do, however, use it when I’m lying in bed at night reading and it’s been very comfortable on my back.

Now that the big secret is out, we’ve been able to refer to our child as “him” or “Caleb” now which is much nicer than “it!” I bought a few things for him online the week we found out including Converse booties, a Puma sweatsuit, and a couple of crocheted outfits for his newborn portraits, including a cowboy baby outfit that I’m obsessed with. I just can’t even take it, OMG.

I also hit up the Goodwill with my mother on Sunday (the day after the big reveal) and stocked up on a bunch of cheap baby outfits for him. When they’re that small, they really only fit into an outfit a couple of times before outgrowing it so I’d much rather spend just a couple bucks on each outfit. We got some good finds. I need to wash all those outfits though with the baby detergent I bought still, so maybe I will post my Goodwill haul pictures next week.

For now, here are some of the online purchases I made, as well as some cute baby boy clothes hanging in his closet. :)

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We also finally got his room carpeted. A few months back, we added a ceiling fan and light, and were just waiting on the carpeting to be put in. Now that it’s in, we can finally start putting together some of his furniture. We chose his nursery theme this weekend too, and my mother ordered the set for us online. Once that arrives, we will paint and decorate, so pictures are forthcoming! I love the theme and can’t wait to show you what we chose!

Well that’s all I’ve got for now! Did you go out and buy things for your baby as soon as you found out the gender too? If you’re not a mom yet, do you think you would?

Review: Legend by Marie Lu

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Author: Marie Lu
Genre/Audience: Young adult, dystopian
Publication: Putnam Juvenile, 2011
Source: Library

This was the August pick for my Forever YA book club and I thought it was pretty good!

Legend is a YA dystopian novel set in a futuristic United States which has been torn into two warring sides: the Republic and the Colonies. The story is narrated by two teens: June, a military prodigy born into a wealthy sector, and Day, an elusive criminal born into the poor lake sector. While June has heard of the infamous Day, she doesn’t become interested in him until her brother is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. While June is sent on a mission to track him down, both for the military and for her own vengeance, Day is scrambling on the streets trying to avoid authorities and search for a plague cure to help his sick family. What no one expects is that these two forces will uncover a secret that has been safely guarded by the Repbulic’s authorities for many years that will change everything.

I have to say, this book kind of bored me for the first 80 pages or so but then the pace really picked up and hooked me in. I know a lot of people say dystopians are overdone, but I don’t read a whole lot of them and found this one to be enjoyable. I enjoyed the turn of events and surprises that came with the two teens uncovering a dangerous secret, and enjoyed watching their relationship change over time, several different times. I found both characters to be likeable in their own ways, and even enjoyed the slight romantic aspect which many people tend to complain about when it comes to dystopians. For those of you who DO hate romance in their dystopians, please note that romance is not the main story line here, so don’t let it deter you.

There are many interesting factors that come into play in this novel such as a deadly plague which tends to strike the poor sectors, and a “trial,” that each child takes at the age of 10 to determine their life fate. The book is action-packed and suspenseful, and will keep you guessing quite a bit.

All in all, this was a good one and I will read the rest of the trilogy when I get the chance.

My Rating: 4/5

He or she? Gender & name reveal!

We had our gender reveal last night and are excited to finally be able to announce…

It's a boy!!!

It’s a boy!!!

We had my immediate family over last night for a very small gender reveal gathering. We did a balloon release to announce the gender, but we also had blue filled cupcakes and blue and pink snacks. It was also very important to have my dad (a photographer) take some announcement pictures to show the rest of our family and friends. Now we can finally prepare more with boy clothes and decor for the nursery! We already chose the nursery theme, so I will definitely share that with you all later on. For now, we will also tell you his name…

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Caleb Manuel Cervantes

This name was SO hard to come up with. We had a girl name picked out from the get go, but struggled with the boy name for MONTHS! He wanted Aiden and I wanted Declan, but we did not like each other’s choices. Jerry tends to like the more mainstream, popular names whereas I like more unique, less common names. After one night of texting for probably an hour, dozens and dozens of names back and forth (and this was not the first time), I called him and said “what about Callum?” He said “that sounds like Caleb.” Well, he didn’t like Callum, but we both kind of went “hmmm….” when he made the Caleb comment and finally both fell in love with it. Manuel, his middle name, is the name of Jerry’s father. We chose this as his middle name so that we could honor his Mexican heritage (Jerry is 100%). SO, that’s how his name came to be. It was stressful, but we are so happy with it now.

Only a little over four months to go until these two brothers are united….

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Author Interview & Giveaway: Paige Strickland

Me Dec.23, 2011I’m very happy to welcome author, Paige Strickland, to StephTheBookworm. She’s recently written a memoir about her adoption titled Akin to the Truth. I really love fascinating memoirs, and adoption is such an interesting subject, so I definitely look forward to reading this one. Thank you to Paige for answering some of my adoption and writing questions, and be sure to check the end of the interview for a giveaway opportunity!

What is the most important thing you think people should know about adoption?

Three things:

1- Adoption holds no guarantees for any of the parties involved except that agencies and lawyers get paid. The hope is that the baby/child is placed in a better setting with more possibilities for wellness, safety, enrichment and education than what would happen in a first home. No one has a crystal ball, so changes in the adoptive parents’ familial status cannot be predicted. So it is an act of good faith for the birth/natural parent(s).

2- Also, adoptive parents should be prepared for the day when their adopted child might become curious and want to search for their bio relatives. Not all adoptees have the interest or need to do this, but be prepared in case they do.

3- Tell the truth to your adopted kids about their past. Don’t let a child find out they are adopted from a cousin or a neighbor 20-30 years later or when somebody dies. Tell them right away, as they are developmentally ready to process the facts. This was the best thing my parents ever did.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about adoption?

Three things:

1- One big false assumption is that the life of the adopted person and their adopted family will be/is perfect and a dream come true for everyone. It can be absolutely wonderful for all, but, just as in non-adopted families, life isn’t always perfect. Every family has its drama, and sometimes it becomes a trade of one set of circumstances for another.

2- Another misconception or stereotype might be that there is something “bad” or wrong with birth parents. At one point maybe the timing wasn’t the best, but it does not mean that the birth/natural parent is any better or worse a human being than anyone else, including adoptive parents.

3- There is also a misunderstanding that an adoptee who searches is “ungrateful”. An adopted person who searches for birth family is curious. They just want to know more about who they are by finding out where they came from. If they form meaningful connections with the bio-family it’s not usually because they want to abandon the adoptive family. It’s because they want to widen their circle of relationships and seek balance and completion.

I’ve started wr91QpKHkdmIL._SL1500_iting a memoir of my own. What’s the best advice you can give people wanting to write their own memoir?

Just write now. Edit later. Also, be thinking about a running theme or themes for your story to follow. For example, my book has adoption themes addressing identity, shame, secrets, loss and recovery. A memoir should read a bit like a novel with character development, scene descriptions and a plot/conflict. Just write for now and fill in with literary elements over time.

Did you find it challenging or easy to open up and share your story?

I found it mostly easy. If I hadn’t been willing to share, I wouldn’t have read parts with my writing groups or even published it. The hard part was way before as an adopted kid, when I hid the truth. This book is in part about moving away from hiding and coming to terms with who I am, adopted and all.

GIVEAWAY: One lucky reader will win an ebook copy of Akin to the Truth! Please just leave an email address and be 13 or older. Winner will be drawn via random.org on September 12th, 2014!

Bumpdate: 20 Weeks

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I am 20 weeks and 1 day! That means that yesterday, we were officially HALFWAY THERE OMG! My post is a day late this week because yesterday was BUSY! We had our anatomical/gender scan before going in to work. Usually, I give a size estimate for the baby. This week, the baby should be about 9 ounces or so, but we actually found out yesterday that our little chunker is 12 ounces! The tech did say it was average though, so not to worry! Baby is approximately the size of a banana, and about 6.5 inches from head to butt, or 10 inches from head to foot!

So yes, we had our scan yesterday and the tech had NO concerns! It was about 25 minutes or so and we got to see all the little body parts, the heart, the spine, etc. The baby was moving A LOT and the tech exclaimed that we have a “busy one.” We told her we have no idea where that comes from because we are NOT busy people. She thought that was pretty hilarious! Baby was sucking its thumb (see below), opening and closing its mouth, and even crossing its little legs at the ankles… stinker! It took her a few tries to finally see the gender and she even pushed my belly to try to get those little legs uncrossed. We are not telling anyone yet though. We are having a very few people over on Saturday to reveal it via balloons, where we will have my dad (a photographer) take some pictures so we can finally tell everyone else too. For now, it’s just mine and Jerry’s little secret. :)

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Thumbsucker!

So that was our big excitement for the week! We are so happy to finally know. We can start buying more clothes and decorating the nursery at long last! As a matter of fact, we went right to Walmart afterwards to pick out an outfit and look at some other things. I’ve also started searching online for nursery bedding… still trying to decide on our theme though.

Other than that, I’ve had some continued back pain. It was very severe over the three day holiday weekend, so I was very grateful to have three days off. I finally caved and ordered a Leachco body pillow from Buy Buy Baby, and now I’m just waiting for it to arrive since it wasn’t in stock and they’re shipping me one. The dang thing is originally $80(!) but I had a coupon and a gift card and was able to get it for $39 plus tax, otherwise it would have been a definite no go! I got this one since I switch sides all the time while sleeping and wanted one that I wouldn’t have to turn with me since it has both sides covered. My mom also got me a maternity support belt which I will be wearing to work. I wore it yesterday, and I have to say, my back isn’t hurting as severely today. It tends to be a little uncomfortable on, but it really seems to help the pain so that’s good!

Other very good news… remember how last week I wasn’t sure if what I was feeling were baby movements yet? Well, they definitely were. This little nugget is moving and grooving now and I feel movements a few times throughout the day. I feel it a lot at night when I lay down for bed… oh Lord, please tell me the baby rearranges its sleep schedule before being born. ;) It’s a great feeling every time though!

Well, just a few more days and you will all know the gender too! Can’t wait for our big reveal!

Did you have a theme for your nursery? If you’re not a momma yet, do you think you will?

3D profile! See the little button nose on the left? Too perfect.

3D profile! See the little button nose on the left? Too perfect.