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Sprout's Route | Week 25

How am I feeling? Well, this week, I've really popped!  People are noticing my belly all over the place.  I was just saying how last week people were saying "you don't even look pregnant" and now, I'm out there.  It's fun, but as my update from Baby Center said, "my uterus is expanding and may cause back pain."  Like I need more of that.  It's really my only complaint through this whole process and it's not getting any easier to deal with.  I've been doing stretches and things but sometimes I just can't help the pain and just have to deal.

The other update was that I might start to see my "complexion becoming a little spotty"... well unfortunately, that bit was SPOT ON and my face is having a hard time recovering.  For those that have had boys, they say that this is so normal and the testosterone is just making it worse.  Just another thing I wasn't ready to deal with, but here we are...

Food: Still not down with any red…

100 days...

Do you see that floating baby to the right? ------->

It says that I have 100 days left until my due date!!!



I saw this on this blog (Surviving the Secondary Fertility Madness) and decided I was going to play along...

Twenty-Six (OR A-Z of Me, as some are calling it...)

1. Age: 28

2. Blog Title Inspiration: Our journey that wasn't fun to get to where we are today.  A place to journal without any criticism.

3. Chore You Hate: Folding laundry. Oh wait, NO... cleaning our double sink bathroom counter!  That's what I hate the most.  Hate it, hate it, HATE it!

4. Day at the Beach or Cozy Rainy Day?  Day at the Beach, could love the to touch some sand and the ocean.

5. Essential Start Your Day Item:  Water.  Someone has got to take a shower everyday and that's ESSENTIAL!

6. Favorite Color: Red.

7. Gold or Silver? Silver

8. Height: 5'7''

9. Instruments You Play:  I played the piano for 8 years while growing up.  I could probably read some music and try to play something now, but it would be sloppy.

10.Job Title: Office Administration Manager

11. Kids: 1 on the way... Due June…


I've gone back and forth about whether I was going to eventually share my blog with the people that I know in real life.  I've written about this before and my main reason for not sharing my blog and our story with the outside world was because we didn't want it to be someone else's worry.  We wanted to deal with our trials on our own and let the end result be the happy ending for everyone.  When it didn't work out the way we thought it would the first time, it was still hard to think about sharing our feeling, "publicly."

Now that we are beyond a lot of the heartache and we're in a much happier spot, I feel a little more at easy about who knows or reads about what was...

Since thinking more and more about this, I have branched out and shared this blog with my mom and sister.  So far, it's been nothing more than what I expected.  I don't know why I was so hung up about it, just thought it would be a bigger deal than it was...

So, with that goi…

Bladder Control

Here's a funny fun-fact from the weekend...

My husband (in my opinion) is hilarious.  He constantly makes me laugh and it's usually about the dumbest things.


We came home from dinner and I was telling him something about keeping the laundry room (mud room) door shut when we're not in there, because it helps keep the animals out of there and so on...

We're walking in through the garage, into the mud room (where we dump our shoes).  He walks in and slams the inside house door to the mud room in my face.  I just bust our laughing because clearly I meant to say that when we aren't home it needs to be shut, not now.

So, I'm laughing, taking my shoes off and then my husband moves (and he may have even said boo) and scares the crap out of me.  So much so that I scream and then fall to my hands and knees laughing.

This would have been funny enough if I had stopped here, however it doesn't.

Because we had just spent an hour eating dinner and I was drinkin…

Sprout's Route | Week 24

How am I feeling? Well, fortunately, I'm not sick.  I thought for a minute that I was going to get sick again because my husband wasn't feeling well....  But it passed us by and we're doing just fine.  I have a little mucus build up but that's nothing compared to what I was dealing with so I'm fine with it.

Over the last week or so, I've noticed that I need extra lumbar support when sitting down and when I sit on the couch, it's ULTRA necessary.  My back, if not properly supported, hurts and then that dissipates to my sciatic nerve and then I'm just rocked.  I've also noticed that if I DON'T sleep with that pillow between my legs, it's really hard on my body.  I'm getting to the point where I think I'm just going to break down and buy the body pillow, but I'm just not sure I want to make that commitment just yet.  Being in my 24 week, I just thought that I would swing through the rest of this as I have, but I don't know if th…

"Push Present" | Camera

I've reached out to a few of my friends that have already made this leap, years ago... And while I was thinking about it, I thought that I might as well post something here in hopes of you guys helping me too.

Years ago, when film cameras were still hot, I asked for a camera for a Christmas gift from my husband and got it! It was a shock of a lifetime, because I really didn't know what I was going to do with it, just knew that I was always picture happy and this was going to help me accomplish taking "better" pictures.

Well, within about 2 years of having that Canon Rebel film camera, digital was hot-to-trot and film was so old school, so we upgraded.  We didn't jump up in product really, we just got a really nice Nikon pocket size digital that lasted about 3 years before we had to replace that too.

Now, with Sprout on the horizon, we're thinking more and more about what our next camera might be like.

I'm not one to love the idea of a "push present&q…

Sprout | Sitting at 24w5d

Just a note to say that I never thought that sitting all day at a desk would be hard for a pregnant body, but honestly, it's not a good time.  I sit forward and at the edge of my chair and it just squishes everything that I didn't think about prior.

Lately, I've added a box under my desk to keep my feet up on and I try to bring my keyboard/mouse closer to me so that I can sort of sit in a leaning position.

I'm in my 24th week right now and I can imagine that it's only going to get worse.  When I talk about this with my other friends who have office jobs, their only solution is to get up and walk around.  It doesn't get better, you just have to force yourself to get up.

Who knew that sitting at a desk all day would be painful or not that impressive for a pregnant mama...?

On a good note, I went to the gym today and while it felt good to be there, I think my body was hating on me for not going over the last week and 1/2.  I'm hoping to increase that number a …

Sprout's Route | Week 23

How am I feeling? I'm still feeling really good.  I still have a little linger on this cold that I've been fighting, but other than that, I feel good.  My sleeping is getting a little more rough, but I find that now I'm sleeping with a pillow between my knees and that helps keep me still at night.  Also helps my pain in my back stay away, for the most part.

I think I really have hit this brick wall in my pregnancy where "being tired" is a phrase I use way too often.  The other night I fell asleep on the couch at 7pm and went to bed.  I realize that this was bound to happen and while most get hit in the beginning, this was during my 23rd week and it's just dragging.  Just have to take advantage of these moments and sleep when I have time.  It will be fewer and farther between as time goes on and once the baby arrives, it will be a joke.  I know this.  So I just sleep when I can and if it's at 7pm at night, then great!

Food: Still loving most things.  Anythi…

from you and for you

First, I want to thank both Amber & Mrs. Hammer for being so kind and appreciative of my blog.  It means a lot to have you girls reading along in this journey we're on.  I know that we're not alone and that there is light at the end of the tunnel, it's just a matter of getting to see that light  to make it all seem like it's possible.  You girls have been around for most of those ups and downs and I really truly appreciate your constant support.

Not only have these ladies followed along for some time now, but they also just nominated my blog with a few awards that I'd like to graciously accept and  pass them along to some other bloggers that deserve a little love too...

So here they are:

For those that are nominated below, the rules for each of these awards are that you tell us 7 things about yourself and nominate 15 bloggers (and notify them).  If you take the 3 awards times these things, you're looking at sharing 21 items about yourself and nominating 45 …

Love Day...

Valentine's Day is not really a holiday that we celebrate in my house.  My husband believes that it's a hallmark holiday and says, "why do I have to love you more on this day than all the other days in the year?  can't I just spread my love throughout the year and we'll call it even?"  The quick answer is yes, but in reality I always think... I love this day!  On this day, we exchange cards, give each other a kiss and then spend time together.  It's great and not flashy, but that's us.
My most favorite Valentine's Day was when we were dating and it's a memory that I will never forget.  I worked a few minutes from his apartment, he did too, however he couldn't leave work.  He had forgotten his lunch, which he did from time to time and then it was my responsibility to get him it before it was time to eat.  Oh this particular day, I was pissed about him calling because I knew he would and I wasn't really in a good spot to just leav…

Sprout | Belly Shot & love....

Here's my picture from today.  It was taken after 3 tries and I'm still not happy with it, but you get the idea, right?

Also, I had a heart warming moment when I grabbed my husband's car keys today and noticed there was our Babies R Us rewards card on his keys.  Yes, I might have been the one to put it there, but the fact that he's kept it there just made me happy.  He has that and a Giant Eagle one... so it's not like he has a lot of options.  Very cute.  Just shows you how excited we both are to be parents and have this baby boy!!

will it change?

Someone asked me the other day that if now, because we're actually pregnant, would I be changing my blog name?

The answer is no.

The reason is, just because we accomplished one goal doesn't mean that we don't have 1,000 others that we'd like to remain 'hopeful' about.  We're happy together and we still are very hopeful about a lot of things.  That's why I picked this name when I was creating this blog.  I wanted something that pertain to our fertile struggle but also something that could pertain to much more than that.

So, yes.  We will continue to be the "Happy Hopefuls" and carry on through this journey...

don't forget

... about this little deal!

Mada's Place + happyhopefuls10 = 10% off your order

It ends in 20 days, so think about it and then do it!


Sprout's Route | Week 22


Seriously, one of the best moments of my week!  And, now I completely understand why someone else can't really help you understand what it feels like.  It's unreal and I have to say that I LOVE IT!

When I first felt movement, I really wasn't sure what was going on.  After a few days, I was sure of what was going on.  I also had this overwhelming feeling that while I was really happy to feel movement, I also wanted my husband to feel it.  I didn't feel that it was fair to feel something that he couldn't.  He's been so involved the whole way through that I didn't like being a step ahead of him.  Little did I know that just about 4 days later, I was going to be feeling it from the outside (faintly) and he would feel it too.  Talk about another great moment!  So unbelievable!

So, how am I feeling? MUCH MUCH MUCH much better.  I'm still working on a little tickle in my throat, but other than that, I'm blaming the things that h…


Gotta root for the team my husband loves...

Go Steelers!!!

(photo from Friday at work...)

gifts are the best, when complete unexpected...

My co-worker brought these into me the other day and gave them to Baby C or Sprout as a gift... One of his first pairs of shoes but also one of his first gifts!  I loved them and couldn't believe that she would just buy them for him and give them to me the same day!  I was so shocked!  I took them home and they were loved by my husband just as much as me... What a great surprise!

You can find them here at Target.

So cute!


If you've been around my blog long enough, you know that I'm a huge fan of shopping on the clearance racks.  I usually don't buy anything at full price, when it comes to clothes, because I just know that I can get it for cheaper if I wait...

With that said, I have to admit that since I've been pregnant I've started stalking websites that offer maternity clothes online and not so much in their stores... like Old Navy, Gap, Destination Maternity, and Ann Taylor LOFT.  In doing this, I've found a number of occasions where stores offer maternity underwear.  At first, my reaction was, "seriously, you've got to be kidding? why is this necessary?"... Now, almost 23 week pregnant, I've found where my normal underwear just isn't fitting right and maternity underwear sound more and more like something that I'm going to want/need.  Why, you ask?  Because my hips are spreading and where my normal underwear would fit perfectly, they are now a littl…

this weather

I live in the Midwest.  We get all 4 seasons and I've lived here my WHOLE life.  Winter weather isn't foreign to me, but for some reason, every year that it comes... it's like it has never been here before.  It's never the same, it's unpredictable and for whatever reason the meteorologist try to forecast the weather for upcoming days without much luck.

This year has been WICKED.

Within the last 24 hours or more, we've had this dump of ice, rain, ice pellets, snow and wind.  It's been so strange but it's just another dose of winter for us and we have to just roll with it.

Last night was really weird.  We sleep with white noise going on because it's just more soothing for my husband.  Little did I know that last night, without the white noise, we would've heard noises that would've made us think that our house was falling down or being attacked.  I let the dog out about 4am and it was really freaky and I didn't want to wake up my husband t…

Sprout | Daycare Delima

What we believe our needs to be:
Someone to care, love and tend to our child's needsLicensed, CPR trained/certified, Infant care - top priority Ability to have a flexible schedule, will be willing to work around my husband's school calendar vs. full time/12 month scheduleA location that is easily accessed if any urgent need should arise (for any of the following: myself, my husband, my parents, my siblings)Limited number of infants with appropriate child to adult ratiosReasonable pricing, nothing that out way a salary What we have considered:
In home daycare, someone to come to our house, nanny likeIn home daycare, taking our child to some one's houseCommercial daycare center, that accept infants at age 2.5 to 3 months oldLocationsClose to homeClose to my workClose to my husband's work/also close to my parent's/sister's houseIn between my work and my husband workOr just on the way to any of the places listed What we have been told from others (including my dr):