Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day!

I can't believe how fast the Holidays flew by. Dakota and I were so busy both days that we barely had any time to rest. Going to 5 different houses in two days is exhausting! Even though we were tired it was super fun spending time with family and we are blessed to be surrounded by so many loved ones. This was our 4th Christmas together & next year we will have a 7 month old to spend it with. I am just so excited.
"Our 4th Christmas"
Christmas Eve Dakota and I were both off of work and we got to spend the whole day together. I finished up wrapping presents and we cleaned a little bit. We also swapped presents and Dakota got me a washer/dryer, a wooden bench that opens to put blankets it, a new hair dryer, and some jewelry. I got Dakota a really nice fleece FSU jacket, a new wallet, kitchen cabinets, some clothes, and some stocking stuffer goodies. Every year on Christmas Eve the whole side of my Granny's family goes over to my Uncles house and we play Dirty Santa. This year I got a really cozy blanket and Dakota got some tool set. My cousin just had a baby and I got to get in my baby snuggles the whole time. He's not even a month old and he was such a sweetie. It made me even more excited to snuggle on my Son when he arrives. After leaving my uncles we went to my granny's house with my cousins and opened presents over there.  It was nice seeing my cousins because I don't get to see them that much. Last, but not least.... Dakota and I went over to my parents house to open presents from Santa. I got some gorgeous black leather Tommy Hilfiger boots, Marley Lily jewelry and a fleece monogrammed jacket, and some VS goodies. After leaving my parents house it's tradition for me & my hubs to go to Waffle House. Walker absolutely loves their Scattered hash browns and they were delicious. We didn't get home until midnight and we just plopped on the bed and passed out.
"The Cabinets"
"Me & my little brother"
"Daddy loving on us"
"Me & my cousin Rachel"
"Our growing family"
"So in love with this man"
"Me & my daddy"
"Me & my parents"
"Me & Dakota after opening presents"
"My dad & Athena"
Christmas morning we got up at 8:30 and packed all of our stuff and the presents in the car and we headed to Dakotas parents at 9. His momma made cinnamon rolls and they were oh so good. I'm not one for sweets these days, but I can't pass them up. Right after we finished eating, Dakotas sister and her husband came over and we opened presents from Santa. I got so many goodies from everyone and I think my most favorite gift was from my sister in law. She got Walker a little monkey blanket with his name on it. I may or may not have slept with it every night since I got it. About an hour later his grandparents stopped by to do presents with us too. Later on we all headed over to his other grandparents house and ate a yummy Christmas day meal and opened presents over there. We all got so much stuff and we are beyond blessed to have such a loving family to spend with on the Holidays. Speaking of family... I'm going to be an aunt!! My sister in law is pregnant and she is due in July! We are exactly 10 weeks apart and had to take a bump picture together. I can't wait :)

"Getting ready for Christmas lunch"
"Me at 20 weeks & Katie at 10 weeks"

I hope everyone had a wonderful time over the Holidays! I know I did and I am so excited for the New Year and all of the wonderful things happening it 2015! We finally get to move in our home late January, celebrate our 2 year Wedding anniversary in March, and welcome our baby boy in May!! To say I'm thrilled is an understatement.

Until next time, Lexi :)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

20 Week Bumpdate// Halfway there!

Monday I hit my 20 week mark and I am so excited, but also surprised that I have already made it to my halfway point. I feel like just yesterday I took that pregnancy test and got so many butterflies in my tummy. So many emotions came over me and all I could do was cry happy tears in my husbands arms. It was such a surreal moment and will always be one of the happiest moments of my life. Now that I am 20 weeks I seriously can't wait to meet my Son. I can feel him kick and move all around in there and I can't wait to kiss his little cheeks. Every time I think about his arrival I start to tear up and think how blessed my husband and I are to be receiving such a beautiful gift from God. I can't thank him enough for our little Walker James. Okay, enough with the mushy gushy... here's my bumpdate!

Little Baby Ward is the size of a Banana. At my 19 week appointment he was already measuring the size of a Banana, but I think it's more simple for me to stick with information from the app.
  • He's got working taste buds
  • He's measuring at 6.5 inches and 10.2 ounces
  • Now, he's gulping down several ounces on amniotic fluid each day which is significantly more than before
  • His testes are descending from his abdomen
  • Mommy can feel him kicking all around in there especially when listening to music in the car & when getting a pedicure. He must not like to be shaken from the massager.

Gender: BOY :)

Weight gain: 4 pounds since 15 week appointment

Maternity clothes: Jeans, leggings, and a few shirts, and a dress.

Stretch marks: Still just my booty.
Belly button in or out: Still IN!

Sleep: I'm not having any trouble sleeping and I love laying on my side now that I have gotten used to it. Before I got pregnant I was a tummy sleeper.

Best moment this week: Best moment this week was Monday when it hit 4:20! I got outta there and I don't have to go back until Friday!

Worst moment this week: I haven't really had a worst moment. It's been a pretty good week so far.

Miss anything: Still missing being able to eat red meat. I still can't set foot in a steakhouse.

Movement: I have been feeling him a lot lately and I absolutely love it. I'm ready for him to cooperate so Dakota can feel him.

Cravings: I have really been on a Greek salad kick lately. I also love Mexican and Sushi.

Queasy or sick: Neither one thankfully.

Looking forward to: January 13th! We have our 23 week checkup and 30 minute ultrasound to check up on Walker's bladder since he wouldn't show us last time.
"Halfway done!"
Until next time, Lexi :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

19 week update!

Yesterday was our 19 week anatomy scan! My appointment was at 2:45 and I met my husband and our moms at the doctors office. I had to come with a full bladder and it was killing me. I'm so glad that they weren't running behind because I don't think I could have held it for much longer. Once the ultrasound tech called me back she wasted no time looking at my cervix and getting what she needed. After about 10-15 minutes she let me use the bathroom and then come back and enjoy looking at Walker and seeing all of his organs and how he has developed. My mom wasn't able to go to his first ultrasound so she was super excited to come to this one and she cried as soon as she saw him on the screen. It was a good moment having Dakota and our moms all together talking about how cute Walker is and just being able to see him. The ultrasound tech told me that everything looked good, but she wasn't able to see his bladder sac so she wanted to give me another ultrasound at my next appointment to make sure that it is working properly as well. His measurements were big and he's measuring 20 weeks (which is a week ahead). I've got a feeling he's going to be a big boy & my husband said that Walker will make his big appearance at the end of April. As long as he is healthy and ready to come I don't care when it is. I just can't wait to hold him in my arms and get my little baby snuggles.

So far I am feeling pretty good. I'm just having back pain and growing pains as usual. He is really stretching those ligaments. I can finally start to really feel him move which makes me so happy. Sunday night I was cuddling in bed with Dakota and I was laying on my left side and all of sudden I felt my tummy move and it happened again a few seconds later. I put my hand over my stomach to try and feel him from the outside, but he stopped as soon as I did that. He was kicking all around and I woke Dakota up to tell him. I mean it was an exciting time... he had to know! lol, his response was congratulations. He just doesn't understand. My hair has also stopped falling out so bad which is such a relief. It was really starting to stress me out and I honestly thought I was going to go bald, but thanks to Biotin I am doing alright. My hormones are also way out of wack and I cry over pretty much everything. For example, last night we were going out to dinner and Dakota randomly told me that me and Walker were his world. It took me completely off guard because he isn't the mushy gushy type & I started to tear up. I just love that man. Our next appointment is January 13th for my 23 week appointment and I'm really looking forward to it! Another appointment scheduled means I'm closer to meeting my son! Now enjoy a few pictures from the Ultrasound! :)
"Walker looking straight at us"

"His cute little side profile"

"Waving to mommy & daddy"

"Cute little foot"

"Throwing up the peace sign"

Until next time, Lexi!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

18 week bumpdate!

Here is my 18 week bumpdate! Little baby Ward is the size of a sweet potato!
  • He is measuring at 5. 6 inches and 6.7 ounces
  • He is yawning, hiccupping, sucking, and swallowing
  • He is also twisting, rolling, punching, and kicking too! I also am starting to feel him do all those things
  • He is developing a coating of myelin on his nerves which is a substance that helps the brain communicate with the rest of the nervous system

How far along: 18 weeks & 1 day

Gender: IT'S A BOY!! We will be welcoming our sweet little Walker James in May!
"My reaction when I found out we were having a boy"

Weight gain: 2 pounds since 15 week appointment

Maternity clothes: Jeans, leggings, and a few shirts

Stretch marks: Nothing but booty!
Belly button in or out: IN!!! (thank goodness)

Sleep: Really good except for waking up with nasty leg cramps

Best moment this week: Honestly the best moment this week has been when my friend from work brought me a honey butter chicken biscuit. It was like heaven in my mouth.

Worst moment this week: Waking up with leg cramps and not being able to go back to bed.

Miss anything: I really miss being able to eat a big juicy steak... and even thinking about it.

Movement: I usually feel him the most after I eat and at night when I'm cuddling with Dakota.

Cravings: Recently my cravings have been Sushi, Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits, Roly Poly, and Mexican.

Queasy or sick: Neither. This pregnancy has been a breeze with the feeling sick part.

Looking forward to: Next Tuesday. We have our 19 week anatomy scan!! We get to check everything out on the baby and make sure his organs and brain are function correctly. The only thing I'm worried about is having to have a full bladder for the scan. Uhhh, I pee my pants when I sneeze and I don't even have to go pee. This should be interesting.
"18 week bumpdate from my view"
Until next time, Lexi!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Baby Ward is a......

BOY!!!! Our sweet little baby is a BOY! Dakota and I are over the moon and can't wait to meet our son. I was so confident I was having a boy the entire time except for the first ultrasound because the HB was so high (which means nothing for gender), but I quickly changed my mind and went back to team Blue and have been ever since. It was finally nice to have confirmation that we are having a little Dakota. Saturday was the gender reveal and it felt like forever waiting for 2:30 even though I was busy the whole morning getting everything together! We invited a bunch of friends and family and thankfully the weather held up because we were doing the big reveal outside. The theme was football and had Girl Vs. Blue decorations. We grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and had cupcakes for dessert! My friend Chandler and I decorated a huge box and wrapped the entire thing with wrapping paper. It was harder than it looked, but the guys had the harder time of putting the box up in the tree. Before they put it in the tree they made Dakota and I leave so they could stuff it with all of the blue balloons and streamers and tape it shut.  Our son, Walker James Ward is due May 11th and I am counting down the months. After Christmas I will only have 5 more months to wait. I'm so ready to start decorating his nursery which will be my next post on what nursery ideas I have. Enjoy the pictures of our party!
"Opening the box"


"My dad was so excited he started dancing"
Love my boys more than anything"

"Couldn't hold back the tears"
"Team Pink"

"Team Blue"

"My side of the family"

"Dakotas side of the family"
"The banner me & Chan made"

"The chalkboard of old wives tales"

"Yummy cupcakes"

"I kept the side that says Walker and going to put it in his nursery"

"Ultrasounds and the diaper raffle that had helmets on it"

Until next time, Lexi!