Monday, January 23, 2012

18 Weeks...Gender Reveal this Week!


How far along? 18 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: So as it turns out, I've really put on 7-8 lbs!  The doctor had me documented at a lower initial weight than I had at home, so I'm tracking right along!
Baby Size: A bell pepper!
Maternity clothes? Bought some maternity leggings at Target yesterday.  Also loving the Liz Lange tanks...super comfy and long.
Stretch marks? Not yet!
Sleep: Sleeping well, though I'm worried our mattress top might be too soft!  Starting to get those aches and pains I've been reading about.
Best moment this week: FINALLY seeing the doctor this past Monday!  Baby Schue is healthy and we could hear all kinds of kicks during the heart monitor check.  We also get to find out the gender THIS Wednesday!!  Woo hoo!!
Miss Anything? Not missing too much other than the obvious glass of wine. 
Movement: I know he or she is bouncing around in there...but I'm just feeling the occasional flutters and kicks.  Ready for it to be more consistent and enough for Ryan to feel!
Food cravings: PB&J sandwiches and chocolate oatmeal cookies.  All the healthy stuff!  ;)
Anything making you queasy or sick: I don't think I'll ever look at a raw onion again...other than that...nope!
Have you started to show yet: Definitely rocking more of a pronounced belly. 
Gender: We find out Wednesday!!  Last chance to vote on the sidebar...looks like the majority is girl right now!  :)
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood? Much happier this week now that I know everything is on track!
Looking forward to: FINDING OUT THE GENDER!!  Haha, can you tell I'm excited?!  I'll make the announcement on Thursday!  :)

On another note, Ryan and I went to Barnes and Noble yesterday and started collecting books for baby.  We bought, Love You Forever, Jamberry, Each Peach Pear Plum, The Giving Tree, and The Runaway Bunny!  There is something to be said about browsing a bookstore.  Half the books I bought were childhood favorites that I forgot about, but instantly remembered upon seeing the cover.  You just can't experience that online!  I'm so excited to collect books for our little one...Ryan is going to start reading each night so baby can bond with him too!  Do you have a favorite childhood book?  I would LOVE to hear!

xo natasha

84 comments:

  1. You look gorgeous! Love that striped dress. When I was pregnant I used this very thick cream by L'Occitane called Mom & Baby (or something like that), and I didn't get any stretch marks ;)

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  2. aww, love the pregnancy update!

    For the back, I recommend a memory foam mattress and regular visits to a good osteopath. I went to one during my first pregnancy and it is the best thing I ever did, perfect alignment, till the last week!

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  3. You look amazing Natasha! You totally have the pregnancy glow going on :)

    Can't wait to find out if Baby Schue is a boy or a girl - my vote is girl!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  4. i vote boy! i can't wait to hear!
    the scary thing is i vowed i would never drink coffee again... the thought of it made me SO ill. and i am a regular coffee loving gal again.... so you never know about those... well i don't want to even say the word and make you queasy!

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  5. I am BEYOND EXCITED to find out what gender baby Schue is!!! AGGHHH!!!!

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  6. Can't wait to hear the gender! I'm gonna guess a boy! :)

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  7. I'm so excited to find out if you are having a boy or girl!!!! You look adorable as always...love your dress!

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  8. Yay! That is sooooo exciting! Found out last week I have a new niece on June 18 :) wooo !

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  9. You look gorgeous! I love that dress. At first I thought boy but now I'm leaning towards girl :)

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  10. As always, you look amazing! I can't believe it's already time to find out the gender. So exciting!! I can't decide what I want to vote for!! haha

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  11. You are as cute as that striped dress! Anxiously awaiting for Thursday!

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  12. Aw! I can't wait for the reveal. I had friends who waited until the baby was born, but I just couldn't!

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  13. Literally cannot wait to see what you're having -- my money is on a girl!

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  14. Looking cute as always! can't believe how fast time is passing! Before you know it, you'll have an adorable little tyke to cuddle and kiss. :) California recap is up FINALLY on my blog. It was NOT as warm as I thought it would be... :)

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  15. Yay! I can't wait to hear about it.

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  16. I look forward to your posts every Monday! Can't wait to hear the news on Thursday!! xo

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  17. SUCH an exciting week...and yes, you have EVERY right to run out and buy stuff the minute you found out--dont let anyone tell you otherwise!!!!

    cannot wait for the details my friend...yay!!!

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  18. So exciting! I can't wait to find out if it's a boy or a girl!

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  19. Jealous of your sleep! Though I've been doing better now that my rib is back in place.

    That's funny that you guys went to get books too... I figured we'd probably get a decent amount of the "classics" for gifts (cat in the hat, green eggs and ham, etc), so we picked up some more obscure ones.

    For some reason (maybe bc you say "him"!) I think Boy.

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  20. You're looking great, and it sounds like your doing great as well! Can't wait to find out what it is.

    xo L.

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  21. Awww, I can't wait to find out!! I am thinking girl!

    And I loooove Love you Forever and The Giving Tree! Great great books!!

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  22. My favorite children's book is Love you Forever and I absolutely love The Giving Tree. Great post and love your outfit!

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  23. i love these updates. i haven't been able to eat salmon since pregnancy. my daughter is finally old enough to listen to one of my childhood favorites--the princess and the pea. i have a slight obsession with children's books. we have too many, but i love them all.

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  24. These updates are so much fun! I'm glad everything goes well :)

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  25. So so cute! Where the Wild Things Are was a favorite of Grady's! DYING to find out what that little peanut is!

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  26. You are too cute! I love the Monday updates!
    Can't wait for the reveal :)

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  27. ADORABLE! I love the book idea and your hubby reading to him :) so so cute.

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  28. Can't wait to find out the gender! :)

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  29. Ah so so cute Natasha! I loved the Francis books when I was little. Mila loves Goodnight Gorilla and Baby Beluga. :)

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  30. I'll have to check out Liz Lange tops...


    Excited for you to find out the sex... There are days that I really want to call up my doc and ask him who we are having... And then keep it a secret from hubby and everybody else:)But I'm staying strong.

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  31. I love your sweet bump! Cant wait to hear the news!

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  32. You look adorable! So excited to hear what you're having. Goodnight Moon was always a favorite.

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  33. I am so excited for you ~ I just voted! I had many favorite books growing up, and I'm sure your little one will grow up loving all the stories you read! I particularly remember Goodnight Moon, it was just such a sweet, simple way to say goodnight :)
    xo

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  34. Yippee!! You look phenom! What an exciting week for you both!! LYMI!

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  35. You look great! How exciting about finding out the gender!! I'm having a hard time telling by the pictures what I think the gender will be, either way it is SO fun planning the nursery! :)

    Jeremy and I did the same thing about the books. It was so fun going down "memory lane" looking at all of our childhood faves! At our shower we had everyone bring Olivia their favorite childrens book instead of a card. It was so cool because everyone wrote messages inside the book and now she has a TON of books that we get to read to her every night! :)

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  36. girl, you look cuter and cuter each week! love your updates, and have fun finding out the gender of your little one! so fun!

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  37. Love this!!!! I'm hoping to find out the gender of the twins at 12 weeks - an early guess of course :) I'm 11 weeks now so just one week to go!

    So exciting for you and loving these posts.

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  38. I can't wait to find out the gender, super exciting!!! You look great!

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  39. You are still so tiny! Very lucky!

    I cannot wait to know the gender...I'm guessing...boy!

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  40. Jamberry was seriously one of our favorite books growing up. My mom would sing it to us and it's something I definitely want to do when I have my own family someday. That's so exciting for you guys! Kids books are phenomenal!

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  41. ooo I cant wait to find out!! yay! We love all the sandra Boydton books (they are cullen's faves), Goodnight Moon, Lots of Dr Suess (they make simplier board book versions for the little ones, which are great and the rhyming is a fantastic learning tool as babies get bigger!)and so many more. We go to the library once a week to get a new set of books :)

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  42. You look so cute! I love your outfit! Can't wait to hear the gender!

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  43. Love you Forever was my favorite growing up!!! Sent a little pang in my heart reading that you picked it up and remembering it!!! So exciting to find out the gender this week :)

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  44. You look fantastic! Finding out the gender is such an exciting appt. - have fun!!! We have so many faves when it comes to books (I think anything by Sandra Boynton will always top the list!)...you chose some great ones already!

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  45. you look beautiful! can't wait to know the gender. my favorite childhood book was strega nona, but I also loved each of your picks!! xo

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  46. What a fun week for you guys! I can't wait to hear what you are having. You look fantastic...not many people can wear stripes when they are preggers, but you definitely can!

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  47. Look at you cute mama!! so exciting!

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  48. Winnie the Pooh has always been a favorite of mine! And you are looking so beautiful...We find out the sex this week too!

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  49. Love your dress!! Let's see...I think I liked some Zoo book but I can't remember what it's called!! I also enjoyed books I could color in ;) hehe

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  50. You are adorable! Can't wait to hear about gender :) FYI, I'm STILL wearing my be maternity & liz lange tees & leggings, they're SO comfy!!

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  51. you are the cutest! love that top!

    xoxo navy & orange

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  52. How cute do you look! Love your dress and your growing belly! XOXO

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  53. Get the book My Tree Named Steve! tear jerker!

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  54. You are looking fantastic!! So glad everyone is healthy--and even more excited that you find out the gender this week!! Woo woo. :) The Giving Tree was one of my absolute favorites!

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  55. So fab! Can't wait to hear the good word on Wednesday. I think it's gonna be "blue" but what do I know? Either way...it's a blessing!

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  56. oh my goodness, love. you are GLOWING. you look so insanely gorgeous. I've heard amazing things about the runaway bunny. I hope you enjoy all your great reading material. love this post. I hope you'll swing by sometime. xo

    www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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  57. You look fabulous!! I can't wait to find out what it is! I personally think its a boy... The Giving Tree is one of my favorite books. Glad you are feeling well!

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  58. I just can't wait to hear what you're having!!! EEEEE! It's so exciting to find out, then you can actually start buying stuff (c: hehehe!

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  59. You just came up as someone I should follow on Twitter and clicking over to your blog I can see why! Adorable! Love your darling posts about the little babe and can't wait to hear if it's a boy or girl!:)

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  60. You look great my friend! I loved the Liz langes tank tops and you know what I still sleep in them sometimes!! I forgot to tell you I had a dream we met and you told me you were having a boy, weird dream right? So excited for you to find out!

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  61. first of all, you look amazing! love that scarf + dress combo! and so sweet that you started collecting books!
    xx

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  62. How cute are you?? Can't wait for the gender reveal!!

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  63. ahhh, you look so cute! I love the stripes/scarf combo! You are totally going to be one of those stylin' preggo women all the way through!!

    Can't wait to hear the gender reveal, enjoying your peek at your little munchkin!

    p.s. Don't you worry, I totally rocked the leggings my WHOLE pregnancy, they're pretty much the best ;)

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  64. Oh, I have lots of favorite books, but our little bean LOVES Leslie Patricelli books. Must be the illustrations. They're super simple and bright, so cute!

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  65. Awww you are absolutely adorable!!!!! :) And oh my gosh Love You Forever makes me cry!!!!!!!!! :( I wish I could remember what my favorite childhood book was.. :/ I wonder if my dad would know... hmmm..

    I'm excited to see your progress!! You are gonna be sucha cute mom!

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  66. Super cute as always! And I can't wait to find out the gender! How exciting!

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  67. I can't imagine anything more exciting than finding out if its a boy or girl!!!

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  68. Omg this is adorable!!! Congrats! So happy to be following along. Such an exciting time. XO

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  69. You look so pretty Natasha! Love your striped dress. So cute that you started buying books for the baby, and finding out the gender-very exciting, you must be psyched!

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  70. You are most definitely glowing!!! Pregnancy looks so good on you. Can't wait to find out the gender!

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  71. congrats natasha! are you finding out the gender or keeping it a secret until you give birth? are you having a gender reveal party?? whatever you do, i'm hoping for a healthy baby for you

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  72. you look awesome! and I can NOT wait for that gender reveal!!!

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  73. natasha - you look amazing! that is so exciting about finding out the gender this week! can't wait to hear! i'm thinking boy :) and i'm an ultrasound tech so i see a lot of bellies! haha! my favorite childhood books would have to be goodnight moon, and alexander and the terrible no good very bad day (i forget all the words.) xoxo

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  74. I love that the baby is the size of a 'bell pepper'! That's too cute! :-)

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  75. I have a feeling it's a girl!!! I can't wait until hear from you on Thursday!!!

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  76. You look wonderful and happy Natasha!
    I voted girl, looking forward to reading that exciting news. I imagine it will be trouble for you to find out, because then the shopping will commence!
    One of my fave books for littles - Is Your Mama a LLama? I can recite it word for word. Check it out!
    xoxoL

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  77. happy 18 weeks! so exciting! can't wait to know what you are having :)

    p.s. you are absolutely stunning!

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  78. Love the growing bump!! And favorite book is (oeps can't remember the name) something with rabbits and the moon. The dad tells his little son he loves his son so much=> so much as the distance between him and the moon and back.

    Oke a lot of explaining but it really was my fave book and still about it quit often.

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  79. You look absolutely gorgeous and adorable! I can't wait to find out the gender :) I know how excited you must be :)

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  80. Ahhh so exciting, the gender reveal!! Can't WAIT to hear what you're having! You are looking great as always! :) And children's books - don't even get me started! So much fun to shop for! Might I recommend Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!? :)

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  81. Ahh you are just so gorgeous with your lil bump!!! I love it! I can't WAIT to hear what you're having :) :) :) One of my favorite children's books is Goodnight Moon. It's a classic :)

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  82. Yep! You're one of the few that get to look as fabulous as this each week while being pregnant ;)

    I love that Ryan is reading to him/her..that is just too sweet!

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  83. I adore how you're keeping track of your bump! These pictures are adorable!

    xo,
    ashlee

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