Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Baby Shelley: 21 Weeks

21 Weeks

Weight gain: 5 lbs

Maternity clothes: Finally filling out my Target maternity dresses so I'm excited to wear those. Now I just need to get some tights!

Sleep: Haven't been sleeping well due to a crazy rash situation. About a week ago I started having some little bumps on my left wrist that itched a lot. I have sensitive skin that randomly does stuff like that so I didn't think much of it. The next day it had grown and was worse. And then by the weekend it had turned into a full blown raised red area and spread to other places on my hands, my belly, and my face. The itchiness was INSANE. Even my lips have swollen up. The doctor said that whatever it is has been exaggerated by my pregnancy hormones, yay. 

Medication: Down to one Zofran pill a day! :) Have been taking Benadryl at night to help me sleep with this rash nonsense. I've used creams and done everything they told me to do when I called the doctor to tell them. I've also used coconut oil with a few drops of lavender to soothe and heal. It has helped and I think it's getting better but it's been ridiculous. So glad it's not summer because anything with heat makes it worse, especially hot water. 

Gender: IT'S A BOY! I WAS SO WRONG! More on this in tomorrow's post about the gender reveal. :)

Food cravings: I think I've had broccoli cheddar soup four or five times since my last post, so still stuck on that. 

Food aversions: I surprisingly prepared and ate ground beef the other day when we had tacos so that's good. I still have some issues with chicken sometimes. 

Mood: So, so happy about having a boy and how wonderfully the gender reveal party went!

Movement: Lots and getting stronger! Jordan felt him move last night (11/11/14) for the first time so that was a cool moment. 

Milestones: Had the gender reveal party and announced that it's a boy, picked paint colors for the nursery, Jordan felt the baby move, and we start registering tonight!

Best moments of the week: Being surrounded by our closest family and friends at our home and celebrating baby boy was amazing. Seriously one of the best days ever. The night before and that night we had some of Jordan's family staying with us, and we went out to eat after the party with them and my parents. It was a BLAST. We also got to Skype my BFF in Vermont to tell her the news. :) 

Quotes: When getting paint from Lowe's, a man probably in his 50's or 60's came up to us and said, "Do NOT pick pink or blue. The doctor told us we were having a boy and then guess what? GIRL. Also, I have bad news. (I was like oh no here comes a horror story...) My wife was due mid-August but she didn't have her until October." He then went on to tell the whole story. It was kind of hard to follow, but definitely an interesting encounter.

At the cash register a Lowe's worker asked us if we have a name picked out yet. (We don't.) She then said, "Just PLEASE don't name him Coco or Apple." We then vowed to not name our baby Coco Apple Shelley.

My sweet friend Carrie who is one of my greatest encouragers in life sent me this text the day before the gender reveal.

Not that we're going to FORCE our kid to play basketball or anything, but I love how she appreciates that it can be a baller regardless of gender. :) She's awesome.

Right after we announced boy at the party, my adorable grandparents hugged me as they were tearing up and my grandaddy said, "My Ashley Joy is having a boy!" It was so cute.

Jordan quotes: Well, if you haven't heard, Zoboomafoo the lemur passed away this week. This specific lemur and his tv show began Jordan's love for lemurs, his favorite animal. So he asked if we could get a stuffed lemur for the nursery in honor of Zoboomafoo. It's a very serious matter that I'm gonna try to make happen.

We were in our usual nonstop texting conversation talking about how great of a weekend we had and how fun it was, and Jordan said, "Love being with you! Gonna be hard to share you with the baby haha" :) This was both sweet and true. We'll have to figure out how to keep our dating relationship going strong once baby gets here! 

Last night when he felt the baby kick, Jordan said, "Wow. Maybe he'll be a punter."

Verses I've been dwelling on: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you." -- Jeremiah 31:3


  1. I just got back on your blog yesterday for the first time in forever. I'm so excited to hear you are having a baby!! So happy for you! I love reading your baby updates!! Honestly, I'm usually not big on keeping up with baby updates, {prob since I've never been preggers it's hard to relate} however, I have really been enjoying catching up on yours. Love that you share the bible verse you are meditating on at the end!

  2. Look into essential oils for the rash!

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  5. This is just too adorable. But I completely agree with your decision about not naming your baby CoCo Apple. Hahahaha!!




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