So long Second Trimester!

WOW! I don’t even know where to begin. This second trimester has been packed with so many fun and exciting memories. I have truly loved every minute of pregnancy and have no complaints (…so far ūüėČ ).¬†Each¬†week¬†brings new joys and¬†new developments for baby, and¬†I’m cherishing the days¬†one by one. I’ve never been an overly emotional, or overly anxious person and pregnancy hasn’t changed that. I feel calm and at peace that everything is moving along just as it should…because why worry about things I can’t control??¬†My mom has been a great example for me as a woman of faith…and I grew up with this verse as a constant reminder in our home:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much¬†more valuable than they? Can¬†any one of you by worrying add a¬†single hour to¬†your life?” ¬†-Matthew 6:25-27

Worrying never accomplishes anything; and so I’ve continued to hold tight to this verse during pregnancy.

When we left off after the first trimester, Kendrick and I had just moved into our new apartment. We¬†started the¬†second trimester with a trip to Lake Tahoe to celebrate Kendrick’s 33rd birthday.¬†We did not know the gender at this point but I wrote in my journal about a dream I had that I thought it was a boy.¬†Little did I know that¬†in a few short weeks we would know for sure!!

Week 14

  • Baby is the size of a lemon
  • His neck is getting longer and he is no longer slouched
  • He is sprouting hair and his eyebrows are filling in
  • The roof of his mouth is developing
  • His digestive system has started¬†working, and his intestines are now producing meconium (waste)

Week 15

  • Baby is the size of an orange
  • Baby’s ears are positioned on the sides of his head and his eyes are moving from side of the head to front of the face…(he is no longer an alien!)
  • I’m definitely eating for two…

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Week 16

  • Baby is the size of an avoado
  • His¬†facial muscles are developing¬†and he can now frown and squint
  • His eyes are working and can perceive light (although his lids are still sealed)
  • Baby can hear my voice!

Week 17

  • We find out baby is a BOY!
  • He is the size of a turnip
  • Baby’s heartbeat is beating twice as fast as mine
  • His fingerprints are forming
  • We travel to South Carolina to visit my in-laws and meet our nephew!
Week 18
  • Still enjoying vacation in South Carolina,¬†my sister-in-law takes¬†gender reveal photos for us
  • Baby can yawn and hiccup
  • His nervous system is maturing

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Week 19

  • He is the size of a mango
  • I’m starting to browse nursery furniture
  • The vernix develops protecting his skin from the amniotic fluid

Week 20

  • We are half-way there!
  • He is the size of a small cantaloupe
  • I feel baby kick for the first time!¬† (while watching The Bachelorette…hehe)
  • He weighs as much as a coconut
  • His eyes¬†can finally open

Week 21

  • Baby is the size of a banana! (his dad’s favorite fruit)
  • He is sleeping 14 hours a day and can taste the foods I eat
  • Arms and legs are finally in proportion, neurons are now connected between the brain and muscles – explains why I have started to feel him kicking!

Week 22

  • Baby is the size of a spaghetti squash
  • My momma comes into town!
  • He now weighs 1 pound
  • His grip, vision, and hearing are getting stronger
  • We make a trip up to wine country to celebrate my mom’s 50th birthday!

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Week 23

  • He is the size of a papaya
  • Capillaries and lung cells begin their maturation process so baby can breathe
  • Keratin is being added to his skin cells
  • Skin has a red hue- due to developing veins and arteries
  • My dad¬†comes into town!
  • Kendrick has a dream of being at Disneyworld with our little boy…in his dream his hair is black and his eyes are¬†dark and Kendrick said he looked like me and had my smile¬† ūüôā

Week 24

  • We are back in Tahoe for summer vacation!
  • Baby is the size of an ear of corn
  • His face is almost fully formed
  • Baby’s brain cells have matured enough to develop conscious thought and most likely memory
  • I go stand-up paddle boarding on the lake

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Week 25

  • Baby is the size of a rutabaga (an ugly looking turnip)
  • He is SUPER active
  • Kendrick and I go to Babies R Us to browse some strollers and¬†gliders for the nursery
  • Baby is about 13 inches long- longer than a ruler!
  • Baby is packing on the fat
  • His nostrils are opening- he’s not taking in air yet, just “breathing” amniotic fluid

Week 26

  • He is the size of an eggplant
  • We (or should I say Kendrick) sets up his crib!
  • He weighs 2 pounds
  • He can open his eyes!
  • His eyelashes are growing in
  • Teeny tiny fingernails have arrived

Week 27

  • He is the size of a cucumber
  • We’ve made it to the end of the second trimester…and I’m in total nesting mode! No resting for this momma; I’ve been cleaning out baby’s closet, organizing his things and hanging those precious clothes
  • Sept. 9th-Kendrick hears his heartbeat through my tummy!
  • Baby grows an entire inch this week alone

 

I feel so incredibly blessed to be entering this third and final stage. It’s been an amazing process and as I’ve been writing and looking back on his development, it is a total miracle for sure!

In just 3 short months our little man will be here…I’m thinking this Christmas will be my favorite yet ‚̧

Here’s a look back at the growing bump¬†:

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Baby K-Fit’s Big Reveal!

“You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” -Psalm 139:13

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Kendrick and I are overjoyed to announce that we are expecting a…

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Baby BOY!!!

I have officially hit 20 weeks- halfway through my pregnancy. Yesterday we had an ultrasound appointment with my doctor and this was when we were supposed to find out the baby’s gender. SECRETLY we have known for over 2 weeks now… ¬†You may be thinking “What??!”

Well…I’m going to tell you the story : )

Kendrick and I flew to South Carolina to visit his family during the week of ¬†July 4th. Our nephew was born January 7th of this year, and we had not gotten¬†to meet him yet. We had no plans of finding out the gender at this time, nor did we even know there were such places where we could find out. The first night at dinner, his sister told us about 3D ultrasound clinics that also offered gender reveal packages. As soon as Kendrick heard this he exclaimed, “We have to go!” We looked up where the nearest clinic was located, and how much the package cost. We were surprised to find there was a clinic only 20 minutes away from his parents house. The website said that if for some reason the technicians couldn’t figure out the gender, you were welcome to come back another day at no extra cost.

Kendrick was sold – but I was hesitant. I am very much a planner, and this was NOT in my plan. I had a very strong instinct of what I thought the gender would be, and although we both wanted to find out, I somehow felt like I was cheating the universe. Kendrick was understanding and told me to sleep on it, and that if I wasn’t comfortable, we didn’t have to do it. When¬†I woke up in the morning, I revisited the website and thought, “What the heck! I’m gonna do it.” So I called and made an appointment for later on that day.

I had talked to Kendrick the night before about what the benefits would be if we found out. The biggest benefit was being able to tell our family in person, which was a HUGE plus. Living in California, most of our news is given over the phone or on FaceTime…which isn’t necessarily bad, but it’s definitely more exciting to be able to celebrate good news in person…I think everyone would agree! Another benefit was that I had been planning¬†to have my sister-in-law take maternity/gender reveal photos for us…initially, we were going to take both blue and pink photos (since we didn’t know what we were having) and use either one or the other after we found out. Well…you can imagine how overjoyed Kendrick was when he realized that we would only have to take ONE set of photos instead of two…ha ha.

Fast forward a few hours later…and we were on our way to find out whether our baby would be a little girl or a little boy! I had butterflies in my stomach and kept wondering “What if my instinct is wrong??” The suspense was killing me! The clinic was located in Fort Mill, a cute little town south of Charlotte. As soon as we walked into the clinic, we were greeted by two very friendly women who would be performing the ultrasound for us. The room was bright and inviting, and as I lay back on the table I knew that in a few minutes we would find out the best news of our lives!

After what seemed like forever, the technician finally got to the baby’s legs and told us she was going to look for the fateful sign…however, the baby’s legs were crossed and she couldn’t get a good image. I started getting nervous and wondered if we would have to come back another day to find out. She told us to be patient, and that she was just waiting for them to move. And as soon as they did…she pointed her fingers up to the screen and said “Do you know what that is??” I was just looking at her fingers which were shaped like a “V” instead of looking at the screen. In my head I was thinking, “Oh my gosh …it’s a girl.” (I was surprised by this because up until now¬†I swore I was having a boy). Quickly I heard Kendrick exclaim “It’s a PENIS!” And then I laughed because there it was…plain as day. We were having a boy…which is what I thought all along!!

A funny side note, right as the technician revealed we were having a boy, Kendrick looked down at his phone and saw that his dad had texted him with a prediction, “It is a boy” he said. And he was right!

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We had such a wonderful experience at 3D Dreams in Fort Mill. Included in our package was 20 black and white photos and as a bonus they even gave us a DVD of the whole session! It was so special to be able to listen to baby’s heartbeat and watch him on screen with our family at home. I highly recommend visiting a 3D ultrasound center for anyone who would like to know their baby’s gender. When we had our scheduled appointment yesterday, we were actually pretty disappointed because it was a very formal experience. We just had a radiology specialist perform the ultrasound instead of our regular OB, and she was very technical since her main job was to do an anatomy scan (look for any irregularities or concerns). We left the appointment reflecting on the wonderful experience we had at 3D Dreams and we’re SO happy we decided to do it.

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All these beautiful photos were taken by my incredibly talented sister-in-law Lauren. She also took maternity photos for Kendrick’s sister and everyone in the family keeps urging her to start her own business!

We took these photos¬†on July 8, which is my sister and brother-in-law’s anniversary. Those who know our story know that we met during the weekend of their wedding 4 years ago…( I was MOH and he was Best Man). Pretty crazy that just 4 short years later we’re pregnant…and my best friend turned sister is taking maternity photos for us!

Here’s a couple photos from our gender reveal ultrasound (just shy of 18 weeks). As of yesterday (20 weeks), he weighs¬†12 ounces and is expected to arrive December 7!

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Sucking his thumb, a habit he inherited from dad ūüėČ

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Dear son,

Here are a few hopes I have for you…

I hope you grow up to respect women like your Daddy – you have A LOT to learn from him. ūüėČ He is such a good man. Always have courage to do the right thing and be kind. Love is your greatest power and gift to the world. Everything stems from love…because God is love and God is creating you right now, week by week.

Keep growing strong.

“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

Always follow your heart, the heart that is beating inside me and can hear my heartbeat. You’re the only one who knows my heartbeat from the inside.

All my love,

Momma ‚̧

 

 

Link for my dress is here. 

Handsome Fella onesie is from BabyGap.

Custom announcement onesie is from this Etsy shop. 

Ribbon wands are from Etsy.

 

Baby K-Fit: The First Trimester

Hello friends!

I’m sorry I’ve been so behind on my blog. Between our move at the end of May, unpacking and decorating the house, and growing a baby; I haven’t been able to keep up with it all! I’m now 16 weeks along, and I’m happy to report things are going tremendously well. I honestly don’t feel much different from before I was pregnant, except for the little bump that’s formed, and the fact that I can no longer zip up my pants. Before I get ahead of myself, I want to update you on the first trimester happenings.

Week 4- April 5, we find out we’re pregnant!

Week 5- Symptoms:

  • Increased appetite
  • Lower back pain when I wake up
  • Breast tenderness
  • Vivid dreams

Week 6-

  • No nausea
  • Told my sister Alishia we’re pregnant!
  • Wrote the first letter to my baby

Week 7-

  • Baby is the size of a blueberry
  • Baby’s mouth and tongue are forming
  • No nausea
  • Some constipation
  • Sick (but with a cold-stuffy nose, sore throat)
  • No food aversions

Week 8-

  • Baby is the size of a raspberry
  • Baby’s heart is beating 150 times a minute (twice as fast as mine!)
  • No nausea
  • Hungry …A LOT
  • Constipated
  • Boobs are growing
  • Had our first ultrasound appointment and got to hear the baby’s heartbeat!
  • Took our first bump picture

Week 8 was such a special week for us! After finding out we were pregnant, I was SO excited for our first appointment and couldn’t wait for week 8 to roll around. However, as we got closer, I started to get more and more nervous. Would we hear the heartbeat? I literally had stomach pains and couldn’t eat the day of our appointment. I also had no idea what to expect so that was part of my nerves. My OB-GYN was so sweet though. She was friendly and talkative and Kendrick even recognized her (we still have to figure out from where). Finally the time had come…and I looked up at the screen and waited to hear her say something. “The baby looks great,” she said…and as soon as I heard that, I was instantly at ease. Then she said “I’m just trying to get a good picture for you.” Miraculously she pointed out the head, and the bottom, ¬†and the little arms and legs starting to form. I couldn’t believe how clearly it looked like a baby…even at 8 weeks! It is truly incredible. Then we heard a sound on the monitor…the baby’s heartbeat! Kendrick had been holding back tears, it was such a special moment. I couldn’t believe that we did it; we made this baby and he or she is growing inside me!

 

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Week 9-

  • Baby is the size of a green olive
  • Baby has ended embryonic stage and is now a fetus
  • Flew home to Pennsylvania for Mother’s Day to surprise my mom and told my parents that I’m pregnant! It was so special to be able to tell them in person and I had actually booked my flight home before even knowing that I was pregnant! It couldn’t have been better timing

How I told my parents:

The day after I flew in, my mom saw a box of flowers on the front porch so I brought them in and they had my name on it. I had a suspicion they were from Kendrick- so I started to get nervous that my mom was going to find out. I brought the box inside and she asked “Who are they from?” and I said I don’t know…probably Kendrick. She asked why Kendrick would be sending me flowers. I put the box on the table and opened the envelope with the note inside. Sure enough they were from Kendrick and the note said:

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I turned the note over and told my mom not to look at it. I told her to get my dad and I quick ran upstairs to get the onesie I had made for them. I told them to close their eyes and hold onto a sleeve of the onesie. My mom was so excited and on the verge of tears. They opened their eyes and she screamed…she started crying and then I got tears in my eyes. We all hugged and cried and just soaked up what this moment meant.

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Link for the onesie here.

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Dress is Urban Outfitters; Shoes are Toms.

Week 10-

  • Baby is the size of a prune
  • Baby’s stomach and kidneys are working, producing digestive juices and urine
  • Finally…the word is out! We told all our family and friends this past week
  • Eating eggs everyday, lots of meat and english muffins
  • Still having strange dreams

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Week 11-

  • Baby is the size of a lime
  • Baby’s hands and feet have individual fingers and toes
  • Kendrick and I celebrated our two year anniversary ūüôā
  • We signed a lease for a 2-bedroom apartment

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Week 12-

  • Baby is the size of a large plum
  • Baby has more than doubled in size during the past 3 weeks
  • Baby’s pituitary gland has started producing hormones that will enable him or her to make babies of their own…crazy!
  • Had my first trimester blood tests done
  • Kendrick and I moved to our new place!

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Can’t believe how fast the first trimester went! Thanks so much for reading and following along during our journey.

Much love ‚̧

Angie & Baby

Our new addition: Baby K-Fit!

 

The Ribeiros are expecting!

I am so happy to announce that Kendrick and I are expecting!! Baby K-Fit will be arriving in early December! It’s been a whirlwind past couple weeks, and I am so relieved to finally share the news.

As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I wrote in my journal and detailed everything from that day. I want to share with you my first journal entry, but before I do…here’s a little backstory…

Kendrick and I were on the same page with children; we knew we both wanted them, we just weren’t sure when exactly that would be. I love kids and actually worked as a Nanny before we got married. ¬†I could have been ready for kids as soon as we got married, but I’m glad we decided to wait a couple years. I didn’t want to rush into motherhood, but also knew that starting a family was something very important to me (and Kendrick). Our first year of marriage flew by, and it wasn’t until last September that we got to finally take our belated honeymoon.

I have a friend who had a baby in September, and my sister-in-law had her first child in January, so unfortunately (or fortunately) I started getting baby fever. By the time we went home for Christmas, I had already stopped taking birth control and the plans for Baby K-Fit were in full swing. We weren’t sure how long it would take to get pregnant, so we just assumed that it could take up to a year, and if it happened earlier, then we would be just as happy!

Fast forward to April 5, the day we found out the news! I want to share with you the excerpt that I wrote in my journal.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Today I found out I’m pregnant! It feels so surreal. The reality hasn’t sunk in yet…but if this baby is healthy and able to grow …I’m going to be a mom! So here’s how it happened…

Kendrick and I have been preparing for this. So it was not a complete surprise. I took an ovulation test last month so I knew that we had “done it” when we were supposed to. I didn’t think we would get lucky and it would happen on the first try! Kendrick said I had been irritable with him over the weekend. I didn’t think too much of it as I have not experienced any other symptoms except a slight increase in appetite. I was supposed to get my period on Sunday; and when it didn’t come I just thought, “Oh I’ll get it…there’s no way I’m pregnant yet.” I’ve been cognizant of the fact that getting pregnant is a miracle¬†and not every woman is blessed with that opportunity. I recently read about a blogger I follow who had a miscarriage…and I am still worried that will happen to me. So today, when I realized I am 3 days late, I decided to buy a pregnancy test. I told Kendrick and he was getting excited about the impending possibility. I went to CVS, bought a test, and drove quickly home. Kendrick wasn’t home yet, so I took the test alone. Right after I did it, I placed it on the counter and waited. This particular test had a countdown…so I saw that it was reading the test. Then, it appeared.

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Could it be?? Is this how simple it was?? A life changing moment in a matter of seconds. I tried to act calm… I knew Kendrick was on his way home and wondered how I should tell him.

I decided to wait and let him see the test for himself. I heard his car pull up and got anxious…then heard him turn the key- his eyes met mine.

“Did you do it?” he asked.

I smiled. “You didn’t wait for me?” he teased.

“I have something I want to show you…” I said.

We walked together to the bathroom where the test was sitting on the counter. He looked down at it.

“Oh my gosh…” he said. “I know…” I replied and we embraced. I could feel tears forming in my eyes.

“I think I’m going to cry.” he said.

“Me too.”

“I’m going to be a dad.”

I nodded. “I want to take another test to be sure..but the test popped up pretty quickly. I think I’m pregnant.” I said still stunned.

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Kendrick couldn’t have been more excited. I am so blessed to have a husband who can share in this joy with me- and it’s something that we both want.

Shortly after all this happened he went for a run. When he returned he was already starting to worry about our child’s future. ¬†I told him that’s where we just have to do our best and pray that God takes care of the rest.¬†

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11

Thank you to our family and friends for your support and prayers for us.

We are thrilled to be starting our family and lucky to have you along for the ride!

xo

Mrs. K-Fit and Baby K-Fit

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