Momma Monday

It has been a few weeks since I have updated baby girl’s growth. Life has been insane around the Holman household. Typical fall craziness with school and such but throw in a house on the market and a pregnancy and days seem to pass in the blink of an eye. We had our 20 week anatomy scan last week and all was well with our baby girl. She looks great, spent the time fluttering her feet and practicing her sucking skills. I love being able to check in and nothing warms my heart more than truly healthy baby. We took the boys with us so that they could see the baby Leighton. I don’t recommend that. It was romper room. That was the first and hopefully last time I have to bring the crew along.

19 weeks

20 weeks

21 weeks

How far along? 21weeks

Total weight gain/loss? up 10 lbs, lovely. And I quote the ob “I see you finally decided to gain weight” Yep. sure did.

Maternity clothes?  Mostly. As you can see in my 21 week photo I am carrying this baby so different. She is making me me wide. I can wear some regular clothes but honestly nothing is comfortable,

Stretch marks? my poor hips

Sleep?  hit or miss either dead asleep or up and down all.night.long.

Best moment last week? I perfectly perfect baby girl showing off for the anatomy scan.

Movement?  Early in the morning and late at night. I love feeling her move around. She also has tendency to react to loudness when her brothers and dad play rough. I guess she is getting ready to join them.

Food cravings?  DOUGHNUTS. Its bad like most days EJ asks when are we going. Opps.


Labor signs? None thank god

Belly button in/out? In. It has yet to pop in a pregnancy so I am guessing it will stay in this time too.

What I miss: Wine and not aching at the end of every day.

What I am looking forward to: Almost to viability. WAHOO!

Milestones: Just keeping my eyes to the magic 24 week viability mark.


Momma Monday on a Tuesday

The last week has been completely full of pink everything. My mom came to town last Tuesday and we have spent every spare minute making the rounds to all our favorite baby stores. To say we shopped until we dropped would be an understatement. In a little more than a week we have stocked up Miss Leighton on all things pink. I have loved every minute of it. 



Just a morning getting lost in Marshall’s

17 weeks & FALL fashion

How far along? 17 weeks

Total weight gain/loss? as my ob put it… STEADY. ::side-eye::

Maternity clothes?  Yep.

Stretch marks? First belly stretch mark EVER on my hip. Proof that I am carrying her so different.

Sleep?  awful. the pregnancy dreams are giving me panic attacks this time, not even kidding. It is horrible.

Best moment last week? getting to walk to the girl side of any baby store and actually buy for myself.

Movement?  Most evenings I feel a little movement. She seems to be less active than both her brothers were. I could really feel Jack at this point.

Food cravings?  Nothing

Gender? GIRL

Labor signs? None thank god

Belly button in/out? In. It has yet to pop in a pregnancy so I am guessing it will stay in this time too.

What I miss: SLEEP good refreshing sleep.

What I am looking forward to: Anatomy scan. I love getting to check in on her.

Milestones: Just keeping my eyes to the magic 24 week viability mark.

Picture Perfect

Ever since getting an iPhone 2 years ago I have been pretty horrid about using my big camera. Its so easy when the phone is nearby and after having my almost new camera stolen by work men I am not as inclined to just leave it sitting out like I used to. But, after ordering an awesome Blurb book of the last yrs Instagram pics I have vowed to use it more. The book is awesome quality, awesome. HIGHLY recommend them. But, you just can’t beat the quality of a big DSLR camera. I know one day when my kids are grown and living their own lives I will love having these memories in pictures.

I take a pretty decent picture. I am no photographer and I am pretty terrible at manual but I am slowing improving. We have a good enough camera that my artistic eye can get the right angle and the camera can do the hard work. I need to take a class about photoshop I just play with it and more often than not totally over process the picture but again learning curve I will get there.

We play outside most days after nap to burn the afternoon energy so the other day I broke out the camera and got some recent pictures. I really can not get over how big they suddenly are and I really am shocked how much EJ and Jack favor each other. 

EJ 3 years old

Jack 1 year

Momma Monday

What a week it has been with this little bit! It started off at with me up all night last Sunday night with a massive bladder infection. By 8am I was having flashbacks to the early part of my pregnancy with Jack and was on the phone with multiple doctors the minute the boys walked into school. I was not ending up in the hospital with a kidney infection again. My urologist is too popular for her own good and per usual I couldn’t get in until later in the week. Thank goodness my OB office is awesome and I was in by 11 and at the pharmacy with a plan by noon. I spent the rest of week not feeling great but powered through.

Craig and I decided to go to local ultrasound place and pay for a gender reveal a few weeks ago. After the perinatologist told us that he believed this baby  was a girl we just weren’t really willing to potentially wait another 2 months. My kidney issue is a birth defect that they can theoretically catch while in utero so we always wait until at least 20 weeks to do the anatomy scan so they can really see how things are developing and with Jack we waited until 22 weeks. We made the appointment for Saturday morning and really did not tell many. And would you believe it????


Yes, we are positive. She put up a fight but the ultrasound tech said she was not miscalling this one and she spent forever looking. She had me moving all over the table. I have never been so thrilled have someone point out girl bits to me in my life. Needless to say we are so excited to be adding a daughter to our crew. And yes, I already went shopping for pink. Poor Jack just lost the top of his closest. EJ told me the Monday before I was I discovered I was pregnant that I was going to give him a baby sister. And once we told him that Mommy was going to have another baby he has been unwavering about it being a girl. So I guess we should have just listened to him.

Leighton Annabelle Holman will join our family late winter. Little girl is going to be one lucky lady to have 2 older brother watching out for her and God help anyone she decides to date.

How far along? 16 weeks

Total weight gain/loss? up 5 lbs, lovely. Those are all crackers which keep me from paying homage to the porcelain gods.

Maternity clothes?  Yep. Its not that my regular clothes don’t fit because most do. I have just found maternity to give my expanding hips the extra space needed to be uncomfortable.

Stretch marks? YES on my hip. Little girl is being carried totally differently at this point. All wide which isn’t helpful for my poor skin. Its now lotion twice a day to try to limit the damage.

Sleep?  decent.

Best moment last week? FINDING OUT THAT SHE IS A GIRL

Movement?  At this point, I could really feel Jack so I worried that at times that something was wrong. But, she is just much calmer in utero baby. Every ultra sound she has been all snug just chilling. So I am guessing my insides may get a break from the constant flips and karate chops that I endured with her brothers.

Food cravings?  Really nothing. Simply not hungry which isn’t really helpful.

Gender? GIRL

Labor signs? None thank god

Belly button in/out? In. It has yet to pop in a pregnancy so I am guessing it will stay in this time too.

What I miss: still miss my WINE and wanting to workout. Making a human is hard work on its own.

What I am looking forward to: Anatomy scan. Kidney complications are at higher risk since she is a girl and tends to be past down from female to female.

Milestones: Just keeping my eyes to the magic 24 week viability mark.

Brain Dump

I have stop and started writing updates more times than I can count. Sometimes I probably put too much pressure on myself to make words flow and sound amazing. But this is my place and if their are typos and such… really who cares.

I’m almost 16 weeks. Yikes. I can not even wrap my brain around it. It will be d day before I know it. Sometimes I forget I am pregnant which is weird. With EJ once we knew it was all I thought about and Jack made me want to die every day so yeah no way to forget why. I am showing differently this time more wide and less round bump right in the middle. It’s easier to hide. In a lot of clothes I look fat not pregnant. I can’t decide if I like or not. It doesn’t matter eventually it will be obvious.

EJ is loving school, loving. He started and bam grown-up kid. I had to walk him to his classroom today because I had a room parent meeting and you would thought I was killing him. “Mom, I want to do the carpet line (he refuses to call it a carpool line)” “Mom, don’t hold my hand. I know where to go.” Basically told me to go away. Seriously, he’s three.

And the room parent thing. Jesus. I may have over achieved too much this time. I walked into our meeting to an agenda and talks of bringing my family silver pattern to decorate my room’s table for the Mom’s fashion show. Awesome.

I have a bladder/kidney infection again. Manage to catch it in time to avoid spending a week in the hospital on a morphine drip but it hasn’t been fun. Being Mom and being sick sucks because quite frankly no one cares. Needless to say I have been sucking down water and crashing early each and every night.

We got an offer on the house. It was joke, they should feel lucky that even bothered to counter. And then they spent 2 hours pretending to be inspectors and countered again with the same offer. We want to sell but that is rude and ridiculous. When the realtor is saying they are whistling dixie you know your feelings are acceptable. We countered back our original offer told them to take it or leave it. They aren’t our buyers. I was really hopeful they were. We are so ready to close this chapter and start a new one but we do have standards.

Oh and our perfect child that never causes problems is now biting. The tables have turned, EJ got a glowing weekly report and Jack got the pink slip. I suppose it will always be like this. I guess I better hang on.

A BIG day


Well this happened today. I may or may not have teared up a bit, blame the hormones. Craig and I are just so proud of him. As of today he is no longer in Mother’s Day Out but straight up Preschool, 5 days a week. I am so happy for him. Its time and he is more than ready. But whoa where has the time gone. 

Momma Monday

This last week has been an eventful week in Round 3’s short life. We met with the perinatologist and had the ever scary first trimester scan. Something about hanging out in the High Risk office that makes you very thankful for easy, fairly uneventful pregnancies. We got two good looks at the little jumping bean then another today at my monthly visit. Kiddo likes to move and makes it interesting to get a heartbeat this early in the game. I will never complain though.  This momma is always up for a quick look at the newest member of our herd.

How far along? 13 weeks

Total weight gain/loss? up 3 lbs, lovely. Those are all crackers which keep me from paying homage to the porcelain gods.

Maternity clothes?  Yep. Some of my pants still fit but its just uncomfortable.

Stretch marks? nothing new

Sleep?  decent.

Best moment last week? seeing a healthy baby and getting a gender guess. AND NO I AM NOT TELLING.

Movement?  I have had a moment here or there where I am betting I feel the baby. Nothing consistent its still way to early for that.

Food cravings?  Sweet and Spicy. I know weird.

Gender? Still a mystery

Labor signs? None thank god

Belly button in/out? In. It has yet to pop in a pregnancy so I am guessing it will stay in this time too.

What I miss: not even going to pretend WINE. Goodness I love a glass of good red wine.

What I am looking forward to: Finding out what the baby is.

Milestones: Just keeping my eyes to the magic 24 week viability mark.