Monday, December 15, 2014
Lil Baby Nutt // 22 weeks

How far along: 22 weeks
Gender: Boy!
Weight gain: 4 lbs...I'll find out tomorrow the damage over the last month. That appointment I thought I had last Thursday is actually tomorrow. My pregnancy brain is beyond out of control. My mom is suggesting baby boy is going to be a genius because he's taking away whatever smarts I had. :)
Maternity clothes: Same as previous week - not needing maternity clothes. Sticking mainly to leggings or sweats for comfort reasons.
Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: Sleeping pretty good - I wake up a few times throughout the night to change positions. 
Best Moment This Week: Paris and Sophia both had a chance to feel their little brother kick! Paris was full of excitement and awe, whereas Sophia was less than impressed. 
Worst Moment This Week: Probably having a child catch Marvin & I laughing as I was pretending to try out a breast pump at Target. Which only made us laugh even harder and run over to the next aisle. We're so mature. Other than that disaster and potentially scarring that child for life, I'm still dealing with back pain and round ligament pain - not excruciating, but definitely annoying. 
Miss anything: My brain & holiday cocktails.
Movement: Everyday!
Cravings: Chipotle salad, vinegar, salty stuff, cereal, and almond bark or yogurt covered pretzels - sometimes with peppermint.
Queasy or sick: Nothing is making me feel sick...feeling pretty good for the most part.
Looking forward to: More holiday fun!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Lil Baby Nutt // 21 weeks

How far along: 21 weeks, 1 day
Gender: Boy!
Weight gain: 4 lbs...I'll find out on Thursday last month's gain.
Maternity clothes: Same as previous week - not needing maternity clothes. Sticking mainly to leggings or sweats for comfort reasons.
Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: Tossing and turning most nights this week.
Best Moment This Week: Feeling the baby kick from the outside and Marvin has been feeling baby boy too!  The past 3 days he has been so active and I love it! We also got baby's carseat this week, so this is really happening. :)
Worst Moment This Week: Feeling some aches and pains which I don't remember feeling this early with the girls, so I'm hoping that it's just the current position of the baby and not what I have to look forward to for the next 19 or so weeks!
Miss anything: Again, my brain. I won't even embarrass myself with sharing stories of my forgetfulness, randomness, and slowness. Ridiculous. All I can do is laugh at myself though!
Movement: Lots of it! I've finally had to "listen" to baby boy and stop laying on my stomach. Boo.
Cravings: Salads, tomatoes, avocado, vinegar, and a bowl (or 2...3...4...) of cereal at night.
Queasy or sick: Nothing is making me feel sick...feeling pretty good for the most part.
Looking forward to: Crossing off more Advent Calendar activities...I finally got around to planning our days. Also, looking forward to some holiday baking and finishing up Christmas shopping.

Monday, December 1, 2014
Lil Baby Nutt // 20 weeks

How far along: 20 weeks - halfway through!
Gender: Boy!
Weight gain: 4 lbs. 
Maternity clothes: Same as previous week - not needing maternity clothes. Sticking mainly to leggings or sweats for comfort reasons.
Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: Once I get to sleep, I'm out, but getting comfortable is becoming a struggle.
Best Moment This Week: Non-pregnancy related, serving our community and starting Helping Holiday Hands has been a joy.  You can learn more about Helping Holiday Hands here.  Also, we decked our halls & Lolly (our elf) returned from the North Pole!
Worst Moment This Week: Starting to have trouble getting up from the couch, bed, and floor without sounding and looking like I'm 100 years old. Attractive, I know. And Marvin, I see you laughing at me every. single. time. :)
Miss anything: My smarts. Literally having the worst pregnancy brain ever. I feel like a space cadet 95% of the time.
Movement: I've been feeling movement daily, but still no kicks from the outside. C'mon baby boy, your daddy and sisters are waiting patiently to feel you!!
Cravings: I made collard greens for Thanksgiving with extra vinegar and I've been attacking the leftovers.  Also, 5 Guys french fries with vinegar & loads of ketchup. And tomatoes with balsamic vinegar, feta cheese, and black pepper. So, basically I have a thing for vinegar. Pass me the bottle.
Queasy or sick: Nothing is making me feel sick...feeling pretty good for the most part.
Looking forward to: Advent calendar activities which I have yet to come up with.  Last year, I had our calendar filled by Thanksgiving. I'm hoping to get it done tonight. And, like a broken record, for baby boy to get his kick on!

Friday, November 28, 2014
Helping Holiday Hands

I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving! Last year I cooked our Thanksgiving meal in a hotel room in Charlotte, so I was very thankful to be cooking in a full-size kitchen in our home.  We started our morning with our usual tradition of watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade while eating breakfast.  I began cooking during the parade with glances into the living room to see the floats and witness the arrival of Santa Claus! 

I made great timing this year with all of our dishes, so we sat down to eat around 2pm.  Everyone had their Turkey Ticket that earned them a place at the dinner table. ;) The Turkey Ticket this year was 27 things we are thankful for.  Paris set a beautiful table for us and Sophia arranged our Turkey Tickets to the wall - I was so proud of both of them.

We have many things to be thankful for and all thanks goes to God.

If you follow me on Instagram (@brittneymcnutt), you may have noticed a post I made a few days ago regarding Helping Holiday Hands (#helpingholidayhands).  I'd like to encourage everyone to join in by preforming an act of kindness - big or small - during the holiday season and post it to Instagram using the hashtag #helpingholidayhands.  Then, tag a few friends to challenge them as well!  It will be fun to see what y'all are up to and hopefully motivate others to participate.  We started on Wednesday by providing breakfast for those in need waiting outside for financial assistance.  We brought Paris & Sophia along too.  It's so great to serve others with your children!  They feel great about what they were doing and I pray that they continue to do it when they're adults and have children of their own.

Today we headed out as a family again to share our Thanksgiving meal with the homeless.  I always end up making way too much food, so we packed up some of our leftovers into mason jars and attached a plastic fork.  We drove around the city passing them out.  It feels good to know they had a warm, home cooked meal tonight.

Here's a quick list of a few ideas you can do:
-Goodwill/Salvation Army Donations
-Bring coffee to a friend
-Donate a gift at Toys for Tots
-Shovel snow for a neighbor
-Feed a parking meter
-Volunteer at a homeless shelter
-Donate to a food bank
-Send Christmas cards to troops
-Visit a children's hospital
-Leave an encouraging note 
-Pick up litter
-Hold the door open
-Help carry groceries 
-Smile at a stranger
-Pray with someone
-Help your sibling or parents with a chore
-Donate a coat, hat, mittens, etc.
-Have a potluck
-Deliver cookies to neighbors 
-Volunteer at a school
-Organize a clothing or food drive
-Adopt a family in need of Christmas gifts

Monday, November 24, 2014
Lil Baby Nutt // 19 weeks

How far along: 19 weeks
Gender: Boy!
Weight gain: 4 lbs. 
Maternity clothes: Jeans are officially cutting off my circulation when buttoned. Most of the time I'm in leggings or rigging my jeans.
Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: Decent. I've got a pillow between my knees every night and wake up every time I need to roll over to my other side.
Best Moment This Week: Our final ultrasound. It was our anatomy scan and everything checked out great. We have been thanking God for a healthy baby - an incredible blessing.  Baby boy was pretty stubborn at our appointment.  He didn't move at all! The ultrasound tech had me change positions, so we could get a clearer shot of his heart.  He turned just enough for her to confirm all is well and that is all. Little brat. :) Also, Marvin set up the best date night! He set up our living room and cooked a delicious meal for the two of us! Marvin hired the girls as waitstaff. They were so cute and did such a professional job! ;)
Worst Moment This Week: Back pain & round ligament pain is killing me. If I get up too fast, stretch, or sneeze, round ligament pain is right there to remind me that I'm pregnant!
Miss anything: I will miss having my mimosa or bloody mary while I start cooking on Thanksgiving morning. Boo.
Movement: Feeling more movement late at night, but nothing that can be felt from the outside yet.  The ultrasound tech said that it's because of how my placenta is positioned. 
Cravings: Same as last week. I did have a random craving late one night for Queen City BBQ's collard greens smothered in one of their vinegar based sauces. I didn't act on it in fear of getting arrested for breaking and entering.
Queasy or sick: Feeling good!
Looking forward to: Tomorrow we are headed to Sophia's school to hear her read her "Thankful" essay and excited to hear Marvin and the girls' thankful lists this year.  The ticket to our Thanksgiving dinner is a list of 27 things they're thankful for. :)

Monday, November 17, 2014
Lil Baby Nutt // 18 weeks

How far along: 18 weeks
Gender: Boy!
Weight gain: 4 lbs. thanks to the 5,189,027 fun size candy bars I feasted on. No regrets.
Maternity clothes: Still fitting in all my clothes and jeans, but I think I'll be using the hair tie trick soon.
Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: Sleep is back to normal, but I'm having REALLY crazy and scary dreams.
Best Moment This Week: I put up a few Thanksgiving decorations and started to finalize our menu.  We also had a doctor's appointment last Thursday.  It's always fun to hear the heartbeat! Baby boy was at 138 bpm!
Worst Moment This Week: Hello, back pain! Also, if someone could let my booty know that it doesn't have to be in competition with my bump, that would be great. :)
Miss anything: Deli meat...still. I'm thinking this may never change.
Movement: This little boy has been really relaxed. I haven't felt much movement at all.
Cravings: Cheese and smothering food in condiments...any kind of sauce, dressing, or ketchup. Tater tots and hashbrowns smothered in ketchup is my jam.  You should see the looks I get from Marvin - it ain't pretty, but it sure is delicious!
Queasy or sick: Feeling good, but have a constant stuffed nose.
Looking forward to: We have an ultrasound on Thursday which will include our anatomy scan.  This will most likely be our last ultrasound until Lil Baby Nutt arrives.  We've been pretty spoiled with ultrasounds!  Also, obviously looking forward to Thanksgiving. :)
Monday, November 10, 2014
Lil Baby Nutt // 17 weeks & Gender Reveal

How far along: 17 weeks
Gender: BOY!!!!!!! So excited!!
Weight gain: This is definitely happening, but won't know the number until later this week.
Maternity clothes: Still in regular clothes for the most part, but you can usually catch me with the top button of my jeans undone in the evening. :)
Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: It's been a rough week. I can't seem to get comfortable and my dreams are intense and bizarre.
Best Moment This Week: Paris & Sophia brought home ahhhhhmazing report cards! They both made the Honor Roll and we couldn't be prouder! Also, getting a DVD of our 4D sonogram was really exciting to watch.
Worst Moment This Week: Headaches are back with a vengeance.
Miss anything: Deli meat...still.
Movement: Little flutters here and there - nothing consistent though
Cravings: Sharp, very sharp cheddar.
Queasy or sick: Not regularly, but I randomly threw up a couple mornings ago.
Looking forward to: Thanksgiving prep and cooking - one of my absolute favorite things to do!

I probably had a list a mile long of ideas for a gender reveal party even before I found out I was pregnant. But since our family and most friends are so far away, it wasn't in the cards.  I still wanted to do a fun reveal for the girls though!

I decided to purchase a blank canvas and some acrylic paint in the colors that we want to use in the nursery so that the girls would create the first piece of artwork to go into their brother's nursery! We set up the canvas and paint in our backyard, blindfolded the kids, and led them to the paint. They took turns splattering us the canvas with paint. When the blindfolds came off, it took a few seconds for the news to register and then there were happy shrieks and hugs! It was very sweet and they're very proud that their artwork will be displayed in the nursery. It's a gift full of love!

My heart is so full and I'm still in complete shock that I have a little boy growing inside of me!