My Birth Experience: Isla James

I feel like I need to preface this post… AK was a big baby (over 9 pounds!). I am a petite girl (4′ 11″). Once it was clear that Isla James was either average or large, we knew there was a risk of complications if I went past my due date. For this reason, once we hit 38 weeks, everyone … Read More

Bump Update: The Third Trimester

  Wow. I can’t believe this is my final Bump Update. I’m sorry I haven’t kept a detailed record of the last 11 weeks. It’s been a long, tough road. Total weight gain: 30.5 lbs. – exactly where they wanted me! Isla was born 1 week early at 39 weeks. Maternity clothes? Yep! Maternity everything. Stretch marks? I’m shocked to say I only … Read More

Bump Update: Weeks 26 – 28

Yay! Final few weeks of my second trimester. These past few weeks have been a whirlwind. First, we’ll start with the good: we had an amazing baby shower in Tulsa, OK where my family lives. So many wonder women showed up and really made me and Isla feel loved. It was bumble bee themed and over-the-top cute with little honey … Read More

Bump Update: Isla James Kimmell

Isla James Kimmell The bump has a name! My dad, James, passed away when I was 15 from cancer. I always knew I would name my first child after him and I’m so happy that AK was on board for James as a middle name. Since she had a more masculine middle name, we wanted to balance it out with … Read More

Bump Update: Weeks 23 – 25

Total weight gain: 15.5 lbs. Maternity clothes? Still loving them! I actually found the adorable website: Pink Blush Maternity. Their clothes are super cute for pregnancy and after! {Update: some of my outfits were the perfect post-baby wardrobe additions!} Stretch marks? No! Can you believe it? Sleep: Eh… Some nights better than others. Workouts: Still doing yoga. More at home than in the studio though. Diet: I … Read More

Bump Update: Weeks 21 & 22

Whew. Coming back from a vacation is more work than it should be. Luckily, we planned it so that our flight arrived Saturday night. This gave us all day Sunday to get organized and recharge. Week 21 was such a whirlwind, I didn’t take one bump photo, so I’m tying it together with Week 22 in today’s Bump Update! Total … Read More

Bump Update: Week 20 (Babymoon!)

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Everyone responded similarly when AK and I told them we were headed to Disney World for our babymoon: “Aw! That will be fun… Wait… Disney, really?” I’m pretty sure most friends thought we were crazy. I have to admit, I was hesitant to pull the trigger at first, but I’m so glad we did. This week was truly magical! We … Read More

Bump Update: Weeks 18 & 19

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Sorry to be missing a week! I’ve been busy with work, but ready to pack and prepare for a week off as we venture to Orlando next week. Here’s my bump update for the past couple weeks: Total weight gain: 7.3 lbs. at Week 19 Maternity clothes? Yep! I can still get away with leggings and some days I can wear my regular … Read More

Bump Update: Week 17

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Total weight gain: 5 lbs. Maternity clothes? Just about! Most days I’m in leggings still, but pants are getting tighter every day (especially after meals). Stretch marks? Still no (woo hoo!) Sleep: Rough week for sleep. Still waking up regularly! Workouts: Light, at-home interval trainings. No weights yet. Diet: I realized that exercise is key to keeping my diet in check. Some days were better than others. Best … Read More

Bump Update: Week 16

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Total weight gain: 4.4lbs. Maternity clothes? Not yet! My jeans are definitely getting less comfortable, so I’m in leggings most days. Stretch marks? No. Some old white ones on my hips are more visible, but nothing major – no new ones. Sleep: Sleep isn’t great. I tend to wake up every few hours to flip over out of comfort. Workouts: Got the “OK” from my doctor … Read More