First Trimester - 16 Weeks Pregnancy Updates

Because we did IVF, we knew we were pregnant very early on. Which has been SO fun, but SO hard to keep secret!! I got in trouble for telling a few people, but definitely tried to keep it on the DL because we didn't want to slip up in front of family. But I've been doing secret updates on my phone so that I could give you all the information you would want!

this is the ultrasound picture they gave us of our little embryo after our Frozen Embryo Transfer. unfortunately, we did not take a very attractive photo. hahahahah

this is the ultrasound picture they gave us of our little embryo after our Frozen Embryo Transfer. unfortunately, we did not take a very attractive photo. hahahahah

3 Weeks

Size of Baby: the size of a fleck of pixy stick dust
Symptoms: tired and slight nausea
Cravings: None.
Anything Make You Queasy or Sick: The smell of the fridge or garbage can has been really strong.
Baby Movement: None obvs. 
Gender: IDK.
Nursery Progress: We bought a rug a couple months back, and that got rolled out a few days ago. 
Best Part of the Week: FIRST EVER POSITIVE RESULT!!! 
Looking Forward To: Having Clancy and Hallie (his fiancé) over for the weekend! We've planned to go to TopGolf and we are excited!

4 Weeks!

Size of Baby: the size of a round sprinkle on a cupcake
Symptoms: V. Tired. I slept for like 16 hours one day… and get sleepy around 2:30-3:00 every single day.
Cravings: Nothing really
Anything Make You Queasy or Sick: the dang fridge/freezer. I can hardly open it...
Baby Movement: None. That babe is tinsy!!
Gender: your guess is as good as mine!
Nursery Progress: WE BOUGHT A COMFY CHAIR! We went to BuyBuy Baby during their Memorial Day Sale and got a comfy chair for the nursery and some crib sheets. We also test drove some strollers and found the crib we want.
Best Part of the Week: Spending Memorial Day with family! We went to TopGolf with some of Parker's family and it was just so much fun. We had the best time.
Looking Forward To: Telling my family in a week!

5 Weeks!

Size of Baby: the size of a letter bead from a letter bracelet!
Symptoms: NAUSEA. I haven't thrown up yet, but have been super close.
Cravings: Panda Express Orange Chicken and Chow Mein. I literally don't ever stop thinking about it. I had it once this week and it was amazing.
Anything Make You Queasy or Sick: still the fridge and garbage can. It's so smelly and gross.
Baby Movement: none.
Gender: too early to tell.
Nursery Progress: nothing new, other than we got the confirmation for the chair and found out it will be here in July!!
Best Part of the Week: Telling my family! We wanted to be safe because I was going to Lake Powell and also needed my Dad to administer my PIO shots while I was on vacation, so it just worked out that way.
Looking Forward To: Lake Powell! I am so excited to take a week long break and spend time with my family! 

this is the little onesie i made to tell my family.

this is the little onesie i made to tell my family.

6 Weeks

Size of Baby: the size of a Jelly Belly Jelly Bean!
Symptoms: NAUSEA + some throwing up each morning. Hellooooooo morning sickness.
Cravings: Candy. And sandwich meat-- which of course I can’t have...
Anything Make You Queasy or Sick: Regular Meat. It sounds so good until it is on my plate and then… I just can’t.
Baby Movement: none. It’s the size of a jelly bean.
Gender: half of my nieces and nephews say girl. The other half say boy, so really it’s anyone’s game here.
Nursery Progress: Nothing to report here right now.
Best Part of the Week: Telling my family. It was so fun to see everyone’s reactions. My little brother wins for the best reaction though. He was so confused and then once he figured it out he ran over and gave me the BIGGEST hug. It was so sweet. Also, LAKE POWELL. It was so, so relaxing and so fun! We just played, swam, ate and played some more. No work, just play!
Looking Forward To: Going home and sleeping in my own bed.

7 Weeks!

Size of Baby: The size of a lemonhead candy!
Symptoms: nausea. All day long.
Cravings: none that I can pinpoint this week. I’m always hungry, I just don’t know what for.
Anything Make You Queasy or Sick: still meat. It sounds good until it doesn’t anymore...
Baby Movement: nope.
Gender: parker says boy, but i think girl. But also, sometimes i think boy too… i really don’t know. I have zero intuition here.
Nursery Progress: nothing new.
Best Part of the Week: Hearing baby’s heartbeat for the first time and seeing baby for the first time!
Looking Forward To: HEARING BABY’S HEARTBEAT & SEEING BABY. (this upcoming Friday!!!!) And also telling Parker’s Family!! We are telling them this Sunday on Father’s Day and we are SO excited!!! 

our tiny bean.

our tiny bean.

8 Weeks

Size of Baby: the size of a gummy bear!
Symptoms: same ole same ole. Nausea & fatigue. Thankfully, it is mostly in the mornings. So I get some extra snuggle time with Mozzie after dropping Parker off at work.
Cravings: Nothing really. I craved cheese and crackers for a minute there. But mostly I have more aversions to food than cravings these days.
Anything Make You Queasy or Sick: being awake. 😂 Or not eating. I try to snack throughout the day because my empty stomach makes me very queasy.
Baby Movement: none yet, but our baby app says that baby is moving around now!!! So in a couple months when baby is a little bigger we should be able to feel those movements!
Gender: don't know. But Parker guesses boy.
Nursery Progress: nothing new. It's just an empty room with a rug for now.
Best Part of the Week: Hearing baby's heartbeat and telling Parker's family. It was so fun to surprise them with our happy news.

Parker's family has been so patient with not knowing much of this process. We decided to announce to Parker's dad on Father's Day. My sister, Shaye, made a beautiful embroidery ultrasound that said, "Baby Banks is coming January 2020." We wrapped it up in a bag and patiently waited for present opening time. When the time came for us to give our present, my heart was POUNDING. I was so excited and so nervous. His dad opened up the bag and pulled it out upside-down (😂). He flipped it over and it took him a minute to figure out what it was. One of Parker's sisters saw the ultrasound shape and gasped. And then Parker's dad exclaimed, "BABY BANKS IS COMING JANUARY 2020!!!" He threw his hands in the air with the biggest smile. Everyone cheered so loud. Parker's Mom started crying and rushed over to give us the biggest hugs and later said, "I haven't been this happy in a long time." Baby Banks, you are SO loved. We can't wait to meet you.

this is the embroidery that my sister made for us to announce to parker’s family

this is the embroidery that my sister made for us to announce to parker’s family

9 Weeks

Size of Baby: the size of a jack!
Symptoms: nausea. I had one really rough day of morning sickness, but other than that, it was a pretty good week!
Cravings: more aversions than cravings this week.
Anything Make You Queasy or Sick: meat, meat, meat. Always meat.
Baby Movement: none yet
Gender: don't know yet
Nursery Progress: nothing new
Best Part of the Week: seeing family who came to visit for a day! 
Looking Forward To: the fourth of July!!!

10 weeks

Size of Baby: the size of a Tootsie Pop!
Symptoms: nausea. And for reals so tired.
Cravings: hot dogs and Doritos locos tacos from Taco Bell AND plain cheese sandwiches (with mayo & mustard) with a side of two baby doll pickles
Anything Make You Queasy or Sick: moving...
Baby Movement: nothing yet
Gender: I am guessing girl, but Parker still thinks boy! But also, sometimes I think boy… 
Nursery Progress: none yet!
Best Part of the Week: getting popsicles at the store!! They were so yummy & have been a perfect treat!
Looking Forward To: telling our grandparents in a few weeks!! It will be so fun!!

11 Weeks

Size of Baby: the size of a Hot Wheels car!
Symptoms: mostly just tired.
Cravings: those cheese sandwiches and pickles, man. I can't get enough.
Anything Make You Queasy or Sick: meat.
Baby Movement: none yet
Gender: idk
Nursery Progress: nothing yet
Best Part of the Week: seeing baby again! That little thing is just like parker-- does NOT want its picture taken. It rolled and rolled to avoid the ultrasound.
Looking Forward To: our announcement photo shoot at our bench!

this was the best we could get in terms of baby’s profile! i just love that little bean!!

this was the best we could get in terms of baby’s profile! i just love that little bean!!

12 weeks!!

Size of Baby: the size of a hacky sack!
Symptoms: not a whole lot of anything. I started feeling really great again this week. But I did throw up once… 
Cravings: pebble ice and ICE COLD water. (which is new because normally I think water tastes gross)
Anything Make You Queasy or Sick: being outside in the heat without snacks or enough water
Baby Movement: none yet
Gender: I'm starting to think boy…
Nursery Progress: we bought a crib on Amazon prime day!!!!
Best Part of the Week: telling my grandparents. It was so sweet to see them all get excited for us in their own way. They have been praying hard for this baby to come into our lives and finally telling them a baby is coming was so much fun. we also had our announcement shoot at our bench location (the actual bench is gone now) and they turned out SO GOOD. thank you, Alice!!
Looking Forward To: telling Parker's grandparents.

baby announcement photo

13 weeks

Size of Baby: the size of a Pokemon card!
Symptoms: seriously, this whole second trimester is coming and I have no symptoms thing is awesome. I felt so good this week!
Cravings: I don't think I had any this week.
Anything Make You Queasy or Sick: not this week!! I've had to rest a little, but what else is new?
Baby Movement: on Saturday, we think we both felt the baby for the first time. It was very brief and fluttery but I really think it was baby!!!
Gender: really starting to think boy… but we have zero proof of that...
Nursery Progress: backwards progress, we have had people staying with us, so we took all of the nursery stuff out for now.
Best Part of the Week: FEELING BABY. It made it so much more real. And also telling Parker's grandparents. We got ahold of Parker's paternal grandpa (dad's dad) and his maternal grandma (mom's mom) and it was SO funny because it was just like having a conversation with Parker's dad and his mom… but in 20 years. 
Looking Forward To: telling the world and finding out the gender… which means we REALLY need to find an OB...

14 weeks!!

Size of Baby: the size of a pack of Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum Tape!
Symptoms: my belly decided to pop out this week. Like literally in one day. It was wild. (16 week update… it decided that was just a test run… i think i just ate a bunch that day…)
Cravings: orange chicken and fruit and pebble ice and ICE cold water.
Anything Make You Queasy or Sick: not snacking enough
Baby Movement: I woke up around 5:00am on Wednesday and could feel baby moving around quite a bit for about 3 minutes. (I put my hand on my belly and feel it that way. I still haven't felt baby just on its own)
Gender: we don't know yet, but I'm getting more and more anxious to know!
Nursery Progress: we organized baby's closet (which is currently storage for other things right now and carpet cleaned the floor. We'll put the stuff back in once the carpet is dry!)
Best Part of the Week: feeling the baby move I think will always be at the top of my list. It is just so reassuring to know that it's happy and safe in there. Also, having my belly pop out was so exciting and fun!! Stuff is getting real around here!! We also announced to the world this week and the amount of love we’ve received since our announcement has been unreal. We are so grateful!!!
Looking Forward To: feeling baby even more and putting the nursery back together!

currently our only “bump picture” hahahahahaha. it’s kind of sad…

currently our only “bump picture” hahahahahaha. it’s kind of sad…

15 Weeks

Size of Baby: the size of a Mixtape!
Symptoms: just a growing belly that everyone tells me isn't very big yet. 
Cravings: nothing really. But I'm trying to be more healthy with my snack choices… it is not going well.
Anything Make You Queasy or Sick: not that I can think of 
Baby Movement: baby likes to move when I'm in the shower. That's the only place I've seen my belly move. But I still can't feel it unless I'm laying on my belly/hand.
Gender: ???
Nursery Progress: we won Letter Ledges from Huckleberry Avenue and put them up in the nursery!! They are SO cute!!!
Best Part of the Week: visiting my family for Hallie's bridal shower! 
Looking Forward To: getting our nursery more set up!

16 Weeks!

Size of Baby: the size of a cupcake!
Symptoms: I have been VERY tired this week. And I've had a few headaches.
Cravings: Eggs. (??? Very weird, but whatevs.)
Anything Make You Queasy or Sick: Yucky smells.
Baby Movement: I FELT THE BABY ON ITS OWN AND SAW MY BELLY MOVE WHILE I WAS LAYING ON MY BED!!! (Felt this movement on 8/14/2019) coolest feeling ever. "It feels like you just ate a meatball sandwich and that meatball sandwich is kicking you in the stomach." -- Baby Mama (funny, but also, oddly accurate??)
Gender: not sure yet!
Nursery Progress: we got a little chest of drawers for baby's clothes this week! 
Best Part of the Week: definitely feeling baby move on its own!
Looking Forward To: our OB appointment in a few weeks. we will probably be able to find out the gender at that appointment. should we?? i haven't decided if i want to yet.

I’ll share more updates in September. Hopefully we will remember to take pictures of my growing bump each week now that it’s actually growing. I hope you enjoyed this lonnnnnnng update. Is there anything I should add to the weekly update list?