Week 12 Bumpdate

It is so surreal to me that I am starting my weekly pregnancy surveys! Somebody pinch me! The love we’ve received from friends and family since our announcement has totally filled my heart with joy. We couldn’t be happier to celebrate these next 36ish weeks, but we really know that the best part comes in May! So here we go, Baby M’s 12 week survey!

How far along: 12 weeks!

Baby Size: According to my What to Expect app, the babe is a full half-ounce and is the size of a large plum. And we found out at last week’s appointment that the babe has a healthy heartbeat of 170 bpm!

Weight gain: Before our Mexico trip in August I went on a strict salt-free diet and was regularly hitting the gym, so I was able to drop 6 pounds in 5 weeks, coming in at 108 lbs. Since then, I’ve gained 3.5 pounds.

Maternity clothes: Although all the books say to hold off on maternity clothes as long as possible, I just couldn’t wait to make my first purchase. So even though I don’t need them quite yet, I bought a pair of maternity jeans from Destination Maternity. And while I was there, I played with the fake bump in the dressing room for way too long. I’ve also started using black and white Baby Be Mine Maternity Belly Bands since my pants no longer button!

Stretch marks: No sign of these yet, but something tells me I should be as proactive as possible so I purchased some Mama Bees Belly Butter.

Sleep: Well, bedtime is more like 8:30 p.m. these days because I come home from work absolutely exhausted and all I can think about is sleep! And as soon as we found out I was preggo I purchased the Leachco Snoogle Pregnancy Pillow and am obsessed (and I think Matt is too)! I’ve caught the hubs several times trying to cuddle the other side of my pillow in the middle of the night. He’s a fan.

Best moment this week:
Having my sister in town and cheering on our husbands at the BBQ competition. One of my more serious cravings is MEAT, but not chicken. Pre-pregnancy, I was 95% vegetarian {5% chicken}, but now all I can think about is BBQ, hamburgers, etc., so being at a BBQ festival all weekend long was heaven!

Looking forward to: A nice relaxing weekend! We’ve been so busy the past few weekends that it will be nice to slow down and knock some stuff off of my “to do” list (liiiike make my Halloween costume).

What I miss: My energy! It’s slowly coming back thankfully! Believe it or not, I haven’t missed wine or pumpkin beer which I thought I would. Before going public, I was drinking Ariel Dealcoholized Wine during girl’s wine nights and thought it tasted great! I just poured it into a screw top white wine bottle and no one ever suspected a thing!

Movement: Not for awhile although at our last ultrasound our babe was bouncing around like crazy!!

Food cravings: Carbs, carbs and more carbs. I am crazy for pastas, sandwiches, bagels, potatoes, etc. More specifically, blueberry bagels and orange juice! And of course, as I mentioned, MEAT!

Anything making you queasy or sick: For awhile I couldn’t do coffee, but this week was the first week I could tolerate it again. And don’t even think about putting me anywhere near chicken. Gross. Ew. Can’t even talk about it, moving on…

Gender: Yes, we plan to find out as soon as possible! I really thought we were having a girl until I read that meat cravings are indicative of a BOY! We will be ecstatic either way!

Labor Signs: Will start answering this in about 28 weeks…

Symptoms: Most of the crazy symptoms have gone away! However, I am thirsty and hungry all the time!

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Happy, happy, happy! I haven’t really had any crazy mood swings or anything yet. Fingers crossed I don’t turn into a crazy person for a little while longer.

Nursery: We will start on nursery progress immediately after Thanksgiving. We are hosting Thanksgiving this year so we don’t want to flip our guest room quite yet!

Workouts: I am finally back to the gym after an 8 week hiatus. I am hitting the gym 4 days a week right now and it feels great!

Prayer for Baby: 

Dear Lord, this is a special week for my baby. It’s the last week of the first trimester and the week in which his digestive system is beginning to develop. Please help my baby develop a strong, healthy system that works in perfect order. This week I also pray for Your hand in giving my baby a compassionate heart and to love others like you do. Give my child a Christlike attitude toward his family and everyone he meets. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.




  1. Courtney
    October 23, 2013 / 2:31 pm

    Amen!!!! Love the prayer for baby M! I'm guessing girl based on hb and cravings (I ate my weight in blueberry bagels!) excited to follow you through all the fun!!!

  2. Jamie Eason
    October 23, 2013 / 2:42 pm

    Congrats! You are so cute!

  3. Dee Stephens
    October 23, 2013 / 2:54 pm

    I had the Snoogle from the get go too. It was so gross by the time Shelby arrived I threw it in the trash! I even packed that sucker and took it on our cruise!

  4. Nikki @ WishUponAShootingStar
    October 23, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    I am currently 6 weeks (June baby) and am having meat cravings like crazy! MMMMM! Like burgers! And the same with orange juice. I drank so much one night that I was miserable because my insides were so cold and sloshing around! Ha! My huge craving is chips and cheese! Like the mexican style kind! Which is funny because I am not the biggest fan of cheese!I'm a new follower! And can't wait to read your updates!

  5. Ashley
    October 23, 2013 / 2:58 pm

    You are about 3 weeks behind me… I'm like "oh sleep where are you" right now the commute to and from work is over an hour. So I am in bed by 8 every night and not getting a full night sleep thanks to the stress of building a house. My energy level was 0 for the longest time but that's slowly starting to change. Can't wait to follow along with your progress. Yay for spring time babies!

  6. Jessi Otey
    October 23, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    oh my heavens your excitement made me smile like a crazy person when reading this! It's safe to say that I'm actually JEALOUS! (for lack of a better word??) I can't wait to get started but I think we're going to wait at least until the summer maybe- being newlyweds is def worth it but you are not helping my anticipation! haha Looking great by the way!!!! xoxo Jess

  7. Amanda
    October 23, 2013 / 3:09 pm

    So excited for you and Matt. You guys are going to be great, Christian parents and I can't wait to follow your journey! This babe will definitely be loved 🙂

  8. Jaclyn @ Haute Granola
    October 23, 2013 / 3:17 pm

    You are just the cutest! I bought my first pair of maternity jeans at 5 weeks and lived in the heaven that is elastic waisted pants for the rest of my pregnancy. Enjoy every minute of this time, it's all worth it and it's an amazing journey!

  9. Shayna Yancey
    October 23, 2013 / 3:18 pm

    Oh I just love this! You are so positive about it all! But, then again, how could you not be!? And, you look amazing!!

  10. the girl in the red shoes
    October 23, 2013 / 3:26 pm

    You are so adorable Christina!!!! I can't wait for you to be a mommy!

  11. Ashley @ Words About Waverly
    October 23, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    Love that snoggle pillow and you look GREAT!! 🙂

  12. jamie vespa
    October 23, 2013 / 3:47 pm

    So sweet and exciting!!Jamie @The Growing Up Diaries

  13. Jess
    October 23, 2013 / 4:02 pm

    I couñdbt stand drinking coffee either or eating hummus! So funny. And that bump is just the cutest!

  14. Bekah Walsh
    October 23, 2013 / 4:02 pm

    You are so sneaky! The wine thing cracks me up! The pillow fighting too! You may have to buy Matt one!

  15. Tara
    October 23, 2013 / 4:20 pm

    You are so cute! So excited to follow along and find out if your meat cravings really do mean boy 🙂 Meat grossed me out for most of my pregnancy and I had a girl. Old wives' tales can be so fun, even if they aren't always right.

  16. Sky-Ann @ The Little Button
    October 23, 2013 / 4:26 pm

    Love your bump update and prayer for the baby. Looking forward to following along 🙂 Congrats again, how exciting!!!!

  17. In the Pink
    October 23, 2013 / 4:29 pm

    I craved beef and was grossed out by chicken too! I don't think I touched chicken for two months. I have been all about the carbs lately too but I'm at 31 weeks so I'm not sure if its an actual craving anymore or just hunger 🙂

    • Nicole-Lynn
      October 23, 2013 / 4:32 pm

      SAME! 🙂

  18. Nicole-Lynn
    October 23, 2013 / 4:31 pm

    SO sweet! Love this so much. I'm so happy for you, friend! 🙂 So you totally have all the cravings I have had during my pregnancy! In the beginning I craved meat and I totally thought "Oh I'm definitely having a boy". I didn't want chicken for like a month or two, but that passed and I was back to being obsessed w/ Chick Fil A! haha Then I started wanting any type of breakfast food imaginable… especially bagels! I still want bagels. My baby's girls heartbeat was 179 at our first appt. and fluctuated between 179-170 for a while. Everyone told me "Oh based on the HB you're having a GIRL" I said NO WAY, I totally thought we were having a boy until I started having vivid dreams of having a girl. I can't wait till y'all find out the gender! So exciting! 🙂

  19. Delta Daisies
    October 23, 2013 / 4:39 pm

    You are adorable!

  20. Colleen @ TwoDelighted
    October 23, 2013 / 4:45 pm

    Congratulations!! So exciting!

  21. Mel (Northern Lights)
    October 23, 2013 / 5:01 pm

    FOOD CRAVINGS: PANCAKES!!!!!!!! You definitely have hilarious food cravings at the MOST random time. Please, please don't change that and go back to healthy christina… lunches will be WAY more fun, and mel/christina will also be 100lbs heavier if thats the case. So JK, don't do that.

  22. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    October 23, 2013 / 5:23 pm

    Awe this is so exciting! Excited to follow along on your journey!

  23. Sasha Savy
    October 23, 2013 / 6:16 pm

    It's such a wonderful time! You look great. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  24. Abby
    October 23, 2013 / 7:03 pm

    You look awesome! I love that top! Congrats and blessing to you and little one. 🙂 xo, Abby @ Always, Abby

  25. Tammy Jo
    October 23, 2013 / 7:50 pm

    You are soo dang cute!! And such an odd craving with the meat. 🙂

  26. Katie
    October 23, 2013 / 8:33 pm

    Love it! I'm doing the same list. 🙂 I recommend maternity clothes (pants) ASAP. They're just so much more comfortable!

  27. Lesa Walker
    October 23, 2013 / 8:45 pm

    Precious and congratulations!! I absolutely loved reading the prayer at the end. Perfect!!

  28. kyliejen
    October 23, 2013 / 10:27 pm

    Forget that advice about waiting to buy maternity pants, get them now!! So worth it to be comfy, esp if your pants aren't buttoning. I waited because the books said to and wish I had bought mine a month earlier than I did! (Plus I think they make the bump look cuter, too :)).

  29. Chelsea
    October 24, 2013 / 12:18 am

    I loved carbs my 1st trimester 🙂

  30. Megan
    October 24, 2013 / 12:50 am

    You look amazing! You're going to be super cute with a baby bump! :)xoMeganIG: megawatHello Newlywed Life Blog

  31. Shelly Hardage-Wilkerson
    October 24, 2013 / 12:51 am

    Mama Bees Belly Butter! YAY! FYI, that stuff really, really works! Works great on the hips too!

  32. Jen
    October 24, 2013 / 1:28 am

    You are glowing and look adorable {as always}!!! I'm excited to follow your bump updates! I LOVE that you added a prayer at the end! 🙂

  33. Hilary
    October 24, 2013 / 4:52 am

    So cute! I loved my maternity jeans, and I probably wore them a little too long after having my son lol

  34. thestreets2
    October 24, 2013 / 11:22 am

    I cannot wait to read all about your journey!!!!

  35. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    October 24, 2013 / 1:59 pm

    i love that you added the prayer at the end! melts my heart! can't wait to follow along in this journey!! you forgot to add pancakes to your cravings, duhhhh! ps mom and I are heading to that sketchy place where we found my table – anything you want me to keep an eye out for? xoxo

  36. Jo & Ant
    October 24, 2013 / 4:15 pm

    Ah you look so adorable!! What do you think about the belly band sizing? Mixed reviews I've seen online!

  37. Leigh Powell Hines
    October 24, 2013 / 10:09 pm

    So happy for you, Christina. This is a joyous time.

  38. Mrs. C
    October 24, 2013 / 10:23 pm

    First time reader here, congrats on your pregnancy and happy 12 weeks!! I'm just a few days over 16wks, so we aren't too far apart. Pretty bump picture!!

  39. Rach
    October 25, 2013 / 12:18 am

    So cute! Congrats!!

  40. Jess Casey
    October 29, 2013 / 2:20 am

    You are so darn cute!!!!!!

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