Week 15 Bumpdate

What a great week it’s been so far! I’d even say it’s been our favorite yet! I finally feel like I really “popped” this week and can no longer hide my bump, so I’ve totally started embracing it with tighter clothing. We also had our Christmas photos taken over the weekend and I got super emotional looking back on our sneak peek pictures. I just feel so incredibly blessed to have a healthy babe on the way and a super-dad of a husband. Life is so good!

How far along: 15 weeks!

Baby Size: The baby is a size of a navel orange! Yes, an ORANGE (4.5 inches long, 2 – 3 oz)! Our lil babe is growing so fast. I can’t believe this week she will get her hair and skin tone!

Weight gain: Do I really have to keep answering this? Up another pound this week…115.

Maternity clothes: Oh yes. I made the mistake of trying to wear regular panty hose for our photoshoot and realized 10 minutes before walking out the door that they were not going to work. I felt like they were cutting my bump in half and I could barely breathe. So I had to make an emergency trip to Target to get maternity hose and ohmy-gosh they are heavenly!


Stretch marks: Not yet. Using my creams every night!

Sleep: I picked up a set of cute flannel sheets at Target last week and have been sleeping like a champ ever since. They are so warm and cozy!


Gender: Okay – big update! Matt and I decided that our appointment on November 27 is just too risky to find out the gender since we want to celebrate the next day with our family. We know we would be really sad if the baby “hides” during our U/S or it’s still too early for the tech to reveal, so we’ve decided to go ahead and book a gender check ultrasound (at the advice of my Charlotte bloggy friends) for TODAY! Apparently this place can check as early as 15 weeks and guarantees the gender! However, we’ve decided to wait to open the envelope until our family is all together for Thanksgiving!

Best moment this week:
Definitely having our Christmas pictures taken. We had a blast and I can’t wait to reveal all of our photos from the shoot!

Looking forward to: Our ultrasound appointment this afternoon!!! He or she? What will baby M be?!

What I miss: Nothing really. I do miss tuna in my sushi but have been really enjoying vegetarian rolls instead!

Movement: Not yet…

Food cravings: This week I’ve been loving cereal, bagels, Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes, donuts and still anything with carbs!


Anything making you queasy or sick: Still saying NO to chicken.

Labor Signs: Will start answering this in about 26 weeks…

Symptoms: Thanks for all the comments last week about round ligament pain! That is definitely what I am experiencing! And this week I have a new symptom – congestion at night. I finally decided to purchase some breathe right strips out of desperation. 

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Feeling ridiculously happy and blessed knowing we will soon know if we are having a boy or girl!

Nursery: Just a few more weeks before we start working on this! We’ve decided on a rocker for the nursery and I am hoping to snag it during the Black Friday sales. I’ve also been pinning away on my Nursery Pinboard!

Workouts: Elliptical workouts 3 days this week and a yoga class.

Prayer for Baby: 

 Dear Lord, we pray for our baby’s hair and skin this week. As our child grows, I pray she will be pleased with the traits you’ve blessed her with. You are a wonderful, loving God. Your word says that you even know the number of hairs on our head, and I know that means You are concerned with every detail of us. Thank you for caring and loving us so much! I praise you for the little boy or girl growing inside me. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 


“But even the hairs on your head have all been counted…”  – Matthew 10:30




  1. Caitlyn {Home Sweet Ruby}
    November 12, 2013 / 1:46 pm

    So cute, you look gorgeous!! Enjoy the gender check ultrasound today.. so exciting!! πŸ™‚

  2. Jessica @ Better Together and Forever
    November 12, 2013 / 1:56 pm

    How exciting!! I am going to guess: GIRL! PS, I LOVE those Little Debbie Christmas Tree cakes…..must get some soon! πŸ™‚

  3. Ashley
    November 12, 2013 / 2:02 pm

    You look soo cute!!! Can't wait to hear what the baby is!!

  4. Pamela
    November 12, 2013 / 2:08 pm

    You look great!! Have fun today! πŸ™‚

  5. Sara @ Making Memories of Us
    November 12, 2013 / 2:11 pm

    You look beautiful! The 2nd trimester is such a fun time, especially when you get to start showing off your bump. Enjoy every minute of your pregnancy…it goes fast!

  6. nphaler
    November 12, 2013 / 2:16 pm

    You look amazing! I am loving your LRT hair and make-up….your preggo glow makes the make-up that much better. Can't wait to hear about the gender!!

  7. Kali Patterson
    November 12, 2013 / 2:17 pm

    so excited to hear what baby is! πŸ™‚

  8. Sarah
    November 12, 2013 / 2:24 pm

    You look AMAZING! πŸ™‚ You have an incredible preggo glow!!!

  9. Jessi Otey
    November 12, 2013 / 2:26 pm

    oh you said 'she' in baby size and I almost screamed with excitement- you look fabulous!! Can't wait to hear!!

  10. Nichole
    November 12, 2013 / 2:36 pm

    You look so great in this photo, and glowy and happy!

  11. Ashley
    November 12, 2013 / 2:59 pm

    I'm betting on a girl….We just found out we're having a girl! Can't wait to hear what your having!!

  12. Arielle
    November 12, 2013 / 3:15 pm

    omgosh you look adorable!

  13. Bekah @ reβ€’solve
    November 12, 2013 / 3:22 pm

    Yay! How nice that you will be able to celebrate together at Thanksgiving!

  14. Tess
    November 12, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    You look SO cute and I think it's absolutely adorable that you are going to wait to find out the gender with your family. I would do the same thing!

  15. Vanessa
    November 12, 2013 / 3:31 pm

    So exciting. .. the congestion thing stinks but vicks is amazing put some on your feet with socks before bed it helps tremendously!

  16. Cherish
    November 12, 2013 / 4:00 pm

    You officially have that 'pregnancy glow' and look beautiful! You are a champ if you're able to not peek into that envelope until Thanksgiving. I'd die from the suspense! : )

  17. Sarah
    November 12, 2013 / 4:02 pm

    Eeeek!! So exciting about the gender US!! πŸ™‚ I don't know how you are going to hold that envelope for 2 weeks! We found out at 15 weeks with this one. it's crazy how soon they can find out now! You look fab, Little Momma!!

  18. Shayna Yancey
    November 12, 2013 / 4:06 pm

    Christina you look absolutely beautiful!! Pregnancy looks great on you!!

  19. Slice of Life
    November 12, 2013 / 4:23 pm

    You look amazing! So excited for you to find out if you're having a boy or girl today! I don't know if I would be able to wait two more weeks to open that envelope?!? Willpower haha!

  20. Signe
    November 12, 2013 / 4:24 pm

    I love your makeup!!aclassystateofgrace.blogspot.com

  21. new found love
    November 12, 2013 / 4:35 pm

    ahhh dying chirstina you are so cute!!! hoping to see you and matt over thanksgiving at some point:)

  22. Rachel Tripodi
    November 12, 2013 / 4:46 pm

    You look great! Also, I totally got that awful nighttime congestion when I was pregnant too. I ended up getting a humidifier and it was magical!!!

  23. jamie vespa
    November 12, 2013 / 5:22 pm

    You look so fantastic! I just love baby bumps. It's so wonderful to know that a growing little human is in there!Jamie @ The Growing Up Diaries

  24. Brianne Bracco
    November 12, 2013 / 5:44 pm

    You and your growing bump are just soooo adorable! Can't wait for you guys to find out the gender!

  25. Colleen @ TwoDelighted
    November 12, 2013 / 5:57 pm

    You look so cute! LRT did an amazing job πŸ™‚

  26. Jodi
    November 12, 2013 / 6:28 pm

    You look gorgeous, mama! What a happy day it'll be πŸ™‚

  27. Mandy
    November 12, 2013 / 6:46 pm

    you are beautiful! Looks like you are thoroughly enjoying being pregnant. I loved it πŸ™‚

  28. Jen
    November 12, 2013 / 6:51 pm

    You look so beautiful, and I can't wait to find out the gender and of course see your nursery. Your house looks amazing and I'm sure the nursery will be just as beautiful. Oh and I noticed you said "she" when you were talking about hair and skin tone and thought maybe you already knew. Maybe this is a sign it will be a girl! Good luck today!

  29. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    November 12, 2013 / 9:04 pm

    You look gorgeous! And I think it's funny how you said "she will be getting her hair and skin tone" I thought I missed the gender reveal!

  30. Christina @ This Woman Cooks!
    November 12, 2013 / 9:05 pm

    You are too cute!! That color on you is gorgeous.

  31. Jenn
    November 12, 2013 / 10:33 pm

    Christina – I'm so happy for you! I've been following your blog for a while and I'm excited to say that I am 15 weeks pregnant this week too! It's funny how we're on the same schedule! I have a question for you – which rocker did you decide on? That is the only item of furniture I need to purchase for the nursery and I'm having a tough time figuring out what type to buy. I'm interested in your choice! Thanks, Jenn

  32. thestreets2
    November 13, 2013 / 1:07 am

    I love these updates and your prayers for baby. Such a wonderful idea

  33. Pris
    November 13, 2013 / 1:22 am

    Looking good, lady!! I can't wait to hear the gender and see Xmas photos! Such an exciting time!

  34. Jamie @ You Gotta Have Hart
    November 13, 2013 / 4:42 am

    You look amazing! And I remember craving Zebra Cakes (Little Debbie).. I would literally leave the house after my fiance went to sleep and go to the corner store to get one or three LOL

  35. Katie {Miss Dixie}
    November 13, 2013 / 2:22 pm

    don't even worry about the weight! its so not a biggie and I think theres way too much emphasis on it (speaking after the fact of course!) I treated myself to a chocolate iced donut after every dr appt…yum! enjoy it!

  36. Katie
    November 13, 2013 / 7:51 pm

    you look so great! loving your maternity style! πŸ™‚

  37. Chloe Grell
    November 13, 2013 / 7:54 pm

    You look gorgeous! I am guessing a girl!

  38. jen
    November 13, 2013 / 8:15 pm

    You look beautiful! Found your blog recently-we live near Charlotte too. πŸ™‚ Congratulations!!! And that prayer made me cry…HOW PRECIOUS!!! He truly does!

  39. Lindsey Regan Thorne
    November 15, 2013 / 2:56 am

    I keep checking your insta for baby boy/ girl ultrasound pics!!!! You look so gorgeous, girlfriend… loved spending time with you on Sunday! I totally remember the orange and thinking HOW BIG an orange really is! Thanks for passing along the Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes craving… btw, I craved sprinkled cake donuts with icing… like the cake ones. I can't find ANY PLACE in Charlotte that does a cake/ sprinkle/ frosted donut! Grrr!!!! xoxoxo

  40. Leigh Powell Hines
    November 16, 2013 / 3:37 pm

    You look gorgeous.

  41. ama512
    November 18, 2013 / 2:07 pm

    Your entire look is flawless! I love the color and style of your dress! Would you mind sharing where you purchased it?? Thanks!

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