Week 23 Bumpdate

First, thank you all for your encouraging words last week about my concerns about Caroline’s growth. After lots of prayer and consideration, Matt and I have decided to change our doctor and practice. We just weren’t getting the experience we hoped for with our doctor/staff and kept receiving misinformation about our sonograms, test results, etc. We meet our new doctor next week and are extremely excited to carry this pregnancy through the rest of the way with our new team of support!


How far along: 23 weeks!

Baby Size: A papaya (8 inches, 1.2 pounds)!

Weight gain: Still 16 pounds.

Maternity clothes: Yep! In fact, I just scored that black dress from Old Navy for $12! You can still find it on sale {here}.

Stretch marks: Nope.

Sleep: Great!


Gender: Girl – Caroline Grace Marcellino!


Movement: Oh yes and loving every minute of it! She gets real rowdy around 9 pm these days.

Best moment this week: Making the decision to move on to a new doctor. We are feeling very relieved and thankful!


Looking forward to: More nursery progress this week/weekend!

Food cravings: The usual suspects – carbs and egg sandwiches.


Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing!


Labor Signs: No


What I miss: Mimosas and over-easy eggs {which I’m stilling eat on occasion}.


Symptoms: Getting off the couch and rolling out of bed takes lots of effort these days.

Nursery: Oh my – yes, finally! Over the weekend we sold the bed in the guest room and used the cash to have our handy man come in and do a little closet makeover for Caroline. We had cubbies installed and added a second bar for her clothes. Now I just need to stock up on hangers, find some baskets for the cubbies and organize the closet!


Belly Button in or out? In. 

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Happy!

Workouts: Two elliptical workouts and 1 cardio funk boot camp class.

Prayer for Caroline: 


 Dear Lord, You are amazing and I acknowledge Your greatness and praise You! Please help Caroline’s lungs continue to grow and develop to form perfectly. Help me carry her to full term so her lungs and other organs have time to mature. Let Matt and I use the breath You have given us to express gratitude and praise You. Help me to be a good mom and role model for my family, and help me to be an expression of your Holy Spirit. Thank you, Jesus!

“Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, ad the man became a living being.” – Genesis: 2:7

Stay tuned this week for a fun maternity shirt giveaway!




  1. Caitlin
    January 7, 2014 / 2:20 pm

    You look great and so happy! I can only imagine the relief you feel switching and think that is definitely the best decision to make you guys feel comfortable and get more answers. I hope the new doctors are magnificent 🙂

  2. Meg
    January 7, 2014 / 2:22 pm

    The best piece of advice I would offer any new mum would be to trust your instincts, you know your baby better than anyone else on earth, and it sounds like that is what you are already doing, you're a natural. Pregnancy suits you so so much, you should be the advert for a healthy and happy glowing pregnancy!! Can't wait to see nursery progress xx

  3. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    January 7, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    Glowing, mama!!! My heart is with you and Matt as y'all go to your new doctor's office – keep that smile on your face and your chin up – Caroline is one blessed baby and will be p.e.r.f.e.c.t when she arrives! Love you! xo

  4. Shayna @ The Fancy Yancey
    January 7, 2014 / 2:35 pm

    Christina, you look absolutely amazing!! I hope to look half as good as you do when I'm pregnant! Good for you & Matt for following your heart & changing doctors! I think that's so important to feel comfortable with your doctors, especially when a baby is involved.

  5. My Life as A Plate
    January 7, 2014 / 2:46 pm

    You look amazing! That week countdown shirt is so adorable, I have never seen that before. Hope your new doctor gives you more answers and makes you feel more comfortable.

  6. Jillian Manesh
    January 7, 2014 / 2:56 pm

    you look great! good luck with the new doctor! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  7. Lobster Meets Peach
    January 7, 2014 / 3:07 pm

    Longest story in the world about what our first doctors told us about our daughter. The stress they caused was unreal. Luckily we found new doctors who calmed us down a ton. Not a single think the first docs were worried about happened and we have a healthy 11 year ago. Hang in there mama! Keep your chin up and keep praying!!!!

  8. Jodi
    January 7, 2014 / 3:37 pm

    Love that cute weekly countdown shirt! Wish I would have had that. I actually used Sticky Bellies. Such a cute momma to be!

  9. Tammy Jo
    January 7, 2014 / 4:11 pm

    What a cute shirt!!!!

  10. sarah forrester
    January 7, 2014 / 4:12 pm

    So so cute! Prayers that your new team of doctors is exactly what you guys are looking for and brings you guys peace! You look fabulous and are simply glowing, love your countdown shirt, such a cute idea. 🙂

  11. Mr. and Mrs. G!
    January 7, 2014 / 4:15 pm

    Love the maternity dress and the countdown shirt! Glad to hear you went with your instincts and are changing doctors, I am 13 weeks with our first and love the support team we have in place. I hope your meeting goes well and you get exactly what you are looking for in your team of doctors. Take care.Cheri

  12. Christina @ This Woman Cooks!
    January 7, 2014 / 4:20 pm

    That shirt is adorable! I wish I had it when I was pregnant!

  13. Jo
    January 7, 2014 / 4:21 pm

    That shirt is so cute! I've seen them on Pinterest but they were always DIY. You look so happy and adorable! We had a reveal party Sunday and learned that we're also expecting a sweet baby GIRL!! (oh yea, and your Christmas card photographer was the wedding photographer at at the NYE wedding I just attended! ha)

  14. Laura at Simply Lowcountry
    January 7, 2014 / 5:15 pm

    You look fabulous!!! I loved the Instagram picture of the doors in the nursery you shared this weekend. Looking forward to seeing the progress as it comes along. Good luck with your new doctor!Xo-Lsimplylowcountry.blogspot.com

  15. E. Erquitt
    January 7, 2014 / 5:36 pm

    Good for you for standing up and being your own advocate. When I was pregnant in the spring, I went through the same experience. My doctors and nurses weren't giving me the care I needed and the information I asked for. We changed and the last 4 months were awesome.

  16. daniela
    January 7, 2014 / 5:42 pm

    You look amazing and so so happy. Can't wait for Thursday! :)xoDanielaPut A Bird On Ithttp://iputabirdonit.blogspot.com

  17. Peach State of Mind
    January 7, 2014 / 6:17 pm

    You get cuter every week! I love that precious maternity shirt 🙂

  18. Madeline {Poppy Style}
    January 7, 2014 / 6:27 pm

    You look awesome!! Your doctor is so important- awesome that you were brave enough to switch and go with your instincts!

  19. Carroll
    January 7, 2014 / 6:29 pm

    So glad you feel good about the doctor change! Your weekly updates are always so adorable. 🙂

  20. Chloe Grell
    January 7, 2014 / 6:34 pm

    you are amazing…they measured my daughter as a pound less than she was-they don't know everything!

  21. Mandy
    January 7, 2014 / 6:45 pm

    you are adorable! I love following along with you on your pregnancy journey! I miss being pregnant.

  22. Jordan Cole
    January 7, 2014 / 6:56 pm

    That maternity shirt count down is adorable! Stop making me have baby fever…I don't want it yet!

  23. Jamie Vespa
    January 7, 2014 / 7:00 pm

    You look amazing! Good luck with the new doctor, I hope it goes well for you guys!!Jamie @ The Growing Up Diaries

  24. Alyssa at Southern Abundance
    January 7, 2014 / 7:04 pm

    How cute is that countdown shirt?!? I'm glad that you two are relieved with your decision and pray that this new team of doctors will be an answer to your prayers. I can't wait to see pictures of baby Caroline's nursery when it's all complete!

  25. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    January 7, 2014 / 7:08 pm

    How did I miss the post about your old doctors? Have to go find it now. And way to go on following your mama's instinct. Glad you have a new supportive team behind you and your family!

  26. Kristal @ The Strong Family
    January 7, 2014 / 7:37 pm

    Pregnancy treats you well…you're beautiful!!!

  27. Emily @ Beauty and the Greek
    January 7, 2014 / 7:52 pm

    You look absolutely gorgeous and so happy! It's been so fun to follow your progress. We're trying, with no luck yet, so I'm living vicariously through you. Haha.Good luck with your new doctor! Can't wait to read more.-Em

  28. PYT
    January 7, 2014 / 8:58 pm

    I've been reading your blog for a while now and was thrilled to find out that you're expecting a baby girl!! I am expecting my first child, a girl as well, and we're one week apart! I've enjoyed reading your updates and seeing your progress and pray for nothing but the best for you and your family! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  29. Pamela
    January 7, 2014 / 9:12 pm

    Cute shirt!!

  30. Brianne Bracco
    January 7, 2014 / 9:35 pm

    Awww cute shirt! Looking great mamma to be!

  31. April of A. Liz Adventures
    January 8, 2014 / 2:59 pm

    I am so happy for you that you are able to "clean slate" it with your doctors. So important to have faith in them!Will you still deliver at the same hospital? Selfishly I'm hoping you will now be delivering at the same place as me so mayyyybe we can be there at the same time?!Looking GREAT and um, I am going to come to your house and STEAL that Old Navy dress!

  32. The Mama Duck Blog
    January 8, 2014 / 9:40 pm

    That shirt is simply adorable! Best wishes for your new OB appointment…

  33. Keshet
    January 9, 2014 / 4:30 am

    Very cute! Sounds like it was a great switch for you–always worthwhile to make the effort to change in order to have a support team you're really happy with. I ended up having a complicated delivery with my baby, and I was so glad to have taken the time to research a practice, hospital and doula that I was 100% comfortable with.

  34. Bliss and Blunders of a Newlywed
    January 9, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    Love the shirt! You are such a cute pregnant lady!

  35. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy
    January 10, 2014 / 9:17 am

    It's definitely frustrating when you're not getting the proper care or information from your doctor. I switched to a different practice for second pregnancy because of a negative experience I had at the end of my first pregnancy. I couldn't have been more pleased. It felt totally different and I wish I had went with them the first time around. At least, we know where we're going when we decide to have number 3.

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