baby a : 8 months


31 weeks
8 months
3rd trimester
baby is the size of a cantaloupe / brie en brioche / motorcycle helmet / platypus
weight : approximately 3.3 lbs
length : approximately 16 in.
{***austin has taken away my butt and put it all into my boobs…***}

8 months, ya’ll!! we are getting so close!

we have so much planned for the upcoming month. 3d ultrasound, baby showers, maternity family shoot and preparing to meet this babe!

austin’s nursery is almost complete!! the only thing left to do is install the light fixture and get a few accent wall pieces. THAT’S IT! cale finished his closet a couple weekends ago so we are rip-roaring and ready to go!

we have also bought all of the big items that we will need. i always feel so wierd when others buy us things that are pretty pricey so i figured we could do that ourselves and just wait for all the little stuff from our showers. our list of bought items are as follows:
• crib
• changing table / dresser
• swing
• bassinet
• bouncer
• rocking chair
• stroller
• car seat
we are all set! if baby came now we could definitely manage!

these weeks are just flying by and i’m starting to get a little anxious. not for the birth but just the fact that we are going to have a little babe in our home! our normal routine will not be our normal routine anymore and that makes my type a personality incredibly anxious. also the fact that i’m leaving work and entrusting my job to someone is really really making my mind go bonkers. can’t i just work from home?!

doctor visits have been going wonderfully. i’m in the final months of pregnancy where i have to go every 2 weeks. which is fine because the appointments only last about 10 minutes. austin is measuring right on schedule and his little active heartbeat is so strong and sounds healthy! he really dislikes the doppler though, he always kicks the shit out of it when she puts it on there. he’s a frisky one!
movement is still non-stop. people keep saying that that’s indicative of what his personality will be like but i just roll my eyes because, how do you know?????? jaz was the calmest baby in utero and she is the exact opposite of that now. believe me. so hush with your unsolicited opinions!

here are some questions we are being asked as of late.

  1. have you started working on your birth plan? what is it?
    yes. our birth plan is to not have a birth plan. why? because who the hell knows exactly what is going to happen when you go into labor. and why be upset when your “plan” is destroyed because you need an emergency c-section? that’s just setting yourself up for disappointment. obviously we know we want to have him vaginally but we also understand that shit happens. give me all the drugs and be nice. that’s it. that’s our birth plan. 
  2. do you want visitors at the hospital?
    mmk…this seriously must be a southern thing but it is expected of you, if you are a close friend and/or family member, that you visit the new family in the hospital. maybe not while i’m pushing the kid out, but definitely afterward. when any of my friends or family gave birth and they gave the okay to come visit, i was there. it’s almost taboo to ask here in seattle. but to answer the question, yes. all i ask is that you call or text first. 
  3. do you want visitors when you go home?
    absolutely! again, just call or text first so i can make myself presentable. and please don’t come if you think you’re sick or getting sick. i won’t be that new mom that makes you douse yourself in hand sanitizer but just be courteous. if you think your hands might be dirty, go wash them real quick. no biggie. there’s this article going around about how new moms just want to be alone and NO you can’t hold my newborn or NO you can’t come visit, give us time! i’m sorry, i just don’t think that way. i’m such a social person that visitors will make my day!
  4. what are you most worried about?
    the penis… haha just kidding! {not really} but in all seriousness, i’m worried about my mina girl. she’s been an only child for 8 years. i know she is so super excited for her baby brother but i don’t think she fully understands what having a newborn in the house will entail. cale and i have had multiple discussions on how we will make sure she feels the same amount of attention when he comes as she does now but what if that’s still not enough? 
  5. will you have more kids?
    if you would have asked me this during week 6-19 then my answer would be “hell no” but now that i’m over that sickness hump we are thinking yes. one more little and then we are donezo.
  6. will you vaccinate?
    uhm….hell yes. and i’ll leave it at that. 
  7. how has cale been?
    i know i always brag about my husband but you guys, he really is the most caring and nurturing person i’ve ever met. he understands that when i feel miserable, i really do feel miserable. when i was sick at the beginning, not once did he complain that dinner was not made or the house wasn’t clean. instead he would make dinner {mostly his famous grilled cheeses} and clean when he got home from work. all the while, asking me if i needed anything. i couldn’t have asked for a better partner to have by my side. 
  8. what have you disliked the most about this pregnancy?
    i think my expectation of what it would be like because my last pregnancy was so incredibly easy. i loved being pregnant with jaz, but my body was 16 years old. my boobs weren’t even fully grown yet, ya’ll! my body was like a mutant and could resist anything and everything. i really wish i could say this pregnancy has been wonderful but that would be a lie. a complete and utter lie. my little testosterone babe has wreaked havoc on my petite body {and face good god, hello acne-ville} i know some women would do anything to be pregnant but i’m allowed to have my feelings. i am in no way ungrateful for the little miracle that i am growing but goodness gracious just a little reprieve from nausea, heartburn, reflux, acne, restlessness, etc would be nice. ya know? 

have any other questions for me? ask away and i will answer in next month’s update!

HAPPY 8 MONTHS TO ME AND MY LITTLE PRINCE! 

always,
-jess

our weekend adventures 

friday


i am really the morale pusher at work and i love doing random stuff to make people happy so i brought donuts! and every time i bring something sweet and glutenous i always have to blame it on baby a.


i also have the most awesome friend who brought me BUGELS! bugels people!!!

saturday


before jaz and i set off for our weekend errands we enjoyed some homemade blueberry muffins!


one of our stops was petco and we always have to find the kittens up for adoption and give them some lovin! this guy was so sweet!


buffalo wild wings is my life. actually pickles, pickles are my life.


what other mama’s weekend looked similar? the weekend before valentines means getting lots and lots of valentines ready! jaz and i always kind of go all out.


this sweetness arrived! i can’t wait to put my little viking in it!


it was a beautiful weekend so we took advantage and got my big butt out and walking! there are some new houses going up down the street so cale and i engaged in some illegal activity and poked our heads in. we are suckers for new houses!

sunday


i got up before jaz and cale and hit the grocery store. note to self, do not go the grocery store whilst hungry and pregnant. don’t do it.


we got this baby up and decorated! this is in our entryway!


i’m telling you, it was a beautiful weekend, so i got lucy all cleaned and purdy!


jaz found my letterman from highschool. nowwww she believes me when i say i had the best jumps and i was a flier {cough..best stunt group…cough}


we headed to seattle in the evening to celebrate the pending arrival of baby girl steiner! this made my heart melt! she is going to be the best big sister ever!


babies babies babies!! we celebrated mama in the middle {hailey} who is due in like a week and misha is due a day after her! i can’t wait to meet all of the new littles!
{side note: i am not as huge as this picture is making me look! stripes are so cute and flattering in person but angles are tricky when you’re being photographed!}

we got so much done this weekend and i am so satisfied! it was mama’s to-do weekend since cale has been feverishly working on his cloffice for the past month. we got austin’s closet pretty much done, his shelf mounted above his changing table, his artwork hung above his crib and the rocking chair assembled! we also hung drapery in the formal living and moved things/cleaned the laundry room! it was a great weekend and so pretty! we hardly had to wear coats! also be “we” i totally mean cale. i supervised.

what did you guys do?

always,
-jess

our weekend adventures 

friday


it was a mini game night! jaz and i played mancala before cale got home and then they played guess who!


what is with all of the static lately?! our couch is a shock magnet!

saturday


sooooo…i failed my 1 hour glucose test for gestational diabetes so i had to go in for the dreadful 3 hour screen. ugh it was awful! the drink was a million times sweeter and i had to just sit there for 3 stinkin’ hours! butttt…I DON’T HAVE THE DIABEETUS! woop woop!


after my test i headed to the mall to pick up a few things and because i had to fast for 12 hours before the glucose test i had a scary bout of hyperglycemia. in a matter of minutes i went from fine, to insanely shaky, sweaty (like my forehead was wet), dizzy and my vision blacked out. i freaked out and went straight to the food court and quickly ordered chipotle. after i ate the whole thing i was a okay again. scary stuff y’all.


i hadn’t gotten my test results back yet so i decided that i was going to indulge just in case i wouldn’t be able to for the rest of my pregnancy. mmmm milkshake!

 sunday


obsessed with our master would be an understatement. i cannot wait till we get this gigantic room painted!


superbowl sunday brought out the little chef that could! hehe my honey was so excited to try this pizza roll thing he saw on facebook! he’s such a cutie!


just a few yummies we made! galen & shannon also made some amazing wings! mmmmm i love football food!


just wouldn’t feel right if i weren’t representing our boys! we’ll get em next year!


after everyone left, jaz practiced her french braiding skills on my hair. she’s got it down!


and like every other night after we tuck jaz in, we sat on the couch while cale calmed austin down by talking to him and rubbing my belly ❤

it was kind of a busy weekend. most of my saturday was taken up by that damn glucose screen so i feel like i didn’t get much accomplished. but it was nice to hang out with galen, shannon and their precious girls! the game was a bummer though. i am not a falcons fan but i LOATHE the pariots (CHEATERS) so i really wanted atlanta to win. but i gotta hand it to new england. that was one helluva comeback!

what adventures did you go on!?

always,
-jess

baby a : 7 months


27 weeks
7 months
3rd trimester
{some say third trimester doesn’t start till the 28th week but the little chart I’ve been using {here} says it’s 27, so lets just stay consistent!}

HOW.IS.THIS.POSSIBLE?!

I feel like we just announced that we were pregnant! it is flying by and it’s kind of freaking me out!

quite a bit has happened since the last update.
i think i touched on this in my last update but i’ll do it again!
I am 100% over the morning/all day sickness, wahoo! that was really tough, you guys. cale and I were just reminiscing about it and I was the most miserable I have ever been in my entire life. I felt like an awful mom because all I wanted to do after I picked jaz up from school was go home and curl up on the couch, and die. I felt like an awful wife because I didn’t want to make dinner, ever, I didn’t want to be intimate, I didn’t even want to make myself presentable. blegh! I am so glad that is over with!

with the nausea letting up came good ol heartburn. it only flares up at night while I’m sleeping but nothing zantac can’t fix. I would seriously take heartburn, indigestion, hemorrhoids, ANTHING over nausea.

I am very noticeably pregnant now and still no stretch marks!
okay okay I lie. I have two teeny tiny ones on my hip but hey, I’ll take it! but no more, thank you.

my appetite hasn’t really changed, I crave random things at random times. cale just knows to be prepared to pull a uturn if we pass dq when I suddenly crave a milkshake. I’ve been really into sour things lately, instead of sweet. must be the boy thing.

too much info warning, guys stop reading here. i’ve started leaking colostrum already…what! i mean to the point where i have to put little pads in my bra already. i asked the doctor if that was normal and she said ‘mmm not really’ but it’s nothing to be concerned about. it’s just my body gearing up for the boob feed. unfortunately for cale, he has to stay far away from them. apparently if they are already producing colostrum then stimulation could induce labor…YIKES!

i’ve had a few braxton hicks but they weren’t bad and only lasted about 20 seconds. i may have had jaz almost 9 years ago but i definitley know the difference between real ones and pesky little braxton hicks.

i officially can no longer shave my legs. and you guys {mushy part is about to commence} my sweet, sweet husband does it for me. it’s okay you can audibly say “awwwww”. he literally gets in the shower with me and sits on the floor and shaves them. we have a stand up shower so i have nothing to prop my leg up on or else i would still be doing it.

the nursery is well on it’s way! I can’t wait to show you guys! so far all of the big items are purchased besides the rocking chair. cale will be putting up austin’s book corner as soon as we get the shelves delivered and the prints I ordered from etsy are on their way! next thing to tackle will be to redesign his closet and install some sort of system in there. eeeeee! it’s coming together so beautifully!

baby boy is the most active fetus ever! what’s super precious is that cale is the only one that can calm him down. every time he starts going bananas cale will come sit by me and talk to him and rub my belly. he instantly settles down with a few kicks here and there just to let his papa know he’s listening. it’s so cute!

we seriously can’t believe how fast this is going and in only 13 short weeks {or less} we will have our little babe!

follow me on instagram {@jess_g_anderson} or snapchat {@jaevas} to keep up with us during the interim!

our weekend adventures

friday


it was literally me and about 5 other people in the whole building on friday. but that didn’t stop me from rocking my ugly christmas sweater and xmas tree earrings!


and while i was at work it snowed… a lot! it was so exciting to actually have a white christmas!


cale & i decided to do a date night because we never have those and went to cinnebarre and watched passengers. it was okay, not great. which is a bummer because i really love jennifer lawrence & chris pratt.

saturday


i woke up to this creep just staring at me…’mahm, why aren’t you up yet?’
and yes, i need two water bottles to keep me hydrated throughout the night.


gosh, i just love waking up to nothing but white on the ground! it’s so stinkin’ pretty!


we headed over to my brother-in-laws house for christmas eve dinner and i got to be santie claus! poor austin, he was so squished!
**i’m also really bummed i didn’t get a photo of the table setting, it was gorgeous!**

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merry christmas from the andersons! we miss our jazmina but we are so excited that we will have both of our babies next year!


their neighbors really went all out on the christmas lights. goodness gracious!

sunday

we had cale’s, mom, dad & sister over for christmas breakfast and i forgot to snag some pictures. but it happened i swear! 😉


after some relaxation and making buster brownie cake, we headed back over to my brother-in-laws for xmas dinner! it was originally supposed to be at our house, but my father-in-law is crazy allergic to long hair cats soooo after the first evening of wheezing we decided, yep, that’s a no-go.
**anyway**
if you follow me on instagram (@jess_g_anderson) then you already know how obsessed i am with what pregnancy is doing to my body. mostly because i’m not gaining any weight {austin is fine, no worries} but especially in black…you can’t even tell i’m pregnant from the front or the back. WOOHOO! yay for basketball bellies!


holy fogness. christmas evening was a bit of an eerie ride.

monday

monday morning {the observed holiday for us working folk} we slept in and it felt so good! i had a mission to go to home depot and get the paint we chose for the nursery and start on that buttttt…cinnamon rolls, milk, a big comfy couch, the fireplace and snuggles sounded so much better! so that’s what we did until about two.


because i felt bad for not cooking on sunday, which i was originally supposed to do, we offered to go grab some delfino’s pizza and bring it back to aaron & kelsey’s house for jo & dave’s last night in seattle. of course i had to stop in at pottery barn kids to take a peek and low & behold, valentine’s stuff!

olen’s dad and fun uncle cale made sure to give us women mini heart attacks.
{sorry for the obnoxiously huge thumbnail}

all in all it was a wonderful weekend, albeit, EXHAUSTING!
i hope you had the best time with your family. now cheers to the new year! we have some exciting plans for new years eve so stay tuned!

always,
-jess

baby a : months 2-6

as promised, here is a recap of our pregnancy thus far!
at the end i’ll do a little q & a with some popular questions that i have been being asked!

i also decided to do these in months rather than weeks because that just got too cumbersome. some weeks i just didn’t feel like taking pictures so…:)

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also, for those that don’t know and think i can’t math. here is how pregnancy is broken down in weeks to months. it’s not your normal 4 weeks = 1 month scenario. so put those judgy judy thoughts back into your wittle head…i know how to math, mmk.


the awesome beginning!
we found out i was pregnant about a week before i took this and every thing was running so smooth! no nausea, no weight gain, no huge cravings besides pho, just all around, GREAT!


hello nausea. i hate you.
seriously, my life was miserable from weeks 9-18… AWFUL.
i repeat….AWFUL!


even though i was still as nauseas as ever, this was such an exciting month!
we found out we are having a litte….
BOY!
and his name is
– austin david anderson –
austin because, that’s where cale & i met, that’s where we got married and that’s where jaz was born! it just seemed perfect! and david because that is cale’s dad’s name!


finally getting some reprieve from the nausea. hallelu!
austin’s monthly appointments have been going awesome! his heart beat is always so strong and i finally started to feel some movements! he’s an active one, that’s for sure!

 
& here we are! 6 months pregnant!
{yes i’m in my undies, we have a strict no pants rule in the house}
i cannot believe how fast this is going! this month we had his anatomy scan and he is definitely still a boy! like for sure for sure, haha. everything looked great and he is growing right on schedule! they did however, change my due date to april 27th so my cinco de mayo date is no more…womp womp. in other news, nausea is completely gone, but heartburn and constipation has reared her ugly head! but you know what? i’ll freaking take it! anything is better than being sick constantly. seriously anything!

alright now for all the questions!

what names were you considering? – before we found out that we were having a boy we knew our girl name. 100%. the first time we heard it, even before we got pregnant, we knew that was the one. it was lena cohen. lena would’ve been pronounced lee-na {like sisterhood of the traveling pants!} but we could never agree on a boy name. liam, leo, aksel…our list went on and on…and on. it wasn’t until one of our friends jokingly mentioned austin, that it dawned on us. DUH! that’s perfect!

will you breastfeed? – yes…well i will try to. i have already started producing colostrum so i know supply won’t be a problem but jaz didn’t take too well to the boob, so we will see. i was also 16 with jaz and gave up on it pretty fast so i will work harder at it this go-round.

will you stay home? – this question you guys…i get this all of the time and it’s obviously by people who don’t know me very well. yes, i will stay home for 3 months after austin is born, but my butt will be back in the office right after that. now let me just step up on my soap box for a quick sec…
i literally had someone tell me, “oh…you’re not? {while pursing her judgy lips} well…i’m just so grateful that i have a husband who can provide for me and my family so i can stay home and not have to work”
yep. can you see me fuming?
i am going back to work after my son is born because i want to. not because i have to. my husband can provide for me and our children just fine on his own, but i just love to work. that’s just who i am. i’ve worked since it was legal for me to work and i don’t think i ever won’t work. i don’t judge stay-at-home mamas, so stay-at-home mamas don’t judge us working ones.

will you have a nanny or daycare? – as of right now, we are planning to go the nanny route. i’ll let you know how that goes though…looking for one is so overwhelming!

how much weight have you gained? – yes, that has been a question but i’m not so put off by it like most pregnant women are. mainly because i haven’t gained much at all hehe if it were opposite then maybe i would be offended. but as of this morning i have only gained 3 pounds. austin is growing fine and all my labs have come back normal so the doctor isn’t concerned. i am all belly, thank goodness, but those three pounds are probably in my cheeks and my boobs. these things are gigantic. i have noticed my arms and thighs have slimmed out so i guess he is just pulling all of fat from there into my belly. FINE BY ME!

do you plan on delivering naturally? – haha i would like to say yes. but in reality i know that answer is hell no. i mean…i got an epidural when i was only 3 cm with jazmyne…so yeah you could say i’m a weenie.

i can’t think of any others off the top of my head, so if you have any, please feel free to ask me in the comments!

happy 6 months to me and austin! 

if you don’t already follow me on other social media, you should! i am obnoxiously sharing pictures of the bump and all things baby, family & shenanigans.
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snapchat : @jaevas

see you next month!

always,
-jess

fiesta de gingerbean

hey, y’all!
so a few weeks ago i had to make a little trip to good ‘ol tejas for a little business that i had to take care of. totally not for fun, strictly for business.
little did i know, my best friend and all of my closest friends were scheming behind my back to plan the most wonderful surprise baby shower!

i literally had no idea.
preslee did such an amazing job of keeping mum and so did everyone else! i really am surprised i didn’t pee my pants when they all jumped out and screamed surprise…or was it ‘OLE’….you see, i don’t even remember because i was so dang scared! haha

i cannot even begin to tell you how loved and special i felt. i have the most amazing group of friends. they always go above and beyond for me and i am forever grateful. my mama and sister made it too, which made it 100 times more special since i haven’t seen them since the wedding.

before i get to the photos i just want to give some shoutouts and kudos!
thank you for all the wonderful photos to the amazing misty mclendon photography!
and a HUGE thank you to posh print design for creating all of the awesome props, signs, cupcake toppers, and screen printing!
everything came out great!! i couldn’t have asked for a better fiesta!

and just a little tidbit on why it’s fiesta de gingerbean…my due date is may 5th… cinco de mayo, and my husband has the most red beard ever and well…i’m mexican.
so gingerbean!!

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so glad my tummy popped earlier than most (2nd pregnancy apparently does that to you) so that i could sport a little bump!
how fricken sweet is this?! we love our little ginger bean so much already!

gingerbean28 thankful for these amazing women that i have in my life. you guys always make me feel so special! we know our little man will be so loved!

i cannot thank my best-friend and all the wonderful people that helped her with this gorgeous surprise baby shower. i am so lucky.

**sidenote** so sorry i have been mia, ya’ll. this pregnancy has been kicking my ass. i am into my second trimester and still sicker than a dog. so blogging has been on the backburner as of late. i am hoping that i start feeling better soon and when/if that happens i will get back to our weekend shenanigans and some home updates. thank you guys for sticking with me through it all!

always,
-jess♥