15 Weeks

I have this whole weekend to myself and no plans. This is disastrous. There are less than six months until our baby arrives and there is so much to do! Being a first time mom, I'm somewhat on the lost side. What are the priorities? Picking out the crib? Complete a baby registry? Sign up for birthing classes? Clean out the garage to make room in the nursery? Paint the rocker and changing table? Think about a nanny or daycare arrangements for when I go back to work (yes, I am going to be a full-time working mom)? Ignore all responsibilities and surf pinterest on the couch all day? Maybe it is because I am a planner, but without plans I somehow cannot decide what to do! I know decorating the nursery is at the bottom of the totem poll at this point, but that is all I really want to do...I'll blame it on my pregnancy brain (it is a real thing).

Right now I think I just need some quiet time. It is hard to believe that I am already in my second trimester. I'm starting to look pregnant rather than just a woman that needs to get her running shoes on and work off the winter fat. It is becoming more and more exciting every passing day. Husband and I cannot wait for the day that our baby makes his or her appearance. We are planning, hoping and praying for health. 

Quote: Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle. ~Erma Bombeck

Baby Size: Our baby is the size of a navel orange, weighing approximately 2.5 ounces and measuring 4 inches!

Weight Gain: I've gained one pound so far, but seems odd since I look bigger than that. It has been really neat to see the transition and proof that there is a baby growing inside of me!

Fatigue: I'm gaining more energy as the pregnancy progresses. I've been starting to stay up in the evenings past 8:00 pm! I've recently been able to stay up until 9:00 pm — party animal!

"Morning" Sickness: Thankfully the zofran that my doctor prescribed is really helping.

Baby Names: We have a boy and girl name selected.

Excited for: Oh my, there is so many things! But right now, I am counting down the days until we find out if our little one is a boy or girl...Only about five or six weeks away!

Thankful for: Husband. He has been so wonderful this whole pregnancy so far. He has been caring and sympathetic. Husband has been patient as cooking has not been an easy task for me with the nausea and aversions. As I am starting to feel better with the zofran, I am eager to get back in the kitchen and cook meals for him. Also, for my dear friend Alison, who is throwing my first baby shower in May!

Help: Moms, if you have any tips on registering for the first time! Please comment below. What items are you so glad you registered for and were there any that were just a waste? Thanks so much!


  1. Take advantage of your quiet time, rest, relax do whatever you want to do. Because very soon, your needs will become second in line. I also enjoyed every minute of being pregnant, I loved the cute clothes, the attention. Soak it all in.

  2. Carolyn LeimemeisterMarch 29, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Congratulations Kara & husband!! I loved being pregnant too! I know it seems to go so slow, but you are going to be a very busy lady very soon! You do whatever you want for these last few month - it will be the last time you get to do that! When baby comes, use your common sense and call you mom! Sarah and I chat a few times a day and there's always something new for her to share with me. This is the most wonderful time for a women -enjoy!!!

  3. Hi. I have always used a bouncy seat, exersaucer, and pack n play with the kids. Changing tables, a microwave bottle steamer and a basic baby monitor are good too. Look into your insurance if they will pay for a pump (if that is what you will be doing) I just got a brand new one after Alex was born for free. Baby carriers are nice, but tricky to find one that you like. I have three different ones here if you want to try them when you are down. We can even put Alex in them :)


  4. I love the quote your chose- ...I have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle. ~Erma Bombeck. So blessed to be a Mom to you and Joy and now a Grandma (Nacho Nacho - hee hee!)

  5. Ditto on the Bombeck quote. Very cool. Make lots of room for baby towels and wash cloths. You'll get a billion.
    Excited to be an uncle!