10 MORE Things People Forgot To Mention About PREGNANCY

Remember this post? Yup. I have more. 😐 Pregnancy has no mercy!!!

10 MORE Things People Forgot To Mention About PREGNANCY

1. Round ligament pain. Probably the biggest nuisance during pregnancy. For about a month, every time I would cough, sneeze (which I have done a LOT of the entire pregnancy), stretch, or twist, I honestly felt like I was being stabbed! Round ligament pain is when the muscles around your uterus are growing and stretching and are just ultra sensitive to any movements you make. Super annoying!

2. You might break out in a rash – and there’s probably nothing you can do about it except wait it out. Yes, this is normal. Who would have thought pregnancy and all these crazy, extra hormones would make you break out in some random rash? Not me, that’s for freaking sure. And to make matters worse, I got it on my FACE. And it was sooooo iiiiitchyyy. Oh it was awful. I couldn’t wear makeup because it would just make it worse. I couldn’t put anything on it that might irritate it. I tried numerous products, generic and name brand, and finally generic cortisone 10 worked for me. It lasted for about a week and a half, give or take a few days, and was super annoying!

3. Not all women get cravings. I’ve hardly craved anything. I’ve taken a liking to fruit so that basically all I ate for every meal of the day was fruit for like, three weeks or so, but haven’t craved much! I would always get random cravings before being pregnant – like, mouth is watering, stomach is rumbling, nearly breaking out in a sweat, kind of cravings – so I figured I’d get the worst of it! The only one I can really remember that was super bad was when I was driving home and had to take a detour to the Dollar General because I was craving Airheads Xtremes, and the generic ones at the DG were 8 for $1. I ate 3 or 4 on my five minute drive home. I was also really crazy about anything pumpkin there for a while. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes (which I could still eat every day), pumpkin cookies, just anything. Oh, and I could probably eat a dozen Texas Roadhouse rolls for a meal every day. Every. Day. Other than that, no really terrible cravings.

4. On the subject of food, some of my favorite foods I have aversions to. B and I carved pumpkins the night before Halloween and I was so so so so excited about roasting the seeds! I couldn’t wait for them to dry out overnight – like every year – so I took the hair dryer to them for 10 minutes and stuck them in the oven salted and buttered. Oh my gosh I was so excited. They smelled so good and they looked delicious, and they’re one of my favorite things that define fall. Well, after a few handfuls, I felt absolutely awful. SO NAUSEOUS. I haven’t even had any morning sickness, and have only been sick to my stomach one time from riding in the car! Where did this nausea come from! It was so miserable. The one food I had really been dying to eat for a long time I had developed an aversion for. ): This has also happened with a couple of other foods I can’t recall right now.

5. Vagina lightning. Yes, it’s a real thing. No, I am not kidding whatsoever. It comes out of nowhere with no mercy!!!

6. Not all moms “just know” the gender. I felt really weird about not getting any gender vibes before we found out. I can’t count how many people asked me, “Do you have any feelings about what it is yet?” and it was so disheartening. I thought I was some loner who had no intuition. Thanks to Baby Center and fellow expecting moms, I found out that’s normal too. So if you get any weird looks when you tell people you just don’t know (like I did) tell the jerk to shut up and take their snarky face elsewhere.

7. You might start mixing things up. Words, thoughts, dates, anything and everything! I’ve always been very conscious about my grammar and how I word things, and even been super good at tongue twisters, but for the past couple of months I guess my brain just doesn’t care anymore. I don’t know how many times I’ve been talking to Brian and he’ll laugh and say, “You said ___, instead of ___!” and it just irks me to no end! My mom is a teacher so I grew up really paying attention to what I say and how I say it. Darn pregnancy brain!

8. You might start lactating earlier than you expect – possibly even around 17 or 18 weeks. This one really surprised me. There I was, minding my own business, when all the sudden it’s like the Amazon river has a direct gateway to my nipples. Literally, it was FLOWING. For a few days, any time I bent over, it would just flow. I’d wake up with the bed sheets and my shirt soaked. My bras were stained. It was so annoying! So I kept wishing it would stop, and it did… and then I was absolutely miserable. It was just they just got jammed and refused to leak, and it hurt sooooo badly! Now it’s back to it’s regular super soaker flow and I’m in much less pain.

9. Just because you’re pregnant, it doesn’t mean people will be less rude in public. I’m noticeably pregnant now, with a nice round belly, and people still don’t pay attention to where they walk, who they bump into, or when the door is slamming right in my face. So don’t think just ’cause you’re pregnant you’re gonna get public perks – I sure haven’t, yet! ;(

10. Not all new moms only feel their baby after so many weeks or months. I heard that during your first pregnancy, you probably won’t realize what it feels like when the baby moves until around 22 weeks/6 months. Such a lie! I felt tiny little flutters around 12 weeks, and then nothing for a long time. Then a few bumps here and there around week 17, and then during week 18 it was like a gymnastic Olympian had taken over my uterus! I’m now 21 weeks and completely aware of her schedule and can see her pushing up my belly. It’s so weird and so mesmerizing. I am so in love with her and her crazy antics!


Counting my blessings…

…would take way too long!

Facebook is flooded every day with a new thing people are thankful for in spirit of Thanksgiving. I have to admit, I love reading all of them, even if some of them are pretty dumb and superficial. It just warms my heart to know that there is actually a little bit of depth to some of the people I thought were soulless.

Uhhh, any ways! 😉

Here is my list of things I’m thankful for! I’ll be adding a new one every day, of course!

  1. I’m thankful for my family. Duhhh! Even the crazies, the troublemakers, the ones who are a little lost. All of them. I love my family. We’re all we have when it really comes down to it. (:
  2. I’m thankful for all of the opportunities I’ve been given to further my photography business. If my mom hadn’t bought me my (at the time) dream camera, I would have never been able to really dig in and do the things I really wanted to do, and lately I’ve had tons of business, all of it positive, and I’m loving all of my new clients! I feel like I learn something new during every single photoshoot.
  3. I’m thankful for Brian. He’s different from anyone I’ve ever been in a relationship with. I always told myself I didn’t want to date a country boy because they’re so closed minded, they’re rednecks, they won’t understand the things I’m into, and from what I can tell, the ones around here are just judgmental about any girl who doesn’t act like she’s from up the holler! But you know what.. Brian proved me wrong. His sweet country accent, stupid working boots, love for horses and knowledge of farming really got me. I dunno what it was. He’s definitely not closed minded or judgmental. I think he’s one of a kind, and definitely something special. 🙂 He’s the love of my life and every time we cuddle up together in bed I still get the most comforting feeling. I’m so grateful for him. ♥
  4. I’m thankful to be able to wake up every day knowing that if anything were to go terribly wrong, no matter what it would be, I have the best support system. I have people who love me everywhere, always willing to show me and I so appreciate that. ♥
  5. I’m thankful for my baby girl. She was totally unexpected and we did plan for her.. just 5+ years down the road, but she’s here and we’re taking responsibility for her, and we are more and more excited every day. It was just in God’s plans for us to have her right now. Every time she moves, pokes up on my belly, uses my uterus as a trampoline, and does barrel rolls.. my heart just fills even more with love. I can’t wait to meet her. 🙂
  6. I’m thankful that I was raised with such love and understanding of God. While my grandparents might be a bit more hardcore than I when it comes to religion, I’m very spiritual and very connected to God and pray numerous times throughout the day and always before I go to bed at night. I have so much to thank him for (obviously!) and when I am not strong enough, I can give in and lean on him and it brings me so much relief. I always know that God has a plan for me and to be able to trust in him and something so much bigger than myself and anything on this planet is just so wonderful.
  7. I’m thankful to be where I am emotionally and mentally. I used to have such horrible anxiety, bad depression and a bad self-esteem and self-image. I’ve learned that, even though I hate to rely on medicine to make me better, it is NOT a nuisance, it helps more than I realize.

All things MADISON

We have decided on a name for our baby girl! Madison Summer. (: I’ve always been in love with the name Madison (and no, I don’t care how trendy it was the last couple of years, how overused it has been, or how many there are!) and my mom suggested the name Summer, since my name is Autumn. At first, I thought it was a little tacky.. and then it grew on me a little. And then a little more. And I ended up falling in love with it too. (:

Other names we had thought about were Madison Cate for a girl, and for a boy we had considered Aiden Elijah and Aiden Ross (B’s middle name).

So now that I’m 21 weeks, right smack dab in the middle of my 2nd trimester, I’m in super-nesting mode. For real. If the bed isn’t made before I sit on it or before Brian gets home from work, I’m a little devastated. That’s not me!! haha! I’ve also been subconsciously cleaning up the room, like if a little something is in the floor I will bend down and pick it up, I like to keep the dresser top neat, if any drawers are pushed out a little, they have to be pushed in, etc. I’m just really getting into this mom thing I guess. And if I’m going to be a WAHM with my photography business, I’ve really gotta get used to doing all this on a regular basis any way!

On another note, we’ve been going nuts with all the decorating ideas, outfits, themes, just everything! My mom painted some on the nursery yesterday… I won’t spoil any plans for it yet. 😉

Here are some photos to visually catch you up on what’s been happening!

I’m a little bit obsessed with owls…

I am not sure about wearing HK myself anymore even though I’m absolutely in love with everything HK, so I will live vicariously through my daughter.. 😉

Our Abbey girl turned 1! And is obviously still the most adorable dog in the world.

We watched the KY Wildcats blue & white scrimmage. Go cats!! Funny story, I had a dream that all the boys on this year’s team signed my baby belly and they were all super excited about it. Pregnant dreams… so wild.

I’ve had lots of business lately with the beautiful Kentucky fall we’ve had! We haven’t had a fall this amazing in years. So I’ve had some really beautiful photoshoots. (:

We carved pumpkins! One of my favorite things about fall.

This is my size right now, at 21 weeks!

My hair is growing and looks AWESOME. I almost don’t want to get my roots done because my hair is just so healthy. My natural color is barely lighter than the color it is now so I’m hoping it will just fade in together and be unnoticeable.

I made a super cute new beanie.

My belly is too big for my regular shirts!

That’s the most exciting it gets around here. (: I’m loving life lately.

It’s a girl!!!

We have finally found out what our baby is!! We’re are having a sweet little princESS! I just had a feeling… 🙂

Here are some photos!


I apologize in advance to my baby girl for showing the world what proof we had of your gender while you were in my womb… haha!

The anatomy scan went great! Her brain, kidneys, stomach, EVERYTHING looked normal and she’s a good size for how far along she is. The only thing the tech told me the Dr. might want to talk about was where my placenta was right on the very bottom of my uterus and hadn’t moved back yet.

We talked to the Dr. about it the next day at our appointment and he said we’ll keep an eye on it but he doubts it will be any sort of problem. He said 9/10 times it works itself out, and the worst thing that can happen is that I will need a c-section! So that was relieving.. really hope the worst doesn’t come of it though!

So glad and so thankful that we have been blessed with a healthy baby, and very please that our first is a girl. I hated having an older brother, LOL!