Apr 12, 2016

Halfway to Baby: 20 Weeks

[Baby's first garage sale - 19wk6d]

Baby's the Size of: a banana! Roughly 10 1/2 ounces in weight, 10 inches in length from head to heel.

Gender: GIRL, GIRL, GIRL!! Can you tell I'm excited?

General Thoughts/Feelings: How in the world are we halfway through this pregnancy?!? It feels like just yesterday I was sick as a dog on my sofa, just trying to keep my lunch down, and now here we are, a bouncing baby girl half-cooked! There are days we still can't believe we're going to be parents, but neither of us has ever been happier. No amount of traveling the world can compare to the joy of growing a tiny human. I never thought those words would leave my mouth, but they have, on multiple occasions these last 5 months. She's not even here yet and I can't imagine loving her any more! It's a heart-bursting season of life around here. 

Food Aversions: None. There's literally nothing I won't eat. Back to being Casey again!

Food Cravings: Still obsessed with all sorts of fruit, salads, gummie bears/sour candy (my sweet tooth has been outta control lately), and Jersey Mike's Veggie Subs (Mike Style--gimme all the vinegar!).

Health/Fitness: I'd like to say I've kept up with some sort of consistent workout routine, but I'd be lying. Since we found out we're moving this summer, I've been so busy and more active than the last year combined (or at least it feels that way some days!). I get home or finish work totally beat every single day. I know I'm probably carrying around more stress than one should while pregnant, so I try to take it easy at night and decompress with stretching. Now that a few house things are out of the way, I should have some extra free time to do a normal workout (the non-cleaning out closets, organizing boxes, and feverishly cleaning house-type workouts).

Doc Appointments: We had our anatomy ultrasound done about a week ago (19wk2d) and Heidi was just a kickin' those legs and waving her tiny arms around like a champ! My mom was in town, so she got to come to the appointment with us and see her grandbaby for the first time (in utero). Watching her watch Heidi was so sweet to see. And baby girl is just perfect! Still a girl (we double checked, just in case), measuring right on track, and all arms, legs, toes, fingers and important body parts accounted for! Praise the Lord!

Weight Gain: 3 lbs. I hadn't gained a single ounce (in fact, I'd lost a couple lbs.) until Vegas happened. When one can't drink in Vegas, one eats in Vegas. And I enjoyed every morsel. ;)

Symptoms: Indigestion has started to rear its ugly head from time to time. Maybe baby girl is finally growing some hair! I've been sleeping slightly elevated at the start of the night and popping TUMS to combat this. I've also noticed my "pregnancy brain" getting worse. I can be laser focused on only one thing at one time. Interrupt me and I have trouble retaining whatever info you interrupted with. It feels weird to be out of control in that way. I hope my attention to detail returns at some point!

Sleep: Pregnancy insomnia wakes me occasionally from 3-5am and I have trouble coaxing myself back to sleep. But most nights I sleep a solid 8 hours from start to finish (with an occasional potty break in between). Naps are less frequent thanks to this second trimester energy surge, but still much appreciated when I have time for them.

Maternity Clothes: I finally gave in and bought some maternity shorts prior to our Vegas trip. I've only worn them once, but the day I did, I fell in love! So comfy, I'm afraid I might never take them off! I also bought a belly band to extend the life of some of my favorite shorts for a little while longer. I have a couple maternity dresses from PinkBlush Maternity, but they're still a little big. Other than that (and one new tankini bathing suit--not sure how I feel about bare-belly beaching it yet), still wearing my same 'ol duds, just starting to fill them out a little more.

Movement?: I've been feeling little flutters (what I liked to call "fish bubbles") since week 14ish, but since our anatomy scan, I've been feeling her kick, roll, and jab me from time to time. Those sweet movements are getting stronger by the day! She seems to be most active right after I eat (as if to say, "thanks for feeding me, mom!") and when I'm relaxing. Definitely my child!

Baby Items Purchased: I can't stop buying sweet little girl clothes! I'm trying to be conservative with my baby shopping, but it's so hard to do when you have house showings (our house in fresh on the market, by the way!) and have to entertain yourself for a hour or two each day. I've also bought a few fun books, but other than that, we're waiting until we get to California to really amp up the baby shopping. We have finished registering (which was exhausting! SO.MUCH.RESEARCH.), so at least that's one baby hurdle out of the way.

Weird Pregnancy Moment: Being told I look "too small" and that "I should get that checked out" by a random old lady at the check-out line in the grocery store. Long story, but I almost lost my s*** on that woman right there next to the Doublemint gum. I mean, really. I realize after age 70 you lose all ability to filter yourself, but telling a 17 week pregnant woman she should get anything "checked out" just based on a passing conversation (one I was having with the cashier, not her, mind you) is just asinine. I knew becoming pregnant would subject me to unsolicited comments and advice, but I had no clue someone would go that far. The whole encounter made me super self-conscious for a day or two there, but I know baby girl is growing just fine and that's all that matters! Side note: the cashier totally threw one of those "ooooo girl, you should KILL HER" looks and I was super grateful. At least someone in that line knew some common decency.

Best Moment Recently: Finding out we are having a little lady at 16w5d. The moment I heard the words "it's a girl," I bounced up to Cloud 9 and haven't come down since! I often say it's the single happiest day of my life thus far. Even better than marrying D (sorry, babe!). I had no idea how much my heart yearned for a little girl until that moment in the ultrasound room. It's a feeling I can only describe as being a little glimpse of heaven. I'm sure the day I lay eyes on her for the first time will trump this moment, but until then, I'm still reveling in the overwhelming joy of having a daughter on the way. ;) God is so good!

What Does Daddy Say?: D is still being a gold star hubby and dotes on me and baby girl every chance he gets. I feel like my love for him grows right along with my belly. He's just the best ever. The last few weeks, he's been talking to Heidi every night before bed...telling her stories about us and giving her what he calls "the low-down" on what life's like outside the womb. It's the sweetest part of my day and makes me well up with tears every time I think about it. Thankfully, he finally stopped talking in a Darth Vaderesque voice after some coaching from me (he wasn't sure how close he should speak or how loud, it was hilarious). He's over the moon about "his two girls" and I can't wait to see her in his arms! 

Looking Forward To: Putting together Heidi's nursery when we get to California, spending time with family (and attending our baby showers!) back in North Carolina in May, and going on our mini-babymoon in 2 weeks!

Thanks for bearing with the blog as I continue to have this aversion to post about anything other than this baby or current life happenings. I've always used this space as a digital diary of sorts, and since life is all baby, moving and California stuff, I feel weird writing about that weekend in Liechtenstein that happened almost 3 years ago. Blog world is so saturated with that sort of thing nowadays, you can find it anywhere. It's Heidi's time now. I'll get back to sharing past travels one of these days and look forward to sharing future travels with baby girl in tow...but for now, if you're sticking around, I love you. You're ride or die...I need more of that in my life. We'd be friends in the real world, bet yo bottom dollar on that.

Mar 24, 2016

From One Sunshine State to the Other...

West Coast is the best coast, they say. Well, I guess we'll find out if that's true because S-U-R-P-R-I-S-E!!! Team Cote just got orders to move to the great state of CALIFORNIA!

No, you don't need to adjust your eyes. You read that last paragraph correctly. We're moving. To California. THIS JUNE. Cue panic and shock and all of the freak outs.

Have we been keeping a secret? Nope. Was this in our plan for 2016? Not a chance. Were we supposed to move this year? Negative. Are we excited? Welllll...yes and no. Is this the most ridiculous thing you've ever heard? YES, DEFINITELY. Here's the skinny on life as of two weeks ago:

Back in January, D got word that he had been selected for a very prestigious list of 60-some top-vectored officers in his career field. Big deal, super proud, he's a rockstar (for real). From this list, a board of important higher-up, big wig-types had the task of placing select officers into spots for 26 different jobs around the world. Long story short, we thought it was a long shot that D was get chosen for a spot. I should stop thinking anything is too crazy for the Air Force because lo and behold, D was selected for a job at a base in Cali and now here we are! Preparing to move to the West Coast for the first time in either of our lives.

To say all of this is blowing my mind would be a serious understatement. In fact, I did lose my marbles the morning D broke the news to me (as one would expect from a hormonal pregnant woman). I'd really washed my hands of the idea that we might even have the slightest chance to be selected for a new job. I know that seems like I don't think much of D and his stellar Air Force performance as an officer, but there were so many other factors involved in selection that I didn't give it a second thought. Probably why I feel so blind-sighted by it all! For the record, D is a bit shocked, too. Also for the record, even though this was totally not in our plan, I'm so darn proud of that man o' mine! He's really the cream of the crop in more ways than one.

Where does that leave us now? Well, for one thing, we've got a house to sell in less than 3 months time. So, that's fun. I'll be 7 months pregnant traveling 3,000 miles cross-country...also SUPER fun. And we get to do all the other typical "moving with the military" appointments and paperwork and pack-outs as with any other move (plus a slurry of doc appointments for yours truly). Needless to say, I'm pooped just thinking of all that we have to do in such a short amount of time. BUT we've done it before and we'll hike up our bootstraps and do it again! If I can move to Europe for 3 years, I can surely handle moving to California, right? RIGHT, YOU GUYS?!

If I could drink wine right now, I'd need ALL of it.

Having an extra layer of stress because our pending bundle of joy isn't ideal, but it's also not the end of the world. I have to keep reminding myself that hundreds of women/families do this each year, so it's not like I'm reinventing the wheel here. It is, however, more than I wanted to handle during this special time in our lives. I'm slowly trying to let go of the romantic ideas of a perfect nursery, seaside delivery, and spending the next year sharing mornings by the ocean with our little beach baby. I hate the abyss of unknown that will be the last few months of my pregnancy. There's only so much we can do from here in Florida, so some important baby-related details will have to wait until we finally make it to Cali. Feeling a bit out of control (and me no likey), but onward we march. 

From the research I've been feverishly doing these last few days, I think I'm really going to like the medical facilities/hospitals in our soon-to-be new home city. I'm thankful that I'll be able to stay with off-base OB care since the base doesn't have that (much like our current base here in Florida). So, that's a bright spot in all of this. Not to mention, the base we'll be moving to is a hop, skip, and jump away from insanely gorgeous destinations like Napa Valley, San Francisco, and Lake Tahoe (yay!). We've always wanted to venture out west and explore, so the travel opportunities that are about to be afforded us are endless and so exciting! Even with a little babe in tow! Can you tell I'm clinging to all the little silver-linings I can find? I am. And rightly so. This is a major life change among some already major life changes happening for us this year, so we need all the little bright spots we can get. Is Tuck going with us? That's an issue still to be determined. He's an old fart that doesn't do well with change and I'm a pregnant fart that is slightly neurotic and we're worried how those two will mesh so far from our lifelines (re: my parents). So, we have some pros and cons to weigh out, but it's likely he'll be back with his grandma and grandpa. That KILLS me, but he'll be a much happier (and less neglected) pup living with them.

Truth be told, we are excited. I'll be even more excited once we start making big check marks on our "to-do" list, but excited just the same. If you have any California or moving cross-country tips for us, please, we're all ears! And if you have any prayers or words of encouragement to spare, we could use a few (or a lot) of those as well. While our world seems totally upside down at the moment, we continue to trust in God's plan for our growing family. His plan is always much more wonderful than ours, I just need to get outta my head and get onboard

Cali, here we come!

Mar 21, 2016

Baby Cote Is A...


In case you missed the news on Instagram...we are thrilled to finally announce little Miss Heidi Lorelei Cote will be joining our family this August! My mother's intuition served me well, I knew it all along! That moment hearing "It's a Girl!" at our ultrasound on Friday will be etched on my heart and in my mind for as long as I live. I am currently living on Cloud 9 and may never, ever come down! I'll be sharing more about her name and how we came up with it in the coming days, but for now, we're reveling in the immense joy of finally knowing she's a SHE (eek!!) and calling her by name. Such a special season of life, we can't stop smiling!

Thanks for all the love, friends!

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