June 2, 2011

16 Weeks

We're getting closer and closer to the halfway mark, which is mind blowing to me. In just a couple weeks we find out if Baby S is a boy or girl. Todd and I are both secretly hoping for a boy, but obviously we'll be thrilled either way.

A few new changes in my world:

1. The middle of the night potty runs have officially begun. I know this is all new to me, and I can be a bit naive, but I really thought this part of pregnancy might skip me. Until this week I was mostly sleeping through the night. Granted, in the morning I would make a mad dash for the bathroom, but I told Todd that I thought my body wasn't waking me up to go. I was convinced I was just going to hold it all night and sleep soundly. Nope. I'm now fully awake between 2 and 3am. The worst part? I'm not good at falling back asleep quickly. This morning I laid in bed for over an hour trying to see if I could remember the names of the four girls on Teen Mom 2. What has happened to me?!

2. Maybe you moms can help me with this one. In the last week or so my tailbone has been aching. I thought I had just sat on something hard for too long, but after a week of dull pain, I'm realizing this is my new normal. On top of that, my hips are really sore. Yesterday I couldn't put all my weight on my right leg without almost falling over. Is this something I just get used to, or can a chiropractor help? I do sit at a desk all day at work, which may have a lot to do with it. I'm going to try to be more active during the work day.

3. I officially have a bump! It has been around for the last couple of weeks, but now I can't hide it at all. I wore maternity jeans for the first time yesterday and they are heavenly! I don't know if I ever want to go back to normal jeans!

All of these changes have really been fun to experience (even when they don't feel so great). I'm amazed that there is a life growing inside of me. I feel so blessed that God would call Todd and I to be parents. He has revealed so much to me these past few weeks. When Todd and I first found out we were pregnant, I joked that God may have accidentally chosen the wrong girl. Doesn't He know how scared I am? Doesn't He know pain and I don't get along? But He has provided and shown me time and again that it's His strength, not my own that will carry me during this. The fact that He trusts me so deeply to handle this has made me fall in love with Him in a whole new way. It's not news that I'm a control freak, but letting go has been such a breath of fresh air.

And for those pics I promised...

I've gone from this -

To this -

Thanks to all you girls who left comments on my blog, facebook and emailed book recommendations! I've got  plenty of reading material to keep me busy the next 5 1/2 months!


  1. You're adorable! So glad I have someone to go though this with! :)

  2. Hormones are probably peaking and causing your bones to separate a bit... it should let up soon.
    You will be surprised how much pain you will be able to endure.
    And with the sleeping..... I hate to tell you, you will never be the same.
    :) Just love the glow and smile on your face!!!!

  3. This is so sweet! It makes me so excited for you, and all those feelings I experienced are rushing back. It's a wonderful time. The tailbone thing - probably your hips starting to widen and your pelvis getting ready to move around a bit. I think a chiropractor would be awesome though. I wish I'd gone to a chiro during my pregnancy and not just afterwards. And amen to #3!!! Don't you wish all jeans were like maternity!?!

  4. I am so excited for you and I LOVE your little bump! Your perspective on this precious gift God has entrusted to you is beautiful. Thank you for sharing so openly from your heart.

    (And you just tell me when I can give you a little pre-natal yoga session. I'm no chiropractor, but I can show you a few things that will work some magic on your lower back and hips, if you ever want.)

  5. Love the photos Tara! I'm so excited for you... and totally with you on the midnight trips to the bathroom and the sore hips and back. A few months ago I broke down and bought a memory foam pad for our bed. The combination of that and sleeping with a small pillow between my knees immediately helped with the hip pain. Hope the sleeping improves! Looking forward to hearing if Baby S is a boy or a girl!! xx

  6. Ooh Tara, reading Lara's last comment reminded me...I slept with a pillow between my knees, and a little one between my ankles for a while, and that helped a lot! :)

  7. Love this post and all that you shared. You look absolutely stunning in those pictures!! <3