"If hate were people, I'd be China."

- Phil Berquist
Pregnancy Update: 38 Weeks



How far along? 38 weeks! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
How big is baby Wilson? The size of a watermelon. At our ultrasound this week, the doctor estimated that he was 8 lbs. 10 oz. He is most definitely a big, healthy boy! :-)
Maternity clothes? Oh yes. My work wardrobe has become a rotation of 3-4 maternity dresses. Good thing I only have 3 days left!
Sleep: I'm still sleeping great, just wishing there were more hours each night to enjoy it.
Best moment this week: Laughing with Jeremy in the doctor's office after the ultrasound. We've known for a while that our boy is big, but seeing those measurements was hilarious. I'm going to have to change Deacon 2-3 times a day when he's born if I want him to wear all those cute newborn outfits!
Miss Anything? Being able to bend over. I never realized how much I took it for granted.
Movement: He's still really active. We had one afternoon/night where he was pretty still and it freaked me out. Poor guy was probably just napping, but I'm used to him wiggling all the time!
Food Cravings: Nada.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Thankfully no.
Labor Signs: Nothing major. At this week's appointment I was 1 cm dilated (tmi?), so I'm hoping things start to pick up in the next week or so!
Belly Button in or out? I basically don't have a belly button anymore... just the remnants of one.
Wedding rings on or off? Off. Buying the stand in ring was definitely a good decision.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! We are getting so close to meeting our little guy I can hardly stand it! Thankfully these last few weeks haven't been too uncomfortable, so I've mostly been able to focus on how excited I am to meet Deacon.
Looking forward to: Kissing those big cheeks we keep seeing in the ultrasound pictures :-)

Pregnancy Update: 36 Weeks

First of all, happy Thanksgiving from the Wilsonians! There are so many things to be thankful for this year, but more than anything else we are thankful for salvation and redemption through Christ. There is nothing in this life quite like knowing and being loved by our Savior! On a smaller scale, we are extra thankful for the precious life He has created and entrusted to us with baby Deacon :-) It has definitely been a year FULL of blessings and unimaginable joy. We are undeserving, but so thankful for all that He has done and continues to do!

Now onto the update...



How far along? 36 Weeks! That's NINE MONTHS of pregnancy... pretty mind blowing.
How big is baby Wilson? An ultrasound last week confirmed that baby wilsonian is a big boy! Right now he's clocking in around 7 lbs with another month to go.
Maternity clothes? Yes. I've really learned how to stretch my wardrobe these last few months (literally).
Stretch marks? *Sigh* Found my first little stretch marks last week. They're pretty tiny though, so I think I'm still in pretty good shape.
Sleep: Yes and amen.
Best moment this week: Too many to name! Since the last update we went on a wonderful babymoon to Wimberley, had our annual CYS fall retreat, church picnic and a fun ultrasound.
Miss Anything? I wish putting on shoes was a little easier, but with only a few weeks of pregnancy left I'm soaking up all of my super-pregnant moments :wink:
Movement: SO MUCH MOVEMENT. If he is anything outside the womb like he is inside the womb, then Jeremy and I are going to have our hands full!
Food Cravings: Nope.
Anything making you queasy or sick: The orange glucose-test drink from earlier this week. I may never drink orange soda again...
Labor Signs: No major labor signs, but he is definitely sitting lower than before. I can feel my body preparing, so I'm hoping he makes an early debut!
Belly Button in or out? Both.
Wedding rings on or off? Still rocking the stand-in ring.
Happy or Moody most of the time: All of the above.
Looking forward to: Holding my sweet boy.

Pregnancy Update: 34 Weeks




How far along?
34 weeks!
How big is baby Wilson? Normally babies at this stage are the size of a large cantaloupe (19-22 in, 5.5 lbs), but at my last doctor's visit she said he was measuring ahead... again. I'm guessing he's closer to 6 lbs. these days!
Maternity clothes? I don't wear anything that isn't stretchy these days. I'm at the point in my pregnancy where I really don't want to buy any more maternity clothes, so I'm just making do with what I've got.
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: I can hardly keep my eyes open once 9 o'clock hits. Poor Jeremy has to recap all our shows for me because I sleep through the endings. Thanks, babe!
Best moment this week: Sewing the crib skirt with my Mom last weekend was definitely a highlight. Deacon's nursery is finally starting to look like it's ready! All it needs is a little guy to break it all in :-)
Miss Anything? Being able to bend over/get up without grunting. I probably need to die to the dream of wearing boots and shoes with laces for the next couple weeks...
Movement: He's been a little less active than normal this week. I still get enough movement not to worry, but I think he's running out of space in there!
Food Cravings: Nada.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really. I keep trying to influence Deacon's palette by eating weird/spicy things. Despite my best efforts, the little booger still moves the most when I eat chicken!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? Starting to stick out a little bit, but mostly it's flat.
Wedding rings on or off? Off. I tried them on again the other night and could barely get them on :-( In the last week I've gone from minimal swelling to noticeably swollen fingers, toes and ankles.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! I'm starting to get more uncomfortable, but I am way more excited about Deacon coming than anything else.
Looking forward to: Babymooning this weekend with my favorite guy and our favorite pup :-) I'm trying to soak up these last few weeks as a family of 2!

Pregnancy Update: 32 Weeks



How far along? 32 weeks! I'm officially 8 months pregnant, y'all :-)
How big is baby Wilson? The size of a honeydew (19 in, 4.5 lbs)
Maternity clothes? Most def. I'm starting to really push the limits with the few non-maternity items I've been wearing...
Stretch marks? So far, so good!
Sleep: I pretty much fall asleep as soon as I get still, but I've been waking up 1-2 times a night to go to the bathroom. I can't even imagine how many times I'll wake up once he drops!
Best moment this week: Feeling all his movement. I don't know what he's been up to lately, but he is constantly on the go!
Miss Anything? Caffeine. I still have it in moderation, but I've definitely been missing the freedom to grab a PSL or diet coke whenever the urge strikes.
Movement: Oh yes. Long gone are the flutters and little kicks from earlier in the pregnancy! He has been pressing into my ribs, walking along my stomach and shifting from one side to the other constantly.
Food Cravings: Not really, but I've been eating my fair share of chicken pot pie lately.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope! As long as I eat... all the time :wink:
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? Neither. I think I might make it the long haul with my flat belly button.
Wedding rings on or off? Off. Still rocking the stand-in ring.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I think I've been leaning towards happy, but I've definitely had my cranky moments/afternoons these last two weeks.
Looking forward to: My baby shower tomorrow!

Pregnancy Update: 30 Weeks



How far along? 30 weeks! I feel like we're officially at the counting DOWN stage :-)
How big is baby Wilson? The size of a head of lettuce (18 in, 3.2 lbs)
Maternity clothes? Yes. I've had to pick up a couple things recently to get me through these last few months/weeks.
Stretch marks? Not really.
Sleep: I have been sleeping like a rock... I only wish I could get more of it!
Best moment this week: Having Jeremy home again after a week apart. I am beyond grateful for him and all his love/support!
Miss Anything? Non-maternity clothes.
Movement: Oh my goodness, yes! I've started playing hide and seek with him when I'm driving. It typically starts with him hitting me hard around my ribs, and me poking him until he moves (or "hides") again!
Food Cravings: Nope. I still have a major sweet tooth though!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing in particular.
Labor Signs: No.
Belly Button in or out? Neither, but probably more in than out.
Wedding rings on or off? I've started wearing a stand-in ring since my fingers will occasionally swell. I hate not having my actual wedding ring on, but it's just a temporary fix.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: My next ultrasound. It feels like it has been forever since we've gotten to see our little guy move around!

Pregnancy Update: 28 Weeks



How far along? 28 weeks! Officially in my THIRD trimester!!
How big is baby Wilson? The size of a small cabbage. He's around 3 pounds and 17 inches.
Maternity clothes? Maternity clothes, or regular clothes with plenty of stretch, are a necessity these days. My belly is large and in charge!
Stretch marks? *sigh* I think I found my first one the other day. It's tiny and hard to see though, so I'm hoping that's as bad as they get.
Sleep: This past week I've been in a constant state of tiredness. It might have something to do with how I've started waking up in the wee hours of the morning to go to the restroom again...
Movement: Still plenty of kicks and jabs :-) I feel movement all over my stomach, but mostly up by my ribs. Thankfully none of it has been painful yet!
Food Cravings: I've been nursing a major sweet tooth these past two weeks (and throughout my entire life, if we're being honest). The chocolate chip cake that Jeremy's Mom made tasted like HEAVEN to this pregnant lady.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not recently.
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? Neither :wink:
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I've probably been more moody these last few weeks than I have been up to this point. I blame the lack of sleep. And the lack of sweets.
Looking forward to: Finding out what our little guy looks like! I know I'm still 3 months out, but I can't wait to see that precious face and kiss all over him.

Pregnancy Update: 26 Weeks


I'm just now noticing how tired I look in this picture... it was taken before my Sunday nap!

How far along? 26 and a half weeks.
How big is baby Wilson? The size of an cucumber (roughly 15 in and 2.2 lbs).
Maternity clothes? For the most part. I've got a couple of non-maternity things that I still wear, but I'm definitely filling them out a little differently these days!
Stretch marks? Not yet.
Sleep: Yes and amen. I've been sleeping really hard, but I'm starting to wake up to go to the restroom in the wee hours of the morning again.
Best moment this week: Spending quality time with Jeremy at the marriage conference this weekend. I'm savoring these last few months of being a family of two!
Movement: He's still moving all the time! Now that he's bigger I'm starting to feel him turn and shift more, instead of just the kicks and punches he was throwing before :-)
Food Cravings: Not really.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Lobster? I'm not sure if that's the culprit, but the last two times I've gotten sick were after eating lobster.
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? In. Though it's getting flatter everyday!
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Mostly happy, though I have definitely felt more emotional these past two weeks than before.
Looking forward to: Cooler weather for the last part of this pregnancy! My body temperature hovers around 110 these days (or something like that :wink:), so it'll be nice to go outside without getting the pregnant-sweats!

Pregnancy Update: 24 Weeks



How far along? 24 Weeks (and some change).
How big is baby Wilson? The size of an eggplant.
Maternity clothes? Usually. The shirt I'm wearing in this picture isn't maternity and you can definitely tell it's struggling to accommodate my bump these days...
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: I'm still sleeping really well! I am so thankful for these weeks of rest before we get to the "uncomfortably pregnant" stage.
Best moment this week: Having so many friends get to feel Deacon move :-)
Miss Anything? Blue cheese.
Movement: He's still super active! I'm a little bit nervous about how active he'll be towards the end when he's significantly bigger/more powerful, but right now I'm loving it.
Food Cravings: Nothing specific, but I am definitely hungry on a regular basis. I keep having to remind myself that I'm not *really* eating for two.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Seafood.
Labor Signs: Not yet.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On, but fitting a little tighter than normal.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy. I am definitely still in the fun stage of pregnancy! I'm hoping it lasts through December 29th or so...
Looking forward to: Getting into my third trimester. It's still another 3.5 weeks away, but I'm ready to officially be on the homestretch!

Pregnancy Update: 22 Weeks



How far along?
22 Weeks.
How big is baby Wilson? Roughly the size of a papaya, though at the last ultrasound we found out he's measuring a week ahead of schedule! (8-10 inches and almost 1 and a half pounds)
Maternity clothes? Most definitely.
Stretch marks? So far, so good. My belly hasn't grown too much the last couple weeks, so I think that probably helps.
Sleep: Still sleeping pretty hard, but it won't be long before I have to adjust my sleep position. My belly is starting to get in the way a bit...
Best moment this week: The 22 week ultrasound! We got to see him more around, examine all his little body parts and confirm he's a boy :wink:
Miss Anything? Not having to worry about back pain if I bend over, sit in the same position too long, etc.
Movement: Definitely! His movements are becoming much more obvious and I'm starting to notice them more frequently. Yesterday he was movin' and shakin' for almost 2 hours :-)
Food Cravings: I'm going to go ahead and claim cookies & cream ice cream. I could eat that stuff by the gallon.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Mostly just fish... and not eating frequently enough! Ha.
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? Still in. I'm starting to wonder if I'll make it the long haul this way.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: More movement! It's the coolest feeling knowing my little guy is healthy and moving around in me. We've had at least two ultrasound technicians tell us he's very "squirmy." I have no idea where he gets that from :wink:

Pregnancy Update: 20 Weeks



How far along? 20 WEEKS. WoOooOoah we're halfway there! WooOoooah livin' on a prayer!
How big is baby Wilson? The size of a banana (7 in, 11 oz). He's almost a full pound!
Maternity clothes? Almost always. I only have a couple of regular items that are long enough to cover this growing belly :-)
Stretch marks? Not yet. I'm hoping I've just got some good genes on my side!
Sleep: Thankfully I still haven't had any major sleep issues. I'm sleeping through the night, just wishing the nights were a little longer!
Best moment this week: Feeling Deacon move last Sunday! I'm still not 100% convinced it was him, but it was convincing enough for me to count it :wink: An added bonus was that Jeremy got to feel him too (even if he thought it was just my stomach gurgling)!
Miss Anything? Coffee. Iced coffee. Frappuccinos. And coffee.
Movement: Yes! Or at the very least I had some unexplained stomach movement.
Food Cravings: Nothing noteworthy, but there have been two times this past week that I really wanted a Sonic Cranberry Sprite.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Fish. Sometimes I feel like I'll never be able to eat it again...
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? In, but starting to look "different." Haha.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! I've had more energy the past couple of days, so that has been a huge help.
Looking forward to: Baby boy's anatomy scan ultrasound on the 19th! I can't wait to see him again and count all those fingers and toes :-)

Pregnancy Update: 18 Weeks


*No major belly changes in the last two weeks, but I'm definitely feeling my tummy muscles stretch to accommodate this little guy*

How far along? 18 weeks, 4 days
How big is baby Wilson? The size of a mango (6 inches and .5 lbs). We're officially measuring in POUNDS! Crazy.
Maternity clothes? Almost always now.
Stretch marks? Nope. I've been using Mama Bee Belly Butter and love it so far!
Sleep: I've been sleeping like a rock recently. I'm still tired most of the time, but I've been getting 7+ hours of uninterrupted sleep each night and it has been glorious.
Best moment this week: The moments spent sleeping. Seriously.
Miss Anything? Nothing comes to mind. Ever since I discovered decaffeinated iced tea, my whole life has changed. That stuff is gold.
Movement: Nope. I can't wait to start feeling those first kicks or "flutters" though! A couple times a week I try to lay really still with my hands on my stomach, but so far I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary.
Food Cravings: Still nothing. Though I'm tempted to start craving ice cream all the time just because I think I could get away with it! :wink:
Anything making you queasy or sick: Fish, apples and reduced fat ritz crackers.
Labor Signs: Not even a little bit.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Definitely happy. I'm pretty sure I'm in the fun stage of pregnancy now!
Looking forward to: Feeling this little guy move! Though if he's anything like his daddy, he might keep me waiting a little while longer...

Pregnancy Update: 16 Weeks



How far along?
16 weeks
How big is baby Wilson? The size of a turnip (roughly 5 inches & 5 ounces)!
Maternity clothes? Most of the time! Maternity pants are pretty magical... not sure I'm ever going back to buttons and zippers after this...
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: As often as I can get it. Our Summer schedule is pretty packed, but I definitely feel it the next day when I get 7 or less hours. I'm still waiting on that second trimester burst of energy I keep hearing about!
Best moment this week: Finding out the gender! I've been saying we're having a boy for weeks, but it was nice to have it confirmed. Now we can finally call this sweet boy by name!
Miss Anything? Knowing I can make it all the way to work without throwing up. For some reason my morning commute has become peak morning sickness time...
Movement: Not yet. Definitely hoping to start feeling some kicks and pokes in the next couple weeks!
Food Cravings: Not really. But when I find something I like I try to get my fill.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Fish and apples.
Gender predictions: Boy :)
Labor Signs: Nope!
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! Now that we know the gender it's easier for me to just relax and enjoy the process.
Looking forward to: Another ultrasound next week! I hope Deacon gives us a show like last time!

Pregnancy Update: 14 Weeks

As my first official post on The Wilsonian Institute, I thought it was only fitting that I post a pregnancy update to balance out years of boy-posts. If you aren't fascinated by all things baby/pregnancy, this post probably won't be for you. Now, let's kick the estrogen up a notch ;)



*Disclaimer: My belly looks extra pronounced in this picture, which I believe is a result of a) me sticking it out a little bit and b) hand placement.


How far along? 14 weeks! I know I've still got another 26 to go, but I am SO thankful to be in my second trimester! The Lord has been so gracious throughout this pregnancy and I can't wait to see what's next!
How big is baby Wilson? The size of a navel orange.
Maternity clothes? Sometimes. I'm still a little small for most things, but if I can get away with wearing a stretchy waistband, I'm doing it.
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: Yes, please. I'm finally sleeping through the night now that I don't have to wake up every morning at 4 AM to pee.
Best moment this week: This was technically last week, but seeing baby Wilson move around on the ultrasound was the best! We got to see legs, arms, the heartbeat, his/her face and a ton of movement!
Miss Anything? Sushi, unsweet tea and diet coke.
Movement: Just what we could see on the ultrasound. Can't wait to start feeling the "flutters" I keep hearing about!
Food cravings: Nothing too distinctive, but I could definitely put away some Marie Calendars Parmesan Chicken Pot Pie.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Apples. I've decided to boycott them for the rest of this pregnancy.
Gender predictions: I've been thinking boy, but Jeremy keeps saying he has no idea.
Labor Signs: No. PTL!
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: It's kind of a toss-up. I'd say happy and SLEEPY most of the time, but Jeremy might beg to differ ;)
Looking forward to: Finding out the gender!