Pregnancy Update- 25 weeks!


I am very overdue in a pregnancy update- I know I know. I’ve been waiting until I was able to have a clear, different section of the blog for all “baby-related” posts- so the people who are interested can click over and check them out, while those of you who are in it for the food can just stay on the main home page and get that goodness. (If you subscribe to my feed or email though, you will get notifications on all my posts!) See the button on the top right of the page?? That is where you will want to click to see all my baby-related posts from here on out!!

So- where were we? Oh yeah pregnancy stuff. Man- pregnancy brain is real. So real. I am usually sharp as a tack, and yet lately I feel like a total space cadet. I’m glad that the blood is all going to the baby and all- but I sure have been stupid lately. It’s pretty hillarious. I actually put flowers in a vase without water a couple weeks ago, and then was so bummed about why they were wilty the next day before finally realizing.

Ok- here are my recent thoughts on this whole bun in the oven thing:

1- Pregnancy hair– it is amazing. My hair feels twice as thick and never gets greasy. I mean seriously- I can do my hair and it’s gross how many days it looks good without me actually washing it. (Sorry- not sorry!) Seriously though- why/how hasn’t some scientist figured out how to bottle up what makes this happen during pregnancy and so we can all buy it and have thick, long, non-greasy hair all the time?

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Pregnancy hair is no joke.

2- Kicks– they are really my favorite thing and I live for them. There was a day last week when I was running around like crazy and didn’t feel any, and of course I found myself googling “24 weeks no movement” and freaking out, poking my belly asking the little guy to kick and give me some peace of mind. I feel asleep and then was woken up at 3 am with a huge kick to my rib cage- love my little guy for that! I also- need to stop being paranoid about things like that- little dude just likes a lazy day here and there like his Mama.

3- A Name– Throughout my whole life, I’ve always love talking about baby names. I think in high school I had names picked out. (always girl names, I always thought babies would be girls.) As I finally met the one and having a kid seemed more like a reality the talking became more focused, and I would even run names by Andy before we got married. (he’s a good sport.) Earlier this year we both kinda stumbled on a boy name we really liked but as I wasn’t pregnant yet- didn’t discuss it too much. Then I got pregnant and it was like, “That name is the name right? I mean we both love it.” And that was that. We found a girl name we loved too, and I was almost bummed that naming my real baby would be so easy after all my years of waiting for the chance to actually get to do it.

Then a couple weeks ago, the night before I had to go in for a test that I was nervous about (more on that later,) Andy said something like, “Don’t worry honey, you’re just doing this for the baby. You’re doing this for little _______”  and hearing it out loud freaked both of us out. And now we’re second guessing it- and we’re back to the drawing board. It’s still a front-runner, and maybe it’s just weird to hear a name for someone that I haven’t met yet. I’ve always been a “name then when you meet them” person.

Anyway- we like unique but not made up names with significance, (especially something with ties to history or literature,) feel free to give me some suggestions!!!

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Selfie back from 22 weeks.

4- Overall– I have had a very easy and blessed pregnancy. I feel great and I think that my body really responds well to being taken over by this little guy. I had one minor health “hiccup” which threw me for a bit of a loop, but thankfully everything is just fine which is great. I had some swelling on my neck which turned out to be a mass on my thyroid which needed a biopsy, (aforementioned scary test) which came back saying everything was fine. I’m sure it’s pregnancy induced and will go away once everything gets back to normal. Still though- there was a week (incidentally the week after we moved,) where I was pretty nervous about the whole thing. I’m glad everything is back to smooth sailing…

Thanks for letting me ramble about all of this! It’s so much easier for my to write about what is on my mind- and let me tell you even though my mind can’t handle much these days- this is what I’ve been thinking about non stop. Well- this and nesting…our new place is pretty well-settled, but I am realizing that I still have to come up with room for all the baby things that I will likely be getting soon. Any clever suggestions for that?? :)


  1. What fun photos! You look stunning. I have no suggestions for names or how to contain all the fun new baby things you’ll get from your showers… but wanted to comment on your post. It’s fun to see and hear about your new adventures. I’ll have to remember to check out the baby updates when I come looking for your great recipe ideas!

  2. Love hearing these updates and so happy for your that your pregnancy is going well! I’m years away but already so thrilled (well, and scared) at the prospect of going through it myself. The hair will be a nice side bonus ;) Best of luck to you as you’re going forward, and thank you so much for all that you do on this wonderful blog!

    1. Don’t be scared :) Its kinda amazing to see your body doing just what it was designed to you ya know? Thank you so much for the sweet words!!

  3. I’m so glad everything was okay after that biopsy!! Love the new section and the banner on the top right is perfect with your site. Can’t wait to read more updates. Oh and your hair – serious hair envy over here!

  4. So glad to hear all is well! You’re seriously one of the most beautiful, blushing moms to be. Thanks for sharing this update!

  5. Thanks for the update! So glad to see you are doing well. Are you thinking of a more traditional name or something unique/trendy, etc? I love thinking of baby names :)

    1. Well- our main thing is something not common. I love old fashioned names like Henry and George, but I feel like they’ve been used a lot. Ideally it would be something not used so much BUT also with some history to it. (If you email me we can discuss in more detail!) Send any suggestions you have over our way- I am burnt out! I like unique but not weird if that makes sense?

  6. I love hearing about your baby news. I’m only a sophomore in college and in no way of thinking about having kids, but it seems like everyone around me is pregnant or just had a kid. But All of your news is wonderful to read!

    By the way you look absolutely amazing for 25 weeks. :)

  7. Yay!! I love baby updates. You are just so darn cute with that little belly. So glad things are going well. Names are so hard. My guy was just over a month early, and we had only agreed on 1 name at that point. So by default that is what he got!

  8. You are the cutest mom-to-be ever!! Did not know about the hair, amazing – they really should find a way to bottle it and sell it!!

    I love thinking of baby names! I completely get where you’re coming from with always having girl’s names though?! Haha I was exactly the same growing up, I’ve gone through so many names, think I’ve decided now though!

    I love the names Noah, Caius and Atticus, maybe the last two are a little too unique though… Good Luck! :)

    1. I love those names. Atticus was actually on a list of ours at one point :) And I love Caius too for it’s Shakespearean ties! :)

  9. LOVE reading these updates. I’m at 21 weeks right now with my first (a boy, too) and don’t have any pregnant friends right now so it’s fun reading about your experience. We’re pretty certain on our first name but have yet to agree on a middle one.
    Love your baking posts, too. I’m looking forward to having a family so I can justify baking more frequently!
    So glad your pregnancy has gone so smoothly so far and I hope the remainder goes just as well!

    P.S. I had no idea until I read this why my hair didn’t look so slick lately (not that I was complaining)!

  10. You look gorgeous!! And your hair! Your hair was always amazing, but wow! We totally need to bottle that up, stat!

    I think I will totally freak out if my (non-existent) baby isn’t kicking! Glad to know I’m not the only one.

    Can’t wait to hear the name, whatever it is!

  11. Audra, you look gorgeous as ever! Pregnancy looks great on you dear :) I love the tab you added in the top right corner, it’s perfect! I can’t wait to see your precious little bun in the oven!

  12. I love your blog and how you enjoy your pregnancy! I know you’ll be a great mom since you’ve love your son before you even get pregnant, so lovely!
    I cannot avoid to be touched by your happiness :)
    About names, what do you think about Sebastian, Oliver or Iban?

  13. Congratulations on your pregnancy! I also had lovely, thick and bouncy hair during my pregnancy, something which went away almost as soon as our baby was born. Hopefully you and your husband will agree on a name before you go into labour … we hadn’t and our baby was simply known as “boy [surname]” for the first 3 days of his life! Enjoy your pregnancy – it’s such a special time :-)

  14. I just stumbled across your board today and absolutely love it! (I was looking up how to DIY soy candles; thank you!)
    Congratulations on your baby and I am looking forward to following your blog. Enjoy your pregnancy hair because if it’s anything like mine, it will fall out for MONTHS after you have your baby.. it’s sad! However, I can still go a few days without touching my hair ;) I definitely agree we need to figure out how to bottle whatever it is that makes our hair amazing while pregnant.

    All the best!

    1. Aw thanks Danielle! I am not getting my hopes up for this hair to last- I’m sure I’ll be pulling it out by the handful after baby :)

  15. Pregnant at 25 weeks, your baby can still turn somersaults but it won’t be long until there’s not enough room in there ! they will be able to hear loud noises which may cause them to jump , and you may notice extra kicks when you’re in the bath or shower too.

  16. Great blog. Congrats! You’ve had the baby since this post. Such a great way to journal your experience and memories. I didn’t blog my pregnancy, but read the week-by-week development books and things like that. I just came across a new book that’s really awesome and even takes it up another notch called “The Wonder Within You: celebrating your baby’s journey from conception to birth” by Carey Wickersham. It’s an awesome combination of week-to-week pregnancy information, what’s going on with the baby, “Did you know?” plus health advice about what to eat, cravings, nutrition, etc, BUT also with awesome 3D/4D pictures and videos you can link or QR with your phone to and see what your baby looks like at each week stage. Even better than the typical week-to-week books, and so personal! It’s got mom stories and even a journal/note section to write your personal memories and letters to your baby. The pregnancy information is as up-to-date as it gets and it’s such a great keepsake. I want to get one for everybody I know who is expecting! I highly recommend it!

  17. Being pregnant makes you feel so anxious, you want to know many things that you never bothered before your pregnancy. I stumbled upon an informative page on WhatToExpect that provides information on pregnancy weeks, months and trimesters. Hope you and readers find it interesting.

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