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Week 16

Lindsey Koetje —  April 20, 2013 — Leave a comment

How far along?  16 Weeks
Size of Baby:  Avocado
Total weight gain/loss: According to my Dr. visit, I am down 2 lbs. from pre pregnancy
Size of Belly:  16 cm
Maternity clothes?  Some off and on, I can still wear my normal jeans but my belt is now too small.  I have started wearing my belly band this week.
Sleep:  So every morning this week, I have been waking up with a major headache behind my eyes.  My Dr. then stated that wants me to start sleeping on my side.  Since then (one night so far) I did not have a headache in the morning, so hopefully it will continue that way.  I just hope my side will stay comfy for a little bit!
Best moment this week:  Hearing our little one’s heartbeat!  A strong 152 bpm!
Miss Anything?  Not this week, I’ve been doing really good!
Movement: I think I may have felt a flutter the other night, but it hasn’t happened again so I’m not sure.  Still waiting and hoping it will happen soon!
Food cravings: I haven’t had any major cravings this week.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  My prenatal vitamin… but that’s about it.  I have even started cooking again this week!  It feels good to be back in my kitchen and enjoy menu planning again!
Have you started to show yet: A small amount.  It is not to the point that strangers know yet.  I was even told this week “I had no idea, you don’t look it!”… not sure if that is a compliment or if I normally look this chubby 🙂 At least it was someone that doesn’t know me, she was meeting me for the first time!
Gender prediction:  I am starting to think maybe boy… I don’t know why.  Maybe because I really don’t want my hopes to be on a girl so I have started intentionally thinking it could be a boy and I’m becoming ok with that idea.  🙂
Labor Signs: Nope
Symptoms:  Headaches, leg cramps, and constantly peeing.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!  It has been a great week with beautiful weather!  I have been outside just about every day and I am loving it!
Looking forward to:  Still looking forward to kicks, but also our anatomy scan ultrasound.  I scheduled it this week so I am getting more and more excited about it!

Week 13

Wes Koetje —  March 31, 2013 — Leave a comment

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How far along?  13 Weeks 5 days
Size of Baby:  Georgia Peach!
Total weight gain/loss: At my doctor visit this week, I have lost 1 lb. from pre pregnancy weight
Maternity clothes?  Some… I have been wearing mostly things I bought for pregnancy since they are loose but not specifically maternity clothes.  Although, as I write this I am in some black maternity capris and they feel just as good as my pj pants!
Sleep:  Off and on.  I am still trying to train myself to sleep on my side but since that causes me to not sleep as well, I am enjoying my back while I can!  It is usually that I start by trying to lay on my side and in the middle of the night I give up and fall fast asleep on my back.
Best moment this week:  Hearing our little one’s heartbeat and knowing we have this precious gift growing strong!
Have you told family and friends:  Yes! Still not Facebook official though
Miss Anything?  My chiropractor in KS!  Hahaha, not baby related, but I do!  I have found one out here but I just don’t get the same relief.  I’m thinking it is probably because they can’t adjust me the same way now that I’m pregnant not the ability of the chiropractor out here.
Movement: Not yet! So excited for it though!
Food cravings: It has changed to salty this week!  Sour cream and onion and BBQ chips have been the go to satisfying treat these days.  I also had some shrimp sushi this week which was so good I have wanted it everyday since!
Anything making you queasy or sick:  I’ve not been sick, but potatoes do not sound or look good at all.  However the fact that chips have been so good is ironic
Have you started to show yet: I feel like it, but I think it still looks like I need to lay off the chips and cookies not the cute bump yet.
Gender prediction:  I haven’t had a strong feeling this week so I am still sticking with gut from earlier
Labor Signs: Nope
Symptoms:  Headaches, not my usual energy, and some round ligament pain
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!  It’s been a busy week, but I’m enjoying feeling better which makes me feel way more normal
Looking forward to:  Our ultrasound… still not for another 6 weeks or so, but hearing the heartbeat makes me want to see our precious little one!

Week 12

Wes Koetje —  March 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

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How far along?  12 Weeks 6 Days
Size of Baby:  Plum
Total weight gain/loss: Back to my pre-pregnancy weight!
Maternity clothes?  I have some… I have only worn one of the shirts to be more comfortable is something loose… sooo comfy!
Sleep:  Not so good this week… I’m trying to get used to sleeping on my side, which is killing my shoulders.
Best moment this week:  Going to the chiropractor!  Fixing my shoulders might help me sleep better
Have you told family and friends:  Yes! Still not Facebook official though
Miss Anything?  Still my energy and stamina
Movement: Not yet! So excited for when it happens!
Food cravings: Chocolate!  I love those M&Ms J
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nothing making me sick, but veggies still don’t sound great…
Have you started to show yet: Still have a belly but technically not a baby bump yet
Gender prediction:  I still think it may be a girl
Labor Signs: Nope
Symptoms:  Insomnia, headaches, no energy, and some round ligament pain
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: I have been a little moody towards poor Wes… I try to be good in public and then let it out when I get home
Looking forward to:  Hearing the heartbeat at our appointment next week!!

Week 11

Wes Koetje —  March 11, 2013 — Leave a comment

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How far along? 11 Weeks (actually in the picture 10 weeks 6 days)
Size of Baby: Lime
Total weight gain/loss: lost 1lb.
Maternity clothes? Not yet
Sleep: Sleeping pretty good, not having to get up at night.
Best moment this week: Shopping with mom!  We got some really cute maternity clothes!  AND only getting sick ONCE!! Yay
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? My energy and being able to brush my teeth without getting nauseous!
Movement: Not yet
Food cravings: Sweets… Girl Scout Cookies and ice cream!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Raw meat and the thought of veggies
Have you started to show yet: Even though I have technically lost weight, I have this belly I didn’t have before.  However, right now it looks way more like I ate too many cookies J
Gender prediction: I keep having dreams it is a girl, but we aren’t finding out.
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Lack of energy, ready for bed by about 8:30 most nights J
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Having a baby bump that actually looks like a baby

Baby Koetje – October 2013

Wes Koetje —  January 30, 2013 — 1 Comment


When we found out we were pregnant, I knew I wanted to do a chalkboard and a blog to document everything for me as well as keep our family up to date with everything and feel involved.

So to start out, I thought I would post our story on how we decided to start a family, the adventure we have been on, and how we found out this amazing news; the main reason being, I don’t want to forget any of it!  I will do another post with how and when we told family.

In August 2012, we were living in KS, been married about 3.5 years, had a puppy and a house we were about finished remodeling.  We had discussed starting a family for just about the whole year.  Earlier in the year, Wes took me on a nice date to the Cheesecake Factory and walk around the Plaza and told me he felt ready and wanted to start the discussion of having a family.  So in August, we both decided it was time and started trying to get pregnant.  We had no luck and that is when God gave us a surprise we were not expecting… a move to GA!  At the end of Sept, we went to interview for a new job God had put on Wes’ heart at Rock Bridge Community Church in Dalton, GA.  We were offered the job at the end of the interview and after much prayer, we accepted on the drive back to KS.  We got home and immediately started figuring out how to move cross country yet again.  We put the house up for sale the first weekend of October and Wes started his new job on the 20th, which left me and Simba in KS to pack everything up and sale house.  With God on our side, we had an offer on the house the Friday before Thanksgiving.  We had already decided I would move in with my parents over Thanksgiving so I could be closer to find a place to live in GA and be around family for the holiday season.  We closed on the house December 17th and found a place to live in GA.  We signed a 9 month lease since we were wanting to look for a house as soon as we could and that was the shortest lease they offered.

After 10 weeks and 5 days, I moved to GA the weekend after Christmas.  We had really not discussed starting a family with all that was going on with the house, a new job, and settling into our new apartment.  Towards the end of January, I started not being able to sleep.  I would wake up around 3am and just lay there, not awake really but not tired and just had a racing mind.  After about 3-4 nights of this insomnia, I was laying in bed Friday the 25th.  Wes woke up around 7 and we started talking, especially since I had been up since 3am.  I mentioned to Wes that I think I may be pregnant.  I didn’t really have anything to go on, but that is where my mind kept racing to in the wee morning hours the last few days.  Wes responded with, “I think you may be too.”  I asked him why he thought that and he just said he had a feeling as well.  So I got out of bed and took the test.  It was an immediate positive, no question and no waiting to find out!  So I kept my squeal inside and washed my hands.  I took the test into the bedroom where Wes was laying there reading his phone.  I showed him the test and he said “what does that mean?”  I responded with a huge smile and said “Well, I wouldn’t show you a negative.  It means we are pregnant!”  Wes sat up and smiled.  He said “I thought so.”  We both giggled and I think we were both in a little bit of disbelief.  Yes we had tried months prior with no luck, but it wasn’t really on our minds nor talked about with everything else going on in our life.  We spent the day just hanging at home since Friday is Wes’ day off.  I started reading a bunch of stuff online and doing the calculators to find out my due date.  I also called the Dr. and set up our first appointment to confirm the pregnancy.  According to the calculators, I knew I would be due sometime in early October, but I couldn’t really pin point the date.  We had our first appointment that Wednesday, January 30th.  I asked a lot of questions and they said they put me at 5 weeks 1 day already and I was due October 1.  I couldn’t believe I was that far along already.  When we got home I looked at the calendar and realized the irony God had placed in our lives.  We had a shorter lease that will end September 30th and we are due October 1!  Between that and everything else that was happening in our life, Wes and I could not help but laugh and just say, “God is writing a story here!”