12 Weeks

I went back & forth about weekly updates (especially with a two-year old to run after), yet ultimately, decided to go for it.  I already feel like I have forgotten so much of my pregnancy with Waverly Maye, so I know how much I will love to look back on these one day.  Plus, who doesn’t love a good countdown?!  So HERE GOES, 12 weeks down & 28 to go! 🙂

Baby Brickner’s Size:  A lime!

Maternity Clothes:  I remember showing pretty early with Waverly too, but there is just no comparison to this time!  Trying to hide this bump for the last month or so was such a challenge, especially since I am a (fashion) teacher with 28 kids in each class who have nothing to do but stare at me for long periods of time.  I am SO glad that the secret is out, that same rotation of loose fitting shirts & dresses was good to me, but starting to get very, very old.
Sleep:  The exhaustion this pregnancy is seriously insane, I have never experienced anything like it! True (possibly sad) story, I haven’t seen the clock hit 9pm in two months!  My poor husband, I am so exhausted by the end of the day, I can hardly hold a conversation.  So YES, at night, sleep is great, & very much needed!
Best Moment This Week:  Sharing the news!  Especially since we found out so early, it’s been a long two months of keeping this a secret & has been SO much fun finally sharing the news.  It makes my heart happy to think of all the joy Waverly has brought our close family & friends, I know this babe will do the exact same. 
Miss Anything:  More than anything, I miss my energy to play with Waverly like I normally can. One day after work this week I was completely exhausted, it was all I could to to keep my eyes open & read books with her.  She brought me a blanket & said “oh, mama, you don’t feel good, you lay down” while rubbing my belly.  I hate the fact that I don’t feel 100% lately with her, yet then I remember that we are giving her so much more, a brother or sister for life … which makes me feel so much better. 🙂
Movement:  I had convinced myself that I felt the baby the other night while laying down, then my OB told me there was no way, it was just gas. 😉  I am SO excited to feel (real!) movement soon, probably my favorite part of pregnancy the first time!
Cravings:  Pretty much all salt, sugar still makes me completely sick & leaves the worst taste in my mouth.  I love (or actually have a need for) all carbs, including potatoes, rice, & french fries.  It is so crazy to me how identical these cravings, plus aversions, are to my first pregnancy.
Queasy or Sick:  Yes & yes.  It’s no fun, but my OB always tells me that she loves it, that it means that the baby is growing & things are happening as they should.  So honestly, if I hadn’t felt that way this whole time I would have been nervous, & of course, it is worth it !  Yet I am definitely looking forward to the second trimester, hoping to turn a corner very soon!
Looking Forward To:  Our next appointment!  They are my favorite, at our last ultrasound the babe was moving so much, waving its hands back & forth like he/she wanted us to know they were in there!  Both my husband & I have been talking about it since, it’s so crazy to think that before long, this babe will be a little person just like Waverly.  It really is surreal & nothing short of amazing.
Also, the biggest thank you to our friends at Tiny Prints, we worked with them to create a card to announce the news of our pregnancy to family & friends!  As always, the final product (card design found here) was beautiful & they were so great to work with.  Be sure to check out their site for your holiday cards or purchases!

Lastly, I meant to announce this earlier (can I blame it on pregnancy brain?!), the winner of the Candace’s Calling garland is Courtney Bilos.  Congrats, email me with your address & I will send you your prize!! Happy week ahead!


  1. November 17, 2014 / 1:13 pm

    aww! You look awesome! <3 congrats on baby two.

  2. November 17, 2014 / 1:24 pm

    So cute, Mama! I'm going to love seeing your updates every week! So fun! It's crazy how early the second one starts "popping" isn't it? Some days I can't believe my belly, lol!

  3. November 17, 2014 / 1:51 pm

    I will totally be doing weekly updates with my next pregnancy! Like you said, we forget so much so we will loooove having it documented!
    Ah, I am seriously SO excited for you! I hope you get your energy back and get feeling better with the second trimester!!

  4. November 17, 2014 / 1:56 pm

    What an adorable announcement!!! You look wonderful, hope you stop feeling sick soon!

  5. November 17, 2014 / 2:05 pm

    You look stunning! The exhaustion was ridiculous for me too, but really improved about this point. Love that announcement!!!

  6. November 17, 2014 / 2:50 pm

    You look fabulous..I love bump pics!! 🙂 Hope you turn a corner soon and you gain some of your energy back!!

  7. November 17, 2014 / 2:57 pm

    Seriously, you look amazing!!! What an adorable announcement!!!

  8. Anonymous
    November 17, 2014 / 4:01 pm

    The announcement is the cutest!!! Can't wait for more updates 🙂

  9. November 17, 2014 / 4:32 pm

    Such a cute announcement! I've been debating which site to go with for our Christmas cards and I think I might need to head over to Tiny Prints now 🙂
    Hoping you feel better soon and loving the baby #2 updates!

  10. November 17, 2014 / 5:01 pm

    You look amazing! I'm glad you're doing the weekly updates– I love reading them!

  11. November 17, 2014 / 5:30 pm

    Congratulations! I love the updates and watching that sweet baby grow. Your announcement was so perfect and so cute. And how sweet of Waverly to bring you a blanket and tell you to lay down. What a doll!

  12. November 17, 2014 / 6:42 pm

    Oh, what a cute little bump! I love that you are doing these weekly updates, they will be so sweet to look back on!

  13. November 17, 2014 / 6:57 pm

    Very cute announcement. Love these updates, I never did them cause I'm just lazy like that. But love reading everyone elses. It was so much harder to hide the pregnancy second time around. The first time around I waited till 16 weeks before telling work, this time I barely made it to 12 weeks! Luckily it was winter time so it was easy to hide under large sweaters and coats, but yikes!

  14. November 17, 2014 / 7:30 pm

    You look GREAT!! This is so exciting to be going through this together! As I was reading through this, I was saying, Yep, Yep, Yep…I hear ya, girl!! What a blessing, though. I hope you start feeling better very quickly…my energy just came back, but we spent many afternoons watching Toy Story and Frozen!!! Don't feel bad..it's for a great reason!! 🙂 xo

  15. November 17, 2014 / 7:48 pm

    you look so great! and girl, that energy level is no joke with a toddler running around…at 37+ weeks I'm ready to be able to play again–of course then newborn exhaustion will set in. Oh but the sweet smell of a newborn baby will be oh so worth it!

  16. November 17, 2014 / 8:43 pm

    You look amazing mama! So happy for you!

  17. November 17, 2014 / 10:19 pm

    Yay! First trimester with a toddler is INSANELY exhausting. Especially when you're working full time and battling sickness as well. Give yourself some grace and take it easy, mama! Hang in there, it gets better (and then worse, and then better again). 🙂

  18. November 18, 2014 / 12:52 am

    What an adorable announcement card! Love Tiny Prints. Aww.. I am SURE you did feel the kick despite what your doc says. Trust yourself. K kicked me HAAARD for about 20-30 seconds when I was just about 12 weeks. Nothing again till about 19-20. But no way it was gas. lol

    xx Viv at JoieDeViv

    • November 18, 2014 / 1:15 pm

      Thank you for that!!! I was convinced that was the case – can't wait to really feel it ALL of the time soon!!!!!!!! XO

  19. November 18, 2014 / 2:05 am

    I almost cried when I saw the ticker said only 28 weeks left. Do you realize how fast that is going to go????

    okay, maybe I actually cried.

    I can't be held accountable for my emotions.

  20. November 18, 2014 / 1:10 pm

    Oh I can't tell you how much I can relate to this! I pray you start feeling good and back to normal soon enough! The exhaustion is no joke, and with everything I went through and having to be on bed rest from 29 weeks on, the mommy guilt I felt for Charli was ridiculous. The good thing is you have an amazing attitude about not being able to do what you used to with Waverly, because you are right, you are giving her a lifelong friend!!! It truly is amazing how much love you still have left to give! You are going to be an incredible momma of 2!!!

  21. November 19, 2014 / 3:04 pm

    omg look at you!! SO pretty and don't worry I was showing so soon and was already in maternity pants by like week 10 haha I hope the exhaustion and sickness subsides sooner rather than later!

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