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Keeping up with The Maples

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22 Weeks


Baby Maples is the size of an ear of corn! And she weighs 1 pound!

How far along? 22 weeks
Maternity clothes? yes – I can finally fill out some of my shirts
Stretch marks? not yet
Sleep: sleep has improved, still wake up a lot
Best moment this week: spending the weekend in Edisto
Miss anything? sleeping on my stomach and my normal clothes
Movement: Baby Girl is moving like crazy now and I love it! And I’m pretty sure I felt hiccups this week!
Food cravings: any kind of fruit, stir fried veggies, PB&Js and sweets of any kind
Food aversions: this week I had a sudden aversion to coffee, but it didn’t last long
Gender: It’s a Girl!
Labor Signs: no, I’m gonna to be freaking out whenever I say yes to this!
Symptoms: I feel like my belly just popped out even more this week and is getting bigger and harder by the day
Belly Button in or out? in but it sure does feel weird now
Wedding rings on or off? on
Mood: So very happy!
Looking forward to: decorating the nursery

We had such a great weekend at Edisto Beach and Charleston. We went for Randy’s little cousin’s wedding and had a small family vacation for the remainder of the weekend.

It was a little bit cloudy and rainy for the weekend, but it was still nice. We flew kites and walked along the beach.


 We tried to have a beach day one day but we could not handle the no-see-thems. These bugs are seriously the most irritating and maddening things on the planet! They swarmed us at the beach and we tried to ignore them, but you just can’t. We didn’t go back to the beach after that.


 But we enjoyed Charleston and the wedding! There were no no-see-thems there! 🙂 We had lunch at the Fleet Landing near the port of Charleston. Best thing about being pregnant and vacationing in Charleston is the food. Oh the food! I ate my weight in shrimp and grits, which these days is a lot! 😉


 The wedding took place at the Citadel college, such a cool place.

Isn’t my husband so handsome? I’m one lucky girl! 🙂

 The reception was tons of fun! It was at an awesome inn and the food was amazing! I had shrimp and grits again – don’t judge! 😉 It was a beautiful wedding and we had a wonderful time! We are so very happy for Sarah and Alex! I know that they will live happily ever after!



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20 Weeks


 Halfway there! Baby Maples is the size of a mango!

How far along? 20 weeks
Maternity clothes? yes, maternity jeans and thank goodness warm weather has arrived because I love maxi dresses!
Stretch marks? not yet
Sleep: sleep has improved, still wake up a lot
Best moment this week: having a gender reveal party with family and finding out that we are having a little girl!
Miss anything? sleeping on my stomach
Movement: Baby Girl is moving like crazy now and I love it!
Food cravings: any kind of fruit, stir fried veggies, PB&Js and chocolate
Food aversions: still don’t like the way alcoholic drinks smell
Gender: It’s a Girl!
Labor Signs: no
Symptoms: I have been tired this week, probably from the gender reveal party and all the excitement
Belly Button in or out? in but it sure does feel weird now
Wedding rings on or off? on
Mood: So very happy!
Looking forward to: decorating the nursery, buying little girl clothes and hopefully agreeing on a girl’s name

We have started working on the nursery now that we know what we are having. We are tackling Randy’s childhood dresser and chest of drawers. Once that is complete, we can start the fun stuff! Like, putting up the crib, decorating the room and getting outfits for this little miss!



Gender Reveal

The day we have been waiting for, for 20 long weeks! The big gender reveal! Actually, I believe I have been waiting for this day for years! Ever since I saw gender reveals on Pinterest about 2 years ago, I knew that I wanted to have a gender reveal. It is such a fun time and I really wanted to share the moment with our loved ones.

We had our ultra sound 3 days before the big reveal… Three. Long. Days. To guarantee that Randy and I would both be surprised for our gender reveal party, we literally locked up the results in a lock box. Yeah, we are that bad! We were both so excited that we probably would have cheated and peeked before the party.


We had a science theme gender reveal party – perfect for our nerdy selves! The day was filled with periodic tables, college physics books and bubbly, foggy beakers! And not to mention fun pink and blue food!



I knew that our old college books would come in handy some day! 😉



Atom cupcakes


And bubbly, foggy pink and blue drinks!


We had a place were everyone could cast their votes. Later we drew names and the winner received a gift card to sweet frog to make their own potion.

And for the big reveal we had a reveal laboratory. If you look closely, the reveal laboratory banner has the estimated due date.


And I loved how some dressed up for the part.

My brother really got into the nerdy scientist role. 🙂

Preparing the experiment/reveal.

Mixing up the concoction. And waiting for the results.

We used a fizz ball that turns the water either pink or blue. When you order one of these, you receive two fizz balls, one for pink and one for blue. Our friend took the results into another room and brought us the correct fizz ball for the reveal. 

And it turned pink!

It’s a girl!

I love how these picture captured our excitement and surprise!

And being the scientists that we are, we had to confirm the results. And yep, it’s a girl! 🙂 Everyone we talked to and all the supposedly pregnancy signs, all pointed to us having a boy. Just goes to show you, every pregnancy is different!

We couldn’t be happier or more excited to add a sweet little girl to our family. She is going to be one spoiled little girl!



Randy and I feel so blessed that at times it feels a little overwhelming. We have so much to be thankful for – this weekend was full of things to be grateful for:

Celebrating family and friends

Learning more about this little Maples that the Lord has blessed us with

The reason for Easter – celebrating the resurrection of Jesus and the love and compassion the Lord has for us all

And the hope that I have – the hope for our growing little family, for our loved ones, but most all, the hope that Jesus has given us.