Bump Update: 28 weeks

Twenty eight weeks of being pregnant has come and gone in what feels like the blink of an eye. I remember telling myself months ago (but it feels like days) that I had a long way to go to reach September. Now, September is only two months away. Seventy-seven days until his due date. Time has no intention of slowing itself down, and seeing that it’s summer vacation, I have a lot of time on my hands to really get things taken care of and focus on what needs focusing on. The weather has been hot…big surprise. Whenever Chase and I go to take photos, we always push it to golden hour because we are trying to avoid midday heat, but in Texas, sometimes it doesn’t matter what time of day it is, you’ll still be melting. It’s not noticeable, but know that I have a sticky neck and a bit of swass going on. If you aren’t sure what swass is…I can’t help you there. Ask someone.

This session was a lot of fun and Chase has such a good attitude, considering that he is forced to be behind the camera. His response is always, “I love taking photos of my beautiful wife!”

And everybody says: AWWWW…

If you make it to the end of this post, you’ll get to see my sonogram from my twenty-eight week appointment.
At this point in the pregnancy, I’ve still had a great experience, and I try to remind myself of that everyday. No major pains or sickness, baby boy has been healthy and rapidly growing at every check up, and I still have the energy to workout and walk 4-6 days a week. Here are a few things since my last post, which you can read here, that are different (some of which is what we’ve taken care of since then):

Most used items: Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter, but also my belly belts. Yes, Chase still puts the belly butter on me. The belly belts extend the waist of my pants, and I opted for those instead of belly bands (the thick fabric that goes over unbuttoned jeans), because I do not like the feeling of fabric coming all the way up my belly from my waistbands. My doctor also just gifted me a heating pack (rice-filled) which was ironic, because one of my questions for her was going to be how to relieve lower back pain. Before I could get to that question, she handed it to me along with a bag of informational goodies. She’s basically Yoda…she knew it was coming. I’ve been using that heating pack once a day now.Did I mention this guy is a kid at heart??  Cravings: I get this question all the time. No specific cravings, however my sweet tooth has shot through the roof. It was already bad enough pre-pregnancy. Gimme all the baked goods and ice cream.

Baby’s approximate size: 4 lbs. The technician said she could still be off by half a pound or so, but he’s double the size of what normal babies measure at around this time. I’m interested to see what he actually ends up being once he’s out of my tummy.

Baby’s Name: If y’all haven’t noticed I keep referring to baby as “him or “baby boy” because right now he is baby no-name. Still. For me, there’s still time that needs to pass. Knowing how indecisive I am, I could “pick” one now and easily change my mind a month later. I really don’t want to do that so I’m pushing it off as much as I can. Fortunately, we have narrowed down the names so I don’t have to think of one. I just need to pick it when the time is right. That time is not now. Fun moments: Baby kicks! These are my favorite thing to watch and feel. He loves to make himself known, that’s for sure. We’ve registered – yay! I did it all in one night and have added a few items over the last few weeks. Every time I look at it I realize how practical and “boring” it may look. There’s some cute stuff like clothing and toys sprinkled in there too. We took a tour this past Sunday of the hospital where I’m planning to deliver, and we couldn’t believe how nice it is. I brought my mom as well and her comment was, “Hospitals have come a long way.” Chase and I also started birthing classes Tuesday – which was fun, mostly because Chase isn’t pregnant so doing things together makes this entire process feel like it’s “us” and not just me. Last but not least, I just finished my pre-registration for the hospital this week (I told you – I have time on my hands to stay on top of everything!). I’ve never been ahead of the game like this, but that’s a perk of being pregnant in the summer when your job was a school teacher and coach.

Looking forward to: Baby boy finally getting here. As much as I’ve loved my pregnancy thus far, I’m ready to hold him, see his chubby cheeks (supposedly – the ultrasound technician said he has ’em!), and watch Chase be his dad. His kid-at-heart personality is apparent with all of our nieces and nephews, so it will be entertaining to watch him use his imagination with his own son. I’m also looking forward to Chase’s parents and sister coming for the baby shower. His parents don’t see the day to day experiences because they live in California, so the fact that we’ve seen them two times already since announcing this pregnancy has been a great thing.

I mentioned previously that we registered, but one other place we have a “registry” is with our photographer! Yes, we’re having his birth photographed (duh, of course – photos are a big deal to me, obviously). Our photographer has created a registry for the package we selected and created a link where others can contribute to the expenses of the photography. I thought it was the coolest idea, not only from a customer’s perspective, but from the business side as well. It definitely made her stand out in a sea of photographers I was looking at. If you are interested in seeing how much of the birth is covered so far and have any desire to contribute to the cost you can go to this link:


So far, we have 50% taken care of, which is a huge feat!

Lastly, if you pray, pray for us newbies-to-parenthood and pray for our son. In the end, our biggest concern is a healthy baby (and Chase would say healthy mom too). Thanks for following along so far!

xo Rachel


  1. Grandma

    July 14th, 2018 at 1:02 am

    As usual, a beautiful story!

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