26 Weeks! Baby is the size of acorn squash! Let me just say that I am definitely feeling baby boy more and more each day. His kicks and movements are more defined, and I know the pattern of when he moves. He usually has been moving the most when I wake up anytime. For instance, he starts moving lots in the morning and then slightly in the afternoon and can pick up in the evening depending on what I eat too. It was such special moments between hubby and me feeling his movements and kicks. We talk to him as well and continue to connect with our baby boy.

Jasmine's 26-week bump maternity photos

Author’s Personal Collection/Jasmine Simmons – Photo Credit: Deborah Sawyer

This week was full of fun and adventure.

This is the week where hubby and I spent time together without distraction at the Outer Banks for our Babymoon. It was such a relaxing trip and we were excited to go being that we have never been to the Outer Banks. Traveling to the Outer Banks was a 6-hour drive that was completely worth it. Warm and windy weather, which gave us time to enjoy the beach and hot tub at the hotel suites, we stayed at.

Outer Banks Resort - Babymoon

Author’s Personal Collection/Jasmine Simmons

We found ourselves talking about baby boy more and how his arrival is so soon and what are our feelings in regards to it. What we want to do next in the nursery room. We also got tons of notifications from our baby registry of people ordering gifts for baby boy since invitations to the baby shower were sent.

One thing I noticed about myself during this trip was how confident I am in my body.

Jasmine's 26-week bump: Babymoon

Author’s Personal Collection/Jasmine Simmons

Going through infertility and being diagnosed with PCOS, I never loved my body. I doubted what my body was capable of doing and often times I looked at myself as unattractive due to my weight gain and my belly getting bigger. In this pregnancy, I have let myself go completely to appreciate my body. How strong my body is that it continued to fight and I am completely in love with my bump. Hubby did a mini photo-shoot of me in my bathing suit and I sure was feeling myself! I loved every picture and kept telling myself I look great pregnant. I always was worried about how I would look pregnant so this is completely different for me. Made me realize it doesn’t matter how we look, all shape and sizes are beautiful. I usually never post a picture of me in a bathing suit but I did!

Jasmine's 26-week bump maternity photos

Author’s Personal Collection/Jasmine Simmons – Photo Credit: Deborah Sawyer

Another exciting moment that happened was that hubby and I were able to have a mini photoshoot together on the beach. This is something I always imagined that we would celebrate each moment of our pregnancy and after the loss, I spoke that into existence that our next pregnancy with our rainbow baby, we would embrace each moment because we deserve to be parents.

Jasmine's 26-week bump: Babymoon

Author’s Personal Collection/Jasmine Simmons

There is so much to be excited for! So much to celebrate!

My anxiety really calmed down this week but I still had struggles such as sciatica and round ligament pain. I have to say how proud I am of myself for handling it the best way that I can. Knowing that pregnancy is not easy but I can’t dwell on the negatives all the time and this vacation really helped me just focus on relaxation.

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