37 Weeks Update

37weeks
How far along? 37 weeks and 4 days
Baby is the size of: Winter Melon
Total weight gain: 33 pounds
Stretch marks: Just a few in the boob area.
Maternity clothes: Yes.
Sleep: Sleep has been hit and miss again. Some nights are ok, other nights are terrible.
Best moment (s) this week: Sunday Nick and I decided to go on a date. We’ve been really trying to save money, so going out has been cut out. But, I had a free movie ticket that was given to me, so we decided to go see Planet of the Apes and then grab dinner afterwards. I viewed it as an opportunity to get in one last date night before the baby arrives and we ended up having a really nice time. It was a relaxing and fun day and something I will cherish as we move forward from a family of two to three. I also had a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday. I’m now at 4 cm and my doctor said that I would probably have this baby before my next appointment, which is next Wednesday. I’m really hoping that’s true. The anticipation is killing me!
Movement: This baby started moving at almost 16 weeks exactly and has not stopped since. Room or no room, she makes her presence known.
Food cravings: No.
Food aversions: This week I’ve felt like avoiding all foods. Pizza seemed like a good idea the other night, but it triggered 3 days worth of indigestion. Needless to say, it’s been hard trying to decide what to eat lately for fear of dealing with indigestion.
Symptoms: Insomnia, indigestion, some cramping down in my ovary area, pressure down in my pelvis, sharp pains that shoot down below, braxton hicks contractions, tightness in my belly, swelling daily, frequent urination, boob leakage and elevated body temperature.
Gender: Sweet girl
What I miss: I miss being able to put on my underwear, or pants, or shoes without losing my balance or feeling like my stomach may pop. I also miss not dreading drying off after a shower. It’s become my least favorite thing to do because it’s so hard to reach everywhere with my big belly.
What I am looking forward to: Seeing my little girl’s face in person. I look at her 4D picture a lot and I just can’t stand it! I want to see her sweet face in person and kiss her and hold her. Last week I thought I was close, but this week I’m even closer and knowing that is making me extremely anxious.
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36 Weeks Update

36weeks
How far along? 36 weeks and 4 days
Baby is the size of: Honeydew
Total weight gain: 31 pounds
Stretch marks: Just a few in the boob area.
Maternity clothes: Yes.
Sleep: This week sleep has been crap. I had one good night of sleep, the rest I’ve gotten maybe 4 hours each night. It sucks.
Best moment (s) this week: Tuesday I took the day off because I had my 36 week ultrasound appointment. My mom drove up and came to the doctor with us. The ultrasound itself was a little disappointing. We couldn’t see much of anything, that is, until the tech decided to surprise us with a look at our baby girl in 4D. We were not expecting that at all and it was so exciting! It made me so happy to see her sweet little face. She has her daddy’s lips and the fattest little cheeks. They predicted she weighs 7lbs 3oz already. Lord help me if that’s true. After the ultrasound I had another exam and am now at 3cm and 70-80% effaced. My doctor definitely says I won’t make it to my August 5 due date. She said I probably wouldn’t make it another two weeks. Fingers crossed little one comes soon! I’m ready to see that sweet face in person. After my exam we went over our birth plan with my doctor and then toured labor and delivery. It was nice to get all of that taken care of. After my appointment my mom and I went shopping for the last few things for my hospital bag and a few sleepers and other items for baby girl.
Movement: Always.
Food cravings: I’m still loving fruit but not really craving much of anything.
Food aversions:  Mexican food and bacon. I’m also trying to avoid anything too heavy.
Symptoms: Insomnia, indigestion, low back pain, cramping down in my ovary area (daily), pressure down in my pelvis, sharp pains that shoot down below, contractions, tightness in my belly, swelling, frequent urination, boob leakage and elevated body temperature.
Gender: Sweet girl
What I miss: I miss sleep.
What I am looking forward to: The arrival of my little girl. I’m so anxious knowing that I’m so close! It could be any day now.
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35 Weeks Update

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How far along? 35 weeks and 5 days
Baby is the size of: Coconut
Total weight gain: 30 pounds
Stretch marks: Just a few in the boob area.
Maternity clothes: Yes, but maybe not for much longer. More on that later.
Sleep: Sleep has been hit or miss. I have either had indigestion, baby girl won’t stop moving, or I just can’t go back to sleep. This past week has been especially difficult. Not only do my hips hurt when I lay on one side for too long, but my sides get sore too. My belly is really tight and uncomfortable and since baby girl is running out of room, when she moves to one side or the other, that side of my belly gets really hard and tight and laying on that side is near impossible.
Best moment (s) this week: There have been a few moments actually. Last Saturday I finished her quilt and last Sunday we finally finished the nursery! My goal was to have it done by the end of June, and I’m so happy we did just that. On Tuesday my husband called me at work and told me he had something to tell me. The next words out of his mouth were that he got a raise, a hefty raise at that. I almost cried because we so desperately needed that blessing. I’ve been stressing about money a lot during this pregnancy, especially in regards to childcare and insurance for her. This news couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Which brings me to Wednesday. I had my 35 week check up and first exam. I was thinking there would be no news to report, but turns out, I’m already 2 cm dilated and 70% effaced. It was a bit shocking, but I’ve noticed changes in my body these past few weeks and I knew something had to be going on. I feel like I’ve been very in tune with my body during this pregnancy. I’ve said all along that I didn’t think she would wait until August 5 to make her appearance, and sure enough I was right. Now I know it doesn’t mean anything until I’m actually in active labor, but I’m getting close!
Movement: Oh yes. She moves all the time, but this week in particular I’ve noticed her squirming more. I can tell she’s uncomfortable and with good reason because I am very uncomfortable. We are both running out of room.
Food cravings: I’m still loving fruit but not really craving much of anything.
Food aversions:  Mexican food and bacon.
Symptoms: Fatigue, Indigestion, low back pain, cramping down in my ovary area (daily), pressure down in my pelvis, sharp pains that shoot down below, contractions, tightness in my belly, generally feeling like my child is going to fall out, leg cramps, a little swelling, frequent urination, boob leakage and elevated body temperature.
Gender: Sweet girl
What I miss: Not feeling like at any minute my water might break and I’ll go into labor. Don’t get me wrong, I’m extremely excited that she’s ready to meet us (she’s impatient like me), but I was in no way prepared to be on edge this early in the game. Every day I wake up I think “is today the day?”
What I am looking forward to: My 36 week ultrasound Tuesday. We’ll get to see our little girl again one last time before she arrives. I’m anxious to see how much she weighs and to see if she has hair! My mom is coming up to be here for it too. I’ve taken the day off from work so we can have a girls’ day. I think it will be a lot of fun. We are going to go shopping for some last minute items before she arrives.
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Nursery Inspiration

Whenever Nick and I found out we were having a little girl, I immediately started thinking about her nursery. Nick and I were both in agreement that we did not want our little girl’s room to be an explosion of pink. I personally wanted something that she could grow up with, decor that, as she got older, would not need to be changed much. When I thought about her and her room, bright colors came to mind.

Below are just some of the images I gathered for inspiration.

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I love how bright and happy these spaces look. Stay tuned for how we used this inspiration to decorate our little girl’s nursery!

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33 Weeks Update

32weeks

33weeks

Don’t ask what happened to week 31′s picture. I’ve tried to be diligent about taking weekly pictures, but week 31 just slipped through the cracks. I feel like that’s the week I decided I had no clothes to wear, and after an unsuccessful shopping day determined that department stores have some kind of prejudice against pregnant women. I remedied this by ordering 4 dresses from Target. I returned two of them because they didn’t fit, as is the pitfall of online shopping, but two worked out fabulously (one pictured above), so I’m feeling a little better about my wardrobe these days.

How far along? 33 weeks and 5 days
Baby is the size of: Durian Fruit (whatever that is)
Total weight gain: 28 pounds
Stretch marks: Just a few in the boob area.
Maternity clothes: Yes. As I get bigger some things in my wardrobe are getting tighter or I just don’t want to wear them because they aren’t comfortable. Dresses are heavenly though. I plan to get a few more before this baby pops out. If I get the right cut, I can wear them after pregnancy too.
Sleep: Sleep is fine, although I’m feeling more fatigued lately than usual so I’ve been getting in bed earlier than usual. I still wake up frequently to go to the bathroom, but I fall back asleep pretty easily most nights.
Best moment (s) this week: Realizing Friday night before falling asleep that I didn’t have to work the next day. Sometimes it’s the small things. We also had a very productive Saturday. We washed a ton of baby clothes, rags, towels, sheets, etc., and got them all stored away. Her closet and dresser are full!
Movement: Yes. Some days she squirms all day long. She does night like when I am sitting, and when I work too hard, I feel like she gives me a little kick or a punch to tell me to slow down. It’s funny watching her move now because my whole stomach shifts from one side to the other. I film her moving quite frequently. I love watching her and imagining what she’s doing in there.
Food cravings: Actually yes. I’ve been wanting fruit lately. I haven’t really eaten a lot of fruit being pregnant because it gives me such bad indigestion, but my body obviously missed it so I’ve been eating more of it lately.
Food aversions:  Still saying Mexican and bacon. I will eat bacon, because I love it so much, but this last trimester every time I do I just feel like it sits in my throat all day long. For this reason I have been avoiding it.
Symptoms: Fatigue again, Indigestion, low back pain, middle and upper back pain, leg cramps, a little swelling, frequent urination, boob leakage and elevated body temperature. I feel like I stay hot all the time.
Gender: Sweet girl
What I miss: Not feeling out of breath and hot all the time.
What I am looking forward to: My baby shower next weekend. A few girls from church organized a baby shower for me and I’m pretty excited about it. I didn’t think I was going to have more than one shower, so it was a nice surprise. I’m also excited that I’m almost done with baby girl’s quilt! I worked on it for a long time yesterday. If I put my mind to it, I might just finish it today!
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30 Weeks Update

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It seems I’ve really sucked at updating this blog lately. I intended to do a weekly pregnancy update, but life happens. This past few weeks have been rough, especially this past week. Oh well, here are the pictures from the last two weeks.
How far along? 30 weeks and 6 days
Baby is the size of: Cucumber
Total weight gain: 24 pounds
Stretch marks: Just a few in the boob area and that’s it. Thank the Lord for cocoa butter.
Maternity clothes: Yes. I just ordered a few more things actually. There isn’t a single place to shop for maternity clothes here. Old Navy has a maternity section, but their selection is pitiful. I got creative and just ordered empire cut dresses in the women’s and junior’s department from Target. They were all on clearance so I got a lot of bang for my buck. These last 9 weeks I’m going to live in dresses. It’s really the only thing that’s comfortable to me besides pajamas.
Sleep: Sleep is good. I think my body is preparing for those nights I’ll have to get up and feed my little girl. I wake up a few times a night. It feels like I’m in a half awake, half sleep state. I usually have to get up and go to the bathroom anyways so I don’t mind. I don’t fall right back asleep but I do eventually get back to sleep and I don’t feel terrible when I wake up.
Best moment (s) this week: Not going to lie, it was hard to find good moments this past week. It was a tough week for me emotionally. Finding childcare and having to return to work after she is born is breaking my heart. I just get so overwhelmed sometimes when I think about someone else raising my daughter, or missing those little milestones in her life, like the first time she rolls over, or sits up, or walks, or talks. It makes me so sad that I can’t be with her. I would love to be able to stay home with her but financially there is no way we would make it. It’s been a hard pill to swallow and I’ve cried many nights thinking about it. I know I’m not the only woman who has ever had to deal with this, but it’s still hard. Fortunately we did find someone to watch her at our house. My job is within a 5 minute drive from home, so I’ll be able to come home for lunch every day and see her and feed her. I know that will help me tremendously in my transition back to work. Plus the girl we found goes to our church and is so incredibly sweet. I know she is going to take such good care of our little girl. That’s been the best moment this week.
Movement: Yes. She’s gotten a lot more squirmy lately. I can tell she’s running out of room. Poor little thing is probably just as uncomfortable as I am.
Food cravings: No.
Food aversions:  Mexican.
Symptoms: Indigestion, low back pain, middle and upper back pain, tightness in my stomach, period like cramps here and there, a little swelling, frequent urination, boob leakage and moodiness.
Gender: Sweet girl
What I miss: Being able to sit comfortably. Sitting has become a nightmare and since all I do is sit at work, things have become extremely uncomfortable for me. I can sit for about an hour or so before I start hurting near my ribs and in my back, and then the rest of the day is pretty much shot. I have to get up and move around a little and rub my belly because I’m just hurting.
What I am looking forward to: Finishing the nursery. Nick has been painting the room lately and he just lacks one wall before it’s done. We still have to paint her door and the closet door and add some finishing touches to some furniture and decor, but once that’s done we can start putting her room together. I’m really looking forward to seeing how it will all turn out. We’ve been working really hard lately to get it done because these next 9 weeks are probably going to fly by. It’s getting so close!
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27 Weeks Update

27weeks

How far along? 27 weeks and 6 days
Baby is the size of: Rutabaga
Total weight gain: 21 pounds
Stretch marks: Just a few in the boob area. None on my tummy thankfully. Thank you cocoa butter.
Maternity clothes: Yes, exclusively.
Sleep: Sleep is good. Although I can’t say I always feel rested when I wake up. It’s more like I’m sore and I feel like I’m drunk.
Best moment (s) this week: Waking up this morning and finding out that I won a giveaway for my sweet girl! Super excited to pick out some Freshly Picked Moccasins for her and other goodies.
Movement: Oh yeah. Her kicks get stronger every day. I’ve recorded my belly moving a few times. It’s pretty crazy to see it and know that my little girl is in there squirming around.
Food cravings: No.
Food aversions:  Just mexican food for now. I’m also going to add cottage cheese back to this. I tried some “pink stuff” over the weekend, which is basically cottage cheese, strawberry jello, cool whip, & pineapples. It was good, but I couldn’t get over the texture of the cottage cheese, so I stopped eating it.
Symptoms: Indigestion, low back pain, middle back pain, leg cramps, mild swelling (mostly heat related I think), and my good ol’ friend constipation. I also found out the week before last that I’m anemic, so I’ve been battling extreme fatigue. I can sleep after work for 2 hours, wake up and go to sleep 3 hours later and sleep fine through the night and still wake up feeling like I could sleep for another day. I’ve been taking iron supplements a little over a week now and trying to eat red meat every chance I get, but I’m still not seeing a huge difference in the way I feel.
Gender: Sweet girl
What I miss: Being able to paint my toes with ease. I may have already covered this, but bending over to shave or paint my toes, it’s just a chore.
What I am looking forward to: Working on nursery projects and completing the nursery. We are so far behind. I’m not even exaggerating at this point. Like we have NOTHING done.
You may have noticed I skipped a 26th week update. I’m going to blame exhaustion on that one. Last week was pretty rough for me. When I’m tired I get really emotional and feel very vulnerable. The last few weekends for us have been rather busy. This weekend was no exception. We drove to Huntsville, AL to see my sister-in-law and attend her shower. Then in the same day, drove to Lebanon, TN for a wedding. Drove back from Tennessee to Huntsville that night, then got up yesterday and drove home. All in all we spent about 14 hours in the car this weekend. Don’t get me wrong, we had a great weekend, but it was far from relaxing. I plan to take a day off in the near future to relax and pamper myself. I’m thinking a prenatal massage would be the perfect remedy.
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