Thoughts on Pregnancy: 31 Weeks

31 Weeks Pregnant

My hair was a hot mess when I took these pictures but oh well, I don’t care. I felt so accomplished because I managed to squeeze into this pre-pregancy dress from Eshakti. It was fun to snap a few photos in it. I wore this dress for photos right after I announced I was pregnant and I remember thinking I had a tiny bump in the photos. No, I did not. Haha. I’m sure I will look back on these pictures in just a few weeks and laugh at how big I felt here! So funny how perspective changes!
31 Weeks Pregnant
31 Weeks Pregnant

Nate and I have been enjoying attending natural child birth classes so far. I will probably do a bit of a recap on what we like the most in a separate blog post. But I definitely think it has been well worth taking them. It’s definitely putting me a bit more at ease – even if I already know some of the information. And I love that Nate is there with me and that we are both learning together.
31 Weeks Pregnant

How Far Along Are You: 31 Weeks and 1 Day
How Big Is The Baby?: About 3.5 lbs
How Much Weight Have You Gained?: Around 25 lbs
Maternity Clothes: I’ve found a few pre-pregnancy dresses in my closet that kind of, sort of fit! The one I’m wearing in these pictures fit when I put it on but by the time I got to work and sat down for a bit – NOPE. I had to unzip it on the side to make it through the day!
Stretch Marks: My boobs are starting to get a few. They just don’t know how to deal with being stretched out this much. ;]
Sleep: I bought a pregnancy pillow a few weeks back and it has helped tremendously with my sleep. I still wake up a lot to alternate which side I’m sleeping on though because my hips still hurt quite a bit after I’ve been in one position for too long.
Best Moment This Week: My appointment on Tuesday! My midwife was able to feel and tell me that baby is head down and she even showed me where his back was and where his feet and hands were at the time. It was really fun to be able to envision exactly how he was chilling out in there!
Movement: Pretty constantly. I almost don’t notice it at times!
Food Cravings: Nothing in particular!
Food Aversions: None.
Labor Signs: Nothing. I am apparently having Braxton Hicks contractions but I haven’t been able to tell/feel them – so, that’s nice!
Belly Button In or Out: Poking out a little bit!
What I Miss: Everything. I love being pregnant but I do miss being in shape, walking normally, being less anxious, feeling like a normal human being… haha.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Our third child birth class and getting the nursery even closer to being complete!

My Baby Shower & 30ish Weeks!

Baby Shower #1 - March 21st, 2015

We had our first baby shower (of two) yesterday! This was our family shower thrown by my Mother-in-law and Mom. It was amazing. I’m feeling so much more at ease now that we have more things for baby boy. I was so tired when I got home yesterday but I stayed up in the nursery for hours going through everything, organizing, and putting it in it’s place (until it’s time to do all of the baby laundry)! I just couldn’t help it! The nursery actually looks like a nursery now and I can’t get over it. I walk in there and just stare around the room in awe.

BUT, I’m getting off topic. The shower – yes – it was perfect. Having my Mom here without the hassle of flights and trip arrangements is SO wonderful. She was able to help plan the shower and just BE here and that all still feels like a dream to me. So many friends and family came to bring bebe something and hang out. The food was amazing – so many of my favorite things! My Sister-in-law Kristi made the beautiful cake. The top tier was butter pecan and the bottom was white chocolate raspberry – YUM. She is so talented. And everyone brought/made the most wonderful, thoughtful gifts! I was just blown away at all of the love for our family and our sweet baby! I absolutely just can’t wait until he is here! PS: I feel like I look like a melted mess in these pictures – but ah well, don’t all pregnant women in their 3rd trimester? Shew.

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The Great Diaper Bag Debate

I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time looking at diaper bags online. What have I found? For the most part, they’re either A) ugly and affordable or B) beautiful, but also more than my monthly car payment. I’ve never been the type of girl to buy a $300 purse. I’ve actually never been the type of girl to spend more than $50 on a bag (and that would be a SPECIAL bag that I kept forever). I’m just not wired to splurge on things like that. So this whole diaper bag situation is kind of difficult for me. But I know I’d rather spend $100 on a bag that lasts me for years than $30 on a bag that falls apart a few months down the road. Here are a few that I have my eye on. What do you think? Which would you go with?

1) Fawn Design – The Doe – $129.95

I like this diaper bag a lot and I think it’s number one on my list right now. It looks like there is plenty of room inside without being too big. The design is exactly what I’m looking for – it’s gender neutral and can be worn as a back pack. I want something that Nate can carry as well without feeling ridiculous. This is at the higher end of my price point but feels like a reasonable price for a bag that is handmade of quality materials that will last! I really like the idea of supporting a small business owner!

2) Fjall Raven – Kanken – $75

So this isn’t actually a diaper bag at all but I’ve seen a lot of people using it as one on Pinterest! I’ve seen most people using the smaller version called the Kanken Mini but I envision carrying my DSLR and regular purse items in it as well, so I like the bigger one. Again, I like that it’s gender neutral and kind of casual. AND it’s a back pack. Are you seeing a trend? But this one can’t be worn as a cross body bag so it’s not quite as versatile. I *do* really like that the straps snap at the top making it easy to snap right onto a stroller for easy access on the go.

3) Ju-Ju-Be – Legacy B.F.F. – $180

I said the first bag was at the higher end of my price point and then I managed to find another one I like that is slightly more expensive. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this brand though and it seems to have more of the features that one might need/find handy in a diaper bag than the other two. It’s machine washable, it has a million pockets – some lined with thinsulate to keep things hot/cold, a liner that is treated to inhibit the growth of mold, etc. I like the idea of it being easy to keep clean and easy to organize. Not to mention (once again) it converts into a backpack. I think the polka dot pattern is my favorite. I know it’s not the manliest bag but it’s still a good compromise! I could certainly choose something with a floral pattern. ;]

So, what do you think? One of these diaper bags will be mine after a few Pure Romance parties – I’m just not sure which one it will be! Love that my little side hobby/job can provide me with items that I would not have otherwise bought for myself.

Thoughts on Pregnancy: Third Trimester (Week 28 and 29)

Last Wednesday was the start of my Third Trimester and today I am 29 weeks! I’ve been feeling a little out of it for the past week. Not sure what to blame it on. We got snowed in again for a few days and that probably contributed to an overall “blah” mood. Becoming less and less active is probably the biggest contributing factor. I’ve been trying so hard to keep up with the prenatal yoga but I am just truly terrible and keeping myself accountable when it comes to working out at home. I’m hoping that once I get used to the time change and the snow starts to melt a bit I will be able to come up with a good yoga/walking routine that I can stick to. I also *really* need to get a pull up bar! I am determined to keep up some strength in my arms to make it easier on myself when I get back to silks!

This weekend Nate and I will start natural childbirth classes! I’m pretty excited! I’m definitely an anxious person and I like to feel as prepared as possible in all aspects of my life. I love that Nate and I will be able to learn and prepare together. I think it will really give me a sense of calm and I could definitely use that right about now.

We have a lot left on our to-do list and I feel like every weekend comes and goes without any of it getting done. I’m going to have to learn to prioritize the time that I have after work and on the weekends because I swear I’m just going to blink and be holding a baby! There are so many times that I’ve laid on the couch thinking about what I could/should be doing.

Top 10 Items left on my to-do list this month:
1) Finish registries at Babies R Us, Target, and Land of Nod.
2) Purchase car seat.
3) Touch up paint in nursery.
4) Purchase crib mattress.
5) Recover couch in nursery. Fabric has been purchased! I can’t wait to blog about this little project!
6) Purchase decorations for nursery – shelving, plate switch cover, closet organization, blinds, etc.
7) Purchase rug for living room so I can put current rug in nursery.
8) Clean out guest bedroom and make some work space for my Pure Romance “office”.
9) Clean carpets in the entire house.
10) A million other things….

How Far Along Are You: 29 weeks tomorrow!
How Big Is The Baby?: My app still says he is around 2.5-3 lbs.
How Much Weight Have You Gained?: About 20-23 lbs.
Maternity Clothes: I feel like some of my “maternity” clothes are even starting to not fit quite as well.
Stretch Marks: Nope!
Sleep: It just depends on the night! For the most part, I am not sleeping well at all. It may be time to buy a pregnancy pillow and a foam mattress topper. I’ll try anything at this point.
Best Moment This Week: A nap on the couch on Sunday with Nate. Seriously. It was glorious.
Movement: Lots! I love that Nate can see and feel him move so well now!
Food Cravings: I’ve been craving sushi all week. Sounds so good!!
Food Aversions: None. Give me all of the food.
Labor Signs: Nothing!
Belly Button In or Out: Still pretty flat.
What I Miss: Not feeling “blah”. My face looks puffy to me now. It’s not my favorite.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Child birth classes starting this weekend!

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