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!

Thoughts on Pregnancy: Week 26 and 27

I’ve been totally slacking on my pregnancy updates. I was 26 weeks on 2/18 and I am now 27 weeks and 2 days! On Monday I had my one hour glucose screening and I got a call the next day to let me know that I passed with flying colors – Hooray! I’m measuring right as I should be and plugging right along. I can’t believe I’m about to be in my third trimester! Daily life is definitely starting to become more challenging. Bending over, putting on socks, climbing the stairs – it all wears me out! I’ve been feeling a lot more tired and achy all over. My back hurts 24/7 and sleep is challenging to say the least. My motivation has felt really off this past week due to feeling tired and cranky overall. I have accepted the fact that I will be uncomfortable from now until the end of May. That isn’t too far off – I got this! ;]

I’ve resorted to using a rolling laptop bag for work. Carrying my giant laptop to and from work everyday through a huge parking lot and up and down a flight of stairs was getting to be too much. So now I’m the pregnant nerd who looks like she’s going to the airport everyday! I’ve also stopped taking my fitness classes at this time. I’ve replaced them with prenatal yoga at home in the mornings before work and so far I’m really enjoying that. I really need to be doing that twice a day though. It feels really odd to go from being extremely active down to almost nothing. That’s not what I had in mind at all. The snow and ice has made it impossible for me to get outside and walk which is frustrating since that is what I really need to be doing at this point. I’m hoping and praying we will get some Springtime weather here soon!

Baby Boy is moving tons lately and I love it. His movements are definitely getting stronger every day and it is so much fun to feel and see!

I’ve made the decision to do the natural childbirth thing. Never in all of my life did I think I would go that route but after doing a lot of research and thinking about what I feel is best for baby and I, that is definitely what I want. I’m well aware that ‘birth plans’ are just that – plans. And sometimes our plans do not work out in reality! But it will not be for lack of being prepared. I’m so thankful to be able to attend natural child birth classes and to have midwives that fully support me!

How Far Along Are You: 27 weeks and 2 days.
How Big Is The Baby?: My app says he is around 2.5lbs!
How Much Weight Have You Gained?: About 20 lbs.
Maternity Clothes: Yep, yep – all the maternity clothes!
Stretch Marks: Still no sign of them yet. Still lathering on the Save My Skin body oil and Body Silk lotion!
Sleep: I am not sleeping well at all. I had to start sleeping with a pillow between my knees this week. Up until now I’ve only had one under my back. There is truly no comfortable position to sleep in at this point.
Best Moment This Week: Passing that glucose test! I was super nervous about it. And my Mom got to be at the appointment with me. =) Another best: finding out there is a spot for Nate and I in the Natural Childbirth class I was on a waitlist for!
Movement: Lots and lots! I’ve just started to experience some rib pain on the right side. I think he’s wedging himself up into my ribs now!
Food Cravings: Strawberry nutrigrain bars and green smoothies. I’ve been drinking at least two green smoothies a day made with spinach, frozen fruit, and either orange juice or almond milk. Addicted!
Food Aversions: None. Give me all of the food.
Labor Signs: Nothing!
Belly Button In or Out: Sort of flat, sort of poking out a little. Nate and I have a bet going on as to whether or not my pregnancy barbell is going to actually work in my piercing. He thinks I’m going to have to take it out eventually. Nooo.
What I Miss: Sleep. Feeling comfortable.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Spring weather. Baby showers! Getting the nursery decorated!

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