Thoughts on Pregnancy: 38 Weeks – FULL TERM!

Maternity Photo & Mother's Day 2015
I was full term last week at 37 weeks and I’ll be 38 weeks tomorrow! Wahoo! I’m definitely at the point where I’m feeling like it’s time for this baby to come OUT. I’ve been in full on nesting mode and I’ve gotten a lot done around the house – thank goodness. I thought the nesting bug would never bite me! I don’t think I’ll get every single thing in the house to the point where I feel that it’s perfect but at least I’m feeling more at ease overall. I had been so lazy there for a while!

This past weekend we finally managed to get quite a bit done that I had on my list of to-dos: shopping for some things for the hospital bag, a few last minute items for the nursery, and we took our hospital tour on Sunday! Ahh – a sigh of relief! I still come up with a new list every day and I keep thinking – “OKAY, he can’t can’t come until I get ____ done!” Ha! In that case, I’ll be pregnant forever. Just gotta let some stuff go! And if we don’t have something that is a necessity – we will just get it when we realize, right?!

Mother’s Day was wonderful. It felt super weird to celebrate it for myself! I just don’t feel like a Mom yet, if that makes sense! I do but I don’t! I’m in a weird in between stage, ya know? Nate bought me tulips (my favorite) and took me out to brunch at First Watch before our hospital tour. Later in the afternoon we went over to my Mother-in-law’s to see her and my Mom! It was so nice to be able to SEE my MOM on Mother’s Day. That hasn’t happened in a long time! I got the chance to get in the pool while I was over there and it was GLORIOUS. I laid on my stomach for the first time in about 8 months. It was the most comfortable and relaxed I’ve been in so, so long. I could have stayed in there forever.

Well – this could be the last time I blog before this cute little bebe wiggle worm is born! I can’t believe we’re so close. I can’t believe we’re about to be parents. The time has gone by so fast and so slow at the same time. I am so ready for this. I’m “prepared” but I know there is just no way to know what this whole labor and delivery event will truly be like – but I’m ready because I know I’ve got Nate to support me and love me through it. He is going to be the best Dad and I can’t *wait* to see him hold his baby for the first time. I am so lucky to be his wife and I’m so blessed to have him as my support system. I’m so excited for our little family to become 3! <3

Thoughts on Pregnancy: 36 Weeks

33 Weeks and 4 Days

It took these photos a few weeks ago – so technically I’m 33 weeks (almost 34) here! I haven’t been as good at keeping up with photos and as I planned to be. Life is busy and I don’t always feel like I look “photo ready”, ya know? ;] SPEAKING OF PHOTOS – we got our maternity photos done and I am completely in LOVE. I am still trying to pick which ones I can’t live without and it’s proving to be very difficult! That’s what happens when someone as amazing as Erika Litton takes your photos. <3
33 Weeks and 4 Days

At 36 weeks I am now seeing my midwife once a week. It’s starting to feel extremely real! I’ve had some pretty low energy days but I think maybe I’m finally starting to feel like doing some nesting. Brittany came over a few nights ago and I flitted around the nursery throwing things away, reorganizing, and I basically ended up forcing her to move furniture and help me put our stroller together. She says I’m definitely nesting. Ha. On Monday I started to experience pretty extreme pain in my pelvis and hips. Baby Boy has been head down with his little butt on my right side and his feet on my left, so his head is turned sideways instead of facing my back. And apparently he’s very low! So, these two things combined are causing some pain. My midwife told me to sit on my birth ball quite a bit to try to get him turned around and not laying sideways. I’ve been working all day every day sitting on the birth ball since then. I think it’s helping!
33 Weeks and 4 Days

How Far Along Are You: 36 weeks and 1 day
How Big Is The Baby?: 4.2 – 5.8 lbs and as big as a honeydew! (according to that trusty baby app)
How Much Weight Have You Gained?: It feels like a lot. 0_0
Maternity Clothes: Wearing sleeveless clothing is preferable right now. I get SO hot.
Stretch Marks: Still none on my stomach and the Save My Skin oil that I’m using seems to be reducing the little ones on my boobs even as they’re happening.
Sleep: One night I’ll sleep really well and the next – nope. I’m sleeping sitting up to avoid acid reflux and basically only on my left side as something about baby’s position is causing my right leg to go numb when I sleep on my right side. Oyyy.
Best Moment This Week: Hearing baby’s heartbeat (never gets old) and having my first cervical check. I know that’s totally weird but it’s fun to finally be doing all of these things I’ve been waiting for.
Movement: All day every day!
Food Cravings: Mostly burgers. If I get to the point where I’m really hungry, you better be prepared to find me a burger. And not just any crappy fast food burger.
Food Aversions: None. FOOD.
Labor Signs: I think I’ve had some Braxton Hicks but they’ve been painless. I’m still not sure that’s even what I’m actually feeling?
Belly Button In or Out: I really hope my belly button returns to normal – that’s all I have to say.
What I Miss: This has been a week of missing normal life while loving all the baby kicks – I’m so torn. But I’m really, really ready to be able to lay down and get out of bed normally. And to be able to take off my pants on my own.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Getting my hospital bag completely ready, putting finishing touches on the nursery, cleaning our house until it is SPOTLESS. Bringing home a bebe. <3

Project Nursery: Repurposing Old Furniture to Add Character

Project Nursery: Repurposing Old Furniture to Add Character

When I started to envision Baby Boy’s nursery months and months ago I really didn’t have much direction. Everyone kept asking me what theme I was going to go with and I met their questions with a blank stare. I wandered the baby store aisles feeling like I would never find what I was really looking for – something unique, something … not covered in some sort of Disney character. The bedding sets I found on Pinterest were perfect but also $500?! So that was out. I started to realize that I didn’t really want or need a theme or insanely expensive bedding and furniture. I just wanted something simple .. a color scheme, patterns, texture.
Project Nursery: Couch Project

We had an old couch in our office turned nursery and I knew that I wanted to keep it in there to lounge on as a nice quiet place to hang out and nurse the baby. My Mother-in-law covered it in super fun retro fabric and when she wanted to get rid of it a couple of years ago I had to have it. I loved it in our office but lime green retro fabric didn’t go with our nursery color scheme of golds, grays, yellows, mint/turquoise, and navy. Thankfully my Mother-in-law agreed to recover it again and so she, my Mom and I set out to find the perfect material.
Project Nursery: Repurposing Old Furniture to Add Character

We even put my niece, Bella, to work! Ha. Just kidding. She was crafting scraps into pretty things!!

We found this super soft velvety retro gold fabric on clearance at a fabric store and got ALL of the material we needed for around $50. The fabric was pretty thick and ended up being sort of hard to work with but it all came together in the end. I say that pretty flippantly because I wasn’t the one doing all the work. ;] It took quite a bit of effort/time and I’m very pleased to own the last piece of furniture my Mother-in-law ever plans to recover. Haha!
Project Nursery: Repurposing Old Furniture to Add Character

I decided to take the easy decorating task of adding some personalized pillows to liven up the “new couch” even more and make it a true focal point in the room. I love how it all came together! I ordered the pillows from Tiny Prints and they turned out just perfect! So typical of me to push the hard labor off on someone else while I just clicked “add to cart” and waited for pretty things to show up on my doorstep! And you guessed it – Baby Boy’s name starts with an “L”! I am just so in love with little finishing touches like this – they make it feel like this is *HIS* room.
Project Nursery: Repurposing Old Furniture to Add Character

I feel like our nursery is “in style” without being a copycat of someone else’s Pinterest photo and that is exactly what I wanted. I love the pops of color against the neutrals that we’ve picked and every perfect detail! This is obviously just one corner of the room and I’m so excited to share the whole nursery with you all! Stay tuned!!

Thoughts on Pregnancy: 34 Weeks

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Photo taken on 4/4/2015 at my baby shower (thank you Kristie and Brittany)!

WHEW. 34 WEEKS. My head is spinning pretty much all of the time – baby thoughts, work thoughts, Pure Romance parties, Pure Romance National Training – CRAZY. All such good things but my goodness there’s a lot going on! The above picture is from the baby shower that Kristie hosted at her house at the beginning of this month. She and Brittany put together the absolute BEST “friends shower”. There was a taco bar (Jackson grilled up some delicious pork and steak – ohhhh mannn), there were churro cupcakes, there were MOCKtails, and EVERYONE brought us diapers and wipes. It was freakin’ amazing. I ate so many churro cupcakes. I’m probably storing churro cupcakes in my cheeks in this picture. It definitely looks like it.

Being pregnant and seeing who all has rallied around us to help make this whole journey into the unknown of parenthood extra wonderful has got me sentimental and mushy. My sweetest girl friends – sigh – this picture – my heart! This picture kind of sums it up because I’ve got two of my closest girlfriends on the left (Brittany and Kristie) and two of my newest girlfriends on the right (Shelby and Sarah). And I just love them and appreciate them all so much for always making time for me and being so supportive. <3 Mwahhhh. I told you, sentimental. So much mush. Nate and I are so lucky to have such amazing friends and family!

How Far Along Are You: 34 Weeks
How Big Is The Baby?: 4.2 – 5.8 lbs and as big as a butternut squash! (according to that trusty baby app)
How Much Weight Have You Gained?: The normal amount. HA. I’m not sure at this point.
Maternity Clothes: Clothes are such a chore right now. But I keep finding more things I can fit into when I get desperate. Pure Romance National Training is this weekend and I have to dress very professionally for some things, business casual for others, AND I’m attending a “Derby Chic” party – trying to figure out what to wear has been… interesting! I really don’t want to go shopping at this point!
Stretch Marks: Still a few possibly forming on my boobs but none on my stomach or legs! I can handle it!
Sleep: Now that I’m finally getting over my most recent illness, I am finally sleeping better again. Some of the pain I was experiencing in my back and legs has subsided a bit.
Best Moment This Week: Attending our LAST birth class! Finding out that my Sister-in-law found the 4Moms Rockaroo swing that I wanted for me on clearance!
Movement: Pretty sure he never sleeps. It’s really fun to feel/see him moving on both sides of my belly at one time now – stretched all the way out!
Food Cravings: All food.
Food Aversions: None.
Labor Signs: None. I had some wicked gas last night for the first time and I was a little nervous! But you know.. then I realized it was gas. Whee.
Belly Button In or Out: Out! Poor, poor belly button. It’s not cute.
What I Miss: I’m pretty content right now. I think it’s going to feel really strange to not be pregnant now that I’ve been pregnant this long. I can’t wait to meet him but I’m going to miss these little kicks!
What I’m Looking Forward To: Finishing up the covering of the couch in the nursery (can’t wait to blog about it!), getting my house organized and super clean, buying a few remaining items off of my baby registry….. having a baby!! Eeee! Nate thinks he’ll be a few weeks early and I kind of do too!

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