Wednesday, June 29, 2011

37 Weeks!

Today's date: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

How far along: 37 weeks...FULL TERM!!

Sex: We're still planning for a girl... : )

Maternity clothes: Basically, whatever is comfortable!  Yoga pants, tanks and running shoes and flip flops.

Sleep: Still sleeping on the couch every night even though Brad bought and installed an AC unit in our bedroom.  Now its not the temperature keeping me on the couch, its the fact that sleeping in a more upright position is easier on the couch than it is in bed.  Sleeping upright seems to help ward off acid reflux attacks, and I'm all for keeping that at bay.  The new couch and I have gotten to be good friends :)

Best moment(s) of the week:  We started and finished painting the nursery!  Its still not near being ready for this little lady, but we're making progress and that makes this mamma-to-be very happy!  I also washed and folded my first load of baby laundry, which was actually pretty thrilling - everything is so teeny tiny and super cute!  Its hard to imagine that she'll actually fit into some of these things...they seem to small!!  And, Brad got the swing put together the other night, so that's taking up a lot of space in the living room, now : )  Moose nudges it with his nose and then barks at it.  Grrrrreat!

Movement: I had to stop by the auto body shop the other day and while I was sitting in the waiting area, she was moving like crazy!  I felt like the lady sitting across from me could see my belly moving if she had looked!

Food cravings/aversions:  Still a bottomless pit!  I feel like I'm going to have a twelve-pounder with all the food I can consume!  Lots of ice cold water, too!

Morning sickness: Nada.

Symptoms: Acid reflux off and on and of course, lots of aches and pains.

Labor signs:
  I don't think so...
Belly button in or out: 
Pretty much still half and half.

What I miss:
I miss sleeping through the night (on my back and stomach), a skinnier body and legs and feet that don't ache all the time.  I'm ready to not be pregnant anymore : )

What I'm looking forward to: My mom is coming into town this weekend, so I'm looking forward to some time with her and my Grandma this weekend.  And, Brad's favorite holiday of all time is this weekend, so we'll be doing something fun!

Size and growth of our baby: Baby now is as long as SWISS CHARD!

Your baby is now considered "full term," even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, her lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb.  Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel. Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Weekend in Photos

Any of you who know me well, know that I love trips back to Michigan to be with my family and friends, but I have to say that its been really nice staying put these past few weekends.  I've been able to get so much done and have been able to get back into a laundry/grocery/cleaning routine, which sounds lame, but makes this girl feel on top of things.  I've also been able to tackle a couple projects that have taken a back seat the past few months and last but not certainly not least, I've been able to get some of this baby gear ready!

I can't even tell you how long ago I started Erica started this frame collage wall.  I finally had time on Saturday afternoon to measure out the hole placement for the remaining frames!  So, the picture you see below are the "frames" that still need to have holes drilled, before I remove the paper place holders.  I'm waiting for Brad's help on that since this is along the stairs and these last remaining are not within arms reach for me.  Pregnant lady + stairs + ladders = dangerous, I think.  So, until Brad has time to help me drill a few holes, it will look like this.  Hopefully not too much longer though!

Saturday morning I baked cupcakes for my friend, Katie, who turned 24 on Friday.  Such a baby!  I just realized today that she's a year younger than my younger brother, which just seems so strange for some reason!

Katie and her husband Rick...our only "couple" friends in Pittsburgh ; )  We grilled up some meat, had our first corn on the cob of the summer and a delicious strawberry + feta salad.  Dinner was delicious!

This morning, Brad and I tried out a new church just up the road and afterwards decided to do a little drive by house hunting.  We're not looking to move anytime soon, but we always like to see what's out there and discover new areas.  This is me sitting in the car, legs up, looking at beautiful houses.  Holy belly, huh!?

Once we got back from our three and a half hour house hunting excursion, I had a few things to knock off my list, one of which was to finish up a Pretty Pearl order, to be sent out tomorrow.

I've been really good about menu planning and shopping based on those specific meals.  I try to do this on Sundays and get my grocery shopping out of the way, so I don't have to worry about going after work.

The rest of the evening I spent working on baby preparations.  First up: Nurse "Thank You" bags.  I haven't fully decided what the contents will entail but I do know that they will each include one of the best sugar cookies, from the Clarkston Village Bake Shop.  Oh, I wish I had one right now : )

Cute little sticker I whipped up for the front of the bag.  I love that little baby head!

On to my first load of baby laundry!  I probably won't wash everything right away, but I definitely wanted to get blankets, towels, onesies, mittens, hats, etc washed since that's likely what we'll be using right away.  And can I just say that some baby product manufacturers need to think about the packaging they use for their products.  In particular, baby socks!  They don't need to be secured with those little plastic "tag" holders in THREE different places.  Cutting off all of those plastic things, off of multiple packs or sock and everything else, was so annoying!

I think I giggled a little as I was throwing all of her little "things" into the washing machine.  Most exciting load of laundry I've ever done : )

And, last but certainly not least...we Brad finally got the nursery painted!  We chose an Eddie Bauer color called Flax, that we also used in the kitchen.  I know.  It sounds weird to paint a baby girls nursery the same color as your kitchen, let alone, tan, but we want it to be more of an understated, feminine look (and we want it to flow with the rest of the house).  Hopefully my vision will come together : )

Oh, and we ordered the carpet for the bedrooms upstairs (and the hallways and stairs), so that will be in about a week before my due date.  Then we have to schedule the install date, which will probably be days before my due date (assuming she doesn't come early)!

I hope everyone had a relaxing and/or productive weekend too!  Get any fun (or not so fun) projects tackled? 


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

36 Weeks!

Today's date: Wednesday, June 22, 2011

How far along: 36 weeks (9 months)!

Sex: We're still planning for a girl... : )

Maternity clothes: Basically, whatever is comfortable!  Yoga pants, tanks and running shoes and flip flops.

Sleep: I think I'm getting used to sleeping on the couch because I've been having more restful nights of sleep.  Still a lot of tossing and turning, though.  Its hard to move with this big ol' belly!

Best moment(s) of the week:  Nothing super eventful (which is kind of nice) but I got to have dinner with one of my only Pittsburgh friends last week and its always so nice to catch up with her.  This past weekend was pretty low key (which was also kind of nice).  Since Brad was sick with a man-cold, we didn't do a whole lot.  We got in a lot of movie time, though, which was much needed for both of us, I think.
Movement: Oh, its so fun to feel her moving around in there.  I think its gotten to the point that it will be strange to not feel her in there, after she's born, obviously.

Food cravings/aversions:  Oh man, I can eat and eat and eat these days.

Morning sickness: Nada.

Symptoms: The rib pain has subsided but the lower half of my body is pretty much always achy.

And...maybe TMI, but I shaved my legs last night in the shower and it was quite the chore.  I got done and was pretty much exhausted!  I guess my belly has grown considerably since Molly's wedding, which was probably the last time I shaved my legs.  Ha! 

Labor signs:
  I don't think so.  I don't even think I've had any Braxton Hicks contractions.
Belly button in or out: 
Pretty much still half and half.

What I miss:
I miss sleeping through the night (on my back and stomach), a skinnier body and legs and feet that don't ache all the time.

What I'm looking forward to: I can't wait to get started on Charlotte's nursery.  Yes, that's right.  We haven't even started on it paint, no nothing!  I'm getting a little anxious about it!

Size and growth of our baby: Baby now weighs as much as a CRENSHAW MELON (I can't believe I'm in the large melon stages)!

Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.
At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she's in a head-down position. But if she isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bump: 34 Weeks!

This belly is getting big and will only get bigger, since apparently baby is done developing and will just continue to fatten up!  I haven't had any stretch marks pop up at this point, but I have a feeling if they're going to happen, its going to be in the next five weeks. 

I'll just keep slathering my belly with the best lotion ever* and pray that my skin can stretch just a little more! is my big ol' belly on Molly's wedding day : )

34 weeks + 3 days

And here are a couple other cutesy pictures that Erica took while we were waiting in the park for the ceremony to start :)

Kind of cliche, but I had to!

I think this will now and always be one of my favorite pregnancy pictures.
Happy Wednesday, my friends!


* A word about the lotion: If you are my friend and you get pregnant anytime in the near future, expect this lotion as a gift from me to you.  Its pretty miraculous, I think.  I haven't gotten one stretch mark on this bells yet and trust me, I'm prone to stretch marks.  I'm almost out of my first tub so just reordered...can't be without it!  Recommend it to all of your pregnant friends.  They'll love you for it.

35 Weeks!

Today's date: Wednesday, June 15, 2011

How far along: 35 weeks

Sex: Crossing my fingers that its really a girl!

Maternity clothes: Basically, whatever is comfortable!  Yoga pants, tanks and running shoes and flip flops.

Sleep: I know this is par for the course, but I don't remember the last night I got a restful night's sleep.  Actually, I do.  It was at my parent's house on May 26th.  So, I guess it wasn't that long ago, but it feels like its been too long...and I can't even blame it on a crying/nursing baby just yet.  Sleeping the past couple weeks has just been generally uncomfortable.

Best moment(s) of the week:  Molly & Timmy got married!!  Their wedding was on Saturday evening, in a little park downtown Holland, and the weather was perfect.  Like, if you could envision perfect outdoor wedding weather, it was what Molly had.  I'm sure her mamma had something to do with that : )
Movement: She's movin' and groovin'.

Food cravings/aversions: No weird cravings or aversions but I'm pretty much a bottomless pit these days!

Morning sickness: Nada.

Symptoms: Other than a little swelling in my feet, general lower body achiness, and some mild acid reflux, I'm feeling pretty good!  I also had some right sided rib pain that started last week.  It was pretty painful over the weekend and would hurt every time I laughed, took a deep breath or sneezed but its subsided a bit for now.  Again...par for the course. 

Labor signs:
  I don't think so.

Belly button in or out: 
There were a lot of pictures taken of me this weekend and in a lot of them you can see the ol' belly button poking out, although its still not completely an outie.

My feet were so tired after setting up Molly's reception for 5 hours, that I just wanted to sit down.  I got all the way over to this bench to find out that it was wet from the rain.  Grr.  {Notice the belly button making an appearance!}

What I miss:
Getting a good night's sleep.

What I'm looking forward to: I am 100% looking forward to staying put in Pittsburgh until this baby comes.  No more trips are planned, so we have five weekends to get our house in order, not to mention the nursery started and finished.  Ready, set, go!

Size and growth of our baby: Baby now weighs as much as a HONEYDEW (I can't believe I'm in the large melon stages)!

Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that she's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds. Because it's so snug in your womb, she isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times she kicks should remain about the same. Her kidneys are fully developed now, and her liver can process some waste products. Most of her basic physical development is now complete — she'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

34 Weeks!

Today's date: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

How far along: 34 weeks(8.5 months...whoa!)

Sex: Girl...or so our doctors said!

Maternity clothes: Basically, whatever is comfortable!  Yoga pants, tanks and running shoes these days.

Sleep: I've been sleeping on the couch for the past week because it gets way too hot upstairs for me to handle.  I miss my bed but would rather be cool at this point

Best moment(s) of the week:  Brad and I finally got to spend a weekend at home (in Pittsburgh)!  I feel like I've been in Michigan every other week/end and haven't been able to get anything done at our house.  So, Brad was able to tackle a lot of the finishing touches on the kitchen, while I caught up on basic household things (laundry, vacuuming, tidying up, etc).  I even got ambitious and busted out some interior wall paint to touch up some random marks on the walls throughout the first floor.  It felt good to be productive!
Movement:  I haven't been feeling her as much in the past two days as I had been.  A friend told me once that while she was pregnant she noticed that she would feel her baby move a lot for a week or so and then she wouldn't feel her as much for a couple days and attributed that to her uterus growing, and thus the baby having more room.  So, that's what I write it off as, so I don't worry myself too much.

Food cravings/aversions: There's still nothing that I crave or despise BUT I figured out what caused me such unpleasant acid reflux a couple weekends ago in Grand Rapids...Italian sausage!  It was on the pizza I ate the first night I ever experienced AR.  I didn't have it again until we got home, I cooked some pasta with Italian sausage in it, and had AR again that night. more sausage for me for 6 weeks :)

Morning sickness: Nada.

Symptoms:  My lower extremities are sore/tired pretty much all the time.  When I stand up from sitting, I feel like a 95 year old lady.  Is this normal!?  

Labor signs:
  I'm not really sure.  I feel like I've had some really faint Braxton Hicks contractions but who knows.

Belly button in or out: 
The top half is pretty much sticking out and if I wear a tight shirt, you can see it poking out.  ha!

What I miss:
Sleeping on my back and my own bed, in my bedroom, in frigid winter temperatures!

What I'm looking forward to: We're on the go again.  We head back to MI today after work for two weddings on the same day.  Both of our best friends just happen to be getting married on Saturday and we're both in each of them.  Luckily, both weddings are in West Michigan (Grand Rapids and Holland) so we we won't be too far from each other in case anything exciting happens (which I'm sure it won't).  I'm looking forward to Molly's big day...she's been waiting 8 or 9 years for this day!

Size and growth of our baby: Baby now weighs as much as a CANTALOUPE (I can't believe I'm in the large melon stages)!

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

33 Weeks!

Today's date: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 (Happy Birthday to my favorite little man, Augie!)

How far along: 33 weeks

Sex: Girl...we think!

Maternity clothes: Basically, whatever is comfortable!  Yoga pants, tanks and running shoes these days.

Sleep: Sleeping is still pretty uncomfortable, especially with this hot hot weather the past few days.  We have AC but our upstairs doesn't cool down very well, so we crank the AC down before we head up to bed, turn the fan on and sleep with a sheet only!

Best moment(s) of the week:  Once again, we were on the go this weekend...this time back to Michigan for two weddings, which I mentioned yesterday.  We even got to spend a little time at my parents house on Sunday, celebrating my birthday with family and close friends.  We had a nice little back yard BBQ, complete with a game of badminton, which was actually interrupted by two tornado sirens and some pouring down rain.  Luckily, we weren't ever hit with the bad weather they were predicting.
Movement:  This little girl sure is a wiggle worm!  I feel and see her moving mostly on my right side, but just in the past week I've been feeling some movement on the lower left side.  And when I woke up a few mornings ago, as I was laying on my right side, I could feel a very pokey little round...something!  Elbow, maybe?

Food cravings/aversions: Still nothing.  What an uneventful pregnancy in this regard.  I do think that my appetite has decreased a little, since its been so hot the past few days.

Morning sickness: Nada.

Symptoms:  Still sore feet pretty much all the time, which explains why I prefer to wear my running shoes most often (more support, I guess).  

Labor signs:
Not yet...

Belly button in or out: 
The top half is pretty much sticking out and if I wear a tight shirt, you can see it poking out.  ha!

What I miss:
Sleeping on my back and stomach.

What I'm looking forward to: Staying put this weekend!  We still have a lot to do and desperately need this weekend to make a dent in things.  We're having the upstairs measured for carpet on Saturday, so hopefully that goes well and we can get that ordered soon.  I think it takes about 3-4 weeks from getting the space measured to the final, we need to get hopping on that!  I'm also planning to start Charlotte's room this weekend, so hopefully Brad's on board with that :)

Size and growth of our baby: Baby now weighs as much as a PINEAPPLE!

This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (about as much as a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. She's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and her skeleton is hardening. The bones in her skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for her to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as her brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.