Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bumpdate - 33 Weeks

What has been going on this week? This week my mommacita and aunt came up to bring lots of baby goodies from my cousin (who has saved our lives with many baby items we didn't have) and to help with the nursery and visit and such. How do you thank people when you really owe them your life? There is no gift or dollar amount that can do that. It was a lot of fun to have them here and really wish I could just move all of our family here! 

How Far Along? 33 weeks (as of 8.10.14)

Size of Baby: Durianwhat is that spiky thing? Haha. OR Honeydew. Yeah, I'll go with honeydew.

Weight Gain: I find out Monday the verdict on this one…a little nervous.

Maternity Clothes: Well it is officially, I have busted out my husband's shirts and sorts. Lord help us all. :)

Movement: Yes but it is DEFINITELY in a different spot that usual. I'm just guessing, but I'm pretty sure she has moved because she is kicking in different spots and I have so much pressure down under. The movements are still more movements than kicks or punches. She is running out of "womb". I don't remember where I heard that, but thought it was hilarious. 

Symptoms: Oh symptoms, you have been very interesting this week! I think now that it's nearing the end, my body is starting to get all sorts of buck wild on me. I have had heartburn, back aches, tons of BH contractions, and unreal exhaustion. I'm hoping those mean we are just closer to meeting our girl! 6 ish weeks, wowza!

Cravings: Thank you Lord for chocolate shakes from Braums. Love, the girl who never really liked ice cream or chocolate before being pregnant. 

Gender: Girl :) 

Mood: Oh boy, this is a loaded question. Mood? Like seriously, who has ONE freaking mood while they are pregnant. Haha. I have about 500 bazillion katrillion. Happy, scared, anxious, excited, thankful, sobbing of thanks, terrified, ready ready ready to meet this girl's sweet face. But she needs to hold off at leaaaaaast 5 more weeks.

Nursery: Well…we now have a crib, dresser, and BALLS. Baby steps :) I am in love with how she is coming together though. I can't wait to get all of the little pieces to complete it. Thank you mom and Diana for being the best ball hangers I ever did see!

Sleep: I still sleep, so I call that success.

What I Miss: Not feeling like I've been ran over by a bus just by taking a trip to Target, Marshalls, and Hobby Lobby. You'd think I ran 5 marathons!

Belly Button in or out?  
Same. In but on the out sticks out a little? Just weird. Haha

Wedding rings on or off? On

Best Moment This Week:  Having my mom and aunt up!

Labor Signs: This week I was having a TON of Braxton Hicks Contractions but I think I was just dehydrated and worn out. 

Looking Forward To: Finishing the nursery, getting the bedding, figuring out a NAME (ohmygosh), getting closer to 40 weeks 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bumpdate - 32 Weeks

What has been going on this week? This week we had our 32 week appointment and as far as we could tell from our 5 minute appointment, she was looking and measuring right on track! 

This week was also our 2 year wedding anniversary and we spent it checking on our little sweet pea, spending time together, eating a bomb diggity meal, and relaxing at home. My kind of night! Can't believe it's already been two years. All I know is…I thank God for that husband of mine and continue to love him more and more as the days go by. Can't wait to see him as a daddy! Well, a daddy to a real human…not just our fur human ;)

How Far Along? 32 weeks

Size of Baby: Squash or Jicama (never heard of such a thing)

Weight Gain: Well my last appointment I had lost a pound, so this one I decided to make up for lost time and game a whopping…wait for it…4 pounds. That makes a grand total of 24 pounds I think. I can barely look at the scale anymore. Haha

Maternity Clothes: Yes but still can wear a FEW (very very few) of my t-shirts and athletic pants/shorts. A few as in like two..maybe. 

Movement: Oh yes, she's a little firecracker/ninja at night. At times she quiet and it freaks me out so I prefer her wacks much better. Her movements now have my whole stomach moving at once. It even woke up Piper one night she wiggled so hard. Cracks me up. 

Symptoms: I've been having a burning sensation, almost like an indian rug burn (who's had one of those lovely things?!) right under my right "girl" at the top of my ribs. Doc said it was all the stretching going on but I'm convinced there is a small fire inside of me. My ribs and back are still keeping me in good pain company, but I she has found other party places than my ribs lately so I am so thankful for those small moments of relief! Other than that, I sleep a lot, and am counting down the days until our girl's arrival!

Cravings: Not really. I have been on a weird ranch kick though. I don't…well didn't…even like ranch but for some reason it always seems like a good idea now. 

Gender: Girl! Still working on the name…what's your favorite girl name?!

Mood: Extremely thankful for this little girl, and extremely anxious for this little girl…all balled into one. Can't wait to meet her!

Nursery: Well…we finally have a CRIB! Thank you Jeff for putting that bad boy together! We are working out all of the details for the rest! I can't wait to get the bedding and for it to all start coming together.

Sleep: Depends on the night, but it's really not too bad! When my husband was gone earlier this week I literally got about two hours of sleep, but other than that, we are rockin' it! My hips however act like they ran 5 marathons when they wake up.

What I Miss: Wine, subway sandwiches, and working out. Ahhh can't wait for that sandwich!

Belly Button in or out?  
In..but randomly out at the top. Kinda hard to explain. Haha. I'll just say now I know what the inside of my belly button looks like. So crazy!

Wedding rings on or off? On

Best Moment This Week:  Our anniversary, and knowing our little sweet pea is doing just fine in there cooking away!

Labor Signs: No..just having Braxton Hicks Contractions…

Looking Forward To: Finishing the nursery, seeing Laura's new little bundle of joy, my mom and aunt coming up, and enjoying a relaxing weekend with Jeff!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bumpdate - 30 Weeks

Hit the big 3-0, 10 more to go! (Let's hope no more than 10 :))

So what has been going on this week? We had our 30 week check up this week. Little miss's HR was 144 BPM. I actually think that has been the lowest yet. We didn't find out any information other than I lost a pound, which I have NO idea how. They didn't act concerned so I'll roll with it!

A few other happenings this week were my first consignment sale and our first birthing class. The consignment sale was a bust, but I'm hoping that the next one I go to will be a jackpot! C'mon salescome to momma. As for the birthing class, it was good but a lot of the information I feel like I knew. It was nice to know the hospitals protocol and what was going to happen at each step of early labor - delivery and after. I am glad we went. We got to see where the big day would go down and it made it all definitely a little more real. Less than 10 weeks now. Wowza!

How far along? Hitting the 3 mark! 10 to go. Sounds so far, yet so closeah, can't wait to squeeze her! Still trying to soak up these last few weeks as our little family of three. Three as in me, husband, and the Pipes :)

Baby Size: Our little pineapple

She is able to see and her eyes are wide open scoping out her little environment. Not sure what you can see, but I doubt it's as entertaining as the Bachlorette. Fluid is now present inside the lungs to help her take her first breath at birth! 

Maternity Clothes:  Yes and..yes. Poor t-shirts don't even fit anymore.

Movement? Mhhhhhm. They are definitely slow movements though and definitely stronger. I really think sometimes an arm is going to pop out of my skin. I still love each and every one of them. 

Food cravings/adversions? Nope. I still love the same ol' things. Give me some cereal and I'll be happy all day. Oh, and chips. Someone get them away from me!

Nausea, vomiting, or sickness? Nope. Feeling pretty good in that department.

What I miss: 

Symptoms?  Having backaches constantly, (for no reason), 

Best moment(s) this week? Finding an adorable print for our girl's nursery. I don't know if it will match the rest, but boy will I try to make it! It may be my new saying for her. So true, the world is VERY lucky to have her. As are we. 

Thanks Hobby Lobby!

Gender:  GIRL! Who hopefully has a for sure name soon :) 

Sleep? I can't complain too much about this. It's not like my old sleep, but it is sleep and I will take it!

What I'm looking forward to? Seeing the nursery come together, getting our bedding and crib, and getting closer to her due date! Yeee!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bumpdate - Week 29

While we I am speaking, I'm pretty sure I am getting a broken rib. Just in case you were wondering what was going on this very second with out dear little (very strong) one. (This was written last week when I was actually 29 weeks)

So what has been going on this week? This week with Baby S was pretty low key in most ways. We currently only have one working vehicle, so we got to spend a lot of time at home. I also go to hang out with miss Laura for a little bit one day and am getting so, so anxious to meet her little precious girl soon! 

Last weekend Jeff's mom came out to hang out and help paint the baby's dresser and this weekend my parents came up and helped start knocking out the painting in the baby's room and got it all.cleared.out!  I cannot thank all of them and my husband enough for all of their help. This past weekend was literally two full days of them at it transforming the old boring room to a freshly painted gray room with new trim, new closet doors, and a blank slate to work with. So thankful. We can slowly start piecing her little oasis together and I am beyond ecstatic. Beyond. She could probably care less, but I have been so ready to get it started and the day has finally come! 

Piper has been enjoying it too. She loves sleeping in there. Maybe because I spent a lot of time just sitting in our nursery chair staring at the room and just picturing the finished product and our little miracle inside. My favorite place to be by far. 

How far along? 29 weeks, 11 to go! So close, yet so far. I'm really trying to enjoy all of this time I have to sleep in and hang out with Jeff. I know it will all change soon so I'm trying to soak it all in. 

Baby Size: Acorn Squash this week. Doesn't sound appetizing but it sure sounds cute. 

She is about 3 lbs now and gaining fat by the day! Her permanent teeth are also forming in her gums :) Getting ready for those pearly whites!

Maternity Clothes:  Oh yes, and just ordered a couple more shirts because I'm growing out of all mine. Girl needs some pants though, stat. 

Movement? Oh yes, and it is definitely getting stronger and more of a movement than a jab or kick, yet I still feel those too. She still loves my ribs too. I always wonder what she's doing in or around there. Still my favorite thing to date. Love each and every bump and move!

Food cravings/adversions? None this week really. Still am no fan of full chicken breasts. Ice cream sure has sounded extra awesome though. Braum's chocolate shake, I looooove you. 

Nausea, vomiting, or sickness? No but a few times thing week I've felt sick to my stomach. Not sure if it was something I ate or what. No vomiting or sickness though so heck yes!

What I miss: Being able to sit in a lawn chair :) Haha. I can't sit in one for more than 5-10 minutes because my back lights on fire. But other than that, I don't miss TOO many things. I am excited for some coffee and wine though, I'll tell ya that!

Symptoms?  The back aches are still staying strong. I usually go to bed around 9 PM every night just because I can't get comfortable anywhere else. I usually can't go to sleep for a few hours though. I haven't been waking up to pee which has been AWESOME and weird, all at the same time. I say more awesome though.  Thanks baby girl!

Best moment(s) this week? Starting on the nurseryof SHO!

Workouts: Maybe I should just delete this one?

Gender:  Hopefully still a GIRL! :) Otherwise, we have lots of clothes and room shopping to do!

Sleep? Knock on wood, but pretty good! I toss and turn every two seconds but I have been sleeping mostly through the night which makes me very thankful.

What I'm looking forward to? Continuing to finish the nursery, getting my bedding in, consignment shopping, and organizing all of Baby S's things! Oh, and meeting her…but she has to wake at least 10 weeks for that!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Baby S Shower

On June 29th, Baby S was very showered with love from all the people that are very dear to us. The lovely hosts did an amazing job and every detail was perfect…and pink. The two go hand in hand :)

We had the shower in my hometown and the room was filled with many people I have known my whole life and even before I was a twinkle in my mom and dad's eye. I even had one friend treck over four hours (28 weeks pregnant at the time) just to spend a few hours for our girl. My aunt was also in town from Boston! I hope Baby S could feel the love from everyone there to celebrate her!

I loved seeing everyone but always wish I could talk to everyone individual a whole lot more. I always feel like I left someone out or didn't get to chat with someone as much as I had liked. It was perfect though and I can't thank everyone enough for coming to spend the afternoon with us. 

I couldn't get over all of the pink, homemade/personal gifts, big gifts that help us out so much, and each and every little gift that we received for our girl. I am still overwhelmed with thanks and to be honest, I sit in the baby's room every single day in the middle of the carpet and just stare at it.

I go through each and every gift, piece of clothing, bow, etc. and could do it over and over without it ever getting old. I love picking up the homemade gifts and thinking of how we will get to tell our baby girl the story behind them and how loved she is.

One of the most meaningful gifts I can't wait to tell her about is a quilt giving to us from my mom and dad that was started by my great grandma and she had it quilted for us. How neat for her to see that her own grandma gave her a blanket that her grandma's grandma had made. Ah...just makes me beam thinking of it.

It really was a special day and I wish I could go back and spend a whole week with all of those people. Especially my friends that I never get to see enough. There are just never enough laughs in one meeting. Or my family who I could spend time with all day every day. Never enough time but I am so thankful for the small amount of time we did have.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

My Little Girl

Written July 7, 2014

Hello little one,

Today you are a big 28 weeks and 1 day old. I cannot believe we have less than three months until we meet your sweet little face. Somehow time flies, yet slows down all at the same time while you are in there kicking and twirling around. Some days I actually think you are practicing your break dancing skills or gymnastics moves.

I just wanted to let you know how very, very (times a bazillion) much I love you already. Everything you do, I have fallen completely in love with. Well, other than you scaring your poor mother :) You can hold off on that part!  But you are perfect in every way and I know you always will be in our eyes. God has truly blessed us with you my little one and I'm so thankful he chose US, little old us, for the job. I treasure this job and pray I can step up to the plate and be the best the best momma for you….because that's what you deserve. The very best.

I have so many hopes and dreams for you already, but what I really can't wait to see is you chase your own hopes and dreams. I can't wait to see your personality unfold, your first smile, first cry, first everything. I keep saying I can't wait, but really I can wait at least 10 weeks….keep cooking away for now :) Pretty please….

Lately I have really been able to feel you move around and my hand is permanently attached to my stomach trying to feel each and every move you make. I don't want to miss one second of it. I want to cherish every little minute I have with you now, and forever. I can't wait to physically hold you, but how I also love how you are near me all of the time. There is nothing I've ever experienced like it.

I have also discovered you must love ribs. Just like your daddy. But please don't eat mine, you can kick them all you'd like though. Or hide under them. Or whatever you are doing in there. I've also recently felt a lot of hiccups from you and I can't help but picture you doing so. How stinking cute you must look!

I also want you to know how much everyone else loves you too. Everyone you have "met", loves you so darn much. You are such a lucky little girl to have so many wonderful people already in your life. I can't wait for you to meet everyone. Your sister is ready to meet you, too. Well…I hope. She does keep trying to steal your bows and blankets though. Maybe she just wants to be like you?

I just wanted to write you a little letter. I hope you get to read these someday and I will looking over at you smiling and remember how you were once so small.

But please oh please, keep cooking away :)

We can't wait to meet you!!!

Love you always and forever,

Your Momma

Monday, July 7, 2014

Last Lake Hoorah

I can't believe that we have finally reached week 28/third trimester, the home stretch to meeting our precious little girl!

I also cannot believe that we won't be traveling until she is born, so next time we DO travel that means we will have a little sweet pea with us :) Crazy! The doc requested no traveling after 28 weeks. It's probably a good thing because we have A LOT to do to get ready for her arrival.

This past week we went on our last road trip which was to Table Rock Lake to my parents' lake casa. My little piece of heaven here on Earth. Our girl had many of firsts which included her first 4th of July, first boat ride, and first time "meeting" some of my aunts and uncle.

See? It's BEAUTIFUL. All the time. I wake up and get to see this view out of my window, it can't get much better than that.

No really, this is the view from "our" bedroom. Glooooorious! (hello mom, rebecca, and neighbor….oh, and piper)

I can't wait for our little girl to be running around their yard, playing in the water, and boating for many, many of years to come. I know she will love it as much as we all do. I mean…how could you NOT?!

Piper also approves.

I had to document the one day that I actually did not hair and looked presentable. 27 weeks 6 days in this picture! Grow baby grow! I'm sure my cheeks will continue to grow with her ;)

I know I've mentioned Roaring River on here before as another little piece of heaven on Earth, and lucky for us…it's only 20 minutes from where my parents' lake house is.

We got to stop by for a little bit one of the days we were there and watched the kiddos feed the fish in the hatchery and soak up the smell of campfires.

Most of the fun at the lake happens right here. Sippin' and sittin' on this dock. Which also happens to be the same dock that I was just sitting on 6 short months ago telling Jeff he was going to be a daddy. I kind of like that dock :)

And lastly…baby's first boat ride. I only got to go on the boat twice because it was way too busy and I didn't want to bound little miss outa there, so we got to go when it was decently quiet at nice and it was beautiful. There is just something about the lake…

Now I'm ready to go BACK!

Next time we are there…we won't be empty handed :)

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th and spent lots of time with family and friends!
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