Monday, April 14, 2014

36 Weeks


How far along: 36 Weeks (WHAT!?!)
How big is the baby: Baby boy is the length of lemon grass-about 18.7 inches 
Weight gain: 40 pounds-I don't know how I gained 5 pounds again. I've been walking SO MUCH! Dr. said today she isn't worried. It is just a whole heck of a lot of water weight!
Rings: I was able to wear my engagement ring all week. 
Belly Button: Still an innie. But I must confess that I tragically discovered stretch marks under my belly this week. It was a rough evening. 
Doctor/Medical/Body Stuff: Appointment today was great. I am 1 cm (almost 2) dilated and his head is very low. After checking that and then feeling something very hard and large up high, the doc was a bit concerned and snuck me in for a quick ultrasound. She wanted to make sure it wasn't butt she felt down low. Nope! He is head down just like he should be (yay Inversion and Webster Method!). It is crazy his head is so low and his butt is as high as can be. Maybe he will be tall like his Auntie Erin?!  I just love the chiropractor I found. I have been going a couple times a week and will continue to do so until Little Man comes to keep things aligned! This weekend a new symptom appeared. Elephant feet! I've noticed my feet slightly swelling this week, but Saturday these elephant feet (and ankles) appeared and they just got worse Sunday. Ergh. Though Monday morning (after sleeping with them on two pillows) they were definitely better. My hips and feet continue to be my biggest bother.
Sleep: Continues to depend on the night. Usually I can fall back asleep. Everything is just so uncomfortable at night. A pregnant woman should get some relief from laying or sitting down! Silly hips.
Movement: He is constantly trying to push his feet out the side of my belly!
Food/Aversions: Same old.
What I miss: My to do list seeming like it had lots of time to complete!
What I am looking forward to: Putting all the books and things on his bookshelves! Today Adam and his dad put up the tree bookshelf and Adam filled it in with wood putty. Tomorrow he will touch up the paint. I think Wednesday it will be done!
Baby Projects: We had two more baby showers this weekend. We are so lucky and loved! My co-workers in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program threw me a farm shower on Friday and my sisters-in-law threw me a Little Man shower on Sunday! The other night (from 2:00 to 4:00 am), I finished some signs for the hospital such as a visual birth plan and signs for the room after Little Man arrives. Yes, I am obsessive. No, I don't think everything will work out as planned. Yes, planning makes me feel better and reduces my stress level! It is just a plan. Not a script! And I know what they say about the best laid plans...
Pearls from the Preschool: 
"Miss Stephanie, does your baby have clothes on?"
"Nope"
"Is he naked?"
"Yup"
"YOU GUYS! MISS STEPHANIE'S BABY IS NAKED!"
Oh! And This:  I am in disbelief that there are only 4 weeks left until my due date. I am REALLY hoping Little Man does not decide to come early. I hope that this 1 almost 2 centimeters just hangs out for a while. If I only had stuff at home to work on (finishing nursery, curtains, burp cloths) or work (lesson plans, end of the year reports) I would be fine. But finding time to do both is a little overwhelming! Though...it is what it is!

Everyone kept saying it looks like I've dropped on Tuesday and Wednesday. I think it is when Little Man turned from transverse to up and down!

The bookshelf! I cannot wait for it to be finished!

Little snippet from my Little Man shower

One of my SILs and I at the shower! We are very serious.

Careful! Don't poke them with a pin or they may pop!





Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Little Man Is On The Way Baby Shower

Today my sisters-in-law threw me a lovely Little Man themed baby shower. 

I have to confess....
A year ago I was known to say "I just don't *get* the whole mustache craze!" Well....when we found out we were having a boy, I suddenly found all the baby boy mustache stuff ADORABLE! So fun for our Little Man (who is arriving VERY SOON!).


Cute sign outside the building


Yummy snacks!


Cute clothesline decorations with cloth diapers too!

Each cup had a different mustache. It was hard to pick!

My SIL made this awesome cake and yummy chocolate covered oreos!

Bowties, mustaches, and ties! 
mmmm...now I wish I had some of these at home!

SO funny! Awesome display of fruit and I love that has has a mustache with his pacie!

Punch

Adorable washcloth bowties decorated the tables

Guessing how big around my belly was. WHAT?!?!
The one on the left is my real measurement! 


The two grandmas got us the Mamaroo!
(If you haven't seen one in action, you need to watch the video!)

My SIL Jess and I rockin' the 'staches!

Adam's Aunt Sue!

My wonderful sisters-in-law! 
Everything today was so cute and perfect for our Little Man!


Now that all of our showers are done....we just need to finish putting everything together and away. And figure out what we still need from our registries before Little Man arrives!



On the Farm Baby Shower

On Friday evening, my co-workers in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program (we all teach all around the district) threw me a shower! Unfortunately, I don't have a ton of pictures!! But I did get a few! It is always great to hang out with this group of ladies because we just don't get to see each other enough!


Cute clothesline with all farm onesies!



We played my very favorite baby shower game: Guess what it is in the bag!
They had 10 baby items in brown paper bags and we had to feel them to guess what was inside. It was a hoot. Some were really hard!

Yummy cake!

I got lovely presents! One of the best was a nursing kit my friend Kim who just had a baby in February put together! With a book full of funny pictures and tips and everything!

Somehow I didn't get pictures with anyone except our youngest guest!


Monday, April 07, 2014

35 Weeks



How far along: 35 Weeks
How big is the baby: Baby boy is the length of a daikon (white radish)-about 18.2 inches 
Weight gain: 37.5 pounds (Ergh! 2 pounds this week. Though realistically I know a lot of it is water weight since I am starting to swell.) New goal: go for a 30 minute walk every day. 
Rings: Erm. As of Sunday morning it wasn't so comfortable to put on my rings. I just wore my wedding ring, no problem.
Belly Button: Still an innie. But a very shallow one. 
Doctor/Medical/Body Stuff: Can't really tell which way Little Man is facing, so I will continue to do this every day. My feet are definitely swelling. My boots still fit, but many of my flats don't. Hopefully sandal weather comes fast. When I sit or lay my hips feel like I am a 115 year old woman. When I stand my feet feel like I ran a marathon. So that's fun! I went to the chiropractor for the first time today and she agrees this naughty little dude feels transverse. I am going to see her quite a bit over the next couple weeks. Hopefully it will help my hips and flip this baby! Interesting info about chiropractors and pregnancy here
Sleep: Depends on the night! The Earth Mother Angel Baby calming tea has been good some nights. I have also had the Earth Mother Angel Baby heartburn tea when the heartburn was unbearable and it really helped. A good night still involves getting up to use the facilities 3-5 times, but then being able to fall back asleep right away.
Movement: I feel him all the time. Still mostly on my left side. 
Food/Aversions: I keep on eating my dark leafy greens. I have also been trying to be better about eating more whole grains. And protein. I know getting enough protein is really important the last month of pregnancy. 
What I miss: Walking to work and not needing a nap after.
What I am looking forward to: More baby showers this weekend!
Baby Projects: Yesterday my mom came over and we sorted and put away clothes I washed. We figured out what types of clothes we still need (most of my cutest Little Man outfits were in 3-6 months!). We also opened up and put away most of the baby shower presents! On Saturday Adam and his dad started working on this bookshelf idea I saw on Pinterest. The picture is below: the left is the Pinterest picture and the right is their start!
Pearls from the Preschool: 
"You baby belly?" (This is a frequently asked question)
Oh! And This:  We really enjoyed all of the classes we took last week. The Baby Basics class was a lot of really good information for Adam he said. We weren't sure what to expect out of the car seat class, but it was SUPER informative. I was "up" on the importance of no coats thicker than a windbreaker/hoodie in car seats and proper positioning of the buckle, but I didn't realize that "after market" head support things and BundleMes are not considered safe because they are not crash tested. Anything that puts an extra barrier between the car seat or restraint and baby is not considered safe. Such a little thing that could make a huge difference in a car crash! The hospital tour was also really great. It was great to see everything ahead of time and they answered lots of questions. I was really the only one asking questions and I felt a little awkward, but then decided I will never see them again, so who cares! The hospital we are delivering at is really open to the needs/wants of the family and seems understanding about the needs of a natural birth!

A bathroom selfie at birthing class

The start to the awesomest bookshelf ever!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

34 Weeks


How far along: 34 Weeks
How big is the baby: Baby boy is the length of a sigwa-17.75 inches (Even Google doesn't know what to do with a sigwa).
Weight gain: 35.5 pounds (I don't even know how it is possible to gain 5.5 pounds in 2 weeks. I do NOT eat that bad! Boy, is this going to be a battle to lose later!) I know pregnancy involves gaining weight and hey, I'm cool with that. This week, however, I am feeling very large. 
Rings: no problem....well that was my answer until Monday. Monday my answer is "maybe starting to get a little tight once in a while."
Belly Button: Still an innie.
Doctor/Medical/Body Stuff: My feet may be starting to swell. I still *fit* in my shoes, but a few of them are not so comfortable! Good thing sandal weather (or close enough) is around the corner. At my doctor appointment she said he feels like he might be transverse. He still has the ability to flip all around, so we will see at my 36 appointment before being worried. Until then, I will do this. Yes, I'm serious. Also, my doctor rocks. Seriously. She has no problem answering any of our questions and talking through anything we bring up.
Sleep: Apparently 34 weeks means no more sleep for me. It's 3:30 in the morning and I'm writing this since I've been up since 12:30. 2 hours was not enough sleep after I was dead tired all afternoon! Anyone who tells a pregnant lady to get her rest now either has A. never been pregnant or B. totally forgot what pregnancy insomnia is like or C. wants to be punched or D. 2 or more of the above. (FYI, the night I wrote that I was up from midnight until 6:00 am. Then had to wake up at 7:30 for church!)
Movement: It is so fun to feel him all day! I feel him before I go to sleep, but he isn't (yet) keeping me up at night. I mostly feel him on my right side though. He doesn't use the space he is given very well. He leaves my left side quite empty!
Food/Aversions: I've been hungry A LOT in the middle of the night. Oh, and I get heartburn every time I eat a few hours later no matter what I ate. 
What I miss: Sleep. 
What I am looking forward to: Going through all the presents from my two baby showers and putting them away and putting them together. It is so fun! We think "What are we going to do with all this stuff?!?!" and then we realized "Put it around the house because a baby will live here soon!"
Baby Projects: My main baby project goal for spring break was to finish the curtains and I (mostly) did! I got the pretty yellow chevron part done. Now I just need to hem the blackout liner that I am going to clip behind them. I had yellow chevron curtains in mind for a while and thanks to my mom hunting down the best fabric sample and getting the special order placed, they are up and perfect! I decided not to sew the liner to the fabric since the liner is dry clean only. This way I can throw the curtains in the wash if need be. 
Pearls from the Preschool: 
Nothing this week! It was spring break!
Oh! And This: Since my sister was in this week, over the weekend I had two baby showers! Friday night my girlfriends threw me a farm themed shower. So cute! The best part is some of the decorations I can hang in the nursery! I can't wait to start putting those final touches together. Saturday afternoon my mom and sister with lots of help from my aunt and cousin, threw me a children's book themed shower. There were books everywhere! Between books as gifts and all the books as part of Saturday's shower, Little Man has an amazing start to his book collection. There's not much I love more than reading and it makes my heart happy that he has such a great start. I blogged about that shower here!

Farm Shower

Children's Books Shower

The books Little Man has received so far! 
We LOVE books!!!