Thursday, December 18, 2014

32 weeks

How many weeks?: 32 Weeks

How big is baby?: Squash - 16.7 inches & 3.75 pounds

Gender: Girl

Weight Gain: I have gained 25 pounds total. 

Maternity Clothes: Nothing new in this department.

Nursery: Still not completed, but so very close! We have a few things laying around on the floor that need to be organized, but with the holidays a few days away, I may have to put that off until after Christmas.

Symptoms: Rib pain. Pelvic pain. It takes roughly 30 seconds to roll over in bed. I wake up hungry and can't go back to sleep until I eat. Energy level is up this past week!! 

Cravings: I just want to snack even if I am full. 

Sleep: I have been using 5 pillows. Not able to sleep very well, but I still function. 

What I Miss: Deli meats.

Best Moment This Week: Jesse and I went away this past weekend to my aunt's cabin. We spent it with my cousin and his girlfriend. It was very nice to just get away, but it just wasn't long enough. Either way, it was a good time.

What am I looking forward to?: Christmas!!

Next Appointment: December 29th. - This will be my 34 week appointment. We also have an appointment with a pediatrician office on January 5th.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Today I took the plunge! I put the wrap that I have been eyeing for a while now on layaway. I had found it a month or two ago and looked for the size I wanted, but they were all sold out. Now that the size is back on stock I have it reserved and won't miss it when I want to actually pay for the whole thing. I love the layaway programs that the baby-wearing stores do because they don't charge a fee. 

This is one of the stock photos of this wrap. I think it's super pretty. It's called an Indio Aurora by Didymos. I got it in a size 6 which I believe is my base size. I won't be sad if it's a little too long either. I'm hoping to get this thing paid off beginning of January (after Christmas since that's eating up my money) and then shipped here before Emily comes. I want to break it in a little and I can't wait to wear my little one in this beautiful wrap! :)

I was excited and had to talk about that. That's all...

EDIT: I don't have to wait until early January to get this wrap paid!!! My wonderful husband offered to pay the balance off as my second Christmas present!!! YAY!! :) It is getting shipped out today and I will be able to practice belly wrapping :)

Friday, December 5, 2014

31 Weeks

How many weeks?: 31 Weeks

How big is baby?: Pineapple - 16.25 inches & 3.3 pounds

Gender: Girl

Weight Gain: I have gained 20 pounds total. 

Maternity Clothes: I pretty much just wear the same 2 leggings and 3 maternity shirts. I won't go buy any more clothes. I have 2 more months, not a big deal. Everyone just has to see me wearing the same thing all the time.

Nursery: It will be elephant themed (my favorite animal) with grey and white colors, with pops of color. It hasn't been put together yet. We are putting the dresser in there this weekend. We have her crib and 9 cube thing all done. We will be doing a lot in the nursery this weekend, so maybe it will be done in a few days?

Symptoms: Hip pain is not there anymore. I have had bad rib pain lately and my bra strap makes it even worse. I am having trouble sleeping - waking up often and always remembering my dreams. Which tells me I never get my deep sleep!! :( My back and pelvic bone area always crack at night when I move from side to side - I hate the feeling of it, but I always know that it's going to happen now. My stomach on the left side seems uncomfortable, so it's bothering some to sleep on my left side, but that's the side I am supposed to sleep on. I just feel like each week I get a new symptom now and have started counting down the weeks haha.

Cravings: Not much - jello fruit cups & Juice.

Sleep: I have been using 4 pillows. Not getting enough!! :(

What I Miss: My energy level still. I always feel out of breath. 

Best Moment This Week: We finished our Bradley Method birthing class. We are officially ready. It feels so real now that we are done. It's just a waiting game now, but we are prepared for when it comes. It just makes it feel so close to the end.

What am I looking forward to?: Finishing up the nursery

Next Appointment: December 9th.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Gifts and Baby Things

I have been trying to get my homemade gifts made for our friends and family. I have made 1 of 3 batches of soap so far. I need to make the next 2 batches in the next day or two. I just placed a cyber monday order on BrambleBerry so I can do the rest of our gift basket gifts - bath bombs, scrubs, and body butter. I will make those closer to Christmas, but the soap needs to cure for several weeks.

Jesse and I may also be going in together on "our" Christmas present instead of buying each other gifts. We want to buy an above ground swimming pool for the backyard. I wanted to swim/sit in water so bad this last summer - it was the hottest summer ever and I was pregnant :(. Now we are adding kids to the mix, and it just sounds like a fun idea. I want our kids to love the water and when they are old enough, they will do swimming lessons at the YMCA. 

Black Friday came last week and I was able to score a high chair at Babies R Us. We made a budget for the rest of the items we need and with the Amazon completion discount (and Amazon Mom), I just bought a whole bunch of things tonight. I had to do one purchase with the discount, so I got what we needed/wanted. I am so excited to get the mail here in the next week!!! I can't wait to get the crib mattress to finish the crib. We should be all ready for her to come. The only other things I think we wanted was a wall mural of some sort, some bins for the changing table supplies, and a lamp. We will need to get more cloth diapers after she comes, but I am pretty sure we can manage with the stash we have for a while. We also were looking high and low for a white dresser for her, but we decided to polish up one of our white dressers and mommy and daddy are getting a nice new his/her dresser! So excited - we are picking it up on Saturday!! 

Here are some of the items we got today that I am excited about:

  • Bamboobies - they had a 30% off cyber monday deal!
  • Sophie the teething giraffe
  • Swimming cloth diaper (We are joining the Y when she is 6 weeks old - she will be dipping in with me)
  • Cloth diaper supplies for containing/cleaning diapers
  • Forehead Thermometer - how cool is this?! 
  • A book on raising a christian child! :)

I look forward to doing the following things with our children:
  1. Babywear - I am planning to have a TULA and a didymos wrap by the time our daughter arrives. Oh, and we will be going to babywearing group events. I have already gone to one.
  2. Breastfeeding - My goal is to make it to 1 year. I want our kids to decide when to wean. So my plan is to stop between 1-2 years. I am planning to go to La Leche League meetings.
  3. Cloth diaper - I will be at home thus I can make time to cloth diaper. With being home, I need to help our family save money and really, people who do it say it's really not that big of a deal. There are actually people who love it.
  4. We will travel with our kids even when they are young. Our first trip (unofficially) will be going to Barcelona with Emily when she is 11 months old. Some people call that crazy, but I won't leave my kids behind. I want to bring them with and they can go with us on outings in a wrap or TULA. :)
  5. Teaching our children about the importance of giving back. We will do community service acts as much as possible.
I mean, I am looking forward to so much more than just those few things, but those have been things I have been thinking about lately.