Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bump Update

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I am going to have a baby--like, for real. That's all I can think about today after my appointment. It got pretty real after Forrest and I went to the child birth/info session at the hospital a few weekends ago but after today, it got real in my mind. I mean, I've known for 37 weeks that I was going to have a baby but it doesn't seem real. I know I'm getting gigantic and am unable to put on my shoes on and have a beautiful pink room full of baby things, but it hasn't really hit me until today--I'm going to be a MOM and soon!

Total Weight Gain: Exactly 40 lbs. Holy cow. I've actually not been as hungry lately which makes me think that she is pretty much done growing in there. 

Gender: GIRL!! 

Maternity Clothes? Thank goodness for sweet friends. Cynthia had her baby last month and one afternoon I came home to several maternity dresses hanging on the porch for me from her. I was running out of appropriate work clothes and she really saved the day!

Stretch Marks? None. Thank goodness.

Sleep: When I am asleep I sleep so deeply. I do have to get up and use the bathroom multiple (like 5 or more) times a night but after each trip I chug down some more water because I'm usually dying of thirst. I think I sleep so well because I'm exhausted just from living. Carrying myself around is difficult and tiring so I think that helps to put me to sleep. Also I've noticed the animals are acting weird. Brownie is sleeping on my pillow with me like a cat toboggan and I keep waking up to find Sonny laying next to my bed. Maybe they know something I don't?

Movement: Home girl is still moving away. She loves to dance to music! I judged a pageant on Sunday and she was breaking it down during the entire talent portion. That's probably why I had to stop the pageant to make a bathroom run after talent was over!

Food Cravings: I don't know if it was because of Valentines and the over abundance of sweets but I have really wanted sweet treats lately, including fruit. 

Food Aversions: None really!

Symptoms: I think I'm a typical 3rd trimester mama at this point. It's so hard to move--turning over, bending down, sitting on the floor---all these things are SO hard that sometimes they just aren't worth it. My back hurts a lot, especially at work. It's super hard to get comfortable in any position other than standing and standing hurts too! The fact that it's freezing outside this week isn't that huge of a deal because I've pretty much been curled up in bed or at work. I'm still pretty congested and have to sleep with the humidifier on so I don't have to wake up sniffling all night long. I've also gotten acid reflux--ick--and the joints in my hands hurt when I wake up in the morning. Why even is that? I'm still swelling in my hands and feet and have decided it's just not worth trying to put my boots on or even socks, so I'm always cold because I have on flats with no socks. 

Belly Button In or Out? It's so weird--I'm ready for it to be back to normal

Wedding Rings On or Off? Still off. I can get them on some days but it isn't worth it because I worry they will have to get cut off. 

Miss Anything? Being comfortable. When I have to go somewhere I think about their chairs and how best to sit. Who does that???!!! I sit at my desk with an extra chair to prop my feet up on so they don't swell all day long. I'm doing a great job of combating symptoms but it all gets a little exhausting. Thankfully my husband has been a major help and has taken up a lot of my slack around the house. 
Without him we'd definitely be living in a pig sty and would be living off of Valentines candy!

Best Moment This Week: I had a doctor's appointment today and everything looked great! Apparently baby girl is locked and loaded--and much progress towards delivery has been made! The doctor told me that she could have a February birthday and that's when it got real. I don't have the car seat in the car, I need one more piece of furniture in her bedroom, we have things to hang and paint, I haven't even ordered the pictures for her walls yet. I know that these things don't matter (except the car seat) but I know once she comes it will be much harder to complete these tasks so I'm in a mad dash from here on out!

Looking Forward To: Being a mom! It's totally scary but I'm so excited to meet my little angel. She will be here before I know it! All of this exhaustion and uncomfortable-ness has been for her so I  would like to see the fruits of my labors (literally). I'm also excited to see Forrest as a dad--I know he is going to be amazing! 
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Thursday, February 5, 2015

It's a Baby Shower!

Did you say that in Franc's voice from Father of the Bride Part 2? I can't help but think that every time I go to one. This weekend some of my best girl friends threw me the MOST beautiful shower for my little lady. I thought that I might never feel as loved as I did when I walked into my surprise 30th birthday, but I was wrong. There is nothing like the feeling of walking into a room where everyone is there just for you because they already love your unborn child (and have brought her tons of tiny pink gifts). I teared up as soon as I walked in the door but quickly decided it wasn't going to be that kind of a day. It was going to be a squealing, hugging, laughing kind of a day! Jenny was an absolute saint to host the part at her house and the girls went to so much trouble just for me! I didn't want to sit and open gifts the entire time so I got to mingle and socialize with my guests. The best part was watching as a new friend came through the door. There were friends there from all phases of my life, from preschool on up through my college sorority days and now my grown up working girl days. So many people took time out of their days or drove long distances just to honor my little one. Here are some pics snapped from the day!

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Beautiful food table and flowers. Perfectly pink!

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I loved this antique pram. One of the coolest parts of the showers was that guests were asked to bring a book with a note to the baby instead of a card. I can't wait to read her the messages from her well wishes each time we start to read a book. How special!

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Some of the amazing gifts for little lady! I didn't open them myself and since I was chatting the whole time I really didn't get to see many of them. My mom helped me pack up the car and unload it at home (Forrest was en route from Colorado--he went on one last ski trip with the guys). I know that I will hold the evening that Forrest and I spent unpacking her presents and marveling at her tiny things in my heart forever. It was such a sweet moment for us.

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Loved these amazing monogrammed goodies from Jenny. She owns Blossom Blanks, a "blanks" distributor, and I am reaping the benefits of all the sweet things she sells!!

The shower was not only an amazing party full of laughter and hugs, it was kind of a signal that the baby is really on her way. It also was a fun milestone for myself. I loved sharing the day with my mom and closet friends. Just like a bridal shower gets you set up to start your new life as a married woman, a baby shower gets you ready to start your new life as a mommy. I tried to cherish and remember every moment. I hope my little one is blessed with friends as wonderful as mine! Thanks again girls for a magical day! (Jenny, Farrah, Kelly, Kelli, Brittney, Lauren, Deborah, Randi, Julie, Mamatha, Kendall, Denise, Claire, and Claire!)

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Bump Update

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Here we are on the way to the 9 o clock dancing club. Baby girl loves a party!

Of course I'm late on this post--my appointment was Friday and here it is Tuesday. I guess I better get used to being behind! Here are Friday's stats:
Total Weight Gain: 37 lbs!!! Yes, I gained 7 lbs in 2 weeks (more like 18 days but still). The majority of that is swelling though, thank goodness. I can't believe I have put on nearly 40 lbs and I really can't believe I'm telling everyone about it. 

Gender: GIRL!! 

Maternity Clothes? Exclusively, well or Forrest's clothes

Stretch Marks? None. 

Sleep: I still think I sleep pretty well minus the few bathroom trips and the effort it takes to roll over. 

Movement: I'm still feeling her a lot and I'm glad. I know they can get squished in there and not move much toward the end and that will make me nervous so I'm happy that she is still rolling around.

Food Cravings: Bring on the food...

Food Aversions: None really!

Symptoms: For a while now I've been dealing with nasal congestion at night--who knew that was a prego thing! I sleep with a humidifier and that seems to help. Also my old friend heart burn is back from the first trimester and he is not welcome. I have also started to get really tired at the end of the day and I'm having cramping in my lower back and belly which I supposed are little practice contractions. The dr says all that is normal so woohoo. 

Belly Button In or Out? I don't even think this counts as a belly button any more...

Wedding Rings On or Off? OFF!! I started to swell right after my last post and I haven't stopped. My hands and feet are thankfully small to begin with so I don't look like a giant puffy person, but I can't get  my rings on well and my shoes are SO tight! I'm definitely not a fan of this swelling business. 

Miss Anything? Along with everything I listed in the last post, I"m missing my energy and the ability to wear my rings and shoes. What am I supposed to wear to court in the upcoming weeks? I can hardly wear my flats! I guess I will have to squeeze my feet in my shoes and hope for the best...

Best Moment This Week: Getting to see her! I had a surprise ultrasound at my appointment because despite gaining 7 lbs, my belly was measuring small. Of course our little one was totally fine--measured ahead even! She is right at 5lbs! I didn't get a good look at her face because she was covering it but I was so pleased to see her progress and to know that she should be safe if she decided to come early. I hope she says in several more weeks though!

Looking Forward To: Showers! I cannot wait to start getting all of her little things and organizing her nursery!! Nothing is cuter than tiny baby items!! (Of course my first shower was actually before the posting of this and it was FAB--details to come!)

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