10.22.2014

Week 34 Bump Update

34 weeks - 6 weeks until due date - this is nuts!  Each week seems to go more quickly than the last and I am sure I'll be completely blown away when it is actually time to meet the little Mr or Ms.  The other day I was talking to my mom and I essentially said that same thing - that I can't wait to meet the baby but that at the same time just the thought of meeting my child seems a million years away.  She responded by saying, "and once you've met them you won't be able to imagine life before they were here."  I can believe this is true but I can't wait to experience it for myself.  Not that I'm hoping for an early arrival - I'm hoping both baby and I stay healthy and he or she can keep cooking as long as needed!

34 week baby bump


While the baby has been hanging out creating little thunderstorms in my belly, I kept myself busy this past week.

On Saturday Jake's sisters threw a Harry Potter-themed baby shower it and was so much fun!  We are all big fans of Harry Potter so it was an absolutely perfect celebration!  The house was decorated with owls, Hogwarts insignias and the buffet was covered with Harry Potter-related goodies (including Butter Beer!)  I had a great time with his family and my mom and sister and the baby was absolutely spoiled!  Jake's grandma made a nursery rhymes quilt for the baby and I might have had a bit of a an emotional moment (tears, tears and a couple more tears!) but I'm just going to chalk it up to being pregnant.  I still have my baby blankets, and just to get such a beautiful blanket and know that our baby will have it for the rest of his or her life is incredible.  Like I said, this baby was absolutely spoiled!

I got to spend more time with my mom on Sunday and that was awesome!  She, my dad and my grandma came down to deliver a chest freezer and to help me have a freezer-meal cooking day.  Jake and I had gone shopping on Saturday night for all the needed groceries, and let's just say I have never bought that much frozen chicken in my life!  We seriously spent ALL day Sunday on our feet and I was definitely sore by the end of it, but I was so glad to have thought ahead and make the meals.  Our freezer is now jam-packed with about 27 meals ready to thaw and throw in the oven or crock pot; I definitely think it will come in handy for after the baby comes home.  The trick will be to not start making them in the next six weeks out of laziness... wish me luck!

Monday was a bit nerve-racking for me; when I went home for lunch I was paying close attention to feel movements and I wasn't getting much.  I talked to Jake, and although he assured me everything was probably fine, he also said that I should call the OB just to calm myself down.  They told me to lie down, drink juice and call them back after a half hour or so - and not to go back to work until I did so.  That in and of itself was kind of scary!  Once the half hour was up, though, I still hadn't felt the baby move much and they had me go into the office to get a nonstress test done.  All they had to do was strap a monitor on my belly to monitor the baby's heartbeat and also one towards the top of my belly to monitor contractions.  Luckily, everything looked good and I was able to go home.  I think the little one knew I was getting nervous because everyday since my stomach has been rockin' and rollin!  I think after all that cooking on Sunday the baby just needed a bit of a break :) 

On Friday I headed up to my parents' house for the weekend of fun - starting with a dinner / play date with my mom, sister and grandma on Friday night.  I got a chicken stir-fry which was so tasty and then we saw Dirty Dancing at the Orpheum in Minneapolis.  It was a great girls' night - even if the play wasn't exactly the best thing I've ever seen.  There's something about Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle that just can't be replaced!  

The rest of the weekend was great as well, but that'll be updated with my next bump date next week!

For now, here I am at 34 weeks:



Besides my scare on Monday, everything has been going well.  One morning when getting ready for work, though, Jake asked me how I was doing and I broke down because I was just so tired.  He told me it's about time I introduce regular naps into my daily schedule so I've been doing my best to do that.  Some people love naps but I have just never been one who can handle napping.  Clearly this whole being pregnant thing has sapped my energy a bit, though, so I'm glad Jake gave me the push I needed to start taking them (there's just so many other things I could be doing a nap seemed like a waste of time before!)  I can definitely tell a difference between my moods on days when I nap vs. days when I skip the nap, though, so I think it's a good idea I keep up with them.  Heck, in a month or so this baby will dictate when I can sleep so I guess I might as well take advantage of the time I have now, right?

On that note - I think it's time for a nap :)


Here's a little comparison shot between 20 weeks ago and now.  That bump definitely has grown!





10.15.2014

What I Read in September

Book Reviews


You'll soon see that September was not a very solid month of reading for me!  I'm not sure what happened, but the one book I did read just seemed to drag.  Luckily I'm already ahead of this pace for October!  Who knows what November and the following months will look like once this baby has arrived - but for now I'm glad I'm able to get a bit of reading in!

The Secret Papers of Madame Olivetti - Annie Vanderbilt

The Secret Papers of Madame Olivetti Review

This is a book that had been sitting on my bookshelves for years - seriously, years.  My sister had passed it on to me, and between reading book club books, borrowing books from other people and buying new books it just never made its way to the top of the pile.  It finally did!!

I enjoyed the book, but I also didn't enjoy the book.  It was in the middle of love and dislike, but I have to say that the last 40 pages or so were my favorite.  (No, not because they signaled the book was over!)  The last pages wrapped everything up and I ended up liking the main character much more than I had throughout the book.

Lily is a widowed woman who was traveled to France by herself and is living in her deceased husband's family home (lovingly called La Pierre Rouge or 'The Red Stone').  She has secluded herself here to write her memoirs on her old Olivetti typewriter.  As she works through both the process of writing and of living, we learn her life story and meet the people who have shaped her into who she is today.

The story itself is a good one - if you're a fan of Under the Tuscan Sun, this story would likely be right up your alley as well.  The part that got difficult for me, though, was the writing.  It seemed like every sentenced was loaded with metaphors, similes, flowery language and this made what could have been a very enjoyable easy read into a much more time-intensive story to read.  Some degree of this writing can make for a lovely setting, but for my own taste it was used a bit too heavy-handedly in this book.  

I would rate this a 2.5 mainly because of the writing style.

Have you read it before?  What did you think?





10.14.2014

Week 33 Bump Update

I may sound like a broken record, but I can't believe another week has already passed!  I can still remember hitting week 20 so clearly - to now be 13 weeks past that is incredible!  To be perfectly honest, though, I don't feel much closer to baby coming than I did at week 20.  I'm not the most patient person around, I admit it :)  

33 week baby bump

Logically I know that the next few weeks will fly by so I'm just focusing on enjoying this time left in being pregnant.  Every kick feels like a tiny miracle happening inside me and although Jake and I want to have more kids, nothing is guaranteed so I'm going to let myself enjoy this time while still looking forward to meeting our little one!

This past week was great in so many ways!  My stomach seemed to have a mini Tasmanian Devil inside it most days - I could seriously just look at any given time and see baby rolling, punching and squirming around.  Some of these movements are starting to bring some minor twinges of pain, which I'm not the world's biggest fan of, but I'll just call them the beginning of preparation for labor and delivery - that will definitely be much more painful!  The reward at the end will definitely be worth all the pain though :) 

Jake and I finally go the nursery put back in order!  The walls are painted, the outlet covers have been re-attached, the closet organizer is back up and the furniture has moved out of the middle of the room.  Baby's clothes are hanging in the closest right now and I love taking any excuse I can find to take a peek in the room - it's finally starting to feel like a baby's room!  There is definitely still laundry to be done, things to be put away and things to be purchased, but for now we're trucking right along and I love it!

Another thing that's trucking right along?  My baby bump!

Here I am as of 33 weeks!

week 33 baby bump


Some other updates from the week:

- I had my next ob appointment on Monday and everything looked great!  Baby's heartbeat was going strong - just another 2 weeks until my next appointment!
- I scheduled maternity photos for Jake and I and we took those this week.  I got a couple sneak peek pictures and I love them!  I can't wait to get the entire disc so I can see all the pictures!  Jake and I are both pretty bad about remembering to take any pictures together at all, so I wanted to make sure we documented this phase of our lives and marriage - and we definitely did that!  In a couple months our family pictures will be growing in size and cuteness factor, but for now it's great to have some that are just the two of us (with a rounded belly showing what's to come!)

My week 34 check in will have many more exciting things to share - I can't wait!!


10.09.2014

32 Week Bumpdate!

Just eight weeks left until baby’s due date – I can hardly believe it!  Jake and I have talked about baby being born a couple times lately and we both have the feeling that we will be celebrating a December birthday.  With my due date being November 29th this definitely isn’t outside the realm of possibility – but time alone will tell! 
32 Week Baby Bump

On Saturday we attended an all-day Labor and Delivery / hospital tour at the hospital where I will be delivering and it was definitely informative.  We hadn’t even really thought about going to one, but after some rave reviews (and a bit of persuasion) from our friends who have been there, done that at the hospital we decided to sign up for one.  I’m definitely glad we did that!  Both Jake and I feel more comfortable going into the home stretch of this pregnancy and getting prepped for labor and delivery.  I’m beyond excited to meet the newest member of our family and I know that the next couple months will absolutely FLY by!
More painting progress was made on the nursery but it’s still not completed.  Seeing progress in there makes me smile, even if it is just a little at a time.  If all goes according to plan we still have quite a bit of time before the nursery will have an inhabitant so I’m not stressing about it at this point.  Jake will get it done – he always does!
Anywho – here I am as of 32 weeks!
32 week baby bump


To be quite honest, I’m a bit bored with the category listing that I have been doing throughout pregnancy.  So I’m doing to change it up a bit for the last weeks!
-          Baby has been practicing kung-fu and it still makes me smile!  I’m pretty sure I will miss this after baby gets here – but of course I’ll be happy to have little one in my arms J

-          I’ve had some twinges of pain on either side of my stomach which I definitely haven’t enjoyed. These mainly come if I’m rolling over in sleep and then wake me up; my ob said they are simply round ligament pains and something to try to get used to for the next few weeks.

-          Jake and I have talked about what to bring to the hospital and are getting that list together now so we have less to worry about later.  Top of my list?  My iPod.  The birthing suites have an iPod hookup and if there is one thing that can help me calm down, it’s music.  I’ll be putting that to the ultimate test soon!

-          In the labor & delivery class the instructor emphasized that the main goal is to find something besides pain to focus on during contractions.  I wonder if it would be helpful or just strange to play a disc of Harry Potter being read aloud?  I have them all on my iPod and could see it being something relaxing to concentrate on – so we might be trying that out!

-          For the last 15 years or so my sister and I have dreamt about seeing Garth Brooks in concert.  Well it’s finally happening!  He’ll be in Minnesota during the middle of November and we have tickets to the November 6th show.  I’ve been giving baby mini pep talks to stay in until at least after the show.  The concert is 23 days before my due date so I think I should be good – fingers crossed! 
Just a few days until 33 weeks – this is getting crazy close!!


9.29.2014

Week 31 Bump Update

Holy buckets this is CRAZY!!! I am now in the single digits for weeks until my due date - only 9 left to go, folks!  Obviously I am completely aware that baby could come before then or after then, but either way the countdown is getting much smaller!  (As I type this little one is kicking up a storm - I think he or she knows who the topic of my typing is!)

31 week baby bump

The progress of the nursery has stalled for the time being, but Jake had an incredibly hectic work schedule over past week (he worked 7/8 nights with each shift being 12 hours long - yep that's a lot!) I don't hold it against him for a minute!  I think his plan is to get the painting and furniture assembly done in the next couple weeks so it will all be done by the time of my first baby shower on October 11th - then whatever baby is blessed with I'll be able to wash and put away!  The thought of the nursery being put together and holding baby's belongings just makes me smile :)   I can't wait until nursery holds baby, too!

With our intention being to cloth diaper once Nugget is out of newborn sizes, I started preparing for that this past week.  I had previously purchased some BumGenius Elemental All-in-One diapers, and the care instructions specify to pre-wash them at least 6 times before baby is in them so they are fully absorbent.  So I started on that project!  I've been using Charlie's Soap Laundry Powder after reading several reviews that recommended it - I'll let you know how we like it after baby is here!

bum genius elemental


Last weekend I spent Saturday exploring different events and sales in the area and it was a lot of fun with a couple great friends!  Jake and I decided to not decorate the nursery in a farm/John Deere/cow or Harry Potter/Paris theme because all of these things pretty much run rampant in our house - we wanted to do something that was special for baby.  (Really, if I'm being honest, I decided these things and Jake went along with me - he would've been okay with anything I chose!)  While shopping I found a couple things that will be used in baby's room - I'll share pictures once they're up!

For the time being, I'll share a different picture: a baby bump!  Here I am at 31 weeks:

I'm feeling HUGE lately!

Weight: I have no idea, though I continue to feel huge!  
Sickness: Sickness has stayed away and I had energy this week - it was lovely!

Cravings: Nothing!

Food Aversions: Nope!

Clothing fittings: I feel like lately I'm realizing how much I should have gone shopping after losing the 65 pounds before getting pregnant.  All my shirts from pre-pregnancy are still fitting me well (and, honestly, some are fitting me better than they were before) and with such a large belly this is proof positive that I was wearing over-sized clothes before!  I think this mama-to-be may treat herself to a mini shopping splurge once I've lost the majority of baby weight! 

Sleep: I have still been able to sleep well so I am definitely happy about that!  I had a couple early nights last week because I was pretty tuckered out, but I suppose that comes with the territory :) 

Movement: Nugget keeps kicking and it makes me smile every time!  

Emotions:  I might have had one mini breakdown this past week, but I can't remember what it was about or if it was in a dream.  So I'll call it a half win! 

Workouts: Every day I get more and more excited to get back to my workouts and to try out the new programs Beachbody has been mentioning!  Although I continue to workout, I haven't stuck to one complete program and I'm pumped to get back into it!