Monday, July 21, 2014

Bump Date: 29 Weeks

How far along: 29 Weeks, 3 days

Baby size: An acorn squash, according to The 15+ inches long and about 2.5 lbs! His muscles and lungs continue to mature and his head is growing larger and in more proportion to his body.

Weight gain: I've surpassed the 20 lb. mark and that's all I'm going to say about that. It is depressing to think about :( Like I said last week, for the most part I don't look in the mirror and stress terribly about my weight/appearance, but when someone says something, it really bothers me, and at the same time, seeing her move that scale at the doctor this past appointment...was like a knife in the heart. I better get over it because I've got several weeks to go!

Changing up my "format" here a little bit, because I'm tired of saying the same things over and over again each week...
  • This past week I experienced a cankle. Yes, notice that is singular. Only my left foot and ankle were swollen. My right side was fine and this was on more than one day. Boo. This is also mildly depressing and embarrassing.
  • I had my glucose screening test, which I passed, hooray! It really wasn't bad at all. Everyone made it out to be terrible (the drink, that is) but mine was fruit punch flavored and really just reminded me of overly-sugared Kool Aid.
  • I had a Board meeting this past week which was about 2 hours long. Sitting in that folding chair was really difficult for that length of time. I could hardly sit still, because I was uncomfortable. I'm sure I was probably distracting, but oh well.
  • I think I mentioned last week that we'd moved the furniture into his room. I've started putting the bedding on as well! 
  • I washed all of his cute! Personally, I think I have done REALLY well and haven't bought a lot of clothing! What I have bought - I've tried to be practical. TJ disagrees with me and says I need to stop because we have "X" number of showers...but I'd say everyone reading this blog would be on my side :)
See?! Not bad at all!
Also - he has hardly any newborn clothes! TJ was also a pretty good size baby (9 lbs) and my brother was a hoss (10 lbs!), so I'm somewhat nervous about how big or small our little guy might be.
  • Speaking of clothes...every time I go into the Carter's store, I leave with a bag. Might be one thing, might be 9! Hey, I can't help that 1) they are always having a sale, 2) I always have a coupon, and 3) they have really cute and soft baby stuff! If you shop there, never pay full price. You don't need to...and if you shop online, be sure to use eBates! I have a $10 reward to use in the store right now so naturally, I'll be going back soon!
  • I mentioned I had a doctor's appointment this past week. At said doctor's appointment, they told us we could pick our date and schedule our c-section! Hooray! We have been mulling it over. This is, of course, going on the assumption that we make it to that date.
  • I worked out three times this past week, not including walking around the neighborhood, but my workouts were kind of spread out. I wondered if that (inconsistency) was why my foot was swollen.
  • I had every intention of getting a pedicure yesterday (Sunday) but I could not get myself motivated to get ready and going. Maybe one night this week?
  • Speaking of pampering myself...I've also been thinking about a massage appointment at Baby Belly Spa might be in my future. The pregnancy massage I had there at the end of my first trimester was pretty amazing and relieved the terrible headache I'd had for more than a week.
  • I have a NoseFrida on our baby registry. This grosses TJ out to the n-th degree....but it has excellent reviews!
  • Over the weekend I read Belly Laughs and it was hilarious! One of my favorite pregnancy reads thus far. Of course, I got to the end and was bawling. Other current reads include Happiest Baby on the Block (which I'm almost finished with) and What to Expect (occasionally), and next on the agenda is Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child.
Here's a little collage, like last week...
(there's definitely something to be said for natural light vs. overhead light!)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Bump Date: 28 Weeks

How far along: 28 weeks, 3 days...Hello 3rd Trimester!

Baby size: An eggplant, according to The 14.8 inches long and about 2.25 lbs! He is developing more fat, his lungs are maturing, he may be blinking his eyes, and his brain is developing billions of neurons!

Weight gain: It's not polite to ask a woman about her weight! ;) In all honesty I don't know, because I have not weighed since my last doctor's appointment.

Maternity clothes: Yes

Stretch marks: Still at bay, thankfully...continuing to lotion up with Mama Bee Belly Butter

Sleep: Not great and no long stretches, but I'm kind of used to it! One night this week, I woke up (I think) due to his moving around. It happened Wednesday about 4:30 am...I woke up and he was moving, so that's all I can guess since I (surprisingly) didn't have to use the restroom or anything.

Gender: Little man! :)

Movement: All the time. This week, TJ saw a really BIG movement and then felt it too. Prior to that he'd seen a little jab or kick here and there, but this was like my whole stomach moved out at the side. I'd told him this had been happening but it seemed like he didn't quite believe it till he saw for himself. His eyes got really big and he said "whoa!" Since then he's seen it several more's quite funny. One day this week, I was sitting in my co-worker Mary Kate's office, and she saw it too! We were having a conversation and I looked down and was like, "Do you see this?!"

Best moment this week: Getting an invitation in the mail to one of my baby showers :)

Worst moment(s) this week: I've had some crazy dreams: anger that turns into crying, hitting TJ repeatedly with can of hairspray, looking at real estate in Columbus, OH, attempting to escape from prison by climbing a fence (I made it over and took off running...I don't even know why I was there?!). All that was in one night and I honestly woke up exhausted! The following night I dreamed I was yelling in my co-worker's face...ugh. I've heard this may even get worse. Yayyy...

The other "worst" moment...seeing someone I hadn't seen in about 6 months and them saying, "Wow, you're about to pop!" Well...umm...not really, but thanks. For the most part, I don't look in the mirror and stress terribly about my weight/appearance, but when someone says something like KILLS me.

Food cravings: Guacamole. It's the one thing I want to eat all the time. I have 4 avocados ripening up as I type this...yum!

Weirdest food I ate this week: If you call cereal, watermelon, salads, guacamole, weird...then sure.

Anything making you queasy or sick: No.

Labor signs: No and I hope it stays this way for awhile!

Symptoms: Nothing really new here...low back pain while sleeping, tailbone pain if I sit or stand for too long, I become winded more easily, serious thirstiness (all the time!), and cramps in my calves at random times.  I've had some minor swelling in my hands a couple times, but nothing really major.

Workouts: I taught 3 classes this past week (2 cardio and 1 regular BarreAmped) and I walked a couple nights. I wore my heart rate monitor and burned 403 calories in cardio Monday night, and that was including several modifications. 

Things that suck: Feeling fear. I'm feeling somewhat scared (yet also excited?!) that things are getting closer, though I'm not scared of the labor. I will be having Baby Boy via scheduled c-section. Please don't judge. Due to my pelvis having been broken and reconstructed in my late teen years, and screws/pins still being in there, I have always known this would be necessary in order to have a baby! I AM scared of the epidural/spinal. I know women do it all the time, it just makes me nervous. 

Things that don't suck: His furniture is in his bedroom! We are still waiting on the glider, though...we just ordered it this past week (eek!). I hadn't really found one I liked but evidently I hadn't paid good enough attention or went in "looking to buy". The one we bought was at Buy Buy Baby, where we've been a number of times already!

Random tidbits: My in-laws came up on Saturday and helped us with a lot of stuff! TJ's dad helped him assemble the crib and move the other furniture into the nursery, his mom helped us clean up the garage and my sister in law painted the closet. I did a little bit, but I felt pretty useless during all of this. I did make our dinner and chop up a watermelon which was absolutely delicious! That's something, right?!

Just for fun...

Friday, July 11, 2014

DIY: My long list of projects

If you were a reader of my blog before I became pregnant, you know I love me a good DIY! I say "before I became pregnant" because lately, many of my posts are weekly updates or pregnancy related in some way. I am fully aware that I haven't been that great of a blogger these last couple months, so I apologize!

I have a lot on my list for these next few months in terms of completing the nursery, doing things around the house, etc., but there are still some crafty DIY projects I'd like to accomplish before baby arrives and my time is more limited. I thought I'd share some of them...

1. Re-cover my corkboard
I have a plain-jane corkboard that I want to re-do, Ballard-burlap-style. I am confident I can acheive this look for less, I just need to get around to it! This past weekend, I purchased my supplies, and I plan to use these two tutorials to help me finish the job...

2. Chalkboard Charger
I have had all of the materials to create this for months. I really have no good excuse for why I haven't done it!

3. Burlap Bed Skirt
I need a new bed skirt for our guest bedroom. (Do you say bedskirt or dust ruffle?!) The bed is full size and has a pretty quilt on it, but no bed skirt at the present time (you may have noticed here). I finally threw it away after the "skirt" portion had ripped in multiple places from the white part that laid flat on the box spring (if that makes sense?). Anyway, I've seen DIY no-sew, "easy" bed skirt tutorials on Pinterest, so I might give one a shot. We'll see.
via Styleberry Blog

4. Painted Pantry Door
Our pantry door is side-by-side with the door into our garage, so obviously I can't do one without the other. However...I'm not entirely sure that TJ will be down for this! I might have to do this sometime while he's traveling for work and surprise him with my finished project (would that be completely terrible of me?!) 

5. Curtains and pillow
I've had this pinned for awhile, and there are actually two things in the image below that I'm loving! She PAINTED these curtains using drop cloth and a stencil. I "need" (okay, want) a set of curtains for my dining room and this sounds like an awesome idea. However, I don't know if I'm suited to get down on the floor and paint them right now! Hmm. Anyway. The pillow on the chair is also one she made. I'd love some new throw pillows for my living room and this fabric is nice...butttt I may be too lazy. Home Goods might have something to fit the bill ;)

Even though I love getting crafty, that's probably enough on the list for now. Two smaller (more realistic) projects, and two larger ones. We'll see what I'm able to accomplish over the next few months! 

I did recently complete a flag pallet for my mom, which I don't think I shared here. Like the terrible blogger that I am, I forgot to take a picture of the finished product before I gave it to her. However, she posted this picture on her facebook page.

It's a good thing I didn't inherit her photography skills.