Monday, August 18, 2014

Bump Date: 33 Weeks

  • 33 weeks & 3 days - it really does not seem possible!

  • Baby is the size of a "Durian," according to The Bump.com. Because I had no idea what that was, I had to check Babycenter - which said Pineapple. Now, TheBump said pineapple at 31 weeks, so who knows?! Either way - he should be more than 4 lbs and about 17 inches in length. Holy crap! My belly continues to measure right on track so I'm counting that as a WIN!

  • I had my first NST (Non-Stress Test) last week. The results were great (thank goodness!) It was sort of uncomfortable and hard to sit still for an extended period of time, what with being tightly strapped up with those monitors, but it was totally fine. I have to do it every week now - ugh!

  • I had some emotional days this past week. I got frustrated with a coworker...and I cried. A friend sent me an article...and I cried. (In case you're interested, here's the article: A letter to my pre-mom self)

  • I'm pretty sure Luke was practicing gymnastics in my belly this past week, and doing handstands off my right hip! It felt like he was pressing on it for at least a portion of every day. A couple of times, judging by the way my belly moved - I think he flipped himself over.

  • I'm happy to say I got a couple workouts in! Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I worked out with Suzanne's streaming workouts. Suzanne is the creator of BarreAmped (the method I teach) and brings fitness to you wherever you are with her streaming workouts at SuzanneBowenFitness.com. I'm not being compensated to share this - I just love the workouts! There's a free trial, too ;)

  • I feel like my nose is different. I hear this happens to pregnant women sometimes. I don't love my nose anyway so I am not entirely about this recent development.

  • I've mentioned some minor swelling before. Well, last week it was worse than usual. Both feet were swollen (previously isolated to one side) and I noticed some swelling in my hands too. I took my rings off Tuesday night because I was afraid they'd end up stuck. My ankles/feet look embarrassing by the end of the day. They really don't even look that great in the morning! Sadly, it's pretty much an every day occurrence now.

  • TJ was gone for work 4 days last week. He told me he could my belly had grown while he was away.

  • We had our last baby shower over the weekend. I have a TON of thank you notes to write! We've been very showered and so very blessed by our friends and family.

Here's a side-by-side look at the last 3 weeks...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Baby showers and love for Lukey

Last Saturday we had our first baby shower! I would be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to it all week! I also felt sort of nervous which made no sense to me, but either way! Finally Saturday rolled around and it was time to go.

Later that night, I commented to TJ that having the first shower made things very real. I have made that comment about a number of things throughout this pregnancy...the test, the ultrasound, feeling the first movement, buying furniture, picking a name, etc. It's funny how it just gets more and more real ALL.THE.TIME! The most recent thing to add to the list? Telling someone I had "about 7 more weeks" when they asked how much longer? I don't know why but saying 7 (vs. 8) made me kinda like...oh crap! 

Anyway, let's get to some pictures! 

I had to get a photo with the pretty gals that organized everything for me. I can't tell you how much I appreciated all the thought and time they put into everything. They were so very excited when they told me they wanted to host my shower several months back...I felt so very loved!

You might recognize these pretty ladies...
Dana, Whitney, and  Brooke

Everything was so beautifully decorated and thoughtfully planned...

Here with are with the grammies-to-be...

More of the decor
This photo (or any with his name, really) is why I had to wait a bit to share pictures! Some of my extended family didn't know the name we had chosen and were going to find out at our family baby shower the following Saturday! So, I had to be careful ;) 

TJ said "your dress makes my hand look like an illusion....like it's floating"


These pretty ladies are some of my fellow BarreAmped instructors. Elizabeth and Megan (on the ends) are also expecting little bundles themselves (not that you can tell it!)


With two of my BFFs Sarah and Deborah...you may recognize them as well from other appearances here ;)

Lots of pretty gifts and items we are sure to use for a long time to come.

One thing I didn't get and wish I had? A group photo!
I know that would have been a major feat but I seriously considered taking my tripod in order to attempt to do so! I also didn't get a picture with every single person in attendance...another thing I wish I had done. I should have made a step-and-repeat (okay, or an X on the floor haha) for designated photo opps :)

I am so thankful for the friends who hosted this shower and those who attended to shower our little man with lots of love! XOXOXO mwah :)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Bump Date: 32 Weeks


  • 32 weeks, 3 days. People, it just gets more real by the day!!!

  • Baby is the size of a squash, according to The Bump.com. At last week's doctor's appointment, the ultrasound tech "guesstimated" him at 3 lbs, 15 oz. Little chunk! My belly is measuring right on track and I hadn't gained any at my last doctor's appointment (mind you, they were a week apart), so that's a plus...

  • I have to start seeing the doctor on a weekly basis. I jumped from monthly to weekly appointments (with one "every-2-weeker" in there). I have a history of "chronic hypertension" so they will start doing Non-Stress Tests (NST) on me to make sure baby Luke is okay. My blood pressure has actually been better pregnant than it was before and I haven't changed my medication or anything.

  • Ooh...also from our ultrasound...it appears little Luke has some hair!

  • Various baby development things I read say he is currently sleeping 90-95% of the day. Yeah...I think they are lying.

  • Last week we attended a breastfeeding class at the hospital where we'll deliver. A lot of the information was stuff I had already read. TJ however said he had no idea how often newborns needed to eat. He commented something like, "We'll see" though, saying he'd never been around a newborn who ate that often. I reminded him that he hadn't been around a breastfed newborn. Nursing is the plan and I truly hope to be successful, but of course we'll go with whatever Mr. Luke needs!

  • I really need to pack a hospital bag  - eek!

  • I've used self-tanner a bit recently, but I've not been putting any on my belly. Needless to say it looks kind of a funny! Fortunately no one is really seeing that ;)

  • I never "really" used to have dark circles under my eyes. Ummmm...I think that has changed as I've been using concealer a lot more often these days! (Read: haven't been sleeping real great!)

  • This past week I walked around the neighborhood a couple times and got in one "real" workout. I've been slacking...

  • We had another shower this weekend, with my family and friends of my family. I will share photos soon! I had to keep photos from the "friends" baby shower under wraps for a week but those will show up here later this week ;)

Mommas...what brands of nursing bras do you recommend? Nursing camis?