Friday, March 29, 2013

This weeks bumpdate - 30 Weeks!

A lot has been going on in my neck of the woods. I can't believe March is coming to an end already. Isn't time going by fast lately? My baby shower is next week (yahoo!) and I am pretty excited for this. Also, we are supposed to get our house by April 1st. That means all of the plans I have been making to get that house move-in ready are about to happen! Crazy! A lot of clean-up, de-smokifying (smoker house, ew), painting, replacing and so much more is about to go down. And then the packing and moving. Ah!

So this week I am 30 weeks along, which means I only have about 10 weeks left. This makes me feel both excited and also really freaking scared and nervous. The time to push out a human and then figure out how to take care of it is drawing near. What have I got myself into?

But also, this baby is getting big and I really don't know how much more growth my ribs can take. I feel the need to constantly stretch out or grow taller to make a little more room for Sawyer and all of my insides which all seem to be forced up into my right lung. Not to mention, I really can't wait to meet this little one. It makes me so happy to get to have the opportunity to raise something that came from the love of my life, my dear husband Cody. I hope that he turns out to be a little Cody because hey, I think Cody is a pretty swell guy, and having a mini one around to take care of would be A-OK with me!

Anyways, here are my weekly stats!

How far along: 30 weeks.

Size of baby: 3 pounds. Around 16 inches long. (I suspect bigger!)

Gender: Boy, still a boy as far as I know. (Wouldn't that be weird if it came out a girl!)

Maternity Clothes: Stupid Old Navy sizes are so inconsistent! I had to send back one of the capris I bought because they were too small. But I have that same size in their maternity jeans, and they are super roomy. Duh.

Stretch Marks: Getting darker and multiplying! I have been using "Bio-Oil" in hopes that this would help and make them fade, so we will see if it does any good. I have heard good things about the stuff. It can supposedly make scars and stretch marks fade considerably if used correctly for 3 months.
The directions say that I should have started using it at the beginning of the second trimester to prevent them (dang it!) but hopefully it will help even though I am late.

Sleep: Sleep is a joke. A cruel, cruel joke. If I'm not tossing and turning, I am getting up to pee, or dreaming freaky dreams about hemorrhaging and murderers, or waking up from the sound of myself snoring, thinking that the sound came from somewhere else. Seriously, I woke up the other night thinking I heard something in the house. After waking up from it again, I realized it was just me snoring. (Ha!)

Cravings: Pretty much just sugar and fruit. I am back to the old cravings from the 1st trimester where I just wanted juicy, watery fruits. Every night I have strawberry's or grapes or peaches for dessert. Omg, so good!

What I miss: I remember that one time, when I would stand up, and I didn't feel the sudden sensation of my bladder wanting to burst. And I didn't have immense pressure on my pelvis. Those were good times.

Looking forward to: My baby shower!!!

Symptoms: Same old stuff. Except this week I haven't noticed the swelling in my feet, which is pretty neat! Definitely more bathroom breaks at all hours of the day and night. Everything is up in my ribs, but also somehow resting on my bladder. Pressure. Dun-dun-dun-duhduh-dun-dun. Unda Presha!

Worst Moment this Week: Learning that my sister can't attend because of a freak allergic reaction issue. It made me pretty sad that she isn't coming, but luckily everything is ok and we have learned the importance of benadryl.

Best Moment: I can't think of anything that really stands out (this week Cody has been working and things have been quiet). But last night I tried something with the baby. First I played him one of Cody's favorite songs (I Love the Night by Blue Oyster Cult) with my headphones against my belly. No reaction that I could feel. So as an experiment, I played him the music to the hymn "Praise to the Man" and I got a couple strong kicks. I played him one of my favorite hymns "Nearer, My God, to Thee" and didn't get a reaction. Then I played him the song from the children's songbook "A Child's Prayer" and WOAH did he do some strong kicks! It made me a little teary-eyed. I then went back to some non-church songs. I played him some of my favorites, as well as some classic piano and classical symphony. Nothing happened for about 4 songs. I went back to A Child's Prayer and suddenly he was kicking like crazy again! It was very cool to see him react to it so strongly. I am not sure what it means (maybe he absolutely HATES that song :) ) But I would like to think, in my own little, probably unrealistic world, that he recognizes that little primary tune and it made him happy.

Or at least that he simply enjoyed it.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Glucose Results

The results are in!

Dun dun dunnnnn!

And it looks like . . . 

I DON'T have diabetes!


I was really worried because a few people that I know did have to go back in for the 3 hour test. I thought for sure that I was going to have to do this. But no, my levels are totally normal. And I am happy about this. And to celebrate my superior (or average) ability to process sugar, I ate ice cream! And it was delicious, as was the taste of success.

The end.

Our Weekend Project - Dresser Makeovers

Last weekend Cody and I finished a project that we have been working on. We had some old dressers in the guest room that needed a little love. They were in the house before we moved in and I kept them so that we would have some furniture in the guest room, and they weren't too bad looking. I liked them before, but now I love them!

Of course I remembered to take the before photos after we took the drawers out (duh!). But I do have an old photo of the larger dresser.

 Large dresser before:

Large Dresser After:

Small Dresser before:

Small dresser after:


I think they turned out pretty dang fabulous. Now they will go in our new guest room at the new house (if they fit) and will give the room character. I think I will paint one of the walls a dark brown and put these against it to really make them pop.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Bump Day Bumpdate - Week 28

Hello and happy first day of Spring! It is already getting pretty hot down here and though I am excited about Spring and picnics and watermelon and all that, I am not looking forward to summer temperatures with this extra weight. It makes the swelling worse.

But hey, I am going to eat some watermelon. So it is ok.
I guess I am craving watermelon now.
Because I just saw a picture of it.  

How far along: 28 weeks.

Size of baby: 16 inches long and 2.5 pounds. About the size of a chihuahua.

Gender: Oh baby, you are my little gentleman.

Maternity clothes: Today I am sporting some maternity leggings and a comfy dress. Soon it's going to be all about what is most comfortable with the least amount of layers to keep cool. I just ordered some maternity capris from Old Navy and I am very excited to get these.

Stretch Marks: Yes. I got them. On Saturday night I dreamed that I got terrible stretch marks. On Sunday morning I woke up and remembered the awful, silly dream and decided to check out my belly. And there they were. They aren't bad yet, just the beginnings of the little monsters. But still kind of devestating.

Sleep: HA! No. Insomnia is the new sleep.

Cravings: Watermelon, apparently.

What I miss: The ability to bend and put on pants without a struggle.

 This is actually me bending slightly kind of a lot to even see this much of my feet.

Looking forward to: My baby shower.

Symptoms: Insomnia. The tiredness is back during the day. Stretch marks have made their appearance. SWELLING has begun and I can't stand for too long without having balloons for feet (which looks insane and scary). Yes, the third trimester is welcoming me with open arms and many new and exciting gifts. BUT. I do have a new side effect that I love. The childhood freckles that disappeared many many years ago have made their return. I missed them! I want them to stay forever. I don't know if this is the "mask of pregnancy" or what, but I like it.Thanks, random hormone-induced pigmentation change!

Worst Moment this week: Going back to the real world after a nice, long vacation and having to say goodbye to my nieces and nephew. Also, not being able to take naps because I have a job. That is the worst.

Best Moment this week: Ummm, so much awesomeness has happened in the last week. It is hard to pick a favorite. Seriously, all of it was good. Seeing my family, seeing Cody play with the kids and knowing that he is going to be an amazing dad, going to Sequoia, going on a baby-moon up the coast of Cali, getting a stroller that we love as well as lots of other good hand-me-downs. Eating Quiznos (one of my cravings). Everything!

 The tiny, adorable shoes my sister Aimee made for the baby. So cute!

Our view in the morning during the baby-moon.

Sequoia National Park was cold and foggy and gorgeous.

Sequoia 2

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Ever-Growing Belly

Since the 3rd trimester began, I am feeling pregnancy. Really feeling it. Baby is pushing everything up into my ribs, most movement is accompanied by much huffing and puffing, and I am tired. I can really feel the weight of this thing now. And bending over is pretty much the worst ever. If something falls on the ground, serious consideration of the importance of that items takes place before I attempt to retrieve it.

I decided to put some photos together to see how much the bump has grown.

19 Weeks Bump
19 Weeks
23 weeks 2
23 Weeks

24 Weeks
24 Weeks
25 Weeks 2
25 Weeks

28 Weeks
28 Weeks
27 Weeks 1 B
27 Weeks

Sorry that these are not all together in a fancy photoshopped format. I am not that cool. But you can still tell that things are getting bigger, that's for sure! Especially this week! It is funny to look back to the 19 week photo and remember that I thought I looked so big at the time.

This morning I took the lovely glucose test. The drink wasn't as bad as people made it sound but it definitely wasn't the most delicious drink ever and it's making my mouth feel a little gross. I am really really worried that the results are going to come back with an issue. Fingers crossed!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Third Trimester, what the what??

28 Weeks along and in the third and final trimester!

Friday was the first day of my third trimester. This is so crazy. Things are moving so fast. I mean, how is it already halfway through March?

We got back from our lovely trip to California on Friday and I am so not ready to be back to real life at work. California was awesome. I spent lots of fun time with my sister and her family and took their family photos in a gorgeous orchard of nut trees, we purchased our travel system, which I love, and Cody took me on a spontaneous baby-moon! Pretty much a fantastic week.

Friday, March 8, 2013

27 Weeks, yo.

I am to the last week of my second trimester. It feels like it has taken so long to get here and at the same time, things are going too fast! It seems like so long ago and also not very long ago that I was waking up every morning, choking down my cold oatmeal in the dark fall morning, trying not to be sick and throw up. And now I am at the end of the best trimester, kind of sad since I hear so many bad things about the 3rd trimester, but so crazy that I am here!

Today we are leaving for California to visit my sister and her cute family. Hopefully it will be the break that we both need. I need some serious fun time with my husband! Time that we can be lazy and not think about the pressures of life, because life is stressful right now. Amazing, but stressful.

So farewell, I will be back in a week, refreshed and ready to take on the home stretch of pregnancy!

27 Weeks 1 A
27 Weeks 6 A
27 Weeks 8 A

Maternity dress and shrug from Target.

Thanks, Katie, for taking these photos of me every week and making me laugh! 


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Bump Day Bumpdate - Week 26

How far along: 26 Weeks, now officially 6 months along.

Size of baby: 14 inches, size of a cucumber, apparently. Almost 2 pounds.

Gender: Little dude.

Maternity Clothes: Lots of maxi dresses and maternity jeans/shirts going on around here!

Stretch Marks: None so far. But I really need to get back into the habit of moisturizing every night, I have gotten lazy about it. Also I thought I would mention my skin. In the first trimester I was breaking out from pretty much day one. And the dry skin was CRAZY! It looked like I was sunburnt on my face sometimes and was starting to peel. But now my skin has settled down and as long as I wash my face every night (I use Clinique Foaming Cleanser) and moisturize with Cetaphil, my skin looks pretty great.

Sleep: Back into the uncomfortable zone. My hips are sore when I wake up and I toss and turn a lot. Last night I made 3 bathroom trips, which is a lot for me. And also, insomnia! Woohoo!

Cravings: Mexican food!

Food Aversions: This week was really weird. I haven't had these kinds of problems for weeks and weeks. At lunch on Friday, I was in the middle of eating a Jimmy Johns sandwich when all of a sudden I could not swallow. I was gagging on it out of nowhere! Then that night I really wanted to go to our favorite Japanese buffet. It sounded great. We walked in the door and I had to walk right back out because of the smell. It was very strange. It's like my body is possessed by someone else. Someone very unpredictable.

What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach.

Looking forward to: Going on vacay to Cali on Friday! Woooo!

Symptoms: Heartburn, random and sudden food aversions, back pain, nesting like a crazy woman.

Worst moment this week: Just stressing out about the move and being overly emotional because of dumb things my husband says. The thing is that while it is happening, while I am on the verge of tears, I am AWARE that it is over something ridiculous. I know it, but I can't stop it!

Best moment of this week: Lots of great moments this week. Got my hair and toes did, had a totally fun photo-shoot with Cody, who made me feel very pretty. We maybe sold our car, I used a bonus I got at work in a very irresponsible but awesome way, I felt the baby kick a ton this week and watched my stomach jump around. Cody laid his head down on my belly and Sawyer kicked him in the cheek several times. And I cleaned the heck out of my kitchen, like, tooth brush level cleaning, and also cleaned and detailed my washing machine using this tutorial. My kitchen and washing machine look am-ah-zing. I love that feeling after hours of work when you can see a beautiful difference. It feels good.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Baby boy shall be named...

Name Reveal

We will be naming him Sawyer! We have loved this name for quite some time and wanted to use it for our first boy. We can't wait to meet little Sawyer, or as we call him, Soy Bean. :)

Impromptu Photo Shoot

On Saturday, Cody and I took the photo for our baby name reveal. Afterwards Cody took some photos of me. I think they are pretty so I wanted to post them. Cody is such a good photographer!

Indian Style 3
Indian Style
26 Weeks by tree 2
Preggo in Spring bandw

I will be posting our baby name photo soon!

Friday, March 1, 2013

The sprout and the angry cloud

26 weeks 226 Weeks 4

Today I am 26 Weeks along! Which means I am officially at the 6 month mark! Woot!

Spring is in the air. The birds are singing and the bees are buzzing.

I am feeling like spending time outside right now. Sitting in the office all day is hard with beautiful weather like we are having in St. George! I can't wait to have some free time to spend in the outdoors.

 Work is getting harder. I know that my last month here is May and so it is just so hard to focus! I am almost mentally done here. I am ready to start my new job as a mama

You know, after I take advantage of sleeping through the night without crying babies for a little while longer.

For those of you who do not know the baby name that we have chosen, I will be announcing it next week! And we finally decided on a middle name too, which we both are very happy with.
25 Weeks Sprout

By the by, this is one of my new maternity shirts from DiscoBelly. These are seriously the most comfy shirts to wear with a growing belly. Also, the cloud on the shirt is not angry. Cody says that he sees the little round cheeks as eyes, and the part that is supposed to be the eyes, are mad eyebrows. And in case anyone else sees an angry cloud, I wanted to point out that this is not the case.