Friday, October 3, 2014

3 Months

This was never posted for some reason, even though it was written on 8/26.  Better late than never...


Ethan turned three months old yesterday. I loved the weekly pregnancy prompts because it was an easy way to remember to update. Since I seem to have trouble with that these days, I'm going to attempt to do the same thing monthly for Ethan.

Weight: Last we checked about 16-17 pounds.

Highlight of the Month: I think the best part about the last month have been all the smiles! E is not stingy with smiles which is good because we can't get enough. He's also started cooing and gurgling a lot more. Seriously makes my heart want to explode, grinch-style.

Hardest Part of the Month: I headed back to work the first week of August and that has been... interesting. Working for a family business gives me a ton of flexibility and I got my dad's blessing to bring the babe to work for a couple months to give us more time before he had to start daycare. While I have the perfect setup- office with a door, room for baby gear, the ability to make my own flexible schedule, etc. It has still been pretty hard to juggle. However I get more done at work with the baby than I would at home with the baby, so there's that. We joke that having Ethan at the office impacts my dad's productivity more than anyone else's.

Milestones: In the last week or so, it seems pretty clear that he is intentionally grabbing at things from time to time. He doesn't often get them, but you can tell there is a thought process to his movements. He has also slept through the night three times, but sadly, not consistently.

Firsts: The major first for this month was his first plane ride. We needed a bigger car to make the carseat/stroller deal a little easier on me, and as luck would have it one of my friends was selling her SUV. The car was in Lubbock so we flew out on a Friday, I showed Den some of the LBK hotspots, and we drove back to Dallas the same day.

We were both very nervous about the flight and the five hour road trip, but he was an angel through all of it! Seriously not a peep the entire flight until I took the bottle away from him to pack up when we landed and only got fussy on the drive home when it was time to eat. Such a relief!

Funniest Moment: Probably when I woke up in the middle of the night in a dead panic because I thought that I had put Ethan in bed with us and fallen asleep (even though he's been sleeping in his crib for a month and a half).  I woke up frantically patting the bed all around me and when I didn't find him, I tore the sheets off poor Dennis, shook him awake and yelled at him to help me find Ethan. He groggily pointed toward the monitor where he was sleeping soundly while I breathed a sigh of relief and let my adrenaline slowly subside. I think it's safe to say he thinks I'm crazy. Those mama bear instincts will get the best of you.

  • Licking everything... Sophie, his peacock, blankets. It doesn't matter what it is, if it's close to his mouth, he is trying to lick it. It's pretty funny.
  • Watching the cars from my office window. This is a surefire way to calm him down if he's fussing. So much so that sometimes I desperately wish for a fourth story window at our house.
  • Movement. Just like most babies, another surefire way to calm him down is to strap him in his carseat and go for a ride. 
Not a fan of:
  • Tummy time and naps. I've admittedly been terrible at getting him on a schedule, but the only way he'll nap is if I replicate exactly what we do to get him to sleep at night. The magic trifecta is bottle, swaddle, sleep giraffe. 
  • Not being held. He pretty much demands attention 24/7. Again, my fault. When he was teeny tiny someone made a joke about never putting him down and I said that he was so sweet and snuggly that I wanted to hold him as much as I could since these days were short lived and that I knew I would pay a price for it eventually, but I didn't care. Well, enter the price to be paid, because he is not a fan of being put down now. I still maintain that it was/is worth it but, man, is it hard to cook dinner these days. 
I have a feeling I'll be saying this a lot in the months to come, but this has been my favorite month so far. Sleeping longer stretches and smiling all the time are both pretty awesome developments. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Ethan Charles
5.25.14 at 11:39am / 9 lbs. even / 21.5 inches

Better late than never to make introductions, right?

What can I say? We have been soaking up every moment with this little chunk and blogging apparently wasn't high on the priority list as a result. I honestly cannot fathom how it has been three months already. We've had some tough days sprinkled in between lots of awesome days. In general he's a pretty laid back little dude unless it's the dreaded 6pm hour- then his fiery little personality shines fiercely. He's got his daddy's eyes and his mama's lips (according to some). We're told he's a good mix of the two of us since he is a dead ringer for neither. 

It goes without saying that we are head over heels for our little guy and can't imagine life without him now that he's here. More to come!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

39 Weeks

How far along?  39 Weeks. 

How big is the baby this week?  Baby Center says he is is the size of a mini watermelon(!!) And weighs a bit over 7 pounds.

Total Weight Gain?  32 pounds.

Maternity Clothes?  Only thing that fits these days...

Best Moment of the Week?  Finally starting to talk to our doctor about an end game was pretty surreal.  And Baby G continues to be spoiled- we received sweet gifts from two of his aunties and some adorable burp cloths from a family member. 
Den and I also had a great dinner and a movie date night (Neighborhood Services / The Other Woman) and a fancy brunch with my parents at Fearings- getting in all these non-infant friendly things while we can!  

Trouble Sleeping?  Touch and go. Today I woke up at 6am and couldn't go back to sleep so I started organizing my closet into sections that were 
postpartum/nursing friendly with anything snug getting pushed to the back. I figure that if I have the most flattering options front and center it will lead to less meltdowns when getting dressed. Although- who am I kidding? We all know it's going to be tank tops and sweat pants for a good while. 

Miss Anything?  Wine. I've started restocking the wine supply mainly because I'm so excited about the idea of having more than half a glass. However, you do get some funny looks when loading up your target cart with wine at 10 months pregnant. I almost told the cashier that it wasn't for now that I was just preparing, but I figured that might make it worse. Damn 
judgey people.

Movement?  Slowing down quite a bit which I've been reassured is normal. And not as many jabs to the sternum so *maybe* that's a sign that he's a little lower. 

Food Cravings?  Nothing crazy. Iced tea/lemonade. Hazelnut shortbread cookies from Trader Joe's... although I don't think it's fair to classify those as a craving since they are a staple in our house, pregnant or not.

Belly Button - In or Out?  Outie and then some. 

Symptoms?  I'm starting to feel some pressure from time to time, but nothing other than that. 

Wedding Ring - Off or on?  On, but snug.

Happy or Moody?  Pretty happy this week. Trying to enjoy these last few days. 

Looking Forward to?  Obviously the same as last week- his arrival!  I think we're as ready as we can possibly be. I have my contraction timer app downloaded, the bags are packed, and the car is getting washed today. I don't think I can possibly nest anymore than I already have. My friend Jules came over to see the nursery and commented that she's never seen my house so organized. Granted, I'm no Monica Geller so there's not exactly a high precedent to begin with, but I'll take the organization inspiration wherever I can get it.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Baby Thoughts

39 weeks, four days pregnant.

Three days left to go- in theory.  

This dude seems pretty content right where he is. No contractions, no major signs of labor, just the same old story, only larger. 

I have to say that this is one of the strangest feelings in the world. I feel like I am standing in the middle of the road waiting to get hit dead on by a Mack truck. Granted it's a Mack truck full of puppies and nutella and all the things I love but still a Mack truck. 

I know that probably makes me sound like a horrible person to compare this little blessing to being run over by a truck- and please make no mistake- we are SO EXCITED, but the whole concept of your entire life changing so dramatically in an instant is very bizarre. Especially when you have no idea when that instant will occur. 

Everyone asks me if I'm over it, and it's such a hard question to answer. I'm uncomfortable and I'm ready to meet him, but I'm also not "over it" quite yet. I think being 32 and watching a lot of friends go through this gives you a certain amount of foresight to appreciate both the before and after. I don't have the luxury of "ignorance is bliss" because pretty much all my friends have kids and I see firsthand how much it changes your life. So instead of complaining about being uncomfortable, I'm trying to savor the kicks and the fact that I can spend an entire afternoon taking a nap if I want to or the fact that I can meander around Target for three hours without having to worry about anyone else. I know that's all quickly coming to an end, but luckily it will be replaced with something even better. 

I'm really excited to watch Den interact with him and to see what he looks like. I know this is weird, but I hope he has that newborn old man look when he first arrives. And obviously healthy and happy is Goal #1, but I am rooting for a little mini-Dennis. I would love it if he had his skin tone and blonde hair, but more importantly, his kindness and patience. Especially the latter since we all know he's not going to be getting that from me. 

Despite the thousands of thoughts that run through your head at this stage of the game, I think more than anything else we feel grateful. Considering the fact that this wasn't something we planned on happening so soon, we are very grateful for the ability to trust that this is what was supposed to happen, grateful to our families for their support and love despite us jumping the gun a bit, grateful for a relatively easy and healthy pregnancy, and grateful to be given this opportunity that so many people (especially at our age) either aren't given or struggle immensely to obtain. Even though it felt like quite a curve ball (or Mack truck) when we found out I was pregnant, now that we are less than a week out from his official arrival- I can't imagine life any other way. 

Three days and counting. Please keep us in your thoughts as we begin the roller coaster ride of bringing this (now very full term) little guy into the world. Life is about to get interesting!

Monday, May 12, 2014

38 Weeks

How far along?  38 weeks. Which.... how did that happen?!? It's absolutely crazy to me to think that we only have two more weeks tops before we're actually responsible for this little person. 

How big is the baby this week?  Baby Center says he is is the size of a leek.  So about 19.5 inches long and roughly 6.8 pounds. 

Total Weight Gain?  31 pounds.

Maternity Clothes?  Yes. I think things are starting to get a little snug since Den has asked me a couple times why I'm wearing a normal shirt when it is most definitely maternity. 

Best Moment of the Week?  Knowing that we are about to be home-bound for awhile, I'm trying to get in a few solid date nights at some of my favorites. We had a great dinner at Hattie's on Tuesday and then went back to my old 'hood with friends Friday night to Victor Tangos. It was fun to get out of our bubble, get a little dressed up, and be amongst the youngsters for an evening. 

Trouble Sleeping?  Yes. A little better this week, but still not great.

Miss Anything?  All my cute summer sandals that I can't wear because I'm unable to fasten the straps without assistance.  

Movement?  All the time. He is usually pretty rambunctious and was a little more quiet yesterday which freaked me out a bit, but he'll move every time I start thinking I haven't felt him in awhile. So thank you, kiddo, for reassuring me just when I need it. 

Food Cravings?  Nothing too weird. Dried strawberries, chocolate, milkshakes. Food in general. :) 

Belly Button - In or Out?  Outie and then some. 

Symptoms?  No labor symptoms whatsoever. Everyone keeps asking me if I've started having contractions and nada. I'm assuming I'll know the first time I get one? 

Wedding Ring - Off or on?  On for the time being, but snug.

Happy or Moody?  50/50. 

Looking Forward to?  His arrival?? We're patiently waiting but he seems pretty cozy, so we'll see if it's this week or next week. I would REALLY prefer not to get to 41 weeks. I am certainly not an "au naturel" kind of a girl- I'm 110% on board the epidural train, BUT I would really prefer not to induce if I don't have to. I just think everyone is better off when he comes when he's ready as opposed to me evicting him. However, I am ultimately leaving that decision up to the pros. If my doctor says it's time to induce, induction it is.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Baby G's Nursery

So before I share Baby G's nursery, I have to show you the "before" pictures. As I said in a previous post, this was an unused room in our house that quickly turned into the place where we stashed all the junk we didn't want to deal with.  

Here is the listing photo from the previous owner:
The fact that it was his workout room contributed to our decision to continue the wood floors in here. The thought of our baby crawling around on this guys old, sweaty carpet just grossed me out.

It then looked like this after we moved in:
I warned you. Hoarders will be calling any moment now...

 Then this (mid paint):

 Finally painted with new flooring: 

And now done and ready for our guy!

 The only thing we are missing now is a changing pad cover- The blue cover is actually an aden + anais blanket that I am using as a substitute until the real one arrives from etsy.  

 We'll obviously fill the frames with photos of the wee one once he makes his debut.

Still working on filling these up as well. We may do photos of him or just more artwork as we find things we like. 

We'll hang something above his crib and probably get a rug once I find something that works in here that isn't ridiculously expensive.

I'm so relieved to have it all done. Despite not having any sort of real vision for the room, I'm really pleased with the way it came together.  I wanted it to be happy and clean. I think we got the happy from the colors and the clean from the new floors and a fresh coat of paint.

In case anyone else out there is looking for nursery inspiration, here are a few links to things we used in his room:

White Gallery Frames - Amazon

My biggest piece of advice for decorating a nursery on a budget is to pick out what you like and then check on the items online often.  The beauty of pregnancy is that you have some time to wait it out and try to get the best deal possible. We picked out most of the big purchases early on and then I jumped on them one by one when I found a good sale. By doing this we saved over $100 on the rocker, $75 on the crib, $60 on the dresser, and probably another $100 by using Ebates on everything. It adds up quickly!

Now we just need a kiddo to occupy the space- it's still so weird to me to think that he will be crawling around on that floor in a matter of months!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

March & April in Pictures

Got a little behind so I'm combining March & April!

Ben & Jerry's run after dinner. Gotta love being a clich√©. 

Trying on his "I'm the Daddy" shirt that he got as a shower gift. 

Snuggled up right where he is NOT supposed to be snuggled.

This is one of the fun surprises when we took out the carpet/baseboards during the remodeling- carpenter ants aka ants that eat your house à la termites. It could have been much worse, but how DISGUSTING is that? The thought that those things were crawling around underneath the carpet while we were living there for the last eight months really grosses me out.

Knee deep in the chaos.

Finally starting the floors!

Annnd celebrating being done!

I think I had us putting the crib together before the wood glue even dried. 

 Flip cup at Alex's bachelorette party.

Ranch party. 

 West Texas sunset.

The bride's mom got me a package of Depends as a joke to wear underneath my bridesmaid's dress in case my water broke during the wedding. Thank goodness there was no need for that, but the girls did have fun modeling them. 

Testing out the stroller. 

Packing Baby G's hospital bag.

Taking a nap with two out of my three guys.

Date night at the Arboretum.

Rangers game.

Always lovely when your husband comes dragging in snakes from the yard. 

Den likes to say that Moose is spoiled and not well behaved, so I always love it when I catch the two of them having a moment. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

37 Weeks

How far along?  37 weeks.

How big is the baby this week?  Baby Center says he is is the size of a stalk of swiss chard.  So about 19 inches long and roughly 6 1/3 pounds. 

Total Weight Gain?  30 pounds.  This was my "goal" weight for the entire pregnancy, so it looks like I will definitely be going over, but I'm still pretty comfortable with that number.  I figure pregnancy is just not the time to worry about what the scale says.

Maternity Clothes?  Yes. Busted out some of those stretchy elastic-waist shorts this weekend- it's definitely starting to warm up in Dallas so this dude can come anytime as far as I'm concerned!

Best Moment of the Week?  One of my best friends (and old roomie) got married! It was such a great weekend celebrating her and her husband. I got in lots of time with my girls and the wedding was even fun sans booze- that's when you know it's a good party! Baby G was probably wondering what in the hell was going on all weekend because I don't think he's been poked or prodded as much throughout my entire pregnancy as he was over the weekend.  

Trouble Sleeping?  Yes, not fun.

Miss Anything?  Having a glass of champagne in my hand at wedding receptions.

Movement?  Constantly. I'm starting to get a little sad thinking about not feeling him kick anymore. That's definitely one of the more fun parts of this pregnancy business. 

Food Cravings?  Snickers Easter Eggs. I plowed through all the ones in our Easter basket pretty quickly and now I've been craving them like crazy. They are so much better than regular snickers!

Belly Button - In or Out?  Outie and then some. 

Symptoms?  Achey everything. Insomnia. Needing a crane to get myself up from any sort of reclined position.

Wedding Ring - Off or on?  On for the time being, but snug.

Happy or Moody?  Pretty happy this week. We finished everything we HAVE to get done, so now we're just checking the extra stuff off the to do list. That alone has been a pretty good feeling especially since it makes me feel like I can put my feet up a bit and actually rest a little these last few weeks. 

Looking Forward to?  My first Mother's Day! I got flowers last week just in case he decided to make an early appearance.  Other than that, getting in a few more solid date nights this week and maybe catching a movie.  

Thursday, May 1, 2014

36 Weeks

Kind of sad how I've gone from having Den take the photos every week, to taking them myself in the bathroom, to snapping a quick selfie in the elevator between meetings. You can definitely tell we're at the end of the road!

How far along?  36 weeks.

How big is the baby this week?  Baby Center says he is is the size of a head of romaine.  So about 18 1/2 inches long and roughly 6 pounds.

Total Weight Gain?  29 pounds.

Maternity Clothes?  Yes. I noticed a small tear in one of my pairs of maternity pants. Apparently I'm even starting to outgrow the super stretchy elastic panels.

Best Moment of the Week?  We had our second shower and I was able to meet a lot of my MIL's friends that have known Den since he was little.  Lots of good stories and Baby G was hooked up once again. This kid could go through three outfits a day for his first three months of life and not repeat anything. I also used our registry completion discount to wrap up all the loose ends so I think I can say with confidence that after this week, we have everything we need!

Trouble Sleeping?  Yes, yes, yes. My right hand is constantly going numb and waking me up (weird??) and I have to get up 1-2x a night to go the bathroom. Why mother nature makes it so hard to sleep during the last month before a tiny, screaming, nocturnal human arrives is beyond me. Cruel.

Miss Anything?  My back not hurting.

Movement?  All the time. I just got a swift jab to the ribs as I was typing that.

Food Cravings?  I was really craving a cheeseburger the other day. I'm not a huge burger girl, so that was a little odd. Odd but so delicious. 

Belly Button - In or Out?  Outie and then some. 

Symptoms?  Achey back. No sleep. Full on waddling at this point.

Wedding Ring - Off or on?  On for the time being, but snug.

Happy or Moody?  Probably a little on the moody side this week. I'm having a hard time with the whole to do list vs. social interaction thing. I know we need to be responsible and get things done, but I also know we're going to be home-bound for awhile so it's really hard to manage our time accordingly. And I'm having to force myself to slow down a little bit which is hard for me as well with this ticking time bomb in my body. I fell down the steps in front of our house yesterday because I was rushing out of the house carrying a box of baby returns. Not good. Luckily, I caught myself with my hands and was only a little scraped up, but I need to realize that I'm carrying a bowling ball with me and am not as mobile as I'm used to being. 

Looking Forward to?  My brother and his crew are coming in town this weekend and my old roomie is getting married which means all my college friends are in town as well! It should be a busy but great weekend. Please pray that my bridesmaid dress still fits come Saturday. I may bring a black sheet as a back up plan- maybe we could fashion a maternity toga out of it? Seems fitting since I'll be with my Tech girls... 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Renovations Round One

When we bought our little house last summer we honestly had no clue what a "fixer upper" it would turn out to be. To steal a line from Clueless (oh yes, I'm going there), it was a total Monet. On the surface it looked great, but once you got up close, it was kind of a big mess. 

When we saw it originally, I remember noticing that the owner had updated all the switch plate covers from almond to white, but hadn't changed the actual outlets/switches. As it turns out, that was a huge red flag for the way this guy approached ALL home repairs. Half assed and LAZY. So much so that his name (Russell) has turned into a verb in our house.  (i.e. when we find something that has been rigged, we say it's been "Russell-ed"). It's been a challenge to undo some of his DIY hacks, but doing things the right way has proven to be worth it for our peace of mind.

Our initial projects upon moving in were to Elfa the master closet, paint the rest of the closets, and we also ended up replacing the back door unexpectedly. However, the Big Project that we had planned on from day one was to rip out the flooring in the front of the house and replace it with hardwood.  It was a combination of tile, nasty carpet, and cheap wood. 

Due to the cost and pain-in-the-ass factor of the project it was put on the "eventually" list but promptly got moved to the "OMG-I-don't-want-my-infant-inhaling-tile-dust" list pretty much from the moment we found out I was pregnant. Score one for Baby G.

So after eight months of dragging our feet, we finally got it done in March. I've decided all home remodeling projects follow the path of the children's book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and you should just plan for every one project to turn into five and add about 40% to the cost you were estimating to spend.  In our case, the floors led to painting the walls, which led to replacing the baseboards, which led to rewiring the living room to mount the TV, which led to having the electrician also replace all those almond switches while he was there. Not to mention that we decided to go ahead and tack on flooring for three extra bedrooms and a hallway at the last minute. 

In the end, it was two weeks of disaster....
... that thankfully proved to be entirely worth it. 

Here are some before and afters:

The Dining Room

Listing photo. The dining room had a fan in it(??) and a raised wood floor with that fancy diamond pattern in it. The floor was also cracked in a couple spots. 

After we moved in. I painted the trim (including the faux wainscoting), attempted to hide the pattern in the floor with a rug and Den replaced the fan with a light fixture

And now! In addition to the floors, we painted the walls, put the light on a dimmer, and finally got chairs! Once we get a "real" dining room table and some curtains, this room will be done.

The Living Room
 Listing photo. 

 I don't have a great photo of after we moved in, but this gives you the gist of it. Surprisingly, that's the same color as the previous photo- it just looks much more orangey during the day. We hung the TV, but you can see the wires hanging down and running along the left side of the photo. All the trim in this room was also extremely yellowed.

And now! We painted the mantel and all the trim, wired the TV so the cords are now hidden, replaced the outlets and switches, and moved around some furniture. We still have to get rid of the old coffee table that's currently parked in the corner.

The entry was the same color as the rest of the hallway/living room, but if you looked closely, they had painted directly on top of wallpaper. The paper was bubbling up in certain places and you could see the seams, so we had to have drywall guy come out and strip all the paper and retexture the walls. Annoying, but worth it to get it to look right. The only thing left to do in here is to replace the entry light fixture.

The walls in here photographed a little yellow, but it's the same gray as the rest of the house. Up next for this room is a legit desk and curtains.

Guest Room

The guest room got paint, floors, and new window shades and we also took the 80's intercom box out of that back wall and patched up the hole. We debated trying to retrofit the intercom with speakers and an iPod docking station, but ultimately it just seemed silly as quickly as technology changes.  So now we just need a little artwork and this room is pretty much done.

We also did the nursery, but I'm saving that for a different post once we get a few of the final details finished up. 

I'm so thankful for the fresh clean space to bring the baby home to and the fact that it was done correctly and not "Russell-ed" in any form or fashion. A huge amount of props to my parents who came over every night to offer their slave labor (and would even bring dinner with them).  I can't say that I would recommend taking on any massive home remodeling project while 7 months pregnant, but they definitely made it doable and we couldn't be happier with the result. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

35 Weeks

How far along?  35 weeks.

How big is the baby this week?  Baby Center says he is is the size of a honeydew melon which is roughly 5 1/4 pounds.  All development is now complete and he's just fattening up! Hopefully not too fat- we don't need him taking after his dad who was close to a 10 lb. baby. 

Total Weight Gain?  27 pounds.   

Maternity Clothes?  Yes. It's starting to get warm and my options are a little limited, but I was able to find some non maternity linen shorts with an elastic waistband last week. I bought them in two colors and now regret not buying the third. I'm all about stocking my closet with non-maternity "forgiving" clothes for this summer that I can also wear now. I figure having some cute transitional pieces ready to go will keep me from wanting to jump off a cliff the first time I try to put on my pre-pregnancy shorts.  

Best Moment of the Week?  Getting some key things checked off the to do list. My parents came over to assist with some of the larger projects. We were able to replace the carpet in our master closet (it had some bare spots from where we had ripped out old shelving to put in elfa), organized the kitchen to make room for bottles and baby goods, hung and hemmed curtains, and hauled off some remodeling trash. I should probably be more ashamed that at 32 I'm at my most productive when my parents are there to assist, but I'm not. They are so helpful and Den and I are so appreciative.

Trouble Sleeping?  Yes. I just can't really get comfortable anymore. 

Miss Anything?  General mobility.  D had to fasten the ankle strap on my sandals this morning after ten minutes of me trying unsuccessfully due to the fact that this large bump was obstructing my view.

Movement?  All the time unless I've called someone over to feel him move. Then he stops immediately. 

Food Cravings?  Choco tacos. Easter Candy. My mom's sugar cookies. Sensing a theme?

Belly Button - In or Out?  Outie and then some. 

Symptoms?  Achey back. No sleep. Developing a slight waddle.

Wedding Ring - Off or on?  I can get it on, but with the temperature rising, it's starting to get a little snug. 

Happy or Moody?  Probably somewhere in between. Checking things off our to do list keeps me in good spirits, but the general inability to move around like I'm used to is a little annoying. 

Looking Forward to?  We have our second and final baby shower this weekend that is being thrown by my mother-in-law's friends. I haven't met most of them so it will be nice to put faces with names. After that we can wrap up the final checklist of baby needs (carseat!) and we should be officially ready for this dude's arrival.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

34 Weeks

How far along?  34 weeks.

How big is the baby this week?  Baby Center says he is is the size of a cantaloupe and/or 4 3/4 pounds.

Total Weight Gain?   I think around 25-26ish lbs.  

Maternity Clothes?  Yes. Maxi skirts are my new favorite thing in the world. 

Best Moment of the Week?  That's a hard one bc we had so much going on last week.  Our date night last week was much-needed. The Dallas Arboretum has a concert series in the spring and the first one was on Thursday. We also got to spend Saturday night hanging out with my crew from college for Alex's shower and went to the Ranger's game on Sunday. 

Trouble Sleeping?  Yes. I knew it was coming, but it still doesn't suck any less when it starts up. I feel like a zombie. I'm so tired all the time and between getting up to go the bathroom and the weird dreams, it's just impossible to feel like I've slept well. Guess I should get used to it. I'm starting to realize how badly I function when I'm tired though. Not going to lie- I'm a more than a little anxious about the impending sleep deprivation and how it will affect my sanity.

Miss Anything?  Sleeping well. A back that doesn't hurt. WINE to ease the pain of those first two. 

Movement?  All the time. Definitely feeling the hiccups more frequently as well. 

Food Cravings?  Not really anything specific. 

Belly Button - In or Out?  We're going to go ahead and claim it as a full-on outie at this point.

Symptoms?  Back, sleep, 
fatigue. All I have to say is THANK GOODNESS for that burst of 2nd trimester energy. Now that I'm running on zero energy, I'm so thankful for everything we were able to get done during those three months. D thinks my nesting was in overdrive, but looking back it's a damn good thing because we definitely needed to get as much done as we did.

Wedding Ring - Off or on?  On.

Happy or Moody?  A little moody.  Not having any energy is kind of a downer- especially when I feel like we still have so much left to do.

Looking Forward to?  Getting our house projects wrapped up. My to do list is literally two pages front and back, but I listed out every tiny thing for my sanity. The fact that he could come any minute is really freaking me out when I look at the things I still want to get done prior to his arrival. I'm trying to prioritize and get the most important things done first. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

33 Weeks

How far along?  33 weeks.

How big is the baby this week?  Baby Center says he is is the size of  a pineapple and/or 4 pounds.

Total Weight Gain?   I feel like this is fluctuating a lot depending on when I weigh myself... but 23ish pounds. 

Maternity Clothes?  Yes. I've grown to hate the maternity pants without the full panel because it just DIGS into my belly. By the end of the day I find myself trying to stretch the waistband out away from my stomach while I'm sitting.

Best Moment of the Week?  Getting our stroller! I told y'all how much research I did on this before deciding on the City Select, and I was SO excited to finally go get it. We were also able to get a pretty good deal on it thanks to a 20% off coupon I found. I love it just as much as I thought I would and may have spent the better part of Saturday night pushing it around our house (wild and crazy night, lemme tell ya!)

Trouble Sleeping?  I'm definitely starting to get more uncomfortable. I've also started getting up once in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. I know that's pretty minor compared to how it could be, so I'm still thankful for that. 

Miss Anything?  Not grunting anytime I have to move from a stationary position.

Movement?  At this point, I'm starting to feel like he's trying to claw his way out. And also a little concerned that he may be rearranging organs.

Food Cravings?  Not really anything specific. 

Belly Button - In or Out?  Mostly an outie with a touch of innie.

Symptoms?  My back is really starting to hurt pretty consistently.

Wedding Ring - Off or on?  On.

Happy or Moody?  I would say mostly happy this week.  

Looking Forward to?  A busy weekend celebrating birthdays, upcoming weddings, and a little baseball thrown in!