December 2015 archive

Bumpdate // Week 34

11046364_10102733893387609_6551138209420604039_nHappy Monday! It’s the last week of 2015! I know everyone always says this, but this year has absolutely flown by. This time last year, my family was celebrating my sister’s wedding and finishing up the planning for mine. This year, we’re all married, we’ve added a new baby to the family and we have one more on the way! I can’t believe how much has changed this year, but I am so excited to see what happens in 2016. And, of course, I am counting down the days until our little nugget joins us. We’ll be ringing in the New Year from my parents’ house, probably in pajamas, because my pregnant body is worn out from Christmas. Speaking of my pregnant body, let’s get to the bumpdate because there are a lot of changes happening!

How far along are you? 34 weeks and 3 days.

How big is baby? The size of a butternut squash. According to The Bump, she’s between 4.2 and 5.8 pounds and between 17 and 18 inches. I asked my midwife if I could find out how many pounds she is at my next ultrasound (at 36 weeks), but she said they usually only check the baby’s weight if it looks like he/she is measuring big or small. My baby is measuring perfectly, and has been throughout my entire pregnancy, so she said not to focus on it too much. I still might try to get it out of the ultrasound tech though. I’m so curious!

Total weight gain? 10 pounds! I’m glad to see that the baby is growing and putting some fat on her little body, but I’m also a little nervous that 10 will turn into 20 over the next 6 weeks. I wake up starving everyday now and find myself feeling hungry a lot more often so I expect this number to keep going up over the next few weeks.

How are you feeling? Santa pulled off a real Christmas miracle this week — I haven’t thrown up at all since I’ve been at my parents’ house! I even woke up on Christmas feeling fantastic. I’m still dealing with a lot of heartburn, but it’s just a regular part of my life right now. I’m also dealing with lots of body aches and leg cramps these days. I’ve also noticed my feet getting a tiny bit puffy the last couple of nights. I have to keep reminding myself that I’m 8 months pregnant and I need to take it easy.

Have you noticed any stretch marks yet? I still have a few stretch marks framing my belly button on each side. They’re still red and ugly, but I’m praying that they’ll fade over time. My belly is also super itchy all the time, which is annoying but reminds me to put my stretch mark cream on, so I hope that’s helping.

How’s your sleep? So bad. So so bad. My belly is sooo heavy which makes sleeping on my side difficult. She also throws a one-baby dance party in my belly every night as soon as I start falling asleep. And she wakes me up bright and early every morning with kicks or hiccups. And last night, I woke up three times to go to the bathroom. Basically, there’s just not a lot of sleep happening right now. I guess it’s preparation for what’s to come.

Best moment this week? For Christmas, Harper and I got matching Freshly Picked moccasins. Cutest thing ever! I also got a Tory Burch diaper bag that I’m obsessed with. I am totally ready for this mom thing!

What are you looking forward to? We scheduled our final (most-likely) ultrasound for 36 weeks and I cannot wait! We haven’t seen her since 24 weeks so I can’t wait to see how much she has changed.

Any milestones this week? I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this on the blog yet, but my midwife is pretty sure that she’s in the head-down position now. I’m pretty sure she’s right because whenever she has hiccups, I feel them in the lowest part of my belly. She was breech for a long time, so I’m really glad she decided to turn for us. One less thing for me to worry about when it comes to delivery!



Bumpdate // Week 33


It’s officially the week of Christmas! I am SO excited. I absolutely love Christmas. Of course I love presents (giving and receiving), but my favorite things about Christmas are family time and family traditions. My family has doubled in size over the last few years (so crazy!) so our traditions have changed a bit, but we still spend as much time together as possible this time of year. I’m even more excited this year because Christmas and New Year’s are going to help get my mind off of waiting for this little nugget to become the twelfth member of the family in 7(ish) weeks!

How far along are you? 33 weeks and 3 days.

How big is baby? The size of a durian (whatever the heck that is) or a honeydew melon. Both The Bump and What To Expect say that she’s between 4 and 5 pounds now which blows my mind. I believe it though because she is getting HEAVY. I find myself always holding the bottom of my belly or my back, trying to relieve a little bit of pressure.

Total weight gain? 6.5 pounds, but I have another appointment with my midwife on Wednesday so I’m sure I’ll have some kind of update on this next week.

How are you feeling? Unfortunately, I’m still throwing up every morning. My heartburn is better on some days and worse on others, but I’m managing it. My main symptoms this week are mild headaches and body aches. My body is tired! On the bright side, I’m feeling great when it comes to being ready for the baby. I’m not feeling as anxious as I was anymore. I’m still nesting like crazy, but not in a stressful way anymore. I’m sure my husband is extremely grateful for that!

How’s your sleep? I slept in this morning for the first time in weeks, which was glorious, but overall sleep is not going well for me. I try to sleep on my left side, but my belly is so dang heavy that it makes me so uncomfortable. And don’t even get me started on turning over in bed. The cracking sounds my pelvis makes are loud enough to wake my neighbors.

Food cravings? Vanilla milkshakes from Cookout and pistachios. So random and weird, I know.

Food aversions? Still fish. I’m praying this aversion will disappear as soon as the baby is born.

Favorite places to shop for baby clothes? So far, my absolute favorite place to find baby clothes is Target. Their Circo line of baby clothes is extremely well priced ($4.50 each for bodysuits and leggings) and absolutely adorable. I literally cannot leave that store without getting at least one outfit. I also love Baby Gap. It can be a little pricey, but they have great sales all the time. I want their entire early Spring collection! I have $100 worth of baby clothes in my online shopping cart right now, but I’m hoping they have a big after Christmas sale. Moms, what are you favorite places to shop for your little ones?

Merry {Early} Christmas!!


Bumpdate // Week 32


Time is flying! I feel like I just sat down to write my last bumpdate. This little nugget will be here SO soon and yet it still doesn’t feel soon enough. I’m so ready to meet her! I spent this last week nesting in a major way. I spent an entire day washing and folding all of her clothes, socks, blankets, burp cloths, bibs and towels. Then I recruited Sam to help me move all of my stuff (my desk, chair, books, etc.) out of the room so that we could make space for her crib and changing table. My to-do list is still crazy long, but I feel good about the progress we’ve made so far. I spend the better part of my days in her nursery rearranging things and trying to come up with creative ways to make this tiny space work. I’m worn out by the end of the day, but I couldn’t be any happier.

How far along are you? 32 weeks and 3 days.

How big is baby? The size of a squash and she could be anywhere between 2.5 and 3.5 pounds.

Total weight gain? 6.5ish pounds — I haven’t gained any weight in the last 6 weeks. I asked my midwife if I should be concerned, but she said that 1) because my BMI was on the higher side to begin with she didn’t want to me to gain more than 15-20 pounds anyway and 2) because my belly is growing at a consistent and normal pace, I have nothing to worry about. My belly consistently grows 2-3 centimeters between each prenatal appointment so the baby is obviously enjoying all of the carbs I’ve been eating lately.

How are you feeling? I spoke too soon last week: the vomiting and constant heartburn are back again. I still have a cold and I have absolutely no recollection of what “normal” feels like. Some days (most days?) I get really frustrated, but I’ve been able to distract myself by focusing on finishing the nursery and reminding myself that I am so so close to the finish line.

What are you wearing a lot of lately? Not much has changed in the maternity wear department. I’m still wearing all of my same leggings, maternity jeans and tops. I have to stick to long tops lately though because when I wear my usual t-shirts, I will walk by a mirror and see that my belly is hanging out of the bottom. I’m hoping that hasn’t happened in public yet!

How’s your sleep? Not great. It’s just very difficult to find a position that is completely comfortable for this growing body. Either I’m laying too flat (aggravating my heartburn), I’m propped up too much (which hurts my lower back) or I’m stuck on one side for too long (which makes my hips ache). Apparently most pregnant women deal with sleep issues during the third trimester so I’m just doing what I can to manage it. I try to go to bed at a decent time and I try to lay down and rest whenever I feel tired during the day after a rough night of sleep.

Food cravings? I cannot get enough Haribo gummi bears lately. I’ve always loved them, but I’ve lost track of how many bags I’ve consumed over the last few weeks. I’ve also been craving Red Robin’s crispy chicken sandwich for like two weeks. I can’t wait to get back to Northern VA for Christmas so I can get one.

Food aversions? Still seafood.

Best moment this week? We have a major storage issue in our house so the closet in the nursery is filled with my clothes and shoes. I still wanted to hang some of the baby’s clothes so my mom gave us an idea to build a little “wall closet” so that we could display some of her cutest outfits. Sam and I finally set aside some time on Saturday to tackle that project and it turned out sooo cute! I love it when the two of us work together to get ready for the baby. It’s like a little preview into parenthood.

What are you looking forward to? I’m really looking forward to going on a hospital tour with our Centering class next week. I know things are going to feel very real after that!


Bumpdate // Week 31

2C0E4ED6-9C66-46E2-9879-8A394577D3B2Happy Monday! I’m currently on my parents’ couch, drinking a mug of hot water with lemon and honey trying to fight off the same cold I’ve been trying to get rid of almost my entire pregnancy and also recovering from a super fun, busy weekend. My baby shower was yesterday and it was everything I imagined it would be and more. Nearly 50 women came to celebrate the arrival of our baby girl! We had a blast eating delicious food, playing fun games and oohing and aahing over all of the tiny little clothes and toys she received. After the shower was over, I sat on the floor and went through every single present again and realized two things: 1) we are really having a baby and she’ll be here very soon and 2) I have a fantastic group of family and friends. They’ve been spoiling me all of my life and now they’re spoiling my little girl! All of the women in my life have been so encouraging and supportive and excited and that means more to me than any gift we’ve received. So thank you to everyone who came and showered us with your love and generosity! Now let’s get to the bumpdate…

How far along are you? 31 weeks and 3 days.

How big is baby? The size of a pineapple! I’m not sure how many pounds or how long she is. Hoping to find out soon though.

Total weight gain? Haven’t weighed myself since my last appointment, but I have another one on Thursday. I’m guessing I’ll be up a pound or two.

How are you feeling? I stopped throwing up again! I started exclusively sleeping on my left side because I read that it’s better for heartburn. I also always sleep with my head propped up by two pillows. The only downside is that my left hip aches more now, but I’ll take that over vomiting any day. Most of my other symptoms are the same, except I’ve noticed that my skin is crazy dry all of a sudden. My belly itches all the time so I try to remember to put cream on it multiple times a day. In general, I tire out super easily these days and can’t stand up/walk for long periods of time so I know that we’re getting close to the end.

Have you noticed any stretch marks yet? I mentioned last week (or the week before?) that I’ve noticed more stretch marks at the bottom of my belly. I also ran out of my belly oil at the same time. So the other day, when my mom and I were in A Pea in the Pod shopping for a shower dress, I picked up a new stretch mark cream — the Basq Intensive Treatment Stretch Mark Butter. I also grabbed their Mega Moisture Cream to combat my dry skin. I’m liking them both so far, but I’ll let you guys know how they work after I’ve used them for a little while longer.

How’s your sleep? My main problem with sleep right now is this dumb cold that I can’t get rid of. I’ve had to start sleeping with a humidifier because I get so dry at night that I wake up feeling like I slept in the desert. I get sleepy really easily these days and I’m normally not a nap person, but I think I’m going to have to start giving into them pretty soon.

Best moment this week? Obviously, it was my baby shower. The whole day was fantastic!

What are you looking forward to? Getting home this afternoon so that I can decorate my house for Christmas.

Check out a few more photos from the shower below!