38 Weeks – Waiting

So we did the version procedure last Thursday, and let me tell you, I do not wish that on my worst enemy. It was so painful!!! She did not flip on her own as I was suspecting maybe she did, turned out she just slid from my right side to my left, which is why I was feeling everything different. My doctor had me come in Wednesday for a sono and check in and she thought we’d be a good candidate for the version still. The Version was SUCCESSFUL! They did get her to turn, and she managed to stay in a head down position, (some babies flip back).

It was the most awful thing I’ve ever experienced though. First off, its such a tease. You check in to labor and delivery, go through all the questions, get dressed in the gown, the belt and all the monitors just like you would if you were having the baby. Except you have to leave empty handed! I had two doctors from my practice do the procedure and it felt like they were just punching me in the stomach for 3 minutes straight. It was quick but felt like forever. After they got her to turn, I don’t know if it was the pain or anxiety or what, but I felt like I was going to pass out, I couldn’t catch my breath and my hands were going numb, so they had to run an IV for fluids and give me oxygen to calm down. I was finally coming around, and then we had to stick around and be monitored for about an hour before we could leave. Fortunately, baby did fine, her heart rate stayed level and she did what she was supposed to do.

I was incredibly sore for the next two days and had to take it easy. I actually wasn’t ready for her to come those days because I really needed a little time to recover. By Sunday I was feeling back to “normal” (meaning, huge and uncomfortable still, but at least not bruised and beaten). So I was ready to start trying anything to get her out. Sunday morning I binge cleaned the whole house and made sure every stitch of laundry was washed. Nothing. I went and got a mani and pedi, but the foot rub part was sub-par.  We went to a friends house for dinner and I tried a glass of wine (It worked for Ada). But nothing. And I tried eating a whole tub of pineapple! Still no baby!

Since I didn’t include a 37 week picture in last weeks post, here is the one I did remember to take after I posted my last update.

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And of course as soon as I start taking pictures, Ada wants in on the action, so one of me and my big girl as well…..

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Here’s the 38 week update, I eliminated a few questions that are obvious so we could focus on more important things!  We just had a doctors appointment this morning so I’ll start with that:

Baby is still head down as far as we can tell by feeling. she said I was about 2 cm dilated, so we’re making some progress. But she said I was only measuring 36 weeks and I had a lot of amniotic fluid still, which makes it more likely that she could still flip back again. So they decided that I’ll have one more check in on Monday the 12th with the Doctor and then if she doesn’t make an appearance on her own by the 13th we’re going to induce. So we’re waiting but the good news is that I won’t go past the 13th. To have a date and to be avoiding the c-section makes me feel much better. I’m so anxious but I’m going to try and cherish this last week of sleep and calm in my house. Its day by day how I am feeling, yesterday was awful and frustrating and uncomfortable and then today I’ve been feeling much better and even did a 1.6 mile walk on the treadmill to try and get something going.

How far along?  38 weeks 3 days

Total weight gain/loss: up 34 pounds, I made a 4 pound jump this past week. I always pack it on in the end!

Stretch marks? Nothing yet.

Sleep: Sleeping ok. Not great. Since we did the flip, I’ve been sleeping with a pillow between my knees to give her a little more room to drop. It feels better but it makes turning from side to side really difficult. I usually wake up several times and sometimes have a hard time getting back to sleep, mostly because my mind races.

Best moment this week: Best and Worst I would say. Getting her to flip. I’m very glad we can try to do this birth natural now as I was very upset that I’d have to go through c-section recovery. Especially since we have a trip to Florida planned in May and I’d like to start getting back to myself sooner then later. I’m also very happy to have a scheduled induction in case she doesn’t come in the week. I at least am back to having an end in sight.

Miss Anything? Same answer as always, just feeling normal. Just so done with this pregnancy!

Movement:  Lot’s of movement still, trying to pay close attention to what I feel where so I know what position she is in, but basically I haven’t got a clue how she is jammed in there. I’m glad the doctor today confirmed that she is pretty sure she’s got her head low, a butt on top and the heartbeat was right where she would expect it to be.

Food cravings:  Still a lot of sweets. Probably where the 4 pounds in one week came from. I made a special trip out to Dessert Deli the other night because I wanted something good, that wasn’t jelly beans or Hershey kisses. So I found my way to these beauties…IMG_0246

Labor Signs: I had about an hour and half Sunday night when I thought maaaybe. I had some really bad cramps and I timed contractions for about an hour and they started 10 minutes apart, then 11, then 13, then 18…. and then I fell back to sleep because I lost hope as they started getting further apart rather then closer together. I woke up Monday morning feeling worse then any other day and so I was hopeful that maybe something was going on, but that day came and went and now here we are at Tuesday, still waiting again. Fortunately I was feeling better today then I was yesterday, makes waiting a tad easier.

Wedding rings on or off?  Rings are still on, I’m pretty happy about that actually despite packing on the pounds recently.

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Moody! So over it and ready to meet my new little girl. I’ve waited this long and I’ve gone through hell and back to get her here, so I’m ready, its time to move on.

Looking forward to: Meeting her within the next week! Getting her out and on the road to our new normal. Getting my body back to being just mine again and watching Ada become a big sister. She has waited so long for this and I know how anxious I am and I understand time and what’s going on, this girl is so impatiently waiting for her best friend and she doesn’t even know it yet!

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Sunday morning snuggles in her favorite place, with “her baby”. 

And here’s a 38 week bump. Another bathroom selfie, no make up, and pjs… its all I’ve gotten around to this week! Getting huge!

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35 Weeks- We’re getting there….

I wasn’t going to do a post this week. There hasn’t been a lot of change, still feeling the same super uncomfortableness (is that word??) but I re-read some old posts recapping the very end with Ada and it’s so interesting for me to read back and see that I was feeling the exact same ways with her, even though at this moment in time, I feel like I don’t remember it being so bad last time. I guess this is why we have multiple children, you really do forget the worst parts of growing a human baby once its all said and done.

I also thought it was really cool that I ended my last pregnancy post, literally the day before she was born, so it was super fun to see what I was thinking and feeling right before she arrived, so I decided not to skip a week and document everything!

The good news is that I’m about 6 or 7 pounds down from where I was with Ada. I also said I had ditched my wedding rings by this point and right now I still have some wiggle room with those too.  The movements feels wicked bad this time around and reading back I think Ada was just as bad. I was also still finalizing the nursery at 36 weeks last time and I’m happy to report that I am all done with that and in a really good place with everything we need to do. We’re ready for baby, our bags are packed, we have supplies in the house and everyone has instructions!

So what’s going on this week? (I’m gonna skip the boring survey and wing it!!) 35 weeks and 4 days in…..

-Dan and I got new phones this past weekend. I wanted to get the newest iphone (iphoneX) so I had the very best camera when baby girl arrived. Here’s a shot with the new phone of my little beauty who simply cannot get enough of loving on my bump still!

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-Braxton hicks are getting really intense. They are actually a lot less frequent this week, but they have been really bad when they do come. Like close my eyes, make a fist and breathe deeply kinda bad! Last night they were really frequent though and I’ve had bad hip pain too. I’ve been having a hard time breathing this week, which makes me suspect maybe she hasn’t quite dropped yet.

-Baby girl is still moving around like crazy, alien like punches from the outside, but I’m noticing that its really bad right before I eat a meal and as soon as I eat and give it a little time, she calms right down. I hope she’s this easy to settle once she arrives. Seems like as soon as I feed her she drifts off to sleep.

-I actually wore a pair of boots that I didn’t think fit my feet anymore this week that fit fine and my weight is up about 2 pounds from last week, so still slow and steady. Up about 29lbs right now. I’ve had a bad sweet tooth this week again though.

-Dan’s Grandmother passed away this past weekend, so he had to fly out to NYC today. I’m a little nervous about him being out of town, but I think we still have a couple weeks. I’m sad I cannot be there with him and his family but I’m almost 36 weeks now and knowing Ada came at the end of 37 weeks it would not be a good idea for me to be traveling.

-I’ve dropped my maternity clothes rotation to like 6 things. I have a couple black and gray leggings, 2 different striped tank tops and a couple different sweaters, that is about all I feel comfortable in right now. My wardrobe goes down a little each week which means I have to do laundry a lot more often.

-My coffee addiction is getting real. I still only have my one cup a day that I’m allowed right now, but it makes such a huge difference in my productivity. Dan and I went out with friends last weekend and I actually stayed out until midnight thanks to an after dinner cappuccino. 2 years ago I never would have thought of myself as a coffee drinker and now I can see my survival relying on it a few weeks from now.

-Doctors appointment in 2 days. They moved me last week from bi-weekly to weekly, (one week earlier then then normally would have) she said since I was so uncomfortable and since Ada was so early, she’d have me come back next week and do my first internal check and the strep B test to get that stuff all outta the way. I was glad we did that, I said in last weeks post that I wanted some good news and that was about as close as we could get I guess. It was a really quick appointment,  everything else was right on track, so that’s all good news.

-Today is Valentine’s Day. Ada has had her “countdown to baby” based on holidays, so its crazy this is our very last one. We’ve been counting down to St. Patricks Day which is my actual due date, but I’ve been hopeful all along that we would have her in our arms by that holiday. We’ll see, no other holidays to count now!!

-And because I am a proud mom I have to share another picture of Ada. Last week was school picture day and she melted my heart and made me question where the last 4 years of my life has gone when they took these graduation pictures. Kindergarten, yikes!!

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I suppose that’s all my updates for this week… on to 36 weeks and hopefully the end is very near, we cannot wait to meet this little baby and have her flip our world upside down!!

Here’s our Valentine’s Day bump picture, and of course one of us at the breakfast table with Ada hugging the gigantic bump again, she tells the baby everything in the mornings!

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34 Weeks

I skipped over a 33 week update, didn’t really have very much to say! Dan was home sick all last week, so Ada and I have been trying to stay away! We thought it was the start of the flu, but I think it was just a really bad cold, fever took all week to break! Ada and I somehow managed to stay healthy (so far!)

He bounced back enough to go out and celebrate my birthday on Saturday. I tried to get Ada a babysitter (aka Grandma) so we could have a date night but she really wanted to celebrate my birthday with me, so we took her along. Between Dan not feeling great and me just totally over being pregnant neither of us really wanted to get all dressed up for a late night out anyway so it worked out just fine. We went to 800 Maple and it was outstanding! We both ordered the prime rib, which sped up our dinner since it was already cooked and ordered scallops as an appetizer, they were amazing! After dinner, there wasn’t anything that jumped out at me on the dessert menu, so we went to Dessert Deli, down the street and we each picked out our own dessert (cheesecakes) to bring home. Dan and Ada sang happy birthday to me, Ada fell asleep on the couch by 8:15 and Dan and I watched a movie in bed and called it a night early!

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As far as baby updates go, she is really beating me up lately. Movements are so strong and she moves constantly. I am so uncomfortable in every position. We have a doctors appointment tomorrow, I don’t know what I expect to happen at that appointment but I just want someone to tell me “she’ll be here early, don’t worry, not much longer” which I know is totally crazy.  I feel like I can’t make it another day, yet with every passing day I realize I’ve gotten through another one! I guess that’s why they say “Take it one day at a time”.  Ada and I made a countdown chain for us, we’re counting down to Baby and St. Patricks Day. Hopefully baby is here by then though! (P.S How adorable is Ada’s new haircut???)

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How far along? 34 weeks 4 days

Total weight gain/loss: 27 lbs. The scale has not moved much lately which I like to see, a pound or two depending on the time of day.

Maternity clothes?  Yes, the same 5 things all the time and only leggings now, I don’t even have the energy to pull jeans on over the bump. I stand in my closet just staring at all my clothes trying to find something new, and end up pulling out an old faithful.

Stretch marks?  Nothing yet. I don’t even have that dark line on my belly that I had with Ada. I don’t recall when that showed up with her, but I feel like I’m pretty far along now and I know I had it sooner then this with her!

Sleep: Actually sleeping fairly good. I’m not sure how I am sleeping so good, she must actually settle down and go to sleep at night too, because the way she moves all day, I couldn’t sleep through it. Some nights are better then others though.

Best moment this week: Celebrating my birthday! 32 is nothing special, but I had a relaxing day on Saturday, got a mani and pedi with my best friend who is due in about two weeks, followed by an hour of roaming around Target with a coffee, by myself and a fun night out with my little family. My parents, my sister and her family all celebrated with me Monday night with a little pizza party, and I couldn’t be happier then to just spend time with them all. 32 is going to be a really great year for us!! My hubby also surprised me with a beautiful flower bouquet that was delivered to the house.

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(This picture is a few days after my b-day, they still are beautiful but some of the roses are a bit droopy now)

Miss Anything? My old clothes!!! I dread getting dressed every morning, I am soooo looking forward to expanding my wardrobe again. I used to do Stitch Fix, which I love!! I stopped because I really didn’t want to be getting anything I couldn’t wear forever (or try on) since its not the cheapest place for clothes, and I sooo can’t wait to start that up again!

Movement:  Like Crazy! Ada feels her all the time, which I love. She’ll talk to the baby to get her to move or when she is kicking me and I say ow, Ada will come over and tell the baby to stop hurting mommy! Bless her heart! I can feel actual parts moving around, which are rock hard now and I’m pretty sure she’s head down which is great! Ada wasn’t flipped over until the very, very end and we had scheduled a c-section for one week early, luckily she flipped and came on her own a week earlier then that. I’m praying this baby wants to make a 2 week early appearance as well.

Food cravings:  Nothing specific still, just hungry ALL the time and then can only eat an ounce of food. I eat half my lunch around 10:30 and then the rest around 1pm. By 3pm I’m starving again and my office hasn’t had any good snacks lately, which results in me walking to Starbucks for a coffee and sweet treat.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, somehow both Ada and I have avoided all the sickness going around this winter, which has been crazy bad! Lots of hand washing, hand sanitizers, Emergen-c drinks, early bedtimes, and lots of water!

Gender prediction: Still my little lady as far as I know! Still solid on her name, and sure enough that I ordered her Easter Basket with the letter initial on it, so let’s pray we don’t change our minds now!

Labor Signs: Lots of low pressure and more braxton hicks. They seemed to slow down a bit the last few weeks,  I was still getting them but less intense. Now they are getting more intense again and much more frequent. Most days I am actually starting to track the frequency because they feel like a lot. Still very random but usually seeing 2-3 per hour! Yikes!

Belly Button in or out? Way out, but not painful at all really anymore and much squishier. I can always push it in, but it just pops back out again.

Wedding rings on or off?  All rings still on. In general, I don’t think my face or anything looks like I’ve gained much weight. I think its mostly baby weight, which I’m really happy about. My feet get a little swollen when I leave them down for awhile and my shoes will feel tight, but my fingers and rings all seem to be normal size, they slide on and off easily still.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty moody.  I start off the day great, and I’m usually good at work until about 3pm when I just start to get real uncomfortable, tired and I’m just done with the day. I feel bad because that means my co-workers get the normal happy me and my family gets the tired, moody one at home. Coming home at 5:30 and having to do dinner, dishes, baths, pjs, homework, playtime etc. when I just want to plop on the couch is hard. We’ve been ordering out a lot, which I’ve just given up caring about, it is what it is. I’ve also noticed my patience level with Ada is lacking again. I feel bad, I get bad mom guilt when I loose my temper, followed by my sad thoughts that these are my last days with just her.

Looking forward to: My doctors appointment on Thursday, like I said for some reason I feel like they should tell me some good news. I don’t know if its wishful thinking, or nervousness or maybe my gut instincts, but I feel like she is coming sooner then later.  As much as I just want this pregnancy to be over, part of me is just still in shock that she actually WILL be here in a few short weeks, regardless of whether she is early or not, she is coming soooo soon!! Its just starting to hit me that these are our last few weeks as a family of 3. Having Ada in our life has meant that life is constantly changing through different phases and her growing into a real person, we’ve learned to just go with the flow. I feel like changing our family dynamic is just another part of those changing phases. I really want to embrace the idea that these are our last days with just Ada, but I am so looking forward to watching her grow into her role as a big sister, she already loves this baby so much and I know that adding this little one to our family will be just fine, we’ll all be just fine and I can’t wait! (Now I’m crying!)

Here is a terrible picture of me that Ada took, I changed it to black and white because I look so dang tired in it. Maybe something new to report for next week after my appointment tomorrow!

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32 Weeks & Nursery pics!

32 weeks down and 7 to go, or hopefully less! Doctors appointment this week and nothing exciting! Heart rate was great, measurements great, only gained two pounds which I was happy with. All in all nothing new, and we wait another 2 weeks.

I’ve been walking a lot on the treadmill and doing some light upper body and lower body workouts. I feel good on the days I workout but it also sucks up a lot of my energy, I feel like its helping keep the weight in check though so even though it takes a lot of energy I think its worth it.

I’ve been saying the nursery is “almost done” for awhile and I can finally say its really “done”.  All that were missing now is baby girl (and a couple items that my sister still has!)  I can also admit that we changed her name again (This is why I don’t like to share). I liked our original name, but I didn’t get all the feels from it and I kept questioning it. We picked a new one and after using it in my head a few times, I immediately knew that it was perfect! Now I smile every time I think of the name and I know it feels right!

So here are a few nursery pictures, I really like how everything turned out, its elegant and feminine, yet practical. I love all those Pinterest Nursery pictures I find, but babies require so much stuff and I don’t understand where they put it all. The nursery has to be realistic, and you have to be able to get to everything conveniently. IMG_9487IMG_9484IMG_9485

The wall art was mostly done by Ada, she did some watercolor paintings and we picked one that matched and she drew a picture of me with a baby in my tummy. There is some extra space in there for her first initial, which I didn’t want to commit to just yet, or give anything away!

I’ll do a short survey here to recap week 32. We’re close to 33 weeks and this was a pretty average week, so I’ll keep it short!

How far along? 32 weeks, 5 days

Total weight gain/loss: up 25 pounds

Maternity clothes?  Yes, ordered some more of my favorite leggings from Gap Body. Perfect for during and after pregnancy!

Stretch marks?  Nothing yet!

Sleep: Sleeping very well actually. Out cold, I don’t even hear Dan come into bed anymore. Some very weird dreams too.

Best moment this week: Finishing the nursery and selecting a name. A name I feel really good about this time! I walk into her room and get so excited (and a little nervous) about her impending arrival. It feels a lot more real now to have everything in place and its a little shocking that in just 5-7 weeks we’ll have another little baby in our world.

Miss Anything? Same as usual, feeling like myself, but hanging in there. Not missing wine as much anymore.

Movement:  Like crazy! This little one is wild and the bigger and stronger she gets the more intense it feels as she rolls around. She is still mostly on my right side but I can’t determine her position. I thought they would check at the doctor this week, but I guess they will give her a little more time to figure herself out!

Food cravings:  Always wanting food, but always feeling full. Its been a weird week for eating when I want something but I’m not sure what and I don’t actually feel hungry. I think I just don’t have room for food, but I want it!

Anything making you queasy or sick: No, thankfully we’ve avoided any stomach bugs or flu in this household so far!! (knock on wood)

Gender prediction: Hopefully she is still a girl, because that’s what we’re ready for!

Labor Signs: Still getting braxton hicks, but less intense lately. I can definitely feel them and my whole stomach tightens but they don’t stop me in my tracks or take my breath away like they have in the past. Maybe its her position, maybe I’m getting used to them. We covered all pre-term labor signs at my doctor appointment though just to be safe. Did you know pre-term labor doesn’t generally hurt like normal labor does? It just starts coming in regular intervals. I didn’t know that!

Belly Button in or out? Waaay, waay out. I’ve gotten over even trying to hide it at this point. The belly band is just uncomfortably tight now and I’m so big that I guess I just don’t give a sh*t anymore, yes, I’m at that point!

Wedding rings on or off?  Still on

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy, been a very average week, working from home this week as my team is all traveling at a trade show, so there wasn’t much point of me being at the office. I’m much more comfortable at home and I don’t have to walk 3 blocks downtown in 15 degrees, so its been less stressful getting out of the house and Ada to school.

Looking forward to:  We’re taking Ada to Disney’s Frozen on Ice tomorrow night! I can’t believe its here already! I bought those tickets back in October or November and I figured it would be a fun last outing with just the three of us before the Baby. But back at 16-20 weeks (or whatever it was) 33 weeks seemed like “the end” and here we are already! She is so excited for the show and I’m excited to have a little family date night!

And Since I have not been good about getting someone else to take bump pictures for me, another mirror selfie for you! Getting BIG!!

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31 Weeks – All downhill!

Pregnancy exhaustion hit me real hard last week, I’m actually feeling better now, but for a few days there I could hardly make it through the day without a nap. I don’t know what it was, I was sleeping okay at night, nothing was different that would make me feel any more tired then usual, but for some reason I felt like if I had to go 9 more weeks like that I wouldn’t make it!

We had a doctors appointment last week, and another next week. Still every 2 weeks for now. Everything was good, baby is measuring right on track. She was a little small at my 28 week check up, but we must have caught back up!

Not much else going on, its been a quiet January which I am thankful for, although its definitely making time drag on more then when we are super busy! So I’ll just do a quick survey and a bump picture for this week!

How far along? 31 weeks 5 days

Total weight gain/loss: Up 21 lbs. -Had a stomach thing going on for a couple days and I wasn’t eating a lot. I think I dropped about 2 pounds, but I’ve also been eating a lot better since the holidays are over and I’ve started some easy walks on my new treadmill (my early birthday gift) so I think that has helped as well!

Maternity clothes?  Yes, anyone ever done Le Tote?? I’m tempted to sign up for the last couple months of pregnancy so I can get some maternity clothes without having to buy them, but it seems a little pricey for stuff I don’t actually get to keep and I wasn’t impressed with the website, a lot of links wouldn’t work and it made me second guess signing up. Recommendations?

Stretch marks? No

Sleep: Sleeping ok, about the same with tossing and turning all night. I have a hard time falling asleep lately because she decides she wants to play when I lay down. She was moving and jabbing me so bad last night that I was up for nearly 2.5 hours trying to get comfortable.

Best moment this week: A pretty average week. I finished the playroom earlier this week as well as the nursery, I’ve been moving things around in the nursery for weeks and I think I’m finally at a point where I like everything. Its a small room and I was starting to feel like I had too much “Stuff” in there, so I reorganized this past weekend, putting more of that “stuff” into the closet and I think I love everything now. I even pulled the car seat up, cleaned that out, and packed the baby’s bag for the hospital. So we are ready for this girl, even though we still have probably 6-8 weeks left. I

Miss Anything?  I miss feeling like my normal self. My whole body feels out of whack and while I see the light at the end of the tunnel I feel like 6-8 weeks is still so long to go.

Movement:  Still moving like crazy.  I keep trying to remind myself how blessed I am to have this feeling of growing a human inside me, but I can’t help but complain (pretty often) about how uncomfortable it is. (Re-read my sleep comment). She is a strong little one and even though I think she may have flipped she’s still hanging out pretty strong on my right side. Sometimes I can feel her actually hitting my hip bone. Maybe that means she dropping a little lower too!?

Food cravings:  No cravings, but I’ll still see something and then want that specific thing. (I guess that’s a craving, haha just not for any one item in particular). I’m hungry almost always but can only eat small amounts at a time. If I over-eat I feel like I can’t move for the next hour.

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Exhaustion when it hits me shuts me down. Coffee helps a little, but its just a quick fix once a day. Stomach aches earlier in the week, I stayed home for 2 days just to be safe, I’m suuuuuper paranoid about all this flu going around right now!

Labor Signs: Still braxton hicks which are getting more intense but not any more frequent yet.

Belly Button in or out? Out

Wedding rings on or off?  On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Indifferent I would say. I haven’t been overly one way or the other. Ada has been great lately, she is so excited for the baby that everything I want her to do I just tell her the baby wants her to do it and she’s all over it. Its a pretty great parenting technique, I hope that lasts! But when she is good, I’m so much happier.

Looking forward to: The Olympics!! They start in just over 2 weeks and I love watching and following along with all the sports and athletes! Plus since they are over two weeks long it brings us right up until I’m almost 38 weeks, so I feel like it will be a great distraction for me to get through February!!

And I will leave with a few pictures from our week! The only 31 week bump picture I took this week was a nice bathroom selfie! Not my favorite kind of bump picture, but its all I got! Of course one of Ada loving on my belly some more and laying in her most favorite place (on top of us)  and one of my dolly heading off to school. Daddy dropped her off the morning I stayed in sick and we tried telling her to get used to it, since he’d probably be taking her in a lot more once I’m on maternity leave! She was not a fan, but she was a fan of posing for me!

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What’s YOUR favorite Olympic Sport to watch???

We love the Speedskating since we both actually were part of the Buffalo Speedskating club (years ago) Dan more then me, but we dabbled in that hobby for awhile, so now its fun to watch when you know how hard it is! We also love the skiing because its insane how fast they go!

30 weeks and a comparison

Since this blog is more for me then anyone else, this post is going to be similar to my 30 week post with Ada. I was super curious as to how many similarities we had going on from last time and as it turns out we are at almost EXACTLY the same place. Its really funny to see, but my weight gain is almost identical, the nesting and nursery stuff is the same and even my comparison picture is almost spot on! I can only hope that once this baby is here she is as awesome as Ada was. We always thought we got spoiled with how good she was and how great of a sleeper she was and joked that our second baby was going to curse us, but if she’s anything like her sister, I think we’ll be pretty lucky in few short months! So the answers in RED are from my First Pregnancy (word for word what I said) and the answers in BLUE are from this current pregnancy!

How far along? 30 weeks and counting 30 weeks 2 days

Total weight gain/loss:  Still up 24 lbs. Up about 22 lbs.

Maternity clothes?  Yes, and I’m usually in crisis mode finding something that fits that I haven’t worn 3 times in a week already. / Samsies. Mostly maternity clothes. I can still wear a few things that are not, but maternity fits better. I think I have more options in the winter because its easier to hide in big sweaters and sweatshirts.

Stretch marks?  Nothing yet. Ditto

Sleep: Still sleeping relatively well, tossing and turning a little bit, getting up to pee every now and then in the middle of the night, but can’t complain.  I guess I can say about the same, I’ve been very uncomfortable sleeping, tossing and turning a lot. I wake up feeling pretty stiff or with a sore back most days and usually get up to pee at least once. Once I’m up and moving everything loosens up again and I don’t feel like I haven’t gotten any sleep, so I guess we’re doing okay. 

Best moment this week: This was a pretty average week I think, not really anything exciting. I guess I did get a few more things I ordered online for the nursery, and a few shower gifts came in the mail which is always exciting. Same in terms of it being a pretty average week. Nothing crazy exciting. Have a doctors appointment tomorrow afternoon, so we’ll see if there are any new developments but I doubt it, I think it will be a quick in and out. 

Miss Anything?  Meh, I’ve made it this far, anything I miss is in my near future again at this point. I had this same exact thought last week, I’ve made it 30 weeks I only have 10 to go, I can do without anything for that long. My answer is usually wine, but after the holidays, when I had a few small drinks, I had my fill and wasn’t really into it much anyway. 

Movement:  Movement is getting very strong, I can feel almost every move she makes, kicks are definitely like kicks now and not just a weird gas bubble in my tummy. Sometimes I think she is trying to flip and can’t, I’ll feel her head (always on my right) but sometimes really low and sometimes really high. Its funny how identical I feel to this right now. Some wicked strong kicks and usually on my right side. Our last check she was still breech too. I get a lot of kicks behind my belly button, which I really hate. I feel like its her head on my right again too, sometimes really far over.

Food cravings:  Pop! I can’t get enough and I have to really cut myself off because I can’t have that much caffeine, I think I just like the bubbles and the fact that it isn’t water, but that’s all I really want to drink. I also have had a bad thing for Snickers Ice cream bars. YUM! I would say the same thing again. I’m into the whole pop thing really bad again. I have been the whole time, its really just that craving for something other then water. Ginger ale has been my savior with the amount of horrible heartburn I’ve had this time around and at least there isn’t any caffeine in that. I still have a pretty bad sweet tooth too even though I’m trying really hard after the holidays to get rid of all that crap. Otherwise not craving anything specific. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing. I would say nothing again. The only difference I think is the extreme exhaustion that has gotten me feeling pretty awful a few times, but now that we’re slowing down I’ve been a lot better. 

Gender prediction: Can’t wait to meet my little lady!! SAME!!

Labor Signs: I’ve had some shooting pains on my sides that feel like running cramps once in awhile, usually simultaneously as she kicks me, but I asked the doctor about it and (of course its not labor pains) but she said its completely normal and the baby may in fact be kicking something. No shooting pains, some running cramps when I walk a lot which feels like an actual side stitch when I’m out of shape. Braxton Hicks really bad again which is exactly how I was with Ada. And I’ve had some really bad tailbone pain where I could barely walk a few times, but it seems to come and go. 

Belly Button in or out? In when I lay down and out when I stand up…. gravity I guess? OUT, way out and never going back in I don’t think!

Wedding rings on or off?  On On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!! So much to look forward to right now! I would definitely say the same, Happy with so much to look forward too.  I will admit that I get a little moody at night. I get very sore and tired by the time I get home from work and therefore I start complaining a lot. I feel bad because Ada just wants me to get on the floor and play with her, and I’m so uncomfortable and tired that I brush it off and I’m trying really hard not to do that because these are my last few precious months of just us. Her whole world is about to be flipped upside down and she has no idea! I’m just so happy that she is so excited for the baby to come and not at all resentful (yet)!! Here is the sweetest picture of her, She just loves my big belly and this little baby so much, I could cry just thinking about them meeting for the first time!

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Weekly Wisdom: I am doing a lot of reading now, on breastfeeding, preparing for a newborn, what I can do to make transitions and healing time smoother, trying to plan out freezer meals and stocking up for grocery shopping, I figured I have the time now and I won’t in a few weeks when I am trying to figure everything out. I can say I have not done ANY of this, this time around. With it being #2 I know what to expect this time and I plan on doing whatever I can to make breastfeeding better and the transition of healing time better, but I think just knowing what to expect has me feeling more confident about all of it and way less worried. I’m definitely more ready to just say “it is what it is” when it comes to all that stuff because I know I can’t control everything. I do want to get ready with some freezer meals and grocery shopping soon, but I know I still have some time, so I’ll get there. Priorities the second time are definitely different. 

Looking forward to: A busy upcoming week… my mom’s birthday dinner, a girls night out, Dan’s parents are coming into town to visit and the shower this weekend, so I’ll get to see a lot of family and friends this week! Thankfully NOT another busy week, I am happy that our busiest weeks are behind us. This week I am looking forward to the fact that we have NOTHING to do! We have no plans this weekend, and we can spend quiet time home with just the three of us. I have hopes of wrapping up everything in the nursery and finishing the reorganizing of the playroom that I started. We’re getting a new Ikea wall/shelf organizer delivered today for the playroom so I plan to spend some time organizing toys and getting the age appropriate things put high on shelves where they need to be and some clear baskets and bins so the kids can see all the toys and things stop getting forgotten about.

And lastly, I threw on the same dress I wore in my 30 week picture with Ada. While here on the East Coast we’re experiencing the coldest weather in decades, I put on a summer dress! Its like the worst picture I could have picked from last time for a comparison as my hair is a mess and make-up non-existent, so don’t judge but you get the idea! Pretty comparable in size, I was kinda shocked! The only difference this time around is that I think my belly button is forming its own second bump.

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We celebrated the Buffalo Bills going to the Playoffs this past weekend for the first time in 17 years!! Which means I was only 14 the last time the Bills made the playoffs so that was a pretty exciting time for Buffalo! We had to document this historic event with a family picture! Unfortunately, they lost to Jacksonville 3 to 10 in the most uneventful game ever, but we’re excited to have made it and “There’s always next year!” Something us Bills fans are pretty used to saying!

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And lastly one of my new favorite pictures of Ada loving her sister some more! (In her Elsa dress of course) I couldn’t take a bump picture without her wanting to jump in it too. This is pretty much where you can find her all the time. Either kissing my belly or talking to it. I’m pretty sure her new sister is going to recognize Ada’s voice better then anyone else!

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28 Weeks -Third Trimester!!

Its Christmas time!! Christmas weekend, so I wanted to make sure I got this post done early before it got away from me. I didn’t do a 27 week update really because the only major changes have been that I started to feel the baby hiccup quite frequently. Cute, but nothing earth shattering! I’ve decided to switch it up this week and I’m just going to bullet point how things are going, I’m starting to feel bored with the survey!

To start off… Hello Third Trimester, I am so happy to see you. Even though its the worst part, (so close, yet so far away) I am welcoming the countdown of the final 12 weeks, I can’t believe we are here already!

-The nursery is almost complete, I’ve had fun getting that in order while I Christmas shopped. Probably should have waited until after Christmas to save myself some stress but I got some good deals on things at least!

-I am soo incredibly exhausted and run down, I’m treating myself to a massage this afternoon before the crazy weekend gets the best of me. The hard part of shopping and baking is done, but now the hosting begins. My body is starting to hate me by the end of the day, sore back and feet, but mostly the “I just don’t give a F**k” is coming out in full force. I’m trying to maintain my normal speeds and Pinterest mommy-ing and I just can’t do it.  I’ve started to just simply not care what outfit Ada puts on in the morning and I’m letting her do her own 4 year old matching thing. If teeth get brushed and her hair gets combed I consider it a win. My Christmas wrapping is usually completed with ribbons, bows and cute tags, but this year, its wrapped half by me and half by Ada (she wants to help with everything- which is good and bad) so the fact that its taped closed completely is good enough for me, and the “to” and “from” is written in sharpie by Ada right on the box, still personalized but I’ve had to let go of my control and fortunately I’m okay with that. Below is how she is signing the packages and thinks its hilarious. My inner control freak was screaming while hearing her laugh at herself for doing it made it me shake it off and laugh with her.

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-I think my shoes are starting to get tight on me. I didn’t notice this problem the first time I was pregnant because it was summer and I spent all my time in flip flops, but I’ve noticed normal sneakers and boots are feeling a bit snug lately.

-We have crammed in every last Christmas event into the last 2 weeks we’ve been home. We’ve visited Santa twice, did the Polar Express Train Ride, all our decorating, shopping, baking and Parties. We had to skip out on a couple parties because of conflicts and honestly I was thankful we didn’t have to try to squeeze more in. Here’s a few pics from those events.

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This is Ada’s (and mine) favorite ornament from her first Christmas, she takes this pic for me every year!
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My niece Savannah, Ada and me at the Niagara Falls Culinary Center
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Ada told Santa what she wants for Christmas, notice her extra special Christmas outfit this year, cares given = zero!!
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The Polar Express Train Ride, Ada’s favorite thing to do at Christmas time!

-The movements of baby girl are getting so much more intense. I can see my stomach moving from the outside and she manages to wedge herself under my ribs sometimes which I didn’t think was going to happen because she feels so low, but I guess she’s getting so big now that she’s just running out of space. I forgot how intense it gets towards the end.

-My appetite is somewhere in between I could eat all day everyday and I’m too tired to make dinner so I’ll just skip it.  Ada was sick earlier in the week and didn’t want to eat anything, so we barely forced down some toast and buttered noodles, which meant I didn’t need to cook dinner and we were all on our own. But I’ll order a whole pizza for lunch at work and eat it by myself, so there’s that too!

-Ada completely melts my heart with how much she loves her baby sister already. When I got home from running errands this week, she came up and hugged my tummy and said “Mom I really missed the baby while you were gone”.  She loves to lay her head on my stomach and rub the baby while talking to her through my belly button, which is where she thinks the baby hears her from.

-On the other end of the spectrum, Ada has tried my patience over and over again this week and between the holiday craze and my raging hormones I feel like I’m at my whits ends sometimes. I really thought I was doing well with the whole hormone thing, but getting out the door in the morning can test you to no end. Arguing over getting dressed, what’s for breakfast and even simple things like making sure she still has manners, is driving me nuts. I don’t know if she is testing me or I just have no patience.

-I’ve been curious how my size and weight compare this time with last time, so I read back on old blog posts with Ada. At 28 weeks last time I was up 24 pounds, last week’s doctors appointment I was only up 15, so shockingly I am doing better there. The movement is about the same, I noted hiccups starting at week 26 last time, and 27 weeks this time. And I mentioned that exhaustion was starting to really set in and how I needed to slow it down, I was blaming Christmas this time, but I guess we’re just to that point in general. I didn’t do a 28 week pic last week, but I did a 29 and 30, so in one of the upcoming posts I’ll try to do a side by side comparison to see where we’re at size wise! I think its pretty close!

For now, here’s how 28 weeks looks from my view and cheers to everyone for a very Merry Christmas!! Hope you all enjoy time with family and friends and that Santa is very good to you all. Happy Holidays!!

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26 week update

Not much new to report this week. Feeling VERY pregnant. Feeling very tired and excited for Christmas. The holiday rush is always exhausting under normal circumstances, now to be pregnant and to have missed a week and a half of holiday prep has had me a little stressed out thinking about what I still need to get done.

We had a doctors appointment this week, the fun glucose test was on the schedule. Nothing like crushing a whole can of orange pop in 5 minutes at 9:00am. IMG_7320.JPG

Luckily I passed that test with flying colors and I’m safe from the 3 hour one! Phew! Aside from having to sit and wait an hour after the drink, the appointment was a quick in and out with not much excitement. So I guess I’ll just jump into the survey for the week!

How far along? 26 weeks 5 days

Total weight gain/loss: According to the doctors scale I am up about 15 pounds. Not as bad as I thought. 

Maternity clothes?  Yes, wearing a lot of the same things over and over again since I feel like I’ve found the few pieces that I feel good in. 

Stretch marks?  Not yet, I just feel like my body is adapting so much differently this time around. Like it already knows what’s coming!

Sleep: Sleeping great again now that I have my bed back. Ada has had me up a few times recently, but we’re usually all quick to go back to sleep. She’s also been waking up super early lately, sometimes falling back to sleep in our bed which is a habit I never wanted to start. She doesn’t know it yet, but she is getting one of those “Ok to Wake” alarm clocks from Santa, so hopefully that will help the early wake up calls I’m getting.

Best moment this week: Just having a doctors appointment again I guess. I hadn’t been in 4 weeks, so its always nice to go in and hear the baby’s heart beat, talk to the doctor and be reassured that everything is looking good and we’re measuring spot on. I start going every 2 weeks now! Which means only one thing…. we’re getting closer!

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Being able to eat whatever I want. We had a holiday dinner last night with my husbands old co-workers and the restaurant had some AMAZING food, but a lot of it was raw. Beef tar tar, sushi rolls, brie cheese. I wanted it all, but had to be careful about what I was picking. They also had the wine flowing and the host of this party has exquisite wine taste so I’m sure I missed out on some really good bottles.

Movement:  Lots of movement, all the time. Getting sharp little elbows or knees to pop up once in awhile. She was moving so much the other night I just had to go to bed because it was getting to be a little much for me.

Food cravings:  Ice cream sandwiches!!! I’m obsessed right now! I think I single handedly ate the entire box out of our freezer this week (and a couple nights I may have had more then one.) I’m sure that weight is going to catch up to me after this week, and now I’ve got the holidays to look forward to with this sweet tooth I have!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Spicy food gives me incredible heartburn. I’m not sure what else is causing the heartburn because I end up with it almost every night now. I just noticed that spicy food will almost always cause it right away! Its been way worse this pregnancy, this baby better come out with a full head of hair!

Have you started to show yet: Yes, and my waddle is starting to show up in full effect too. I try really hard when I walk around the office to make sure I’m walking straight.

Gender prediction: Girl, and so far so good sticking with our name choice!

Labor Signs: Just braxton hicks. My doctor went over all the conditions on these under which I am to call the office. Same drill as last time basically. They are pretty random, but if they become consistent or I get more then 5 in an hour and resting and water doesn’t help, I need to follow up. Scary that we’re to this point already!

Belly Button in or out? We know this answer, way out!

Wedding rings on or off?  Still on

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, but a little stressed out. I still have a few Christmas gifts to finish up, and I have NO idea what I’m getting. I opted out of making a few of the things I was gonna do and instead ordered stuff online paying up the butt for shipping now because its last minute. Buuuut I think it saved me some stress of making gifts.

Looking forward to: Christmas!! Just 10 days away now! We’re hosting Christmas eve brunch with friends, Christmas day dinner and a baby shower for my best friend on the 29th. I think I also offered my house up for New Years Eve, so I’m a little concerned with all the hosting I have to do this year, but it will be lots of fun! I am soooo looking forward to having all our friends and family into our new home this holiday. I am so in love with our new house, and its already felt so homey to us, so welcoming everyone in for the holidays seems like an even more perfect way to make this house feel like home!

Here’s my 26 week bump picture and a few favorites of getting decorations up and the finished look of our new home all decorated for the holidays!

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Bump Update: 22 Weeks

22 weeks down and 18 to go, I love that the completed weeks is more then we have left now. I feel like we can start counting down instead of counting up! I skipped week 21 which is a bit unfortunate because I feel like the belly really popped last week. It was kinda big on Halloween, but now I feel “pregnant”!! Bending at the waist is really hard now and getting dressed takes the most energy of my entire day! Its these damn skinny jeans and sock weather that kills me. Other then my size, not much has changed. Still feeling really good, but very tired again and feeling lots of movement all the time. We’ll just jump into the weekly update so I don’t get too repetitive:

How far along? 22 weeks 3 days

Total weight gain/loss: Up about 11 pounds, really made a big jump in the last 2 weeks, I knew I really popped!

Maternity clothes?  Yes. I’m getting to the point where I feel like nothing looks good on me. The weather suddenly changed from 65 degree days to 20 degrees, like overnight, so I’m wearing bigger, bulky sweaters which I feel like just makes me look bigger.  I alternate between the two pair of maternity jeans I have and leggings as none of my other pants really fit anymore. And my belly button is so big that I’m very self conscious of it with fitted shirts, so that isn’t helping at all. 

Stretch marks?  Nothing yet. started using my cocoa butter cream again to make sure those stay away, if that helps at all?

Sleep: Sleeping great! I love my new bed so much!! We got a king sized bed which gives me so much more room then I’m used to, and the Leesa Mattress, is my absolute favorite mattress I’ve ever slept on!! Ada is sleeping good and I’m out cold all night long.

Best moment this week: Last weekend I got a ton of things done in the nursery. Ada helped me put the crib together and now that we know its a girl, we went through all the totes of Ada’s old clothes and started pulling out tons of our baby stuff. We also were referred to a pediatric cardiologist because our last sonogram wasn’t sure if they saw some fluid around the heart. But we had a nice long sonogram with them last week and he said everything looked great and he had no worry for anything out of the ordinary so that was very relieving! Here are a couple nursery pics!

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My amazing little helper!
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Still pretty empty but all the big stuff is in place!

Have you told family and friends: Yes, everyone knows now I believe, its pretty obvious if they don’t!

Miss Anything? Wine! This is really the only thing I feel deprived of during pregnancy, everything else I can live without. I did find an alcohol free version of a blended red that wasn’t actually too bad, so this may be my saving grace during the holidays!

Movement:  Tons! I feel it all the time, and there was so much movement during our anatomy sonogram that they couldn’t see everything they wanted to. Ada still hasn’t felt it, its like every time I’m feeling her move really good, I grab Ada to come feel it and it stops. She kicked so hard yesterday though that she shook my laptop, so I’m hoping Ada will be able to feel it, or even see it soon!

Food cravings:  Not much in the line of cravings or aversions, I eat pretty normally. Probably more unhealthy (or more sugar) then I should but nothing out of the ordinary right now.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing!

Have you started to show yet: Very much so!

Gender prediction: Its a girl!! And I think (I think) we may have settled on a name this week. We’ve had about 4-5 names in the running as of late and I’ve been trying to use them in my head in different scenarios, like yelling it across the park or sending her to time out, and we agreed on a first and middle name just this week. We’ll see if that name sticks around.

Labor Signs: No but I’m starting to get that tight feeling every once in awhile that turned into braxton hicks last time. I read back on Ada and those started around 25 weeks last time I think, so its no surprise that I’m starting to feel that again. I have a weird intuition that everything is going to happen earlier then last time, including delivery! (or I can only hope).

Belly Button in or out? Out and like damn crater!!

Wedding rings on or off?  On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!

Looking forward to: Thanksgiving next week! And vacation the week after that! I’m so excited to start the holiday season this year and I’m a Thanksgiving person for that, I hate doing Christmas before that but I’m so ready to jump into the holidays. Maybe because I know its going to fly by and will bring us so much closer to meeting our new baby, or maybe because Ada is just SOO into Christmas this year that its making it all so much more exciting! We have a lot of fun parties and activities planned during the season, and I cannot wait to get it started!

Here’s the bump picture this week, Ada was my photographer, and she wanted in on the action after she took literally 1,000 pictures of me!

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Bump Update: 17 Weeks

17 weeks and counting…. The good news is that I haven’t had a headache in almost a week now, (at least not one bad enough to have to take anything). I’ve been managing them with one cup of coffee a day! Maybe its coincidence and maybe its caffeine, either way, its working, so we’re going to keep this up for a little while. Not to mention I’ve just simply needed the caffeine to function. If I want to get anything done in the evenings after 5pm I need it.

We are only 2 days away from closing on the house!!! I know you are probably just as excited to hear me stop talking about it! The current house is about 90% packed up now, we’ve cancelled all our utilities at the old house effective this weekend and have everything switched to the new place! That was a full time job in and of itself to get accomplished! My patience level right now sits at about a 5 out 10, so it takes very little to send me over the edge. Just ask my husband!

So here’s what else is going on in week 17!

How far along? 17 weeks  4 days

Total weight gain/loss: Not sure, scale is still in a box!

Maternity clothes? Same answer as last week

Stretch marks?  No

Sleep: Same as usual, Ada sleeps, I sleep. I feel like I’ve been in a deeper sleep then usual lately. If I do get woken up I’m usually startled, and out cold until my alarm goes off. I haven’t even been hearing Dan come into bed lately, which is so unusual for me.

Best moment this week: We closed on the sale of our house yesterday! We’re renting back from the purchasers for the week until we close on our new place Friday and then we have the weekend to get out. So glad this week is finally here!

Have you told family and friends: Yes, most everyone close to us knows. I’ve told a few more co-workers as it happens to come out. Still not something that comes up all that frequently!

Miss Anything?  Wine! (again) With all the stress of moving, It wold be really nice to just sit back and have a glass of wine in the evening. I think it could have helped this past weekend when I went over the edge about a few things!

Movement:  Yes! Feeling little flutters more frequently now. Still very subtle and not that often. This past weekend is when I think it picked up a notch and I started noticing it more, not to be mistaken with gas or anything else now.

Food cravings:  Still if see something then I want it. Really wanted a coke float yesterday, so I made one. Not much else is on the craving list. I made a ton of precooked meals last week that I could just throw in the oven in toss away baking sheets, and consume on paper plates, so that I could start packing dishes and pots and its seriously been the best thing I’ve ever done! (I might do a post about it!) I’ve had all these meals this week that I could have ready within 10-30 minutes of walking in my house and I don’t have to make a mess or take up time cooking. Plus we’ve had leftovers to take to lunch, so we’re saving money on eating out. My pregnant self and my moving self has loved this!!

Anything making you queasy or sick: I’ve felt really good this week. Tired, but I haven’t felt sick at all. Its been really awesome to wake up everyday feeling like myself again, an anxious to move and a little less patient version of myself, but not a sick one.

Have you started to show yet: Yes, my belly is growing. Looking and feeling pregnant, but I’m not sure a stranger would say anything yet for fear of offending me in case I just put on a little weight. Luckily, I have put on weight but for good reason! 🙂

Gender prediction: Next week!! My sister also turns 30 next week and we’re having a little get together at our new house to celebrate and I promised her a little gender reveal party as well at that time! SO excited!

Labor Signs: No

Belly Button in or out? Both. haven’t had too much pain this week, only once in awhile, but nothing unbearable.

Wedding rings on or off?  On

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’ve been a bit moody, but I’ll blame it on the stress of moving. It doesn’t take much to tick me off, and I had a few moments this weekend where I needed to step away from everything to cool off. I feel bad being short with Ada when its other things stressing me out, she doesn’t understand. I also just feel bad in general that we’re not able to give her as much attention as I normally would. She does a great job playing and entertaining herself while we are busy loading boxes and PODs, but when she says “Mom, can you play with me?” she breaks my heart. I want nothing more then to sit down and play, but the clock is ticking on getting the house packed and I try to keep my perspective and take a few minutes to sit down and color with her, or slow down and sit a little while longer at the table with her while she finishes dinner. She’s only this little for a short time, and I die a little inside when I think about when she won’t want me to play with her, or even in about 5 months when my attention is not solely on her anymore but also a little baby! Another reason why this move cannot come soon enough and we can get back to normal living.

Looking forward to: See my last sentence above! We need a little normalcy for awhile before our world gets flipped upside down again. I am so looking forward to being settled in, we’re so close now I can taste it!

No bump pic this week since I totally forgot and its what delayed me from posting this sooner. But here are just a couple from our chaotic life right now.

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