Baby Watch 2015

I’m still 4 days away from my due date, but to say that I’m anxious to meet this boy is an understatement! Every twinge of my tummy makes me think I’m in labor but so far nothin’!

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The girls and I took advantage of the 70 degree weather today and went downtown to King Street for their 2nd Sunday event. They shut King Street down for traffic so there’s tons of people, musicians, dogs and babies roaming the street. So fun!

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Today was also a lesson in what and what not to say to a pregnant lady (both happened to me):
Do:
“You look so beautiful! And you aren’t even swollen!”
Don’t:
“WHOA that girl’s pregnant!”
In the past couple days I have done the following to try to get this labor started:
1. Lots of walks
2. Spicy dinners
3. Dancing every time Uptown Funk comes on the radio
4. Bouncing on my exercise ball
5. And yesterday I ate an entire pineapple because I heard that helps

I know I should be patient and enjoy relaxing and sleeping. I’m trying, I’m trying! It’s funny how you can wait a whole 9 months but then the last week seems like torture!

Life at 36

We hit the 36 week mark today!

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I had a great doctor’s appointment this morning and everything with this baby boy is looking good! Definitely more sore, definitely waddling – but for being this far along I’m pretty happy with how things are going. I usually only wake up once a night and can usually fall back asleep pretty quickly so I’m thankful for that. I guess we’re just playing a weird waiting game now…a game where you wait to pee your pants and experience the worst pain of your life. Any positive vibes you can send my way for a quick, easy delivery would be much appreciated!

Besides installing the car seat, we are as ready as we can be for this baby’s arrival. Everything else is set up, hospital bag is packed and we’re ready to go! I had my first true craving today on the way home from the doctor (like “I can’t wait one more second for this”) and it was for a fountain Coke and it was everything I could have hoped it would be. I’m running out of time before I deem 10am Cokes and breakfast brownies unacceptable, so I will give into these cravings any chance they appear for the time being.

The kid changing my oil in my car today said something along the lines of, “I totally give you props. If I was in your position, I wouldn’t be able to move.” Uhhh….thanks? I then went to the bank where they were totally complimentary and overly positive about how I look, in which I thought, “We are never switching banks”.

In non-baby news:

It’s been grey, rainy and chilly here all week. Luckily it looks like it’s going to warm up this weekend to around 60 and we’ll finally get some sunshine! Although these boys love snuggling, I think they are ready for some warmer weather.

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Tonight is our first volunteering night with Chance and hospice patients in South Carolina. I think he’s ready to get back into it – he’s such a love bug! I really hope some day Sammy will be able to volunteer too. Right now he’s still got that chip on his shoulder, but I think he’s starting to grow out of it.

Lastly, it’s one of my favorite times of year for holiday candy! Whoop whoop!

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Now if only I didn’t eat almost half the bag yesterday…oops.

Pregnancy Math

My sister reported back from her Christmas trip home to Minnesota that there were some rumblings in the family about how I could be 8 months pregnant already if I’m due in February… 🙂 I’m just going by the emails I get people! But for further explanation, here’s how the Medical Dictionary explains it:

“Pregnancy lasts approximately 266 days, or 38 weeks from the day of fertilization, but is considered clinically to last 280 days, or 40 weeks, or 10 lunar months, or 9â…“ calendar months from the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP).”

Make sense? Kind of? Just go with it. This baby is going to be here before we know it!

8 Months

Holy moly – today marks 8 months of being pregnant. Scary, exciting, and everything in between!

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I’m still really feeling great which I’m super thankful for. A little sore and I think I’m starting to waddle a little but other then that I feel good! Oh, I’m also starting to feel huge but I’m guessing that’s pretty normal, haha. This weekend I think I might try to get the nursery all put together! It’s looking pretty dang cute so far and I’m excited to get organized. Can’t wait to show you how it looks when I’m finished!

Promote What You Love: Pregnancy Edition

I’m officially 27 weeks pregnant and in case you’re wondering Mom, the baby is the size of a rutabaga! Anyone know what a rutabaga looks like? Nope, me either. But my weekly email from TheBump.com tells me that baby boy is 1.5-2.5 lbs and is between 13.6-14.8 inches long. He’s kick kick kickin’ me all the time and I can’t get enough of it.

At almost 7 month pregnant, there have been 5 things that have totally saved my life thus far so I thought I’d share them!

1. The Snoogle!

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A lot of people have asked me how I’ve been sleeping now that I’m getting bigger. Honestly, I was worried about this too because I’m a stomach sleeper and having a big belly is not very conducive to sleeping that way. I bought this Snoogle off Amazon and it is AMAZING. It is huge and takes up a lot of the bed, but it totally helps me sleep comfortably on my side. I’ve even caught Ryan taking a nap with this pillow. You look like a big nerdo, but it’s so great to sleep with whether you’re pregnant or not!

2. Pregtastic Podcast

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I can’t remember how I found this podcast, but I have learned so much from listening to this super entertaining and informative show about pregnancy and labor/delivery. While unfortunately I don’t think this podcast is still in production, you can still download all of their episodes from a couple years ago on iTunes. Each episode is centered on a specific topic or new moms tell their birth stories. I can’t recommend this podcast enough for new moms!

3. Prenatal Yoga at Holy Cow Yoga Center

The hour that I take prenatal yoga might be my absolute favorite time of the week. Calming, relaxing, strengthening, empowering – there’s nothing better. It’s amazing to see the moms in the class who are about to pop any second continuing to come to yoga each week. PS: This is what I wore to yoga yesterday – tank, capris, and flip flops with no jacket. I love living in Charleston 🙂

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4. The Maternity BeBand 

The BeBand is like a version of the BellaBand that you can buy from Target. It helps extend the life of your pre-pregnancy pants by allowing you to wear your pants totally unbuttoned (and unzipped in my case now) without them falling down.

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While the BeBand doesn’t work on all of my pants – the low rise pants won’t stay up – I am still able to wear a couple pairs of my pants from last year which is pretty great. Since most of the shirts I wear are long, you never even would know I’m wearing the band.

5. The TummyRub Butter

To hopefully prevent stretch marks, I started using Palmers Cocoa Butter right when I found out I was pregnant. However, I always kind of dreaded putting it on because the smell was so gross to me! I ordered some stretch mark preventative oil and it is just so sticky. Thankfully, I was gifted this awesome TubbyRub Butter and it is a zillion times better! It smells fresh and citrusy, it’s thick without being greasy, and so far it’s working great.

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Of course my stomach isn’t done stretching so check back with me in a couple months and I’ll let you know if it worked or not 🙂