Monday, February 27, 2017

Bumpdate | Week 34

How far along? 34 weeks, 1 day. Only 6 weeks to go!

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a butternut squash. 

Gender: Baby girl! :)

Weight Gain: About 21 pounds so far.

Symptoms: Lately I have just been feeling more pregnant, ha. I don't really know how else to explain it. Since we have been trying to get baby girl to turn head down, I have had to be really conscious of my posture. It is so hard for me to sit up completely straight! I have always had troubles with this but it has never been an issue until now. Sitting up straight has made my upper back more sore. I have been going to the chiropractor at least twice a week to encourage baby to turn head down. Another thing I have noticed is that my feet and hands are starting to swell, not too much but enough. My feet are also always sore so I can't go barefoot even at home so I end up wearing boots around the house. Also, since my doctor discovered that I am low on Iron and B12, I get a shot every visit from now on of Vitamin B12. Yay, more needles. Oh and the nesting has definitely started. On Saturday, Richard was doing the dishes and I got bored and decided to completely reorganize the panty and the kitchen cabinets. We have been meaning to do it for sometime and when I started doing the pantry, we ended up organizing the whole kitchen. It was awesome and now we have all kinds of room for baby stuff. 

Movement: So as of my last appointment on the 22nd, baby girl is officially head down! Now, lets hope she stays that way! Everything I have been doing to get her to turn must be working, although now I am not convinced she was sideways a few weeks ago. Who knows, but this is good news! I have definitely been feeling bigger movements that tend to be painful. She is not necessarily kicking, but I can feel her moving around. I also will get random bulges on the surface of my stomach where she is pushing her butt or feet out and it makes my stomach look lopsided. Super weird.

Sleep: Sleep has been alright I guess. I am definitely not sleeping very soundly and I wake up many times. I usually wake up because my hands have gone numb or something my hips/chest are sore from sleeping on my side. So I have to get into a different position to get comfortable again which happens every few hours. But, I have usually been able to fall back to sleep easily so that is a plus. Still have to go to the bathroom pretty frequently.

Nursery Progress: Definite progress, but it has been a slow process. We have everything decided, but we are working on a few DIY project that are taking up a lot of time. We love everything so far and I love spending time in that room and just admiring everything. My biggest project has been getting everything organized and functional. It is quite the task.

Baby Purchases: We had another baby shower last week thanks to Richard's coworkers. They were so sweet to throw us a shower and we loved getting to celebrate again. We acquired more baby items from that shower and it was a lot of things we still needed so it was super nice. We have also been accumulating gift cards from all the baby stores so we went to purchase a few things we still needed, like cloth diapers, a changing pad cover, and laundry detergent. We still have a few things we still need, but we are so much closer to being done shopping!

Best Moment This Week: We had our maternity pictures taken last Friday! It was a little chilly the evening we took them, but otherwise everything went well! I can't wait to see them!

Looking Forward To: Finishing the nursery! We are so close and we cannot wait to see and share our completed room! Yay!

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Five on Friday

It has been a while since I have done a post like this so I figured it was time. These posts are always fun for me because it is a easy way for me to give an update on some smaller things that are going on in our lives lately. So here it is, my Five on Friday.

one. This past weekend, Richard and I made the three hour drive to Shreveport, Louisiana in order to meet up with my friend Kristen. We have done this a few times in the last two years and it always works out great as a middle meeting point. The drive is way more fun when Richard comes with so I always try to convince him to join me. This time he was convinced when I said we could go get crawfish while we were in Louisiana. It is always a good time catching up with Kristen and I am glad we were able to squeeze in one more visit before baby girl gets here.
two. Also this past weekend, Richard and I head to our local flea market/trade market. We kept hearing about it but since they only do it one weekend a month, we always forgot about it. We finally remembered this past weekend and it was a lot of fun to walk around and see everything they have. We found a few great items that we are really excited about and it sparked a few house projects that we added to the list of things to do. Oh and crazy small world. We walked into a booth and they had a Home Sweet Home sign with Minnesota and Texas as the two O's in home. Then I noticed the girl running the booth had a Minnesota hat on so I asked her if she was from Minnesota and we are both from the exact same hometown in Minnesota and went to the same high school and her parents lived five minutes from where we lived growing up. So crazy!
three. After seeing the Home Sweet Home sign, we of course had to have it. We also found a cute white bench at the trade days which sparked a gallery wall in our little entry area in our house. We have thrown some ideas around about what we wanted to put in that space and we decided something functional, like a bench and shoe/purse/backpack area would be great. We have bigger long term plans that we will probably never actually get to, but when we found the bench we knew it would be perfect for that space. Then we came home and gathered up any artwork we already had, but have not actually hung yet and created a fun gallery! Richard has been dying to get me to agree to hang stuff on the walls and I finally decided what I wanted. The only thing we purchased was the wood arrow from Hobby Lobby because we needed something long and skinny to finish off the gallery. In the background you can see some templates for a wall of picture frames that we have planned for that space. I wanted to make sure the two galleries would complement each other before we actually hung anything. The basket in the corner will be used for shoes that we wear most often. Richard will be happy that my shoes will hopefully not end up all over the house anymore.
four. Last week, my sister and I headed to the Dallas Zoo together. Back before she moved here when she came to visit we went to check out the Fort Worth Zoo and I told her that I thought the Dallas one was better. So when she moved here she wanted to go to the Dallas Zoo and I told her we should wait until we have a baby and then we can take baby to the zoo. Well, that obviously took longer than we thought it would and now she will probably be leaving the state before baby girl is old enough to enjoy the zoo so it made sense to go before she gets here. We picked a gorgeous day to go and the weather was perfect. My sister also paid to feed the giraffes which she has always wanted to do so that was fun.
five. Another thing we bought from the Trade Days was this collar thing for Paisley. It is designed so that when she pulls it squeezes her flank, which is right behind her chest area. We took it for a test run the other night and it seemed to work better since she pulled a lot less than she normally does. It was not perfect and she would still pull on the leash quite a bit, but it was much better than normal. Paisley did not really like it, but she will get used to it.
Have a great weekend everybody!
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Let the Countdown Begin

Borrowed a picture from my niece's newborn session. Isn't she just the cutest?
We have less than two months left before baby girl gets here and there is still so much to accomplish! We have a long list of things we would like to do and we will do our best to get to everything. There are definitely things on this list that are higher priority, but we made a list of everything we would like to to to accomplish in these next few weeks.

Finish Nursery. We have a lot of half done projects and ideas. Mostly, we just need to add the finishing touches to the room.

Organize nursery. We have so much stuff in the nursery right now and I want to organize everything so that it is a fully functional room.

Wash all baby clothes. Since most of our clothes are second hand, we want to make sure we have everything clean and ready to go for baby girl.

Wash all baby items. Again, we have a lot of items that we bought second hand that we need to clean and disinfect.

Paint main level bathroom. This has been something we have been working on for months. We finally picked out a color and bought paint so we just need to find the time to actually paint.

Build a behind the couch table. This has been on our list for a long, long time. It is just a very large project so we have been putting it off. Richard really wants to get this done before baby girl gets here.

Hang pictures on the wall. I have been very slow at deciding what I want on the walls around the house, but we have made a lot of decisions lately so we finally have items to hang on the walls.

Reorganize kitchen cabinets. We have had so much room in our cabinets that we have not had to make efficient use of space. But, we need to make space for all the baby things, plus some other things we have received recently.

Have a date day/night. Just some quality time with the hubs before the baby comes.

Set up baby items in living room and bedroom. So that we have everything up and ready to go for when we get home from the hospital.

Pack hospital bag. Eventually we will need to have those overnight bags packed, so we may as well do them sooner than later.

Take Paisley on more walks. To give our puppy some extra love before her whole world changes.

Install carseat. So that we are completely prepared for her.

Deep clean house. May as well do this in advance so that we can have the house clean and ready to go for when we bring baby girl home from the hospital.

Finish at least one photobook. I am two years behind on photobooks and I would love to be completely caught up, but I am hoping to have at least one done.

Put away Christmas decor. Ummm....no comment.

Add more recipes to recipe book. We have a recipe book that I created a while back, but I have not added new recipes to it in a while. Just something I have been meaning to do for a while.

Have a freezer meal prep day. Hopefully we can stockpile some meals in advance so that dinners are easier when we are low on sleep and time.

Make ice cream. Make Bread. Make Beer. All of these are things on Richard's list and things he has enjoyed doing recently. He has wanted to do them all for a while so hopefully we will have time for them.

Learn how to use embroidery machine. I have had an embroidery machine for a while, but I have not had the time to really learn how to use it. Now I have a whole lot of things that I want to make so I really need to learn how to use my machine.

Start baby book. Richard got me an amazing baby book for Christmas and I really want to start writing in it what I can before baby girl gets here.

Pick a pediatrician. We are supposed to have a pediatrician picked out so that we can have them come to the hospital after baby girl is born.

Submit taxes. Ugh. Taxes. My least favorite thing to do every year. But, it really needs to get done and soon.

Take time for me. Go get a manicure or a pedicure or a hair cut or anything along those lines.

Go to a movie. This is something that will be hard to do with a baby so we want to make sure we go to one before she gets here.



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