Monday, January 16, 2017

Bumpdate | Week 28

How far along? 28 weeks, 1 day. Officially in the third trimester! (Sorry for the grainy picture, but it was a busy weekend with a lot of rain.)

Size of baby: Baby is the size of an eggplant.

Gender: Baby Girl :)

Weight Gain: A little more than 13 pounds. Real talk: sometimes I worry that I am not gaining enough weight. I am still growing so it is probably not an issue.

Symptoms: I think I have been having some braxton hicks contractions. Every so often my stomach will tighten up and get really hard. It does not really hurt its just uncomfortable and feels weird. I also had a day last week where I just felt "off". I don't really know how to explain it, but it was mostly that I was super uncomfortable and my back and belly hurt pretty bad. I found that if I took pressure off my back I was able to actually feel comfortable. This lead to some interesting sitting positions at work. Other than that I have just been really tired, but that could be a result of our crazy schedules lately.

Movement: Baby girl moves all the time now. I can feel her kicking, but can also feel her wiggling. My favorite is when I am laying in bed and I can feel her push off one side of my belly and then feel her hit the opposite side. So cool! Richard can also feel her moving in addition to kicking now days. He does not doubt wether she is actually moving anymore. Most of the time I can see her moving when I watch my belly.

Sleep: Sleep has been mostly good. I have the occasional night where I have troubles sleeping, but for the most part it has been good. I still consistently wake up 1-2 times a night to go to the bathroom, but I can usually fall back to sleep easily.

Nursery Progress: Notice the new category? We have finally started making progress on the nursery! We were not sure if we were going to do this before baby gets here because of how far it is away from our room. But the more I thought about it the more I realized that we should get it ready now since we have time and we can figure out our short term plan from there. We may end up bringing the crib and dresser down to our room, but we will see how we feel at the time. The only progress we have made so far is that we bought and built a dresser! I then organized and filled the dresser with all of the baby clothes we have so far. 
Baby Purchases: I went a little crazy recently, but I had some money left from Christmas so I bought a few cute items. First, I bought these cute bows from AnnMarieAccessories on Etsy. I found these a while back, but I looked at them recently and when I realized they were half off I decided to buy seven headbands. So cute! Richard is all paranoid about headbands hurting her head, but these have a super stretchy band that I made him feel so that he would not disapprove. I also bought the crib sheets I picked out a while back that go with the theme of the nursery. I know I will need some extras, but I figure I can get some other cheaper ones that don't match the theme quite as well. We also bought this cute bib when we were in West Texas this past weekend. I found it and I could not resist. 
Best Moment This Week: A little over a week ago, I finally made the decision to quit my job. I have known for a while I was going to do that and my goal had been to make it to Christmas. I am glad I made the decision when I did because work has only gotten worse over the last week and a half and it is better for me knowing that my time is limited. My last day is on Wednesday!

Looking Forward To: My baby shower! I am heading back to Minnesota on Thursday and my baby shower is on Saturday. I can't wait to celebrate this little girl with my friends and family!

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Michigan Wedding

It has been an interesting week and the posts I had planned for earlier this week sort of got lost in the mix. All that to say that I am finally getting around to writing out our fun weekend in Michigan.

We spent the weekend of New Years in Michigan so that we could be a part of our good friends' wedding on December 30th. We met Evan and Claire while living in Louisiana and Richard and Evan got very close. Richard was asked to be a groomsman a while back so we have ben looking forward to this wedding.

We landed in Michigan early on Thursday since we had the rehearsal dinner to go to that night. We had an early flight so we were both pretty tired by the time we got off the plane, got our rental car and located our hotel. We had a couple hours to kill before checkin so we decided to go see the movie Sing together. The movie was cute and it was the perfect way to relax before the weekend festivities started. We then checked into the hotel, took a nap and headed out to the rehearsal. Once the rehearsal was done, we went with the group to a restaurant for a nice dinner together. It was fun being able to catch up with friends from Louisiana, as well as meet the rest of the bridal party. Evan gave socks to every groomsman/usher, each with their own meaning behind them. Richard's had teeth on them for our long ago weekend in New Orleans. Not exactly a story I am going to share on the blog, but it is one of the best memories we have with Evan and Claire.
The next day was wedding day, so Richard was busy most of the day so I went to lunch with a few friends from Louisiana who were also guests of the wedding. After that, us girls went to go get manicures together which was fun since I never do that and I loved my nails. Then we all got ready and headed to the wedding. The venue was amazingly gorgeous. The rest of the night was filled with a fantastic dinner, great drinks and a whole lot of dancing. It was really a fun and memorable night and we are so glad that we got to be a part of their special day.
The next day was New Year's Eve and since they knew people would still be in town from the wedding, Evan and Claire rented out a house for us to hang out in for the night. There were over forty people that came to the house throughout the night and we were lucky enough to have been given one of the five beds to sleep on. Benefit of being pregnant. In the three years we spent in Louisiana, never did we spend New Year's Eve with our Louisiana friends because it always was during break so everyone went home for the holidays. It was fun to actually spend New Years with them and to be on the east coast when the ball drops so it actually drops at midnight.
We spent New Year's Day traveling back to Texas and while it was not necessarily in Michigan, that same weekend we were lucky enough to get tickets to the Cotton Bowl. Richard grew up in Wisconsin so of course he was excited to see them play. Plus, it was a fun way for us to see AT&T Stadium since we have not been there yet. Such a fun experience and we are glad that we could go to see the game.
The whole weekend was so much fun and yet so exhausting. By the end of the weekend we were both so tired, but that just shows how much fun we had. I am glad that we were able to travel to Michigan to be a part of such a great weekend.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Christmas in the Midwest

Yes, I know it is already after the new year, but these last three weeks have been crazy town so I have not had time to write up a post about our time up north.
Our trip started with some unexpected weather predictions. I had been keeping an eye on the weather for Minnesota and as the days got closer, we knew that we were going to hit a big snow storm in the afternoon of Friday December 16th, right when we were planning on arriving. So we made a last minute decision to move up our departure time by about 6 hours to try to beat the worst of the storm. We left Dallas around lunchtime and stopped just outside Wichita, Kansas to catch up with some friends who recently moved there from Dallas. It was really fun to see them and catch up with them. We really miss having them in our area, but they moved back "home" so we completely understand it. We may just have to make stopping at their place part of our new driving routine.
We woke up extremely early Friday morning so that we could get into Minnesota around 3 pm. We, however, woke up to a small pocket of drizzle and ice that we were completely not expecting. We also took a single lane highway to get to a main interstate and the road seemed to go on forever. It was a really nerve wracking hour and a half, but we made it to the main road and were golden from there. Until we entered Minnesota of course. Right around the Minnesota/Iowa border was where we ran into snow. It was coming down pretty good and our tires were not great with the snow (which we learned later in the week). Luckily, we made it to our friend's house in one piece, and then we were able to actually enjoy watching the snow fall. Richard played poker with some friends that night, while I enjoyed watching Netflix and going to bed early.
The reason we left Texas so early was so that we could make it to my big family's Christmas celebration on Saturday. My aunts, uncles and cousins are pretty spread out these days, but the majority of people usually make it home for Christmas. I always love being able to see everyone and catch up with what is new. Plus, we play a gift exchange game every year which is always a good time. And as usual, I was having too much fun to remember to take any pictures. Richard did however take a picture with my cousin, these two are the two doctors of the family!
The rest of the week was spent with either family or friends depending on the day. I was able to meet up with my besties for coffee and then we split up and two of us headed to the Mall of America. We walked around and talked and I got to spend more time with her little man. Love these people.
I went with my family to Macy's Santaland in Minneapolis. This is probably the last year of that display so it was a little bittersweet. My niece saw it for the first time which was so much fun.
I also went sledding with my family. Although, really I just watched my little sister and my nephew sled the whole time. Pregnancy and sledding don't mix well, especially on the giant super icy hill we went to. My dad went down a few times, but my older sister, my niece and I were all happy to watch from the sidelines.
On Christmas Day, my family got together in the afternoon to celebrate with cards, presents, dinner and of course snapchat filters.
We also spent a lot of time in Wisconsin with Richard's family. We enjoyed our annual visit to see Santa, making Gingerbread houses with his brothers, shopping local stores and bonfires outside in the freezing cold. On Christmas Eve, we enjoyed a tasty dinner together before heading to late night church. We of course had to take an updated picture from after the service ended. We then spent Christmas morning with his family opening gifts from each other and from Santa before eating a delicious brunch.
Overall, we had a great trip and as usual the time went by way too fast. We left the day after Christmas and drove straight through to Texas with Richard's little brother. The car was way over packed, but we made it safe and sound with extra time for an early bedtime. More to come from our additional holiday adventures!
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