31 Weeks

Wow long time, no talk.  Things have been busy around here the last few weeks so this will be a long one!

How far along: 31 weeks
Baby’s Size: pineapple
Maternity clothes: I was just thinking this morning that it's so sad that all the clothes in my closets aren't being worn.  I go through stages of thinking I should clean it all out and only keep my favorites but then I realize this pregnancy will be over before I know it and I'll probably go back to wearing everything again.  Right now, I'm literally getting dressed out of a rubbermaid bin of maternity clothes on the floor every day.
Best moment this week: Spending all day Sunday hanging out with Joe.  We didn't even do anything, just hung around the house, but it was so nice!  Oh, and getting my Bobby Cuddle Pillow from amazon yesterday!  Sleeping with a pillow between my knees is totally necessary now.
Miss anything: Not having aches.  I realize I've been beyond lucky to have a super easy pregnancy but this last week has not been pleasant.  My legs get achy if I don't get up and move but my back hurts if I move too much, ugh.
Movement: All the time.  In fact I can now lay on the couch and watch the waves across my belly as he moves around.  There's still the occasional big kick, especially when I balance the remote or iPad up there but it's primarily the waves now...so weird.
Food cravings: I've wanted dessert a lot this week.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, I even cleaned up some kitty vomit yesterday and didn't gag once!  Our lovely cat has decided that the changing pad is her new favorite place.  Joe really doesn't like her up there but if you have cats you know it's next to impossible to keep them off of anything.  I'm planning to just wash everything (again) before the baby is born.
Labor signs: Not even a Braxton Hicks around these parts.  Though I've started getting slightly panicky every time anything feels different, those damn websites with their pre-term labor emails have got me all twisted up.
Symptoms: Just getting more and more uncomfortable with each passing week.  I really want to let this baby come when he's ready (hopefully as far from Xmas as possible) but I am beginning to understand why people keep telling me I'll be ready sooner rather then later!
Belly button in or out? In, I'm not sure it'll ever go out.
Happy or moody most of the time: I had at least 2 bouts of crying this week which leads me to choose moody, ugh.
Looking forward to: Our ultrasound next Friday afternoon.  It's been almost 12 weeks since we've seen the little bugger.

Like I said up up top it's been a busy couple of weeks around here!  

It started back at the end of October with my baby shower!  My sister & Nicole did an awesome job of planning a great afternoon with my closest friends and family!  The event had an elephant theme, if you remember, at my bridal shower Joe said that the animal I remind him of is an elephant (because I never forget, not because I'm massive)...

Our little guy got hooked up!  It really is crazy how much stuff one little person will need!  Even with all of the generous gifts from our friends and family we still have over 100 items to pick up from the registries!
To help fill our book wall the girls requested everyone bring a book with a note to the baby in the front cover, so cute!  One of my favorites was this gem from Vic & Tammy.

The following weekend we went on a little babymoon!  My midwife wouldn't sign off on my flying after 28 weeks so we took a road trip.  In the spirit of becoming new parents we decided to do everything spur of the moment.  When we left the house Thursday morning we didn't even know where we'd be staying that night!  We spent 4 days driving through New England with stops in Connecticut, Rhode Island & Massachusetts.  It was super relaxing and we had a great time just hanging out together.

We got home on Sunday evening and weren't scheduled to be back at work until Thursday so we spent the last 3 days playing with all of the baby stuff from the shower.  We put together the Rock n' Play, MamaRoo and Pack n' Play amongst others.  I also washed and put away all the bedding and newborn-3 months clothes we've accumulated.  That is the newborn drawer I took a picture of...if our little guy is a peanut we may need a few more outfits...


28 Weeks

How far along: 28 weeks (3rd Trimester!)
Baby’s Size: eggplant
Maternity clothes: I'm pretty excited that it's starting to get cooler and I can break out the handful of maternity sweaters I've been collecting!
Best moment this week: My check-up with the OB was good news all around.  I only gained 3 lbs over 3 weeks (right on target)!  I passed my glucose test (score of 95)!  And we're now on the every 2 week rotation (can you believe it?  only 12 weeks to go)!
Miss anything: runny eggs... 
Movement: It's funny how quickly things change.  Just last week I was saying how he's moving around all the time and this week he's slowed way down.  No worries though, I googled it and it's normal, he's just running out of space...gonna be a long 12 weeks buddy...
Food cravings: Not only am I not craving anything, I can never figure out what I want to eat in general...
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
Labor signs:  Nope.
Symptoms:  My legs are definitely not as bad as before but I think that's just because I was super busy this week and never spent any time laying around...  I also had a really tough time waking up all week.  Like I was still half asleep coming up on lunch time...  I guess that's what life with a newborn will be like so I should get used to it!
Belly button in or out?  Still in...more and more people have been telling me that there's never popped out.  Also, I've pretty much lost sight of my feet this week.
Happy or moody most of the time: I think I was in a better mood this week.  Mostly I've just been sort of bummed because I'm so busy.  I've seriously had plans for every day this week and all I want to do is veg out on the couch...
Looking forward to:  Baby shower on Sunday!


27 Weeks

How far along? 27 weeks 
Baby’s Size:  rutabaga
Maternity clothes?  I managed to fit into my old small
"Mission for Margie" shirt at the Alzheimer's Walk on Sunday...sort of...

Best moment this week:  Not hearing from the doctor.  I'm assuming it means I passed my glucose test!  I'll know for sure on Wednesday but I've been told no news is good news on that front.
Miss anything?  Not getting up to pee a million times a night!
Movement:  I've been noticing him more often.  It used to just be when I was laying down and relaxing but lately he's started kicking more and more when I'm out and about.  I'm assuming it's just more obvious the bigger he gets.  A few times he's even kicked at my arm when I have it sitting on belly, so fun!
Food cravings:  Chicken.  I've been wanting a pesto chicken sandwich for lunch for the last few days but the cafeteria isn't being very accommodating lately.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Joe thinks it's hilarious to make these terrible noises in his throat because it makes me gag.  Such a sweetheart, my husband.
Gender: It's a boy!
Labor signs:  Nope.  Not even Braxton Hicks.  All of my emails this week are about Braxton Hicks and I'd sort of like to have a few just to know what they're talking about but nothing.
Symptoms:  My legs are driving me crazy around 8:30 every night!  A friend suggested a bath in Epsom salt each night to help relieve it and I may have to give that a try if it gets bad again this week.  I also went to bed by 9 all week long, it's a bummer because I thought I'd finally passed that point and was back to being fun again...

Belly button in or out?  Still in...though Kate assures me that I look perfectly round from her perspective.
Happy or moody most of the time: Oh wow was I moody this week.  I just couldn't control myself, I wanted to throttle pretty much everyone all the time.
Looking forward to:  My baby shower on Sunday!  We picked up the glider this week so now the room is really ready to go!  It just needs a few decorations, baby stuff & a kid-let to fill it up!


26 Weeks

 How far along? 26 weeks 
Baby’s Size:  head of lettuce
Maternity clothes?  Zipping up some of my favorite sweatshirts has become quite comical.  Some point soon I'm going to have to give them up or only wear them open.  It's crazy how much bigger I look with just one more layer of material over the bump!

Best moment this week:  I got to see a lot of people I normally don't this week and they're all so excited for us!  I spend most nights at home alone and it all gets kind of routine so it was nice to be reminded that this is a really exciting time in our lives!
Miss anything?  I miss trying drinks.  For example, we're out with people somewhere and they say, "oh, have you had x yet?  It's so good!"  No, I'm not drinking alcoholic beverages, I have not had the yummy new beer...
Movement:  He's actually woken me up before 6am twice this week kicking away.  He's also taken to tap dancing on my bladder recently.  I go from zero to running for the bathroom in 2 seconds.  (like I need to pee more often, I counted the other day, I went 4 times in 2 hours)
Food cravings:  Must eat all the cereal!
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope.
Gender: It's a boy!
Labor signs:  Nope.
Symptoms:  It took me a few minutes to come up with symptoms for my picture this week.  I've really felt good.  It seems like any real issues I have are on the weekends.  My back was achy to the point that all I wanted to do is lay on the couch.  Also, I couldn't get my rings off after walking around Oktoberfest because my hands were so swollen but after a few hours they were back to normal.  Nothing really terrible or debilitating though.

Belly button in or out?  Still in...though when I lay down it is almost flat around the edges.
Happy or moody most of the time:  I think I was pretty happy all week.  I can sort of feel myself getting agitated so I try to talk myself back down before lashing out.  However, Glee definitely had me crying last night and over stuff that wouldn't normally get me...like the mom crying on Finn's floor...done.
Looking forward to:  Getting the results of my glucose test.  I went for the 1 hour test yesterday morning and won't know anything until next week at the earliest.  Apparently, if it's bad they'll call but if not I have to wait to get the results at my appointment on the 23rd.  No news is good news until then...


25 Weeks

How far along? 25 weeks 
Baby’s Size:  cauliflower
Maternity clothes?  I don't even look at my other clothes...except sweatshirts & cardigans.

Best moment this week:  Spending time with Joe.  I know I know, so hokey...but he has been in the best mood this week and it's infectious.
Miss anything?  Not thinking about food.  I went to my check-up at the ob this week and I've put on 8 lbs in the last 4 weeks...I'm only supposed to gain 1 per week!  I've only gained 15 lbs so far which is totally fine but 8 lbs in one month is too much!  Between the weight gain and the fact that I've started swelling when I'm at all active caused the midwife to suggest I start watching my sodium intake and add more protein/less carbs.  So...now I'm always thinking about what I should eat...ugh...I thought I was getting a break from all that for a while!
Movement:  Yep.  Though I'm a little concerned I'm not feeling everything I should be.  When the midwife was using the doppler to monitor his heart beat at my appointment he kept running away from her then started kicking the sensor.  I couldn't feel any of it and she seemed surprised that I didn't.
Food cravings: Everything I shouldn't eat...
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope.
Gender: It's a boy!
Labor signs:  Nope.
Symptoms:  In addition to the swelling I talked about before, I've been really clumsy the last few days.  I haven't fallen down on anything but I drop pretty much anything I pick up.  I actually gave up on wearing a necklace today after I dropped it no less than 4 times trying to put the clasp together.

Belly button in or out?  Still WAY in...still annoying me...
Happy or moody most of the time:  I'd say 1/2 and 1/2 this week.  For the most part I've been good but there was one bad night :-(
Looking forward to:  My shower at the end of the month!  We went to Ikea on Sunday and got shelving, a rug and a few other decorative odds and ends that really pulled the room together!  It definitely still has a ways to go but other than a lamp shade and some pictures there's nothing else for Joe & I to do until after the shower.  In fact, every time I suggest picking something up Nicole yells at me not to until next month!


24 Weeks

not loving my hair so much this week...

How far along? 24 weeks (6 months!)
Baby’s Size:  cantaloupe
Maternity clothes?  Is there any other kind?

Best moment this week:  Joe FINALLY being able to feel a kick!  Last night while I was laying in bed the baby was kicking really hard in the same spot over and over so I quick told Joe to feel and it worked!
Miss anything?  People not asking me how I'm feeling.  I know they mean well but seriously, there has got to be other things to talk about!  I feel totally fine, like my old self...so far, pregnancy no big deal...
Movement:  All the time.  He's really active during the day and quieter at night.  Let's hope that keeps up after he's born!
Food cravings:  Cereal.  I've been eating it for breakfast every morning and could totally have it for dinner every night too.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Haven't even gagged this week!  Wahoo!
Gender:  snakes and snails and puppy dog tails...that's what little boys are made of...
Labor signs:  Nope.
Symptoms:  I felt like I was going to pass out 3 times this week, always right around 8:15am.  I've been fighting it by bringing orange juice and fruit to work and eating/drinking as soon as I feel woozy...I plan on mentioning it to the doctor at my appointment next week.  I also had the worst cramp in my left butt cheek a few days this week.  It comes and goes and I haven't done anything particularly active that would have hurt the muscle so...according to Dr Google the baby is probably sitting on my sciatic nerve from time to time and causing it.

Belly button in or out?  Still WAY in...but I noticed I have a little beauty mark in it that I'd never seen before...
Happy or moody most of the time:  Happy :-)
Looking forward to:  More room work!  Joe surprised me by finishing the chevron wall last Friday night, I love it!  We're doing our best not to buy anything until after the shower but I can't wait to see how it looks with actual baby stuff in it!  I'm hoping we can get to Ikea on Sunday and pick up the book wall shelves!


23 Weeks

As I'm sure most of you are aware the iPhone 5S & 5C release today.  I think you're also aware that Joe works for a cell phone provider.  This means he left the house at 6:30am this morning and was not home to take my weekly picture...I don't know, I kind of like this angle... 

update: my pal over at C'est Law Vie told me about a camera timer app for my iPhone so I'll be trying that out next time!

How far along? 23 weeks
Baby’s Size:  grapefruit
Maternity clothes?  You got it dude!

Best moment this week:  Getting a reaction from the baby when I was talking to him.  I felt like a total weirdo but all the info I've been reading says we should be talking to him so I gave it a shot the other night while I was laying on the couch.  I told him about my day and when I'd stop, he'd kick.  Pretty cool.
Miss anything?  Wine.  We were talking about different kinds in the office today and all of a sudden I totally missed it.
Movement:  Every day.  In fact, last night I was laying on the couch with my iPad on my belly playing Candy Crush and he kept kicking at it.  It was pretty funny watching it bounce up.  I tried to get him to do it for Joe later that evening but no dice.
Food cravings: I can totally go for a salad, but not one from home, I need one from Saladworks or something.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Bodily fluids still totally gross me out.  Nicole was telling me a story about Jack sneezing and snot running down his face and I literally almost vomited just thinking about it.
Gender:  I've started calling our boy "buddy" when I talk to him, lol.
Labor signs:  Nope.
Symptoms:  My scalp is super itchy, it has been for weeks but I always forget when I get to this post.  Also, I almost passed out yesterday.  I was filing in my office and got really light headed all of a sudden.  I went and sat down at my desk but it got worse!  I took a few sips of lemonade and put my head between my knees for a few minutes and started to feel better.  Crazy!  It happened again today but not nearly as bad so hopefully it won't be a regular occurrence.

Belly button in or out?  Still WAY in...but thankfully slightly less cavernous/lumpy looking...
Happy or moody most of the time:  Definitely happy.  I was in a funk one day but by the time I got home from work it had lifted.
Looking forward to:  I don't know, everything.  I'm in a really good place this week.  We're having a yard sale this weekend so hopefully we'll clear out a lot of junk and have room for baby stuff!  Especially since my shower is in 5 weeks (YAY)!  Also, Joe started marking off the chevron wall!  And, duh, it's Friday!