Wednesday, March 21, 2012

33 Weeks!

The weeks fly by so fast that I feel like I don't have much to say on these posts!

Last night I had an emotional hormonal moment. I had been in a weird mood over the evening, and as I was standing in the bathroom about to take a shower before bed I just started crying. I leaned against the door facing and cried for a little bit. Then Matt came into the room, and he held me while I just let it all out. He asked me what was wrong, and I tried my hardest to come up with an answer, but there simply wasn't one. There wasn't anything wrong, really. My hormones have just been getting crazier as we near the end of this pregnancy journey. 

After I got my tears out, I stood in the shower feeling sorry for myself for no particular reason. Who knows what my issue was, but I am sure I needed a good cry. This morning my mood was back to normal, and I went about my day as usual. So, no one start worrying about me, I am still doing great!

As far as symptoms go, everything is still the same from last week's post. Nothing new or unusual. I did forget to come back and update how much I had gained from my last dr. appointment. Three pounds! I was so excited/proud of myself. However, I feel like I have gain three more since! 
My dr. told me then to keep the rest of my gain to under 10 pounds. I have kind of been stressing about that since the appointment. As of last Thursday I had gained 25 pounds total. And while I reeeallly don't want to gain 35 pounds (!!!!) and weigh XXX pounds (!!!!) I also don't want to be stressing about gaining weight if that is what my baby needs. So, I am going to continue to eat healthy and stay active and whatever I gain, I will gain. There is no need to stress about it or try to "diet" while I am growing a baby! He may be 10 pounds when he gets here, and have needed me to gain that weight! 
I mean, I suppose the dr. knows what he is talking about... but whenever he talks about gaining too much weight he says things like "that will be the part that will be hard to get off." So, really it is about me not being a fatty afterward... I have really digressed here.... I hope you know what I am trying to say. Let me know your opinions in the comments. 

Sorry for this whacky week update! It is more of an emotional update than a physical one. But rest assured, little Logan and I are still doing great! :-)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Childbirth Class

Yesterday we attended the much-awaited childbirth class at our hospital!
We were the first couple in the classroom, so I snapped a couple quick pictures on my phone.
There were 9 couples, including ourselves in the class. Only two of the couples were expecting girls!
The class was from 9-5, with a lunch break and lots of restroom breaks! The ladies room across the hall stayed busy with nine pregnant women so close by!

There was SO much information packed into the day. Afterward Matt said something along the lines of, "I didn't think they could fill eight hours, but they did." I asked him if he was ever bored, and he said he wasn't. 
When we were going over something that I already knew about, I was never bored or frustrated either, because I knew that he may need that information! I have been reading a LOT more than he has! Understandably.
Matt and I had some really great discussion after the class. It is feeling much more real to him now.

We received tons of handouts. Two magazines, a package of samples and coupons, a dvd, a folder FULL of info sheets, and a cute little bag with samples inside.
Here are a few of my favorite sheets. I didn't downsize these pictures, so you can hopefully click on them and read the sheets.
I thought this one was very neat. It really spoke to me. There are many different ways to get there, but the end result will be the same. (there should be a c-section helipad. haha)

The class started with a nurse teaching. Then a labor and delivery nurse came by to speak and a pediatrician. We watched several videos, even saw a few births. After lunch we all got down in the floor to practice some breathing! And for our husbands to practice different types of massage. (oh yea!) Last night Matt said his hands were sore from massaging me and that he better get ready for the real labor day. Does that mean lots of practicing?? I hope so! Haha. 
We went over labor, delivery, breathing, other coping mechanisms, c-sections, epidurals, breastfeeding, infant care, carseats, and so much more!
At the end of the class we all went upstairs to see the labor and delivery unit. The rooms are a pretty sage green color and very spacious! No pictures of those now. You'll have to wait until we occupy one! I can't believe we are so close! I am feeling very, very ready. We have the tools. We have the information. Now we just need the right time. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Busy Week!

This week has really felt non-stop, go-go-go!
It probably wouldn't feel as busy if I wasn't pregnant, but I am!

The house started out clean when we went to bed on Sunday night, by today it was another story! I am spending my afternoon trying to get it whipped back into shape!

Monday: I worked that morning and I am having issues remembering that night... I know I ate something, but I can't remember what it was! On days that I work I am pretty useless in the evening. 

Tuesday: Molly had her annual vet appointment in the morning for her shots. I was so paranoid that something was going to be wrong with her. I think that was my pregnant hormones shining. Luckily, she received a clean bill of health! Whew! 
That afternoon I organized and took inventory in the pantry, then made a grocery run. Matt was at work so it also involved unloading and putting-away by myself. If you have been to our apartment you know it is a bit of a hike from the parking lot to our front door. I also cooked supper that night!

Wednesday: I worked again, and cooked again! I really planned on cleaning the kitchen before checking out for the night, but the energy simply wasn't there.

Thursday(today!): This morning I had my 32 week dr. appointment. I only gained three pounds since my last appointment, four weeks ago. BOOM! Haha, I was so proud of myself. My dr. said that I should keep the rest of my weight gain from here to the end to under 10 pounds. If I follow the general one pound a week rule, that shouldn't be a problem. I am eating healthy and staying active, and (besides a bit of heartburn) feeling really great!
Right now the dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer are running (hello electricity bill!). I plan on cooking again tonight, and I really want to make some oatmeal cookies! But we will just wait and see how it plays out.

Friday: I work again tomorrow, but this time I will close. I don't have to be at work until 4, but I will probably sleep in and take it pretty easy all day. The evenings are when I am the most worn out, so I don't want to use up all of my energy before I get to work!

Saturday: Childbirth Class! From 9-5. I am so excited about this class! I cannot wait to see the hospital and learn more about their policies. We signed up for the class online several weeks ago. We never received an email or anything in the snail mail, so I started to worry that we weren't actually registered. This afternoon I called to confirm, and we were NOT signed up!!! I am so glad I listened to my worries on that one! I gave them all of our info and paid over the phone. Now we are good to go for Saturday. I can't wait!

I can't wait to see what next week will bring! Maybe a day with NO obligations!? We shall see!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

32 Weeks!

Another week has come and gone! I am now 32 weeks pregnant! 

I had another shower on Sunday! It was a "Cutie" theme. You know, those adorable little oranges?
For some reason the pictures in my collage decided to go all grainy on me. Grr. (you can click on them and see a non-grainy version, weird)

It was so wonderful to see friends that I don't get to see very often. Thank you to all who came! And especially to Ashley for throwing the shower!

In last weeks post I bragged about how great I have been feeling. Only a few hours after posting that I started having some acid reflux! I have had it and heartburn a few times this week, but nothing too severe. I think Logan is just starting to squish all of my organs in there!

Speaking of Logan, he is almost 17 inches long and getting close to 4 pounds! He will be in the process of gaining half of his birth weight over the next several weeks. Keep growing, little man!

The coolest thing happened this week! I saw online that at this stage it is possible to hear the baby's heartbeat from outside my belly. I told Matt about this, and, with his ear pressed to my belly, he heard Logan's heartbeat! We compared what he was hearing with my pulse, and decided that it was definitely Logan and not me. How cool is that!?

There are so many fun quirks to pregnancy. I have noticed lately that a new fun one for me is that my armpits are extra pigmented. Haha, so, if I wear anything sleeveless I am flashing my dark armpits around. So glamorous! Sorry, no pics. ;)

My new place to sit has recently become the floor in front of the couch. Something about the way the cushions on the couch give really hurts my back. The only issue with sitting on the floor is... you guessed it, getting UP from the floor! The best way to do this is to roll to my hands and knees, then up to my knees, then stand from there. While I was going through my stand-up process last night I started thinking about pregnancy in a broad sense. No one can teach you to be pregnant. It is something you learn along the way. But doesn't it seem as though every woman is an expert on her own pregnancy by the end, and really at each stage? Just an interesting thought I had.

I have a Dr. appointment tomorrow. Can't wait to see what he says about my weight gain! I think it has been an appropriate amount. I think I have gained around 4 pounds since the last visit, but I don't 100% trust my scales. 
Hopefully I will pop in tomorrow to let you know what he says!

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Every year about this time I start feeling more motivated and just down right happier. I LOVE spring! The beautiful weather, nicer temperatures, green grass, leaves on the trees, flowers! I don't even mind spring showers! 
Don't even get me started on the wonderful-ness that is Daylight Savings time! Only three more days!

To celebrate the season and the fact the Easter is coming up (one month from today!), I made an Easter wreath! I used this tutorial that I found on One Pretty Thing.

It was easy to make! And really cheap! This is actually the first wreath I have ever made. I must say I like having some decor on our door. I should have one for every season/holiday!

I wish I had a garden or at least a yard with some flowers. I definitely need more flowers in my life. 
What does Spring bring out in you?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

31 Weeks!

The new story this week is Braxton Hicks! My belly gets super hard and tight any time I bend over or have any type of strain. Getting up off the couch, picking something up off the floor, bending over to get clothes out of the washing machine, putting on shoes, you name it! They don't hurt at all, they are just a reminder that my body is getting ready for something important! 

Other than the BH, and the usual foot and back pain, I am still feeling great! I have decided that I really love being pregnant. I realized yesterday that I feel healthier now than I did before I was pregnant. (as long as you don't count things like getting up out of the floor, etc. haha.)

Can you tell I washed the mirror before this? ^^^

Logan is getting stronger every day! His kicks, jabs and rolls cannot be missed these days! It seems as though he is moving all of the time. I felt definite hiccups for the first time last night. They lasted a long time, too! He is over 16 inches long now and weighs about 3.3 pounds. Over the next few weeks he is really going to start plumping up to prepare for the big outside world!

Matt and I had a discussion last night about how we are getting anxious to see what he looks like. Matt says that most newborns look like old men. Which I can see, but I think he has no idea about what is coming. I cannot wait to see him hold Logan. Maybe I have no idea of the emotions that are coming either. But I am ready for them. 

After this weekend Logan's room is about 99% ready for him. There are only a few things that we really need (changing pad, breast pump, ??). Technically we don't need a changing pad, but for some reason not having one yet is bothering me. Weird. I also have a couple more decorating projects that I want to finish. After that we will be down to washing clothes, sheets, and making the bed! We aren't really that ready? Are we!? Wow! 

In regards to last week's post, I was informed that it came across rather angry. I did not mean for it to be that way! I will admit, it became a bit rant-ish. However, no one has made me mad recently. My main point was supposed to be, "These are things that I am passionate about, even if I do not discuss them very often or openly." I just got stuck on the "why I don't discuss them" part a little too long. :-/ My bad. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Nursery Update: Busy Weekend

My parents came to see us this weekend, and we managed to pack SO much into a weekend visit! The first night I felt a little bad, because we left them about an hour after they got here to go to a going away party for a former co-worker of mine. 
Well, when we walked in the door they all yelled "Surprise!" while holding up cute plates that read "Baby." Those sweethearts threw me a surprise baby shower, complete with food, games, and gifts! AND my parents were able to come also! It worked out so perfectly!
I was so touched that they thought of me, and spent the time and effort to plan out this surprise. 
We did so much over just a few days that I couldn't possibly share it all, so here are a few tidbits.
We made cloth wipes from used receiving blankets!
Cut 7x7 inch squares. Sew two together back to back.
Pink the edges.
Voila! Cloth wipes!
While we were making the wipes, I prepped more prefolds.

My mom made Logan's curtains. They are too too cute!

We hung lots of things, curtains, pictures, his quilt.

I am saving "real" pictures of his nursery for a big final reveal later on. 

I thrifted this wall hanging many months ago. I was just about ready to get rid of it, because I didn't know what to do with it. My mom picked the perfect spot right away, and now it is hanging where I can enjoy it!

While my mom and I were working on organizing Logan's room, Matt and my dad hung these awesome towels hooks! Matt is going to share his with Logan when he gets here. :)

Thanks to my mom, those pesky boxes I kept putting off cleaning out and sorting through in the nursery are now out of there. The curtains are hung, there is a shelf for toys behind the door, pictures are hung, and the room is pretty much done minus a few small touches! 

We also did lots of shopping (mostly for fabric, TOO many choices!), cooking, eating, and even some cleaning! They definitely left our apartment in better shape than how they found it!