Sunday, November 16, 2014

36 weeks | Baby 2.0

Pregnancy Brain.
The struggle is real, folks.
 
I wrote this post yesterday. Failed to press publish.
Last week I lost my phone. Found it in the fridge.
I was paying for a few groceries at the store the other day. I forgot my debit pin and literally needed to call my husband to remind me.
For MY pin number. That I've had for years!
Don't ask why I just didn't do credit because that would require an answer from someone that doesn't have pregnancy brain.
I can't remember if I've fed the dogs and end up double feeding them.
I wash my hair twice in the shower.
Last month I threw my phone away in our garbage can outside.
I can't remember the names of simple things -- people, places, things.
 
I wish I could say it will go away in a few weeks. But, no. It doesn't.
Because then it goes from pregnancy brain to baby brain, which is even worse!
Mama friends, can I get an amen?
 
 
Anyway, now onto my bumpdate. The one that I wrote...yesterday.


What's new?
Miss Emerson is losing the downy hair and creamy substance that protects her skin in the womb.
But don't be alarmed!
We'll see this again in the form of black tar (aka meconium) during her first couple diaper changes.
She should weigh about 6 pounds.
However, my OB said I'm measuring a bit small and that he expects her to be on the smaller side. We shall see!
 
 
How far along? 36 weeks
 
Baby's size? a watermelon..sort of {Pregnancy brain example #371: I'm a few weeks ahead of myself. Watermelon is week 39. I almost redid my board, but ain't nobody got time for that. So, we'll go with a small watermelon, specifically one that's at least 18.5 inches in length.}
 
Total weight gain: 30 pounds :(
 
Maternity clothes? Yep! Just about all of my outfits these days are maternity.

Sleep: I'm back to waking up way too often. I've accepted it. Basically, I won't sleep through the night again for at least another year.

Best moments this past week: My bestie had her baby on Monday and getting to spend a couple days with her this week was so great. She's absolutely beautiful!!! Those that know me know how anxious I've been about bringing a second baby home, but as of recently, I'm really starting to feel so much more at ease, calm, and prepared. Getting to spend time with sweet baby Olivia only relaxes me so much more. Plus, I've LOVED seeing my friend become a Mama. It's such a special thing to witness and be a part of. Honorary auntie isn't such a bad title either. ;)
 
Miss Anything? Sushi and wine. Though it will be a while before I have any of the latter, sushi will be my first meal post hospital.

Movement: All.day.long.
 
Anything making you queasy or sick: nope

Labor Signs: I'm still getting pretty frequent BH contractions.
 
Gender: girl

Symptoms: nothing new
 
Belly Button in or out? out

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: Super happy! :)

Looking forward to: Our little babymoon next weekend. Technically, we're not going anywhere. However, my mom is taking Ellie for the weekend so we can have one final weekend to relax, prepare, get a couple date nights in, sleep in (yeah right!), and just enjoy the calm before what's sure to be the craziest next few months of our lives.

 
36 weeks

"I carried a watermelon!?"
(Who's with me here.. ?)

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

35 weeks | Baby 2.0


What's new?
Miss Emerson's hearing is fully developed.
Her kidneys are also fully developed.
Most of her physical development is complete, she's simply putting on weight from here on out.
She should weigh about 5.5 pounds.
I'll likely continue to gain about a pound a week and half of it goes directly to baby!
 
 
How far along? 35 weeks (as of Saturday)
 
Baby's size? a coconut - over 18 inches in length
 
Total weight gain: 29 pounds
 
Maternity clothes? Yep! Just about all of my outfits these days are maternity.

Sleep: I'm back to waking up way too often. I've accepted it. Basically, I won't sleep through the night again for at least another year.

Best moments this past week: There were many, but date night with one of my besties last night what exactly what we both needed. The next time I see her will be in the hospital with her newborn, can't wait!
 
Miss Anything? Sleeping normally.

Movement: All.day.long.
 
Anything making you queasy or sick: nope

Labor Signs: I'm still getting pretty frequent BH contractions. My OB will probably start checking my progress within the next week or two, although..let's be honest, it means nothing. I learned that the hard way with Ellie! In all seriousness though, I really don't think I'm going to make it to 40 weeks given my crazy contractions and this toddler that keeps me so active and on the go alldaylongeverysingledayofmylife.
 
Gender: girl

Symptoms: nothing new
 
Belly Button in or out? out

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy....and anxious!

Looking forward to: Emerson's bff is due next week and we're all (Mama especially!) eagerly waiting for her arrival.

 
35 weeks


I swear I only gained 2 pounds this week, despite my extra 10 pound shadow friend you see here.


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Sunday, November 2, 2014

34 weeks | Baby 2.0

What's new?
Miss Emerson's fat layers are rounding out, smoothing out her skin, and preparing to regulate her body temperature after she's born.
Her lungs are continuing to mature.
She pees about a pint a day. I know you were dying to know this.
She should weigh about 5 pounds.
I'll likely continue to gain about a pound a week and half of it goes directly to baby!
 
 
How far along? 34 weeks
 
Baby's size? a butternut squash - about 18 inches in length
 
Total weight gain: 27 pounds
 
Maternity clothes? Yep! Just about all of my outfits these days are maternity.

Sleep: I'm down to waking up only once or twice a night, which is so great. But getting and staying comfortable it still a challenge.

Best moments this past week: The diaper sprinkle my mom hosted for us this morning was amazing! It was fun having so many people we love in the same place eating yummy food and celebrating our sweet girl. :)
 
Miss Anything? Mimosas! I'd be lying if I said I wasn't jealous of all the guests at our sprinkle enjoying them this morning!

Movement: All.day.long.
 
Anything making you queasy or sick: nope

Labor Signs: I'm still getting pretty frequent BH contractions most nights, which I've learned to accept. They're clearly not going away until I have this baby.
 
Gender: girl

Symptoms: Nothing new, but the nighttime has sure become a challenge. I feel amazing pregnancy wise during the day, but by night it's like a completely different body has taken over. I struggle with contractions, pelvic pain, shortness of breath, and acid reflux.
 
Belly Button in or out? out

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: My crazy hormonal emotions have simmered, which I'm sure everyone around me is happy to hear!

Looking forward to: Date night with JP tonight! Let's hope my symptoms stay at bay.

 
34 weeks

 
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Emerson's Nursery

It didn't take long for me to decide I wanted a purple and gold nursery once we found out we were having another girl. While I love Ellie's classic pink girly nursery {here}, I wanted something different. I had a million ideas in my head and it was fun bringing them to life.
 
Finally, here it is.
And it's exactly what I wanted. We're in love!
 
Sweet Baby Emerson's Nursery
 
Finding the perfect bedding seriously gave me heart palpitations.
I'm sure being the most indecisive person on the planet didn't help either.
 
 
I used a can of spray paint and letters to DIY Emerson's name.
The canvas nursery art might be my favorite pieces.
I'll Eat You Up I Love You So
Hello Sweet Beautiful Girl
 
 
 
 

The chair is actually a plum purple, despite the brown depicted with the light.
My mom made gorgeous purple curtains that I LOVED, but unfortunately, they didn't go well with the lavender walls and plum chair. Though they're not my favorite, these backup curtains match the rocker perfectly.
 
 
 
I'm obsessed with Em's closet. The right side has built in shelves and drawers.


I knew I wanted a tissue garland, but refused to pay Etsy prices, so I decided to DIY. It took longer than I expected, but it was super simple and cheap! The frames came from various places and currently house digital art that JP created, but most will be replaced with actual photos.
 
 
 
I'm obsessed with the collage wall! Again, JP created the temporary digital art in most of the frames. Though some were thrifted, most of the frames came from Hobby Lobby.
 
 
 
I knew I wanted stripes in this room, regardless of having a girl or boy. They were definitely more challenging than we anticipated, but I love how this wall turned out!
 
 
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33 weeks | Baby 2.0


What's new?
Miss Emerson keeps her eyes open during her awake times.
She weighs over 4 pounds and her bones are hardening.
She's learning how to breath with sucking and swallowing.
I'll likely continue to gain about a pound a week and half of it goes directly to baby!
 
 
How far along? 33 weeks (on Saturday)
 
Baby's size? a durian fruit (huh?!) - over 17 inches in length
 
Total weight gain: 26 pounds
 
Maternity clothes? Yep! Just about all of my outfits these days are maternity.

Sleep: It hasn't been going well for a while, so that's not new. Though Ellie apparently doesn't like to sleep anymore either. She's had a rough few days/nights in the sleep department.

Best moments this past week: TBD
 
Miss Anything? Sushi. Wine. Alllllll the wine.

Movement: All.day.long.
 
Anything making you queasy or sick: nope

Labor Signs: My BH have been coming around a lot more lately, especially at night. Fun!
 
Gender: girl

Symptoms: Nothing new!
 
Belly Button in or out? out

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: This week has been better, but oh my gosh.. I'm seriously just so emotional. Let's be honest, I'm always an emotional person, even more so after Ellie... but this baby is taking it to a whole new level!

Looking forward to: Spending time with our family and close friends at the diaper bash my mom is hosting for baby girl next weekend. :)

 
33 weeks
 


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

32 weeks | Baby 2.0


What's new?
Miss Emerson now has toenails and fingernails.
She has lots of hair by this point, which we already knew based on past ultrasounds.
She should weigh close to 4 pounds.
I'll likely continue to gain about a pound a week and half of it goes directly to baby!
 
 
How far along? 32 weeks
 
Baby's size? a squash - over 16.5 inches in length
 
Total weight gain: 25.5 pounds
 
Maternity clothes? Yep! Just about all of my outfits these days are maternity.

Sleep: UGH. I love being pregnant by day, I despise it at night for this exact reason. Sleeping sucks!

Best moments this past week: Honestly, I've just loved being outside. It's FINALLY cooled down enough that we're back to enjoying outside playdates and walking to our neighborhood park every evening.  
 
Miss Anything? Sleeping on my stomach. I'm convinced that if I could just lay on my stomach, all my sleeping problems would be solved.

Movement: All.day.long.
 
Anything making you queasy or sick: nope

Labor Signs: I still get occasional BH contractions. I'm pretty sure Emerson moved from breech to head down last weekend based on her kicks, which my OB agreed to at my appointment this week. Let's hope she stays there! Speaking of appointments, we're down to going every 2 weeks already! I can't believe it!
 
Gender: girl

Symptoms: Nothing new!
 
Belly Button in or out? out

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: I plead the fifth - again.

Looking forward to: Taking Ellie to the pumpkin patch tomorrow, hanging out with one of my besties before these crazy newborns take over our lives, and spending some time with Ellie's nanny (that's moving to Texas in a couple weeks and we are SO heartbroken!!).

 
32 weeks

 
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Top 10 Reasons To Have A December Baby

In my attempt at becoming a better blogger, I've started brainstorming post ideas that will begin to make their appearance, beginning with this little gem.

I'll be honest, having a December baby wasn't my first choice, but as I''ve learned, things don't always go as planned. However, since becoming pregnant I've realized a handful of REALLY great things about having a December baby.
 
 
TOP 10 REASONS TO HAVE A BABY IN
DECEMBER
 
10. Cute summer maternity clothing.
 
9. Showing off sharing a newborn baby with family over the holidays.
 
8. Now that I'm beginning to get really big and chasing (read: waddling) after a toddler, we're out of the summer months and into cooler weather.
 
7. Having one baby girl in January and another in December makes use of the same seasonal clothing we already have. Total money saver!
 
6.We'll have the cutest family/newborn card to send out for the holidays.
Maybe? Still debating if we plan on sending cards our early or late this year.
 
5. Big ol' belly for Halloween.
I foresee a lot of orange paint in my near future.
 
4. Plenty of time to get back into shape before bikini season.
 
3. Having a baby just a few weeks before the year ends? HELLO TAX DEDUCTION!
 
2. Three words: pumpkin pie (and) stuffing.
Ain't nobody going to judge a 9 month pregnant woman for eating her body weight on Thanksgiving.
 
1. I couldn't think of a better Christmas gift if I tried. We will most certainly be counting our blessings this holiday season.

 
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