Monday, July 29, 2013

37 Week Update

How Far Along? 37 weeks-FULL TERM!!!!

Total weight gain/loss: +40lbs as of our dr. appt. today....yeah WOW!!!! I know......

Maternity clothes? Nothing new lately, getting really tired of the same 10 items I wear and re-wear every week, but really not wanting to buy anything new at this point. Trying to come up with new combinations of things to wear while trying to stay cool when it is hot out....

Stretch marks? No stretch marks are visible, but I heard you don't really see them sometimes until your tummy shrinks back down to a normal size and that is when you see what stretched out throughout the pregnancy. Oh well, it's all part of the pregnancy deal isn't it?

Sleep: Not as bad as I always heard it was. The one thing I have always heard from pregnant friends is how horrible the sleep is at this stage. Yeah, it's not a bed of roses, but it's not horrible. I have been getting up more than once a night the last week to use the restroom, sometimes 2-4 times more but I assume that is because the baby is dropping, which is good news in my opinion:)

Best moment this week: We had our 37 week appointment this morning and our Dr. informed us we are going to have another ultrasound next week to check his size!!! I just about jumped off the table I was so excited!!! Best part of my week so far, and it's only Monday!

Miss Anything? Not being pregnant. I can't say I have had the most horrible pregnant, in fact, I know I have been extremely lucky, however, I just am so tired of just being pregnant. I am uncomfortable, weird things are happening to my body-unspeakable things, I will spare you the details:) I am swollen and hot....although the weather has been GLORIOUS this week!!! But, I am swelling all over the place, my feet and ankles are the worst. You can see it in my face in this picture also. Definitely more so than compared to my 34 week picture.

Movement: Baby B is moving down.....just where he needs to be, I know this due to the increased pressure and the constant use of the bathroom, more than I already go! Some days I feel like his kicks and jabs are going to break out of my stomach! Also, he has hiccups like every other hour-I swear this kid is always hiccupping!

Food cravings: Watermelon!!!!!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Just being so tired makes me feel sick, and it's not 1st trimester kind of tired where you just want to sleep. This is: my body is tired, I don't want to move, all I want to do is just lay down on a comfortable couch or bed and just relax in comfortable clothes.

Have you started to show yet: I can't even justify this with an answer:)

Gender prediction:  Boy

Belly Button in or out? Flat

Wedding rings on or off? On and Off throughout the day-like I mentioned, the swelling......

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty Happy! Dr. said to keep the smile on my face, she likes to see me so relaxed and happy in my appointments. I feel like she thinks I am going to beg her to get this baby out of me at some point, but I am not going to get my hopes up on having an early baby-I am committed to at least the next three weeks of being pregnant:) And the very latest we will go is August close, so do-able

Looking forward to: Our ultrasound next Wednesday the 7th!!!!

Labor Signs? Maybe Braxton Hicks? I really have no clue what I am feeling. Increased pressure (down there), tightening of my belly, who knows......

Anything Else???? Spent a lot of time last week and weekend picking up the remaining items on our list for Baby's room before he makes his arrival. I feel pretty good about it being finished, just a few last finishing touches this week and next. I have also started packing mine and Bennett's bags. Installed the car seat, put together the stroller, set up the swing in our living room. Our house looks like a baby lives there, now we just need a baby:)

Monday, July 15, 2013

John Deere Classic

This past weekend, Josh and I traveled to my mom's to visit her and to go to the John Deere Classic with her, and my grandma and grandpa, on Saturday. For anyone that isn't from around here, the John Deere Classic the a PGA golf tournament in the quad cities area. Of course, everyone was worried about me in the heat, walking, etc 8 (almost 9) months prego! I think I did pretty darn good! We got there at 10 AM and lasted until just after 5 PM. My feet and back were hurting by the end of the day, but all in all it wasn't that bad. I felt worse Sunday than I did Saturday-my muscles were sore and I was worn out, you would have thought I just ran a marathon!
I wish I had a picture with my mom and Grandma and Grandpa-the 5 of us went together, but I am so bad at remembering to take pictures, plus you have to be careful where you are snapping pictures at a golf tournament.
All I ended up with was this picture of Josh and I, which I remembered to take early in the day.

My grandma bought us this cute golf ball as a souvenir for Bennett's room! I didn't even think to buy him anything until she saw some other kids walking around with these balls. Then we made it our mission to get autographs to put on it. Unfortunately, we were blown off 3 times by Zach Johnson-and to say the least he isn't exactly my favorite guy in the world after that.  But we did get some good ones! Some of the autographs we got were:
Steve Stricker
KJ Choi
Matt Jones
Kevin Streelman
Chez Reavie
Lucas Glover
David Feherty-not golfing, just interviewing the golfers
To be completely honest, I don't even know who half these people are, but I thought it was a fun idea for an item to put in his golf themed nursery!
32 days to go!!!! Can't believe how close we are now!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Lake of the Ozarks {2013}

Luckily, my mother in law, looooovvesss to take pictures! So I have been waiting to see her pictures before posting them on my blog. Part of the blog is documenting my pregnancy and all the experiences that come with it. Vacation was no exception:) Someday I want to look back and remember our week-long vacation to Lake of the Ozarks being 8 months pregnant. It was a wonderful and relaxing week off! Would I recommend being 8 months pregnant again on a primarily boating vacation? HAHA probably not, but it really wasn't bad. If I had to choose.....I would say go in that fun 5-6 month period before you literally feel like a whale in a lake. I can't say I am the biggest fan of all the pictures-I really don't FEEL like I look as big as I look in the pictures, but then again maybe everyone is just being really nice-or the camera literally adds 10 pounds(we'll just go with the camera adds 10 lbs!). As we got tanner, I enjoy looking at the pictures more and more. It is amazing what a little tan can do for your self perception.
 Loved these lounge chairs all week!!! They were perfect for relaxing on the porch/dock. This was our first night there, which is why we are so pale still.
 Josh's first and biggest fish:) He was so proud!

Lunch at Shady Gators
Josh wakeboarding
Watching everyone fish off the dock one night
View of the boat and Josh wakeboarding behind it from the deck of the house
Pit stop at Frankie and Louie's on our all day boat excursion
Another pit stop at Big Dick's on the other end of the lake-I wasn't quite ready for this one
Floating and relaxing-not so easy being pregnant:)
Josh did some tubing also-
And then this happened-the tube flew on top of him:)
Relaxing on the hammock on the dock
Night session-beautiful sunset in the background
Jordan's birthday dinner at Captain Rons
 Shots for the birthday boy!
Grace loved the water and her float toy!
More floating and relaxing towards the end of the week

Sunday, July 7, 2013

34 Week Update

(check out the difference in my skin color from my 31
week post to this weeks!!! I am loving my tan!!!)
How Far Along? 34 weeks-only 6-7 weeks left!!!

Total weight gain/loss: +32 lbs as of July 1-we have another dr. apt on Friday 07/12. The weirdest feeling ever was scheduling my weekly appointments up until our due date last week. I cannot believe we are so close already!!

Maternity clothes? Bought a new outfit, above, the other day:) Starting to really get tired of the same 10 items I keep re-wearing but not really in the mood to buy a whole lot of new things either.

Stretch marks? My new TAN belly definitely hides anything that might be popping up:) I love feeling more tan and have that "glow" now.

Sleep: Still pretty good for the most part, tossing and turning occasionally with hip pain or rib pain but that is to be expected at this point. Still only waking up 1 time a night to use the bathroom, sometimes twice on weekends since I sleep in a little more.
I have been embracing my last few weeks of sleeping in and taking full advantage of it. This weekend we didn't even get out of bed until 10:30 or 11:) Just because we can.

Best moment this week: Well I haven't blogged in a few weeks-vacation was much needed and amazing (hoping I can post some pics of that soon!!) We also had a short work week right after vacation because of the 4th, so the last two weeks have been the best moments, just for the pure fact that I haven't been working and it's been very relaxing for me. We used our gift cards to take a baby shopping spree on Friday which was a lot of fun. I also organized the nursery and found space in our pantry for all our little baby bottles and kitchen utensils.

Miss Anything? Not being able to drink on vacation and throughout the long 4th weekend has been hard:( I keep reminding myself I only have a month and half left to go.

Movement: Still moving and changing positions daily. The dr. said his head is right where he needs to be but I swear he is turning somersaults inside of me somedays. I keep feeling hiccups coming from different areas in my tummy.

Food cravings: No real cravings, just enjoying food in general

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, feeling great!

Have you started to show yet: Getting bigger by the hour, but hearing compliments of how small I look, or how un-swollen I look definitely helps, because I DO NOT feel that way. Everyone keeps telling me I don't look like I am having a baby in 6 weeks, which I love to hear!

Gender prediction:  Boy

Belly Button in or out? Still Flat and weird looking

Wedding rings on or off? My fingers swell occasionally, because of the heat. Somedays I have to take my ring off but only for a little while.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Feeling SUPER happy this week-probably because of all the great sleep and relaxation I have gotten in the last couple of weeks. I feel like my moodiness has definitely subsided because I have felt so rested and happy the last couple of weeks.

Looking forward to: Spending the weekend with my mom this weekend July 12-14. I haven't gotten to see her for almost 3 months, or her new house yet!!!! This will be our last overnight/weekend trip until after little man makes his arrival. We are also going to attempt to go to the John Deere Classic (golf tournament in the Quad Cities) on Saturday, which I know will require quite a bit of walking. My tennis shoes are definitely going to be needed:) Fingers crossed it is not unbearably hot, pray for high 70's/low 80's:)
Labor Signs? Nothing noticeable, crampiness still, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Anything Else???? Baby Boy could now decide to make his arrival and the hospital/dr. will not do anything to stop labor at this point. He may need a NICU stay but it is so exciting to know that everything would, most likely, be just fine!

The last two weeks I have spent a lot of time visualizing how different our lives will be at this time next year. I keep thinking about traveling with a 10 month old to vacation, how he will like to boat/life jacket, what his nap schedule will be like, will he like the fireworks on the 4th, will we be able to go watch fireworks with him, just in general what kind of baby he will be. It gives me a little bit of anxiety, just hopeful he isn't a little terror and is easy to do all these things with! I know life is going to change, and I am excited about it, I just want to be the best possible parent I can be and I know Josh feels the same way. We watch all the other children and babies and envision our lives next year at this time. What will we look like at this time next year???