Friday, January 27, 2012

38 Weeks

Weekly Survey

How far along?: 38 weeks

(You guessed it...same top, different day! 
Please note the red necklace to go with the blue top - I mixed it up for the KU game!!)

Total weight gain/loss: + 38 pounds (I guess staying under 40 is my new goal!)

Sleep: This was my worst week yet because I've had some trouble going back to sleep once I wake up. On Friday, I woke up at 3:11, went the restroom, tried to sleep until 4, got up, ate some oatmeal, played on the computer, and then went to the gym at 5 for BodyPump. The other nights, I tried to just rest in bed and hope that it counted a little bit toward sleep. I hope I get in at least one more good night before he is here, but I'm not counting on it!

Best moment(s) this week: Washing baby clothes, blankets, burp cloths, etc.!! I really don't mind doing laundry, and I've come to find out that I LOVE washing baby stuff: ) Everything is SO soft and tiny - I can't believe he'll be so small!

Movement: Now that his movements have changed, I have to try not to freak myself out all of the time because I don't feel him as much as I used to. I guess that it isn't that I don't feel him as much as I used is just that it feels a lot different. It is more like he is stretching and shifting - MUCH less of the punching, kicking, etc. If I start to worry, I can usually just stop moving for a while, and he'll let me know he's still in there; ) He is DEFINITELY out of room!

Symptoms: HUGE and becoming a little bit more uncomfortable!

Maternity clothes?: ALWAYS.

Food cravings: Cottage cheese!! I went through three containers this week - and the third had to be picked up in the middle of the week when I ran out of the first two!

Food aversions: Nope.

Healthy eating?: I did okay. I feel like I ate a ton of dairy this week - cottage cheese, Laughing Cow cheese, cheese sticks...

Exercise: I only made it to one BodyPump class, but I did get in all my cardio + I did cardio instead of Pump on one day. I have to sign up in advance for the BodyPump classes, and several of the ones I usually go to were already full! I went Friday morning (when I couldn't sleep), and I felt great all day!

Gender: B.O.Y.

Labor signs: Hmmm. Feeling a little achy...but I think that is more of an 8-and-a-half months pregnant sign. The baby feels heavy, so I'm still thinking that he has dropped.

Belly button in or out?: Flatish...and stretched out. Gross.

What I miss: Running! The weather has been AWESOME lately, and I'm definitely craving a 6-mile run! This winter has been SO mild, and I'm sure runners are taking advantage of it! Can't wait to hit the pavement with Natalie this spring!!! I need to start looking at races...

What I'm looking forward to: Alright...I'll say it...BABY!!! I'm can't wait to meet him and to see Nick be a daddy: )

Weekly wisdom: It is okay to wear the same outfit over and over again if that is what is comfortable; )

Milestones: Baby made his first trip to Allen Fieldhouse! I could feel him squirming throughout the game. Rock Chalk! 

What I'm Smiling About This Week V. 24

- I had a nice chat with Mom, Grandpa, and Grandma on Sunday. It is always nice to visit for a few minutes!

- Natalie and I had time for a LONG walk on Sunday!

- I love the AMAZING weather!! Callie has been soaking up the sun; ) 

- All of our latest purchases have arrived, and I think we're all set for baby. I still need to finish the artwork for the nursery walls, but everything else is ready to go.

- I'm overwhelmed with everyone's support and kind words! Julia calls regularly to leave me encouraging words, and Krista sent a "you-can-do-it" card and left a long voicemail full of support. The girls on the listserv constantly ask for updates, and it feels good to know that so many people are excited for this little guy to arrive!

- I'm SO close to feeling comfortable about leaving work. I have the major parts of my job finished, and I just have a few odds and ends to take care of this week! Almost there...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Maternity Photos

Last Sunday (37 weeks/1 day), Claire took some maternity pics for us! She did an awesome job, and we are SO thankful that she was willing to help us out! Here are a few of my favorites...

Hmmm. The video is fuzzy, so I guess I'll post a few as well...

Saturday, January 7, 2012

37 Weeks

Weekly Survey

How far along?: 37 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: + 36.5 pounds (My weight at the doctor's office was actually a little less than last week.)

Sleep: I have been pretty lucky until this point, but things seemed to have taken a bit of a turn. I've now had several nights where I think I only really slept three or four hours total! Boo. Miraculously, I'm still productive at the gym and at work...but I'm EXHAUSTED at the end of the day.

Best moment(s) this week: I ordered the last few things we think we need right away (e.g., waterproof pads, breast pump), and Nick's parents picked up the Pack N Play sheets for us! We also organized the nursery furniture! Sneak peek...

Movement: Feet to the ribs and lots of side-to-side wiggling! 

Symptoms: HUGE, hard belly! I constantly get comments that my belly looks like a basketball!

Maternity clothes?: Duh. Lots of tights and dresses this week!

Food cravings: Crackers!

Food aversions: Nope.

Healthy eating?: I did okay. I feel like all I want to do at work is eat. Luckily, it is all healthy...I just eat all day long!

Exercise: I got in all my cardio and weight sessions - including two BodyPump classes! I hope the one on Friday wasn't my last class!!!

Gender: Baby boy!

Labor signs: My doctor did a new pelvic exam on Wednesday, and I was 1 cm dilated. I don't know if it really counts as a "labor sign," but she said it is a good place to start!

Belly button in or out?: Flat and stretched out!

What I miss: Hmmmm. I can't think of anything. I do miss having a clean kitchen table. Does that count!?! Ha. I keep piling paperwork, coupons, etc. on it, so it hasn't been cleared off in days: (

What I'm looking forward to: Finishing the baby's room and wrapping things up at work! SO close...

Weekly wisdom: Find a nursing top WAY before you need it - even if you don't buy it. I'm having a terrible time even finding any to try on! I've only found them at Target and Wal-Mart, and these stores don't have much of a selection. I ordered some bras/tanks online over the weekend, so hopefully something will work! (Anybody have a suggestion?)

Milestones: Nick installed the car seat! We have the installation inspection on Friday. One step closer to bringing the little guy home!

What I'm Smiling About This Week V. 23

- I had a great Monday! Natalie and I had time for a nice long walk, and I had a good visit with Mom, Grandpa, and Grandma at Brandon Woods.

- Nick's 31st birthday was on Tuesday. Butch and Judy took us to LongHorn Steakhouseyummy! I had chicken, but I will DEFINITELY get a steak next time we're there!

N + L
(I look tired!)

J + B

- On Wednesday, I had El Mezcal and Orange Leaf with Emma, my former student and friend. It was great to hear about her life at KSU and to eat some delish food!

- I started washing baby clothes, and they smell so good: ) For the most part, I don't mind doing laundry - but I especially like doing baby laundry!

- Callie has been acting out here and there, but sometimes she is SO sweet. On Saturday night, Nick and I watched Columbiana, and Callie chewed on her bone at the end of our bed. She is only allowed on the bed when her special quilt is covering our bedspread. When she finished her bone, she scooted up to put her head on the baby.

- Jerod Nieder, my friend from high school, was in a bad accident - which does NOT make me smile! What does make me smile is the attitude he has about his recovery and the number of people he has rallying around him! We went to his benefit on Saturday, and there were hundreds of people there. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers! Love you, buddy!

Monday, January 2, 2012

36 Weeks

Weekly Survey

How far along?: 36 weeks

(Feel free to make fun of my outfit.
I wear this top most of every weekend and to work every other week.)

Total weight gain/loss: + 36 pounds (over the target weight-gain least I'll be close, right!?!)  

Sleep: I'm waking up a lot, but I usually can go back to sleep without too much trouble. I did have some trouble a few nights ago: I was WIDE AWAKE from 2:30 until 4:30. I had some cereal, read for a while, tried to force my eyes shut...all without much luck. Luckily, I went to bed before 10 and didn't get out of bed until after 8 (it was a weekend!), so being awake for 2 hours in the middle of the night could have been much worse!

Best moment(s) this week: Spending time with family: ) Although Nick and I didn't take much time off, our families were in town for over a week. This gave us some time to visit in the evenings: )

Movement: Lots of feet to the ribs! He also shifts back-and-forth and side-to-side quite a bit. For several weeks the doctor has said that the baby is head down, so I really just feel him wiggling and pushing off of my insides - weird, I know.

Symptoms: HUGE, basketball-like belly - and frequent trips to the restroom!

Maternity clothes?: Duh. The weather has been uncharacteristically warm, so I've been wearing tights and dresses A LOT.

Food cravings: Based on my pile of recyclables...I'm still craving cottage cheese. I go through two containers/week and would definitely go through three if I bought that many!

Food aversions: Not really...

Healthy eating?: Better - but I definitely still took advantage of the holiday treats, family dinners, etc.

Exercise: Somehow I'm still exercising! I think I'm about done with BodyPump - because I'm having trouble leaning over to pick the bar up from the ground. HA! I look kind of ridiculous, but it really feels so good! Moving feels good, lifting feels good - sitting in one place all day does not! Even if I don't do BodyPump, I hope to continue to do something. I do hate that it is so cold/dark in the morning and dark before I get home from work. I'd much rather walk outside than on the treadmill!

Gender: Little dude!!

Labor signs: Nope. 

Belly button in or out?: Flat and kind of stretched out...gross.

What I miss: Hmmm. I know I've probably said this before, but I miss being able to hang out with Nick past 10 p.m. It makes me sad how short our weekend time feels when I fal asleep shortly after we start hanging out!

What I'm looking forward to: Installing the bases for the car seat! We scheduled our car seat inspections, so now we just need to get them all strapped in.

Weekly wisdom: If I did everything over again, I would finish the nursery by 30 weeks. It is exhausting to work in there now - but it looks so cute! Updated pics coming soon...

Milestones: We had our preadmission appointment at the hospital! When it is time to go, we just head that way, and they'll be waiting for us. Being in the "Family Birthing Center" and meeting with a nurse/filling out paperwork (We even filled out paperwork for how we want our names to appear in the Lawrence Journal-World!) really made things feel real!

What I'm Smiling About This Week V. 22

- Everything! Ha! I'm really having trouble with specifics because time if kind of running together. I have been feeling really happy, so I guess that is good: )

- We had a busy Christmas day! We spent Christmas morning at Nick parents' house. We ate WAY TOO MUCH for breakfast, opened presents, and had a delicious meal (made by Nick and Jenny!). We took a mini-nap on the couch, and I snapped this sweet pic of Nick with his hand on my belly...

We went to my parents' house for the afternoon. We opened presents, had some appetizers, and talked with Grandmom and Granddad. We went back to Nick's parents' house for Christmas night. We ate TONS of snacks and play Apples to Apples. Ryan can read now, so games are even more fun!

- On Monday, we spent time with my family. Aunt Diane, Uncle Paul, and Hayley came in town from Wichita, so we all went to lunch at Freddy's. We played a game and visited at Grandpa's until Nick and I had to leave to get ready for the work week.

- Lisa and Mom came over on Wednesday. We made a no-sew crib skirt with this tutorial (pics coming soon!!) and talked about some of Lisa's wedding plans! So fun: )

- On Thursday, I went to Mom and Dad's for family dinner. Nick didn't come with me because they had family dinner at their house, too! We had spaghetti - YUM - and chocolate sundaes: )

- On Friday, I went to Mom and Dad's for lunch. Mom made some terrific grilled cheese sandwiches to go with our tomato soup; ) I visited for an hour or so (and wanted to take a nap!), and then it was time to say goodbye to Lisa: ( I cried - as usual - as we said our goodbyes, and she reassured me that I will "do great" when it is time to have this baby! (Miss you, Sis! Can't wait to see you in March when I won't have to work!!!)

- On Saturday, I had lunch with a friend I hadn't seen in a while. It was great to catch up! Then, I finished returning all of the duplicates from the baby showers and used some coupons at Penney's, Kohl's, and Target. I still need to make a list of what we're missing for the baby, but it feels so good to be done with returns! After errands, Nick and I went to his parents' house for New Year's Eve. We got rowdy (a.k.a. fell asleep on the couch!) around 9:30. I didn't see the ball drop, and I didn't get a kiss at midnight; ( I did find out that my grandpa rang in the new year at a party that didn't start until 9...and he stayed until after 1 a.m.!! Grandpa = rock star!