Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bump Watch: Week 28!

How far along? 28 Weeks, we’re officially in the 3rd trimester!

Total weight gain? I stuck at 125 lbs this week. That means I gained 5 lbs in the 1st trimester and 14 in the 2nd. Hopefully that trend doesn’t mean I’ll gain 25 lbs in the 3rd… haha

Waist/Belly Measurement? 29.5"/36.5”, I gained ½” in the belly, but lost ½” in the waist. I think it kind of changes based on which direction the baby is (anterior or posterior).

Maternity clothes? Nothing new this week, but I did buy some new undergarments for my lady friends. This whole time I had been complaining that I wasn’t getting any larger in the chest… Turns out I had grown 2 cup sizes. Hey, when you’re built like me you don’t notice. Haha Anyhow, I bought three new bras. BEST. PURCHASE. EVER.

Stretch marks? Not yet!

Sleep? Really good, although I feel like I need way more of it. I’ve got those 3rd trimester blues snooze.

Best moment this week? Finally being able to say I’m in the 3rd trimester. That’s seriously so exciting. I can’t believe we’re in the home stretch! I can’t wait to meet the little cupcake in 10-14 (hopefully more like 10-12… haha) weeks!

Miss Anything? Nope!

Movement? Still quite a bit of moving and shaking going on in there. I’ve noticed the cupcake is more mobile lately. I get kicks to the left, punches to the right… Sometimes even kicks and punches to my bladder and ribs, which means we’re probably moving quite a bit now. The bladder punches are much less cute than the other ones.

Cravings? Lucky Charms. Go ahead, judge me. I swear I could live off of them.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope!

Labor Signs? None so far!

Symptoms? I have an unbearable need to clean (which Jesse has inherited as well), and a very tiny amount of back pain.

Belly Button in or out?  I think this thing will be an outtie soon. Still in for now though.

Wedding rings on or off? Still on!

Happy or Moody most of the time? I still think I’m mostly happy. But I do throw fits. I blame the hormones.

Looking forward to? Finishing out the newborn clothes/diaper stash as well as the 0/3 month one. The newborn one is basically done (and kind of empty clothes wise, since who knows how big the cupcake will be!) but the 0/3 month diaper stash is lacking. I think we’ll get a lot of use out of the newborn ones, though. So I think we’re in a good place. Jesse’s just worried about me trying to sew everything when the baby is here.

Random notes: You're probably wondering what I'm wearing in my picture... It's my Halloween shirt! I was pinspired to make one since we're handing out candy to the littles in the neighborhood. I think it turned out super cute, and I included a better picture below.

Also, alot of you have been asking if we're registered somewhere. We weren't going to register, but people kept asking about it so we created a list of things we need but haven't purchased yet, which you can find here. We went with Target because it's affordable, accessible (not like babies R us), and plus we get a completion coupon after our due date!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Bump Watch: Week 27!

The cupcake's arrival is getting closer!!

How far along? 27 Weeks

Total weight gain? Up 2 lbs to 125 lbs! I keep trying to figure out where it’s going. And where it’s coming from… haha

Waist/Belly Measurement? 30"/36”, I gained an inch in the waist this week. Makes sense, as the cupcake creeps upwards!

Maternity clothes? So many maternity clothes….

Stretch marks? Nope! And my belly has ceased to grow for a few weeks now, I’ve been stuck at 36”. I’ve been slightly less itchy, too.

Sleep? Still pretty good, overall. I only wake up a few times a night which is usually because I have a very full bladder and a very small space in which to store it.

Best moment this week? Sadly this week it was shopping.. haha I got some stuff we really needed! Well, really needed  depends on who you ask. I got some swaddling sacks and a cart cover. I also purchased one of baby half off’s mystery bags and got some great stuff in it, and I love getting mail so that was probably the highlight.

Miss Anything? Nope!

Movement? Constantly. I’m beginning to think this baby doesn’t sleep. I hope that’s not a reflection of my life after January.

Cravings? Cookies! I wanted sugar cookies all week, so I made a few on Wednesday. They lasted all the way until Thursday. Whoopsie.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope!

Labor Signs? None so far!

Symptoms? I cleaned a little aggressively on Friday night, which is probably nesting. But it also caused an awesome backache.

Belly Button in or out? Still half and half, but it’s closer to being an outtie everyday!

Wedding rings on or off? Well the big one is in the shop… But I’m wearing my engagement ring.

Happy or Moody most of the time? Mostly happy, but I do tend to get moody when I’m hungry or tired. Which is a lot.. haha

Looking forward to? The end of the 2nd trimester!!!! I’m officially in the 3rd at the end of this week, although if you ask me I’m already in it. Hello, 40 x 2/3 = 26.67, which is totally less than 27 weeks. But whatever…

Monday, October 15, 2012

Nursery update!

So Jesse and I took some time (admittedly... it was mostly me.. haha) and we have the nursery almost totally done! Other than the fact that the sewing stuff still needs to come out, it's practically finished. Quick disclaimer, the pink unicorn and pink piggy bank were gifts from people we got before we knew the gender. They're not indicative of what we're having. :)

This week I finally got the crib skirt and remainder of the sheets sewed, which felt amazing! The entire time I was doing it Jesse kept saying ,"You know, you can buy this stuff..." I don't care, it feels so much cooler to be able to say, "I made that!"

Jesse also helped me hang up all the wall stuff, mainly the mobile(which still needs to be lowered a bit) and the shelf. I also made the rest of the art that's in the frames on the shelf and hung up the stuff I had made previously like the silhouette art, the letter in the frame, and the sign on the door. If you haven't noticed, the cupcake's name is going to start with an E!

Once the shelf was up I could actually put the cloth diapers in their home on the top of the dresser! We don't have a huge stash, in fact about half of that is cloth wipes that I made and the yellow/orange ones won't fit until the cupcake is around 3 months old, but I'm working on finishing out the newborn and small stash to hold us over until the others fit!

Bump Watch: Week 26!

So that's like 5 lbs I can consider strictly baby... right? RIGHT?!

How far along? 26 Weeks

Total weight gain? Up 1 lb to 123 lbs! The cupcake and I are right on target for weight gain.

Waist/Belly Measurement? 29"/36” still, I stayed the same again! Why do I feel like look bigger… haha

Maternity clothes? Yes, with my cardigans mixed in. I tend to be cold, but then hot, but then cold. So I suppose this is what menopause feels like.

Stretch marks? Itchy tummy (which I’m trying so hard not to itch) but still no stretch marks.

Sleep? Really good! I can’t believe I’m saying that, but I slept like a champ this week. I wasn’t in pain, at least not from my hips or back. A few nights I just plain wasn’t tired, though. Then the other nights I was completely exhausted!

Best moment this week? I got a prenatal massage, and it was the best moment of the week by far! My back pain is almost totally gone except for the general aches and pains of pregnancy. But I can bend over, etc with no pain! Now if only my belly wasn’t preventing me from tying my shoes. We also made AMAZING progress on the nursery which I’ll post later today.

Miss Anything? Not a thing!

Movement? Yes, this baby has a mean right hook. I noticed that cupcake started reacting to sound this week, too.

Cravings? Nothing really. I was really thirsty all week so I drank a ton of water, but that’s not really a craving.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope!

Labor Signs? None so far!

Symptoms? All of my symptoms kind of calmed down this week. Except for my mood swings, which we’ll cover in a few…

Belly Button in or out? I’d say it’s half and half. The top is kind of out, but the bottom is still in. It looks as weird as it sounds.

Wedding rings on or off? Still on, except that I have to take my wedding ring in today because the DIAMOND FELL OUT. Like the central one. Not impressed. Thankfully my husband was sweet enough to help me look for it and he ended up finding it. Thank goodness we don’t have carpet and could safely assume it was in the nursery since I’m there like 90% of the time.

Happy or Moody most of the time? Most of the time I was pretty happy since I wasn’t in pain at all. I did have a few mood swings, like when I was sitting on the couch feeling the baby kick and couldn’t stop thinking about how excited I was. And then… I started to cry uncontrollably. Totally appropriate. Then later that night when my diamond fell out I had a total melt down, but I think that’s understandable and would have happened whether I was pregnant or not.

Looking forward to? Finishing up my cloth diaper stash and moving the sewing table OUT of the nursery! Then the cupcake’s room will be complete!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bump Watch: Week 25!

How far along? 25 Weeks

Total weight gain? Back down to 122 lbs. I feel like my weight fluctuates a lot. More when we travel, like I’ve said a million times before. Rest assured, I had like 1,296,487 cookies this week. I’m eating. :)

Waist/Belly Measurement? 29"/36”, so we stayed the same!

Maternity clothes? Oh yes. Trying my darndest to stay fashionable and comfortable.. I think I’ve given up on heels for the remainder of this pregnancy. My back is very grateful.

Stretch marks? Still none… But my stomach is still itchy!

Sleep? Bad. Miserable. Awful. I wish my hips didn’t hurt.

Best moment this week? This week I started to see the cupcake move on the outside! It was pretty exciting. Jesse walked into the room one night before bed and went “Whoa! I saw that!” and it was pretty cute.

Miss Anything? I didn’t miss anything this week! Just enjoying this super easy and enjoyable pregnancy!

Movement? Yes, and we can finally see  it on the outside now! So cute!

Cravings? I really wanted ice cream on Friday and Saturday, but I forgot to get it when we were grocery shopping. I had to make due with a protein shake made with frozen greek yogurt, peanut butter, and bananas. It was pretty delicious.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope!

Labor Signs? None of these yet…

Symptoms? As usual, acne, hip pain, and back pain. I seriously can’t bend over comfortably. I will never take little things like painting my toenails or putting on socks for granted again!!

Belly Button in or out? Still in.. But it gets closer every week!

Wedding rings on or off? Still on!

Happy or Moody most of the time? Moody.. I really need to work on that. haha

Looking forward to? I booked my very first pre-natal massage for the beginning of this week and I’m soooooooooo excited to see if it helps with the back pain.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Nursery Pinspiration!

So as the little cupcake's due date approaches, I find myself starting to kind of freak out about the nursery not being done. I realize that I'm only 24-25 weeks, so having it all done would be a miracle, but I'm still kind of in panic mode. I feel like I have a billion different projects going on all at once and I can't seem to just finish one! Here's a breakdown of what I've started so far. Warning: This is picture heavy.

Crib bedding

This I decided to make myself (I can't decide if it was a good idea.... or a horrible idea yet). So far I have crib sheets and a crib skirt or ruffle. I had actually made, had done in my hands, a set of bumpers which were supposed to fit all cribs. Well, apparently not my crib. We have the Ikea Sundvik and it's not too keen on having bumpers in it. So I made them, tried them on, laughed hysterically when they didn't fit, and decided it was for the best. So onto what I am making.

Sheets - I found a nifty pattern online, plus how hard is it to make crib sheets anyway? I had black/white patterened sheets and a turquoise sheet left over from our old full size bed, so I used up those and ended up with 6 sheets. I also have some yellow fabric I had planned to use for something else which I'll probably end up using for sheets. Do I need 100 sheets? No. This is overkill. But I'm still making them.

Ruffle - I'm going to call this a ruffle, because I'm OBSESSED with it and all of it's ruffles. 

Image: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LottieDaBaby

If you don't want to make one yourself (wise choice, my friend) you can snag one from the etsy shop LottieDaBaby. If you're like me, and can't leave well enough alone... Then DIY following the blog post at Positively Splendid.


Since I'm so keen on DIY, why not finish up the rest of the nursery while I'm at it? I'm pretty pick about colors and patterns, so I figured making it myself would save me the heartache of getting something I didn't like in the end.

Mobile - I absolutely love the idea of hanging chinese lanterns and tissue poms over the bed. How stinking CUTE is that?! My husband, however, didn't think it was so cute so we made a compromise. I still think the little fabric poms are cute, I just really want chinese lanterns.
Image: http://www.sawdustandembryos.com/
Image http://www.petitelemon.com/

 I know I don't want the walls to be bare. I love the shade of grey we picked out, but it needs something else. So I thought, how about two silhouette art canvases and a monogram of the cupcake's first initial smack dab in the center? Side note: Probably not going to go with the buttons here, but you get my drift. I'm think complimentary scrapbooking paper

Image: http://www.etsy.com/shop/letterperfectdesign

Image: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LayneandCompany
Last but not least, I really like the look of embroidery hoops with nursery fabric in them. At this point you're probably saying to yourself, "Hey Steph. Come down. This is sensory overload." I promise, this will come together.

Seriously? I die. I love the quirkiness, and I have a ton of fabric left over which I think will tie everything together nicely.

So there you have it! My slightly ambitious (OK, really ambitious) nursery plans for the cupcake. I've got my work cut out for me, seeing as I only have the sheets, ruffle, and mobile started. I do have the silhouette portaits complete, I just need to make the monogram. Wish me luck!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Bump Watch: Week 24!

....And over 1 lb!!

How far along? 24 Weeks

Total weight gain? We’re back up, all the way to 123 lbs! I think traveling makes me retain water… haha The doc says I'm perfect, though. :)

Waist/Belly Measurement? 29"/36”. My tummy has officially expanded 5”, and my waist is up 3”.

Maternity clothes? All maternity pants from here on out! I discovered that I prefer the thin stretchy bands that cover my whole belly instead of the thick short bands or the under the belly styles. It probably has to do with how they push into my bladder.
Stretch marks? Still none of these, but my tummy was really itchy while we were home this week. I think it was more the drier air than anything.

Sleep? Well, it was horrible because I was still fighting off this amazing cold and we traveled. Once we got into our own bed last night I slept like a rock, though.

Best moment this week? I finally bought some adorable little baby clothes, and we also got a few as gifts from family!! It wasn’t too fun to jam it all into our suitcases, but we managed.

Have you told Family and Friends? Yes!

Miss Anything? Other than the fact that we were at a wedding this weekend with all of our college friends and I couldn’t drink, no. But that’s to be expected.

Movement? Yes, and I can feel the little cupcake on the outside now, too! I think Jesse even felt the kicks last week. He had his hand on my stomach and he said “Well I won’t feel it if you keep moving your belly!” and I replied “I’m not moving, that’s your child.” haha

Cravings? Nothing really, this week.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope!

Have you started to show? Oh yes. Everyone commented how much difference 10 days made in my belly.. haha

Labor Signs? Nope

Symptoms? Just the hip pain and acne this week. Back pain decided to take a vacation!

Belly Button in or out? Still in but getting really close to being out. It kind of freaks me out, not going to lie.

Wedding rings on or off? Still on!

Happy or Moody most of the time? Probably more moody. Must be the full moon.

Looking forward to? Finally spending some time at home and finishing up the nursery! I really want to have it all done by the beginning of December so I don’t have to try and sew with a watermelon attached to me.