Baby Bump Friday: 36 Weeks

I let my hair out of it's bun on Fridays. Just for this picture.

Man.  I am really uncomfortable.  My stomach is hard all the time.  Nothing is comfortable.  I just want to snuggle on the couch with Mr. A.

I have been going by the doctor’s guess-timation of due date they gave me at my 20 week ultrasound, but I think it’s wrong.  I know exactly when Miles was conceived and his due date would actually be a few days earlier.  Not that it matters in the grand scheme of baby-birthing because he could still be early or late by a lot…. but I am definitely heading into the “he could come at any time” point of this pregnancy.  So much so that this morning I told Mr. A that we need to pack up the hospital bag and make sure it’s in the car at all times… If I go into labor at work I won’t have time to run home for my carefully planned bag.

The goal is to have his nursery all finished this weekend so I can share it with you all before he gets here.  It’s looking amazing.  I find myself wandering into his room a lot lately just to sit in the big chair and imagine him being here.

Size of baby: On average, a 36 week old babe weighs around 6 lbs and is about the size of three pomegranates… or as I like to say, he is about the size of a baby: a real-could-live-just-fine-outside-of-me baby.

Total Weight Gain: I stepped on a scale last night and I am getting near 40lbs.  Yikes.  This fact along with my swollen feet might have led to my needing to repeatedly ask Mr. A if he still loves me even though I’m a huge-chubby-whale.  (He says he still loves me and I’m not a whale.)  (I’ll keep him.)

Maternity Clothes: True story: Some of my maternity clothes don’t fit.  Basically if it wasn’t for this long target maternity tank I wear under everything my belly would be sneaking out of most everything.
Gender: Little Man Baby
Movement: Still wiggling.
Sleep: Ugh.  Sleep has been hard this week.  Between pressure and pain in my joints, heart burn, having to pee all the time, AND waking up with leg cramps… I’m basically a zombie by about 2pm every day.
What I miss: I miss sleep.
Cravings:  All I want is milk.  I drink glasses upon glasses of non-fat organic milk all day.
Symptoms: After an entire pregnancy of feeling like I was mostly skipping the tough symptoms, I now feel like I have ALL of the symptoms.  I have the heartburn, the intense pelvic pressure, cramping, swollen feet, difficulty sleeping, complete fatigue, hormonal crying spells…. I gotz them all.
What I’m looking forward to: A quiet, unplanned weekend with Mr. A.  We don’t have very many of them left!

Baby Bump Friday: 35 Weeks

Look How Happy My Fave Looks! I'm So Tired!

This week was all about the emotion “Holy Hell I’m Going to Have a Baby Really Soon.”  I had such an amazing baby shower, but I also cried almost every night this past weekend being overwhelmed with all there is to do still.  Onesies to buy!  We need a bathtub!  We don’t possess a single diaper!  Since then, lists have been made and shopping trips have happened and I am feeling infinitely more prepared now.

Wednesday night was our last birth class, which is so sad!  We’ve been taking Bradley classes for the past 8 weeks, and I remember signing up for them and thinking October 5th was so far away… and now it’s passed and we’re supposed to have a baby with all that knowledge we gone done learned in those classes.  I definitely recommend taking some sort of birth class if you’re able too, it has been a huge relief to my brain to feel like I understand the possibilities of labor.

This weekend I have my BFF from Grad School (Jimmie) coming in for the weekend.  His trip is literally the last thing of note until Mr. A and I just kind of hibernate and wait for Miles to get here.  So incredible how fast it’s all gone and how I also feel like I’ve been pregnant for-ev-er.

Size of baby: 18 inches.  Honeydew melon.

Total Weight Gain: Somewhere in the 30+ lbs range.  Probably.  Maybe.  Who cares.

Maternity Clothes: I am super thankful I am not going to be pregnant in Winter because now that it’s getting cold it’s become apparent that none of my sweater/jackets fit.  I wore an oversized fleece Wednesday morning and it didn’t even kind of cover my belly.  Tank tops are cheaper than coats.  #science
Gender: Little Man Baby
Movement: He is now so big that when he moves while I’m walking it can hurt!  He’s definitely very wiggly and Monday he wiggled into the head-down position (Yay to him being the correct way, Boo to his feet being in my ribs.)
Sleep: A little toss-and-turny but the cold weather has been helping.  I get all cuddly in my blankets and feel very happy.  I am exhausted by 8pm too, it’s like 1st trimester exhaustion all over again.
What I miss: Laying on my belly!  I miss it so so much right now.  I am OVER sleeping on my side.
Cravings: Chocolate milk!  It conquers pregnant heartburn!
Symptoms: Now that he’s turned he is back on my sciatic nerve, which hurt SO bad last night I was almost in tears.  Thank God for Mr. A who ran around getting ice packs and heating pads to make everything better.  That guy is a keeper.
What I’m looking forward to: A relaxing weekend with a great friend full of naps, movies, and brunches.

Showered and Ready for Baby?

This weekend was amazing.

My Bestie did such an incredible job planning my baby shower, especially from San Diego.  She flew here with an entire suitcase full of party supplies.  The theme was “Cirque du Bebe”, french circus.  Blues and oranges with tons of animal prints and painted elephants around the room.

It was perfect and very “me”, which was so nice.  We even had a bubbles bar, champagne and sparking cider options available.

Showers always make me feel big things.  You get to sit in a room surrounded by the tribe you’ve created.  Miles is going to be so surrounded by a ton of Aunties who are just going to love him to pieces.  I have always known how lucky I am to have all these women in my life, but at my shower I was overwhelmed with how lucky Miles is going to be to have them.  He is going to grow up with so much love.  (Now I’m crying again.)

I think I cried every night this weekend when I went to bed and talked to Mr. A about everything.  I am both so very excited and so very overwhelmed right now.  I simultaneously cannot wait for him to get here AND cannot wrap my brain around all the things that I still need to do before he gets here.  I am feeling ALL THE EMOTIONS ALL THE TIME.

I am full term in 18 days.  I am due in 39 days.

That’s completely insane.

Time to kick my to-do list into gear.

Baby Bump Friday: 33 Weeks

My profile amuses me.

This morning while we were getting ready for work I read Mr. A the description of my 33rd week of pregnancy from the app on my phone.  I said “According to this, he’s growing 1/2 pound a week and I’m gaining 1 pound a week.  So I’m going to be more tired because I will be huge all of a sudden.”    Mr. A pointed out that the “all of a sudden” ship has sailed.  Touché husband, now go sleep on the couch.

I remember being 24 weeks and feeling all excited that I had a baby bump.  Let us reflect shall we?

Back when I could touch my toes.

I AM A HOUSE.

In additional news, Miles is currently heads up; of course he is.  He is not one to perform on demand, his head is planted firmly up at my ribs.  This could very well lead to my having a c-section, but I’m not really worried about it.  This whole pregnancy thing has instilled in my the firm knowledge that I have absolutely no control over what the birth process will look like.  We are taking a natural birth class, so maybe that would be a goal, but mostly I am learning all about the different things that could happen during the process so if it does happen I won’t be surprised.  Either way I get a baby right?

Size of baby: 17 inches.  A pineapple.

Total Weight Gain: Somewhere in the 25-30 lbs range.

Maternity Clothes: No joke, walking to work this morning I felt a little bit of skin exposed from MY MATERNITY SHIRT.  That is a new level of humongous.
Gender: Little Man Baby
Movement: My stomach is like that scene from Alien.  Mr. A spent a ton of time last night watching the waves and kicks coming from Miles.  I think he’s surprised it doesn’t hurt, the movement can seem a bit strong.
Sleep: I’ve been sleeping great.  Seriously.  I’ve also been sleeping with less pillows than I had been.  One pillow between my legs does the trick.  I have no idea why that would be the case now versus a couple of months ago, but it’s true.
What I miss: I’m just going to say it… “adult time” with my husband.  I mean, I’m sure some people can be rock stars in this arena until baby is born, but I just get confused about how things would work with a GINORMOUS 4lb basketball attached to me.  We are way past the point of being able to pretend there isn’t a 3rd person in the room…  Looks like we’ll be resigning ourselves to high-fives and hand holding until after Miles is here… which is totally ok with me because have I mentioned how long it’s been since I’ve been able to actually see my lady bits?  It’s been a while.
Cravings: OMG.  This week I had a craving for scallops and a chocolate-banana milkshake.  While we couldn’t get me both at the same time I did have a chocolate-banana milkshake from The Counter on Wednesday and I just about died.  It was the most incredible thing I’ve ever tasted.
Symptoms: Overwhelming ginormous-ness.
What I’m looking forward to: This weekend we’re getting a new couch!  That doesn’t make me so uncomfortable I want to stab people!  Hooray!!!  (I’m also going to find a way to get another of those chocolate-banana milkshakes.  Bliss here I come.)
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Baby Bump Friday: 32 Weeks

And he's supposed to get bigger?

According to the books, my iPhone apps, and my increased appetite Miles will be starting a new growth spurt in the coming weeks.  That’s nice, except for one thing, there is NO MORE ROOM DUDE.  My stomach doesn’t even look real anymore, the skin is so tight and shiny I think it looks like a prosthetic.  Here I’ll even show you (these pictures are normally only sent to people like The Bestie so she can marvel in the OMFG-ness of this entire pregnancy thing.)

OMFG. There's a BABY IN THE THERE.

It seems like this whole “having a baby thing” is getting more surreal the closer we get to the due date.  If feels like there is so much time left and no time at all.  I think the best descriptor of the whole process is that having a baby is like planning for a HUGE event without any time or date to speak of.  The whole “due date” thing is bogus, with a window of “give or take” a two weeks attached on to it.  How am I supposed to plan anything with a month window of dates?  This anxiety has been productive, luckily, and I now have the Hospital Bag Checklist ready to go…. with most of the necessary items purchased.  I’ve also completely researched every. single. item. on my baby registry.  See?!  Who said being neurotic was a bad thing?

Size of baby: 16.7 inches.  4 naval oranges (the better for juggling with?).

Total Weight Gain: As of my last doctors appointment I was at 22ish pounds… I am really not worrying about it.

Maternity Clothes: Maternity pants, all the time.  SOME long pre-pregnancy shirts are still rocking it and I definitely wore my Chargers shirt on Sunday.  Luckily I have long maternity tank tops to wear under everything so I am not flashing my belly like a teenager.  You’re welcome world.
Gender: Little Man Baby
Movement: Constant, stronger, but more wiggly than anything else now.  He’s very obviously running out of space to do his aerobics, which he is NOT a fan of and lets me know he feels thusly by kicking me in the ribs.  Thanks Miles.
Sleep: I had one night of insomnia this past week, but then slept SO great the next night.  Sleep is the best thing ever and right now the most comfortable position is laying on my back, which you’re told you’re not supposed to do…. but my Grams told me that sleep is more important than any of that nonsense and that women for centuries have pretty much been sleeping any way that is comfortable while they’re pregnant.
What I miss: I missed mimosas like crazy during football Sunday.  My friend Mel ordered a mimosa and then suggested I get a virgin mimosa…. yeah, that’s just orange juice.  NOT FOOLING ANYONE.
Cravings: No real cravings, but I am really looking forward to burritos for dinner tonight.  We finally found a burrito place near us that meets our So Cal expectations.
Symptoms: Rib pain and a gnarly shooting pain in the middle of my back that has never been their before.
What I’m looking forward to: My bestie and Ashley will be here in TWO WEEKS for my baby shower.  I cannot wait.

Baby Bump Friday: 29 Weeks

By bump, my bump, my lovely baby bump. Check it out.

In case you were wondering when I do not post for a whole week one of two things are happening: 1. I’m just being boring or 2. I’m stressed out and in the fetal position waiting for the storm to pass.  This week it was option 2.  Work was insane, and not in an “I’m so busy way” but in an “I am drowning and overwhelmed.  Cannot sleep.  Miserable.  Tension headache way.”  It was not good for me and not good for Baby M… stress is bad.  Hopefully this weekend will be rejuvenating and I will be back in action next week.

Size of baby: 15 inches.  Butternut Squash.
This one I get.

 

Total Weight Gain: Don’t know.  Don’t care.  (How do you like THEM apples?)  I mean, all bodies are different.  Eat well.  Keep moving.  Stop stressing out about weight gain.

Maternity Clothes: Today I am wearing a shirt AND sweater that are not maternity.  WINNING.
Gender: Little Man Baby
Movement: His kicks are stronger, for sure.  One day this week he was in a position that made it harder to feel him and I hated it.  I was super paranoid that something was wrong.
Sleep: Sleep has been good as long as I am not stressing over a work issue.  I had a nightmare last weekend that I went into early labor and he was NOT ok and I couldn’t find the hospital.  I cried a ton.  That was the worst dream ever.
What I miss: Being able to reach my toes.
Cravings: Nothing really.  Water?  Water is just the best thing right now.  I’ve been drinking it a ton.
Symptoms: Little Man has been causing sciatic back issues this week… he hasn’t done this in months and it is the WORST.  Shooting pains down my legs is no good.
What I’m looking forward to: I just cannot wait to meet him.  My baby shower invites are starting to be received and THAT is amazing too.  My bestie will be here soon, and I’ve missed her something crazy this entire time. Oh, and TELLING YOU ALL his name next week!!!!

Baby Bump Friday: 28 Weeks

Thanks for loving me even though I post iPhone-mirror pictures.

The other night while I was sleeping, Mr. A had his hand on my belly and was feeling our son move around.  He said it was a really surreal moment because it was the first time he and Baby M were hanging out “Just the Two of Them”.  With such sweet moments happening all the time, it’s no wonder I have been all teary and emotional.

Size of baby: 14.8 inches.  Chinese. Cabbage.
Bite me.

Total Weight Gain: 20 lbs I think.  I am really trying to not get too worked up about weight gain.  I am going to eat well can keep moving… and then worry about the “getting in shape” thing for after.

Maternity Clothes: Today I am wearing a shirt AND sweater that are not maternity.  WINNING.
Gender: Little Man Baby
Movement: His movement this week has prompted his very first nickname… I call him a Wiggle Monster.  He’s CONSTANTLY either kicking or wiggling around.  I love it.
Sleep: Why is it that I find the SWEET SPOT of comfort every.single.morning about 20 minutes before the alarm goes off?  It’s torture.
What I miss: I miss sleeping on my stomach.  Or being able to switch I am sleeping on without needing a crane to aid in the process.
Cravings: Right now I am really looking forward to pizza night with my husband AND fruit from the farmers market AND hashbrowns from our breakfast place.  Basically I’m craving the weekend with my husband it seems.  :)
Symptoms: The tears are here ya’ll.  Oh, and KILLER heartburn that necessitates my carrying around a jumbo size thing of TUMS at all times.
What I’m looking forward to: I am SO looking forward to my baby shower in a month, and going on maternity leave in 49 working days.

Baby Bump Friday: 27 Weeks

Please excuse my chic panel line.

According to my many pregnancy iPhone apps today officially marks my 3rd trimester.  Cue the panic.  We started our birth class this week, which is great because it will lessen our anxiety about the whole “Birthing a Baby” thing.  I also told Mr. A that every time he refers to child birth as “then he will jump right out” I want to punch him.  Baby does not jump right out.  That shit is terrifying.

Size of baby: 14 1/2 inches.  A Cauliflower.  Seriously?  Who comes up with these things?  There is NOTHING in the range of 14 1/2 inches that looks less creepy when comparing it to my unborn child?
Ummm, ok.

Total Weight Gain: I’m hovering around 20 lbs.

Maternity Clothes: Anything without a belly panel makes me really grumpy.
Gender: Little Man Baby
Movement: He kicked his dad in the face this week.  That was precious.  Mr. A was resting his head (softly) on my belly and BAM! kick to the face.  It was awesome.
Sleep: I sleep well but have been getting to be so late that I have to fight from crawling under my desk for a nap while at work.  I don’t know if I’ve ever looked forward to a weekend of sleeping in as much as I am right now.  I just want to snuggle my wall of pillows and Mr. A and hibernate until baby gets here.  (P.S. I cannot wait to tell you guys his name… then I can stop saying Baby A or Baby M… I keep switching back and forth which is annoying to me but you probably don’t even notice.)
What I miss: I miss…… being able to get off of a couch without help.  :)
Cravings: This week has not had a lot of cravings however yesterday I was at a meeting and I got really hungry and a coworker offered me a piece of sourdough bread.  Nothing has ever tasted so great ever.  I almost interrupted the meeting with my loud and obnoxious sighs of happiness.  I am going to miss food tasting so great.
Symptoms: Pregnancy hormones and pregnancy brain.  Did I tell you all how I poured my husband a beer, and it had a ton of foam?  Yeah, I proceeded to cry hysterically because obviously this meant that I am an unfit wife.  Then there was this morning at coffee… I definitely earnestly told Mr. A that he was the best boyfriend ever.  Boyfriend?  Oye.
What I’m looking forward to: I cannot wait to show you his nursery.  We are getting a few more things in place and then I shall give you the tour!

Baby Bump Friday: 26 Weeks. (That’s 6 1/2 months people)

I'm going to be so sad when all my hair falls out in 3 months.
Well.  It happened.  The hormones have hit.  I have spent MOST of my pregnancy feeling super even tempered and normal in terms of my emotions… and then I started crying over anything.  For example, I went to pour Mr. A a beer (he’s a beer snob, prefers an icy cold mug for his beer) and I totally did it wonky and ended up with too much foam.  Want to know what I did then?  I cried of course!  Because clearly this display was an indication of my lack of wifely aptitude.  I am the worst wife ever!
I’m a real treat ya’ll.
Size of baby: 14 inches.  A “hothouse” cucumber.  A hothouse?  WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?  I am now picturing a cucumber that is stuck in a house without AC and is totally pissed about it.

Total Weight Gain: I’m hovering around 18 lbs.

Maternity Clothes: I got THE cutest maternity dress for a wedding last weekend.  I love that it’s not made of jersey, and has some structure to it.
Gender: Little Man Baby
Movement: He learned how to kick AND punch at the same time.  I woke up this morning to him, basically, jumping on the bed.  My belly was on the bed and he was just bouncing around.  He does NOT like to move on command though, something I expect to continue when he hit the outside world.  Two people besides Mr. A have now felt him kick, which is cool.
Sleep: It was a good week!  My body is starting to get bored with sleeping on one side though… so I am expecting my sleep happiness to steadily decline now.
What I miss: Sleeping through the night without waking up to pee constantly.
Cravings: Cereal.  All I want to eat is cereal.
Symptoms: Nothing really!  I get cramps sometimes on my mile walk to and from the office each day… but that’s not a huge deal.
What I’m looking forward to: We started planning my baby shower this week.  It’s going to be OVER THE TOP fun.  And I am putting my foot down and making sure there is a champagne bar.  I was my shower to be full of laughing and silliness.

Baby Bump Friday: 25 Weeks

You'd think I would consistently do my hair on Friday's for this picture... eh?
This morning while walking to coffee I mentioned to Mr. A that if Baby M were to be born today he would have a really good chance of surviving because his lungs developed surfactant, which means his lungs wouldn’t collapse in the outside world and he would likely be able to breathe on his own.   Something about that bit of knowledge made Mr. A’s eyes bug out a bit… Baby is coming.  We’re having a baby, and it’s going to be soon.
This past weekend my in-laws were in town and they took us to Babys-R-Us and insisted on purchasing mostly all of the big ticket registry items.  They are so incredibly excited and generous, we are just in awe of them.  Our crib got here yesterday and Mr. A spent the evening putting it together… and it is so cool.  We both keep finding ourselves unable to just walk by his room, we keep stopping in to stare at his crib.
Size of baby: 13.5 inches.  A rutabaga?  I’ve never had a rutabaga in my life.. and the only reference I have for rutabaga’s is from “Into the Woods”… the witch sings about someone rooting through her rutabaga, which isn’t a very helpful bit ‘o knowledge when you’re trying to imagine the size of your baby.
I'll take obscure vegetables for $500, Alex.

Total Weight Gain: I’m hovering around 15 lbs.

Maternity Clothes: Definitely necessary, and I went and got a new dress last night for the wedding this weekend.  All of my maternity dresses are jersey-cotton material and I wanted to get a little more fancy tomorrow.
Gender: Little Man Baby
Movement: Constant. Movement.  It wasn’t that long ago that I would feel a couple of kicks at a time and then I wouldn’t be able to feel him at all… now, I can find him moving at almost any time of the day.  The only tricky part is finding where he is.  He is fully taking advantage of the WHOLE of his little space.
Sleep: I had a break through in regards to my sleep this week.. are you ready for it?  The secret is TWO pillows in between my legs.  Brilliant right?
What I miss: Being able to see my nether regions.  (TMI?)
Cravings: Cereal.  All I want to eat is cereal.
Symptoms: Braxton Hick contractions!  So weird.  You’re entire belly just gets REALLY tight.
What I’m looking forward to: The crib mattress will be here today, and I cannot wait to put his sheets on his bed.