34 Weeks

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Mommy Update: Only 6 weeks left!  Yikes and yeah all at the same time!  The nursery is moving towards more complete and after shopping with my mom on Thursday, I even found fabric that will help finish off the space.  We also picked up the dresser, ordered a rug, and N found this awesome grey map decal for some wall decor.  I think the pieces are starting to (finally!) come together!  I am continuing to slow down and owe a huge shout out to N and everyone else who is making helping me out with this one.  I’ve definitely been having more contractions and Bug is still in the right (head down) position.  Bug is also slowing down because he is out of real estate!  Bug is also starting to drop.  None of these things mean I’m going to go early – everything is still totally on schedule.  Really, the biggest immediate impact of all of this is that I have lost my bowl shelf of a belly.  I got really spoiled not having to hold snacks and I wasn’t ready to let that go, but my Baby Bump shirt from N’s Aunt finally fits with my new shape!  A little kid asked me if I was having a baby and I said no, I ate a watermelon seed.  The kid looked like she knew I was playing with her, so I laughed and said yes – I was having a baby 🙂 Gotta love little kids.  I sure hope ours is born with a sense of sarcasm – otherwise N and I won’t really know what to do or how to communicate…

Daddy Update: N is excited that the dresser is here (with the added bonus that the extra miles on the car means he can now use cruise control because the car has over 600 miles).   He also finished peeling up the tape on the floor, put in new electrical sockets and a new light fixture, and spray painted the base coat for one of the shelves.  He managed to do all of this and only electrocuted himself once.  He twitches every so often, but is otherwise fine.

Baby Update: Bug can officially recognize music at this point.  Apps have suggested that if we haven’t started singing in my belly’s general direction that we should do so immediately.  N pointed out, however, that lullabies are supposed to be soothing, not scary – so for now we are going to pass.  One more thing Bug should be eternally grateful to us for.

Missing Most/ Looking Forward To:  Just trying to enjoy everything as it happens… but I’m missing a whole night’s sleep.  People say sleep now because once the baby comes…. I would love to take that advice, but it just isn’t going to happen…  I’m looking forward to a crazy week at work (first week of camp, big grant coming due, and some new interns start this week, big Irish Fest meeting), a crazy week seeing friends (dinner with a friend, dinner with N’s work peeps, and a Brewer’s game), and a baby shower!

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33 Weeks

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Mommy Update: The nursery is painted!  I feel like this has been on my “looking forward to” list for a really long time!  It looks great and N did a fantastic job.  We ended up having to do the stripes one shade different because there wasn’t enough of a difference with the tone-on-tone stripes.  With all the work that it took to tape and paint (seriously, over 150 feet of tape and over 3 hours just for taping the stripes!) we decided that maybe the stripes shouldn’t be so … subtle.  On a not completely unrelated topic, we have made a very important parenting decision.  Bug is never allowed to paint his room.  Ever.  We are looking into the legality of keeping future owners of this home from painting over the stripes as well.

It definitely started getting more summer-like this week and one fantastic benefit is that I have the capability to store water like a camel – except I do so, apparently, only in my left ankle.  One day I got to work and when I left the house everything was fine and then it was like POOF.  I actually called the nurse because it was so fast and so one-sided.  This is the first time I have called my entire pregnancy, so I hope I get a sticker or something for making it this long.  That being said, everything is peachy and I am much more committed to keeping my feet up at night and even a little bit at work, when I am actually sitting.

Daddy Update: We finished birth class this past week and it was the one N was looking most forward to.  The focus was “Congratulations – you have birthed a living, breathing, crying child – now what?!?”  It’s amazing that the answer to that question was covered in the span of a little more than two hours 🙂  N is an excellent swaddle-r (or in his words, making a baby burrito).

Baby Update: Bug is slowing down, just like his Mom.  Clearly running out of room, I’m feeling a lot more stretching and hiccups as opposed to Irish jigs and flips.

Looking Forward To/ Missing Most: I am looking forward to getting the crib together and some of the other nursery pieces to come together.  We helped a friend move this past weekend and I was not as “on my feet” as I normally could be and couldn’t make it until the fireworks that night.  Fireworks are pretty much my favorite thing too.  So, basically, I miss not feeling like a 83 year old that needs to walk slow and go to bed “at a reasonable hour”.

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32 Weeks

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Mommy Update: I am so blessed to have so many wonderful friends!  I had my first shower this week with friends from my old teaching job.  It was so fantastic to spend a wonderful afternoon with everyone!   Last Monday we toured the hospital and things are definitely starting to be very real (although when I catch my reflection in the mirror I am still sometimes like – woah – my belly is really that big?!?).  The rooms are really nice and quiet and I am just so happy with all of the progressive things the hospital allows.  I thought I was going to have to argue for clear liquids besides water (like vitamin water or juice), immediate skin-to-skin contact (even with a cesarean), and intermittent monitoring (because who wants to be tethered to a machine the whole time like a laboring marionette doll?).  However, all of these (and some stuff I didn’t even think to ask about) are totally standard operating procedure!  Life has been really busy so, like every other week, I am promising that this week I will actually slow down.  I have been waking up more during the night again and so I’ve started taking occasional naps.  I also have been eating smaller portions (when I can help myself) and even had heartburn when I laid down a couple of times.  Truly minor stuff, but good reminders for me to s-l-o-w down.

Daddy Update: N is really excited with our most recent baby purchase – the new car.  We picked up our new Forester this week and N was really excited to drive it in the pounding rain.  He was also excited to tour the hospital.  N was pretty surprised by how quiet it was – he (and I) kind of expected to see or hear at least one pregnant person, but nope – not a one.  Although our nurse said that it was really busy the previous week with the full moon, so maybe it was a little slower than normal.  Teachers and nurses are the only people I know that truly believe there is something behind a full moon.

Baby Update: Bug is still getting bigger!  This week we are in bok choy and squash territory.  In standard measurement that translates to 4 lbs and 16 – 17 inches.  I can tell bug is getting a lot bigger because punches have turned into stretches and I’ve even felt hiccups a few times.  Average children are getting into the head-down position this week, but not our early achiever – he’s been in the head down position for at least a month and a half.  I wonder if that is something that should be mentioned on applications for preschools and Kindergarten?  Never too early to start planning these things.

Missing Most/ Looking Forward To: I am really missing being able to pick something up off the ground without thinking “do I really need that?”  The answer is typically still “yes” but I can see the importance of things on the floor decreasing drastically over the next few weeks.  It’s also nearly impossible to stand up from sitting on the floor without either N helping me up or the use of a large crane.  I am looking forward to finishing the stripes on the nursery wall.  (we are doing one wall of tone-on-tone stripes)  I am not sure which is more fun – wandering around Venice, jet lagged and lost (because that city doesn’t ‘believe’ in street names) or trying to tape off 8 1/2 inch horizontal stripes in an almost 70-year-old home.  At least Venice had wine…

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31 Weeks

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Mommy Update: We are so excited to share that we are having a boy!  I had been thinking boy since January because if I ever do have a girl there is no way she would be this easy of a pregnancy.  This past week we had another birthing class and I had a doctor appointment.  Everything is still looking really good, but I am definitely starting to need to slow down – not that I am – I just probably should.  We made some major progress painting the nursery this week and hope to have it finished next week if we have the time.

Daddy Update: N is really excited to have a boy and mentioned it’s probably a good thing a Dick’s Sporting Goods just opened so close to our house.  So there’s a stock tip if you need one 🙂

Baby Update: At my appointment Bug is still registering as big, but waaaay less big then 2 weeks ago.  He is as big as a pineapple, weighing in at 3 – 4 pounds and 15 – 17 inches long.  All five senses are in working order.

Missing Most/ Looking Forward To: I am missing sleeping through the nights – but hey – it shouldn’t be that long until I can make it through the night again, right?  Looking forward to my first shower this next weekend with all my teaching friends – so excited to see everyone!

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30 Weeks

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Mommy Update: Well, the time finally came this week for my wedding rings to stay off.  My belly button is officially flat.  Bug particularly enjoys laying on my bladder or curling up under the right side of my rib cage.  I definitely “felt” pregnant this week.  Thank goodness though, I still haven’t had any back or leg pain, which I was really expecting a lot of.  This week I made another trip to the prego lady clothing store with another friend who is expecting and that was a lot of fun.  It is so much easier to buy clothes when your not worried about if your stomach looks flat, or at least that has been my experience.  We also took maternity pictures this week and hopefully I will have them ready to share for next week’s update!  We went to Grant Park on a practically perfect day – what a great excuse to get out and enjoy the weather!  We also started birth classes this week. So that’s a thing.  This week was mostly about the stages of labor and when to know to go to the hospital.  Useful information, but really I just want to see how big the epidural needle is.

Daddy Update: N is mostly excited about the fact that his new toy is going to be available for delivery this week… and we are also getting the crib delivered this week so he is looking forward to getting that all set up and ready to go.  A side note, one of his new favorite past times is waking up the baby if bug is sleeping and messing with the baby if bug is already awake.  I wouldn’t mind as much if there was a way to do this without poking my belly.  Not sure if this kiddo is going to need a college fund or a therapist fund  – probably both 😉

Baby Update: The big 3 – 0. Bug should be the size of a large cabbage (15 – 17 inches and 3 – 4-ish pounds).  Bug is able to do some pretty amazing things at this point.  For example, bug is strong enough to grasp a finger (also known as the Palmer Grasp Reflex).  Bug will automatically grab anything that brushes the inside of the hand and automatically open the hand if something brushes the back of the hand until bug is 5 months old.  Bug can also tell the difference between sunlight and artificial light, but typically I like to have my stomach covered up when I’m walking around the neighborhood (you’re welcome) so I don’t really know how much natural light our wee one is getting…  Also, although some people can feel hiccups at this point, I haven’t noticed any.

Missing Most/ Looking Forward To: I miss my rings – SO annoying not having them on!  I might need to buy something to wear and fiddle with.  I am looking forward to seeing the maternity pictures!

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29 Weeks

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Mommy Update: Another great week – I am officially having moments where I am feeling uncomfortable, and bug really likes resting on my right side.  We also made a lot of headway on the nursery this week – the crib, dresser, and rocker have all been ordered and are on their way!  We ended up going with white furniture and a light grey rocker with charcoal piping.  This week we start our birth class and we are both really looking forward to it.  I spent a lot of time this week in the basement organizing.  We got an awesome storage shelf from my parents and between getting rid of a ton of stuff we don’t need anymore (because 3 coffee pots is just excessive) and reorganizing everything else, we had enough space for a Costco run.  Because really, 12 bottles of seltzer and enough brownie mix for 6 pans is going to make me one happy mama!

Daddy Update: N is really glad that I am going to stop obsessing over rockers.  We also found out that the new car will be here in 10 days!   With the amount of stuff I’m cleaning out of the basement we will need the space to haul everything to the self help center!

Baby Update: Only 77 days left!  Bug is the size of a butternut  or acorn squash.  This is anywhere between 15 and 17 inches and 2.5 to 3.8 lbs.  Bug’s bone marrow is now making all of the red blood cells bug needs.  Bug is also beginning to regulate personal temperature.  At this point some people can start to feel their wee one hiccup, but so far I haven’t felt any.  Bug’s calcium needs go through the roof starting now, so it is really convenient that that is pretty much all I want to eat.

Missing Most/ Looking Forward To: I miss Bug being a little bit smaller, but those days are gone 🙂  I am looking forward to taking some maternity pics next weekend if the weather cooperates.

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28 Weeks

1-Chloe 006Mommy Update: We finally registered for birth / baby care classes this past week.  I will officially be spending WAAAAY less time learning how to take care of the baby that I will be taking home from the hospital as a souvenir of this whole pregnancy thing than learning how to drive a car.  Good thing I spent all of those years babysitting – I’m sure it’s like riding a bike.  Or at least I hope it is.  I have officially recognized my first side effect of being pregnant.  According to the Googles I have rhinitis of pregnancy – basically my nose is stuffier than normal with no cold or allergies to blame it on.  So now, when people ask me how I’m feeling (after getting over their shock that I’m not due next month and that I am not having twins) I can honestly say I have a pretty stuffy nose.  Rough stuff.

Daddy Update: N has been working his bum off on yard work this week and has said he’d like for us to have the nursery done in two weeks.  I am super on board and can’t wait to check off that huge ‘to do’.  N has also been feeling bug move a lot more lately.  He’s pretty surprised by how much it has been, which is funny because I am definitely used to it by now and forget how noticeable the changes are when you’re not feeling it 24/7.

Baby Update: We had an ultrasound this week to make sure my mild case of placental previa cleared up.  It did, which wasn’t a surprise to anyone.  We by far got the best ultrasound pictures to date though, which was pretty cool.  Bug (as of mid last week) was weighing in at 2 lbs 14 oz and head and chest measurements were registering as 2 full weeks ahead of schedule.  The compare-your-fetus-to-food apps designate this week as eggplant week, which would be 1.5 – 2.2 lbs and 13.6 to 14.8 inches.  WAAAAY back at my first ultrasound they told us bug was 2 days ahead of schedule, so I guess everything just kept going.  My due date isn’t changing (still August 17th), because apparently figuring out due dates is most accurate at the beginning of pregnancy.  Bug was also “practice breathing” which is basically moving up and down the chest without actually breathing and this is a really good developmental sign.  In other developmental news, the brain is developing its folds and grooves (which sounds important, although I don’t know why) and muscle tone is continuing to improve (but I didn’t need an app to tell me that!)

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Missing Most/ Looking Forward To:  I miss being able to get outside and pull weeds.  I tried to do a few and I just don’t bend that way anymore.  I have been drinking Arnold Palmer’s this week, but it is not even a close substitute for a good beer.  Also I am looking forward to getting the nursery done and enjoying all of this wonderful weather!

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27 Weeks

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Mommy Update: Hooray!  2 trimesters down & 1 to go!  I had a fun day on Sunday with two friends going to get pedis – which is becoming rather necessary because I don’t think I could still paint my own toes.  I am still feeling really good and had my first Braxton Hicks contractions on Saturday.  They don’t hurt, but it was still a little weird.  This week was the week of dairy – Greek yogurt, milk, frozen yogurt – bug’s bones are going to be stronger than titanium!   Now that I am in the 3rd trimester I need to start eating an extra 450 calories a day – so that isn’t going to be a problem 🙂

Daddy Update: N had his first go at the yard.  We are really needing to do quite a bit this year because we lost some larger bushes due to hungry rabbits and the cold this past winter.  I actually like doing this kind of stuff, so it’s a little frustrating to not be able to help.  N’s mom is coming up next weekend though, and we couldn’t be more excited both to see her and get the extra help!!

Bug Update: Bug is roughly 2 pounds and 15 inches (cauliflower or rutabaga).  Bug pretty much looks like the finished product, just thinner and smaller.  We have another ultrasound this week so it will be exciting to see how things are progressing!  I am definitely getting bigger and if I lean forward at my desk when I am at work for too long Bug squirms to remind me that I am not giving the wee one enough space.  Right now brain development is focused on the forebrain, which deals with visual and auditory information.  The brain stem is pretty much done at this point (which controls vital functions like heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure) which is why babies born at this point can do so well.

Missing Most/ Looking Forward To: I’m not really missing anything, just looking forward to August!

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26 Weeks

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Mommy Update: Wow has it been a busy few weeks!  I haven’t been able to take pictures for a few weeks because we have been doing a lot of work to get ready for bug!  We had the floors upstairs resurfaced.  Basically, the floors are buffed and then get a coat or two of poly.  All of the furniture needed to be moved downstairs for this to happen.  For those that were around when we moved in, you may remember we had to remove some drywall to get the box spring upstairs.  Not wanting to relive that fun, we moved the box spring to the bathroom and rearranged our couch to be a bed and put the mattress on top of the couch.  Chloe and I had an equally easy time launching ourselves into bed.  Once we had everything out of the room it seemed like a good time to repaint, woodwork and all.  Let’s be honest – if it didn’t get done now, it wouldn’t get done ever.  N and I are really happy with the results.  In Milwaukee there is one week a year when you can put out as much garbage as you want.  This synced up perfectly with our little clean out – so N’s college desk and my college Ikea bed are officially gone.  Bug’s room is totally empty and we have started the painting process, but probably won’t be able to finish for a few weeks because of other busy weekend plans, like going to my little sister’s graduation – which should be more fun than literally watching paint dry.

Needless to say, I still have a lot of energy.  It may be all the salads I’m eating.  In the past few weeks we have eaten out a lot and I have had Chili’s Quesadilla Explosion salad (twice), Applebee’s Strawberry & Avocado salad (odd dressing, could have used some other components), Potbelly’s Uptown Salad (chicken, grapes, apples, dried cranberries, candied walnutty perfection), Culver’s chicken salad (again, twice – with a side of a concrete mixer with brownie and cookie dough chunks because calcium is important for the growing baby) and, my personal favorite, Panera’s Fiji Apple Chicken Salad (with parm instead of Gorgonzola, which makes me a little sad – but alas – no soft cheeses) , which I have had more times than I can remember.  My belly is getting more and more in the way and when I sit on the floor it is always best if someone helps me up.  However, no braxton hicks contractions yet.

Daddy Update: Car is officially ordered.  We are getting a Subaru Forester sometime in June.  N is really excited, to say the very least.  He has also survived starting a baby registry.  At 3 stores.  N is also really glad we have the bedroom painted and is looking forward to finishing bug’s room.  He did an amazing job moving everything, since I was absolutely no help with all of the moving of furniture.  As if that wasn’t enough, he also made me waffles on my first almost-mother’s day.  And – since we still had the bed on the couch – technically it was breakfast in bed 🙂

Baby Update: Bug is the size of an eggplant or head of lettuce.  (i.e. 14″ and a little less than 2 lbs.)  2 pounds feels HUGE and not only can we feel bug’s punches and kicks, but now I can feel more subtle shifts in position.  I would like to take a moment to apologize to my mother for my large size at birth.  Bug’s eyes are done developing and will open soon.  When this happens we will be able to shine a flashlight on my belly and bug will respond, which is great news for N who really likes to poke the baby to mess with it.  Also, it is developmentally appropriate at this time for bug to be able to move in rhythm to music, but since it is N and my offspring, that is a long way off – if it ever happens.  Sorry kid, hopefully you will get our stunning senses of humor to make up for it.

Missing Most/ Looking Forward To: I’m missing not smacking my belly into things.  I am looking forward to the next time I can eat a salad, and getting the nursery painted.  and a trip to yo mama’s (which i often forget the name of and instead refer to it as yo-yo ma’s).

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