Hump Day Bump Day – 38 and feeling great!!!

Only 2 more weeks until Keelin’s due date and I’m definitely hoping she’s here before we hit the 40-week mark. But not TOO far before, because mom will be in town THIS SUNDAY and it would be great if she didn’t have to change her flight. You hear that Keelin? You have a 7-day time frame of acceptable delivery days…let’s make it happen!

Monday’s appointment was great as always and we got to hear Keelin’s heartbeat again! SO STRONG and steady… I love it. It was pretty comical because the second I pulled up my shirt Keelin did a karate move, made my belly bounce and my midwife’s eyes lit up. Without even touching me she pointed to the right side of my belly and said, “well, that’s definitely her bum” {did I mention she’s South African so her accent is a-freaking-dorable?} I love that she talks to Keelin every time I go see her and always has something sweet to say to her. Talk about a personal and positive experience!

One of the things I love about my midwife’s office is that she likes to be fairly hands off. If you don’t NEED an exam, you aren’t going to get one just for the sake of getting one. At our 36-week apt I told you that she checked my dilation and found out I was already at 1 cm. In that same apt she told me that she wouldn’t check me again unless I wanted her to.  So, although the nurse asked if I wanted my dilation checked again, I declined. In attempting to be as natural as possible, I figured that should go for entering labor as well. Especially because dilation before labor begins doesn’t really say MUCH about how you’re progressing {unless of course you’re a superfreak and 8 cm dilated without being in labor… which I’m not sure is possible}, I would probably just give myself unwanted anxiety if I knew that I was walking around 2-3cm for the next few weeks. I say just let it happen the way God intended and go with the flow!

Z and I got a lot done around the house this weekend {although there is still plenty more to be done} including getting the car seat installed and getting our hospital bag(s) packed! I have a post coming all about some hospital bag MUST HAVES so stay tuned for that!

On to the weekly stats… which, by the way, If you’re wondering what on earth you’re going to do with your Wednesdays when I don’t have any more stats to give you… have no fear! I have something planned!  Here’s a hint.

Love that my non-maternity sweater somehow perfectly frames the belly!

*How far along? 38 weeks 2 days today!

*Total weight gain/loss: healthy healthy healthy! Once Keelin is born I’ll give a FINAL weight gain for any of you who are exceptionally curious. 🙂

*How big is baby? 19 to 22 inches, 6.5 lbs + .

*Maternity clothes? Nothing but… with the exception of some oversized t-shirts and sweats! Elastic is officially the greatest invention ever made!

*Stretch Marks? Nope… still lathering away even though I’m at the end of my belly balm!

*Best moment this week? The first time I looked behind me while driving to see the car seat installed. Can’t wait to fill it with a little angel!

*Movement? Non-stop! There’s so little room left in there any movement is not only REALLY noticeable but feels like she’s doing somersaults. I’ve been cheating a little bit with my “what not to eat/drink when you’re pregnant list” and have been treating myself to small amounts of soda every now and then. Every time I do, Keelin gets a case of the hiccups. It’s usually right by my left hip and totally adorable.

*Food Cravings? Nothing really.

*What I miss: Overall not being able to just go go go. I definitely have to tell myself to slow down before I tire myself out too fast.

*What I am looking forward to: The SIDEWAYS holiday show is this weekend and Z and I are both in it! I have a short cameo {don’t worry, not dancing} and Z is an EXCELLENT Grinch! Then, MY MOM WILL BE HERE ON SUNDAY!!!!! I can’t wait to see her!!!

*Nausea/Vomiting? nope!

*Labor signs? Just a ton of BH contractions but I’m definitely on alert for the first signs!

*Gender? Sweet baby girl

*Belly Button in or out? Still hasn’t popped all the way but it’s trying!

*Wedding rings on or off? Still on 🙂

*Sleep? I’m so thankful that I fall asleep really easily, whether it’s when I lay down for the first time at night or after I’ve gotten up to adjust my position or use the bathroom. I’m waking up tired but not terribly exhausted.

*Weekly Wisdom:  Had my first mini freak-out moment on Saturday when, during our last birthing class, we talked solely about breastfeeding and postpartum/infant care. It’s been so nothing but fun to think about the pregnancy as it develops and even discuss the labor/delivery itself {which I’m still strangely calm about} but this weekend was the first time I really focused extensively on the fact that she will BE HERE. Like here… in this world… as her own person that I’m responsible for. Not just a little manatee I carry around with me and talk to when I’m driving to and from work. It hit me pretty hard and Z could instantly tell that something was stressing me out. He’s such a wonderful husband and was able to calm me down and assure me that while it’s true we have no idea how our lives are about to change, we’re all going to be just fine. {He is going to be such a good coach during my labor. I have every faith that he will know exactly what to do to help me remain as calm as possible and have a successful natural birth.} God will provide and we have SO MANY supportive friends and family members who are already here to offer support and help when we need it.  There’s no point in working yourself up when there is no telling how things are going to go. It’s an adventure {to say the least} and we can’t wait for it to start!

Until next time…

WOAH BELLY!!!

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Hump Day Bump Day – 34 weeks

34 down, 6 to go!

This past week flew by SO QUICKLY… I hardly feel like it even happened!

Saturday we had our weekly birthing class and since Z had to work I was flying solo. It was a great class that focuses on “stage 2” of labor {aka the first urge to push through actually having the baby} and it really got me excited for DDay and getting to hold Keelin for the first time! After class I made a mad dash to Motherhood Maternity to pick up a few more cold-weather items INCLUDING a pair of skinny jeans… VICTORY!… and my first EVER pair of leggings. I know it might sound strange that I’ve never worn leggings before but I’ve a) not ever really been a fan of the “idea” of leggings and b) never had the courage to try to  pull them off. Let me tell you ladies and gents… maternity leggings are BY FAR, the most comfortable piece of clothing I’ve ever put on. My legs and toosh are HAPPY campers when the leggings come out to play!  I also snagged a few sweaters, a pair of patterned tights for the office and an ADORABLE grey, wool, knee-length pencil skirt. 🙂 Shopping success!
After shopping I DASHED back to the house and managed to get myself put together in literally 5 minutes before I was back out the door heading to my final baby shower! My boss and good friend Tracy {who introduced me to my boss} threw me the shower and it was a blast. We had a delicious spread, played a baby-bottle drinking game {don’t worry, mine was specially marked without booze!} and got oober competitive with the “Can’t say ‘baby'” game. It was so much fun. I didn’t take any pictures but plenty of people had cameras so I’ll be sure to do another shower post once I steal them off of their Facbook pages. 🙂

Monday we had our 34 week check up and unfortunately weren’t able to see my midwife because she was running behind in her appointments. We did see the practice’s doctor who said everything looked great. Keelin is head down {please stay that way baby girl!}, still measuring a week behind which is no big deal and we heard that beautiful heartbeat again… it was so loud even the doc’s eyes got really wide when he heard it! We did get some not-so-fun news that managed to bring a few quick tears of panic into my eyes before I reassured myself that it wasn’t THAT big of a deal. The doctor told us that they are no longer delivering at the hospital we had chosen for Keelin’s birth. MAJOR BUMMER!!!! I started to freak out a little bit because we’d already gone on the tour {remember that?}, it’s a BEAUTIFUL hospital, not very crowded, and it is a cool 10-15 minutes from our house. The other option is about 30 minutes from the house and somewhere we’ve never visited before. Puh. BUT, I have heard great things about the hospital and it’s staff and know that they are really open to a variety of birth plans so I was able to step out of freak out mode and into a super-cool state of calm. After all, now we get to go on another EXCITING hospital tour and *hopefully* meet more blog-post-worthy couples! Hooray!

Okay, onto the weekly mirror pic and stats!

p.s. My coworkers dressed me up as Juno yesterday when I walked in with this shirt on!! I'll try to get the picture to share!

*How far along? 34 weeks 2 days today!

*Total weight gain/loss: healthy healthy healthy!

*How big is baby? 19 to 22 inches, 5.5 lbs – a large cantaloupe!!

*Maternity clothes? Yes indeed… thinking of writing a thank you note to whoever invented maternity leggings!

*Stretch Marks? Nope! Still lathering, lathering, lathering!

*Best moment this week? My final baby shower and hearing Keelin’s SUPER LOUD heartbeat! OH, and learning that my mom booked her ticket to come down for the holidays and to help me with baby prep!

*Movement? All the time! She has a new habit of getting really active right as I lay down to go to sleep and while you’d think it would be annoying, it’s actually really sweet because Z snuggles up with me and we both get to feel her move and grove as we drift to sleep!

*Food Cravings? Ice Water! Never knew it would be something to CRAVE but my Starbucks cup is in constant re-fill mode!

*What I miss: I don’t know if it’s something I would say I “miss”  but I’m noticing that the feeling of being able to do anything has quickly disappeared. I’m definitely slowing down with most of my day-to-day tasks but I don’t mind at all! Just reminds me that we are that much closer to meeting Keelin! It was interesting to see how she reacted on Saturday when I was going non-stop all day. She’d get really still and was a great little helper reminding me that I needed to take a breather!

*What I am looking forward to: More birthing classes and getting the guest blogger posts in from so many generous friends!

*Nausea/Vomiting? nope! The random sick morning from last week was THANKFULLY a one-time event.

*Labor signs? Nope, just Braxton Hicks contractions!

*Gender? Sweet girl!

*Belly Button in or out? More-so in than out but DEFINITELY making itself known! If it doesn’t pop in the next 6 weeks I’ll be surprised!

*Wedding rings on or off? Still on!

*Sleep? Still shifting a lot. It’s still pretty easy to fall back to sleep once I get myself situated but I’m definitely more tired overall throughout the day.

*Weekly Wisdom: Listen to your body and to your baby. Sometimes they’ll be the ones to tell you to slow down when you don’t realize you’re working  on overdrive!
Until next time…
A HUGE thanks to everyone who has contacted me about being a guest blogger! I’m absolutely thrilled by the response I’ve gotten so far. I could still use some more help so keep em’ coming and if you’re not sure what I’m talking about but are interested in sharing a little of your own ‘this and that’ here on Life in these times… check out Monday’s post for more info!

Hump Day Bump Day – 33 Weeks – HOLY BHC’s BATMAN!

Happy Hump Day Bump Day everyone!
It’s been a very active week in the land most commonly known as my uterus. Keelin has been ON THE MOVE and I’ve been experiencing quite a few Braxton Hicks contractions each day. I wasn’t sure at first, because I was expecting more “pain” and “discomfort” but after confirming with my birthing coach that the odd sensation of my stomach getting ROCK SOLID is in fact a BH contraction, I decided there couldn’t be any other explanation.
For those of you who don’t know, Braxton Hicks contractions are basically ‘practice’ contractions that help to get your uterus prepped for labor.
[personal mini freak-out moment] HOLY CRAP MY UTERUS IS PRACTICING TO DELIVER A BABY! [/personal mini freak-out moment].

I’ve been fighting off the onset of a cold for about a week and it had me totally drained this weekend. I’ve got a bit of a cough now but am feeling fine… just generally more tired. Fingers crossed that this little cough is the extent of cold season for Keelin and I.

Things are really starting to become “real” for me and it’s INCREDIBLY exciting! It sounds so odd to say things are only just now getting “real” when I’ve been in preggo land for 33 weeks, but as my countdown gets smaller and smaller my excitement and anxiety get bigger and bigger!
First of all, I only have 7 weeks {47 days} left until my due date… that’s SO INSANELY NUTS!
Secondly, I’ve mentioned before that I have a ton of girlfriends who are currently expecting or brand new members of the mommy club. Since before we knew we’d be adding to our family I’ve been following the progression of a dozen or so beautiful women and I’ve loved watching their bellies grow, learning about their personal pregnancy adventures and seeing their newborn babes all wrapped up in cuteness. During this past weekend’s facebook stalking check up session, I realized something… I’m next. SQUEEEE! I can hardly believe it!

I’ve got another post in the works talking all about my fears and excitement with DDAY getting closer and closer, but I’ll stop while I’m ahead for today and get to the weekly stats!

Yes... I am wearing my husband's pajama pants and yes they are covered in beer bottles 🙂

*How far along? 33 weeks 2 days today!
*Total weight gain/loss: Doing just fine, she’s a growin!
*How big is baby? 19 to 22 inches, 4.9 lbs – a Pineapple!!
*Maternity clothes? Absolutely. Still getting some ware out of a handful of pre-preggo tops but bottoms are all maternity, all the time. Wishing I could wear my sweatpants everywhere I go.
*Stretch Marks? Nope! Still lathering, lathering, lathering!
*Best moment this week? Getting an extra hour of sleep on Sunday. 🙂
*Movement? Absolutely. She’s one groovy girl!
*Food Cravings? Nothing specific this week.
*What I miss: Sleeping soundly through the night.
*What I am looking forward to: Another birthing class as usual and Keelin’s last BABY SHOWER!
*Nausea/Vomiting? Strangely yes. Got sick out of nowhere on Saturday. I think I just waited too long before eating. Shame on me. Other than that, I’ve been more prone to getting car sick lately. No fun, but manageable!
*Labor signs? Nope, just Braxton Hicks contractions!
*Gender? Girly girl!
*Belly Button in or out? still in! Wondering if it will ever pop!
*Wedding rings on or off? Still on!
*Sleep? Shifting a lot more at night and usually up for a bathroom run at least once. This week was the first week that Keelin actually WOKE ME UP kicking. If it weren’t so incredibly touching and adorable I’d probably be frustrated but there’s still NOTHING like feeling her little body parts move and groove so I let it slide… even at 3:00 am.
*Weekly Wisdom: When things really seem like they are WHIZZING past you, be sure you take time for yourself and take CARE of yourself. Don’t overdo it and accept that sometimes napping is the best answer. 🙂

woah belly!

Until next time…
Not sure why my pictures didn’t show up originally, but hopefully they’ll stay put this time!

I’m a FEATURED Mama to be!

Happy Monday friends!

Today is a HAPPY day indeed, because I am being featured!

Jen over at A Girl in Pearls and a Boy with Toys {you may remember me mentioning her a few times before, here and here} hosts a weekly Monday Mama’s-To-Be post and she was kind of enough to ask ME to participate! {How terribly exciting!!!}

So, in lieu of having a post for you here, I’m going to send you there! Enjoy!

Until next time…