wonderfully made: August 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

since I blogged last...

Not much has happened. 

My office threw Mark and me a super fun baby shower complete with all of my cravings during pregnancy:

I said my goodbyes last Thursday and transitioned into my role as a stay at home mom with a few days to spare before actually becoming a mom. It's nice to relax and get some things accomplished but OY am I anxious!!!

I've since gone to not one but TWO children's consignment sales and scored about 30 outfits for less than $100. #bargainhunter

(I didn't buy this, just snapped a picture to send to my mom)

I've also been a little overzealous in the subject of dog pictures:

We've taken a few walks to try and encourage things to get moving but with no luck so far. This time is so frustrating and trying because we know life will take a crazy turn at any moment! I feel like I'm just twiddling my thumbs over here and I can't focus on much of anything. "Baby go-time" is pretty much 100% on my mind! I'm SO ready to meet this little booger that we've been prepping for for 9 months!

Happy Monday!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

39 week bumpdate

(this was taken after I woke up from my impromptu post-work nap. whoops.)
ONE week until baby B's due date. At this point, it feels like it has flown by! Tomorrow is my last day at work and then it's OFFICIALLY time for him to make his arrival anytime after (or even before, I won't be mad) that. I've felt HUGE this week and the waddle is in full force. Everything hurts and this little one is due to make his appearance so, so soon!

How far along:  39 weeks!

Size of babe: We're at the watermelon stage. I want to say something about this but I simply have no words. Hold me.

Gender: Mr. Man! His full initials were revealed here!

Husband: Made me seethe with anger when he DARED to turn down the fan when he came to bed the other night. I, of course, was easily awoken and simply said "I'M SWEATING". Then, he told me it was 'impossible' that I was sweating because he was in a sweatshirt. He THEN told me that it was 'all mental'...

oh yes, he paid/is paying for that interaction. 

Maternity Clothes: If by maternity clothes you mean dresses and/or no clothes, then yes. 

Loving: hot baths, a cold swimming pool, ice cold water, french fries and fried chicken.

Loathing: Oy. everything that isn't listed on the 'loving' list above. It's getting rough, y'all.

Movement: Ouch. I'm beginning to think that labor isn't a beautiful event where a woman's body works to move out the baby inside and instead it's the large baby forcefully kicking it's way out of the womb. I don't think I believe Google when it says that a baby's kicks can't break your water.

Symptoms: ALL of them. All of them. Although contractions are few and far between, I'm pretty much dealing with everything else. Especially pelvic pain. Here's a little tidbit for anyone wanting to be pregnant in the future - no one tells you that it will feel like you've been kicked in the crotch by a horse while, simultaneously, the jaws of life are ripping apart your pelvis. I'm REALLY hoping this means a baby can easily be birthed by me because OH, THE PAIN!!!! Some women only experience it at the end but I've had it pretty much 100% of the third trimester. The waddle is whack, y'all.

Best Part of the Week: One of the best parts of the week but also anxiety inducing was finding out that I'm making progress in the labor department at my appointment last week. It's hard not really knowing what will happen as a first time mom but I got a little news that made it clear that my body does, in fact, sort of know what to do in this situation and it's preparing. Exciting! I have another appointment this afternoon so we'll see if anything has changed...

Worst Part of the Week: The anxiety is still with me but it comes in waves. It's hard feeling so uncomfortable and not being able to do anything to fix it. All of my typical vices (shopping, eating, drinking a cold Dr. Pepper) aren't even satisfying anymore for one reason or another (read: heartburn and/or being on a budget) so there's really no relief. Getting into bed or rolling over is SO uncomfortable and pretty much nothing gives me the relief I'd like. I'm excited for the day that I can sleep on my stomach again and be able to bend over without feeling limbs inside my belly!

Missing Most: See above re: sleep, bending over, getting comfortable, being able to self-soothe. 

Can't wait for: I'm at 39 weeks so I think I'm allowed to say that I can't wait for this baby boy's arrival!!!! And/or the JBF sale I'm going to tomorrow, IF I make it. ;) 


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Friday, August 21, 2015

five on friday | pregnancy happenings

We're in the final weeks of pregnancy and it's getting interesting...

There HAVE been developments in my 'progression', shall we say, plus I'm due in less than 2 weeks now! I've thought all along that baby will come late and he still might, but be sure to follow me on instagram or facebook so you don't miss the first introduction - or even worse, the name reveal!!! 

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I felt horrible on Monday and ended up leaving just a tiny bit early and coming home to  nap. I haven't swollen much in this pregnancy but my feet were juusst starting. I normally have REALLY bony feet so minimal swelling doesn't really look like anything to the normal person, but I made sure to document so I could compare to any possible future swelling!


Mark was gone one night last week to play in a disc golf tournament and these days, I always warn him to have his phone/smart watch on him just in case it's 'go time'. I texted him with "YOU NEED TO COME HOME NOW" accompanied with a (blurry) pictures of a GIANT flying cockroach (waterbug?) on our entry rug. I was seriously sweating and anxious and considering ACTUALLY making him come home to take care of it. Here's our texts:

hahaha. I managed to keep a 5' radius and threw the entire mat out the front door. He ended up being dead anyway, but I'm still glad I took the necessary precautions. You can never be too careful! Cockroaches are THE WORST!!!!


We're both a little bit overwhelmed:


The bump is overtaking me! It's dresses from here on out and I like taking these pictures. It makes my legs seem sooooooooo far away. ;) 

dress || shoes (I only WISH I bought them for this price!) || belt (similar) || sweater (similar)

You can find me linking up with April , this lovely lady (and super fun blog!)Jennie, and Rebecca! So fun! Happy Friday friends!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

38 week bumpdate

38 weeks and feeling HUGE! My mobility is seriously lacking and my energy is unpredictable. I've given up pants (with the exception of leggings, yoga pants, and a few pairs of shorts) and I'm relying on rotating the same 4-5 dresses for the remainder of this pregnancy. Still no swelling and I'm feeling pretty normal, with the exceptions listed above and below. At the moment, I'm focusing on NOT focusing too much on when baby will arrive because that just makes me anxious. So cheers to 38 weeks, another normal week!

How far along:  38 weeks!!!

Size of babe: We're officially in the pumpkin week! That's a little overwhelming...baby B was estimated at 7lbs 4 oz and 19.3" long at our last appointment. I'm selfishly hoping he doesn't get TOO much bigger than that before birth, but he's more than welcome to pack on the chubs afterward because we all love chunky babies! :)

Gender: Mr. Man! His full initials were revealed here!

Husband: He read the chapter in What To Expect and said he read a few other chapters too! He also said that he was reading a couple daddy blogs...wow! I couldn't really believe it when he told me but I'm happy about it! We've had a couple more conversations about labor and what to expect and how he can help me through it....crazy, but fun to talk about it with him!

Maternity Clothes: I've made the switch over to dresses 100% of the time in public. I tried wearing some maternity pants to work on Monday and I think they contributed to me having a horrible and uncomfortable day. I couldn't wait to take them off!

Loving: each day that goes by, the sunny days, dog snuggles, a clean house, an ice cold drink coupled with some Prilosec. 

Loathing: Maternity pants, bras, hormones, our hot house, the ants that have decided to move into our room, feeling sick every time I eat, being uncomfortable in every aspect of my daily life.

Movement: Yes, yes, and yes! We've got a case of the hiccups as I type this. Baby also loves to stretch his legs and it's PAINFUL. Maybe he has long legs like mommy? I can't wait to kiss his sharp little heels after feeling them for this long!

Symptoms: Yes. I'll just leave it at that. ALL of the symptoms.

Best Part of the Week: Talking with Mark about what he read and the fact that he's doing research now! Better late than never!

Worst Part of the Week: Anxiety is starting to get the best of me. I REALLY struggled on Monday. I was so uncomfortable and so 'off' feeling all day long. I felt like I could actually FEEL the fluctuation in my hormones and I was just shaky and nervous and antsy. I'm struggling with the unknown of everything now. I think I'm totally ready for birth and not scared of labor anymore but now I just wish I had a tighter window of when to expect this boy. He could come tomorrow or he could come in 4 weeks and the constant guessing and taking stock of every sign and symptom is driving me crazy. It doesn't help that I've been obsessing over pregnancy and childbirth for 9 months now. I told Mark I need a new hobby to distract me until it's time!

Missing Most: Being able to bend down or turn without feeling pain or feeling like I'm squishing the babe.

Can't wait for: I'll think short term and say our last baby shower this week hosted by my office! I feel totally honored that they are doing one for Mark and I and I'm looking forward to it!


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