At home, Baby #2, Bumpdates

Bumpdate – 29 weeks

Third trimester already! We're almost there! This pregnancy has been flying by and simultaneously dragging on. It makes no sense but that's how it's been. Some days I'm like "OH MY GOSH SHE'LL BE HERE IN 11 WEEKS" and then other times I'm like "oh my gosh, I can't believe how much longer I have to go." It's equal parts exciting and frustrating.

Anyway, we had our midwife appointment and final ultrasound this morning! Once again we got a great report, praise God. Little miss is growing right on track (48th percentile), her heartbeat was strong (134 bpm), and the ultrasound showed that everything about her is perfect, which we already knew. ๐Ÿ™‚ She's still breech right now (about half of babies are breech at this point) but she should flip by the time we hit 34 weeks.

I was a liiiitle bummed about the ultrasound today because we could barely see her face at all. She was pretty much folded in half so her feet were covering her face and what wasn't covered by her feet was covered by her arm flung right across her eyes. No matter what we did she would not move, which was not surprising to me at all. She's never cared much about being poked or prodded. She just does her own sassy thing. The ultrasound tech couldn't really show her to us in 3D (which is what I was most excited for) so we only have a few profile shots. I was so looking forward to seeing what she'll look like when she's born because I was hoping it would help us finally settle on a name, but it looks like we're waiting 11 more weeks to figure that out. Oh well, babies rarely follow the rules anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚ I should be used to it by now!

As for my health, things look mostly good too. My blood pressure was perfect and I did the 1 hour glucose test while we were there (we'll have the results of that on Monday hopefully). My weight gain is still a bit of a problem, though. I was so sure things were looking up but I only gained a little over a pound since my last appointment four weeks ago. That makes about 8 pounds total this pregnancy, which wouldn't be a huge problem except that my daughter makes up about three pounds of that and the placenta/fluid/uterus is another part of it. My belly is only measuring at 26 weeks right now, even though the baby is right on track. My midwife straight up told me to start eating ice cream every night haha. Not so much for the baby right now (she's doing fine), but more so that I can get some fat storage in place for breastfeeding after she's born. I'm not sure why this is so hard for me this time around but I'm going to try my best to eat more protein and healthy fats and hopefully get the ball rolling these last few weeks.

Phew! That was a long introduction! Let's get into the actual bumpdate. 😂

How far along: almost 29 weeks
How big is baby: About the size of a pineapple. She’s approximately 17 inches long and weighs around 2 lbs, 10 oz (according to our ultrasound today).
Movement: From what I can tell, she's a pretty routine type of baby. There are certain times a day where I can almost guarantee she'll be awake and moving around. She has an active time in the morning, another right around 1pm, and another around 10pm. Of course she moves around at other times throughout the day too, but those are her most active times. She also loves music and will usually start kicking whenever something comes on loud enough, or when I sing. In fact that might be why she's always awake around 1pm…that's when I read and sing to Jameson before his nap. I often wonder how many of the songs and the books we read will be familiar to her after she's born. ๐Ÿ™‚ Her hiccups are picking up a bit too; she usually gets them a few times a day and they last at least five minutes or longer.
Major symptoms: Typical third-trimester symptoms happening over here. I pretty much always feel like I have to pee (and sometimes she reminds me with a swift kick to the bladder), I have lower back pain here and there, and the shortness of breath comes and goes (although it's actually subsided a bit since my last bumpdate, possibly because she's changed positions). It's getting harder to stay comfortable all night between the peeing and the big ol' belly and the sporadic shifts in my body temperature. I've also been dealing with some common cold stuff which isn't directly related to pregnancy, but kind of is because I never get sick. This is the second time this pregnancy I've had a really horrible cold so I'm almost positive it's because my immune system is lower in general right now. Still getting Braxton Hicks contractions every day too, which I'm all for because the more practice my body gets now the easier labor will be (right? hopefullyyy).
Best moments this week: Definitely getting to see our girl at the ultrasound. Even though we weren't able to see much of her face we did get to see her little lips making kissy faces and watched her stick her tongue out a few times (so adorable!). Her mannerisms were so much like a newborn's already and it was really sweet to see.
Cravings: I'm just not a craving type of person I guess. I should probably just take this category off haha.
Looking forward to: Umm cooler weather? It's been so hot in AZ and I'm so ready for fall, especially because that means it's baby season. ๐Ÿ˜€

Baby #2, Bumpdates, Pregnancy

Bumpdate – 25 weeks

image1It’s been a quiet month over here, but I’m jumping back on for another pregnancy update! I’ve missed blogging and I really do want to keep track of certain things for the future, it’s just hard to find the time. I think this is only my second bumpdate of the entire pregnancy, actually. With Jameson I was already at like 20 of these! Oh well, second pregnancies, right?

We’re at 25 weeks now and I had a check up with my midwife just a few days ago. In general everything is looking great! Baby girl’s heartbeat was strong, my blood pressure is good, and my weight gain is decent. I don’t own a scale so I never know how much I weigh, but my midwife told me I’ve gained 6 pounds so far. It’s less than she’d like (she told me I need to try and gain at least 19 more pounds within the next few months) but she’s not concerned yet because I’m doing everything right and everything else seems healthy. I had no problem gaining weight with Jameson so I’m not sure why it’s different this time but it probably has something to do with the fact that I’m chasing a toddler around now. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Plus I’ve been exercising regularly and trying to choose healthier foods, something I wasn’t too great at with my last pregnancy.

Anyway, let’s jump into the rest of this bumpdate!

image2 (1)How far along: 25 weeks
How big is baby: About the size of a Napa Cabbage. She’s around 13 inches long and weighs about a pound and a half.
Movement: I’ve been feeling her more and more every day! Not everything is a giant kick, but I can feel it all anyway because of how big she’s gotten. She sometimes gets the hiccups (pretty rarely, though) and she’s a lot less feisty than Jameson was in there. Most of the movement happens when I lay down, and especially at night. We love watching my belly change shapes as she wiggles around and Alex gets to feel her pretty much every day. I love this point in pregnancy!
Major symptoms: Symptoms are starting to pick up a bit. I’m having a lot more lower back pain than I had with Jameson and I get out of breath so easily. Like standing up sometimes makes me winded haha. Sometimes I even have trouble catching my breath when I’m just sitting around! I still get Braxton Hicks contractions daily, although surprisingly not as often as I had with Jameson. And we’re to the point now where my feet start hurting if I stand for too long during the day. Oh and the last major symptom is a weird one, especially this early in the pregnancy. I’m definitely heading right into the nesting phase and it’s driving me (and Alex) crazy. I’m a huge type-A organizational planner anyway but this is over the top. Last night I spent THREE HOURS researching and writing out everything from my plans for her nursery to my labor and delivery outfits to freezer meal prep to every last thing we need to buy for her still. We have months to go on this pregnancy but my brain literally would not slow down until I had a plan for absolutely everything I could think of. It was making me so panicked and out of control but I couldn’t do anything to stop it or distract myself until I powered through and mapped it all out. I knew exactly how ridiculous I was being but I swear there was no stopping it! Hopefully it gets better as I make progress on my to-do lists because I don’t think I can take many more nights like that haha. 
Best moments this week: Getting to spend time with the two kids I used to work with, dressing up like cows with my sisters and my niece and nephew to get free Chick-Fil-A, setting up our new double stroller (!!!), buying our first few things specifically for this baby girl, and definitely hearing my daughter’s heartbeat at my appointment. ๐Ÿ™‚
Cravings: Still nothing much. Cravings aren’t really something I seem to get. I kind of want to get at least one though, ya know? Like one really random, undeniable craving. 
Looking forward to: Starting to get my daughter’s nursery ready! I have it all planned out in my mind, we just need to start actually working on it. Also looking forward to my next appointment in 4 weeks where we’ll have our final ultrasound! I don’t think we opted for this ultrasound with Jameson so it’ll be really fun to see her at almost 29 weeks. She’ll look pretty much exactly how she’ll be when she’s born! 

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That’s all for now! I’ll probably be be back in a few weeks after our ultrasound with some pictures of this sweet girl and another pregnancy update. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Bumpdate – 19 weeks

I’m almost halfway done with this pregnancy so I figured it’s about time I write one of these! I was so consistent when I was pregnant with Jameson and posted a bumpdate once a week for the entire pregnancy. But it’s much harder to be on top of things like this when you have a toddler in tow. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So instead, my goal for this pregnancy is to post an update whenever I find the time and that’s going to have to be good enough.

How far along:ย Almost 19 weeks (I’m a little early with this post). Gender is still a mystery! We have our anatomy scan on the 15th which will tell us for sure if it’s a sweet little girl or another beautiful boy.
How big is baby: About the size of a mango, or 6 inches long. Weight is right around half a pound.
Movement:ย Totally different this time around. Jameson moved a LOT and very often. I actually felt him moving several weeks earlier than I felt movement with this baby, which is not usually the norm. It makes total sense, though, now that I see his personality. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This baby is much more chillย and doesn’t get annoyed by me poking him/her or moving him/her around the way Jameson used to. And this baby hasn’t gotten the hiccups yet, which is another difference. Jameson had hiccups at least once a day by this point and continued to get them every day after he was born (for awhile at least). Even the times of day for movement are different between the two of them. Jameson was go-go-go all day and then totally still as I was going to sleep. This baby is more sporadic throughout the day and picks up the pace at night, which worries me for after birth hahah. Based on what we know about me and Alex’s personalities as kids (from stories and old home videos), I was a lot like Jameson is energy-wise and Alex was a lot more mellow. So it would be fun if our kids happen to match each of us in that way. ๐Ÿ™‚ One last difference, though, is that Alexย has felt this baby move already, which took a lot longer with Jameson. He actually felt this baby for the first time on our 3 year anniversary – a sweet little gift for him!
Weirdest symptoms:ย Symptoms are all pretty tame, just like with Jameson. Besides the minor stretching and pulling feelings, and starting to feel a little heavier in my stomach, everything is mostly normal.
Best moments this week:ย Monday was a holiday so we had Alex home – always so nice. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wednesdayย one of my closest friends and her two little ones came by for a playdate, which was so fun. And tomorrow is my other close friend’s bridal shower! Lots of great stuff this week.ย 
Cravings:ย Nada. I never seem to have cravings while pregnant. Although I have been tending more towards fresh foods this time around. With Jameson I wanted french fries and greasy hamburgers and chocolate and all that bad-for-you-but-delicious stuff. This time, not so much.
Looking forward to:ย FINALLY finding out the gender in less than two weeks!




P.S.The outfit I’m wearing above is all from H&M.ย No one told me with my last pregnancy that H&M carries maternity clothes and I’m so bummed I missed out the first time around! I went last weekend and found so many great things. Super cute and comfyย and reasonably priced. I’m a huge fan already!

One mistake I made with my first pregnancy was not investing in a few maternity things I really loved. I ended up stretching out a lot of my regular shirts and just sort of “getting by” on cheap and kind of ugly maternity clothes the rest of the time. I remember being confused about why I never liked the way my baby bump looked and never feeling like myself. I think a lot of it had to do with not knowing how to dress for pregnancy. So this time around I’m doing things differently. I invested in a few really great staple items I actually love (and kind of hope I can wear beyond pregnancy) and I already feel so much betterย and more like me.

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Bumpdate – 39 weeks

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How far along: 39 weeks (seven days until our due date!)
How big is baby: About the size of a watermelon (no kidding), or around 21 inches long. Weight could be anywhere from 6-9 pounds, but the average is around 7lbs.
Newest baby developments: His brain is still getting the most development at this point (and, of course, this will continue after he’s born too). His skin is now ready for the world and it’ll gain more of its pigment within the first few weeks of his little life. His tear ducts are also ready to go and he can flex his limbs easily now (which is pretty obvious to me since he seems to have no problem stretching out as far as my belly will let him haha).
Movement: Sometimes my belly is just so sore from him pushing and shoving around (especially the right side, since that’s where his legs and feet are). But I know he’s probably just cramped and is trying to get comfortable, which is why I keep telling him that he’ll have much more room if he just comes out!
Weirdest symptoms: Right now it’s mostly just continued Braxton Hicks (still nothing consistent, grrr) and some added pelvic pressure. The mental and emotional symptoms are really the worst part… having patience is HARD when you’re waiting to meet your child for the first time ever. Even though I’m not overly uncomfortable, I’m just so anxious to see Jameson and kiss him and watch Alex with him and even just get back to my normal self. But he’s not even past due yet, so I really need to just chill out and keep waiting, at least for the next seven days (and then I’ll probably start going crazy).
Best moment this week: I loved getting to go to my high school best friend’s bridal shower yesterday! I can’t believe she’s getting married in just a couple of weeks! So many happy things are happening. ๐Ÿ™‚
Worst moment this week: Again, nothing bad. I’m just dying to go into labor already. I’m honestly not even scared because he has to come out one way or another. At this point, I feel like all I’m doing is analyzing every single ache or pain or weird symptom and just praying that we start the labor process like right now. It’s almost like it was back when I was hoping to get pregnant, where every little thing was a “sign” that maybe this could be it. Ah, I just want my baby already!
Cravings: Who even knows lol.
Looking forward to: Having my husband home for this three day weekend, and of course…possibly going into labor soon. I really hope this is the last bumpdate I have to write for awhile but you really never know.

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Bumpdate – 38 weeks

38 weeksHow far along: 38 weeks
How big is baby: About the size of a pumpkin, or around 21 inches long (that’s the average at this point). Weight is around 7 pounds (but sometimes it feels like much, much more).
Newest baby developments: He’s mostly just working on some last minute things, like shedding that skin-protecting stuff (vernix and lanugo) and producing more surfactant so that his lungs are sure to work well after he’s born. He’s also still adding on baby fat, and his brain and nervous system are continuing to mature.
Movement: He’s a good little mover, even though he’s really almost out of room in there. I’ve been mostly feeling stretches and twists and hiccups…there’s only the occasional real “kick” (but boy does it hurt when it happens).
Weirdest symptoms: I’ve been SO blessed this entire pregnancy with feeling pretty comfortable and mostly “normal.” It’s only right now that I’ve started to really feel all the aches and pains that everyone always complains about. My hips are hurting (especially when I first wake up in the morning), it’s really hard for me to stand up from sitting or laying down, and Braxton Hicks keep getting worse (still not measurable, though). I don’t want to complain, though, because I really did have it easy for almost the entire nine months.
Best moment this week: Overall it was just a good week. ๐Ÿ™‚
Worst moment this week: Nothing terrible at all, I just wish there was a way to figure out when exactly your baby will be born. My appointments with our midwife are weekly now and she basically told me at this last one that it’s really not uncommon to go even two weeks past your due date. That would be FOUR more weeks from now, ugh. And since I’ve had a very typical pregnancy so far, my doctor care is pretty minimal and noninvasive…so I really don’t have a clue about whether I’m dilated or how effaced I am (if at all). I know that those factors don’t actually mean you can tell when you’ll go into labor, but I feel like I’m just sitting here super pregnant and in limbo and it’s not fun for a type-A person like myself.
Cravings: Still crunchy things, I guess. And also, oddly, certain smells. I’ve never heard of this before but I guess it’s a real thing. I just really want to smell some fresh wood right now (like at Home Depot), which makes me feel like a weirdo lol.
Looking forward to: Anything that gets me closer to meeting my baby.

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Bumpdate – 37 weeks

2DSC_0862 How far along: 37 weeks! FULL-TERM!!! Our sweetheart is welcome any time now!
How big is baby: About the size of a winter melon, or 19-22 inches long. Weight is around 6.5 pounds! (I kinda hope he stays on the small side…healthy, but small haha)
Newest baby developments: He’s basically ready to go at this point! Most of his crucial functions are well-developed and now he’s just practicing some skills he’ll need for later (inhaling/exhaling, sucking, gripping, and blinking). The longer he stays in there the healthier he’ll be, so I’m really in no rush (even though I do get more anxious to meet him every day).
Movement: I can feel his hands down in my lower stomach/pelvic area (near his head) and his feet are still facing up and slightly to the right. I don’t think he’s “dropped” yet or anything but I bet that will be coming soon!
Weirdest symptoms: Things are getting interesting around here. I’m definitely feeling more pressure on my pelvis and it feels like all of my joints are loosening up (sometimes painful, sometimes just strange). Braxton Hicks contractions are still an everyday thing, although some days I feel them every few minutes and other days I can go hours without having any. Nothing is timeable yet and while they’re more intense than they were at the beginning, they’re not strong enough to count as real contractions (although hopefully they’re working to start at least some dilation and effacement). Another weird thing this week was the fact that I spent five and a half hours yesterday morning getting rid of every bit of food in my stomach (yes, in both ways. ew.). I read that it’s often a sign of early labor (sort of like your body cleaning itself out to get ready for delivery) but it could also have been that I just ate some shady chicken haha. Either way, I’m feeling better now and trying to stay extra hydrated.
Best moment this week: Probably just the fact that I’m finally full-term so I can sort of breathe a sigh of relief that my baby is healthy enough to arrive soon. And honestly, any uncomfortable or painful symptom I’m feeling just makes me excited because I know it means I get to meet my son soon. ๐Ÿ™‚
Worst moment this week: Well being sick all Saturday morning was no fun. But Alex took such good care of me and I’m all better now.
Cravings: Crunchy things! Ice (oddly enough), snap peas, apples, etc. I didn’t know that could really be a “craving” but I guess it is! Apparently that’s a pretty common category of things to crave at this point in the pregnancy.
Looking forward to: Really any change in symptoms that can maybe give me a clue about when Jameson will be here! I might end up waiting a whole month from now, but maybe I won’t and that’s so exciting! God’s timing is perfect no matter what.

One last thing… I realized that I’ve never taken a bare-belly photo before (probably because that just feels weird to me). But I do want to document my bump so that I can compare to any future pregnancies and also so I can remember how everything looked before my sweet boy was born. So here are a few that I took today at 37 weeks:

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Bumpdate – 36 weeks

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How far along: 36 weeks
How big is baby: About the size of a honeydew, or 18-20 inches long (ish). Weight is around 6 pounds! (oh baby.)
Newest baby developments: His skin is getting smooth and soft and his gums are more firm. His liver and kidneys are in working order and his circulation and immune systems are pretty much good to go, too! If he was born today, he probably wouldn’t need any extra care at all since all of his major systems are ready for the real world. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay Jameson!!!
Movement: He’s actually getting some exercise as I type this. ๐Ÿ™‚ Most of his movements are low in my stomach (even though I still feel like I’m carrying him super high) but I can feel his feet in my mid-stomach, usually on the right side. Sometimes it almost feels like he’s grinding his way out, which feels really weird in my pelvis. But overall, he’s still doing awesome with going to sleep when I do and not kicking me too hard, aside from the occasional sharp little elbow in my side haha.
Weirdest symptoms: The Braxton Hicks contractions are definitely the most common symptom at this point… usually they don’t hurt (they’re just uncomfortable) but lately a few of them have made me stop what I’m doing and focus on breathing through it. They’re definitely getting more intense (which, in all honesty, is absolutely fine with me. The more practice I get in, hopefully the better my muscles will be at getting the job done during labor.).
Best moment this week: The nursery is totally finished and we got to take our hospital tour this past Thursday! Even though we were just there a few months ago when my sister had her baby, it was nice to walk through again and get a little more familiar with how the whole process will go and what we need to do/bring in preparation.
Worst moment this week: Nothing in particular, I just feel like I’m extra slow and tired these days.
Cravings: NOPE.
Looking forward to: Just finishing up packing my hospital bag (Alex is already good to go, what a stud) and getting a few more things together for Jameson’s diaper bag. Oh and we still need to install the car seat, like for real now. We should actually probably do that tonight haha.

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Bumpdate – 35 weeks

35 weeks

(picture totally stolen from my friend from church, Dani, whose little boy is due just three days before Jameson!)

How far along: 35 weeks (and one day)
How big is baby: About the size of a coconut, or 18+ inches long (not exactly sure, it really just depends on his genetics). Weight is around 5.5 pounds.
Newest baby developments: His hearing is 100% fully developed and he might have started memorizing songs that I sing pretty often, which means he’ll recognize them after he’s born too. ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s still working on gaining some weight and he’ll probably put on at least a pound of fat before the big day.
Movement: Still moving consistently (which always is such a relief to me!), still gets the hiccups at least once a day, and still always gets annoyed that he has the hiccups haha (he starts kicking and punching until I talk to him and then he calms down). He’s so good about relaxing when I relax and going to sleep at the same time as me. I feel so lucky because I know that’s usually exactly opposite of babies at this stage. Most babies wake up when their mommies stop moving because the rocking helps put them to sleep. But not Jameson. ๐Ÿ™‚ He’d rather sleep when I sleep, which I absolutely love about him. I can’t wait to snuggle with him in person!
Weirdest symptoms: My Braxton Hicks contractions (which I’ve had pretty consistently since early the second trimester) have definitely picked up these past few days especially. They last for at least a minute (sometimes up to 2 minutes) and they’re getting stronger. They’re still sporadic, though, so it’s not real labor or anything yet.
Best moment this week: We’re pretty much DONE with the nursery! Alex is hanging some pictures up right now actually and then it’s finished! I have maybe one or two more loads of Jameson’s laundry to do, we have to install his car seat, and there’s a few things I need to get for the hospital, but we’re pretty much baby-ready at this point. ๐Ÿ™‚
Worst moment this week: Just some aches and pains but nothing terrible.
Cravings: Yeah, cravings don’t exist for me. Maybe the next baby haha.
Looking forward to: Our hospital tour this Thursday and just getting everything ready to go. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Bumpdate – 34 weeks

34 weeks

How far along: 34 weeks (and two days, technically, but the picture is from 33.5 weeks)
How big is baby: About the size of a pineapple, or 18-20 inches long. Weight is around 4.9 pounds.
Newest baby developments: The white coating that protects Jameson’s skin (called the vernix) is getting thicker. His fingernails should be all grown in by now and he’s descending lower and lower into my pelvis as he gets ready to be born! Just a few more weeks, my little love!
Movement: Lots of sliding and stretching movements these days, as opposed to the straight kicks and punches that used to be so frequent. I can almost always feel his little feet pressed up on the right side of my stomach (sometimes I can even feel the outline of one of them!) and there’s a lot more pressure in my lower belly. He loves music and gets super active during church when our band plays. I’ve also recently noticed these strange breathing movements that he occasionally does… At first it freaked me out (my tummy will look like it’s breathing rapidly on its own) but I looked it up and apparently it’s fairly common and it just means that he’s literally practicing the motions of breathing. This is actually awesome because it means his lungs and breathing muscles are getting stronger. ๐Ÿ™‚
Weirdest symptoms: There’s the usual shortness of breath and slightly swollen/painful feet, but there’s also a fun new addition to the symptoms this week…leg cramps! I’ve been waking up at least once during the night with one or both of my legs cramping up for no good reason at all, which is awesome because then I also remember I have to get up and pee. Luckily they only last a few seconds and I can usually stop the cramp by flexing my feet. But one night this week I actually woke up screaming and crying because the cramp was so intense. That was nice and terrifying for my poor husband, although the next morning I went to talk to him about it and he had no memory of the traumatic event at all lol.
Best moment this week: Lots of great moments, as usual! The nursery is SO close to being done (I’ll be writing a separate post about all that once it’s officially finished) and I love how it’s turning out. We really only need to hang the decorations and buy one more shelf for the wall and then it’s done! We also have been receiving all our last minute baby necessities in the mail and I think there’s only a few more things coming in before everything is ready for Jameson. โค
Worst moment this week: Nothing that I can think of. ๐Ÿ™‚
Cravings: Uh, zero. I’ve given up thinking that I might get a real craving sometime during this pregnancy.
Looking forward to: Next week is going to be fun… we have our hospital tour/registration, we’re going to be installing the car seat (which doesn’t sound fun but I promise it’s exciting when it’s for your first baby), and I’m going to start packing up some things for the hospital just in case he decides to come a little early. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay for babies!!!

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Bumpdate – 33 weeks

33 weeks

(didn’t have time to take a solo portrait this week but I think this one of me and my momma shows the bump pretty well!)

How far along: 33 weeks
How big is baby: About the size of a honeydew melon, or 17-19 inches long. Weight is around 4.5 pounds.
Newest baby developments: He’s started keeping his eyes open while he’s awake now, more like a newborn. He’s getting better at coordinating breathing movements with sucking and swallowing. His bones are hardening this week and his brain is still getting lots of developmental attention!
Movement: Feeling him pretty regularly and at regular times (particularly around 7-8 or 9 at night). Of course I love it every time (even when he shoves directly on my bladder when I have to pee) but his size makes it uncomfortable sometimes now. In fact, he’ll just be sleeping in there and not moving at all but my tummy will just HURT all around where he is. It feels so sore, like I’ve taken one too many punches to the stomach (which I probably have). I read on one of my apps that my amniotic fluid is pretty much maxed out at this point and since Jameson is still growing steadily, there’s less of a cushion for all those sharp movements. It’s okay, though. He can go ahead and kick me all he wants because that means he’s healthy and strong. ๐Ÿ™‚
Weirdest symptoms: That belly soreness and definitely a bit of swelling in my poor feet! My sister taught me and Alex how to massage them and get all that extra fluid back where it’s supposed to be so we’ve been trying that almost every night. I’m also trying to keep them elevated whenever I can because it can actually be painful just walking around!
Best moment this week: Oh my goodness, I had SUCH a great week! My two childhood best friends flew in from New York on Tuesday and were here until yesterday. We spent our days by the pool, at the movies, going to the mall, playing games, and going out for food a few times. So much fun! Then Saturday was my baby shower! The whole thing was storybook-themed because books are my life and it came out so darn cute. We asked that everyone invited bring a book instead of a card and now Jameson’s little library is filling right up. Makes my heart so happy! Alex and I had a blast looking through all the other shower gifts and clothes that Jameson received and pretty much everything is washed and put away now. (and ps, that kid has more outfits than I do.)
Worst moment this week: Saying goodbye to my friends is always hard, but I know they’ll be back soon and that next time, I’ll have my sweet baby on the outside. ๐Ÿ™‚
Cravings: None for this week (or really ever lol).
Looking forward to: We have a few more baby-related shipments coming in this week, including my diaper bag, carrier, and a glider for the nursery. Yay!

Some of my favorites from the shower…

Catherine with Erin's baby, Hayden.
Catherine with Erin’s baby, Hayden.

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Everyone chose a birthday and wrote a letter to Jameson for that year.
Everyone chose a birthday and wrote a letter to Jameson for that year.
One of the shower activities
One of the shower activities
“Green Eggs and Ham” mini spinach/egg/cheese/ham quiches
“The Three Little Pigs” pigs in a blanket

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Sisters <3
Sisters โค (and Madelyn)

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“The Tale of Peter Rabbit” vegetable platters
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” fruit kabobs
Erin & Hayden, me & Jameson, Stephanie & Madelyn
Erin & Hayden, me & Jameson, Stephanie & Madelyn