Sunday, August 24, 2014

36 Weeks - A basketball belly.

We have a guessing game going on and you can play too if you wanna:

My age:  29 (for one more week!)

How far along:  36 weeks - the last month!!  <---That's awesomely frightening.

It is an OMG belly now.

How big is baby:   He could be somewhere around 6 pounds!  We will get a more accurate measurement this week at our final ultrasound.

What have you been up to:   I'm still working a little OT but the work pressure is slowing so I can soon focus on baby prep [and napping].

Last week we took a recommended class called "Will I Ever Sleep Again?" which covered basics on how to get your baby on a sleeping schedule along with learning about feeding times, how to calm your baby, and what to expect to a degree, etc.  The info was awesome and I sure plan to utilize it.  There were a bunch of tiny newborns in the class and one was 12 days old and he was still only 8 pounds.  Ben and I were in awe with how cute and tiny he was.  His little cry was so adorable.  I can't believe we'll soon have a little one of our own.

We spent time on getting the last of our needed items and worked on the nursery!  We also have started to wash the baby clothes and pack our hospital bags.

This outfit (below) both my 20 year old and 26 year old brothers wore.  I am surprised how well the clothes/elastics kept from clear back then.  I am so excited to put them on our lil guy too!!

I still want to take classes on breastfeeding and also one on infant CPR and then I think we're set.

We also survived a monsoon storm that decided to flood everything, but I will probably post some pictures later.  It was crazy and the freeway became a channel for the water [while people were driving on it].  And we live next to the freeway, so yeah.

And I just wrote a novel.  :S

Exercise/Activity Level:   Still doing CrossFit about 3-4 times a week but taking it easy.  After this week I am allowed to have "as many contractions as I want," without concern.  I'm fairly certain that doesn't mean I can kick it back up a notch at the gym, but I'm just quoting my doctor.  :]  97% of babies are matured by 37 weeks.

I'm still not a huge fan of rowing and I look forward to doing my favorite cardio activity very soon... running!

Maternity clothes:   I bought two shirts and that bright colored skirt above that I should be able to wear afterwards too.  I needed something new to wear to my shower.  :]  I'm on major outfit repeat.

Stretch marks:   None yet.  Home stretch ahead!

Belly Button:   Flat-ish and stretched, but not an outie yet which kind of surprises me.

Sleep:  Still truckin' along but getting more uncomfortable on my side.

Best Moment of the Week:   I had a local baby shower and it was a lot of fun and I got some more great advice.  I was so caught up in chatting that I really sucked at pictures, but I will have to get some that I think Catherine took who threw the shower.  She is wonderful.  Look at this lunch and dessert crepe bar...

And one weekend we ate crab and shrimp with Nate/Becky and my brother.  It was fun and so freaking good that I think we'll be going back soon.

Followed by Bahama Bucks (and a flattering image of us all).

Worst Moment of the Week:   I have noticed that lately I get frustrated/irritated a lot easier than usual.

I had one lady at church tell me at 35 weeks that I looked like I was going to pop, I would never say that.  Now looking at my 36 week pictures I'll admit I do credit her accuracy.

Food cravings:  I haven't had many cravings and my fruit consumption has even slowed.  I guess I do want s'mores.  Ben makes the best ones in the toaster oven.

Food aversions:  Same deal.

Symptoms:   Back pain, but only on the right.  My right leg also likes to go numb and sometimes I can't get it to wake up very well which drives me bonkers.  I find floating in the pool to help and have been trying to do as much as possible.  I am also noticing swelling these days, but it hasn't been too bad yet.  Overall we're doing pretty good over here I'd say.

There was a froggy swimming around so I rescued him.  We found one dead in the pool the next day.  :(  I think it was my fault because I didn't take him outside of our yard.

Movement:   All of the time!  He seems to have been rotating a bunch over the past few weeks but prefers my right side.

Gender:   Boy!

What I’m looking forward to:   Meeting him!!

What I’m nervous about/praying for:   Now that we're getting closer to the day, I am nervous for breastfeeding.  Probably even more so than delivering!  I know it's supposed to be a natural thing, but I don't think I'm going to see it as such.  Maybe I'm not human, or maybe I'm just very honest.

What I miss:   I can't remember how it feels to be limber and quick.  I am looking forward to bouncing out of bed in the mornings and getting back to my old, comfy self.  Right now getting out of bed is quite painful and I can tell my joints are loosened.

Next appointment:   8/27 regular 36 week appointment (this week) +my final ultra sound, then we go to weekly appointments!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Maternity Must Haves

Maternity Must Haves

These are some of my maternity must haves that I've loved over the past 9 months of pregnancy.  Just one more month to go, which is entirely insane to think of in itself!
  1. Equate's Baby Oil Gel  (Johnson & Johnson also makes some) - I have used this religiously on my belly and it is like baby oil but thicker, thus it absorbs and stays on your skin longer.  At 35 weeks, my stomach has never been dry!  I go to bed with it on and wake up with a still moist (hate that word) belly.  Be careful not to get this on clothes you love because like oil, it doesn't wash out easily if at all.  Always wear an undershirt or full panel after lubing up.  Or jammies.
  2. Full panel maternity - These polka dot shorts I bought on Zulily (good maternity option) so they are definitely sold out, but I bought many of my maternity jeans at Ross (only select Ross' have a maternity section).  Once I started to get bigger I completely stopped wearing my regular jeans because I didn't want to be reminded daily of how fast my body was changing (because it's so hard to imagine it ever going back).  Plus regular jeans are uncomfortable sitting at a desk while you are pregnant, so I opted to go straight to maternity.  Best decision ever.
  3. Wunder Under Crop yoga capris - I bought some of these a couple of sizes up when I first got pregnant so that they weren't super skin tight.  Now I still wear them all the time and they aren't too tight on my belly.  I like these ones because you don't have the Lulu Lemon logo at the bottom of the capri leg advertising to the world, but also because I can wear regular tops with them and they don't look fitnessy.
  4. Under Armour Endure Sports Bra - These are sooooo much easier to get on than regular sports bras and are super supportive for CrossFit (or running, etc.) that the days of doubling up are no longer.  The zipper bottom has never ever crossed my mind as being uncomfortable, but I also have numb ribs so that could have something to do with it.  I really don't think it's an issue unless you are running a long distance (then I'd probably put a barrier between it and my skin at the bottom of the zipper JIC).
  5. Gummy prenatal vitamins - I started out taking a specific 3 horse pills prenatal that my doctor had recommended, but I could NOT keep it down for the life of me.  It got so bad that if I looked at the countertop where I kept them, my stomach would flop.  My doctor had me try these gummies because they would do enough, and they are the winner for those with sickness that can't keep things down (and they're cheap!).
  6. CEP Compression Socks (or really any that you prefer, I still have not tried PRO but I do LOVE CEP) - I have been wearing these to work out in and although nearly impossible to put on right now, and completely impossible to get off by myself, it keeps swelling down which makes it worth the battle.  It also helps with varicose veins according to my doctor.  I also wear them while traveling/flying to help with circulation!
  7. Water Your Body free phone app - I should have started using this LONG ago, but it is a phone app that monitors your water intake.  I drink a lot while I work out, but I do not drink enough while absorbed in my work during the day!  You should be consuming 1/2 your body weight in ounces at least, per day.  The #1 cause of preterm labor is dehydration, and upping my water intake has drastically decreased my Braxton Hicks.  This app alarms to remind you to take a swig.  Mine's set every 30 minutes and the alarm is just a short sound of a cup being filled with water, and I don't have to pick up my phone or anything after the reminder goes off.  I just drink!
  8. Comfy wedges (if you "risk" your life with heels) - These Steve Madden Wanting wedges are, dare I say, the comfiest shoes I own right now!  I wear the crap out of them and they are my walking shoes.  These ones are still at the outlets, but I think they are sold out most places.  But there are a lot of similar ones (like the Wannabe) that are probably just as comfy, but will make you feel cute and help compensate for the horizontal growth.  ;)
  9. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation - I've worn Bare Escentuals powder/pressed powder foundation for yeeeeears, but once I got pregnant my skin got even oilier (didn't know that was possible) and the foundation wouldn't stick, and then it would slide all around within an hour's time and look like complete crap.  I switched to this and I still dust a tiny bit of BE over top, but it has been a lifesaver and covers up my pregnant skin, whether a little or a lot needed that day.  I can even work out in it and it doesn't melt off.  THAT is a miracle makeup, especially considering the climate here in Arizona.
  10. Hydro Flask - The best for water consumption (to go along with #7)!  I can set this bottle in the 105 degree direct sunlight, and the ice still doesn't melt!  It is vacuum insulated so it will stay nice and cold alllllll day or night.  I carry it with me everywhere we go:  gym, church, out to dinner, shopping, Sunday drive, etc.  Ben has one that is from Under Armour that he has also loved over the years.

Friday, August 15, 2014


Things that make me happy (aka Friday Favorites):

In honor of shark week (this was posted to the Iggy FB page I am part of):

Rykar and I played hooky from the gym:
The water is 89 degrees!  ^^ Floating is one way I get comfortable.

Hot air balloons were out yesterday morning.  I guess low 80s is cool enough for them:

How can something horrific in adult size be so adorable in kidlet size:
I'm sad they are sold out.

Our latest 411 paged blogbook arrived.

To add to our collection.

In our spot of memories:
We are still one book behind.  These books document the first time I met my husband, first marathon, getting engaged, getting married, getting pregnant, moving, etc.  THE BEST INVENTION = BLOGGING.

This watch is beautiful:

This saying is spot on:

Today there is a taxi on my large belly:


Our monsoons have been crap so far, but the summer temps have been mostly pleasant.  It was dark-ish, so these people are blurred a bit, but I still thought it was pretty.

Friday is the best.  Have a wonderful weekend!!