38 weeks

(I’ll post my final ‘bump’ picture next week… we are headed to the hospital today for a C-section because at my doctor appointment this morning I was already dilated 4cm and my bag was about to pop, instead of risking my water breaking and having an emergency C-section, my doctor thought it would be best to just schedule it for this afternoon – 05/10/2013)

How far along are you? 38 weeks

Size of Baby:  Baby is the length of a leek

Favorite Maternity clothes this week? Leggings mostly (since it suddenly got cold again) and flip flops because my feet are swelling more and more easily

Stretch marks? No

How’s your Sleep?  Not too bad, I try not to drink anything after 8pm and it helps so that I only have to get up 1-2x/night vs. 4-5x/night like the prior week.  I do get weird stomach cramps though when I lay in certain positions, but usually turning the ‘other’ side helps with that.  I think she might just be resting on some organ that makes it uncomfortable for me.

Favorite moment this week?  I think the fact that my to-do list got much shorter this week however, I am definitely still finding ‘stuff’ to do so there isn’t much laziness going on in this house, however I do try to reserve at least 1-2 hours a day to put my feet up and rest.  I’m not much of a nap person so it’s hard to force myself to sleep in the middle of the day.

Do you miss anything?  My clothes and I’ve had a really bad craving for raw sushi this week, so much that I’ve already told Matt what options I’d like delivered to the hospital… nothing crazy, just some raw salmon from whole foods sounds delicious!

Do you have any Food cravings?  I craved the fruit cocktail drink that they serve at Henry Mayo… I even made my own ‘lo-calorie’ version with sparkling lime seltzer water and strawberry lemonade, very refreshing!

Anything making you Nauseas? Nothing specific, but I’m having to eat more frequent meals to avoid nausea.

Mood?  Good!  I got a little frustrated with Bode when he wasn’t napping but overall he has been a really good boy, so much better than the ‘terrible two’s’ we had for the first couple months of this year.

What are you looking forward to? WOW, well so much!  Really just the anticipation of meeting our baby girl.

I think when I look back on how life has changed since we had Bode only 2 ½ years ago and while so many of our priorities have changed, I think the biggest thing for me would be that my relationship with my husband grew to be stronger than I could have ever imagined.  We have been together for a long time (since 2000) and while we have struggled with long distance, planning a wedding, purchasing a home, raising a dog together, and all the other usual things couples go through, there was nothing in those 10 years together that could have prepared us for raising a child.  While we both come from very stable homes (both parents still married and in love), we both have slightly different views on how best to parent (as I’m sure most couples do.) I think that instead of judging each other we have learned to communicate better and also respect each other so we can be a parenting ‘team.’  After all there is no ‘I’ in teamwork (haha, yeah I know is cheesy but it’s also true!) Having a boy has to be different than having a girl because I can’t imagine a little girl having the energy that Bode has, therefore, I am looking forward to seeing how we grow as a family with having a little girl around.  I have seen so many of our friends (males) fall head over heels for their little girls and I’m hoping to see the same in my husband.  I think little girls bring out the softer side in everyone and I think in this male dominated home that that will be a good thing!  These are just some of the thoughts running through my head…  Being a parent is the hardest but most rewarding job I have ever had and probably ever will have!

37 Weeks (Full Term)

(Sorry no bump pictures this week…)

How far along are you? 37 weeks (Full Term)

Size of Baby:  baby is as long as a stalk of swiss chard

Favorite Maternity clothes this week? Dresses (it’s been summer weather all week)

Stretch marks? No

How’s your Sleep?  Good but I’ve been getting up 1-5x/night to use the restroom.

Favorite moment this week?  I’m officially full term!  And of course the time alone I’ve spent with Bode before he becomes a big brother.  I have been sending him to daycare 3 days/week and 2 days/week with me.   About 2 ½ weeks (or less) till we meet Allyson.

Do you miss anything?  My clothes

Do you have any Food cravings?  Sweets

Anything making you Nauseas? No

Mood?  Good!  I’ve had a really relaxing and also productive week for my first week off from work. 

What are you looking forward to? Just having the next few weeks off and keeping this birthdate ‘planned’.  As of right now, Allyson’s birth-date is 5-21-13 (my scheduled C-section date) and I’m hoping that it stays that way so I can relax and get everything ready around the house.

And finally the nursery is complete (The first picture is our ‘before’ shot with our paper window coverings hehe)…

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I still plan on hanging a canvas print on the wall in between the two windows, hopefully we can get some good shots at our newborn shoot of my 2 babies… and I still think I might end up converting this into the playroom once we transition Ally to the real crib and Bode into a big bed (vs. the toddler bed) but for now this should work really well as we welcome our newborn home!

36 Weeks #9months

Sorry no pics this week BUT the nursery should be complete for my next blog post… Stay tuned!

How far along are you? 36 weeks

Size of Baby:  baby is the size of a Crenshaw melon

Favorite Maternity clothes this week? leggings and dresses

Stretch marks? no

How’s your Sleep?  Tossing and turning all night but I’m getting some rest, I know it only gets worse once the baby arrives because it will be a lot more broken up. 

Favorite moment this week?  Last week of work!  I still have a lot of errands to run while I’m off but at least I won’t have to commit to much of a schedule and I can do things on my own time until the baby arrives. 

Do you miss anything? My clothes (nothing unusual)

Do you have any Food cravings? Nachos

Anything making you Nauseas? No

Mood?  Good because I’m finally on leave…

What are you looking forward to? Some relaxation at home, nesting to get ready for Ally, and bonding with Bode since there’s only a few more weeks of him being our only child.

35 Weeks

How far along are you? 35 weeks

Size of Baby:  baby weighs as much as a Honey Dew Melon

Favorite Maternity clothes this week? leggings, tunic shirts, flats, and dresses.

Stretch marks? no

How’s your Sleep?  Sleep has definitely gotten worse over the past few weeks, its either I can’t get comfortable or I get kicked in the middle of the night.

Favorite moment this week?  I ordered our family maternity pictures so I should be able to post some soon (on the blog).  Also we finally got around to hanging a bunch of different items in the nursery and its really starting to come together.  I’m going to wait for the shutters to be installed until I do the final reveal but so far everything looks exactly as I imagined.

Do you miss anything? My clothes and a nice glass of red wine (nothing unusual I guess)

Do you have any Food cravings? pizza

Anything making you Nauseas? No

Mood?  Good and bad, just depends when you catch me and it’s mostly related to how ‘comfortable’ I am.  But of course now that I’m getting bigger and bigger it’s much harder to feel comfortable.

What are you looking forward to? Our babymoon this weekend in Santa Barbara, we need some relaxing just my hubby and I especially since it will be a long time before we get to get away on a trip just the two of us for a long time.  AND only 1 week left of work before maternity leave!!!

As promised, I received my pictures back from Melissa Vossler Photography and here are some of my favorites below…

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34 weeks

(sneak peek of our family maternity pictures…)

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How far along are you? 34 weeks
Size of Baby: baby weighs as much as a cantaloupe
Favorite Maternity clothes this week? Dresses and Flats — welcome spring weather!
Stretch marks? no
How’s your Sleep? I have been having a hard time falling asleep lately; mostly just trying to get comfortable when there is a lot more of me. The other thing is she is really active in the evening (like Bode was) and even the other night I got kicked or punched really hard in the rib cage and it literally made me jump in bed. It helped moving positions but it was more than uncomfortable.
Favorite moment this week? We took our maternity family photos this week and I can’t wait to see how they turned out! I chose a photographer that did a friend’s wedding and I had been following her on Facebook for a few years now. She does a great job with family photography and newborn photos so I knew that once I got pregnant I would want to hire her for our pictures. She will also be coming after Ally is born to take newborn pictures along with some family shots too. As much as I hate seeing pictures of myself this big, I feel comfortable enough knowing that a professional will be taking our photos and I will always have that memory of when I was pregnant with Ally.
Do you miss anything? All my clothes and I can’t wait to go shopping again!
Do you have any Food cravings? Chili fries, I haven’t given in to this craving yet but I know Matt wouldn’t mind if I did because he loves them too (hehe)
Anything making you Nauseas? No, just still having afternoon ‘morning sickness’ and I guess I failed to mention I have tums every night before bed because my acid reflux and heartburn is awful.
Mood? Not that great this week, I’m definitely ready to be done with working and ultimately done with this pregnancy. But luckily I only have 2 weeks left so it should go fast!
What are you looking forward to? ‘The weekend’ where we have no real plans so we can hopefully finish up the nursery. I finally placed the order for the shutters so once we get those in the room everything should be ready to go. And don’t worry, I will be posting pictures because I love the way everything is turning out, the perfect amount of playful and modern!

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33 weeks

(sorry no pictures this week, but next week I will have lots of pictures to share…)

How far along are you? 33 weeks

Size of Baby:  Baby weighs as much as a pineapple (approximately 4lbs)

Favorite Maternity clothes this week? dresses and flats (I think this will be my uniform from here on out…)

Stretch marks? No

How’s your Sleep?  Good, I usually only get up once around 2am and then I go back to sleep till I get up at 530am to workout.

Favorite moment this week?  Time off with my boys… I took 2 days off in the middle of the week (because our daycare provider was on vacation) and we had such a good time!  The first day we went to the beach and to a favorite burger joint.  It was a gorgeous day and we all enjoyed the Vitamin D.

The next day was just Bode and I and we did some errands, had fun at the park, and had lunch at Johnny Rockets.  I think I might finally have my sweet little boy back, we are getting better with communicating and he is understanding how things work a little bit better.  I think I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel (when it comes to ‘terrible two’s’)!

Do you miss anything? Wine (I can’t believe I can enjoy a glass so soon!)

Do you have any Food cravings? Chocolate (I think I might do a ‘sweets’ detox after this pregnancy!)

Anything making you Nauseas? No

Mood?  Not the best only because I hate having to get ready to go anywhere because I’m so self-conscious of my size.  Yeah I know I’m pregnant but I feel like it takes me twice as long to get ready because I want to make sure my hair and makeup look nice since I only have a few outfits I can wear (and feel comfortable in) at this point.

What are you looking forward to? My baby sprinkle this weekend where I get to see my family and friends – pictures to come next week!  Oh and only 3 weeks of work left…

32 weeks

 

How far along are you? 32 weeks (approximately 8 months)

Size of Baby: Size of a large jicama (3.75 lbs)

Favorite Maternity clothes this week? Dresses and flats

Stretch marks? No

How’s your Sleep? Good! I really have to give credit to myself for getting some exercise in everyday because I know that’s why I’ve been able to sleep so heavy every night.

Favorite moment this week? The realization that the house is almost ‘complete’ and ready for baby Ally to arrive. We have a few pieces of ikea furniture to put together and some other things in the nursery to get hung but it’s really a nice feeling to know that it will all be completed before she arrives. I have to admit I was feeling a little uneasy about how it was all going to come together but I’m happy now. And at one point, before she arrives, we also plan to update Bode’s room too with some fresh paint and furniture rearranging but if it doesn’t happen till after she arrives that will be okay too!

Do you miss anything? Wine!

Do you have any Food cravings? Chocolate and breakfast foods

Anything making you Nauseas? No, but I do have ‘morning sickness’ symptoms everyday around 3-5pm.

Mood? Good, but I can definitely say we’ve had a lot of up’s and down’s over the past few months with Bode. I think he’s starting to feel that change is coming and that he won’t be the baby anymore. He has been asking Matt to rock him like a baby and then afterwards says ‘Bode is a big boy’. And he has definitely tried to test our limits with everything from bedtime to eating out to getting dressed, which has really been hard to manage especially when we have places to be. I just have to stop myself from getting upset and get down to his level to listen to him and show him that he will always be my little man. Even writing this makes me a little emotional because he is just growing up so fast. I spent more time this week playing with him after work and less time cooking dinner and cleaning the house. I want him to know that he is my number one priority right now, and that a new baby doesn’t replace his role in the family it only strengthens it. Of course, I’m saying this about a 2 ½ year old that could probably care less but when I look back at this post a few years from now I’ll probably be thinking to myself, ‘Wow, do you remember when Bode was like that?’… This is probably the best way I can document those memories.

What are you looking forward to? Not having to get dressed every day for work… this was the first week where I’ve really had a hard time finding clothes to wear each and everyday. Less than a month to go and then (as Matt says), I can go in hibernation before the baby arrives.
I’m also looking forward to professional (maternity/family) pictures this week since I feel like I just can’t get a good picture from anyone these days… Maybe I’m being too critical but 99% of pictures I take make me look like huge!!! Yay I know I’m pregnant but I swear the pictures don’t equal what I see in the mirror or even on the scale, I can’t say I’m one of those Mommy’s that makes pregnancy ‘look good’, good thing I’ve got less than 2 months to go!

***please excuse my messy bathroom, it’s one of the only full length mirrors I’ve got around here!

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31 weeks

(Sorry no picture this week…)

How far along are you? 31 weeks

Size of Baby: The size of 4 oranges (approximately 3.3lbs)

Favorite Maternity clothes this week? Summer dresses

Stretch marks? No

How’s your Sleep? Great! I actually got a little motivated to really push myself to work out in the morning every day and since I started that last week my sleep has been really good.

Favorite moment this week? I had another doctor appointment this week which is always a highlight, and from now on my appointments will be every 2 weeks instead of every 4 weeks. I can’t believe how crazy it is to think that we’ve already reached that milestone in the pregnancy! And only 6 weeks till I’m considered ‘full-term’, I sure hope I get a little time to relax on maternity leave before she arrives because I can only imagine how crazy things will get with 2 kiddos in the house vs. 1.

Do you miss anything? All my clothes… I counted that I only have about 7 business casual outfits that still fit so I’ll be wearing the same thing very often each week at work. And with only 5 weeks of work left, there’s no reason for me to go do any new shopping.

Do you have any Food cravings? Sweets

Anything making you Nauseas? No

Mood? Good, since I have been finding the energy to workout everyday I think it’s been helping my overall mood.

What are you looking forward to? Continuing to work on my ‘to-do list’ before Ally arrives. My goal is to get 95% of it done before I go on maternity leave so I can use my time off to cook, exercise, and rest.

30 weeks… And the Name Reveal!

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How far along are you? 30 weeks (less than 10 weeks till we meet our baby girl!)

Size of Baby:  Head of Cabbage

Favorite Maternity clothes this week? Dresses, we had perfect So Cal weather (high 70’s, low 80’s)

Stretch marks? No

How’s your Sleep?  Still hard to fall asleep with all the movement in my belly but I’ve been sleeping pretty heavy once I do fall asleep.  I probably get up once in the middle of the night but I can definitely tell my body is craving sleep because I’ve been getting almost 9 hours every night and I’m still exhausted.

Favorite moment this week? Bode noticing my belly more and even giving more kisses to his ‘sister’.  It’s actually funny how he all of a sudden noticed my belly more; although he hasn’t felt her kick yet I’ve been trying to get him to feel for it more lately.

Do you miss anything? Wine, after a fun girl’s weekend in Carlsbad it was rough not getting to unwind with a cocktail or two…

Do you have any Food cravings? Donuts (I might have to give into this one at least 1x this week)

Anything making you Nauseas? No, but I do have a little nausea in general in the afternoons so I make sure I’m eating small meals throughout the day.

Mood?  I’ve been really emotional lately, I think because the constant movement reminds me all day long how pregnant I am and its going so fast.

What are you looking forward to? Having a clean house again (LOL)!  I usually have someone come clean my house 1x/month and since we’ve been having construction going on to get this nursery up and ready it’s now 3 weeks past the date I would have had a clean house.  I have to admit it’s my favorite day of the month, and it’s so cute now when we get home Bode and I go check out every room in the house and he tells me “oooh, it’s so clean mama” with each room we view.  Next week I’ll finally have a clean house again!

As promised I have decided to reveal our baby girl’s name which was not easy!  We had already picked out Bode’s name when we were in college together around 2004, but we’d never really agreed on a baby girl name for some reason.  There are so many beautiful names out there but it had to be something that worked with our last name – Hank.  I definitely wanted a feminine name and not a name that could be mistaken for a male if it was written on paper.  My husband wanted a name that he could also shorten to give her a nickname, because I guess that’s what every ‘Coach’ err I mean ‘Dad’ wants.  After searching through thousands of names I came up with our top 5 baby girl names:

  • Brielle
  • Adeline
  • Shaelyn
  • Allyson
  • Jordana

And it was an obvious choice from the beginning that we both agreed our favorite was Allyson or Ally (we had different opinions on our 2nd favorite)… So without further ado, we look forward to introducing the newest addition to our family sometime in late May- Allyson Honor Hank.

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29 weeks

How far along are you? 29 weeks

Size of Baby: Butternut Squash

Favorite Maternity clothes this week? Spandex as always but since the weather has warmed up a bit I have been wearing more bright colors and even peep toe flats vs. regular close-toed flats. But once again, as the week went on, I had to pull the boots back out of the closet because we got rain. Typical March weather, one day its beautiful, mid-70’s and a few days later its cold and rainy.

Stretch marks? No

How’s your Sleep? Starting to get harder since I’m getting so much movement from baby girl, which makes me feel nauseas. Once I fall asleep I am tossing and turning because its hard to get comfortable or I have restless leg syndrome. Usually drinking a large glass of water before bed helps with circulation but then I end up getting up a few times in the night to use the bathroom. Its a never ending cycle thats only going to get worse as I get closer to the due date.

Favorite moment this week? Having one day off this week for me, while everyone else was working or at daycare I finally got to do a few things that I haven’t been able to do because it’s hard to get to during the week or even on the weekends when I’m spending time with the family. Having ‘me’ days are essential when you become a Mommy!

Do you miss anything? While it’s usually wine, this week it was a nice cold beer since the weather was so beautiful… only a few more months till I can enjoy one!

Do you have any Food cravings? Chocolate – my new “go to” is a protein shake with chocolate hemp protein (I add 2 cup of fresh spinach, 1 banana, 1 cup almond milk, and 2 handfuls of ice cubes)

Anything making you Nauseas? Yes, baby girl’s movements since it feels like she is doing somersaults all day long. Its strange because I remember Bode doing a lot of kicking and punching but nothing like I’ve been feeling lately.

Mood? Good, I think it’s the warm weather and this weekend we even change the clocks to have longer days – so excited!!!

What are you looking forward to? Girls’ weekend in Carlsbad this weekend, probably the last one like this for a while since 3 out of the 4 of us are expecting our 2nd child. No big plans just lots of gossip and girly fun!

And I’ve decided to reveal our baby girl’s name next week on my 30 week blog post…

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