Tuesday, May 26, 2009

28 weeks

Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend! We enjoyed a couple of BBQ's and good times with friends & family.

Baby girl has been kicking me even harder this past week. She's been particularly active in the morning right when I wake up. I used to think she wasn't going to be a morning bird (okay, I was hoping....), but those hopes have been dashed by her persistent, early movement of late. This week, she will hit 2.5 pounds and 16" in length.... growing like a weed! :)

I ordered her bedding this weekend. Take a look! First, I ordered this pink & brown set.

And the next night I saw this pink and grey set and started having buyer's remorse about the bedding set above. So in-line with my indecisive prego personality (ask Scott - it's been quite the personality change for me), I decided to order this one, too, and make the decision about which one to keep when I can see them both in the room!

As far as names go, I think we've got it narrowed down to our top 4 picks. We'll probably try to get down to 2 or 3 names before she arrives and then pick the one that fits her once she's born. Pretty excited!

I'm still feeling good. I'm starting to get more tired again, which I was told is just part of the third trimester. I'm still exercising, but the intensity and frequency are starting to slow. It's been so great to have beautiful weather in the morning & evening to take a run or walk. Love this time of year! I'm savoring it because I know we'll be consistently in the 80s and 90s in a couple weeks!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Baby Preparations

Today my friends Brooke & Alicia graciously volunteered to help me register for most of the items we'll need for baby girl. It was AWESOME to have their help. We got through the entire store in about 2 hours. If I were to register without their help, it would have easily taken 5+ hours! So word to the wise, take someone with you that's had a baby when you register! Thanks girls!

While I was gone, Scott surprised me and started clearing out the bedroom that will soon transform into a nursery. We had a lot of random stuff in that bedroom, so there is quite a bit to move. Scott got most of the major stuff out of there, and it looks so big & open now. I am excited to get the room painted (another Scott project - thanks honey!) before her furniture comes in a few weeks. It's all coming together! Can't believe she'll be here soon.

I'm still feeling good. My emotions are a bit of a roller coaster at times, but I guess that's to be expected. Today marks the end of my 26th week, so baby girl is about 2 pounds and 14 inches long. She's growing fast these days! Her hearing is fully developed by now, so she can hear our voices and Maddie's barks! In the next month, she'll start filling out & putting on more body fat. Thanks to everyone for your prayers & support. This has been such a fun journey to share with you all!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Week 26

As of today, I am 25 weeks and 3 days. I can't believe how fast this pregnancy is going. (I know I've said that many times, but it really is the truth!) I am still feeling great. I've been keeping up with my running... can still run 2 to 3 miles a few times per week, which feels awesome! My fruit craving has continued. Scott is amazed at the amount of fruit I eat in a week. A typical week of fruit groceries for me is a huge carton of strawberries, 7 apples, 7 oranges, a full bag of red grapes (used to be green grapes, but my craving switched around week 18) and a couple mangos or pineapple. I can't get enough fruit! Other than fruit, I crave sweets like ice cream and cake. I had an enormous sweet tooth pre-pregnancy, so the baby just gives me a convenient reason to indulge more often! Hey, the baby needs cake, too! :)

I had a great Mother's Day this year! Scott and I got to celebrate with both our moms. They are such great women, and I am excited to share in motherhood with them! My mom brought me home from the hospital on Mother's Day the year I was born. For Mother's Day this year, my mom gave me the dress she brought me home in. I plan on bringing our precious baby girl home in the same dress!

Scott also gave me a Mother's Day gift. He went shopping for our baby girl - bought her the cutest Polo sundress (yellow, since Scott thinks she has too much pink already), Puma onesies and sleepers (to match daddy's Puma gear), and a frilly dress for when she's a little older. Fun!

We both were a little teary-eyed in this pic!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Belly pics - 24 weeks

Here are some new pics of my belly progress. I'm right at 24 weeks in these photos. My belly has grown a lot in the last few weeks. In fact, the baby will double her weight in about 4 weeks. She'll go from 1 pound in week 22 to 2 pounds by the end of week 26.

Can't see much of a belly from a front view...

You can from the side view, though!

Some shirts, like this one, really emphasize the belly!

Friday, May 01, 2009

Doctor's Visit & Other Updates

Scott & I went for our monthly check-up this morning (23 weeks & 5 days today), and all is well with our baby girl! Her heartbeat sounded stronger than ever. Our doctor said it looks like we have one healthy baby girl on our hands! (Well, technically, in my belly...)

I've been feeling really excellent these past few weeks. I have lots of energy, no sickness, and I still feel good enough to run & work out. I'm so grateful this has been a smooth pregnancy, thus far. I'm praying the last trimester will go just as well!

This past weekend, we bought all her nursery furniture. It was a bit of an exhausting, yet exciting, experience. We decided to go for a chocolate brown/espresso finish. I think it'll look great with some pink bedding! Scott and I started the search a couple of weeks ago, and then my parents came with us last weekend to check out a few other stores. Scott & Dad liked testing out the rocking chairs best - ha! Buying the furniture makes it seem so much closer to her actually being here! Scott and I are SO excited for her to be here... I wish we didn't have to wait until the end of summer! But we're trying to live in the moment and enjoy these last few months of uninterrupted couple time.

A few days ago, my mom & I went shopping for maternity clothes. I've been able to borrow some from a couple people, so I don't need a lot. However, I would like to have some of the basics like capris, a couple dresses, shirts & work pants. So I picked out like 20 things to try on and stepped into the dressing room with my mom where I was greeted by.... the belly pillow!! For those of you who've had children, you know what this is. For those of you who haven't, it is essentially this pillow with a strap that you velcro around your waist to simulate how big your belly will be towards the end of your pregnancy. I put it on, and I was immediately in denial that my belly will ever be that big!! Seriously, I had to take it off because I was getting a complex. My mom thought it was hilarious! (But really, my belly won't get that big, right?!) I found a couple of "cute" things to buy (are any maternity clothes really cute or fun to buy?) ... so for those of you who need summer maternity clothes in the future, give me a call.