Tuesday, August 25, 2015

baby bump #2: week 35


this week...

I'm finding myself moving slower and slower, and being less and less productive. It's really hard to accept the fact that I can't get much done without needing a rest, but I need to. I'm trying to tell myself that the dishes don't NEED to be put away instantly, clothes don't NEED to be folded right away, and the chaos of our house is only temporary. It's just hard to listen to myself. :) 

size of baby?

what's going on in there?

Baby's kidneys are completely developed, his liver is functional and his brain power continues to grow! Baby is about as long as he'll get in utero, but he's continuing to gain weight - he's up to 15% body fat percentage! He should also be moving into the head down position to prepare for labor!

maternity clothes? 

I'm officially over maternity clothes. I'm ready to wear "real" clothes again. That being said, I really have liked my maternity "style" this time around, and can't wait to share my last maternity Stitch Fix with you!

stretch marks? 

None yet. 

movement? 

All. The. Time. It's starting to feel painful at times, and you can definitely tell that little guy is running out of room!

food cravings? 

Nothing? As in I don't really want to eat anything. This week all that appeals to me is juice and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Oh, and mountain dew. Because this child needs more energy to squiggle around in there!!!

anything making you queasy or sick? 

Thankfully, no. 

what I miss? 

I miss being able to work at "full speed". Slow and steady Carolyn isn't my style. :) 

nausea/vomiting?  

Thank goodness, no. 

symptoms? 

Giant belly, sore abdomen, lots of stretching, LOTS of acid reflux, insomnia/exhaustion, Braxton Hicks contractions, lightning crotch, sore hips and joints, and LOTS of hormones. 

labor signs? 

Lots of Braxton Hicks, along with lots of other weird sensations in the lower abdomen/crotch area. 

gender? 

Another boy!

belly button in or out?

In, but flat. 

wedding rings on or off? 

Off, but it still fits! 

sleep?

I love naps. I seem to sleep better/harder during naps than I do at night. Between crazy dreams, insomnia, bathroom breaks and trying to get comfortable, lots of nighttime sleep is wasted. 

what I'm looking forward to?

THE STATE FAIR! I'm going bright and early Thursday morning with my dad, just like we do every year. I can't wait! There's going to have to be lots of sitting on benches to rest, but I wouldn't miss it! We also have an ultrasound next week, and I'm so excited to see baby boy, and to find out just how big he is. That'll help us plan for his arrival!

Here's a little comparison of how the baby bump has changed in the past 20 weeks!



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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

baby bump #2: week 34


this week...

I'm totally in recovery mode this week. My body is EXHAUSTED from our busy lives, and especially from my sister's big wedding weekend! It has all been worth it, but mama needs a nap! We don't have much on the agenda for this weekend, and I am pumped about that!

Baby is doing well. As of the last doctor's appointment, he's measuring at 38 weeks and is a mover and a shaker. We have an ultrasound on 9/1 to check in on him, and I can't wait!

size of baby?

what's going on in there?

Baby's skin is no longer see-through, and he's getting more and more fat layers, which will help him regulate his body temperature after birth! His lungs are continuing to mature, and his fingernails now reach the end of his fingertips! The lanugo is shedding, and vernix (a waxy protective coating) is getting thicker. 

maternity clothes? 

I'm definitely over the stretchy maternity clothes. I live in t-shirts and comfy shorts at home, and can't wait until I can wear a structured shirt and button my pants again. :) And wear a sweatshirt! Even with the cooler temps the past couple days, my little baby heater in there doesn't let me feel cool ever! :)

stretch marks? 

None yet!

movement? 

All day every day. He is a little busy body.

food cravings? 

Chocolate milk and Jimmy John's veggie sandwiches lead the pack this week. I also had a hot chocolate from Caribou, and it was heavenly. 

anything making you queasy or sick? 

Nope.

what I miss? 

Being normal. I LOVE being pregnant, but it's definitely hard at the end, and I can't wait to be able to do everything the way I can normally do it. No loss of breath, no leg cramps, no limited strength - back to normal. :) 

nausea/vomiting?  

Thankfully, no. 

symptoms? 

Every growing baby bump, lots of aches and pains, acid reflux, Braxton Hicks contractions, lightening, leg cramps, loss of appetite, exhaustion/insomnia, lots of bathroom breaks and some slight swelling. 

So glamorous. :) 

labor signs? 

Lots of Braxton Hicks, and my cervix is starting to soften, but nothing to serious... yet. :) 

gender? 

Another little boy!

belly button in or out?

In, but flat and stretched. 

wedding rings on or off? 

It's off, but I can still get it on when I want. Mostly I don't wear it because it feels annoying, and I'm paranoid about it getting stuck. 

sleep?

Can't get enough. I want to sleep all day, and when I finally get the chance, I lay there wide awake. 

what I'm looking forward to?

The State Fair is next week!!!! I can't wait! It's one of my favorite parts of summer, and I'm going, even if it hurts to walk! :) 

Here's a little comparison of how the baby bump has changed in the past 20 weeks!



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Friday, August 14, 2015

my sister's getting married.

My little sister is getting married tomorrow. I am not sure how it's possible that she's old enough to be getting married, because then we need to talk about how old I'm getting, but I'm so very excited for her. Parry is her perfect match, and I know that they are going to have such a happy life together! 

With weddings come lots of festivities! There's wedding dress & bridesmaids dress shopping, bridal showers and bachelorette parties! I tried my best to document all of these special moments for her, and now it's time for a photo dump post! Enjoy all the wedding festivities! :) 

Ginny gathered all of her bridesmaids together, and we went on a hunt for the perfect wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses. We had a whole day planned - 4 appointments, but we ended up only needing the first one! Ginny found her perfect dress, and we found awesome bridesmaids dresses that will complement her wedding so well. I can't post too many pictures, because I don't want to spoil the dress surprise, but it was such a special day!


I drove down to the small town where she lives to attend a shower thrown by Parry's family. It was such a sweet shower, and it was so much fun meeting so many of Parry's family members. 
(it's such a fun coincidence that both of our showers were blue and orange!!!)


I hosted an intimate shower for some of her closest friends and our local family. Unfortunately most of our family was unable to make it on the day of, but we had so much fun with our little crowd. I wanted to incorporate her wedding colors - blue and orange - which she loves so much, and wanted lots of flower and vintage metal details. I forgot to take very detailed pictures of all the decor, but it turned out so pretty. She loved it, which is the most important part! My sweet friend Melissa, who is practically a sister to Ginny, offered to help host the shower with me, and I could not have done it without her! 


 Throwing my sister a bachelorette party has had to be the strangest part of her wedding adventure. She's 6 years younger than me, which means the party attendees are all 6 years younger than me, and I am very pregnant. Being an "old" lady, growing a human and planning a party in a place I've never really partied at - well it wasn't the easiest thing. But the most important part for me was that Ginny have a blast. We rented a "party van", headed to Lake Shetak for an afternoon boat cruise, opened presents and got glammed up at Ginny's house after, and then they all headed to the bars for a night on the town. I was the "party van" driver, so while they were at the bar I took a nap, and when I got the call, I headed into town to pick up the party girls. Even if I was the old, pregnant, uncool lady at the party, I'm so glad that I was able to give my sister the awesome bachelorette party she deserves!! 




Today, we're headed down to the small town where Ginny is starting her married life. We'll celebrate at the rehearsal dinner, and our whole family will stay at Ginny's house for one last Almquist night together. Then, I'll put on my bridesmaid dress, help Ginny into her wedding dress and help her celebrate one of the most exciting moments in her life. 

I plan on saying lots of sappy things this weekend, but I thought I'd write a quick little letter to my little sister on the day before her wedding day. 



Dear Ginny,

I'm not sure how we got this grown up, but here we are. To say I'm excited for you would be a pretty big understatement. Getting married and starting a family with the man I love has been the best thing I've ever done, and I know that you're going to feel the same way. Parry complements you in ways that I never even knew were possible, and I know you're going to be so very happy together. My biggest piece of advice is to enjoy this stage of your life. I know you're so excited to start the "family" stage, but enjoy the newlywed stage. It's special, and it only happens once in your life. Your wedding day is going to fly by, but let it soak in as much as possible. Steal little moments with your husband, enjoy your day, and most importantly...

Let's party! :)

Love you lots,

Carolyn 




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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

baby bump #2: week 33



this week...

We had our maternity photos this past weekend, and Sara Jayne did a phenomenal job, as always! I'm so grateful to have such a talented photographer and friend!!! I can't wait to share the pictures!

This coming weekend, my baby sister gets married! This whole pregnancy, I thought about how Ginny's wedding was at the end of my pregnancy, and now it's here!! CRAZY!

size of baby?

what's going on in there?

Baby boy's skeleton is hardening, but the skull bones won't fuse completely together until later. Baby can tell the difference between day and night because the uterine walls are becoming thinner, and more light is penetrating the womb. Baby keeps his eyes closed while sleeping, and open while awake now! His immune system is developed enough to protect him from mild infections, and his brain can now control his body temperature! Baby is busy swallowing, yawning and practicing breathing!

maternity clothes? 

I bought a dress for maternity pictures (above) and for the rehearsal dinner on Friday, but other than that, I'm not buying anything else for this pregnancy. I am definitely glad that I invested in some clothes I actually liked for this pregnancy, but I'm still sick of them! I'm ready to zip my pants, not worry about my shirt showing my belly and being able to put shoes on by myself. :) 

stretch marks? 

Not yet. My stomach looks really stretched, so I'm sure I'll have some light ones after I give birth, just like with Weston, but I'm hoping they disappear like they did the first time!

movement? 

All. Day. Every. Day.

food cravings? 

Veggie sandwiches from Jimmy Johns, juice, chocolate milk and ice cream. That's it. :) 

anything making you queasy or sick? 

Thankfully, no.

what I miss? 

I don't really miss anything right now. Except maybe being able to bend over like a normal person?...

nausea/vomiting?  

Nope.

symptoms? 

Growing belly, tender boobs, swelling in my feet and hands, non-stop acid reflux, sleepiness and insomnia, crazy forgetfulness, really sore hip joints, really sore crotch area (tmi?) and feeling like baby is going to fall out the bottom!

labor signs? 

None yet. Braxton Hicks contractions are happening more regularly, and are sometimes even painful, but nothing for real yet. 

gender? 

Boy boy boy boy!

belly button in or out?

In, but really flat.

wedding rings on or off? 

Still fits, but gets tight when I'm outside a lot. I honestly don't even think about wearing it most days...

sleep?

I get so sleepy, and when I actually go to sleep... can't do it. I lay in bed awake, tossing and turning so much. Ugh.

what I'm looking forward to?

My sister's wedding! The State Fair! Meeting baby boy! Maternity leave!

Here's a little comparison of how the baby bump has changed in the past 20 weeks!



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Thursday, August 6, 2015

baby bump #2: week 32


this week...

This past week has been pretty great. We made progress on the basement, and I got to celebrate baby Roe with a few of my closest friends at a sprinkle that Kristin threw for me. I'm so grateful to have so many people in our lives that genuinely care about us and can't wait to meet little man!!

size of baby?

what's going on in there?

Baby boy's skeletal muscles are growing stronger and his bones are hardening! He has toenails and fingernails, and his lanugo hair is starting to shed. His little digestive system is all ready to go, and he's sleeping like a baby - with sleep cycles of 20-40 minutes! His little hair is growing in, and is developing color! (come on redhead!!) :)

maternity clothes? 

I'm over maternity clothes. I don't want any more, and I'm ready to wear "real" clothes again. :) I want to zip and button my pants, wear shirts with some structure and be able to bend over and put shoes on without getting winded. 

stretch marks? 

Not yet. 

movement? 

All day every day! This little guy is a MOVER.

food cravings? 

Chocolate milk, ice cream and juice. Nothing else sounds good to me. 

anything making you queasy or sick? 

Thankfully no.

what I miss? 

I miss being able to do everything. This basement renovation is so hard... I just want to get in there and help Jake, but there are things I can't do since I'm pregnant. Not good at sitting on the sidelines!

nausea/vomiting?  

None, thank goodness!

symptoms? 

Growing belly, lots of acid reflux, lots of baby movement, Braxton Hicks contractions, no appetite, bouts of exhaustion and insomnia, slight swelling and OCD nesting. I also am having LOTS of soreness in my crotch area (tmi?). I didn't ever really have that with Weston, but I find it hurting to walk very far at all. Fun fun. :) 

labor signs? 

Not really. I tend to have Braxton Hicks contractions at the end of the day, but nothing regular enough to worry about. 

gender? 

Boy boy boy!

belly button in or out?

In, but flat.

wedding rings on or off? 

Still fits, but it's off most of the time.

sleep?

According to my FitBit, I'm averaging 4-5 hours of sleep, and am laying down for 8 hours of sleep. Lots of tossing and turning, along with a bathroom break or two. The other night, I spent an hour researching places to have Weston's birthday at 5am.

what I'm looking forward to?

MATERNITY PICTURES!!! The so very talented Sara Jayne is taking our maternity pictures this weekend, and I can't wait! I love that she does such an amazing job of capturing our little family!!

Here's a little comparison of how the baby bump has changed in the past 20 weeks!






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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Evergreens & Lace Boutique giveaway winner!

WE HAVE A WINNER!


Alison from Our Life & Times is the winner of the Evergreens & Lace Boutique giveaway! 
Delainey is going to look so adorable in her headbands - can't wait to see what you pick!! :) 

For all of you that entered, but didn't win, make sure to check Evergreens & Lace out again, and maybe buy your little one a cute headband!!!!




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Monday, August 3, 2015

maternity stitch fix #3 {review}


I'm back with my third maternity Stitch Fix, which I actually received about a month ago. I just haven't had time to blog about it... OOPS! Also - I need to apologize for the horrible photo quality. I haven't had time to take the pictures except when it's dark, and there is one wall in my house not filled with boxes due to our basement renovation (that wall has now been filled too! UGH!) so I just didn't have a choice but to share the crappy colored photos. Sorry!

Anyway... for this Fix, I was looking for some maternity photo options. I ended up not using any of these items for the maternity photos, (isn't that how it always happens??) but here's what I received:


Octavia Henry Birds on Branch Infinity Scarf - sent back

This scarf was SO CLOSE to being kept. It's the perfect color for my closet, and it's so soft!! But, I told myself I didn't need it because I have 50 bazillion scarves, and don't really need another one. That being said... I see this picture and I kind of wish I had kept it. :)


Loveappella Maternity Azalea Cold Shoulder Maternity Knit Top - sent back

I LOVE the color of this shirt, and actually, I really like the fit of it as well. If only it hadn't had the shoulder cutouts. I am just not a fan of that style, and there's no getting around it. 


Loveappella Maternity Lillith Maternity Dress - sent back

This dress is actually a great simple stretchy maternity dress, and there's interesting shoulder details on it, but I just don't need another simple stretchy dress. And - it was pretty see-through. See-through + not needed = send it back. 


Full Moon Dacey Lace Overlay Maternity Knit Top - kept

I literally squealed when I pulled this one out of the box. I'm a sucker for lace, and the fit is absolutely perfect. Also - as an added bonus, I am pretty sure I'll be able to wear it with leggings after baby boy gets here. Perfect!!!


Full Moon Aldrich Crochet Back Maternity Knit Top - sent back

As much as I love lace details, I'm not a huge fan of crochet details. Between the chunky crochet and the blue ribbed fabric, this shirt just wasn't for me. Plus, it was too big, and not flattering at all. Sent back!

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