Tuesday, July 28, 2015

baby bump #2: week 31

(looking a little extra tired today, after a crazy bachelorette weekend with my sister!)

this week...

I'm recovering from spending all day Saturday with a bunch of 24 year olds celebrating my sister getting married. I hosted her bachelorette party in small town Minnesota, and while it was so fun seeing her have so much fun, 30 year old preggos should not go to bachelorette parties. :) I got to drive the "party van" and was happy to be the sober cab, but mama needs a nap now!!!

size of baby?

what's going on in there?

Baby boy is gaining more and more weight, he'll double in weight by birth! His skin is becoming more pink in color, and he can perceive information from all five senses!

maternity clothes? 

I'm at the tough place where I'm sick of all my maternity clothes, but I don't want to spend any more money on new maternity clothes since I'm "so close to the end". I have one more Stitch Fix coming (this week!) and after that, I think I'm done!

stretch marks? 

Not so far!

movement? 

All day every day. This little dude is a BUSY BODY!

food cravings? 

Pretty much only want to eat ice cream, and drink juice and chocolate milk. 

anything making you queasy or sick? 

Thankfully, no!

what I miss? 

Not much. I wish there was more time in my day and I had more energy to get things done, but that's the case when I'm not pregnant too! HAHA

nausea/vomiting?  

Thank goodness, no.

symptoms? 

Growing belly, lots of acid reflux, lots of movement, hip/joint pain, lightening feelings (ouch!), slight swelling, rotating between exhaustion and insomnia, nesting OCD like crazy and all kinds of emotions. :)

labor signs? 

None yet. 

gender? 

Boy boy boy!

belly button in or out?

Still in, but it's flat!

wedding rings on or off? 

Off the majority of the time, because I'm so paranoid about swelling.

sleep?

I get SO TIRED at about 9pm, and then when I actually try to go to bed... wide awake. According to my Fitbit, I'm averaging 4.5-5 hours of actual sleep a night. No wonder I crash in the afternoon!!!

what I'm looking forward to?

All the exciting stuff happening - sprinkle with the girlfriends, maternity pictures with Sara Jayne, making progress on the basement, the state fair, Weston turning 2 (!!!!!), and then meeting baby boy!!! Such a crazy couple months ahead of us!

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





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Friday, July 24, 2015

baby bump #2: week 30


this week...

For some reason, 30 weeks seems like baby is getting here TOMORROW. When really, there's still 10 more weeks. But hitting week 30 made my nesting go into overdrive, that's for sure! 

size of baby?

what's going on in there?

Baby's brain is getting wrinkly from all the new brain tissue, and his skin continues to get smoother as he chunks up! Baby's bone marrow has taken over production of red blood cells, and his bones are starting to harden and store iron, phosphorus and calcium. Baby's lanugo (soft, downy hair) is starting to disappear, because baby's fat and brain are regulating his body temperature. Baby is strong enough to grasp a finger, and is hiccuping as he continues to practice breathing!

maternity clothes? 

Trying to squeeze into some non-maternity shirts (like the one above) and it works, kind of. They're a little short but I needed to change it up some. :) 

stretch marks? 

Not yet!

movement? 

ALL THE TIME. This child never stops moving.

food cravings? 

More like never hungry. The only thing that ever sounds good to me is ice cream. And juice. So healthy. 

anything making you queasy or sick? 

Thankfully no.

what I miss? 

I miss not feeling a sense of urgency. We're so busy, and we crazily started this basement project, which I'm SO excited about, but I feel like we need to do it RIGHT THIS SECOND because this baby is coming.

nausea/vomiting?  

Nope.

symptoms? 

Growing belly, lots of acid reflux, braxton hicks contractions, round ligament pain, a little swelling, some lightening, no appetite and a little insomnia. Pregnancy is glorious, isn't it? :)

labor signs? 

None yet. 

gender? 

BOY MOM!

belly button in or out?

In, but getting stretched and flat.

wedding rings on or off? 

Both. I can still wear it, but I'm so paranoid about swelling that I usually don't, unless I'm getting dressed up for something.

sleep?

Sometimes I sleep like a rock (on the couch when I'm trying to watch a show/movie) and sometimes I just lay there awake (when I'm trying to go to bed).

what I'm looking forward to?

My sister's bachelorette party is this weekend, and I'm excited to celebrate her. (not as excited to be the old preggo at the party!) I have a sprinkle next weekend (hosted by my Beeb!) and maternity pictures in two weeks! EEK!!!! :)

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






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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Evergreens & Lace Boutique {review & giveaway}

I always love sharing handmade shops with you, and today's is extra special! 

Jake's cousin Rachel owns Evergreens & Lace Boutique, and makes the most adorable accessories for both kids and adults! 


Rachel has four kids, three of them being girls, so she knows something about how little girls like to accessorize. 
She finds the cutest materials, and transforms them into pieces every girl will want to wear!


She has so many options to choose from. You can get headbands, hair ties, necklaces and even mommy & me sets (includes coordinating headband for both mommy and daughter, or a coordinating headband and a bowtie for mommy and son!). She's also great about doing custom orders, so if you have an idea, I'm sure she'll be able to help you with it!

When we had our gender reveal party, Rachel was sweet enough to give me a maternity sash and matching bow tie (she had a girl option stashed away as well!) and it's so pretty! 


Now that you're all itching to buy a headband... here's the best part! 
Rachel is offering up $15 in shop credit to one lucky LL&PP reader!

Enter below!




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Sunday, July 19, 2015

back in the fitbit club!!!

During pregnancy, I'm known to do a couple things. 

#1: take all accessories off as soon as I get home. 

#2: be extremely forgetful.

Those two don't mix very well, and unfortunately, my Fitbit was a casualty. I don't know if I lost it or if Weston "put it away" for me somewhere, but I can't find it. I've looked everywhere, and I miss it terribly. 

Luckily, I have an awesome husband, who surprised me with this beauty!


She's a pretty plum color, she tracks flights of stairs and my heartrate, and she's fully charged! 

YAY!!

Let's see how many steps this crazy forgetful preggo can go. :) Watch out Fitbit friends!! 


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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

baby bump #2: week 29


this week...

This week's been a little rough. I pushed myself a little too hard, and had to spend most of the weekend sleeping and recovering. It wasn't fun, and definitely reminded me that I need to be a little more careful with my activities while growing my baby humans. :) That being said, I feel a lot better now, but I definitely need to move slower these days. 

size of baby?

what's going on in there?

Baby's skin is continuing to smooth out as he gains more weight, and the buds for his permanent teeth are forming in his gums! His head is growing to make room for his developing brain!

maternity clothes? 

I'm getting to the point where I don't want to buy any more maternity clothes. The only thing I want to buy now is things I can potentially wear AFTER pregnancy. I'm guessing I'm going to get really sick of the clothes I have by the end, but I'll survive. :) 

stretch marks? 

None yet. 

movement? 

SO MUCH MOVEMENT! He pretty much never stops, which is so different from Weston! Weston moved certain times of the day, but this little guy never stops. I love feeling his movements, even if most of the time it's on my bladder!

food cravings? 

Pretty much the only thing I want to eat is ice cream. I have random cravings, but mostly... just ice cream!

anything making you queasy or sick? 

Just me overworking myself.

what I miss? 

I miss being able to do everything I can do when I'm not pregnant. I don't handle "taking it easy" very well, but I need to do it sometimes.

nausea/vomiting?  

Thankfully, no. Just not really hungry.

symptoms? 

Growing belly, tons of movement, non-stop acid reflux, and super sore ligaments. This baby sits so low, and while it's nice not having him up in my lungs and ribcage, having him play kickball with my bladder all the time and feeling like he's about to fall out when I'm walking isn't always pleasant.

labor signs? 

None yet. 

gender? 

Boy!

belly button in or out?

In, but getting stretched out and flat.

wedding rings on or off? 

It still fits, but I find myself not putting it on as much, because I'm so scared of swelling.

sleep?

My acid reflux is getting so bad that I think I'm going to have to start sleeping sitting up with pillows from now on. Not the most comfortable way to sleep, but it's better than feeling like my throat is on fire all night.

what I'm looking forward to?

My sister's bachelorette party is next weekend, and even though I know I'm going to feel like the old (and pregnant) lady with all of her friends, I'm so excited to celebrate with her!

I'm also super excited that our basement is over halfway demoed! We plan on getting another dumpster in the next week or so and finish our demo. Then we get to start finishing it! YAY!!!

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




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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

baby bump #2: week 28


this week...

HOLY CRAP. I'm in my third trimester. Not sure where this pregnancy has gone, but it's certainly flying by!!! I'm definitely having the "need to get everything done now!" feelings, which is overwhelming when I start looking at our to do list. I know everything that needs to get done will, and we'll survive, but it's not easy to calm this crazy nesting preggo down. :)

size of baby?

what's going on in there?

Baby's immune system is continuing to mature, and baby's lungs are still practicing breathing in amniotic fluid! Baby can blink his eyes, and has lashes! He may be dreaming now! Baby's brain is getting smarter... billions of neurons are developing in his brain! Baby is adding more body fat in preparation for life outside the womb!

maternity clothes? 

I'm pretty much done buying maternity clothes I think. I have a good assortment, and plan on just getting really sick of the clothes I have until baby boy gets here. I do need to buy an outfit for maternity photos, but I think that's it!

stretch marks? 

None yet.

movement? 

All day every day! If pregnancy movement is any inclination, this kid is never sitting still and never sleeping.

food cravings? 

Ice cream is pretty much all that sounds good right now. 

anything making you queasy or sick? 

Thankfully, no.

what I miss? 

Being able to walk up a flight of stairs without completely losing my breath. It's crazy how carrying a teeny human can affect the way you breathe so much!

nausea/vomiting?  

None - thankfully!

symptoms? 

Growing belly, lots of pain in my lower abdomen/hip area when I walk to much, non-stop movement, lots of acid reflux, slight swelling at the end of the day and severe nesting!!!!!

labor signs? 

None yet. 

gender? 

BOY!

belly button in or out?

In, but pretty flat.

wedding rings on or off? 

On, but honestly not all that often. It's more of a comfort thing than a fit thing, jewelry in general seems to annoy me right now.

sleep?

Can't get enough. I've officially started getting up at least once (usually twice) every night to go to the bathroom.

what I'm looking forward to?

Hopefully getting started on the basement! Jake and I are going to get our permits this morning (wish us luck!) and then we're hosting a demo party this weekend! If you're in the Twin Cities and would like to help break down some walls, feel free to stop by! :)

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


 




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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

baby bump #2: week 27


this week...

I'm in my last week of my second trimester. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?!?! This pregnancy has completely flown by, and I'm in complete denial that in just three months, we'll have our second little boy here! CRAZY!

Speaking of this little guy... he's a mover and a shaker! Weston had his periods each day that he'd move a lot, but this one seems to move all day, every day! Even when I'm walking or being active, he's wiggling! Crazy! I'll be interested to see what his little personality is like!

size of baby?

what's going on in there?

Baby is practicing inhaling and exhaling, opening and closing his eyes and may be sucking his thumb! His hearing development is progressing, and he may recognize mommy and daddy's voices! Baby is showing brain activity, and is gaining muscle tone from all of his moving around!

maternity clothes? 

This week's bump picture shirt is actually a recent non-maternity top, but it definitely won't be fitting until the end!

stretch marks? 

None. 

movement? 

Mover and a shaker - all day every day! What a busy little dude I have growing in there!

food cravings? 

ICE CREAM. That's pretty much it. I really wanted some french toast this weekend, which was delightful BTW!

anything making you queasy or sick? 

Thankfully, no.

what I miss? 

Not really missing anything this week. Pregnancy has been pretty smooth sailing, and summer is always so busy, which makes it easy to have fun!

nausea/vomiting?  

Thank goodness no!

symptoms? 

Growing belly, slight swelling of feet and hands, lots of acid reflux and the inability to stay up past 9pm. I have also been having some lower back and leg pain - more sore than pain, but not fun either way! I've been trying to put my feet up throughout the day, but it's not really doing much.

labor signs? 

None yet. 

gender? 

BOY!

belly button in or out?

In.

wedding rings on or off? 

On, but barely. I have a feeling it won't make it much past the third trimester.

sleep?

Glorious sleep. When I fall asleep, I am OUT. Jake woke me up when I was sleeping on the couch this past week, and apparently he had to call my name several times before I heard him.

what I'm looking forward to?

The long holiday weekend! Lots of time for being at home, hanging with Weston and hopefully working on the basement!

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






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