Baby Progress: Week 36

How far along? 36 weeks (I’ll be 37 weeks tomorrow which is “term”, but really, I’m OK if she hangs out in there until at least August 1st!)

Total weight gain/loss: about 16.5 lbs

Maternity clothes? In the words of Regina George, “Sweatpants are all that fit me right now.” I’m wearing the same 4-5 tops every week and some of those are starting to get too small. I picked up some patterned elastic waistband sleep pants off the clearance rack at Target that could be passable as trendy palazzo pants to wear in public/to doctor appointments/post-baby. (Even the top I wore in my photo this week looks admittedly ridiculous — I changed out of it pretty quickly after it was taken)

Stretch marks? Nope, but I feel like I am really being stretched lately. Not sure how much longer my skin can handle it.

Symptoms: The frequent pressure on my bladder is awful at times, especially when you’re taking multiple trips to the bathroom in a single hour. I’m also getting to the point where every twinge of pain starts to make me wonder “was that a contraction?”. She’s also up in my ribs occasionally which is uncomfortable. So generally — uncomfortable!

Sleep:  I’ve been sleeping decently (usually getting up around 3am to pee) but I still feel like I have zero energy some days. It’s almost worst than 1st trimester exhaustion because I have to carry this big belly around too.

Best moment this week: Nothing in particular, really…

Worst moment of the week: Same. Maybe a rough night of sleep here or there, but nothing awful.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Comfort. Not getting exhausted from taking a shower/standing for a brief period of time/life in general.

Movement: I think she is starting to run out of room, but her hiccups are definitely stronger. She is head down (yay!).

Food cravings: Nothing has really seemed all that appetizing lately.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: Nope

Belly Button in or out? Out

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Neither?

Looking forward to: Doing a last minute Target run for necessities, packing our hospital bag, and maybe seeing some friends if I have the energy!

Baby Progress: Week 35

How far along? 35 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: up 16 lbs

Maternity clothes? I’ve been working from home pretty frequently, so I’ve been in tanks and workout shorts mostly.

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: Leg cramps at night. Not shooting pain or anything, but just waking up and my legs feel achy like I had a really hard workout.

Sleep:  I’m exhausted by 9pm and then I’m awake tossing and turning at 3am. Not cool. Tossing and turning is even exhausting!

Best moment this week: We got off the waiting list and into a daycare! Not our #1 choice, but still a good runner-up. She has a guaranteed spot for January, and I can get my boss off my back about my exact return date.

Worst moment of the week: Just a few rough nights of sleep and some anxiety about things still left to do/thinking about labor & delivery.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Not needing to pee every 30 minutes.

Movement: Still moving a ton.

Food cravings: I had some amazing peach tea at a friend’s house the other day and now I want everything peach!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Have you started to show yet: Yes, but “not from behind” according to my hair girl. Are you supposed to look pregnant from behind? That’s the 2nd time I’ve heard that comment :P

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: Not really a true labor sign, but I had some consistent/frequent Braxton Hicks contractions the other night. Probably due to dehydration. I’ll admit that it set me into a little bit of panic/nesting mode.

Belly Button in or out? Out

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy

Looking forward to: Getting the last few items crossed off the to do list and then RELAXING. I’ve barely gone to the gym lately and am looking forward to a few weeks (hopefully) of rest before she arrives.

Baby Progress: Week 34

How far along? 34 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: about 15 lbs

Maternity clothes? I’ve been wearing mostly maxi dresses lately since I’ve been too lazy to shave my legs. Lovely, right?

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: Some back pain and stiffness. I’ll spare you the details on other new symptoms.

Sleep:  Consistently getting up to pee 1-2x per night, so I guess that’s here for good. Other than that, some light tossing and turning, but not too bad.

Best moment this week: Hanging out with friends for the 4th was great! We even got a few games of polish horseshoes in before setting off fireworks. I definitely paid for all of that excitement when the next day I needed a few naps. We set up the pack and play in our bedroom and took an infant CPR and “baby essentials” care taking class. Also I hit my weight lifting goal for the year (1 million lbs!!!). I’ll definitely be taking it easy at the gym from here on out.

Worst moment of the week: I had a bleeding scare that warranted a trip to the OB for an ultrasound. Everything turned out to be fine, but I was kind of a nervous wreck for a few hours days. They couldn’t find any reason why the bleeding was happening and it stopped a few hours later, but it was still reassuring to check things out on the ultrasound. She is measuring right at 5 lbs, has long legs, and a lot of hair already. I’ve been taking it pretty easy since then, so hopefully it’s just a one time fluke. It has kind of made me a bit paranoid that I’m going to go into labor in like…the next week…so while I have a sudden urge to nest, I know I need to relax a bit.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Being able to move around comfortably. Just sitting on the couch can be uncomfortable. I was telling my ultimate friends that I saw over the weekend that I miss being competitive!

Movement: She’s still moving a bunch, and actually I was surprised to learn during the ultrasound that she is actually head down. The large bump I’m feeling near the top of my belly must be her bubble butt. She even got a hiccup episode during the ultrasound. See? All. the. time.

Food cravings: Nothing in particular.

Anything making you queasy or sick: No

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: No, thankfully!

Belly Button in or out? Out

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’ve been pretty happy, but I can really tell that my pregnancy hormones are going into overdrive. One day I’ll feel huge, totally anxious about everything, annoyed, and other days I will have no problems telling myself that I have a cute belly and that I’ll survive labor and delivery. 

Looking forward to: My niece’s birthday party this weekend! I can’t believe she is already 1!

Baby Progress: Week 33

How far along? 33 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: About 15 lbs

Maternity clothes? I bought the dress in my weekly photo from Old Navy on Saturday. It’s comfy, but fits like a tent (WHY do so many maternity clothes fit like this? it is extremely unflattering). I used a belt from another top to cinch it in at the waist.

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: Just a few occurrences of having to pee RIGHT.THIS.SECOND. when she moves into certain positions (probably laying directly on my bladder…). Runny nose (again).

Sleep:  Sleep is OK. I’m still waking up at night when she has a hiccup episode or decides to start moving around a ton.

Best moment this week:
We purchased a bunch of things off our hidden Amazon registry for the completion discount (the prices are usually better than Target it seems). So the Amazon fairy has been very busy delivering packages to the house every day this week! So. much. stuff.

Worst moment of the week: Nothing really. I guess just being pretty sleepy.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? A massive iced coffee. Doesn’t that sound amazing in the hot summer?

Movement: Still stretching out a bit, but fewer episodes of sticking her foot into my hip, thankfully. She gets hiccup episodes 2-3x per day it seems. I think she’s still breech (or transverse) based on where I feel the hiccups.

Food cravings: Anything with sugar. Trying to stick with fruit versus candy, but I’ll have to indulge a bit for the 4th of July weekend.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really, as long as I can avoid strong smells.

Have you started to show yet: Yep

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: No
. Starting to wonder if I am going to feel some Braxton Hicks contractions soon?

Belly Button in or out? Out

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy

Looking forward to: A relaxing 4th of July weekend and organizing/finding a place to put all of our newly acquired baby gear…

Baby Progress: Week 32

How far along? 32 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Up about 15 pounds, same as last week. Eating more than a small meal is painful.

Maternity clothes? Just wearing the same old stuff, but I have been recently looking out for a pair of linen or palazzo-type pants that I can easily throw on with a t-shirt for leaving the hospital and post partum visitors. I guess they don’t necessarily need to be maternity pants, but either have an elastic waistband or ties.

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: I’ve felt very pregnant this week, if that makes sense. Definitely really starting to feel the limitations of moving around. Also an itchy belly, and it doesn’t matter how much lotion I lather on! I guess this makes sense since she should be gaining on average a 1/2 pound PER WEEK from here on out. Eep!

Sleep:  Still going to bed early and getting up early. 

Best moment this week:
We’re officially halfway through 2015 and I am at 94% of my weightlifting goal (1 million pounds). I didn’t really expect to almost be meeting my goal already (knowing that I was pregnant when I set the goal in January) but I guess a lot of leg days will get you there quickly!

Worst moment of the week: Awful acid reflux in the middle of the night after eating greasy Papa John’s pizza last weekend.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Going up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath. Tying my shoes comfortably.

Movement: Still moving around a ton. Even the midwife commented on her movement when she was checking her heartbeat via doppler at my appointment this week. She still gets into this habit of stretching out and shoving her foot (?) directly into my right hip bone which makes me wince. It doesn’t necessarily hurt, it’s just super uncomfortable. I *think* she’s still breech.

Food cravings: Ugh, nothing really. Eating has become fairly uncomfortable. Eating anything larger than a small meal just leaves me in pain. I guess she is taking up the room previously occupied by my stomach.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Certain smells this week (in the grocery store, in a parking lot) have made me feel like I’m going to be sick any second.
I’ll be so glad when that symptom of pregnancy is gone!

Have you started to show yet: Yep. Getting asked fairly frequently when I’m due.

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: No

Belly Button in or out? Out. As in out of control.

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy

Looking forward to: Hanging out with some friends a bit this weekend and then going out to dinner to celebrate David’s promotion!

Baby Progress: Week 31

How far along? 31 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: about 15 lbs

Maternity clothes? I’ve been pretty good about not buying anything new :) It was HOT in Atlanta this week, so really I’ve been wearing whatever is comfortable. Even if that means my belly is hanging out the bottom of my tank when I’m going to bed…

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: Is it possible to die from heartburn? Or overdose on Tums? Asking for a friend.

Sleep:  I’ll have a night or two of really crappy sleep and then other nights I’ll be completely fine.

Best moment this week:
Finished writing thank you cards

Worst moment of the week: David’s uncle passed away suddenly this week. He had ALS, but was only 55 years old. His aunt is also under hospice care right now and is not doing very well, so it’s a tough time for his parents.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Back squats (with the bar). Please send out a search party for my booty.

Movement: Let’s just say I feel like she’s trying to open her own yoga studio in my uterus. Certain times I wonder if she is trying to flip head down because it’s like Sigourney Weaver in “Alien”. Let’s just say it feels really…weird? And even uncomfortable at times.

Food cravings: Strawberries and french toast, but not together.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nah

Have you started to show yet: Yes. In this week’s picture I am asking myself why I thought it was a good idea to buy a maternity top with horizontal stripes???

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: No

Belly Button in or out? Out

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy

Looking forward to: Just hanging out with family for Father’s Day!

Kitchen Facelift Update

Continuing along the journey of our slowest kitchen “renovation” ever, the next big step was replacing the old Corian countertops. Most people probably don’t mind Corian since it is a solid surface material (no seams!), but our counters were in rough shape and the color made the kitchen look pretty dated. Out with the old and in with the new!

After looking at a lot of images online and in Home Depot and Lowe’s we decided on Black Pearl granite. In our area, it was priced in the high $30s up to $50 a square foot. We settled on using Legacy Granite, and they quickly came out and created the template and were ready to install the granite just a few days later.

Unfortunately WE were not ready for them that quickly. We also purchased a new gas cooktop (since it would require a custom sized cut), but quickly found out that the existing cooktop did not have a separate gas shut off valve. In order to disconnect the old cooktop we had to turn off the gas to our entire house, which was a total PITA. This is probably against code, so we had a handyman come out and install a shut off valve just for the cooktop. Problem solved!

New cooktop — Kenmore Elite gas downdraft

The actual installation of the granite turned out great, but then it was on us to put the rest of the kitchen back together. After multiple trips to Home Depot, we finally got the right parts to hook up the cooktop again (it’s a little trickier than a normal cooktop since it has a downdraft vent). Then we decided that we were not capable of DIYing putting our sink and disposal back together. We needed someone to hook up the new faucet, re-attach the garbage disposal, and re-configure all of the pipes below the sink since we had gone from a 2 bowl sink to a single bowl sink. Among all of this mess, we probably went a week and a half without a functioning sink in our kitchen. Not recommended!

New sink and faucet — Delta Leland Single-Handle Pull-Down Sprayer in Arctic Stainless. Sink was provided by the granite fabricators.

Finally the last thing to address was the dreaded “gap”. We had been warned that there would be a small gap between the bottom of the backsplash and the top of the new granite counters since they were thinner than the existing Corian. I kept thinking it wouldn’t be that big of a deal and we’d just put in some caulk and call it a day. Well the gap turned out to be more noticeable than expected. The short term solution was to cover the gap along the entire stretch of counters with a small piece of moulding. We bought the moulding, painted it and then installed it just with some strong adhesive. Eventually we would like to replace the backsplash, but it could end up being somewhat costly since it needs to be removed, the drywall needs to be replaced, and then the new backsplash would be installed.

So after all of that a simple job of replacing the counters turned into a much bigger ordeal than we originally anticipated. It was definitely worth the effort, but we were both ready to pull our hair out with one thing after another slowing us down from the “final” reveal.

Of course we have to look back at the (way) before — this is from closing day.

Closing Day

And here we are today, almost 4 years later with new wall paint, refinished floors, painted cabinets, and now new countertops, cooktop, sink and faucet.



We’ll slowly work on replacing the rest of the appliances to stainless steel since most of them are original to the house and don’t work all that well. Plus it will help break up so much of the black everywhere!

Baby Progress: Week 30

How far along? 30 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Almost 14 pounds

Maternity clothes? Just wearing the usual stuff. I am about ready to retire my maternity jeans because they just aren’t all that comfortable anymore.

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: Acne, peeing every hour, and TIRED. What is this, 1st trimester again??? Just starting to feel uncomfortable more often.

Sleep:  Sleep has been just OK. I am ready to pass out at like 9:30pm (and sometimes I do…), but then I wake up at 4:30am tossing and turning and not really falling back into a deep sleep.

Best moment this week:
My shower! It was nice and laid back. And they told me at my 30 week appointment that my placenta previa has been resolved. Woo! Baby girl is right at 3 lbs, and still breech (and I’m pretty sure I can feel where her head is, usually right next to my belly button). I am kind of bummed that I don’t get the frequent ultrasounds and updates on her size now!

Worst moment of the week: Just a random crying meltdown on Saturday afternoon after running around cleaning and trying to prep the house for the shower. Thanks pregnancy hormones! >:O

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Sleeping on my stomach

Movement: She’s still wiggling around a bunch in there, but not quite as many hiccup episodes this week

Food cravings: Anything with sugar! I basically insist on a daily sugar fix whether it’s in the form of chocolate, an ice cream sandwich, or just some fruit.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing in particular

Have you started to show yet: Yes. And getting more comments from coworkers that are along the lines of “you didn’t look pregnant a few weeks ago when I saw you”. Hopefully I don’t completely balloon out over the next 2 months because I am already uncomfortable. People who have twins or multiples, I don’t know how you do it…

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: No

Belly Button in or out? Out. Is it a faux pas that you can see my belly button through my shirt at work? Not sure what to do about that or if it grosses people out.

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: In between. I can go from happy to moody in 0.2 seconds (literally my crying meltdown was like 30 seconds after this week’s photo was taken).
Also I keep getting annoyed at people telling me how nice it will be to take 6 months off work. Did everyone fail math/calendar reading? Mid-August (and late August, more likely..) to the end of the year is barely over 4 months. I wish I were taking 6 months off!

Looking forward to: The baby’s room is a disaster zone after the shower so I’m actually looking forward to getting things put together, put away, and then working on some of the more finishing touches like wall art.

“Mom to Bee” Baby Shower

My sister and my mother-in-law put together a great shower for me this weekend. It was “bee” themed, with bee decorations, bee cupcakes, and honey favors. It was pretty laid back, which was perfect as I don’t really like a lot of attention or fuss! I ended up not taking a single photo, so I have to give lots of credit to friends and family who grabbed my camera during the festivities.

The spread — veggies and caesar salads in a cup, deli roll ups, mac and cheese bites, mini BLTs, pulled pork sandwiches, and fresh fruit

Gifts for our baby girl :)

Friend shot

Family shot

Exactly how I felt after the end of all of it! Exhausted!

Baby Progress: Week 29

How far along? 29 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: About 13.5 pounds

Maternity clothes? Wearing mostly maternity stuff, with some non-maternity dresses and fold over skirts thrown in. My maternity workout capris are starting to not fit that well, but I reallly don’t want to buy anything else.

Stretch marks? Nope.

Symptoms: A little more tired lately and definitely getting out of breath quicker when I’m working out and going up and down the stairs. A little bit of heartburn. Growing pains/and general uncomfortable-ness occasionally.

Sleep:  Sleep has been fine, actually. Little miss hiccups is functioning as my internal alarm clock these days.

Best moment this week:
Nothing in particular?

Worst moment of the week: Again, nothing in particular. Just an ordinary week :P

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Tying my shoelaces without feeling like I am going to pass out from not being able to breathe!

Movement: Still bouncing around in there. I’m trying to figure out what position she is in based on the movement, but I’m not sure.

Food cravings: French toast! I finally made some the other day since our cooktop is back in business.

Anything making you queasy or sick: David was watching one of those real-life medical shows on TV and it just really grossed me out. I am not normally TOO bothered by those things, but it was just eww.

Have you started to show yet: Yes, and getting a lot more comments about it too. I just got a comment this week from a coworker who hadn’t seen me in a couple of weeks that noticed my bump. When I told her I was due in mid August she was pretty surprised. I know I am not huge but I am definitely starting to *feel* much bigger lately. I’m curious to know what my 30 week ultrasound will have her weighing in at. Also got another “hey momma” cat call walking into Target (*eye roll*) and then TWO comments along the lines of “It’s a boy, right? Since you’re carrying small.” Ermmm sorry, you’re wrong. Awkward.

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: No

Belly Button in or out? Out I guess? I don’t know, it just looks weird but since it’s showing through my shirts I guess that’s an outie.

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy

Looking forward to: My shower!