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36 Weeks

12/20/2017

Well, here it is. The final countdown. We have our 37 week appointment this Thursday and as of last week I’m 1cm dilated and around 70% effaced (TMI, whatevs). I know there is a good chance I can stay like this for a couple of weeks, but I am personally feeling that I’m going to have this little one sooner rather than later.

There’s been a lot going on since my last pregnancy update. We finished the nursery and after a brief health scare with the baby that resulted in a few extra ultrasounds, we were able to breathe a sigh of relief after our last ultrasound came back normal (we were even blessed with a 3D image of our little one).

Work has been keeping me very preoccupied but as I transition my workload to my fabulous co-workers, I’m getting very anxious for Baby Mack’s impending arrival. Nesting has kicked in full force at our house, though I wish it would have kicked in more with my own stuff (putting shoes and clean laundry away will never be a top priority…but maybe that will change with baby’s arrival…one can only hope).

Since my last update, we’ve had three baby showers. My co-workers threw me a shower, as did my side (a brunch theme) and then another shower hosted by Cody’s side of the family (a skating theme). Baby Mack is a very loved baby and we are very blessed!

My aunt and mom hosted my baby shower, they were able to pull my Pinterest board to life and my love of any and all breakfast food. I’m just slightly bummed I missed out on the mimosa bar!

Cody comes from a hockey background, so his family threw us a skating themed baby shower! They even recreated a cake he had at his baptism almost 30 years ago!

Last, but not least, my co-workers threw me and my fellow pregnant co-worker the cutest shower at our office!

Here’s a quick update on my pregnancy right now:

What I’m Wearing:

Here are a few iPhone snaps from the past few weeks. I’ve been documenting the bump every week, but here’s a snippet of some of my day-to-day outfits.

31 Weeks:

35 Weeks:

As of the last two weeks and for the foreseeable future, leggings, t-shirts, and tunic sweaters. The thought of putting on maternity jeans makes me cringe. Just within the last few days I’ve started to swell, so I’ll be living in my slippers and slip-on flats. I ended up picking up a maternity sweater dress from Old Navy and wore it to all of my showers!

Throughout this pregnancy, my favorite (affordable) maternity brands I kept turning to were Ingrid and Isabel (both the regular label and the line for Target), Old Navy, and a few essentials off of Poshmark that were in good condition. I picked up multiple styles of jeans (dark wash, a distressed pair, a black pair, and boyfriend jeans) that I wore towards the end of my first trimester, all second trimester, and into my third trimester. Most tops came from Target, I picked up a few sweaters and then some basic maternity crew neck tees that were much longer than what I currently had in my closet.

What I’m Loving:

Baby Kicks: I think I’ll miss Baby Mack moving around the most once they are on the outside. Though it’s rather odd at times, seeing them stick out their foot or bottom is entertaining to say the least. I will be happy once that bottom is slightly lower and not digging into my rib cage.

Cravings: The past few weeks I’ve been on a cinnamon roll kick followed up with celery with peanut butter. The Christmas sugar cookies sure seem to hit the spot these days as well.

The Bump: The bump is here and is only getting bigger. I feel like I’ve dropped, the baby has been heads down since my 28 week appointment. I officially need help getting out of bed and off the couch. Putting shoes, pants, etc. on is a challenge.

Prepping for Baby: 

The nursery is complete (see the full tour here)! Our chair FINALLY arrived last week and I can’t wait to put it to use.  We’ve installed the car seats, the hospital bags have been packed, and now we wait!

I’ve finished ZERO pregnancy books and I don’t feel bad about it at all. I’ll read up on sleep training when the time comes, but for now, we will figure it out as we go.

What I’m Struggling With:

Heartburn: As I said previously, I’ve never experienced heartburn before in my life until the end of my second trimester. There have been some nights where I can’t sleep or wake up because of it. I hope it goes away with Baby’s arrival.

Sleep: HA. I’ve been consistently getting up at least once a night to go to the bathroom. Typically around 2:30am and again around 4am. If that’s the baby’s schedule once they are here, at least I’ll be prepared. It usually takes me awhile to get back to sleep. I’ve been trying not to check my phone at those times, because it just keeps me awake longer.

Emotional: Watching any video related to birth, birth stories, moms or dads talking about their little ones will turn on the tears. I know I’ll only get more emotional as we inch closer to our due date and once baby is finally here in our arms!

We are less than three weeks away from our due date and I can’t wait until he or she makes their appearance! If I don’t post until after baby, I’m wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Fashion / Life

26 Weeks

10/11/2017

Old Navy Swing Dress (non-maternity) | Steve Madden Booties (old, similar here) | Rarest Rainbow Necklace, Bracelet, and Earrings (c/o)

I wish I could be more timely with these updates, but thus is life. I’m officially in my 26th week and officially past the sixth month mark. I feel like my second trimester has really flown by, unlike my first (which could be because you are keeping a secret for the majority of your first trimester).

We had our twenty week appointment and got to see the little one up close for the first time with all ten fingers, toes, and even their sweet little profile. There’s one image that they printed for us that shows Baby Mack’s little button nose and lips. I melt every time I look at the sonogram. As I’ve mentioned before, we aren’t finding out the gender, but that didn’t stop me from trying to figure it out during the ultrasound. Don’t worry, I wasn’t able to see anything. They gave the envelope to Cody and he has it hidden somewhere in our house. I’d like to say that it’s sheer willpower that I haven’t searched for it, but I honestly don’t mind not knowing.

I have to have a third ultrasound in two weeks to follow up on a few things they noted on the 20 week ultrasound, so while I’m trying to keep my nerves at bay (the doctors aren’t too concerned, just taking some precautions) and we get to see Baby Mack at least one more time before their arrival.

At my 24 week appointment, I had to take the the dreaded glucola test. I thought it was going to be this horrible drink, but it was more like a shot of fruit punch. The horrible part was the waiting..did you pass (a letter in the mail) or did you fail (phone call the next day)? Thank goodness I passed!

Here’s a quick update on my pregnancy right now:

What I’m Wearing

I’m strictly wearing maternity clothes at this point. I feel like I’m carrying a little lower which makes wearing anything tight under the belly really uncomfortable, so I’m gravitating to leggings and the jeans that I have that offer a full panel support. The temperatures are starting to drop so you soon will see me living in leggings and cozy sweaters. I picked up the dress you see me wearing in this post in multiple colors, it’s so soft and comfortable and won’t dig into my stomach at all.

What I’m Loving

Baby Kicks: Kicks (or punches) are happening with full force. Within the last few days the kicks have become even more frequent and it still catches me off guard, especially when it feels like they are rolling around vs. just a kick or a punch. I love it, but it’s still so crazy to think about Baby Mack trying to find a comfortable position within such a ‘small’ space.

Cravings & Aversions: I’m finally able to eat all my favorite foods again – I even had steak at the wedding I was at this past weekend. I’ve recently swapped out my love for peaches for anything apple related – applesauce, apple cider, sliced apples, I’m here for it all.

A Growing Bump: I’ve fully embraced my bump and love showing it off. I’ve started to experience people coming up to me and touching the bump. So far, it’s been people I know, no strangers yet. I love looking at pictures from even two weeks ago and see how much my bump is growing. It just shows that Baby Mack is getting bigger and stronger week by week!

 

Prepping for Baby

What I’m Reading: Still only a little ways through Brining Up Bébé, but staying up-to-date on what to expect each week with my bump apps on my phone. I’ve been following a few more mom bloggers, I love following along with their journeys including both the ups and downs!

Nursery: Slowly but surely coming together. The room has been painted (both walls and trim), dresser and crib have been built. Now it’s onto the accessories and decor. The rug should be in within the next few weeks and then it’s just waiting on the chair (which for some reason had a 9-12 week lead time). I’m working on a blog post filled with before photos and progress photos. Hopeful to do a full reveal post in November!

Registry: I ended up registering at Target, Buy Buy Baby, and Amazon. I think I have the big things covered, but keeping everything is neutral and have registered for zero clothes. I would say this has been the HARDEST part of not finding out the gender. Stores don’t make it easy to shop for gender neutral baby clothes!

What I’m Struggling With

Breakouts: I ended up adding a few charcoal products to my arsenal and have started to notice a difference in my skin. If you are struggling – try the charcoal bar from beautycounter. My friend recommended it to me and I feel like it’s helped clear up my skin.

Heartburn: I’ve had a little bit of heartburn over the past two weeks. I’ve never experienced it before, so just trying to keep an eye on it. It doesn’t last very long and hasn’t gotten in the way of anything like sleep.

Sleep: Speaking of sleep, I’m sleeping through the night again. Some nights Lola has gotten me up, I think she knows something is up, but while I’m up I use the restroom. I suppose it’s just practice for the little one’s late night wake up calls. We had a wedding this past weekend and I made it to 11pm (dinner, one slow song, and hitting up the photo booth), it’s all I could do not to fall asleep at the table. I’m normally on the dance floor until the last song, but I had no shame walking back to our hotel room and watching HGTV until I fell asleep.

Lola: Lola has become my shadow, even more so than before I got pregnant. I’m nervous for the transition once baby arrives, but seeing how she interacts with my nieces and nephews, I’m sure she will be fine. However; it still is on my radar to read up on how to best introduce and transition Lola to our newest addition.

Emotional: I feel like I’ve been less easily irritated in the last few weeks, but still emotional. Everything makes me weepy these days, especially a lot of the videos that pop up on Facebook.

As I round out my second trimester, I’m anxious for the months to turn into weeks as we get closer and closer to meeting our little one. Stay tuned for another update in a couple of weeks!

Life

Nursery Inspiration

08/22/2017

I’ve had a “Tiny Tots” Pinterest board for years. There’s nothing wrong with appreciating the art of a stylish nursery or an adorable onesie. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite nursery pins as I start the task of putting together Baby Mack’s very own room. We aren’t planning on finding out if Baby Mack is a boy or a girl, so we are planning for a pretty neutral nursery. Below are elements I am pulling from to bring into their room. I am not into super themed nurseries, but I’m obsessed with the collection of Rifle Paper Co. Wallpaper (also…why is this not removable vs. legit wallpaper). However; we are making do!

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This is the actual dresser we purchased from Target. A friend of mine bought it for her nursery and once she posted a photo of it, I knew it was a must-have for our space. I want to pick out pieces that will grow with our children and can be reused in future nurseries or bedrooms.

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This nursery is a dream. I’m into a little bit more color and personality, but that Rifle Paper Co wallpaper is such perfection in my eyes. I wish it were removable wallpaper and came in more colors, there used to be a teal option but has long since sold out. Cody would like me to just stick with paint for the nursery…a challenge if you will? I’d love to do something funky with framed wallpaper samples instead of a statement wall.

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Wall shelving is a must in our space. This kid of ours is going to love to read, whether they like it or not! I’ll be reusing the two wooden shelves from my office, and will pick up one or two more. Time to start their book collection!

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Because we are creating a gender neutral nursery, some of the details to make the room will come in once baby is here. I love the unexpected pops of color, especially the mint blue trim and the shades of purple. Can we also talk about the beloved Animal Print Shop prints? I think we will do a few baby animal prints for our little one.

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This little vignette from Elements of Style houses a lot of things we plan to bring into our nursery. A soft shade of blue for the walls, a gray rocker/swivel chair, and some sort of pouf!

I can’t wait to show you the mood board I’ve pulled together. We have a lot of prep work to do in the space, as well as figure out what to do with all of my office furniture that we won’t be reusing (the beloved pink couch, rug, desk, file cabinet, book shelf, and acrylic chair). We will be reusing a few of the accessories (side table, mirror, and wall shelving). Stay tuned!