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Friday, April 20, 2018

30 Week Pregnancy Update

Wow! Where has the time gone? It's crazy to think that I'm already at 30 weeks. This pregnancy seems like it has gone by so fast. Hopefully I will hold out for another 10 weeks because I still have several things to do! However, I'm feeling a lot better about some of the progress that's been made lately. Here's a little update. 

How far along? 30 weeks and 2 days.

Baby’s size: This week baby Smith is the size of a large cabbage. 

Weight gain: 14.6 pounds

Energy: Some days I'm full of it and others not as much. 

Appetite: Breakfast and coffee are the things that get me out of bed. Lunch, I've been enjoying. Dinner...not so much. I know I've said this before but it's getting worse. There is less and less room in my stomach for food these days, especially by the time dinner rolls around. Don't get me wrong, I'm still eating plenty but I feel like I may explode afterwards. 

Workouts: I'm may not be as quick and flexible as I once was, but that's not holding me back from making it to the gym. I'm still going about four to five days a week, with the occasional stroll outside when the weather is nice. However, this week I've had events after work every night and have only made it once. I took a barre class on Monday and decided I would like to make an effort to go to more of them plus cardio these next few weeks. I'm trying to do everything I can to maintain the strength of my muscles.

Sleep: This week sleep has not gone so well for me. I think part of is due to the work conference I attended and the stress that came along with it. But I'm also afraid that this is just the beginning of restless and uncomfortable nights due to my growing belly and frequent trips to the bathroom.

Movement: His movements are starting to feel different again. I have frequent tightening around my belly button area. It's not so much of a kick but more like it's stretching. I plan to ask my doctor about this when I go for my appointment next week. He seems to so wiggly and move the most at night. I hope that's not an indication of the sleeping habits he will have after he's born.

Wardrobe: I have tried on more dresses these past two weeks than I probably have all year! I've been trying to find a dress to wear in my maternity photos that are scheduled for next weekend and it has been such a struggle. I don't think "petite maternity" clothes are a thing. I've tried on one million non-maternity dresses but I struggle because when I go up a size to fit my belly, then the dresses are too large up top. It has been super frustrating to say the least. 

Shopping for baby: The only purchases I've made lately are for the nursery. But I've gotten a few sweet things from friends for the little guy. A colleague of mine from LA was in town for our work conference this week and brought these two sweet little gifts!

Nursery Updates: I have a great story to share regarding the nursery progress. I was having a terrible week the other day and my poor mom got to hear all about it over the phone one morning while I was on the way to work. She was planning to come to my house that afternoon to pick up the extra guest bed that we no longer have room for. The extra bed has been in the room that we were planning to turn into the nursery. We hadn't made progress on converting the room because we still needed to get rid of furniture. She and my brother's girlfriend came to our house to pick up the bed and a few other things while I was at work. When I got home that evening I walked in the door and they were still at my house. I was escorted to the room that we are turning into the nursery and my mouth dropped when I walked in. They had set up the whole room! All of the old guest room furniture had been moved out, the crib was set up and everything was in place! This was the best surprise to come home to. I am so thankful for all of their help. Now I get to focus on the fun stuff!

The crib bedding came in last weekend and I love it! I bought this crib bumper in white, these sheets and this crib skirt. I'll share some pictures soon once I get everything all steamed and put together. I also sent off a painting to get custom framed that I can't wait to get back. I plan to pick up a few other things this weekend. I would love to get a set of these seagrass baskets to put blankets and toys in. More to come!

Doctor's Visits: I'm headed back next week for another two week checkup. 

29 Weeks
29 Weeks

30 Weeks

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Blue + White Stripes

I can't seem to get enough of all the blue and white stripe things right now. Maybe it's because I'm having a baby boy and I've had my eyes one one too many blue things. Or maybe it's because stripes make me think of the warm summer days that I'm so ready for. I don't know what it is, but I'm all about it. I realized that I wore blue and white stripes to work last week, four days in a row. Sorry, not sorry. So for all of my fellow blue and white stripe lovers out there, I've got some pretty things for you to flip through today! Happy Monday!


Thursday, April 5, 2018

28 Week Pregnancy Update- Hello Third Trimester!

28 Weeks

You're in the home stretch! These are the first words I saw when I woke up yesterday morning and opened my pregnancy app. It's so hard to believe that this week marks the beginning of my third trimester. I feel like time has gone by relatively fast and now I'm in countdown mode. I still have a ton of things to get done before baby Smith arrives, but I am happy with the progress that I've made over the past few weeks. In other news, I booked a maternity and newborn shoot with Hilleary Photography! She takes some really beautiful photos. Now onto securing a location for the shoot!

How far along? 28 weeks and 1 day.

Baby’s size: This week baby Smith is the size of a large eggplant. 

Weight gain: I oddly lost 1 lb as of my appointment last week, which put me at total weight gain of 13 lbs.

Energy: I'm so thankful that I still have energy. That is if I get at least get my 7 hours of sleep and make wise food choices throughout the day.

Appetite & Food Cravings: As I mentioned before, breakfast is pretty much the only thing that excites me right now. (I may or may not have purchased Toaster Strudels yesterday.) I'm currently loving yogurt with fruit and granola with a cup of coffee of course. I had an acai bowl from Vintage Coffe & Cafe the other day and it was right up my alley.  Thankfully I don't have food aversions, just a lack of room in my belly for the things I want to eat. I feel like by the time dinner comes around, I'm so full from all the things I've consumed throughout the day that I have little interest in sitting down to have a meal. Pre-pregnancy I would eat breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, an afternoon snack before the gym and dinner. These days I'm still full from lunch by the time I'm ready to head to the gym, but I force myself to snack on a little something for energy.

Workouts: I have to make more and more modifications with each workout, but that isn't stopping me from going to the gym. I've learned some simple switches that are just as effective and leave me feeling like I still put in the work. The rower is a becoming a little more uncomfortable each week but I continue to pace myself and push through. I'm so thankful that I have supportive trainers and gym friends to encourage and support me as well. 

Sleep: The snooze button and I have become B.F.F's. And slow moving Saturday mornings are my favorite!

Movement: I'm beginning to notice a big difference in all of his movements these days. I noticed that he's been getting the hiccups lately and the feeling is so different. It feel like constant little ticks in my stomach that last for about a minute or so. His regular movements are getting much stronger and more visible through my clothing. It's the coolest feeling and probably one of the things I'm going to miss most after I give birth.

Wardrobe: THESE MATERNITY WORKOUT LEGGINGS ARE A GAME CHANGER! I stumbled across these at target and wish I had purchased them sooner. They are making my workouts so much more enjoyable. Prior to these, I was wearing my normal workout pants which were incredibly uncomfortable. You better believe I'll be back in target this weekend to scoop up a few more. I'm hoping to find a cropped pair because these are full length and a little too long for my short legs. In other news, I'm frantically searching for a dress to wear in my maternity photos and to some of my showers. 

Shopping for baby: I bought this stroller, which came in a few days ago and I'm so excited. Something about this delivery made things get even more real. 

Nursery Updates: So far we have the glider, dresser/changing table, crib and mattress. I still need to order bedding for the crib, find a bookshelf, and find a few other little things. Overall, I think we've made some good progress, but will feel much better when we start moving all of these things into the actual room. Right now pretty much everything we have is either still in a box or stored in the garage. Here's a peak of the dresser I bought. It was a dark navy blue which was pretty, but I didn't want it to be the main focal point in the nursery, so I decided I wanted it white. My sweet mom and my brother's girlfriend made a special trip to Charleston just to paint it for me. I don't know what I would have done without their help! Here's a peak of the before and after paint job. I still have to put the hardware back on but we've been letting it dry.

Doctor's Visits:
 I'm on a two week schedule with doctor's visits these days. I go back next week for another checkup. We also have a hospital tour scheduled for today. Whit and I have never been to the hospital I'm delivering at so we thought it would be a good idea to get a lay of the land beforehand. 

27 Weeks
27 Weeks
28 Weeks

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