This was a very productive week for Brett and I. You could say that the nesting phase has begun. It was also a great distraction from the ever growing uncomfortableness that comes with the 3rd trimester.
So what did we do that was so productive you might ask…
First, we finished buying the really important things off our registry like the car seat, bottles, breast pump, etc. I was getting nervous that we were not really prepared, but am feeling great now. The car seat should be here in the next couple days so we’ll be ready to bring her home from the hospital should she decide to come early.
Second, we registered for the cloth diaper service and bought some super cute diaper covers. I can’t wait to try this out and tell you all about it. My mom had me in cloth diapers with a service and I think it’s great that something like this is available for our little one too.
Finally, we cleaned out our “attic”/storage space and sold a few items on Craigslist. Since both of our parents have sold our childhood homes recently we have been gifted some of our items from storage and needed to make some room for those things too along with all of the things a new baby brings into your life.
If you can’t read the board, here are the stats:
Age: 35 weeks
Height: ~18.0 in.
Weight: ~5.25 lb.
Notes: At 35 weeks there are only 35 days left until my due date (picture of a clock)
How far along? 35 weeks
Total weight gain? 36.5 pounds
Maternity clothes? Of course! There’s no turning back now.
Sleep? Hit or miss. I am starting to get energy back at night and have a hard time falling asleep. Then I am super tired the next day because I was up a couple times in the night. Unfortunately, it does not make falling asleep any easier. Oh well. Not like sleep is something I expect much of in the near future.
Miss anything? Still missing the feeling in my hands, but I’m adjusting. Thank goodness, it does not affect my typing.
Movement? All the time.
Cravings? Not really. The coconut water and pineapple popsicles I’ve been eating this week are delicious. I might have to see about having those during labor.
Labor signs? Nothing yet. We’ll see what our doctor’s appointment is like this week.
Wedding ring on or off? Off
Looking forward to: I am actually looking forward to the doctor’s for the first time in my life. Just want to meet her and these appointments mean that we are getting closer to that date. Yippee!!!
A few weeks ago I was thrown a beautiful baby shower by my friends in Colorado. Megan hosted at her home and Mandy helped with the planning, cake and flowers. I felt very spoiled and loved.
The theme and pretty much everything about the shower was kept a surprise. Oh and remember that our moms were able to come into town for it too, which really just made it all the more special. Aren’t they beautiful?
So, what was the theme you ask? It was a french party theme – complete with whimsical french music, delicious quiches (baked by Megan’s husband), and a french language baby game. For the game, Megan translated lines from popular children’s books into French and we had to guess the book it came from.
And the food was delicious! There were two types of quiches, fruit, veggies and dip, cookies, meringue bites, alcohol-free mimosas, tea, and a yummy cake baked and decorated by Mandy.
Megan had a really cute idea to have everyone decorate a clay pot that she gave to me at the end of the party along with a cute pink flowering plant.
Another really special thing Megan suggested was to have the guests bring a baby book that they signed instead of a card. It was a fantastic way to build our library and really neat to get all of the personalized inscriptions. There was a very sweet moment when I opened the book from Brett’s mom…she had found a book given to Brett by his grandparents and gifted it to our little girl.
Thank you to all of my friends and family that came out to celebrate our little “peanut”. You are the ones who made the day so special. (Sorry to those of you who could not stay until the end and so I missed in this picture.)
Did you know that May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie day? It’s true!
Well, that’s definitely a celebration I can get behind. In fact my friend, Megan and I had a a great time today and might have to make this holiday a yearly tradition.
First, we started with a nice hike in the local foothills. We wanted to be able to reward ourselves with cookies afterwards and not feel guilty.
Then came the fun part! Chocolate chip cookies! We decided today would be a great day for a taste test. So we picked up cookies from 4 different places to enjoy.
Who would win the battle royale?
These are all local Boulder establishments on Pearl Street with the exception of my homemade cookie. But, how did they fair?
I’m a bit biased, but it’s hard to beat homemade. These had both white and semi-sweet chocolate chips and just the right amount of butter. They were crispy on the outside and still slightly gooey on the inside – a tough combo to beat.
My second favorite was the Woody Creek Bakery cookie. They were actually giving away free cookies today and sparked the whole cookie celebration. These cookies had a good ratio of chocolate to batter and were nice and soft.
Third place went to the Trident cookie. This is a big cookie and a great splurge. The chocolate ratio is really high so if you are a chocolate fan, this would be your winner. Although there is a bit of a spice with this cookie that tastes a bit like ginger so it’s not for the traditionalist.
Finally, the Illegal Pete’s cookie. Coming in last place for this competition is not an insult. It was still a delicious cookie and I would happily eat this cookie anytime.
I guess the real winners were the taste testers. Megan, thank you for the great idea of celebrating National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! It was a super fun adventure.
Oh man. This week has been a little tougher than I had hoped for. Nothing happened health wise. I’m just getting a bit restless. At around 29 weeks, I could not believe how fast time was flying and how unprepared I felt. Now that I am 34 weeks, I can hardly believe how ready I feel to meet this little one. I have to say part of me is ready to have my body back too.
Speaking of my body, my new ailment this week is that my right hand is constantly “asleep”. It’s been about a week now so I am getting used to it, but it does make sleeping somewhat uncomfortable and it’s hard for me to write. Thankfully, typing is still easy. I checked with the doctor and she said it’s a swelling issue and it will go away when I deliver. Super. Only 3 – 6 weeks of a tingling hand left. At least it’s not something really wrong or indicative of a problem.
Here’s to hoping she wants to make a slightly early appearance.
If you can’t read the board, here are the stats:
Age: 34 weeks
Height: ~17.75 in.
Weight: ~4.75 lb.
Notes: Baby is the size of an average cantaloupe (picture of a cantaloupe slice)
How far along? 34 weeks
Total weight gain? 35 pounds (I did not gain any weight this week)
Maternity clothes? Uh huh. Except I am still able to pull off a few non-maternity items like the dress in this week’s progress photo.
Sleep? The tingling hand is making it a bit difficult, but I am still able to get a few good blocks of sleep.
Miss anything? Moving quickly. I’ve also been bumping my belly a lot this week.
Movement? All the time and full belly waves.
Cravings? Nope. We did pick up some coconut water popsicles this week that are really tasty though.
Aversions? Nope. However, I find I need to eat smaller meals before bed now to help me sleep better.
Labor signs? Nope.
Wedding ring on or off? Off.
Looking forward to: Meeting this little one!!!
This past week we were in Iowa. I always seem to get a bit behind on these posts when my travels end on Sunday. It was really nice to visit Brett’s family, show off my belly to his grandma, and we even had another baby shower. But, the real reason why we went was for the 2nd annual Steve Yates Memorial Golf Tournament. Unfortunately, the weather there was bad all week and the course was too wet to play so we had to reschedule it for August. Oh well, it will be nice to go back with a baby next time.
However, while we were there I started to swell a bit. I’m glad we have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow so I can ask her about it.
If you can’t read the board, here are the stats:
Age: 33 weeks
Height: ~17.0 in.
Weight: ~4.25 lb.
Notes: Baby has a favorite place for her foot (picture of my belly. X marks the spot for baby’s foot.)
How far along? 33 weeks
Total weight gain? 35 pounds (I don’t think I eat as well when traveling)
Maternity clothes? Of course
Sleep? I actually slept pretty well in Iowa which was a bit surprising. However, there was one night where I sang in my sleep. What’s up with that?
Miss anything? I can tell you I will not miss traveling. Pretty excited that I get to stay home from here on out.
Movement? Oh yea. Now other people can see her move just by watching my belly.
Cravings? Not really. I try to remember when people mention something that sounds good to eat.
Labor signs? No.
Wedding ring on or off? Had to take it off this week. Boo! You can see in on my necklace in the photo above.
Looking forward to: Finishing up our shopping this week. I had two amazing showers, not to mention a small party in California last Christmas so we have most of what we need. However, our friends had their baby recently and there were a few items left on their to do list. It made us want to get ready well ahead of schedule just in case – although I am sure we have close to a month left.
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