Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bumpdate | Week 27


Week|  27

Total Weight Gain| I haven't hit the scale in while, which probably isn't good because knowing helps keep me in check. . . hopefully I haven't done too much damage!

Gender| Baby Girl!

Symptoms| My number one thing is still pretty much my back.  Other then that I really don't have too much to complain about.  And luckily it can fluctuate a lot, some days depending on what I do it is absolutely killing me, and other days its just a dull ache, but it's definitely become an ever present thing lately.

Cravings|  Nothing seems to be going strong right now.  I do notice I want sweet things more then I used to, or should I say more then I was previously indulging in.  I've always had a crazy sweet tooth, but I had curbed it pretty good there for awhile - I don't know that I could say the same any more.  When I'm hungry lately I'm more indecisive then ever,  I want food, I just don't know what!

Sleep|  For some reason Saturday night's seem to be my down fall.  I think because I'm usually so tired and worn out from the week by that point that I end up just tossing and turning and not really getting any sleep at all.  Other then that it seems to be find nearly every other night.

Clothes|  Still feeling frustrated on the clothing front.  A few of my non maternity tops that were still swinging it are become too short.  And I feel like every time I go out hunting for something new I come back empty handed.  I think it's time to invest in some new accessories!

Workouts| I finally made it back to the gym!  I can't even remember the last time I was there, but I was able to hit the elliptical a few days which felt good.  Nothing too crazy at this point, but it makes my back feel so much better to get moving.

Nursery|  I shared a little progress update earlier this week.  We finally had time to get started on laying the floor.  Hopefully we will wrap that up with the long weekend ahead of us, and then we can get the crib assembled!

Movement|  She's definitely moving in there, just much more aggressive some days then others.  The last few days have been all these light flutters and rolls.  But on Saturday when I got home from work it was literally like a boxing match that lasted all night, it felt like she was body slamming me, and it looked like it too!  I also think I felt the hiccups for the first time, at least from what I've read that seemed to be it.

Best Moment this Week|  On Sunday my coworkers threw me and my other coworker, who is also expecting this summer, a joint baby shower.  It was nice to see all the love and support for our little ones arrival!


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Nursery: It's Current State

It's been a busy few weeks around here.  Unfortunately it's been the kinda busy that's been keeping us from making serious progress around the house, though we are still trucking a long when we can to get things ready for this little ones arrival.  I don't know if it's just me, but the list of things I feel like needs to get done seems to grow exponentially by the day.

Not only do I want her nursery ready for her arrival, but I want to get all the little odds and ends wrapped up around the house, plus now it's yard work season, and it would be a major plus to get to enjoy some of this warm weather that's been heading our way!

A while back I shared my inspiration for her nursery, and you can check out the before state of the room here.  And this is what we're looking at today.


I know it's a far cry from actually being finished.  But the good news is, a lot of the big stuff has been done.  Martin has spent hours in here priming and caulking the board and batten and adding a fresh layer of paint to the entire room.


Here's the window seat area.  Martin primed and painted the seat to match the rest of the lower area, and I plan to put an upholstered cushion and some pillows in there to make it more cozy.  And hopefully a place that she can curl up with a book when she gets older.  You can also get a glimpse at all of the flooring that has yet to be laid down!


For the paint color I went with Behr's Silver Mist, the same color that we used in our bathroom remodel.  I plan on keeping the base of this room pretty neutral, with adding pops of a blush pink color here and there.  The light gray gives enough contrast with the white board and batten, but is still a very neutral look that you could really layer pretty much anything with.


For the flooring we went with a floating laminate floor.  Honestly we felt it would be the easiest to keep clean with 2 cats and a baby.  Plus I've already picked up a big cushy area rug to layer on top.  We used this same floor in my office downstairs and I love it.  It's super easy to install, minus all the cuts for the angles of the room.  We purchased the floor from Lumber Liquidators, it's called Dunes Bay Driftwood.  We've only gotten about 1/4 of the floor laid, but Martin and I did that in just about an hour and a half yesterday.  Once we get around the angled part of the room, the rest should go pretty quickly.

Once we finish getting the floor laid, we have some quarter round molding to install and paint to finish off the floor and then it will be time to assemble the crib and start to get the furniture into place.  I can't wait for it to start looking like a usable room!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bumpdate | Week 26


Week|  26

Total Weight Gain| Holding steady, at least I hope that's the case!

Gender| Baby Girl!

Symptoms| My back!  Boy has it been aching, I'm definitely not used to carrying around this extra weight.  The more I move, the better.  I find on the days where I'm not as active, or I'm standing around but standing still the worse it is.  I'm also starting to be on the warm side all the time, which is a 180 for me because usually I'm cold, and my hands are freezing, not so anymore!

Cravings|  Still nothing in particular for the most part.  I have my moments of oh my gosh I'm so hungry I must eat right now, but not necessarily for anything in particular.

Sleep|  In general, pretty good.  I usually have one or two restless nights a week, or where I'm randomly wide awake at 3:30 in the morning for a few hours.  But most other nights I'm a pretty good sleeper.  Though lately I've been completely wiped out, have to go to bed, can't keep my eyes open by about 10:30pm, which is pretty early for me considering I work until 10pm!

Clothes|  I'm feeling frustrated on the clothing front lately.  I'm getting bored with all my plain tank tops and layering, and with the warmer weather I know I'm going to have to be purchasing some summer clothes, but I just haven't pulled the trigger on anything yet.

Workouts| It was a more light weight week for me, I think I made it for one video workout and out for 1 long walk, aside from my regular day to day dancing.  Usually I remember this pretty easy. . . maybe I should put pregnancy brain under symptoms as well!

Nursery|  The room is ready for some flooring to be laid down, which is currently piled up in our living room.  Now we just need to find some time to do it, I promise to have a nursery update next week!

Movement|  When she moves, she moves, but I still find it very sporadic.  They say you're supposed to start to notice a pattern with your baby's movement, but I don't feel like I'm really recognized one.  I still tend to notice her more when I'm not working, but I don't know if that can really be declared a pattern, or just when I'm paying more attention to it.

Best Moment this Week|  Celebrating my first Mother's Day!  Martin wrote me a really sweet card, and we went up to Madison to spend the day with my mom and family.  We had a nice low key get together, and my brother cooked brunch for all of us.  I can't wait till next year when I have an actual little one to celebrate mother's day with!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Bumpdate | Week 25


Week|  25

Total Weight Gain| I think I'm holding steady since last week, I've been trying really hard to not over indulge and eat a little better.

Gender| Baby Girl!

Symptoms| I had some serious swelling going on last week, but I'm going to attribute that to the combination of pregnancy and the fact that the weather went from like 40 degrees to 80 degrees in a matter of like 2 days.  My feet were so swollen by Sunday that I could barely squeeze them into my dance shoes for an event that we had.  I already have a bigger pair on the way for these warmer days we are moving into.  And lets just say I got a preview of what a hot sweaty summer this will most likely be!  The weather was absolutely gorgeous, while dancing in it was definitely toasty!  My other new symptom this past week seems to be my aching back, I've never been one to have any back aches or pains, so I'm definitely being a bit of a baby with how much it's been aching lately.

Cravings|  Still wanting much of nothing, it's hard for me to think of something that sounds appetizing, but don't get me wrong I'm still plenty hungry.  But there is nothing I have to have at the moment.

Sleep|  Aside from the soreness in my back every time I flip from side to side, knock on wood, it's been going pretty good lately.

Clothes|  Pretty much all maternity all the time.  I picked up a pair of pregnancy spanx which I've found are definitely going to come in handy under summer dresses, mostly because I can't stand when my legs rub together, and they are pretty much at the point where they will be doing that all the time!

Workouts| I managed 2 walks, 1 DVD session, 1 light weight session, and a pretty strenuous Saturday of dancing - which has to count for something!

Nursery|  Martin has been doing great spending a lot of time on the nursery these last few weeks.  This last week he got the paint up on the upper half of the wall so I definitely will be back with a nursery update next week, things are progressing!

Movement|  I'm feeling more and more, which I love.  It still slows down, or is hardly noticeable when I'm teaching/dancing.  But in the mornings, and at night she's getting to be more and more active.  It's so strange when you are just laying there and you can see the movements flutter across your belly from the outside.

Best Moment this Week|  We started our prepared childbirth classes at the hospital this week.  Now I can't necessarily say that sitting in a room for 3 1/2 hours was the best moment of the week, but every milestone we check off is exciting and it means we are that much closer to not only meeting our little one, but also being prepared for meeting her!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

April Favorites

I'm stopping by today to share a few of my favorites from the past month.  I have to admit I only have a few, I haven't been jumping in and trying too many new things for myself lately.   I find myself sticking a lot with what I know works, what can I say I'm a creature of habit!  But these are a few things that were new to me this past month.


I love the original version of this moisturizer, and I'm loving this one just as much.  It has the same great moisturizing properties and keeps my skin hydrate and nourished all day long, but it has a great scent.  It's light with a little bit of sweet and a little bit of fruity, it's not heavy and over powering.  And the best part is if I keep my eyes peeled for it I can usually spot it at TJ Maxx or Marshalls for $12.99 versus the $23 it retails for.

I have been getting more headaches then usual with this pregnancy and this has been my go to remedy, so much so that I make sure I carry my bottle with me in my purse wherever I go.  I just have to dab a little bit on my temples and the back and my neck and soon the tingling sets in and relief is on it's way.  It doesn't always make the headaches disappear, but it does always provide for some immediate relief.

Ashley Thomas Decaf Chai French Vanilla Tea & Chocolate Mix
I have searched high and low for this mix online with no such luck.  When I gave up coffee back in the fall I felt like I also gave up the occasional indulgences in the specialty coffee drinks that went with it, and sometimes you just want a special treat.  Well awhile back I mentioned a local chocolate shop, Anna Shea Chocolates, that also happens to have a lounge and serve many things other then chocolate.  One of the things they serve is this delicious mix of Chai tea and Hot Chocolate, and not only does it come in multiple flavors, but also in decaf - a major plus for this pregnant gal.  Plus they also sell the mix so you can recreate this awesome treat at home, unfortunately I couldn't locate it anywhere on the internet, but I bet you could order it from the Chocolate shop and have them send it your way.  It is that good that I would do that!

What have you been loving lately?

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bumpdate | Week 24

Hey everyone, I know I've been a little MIA from this blog recently.  Really I have no excuses other then life, and growing this little human!  I hope to get back to some more regular posts soon, so please bare with me.  Until then I'm stopping by with my weekly update on my growing belly.


Week|  24

Total Weight Gain| Too much!  I'm pushing a little over 20 pounds, at least that's what the scale at my doctors appointment said yesterday, so I really need to watch it.  Really though it isn't that surprising to me due to a few reasons.  One, before my pregnancy I was super strict with my diet, not that I've fallen off the band wagon now, but I know that I'm consuming a lot more calories then I was previously and a lot more carbs then before.  Two, I know that I'm exercising way less then I was pre pregnancy as well, so I've got more calories coming in and less going out, generally a pretty good equation for weight gain even without pregnancy.  So, I know I have to be better!

Gender| Baby Girl!

Symptoms| The linea nigra that started to appear the other week seems to be creeping further up my belly, passing my belly button, though it's still really faint.  Other then that I've been experiencing some occasional swelling (i.e. my face in that picture above!) but usually just temporary, and especially in my feet on some of these warmer days when I'm on my feet in my dance shoes a lot.

Cravings|  Unfortunately lately I seem to want nothing.  Not that I'm not hungry, because boy am I hungry.  It just seems like nothing sounds all that great, or I can't make up my mind of what I want, but as I said before I'm going to make myself get back on track with more healthy habits.

Sleep|  I would say pretty decent 90% of the time, but for some reason lately me and Saturday nights just don't get along.  Which really kinda stinks because that's the end of my work week, and usually I'm just exhausted by then and I feel SO incredibly tired, and then I just end up tossing and turning all night long.

Clothes|  Stretch for the win!  I picked up a few new dresses this last week to wear at some upcoming events we have for work, and a few maxi dresses for when it really starts to warm up.

Workouts| I didn't do as good as the week before.  I only popped in my workout DVD once, but I spent a good chunk of time doing yard work this past weekend and that has to count for something, right?!  Man has that gotten harder now that I'm pregnant!

Nursery|  Martin has been working hard at patching and painting the board and batten that was already in the room, and adding a coat of poly to the craigslist dresser that we picked up so it will stand up to the test of a baby and probably many wipe downs.  Also all of our goodies that we ordered have come in, so I have a pile of new flooring sitting in my living room and a crib box and rug waiting in my guest room.

Movement|  I swear she doesn't like me working or something.  She seems to be so so active on the weekends, and then my work week starts and she barely makes an appearance.  Every now and again she'll flutter throughout the day.  This last weekend I saw some movement from the outside for the first time, that was definitely a little crazy!

Best Moment this Week|  Hearing her strong little heart beat at my doctors appointment yesterday, I just love hearing that and knowing that she's doing ok in there.  And, this may sounds weird, but getting our yard work done, because I swear we were the last house on the block to get it going this spring!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bumpdate | Week 23


Week|  23

Total Weight Gain| I'm holding out until my doctors appointment next week.

Gender| Baby Girl!

Symptoms| There isn't too much change, though I've notice  the start of a faint line up my stomach, the linea nigra that all the pregnancy books refer too.  I also think I've started to get some acid reflux, at least that's what I'm calling it because I've never experienced it before in my life so I'm just basing it off my own description.

Cravings|  I think I have curbed these pretty decently this last week.  Not to say I still didn't eat chicken salad for nearly every meal, but I'm controlling myself on the sushi and cheese front.  My problem now when I'm hungry is that I just don't know what I want to eat, nothing sounds quite right - especially if I have to cook it!

Sleep|  It's been pretty decent lately - I don't want to jinx it!  I've found a new arrangement with my pillows that is working wonders after an incredibly sleepless weekend.

Clothes|  I'm all about keeping it comfortable, but getting a little nervous about the hotter months ahead.  I still struggle with keeping a more dressy look for work, but I'm sticking pretty much to my staples.

Workouts| I was pretty proud of myself this week.  I made it out for 2 walks, and I fit in 2 video workouts.  I went out a little long for the first walk and my lower back was regretting it for the rest of the day, even into the next, but the weather was just too gorgeous not to get out and enjoy it.

Nursery|  I shared the current state of our nursery earlier this week, and I'm excited to say we've made a good dent in at least getting things ordered/bought.  We picked up a dresser this weekend, got the floor ordered for the room, a crib is on it's way, and I just placed an order for a rug the other night.

Movement|  She was SO active over the weekend.  Starting Friday night through Sunday it felt like she was moving all over the place, Martin even felt a little rumble when he put his hand over my stomach.  Then she quieted down for a few days, which always makes me a little nervous, though I'd get a little flutter now and again, and then last night when I was dancing there she was again!

Best Moment this Week|  Martin surprised me with a prenatal massage and pedicure on Sunday, and it was so nice to relax and get pampered.  Plus feeling like we're making headway for this baby's arrival just feels good.