THE NURSERY!!

Finally, after all these months of doing little projects here and there, we’ve put the nursery together! Turner’s clothes are washed, his bed is made, his pictures are hung, and his library is all set! Now all we need is Turner :0)

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Random Pictures

Stew and I were playing around taking some different pictures. He took the one of me and Dexter (top left) and me with my teacup (bottom right). Stew’s mom took the one of Turner’s shoes (bottom left) and I set up the tripod for our three pairs of shoes. Then I messed around on photoshop to change it up a bit. Can’t wait for our REAL maternity photos to arrive!

31 Weeks

How far along? 31 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 21 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Still working with what I have. The good news is it’s getting cooler which means I can bust out the jeggings!!! Trust me, these things are amazing. Throw on a long shirt and some cute flats, and you’re in pregnancy heaven!
Sleep: Have I mentioned I love sleeping? I can probably fall asleep on command.
Best moment this week: Buying our first cloth diaper! Also, going to the birth center and choosing the room for my birthing time! It felt so real : )
Miss Anything? Laying on my stomach, sweaty workouts, and having tons of energy.
Movement: I think he’s ready for his debut already. He rarely stops moving!
Food cravings: My latest kick is caramel apples (which I love even when I’m not pregnant)! Stew and I make them before we sit down to watch our nightly TV shows. I also get this chocolate milk (gotta get my protein intake!) from Our Local Foods (a local organic farm market) that is so delicious! I mix it with a half cup of coffee in the mornings. It’s the best hot mocha I’ve ever had!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!
Have you started to show yet: I’d say so.
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? Still in! It’s thinking about surfacing though.
Wedding rings on or off? Off at night. My fingers still hurt at when I sleep. I’ll ask the chiropractor about it.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: My shower next weekend! I can’t even wait. I’m also looking forward to decorating for Fall! I already put some mums out and hung our wreath on the front door. (I like to decorate months in advance). But next weekend, hopefully it will be cool enough to get our house full out Fall decorated!

30 Weeks-10 To Go!!

How far along? 30 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 22 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Well I only bought 3 pairs of pants and 4 shirts. I refuse to buy anything else! So I will mix and match those with regular clothes for the next few weeks! Once the weather gets a little cooler, it will be leggings and big sweaters (my usual fall/winter attire).
Sleep: Like a rock! Waking up a few times at night to go to the bathroom has become a part of my normal routine these days. I think it’s my body’s way of getting me ready for Turner!
Best moment this week: Getting our glider! Stew beasted it upstairs all by himself. It is SO comfortable. We’ve both caught the other just sitting in there rockin’ away.
Miss Anything? Being able to throw any outfit on. Sometimes I forget how pregnant I actually am and go to put something on, even lounge around clothes, and it doesn’t fit!
Movement: Let’s just say I had to start my “kick counting” and he needs 10 kicks per hour….his average is about 10 kicks per minute!! YIKES!
Food cravings: Pretty normal. Although I did make salted brown butter chocolate chip cookies that are TO DIE for…they’ll be on my food blog one of these days! Other than that, I’m trying to fit in my 70-80g of protein a day… it’s a lot harder than it sounds!! Lots of greek yogurt, cheese, smoothies, nuts, etc.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!
Have you started to show yet: See above!
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? Still in… getting shallower by the second though.
Wedding rings on or off? Off! I did something (in my sleep??) and can no longer bend the fingers on my left hand at night… I don’t know if they swell while I sleep or what…but it’s painful. Needless to say, a ring on there would just complicate things.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Receiving our maternity photos and having my shower!! I feel like there’s something BIG happening every week from now until November which will make time FLY. I’m trying to stay in this moment and not wish the time away. Though, I must say, I’m really looking forward to meeting this little guy :o)

29 Weeks

How far along? 29 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 21 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Mixing and matching! The top in this picture is not maternity. But I have always been a fan of big shirts so they can double as “maternity”!
Sleep: excellent!
Best moment this week: Passing my glucose test! What a relief.
Miss Anything? I’ve been missing a kick-ass, hot, sweaty yoga class these days. Soon enough!
Movement: Oh my gosh, if it’s any indication of what Turner will be like, he will be a wild man for sure!
Food cravings: No. Still eating what I normally do. In fact, I made a yummy batch of kale chips the other day! And I’m definitely taking advantage of the summer fruits while they’re still here!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!
Have you started to show yet: Absolutely!
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? Still shallow! Not quite flat YET.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Picking up my glider!!! It should be in any day now : )

28 Weeks

How far along? 28 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 20 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Still mixin it up. Not wearing any in this picture.
Sleep: Sleeping great! Taking advantage of sleeping soundly while I can!
Best moment this week: So many exciting things this week…meeting our pediatrician, taking maternity pictures, and buying our glider! It’s starting to feel real!
Miss Anything? Having tons of energy and wanting coffee! I would totally let myself have coffee, but I just don’t want it! Sad, I know.
Movement: So much! I got a paper from my midwife about kick counting. I need to choose an hour where he’s active and count his kicks. He should kick 10 times in an hour. I laugh because I get 10 kicks in about 30 seconds!
Food cravings: Nope. I’m trying to eat a balanced diet and think of everything I eat going straight to Turner! That helps keep the sugar intake down! ;o)
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!
Have you started to show yet: Absolutely!
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? Still shallow! Not quite flat YET.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Starting our birth class this Wednesday! By the way, I forgot to mention that we’re taking the hypnobabies class.

Words of Wisdom From Mothers

This is an incredible blog. I actually started crying while reading it (I guess those emotions are finally kicking in). The part about having someone on call to take care of the dog is the part that really got me! I’m reposting so I can read this in my last few weeks and make sure I have everything ready to go! Please feel free to leave any more advice in the comments!!!

o Bring in a cleaning service to do a good deep clean. I am always on the lookout for half price house cleaning services on Groupon. I want them to focus on those things that probably won’t get too much attention for the next month or two – scrubbing our tub and toilet, wiping down baseboards, and dusting everything.
o Clean out the fridge and freezer. Friends and family are always so kind and thoughtful in the days and weeks after a baby is born and often bring over meals to heat up and ones to toss in the freezer for later. Having lots of space available to store prepared meals will be required.
o Stock up on hand soap. With Everly, I was always asking “Do you mind washing your hands first?” to anyone who visited and wanted to hold her. Between guests, and ourselves, we went through hand soap like crazy the first few months! So this time, I’ll have a few extra bottles stored in advance.
o (TMI – but truth) Load up on big, giant maxi pads-NOT DRY WEAVE. yes, the ones you wore in eighth grade. Depending on where you deliver, they may send you home with a good amount after the baby is born – but trust me, you’ll go through them faster than you think. I had to send Brent to the grocery store several times in those early weeks with instructions to “find the biggest ones they have” and bless his heart, he always did it… but this time, I’m making sure I’ve got plenty stored up in advance.
o Put a waterproof crib liner under the sheets on my side of the bed. Look, I know this one is weird too – but I’m hitting 37 weeks on Wednesday and I don’t want to have to trash our feather bed if my water breaks in the middle of the night.
o Put together a folder with all contact information for both our insurance and my maternity paid leave.  I had to sit on the phone way too long in the first days after Everly was born trying to navigate who I was supposed to call to let them know that Everly needed to be added our insurance policy and what documentation and info was needed for me to start receiving my maternity leave pay. This time I’m putting all the documenation in one place and making those “what do I do next?” calls in advance so I’ll know just what to do once Arlo arrives.
o A “go-time” email to friends and family. We’re designating a person on each side of our family to contact everyone else and let them know when I go into labor. We’ve got a friend lined up to check on the dogs, and friends/grandparents on standby to care for Everly when I go into labor. This week I’ll send out an email laying out what the plan of action is for each person so everyone is crystal clear and we don’t have to worry about it while I’m huffing and puffing through contractions.
o Full bottomed, comfortable cotton underwear or boy shorts that you won’t mind tossing later. Actually – just go ahead and buy them in black. Have at least 6 pairs. Maybe more.  Your super cute bikinis just won’t cut it in those early weeks, and you don’t want to ruin them anyway.
o Make a few padsicles! (Thanks to Meg for this terminology) Pour witch hazel on some of those monster pads and pop them in the freezer. So amazing in those early days when your lady biz needs some relief.  Plus it’d be really fun to yell out from the bathroom “CAN SOMEONE PLEASE BRING ME A PADSICLE!!!!” And while I’m thinking out loud here – make sure you place them on the opposite side of the freezer from Aunt Suzie’s casserole, no need to intermingle dinner with your frozen feminine care products.
o Get the car detailed, tires checked and oil changed. The way the car is clean and safe, and not something to worry about in the first few months of baby.
o Purchase a plastic kitchen trashcan and place in the nursery next to the changing table and fill 1/3 of the way with water and Deft baby detergent.  Whenever, and it’s often, baby makes a mess, the dirty clothes go into the bin for a pre-soak. Once you finally have a free moment, dump the contents into the machine and press start.  Even if it has been a day or two the stains haven’t dried and set.
o Buy 2 sets of sheets and 2 waterproof covers and put them both on the mattress together that way in the middle of the night when you need to change the sheets you just have to take the top set off and the bed is ready to go without having to fumble with putting the new set on.  Baby and you are able to go back to bed much faster.
o Print out a sign that says “Thank you for coming but baby is eating. We will be ready for company around (time)” You can have it laminated and then use a dry erase marker to write in the time. This will save Mommy and sometimes daddy the embarrassment of guests that just walk in.