36-39 Week Bump Date

So, the past couple of weeks have been interesting since Christmas - hence me not posting my weekly updates. I'll see if I can condense them down into 1 post and give you the highlights.  As I'm typing this, I am 5 days away from my due date... 

How Far Along: 39 Weeks 2 Days. - I'm being very specific here...not like I'm counting or anything, right?  Pic is 39 Weeks. Ignore my messy bedroom and lack of makeup.

Baby Size: Watermelon– (19-22 inches 6-9 lbs) According to What to Expect App

Maternity Clothes
:  I am officially living in 3 pairs of black leggings (as pants - oh the fashion horror) , 2 long sleeve Old navy scoop tees and 3 tank tops, and a Lilly Pulitzer sweatshirt wrap. I wake up, I take a shower, put them on, and repeat.  I'd really love to wear something with a waistband right about now.

Best Moment of the Week:   Well, I'm 5 days away. I had my appointment on Wednesday and my OB said that she isn't staying in there past my due date. So, we know there is an end in sight! The biggest concern right now is how big her head is. Depending on how things look at my next appointment on Monday, we could have 1 more ultrasound - but we'll see!

Other Best Moment of the Week - the Lilly Pulitzer New Year Cheer Sale!  It can't be all about baby, right? I was so excited because I picked up Miss Hattie a couple of things and since I've been home, I've been able to snag a few more dresses that match mine. They are all bigger sizes- so she has some growing room, but still super excited to be matchy matchy! How stinkin' cute is this dress?  I picked up a few goodies for me too, of course. Momma has to get out of these leggings and put a dress back on at some point!  Oh, and I was so excited because I got her 1 year birthday dress. Of course, it's Lilly, and it has cake all over it. I mean really...cake!

Worst Moment of the Week: The Saturday after Christmas I was diagnosed with the Noro Virus. You know that nasty stomach virus that was going around. I started throwing up uncontrollably about every 2 hours. Around 7am, I started panicking and called my OB to see what I should do. She suggested we go directly to the hospital. We were there for about 5 hours. I was severely dehydrated from throwing up so much and I had to get 3 bags of fluid. It took me a couple of days to feel back to normal, but luckily it wasn't anything more than that. The fun thing was we got to watch Hattie on the monitors the whole time and you can total tell her sleep cycle.
Miss Anything:   Working! On the 23rd, I went to the doctor and my blood pressure was apparently super high. I never knew what the numbers meant - I just asked if all was okay. This time, not so much. My doctor came in and said - today is your last day of working. I started to freak out a bit. I had so much I needed to do that day to get prepared. My last official day was the 24th, but I really needed the 23rd to prep for my leave. I ended up going into work for a couple of hours and my iPhone, app on my iPad and everything have been off since. It's a weird feeling. Of course, my dear friend who is going to be while I'm out insists that I don't work even when I ask how things are going.  So, I've been home patiently waiting until now.  Once Hattie gets here, I'll have things to occupy my time, and then I'll stop counting the days of going back to work. It's the waiting which is killing me!

I've spent every morning watching TV, doing some nesting around the house. I completely organized our pantry and bathroom. I just need to dust and vacuum the house which is a weekend chore. With this crazy weather, Riley and I have spent many an afternoon in the man cave catching up on the DVR.


Movement:   She's been her consistent self with movement. I think she's really running out of room now. She's dropped quite a bit, so hopefully that is some indicator of something happening soon!

Food Cravings:  Orange Soda. About week 37 I started having the craziest craving for an orange soda. Let's say, I've had one every day since and it's glorious.  Sippin' on a big Sonic sized one now.

Food Aversions:  Nope!

Labor Signs: As of Wednesday, I was 2cm dilated and 60% effaced. I'm having contractions on and off, but nothing steady.

Sleep:   Sucks. I've been getting up about every 2 hours, and then at 4am - I can't go back to sleep! I laid in bed till 6 this morning, and then went and watched the news. Then when Jeff got up, I fell back asleep and woke up at 8:30.

Symptoms:  Heartburn - I may have almost gone through an entire industrial bottle of tums in 3 weeks.
Looking Forward To:  Meeting Hattie next week - or sooner!
Thoughts:  Home stretch! It's hard just waiting for something and you can't control it. As a planner and someone who likes to be in control, it's been hard for me the past week just waiting. I'm as ready as I'll ever be. Jeff keeps saying we are prepared, but I guess we'll see what happens! Our bags are packed, the camera is charged. The birth plan is in place.  Just waiting on the final act!  Hopefully my next post will be with some good news! Wish us luck!


35 Week Bump Date

How Far Along: 35 Weeks

Baby Size: Large Cantaloupe – (19-22 inches 6 lbs) According to What to Expect App

Maternity Clothes
:  All maternity. I did actually order a pair of printed ankle pants from Old Navy. A girl can only wear the same 2 pairs of jeans over and over for 9 months, right?  I will say, they are pretty cute and for $10 – can’t pass that up!  Perhaps I’ll wear them for Christmas.

Best Moment of the Week:   Ultrasound went awesome. She wasn’t quite cooperating to get a good check of her heart – but all looked good. She was either waving or covering her face. You could actualyl tell she had hair too! It was waving in the u/s!

Best Baby Item - I’ve been going back and forth on a swing/bouncer combo. I don’t know why it’s so hard. I had picked one out and then someone mentioned how you don’t want a battery operated one. So smart.  When we first found out we were prego – I really wanted a Mamaroo, but the price made my cringe. Well, after more research and some pretty good coupons and giftcards, we’re gonna go for it. They have good resale value on Craigslist too.  I’ve been told by a couple of co-workers not to buy anything this week off the registry. (Um, can you say not so stealthy?)  So, we’ll likely order this next week.

Miss Anything:   I may or may not have Champs ready to go in my hospital bag. Don’t look.  First person to come see Miss H has strict orders to bring me some Jimmy Johns!

Movement:   Saturday night we were catching up on Orange is the New Black in the man cave. Hubs has 3 recliner movie chairs and apparently she thought that was just great – she wiggled for a solid 2 hours. It was pretty funny.   Probably the most she has ever moved.  I am starting to be able to tell how she is positioned, and I think she’s still head down. 

Food Cravings:  Donuts – I may have gotten up and driven all the way to a Dunkin Donuts for munchkins. Why don’t we have more D ‘n D in STL?

Food Aversions:  Nope!

Labor Signs:   I start my pelvic exams with my OB next appt.  I’m interested to see if anything has happened.

Sleep:   This week is when it all started to go downhill. Between Riley being all up on top of me and being hot and having to go potty every 2 hours and not getting comfortable it’s just a mess. I made an appt for Wednesday for a massage with our onsite therapist here at work. Apparently she does a wicked prenatal massage. Totally looking forward to it.

Symptoms:   Charlie Horses and Heart Burn.

Looking Forward To:   My last full week of work and it’s my birthday week! Then we’re celebrating my birthday with our annual Christmas/Birthday party Saturday. I may have seen a Dairy Queen commercial and may have ordered an industrial Ice cream cake. Hubs is taking me to the Melting Pot on Friday night and got me the cutest Shep Shirt ever! Something to look forward to wearing in a few months!

Thoughts:  Holy moly – last full week of work. I’m very much looking forward to relaxing before Miss H comes. I hope I get the crazy cleaning bug. There are just a few things I'd like to do. I have 3 movies I want to go see. Hubs isn't taking off, so it will be some Jen time. Totally looking forward to the downtime before the madness starts! 


34 Week Bump Date

How Far Along: 34 Weeks

Baby Size: Large Cantaloupe (19-22in 5.5lbs)

Maternity Clothes
: All Maternity

Best Moment of the Week:  Breast Feeding class what pretty entertaining. The LC had a boob shaped pillow and had a cow hand puppet correctly showing how to latch and apparently that cow was HANGRY. Jeff was semi entertained by all of that. However, he was the only guy who knew ANYTHING about breastfeeding. Kudos to him for listening to me OR actually reading something in one of his man baby books.

Best Baby Item:  I thought I’d add this category in for fun.  We picked up our stroller/car seat on SUPER DUPER sale during Amazon’s Cyber Monday. We ended up with a Britax after lots of reviews and testing strollers our. I'm so far VERY happy with it. We also got our baby monitor too.

Miss Anything:  No, doing okay this week. I did cave and have a cold spicy Italian Sammy from Subway. I figured, it’s probably okay at this point, right?  

Movement:   More low hiccups. I think she’s head down because those hiccups are LOW! Lots of wiggling too

Food Aversions: Nothing this week. 

Labor Signs:   Nothing this week. Everyone just keeps telling me I’m getting bigger. Um, thanks?

Sleep:  Up every 2ish hours again. I was bad about my water this week and then would super slam a ton of water before bed. Only I am to blame…kinda sorta.  

Symptoms:  My carpal tunnel really was bad this week. I’d wake up and BOTH hands were asleep. It’s the worst feeling ever. A couple of Charlie Horses too.  My swelling wasn’t too bad this week either. I’m still wearing my wedding ring, but there is definitely an indentation where it sits. I’m trying to hold out and keep it on as long as I can!

Looking Forward To:   Ultrasound on Monday afternoon. Miss H is clocking in a bit chunky – it’s that Cowan brain so my husband says. We get to have her measured to make sure she can actually come on out the old fashioned way. I’ve been going back and forth between a C-section and Regular. I can see pros and cons to both, but then I freak out either way.  Then we officially start weekly appointments. Seriously, how did this sneak up on us so fast?

Thoughts:  After breastfeeding class, I looked into the pump situation. Apparently with ObamaCare, you get one. Sweet! Not so sweet, Insurance makes you jump through some crazy wicked hoops to get one. Our insurance won’t let you order one until 30 days before, and then they won’t actually ship it until the day they are born. Kinda wonky.  

2 Weeks until Maternity Leave!


33 Week Bump Date

How Far Along: 33 Weeks (Pic above was on Thanksgiving)
Baby Size: Pineapple – (19 to 22 inches 4.9 lbs) According to What to Expect App

Maternity Clothes
: All maternity. Except some of my 2nd round maternity tops are getting eerily short!  Doesn’t make sense to buy anything now – home stretch!

Best Moment of the Week:  well – non baby related – but going to Stone Soup Cottage. Jeff and I along with the BFFie and hubs went. I wanted to go before Miss H came – and it was totally worth it a 4+ hour dining experience that was pure fabulousness. And bread…lots of yummy bread!

Miss Anything:   I did have my first ½ glass of sparkling wine at Stone Soup Cottage. They were so accommodating and even made me a prego cocktail. For someone who is a wine lover, I'm pretty impressed I haven't taken advantage of the 1 glass a week. I went hard core cold turkey! 

Movement:   She is a movin’.  The other night she totally karate kicked me out of nowhere. Scared the crap out of me!

Food Cravings: Bread and butter. Weird, eh? Every stop for Thanksgiving I felt like I just ate bread.

Food Aversions:  Nope, doing okay.

Labor Signs:   Nothing really this week.

Sleep:  Pretty good.

Symptoms:  I don’t know if it’s been the combo of too much Thanksgiving, sitting weird or Miss H just positioned weird, but my upper torso has been uncomfortable this past week. It comes and goes.  And oddly enough, my swelling was very minimal this week. Trying to cut down on the salt and load up on the water. I’m still surprised my wedding ring still fits. I thought it would be long gone.

Looking Forward To:   Breastfeeding class on Wednesday. I’m just dying to see the looks on Jeff’s face for those 2 hours. Pretty much priceless. Also looking forward to hubs shaving his Octobeard/Novembeard. It's grown on me, but ready for my clean shaven hubby back! I will admit, he does look pretty cute. 

Thoughts:  I am officially less than 1 month away from maternity leave. I feel like I have so much to do before I boogie out. I’m also excited we picked up our stroller set on Sunday night. Totally excited. I’ve been hard core stalking the baby gap website too – they have some cute stuff and with the 40% off sale, it’s been a few good deals. Miss H needed just a couple of 0-3 month items – but she should be set otherwise! 


Top 5 Maternity Must Haves

Top 5 Maternity Must Haves

Realizing that I haven't really blogged about how I've survived not wearing Lilly for the past 6ish months finally crept up on me! This past week, I ordered 2 summer dresses as I can't wait to fit back into all my old clothes again. One can only wear so stretchy cotton and demi panel jeans, right?

So, I thought I'd highlight my top 5 favorite maternity items that have gotten me through the past 6+ months.


1)  Demi Panel Maternity Jeans from Old Navy.  Believe it or not, I don't like the high waisted maternity jeans that all my friends just LOVE. I have a pair, and they won't stay up. I picked up 2 pairs of the exact same pair of these jeans back when I first found out I was prego, and they have lasted the entire time. I had my mom hem one pair shorter - the short length still wasn't short enough.

2) The Body Shop Shower Cream in Brazil Nut - I've always been super lazy about putting lotion on anytime. Year ago, I found shower creams as good alternatives as you put in on in the shower and rinse off. This smells heavenly and it keeps my tummy looking semi okay. Bonus - there is a $20 for $10 Groupon going on right now. I always snag that up.

3) Old Navy Jersey Maternity Tanks. Now, there is a ribbed wife beater style top, and the other one. You want the other one! It doesn't have the I'M PREGNANT rouching on the sides which is nice. They are also super long that in the beginning you can get away with wearing them with leggings - as pants. I know, I know...but if your butt is covered, totally okay in my book.  I have 4 of these and I pair them with my pre-prego cardigans and scarves. Super cute.

4) Tieks - This is a last minute addition to my top 5 only because I got my first pair a little over a month ago. As a Tory Burch Reva lover, I may have found a pair of shoes to cheat on my Revas with. I have wide feet so sometimes it takes a while to break in a pair. I got the camel colored pair and I'm in heaven. So much so that I ordered a 2nd pair this week in black. The fun quirk of the teal makes them fun and so many people ask what they are. Love them!

5) Aveeno Ultra-Calming Moisturizer - I've always been a big fan of the pricier moisturizers, but early on my face was not having any of it. Then my BFF mentioned something about calming lotions and off to Target I went. I ended up picking up the entire Aveeno Calming collection with foaming face wash, scrub and moisturizer. A couple of days later, my face was back to it's normal self.

So that is my little list. It's so strange to think I haven't gone crazy buying lots of clothes over the past 6 months. Just basic staples to get me through January.

What are/were some of your maternity must haves? Anything I need to check out before someone shows up in a few weeks?